The Local News of Newberry Country


LPHS’s Trentyn Tennant Heading for FBLA Nationals

By Andrea Hine, Contributing Writer

Trentyn Tennant recently spent a week working as a page for Washington State Senator Barbara Bailey of the 10th Legislative District.

LPHS sophomore Trentyn Tennant has done it again – qualifying for the FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) finals for the second straight year. Garnering second place at the state competition in April, Tennant is the only member of FBLA’s local chapter to qualify for the prestigious 2017 national conference, being held in Anaheim next month.

Readily admitting his very competitive nature, Tennant chose a daunting topic for his seven-minute presentation before the judges on the theme of “Emerging Business Issues.” And to make his presentation on “Cloud Computing – Safe, Instantaneous Information Distribution” even more of a challenge, he prepared both “pro” and “con” arguments.

Minutes before his presentation was scheduled, Tennant suddenly faced an unexpected hurdle. Rather than advocate for or against cloud computing, as rehearsed (and rehearsed and rehearsed), Tennant was instructed to address the complicated subject in its entirety. “It was rough,” he recalled, “but gave me a measure of confidence that I could handle impromptu situations, which are a regular occurrence in the business world.”

Tennant, who is Vice President of the local FBLA chapter, plans to run for state office next year. “Qualifying for the nationals as a freshman ‘put fire in my belly,’” he explained. “It inspired me to set higher goals and made me work harder.”

A member of the LPHS varsity wrestling and soccer teams, Tennant has been in 4H for four years (winning the Ralph McNaulty Scholarship), and is currently raising three pigs – one of them a breeder. He is also a member of the Chamber of Commerce’s Business Retention & Expansion team, and FCA (Future Christian Athletes). In April, he served as an honorary page for the Washington State Senate, assisting Senator Barbara Bailey of the 10th Legislative District.

Tennant described the upcoming FBLA national conference as “fun mixed in with learning.” In addition to daily business and leadership workshops, participants will visit Universal Studios and other local attractions – culminating in individual presentations that determine the national winners. “I’m looking forward to ‘getting into a business mindset,’ and connecting with other attendees,” said Tennant, “as well as going to one of the week’s last activities – a big dance!”

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La Pine Community Health Center Expands Building to Accommodate Growth

The La Pine Community Health Center (LCHC) is expanding their La Pine location by adding an additional 5,400 square feet to the East (back) side of the building.   Due to the continued growth of the organization, the increased number of patients and the many additional services they provide, LCHC has outgrown the 9,344 square feet at the current location on Huntington Road in La Pine.

LCHC has grown from 20 employees in 2012 to over 60 and the number of patients have increased from 4,000 to over 9,000. Although the current medical space at LCHC will support 3,000 additional patients, if growth continues as consistently as it has the past four years, LCHC will be ready to meet the needs of the community.

The expansion will provide space to increase the current programs of Outreach, Medicaid Enrollment, Case Management, Behavioral Health Consultants and administrative staff.  The addition will also include a community conference room that will not only be used by LCHC for staff meetings but will also be used for community classes that LCHC offers at this time.  The conference room will be available for community members and organizations to use.

The leadership of LCHC is pleased to have the health center continue to be part of the economic development progress for La Pine and surrounding communities. Providing primary medical care to patients of all ages from pre-natal care through geriatric care has always been the priority of the staff and they are ready to care for the medical needs of the communities they serve.

The expansion is scheduled for completion by June, 2017.

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Psychedelic Sixties Revived at Chamber Awards Banquet

By Newberry Eagle News Staff

Ashton Eaton at Chamber Awards Banquet: Olympic Decathlon winner Ashton Eaton, who grew up in La Pine, was keynote speaker at the Chamber’s annual Awards Banquet.

If the words “awards banquet” conjure up images of bland food, stilted speeches and a seemingly-interminable evening, think again. At last month’s annual affair, the Chamber of Commerce defied all those tired stereotypes in “psychedelic sixties” style. This included peace sign banners, tie-dyed table décor, and French onion sour cream dip, which was invented during that never-to-be-forgotten decade.

“The coolest part was that many of the guests dressed in outfits reminiscent of the time.” said Ann Gawith, the Chamber’s Executive Director. “There were a few hundred hippies in the room – it was a hoot! Everyone seemed to be ‘in the groove,’ and had a ball.”

Olympic decathlon winner Ashton Eaton, a “home-town boy,” was the keynote speaker,” she elaborated, “and made a special trip to La Pine to attend the event. Poised and gracious, he shared how growing up here helped shape him as an athlete and as an adult. His words made us feel so good about ourselves.”

2016 Chamber of Commerce Award Winners

Business of the Year – La Pine Community Health Center

Business Person of the Year – Rex Lesueur

Outstanding Organization  – La Pine Community Kitchen

Community Service Award – Carol Zettel

President’s Award  –Leonard Dahl

Gil Martinez Spirit of the Community Award – Jim & Gloria Fleming

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Help Unveil the Newberry Country Trail

By T. Myers

La Pine is the epicenter of the new Travel Oregon accelerator Rural Tourism (RTS) program to market the Newberry Country Trail. It involves seven sister cities and the Newberry National Volcanic Monument and the hundreds of businesses, organizations, chambers, and even individuals who are working together to create a new place to visit- open twelve months of the year- located in Central Oregon and home to some of our state’s most poignant and inviting attractions! When you live in the midst of so much splendor, it is hard to realize that we actually do live in the place where many people only dream they could be!

JOIN US IN THE PARK and experience a mini NEWBERRY COUNTRY TRAIL adventure during the La Pine Chamber Outdoor Recreation and Gun Show on MAY 20-21 at Frontier Heritage Park!

Who has not had their breath taken away when they first saw the red sunrise over Newberry Crater or the first snowfall of the season covering the world in a purity so white and clean that it covers all signs of human habitation?

Have you ever taken a turn on one of the local trails and discovered a world of clear water racing down the rocks in a beautiful waterfall? What about the blue of the sky reflected in the many high mountain lakes we have within an hour’s distance from downtown La Pine? Have you spent a leisurely day floating the Little Deschutes or fly fished on the Big Deschutes? Have you spent time gazing into the bottom of Fall River? Yes, we have water!

How about shopping in Sunriver Village, or biking on the forty plus miles of trails inside the village? Do you want to see stars? The Oregon Observatory boasts huge telescopes for sky viewing. Next door to the Oregon Observatory, you can look at the Sunriver Nature Center to see local flora and fauna displayed for visitors. There is a marina, horse stables and an airport, too. Add the Sunriver Resort and Village at Sunriver events throughout the year and all of the good eateries and an award-winning brewery and you can experience Sunriver Style in hundreds of ways!

Up the road is the High Desert Museum. Five miles away is the La Pine State Park where you can camp twelve months a year and see the world’s largest Ponderosa Pine tree.

The trail is along what is being called the three-hour tour and it shows the visitor everything we have to offer to the visitor and it is an invitation to explore the rest!

What is the rest?

Leave Sunriver on Century Drive and head west towards the Cascade Lakes Hwy. You will go by the turnoff to the two Twin Lakes. North Twin is known for the camping and fishing and South Twin has a little restaurant, store and a place to rent boats and canoes. Turning South on the Cascade Lakes Hwy, you head towards Crescent Lake- another nice little resort. Heading east takes you back to the Hwy 97 interchange- either through the Crescent shortcut or by staying on Hwy 58. Gilchrist and Crescent are two small towns only one mile apart. They grew up around the mill in Gilchrist. The Mohawk Café and Woodsman Motel are landmarks, The Mill town itself is a “red” take on Norwegian Modern (usually blue or green) and it was built to take care of the many mill families that first settled there. There is also a colorful theater on the north side of the little mall.

Heading North-, you take the Hwy 31 turnoff south of La Pine and head out into the high desert. About thirty miles in, the large ring of rock pops up on your left. Fort Rock, as the area and the town are both named, is home to the Heritage Village Museum. They have carefully moved some of the old homestead buildings from the basin into place in a mini town that people can visit to learn how life was a hundred years ago!. Do not miss the old pioneer cemetery before continuing to Christmas Valley. As the center of the farming area, CV and residents of the region have built a Community Hall and outdoor amphitheater that is used for special events. There are local shops to explore and one of Central Oregon’s finest gift stores is headquartered there- the Willows. They are also home to the adjacent ATV trails, Crack in the Ground and the largest inland dunes in the state.

Continuing on the Newberry Trail, you next drive to Silver Lake. It is another farming community and home to the famous Cowboy Dinner Tree. You also turn South East to Summer Lake and Ana Reservoir from there or take the Hwy 31 back into La Pine.

Back to La Pine and to the beginning of the Trail it is a short four miles to the turnoff into the National Volcanic Monument.

When you help unveil this, you are acting on behalf of the family friendly and affordable attractions our region brings to the table! In addition, you will be taking part in stewarding the way we want tourism to grow in Newberry Country.

If you would like to become part of the support team, you can do tax-deductible donations to the La Pine Chamber Community Foundation at P O Box 616 La Pine, OR 97739. For information, call 541-536-9771

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