Posts Tagged ‘central oregon’

The Cascade Lakes Highway

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Living in beautiful Bend, Oregon is practically paradise on Earth.  After escaping the traffic and rain of Seattle, Washington four years ago, my family has been enjoying the benefits of living in a small town that is both “green” and filled with recreational opportunities. One of our favorite trips is right in our backyard.  The [...]

An Eco-Roof for All Seasons

An Eco-Roof for All Seasons

A 6,400 square foot eco-roof on the new administration building for the Bend Metro Park and Recreation District in Oregon has been both green and white this month.  Literally. The surprise snow storm on October 4 blanketed the area with 4 inches of snow.  But ordinarily, during fall in Central Oregon, landscapes remain green into [...]

Central Oregon Hoping for Green Jobs Grants

Here on the High Desert in Central Oregon, unemployment is at a staggering 16-18%.  Oregon has the fourth highest unemployment rate in the nation.  With the boom and explosive growth the area experienced in the early 2000s, things have dried so fast that the local school district experienced a lower enrollment of students for the [...]

100% Organic at Cathy’s Organic Superstore

100% Organic at Cathy’s Organic Superstore

Do you love organic products?  Wish that they were easier to find and purchase?  Now, you can go 100% organic at Cathy’s Organic Superstore. The site will save you both time and money – which I never have enough of! I read about Cathy Gallagher, and her husband Brian, in the Bend Bulletin last week.  [...]

Family Day at Fall River

Family Day at Fall River

One of our favorite things to do on a sunny weekend in Central Oregon is to go on an “adventure.”  My husband coined the term several years ago, which is now code for exploring one of the many natural wonders in our neck of the woods.  Yesterday was family day at Fall River. We decided [...]

Renewable Energy Law in Oregon: No Money Down

One of the biggest impediments to installation of solar panels, wind turbines and even other, more minor energy efficient measures is cost.  Under a new renewable energy law in Oregon, homeowners and businesses can finally take the step towards a greener future, without shelling out up front. Last week, the Oregon Legislature passed a new [...]

Central Oregon Wind Farm Generating Controversy

The Central Oregon area in which I live is gorgeous.  Snow capped mountains to the west, sparkling blue skies about 300 days a year (yes, we are lucky), Ponderosa pine trees and plenty of wildlife.  Its also frequently windy here.  A perfect place to site a wind farm, right? Maybe not, if you believe the [...]

Impacts of Geothermal Exploration

Impacts of Geothermal Exploration

I live in Central Oregon, an area of the United States that is rich in geothermal resources. The region is dotted with volcanoes and lava fields – evidence of the earth’s continued creation over millions of years. Recently, there has been quite a debate about the environmental impacts of geothermal exploration. One of our area’s [...]