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INSIDE THIS ISSUE Nature Center................ 8 Love Wine Inc.............. 10 Calendar...................... 13 Women’s Club.............. 17

SROA News.................. 22 Public Safety................ 30 Classified..................... 37 Commentary................ 38

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APRIL • 2013

volume xxxix • Number 4

Hugh Palcic tapped as SROA’s new GM

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SROA board president Bob Nelson, right, congratulates Hugh Palcic after naming him future SROA general manager to replace the retiring Bill Peck.

Michael Beeson’s original oil painting “Golden Hour on the Big Deschutes” has been selected as the Sunriver Music Festival’s poster artwork for 2013. The painting is based on a photo that was taken from Michael and Gail Beeson’s home south of Sunriver and showcases the quiet movement of the river with Canada geese flying overhead and a lone mallard duck.

After months of researching how and where to find the next general manager, the SROA Board of Directors unanimously voted March 16 to offer the position to Palcic. “We did fairly extensive research on the types of folks out there who may be qualified to serve. We know Sunriver is quite unique in the world of homeowner associations in terms of our mix of ownerships and the fact that we are in a resort community,” said Bob Nelson, SROA board president. “We spent time confidentially interviewing SROA department directors and other key personnel in regard to their expectations for the future and changes they would recommend. As a result I believe we have the best candidate for the job.” Peck said the board placed the association in “very capable hands. Hugh’s knowledge of SROA, its historical perspectives and its political landscape will be invaluable in providing the leadership, continuity, and consistency needed to build on the association’s accomplishments and keep the momentum going.” Prior to moving to Oregon, Palcic managed Miron Precast Concrete, a company that provided building and construction supply services to five counties around New York City. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in political science from Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York and served an internship with New York State Sen. Anthony Masiello which led to a position in his district office. Palcic moved his wife and family to Central Oregon in 1998 in search of a new lifestyle. “We didn’t know Sunriver existed. We were driving from Bend to La Pine just checking out the area and looking for a place to eat lunch when we saw a sign on Highway 97 for a Subway sandwich shop, so we made the turn onto South Century Drive and discovered The Village at Sunriver. After just a few minutes of looking around in the village my wife said, ‘We can stop looking. Let’s try to make this work.’ ” Palcic saw the SROA code enforcement officer position advertised and applied,

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Hugh Palcic has been named as Sunriver Owners Association’s next general manager. He takes over the post Sept. 16 when current general manager Bill Peck retires after five years in the position. Palcic has worked for SROA 15 years. He was hired in 1998 as a code enforcement officer for SROA’s Community Development Department. He became director of the department in 2007. Palcic took on additional responsibilities when he was named assistant general manager in 2009. He has been involved in every major SROA project during the past five years, including the development and operation of SHARC. Palcic earned a Certified Manager of Community Associations certificate in 2009 and an Association Management Specialist designation in 2010.

River access identified as first priority from the Infrastructure and Amenities Master Plan By Brooke Snavely On March 16 the SROA Board of Directors approved a motion to issue a request for proposals to develop permanent river access on a parcel of land near the Sunriver Resort marina. SROA obtained the land in an owner-approved property exchange with the resort in 2012. This makes river access the first project to emerge from the Infrastructure and Amenities Master Plan (IAMP) that was presented to owners at last August’s SROA annual meeting and adopted in November. The motion directs SROA staff to obtain drawings, perspectives, conceptual plans and cost estimates on site improvements shown in the MacKay Sposito Sunriver Infrastructure & Amenities Master Plan, which is available at>News & Notices> Infrastructure & Amenities Master Plan. The MacKay Sposito report proposes various improvements to Pasture 11, which is due east of the Hola! Restaurant. SUNRIVER SCENE SUNRIVER OWNERS ASSN. VOLUME XXXIX • NUMBER 4 P.O. BOX 3278 SUNRIVER, OR 97707

Among them are a paved ramp for launching trailered boats with river access on the marina lagoon, paved parking with 47 standard stalls and eight trailer stalls, a waterfront sandy beach, picnic tables, a restroom, off leash dog park, soft trail, and an interpretive historic site. The projected timeline for the permanent river access project is: May/June – Approve a request for proposal July/August – Community involvement/plan refinement August/September – Final decision October/November – Communication of final plan December/January 2014 – Develop a ballot measure possibly for a special election May/June 2014 – Permitting process June/July 2014 – Bid selection, award contract August/September 2014 – Construction Turn to River, page 3

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IAMP task force members describe the 18-month timeline as “tight” but necessary, given that Sunriver Resort has indicated it will charge SROA $20,000 in 2015 to continue using the existing ramp at the marina and possibly higher annual fees thereafter. The task force said the pasture 11 property affords the opportunity to consider other community needs and wants, such as off-leash dog parks, concurrent with development of permanent river access. Sunriver property owners will have an opportunity to vote on the proposed plans,

Stay tuned for Men’s Club announcement

As the April issue of the Scene went to print, the Sunriver Men’s Club luncheon for April was still in the planning stages. When the details are finalized, information on the April luncheon will be posted on the SROA website community calendar at www.sunriver>calendars. Please check there for time, date and featured topic for the luncheon. Sign-up sheets will be posted at the Marketplace and the foyer of the SROA Administration building. Those on the club’s email list will receive an email notice. For more information, contact sunriver.mensclub@yahoo. com

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A committee selected Beeson’s artwork from an assortment of submissions. Local artists were asked to submit a piece for consideration by March 1. The original artwork will be on display at the Bank of Cascades in Sunriver, a longtime sponsor of the Sunriver Music Festival. The painting will be a featured auction item at the Festival Faire dinner and auction Aug. 4 at the Sunriver Resort Great Hall. Festival Faire is the Sunriver Music Festival’s major fundraiser of the year. Posters will be available to purchase at the Sunriver Music Festival office and at the following shops and businesses: In Sunriver: Sunriver Books and Music, Sunriver Chamber of Commerce, Flowers at Sunriver Village and the Oregon Store SUNRIVER SCENE • APRIL 2013

however task force members believe the project can be developed without seeking additional funds from SROA members. IAMP task force members told the SROA Board of Directors they went through an extensive prioritization exercise before recommending permanent river access as the highest priority need. The group ranked the projects as follows: Needs: (Prioritized in order of importance) 1. River access 2. Recommended studies and plans for a) pathway master plan, b) feasibility study for transition of assets to the Sunriver Service District police and fire departments 3. Abbot/Beaver Drive intersection 4. Public Works corporation yard/recycling center 5. Public restrooms Turn to River, page 5

COCC class to highlight home beer brewing basics SHARC will host a Central Oregon Community College Community Learning program, Beer Brewing Basics, April 18, 5:30-8:30 p.m. The instructor is Tony DeBone, a Deschutes County Commissioner who has been home brewing beer for several years. DeBone will demonstrate and discuss extract brewing — the process of boiling down ingredients in preparation for fermentation. “I’ll be demonstrating how to brew a 5-gallon batch of beer. I’ll bring one batch that I’m finishing and start the next one,” he said. DeBone described making beer at home as combining a batch of ingredients and boiling it for an hour, then inoculating with it yeast followed by two weeks of primary fermenting and one week of

Tony DeBone whips up a batch of home-brewed beer.

bottle fermenting. He uses malt extract the consistency of pancake syrup available at the

SHARC to host its first ‘Science Pub’ topic

On Tuesday, April 16, from 5:30-7:30 p.m., SHARC will host a Science Pub titled “Why is the Deschutes River so peculiar? The curious case of Cascadian rivers.” Science Pubs are a collaboration between OSU-Cascades and OSU’s main campus in Corvallis which brings some of OSU’s leading researchers for monthly conversations at McMenamins in Bend, in Sisters and, now, Sunriver. No scientific background is required — just curiosity, a sense of humor and an appetite for food, drinks and knowledge. The event will feature re-

search hydrologist Gordon Grant describing the unique qualities of the Deschutes River. It starts on the slopes of Mt. Bachelor, winds south then north, depletes to a trickle then swells into a river of enormous flow volume. Over time it has flooded and been dammed and adored by fishermen. Grant will explore how the Deschutes and other rivers of the Cascades are likely to change and where water is likely to be abundant and scarce in the future. Science Pubs are free but due to their popularity, reservations are required no later than 5 p.m. the day prior to each lecture.

In Bend: Art on the Go, Bits & Pieces Framing, Eastlake Framing, Mockingbird Gallery, Sage Custom Framing, The Great Frame Up In Sisters: Clearwater Gallery Beeson is a retired CBS Radio journalist who’s been doing fine art work for many years. He became serious about it in the 1980s while living in the coastal village of Mendocino, Calif., where he consistently sold work in multiple galleries. The same was true on the island of Kauai where Beeson and his wife Gail lived for a number of years. He found the abundance of wildlife and the brilliant colors of the islands inspiring, and art he produced there is now in private collections in Hawaii and on the mainland. After moving to the Sunriver area, Beeson once again found an inspiring environment. “My principal subject is the natural world. I’m particularly interested in wildlife, but also

enjoy painting landscapes and many other subjects. I work in several media: oil, acrylic, Prismacolor pencil, graphite pencil, pen and ink and photography,” Beeson said. Beeson’s artwork can be seen in Sunriver at the Artists’ Gallery Sunriver. To learn more visit Sunriver Music Festival posters are available for $12. Framed posters are $65. Notecards are $12 for a pack of 10 and available at the Sunriver Music Festival. Information: 541-593-1084, Please call Nadine for your Real Estate needs

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Make reservations online at pubs2013/rsvp/april “We need a good south county crowd. We want to show there is interest and support for such programs in this area,” said Harry Hamilton, president of the Sunriver Nature Center and Oregon Observatory Board of Directors. “It’s an evening of science in a pub setting. You buy your beer and some food and you listen to an OSU scientist and learn. I met the organizer a year ago at one of the Science Pubs at McMenamins. I told her she really should bring the show to Sunriver. She planned it before I knew she was bringing it.”

Brew Shop in Bend. “It’s kind of like making bread. You mix the ingredients and bake it and it will come out different every time, but you always eat it or, with beer, drink it,” he said. Participation in the class costs $39, and includes appetizers and tastings of home brewed beer. Participants must 21 years or older and provide photo ID. Register online at www.cocc. edu/ContinuingEd or by calling 541-383-7270.

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and the rest is history. “I’m excited. There are a lot of challenges ahead but based on our successes, I think if we can continue to work together – the staff, members and community stakeholders – we can accomplish a lot,” Palcic said.


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Sunriver Music Festival season schedule announced Tickets go on sale April 1 for the Sunriver Music Festival’s 36th season with the theme “Come Dance With Us – Let the Music Move You.” Artistic Director and Conductor George Hanson will lead the world class Festival Orchestra in five classical concerts and a Pops concert. The season also includes a solo piano recital plus free orchestra rehearsals and the annual Festival Faire dinner and auction fundraiser.

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Hanson’s contract extended After record-breaking ticket sales in 2012, the festival board of trustees offered an extended contract to George Hanson through 2016. “Maestro Hanson has introduced new programming to appeal to a wider audience,” said Pam Beezley of the Sunriver Music Festival. “In 2012, over 32 percent of our total audience were first timers. They had not been to a festival event in the past. The concerts appealed to new concert patrons and that’s a trend we want to continue.” Hanson took the helm at the Tucson Symphony Orchestra (TSO) in 1996 and has led

the regional orchestra to international acclaim. TSO’s first recording, released September 2008, reached No. 2 on U.S. classical charts, and was lauded by critics around the globe. Hanson filled in as guest conductor for the Sunriver Music Festival in 2011 when the festival’s long-time artistic director Lawrence Leighton Smith was unable to conduct due to illness. His first full season with the festival was 2012. “The festival board has confidence in George’s ability to keep the festival’s programming exciting and vibrant,” said Lee Smith, festival board president. “After the 2012 season, the board carefully deliberated and came to the conclusion that George’s contract should be extended to ensure the artistic quality of the festival.” 36th season highlights “The overall theme of the festival’s music this year is dance,” Hanson said. “Each concert will have dance music from Mozart’s German dances to Dvorak’s Slavonic dances to a full night of tango music.” The 2013 summer festival will kick off with the Pops Concert at Summit High School presenting Bill Ganz’s Western Band and the Festival Orchestra Friday, Aug. 9. “Bill Ganz and his band are the real classic cowboy sound from the era of Roy Rogers and Dale Evans,” Hanson said. “They are top notch and have written orchestrations that the Tucson Symphony has performed with Bill and his band to sold out crowds. They are a real crowd pleaser and with all the western music

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lovers in Central Oregon, we feel confident this group will be performing to a standing room only crowd.” On Aug. 11, the Festival Orchestra will present a concert titled “Music Moves You – Come dance with the great classical composers” at the Sunriver Resort Great Hall. This concert includes the music of Verdi, Rossini, Dvorak and Bernstein and a featured clarinet solo in the Lutoslawski “Dance Preludes” with principal clarinetist Benjamin Lulich. On Aug. 14 the Tower Theatre hosts the concert titled “Mozart in Motion – Wolfgang Light on his Feet.” For the Mozart lover, and for those who love great classical music, this is a full program, including the Overture to the Magic Flute, a beautiful Mozart Horn

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Brenda Brewer, co-owner of Good2Go in The Village at Sunriver, started the 2013 fishing season off with a bang by landing a huge bull trout from Lake Billy Chinook in early March. The fish fell for a herring trolled along the bottom of the Metolius arm of the reservoir.

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Concerto, German Dances and the Mozart Symphony No. 39. Aug. 16 is Tango night at the Tower! Sunriver Music Festival brings heat and passion to the Tower Theatre in a concert titled “Tango Fire.” Enjoy the music of South America with compositions by Ginastera and Piazzolla. Daniel Binelli, a premier bandoneon player from Buenos Aires, joins the orchestra to perform the Piazzolla Concerto Aconcagua. The bandoneon is a type of accordion popular in South America. “The Four Seasons” is included in this concert from the popular Vivaldi version and Turn to Festival, page 6


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April 27 marks the opening of the trout fishing season on many of Central Oregon’s lakes and reservoirs. The Sunriver Anglers Club has invited Brett Hodgson, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife High Desert region fisheries biologist, to their Thursday, April 18, 7 p.m. meeting at SHARC. Hodgson will bring local anglers up-todate on what to expect in the coming season as well as news of several local projects. One such discussion topic will be ODFW’s efforts to implement a coordinated statewide approach to improve the management of rainbow trout. The plan will have positive implications for Central Oregon lakes and reservoirs. Changes in the plan to reintroduce steelhead, Chinook, and sockeye to the Crooked River will be discussed. Recent fish surveys, as well as angler observations, have indicated some of last year’s juvenile fish have chosen to stay in the upper river system rather than

migrate to the ocean. Impact of the bypass facility on Lake Billy Chinook to both upstream and downstream anadromous species will be a part of the discussion. There will be an open forum for Hodgson to answer audience questions regarding specific lake management, stocking levels and regulations, plus much more. Club members will host a 6 p.m. hands-on session to review the knots and rigging methods that Bryron Salaz, Hook Fly Shop guide, shared in last month’s presentation about the Crooked River. A handout will also be provided. Meetings of the Sunriver Anglers Club are open to anyone who wants to learn more about angling and conservation opportunities in the area and meet others with the same interests. For information about the club and the current newsletter, visit www.sunriveranglers. com. Questions? Contact Dave Schmerber at 503-851-7761 or

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PASTURE #11pasture - RIVER ACCESS AND PARK The proposed 11 development willDOG provide river access, AUGUST 2012 PROPOSED SITEpicnic IMPROVEMENTS restrooms, parking, areas and a potential dog park as well as leaving open space.

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Wants/enhancements: (In alphabetical order, not prioritized) a. Adventure Camp complex b. Cottonwood entrance c. Dog park d. Fort Rock Park e. Marketplace Park f. Mary McCallum Park g. Meadow Village Park h. North Tennis center i. Promenade IAMP task force members emphasized that separation of needs from wants doesn’t mean that some suggested improvements would be ignored or forgotten.

“As we are doing other activities is there a want we can incorporate?” said John Salzer. “Take the river access. There are wants on the list that could be incorporated into this project if we wanted a dog park, for example. Every project is going to look at the nine wants and give us an opportunity to ask ‘is there some way we can incorporate some of the wants into the project now rather than waiting until somehow it becomes a need.’ ” The entire McKay Sposito amenities report can be viewed on the SROA website: www.sunriverowners. org and do a search for amenities.



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Growler fill station opens in the Sunriver Business Park By Susan Berger The Central Oregon beer craze has been moving at a frenetic pace, with new breweries seeming to pop up overnight. But with so many breweries and so little time to visit them all, a new niche in the beer market has been carved out — growler filling stations. Growler stations offer the best of both worlds — a single location where you can sample a variety of beers from different breweries then fill up a “growler” with a fresh-fromthe-tap brew and take it home with you. For those who don’t know, a growler is a large jug you can purchase at the filling station or bring one along from your favorite brewery. Stations often

carry a selection of brewery logo decorated growlers for sale. You can fill it with whatever liquid you like. Coming on the heels of Sunriver Brewing Company, the community now has its own growler filling station and specialty beer shop in the Sunriver Business Park. It is located in the log building next to Sunriver Fly Shop as you first drive into the business park. Owned and operated by Mark and Tonya Cornett, The Mountain Jug will offer up to 12 Central Oregon craft beers on tap that will be rotated regularly. Three coolers feature 150 different craft beers (both bottled and canned) from around the world. Tonya Cornett is already well


Haydn and Handel by Jeffrey Work, the Oregon Symphony’s principal trumpet. The concert includes dances from Kodaly and the Ballet Pulcinella Suite by Stravinsky. The closing night concert is titled “Beethoven’s Eroica – with a tribute to Van Cliburn.” The program opens with the energetic Jacobsen’s Ascending Bird, includes a piano concerto by the 2013 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition gold medal winner and concludes with the powerful Beethoven Symphony No. 3 also called “Eroica.” Tickets go on sale April 1 for festival members and June 1 to the general public. All concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. Ticket prices range from $10 for youth to $60 box/ premier seats. Information: 541-593-9310 or visit

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Piazzolla’s Four Seasons from Buenos Aires. Aug. 18 will feature a full solo recital performance at the Sunriver Resort Great Hall by the newly-crowned 2013 gold medal winner of the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. Started in 1962, the Cliburn competition is held every four years in late May and holds the distinction of being the world’s premier piano competition. The actual program will be determined following the crowning of the gold medal winner and will include a tribute to founder Van Cliburn, who passed away in February. On Aug. 19, the concert is titled “Hungarian Spice – Stories told through Dance” and will feature two trumpet concerti by

Tonya and Mark Cornett opened The Mountain Jug in March.

Resort hires new marketing director Sunriver Resort recently introduced William “Skip” James as its new director of sales and marketing. In an expanded role for the position, James will lead a team of professionals in the sales, marketing and conventions departments. James emphasizes creativity, innovation, and analytics in his management approach, making him well suited to pursue the resort’s strategic vision. “Sunriver Resort is poised for growth in 2013 and beyond,” said James, “I am very excited for the opportunity to lead such a dynamic team.” James will call upon his extensive background to support the resort’s continued quest to be the “destination of choice” for guests, employees, group travelers and outdoor enthusiasts. “We are committed to a

long-term strategic plan,” said Tom O’Shea Sunriver Resort managing director. “And we are pleased to have Skip leading our efforts to drive growth.” In 12 years with Starwood Hotels & Resorts, James worked as director of sales and marketing for a number of premier resorts, including the Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa, The Westin River Walk in San Antonio, The Wigwam Golf Resort & Spa in Phoenix and The Westin Park Central. A graduate of Oklahoma State, James earned a BA in economics and was catcher for the varsity baseball team, helping lead them to a strong finish in the 1993 College World Series. James’ wife, Marilyn, and 11-year-old daughter, Lauren, will join him in Central Oregon this spring.

known in the beer brewing community. Currently working as the research and development brewmaster for 10 Barrel Brewing, she was also head brewmaster of Bend Brewing Company. With a large portion of their lives revolving around the craft beer industry, the couple decided it was time for Mark to walk away from his commercial construction job and open his own shop. “With recent renovations in Sunriver and the addition of SHARC, we felt the area could use a shop to help promote the fast growing local brewing community,” said Mark Cornett. The current on tap beer list includes selections from Worthy, Crux, 10 Barrel, Bend Brewing, Cascade Lakes, Boneyard, Three Creeks, Deschutes, Good Life and Silver Moon. The Cornett’s hope The Mountain Jug will be a convenient place for locals and tourists to gather and fill their jugs. The small tasting room embraces the interior’s warm, exposed pine log-cabin feel and showcases a small selection of local art, including an artist who uses beer as a painting medium. For the kid at heart, the shop also features an old school arcade game table packed with 60 video games such as PacMan and Galaga while music from a record player playing vintage vinyl adds to the casual atmosphere. Open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday, locals are invited to stop by Tuesday through Thursday from 4-6 p.m. for growler fill specials. Information: 541-390-0214 or visit MountainJugSunriver

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Winter’s end brings spring feathered friends sunriver nature center & oregon observatory By Kody Osborne, Naturalist As winter continues to linger in Central Oregon, spring’s promise of rejuvenation seems no more than a cold weather mirage. Though snow manages to inch its way far past its expiration date each year, the Sunriver Nature Center reminds us all that spring is not an illusion, but an assurance of the seasonal arrival of select fine-feathered fauna. For all you hopeful birders out there — here is a teaser of some of the winged creatures you can expect to see during

2013’s season of the birds. To get a reliable snapshot on what spring may bring in the avian department, the nature center picked the mind of our go-to “ornothusiast,” Tom Lawler. An avid bird watcher, superb nature photographer, long-time Sunriver Nature Center and High Desert Museum volunteer raptor handler, and more or less a know-it-all encyclopedia of local birds, Lawler ensures that spring’s yearly migration will bring more than just a few chances to catch a glimpse of

enormous flow volume. Over time it has flooded and been dammed and adored by fishermen. Research hydrologist Gordon Grant will explore how the Deschutes and other rivers of the Cascades teach us how rivers in the western U.S. — and beyond — are likely to change and where water is likely to be abundant and scarce in the future, issues important to all Oregonians. Science Pubs are free but due to their popularity, reservations are required no later than 5 p.m. the day prior to each lecture. Please go to April events • April 16: OSU Cas- sciencepubs2013/rsvp/april cades Science Pub Lecture to register for this lecture. • April 12–20: Project at SHARC: Why is the Deschutes River so peculiar? ponderosa tree sale and ArIt starts on the slopes of Mt. bor Day seedling giveaway. Bachelor, winds south then Limited quantities. For information, call 541north, depletes to a trickle then swells into a river of 593-4394. Nature center spring hours: Open Tuesday–Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $3 adults, $2 children (ages 2-12), members free. Observatory spring hours: Beginning April 6, open every Wednesday and Saturday for night sky viewing from 8-10 p.m., and open every Saturday for solar viewing 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The observatory is available for private star parties, a great experience for families and friends. Cost: $120 for one hour; $185 for two hours.

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a variety of birds. Take notes, because this is just a bite of what you can expect to see this season. Spring is ripe with a colossal variety of beautiful sparrows. Some species that Central Oregon residents can expect to find are both white and goldcrowned sparrows, Savannah sparrows, Lincoln sparrows and even the gorgeously masked lark sparrow. Bring out your feeders, because these birds are commonly found nesting near houses and buildings and often

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roost approximate to anywhere they can find free seed. April showers and May flowers also bring a wonderful collection of warblers. Keep your eyes open for orange-crowned warblers, Wilson’s warblers, yellow-rumped warblers and the tiny and brightly colored yellow warbler. Venture away from the feeders, because this group of passerines, or “perching birds,” can be seen branching in trees towards the end of the day looking to satisfy their highly insectivorous diets.

If you find yourself near medium to large-sized bodies of water this spring, expect to witness the darting, insectivorous group of birds, the sharpshaped swallows. High desert residents, keep your high-speed shutters ready for both tree swallows and the colorful violetgreen swallow. Sparrows, warblers and swallows are just a few of the groups of birds we can hope to see this season. Also expect to see both evening and black-headed grosbeaks, Cassin’s finches, varied thrush, snipes, Western bluebirds, pine siskins, both redwinged and Brewer’s blackbirds, Western wood pewees, rubycrowned kinglets and, of course, everyone’s favorite nectar feeder, the rufous hummingbird. So when cabin fever sets in, and winter begins to take its toll, remember this mantra: Spring is coming, and with it brings nature.

Second Tern welcomes suggestions for improvements The Second Tern Thrift Shop has grown by leaps and bounds thanks in large part to community participation. The goal of creating a space people enjoy shopping in, donating to, and telling others about appears to have been achieved, and ideas for additional improvement are welcome. A comment/suggestion box has been installed just outside the store’s main entrance. Visitors to the Second Tern are invited to bring written thoughts with them and drop them in the box on their way into the store. Another option is to utilize the adjacent notepad and jot down ideas while shopping, then drop the suggestions in the box upon departure. Shop furniture, appliances, antiques, sporting goods, tools, clothing, décor, music, movies, or for whatever else is on your list. Have a large donation that requires a pick up or metal to recycle? Call 541-593-3367 or 541-598-7397

Second Tern Thrift Shop volunteers show off the new suggestion/comment box.

for scheduling or more information. The Second Tern, located just outside Sunriver on Spring River Road next to the Summit Xpress market, is open Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Tern is volunteer run and all sale proceeds benefit the Sunriver Nature Center and Oregon Observatory.

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Watercolor, oil and acrylics on exhibit at the Lodge By Billye Turner Sunriver Lodge Betty Gray Gallery presents a fine art exhibit by Jerome Gaston featuring watercolor and acrylic paintings in the upper gallery. The exhibit opens April 9 and continues through May 14. The resort invites the public to visit the exhibition. Jerome Gaston (1911-1989) worked in the early part of the 20th century, with his brothers, as an illustrator in California producing original posters for theaters to advertise Hollywood greats such as Betty Davis, Will Rogers, Al Jolson, James Cagney, Joan Crawford, Marlene Dietrich, W.C. Fields, Ginger Rogers and others. During this time, it was common for movie theaters to hire artists to produce vibrant, original advertising in order to compete with other movie houses. Streamlined and colorful, the original artwork attracted crowds as the lithographed posters could not. Regrettably, most of this original art was destroyed or recycled until unusable. Gaston and his brothers, Norton and Edward, operated a commercial art business in a basement studio of the Fox Theater in Long Beach, Calif., selling their large original show signs that were more compelling than printed movie posters. Norton, a portraitist, painted the faces while Jerome and Edward painted the backgrounds. Their lithos sold for $8–$40 to theaters throughout the Long Beach area, offering a good income during the Great Depression of the late ’20s and ’30s. Upon retirement from the movie industry, Gaston spent the remainder of this life sketching and painting images of the Southern California

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Bowers Museum, watercolor, by Jerome Gaston

area such as the period stucco and tiled-roof building of the Bowers Museum. The displayed art at the

Lodge represents only a small portion of his work from the late ’60s and early ’70s. Critics consider Gaston one of the

most accomplished California watercolor artists of that time. In the lower level gallery, Joanne Donaca shows brilliantly colored, expressionistic landscapes depicting Central Oregon. Painted in multiple saturated hues, the images

include the Deschutes, Mirror Pond, and other familiar scenes. Sunriver invites the public to visit the exhibition at the Lodge, open all hours. For more information, call 541-382-9398.

Call to artists for 97707 exhibit at the Sunriver Library later this year

Although spring has barely come to Central Oregon, all Sunriver area artists are reminded that summer is close behind. And with summer comes the annual 97707 Art Exhibit at the Sunriver Area Public Library. This show is the annual opportunity for all talented artists in the 97707 Zip code area to display a piece of their artwork. All original media are accepted, including paintings, prints, drawings, jewelry, woodcarving, quilting and other twoand three-dimensional work. Applications will be available at the Sunriver Area Branch Library in a few months, and the library staff will be happy to help interested artists and to answer questions about the show. Applications must be filled out and returned to the library by Aug. 1, so everyone has months to create a breathtaking masterpiece. Work will be displayed starting early September and remain on exhibit through October.

Each artist may submit one piece of work for the exhibit, and the works may either be offered for sale or not. Please note that a portion of any sales proceeds goes to the Friends of the Sunriver Area Library to fund their support of library programs. Information: Contact Shawna Dailey at the library, or call art committee chair Barbara Bailey at 541-598-0406.

Photography, soft-sculpture exhibit continues An exhibit featuring work by soft-sculpture artist Nancy Crandell and wildflower photography by Susan Berger continues at the Sunriver library through April 26. Crandell’s whimsical bears, cats, dogs and other critters will bring a smile to your face with their fuzzy charm. Crandell has handcrafted bears and other cuddly creatures for 15 years. Berger’s macro photographs on canvas offers a close-up and detailed view of wildflowers

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that would otherwise be missed with the naked eye. While some images are more botanical portrait in nature, others appear to be a painting. This is due to Berger placing a black backdrop behind the flower when she shoots it — giving the entire image a more “artsy” feel. The exhibit is viewable during regular library hours. The works are also for sale. Information: 541-312-1080.

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By Julie Johnson The prolific marketing and leadership writer Seth Godin once wrote a book titled “Purple Cow, Transforming Your Business by Being Remarkable.” In it, Godin makes the point that to really stand out in a crowded marketplace, you have to be remarkable. And what could be more remarkable than a purple cow in a field of boring brown cows? Because I know this, anytime I run into a brand that calls itself a Purple Cow, I am automatically skeptical. When I found Purple Cow Vineyards, my skepticism was thrown right out the window. I ran into the winery at The Sip, McMinnville Wine and Food Classic. Wine festivals are great for learning about wineries that you have never experienced before, and I take full advantage of them whenever I can attend one. At The Sip, the booth for Purple Cow Vineyards was tucked in the back of the festival, near the food booths. It might have been easy to overlook had it not been for the large purple cow banner hanging behind it. Come to find

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Purple Cow Vineyards features a variety of bold wines.

out, Purple Cow Vineyards is a winery dedicated to bold wines. Their lineup included Tempranillo a Lemburger blend and a new one I had never heard of before — a Teroldego. The tasting started with the 2011 Pinot Noir Rosé. The off-dry wine has only a hint of residual sugar that is perfectly offset by a crisp acidity that cleanses the palate while still boasting a smoothness that is appealing. The wine bursts of fruitiness, making it a wonderful wine for a hot, summer day. From there, we transitioned to the deeper wines. Among my

favorite was the 2008 Gabriela, a blend of 67 percent Lemburger, 14 percent Petite Syrah, 14 percent Mourvedre and 5 percent Tempranillo. With such as mix, I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect, but the wine was medium in body, thanks to the large percentage of Lemburger in the final mix. The wine was light and approachable, even for those new to reds, but well structured enough to pair well with a hearty spaghetti dish. The smooth wine tastes of black cherries and spent 22 months in barrel, which likely lends to the drinkability of the wine.



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will like it year after year. That’s because so much of the wine’s taste is dependent upon the grapes themselves. And the grapes, of course, are dependent on the weather to which they have been subjected. Winemakers are chemists at heart and do what they can with what they are given, but weather can be a game changer. Pinot noir, in particular, can be a distinctly delicate grape. It grows best in temperate regions, which is apparently why it thrives in the Willamette Valley (which I’m told has a Mediterranean climate, only wetter and colder — far wetter and colder). So, when the weather changes, so can the grape. Over the last several years, the weather – and other natural factors – have looked a bit like this: • 2006 — wet • 2007 — dry • 2008 — long considered the perfect year • 2009 — dry • 2010 — cold (and the year of the birds) • 2011 — cold • 2012 — anticipated to be the new measure of perfection

We also tried the 2009 Teroldego Reserve. Teroldego (don’t even ask me how to pronounce it properly — I butchered the name several times) is an Italian varietal that is rarely grown outside of its home country. The deep red wine was a jammy mix of mulberry and black raspberry. It was rich and structured with light tannins and bright acidity. But my absolute favorite of the tasting was the 2008 Tempranillo Reserve. Tempranillos tend to be spicy, savory and bold wines, but sometimes they can taste a bit green or dusty, like the grapes were picked too early or the production was rushed. Purple Cow clearly takes its time with the wine — and the hard work shows. Aged 28 months in the barrel, the Tempranillo was smooth and subtle, offering layer upon layer of flavors that tasted of blackberries and plums and brought me back for more. And it ensured that I will return to the winery again and again. What a difference a year makes Even when you find a good wine, you can’t be sure that you

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April potluck focuses on nature center, observatory The April 10 potluck at SHARC will highlight the Sunriver Nature Center and Oregon Observatory with concise updates of what’s happening at the nature center and the observatory; some “can’t live without” items for auction from the Second Tern and perhaps a bird of prey or two to meet “up close and personal.” The festivities will also include music by Jay Bowerman, principal researcher at the nature center, and the Quincy Street bluegrass band. Please join your neighbors and make new friends at this evening of great food and bluegrass music. Quincy Street, a four-member all acoustic band, performs an eclectic mix of traditional and original ballads. The band is comprised of

Eric Alexander (guitar and vocals) who has worked in nonprofit and healthcare administration for more than 30 years. He has been involved in music since he began singing in the church choir in high school. Marlene Alexander (upright bass and vocals) is a professional artist and teacher. She was arts coordinator for St. Charles Medical Center for 20 years. Eric and Marlene attended high school together in Missouri. They moved to Bend in 1971. Jay Bowerman (banjo, resonator guitar and vocals) grew up in Eugene during the “folk era” listening to Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, and Peter Paul and Mary. After receiving a graduate degree from the University of Oregon and a mid-1960s tour of duty in the army, he moved

to Central Oregon. He now serves as principal researcher at the Sunriver Nature Center conducting research on amphibians. Loren Irving (mandolin, harmonica, vocals) moved to Bend in 1969 after college at Oregon State University and service in Vietnam. He and partners started Deschutes Pine Sales, a lumber wholesale company in 1974. Loren is one of the founders of the Central Oregon Family Resource Center. The members of Quincy Street share a common love of music that has its roots in traditional American musical forms ranging from folk and bluegrass to blues and gospel. In forming the band, the members agreed to be serious enough about their music to bring authenticity and

Public Service Announcement • Where are the asbestos-containing materials? ACM has been encounAn environmental assessment performed in 2009 found small amounts of asbestos-containing materials (ACM) present in the soil at limited loca- tered in discrete locations on common property in Sunriver. It typically has tions in Sunriver. The asbestos-containing materials are associated with been found on the surface or within 12 inches of the surface. ACM has also a World War II U.S. Army camp (Camp Abbot) previously located on the been detected on a small number of private properties. It is possible that property that became Sunriver. Air testing has demonstrated that the ACM asbestos-containing materials are present in the soil in other areas. • What should I do if I find it? Do not disturb suspect materials. Contact poses extremely low risks to people. Nevertheless, if asbestos-containing material is encountered it must be properly managed and disposed as the Air Quality Program of the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality at 541-633-2019 if suspected material is encountered on private property. required by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality. • What is asbestos-containing material? ACM consists of building Contact the Sunriver Owners Association at 541-593-1522 if suspect matematerials or other substances that contain one percent or more asbestos rial is encountered on common areas. • Where can I find additional information? The Oregon Department of fibers. Historically, ACM included floor tile, building siding, roofing materials, automobile brake pads, insulation, wall texture, and many more materials. Environmental Quality can provide additional information about asbestos • What does the ACM in Sunriver look like? Asbestos-containing mate- and asbestos-containing materials. Information also can be obtained from rial encountered in Sunriver soil generally consists of shards of building the DEQ Asbestos Program website siding and floor tile, commonly between 1 and 6 inches in diameter. These index.htm. The Sunriver Owners Association can provide additional materials may be greenish gray, light gray or other colors, and commonly information about previous investigations in Sunriver, including samples exhibit ribbed or grid patterns. Samples of ACM are available for viewing of asbestos-containing material. at the Sunriver Owners Association. This public service announcement must be published quarterly as part of Sunriver’s asbestos management plan requirements set by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality.

feeling to every song, but not so serious that it ever ceased to be fun. The Second Tern Thrift Shop will host a silent auction benefitting the Sunriver Nature Center and Oregon Observatory. Come prepared to bid on great items in support of a good cause. The potluck will begin at 6:30 p.m. Wine, beer, and mixed drinks can be purchased during the social time beginning at 6 p.m. (coffee and water furnished, but bring your cup and drinking glass.) All residents from Sunriver,

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Sunriver volunteers work to end homelessness by serving on Bethlehem Inn board By Brooke Snavely The Sunriver community is well known for its charity. Name a good cause and Sunriver contributes. From the Christmas Basket Sharing program to which locals contribute food, money and time to assemble and distribute food baskets and gifts for the holiday; to the Sunriver Women’s Club annual support of organizations that help area children and low-income families; to the Sunriver Rotary Club’s annual wine raffle and dinner with proceeds benefitting youth, seniors and the disadvantaged in south Deschutes County. Here’s more proof: This year three people — Pat Ackley, an 18-year resident of Sunriver; Tom O’Shea, Sunriver Resort managing director; and Hugh Palcic, SROA assistant general manager — are all serving on the Bethlehem Inn Board of Directors. The Bethlehem Inn is the only emergency shelter in Central Oregon that provides housing, meals and assistance to people who are homeless. It is located in a former motel at 3705 North Third Street in Bend. The inn has provided more than 24,000 bed nights and 63,000 meals a year since the recession began in 2008.

Pat Ackley “I didn’t know anything about the Bethlehem Inn until I attended an open house. I was so impressed with their mission and sense of community that I knew I had to get involved,” Ackley said. “Unlike stereotypes some may have about homeless people, there are families at the Bethlehem Inn, college students, working people and widows who lost their homes.

The inn provides emergency shelter and assistance to help people get back on their feet. They really do treat people with dignity.” Ackley was homeless from age 7 through 14. She was raised by her mother who worked two and three p ar t -t im e jobs cleaning hotels and doing factory work. Ackley switched schools 12 times during those years when she and her siblings lived with family members or friends, and in motels and apartments during those times her mother could afford rent. “It was chaotic and uncertain but I learned to adapt. School was a refuge for me. I loved learning and the teachers were a source of continuity and encouragement for me. I hung out in libraries. Back in those days if you moved, you had to change schools. I rode my bike for many miles so that I could continue attending a junior high school I really liked.” Ackley remembers attending a welfare program at which she was given a baking set with a rolling pin, cookie cutters and baking sheet. “I thought it was wonderful but my mother was dismissive. She knew I wouldn’t be able to use it because we didn’t have flour or cooking oil. When children are reduced to not having even the basics that’s all the more reason for me to be involved in an organization that helps people feel safe and provides their basic needs.” Ackley was the only member of her family to graduate

from college, and went on to a long and successful career in education and consulting in organizational management and development. Ackley has served on the Bethlehem Inn board for the past two years. In January she became president of the board. “I’m busy trying to understand my roles and responsibilities. A large part of my time is spent reaching out and working with groups to adopt the inn. Almost always, when someone comes to take a tour they get hooked, want to get involved and help the cause.” Tom O’Shea Tom O’Shea said his involvement with The Bethlehem Inn was more of an accident, but his history of participating in community projects where he’s previously lived and worked suggests otherwise. “We gave them locks from the lodge guest rooms that we were replacing. We sent folks

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in Oregon winemaking Wet years can result in diluted flavors while dry years often result in small berries with concentrated flavors. Although if a dry year is also an incredibly hot year, the berries can end up overripe or sunburned. Cold years, interestingly enough, can result in wines with lower alcohol content than in warmer years. During the “year of the birds,” migratory flocks arrived early in Oregon and plucked many vines clean. While the wines were great, the prices for those wines have been higher because

to help install the locks. I got a call from the executive director to thank me and she offered a tour of the inn. It was during the tour that I experienced one of those moments when you realize how lucky you are.” O’Shea said he visited with a number of inn guests who gushed with appreciation for the opportunity to get back on their feet. One lady had just gotten a job and was transitioning out to an apartment. Another woman had two young children. “What they provide is basic humanity and the people who are staying there are so grateful, I was caught by that. I asked, ‘What would it take to get involved?’ I’ve already been on the board for a year. I really feel an attachment to the place.

With my business skills I look to help improve the facility, maybe increase their capacity and improve the environment. It is a tremendous safety net for people, especially someone with young children or an individual trying to get back on their feet and do it in a safe environment.” O’Shea served on the board of the Women’s Crisis & Support Center in Santa Cruz, Calif., for 10 years. He rallied the support of local businesses to help the facility buy its building. Since moving to Central Oregon, he’s also served three years on the St. Charles Foundation Board of Directors.

the yields were lower. 2008, of course, was the year that every vineyard in the Willamette Valley won. June and July were overcast and cool, but August and September provided the perfect combination of hot days and cool nights to ripen the fruit to perfection. If you ever run into a 2008 Pinot that you don’t like, just walk away. You likely won’t enjoy any wine from that vineyard. One of the best places I have ever found to compare the wines from different years is K & M Winery, which has a tasting room located in Carlton, Ore., while its Alchemy Vineyard is in Sherwood, Ore. The winery often offers tastings

of amazing Pinots from three different years. During a recent trip, I enjoyed the 2007, 2008, 2009 and reserve 2009 Pinot Noir, along with a barrel tasting of their incredibly balanced 2010 Chardonnay. It was hard to decide which Pinot I enjoy the most because each one is so different from the next. I recommend that you try them for yourself to see which year is right for you.

Hugh Palcic Prior to serving on the Bethlehem Inn Board of Directors, Hugh Palcic was involved in small ways. “I attended their fundraising dinners and open houses and I Turn to Volunteers, page 15

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Sunriver Area Chamber of Commerce news

After hours hosted by Sunriver Library The next business After Hours event, set for 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 16, will be hosted by the Sunriver Area Public Library. Local residents and visitors are cordially invited to stop by after hours to meet the library staff and learn about the many programs and services offered by the library. As always, there will be an opportunity to network with friends and business acquaintances, enjoy refreshments, and win door prizes. The event is free and open to the public. For information, call 541-593-8149. Board members elected At its February meeting, the Sunriver Area Chamber of Commerce elected four additional members to its board of directors: Jim “Buck” Buckendorf, manager of HammerTime

Home Center; Jeff Ludeman, vice president and Sunriver branch manager of Bank of the Cascades; Tom O’Shea, managing director of Sunriver Resort; and Brooke Snavely, director of communications for the Sunriver Owners Association. The four join existing board members John Audia (president) owner of Sunriver

Markets IGA, Michael Diven (corporate secretary) a broker with Sunriver Realty, and Gregory Tibbot (treasurer) chief financial officer of 1st Premier Properties/Colson and Colson, owners of The Village at Sunriver. Dennis Smeage, executive director, also serves on the board as a non-voting member.

Celebrate Arbor Day activities

Sunriver owners have several opportunities to get involved in restoring the hardy, majestic ponderosa pine to Sunriver’s forest ecosystem during Arbor Day observations. Arbor week activities Between April 12 and 20 Arbor Day activities at the Sunriver Nature Center include giving free bare-root ponderosa seedlings to Sunriver owners (limited quantities provided by Sunriver Owners Association) and sale of 12- to 20-inch potted ponderosa trees (limited quantities: $8-$25). The potting of ponderosa seedlings by area students takes place April 25, 9 a.m. to noon. Volunteers are welcome to help students establish a potting production line. The seedlings will be grown and watered at a donated site at Sunriver Environmental LLC’s Lake Penhollow site. For information, call 541-604-4300.

Area organizations looking for a few good volunteers

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Have spare time on your hands and enjoy helping others and your community? There are numerous organizations within Sunriver and nearby communities that would welcome your donation of time. • Citizen Patrol needs volunteers for a minimum of four hours a month. Members perform house checks, coordinate emergency evacuations and traffic control for community events. Candidates must be a Sunriver resident or property owner. For information, contact Carolyn Barr at 541-5938397. • The Sunriver Area Public Library needs help to shelve library materials. Volunteer openings are Tuesday 2-4 p.m., Wednes-

day, Thursday and Friday 4-6 p.m. Information: katem@des or 541-3121086. A volunteer application is available at www.deschutes volunteer • American Red Cross hosts a blood drive in Sunriver about every two months. Volunteers needed for 3.5 hours during the drive. Contact Ellen at 541749-4111. • The Second Tern Thrift Shop always needs a hand at the nonprofit store which benefits the Sunriver Nature Center. Contact Gail Beeson at 541598-7397. • Sunriver Nature Center & Oregon Observatory have a variety of duties which may

clude greeting visitors, answering questions from the public and animal care. Contact Carolyn Maxwell at 541-593-4442. • The Newberry Chapter of Habitat for Humanity constructs homes for families in need in south Deschutes County. Contact Dwane Krumme at 541-593-5005 or email info@ • SMART (Start Making A Reader Today) needs volunteers Tuesdays and/or Thursdays, either from 12:15-1:15 or 1:45-2:45, to read one-on-one with Three Rivers Elementary School kindergarten and firstgrade students. Contact Sue Stephens at 541-355-5600 or go to for an application.

Group Gatherings These groups meet regularly, same time, same place

Mondays Ladies Lunch and Bridge 11:30 a.m., The Meadows at the Sunriver Lodge Sign up at the Marketplace Alcoholics Anonymous 7 p.m. Pozzi building at the Sunriver Nature Center

Tuesdays Couples Bridge 6 p.m. Crescent Room, SHARC Sign up at the Marketplace Info: 541-593-9397

Wednesdays Sunriver Rotary 7:30 a.m., Hearth Room at the Sunriver Lodge Info: 541-593-7381 Sunriver Yoga Club 8:45 a.m. All levels welcome Crescent Room, SHARC Info: 541-598-7203 Knitting Group 6-9 p.m. Styxx and Stones Village at Sunriver Info: 541-593-3132

Thursdays Le Cercle Francais 8:30 a.m. Cafe Sintra Info: 541-550-1459 Duplicate Bridge 6 p.m., First, second & fourth Thursday, Hosmer at SHARC Info: 541-593-9397

Churches Catholic Holy Trinity

Mass: 9:30 a.m. Thursday; 5:30 p.m. Saturday; 8 a.m. Sunday. Cottonwood Road across from the Marketplace. 541-593-5990, 541-536-3571 Rev. Theo Nnabuga

Non-Denominational Community Bible Church at Sunriver

9:30 a.m. Sunday Worship; 10:45 a.m. Coffee Fellowship; 11:15 a.m. Bible Fellowship Hour. At Beaver and Theater drives. (541) 593-8341 Pastor: Glen Schaumloeffel

Sunriver Christian Fellowship

10 a.m. Sundays at Holy Trinity Church, Cottonwood Road. Episcopal & Lutheran traditions. 10 a.m. Sunday school, ages 4-12. 541-593-1183, Pastor: Nancy Green Page 13

Community support keep New Generations center going strong

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Rogue, one of a pair of North American river otters, is a new resident at the High Desert Museum. The second otter, Sandy, is somewhat camera shy. They pair are named after Oregon rivers.

High Desert Museum receives two river otters Two North American river otters, named after Oregon’s Sandy and Rogue rivers, have a new home at the High Desert Museum’s outdoor Autzen Otter Exhibit. The playful pair of three-year-old males is getting acquainted with their new surroundings, and with Thomas, the museum’s longtime resident otter. Like Thomas, Rogue is the more outgoing one of the pair, while Sandy is somewhat shy. Another characteristic that the new otters share with Thomas is that they were raised in captivity. They cannot be released into the wild because they are imprinted on humans, meaning that they rely on people for food and care. The otters, who are not siblings, came from Ohio, and found a home at the museum with help from the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. “We are excited to have these two engaging, charismatic animals, which add to the natural history learning experiences at the museum,” said Dr. Dana Whitelaw, vice president of programs. “In rivers and lakes, the presence of otters is an indication of a healthy environment, and their abundance is tied to their habitat quality. The otters’ naturally playful behavior continually captivates and delights visitors, prompting them to connect to these animals, and learn the importance of their natural habitat.” As the otters get used to their new home, they are expected to become increasingly visible and accustomed to visitors. The exhibit allows visitors to see them frolicking outdoors, in a scenic, rimrock-lined enclosure. From inside the exhibit, the otters can be seen curled up in their den or swimming underwater. A naturalist talk about

North American river otters occurs at the exhibit at 2 p.m. daily. The museum wildlife staff is introducing the new otters to Thomas slowly, so that they can become comfortable with each other. Thomas, who is 16 years old, will remain behind the scenes temporarily during this process. The High Desert Museum offers close-up wildlife encounters, living history performances, Native American and Western art, nature trails, tours and special programs for all ages. Located five minutes north of Sunriver on Highway 97, the museum is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily through April 30. Admission is $12 adults; $10 ages 65 plus; $7 ages 5-12; and free for ages 4 and younger.

April programs at the High Desert Museum • April 3-4, What’s the Matter? Everything in the world is made of liquids, solids and gases. This week we will explore and get messy as we figure out what we are made of. • April 10-11, Star Stories: Shining stars fill the night sky. They come together to make all kinds of shapes and give us directions from up high. Come hear the stories these stars can tell and see which way they lead us. • April 11, 6 p.m. A History of Columbia River Beadwork: For two centuries, Plateau Indian artists have embroidered glass beads Turn to Museum, page 16

Thanks to renewed volunteer and financial support, the only nonresidential state-certified childcare and early education facility in South Deschutes County is not only still operating in the Sunriver Business Park, it has growth plans. The latest donation of $8,200 to New Generations Early Childhood and Development Center comes from Sunriver Resort. The resort matches dollar for dollar all monies its employees pledge to United Way of Deschutes County’s annual fundraising campaign and donates the match to New Generations. Aelea Christofferson, president of the New Generations Board of Directors, said some of the funds from Sunriver Resort’s donation will be directed to a 90-day plan to decrease the center’s reliance on outside funding. The plan includes advertising to increase enrollment to make the center more self-supporting and additional funding to hire new teachers. The goals include plans to increase hours to better support working parents. The plan is scheduled to start April 1. “The school is operating normally and has returned to the 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. hours Management and Consulting for Homeowner & Condominium Associations & Projects 25 Years Management Experience in Central Oregon

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that were the norm before the closure. The staff did a great job of being flexible and understanding while the new board worked through early issues,” Christofferson said. “The new board has been working long, hard hours to review processes and policies to make changes needed to ensure that the operation is financially stable, staff is fairly compensated, and the school continues its already established excellence in teaching.” New Generations shut down the week of Nov. 5, 2012 after the previous board of directors concluded there was not enough financial and volunteer support to keep the childcare center solvent. Notices of closure were distributed and layoffs of teaching staff announced. Families who had children enrolled at the center, teachers and concerned community members scrambled to save the center. A new board was seated Nov. 9, consisting of Christofferson, Remco Hermes, Nicole Rodrigues, Jennifer Abanto, Melissa Cameron, Marc Cameron and Raquael Flore-Vuylsteke. “New Generations does need additional board members and is continuing to reach out to the community to find the kind of people who care about our children,” Christofferson said. Information: 541-5506413 or www.newgenerations PO Box 1987 Sunriver, OR 97707

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Holy Trinity Church dedicates new crucifix By Jonathan Kahnoski With the fragrance of incense in the air and the sprinkling of holy water, Bishop Liam S. Cary of the Diocese of Baker celebrated the blessing and dedication of a new crucifix at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Sunriver during evening Mass on Feb. 16. The Rev. Theodore Nnabugo, pastor at Holy Trinity, co-celebrated Mass with Cary. The Rev. Nancy Sargent Green and the Rt. Rev. Bavi Edna “Nedi” Rivera attended representing the Sunriver Christian Fellowship (SCF) which holds its Sunday services and other activities in Holy Trinity’s building. Green is the senior pastor of SCF, and Rivera is bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Eastern Oregon. Since Holy Trinity was founded in 1994, it has had a cross, but not a crucifix, mounted on the wall behind the altar. A near life-size crucifix, standard in most Catholic churches, has been an unfulfilled goal of many parishioners for years. The original cross has graced the church sanctuary since the church founding. It is made of juniper, finished on the flat front surface, but with rough bark on its edges. It never has had a corpus (body of Christ). Within months of becoming pastor of Holy Trinity, Nnabugo tasked Nicholas Wavers, coordinator of liturgy and music for the parish, to spearhead a project to acquire a corpus that would blend well with the existing cross. The desired figure was to be an original work of art and made from wood, preferably done by a local artist. After a review of various proposals, Jan

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The new crucifix in Holy Trinity Church was dedicated during a Saturday Mass in February.

(pronounced “yon”) Hasson, was commissioned to design and carve the corpus. Hasson is a wood sculptor living in Bend but working in Sisters with an associate artist, J. Chester Armstrong, known to many as Skip. “This process was so much more then carving,” Hasson said. “It is also about the lines and function, combining function and form.” The figure of Jesus is carved from maple. As he worked, Hasson said he was constantly amazed as color and grain emerged to create lines flowing throughout the piece. For


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example, he noted, there is a darker grain in Jesus’ face that appears to be blood flowing from the crown of thorns. Hasson said he used the grain of the wood to emphasize the form of the design through Christ’s body from head to feet. He wanted to draw attention to this flow traveling from the tilted head and draped hair down through the folds of Christ’s loin cloth through the twisted right leg to the nail that pierces his feet, the curvature bringing the eye back up to Jesus’ body and, most importantly, a suffering but forgiving and hopeful face. “In the process of creating I had to find peace within me,” Hasson explained. “My intention was to portray a Christ who, though suffering, was still strong and hopeful.” Hasson has works in private homes and public spaces and does extensive work on private boat interiors. His local work includes the mantle at Three Creeks Brewing Company in Sisters. To inquire about his work, contact him by email at Holy Trinity Catholic Church is one of four churches of Holy Redeemer Parish with a main office in La Pine. The church building originally was built as a private school and was subsequently remodeled to its current configuration. Masses are celebrated Saturday at 5:30 p.m., Sunday at 8 a.m., and Thursday at 9:30 a.m. Prior to each Mass the rosary or another prayer is offered. Over 1000 Jobs Approved by SROA Design Committee

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brought donations of redeemable cans and bottles. They collect cans and bottles to the tune of $2,000 a month. Every time I set foot on their campus I learn something new.” “I learned of a myriad of items they needed help with including a commercial washer and new door locks. I put them in touch with Craig Pe t e r s e n , Sunriver Resort director of engineering. I knew the resort was upgrading their facilities and replacing door locks so I asked if they would consider donating their used equipment. Not only did they donate 24 security key access locks, they sent a maintenance crew to install them.” Palcic said seeing the inn’s mission of shelter, help and hope in action cemented his willingness to assist. “It’s my tonic… helping people. I feel good when I try to help,” he said. Inn’s executive director is a former resort employee Here’s another Sunriver connection: Gwenn Wysling, the Bethlehem Inn’s executive director, was the director of human resources at Sunriver Resort 2007-2008. “I worked briefly with Tom O’Shea. He was coming on board just as I was leaving. We are very fortunate to have three Sunriver folks on the board of directors. They bring such broad reach into the greater community,

both through their personal and professional compassion and their desire to give back to the community. Getting support from Sunriver helps create better presence from the Central Oregon business community and raises awareness of homelessness issues and the shelter’s needs.” On average, the Bethlehem Inn serves 65-75 people each night. “These are just folks who have landed on hard times; lost jobs, their homes or had medical emergencies they couldn’t afford. We provide them meals, shelter, showers, beds, clothing and health products to take the weight of the immediate crisis off, so they can begin working to secure employment, housing and opportunities,” Wysling said. “We are seeing people get re-employed, rebuilding their skills and get reconnected. We have seen families with kids who weren’t in school get re-enrolled, so the kids get to have a life, make friends, and have that ever-important child-teacher relationship. Parents can get connected with transitional housing and get back on their own. We want people to have their own goals and plans. We see them reaching their goals, going for education, reconnecting with their families.” Information: www.bethleh or 541-322-8768. Homeowners association management & Real Estate Broker

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April 1, Fiction: The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey April 8, Mystery: A Monstrous Regiment of Women by Laurie King April 15, Classics: My Antonia by Willa Cather April 22, NonFiction: The Great Divergence: American’s Growing Inequality Crisis and What We Can Do About It by Timothy Noah

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Artists Gallery to celebrate second anniversary Come celebrate with the artists at the Artists’ Gallery in Sunriver. There are lots of things to get excited about. Not only is the gallery happy to embrace the bounty of spring, it is their second anniversary. To honor the occasion, the gallery will have drawings for one-of-a-kind art pieces 4-7 p.m. Saturday, April 13 during its Second Saturday reception. There is no cost to enter, and you can meet the artist who created each piece while enjoying light appetizers and beverages.

Carolyn Waissman Carolyn Waissman, a local naturalist and wildlife photographer, is showing a new collection of Central Oregon subjects titled “Wild – Feathers and Flowers.” Waissman’s work has been extremely popular at the gallery since the grand opening two years ago. Art patrons return to the gallery frequently to see which new photograph can be added to their collection. A

frequently asked question is, “How long did the artist have to wait to capture that specific moment or animal expression?” Her new pieces employ macro photography capturing in exquisite detail each beautiful flower and wild songbird’s minute essence. Central Oregon offers a feast for artistic inspiration. Photographing the natural world is intrinsically part of Waissman’s everyday life. Her joy is expressed in her personal interpretation of every aspect of nature. Waissman’s art is presented in multiple formats. Look for greeting cards, prints framed in eco-friendly bamboo frames, and giclee canvas reproductions in a variety of sizes. Tina Brockway Tina Brockway is an artist who enjoys working in many media, including graphic design, fabric design, en-caustic painting, and pottery. Her love for art started early on in life, and it is easy to see the diverse influences of her training and travels in the pottery pieces that she displays at the gallery. Many of her large fine art pieces (bowls, platters, lamps, unusual vessels) demonstrate the often “peacock” colors of

gallery this year, so many regular patrons may not have had the pleasure of viewing her work. Julian’s medium is acrylic on both two- and three-dimensional surfaces. Locals may be familiar with her work through her well-known poster, “Sagebrush Hoppers,” that

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the Raku pottery process. Some boast delicate patterning reminiscent of lace. Others display beloved scenes from Central Oregon such as Smith Rock. Brockway’s fine art pottery collection also includes smaller work like delicate cups and vessels with strong Asian influences. Large or small, each is unique because of the combination of tightly controlled artistic design and the uncontrolled nature of the Raku firing process. Join the gallery celebration on April 13, and learn more about the marriage of art and fire. Vanessa Julian Vanessa Julian is new to the

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onto their clothing and accessories using geometric, floral and pictorial compositions. Join curator Steven L. Grafe, who has written extensively about native arts, as he explores the unique designs indicative of Plateau Indian beadwork style. Free for members; $3 nonmembers. RSVP: www. • April 15, 4-5:30 p.m. SASS Club (Science, Art and Social Studies): Children age 4-10, with physical, cognitive or social disabilities enjoy the museum during its quietest hours. Families are welcome to explore the museum and its newest exhibits for free. Adult chaperones are required, and siblings are welcome to attend. Space is limited. Registration required: sgrasser@highdesertmuseum. org or 541-382-4754 ext. 329. • April 20, Rediscovering John Muir’s Botanical Legacy:

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she painted for the Bend Summerfest. Gallery pieces include both whimsical paintings and painted boxes. Julian says that her art is a reflection of the world she sees, a world that she believes is Turn to Gallery, page 21

John Muir’s passion for the nature and beauty of plants significantly influenced his drive to preserve wilderness. This exhibition traces his travels, and presents vivid images and specimens of the actual plants that Muir preserved for all time. • April 23, Lunch and Lecture – John Muir and the Dawn of Forest Conservation in Oregon: Join Sierra Club historian Ronald Eber for a look at how John Muir’s ideas about nature brought about the establishment of national forests, parks and wilderness areas in Oregon. Learn about Muir’s influence on pioneer conservationists in Oregon and beyond. Bring your lunch or purchase one in our Rimrock Café. 12-1 p.m. • April 24-25, Whooo?: Meet the owls you can spot in your backyard. Find out the secrets to their silent ways and what keeps them so light in the air. • April 27, Sensational Saturday: John Muir saw artwork in all of nature’s creations. Families explore Muir’s conservation philosophy through their own creations. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The High Desert Museum is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily through April 30 at reduced winter rates. Adults, $12; ages 65 plus, $10; ages 5-12, $7; ages 4 and younger, free.

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FREE bare root ponderosa seedlings Potted ponderosa in various sizes, $8-$25 Help Sunriver re-establish ponderosa pines to the local ecosystem. Plant a tree on Arbor Day, April 26. For information, contact the Nature Center 541-593-4394 Page 16

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sunriver women’s club Presidents’ message Without the Sunriver Women’s Club volunteers, a number of south Deschutes County people would not have access to funds supporting health, safety, nutrition and educational opportunities. At the April 16 Giving Luncheon we will celebrate these volunteers and the sixteen south Deschutes County nonprofit organizations receiving grants this year. We invite you to attend the luncheon and meet the people from these organizations. This is also our annual meeting where we elect officers and vote on bylaw changes. Once again SRWC members demonstrated their generosity by donating coats, boots, hats, gloves and cash for the children at Rosland Elementary School. Rosland has a free and reduced lunch enrollment of 77 percent. This means that 139 of the 181 enrolled students qualify for nutritional support due to poverty. These families struggle and having warm clothing is essential for a child being healthier and safer. Helping Rosland with

warm clothing for their students will be on ongoing project for the SRWC. Cathy Feirer has volunteered to supervise the project for next year. There is a quote: “People are homeless, hungry and sick. Somebody should do something about this. Be somebody.” We are so thankful that we have a wonderful community full of “somebodies.” Our term is almost over. We thank you for all the support you have given us this past year. –Nancy Farnham and Pam Morris-Stendal, SRWC co-presidents April program A luncheon will be held at SHARC Tuesday, April 16 at 11:30 a.m. Lunch will be catered by Blondie’s. Dining choices include a variety of sandwiches and wraps, three salad choices: pasta, potato and green salad, cheesecake for dessert, coffee, ice tea and water. Cost is $15. This is the SRWC’s philanthropic meeting. Grants will be given to many deserving programs in south Deschutes

County. We expect a lot of guests and it would be nice to have a lot of members there to congratulate these deserving groups. Don’t forget soap for Care and Share and Boxtops for Education. Please RSVP to Nancy Foote at or 541-593-1337 no later than April 12. Lunch with friends Join us April 1 from 12-1 p.m. at SHARC with your brown bag lunch for an hour of visiting with friends, old and new. Email Barb Wymetalek ( or Valerie Wood ( if you plan to attend. Winter adventure Last winter fun activity of the season: Wednesday, April 3 snowshoe to Paulina Creek Falls. Leaders: Ginny Adams and Sheila Schmerber. Friendship walk, breakfast The Friendship Walk and breakfast on April 30 will kick off the hiking season.

Schedule a home wiring certification for chance to win $500 In a push to get as many Sunriver homes scheduled for certification inspections as possible, BendBroadband is adding a cash drawing to encourage homeowners to call and schedule their home wiring inspection. All homeowners who call to schedule a certification appointment by the end of April will be entered into to win $500. There will be two winners selected at random from those who call. “We just need people to call and schedule in April; they can do the certification at a later time if needed,” said a March 8 posting on All Sunriver customers need to schedule an appointment to Acro1136975627.pdf


have their inside cable wiring and active outlets tested and certified. Cable TV customers also will need to have a set top box installed on each TV in order to receive the new interim Sunriver all-digital channel lineup. Those customers will immediately receive more channels and better picture and sound quality. Analog TV will be discontinued when all customers have converted to digital and the cable system upgrade is completed this summer. At that time the interim channel lineup will be replaced with the full suite of BendBroadband Cable TV services, including Video On Demand. The company is offering several discounts for those who

call to schedule their home certification, in addition to the cash drawing. The company sent an email survey to all Sunriver residents for whom they have an email on file, asking if they would be interested in a monthly forum or town hall type of meeting. Customers who did not receive a survey are invited to send their feedback via the page. Turn to Win, page 18

Leaders are Diana Swenson (dbos@chamberscable. com) and Elizabeth Stearns ( Meet at 9 a.m. at Diana Swenson’s home (5 Pine Cone Lane). Walk or bike to Sunriver Lodge along the river, past the stables continuing on the path through the meadow area to the lodge. The return trip is shorter and will meander along the ponds back to where we started. Or take the shorter route both ways if you wish. Breakfast will be at the Lodge Hearth Room. Cost is $12 and includes gratuity, choice of beverage (coffee, hot tea, orange juice) and your choice of three breakfasts: 1. Scrambled eggs, bacon and buttermilk pancakes; 2. Scrambled eggs, bacon, potatoes and toast; 3. Yogurt parfait and oatmeal. Please bring $12 in exact change to Diana’s house. Make checks payable to Sunriver Resort. Please carpool as parking is limited. Reservation and breakfast choice is required no later than Thursday, April 25. Email Diana at dbos@chamberscable. com or telephone 541-5932253. If you would like to attend the breakfast only, join us at the Lodge at 10:15 a.m. Your reservation and menu choice is required by Thursday, April 25. 2013 Hearty/Soft Sole hikes Put these hiking dates on your calendar: • April 30: HS/SS – Friendship Walk and breakfast at Sunriver Lodge. Leaders: Diana Swenson and Elizabeth Stearns. • May 14: HS – Hike Ann’s Butte (no info available about length yet). Leaders: Melodee Munckton and Pam Morris-

Stendal. • May 30: HS – Black Rock hike (by Lava Butte, 4.5 miles, easy.) Leaders: Anita Lohman and Patty Klascius. • June 2: SS/HS – Heaven Can Wait Breast Cancer 5K Walk. Leader: Barb Wymetalek. • June 6: HS – Deschutes River Canyon between Bend and Redmond. Leaders: Joan Lewis and Ann Weston. • June 11: HS/SS – Couples & Singles, round trip to Benham Falls from parking lot. Leaders: Patty Klascius and Melodee Munckton. • June 20: HS – Alder Springs. Leaders: Shelia Schmerber and Pat Arnold • July 9: HS – Lookout Mountain and Big Summit Prairie for wildflowers. Leaders: Barb Wymetalek and Val Wood. • July 18: SS – Pine Creek Nursery Park, paved, flat 3+ mile loop. Leaders: Ellen Schumacher Rau and Janet Gordon. • July 30: HS – Horse Lake, 8 mile moderate loop (by Elk Lake). Leaders: Nadine Ruth and Gina Rosbrook. • Aug. 6: SS – Des Chutes Historical Museum self-guided walk and lunch. Leaders: Lee Haroun and Marcia Schonlau. • Aug. 20: HS – Rosary Lake near Willamette Pass, easy 5.4 miles. Leaders: Shelia Schmerber and Lee Haroun. • Sept. 12: HS – Blow, Doris and Senoj lakes, easy 8 miles. Leaders: Joan Lewis and Janet Gordon. • Sept. 26: HS/SS – Tour ’d Sunriver bike ride and lunch at Café Sintra. Leaders: Rita Copp and Rita Born.

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Picture Perfect: Capturing images of spring blossoms

By Mike Jensen If April showers bring May flowers, it means that you are going to have to start getting ready now to be prepared to capture all of that blooming about to happen. This is particularly the case if you are not an experienced shutterbug. Cindy and I are already starting to see the crocuses creep up out of the ground and the irises are starting to leaf out, too. Why is it necessary to make preparations to just click some pictures of spring flowers? Just stop and think about this for a moment. Do you know when – the right time of day – you should head outdoors to make the images? If there is an “ideal” angle that you should use? Do you know how to actually compose photographs of flowers? “OK,” we hear you saying, “got it – flowers are not all that easy to photograph even if they do stand still and look pretty most of the time.” I’ve got two photo shoots scheduled for April that should yield some epic flower images. The Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival in Woodburn, mid-April is best. We’re also going to Hood River for some Fruit Loop blossom pictures. Here are some tips to getting some great flower photos.

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Tip 1 – understand the light If you talk to a professional photographer, you hear him or her use words like “sweet light” or “overcast days” and this might get you scratching your head in confusion. After all, how can light be “sweet” and how could it be wise to shoot when conditions are not sunny and bright? Here’s the first thing to know: bright sunlight might make flowers, trees, animals and people happier, but it doesn’t make for the best photographs. When a flower is in full sunlight it may actually photograph a bit “washed out.” This is why photographers talk so often about sweet light. We love cloudy/rainy days for shooting photographs. The sweet light hours of the day are around sunrise and sunset. This is light that is subdued and gentle. It never works like a flash that flattens and washes out all of the gorgeous color. The problem is that many flowers are closed up like little fists during these times of day. This means that those spring showers and the cloudy conditions that come with them are an ideal substitute. If you see that the day is grey and cloudy, or even threatening rain, get that camera ready and

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start shooting. The light on an overcast day actually helps flowers to really pop with color in a photograph and to appear super saturated. Tip 2 – know angles What if your spring season is full of flawless sunny days? Then you have to know the right angles to use. For instance: • Use midday sun to backlight flowers or put the camera low to the ground and use the sunlight to illuminate flowers from above • Use morning sun to capture things like dew or softer shadows; and • Use late day sunlight to catch silhouettes of flowers instead. Tip 3 – try presets You don’t hear me say this very often, so you’d better try it when I do. Try using the

“presets” or “modes” on your digital camera instead. Dial in the macro mode and get close to a flower or set to a landscape shot for a view of a large bed of spring bulbs. Experimentation is the key. You also have to know aperture. Successful use of aperture drives great flower

pictures. Notice all of mine. They are all tack sharp on the subject, and the backgrounds are blurred out to emphasize the flowers in the foreground. Tip 4 – crop away I recommend that you utilize Turn to Picture, page 21

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The cable construction project is under way with crews running wires and digging in utility right of ways, where existing cable lines are buried. The work will occur during daylight hours through spring, weather permitting. Notification of cable work will be placed on the front door of homes several days before the construction crews begin work in the immediate area. There will be brief service outages in localized areas near the construction sites as crews manually pull and replace wires. Most outages are not expected to last more than 15

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Alex Baz tested the cable drop from the street into a Sunriver residence as part of the home wiring certification process.

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Woodland Golf course

#10 Trophy Lane, Sunriver.

#22 Filbert Lane, Sunriver.

# 6 Five Iron Lane

#4 Mulligan Lane, Sunriver

#18 Virginia Rail, Sunriver.

#9 Hoodoo Lane, Sunriver.

This 3,800 sqft 3 bdr / 3 full baths & 2 -1/2 baths, 2 offices, large kitchen and dining area, with views of the golf course. One owner & never rented. $749,000.

This large home has over 3,500 sqft of living space, 3 bedrooms/3.5 baths, 3 car garage. This is an amazing value, great quality, never rented. $599,000.

This 2,300 sqft 4 bdr / 4.5 bath home built in 2006 comes furnished with hard wood floors. Beautiful kitchen with granite counters and a 3 car garage. $599,000.

Single level 3 bdr/2.5 bath 2,200 sqft newer home is furnished, has a family room, hardwood floors, vaulted ceilings and hot-tub. Priced at $429,000.

Beautiful woodland golf course home located in a quiet location with 3br/2 ba and 2,350 sqft. Updated kitchen, hot-tub, never rented, turn-key furnished. $519,000

Built in 1996 this 2,800 sqft 4 bdr/3ba home has a family room, bonus room, 3 car garage and fully fenced backyard. furnished & Great rental history. Priced at $559,000

On the Big Deschutes river

#2 Ribes, Sunriver.

This lot is located on a small street in the north end of Sunriver and is the last buildable lot. All the homes in this area are very nice newer homes. $209,000.

#5 Meadow House

2 bdr/ 2ba 1,230 sqft, nicely furnished, located close-in South end, walking distance to the Village. Great rental property and Turn-key, furnished. $279,000.

#2 Camas Lane, Sunriver.

This single level 1,492 sqft 3 bedroom/2 bath home 2 car garage. and a hot-tub. This is great rental property close to Fort Rock park. Turnkey furnished $324,900.

#7 Little Court Lane, Sunriver.

This close-in 3 bdr/2ba home has 1600 sqft of living space and has been beautifully updated. An easy walk to the SHARC. $314,500.

#56186 Solar Dr., Bend.

This 2,660 sqft home sits on the Deschutes river on a 1 acre parcel with a dock. Main house is a 2/2 with a separate studio as part of the garage. Priced at $449,900.

# 2 c Aquila Lodge townhouse

20% share, 3br/2.5ba and 1,892 sqft. These units are deluxe top-of-the-line quality for Sunriver. Turn-key. $139,000

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Left: Lee Haroun and Sheila Schmerber share the Scene in Ronda, Spain.

Above: David & Penny Rossman with the Scene and the grand vista of the Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania.

Above: Susanna & Kevin Mannix in front of the city hall (Palazzo Comunale) in Cortona, Italy.

Michal Haller and Gina Rosbrook get a grand view from the dome of St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome.

Above: Connor Brower traveled to Georgia and Tennessee with grandparents Joel & Carol Rose. Right: Janice Dost, far right, with two New England friends close down Capt. Cass’ seaside restaurant in Orleans on Cape Cod after a tasty lobster lunch.

Above: Patty Klascius, Sheila Schmerber, Al Klascius, ‘the tin man’ and Craig Klascius hit the slopes in Park City, Utah. Left: Mark & Mary Jo Appel and Jayne & Doug Hurl at the house where ‘Jaws’ was filmed in Martha’s Vineyard.

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Tickets available for Rotary wine raffle, dinner Sunriver Rotary Club FounThe event and silent auction dation will hold its 11th annual starts at 4:30 p.m. Dinner serWine Raffle & Community vice begins 5:45 p.m., followed Benefit Auction May 18 at by the live auction. Guests SHARC. arriving between Prior to the event, raffle 4:30 and 5 tickets can be purchased from p.m. will any Sunriver Rotarian or at r e c e i v e Bank of the Cascades Sunriver one free branch, Bennington Proper- d r i n k ties, Sunriver Chamber of t i c k e t . Commerce, Village Bar and P u r Grill and La Pine Community chase a Center. ticket for Prizes include 50 bottles of the event premium wines for first place, a n d c o m e 24 bottles for second place and and have a good 12 bottles for third place. time. Raffle tickets are $5 each or a Businesses and individuals book of 10 for $45. The draw- interested in donating items ing will be held the evening for the auctions or sponsoring of the event. Only persons the event may contact Monet 21 years or older are eligible Beith, auction coordinator, at to win. 541-480-9703; Roger Smith, Tickets to the May 18 event club president at 541-788are $75 each and can be pur- 3083, Shirley Buttenhoff at chased from a Sunriver Rotar- 541-593-7981 or email the ian or through Jeff Ludeman at Sunriver Rotary Club at sunriver Bank of the Cascades Sunriver version this lotSince has2005, the$56 branch. Call 541-330-7570. Sunriver RoA LOT to offer!

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full of “fat curiosities.” Her art is full of round shapes injected with colorful expressions. Build yourHer dream home on Deschutes River “Bunny Box” showswaterfront a gapproperty. Includes 26x32 RV toothed rabbit that cannot garage w/help large loft for your studio needs. but bring a smile toConnected anyone to water, electricity and sewer. who views it. A second area to park your RV has water,

tary Club Foundation has distributed more than $335,000 to organizations that benefit youth, seniors and the disadvantaged in the Sunriver, Three Rivers and La Pine areas. Funds from the 2012 fundraiser were distributed in November and December to COCA, Healthy Beginnings, Holy Trinity Community Outreach, La Pine Community Kitchen, La Pine and Rosland elementary schools, La Pine Middle-High schools, Three Rivers School, SCOOTR, Sunriver Music Festival, Sunriver Nature Center and Oregon Observatory and SROA’s FAST Camp. In addition, five $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to La Pine High School seniors this spring. Two La Pine students will receive Rotary Leadership Scholarships to attend a one-week leadership training camp this summer. $42 version this lot has A LOT to offer!

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cropping when blooms are too abundant. Experts understand the power of cropping, and a bunch of nice flowers can be reduced to one or two exquisite blooms when you use the crop technique. Give it a try. Tip 5 – bring the rain Dewdrops or a nice fresh rain can add a lot of interest to your flower photos. No rain in sight? Bring a little rain with you in the form of a spray bottle. Squirt a little of that “fresh morning dew” onto your flowers and only you will be the wiser and everyone else will wonder how you keep getting so lucky with your beautiful flower photos.

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From the board room: Leadership change

sunriver owners association By Bob Nelson SROA president As most of you know by the headline on the front page, your SROA board voted at the March regular meeting to offer Hugh Palcic the job of our next general manager beginning Sept. 16. Our vote in favor of Hugh Bob Nelson was unanimous. We have been aware for some time that current general manager, Bill Peck, was considering retirement after 20-plus years with SROA. However, because of his unwavering dedication to the association, and the number of major projects we have undertaken in the past several years, Bill graciously agreed to several contract extensions with the most recent to terminate on Sept. 15. It goes without saying that Bill’s tenure with SROA has been nothing short of remarkable. His vision, knowledge and dedication have been exemplary. During the several months he has left as general manager there are many tasks that need to be addressed and we are confident that Bill will continue to demonstrate his high degree of professionalism, leadership and vision to accomplish those tasks. Before sharing information about Hugh Palcic, our assistant general manager since 2009, it is important to know what process and considerations this board used in searching for our new general manager. We actually have been discussing leadership succession for a good two years, but did not need to act until we were certain of Bill Peck’s retirement date. We initiated a concerted effort to develop a recruitment process in October of last year. Since then, the board has been actively involved in the recruitment process. We excercised considerable due diligence

in this search, consistent with our fiduciary responsibilities as board members. We started by reviewing the information contained in the formal job description for the SROA general manager position. While our official description is appropriate for the position, through our decision making process we determined that there were specific skills, experience and expectations we regarded as essential given our history and current direction. Hence, we developed an additional list of qualifications we believe are essential of our next general manager. • Higher education degree • Professional designation in community management or related field • At least five years experience in senior management of a community owners association • Experience implementing large capital improvement projects • Experience working in a community association that includes both homeowners and commercial business interests • Experience working in a large recreation and resort community • Relevant experience in progressively responsible, high visibility positions with emphasis on management, long-range planning, budgeting, staff development, and human resources management • Strong verbal and written communication skills • Experience in marketing and public/community relations • A good problem solver, decision maker and listener • Demonstrated experience working with a variety of groups and entities and in conflict management • Knowledge of the mission, values and

March SROA board meeting summary The Sunriver Owners Association Board of Directors met Saturday, March 16. Board members present: Dave Jendro, Patty Klascius, Richard Wharton, Bob Nelson, Bob Wrightson, Pat Hensley, Greg Froomer, Roger Smith. Absent: Chris Christensen. Staff present: Bill Peck, Brooke Snavely. Treasurer’s Report As of Feb. 28, 2013 (unaudited/estimated) Revenues.................... 287,523 Expenses.................... 200,218 Surplus (deficit)........... 87,304 Owners forum -No owners spoke. Association operations Administration: Working with Infrastructure and Amenities Master Plan task force on prioritization of projects. Worked with legal counsel on a position description and list of qualifications for SROA’s Page 22

magistrate. Secured a two-year extension to the boat launch agreement with Sunriver Resort. Working with public works and recreation departments on SHARC warranty items and new capital improvements. Accounting: Completed audit and preparation of financial reports. Prepared the personal property tax return for SROA. Completed an analysis of the effect of the new health insurance law on SROA. Paid $1 million in principal on the SHARC loan and completed transition of accounts with all banks to maintain compliance with FDIC coverage. Communications: Designed and launched two websites: one for the Sunriver Mudslinger event, the other provides a central location for Sunriver Tennis information. Promoted the Mudslinger through advertisements in area publica-

beliefs that are the foundation of our vision for the future • Knowledge of the Sunriver community as well as local, county and state government in Oregon A second major part of our process was to identify prospective candidates, as well as communities similar to Sunriver. We looked at various professional association websites as well as a number of resumes. What we discovered were entities that had little similarity to us in terms of size, mix of home and commercial owners and amenities, to name but a few. Further, we found that the vast majority of potential candidates only had experience in the development, real estate and property management fields. A third major component of our search process was to conduct confidential interviews with current management level SROA staff. We inquired about their hope and vision for the future of SROA; changes in administrative practice or organization they might recommend; changes, if any, regarding their jobs or departments; the skills, experience, and personal attributes they regarded as essential in the next general manager; and any additional input they might wish the board to consider as it hires a new GM. This part of our process emerged as very important to our task. While our interviews were designed to elicit input regarding the GM position, what we also heard was a dramatic statement about our SROA staff. Virtually all interviewed staff expressed satisfaction with their jobs. They believe that SROA is heading in the right direction and that it is critical that we “stay the course.” Many identified SROA mission, values, beliefs and a positive staff “culture” as the glue that makes everything work well. They identified the

tions and press releases to news organizations. Graphic design staff are designing the Sunriver Style website. Future marketing materials will direct viewers to this site. Printing the SROA Summer Activities Guide has been moved to April or May. Community Development: Construction on the new building 6 in the village is in framing stage. A comprehensive review of the Design Manual is complete with numerous changes recommended. Proposed changes may be ready for a first reading in April. Environmental Services: Continued preparing for 2013 ladder fuels reduction projects. Prepared mailings for private property ladder fuel non-compliance advisories and courtesy notices. Assisted public works with pathway paving projects. Information Technology: Provided AV support for 10 activities at SHARC. Replaced one SHARC security camera

following aspects of SROA culture that they valued: mutual respect, creativity, open communication, a core of quality people, being on the leading edge, and an emphasis on internal customer service. To quote one staff member, “we feel valued versus working for a paycheck.” Not surprisingly, the expectations they had of the new GM were quite consistent with their values and beliefs. They expect the new GM to be fair and balanced; a good thinker and problem solver; a visionary leader; and flexible and open. But what they place the greatest emphasis on is that the next general manager shares and respects SROA values and beliefs, and has an in-depth knowledge of SROA’s history and current goals, objectives, opportunities and challenges. As the board reviewed these comments we found them remarkably similar to the expectations that we had independently developed. We firmly believe that Hugh Palcic has the vision, skills, knowledge and personal characteristics that match these ambitious expectations. The following quotes and descriptors were frequently used when people spoke of Hugh’s candidacy: he gets along well with people, he is a visionary, he sees options, he’s a good communicator, he “fits in well,” he has tons of integrity, and he “understands SROA and cares about the things we do.” We are very excited about SROA’s future leadership but fully understand that it will take the concerted and well-coordinated efforts of our general manager, board, and staff as well as the efforts of our businesses and community at large to continue on our ambitious, yet realistic path. We hope you will join us in welcoming Hugh as our next general manager.

under warranty. Ordered and received an iPad mini for use as a mobile point of sale device for the recreation department. Tested new software for the Precor fitness machines at SHARC. Upgraded SROA’s telephone system that allows caller ID to be displayed on calls leaving SHARC. Completed a third course in Geographic Information Systems. Public Works: Constructed obstacles on Mudslinger course. Repaired and painted picnic tables. Inventoried all fences on property to evaluate need and condition. Joined a county in Washington State to purchase roads signs at a discount. Managing warranty work on several items at SHARC. Completed remodel of public works office. Recreation: Prepared for Mudslinger fun run which saw 150 registered a week prior to the event. Coordinated and planned several aquatic events for spring break including egg

dive, duck race, teen swim and Discover SCUBA. Four summer tennis tournament dates confirmed. SHARC hosted Neighbor Impact training for state childcare personnel and volunteers. The first SROA members’ art show was in February; five owners displayed artwork in the Hosmer room. Board actions -Received an audit report on SROA’s financial statements for the year ended Dec. 31, 2012 from the CPA firm of Harrigan Price Fronk & Company. Wes Price said the financial statements are in conformance with generally accepted accounting principles and he issued a clean, unqualified opinion of them. -Approved the minutes of the Feb. 15 work session and Feb. 16 regular meeting. -Approved the Sunriver Service District’s fiscal year 20132014 budget. The district’s tax rate remains at the same level,

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SROA Recreation is looking for SHARC ambassadors

Like to volunteer? Want to meet and greet newcomers to Sunriver? Have a knack for getting involved? Consider becoming an ambassador for SHARC. The SHARC Ambassador program is a volunteer opportunity for Sunriver owners. The only requirement is first hand, year-round knowledge of Sunriver and a smile. As a SHARC ambassador, you will be extending hospitality and relating information to patrons regarding the many services offered at SHARC, other SROA recreation amenities, and community retailers and services. Ambassadors serve as a visible and knowledgeable link between facility staff and the guests. Ambassadors meet once a month to share ideas and socialize. It is a great way to be involved in Sunriver. For more information, please give Shellie Campbell a call at 541-585-3144.

Board candidates to be announced The names of candidates for this summer’s election to the SROA Board of Directors will be announced at the April 20 board meeting. The deadline for candidates by petition to turn in their completed paperwork to the SROA administrative office is April 12. Three new directors will be elected. Ballots will be mailed to all Sunriver property owners by July 11, with the close of the election at noon on Aug. 10. The newly elected members of the board of directors will be introduced at the SROA Annual Meeting on Aug. 17. Directors completing three-year terms in August are Bob Wrightson, Richard Wharton and Chris Christensen.

Candidate by petition procedures for SROA Board of Directors The SROA Bylaws allow for candidacy by petition for election to the SROA board. This provision is important since the board wishes to provide a means of candidacy for those who want to contribute to the community through service on the SROA Board of Directors, but who have not sought candidacy through the Nominating Committee process. Qualifications required of SROA board candidates are that they are Sunriver property owners in good standing and are willing to commit to the duties and responsibilities of the position, which include preparation for and attendance at board work sessions and meetings normally held on the third Friday and Saturday of the month. SROA employees are not eligible. A prospective board member should have demonstrated leadership skills based on past experience and achievements. He or she should bring a broad perspective and show willingness to seek solutions. The individual is expected to work with enthusiasm and integrity to help the Sunriver community move forward on important issues facing the SROA board and the community as a whole. Several forms must be completed in order to effect a candidacy by petition. The Candidacy Form and Signature Sheet are Exhibits “A” and “B” of the SROA Bylaws. The Conflict of Interest Disclosure Statement and the Board Applicant Information form also must be completed by those seeking board candidacy. Forms may be obtained by contacting the SROA office at 541-593-2411 or by stopping by the SROA office located on Abbot Drive. Forms are also available for download online at>Online Office>Resource Center>Committees>Nominating Committee. Click on Board Candidate Packet 2013. You can download the PDF file to your computer, print and fill it out at your leisure. The SROA Bylaws state that a valid petition must have no fewer than 100 signatures of individual property owners (only one valid signature per property). It is suggested that candidates by petition contact the Nominating Committee by April 1 for more information about the process and about serving on the board. Committee members are listed in the article at the bottom of page 30. Mail or deliver completed forms to: Elections Committee, Sunriver Owners Association, P.O. Box 3728 Sunriver, OR 97707. The filing deadline is 4 p.m., Friday, April 12, 2013. Petitions received after this deadline are invalid. SUNRIVER SCENE • APRIL 2013

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Wednesday, April 10, 11:30am to 1 pm Mark your calendar to attend this FREE lunch and lecture. Bend Memorial Clinic is pleased to present this free lunch and lecture by Greg Borstad, MD, Rheumatology, on gout and other forms of arthritis. Gout is a medical condition usually characterized by recurrent attacks of acute inflammatory arthritis – a red, tender, hot, swollen joint. The big toe is the most commonly affected (50 percent of cases). Elevated levels of uric acid in the blood cause gout. It is usually treated with nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, steroids, or colchicine to improve symptoms. Gout was historically known as “the disease of kings.” Dr. Borstad will also discuss other forms of arthritis to distinguish triggers that promote the disease and ways to decrease this disease from happening. Mark your calendars for our next lecture is Wednesday, May 29 with Dr. Kathleen Antolak on rravel medicine. AARP Defensive Driving Class Tuesday, April 2, Crescent room, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost: $12 for AARP members, $14 for non-members (pay at the door) Must RSVP to reserve a space – 541-388-4802

Sip and Paint Tuesday, April 9, 2:30 – 5 p.m. in the Crescent room. Let Bonnie Junell guide you as you create your own masterpiece. No previous art experience necessary. $45 includes all supplies, wine & snacks. Must register prior to event – call 541-593-4382 or stop by the Artists Gallery in the village.

OSU Science Pub Tuesday, April 16,, 5:30 – 8 p.m. in the Pringle room. Presentation on the Deschutes River. Free. Reservations required. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. See story page 3.

COCC Community Learning: Beer Brewing Basics with Deschutes County Commissioner Tony DeBone Thursday, April 18, 5:30–8:30 p.m. in the Pringle room. Demonstration and discussion of extract brewing. Cost: $39. Register at or call 541-383-7270 . See story page 3.

Sunriver Stars Community Theater A presentation of “O.Henry… A Collection of Jookalorum” begins Friday, April 26 at 7 p.m. and continuing with a Saturday matinee at 2 p.m., tickets $5 for either performance. Dinner theater performance is Saturday, April 27 at 6 p.m. with catered dinner served before the play. Tickets are $25. Tickets for play only (7 p.m.) may be purchased at the door for $5.

Lifeguard training at SHARC

Five-day courses of Red Cross lifeguard training are available. Participants must attend all five classes in a course. Cost: $150, which includes manual, certification and potential employment opportunities at SHARC or other aquatic facilities. Registration available at>Online Office>SROA Job Openings. Information: 541-585-3145 April 13 & 14, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; April 16 & 18, 4 to 8 p.m.; April 20, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. or May 11, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; May 14 & 16, 4 to 8 p.m.; May 18 & 19, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Friday, April 5, 4-5 p.m. in the Hosmer living room John Baker shares his knowledge of and enthusiasm for Civil War reenactments. Light refreshments will be served or bring your own.

Ambassador meeting

Thursday, April 18, 4- 5 p.m. in the Hosmer living room Monthly meeting for all SHARC ambassadors. Come and meet the other volunteers and learn about all the exciting volunteer opportunities at SHARC. New ambassadors will have the opportunity to attend an orientation immediately following the monthly meeting.

Fireside Chat

Friday, April 19, 4–5 p.m. in the Hosmer living room with Bend landscape photographer Mike Putnam. Light refreshments will be served or bring your own.

Have you renewed your SROA member ID card?

You can update your existing card by calling the HOID office (open daily 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) at 541-585-3147 and pay with a credit card, using your ActiveNet account and updating online at www., or stopping by the HOID office at SHARC. Card renewal is $50 per member. When you update your card you will receive your 2013 guest passes (20 passes per property).

SROA members benefit by shopping locally SROA members can pick up a shop local card from the HOID office at SHARC when they renew their SROA ID card. Discounts are offered by many eateries and merchants in The Village at Sunriver. Page 23

Q: The Sunriver Magistrate, Sunriver Owners Association as Jim Bergmann, who adjudicates of December 31, 2012. Q: SROA is issuing a request violations of Sunriver Rules and Regulations, is retiring. How do for proposal (RFP) to develop you replace the magistrate and river access. This sounds like the how would you describe Jim first step in creating a boat ramp Bergmann’s 19 years of service and launch near the Sunriver marina. What information in the position? A: Jim was our first and only does the association seek in the magistrate and he will be dif- proposals and what is the timeline to complete the ficult to replace. In facility? 1994 the board esA: You are cortablished the office rect in that this of magistrate and is part of the iniappointed Bergtial step in creatmann. Since then Coffee with the GM ing some sort of he has dutifully 8 am, April 16 SROA-owned handled the initial at SHARC watercraft launch decisions relative to Hosmer Room facility on the disputed violations Owners are invited to Deschutes River. of Sunriver’s rules learn the latest SROA and regulations. news and ask questions. The river is a unique asset for SROA’s governing documents also established a Sunriver owners, yet the comJudicial Council to hear appeals munity has no formal river access along its nearly six miles of the magistrate’s decisions. The board is currently review- of riverbank, even though much ing the selection process for of this land is owned by SROA. While the resort has granted the next magistrate; however, Jim has agreed to stay on until SROA temporary use of its his successor is found. This boat ramp for the next two will be his second attempt at years, SROA faces significant retirement. He retired in 1990 financial implications if unfrom his litigation management able to construct its own river responsibilities with the Union access before 2015. Therefore, Pacific Railroad. We wish Jim all the Infrastructure and Amenithe best and happy trails in his ties Master Plan (IAMP) Task motorhome - if his second at- Force is recommending to the tempt at retirement is successful. board that they proceed with Q: What does the audit report an RFP for a permanent river say about SROA’s finances and access design and construction cost estimate. The task force has record keeping in 2012? A: The auditors issued a clean determined river access to be the (unqualified) opinion. This highest priority capital improvemeans that SROA’s financial ment in the IAMP. If the board approves this statements give a fair representation of the financial position of recommendation, an RFP will

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be issued requesting all necessary drawings, perspectives and conceptual plans along with cost estimates for development of permanent river access as illustrated in the board-adopted IAMP. The successful architectural/engineering firm will most likely utilize a design charrette process similar to that used to obtain owner input for design of the SHARC. The board wants the final design of the launch facility to be an owner-driven plan. It’s your community so it goes without saying that it should be your decision. Q: Trenches are being dug alongside some roads and lanes in Sunriver. What’s being installed and what should owners know about utility easements? A: Over the next four months, BendBroadband will complete three processes in tandem: a major upgrade of the cable system in the Sunriver area; the certification/upgrade of the cable wiring and signal quality in more than 4,000 customer homes; and the conversion from analog to digital cable TV in more than 3,500 homes. If you subscribe to cable TV service, BendBroadband will complete the conversion to digital and the home wiring certification in the same appointment. The trenches are part of the major system upgrade necessary to provide all of the services BendBroadband offers. They hope to complete the transition this summer. More information can be found at or by calling 541-593-1296. Major overhauls such as the one being undertaken by BendBroadband can’t be done without some inconvenience and disturbance of common and/or private property. Easements exist to allow repair and/or replacement of existing utilities and the installation of new utilities. Q: The board announced at the March board meeting that they named Hugh Palcic to take

your place as SROA general manager when you retire in September. I guess this means that you are actually retiring in September and can you share your thoughts on the board’s decision. A: Yes, Sept. 15 is the date of my official retirement. SROA has been very good to me and I am fortunate to have had the opportunity to serve this community in the capacity I have over the past 23 years. Leaving will be bittersweet, but it’s time for me to get in the motorhome and travel a bit. Working in Sunriver can make you a little envious of those whose decisions are more focused on things like skiing, golf, mountain biking, fishing, traveling and even volunteering. I, too, have those dreams and only hope that I have planned well enough and live long enough to make them a reality. As general manager of SROA for the last five years, I feel that I have done all that I can do, and with all that lies on the horizon, it’s time to inject some new energy and talent into the mix. I couldn’t be more pleased with the board’s decision to hire Hugh as my successor. He has been with the association for 15 years and in his capacity as assistant general manager, has been involved in every aspect of the association’s operations, vision and planning for the future. My philosophy for success has always been to surround myself with employees who are smarter, better educated, more skilled and talented than myself. And this is why I handpicked Hugh as my assistant. Hugh has been the behind the scenes guy in every important decision that has been made and has been instrumental in the successes and accomplishments of our association over the years. He was recently, and appropriately, recognized as the “Unsung Hero” for the Oregon Brownfields award SHARC received, not to mention all

of our other achievements for which he could be recognized as well. Hugh’s knowledge of SROA, its historical perspectives and its political landscape will be invaluable in providing the leadership, continuity, and consistency needed to build on the association’s accomplishments and keep the momentum going. I believe the board’s decision has placed the association in very capable hands. My congratulations to Hugh, and I hope that the community will give him the support that they have given me over the years. Success is only possible if everyone is pulling in the same direction. Please support my efforts over the next five months to ensure a smooth and seamless transition of our administration and welcome Hugh as your next general manager.


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$3.38 per $1,000 of taxable assessed value, for the fourth consecutive year. -Received and accepted a request to issue a request for proposal to design and estimate costs to develop permanent river access. The costs to develop and distribute the RFP and review responses are to be covered from the contingency fund. (See story page 1.) -Approved Hugh Palcic as SROA General Manager effective Sept. 16. (See story page 1.) The meeting adjourned at 10:20 a.m. The next SROA board work session is a joint meeting with the Sunriver Service District Managing Board on Friday, April 19, 9 a.m., at SHARC, 57250 Overlook Road. The regular board meeting is 9 a.m., Saturday, April 20 in the SROA administration building, 57455 Abbot Drive. Approved minutes of the meetings are posted, as available, on the SROA website at

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toms of a typical case of RSV intervals; using a nasal aspiraBy Dr. Daniel Skotte, High include bluish skin or nail tor (or bulb syringe) to remove Desert Family Medicine Your little one is running color due to a lack of oxygen; sticky nasal fluids in infants a fever, coughing and expe- labored or rapid breathing; when they are having problems riencing shortness of breath. coughing or wheezing; fe- taking fluids; for fever, using a Your first thought is the flu, ver or irritability; refusal to non-aspirin fever medicine like maybe a cold. However, it feed and/or persistent vom- acetaminophen (Note: aspirin could be RSV, or respiratory iting. More severe cases of should not be used in children syncytial virus, a major cause RSV show symptoms such with viral illnesses). of respiratory illness and lung as strained breathing, high The RSV virus can live on fever, thick nasal discharge hands for around a half an hour infections in children. rate support. RSV is one of the most and/or a worsening cough and on clothing and surfaces “One of the most difficult common reasons for hospital that produces yellow, green for two to five hours. Droplets duties of the entire campaign is visits among infants and chil- or gray mucus. containing the virus can be to determine award recipients,” In an infant, an RSV infec- spread with a touch, cough dren. Most patients recover said United Way Director of within a week or two, with tion can be more serious and or sneeze. RSV often spreads Development Darleen Rodgers. RSV-caused respiratory illness may require hospitalization, rapidly through schools and “Every United Way supporter typically lasting anywhere and even become life-threat- day care centers. Older children connected with all of our workfrom a week to several weeks. ening. Parents of newborns can carry the virus home from places deserves an award. Nearly Older adults, premature ba- especially need to be astute school to infect everyone else in half of all contributions directed bies and children with weak observers, keeping an eye on the household. to United Way come from emimmune systems, however, their baby’s behavior, watchThe best way to avoid ployees at the workplace and 20 can experience more severe ing for changes in breathing spreading RSV within your percent come from corporate infections. RSV also can lead patterns, unusual irritability family is to insure everyone, donations. We could not have to croup, ear infections, bron- or reduced activity or a sud- including mom and dad, a successful campaign without chiolitis (inflammation of the den refusal to breastfeed or washes their hands often, every single workplace, organizasmall airways in the lungs), bottle-feed. The best way to especially immediately after tion and individual that supports lung failure, pneumonia and, prevent serious complications being in contact with someone United Way.” in severe infant cases, death. is to consult a physician in the who has cold-like symptoms. “The Sunriver area commuInfants, children, adoles- early stages. If your school-age child is nity can be justifiably proud that Parents of infants or chil- ill, keep them at home and cents and adults all are exbetween the Sunriver Resort, posed to RSV. It is found in dren with compromised im- away from younger siblings, their employees and Sunriver all parts of the world, mak- mune systems, and caretakers particularly infants, until their area homeowners, more than ing it virtually impossible to of elderly family members symptoms pass. Before allow$100,000 has been raised toavoid. In the United States, should contact your doctor ing anyone to handle your ward the $1.25 million goal. 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Want to learn more about the tennis offshoot called pickleball? Then you’ve come to the right place. The site includes a brief history of this sport along with the basic rules of play. The development and operation of the website can be credited to SROA’s Communication Department, which has constructed the entire site in-house alongside their standard day-to-day duties. Creating this new site is the brainchild of staff members Marti Croal and Susan Berger. Their objective was to create a one stop site for all things tennis in Sunriver. Facility maps and directions to the courts as well as the community are also included, but the real highlight is the vast archive of tournament photo galleries that is included. “This website, and more importantly the universal approach used to develop it, will go a long way in cementing the brand of Sunriver tennis,” said Hugh Palcic, SROA assistant general manager. “We have been known for our great courts and now we have a website equally worthy.” The website is now live and ready for all with an interest in tennis to pay a visit. Croal and Berger have plans to implement additional features and information as the year progresses, so periodic visits are encouraged.

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Sunriver Men’s golf: Member survey shows high satisfaction, some concerns the Men’s Golf Club play 2012, with the same number table, a few “new wrinkles” be more inclusive, by being of four-man games, two-man will be introduced in the more equitable, see New for games and individual play. upcoming season. New $5 2013 below for details about There is a slight preference for weekly prizes will be given for how SRMGC will address another flighted event or two. second place individual scores this issue. Ongoing questions about in the Low Gross and Low Net Pace of Play. Sunriver Re- the annual breakfast and an- categories. In addition, a few sort and the SRMGC are nual dinner. Annual atten- “skills challenges” will be addconcerned about pace of play dance at the opening breakfast ed as a weekly feature for “closissues as underscored by the and end of year banquet dinner est to the pin on second shot” for selected shorter responses to related questions or satisfac- One of the advantages bowling has par fours, and “longest putt holed” on tion issues. The maselected holes. To jority of respondents over golf is that you seldom lose a hopefully make the who play relatively bowling ball. game more fun for infrequently said they — Don Carter, Hall of Fame pro bowler some players, the would play more if SRMGC is going pace of play were improved. In fact, 76 percent of may be improved by chang- to experiment with what the respondents said they would ing the dates slightly to allow USGA calls “tee it forward,” favor a pace of play of four more members to attend who to play shorter tees for higher hours fifteen minutes or faster. may be away from Sunriver handicaps in certain flighted An overwhelming majority these times of year. These events. (80 percent) of respondents items will be discussed in said they would cooperate upcoming meetings and with Referral program To encourage existing memwith the resort and with the the membership, perhaps in SRMGC to improve pace of separate emails expressly for bers to recruit new members, Sunriver Resort Golf manageplay by various means that that purpose. Note: The opening breakfast ment offers gift certificates to are to be discussed so that a plan of action may be formu- is scheduled for April 17. Look those who are responsible for new members joining up. To lated for the upcoming 2013 for an email blast. sign up an educator or recreseason. ational member, the reward Format of Play. Seventy New for 2013 To address member wishes is a $100 gift certificate. For percent of respondents like the format of play as designed for that the club be more equi- all other memberships, it’s a whopping $250 gift certificate. For full information about OSU-Cascades takes science out of the lab and into your local pub! No scientific background required—just bring your curiosity, sense memberships, go to www.

By Paul J. Grieco The Sunriver Men’s Golf Club Survey was sent to all 111 members of the 2012 season and 100 previous members. The response rate was 46 percent of current members and 18 percent of former members. The results of the survey yielded no big surprises, but rather supported notions that the survey committee (comprised of Scott Brown, Greg Cotton, Don Olson, and Paul Grieco, chairman), resort management and the SRMGC board already held. The four key findings are: Overall satisfaction with the SRMGC and the golf experience is positive, with 85 percent of respondents saying they were either “very satisfied” or “pretty satisfied,” with 8 percent saying it was only “OK” and 8 percent saying they were “not very satisfied.” Importantly no one replied that they were “not satisfied at all.” The major suggestion to “improve overall satisfaction” was to eliminate slow play. Another suggestion was that

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Why is the Deschutes River so peculiar? The curious case of Cascadian rivers It starts on the slopes of Mt. Bachelor, winds south then north, depletes to a trickle then swells into a river of enormous flow volume. The Deschutes River is spectacular—and peculiar, as you will learn. Research hydrologist Gordon Grant will explore how the Deschutes and other rivers of the Cascades teach us how rivers in the western U.S.—and beyond—are likely to change and where water is likely to be abundant and scarce in the future, issues important to all Oregonians.


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Sunriver Golf Men’s Club Men’s golf club membership is the same as last year at $55 for the season, of which $31 goes to the Oregon Golf Association membership which includes handicap maintenance and tracking, including opportunities to play in numerous statewide competitions. Not only is there play every Wednesday (and some other occasional days) in official Men’s Club competitions, most of the members also play with other SRMGC members on other days of the week for fun and friendship. Official events are played with other area clubs, even a few at Crosswater, and statistics for each player are tracked cumulatively for the season and posted online weekly, with rewards given in a large number of categories across all skill levels. New members are welcome. Sunriver residency is not a requirement. Find the SRMGC online at www.srmensgolf. com. Apply for membership using the Annual Membership Registration tab in the menu (on the bottom left side of the home page). For more information email SRMGC President Robert Hill at rhill@ or go to www. Paul J. Grieco is secretary of the Sunriver Men’s Golf Club and may be reached at pjg3sr@

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Cruise News: A travel agent’s adventures and mishaps By Betsy Scherr

Some crazy adventures and of the night from a client mishaps transpired for my at the Rome airport. He was mad because clients and me durthe airline was trying the past month. ing to tell him his I share a few here as flight was cancelled teaching moments. and he had to take Lost luggage: A a different airline. family matriarch I tried to explain to called to book a him since I had not cruise. She does this Betsy Scherr booked his air, there every other year for the whole family. I advised was really nothing I could do they not go on the particu- for him and that he should lar ship she chose, but they take the flight the airline was decided to go anyway. It was offering to get him home. He an older Princess ship out of wanted me to speak directly Galveston, Texas. One of the to the airline ticket agent, but family members arrived at the I do not speak Italian, so I was ship early and dropped his no help. I personally do not luggage off with the porters book air for clients unless they so he could walk into town. are taking the cruise line’s air. Air travel is a specialized It included a brand new expensive suit. He never saw field. I refer everyone to an his luggage again. He was “air consolidator” or tell them furious. He called everyone to call their credit card comat Princess every name in the pany, like American Express book and threatened to sue. Platinum that has a desigWhen I got involved, I tried nated air travel desk. This to explain to him his grand- gentleman did not book with mother had not purchased the air consolidator, nor did insurance and he could only he call the American Express collect what Princess Cruises desk to have them book his gave all passengers for a lost air. He booked his own air. I bag, $250, nothing more. It am not sure what he thought was not a pleasant experience. I could do at 3 a.m. in my Cancelled flights: I received home in the United States a phone call in the middle when he was standing right

there at the airline ticket counter in Rome. Foreign Bank Charges: Buyer beware – some cruise lines bank in foreign countries, not in the United States. Oceania Cruises is one of them. Depending on your credit card, you may be charged foreign transaction fees. These fees can be substantial on a luxury cruise. Four of these situations came up last month. It was a hassle to get all the correct paperwork to the cruise line, which did offer to reimburse all clients for these fees. At least this problem got resolved. I am an Independent Cruise Agent. I am licensed with two companies. One is American Express Travel. The other is a large travel consortium called Signature Travel Network, through Holiday Cruises in Scottsdale. I always check both companies before I book a client to see which has the best group rate or deals for a particular cruise. Through American Express Travel I booked a very nice lady from Brazil on an AMA Waterways river cruise, leaving April 2013. No problem. Then her friend, Vivian,

called to book eight more people on the same river cruise. I only spoke with Vivian. No one else in her group spoke English. I booked all eight and thought everything was fine. I had in writing from Vivian they all said “yes” to the cruise, was given their credit card information, and told to charge four credit cards for the four couples. There were no problems paying a deposit back in October with any of these people, so I presumed we were set for final payment in January 2013 when Vivian told me to charge each credit card again. Last week I got a call from AMA Waterways. It turns out one of the couples is disputing their final payment charge of $7,500. They contend they never gave permission to Vivian to make final payment. What an idiot I was to never get anything in writing direct from each cardholder, even if it was in Portuguese, the language spoken in Brazil. I got a Brazilian lawyer involved who found out the woman disputing the bill was planning to go, but she was scheduled for foot surgery in March and she doesn’t want

to pay since she can’t travel in April. She never gave me permission direct from her, in writing, saying charge her credit card, so is refusing to pay the $7,500 balance due. The agent is ultimately responsible for these types of mistakes. The cancellation fee is 50 percent. I decided to take responsibility and pay the $3,750 penalty. There is a happy ending to this story. I got the nicest note from Kristin Karst, one of the AMA Waterways owners. She said I was one of their best agents and they would not be charging me for this mistake. I was very surprised and relieved. I have never made such a bone-headed mistake in my 15 years in the cruise business. You can bet from here on out I am going to request, in writing, a statement from all clients authorizing final payment before I charge their credit card. I don’t care if you live in Bend, Oregon or Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. Scherr can be reached at 866524-3490, via email: Betsy. or www.

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Sunriver Service District Managing Board March meeting summary public safety The Sunriver Service District Managing Board’s regular meeting was held March 14. Board members present: Debra Baker, Bob Wrightson, Jim Wilson, Bob Nelson. Absent: Ron Angell. Staff present: Art Hatch, Marc Mills. Public input: -There was none. Financial Report (As of Feb. 28, 2013, unaudited) Resources....................5,278,863 Requirements..............2,483,774 Police: Wages & Benefits.........888,052 Materials & Services....123,487 Fire: Wages & Benefits......1,131,173 Materials & Services....177,225 Bike Patrol.......................39,958 Non-departmental.........123,877 Board actions -Received a presentation from Robert Poirier, director of Deschutes County’s 911 Service District, regarding the upcoming local option levy. See story page 33. -Approved minutes of the Feb. 14 regular meeting. -Approved payment of $9,502 to SROA for administrative and vehicle maintenance services rendered in February. -Approved purchase of an advanced life-support training mannequin for the fire department for $13,155. -Approved purchase of a thermal imaging camera for the fire department for $9,500. -Approved the final budget for fiscal year 2013. The budget

includes $711,000 in contingency funds. -Approved retaining general counsel services from attorney Mark Amberg of the law firm of Harrang, Long, Gary, Rudnick. -Approved amendments to the Bike Patrol Services Agreement with SROA. Director Baker said the new agreement includes provisions to increase rates up to three percent annually or at the CPI rate. -Approved amendments to Enforcement of Rules and Regulations Agreement with SROA. -Discussed issues to be raised during the next quarterly meeting between the district chair and SROA board president. -Discussed agenda items for the April 19, 9 a.m. joint meeting of the district and SROA boards of directors. -Reviewed annual reports from the police and fire departments. -Director Baker said SROA General Manager Bill Peck expressed satisfaction with the district’s enforcement of Sunriver rules. Peck noted a marked change in the police department’s responsiveness and willingness to assist. -Director Baker attended the Special Districts Association of Oregon annual conference. She participated in several break out sessions that provided information and ideas useful to Sunriver. Chiefs’ reports Police -In February, the department

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responded to 71 incidents, followed up on 56 and issued eight case numbers; made four arrests; provided 190 on property assists, 25 off property assists and 147 public assists; issued 169 traffic warnings and 17 citations; investigated 46 violations of Sunriver Rules and Regulations and issued 21 warnings. -Officers continued with their required annual in-service trainings in search and seizure, firearms and evacuation. -A Neighborhood Watch meeting was held Feb. 16 at SHARC. Chief Mills presented the emergency operations map, previewed the April 16 emergency operations drill and described the concept of sheltering in place. -Chief Mills said sheltering in place was used twice during the week of March 11 due to two breaks in gas lines. Both times a contract construction crew working on behalf of BendBroadband as part of the cable and Internet system upgrade struck the gas lines. In both instances, homeowners were asked to close windows and doors and remain inside while the gas lines were repaired. Mills said there is no cost recovery mechanism

in place to compensate the police or fire departments for the amount of time they spend responding to damaged gas lines. -Officer Evan Kennedy said the March 12 Pint Night fundraiser at Sunriver Brewing Company generated $1,240 in contributions to the Police Unity Tour memorial bike ride in which he is participating in May. Fire -The department responded to 41 incidents in February including 29 emergency medical service calls, three motor vehicle accidents with injuries and one building fire that caused an estimated $105,000 in damage to the structure and contents. -Chief Hatch noted the number of calls for service are returning to pre-recession levels, probably due to the higher number of visitors to Sunriver. -A reserve firefighter training academy began March 15 with five recruits. -Four department members participated in the Scott Firefighter Stair Climb in Seattle and finished in respectable times. Collectively they raised about $5,000 for the Lymphoma and Leukemia Society. -Chief Hatch is working with

a land-use attorney to rezone the land on which the proposed structure fire training facility is to be located. -Chief Hatch will speak to the Sunriver Rotary Club on March 27 about the voluntary registry for citizens who need assistance in the event of an evacuation. -The Sunriver Fire Department responded to Bend on March 6 for what turned out to be a series of seven arson fires near downtown. Two church buildings sustained more than $2 million in damage. -Chief Hatch read a letter of apology from Trent Findley, a youth who was apprehended last summer lighting a fire in a parking lot in The Village at Sunriver. The meeting adjourned at 4:39 p.m. to executive session to discuss union negotiations. The next meeting of the managing board is Thursday, April 18, 3 p.m. in the Sunriver Fire Station training room, 57475 Abbot Drive. Approved meeting minutes are posted, as available, at

Candidates sought for Sunriver Service District Managing Board skills based on past experience and achievement. Candidates are required to bring a broad perspective and willingness to seek solutions, preferably through consensus. The individuals are expected to work energetically, with enthusiasm, and integrity to help the Sunriver community move forward on important issues Position openings facing the Sunriver Service •Position 3 – Sunriver Prop- Summary statement: Successful candidates must District Managing Board and erty Owner: Nominees must be a Sunriver property owner have demonstrable leadership community as a whole. The Nominating Committee of the Sunriver Owners Association is looking for candidates for two Sunriver Service District Managing Board positions. The individuals selected for these positions will take office Sept. 1, and serve a three year term.

in good standing; however the nominee does not have to be a permanent resident. • Position 4 – District Elector: Nominees must be a Sunriver property owner in good standing, permanent resident in Sunriver, and a registered voter in Precinct 16 of Deschutes County.

Preferred Characteristics: • Demonstrated leadership skills based on past experience and achievements • Ability to work collaboratively to address complex issues and effectively problem solve • Involved in Sunriver area organizations • Exhibits collegiality and tolerance of different perspectives • Effective listening and communication skills • Consistently acts in good faith and the best interests of the organization • Effectively works with others and in teams If you are interested in a position on the Sunriver Service District Managing Board and meet these qualifications, or know of someone who might be interested who meets these qualifications, please call or email any member of the nominating committee listed below. Applications may be obtained from the Sunriver Owners Association (SROA) office or by calling 541-593-2411. Applications must be returned to the SROA office by 4 p.m. Friday, June 7, 2013. Thanks in advance for your help in identifying potential candidates to govern the Sunriver Service District. Katie Hall, co-chair Al Hornish, co-chair Jim Adams Teri Jendro Gail Manary Jack McDonnell Barbara Wade

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Ask Sunriver’s police chief Q: Sunriver police have responded to two breaks of natural gas lines in Sunriver the past few weeks. What’s causing the breaks and what do the police do in those situations? A: You might recall a similar incident that occurred Oct. 24 of last year. In that incident, a break in the natural gas line closed a stretch of West Cascade Road Marc Mills for approximately eight hours. With the latest gas leaks, there has been significantly less overall impact to Sunriver homeowners and use of police resources. In both of the latest events, a company working for BendBroadband accidentally struck the natural gas lines while digging trenches to replace the old fiber optic cable. When these types of events occur, the Sunriver Police Department sets up a perimeter and restricts access to the area affected by the leak. We work very closely with the Sunriver Fire Department evaluating the situation to determine if evacuation is necessary, sheltering in place or cautionary notifications should be done. Our job is to keep people from driving or walking through, or just being in a dangerous situation. Fortunately, both leaks were relatively small and were easily fixed in a short time. (Weather was also on our side in both instances.) The company responsible for causing the leaks advised they are working more cautiously to avoid future problems. Q: The Police Department’s

2012 annual report was presented to the Sunriver Service District Managing Board on March 14. What do you think the public will find most interesting in the annual report and where can they find it? A: I hope people will find that we are serious about engaging the Sunriver community in a variety of ways that add to our quality of life; and that our mission, vision, and values have changed to reflect what our citizens expect of their police department. The annual report will be posted on the Sunriver Police Department website after the district managing board approves the final version. A copy will also be maintained at the police department for people to review. Q: What motor vehicle moving violations do the police see most in Sunriver? What traffic enforcement actions do you take to change driver behavior and increase safety? A: The Sunriver Police De-

partment gains compliance with the least amount of enforcement necessary. What that means is if we believe a warning will gain compliance and change the way the violator drives, then we have done our job. If a citation is needed to gain compliance then we will write a citation. We see just about all the violations there are here in Sunriver. The ones we see most include failure to use seatbelts, cell phone use while driving, failure to stop at stop signs, fail to signal and speeding. Yes, seatbelts are required to be worn everywhere in Sunriver, even the parking lots. We have seen major injuries at crash scenes where a seatbelt was not worn and the vehicle was going under 30 miles per hour. The cell phone law is being enforced in Sunriver. You cannot use your cell phone while driving if it is in your hand, even if on speakerphone or you’re using GPS. Using a hands-free attachment is allowable, but only for those over 18 years of age. (Emergency services are exempt from this law, however, Sunriver Police vehicles are equipped with hands-free devices.)The phone

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is a distraction and can cause you to crash. Studies have shown that using your phone while driving can be worse than having a .08 blood alcohol level. Hang up and drive. Everyone seems to be in a hurry. At stop signs and entering a roadway from a parking lot, you must come to a complete stop. Most people do not realize they roll through stop signs. Next time you come to a stop sign, wait until you feel the vehicle rock back after coming to a complete stop before moving on. Most “fail to signal” violations happen at the roundabouts. Oregon law states that

you must signal when exiting a traffic circle or roundabout. You do not need to signal when entering the circle, just on the exit. I have been asked why you have to signal or stop at a stop sign when no one is coming. Humans make mistakes all the time and you may not see everything you should. Also, simply put, it is the law. The speed limit in Sunriver is generally 25 mph. The speed limit is there for a reason. Sunriver is a residential area and as you all know, we have many people and animals that like to cross our roadways. Please slow down and enjoy the scenery of our great community.

Sunriver Police log Selected log entries from the Sunriver Police - January 2013 SCMC = St. Charles Medical Center R&Rs = Rules & Regulations RP = Reporting Person BAC = Blood Alcohol Content UTL = Unable To Locate DUII = Driving Under Influence of Intoxicants

DCJ = Deschutes County Jail SFST = Standardized Field Sobriety Test DCSO = Deschutes County Sheriff Office SFD = Sunriver Fire Department OSP = Oregon State Police DWS = Driving While Suspended

2/2 Assisted Sunriver paramedics at location on Jay Lane. 2/3 Assisted DCSO with a trespass on Caribou Road. 2/3 Assisted Sunriver paramedics at an Overlook Road facility. 2/3 Responded to a juvenile problem. Juvenile was released to his parent. 2/4 Assisted DCSO with a crash at Solar and Spring River. Driver was arrested for DUII. 2/6 Welfare check on an intoxicated female sitting on a rock near the Abbot Houses. She was provided a courtesy transport home. 2/7 Two dogs loose on Sparks Lane. Citation issued to owner. 2/7 Assisted DCSO in locating a reported DUII on Jacinto Road. A traffic stop was conducted on the vehicle for numerous traffic violations. Driver consented to and failed SFST and was transported to DCJ where she provided a .12% BAC. 2/8 Parking complaint on Lassen Lane. Vehicle moved. 2/8 Noise complaint at a residence on Cottonwood Lane. Contact made with guests. Sunriver R&Rs were explained in regard to noise. 2/8 Responded to a false alarm on Cottonwood. 2/8 While on an alarm call, contact was made for the second time with guests regarding their noise level. 2/10 Verbal domestic dispute at location on Beaver Ridge. The parties were separated for the night. 2/10 Conducted a traffic stop on Beaver Drive for failure to drive within the lane. The driver consented to and failed SFST. The subject was taken into custody and lodged at DCJ for DUII. 2/11 Assisted a local business with a difficult customer who refused to pay or leave. Officers persuaded him to accept a police escort. 2/13 Report of a parking issue on McNary Lane. Vehicle moved. 2/13 House cleaner arrived at a residence to find that four of the beds in the residence had been slept in. There was no damage or forced entry. Owner didn’t want to file a police report. He was advised to install new locks and an alarm system to prevent further occurrences. 2/15 Report of a male looking into the front window of an Alberello Condo. UTL. 2/15 Female was trespassed from a business in mall. 2/15 Persons at home on Blue Goose Lane were contacted and given a preparty warning. They were advised of the Sunriver R&Rs. 2/15 Report of fireworks and gunshots on Fir Cone Lane. Officer heard aerial fireworks but was UTL. 2/16 Report of physical altercation between two guests. 2/16 Noise complaint on Lark Lane. Both renters and the property manager were advised of the problem. 2/17 Report of a loud party on Poplar Lane. Contact made with guests who were advised of Sunriver R&Rs. 2/18 Conducted a traffic stop for failure to drive within lane and failure to use signal. Driver consented to and failed SFST. Subject was taken into custody without incident and lodged at DCJ. Cited for possession of marijuana. Vehicle was secured and left at the scene. 2/21 Report of loose dogs on Tamarack Lane. Owner contacted and verbally warned that further problems would result in a citation. 2/23 Lockout on Center Drive. Vehicle was successfully unlocked. 2/24 Located a downed tree on East Butte Lane and notified Public Works. 2/24 Report of two juveniles with a BB gun on the railroad tracks near Timber Lane. Officer informed them of the Sunriver rules pertaining to firearms and warned them about trespassing on the tracks. Page 31

Sunriver resident elected to St. Charles Foundation board The St. Charles Foundation Board of Directors of has elected Bob Burpee and Larry Snyder to three-year terms as board members. Burpee, a resident of Sunriver, Bob Burpee is retired from a 41-year career in the insurance and financial services industry where he was a founding partner of Burpee, Colvin and Wood in Santa Rosa, Calif. He is a past president of the Santa Rosa Rotary and is a volunteer certified Ranger with the U.S. Forest Service. Burpee is proud of his involvement in the community and church, and enjoys spending time with his family. As the philanthropic arm of St. Charles Health System, the foundation exists to meet the mission of creating America’s healthiest community. Burpee and Snyder will join the board’s effort to engage the community in supporting St.

Charles Health System. The foundation’s major project for 2013 is raising funds to build a new regional cancer center. Like everything that happens

at St. Charles, this new cancer center is a partnership with the community. Information:

April at the Sunriver Area Public Library Family Fun Story Time A fun and interactive story time with stories, songs, rhymes and crafts aimed at getting children, ages 0-6, ready to read. April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, 10:30 a.m. LEGO Universe at Your Library Read! Build! Play! Start with a little inspiration, and then build away. The sky is the limit. This is a drop in program, and kids are welcome to arrive at any time. This program is best for ages 6 and up. April 9, 3:30 p.m. Know Digital Books Learn how to access the library’s ebook collection on your ereader, tablet, or other mobile device. April 23, 2:304 p.m. CERN and the Large Hadron Collider Lecture Bill Logan, volunteer astronomer at the University of Oregon’s Pine Mountain

Observatory, will explain how CERN’s Large Hadron Collider works and how they are discovering new particles that make up the fabric of our universe. April 6, 1 p.m. Write Now Play with words! Do you enjoy creative writing but dislike how the process is oftentimes a solitary activity? Write Now is a library program where attendees brainstorm, play word games, and enjoy the written word in a casual setting. April 13, 1-2 p.m. Teen Game Day Play Wii games, including Just Dance, Super Smash Brothers and more, plus card and board games. Staff in room; free and open to 10-17 year olds. April 17, 1:30-3:30 p.m. Information: (541) 3121086, www.deschuteslibrary. org

Free document shredding, drug disposal event scheduled Saturday, June 1, from 9 a.m. to noon, the Sunriver Police Department will sponsor its second annual paper shredding and prescription medication drop-off event, in the front parking lot of the Sunriver Police Department, located at 57455 Abbot Drive. SecureShred, a division of Bend Garbage & Recycling, will be collecting and shredding personal documents. This event is

intended for personal document shredding and prescription drug disposal, not for business or company disposal. No advance document sorting is necessary as the shredding equip-

ment can destroy paperwork with paper clips and staples attached. File folders and binders may also be shredded. The event is free to the public. The Sunriver Police Department requests donations of non-perishable food to benefit Care and Share, a non-profit organization that provides food to local families. Information: 541-593-1014.

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In February, a 45 mph speed limit was posted on Cottonwood Road from the east boundary of Sunriver up to just beyond the entrance to Lake Penhollow.

New speed limit on Cottonwood Road A 45 mph speed limit took effect Feb. 20 on Cottonwood Road between the bridge over the railroad tracks and the entrance to Lake Penhollow. The 45 mph zone is signed in both directions. For motorists westbound on Cottonwood Road from Highway 97, it means reducing speed to 45 mph about a quarter of a mile prior to entering Sunriver. The speed limit drops again to 25 mph on the east end of the railroad bridge for traffic entering Sunriver. For motorists eastbound on Cottonwood Road heading for Highway 97, the posted speed rises from 25 to 45 just east of the bridge, and continues at 45 mph to slightly beyond the Lake Penhollow entrance. It took just under a year to get the new speed zone approved. Last spring, Sunriver Police Chief Marc Mills requested a speed reduction to 40 mph through the Deschutes County Road Department. Last June and July the Oregon Department of Transportation studied the volume of traffic and average speed of vehicles on that stretch and concluded 45 mph was appropriate. Deschutes County signed the study in January and waited until the ground thawed before installing the sign posts in February.

“We haven’t had any feedback yet, but I imagine we’ll see some activity over spring break,” Mills said. “We will work that stretch with patrol cars and radar guns. We’re looking for compliance. If we do write a ticket, it will probably for an exaggerated speeding violation.” Mills said the speed zone should reduce speeds of westbound motorists at the intersection of Cottonwood and Imnaha roads. “People just came in too fast. You go to pull out of Imnaha or cross Cottonwood or turn down toward the store and cars come barreling up behind you, or you almost get T-boned by cars coming at you.” “I think we’ll know in a couple of months if the signs are working. We don’t want visitors thinking the Sunriver Police Department has a speed trap. We’re truly trying to enhance our public safety. If we are out there being aggressive getting compliance, not necessarily writing more tickets, just trying to get people to use their signals and drive the speed limit on property, it should help. What would also help is if homeowners and employees of Sunriver lead by example, by slowing and signaling.” Information: 541-593-1014

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Deschutes County 911 is responsible for taking all 911 calls in Deschutes County (roughly 162 per day) as well as all of the non-emergency calls for public safety in the County for a total of more than 300,000 phone calls a year. Deschutes 911 is also responsible to provide dispatch and support services for 13 public safety agencies throughout Deschutes County, including the Sunriver police and fire departments.

On Feb. 25, Deschutes County Commissioners approved placement of the Deschutes 911 Local Option Levy renewal on the May 21 ballot. The levy renews a current rate of 23 cents per $1,000 assessed value for another five years. No new taxes were proposed. On Monday, March 18, the commissioners voted to reduce the levy rate by three cents, to 20 cents per $1,000 assessed value. This revision would mean a ballot measure that would allow for a 3-cent reduction in what taxpayers currently pay for 
911 emergency communication services. The change came after additional detailed analysis of the timing of needed capital expenditures over the next 5-10 years, and the possible use of 911 reserve funds to augment operational expenses if necessary. Combined with the desire to only assess Deschutes County residents what is absolutely

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Sunriver Women’s Niner Golf for 2013 Membership forms are now available to previous members of the Sunriver Women’s Nine Golf group, and new members are invited. New members must have an established handicap to be eligible to join. Thirty-seven members have signed up so far. Membership dues for the year are $55. The 2013 schedule will be sent once a member has signed up and paid the current dues. An opening meeting in May will be announced soon. Weekly play will begin in April. Games are scheduled each week during the official season that runs June through September. Pairings are sent by email each week. There is a $2 per person per game fee that goes into a prize money fund that is distributed at the fall luncheon. The Niners also host an annual visitation by other golf groups from around the region. Information: Kathy Wrightson ( or Vicki Doerfler (

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you the information needed to in the Columbia Gorge. Be sure plan and enjoy an excellent ad- to keep your canine companion venture. She highlights several on a leash because of drop offs multi-day trips: the Willamette along the trail. There are hikes Valley, Oregon Coast, Cascade in and near Portland. Ramona Classic (right here in Central Falls in the Mt. Hood area with Oregon), Cra- its lace-like curtain of water is ter Lake, True another of my favorites. West (Mitchell Sullivan has hiked every mato John Day), jor trail in Oregon. This fifth Hells Canyon, generation Oregonian knows Elkhorn, and the state thoroughly; his hiking t h e St e e n s . guides are well researched and Thalheimer of- reliable. Sullivan has a keen fers advice on appreciation for the history, gear, places to geography, flora and fauna as stay, and inter- well as the jaw-dropping beauty esting side trips of Oregon’s scenery. We always to add to your biking vacation. look forward to his slide shows She will make you want to start because they inspire us to get pedaling! outdoors and Sunday, April start walking. 21 at 5 p.m. WilSullivan includes liam Sullivan will information on give a presentacampgrounds, tion on “100 cabin rentals, Hikes in Northand the wildwest Oregon and flowers you may Southwest Washencounter along ington.” If you the trail. Color are in the mood pictures show to start hiking a the spectacular little earlier, this beauty awaiting is your book. William Sullivan you on the trail. There are great William Sulhikes in the lower elevations that livan’s popular hiking guides you can enjoy while there’s still include the “100 hikes” series, snow on the trails. One of my Turn to Authors, page 35 favorites is the Eagle Creek hike

April brings the beginning of milder weather, a time to think about hopping on your bike or lacing up hiking boots and hitting the trail. We have two author events this month that should entertain and inspire you with great ways to enjoy Oregon’s scenic outdoors. S a t u r d a y, April 6 at 5 p.m. Elle Thalheimer presents a slide show on Elle Thalheimer “Cycling Sojourner: A Guide to the Best Multi-Day Tours in Oregon.” If you have ever wanted to take a biking trip but were intimidated by the details, Thalheimer makes it easy. Her book is compact in size, ideal for putting in a handlebar bag and yet filled with information. All levels of cyclist, from beginner to hardened veteran, will find the book easy to follow and useful. You see the world a little different on a bike, feel the wind on your face and smell the lilacs blooming instead of being boxed up in a car, isolated from the environment. There is satisfaction, too, in knowing that you reached your destination via peddle power. Thalheimer gives


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Book clubs participate in library’s ‘Novel Idea’ program and World Book Night April is going to be a very literary month in Sunriver. Deschutes Public Library’s Novel Idea has an outstanding selection this year, one of the best debut novels I have had the pleasure of reading. In support of the library our Fiction Book Club will discuss “The Snow Child” by Eowyn Ivey. April 23 is World Book Night. It started in 2011 in the United Kingdom and Ireland. In 2012 it spread to the United States and Germany with about 80,000 volunteers passing out more than two million books to encourage passion for the written word. The date is special for me as it celebrates my favorite author; it is the anniversary of the death of Miguel de Cervantes (also of William Shakespeare). In the Catalan region of Spain, Cervantes death is remembered by giving a book and a flower to a loved one. Reading changes lives, it allows the reader to live a different experience through the pages of the book, expanding

empathy and understanding, inspiring and comforting. Look for World Book Night givers around Central Oregon on April 23 as they search for people to inspire a love of reading by giving a book. The staff at Sunriver Books & Music have volunteered as givers. Our Classics Book Club is celebrating World Book Night by discussing one of the giver choices, “My Antonia” by Willa Cather. Book clubs are Monday evenings at 6:30. Refreshments are served and everyone is welcome. April 1 the Fiction Book Club discusses this year’s

Deschutes Public Library’s Novel Idea selection “The Snow Child” by Eowyn Ivey. The writing is haunting and beautiful; it updates a Russian fairytale to 1920s Alaska. Mabel and Jack have tried to come to terms with being childless. They left their boisterous family behind on the east coast for the quiet loneliness of remote Alaska. Creating a farm out of this unforgiving land is a tough job for the young; it is harder still for middle-aged Mabel and Jack. Grasping for a moment of joy out of the first snowfall of the year, they build a snow girl in the yard. The next morning the snow is gone, but a blond girl is glimpsed near the trees. They come to love the young girl as their own child, but you know fairy tales are not with-

out danger. April 8 the Mystery Book Club discusses the second book in Laurie King’s excellent series featuring Sherlock Holmes and Mary Russell, “A Monstrous Regiment of Women.” It’s 1921, and Mary has graduated from Oxford and is grappling with a number of issues; her growing affection for Sherlock Holmes, the suffragette movement, and her involvement with Margery Childe’s Temple of God. When a member of the temple’s inner circle is murdered, Mary turns for help to her mentor, Sherlock Holmes. April 15 the Classics Book Club celebrates the coming World Book Night with a discussion of “My Antonia” by Willa Cather. Set in Nebraska, the story revolves around the

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hardscrabble existence of farmers on the vast plains of the Midwest. The narrator, Jim Burden, is an orphan sent to live on his grandparent’s farm when he encounters Antonia, the spirited daughter of immigrant farmers. The story follows their trials and tribulations. It is a celebration of the fire and spirit that settled this land through hard work and struggle. April 22 the Nonfiction Book Club discusses “The Great Divergence: America’s Growing Inequality Crises and What We Can Do About It” by Timothy Noah. The money gap between the top one percent of Americans and the rest of the country has widened dramatically over the past thirty years. Noah identifies some of the factors that have been heading the country on a one way trip toward disaster; an educational system that is not keeping up with world competition or readying young people to compete in the job market, changes in government policies, the diminishment of the labor movement, and an increase in the imbalance of trade, particularly with the U.S. purchasing cheap goods from countries with very low wages. CEOs in America earn about 200 times as much as their average employee, while 30 years ago they were satisfied with earning about 42 times as much. Noah examines these factors and offers suggestions for creating a more fiscally sound, fair economy. Join us for some interesting discussions. Information: 541-5932525, www.sunriverbooks. com

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When old dogs forget By Dr. Wendy Merideth Cognitive dysfunction is defined as unusually poor mental function associated with confusion, forgetfulness, and difficulty concentrating. In dogs this may manifest as a lack of interest, anxiety, aggression, confusion, disorientation, house soiling, or sleep disturbances, such as difficulty settling down and pacing at night. The initial step in diagnosing cognitive dysfunction is to ensure that the behavior change is not related to a medical issue. There are a multitude of diseases that can mimic cognitive dysfunction. A thorough physical examination is the first step in ruling out many diseases and, most importantly, making sure that a painful condition does not go unaddressed. A senior blood panel is indicated to rule out covert diseases. In the absence of a medical explanation, cognitive dysfunction is likely. Cognitive dysfunction cannot be cured. The following measures can support your old dog by alleviating the deleterious effects of the disease. Nutrition Antioxidants have been shown to reduce the development of neuropathology. Beneficial supplements for older dogs with cognitive decline include, but are not limited to, omega-3 fatty acids, S-adenosylmethionine, melatonin, and ginkgo. Phytonutrients in lightly steamed vegetables are also helpful. Ask your veterinarian which supplements are appropriate for your dog. Exercise Dogs love going for walks! Exercise

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“Oregon’s Favorites: Trails and Tales,” “Atlas of Oregon Wilderness,” “Hiking Oregon’s History,” “Trails of Crater Lake and Oregon Caves,” “Oregon Trips and Trails,” and “Oregon Map and Travel Guide.” Sullivan has penned three nonfiction books, “Oregon’s Greatest Natural Disasters,” “Listening for Coyote,” and “Cabin Fever,” and is adept at writing entertaining and interesting fiction including a fascinating mystery about one of the Northwest’s most infamous characters, “The Case of D.B. Cooper’s Parachute.” Sullivan will return in September during our Month of Norway with a slide show and will lead a book club discussion on his book “The Ship In The Hill.” We always look forward to his events; he is a witty, entertaining speaker, has spectacular slides and puts on a good show. Join us for these invigorating events on the outdoors. There will be refreshments and door prizes. Sign up to attend the free events by calling 541-593-2525, emailing sunriverbooks@sunriverbooks. com or stopping by Sunriver Books & Music in The Village at Sunriver. SUNRIVER SCENE • APRIL 2013

Bronson, the author’s old dog, is taking supplements for early signs of cognitive dysfunction.

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Asia Watch: Re-visiting Asia by land and by sea By Michael J. Ranieri My wife, Joyce, and I just returned from a month-long visit to Asia. We started our travels in Kaohsiung, Taiwan’s second largest city, where we visited with Joyce’s sister for a few days. We then flew to Hong Kong, where we met some old friends and colleagues, and after three days boarded a cruise ship bound for Singapore. During the next 17 days we visited Vietnam where we made stops in Hanoi, Halong Bay, Hui, Danang and Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon). We then cruised to Bangkok and Ko Samui in Thailand. Our last stop was Singapore where we tacked on a couple of days to our trip so that I could meet with a former business associate and where Joyce and I could take in the sights and treat ourselves to some fine South Asian cuisine like Hainan chicken and rice, nasi goreng, samosas, and satays. While I lived in Asia for a long time and traveled there many times over the years, I was, frankly, surprised by several things we encountered on our first intra-Asia cruise. Here are a few takeaways: Generally speaking it was surprising to see how important tourism has become in cities which until recently did very lit-

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tle to attract tourists. In Kaohsiung, for example, the city government has transformed the city’s industrial image, largely based on steel and petrochemicals, into a tourism-oriented city with history, culture and natural resources. Today, tourists from all over the world can be seen flocking to Kaohsiung’s Fo Guang Shan Monastery, the Love River, Central Park, and the Kaohsiung Museum of History. It was also obvious that Vietnam is pushing hard to attract tourism dollars, and not in just their two largest cities of Hanoi (and nearby Halong Bay) and Ho Chi Minh. The ancient capital of Hue, which was severely damaged during the Vietnam War and is located in the central part of the country, has been largely rebuilt in an attempt to restore the city to its former glory. Sections of The Citadel in Hue, which was modeled after the Forbidden City in Beijing, was off limits to all but the Hue Imperial Family and their entourage, and the Royal Tombs are now must-see destinations. As a result of restoration efforts and a much-improved infrastructure, the number of tourists visiting Hue has been growing rapidly. Danang, which is a major port city in South Central

Vietnam, is also getting a lot of attention as a tourist destination, and rightfully so. It has spectacular scenery and a rich history. China Beach, which was a popular rest and recreation area during the Vietnam War, is only three miles away from the port of Danang. For history enthusiasts, the Cham Museum is another important attraction. The Kingdom of Champa, which encompassed both Hue and Danang, was a state heavily influenced by India, and not overtaken by the Vietnamese until the 14th century. I should also add that I heard of some resentment with respect to tourists from mainland China during our trip. Hong Kong saw a record 48.6 million tourist arrivals in 2012, most from mainland China. The number of tourists rose 24 percent from 2011, with mainlanders making up 72 percent of all arrivals. People in Hong Kong, including several legislators, are saying that enough is enough and there should be a cap on the number of visitors. There is a shortage of hotels and tourist sites are having a hard time grappling with the sheer number of tourists. Only recently, for the second day in a row, Ocean Park suspended ticket sales for part of the day because

Michael Ranieri experienced the transformation of Koahsiung, Taiwan from an industrial city to an inviting tourist destination.

the theme park neared its legal maximum of 36,000 visitors. What else is going on in Asia? Singaporean and Hong Kong businessmen are making frequent trips to Myanmar (formerly Burma) these days. Myanmar is being dubbed a “frontier market” with lots of potential for tourism given its shimmering temple spires and archaeological wonders, and for business because of Myanmar’s untapped natural resources. Business professionals have picked up on the fact that Myanmar’s capital city, Yangon (formerly Rangoon), desperately needs adequate housing for all the expatriates wishing to do business in the country. Investors are looking for ways to develop both residential and

commercial real estate projects. While we were in Singapore it was announced that a new high-speed rail link between Singapore and Malasia’s capital, Kuala Lumpur, is in the works. This bullet rail express will cut a four-hour, 195-mile commute by car to just 90 minutes. I’ll have more to say about our trip to Asia in forthcoming columns. There is an awful lot going on in that part of the world. Please stay tuned. Editor’s note: Asia Watch, is an occasional column by Sunriver resident Michael Ranieri who lived in Taiwan, Bangkok and Hong Kong for 25 years while working in the banking industry. He holds a master’s degree in Chinese studies and speaks Mandarin.


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SHOULD YOU BE COLLECTING AND REMITTING ROOM TAX? If you are renting your property for less than thirty days at a time, you should be! Is your property located in unincorporated Deschutes County? In a vacation rental program only part of the time? If so, as a homeowner you are responsible for collecting and remitting transient room tax.


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Sunriver~ Too beautiful to litter. Help us keep it clean. ~Thank you

Deschutes County Finance Department (541) 383-4399 More information can also be found at Page 37

Chorus of One


Independent rental homeowners – Are we as misguided as portrayed? By Royce Stearns, Sunriver After reading the attack perpetuated on the independent rental homeowners by rental management companies, I have a few questions. Why would any property owner who had previously been categorized as a “slum lord” by management companies concede their property to be managed by one when these companies have apparently forgotten that one side of their customer base is the owner? What’s wrong with this picture? Are more owners leaving the rental companies because the customer service is so good? Do the independent rental homeowners intend to run down their property and decrease the value of Sunriver as a whole? I’m not following the rental companies’ logic. Did they forget that independent rental homeowners are just that, “owners,” and the majority have a greater interest in how their property is maintained than any rental

Help keep our pathways safe!

Sunriver Pathway Rules • Helmets required for riders and passengers under 16 years of age. (state law) • Ride or walk on the righthand side of pathway. Pass safely on the left after giving an audible warning (bell, horn or voice). • Walk cycles through tunnels. • No skateboards, roller skates or roller blades. • Pedestrians and people walking bicycles have right of way on paths and at road crossings. People riding bicycles must yield to vehicles at road crossings. • Ride at a safe speed on surfaced paths. • Headlights and reflectors required from dusk until dawn. • Pets must be secured in baskets or trailers; do not ride with leashed pets alongside. • Smoking and littering prohibited on paths, roads and common areas. Page 38

company? Suggestion: Why don’t the management companies get out of the business of the Sunriver homeowners recreation all together? All owners that rent their property, whether independently or through a management company, should buy IRAP passes. The homeowners dues, IRAP cost and SHARC pass costs should then be adjusted to reflect the real cost of recreation. The rental companies’ agreements with SROA were to the benefit of the rental companies, up until now. Rental management companies are

superb at what they do; however, they are still commercial enterprises. Do the Sunriver Marketplace, Hot Lava Baking & Coffee Co. or The Hook Fly Shop have as much access and sway with the homeowners association? What about the owners who use a management company (Vacasa Rentals or VRBO) that is not part of the Sunriver geography? Where do they fall in the hierarchy? And what about the businesses that are part of the Sunriver community and supported by the independent rentals – the cleaning companies, maintenance contractors, spa main-

tenance, snow removal, and security checks? Are they lesser commercial enterprises? Owners who live in Sunriver and dislike the rental environment should remember that many of the amenities to which they have access are subsidized by the rental business. Perhaps the independent rental owners need to form a co-op with a Sunriver representative. It appears that us “low lifes” are getting kicked under the bus. Unfortunately, it feels like we are being attacked by the very business that we are part of in the Sunriver community.

Owners have many reasons for renting their properties independently

By Barbara Gvakharia, Sunriver & Corvallis Let’s be honest about the issue of Sunriver becoming “a low rent district.” It is not about low rent, it is about big rental companies in Sunriver losing money due to “VRBO people,” or people like us, the independent renters. After being with four different rental companies in Sunriver, we decided to start renting our property independently. We made this decision after our rental income declined dramatically the last several years. Yes, on paper we were promised 65 percent of revenue, however we barely saw 15 percent, not even enough to cover utilities. Endless fees consumed the rest, and none of the managers gave reasonable explanations on where our money went. After just one year of renting our

property through VRBO, we significantly improved our rental income and we got extremely positive feedback from our clients. We feel proud providing families with the opportunity to vacation in Sunriver at a reasonable cost. We believe that rather than seeking “rich Californians,” as a rental agent suggested in your recent article, we should cater to local clients who may stay longer and spend the money they save on rent in the community. Our clients are responsible adults, who understand that disastrous situations may happen. We, as the owners, take good care of our guests and of our house. So far we’ve not had crisis situations at the property. Regarding “frat parties,” one should check the January Sunriver Police log published in the March Scene.

There is just one such episode mentioned, and the noisy guests, in fact, were associated with a management company. So, it is not really an issue of irresponsible independent renters letting in just anybody. If we want to attract more people to Sunriver, let’s accept the fact that they may have parties at home after a day of fun. The last thing they need is a police officer ushering them to bed at 10 p.m. Rather than inventing a new set of rules and regulations, the management companies should reconsider their business models and try to attract owners back by providing better and fair service. SROA should support all types of businesses that bring customers in. The last time I checked the rates for Sunriver rentals on the VRBO website they were not low, they were affordable.

Sunriver Property Owners Are you “in the know” about Sunriver? Do we have your current e-mail address? There are occasions when the Sunriver Owners Association sends out mass emails through our secure online database to inform members of important news and happenings in Sunriver. But we can only do this if you have registered on the SROA website and provide us with a current email address. It is also important to remember to update this information should you change your email address. Register/Sign Up on the Sunriver Owners Association website to... Receive SROA news alerts • Update your mailing address Pay maintenance dues • Check on weather/road conditions Contact a staff, board or committee member • Ask a question • Renew your SROA ID Read the Scene • Submit a classified ad • Read Sunriver’s Rules & Regulations Find a contractor • Learn about mountain pine beetle and noxious weeds Register for summer camp, swim and tennis lessons • Reserve a park Check the calendar for a meeting or event ... and much, much more!


Solarium: Letters from our readers


Independent renters know their properties inside and out By Craig Carlson, Sunriver and Portland I’ve managed my own properties since 1993. I know them better than a property management company possibly could. I can answer all the questions – turkey roaster pan? Best bedrooms for a crib? It’s more personal with private owners. We talk with the guests. They’re renting from the owner not from a desk where they pick up a key. It makes the guests more responsible.

Richard Fallgren passes

By Ann Fallgren, Ranchos Palos Verdes, Calif. The world lost a gentleman when Richard Benjam i n Fa l l g r e n passed away at his daughter’s home in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., on Dec. 10, 2012. Born June 30, 1937 in Los Angeles to Benjamin Alexander Fallgren and Florence Lillian Ewald, Dick grew up in Los Angeles and San Marino. He was the last of the San Marino students to graduate from South Pasadena High School in 1951 before the opening of San Marino High School. Dick graduated from Stanford University in 1959 with a Bachelor’s in civil engineering and went on to earn a master’s degree in 1961. While at Stanford he went rock climbing in Yosemite with the Alpine Club and developed a lifetime passion for the mountains. Dick studied at the University of Stockholm, Sweden where he visited relatives, met the king, and attended the Nobel Prize award ceremony. After Stanford, he joined the U.S. Department of Commerce, Coast and Geodetic Survey as a commissioned officer. He worked 41 years in structural, geotechnical and earthquake engineering, primarily with Bechtel. During this time he met and married Sara Laverty of Pasadena and had two daughters. He retired in 2002 shortly after losing his wife of 37 years to cancer. Dick started a new life in 2004 in Sunriver where he kept active volunteering, fly-fishing, attending the Sunriver Christian Fellowship, as well as joining the anglers and men’s clubs. He loved Sunriver and the friends he made over the past eight years and was truly at home at the base of the beautiful Three Sisters mountains. Dick is survived by his daughters Susie Fallgren of Atascadero, Calif., and Ann Fallgren Dunn of Rancho Palos Verdes; son-in-law Ted Dunn; grandchildren Jackson and Sara Dunn; and brother Brian A. Fallgren of El Campo, Calif. His upbeat disposition, love for his family, loyalty to friends and his faith in God will be forever etched in our hearts.


I’m available 24/7/365, something cell phones have provided. Like most other owners we have great local people to handle any problems. It’s just a phone call. We all want satisfied return guests and good reviews. Read the property reviews on VRBO, I think you’ll find satisfied guests. With the Internet’s vacation rental sites we can reach people all over the world. Property management companies had that edge in the early ’90s; we had the Oregonian classifieds. The value of rental properties comes from the net revenue the

owner realizes, not the gross rents. That 35 percent rental fee actually hurts our property value. Personally, I put that fee I don’t pay back into my house. I want it to be the best rental visitors have ever stayed in. Possibly some adjustment might be done with the fees and services the rental management companies provide. Things have changed. Find a suite of services that works. We don’t need help finding guests. We all need cleaning and maintenance support. Maybe there is a fit. The people that have defected won’t be back.

The independent vs. managed rental experience Nelson Page, Sunriver When we first purchased a property at Sunriver, we rented the unit through a rental agency. Due to numerous problems with the agent, including failure to collect for renters’ damage, double billing of cleaning fees, failure to properly manage pool keys, etc., we cancelled that agent. Since that time we have rented via our own website. Overall, we have had much more success managing our own rental, have a higher quality renter, less wear and tear,

have had no damage or problems of any kind with our renters, and have a high percentage of returning renters. Concerning rental rates, we average a higher rental rate than the agent ever did as they were anxious to offer two-for-one rates, which we have never had to do to rent our place. The rental agents that are losing customers might consider looking at their own practices as an explanation for lost business and cease trying to blame the homeowner for their problems.

Scene opinion policy To support a free and open exchange of information and ideas, the Sunriver Scene welcomes letters to the editor up to 250 words, and Chorus of One submissions up to 450 words, on topics of relevance to Sunriver. All letters are subject to editing for brevity, grammar, clarity, civility and legal concerns. Opinions expressed are those of the writer and do not necessarily represent the Sunriver Owners Association. Letters to the editor must be signed and include contact information which we may use to verify authorship or clarify questions. Letters will run as space allows. Letters of a personal nature or attacks on individuals will not be published. Letters perceived as advertising for a company, product or a candidate will not be published.

How to submit: Email: Write the letter in the body of the email, or attach it as a Word document. Mail: Typewritten letters can be mailed to Sunriver Scene, P.O. Box 3278, Sunriver, OR 97707. Deadline: The 15th of the month (e.g. March 15 for April issue). We accept one letter per person per month.

From the editor’s desk: Thanks to Jonathan Kahnoski By Brooke Snavely

Alert readers may notice the absence of “In a Nutshell, regional news from Sunriver’s perspective” from this issue. It’s because the volunteer author, Jonathan Kahnoski, has stepped down after 11 years of researching and writing the column. Jonathan took on the assignment before he and his wife Betsy moved to Sunriver. He said it was a way for him to learn about Central Oregon. In a Nutshell is among the original columns from the Scene’s earliest days. It was started by R.P. Hatch, the Scene’s first editor, as a way to inform non-resident owners of events, projects and issues in the greater Central Oregon region that have potential to impact Sunriver. Without coverage by the Nutshell, these owners might not otherwise be informed. Jonathan described Nutshell as a clipping service. “It is recognition that non-resident owners have other lives elsewhere. It’s stuff you

might want to know that will impact your wallet through taxes or fees or your sense of surrounding communities. I honestly believe this was information readers would want to know if given the opportunity.” The column persisted because it had value to readers, and Jonathan enjoyed informing and expanding readers’ awareness of the world around them. Additionally, Jonathan wrote many special features and reports for the Scene about competition Sunriver faces from new resorts, water rates and more than a few letters to the editor in which he championed the cause of improving this community. During the build up to the vote to boost SROA maintenance fees $30 per month to increase the reserve account for repair and replace-

ment of capital items like roads and pathways, Jonathan developed a system of responding to owner questions about the proposal. The vote was successful and the system of replying to owners one-on-one was later adopted during the campaign to approve SHARC, where it also worked. When he wasn’t busy writing for the Scene, Jonathan was serving on the SROA Public Works and Design committees, volunteering with his church, and adopting and caring for senior dogs. Should you encounter Jonathan around Sunriver, please thank him for his significant and sustained contributions to this publication. He contributed another article on page 15 in this month’s issue about the new crucifix at Holy Trinity Church. He’s done a ton for the Scene and Sunriver at large and I am grateful to him. I placed a legacy brick in a SHARC walkway acknowledging him as an “Outstanding Scene volunteer.” If In a Nutshell is to continue, we’ll need another volunteer to step up. The right person has about six hours a month to keep tabs on regional news items and the ability to summarize them. Training is available. Page 39


APRIL 2013

62750 Mt Hood, Bend Light, nature and great open spaces make this stunning custom NW inspired contemporary home the true sanctaury that it is.In Bend with Cascade Mtn. views and Shevlin Park trails out your front door.Versitile Great room design with floor to ceilling glass. $599,000 MLS# 201301020 Deb Lane, Broker (541) 771-8867

11 Antelope, Sunriver Super cute & cozy! Near the Village Mall & SHARC. Completely remodeled in 2006, w/ addition of garage, office area, bdrm, second full bath, furnace, woodstove & appliances. This has been the owner’s second home since 1993 & has never been a rental. $299,900 MLS# 201300896 Marcus & Connie Schwing (541) 593-4954 | (541) 408-0805

25 Tennis Village, Sunriver Own & live in the heart of Sunriver. Sage Springs Spa and all the south-end amenities are close. This 2 bdrm, 2 bath Tennis Village condo has a loft area for a third sleeping space. Wood burning fireplace in living room. A/C. Partially furnished. $219,000 MLS# 201104669 Roger Wayland & Michelle Powell (541) 593-7903

54 Wildflower, Sunriver Wonderful, condo close to the Village Mall. Great Sunriver feel w/wood, log & rock accents. Beautifully remodeled kitchen w/granite and stainless appliances. Two fireplaces, two decks. View of golf course. Fully Furnished. SHARC fee fully paid! $224,550 MLS# 201301409 Elizabeth Baker, Broker (541) 325-3045

7 Pine Needle, Sunriver Nestled in the pines, this perfect Sunriver home meets all the requirements for a vacation or full time living. Vinyl windows & doors, newer hot tub, new skylights, pine doors & trim, wood walls & lava rock fireplace with insert. The Price is Right! $264,000 MLS# 201208408 Amy Campbell, Broker (541) 480-8565 Gloria Smith, Broker (541) 771-7757

1 Awbrey, Sunriver Character and charm abound in this one level home with the perfect great room design that everyone wants. Room for all the fun Sunriver gatherings in the spacious dining area & well planed kitchen. Light, spacious master suite & guest rooms. $340,000 MLS# 201102848 Dee Brennan, Broker, ABR, GRI (541) 593-7000

13 Rager Mtn, Sunriver Extraordinarily clean, easy living Sunriver home. Over 2,000 sq ft of living space w/ lrg master suite & lots of storage space. Home backs to common area for privacy on deck/hot tub. Kitchen, baths, utility rm all have tile countertops.New roof in 2007. $369,000 MLS# 201208352 Bryce Jones & Nola Horton-Jones (541) 420-4018 | (541) 420-3725

22 Aspen, Sunriver Open great room floor plan w/ separate living room, lends itself to a large family gathering. Enjoy this updated home with newer counters, flooring, cabinetry, 2 fireplaces, solarium, one master bedroom on each level w/ jetted tub & dual shower heads. $579,000 MLS# 201200518 Roger Wayland & Michelle Powell (541) 593-7903

25 Tokatee, Sunriver Stunning location on the 9th fairway of the Woodlands GC overlooking a beautiful lake! Plenty of room for a big group with several master suites and large family room! Plenty of room for your toys, too, in the 36 ft attached RV garage, furnished. $699,000 MLS# 201205856 Janet Reynolds, Principal Broker (541) 480-1026

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April 2013 Sunriver Scene  

Monthly newspaper of the Sunriver Owners Association

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