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W i s h i n g e v e ryo n e a s a f e & h a p p y N e w YE a r ! The Sunriver Gardener column returns featuring guest writers. This month’s topic is about the body language of trees.

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INSIDE THIS ISSUE PlumbLines................... 2 Nature Center.............. 10 Calendar...................... 13 Women’s Club.............. 18

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

Sunriver residents are on the move! See where they’ve been in our quarterly feature Making the Scene. Pages 21-22



january • 2012

volume xxxVIII • Number 1

Chilly winter doesn’t slow SHARC work

By Brooke Snavely Was the circus in town? For a few days in late November and early December a huge, blue dome materialized at the SHARC project site. It turned out to be temporary shelters built over the outdoor pools to allow contractors to apply plaster in a climate controlled environment. Heaters blew hot air into the temporary structures to provide the minimum 60-degree temperatures required for pool plaster application. An elaborate framework of PVC piping was constructed to support the tarps holding in the heat that allowed the plaster to dry. And it worked fine on the narrow diameter lazy river and small children’s wading pool. But when it came to the large recreational pool, the massive surface area of the tarp filled up like a hot air balloon, creating a 20-foot tall dome visible to passersby and viewers of the construction site web cameras. There was so much lift from the hot air trapped inside the dome that crews had to anchor the tarp with boxes of unmixed concrete all the way around the pool’s perimeter. When the wind blew, the dome shifted and rolled, occasionally snapping the tarp with enough force to dislodge the anchors, prompting a scurry to secure it. Despite the unusual appearance and constantly shifting roof, the plastering work under the dome proceeded without a hitch. One technician sprayed the plaster on, followed by another who smoothed it with a float. The crew wore spiked shoes that elevated their feet so they didn’t leave footprints in the fresh plaster. “Ideally, we’d apply plaster in the spring time, in the sunshine, in 70 degree temperatures,” said Steve Scott of The Pool Company in Tacoma, Wash. “But when the weather doesn’t Turn to SHARC, page 3 SUNRIVER SCENE SUNRIVER OWNERS ASSN. VOLUME XXXVIII • NUMBER 1 P.O. BOX 3278 SUNRIVER, OR 97707

Above: The blue blob at the SHARC was actually a massive tarp filled with hot air to allow plastering of the large outdoor pool in below-freezing weather. Right: Under the tarp, contractors sprayed on plaster then smoothed it with tools. After a few hours of drying, the pools were filled and circulation and filtration systems began operating. Pool plaster requires exposure to water and certain chemicals for a period of 28-30 days to cure properly. Brooke Snavely photos

Sunriver resident selected for White House internship Jessie McGrath, daughter of the Reverend Nancy Sargent-Green, pastor of Sunriver Christian Fellowship, will be serving as an intern in the executive office of the President on the Council of Environmental Quality in Washington, D.C. beginning in January. McGrath’s responsibilities will include researching current environmental policy topics, managing inquiries and working closely with members of White House staff. She will attend congressional hearings and meetings to provide reports and briefs. After graduating from Bend Senior High School in 2006, McGrath attended the University of Oregon where

she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in 2011 with double majors in political science and marine biology and a minor in public policy and management. While attending college, McGrath traveled to Ecuador where she participated in a research program studying insect behavior in the Amazon jungle. She also attended classes and assisted in several research projects at the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology in Charleston, Ore. McGrath is employed by Grace Bio-Labs in Bend, where she works in their Research and Development Department. She plans to pursue a postgraduate degree in the fall. PRSRT STD. U.S. POSTAGE PAID BEND, OR PERMIT NO. 213


Process and progress of the Sunriver Homeowners Aquatic & Recreation Center

There’s water in the pools On time! Under budget!! Reports from the development and financial task forces tell a very exciting story for the completion of the SHARC project, simply put — we are on time and under budget! On time: The contractor is reporting they will be able to turn the facility over to the association for training and final systems checks sometime in late January or early February. Weather did preclude some of their landscape and final exterior touch ups with plans to return in the spring to polish that work off; but the facility will be operational regardless of those projects not being completed. Staff anticipates using the balance of the spring to furnish the facility and go through operational training. They are confident that they will be prepared for the anticipated grand opening in May. Under budget: Considering the magnitude of this project and all the various facility functions, it is amazing to actually bring this project in under budget. Thanks to value engineering and a collaborative effort between the contractors and architect, SHARC has numerous added features that were not even initially considered — additional outdoor rest rooms, basketball court, year round tubing park — at no additional cost to owners. The project is coming in approximately $750,000 under the not to exceed budget amount. A huge “thanks” is owed to those members of the development and financial task forces in guiding this project to a successful conclusion, and well beyond expectations.

A major construction milestone has been achieved as water now circulates throughout all of the outdoor pools. At a relatively cozy 60-degree temperature, the water-filled pools bring the vision of opening day closer to reality. Filling the pools comes on the heels of the recently completed plaster work, and is a critical step in properly curing the freshly placed plaster. Filling the pools also allows the construction team to run the mechanical system through its paces and make necessary adjustments well in advance of opening day. As the plaster continues to cure, the construction crew will take to the water in wetsuits to conduct underwater inspections of the plaster. Meanwhile the plastering crew moves inside to start work on the indoor pool.

Owner access Owners can now pay the optional annual recreation fee ($50/card) online or in person at the SROA recreation office. Each card contains owner information and entitles that owner unlimited access to all SROA-owned and operated recreation amenities including pools (SHARC and North Pool), SHARC fitness and member living room, yearround tubing park and SROA tennis courts. In addition, the very popular program of 20 free guest passes per unit purchasing an ID card will be continued. These passes (a $500 value) can be used for guest entry to SHARC pools and tubing park, North Pool, and for tennis court reservations. Recreation staff has developed a host of new admission programs such as multi-day passes for guests and extended family ID cards ($120/ person, limit six), making amenity access friendlier than ever before. To learn more, contact the recreation office or visit

LT Rangers ride to the rescue

SHARC Area businesses tour SHARC; support a good cause In coordination with SHARC management, the Sunriver Area Chamber of Commerce invited its membership to take a special tour of the SHARC in early December. Close to 100 individuals showed up to take a tour and learn more about the facility. Included in the invite was a request for each member to bring along nonperishable or canned food to benefit the Bethlehem Inn of Bend. In all, three large boxes of food were collected for the nonprofit shelter. In the end, business members left excited about the facility… and with a little dust on their shoes from construction work still in progress. Thank you to all that attended and supported the food drive.

Project time line Interior finishes, furnishings arrive, mechanical systems testing


First special assessment payment due

Punch list items completed, Internal systems implemented and tested

January 2012 February 2012

Building the SHARC has been a community effort from the start. From surveys and design forums to the initial ground breaking ceremony, owners and interested supporters have played an important role in bringing this exciting amenity to life. We can now add the LT Rangers (Litter & Trash Rangers) to the long list of SHARC helpers. For those not in the know, the LT Rangers are an active group of committed volunteers who keep Sunriver’s pathways and roadsides clean from litter and trash. Simply put, they’re always on a mission to keep Sunriver beautiful… and SHARC was in their sights. In early December, long-time ranger Frank Brocker noticed scattered construction debris and trash at the construction site and took action. Brocker paid the construction office a visit, and while the contractors assured him that they would jump right on it, Brocker pleaded to be allowed the honor. In a matter of minutes, Brocker, bedecked in safety helmet and vest, went to work and collected two large bags of trash. Go LT Rangers!



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Above: Work continues on the reception area and corridor to the outdoor aquatic facilities.

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U.S. Postal Service delays closures, consolidations

Unexpected SHARC encounter On Dec. 21, SROA General Manager Bill Peck was making his daily inspection of the SHARC project when he encountered John Gray, the original developer of Sunriver. Peck gave the 92-year-old Gray a personal, guided tour of the facility after which Gray said he was ‘impressed.’ SROA will extend an invitation to Gray to attend the SHARC grand opening in May.

Clearing up the confusion over the optional Special Covenant Following a Dec. 19 mailing to Sunriver owners regarding the special purpose assessment amounts and optional Special Covenant filing, SROA has fielded numerous calls from confused property owners about the Special Covenant document. There is no need to contact SROA. The association is not party to property sales or enforcement of assessment refunds. It is up to YOU to file an optional Special Covenant and put the refund requirements in your sale agreement. If you chose either the lump sum assessment (option A) or the five annual assessments (option B) and decide to sell your property during the 15-year period following the initial assessment, you may wish to obtain a refund of the unamortized sum of the special assessment from a subsequent purchaser. To do this, complete and record an optional Special

Covenant against your home (a sample covenant is available on the SROA website under SHARC in the main toolbar). This document provides notice to a potential purchaser of the refund requirement. The Special Covenant document requires names of all legal owners and legal description of the property. All owners must sign the document in the presence of a Notary Public and have the signatures notarized. The document should then be recorded with Deschutes County. For those who elected one of the serial assessments (option C or D) and sell their Sunriver property before all assessment payments have been made, the new purchaser will be responsible to pay the remaining payments after the closing date of sale. You will not have any obligation for those future assessments. Turn to Covenant, page 4

The U.S. Postal Service, in response to a request made by numerous U.S. senators, has agreed to delay the closing or consolidation of any post office or mail processing facility until May 15. The Postal Service will continue all necessary steps required for the review of these facilities during the interim period, including public input meetings. “The Postal Service hopes this period will help facilitate the enactment of comprehensive postal legislation. Given the Postal Service’s financial situation and the loss of mail volume, the Postal Service must continue to take all steps necessary to reduce costs and increase revenue,” noted a Dec. 13 statement released by the U.S. Postal Service. After fighting for months against a plan to close more than 40 of Oregon’s rural post offices, Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley announced 20 post offices have been taken off the closure list completely, but the list did not include Sunriver’s post office. Merkley was part of a coalition of Senators calling for the moratorium on closures. Merkley is also the author of the

Protecting Rural Post Offices bill, co-sponsored by Sens. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), Jon Tester (DMont.), Lisa Murkowski, (RAlaska), Mark Begich (D-Ark.) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.). The bill would prohibit closing post offices more than 10 miles from another facility. Oregon post offices saved from closure include: Adel, Agness, Antelope, Arock, Brothers, Crane, Drewsey, Durkee, Fort Rock, Harper, Imnaha, Jamieson, Oxbow, Paulina, Post, Riley, Seneca, Summer Lake, Ukiah and Unity. The Postal Service wrote in a letter that it reached the decision after a study determined if the post offices were closed that “inclement topography, lack of local connecting roads, and absence of opportunity for alternate access do not allow for reasonable customer access at this time.” Merkley applauded the decision, saying, “These post offices are the heart of their communities, and it would be absolutely wrong to close them. They are communications centers, gathering places, and key components of the local economy. In rural Oregon, post offices double as pharmacies for our


just came right through and filled up the pools which really slowed us down.” No such challenges materialized at the SHARC project site. About five hours after the plaster was applied, the pools were filled with water, which helps the plaster cure. Then began a phase of adding chemicals to the water over a period of days that continued the plaster curing process. It also provided an opportunity to test the new pool pump and filtration systems. Contractors will don wetsuits, masks and snorkels to conduct underwater inspections of their plaster handiwork, making them the first swimmers in the new pools. But don’t be jealous. The water will be 60 degrees.

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cooperate, we build temporary structures to create the proper environment.” Scott said covering the SHARC pools so they could continue the plastering work wasn’t that big of a deal. “About four years ago I did a project in Spokane during a period of record snowfall and it caved in the tents. We had to shovel the snow out of the pools, dry them out and start again. That slowed us down for weeks. On another job in Pampa, Texas, it was so windy it knocked down the tents and we had to wait for the wind to die down. And on a job in Victoria, Texas we got record rainfall that

seniors and shipping centers for our small businesses. Saving these post offices will save jobs and opportunities. This is a tremendous victory. But the fight is not over. Twenty-one more of Oregon’s rural post offices remain on the closure list, and I will keep fighting against their closure.” The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations. With 32,000 retail locations and the most frequently visited website in the federal government, the Postal Service has annual revenue of more than $65 billion and delivers nearly 40 percent of the world’s mail. If it were a private sector company, the U.S. Postal Service would rank 35th in the 2011 Fortune 500. The Postal Service has been named the Most Trusted Government Agency six consecutive years and the sixth Most Trusted Business in the nation by the Ponemon Institute.

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Steering committee works with DEQ on groundwater issues By John Blakinger, Steering Committee member The groundwater situation in southern Deschutes and northern Klamath counties is unique to the area. That’s why the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) recruited citizen volunteers to form the South Deschutes County and North Klamath County Groundwater Protection Steering Committee in the fall of 2010. The committee is made up of volunteers who live in the affected areas. We signed up to ensure that our local voices are heard. Local groundwater issues require local solutions. DEQ charged us with making recommendations to protect local groundwater from contamination. The group is empowered to research the facts for ourselves, ask questions of DEQ staff, call in external experts and solicit input from the general public. Since we first met in September 2010, much of our time has been dedicated to this research. Management and Consulting for Homeowner & Condominium Associations & Projects 21 Years Management Experience in Central Oregon

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The issue affects everyone in the area, and the committee has agreed that we must do more to inform and involve our neighbors. This article is the first in a series of public updates to share our work. To get things started we ratified a charter, defined the preliminary geographic area to focus on, and increased our own knowledge and understanding of local groundwater issues. Based on our initial research, we divided the issues into four work areas. We will feature an article on each area over the next few months. Below are brief updates of our progress in each area: Environment The risks to groundwater differ by neighborhood within the affected area. Research based on the work of a DEQ hydrogeologist indicates that groundwater contamination in our area is unlikely to affect public water systems in Sunriver and Bend. We have not found clear evidence either for or against local groundwater contaminating the Big Deschutes or Little Deschutes rivers. Impact of contaminants Several studies have indicated that nitrate concentrations in our local groundwater are rising. Nitrates are easily detected and can indicate other contaminants could also be leaching into our water. Groundwater contamination can negatively affect our health and local

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING The Deschutes County Hearings Officer will hold a Public Hearing January 12, 2012, at 5:30 p.m. in the Barnes and Sawyer Rooms of the Deschutes Services Center located at 1300 NW Wall Street in Bend, to consider the following request:

environment. We’re currently pharmaceuticals and personal exploring the risks that nitrates care products. Because of the and other contaminants actu- nature of our local soils, even properly functioning on-site ally pose to the area. septic systems discharge conSources of contaminants Local geological condition, taminants into our shallow such as shallow groundwater groundwater. and porous soil mean that Solutions The committee recommends our area is at a greater risk a phased approach of groundwater to protecting contaminaGroundwater our groundwater tion than many Meeting by focusing on other places. We Jan. 9, 6 p.m. the most at-risk have put a lot of Midstate Electric neighborhoods. effort into inves16755 Finley Butte Rd. We’re currently tigating all poLa Pine developing critetential sources ria to prioritize of contaminawhere to focus tion. In general, septic systems, agricultural and groundwater protection eflawn fertilizers, herbicides, forts, establish what measures livestock, and even wildlife are feasible and explore how contribute to contamination. to pay for them. Our work In our area, septic systems are in this area is preliminary and the largest contributor of con- depends heavily on findings in taminants, which may include our other work areas. As local

Resident Michael Rouse captured this image of elk making their annual fall pilgrimage to the Woodlands golf course. The elk arrive in Sunriver like clockwork — usually in April and November.

the August 2010 election. The four payment amounts continued from page 3 are: Option A - One lump sum Special purpose assessment assessment of $4,258.00 The exact amounts of the Option B - A series of five (5) special purpose assessment for SHARC were approved during annual assessments of $928.14 the Dec. 17 SROA Board of each Option C - A series of fifteen Directors meeting. With proj(15) annual assessments of ect costs lower than expected, the assessment amounts are $379.39 each Option D - A series of one less than the “not to exceed” hundred eighty (180) monthly amounts owners approved in


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citizens who face the same risks of groundwater contamination, and who will share in the costs of solutions, we want to be sure our recommendations are both effective and fair. Future updates from the committee will more fully explain our work in each area: sources, impact, environment and solutions. Please look for our update next month. We want to hear from you. Citizen outreach and involvement – including local residents and people who own property here but live outside the area are vital to our process. Please come to our meetings or share your thoughts by completing our online survey: crc7nkb For meeting agendas and records, visit our page on DEQ’s website: wq/onsite/sdesch-nklam.htm

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assessments of $32.57 each The interest rate will be a fixed 4.5 percent. Owners of record will soon receive an invoice based on the payment option they chose. Those who did not choose an option will be assigned the 180 monthly assessment payments. The first payment is due to SROA by Jan. 31, 2012. Thereafter, annual assessments are due by Jan. 25 of each year. Monthly assessments are due the first of each month and considered late if not received by the 25th of the month. Assessments may be paid online by credit card. Each payment incurs a “convenience fee” which the secure third party processor keeps. The convenience fee is 2.5 percent of the amount being paid to SROA. The amount of the convenience fee will be clearly indicated in the transaction prior to payment approval. To use the secure online payment site, you must be a Sunriver property owner, be registered on the SROA website and logged in. If you have not registered, view the sign up instructions page under Online Office in the menu bar. Once registered, click on the words “Sign In” next to the search field in the top right corner and follow the link to online payments under Online Office.



SCENE JANUARY 2012 Volume XXXVIII, No. 1 57455 Abbot Drive P.O. Box 3278 Sunriver, OR 97707 The SUNRIVER SCENE is the official monthly publication of the Sunriver Owners Association, a not-for-profit Oregon corporation dedicated to providing for the maintenance, protection and enhancement of property values, and the quality of life in Sunriver. The SCENE is mailed monthly to all Sunriver property owners and available for free at locations throughout Sunriver.


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Community theater coming

Calling all aspiring actors… SHARC, have been working toyour chance to be a star is just gether to set audition, rehearsals and the performance dates. around the corner. “I’m excited that SHARC has Sunriver resident Victoria Kristy-Zalewski has been di- stepped forward to host the first recting children’s theater across production of Sunriver’s new Arizona, California and Wash- community theater,” she said. The first production is set for ington for the past 40 years. She is now bringing her vision Aug. 24-26 — timed to comto the Sunriver community plement other August events and seeking those interested in including the Sunriver Music being a part of the first produc- Festival and Sunriver Art Faire. Kristy-Zalewski will hold audition. “A children’s theater produc- tions July 17 and anticipates a tion is theatre provided by adult daily minimum of two hours performers as entertainment over 20 days for rehearsals. She for an audience of children is busy reading scripts and will and their families,” says Kristy- soon announce the children’s Zalewski. “I am hoping that musical production. All money collected from many members of the Sunriver community will enthusiastically ticket sales will be donated to embrace this idea and take an the scholarship fund supporting active role, either in front of or behind the curtain.” Kristy-Zalewski has met with several Sunriver residents for ideas and suggestions for getting this community project up and running. Sandy Young, copresident of the Sunriver Women’s Club, has encouraged her to apply for a grant to Sunriver homeowner Victoria Kristyhelp cover the costs of Zalewski plans to launch community scripts and royalties, theater in Sunriver this summer and Bonnie Campbell has offered to be the liaison FAST Camp and other SROA between the theater and the programming. “I would like this to be a comwomen’s club. Susan HarknessWilliams at Artists Gallery munity project and welcome Sunriver, and Susan Inman, creative input from anyone Bend actress and director of who would like to be involved,” the female version of “The Odd she said. Email Kristy-Zalewski at Couple,” have become active if you supporters of the project. Kristy-Zalewski and Griffin are interested in performing or Priebe, events coordinator at would like more information.

Musical duo to perform at potluck Celebrate the new year with your neighbors Tuesday, Jan. 10 at the Great Hall. Entertainment will be provided by Heather Drakulich and Tom Brouilette from the band Out of the Blue. They will be performing as a duo. Drakulich’s husky voice can be heard singing songs from Bonnie Raitt and Aretha Franklin to Joe Cocker or the Rolling Stones. The sounds of Brouilette’s acoustic guitar playing beautiful songs such as “Blackbird” or rocking the audience with upbeat dance songs will make you wiggle right off your chair. Drakulich sings and plays the cajon drum box along with rhythm guitar, and Brouilette plays rhythm and lead guitar with backup vocals. The songs they play span the decades. The potluck is open to all neighbors living Sunriver or neighboring communities. The cost is $5 per person, or $15 for a family of three or more. Bring a main dish, salad, or side dish large enough to serve 10 to 12 people, and your own dishes and silverware. Social time starts at 6 p.m. with a cash bar serving wine, beer and mixed drinks. The potluck itself begins at 6:30 p.m. Sign-up sheets are located at the SROA office and on the bulletin board at the Marketplace. You can also sign up or cancel your reservation by email at Some potluck committees have openings if you would like to join.


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Landscapes, animal portraits at Lodge art exhibit Sunriver Betty Gray Gallery presents a fine art exhibition of work by gallery artists. Continuing until Jan. 15 are small landscapes by Joanne Donaca, figurative works by Vicki Shuck and animal portraits by Barbara Slater. Joanne Donaca shows expressionistic landscapes of Central Oregon in both pastel and oil. Recognized for her art by the Oil Painters of America, Donaca also is a signature member of the pastel societies of Oregon, the Northwest, and America. Her art appears in private and public collections including Sunriver Resort. Vicki Shuck presents small figurative, expressionistic oil paintings of scenes such as café patrons, rodeos and horses, street scenes and others. Recognized for her spiritual imagery such as the print collection, Seven Days of Creation, she added the secular portraits in 2007. A member of Oil Painters of America, Shuck teaches adult classes at Arts Central in Bend. Oil painter Barbara Slater exhibits fanciful and endearing animals including elegant roosters, soulful horses and beloved dogs. Her affection for them, and her skillful grasp of their nature, is apparent in the imagery. A frequent participant in the Richard Schmidt Art Auction in Colorado, she travels to the Scottsdale Art School Arizona in January to study

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“fur and feathers” with noted animal artist Phil Beck. Beginning Jan. 17 and

continuing through January, an exhibition of gallery artists will feature brilliantly colored acrylic landscapes by Jean Schwalbe, elegant pastel landscapes by Leslie Cain, expressionistic waterscapes by Ann Bullwinkel and dramatic landscapes by Gary Vincent.

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Art consultant Billye Turner Sunriver Betty Gray Gallery welcomes the public to the organizes gallery exhibitions for exhibit in the upper and lower the Sunriver Resort. For information call (541) 382-9398. galleries of Sunriver Lodge.

Control of invasive species subject of Anglers Club meeting What do East Lake, Paulina Lake and Lava Lake have in common as fisheries? They all have tui chub, an illegally introduced and invasive species found in lakes around Central Oregon. The chub reproduce at an alarming rate and feed on zooplankton, which are also the prime diet of young trout. The end result is decreased production of trout species in these lakes. During the club’s Jan. 19, 7 p.m. meeting at the Sunriver Fire Station, Mike Harrington, Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife (ODFW) assistant district biologist, will present an update to club members on efforts to remove this unwanted species. Harrington’s discussion will include the success of the

Sunriver Anglers Club members net tui chub from a trapping operation at Lava Lake.

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past two years of trap netting the spawning chub as well as plans for how volunteers can help with the program in 2012. The Sunriver Anglers Club is providing financial assistance to help introduce the blackwater rainbow trout to East Lake in 2012. Known as a predatory and ferocious feeder of forage fish, this species is another method to help control the chub population. In addition, the anglers club will assist in funding the hiring of two OSUCascades interns to continue mechanical removal of chub in East, Paulina and Big Lava lakes. Harrington will also share the department’s efforts to stock lakes in high Cascade



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mountains. Recent surveys of 25 lakes in the Winopee basin and Irish and Taylor lakes will be discussed. ODWF’s Salmon Trout Enhancement Program biologist, Jen Luke, will review the planned activities of the Kokanee Karnival Youth Education Program as well as the popular Angler Education Program. The Sunriver Anglers Club invites members and guests (both men and women are welcome) to its monthly meetings. For information and the current club newsletter, visit Direct any questions about the club to president Mal Murphy at (541) 593-2641.



Second Saturday, art classes featured at Artists Gallery January brings art patrons rich warm woods, hand hammered metal art, delightful watercolor and collage that integrates watercolor, specialty papers and cloth. The artists will be recognized on Jan. 14 during the Second Saturday reception, which is 4-6 p.m. the second Saturday of every month. Gallery members will do their utmost to demonstrate their special brand of hospitality by serving wine and warm drinks along with light appetizers.

In fact, many of the merchants of the village also join in the Art ’n’ About. This is your chance to stroll the village and duck in out of the cold, visit with participating merchants and see the artists’ newest work. If you visit all of the participating merchants, have your special card punched for each place visited, then drop it off at the gallery to be entered into a prize drawing. If you have not had an opportunity to enjoy Midge Thomas’ watercolors, now is your chance

Sen. Telfer to address men’s club Sen. Chris Telfer will address the Sunriver Men’s Club Tuesday, Jan. 24. The luncheon will be held at the Crosswater Grille. Sunriver area men and women are welcome to attend. The cost is $19 per person. Revenue projections say Oregon will have $300 million less than the budget approved June 30, 2011. How will the legislature balance the budget? What will be cut? Will taxes increase? Or, is it about trying to increase general fund receipts through job creation? With the upcoming February session, what can the legislature accomplish in 29 days? Telfer, a Republican, is currently serving her first term as the state denator for District 27, representing Deschutes County. She and her family have lived in Bend for nearly 35 years. Telfer has been a Certified Public Accountant for nearly 30 years and presently owns a CPA practice catering

to nonprofit organizations. She is a longtime small business owner, community leader, former Bend city councilwoman and highly respected, fiscally conservative elected official. Much of Telfer’s spare time is spent with her daughters Tiffany and Merrideth, and her 6-year-old granddaughter Sofia. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. Luncheon will be served at noon, followed by the program at 12:30 p.m. The menu offers a choice of chicken Caesar salad, homemade beef stew, or vegetarian acorn squash. House-made pecan pie with cinnamon ice cream will be served for dessert. Coffee and tea are included. Beer and wine are extra. Sign-up sheets will be posted at the Marketplace and in the foyer of the SROA administration building. Reservations may also be made by phoning Ken Arnold at (541) 593-9397, or emailing Deadline is Jan. 22, at 5 p.m.

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as she is one of four featured artists in January. She has been busy teaching beginning watercolor classes at the gallery. Thomas has also completed commissions while taking care of all things operational at the gallery, a testament to her energy and commitment. Her whimsical barnyard animals and landscapes now adorn the walls of many private galleries. Thomas also shares these images in cards and prints, framed and unframed. She has done a masterful job of making some part of her work affordable to nearly everyone. Greg Cotton’s functional art has found its way into the

kitchens and hearts of locals and visitors to Sunriver. These have to be among the most popular gift items sold at the gallery. His wine bottle and glass holders, Escheresque cutting boards, and wooden game boxes and puzzles are always winners. However, Cotton also makes fine furniture. He searches out the best in exotic woods and, with a mathematician’s eye, designs that perfect table, chair or cabinet. Cotton has a display screen showing some of these beautiful pieces. If you would like to plan your next custom project, call him to schedule an appointment at (541) 598-8467 or email Dottie Moniz will dash off to the Oregon Coast for some much needed inspiration from

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Saturday, Jan. 28, 5 p.m. Author Dan DeWeese gives a presentation on his latest book, You Don’t Love This Man.

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time to time. She lets her imagination soar as she watches the coastal waves crash and the moody blues and grays find their way into her work. Collectors of Moniz’s work appreciate her color palette, her graceful handmade papers and the quality fabric integration into her treasured collages. John Garrett Butler is a recent “valley transplant.” Both he and his wife now make Central Oregon their home. His forging process integrates both anvil and hammer and more modern metalwork techniques. Some of his forged metalwork resembles twisted branches that hold items such as glass bowls, or could hold your wine collection. Still others are large

Purchase your copy at the SROA admin office (57455 Abbot Drive) between 8 a.m. and noon or 1 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Books can also be mailed for a nominal fee. For info, call 541-593-2411

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Settler’s Crossing suffers setback

The proposed plan, known as “Settler’s Crossing,” to improve the existing river launch area just north of Harper Bridge has run into a major obstacle in the form of a pre-World War I recorded right of way within the launch site area. “This right of way is very real and in effect,” said Hugh Palcic, SROA assistant general manager. “It will be necessary for us to address this issue before we can move forward with any future work in this area.” The SROA river access task force discovered the existence of the right of way, known historically as the “John Peters Right of Way,” while researching design improvements for the popular existing launch site. This area next to Harper Bridge is one of only a few potential river launch sites in Sunriver for member and guest use. The task force determined the current primitive launch location is in dire need of attention. Degraded natural area vegetation, unstructured launching points, haphazard

The proposed plan for Settler’s Crossing shows improved watercraft hand launching and parking.

parking and safety were cited by the task force as key needs in the proposed development of the site. The setback could not have occurred at more inopportune time as SROA is entering into

the final year of a three-year lease agreement with Sunriver Resort for launch access at their marina. “The pressure to locate, design and develop river access for our members and guests

is of increasing concern for us,” said Palcic. “We’ve meet with Deschutes County staff to review the right of way and its impacts, but until we have a solution, we’re at a standstill with Settler’s Crossing.”

No future meetings are scheduled. Anyone interested in learning more about the project can visit the SROA website at >News & Notices>River Access Proposal.

Local survivors attend 70th anniversary Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day Central Oregon Pearl Harbor survivors Harvey Waldron, 91, of Tumalo and Charles Sellentin, 89, of La Pine journeyed to Pearl Harbor along with 22 other Pearl Harbor survivors for the first, and perhaps final, time since Dec. 7, 1941, sponsored by the The Greatest Generations Foundation (TGGF). The 70th anniversary of the Japanese attacks on Pearl Harbor was expected to be the largest and final commemoration involving living Pearl Harbor survivors, due to the advancing age of the veterans. Pearl Harbor survivors visited the USS Arizona Memorial as

well as the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific to pay tribute to those who perished in the attacks. Each Pearl Harbor survivor visited the exact location where they were stationed at the time of the attack. Military personnel from Schofield Army Barracks, Hickam Air Force Base, Marine Corps Base Hawaii and Navy Pacific Command accompanied the veterans and documented each veteran’s story. Harvey Waldron enlisted in Harvey Waldron the U.S. Navy March 8, 1939 and was sent to Ford Island combat patrol squadron providon Pearl Harbor to serve in ing services to the fleet, aerial Utility Squadron One, a non- reconnaissance and passenger

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the island, searching for the Japanese fleet. For the rest of December, Waldron served as a radar operator on the same plane. He was honorably discharged in October 1946 and later reenlisted to serve a total of 21 years in the U.S. Navy. Serving in the U.S. Coast Guard, Charles Sellentin was in the engine room aboard the USS Taney when general quarters sounded that fateful morning. Used to hearing such Charles Sellentin alarm drills, Sellentin kept time with the rhythm of the alarm service. On the morning of until someone told him it was Dec. 7, Waldron was standing not a drill. He rushed topside at hangar 37 when he witnessed and saw the planes flying over, the Japanese attacking Pearl so low he could see the pilots’ Harbor. On Dec. 8 at 3 a.m., faces. He rushed to his battle he took off in an unarmed station under the bridge to help Sikorsky JRS-1 twin-engine Turn to Survivors, page 9 amphibious aircraft to patrol

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coordinate damage control. The Taney got her steam up in one hour that morning, a process that usually took about four hours, and was ready to get underway. However, it wasn’t until 4 a.m. the next morning that the captain of the Taney made it back aboard and was ordered to assist the USS Ward hunting for submarines outside the harbor. The Taney dropped so many depth charges that a barge had to resupply the ship mid-operation. After Pearl Harbor, Sellentin was transferred to the USS Scott, a troop ship that transported personnel to and from battles in the Pacific. The survivors returned to Pearl Harbor courtesy of TGGF’s Battlefield Remembrance program which provides veterans with journeys to former

battle sites for the opportunity of healing, closure and as an avenue to educate younger generations about service and sacrifice. The programs are free to the veterans. TGGF’s mission is to preserve veteran stories of their involvement in World War II, guaranteeing their legacies are never forgotten. “Having traveled with 105 World War II veterans and guardians to Washington, DC to visit the World War II Memorial, we can appreciate the reaction of the veterans while they visit Hawaii,” said Dick Tobiason, president of the Bend Heroes Foundation. “Chuck and Harvey visited the World War II Memorial and were reunited with their World War II ships – Chuck and his USS Taney in Baltimore and Harvey and his Sikorsky JRS 1 plane at the Smithsonian.” Information: Alicia Harms at

Come join Artists Gallery Sunriver to learn art techniques taught by gallery artists. After a festive evening of wine, snacks and creating go home with your very own piece of art. No experience is needed and all supplies are provided. Painting class participants should bring an old shirt or apron to protect clothing. These fun classes expose potential Picassos to a variety of media. Bring a friend or gather a group for a girls’ night out. The two-hour class is $40 per person 21 and older, $35 per person under 21. Class dates and themes: • Jan. 10 or Jan. 13, 6-8 p.m. Create a 10 x 10 oil painting of sunflowers in a vase with Bonnie Junnell • Jan. 25 or Jan. 28, 6-8 p.m. Create a 9 x 12 watercolor painting of a field of flowers with Midge Thomas • Jan. 24 or Jan. 31, 6-8 p.m. Rochelle Davenport teaches a beginning wire wrap jewelry class to create a pair of earrings Class size is limited and reservations are a must. A 50 percent non-refundable deposit is required to reserve your spot. Stop by the gallery in building 19 in The Village at Sunriver during business hours, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday through Monday or call (541) 593-4382 for more information.

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and stately candleholders. Like Butler himself, each one is an original. If you venture into the gallery during Second Saturday, be sure to strike up a conversation with Butler about how one forges metal. (Which, by the way, is an ancient tradition with few masters like Butler these days.) You can also ask about commissioned pieces he could create for your home, garden or office. Don’t miss the ongoing class schedule for January. No artistic experience is required. Classes have been a hit and an inspiration for those attending. These make grand birthday or anniversary gifts. Or get your bridge group, golf team or best friends together for one of these classes. Class sizes are limited, so make reservations early. For more information, visit or Facebook (search Artists Gallery Village at Sunriver).



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Nature center hosts William Stafford birthday event sunriver nature center & observatory

Poet William Stafford taught literature at Lewis & Clark College in Portland for 32 years.

The public is invited to Sunriver Nature Center for a special celebration of the life and poetry of William Stafford Friday, Jan. 27 at 7 p.m. This event is part of Stafford birthday celebrations held across the country each January and coordinated by the Friends of William Stafford, a literary “...organization dedicated to raising common awareness of the power of poetry and literature by modeling the legacy, life and works of poet William Stafford.” Winner of the National Book Award and the author of more than 50 books, Stafford is still a towering figure in American poetry nearly 20 years after his passing. In 1970, he was designated consultant in poetry to the Library of Congress, a position that is now known as poet laureate of the U.S., and became poet laureate of Oregon in 1975.

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The birthday celebrations are held across Oregon and around the world. Each event has its own style and flavor but includes readings of Stafford’s writing, both poetry and prose. The nature center event will feature Sisters poet Alex Weiss as moderator, and Stafford’s daughter Kit, herself a poet, writer and teacher. Kit will present a short reflection on her father’s life and show excerpts from video footage about her father. There will also be an opportunity for members of the audience to share thoughts and poems of their choosing from Stafford collections or consistent with Stafford’s interests. Poems of peace, one of Stafford’s great passions, are especially encouraged. For more information about Stafford and to read some of his poetry, visit the Friends of William Stafford website at

Youngsters enjoy overnight snooze at the nature center By Jennifer Curtis and Rob Bingham The Sunriver Nature Center and Observatory (SNCO) has always been a community-based nature center and an integral part of Sunriver and Central Oregon. We are proud to educate and entertain thousands of people every year with our facilities and our programs. To better serve our community, we have been developing new and exciting programs that match the needs of local groups and organizations. By partnering and providing needed services, we are greatly expanding our influence and our reach. Our new programs are already getting rave reviews, and our sleepover program is a huge success. Our latest sleepover was designed for the Girl Scouts of Central Oregon. Local area Brownie and Junior scout troops banded together

for a night of fun and learning at the SNCO facility. A total of 54 Girl Scouts and 20 adult chaperones joined SNCO naturalists to earn their bugs and flowers badges. Junior girls started the night off by investigating how flowers draw water from the ground through the roots and stems. By placing carnation flowers in water with food coloring, the girls watched overnight as the petals took on new color. Meanwhile, the Brownies, led by naturalist Kody Osborne, examined the anatomy of insects and how they are different from spiders. Girl Scouts even had a chance to view SNCO’s friendly new rose-haired tarantula. Brownies learned that there is a difference between insects and true “bugs” in that they undergo different forms of metamorphosis. True bugs show incomplete metamorpho-

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Juniors made beautiful tissue paper flowers and modeled them in their hair for photos, an obvious great time. Brownie’s even got to decorate their very own bug houses while Junior’s messily mixed handmade bath fizzies.

The girls got quiet as they listened to lead naturalist Jennifer Curtis introduce a special guest, SNCO’s very own great horned owl. Nature center manager Rob Bingham engaged the group with facts and stories about this majestic bird of prey. To finish up the night the scout groups bundled up tight and ventured out onto SNCO grounds for a nighttime hike in hopes of finding some nocturnal critters. Once back in the nature center, the girls settled in with a movie and snack. They slept quietly in their warm beds and woke up the next morning for a quick breakfast snack and an early morning hike. The girls braved the cold weather to view SNCO’s birds of prey and even spotted our wild resident porcupine. Fabulous programs like these help meet our mission of inspiring present and future generations to cherish and understand our natural world, and they also meet the needs of our community. We look forward to providing many more great programs in the coming year, and to more fantastically fun sleepovers where snoozing on the job is part of the fun.


Nebulae, Saturn and Jupiter dominate winter skies By Bob Grossfeld, Observatory Manager With the big holidays and parties over, and most people looking ahead, I find this is a good time to reflect back as well. It helps me recall all that happened and how the observatory has grown and improved. The staff and I are grateful for all of the support that we have had. But what lies ahead in 2012? Well, as always there are winter projects planned and programs to get ready for the coming season, even as we enjoy the long dark nights. The only nights the observatory will be open in January Orion Nebula will be Jan. 14-15, 8-10 p.m., but that does not mean there is nothing to see this month. The Hunter, Orion, is wonderful in midwinter, even with the naked eye, looking down from overhead. With binoculars you can find the Great Orion Nebula, located below the belt, in the middle of the sword. If you have access to a telescope, be sure to use it this month as the cold clear skies make this a great time for viewing galaxies as well as our two big neighbors Jupiter and Saturn. Other potential views in January include an-


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a women’s clubhouse. They’d gather around the fireplace, up to 30 women having a wonderful time. You could hardly hear yourself think because of the chatter,” Hartvickson said. Styxx & Stones offers Manos hand-spun and hand-dyed yarn from Uruguay, angora wool from the House of Anny Blatt that’s operated in France since 1770 and hand-dyed afghan kits from Wales. Also beads, beading supplies, rough-cut stones, yarn cutters and tapestry needles, many made of wood which “takes the stress off your hands,” Hartvickson said. Styxx & Stones window displays will feature finished sweaters and coats, things Hartvickson and other craftspeople have made with a goal of showing people “what they could do.” Information: (541) 5933132 “We are delighted to welcome Styxx and Stones with the many knitting and bead elements that Sandi will bring to locals and visitors alike. And we are pleased with the addition of Brenda Brewer and Jon Wiley with Good 2 Go. Their energy and customer service will make them a great addition to the village,” said Denease Schiffman, operations manager of The Village at Sunriver. “We are very proud of all of our tenants and what they have to offer and continue to accomplish. We look forward to seeing you in the village.”

other small meteor shower, the Quadrantids. The shower usually peaks on Jan. 3-4, but some meteors can be visible from Jan. 1-5. The Quadrantid meteors, caused by the Earth passing through the trail of a long-dead comet, have impact speeds of about 26 miles per second, producing very fast streaks. Peak counts can reach 100 meteors per hour. The staff is busy with the final details of the Eye In The Sky project, which will give us a permanent home for our 20- and 30-inch telescopes. We hope to have them ready by June of this year. If the weather doesn’t cooperate, hit the computer at home or at the local library and check out some of the cool astronomy Web pages. There is so much available on the Web, but be sure to check out the NASA Web page ( for cool links to other sites. My favorite is www.spaceweather. com, which I always find interesting, with a good mix of upcoming and current events. The new year is a great time to reflect on the past and look forward to the future. But don’t neglect the present: Get out and view the winter sky. Bob Grossfeld can be reached at (541) 598-4406, email

Second Tern volunteers celebrate the holidays.

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Best wishes from the Second Tern

2011 was a great year for the Second Tern Thrift Store, generating substantial revenue to help support the Sunriver Nature Center and Observatory. Thanks to all the donors who brought super used items, the shoppers who came to take advantage of great bargains, and the volunteer workers who make shopping at the Tern a fun experience. From all of us at the Second Tern “happy New Year.” May it be a year of happy promise fulfilled. We hope to be part of your shopping and donating year and look forward to being of service. The Tern is open Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 17377 Spring River Road, next to Boondocks Restaurant, (541) 593-3367.

Parking permits required at Summer Lake Wildlife Area and Ana River As of Jan. 1, anglers and wildlife viewers headed for Summer Lake Wildlife Area and the Ana River need to have an ODFW parking permit. Daily permits cost $7. Annual permits are $22 and can be purchased online, at one of the ODFW offices that sells licenses or at a local license sales agent. Permits cannot be purchased at Summer Lake Wildlife Area. “The Ana River is a popular fly fishing spot during the winter and most of the public access to the river is through Summer Lake Wildlife Area,”

said Dave Banks, ODFW fish biologist in Lakeview. “We get a lot of visitors from throughout Central Oregon, and we want them to know that they need a parking permit before they get here.” Anglers who purchase a combination fishing and hunting license or a Sports Pac will receive a free parking permit. This is because operation and maintenance of ODFW wildlife areas are primarily funded by hunters through federal excise taxes on sporting arms and ammunition and hunting license fees. In addition to Summer Lake

Wildlife Area, Denman, E.E. Wilson, Ladd Marsh and Sauvie Island Wildlife Areas will all require parking permits starting Jan. 1. Revenue from the parking permit program will be used to improve habitat and

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Torry Berger, of SROA Public Works, sands one of 67 wood memorial benches located around Sunriver (11 other benches are a composite material). As the wood becomes worn by the elements, crews must dismantle, sand, stain and reassemble each bench every couple of years. This particular bench is in memory of Robert Schisler.

Styxx & Stones, a knit shop, and Good 2 Go, a one-stop shop for food and fun, are the two newest stores to open in The Village at Sunriver. Owners Jon Wiley and Brenda Brewer describe Good 2 Go, located in building 17 next to Obsidian Hair Spa, as a hub for people to rent winter toys including sleds, toboggans and snowmobiles. “Our idea is to send families to a snow play area. Mom and dad will have a snowmobile, the kids will have toboggans and sleds New stores in the village and we’ll provide food and include Styxx & Stones, a yarm thermoses with hot drinks,” and bead shop, above, and said Jon Wiley. Good 2 Go, right, which will Good 2 Go will provide offer recreational equipment maps of the nearby winter Sno rentals as well as food. Parks and sell parking permits. Her previous store, the FarmGood 2 Go can make reservahouse Knit Shop in Beavertions with existing snowmobile tour operators at Elk and Pau- ton, which operated from lina lakes. In summer, they’ll 2002-2009, “attracted lots outfit families with floating and lots of people. It became toys, rental boats, canoes and Turn to Village, page 11 kayaks and direct them to local waterways. Good 2 Go’s food is made on the premises. The selection ranges from coffee and hot cocoa to Belgian waffles, quiche and French toast for breakfast; specialty sausages, panini and Three Creeks Electric hoagie sandwiches and salads Residential • Commercial • Remodel for lunch to dessert items including cake pops, parfaits and Greg Dixon Hawaiian shaved ice. Supervising Electrician Good 2 Go’s winter hours are Cell: 541.948.4204 • Fax: 541.593.1834 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Information: Email: (541) 593-0339. P.O. Box 3274 • Sunriver, OR 97707 Locals and visitors interested CCB #67986 • Electrical Contractors Lic. #C620 • Oregon has outlawed use Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber in knitting and beading should has signed legislation to elimi- of handheld cell phones by check out Styxx & Stones in nate a loophole that previously all drivers. Cell phones with building 23, suite 120, next to allowed drivers to use handheld hands-free attachments are The Hook Fly Shop. Owner cell phones if the call was re- allowable only for those over Sandi Hartvickson wants to lated to their work. Police have 18 years of age. Text messaging create “a real inviting place for complained that judges throw is banned for all drivers. Fine: Three Creeks Electric people to sit, knit and visit.” out distracted driving tickets $142 plus costs. Residential • Commercial • Remodel She plans to operate Sunday when drivers • Drivers under the age of 18 testify they were through Friday 10 a.m. to 6 “making work calls.” with a learner permit or interGreg Dixon p.m. and stay open until at least mediate licenses are prohibited Supervising Electrician 9 p.m. Wednesday nights for 2011 legislation from using cell phones or text knitting lessons andCell: socializing. House 3186 removes messaging while driving. The 541.948.4204 • Fax:Bill 541.593.1834 language that allowed drivers ban applies to all cell phone use, Email: P.O. Box 3274 • Sunriver, business OR 97707 conducting to use a regardless of whether a handsCCB #67986 • Electrical Contractors Lic. #C620 cell phone and clarifies all text free device is employed. The bill amendment takes messaging while driving is prohibited. The only exception to effect Jan. 1, 2012. The original this law is when calling 911 or cell phone law went into effect for emergency safety workers. Jan. 1, 2010.

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Think and buy local It is fairly easy to think we have done our part in supporting the local economy by patronizing a few of Sunriver’s retail stores for our holiday shopping or taking relatives or friends to a local restaurant. The reality, however, is that we need to constantly frequent our local businesses to ensure their success. It is not just a matter of helping an individual business survive. Our community benefits as well. Studies have shown that money spent locally stays

Volunteer Opportunities Got spare time on your hands? There are numerous volunteer organizations within Sunriver and nearby communities that would welcome your donation of time. • Care & Share needs volunteers for two hours the last Friday of the month to help package and distribute food to those in need. Contact Marilyn at 593-3653. • Citizen Patrol needs volunteers for a minimum of four hours a month. Members perform house checks, coordinate emergency evacuations and traffic control for community events. Candidates must be a Sunriver property owner. Contact Larry Buzan at (541) 593-1418. • Sunriver Area Public Library needs help for a variety of tasks. Contact Kate at katem@ or call (541) 312-1086. • American Red Cross hosts a blood drive in Sunriver about every two months. Volunteers needed for 3.5 hours during the drive. Contact Meg at (541) 382-2142. • The Second Tern Thrift Store always needs a hand at the nonprofit store. Contact Gail Beeson at (541) 5987397. • The Sunriver Nature Center & Observatory needs you. Duties may include greeting visitors, answering questions from the public and animal care. Contact Susan Briles at (541) 593-4442. • The Newberry Chapter of Habitat for Humanity is currently constructing homes in La Pine. Contact Randy Heise at (541) 593-5005 or email


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Wednesdays Sunriver Rotary 7:30 a.m., Hearth Room at the Sunriver Lodge Info: (541) 593-7381 Sunriver Yoga Club 8:45 a.m. All levels welcome Sunriver Fire Station Info: (541) 593-9305

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Churches December’s Chamber After Hours was the first event held in the SHARC. More than 100 chamber members and their guests took tours through the 30,000-square-foot indoor portion of the facility. A grand opening is set for Memorial Day weekend.

in the local economy, benefiting residents and other businesses through higher wages and the purchase of local goods and services. For every $100 spent at a locally owned small business, $45 remains in the local economy as compared to only $14 at a big box store in the city. Sunriver’s businesses are invested in our community. They live here, bank here, advertise here, hire their employees from here, buy local goods and services, and support our charities and cultural activities. They understand the needs of visitors and local residents, as well as the needs of our community as a whole. As we progress through the new year, think twice before jumping into your car to go shopping in Bend. Can you buy here in Sunriver instead? Each of us can do a much better job supporting our “neighborhood” businesses and building a strong local economy. Think local,

buy local... and buy often. It is a wise investment in the future of Sunriver. January’s business after hours Freshwaters Surveying, Inc., will host the Chamber’s Business After Hours event on Tuesday, Jan. 17, 5 to 7 p.m., in the chamber’s visitor center (building 13 in The Village at Sunriver). Scott Freshwaters has worked as a professional surveyor in Central Oregon for more than 30 years. Based in Sunriver, Freshwaters has some interesting stories to tell about local boundary disputes and other unusual surveying anomalies. Stop by after hours to meet and chat with Scott and network with your friends and business acquaintances. Refreshments, door prizes and great camaraderie. Free and open to the public. Information: (541) 5938149.

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Mass: 8 a.m. Thursday; 5:30 p.m. Saturday, 8 a.m. Sunday. Cottonwood Road across from the Marketplace. (541) 593-5990, (541) 536-3571 Father Jose T. Mudakodiyil

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Long-time Sunriver resident continues to volunteer, even while receiving hospice care Marilyn Myers, Sunriver resident since 1972, has been a volunteer for Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers (IVC) for 14 years. Even as she receives in-home hospice care, she continues to coordinate the activities of 37 volunteers who provide free services to dozens of south county residents. As south Deschutes County services coordinator for IVC, Myers fields calls from seniors and adults living with disabilities who need non-medical assistance such as rides to medical appointments and the store, help with light housekeeping, a friendly visit, or the installation of grab bars or a wheelchair ramp. She matches the request with a volunteer and then calls the care recipient back with details. Well known in her community, Myers has earned many volunteer service awards, and was recently recognized for her role in establishing the Three Rivers School. “I just do it because I want to,” said Myers, who has Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder and a heart condition. Recently, she was accepted into a hospice facility and was making final preparations when doctors decided to discontinue a heart medication she’d taken for 40 years. Shortly thereafter she felt well enough to return to her Mink Lane home but still receives hospice care. “When I was in hospice thinking I was dying, I wasn’t

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afraid of dying... it just bugged me that I had too much to do. I love having a reason for being.” Myers intends to step down this month from her IVC south Deschutes County coordinator post. She said she was writing an ethical will for IVC that she hoped would help the organization see beyond the day to day concerns. “IVC needs all the publicity we can get. There’s a name change in the works and the organization is struggling. We need money for an office, for a paid coordinator who can keep up with all the phone calls and keep up the records on the grants the organization survives on.” “I’ve not been very successful in connecting with clients, recruiting volunteers and providing services in La Pine and all that area between Sunriver and La Pine. Finding volunteers in La Pine is difficult, but when Habitat for Humanity put in their ReStore, volunteers came out of the woodwork,” she noted. “Sunriver local volunteers are ‘for real’ caring people, even though they are the busiest. When I’m trying to find help for an IVC client, I just keep calling down the list of IVC

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several IVC volunteers pick up and deliver mail to clients. It’s ironic that Myers, who for all these years has coordinated care and services of shut-ins, now finds herself in that situation. “I can’t drive any more so I have to be creative. I have all my food delivered by Schwan’s. They used to be just ice cream, but now they have all kinds of delicious food for breakfast, lunch and dinner and it’s not that expensive. Sometimes I use IVC volunteers to help me. Someone who plays bridge will pick me up and take me there. Another friend takes me to church on Sunday. I try not to use the same person all the time.”

Myers said her son, Douglas, recently joined the IVC board of directors. She thinks he can help the organization because of his health care administration background. Myers received a Shining Star certificate in 2005 from the Network of Volunteer Administrators when she was a nominated for the Adult Volunteer of the Year award. For many years she was an active member of the Sunriver Women’s Club and served as president of the club in the 1970s. Myers even had a role in establishing newsletters for Sunriver homeowners. That first newsletter, “The Harold,” evolved into today’s Sunriver Scene newspaper.

Christmas basket program serves 99 families Due to overwhelming community support this year, the Sunriver Community Christmas Sharing Program hosted another successful outreach to families in need. “With the overwhelming support of the community, we delivered food to approximately 99 families consisting of 311 people. In addition to food, gifts were given to the 133 children in those families,” said Beverly Stanley. “The Sunriver Community Christmas Sharing Committee would like to extend our appreciation to all who helped distribute grocery sacks and applications, to those who filled those food sacks and provided gifts. To all volunteers who took the time out of their busy holiday schedules to assist with unpacking and sorting donated items, repacking and boxing


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The body language of trees can say a lot sunriver gardener By Andy Smith Mary Woolley left some large shoes at the steps of the Sunriver Scene office. I didn’t know she had such big feet! I’d like to start by going back to a concept Mary and I used to talk about, which is the body language of trees. You can tell a lot about a tree just by looking at it, by conducting a visual assessment. As you look at your trees, what are they telling you? Are you seeing something that looks out of place? Are they leaning more than you remember? Do they seem to have a little different color? Is something missing? What is it about the tree that just doesn’t look the same as you recall? It’s true we are not out there every day going through a checklist of items, but at a glance something may catch your eye and warrant further inspection. There are a few known problems to look for with trees in the Sunriver area. For example, we know most of our strong winds come from the south and southwest so trees on that side of the house should be the first to be inspected. We know that lodgepole pine and ponderosa pine develop weak spots from what is called western gall rust or just galls for short. Galls are basically points of decay, usually in the trunk, and are a typical failure point.

When looking at the galled area in the trunk we try to calculate what percentage of trunk area the gall occupies. Obviously, if a gall occupies more than 50 percent of the trunk it’s getting into the critical range. Tree forks are another failure point. The stems are weakly attached at this point and the northernmost stems will be lost in a south-southwest wind. This is because the stems facing south-southwest sway in the prevailing wind and slap into north-northeast facing stems. Something has to give and frequently it’s the stem being pushed against. In looking at a fork and the area below, are cracks developing? This is where body language comes into play. Is the bark below the fork discolored, perhaps from water seeping between the forks? That may be an indication that the forks are separating. Is there any bark missing in that area? As we continue with our visual inspection are there any hanging broken branches, possibly from that last big wind? Moving to the base of the tree is the ground around the base lifted? Are there cracks in the soil or separations in the mulch area? Speaking of that last big wind, this is a good time to take a walk around the house. Other body language to watch for is


ter each snowfall take a walk around the house and shake the snow off some of younger, recently planted trees prone to failure under snow load. This is a good time to look at their structure and again at the amount of growth. In many cases these trees are planted too close to the house, and may need pruning to keep the size and structure manageable. We often get calls to prune deciduous trees that have outgrown the space they were planted in and now require severe pruning to maintain a desired look and space requirement. I can talk about trees all day long, but sitting down to write about them and to fill those big shoes has proved to be both challenging and fun. Susan Berger Photo My advice is simple. Get Galls can be weaken a tree’s trunk and break in a strong wind. out and take a walk. Look at the amount of growth in the We will save this question for a the trees. Are they telling you trees closest to our homes. Are spring column. anything? At this time of year we get there signs of contact between Smith is owner of Spring River the tree and the gutter/roof? Are some wet heavy snows. Af- Tree Service. (541) 593-8360. limbs touching or closer to the roof than you remember? How about around the base? Is the walkway or driveway lifting? Trees respond well to the increased care that we give Phone (541) 593-8037 Karol & Ron Cozad them (water and fertilization) Licensed - Insured and the amount of growth can CCB#67986 be quite surprising. This segues ExpEriEncE DoEs MattEr into another discussion Mary “We Look After Your Property When You Can’t” and I have often had — is the SERVING SUNRIVER SINCE 1990 right tree in the right place? Karol Cozad

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Excitement building for 2012 Sunriver Art Faire What do you get when you combine a warm sunny weekend in mid-August, the beautiful new and improving Village at Sunriver, 60 incredibly talented artisans eager to display and sell their art, and mix them with an enthusiastic group of volunteers — you get a great time for one and all. Mark your calendars for the third annual juried Sunriver Art Faire, sponsored by the Sunriver Women’s Club (SRWC). The event will again be held in The Village at Sunriver Aug. 10-12. Last year was successful for both the participating artists and the SRWC. In response to requests by many of the artists, this year’s event has been expanded to three days. Faire hours will be 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. Limited to 60 exhibitors, the faire will showcase artists

Call to Artists The third annual juried Sunriver Art Faire will take place Aug. 10-12 in The Village at Sunriver. The event is limited to 60 exhibitors. Apply at Application deadline is March 19. displaying and selling their fine arts and crafts. There will also be a variety of professional entertainment (sponsored by the village), a food court, artist demonstration area, as well as a children’s art center for budding artists. Special events will include a return of the popular street dance in the village featuring the Klassixs Ayre Band Saturday from 7-9:30 p.m., as well as

family day on Sunday. For details about the faire, visit The community also benefited by the visitors who came to Sunriver for the faire. Sponsorship is growing due to increased support of area merchants, and we thank them for stepping up to be special “sponsors with heart.” There are still sponsorship opportunities available. Contact Betty Jo Simmons if you would like to add your support. She can be reached at (541) 593-2004 or simmons. Artist applications are now open. Acceptable fine art and fine crafts categories are: ceramics, drawing, glass, gourd art, jewelry, metalwork, mixed media, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, textiles and woodwork. Go to From left to right: Tom Sanderfur and Beverly Stanley (Sunriver Community Christmas Sharing Program), Ryan Smith (The Village at Sunriver) Dawn Christensen, Ken Fenicle and Pennie Olson (Obsidian Hair Spa & Salon) and Denease Schiffman (The Village at Sunriver) with the proceeds of this year’s fund raising efforts.

Dec. 10. Obsidian Hair Spa and Salon donated all of their continued from page 14 proceeds the same day, and The He said many business hosted Village at Sunriver contributed donation boxes or donated a $1,000. The village also hosted percentage of their proceeds. a free day of ice skating in exVillage Bar & Grill donated 20 change for donations of canned percent of their proceeds from food.

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“We were very pleased. It’s turned into a great event that we hope to continue. We’ll shoot for same the weekend next year. It made a nice buzz down here, combined with the Second Saturday art walk and a live radio broadcast that attracted many people from Bend, even Redmond,” Smith said. Editor’s note: Also see Dawn Christensen’s letter thanking the community on page 38.

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We also have children’s classes. At the 11 a.m. service, we have a choir and robes and things are a little more traditional. Both services go to great lengths to be welcoming, inclusive and loving. After each service, attendees are invited to stay for a get together in Fellowship Hall where light refreshments and beverages are shared with pleasant conversation. The mission of Nativity Lutheran Church is “Called by the Grace of God, we reach out to all people with the Love of Jesus Christ.” If you would like to join us, give us a call at (541) 388-0765 or for information and directions.

serving affordably priced and “tokened” meals throughout the day; we have an incredible youth ministry program, and that’s just part of what we do! Nativity Lutheran has been locally and nationally recognized as a progressive, proactive and dynamic church that constantly strives to find ways of engaging the community through service and example. Inside the church there’s another inviting atmosphere. We have Sunday services at 9 and 11 a.m. During the 9 a.m. service, the music is more free flowing and energetic and the service is more casual and open.


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Picture Perfect: Get out of auto mode By Mike Jensen January’s a good month to talk about the basics. Many readers may have received new cameras during the holidays and you’re wondering why you have all these buttons and dials when it takes perfectly good pictures on “green” (auto mode). Some of my photo aficionado friends may gasp at this statement, but I’ll go ahead and say it – If you want good pictures in a hurry, go ahead and use auto. I am completely serious in that statement, but now that I’ve said it, I’ll ask: What do you want to do with your photography? I ask this question at every class or workshop I teach. I usually get a good mix of students in my classes. A mom with young children who wants to take pictures of them growing up, a parent of teenagers wanting to take pictures of their kids at sports events, etc. I also get high school/college students and recently retired people who have “always wanted to learn photography.”

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Things to practice A lot of photographers take on “self assignment” projects during their careers to make them better photographers. Give yourself a self assignment. If you can’t think of any, here are some ideas: It’s winter, so photograph snow and ice. Last month you saw a photo I took of the Sunriver entryway fountain in all its winter glory. That photo took two minutes to expose. It was taken at 10:30 p.m. and I illuminated the ice and waterfall with two colored flashlights. It was a lot of fun, and essentially very easy. Take a look at the photo I took of Tumalo Falls the day after Thanksgiving. I hiked 2.5 miles to the falls overlook in the dark with a head lamp. It was the day of the new moon — the best time to photograph star trails. The photo is a 16 minute exposure taken in complete darkness. Isn’t it amazing what the camera sees that our eyes can’t? You can do this in your own Lessons Those who know me know backyard. Two local places to I’ve been a pilot. I would never shoot star trails in Sunriver are have thought to fly without at the Lodge, and the Sunriver taking a lesson or two (or 20). Nature Center’s Observatory. So, now that you, or someone Both offer views of the North who loves you, has spent serious Star (this is a must). Here’s the key back to basics money on a camera, why would you try to learn how to use it key point: You have to put your on your own? Bottom line, if camera on a tripod and have a you want to learn more about bulb setting on your camera. your camera and photography, It also helps to have a shutter

cable release. Try a setting of ISO 400, Aperture f4.0 or lower, start with an initial shutter speed of five minutes and move up until you’re happy with what’s in the LCD. For those of you who have not yet ventured off the green setting, move your dial to M or B, and then make your settings. Don’t have a tripod, cable release or the desire to hike in the dark? Try this: I shot the photo of the icicles on the south end of my house last year while teaching a couple of La Pine High School students. But you might say, Mike… every time I take a photo directly into the sun all I get is a big white blob. There’s a special technique for achieving the “starburst” in this photo, and avoiding the blob. Set your camera dial to the A or AV. This stands for aperture priority, meaning that the lens aperture (lens opening size) drives the shutter speed. Set your aperture for the highest number your lens will give Turn to Basics, page 18

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“Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right.” - Oprah

sunriver women’s club President’s message The beginning of a new year always represents both reflection and a new start. Relative to the SRWC the reflection part is quite easy: Gratitude for all of you who generously contribute time and resources and for the attitude with which you contribute. A special thank you goes to those members who recently donated cash and cold-weather clothing for the students at Rosland Elementary School in La Pine. These gifts brought smiles and warmth to a lot of students. We would be remiss if we didn’t offer a huge round of applause to Kathy Burroughs and her Dinner Dance team for the wonderful evening at the Great Hall in December. More than 130 people had a great time at this annual holiday festivity. However, since it is now 2012 and the beginning of a new year, how about targeting a few resolutions for the SRWC? Here are three possibilities: 1. Increase the participation/ fun factor 2. Make sure events are affordable for our members 3. Look at what we give in 2012 and try to raise 10 percent more for 2013 How about sending us your ideas for making a wonderful organization even better? What interests you or would be fun to do? What would you like to see us doing or offering that we don’t now? Do you have any ideas for improvement, communication, activities,

or suggestions for programs? How can we be more relevant? Would you like to be involved in or helping with something and want to sign up? We hope you will contact either of us and tell us what you are thinking (millie.christensen@gmail. com; As 2012 begins, we wish you the best of health, friendship, and blessings received and given. Happy New Year! –Millie Christensen and Sandy Young, co-presidents

assured of being in this year’s directory. We extend a special invitation to women in the greater Sunriver area to come and join us. SRWC is not just for those women living inside of Sunriver, but also for those in the surrounding communities and south, full-time as well as part-time residents. All are welcome to meet new friends, join our many activities and projects, and help your south county neighbors through our

Programs Our January luncheon will be at COCC Culinary and includes a tour Friday, Jan. 20. We have to limit participation to 40 and we are almost filled. If you would like to make a reservation or be put on the waiting list, let Bonnie Campbell know at or (503) 539-3413. The cost will be $16, plus your drink and gratuity. We recommend carpooling. Watch for more details on the time and menu. This should be a delicious and fun luncheon.

By Don Senecal There are a great many people who come to Sunriver to enjoy the winter sports and activities of Central Oregon. There are also a lot of people who love living here year round. For all of you, consider this an open invitation to come by and join us in worship at Nativity Lutheran Church. Your presence makes our community more complete. We are up Highway 97 to the Knott Road exit and east a little over a mile to Brosterhaus Road. Right there on the corner is Nativity Lutheran Church. We celebrate an open table where everyone is welcome. Another huge plus is that if you are visiting for the first time, you get free cookies. For those who may not know about Nativity, we are extremely proud of our relationship with the Central Oregon community. We have a wonderful Memorial and Contemplation Garden with a beautiful labyrinth offering a restful walk to enjoy the quiet atmosphere.

Membership SRWC’s membership year is May 1 through April 30; membership forms are available online at http://sunriver Annual dues are $20 for an active membership and $30 for an associate membership and are 100 percent tax deductible. If you renew or become a new member before Aug. 1, you are

fund raising for local nonprofit organizations. For questions or information, please contact Vicki Doerfler, membership chair at (541) 598-7225

information and to get on the list. A leader is still needed for the Jan. 24 snowshoe outing. Let us know if you would like to lead that one. Winter activities Club members are also ice Join the SRWC outdoor skating Fridays at the village activity snow bunnies for fun, rink at 10 a.m. Currently, we great camaraderie and get some have six women who want to good exercise to boot. Contact go in on a season pass, with Patty Klascius pklascius@gmail. room for two more. Skate rental com or Sheila Schmerber at is included with a season pass, for more and saves some money.

Nativity Lutheran Church invites Sunriver residents We also have a very large community garden and orchard; we maintain a weekly wood lot where people in need can come and help cut and stack wood for their own use as well as others; we have an incredible food pantry where families gather weekly to “shop” for groceries; we have a Back Pack program that fills bags with nutritional food

to be distributed to hungry students in the Bend-La Pine School District; we are partners with the Family Kitchen at the downtown Trinity Episcopal Church that serves free, hot meals each night of the week; we are partners in Common Table, a cooperative restaurant


ing the Cascade Camera Club ( I’m on the board and attend most meetings. Meetings are the first and third Monday of every month at the Bend Senior Center at 7 p.m. Membership is $30 a year. Also consider as a great resource for learning and self assignments. Sign up for their weekly emails filled with tips and assignments. To k e e p i n t o u c h , find me on Facebook at MikeJensen

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

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This Sun Forest built home has 3 bdrs/ 2.5ba, large family room and 2,517 sqft. of living space. Has a great location, lots of storage space. price to sell at $441,000.

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1,614 sqft 4 br/ 2.5 ba, great cabin with loft & 2 car garage. Completely furnished. Priced at $324,500.

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1,366 sqft 2 br/ 2 ba, Great rental property. Located close-in south end. Completely furnished. Priced at $279,000.

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Unbelievable value. 3bed/ 2 bath home with a 2 car garage is furnished and like new condition. $265,000.

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From the board room: It’s a great time to be an owner in Sunriver!

sunriver owners association Your board of directors has effected dramatic changes for SROA. For the past several years we have been working hard to keep the promises we have made to our owners. In 2008, the board established three major goals viewed as essential to the continued well being of Sunriver. The first was to secure adequate reserve funding to replace our aging infrastructure. Previous boards had been funding replacements out of the annual operating fund, but our infra- Bob Nelson structure was failing at a rate that simply could not be addressed through our annual assessments. In 2009, SROA members approved an increase in assessments dedicated to the reserve fund and over the past two years we have witnessed substantial repair and replacement of our roads and pathways. Our second promise was to replace the aging and obsolete South Pool. Again, owners voted overwhelmingly to approve the special assessment that has allowed us to build the SHARC. Construction is on schedule and under budget, and through the use of value engineering throughout the construction process, we have made

substantial improvements to the initial design without increased costs. The third promise, to address the improvement and enhancement of our community’s amenities, is still a work in progress. We have reached a tentative agreement with Sunriver Resort to exchange the South Pool site for seven separate properties located: adjacent to Mary McCallum Park; on and adjacent to the marina lagoon; adjacent to the SROA corporation yard; and adjacent and near the north tennis and pool complex. These potential acquisitions will provide the essential foundation for future development including permanent river access, increased and enhanced tennis facilities, additional park lands and other infrastructure enhancements. The Resort would gain the South Pool property of about 1.5 acres while SROA stands to gain more than 33 acres! Of course, SROA members will determine whether the property exchange is approved by casting their votes in a special election scheduled for April 2012. While much has been done, there remains much to do to in order for us to

December board meeting highlights The Sunriver Owners Association (SROA) Board of Directors meeting was held Saturday, Dec. 17, 2011. Board members present: Bob Nelson, Scott Hall, Gary Knox, Pete Gustavson, Bob Wrightson, Richard Wharton, Roger Smith and Patti Klascius. Absent: Chris Christensen. Staff present: Bill Peck, Susan Berger. Treasurer’s report As of Nov. 30, 2011 (unaudited/estimated) Revenues..................$6,015,654 Expenses....................4,367,811 Income (loss).............1,647,843 Depreciation.................482,756 Interfund transfers.. (2,086,110) Surplus (deficit)..............44,489 Owners forum –Frank Brocker commended staff and the board for all the hard work relating to the SHARC project and wanted to know the exact final amount of the special assessment. Once the amount was approved, Brocker wrote a check on the spot as his way to say “thank you.” Association operations Administration/IT: Staff has prepared and completed SROA’s 2012 budget. End of year employee performance reviews and evaluations are taking place. Starting January 2012, all SROA facilities will be tobacco free and employees who smoke must do so inside their private vehicle. Interviews will take place in January for a new recreation director. A standard of performance and

SROA Special Election Regarding proposed land exchange between SRLP and SROA. Election closes April 19, 2012

More information: customer service document is being created. Communications: Member registration on the SROA website is at 2,012 accounts. Staff is working to launch public access for community announcements on channel 4. Ski conditions and road reports will soon be available on channel 4. Community Development: There are 120 new contractor registrations for 2012. A comprehensive review of the Design Manual has been completed with recommendations and any changes to be presented to the board. Environmental Services: Completed ladder fuels reduction on commons, a total of 411 acres in 2011. Fuel reduction inspections on private properties have been completed, and research continues regarding aquatic weed management. Public Works: Crews installed final pavers at north tennis courts, and placed bark chips in landscaped circles and wedges. All plow equipment has been serviced. Recreation: Sunriver Rotary awarded $3,000 for FAST/Ad-

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accomplish the goals established in our Vision 2020. Specifically, we need to develop comprehensive plans for the future and your board has determined that 2012 will be a year of major planning. A significant endeavor will be to develop a comprehensive amenity, facility and site development plan that describes the best utilization of SROA’s various assets. The plan will include, but not be limited to: a re-examination of the current adopted amenities plan (the “Atkins” study); a list of all SROA-owned facilities, including a brief description of each and what, if any, renovations and repairs are desired for each; a comprehensive list of additional amenities that may result from the acquisition of new properties; and, any desired new facilities, including a modest description of each and a rationale for its need. Developing a long range financial plan by the end of 2012 is of major importance. Our association is currently financially sound and functions within its means. However, to remain a premier residential and resort community we must continue to invest in the community. With the possibility of adding very desirable land as part of the proposed property exchange, many new opportunities for amenity develop-

ment are created. The long-range financial plan will include, but not be limited to: projected revenues and expenditures through at least 2020; a reserve fund replacement schedule; the identification of viable alternatives for future funding; and, if required, recommending changes to the Consolidated Plan of Sunriver. Of course, both plans described above need to be reconciled and integrated into one cohesive planning document. There are two additional planning tasks that the board will engage in during 2012. Our general manager is currently scheduled to retire in December 2012 so the board will adopt procedures and timelines for hiring his replacement. The board will also devote time and effort to develop a marketing and branding plan designed to increase the community’s part- and fulltime resident base. As we look forward to 2012, we anticipate a year of accomplishment and excitement with the opening of SHARC, a year of opportunity with the property exchange, and a year of planning that will provide us with a strategic guide to a productive future. I say again, it truly is a great time to be an owner in Sunriver.

Election packets will be venture camp scholarship mailed March 19 and the funds. Sunriver Christian election closes April 19. Fellowship also gave an Election expenses will be in-kind $3,000 donation shared by SROA and the for financial support of Resort. FAST/Adventure camps. –Approved appointAn RFP was issued for a ment of a strategic task tennis professional, and force relative to Suninterviews were conductriver Communications ed on bids submitted consisting of Scott Hall, for the café and physical Bob Wrightson, Richard therapist at SHARC. Wharton, Bill Starks, Bill Board actions Peck and Hugh Palcic. –Approved minutes of –Approved extension SROA Board of Directors Frank Brocker, right, shares a laugh with of the Sunriver CommuNov. 18 work session as board member Bob Wrightson after Brocker handed him the first “officially approved” special nications memorandum amended. of understanding to Jan. –Approved minutes of purpose assessment check of $4,258. 31, 2012. SROA Board of DirecThe meeting adjourned at tors Nov. 19 regular meeting as in charge of the policy. The prewritten. mium is estimated at $114,214, 10:10 a.m. The next regular –Approved Nov. 30, 2011 a decrease of $4,421 from 2011. meeting of the SROA board is summary financial statement –Approved a special election for at 9 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 21 in the (estimated/unaudited) as written. a property trade between SROA SROA administration building, –Approved appointment of and Sunriver Resort Limited 57455 Abbot Drive, between Tim Batrell to the Environmental Partnership. SROA proposes to circles 3 and 4. Approved minutes of the meetCommittee. trade the South Pool property in –Approved four payment op- exchange for 30+ acres of Resort- ing are posted, as available, at tion amounts for special purpose owned property around Sunriver. assessment for SHARC. Approved totals included: a onetime lump sum of $4,258; a series and $2.3 million in reserve of 5 annual payments of $928.14 By Brooke Snavely The Sunriver Owners Assofund contribution. The reserve each; a series of 15 annual payciation’s 2012 revenue budget account is primarily being used ments of $379.39 each; a series of 180 payments of $32.57 each. of $8.2 million is approximately to rebuild Sunriver’s roads and Statements based on the choice 26 percent larger than 2011’s pathways. The $100,000 proowners made will be mailed prior $6.7 million. About 85 percent jected deficit has been covered to the end of the year with first of the increase can be attributed in the past, and should be again, payment due no later than Jan. to the new SHARC facility by keeping costs down and not which will operate year-round, spending everything that’s been 31, 2012. –Adopted the 2012 SROA compared to the South Pool’s budgeted. 3-month a year operations. To fund 2012 operations, operating budget. Total operating expenditures the assessment was increased 6 –Approved property and casualty insurance renewal for 2012. of $8.3 million consist of $5.9 Turn to Budget, page 23 The Hays Company is the broker million in operating expenses

SROA 2012 budget analysis


percent to $98.10 per month ($1,177.20 annually). The reserve study requirement of a 5 percent increase in reserve funding is one of the key drivers of the increase. Inflation, personnel and cost of materials (fuel, etc.) constitute the remainder of the budget increases. “We must follow the reserve funding guidelines to properly repair and maintain our infrastructure and replace physical assets,” said Bob Wrightson,

SROA Treasurer. The SHARC is projected to pay for itself and should have no impact on the regular SROA maintenance fee. “We’re still, basically, the lowest cost homeowner association in Central Oregon, probably in the Pacific Northwest,” Wrightson said. The size of SROA’s membership (approximately 4,200) allows costs to be shared over a broad base, and is the reason why Sunriver remains among the lowest cost homeowner associations in the region, even as budgets grow.

2012 Income

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Other 1%

Program Revenue 37%

Other 8% Personnel Reserve 39% Fund 28% Materials & Supplies 39%

Assessments 62%

2012 Budget Maintenance Fund Assessment: $98.10 per residential property Total Income: 8,162,026 Total Expenses: 5,920,789 Reserve Fund Contribution: 2,334,962 Operating Fund Total: 8,264,751 Deficit: (102,726)

Potential candidates sought for SROA Board of Directors The Nominating Committee of the Sunriver Owners Association is looking for candidates to run in future elections for the SROA Board of Directors. The committee has compiled a list of prospects and is seeking to add more names to the list of qualified potential candidates. As a homeowner, your help is being asked to identify other homeowners who might be interested in serving the community on the SROA Board of Directors. In suggesting individuals, please consider the following qualifications for candidates: Required conditions: • Sunriver property owner in good standing • Willing to commit to duties and responsibilities of the position, including meeting attendance Summary Statement: A person who has demonstrated leadership skills based on past experience and achievements. He/she brings a broad perspective and a demonstrated willingness to seek solutions. The individual works with enthusiasm and integrity to help the Sunriver community move forward on important issues facing the SROA Board and the community as a whole. Preferred Characteristics: • Has been involved in Sunriver and/or Sunriver area organizations • Demonstrated ability to lead others to effective decision making and problem solving • Demonstrated leadership skills based on past experience and achievements • Proven track record of accomplishments while working with others • Exhibits collegiality and tolerance of different views • Demonstrates effective listening and communication skills, both oral and written • Has a track record of acting in good faith and in the best interests of the organization • Is a team player • Brings a broad perspective and demonstrates a willingness to seek solutions • Acts with integrity • Fulfills Bylaws criteria for candidacy • Must be a member of the Sunriver Owners Association • Cannot be an SROA employee If you know of someone who meets the above qualifications or if you are interested in being considered as a candidate and meet the above qualifications, please call or e-mail any member of the Nominating Committee listed below. Thank you for your help in identifying potential candidates to govern Sunriver. Ken Arnold Carolyn Barr Al Hornish Teri Jendro Gail Manary Jack McDonnell Dennis Wood

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Sunriver Recycle Center What CAN and CAN’T be recycled


Aluminum: Clean cans and foil, rinse and remove labels Tin cans: Clean & remove labels Glass bottles & jars: Clean, no lids Corrugated cardboard/brown bags: All boxes must be FLATTENED Mixed paper: Junk mail, envelopes, white/colored paper, computer paper, tin can labels, wrapping paper, newspapers, magazines & catalogs Paperboard*: Cereal, cracker & shoe boxes, soda/beer cartons, paper egg cartons, paper towel tubes Plastic: Bottles, neck must be smaller than the base. Rinse clean. Plastic butter/yogurt tubs. Remove lids (discard) & rinse clean


No pie tins, foil wrapping paper or wrapping ribbon. No styrofoam or packing peanuts No ceramics, plates or cups, baking dishes, Pyrex, light bulbs, mirrors or window glass. No slick or wax coated cardboard or pizza boxes No confetti-style paper shreds; paper strips OK No chip bags, plastic bags or take home containers No dirty bottles or cans, rusty cans, paint or aerosol cans. No lids from jars or bottles

*Paperboard items can go in with the regular recycling while corrugated cardboard (ie: shipping type boxes) must be FLATTENED and placed in the cardboard recycle bin.

Do Not Dump Garbage!

Depositing anything other than the YES items listed above results in the entire load going into the landfill and none of it recycled

Recycle Center Hours: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily

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Q: On Nov. 19, the SROA board member and help them Q: Why are there wrecked cars in the gravel parking lot Board of Directors held a first understand the commitment behind the fire station and next reading on a change to SROA it takes and what’s expected of to the SROA Administration Bylaws proposed by the Nomi- them if they are elected. Each nating Committee. If approved candidate is treated equally, and Building? A: Currently this is the only at the Jan. 14, 2012 meeting, is required to provide the same place in Sunriver that our EMTs it would increase from 25 to information and disclosures. and firefighters have to train. 250 the number of signatures Again, the only goal of the Sunriver owners have very high required for someone to qualify nominating committee is to asexpectations of our EMTs and as a candidate by petition for the sist in obtaining the most qualified candidates. firefighters, but I’m sure those board of direcThey are not expectations are not as high as tors. What’s the trying to usurp the standard they have set for rationale behind the authority of themselves. In order to meet t h e p r o p o s e d the owners, or their rigid training requirements change? prevent anyone A: Other than and the expectations set by our who wants to run owners, lots of experience in I agree that 25 is from becoming a real life situations utilizing very probably too few, candidate. specialized equipment is not the only explanaQ: The SROA only necessary, but can mean tion I can offer Nominating the difference between life and is more endorseCommittee ocdeath for anyone involved in a ments would casionally nomiadd legitimacy serious automobile accident. ������ nates the minimum number to the petition candidate’s level This location, while not the ��������������������������������������������� support and would best, is hidden from residential of public���������������������������������������� ������������������������������������������� ��������of candidates for positions on ������������������������ ��������the SROA Board of Directors their chance areas.���������������������������������������������������������� And, while at times it can probably improve ��������������������������������� With that said,�������� I resulting in owner questions and look like a junk yard, it does of election.���������������������������������� ������������������������������������������������� ������������������������������������������������ ��������������������������������� anyone who�������� is comments about the need for or remind visitors to our adminis- would ask why ����������������� ������������������������������������������������������������������������������������ �������� tration offices of the importance serious about becoming a board purpose of an election in which �������������������������������������������������� ����������������������������������� �������� of vehicle safety and ���������������������������������������������������������������������������������� driving member would not want to par��������������������� ��������there is no choice. 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outlined in the SROA Bylaws. Q: SROA Recreation Director Leigh Anne Dennis has resigned and accepted a position with a homeowner association in California. What role did Dennis play in the development of the SHARC? Will she be replaced and what skill sets would the ideal candidate possess? A: While we are very disappointed that Leigh Anne is leaving us, we respect her decision and wish her all the best. She was instrumental in communicating the need, achieving a positive approval by our owners and the design and planning of the facility. Leigh Anne has put her heart and soul into the SHARC and she, too, is disappointed that circumstances will prevent her from enjoying the fruits of her labor. Finding a replacement for Leigh Anne will be no easy task, however, the current job market will undoubtedly provide us with a list of qualified candidates to choose from. The ideal candidate for this position will be outgoing, personable and will possess strong leadership and managerial skills. A recreation background, education and previous experience in the operation of a facility like the SHARC are also very important. There are other SHARC job opportunities for which SROA will advertise and conduct interviews. If you or anyone you know is interested in our current job opportunities, visit our website for more information. Q: You described 2009 as “The Year of Change.” That year owners voted to increase their maintenance fees $30 per month to adequately fund the reserve fund, spurring a huge reinvestment in roads, pathways and tennis courts that will continue for several more years. In 2010, owners voted to assess themselves up to $4,400 per unit to develop the SHARC, which will open this spring. Given all that’s hap-

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pened during your tenure, and is happening this year, how would you describe 2012? A: I often think back to 2009 and wonder where we would be today and what would have happened if owners had not approved the reserve funding initiative. This vote of confidence by our owners changed Sunriver’s direction and paved the way for SHARC. That year was as predicted, “The Year of Change,” and it was a critical change. We now had the funds to replace and repair our roads and pathways, enabling us to maintain Sunriver’s infrastructure in the premier condition owners expect. It also allowed us to start planning for the replacement of our failing 43-year-old South Pool and planning for the SHARC. These two initiatives are helping to not only restore Sunriver’s premier status, they have also given a tremendous boost to the Sunriver and Central Oregon economy, especially the hurting construction industry. Millions of dollars are being pumped into the local economy, not only by SROA, but the Village, Resort and ODOT, creating jobs and helping local businesses. In 2012 we will be keeping the momentum going with the replacement of another five miles of pathway, new roads and the grand opening of SHARC. Every visitor I spoke with this past summer said that they can’t wait for SHARC to open and are coming back next summer to experience all SHARC has to offer. We anticipate a great summer and are hopeful the year round amenities, e.g., indoor pool, fitness facility and tubing, will help bolster the shoulder seasons as well. While we continue to find ways to be more efficient and reduce costs, we are not cutting back for the sake of cutting back or dying on the vine; we’re growing stronger through your investment in Sunriver’s infrastructure and amenities. In my opinion, your support of these efforts not only ensures a very promising future for Sunriver, but sets 2012 up to be a year to remember!

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New brand sought for area duathlon La Pine Parks and Recreation is requesting local artists and wordsmiths to design a new logo and name for the former La Pine Rocks duathlon race, which has been run for the last two years. Organizers are seeking a more sport-specific concept that they hope will generate increased interest. Prize money of $50 will be awarded for the winning design and $25 for the winning name. The race is a 50-mile bike ride followed by a 10 kilometer run. Participants can also choose just the run or the bike race. Prize money will be offered for the first place overall male and female finishers. It will take place approximately two weeks prior to Sunriver’s multi-race Pacific Crest Weekend Sport Fest and provides an excellent warm up race for that event. Designs and names should be submitted to Justin Cutler at La Pine Parks and Recreation, 16405 First St., prior to 5 p.m., Jan. 13. For more information call (541) 536-2223.

Plan ahead for Valentine’s dinner, concert

Have you made Valentine’s Day plans for you and your special someone yet? One of the best choices in Central Oregon for your Valentine’s Day romantic outing is in Sunriver at the Sunriver Resort Great Hall. Join the Sunriver Music Festival for an evening of delicious food, wine, a full concert and dancing featuring jazz saxophonist Patrick Lamb and his five piece jazz band Tuesday, Feb. 14. The Sunriver Resort chefs have created a special three-course Valentine’s Day menu for the evening with a choice of three entrees. Come alone or bring your friends. Tables for two or eight are available. Read more about Lamb and hear his music at www. Tickets for dinner and concert are $75 and include a three-course dinner, the concert and a complimentary beverage. The evening begins at 6 p.m. at the Sunriver Resort Great Hall. Information: (541) 593-9310, www.sunrivermusic. org.

Author Dan DeWeese plans Sunriver appearance By Deon Stonehouse Saturday, Jan. 28 at 5 p.m., Dan DeWeese will be at Sunriver Books & Music to discuss his book “You Don’t Love This Man,” a charming, humorous tale set in the Pacific Northwest. Paul, the novel’s protagonist, is an endearingly clueless man who is about to have a very challenging day. It is the day of his only child’s wedding, and Miranda’s nuptials carry all the universal feelings about a daughter’s wedding, along with some additional emotional baggage related to the groom. Grant and Paul go way back and it is taking Paul a long while to wrap his mind around the image of Grant as his son-in-law. The marriage of a child can be stressful but there are a few surprises in store for Paul. He manages a bank that will be robbed on this day by the same man who robbed the bank 20 years ago. This causes all kinds of complications. The book opens with Paul as a young father taking Miranda trick or treating on Halloween. In all the confusion and rampant candy lust, she disappears. Paul is frantic to find her, imagining all sorts of unpleasant things that might have happened. Miranda seems

to have a talent for disappearing that developed young. She does the same disappearing act on her wedding day, leaving Paul even more confused and worried than usual. As he spends the day try-

ing to figure out what is going on with Miranda, he deals with fallout from the bank robbery, and reflects on the path his life has taken. Paul is a nice guy, an ordinary chap who ended up working at the same bank since graduating from college. He is full of all the worries common to humanity. He is unable to nurture an adult relationship with a woman. His marriage to Sandra disintegrated, but they remain friendly. He believes his ex-wife has a closer relationship with their daughter. It makes him a bit jealous. He is afraid his daughter may be making a mistake in marrying Grant, and he is concerned that Catherine, his favorite employee, wants a transfer to another bank.

All this angst is bubbling and boiling as Paul tries to find Miranda. While the book is a very amusing and entertaining story, it is also a look at an “everyman” type of character who is not very good at relationships and can be obstinate. As the day takes on greater significance, his many missteps make it even more tangled and unwieldy than necessary. Like too many of the human race, Paul has difficulty seeing himself as the architect of his fiascos. Instead, he gets angry with the people around him, thinking he is not being treated right. While not a bad fellow, he just has trouble getting it right. The proper thing to say eludes him, and he knows it. Through all the turmoil this day offers, Paul starts to get a better sense of himself and of his relationship with his daughter. All while packing a lot into his daughter’s wedding day. DeWeese’s event should be lively and interesting. I enjoyed the book and look forward to hearing from the author. Sign up to attend by calling (541) 593-2525, emailing sun or stopping by Sunriver Books & Music. We will have refreshments and drawings for prizes.

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The most wonderful time of year… for plowing snow

Sunriver’s curvy, tree-lined roads and traffic circles can be a challenge for some drivers. Here are tips for driving in winter conditions. • When the weather is bad and there isn’t a pressing need to go somewhere — stay home. Waiting a few hours allows crews to clear roads and improve driving conditions. • Slow down. Speed is your enemy on ice- or snow-covered roads, even if you have traction tires, studs or 4WD. These devices help, but they also provide a false sense of security and drivers often assume they are immune to inclement weather conditions. Plan more time to reach your destination at an appropriate speed for weather conditions. • Slow and brake earlier when making a turn or rounding a curve. Use caution on bridges and overpasses as they often freezeup first and stay frozen longer. • Never pass a plow on the right and be aware that two plows often work side-by-side to clear highways. • If your car is equipped with ABS brakes it is recommended you apply gentle, firm pressure on the pedal. You may hear strange metal grinding noises as the brakes engage to stop the vehicle, but this is normal. On older vehicles without ABS, gently pumping the brakes is best. NEVER stomp or slam on the brakes. • If you start to slide, gently turn your wheel toward the direction of your slide to straighten out the vehicle. Jerking the wheel or stomping on the brakes could send you spinning out of control. Before venturing out this winter, be prepared for inclement weather. For conditions in Sunriver, go to www.sunriverowners. org and click on weather. For road conditions throughout Oregon, go to

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are limited by safety laws on how long they can be allowed behind the wheel, so during a heavy snow dump, your road/ lane could be covered again before we even finish the first go-around. These questions are a sampling of the calls Public Works receives throughout the winter. We are happy to hear your legitimate concerns and answer any questions about snow plowing procedures. Our plow crews work hard to keep Sunriver roads safe. The weather is unpredictable and crews are often called out in the wee hours and work until the job is done. Next time you see SROA’s plow crew, remember they are clearing 60 miles of roads and lanes throughout Sunriver. Give them a friendly wave — it will make their day.

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tions, such as a foot of snow followed by rain or melt, the snow is wet, sloppy and weighs a ton. Again, it’s physics. Even though we do our best to move snow to the center of the circle, centrifugal force pushes both the snow and the plow to the outside of the circle. Also, the turning motion reduces the pitch on the plow blade making it harder to push snow to the center and, inevitably, it goes off the outside edge of the plow blade. “Can’t you lift or tilt your blade at my driveway to keep the snow out?” No. Our job is to get the snow off the road. Lifting or tilting the blade leaves the snow in the road, which creates a safety hazard for everyone. “I live here full-time. The people across the street are never here, so plow the snow over there.” Everyone pays the same maintenance fees and deserves the same treatment. How do we know that even though your neighbors have been gone for six weeks that they won’t be coming in tonight? They don’t deserve to find your snow in their driveway. And there is no


Every year is a new year, but each winter the Sunriver Owners Association Public Works Department hears many of the same complaints about snow removal operations. Here are some of the common concerns we hear and “why” we do what we do: “How do you determine which roads/lanes are plowed first?” As a general rule, Public Works crews plow when snow is at a depth of 3 inches, but depending on conditions are often called in at lesser depths during weekends and holidays when more people are on the road. It takes eight to 10 people approximately 120 man hours to plow the main roads, emergency services parking lots and pathways. Although areas are often plowed simultaneously, crews follow a priority list of what to do first: fire/police/administration parking lots; main roads; secondary roads; cul-desacs; pathways and then tunnels. Split into teams, two crew members work on clearing the south end of Sunriver and three tackle the north end. One plows and sands the main arterial roads (i.e.: Beaver and Abbot, East and West Cascade) — the remaining three crew members work to clear pathways, parking lots and turnouts. Mechanics from SROA’s fleet maintenance department also pitch in when needed. “Can’t we eliminate snow berms in driveways?” Yes, but that would take more people and equipment, which requires money, and ultimately would result in higher property owner maintenance fees. We take neither joy nor have ill intent when the snow goes in driveways. On most lanes, we plow half the snow to one side, and half to the other. It’s simple physics. The side of the road is where the snow has to go and where the driveways are, so guess what? A snow berm ends up in the driveway. There are numerous snow removal contractors available for hire that would be happy to bust your berms for you. Visit the SROA website and view the registered contractors list link on the weather page. “I live on the outside of the cul-de-sac bubble and got snow in my driveway. You need to go the opposite direction and plow to the center of the bubble.” It makes no difference which direction we plow around the cul-de-sacs. All of our plows have reversing blades, so we plow to the center of the bubbles no matter what. Having said that, under some condi-

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Sunriver Men’s Club Golf: Change, change and more change (and one great non-change) One great non-change was Net, Match Play and Club courses will take the reins: Chris Championship: Mike Calhoun, Points at the Meadows, and confirmed at the meeting: ElRobert Hill, Don Olson, Tim Meghan Dobbins at Woodlands. lender assured the board that Josh Willis, PGA Club Man- daily and annual pass rates will Sweezey, Don Larson. Skins winnings, Gross and ager who handles purchasing for remain the same as last year. Net: Mike Calhoun, Robert Crosswater, will extend the same Changes in the men’s club The same board is in place Hill, Don Olson, Tim Sweezey talents to the Sunriver courses, this year as last with one and Don Larson. exception, Robert Hill is 18 hole challenge win- How am I playing? Let’s put the new vice president, ners, Gross: Mike Calreplacing Howard Potts houn, Dan Weybright, it this way: if I grew tomatoes, who, for personal reasons, Robert Hill, Greg Cot- they’d come up sliced. tendered his resignation ton, Don Martin; Net: ~ Miller Barber, former PGA Tour Pro half way through his twoDon Larson, Greg Cotyear term. Among Hill’s ton, Mike P. Sullivan, Eric and Ryan Wulff will take over responsibilities will be arranging Saukkonen, Gary Brooks. maintenance responsibilities home-and-home events with Changes at the Resort Director of Resort Opera- as head superintendent at the various clubs and planning the annual opening breakfast and tions, Scott Ellender, was a guest Meadows and Woodlands. The official opening day of year-end banquet. The board at the Men’s Club Nov. 30 board meeting to discuss recent per- golf is planned for April 21 at is considering adding H&H sonnel changes at the Resort and the Meadows, with member and events to those existing with how they may affect operations, community appreciation events Juniper and Quail Run, as they were great successes in 2011. especially as far as the men’s club held in the days prior. The Woodlands and Cross- The board is in discussion with is concerned. Tony Blasius, head pro at both Sunriver courses, water are scheduled to open the Resort to enhance the prize and dining experience after and Dave Roath, maintenance Memorial Day weekend. director, were laid off by the Resort this fall, along with eight Vacation home care: other “manager level” Resort positions, as a continuation of By Shannon Bassett Owners in Sunriver had icia three year program to “right cles hanging down from their size” the property, given the state of the economy, the state of the roof all the way to the ground. resort business in general and the At first, it looked like a pretty Sunriver Resort specifically. El- sculpture. Over time, however, lender believed and hoped that the icicles grew and grew until the layoffs end there, and he felt you couldn’t wrap your arms that with the experience level of around them. Neighbors bethe personnel at hand, we could came concerned and called to expect continued excellence in alert the owners. Too busy with their day-toall phases of Resort operations. day lives in the city, the owners Ellender said that he persondidn’t take time to deal with the ally will be the primary “go-to ice sculptures on their house. guy” if there are problems regarding management and policy. Over time the water worked As far as day-to-day issues, like its way in through the roof, calling the courses to arrange the walls, and under the doors Wednesday men’s (and women’s) ruining the wood floors, carpets, club play, the long-time assistant interior walls and exterior paint. leaking through the roof and PGA pros at each of the Sunriver Mold even started to grow un- causing the kind of damage we der the floors. When the owners saw in Sunriver. Ice dams are caused by a vafinally dealt with the issue it required a six-month ordeal to riety of factors including poor insulation, house design and the get the house repaired. Ice dams cause millions of warming/cooling environment. dollars in damage annually in Contrary to popular belief, gutLIGON’S PAINTING the U.S. An ice dam is a ridge ters do not cause ice dams to For All Your Interior/Exterior Painting & Decks of ice that usually forms at the form. Gutters do, however, help John Ligon edge of a roof and prevents concentrate ice from the dam in 10% DISCOUNT Cell Phone: 541-419-8792 melting snow from draining. a vulnerable area where parts of FOR SENIORS Home Phone: 541-593-2698 As the snow melts, water backs the house can peel away under 16977 Jacinto Rd. Sunriver, OR 97707 Lic.# 142170 up behind the dam, eventually the weight of the ice and come

By Paul J. Grieco Change in fortune Change has occurred in some surprising ways in the greater world of golf, as well as in our own little world. Did anyone notice the subtle shift in the earth’s axis on the first weekend in December when golf’s former long-long-time No. 1, Tiger Woods, won his first tournament in over two years? For old-times’ sake, he characteristically birdied the last two holes for a one shot victory in the Chevron World Challenge golf tournament. At 36 years old, he is in what is often considered the prime of a pro golfer’s life, and in good health, so it will be interesting to see if this victory is a harbinger of more of the same. We’ll all be tuned in at the start of the season to find out. Change that jingles In the October issue, we reported the winners of various categories and championships for the men’s golf club, but the leading money winners had not yet been finalized, as the season hadn’t quite ended and there were some close races yet to be determined. While it is not always the case, it is fitting that the leading money winner in all three prize categories turned out to be the lowest handicap player in the club (who played more than six men’s club events), as well as the most consistent golfer week-toweek, Mike Calhoun (2.3 HCI). Robert Hill (8.6) and Don Larson (18.6) also made very strong showings by being “like Mike” and placing in the money in all three categories. Leading money winners Weekly game winnings, including KP’s, Low Gross, Low

each Sunriver portion of H&H events. The annual playing schedule planned by competition and event director Greg Cotton and president Don Olson will be finalized with Ellender’s help and coordination with the Sunriver Women’s Golf Club to avoid conflicts. Once the schedule is finalized it will be posted on the SRMGC website. Other board members include Scott Brown, treasurer, Tom Woodruff, past president, Roger Mink, handicap chairman, and Paul Grieco, secretary. New members are welcome. Sunriver residency is not required. For more information e-mail Don Olson at d.s.olson@ or go to Paul J. Grieco is Secretary of the Sunriver Men’s Golf Club and may be reached at pjg3sr@

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crashing to the ground. In the case of these homeowners, poor design coupled with ignoring the warning signs led to $200,000 worth of damage. Yes, they had homeowners insurance, but they were still liable for the deductible, not to mention increases in insurance premiums. They also lost the use of their home for the entire spring and summer. The good news is you don’t have to redesign your house. Prevention can be as easy as making sure the gutters are clean and clear prior to snow fall. Installing electrical heat tape in areas of the roof and gutters you are worried about is another way to eliminate recurring ice dams. Provide just enough heat to prevent freezing on the roof or in the gutters. Once the snow arrives, use a roof rake to remove excess snow from the eaves and create a path off the roof for the water. In extreme cases I have seen people on the roof with ice picks – but this is not recommended (the roof usually ends up damaged). The most important part of addressing the ice dams entails keeping an eye on the home through the heavy snow season. If you find yourself with a recurring problem, talk with a qualified roofer or contractor and look into how to prevent ice dams in the future. Those measures might include changing the ventilation and/or eliminating valleys. Shannon Bassett, owner of Home Fridays, a home and commercial property management company, can be reached at (541) 317-3088 or shannon@homefri


Sunriver book clubs ring in the New Year By Deon Stonehouse Happy New Year! To start 2012 off right, Sunriver book clubs have some interesting selections. January is a great time to get involved with book clubs. The holidays are over, the New Year just starting, it gets dark early leaving the evening for reading. Come connect with others interested in reading. Book club meetings are Monday evenings at 6:30. The Non-Fiction Book Club welcomes 2012 on Jan. 2 with a discussion of Bill Bryson’s “At Home: A Short History of a Private Life.” Bryson lives in a big old former Church of England rectory built in 1851. In his charming but eccentric way, he takes the reader on a roomby-room tour of his abode. Each room he enters offers the opportunity to digress to some particularly interesting but arcane historical fact. Bryson is an unlikely combination; wonderfully funny and amazingly informative. You can learn quite

a bit reading a Bill Bryson book, and laugh a lot, too. The Mystery Book Club meets Jan. 9 for a discussion of “Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter” by Tom Franklin. Larry was an outcast in high school, one of the dorky kids who were never part of the popular crowd. He is one happy guy when pretty Cindy agrees to go to a drive-in movie with him. It will be the last time anyone sees Cindy. More than 20 years later Larry is the town mechanic, but shunned by the community. Now another girl has gone missing. Larry is the prime suspect and his childhood friend is the constable charged with investigating the crime. It

is time to uncover the painful secrets of the past. Jan. 16 the Travel Essay Book Club discusses “The Most Beautiful Walk in the World: A Pedestrian in Paris” by John Baxter. Let the author guide you through memorable walks in the City of Light, a city that has been home to many giants of the literary world. Baxter tells enchanting stories of these literary greats, amusing anecdotes of his life, and gives glorious descriptions of the city walks. He even gives travel tips on Paris at the end. What could be more fun than spending an evening walking around Paris with John Baxter? The Fiction Book Club dis-

Home remodeling seminars at Neil Kelly Company showroom Neil Kelly Company’s 2012 edition of free remodeling seminars for homeowners at its Bend showroom start Saturday, Jan. 7. Awardwinning designers teach all sessions and share trends in design, information on new materials and techniques, as well as review the professional design/build process. The free one-hour sessions are informal in style, allowing for questions and discussion and take place at 190 NE Irving Avenue in Bend. • 9 a.m., Home performance specialist Christian Martin will present a seminar titled “From Energy Audit to Energy Remodel.” He will cover the elements of a home energy audit and common reasons for energy loss in the home, plus impactful updates that can be made to reduce energy

consumption and save money. • 10:15 a.m., designer Kathleen Donohue presents a kitchen design and remodeling seminar featuring a discussion of the principles of kitchen remodeling including planning, creating efficient spaces, selection of fixtures and appliances, and considering green materials, including cabinets. • 11:30 a.m., Donohue will present a bathroom design and remodeling seminar covering current design trends and information on fixture selection. The free monthly seminar series will continue at the Bend showroom throughout winter and spring. Information: or by calling (541) 382-7580.

cusses “Remarkable Creatures” by Tracy Chevalier on Jan. 23. This is historical fiction based on real characters. It could just as easily have been titled remarkable women. The story is about two women and an unlikely friendship set in the early 1800s. The Philpot sisters move to Lyme Regis when their brother takes a wife. He no longer has room for his three spinster sisters and remaining in London would be too expensive, so they are banished to a smaller, cheaper town. Elizabeth develops an interest in the fish fossils found on the beach. Mary Anning is a precocious young girl at the time, with an uncanny talent for finding fossils. She has the eye and can spot them in the unstable hillsides nearby. They were an odd pair to form a friendship; Elizabeth was middle class with an inquiring mind, good education, and

a modest but reliable income. Mary was from the lower class, with a father who saddled the family with ruinous debt, few prospects, and no education. Their common interest in fossils formed a bond. Mary made amazing discoveries that led to discussions about extinction years before Charles Darwin. Jan. 30 the Classics Book Club discusses “The Virgin and The Gipsy” by D.H. Lawrence. Yvette and Lucille reluctantly return from school to their father, the rector, and the dank, dark rectory. They find life stultifying and yearn for something more. A chance encounter with a gypsy begins a sexual awakening in Yvette. She sees in the handsome gypsy a life with fresh air and freedom, a life totally different from the narrow expectations of her own class. Our book clubs vote on their favorites of the year’s selections and we will have the winners from 2011’s list of book club selections posted at Information: (541)593-2525, sunriverbooks@sunriverbooks. com

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Sunriver Service District board December meeting highlights public safety The Sunriver Service District Managing Board regular meeting was held Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011. Board directors present: Debra Baker, Jim Wilson, Bob Wrightson, Ron Angell, Bob Nelson. Staff present: Mike Kennedy, Art Hatch. Public Input: -All public comments came during discussion of the training facility proposed to be located in Deschutes River Recreation Homesites (DRRH). (See story page 31). Treasurer’s Report: Not available. Board Actions: -Approved the minutes of the Nov. 17 regular meeting, as amended. -Discussed status of the annual audit. The board reviewed a draft of the audit report in November and Treasurer Wrightson said it would soon be presented to the governing body (the Deschutes County Commissioners). -Approved the November 2011 financial statements.

-Reviewed minutes of the Oct. 15 SROA Board of Directors meeting and reviewed significant actions of the SROA Nov. 19 meeting. -Discussed preparations of the 2012-2013 budget. Worksheets were sent to the chiefs on Dec. 14 and are due back on Jan. 13. -Approved establishment of a defined contribution account for employees to pay for medical, dental, vision and tax-qualified long-term care premiums and non-covered healthcare expenses. Director Wilson said the accounts give employees the potential to save money for health care and saves the district about $60,000 a year. -Approved withdrawing the conditional land use application for a fire training facility at Covina Road and Solar Drive in DRRH. (See story page 31). -Discussed what to include in annual reports from the police and fire departments. The chiefs were asked to provide drafts to Director Baker who

Sunriver Police log Selected log entries from the Sunriver Police - November 2011 DCJ = Deschutes County Jail DCS = Deschutes County Sheriff Office SFD = Sunriver Fire Department SCMC = St. Charles Medical Center R&Rs = Rules & Regulations UTL = unable to locate

11/3 Agency assist locating a vehicle in connection with a domestic dispute. 11/4 Responded to a report of noises from a shed attached to a garage. A raccoon found a way inside. 11/5 Dog in custody without a collar or electronic chip. After several hours and no calls to claim the dog, it was transported the Humane Society of Central Oregon. 11/5 Responded to a report of an injured deer. Deer was mobile, despite having an injured back leg. 11/6 Agency assist with an alarm. 11/10 A traffic stop was conducted on a vehicle for several violations. After consenting to and failing field sobriety tests, the subject was transported to the DCJ where he had a result of .01 blood alcohol content. A Drug Recognition Expert Officer was dispatched to the jail to conduct an evaluation of the subject. Subject was lodged for driving under the influence and cited for no operator’s license. Warned for giving false information to a police officer, having an open container, and for driving uninsured. 11/11 Report of theft by deception at a local business. 11/11 Contact made with property management company regarding a tree that fell on a home. 11/11 Agency assist with a down tree. Contact made with Public Works Department. 11/11 Responded to a report of a down tree blocking the road. One lane was opened and Public Works was notified. 11/12 Responded to a report of a tree that fell on a house. Attempted contact with the owners. 11/14 Agency assist with an alarm. 11/15 Responded to a report of a stolen item out of a home. Discovered that item had been moved within the home without the homeowner’s knowledge. 11/16 Agency assist with a fire alarm sounding at a residence. Faulty fire alarm. Owner contacted and advised. House secured. 11/17 Hit and run reported a day after the occurrence. No suspect information. Minor damage to reporting person’s vehicle. 11/18 Report of a semi-truck blocking the roadway. The Page 30

will share them with the board at the January meeting, with a goal of finalizing the reports by the February meeting. -Ratified payment of $5,216.75 for hose testing. Clarified that the board must authorize capital purchases of more than $5,000 and individual aggregated purchases of more than $5,000. -Reviewed a letter from the Central Oregon Police Chaplaincy requesting financial support. Chief Kennedy said the district already contributes through its participation in Central Oregon Law Enforcement Services through which it receives critical incident stress debriefing services. The Sunriver Citizen Patrol donates annually. Employees can have contributions deducted from their paychecks. -Approved payment of $9,086 for legal services. -Noted that the United States Postal Service had delayed closing any offices, including the Sunriver branch, until May 15.

truck was turned around with a tow company assist. 11/18 Agency assist with contacting guests regarding an active call in Bend concerning a juvenile. 11/19 Single vehicle accident into a tree. No injuries. 11/20 Contact made with several people at the sledding hill who had gained access by an unlocked gate. Guests left area and gate was secured. 11/20 Report of duck hunters on the west side of the river in a no-shooting area. Information forwarded to Deschutes County Sheriff. 11/20 Contact made with a couple and their children at the sledding hill who had gained access through a downed fence. Guests left area and fence was put back up. 11/23 Dispatched to a burglary at a residence. Suspect gained entrance by destroying the lock box and using the key to the front door. A flat screen television was stolen. No suspect information. 11/23 Officers responded to a vacant residence with an open garage door. Home and garage secured. 11/24 Agency assist with a medical call. The patient was transported to SCMC. 11/24 Contact made with guests regarding the use of fireworks. Sunriver Rules were explained. 11/24 Responded to a report of an abandoned 911 call with a busy signal on callback. Children playing with phone. 11/24 Officers responded to a vacant residence with an open garage door. The home was searched and the garage door was secured. Telephone contact made with homeowner. 11/25 Agency assist with a medical call. 11/25 Public assist with a vehicle lock-out. 11/26 Dispatched to a theft of a wallet. Juvenile admitted to the theft and was issued a citation for theft II and released to his parents. 11/26 Dispatched to a domestic dispute between two sisters over one sister slashing the tires of the other’s vehicle. One suspect was taken into custody and arrested for assault and the second suspect was cited in lieu of custody for criminal mischief II. 11/26 Theft from a vehicle. No suspect information. 11/26 Theft and damage to vehicle. No suspect information. 11/28 Welfare check on a subject. The reporting party made telephone contact with the subject before officers arrived at the residence.

-Chair Angell received two responses to his letter to USPS expressing concern about the impact of the proposed closure of the Sunriver post office on the district. Angell said one of the letters appeared to be a form letter but the other was an apology for errors in the description of Deschutes County providing police and emergency services in Sunriver. -Discussed items for the January agenda including the draft 2012-2013 budget and the board action calendar. Chief’s Reports: Fire: -In November the Sunriver Fire Department responded to 28 incidents including 14 emergency medical service calls, four vehicle accidents (three with injuries), three service calls, one fire and one downed tree that was blocking a road. -Chief Hatch said the district submitted a land use application for a fire training facility on two county-owned parcels in DRRH. A hearing on the application was held Dec. 6 in Bend, and comments were received. The hearings officer left the public comment period open until Dec. 20. The district had until Dec. 30 to submit rebuttal to comments received and until Jan. 6 to submit final comments. -Chief Hatch met with Sunriver Resort management to discuss storage of an aircraft rescue vehicle at the Sunriver Airport. -Chief Hatch said an “after action” report was filed with the Department of Homeland Security regarding the district’s emergency operations plan, which was paid for by a federal grant. Police: -In November the Sunriver Police Department responded to 75 incidents, followed up on 34 and issued 12 case numbers; made four arrests; provided 109 on-property and nine offproperty assists; issued 69 traffic warnings and four citations; investigated 23 Sunriver Rules and Regulations incidents, issued 10 warnings and one citation; and issued 15 warnings of pathway violations. -Officers continued working on their 40 hours of required annual training in evidence, firearms and hazardous materials. -Citizen Patrol members helped with traffic control of the Grand Illumination event at Sunriver Resort. -Officers Christina Gage and

Lance Woodward conducted a Neighborhood Watch meeting for two of the four districts. -The department participated in the Shop With a Cop Program in which police officers take children shopping for gifts for family members with funds donated by the public. -Chief Kennedy said the department has issued a few citations to motorists who were observed texting while driving, according to a state law that bans the use of hand-held cell phones and text messaging while driving. He said whenever police come across an accident without any obvious cause, officers wonder if texting or cell phone use was a contributing factor. The meeting adjourned at 4:01 p.m. to executive session to discuss a personnel matter. The SSD board also held a special meeting Dec. 8 at which the board approved: 1) a memorandum of understanding for changes in health insurance providers subject to review of legal counsel and 2) leasing office space in the Kokanee Building in the Sunriver Business Park for the district office manager. Public input from Marti Croal concerned the land use application for a fire training facility in DRRH. The next regular meeting of the Sunriver Service District Managing Board is set for Thursday, Jan. 19, 3 p.m. in the Sunriver Fire Station Training Room, 57475 Abbot Drive, Sunriver. Approved meeting minutes are posted, as available, at

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Howard Potts was presented the Sunriver Citizen Patrol 2011 Volunteer of the Year award during a Sunriver Police Department and Citizen Patrol recognition meeting at The Pines on Dec. 13. Potts has been an active member of the Citizen Patrol since July 2001. During his decade of service he served on many committees and as coordinator. In 2011 he was on the membership committee, directed traffic during the Pacific Crest races, participated in evacuation trainings and the Citizen Patrol’s bike patrol. Last year alone, he donated more than 150 hours of service to the community. “Howard has been a vital source of information and a ‘go to guy’ to solve issues that all non-profit organizations face with his ability to evaluate and guide the membership,” said Larry Buzan.

Responding to a need for real time travel information on Highway 97 at Lava Butte, the Oregon Department of Transportation has installed new video cameras on the critical pass. With as many as 21,000 vehicles transiting the Lava Butte pass daily, traffic managers at ODOT determined the need for a new camera to provide highway information for travelers. “The old camera offered a very limited view,” said Jim Scholtes, Traffic Operations Center director. “With the help of our Intelligent Transportation Systems Coordinator James Wittenburg, we’re providing motorists with a much better view of conditions at the critical pass between Bend and the Sunriver interchange. This will help them make more informed decisions regarding travel plans, especially during winter.” Currently, one camera offers a northbound view of both directions of travel on the four-lane highway. In the near future, another camera will provide the southbound view. The cameras provide updated images several times an hour. ODOT operates a network of more than 190 cameras around the state. In addition to views

of the roadways, most of the cameras include weather related information including current air temperature, wind direction and speed and elevation of the site. Weather forecasts, weather hazards and information about road construction delays are also available. Information: www.Trip or http://m.trip for mobile devices. Most cell phones and other smart devices will be automatically directed to the mobile device optimized site. ODOT’s phone system provides the same by dialing 511 or (800) 977ODOT (6368). Out of state dial (503) 588-2941.

SSD withdraws fire training facility proposed for DRRH By Brooke Snavely After three public meetings at which no favorable comments were received, the Sunriver Service District Managing Board decided to withdraw a conditional land use application for a site in Deschutes River Recreation Homesites (DRRH) on which to construct a fire training facility. DRRH residents first turned out at the Dec. 6 Deschutes County public hearing in Bend offering verbal and written comments opposing the proposed training facility. Twentytwo DDRH residents showed up at the Dec. 8 annual meeting of the Sunriver Service District (SSD) and Board of Deschutes County Commissioners requesting to be heard. More questions were posed and comments made at the SSD special

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meeting later the same day. The largest numbers yet attended the district’s Dec. 15 regular meeting prepared for battle, only to discover a board that was aware of their concerns. “I would make a motion to eliminate consideration of the property at Covina and Solar. It’s causing a great deal of grief for a number of people. It’s fairly likely we wouldn’t consider it further. I don’t see why we should continue the conversation and cause more consternation for the community,” said Sunriver Service District director Jim Wilson. Director Bob Nelson seconded the motion. Ron Angell, Sunriver Service District Chair, said the board had not had an opportunity to discuss the proposal since the Dec. 6 public hearing. He suggested requesting the county place a hold on the application to give the board time to consider other options “without totally abandoning the petition that’s on file.” “When we started down this road it was to provide adequate training for our staff. That need exists. It’s not going away. We’ve got to find a solution to that,” Nelson said. “The county is the


one who suggested they might give us the land on which to build. We looked around for other partners, La Pine, to share costs. We did not make a decision to build a training facility. We made a decision to explore the viability of that site. We now are hearing about other interesting possibilities. Personally, I’m not sure I would change my mind about that site in 60 days.” “If we stop the process versus delaying it, does that stop us from bringing it back online?” asked director Bob Wrightson. “I don’t want to totally close the door if these other options don’t pan out.” “We could just say we are withdrawing the application at this time and terminating all further consideration,” Angell said. “What we are trying to do is figure out how to provide adequate training to maintain the certifications so we can fight the fires we need to fight here. I presume you (Chief Hatch) would prefer something closer,” Nelson said. “I think you wanted to build it right out here (behind the fire station) Turn to Land use, page 32

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Forty thousand locals use library computers, WiFi access From Scene news sources A recent survey conducted by the University of Washington Information School for the Deschutes Public Library, shows that approximately 40,000 Deschutes County residents use the computers and wireless network services at the library. The survey found that 29 percent of the users were seeking help with career or employment needs, 28 percent used the computers to further educational goals, and 28 percent accessed computers and Internet connections for civic engagement purposes. “It was exciting to realize that one person a day found work because of access to technology from the library,” said Todd Dunkelberg, library director. “The survey also showed that people who used the library computers made positive changes to their diet and exercise habits and others were able to access critical health information. Libraries transform lives in unexpected ways.” The study, “Opportunity for All: How the American Public Benefits from Internet Access at U.S. Libraries” is the first large-scale study of who

uses public computers and Internet access in public libraries, the ways library patrons use this free service, and how it affects their lives. The study was funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The survey recently conducted at the Deschutes Public Library is an extension of this research. The Deschutes Public Library began offering public access computers in the midnineties and now has 133 computers available for public use and a wireless network. The library offers free computer classes at its six locations in downtown Bend, East Bend, La Pine, Redmond, Sisters and Sunriver. “We are fortunate to have received funds to support our technology efforts and are able to offer computer labs in our smaller libraries to provide one-on-one tech help, training classes, and other support,” said Dunkelberg. “Training customers on the latest technology has become a critical tool in providing access to people who may not otherwise have the ability or technology on-hand to improve their lives.”

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About 30 DRRH residents attended the Dec. 6 Deschutes County land use hearing on a proposed Sunriver fire training facility in their neighborhood. Similar numbers attended and spoke at two other public meetings before the Sunriver Service District decided to withdraw the proposal.

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but somehow SROA probably wouldn’t like that. We were trying to find options and this one (Solar and Covina) doesn’t appear to be a viable solution.” “I want to say, regardless of how the vote on the motion goes, that Art has done everything we asked him to do and everything we authorized him to do in pursuit of this matter. I think your efforts have been exactly what the board has asked you to do,” Angell added. “Training is critically important for both the police and fire. I think it needs to stay in the forefront. I also want to be good neighbors and I think its important to be responsive and work together,” said director Debra Baker. “This department benefits many of the residents in that area and will continue

to do so. We would like their support in continuing to be a progressive department.” The service district board members then voted unanimously, 5-0, in favor of the motion to withdraw the application, prompting a round of applause from the audience. Comments from the audience included several “thank you’s,” requests for public notice if the district reopens consideration of the DRRH site, and support for an appropriately located training facility. Conrad Ruel, a member of the La Pine Rural Fire Protection District board and DRRH resident, said La Pine’s fire chief “is willing to work with you at Station 102” (LPRFD’s northernmost station on S. Century Drive) should arrangements at other possible sites not work out. Karen Newcomb presented a petition with signatures of DRRH and some Sunriver residents who opposed the proposed training facility location. She also submitted a copy of DRRH’s covenants, codes and restrictions, specific to the unit where the two lots are located, which she said do not allow

such land uses. (See Newcomb’s letter to the editor page 39). After the audience departed, Hatch said he appreciated the board’s comments. “Nobody misunderstood your motion. We’re not going to be the least bit deterred finding a way to solve this problem. It’s just a speed bump. In fact, when I first talked to legal counsel and the county planner, I said ‘If there’s a big uproar this board isn’t going to want to go to war with the neighbors.’ We’ll find someplace else. This was one step in a long process.” Angell said the decision to withdraw the application “may actually help... it might help generate a little more awareness, enthusiasm and support within our community.” According to Cynthia Smidt, a planner with the Deschutes County Community Development Department, the Sunriver Service District’s conditional land use application for the lots in DRRH was withdrawn Dec. 19. The district may be eligible for a partial refund of the $3,000 deposit for the hearings officer. Smidt said there would be no refund of the $2,185 conditional use permit fee.

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Sunriver Pets: Antifreeze toxicity By Dr. Wendy Merideth Antifreeze is important to keep our car engines running this time of year, however it does contain toxic ingredients such as ethylene glycol. Ethylene glycol causes acute kidney failure and is incredibly toxic to dogs, cats and wildlife. The mortality rate in dogs is approximately 59-70 percent. Accidental exposure can occur from spills, containers left accessible in the garage, or from the toilets of winterized cabins. Cats can obtain a toxic dose by merely walking through a puddle of the stuff and then licking their paws. Antifreeze has a sweet taste that can entice pets to drink it. Please use brands of antifreeze that do not use ethylene glycol and have bittering agents. Antifreeze victims may appear intoxicated and have been described as walking like a “drunken sailor.” This phase ends after a few hours and they may appear OK but lethargic. They will then drink large amounts of water. Approximately 12-72 hours after ingestion, the animal becomes weak, starts vomiting and refuses food as the kidneys begin to fail. Proper and aggressive treatment must be started as soon as possible. Even with immediate

treatment the prognosis for dogs is fair. Unfortunately cats have a guarded to poor prognosis. Prevention is critical. Keep containers of antifreeze and

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January events at the Sunriver Area Public Library Know Resumes: Need help updating your resume or creating a new one? Come join our class. Register at www. Jan. 4, 9-10 a.m. Chapter One Book Club: January Discussion Book: “Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand” by Helen Simonson. The book club is open to anyone. Jan. 7, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Family Fun Story Time: Stories and fun for ages 0-5 years. Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. Pajama Party Story Time: Ages 0-5 years. Wear your favorite PJs and bring your favorite stuffed animal and enjoy a few stories before bed. Jan. 26, Doors open at 6:10 p.m. Write Now: Brainstorm, play word games, and enjoy the written word in a casual setting. Jan. 14, 1 p.m. Good Chair, Great Books: “Old Man and the Sea” by Ernest Hemingway. Feed your mind at this fun and engaging book club. Free and open to the public. Jan. 24, 2 p.m. Live Read: Attendees enjoy light refreshments while being immersed in short fiction read out loud by others; sharing

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Cruise News: Norwegian rolls out family-friendly winter cruise

By Betsy Sherr Now that winter is upon us, many of us like to dream of warm waters and sandy beaches. I have written many times in the past about Celebrity Cruises and their Solstice Class ships. I do think they are the best cruise for families and younger travelers, but there is a new ship that is giving them a run for their money… Norwegian Cruise Line’s Epic. My America Express Agency just had their national convention onboard the Epic. It sails around the Caribbean out of Fort Lauderdale all winter long. This new ship has quite a few bells and whistles a family or young couple would find enjoyable. Here is a sampling of a few items on this new ship: • Private pool and courtyard for all guests booked in the high-

er class villa or suite staterooms. • First of their kind studio staterooms for singles. You have access to the “living room” lounge, a special shared private lounge for all guests booked into this class of stateroom, where you can watch TV, read a book or socialize. The studios are only 100 square feet in size, but they are nice and give singles what they want – privacy – without having to pay double just because you are traveling alone. • The Epic offers very good entertainment: Blue Man Group as well as the Second City Comedy Troupe. You can also enjoy the first of its kind Ice Bar… a chilly 17 degrees inside. They furnish coats and gloves when you walk in the door. • Other nice amenities include a complete bowling alley as well

as 20 dining venues. NCL is known for its “Freestyle Cruising,” there is no set dining time. There are plenty of complimentary, no-charge dining options, but some of the nicer venues, like Cagney’s Steakhouse, charge an additional $25 per person fee. This is not a luxury cruise. This is a fun, family-oriented, younger person type cruise with 4,100 passengers, so be prepared for a lot of other guests around. If fun-filled days and nights with good entertainment and lots of activities is what you are seeking, NCL’s Epic might be a good escape this winter. Check out the new Epic on their website Betsy Scherr can be reached at 541-385-0499 or betsy.scherr@

High Desert Museum open New Year’s Day; events planned throughout the month Jan. 5 - New Volunteer Orientation: Discover how you can assist the museum by working with wildlife, giving talks and tours or helping behind the scenes. 10:30-11:30 a.m. RSVP: Jan. 8 - Civil War Lecture Series Kickoff: Museum Living History characters appear at the Deschutes Public Library in Bend to kick off “Let’s Talk About It: Making Sense of the American Civil War,” a series of five conversations exploring the Civil War experience. Register

today and receive materials in- Explore these species and their cluding three books that are the effects on the environment. cornerstone of the discussions. Jan. 14- Sensational Saturday: Quirky Artifacts: Discover Imagining War, Jan. 21, 3 p.m. strange and unusual objects from Choosing Sides, Feb. 5, 3 p.m. Making Sense of Shiloh, Feb. 19, the Museum’s vault. Guess what it is and how it was used, and 3 p.m. The Shape of War, March 4, 3 p.m. make a quirky craft of your own. War and Freedom, March 18, 3 p.m. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 14- Mining Days: Try Details at www.deschuteslibrary. your hand at gold panning inside org. Free. Jan. 14- Pervasive Invasives the Spirit of the West exhibit’s exhibit opens: What plants, re-created 19th century placer animals and insects have been mine and boomtown. Have your brought here or hitched a ride earnings authenticated at Silver with High Desert emigrants? City’s Wells Fargo Bank and take

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your treasure home! 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. $2 per “miner.” Jan. 20- Your Land, My Land: Using and Preserving Oregon’s Natural Resources: Oregonians are known for their independence and rugged individuality. The state is also known for its progressive environmental policies. Join Oregon Humanities Scholar Veronica Dujon, professor of sociology at Portland State University, in considering how our connection to a place informs our values and our approaches to conflicts over resources. 6:30 p.m. at the Tower Theatre in Bend. Free. Jan. 21- Mid Oregon Credit Union Free Family Saturday: Enjoy the High Desert Museum for free. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 22- Leapers & Creepers: The Living World of Frogs and Reptiles: More than 20 species of fascinating native and exotic frogs and reptiles up close, from poison dart frogs, chameleons and geckos to king snakes. Learn about their fascinating natural history and conservation topics through interactive activities. Jan. 28- Solar Viewing: Take a look at the Sun using safe viewing techniques made possible by volunteers from Pine Mountain Observatory and Sunriver Nature Center. It all happens just steps from the museum’s doors, in our meadow (weather permitting). 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. Jan. 31- History Pub: Brews and Basques: Take a close look at an ancient culture that helped shape our region. Curator of Western History, Bob Boyd, shares his knowledge of the people who came to the High Desert as sheep herders in the late 1800s. With slides, artifacts

and discussion. 6 p.m., doors at 5 p.m. Free at McMenamins Old St. Francis School’s Father Luke Room, Bend. Backpack Explorers Parents and children age 3-4 do science, art, body movement stations, share stories and songs. Don backpacks filled with cool artifacts and explore the museum’s animal habitats. New themes weekly. Take home art and an adventure activity. Members: $10 per child. Non-members: $15 per child, plus museum admission for accompanying adult. Registration required: (541) 382-4754, ext. 329. Some outdoor activities – please dress appropriately. Jan. 5 and 7- Biscuits & Butter: Let’s make old-time butter and biscuits like pioneers on the frontier! Play with all kinds of cool pioneer tools and toys, too. Jan. 12 and 14- Art ‘n’ Facts: Explore our Stuff! Exhibit, discover unique and amazing treasures from the past and how they were used. Make your own quirky creations too! Jan. 19- Somebody Smells!: Animals constantly use smells in many ways. It is like their own secret code. Use your nose to explore how scents are an important part of the animal world. Jan. 26 and 28- Creatures of the Night: Did you hear that? Here is your chance to get a close up look at some of the many creatures that come out at night. The High Desert Museum is open daily 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. through April 30. Admission: $10 adult, $9 senior (65 plus), $6 youth (ages 5-12), free to ages 4 and younger. Information:


Sunriver Real Estate news: Preparing your home for sale By John Gibson We’ve seen some nice statistical analyses by our local real estate professionals in this space. The articles are well written and remind me of how fortunate Sunriver owners are to have a top tier real estate community of brokers, escrow officers and lenders. This month, however, we’re going back to basics. Think of it as a boot camp on getting a home ready for sale. In the past 12 months, 97 homes in Sunriver have sold. It took an average of almost seven months for each to close. At this writing, 132 homes are actively for sale. That’s 132 owners wanting success. Real estate sales is no mystery, it is actually simple. After all, there are only three variables to consider: Location, condition and price. One has no control over locaton; after all, shouldn’t owning in the Pacific Northwest’s premier residential and resort community be a plus? The owner is in the driver’s seat for the other two variables. Let’s first focus on condition. In case you didn’t notice, it is winter. If you don’t live here,

please have the driveway shoveled and leave the heat on at least 55 degrees in the home. Seeing a 4-foot snow berm to scramble over to reach your home will keep all but the most intrepid customers in the car. Also, because it is winter, dig out the summer photos for your broker to use in marketing. Throw in some eye candy, too (elk on the fairway, sunset from the deck, etc.). After all, it is about the experience of being in Central Oregon. Next, we brokers know that first impressions truly count. It is to the point where folks will write off a house within 10 seconds of getting out of a car. Among the most common things that make a broker cringe: • Oil stains on the driveway • A beat up front door • Fido’s scratches on the molding • Decking that looks like it hasn’t seen a drop of preservative in ten years • The proverbial overgrown bush that is about to give everyone a hug Make that walk from the driveway to the front entry magical. Once inside, let’s look at the


furniture arrangement. Better yet, spend some time with your broker staging how much — or how little — furniture you will set out. Speaking of furniture, if you are selling your home furnished, have an inventory of what is included. Remove items that won’t go with the sale. We don’t want a buyer to be taken with your Aunt Martha’s watercolor of a Tuscan villa when you have other plans for it. What about that 50-inch LCD television that you want to switch with the 32-inch one you have in your office at home? Again, change it before putting the home on the market. The last two items go hand in hand — a property corner search and a special inspection by the Sunriver Owners Association. The first identifies the existing property pins and a local surveyor can have this done for under $200. The other is a property inspection offered by the Sunriver Owners Association for $100. This special review of the outside of your home by the SROA Community Development Department ensures that you are representing to the buyer that everything is in compliance. According to Shane Hostbjor, SROA’s compliance officer, the

two most often found issues are the lack of identifiable property corners (see above) and new utility boxes that need painting. The results are usually easy to fix and the seller won’t get that phone call from an upset new owner months after the sale has closed. With the condition out of the way, we now come to price. Listen to your broker or, if self represented, look at the “comparables” sold in the last six months with the highest weight given to the most recent ones. Then look at what is currently on the market. How is your home positioned? Now comes the gut-check. Time to inject some anti-freeze into the veins. What will a buyer pay for the home in the current

market? Deriving a price is more of an art than a science, but a skilled professional can be invaluable in this process. One side note: When considering price, look at the net price after broker fees, escrow costs, prorated expenses and such. Again, your broker can prepare an estimated net proceeds breakdown to help you. The above steps take a little bit of work, but most successes require preparation. Just remember, 132 homes are now for sale and only 97 made it to the checkered flag last year. Better to be in the winner’s circle than in pit row. John Gibson can be reached at Gibson Realty, (541) 593-5000,

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ant as of mid-November. Most Government of the non-compliant ramps are goings on: • Culver voters reject- in residential areas and thus of lower priority than ed a $14.5 million ramps near governbond initiative last ment, medical and November by a wide retail facilities. The margin with 67.3 city has spent $3.2 percent opposed. million upgrading The levy would have 560 ramps and is increased property now out of funds. taxes in the Culver According to Susan School District by Jonathan Kahnoski Duncan, at the time $3.46 per $1,000 assessed value to pay for more Bend’s accessibility manager, classroom space, upgrades to “We can only do what we have electrical systems and light- funding to do,” noting there is ing, an energy-efficient heating only $207,000 to spend over system and a 10,000-square- the next two years. However, foot athletic building as well as Duncan left her position in late modifications to the high school November for a local engineering firm, further complicating to improve security. • Vacancies: Deschutes Coun- the city’s efforts. She had hoped ty expects to name in February to obtain grants to fund more finalists for the position of ramp upgrades, an approach not county administrator made acceptable to Carol Fulkerson, vacant when commissioners a member of the steering comfired Dave Kanner last August. mittee for the Central Oregon Meanwhile, Bend City Manager Coalition for Access, who said Eric King rejected all five candi- the curb upgrades should be a dates selected to be interviewed priority. “There’s a lot of money for the position of assistant city that’s being funneled in a lot of manager, including Kanner, two other directions and this is a candidates from Portland, one very real obligation for the city from Auburn, Wash. and one of Bend,” Fulkerson said. • The current 911 district levy from Allen, Texas. King intends to hire an interim assistant until should be made permanent, according to a panel of three he finds a permanent hire. • Bend is behind schedule on citizens appointed to evaluate its project to overhaul the city’s options for funding Deschutes curb ramps to meet guidelines County’s 911 dispatch center, under the Americans with Dis- and the district board will ask abilities Act. The city is under voters to do just that on the May an order from the U.S. Depart- ballot. At present, 911 services ment of Justice to bring all of its are funded by a temporary levy buildings and ramps built after (23 cents per $1,000 assessed 1992 into compliance by 2014. value) expiring in June 2013 in Of the 7,149 ramps built since addition to a permanent levy (16 1992, only 1,624 were compli- cents per $1,000 assessed value)

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officials insist is inadequate, by itself, to fund operations. To merge the two into one permanent levy, voters would have to approve dissolving the existing tax district and create a new one with the new tax rate. The panel presented their findings to the district board in November. • A new tax district to fund studies of Mirror Pond and its silt problem is being discussed by Bend officials, according to Michael McLandress, the city’s project manager overseeing analysis of the issues. The 101-year-old pond adjacent to Drake Park, is at risk of becoming one big mud flat as silt settles where the water flows slowly through downtown Bend. The pond was last dredged in 1984 at a cost of $312,000. A 2009 study estimated the cost of solving the silt problem at between $2 million and $5 million. Solutions range from doing nothing to removing Pacific Power’s dam near the Newport Avenue bridge and letting the river flow freely. A consortium of local businesses and government is ready to sign a contract for a full study of alternatives, but has no money to pay for it. Property tax revenue from the permanent levy of a service district would fund not only the study but whatever solution the study identifies as well as future maintenance and

projects in and around the pond. Business briefs: • Hourly wages in Deschutes County were more than $2 below the national average wage in May 2010 when last computed. Data released in late August by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics show the average wage in the Bend MSA (Deschutes County) was $19.05, roughly 11 percent below the national hourly wage of $21.35, the largest gap going back to May 2005. In the five years prior, the gap between local and national average wages has never exceeded two dollars. Carolyn Eagan, regional economist for the Oregon Employment Department, said “There’s no surprise that we earn less than the national average,” noting the increased employment in leisure and hospitality in Central Oregon, industries that typically pay lower wages. • The USPS can save $2.1 million by closing its processing center in Bend, according to a study looking for ways to bring postal operation expenses in line with postal revenues that have declined as mail volume has decreased. Initial findings show savings of $2.4 million and additional expenses (to transport mail to and from Portland) of $320,000. Closure of the Bend

center would eliminate 17 jobs. All mail into, out of, and within the region would be processed at the processing center in Portland, probably increasing delivery times from one-to-three days to two-to-three days. • New commercial developments are being considered for both sides of Robal Road where it intersects with Highway 20 northwest of the Cascade Village shopping center. In August, White-Leisure Development Co. of Boise, Idaho showed Bend planning officials two conceptual plans for the 52-acre site on the north side of Robal Road labeled “Promenade @ Bend,” one calling for a 215,000-square-foot “retail building envelope” and the other showing a 174,000-squarefoot retail building. Both plans call for five additional buildings mostly along Hwy 20. WhiteLeisure also discussed a second plan for a 14,820-square-foot retail building near the intersection of Neff Road & NE 27th Street and a third plan for a same-sized building on SE 3rd just north of Reed Market Road. Representatives of Cascade Village proposed to Bend officials modifying a previouslyapproved 59,000-square-foot retail building to include a Turn to Nutshell, page 38

Gingerbread Junction raises more than $2,000 for charity The 2011 Gingerbread Junction Village raised $2,330 for St. Charles Foundation’s Children’s Heart Fund through the sale of nearly 40 “lots” and matching contributions from Sunriver Resort. The Children’s Heart Fund was presented a check by Sunriver Resort Managing Director Tom O’Shea during an awards ceremony for Gingerbread Junction winners in December. Two primary winners were recognized: People’s Choice overall winner and the People’s Choice children’s winner — selected by vote during the Resort’s Grand Illuminations lighting ceremony. A panel of community judges chose the remaining first, second and third place finishers in each of the 12 categories. “Entries for this year’s competition are more unique than ever before,” said Debra Martyn-Jones, event director. Entries included cinematic representations of popular films “Up,” “The Nightmare Before Christmas” and “Harry Potter.” There were

also cultural themes such as a rendition of an In-N-Out Burger drive-thru and an “Occupy Camp Runamuck” complete with protesting animals. Appetizing entries included one for Ghost Tree Dinner on the Range as well as Aspen Lakes and 5 Fusion concoctions (both 100 per-

cent edible). Gingerbread Junction is part of Sunriver Resort’s annual Traditions festivities, featuring a variety of holidaythemed events and activities from Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day. The gingerbread houses will be on display until Jan. 1.

Gingerbread Junction 2011 results People’s Choice Award: Sunriver Resort Human Resources People’s Choice Children’s Division: Molly Burke “Up” Adult Division 1st North Pole Paddle, Pedal, Gina Guss and Heather Oxford 2nd Camp Runamuck, Luann Stanislowski 3rd University of Dayton Alumni Open Business Division 1st Humane Society of Central Oregon 2nd Powell’s Sweet Shoppe 3rd Phillips Associates LLC Restaurant Division 1st Aspen Lakes Restaurant 2nd 5 Fusion Restaurant Pre-School/Kindergarten 1st St Francis School Kindergarten 2nd New Beginnings Pre-School Child Individual 1st Zen Duran (with help from Mom) 1st Elliott Oxford 2nd Kennedy Willig 3rd Anna & Hunter Thompson

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55,000-square-foot hotel and 28,000 square feet of retail space, all on a 6.7-acre site on the south side of Robal Road. • Two Steens Mountain wind power projects, the East and West Ridge projects, capable of generating a total of 200 megawatts, were cancelled in November by the developer, Columbia Energy Partners of Washington. The two projects were to be built on private land within the Steens Mountain Cooperative Management and Protection Area. According to Chris Crowley, president, business, regulatory and environmental issues made the project unattractive even though the Bureau of Land Management is close to approving a 230-kilowatt power line through Harney County for several wind farms. Columbia Energy is proceeding with two other 104-megawatt projects, Riddle Mountain and Echanis, outside of the protection area on privately owned land, each with 40 to 60 wind turbines that could power a total of 60,000 homes. The Oregon Natural Desert Association and Audubon Society oppose both the power line and the wind farms, arguing the sight of the turbines would disturb the serenity of the nearby Steens wilderness area.

• A kennel in rural Crook County is legal, as are the rulings of the Crook County Court (county commissioners) and the Land Use Board of Appeals, according to the Oregon Court of Appeals. Sylvia Whitmore has owned the property since 1976 when county zoning allowed animal husbandry and has operated a dog kennel for years. After the Crook County Court overruled neighbors’ complaints and approved Whitmore’s kennel in 2010, one Tualatin couple who had purchased nearby property filed a civil suit challenging the county’s decision, arguing a dog kennel does not qualify as “animal husbandry.” Although Whitmore has won the right to operate her kennel, where she has miniature Australian shepherds, she has received seven citations in the last two years for the noise her dogs make, with fines ranging from $200 to $300 for each citation. Whitmore questions: “Why do people move in next to somebody who’s lived here this long and complain about the situation?” Competition watch: • Brasada Ranch and Eagle Crest are undergoing major improvements by their new owner, Northview Hotel Group. At Brasada, in addition to a new spa, restaurant and conference center (see IANS, Sept. 2011), improve-

ments include new fire pits, more hotel suites, more play equipment and a small retail area at the athletic center. Customers’ needs are getting more attention with employees responding to requests immediately and toiletries being provided in the locker rooms. Northview is spending $3 million at both Eagle Crest and the Running Y Ranch (outside Klamath Falls), gutting and remodeling guest rooms, lodges and other facilities. The improvements seem to be working: For overnight stays this year versus last year, Brasada has seen a 101 percent increase, Eagle Crest a 15 percent increase and Running Y Ranch a 10 percent increase. Real estate sales at the Eagle Crest brokerage are up 25 percent. • Pronghorn’s lender, Société Générale, the multinational bank based in Paris, France, has sold its $43 million in two loans related to the high end destination resort northeast of Bend to The Resort Group, a “master developer” based in Honolulu, Hawaii, according to an email sent to Pronghorn owners in December. Neither terms of the sale nor the buyer’s plans for the future were disclosed. The two loans include all inventory the developer still owns – about 90 lots, the two golf courses (one designed by Tom Fazio, the other by Jack Nicklaus) and the 55,000-square-foot clubhouse.

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

• A new destination resort map for Deschutes County was approved by the board of commissioners in late November. The map identifies those land parcels in the county that are appropriate for developing destination resorts in accordance with state land use law. The new map drastically reduces the amount of land eligible from 112,000 acres to just 22,000 acres, including the addition of a 400-acre parcel owned by the Oregon Department of State Lands and three other parcels

totaling 895 acres south of Sunriver and owned by Pine Forest Development LLC, Belveron Real Estate Partners LLC and Vandevert Road LLC. Much of the land cut from the old map was not actually eligible for development because it did not meet requirements. “We’ll cross our fingers there is no appeal,” said Peter Gutowsky, principal planner for the county. Editor’s note: In a Nutshell is compiled from press releases and news articles published in other Central Oregon newspapers.

Solarium: Letters from our readers commentary Questions petition candidate process change

Brent Irwin, Sunriver It is troubling to me, as a past candidate for the SROA board, that there is a proposal to alter the SROA bylaws regarding the amount of petition signatures required for candidacy, from 25 to 250. This action furthers the distance between the nominating committee’s current processes (e.g. 3 candidates for 3 positions) and the opportunity for others to apply for the SROA board. The petition process gives an opportunity for someone that may not have the same “in” in Sunriver to apply for the board. Let the people decide who to vote for instead of creating an additional roadblock for individuals who may not conform to the “profile” of the nominating committee. The individuals that the nominating committee supported were voted in by what appears to be a fair election so why are such extreme changes necessary? Remember that the nominating committee encouraged petition candidates in the February 2011 issue of the Sunriver Scene. Now that some folks actually stepped up and did it, the board feels that they need to significantly impact the process? Would someone from the SROA board please give a more detailed explanation of why this extreme action is necessary?

Grateful to emergency responders

Walter McGovern, Portland In the excellent Korean War movie “The Bridges at Toki-Ri,” as Navy pilots roar off the aircraft carrier deck heading into harms way, the Admiral says to his aide: “Where do we get such men?” Recently our family had cause to wonder where the Central Oregon community obtains “such men and women” in the first responder and medical field. Our wife and mother, Lillian, suffered a middle of the night, life-threatening medical emergency during a stay at Sunriver. A cast of dozens then responded to save her life and build a path for the future. A frantic 911 call at 3 a.m. provided a rapid, calm, professional and medically correct Sunriver Fire and Rescue crew who proceeded to save Lillian’s life. The St. Charles Medical Center staff was incredible. There are so many individuals and units who contributed to her care there simply isn’t room to list them all. Therapists, chaplains, etc., all helped ease our concerns. We remember them all. There is obviously a pervasive, special “culture” of superior care in your area. The first responders and various medical and nursing folks took the time to carefully and plainly explain what had happened, where we were, what needed to be done, etc. The road to good health continues to be difficult even back home. While our family was overwhelmed by these events, we are grateful to all those in the Sunriver and Bend area who contributed to Lillian’s care. We salute you all!

Thanks for Care & Share support

Dawn Christensen, Sunriver Obsidian Hair Spa (Pennie Olson, Ken Fenicle and myself) would like to thank everyone who helped us this year on our fundraiser for Sunriver Community Care and Share Christmas Basket Program. We raised more than $7,200 and could not have done it without the help of this generous Sunriver community. Turn to Solarium, page 39

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A chorus of one: In praise of Mike’s Tire & Auto Center Scene opinion policy

commentary Terry Dahlquist, Sunriver I have had the pleasure of having Mike of Mike’s Tire & Auto Center in the Sunriver Business Park work on my Suburban from time to time. One time the engine light came on and I thought: Look out. Here comes a big bill, something is wrong with the motor. Mike asked when I last filled up with gas. Last week I replied. He simply tightened my gas cap, said it could take a day or two but that should fix it, and it did, with no cost to me. Mike could have taken the car in the shop, run several tests, told me he repaired something and given me a bill for hundreds of dollars, but he didn’t; he made no money from me that day. I have told the story


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A special thank you goes out to Ryan Smith at Alpine Entertainment for helping us get our silent auction out into the public and the village owners who matched us again this year up to $1,000. The village also donated space for the Sunriver Care and Share to store their collected toys and food before distribution. And to every business that donated an item for our silent auction, you are all amazing!

many times. Recently my truck’s heater wasn’t working. Once again I thought the worst – here comes a major, expensive auto repair bill. I limped by for months until one morning I stopped at Mike’s. I ran in declaring I needed a thermostat and asking when the service could get done. Mike immediately came out, popped the hood and began an inspection. He quickly spotted that the anti-freeze was low and explained to me how that can effect the heating system. He filled the reservoir and checked for leaks. After paying for the anti-freeze, he sent me on my way with my truck and heater working just fine. He could have taken my truck in, re-

The volunteers who helped us the day of our event were Kesslea Christensen, Damian Swanson, Keith Christensen, Canda and Tim Kastel, Mary Felder and Lisa Bilbro.

Thanks Service District

Karen Newcomb, Deschutes River Recreation Homesites I truly want to thank the Sunriver Service District Managing Board for their courageous decision to withdraw the Conditional Use Permit for CU11-24. The whole community is grateful for your decision.

placed the thermostat, given me a bill for hundreds of dollars and I would have been fine. But no. Again, Mike being the honest businessperson he is, fixed the problem quickly and inexpensively. I have recently seen many stories about dishonest auto mechanics. Some may exist in Central Oregon and Sunriver, but they are not named Mike’s Tire & Auto Center. Simply said, he is an honest businessman offering honest service at a fair price. You have a choice and locals should support this business. I know I do and will. Now if Mike could only repair all those turn signals that must be broken in Sunriver. It would sure make driving through the traffic circles a lot easier.

We hope you will be able to go forward with the training tower at a different location. I am certain Chief Hatch is disappointed, but I also hope he understands the feelings and the fears of the DRRH community. Personally, I feel I can finally get back to work (my real work), and last night was the first full night’s sleep I’ve had in several weeks without nightmares of what could possibly happen to my neighborhood. Some raw emotions were displayed during the county hearing, at the joint SSD/De-

schutes County meeting and up until the decision. I know relief is being felt by all as a result of the decision. Some real good has come from this whole process. I now have a huge database of DRRH residents, and discovered they will all join together when they see a problem in our community. Again, many thanks, not only for your decision, but also for your volunteer work for the Sunriver community. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

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

How to submit:

E-mail: Write the letter in the body of the e-mail, or attach it as a Word document. Mail: Typewritten letters can be mailed to Sunriver Scene, P.O. Box 3278, Sunriver, OR 97707. Deadline: The 15th of the month (ie: Oct. 15 for November issue). We accept one letter per person per month.

From the editor’s desk: Life is like a white elephant gift exchange By Brooke Snavely

With apologies to Forrest Gump who said, “Life is like a box of chocolates…” I’m beginning to think life is a bit like a white elephant gift exchange. The thought occurred to me at this year’s Sunriver Owners Association employee holiday luncheon as my colleagues were stealing white elephant gifts back and forth until they hit the two-steal limit. This was accompanied by veiled threats, peals of laughter and theatrically enhanced expressions of glee and disappointment. Doby Fugate, our seasonal forestry technician, seemed to channel Captain Jack Sparrow when, after unwrapping a container of peanut butter pretzels, he informed us in a menacing

tone “I don’t take kindly to people stealing my stuff.” This, of course, made the pretzels an instant target of white elephant pirates. Charanne Graham, SROA’s receptionist and administrative assistant, opened a battery operated desktop water fountain. According to the box it said it would sooth the nerves of all who came near it. Charanne proclaimed it the perfect addition to her busy front reception desk. Charanne emitted a heart wrenching “ooohhh” when her prize was snatched away. But after the party the wouldbe thief gave her the fountain back. And after all the angst, the darn thing didn’t work! Talk about anti-zen. Last I heard she was on a quest to take it back to the store and have it replaced. Picking carefully through the unopened gifts, SROA General Manager Bill Peck cited the old myth that good things come in small packages and proceeded to open a box containing a bright red Slinky.


Without missing a beat, Bill began running the Slinky back and forth, hand to hand, demonstrating for all the joy of the over 60-year-old toy. He demonstrated the Slinky for the remainder of the party but got no takers. Keri Brooks, SROA’s former South Pool manager and new SHARC aquatics specialist, earned the dubious distinction of the one who had the most gifts stolen. Every gift she opened was filched, perhaps as a result of Keri’s prankster personality. She pokes fun at everyone, and this was the perfect opportunity to get back at her. I give credit to Keri for taking the grief as well as she gives it. I hope you have an intelligent prankster the likes of Keri in your social circle. Her kind keeps life interesting. Someone opened a classic white elephant gift – fartless chili mix. (Is there really such a thing?) Amazingly, this got stolen twice, but it was near the end of the exchange when unopened gifts were running

short and we were forced to choose between the known and unknown. Announcing to your guests that you are serving fartless chili could be a conversation starter. Leigh Anne Dennis, our departing recreation director, unwrapped a set of dogshaped ceramic salt and pepper shakers. The one remotely interested party, upon seeing that the dogs were a representation of larger breeds and not dachshunds, promptly resumed her search for other worthy items. I felt good about the wine bottle opener I put in the gift exchange. It elicited a few ooohs and aaahs during its unveiling and ended up with Leslie Knight, human resources director, who said she had only a Swiss Army knife at home. The notion of Leslie, the champion of workplace safety, popping corks at home with a Swiss Army knife impressed me. The one gift I had my eye on, a Panther Martin spinning lure and a worm

threader, was poached twice before my turn even came up, so I pinched a bicycle lock and tool pouch that might come in handy. Wouldn’t you know that Brenda Peck, the general manager’s wife, stole them. She then had the audacity to announce that the lock and tool pouch would look good on the bike hanging from the garage ceiling that she never rides. I really would have found a use for the lock. I ended up with a handmade wooden puzzle depicting a forest goddess with a staff. It even has some faux diamonds on it for bling. If nothing else, it will make an interesting stocking-stuffer for my video game drenched 10-year-old son. I can’t wait to see his expression as he attempts to understand what it is. And then, I hope to see him take the plunge and try assembling it. He’s good at puzzles. And that, in my white elephant addled brain, is called rolling with the punches of what life throws our way. Page 39

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January 2012 Sunriver Scene  

Monthly newspaper of the Sunriver Owners Association

January 2012 Sunriver Scene  

Monthly newspaper of the Sunriver Owners Association