Deschutes Dash sports festival   Go down to the Deschutes River on any given summer afternoon, and you’ll be treated to a spectacle of paddleboarders, aspiring rafters and sun-loving Bendites. What you won’t see every day is a group of over 450 people competing in everything from...

Innovative thermostat brings efficiency and savings to home heating When it comes to home energy efficiency, most homeowners might be surprised to learn that the thermostat controls half of their home’s energy. The founders of Nest, a smart thermostat that programs itself, developed their product to...

Cairn offers a monthly grab-bag of outdoor goodies In the fall of 2013, entrepreneur and Wharton School of Business graduate Rob Little moved to Bend, bringing with him the idea to motivate people into spending more time outside. By December, Little had launched Cairn, an innovative...

 This Westside Bend home showcases high desert modern architecture Craftsman bungalow, Northwest lodge and traditional homes have long dominated the Central Oregon landscape. But an influx of individuals with more contemporary aesthetics in architecture is fueling a growing taste for what Mark Mastalir calls “high desert modern.” Instead of...

Great bikes and gear for the summer cycling season   Pocket Pannier Ride in style with Walnut Studiolo’s luxurious Pocket Pannier, featuring beautiful vegetable-tanned, weatherproofed leather and cedarwood siding. It is perfect for carrying those small, indispensable items like your cell phone, wallet, keys or bike lock, and...

The Colorado Dam Safe Passage Project In 1915, the Colorado Street Dam was constructed on the Deschutes River to create a mill pond for the Brooks-Scanlon and Shevlin-Hixon lumber mills. The dam and pond, built just north of what is now Bend’s Old Mill District, allowed...