Regional News



Statement on Former Gov. John Kitzhaber’s 10 Ethics Violations


The extent and breadth of former Governor Kitzhaber’s 10 ethics violations is unfortunately no surprise to me, as I was one of the first to bring many of these violations to light. I’m glad, however, that action is finally being taken to bring accountability for this malfeasance. This investigation and subsequent unanimous vote by the Oregon Ethics Commission earlier today clearly shows that the Governor and Cylvia Hayes accepted money from those desiring to purchase influence.

As I’ve said before, it is clear that Oregon and the nation still have a long way to go to restore trust in government. However, I’m grateful that Oregonians have placed me in a position to advocate for accountability and transparency in our state government.


Bend-La Pine Schools
Hosts Two Job Fairs

Now hiring for many positions from bus driver to educational assistant to graphic designer

Bend-La Pine Schools is now hiring for many positions and community members are invited to learn more at two upcoming job fairs.

Bend-La Pine Schools’ Support Staff Job Fair is set 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17 at Bend Senior High School.

“Our schools are currently hiring for a wide range of classified staff positions that offer competitive wages, excellent benefits and a variety of working hours,” said Debbie Watkins, Human Resources Director. “Candidates can explore the wide range of career opportunities during an interactive job fair, including opportunities to connect with nutrition services, maintenance and transportation managers.”

Watkins said that attendees will be able to get behind the wheel of a school bus on a closed course, check out a production kitchen and try their hand at running maintenance equipment during this interactive afternoon event.

Bend-La Pine Schools is currently recruiting for the following positions:

  • Regular Bus Driver* – starting at $16.76
  • Substitute Bus Driver – starting at $16.76
  • Substitute Bus Monitor – starting at $12.75
  • Regular Custodian* – starting at $16.73
  • Substitute Custodian – starting at $14.33
  • Nutrition Services Server – starting at $12.07
  • Substitute Nutrition Services Server – starting at $11.50
  • Summer Mow Crew – starting at $13.04 (position opens late February)
  • Outside Services* – starting at $16.37
  • Inclusion Educational Assistant* – starting at $16.76
  • Student Instruction Educational Assistant* – starting at $15.18
  • Printing Specialist/Graphic Designer*

Positions marked with an asterisk * are eligible for the district’s generous medical and retirement benefits package.

Bend-La Pine Schools’ Human Resources staff members will be on hand at the event to answer questions about benefits and employment and to help interested individuals begin the application process via onsite computers. Some available positions include the opportunity to have summers and other school breaks off; other positions include generous time-off packages.

Bend-La Pine Schools and other neighboring school districts in Central Oregon are hiring licensed teaching staff for grades K-12. Learn more at the Teacher Job Fair 1 to 6 p.m. Thursday, April 5  (doors open at noon) at Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center in Redmond. Attendees will have the opportunity to visit with representatives from our schools, ask questions and find out more about the schools and current openings.  Advance registration is encouraged but not required.


Project Wildfire Receives National Honor

By Alison Green, Project Wildfire

Central Oregon’s Project Wildfire has been selected to receive a 2018 Wildfire Mitigation Award. The award is the highest national honor a program can receive for outstanding work and significant program impact in wildfire preparedness and mitigation.

“This award belongs to each person who built Project Wildfire and who sustains its efforts in Deschutes County,” said Deschutes County Commissioner and Project Wildfire Board Member Phil Henderson. “Since Project Wildfire was formed in 2004, program staff, many partners, and residents have worked tirelessly to create disaster resistant communities in Central Oregon.”

The National Wildfire Mitigation Award recognizes the efforts of organizations and individuals who have implemented successful and sustainable wildfire mitigation projects on the ground in their community. These awards are designed to recognize outstanding service at the federal, state, local and tribal levels of government and at the local community level.

“We’re honored to receive this recognition,” said Project Wildfire Coordinator Alison Green. “This is a great recognition of the engagement we see in Central Oregon, through collaborative partnerships and with our engaged residents. We look forward to continuing to work together to ensure we have innovative, cutting edge tools to tackle the wildland fire problem we face in Central Oregon.”



United Way
Announces New Board Members

By Diana Fischetti, Contributing Writer

United Way of Deschutes County announces the election of 7 new members to the Board of Directors. The Board is leading an organizational transformation to achieve greater impact in our community by bringing together people and organizations to address issues and challenges that affect us all.

The new members of the Board are Jamie Christman, Bend Chamber of Commerce; Ron Gregg, Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church; Jennifer Moss Lewis, PacificSource Health Plans; Corinne Muldoon, Patheon; Anne Pendygraft, Telecare Corporation; Thereasa Roy, Kollective; and Colleen Scott, La Pine Community Volunteer.

Jacob Fain, Morgan Stanley, has been elected to serve a one year term as President of United Way’s Board of Directors. Other Board Officers will be elected in January.

“This is a critical time for our organization. The Board provides the visionary leadership needed to create lasting, and measurable change in our community, and to affect conditions that contribute to our community’s biggest challenges,” stated Eli Ashley, outgoing United Way Board President. “Together with the nonprofits with which we partner, as well as our business partners and individual stakeholders, we can create a healthier and more prosperous Central Oregon for everyone in our community.”

For 65 years, United Way of Deschutes County has helped enrich community life by addressing local priorities and focusing on the building blocks of opportunity: health, education, and financial stability. The organization has recently added another priority – reducing childhood trauma and building resilience in individuals, families, and our community – in an upstream move to address the root cause of immediate needs and challenges faced by Central Oregonians. United Way partners as a leader, funder, and collaborator with more than 30 local nonprofits on programs and initiatives addressing basic needs and services, food, housing, violence, abuse, literacy, mentoring, advocacy, and more. Creating lasting change requires focusing on these human and social service needs while simultaneously addressing root causes.

For more information or to donate, please visit or call (541) 389-6507.


Sunriver Brewing Company’s K-9 Keg Pull

Sunriver Brewing will hold its K-9 Keg Pull at the Village at Sunriver on Feb 3, beginning at noon. Bring your dog and family to the 150-foot snow runway to participate in the Sunriver Canine Olympics. There will be a variety of weight divisions which will determine the size of keg your dog will pull. Each participate will be timed and prizes awarded for each weight category. There is an entry fee per dog required.

Owners are encouraged to bring their own harnesses. If you do not have a harness, we will provide them for the race. Dog owners participate by encouraging their dog down the length of the course.

Awards will be giving to “Fast as Lightning Fido” in each weight category.

All proceeds from the Keg Pull will benefit the American Cancer Society Bark for Life.

Vendors for pups and owners will be on display.

Participants and spectators are encouraged to donate dog food and enter to win some great prizes. The dog food will be donated to the Humane Society of Central Oregon.

Event Times

11:00 – 1:00 – Sign In & On-Site Registration

12:00 – First Race

3:00 – Last Race (or when last dog runs)

Awards Ceremony after the last race

To pre-register go to the events section at: