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Issue 6

October 2016

LPHS - Building School Spirit, Building Strong Citizens

Customers Welcome Dollar Tree to La Pine

photo by Lynette Confer photo by Sierra Ringering

LPHS Varsity Football Team at the first home game of the season on Sept. 9. The new state-of-the-art digital scoreboard was unveiled during a Ceremony before the game. The season record for the LPHS football program thus far is 7-0, a great boost to school spirit. By Lynette Confer Editor

It’s a new year at La Pine High School, Home of the Hawks. In more ways than one. At first glance, it might seem that the new year is marked by the state-of-the-art digital scoreboard, or the Hawks’ undefeated football season thus far. But you only have to walk around the campus, and talk to teachers, students and administrators to understand how this year is so different. LPHS is experiencing some tangible, positive change. And it’s coming from the inside out, from the ground up. “We are off to one of the best starts I’ve ever seen,” remarked Principal Matt Montgomery. “Staff has a lot to do with the atmosphere. We also have great leadership from our upperclassmen. We always have pockets of great leadership, but this year it’s consistent throughout.” According to staff and others interviewed, school spirit had been at an all-time low. Head Football Coach Bo DeForest (who graduated from LPHS in 1992), noted. “In the early ‘90’s, pride in our school and school spirit started slipping away.” “We want to bring back pride and spirit to our school, raise the standard here,” he said. “This will lead to the kids developing pride in their community, which helps them be successful.” In his second year as Athletic Director for LPHS, Coach Aaron Flack agreed. “This year the student body’s energy is way up. Of course, having a winning football season helps,” he said. “But, what we’re trying to build here is an atmosphere of winning. We want to change the culture. When kids Free BBQ have a winning mentality, they believe in Thursday, Oct. 6 themselves.” Page 7 School spirit is not just about athletics, although that’s often the first thing people think of when they hear those words. True Election News school spirit starts within the school walls Pages 8-11 and in individual classrooms, and rolls down the halls. It can lead to students who Fire District take pride in their school, in their work; Student “Stars” students who are more alert, responsive and receptive to the learning environment. Page 4 “Last year was rough for everyone, and we all wanted a change,” said LPHS Chamber Sponsors Business Registrar and Activities Director Danielle Retention Program Patrick. “The primary change this year is Page 3 the attitudes of the staff and student body. When we interviewed last year’s applicants for our new Student Senate, 95% of them Local Businesses Highlighted said they wanted a more positive school Pages 5 & 6 year with more school spirit. They wanted to help create an atmosphere that both students and staff were excited to be part

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LPHS cont. on page 14

La Pine’s Dollar Tree opened its doors on Sunday, September 25. The new building will also house Grocery Outlet, reported to be opening after the first of the year. By Andrea Hine Contributing Writer

“It’s been crazy here since we’ve opened,” said manager Faby Santini. “Customers at our two outlets in Bend have been asking for a Dollar Tree in La Pine for a long time, and we want to make sure that they’re happy with this new store so they keep coming back.” Santini, who started as a cashier and steadily moved her way up, credited Dollar Tree for providing “lots of

opportunities for advancement.” She helped open the North Bend outlet five years ago (the larger one in South Bend has existed for 15 years), and noted that La Pine’s has “a little bit of everything.” In addition to its well-stocked shelves (“which, for example, offer purple and pink streamers that aren’t available in

DOLLAR cont. on page 14

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PO Box 329 16405 First St. Ste. 3 La Pine, OR 97739 Lynette Confer Editor-in-Chief

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The Newberry Eagle is a non-profit newspaper which operates under the auspices of the La Pine Community Action Team (LCAT). The Newberry Eagle serves the communities of La Pine and Sunriver, as well as North Klamath and North Lake Counties. We strive for accuracy, fairness, truth, independence, honesty, impartiality, transparency, accountability, respect and excellence in reporting, editing and publishing. This monthly newspaper is available free of charge at numerous locations throughout our area.

Editorial Policy

The Newberry Eagle covers people you know, news that affects our communities, and events that make our region special. The Newberry Eagle welcomes your articles, letters to the editor, photographs and story ideas. Stories should be 500 words or less, Letters to the Editor should be 250 words or less, with lengthier letters (550 words or less) considered for Opinions column. Digital photos should be large format (300 dpi is best). Send your submissions to Editor-in-Chief Lynette Confer at Please note: Submissions may be edited for length, clarity, good taste and libel. Submissions are not guaranteed to be published. Unsigned submissions with no contact information, or submissions addressed to third parties, will not be published. For more information, contact the Editor. Publication in The Newberry Eagle does not necessarily reflect the opinions of Board of Directors. The content of this newspaper may not be reprinted or posted without the express written permission from the publisher.

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October 2016

Calendar Coordinator Needed for Eagle Do you like to know what’s going on in La Pine and neighboring areas? Are you good with details, dates, and deadlines? Our nonprofit newspaper needs a volunteer (or two) to take on the calendar of events and activities every month. Be a community hero. Help our thousands of readers know about upcoming community meetings, bingo games, art shows, fun fundraisers, music events, activities for kids, etc. Your column could become the one our readers turn to first!

Interested persons should contact Editor-in-Chief Lynette Confer: LConfer@ or call 541-536-3972.

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On Monday, August 29, as the second beam was being set for the bridge deck of the Wickiup Overpass, something went wrong, sending the second beam crashing to the ground. The second beam took out the first as it fell. Before the incident, this ODOT project was ahead of schedule for the year. According to ODOT Public Information Officer, Peter Murphy, the incident is not expected to set the project back this year. “The bridge deck will still be completed this year, which was the plan,” said Murphy. Work still has not resumed on the project as the first two beams had to be recast, then brought to the site. “After the incident, safety was our utmost concern,” stated Murphy. “We don’t want to hurry. The two beams had to be recast, built specifically for the position they occupy. That takes some time. But, we expect to be back to work around the second week of October.”

Application Deadline in December For 2017 Washington D.C. Youth Tour By Renita Cuevas

Marketing and Communications Associate for Midstate Electric Coop Midstate Electric will be participating in the 2017 National Rural Electric Cooperative Association’s Washington D.C. Youth Tour. More than 1,500 students from 44 states participate in the Youth Tour each June. Students attending have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn the important roles electric co-ops play in their community, to gain a personal understanding of American history and to meet with congressional Representatives and Senators to understand their role as a citizen.

Last year MEC sent Gilchrist High School’s, Markie Egger. Markie was chosen after the essay she wrote about cooperatives was selected by a selection committee. Markie stated, “It was a chance of a lifetime. I made tons of new friends all around Oregon who live in small communities just like ours.” Midstate will again be sending one student delegate to represent MEC at the Youth Tour in Washington, D.C., June 8-15, 2017. This all-expenses paid trip is a unique opportunity for high school juniors whose parents are MEC members. Call 541-5362126, option 5 for additional information. The deadline to apply is Thursday, December 15, 2016.

National 4-H Week is Oct. 2-8 National 4-H Week is October 2 – 8. For more information about Deschutes County 4-H, or to find a 4-H group near you, contact the Deschutes County 4-H office at (541) 548-6088 or visit their website at 4-H is the nation’s largest positive youth development and mentoring organization. 4-H life-changing programs are available through 4-H clubs, camps, afterschool and school enrichment programs. The 4-H Motto To Make the Best Better The 4-H Slogan Learn by Doing The 4-H Pledge My Head to clearer thinking, My Heart to greater loyalty, My Hands to larger service, My Health to better living, for my club, my community, my country, and my world. The 4-H Creed I believe in 4-H for the opportunity it will give me to become a useful citizen. I believe in the training of my head for the power it will give me to think, plan, and reason.  I believe in the training of my heart for the nobleness it will give me to become kind, sympathetic, and true.  I believe in the training of my hands for the ability it will give me to become helpful, useful, and skillful.  I believe in the training of my health for the strength it will give me to enjoy life, to resist disease, and to work efficiently.  I believe in my country, my state, my community, and in my responsibility for their development.  In all these things I believe, and I am willing to dedicate my efforts to their fulfillment.

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Civic News

New Business Retention and Expansion Program Comes to La Pine By Lynette Confer

Editor A exciting new effort aimed at evaluating the needs of existing businesses within the La Pine and Sunriver areas has been initiated through the La Pine Chamber of Commerce. A flagship program of Rural Development Initiatives (RDI), the Business Retention and Expansion (BR&E) program is available to help rural communities implement a long-term economic development strategy. The La Pine Chamber, in partnership with RDI, the Sunriver Chamber, and the City of La Pine will work to support area businesses by listening to and inventorying existing business needs and issues, connecting and linking direct assistance to address these needs, and developing short- and long-term strategies. RDI is a private, nonprofit organization based in Eugene, Oregon. Originally formed in 1991 in response to the timber industry crisis facing the Pacific Northwest, RDI continues to support rural communities with the inherent challenging economic conditions they face. The BR&E program is federally funded through USDA at 90%, but requires local community organizations to implement the program, as well as provide funding to cover the remaining 10% of the cost.

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Goals of the BR&E Program include:

Retain or keep local, or existing, businesses in a community Provide assistance for businesses to expand/succeed Create a long-term outreach strategy that involves locally trained and skilled leaders Better connect local businesses with public and private resources Build the capacity of a community to help its businesses

La Pine Chamber Director Ann Gawith presented a request to City Council members in September for a one-time grant to help implement BR&E, which was approved unanimously. “We are thrilled that RDI would come to La Pine, as this program has only been done a few times in Oregon. It’s a great way for the Chamber to support our community’s businesses, and help identify their struggles and the resources that might help them.” Added City Manager Cory Misley, “La Pine has funds earmarked for city improvements, none of which have been spent to date. I think this is an excellent use of those funds.” According to Dan Varcoe, representing RDI and the La Pine Economic Vitality Roadmap Team, “BR&E seemed like an excellent way to improve the business environment here. We needed an organization to manage the program and the La Pine Chamber took that on.” “It’s important to note that 80% of new jobs are created by existing firms,” he stated. “One cost-effective way to increase jobs is to work directly with them.” Varcoe went on to explain that “if we have a strong business sector, we are on the map. When we are on the map, we start attracting more businesses, and create a healthier climate overall.” Program implementation has already begun. The La Pine Chamber is actively searching for adult volunteers to go through RDI training. “We need about 10 volunteers to help interview businesses and gather information over the next several weeks,” said Gawith. “We’re hoping to partner with the La Pine High School business class and its Future Business Leader’s Association (FBLA) club members to provide 10 additional volunteers. We will match students with adult volunteers to make up Business Visitation Teams.” “When I first heard about BR&E and the possibility of some of my students participating, I thought it was a perfect learning opportunity,” commented LPHS business teacher Jeff Baisch. “The students will go through RDI’s volunteer training program and help interview local businesses. This real world experience is essential.” Baisch noted that once interviews are completed and the data has been compiled, his students may also assist with any creative processes to address the needs identified by local businesses. People interested in volunteering must attend RDI’s Volunteer Training session on Tuesday, October 18. Two sessions are planned, from 2–5 p.m. and from 5:30–8:30 p.m. Visitation Team members will work in two-person teams and conduct two to three interviews. The total time commitment will be approximately 20 hours over ATTENTION BUSINESS a two- to three-month period, October OWNERS through December. Other requirements for volunteers include being respectful, OPERATING communicative with the ability to listen; IN THE CITY being willing to sign a confidentiality OF LA PINE agreement; and being open to training other visitors in the future. The City has adopted a Business “We plan to survey at least 40 area License Ordinance requiring all businesses businesses, although our goal is 60,” said operating in the City of La Pine to obtain a Gawith. Added Michael Held, RDI Rural business license beginning July 1, 2014. Economic Vitality Program Manager, “If The fee for the business license is $45. we can help even one business out of the Business Owners can go online and fill out dozens interviewed, then this program has a business license application by going been a success.” to our website:, or Additional information about the BR&E coming into City Hall located at 16345 Sixth Program and volunteer expectations, Street or by calling City Hall at 541-536-1432 including a commitment timeline, can be and requesting that a Business License application be sent to you. You may then obtained at the La Pine Chamber office. pay the applicable fees by mailing a check Those interested in participating should to City Hall at PO Box 2460, La Pine, or by contact Ann Gawith by phoning (541)536calling City Hall to pay by credit card over 9771 or by emailing her at director@lapine. the phone at 541-536-1432. org.






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City of La Pine News & Updates


City Hall Meetings Public is invited to attend all meetings listed and agenda is posted on the city website. Regular monthly meetings are as follows, but subject to change depending on need and agenda. Meeting Minutes and Audio from Meetings also available on the City Website. Call City Hall or visit City of La Pine website at to check for up-to-date information on any of these items.

Tuesday, October 11 - Public Works Committee Meeting - 10 a.m. Wednesday, October 12 - City Council Meeting - 6 p.m. Wednesday, October 19 - Planning Commission Meeting - 6 p.m. *Public Comment opportunities are available at all City meetings.

La Pine City Hall is located at 16345 6th Street. Mailing address: La Pine City Hall, PO Box 2460, 16345 Sixth Street, La Pine, Oregon 97739. City Administration email: Call City Hall: 541-536-1432 City Hall is open Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Please visit, call or email City Hall with any questions or concerns.

Open House to Detail Water and Sewer System Improvements A “Water and Wastewater System Expansion/Redundancy Project Open House” is scheduled at the La Pine Senior Center on Tuesday, November 15, 5:30 -7:00 p.m. Information will be shared with the community on proposed improvements to the city’s water and sewer systems, and expansion into the Cagle and Glenwood neighborhoods.

October Is National Co-op Month By Teresa Lackey

Marketing and Communications Manager for Midstate Electric Coop

October is National Co-op Month. Midstate Electric Cooperative (MEC) and all co-ops across the U.S. are celebrating the benefits and values co-ops bring to their members and communities. Cooperative spirit is being embraced by co-ops across the nation that work together for the common good and to improve quality of life in their communities. That is true of MEC and another local co-op, Mid-Oregon Credit Union. We are working together to fund a large $10,000 - $12,500 community project through our Operation Round Up® Program. Guidelines for the use of the funds are as follows: Eligibility • Non-profit, civic or community-based organization • Project enhances quality of life in the region • Project located within MEC’s service area Projects should fit into one or more of these categories • Community Service

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Education and/or Youth Community Economic Assistance Environment

Evaluation Factors • Benefit to the community • Demonstrated need • Level of community support for the project/organization If you or someone you know has a project idea that meets the guidelines stated above, please contact our Marketing Department at 541-5362126, option 5 or email marketing@ MEC is proud to be part of America’s co-op network comprised of more than 47,000 co-op businesses, which includes 900 electric co-ops serving 37 million people in 47 states. Electric co-ops are committed to providing members with safe, reliable and affordable electricity, but there is more to it than that. Co-ops exist to serve their members, but we also have a responsibility to support our members, enrich our schools and enhance our communities.

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October 2016

Civic News

Students Turn into “Stars” through Three-Year Fire District Program By Andrea Hine

Contributing Writer

Captain Mark Pautz came up from California in 1995 as one of the first students to take part in the La Pine Fire District Student Residence Program. “I’ve been here ever since,” he said. “They couldn’t get rid of me!” And what enticed him? As Fire Chief Mike Supkis explained, Pautz (and the many/ dozens who followed) were eager to embark on a highly-technical, rewarding career and provide valuable lifesaving services – and in return obtain a college scholarship, housing, and skills (both personal and professional) that will last a lifetime. The program has evolved over the 20 years since Paulzt took part: “We’ve upped the game,” claimed Supkis. Now “it’s one of photo by Lynette Confer only a handful offered around the United “We get real experience right off the bat,” said Eric Halfman (left), a States.” And it’s a rigorous one, requiring a three-year commitment to both academic first-year student from Salem. “It’s pretty awesome here.” Third-year work and working side-by-side with career student Lucas Fortune (right) added that “We work hard the whole fire professionals to master the fields time, but it really pays off.” of fire science and emergency medical services. A fire chief for 32 years (six of them in La Pine), Supkis explained how the Student Residence Program works: Six new students are chosen each year, representing only about 10 percent of applicants nationwide. The highly-competitive selection process (in collaboration with Central Oregon Community College (COCC) and other local public safety agencies) includes an application, oral and written exams, and a physical abilities test. The chosen young men and women (18 to 25 years of age) arrive in La Pine five weeks before starting at the fall semester at COCC for a Firefighter Academy “to get their training in,” Supkis said. This all-day, five-days-a-week mandatory component provides “the very basics for living at the station, participating on shifts, and responding to emergencies,” he elaborated. The rigors begin on day one with a team-building hike in a rugged wilderness environment. By day two, the students are breaking down and testing fire equipment outside the fire station – sometimes in 90 degree heat. This includes 30,000 feet of hose (one to four inches in diameter) that may weigh 90 pounds. “By the 300th time they have completed this laborious and physically demanding labor – ‘muscle memory’ takes over,” explained Supkis. “As a result, what was initially performed in a training environment with other students can now be carried out in actual fire-fighting situations – in the dark, for example, and under high stress. “In this business, details can make all the difference,” he continued. “So from taking care of equipment to maintaining facilities, adhering to a dress code, staying hydrated by always having bottles of water on the table during class sessions, we want our folks to be detail oriented. I call this ‘training your brain’ in readiness for the potentially life-and-death situations fire fighters constantly face.” (To quantify: the La Pine Fire District receives an average of 2,200 calls annually, or about six per day, 24 hours a day.) “By the time academics begin, the students are on their way, and ready to go out on calls,” affirmed the Fire Chief. Completion of the rigorous Firefighter Academy also entitles participants to receive a “full-ride scholarship” for the program’s duration, including the cost of tuition and books, a monthly stipend for basic supplies, and the ability to earn extra income by responding to off-duty call emergencies. Participants are required to live in and help staff the District’s three fire stations (on Huntington and Burgess Roads, and South Century Drive). According to Supkis, “This family firehouse environment gives students the opportunity to build camaraderie among brother and sister firefighters,” Third-year student Lucas Fortune, who can testify from photo by Lynette Confer his own experience that the more experienced among them tend to serve as ‘mentors’ for the newer students, uses the examples of “cooking Taking care of equipment is a very important dinner for each other and working out together.” part of learning to pay attention to details, a At the end of the three-year program, successful participants earn “training your brain” exercise necessary to help an Associate of Applied Science Degree in both Structural Fire Science firefighters be prepared for whatever they may and Emergency Medical Services (EMS). Along the way, they receive certifications in areas such as ambulance operator, wildland firefighter, face in any given situation. instructor and paramedic. Some may even rise to the rank of Sargeant. Supkis detailed the personal and professional growth that occurs. “Most students come to us with very little (if any) fire or EMS experience. By the end of their time with the Fire District, they have transformed into knowledgeable and well-trained firefighters and paramedics. They’ve also learned valuable skills such as integrity, teamwork, communications and time management – and developed a strong work ethic. The discipline and confidence that have been instilled will carry over into the rest of their lives.” The rewards are not one-sided, Supkis claimed. “Their presence gives me energy so I don’t slow down. I have to keep up with these young folks! And when the three years are over, I feel the same sense of loss as a college football coach whose players are graduating and moving on.” Supkis emphasized that the value of the La Pine Student Firefighter Program doesn’t end with participants earning degrees and the community getting service in return. “100 percent of our graduates have subsequently been hired in their fields,” he claims, “and gone on to public service careers throughout Oregon, the Pacific Northwest, and as far away as Washington, D.C. “All our students are stars,” he concluded, “and the entire department celebrates their success.”

Fire Prevention Week 2016 October 9 through 15 is National Fire Prevention Week. This year’s focus is: Don’t Wait, Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 years. Smoke alarms are essential lifesaving equipment. Most home fire deaths and/or injuries happen in homes without smoke alarms or in those where smoke alarms have stopped working. Smoke alarms are sensitive electronic equipment so they do wear out. National Standards and Oregon Real Estate Law now require replacing smoke alarms every 10 years. All smoke alarms have a manufacture date on the back, making it easy to check them. Other Smoke and Carbon Monoxide (CO) Alarm Tips: Smoke and CO alarms less than 10 years old still need some simple maintenance that is easy for the homeowner or a renter to accomplish. Press the test button for several seconds, and the alarm should sound for several more seconds. Doing this helps ensure the detector is working to protect you and your family. Most have batteries (stand-alone type – battery only; and hardwired type -those connected to the household that also have a battery backup). Modern batteries no longer need to be replaced annually. The 10-year lithium, or highquality alkaline type, will last several years. Date the battery when installing it so you know when it is time to replace. Also, the alarm will chirp every 20-40 seconds to alert occupants when the battery gets low – which usually seems to happen most often in the middle of the night! Clean the detector with the wand and brush of a vacuum cleaner. This removes any dust particles, wayward spiders or those little late-summer bugs that are attracted to the detector’s little green light, and will help prevent false alarms. Every home should have at least one smoke alarm on each level between the living space and each sleeping area. Codes for new construction now also require an additional alarm in each bedroom. Any home that has an attached garage, fireplace and/or wood stove, and/ or fuel-burning heat or appliance, also requires at least one CO alarm on each level. Some alarms can be purchased as a single combination smoke and carbon monoxide alarm. They will be labeled as such. Which type is best - ionization or photo electric? Ionization tends to cost less and picks up rapid combustion particles faster. Photoelectric picks up smoldering smoke particles faster. Most nighttime accidental home fires start with a slow smoldering stage. Landlords and/or sellers are required by law to have current and operable alarms in place each and every time the property is transferred or rented. Renters are responsible for checking the alarms and battery replacement during occupancy. a division Concept Retail, Inc

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Business Spotlight

La Pine Feels Like Home to Owners of High Lakes Feed By Andrea Hine

Contributing Writer

By Florence Neis

Contributing Writer

Grounded Café

Krissy Girvin realized a long-held dream when, this past July, she opened Grounded Café – the town’s newest coffee, breakfast and lunch enterprise. After relocating from Boise, Idaho in 2014 to be closer to her parents, she had worked in Bend while searching for the right time and location in La Pine. Grounded Café offers hot and cold specialty coffees and teas, along with fresh baked cupcakes, muffins and donuts. Breakfast and lunch sandwiches can be ordered all day. “Grounded Café provides a comfortable photo by Florence Neis ambiance with large leather couches and Krissy Girvin, Grounded Cafe cozy seating near a fireplace,” Krissy noted. “I wanted to create an atmosphere where people can relax and enjoy themselves. WiFi is also available for those who want to just hang out and maybe do some work on their laptop or iPad,” she added. Krissy buys product from Bend Roasting Company and emphasizes her desire to buy locally. [Grounded Café is located at 51470 Highway 97, #3 (Aspen Alley across from Cinco de Mayo). It is open Tuesday-Saturday, 6 a.m. - 4 p.m.]

White Buffalo Creations

With 25 years of experience in the industry, Susan “Suebabe” Smith opened White Buffalo Creations Leatherworks in Bend in 2006. Despite the odds facing new businesses, her venture grew at a modest but steady rate. However, as a 13-year La Pine resident, Sue wanted to relocate to her home town, and did so in 2010. She soon needed more space, and subsequently moved to her current location in La Pine Square. Sue said she’s “been sewing all my life and love to create custom leather clothing for those folks who want something made just for photo by Florence Neis them.” White Buffalo specializes in custom leather work, alterations Jessica Ramey, owner Susan and repair. Its gift shop sells handbags “Suebabe” Smith and Myleen Gartner (also individually made) along with a variety of clothing and other items. Sue designs and sews the products along with staff members Myleen Gartner and Jessica Ramey, who assist with cutting, alterations and sales. White Buffalo’s custom items can be found at various shows including rodeos and holiday events - most recently the Pendleton Roundup. [White Buffalo Creations is located at 51538 Highway 97, #1, and is open MondayFriday, 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., and Saturdays by appointment.]

Agnes’ Alterations

Deciding to leave South Dakota for warmer climes, Agnes Brusseau moved to Springfield, Oregon as soon as she graduated from high school. After getting married, she and her husband spent many years visiting the La Pine area due to “my husband’s love of fishing and hunting.” The couple subsequently moved here to raise their family, and their children and grandchildren stilll live in the community. After operating her own alterations shop in Bend for 11 years, Agnes opened Agnes’ Alterations in La Pine in 2015. “I don’t miss photo by Florence Neis the commute at all,” she said. Agnes has many Bend customers who value her services. Local Agnes Brusseau of Agnes’ customers include the Junior ROTC at La Pine Alterations High School, which relies on her to do all the alterations for their uniforms. [Agnes’ Alterations is located at 51636 Huntington Road, #3 (across from the Post Office), and is open Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. -1 p.m.]

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“We love our customers – they always come first,” emphasizes Betty Weaver, co-owner (along with husband Chris) of Weaver’s High Lakes Feed Store. “And we’ve built a lot of friendships since opening four months ago. People will come in simply to say ‘hi’ and hang out for awhile and visit.” Drawing from as far away as Bend and Redmond, in addition to areas outside La Pine such as Christmas Valley and Silver Lake, High Lakes Weaver’s High Lakes Feed Crew, offers an array of feeds and pet foods left to right from back: Rhonda, – “our best sellers,” Betty says, for Stephanie, Taya, Kathie, Chris, animals including deer, cows, horses, chickens, geese, pigs and sheep. Not Dwayne, Willie, Greg, Sandy, Betty, to mention an assortment of items Sheristy, Lizzie. ranging from canine calming collars to again in the spring after finding La Pine’s equine bridles, grooming tools, applewinters harsher than anticipated. flavored horse pellets, camp firewood, car “Moving is hard on a tight budget,” he batteries – even fringed purses, sequined adds, “so we sometimes give customers ball caps, suspenders and sunglasses. an extra day or additional mileage. And if The origins of the current store (under they come after closing, we take care of different ownership and located across their needs regardless, we always try to Highway 97 until the site was purchased help.” Betty remembers when a customer for construction of Dollar Tree and was given the wrong truck at another Grocery Outlet) are both romantic and courageous. Betty moved to La Pine “for a U-Haul location. “When he realized what change” after growing up in Central Point. had happened, the man turned back and spent one full day retracing his steps to She met Chris (an RV technician in Bend get the right vehicle. Yet when this La and Redmond for 15 years) on a dating Pine resident tried to turn in the rented site. “I was so unfamiliar with the area rig to us, he was charged (per the terms that my first comment was “hi, neighbor,” of the original contract) $1,006-worth of she recalls. “I didn’t realize that Redmond mileage. We got on the phone and, after was an hour away.” 20 minutes of negotiation with U-Haul, Settling in Redmond after their reversed every penny and left him with a marriage, the couple admits that neither balance of all zeroes. The customer was had any business ownership experience. super, super happy,” relates Betty. “He Yet, with the support of Chris’ parents was almost in shock at the outcome.” (who had sold hay to High Lakes’ During the store’s official “Grand previous owners, Bill Brown and Cheryl Opening & Customer Appreciation Day” Riddle), they were convinced that in mid-September, previous owner Bill “anything was possible.” The Weavers Brown was unstinting in his approval. “I made arrangements to rent their newlyreally like these kids,” he said, “and I’m remodeled home, cleared out High glad to see they’re doing well.” Lake’s extensive inventory, moved it to One of the other people in attendance, the current location, and opened the new Melvin Emert, explained why he’s a loyal venture on Easter Sunday – “taking just customer. “Chris and Betty offer good two days to do it all,” says Betty, “with a customer service,” he commented. “And lot of help from family and friends.” they always have what I need.” Along with inventory, Weaver’s Looking back over the past few inherited a U-Haul truck and trailer months since becoming an entrepreneur, franchise. “Most of our rentals are oneChris Weaver adds his perspective. “I way,” Chris explains. “Folks may be was nervous at first,” he admits. “It’s the assisting their kids who are going to college in the Valley, or perhaps are taking first time I’ve lived anywhere else than care of possessions of a loved one who has Redmond. But we’ve met a lot of nice people and made a lot of good friends. passed away. We also see a phenomenon And folks in the community have been where people move here in the fall from awesome – it feels like home now.” California or Arizona, only to move back

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“I have known Mark and Leslie from L&M Painting for several years and their quality and work ethics are phenomenal!!! L&M Painting has done several projects, not only for our company, La Pine Realty, but also for my family, friends and clients!! We have had nothing less than great feedback from everyone that we have referred to them! If you want a Painting Contractor that is reliable, on budget, on time and listens to your need, you have found them!!!!! Thanks, Mark and Leslie for your years of service!” - Lisa A Tavares, La Pine Realty

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Harvest Depot Credits Local Customer Base for Its Success By Andrea Hine

Contributing Writer When La Pine high school graduates Joel and Stacie Brader bought Harvest Depot (then called Harvest Hut) 12 years ago, they took over what had basically been a “hamburger joint for the past three decades,” Joel said. “A McDonald’s-like reader board over the front counter displayed the selections photo by Lynette Confer – single, double- or triple-burger and the like – and people sat at In its fifth year, Harvest Depot’s “Reuben picnic tables in a very informal Run” draws bikers from across the country. setting.” On Sept. 24, the bikers rented out the Best Walking into the restaurant today, customers see a Western Newberry kitchen and restaurant transformed environment area and the Braders provided dinner for resulting from five years of over 60 people. decorating efforts. A chance encounter with a local artisan at however, is probably our hot Reuben the Rhubarb Festival led to the purchase of finely-crafted wooden slabs now sandwich (composed of corned beef, Swiss cheese, sauerkraut and thousand island used for bar tables. Another La Pine man fashioned the booths and the swinging doors dressing, grilled between slices of rye (made of juniper) that lead to the kitchen. “It bread).” The renown of this tasty creation has didn’t happen all at once,” he emphasized. spread far beyond local – and even regional Joel claims to “stock more growlers – confines. “Our Reuben Run, now in than anywhere else in La Pine.” The ones its fifth year, draws hundreds of people hanging from hooks along the walls are all from all over the country,” explained Joel. gifts from customers, while the large steins “Driving bikes ranging from Yamahas and in stock are special-ordered from Germany. Hondas to Harley-Davidsons, the attendees Joel is not likely to forget one particular – business people by day and cyclists shipment – paid for in advance – which during the weekend – come to celebrate a was run over by a forklift by the delivery weekend adventure in central Oregon. company. “The pallet, which had been “It’s not like traveling in a car,” he thrown onto the sidewalk in front of the elaborated, “which can be stocked with restaurant, split into three parts. “Half of supplies such as sandwiches and soda. the glass inside was shattered,” he recalled, These folks – a great group of guys and “and I’m still waiting to get reimbursed.” gals, by the way – don’t bring anything Given their professional backgrounds, with them. They have to eat out for three Joel and Stacie Brader’s decision to become meals a day. And this year, participants restaurateurs was a logical one, despite rented out the entire Best Western facing daunting odds. (They were well Newberry Inn! It’s always a great economic aware that 60% of new restaurants fail boost for the town.” within the first year, while nearly 80% go under before their fifth anniversary.) “I had been managing a pizza parlor in Sunriver off and on for six years, and Stacie was also in food service. That’s actually how we met,” recalled Joel. “But after having to consistently be on call for Thanksgiving, Christmas and Mother’s Day – the busiest days in the business – we were both tired of ‘living our work.’ We decided to try and ‘do our own thing,’ and open an establishment that reflected our family values. For example, we’re never open on holidays, period.” photo by Lynette Confer The couple also takes two days off each Bikes line the covered walkway week to spend time with their four children, at Best Western Newberry in La who range in age from two to 15 years old. Although they “try to leave work here, it Pine Sept. 24 for the 5th Annual follows us home,” admitted Joel, especially Reuben Run, catered by Harvest as their two older children, a son and Depot. daughter, work at the restaurant. The Braders developed Harvest Depot’s Despite this annual influx of visitors, menu “based on what customers requested,” and Harvest Depot’s location on Highway Joel stated. “The Redneck Benedict (made 97, “we depend on locals for 95% of our with sausage instead of Canadian bacon, business,” admitted Joel. “Stacie and I and gravy instead of hollandaise sauce) is really appreciate their support. The town a popular breakfast item, and steak dinners has taken care of us since day one, and kept do well at night. Our best-known entrée, us in business for 12 years. We’re very grateful.” (Harvest Depot is open 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Sunday.)

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La Pine Ace Hardware and Building Supply Joins the Team By Sunny St. Claire

Contributing Writer

Kenny Northcutt, Ace’s Store Manager, said, “We have enjoyed having Matthew here for the past four months. He is always a pleasure to have around and gets along well with the employees and customers. The added benefit for Ace is that he is taking care of a lot of things we just can’t get to.” Most of us have never had to face developmental, mental or physical disabilities, either our own or a family member or friend. For those photo by Becca Sawyers who have been dealt this card from Matthew Stone, Ace Employee; the deck, it is a life-long struggle Kenny Northcutt, Store Manager. of learning, accepting and growing as they also deal with the stigma of being ‘different.’ Matthew Stone was born with Down syndrome. His parents, Pat and Jim Stone, have been strong advocates for him all of his life including helping him win the battle of leukemia. There are many funded programs for disabilities which help children and adults learn to succeed in becoming ‘the best they can be’ and be an independent and contributing member of their community. Isn’t that what we all want? From La Pine High School graduation, Matthew went into the LPHS Life Skills Transitional Program directed by Ken Thorp. There they learn life skills, work ethics and responsibility through volunteering at several companies and organizations here in La Pine. Prairie House, St Vincent De Paul, the Senior Center, La Pine Park and Recreation, Shop Smart, Figaro’s and the Sunriver Nature Center are organizations that have assisted in this program. In addition, many community members have given them permission to do yard work. Ken Thorpe’s staff goes with the students to assist in training both social skills and work habits at any of these volunteer opportunities. At age 21, the students phase out of the Transitional Program and can move into the Oregon Department of Human Services’ Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Program whose purpose is to assist in finding paying jobs for them. Up to that time, there have been scheduled meetings with the student, parents, school, councilors and VR staff to review and assess the progress and goals for each student. This Team’s group effort is a very important part of the student’s eventual success. Matthew turned 21 in June. Abilitree in Bend, in conjunction with VR, searches for paid employment for students that will fit their special needs. They also hire Job Coaches who assist with on-the-job training for the newly hired employee so as not to bring on any additional needs for the employer. This may be a temporary, part-time or permanent position dependent upon each person’s abilities. Traci Liberatore, Job Developer for Abilitree, had been talking to Ace Hardware about finding a spot for Matthew……and they did! Can you understand how exciting it was for Matthew to have his very first paid job and for Ace Hardware to give him this opportunity? It was momentous! He works two days a week for three hours each day and has his own assigned duties. I have been working with Matthew at Prairie House for two years where he volunteers and at Ace Hardware for the past four months. I can attest to the joy and satisfaction that comes from watching him grow and being part of the Team whose goal it is to help him be successful. Thanks, Ace, for giving Matthew a chance. Thanks to Matthew and his family for their hard work and determination. Thanks to all of the organizations and individuals (The Team!) that strive to assist a group of people sometimes forgotten. If you are a company that would consider hiring a disabled person, a parent of or an individual with disabilities, or someone who might be interested in working as a Job Coach, the following names and contact numbers will help you discover the programs available and assist you in the process. Ken Thorp, Director, LPHS Life Skills, 541-355-8521 Bob Stevens, Counselor, Oregon DHS Voc Rehab, 541-388-6336, x2043 Dawn Kirkpatrick, Abilitree, 541-388-8103, x219 Julie Rychard, Full Access High Desert, 541-749-2148 Deschutes Co. Intellectual &lLLL Developmental Disabilities, 541-322-7554 Molly McCallum, Macrieb Consultants, 541-610-2741

An autonomous congregation of the church of Christ meets at 51440 Hwy 97-assembly begins at 10:00 A.M. Sunday (541) 213-7895 And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved; but he who has disbelieved shall be condemned.” (Mark 16:15-16) We invite all to come and learn of these things.

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Community Barbeque and Fun Health Fair By Candace Gray Contributing Writer

Class Series “Living Well with Chronic Pain” starts in October at La Pine Senior Center By Candace Gray

Contributing Writer

La Pine’s Fall Festival welcomes community members to join students, teachers and staff for a free barbecue dinner on Thursday, October 6, from 4:30-6:30. Dinner will be served at La Pine Elementary. Next door at La Pine Middle School, you are invited to explore the “Let’s Get Healthy” fair. Students from the city’s four schools are participating over the course of two days in this robust health awareness event. Video games, film clips and interactive booths can help people of any age learn more about sleep, nutrition, memory, sun safety and epigenetics, among other health and wellness topics. Besides enjoying a no-charge dinner of hamburgers, beans, Caesar salad and fruit, families will be able to take home bags of apples and other fresh produce, donated to the event by local growers and vendors. Did we mention the prizes to be awarded during festival including iPads, Hydroflasks and other goodies? “We are excited to share this amazing health fair with people in the area, as well as our students,” said Robi Phinney, La Pine Middle School principal. ‘Let’s Get Healthy,’ a program developed by Oregon Health Sciences University, offers great resources for teachers and this well-organized, really fun fair for all ages. What we learn about the health of our students and community will help shape Courtesy Photo our students’ health projects throughout the year.” The “Strolling Colon” from the American A large group of healthCancer Society invites you to walk through and related community sponsors learn more about the importance of baseline will be at the Fair with screening at age 50 and other ways to prevent handouts about their services colon cancer. The exhibit travels throughout and health education topics. Oregon accompanied by brochures and booklets on cancer prevention and other health The American Cancer Society (ACS) will be bringing concerns. The society notes that “Colorectal something else: “The Strolling cancer is the second leading cause of cancer Colon.” A larger-than-life death in the U.S. among men and women (much larger!) replica of a combined. Yet it’s one of the most preventable human colon, the exhibit is cancers.” Learn more about this and many other featured by ACS staff and health topics at the La Pine Fall Festival and volunteers to highlight the “Let’s Get Healthy” fair. inner workings of this part of the digestive system – and why colon cancer screening is so important. You’ll want to visit this curious display and all the exhibits at the Fair. “We are thrilled to have La Pine High, Rosland Elementary, and La Pine Middle School working with us to expand what we’ve been doing for the past two years” said Patrick Flanagan, La Pine Elementary principal. “This is a much bigger undertaking with the four schools together and it’s the first time we’ve had ‘Let’s Get Healthy’ staff bring their expertise and engaging health exhibits.” If you plan to attend, you need to rsvp about the dinner. If you have not already responded through your youngest child’s school, reserve a place for you and your family or friends by calling 541-355-8000 no later than Monday, October 3. You can help make this healthy La Pine event an annual tradition – see you there.

Do you or someone you know suffer from chronic pain? This sixweek series is coordinated by Living Well Central Oregon, a partnership led by Deschutes County Health Services (DCHS). You will learn a variety of techniques and strategies that can improve your life every day. People who experience chronic pain often have a “symptom cycle” that includes poor sleep, stress, depression, and restricted movement, among other symptoms. You will gain knowledge and insight about how to better manage your pain from the workshop leaders, educational materials, and co-participants. “People who take this class always comment on how much it helps them,” said Sarah Worthington, Healthy Communities Coordinator with DCHS. “It was developed at

Stanford University and has been proven to help people who complete the series. Both health professionals and class participants rate this workshop highly in terms of lasting effectiveness.” The “Living Well with Chronic Pain” workshop is for six weeks, on Thursdays, beginning October 13. Held at the La Pine Senior Center, each class is taught from 1:003:30 pm (with a break, of course). Attendees will receive a useful book and cd. There is a $10 fee for the sixweek series; limited scholarships are available upon request. The class size is limited and advance registration is required. For more information and to reserve your place in this life-changing approach to managing chronic pain, call 541-322-7446.

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Grief Support Group meets the first, third and fifth Tuesday of each month from 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. at the Heart ‘N Home Hospice and Palliative Care Office, located across the street from BiMart in La Pine. For more information, contact Sue Ludemann, (541) 536-7399. “Celebrate Recovery” is a faith-based recovery program that is recognized nation-wide to help deal with personal issues and addictions. Child care is available. Each Thursday, 6:30 p.m. at High Lakes Christian Church, 52620 Day Road, La Pine. (541) 536-3333. Each Friday, 6:30 p.m. at Grace Fellowship Church on the SW corner of Day Road and Mtn. View Lane, La Pine. (541) 536-2878.

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Janice Cody, RN, MSN, MPH, FNP-C is a Family Nurse Practitioner, board certified by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. Janice graduated with a BSN from Seton Hall University in New Jersey in 1983 and worked as an RN in Critical Care and Ambulatory Care. Janice graduated from the University of Hawaii in 1998 with a MPH. She then decided to move towards a career as a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) and received her MSN as a FNP from Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA in 2015. Janice has been working as a FNP in Prineville and is excited to begin working at LCHC serving the La Pine community. Please welcome Janice to our community when you see her!


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Newberry Eagle Newspaper - Regional News & Events

Election News

October 2016

Candidate Statements do not reflect the opinions of The Newberry Eagle Board of Directors or staff and may contain statements that are false or unsubstantiated. Readers should confirm the validity of this information for themselves as The Newberry Eagle takes no responsibility for the reliability of the content.

Don Greiner

Dennis Scott

City of La Pine City Councilor

City of La Pine Mayor

With the November 8th election approaching, what better time to become acquainted with candidate for Mayor of La Pine, Dennis Scott. Dennis is serving on the City Council, he’s up-to-date on all City affairs, having also been on the City’s Finance Committee.   Dennis and his wife Colleen bought their home in La Pine four years ago, and both have been active in the community ever since.  He served as Chair of the “Put the Shine on La Pine” beautification committee, participating in projects throughout the community.  He enjoys staying up- to-date with all of the community organizations, and he looks forward to a friendly connection with all of them. Dennis doesn’t want the City run by just a select few, but enjoys having as many individuals as possible involved in the decisions of La Pine.  He is also interested in including the youth in City projects; he sees the importance of our youth taking pride in their community by helping to shape it for the future. Dennis was raised in a small, dairy farming community of approximately 700 people at the base of the Adirondack mountains in upstate New York.  He fell in love with La Pine’s similar rural, small-town feel where neighbors help neighbors and a person can still hunt, fish and kayak.  Prior to moving to La Pine, Dennis retired from the New York State Police as a firearms instructor and training officer.  Following retirement, he became Superintendent of a large national builder and oversaw building condo complexes, teaching budgets and scheduling.  The knowledge that Dennis brings from both job experiences will help the other leaders of La Pine shape the future. A write-in vote for Dennis Scott means that the ideas and concerns of La Pine citizens are listened to.   He believes that the future of La Pine should be in the hands of “ALL the people.”  As Mayor of La Pine, Dennis will continue attending local, county, and state meetings and events, representing La Pine in a positive light.  Write-in candidate for Mayor, Dennis Scott, can be reached at, 541-2131143.

I can tell you that I am proud to live in La Pine. I choose to live here - It was not by accident that this is my retirement home. During my formative years, my family came to La Pine to camp, to fish, to hunt and enjoy many activities with our freinds. To me, there was no other choice. Now it's time for me to give back to the community I love. The City Council is a vital part of our community, and Council decisions will effect our city for years to come. Electing the right person is a serious task facing voters. Council members should be qualified, accountable and responsive. I have those qualifications. I know what it takes to be a Councilor as I served on the Council for 3 years. During that time, the Comprehensive plan was formulated to guide the city into the future. The city began to draft the Ordinances required by the Comprehensive plan. The City Hall was purchased, the Water and Sewer Districts were transferred to the City. A City Manager was hired. The accounting system was modernized. This is just a few of the many issues faced by the Council. Accountability for a City Councilor means: No decision can be made without an honest, objective evaluation of all sides of an issue. Respect must be given to those having an opposing view so as to find better solutions that are balanced and creative. I will voice my reasons either for or against any issue. My decision must be best for the city and good for it's future. As your Councilor, I will be responsive to your needs. I will keep the lines of communication open. I am approachable and eager to listen. No decisions should be made without knowing what our citizens want. I have found that being able to explain why a particular course of action was taken, often answers most questions about “what is going on”. I have the qualifications, I will be accountable, and I will respond to your needs. I ask for your vote.



I will work for you to: • 15 years mid-management experience , including financial auditing and employer-employee relations. • Served as offidal representative of the City of La Pine to the Central Oregon Intergovernmental Council, successfully bringing bus transportation to La Pine. • Long standing and continuing active community involvement. • Understands that effective problem solving requires respect for differing views so as to better formulate solutions that are balanced and creative.


1. Be responsive to neighborhood concerns, and seek faster and more practical solutions. 2. Mandate stronger Code enforcement. 3. Keep water and sewer costs as low as possible. 4. Ensure responsible planning for the future of La Pine. 5. Require balanced budgets that are responsive to the needs of the community.

Connie Briese

City of La Pine City Councilor

“Get The Facts” Candidates Forum - Know The Delegates

Everyone is invited to a free-ofcharge Candidates Forum presented by The Newberry Eagle and KNCP 107.3. It’s a great opportunity to meet your local, county and state candidates for the November election, and hear their views on the issues that matter to you. OCCUPATION President COBE, Inc. dba Premier Builders Exchange 2005-Present OCCUPATIONAL BACKGROUND Builders Exchange 2000-Present; Cargile Construction Group 1994-2000 EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND Spokane Community College AAS Degree (2) PRIOR GOVERNMENTAL EXPERIENCE City of La Pine Budget Committee 2 years Born & raised in the Pacific Northwest; I have lived in South County for more than 17 years and have owned a small business in Bend for almost 12 years. I’m currently a Youth Group Leader at Crescent Creek Community Church. La Pine is my City, it’s full of my friends and neighbors; I care about what happens in the City. I care about the future of the City and want to commit my time to make certain it stays a place where I want to live; yet grows and matures to become better. I want to be a part of helping La Pine retain the small town feel and yet attract new business, residents and visitors. As a youth leader, I want to show them by example that we need to volunteer in order to help make our community the place we want it to be, to stand up and have a voice. I expect the City of La Pine to listen to the people, the needs expressed and the value placed on those needs. I expect professionalism, honesty, integrity and commitment to the people of our City. I have been regularly attending the City Council Meetings in order to learn and increase my knowledge of what is happening NOW in La Pine and have served on the Budget Committee for the last 2 years. I believe I have the energy, enthusiasm, integrity and desire to serve the City of La Pine in the capacity of a City Councilor and greatly appreciate your support and your vote.

Date: Tuesday, October 11 Time: Doors open at 6:30 p.m.  Location: La Pine Senior Center, 16450 Victory Way in La Pine We all know that local elections impact us the most. When local decisions are made, they can change things in your community – immediately and significantly. So it’s critical that before casting their votes, people ask questions, get answers and get educated. The choice is yours. You can rely on “hearsay,” or what folks are saying down at the coffee shop. Or you can “get the facts” from the candidates themselves. Here’s an opportunity to meet them, ask the tough questions, and hear their stance on issues - before determining who you’ll choose to represent you. The Candidates Forum will be broadcast live by KNCP/KITC FM Radio, with Gil Ernst, from Gilchrist serving as moderator. After participating candidates have concluded their remarks, he will ask them a few questions, including those submitted by audience members, In addition, at the conclusion of the event, there will be a brief opportunity to meet and talk with the candidates. All candidates from all of the races have been invited to participate. For more information, contact Lynette Confer, The Newberry Eagle, (541) 5363972.

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Shane Nelson

Deschutes County Sheriff

Election News

“Shane is consistent and unwavering in his leadership, keeping citizens of Deschutes County foremost in any course of action.” A. J. Losoya, Bank Regional Manager

Eric Kozowski

Deschutes County Sheriff

“Shane has the skills and experience to provide the quality public safety services that Deschutes County needs and deserves.” Ken Mulenex, City of La Pine Mayor “The Sheriff’s Office needs an experienced leader to take it where it needs to go for the people of Deschutes County. Shane has the skills, knowledge, experience, and education to accomplish the mission.” Retired Sheriff Les Stiles, Deschutes County

Born and raised in Deschutes County, I am committed to the highest in customer service through public safety. I stand by my decisions as Sheriff and want you to know, as my actions have shown, I will do the right thing, at the right time, for the right reasons. I will continue to: • Collaborate with community partners on Mental Health and Addiction services to protect the public and invest in alternatives to incarceration to divert people, when appropriate, from the criminal justice system. •

Provide GED and inmate work programs to reduce recidivism and teach job skills.


“Shane has superior service to community and has excelled as our Sheriff. Beverly Clarno, Former Speaker of the House and State Senator

“Shane’s leadership style and ability are making positive changes in the Sheriff’s Office.” Michael D. McIntosh, Superintendent Redmond School District “Shane Nelson is the epitome of strength, compassion, courage and a true servant leader. Shane will get the job done right!” Connie Druliner I am humbled and honored to serve as your Sheriff. I ask for your vote November 8th. - Shane (Information provided by the Committee to Elect L. Shane Nelson Sheriff)

Candidate Eric Kozowski has deep South County roots – and a commitment to effect positive change for the citizens of La Pine and the surrounding area. Eric’s great grandparents ran the Knotty Pine Café in La Pine in the 1950’s and Eric’s Dad and grandparents lived in La Pine and Bend when his Dad was a boy. Now nearly his entire family are Deschutes County residents. Kozowski is running on a platform that underscores his clear vision of how to make the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office the best law enforcement agency in the state. He states, “The citizens in La Pine are not receiving the protection and service that they are paying for – or that they deserve.” He goes on to explain, “I believe in better law

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enforcement for our citizens and, as Sheriff, I will take actions that will use your tax money more wisely, improve your safety, and change the culture of continuing mismanagement.” “La Pine is an important area for us, as we are the main source of protection for their citizens. Our current staffing levels of one supervisor for every three workers must change in order to provide better patrol coverage, especially in our rural areas. I will hold regular meetings with people who are interested in improvements there as part of my emphasis on both a Citizen’s Advisory Committee and Citizen’s Academy. He continued, “There is a lot we can do to improve response times, make our Deputies safer in their work, and improve our relationships with the citizens, businesses and local government.” “All of these necessary and essential improvements are missing in the DCSO today, strictly as a result of a lack of leadership and discipline in the organization. We have excellent people working in the Sheriff’s Office who, every day, share with me how much they want to move from a reactionary work environment, to one where leadership, accountability, and respect are always present. As Sheriff, that is the leadership I will bring.”

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Todd Kepple State Senate

The election for Oregon’s 28th Senate District this year will be unique in that voters will be choosing between two Republicans. My opponent and I offer different perspectives on the best way to promote the conservative values cherished by residents of the district, but it’s the extraordinary circumstances under which we each made the ballot that is truly remarkable. My opponent became the only candidate on the Republican primary ballot last March when he filed papers a mere three minutes before the filing deadline while his friend, the threeterm incumbent, maintained his active candidate status until the day after the deadline. Outraged by my opponent’s maneuver that effectively deprived other potential candidates of an opportunity to enter the race, a group of leading citizens in Klamath Falls called on me to change my voting registration from nonaffiliated to Republican, and to mount a write-in campaign. I thus

October 2016

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became the Republican nominated by Democrats to give voters a better choice in the Nov. 8 election. While my affiliation with the Republican Party may be relatively new, I have over the past few months come to be identified by many as the mainstream Republican candidate in this race. I am grateful to have received the endorsement of dozens of elected officials, community leaders and Republican activists throughout the district. Many moderate Democrats are also supporting my campaign, along with Independents and nonaffiliated voters. This broad base of support comes about as a result of one thing: voters across the region are ready to send pragmatic and effective representatives to the Legislature rather than ideologues who are bent on pursuit of a far-right so-called “constitutional” brand of conservatism that will go nowhere in Salem. My platform is focused on support for the agriculture and timber industries, and protection of education programs in the face of pressure to slash budgets. Please check the long list of endorsements from community leaders and review my platform on my web page,

Re-Elect Alan Unger Deschutes County Commissioner Tackling the challenges facing Deschutes County: ·

Creating better jobs for the people living in Deschutes County


Offering our children a path toward good jobs right out of high school or before college


Improving the health and productivity of our forests


Making sure we have the water necessary for our growing needs


Improving transportation options for business and citizens

Alan Unger brings his commitment to public service and deepseated Central Oregon roots to his job as Deschutes County Commissioner.

“I believe that common-sense solutions can be reached by working together. Let me continue working for you.” - Alan Unger Purchased by Unger for Deschutes






Who’s Endorsing Todd Kepple? - Former State Senator Steve Harper - Former State Rep. Del Parks

Todd Kepple of Klamath Falls is a registered Republican running on the Democratic ticket for Oregon Senate District 28, to give voters an honest election, and a better choice.

- Klamath County Commissioner-Elect Donnie Boyd

Todd won the Democratic nomination on a write-in vote. Mainstream Republicans, as well as independents and moderate Democrats, are now rallying behind his campaign.

- Former Lake County Commissioner Jane O’Keeffe

See video statements, endorsements and platform at:

- Former State Rep. Bill Garrard - Former Klamath County Commissioners Nell Kuonen, John Elliott - Lake County Commissioner Ken Kestner - Crook County Judge Mike McCabe - Klamath Falls Mayor Todd Kellstrom - Klamath Falls City Councilors Bill Adams, Matt Dodson, Bud Hart, Trish Seiler, Dan Tofell - Prineville Mayor Betty Roppe - Shady Cove Mayor Tom Anderson

“We need candidates who are honest, trustworthy and have a high sense of morality. I know Todd Kepple has these values. I support him, and so should you.” - Former State Senator Steve Harper

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Phil Henderson

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October 2016

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COUNTY COMMISSIONER PROUDLY NOMINATED BY: THE REPUBLICAN AND INDEPEDENT PARTIES ENDORSED BY: COMMISSIONER TONY DEBONE I am proud to have been nominated by the Republican Party and Independent Party. I am not a professional politician. As a 27-year Deschutes County resident and fifth-generation Oregonian, with a successful career in homebuilding and law, I offer common-sense solutions for many issues facing Deschutes County. HOUSING and HOMELESSNESS Housing in Deschutes County has become unaffordable. Homelessness is now a chronic reality in the county. As an experienced homebuilder, Phil Henderson supports policies that will make housing available. Increased local control of land use decisions, reduced SDCs and better mental health services are crucial. ROADS Deschutes County must keep our road standards high and the number of pot holes low. Voters feel betrayed by government decisions. Henderson prioritizes road maintenance and committing more money to asphalt, not administration. FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY During the eight years Henderson’s opponent has been a Commissioner the County general fund has grown by 35% while the population has grown only 10%. Deschutes County officials cannot justify property taxes increasing 3% every year while inflation and population growth over the past decade have been significantly lower. Henderson will fight to not tax and spend more of our hard-earned money. LEADERSHIP Deschutes County needs an openminded leader who will listen to voters and act with their interests in mind. Leaders in government are servants of the people. Accessibility, transparency, and hearing the concerns of the citizens of Deschutes County are the ways that Phil Henderson will lead our county forward. I appreciate your vote and support!

Occupation Deschutes County Commissioner Occupational Background Multnomah County Sheriff DepartmentCorrections Officer; Central Oregon Paint Supply –Partner; Alan Unger Contracting; Central Oregon Partnership – Community Advocate Educational Background Redmond Schools – Diploma. University of Portland – BS (general science) Prior Governmental Experience Board of County Commissioners – Chair; Mayor of Redmond; Central Oregon Area Commission on Transportation, COACT – Chair; ODOT Oregon Freight Advisory Committee, OFAC Member; Central Oregon Intergovernmental Council, COIC - Vice Chair; Deschutes Collaborative Forest Project, DCFP Steering Committee – Chair; Deschutes River Conservancy, DRC - Board Member; Deschutes Water Alliance, DWA – Chair; Upper Deschutes Watershed Council, UDWC - Board Member; Central Oregon Workforce Consortium, COWC Chair; East Cascades Workforce Investment, ECWIB - Board Member; OSU Cascades Liaison; Central Oregon Childcare Initiative; Redmond Economic Development, Inc. REDI - Board Member; AOC Economic/ Community Development Committee. It is my privilege to serve as your county commissioner. During the past eight years I have represented your interests by focusing on bringing jobs to Deschutes County; improving forest health through a collaborative forest restoration project; supporting water planning to provide water for agriculture and growing cities while putting more water back into the river; addressing local transportation issues including expanding public transit; and other issues that affect our citizens. I have been a strong voice for Deschutes County, working with leaders statewide to find solutions that will work here: improvements to all of our airports that connect us to the world and provide jobs, and forest management improvements to protect vital water supplies. I am proud to have the endorsement of all the mayors in Deschutes County: George Endicott, Redmond Chris Frye, former mayor of Sisters Jim Clinton, Bend Ken Mulenex, La Pine There is still much to be done, such as restructuring our state workforce system to provide businesses with qualified workers and offer a path for our children to better jobs right out of high school. I am asking for your vote to continue working for you as your Deschutes County Commissioner.


La Pine Ya Ya Sisterhood Society By Terri Buxton

Contributing Writer

The La Pine Ya Ya Sisterhood began as a social group in 2006, when a group of women decided to get together for lunch! Membership fee to join the group was $10. They soon decided that instead of going to lunch, they would have a potluck and start donating their $10 to charity. Over the years the Ya Ya’s have evolved and grown into a group of over 50 women and is now a 501C3 Non-profit charitable organization, dedicated to helping the community. So far this year they have donated over $6000 to charities and scholarships. The Ya Ya’s are still a social group with many activities that include; Bunco, Garden, Book, Dinner and Clubs, Hiking, Walking and Camping Groups and Pickleball. They also have Day and Weekend Excursions. They participate in many community events such as the 4th of July Parade and Halloween Trunk and Treat. The Ya Ya’s continue to grow and accept all persons who wish to join the Ya Ya Sisterhood. Meeting are the second Wednesday of each month at the La Pine Senior Center. The meetings consist of a Pot Luck dinner and a featured speaker. If you would like more information about joining the La Pine Ya Ya Sisterhood or would like to request a donation form, please contact Linda Vassilli @ 541-610-7223 or email The 2017 Board was recently installed. President - Linda Vassilli , Vice President Lana Anderson, Treasurer – Joann Collier, Secretary – Deborah Harris, Membership – Beth Hinrichs, Publicity – Terri Buxton. Sister of the Year is Deborah Harris.

La Pine Rodeo 2017 Queen Tryouts

The La Pine Rodeo Association has crown will be awarded to wear at other rescheduled its Queen/Princess Tryouts functions. for Sunday, October 13, at 1p.m. at the The speech topic for this year’s La Pine Rodeo Grounds. competition is “Lasso the…” with a Applications, which must be two-minute time limitation. “So start obtained by Thursday, October 13, in your thinkin,” Emert urges. She adds that order to qualify, are available at www. “you may be dressed in nice jeans and a They can be returned jacket – no dress is required – depending by email, or mailed to Kerri Emert, on what would-be contestants would Queen Advisor, P.O. Box 2777, La Pine, like to wear. Just remember you’ll need OR 97739. to change into riding clothes before the According to Emert, an informational tryouts.” meeting will be held Monday, October Emert concludes by saying: “Can’t wait 10, for applicants and their families. to meet you and hear your speech. Let’s Both applications and the pattern to rodeo!” practice for tryouts will be available at that time. (Interested applicants who DOLL HOUSES, HOBBY SHOP, & FAMILY BOUTIQUE cannot attend this meeting should contact Emert.) 16487 Bluewood Place “Helmets can Suite 1, La Pine be worn at the store: 541-536-6199 tryouts,” Emert direct: 541-280-7206 explains, “as we are Robert & Shirley Kindell going to set a good email: FaceBook: Thatonethingfamily safety example.” A

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LPHS Receives New State of the Art Digital Scoreboard

By Lynette Confer Editor

Last year, after the final football game of the season, two men stood on the La Pine High School (LPHS) football field lamenting a season that had been less than successful. “Aaron and I were down on the football field, looking up at the scoreboard, just disappointed with the fact that it had been a bad year,” stated Gene Bowman, aka “Geno”. “Along came a maintenance worker who noticed us looking at the scoreboard,” said Bowman. “He then told us that it was photo by Alex Dudley hard to even find lights for that old LPHS new Digital Scoreboard was scoreboard anymore.” This sparked an idea, a unveiled at a ceremony before the first conversation and a plan. LPHS’s home game on September 9. Athletic Director Aaron Flack and Bowman realized then and there “It took about two months to build the what to do. “We decided we needed a new scoreboard, and we were given ideas for the scoreboard,” Bowman said. “And, we design and sponsor name placement as we were convinced we could make it happen.” went along,” Bowman noted. Unveiling of the Bowman, who handles advertising for the new digital scoreboard took place at the first La Pine Chamber, Frontier Days and the LPHS Hawk’s football game on September 9. local radio station KNCP, got to work on the At a total cost of $23,000, this new all-LEDproject, contacting potential sponsors in the display scoreboard is also wireless, aside community. Always assuming he had plenty from power supply. of time to achieve the goal of having a new It’s not just a new digital scoreboard that scoreboard in place by the start of the school LPHS is sporting this year. A great deal of year. work has been going on behind the scenes to Fast forward to January. Bowman was update and upgrade much of the high school’s involved in a head-on collision in front of sports facilities as well. According to Athletic Les Schwab Tires on Highway 97 in La Secretary and Activities Director Becky Pine. “A woman had a medical emergency DeForest, “In 2014, we had a new soccer field and just came right into my lane. I saw it put in, which allows us to play two games at coming, but there was nothing I could do,” the same time.” Bowman recalled. “Loudest explosion I’ve DeForest also noted the extensive work ever heard in my life, then nothing.” Bowman done on the LPHS baseball field last year. was told he died several times as emergency “The baseball field has been in need of help responders worked to stabilize him, and for some time. It was uneven, drained into the doctors later worked to save his life that day. first base area, and the coaches had to do a ton He suffered extensive injuries that kept him of work to get it playable on game days.” It in the hospital for four months. “I remember was determined that the entire infield needed laying there and thinking, how am I going to to be ripped up, leveled and re-sodded. “It get this project done?” was quite the process,” recalled DeForest, In April, when Bowman was finally “Principal Montgomery, Coach Flack and his released from the hospital, he called Flack wife, Kate, Coach DeForest and the LPHS and admitted maybe he’d “bitten off more baseball players and Juniors baseball team than I can chew” with the scoreboard project. all worked for about three weeks get the job “Aaron said he was going to the school done.” district to see about them helping out,” For Bob DeForest, this year’s LPHS Bowman said. head football coach, “The new scoreboard According to Flack, the decision by the symbolizes commitment to the community Bend-La Pine School District (BLSD) to and youth of La Pine, by investing in facilities assist with the purchase of a new scoreboard we can be proud of. It feels like a lot of was fairly easy. “The previous scoreboard things have come together to provide a better was at least 20 years old, and many of the atmosphere for us all. It’s a great feeling!” bulbs were not even working. We had district “After the accident, I was afraid I would dollars set aside for such a purchase,” he said. fail,” Bowman admitted. “Then everything “It was time for a new scoreboard that could just fell into place.” Bowman doesn’t need be used not just for football, but for track any “back-slapping” or recognition for the events as well. As we are hosting Districts part he played in getting a new scoreboard for this year, the new scoreboard will be a much LPHS. “As long as I can continue doing what appreciated addition to our facility.” I do, that’s the reward,” he said. “It’s all about After the funding commitment was in relationships and supporting one another.” place from BLSD, Bowman was able to Those who are not familiar with Gene approach potential sponsors for donations to Bowman, aka “Geno”, can tune into local cover the remainder of the costs. Les Schwab KNCP FM 107.3 on Wednesdays, 8-9:30 Tires, Midstate Electric Cooperative, Mid a.m. He co-hosts “Geno & The Professor Oregon Credit Union and Robberson Ford Show” with Kevin McDaniel. The two also stepped up, and now have their names listed co-host “Hawks Sports Plus” on Fridays from across the bottom of the new state-of-the-art 10-11:30 a.m., and provide live broadcast scoreboard. “These four sponsors and the coverage of all La Pine Hawks’ sports, Bend-La Pine School District were all eager from football to cross country, volleyball, to make this happen,” said Bowman. “I’m basketball and baseball. “We are a lowjust so impressed with their support.” power (LP) radio station so the signal will Because of his work in advertising with not reach everyone, but you can live stream Bigfoot Beverage Distributors, a distributor us anywhere, anytime, at,” for Pepsi, Bowman knew that Pepsi might Bowman added. be able to help. “Pepsi gets recognition on So far, LPHS has enjoyed a winning the scoreboard, and we get a 20% purchase football season. With full stands, a new discount through Daktronics,” Bowman scoreboard, new football uniforms, and so explained. A digital display manufacturer many other things in place, it’s more than out of Brookings, South Dakota, Daktronics just winning football games. But the new designs scoreboards for high schools and scoreboard is a great way to light up the night stadiums across the country. with the La Pine Hawks’ victorious scores. Once funds were received and the project was in Pepsi’s hands, things moved quickly.

South County Schools Update

Important Dates: October 1 – First day for FAFSA applications October 6 – La Pine Fall Festival (see below) October 10 – 14 – Three Rivers Spirit Week October 11 – School Board Meeting at LPHS – 6pm October 14 – Homecoming All School Assembly and Football Game at LPHS October 15 – Homecoming Dance at LPHS October 19 – 11:45 Release at Elementary schools October 20 – College Night at LPHS October 26 & 27 – LPMS Conferences October 27 – LPHS conferences 3:30 – 7:30 October 27 – FAFSA Night in the Library @ LPHS 6 – 7:30 pm October 27 & 28 – No Elementary School for Parent Conferences October 28 – No School LPMS – Teacher Work Day Please check the school website for additional information and times for events. La Pine Fall Festival is October 6th from 4:30 – 6:30 pm. Please come join the fun! Free dinner, community resources, games and prizes. We have two mini iPads to give away, two bicycles, some Hydroflasks and our community partners will have lots of goodies, too! We have invited all families with students to join us, please RSVP to your youngest child’s school, if you have not done so already. We look forward to seeing you. Bend La Pine School Board meets every other Tuesday at 6pm in the Board Room at the Education Center in Bend. The public is always welcome. They also meet in South County twice a year. Their first meeting in La Pine will be at La Pine High School on October 11th at 6pm. The public is invited to attend. If you would like to sign up to speak at the meeting, please arrive early to sign up. Parent Teacher Conferences: Elementary School will have Parent Teacher Conferences on October 26, 27 and 28. There is no school on October 27 and 28. Elementary schools will release at 11:45am on October 19th so that teachers can get ready for conferences. Please make sure the school knows your student’s plan for that afternoon. La Pine Middle School will have their conferences October 26-27th 3:15-7:15 pm. La Pine High School will have their conferences on October 27 3:30 – 7:30 pm. Three Rivers School is having Spirit Week October 10th – 14th Here are our themes: Monday - Mix Match Day; Tuesday - University Day; Wednesday Wacky Hair Wednesday; Thursday - Throwback Thursday - Any Era; Friday - Fabulous Otter Friday. La Pine High School October 20th is College Night at LPHS in the Auditorium from 6 – 8pm and dinner is provided. October 27th is FAFSA night from 6 – 7:30 pm. This is a great opportunity if you need help completing this important application or have questions.

Three Rivers Middle School Otter Upcycle Program By Danielle Holland

Three Rivers Middle School Three Rivers Middle School leadership students are preparing a room dedicated to the sharing and donating of gently used clothes in order to create a sense of community within the school. If you have any clothing that you believe a

middle school student might like to wear or simply see an amazing deal while shopping in town we would love to have your donations. You can drop things to the office during the school hours of 8-3 Monday thru Friday. Please label them Otter Upcycling. Thank You so much for your support.

LPHS Student Senate Thanks Sponsors The La Pine Student Senate and Student Body would like to thank the following for sponsoring our Friday Night Football After Parties! Brad Driggers - Broker, Windermere Real Estate, Sunriver LaPine Community Health Center Earls Shell Gas Station/Highlander Motel Don and Bea Hatler - Principal Broker, Windermere Real Estate, Sunriver Vertical Church, La Pine Because of your support and generosity we were able to provide a fun, safe environment for our High School students to hang out after the Football games. If you are interested in sponsoring future After Parties or supporting our Student Senate please contact Danielle Patrick at 541-355-8500 or at

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Coach Praises “Incredible Year” for Absenteeism in La Pine Schools By Tonya Karlowicz LPHS Attendance Secretary La Pine’s Wrestling Teams By Dave Kerr Contributing Writer

It has been an incredible year for La Pine wrestling, one of the most successful we’ve ever seen. The list of accomplishments is long: five individual state champions from the La Pine USA wrestling mat club; many state placers and national qualifiers; our middle school program; and a high school team that finished second at the Oregon State Championships in Portland. Courtesy Photo It has taken us a while to get to this point. A long time ago I realized La Pine USA Wrestling Mat Club Team that it was better to reload every year for 2015-2016. -- instead of rebuilding -- in order to be successful. It’s easier when we start junior high. Things will not be any different teaching the basic fundamentals to our kids this year. Coaches Flack, Smith, and I will when they’re young – rather than wait until be doing the exact same thing at La Pine and they’re older and hope to achieve the same Rosland elementary schools. We expect many result. great things from the La Pine USA Wrestling There’s no reason why all parents out Mat Club, the middle school program, and the there cannot expect their children to be high school team. exceptional. Our children will never expect it Having been part of wrestling in our themselves if we don’t believe it as moms and community during the last 30 years, I’ve dads. We need to give them every opportunity seen lots of parents and wrestlers come and to succeed. go. With the people we have supporting That’s what the mat club offers. We our wrestlers this year -- and the wrestlers believe you get out of it what you put into it. themselves -- the expectation is the same as it It’s not a mentality of deserving one freebie is on the mat. We say “learn from yesterday’s after another.  We work hard and play hard, mistakes, work as hard as you can today, and and develop a work ethic that builds better be better for it tomorrow.” wrestlers and the best people – period. We invite you to be a part of our wrestling On the mat, it’s just you and your family. Our future is bright -- we want you opponent. Nobody else can take the blame for there with us. what you do or don’t do, and nobody else can (The La Pine USA Wrestling Mat receive the reward. We have been fortunate Club, which will be accepting wrestlers to be surrounded by exceptional parents and ages 4 through 18, is scheduled to wrestle coaches. We were also lucky to have Coach Collegiate, Greco, and Freestyle. Practice is Flack and his amazing family move in and held Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday take over the high school team as an addition from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at the La Pine USA to our outstanding wrestling community.  Wrestling Mat Club, 15921 Parkway Drive We have many opportunities for our -- just off of Day Road. More information young wrestlers to grow and achieve. I can be obtained on Facebook at La Pine believe La Pine is the only city in the state USA Wrestling, or by contacting me -- and quite possibly the nation -- that can at (541) 408 6112 or Coach Smith claim every child in our community has been (middle school head coach) at (541 on the wrestling mat from elementary to )948 0501.)

La Pine Middle School Fall Sports Schedule Welcome to fall sports at La Pine Middle School. We are proud to offer football for 7th and 8th graders, girls volleyball for 7th and 8th graders, and cross country for all students. Practice has started, and our athletes and coaches are gearing up for their first games. Schedules for each sport are provided below. Go Hawks! Girls Volleyball Cross Country M 9/26 LPMS @ JCMS 4:00 T 9/20 meet at EG 3:50 (Canyon Rim PK) W 9/28 Hines @ LPMS 3:45 W 9/28 meet at Trinity 4:00 TH 9/29 LPMS @ 3 Rivers 3:45 W 10/5 meet at LPHS 2:00 M 10/3 LPMS @ WSK8 4:00 TH 10/13 meet at CMS 3:45 TH 10/6 Culver @ LPMS 4:00 10/18 Districts TBA M 10/10 Sisters @ LPMS 3:45 TH 10/13 3 Rivers @ LPMS 3:45 Football W 10/19 JCMS @ LPMS 3:45 T 9/20 LPMS @ Sisters 4:15 M 10/24 LPMS @ Hines 3:30 9/27 LPMS @ Culver 4:15 T 10/25 WSK8 @ LPMS 3:45 T 10/4 JCMS @ LPMS 4:15 T 10/11 WSK8 @ LPMS 4:15 LPMS (La Pine Middle School) T 10/18 Hines @ LPMS 4:15 LPHS (La Pine High School) T 10/25 LPMS @ JCMS 4:15 WSK8 (Warm Springs K8 School) T 11/1 3 Rivers @ LPMS 6:00 JCMS (Jefferson County Middle School) CMS (Cascade Middle School)

incarceration.” This is not just the problem of the individual or the individual’s family. This is a community and societal issue. But is chronic absenteeism the problem? Yes, chronic absenteeism is a problem that leads to other problems, but it is also usually a problem that signal deeper problems. Those problems might include physical or mental health problems of the student or a family member, transportation, family crisis, and problems often related to poverty. To increase school attendance, the barriers to school attendance must be addressed. How can the rate of chronic absenteeism be reduced? There is no magic wand to make this problem disappear. We can only accomplish our goal with hard work and sincerity and the community’s support and involvement. Our students need to know that the work they do within their school is valued and valuable. That is why we held a Back to School Rally this year (which was very successful and appreciated by parents and students). We need: (1) volunteer mentors to motivate students to stay engaged in school; (2) donations of incentives for good and improved attendance; (3) local businesses to support student attendance; and (4) continued support of our FAN (Family Access Network) program. Addressing the problem of chronic absenteeism at La Pine High School is an opportunity for the community of La Pine to support its youth, to help our young people realize their potential. You can get involved by contacting Tonya Karlowicz at 541-355-8513.

Nearly thirty-five percent of La Pine High School’s students were chronically absent during the 2015-2016 school year. That means that approximately one in three students were absent more than 10% of the school year. Last year was not an unusual year for La Pine High School attendance; rather, it was typical of what has been seen year after year. The newly formed attendance team at La Pine High School just set a goal to reduce the rate of chronic absenteeism by 10% over the 20162017 school year. This is important for all students, their families, and for the community of La Pine, and for these reasons, we need the help of the community. What is chronic absenteeism? A student is determined to be chronically absent when they miss more than 10% of a school year. As there are 175 days in a school year, this means that a student missing more than 17.5 days of school, excused or unexcused, is chronically absent. Why is this a problem? Chronic absenteeism decreases a student’s ability to achieve academic success. This starts well before a student enrolls in high school. Many chronically absent students in high school have a long history of being chronically absent throughout their school years. In high school, those who are chronically absent are at an increased risk of not graduating on time or dropping out. According to Attendance Works, “Students who do not graduate from high La Pine school have worse health and greater health risks as adults than their peers who graduate. They also have more frequent, negative contact with Traeger BBQs • Full Paint Dept. • Nursery law enforcement, Custom Screens & Repair • & Much More contributing to a cycle of poverty, poor health, Open 7 days - 7am-6pm Mon - Fri, 8am-5pm Sat, 9am-5pm Sun homelessness, and 1st & Huntington Rd - 51615 Huntington Rd., La Pine

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of.” Athletic Secretary and Activities Director Becky DeForest agreed. “Danielle and I were hired last year to act as CoActivities Directors. When we went to a leadership conference last summer, we thought that maybe we were the only school struggling with school spirit. We left with some great ideas, tools, and contacts from across the state we can follow up with.” “There is a very different tone this year,” DeForest said. “The staff has been incredible, really willing to step out of their comfort zone to help us. And the students have been very receptive to our new ideas. Building school spirit has to be a group effort.” Several new programs and changes have been implemented at LPHS, among them the Student Senate. “Danielle and Becky have done an outstanding job,” remarked Principal Montgomery. LPHS junior Amanda Stevens is the first-ever Student Senate President. “Last year at an assembly, we were asked if we wanted to see a change in our school, what we were passionate about,” she recalled, “I applied to the Student Senate because I knew school spirit and morale were low. I wanted to get on board and work with a team, get the community involved.” Fellow Student Senate member Rachel O’Ryan echoed these sentiments. “I was tired of our school getting looked down on. No one was showing up at games, and leadership was only about making posters and school dances. We wanted to see more school spirit and improve overall school morale.” The Student Senate has already taken on a number of projects, working through the summer to organize Freshman Day to help incoming freshmen feel welcome. It has also implemented on-campus “After Party” celebrations that follow each football home game. In August, Stevens made a presentation to Chamber members requesting a $200 sponsorship for each After Party. This covers the cost of pizza, drinks and decorations. “By the end of that meeting, we had all the sponsors needed for the entire year,” she noted.

The Student Senate will also be planning and participating in community service projects, as shown by the “You’ve Been Hawked” signs displayed around La Pine. Free breakfast is being offered to all LPHS students, according to Principal Montgomery. “And our new ‘crew’ class for first period gives the kids a chance to settle in, get ready for the day, and connect with an adult in the school, which is vital.” Another hoped-for benefit, noted LPHS Assistant Principal Anne-Marie Lessard, is a reduction in absenteeism and tardiness. “It gives students a space to get breakfast and finish their homework. No one is counted tardy, even if they show up halfway through.” Lessard also explained that each teacher sets a theme or tone for the class, and students choose which one to be part of. “The whole feel is different, and everyone just seems happier and more relaxed.” “Our new‘Focus Room’ headed by Coach Flack, is an intervention step for students before being sent to the office. It’s a place for them to decompress and get their emotions under control,” added Lessard. “So many great things are happening here,” said Activities Director DeForest. “The success and positivity we’re seeing are the result of having good people in the right places. All the pieces to the puzzle are falling together.” “My ultimate responsibility is to prepare students for life beyond high school,” stated Principal Montgomery. “We want them to be good citizens and learn essential life skills. My other top responsibility is supporting our teachers. After all, they are the ones doing the work and having daily contact with the students. It’s a group effort, always.” “We are trying to encourage the kids to support one another, support each other’s teams” said Coach Flack. Added Coach DeForest, “We call it ‘pack’n the perch.’ We want the kids to pack the stands and cheer for their teams. We are just trying to foster a ‘family environment’ here. Without even telling the kids that, they seem to understand.”




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seasonal decor; greeting cards; candy; toys including Star Wars sabers and mermaid dolls; laundry and cleaning items; hardware and automotive; and lighting and electronics. Santini pointed out that all employees at La Pine’s newest retail establishment are local. One of them, a veteran from Bend’s existing outlets, said “We’re glad to be here,” And judging by the steady flow of vehicles in and out of the parking lot, local shoppers agree. Dollar Tree operates 13,600 discount variety stores throughout the U.S. and Canada, with 240 in Oregon in cities including Portland, Salem, Medford, Grants Pass, Klamath Falls and now La Pine.

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October 2016

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La Pine Bingo at La Pine Senior Activity Center. Monday nights. Tuesday at 12:45pm. Open to the public. For more info, call 541-536-6237. Bingo at La Pine American Legion. Every Thursday at American Legion on Drafter Rd. Ticket sales 4:30pm, first game 5:45pm. Open to the public. For more info, call 541-536-1402. Toastmasters – Every Tuesday, 8am-9am. Gordy’s Truck Stop Restaurant. La Pine Senior Activity Center, Mon & Wed, 9-10:30am. Line dancing class. 1st 45 mind for beginners, 2nd 45 mind for intermediate. Drop in donation of $2 suggested, but not required. Call Sheila Anderson, instructor, for more info 541-5984762. Adult GED Class. Wednesdays, 6 p.m. La Pine Park & Rec Computer Lab. Call for more info, (541) 536-2223. Pickleball Play. Mon – Fri, 9 – 11 am. Call La Pine Park & Rec, (541) 536-2223. Tai Chi. Mondays, 11:30 am. La Pine Park & Rec. (541) 536-2223. Winter Walking. Mon & Wed, 11 am. Free. Fri, 1 pm. Free. Call La Pine Park & Rec, (541) 5362223. Move for the Health of It. Mon & Thurs, 1 pm. La Pine Park & Rec, (541) 536-2223. La Pine Park & Rec, Have “Coffee with Karen”, Wednesday mornings, 8-9. Do you have questions, ideas, want to volunteer or donate to the La Pine Park & Rec District? Come in and talk with the Director, no appointment needed. The coffee is ready!! Call 541-536-2223 for more info. Thurs, 10/6, 6-8pm, Thousand Trails Great Hall. 1st Annual Newberry Nibble Mystery Dinner event to benefit La Pine Community Kitchen and St. Vincent de Paul. Tickets on sale at La Pine Chamber. $15/person. RSVP to Kim, (510) 8969257 or Jerry, (541) 536-1956. Thurs, 10/6, 4:30 – 6:30 pm, La Pine Elementary. La Pine Fall Festival. Free Dinner, Family Fun, Games, Great Prizes. Please RSVP to your youngest child’s school or respond on our festival website: Fri, 10/7, Chip in FORE! Kids Charity Golf Tournament presented by the De Leone Corporation. Benefitting Deschutes Children’s Foundation. Hosted by Bend Golf and Country Club. Sponsorships & Foursomes are available! Call us at 541-388-3101 for more information. Tues, 10/18, 5:30-7:30pm, LPRD Board Meeting. Agenda is posted outside the La Pine Park & Rec Community Center building for Public Notice.

La Pine Library Events

Fri, 10/21, 7:30-9:00am. La Pine Chamber Breakfast at Senior Center. Call Chamber to RSVP, 541-536-9771. Sat, 11/5, 9 am – 4 pm. Microsoft Excel Class. Call La Pine Park & Rec, (541) 536-2223. Wed, 11/9, 6 pm. Concealed Carry Handgun Class. Call La Pine Park & Rec, (541) 536-2223. Wed, 11/16, 5:30 pm. Infant, Pediatric and Adult First Aid & CPR. Call La Pine Park & Rec, (541) 536-2223. Fri and Sat, 11/4 – 11/5, all day. Holy Redeemer Church on Burgess Road. Christmas Craft Fair. Great lunches, many vendors. Sunriver Rotary Club of Sunriver meets every Wednesday, beginning at 7:00 am (breakfast served at 7:30 am) at the Sunriver Resort’s Hearth Room. Visiting Rotarians are always welcome at the weekly meetings. If you are interested in joining or attending a meeting, contact Mark Dennett at 541488-4925 to enjoy a complimentary visit. http:// Bend Thurs – Sun, 10/6 – 10/9. Bend Film Festival. Bend, various theaters. Mon, 10/10, 6pm. High Desert Museum. Conversation Project: This Place. Join Sarah Alibabaie from Oregon Humanities for community conversations about place, power, home and belonging. No host bar. Free. RSVP, (541) 3824754. Tues, 10/11, Doors open 5:30pm, begins 7pm. McMenamins Old Francis Schoolhouse. “Wolves in the West”, join John Stephenson, USFW Wolf Program Coordinator for a look at the current status of Oregon wolves. Free. RSVP, (541) 382-4754. Thurs, 10/13, 5:45 p.m. High Desert Museum. Rethinking our Relationship with Fire. 10/22 – 01/08/17, High Desert Museum. Ansel Adams: Masterworks, landscape photography display opens. Sat, 11/5, 5:30 pm. Boots, Buckles and Bling Assistance League of Bend 2016 Annual Gala. Riverhouse Convention Center. Come dressed in your cowboy or western wear or cocktail attire. Tickets are $100 per person. Space is limited, get tickets now at or call (541) 389-2075. Crescent Sat, 11/5, Harvest Bingo. Doors open 3pm, Bingo 4-8pm. Crescent Community Club & North Klamath Cohort 1. Crescent Community Club, 420 Crescent Creek Cutoff.

Friends of the La Pine Library

Hours for the Friends of the La Pine Library’s Book Nook: Tuesdays · 10 am – 1pm, and Thursdays & Saturdays · 1 – 4 pm

The Social Life of Spirits

Join us for a cross-cultural exploration of ghosts, souls, spirits, and possession. This is an adult program. Saturday, October 8, 2 pm

Animal Adventures

Autumn Funerals

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October monthly meeting of the Friends of the La Pine Library. Everyone is welcome to attend! Tuesday, October 25, 1 pm

Library Closure

All Deschutes Public Libraries will be CLOSED on Thursday, October 27, for Staff In-Service Day. Thursday, October 27, All Day People with disabilities needing accommodations (alternative formats, seating or auxiliary aides) should contact Community Librarian, Roxanne Renteria, at 541-312-1091, or The La Pine Public Library is located at 16425 1st Street, in La Pine, Oregon.

Friends of the La Pine Library Book Sale The Friends Book Sale will be held in the La Pine Library Meeting Room. Friday, Oct. 14, it will be from 10 am – 6 pm, Saturday, Oct. 15, from 10 am – 5 pm, and on Sunday, Oct. 16, from 9 am – 5 pm. Join us! Friday, October 14 – Sunday, October 16

LEGO Block Party

Read! Build! Play! Join other builders and a gazillion LEGOs. All ages welcome! Saturday, October 15, 1:00 pm

Pumpkin Party

Our Services...

Friends of the La Pine Library Meeting

Join the High Desert Museum for a fun storytime and craft. Meet one of the Museum's live animals! Limited to 25 children age 3+ and their adults. Free tickets available on the day of the program. Tuesday, October 11, 10 am

Join us for a casual, monthly discussion about the book Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo. Everyone is welcome! Thursday, October 20, 12 pm

To offer each family the most caring, dignified and professional service at the most affordable price.

If you have pre-arrangements at any funeral home, we will honor those arrangements and strive for timely and dignified services. We honor Neptune Society, Great Western, Assurant and all life insurance plans.

Family Fun Storytime

Interactive Storytime with songs, rhymes, and crafts. Program is geared to ages 0-5, but the whole family is welcome! Thurs, 10:30am

The Library Book Club

Our Goal...

Burial Services: Traditional or simple. Cremation Services: Every type. Prompt and efficient service to each family. Funeral home and church coordination. WE CONSIDER IT AN HONOR TO SERVE YOU AND YOUR FAMILY!

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Join us for stories, songs, painting, and crafts. Ages 3 and up. Registration is required. Saturday, October 22, 11 am

Animal Adventures

Join the High Desert Museum for a fun storytime and craft. Meet one of the Museum's live animals! Limited to 25 children age 3+ and their adults. Free tickets available on the day of the program. Tuesday, October 25, 10:00 am


Todd is a 5-month-old playful Pit Bull puppy. He is a very sweet boy with so much love to give along the way as he learns how to be a wonderful canine companion. Todd does very well with other dogs and he even met a cat while he was here. He is hoping to find a home with lots of adventure to take part in, including walks, hikes and perhaps even a Central Oregon swim. If this cuddly, funny guy sounds like the pup you have been searching for, then stop on by and meet him today! CONTACT: Wendy Arnold 541.382.3537 Shelter line

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Newberry Eagle Newspaper - Regional News & Events

October 2016

Tri County Bike & Pedestrian Summit Comes to La Pine Oct. 12


Tri County Bike and Pedestrian Summit


2016 October 12, 2016, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. La Pine Community Center, 16405 First St.

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Planning & Implementation Efforts


• Sustainability: Current conditions and future plans for cycling, pedestrian, and transit infrastructure • Street Design & Traffic Calming • Improving Community Health through Walking, Biking, and Transit Agenda: Available by email upon request. Please email howard.cheryl@ Lunch: Catered by the Harvest Depot Please email Kim Curley by October 7th at if you are joining us for lunch and specify if you would prefer the vegetarian option. $15 per person, cash or check payable to Commute Options Carpools: From Bend: ODOT, 63055 N Hwy 97, Park in Carpool Parking Area, Departing 8:00 a.m. To drive or to ride, please RSVP to Kim Curley at

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Newberry Eagle October 2016  

The Local Newspaper of Newberry Country

Newberry Eagle October 2016  

The Local Newspaper of Newberry Country