Community Spotlight: MountainStar Family Relief Nursery 

Community Spotlight: MountainStar Family Relief Nursery 

Snow has recently fallen to the ground in Central Oregon, and the holidays are just around the corner. Now is a great time to get involved in the community and help those around us to have a special holiday season. MountainStar Family Relief Nursery began providing services to families in the community of Bend in 2001 and now serves the tri-county Central Oregon area including Deschutes, Jefferson and Crook counties. We are proud to support this organization… more >

Community Spotlight: Hunger Prevention Coalition 

Community Spotlight: Hunger Prevention Coalition 

As the holidays approach, it’s a good time to raise awareness and address hunger in our community. In 2022, an enormous 42% of people in Deschutes County alone reported food insecurity. One organization that is making a difference is The Hunger Prevention Coalition of Central Oregon, a nonprofit agency that raises and distributes funds for nutritious food to outlets and distribution points throughout Central Oregon. We are proud… more >

Hard Hat Happy Hour at Shevlin Crossing

Hard Hat Happy Hour at Shevlin Crossing

We recently hosted a few of our colleagues and community partners at the new Shevlin Crossing building for a special “Hard Hat Happy Hour” to show progress on the building and talk a little bit about the unique approach we’re taking to construct the building. Also in attendance was a representative from our very first tenant, RBC Wealth Management – U.S., one of the country’s leading financial services companies and part of the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC). This Class-A… more >

Photo Contest is Back! Submit now for our 2023 Wall Calendar

Photo Contest is Back! Submit now for our 2023 Wall Calendar

We are pleased to bring back our Wall Calendar Photo Contest for the second year in a row! This year’s theme is “hope on the horizon.” See our news release below for details on how to enter the contest. We look forward to seeing your submissions. ~~~~~~~~~~~~ Brooks Resources Issues Call for Photos for its 2023 Wall Calendar Bend, Oregon real estate developer opens up a photo contest for its iconic annual wall calendar … more >

What I learned as a Brooks Resources intern this summer

What I learned as a Brooks Resources intern this summer

– By Hannah Clawson Hannah Clawson, Summer Intern This summer, I worked as a marketing intern at Brooks Resources Corporation, a real estate development company in my hometown of Bend, Oregon. Going into this position, I didn’t know much about what real estate development entailed and thus what my job would consist of. Luckily for me, I met some great mentors along the way, and was able to work hard this summer… more >

Just Announced: Shevlin Crossing Signs First Tenant

Just Announced: Shevlin Crossing Signs First Tenant

Shevlin Crossing is underway in the neighborhood of NorthWest Crossing! See below for an exciting progress update and the announcement of our first tenant, RBC Wealth Management – U.S. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PRESS RELEASE Shevlin Crossing Takes Shape in NorthWest Crossing, Announces First Tenant Agreement First building slated for completion in early spring 2023; RBC Wealth Management – U.S. will make the new Bend, Oregon Class A office space its home… more >

Community Spotlight: Kôr Community Land Trust

Community Spotlight: Kôr Community Land Trust

As one of the fastest growing cities in the United States, Bend certainly feels the pressure of growth from many different angles. Kôr Community Land Trust addresses one of these, helping to ensure that the Central Oregon workforce has access to healthy, affordable homes for generations to come. We are proud to support this nonprofit organization and their work in building sustainable, affordable homeownership communities. The primary audience for Kôr is working families and individuals such as nurses, teachers,… more >

Top three things to do before summer is over in Bend, Oregon

Top three things to do before summer is over in Bend, Oregon

If you’re looking for a solid “bucket list” for your Bend, Oregon 2022 summer fun, head to our Top 10 blog post from last year. From hitting the mountain for fun in the sun, to the ubiquitous pastime of floating the Deschutes River, there are a whole host of must-do recommendations from our local team. This year, we’ve added some more general recommendations to the list.  There’s never a shortage of things to… more >

Development’s Role in Fire-Safe Communities 

Development’s Role in Fire-Safe Communities 

One of the biggest benefits to living in Central Oregon is its proximity to nature. Walk outside and see a forest, head to the middle of town to enjoy the river, or drive several miles and reach a mountain or a lake. It’s one of the main reasons for the population boom Central Oregon has been experiencing the last couple of decades. Bend, as many cities in Central Oregon are, is surrounded by the Wildland Urban Interface,… more >

Nonprofit spotlight: The Museum at Warm Springs

Nonprofit spotlight: The Museum at Warm Springs

If you are looking for an interesting and educational day trip in Central Oregon, look no further than The Museum at Warm Springs. Just an hour from Bend, this fascinating attraction is located on Shi-tike Creek which feeds into the beautiful Deschutes River on the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon. A shaded parking lot, picnic tables and river access make it a perfect place for a summer day, but it is what’s inside the… more >

We wish a happy retirement to our principal broker Linda Schmitz

We wish a happy retirement to our principal broker Linda Schmitz

We gathered recently to celebrate the retirement of Linda Schmitz, our principal broker, who has been with the company for 16 years. A couple of years ago, we interviewed Linda for our employee spotlight and she gave us a little peek into her daily life and her job. Over the course of her career with us, she served as the homeowner concierge and developer broker for North Rim, as well as serving as the broker for the sales… more >

Top things to do in Bend Oregon this “sprinter” 

Top things to do in Bend Oregon this “sprinter” 

In Bend Oregon, our seasonal weather is anything but predictable. These past couple of months have proved this, alternately between snow, rain, sun, wind and everything in between. The good news is that this “bridge” time gives us many options when it comes to recreation, depending on the day and its arbitrary weather pattern. The season right now? A mix of winter and spring: Sprinter.  Get some final turns in at Mt. Bachelor: Don’t put… more >

Community spotlight: Every Child Central Oregon

Community spotlight: Every Child Central Oregon

Did you know that more than 11,000 children in Oregon spent time in foster care last year? In order to meet their needs, and the needs of the families that care for them, it takes a collaborative effort. That’s where Every Child Central Oregon (ECCO) comes in. This unique organization helps to connect foster children and foster parents with resources in the greater community. Brooks Resources is a proud supporter of ECCO, as… more >

Central Oregon Community College Visiting Scholar Lecture Series

Central Oregon Community College Visiting Scholar Lecture Series

We are proud to support Central Oregon Community College’s Nancy R. Chandler Lecture Series, formerly called its Visiting Scholar Program, which brings renowned speakers, lecturers and experts to the region. Over the past few weeks, they have been holding a number of events in support of the Season of Nonviolence, with a wide array of programming in partnership with the college’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion. Earlier this month, the final event in the series featured Julie Sze, Ph.D. more >

Bend Foundation Funds Four Roundabouts for Public Art

Bend Foundation Funds Four Roundabouts for Public Art

Bend Foundation, a philanthropic organization established by Brooks-Scanlon, Inc. and shareholders of Brooks-Scanlon and Brooks Resources, is donating funds to support new public art in four Bend roundabouts. The Bend Foundation and the City of Bend are collaborating with local non-profit organization, Art in Public Places, to place large-scale sculptures in the roundabouts over the next two years. Kirk Schueler, a trustee of Bend Foundation, said, “Our city’s vibrant collection of public art is one of the aspects that makes… more >

Community Spotlight: High Desert Museum

Community Spotlight: High Desert Museum

A beloved Central Oregon icon, the High Desert Museum celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. We’re proud to have been a long-time supporter of the Museum and its work in the community to bring exploration, education and experience that create connection with the high desert. In fact, Mike Hollern, Brooks Resources’ longtime leader and now Chairman of the Board, was approached by Museum founder Don Kerr way back… more >

Community Spotlight: Art in Public Places

Community Spotlight: Art in Public Places

If you’ve driven through a roundabout, you’ve likely seen some of the work completed by nonprofit organization Art in Public Places. With a mission of enhancing the cultural environment of Bend, Oregon, the group facilitates the selection and placement of accessible, high-caliber art throughout our community. What better time to shine a spotlight on Art in Public Places (AiPP) than when the organization is in the middle of collecting community input for a new piece of public art? Right… more >

Five things you must do this winter in Bend, Oregon

Five things you must do this winter in Bend, Oregon

Winter took its sweet time getting here, but now it seems it has arrived with fresh snow and cold temperatures creating a prime environment for some of our favorite Central Oregon activities. Visiting Mt. Bachelor Ski Resort for a day of nordic or alpine skiing or snowboarding should, of course, be on everyone’s list. But that’s not all there is to do in our Bend, Oregon winter wonderland.  Visit Elk Lake: An extremely popular summertime destination,… more >

Brooks Resources 2022 Wall Calendar Now Available!

Brooks Resources 2022 Wall Calendar Now Available!

It’s an annual tradition! The Brooks Resources wall calendar has graced the walls of Central Oregon homes and businesses for decades, and its back. We issued a contest earlier this fall to collect photographs from which we selected a winner to feature on the calendar. The winning entry from photographer Christian Murillo features a unique view of our beloved Cascade Mountains, taken from atop Mt Bachelor.  The theme of… more >

Bend, Oregon Real Estate: Q&A with Compass Commercial’s Jay Lyons

Bend, Oregon Real Estate: Q&A with Compass Commercial’s Jay Lyons

To complement our residential real estate piece from last month, we sat down with a Bend, Oregon commercial real estate expert, Jay Lyons, Principal Broker with Compass Commercial Real Estate Services. He answered a few of our detailed questions about the commercial real estate market and how many COVID-related trends are affecting the space. We appreciate his insightful answers! Read on to learn more about exactly what’s happening… more >