“La Pine” Daily update ⋅ December 8, 2017  KTVZ NEWS

Bend man killed in Highway 97 rear-end crash near Sunriver

A 56-year-old Bend man was killed Wednesday morning when his pickup truck was rear-ended by a minivan on Highway 97 near Sunriver, sending both vehicles crashing into roadside trees, Oregon State Police reported. The crash occurred around 10:15 a.m. in the northbound lanes at milepost 151, …


Statement from Deschutes County district attorney John Hummel:

“Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum is heading the fact gathering phase of the investigation into the allegation against Sunriver Police Chief Marc Mills. Once she completes her work she will provide me with the facts as determined by her investigation and I will decide whether to initiate criminal charges. I will comment further when the Attorney General completes her investigation.”

New Bend Elementary School Principal Announced

Bend-La Pine Schools Superintendent Shay Mikalson announced today that Kevin Gehrig will lead the planning for, and become the principal at, the district’s new 600-seat elementary school, scheduled to open in the fall of 2019 in north central Bend near OB Riley and Cooley roads.

Gehrig will be succeeded by Rochelle Williams, currently the principal at Rosland Elementary School; Julie Linhares, currently the principal at Marshall High School, will replace Williams at Rosland; and Sal Cassaro, currently the Director of Secondary Programs, will replace Linhares as the principal of Marshall. Each of these principals will work with one another to prepare for the transition into their new roles that begin on July 1, 2018.

“We are excited to announce these principal changes, which will allow our best and brightest the opportunity to take on new challenges and experience well-deserved professional opportunities,” said Mikalson. “All four of these individuals have proven themselves and these lateral moves will benefit students and staff alike.”

Rochelle Williams is currently the principal at Rosland Elementary School in La Pine, a position she has served in for the past five years. Prior to that, she served as the student services coordinator at Rosland and La Pine elementary schools for two years. She also has 14 years of classroom teaching experience, at both Lava Ridge Elementary School and La Pine Middle School.


Established University of Oregon sustainability think-tank to pilot Small City Program with Oregon’s newest city, La Pine.

The Sustainable City Year Program to take on an additional partner in 2018 to explore the program’s applicability in a small city.

EUGENE, Ore. — (December 5, 2017) – The University of Oregon’s Sustainable City Year Program (SCYP), which announced its partnership with Portland TriMet in March 2017, will now also partner with La Pine during through 2018. The additional partnership will act as the pilot for SCYP’s new Small City Program, a modified version of the original SCYP framework that is scaled to meet the needs of small cities.
Now in its ninth year, SCYP partners University of Oregon (UO) students with an Oregon city or public agency for an academic year. The partner receives assistance with priority projects through the work of student classes across the University. The partnership with La Pine will serve as a trial to see how this model, which has been previously implemented in larger Oregon cities, can translate on a smaller scale. Funding is being provided by the City of La Pine and The Ford Family Foundation, with an in-kind match from the UO.
“Having SCYP work with cities and agencies across Oregon, regardless of their size, provides significant value to our state,” says SCYP Manager Megan Banks.
“Thanks to the City of La Pine and The Ford Family Foundation, we can begin working with Oregon’s newest city.”
In late 2006, residents of the Deschutes County town voted to incorporate La Pine, making it the 241st city to join the State of Oregon.
The UO-La Pine partnership, which will officially begin January 2018, will focus on a variety of city needs ranging from economic development to bicycle and pedestrian connectivity, community engagement and community nonprofit planning.
Sustainable Cities Initiative, 6206 University of Oregon, Eugene, OR 97403-6206

“Suits for Soldiers” Was a Great Success

By Ken Mulenex, Staff Writer

When Karen Brannon, the local Farmers agent, in La Pine challenged La Pine to donate their gentle worn suits and professional wear to “Suits for Soldiers” she had no idea how enthusiastically the community would respond.  “Suits for Soldiers” is a Farmers Insurance initiative to redistribute professional wear to veterans reentering civilian life or in job transition.

To get the community behind the effort, Karen decided to make it a challenge to raise money for the La Pine Veterans Outreach, she offered to donate $20 a suit and $5 for individual pieces of clothing up to $1000 to the Veterans Outreach.  The response was amazing!  Farmers received donations of 384 pieces of professional clothing in less than a month.  This clothing will be redistributed on December 8th at a regional event at the VFW in Vancouver WA.  If you are a veteran in need of professional attire you can contact Karen at Farmers Insurance for more information about this event.

“It was so gratifying to present the check for $1000 to Frank Hernandez, the president of the La Pine Band of Brother for their outreach program” Brannon told us.  “We have a lot of veterans in our community who need more than a thank you from us. I know this money will be put to good use keeping those men and women who served their country warm and safe this winter”.

Brannon continued by saying, “I come from a family of veterans, my father was a WWII veteran and my husband is a veteran.  My background aligns with Farmers corporate identity as well.  Farmers insurance was founded by two WWI veterans, and has supported the military for 89 years.  Supporting our veterans has been part of our company’s core values since the beginning”.

La Pine’s Snow Removal Ordinance Requirements

By Staff Writer

“Basically, City Ordinance No. 2016-07 mandates that property owners are responsible for removing snow and ice from sidewalks that abut their property,” clarified City Manager Cory Misley. “We passed this directive last year in recognition of the obvious fact that as La Pine continues to grow, so will the number of sidewalks. It’s a critical safety measure during Central Oregon’s harsh winter conditions.

“People need to pitch in,” he added. “This is especially important on sidewalks with heavy foot traffic, such as the stretch on 1st Street off Huntington where there are a lot of kids walking through from the schools.”

The ordinance requires that an owner of real property abutting a sidewalk must remove snow and/or ice from public sidewalks adjacent to the owner’s real property as follows:

Snow and/or ice must be removed from the entire length of the sidewalk up to three feet width;

Snow and/or ice must be removed within the first six hours of daylight in commercial areas and within one day in all other areas;

Removed snow and/or ice must not be placed on or in the street or anywhere where it might block runoff water and/or impede traffic, vehicular or pedestrian.

Misley asks that any questions about compliance with this ordinance be directed to City Hall at 541-536-1432.

Ace Hardware is ready for the holidays with decorative items (as shown above), and ready for whatever snow and ice this winter may bring. Its removal equipment ranges from a bobcat to an old-fashioned snow shovel for hard-to-reach areas.

Ace Hardware:
An Accident-Free Track Record

By Andrea Hine, Staff Writer

Looking back over his many winters working at Ace Hardware, Kenny Northcutt described the store’s modus operandi in dealing with the accompanying snow and ice. “We’re usually out there with our equipment about 90 minutes before the store opens, sometimes even earlier. And we head out again around 6 p.m. – if conditions dictate – to get started on clearing everything away to ensure the safety of our customers.”

Northcutt, officially titled “Floor Manager” but known to everyone as the person “who just kind of runs things,” detailed the equipment that is employed. “It includes a bobcat and a truck with a block snow blower in the front. We also use ice melt on the steps and sidewalk and, for hard-to-reach areas, an old-fashioned hand shovel.

“Our ground crews are out there throughout the day as needed,” asserted Northcutt. “It’s a full-time job, as we’ll even take care of an inch or two. Coping with snow and ice is just part of living in Central Oregon.”

Claiming that Ace Hardware has “an accident-free track record” as a result of this collective effort, Northcutt readily affirmed that “I love it here – whatever the season. All year round, I get to meet neat people. And in the store, everyone is working together – it’s a lot of fun.”