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Eagle sightings are plentiful in the winter months around Central Oregon. See a variety of raptors during Eagle Watch, held Feb. 22-23

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INSIDE THIS ISSUE Nature Center................ 8 Calendar...................... 13 SROA News.................. 22

Public Safety................ 30 Classified..................... 38 Commentary................ 39

It’s time for SROA members to throw their hat in the ring and run for a seat on the SROA board. Applications are due by April 11

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Board reviews boat ramp plan By Brooke Snavely Installing an owners boat ramp, restroom and parking facilities along the Deschutes River will cost approximately $333,000 and there appears to be funds available through SROA’s reserve account to cover the construction costs. That could mean no additional out-ofpocket costs to owners. The phase one proposal calls for a gravel beach to accommodate hand launching of canoes, kayaks and rafts; a paved boat ramp for launching trailered boats, paved parking, a restroom and a gate to limit access to owners, guests and renters of properties that participate in amenity access programs. Additional amenities consisting of a dock, boat storage, picnic area, dog parks, pickleball courts and trails connecting to the existing pathway system are proposed in phase two and estimated to cost an additional $120,000. A consultant recommends that SROA apply for land use approvals for both phases, but initially develop only phase one in order to keep costs down and to study demand levels and use patterns before proceeding to full development. Issues the SROA Board of Directors needs to resolve before accepting the proposal include: • Will access to the boat ramp be limited to owners and guests? The recommendation from the In-

frastructure and Amenities Master Plan Task Force (IAMP) is to limit access to the facility to members of the association and their guests. Guests are defined as those individuals in the company of a member, or those renting a property from a member that has obtained recreation facility access through SROA via the Independent Rental Access Program. The reasoning behind the recommendation to limit access to members and guests is twofold. Limited access provides a benefit to members who have a financial interest in the facility and avoid possible overcrowding that could occur if the facility were open to the public. • Is a vote of the owners required? Yes. The Consolidated Plan of Sunriver requires a vote of the members, with a 60 percent approval among the ballots cast, in order to construct facilities with a useful life of more than 30 years with funds from the reserve account. • When will the vote be held? Probably in August during SROA’s annual election, the same time as new board members are elected. The board considered holding a special election this spring, but as project timelines were firmed up it became apparent there is little need to hold a separate, special election. Elections cost between $5,000 Turn to Ramp, page 4

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Last year’s Dummy Downhill entry by the Sunriver Country Store flies off the jump ramp. Dummy Downhill has been expanded to include other winter-themed events and is now called Sunriver Chill Out.

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Medicine in Illinois, and an internship at Eastmoreland General Hospital in Portland to become Board Certified in Family Medicine in 1983. That year he began his High Desert Family Medicine practice in the Sunriver Business Park and in La Pine before moving to his current location on Beaver Drive in 1989. “Ashton Eaton was a patient of mine when he lived in La Pine,” Skotte said. “A great youngster! I never imagined he would become an Olympic and world decathlon champion.” For emergencies after hours at that

to the delight of spectators. This year four events have been added to create two days of winter activities called the Sunriver Chill Out that will take place Feb. 7 and 8. The Sunriver Chill Out begins with a Glow Ice Skate Party, Friday, Feb. 7, 7 p.m. at The Village at Sunriver ice skating rink. Participants will receive flashing, glowing novelty items to wear while skating, accompanied by music provided by a live DJ. A face painting station will create art on peoples’ faces with neon paint and there will be contests, prizes and giveaways. Cost is $12 for adults, $8 for children ages 5-12 and free under age 4. Skate rentals are included. The second annual Dummy Downhill takes place Saturday, Feb. 8, 10 a.m. on Peck’s Peak (the tubing hill) at SHARC. Participants in this free event

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Last year’s Dummy Downhill was a fun event that left participants and spectators wanting more. Elaborately constructed and decorated ski dummies jumped and a few crashed, much

‘Doc’ Skotte observes 30 years of medical service in Sunriver By Lynne Schaefer Locals know him as “Doc” Skotte (pronounced scott-ee). The U.S. Air Force addresses him as Col. Daniel M. Skotte. He is one man leading two lives. Sunriver’s family country doctor, Skotte is entering his 31st year providing medical services for the area’s residents and visitors. A flight surgeon, Skotte is deploying this month to Kuwait for the third time in 12 years. Growing up in Jackson, Minn. as the eldest of three boys and three girls, Skotte trapped gophers and turned them in at the courthouse for a bounty. When he accumulated $5, he paid for SUNRIVER SCENE SUNRIVER OWNERS ASSN. VOLUME XL • NUMBER 2 P.O. BOX 3278 SUNRIVER, OR 97707

his first plane ride in an army Piper scout. His fascination with aviation led to admission to the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado and an International Business Relations degree in 1972. He was assigned to the Space & Missile System Organization, and later to TRW, the world’s largest satellite manufacturer. Planning ahead, Skotte used his veteran benefits to pursue a medical degree to use in either the Air Force or as a civilian. He completed pre-med at UCLA, USC and El Camino College in Southern California, followed by four years at the Chicago College of Osteopathic



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Resort offers five ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day By Kelsey Redington 1. Chocolate is the traditional go-to gift on Valentine’s Day, and for good reason. Put a twist on it this year with a coffee spa day at Sage Springs Spa. Coffee is a unique way to energize the body and soul and a hot trend in body care. There are four coffee flavored treatments available including a Bodycoffee Massage and Mint Scalp Treatment, Warm Oil Massage and Coffee Scrub, Facial and Invigorating Scalp Treatment and a Pure Bliss Pedicure that features exfoliating coffee granules. 2. The Run for Chocolate taking place Feb. 15 at the resort is a great opportunity to do something special together. This 5k run and walk is perfect for beginning runners and dedicated athletes alike. The run is followed by a free showcase of chocolate in the Sunriver Lodge featuring samples and beer, wine and cocktail pairing all with a chocolate theme. 3. All of February is the annual Month of Chocolate at Sunriver Resort, now in its fourth year. Give the gift of travel with the For Love and

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will construct a dummy that will travel down a snowy run and over a ski jump. Check-in for entries is 9:30 to 10 a.m., the morning of the event. Contact Emily Savko at 541585-3145 to register and for dummy building specifications. Three Rivers School PTA will offer hot chocolate and snacks for sale as a fundraiser. Spectators will vote for the “Peoples’ Choice” and prizes will be awarded for distance and best crash. The Sunriver Brewing Company K-9 Keg Pull at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8 in The Village at Sunriver is a new event aimed at dogs and dog lovers. Dog owners can enter their canine pals to pull appropriate size beer kegs down a 150-foot snow-covered runway. Participants will be timed and prizes awarded in each weight division. There is a $10 entry fee. Proceeds will benefit the Humane Society of Central Oregon. Spectators are encouraged to bring donations of dog food, and to enter to win a “Man’s Best Friend” prize A Full Service Tree Co.

Chocolate lodging package. This literally edible package for two includes lodging, a chocolate gift and a chocolate dinner for two at the Meadows Restaurant. 4. If you and your Valentine crave some adventure, try a cave tour for two through Sunriver Resort and Wanderlust Tours. This geological expedition through dark caves is an excellent time to bundle up close with your loved one. A qualified guide will help explorers discover hid-

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den underground caverns formed by lava flows when volcanoes started heating things up. 5. If you and your Valentine are outdoors enthusiasts then head outside to create unforgettable memories on showshoes. Snowshoeing through peaks, valleys and lakes all around Sunriver is fun couples activity. Bonus points when you pack a romantic picnic lunch and bottle of local wine. For more information, visit

basket. There will be entertainment and vendors. Register at or email Registration limited to 60 canines. Those who are jealous of the dogs having all the fun will get their chance at the Mushers Madness human dog sledding event, Saturday, Feb. 8, 2:30 p.m. at Sunriver Resort’s Besson Commons. In this event, teams of two, three and five racers will compete in headto-head sprints over a 100-foot track. Winning teams in each category will receive prizes including a stay at Sunriver Resort, a Sage Springs Spa gift certificate and a Run for Chocolate package. Spectators can cheer on the human dog sled teams while enjoying tastes of Chocolate Stout Beer and s’mores roasted over open-air fire pits. Kid-friendly events include a chocolate marshmallow shooting range and Hershey Kiss Hunt. Register online at www.sunriver-resort.ticketbud. com/mushersmadness, $25 per team. Registration closes Feb. 5 at 5 p.m. Sunriver Chill Out festivities conclude with “Glowshoe

Trek” snowshoe tour at the Sunriver Nature Center and Oregon Observatory beginning at 7 p.m. Join a Sunriver Nature Center Naturalist for a 45-minute glow stick illuminated snowshoe trek on the Sam Osgood Nature Trail. Afterward take in some nightsky stargazing with the Oregon Observatory (weather permitting), and then warm up with a campfire and live entertainment in the nature center’s amphitheater. Cost is $12 for adults, $8 children ages 2-12. SNCO member costs are $10 adult, $6 children. Participants can bring their own showshoes or use provided ones. Call 541593-4394 to register. Additional information is available at: www.sunriver html or call 541-585-5000.

The Bells of Sunriver will entertain at the Feb. 12 Sunriver area potluck. There will be numbers performed by all 18 ringers as well as quintet, quartet, duet and solo pieces. The Bells will perform various handbell techniques including mallets, echoes, bell tree, and singing bells. Tunes range from “Beethoven’s Ode to Joy” to “Siyahamba,” based on a traditional Zulu song. The Bells of Sunriver is an ecumenical group of handbell ringers created by Sunriver Christian Fellowship out of its music ministry. They are very active, presenting programs at schools, retirement homes, and community events as well as providing music for the SCF congregation. In keeping with its mission, the Bells believe music is a gift from God. “We love to share this gift of bell music with our community,” said Joyce Hornish, one of the Bells’ directors. All residents from Sunriver, Crosswater, Caldera Springs, and surrounding neighborhoods are invited. The potluck begins at 6:30 p.m. at SHARC. Wine, beer and mixed drinks can be purchased during the social time beginning at 6 p.m. Sign up at the SROA office, SHARC, Marketplace, or at areapotluck@gmail. com to bring an entrée or salad to serve 10 to 12 people. Remember to bring your own place settings. Coffee and water will be furnished, but SHARC does not supply coffee cups or water glasses, so bring your own. Due to insurance issues, do not bring alcohol. The cost is $5 per person ($15 for families of three or more people). Late cancellations will be taken by calling Bob Burroughs at 541 593-6692 or by email at If you are interested in joining the Potluck Committee, talk to the committee member seated at your table, one of the greeters or other committee members you meet at the potluck.

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and $7,000 to hold. Combining the issue on the annual ballot makes fiscal sense and helps eliminate confusion. • Should the boat ramp development occur comprehensively or in phases? The IAMP Task Force and the consultant recommend SROA submit the entire project for approval of the various agencies with a say in the matter (USFS, Army Corps of Engineers, Oregon Department of State Lands, Oregon Parks & Recreation, Deschutes County) but they recommend a phased development. This is consistent with feedback obtained from members during forums and in a survey. The goal is to install the essentials of the project then study real time usage data before moving forward with the second phase. Timelines February: SROA board decides whether to accept the boat ramp development plan. Project applications are submitted to land use agencies for approval. April: Notices of a neighborhood meeting are sent to owners whose properties are near the project. Meeting date, time and location will be announced. The SROA board decides when to hold an election on the boat ramp proposal and notifies SROA Election Committee. May: The neighborhood meeting is held to provide owners opportunities to review and comment on the boat ramp project plan before it is submitted to the SROA Design Committee. June: Project submitted to

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time, patients used a red phone outside the building to call the paging company that notified Skotte. He either rode his bicycle or skied from his home on Otter Lane. For emergencies that involved children, he bundled one or more of his three young children into the car and drove to the office. “The sight of other children lessened their fear of me as a doctor,” he said. “We do just about everything here except obstetrics: Lacerations and simple fractures from bicycle, skiing and skateboarding accidents, especially during tourist season. If it weren’t for the summer tourists, I wouldn’t be able to continue my practice in Sunriver.” He also tends to gunshot wounds from hunting accidents, on-the-job injuries under workers’ compensation, physicals for commercial driver’s licenses and flight physicals for commercial and general aviation pilots. The office is equipped for chest, spine and limb X-rays and EKGs, and same-day lab tests and results. He encourages walk-ins for pro-time tests. He is qualified to perform the Epley maneuver (for vertigo) and Advanced Trauma and Cardio Life Supports. An on-site dispensing pharmacy provides interim medication (no narcotics) for acute conditions. Skotte was the first Doctor of Osteopathy on staff at St. Charles Hospital in Bend; a past president of the Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons of Oregon; a Deschutes County Medical Examiner, and a former flight surgeon for Gov. Kitzhaber. he gt

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He is an adjunct faculty member of Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU), Western University, the first new medical school in Oregon in more than 100 years, and the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific in Spokane, Wash. He trains medical students at his Sunriver office. The past three summers, the medical student was a young woman from Ukraine. “It’s important to teach children good work ethics. Each of my three began working at age 5 cleaning the office. They progressed to the front office during summer vacations.” Daughter Sarah, 25, earned her Bachelor of Science in nursing at OHSU and is a Salem Hospital intensive care nurse. Dan Jr., 30, chose construction management engineering and is an Oregon State University (OSU) graduate employed at Andersen Construction, and Joel, 19, is on a football scholarship at OSU with a preveterinary medicine major. The Skotte family’s fondness for football began with their patriarch who played for Augsburg College and coached high school football in Minnesota. Skotte played in the

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1971 Sugar Bowl as a member of the Air Force Academy team. He volunteered as football and basketball coach and team physician for Gilchrist and La Pine high schools and football travel team physician when Dan Jr. and Joel played at Mt. View High School in Bend. Sarah played basketball and soccer. “I never missed a game – at home or away,” said Skotte. “It was important to me to be there when they stepped off the bus and again when they left the stadium.” When Sunriver’s fire department was all volunteer, Skotte advanced to engineer on Engine 221. Continuing to help others, he volunteers for Angel Flight. Currently, he is a partner and managing director of Cascade Aero and ASEAN Services, subsidiaries of Asia Rim, and on the board of directors of Voltavolare, the world’s most efficient highperformance aircraft. As a U.S. Air Force Academy liaison officer, he interviews and recommends candidates for the academy. In 1995, the Air National Guard assigned him flight surgeon to the 173rd Fighter Wing at Kingsley Field in Klamath Falls. They deployed to Poland as the first military to train with Poland since World

War II, and to Canada with the Maple Flag. In 2002, he was assigned to the 124th Wing as Medical Group Commander in Boise, promoted to colonel, and deployed to Kuwait as flight surgeon. Operation Iraqi Freedom in Kuwait with the 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing followed in 2003. Four years later, he deployed to Iraq again as flight surgeon and flightline clinic commander. After Skotte returned from Iraq, a third party turned him in to the Oregon Board of Medicine for “overlooking lab results.” His medical license was suspended for a year. An appeal would take six months. “I felt it better to just go along with the corrective action,” Skotte said. “An anonymous benefactor, who didn’t want the community to be without a physician, paid all overhead and salary for fill-in Dr. Ayers. All patients were seen for free that year. The community support was phenomenal. Only eight patients out of 3,500 requested transfer of their records. The National Guard supplied my only income without assigning me medical duties.” “I’m physician to the best patients and some of the most interesting people in the world,” Skotte said. Sunriver’s first postmistress was a patient along with several inventors – of toys, McDonald’s French fries, Carnation

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Instant Breakfast, the founder of ENTEK, and “the genius engineer who discovered the physics that allow building structures over 10 stories in earthquake zones.” The list also includes the founder of the second largest grocery chain in California and the largest seed and grain farmer in California; soap opera writer for “Days of Our Lives;” PGA golfers, pro football players, college football coaches and sportscaster Hannah Storm; an astronaut; an 86-year-old Master’s decathlon record holder, and a hunting grandma who shot a bull elk when she was 87. Other notable patients include a former sailor who toured Nagasaki two weeks after the bombing while his ship waited to pick up POWS from the Bataan Death March and two members of the P-38 squadron that shot down Adm. Yamamoto who planned Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor. “I was impressed with the WWII veterans’ humble attitudes,” Skotte said. “They are the Greatest Generation.” In 2009, he was assigned to the 144th Fighter Wing as Chief of Aerospace Medicine and in 2012 to the 146th Wing as Medical Group Commander. He maintains qualifications as a crew member in both C-130 and F-15 aircrafts. The annual Air Force fitness test includes a waist measure-

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Fly fishing how-to books wanted

The Sunriver Anglers would like to obtain books on fly fishing, fly tying, and fishing in general for donation to the Sunriver Public Library. The library currently has only one book on fishing in Oregon and no books on fly fishing. Individuals who have books on these subjects and would like to donate them are asked to bring them to the Feb. 20 anglers meeting at SHARC. Purchases of books from Amazon (for example) can be sent to the club’s P.O. Box 4273, Sunriver, OR 97707.

Alzheimer’s Association Oregon Chapter offers Sunriver class The Alzheimer’s Association Oregon Chapter will be holding a class, “Conversations about Dementia,” from 1 to 2:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 26, in Sunriver at SHARC, 57250 Overlook Road. This class is designed to help individuals talk with their family about some challenging and often uncomfortable topics regarding Alzheimer’s and dementia. Some of the most difficult conversations to have are about going to the doctor to get a diagnosis or medical care, deciding when it is necessary to stop driving, and making plans for managing finances and legal documents to be sure the person’s wishes are carried out and the costs of future care are covered. You might try to wait until the time is “right” to have these conversations, but in reality, that time rarely comes. The sooner these discussions can take place, the better, so you can include the person about whom you have concerns and avoid unexpected situations in the future. Join us and learn some tips for breaking the ice and setting the stage for meaningful and productive conversations about dementia. This class is free, but registration is required. To register, call 800-272-3900 or visit Caregiver support group A caregivers support group has been formed for caregivers in the Sunriver area. Anyone serving as a caregiver is welcome to attend. Some members are dealing with a loved one with dementia or traumatic brain injury. Others are dealing with medical problems that require constant care. Some are dealing with aging parents and others have a loved one in a care community. Anyone interested in participating in this group can call Maryann Phillips at 541-593-8489. Meeting dates and times will vary. Sunriver Books & Music Presents:

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“A Better Path: Stewardship of the Metolius River” is the subject of the Sunriver Anglers Club Feb. 20 meeting. A short film from Trout Unlimited and a presentation by U.S. Forest Service fishery biologist Nate Dachtler are on tap. For the past two years, Trout Unlimited and Deschutes National Forest staff have been working to improve fish and wildlife habitat on the Metolius River. The spring-fed river near Sisters is well known for both its scenic beauty and flyfishing opportunities. In addition to redband trout, the river holds threatened bull trout and, for the first time in 50 years, Chinook and sockeye salmon have returned to spawn. Unfortunately, the river’s popularity has resulted in vegetation and bank damage that has caused siltation and harmed habitat

for resident fish populations. As people move along the river’s edge, soils are eroded and fine sediment enters the river, smothering insect habitat and spawning gravels. The Trout Unlimited program will show how an involved public, working with concerned government agencies like the forest service, can reduce the impacts of heavy recreational use and restore fish habitat so that current and future generations will continue to enjoy the beauty and peace of this special place. In addition to club members, guests (men and women) are

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neighbors have reached their goal is the caring atmosphere and flexibility of the program. Try it, you’ll like it,” said member Linda Saukkonen. Nancy Farnham said, “It’s a win, win when I donate my bigger clothes to Second Tern Thrift Store.” Diana Swenson said, “the program itself is so easy and it works. The group is very supportive. They pick you up if you backslide and applaud you when you succeed.” Linda Salzer said that “right here in Sunriver when I run Turn to Weight, page 13

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ment, a timed 1.5-mile run, and sit ups and pushups per minute for each age group. “I max out at 60 sit ups and pushups each per 60 seconds, the maximum score for all ages,” he said. “When a 22-year-old tells me he can’t pass, I tell him, ‘Look, I’m 30 years older than you and I can do it.’ He ends up passing. It’s important to lead by example.” Skotte works out in a gym five times a week. His trim physique and 35-inch waist belie his 64 years. As an instrument-rated private pilot, he relaxes flying his Bonanza. “And I’m a political junkie,” he said having campaigned as a Republican candidate for the 2nd Congressional District in the 1994 primary. Displayed in the High Desert Family Medicine office are an autographed photo of the Blue Angels over Seattle, the mounted barrel of a Gatling gun from an A-10 aircraft and a U.S. flag that had been on an A-10 combat mission; the latter were presented to Skotte from the 124th Fighter Wing for his eight years commanding the medical group. “That flag will not be taken down,” Doc the Colonel said, “until all of our people are out [of the Middle East].”

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Three Rivers School update subject of Men’s Club On Thursday, Feb. 20, Gayle Vidal, principal of Three Rivers School, will address the Sunriver Men’s Club. The luncheon will be held at the Crosswater Grille on South Century Drive. Sunriver area men and women are welcome to attend; see below for registration information. Three Rivers is the school that almost wasn’t. But with tremendous ongoing support from the community it has grown into a full K-8 school we can all be proud of, from the beautiful architecture of the building to the zeal of the teachers and students. Three Rivers is a Title I school that is winning awards for student achievement. Come hear Vidal tell this exciting and unusual story. Vidal is a University of California, Davis graduate with a master’s degree from Cal State, Sacramento. Her career in education ranged from an elementary teacher in Thailand to a principal in Kalispell, Mont. On a visit to Sunriver, Vidal and her husband were taken in by the area’s natural beauty, and built a house here in 1989. The principal position at Three Riv-

ers opened up 10 years ago, and she has been here full time ever since. For the luncheon, doors open at 11:30 a.m. for a half-hour social. Lunch service will begin at noon. The hourlong program follows at 12:30 p.m. The menu offers a choice of smoked pork tenderloin with light basil mushroom cream sauce and

mashed potatoes, a Caesar salad with grilled chicken, or vegetarian stuffed squash. Coffee, tea and dessert are included. Beer and wine are extra. To reserve a seat, use the sign-up sheet posted at the Marketplace, or send an email to the Men’s Club at Sunriver. Be sure to include your menu preference. The cost is $20 per person, payable at the door. Deadline for signing up is Tuesday, Feb. 18, at 5 p.m.

Three Rivers PTA fundraiser

The Three River School PTA invites community members to the annual Spring Round Up Saturday, April 12, 5-10 p.m. at SHARC. The evening includes dinner and dancing and live and silent auctions. Tickets are $15 per person. Proceeds support the Three Rivers School PTA’s programs for students, their families and teachers, including technology acquisitions and training, arts programs, field trips, science materials and programs, curriculum support, the annual fall carnival, athletic programs and equipment, field day and other activities. As a Title 1 school (where 60 percent of Three Rivers students receive free or reduced price lunches), many local families need support in order to ensure they have access to important enrichment programs. Donations from individuals and businesses are welcome for the auctions, table sponsorships and event ticket purchases. Spring Round Up organizers will be out and about at various Sunriver events selling tickets. Information: or 541-3553005.

The Salem Big Band will perform at the Sunriver Music Festival’s Valentine’s dinner and concert at Sunriver Resort’s Great Hall.

Romance your sweetie at Resort’s Valentine’s Day dinner and concert Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. One of the best choices in Central Oregon for your romantic night out is at the Sunriver Resort’s historic Great Hall. Join the Sunriver Music Festival for a specially crafted dinner, wine, a full concert and dancing featuring the 18-piece Salem Big Band. Sunriver Resort’s chefs have created a delicious three-course Valentine’s Day menu with a choice New York strip, red curry salmon, stuffed acorn squash and two mouth-watering desserts. Come alone or bring your friends. Tables for two or eight are available. The Salem Big Band has been performing throughout the northwest since 1989. For this evening of romance, the band has created a line up of favorite big band love songs. Tickets for this special evening are $80 and include a threecourse dinner, the concert and complimentary beverages. The evening begins at 6 p.m. Information: 541-593-9310, email or visit

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Eagles rule the mid-winter skies sunriver nature center & oregon observatory By Jennifer Curtis, Nature Center Manager Every year in January the staff at the Sunriver Nature Center participates in the mid-winter bald eagle survey. The purpose of this count is to identify and locate bald and golden eagles on many different routes across the country for population monitoring. Our route started in Sunriver and ran through Fort Rock, Christmas Valley and Silver Lake. Just for fun, and because it’s my favorite birding spot, we always sneak a peek down at the Summer Lake Wildlife Refuge. This year Kody and I spent a full eight hours enroute. Because we love all raptors and they are fun to spot, we kept records of every one we saw. We recorded 113 raptors that included 11 bald eagles and 17 golden eagles. It’s breathtaking to see these beautiful birds in the wild, perched high on telephone poles or near the ground on agricultural pivots, in search of yummy, furry creatures. Interestingly, many eagles were seen sitting with their supposed mate and were often not far from the other species. Some eagles would tolerate us to the point that we could sit closely underneath them as they perched, giving us numerous opportunities for great photos. In addition to the eagles, we spotted 44 red-tailed hawks, 21 rough-legged hawks, two prairie falcons, one ferruginous hawk, one American

kestrel, one Cooper’s hawk, eight northern harriers and six unidentified raptors (too far away to identify accurately). All data on eagles is provided to the federal program manager of Nature Resource Management with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. This count ties in perfectly with the 19th Annual Eagle Watch Celebration that takes place Feb. 22-23, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Round Butte Overlook in Culver, about an hour and 15 minutes north of Sunriver. This event focuses on the conservation, biology, and life history of both bald and golden eagles. The event welcomes more than 400 visitors during the two-day event. “Eagle Watch includes a wide variety of interesting and entertaining events and activities for

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all ages, including live birds of prey, renowned guest experts and researchers, field viewing sessions, fun contests, kids’ activities, prizes and more,” said Paul Patton, Resource Specialist for Cove Palisades State Park. “Ten breeding pair of both bald and golden eagles live yearround in the area surrounding Lake Billy Chinook.” Between January and March, the resident eagles are joined by large numbers of migratory bald eagles from the far reaches of North America. This annual winter gathering of eagles is one of the largest in the state of Oregon, making Eagle Watch one of the state’s most popular birding events. The laid-back, family friendly atmosphere, beautiful location and opportunity to observe Turn to Eagles, page 9

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Pozzi exhibit features photographic work of Luke Galloway “Pictures in the Pozzi,” a changing display of works from area artists exhibiting in the Pozzi Building at the Sunriver Nature Center, presents photography by Luke Galloway. Galloway started taking the summer classes at the Sunriver Nature Center when he was about 7 years old. Staff noticed his passion for animals (mostly in the area of herpetology) so they let him start the Young Junior Naturalists program early at the age of 8. His second day in the program he met Jay Bowerman who took the group out to catch Oregon spotted frogs

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and explained that these frogs are threatened by an invasive species, the bullfrog. Galloway became interested in the well-being of the Oregon spotted frog and, after four summers in the volunteer program, approached Bowerman about a bullfrog problem in Thousand Trails near where he lived. Bowerman showed him how to catch frogs with a hook and line and Galloway came back to the nature center with several frog-filled buck-

ets. Since then he has been involved with research projects on the Oregon spotted frog and continues to be educated in biology, ecology, and other areas of science. A few years later, Galloway became interested in photography. “When I was 16, Jay had me walk around Lake Aspen doing frog surveys. I started taking my camera with me and photographing frogs and other wildlife. I showed some photos to Jay,” states Galloway, “and he offered to have two of them published in an article he was working on. This inspired me to take up photography more.” In the next school year, Galloway took all the photography classes he could. His teachers suggested he enter in the Skills

USA competition and he won second place junior year and third place his senior year. Today, at the age of 20, Galloway has been associated as a volunteer or employee with the Sunriver Nature Center for more than 12 years. “I still take photos as a hobby and every now and then the nature center uses one for an article in the Sunriver Scene or for a website,” said Galloway. He is currently looking into the Air National Guard and would like attend school for a degree in biology or zoology. “Pictures in the Pozzi,” may be viewed free during open hours of the Pozzi Building, Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Information: 541-593-4442.

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the proposed comFree Sunriver history book available including munity center and the debate Those who are curious how Sunriver came to be may obtain a free copy of “Sunriver, The First 20 Years” at the Sunriver Nature Center. Just walk in during the nature center’s regular business hours and ask for a copy. Supplies are limited. Published in 1990 by James Quinn and Paul Redding, the book provides fun and fascinating accounts of Sunriver

through its first 20 years. Topics addressed include: 1970 lot prices ranging from $5,800 to $8,500; movies shot in the area including “The Way West” and “Rooster Cogburn;” village development under various owners; community controversies

over incorporation. The 145-page paperback is an enjoyable read for anyone interested in Sunriver’s origins and development. Current property owners should be fascinated to learn how issues have been kicked around and evolved over time.

‘Dead Fish Don’t Lie’ subject of lecture Anthropologist Dr. Virginia Butler will present a lecture titled “Dead Fish Don’t Lie” Friday, Feb. 7, at Sunriver Nature Center beginning at 7 p.m. Butler’s work focuses on the role of fish in sustaining people in the vast Columbia basin from pre-historic times to present. Over the past 13,000 years, a surprising density and diversity of aboriginal peoples lived by the streams and rivers of the Northwest coast and Columbia Basin, thanks in large part to an incredible wealth of fish that lived in the rivers or that returned to the rivers to spawn. Salmon, smelt, herring and suckers all contributed to the richness of this region. Butler will review the history of Columbia Basin fishes and human-fish relationships. She

and other anthropologists have reconstructed a chronological record of fish bones from archaeological sites throughout the basin. While fish abundance appears to vary over time, the overall picture is one of continuity in Native American use of fishes. Archaeological bone records can help establish baseline conditions for fish populations prior the European-American settlement and the ensuing habitat changes, and can suggest how fish may respond to future habitat alterations associated with both natural and anthropogenic factors. Butler’s work that focuses on applying ancient bone records to contemporary issues in conservation biology may provide important insights as we struggle to find ways to

My Second Tern experience

By Karen Shannon Even though it’s called the Second Tern, I call it my Sunriver thrift store. We’ve had a second home in the Sunriver area since 1983, and I’ve been a faithful customer ever since discovering The Tern. I’ve pretty much furnished my home here and my home in Troutdale with treasures from the store. I’ve purchased a couch, dining room set, beds, end tables, lamps and numerous household items. A lot of my wardrobe finds have also endeared the store to me. All my friends who come to visit know of my Tern treasures and they’ve found treasures of their own. I’ve also donated to

the Second Tern; I even bring things from my other home. One of my favorite experiences was in the late ’80s. I had a mattress and box spring I wanted to donate. One Saturday, a visiting friend and I went on a Sunriver bike ride and I told our husbands to take our old box spring and mattress to “my” thrift store before it Turn to Tern, page 10

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preserve the natural resources of our region. Admission is $10 for adults ($8 for nature center members). Students with valid I.D. cards are free. Reservations are recommended by calling Sunriver Nature Center, 541-593-4394.

Nature center hours, events • Nature Center: Wednesday–Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $4 for adults, $3 kids, members free. • Observatory: President’s Day weekend, Feb. 15-16: Solar viewing 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; night sky viewing 8-10 p.m.

• Glowshoe Trek, Feb. 8, 7 p.m., part of the Sunriver Chill Out weekend festivities. Join a naturalist for a snowshoe trek illuminated by glow sticks around the Osgood Nature Trail, nightsky stargazing at the Oregon Observatory, a campfire and live entertainment in the amphitheater. Participants can bring their own snowshoes or limited loanders will be available. $12 adults, $8 for children (ages 2-12). SNCO members $10 adults, $6 children. Call 541-593-4394 to register.

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both bald and golden eagles at one location is a perfect way to spend a weekend. Sunriver Nature Center will have a presence at this year’s Eagle Watch. Aquila, our very popular golden eagle, as well as our great horned and barn owls, will be there to help educate visitors about local raptors and to inspire people to learn about and cherish the natural environment that surrounds them. We will be in the company of organizations such as the Eagle Foundation, East Cascades Audubon Society and Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. I recommend the special performance from The Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, which is always a spectacular sight. This year Paul Patton and Pacific Power have allowed the nature center the opportunity to present at Eagle Watch our plans to build several new birds of prey exhibit enclosures. The center is currently home to seven different raptors that are housed in enclosures that are attached to the nature center building. Each enclosure is simple; with a front opening covered with vinyl-coated wire mesh and skylights above. The floors are covered in pea gravel and have plain plywood walls

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and various perches for each bird to sit comfortably. Our plans include transforming these enclosures into strictly raptor rehabilitation areas, while moving our education birds into updated, enriching enclosures in our botanical garden. This will give our birds the opportunity to move freely between protected, partially enclosed areas to fully open, sunlit areas. Each enclosure will be filled with naturally enriching perches, various substrates and some landscaping. Aside from being visually appealing, these enclosures will enhance the health of our birds by allowing them increased exposure to their natural environment. One of our goals at Eagle Watch is to raise awareness for this project and generate donations to provide our birds new homes. Although we are in the beginning stages of this project we are very excited for the benefits of the end result. If you would like more information on Eagle Watch, contact Paul Patton at 541923-7551 ext. 21. For more information on the mid-winter bald eagle count or the nature center’s projects, please contact Kody or Jennifer at 541-5934394. As always, we love to see your faces at the center. We are open Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Over 1000 Jobs Approved by SROA Design Committee Thousands of Additions and Remodels in Sunriver Tons of Happy Customers!

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Annual Chemult sled dog races set for Feb. 15-16 The infectious enthusiasm and energy of sled dogs will be seen and heard on Feb. 15-16 at the annual Chemult Sled Dog Races. This year’s event marks the Chemult Sled Dog Races’ 20th anniversary. “This event is free to the public,” said Erin Sutton, a race organizer for the event. “It’s a perfect opportunity for people to get close to the excitement of competitive sled dog racing and Skijoring. We have mushers who come from as far away as Arizona, Michigan and British Columbia to compete in this annual event.” Races will begin at 8:30 a.m. each day and conclude midafternoon at the Walt Haring Sno-Park. The schedule consists of six sled dog races and two Skijoring races (cross-country


skier pulled by 1 or 2 dogs). Walt Haring Sno-Park is located one-quarter mile north of Chemult on Highway 97. Chemult is approximately one and a half hour drive from Bend and Klamath Falls. During the sled dog events, Sno-Park permits are required and will be available at the Walt Haring Sno-Park for $5. Oregon, Washington and California Sno-Park permits are all acceptable. Spectators are encouraged to obtain permits in advance. Due to limited space at the Sno-Park, spectators are asked to use the Walt Haring Sno-Park’s north parking lot. People attending the races are asked to leave all domestic pets at home. Anyone who wishes to watch the races from a vantage point along the trail is

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How to live with a chronic health issue

Do you or someone you know, live with a health condition that affects daily life? Workshops to achieve a healthier way of living for people living with ongoing health conditions begin as early Feb. 4 in Bend, and are ongoing in Deschutes, Crook and Jefferson Counties in both English and Spanish, through May. A chronic health problem is one that you must learn to live with for many years, such as diabetes, emphysema, arthritis, migraine headaches, and heart disease. A healthy way to live with a chronic condition Turn to Chronic, page 14

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closed. When we returned, we found the men relaxing with a few cold ones. They’d delivered the mattress and the box spring, but they took the wrong ones! By now the store was closed and we were leaving Monday. I wanted the mattress and box spring back, but was afraid they’d be sold before we could come back. We had a receipt for the items signed by “Tom W.” I had visited with a Tom at the store but never knew his last name. We looked through all the W’s in the phone book, decided it was Tom Williams, and called the number. Williams couldn’t have been nicer. He said he’d meet us at the store and help make the exchange. Our husbands had been enjoying themselves and shouldn’t be

driving. So my girlfriend and I loaded up the mattress and box spring in her truck and Williams met us at the store and helped us make the swap. Now what thrift store would let you exchange a new box spring and mattress for an old used one? The Tern did, and our guests enjoy that bed to this day. It’s part of my routine to take friends and family to “my” Sunriver thrift store. We all enjoy looking at the great variety, always find a good buy, and the awesome volunteers are an inspiration. I’m never disappointed. The Second Tern Thrift Store is located just outside Sunriver at 17377 Spring River Road. Run by volunteers, the store is open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Call 541-593-3367 for pickups, to volunteer or for more information.

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her painting of Paulina Falls as the 2009 image. An award winner in numerous national shows, her honors included the Juror’s Choice Award at the prestigious “Art for the Parks” exhibition in Jackson Hole and the Award of Excellence at the 11th Annual Oil Painters of America juried show. Also continuing on exhibit are expressionistic oils of Central Oregon by Joanne Donaca in the lower gallery. Images include one of her favorite subjects, water, featuring the rushing Deschutes tributaries of mountain terrain as well as the quiet river of Mirror Pond. The 2012 poster artist for the Sunriver Music Festival, the artist’s former impressionistic

style of bold brushwork and heavy impasto often yields to more expressionistic imagery featuring carefully integrated strokes, but with continued use of a strong, realistic palette. The artist is a member of the Oil Painters of America and a sustaining associate member of the Watercolor Society of America. Her art appears in collections throughout the U.S. and the permanent collection of Pronghorn Golf Resort and Sunriver Resort. The Sunriver Resort welcomes the public to the exhibition during Lodge hours. Billye Turner, art consultant and gallery curator, provides additional information at 503780-2828.



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Art picks up where nature begins It may be cold outside, but if you stop by the Artists Gallery Sunriver, you can bask in the warmth of some fantastic art. If you really would like to generate some heat, join all of the gallery’s artists at the Second Saturday reception Feb. 8, 4-6 p.m. There will be plenty of refreshments to enjoy while you meet the artists and view their work. Long time gallery artist, Nancy Cotton, doesn’t disappoint in providing a share of nature’s sunshine. One of the artist’s featured pieces this month is a sunny quilt that demonstrates Cotton’s incredible fabric art techniques. The use of color makes for a warm feeling on a cold day whether this art piece graces a place of honor on your wall or you have it cuddled around your shoulders while reading a good book. Cotton’s talents are not limited to quilts by any stretch – you’ll be delighted by table runners, napkins, smaller hanging pieces, hats and much more. There is nothing like the use of wood to warm up a room in your home, and we don’t mean as firewood. Artist Greg Cotton is arguably one of the most popular artists in the gallery. It is difficult to keep many of his smaller pieces like wine glass

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to reach the deep, eye-catching tones. The negative space plays just as large a roll in the piece. This and a number of other fine gourd art pieces will featured in February in the gallery. John Butler, new to the gallery, produces beautiful sculptural metal art pieces that often have a practical application included in the design process. A

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Room tax collections on the rise Collection of transient room taxes in Deschutes County increased 24 percent in December 2013 compared to December 2012. Year to date revenues are up 15 percent. Room tax collections are widely viewed as a barometer of the health of the tourism industry in Deschutes County in general, and Sunriver in particular. That’s because approximately two-thirds of the transient room tax revenues are generated in Sunriver due to the volume of vacation accommodations available for rent in Sunriver. About 70 percent of the collected revenues are directed to the Deschutes County Sheriff ’s Office to fund increased demand for law enforcement services generated by visitors to the county. Approximately 30 percent of the remaining revenues are dedicated to marketing Central Oregon as a tourist destination. On July 1 the transient room tax rate will increase 1 percent,

from 7 to 8 percent. Voters approved the increase in November 2013. Approximately 70 percent of the additional revenues resulting from the 1 percent increase will be dedicated to marketing the Deschutes County Fair and Expo Center, and the remaining 30 percent will go to the sheriff’s office. Owners of property located in unincorporated Deschutes County (including Sunriver), rented 30 days or less at a time, or in a vacation rental program

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into folks from Weight Watchers, we end up talking about recipes or food we’ve tried.” Fobes said Weight Watchers is not complex. This program makes weight loss possible by encouraging mostly healthy food choices and saving room for occasional indulgences. Adding physical activity and making dietary changes along with the support of the group

Deschutes County Transient Room Tax Collections year to date: 2012: $2,560,091 2013: $2,948,040 Change: $385,949 only part of the time, may be responsible for collecting and remitting Transient Room Tax to Deschutes County. In f o r m a t i o n : w w w. d e can lead to lasting success. “Each person will do it differently and we’re here to help put together a plan that works for you,” she said. Weight Watchers meets Saturday at Sage Springs Club and Spa, 57001 East Meadow Road, Sunriver. Weigh-in starts at 8:45 a.m. followed by a 30-minute meeting starting at 9:15. Cheers to a successful and healthy new year. For more information, call 541-602-2654.

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

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

Wednesday Sunriver Rotary 7:30 a.m., Hearth Room at the Sunriver Lodge Info: 541-593-7381

Thursday Le Cercle Francais 8:30 a.m. Cafe Sintra Info: 541-550-1459 Sunriver Yoga Club 8:45 a.m. All levels welcome Crescent Room, SHARC. $5 Info: 541-585-5000 Duplicate Bridge 6 p.m., First, second, fourth & fifth Thursday, Crescent room at SHARC. Info: 541-593-9397

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Churches Catholic Holy Trinity

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

Non-Denominational Community Bible Church at Sunriver

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

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Wildlife crossing near Sunriver working By Brooke Snavely There have been four documented cases of animals hit and killed in collisions with vehicles on Highway 97 between Lava Butte and South Century Drive the past year. That’s down from an average of 27 documented road kills per year in the same stretch just a few years ago. The reduction in deer vs. vehicle collisions is saving the public hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage to vehicles and injuries to motorists. The difference is two wildlife crossings under the highway that give animals safe passage, combined with four miles of fencing that force large animals to use the passages. The passages are allowing animals, mainly deer, to re-establish migration corridors through an area they’d begun to avoid due to increasing volume of cars. An average of 20,000 vehicles travel this stretch of highway each day. “It is working. We’ve reduced deer vs. vehicle collisions by about 85 percent,” said Simon Wray, Oregon Department of Fishing and Wildlife Conservation Biologist, High Desert Region. “Anyway you cut it, the fence and underpasses have made a huge difference.” Award-winning project The enhanced safety for

motorists and wildlife, and sensitivity to the environment earned the project a Federal Highway Administration Exemplary Environmental Initiative award in 2012. The award recognized the wildlife crossings’ status as the first in Oregon that were incorporated into the design of highway project. There are other wildlife crossings around the state, but they were installed after roads were built. Thus the Lava Butte wildlife crossings are a model and widely studied. The wildlife crossings cost about $2.5 million to design and construct, and represent approximately 16 percent of the $16 million project total price tag. The highway safety project added two lanes and separated north and southbound traffic with a forested median, a full-diamond interchange at Cottonwood Road and off-highway access points to Lava River Caves and the Lava Lands Visitor Center were created. Recent elk encounter In mid-November 2013 a herd of elk got on the highway. “They may have walked up the highway between the fences,” Wray said. “ODOT and State Police had to shut down the highway briefly while driving the elk out, and they broke

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through the exclusion fence getting out. One elk broke a leg getting out of the fenced area and we don’t know if that animal survived.” Wray said where the elk hit the fence, the t-posts broke away and the fence fell over. The posts had to be pushed back upright. Crews now inspect the fences at least twice a year, prior to spring and fall migrations, to ensure they are intact and up to the task of directing wildlife to the passages under the highway. Lessons learned ElectroBraid mats, the solar power electric cattle guards installed on the on- and offramps, lose effectiveness as gravel and traction sand accumulates in and around them. If the gravel isn’t swept away, deer can travel over the mats without getting zapped. One electro mat section had to be replaced after it was ripped up, possibly by a snowplow. The design of the 8-foot high, 4-mile long exclusion fence did not match the onthe-ground result. Gaps in the fencing material ended up too large to prevent smaller animals from accessing the road surface. The error was detected after the customized, vinyl-coated black mesh fence was purchased, and could not be replaced. Gaps in the fencing were inadvertently left on the very northern ends of the project

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Resort earns Four Diamond Award

For the 15th consecutive year, Sunriver Resort has earned the American Automobile Association’s Four Diamond Award. Only 5.3 percent of the more than 29,000 hotels approved by AAA make the Four Diamond list. The Five Pine Lodge in Sisters and The Oxford Hotel in Bend also earned the Four Diamond rating in Central Oregon. Across the state 16 hotels earned the Four Diamond Award including, in Portland, The Hotel Monaco, Hotel Vintage Plaza, RiverPlace Hotel, The Governor Hotel, The Heathman Hotel, The Nine and The Westin Portland. Also winning acknowledgement were the Stephanie Inn in Cannon Beach, Whale Cove Inn in Depoe Bay, Inn at the 5th in Eugene, Salishan Spa & Golf Resort in Gleneden Beach, Tu Tu’ Tun Lodge in Gold Beach and The Allison Inn & Spa in Newberg. The AAA Four Diamond Award rating is among the most well-known and respected trademarks in the global travel industry. AAA/CAA Diamond Ratings give travelers a reliable way to find hotels and restaurants that meet AAA’s quality standards and provide the type of experience appropriate for their needs. To be AAA Approved, hotels must provide acceptable cleanliness, comfort and hospitality, and restaurants must meet minimum requirements for cleanliness, food preparation and service during an unannounced, on-site evaluation. After an establishment is approved, an AAA inspector recommends a rating of One to Five Diamonds based on the extensiveness of services, facilities and amenities typical of each rating level. AAA’s inventory includes more than 59,000 Approved and Diamond Rated hotels and restaurants across five rating levels and is the only rating system that covers the U.S., Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean. Information:

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is to work at overcoming the symptoms. The Living Well with Chronic Conditions program, sponsored by Living Well Central Oregon, is designed to complement and enhance medical treatment and disease management. Through the series of classes, participants will learn what they can do to feel better and manage their condition more effectively. One series of classes and the book, “Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions,” costs each participant a total of $10. Living Well with Chronic Conditions schedule: • Bend: Tuesdays, Feb. 4 to March 11, 2:30-5 p.m.; Mondays, March 3 to April 7, 5:30-

8 p.m.; Saturdays, April 5 to May 10, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. • Prineville: Tuesdays, Feb. 11 to March 18, 1:30-4 p.m. • La Pine: Mondays, Feb. 10 to March 17, 1:30-4 p.m. • Redmond: Thursdays, Feb. 20 to March 27, 5:30-8 p.m. • Madras: Thursdays, Feb. 20 to March 27, 2-4:30 p.m. Living Well Central Oregon is a regional, collaborative initiative that sponsors the Living Well with Chronic Conditions program through the cooperation, dedication and support of many of the health and social service organizations throughout Deschutes, Jefferson and Crook counties. To receive Living Well class information or to register for classes, please call 541-3227430 or visit the Living Well – Central Oregon website at

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Picture Perfect: How to protect your online images; tips for photographing birds By Michael Jensen I want to talk to you about a rather serious photography matter first; then we’ll get to some tips and techniques. After finishing a skirmish with an organization that used several of my images without credit, I want to let you know that anytime you post a photo to almost any of the current social media sites, you are in essence relinquishing your rights to that image. I have stopped posting directly to Facebook because they strip the image of all its metadata. Flickr and Twitter do the same thing. When you take a photo on a digital camera it automatically writes some data to the photo file. This data is called metadata and it tells a lot of information about the maker of the image, whether it’s copyrighted, etc. You get the picture (sorry for the pun). If you do choose to post photos to social media sites, just know that 1) they are there for the world to see forever and, 2) that you cannot prove that the image is yours once it’s uploaded. I choose to use my

photography website which has a social media plugin to post a link to social media. Okay, now to the fun stuff. Last November I submitted a request to Canon to borrow a huge, long 800mm lens. Canon allows this for professionals who have committed to using Canon gear. You see, in Klamath Falls in February the bald eagles come… and with them hundreds of photographers. I intend to be in their ranks. The Klamath wildlife refuge is a great place to photograph all types of wildlife, especially birds. From February to May you’re likely to see hundreds of species of birds and literally hundreds of thousands of birds. I have a few nice bald eagle photos in my portfolio, but I’m missing what I call an “iconic” image — the one I can hang on the wall. So, what are the keys to photographing birds? I give full credit for the following tips to my good friend George Lepp ( Bird photography tips George told me to get great

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the feathers of the bird. Again, be patient, this is going to take a bit of time but it’s worth it. Take a look at a couple of these photos. The bluebird house is atop a 10-foot post in my back yard and easily visible from my deck. Technical data on the bluebirds: ISO 400, 1/60th sec, f 4. The other bird is just some cute bird I photographed in Costa Rica. Technical data: ISO 400, 1/800th sec, f 5.6.

Notice that I placed both birds in a field of vision where the background is dark. That’s key, as the viewer’s eye wants to go from dark to light. I’ve got some good photography classes coming up at COCC, and a Photoshop class in March. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions and view my ongoing work at Mike Jensen is president of JensenOne, a marketing, Web design and photography company. 541536-8888,


road to tie the fence into the lava field. Small gaps between the ElectroBraid mats and the fencing also had to be closed. Jumpout structures – ramps animals can use to jump off the highway and back to safety – were constructed with wire forms (gabions) filled with the dirt. The porous local soils used to fill the ramps have begun to erode away, exposing the gabion mesh structure and creating the possibility of hooves getting stuck. The jumpouts were not placed in ideal locations and may not be functioning as well as hoped. Cost-benefit analysis Despite the challenges, “Deer are getting the hang of it. We have pictures of hundreds of deer moving through underpasses, and some pictures of elk moving through.” Wray

said raccoons, squirrels, badger, weasel, and bear have also been photographed with motion detecting cameras that monitor wildlife use of the under crossings. “It’s working as well as anyone can expect. It makes the driving public a lot safer and makes biologists happy. Costbenefit analysis suggests a $3 savings for every $1 spent. I project the Lava Butte Wildlife Crossing Project will save about $9 million over 20 years in lost revenue. It’s an investment,” Wray said. Leslie Bliss Ketchum, a Ph.D. candidate working on a dissertation about wildlife interactions with crossing structures, will discuss monitoring of the Lava Butte wildlife crossings Feb. 18, 6:30 p.m. at the High Desert Museum. See page 18 for more info.

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where the exclusionary fencing was supposed to tie in to the lava fields, which are natural barriers to animal migration. The fencing stopped at an access road running along the edge of the lava field. A gate was installed across the access

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Animals featured at Sunriver Area Library exhibit

Joren Traveller exhibits bronze pieces at the Sunriver library.

Ravens, owls, antelope and an occasional horse are the subjects depicted by artists Vivian Olsen and Joren Traveller in an exhibit at the Sunriver Area Library through March 29. Vivian Olsen’s interest in portraying animals developed when she was very young and remains strong today. Birds and mammals occur constantly in her oil, water and pastel paintings. Observing and photographing her subjects in the wild provides her with detailed references, along with her sketches and drawings, which she uses to create life-like paintings. Using vibrant colors and strong contrast she paints her subjects realistically capturing

Library hosting open mic for poetry readings, critiques The Friends of the Sunriver Area Library are hosting an Open Mic Poetry Reading and Critique Saturday, Feb. 8, 1-3 p.m. in the public meeting room at the Sunriver Library. The sessions will repeat the second Saturday of each month through April. “If you are a poet who is looking for exposure and honest feedback this will be a great opportunity,” said Sue Hanlon, one of the event organizers. “There are a lot of people out there who write poetry and want to get better. The only way to do that is to share your poetry with others and let them react to it. There’s lots of poetry workshops offered on how to write poetry. Reading them aloud and accepting feedback are the next steps in a poet’s evolution. This may be a first in the Sunriver area.” Directions on how to provide

respectful and constructive critiques will be provided, said

Hanlon. Information: 541-593-4099.

Events at the library

Feb. 4, 11, 18, 25, 10:30 a.m. Family Fun Storytime Feb. 5, 1-6 p.m. Red Cross Blood Drive Feb. 7, 2 p.m. Know Movies: Kids’ Drive-In. Create a drive-in car and watch a short movie. Feb. 26, 1:30 p.m. Teen Territory. Hang out, play strategy games, Wii and more. Feb. 21, 1 p.m. Digital Downloads Open Lab: Answers about digital books, music, magazines, movies and more. Feb. 22, 1 p.m. Discover Genealogy: Join expert Nancy Noble for information on discovering your past. Feb. 25, 1-3 p.m. Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP): Information about food benefits for families. The library is located at 56855 Venture Lane in the Sunriver Business Park. Information: 541-312-1080.

Vivian Olsen

each animal’s personality. Olsen paints from her studio in Eagle Crest and exhibits her artwork regularly throughout the Pacific Northwest in shows with the High Desert Art League or in solo exhibits. Olsen’s artwork may be viewed at www.vivianolsen. com and www.highdesert Olsen is presi-

dent of the High Desert Art League, and a member of Oil Painters of America, and American Women Artists. Joren Traveller is a sculptor and painter. Birds, equines and wildlife are among her favorite subjects for sculpture and paint. Sculpting in bronze has been her favorite medium but she has expanded her interest to include hand-thrown ceramic sculpture and also does animal portraits by commission. Traveller’s artwork may be viewed and Traveller is a member of the Red Chair Gallery in Bend and also a member and secretary of the High Desert Art League.

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February events at the High Desert Museum insights into raptors and their prey. He’ll cover everything regarding raptor behavior, from operant conditioning, to predator/prey interactions, to courtship, to nest site selection, to a surprising new 
revelation Feb. 8, Firearms and Fashion 
 about why raptors line their Discover the clothing and nest with specific plant spestyles of the late 1800s in this cies. 7 p.m. , free
at McMelively fashion show, pairing namins Old St. Francis School, historical characters with outfits Bend
RSVP: www.highdesertand the guns they would have
 carried in the West. Perfect for the fashion lover and history Feb. 15, Beads and Bags
 Beadwork is a skill that conbuff alike.
6 p.m., no host bar. Members, $3; Non-members, tinues to showcase incredible $5
RSVP: www.highdesert artistry. Try your hand at beading while learning the

 bolism of the Plateau Indian bags.
10 a.m.-1 p.m. Feb. 11, A Window into the Secret Life of Winged Feb. 15, Mining Days
 Try your hand at gold panSteve Layman is an internationally renowned 
raptor ning inside the Spirit of the behaviorist, trainer, and biolo- West exhibit’s re-created 19th gist. 
With a live bird in-hand, century placer mine. Have your Layman will share his unique earnings authenticated at Silver

Feb. 1, The Modoc War Watch an OPB documentary about the Modoc War of 18721873 – one of the country’s costliest Indian wars.
6 p.m., free.

City’s Wells Fargo Bank and take home 
your treasure. 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Hall of Exploration and Settlement.
$2 per “miner.” Feb. 18, Wildlife Crossings
 Leslie Bliss-Ketchum will discuss the Lava 
Butte Wildlife Crossing project and provide a 
local and national perspective on the conflicts associated with human obstacles and wildlife migration. BlissKetchum, a Ph.D. candidate at Portland State University, specializes in wildlife migration and highway crossing issues and is co-principle investigator of the Lava Butte Wildlife Crossing Monitoring Project.
6:30 p.m.
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Feb. 22, Mid Oregon Family Free Admission Day

All events open to the public

Registration, fees associated with some events

❆ DUMMY DOWNHILL Saturday, Feb. 8, 10 a.m. SHARC Tubing Hill Dummy registration form on page 21!


Friday, Feb. 7, 7 p.m. The Village at Sunriver Ice Rink

At least 22 different species of wildlife have used the crossing under Highway 97 near Sunriver including elk, mule deer, squirrel, skunk, yellowbelly marmot, raven, badger, lizards, weasel, rabbit and black bear.

Feb. 26, Lunch and Lecture: A True Story of 
Race and Rodeo 
Join celebrated Oregon author Rick Steber for a reading of his latest book “Red White Black.” This title tells the true story of the 1911 Pendleton Round-Up. Three men of different skin colors – Jackson Sundown, John Spain, and George Fletcher – are brought together during the finals of the Northwest Saddle Bronc Championship. What happened that September day, the judges’ decision and the reaction of the crowd in the aftermath, forever changed the sport of rodeo, and the way the emerging West was to look at itself.
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Saturday, Feb. 8, 12:30 p.m. The Village at Sunriver

The High Desert Museum is minutes north of Sunriver on Highway 97. For more information, call 541-382-4754, www.

New Generations plans for 2014 By Scene staff The early childhood development center in the Sunriver Business Park continues to be the only state-certified preschool in the area. In the new year, New Generations will continue to build on its recent successes. The facility recently resumed

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March 1, Wildlife Forensics: Detection and Discovery in the Animal World
 Every day, around the world, an army of forensic scientists and law enforcement officials work together to solve crimes against wildlife. In this new exhibit you will learn the difference between bone and ivory, see how DNA evidence can help track down poachers and understand how science solves mysteries. 6-8 p.m.
Members, free; non-members, $5.

the Start Making a Reader Today (SMART) program in which community volunteers read with the students. Scholarships were also awarded to assist families who could not afford the cost of tuition. Numerous fundraisers were Turn to 2014, page 20


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“We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.” – Abraham Lincoln

sunriver women’s club Presidents’ remarks What flower do you associate with Valentine’s Day? The red rose, perhaps? That’s what comes to mind when I think of this special day. Valentine’s Day is set aside for celebrating our love and appreciation to those around us, whether it’s a family member or just a close friend. How many of you have received a dozen red roses from a loved one expressing that special love? The red rose has been a source of inspiration to people throughout history. In the 1800s the rose we are now familiar with was introduced to Europe from China, but the meanings associated with them go back many centuries. Even in Greek and Roman mythology the red rose was closely tied to the goddess of love. So what does all this have to do with Sunriver Women’s Club? As we come to the month of February, we wish that we could give each one of you a red rose to express our appreciation for the countless ways you demonstrate your love and appreciation to others through your giving and caring. You give by reaching out to new women in the community, whether it is at the monthly luncheon, Lunch with Friends, a snowshoe outing on the Woodlands golf course, or in your own neighborhood. You give by showing your willingness to help with the many activities that are associated with SRWC. You give by bringing soap for Care and Share and coats for students at

Roslyn Elementary School. We appreciate you. The SRWC Nominating Committee, past presidents Pam Morris Stendal and Nancy Farnham, will be contacting people to serve on the 20142015 Sunriver Women’s Club Board of Directors. Don’t wait to be called, just contact one of them and say you would like to serve on the board. In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, show someone you love and appreciate them this month. Reach out to someone you haven’t heard from in a while and show them you care. –Carol Cassetty & Bonnie Rosen, co-presidents Program Our monthly luncheon will be held Tuesday, Feb. 18, at the Crosswater Grille. Check-in is at 11:30 a.m. and cost is $18. Barbara Largent, MD will be giving a presentation on “Into the Heart of Healing” covering transformation and healing through touching on the physical, emotional and spiritual levels of the heart. RSVP to Joan Lewis at or 541598-0650. Reservations and/or cancellations are due no later than Friday, Feb. 14.

previous LWF get-togethers, come again and bring a friend. If you haven’t been before or are new to the area, then do join us to meet other Sunriver Women’s Club members. It’s free, and it is a great time for laughter and friendship. We appreciate you letting us know if you plan to attend, but it’s not required. If you need transportation, please let us know and we’ll be happy to give you a ride. Contact Valerie Wood at srsunnyval@gmail. com or Sue Husby at halnsue@ Membership Membership in the SRWC is open year-round to all women in Sunriver and the surrounding communities. An active membership is $20 and an associate membership is $30. If you have a new neighbor, invite her to join the SRWC. For questions regarding membership, please call Nancy Fischer at (541) 593-7458 or email Hiking groups You are invited to an organizational meeting for Hearty and Soft Soles hiking groups Monday, Feb. 24, at 5 p.m. at the home of Gina Rosbrook, 5 Mt. Rose, Sunriver. Bring a snack to share and your ideas for group hikes

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A group of SRWC women turned a failed January snowshoeing outing (due to lack of snow) into a hike of the Woodlands Golf Course then shared soup and dessert at the home of Valerie Wood.

Winter fun • Jan. 29, 11:30 a.m. Meet in the Crescent Room at SHARC with a sack lunch to be followed by sledding and swimming, if desired. RSVP to Joan Lewis at or 541-598-0650. • Ice skating every Friday at 11:30 a.m. at The Village at Sunriver ice rink. • Feb. 7: Olympic Games Opening ceremony at SHARC. • Feb. 4: Snowshoeing along River Meadow trail led by Ezma Hanschka and Debbie Baker. • Feb. 15: Moonlight snowshoe off Cottonwood Road led by Patty and Al Klascius. • Feb. 25: Ann’s Butte led by Melodee Munckton. • Feb. 11: Cross-country skiing at Virginia Meisner SnoPark led by Sheila Schmerber. Feb. 19: Benham Falls trek led by Pat Arnold and Patty Klascius.

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Sooner or later every Sunriver property owner will deal with a fallen tree, especially after windstorms and heavy snowfalls. One of the first questions owners often ask about fallen trees is, “Who cleans it up?” That depends on where the tree lands. If it falls on private property, it is the property owner’s responsibility. If it falls on commons, the Sunriver Owners Association cleans it up. If the wood is usable, crews will often leave the rounds for nearby owners to collect as firewood. If a tree falls from commons onto private property, or vice versa, each owner is responsible for the portion of the tree on their respective property. Permits Owners do not need a permit to clean up a fallen tree that is

SROA Public Works crews clean up a tree that fell across Shagbark Lane following high winds. They went a step further and removed the tree from a private driveway it was blocking as a courtesy to the homeowner, but left the logs alongside the driveway for the homeowner to deal with.

lying flat on their property. A permit is required if the fallen tree is leaning on other trees or on a house or deck. Permits are available by calling the SROA Environmental Services Department at 541-593-1522 or

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held to support the scholarships as well as the operational expenses of the school. Andria Donnenwerth, New Generations director, recently attended a directors’ certificate training program in Portland and brought back many managerial and community involvement ideas. The teachers stay current on child education requirements to provide the best care and age-appropriate instruction to the students. Capital improvements in-

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by contacting a tree removal contractor who has registered with the SROA and knows the rules. The permits are free. Information: www.sunriver and search for tree removal permits.

plants. The greenhouse is used to grow some of the food that is served to the students. “A constant theme throughout all of this positive news is the support of the Sunriver community,” said Karen Hermes, New Generations board secretary. “We continue to be very blessed with the assistance that we receive from various groups and families. We know that we could not do it without them, as well as the efforts of the teachers and board who all continue to work faithfully to create cost saving measures and increase efficiency.” New Generations lost a major fundraiser, and to offset this change, will host a casinothemed fundraiser March 8 from 6-10 p.m. at SHARC. “We hope that you will don your Vegas attire and come join us for a night of ‘funraising’ to win prizes,” Hermes said. Community members interested in volunteering for Casino Night, or any other New Generations fundraising events (4th of July pancake breakfast, Civil War, etc.) can send an email to volunteers@


Christmas basket program serves 101 needy families

Ready for a trim? Megan Schreck, 12, took this picture of a porcupine in a tree near Cardinal Landing on Christmas Day. She took the nicely framed photo with her new Christmas present, a high zoom digital camera. Schreck is the granddaughter of Carl and Jacque Schreck, owners on Virginia Rail Lane.

By Gene Bennington On a very cold December day, more than 80 volunteers delivered food and gift baskets to 101 families sponsored by the Sunriver Christmas Sharing Program. Deserving families were selected and toys were matched to the age and gender of the children. A total of 141 children received gifts. All this work began last September with 27 volunteers to plan logistics, acquire food, toys, warehouse space and solicit more volunteers. In all, nearly 130 people participated in the loading and sorting of food, collection, solicitation

and storing of toys. Volunteers distributed 346 food boxes filled with all the ingredients for a full Christmas meal to those in need. Each box also contained an assortment of additional food items and household supplies. Many thanks to all who volunteered their time and made donations. This year’s work was eased with the help of numerous Christmas basket veterans, among them SROA FAST Camp youth and firefighters from the Sunriver Fire Department who loaded and unloaded all of the perishable (and quite heavy) food items.

A special thank you goes to Bruce and Martha Rhine for donating the distribution site at the Kokanee building in the Sunriver Business Park, and to Obsidian Hair Spa for a very lucrative poker/bingo fundraiser at SHARC in early December. They raised more than $3,000 for the cause. Finally, thank you to all of the many people in our community who donated food and toys then took time from their busy holiday schedules to attend meetings, acquire food and toys, pack, sort and brave the cold weather to make a special Christmas for many families.

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Bend Storytelling Circle presents “The Lighter Side of Lincoln,” Saturday, Feb. 22 at 7 p.m. at Nativity Lutheran Church, 60850 Brosterhous Road in Bend. Norm Brecke, a storyteller from Seattle, will share stories and anecdotes told by or about Abraham Lincoln. Brecke includes music that Lincoln enjoyed during his lifetime. Lincoln was a plain spoken, practical, down-to-earth man from the farmlands of Kentucky, Indiana and Illinois. He had less than a year of formal education and taught himself through reading great books. Story was a device he used to explain and get support for his policies. It was part of his nature to communicate with folksy wisdom, and stories and parables fit his style perfectly. Local storytellers Doug Butler, Kimberley King and Martina Muller will also perform. Brecke was a featured teller at the Powellswood Storytelling Festival, has provided narration for the Seattle Symphony and performed at the National American Library Association Conference. Tickets are $10. For information: 541-389-1713 or email



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From the board room: The business of governing

sunriver owners association By Bob Nelson, SROA President As I was reading an article in last month’s Scene, my attention was drawn to comments made by our treasurer, Mike Gocke, regarding the development of our 2014 annual budget. His dry wit was in evidence when he observed that the process used to develop the budget is “more than simply one or two people sitting down with a spreadsheet and noodling some numbers.” Indeed, there was an Bob Nelson extensive amount of analysis, study and projection of estimated costs conducted by not only our professional staff but also involving ongoing review and input from both your SROA Board of Directors and the SROA Finance Committee. Both the board and the finance committee consist solely of volunteers. While we could not operate SROA effectively without volunteers, of greater significance is that these volunteers bring extensive experience and credentials directly applicable to the successful operation of SROA. You don’t hear a lot about their accomplishments because they effectively check their egos at the door when they volunteer their services. From a personal perspective, being able to work with such a talented and dedi-

cated group of people is both rewarding and challenging. SROA has grown dramatically in recent years into a complex, multimillion dollar organization requiring sophisticated skill sets to operate successfully. Because of the importance of the tasks before the board, our owners deserve to know a bit more about the skills and experiences, particularly in business, finance and leadership, of those serving you. To such an end, I present a brief description of our volunteers. Certainly, all members of the board are Sunriver property owners. More specifically, the average length of ownership is 11.5 years. Six members are residents while three are non-resident owners. Collectively, your board of directors has more than 145 years of experience in business and finance and more than 109 years in executive management positions. Professionally, the board benefits from the expertise of four business owners, four chief executive officers or presidents, three chief financial officers and/ or controllers, a CPA, and an anti-trust lawyer. These board members held these positions in both the public and private sectors. Additional areas of expertise

January SROA board meeting summary The Sunriver Owners Association (SROA) Board of Directors held a work session Friday, Jan. 18 and regular meeting Saturday, Jan. 19, 2014. Board members present: Dave Jendro, Patty Klascius, Mike Gocke, Bob Nelson, Pat Hensley, Richard Wharton, Roger Smith, Mark Murray. Absent: Greg Froomer. Staff present: Hugh Palcic, Brooke Snavely. Treasurer’s report: -Not available due to yearend closing of books. The December and January financial reports will be available at the February meeting. Owners forum: -Bonnie Campbell asked if the SROA boat launch would be open to the public. She asked who would be responsible for search and rescue on the river and the need or effectiveness of accommodating emergency response. Campbell also questioned why SROA is marketing SHARC when the facility is already crowded. -Scott Hartung thanked the board and staff for their good work and steering the community in the right direction. -John Lohman inquired about the status of converting another tennis court at Fort Rock Park to pickleball courts. Page 22

-Betty Adelman asked about insurance coverage, emergency response times and evacuation plans for SHARC. -Jim Wilson asked about the possibility of planting vegetative screening or installing fencing around utility boxes to hide them from view. Association operations Administration: Keith Kessaris was hired as assistant general manager (see story page 23). All employees received their 2013 performance evaluations. Collecting and organizing association documents in preparation for scanning and converting to digital. Accounting: Completed upgrade of Traverse accounting software. Printed and mailed maintenance assessment and special assessment coupons and made them available via email. Gathered information for Department of Labor audit of employee health and retirement plans dating back to 2008. Began the process of forming a new 501(c) 3 organization – the Sunriver Charitable Fund. Information Technology: Supported accounting software upgrade. Researched development of a Sunriver map application for mobile devices. Evaluated tennis gate access options.

are in banking, finance and planning, economics, management and leadership consulting, law, education, policy and governance. In addition to the expertise evidenced on the board, I also need to acknowledge the contributions members of the SROA Finance Committee make to the “business” of your association. The finance committee is central to the financial management of SROA. Here again, we rarely hear about the professional accomplishments and credentials of finance committee volunteers but their skills and abilities are truly outstanding. Included are folks with advanced degrees or certifications such as MBAs, CPAs and PhDs. Positions they have held or still hold include chief executive officer, chief financial officer, accountant, independent business owner, banking executive and an attorney. My purpose here is not to “toot” these folks’ horns. They are far too humble for such an exercise. Rather it is to demonstrate that SROA is extremely well served by a cadre of talented and accomplished volunteers. Their contributions have been and will continue to be essential to the financial health of SROA. As we look to the future, we will continue to seek volunteers who bring demonstrated skills, abilities and expe-

Performed troubleshooting of SHARC fitness equipment screen outages. Communications: Sent mass emails to members regarding extreme temperatures in Sunriver and delivery of SROA maintenance and special assessment coupons. Assisted with editing of bulk buy and IRAP agreements. Designed and had printed off-season bulk buy tickets for Bennington Properties, Sunriver Resort and Sunset Lodging. Worked on updates to related to upcoming Sunriver Chill Out and revisions to www. for the March mud run. Supplied bike shops with pathway maps during the holiday week when, due to lack of snow at Mt. Bachelor, significant numbers of visitors took to renting bikes and riding the pathways. Community Development: Continued work to address the board’s request for additional justification of proposed revisions to the Design Manual. Assisted legal requests with document searches regarding specific properties. Processed applications for registered contractors. Environmental Services: Trained new environmental assistant. Continued research of potential impacts to Sunriver

rience to both the board and finance committee. With Sunriver’s success and growth, the need for these qualifications becomes ever more critical to the fulfillment of our mission. We seek volunteers who not only bring these skills, but those who have the ability to work collaboratively with colleagues, who are open minded and creative, who are good listeners and who are concerned with all aspects of SROA operations and not focused on single issues. The SROA Board of Directors is not a figurehead board but rather a very active working board. Typically, we meet twice a month including a work session on a Friday followed by a formal business meeting on Saturday. In addition, the board spends considerable time studying issues, consulting with owners and authorities, and participating in various committees or task forces. Productive participation takes a considerable amount of study and time, and board and committee members are not paid. We are working hard to make access to information quicker and easier. We are also very willing and able to modify meeting schedules to fit a volunteer’s availability. Furthermore, we are actively looking to increase the use of communications technology to facilitate active participation, especially by non-resident owners who wish to participate in SROA governance.

of the possible listing of the Oregon spotted frog as a threatened species. Assisted recreation department with preparations for the Sunriver Mudslinger mud run. Public Works: Removed trees that fell or were leaning after windstorms. Installed more than 750 road signs. Repaired frozen pipes in SROA facilities. Provided technical support on the river access project. Recreation/SHARC: Planned the inaugural Sunriver Chill Out (see story page 1) and March 23 Mudslinger. Implemented time limits on cardiovascular workout equipment in SHARC’s fitness room due to high volume of use during the holidays. Hosted three private holiday parties and two weddings in December. Hosted a homeowner holiday reception with the SROA Board of Directors which more than 250 owners attended. Successfully responded to a Dec. 23 medical emergency on the indoor pool deck when a guest experienced cardiac arrest. Staff performed CPR and used the AED to give shocks until medics arrived. The individual is expected to fully recover. Board actions: –Reviewed responses to owners who commented at previous meetings. 1. Staff met with Al

Hornish and Dave Hennessy, representing a group interested in weed abatement, to discuss proposed activities in 2014. The group will collect facts and data in 2014 to help establish baseline data about noxious weed control efforts. 2. Director Hensley sent an email to Betty Adelman summarizing SROA’s insurance coverage and described methods SROA employs to include members in board meetings. -Approved amended minutes of the Dec. 20 work session and Dec. 21 regular meeting. -Approved transfer of $7,375.23 from the Skypark Reserve Account to the SROA Operating Fund for the year ending Dec. 31, 2013. -Conditionally approved the following clubs and organizations having access to SHARC meeting spaces in 2014: Bridge Club, Mountain Meadow Quilters, Hand & Foot Club, Box Art Community Project, Sunriver Anglers and Sunriver Caregivers Support Club. -Reviewed progress on meeting goals in 2013. (See From the Editor’s Desk, page 39.) -Accepted Greg Froomer’s resignation from the board. In a letter, Froomer said due to unprecedented growth of his business and travel demands Turn to Summary, page 25



FEBRUARY Events & Programs @SHAR

SHARC Aquatics & Tubing Hill • Indoor Pool Open Swim

Holiday Aquatic Sessions Feb. 15-17 Keith Kessaris

SROA hires assistant general manager Keith Kessaris is Sunriver Owners Association’s new assistant general manager. He was one of 53 candidates for the position and one of seven finalists who underwent an extensive competitive vetting process. Kessaris brings 12 years experience in management of golf facilities, their membership and marketing. He managed the Widgi Creek Golf Club for three years and the Awbrey Glen Golf Club the past nine years. Initially, Kessaris will work with SROA’s recreation and communications departments then branch out as his familiarity with Sunriver grows. “Sunriver is one of the top communities in the country. I’ve traveled a lot. What I’ve seen speaks volumes. I love the recreation opportunities it provides and the nice rural lifestyles. I look forward to bringing this community continued success and enhancement of its lifestyle.” Kessaris graduated from Appalachian State University in Boone, N.C., with a Bachelor of Science in business administration and a minor in marketing. He worked one year as an account representative with Clear Channel Communications in Greenville, S.C. before moving to Bend for the recreation opportunities. Kessaris said he is skilled in communication and follow through. “I can work with all kinds of people, listen to their ideas and concerns, take that information and come back with answers or solutions.” In his free time, Kessaris plays tennis, golf, skis and hikes. “Anything outdoors,” he said.

SHARC’s indoor swimming pool is expected to be busy during the holiday break. To accommodate the demand 2.5-hour swim sessions will be instituted as needed. A maximum of 344 people will be allowed during each session on a first come, first served basis. Session times are:

10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 1-3:30 p.m., 4-6:30 p.m., 6:30-8:30 p.m. Feb. 1-14 & 18-28 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.

Lap Swim - Daily 6-10 a.m.; Monday-Thursday 6-7:30 p.m. Water Fitness - Monday-Thursday 9-10 a.m. Swim Lessons - Feb. 3-19, Monday & Wednesday, levels 1-4 Masters Swim - Monday & Wednesday 10-11 a.m. Swim Club - Tuesday & Thursday 5-6 p.m. Visit for more information about Lap Swim, Water Fitness, Swim Lessons, Masters Swim and Swim Club

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Feb. 1-16, Fridays 12 - 4 p.m.; Sat./Sun. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 17-20, Monday -Thursday 12 - 4 p.m.; Feb. 21-28, Fridays 12 - 4 p.m.; Sat./Sun. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Conversations About Dementia Offered by the Alzheimer’s Association, this workshop offers tips on how to have honest and caring conversations with family members about going to the doctor, making legal and financial plans, and deciding when to stop driving. Wednesday, Feb. 26. Class is free, registration required. To register, please call 1-800-272-3900 or email

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Winter Olympics Opening Ceremonies from Sochi, Russia highlighted by pageantry, the Parade of Nations and lighting of the cauldron. Join us in the Hosmer living room, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7. Light snacks and refreshments will be served.

Continuing wellness series strengthening the body, soul and mind. January’s Rebound Resolution Challenge leads us to February classes to renew and restore your soul. Current classes focus on well-being, stress release and stability. Tai Chi is an ancient and holistic art form that includes exercise of the physical, mental, and spiritual. Emphasis is placed on relaxing the body and calming and focusing the mind. Tai Chi form movement is performed slowly, accentuating intention, mechanics, accuracy, and precision. It can improve strength, coordination and balance while reducing stress. This practice is appropriate and accessible for all ages and abilities. Free, Friday, Feb. 14, 9 a.m. Qigong is an ancient Chinese health practice that integrates physical postures, breathing techniques, and focused intention. The gentle, rhythmic movements of Qigong reduce stress, build stamina, increase vitality, and enhance the immune system. This practice is appropriate for all ages and abilities. Free, Friday, February 21, 9 a.m.

Come one, come all!

Events open to the public

AARP Driver Safety Course

Wednesday, February 5, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. at SHARC Cost: $15 AARP members, $20 non-members (Pay at door) Must RSVP to reserve a space – 541-593-1014 Materials will be provided.

Sunriver Chill Out

A weekend of fun for the whole community! For event details, visit Friday, February 7, 7 p.m. at the Sunriver Ice Rink

Glow Ice Skate Party with neon face painting, fun glow

accessories, great prizes and giveaways. A DJ will be spinning tunes to keep everyone moving! Admission fee. Saturday, Feb. 8, 10 a.m. at SHARC

Second Annual Dummy Downhill

Participants in this FREE event construct a dummy that slides down a “ski run” and over a jump. Entry check-in is 9:30-10 a.m. Hot chocolate and snacks provided by the Three Rivers PTA as a fundraiser. Spectators can vote on their favorite entry. Prizes for distance and best crash also awarded. Registration by phone is encouraged by calling Emily at 541-585-3145. Saturday, Feb. 8, 12:30 p.m. in The Village at Sunriver

Sunriver Brewing Company K9 Keg Pull

Enter your canine pal! Weight categories determine the keg size they pull. $10 entry fee benefits Humane Society of Central Oregon. Prizes awarded for each weight division. Register at, info: Saturday, Feb. 8, 2:30 p.m., Resort’s Besson Commons

Musher Madness - Human dog sled race

Teams of 2, 3 or 5 people provide the mushing power in headto-head sprints over a 100-foot track. Celebrate winter and kick off Sunriver Resort’s Month of Chocolate. Register by 5 p.m., Feb. 5 at $25 team entry fee. Saturday, Feb. 8, 7 p.m. at the Sunriver Nature Center

“Glowshoe” Trek

Join a Sunriver Nature Center naturalist for a snowshoe trek around the Osgood Nature Trail and surrounding area. Concludes with stargazing at the Oregon Observatory (weather permitting), and warming up by the amphitheater fire. Participant fees apply. Call the Sunriver Nature Center at 541-593-4394 to register. Lifeguard training begins in March - see page 25 for details. Information about SHARC hours and programming:

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Authors Cate Campbell and Sheri Speede visit Sunriver By Nancy Nelson Saturday, Feb. 15 at 5 p.m., Cate Campbell will give a presentation on her latest historical novel, “Hall of Secrets.” Fans of Downton Abbey will enjoy the switch to a Northwest perspective. Campbell is an enthusiastic speaker who tells her story well. “Hall of Secrets” is a continuation of Campell’s previous book “Benedict Hall.” One might think that all is finally settled within the Benedict family. Margot’s cousin Sarah comes to live with them for a while. Sarah’s parents must decide her fate, which is in question. Margot’s mother is in a continual state of mourning over the tragic fate of her favored son. The issues of the first book continue toward resolution when the story takes an unexpected twist. Once again we find Margot tackling the social issues of post World War I Seattle. I enjoyed reading of the sibling rivalry and tension in this family; it is the tensions of life that motivate us to go left or right. All of the characters were

interesting and I bonded with them, including the villain. This is a fascinating period, an era of great change. Women have had to take a much greater role; they stepped out of their cumbersome long dresses to take over responsibility within the community and within themselves. I liked this novel by itself; however, if you have read the first in this series, then you will surely want to discover the rest of the story.

“Benedict Hall,” the earlier novel, introduces the characters and the circumstances. Frank Parrish arrives in town, hired to work as an engineer. Upon seeing Frank is missing an arm, his would-be employer withdraws the job offer. Preston Benedict, a former comrade in arms, insists that Frank come to dinner. Frank meets Margot, Preston’s sister, and is very attracted to her. Preston’s father arranges a job

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for Frank with Boeing. Margot is a doctor deeply committed to helping to bring greater equality to women. Preston is jealous of the attention and respect she gets from their father. He is ruthless in his ambitious pursuits, one of which is to destroy Margot’s life. In the story the author brings out the social issues and general attitudes of the time. The reader is treated to a full spectrum of human emotions. Saturday, Feb. 22 at 5 p.m., Sheri Speede will give a slide show presentation on “Kindred Beings,” her memoir about building a refuge for chimpanzees. I look forward to hearing her speak about how she established a connection with these animals and how they adapted to living in a more natural setting. I feel I have a connection through reading this story and want to see pictures of Dorothy, Jackie, Nama and Pepe. While “Kindred Beings” is a story about the rescue of animals, it is also the story of a woman whose passion for and connection to them led her to abandon a successful career to create a safe haven for chimps. As a child and young adult, Speede witnessed animal suffering inflicted by humans, done as an ordinary part of our cultural experience. It was a natural for her to study veterinary medicine. Speede became part owner of a veterinary practice in Portland, Ore., with a rosy future. As her need to do more to end the suffering of animals grew, she sold her portion and

joined an animal advocacy group. This association led her to Limbe Wildlife Center in Nigeria where she provided veterinary care, primarily to young orphaned chimps, gorillas, and monkeys. The illegal trade in bush meat going on in neighboring Cameroon, and the sale of the orphans created as a result of the killings was sickening. Leaving all that was familiar, Speede moved to the remote jungles of Cameroon. Urgency became desperation when she and her associate found chimpanzees who had spent many years in cages or on chains, offered up at hotels as tourist attractions. Freeing them was complicated, but once that happened, the animals blossomed in human-like ways. I was touched by the change in the chimps’ self-confidence, but most especially in Dorothy. She went from being traumatized and withdrawn to realizing her potential as an individual. The stories in this book made me laugh, cry and experience a rainbow of emotions. These chimps could have been human if you did not know what you were reading about. Speede said, “From knowing chimpanzees I have learned to live more honestly and vulnerably.” Sign up to attend these free events by calling 541-593-2525, email or stopping by Sunriver Books & Music in The Village at Sunriver. We will have drawings for prizes and light refreshments.

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Lifeguard training, recertification classes at SHARC The Sunriver Homeowners Aquatic & Recreation Center (SHARC) will offer American Red Cross Lifeguarding and Lifeguarding Recertification courses starting in March. A Waterpark Skills module is included. The American Red Cross Lifeguarding course provides potential lifeguards with the knowledge and skills to prevent, recognize and respond to aquatic emergencies and to provide care for breathing and cardiac emergencies, injuries and sudden illnesses until emergency medical services personnel arrive and take over care. The Waterpark Skills module teaches how to prevent and respond to emergencies in aquatic facilities with waterpark features. The information shared in these courses complies with First Aid, CPR and lifeguarding standards. The courses prepare participants to make appropriate decisions about actions to take in aquatic and medical emergencies. Among those who may want to take the courses are camp counselors, water safety instructors, swim coaches, public safety personnel, adult youth leaders and anyone who is interested in furthering their aquatic knowledge and safety. Participants must be at least 15 years old; able to swim 300 yards continuously using the front crawl or breaststroke demonstrating breath control and rhythmic breathing, tread water for two minutes with legs only; retrieve a 10-pound weight from seven feet, then swim 20 yards with the weight, using legs only and exit the pool without the use of stairs or ladders. Participants should bring

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he can’t commit the time and energy SROA deserves. -Approved naming Bob Wrightson to fill the remainder of Greg Froomer’s board term. Wrightson was appointed to the board in 2008 to fill a term vacated by Cheryl Feller’s resignation. He ran for re-election in 2010 and served until 2012. The meeting adjourned at 10:44 a.m. The next meeting of the SROA Board of Directors is a work session scheduled for Friday, Feb. 14, 9 a.m. in the SROA administration building, 57455 Abbot Drive. The board meets for their regular meeting the next day, Saturday, Feb. 15, 9 a.m. in the same location. Approved meeting minutes are posted, as available, at www.

course and receive certification. All certificates are valid for two years. There are employment opportunities at SHARC and other area aquatic facilities for certified lifeguards. Information: Matt Catanzaro, or 541-585-3714.

a swimsuit, towel, sun block, pen and paper, lunch or lunch money and water. Participants must attend all scheduled class dates and times, demonstrate proficient land and water skills and pass a written exam with a score of at least 80 percent to complete the

Lifeguarding: Course 1: March 1, 2, 8 and 9, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Course 2: March 25, 26, 27 and 28, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Course 3: May 3, 4, 10 and 11, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Lifeguarding Review: Course 1: April 12 and 13, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Course 2: May 31 and June 1, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Nominating Committee fact check Misconception: The Nominating Committee is controlled by the SROA Board of Directors. Only board-supported candidates are nominated and thus the board controls the election and the board makeup. Fact: The Nominating Committee is one of only two SROA committees that does not have a board liaison or staff liaison; the Election Committee is the other. Nominating Committee members are not appointed by the board. The committee selects its own members and the SROA board ratifies them, but the board has no say about who serves or who the committee nominates as candidates. Misconception: SROA excludes non-resident owners from serving on the board of directors. Fact: SROA provides several ways for any owner, resident or non-resident, to run for and serve on the board of directors. Any owner who would like specifics about serving on the board is encouraged to contact any Nominating Committee member. March 11 is the deadline for owners to be processed by the Nominating Committee. Owners can also avail themselves of the candidate by petition process in which they obtain the signatures of 100 owners and inform the SROA of their intention to stand for election. April 11 is the deadline to file a candidacy via the petition process. Once elected, non-resident director participation on the board is facilitated through various remote-meeting technologies. Board meetings are scheduled to be as convenient as possible and to maximize non-resident attendance and participation.

This is your opportunity to serve

Are you willing to make a commitment to your community? Looking for a chance to work toward making Sunriver the best place possible? Then this is your opportunity to serve on the Sunriver Owners Association Board of Directors. Any resident or non-resident Sunriver property owner in good standing is eligible to serve as a director. To have your name placed on the ballot in this year’s election you need only file a Petition for Candidacy with 100 property owner signatures (only one signature per property) at the SROA office by 4 p.m. on April 11. To seek consideration by the SROA Nominating Committee either complete an Application for Candidacy and submit it to the SROA office by March 11 or contact a member of the committee (listed below) to indicate your interest in running for election or to learn more about the steps required to become a candidate. All forms are available by contacting the SROA office. Preferred qualifications • Has leadership experience in a business, profession or organization • Exhibits a willingness to seek solutions • Works with enthusiasm and integrity Time commitment The board meets for a work session on the third Friday of each month and for its regular meeting the following morning. Board members make a commitment to spend about 20 hours per month on board business. The following members of SROA’s Nominating Committee will be happy to assist you or answer any questions you may have: Katie Hall, chair Barbara Wade, co-chair Jim Adams Gail Manary Jack McDonnell Linda Saukkonen Steve Stedman

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Topics: Association goals; SROA’s charitable status; cell tower; admissions model Q: What are your goals for the will explore whether we are association in 2014? leveraging our buying power A: My baseline goals for the as an association in the most upcoming year are to fully efficient manner. prepare the board in perform• Continue the excellent ing their duties relative to set- work started on the Infrastructing policy and to effectively ture and Amenities Master Plan implement the (IAMP) to date. board’s vision and This will include directives. More a more in depth specifically, I see study of SROA’s several items that funding strateI wish to address gies specific to the in the upcoming Owners are welcome to IAMP. The goal submit questions to be year: here is to assign answered in this column. • Successful imEmail to possible impleplementation of mentation dates a new admission model for SROA by the 12th of the month. for IAMP projects along with estirecreational amenities. A dysfuncmated costs per tional access program dating project. The use of our recently back to the 1990s was waiting completed asset study will from me when I was appointed come into play as we coordinate the general manager position. anticipated existing asset reThrough close examination of placement dates with potential actual usage data, we were able IAMP projects. Through this to develop new programs for coordination, our long-range 2014 and make the necessary financial taskforce will be able course corrections to ensure that user visit costs were ap- to develop cash flow projecpropriately covered. Evaluating tions and long term funding how well these new programs models for future boards to use. •River Access. This issue is perform will be a focal point. • Review of SROA’s procure- at the very top of the IAMP ment procedures. This is not priority list and a great deal of an indictment of our current work has already gone into its procedures. I want to ensure planning. That being said, we that we are using the industry’s await further direction from the best practices. Additionally, we board on this issue.

Q: Why has SROA set up a 501c3 charitable organization? A: It is truly amazing to see the number of individuals in and around Sunriver who give of their time and financial resources to help those less fortunate. This climate of assisting those in need has in many ways defined our community. With the advent of SHARC, coupled with the numerous events coordinated and produced by SROA, the need to create a charitable fund was identified. By creating this fund, SROA will be able to provide participants, sponsors and donors of special events tax deductions for their entrance fees, support and donations. It is our hope through the formation of this fund, SROA will be able to receive donations and charity revenues, and administer the numerous need-based scholarships for SROA’s camp and after school programs. Additionally, this fund should enable SROA to partner with other charitable organizations in co-sponsoring major area events. Q: What does SROA’s entering into a memorandum of understanding with AT&T regarding possible siting of a cell tower mean for owners? A: This may be somewhat

premature, as no formal memorandum of understanding has been entered into at this time. That being said, representatives of AT&T who are seeking a candidate site for a cellular facility have approached SROA. If the candidate site was to be found acceptable by AT&T and with all proper agency approvals (including SROA’s own Design Committee), it would be possible for the association to discuss a long term lease for the area in question with AT&T. For the community at large, there could be the benefit of better cell service coverage. SROA membership would also benefit financially by the creation of an outside revenue source due to a possible lease; however, it is far too early in the exploratory process to cement any conclusions. I cannot stress enough that this process is in its earliest stages. Q: The SROA Board of Directors approved extending the life of the Admissions Model Work Group into 2014. What will this group do? A: The admissions model work group was officially formed in early 2013 to evaluate the current SROA admission programs for their effectiveness and offer recom-

mendations to the board with respect to future admission programs. Their work was instrumental in identifying hard costs per facility and, more importantly, per specific visitor groups to our facilities. Using their fact-based findings, the work group was capable of providing the board with recommended program changes that addressed the essential goal of having each visitor group cover the cost of their individual visit to the facilities. The work group received numerous suggestions and recommendations on how to further improve SROA’s facility access programs in the future. All of these suggestions are worthy of the group’s attention and will need to be reviewed and evaluated prior to making future recommendations to the board. The work group will be extremely busy in 2014 monitoring the effectiveness of the newly introduced admissions programs. An ongoing review of costs and current policies will also be part of their work plan. Their work will most likely culminate with a report to the board on the outcomes of the new admission programs along with any new recommendations that develop along the way.

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Sip & Paint class offered at SHARC Have you ever wanted to be an artist? Are you looking for a new way to have fun? SHARC and Artists Gallery Sunriver may have an answer when they host Sip & Paint, Friday, Feb. 21, 5:45-8 p.m. at SHARC. Professional artist Bonnie Junell will lead the group by demonstration as well as helping each individual with their painting. By the end of the evening, participants take home a finished masterpiece that will be the envy of family and friends. $183 As the title implies, sipping on wine while painting is encouraged and definitely aids in the creative process, according to previous participants, and is a perfect get together for a gals-only evening out (although men are welcome to take the class, too). No experience is necessary and all supplies are included for

Participants will be painting ‘Sweet Daisies,’ above, during the February Sip & Paint art class at SHARC.

Free musical performances in Bend

Feb. 15, 16, 17: Bend High School Auditorium. Saturday and Monday, 7:30 p.m., Sun2 p.m. Free but tickets +day, 45.75 = 228.75 required. Featuring “Concerto for Violin,” by Bruch, with violinist Lindsay Deutsch. Information: 541-317-3941.

Cascade Chorale under the direction of James Knox. Friday, Feb. 28, 7 p.m.; Saturday, March 1, 2 p.m., Church of the Nazarene, 1270 NE 27th

Call for artists for Sunriver Art Faire Artists from all media are invited to apply to the 5th annual juried Sunriver Art Faire Aug. 8-10 in The Village at Sunriver. Artist applications will be accepted at www.zap through March 18. Space is limited for the show, and a jury will choose the participants.

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$45, which includes wine and chocolates. Space is limited, and a 50-percent deposit is required to hold a spot. Reservations can be made at Artists Gallery Sunriver in The Village at Sunriver (541) 593-4382. Information: www.Bonnie

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Street, Bend. Free, no tickets required. Featuring Gabriel Faurć’s “Requiem” and “Sunriver Mass” by Ola Gjeilo. Information: 541-383-7512. Cascade Winds Symphonic Band under the direction of Michael Gesme. Sunday, March 2, 2 p.m., Summit High School Auditorium. Free, no tickets required Featuring “To Tame the Perilous Skies” by David Holsinger and “Apocalyptic Dreams” by David Gillingham. Information: 541-383-7516.

The nominees have been announced and the wait is on to see who wins the coveted Oscars at this year’s Academy Awards. In advance of the anticipated annual gala, Deschutes Public Library invites the community to go to the movies in February. Screen Oscar-winning classics, explore the connection between literature and film, examine heroism and resistance in World War II films, learn how to turn a short story into a screenplay and more. Programs are free and open to all. Central Oregon Showcase Central Oregon Showcase Film Festival organizer Shannon Winegar presents the 2013 winning submissions and discusses the freedom of being creative through the medium of film. Sunday, Feb. 2, 2 p.m., La Pine Library, 16425 1st St., La Pine and Tuesday, Feb. 11, 6 p.m., Redmond Library, 827 SW Deschutes Ave., Redmond. Heroism and Resistance in American WWII Films COCC professor Jake Ag-

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tucci examines the uneasy relationship between heroism and resistance in the WWII films of Samuel Pekinpah, Steven Spielberg, and Terrence Malick. Sunday, Feb. 9, 2 p.m., Sisters Library, 110 N. Cedar St., Sisters and Thursday, Feb. 13, 6 p.m., East Bend Library, 62080 Dean Swift Rd., Bend. From Book to Film: Truman Capote’s ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ Truman Capote’s novella “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” was originally published in 1958, but many people are more familiar with the feature film that was loosely adapted from Capote’s book. In this presentation, Tony Russell discusses the links and the differences between the two. Tuesday, Feb. 4, 6 p.m., Downtown Bend Library, 601 NW Wall St., Bend. Screenwriting 101 Do you have a short story that you’d like to turn into a screenplay? Or are you simply interested in the screenwriting


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process? Join film industry veteran Michael Gough for a look at what goes in to creating a screenplay that gets noticed. Thursday, Feb. 6, 6 p.m., East Bend Library, 62080 Dean Swift Rd., Bend. ‘Casablanca’ screening A free screening of the Academy Award-winning classic from 1942. Seating is available on a first-come basis. Monday, Feb. 10, 6 p.m., Tin Pan Theater, 869 NW Tin Pan Alley, Bend.

‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ screening A free screening of the film adaptation of Truman Capote’s novella. Tuesday, Feb. 11, 6 p.m., Downtown Bend Library, 601 NW Wall St., Bend. ‘A Bridge Over the River Kwai’ screening A free screening of the Academy Award-winning classic. Seating on a first-come basis. Tuesday, Feb. 18, 6 p.m. at the Tin Pan Theater, 869 NW Tin Pan Alley, Bend. Information: www.des

one political science professor in By Michael J. Ranieri There were two events which Singapore said, “In Singapore, caught my eye in the last couple you don’t do these things.” What was most surprising of months and they both inwas that after the volved Singapore. bus fatally knocked First, like most down the Indian pepeople who know destrian, 400 fellow anything about laborers massed, illeSingapore, noted gally, and proceeded to be one of the to go on a rampage safest country’s in through the streets the world, I was of Little India. They surprised to learn Michael Ranieri rioted for about two about a Dec. 8 riot which took place in the city hours before the police were state’s “Little India.” The riot able to contain them. At least was triggered by the death of 31 uniformed police officers a 33-year-old Indian national were injured. The rioters also who was killed in a collision damaged or destroyed police with a bus in the central district vehicles and ambulances. All is calm in Singapore now. neighborhood of Indian-origin Arrests have been made and businesses, eateries and pubs. What struck me most about many Indian nationals have this incident is not that it hap- been deported. But the underlypened in strictly governed Sin- ing causes of the sudden display gapore where there hasn’t been of rage have not yet been fully any type of social unrest in explained by the Singapore memore than 40 years, but that dia or by the authorities. Some the riot was carried out with suggest that this was a type of such violence. We have seen violent cocktail involving three similar outbreaks on the streets ingredients: alcohol (rioters of Bangkok and lately in Cam- had been drinking), seeing the bodia, and even in China, but violent death of a compatriot Singapore has been peaceful for and population density in Little so long, the news of this inci- India on a Sunday afternoon. After reading all the accounts dent shocked most observers. As of this incident that I could find and talking to friends, I think there is more to it. Migrant workers in Singapore, who originate from the Indian subcontinent and dominate lowpaid sectors of the economy like construction, are disgruntled. There is a growing disparity between their income levels and standards of living and the larger, mostly Chinese Singaporean population. The Indians are not the only group with grievances. Chinese national bus drivers were involved in an illegal strike in 2012. The workers were unhappy with their salary increments and raised concerns about living conditions.

So, while violent acts as displayed in Little India are certainly not the norm, labor discord is not unusual. I dare say that unless companies in Singapore pay higher salaries for low-skilled foreign employees, more trouble could be on the horizon. I hope something is done soon because Singapore relies heavily on migrant labor to fill vacancies that citizens are often unavailable for or unwilling to fill in sectors ranging from construction to financial services. While Singapore may be accused of not treating migrant workers well enough, the citystate certainly knows how to attract foreign businesses. In my view, no other country does it better and this brings me to the second eye catching news item. At a time when Shanghai is doing all it can to establish itself as a financial center, General Motors announced that it will shift the bulk of its non-Chinese international operations from Shanghai to Singapore this year. Singapore continues to be very effective in its efforts to lure multinational companies with tax breaks and other incentives. I guess we shouldn’t be too surprised with the GM decision. Singapore is ranked among the most business-friendly cities in the world, offering a corporate tax rate of just 17 percent, political stability, a UK-based legal system and sophisticated financial services. As for Shanghai, try as it might to become more business-friendly, it is simply not in the same league as Singapore. Moreover, Shanghai’s hazardous air pollution has certainly lessened its appeal as a place to live and work. Sunriver resident Michael Ranieri lived in Taiwan, Bangkok and Hong Kong for 25 years while working in the banking industry. He holds a master’s degree in Chinese studies and speaks Mandarin.

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Sunriver Service District Managing Board January meeting summary public safety The Sunriver Service District Managing Board (SSDMB) held its regular meeting on Jan 16. Board members present: Bob Nelson, Debbie Baker, Mike Gocke, Ron Angell, Greg Keller. Staff present: Art Hatch, P.J. Beaty, Evan Kennedy. Public input -None. Financial report Resources................$5,712,524 Requirements............2,015,217 Surplus/(deficit)........3,697,306 Police Salary & wages............685,353 Materials & equip’t....... 77,982 Fire Salary & wages............968,264 Materials & equip’t.....136,753 Bike Patrol..................... 40,509 Non-departmental.......106,352 Board actions -Approved minutes of the Dec. 19 regular meeting. -Approved payment of

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$17,612 to SROA for administrative and fleet services rendered in December. -Approved payment of $5,699 to Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt for preparation of a land use application for the fire training facility. -Approved amendments to Section 2.01 of the Administrative Services Agreement with SROA which includes paying SROA $2,624 per month for certain services. -Approved a revised employment agreement with fire chief Art Hatch. -Discussed possible revisions to the management agreement with the Deschutes County Commissioners. -Approved the calendar for 2014. -Approved disposing of surplus property. The 10 pair of outdated turnout pants and 12 pair of suspenders will be donated to the Bend Fire Department’s sister station in Nicaragua. -Reviewed the 2013 valuation of the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS). Treasurer Gocke said overall PERS investments are performing better and that approximately 80 percent of retirement plans are funded. -Reviewed the first draft of the proposed budget for fiscal year 2014-2015. Discussed impacts of increasing the tax rate from the current $3.31 per

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thousand to $3.38 and $3.45. -Former police chief Mike Kennedy’s lawsuit against the district is scheduled the week of June 23 in U.S. District Court in Eugene. Chiefs’ reports: Fire: -In December, the Sunriver Fire Department responded to 49 incidents including 29 emergency medical service calls, one motor vehicle accident with injuries, three hazardous conditions, five service calls, 10 good intent calls and one malfunctioning alarm. -An attorney has completed the burden of proof document required to seek a zoning change for the parcel on which to construct a training facility. The document will be sent to the Sunriver Resort attorney for review before submission to the Deschutes County Planning Department. -Chief Hatch will meet with Pinnacle Architecture to work

on phase two designs of the proposed fire station expansion. -Hatch presented the proposed station expansion plans to the Sunriver Rotary Club. -Hatch read a letter from Rod and Gail Juranek, organizers of the 2013 Christmas Basket Sharing Program, thanking firefighters who helped lift and load supplies during the annual event. Police: -Through December the Sunriver Police Department conducted 88 investigations, made seven arrests, provided 543 assists, issued 241 traffic warnings and 14 traffic citations, issued 29 violations of Sunriver Rules and Regulations and 19 pathway violations. -Nineteen applicants for the open officer position underwent panel interviews and 10 were interviewed by the chief. A tentative job offer was extended and, pending successful completion of the background check, psychological evaluation, physical test and drug

Tips for safe winter driving By Evan Kennedy, Sunriver Police Department Whether you are a full time resident or here on vacation, winter driving can pose a risk to all drivers on the road. It’s important for everyone to maintain safe driving practices at all times. Even though the roads are maintained, vehicles handle differently in snow and ice. Safety first If you believe the weather and road conditions will pose too much risk, stay home and wait

for the weather to clear up. It’s not worth putting yourself or others in danger. If you decide to head out, try to combine all errands into one trip, rather then having to make multiple trips in the snow and ice. Travel planning Know before you go. Use websites such as Trip Check ( to look at roadway cameras and weather conditions around the State of Oregon. If you do not Turn to Driving, page 32

screen, the new person will be hired. -Several officers and Citizen Patrol members participated in the annual Shop With a Cop program. The program places an officer with a child who is picked up from school in a patrol vehicle, taken to WalMart for shopping, then gifts are wrapped by volunteers and the child is taken home with gifts for the family. -Sgt. Beaty and officer Kennedy assisted with a holiday food basket distribution program in La Pine. -Beaty showed a radar speed sign that the department obtained on loan. The sign will be installed on Cottonwood Road at the entrance to Sunriver. It shows motorists their speed compared to the posted speed limit. -Beaty said the department had four officers on duty New Year’s Eve, made 53 traffic stops, issued two citations and one DUII. He said the heightened police presence had the desired effect of reducing incidents of drinking and driving and that Sunriver Resort did an “exceptional job” checking if patrons were OK to drive and providing bus rides for those who weren’t. The meeting adjourned at 5:02 p.m. to executive session to discuss pending litigation. The next regular meeting of the SSDMB is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 13, 3 p.m. in the Sunriver Fire Station training room, 57475 Abbot Drive. Approved meeting minutes are posted, as available, at www.

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

Q: How goes the effort to fill the vacant police officer position? What’s involved in recruiting, interviewing, hiring and training a new officer? A: We posted our open position in October 2013 and closed it the first week of November. We received about 55 applications with a number of them being current Oregon certified police officers. This began the process and the following occurred: All applications were reviewed for detailed following of instructions, consistency of answers, thoroughness, and neatness. Applicants were sent a letter inviting them to take a written test (grammar, math, comprehension, and incident report writing) followed by the Oregon Physical Agility Test designed to evaluate candidates on the essential physical

Q: What possessed Officer Evan Kennedy to make a list of non-working streetlights and report them to the SROA Public Works Department? A: Management and administration here at the police department are always encouraging our officers to be pro-active, communityoriented, and thinking outside the box for ways to serve the community. Kennedy was patrolling one evening and noticed a number of street lights out and took the initiative to note them. We learned that Public Works assigns someone to come in at night to conduct

Q: What happens during a “bar check” and what is its purpose? A: Police officers use the term “bar check” when they walk into establishments that serve alcoholic beverages. During this contact with the establishment and customers it is my expectation that we converse with management, employees and customers. Obviously, part of this is a “deterrent” by the fact the officer is in uniform, but more than that, it is my expectation that our officers are somewhat social and informative if asked any questions. It is our intention not to make people uncomfortable but to know that we are here to help as well as take care of any law enforcement concerns. Send questions for the Sunriver police and fire chiefs to

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12/2 Report of a dog at large that approached the RP. Officer contacted the dog’s owner and discussed Sunriver’s rules and regulations. The owner agreed to avoid the RP’s property and take a different route while walking. The RP wanted to remain anonymous, but the owner said he knew who the RP was because he heard him yelling at the dog. 12/2 Observed a speeding vehicle, failing to signal and failing to maintain lane of travel on Abbot Drive. Driver consented to and failed field sobriety tests. He was transported to DCJ where he was given a breath test. Result: .21 12/2 RP was concerned that a locksmith had arrived at 11 p.m. to change the locks on his house. The locksmith stated that he was unaware that anyone would be home. The work had been scheduled by one of the rental companies for this date. RP was mainly concerned for the safety of the worker at this late hour. Locksmith apparently likes to burn the midnight oil. 12/3 Assisted DCSO with contacting the RO of a vehicle stopped by Linn County officers. The driver was refusing to roll the window down or give information. The RO apparently sold the vehicle in October and provided officers with the limited info he had. 12/8 RP was locked out of her house near circle 4. Officers were able to make her day. 12/8 RP called concerning her husband being gone for an extended amount of time in sub-zero weather. He arrived home while an officer was on the phone with the RP. 12/9 RP on Mt. Hood Lane reported finding footprints on her back deck. Officers were able to trace the footprints to several houses on the lane. No entry was gained anywhere. 12/9 RP reported the theft of six solar yard lights from his Sunriver home. He also suspects the neighbor’s guests are depositing trash in his garbage can. 12/10 Responded to an alarm at a residence on Filbert Lane. Found a handyman working on frozen pipes. 12/11 Criminal mischief reported at home on Mt. Adams Lane. A string of Christmas lights appeared to be cut. Upon closer inspection, it appeared that a rodent had chewed through the wires as well as a string holding another Christmas tree upright. Numerous small branches also littered the ground beneath the tree. 12/14 Officer observed a Nissan SUV drive off the roadway and onto common ground on Abbot Drive and circle 4. The driver steered his vehicle onto the snowy area not realizing the officer was behind him. The vehicle was stopped and the driver was found to be DWS. He was cited in lieu of custody and released. A driver with a valid license drove him back to his residence. 12/14 While on patrol, officer heard an audible alarm in the Business Park. Building was located, secured and the security company notified. 12/14 Conducted a traffic stop on a Honda Accord for not signaling. Plates on the car returned to a 1992 Mercury. Driver provided DMV documentation for the switched plate, but was evasive about a flat screen TV observed in the trunk. The serial number on the TV was run through dispatch and confirmed that it had not been reported stolen. When asked who the TV belonged to, the driver stated, “It’s my boyfriend’s,” but she refused to name him. She reported that she was “taking friends home” to La Pine. However, they were traveling west on Spring River Road at the time of the stop. Officer put out a BOLO on this vehicle for possible criminal activity. 12/17 RP called at 10 p.m. to report that there was a vehicle at a neighbor’s house loading things into a trailer. The vehicle had already left. Officer alerted DCSO and checked that the house was secure. It appeared that some construction was going on as a roll of carpet and some tools were observed. A message was left for the owner. 12/18 Assisted DCSO with vehicle vs. light pole on South Century Drive. Flares were set out and Public Works contacted to sand, as the road was very slick. 12/19 Report of broken water pipes at a home on Lost Lane. An officer met the utility company there and they shut off the water. They also contacted the homeowner. 12/20 Report of a female with medical issues who was more than an hour overdue from a trip to the Marketplace. After a search, she was located and returned to her address. 12/20 RP hit a light pole on Abbot Drive causing it to lean. She was advised to notify Public Works on Monday morning. 12/20 Report of a subject attempting to enter several vehicles parked in the village area. Suspect was located and cited for three counts of attempted unlawful entry into a motor vehicle. 12/20 DOA discovered after a welfare check at a residence in the Wildflower Condos. Death appeared to be natural. 12/21 Subject on parole from out of state checked in at our office as required. Appropriate notification was made to Idaho State Parole. 12/21 Report of an adult “toy” placed on a fire hydrant snow marker near

capacities required to perform their job duties. Letters were again sent to the remaining applicants to schedule a time to be interviewed by a three-person board. Each applicant was scored on their responses to 12 questions. The process averaged about 45 minutes per person. Next is what we call a “chief ’s interview” in which the police chief has a one-on-one interview with finalists (10 in this case). The job is offered to one person and the remaining applicants remain on our hiring list that we expect to be good for about 18 months. The person offered the job then goes through a background investigation, and physical and psychological examinations. We hope to have someone hired and starting by the end of January 2014.


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

Q: Your department was short four officers in December. How did the department function with less than full staffing? A: We were down four officers due to two being on medical leave, one on paid leave and one open position due to a resignation. We were able to function with less than full staff by having at least Marc Mills one officer on at all times, maximizing sergeant and police chief onduty time during peak hours, and working smart with our partner agencies, Deschutes County Sheriff ’s Office and Oregon State Police, when necessary.

street light checks. We are testing this project with Public Works in hopes that we can fulfill their needs as we are out patrolling the roads at night, and they can schedule their time for other things. A win, win for our community.



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have access to a computer and are in the State of Oregon, you can dial 511. Both resources will provide up-to-the-minute road conditions and chain requirements for all roadways in Oregon. Have a travel plan and share it with friends and family. Notify people when you are leaving and how long you estimate it will take you to go on your planned travel route. Be sure to notify them when you arrive and don’t forget to inform them of any major travel changes. Driving on ice Black ice, also called glare or clear ice, is a thin layer of ice on the roadway. Any ice is dangerous to drive on, but black ice is particularly hazardous because the road looks wet, not icy. Black ice isn’t really black; it’s so thin and transparent that the darker pavement shows through. It often has a matte appearance rather than the expected gloss. Ice prevents tires from gripping, so steering is difficult and Information central for everything Sunriver!

stopping is harder. That means four-wheel drive vehicles won’t help much. Ordinary snow tires are designed for snow, not ice. The most helpful device for gaining traction on ice is tire chains. But even with chains, stopping distance is still several times greater than on dry pavement with ordinary tires. Black ice is most common at night and very early in the morning, when temperatures are typically lowest. It is usually thin enough that it melts soon after sunlight hits it, but it can last much longer on shaded areas of roadways. Bridges and overpasses are danger spots. Since they don’t receive as much heat from the ground and lose more heat to the air, their surfaces can drop below freezing even when the rest of the roadway doesn’t. Ice forms on the road when the surface temperature drops below freezing. The ground cools more slowly than the air and warms more slowly as well, so even if the air temperature is above freezing, the roadway may still be frozen. This discrepancy between temperatures can lull drivers into a false sense of security — they hear the temperature on the morning news and think all’s well, when the road is still frozen. Regaining control in a skid If you lose traction and your

vehicle feels like it’s floating, gradually slow down and don’t slam on the brakes. Slamming on the brakes will often cause your vehicle to go into a slide. If your vehicle begins to slide, it’s often recommended to turn the way your vehicle is sliding to attempt to gain control of the vehicle. If the vehicle slides to the left, turn your wheels left. If your vehicle begins to slide to the right, turn your wheels to the right. Anticipate icy spots Use extra caution when driving on bridges or concrete highways. These surfaces are the first to freeze and become slippery when the temperature drops. Slow down in advance of shaded areas, especially on curves. Shaded areas are cooler and may have ice that is difficult to see. Don’t pass snowplows or sanders, and don’t follow them too closely. Remember that they are there to make sure the roadways are safe for motorists to travel on. Call for help Local law enforcement is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you come across a crash, notify law enforcement by calling 911 for emergencies, or 541693-6911 for non-emergencies while in Deschutes County. Be safe, travel smart, and make sure you are well rested before traveling.

Police log continued from page 31 Center Drive. The item was removed prior to officer’s arrival. Darn! 12/21 Report of an audible alarm at home on Tokatee Lane. Officer determined the water lines were broken inside the home. Owner was contacted and advised that the utility company had already shut off the water. The alarm was sounding from a furnace inside the home. 12/23 Assisted DCSO with an assault/robbery in the Three Rivers area involving a restrained ex-boyfriend. 12/24 RP reported his vehicle stolen…. only to remember later that it had been parked at the RV storage facility. 12/24 Assisted SRFD with a medical call at the Great Hall. Patient was transported to SCMC. 12/25 Responded to a barking dog report on Catalpa Lane. The dog was in the back yard chained to a stake close to the bike path and would bark when people approached. The owner agreed to bring the dog inside. 12/25 RP reported seeing a gas-powered bicycle on the bike path near Deschutes Lane. UTL at the time of the report, however the officer did see a gas powered bike on the roadway later that day. 12/27 Traffic stop on Cottonwood Road for headlight out. Driver had an arrest warrant out of Washington and a suspended license in Oregon. Subject was taken into custody, transported to DCJ and issued a citation for DWS. His wife took possession of the vehicle. Chances are good that she’ll replace the headlight. 12/27 RP reported seeing a cougar near Vista Lane. 12/28 Assisted SRFD at Ranch Cabin Condos with a patient experiencing a medical issue. 12/29 Assisted DCSO with a suspicious vehicle parked at a dead end of a street in the Three Rivers area. The driver had been seen walking away into a residential area. Officers searched with a K9, but were unable to locate him. A search of the truck revealed burglar tools, large knives and a police scanner. Perhaps he didn’t get what he wanted for Christmas. 12/29 Subject was contacted sleeping in his homemade camping trailer near Center Drive. His vehicle wouldn’t start and he had to wait until daybreak to work on his truck. The lodge was notified. 12/30 RP reported a Craigslist scam he had fallen victim to involving renting a home for the holidays. 12/31 RP on Lost Lane reports items missing from his home. No sign of forced entry, but various blankets and other household items were missing. -Compiled by Kathie Thatcher

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Sunriver Mens Golf: 2014 brings renewal and change 2008 through 2013, he was the By Paul J. Grieco Crosswater Club manager and Josh Willis to manage resort most recently was responsible golf operations Passion is a drive behind for golf and purchasing at all of anything truly worth doing, the courses at the resort. Willis said his though most ardent most important role golfers might not is, “To ensure the admit to so strong golf experience on an emotion. each of our courses is Passion seems to enjoyable for all who drive Josh Willis, play here, especially Sunriver Resort’s for the members and new director of golf annual pass holders, operations, who, Paul J. Grieco the recreational pass since 2008, was the Crosswater Club manager. holders and the resort guests. Willis took an expanded role I intend to work very closely at the first of the year after with the different memberships Scott Ellender left Sunriver to enhance their experience in November for a position every day, to find ways to help with the Monroe Golf Club in both the resort and the memPittsford, N.Y. Willis will be bers achieve their respective wearing the “golf hat” that El- goals.” If what he does helps the lender wore, but someone else, members who play here, Willis yet to be named, will take over said it will help Sunriver Resort management of the lodge and grow its business, a win-win situation. restaurant functions. To underscore this point, Willis, 34, and a Georgia native, graduated with a business he emphasized that the Anand marketing degree from nual Pass rate will remain Mississippi State as well earn- unchanged for the third year in ing his license as a PGA golf a row, and the PARS program professional. MSU was one (20 percent discount at resort of the first four colleges in the restaurants and retail shops) country accredited by the PGA will continue. to offer licensing. He interned at Sunriver Resort while still a USGA rule changes affect university student in 2001, do- recreational golfers In November 2013, the ing the kinds of odd jobs that give one a broad background in United States Golf Association announced 87 changes to the a chosen endeavor. “I pretty much did a lot of current edition of the “Decithe same grunt work I did as sions on the Rules of Golf.” a young boy of 13 working Twenty-four decisions were at the local country club,” withdrawn, 59 were revised, he said. After graduating in three were new and one was 2004, Willis became head pro renumbered. The USGA and at Crosswater, a job he held the R&A (Royal & Ancient until 2008, responsible for the Golf Association) update the golf program, membership, the rules of golf every four years, restaurant and agronomy. From but decisions are updated every

when a quick look at the rule other year. book will keep you and your felThese rules affect the reclow players within the rules and reational golfer as much as perhaps save a stroke or two, or they do elite players at the top a dollar or two, in the process. of their game, which is what makes golf so equitable. Join early According to the USGA, four decisions are particularly One of the favorite features noteworthy: about weekly play with the • New Decision 14-3/18 conSRMGC is that results are firms that players can access reposted to the club’s web site ports on weather conditions on Josh Willis is Sunriver immediately after each coma smartphone during a round Resort’s new Director of Golf petition, including a pro-style without breaching the rules. Operations. money list that cumulatively Importantly, this new decision tracks each player’s winnings also clarifies that players are forfeiting his or her right to go week-to-week in various categopermitted to access information back and play a provisional ball. ries: Weekly Game Winnings, on the threat of an impending Author’s note: I have inadver- Closest to Pin, Low Gross and storm in order to protect their tently breached this rule many Low Net Scores, Match Play own safety. times by looking for a ball in and Club Championship, and • New Decision 18/4 provides the woods without having hit Net and Gross Skins Winnings. that, where enhanced techno- a provisional from the tee and A separate competition, the 18 logical evidence (e.g. HDTV, then going back to the tee to Hole Challenge, is tracked simidigital recording or lar to pro golf’s online visual media, Kodak Chaletc.) shows that a “If only I had cleared the trees and hit the lenge, tallying ball has left its posi- green, it would’ve been a great shot.” the best scores tion and come to rest relative to par — Sam Snead, PGA Tour Hall of Famer in another location, for each hole the ball will not be over the course deemed to have moved if that rehit. Oops. of the year. Maybe the next addition to movement was not reasonably New members are welcome. discernible to the naked eye at your golf bag could be a copy Sunriver residency is not reof “The Rules of Golf.” The quired. For more information the time. • Revised Decision 25-2/0.5 USGA has a great application email president Robert Hill at helps to clarify when a golf ball to download for $3.99 with or go to is considered to be embedded the complete Rules of Golf. A in the ground through the use search function makes it easy to find the rule or decision you’re of illustrations. Paul J. Grieco is Secretary of • Revised Decision 27-2a/1.5 looking for. Whether you are the Sunriver Men’s Golf Club allows a player to go forward new to the game or experienced, and may be reached at pjg3sr@ approximately 50 yards without there are times during a round

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Book clubs read about travel experiences, leper colonies, Italian murder mystery Book clubs in February will discuss a variety of topics from historical fiction in the Mystery and Fiction book clubs to the Travel Essay’s selection about a woman abroad in the world. Book clubs meet at 6:30 Monday evenings and are a great way to connect with other passionate readers in the community. Feb. 3 the Mystery Book Club will go back in time to an era rife with intrigue and betrayal. “Malice of Fortune” by Michael Ennis is a moody, tantalizing mystery set in Italy during the days of the Borgias, Niccolo Machiavelli, and Leonardo da Vinci. If you like complicated mysteries populated with some of the most fascinating figures in history, this is just the ticket. Body parts found in odd places; mysterious victims; Caesar Borgia on the cusp of a deal with the Florentines; crimes that muddle with political maneuvering. It all makes for a fascinating, elegant pageturner that keeps the reader guessing to the very end. Feb. 10 the Fiction Book Club discusses a novel that is both entertaining and ambitious in its scope, “Moloka’i” by Alan Brennert. Setting a novel in Molokai’s leper

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colony, conveying the horrors of the disease and the depravations suffered by those afflicted, while still telling a story that is uplifting, engaging and ultimately hopeful is a challenge. Brennert succeeds beautifully. The reader meets Rachel Kalama as a happy, boisterous child, beloved by both her parents. Rachel’s father is a sailor, bringing each of his children home gifts from far off places when he returns to port in Honolulu. Rachel’s gifts are dolls; she treasures her collection and dreams of visiting the places her father has been. It is a dream overcome by a nightmare as Rachel develops a sore that does not heal. In the late 1800s, those suspected of leprosy were

ferreted out and confined to Kalaupapa on a remote corner of the island of Molokai to await their death. Rachel is only 7 when she is ripped from her family and sent to the leper colony. Brennert brings the reader to care for this character as she grows, learns to cope with her affliction and do her best to live her days to the fullest. This is a very enjoyable, engrossing and enlightening story. Feb. 17 the Travel Essay Book Club discusses “Educating Alice: Adventures of a Curious Woman” by Alice Steinbach. The Pulitzer Prize winning journalist so enjoyed her yearlong sabbatical to Europe described in “Without Reservations” that she decided

to paint on a bigger canvas and have a grander adventure. Quitting her job on the Baltimore Sun, Steinbach heads to far off places and combines her travels with learning. She attends a cooking school in France, learns to herd sheep with a border collie in Scotland, and takes in a geisha meeting in Japan. She travels to Havana, immersing herself in Cuban culture. In England she tours the land of Jane Austen. Everywhere she goes Steinbach stays involved and open to her experiences. Her writing style is lively and her books are a lot of fun. All are welcome to join the book club discussions. Information: 541-593-2525, www.

beware of any offer that sounds too good to be true. Check the seller’s offer against the going rate of tickets sold directly from the venue, a promoter or an authorized ticket seller, either online or at the box office. 5. Know how to spot a fake. Real tickets will often bear certain authenticity features to distinguish them from counterfeits. Learn how the tickets you want to purchase are supposed to look and feel; watch for flimsy paper, smeared ink or uneven margins. 6. Location, location, location. Before making a purchase, ask the seller about the seats you will be purchasing with the ticket. Check ticket agencies for views of seating charts and the dates of games, concerts or shows scheduled for the venue. Confirm that the event will take place and that the section, row and seat number on your ticket correspond with an actual location in the stadium or theater. 
7. Report fraud. If you have a problem with an online purchase or charge, try to work it out with the seller first. If you can’t resolve the problem or feel you are the victim of a scam, file a complaint with the Oregon Department of Justice, at

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Foundation funds enhancements benefit Three Rivers School

This school year, students at Three Rivers School are attending extra-curricular activities thanks to a grant from the local Care for Kids Foundation. The foundation funded field trips for 14 classes (K-8 grades), for the music program (instrument rental, etc.), a theater program, an Oregon Aquarium program presented at the school and the Bend Science Station program for kindergarten through fifth grade. The Bend Science Station presents lab-based classes in Bend; the classes for each grade are different every year, exposing a student to new science learning. “This unique education program exposes students to a view of science not seen in a regular elementary school classroom. It provides laboratory-based science instruction and introduces equipment like data acquisition technology, fume hoods, digital microscopes and vacuum pumps allowing students to make scientific observations related to the study of physics, biology, chemistry and earth science. All of the lessons taught as part of this program

have been designed with input of classroom teachers and meet Oregon State Science Benchmarks,” said Gayle Vidal, principal. Music and arts are a critical part of the learning process. “Music and art give children the skills to be inventive and creative in a way that most subjects cannot. Through the open environment of the music classroom, children develop self-esteem, self-discipline, cooperation and self-motivation,” said Rebekka Nores, music director. The Care for Kids Foundation has been funding these kinds of extra-curricular activities for 13 years. “The Foundation’s board is pleased to help Three Rivers School become an extraordinary place for learning while keeping these kids interested in school through college,” said Jim Manary, Care for Kids Foundation board president. “The early years of education make a dramatic impact on a student’s interest in school and a desire to learn more.” Information: jimmanary@

American folk music influenced the development of music in our country as well as the culture we live in. So believes Jim Loughrie, musician, businessman and instructor for a folk guitar class being offered by the Greater La Pine Adult Education Program. Loughrie recently retired and moved to La Pine to be closer to his family in Bend. He remains a partner in a music store in Tillamook where he built a business and played music with local musicians. In addition to guitar, Loughrie plays drums, bass and harmonica. He continues his enjoyment of music as a songwriter and producer for original music artists in La Pine. A member of the Central Oregon Songwriters Association, Loughrie is currently working to organize bands, write and record songs and prepare for the numerous summer music festivals in the area.

“I took a guitar class in college and it really opened the door for me to see the influence folk music played in a variety of styles and sound that eventually led to the creation of other sounds and styles in our culture… I thought it would be neat to share that journey of folk music with others,” he said. Loughrie’s class, Folk Guitar: A Journey Through Folk Music, is Tuesdays beginning Feb. 4 to March 4, 6-7:30 p.m. at the La Pine Community Center. The class will focus on the origins of American folk music, who influenced it, and where it’s heading. The course also includes the opportunity to play a variety of folk songs, so bring your guitar and polish up some of those basic chords. To register, visit, call 541-5362223, or email Malia Sathrum at malia.sathrum@lapineparks. org

Ford Family Foundation partners with La Pine

For the past four years, the City of La Pine has been the fortunate recipient of assistance from the Ford Family Foundation for Community Building. The foundation’s support has facilitated La Pine’s efforts to involve its citizens in a variety of community building projects and in various leadership classes. These activities have helped create a network of positive and productive people in the community. Some of the projects that have been completed include downtown La Pine streetlights and play equipment and a water feature for a city park. This program is unique in the nation in its design to build capacity at three levels – the individual leader, the effective Turn to La Pine, page 37

Call for artists to interpret novel, part of Novel Idea program By Betty Vincent and Sue Stafford In connection with the 11th annual Deschutes Library Novel Idea program, Friends of the Library Art Committee is putting out a call to all Sunriver area artists. Artists are invited to create a piece of artwork of any kind that reflects a theme of this year’s book selection, “The Dog Stars,” by Peter Heller, for an April exhibit at the library. “The Dog Stars,” is a novel that centers around a soulful hero, Hig, as he lives through a grim and frightening postapocalyptic world and finds his way to hope and love again,” said Chantal Strobel, Novel Idea project director. Hig lives at a little country airstrip which he shares with his beloved blue heeler, Jasper, and a mean gun-nut named Bangley. It’s nine years after a super-flu has killed 99.7 percent

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of the people on the planet. Hig sleeps out under the open sky at night with Jasper. He does it because he loves to see the stars. He used to have a book of the stars, but now he doesn’t, so when he’s lying out at night he makes up constellations. Mostly they are animals, and he makes one for his best friend, Jasper, The Dog Stars. It’s Hig’s way of reinventing the lost world and keeping in touch with the things he loves. Copies of “The Dog Stars” are available at the library. Some possible artwork titles/ themes: • Stars. Because Hig can’t remember the names of the constellations, he renames them in honor of the people (and animals) that he has lost. He finds comfort in his newly named constellations. • Flight. Hig spends time every day flying the perimeter in his 1954 Cessna. Art could be anything having to do with flight. • Return of the natural. After 99 percent of the world’s

population is wiped out by the pandemic, nature gets a chance to recover from human abuse. Throughout the novel, Hig notices nature reestablishing itself. These are only suggestions, and artists may choose any themes they deem appropriate from their reading of the novel. Artists will be asked to get an application for the art submission (for insurance purposes) and submit their entries in March for hanging on March 29. The exhibit will run through the month of April 2014 in the Sunriver Library. It will be up to the individual artists if their work will be available for sale with a percentage going to Friends of the Library. Novel Idea events will kick off April 12 with more than 20 programs planned throughout Deschutes County. The events culminate with a presentation from the author, Peter Heller. For more information contact Heidi Powers at the Sunriver Area Public Library for an application or Betty Vincent, at

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Vacation Home Maintenance: Who do you call? By Shannon Bassett Last month’s issue of the Sunriver Scene was full of stories about our unusual weather, with a front page article about frozen pipes that included some impressive photographs. It was a reminder of the power of water when unleashed by nature. A recurring theme was the importance of having resources at hand that can forestall problems when you are not at your Sunriver residence. How do you cover problems that arise when you are not around? There is only so much you can do when you are dealing with a vacation home. It is hard to handle emergencies when you are far from Sunriver and it is difficult to deal with the ensuing recovery from problems like water damage, storm damage and household equipment failure.

The advantage of hiring a local caretaker is that it simplifies the emergency plan for your home. One call to your caretaker should get everything resolved. We have relationships with tradespeople whom we can call for emergencies and routine maintenance. That gives you the advantage of not having to resort to yellow page surfing in the middle of the night. We like it for the same reason and our tradespeople like it because we can keep them busy. One of my clients had planned to fly from the East Coast to take care of a “cold alert” alarm. He was right to worry about the possibility of broken pipes, but I told him to sit tight and let me handle it. The money he saved by not having to miss work or purchase last minute plane tickets more than paid for my charges.

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Webfoot Painting to donate $5,000 in painting services to family in need Webfoot Painting Co., a Central Oregon residential and commercial painting company, announces its 5th Annual $5,000 Painting Charity Giveaway. This year, the event will mark the first ever “Home Edition” giveaway and will be focused on a family and household in need. The Bend-based company will select one recipient in the Bend/Redmond area based on need and compelling story to receive $5,000 in free paint, labor and materials. Last year, the Bethlehem Inn, Central Oregon’s only emergency shelter, was selected as the beneficiary. The exterior surfaces of their three buildings were severely worn and hadn’t been painted in more than 15 years. Now, the once severely rusted metal railings, 50 worn and beaten front doors and door trim, and other trim/ siding on the buildings are protected and looking sharp. Webfoot asks the community to provide stories, pictures and any supporting materials

Whether a caretaker is checking on the house, a guest or renter is staying there, or you and your family members are in residence, you’ll want to have a contact list that is handy and up-to-date. Here’s a list as an example, just include your own service providers such as alarm company, plumber, heating company, neighbor’s number, etc. Take a little time to line up your caretaking team. Hiring a professional to take care of the details, protect your property and manage its maintenance can put the vacation back in your home. Shannon Bassett operates Home Fridays, which offers home management and concierge services to vacation homeowners. Information: 541-317-3088.

no later than Feb. 28 via the company’s website submission form at www.webfootpainting. com, by email at gavin@web or by mail to 20585 Brinson Blvd #4, Bend, OR 97701. The only criteria is that you have a compelling story of why you feel you or someone you know and care about, deserves the free painting service. Individuals, families or households may be nominated. The winner will be determined by a company vote in March.

community organization, and collaborations within and across communities. The ultimate purpose of the program is to help enhance the vitality of rural communities. Various fund raising activities occur each year in order for the group, with matching funds from grants, to achieve its project goals. Two of the activities planned for 2014 include the La Pine Winter Festival, March 1 and a stakeholder’s event April 5. For questions and more information about the winter festival or the Ford Foundation, please contact Patti Morgan, administrative assistant for the City of La Pine, at 541-771-2812.

HOUSEHOLD EMERGENCY LIST Police Fire or Medical Emergency 911 Sunriver Police Non-Emergency 541-593-1014 Sunriver Fire Non-Emergency 541-593-8622 Deschutes Sheriff Non-Emergency 541-693-6911 Water and Sewer (Sunriver Resort 541-593-4197 or 541-593-8034 Midstate Electric Cooperative 541-536-2126 or 541-536-2165 Cascade Natural Gas 888-522-1130 or 800-426-0242 Cascade Disposal (garbage) 541-382-6660 Sunriver Owners Association 541-593-2411 Road conditions (ODOT) www. tripcheck. com Electrical panel location.......................................................... Water shut-off location............................................................ Caretaker....................................................................................... Plumber.......................................................................................... Electrician...................................................................................... Hot Tub service............................................................................ Handyman.................................................................................... Landscape service......................................................................

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A Chorus of One: Deschutes River flow and fish kill articles

commentary Shaun Pigott, Three Rivers I appreciate the recent articles on the Upper Deschutes River and the Scene’s efforts to keep the October 2013 fish kill front and center. The “suite of conditions” regarding the fish kill, cited by the state agencies charged with protecting our public fishery resources and waterways, left me with a suite of feelings… ranging from disbelief to frustration. When I distill the facts as presented by state regulators, I am left with the conclusion that because winter flows below Wickiup Dam were allowed to increase to a paltry 200 cfs in 2011 and 2012, this inadvertently opened the door for fish to actually do what fish are supposed to do… move up and down the Deschutes in winter. What were they thinking! Now we return to “normal” winter water releases from Wickiup Dam, actually a trickle, of 35 cubic feet per second. Think of 35 cfs as roughly the rate of craft beer consumption in Deschutes County on a Saturday night after a good ski day. The irony of this regulatory logic is that by keeping

winter flows to a trickle we will not have any more kills because fish won’t be fooled into thinking they can actually move around in winter and will stay the heck out of natural side channels. A trickle flow will also encourage them to stay put in whatever year-around water they are lucky enough to find, basically duck and cover through winter… the fish equivalent of musical chairs. Except when we have prolonged freezing and sub zero temperatures like we experienced Dec. 4-10. Then duck and cover in shallow pocket water turns into a freeze-in-place scenario and the fish once again pay the ultimate price in order to guarantee that Wickiup Reservoir stores all the water irrigators need next summer. A s i n t e re s t e d p a r t i e s come together to study the Deschutes Basin for Habitat Conservation Planning (HCP) I hope they keep in mind one immutable fact: A river needs water and 35 cfs in winter has been slowly strangling this resource for decades. The HCP and Basin Study processes need to recognize the value of a healthy upper Deschutes for all of the

162,000 people in Deschutes County and start the negotiation from a point that guarantees a sustaining yeararound base flow (whatever the science says that number is, but it is not 35).

This should be the nonnegotiable first step toward rebuilding the river’s health. It is the least we can and should do for the river that brought most of us here in the first place.

SHARC user fees

Howard Permut, Sunriver I am writing in response to Ken Virgin’s letter regarding SHARC user fees. It seems to me that the simplest and fairest approach is for the SROA to charge a flat fee for SHARC usage regardless if the user is a homeowner or a visitor of a homeowner. This will, by definition, guarantee that everyone pays the same and equal rate and will treat both full-time and part-time homeowners equally.

Jim Benish passes

Lara Benish, Sunriver Jim loved Sunriver before we moved here and even more afterwards. It was the perfect place just as we imagined it would be. We felt like we lived on the best cul-de-sac in Sunriver with neighbors who were fun, helpful beyond words and always upbeat. We became involved in the community working on the potluck committee, church projects at Holy Trinity and through the men’s and women’s clubs. There were poker games, a coffee group and events at SHARC and The Village at Sunriver. Friends moving to the area and friends visiting from all over the country kept us busy. We watched the mall change, remembering activities with our young children. We enjoyed new events at the new village with our grown children and grandson. December is a wonderful month in Sunriver but this year was a bit dimmer as Jim’s life came to a close on Dec. 14. Jim was 70 when he passed into heaven after a long battle with melanoma. He was

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known for his positive attitude and amazing sense of humor. He loved golf but it was not kind to him. I can still hear him say, “Cut, cut, cut!” to the golf ball and, once in a while, it listened. He once sent our 5-year-old son into the woods to find golf balls so he could finish a golf game. Those were the days. He was loved, respected and liked. It doesn’t get much better than that.

From the editor’s desk: A productive year for the SROA Board of Directors By Brooke Snavely

For those who labor under the impression the SROA Board of Directors doesn’t do much, think again. Last year the board set and met several significant goals, some or all of which impact every owner. Decision-making model The board developed and implemented a decision-making model to review, evaluate and prioritize proposals for action. The model was approved in February and immediately employed by the Infrastructure and Amenities Master Plan (IAMP) Task Force to prioritize new projects. The owners boat ramp emerged as the top priority. A consultant was hired and four forums were held last summer to gather input on what owners want in the way of access to the river. The board is on the cusp of pulling the trigger on the consultant’s recom-

mendation, which incorporates many owners’ comments. If this project continues on course, it will be presented to SROA members as a ballot measure in 2014 and, if approved, members can expect the boat launch to be operational by Memorial Day 2015. The decision-making model was also used to: • Convert one Ft. Rock Park tennis court to three pickleball courts • Set 2014 admissions rates for SHARC and other SROA amenities • Develop a long-range plan for the reforestation of Sunriver • Request additional information and justifications from the Design Committee for proposed changes to the Design Manual. Establish long-range financial plan The Long-range Financial Plan Task Force reviewed SROA’s current revenue sources and considered other revenue streams. The task force recommended that capital expenditures on new amenities (e.g. the boat launch) not be funded through a special purpose assessment. The task force recommended the own-


ers annual maintenance fee not increase beyond the 6 percent annual limit (the board chose 4.5 percent) and that reserve contributions increase by 5 percent every year. The task force stated that some IAMP projects can be funded from the reserve fund over the next 5-10 years. If additional revenue is needed in the future, the task force believes that a capital improvement fee of ½ to one percent of the sales price on the purchase of a home in Sunriver would help achieve the target of 70 to 100 percent funding of the reserves fund in the 2020-2030 timeframe. Review revenue model The board appointed a revenue model work group to review SROA’s pricing policies for access to SROA amenities (SHARC, North Pool, tennis courts, parks, etc.) The group studied newly available cost and usage data based on SHARC’s first full year of operations to develop the new model. Another goal was to ensure that people who use SROA recreation facilities cover their costs of using those facilities. Under the previous model, revenues collected from property

management companies and Independent Rental Access Program (IRAP) participants did not cover the cost of providing access to their guests. The board approved the new revenue model in September 2013. It discontinued an access agreement with property managers (of more than 50 properties) that had been in place for many years. The new program provides a way for the property managers to purchase tickets in bulk with volume discounts. The IRAP program was expanded to include homes managed by property management companies. IRAP is the only means by which owners can provide their renters with unlimited access to SROA recreational facilities. The SHARC general public gate fee was flattened to $25 for both children and adults during the peak summer season. The fee is less during shoulder seasons. Corporate and season passes were introduced, aimed at capturing additional revenue during off-peak periods. Another goal was to build an operational reserve fund for SHARC to address declines in

revenue from unanticipated economic downturns or poor weather. Marketing The board reviewed SROA’s role in branding and marketing Sunriver. The board determined the goals of SROA’s efforts are to: • Add more permanent residents • Encourage people to discover all that Sunriver has to offer • Attract people from local and regional markets and year round, not just in the summer Goals for 2014 The SROA Board of Directors’ goals for 2014 are to: • Promote increased owner participation in SROA governance • Review SROA governing documents • Continue implementation of the IAMP • Review SROA financial policies • Review policies regarding access to SROA amenities • Review and revise board orientation, reference materials and processes One thing is certain. This board of directors isn’t sitting around twiddling its thumbs. Page 39

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February 2014 Sunriver Scene  
February 2014 Sunriver Scene  

Monthly publication of the Sunriver Owners Association in Sunriver, Oregon