Regional News

David Burke Named Assistant Superintendent for the High Desert Education Service District

Redmond, Ore. — March 22, 2017 — The High Desert Education Service District board of directors voted last night to name David Burke as the organization’s next assistant superintendent beginning July 1. Burke will fill the position currently held by Paul Andrews who will be become superintendent upon the retirement of John Rexford at the end of June. Burke currently serves as the Director of Secondary Education for Redmond School District.

With more than 13 years of experience in education, Burke began his career as an education assistant working with special needs students at West Salem High School. He later served as a high school language arts teacher, instructional coach and building administrator before taking on his most recent role with RSD.

“Dave’s strong leadership experience at both the building and district level, collaborative approach and focus on student success make him a perfect fit for the assistant superintendent position,” said Andrews.

Under Burke’s leadership, Redmond School District’s 2016 graduation rate increased by nearly 9 percent over the previous year. He credits this success to the RDS’s high functioning team of educators and administrators and collaborative culture. He describes his personal passion to serve all kids, valuing each student for who they are.

“Although I continue to passionately pursue my own growth and development, many of my guiding principles came from my first experience as an educator: always assume the best in others, bring a smile to work each day, give unlimited grace, never count a kid out, listen to what people mean, be a team player and laugh easy because life is short,” said Burke. “I am excited to join and partner with the team of passionate, caring HDESD educators and staff who work so tirelessly to support students and families in Central Oregon.”

The primary responsibilities of HDESD’s assistant superintendent include supporting and supervising over 30 ESD programs such as Driver’s Ed, Family Access Network (FAN), Career and Technical Education (CTE) and the Children’s Forest of Central Oregon.  He will work closely with partner school districts, particularly in the areas of curriculum, instruction and school improvement.

Burke graduated from Corban University in Salem, Oregon with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature. He earned his Master of Arts in Teaching degree from Western Oregon University and his administrative license from George Fox University.

About The High Desert Education Service District
The High Desert Education Service District is a regional support system that links school districts in Central Oregon to state and national education resources. Our programs help districts minimize duplication of services, preserve their local budgets and receive special programs that might otherwise be unavailable to them.

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Multiple Agencies Engaged at House Fire in Cloverdale

By Deschutes Co. Sheriff’s Office, Released by: Sgt. Nathan Garibay, Emergency Services Manager (on behalf of Cloverdale Fire District)

On 03-19-17 at approximately 3:30 PM, Cloverdale Fire District was dispatched to a residential structure fire on Varco Rd. The fire involved a large dwelling and was actively burning upon arrival of initial units.

Cloverdale Fire District was assisted by 9 fire agencies (Sisters-Camp Sherman Rural Fire Protection District, Black Butte Ranch Fire District, Bend Fire and Rescue, Redmond Fire and Rescue, Crooked River Ranch Fire District, Sunriver Fire Department, Jefferson County Fire District, Warm Springs Fire and Safety, and Oregon Department of Forestry). 22 pieces of fire apparatus and 55 firefighters responded to the scene, which includes 10 water tenders, which shuttled water to the scene.

Assistance was also provided by the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office, Oregon State Police, and Black Butte Ranch Police Department.

As of 7 PM, firefighters are still actively fighting the fire and expect to work through the night.

A complete media release will be provided by Cloverdale Fire District at a later time.

La Pine Community Health Center Offers Primary Medical Care to North Lake County

The Christmas Valley La Pine Community Health Center opened its doors August 28, 2015.

By Charla DeHate, CEO La Pine Community Health Center

In May, 2015 the North Lake Health District (NLHD) contacted Charla DeHate, CEO of La Pine Community Health Center (LCHC) and asked if they would consider expanding their organization to Christmas Valley.  The NLHD is responsible for providing medical care to the North Lake County residents and they had just learned that the doctor and nurse practitioner of North Lake Clinic would be retiring.  Charla worked closely with the NLHD board of directors and by August 28, 2015 LCHC opened their doors the day after North Lake Clinic closed theirs!  The communities in North Lake County did not go without health care close to their home for even one day.  With LCHC now in the NLHD’s Medical Complex building, community members could receive the same quality medical care and ancillary services that were being provided at the other four LCHC sites.

Medical services provided are:  preventative health, annual exams, illness treatment, disease management such as diabetes, high blood pressure, COPD, women’s health, men’s health, well child exams, pediatric care and lab services.  Additionally, LCHC brought services that had either never been offered or they were able to expand some of the services in North Lake County:  discounted sliding fee scale for uninsured and under-insured, Medicaid, Medicare, commercial insurances; assistance applying for the Oregon Health Plan (Medicaid); support in finding community resources-Outreach services; support for veterans; transportation guidance and assistance; dental voucher program; health education with nurse case managers and more.

LCHC was fortunate to retain Dennis Bruneau, PA-C who had worked for North Lake Clinic. Dennis lived his childhood and teen years in Northern Wisconsin. He became a Special Forces Medic from 1966-70 and his military medical experience raised his interest in becoming a Physician Assistant. Dennis graduated in 1972 from the Medex Physician Assistant Program at the School of Medicine in Grand Forks, North Dakota. Dennis has worked most of his career in many rural and frontier communities in North and South Dakota, Alaska, Washington and Oregon.  He lives in Condon, Oregon with his wife of 43 years and continues his work in Christmas Valley every other week.Initially, LCHC retained temporary providers to assist Dennis until Kathleen Thompson, PA-C began working with them in April, 2016.  Kathy grew up on the east coast then moved to Oregon to attend Portland State University and received a BA degree as a paralegal and worked for a County Circuit Court judge for nine years.  At the age of 40, Kathleen made a career change and attended Oregon State University then Oregon Health Sciences University Physician Assistant (PA) program and graduated in 2000.  Kathy worked in Family Practice Primary Care then in cardiology until she decided to continue her original goal to provide primary medical care to those living in a frontier community.  Kathy and her husband live in Christmas Valley and have settled in to the community.

The NLHD Medical Complex also has acupuncture, massage, chiropractic and optometry services that are provided by professionals.  These services complement the medical care and ancillary services that LCHC brings to the communities in North Lake County.

For more information, please contact LCHC at 541-536-3435 in La Pine, 541-576-2343 in Christmas Valley or at our website

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Oregon Transportation Safety Committee Meeting

By Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT)

(SALEM) — The Oregon Transportation Safety Committee will meet at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, March 14, at the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training, 4190 Aumsville Highway SE in Salem.

The agenda includes member and liaison reports, a legislative update, a discussion about connected and autonomous vehicles, and an update on the Emergency Vehicle Designation administrative rules.

The OTSC advises the Oregon Transportation Commission and ODOT on issues, policies and programs that affect transportation safety in Oregon. OTSC meetings are open to the public. Accommodations will be provided to persons with disabilities. To request an accommodation to participate in this meeting, please call Jody Raska at (503) 986-3883 (statewide relay 7-1-1) at least 48 hours prior to the meeting.

The next meeting of the OTSC is scheduled for April 11 in Salem.

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March 11th Personal Document Shred Event 10:00am to 12:00pm

By Deschutes Co. Sheriff’s Office

Saturday March 11th, 2017, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

This event will take place at the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office main office at 63333 W. Highway 20, Bend, Oregon, on Saturday, March 11th from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. There is no cost to the public for up to 4 medium boxes of personal shredding.

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office and SecureShred are collaborating on March 11th to provide residents the opportunity to safely destroy up to 4 medium boxes of personal documents and learn identity theft prevention tips.

The event is intended for private residential document shredding and is not for business or company disposal. At the event, the Sheriff’s Office will also have information on how to avoid becoming an identity theft victim and what to do if you believe your identity has already been stolen.

No advance document sorting is necessary as shredding equipment can destroy paperwork with paper clips or staples attached. File folders and binders may also be shredded.

The Sheriff’s Office is asking event participants to consider bringing a donation of non-perishable food to benefit a local food bank.

Drug Disposal Program
At the event, the Sheriff’s Office will also have a deputy available to collect outdated or unwanted prescription medication. No needles or over-the-counter drugs will be accepted.

The drug disposal program is designed to keep unwanted or unused medications away from abusers, children and animals. The program is also intended to reduce negative environmental impact to the water, soil and landfill’s by using proper disposal practices.

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Governor’s Advisory Committee on Motorcycle Safety Meeting

By Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT)

SALEM – The Governor’s Advisory Committee on Motorcycle Safety will meet at 4 p.m., March 16 at ODOT’s Technical Leadership Center, 4040 Fairview Industrial Dr. SE, Alsea Conference Room in Salem. The agenda includes a discussion related to motorcycle rider crash data, reports from liaison organizations, discussion of the committee website content and more. Information about the committee is available online.

The Governor’s Advisory Committee on Motorcycle Safety is charged with the responsibility to advise the Governor and ODOT’s Transportation Safety Division on issues regarding motorcycle safety. The committee reviews, proposes and makes recommendations concerning motorcycle-safely related legislation as well as serving as a public forum for motorcyclists and promoting motorcycle safety to the public. The next meeting is scheduled for April 20 in Salem.

Meetings of the Governor’s Advisory Committee on Motorcycle Safety are open to the public. Accommodations will be provided to persons with disabilities. To request an accommodation, please call (503) 986-4188 (statewide relay: 711). 

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Charges Filed in Bonfire Car Crash

By Deschutes County District Attorney John Hummel’s Executive Assistant Kara Palacio

Earlier this week a Deschutes County Grand Jury returned an Indictment charging Shawn William Seagraves Hall with injuring four people in the car crash that occurred on August 13, 2016.

Seagraves Hall, a 24-year old resident of Redmond, was charged with one count of assault in the second degree, three counts of assault in the third degree, four counts of recklessly endangering with a motor vehicle, one count of reckless driving, and one count of driving under the influence of intoxicants.

Hall and friends were at a bonfire party in east Deschutes County.  Hall drank alcohol then drove away from the party with four passengers.  He was traveling on the Powell Butte Highway and at the T-intersection with Highway 20 his vehicle crossed over Highway 20 and crashed.  Hall’s four passengers were injured.

“We have a bonfire party culture in our local youth community that has to end,” said Deschutes County District Attorney John Hummel.  “We need to impress upon our kids that driving 20 miles out of town to drink in the middle of nowhere puts them and their friends at risk of injury and death.” 

Bail was set by the court at $50,000.  Seagraves Hall posted security and is thus out of custody during the pendency of this case.  He is presumed innocent and has the opportunity to contest these allegations starting at his next court hearing on April 10, 2017 at 8:30 am.

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 May 16, 2017 Special Election Deadlines

By Deschutes County Clerk Nancy Blankenship

 March 16 is the last day for a candidate or for a measure to be filed.

 March 20 is the last day for candidate’s statement or measure arguments to be filed for inclusion in voters’ pamphlet.

 April 25 is the last day to register to vote.

 April 26 is the day ballots will be mailed from the Bend Post Office.

The list of district positions open for the May 2017 Special Election is available at