Mt. Bachelor Snow Reporters have serious skills

Mt. Bachelor Snow Reporters (aka Mountain Dispatchers, aka Mountain Communications Specialists) have some serious skills in the Terrain Park. Check out this video by Atticus Balyeat showing how Snow Reporters Stirling and Sam spend their time riding at Mt. Bachelor. Plus, you can help Atticus win first place in a video contest just by watching.

Dispatch Files Ep. 1 from 541 Films on Vimeo.

La Pine-area man held on murder charge

Lawrence Loeffler, 86, was arrested after he called police to say he'd killed his wife, Betty, 83
Lawrence Loeffler, 86, was arrested after he called police to say he’d killed his wife, Betty, 83

A La Pine-area man was arrested Monday morning on charges he murdered his wife after he called police to report he shot her at their home during a domestic dispute, Deschutes County sheriff’s deputies said.

Deschutes County Sheriff’s Deputies found Betty Loeffler dead on the back porch of the Loeffler home on Old Mill Rd. in La Pine, from an apparent gunshot wound.

Sheriff Captain Tim Edwards identified the victim as Betty Loeffler, 83, and her husband as Lawrence Hubert Loeffler, 86.

Investigation by Sheriff’s Office Detectives revealed the incident was a domestic dispute. Lawrence Loeffler was taken into custody at the scene.

MBSEF is now accepting artwork for the Kid’s Mini PPP logo contest

The 2013 U.S. Bank Kid’s Mini Pole Pedal Paddle T-shirt Contest is here.  This year’s race is May 19th.  This is such a great project to encourage kid’s 1st grade – 6th grade to express their creativity.

Entries must be submitted on white paper with colored designs.   The design may represent the activities of the race: rafting, running, obstacle course and biking. Kids from 1st grade through 6th grade can submit artwork.  The only requirements of the design are to include the following information:

  1. U.S. Bank Kid’s Mini Pole Pedal Paddle
  2. Bend, Oregon
  3. 2013
  4. The letters MBSEF somewhere on the artwork.
  5. The artist’s signature

Please include on the back of the design: name, age, grade level, teacher, school, home phone number and email.

Entries MUST be received by 5:00 p.m., Friday, February 15, 2013, delivered or mailed to:

Mt. Bachelor Sports Education Foundation
563 SW 13th Street, Suite 201(corner of Century Dr. and Donovan)
Bend, OR  97702

Awards for the top five finishers will be awarded. Please contact Molly Cogswell-Kelley at 541-388-0002 or if you have any questions.

The U.S. Bank Kid’s Mini PPP is a benefit for the Mt. Bachelor Sports Education Foundation whose mission is to be the leading youth sports training organization promoting the positive values of competitive sports including Alpine and Nordic Skiing, Snowboarding and Cycling.

Fish Restoration and Enhancement Board to meet in Salem

SALEM, Ore. — The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Fish Restoration and Enhancement Board will meet on Thursday, Jan. 31 and Friday, Feb. 1 in Salem.

On Thursday, the Board will meet from 1-5 p.m. at the ODFW Headquarters building at 3406 Cherry Ave. NE. The day’s agenda includes conversations with representatives of several ODFW program areas to discuss more efficient funding of ODFW-sponsored projects.

The meeting will reconvene on Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Best Western Mill Creek Inn3125 Ryan Dr. SEin Salem.  The Board will consider several project proposals for funding.

Meetings on both days are open to the public, and there will be an opportunity for public comment.

Reasonable accommodations will be provided as needed for individuals requesting assistive hearing devices, sign language interpreters or large-print materials. Individuals needing these types of accommodations may call the Information and Education Division at 800-720-6339 or 503-947-6002 at least 24 hours in advance of the meeting.

Created by the Oregon Legislature in 1989, the Fish Restoration and Enhancement Program is funded by a surcharge on sport and commercial fishing licenses and commercial poundage fees. The program’s seven-member citizen board reviews fish restoration and enhancement project proposals and makes funding recommendations to the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission.

For more information on the Fish Restoration and Enhancement Program, or to view information regarding current R&E Program applications, visit

ODFW Fish Passage Task Force to meet in Salem

SALEM, Ore. – Oregon’s Fish Passage Task Force will meet in Salem on Friday, Feb. 1 to consider current statewide fish passage issues. The meeting will be held at the Oregon Department of Forestry office at 2600 State Street, Bldg. C.

The meeting will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is open to the public. The agenda includes Task Force member updates, review of fish passage approvals, waivers, and exemptions, fish passage barrier prioritization, fish passage initiatives, and other Task Force business.

The nine-member Fish Passage Task Force meets quarterly to advise ODFW on fish passage policies and issues. Task Force members represent water users, fisheries and conservation interests, and the general public.


Public Invited to South County Public Hearings

Deschutes County is amending its Comprehensive Plan to formally recognize an area specific plan titled, Newberry Country: A Plan for Southern Deschutes County. The Plan encompasses the rural areas south of Lava Butte with two exceptions: Sunriver and La Pine are governed separately.  It addresses the area’s unique assets, local values and preferences for growth and development, the environment, natural hazards, transportation and more.

Two evening public hearings are scheduled with the Deschutes County Board of Commissioners. The public is invited and encouraged to testify on:

  • Tuesday, February 26, at 6:00 p.m. at the La Pine Senior Center, 16560 Victory Way, in La Pine
  • Tuesday, March 12, at 6:00 p.m. at the Sunriver Homeowners Aquatic and Recreation Center, Dillon Hall, 57250 Overlook Road, in Sunriver

For more information please visit the South County Plan website at: