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INSIDE THIS ISSUE SROA Board.................. 4 Calendar ..................... 13 SHARC News ............... 22

Public Safety ............... 27 Classified .................... 37 Letters to the Editor .... 38

SHARC’s aquatics manager explains why pool water is set to different temps based on the type of swim usage

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SROA’s 2017 monthly maintenance fee, Skypark assessment set SROA NEWS – The Sunriver Owners Association’s maintenance fee will be $122.82 per month, or $1,473.84 for the year, in 2017. The SROA Board of Directors approved the rate during its Nov. 19 meeting. The 2017 rate is $4.72 more per month than the 2016 maintenance fee — a 4 percent increase. This is the third consecutive year the board of directors has opted for a maintenance fee increase less than the 6 percent it is authorized to increase without a vote of the owners. The maintenance fee increased 5 percent in 2016, 4.5 percent in 2015 and 2014, 5 percent in 2013 and 6 percent the previous nine years with two exceptions when owners approved larger increases. “It’s important for owners to understand that 2.2 percent of the 4 percent maintenance increase is mandatory as part of the reserve fund contribution policy,” said David Jendro, SROA board director. Even with the increase, SROA’s maintenance fees remain lower than other large-scale HOAs in the region. The highest being Black Butte Ranch at more than $400 a month. Maintenance fees can be paid monthly by mail-in invoice, via credit card through an online payment system, or as an annual lump sum. Contact the SROA Accounting Department at 541593-2411 for more information. The recommended assessment rate will generate the necessary additional revenues to achieve a balanced budget, meet long-range budget projections and satisfy the required increase to the reserve fund contribution. Monthly maintenance fees support: • Accounting: Tracks the association’s annual budget, including accounts payable, receivable, replacements, insurance, reserves, contingency and payroll. • Administration: General manTurn to Fees, page 3 SUNRIVER SCENE SUNRIVER OWNERS ASSN. VOLUME XLIl • NUMBER 12 P.O. BOX 3278 SUNRIVER, OR 97707

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Sunriver Owners Association SROA negotiates member discount for air ambulance By Susan Berger, Scene Staff SROA NEWS – You hope you’ll never need medical air transport, but to know it’s available can provide peace of mind in the event of a catastrophic accident, major injury or illness. This level of service can also be expensive, and some insurance companies won’t pay for helicopter transport. With the cost of a helicopter flight averaging $25,000 many folks wisely opt to purchase medical transport “membership” to cover that cost. As a benefit to its members, the Sunriver Owners Association (SROA) has negotiated with one of the region’s helicopter transport services — AirMedCare Network (AirLink) to offer a discount to SROA members. “Such an offer is an opportunity to broaden the value of property ownership and association membership in Sunriver,” said Hugh Palcic, SROA general manager. AirMedCare Network first ap-

proached SROA about providing a discount to Sunriver owners. Under the urging of the SROA Board of Directors, general manager Hugh Palcic also contacted Life Flight to see if they were also interested in offering a discount. Unfortunately, the membership process was going to be too cumbersome. Owners can still join, but there is no discount at this time. Because each company is independently owned and operated, membership is needed to both AirLink and Life Flight to be fully covered. In the event of an emergency, it’s not an option to request service from the one you are a member with. Whichever helicopter arrives on scene is determined by 911 dispatchers based on who is readily available at that time. AirLink has 240 aircraft locations in 32 states including Oregon, California and Nevada and has a local helicopter

based at St. Charles Medical Center in Bend. Life Flight helicopters service areas of Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana and southeast Alaska with a local base in Redmond. The AirLink discount available to SROA members is $55 for an annual membership (a $10 savings). A discount on three, five and 10-year memberships may also be available. Life Flight’s full-rate membership is $65 for air only or $118 for a Life Flight/Sunriver FireMed ground/ air combo. The Life Flight/Sunriver FireMed ground only transportation service is $58 a year. Membership to either company also covers your spouse, dependent children and elderly or disabled family members living in the same household. SROA membership forms are available Turn to Ambulance, page 3 PRSRT STD. U.S. POSTAGE PAID BEND, OR PERMIT NO. 213


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Application withdrawn for proposed marijuana retail in Sunriver SUNRIVER

SCENE DECEMBER 2016 Volume XLII, No. 12 57455 Abbot Drive P.O. Box 3278 Sunriver, OR 97707

OWNER/PUBLISHER Sunriver Owners Association The SUNRIVER SCENE is the official monthly publication of the Sunriver Owners Association, a not-for-profit Oregon corporation dedicated to providing for the maintenance, protection and enhancement of property values, and the quality of life in Sunriver. The SCENE is mailed to Sunriver property owners anywhere in the U.S. and available at locations throughout Sunriver or through a paid subscription by mail.

Publication of advertising copy or individuals’ opinions in the SCENE does not constitute endorsement by the newspaper, the Sunriver Owners Association or any of its members or board of directors. Each advertiser bears responsibility for claims made on their behalf. Scene content including stories, advertising and images are copyrighted and cannot be re-published without permission. HOW TO REACH US EDITOR Susan Berger 541.585.2937

The Deschutes County application for a recreational marijuana retail use in Sunriver has been formally withdrawn (Land Use Files 247-16-000576-CU/577-SP). In early October, a notice of application arrived in mailboxes of those Sunriver properties within the 250-foot distance of the proposed Sunriver location. The Sunriver Owners Association also received the notification.

At the SROA Board of Directors meeting on Oct. 15, the board approved a motion to allow staff to contact Deschutes County and requested that a hearings officer be assigned to the proposed application. That request was granted on Oct. 18. It was then up to the applicant, Stray Cat LLC, to proceed any further. SROA received notice of the applicant’s withdrawal on Nov. 7. As an unincorporated com-

munity, a retail outlet is allowed in Sunriver within what Deschutes County deems the “Sunriver Commercial District” under conditional use regulations, and permitted pursuant to the applicant meeting conditional use criteria as well as a site plan review. Regulations limit the proximity the location can be to a school, childcare facility, state park, youth activity center and others. Several owners wrote


• Recreation: Operates SHARC, aquatics programs, event spaces, park, North Pool, tennis/pickleball courts, summer camps. • Reserves & Non-Departmental: Major repair and replacement of capital assets with a three- to 30-year lifespan and minimum value of $3,000.

meetings. The fund was established to fund future repairs and maintenance of the tarmac, which is designated as limited commons and available for use by Skypark owners only. The assessment rate, along with future projected assessment increases, will generate the necessary additional revenue for tarmac repair and replacement projects over the next 30 years.

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ager and staff work with SROA Board of Directors and committees to provide services to owners, legal expenses, insurance and human resources, technology services. • Communications: Sunriver Scene newspaper, SROA websites, Sunriver Navigator mobile app, TV channel 3, owner directory, annual ballot packages, Sunriver maps, marketing collateral and printed materials. • Community Development: Architectural review and property compliance services ensuring community appearance and property values, contractor registration. • Natural Resources: Ladder fuels and noxious weed reduction programs, forestry management, environmental/ river restoration and mosquito control. • Fleet Services: Maintains SROA’s fleet of rolling stock (snowplows, graders, Bobcats, service vehicles, etc.). • Public Works: Maintains and plows Sunriver’s 65 miles of roads, 33+ miles of pathways, signage, facilities, pools, parks and common areas.

Skypark assessment increase The SROA Board of Directors has also approved a 4 percent increase to the Skypark Fund assessment. The monthly assessment in 2017 will be $53.12 per month per property, an increase of $2.04 from 2016. The Finance Committee reviewed the Skypark reserve schedule during a series of

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letters to the county with concerns about how close it would be to The Village at Sunriver and the nearby church, both places where families and children regularly congregate. The conditional use regulations and requirements are those of Deschutes County, not Sunriver. Any changes to the Deschutes County code would require submittal of an application for text amendment to the Deschutes County Planning Division and approval by the Deschutes County Board of Commissioners. Editor’s note: As a clarification to the story in the November Scene, Mountain Resort Properties was not involved in any of the processes related to the proposed marijuana retail store. The proposed retail store would have occupied space in the same building as Mountain Resort Properties but in a different, independent suite/office.

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Notice to owners who hire snow removal contractors If you hire a contractor to remove snow from your Sunriver driveway, walkways, decks, roof or patios, please request (and monitor) the following: • All removed snow must remain on your property. • Take special care to make sure your snow is not dumped near or around hydrants. • Snow from your property should not be plowed or blown onto commons, including islands in the cul-de-sacs. • Snow from your property should not be plowed or blown onto neighbors’ driveway or property. • Your snow should not be pushed into the street for other motorists to navigate through or snowplows to contend with.


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Maintenance fund assessments Each year, the Sunriver Own- tion of zoning codes enforced ers Association (SROA) develops through Deschutes County, the and adopts an annual operating Sunriver Owners Association budget for the ensuis the governing body ing year. One of the for Sunriver. It is dimajor components in rected by a nine-memour budget process is ber board of directors. the setting of fees for Day-to-day operations the next fiscal year, of the association are more particularly the managed by our Gensetting of each owner’s eral Manager, Hugh monthly maintenance Pat Hensley Palcic, who in turn fees. Call them regular manages a staff of 45 assessments, or homeowner full-time employees and more dues, or maintenance fund as- than 140 seasonal employees. sessments, yet regardless of the SROA functions a lot like a terminology used, these various municipality and SROA’s staff terms refer to the same thing: performs many of the functions the assessments that SROA and duties similar to those found members pay to operate SROA. in any small-town government. Considering that roughly 60 These functions are carried out cents of every dollar collected – or better put, funded – by asfrom all sources by SROA comes sessments collected into SROA’s from member assessments, the maintenance fund. setting of the maintenance fee for the future year is a very im- What does the maintenance portant task. The SROA Board fund assessment support? just set the annual maintenance Through the following defees for 2017 (see story page 1), partments, SROA provides a which makes the subject topic of wide range of services to our fiscal stability relative to assess- members: ments most appropriate. Administration: General Manager Palcic and his staff work with SROA’s Board of Background Sunriver is a planned com- Directors and committees to munity consisting of 3,300 acres provide services to owners. For and nearly 4,200 homesites, example, SROA’s Administraalong with resort and com- tive office alone welcome on mercial areas. With the excep- average an estimated 8,000

“I am pleased to note that this is the fifth consecutive year that the maintenance assessment increase is 5% or less” –Pat Hensley, SROA Board President walk-in visits, 32,000 telephone calls, and responds to 45,000 emails per year. Costs attributable to this department include legal services, insurance coverage, election expenses, meetings of the board and owners, reserve studies, wage & hour studies, and software licensing. Human Resources and Information Technology services are also provided by this department. Accounting: The Accounting Department tracks the association’s financial transactions, including our annual budget, accounts payable and accounts receivable, the association’s cash and investments, and reserves funding. This department prepares monthly financial statements, processes members’ assessment payments, and provides payroll services. This department also provides documentation and support for SROA’s annual audit. Communications: The Communications Department

November SROA board meeting summary The Sunriver Owners Association (SROA) Board of Directors meeting was held Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016. Board members present: Pat Hensley, David Jendro, Bob Nelson, Richard Wharton, Dwayne Foley, Jim Fister, Mike Gocke, Roger Smith, Jim Adams. Staff present: Hugh Palcic, Susan Berger. Treasurer’s report Year-to-date as of Oct. 31, 2016 (unaudited/estimated) Operations Revenues................ .......................... $8,916,142 Expenses sub-total.................. ............................8,105,586 Operations Surplus................. ...............................810,556 Owners forum From the Friday, Nov. 18 work session. Alex Beatty voiced several concerns, including transparency in governance, tree removal, recycling, people walking dogs on the golf course and low water in the golf ponds. Association operations Administration: Annual Page 4

employee evaluations underway. Held the annual SROA employee health and safety fair/ luncheon at SHARC. Accounting: Worked with auditors and reviewed draft of the Sunriver Service District’s year-end audit. Work on the 2017 budget continues. Communications: Designing and printing numerous projects relating to 2017 programs, including Recreation Plus, Member Preference brochures, discount cards, SROA guest passes and the 2017 owner directory. Community Development: Paint survey is coming to a close with only six properties remaining in the non-compliant category. Contractor registrations for 2017 are starting to roll in. Natural Resources: Completed 2016 ladder fuels reduction inspections on private property. Submitted Firewise application for recertification. Submitted private property SB360 certification documents to the Oregon Department of Forestry. Staff finished flagging private property lines for 2017

ladder fuels projects. IT: New transceivers will increase transmission capabilities at the boat launch gate. New Ethernet connectivity in Benham Hall will facilitate audio connectivity without the need for exposed wires. Trained SHARC staff on new sound equipment. Researching USB charging stations at SHARC. Public Works: Crews continue to prep for winter and winterize facilities. Relocating logs and wood rounds out of common areas to storage areas. The pavilion shelter at Fort Rock Park is almost complete. Three pickleball nets will remain up for the winter on a trial basis. Recreation/SHARC: Staff is planning an owner holiday open house. Purchased an aqua wheelchair to be used for getting semi-mobile patrons in/ out of the pool. Made various repairs throughout SHARC, from door weather stripping to repairing the ADA bench in the locker room. Completed first draft of the revised lifeguard and attendant manual. Human resources will be involved in the final edits and review.

publishes the Sunriver Scene newspaper; maintains various digital media platforms, including several SROA websites and the Sunriver Navigator mobile app; maintains TV channel 3; publishes the annual owner directory, the Sunriver map, and a wide variety of printed materials; and coordinates the association’s annual ballot packages. Community Development: This department provides architectural review and property compliance services to members, ensuring community appearance and property values. In addition to issuing SROA building permits and registering contractors who wish to do business in Sunriver, Community Development also provides support services to the Design Committee and the Sunriver Magistrate. Natural Resources: The Natural Resources Department administers SROA’s ladderfuels-reduction and noxious-

Board actions –Approved Oct. 14, 2016 board work session meeting minutes. –Approved Oct. 15, 2016 regular board meeting minutes. –Approved October 2016 financial statement (estimated/ unaudited). –Approved appointments of Ray Hanson to third term on the Finance Committee; Richard Jenkins as Covenants chair and the resignation of Eric Saukkonen from the Design Committee. –Approved a 4 percent increase for the 2017 monthly maintenance fee. The rate will increase to $122.82, up $4.72 per month. –Approved the 2017 Skypark Fund assessment of $53.12 per month, an increase of 4 percent or $2.04 per property per month. –Approved 2017 SROA fees for services. Most fees will remain the same in 2017. –Approved authorization of a two-year suspension of the Member Preference Card program limiting cards to five deeded owners per property. Due to the fact that many

weed-reduction programs. This department also administers SROA’s forestry management, river-restoration and mosquitocontrol activities. In addition to overseeing natural resources management on SROA common areas, the staff assists individual property owners in complying with the ladder-fuels and noxious-weeds programs. Fleet Services: SROA’s Fleet Services crew maintains SROA’s fleet of rolling stock (snow plows, graders, Bobcats, service vehicles, snow blowers, etc.). Public Works: The Public Works Department maintains and plows Sunriver’s 65 miles of roads and 33+ miles of pathways, along with maintaining signage, lighting, parks, pools, tennis and pickleball courts, SROA-owned buildings, SROA’s boat launch, and common areas. Recreation: Although a significant percentage of the costs of operating SROA’s recreational facilities are covered by user fees, owners’ annual assessments support the cost of administering operations of the Recreation Department. What about reserves funding? The reserves fund is a separate Turn to Assessments, page 5

SROA properties have more than five owners, this will allow any valid fractional owner of a property to have the same benefit and the ability to purchase a Member Preference Card. Suspension of the program will allow data collection to further determine if a permanent policy change is in the best interest of membership as a whole. –Approved maintaining the current 2016 policy specific to owner access and guest admission to the North Pool for 2017. Attendance data of the 2016 season indicates continued owner usage and popularity of the facility. The meeting adjourned at 10:28 a.m. The next SROA board work session will take place at 9 a.m. Friday, Dec. 16, followed by the regular board meeting at 9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 17 in the SROA administration building, 57455 Abbot Drive, between circles 3 and 4, next to the Sunriver Fire Department. Approved minutes of the meeting are posted, as available, on the SROA website at www.


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account within the Maintenance Fund that covers expenditures for major repair and replacement of capital assets with a lifespan of three to thirty years and a minimum value of $3,000. Nearly half of the annual maintenance assessment (including assessments paid by the resort and commercial property owners) goes directly to fund SROA’s capital reserves. This annual reserves fund contribution is mandatory based on the 2009 vote of the owners. In addition, the amount of the reserves fund contribution is required by that 2009 vote to increase by 5% each year. Thus, in 2016, the reserves fund contribution was $2,838,168, representing 46.3 percent of total assessments of $6,132,813. For 2017, the amount of the reserves fund contribution will increase to $2,980,076.

Why do maintenance assessments increase? The short answer: increased reserves funding and increased operating costs. At our Nov. 19 board meeting, SROA’s Board of Directors approved the 2017 maintenance fee for unit owners of $122.82 per month. This represents a 4% increase over 2016’s maintenance fee for individual proper-

SROA’s fees continue to be the lowest in the region Other HOA rates listed are the 2016 amounts

ty owners. I am pleased to note that this is the fifth consecutive year that the maintenance assessment increase is 5% or less. Not only does the reserves fund contribution account for nearly half of the total maintenance fund assessment, but more than half of the maintenance fund increase that is needed just to cover the mandatory increase in the reserves contribution approved by SROA’s members in 2009. Thus, for 2017, the required 5% increase in the reserves fund contribution alone accounts for 2.2% of the overall 4% increase in assessments. In other words, when you remove the mandato-

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ry funding for the reserves from this year’s assessment increase, SROA will be operating all of its departments and services with just a 1.8% increase to last year’s assessments. SROA continues to have – by far – the lowest maintenance fund assessment among community associations in Central Oregon. The community as-

sociation with the next-lowest 2016 assessment had an assessment that was 91% higher than the maintenance fees that SROA owners paid in 2016. In fact, at a 6% annual increase in maintenance fees, it would take more than 10 years for SROA’s maintenance fees to catch up with the 2016 maintenance fee at that other association.

SROA’s mission speaks to maintaining Sunriver as a premier community, focused on protecting and enhancing property values. At the heart of that mission stands a strong financial foundation and a sound maintenance fund that benefits each one of us as members of the association.

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SROA NEWS – Here’s a nice holiday treat for SROA members. During its November board meeting, the Sunriver Owners Association Board of Directors approved the amenities workgroup and staff recommendations of no fee increases for major programs such as Recreation Plus or Member Preference. Almost all the fees for recreational offerings also remain the same as 2016, from SHARC gate admission and venue rental fees to park and RV storage rental rates. Most of the rate changes were minor and were made to keep prices consistent with other similar Sunriver programs.

Two programs, swim team and adult/tot swim lessons, were discontinued due to lack of participation in the past few years. The approved rate changes are as follows: Tennis/pickleball • Tennis racket rental will be $18 for a four pack to be the same as the pickleball paddle rental rate. • Clinic/lesson rates for pickleball increases to $15 for two-

Aquatics • Aqua fitness and/or lap swim rate for the general public is increasing from $10 to $15. • A Saturday-only swim lesson session (over four Saturdays) was added at $40 for members; $45 for the general public. • Semi-private swim lessons can now include up to three people to accommodate larger families. • Group swim lessons will increase to $45 for members;

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$50 for general public. • Owner rental fee of the North Pool for private functions was reduced from $800 to $500. Summer camps • Adventure Camp’s before

Celebrate Sunriver Style at owners’ holiday open house, art walk S ROA N EW S – T h e Sunriver Owners Association Board of Directors invites all Sunriver property owners and their families to the annual holiday open house on Wednesday, Dec. 28 from 5 to 7 p.m. in Benham Hall at SHARC. Mingle with your neighbors and catch up with old friends while enjoying live music, light hors d’oeuvres and a hosted bar of beer, wine and soda. No reservations are required. This year’s event will celebrate Sunriver Style. Central Oregon is an amazing place to live, visit and spend time with family. We all have our reasons why we love owning a home in Sunriver and this is your opportunity to celebrate with other owners. From Sunriver’s beautiful landscape to its fun outdoor activities and amazing artistic community, we want to highTHE REAL ESTATE EXPERT YOUR FRIENDS RECOMMEND!

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light why Sunriver is so special to you. We invite you to share your love of the Sunriver Style lifestyle during an owners art walk at the open house. Are you an artist, writer or crafter? Do you have a favorite picture that highlights Sunriver to share? All owners can submit one piece of work that celebrates Sunriver. This can include a piece of artwork, photograph, craft project or writing sample such as a poem, short story or memory. Written pieces must be less than 150 words and fit on a letter-sized page (8.5 x 11 inches). All submissions must be family friendly and portray some aspect of the Sunriver Style. Submissions will be featured for the evening in the Hosmer living room and hallway leading to Benham Hall. Your piece must be self-standing or bring your own easel for table display. Submissions are due Monday, Dec. 26. Please contact events manager Melanie Saunders at 541585-3144 or melanies@srown for more submission information. Happy holidays, and we look forward to celebrating Sunriver with you.

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Artwork of Bandy, Slater at the Lodge By Billye Turner Sunriver Resort Lodge Betty Gray Gallery joins the festivities of the annual Traditions holiday celebration presenting artists Karen Bandy and Barbara Slater. The exhibit continues through Feb. 24. In the upper gallery, oil painter Barbara Slater exhibits endearing barnyard animals with soulful gazes and playful natures. Her subjects include a cavorting young goat, a bear with tongue protruding perhaps tasting honey just consumed, cows with emotive, kind eyes and a menagerie of other charming creatures. The artist’s devotion to animals began while growing up on her grandfather’s rich farmland in the Eden Valley in Utah where irritated heifers would finally herd her away from their baby calves. Though adoring animals and a gifted, lifetime painter, she began to paint her beloved subjects in earnest only in 2008. Prior to that time, floral imagery was her preferred subject. Excellence in this genre garnered an invitation to participate in the prestigious Richard Schmid Art Auction in Fort Collins, Colorado. Juried into four successive shows from 2008, the 2011 auctioneer elevated her image of back lighted grapes to the live auction. During this period, colorful roosters occasionally appeared in her art. Then, while accompanying friends on a farm visit A Full Service Tree Co.

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in Fossil, Oregon she encountered a day-old colt; childhood memories and the rich experience of the colt’s smell and soft coat compelled her to paint her first horse, “The Youngster.” Thus began the artist’s pursuit of multiple breeds of horses, Herefords in fields, iconographic sheep and an irresistible urge to paint portraits of these animal personalities. Now years and innumerable paintings later, her popular work commands commissions of family pets, prize-winning horses, lovely angora goats and “lots of God’s creatures.” A graduate of Utah State University with an art minor, and now more than 40 years of paintings in oil, her collectors range from California and Utah to Chicago and Colorado and back to Oregon. Yet, Slater notes, her search for the next entertaining subject and her desire to continually stretch her technique and maintain enthusiasm arises from a singular goal – her growth as an artist that continually serves to attract the muse.

Exhibiting in the lower gallery is artist Karen Bandy. She studied drawing, design, painting and sculpture at the University of Oregon and then began her earlier career in Portland in jewelry design. Upon her move to Bend in 1987, the unique beauty of her surroundings nurtured her desire to paint. The High Desert, its vast landscape filled with aromatic sage and juniper, pines and bitterbrush, fostered her exploration of painting in acrylic. However, it was her attraction to the desert’s “animals great and small,” that inspired her subject matter of expressionistic cottontails painted in soft pastel hues and magpies amidst vivid desert flowers — the grace and charm of these creatures expressed through her art. Billye Turner is available for additional information at 503780-2828 or billyeturner@

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Ready to get muddy? The Sunriver Owners Association presents the fifth annual Sunriver March Mudness spring break fun run on March 26. This family-friendly event for all ages includes both competitive and non-competitive runs. Registration opens Jan. 1 at Register by Jan. 31 for following early-bird prices: • $12 for youths ages 4-11 • $20 for non-competitive ages 12 to adult • $30 for competitive adults ages 16 and older • Free for ages 3 and under Between Feb. 1 and March 25 at noon, pricing will be as follows: • $18 for youths ages 4-11 • $28 for non-competitive ages 12 to adult • $35 for competitive adults 16 and older • Free for ages 3 and under A timed, competitive race wave will start the event for those ages 16 & up with a competitive spirit. This particular wave will be limited to 100 participants. Prizes will be awarded to the top 3 adult male & female finishers, along with a finisher dog tag and drink voucher.

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View meteor showers, last supermoon of 2016 By Bob Grossfeld, Observatory Manager December may be cold, but it is worth getting outside to view winter’s constellations. We are planning to be open Dec. 23. If the weather allows, we will try to open on other nights during the holiday season. Watch our website (www. and Facebook page or give us a call for the most updated information. The staff will also be operating Central Oregon’s newest observatory at Worthy Brewery in Bend. Come by and check out the views while enjoying some food and drink. Did you enjoy the meteor shower last month? This month we get one major, and one minor, meteor shower. The Geminids is king of the meteor showers. It is considered by many to be the best shower in the heavens, producing up to 120 multicolored meteors per hour at its peak. It is produced by debris left behind by an asteroid known as 3200 Phaethon, which was discovered in 1982. The shower runs annually Dec. 7-17. It peaks this year on the

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night of Dec. 13 and morning of Dec. 14. Best viewing will be from a dark location after midnight. Meteors will radiate from the constellation Gemini, but can appear anywhere in the sky. The moon will block out many of the fainter meteors this year, but the Geminids are so bright and numerous, that I think it can still be a good show. The Ursids is a minor meteor shower producing only about 5-10 meteors per hour. First discovered in 1790, this shower is produced by dust grains left behind by comet Tuttle, and runs annually Dec. 17-25. It peaks this year on the night of Dec. 21. Between the two December meteor showers is another “supermoon,” the last of the three

supermoons in 2016. The December full moon is known as the “full cold moon” because this is the time of year when the cold winter air settles in and nights become long and dark. November’s supermoon was a bust as clouds and rain moved in. Staff was hoping to show the moon to folks at Sunriver Resort and Worthy Brewery. Let’s hope this month is better. So what’s going on at the observatory this month? In addition to wintertime projects, our full attention is on finishing up projects from 2016 and start on 2017. Winter also gives us time to perform upgrades and try new things. We will be working Turn to Supermoon, page 10

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Fiona, one of two trumpeter swans hatched at the Sunriver Nature Center this summer, was shot and killed by a hunter shortly after being transferred to live at Summer Lake.

Sad ending for Sunriver cygnet By Jennifer Curtis, Nature Center Manager The Sunriver Nature Center received notice from Simon Wray, conservation biologist with the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife (ODFW) that Fiona, Chuck’s and Gracie’s cygnet, was shot by a hunter on Oct. 24 at the Summer Lake Wildlife Refuge (SLWR). She, and her brother Finley, were transferred there in midSeptember as a measure to expand the young swans’ opportunities to find mates and suitable breeding grounds in an area much larger than Lake Aspen. Their transfer was initiated by ODFW and Gary Ivey, representative of the Trumpeter Swan Society. Transfers such as this are common practice. SLWR has received more than 90 trumpeter swans over the past few years with hopes of increasing local trumpeter swan populations. Although trumpeter swans are no longer on the endangered species list, their populations are still monitored. Upon arrival at SLWR, Finley and Fiona were fitted with green, coded neckbands, similar to Chuck’s red band, as part of ongoing conservation efforts. These bands allow ODFW officials to keep track of each bird transferred to this site and others. According to ODFW the shooter has been identified and criminal charges will be sought. We are confident that the Oregon State Turn to Cygnet, page 9

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With a movement for shop small/shop local, don’t forget about potential gifts available at the Sunriver Nature Center & Observatory or the Second Tern Thrift Store. “S is for Sunriver” is just one of many books found at the Sunriver Nature Center store. In it, children will discover that A is for Camp Abbot, Q is for Quaking Aspen and Z is for Zigzag River. And then there is “G is for Galaxy” where H is for Halley, R is for Robot and Z is for Zodiac. Other great gift ideas are animal puppets, science kits, solar rovers, various interesting rocks, an astronomy laboratory, galaxy T-shirts marked “You Are Here,” books such as “Bird Watching Basics for Dummies,” rockets, and a box marked “Owl Puke: Scientifically Gross.” What kid wouldn’t love to find that in their stocking? And then there is the Second Tern Thrift Store. The store is loaded with holiday items from ornaments to Christmas trees, wreaths and tree stands, nutcrackers, a snow globe music box, wrapping paper, a million (give or take) of those small gift bags so you don’t actually have to wrap the gifts, toys for the kids, books for everyone, clothes of all kinds and sizes and maybe even a few of those “ugly Christmas sweaters.” There are skis, ski boots, ski jackets, snowboards, snow saucers. Then visit the tool shed for that hard-to-buy-for man

in your life. There are other types of gifts, too. You could “Adopt-anAnimal” at the nature center, providing food for one of the raptors or even a snake, you could donate towards one of the new bird mews in the name of a loved one, or purchase a family membership to gift your entire family with admission


Gracie’s life. The staff at SNCO is deeply saddened by Fiona’s death. She was special to all of us and was a personal favorite to many of our friends, members and guests. The news brought us great sorrow and concern for the well-being of all swans at SLWR, including Finley. In conjunction with Ivey, Wray, and other officials, the nature center will be considering alternative transfer locations for any future cygnets hatched at Lake Aspen.

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Police and ODFW handling the case will do so thoroughly and thoughtfully. The hunter shot not only Fiona, but also another swan at the site, which was identified as the first wild-born cygnet at SLWR. The second swan suffered a substantial wing injury and is currently under the care of Elise Wolfe, a rehabber in Bend, the same rehabber who saved

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to the Oregon Observatory, the Sunriver Nature Center as well reciprocity with hundreds of museums across the country such as OMSI in Portland and the Children’s Museum in Salem. And you can give of yourself by volunteering your time and talent at the Second Tern. Volunteerism is a gift you give to

yourself while helping others. The Sunriver Nature Center Store is open Thursday-Saturday, 104, 541-593-4394, just off circle 3, and the Second Tern is open Friday and Saturday, 10-3. Call 541-593-3367 or stop by on Spring River Road, ¼ mile west of Harper Bridge.

Collectible postcard collection arrives at the Second Tern Volunteers at the Second Tern Thrift Store are used to seeing a wide variety of donated merchandise, but even veterans were surprised with the recent arrival of a collection of century-old postcards. The 24 cards date from 1903 to 1908 and display artwork styles popular at the early years of the 20th century. Some show the artist’s signature, which increases the value. They are representative of the period from 1898 to 1918 that collectors like to call “the golden age of postcards.” Certainly it was a time when the cards were incredibly popular. In 1905 alone it was estimated that the post offices of the world handled over seven billion of them. In the collection are examples of two historic differences: Prior to 2007 in what collectors call the “undivided back period” or “message face card” era, the message would be writ-


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ten over the illustration on the front of the card. After March l, 2007, the U.S. Post Office ruled that a vertical centerline had to be printed on one side. This ushered in the “divided back period” which meant space was now available for both a short message and the address on the same side. Today collectors have been given a fancy name for their


and often provide “the best chronicle of life at the turn of the 20th century.” “In addition to bargains, we frequently have some wonderful collectible items like these cards on display as well,” said Colly Rosenberg, Second Tern manager. “It is always worth a visit to discover what is new and unusual and just might fill a special need.” The Tern open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday and Saturday. For info, call 541-593-3367.

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Club to learn about SROA’s involvement in public policy SROA board member Bob Nelson will address the Sunriver Men’s Club on Thursday, Dec. 15 at the Crosswater Grille. Sunriver area men and women are welcome to attend. The cost is $20 per person. Nelson has served several terms on the SROA Board of Directors, including being past president. Currently, he serves a public policy liaison role for the board, and thus advises the board regarding various issues of concern to Sunriver owners. Some of these issues may also be of concern to others in the greater Sunriver area. If you happened to be at the SROA Annual Meeting, you saw Nelson give a brief presentation concerning these policy issues and the role of the

SROA board. There are more than a dozen issues on the list, and thus there is not time to cover them all in any depth. We have identified several that we believe have broad interest in the community, including the impacts (inside and outside of SROA proper) of Pine Forest on local sewer and water rates and infrastructure; river access especially near Harper Bridge; Highway 97 improvements, safety and traffic congestion; and Deschutes County transient room tax. We anticipate that this presentation will be both timely and informative. Bring your questions; the Q&A should be lively. And whether you live in Sunriver or not, this talk should be of interest to you.

Doors open at 11:30 a.m. Lunch served at noon, followed by the program at 12:30 p.m. The menu will be a choice of shrimp scampi with long grain rice and grilled asparagus; or bucatini pasta spirals with Bolognese sauce and garlic bread; or Portobello mushroom Napoleon with long grain rice. Dessert will be carrot cake with caramel. Coffee and tea are included. Beer and wine are extra. Sign-up at the Marketplace on Cottonwood Road or email Sunriver.Mensclub@gmail. com. If you send an email, be sure you get a confirmation. If you want an email reminder of upcoming luncheons, send us your email address. Deadline for signing up is Tuesday, Dec. 13, 5 p.m.

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Sunriver area community potluck The next Surniver area potluck will take place at SHARC on Wednesday, Dec. 14 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. This Christmasthemed potluck will feature the mixed ensemble choir from the Community Bible Church at Sunriver. In addition, Marcello’s in Sunriver will be providing participants with homemade desserts. Brewed Awakenings provides freshly brewed decaf coffee and Flowers at Sunriver will adorn each table with a Christmas centerpiece. Participants should bring an entrée or salad to serve 10-12 people, plus your own plates, utensils, cups, etc. The cost is $5 per person or $15 for a family up to six people. A no-host bar offers beer or wine for purchase. To attend, sign up at the SROA office, SHARC, the Marketplace, call 541-593-8149 or simply email to areapotluck@ Be sure to include your decision to bring a salad or entrée.

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to get our winter maintenance done, in addition to upgrades to some of the telescopes. We have started our annual appeal for support of the Oregon Observatory. Fundraising efforts for our new “Stairway to the Stars” expansion is underway. You can help us make a new home for up to six telescopes, and a new exhibit area. This project will help us handle growing crowds and expand our daytime programs. Feel free to contact me for a tour and review of our future plans. We have revised our wish list on our website, and look forward to meeting our fundraising goals. In addition to planning, we are getting our astronomy store stocked for the holiday season and expanding our rocketry store. Is there something you

are looking for? Be sure to check it out, or let us know what you need. As we head in to the end of the year, we have much to be thankful for. The support from our supporters has been fantastic. This past year, the observatory has reached a new level of awareness, as the reviews on Trip Advisor have been fantastic — along with another year of record attendance. I am so proud of my staff for making us so successful. I’m looking forward to 2017 and the opportunity to expand that awareness. The staff and I hope you and your family have a peaceful and happy holiday season. This is the time of year to be thankful for the beauty around us, and here in Sunriver, you just have to look around to see the beauty and say “wow.”


Every child deserves a gift, family meal at Christmas Nashville Unplugged dinner and show coming to SHARC Dec. 10 SHARC is going country during a Dec. 10 special event titled “Nashville Unplugged.” Presented by Coastal Farm and Ranch and 99/7 The Bull, Nashville Unplugged will provide two hours of great entertain while you enjoy a buffet and get a behind the scenes look at the world’s greatest songs by the songwriters who wrote them. Special guests include: Aaron Benward, host/creator/producer: As a songwriter, Benward wrote, produced and sang the theme song for “Project Runway,” had numerous songs in “Nashville,” co-wrote the No. 1 single for David Bisbal called “Me Derrumbo” and recently had the end title for Walt Disney’s film “Monkey Kingdom.” Recently, Benward has written multiple No. 1 hits in Asia for KPOP artists EXO, Taeyeon, Taemin, AOA, Red Velvet and Amuro Namie. Benward created “Nashville Unplugged” seven years ago. Travis Howard, co-host: Howard’s career began with Miranda Lambert on the first season of the USA Network’s “Nashville Star.” The two wrote 10 songs, more than three No. 1 albums and sent Lambert’s star into the stratosphere. Howard has had songs recorded by Dierks Bentley, Emily West, Charlie Worsham, London Thor and has contributed music to dozens of films and television shows. Howard appeared in “Elizabethtown,” the crime drama “Cold Case,” “Almost Outlaws” and other film and television projects. Bobby Pinson, special guest: Pinson is an American country music artist. Signed to RCA Records in 2005, Pinson made his debut that year with his album “Man Like Me.” He has also written several singles for other artists, including four No. 1 hits for Toby Keith and another four for Sugarland. Held in SHARC’s Benham Hall, seating is limited and doors open at 5:30 p.m. For tickets, visit Tickets are $25 for SROA members (use discount code SUNRIVER); $30 for general admission.

There are children in our local community that don’t receive gifts at Christmas. There are parents who would love to provide gifts and a traditional meal for their families at Christmas, but are unable to because they lack the resources. The Sunriver Community Christmas Sharing Program will be distributing food and children’s gifts to deserving families in the Sunriver and surrounding community on Dec. 17. These children and families have now been identified. Each family receives food for a full traditional Christmas dinner (including a ham or turkey and side dishes) as well as age appropriate gifts for the children. This event is made possible by the generosity and participation of individuals,

businesses, and the community at large who contribute their money and volunteer time and effort to put together food boxes, purchase gifts and clothing, assemble it into baskets and deliver them to families. This effort takes the place of the regular monthly Care and Share program for the month of December. Your help is still needed in order to provide food and gifts. • You can still pick up and fill a grocery bag with food. Bags are available at Holy Trinity Church/Sunriver Christian Fellowship, Community Bible Church, The Door, Obsidian Hair Spa, Sunriver Fire Station, Sunriver library, Sunriver Post Office, Salon Sunriver, SROA and through the Sunriver Women’s Club and Sunriver

Men’s Club. Drop off filled bags at the above churches or Sunriver Fire Station through Dec. 9. • Donate cash or checks toward the purchase of gifts and perishable food items. Giving trees are located at Holy Trinity Church/Sunriver Christian Fellowship, Community Bible Church, The Door, Obsidian Hair Spa, and SROA through Friday, Dec. 9. • Schedule a haircut, style, pedicure or manicure. On Friday, Dec. 9, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Obsidian Hair Spa will donate 100 percent of their proceeds, including tips, to the Christmas Sharing Program. Call Dawn or Pennie to schedule an appointment, 541593-1978. Stop by anytime to donate to this benefit.

Remember The Village at Sunriver for your holiday shopping! We have books, fine pens, distinctive dog collars, games, journals and travel gear.

Sunriver Books Author Events

John Bruning • Dec 3 at 5 p.m. Bryan Denson • Dec 10 at 5 p.m.

John Bruning presents Indestructible; One Man’s Rescue that Changed the Course of WWII, soon to be a major motion picture, the non-fiction account of a daring Captain’s war time exploits and his courageous attempt to rescue his family.

Bryan Denson presents The Spy’s Son, a tale of espionage with an Oregon Connection. A True Story about the highest-ranking CIA Officer ever convicted of espionage and the son he trained to spy for Russia.

Light refreshments served • Drawings for prizes • RSVP appreciated Sunriver Books & Music Book Club Book Club Discussions • 6:30 p.m.

Dec. 5, Fiction: All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr Dec. 19, Mystery: The Shadow of Death: The Grantshester Mysteries by Sidney Chambers Free and open to all Light refreshments served.

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Staff, board hit the road to meet with non-resident owners By Susan Berger, Scene Staff SROA NEWS – On the road again… and again… and again. Over the weekend of Nov. 12-13, a small entourage of board members and staff traveled over the mountains with stops in Lake Oswego, Salem and Eugene to conduct “listening sessions” with Sunriver’s non-resident owners. Between the three meetings, more than 110 owners showed up to learn what the Sunriver Owners Association has been up to. Attendees both learned and provided valuable input about projects related to the Infrastructure & Amenities Master Plan (IAMP), ways SROA communicates with them, as well as how the board deals with governance and public policy. There was also discussion about owner enrichment programs and how non-resident owners can better

participate in SROA committees, task forces and positions on the board of directors. Those in attendance were brought up to speed about seven projects on SROA’s radar in the way of amenity improvements or additions — from restroom facilities, recycling and the North Pool to possible entry enhancements on Cottonwood Road as well as a designs for the intersection at Beaver and Abbot drive. One thing was very clear, there is quite a disparity between non-resident and resident owners in how they perceive “their” Sunriver. For instance, while resident owners have pushed for years to have an entry experience on Cottonwood Road, the nonresident members didn’t really see the need for an entry experience or monument of any kind. “Why can’t you just put up a

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Held at SHARC in Pringle Hall. All owners invited. simple green sign like you see on the highway?” asked one attendee. Another thought it would be a “waste of money.” Almost all agreed something needs to be done to improve the Beaver/Abbot intersection — and sooner rather than later. Owners questioned the cost, how the project would be funded and potential participation by community stakeholders. Many owners utilize and appreciate having a recycling center, and were open to moving the site to a larger, adjacent property. At some time most had witnessed overflowing bins or outright abuse (trash dumping) at the center. While all were open to the potential for side-yard recycling pickup, no one was willing to incur an added expense for pickup, or the possibility of expanding their home’s garbage enclosure. When owners were queried about tennis you could

have heard a pin drop. Only a couple owners were regular tennis players, while others mentioned their guests enjoy and utilize SROA’s tennis facilities. Overall, pickleball was a bit more popular with the crowd, but some had concerns over noise and where additional courts might be located. Many were in agreement Sunriver could use additional restrooms throughout the community in conjunction with neighborhood parks. When asked about improvements at Mary McCallum Park many felt it should be left “natural,” although some noted an actual restroom would be preferred over the Porta Potti that is there now. On the topic of the North Pool, all were in favor of leaving it a member only facility. Some asked about adding a hot tub and expanding the lounging areas. A few asked to see a concept of what it could look like with minor improvements. Attendees were also asked to fill out several surveys relating to IAMP topics, SROA communications, governance and public policy. The result of those surveys is being compiled and will be ready for the board at the Dec. 16 board work session.

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Tuesday Friday Saturday

Citizens Patrol ----------------------------------------3:30pm SROA Admin Design Committee --------------------------------10am SROA Admin Second Saturday Artist Reception ---------4pm Artists Gallery Sunriver Nashville Unplugged -----------------------------5:30pm SHARC Tuesday Magistrate --------------------------------------------10am SROA Admin Wednesday Community Potluck-------------------------------6pm SHARC Thursday Finance Committee ------------------------------9am SROA Admin Men’s Club Luncheon ---------------------------11:30am Crosswater Grille SSD Board Meeting -------------------------------3pm Fire Station Friday SROA Board Work Session ----------------------9am SROA Admin Patrick Lamb Concert ---------------------------6:30pm Sunriver Resort Saturday SROA Board Meeting ----------------------------9am SROA Admin Tuesday Design Committee --------------------------------10am SROA Admin Friday SROA offices close at noon for Christmas holiday Monday SROA offices closed for Christmas holiday Wednesday SROA Member Holiday Open House -----5pm SHARC

Finance Mike Gocke, chair

Nominating Margaret Angell, chair

Interested in joining a committee or participating in a future task force or special project? Contact the chair person for a particular committee or to be on a task force/special project contact Becki Sylvester at SROA by calling 541-593-2411.

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Ladies Lunch and Bridge 11:15 a.m. Village Bar & Grill. Sign up at the Marketplace Alcoholics Anonymous 7:30 p.m. Pozzi building at the Sunriver Nature Center

Tuesday Caregivers Support Group 9:30-11:30 a.m. third Tuesday of the month. Crescent room at SHARC Mountain Meadow Quilters 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. second & fourth Tuesday. Crescent room at SHARC Couples Bridge 6 p.m. Crescent room, SHARC Sign up at the Marketplace Info: 541-556-6408

Wednesday Sunriver Rotary 7:30 a.m., Hearth Room at the Sunriver Lodge Mountain Meadow Quilters 10 a.m., third Wednesday. Crescent room at SHARC.

Thursday Sunriver Yoga Club 8:45 a.m. All levels welcome Crescent room, SHARC. $5 sugg. donation. 541-585-5000 Duplicate Bridge 6 p.m., First, second, fourth & fifth Thursday, Crescent room at SHARC. Info: 541-556-6408

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10:15am Sunday Worship 11:30am Coffee Fellowship 6pm Children Youth Group 6pm Wed. HS Youth Group 57175 Theater Drive 541-593-8341 Pastor: Glen Schaumloeffel

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Saxophonist to perform at concert Diane Schuur, Alice Cooper, and Smokey Robinson are just a few of the Grammy winners that have called upon saxophonist Patrick Lamb to add his artistry to their concerts. Now you can enjoy Lamb’s amazing performing with his Jazz Quartet at Sunriver Resort’s Homestead for a holiday concert on Dec 16. One of the youngest members in the Oregon Music Hall of Fame, Lamb’s last three singles were ranked in the Top 5 on the Billboard Charts. When not touring as “saxophonist to the stars,” Lamb entertains sell-out crowds with his own distinguished musical style and craftsmanship. The concert is Friday, Dec. 16 at 6:30 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.). Tickets are $35 per person with tables of two or eight available. Go online at, email tickets@sunriver or call 541-593-9310 to order tickets, or to learn more about becoming a festival member.

By Chris Breault The Sunriver Anglers Club and Central Oregon Flyfishers are pleased to present a twoday seminar on fly fishing area rivers and lakes, Jan. 21-22 at SHARC. Presented by renowned fly fishing expert Kelly Laatsch, the seminar is perfect for the beginner to advanced fly angler. All aspects of fly fishing rivers and lakes will be covered, as well as providing proper terminology, gear, fly patterns, effective strategy, tips and techniques for each type of water and season. With numerous fly patterns to his credit, Laatsch will also provide a brief demonstration of newer fly tying concepts for improved results in almost any freshwater fishing condition. An esteemed fly fishing expert and well-known presenter throughout Canada and the United States, Laatsch has been fly fishing and tying flies for more than 40 years and guiding professionally for over 20 years. Laatsch grew up in Alberta, learning the art of fly fishing on both local rivers and lakes. He, and his wife Karen, own the St. Mary Angler Fly Shop in Cranbrook, British Columbia where they guide the upper Columbia River out of Rossland and the famous cutthroat waters of the East Kootenays on the Elk, St. Mary and Bull rivers. Laatsch has fished most of the major trout streams in western Canada and the U.S. including the San Juan River in New Mexico, the Madison, Bitterroot and Gallatin in Montana, the rivers of the Olympic Peninsula and Utah’s Green and Provo rivers. He is also

experienced in fishing Central Oregon waters including the Fall River, Deschutes (both Upper and Lower), Crooked River and Metolius. His experience with lake fishing is also extensive including our ever popular Crane Prairie Reservoir, Wickiup Reservoir, East and Paulina lakes. Laatsch has significant background fishing the quality lakes of the Kootenays and Kamloops-Kelowna region of B.C, to the high desert lakes of New Mexico, Arizona and Washington State. We are very fortunate to have the opportunity to share Laatsch’s wealth of knowledge

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The callibaetis biot nymph By Phil Fischer This past fly fishing season wrought destruction on my fly boxes. Back in June, I had full boxes of flies lined up in neat tidy rows. I had spent the previous winter prepping for the season by tying patterns that I knew would perform well on our Central Oregon lakes. Last May I had every fly one might need for East Lake, Lava, Hosmer, Crane Prairie and others. But with the season over I am left with wonderful memories, pictures of nice fish caught, and the rubble that is now contained in my fly boxes. Everything comes around again and soon the snow will fly, meaning it must be time to once again reorganize flies and start tying for next season. I inventoried flies and found I need to tie a bunch of chironomids used early season on East Lake, the damsels for June

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on Crane Prairie and Lava, and the ants, beetles and hoppers used mid-summer. But the most glaring hole in my fly boxes was callibaetis. This is the single most important hatch on our lakes all summer. This year I fished callibaetis on Hosmer during a memorable hatch in June and took some nice rainbows on dry flies. And on East Lake, virtually every trip featured callibaetis, from drifting nymphs over the hump to sight casting cruising fish on the west shore, to the fabulous hatches and spinner falls during early July along the east beach down from the resort. Even on Wickiup and Crane Prairie I ran into callibaetis hatches. So, here it is December, and with my boxes in shambles, I better get busy tying. Up first, callibaetis. For this month’s pattern, I have chosen a callibaetis nymph that is effective in advance of the hatch, and often during the hatch when some of the larger fish take nymphs subsurface. It is a very effective fly on East Lake, Hosmer, Lava and others. This pattern features a unique blend of materials to make it fish effectively. I weight it slightly to get the fly Turn to Fly, page 15

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and expertise toward helping to increase our success and enjoyment of fly fishing our local waters. The seminar is open to all and will be held 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at SHARC’s Benham Hall both days (Jan. 21-22). The total cost for the two days is $95, or $85 if you are a member of the Sunriver Anglers Club or Central Oregon Flyfishers Club. Snacks, refreshments and catered lunches are included. For more information or to register, contact Chris Breault at SunriverFlyFishing@gmail. com, or by calling 541-5930355.

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to sink at a nice pace, but not too fast. I use a biot on the abdomen to simulate the segmentation, and tied a rib over the biot wire for color and strength. The thorax features a dubbing blend that has ultraviolet fibers that seem to trigger a trout’s instinct to take this fly. Lastly, the wing case features barbs from a peacock eye feather. This is a natural flashback-like look, without adding flash. Callibaetis mayfly hatches start occurring on local lakes in June and will last through the summer and early fall. Trout key on the nymph stage prior to, and during, the hatch. Fishing techniques for the callibaetis biot nymph pattern varies, from fished beneath an indicator, or wind drifted or stripped in short choppy pulls of your fly line to get the fly to lift and drop as you retrieve the pattern. I will often fish this nymph in tandem with a leech or woolly bugger when I am doing a strip retrieve. The larger fly might attract the fish, but they almost always

take the callibaetis nymph. Fly materials list Hook: Daiichi 1260 size 1416 or similar Thread: Tobacco brown, 70 Denier Tail: Natural lemon flank feathers from a wood duck Abdomen: Natural turkey biot in light olive Rib: Bronze wire, fine Wing Case: Bronze peacock from the eye of a peacock tail feather Thorax: Light olive dubbing (75 percent), UV dubbing tan (25 percent) Legs: Natural lemon flank feathers from a wood duck Tying instructions and steps are in video form on the Sunriver Anglers Facebook page at https://www.facebook. com/SunriverAnglers/ or on YouTube at 0ztZVuYO1-E I welcome your input. I can be reached at Philfischer@sbcglobal.netz

Just when you thought that you would never complete your holiday shopping list, the Artists’ Gallery Sunriver has some advice for you… “Keep calm and jingle on.” You can find special gifts for those very special people at the gallery. Although the gallery is open regularly during the holiday season, the best time to visit is during the Second Saturday artist reception on Dec. 10 from 4 to 6 p.m. The artists will be on hand to answer any questions and share wine, beer, and food. Why not have fun while polishing off your gift shopping list — maybe even a little something from Santa Deni Porter to you? To help shoppers stay in the spirit of the season, the artists are featuring multiple art pieces with the color of red. Painter Bill Hamilton captures the crisp beauty of red cardinals in the snow. If snow isn’t your typical holiday scene, glass artist Marily Badger’s art piece featuring red flip flops may be just the ticket. Gourd artist Susan Harkness-Williams has incorporated beautiful red flowers into the detail

of a gourd vessel. And speaking of flowers, nothing is more seasonal than a painting of beautiful red poinsettias by oil painter Bonnie Junell. Photographer Carolyn Waissman captured a bit of Sunriver’s own holiday traditions — a horse drawn sleigh ride by the river. Painter Deni Porter demonstrates the whimsical nature of the holidays with her painting of a bear driving a red VW bug. Potter Peter Roussel provides a twist on the red theme with a beautifully textured and lidded vessel. For shoppers looking more to the practical, potter Diane Miyauchi displays bowls of various sizes with a rich red interior. And for that most special person on your list, jewelry artist, Karla Proud, provides multiple pieces with red Oregon sunstone gemstones that shine with the light of the season. Artists Gallery Sunriver is located in building 19 in The Village at Sunriver. For more information, call 541-593-4382 or visit www.artists

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Fuel reduction work creates firewood for members

Large quantities of wood generated from ladder fuels reduction is available to permitted owners to pickup on Abbot Drive and East Cascade between circles 4 and 5 and use as firewood.

SROA NEWS – Firewood generated from various ladder fuels projects in Sunriver is available to all SROA members on a first come, first serve basis. Those who wish to collect the wood must have an SROA firewood permit and load tags. The firewood permit is required under Oregon law (Oregon Revised Statute 164.813) in compliance with the transportation of firewood. Each Sunriver property is allowed to receive one permit and corresponding load tags annually for the collection of up to five cords of wood. The permit must be displayed on the vehicle dashboard during loading and transport of firewood. The presence of the permit in the vehicle will assist Sunriver Police to identify nonmembers who may be stealing firewood from

commons. Load tag(s) will also be required and must be attached to each load prior to transport. This system is similar to firewood tags issued by U.S. Forest Service. Each tag to be used must be validated by removing the month and day that the permit holder collects the firewood. The tag must be attached and visible on the back of the load prior to moving the vehicle. The SROA permit/tag system ensures members are compliant with Oregon law, maintains collection equity and reduces non-member firewood theft. Stop by the SROA administration office or SHARC member services with your valid SROA Member Preference card to pick up your annual permit and load tags. If you have any questions, contact SROA at 541-593-1522.

SROA field specialist Don Barnes marks a property line with pink flagging, along with blue to designate a sharp turn.

What tree flagging, paint represents SROA NEWS – With winter snow fast approaching, SROA’s Natural Resources staff is busy completing fieldwork to prepare for 2017 ladder fuel reduction projects. To track locations of certain trees, noxious weeds and property lines, staff uses a range of materials including paint, flagging and wire flags. Please do not remove the flagging. When a project is complete, the flags will be re-

moved by SROA staff. There may be exceptions to these designations. Please call the SROA Natural Resources staff with any questions at 541.593.1522. Green paint • Green paint slash on trunk - tree is designated for future removal on commons. Orange paint • Orange paint slash on trunk Turn to Trees, page 17

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• Dec. 6, 10:30 a.m. Family Fun: Interactive story time with songs, rhymes, crafts suited for ages up to 5. • Dec. 10, 2 p.m. Bells of Sunriver: Enjoy holiday music with Sunriver’s own bell choir. • Dec. 13, 10:30 a.m. Music and Movement: Stories and movement develop skills for ages 3-5 years. • Dec. 13 and 27, 12 p.m. Animal Adventures: Live animals, stories, crafts with High Desert Museum. For a ages 3 and older. • Dec. 17, 2 p.m. Gingerbread Houses: Construct your own edible decoration. All ages. The Sunriver Area Public Library is located in the Sunriver Business Park. For more information, call 541-312-1080

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- tree has been permitted for removal on private property. Blue flagging • Blue flagging tied around a tree trunk – notes an active mountain pine beetle tree identified on private property. • Blue flagging on limb – notes approximate golf course property line. Pink flagging • Pink flagging tied around tree trunks, branches or shrubs marks general property lines. This occurs in areas where ladder fuels reduction will take place on commons. • Pink flagging tied to blue flagging on tree trunks, branches or shrubs – there is a sharp turn in the property line. Yellow flagging • Yellow flagging tied to tree branches – marks noxious weed locations on commons. Orange flagging • Orange flagging is used by SROA Public Works to note a variety of their own projects.


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and gloves, please contact a club member. Thanks to Patty Pitera for organizing this year’s project. Lift up your glasses, your voices, your praises and your spirits this December. Enjoy your holidays with a twinkle in your eye, a smile on your face, and a purpose in your heart. Help lift up others during this season of giving. –Cheers, Stephanie and Corinne, co-presidents Winter gala Dec. 1 is the deadline to make your reservations for “Sleigh Bells in the Snow.” Entertainment includes cocktail hour by Two Thirds Trio and dance music by the Soul Searchers. A variety of silent auction offerings and a gift basket raffle will add to the evening’s excitement. Ann Juttelstad, Sandi Merrigan and a

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you need transportation, please let us know and we’ll be happy to give you a ride. Contact Valerie Wood or Barb Wymetalek. Loose Cannons Support Sunriver Stars as they perform in “Winter Wishes” at SHARC Dec. 2-4. Performances will be 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday. Join the Loose Cannons at the Sunday matinee. Look for a person with a Loose Cannon sign. Tickets are $15. Singles, no need to miss out

on a fun evening of food and music, and perhaps a dance or two, by joining a table of other singles at the winter gala on Dec. 12. The cost is $80. Contact Dottie Meilink if interested. Art fair application open Artists can start to apply for the 2017 Sunriver Art Fair on Dec.1 on www.zapplication. org. The deadline for applications is March 3. Turn to SRWC, page 19

SRWC accepting grant applications The Sunriver Women’s Club (SRWC) is now accepting applications for their 2017 philanthropy grant awards. Successful grant recipients are nonprofit agencies or organizations that serve the south Deschutes County community and focus on meeting the basic needs of food, shelter, health, clothing or education of families, women and children. Last year the SRWC awarded $32,500 to 15 local organizations. Funding from the 2016 grants addressed the basic needs of food, child and after school care, shelter and clothing, education and health. Overall, the funds were distributed across the lifespan. Funding of these grants was made possible by the fundraising efforts of the SRWC and the generous support of those living in the Sunriver and surrounding area. Since 1999, the SRWC’s philanthropy program has awarded more than $500,000 to organizations in south Deschutes County. To qualify, grant applicants must operate under a 501(c)(3), a nonprofit tax-exempt status from the IRS, and show a demonstrated need and impact for the program/project. Applicants Turn to Grant, page 19

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We care If you are aware of members who could use a word of support to lift their spirits, a note of sympathy or congratulations please send the information to our “We Care” coordinator, Sandra, Membership Open to all women in Sunriver and the surrounding communities. Active memberships are $20 and an Associate membership is $35. Applications are available on our website, www.sunriver For more information, contact srwc Fred Meyer Rewards You can help the SRWC earn donations when you shop by linking your Fred Meyer Rewards Card to the SRWC at munityrewards. Search by our name, “Sunriver Women’s Club” or by our nonprofit number #94516. Every time you use your Fred Meyer Rewards Card, you are earning a donation to SRWC. As always, you will still earn your rewards points, fuel points and rebates.

To prevent carbon monoxide poisoning, never leave a vehicle running in an enclosed area, such as a garage. In fact, the Consumer Product Safety Commission warns that a car running in an attached garage is never safe, even with the garage door open. If the forecast looks iffy, wait out the storm if possible. But if you must travel be sure to share your travel plans and route with someone. If you become stranded in an unfamiliar area, do not leave your car. Light flares in front and behind the car and make sure the exhaust pipe is not blocked by snow, mud or other object. Prepare your car for winter Besides checking the weather, it’s important to have a mechanic check the condition of the following vehicle systems before heading out on the road: • Ignition • Brakes • Wiring • Hoses and fan belts • Spark plugs • Air, fuel and emissions filters and PCV valve • Distributor • Battery • Tire wear and air pressure • Antifreeze level and freeze line Know how to avoid a crash If visibility is severely limited due to a whiteout, pull off the road and don’t attempt to drive until conditions improve.

Don’t leave home without these In an emergency situation, in addition to a full tank of gas and fresh antifreeze, National Safety Council recommends having these with you at all times: • Properly inflated spare tire, wheel wrench and tripod jack • Shovel • Jumper cables • Tow and tire chains • Bag of salt or cat litter for tire traction or to melt snow

• Tool kit • Flashlight and extra batteries • Reflective triangles or flares • First aid kit • Windshield cleaner • Ice scraper and snow brush • Matches in a waterproof container • Nonperishable, high-energy foods like unsalted, canned nuts, dried fruits and hard candy • Blankets, mittens, socks and hats

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camp will be filled with celebrations from around the world. Dec. 27-28, Life in the Water: Explore the many creatures that call rivers and seas their home. From the prehistoric buzzsaw shark to our playful river otters, the mysteries of the waters are deep. Discover legends of the sea and learn about mythical creatures. Dec. 29-30, Wacky Winter: Learn about which animals are hibernating, frolicking or migrating and where you can find them. What adaptations do animals have for winter survival? The High Desert Museum is located on Highway 97, minutes north of Sunriver.

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Cloudchaser lift: Mt. Bachelor reveals new map, trail names

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Mt. Bachelor has updated its mountain map for the 201617 winter season, revealing the names of 13 runs served by the new Cloudchaser lift. Slated to open this month, the $6 million lift will access 635 acres of new skiable terrain and transforms Mt. Bachelor into the fifth largest ski area in the United States. With titles such as Jet Stream, Sun Dog, Cirrus, Bluebird and convergence zone, several of Cloudchaser’s new runs follow an atmospheric theme consistent with the lift’s namesake. They pay tribute to the unique weather patterns and

the phenomenon whereby approaching clouds from the west tend to dissipate and disappear altogether as they wrap around the summit and pass to Mt. Bachelor’s east side. “It’s calmer over on the Cloudchaser side and the sun pokes through clouds more often,” said Tom Lomax, Mt. Bachelor’s director of mountain operations. The resort hopes the weather-naming theme will remind guests that conditions are typically more hospitable in the new area. “We expect far fewer weather-related challenges with Cloudchaser compared to what we face on the west side


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• Do not shovel after eating or while smoking • Take it slow and stretch out before you begin • Shovel only fresh, powdery snow; it’s lighter • Push the snow rather than lifting it • If you do lift it, use a small shovel or only partially fill the shovel • Lift with your legs, not your back • Do not work to the point

Winter walking safety • Always wear appropriate footwear. Wear boots or shoes that provide traction. • Talking or texting on a cell phone will distract you from walking in slippery conditions. Avoid this! • Assume that all wet, dark areas on pavements are slippery and icy.

of the mountain.” A handful of other new runs, including Hemlock and White Bark, are named after the predominant tree species that skiers and snowboarders will see • Walk in designated walkways. • Look ahead while walking. Keep your eyes open for potential hazards. • Bend your knees slightly and walk flat-footed with your center of gravity directly over your front leg. • Extend your arms out to your sides to maintain balance. • Carry only what you can. • Keep your hands out of your pockets. • Watch where you are stepping and take your time.

those who desire a taste of mountain local life, it’s an unrestricted pass valid for any 30 consecutive days of skiing or riding. Additional information about lift ticket sales and the resort’s 2016-17 winter trail map, featuring the new Cloudchaser lift, can be found on Mt. Bachelor’s website www.

during their descent. Mt. Bachelor plans to groom two or three top-to-bottom routes in the Cloudchaser zone each night. Each of the groomed trails will be rated “more difficult,” indicated by a blue square icon. Mt. Bachelor is also offering one of the industry’s most unique lift pass products, the Pure30 Pass. Designed for

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Open Swim Dec. 1-15 Monday-Thursday: 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Friday & Saturday 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Sunday 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. • Dec. 16-23 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m. • Dec. 24 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. • Dec. 25-30 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m. • Dec. 31 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

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Preference ID and SROA Guest Pass • 8-10 a.m. daily: Recreation Plus card holders and general public. General admission is $10 for morning lap swimming and cannot be applied to open recreation swim admission fee. • 6-10 a.m. daily (one lane 9-10 a.m. Monday-Thursday) *Note: Lap swim starts at 8 a.m. on Dec. 25 and Jan. 1 • 6:30-7:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday (one lane only) *Note: No afternoon lap swim Dec. 16-Jan. 1

Tubing Hill • Dec. 3 & 4, Saturday & Sunday, 10 a.m-3 p.m. • Dec. 10 & 11, Saturday & Sunday, 10 a.m-3 p.m. • Dec. 17-Jan. 1, daily 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Daily general admission to SHARC includes tubing hill. Tubing only: $10 per person or five run punch pass that can be shared. Special tubes are provided. No personal sleds or tubes allowed. Riders must be at least 4 years old and able to ride alone.

The SHARC and ideal pool temperatures By Darren Squires, SHARC Aquatics & Facilities Manager Have you ever watched something like the Olympics and asked yourself if the water temperature for diving (and the subsequent spa used by the divers), racing, water polo or synchronized swimming is all the same? Are they all different? Why? Green water in Rio aside, I went looking for answers. As the SHARC Aquatics Maintenance Manger the curiosity was killing me, it’s how I am. Turns out there are rules for water temperatures for competitive swimming, Olympic

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swimming and synchronized swimming. The Red Cross and FINA (the international governing body of swimming, diving, water polo, synchro-

nized swimming and open water diving) have set the water temperature for competitive swimming between 77-82 F

and 81 F for synchronized swimming. Warmer water is less dense and therefore causes less friction as swimmers’ bodies move through it. All in all, standard water temperatures ensure that all performances (worldwide) are on a level state of conditions. Pools with water that is too warm can be harmful to competitive types of swimmers. Dehydration, muscle cramps and overheating of the body are just some of the complications athletes can suffer from when the water is too warm. They sweat

Save the date! WEDNESDAY TEEN NIGHT December 21 & 28 • 8 - 10 p.m.

This teen-only event starts with an ice-cream float social followed by water basketball/volleyball, contests, relays, use of the hot tub and other aquatic-themed activities. Open to ages 12-18. Admission is $7 with 2016 Member Preference card; $10 general public. Pre-register for this event.

BLACK LIGHT BLAST 6-8pm SHARC Tubing Hill Friday, December 23 & 30 Saturday, January 14 Saturday, February 4 &18 See ad on page 30

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just like they would exercising outside of a pool. Water chemistry is another factor that comes into play. When the water is too warm, it is very problematic to treat warm water with chemicals. Bacteria, algae and other organisms thrive under warm water conditions, not to mention turning green like in Rio. This is obviously harmful not just for athletes but the general public in a commercial swimming pool. For competitive pools the water should be no higher than 82 F, for recreational pools the recommended maximum is 84 F. One hazard of really cold water is that it shocks the human system. If water is too cold it can have a fatal effect as those with heart problems can go into cardiac arrest. When the pool water is too cold the chemical reactions slow down, too. Chlorine demand slows down, which can create over chlorination issues if the dosage rate is not adjusted. Most hotels, resorts, condos, institutional (hospitals and therapy pools for example) and recreational pools keep pool temperatures at a comfortable 82-85 F. The large pools at

SHARC are kept at 83-84 F. This is warm enough for comfortable swimming and lounging, cool enough for lap swimming and warm enough for small children. To change the temperature daily or hourly would make for constant chemical balancing and not a consistent balance. The spa pool is kept at 102103 F. The reason is a large number of states are making the max temperature 102 F, due to higher temperatures aggravating health conditions. Currently Oregon law is 104. The SHARC is 102-103 F in anticipation of Oregon changing their laws soon, too. The wading pools are kept at 86-88 F, more comfortable for smaller children. There you have it, what started as a burning question while watching TV has now turned into an informative article about swimming pool temperatures. So the next time you are watching the Olympics you will already know what the temperature the pool(s) is, not to mention the SHARC pool temperatures and why they are what they are. In closing, I do not recommend lap swimming in one of the wading pools or spa, you’ll overheat.



S HARCr eceivesm entionin newbook Looking for that perfect “daycation?” Author Kim Cooper Findling recently released the book “Bend, Oregon Daycations: Day Trips for Curious Families.” Visitors, residents (new and old) and anyone else who are curious about the exciting destinations that surround this region can find one-day travel narratives geared for families. Learn what to take, where to go and what not to miss on 19 Oregon day trips within a twohour radius of Bend. The book even includes a mention of SHARC as a “place to play.” The book pro-

explore places such as the Painted Hills, Newberry Crater, Crater Lake, Camp Sherman and more. “Kim’s first-hand knowledge and love of the area combined with her knack for candid reflection and laugh-out-loud storytelling results in a delightfully fresh, engaging, witty and personal guide of wanderlust-inspiring travel destinations,” said Mariah Wilson, local writer and regional expert. “For adventure seekers and families eager to explore the scenic beauty of Central Oregon (and where to vides easy-to-follow itineraries get a beer along the way) this packed with information to travel guide is a must-read

Sunriver Music Festival call for artists The Sunriver Music Festival is calling for local artists to create the official poster to commemorate the 40th season of the festival. Looking ahead toward this monumental year, we are inviting you to join the ranks of the contributing poster artists. Benefits Some 300 posters are seen on storefronts and businesses all over Bend, Sisters, Redmond and Sunriver. A press release published in Cascade A&E, the Bend Bulletin and the Sunriver Scene with your, biography and artwork included. A full page with similar info in the Sunriver Music Festival’s summer program (2,000 are printed). The artwork is featured on the front cover of the above program, the ticket brochure, and note cards. The ticket brochure is mailed to more than 5,500 festival patrons and Central Oregon residents. Notecards

are used by the festival for invitations, thank you notes and are available for purchase at the festival office. A framed poster is given to festival sponsors, which often end up on office walls all over Sunriver and Bend. The festival has the original artwork beautifully framed at Eastlake Framing. It is then auctioned at the annual Festival Faire fundraising dinner and auction the week before the festival begins. Details The poster is 18x24 with poster artist name and poster title under the Sunriver Music Festival logo. The artwork itself should be at least the same size with approximate relative dimensions if larger. You can see some of the previous posters at under Posters & Merchandise. They are much brighter than what you can see on the website. They can also be viewed at

the office in the Village at Sunriver, building 13 at the north end of the village. The chosen artwork is considered a donation to the Sunriver Music Festival; all other submissions will be available for pick-up. Upon submission, please include your name, phone, email, title and value of the artwork. Timeframe Please let us know of your interest. Contact Vicki Udlock at 541-610-9835, vudlock@ or Donna McDon nell at 541-593-7680, dmcd@ Artwork must be submitted by Jan. 10. An artist will be chosen on Feb. 8. We sincerely hope you will consider participating. The benefit of bringing quality music to our community is very valuable. Even more, the benefits to the kids who attend our educational programs in our local schools and participate in the Young Artist Scholarship program are immeasurable.

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REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL Cafe Concession Operator

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Sunriver Owner Association seeks cafe concession operator SROA NEWS – Sunriver Owners Association (SROA), owner and operator of the Sunriver Homeowners Aquatic & Recreation Center (SHARC), is seeking Requests for Proposal for a concessionaire to operate the existing cafe located inside the aquatics and recreation

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and the general public. Since its 2012 opening, SHARC averages more than 250,000 people through its doors each year. The cafe operation is a focal point of the facility for adults and children seeking food and beverage items on-site. The cafe features a 348 square foot kitchen as well as 640 square feet of indoor and

Be a hero, donate blood

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one of our weekly Wednesday meetings (7:35 a.m. at the Sunriver Lodge). To attend a meeting as our guest, please contact president Ray Kuratek via email at Anyone living or working in the south Deschutes County area is eligible for membership. You do not have to live in Sunriver.

SR Rotarians help those in need By Mark Dennett Free poinsettias for seniors This month rotary members will again be delivering flowers to low-income seniors. Each year, Flowers at Sunriver Village provides poinsettias, decorated for Christmas with candy canes, to the club at a reduced cost. This generous donation and a dedicated group of Rotarians bring holiday cheer to the residents and staff of a local senior living community.

ing a donation to your favorite nonprofit. Many are in dire need of donations so they can serve others this holiday season. For example, the La Pine Community Kitchen may have to close in December because they cannot afford their utility bills. Giving to your favorite charity is a great way to share Rotary’s “service above self ” commit- a dictionary. With the help of ment to your community. Rotary Clubs around the world, throughout the years nearly 25 Free dictionaries for children million free dictionaries have Since 1995, the goal of the been given to third graders via A gift that keeps giving Rotary’s Dictionary Project is to this popular nonprofit based Looking for a special gift this ensure that everyone will be able out of Charleston, South Carholiday season? Consider mak- to enjoy the benefits of owning olina. The Sunriver club plans to continue this tradition in January by handing out dictioVIRTUAL REALITY PLAY naries to three south Deschutes Holodeck & VRcade elementary schools: La Pine,

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The Sunriver Resort’s Crosswater and Meadows courses have been selected to host the 50th PGA Professional Championship, June 15-21. This will mark the fourth time that the PGA of America’s showcase event for PGA Professionals will be contested at the Sunriver Resort. The champi-



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onship was previously hosted in 2001, 2007 and 2013. Sunriver Resort, Crosswater and PGA of America will require and recruit more than 700 volunteers to work the event. Volunteer positions will include walking scorers, standard bearers, shuttle cart drivers, media support, caddies, range attendants, and more. Volunteers will receive a commemorative PGA polo and hat, in addition to complimentary lunches and a hosted volunteer party following the tournament. The cost to volunteer is $25. To register, contact Josie Whisnant at golfvolunteers541@gmail. com or by phone at 541-2801874.



Sunriver Service District November meeting summary public safety The Sunriver Service District Managing Board held its regular meeting on Nov. 17, 2016. Board members present: Jim Wilson, Bob Nelson, Greg Keller, Jim Fister and Mark Johnson. SSD staff present: Marc Mills, Art Hatch, Rod Bjorvick, Evan Kennedy, Debbie Baker, Andrea Benedetto.

Board actions –Accepted the 2015/16 SSD annual audit presented by Lealan Miller, representative of Eide Bailly, LLP. –Approved minutes of the Oct. 13 SSD workshop and regular meetings. –Approved SROA monthly invoice in the amount of $13,938.25. –Approved invoice from Public input Eide Bailly in the amount of -None. $5,400. –Approved October 2016 Financial report financials (estimated/unauYear-to-date as of Oct. 31, dited). 2016: – Ap p r ov e d 2 0 1 7 S S D Resources………. 3,440,216 board meeting schedule. Police: Board discussion Wages & Benefits.. .....434,406 –Mark Murray gave an Materials &Services....67,269 overview presentation on Bike Patrol....................42,211 local government budgeting, including standard proceFire: dures for preparing, preWages & Benefits.......560,646 senting and administering a Materials &Services...101,174 budget. Non-departmental......16,538 –Fire Chief Art Hatch for others we could Ask the police chief beissueunsafe the person a citation

for careless bicycle operation under this rule. SROA also may consider regulating the speed on pathways in certain high denA . C u r r e n t l y, sity or high use areas. there is no suggestOther locations that ed speed limit on might be considered our pathways in the are places where a biSunriver Rules & cyclist picks up speed Regulations. I do due to natural terrain not believe I can anlike a downhill grade. swer the “why not” Chief Marc Mills There are a few pathand would have to ways where bicyclists refer to the Sunriver pick up speed coming down a Owner Association. grade, and at the bottom is a As far as the enforcement sharp, decreasing radius corner. on the pathways relating to speed… yes, it would be chal- We can think of one such area lenging. One of the challenges that is responsible for a few would be that traditional radar crashes for young and inexpeunits used for traffic enforce- rienced riders. Safety on our pathways is and ment employ a pulse signal has been a priority for the men that bounces off metal, this and women of the Sunriver system would not work for Police Department. Our goal bicycles, as their cross section and metal density is not suffi- has always been, and will concient to send a return signal to tinue to be, one of equal welfare the radar unit. Another issue for all who use our pathways. could be in pathway signage. If Should you have any ideas the speed limit is to be obeyed on how to help maintain safe and enforced, then the proper speeds on the pathways, please amount and locations of sig- contact us. nage on the pathways would Q. We did not want to call need to be increased, and there are both financial and aesthetic because we did not feel it was important enough to bother you. issues to be considered. I believe we could use an exA. We often get this response isting rule that states: “Cyclists shall ride in a safe manner and when a full-time resident of obey all regulating signs on Sunriver relays an issue to us pathways and roadways.” If well after the incident occurred, a person is riding too fast in and in most cases the next day a manner that is believed to or on Monday following the Q. Why is there not a speed limit on our bike pathways, and would it be difficult to enforce?



gave an update on the proposed fire training facility. A recent estimate for asphalt work for the site was miscalculated. The chief also met with SROA’s Public Works Director Mark Smith, who recommended an engineer to consult on the project and come up with a timeline. –Director Mark Johnson discussed that PERS rates were going to increase in the next couple years and to be prepared for the financial impact it may have on the budget. – Di s c u s s e d c re a t i n g a three-year financial forecast. –Topics for Dec. 14 meeting between the SSD and Deschutes County commissioners includes the training facility, potential closure of Vandevert Road and providing the SSD financial report. –Received report on police and fire performance measures to be completed in

2016 and future measures to take place in 2017. –Received the 2017 2017/18 budget calendar. Dates are tentative awaiting response from Deschutes County. –Report on SROA/SSD chair meeting. SROA had received concerns from owners about the use of old cars for training behind the fire station and the potential for hazardous fluids spilling onto the ground. It was noted by the fire chief that all fluids, the battery, etc. are removed prior to training to prevent hazardous leakage.

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Police: In October, the Sunriver Police Department received 1,105 calls for service, 42 of which were emergencies. Offices investigated 32 cases, 30 suspicious persons or prowlers, 7 lost/found properties, made 183 traffic stops, provided 370 community-policing responses, there were 24 violations of SROA Rules & Regulations and 25 pathway violations. Officers received training in the following: Workplace harassment, biased-based policing and noxolene polChief reports icies and procedures. Fire: Officers participated in In October, there were 31 calls for the Sunriver Fire Tip-A-Cop at Red Robin, Department, which includ- the SROA health fair, Trunk ed 23 EMS calls, 1 fire, 3 Turn to Summary, page 28 medical assists and 4 public service assistance calls. Department outreach activities included hosting three large tour groups of weekend. OCTOBER 2016 about 25-30 kids each. They There are all types of com- also took part in a safe school Bike Patrol: 10 plaints that come in after the alliance, SROA health fair Events: 12 problem has started to fester and the upcoming Christmas Training: 20 — from parking issues to a loud Sharing Program. Admin projects: 78 party next door. Patrol Hours: 70 Sunriver Fire joined other Many say, “I called the busi- Central Oregon fire agencies Other: 13 ness number to the police to apply and be part of a $2 Total: 203 department, but did not leave million grant to pay for new House Checks: 71 a message because I didn’t want radios. If awarded, Sunriver’s Public Assistance: 16 to call 911.” Still, others have share would be $120,000 stated they hang up believing that they had to have an emergency to report something to the Deschutes County 911 call center. I can tell you without hesitation that our officers do not want you to hang up. We want you to report these livability issues to us EVERYTIME. We can’t do much to fix the problem if you call us two days later. We care about your concerns, and want to deal with them before folks become frustrated and angry. Your complaints and community livability issues are important to us, as we do what we can to maintain a high quality of life here in Sunriver. Our officers are friendly and polite, but at the same time, they can quite things down or correct a parking problem with a smile and a handshake. Most times, it’s all about educating our guests. I will leave you with one last thought… the next time you are considering whether to make that phone call to the 911 business number at 541-693-6911. Remember, if it’s bothering you, there


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SUNRIVER POLICE LOG Selected log entries from the Sunriver Police SCMC = St. Charles Medical Center R&Rs = Rules & Regulations RP = Reporting Person GOA = Gone On Arrival UTL = Unable To Locate DUII = Driving Under Influence of Intoxicants SBC = Settled By Contact DOA = Dead On Arrival BAC = Blood Alcohol Content

DCJ = Deschutes County Jail SFST = Standardized Field Sobriety Test DCSO = Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office SFD = Sunriver Fire Department OSP = Oregon State Police MVA = Motor Vehicle Accident DWS = Driving While Suspended BOLO = Be On the Look Out RO = Registered Owner

Volunteer writer Kathie Thatcher puts her humorous spin on the monthly logs provided by the Sunriver Police Department. This is only a sampling of the month’s total call log. 10/1 - Vehicle vs. bull elk encounter on Highway 97 at South Century Drive. Driver was uninjured. Elk wasn’t so lucky and had to be dispatched. 10/3 - RP reported her ex-boyfriend was harassing her by calling and texting after she told him to stop. Officer contacted the ex and explained harassment laws so convincingly that he agreed to stop. RP was also informed of the process of obtaining a protection order. 10/5 - Towing company reported removing a blue Ford van from the Sunriver Fire Department area at their request. 10/7 - RP on Red Cedar reported a suspicious vehicle doing maintenance in the area. Extra patrol requested in case the two males were casing homes in the neighborhood. Truck was described as an older blue and silver long bed Ford with several dents. 10/8 - Single vehicle motorcycle accident at Abbot and Beaver. Both rider and passenger transported to SCMC. 10/8 - RP reported fireworks in the north course area. Area check revealed hunters on the river. 10/8 - Traffic stop on Highway 97 for speeds in excess of 100 mph in the construction zone. Subject was issued a citation and released to parents. 10/11 - Another telephone harassment report. Harasser was advised to stop contact with RP or be arrested. 10/13 - Subject arrested and taken into custody after an attempted theft of beer from a store he had previously been trespassed from. Taken to DCJ. 10/13 - Officer encountered a subject on the side of South Century Drive. While investigating a possible crash, it was determined that the driver was DUII. 10/14 - RP reported losing the controller portion of a wireless dog training system somewhere in the area of Thrush and Cardinal Landing. Dog training brought to an abrupt halt.

SRPD launches Project Lifesaver By Bob Hann What if? What if a member of your household, with a disability that caused wandering, walked off and was missing? The Sunriver Police Department with a Citizens Patrol initial response team would launch a foot search within about 30 minutes of your call. The Deschutes County Sheriff ’s Office Search and Rescue team would be on the scene in 90-120 minutes. Given that the average person can walk about 4 miles

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or Treat in the village and LT Ranger annual dinner. Chief Mills noted that their current police radio system has reached the end of its useful life. New equipment has been purchased and waiting for Deschutes County’s 911 CAD system to come online to implement their new equipment, which is estimated to take place in 12-18 months. The meeting adjourned at 5:07 p.m. The next regular meeting of the Sunriver Ser vice District Managing Board is scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 15, 3 p.m. at the Sunriver Fire Station Training Room, 57475 Abbot Drive in Sunriver. Approved meeting minutes are posted to www.sunriversd. org as available. Management and Consulting for Homeowner & Condominium Associations & Projects 25 Years Management Experience in Central Oregon

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out of the home, and their having no idea how to safely return. Dementia patients will often leave without proper clothing for cold or inclement weather. They are on a mission, to go to the store, their childhood home, or the bus station. Autistic children will go out to explore and are frequently drawn to water. Swimming pools, lakes and rivers, or water features will attract an autistic person, who has no inkling of the danger it poses. Project Lifesaver provides the person with a wristband, very similar to a wristwatch, that contains a radio frequency device. The device can be detected by handheld receivers carried by the search team. The typical detection range is ¼ to ½ mile and the receivers are direction sensitive. As soon as the caregiver Turn to Lifesaver, page 29

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10/15 - RP reported a male subject dressed in all black walking along a bike path, carrying a rifle over his shoulder. When the subject was located, he was found to be engaged in open carry of an umbrella of unknown caliber. 10/16 - Officer responded to a two-vehicle motor vehicle collision at Stellar and Fontana. Investigation revealed the not-at-fault driver had a misdemeanor warrant and was DWS. He had failed to perform the duties of a driver and fled on foot. He was identified but not located. In addition, subject was also on the books for hit and run. Not a good start to his day. 10/22 - RP on Kinglet Drive reported someone had put glue in the locks of his house while he was out of town. 10/22 - Officer removed two large stickers illegally affixed to a stop sign near the Ranch Cabins. 10/28 - Vehicle stop on Beaver Drive for speeding. Driver had a statewide felony warrant out for his arrest. He was taken into custody and lodged at DCJ. Page 28



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or someone notices that the wanderer is missing and calls 911, the search team can be mobilized within 15 minutes with the necessary detection equipment. Batteries in the wrist device have to be changed about every 45 days by a member of Citizens Patrol Each wristband costs $300. The Sunriver Police Department (SRPD) asks that those who can afford the upfront cost to purchase them. The cost of replacement batteries, new wristbands, etc. will be covered by the department. The SRPD will consider financial assistance for those who cannot afford the wristband. It is hoped that some of our community organizations will want to help underwrite the program. If this sounds like a program that would benefit a member of your household, call the Sunriver Police Department at 541-593-1014. A Citizens Patrol member will come out to your home to fully explain the program, and, if you are ready, can install the wristband at that time.

Pursuant to ORS 98.245, the Sunriver Police Department has, in its physical possession, the unclaimed personal property described below. • Bicycles and accessories • Barbecue • IPOD • Raft / oars • Keys • Personal ID/gift cards • Cash • Automotive equipment • Clothing • Cell phone • Jewelry • Wallet/Purse • Sun/prescription glasses If you have ownership interest in any of this unclaimed property, you must file a claim with the Sunriver Police Department within 30 days from date of publication of this notice or lose your interest in the listed property. Satisfactory proof of ownership must be provided. For more information, call 541-593-1014.

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Author events: John Bruning and Bryan Denson By Deon Stonehouse Dec. 3 at 5 p.m. John Bruning presents “Indestructible: One Man’s Rescue That Changed The Course of WWII.” A video component will be included. This thrilling non-fiction has already been optioned by Sony to be a major motion picture. If you liked Laura Hillenbrand’s “Unbroken,” we think you will find this interesting, too. This title was featured in November’s Sunriver Scene. Saturday, Dec. 10 at 5 p.m. Bryan Denson will give a presentation on “The Spy’s Son,” his non-fiction account of a spy with an Oregon connection. In 1997 Jim Nicholson was the highest ranking CIA

officer to be convicted of espionage. Nicholson was incarcerated at Sheridan, a Federal prison on the way to the Oregon coast that had earlier h o u s e d Ja m e s Harper Jr. for selling secrets to Poland and Christopher Boyce who sold secrets to the Russians, so the Oregon prison John Bruning had experience in jailing spies. But Before his world fell apart Jim Nicholson wasn’t done; he Nicholson led an exciting was grooming an assistant on life, a case officer traveling to the outside, his son Nathan. exotic places. He was a rising star, a workaholic who put the CIA first and time with his family second. Fellow agents nicknamed him Batman for his courage, daring, and adventurousness in the field, a nickname he embraced. An acrimonious divorce left him

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a single father with doubts about the cost of having put his career ahead of his family, serious debt, a tendency to spend freely, and feeling the need for supplemental income. He began his economic association with the Russians in Kuala Lumpur in 1994. Nicholson worked as a training officer at “the farm,” the CIA’s clandestine training center, where he would know the names of all those young people sent out into the world with the intention of gaining

the trust of others in order to spy for the US. Those names were valuable; he agreed to provide the identities of the young spies to the Russians. President William Jefferson Clinton decided to clean up the agency and weed out those willing to sell their country’s secrets. He teamed the FBI with the CIA to clean house. Nicholson was caught by their efforts. In 1997 he began his prison term in Oregon where he could be close to his chilTurn to Author, page 31

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Book Club discusses Pulitzer Prize winner, mystery novel By Deon Stonehouse Time flies, December and the holidays are here already, and another year of Book Club concludes with two excellent titles. Held at Sunriver Books & Music, book club meetings are held Monday at 6:30 p.m., and everyone is welcome. Dec. 5 the Fiction Book Club discusses “All the Light We Cannot See” by Anthony Doerr, winner of the Pulitzer Prize. This epic tale of World War II culminating at the battle for Saint-Malo focuses on two unusual characters. Marie Laure is the blind daughter of the keeper of the keys for the Museum of Natural History in Paris. Werner is an exceptionally bright German orphan with a natural talent for science, in particular, radios (a very helpful trait during wartime). Marie Laure’s father constructs a model city of their neighborhood, every storm drain, doorway and tree represented, to help his daughter feel her surroundings and gain independence. Rumors of war become reality with German soldiers taking over France. Marie Laure and her father make a perilous journey, retreating to the home of their uncle in Saint-Malo. Werner and his sister Jutta grow up in an orphanage. Werner’s ability to fix just about everything electronic, and his amazing ability with radios, soon comes

bridge. As a clergyman Sydney is expected to spend his time officiating at weddings and funerals, writing sermons, counseling his congregation, and in general leading a rather blameless life. Unfortunately he keeps getting tangled up in investigating crime. It is handy that his chess playing buddy is a detective. The series is set in the years after WWII. Sydney bore arms in the conflict and has a grasp for what is really important in life. Harshly judging is clearly not in his character. He faces controversy with a tolerant, kind view. Mystery fans will like the intriguing plot lines and interesting charto the attention of the German by circumstances to bravery. acters. Jan Karon fans will also hierarchy, earning him a place Told through their prospective, enjoy the series, as Sydney shares in a prestigious school. Wer- this innovative and thought a gentle nature with Karon’s Faner wants only to learn, to do provoking story of WWII is ther Tim. Partway through the something important with that deeply moving. first book in the series Sydney knowledge, to be more than a Dec. 19 the Mystery Book is given a dog by a lady friend. poor orphan. He is seduced by Club discusses “Sidney Cham- Sydney is pretty sure he does not the rare opportunity of attend- bers and the Shadow of Death: want a dog. The puppy thinks ing the academy. As he tries to The Grantchester Mysteries” by otherwise, and much to the fit in, he finds himself a party to James Runcie. dismay of the housekeeper, has actions beyond his control that Sydney is a Cannon in the soon installed himself as Sydney’s taint his soul. His sister Jutta is Church of England in a small boon companion, thoroughly an early dissenter of the Third town, Grantchester, near Cam- convincing the cleric that a dog Reich. She listens to forbidden radio programs, learns of the atrocities being committed, and is appalled. Werner and Marie Laure’s stories will converge in a way neither could have anticipated. I liked the way the story is told through these two protagonists. Werner is a likeable kid, bright and eager. The way the Nazi regime subsumes his good nature is chilling. Marie Laure is an intrepid girl, forced

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dren. That move allowed him time to groom his son as his assistant. Nathan was a teenager when his Dad went to jail; he grew up, served his country in the infantry where a parachute jumping injury ended that career leaving him with a limp. He went to college in Corvallis, living in a small apartment, and visiting his father. It was time; Jim Nicholson recruited Nathan, involving his son in espionage for the Russians. In 2006 Nathan contacted the Russian Embassy in San Francisco with a message from his father. Turn to Author, page 35


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Sunriver Stars seek actors, crew for winter comedy

The Sunriver Stars will hold open auditions for their winter comedy, “Nana’s Naughty Knickers” by Katherine Disavino at 6 p.m. on Jan. 5 at The Door (located across the street from Three Rivers School and next to the physical therapy office in the Sunriver Business Park). This lighthearted comedy romp features roles for five-six women and three-four men. An award winning international hit, ‘Nana’s Naughty Knickers’ promises to bring down the house in classic, laugh-out-loud style. “The play is something between I Love Lucy and The Golden Girls,” said director Reneé Owens. “It starts out as a cute little romantic comedy

with interesting characters, and then things get really silly. It will be a lot of fun, for both the actors and the audience.” The story stars a bright young law-student, Bridget, who goes to visit her favorite Nana in New York City. Unbeknownst to Bridget, her sweet Nana is selling handmade lingerie to every senior citizen in the five-borough area. Will Bridget be able to handle all the excitement? Will Nana get arrested, or worse,

evicted? The Stars invite you to be a part of this exciting new show. Technical crew, designartists, design ers, costumers, photographers, food and bevbev erage enthusiasts, etc., are all invited to attend auditions. Light refreshments and dessert will be provided. The Door has generously donated the use of their space to the Sunriver Stars Feb. 2426 for the actual performance of “Nana’s Naughty Knickers.” This kind donation helps the

Stars to fulfill their mission as a nonprofit 501(c)(3). The Stars strive to provide family-friendly entertainment for Sunriver and the surrounding areas, all proceeds benefit arts education for area students. For more information please email Renee Owens at reneenicole@ or visit www. A quick addendum: Business owners in the Sunriver area –

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• Holiday Movies, 7 p.m.: Movies playing include “A Christmas Story” on Dec. 22; “Elf” on Dec. 26 and “Warren Miller Classic” on Dec. 29. Bring your family and enjoy some holiday classics on the big screen. What goes better with a movie than some delicious popcorn? Unlimited-popcorn wristbands will be available. Cost: $5 for Resort guests, $10 for general public, $10 unlimited-popcorn wristband.

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LT Rangers close 21st season The LT Rangers closed out their 21st season with their annual awards potluck. As usual, the event was highlighted with numerous “awards” garnered from assorted “road kill.” Everything was fair game for the 40-plus rangers in attendance from a broken watch to bundles of “priceless cash” awarded to deserving rangers.

Three more serious awards were also given: The Golden Butt Award went to Frank & Bonnie Naasz; Rookies of the Year Award went to John & Lynn Holbrook and Gary Newbore was named MVP. Special guests were also honored: Mark Smith, SROA Director of Public Works,

Shawn Cannon, SROA Recreation Director and Chief of Police Mark Mills who was joined by his granddaughter Rilee. The setting at Holy Trinity Church received its usual magnificent decorating job at the hands of Babs McGauhey. And, as always, the food was delicious. It was a fun evening for this bunch of dedicated “trash killers.”

Central Oregon Mastersingers Christmas concert The Central Oregon Mastersingers, under the direction of Clyde Thompson, will start off their 12th season by presenting their annual Christmas concert, “A Rose in December,” at the Tower Theatre on Saturday, Dec. 10 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 11 at 2 p.m. The 47-voice Mastersingers will be joined by special guests, The Dove String Quartet (featuring SROA staffer, Leslie

Knight) and harpist Laura Leighton, as well as six other instrumentalists, in a program of Christmas music from the 17th to the 21st centuries. Gems of the Baroque era to works by leading contemporary composers, and

traditional carols to exciting gospel and African settings will be played. Tickets are $15, $20 or $25 reserved seating through t h e Towe r T h e a t re B ox Office at www.towerthe or 541-317-0700.

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Thus started a series of cloak and dagger meetings in far off places for the young Nicholson, but the ending would be much the same as for his father, an arrest by the FBI. Denson spent many hours with Nathan, months going over documents, to bring to this tale a keen understanding of the life of a spy. It reads like a thriller, albeit this time the crimes are real. This is also the story of a family failing, of the love between a father and son that goes awry, and the cost to all concerned. The writing is engaging and the tale of this father-son duo interesting. It is also a

very real look at the way our spy guys operate. It is a lot of information in a swift paced book by an author who writes so well he was short listed for a Pulitzer Prize. A movie by Paramount Pictures to star Robert De Niro is in the works; this should make a fast paced fabulous picture. More information on all of our author events can be found at Sunriver Books & Music is located in The Village at Sunriver, building 25. Call 541-593-2525 or email or stop by Sunriver Books & Music to sign up to attend this free presentation. There will be drawings for prizes and light refreshments.

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Real Estate News: Destination Sunriver By Bryce Jones A May 12, 1969 article in the Bend Bulletin opened with the following pronouncement: “Last year may have laid the cornerstone on a new era in Central Oregon, but 1969 will be remembered as the year Sunriver left the drawing board and became a reality.” The former Bryce Jones lakebed had become a regular meeting ground for Native Americans. Soon, explorers such as Kit Carson and John Fremont led the wave of trappers and then settlers to this incredible site at the edge of the high desert. Throughout the next century the land laid undeveloped until the U.S. Army decided the meadow

would make an excellent training ground for its World War II troops. The officers’ lodge that was built there from local timber and stone still stands (the Great Hall). But that war ended and so did this meadow’s role in history – or so it seemed. By the mid-1960s, two Portlanders bought the land and the vision for a resort community was developed. The enthusiastic article suggested that the decision to build a luxury resort on the property was the “biggest plum in the area’s progress pie.” It is no wonder there was so much excitement surrounding Sunriver. At the time, Bend was just beginning the first of many waves of new construction, and Sunriver would add to the new-

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although his idea created a small town feeling complete with its own post office, natural wonderland for hiking and biking, skiing, fine dining and of course high desert living, it was the addition of the world class golf courses that made the resort a national destination. Even with so many amenities available, during the late

Oregon has to offer. Inventory levels have remained tight throughout the year and like many communities in Oregon, prices per square foot have steadily increased. Over the last 12 months more than 240 properties have been sold with a median dayson-the-market of just over two months. Prices are well

of Omark Industries, wanted a mix of permanent and parttime residences to compliment the surrounding beauty of this Central Oregon jewel. The proximity to all-season sports made this concept appealing to every income level. Gray is credited with what the Bend Bulletin called “environmental ethic.” His vision of the resort became the template for resorts to follow. By 1993, all of the original lots had been sold and the resort boasted 1,600 full-time residents. And

1980s and through the 1990s, Sunriver had started to lose its luster. Through it all, the community retained its appeal, and recent community-wide updates has given it a new lease on community/resort living. In other words, this queen of the Central Oregon high desert has aged beautifully and because of that still presents a unique opportunity for buyers and sellers. Sunriver remains an affordable option for those looking to take advantage of what Central

off their pre-Great Recession highs but sellers are finding the prices they seek and buyers are finding homes that are well maintained and move-in ready. One of the most exciting features in Sunriver is the availability of a few premium home sites. Many are located central to the community’s numerous features and yet still offer beautiful scenic privacy. With more than 20 different condo and townhouse complexes, Sunriver offers incredible values for full-time or part-time residents and rental/investment properties. These unique offerings are often located in some of the best areas along the Deschutes River, some with golf course frontage, and, as if the scenery wasn’t enough, relatively low association fees. Sunriver is still waiting for you. Sunriver is still THE destination. Bryce is a principal broker with The Jones Group at Sunriver Realty, 541-420-3725.


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Letters from readers Chorus of One:

Maverick’s development

By Stan and Diana Thomas, Sunriver The development of the Maverick’s site has been a topic in the Scene for over a year. Lately it has been flying under the radar, but as briefly noted in the recent Scene, the developer has purchased the property from the Bank of the Cascades. Sunriver was the developer’s last choice; the first choice was Sisters, second choice was the Old Mill area of Bend, and only then Sunriver. Sunriver’s inclusion may have been the availability of an attractive price on a foreclosed property held by the bank.

The initial target occupancy of the 30 units is just the start. The developer has stated that if demand is sufficient, they will be back to ask for additional lot divisions so they can add larger facilities. Homeowners will have no say in the approval of these requests as the zoning, once approved, will allow this use. Some Sunriver residents hold the belief that they or a loved one will have preferred access to the facility. As currently proposed there is no restriction on availability for residents of La Pine and the other communities surrounding Sunriver. Where is the SROA Board? They debate minor issues, but have not publicly even discussed the largest

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potential development in Sunriver since SHARC. This is not just about a three-word change in permissible zoning rules, this development will have a far wider influence on all of Sunriver. One example is our fire department, especially the EMTs. With no medical facilities in Sunriver to serve the likely population in this project, the task of providing the emergency care and the transportation of patients will fall to our fire and police personnel. This also emphasizes the point that the nearest medical facilities are in Bend, and in emergencies, time is of the essence. As an example of good planning, there is a brand new care facility on south Third Street in Bend, and lit-


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erally across the street is a brand new medical facility being constructed. This is where a care home should be located. As homeowners in Deer Park, we have received the developer’s solicitations for the approval of the zoning change. These have been, at best, confusing as there is the omission of a straightforward way to vote “No.” We believe that the lack of response by many owners constitutes their “No” vote. Finally, we entreat the SROA Board to become more active in this project and provide the members of the Sunriver community a much more thorough review of its impact on all of Sunriver.

Keeping Sunriver fire safe Mal Murphy and Jane Boubel, Sunriver We are truly grateful for the commitment of SROA to a healthy and fire resistant forest environment in which we live. We have watched the tree and limb thinning activities throughout Sunriver, and this fall much of the activity was in our neighborhood. We were thrilled with the care the crew from Pat Rick showed for private property and the health of Sunriver common grounds. The crew was thoughtful and kind when impacting the daily activities and movements within the neighborhood. We were most impressed when we had visitors, our 3- and 5-year-old grand nephews, who wanted to watch the “loggers.” As we watched from a distance, one of the crewmembers came

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over and asked if the boys would like to get closer while they prepared and fell a tree. The boys were delighted and their shouts of “timber” were heard multiple times over the next hour. The kindness that was shown clearly impacted our nephews, who told their parents all about their experiences later that day. Additionally, the crew blew chips onto common ground. Each day they would blow the excess chips off the road and pathways to minimize disruption. The remaining bucked up rounds have slowly disappeared into woodpiles and have benefitted the community’s Care and Share firewood program. Thank you Patty Gentiluomo and the Natural Resources staff, thank you Pat Rick employees, thank you Sunriver Owners Association for making a commitment to the health and safety of our home.

Charlie Cusack passes

R.P. Hatch, Former Sunriver Scene Editor As fortune is not always with us, we note the passing of Charles R. Cusack, a man of many talents who juggled so many balls in the air at one Turn to Letters page 39



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time it was virtually impossible to keep up with him. In Sunriver’s early days he was an SROA Board President and not long after vice chair of the Communications Committee. In the process of that job he is the one who gave the Sunriver Scene its name and helped get it started in tabloid form. His name will be found in many areas of Sunriver’s early growth, his talents deeply appreciated.

Penny Bennington June 19, 1946 – Oct. 17, 2016

Gene Bennington, Sunriver Mary “Penny” Wallis Bennington passed away on Monday, Oct. 17 at the age of 70. Penny died peacefully in the arms of her family who love her greatly. Penny was born in Lihue, Kauai, Hawaii to Dr. Sam Wallis and Dora Rice Wallis. She is survived by her husband Gene, son Robert, daughter-in-law Holly, brother Sam and five wonderful grandchildren — Oliver, Grace, Audrey, Abigail and Henry. After elementary school on Kauai, Penny attended the Annie Wright Seminary in Tacoma Washington for high school. Following a year at Washington University in St.

Louis, she returned to Hawaii and attended the University of Hawaii, graduating with a bachelor of science degree in medical technology. She worked in the laboratory at Tripler Army Hospital in Honolulu during which time she met her husband, Gene. Shortly thereafter,

Executive MBA Program. In 1997 Penny and Gene moved to Sunriver and opened Bennington Properties, LLC in 1998. Penny was an active participant in the business community and served as president of the Sunriver Women’s Club, elected board member of the Sunriver Owner’s Association, board member of the Sunriver Service District and board member of the Central Oregon Visitor’s Association. Penny enjoyed painting, reading, camping, hiking and boating. She was known as “Tutu” to her five grandchildren and they were her pride and joy. She is missed. Penny Bennington A celebration of life will be held at Holy Trinity Church they moved to the Big Island of in Sunriver Dec.1 at 12 p.m. Hawaii and Penny set up and A reception follows. In lieu of managed the lab at the newly flowers, donations may be made constructed Lucy Henriques to Partners in Care Hospice. Medical Center in Kamuela, HI. Their son Robert was born in 1978. In 1981 Penny and Response to letter Gene moved to Portland where Don Barnes, Sunriver About the only thing that was Penny worked at Holladay Park correct in Ernst Gemassmer’s Hospital, Providence Hospital Letter to the Editor (November and Kaiser Permanente. She was the infection control coordina- Scene), was the need to thin tor at Kaiser Sunnyside Hospi- trees and remove flammable tal. Later she was the director of shrubs. When I bought my lot in quality assurance for the Kaiser 1986, the first thing I did was Dental Program. In 1995 Penny earned an get a permit to remove half MBA degree at the University the trees and all the lodgepole of Oregon through the Oregon seedlings. When I built my

house in 1991 shake roofs were the norm — but metal, tile and composition were all allowed — I chose tile. About the same time the first formal Ladder Fuels Reduction plan was drafted. And, in 1996, it became mandatory. The plan has been revised to meet or exceed the intent of the Oregon Forestland-Urban Interface Act of 1997 and the Uniform Fire Code. SROA has accredited assessors that inspect properties each year, and about 400 “should” letters are sent to owners with action needed to improve fire safety. Many take action, but a few don’t and end up with a “shall” letter that can lead to a $500 fine each month until corrected. Very few fines are collected, as having the work done costs less. The SROA and resort land by the airport has been thinned twice, and the USFS land away from the river and wetlands has been done in the past few years. The land next to the river comes under the “Wild and Scenic River Act,” and many rules must be followed prior to starting scheduled work there. P.S. The biggest fire hazard in Sunriver is all the woodpiles too close to structures during fire season. Note: Don Barnes is a field specialist for SROA’s Natural Resources Dept.

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 susanb@srowners. org. Write the letter in the body of the email, or attach it as a Word document. Mail typewritten letters to Sunriver Scene, P.O. Box 3278, Sunriver, OR 97707. Deadline: The 12th of the month (e.g. June 12 for July issue). We accept one letter per person per month.

By Susan Berger

From the Editor’s Desk: That which does not kill us makes us stronger I’m proud to announce my official promotion as SROA’s Communications Director, a position that also includes editor of the Sunriver Scene. It’s been a busy few months since former editor Brooke Snavely departed at the end of May. Luckily, we’ve made it through the past few months with no major issues. For those of you who may not know, next year marks my 30th year in the news business. I started in newspapers in 1987 as a photo lab technician for a daily paper in Southern California’s Mojave Desert town of Victorville. Back then, for the most part, newspapers were still all black and white. Everything was developed and printed by hand in a darkroom, and I spent a lot of time “in the dark” for those first few years. But I always carried my camera and would occasionally get lucky and shoot some breaking news the regular staffers couldn’t get to. I slept with a police/fire scanner tucked under my pillow to monitor what was going on 24/7. I persistently shot and submitted to the editor at every opportunity — hoping for the chance to become a full-time shooter. SUNRIVER SCENE •


It was a rough road being a woman in a field dominated by men and a “good ‘ol boy” attitude. I was even fired once by the photo director for shooting a breaking news story. Luckily, the paper’s editor overruled that decision and, if I remember correctly, it was my photo that ended up on the front page that day. A couple of years later the photo director moved on and we lost touch. I was promoted to a full-time news photographer. The era of digital photography was upon us and we were slowly phasing out the darkroom anyway. Through 17 years of hard work and perseverance I worked my way through the ranks. I morphed to become a photographer who could also get the story when a writer wasn’t available. I loved covering anything from breaking news to pet of the week. By the mid-1990s the newsroom was my oyster, backed by a slew of journalism awards in photography and writing. I had free rein to cover anything I wanted. When a position opened to take over the newspaper’s weekly entertainment magazine I got the job. I was editor, writer, photographer, page designer — I did it all. Having lived in Central Oregon during the late ’70s and early ’80s I always dreamed of moving back. My parents still lived in La Pine,

and my mom was always letting me know when the Bend Bulletin had a position open, hoping a job would lure me back to Oregon. In early 2005, mom called to let me know about an opening at the Scene. The position was intriguing so I applied. After an interview over the phone, I was offered the job and I accepted. It was a smart move as the next few years in newspapers was a tipping point of change due to the rapidly growing digital age. Although I do miss the daily buzz of a real newsroom, there’s enough going on in Sunriver to keep me on my toes. As a side note, it was quite by accident that I found my former photo director several years ago after spotting his name attributed to some photography related to 9/11. Through social media I was able to contact him and we exchanged pleasantries on where our careers have taken us. During one of our exchanges he actually apologized for the way he treated me back in the day, and that despite his early attempts to squash my journalistic dreams, noted he was proud to learn about my career accomplishments. I hadn’t really thought much about it. I’ve always embraced change and believe “that which does not kill us makes us stronger.”

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Monthly publication of the Sunriver Owners Association in Sunriver, Oregon.