Parks and Recreation District Working on Widespread Upgrades

Bend Parks & Recreation District manages more than 80 parks around Bend, including 2,600 acres of outdoor space that ranges from trails, to playgrounds and off-leash areas for dogs. While more new parks are in the works, there are dozens of parks that are currently being upgraded.

Central Oregon Daily’s Mackenzie Wilson takes us on a tour of some of the improvements coming soon to a park near you.

High School Robotics Team Head to World Championships

It’s known in science circles as the FIRST Robotics Competition, a six-week program where high school students program 120 pound robots to complete specific tasks. Now, two teams from Bend-La Pine School District, Mountain View and Summit, are heading to the World Robotics Championships in Houston next week.

Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan got a sneak peek at Summit High School’s Summit High School Robotics team’s very own robot, “Spectre.”

Elementary School Teacher Heads to the Arctic

Educators are always on the lookout for those elusive teachable moments. One Bend teacher will have plenty after an expedition to the Arctic. Michaela Pre-Court, a first grade teacher at The Waldorf School Of Bend, is flying to Iceland in just nine days, and Central Oregon Daily’s Mackenzie Wilson caught up with her before she leaves to see how the trip could inspire the next generation of activists. Learn more at downtoearthexp.org.

City and County Officials Deal with Growth in Central Oregon

It’s estimated that seven people a day are moving to Deschutes County, and it’s getting harder for county and city officials to keep up. Dealing with that growth was the focus of a joint meeting between Deschutes County commissioners and Bend City Councilors on Tuesday.

Central Oregon Daily’s Kelly Bleyer was at the meeting and joins us with details.

New Bend Boutique Features Aerial Yoga and Natural Beauty Products

Mandy Butera had a vision of a beautiful boutique where the community could experience well being through movement and natural skincare, cosmetics and elixirs. Hear her story and find out more about Wren & Wild, now open at 910 NW Harriman in downtown Bend. Wren & Wild is Bend’s first Aerial Yoga Studio and also where you can find natural skin care, makeup and other organic beauty products that nourish the whole body from the inside/out.

A Place for All Ages to Create, Explore and Enjoy Art

Base Camp Studio Executive Director and Founder Darlene Becker talks about why she started Base Camp Studio and how the non-profit exists to cultivate creativity and provide opportunities for engagement in the arts for the entire community. Summer camps, art therapy, creative movement. Get the entire program and class schedule here. And check out their new studio space at 2531 NE Studio Road in Bend.

Missing Sex Offender in Bend Raises Questions

A convicted sex offender on post-prison supervision in Deschutes County has been missing for at least 13 days. Justin Lampke’s disappearance sparks questions about how sex offenders are monitored after being released from prison.

As Central Oregon Daily’s Mackenzie Wilson shows us, you may be surprised at how much leeway sex offenders are given after they’ve served their time.

New Lodging Option Available for Visitors

With dozens of recreational activities available year round, it’s no wonder that Bend is considered one of the number one vacation spots in the country. But in such a small city, finding affordable lodging during the busy tourism months has become a problem, something that the two co-owners of Bunk+Brew – The Historic Lucas House are hoping to combat.

Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan got an inside look at the hostel.