COIC rolls out transit education efforts
Since Oregon State University announced its plans to plot a new campus on Bend's westside, there has been murmuring (sometimes more) about how the addition of hundreds of new students will clog the thruways stretching across town. That discussion falls at the forefront of a larger issue: the paltry offering of public transportation in Central Oregon, and a dim future for funding the much-needed expansions of bus lines.
Tony DeBone sees Bend as a brand ambassador for county's entrepreneurial climate
With a background in high-tech industries, Deschutes County Commissioner Tony DeBone thinks of himself as the "tech guy commissioner." To that end, he hopes to use his experience and connections to bring technology jobs of all sorts to the county—bio tech, high tech renewables, large-scale manufacturing, you name it.
In Central Oregon
Fastest land speed record (female) The highest land speed recorded by a woman is 825.126 km/h (512.710 mi/h), by Kitty Hambleton (USA) in the rocket-powered SM1 Motivator in the Alvord Desert on Dec. 6, 1976.
Petersen Rock Garden is one Danish immigrant's decaying legacy
Within the first two minutes I'm outside in the sweltering heat of the Petersen Rock Garden, I almost step on a peacock. The bird is resting silently in the shade of a towering miniature rock castle, and shocks me with a squawk as I'm staring up at the hand-placed stones decorating the walls of the exhibit.
No sneaking around Hwy 97's shoe tree
Laced Up, and Nowhere to Go! In the scrubland between Redmond and Bend, there are thousands—quite literally—of trees along the east side of Hwy 97.
Dorothy's house discovered in Central Oregon
About five miles north of Bend, tucked between the trees on the east side of Highway 97 on a piece of property owned by Gene Carsey, Jr., is the top half of an old farmhouse. Its roof is covered in weather vanes, its windows broken and boarded up.
Chimps CJ, Emma, Jackson, Patti, Thiele, Topo and Herbie all live together in their own pad between Tumalo and Bend.
See Central Oregon's weirdest! Wackiest! Strangest.
Behold. You will not believe.
Whether looking for ghosts or Gatsby, plenty of lakeside options
From Henry David Thoreau to Joss Whedon, a cabin in the woods is at turn tranquil and creepy. All around the Cascade Lakes—and slightly beyond—there are numerous retreats—most decidedly more Thoreau than Whedon—that offer everything from rustic to romantic getaways.
Local SUP makers recommend where to go
World of Water is hundreds of miles from the ocean, but stepping into the cluttered and busy front office, it feels just a few steps from a Santa Monica surf beach. Lynette Remund is talking on the phone to a customer.
Take a dip at Elk Lake
I have fond memories of sailing on Elk Lake as a child. Scratchy red life jacket up to my chin, the Rolling Stones' "Sympathy For the Devil" blaring from a battery operated cassette player on the deck of the boat, wind blowing in my hair, learning the meaning of the phrase "Come about" the hard way.