Missing person: Humbard, Gary Lynn 61 year old male La Pine, Oregon

On 09/23/17, 10 Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue Volunteers and one DCSO Deputy continued the search for Gary Humbard in the area surrounding where his vehicle was located near Davis Lake. Included in this search team, were multiple K9 teams and an Unmanned Aerial System (drone) team. The Crook County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue Unit also assisted with multiple K9 teams. Humbard was not located. There are no leads at this time as to which direction Humbard may have left from his vehicle. Searchers worked most of the day, searching through open areas with tall grass as well as densely forested areas with significant dead and down timber.

This case remains an open missing person investigation and future searches will occur as ground conditions and resources permit. Our thoughts are with Mr. Humbard’s family.

The Sheriff’s Office asks anyone who has information regarding this case to contact us through non-emergency dispatch at 541-693-6911.

Recreational Fire Ban Lifted

The Central Oregon Fire Chiefs Association (COFCA) will lift the restrictions only on recreational fires, not debris burning, on Wednesday September 20th, 2017. The Fire Chiefs from most firefighting agencies including municipal and rural fire departments, the US Forest Service, and the BLM have agreed due to the weather pattern changes, each jurisdiction will allow outdoor recreational fires. On privately owned lands, the Oregon Department of Forestry will only allow recreational fires in designated areas, such as State Parks or with a Fire Department permit. This is due to the consistently cooler nights and reduced fire activity around the Central Oregon region.

Officials carefully consider the current fire situation, fuel moisture and predicted weather before making the decision to lift fire restrictions. Local fire officials want to remind residents that even with the change in the weather wildfires are still possible. All recreational fires and campfires should be cold to the touch when not being watched. Outdoor debris burning is still not allowed in any fire districts.

“With the ease in fire restrictions, we still ask residents to be patient and vigilant in preventing wildfires,” Chief Roger Johnson explains. “Until Central Oregon sees sustained fall weather, the Central Oregon Fire Chief’s agree that debris burning will remain closed due to the continued fire risk.”

Please check your local burn information lines for any changes and residents are also encouraged to contact their local fire protection agencies for specifics or any regulations on the use of chain saws, warming fires, BBQs or ATVs.

Veterans evacuating due to hurricane can go to any VA medical facility for health care

Veterans evacuating due to hurricane can go to any VA medical facility for care

09/08/2017 10:35 AM PDT

VA Secretary Dr. David Shulkin has directed VA staff to break down barriers and eliminate any red tape to ensure that Veterans evacuating due to Hurricane Irma receive seamless care at any VA health care facility throughout the nation, especially the Southeast.

View more updates on ODVA’s Blog

Festival of Cultures Wraps Up Welcoming Week

Redmond, Oregon

The Latino Community Association (LCA) announces its 11th Annual Festival of Cultures presented by St. Charles Health System on Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017, at Centennial Park, 725 SW Evergreen Ave., in Redmond.

The festival will include local dance troupes, singers and musicians, eclectic food vendors, service and product vendors, a fantastic Kids’ Area, the Passport Challenge and a Cultural Trivia Contest with prizes. Performances between 10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. will range from patriotic a capella singers to Warm Springs Indian dancers. Cultural booths will represent around 20 different cultures from most continents.

Denise Piza, newly elected Madras City Councilor, will share her family’s immigration story as keynote speaker at 10 a.m.

The festival wraps up Welcoming Week in central Oregon, Sept.15-24, a series of events that will bring together immigrants, refugees and native-born residents. City Councilors in Bend voted unanimously in June to declare Bend a “welcoming city” for newcomers from other countries and will host several activities during the week. Visit

For more information about the festival, visit or contact the Latino Community Association at 382-4366 or or on Facebook at /FestivalOfCultures.

About Latino Community Association

For the past 17 years, the Latino Community Association (LCA) has been empowering Latino families and children and building bridges across cultures to create a more resilient Central Oregon. In partnership with caring and generous individuals, businesses, community organizations and public agencies, LCA is committed to helping our Latino families to thrive. Our programs, which impact nearly 7,000 people every year, include: Workforce Education and Training, Family Empowerment, Youth Development, Healthy Families, and Cultural Enrichment. LCA also provides translation services and diversity training. For more information or to join LCA, visit or call 541.382.4366.

Deschutes County Accepting Applications for Budget Committee

Deschutes County is accepting applications for the Deschutes County Budget Committee. The deadline to submit applications is Wednesday, October 11 at 5:00 p.m. Interviews will be scheduled shortly thereafter.

The Budget Committee consists of the three-member Board of County Commissioners and three citizen members. Applicants must be residents of Deschutes County. Budget Committee members are responsible for reviewing the County’s proposed budget and recommending a final version to the Board of County Commissioners for adoption. Citizens with finance or business management experience are particularly encouraged to apply.

The successful applicant for the current vacancy will serve the remainder of an existing term  through  December  31,  2018  with  the  opportunity  for reappointment to a subsequent term. Committee members are asked to serve a three-year term and are not paid for their time. Committee volunteers typically attend  five  to  seven  meetings  between  December  and  the  end  of  June, including  four  days  of  meetings  in  late  May/early  June.  Additional  meetings may be called if necessary. Members are responsible for reviewing financial documents on their own time to prepare for sessions,  which  are  held  during business   hours.

To apply, visit and click on Budget Committee under Volunteer Openings.




TUESDAY – SEPTEMBER 19 – Bonanza City Hall

Business Meeting – Bonanza City Hall 9:00 am

Administrative Meeting – Bonanza City Hall – 10:00 am


Work Session Meeting

10:00 am – Room 214


County College – 1:00 pm – Salem


County College – 1:00 pm – Salem