Regional News


Cascade Lakes Highway Update

Tom Shamberger Road Dept. Operations Manager

May 19, 2017 – Due to significant snow depths near the Devils Lake area, the Deschutes County Road Department estimates that a full opening of the Cascade Lakes Highway won’t occur until the week of June 4.

The southern portion of Cascade Lakes Highway, accessed via South Century Drive (FS 42), is currently blocked via snow gate at Lava Lake. The snow gate will be moved to Elk Lake on May 25.

For more information, please contact the Deschutes County Road Department at 541-388-6581 or visit:

Beach Vacations, Fishing Trips, and Exclusive Dinners are on the Rotary Menu June 2nd

By Rotary Club of Sunriver-La Pine

A GREAT TIME IN THE GREAT HALL FOR A GREAT CAUSE – The Sunriver-La Pine Rotary Club’s popular fundraiser will take place at 5:30 pm on Friday June 2 in Sunriver Resort’s historic Great Hall. Dinner tickets are $85 per person. This year’s event will feature silent as well as live auctions and Rotary’s popular Bids for Kids. Among auction items will be a vacation on the Oregon Coast, a day of fishing, and a variety of group dinners including a special Eclipse Dinner.

Sunriver Resort chefs’ evening menu includes a mixed green salad and your choice of wild salmon, roasted breast of chicken, grilled New York steak, or a stuffed eggplant roulade. Dessert will be marionberry cobbler. Complimentary wine is included with dinner along with a cash bar. Individual tickets and tables of 8 or 10 are available. Contact Rotarian and Event Chair Ron Schmid (808-372-8931, to purchase your tickets today.

FILL YOUR WINE RACK FOR $10 – The best way to fill your wine cellar with fabulous wines is to buy a ticket for Rotary’s annual Sunriver Wine Raffle. The first place winner will enjoy 24 bottles of ultra-premium wines; second place winner will delight in 12 bottles of ultra-premium wine; and third place will receive 6 bottles. To see a complete list of all wines, go to the club’s website:  Tickets are available from any local Rotarian at a cost of $10 each or five for $45. If you do not know a local Rotarian, contact Mark Dennett ( for tickets. Or call 541-488-4925 for tickets.

Sunriver Stars Community Theater Announces Upcoming Performances

“Play It Again, Sam” by Woody Allen, and directed by Sandy Silver will be our 2017 spring performance. 

Allan Felix has this thing about Humphrey Bogart -if only he had some of Bogart’s technique. Bookish and insecure with women, Allan’s hero, Bogey comes to the rescue, with a fantastic bevy of beauties played out in hilarious fantasy sequences.

“Hilarious… a cheerful romp. Not only are Mr. Allen’s jokes and their follow ups, asides and twists audaciously brilliant, but he has a great sense of character.” – The New York Times

“A funny, likeable comedy that has a surprising amount of wistful appeal.” – The New York Post

Sandy, who resides in Bend, has been directing and conducting acting workshops and master classes both nationally and internationally for over 30 years.   We are excited to have Sandy bring her expertise to the Sunriver STARS Theater.   

Show dates are Fri. June 2 and Sat. June 3 at 6:30 PM and Sun. June 4 at 2:00 PM (Matinee).

Following a successful winter performance of “Nana’s Naughty Knickers” at The Door,  we will be returning to the SHARC for “Play it Again Sam” since it is a more conducive venue for this show.  There will be a no-host bar and snacks available for purchase before the show, and at intermission.

We recommend early ticket purchase online at as the preferred option.  Simply purchase and print.  Tickets are also available at the door unless we sell out online.

New On-Line Reporting for Graffiti and Extensive Litter

News Release from Deschutes Co. Sheriff’s Office, Sergeant William Bailey

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office is excited to announce a new way to report incidents of graffiti and extensive litter in Deschutes County.

Inmate work crews have been actively out in the community over the past couple weeks painting over and removing graffiti from various buildings and walls. They have also been cleaning up large collections of litter from property throughout Deschutes County.

So far this program has been very successful so we are now asking the public for their help. If you are aware of any specific locations where a building, fence or wall has been vandalized with graffiti we would like to know about it. Or, if you are aware of vacant property which has been littered extensively and is of need of cleanup, we would like to know about those locations also. Extensive litter is defined as being a large amount of trash or litter that would require an inmate work crew to clean up.

Most graffiti vandalism goes unreported for weeks or months and can lead to the decline of a neighborhood and/or increased criminal activity. Graffiti removed within a few days has been shown to significantly reduce the chance of reoccurrence.

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office sees the benefit in removing graffiti and litter in Deschutes County and the benefit all citizens and visitors receive from this effort.

Visit our website at and click on Reporting Graffiti under Quicklinks on our main page for more information.

Citations: DUII, Reckless Driving, Attempt to Elude, Criminal Mischief

Location: Hwy 20 / Dayton Rd , Vehicle 1: 2010 Dodge Challenger, black , Driver 1: Kutschara, Michael Age: 27 , Bend, Oregon

Released by: Sergeant Aaron Harding

On March 31, 2017 at about 0027 hours, a deputy with the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office observed a black Dodge Challenger traveling west on Hwy 20, near Tumalo. The Challenger was travelling at a high rate of speed, estimated at over 100 mph. The Deputy attempted to stop this vehicle, but it accelerated away from the deputy continuing westbound on Hwy 20.

The deputy located the vehicle crashed into a power pole and juniper tree near Dayton Rd. The vehicle had caught fire and was starting to burn, when the driver of the vehicle, Mr. Kutschara, exited. There were no other occupants in the vehicle.

Mr. Kutschara was treated by Bend Fire Paramedics, then arrested for suspicion of DUII and other charges. Kutschara was eventually transported to St. Charles Medical Center-Bend, where he was cited and released.

Hwy 20 was closed in both directions for about 3 hours, during this investigation. One lane was opened while crews replaced the damaged power pole. Electric power service was interrupted for several hours as a result of this crash.

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by Bend Fire, the Oregon State Police, ODOT and Central Electric Cooperative during this incident.

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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.[read_more id=”1″ more=”Read more” less=”Read less”]

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.[/read_more]

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.[read_more id=”1″ more=”Read more” less=”Read less”]

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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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.[read_more id=”1″ more=”Read more” less=”Read less”]

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.[/read_more]

 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