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Our list of top things to do in fall in Central Oregon

Our list of top things to do in fall in Central Oregon

How much do we love these (mostly) sunny days and crisp, cool nights in Central Oregon? Autumn is a favorite for many, as we transition between two of our top outdoor recreational seasons in the region and into what some call the “shoulder” season. Not to worry, there’s still plenty of fun to be had around here! We’ve rounded up a few of our favorite fall activities for you here:  Hit the trails: Okay, we know,… more >

Celebrate National Dog Day in Bend, Oregon

Celebrate National Dog Day in Bend, Oregon

It’s National Dog Day! Originally created to bring attention to the plight of animals around the globe and encourage adoption, the day has become a time to celebrate dogs and dog ownership. And, if you didn’t already know, we love our pups in Central Oregon. While there are many great ways to celebrate your best fur friend here in the High Desert, we’ve rounded up a couple of our favorite dog activities and… more >

New COVID-related office protocols and policies

New COVID-related office protocols and policies

In order to help reduce the ongoing spread of COVID-19, and comply with new statewide mandates for public indoor settings, Brooks Resources has implemented new office protocols for staff and visitors. Private businesses are considered public places.  Employees:  To keep everyone safe, our employees will be wearing masks in the common areas of the building (outside of their offices) regardless of vaccination status, and also wearing masks when more than one person is in the same… more >

Community Spotlight: BendFilm

Community Spotlight: BendFilm

Brooks Resources has been a long-time supporter of BendFilm, ever since the organization was founded back in 2004. Beyond its annual independent festival, which takes over downtown Bend and beyond for a few days each October, BendFilm is an active and vibrant part of the cultural fabric of Central Oregon. We believe that a culturally rich community is a healthy one, which is one of the reasons that Brooks Resources and the Bend… more >

Community Spotlight: Central Oregon Builders Association

Community Spotlight: Central Oregon Builders Association

Earlier this month, a Central Oregon tradition returned: the annual COBA Tour of Homes. Put on each year by the Central Oregon Builders Association it was, the two-weekend-long Tour had a mix of in-person and virtual tours to showcase some of Central Oregon’s finest homes in a variety of price categories. Our new community of Discovery West had a home on the… more >

Join us in welcoming Erica Hollern Kelly to our Board

Join us in welcoming Erica Hollern Kelly to our Board

We are pleased to announce that Erica Hollern Kelly has joined our board of directors at Brooks Resources Corporation. See the complete news release below.  Brooks Resources Adds Erica Hollern Kelly to its Board of Directors New board member for the Bend, Oregon real estate development company is first woman to be elected to the board of directors  23 June 2021 – Bend, Oregon – Brooks Resources Corporation today announced that Erica Hollern… more >

Top 10 Things to Do In Bend, Oregon in the Summer

Top 10 Things to Do In Bend, Oregon in the Summer

While it took its sweet time in coming to visit us, it appears that summer has arrived in Bend, Oregon. With our hot, sunny Central Oregon summers, a whole host of new possibilities open up for outdoor activities. Snow has melted in the Cascades, and that means new areas are now open for recreational use. While there is fun to be had year-round in Central Oregon, there’s something special about the long days of summer. What are some… more >

Bend Central District – Q&A with Brooks Resources’ Dale Van Valkenburg

Bend Central District – Q&A with Brooks Resources’ Dale Van Valkenburg

Bend, Oregon is growing – and fast. This means that we need careful planning, forward-looking infrastructure and optimization of land use to accommodate our changing landscape and population. One area that has been “central” to these discussions about the city’s future is the Bend Central District (BCD). The BCD runs roughly from NE Penn and 2nd street south to the 3rd street underpass, on the west side of Highway 97. It is truly in the heart of… more >

Community spotlight: National Alliance on Mental Illness

Community spotlight: National Alliance on Mental Illness

Mental health concerns have increased substantially over the course of the last several months, as the pandemic drastically changed lives around the world. Increases in depression and anxiety are hovering in the double digits and the full impacts of the crisis are probably yet to been seen. In light of these events, it is even more critical to support services that help people and their loved ones through mental illness. In Central Oregon, we have a great resource in… more >

Community Organization Profile: Environmental Center

Community Organization Profile: Environmental Center

It’s Earth Month, so what better time to spotlight a champion for sustainability in Central Oregon – The Environmental Center. An integral part of our community for the past three decades, The Environmental Center has worked hard to bring education about key environmental issues, as well as provide opportunities for people to engage and take action. Along with many other ongoing programs, the organization is providing… more >

Bend Foundation Donates $400,000 to Local Organizations

Bend Foundation Donates $400,000 to Local Organizations

We are pleased to announce that the Bend Foundation has donated $400,000 to various causes in the Central Oregon region. Please see below for the full press release about the grants. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Bend Foundation Donates $400,000 to Local Organizations Central Oregon philanthropic organization donates $200,000 to Bend-Redmond Habitat for Humanity and $200,000 to other organizations aiding in COVID-19 recovery and resilienc Bend, Oregon – 08 March 2021 –… more >

Brooks Resources’ Kirk Schueler on Bend, Oregon in 2021

Brooks Resources’ Kirk Schueler on Bend, Oregon in 2021

We sat down with Brooks Resources president & CEO Kirk Schueler to talk about what’s going on in Bend, Oregon from a growth, infrastructure, business and housing perspective. With nearly 30 years in the region, his view is that these critical issues, while disrupted a bit by COVID-19, will eventually balance out as they always have done.  How is the growth we are experiencing now different than before?There have historically been periods… more >

Serving Central Oregon: Bethlehem Inn

Serving Central Oregon: Bethlehem Inn

Nonprofit organizations in our community are working overtime during this time of crisis, and we are proud to support many different causes in Central Oregon including The Bethlehem Inn. Homelessness is on the rise locally and nationwide, and many of these people are particularly vulnerable when it comes to health concerns surrounding the pandemic. The Bethlehem Inn, which provides shelter and meals for this population, is taking care when it comes to COVID-19 safety. The Bethlehem… more >

Employee Spotlight: Romy Mortensen

Employee Spotlight: Romy Mortensen

We are kicking off the New Year with an employee interview featuring Romy Mortensen, Brooks Resources Corporation Vice President of Sales and Marketing. Romy has held many roles with the company over the past 30 (!) years, starting as an administrative assistant to the General Manager at our former resort property, Mount Bachelor Village Resort.  She took a short hiatus, around 1993 to work with an advertising agency (and Brooks Resources was its client at the time). … more >

2021 Brooks Resources Annual Wall Calendar Now Available

2021 Brooks Resources Annual Wall Calendar Now Available

Our annual wall calendar is now available for touchless pickup at our main office in downtown Bend at 409 N.W. Franklin! Come on down to the entrance vestibule Monday through Friday 1 – 3 p.m. to get your free copy. (Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we are unable to distribute copies in person as is the tradition). This year’s calendar features a view of South Sister over the spectacular Sparks Lake, captured by local photographer Christian Heeb. Each year,… more >

Employee Spotlight: Jade Mayer

Employee Spotlight: Jade Mayer

Our staff, many of whom have been with us for decades, are really what makes up the heartbeat of Brooks Resources. It’s fun to share more about them each month with our Employee Spotlight column. Our most recent interviewee is our vice president and CFO, Jade Mayer. Below he answers some of our most pressing questions!  Q: How long have you been with Brooks Resources? A: I started with Brooks Resources Corporation… more >

Central Oregon’s Awbrey Hall Fire: Safety and prevention 30 years later

Central Oregon’s Awbrey Hall Fire: Safety and prevention 30 years later

For many long-term Central Oregon residents, it is hard to imagine that 30 years have passed since the Awbrey Hall fire – an event that came a bit too close for comfort, causing home evacuations, destroying property and increasing fire safety scrutiny in our growing city. In light of this three-decade anniversary, Central Oregon Daily recently revisited the importance of fire prevention and planning for fire safety and protection. more >

Supporting those who support our community: Latino Community Association

Supporting those who support our community: Latino Community Association

Many nonprofit organizations in our Central Oregon community were forced to forego major scheduled fundraising events as the global pandemic unfolded. With restrictions still place statewide, even events that were originally rescheduled have had to be put off even further, or cancelled completely. This is the case with an event we were proud to sponsor: the Latino Community Association’s annual Gala de Oro.  Originally planned for April of this year, and… more >

Employee Spotlight: Valerie Yost

Employee Spotlight: Valerie Yost

At Brooks Resources, we pride ourselves on the commitment, dedication and longevity of our staff members, so we will be highlighting individuals from our team regularly here on our blog. This month, we sat down with Director of Marketing, Valerie Yost, who has been with the company for 15 years.  Q: What’s a typical ‘day in the life’ in your role? There’s no real ‘typical’ day for me. My role is fairly broad… more >

Happy retirement to our vice president of real estate development, David Ford

Happy retirement to our vice president of real estate development, David Ford

Last week, we held an impromptu outdoor retirement gathering to wish David Ford well in his retirement. Even with physical distancing in place, and most us of working from home, we wanted to celebrate David’s career and send him off in style. Many of you know David from his many years of work as general manager of the award-winning NorthWest Crossing neighborhood on Bend, Oregon’s westside.  David was instrumental in shaping NorthWest Crossing (NWX). more >