Regional News



Celebrating Our Students’ Post-Graduation Plans

Map Showcases College, Trade School, Military Plans for Class of 2017

Members of the Class of 2017 are now spread out across the globe from Oregon State University to Stanford University and from New York to France. The
graduating Class of 2017, which earned more than $11 million in scholarships, is attending a wide range of colleges, universities, trade schools and military institutions.

Every year, Bend-La Pine Schools collects information about the plans for our graduating class and shares them in a map (see attached file).

“I look forward to seeing this map every year, so I can celebrate our graduates as they move on to experience success after high school,” said
Superintendent Shay Mikalson. “We believe in the importance of preparing our graduates for college and careers with rigorous academic offerings and opportunities to earn college credits.”

Bend-La Pine Schools offers rigorous and relevant Career and Technical Education courses, from engineering to computer-integrated manufacturing to
graphic design. Approximately 2,300 students enrolled in 148 CTE courses in our high schools.

High school students are also given many opportunities to earn college credits while still enrolled in high school including Advanced Placement
courses, International Baccalaureate courses, dual credit courses and more. Thanks to these opportunities, our students earn thousands of quarter-hour
credits each year.

National 4H Horse Judging Contest, Louisville, Kentucky

By Mallory Silvey, Contributing Writer

Deschutes County 4-H Horse Evaluation Team From Left: Randi Allen (Junior at La Pine High) Sarah Lachenmeyer (Sophomore at Mountain View High) Jenelle Neumann (Junior at Mountain View High) Holly Silvey (Senior at Bend High) Ashlyn Johnson ( Junior at La Pine High)

The Deschutes County 4-H program is honored to be sending six girls from the Bend and La Pine area to the National Horse Judging Contest in Louisville Kentucky in November. Holly Silvey, Sarah Lachenmeyer, Jenelle Neumann of Bend and Randi Allen and Ashlynn Johnson of La Pine have been working extremely hard to prepare for this contest, a once in a lifetime opportunity. Holly Silvey, Sarah Lachenmeyer, and Jenelle Neumann also qualified on a separate occasion, placing first in the state of Oregon at the Oregon State Fair and will horse judge at the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana in October as well. They will be accompanied by Lauren Neumann and Alyssa Minar of the Bend FFA Chapter to complete the team. They will be leaving for three weeks to travel the mid-west, they will practice and judge in Ohio, compete in Indianapolis at the FFA Convention and will then head to Louisville where they will compete in the 4-H competition all within the three-week span. Their coach and Deschutes County 4-H agent, Karissa Dishon, has been working diligently to prepare the team and is excited to see them succeed. They have practiced at large horse shows across the state of Oregon and are ready to compete at the national level. They will not only represent Deschutes County but also the state of Oregon at the national level, for both the FFA and 4-H programs.


The Klamath County Board of Commissioners has approved an excess property sale to be conducted on Thursday, October 19, 2017.  The sale will be from 9AM – 4PM in room 219 of the Klamath County Government Center.

“We will be auctioning 96 sale lots that have been deemed as excess property for the County.  We are working hard to get properties back in the hands of the community and on the tax roll,” said Tax Collector/Property Manager Rick Vaughn.  “I would like to commend my colleagues in the Tax Office for the hard work necessary to put together these sales.”

These properties were acquired by the County through tax foreclosures and the majority are bare land parcels with little to no development.  The current sales list can be viewed on the Klamath County website or by going to  A list of the properties can also be purchased at the Tax office for $10.  Bidders must register before 4:00 PM Oct. 12, 2017.  Details on registration are also available at the Tax office or online at the site listed above.

Questions can be directed to the Tax Office at 541-883-4297.

Students Receive Back-to-School Support from Sunriver Women’s Club

By Laura Dickinson, Contributing Writer

Sunriver and LaPine students shop for new school clothes supported by SRWC Philanthropy Program. Choosing a new shirt to wear to school.

School is in full swing with students receiving a little extra help from the Sunriver Women’s Club.  In October the Assistance League of Bend will take over 250 kids from La Pine and Sunriver schools to Walmart to select school clothes—everything from underwear to coats. A grant from the SRWC to the program funds 40 kids to acquire new clothes.

For the second year, La Pine Parks and Recreation is running the after school program at Three Rivers School.  Over 30 students participate in arts, crafts, science projects, cultural activities and games. The program is expanding to middle schoolers with the help of a grant from the SRWC that provides basic supplies for the middle school program.

Two high school graduates began college due to a scholarship from the Sunriver Christian Fellowship Partners in Education Program. Both recipients participated in assorted extracurricular activities, including volunteering as teen leaders in a sixth grade program at Three Rivers School where they previously attended.  The scholarships were significantly underwritten by a SRWC grant.

Sunriver Women’s Club provides assistance for many programs in south Deschutes County. These grants are focused on students in the area and back to school needs. For more information visit the SRWC website at


Member Rate Adjustment Necessary to Meet Increased Costs 

By Midstate Electric

The Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) put forward an average power rate increase of 5.4 percent and an average transmission rate decrease of 0.7 percent which will go into effect October 1, 2017. The new BPA rates will add more than $600,000 to Midstate Electric Cooperative’s cost of power. Management conducted a revenue requirements study to determine what the rates will need to be to cover the cost of power and other inflationary costs to operate the co-op.

The study determined that it is necessary to do an overall rate adjustment of approximately 2.5 percent effective with the November 1 billing. Each member’s actual percentage of increase will vary from month to month depending on kWh consumption. The effect on the average residential member, using 1,219 kWhs, is an additional $2.73 per month.

MEC understands that rate increases are never welcome. The co-op does offer several programs to assist you in keeping the impact of the rate increase as minimal as possible. These programs include free energy audits, conservation tips and rebates, budget billing, prompt payment discount and account monitoring. Call 541-536-2126 for additional information on these programs.

Members will receive more detailed information on the new rate structure by mail in mid-October.