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

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JANUARY • 2014

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The big chill: Below zero temps damage homes By Brooke Snavely At least eight homes in Sunriver sustained water damage from frozen and burst pipes in early December when temperatures dropped to 24 below zero, and stayed below zero for several consecutive nights. Most of the damaged homes were unoccupied and the problems were not apparent until water began flowing out from under doors and windows and freezing on siding, front steps or driveways. That’s when neighbors, contractors and service providers who happened to pass by noticed ice build up and notified owners of possible problems. One Sunriver home had icicles sprouting from its exterior walls, likely the result of water flowing across second story floors until it found a way out. A Scene photographer who took pictures of the exterior ice buildup reported hearing sounds of things falling inside the home; possibly caused by chunks of saturated dry wall and insulation falling off the ceiling and walls. Owners of homes that show signs of water damage are notified by various means. Sometimes neighbors notify the owner. Sometimes a contractor who happens to be working a few doors down notices a problem and calls the water company. The water company reads the meter and discovers unusually high water consumption, a telltale indicator of broken water pipes inside the home. The water is shut off at the street as a precautionary measure and the company notifies the homeowner. Witnesses often call the Sunriver Owners Association which in turn notifies the homeowner. However they get notified, homeowners who experience frozen and burst water pipes have a repair and restoration odyssey ahead of them. Personal experience Sunriver owner Nancy Dunckel experienced water damage last winter when her home’s heating system failed, pipes froze and burst on both levels of her Turn to Freeze, page 3 SUNRIVER SCENE SUNRIVER OWNERS ASSN. VOLUME XL • NUMBER 1 P.O. BOX 3278 SUNRIVER, OR 97707

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Following a bone-chilling 24 below zero in Sunriver on Dec. 8, several homes sustained broken pipes and severe water damage. This home had a second story water leak, resulting in a frozen waterfall on an outside wall.

Sunriver residents serving as Peace Corps volunteers in Macedonia

By Scene staff Sunriver residents Rob and Sandi Merrigan are halfway through a 27-monthlong Peace Corps volunteer service commitment in Delchevo, Macedonia. The Sunriver couple marked the occasion with glasses of Macedonian wine on the tiny balcony of their small, Tito-era third floor apartment. Sandi is teaching English in a public primary school, and Rob works with a non-governmental organization that advocates for the Roma population, formally known as Gypsies. Sandi described her teaching assignment as rewarding. She said the children make her feel like a rock star every time she enters a classroom. “Hopefully, learning English will give this young generation a better future in a competitive world. Rob’s work with the Roma, an underprivileged minority, has introduced us to a rich culture that is often discriminated against,” they wrote in an email to the Scene. The Merrigans describe the Delchevo villagers as resourceful and generous. “Homemade takes on a new meaning here. Nearly everyone has a garden or

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farm. Fruits and vegetables are either pickled, canned or dried. Families distill their own plum brandy (rakiya), and make gallons of wine and juice. Hours of labor go into cutting and stacking wood to heat their homes during the cold winters. “When we are out for a walk, strangers give us produce from their gardens. We are often invited in for a Turkish coffee. It is the safest place we have ever lived. Every Saturday, we shop at the outdoor farmer’s market and marvel at the size of leeks and cabbages and the variety of peppers. The vendors often give us free stuff. They are amused that

we only want to buy two onions instead of a kilo.” Macedonia struggles with high unemployment and many Macedonians move to other countries in search of work, which is why the Peace Corps has programs in the country. Although there are modern amenities such as Internet, TV and cell phones, it is common to see donkey carts and mule-drawn wagons on the main streets. Shepherds tend flocks of sheep on nearby hillsides. Villagers are provincial. Many have never been more than a few miles from their places of birth. Village life hasn’t changed much in hundreds of years. The Macedonian Orthodox Church dates back to the 4th century to the origins of Christianity. “The ornate churches are open day and night for individuals to visit, pray, light candles and leave offerings in front of icons. There are numerous saint days, fasting days, and religious holidays throughout the year, but no regular Sunday service as we know them. Families regularly Turn to Macedonia, page 5 PRSRT STD. U.S. POSTAGE PAID BEND, OR PERMIT NO. 213


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two-story home. “I had frozen pipes that broke in 19 different places. I do not know how long they had been burst, it is a vacation home, but I know it was less than 30 days. During that time the water usage ran over one million gallons. It was a very expensive and messy ordeal.” Dunckel said friends who came to stay at her Sunriver home discovered the damage. “When they got into the house, the whole bottom floor was covered in two or three inches of water. They were walking through water that was over their shoes. They could hear water in the wall. Water was flowing into the garage. There was ice all over the outside. They immediately called me. I called John Sidman, a contractor I had worked with before and trusted. I had to call the water company for help shutting off the water because my key wouldn’t reach far enough down in the ground.” Dunckel said it took about four months and $45,000 to repair the damage and make the house usable. The first steps were to move all the furniture, rip out the carpeting and bring in fans and heaters to begin drying out the floors and walls. The drying process took about two months, followed by two months of replacing flooring and drywall about two feet up the walls. Dunckel said she spent many stressful hours inventorying what was damaged in the house, sending claims to the insurance company, purchasing and restocking. Her insurance covered most of the repairs, and she added a couple of improvements during the restoration (at her expense). “I was very lucky my guests came when they did, otherwise it could have been longer before anyone noticed and the damage could have been worse.” Dunckel’s advice: “Make sure there are frequent house checks. Make sure that heat is still on. Just be cognizant of the weather. I have someone who checks on it now.” Cold weather awareness Sunriver Water LLC received

Nancy Dunckel’s Sunriver home suffered 19 broken pipes last winter, resulting in replacement of all the flooring and drywall for about three feet up from the floor.

more than 100 requests to shut off water to homes in the days surrounding the cold snap. Dan Daggett, Sunriver Water superintendent, said he had no way of knowing if the calls were in reaction to pipes that were already frozen, leaking and causing damage, or an effort to prevent pipes from freezing. He cautioned that turning off the water provides only partial protection. “If the water is turned off, there’s still water in the pipes. It could still freeze and cause the pipes to break, but at least the water is not continuously flowing and flooding the interior of the house and no one knows.” The company charges a $30 fee to shut off the water. Daggett said many homeowners have the water company shut off the water every time they leave for extended periods. Other homeowners have plumbers install water shut off valves so they can do the job themselves. To be thorough, Daggett said the

pipes inside the house should also be drained to eliminate the threat of freezing and bursting. That was the situation Bennington Properties faced during the recent deep freeze at one of the homes the company manages. “The water was off but the pipes still froze. One of them broke and sprayed the service guy who was there trying to defrost the pipe. He got a little wet, and obviously the pipe had to be repaired, but the damage was limited to a simple break,” said Penny Bennington. “We had frozen pipe problems with two or three homes we manage, and that’s with a property manager on site who knows to turn up the heat and open the cabinets to let warm air circulate around the plumbing.” Lists of contractors who provide such services are available through the Sunriver Water Company LLC and SROA at Just click on the weather page.

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By Susan Berger More than 50 people attended an informational meeting held Dec. 3 at SHARC to learn about the proposed listing of the Oregon spotted frog as “threatened” under the Endangered Species Act. According to U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS), the frog has disappeared from almost 80 percent of its former range, which historically began at the Canadian border – following the Cascade range through central Washington, Oregon and into Northern California. In Oregon alone, the frog is now only found in pockets throughout Deschutes, Klamath, Jackson, Lane and Wasco counties. Named for the black spots that cover its body, the Oregon spotted frog (Rana pretiosa) is the most aquatic native frog in the Pacific Northwest, and is found around perennial warm bodies of water including marshes, ponds, lakes and river wetlands. “The frogs are in most of the Little Deschutes River system as well as Crescent Creek, Sun River and wetland/drainage areas around Crane Prairie and Wickiup reservoirs,” said Jennifer O’Reilly, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service frog expert. As far back as 1993, the USFWS had determined the frog warranted protection, but was delayed by higher priority listings. The federal register notice was officially filed Aug. 29, 2013. If the protection notice is passed, the listing will protect the frog as well as fragile habitat. Wetland habitat loss is one of the biggest threats to the frog and includes encroachment of lodgepole pine and canary reed grass, regulated


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Men’s Club speaker focuses on legal aspects of long-term care Lisa Bertalan will speak about the “Legal Aspects of Long Term Care” at the Men’s Club luncheon Thursday, Jan. 23. The luncheon will be held at the Crosswater Grille on South Century Drive. Sunriver area men and women are welcome to attend. The cost is $20 per person. Reservations are appreciated. Bertalan’s talk will cover health care directives, powers of attorneys, trusts, guardianship/ conservatorship and long term care payment options (private pay, long term care insurance, Medicare and Medicaid). As usual, there will be time for questions and answers. Bertalan is an Oregon at-

torney who has been practicing law since 1991. She is a partner in the firm of Hendrix, Brinich & Bertalan, LLP. She also served as the municipal

judge of Bend from 1993 to 2008. In her private practice, Bertalan specializes in estate and tax planning, trust administration, probate and elder law. She serves on the editorial board of the Oregon State Bar Estate Planning Newsletter. She is also a past member of the Oregon State Bar Elder Law Section Executive Committee, the Oregon State Bar Estate Planning and Administration Executive Committee, the Department of Justice Elder Abuse Task Force and the State of Oregon Long Term Care Advisory Committee. While serving on the Elder Abuse Task Force, Bertalan drafted several bills that are now law to protect

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Subway opens in the business park By Brooke Snavely A Subway restaurant opened Dec. 16 in Crossroads Station, 56896 Venture Lane, in the Sunriver Business Park. Operating hours are Monday–Thursday 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. The new Subway features the full line of sandwiches, salads, and five varieties of fresh baked bread found at the company’s 40,000 locations worldwide. Unique features of the Sunriver Subway include an indoor fireplace, couch and bistro stools. Come warm weather, there is outdoor patio seating. “I just see a need for affordable, healthy fast food in this area,” said John Audia, store co-owner with his wife, Brenda, and Dave and Lori Howland. “People know what they are going to get with Subway – great value for people going to the mountains and the high lakes, and convenient for locals who work in Sunriver to get good food to eat at their desks and also feed their families. We like the Subway product.” Sara Cleland is manager of the Sunriver Subway that will employ approximately 12 people. Co-owners Dave and Lori Howland own 18 Subway restaurant franchises in Northern California, have attended the Subway “school” and are “sandwich artists” as Subway employees are referred to. There was a Subway Restaurant in the Sunriver Village until 2006 when a fire damaged the building in which it was located. Including the Sunriver location there are now 13 Subway restaurants in Central Oregon, and more than 300 in the state. Information: 541-647-2963.


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SCENE JANUARY 2014 Volume XL, 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 to all Sunriver property owners in the U.S. and available for free at locations throughout Sunriver.


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Don’t miss the Jan. 8 Sunriver area potluck with entertainment by local favorite Jay Bowerman and the Quincy Street Band. The four-member all-acoustic band presents an eclectic mix of traditional and original ballads backed up with guitar, banjo, mandolin, harmonica and bass. An old-time fiddler will join the band, as one of their regular musicians is scheduled for surgery. Band members share a love of traditional American musical forms ranging from folk and bluegrass to blues and gospel. In forming this band, the members agreed to be serious enough about their music to bring authenticity and feeling to every song, but not so serious that it ever ceased to be fun for the band or the audience. All residents from Sunriver, Crosswater, Caldera Springs, and surrounding neighborhoods are invited. The potluck will begin at 6:30 p.m. at SHARC. Wine, beer, and mixed drinks can be purchased during social time starting at 6 p.m. Sign up at the SROA office, SHARC, Marketplace, or at to bring an entrée or salad to serve 10 to 12 people. Please remember to bring your own place settings. Coffee and water will be furnished, but SHARC does not supply coffee cups or water glasses, so please bring your own. Due to insurance issues, please leave your favorite alcohol at home. The cost is $5 per person ($15 for families of three or more people). Late cancellations will also be taken by calling Bob Burroughs at 541 593-6692 or by email to The potlucks are a great way to meet and welcome new neighbors and get to know other area residents. Requests for seating with friends can’t always be accommodated, but will be attempted when possible. Those interested in joining the Potluck Committee can talk to the committee member seated at each table or one of the greeters.

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By Brooke Snavely The Sunriver Brewing Company is making good on a resolution to begin brewing its beer in Sunriver in 2014. The company’s production facility, located in what used to be the Bowers Building in the Sunriver Business Park, was expected to begin brewing five types of beer in late December. “We’ll probably have an amber and a black ale first, those are the quickest to brew,” said Brett Thomas, Sunriver Brewing head brewer. “They will be

followed by a pale ale, an IPA and a stout.” “We need to get our beer back in the brew house (in The Village at Sunriver) so we can drink it,” said Brian Cameron, Sunriver Brewery co-owner. “It will be the Sunriver Brewery with our beer.” Until recently, Sunriver Brewing Company leased tank space in Redmond to brew its beer. In a daring business strategy, the brewery allowed the supply of its namesake beers to run out and put other local beers on tap

in its pub for nearly a month while finishing construction on its new brew works in the business park. Beer from the Crux Fermentation Project, Boneyard, Goodlife and 10 Barrel breweries, all in Bend, took over the vacant taps. “Our goal was to have people miss our beer, and have its return be a cause for celebration,” said Cameron. “We won’t let people forget.” “Running out was planned. It was intentional,” said Thomas. “We are in the process of

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visit gravesites of their dearly departed to chat, drink, and picnic. Superstitions passed down from the ‘babas’ (grandmothers) are taken very seriously,” they wrote. The Romans, Byzantines, the Ottoman Empire, Bulgaria and Yugoslavia have governed Macedonia over the centuries. It became an independent nation in 1991. Macedonian, a Slavic language, is not spoken widely outside the Balkans. English is being introduced in the schools as an important world language. In spite of the language barrier, the Merrigans have developed a number of friends and acquaintances including a Roma family of musicians who play traditional oriental-style drums. “When our time here is over, we’re certain that we will miss a lot of things about the town of Delchevo, which is only a few miles from the Bulgarian border. We have become fond of our neighbors: Kircho was a captain in the Slovenian Army and his wife, Milka, worked for 30 years in a local garment factory. They do not speak a word of English, yet we visit with

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Sunriver Brewing Company co-owner Marc Cameron, right, and head brewer Brett Thomas.

installing new brewing equipment and testing it. As soon as we are comfortable that the equipment is working properly, we’ll begin brewing.” Testing of the Sunriver Brewing Company’s new production equipment was expected to

take one day. Water was to be flowed through a hot liquor tank (essentially a water heater), into a mash tun tank in which water is blended with grain to create wort, and then into a boil kettle where the wort is Turn to Brewing, page 12

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For more information, contact Dwane Krumme at 541-593-5005 them nearly every day. “People often ask us if we would do it all over again – leave our comfortable Sunriver lifestyle, our dishwasher, central heating, clothes dryer, tennis

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Proposed No Further Action Determination For Sunriver Amphitheater Site Comments due: 5 p.m., Friday, January 31, 2014 Project location: Beaver Drive, Sunriver, Oregon Proposal: Based on the results of the investigation and cleanup conducted to date, DEQ recommends a Conditional No Further Action determination for the Sunriver Owners Association Amphitheater site in Sunriver, Oregon. This determination is based on the condition that the precautions discussed below are followed. This recommended action was selected in accordance with Oregon Revised Statutes (ORS) 465.200 through 465.455 and Oregon Administrative Rules (OAR) Chapter 340, Division 122, Sections 0010 to 0140. Highlights: The community of Sunriver was developed between approximately 1968 and 1972 on the grounds of Camp Abbot, a former U.S. Army training facility during World War II. Nearly all of the Camp Abbot buildings were demolished shortly after the Army ceased operations at the facility. Prior to recent development, the site consisted of open forested land, with the exception of three constructed features: 1) a bowl-shaped area known as the amphitheater; 2) a mounded area known as Snow Mountain; and 3) an abandoned railroad embankment. The Sunriver Owners Association discovered asbestos containing material (ACM) on the ground surface at the site in 2002. The source of ACM is uncertain, but is presumed to be related to the former Camp Abbot structures, including roofing material, siding, piping, and pipe insulation. SROA, with guidance and oversight from DEQ, conducted a number of inspection and abatement actions at the site since 2002. Buried asbestos debris resurfaces, due to freeze and thaw actions in soil. Investigations of ACM in soil began in 2002 when ACM was observed at the site and continued when SROA entered into the Voluntary Cleanup Program with DEQ in 2004. Asbestos fibers in outdoor soil are not inherently hazardous, unless the asbestos is released from the source material into air where it can be inhaled. If inhaled, asbestos fibers can increase the risk of developing lung cancer, mesothelioma, pleural fibrosis, and asbestosis. Five abatement activities have been conducted to physically remove ACM from surface soils since 2004. Approximately 1,419 pounds (plus 5 cubic yards) of ACM were removed and transported to Crook County landfill. Soil that contains ACM was covered with an engineered cap during the spring and summer of 2011. The cap consists of a demarcation layer (non-woven geotextile), overlain by at least 3 to 4 inches of Portland cement-concrete/ asphalt concrete and base rock; and/or 2 feet of clean soil. A Contaminated Media Management Plan (CMMP) was developed as part of the final remedy to: 1) protect current and future worker health from exposure to asbestos release from ACM in soil; 2) inspect and maintain the engineered cap; 3) manage ACM-impacted soil, if encountered. SROA is in the process of filing and recording a DEQ-approved Easement and Equitable Servitude (EES) with the Deschutes County Recorder. This EES will: 1) memorialize the presence of hazardous substances at the site; 2) document the requirement to maintain and monitor engineering controls; 3) require implementation of the CMMP; and 4) provide for indefinite access to the site by DEQ. How to comment: Send comments by 5 p.m., January 31, 2014, to DEQ Project Manager Bob Schwarz at 400 E. Scenic Drive, Suite 307, The Dalles, Oregon, 97058, or by fax to 541-298-7330. To review the project file, call Mr. Schwarz at 541-298-7255 x230 for a file review appointment. To access site summary information and other documents in the DEQ Environmental Cleanup Site Information database, go to, then enter ECSI# 4179 in the Site ID box and click “Submit” at the bottom of the page. Next, click the link labeled 4179 in the Site ID/Info column. The next step: DEQ will consider all public comments received by the end of the public comment period. Based on this review, we will determine whether this decision needs to be modified or reconsidered. Otherwise, we will issue the Conditional No Further Action determination once the EES is recorded with the County. Accessibility information: DEQ is committed to accommodating people with disabilities. If you need information in another format, please contact DEQ toll free in Oregon at 800-452-4011, email at, or 711 for people with hearing impairments. Page 6

Oil landscape art exhibit at Sunriver Lodge gallery By Billye Turner Sunriver Resort Lodge Betty Gray Gallery presents oil landscapes of Central Oregon from the Joyce Clark Estate in the upper gallery and oil landscapes by Joanne Donaca and Janice Druian in the lower gallery. The exhibit commences Jan. 17 and continues through March 7. Clark, a renowned artist formerly of Bend and Sunriver, passed in 2009 at the age of 92. She lived in Central Oregon for approximately 15 years while she established herself in the art community, appeared in many local and region and national exhibitions, winning frequent awards. The artist was also a 17-year exhibitor at the prestigious Festival of Arts of Laguna Beach, Calif., where she grew up and made her home until the late 1960s. She then moved to Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii where she painted images of the lush tropics and beach scenes, showed at the noted Village Gallery in Lahaina, and completed several commissions for the Kapalua Ritz Carlton. Returning to the mainland in the early 1990s, Clark

‘Spring Break on the Tumalo’ by Joyce Clark.

settled in Sunriver and began painting Central Oregon scenes, which were exhibited at Sunriver Lodge on several occasions. In 1996, Sunriver Resort commissioned the artist to complete four large oil paintings of the surrounding area that are in the collection of the Crosswater Clubhouse. The Sunriver Music Festival twice used Clark’s art for the annual poster including her painting of Paulina Falls as the 2009 image. She continued her illustrious career with the publication of “Adventures in Art,” a full-color, large format survey

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of her painting over several decades including images from her travels in China, Mexico and the South Pacific. An award winner in numerous national shows, her honors included the Juror’s Choice Award at the prestigious “Art for the Parks” exhibition in Jackson Hole and the Award of Excellence at the 11th Annual Oil Painters of America juried show. Clark’s paintings in the estate exhibition feature both palette knife and brushwork and include scenes of the Deschutes River, Mt. Bachelor and Sparks Lake, area waterfalls, and numerous other Central Oregon scenes as well as other areas. Many of the works prominently feature water, a favorite subject of the artist who was a member of the International Society of Marine Painters. Also continuing on exhibit are expressionistic landscapes by Joanne Donaca and Janice Druian of Central Oregon’s iconic mountain and canyon landscapes. Both artists offer mid-sized compositions in oil on canvas and board in the lower gallery. The resort welcomes the public to view the exhibition during Lodge hours. Billye Turner, art consultant and gallery curator, provides additional information at 503780-2828.

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One man’s 40 year take on the Upper Deschutes River By Bruce Bischof In June 1971, I had the privilege of launching a canoe from the Sunriver Marina for a fly fishing and scenic float on the Upper Deschutes. The lush river was strikingly beautiful, awash with aquatic insects and rising trout. This experience led to an affinity with the Upper Deschutes now spanning 42 years. In the ’70s and ’80s, the Upper Deschutes was still considered one of the finest blue ribbon trout streams in the Western United States. The April 1973 issue of “Fly Fisherman Magazine” featured an article depicting the unique attributes of the Upper Deschutes. The photojournalist described in detail the vibrancy of the river, ripe with prolific caddis, may and salmon fly hatches showcasing an abundance of trout rising to dry flies, a lush riparian zone and significant stretches of gravel bottom. Summarizing the extraordinary experience of the three-day float, the author concluded the article with: “We both expressed a silent thanks and prayer to the gods of all outdoorsmen that there would always be rivers like the Upper Deschutes.” Sadly, the Upper Deschutes is not the same river today. Over time, the river has been slowly degraded to the point that silt and sediment have replaced gravel; mud flats have replaced riparian areas, and the synergy between aquatic insects, rising trout and ospreys no longer exists. Having floated the Upper Deschutes numerous times each year since 1971, I have had the opportunity to observe firsthand the changes in the health of the river. I now see a river virtually devoid of any visible aquatic insects or rising trout. Although during peak summer flows, the river is beautiful by visual standards, it is virtually sterile by healthy stream standards. Since the construction of the Wickiup Dam

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Jay Bowerman, principal researcher at the Sunriver Nature Center, walks around Sunriver’s Lake Aspen, one of the Oregon spotted frog’s primary habitat and breeding locations.

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and reservoir in 1949, the river has been managed primarily for irrigation purposes. Historical records indicate, prior to the dams, the average natural stream flow ranged between 700–900 cubic feet per second (cfs). Today, the Wickiup Dam controlled flow regime ranges between 30 and 1,800 cfs. In order to fill the reservoir for summer uses in dry years, winter flows are restricted to a low of 20 cfs, resulting a river channel exposed down to mud. This low water flow, in great part was the primary cause of the recent fish kill. In order to sustain a healthy river and fishery, the State of Oregon recommends a minimum flow of 300 cfs, 90 percent more than is currently flowing in the Turn to River, page 10

tinue what we’re doing,” said Patti Gentiluomo, SROA Environmental Services director. Under the CCAA, ongoing research of the frog by the Sunriver Nature Center would not be restricted nor would SROA be penalized should there be incidental “take” (e.g. death) of any frogs. “We’re not going to be out there as the ‘frog police,’ ” said Paul Henson, USFWS state su-

pervisor. “Our goal is to make private landowners feel that wildlife on their property is an asset, not a liability.” A final decision is likely to be announced in September 2014. For more information, call 541-3837146 and ask for N a n c y Gilbert or Jennifer O ’ R e i l l y. Interested parties may also subscribe to an email list at Landowners can find maps of proposed habitat designation at fieldoffices/Bend/

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The truth about winter hibernation sunriver nature center & oregon observatory By Kody Osborne, lead naturalist As many of us spend our cold-weather season grandly gorging ourselves on the most decadent of delicacies, it can be hard to imagine the level of “feast or famine” that many of our non-Homo sapien friends endure. Let us not pity those animals whose resources diminish greatly at times of harshest weather, nor should we consider a campaign to feed the needy squirrels of Sunriver. Let us, instead, consider the great variety of adaptations that wildlife have in the name of survival. Let us consider the biology. This article is to enlighten readers on the truth, the science, and common misnomers of the “bear” necessities of winter survival – the truth about hibernation. The term “hibernation” falls into a general category of a state of dormancy, a period in the life of an organism when development is stunted – typically through minimizing metabolic activity. Under the umbrella term of dormancy, animals are categorized under hibernation (typically mammals), aestivation (invertebrates), and brumation (reptiles). While we could sit here and discuss the many reasons animals enter any three of these states of dormancy – and believe me, the subject is vast – let’s stick to mammals, and their reason for hibernation. Many mammals will enter

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The Belding’s ground squirrel is commonly found in Sunriver during the summer months, but hibernates deep underground throughout the winter.

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typical mass of mammals — most notably, ground squirrels. Ground squirrels are one of the few mammals that do hibernate in Sunriver. I note this because many readers may think that all mammals hibernate in Sunriver, which is not the case for the vast number of mammalian species here. While black bears and ground squirrels are gorging on what remain of their pre-winter food resources and bulking up their fat reserves for the long haul, other mammals such as beavers, porcupine and various tree squirrels will spend their time caching, or hoarding food for a continued state of activity. In the case of beavers and porcupines, whose primary

food source is principally wood or bark, a food source that lacks the essential calories to build fat reserves, these animals must spend the span of the year steadily consuming. Similarly, tree squirrels like our common pine squirrel will spend the majority of their winter days collecting pinecones, seeds and fresh tree galls for a cache of resources that can be consumed at a time when they would be seasonally unavailable. While tubby black bears and fat ground squirrels are catching a few months of beauty rest, other mammals are hard at work trying to keep up with their body’s incessant need to function. Pesky biology.

Nature center to host celebration of William Stafford poetry He was, for many years, the poet laureate of Oregon. In 1970, he was named Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress, an honor he shared with Robert Frost and a position that would come to be called the poet laureate of the United States. Jan. 17 marks the 100th birthday of poet William Stafford, who wrote more than 22,000 poems over a period of 50 years resulting in more than 50 books of poetry. In honor of Stafford’s centennial, celebrations of his life and poetry are being conducted around the world. One of these events will take place 7 p.m.

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Orchardist William Stafford wielded a fountain pen like a grafting knife in the hands of a skilled orchardist. With a deft stroke, he would cleave the delicate scion of one idea, attach it to the hardy rootstock of another. Prune a word here, a phrase there, until it could stand in any weather. In the clear cool hours of dawn he planted these; row upon row, day after day, year after year. Now, I keep a Stafford Orchard. It’s on the nightstand by my bed and in every season it bears ripe fruit. –Jay Bowerman, 1997 Jan. 24, at the Sunriver Nature Center. The evening will include small personal anecdotes about

Stafford and readings of some of his poetry. Poets Peter Lovering and Alex Weiss will share insights into Stafford’s influence and read a selected poem or two with musical interludes by cellist Janet Gesme. The Stafford celebration is free and open to the public and will include light refreshments. Those familiar with Stafford’s poetry are encouraged to read a favorite Stafford poem and also one of their own if they’ve been moved to write poems. Those unfamiliar with Stafford’s poetry can expect to come away amazed by Stafford’s ability to turn a phrase or a simple personal event into something that expresses a large truth without being ostentatious or grandiloquent. Stafford’s modesty in word and in life comes through in his writing, which can be serious or humorous, satirical or sad, but always honest and

from the heart. The event takes place at the Pozzi Education Center at the nature center grounds. Information: 541-593-4394,

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Crater Lake National Park announces 2014 Artist-in-Residence program
 The Crater Lake National Park Science & Learning Center is accepting applications for the 2014 Artist-in-Residence program at the park. Application forms and more information are available online at and are due by Feb. 1. “This program celebrates all of the arts – music, dance, drama, photography, art, literature, cinematography and more,”said Marsha McCabe, Crater Lake chief of Interpretation & Cultural Resources. McCabe emphasized that “both emerging and established

artists are encouraged to apply, and one from each category will be selected to interpret the beauty of Crater Lake National Park through the creation of artistic pieces.” The program is held both in the winter and the fall and provides an opportunity for two eligible artists to spend up to two weeks at Crater Lake National Park to pursue their particular art form. The winter/ spring program dates are April 7 to May 23 and fall dates are Sept. 8 to Oct. 17. The program does not offer a stipend; however, artists are offered two

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weeks of free housing in a fully furnished seasonal residence just below the rim in the park’s historic Munson Valley. Artists are responsible for providing their own transportation, food, and bedding. Applicants are reminded that while flowers may be blooming in their

hometowns in April and May, Crater Lake will still be a winter wonderland celebrating 8 to 10 feet of snow at that time. Artists will be selected based on recommendations from a group of community arts leaders and park staff. The Crater Lake Science

& Learning Center is also planning a public art show to feature the work of the Artistsin-Residence. It is tentatively scheduled for July 12-13 at Crater Lake National Park in the Rim Community Center. The Crater Lake Science & Learning Center provides research and educational opportunities to promote the understanding, appreciation and stewardship of the United States natural and cultural heritage. It is funded through an endowment from the Oregon Community Foundation made possible from the sale of the Oregon Crater Lake commemorative license plates.

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As the Second Tern Thrift Store begins a new year providing fabulous buys on clothes for the family, myriads of items for the home, winter playtime gear, furniture and more, the volunteers and staff thank the community for its support of donations and shopping in 2013. “We’re thankful for fabulous customers who make us volunteers aware we’re doing a good job,” said Gail Beeson, Second Tern volunteer coordinator. “We received a note from Linda Ray who helped donate an incredible amount of amazing furniture and household goods to the Tern two months ago.” “We have been shopping at the Second Tern for five years. We love browsing around looking for treasures. The volunteers are all extremely friendly and make us feel like family when we stroll around the store,” said Ray. “In November we had extra furnishings after selling our second home and took all of our old treasures to the Tern for someone else to purchase and enjoy.” The Second Tern is open Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and located at 17377 Spring River Road, next to Deschutes Roadhouse and Summit Xpress on the road to Bachelor. The Second Tern benefits the Sunriver Nature Center & Oregon Observatory and is volunteer run. If interested in joining the crew, contact Beeson at 541-598-7397.

Bob Grossfeld, observatory manager Most people look forward this time of year. Me? I think back over the last few years and I realize how much the observatory has grown and improved. The staff and I are grateful for all the support we have received. So what does 2014 look like? We have many projects planned for the winter months. In January, we will be upgrading two of our telescope mounts. The Yocum 20-inch in the dome, and the Matthews 30-inch in the Karen Clarke Star Deck, are getting their drives updated. We are also testing the new Avalon mounts, which will be used for our solar scope. The observatory is only open for public programs during the Martin Luther King Jr., holiday weekend, but that does not mean there is nothing to look at. Go outside and look at the hunter, Orion. You don’t need a telescope to enjoy the view. Use your binoculars to find the Great Orion Nebula, located below the belt, in the middle of the sword. If you have a

telescope, be sure to use it this month. The views of the winter sky are worth the cold weather. January is a great time to go out and look at the galaxies. I am partial to the large planets Jupiter and Saturn. I know I plan to go to the telescopes and look. If you are out and it’s clear, don’t hesitate to drive by the observatory and see if any of the staff or I are viewing. Be sure to come in and take a look, it should be awesome. The Quadrantids meteor shower takes place Jan. 1-5 with a peak of activity Jan. 3-4. The

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Anglers Club to discuss how to choose the right fly The next meeting of Sunriver Angler’s Club is Thursday, Jan. 16 at SHARC. Phil Fischer of Phil’s Custom Trout Flies will present a program titled “Solving Puzzles.” This program was originally scheduled for November, but Fischer was unable to attend at that time. Have you ever experienced trout rising consistently, only to throw your whole fly box at them and wind up frustrated? “Solving Puzzles” is an overview, from a fly tier’s perspective, about fly patterns and the why’s behind fly selection. Fischer will share why certain patterns work well, and why others don’t. He’ll cover hatch periods, and what to look for on the water to

determine what trout are feeding on, and what patterns effectively match each portion of the hatch. He’ll review the mayfly and caddis fly life cycle through patterns, and share why certain patterns are successful. “Solving Puzzles” is a result of many years of experience that pulls together the fundamentals of entomology, fly tying and fly fishing. Guests (men and women) are welcome to attend the Jan. 16 Sunriver Anglers Club meeting and hear Fischer’s presentation. The meeting starts at 7 p.m., but many folks arrive around 6:45 to tell “fish stories.” Information: 541-593-1777.

Artists Gallery Sunriver rings in the new year Art aficionados are invited to the first Second Saturday art reception of 2014 at Artists Gallery Sunriver. Four featured artists will be on hand Saturday, Jan. 11 from 3 to 6 p.m. to showcase their work and celebrate the new year. Appetizers and drinks will be served. Vanessa Julian’s art offerings include paintings, art boxes and detailed and comical art jewelry pins. Julian’s pieces reflect the artist’s whimsical and zany attitude and have a loyal following. Diane Miyauchi provides a variety of beautiful and functional pottery pieces. Some of Miyauchi’s pottery is glazed in greens and blues while other pieces are fire red and orange. Her pottery is ideal for entertaining. Other artists being featured in January offer the opportunity to run away without leaving home. Shirley Checkos’ paintings feature animals with eyes that seem to penetrate the soul of

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Upper Deschutes. Conversely, the start of the irrigation season in April begins an unnatural rate of water release from 30 cfs to 1,800 cfs or higher over the course of the irrigation season. This large fluctuation in flow results in channel erosion, loss of healthy riparian areas, high turbidity levels, loss of fish spawning habitat, increased sediment and higher silt levels. To be fair, a number of other factors also add to the complexity of the problem including drought conditions, extreme snow packs, land development, wildfires, logging, and increased recreational use. Fortunately, the Deschutes River Conservancy, comprised of board members and supporters representing the irrigation


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community, the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs, federal, state and local governmental agencies, conservation groups and recreational users, have banded together to collaboratively seek solutions to these complex issues despite differing interests. This collaborative effort has become a national model. In my lifetime, unfortunately, I will not likely witness the restoration of the river to its former self, but my prayer to the gods of all outdoorsmen is that my grandchildren and yours will someday see this national treasure as I did 40 years ago. Bruce Bischof of Sunriver is a Deschutes River Conservancy board member, a former president of Oregon Trout and the author of “Reflections of the Middle Fork of the Salmon River.”

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Top stories that made the Scene in 2013 1. Sunriver to Lava Lands pathway decision After two rounds of public comments and an appeal by the Sierra Club, the Forest Service decided in mid-2013 to build a 6-mile multi-use paved path connecting Sunriver to the Lava Lands Visitor Center. Bids were let and a contract awarded late in the year. Construction is set to begin as soon as weather permits in 2014. Construction will probably be complete by the fall. It means people will be able to walk or ride bikes from Sunriver near circle 7 to Benham Falls Day Use Area and Lava Lands Visitor Center on a paved pathway without conflicting with automobile traffic or getting lost on the existing network of dirt logging roads. It will be yet another fine reason to get outside and go exploring with family and friends. 2. BendBroadband installs new all-digital system BendBroadband customers in Sunriver can now see video on demand, record six programs simultaneously, purchase up to 100 mbps of Internet bandwidth and bundle their phone service. But there was some pain making the improvements available. Excavation contractors who

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The Top 10 list 1. Sunriver to Lava Lands Pathway decision 2. BendBroadband installs new all-digital system, rolls out new features 3. Sunriver Brewing Company wins Chamber Business of the Year, purchases building for local production 4. Three Rivers School receives “Outstanding” rating, ranked in Top 10 statewide 5. Successful demonstration of enhanced geothermal system at Newberry Crater 6. United Way exceeds fundraising goals under Sunriver resident John Salzer’s guidance 7. Inaugural Sunriver Mudslinger attracts 345 participants. Event wins a national excellence in programming award 8. New SHARC admission policy adopted; rates increase to property managers and independent renters. 9. Former South Pool site dedicated as Besson Commons 10. 2013 business levels like “the good old days.” of a local childcare center. “Through event sponsorships and other monetary donations, memberships in community organizations, and volunteering their time and talent where needed, the Sunriver Brewing Company wove itself into the very fabric of the Sunriver community,” said Dennis Smeage, former chamber director. Keeping its promise to locally source its products as much as possible, the company began constructing a beer production facility in the Sunriver Business Park in 2013. Locally brewed beer was expected to begin flowing from the new brewery early in 2014.

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boiled and hops are added. The fermentation and conditioning tanks and associated pumps, pipes, fittings and gaskets were all to undergo water flow tests before actual brewing of beer commenced. “Once we are comfortable everything is working we’ll start brewing a batch the next day. In 14 days that first batch should be ready to be packaged,” said Thomas. The new brew works contains: • four, 30-barrel tanks, two for fermenting and two for conditioning; • four, 15-barrel tanks, three for fermenting and one for conditioning; and • three, 3-barrel tanks, two for fermenting and one for conditioning. The separate systems allow

for simultaneous brewing of different types of beer. Water is a key ingredient. Thomas said he expected tests on the chemistry of Sunriver’s water to reveal it to be soft, which is conducive for making Pilsners. Adding salts may be necessary for brewing ales and stouts. Cameron said Sunriver Brewing Company made a “sizeable investment” in purchasing, remodeling and equipping the new production facility. The brewery was required to install a series of drains, an equalization tank and to remove solids before sending wastewater for treatment. They plan to take the solids, such as spent grains, to local farms for use as livestock feed and soil amendment. Cameron said they hope to open a tasting room this summer at the new brewery building, 56840 Venture Lane.

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Form follows function in the exhibit “Woven With Tradition,” an impressive display of more than 100 Plateau Indian bags at the High Desert Museum. First made to carry roots and other foods gathered during seasonal rounds, these bags employed thousands of years of tradition, beautiful geometric patterns and intricate beadwork. For more than 10,000 years Plateau Indians maintained a lifestyle in direct harmony with their natural environment, moving their camps based on the seasonal availability of plants and animals. During the “seasonal round” certain foods and plant materials were gathered and stored in wawxpa – flat, twined bags. The tightly woven bags were often decorated with intricate geometrical patterns. With the introduction of beads into the region in the mid-1800s, Plateau Indians modified twined handbags by adapting the new materials into elaborately decorated

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beaded bags. Using seed beads that are about 1/16th of an inch, new colorful designs of flowers, people and animals were achieved. The exhibit includes bags from the High Desert Mu-

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Nominating Katie Hall, chair

Public Works Richard Jenkins, chair

Recreation Janet Baker, chair

SROA committees are always in need of volunteers. Interested in joining? Contact the chair person for more details or contact SROA at 541-593-2411.

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SROA Offices Closed for New Year’s Day-------- All day Citizen Patrol------------------------------------------------ 3:30 p.m. SROA Admin Design Committee---------------------------------------- 9 a.m. SROA Admin Magistrate---------------------------------------------------- 10 a.m. SROA Admin Nominating Committee-------------------------------- 3 p.m. SROA Admin Finance Committee-------------------------------------- 9 a.m. SROA Admin SROA Board Workshop---------------------------------- 9 a.m. SROA Admin SROA Board Meeting------------------------------------ 9 a.m. SROA Admin Public Works Committee------------------------------- 3 p.m. SROA Admin Design Committee---------------------------------------- 10 a.m. SROA Admin Environmental Committee----------------------------- 3 p.m. SROA Admin

Citizen Patrol------------------------------------------------ 3:30 p.m. SROA Admin Magistrate---------------------------------------------------- 10 a.m. SROA Admin Nominating Committee-------------------------------- 3 p.m. SROA Admin Finance Committee-------------------------------------- 9 a.m. SROA Admin SROA Board Workshop---------------------------------- 9 a.m. SROA Admin Design Committee---------------------------------------- 10 a.m. Fire Station SROA Regular Board Meeting------------------------ 9 a.m. SROA Admin Design Committee---------------------------------------- 10 a.m. SROA Admin

Rent your home? Transient Room Tax increasing July 1 I n a No v e m b e r b a l lot, Deschutes County voters approved increasing the Deschutes County Transient Room Tax from 7 to 8 percent — effective starting July 1. Owners of property located in unincorporated Deschutes County — renting short-term or in a vacation rental program part of the time — are responsible for collecting and remitting Transient Room Tax to the county. For more information, call 541-383-4399 or visit • What is short-term?
Any occupancy or right to occupancy by a person for 30 consecutive calendar days or less. • What is a rental unit?
Any hotel, motel, inn, tourist home or accommodation, lodging house, dormitory, private home, mobile home space, trailer park or portion thereof. • What is the money used

Approximately 70 percent of the receipts are used for sheriff services. The remainder is used for regional tourism marketing. • I have my condo in a rental program. Am I responsible for collecting the tax, or is my rental agent responsible?
Both you and the agent are responsible, as set out in the county’s ordinance. Most rental companies routinely collect and remit the tax when a unit is in their program. However, if you occasionally rent your condo out directly, then you must register with the county separately and report accordingly. • Do I need to register my rental unit(s) with the county?
Yes, you or your property manager are required to register your rental unit with the Deschutes County Finance Department. A Certificate of Authority number is then issued. The certificate number must be displayed on all rental advertisements for properties

with six or fewer individual units for rent. This includes ads appearing in newspapers, magazines, newsletters, flyers, Internet sites and other advertising mediums. • What are the penalties for failure to comply?
Interest and penalties will be assessed. Failure to include the certificate number on rental advertisements is a Class A violation.

Observatory continued from page 9 It’s always very interesting, with a good mix of upcoming and current happenings. January may be a time to reflect, but I believe it is a great time to get out and view the winter sky. I hope you get a chance to enjoy all that the sky has to offer this month. And, if nothing else, remember that summer is just six months away.

also like to see photos posted of your family having fun at SHARC! SUNRIVER SCENE • JANUARY 2014

Dick Winkle


PO Box 4211 Sunriver

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

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

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

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

Weight Watchers 9:15 a.m. Weigh-in 8:45 a.m. Sage Springs, Sunriver Resort

Churches Catholic Holy Trinity

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

Non-Denominational Community Bible Church at Sunriver

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

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the president and chief technology officer at AltaRock said the site could be producing power as early as 2016, but much work remains. The next step is to drill another well nearby that will intersect with the porous rock created with the fracturing technique. Engineers will pump water down the first well, which will circulate through the rock and heat up. Then it will be pumped out of the second well and used to produce steam at a power plant. 4. Resident propels United Way fundraising goals Sunriver resident John Sal-

zer might say all he did was wear a T-shirt with a bunch of numbers written on it, but in reality what he did was help the United Way of Deschutes County exceed its fundraising goal in the 2012-2013 campaign, a rare achievement for the nonprofit organization. Salzer, who served as volunteer campaign chair, vowed to wear a LIVE UNITED T-shirt every day until the goal of $1.25 million was reached. The T-shirt brought visibility to the cause with big black numbers announcing the weekly campaign pledge amounts. The tally notes eventually covered both sides of the shirt and served as “a wonderful conversation starter,” Salzer said.

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

Do-It-Yourselfers are also requested to keep their snow on their own property.

Salzer did not wear the same T-shirt throughout the entire fundraising campaign. He purchased a pack of T-shirts and kept a running tally of the campaign on all of them, which permitted him to wear one shirt while occasionally laundering the others. The Sunriver area alone raised more than $100,000 toward the $1.25 million goal. “No other community in Deschutes County comes close to matching these results,” he said. 6. Three Rivers School receives “Outstanding” rating Three Rivers School, the K-8 school in the Sunriver Business Park, earned high marks on state report cards. Student achievement was in the top 5 percent of Title 1 schools in the state. The school also earned a Level 5 rating, placing it in the top 10 percent of schools in Oregon. The ratings bode well on many levels. First for the students, many whom come from low-income families. Second, for the community through its financial contributions to the school and volunteer support through reading and math tutoring. And finally, for the community as proof that a quality education is available locally which should attract more families with school-age children. 7. Inaugural Mudslinger wins national programming award The Sunriver Mudslinger, which attracted 345 particiSmall company… big company results!

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The 2013 Sunriver Mudslinger attracted more than 300 participants in a variety of ages ranging from 2 to 72.

pants in its first year, won the Resort and Commercial Recreation Association’s Excellence in Programming Award in November. That it beat out events sponsored by gigantic resorts in Florida and the Bahamas says a lot. The judges decided it was broad community support of the event and all ages participation that tilted their decision. The second annual Sunriver Mudslinger is already scheduled for Sunday, March 23 near the Sunriver Marina. By popular demand, a competitive wave has been added followed by families who just want to experience the mud bogs, wall climbs and various obstacles together. Predictions are participation will double this year. 8. New admission policy adopted for recreation access A new fee structure for owners, guests and the general public to access SHARC, the North Pool and SROA’s tennis

courts in 2014 was established in October. Costs to owners who do not rent their homes remainz more or less the same. Admission fees for property management companies and owners who rent their homes increased significantly. A work group of three SROA board members and three staff members met for eight months to examine actual use and costs, develop accurate amenity use projections and viable fee structure options. This group presented their findings at the annual meeting in August. Their conclusion was that property managers and owners who independently rent their homes weren’t adequately covering their costs of a visit. In other words: SROA was subsidizing commercial enterprises at the expense of the owners. Ultimately, the work group presented the board with a proTurn to Stories, page 17

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Picture Perfect: Gear to help improve your shots

By Michael Jensen Whether you got a new camera for Christmas or new editing software there’s a couple of affordable pieces of gear that you should be carrying in your camera bag. A polarizing filter (polarizer) and a circular neutral density filter. A polarizing filter, used both in color and black and white photography, can be used to darken overly light skies. Because the clouds are relatively unchanged, the contrast between the clouds and the sky is increased. Atmospheric haze and reflected sunlight are also reduced, and in color photographs overall color saturation is increased. Polarizers are often used to deal with situations involving reflections, such as those involving water or glass. The benefits of polarizing filters are largely unaffected by the move to digital photography. Though software post-processing can simulate many other types of filter, most of the optical effects of controlling polarization at the time of capture (particularly where reflections are involved) simply cannot be replicated in

software. Take a look at the image I took of a bristlecone pine taken in the White Mountains of California. This is an “easy peasy” picture. Screw on a polarizing filter, look through the view piece on your camera and twist the filter as you watch the sky turn from lighter to darker.

Neutral density filter Have you ever wondered how professional photographers capture movement in their landscape shots to produce soft, blurry clouds and misty waterfalls? Are your long exposures just not delivering the same effect? Chances are that those pro images have been shot using a neutral density filter (otherwise known as ND filters, and not to be confused with ND grads, which only darken part of the image). These dark filters are designed to reduce the amount of light reaching the sensor in order to increase exposure times, without affecting the color of the image. How do you know when to use ND filters? They don’t

radically affect the image that the camera captures, but merely slow down the amount of time it takes for the sensor to record the image. But if used when elements of your scene are moving, such as water, clouds or even people, they open up a world of creative possibilities. Freeze a waterfall with a regular shutter speed and it looks static and rather dull; capture the water as a blur and it conveys a sense of movement. ND filters give flexibility to set the aperture and shutter speed you want, rather than what the conditions dictate (find out some of the common mistakes at every shutter speed – and the best settings to use). An ND filter can be used on a sunny day to slow things enough to create a sense of movement, but they’re even more effective around dawn or

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dusk, when they can turn an already-slow exposure into one several seconds long, enabling you, for example, to turn a surging tide into a gentle mist. Check out my photo of the Portland skyline I took in early November. It’s a 30 second exposure taken at 400 ISO, f11. I had my six stop variable ND filter on at about three stops down. I use two types of ND filters, fixed stop and variable. The fixed stop filters usually start at 2 stops and go up to 6 to 8. I carry a 2 and a 4 in my bag. I also carry a variable circular ND filter. This variable filter can “stop down” the light from 1 to 6 stops. The effect is amazing at night, and during the day you can get great waterfall or moving water/cloud photos. Another great use for an ND filter is for indoor “studio type” portraits. I’ll throw an ND filter on my best portrait lens (70-200mm) and with full strobes or flashes, I can blur out

the background only two feet away. Give it a try and contact me if you have any questions. A couple of housekeeping notes: If you haven’t seen my Sunriver library exhibit, it’s still on display until late January. I’m also proud to announce that my first book on photography is available. “Photography In Oregon Book 1: How To & Where To Guide For Photographing One Of The Most Beautiful States In America.” To find it go to and search in books for “Photography In Oregon.” There is a sample of the book available for free download. Photography classes Get a new camera or GoPro for Christmas? Here are some classes you might be interested in: • Photography Basics: For those new to digital photograTurn to Picture, page 17

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main lodge. A spacious and inviting lawn covers the basin the pool once occupied.

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posal they believe to be fair to the various user groups, basing all admission fees on the cost of a visit. 9. Former South Pool site dedicated Besson Commons The former South Pool site is now Besson Commons, Sunriver Resort’s newest outdoor venue. In a September ceremony rich with history and distinguished guests, the Resort dedicated the site and paid respects to Col. Frank S. Besson, commander of Camp Abbot in 1943-1944, and to the 90,000 U.S. Army combat engineers who trained here for the allied invasion of Germany during World War II. The resort invited Besson’s descendants to the dedication. Besson Commons is a large, grassy swale with vestiges of the

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phy. Get an understanding of what makes a good picture and how to take one no matter what kind of camera you use. COCC course #17572, Jan. 11 • Make Your GoPro Look Pro: Learn how to shoot in every format of the hottest photo-toy out there. COCC

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Sunriver Resort transformed the former South Pool site into Besson Commons, a place to gather, relax and hold events.

old South Pool incorporated into the new design. Sunriver Resort traded nearly 33 acres of resort property to obtain the 1.5-acre parcel from the Sunriver Owners Association. (SROA built SHARC to replace the South Pool.) The

bathhouse, parts of the patio and pool deck system, and several existing landscape elements remain. New are two bocce ball courts, a couple of fire pits, three flag poles with benches around them and a new pathway connecting the site to the

Course #17847 Jan. 22 and 29. • Landscape Shoot & Edit: Learn the basics and finer points of photographing and editing creative landscapes. This class is an intense oneday “active learning” workshop with the photo shoot occurring early in the morning, and editing occurring in afternoon. COCC course #17848, Feb. 5 and 8.

Got Advertising? Call 541-585-2939 to find out about advertising your business in the SUNRIVER SCENE. The Scene is mailed to each Sunriver property owner throughout the U.S.

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10. 2013 business levels like ‘the good old days’ The summer of 2013 was “exceptional,” according to Tom O’Shea, managing director at Sunriver Resort; “great,” according to Marc Cameron at Sunriver Brewing Company; and “met all expectations and exceeded them in August,” said Brian Malee, manager of the Village Bar & Grill. SHARC and the North Pool attracted 335,000 visits between July 1, 2012 and June 30, 2013. $2.26 million in Deschutes County room taxes were collected through September 2013, 13 percent more than through September 2012.

“There was major recovery in the leisure market, equal to the good old days,” said O’Shea. “Everything was real positive. Golf was good. The convention business was very strong and is looking even stronger next year.” Marc Cameron said Sunriver Brewing Company’s growth was beyond expectations for its second year of operations. “We are very pleased. We significantly exceeded our plans. Gosh, it was busy in the village this year. It should have been good for everyone.” “Sunriver has a magnificent brand that’s been built over many years. I believe the brand and the experience now match. This is the Sunriver we remember. People notice things and they feel good about all the improvements,” said O’Shea.

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Avoid the crowds and update your card online Go to:>SROA Departments > Recreation Current owner ID or a 2014 SROA guest pass is required for access to SHARC, North Pool (seasonal) or SROA tennis courts (seasonal) For more information, call 541-585-3147 or 585-5000

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Our stores feature some of the finest wine selections in Oregon

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Global offerings include wines rated by Wine Spectator and Wine Advocate magazines

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Both stores offering: Produce & Meat Departments • Hot Deli • Daily Lunch/Dinner Menus • Beer & Wine Full Liquor Stores • Cigars • Lottery • Video Rentals • Money Orders • FAX • Copies The Marketplace also features Post Office & UPS • Full Service Gas Station • Carpet Cleaning Rentals ther les and o a s , s n o p For cou formation, visit store in riverg www.sun


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Sunriver blood drive Jan. 3 Ring in the New Year by donating blood. The American Red Cross will host a blood collection drive on Friday, Jan. 3, 12-5 p.m. at Holy Trinity Church, 18160 Cottonwood Road in Sunriver. Appointments must be made in advance by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS (733-2767) or by visiting www.redcross

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A Sunriver Resort catering truck caught fire Nov. 29 near Sage Springs Spa. Damage was estimated at $15,000.

Resort catering truck catches fire For more information:>calendar Glow Ice SkatInG Friday, Feb. 7, 7 p.m. The Village at Sunriver Ice Rink

Dummy DownhIll Saturday, Feb. 8, 10 a.m. SHARC Tubing Hill

k-9 keG Pull Saturday, Feb. 8, 12:30 p.m. The Village at Sunriver

By Brooke Snavely A Sunriver Resort catering truck caught fire near Sage Springs Spa on Friday, Nov. 29. The vehicle driver and a witness reported the fire to Deschutes County 911 dispatch about 3:20 p.m. The fire was reported burning in the cargo section of the van. The driver got out of the vehicle without incident. A photograph taken by an eyewitness showed flames extending approximately 20 feet into the air. The flames ignited a nearby tree. Sunriver firefighters and paramedics arrived within four minutes and began applying water and foam to the vehicle’s exterior. “Flames were coming through the roof of the cargo box when we arrived,” said Casey Johnson, Sunriver firefighter. “We pulled an attack line off the engine, the engineer began flowing foam and two firefighters made the attack on the cargo box.” The firefighters gained access through the lift gate and directed a combination of water and foam into the cargo box to begin cooling the fire. Tables, the primary content, were removed one by one. Fire temperatures reached 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit in corners of the cargo box, according to a thermal imaging camera used to identify hot spots. The heat melted rivets on the cargo box’s corners. “If it had gone much longer, it might have melted the cargo box,” Johnson said. A firewall between the cargo box and cab helped prevent the fire from extending to the cab and igniting the truck’s fuel tank. The fire was reported extinguished and mop up completed at 3:58 p.m., after which the vehicle was returned to the resort and towed from the scene. The road reopened with an hour. Damages were estimated at $15,000. “The truck was used throughout the day to transport both food and equipment to a variety of locations. At the time the fire was discovered, we had a small amount of equipment (tables/chairs) in the truck. We do not know the cause of the fire,” said Skip James, Sunriver Resort’s director of sales and marketing. The Bend Fire Department provided mutual aide ambulance service while Sunriver crews were busy with the call.

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 PO Box 3650 / 57057 Beaver Drive Sunriver, OR 97707 541.420.4018 SUNRIVER SCENE • JANUARY 2014

“I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers.” –Claude Monet

sunriver women’s club Presidents’ remarks The winter white covers the ground and we’re reminded of the new year and the arrival of winter. The fresh fallen snow is pure and white just like the white carnation, which is our flower for January. The carnation has graced the earth for the past 2,000 years. Each color of carnation flower bears a different meaning. The white carnation depicts good luck, innocence, faithfulness and love. May 2014 bring you good luck and may there be a spark of innocence, faithfulness and love in all you do. Happy New Year! If you attended the Winter Gala in December, you experienced an evening of entertainment, food, gracious friends and fun times, all while supporting SRWC’s Philanthropy Fund. A big thank you goes to event chairs Stephanie Nelson, Nancy Fischer, Sandra Kendle and their hard working committee for a delightful evening that ushered in the holiday season. Our Winter Fun committee has planned many winter outings. Please take advantage of these outings to make new friends and enjoy the beauty of winter in Central Oregon. The Philanthropy Committee will be hard at work reading grant applications, making contacts, and deciding on those groups that will benefit from all your hard work and giving this past year. The Nominating Committee will be looking to the fill posi-

tions on the board for next year. That’s hard to believe, but time marches on. Please consider making a difference in your community and running for the SROA board. Again wishing you the very best in 2014! –Carol Cassetty & Bonnie Rosen, co-presidents Lunch Program Our January luncheon will be Tuesday, Jan. 21, at the Sunriver Fire Station. Check-in is at 11:30 a.m. The cost is $16 for a buffet lunch provided by Carrot Top Catering. Marc Mills, Sunriver chief of police, and Art Hatch, Sunriver fire chief, will discuss public safety and emergency preparedness and response. Mills will cover Sunriver and rural Deschutes County and Hatch will discuss “Assisting People with Disabilities during Disasters.” Please RSVP to Joan Lewis at or 541-598-0650 no later than Friday, Jan. 17. Dinner Club Our next round of dinners will begin in January/February with an international theme. New participants are always welcome. Please contact Stephanie Nelson 541-593-4663 or Janice Dost 510-812-6456. Loose Cannons Game day: Jan. 15 from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Crescent room at SHARC. Marilyn Murphy will teach how to play Hand

Winter Fun • Ice skating: 11:30 a.m. every Friday at The Village at Sunriver ice rink. • Snowshoeing: Jan. 7 from Val Wood’s home on the Woodlands golf course with lunch to follow at her home. • Jan. 15: Moonlight snowshoe trip led by Sheila Schmerber and Ezma Hanschka. • Jan. 22: Ranger led tour at Mt. Bachelor with snowshoes provided. • Cross-country skiing: Jan. 28 at the chain-up area on Road 45, 7 miles towards Mt. Bachelor from Deschutes Roadhouse. • Tubing: Jan. 29 on SHARC’s tubing hill (snow or not). We will have lunch first

Grant applications Jan. 31 is the deadline for nonprofit organizations in the South Deschutes County area to submit applications to receive SRWC grants to organizations meeting the basic needs of shelter, health, food, clothing and education for children and families.

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Membership Membership in the SRWC is open year-round to all women in Sunriver and the surrounding communities. An active membership is $20 and an associate membership $30. If you have a new neighbor, invite her to join, too. For questions regarding membership, contact Nancy Fischer at 541-593-7458 or



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in SHARC’s Crescent room at 11:30 a.m. and go tubing afterwards. Bring your owner ID/ recreation pass and available guest passes for non-owners to obtain a tubing ticket. Dress for outdoor weather with appropriate boots for pulling your tube uphill. If you’d like to warm up with a swim in the indoor pool afterwards, be sure to bring your swimsuit and towel. RSVP to Joan Lewis at joan. or 541-598-0650.



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Lunch with Friends Need a midwinter boost? Join Lunch with Friends in the Crescent room at SHARC from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 3. Bring a brown bag lunch and beverage. If you’ve attended previous LWF get-togethers, come again and bring a friend. If you haven’t been before or are new to the area, join us to meet other Sunriver Women’s Club members. It’s free and a great time for laughter and friendship. If you need ride to the event, contact Valerie Wood at or Sue Husby at halnsue@chambers

For information contact Ann McGranahan at annmcg@ or 541598-2181or send a written request to: SRWC Philanthropy Committee, PO Box 3334, Sunriver, OR 97707.



& Foot, a card game similar to Canasta. Space is limited to the first eight who sign up with Bonnie Campbell by Jan. 6 at 503- 539-3413 or gypsybonnie Theatre day: Jan. 26 at 2 p.m. Bonnie Campbell and Dottie Meilink have theatre tickets to see “Angel Street,” a suspense drama at the Greenwood Playhouse. If interested in joining them, contact Dottie Meilink at 541-593-5183 or meilink@

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Margaret Burdg shares her Scene with a Madagascar.

red-footed lemur near Lemur Island,

Corinne Andrews, Doug & Jane Vakoc enjoy the sights in Sintra, Portugal.

around the world

Jon Hayman, with sons Scott and Jeff, climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in Africa.

take a trip

making the scene

Terry & Gina Tjaden and Barbie & Bob Sessler share the Scene with a Masai tribesman while on safari in the Masai Mara National Preserve in Kenya.

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Cindy & Chris Larvick traveled to the island of Rarotonga in The Cook Islands to celebrate their 10th anniversary.

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The Hartland Family - Andrew, Tyler, Charm & Connor - take in the Rome Colosseum during a trip to Italy.


Vince & Zoey Huntley and Ludy & Anya Smith spend Cruz, Zambales, Philippines.

Barbara Thorpe in front of the Arc De Triomph in Paris during a European cruise stop.

around the world

Nick & Jerrie Rauch visit the vineyards at Corte alla Flora Winery in Tuscany, Italy.

Jaden and Brady Trombello enjoy a scenic view of Waimea Canyon, Kauai.

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Beverly Sherrer takes in the architecture of a cathedral in Zazatecus, Mexico.

The Potwora Family traveled to Atlantis in the Bahamas and took along the Scene for some reading material.

Then send it to: Sunriver Scene PO Box 3278 Sunriver 97707 Send a print or high resolution digital jpeg. Email jpegs to Publication open to any Sunriver area resident or property owner.

Kaye and Bert Loughmiller mingle with rock statues on Easter Island.

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From the board room: A bright future in 2014

sunriver owners association Several years ago, SROA stepped back, so to speak, and undertook a systematic assessment of our association and community. What was clear was that in order to sustain and enhance our community we needed to establish clear and measurable objectives for moving forward. Using our mission statement as our guide, we determined that our first priority was to establish reserve funding for the replacement of our deteriorating infrastructure. We simply did not have the financial resources for this Bob Nelson critical need. Our owners subsequently approved an assessment increase dedicated to reserves that enables us to address infrastructure replacement well into the future. This decision has already had a dramatic and observable impact, specifically when you consider all the work done to replace and improve our roads and pathways. The next priority identified was the urgent need to replace our failing and obsolete South Pool. While certainly addressing a pressing need, it also provided the community with a unique opportunity. Through extensive community discussions, it was decided that in addition to replacing the old (but still very popular) pool, we should look to develop a state of the art community aquatics and recreation center. Long story made short, our owners voted to approve what would become SHARC. It was built on time and within budget! Our last major priority was to improve and enhance our system of recreational

amenities. The first step in that process was to develop a master plan. As a foundation for that plan, we determined that, in light of the decommissioning of the South Pool SROA had an opportunity to discuss a property trade with Sunriver Resort. The exchange would give the resort the old pool parcel (1.5 acres) for a variety of land parcels (33 acres) located throughout Sunriver that would be of value to SROA. When our owners overwhelmingly approved the property exchange in April 2012, immense opportunity was created for the expansion and improvement of SROA amenities. So it is within this context that I turn to thoughts of what we might expect for SROA and Sunriver in 2014. In the coming year we anticipate continued economic growth. In the last several years (and particularly during the deep recession) entities in addition to SROA have made major investments in Sunriver. Sunriver Resort continues to invest millions of dollars annually in improvements to its facilities. This has included complete replacement of their marina and equestrian facilities, upgrading all of its lodging facilities and dramatic improvements in the Sunriver Lodge, just to name a few. Most recently they redeveloped the old South Pool property into the beautiful Besson Commons. This coming year, they plan to re-develop the entire resort core “entry experience” as well as add to lodging options and a significant redesign of the lodging core aquatics and landscaping. The Village at Sunriver continues to be

December SROA board meeting summary The Sunriver Owners Association (SROA) Board of Directors met Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013. Board members present: Dave Jendro, Patty Klascius, Mike Gocke, Bob Nelson, Pat Hensley, Richard Wharton, Mark Murray, Greg Froomer. Absent: Roger Smith. Staff present: Hugh Palcic, Brooke Snavely. Treasurer’s report As of Nov. 30, 2013 (unaudited/estimated) Revenues................ 8,200,729 Expenses................ 8,140,678 Surplus (deficit).......... 60,051 Owners Forum Betty Adelman inquired about hosting board meetings online to facilitate non-resident participation and about the association’s liability insurance. Association Operations Administration: Employee evaluations under way. New carpeting was installed in the administration building. The carpet was a reserved item and due for replacement. Accounting: Renewed SROA health insurance policy, thus delaying higher-cost, lowerbenefit polices created under Page 22

the Affordable Care Act until 2015. Information Technology: Worked on software conversion for accounting department and evaluated tennis gate options. Communications: Sent a series of email blasts to owners warning of hazards posed by frozen and broken water pipes in the early December cold snap. Planning year two of the Sunriver Style campaign. Community Development: Preparing for the shift in meeting dates of the Design Committee from the first and third Friday of each month to the second and fourth Friday. Environmental Services: Completed ladder fuels reduction on 123 acres of commons. Submitted application for Tree City USA recertification. Public Works: Winterized all facilities and completed hazard tree removal. Removed more than 50 stumps from alongside roads to facilitate snowplowing. Obtained suggestions for Cardinal Bridge deck repair. Recreation/SHARC: Hosted a successful Civil War fundraiser at SHARC for New

transformed. Phase 1 of the redevelopment plan is close to completion. This first phase has included rebuilding the ice rink, remodeling many of the buildings along “retail row” including the grocery store, and the addition of new construction including parking areas. Improvement of the village infrastructure has brought new businesses and the subsequent enhancement of the quality and variety of consumer options available. “Shopping locally” in Sunriver is now a convenient and enjoyable experience. If you are like me, I can’t wait for the completion of the most recent retail/office building and the unveiling of the new entrance plaza. And then there is phase 2 of the village transformation. I think most of us have heard whispers about some exciting possibilities. If the past is any indication of the future, whatever is coming next should certainly be exciting and welcomed. It is important to note that virtually all of this development has occurred within the design criteria established by SROA; and what we have witnessed is far from the scale of some past notions of a redeveloped village core. But as exciting and significant as these changes might be there are a myriad of other things to look forward to in 2014. All indications are that the Sunriver economy will continue to grow and improve. The lodging industry continues to experience significant growth judging by both major increases in Deschute County lodging tax collections, as well as strong future reservations being reported by local companies. Realtors happily indicate brisk sales and rising property values. With regard to the opportunities afford-

Generations childcare facility. SROA won a national award for the inaugural Sunriver Mudslinger. Now planning the second annual event, as well as the Sunriver Chill Out festivities the weekend of Feb. 7-8. Board actions -Approved minutes of the Nov. 15 work session and Nov. 16 regular meeting as amended. -Approved issuing a letter engaging the services of Harrigan Price Fronk & Co., Certified Public Accountants, to oversee the audit of SROA’s 2013 balance sheet. -Approved fees for services provided by SROA in 2014. The most notable changes are to fees charged to rent Fort Rock Park, up from $60 for owners for the entire day, to $60 for six hours and $125 for non-members. The fee includes two park amenities. Additional amenities – picnic pavilion, horseshoe pits, baseball field, soccer ball field, volleyball court, etc.– are treated separately with fees for each. -Approved renewal of liability insurance for 2014. The premium increased approximately $17,000 due an industry-wide increase in the cost of insurance

ed by the property exchange and guided by the approval of our Infrastructure and Amenities Master Plan, planning efforts are well under way to develop a boat launch that will provide us with permanent river access. We also continue to look for viable options to lessen the congestion and improve safety around Harper Bridge. The paved pathway being built by the U.S. Forest Service that connects with Lava Lands and Benham Falls has a late summer completion date. There is also much discussion about developing a mountain bike trail connecting Sunriver to the Phil’s Trail complex of mountain bike trails. We will continue to see changes made to SHARC in response to comments and suggestions from owners and users. While this is an ongoing process, we anticipate modifications to the fitness facility and grounds and changes in operational policies. As an example, schedules will be modified to allow for more convenient adult swim opportunities. Our recreation department continues to operate and promote activities that have proven to be very popular. We will continue with our award-winning Sunriver Mudslinger, the aptly named Dummy Downhill and many more family oriented activities. So, join us in looking forward to the continued improvement and transformation of our treasured Sunriver. And be assured that we will continue to be guided by our simple but compelling mission to maintain Sunriver as a premier residential and resort community protecting its quality of life, natural environment and property values.

for board directors and officers. -Approved formation of a 501-(c)3 organization through which to run charitable donations and expenses. This gives donors to the ability to make tax-deductible donations to SROA’s Fun After School Time, (FAST Camp), among other charitable activities the association sponsors. -Approved amendments to the administrative services agreement between SROA and the Sunriver Service District. The changes allow a district part-time administrative employee to be hired by SROA to support its environmental department and continue working ¼ time for the district. -Held a second reading of Design Committee Manual rule changes and adopted the proposed revisions. No comments were received during a 60-day comment period on the proposal to change Design Committee meeting dates and fees charged for reviews of commercial applications. -Approved SROA’s 2014 operating budget. (See story page 25.) -Approved extending the life of the Admissions Model

Work Group into 2014 to monitor and review the new recreation user rates for bulk buy and Independent Rental Access Program participants, among others. -Approved entering in a memorandum of understanding with AT&T regarding use of SROA common property for the potential siting of a cell tower facility. The MOU allows AT&T to submit for permits and approvals necessary for the facility. -Approved a service agreement with Midstate Electric Cooperative that includes replacement of street light poles in Sunriver. (See story page 35). The meeting adjourned at 10:59 a.m. The next meeting of the SROA Board of Directors is a work session scheduled for Friday, Jan. 17, 9 a.m. in the SROA Administration Building board meeting room, 57455 Abbot Drive. The next regular meeting of the board is Saturday, Jan. 18, 9 a.m. in the board meeting room. Approved meeting minutes are posted, as available, at www.


by Jane Boubel The direction of your Sunriver community depends very much on planning, and planning starts with all of us owners. As chair of SROA’s Public Affairs and Community Planning Committee, one of the primary functions of my committee is conducting the comprehensive association survey. Every five years our association turns inward and asks a broad range of questions of its membership. This information has proven essential in communitywide planning and project prioritization. More importantly, as an owner, this is a quick and easy way to provide your association’s leaders with your thoughts and opinions regarding the direction of the community. A number of developments have occurred since the last survey in 2010, most notably the development and opening of SHARC. The board, understanding the value of up-to-date facts and data, has authorized this survey a full year early and assigned a survey finish date of this July. To this end, SROA staff and my committee are already busy making preparations for this year’s survey. To obtain the best information possible, SROA will again be working with a professional survey consultant. Using an expert in this field proved invaluable in 2010. The consultant was capable of reformatting our questions to gain a better response rate as well as to provide more insight when reading the results. Questions from previous surveys will be repeated to assess long-term trends, but new questions will be needed. Developing these questions properly is vital to the legitimacy of the surveyand to the quality of responses we receive. We learned from experience that having an expert help us do this correctly can really make a difference. For this survey to be effective and represent a clear vision of the community, we will need everyone’s participation. The 2010 survey saw a 62 percent completion rate and the information collected has assisted our planning immensely. We hope to surpass this in 2014. As the new year starts to unfold, I will keep you updated on our progress. I hope to make everyone aware of the importance of this survey and the significant role that each one us has to play. In the meantime, take stock of your viewpoints and thoughts about what kind of community you wish for Sunriver to become, and participate in the survey this spring.


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SROA owner survey planned for 2014

Come one, come all! Events open to the public

Sip & Paint Friday, Jan. 17, 3:30-5:30 p.m.

Are you looking for a new way to have fun in the evening? This just might be your answer! Join professional artist Bonnie Junell as she guides you through your painting. Grab some friends, bring a paint shirt and join us for an evening of fun. No experience needed and all supplies, wine and chocolates are included at $45/ person. Minimum of 6, maximum of 12 people. To reserve your place (with a 50 percent deposit) visit Artists Gallery Sunriver. Details:

Rebound Resolution Challenge

From January 15 through March 12 (no Feb. 12 session), join Jason Kern, Rebound’s personal trainer, on Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to noon to be held accountable, stay motivated, and learn what it takes to reach your goals. Weekly check-ins, weigh-ins and workouts. $80 /SROA members; $100 for non-members . Maximum class size 12, (minimum five). Sign-up with Jason now at 541-749-0587 or email jkern@ . You can also call or email Jason with any questions.

SAVE THESE DATES! AARP Driver Safety Course

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

Sunriver Chill Out

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

Glow Ice Skate Party with neon face painting, fun glow

accessories, great prizes and giveaways. A DJ will be spinning tunes to keep everyone moving! Admission fee.

SHARC Aquatics & Tubing Hill • Indoor Pool Open Swim

Holiday Aquatic Sessions Jan. 1 – 4 & 18–19

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

10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 1-3:30 p.m., 4-6:30 p.m., 6:30-8:30 p.m. January 5- 17 & January 20- 31 Monday – Thursday 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m.; Friday & Saturday 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

Lap Swim - ongoing mornings & evenings (no Jan. 1 evening swim) Water Fitness - ongoing Monday -Thursday Swim Lessons - Jan. 6-22, Mondays & Wednesdays Masters Swim - ongoing, Mondays & Wednesdays Swim Club - ongoing Tuesdays & Thursdays Visit for dates/times for Lap Swim, Water Fitness, Swim Lessons, Masters Swim and Swim Club

• Tubing Hill

Jan. 1 - 3, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.; Jan. 4 - 5, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Jan. 6 - 17: Wednesdays 12 - 3 p.m.; Fridays 12-4 p.m., Saturday & Sunday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Jan. 18- 20: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Jan. 21 - 31: Wednesdays 12 -3 p.m.; Fridays 12-4 p.m., Saturday & Sunday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.


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Thursday, Jan. 16, 4-5pm. Meet your fellow volunteers and learn about the exciting opportunities at SHARC. Hosmer living room.

Coming February 7 - Winter Olympics Opening Ceremonies

Attention: Clubs and Organizations Please call Chris Harrison to confirm your reserved dates and times for 2014! 541-585-3144 or

Saturday, Feb. 8, 10 a.m. at SHARC

Second Annual Dummy Downhill

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

K9 Keg Pull

Enter your canine pal! Weight categories determine the keg size they pull. $10 entry fee benefits CO Humane Society. Prizes awarded for each weight division. For info or to register: ryan@ or 541-593-5948. Saturday, Feb. 8, 2:30 p.m., Resort’s Besson Commons

Musher Madness - Human dog sled race

Teams of 2, 3 or 5 people provide the mushing power in headto-head sprints over the 100-foot track. Celebrate winter and kick off Sunriver Resort’s Month of Chocolate. Register by 5 p.m., Feb. 1 at $25 team entry fee. Saturday, Feb. 8, 7 p.m. at the Sunriver Nature Center

“Glowshoe” Trek

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

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Snowplowing in Sunriver, a primer By Brooke Snavely When the snow flies, SROA’s Public Works Department deploys experienced crews and $700,000 worth of dedicated snow removal equipment to keep Sunriver’s roads and pathways open to motorists and pedestrians. It takes a nine-person crew approximately eight to 12 hours to plow Sunriver’s 65 miles of roads and 25 of the 33 miles of pathways following a snowfall. A ‘normal’ plow No two plows are alike owing to variables such as length of snowfall, depth of snow on the ground, temperatures, snow moisture content, traffic loads, available staffing and a host of other conditions. If there is such a thing as a normal plow, it starts with applications of anti-icing chemicals on the main roads before the snow sticks. Magnesium chloride changes the freezing point of water and helps reduce ice buildup on the roads, making the road safer for motorists, easier to plow and faster to thaw. Once snow accumulates to a depth of 2- to 3-inches, the plow equipment operators hit the streets. The fleet includes: • Two front loaders; • Two heavy-duty multi purpose trucks with front and belly plows that simultaneously plow, apply anti-icing chemical or spread traction cinders, depending on conditions; • Two medium duty trucks with front and wing plows. One of these trucks can also spread cinders while plowing; • One articulating grader that provides the cleanest plow of all the heavy equipment and can cut ice off the road, but is also the most expensive to operate; • Two Bobcats equipped with blades or blowers, depending on conditions, clear the pathways; • One utility pickup with a V-plow clears parking lots and

turnouts; and • One utility vehicle for clearing snow and ice out of the pathway tunnels. Snowplowing ‘triage’ 1. Roads and driveways around the fire and police departments are the first to get




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plowed. If snowfall continues, they get plowed repeatedly to ensure the public safety agencies can respond to emergency calls. 2. Primary roads such as Beaver and Abbot drives, and East and West Cascade roads are high on the list. 3. Secondary roads such as Imnaha and Cottonwood are plowed and sanded after the primary roads. 4. The 250 cul-de-sacs, on which the majority of homes in Sunriver are located, are fourth on the snowplow priority list. Snowplow operators prefer to clear these streets at night when vehicle and pedestrian traffic is minimal. It’s difficult enough maneuvering the large plows through the tight turns without competition from cars and children sledding in the streets. 5. The pathways are plowed because if they weren’t some pedestrians might put themselves in harm’s way by walking in the roads. The pathway around the Great Meadow is not plowed, leaving it for cross-country skiers and snowshoe enthusiasts. 6. Because water runs downhill, the pathway tunnels often develop ice buildup. Crews will

throw de-icing chemicals and traction sand in the tunnels. If the ice builds up to hazardous levels, they’ll use pry bars and jackhammers to break the ice and shovels to remove it. 7. The RV storage yards get plowed so that owners can get to and move their motorhomes, trailers and toys. 8. SROA plows the Skypark tarmac under contract with the Skypark owners association so that owners with planes can taxi from their in-home hangars to the airport runway. (Airport staff plow the runway and taxiway). 9. Fire hydrants get cleared when 12 inches of snow accumulates to maintain access to water for firefighting purposes. Snowplowing teamwork Two road plow teams work simultaneously in the north and south ends of Sunriver plowing the arterials and secondary roads. They meet somewhere in the middle of Sunriver, then switch to the cul-de-sacs and work from the center of Sunriver back to the outer areas. On each ensuing plow operation the pattern is Turn to Plowing, page 28

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Nominating Committee fact check Misconception: The SROA Nominating Committee nominates only three candidates for three positions on the SROA Board of Directors and thus controls the election process. Fact: Each year the Nominating Committee tries to nominate more than the minimum number of candidates. Last year, for example, the committee contacted approximately 50 property owners who considered being candidates for the SROA Board of Directors. Ultimately, only three agreed to run for office. Candidate counts through the years: 2013: 3 2012: 5 2011: 6 (3 by petition) 2010: 3 2009: 6 2008: 4 2007: 4 (1 by petition) 2006: 3 2005: 3 2004: 3 2003: 3

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The Sunriver Owners Association Board of Directors approved the SROA’s 2014 budget at the Dec. 21, 2013 meeting. The budget projects revenues of $9.45 million (11 percent more than 2013’s $8.9 million), and total operating expenditures of $9.45 million making for an essentially breakeven budget. “When I use the term expense, it’s a bit broader. It’s not what we would say in the forprofit world, but it is what we would say in the homeowners association accounting world,” said Mike Gocke, SROA treasurer. Expenditures include approximately $6.82 million in operating expenses and $3.07 million in reserve fund contributions and operating fund projects. The reserve account is primarily used to maintain Sunriver’ assets including rebuilding the roads and pathway. The budget includes $450,000 in contributions to an operational reserve fund for SHARC. This operational reserve is designed to keep SHARC solvent should attendance decline due to a cold summer or other unforeseen event. The SHARC operational reserve will be funded at this amount for three years. The 2014 maintenance fee charged to members is set at

“It’s more than simply one or two people sitting down with a spreadsheet and noodling some numbers. There’s been a lot of analysis of historical costs and study and projection of estimated costs with the general manager and staff,” Gocke said.

Attention all Sunriver non-resident and resident property owners! Are you willing to work to make Sunriver a better community? Ready to step up and make a difference? Want to use your skills and experience in a productive way? Then it’s time to throw your hat in the ring to become a candidate for the SROA Board of Directors in the August election. There are three ways to make that happen: a) get 100 of your friends and neighbors (only one signature per property allowed) to sign your Petition for Candidacy; b) fill out an Application for Candidacy and turn it into the SROA office for processing by the Nominating Committee; c) contact one of the Nominating Committee members listed below to indicate your interest or to learn more about the steps required to become a candidate, as well as the duties of a board member. All required forms are available at the SROA office. Call 541-593-2411 to have forms mailed to you, stop by 57455 Abbot Drive to collect them, or download the PDF file at>Online Office>Resource Center>Committees>Nominating Committee. March 11 is the deadline for candidates seeking nomination by application to submit their completed forms to the Nominating Committee. April 11 at 4 p.m. is the deadline for those seeking candidacy by petition to file their petitions at the SROA office. The slate of candidates will be announced at the April 18 meeting of the SROA Board of Directors. The following members of SROA’s Nominating Committee will be happy to assist you or answer any questions you may have: Katie Hall, chair Barbara Wade, co-chair Jim Adams Gail Manary Jack McDonnell Linda Saukkonen Steve Stedman

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Self-published authors to visit in January By Deon Stonehouse, Sunriver Books & Music Happy New Year! We hope your holidays were joyful and the new year will be filled with comfort and joy. Our Jan. 11, 5 p.m. event at Sunriver Books & Music will focus on self-published authors. It will be an opportunity to hear from several of them at one time. Each author will speak briefly about his or her story allowing you to get to know them and their subjects. Oregon has a vibrant community of authors; this is one part of that group. It is a lot of fun to hear from several new authors at an event. We enjoy this format at bookseller’s events and are going to try sharing the experience with the community. It is a faster moving format than our usual author events, as each author will speak briefly giving a snapshot of their book, then we move on to the next. This event will include a few of your friends’ and neighbors’ stories. A list of the authors appearing will be in our January newsletter and on our website in January. I did not have a complete list at deadline time and wanted to share with you the philosophy of the event.

Changes in the publishing and bookselling industry are part of what’s driving this new, meet-the-self-published author format. A decade ago there were independent bricks and mortar bookstores all over the U.S.A. Now there are fewer than 2,000 independent bookstores. Rather than feeling gloomy, booksellers are hopeful that the future will be brighter. I had the pleasure of listening to Malcom Gladwell, author of “David and Goliath,” in Kansas City in 2013. He was gung ho about the future of independent bookstores, and waxed poetic on the attributes that make them special. Gladwell contends that what will save independent bookstores is the quality and diversity of their collections. He maintains their strength is in their collection of curated books and selected with care by their owners reflecting the differences in their reading habits. The booksellers are familiar with the books they carry and are able to convey their enthusiasm for the stories therein. I think he is right. Whenever we traveled we always looked for independent bookstores because we enjoyed

seeing the way each bookstore had different selections, allowing us to become acquainted with the works of different authors with excellent writing. We hope this is true of our bookstore; we try very hard to have the best selections of books that reflect those stories and authors who find resonance with us. Publishing is under siege. Between reduced revenue from e-readers and an economic rollercoaster over the past few years, authors’ ability to get published has been impacted. It is harder for a debut author to find a publisher and many mid-list authors have lost their publishers. At the same time, it is becoming easier for authors to self-publish their books. We have a consignment area for self-published authors. Many people have a story that they feel strongly about sharing. We did not want to set ourselves up as judges on the merit of their stories. Instead, with few exceptions, we allow most authors the ability to have access to the consignment section of the store;

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are quite interesting, such as Keith Thye’s “Moto Raid” about his motorcycle journey across Africa. Les Joslin wrote “Uncle Sam’s Cabins,” a very useful book on unique places to stay. He plans to be one of the featured authors for the Jan. 11 event. There will be refreshments and drawings for door prizes. Information: 541-593-2525,

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on the contracted services pro- • Maintains exhibits and written materials for ownvided by the nature center. The following is a sampling of ers on native and nonthose services being provided: native landscaping plants appropriate for Sunriver. • Maintains an interpretive facility to introduce owners • Attends and advises the and guests to local natural SROA Environmental and human history. The Committee (EC) at its facility includes the nature regularly scheduled meetcenter, botanical ing and offer technical garden, interpreassistance to the EC and A. As I answer SROA. tive trail and birds this question, it is of prey exhibit. important to keep • Assists SROA and EC with in mind that the their public awareness efboard has made Owners are welcome to • Provides information and assisforts by participating in no official decisubmit questions to be annual Arbor Day and War sion regarding the answered in this column. tance to SROA and owners on Weeds (WOW) Day repermanent river Email to events. garding local flora access project as by the 12th of the month. and fauna. Asof yet. That being sistance includes • Assists SROA and EC with said, the task force telephone calls and on-site special projects designed recommendation presented to protect or enhance envisits to consult with ownto the board does call for the vironmental quality, such ers regarding wildlife nuifacility to be limited to SROA as participating in special sances or emergencies. owners and their property subcommittee work. guests. • Assists in the annual emergence and migration of • Prepares a written annual This particular recommenreport for the SROA Board Western toadlets from Lake dation regarding access restricof Directors summarizing Aspen. tions was a direct result of the activities undertaken the input received from the during the previous year. forums conducted as well as • Monitors and maintains water levels in Lake Aspen, responses received from both $183 + and 45.75individual = 228.75 Duck Pond, and SROA’s • Provides mobile hands on the survey “meet and greet” opportuother portions of the Sun member email input. The task River to protect and ennities with their animals at force working on this project various community funchance Sunriver’s wetlands is acutely aware of the need tions. for conservation purposes to be out in front of this issue including Oregon spotted and is planning a multi-level frog habitat, maintain waQ: Pickleball promoters are communication initiative foter levels and to the extent requesting more pickleball cused on river access. possible, prevent flooding. courts at SROA’s Fort Rock However, the communications approach being considered will include valuable information beyond simply highlighting available access points and basic directional signage. River stewardship, water safety, approximate float times and points of ! interest will also be featured nual n a d n on various websites, launch Seco area interpretive placards and informational handouts. It is our hope to produce this information well in advance of opening the association’s new launch area, to educate 03-23-2014 the general public early on as Online registration opens January 6! to available river access points. Q: A recommendation has been made to keep the owners new riverfront access and boat ramp private. If the recommendation is enacted, how will the general public — that is accustomed to launching and/or landing at the current marina — be educated about the change?

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Park. How is such a request vetted, cost determined and decision made whether or not to implement? A. Following board direction, a proposal such as this would most likely be tasked to staff and/or the appropriate committee or task force. The Recreation Committee along with staff from the Recreation and Public Works departments all participated in the previous evaluation of the first set of pickleball courts. I would assume that this would the most logical approach towards vetting this latest request, as this group would possess the institutional knowledge and background regarding this item. In evaluating this request, the use of the board adopted decision making model would most likely be applied. Once the validity of the proposal has been thoroughly researched and justified, a cost

estimating process would most likely commence. Depending on the estimated cost, this could involve reviewing the project with the financial committee for possible implementation timing. In this particular case, a review of the replacement reserve schedule would also apply. This will help address the possible timing for implementation as it relates to available reserve funds set aside for the courts. Upon the completion of these vetting steps, a report would then be prepared and forwarded onto the board for their review and consideration. Ultimately, the decision to act on the request would exist in the hands of the board. However, before taking such action, the board would need to be fully informed. Relying on this type of comprehensive vetting provides the board with a sound platform in which to make the best decision possible.


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reversed to prevent any one area from continually being at the end of the plow route. Plow crews track their progress on maps at the Public Works building each time they return to refuel the vehicles, take a break or change shifts. During plow operations a mechanic is on duty to repair equipment as needed. Equipment breakdowns are another variable that affects how long it takes to clear the roads after a snowstorm. Riding the bull Operating a piece of heavy equipment in a snowstorm with limited visibility surrounded by passing cars and pedestrians requires constant

vigilance. It is physically and mentally demanding work. All snow removal equipment vibrates with torque and pitches and bucks as it pushes or blows snow, thus the moniker “riding the bull.” Most of the equipment is so loud the operators wear hearing protection. “Pushing a 12-foot wide blade that weighs two tons with a 25,000 pound articulating front loader, on ice with cars passing by within a few feet, is tough,” said Perry Thatcher, SROA Public Works supervisor. “Most people don’t realize how much momentum there is behind our equipment. Even with the huge knobby tires and tire chains we sometimes use, we can’t stop or turn all that quickly. Sometimes we hit a rock or tree stump along the edge of the road and the impact throws those big plows across

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Clearing driveways leading to the Sunriver fire and police stations is the first priority of SROA Public Works snowplow operators. Clearing the main arterial roads—Beaver and Abbot drives, and West and East Cascade roads—are the next priority.

both lanes of traffic. People need to give us a wide berth.” Work hours On quiet winter days, one Public Works employee starts work at 5 a.m., and will spray anti-icing chemicals or apply cinders to the arterial and secondary roads before the majority of people start driving. When a snowstorm hits, crews will work until the job gets done. If it keeps snowing, crews switch to 12-hour shifts so that there are always plows

on the road. “There have been times when people worked 12 hours shifts for a month. They get really tired,” said Mark Smith SROA Public Works director. “Those round-the-clock shifts are tough. There are federal limits to how long people can drive the heavy equipment.” Knowing when to call in the snowplow operators is challenging. If it is snowing hard at 1 a.m. with 3-inches of snow on the ground and another 4-inches are predicted in the next three hours, the additional snow would erase their work. Managers try to wait for breaks in the weather to get the most bang for the buck. “The truth is the crews prefer a 3 a.m. call to take care of the primary roads rather than a 7 a.m. response when they are dealing with other traffic,” Smith said. If snow is in the forecast, snowplow operators are placed on call. They must be within

Driveway snow berms Snow berms across driveways are a fact of life in snow country. The berms are formed by snow spilling off the ends of snowplow blades as snow is pushed off the roads. Even yearround residents who are accustomed to snow berms don’t like them. Imagine what a visitor from a less snowy part of the country must think when they encounter an impassable snow berm at the end of a driveway they effortlessly passed through 12 hours earlier. Most of the SROA’s snowplow operators have years of experience and do what they can to avoid leaving snow berms across driveways, but “when the snow is really coming down there is nowhere else to put it,” Smith said. Tough as it may be to appreciate snowplow operators after they’ve tossed up a berm across your driveway, the crews do appreciate recognition of their hard work keeping Sunriver’s roads and pathways open and accessible in the worst weather. “We appreciate all the ‘thumbs up’ we get from people driving or walking by. It helps to know they appreciate us,” Thatcher said. “If they are using their digits to acknowledge us, we appreciate thumbs most of all,” said Torry Berger, SROA heavy equipment operator. “We are number one a lot.” Information: 541-593-2483.



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Sunriver Music Festival honors volunteers of the year Each year, Sunriver Music Festival recognizes outstanding volunteers that have put extra time, effort and passion toward the festival’s success. The 2013 Sunriver Music Festival Volunteer of the Year was awarded to Shirley Smith and the Executive Director’s Volunteer of the Year award went to Jack McDonnell. Volunteer of the Year, Shirley Smith, is a co-owner and officer of Elesco Limited, an economic development consulting firm. She became involved in the Sunriver Music Festival in early 1989 as co-coordinator of the Youth for Strings summer camp. As Volunteer Council Chair and board member in 1991, she assisted in hiring the festival’s first full-time executive director. She received the Volunteer Council’s Volunteer of the Year award in 1993. Smith was instrumental in founding the successful Young Artists Scholarship program during the 1995-96 season. In 2013, Smith served on the Young Artists Scholarship Committee, organized the annual volunteer event, coordinated all the orchestra rehearsal refreshments for the musicians, assisted in securing numerous volunteers for summer, updated the festival’s volunteer database, assisted in the office with day to day administration and hosted a table at Festival Faire. Smith is also an active member and volunteer at Sunriver

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Christian Fellowship Church. An avid proponent of volunteer service, Smith believes others should be encouraged to experience the joy and value that service brings to them and their community. Jack McDonnell was named the Executive Director’s Volunteer of the Year. McDonnell has been a festival Board of Trustees member since 2008 and is currently serving his fifth year as the board treasurer. The Executive Director’s award is given to volunteers who have assisted in financially impacting the festival in new and creative ways. For the past 10 years, McDonnell and his wife, Donna, have assisted in distributing more than 300 of the festival’s annual posters to local businesses and sponsors in Sunriver, Bend, Sisters and Redmond. For the past five years, they

both have worked as active volunteers on the festival’s major fundraiser, Festival Faire, and assisted in relocating the festival office on a frigid morning in January 2013. McDonnell is also the festival office repairman and handyman. Last spring, the festival decided to purchase bistro chairs for the summer concerts instead of renting them. McDonnell organized a team of La Pine area school students to complete the daunting task of assembling the new chairs. During McDonnell’s five years as treasurer, he has provided financial guidance and helped lead the budgeting process during a time of transition with the festival’s new artistic director. He continues to be an active and wise leader for the festival’s board. McDonnell is an active volunteer board member with other Sunriver organizations including the Sunriver Nature Center and the Sunriver Anglers Club. “The Sunriver Music Festival has more than 200 volunteers who assist with everything from office work to housing musicians to organizing fundraisers. The festival would not be able to provide the quantity and quality of concerts and music education programs without the dedication of these valued volunteers,” said Pam Beezley, executive director. Information: 541-593-1084 or email tickets@sunrivermusic. org

Acting opportunities on the horizon

The Sunriver Stars Community Theater welcomes you to get involved in all upcoming productions. Auditions for “Radio STAR” will be held March 11 and the show will take place April 4-6. Done in the style of an old-time radio program, lines will be read from a script during the show. Singers are needed to portray the old greats — Judy Garland, Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Dinah Shore — you name it! Auditions for a musical version of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” will be held April 8. Rehearsals begin April 22, and the show plays June 6-8. This show is especially scheduled so that local children may join the adults and shine with the Stars. Auditions for “The Importance of Being Ernest” will be Sept. 3 with the show playing Oct. 24-26. Auditions, rehearsals and performances are all held in Benham Hall at SHARC. Mark your calendars now so you don’t miss out on the fun. Contact the director at for more information.

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Sunriver Service District Managing Board December meeting summary public safety The Sunriver Service District Managing Board held its regular meeting on Dec. 19. Board members present: Bob Nelson, Debbie Baker, Mike Gocke, Ron Angell, and Greg Keller. Staff present: Marc Mills, Art Hatch, Evan Kennedy. Public input -None. Financial report Resources.....................5,642,263 Requirements...............1,575,428 Surplus/(deficit)...........4,066,835 Police Salary & wages..............529,939 Materials/Equipment......68,226 Fire Salary & wages..............776,765 Materials/Equipment....112,263 Bike Patrol........................40,509 Non-departmental............47,723 Board actions -Approved the minutes of the Nov. 14 board workshop and regular meeting. -Approved the minutes of the Dec. 3 special joint meeting

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with the Deschutes County Commissioners. -Approved payment of $14,710 to SROA for administrative and fleet services rendered in November. -Tabled motions to amend and authorize the chair to sign the administrative service agreement with SROA. -Authorized chair Debbie Baker to sign a memorandum of understanding regarding insurance carrier changes. The Affordable Care Act requires changes to health reimbursement arrangements in the district’s voluntary employees’ beneficiary association (VEBA). -Approved adding a new post-separation health reimbursement arrangement to

VEBA. The post-separation plan would take effect if the employee opts out of the district group health insurance plan and is not covered by another approved health insurance plan. -Approved disposing of surplus equipment (a table and chairs) by donating them to the Sunriver Citizen Patrol. -Approved disposing of surplus equipment by transferring ownership of office computer and furniture to SROA. -Discussed composition of a work team for drafting revisions to the management agreement between the district, SROA and the Deschutes County Commissioners. Bob Nelson and Ron Angell agreed to serve.

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In December, the Sunriver Citizen Patrol donated $1,200 to Central Oregon Police Chaplaincy to further the organization’s ability to serve first responders as they process emotional situations and balance a stressful career with their personal lives. The two full-time and 15 volunteer chaplains are trained to offer on-site crisis intervention to those involved in or exposed to emergency incidents, including community members.

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By Brittany Weiner, Sunriver is known as a vacation destination resort, not a place for very much crime. Part of that reason could be thanks to some dedicated citizens. “I’ve been doing it since 1998,” said Doug Seator, a Sunriver citizen patroller. “It’s just a way of getting involved in the community, and helping the community.” Seator is one of more than 30 members of the Sunriver Citizen Patrol. “We’re the first responders, but we don’t get ourselves in harm’s way,” said Larry Buzan, another member of the citizen force. Started in 1997 to help with

-Discussed status of the fire chief’s contract. Three changes are proposed regarding retirement, continuing employment and personal days off. -Approved adoption of a new property and casualty insurance policy through Hays Companies at a cost of $46,839, which represents a 6.3 percent increase over the previous year’s policy. Chiefs’ reports: Police: -In November, the Sunriver Police Department conducted 122 investigations, made four arrests, provided 349 assists, issued 120 traffic warnings and six traffic citations, issued 29 violations of Sunriver Rules and Regulations and 15 pathway violation warnings.

emergency evacuations, the group now does much more. “We’ll walk around the house. We’re going to visually look at all of the windows to make certain that there’s nothing that’s broken,” said Carolyn Barr, another patrol member. By request, citizen patrol will check on homes while owners are out of town. “We like to do it in pairs so that we can make certain that there’s safety involved for us as well,” Barr said. Buzan added, “We don’t just drive around and respond when something happens. We’re doing proactive involvement by checking windows and doors.” If anything unusual is found,

-Thirty of the 56 applicants for the one open patrol officer position underwent testing on Nov. 23. Nineteen were invited for panel interviews. The chief will interview 10 candidates, three of which are Sunriver Bike Patrol officers. After an offer is extended, the candidate will undergo psychological and physical tests and a background check. -One Sunriver police officer is testing for an opening at another agency. -Chief Mills thanked the Oregon State Police and Deschutes County Sheriff ’s Office for their support in November while the Sunriver police force was missing four officers due to Turn to Summary, page 33

the patrol calls in the police for a formal house check. On top of house checks, the volunteers help with traffic control during events and emergency evacuations, like the several natural gas leaks Sunriver saw this year. They also help visitors and give comfort to residents in the community. Although they volunteer with the police department, they cannot carry a weapon or make traffic stops. But it’s their involvement in the community that helps make the resort town a safer place. “They’re my eyes and ears for what’s going on in this community,” said Sunriver PoTurn to Patrol, page 32

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11/2 Theft of two jackets at a mall business. Suspect fled the scene prior to officer’s arrival. 11/3 Assisted SRFD with a medical call to the Great Hall. Because of the large number of intoxicated people present, officers provided security while medics tended to the patient 11/8 Criminal mischief reported at a Balsam Lane residence. A bench was knocked over and garbage strewn from trash cans. Extra patrol requested. 11/9 Report of loud booms coming from SE of Mt. Rainier Lane. While on the scene the officer heard target practice with exploding targets on nearby forest service land. 11/9 Mall business reported two juvenile males who switched a price tag on a toy and then purchased it. Officer located them and then returned the toy for a refund and a trespass notice. 11/9 Contacted five females involved in a dispute. They were trying to pay their bill and retrieve their credit cards. RP stated they were being disruptive and wanted them trespassed. All parties were separated and the bills were paid. 11/11 Assisted a couple in finding lodging after they were unable to gain entry to their vacation rental. 11/13 Conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle for defective lighting. The driver had two valid warrants out for his arrest. He was taken into custody and lodged at the DCJ. 11/16 Report of an intoxicated male walking on the fog line near circle 1. He was located returning to his room at the Lodge Condos and provided an escort there. 11/17 RP called to inform us that she had struck a vehicle in the parking lot this morning and hadn’t left a note. Officer contacted the owner of the victim vehicle and arranged an information exchange. 11/18 Lodge called regarding an anonymous call received about an unknown employee stealing firewood from the Wildflower Condos. 11/23 Report from neighbor on Twosome Lane of a broken water pipe. SRFD arrived and turned off the water. The owner was notified and contacted a local builder to check for damages 11/25 Reported theft of “Controlled Burn” sign. No suspects. 11/25 Report of alarm in women’s bathroom by Lodge hot tub. An officer found wet footprints leading to the fence and the frost was disturbed on top of the fence. The hot tub cover was restored to its proper location and both bathrooms locked. No damage. UTL miscreants. 11/27 RP reported someone had used his hot tub on Sun Eagle while the condo was vacant. The cover was off. No damage. Extra patrol requested. 11/27 Telephone harassment at a business in the village. Involved parties were contacted, harassment laws explained and individuals agreed to stop calling. 11/27 Report of a verbal dispute on Park Lane between a homeowner and construction workers. SBC 11/29 RP reported an unknown female in a white SUV drove through the mall courtyard and then exited on the pathway near Sunriver Sports. RP confronted the woman who became belligerent and drove off. 11/30 RP reported several subjects walking around circle 1 asking drivers for a ride. UTL 11/30 Report of a disturbance at the Lodge involving several people. An officer contacted an extremely intoxicated female who said she had been knocked to the floor by two unknown males who then left. Because of her extreme intoxication, the officer was unable to determine what had happened. She was provided the officer’s business card and encouraged to call the following day if she had any more information. 11/30 Reported Criminal Mischief at Cottonwood location. An officer contacted the suspects but they were uncooperative. They were informed that they had been trespassed from the location.

and chains available on all apparatus. Other than that it’s typically business as usual. Certainly, if it’s cold enough, water that isn’t moving will freeze on structures, equipment and personnel which makes things a bit more interesting but very rarely insurmountable. Fire hydrants don’t freeze because there is no water in the hydrant. Fire hydrants are self draining because they are equipped with an anti-siphon valve. The valve seal is at the bottom of the hydrant, underground and safely below the frost line where the hydrant taps into the water main. A long rod runs from this valve to the top of the hydrant. Firefighters use a wrench on the top of the rod to open the hydrant. Once turned off, the water drains from the hydrant back into the ground around it so the barrel from the water main into the hydrant is empty. Hydrants are considered frost proof down to -50˚F. Q: What is the status of the project to rezone the parcel of land near Lake Penhollow on which the district intends to build a training facility? A: Rezoning is a long, tedious, and legally complicated process. We have a very capable land use attorney working through that process with the county and, so far, have not received any bad news. We fully expect to weave our way through that process successfully and be able to use that parcel as intended. Q: How goes the effort to correct street addresses of businesses in Sunriver? What problems


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Q: How is employee morale now that there is a signed labor agreement between the firefighters union and the Sunriver Service District Managing Board? What was your role in the negotiations? A: In any organization, morale will fluctuate from time to time for a variety of reasons and ours is no exception. While acknowledging that, Art Hatch I think it’s important to emphasize that all of our members – represented and otherwise – are serious professionals who are aware of the critical nature of the services we provide. And though differences may arise from time to time, each remains prepared for and committed to providing service beyond expectation and feels privileged and proud to do so. No temporary fluctuation in morale, perceived or actual, will change that. Because the labor contract is between the firefighters’ bargaining unit and the SSD Managing Board, my role was very limited; primarily one of administrative support. All the credit for settling the contract issue goes to the parties directly involved. Q: How does extreme cold affect fire department operations? Do fire hydrants or fire hoses freeze? A: The cold weather does impact our operations, but in a very limited way. During the winter we run the engines with the pumps dry to prevent freezing, and keep the nozzles on charged lines cracked open when they’re not in use. Studded traction tires are in use

exist with the current street addresses? A: Sunriver addressing is unique to how Deschutes County identifies property. For taxing purposes, five-digit addresses are attached to nearly every property, including Sunriver. Beginning in 1968, Sunriver used only lot numbers to identify nearly every property. The county accepted this method but had difficulty tracking these properties for mapping services. History: An emergency call in 2008 could not be directly identified by the 911 Dispatch center due to a lack of precise street and building location. This sent emergency responders to multiple locations in an attempt to locate the emergency. Sunriver police and fire departments recognized that the identified address could not exist as reported to 911. Local knowledge and area familiarity assured that there was no delay in locating the emergency, but when there is heavy demand on Sunriver responders, we rely on outside agencies to assist. They do not have local knowledge and area familiarity and must rely on accurate addressing information. Immediately after this incident, research identified that many access roads had no names, had names that were not a matter of record, or were named to the closest street available. Businesses and condominium addresses were not in use. Wrong addresses – when compared to county records – and addresses that ultimately did not match the records in the 911 system were in use. Even as we clean up the addressing today, we find multiple



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Mystery and fiction book clubs launch the new year with good reads By Deon Stonehouse A new year begins. May it bring peace and joy to everyone. Two of our book clubs are meeting in January — mystery and fiction. With the short days and cold nights, sitting down with a good book is the perfect way to enjoy the long winter nights. Getting together with others in the community who find pleasure in reading and having a lively discussion about the book is a great way to spend a few hours. Book Clubs meet at 6:30 p.m. on Mondays. Jan. 6 the Fiction Book Club discusses “The Syringa Tree” by Pamela Gien, a moving story about the effects of apartheid in South Africa told through the eyes of a six-year-old white girl, Lizzy Grace. Life is pretty good for Lizzy in 1963. Her home is in an affluent suburb of Johannesburg. She is coddled by her nanny, Salimina, who lives in the separate servant’s quarters to the rear of the home. Their relationship is intense and loving, having a profound effect on the little girl. Visits to her adoring grandparents on their

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remote farm give the child a different perspective on life and a lot of fun. Her father is a doctor and a kind man. He is bothered that whites come in the front door of his office with a waiting room while the blacks must come in the rear, an arrangement he finds distasteful. Complications ensue when Salimina has a child, Moliseng. The birth is attended by Lizzy’s physician father, the authorities kept ignorant of the baby’s arrival. Lizzy is delighted by the new baby, but there is danger if the authorities discover Moliseng. Salimina is only allowed a permit for herself as a servant to stay in the white district, her child is forbidden. Thus begins Lizzy’s new occupation – she must help keep Moliseng hidden. If she is discovered, she will be taken away to the Soweto ghetto. Hide away, hide away, Moliseng must hide away good. Jan. 13 the Mystery Book Club discusses a book that caused quite a bit of controversy in 2013, “Cuckoo’s Calling” by J. K. Rowling. She wrote the book using a pseudonym,

Robert Galbraith, in a bid to sseparate it from her prominent name, giving it a chance to be evaluated on its own merits rather than as a J.K. Rowling story. It caused a stir when the identity of the author was revealed. Rowling doesn’t write for money, her wildly successful Harry Potter series fixed that issue. She is donating proceeds from “Cuckoo’s Calling” to charity. This is a sophisticated, mature work. If you are looking for fast pace and a high body count, this is not the book. If you enjoy well-developed, quirky characters and a complex mystery, this is just the ticket. Rowling takes time to let the reader get to know her characters. Cuckoo is a megastar supermodel who fell to her death from the balcony of her apartment. John Bristow, her brother and an attorney, is not persuaded by the suicide ruling. He hires London PI Cormoran Strike to solve the mystery. Strike may have a flexible moral code, but he does have a sense of honor he prefers not to violate, and this case challenges

his flexibility. It seems far too much like taking money when the outcome is foregone. These are interesting characters. Strike is a big bear of a man who came back from the fighting in Afghanistan missing half a leg; he far prefers using his powers of observation and deduction to strong-arm tactics. Robin, Strike’s new secretary, finds working for a PI more interesting than her prior secretarial postings. I liked the repartee and developing relationship between these two characters.

It was also refreshing to have a detective who grows to respect the intelligence and skills of his secretary without any intention of seducing the young woman. Cuckoo is a lot more complex than her supermodel persona would indicate. Strike carefully peels back the layers of her façade revealing the striving young woman contained therein. The writing is excellent, the characters engaging, and the story very moody and complicated, all the elements of good mystery. Join us to discuss some interesting books. Everyone is welcome and we try to have a good time. Information: 541-593-2525, www.sunriv


patrol, but that may change starting next month. Citizen patrol members must go through extensive training that continues throughout their career. For more information on the Sunriver Citizen Patrol or to find out how to get involved visit: www.sunriversd. org/Police2/CitizenPatrolPage. htm or call the Sunriver Police Department at 541-593-1014. This story aired Dec. 2 and 3 on KTVZ and KFXO, and is reprinted here with permission from

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lice Chief Marc Mills. “What the community is concerned about, their likes, their dislikes, especially with the police department.” It’s a great asset to police and the community they are a part of. “I find it very rewarding, and I feel good about it,” said Buzan. Right now, only Sunriver residents can be a part of citizen


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medical and personal absences and the open position. -Chief Mills said a Sunriver police officer failed to close the door after using the SROA vehicle wash bay which allowed water pipes to freeze and break. The resulting spray covered the SROA sanding truck and froze it to the ground. Henceforth, the police will only use the wash bay 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. -Chief Mills thanked officer Evan Kennedy for identifying burned out streetlights in

Sunriver and listing their location for SROA Public Works. Fire: -In November, the Sunriver Fire Department responded to 32 incidents including 19 emergency medical service calls, one motor vehicle accident, one vehicle fire, one hazardous condition, three service calls, six good intent calls and one false alarm. -Chief Hatch sent a cease and desist letter to Cascade Medical Transport Company, asking them not to send any more ambulances to Sunriver. Hatch said the private ambulance company is not authorized to

operate in Sunriver and that he would inform Deschutes County of the violation of ambulance service agreements. -Sunriver Fire Department received a $292 grant from the Department of Homeland Security to maintain the mass casualty trailer. - Chief Hatch held a mandatory staff meeting at which impacts of the prolonged labor disagreement between the firefighters union and service district board were discussed. There is consensus that there is some work to do to repair Turn to Summary, page 35

Sunriver Fire Department launches social media tools

Larry Buzan looks on as Dennis Patterson holds the Sunriver Citizen Patrol Volunteer of the Year award.

Sunriver Citizen Patrol recognizes volunteers

Dennis Patterson was presented the Sunriver Citizen Patrol 2013 Volunteer of the Year award at the police department and citizen patrol recognition meeting held Dec. 3 at The Pines. Patterson has been an active member of the patrol since 2007. He volunteered more than 170 hours in 2013 in traffic control, evacuation exercises, evidence search, service on the membership committee, on the citizen patrol bike patrol and as a trainer for new members. Patterson also accepted responsibility for purchasing equipment and uniforms. This enabled the group to establish a uniform dress code that enhances their roll as ambassadors of the Sunriver Police Department. Over the past six years, Patterson regularly washed and waxed the their patrol car and applied new graphics on the vehicle. Lee Schaefer was recognized for significant contributions taking thousands of photos and producing videos of citizen patrol and police department projects. The exposure Schaefer generated helped inform the community of ways citizen patrol serves Sunriver and increased awareness of opportunities for involvement. Schaefer is the Sunriver Citizen Patrol’s first-ever honorary member. Three Citizen Patrol officers – Larry Buzan, Jim Adams and John Eckholt – were recognized for outstanding leadership and dedication. Buzan is chair of the citizen patrol; Adams is administrator and Eckholt, vice chair.

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addresses, incorrect associated street names, and poorly identified business locations that are not properly identified in the 911 emergency system. These inaccurate addresses are then passed on to utility companies. Many times gas and electric utilities are the first people we call in an emergency and are needed there quickly for safety. Since 2009, we have identified and named access roads that are officially recorded. All commercial building addresses, many of which had incorrect or multiple five-digit addresses, have been corrected and recorded. Instant access to maps requires that locations be accurately identified. As the 911 system becomes more detailed in its directions to emergency responders, the addresses we

are correcting and verifying will become more important in the future. Moving maps within an emergency vehicle will give direct routing information to responding agencies and improve the outcome of emergencies. As of today, we have an updated list of nearly every building and business in Sunriver including their correct address and emergency contacts. Deschutes County is being updated with newly developed maps and locators for their comparison and records. 911 Dispatch is currently in the process of updating and correcting their system. The next step is to identify the exact location of each Sunriver building on the 911 system map that will be used by all of Deschutes County. Send questions for Fire Chief Art Hatch to


By Jim Bennett The Sunriver Fire Department recently joined the social media world by launching Facebook and Twitter pages. The success of the department is rooted in community support and using all available means to communicate and inform the community is a goal of the department. Whether it’s the current social media offerings like Facebook and Twitter or whatever future media are available, the department intends to always take the lead. Offering a Facebook page allows the department a new avenue for informing the community, including property owners who do not reside in Sunriver. Social networking also allows for another point of contact, a virtual point of contact, between the department and community. The Facebook page will feature department events, job opportunities, prevention programs, community interest stories and much more. Information will be relevant and timely without inundating followers.

For more “breaking” news, Emergency Operations Center the department has launched its (located in the fire station), will ������ ��������������������������������������������� two social networking Twitter page. The Twitter portal use these���������������������������������������� ������������������������������������������� �������� ���������������������������������������������������������� ������������������������ �������� about allows the department to share, tools to communicate ��������������������������������� instantaneously, information significant conditions during ������������������������������������������������� ���������������������������������� �������� Not only is there about an incident, road closures an emergency. ������������������������������������������������ ��������������������������������� �������� ������������������������������������������������������������������������������������ �������� great value in this real-time due ����������������� to emergency conditions, �������������������������������������������������� ����������������������������������� �������� information for residents, visifire prevention tips and much ��������������������� ���������������������������������������������������������������������������������� �������� more. Followers on Twitter will tors, and those in Sunriver, but ��������������������������������� ���������������������������������������������������������� �������� �������� have�������������������������������������������������������������� up to date information also for those who own������������ or vaca������������������������������������ ����������������������������������������������������� �������� about significant fire��������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� incidents tion in Sunriver and want �������� to ���������������� occurring within Sunriver. be aware of efforts being taken ����������������������������������������������� ������������������������������ �������� ������������������������������������������ �������� While the outreach side of during�������������������������������������������� an emergency or disaster ���������������������������������� ��������������������������������������������������������������� �������� social media is an important to protect their property and ���������������������� ������������������������������������������������������������������������������ �������� part ����������������������������������������������� of the department’s com- community.����������������������������������� �������� ������������������������������������� The ����������������������������������������������������� �������� department encourmunication strategy, there is ������������������������� �������������������������������������������������������������������������������� �������� a more significant life������������������������������������������������������������������������������� and ages all community members, �������������������� �������� ������������������������������������������ ��������������������������������� �������� property safety side of using visitors, vacationers, businesses ��������������������������������������������������������������� social������������������������������������������������ media. The department, and property���������������������������������� owners to join the �������� which coordinates emergency network by following Sunriver service response through the FD on Facebook and Twitter.


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Sunriver Mens Golf: Handicapped by weather closes for the winter after the By Paul J. Grieco Snow fell heavily in Central first heavy snow. Oregon for a few days in early Roger Mink cited as OGA December accompanied by Volunteer of the Year Roger Mink, long-time an arctic blast of cold air that handicap director put winter golf into of the SRMGC, indefinite hibernaand volunteer and tion. Our band of course-rater for the hardy winter golfers Oregon Golf Assoenjoyed a half-dozciation was named en Indian summer OGA co-director rounds at nearby of the year for 2013 venues (Quail Run, (along with Howie Meadow Lakes and Paul J. Grieco Smith of BroadJuniper) after the Sunriver season ended, and moor Golf Course). The then, like Jackie Gleason’s old OGA, formed in 1924, is a Ralph Kramden character non-profit entity of more than would say, “Bang, zoom, to 270 public and private clubs the moon!” it was all over. numbering approximately Unless one is heading to or al- 4 2 , 0 0 0 ready enjoying tropical weath- members er in the southwest or central throughCalifornia, or vacationing in out Orplaces like Hawaii, we’ll be egon and lucky to see exposed grass southwest surfaces on down-mountain Washingcourses by February. Pardon ton. Mink the gallows humor, but just was cited hang in there, and we shall for hav- Roger Mink ing atplay again this winter. When the weather does tended the last five annual improve (to winter golfers meetings and volunteering in “improve” means above 40 many capacities for the OGA degrees, little wind, no rain), including the Tournament several area courses offer dis- Assistance Group, Oregon counted winter golf rates: Junior Golf, Course Rating Meadow Lakes (one hour and more. At the November SRMGC away), Juniper (40 minutes) Crooked River (one hour), board meeting, Mink presentEagle Crest Resort (45 min- ed a comprehensive analysis utes), Aspen Lakes (35 min- of SRMGC handicaps, inutes), Lost Tracks (20 min- cluding the number of times utes) Rivers Edge (25 min- SRMGC individual members utes) and Widgi Creek (35 met or beat their own target minutes). For something extra scores. According to Dean special (and of moderate ex- Knuth, former USGA direcpense), try my personal winter tor of handicapping (aka The favorite, Brasada Ranch at Pope of Slope), most golfers Powell Butte (50 minutes). will beat their handicap 20 Note that Quail Run usually per cent of the time and beat

it by three strokes one out of every 20 rounds. In 2012 during official SRMGC play, out of 806 studied rounds 23.8 percent met or beat their target scores; in 2013, out of 868 rounds covered, 20.2 percent met or beat their target scores. Both surveys put SRMGC players pretty close to the right numbers, according to Mink. Mink asks that SRMGC members please turn in scorecards after each and every round, not just during official men’s club play, when cards are automatically turned in for the player.

shotgun starts, encouraging the mandatory use of carts for men’s c l u b play on Wednesd a y s which helped reduce the ave r a g e Scott Ellender round to about four hours 17 minutes. He also helped introduce gold tees for “seniors” to accommodate the USGA effort to tee-it-forward to enhance pace of play and enjoyment; placement of several laser range finders on the practice ranges, benches on the par 3 holes; and hosting of many golf-appreciation days and

Join early One of the favorite features about weekly play to members of the SRMGC is that results are posted immediately after each competition to the club’s website, including a pro-style money list that cumulatively tracks each player’s winnings week-to-week in various categories: Weekly game winnings, closest to pin, low gross and low net scores, and match play and club championship, and net and gross skins winnings. A separate competition, the 18 hole challenge, So long to Scott Ellender is tracked similar to pro golf ’s Scott Ellender, director of Kodak Challenge, tallying the Sunriver Resort lodge operabest scores relative to par for tions, including all golf, left each hole over Sunriver in November after a One minute you’re bleeding. The next minute the course of the year. six-year tenure. New memEllender, 41, you’re hemorrhaging. The next minute you’re bers are welis now general painting the Mona Lisa. come. Sunriver manager of the — Mac O’Grady, Former PGA Tour Pro residency is not Monroe Golf required. For Club in Pittsmore information, email presford, N.Y., a suburb of his lunches. Prior to his leadership at ident Robert Hill at rhill@ hometown, Rochester. AlSunriver, Ellender spent 12 or go to www. though Ellender started as director of golf operations, years, including several as Remember he steadily moved up within director of golf operations, at that the annual pass rates in the organization, ultimately the famed Pinehurst Resort 2014 will be held at the same managing hotel and lodge in Pinehurst, N.C., site of level as in 2013, thanks to the operations in addition to golf. many U.S. Opens. During Resort. Much appreciated. Ellender was a friend of the Ellender’s tenure there, Payne Paul J. Grieco is Secretary of SRMGC who cooperated Stewart won his legendary last major title in 1999 (just four the Sunriver Men’s Golf Club with us in many ways to make our golfing experience more months prior to his tragic and may be reached at pjg3sr@ enjoyable, including allowing death), where he memorably

Sunriver firefighters accepting pledges for leukemia fundrasier Imagine climbing 69 flights of stairs (that’s 1,311 steps) with more than 750 feet in elevation gain as fast as you can. Now, imagine doing it in firefighter turnouts — the yellow, heavy, fire resistant jacket and pants firefighters wear — coupled with the large boots,

a heavy steel air tank, helmet and mask. On March 9, seven Sunriver firefighters are going to do exactly that. In support of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, the firefighters will participate in the 23rd annual Scott Firefighter Stair Climb to be held in

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Masters swim lessons available at SHARC By Jennifer Engel, Masters swim coach SROA’s Recreation Department began offering Masters Swimming sessions in 2013. I had already started planning for SHARC Masters Swimming nine months before the first practice was offered on June 17. A Masters swimmer vacationing from Marin, Calif., discovered practice was going on at the North Pool. He trusted me, the “vacation coach,” to help him figure out the butterfly stroke. As he gulped for air, not used to working out at 4,190 feet, we incrementally pieced together the stroke, providing him with greater efficiency, endurance and enjoyment. As he exited the pool he said, with a smile, “That was definitely worth the money.” I was certain he could do it and delighted in being able to encourage small adjustments that made big differences in his swim technique, as well as his confidence. I couldn’t have been more satisfied as a coach as it sealed my enthusiasm for helping people accomplish their goals in the water. Another powerful day was when a swimmer came to practice on crutches. She had lost one of her legs years ago after she was hit by a streetcar in

Munich. She participated in the entire workout with the best attitude and her best effort. She swam hard for an hour while we discussed what was working well and what she needed to continue working on when she got home. Inspiration goes several ways between the coach and a swimmer. I get pumped up when adults are willing to try something new and keep at it through the learning process. The journey has always been just as important to me as the outcome is for them. Jason Leistad, a local, approached me and said he was interested in Masters Swimming but thought it seemed too intimidating. I assured him we’d take it at his pace and that I was committed to providing an organized and creative swim program to newcomers and experienced alike. Leistad has been coming to practice for seven months and is becoming a stronger swimmer weekly. He is especially interested in open water swim. “Jennifer has reignited my passion for being in the water. I can’t believe how much I’ve learned over the last few months. Although the workouts are a good challenge, she always makes it fun,” Leistad said.

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A few goals as your Masters swim coach: • To see adults enjoy the benefits of exercising in the water year round. • To create a SHARC Masters swim team. • Swimmers participating in open water swimming events and practices. To have people who want to be in the water allow me to be part of their goals, fears and dreams as a coach is truly is a privilege. Thank you for coming to Sunriver’s Masters Swimming practices, whether you’re here for a few days or the year. Jennifer Engel is a Level 3 Masters Swimming coach who teaches at SHARC.

Sunriver will get new streetlights under an outdoor lighting service agreement between Midstate Electric Cooperative and Sunriver Owners Association. On Dec. 21, the SROA Board of Directors approved signing an agreement which will result in the replacement of 320 streetlights in Sunriver with new lights and poles over a period of 10 years. Midstate Electric will replace the lights and maintain them. Approximately 38 light poles are slated to be replaced in 2014, according to Hugh Palcic, SROA general manager. In ensuing years, Midstate will replace groups of light poles based on the utility’s determination of which poles are most in need of replacement. Existing wooden street light poles are reaching their life expectancy. Constructed of composite materials, the new poles are said to be virtually maintenance free, tolerant of environmental extremes and available in a range of colors. Electrical wiring runs up the center of the pole for an uncluttered installation. The new light poles will have the same cobra-shaped downward facing light shield currently in use. The poles serve double duty as places to post street signs. The financial impact to SROA is an increase from $9.50 to 14.50 per month per pole. Costs were calculated into SROA’s 2014 budget and include pole retrofits, electrical service and fixture maintenance.

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public perceptions of the fire department. -The department is willing to host a CPR class for service district and SROA board members. -Chief Hatch met with Pinnacle Architecture regarding ideas to scale back the remodel and expansion plans for the fire department building. The goal is to create enough room

to house the police and fire departments in the building. The meeting adjourned at 4:29 p.m. to executive session to discuss litigation and an employee matter. The next regular meeting of the Sunriver Service District Managing Board is scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 16, 3 p.m. in the Sunriver Fire Station training room, 57475 Abbot Drive. Approved meeting minutes are posted, as available, at www.

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Preparing your car for safe winter driving – and the unexpected From Sunriver Scene news sources “Whether you’re expecting cooler temperatures, snow, rain or simply a little less sunshine, regular maintenance and seasonal checkups can help prevent unexpected repair costs in the future,” said John Nielsen, director of the American Automobile Association’s engineering and repair division. “Properly preparing your vehicle for the next season of driving is essential for the safety of all passengers and will greatly decrease the chances of your vehicle letting you down.” AAA recommends that motorists use a simple checklist to determine their vehicle’s winter maintenance needs. Many of the items on the list can be inspected by a car owner in less than an hour, but others should be performed by a certified technician. Battery and charging system Have the battery and charging system tested by a trained technician. A fully charged battery in good condition is required to start an engine in cold weather. Battery cables and terminals Make sure the battery terminals and

cable ends are free from corrosion and the connections are tight. Drive belts Inspect the underside of accessory drive belts for cracks or fraying. Many newer multi-rib “serpentine” belts are made of materials that do not show obvious signs of wear; replace these belts at 60,000-mile intervals. Engine hoses Inspect cooling system hoses for leaks, cracks or loose clamps. Also, squeeze the hoses and replace any that are brittle or excessively spongy feeling. Tire type and tread In areas with heavy winter weather, installing snow tires on all four wheels will provide the best winter traction. All-season tires work well in light-to -moderate snow conditions provided they have adequate tread depth. Replace any tire that has less than 3/32-inches of tread. Uneven tire wear can indicate alignment, wheel balance or suspension problems that must be addressed to prevent further tire damage. Tire pressure Check tire inflation pressure on all

four tires and the spare more frequently in fall and winter. As the average temperature drops, so will tire pressures – typically by one PSI for every 10 degrees Fahrenheit. The proper tire pressure levels can be found in the owner’s manual or on a sticker typically located on the driver’s side door jamb. Air filter Check the engine air filter by holding

it up to a 60-watt light bulb. If light can be seen through much of the filter, it is still clean enough to work effectively. However, if light is blocked by most of the filter, replace it. Coolant levels Check the coolant level in the overflow tank when the engine is cold. If the level is low, add a 50/50 solution Turn to Driving, page 37

Asia Watch: Unrest in China, part II: Tibet in the news of economic development, like By Michael J. Ranieri There was another self-im- boosting tourism at sacred momolation in China in Novem- nastic sites and building luxury ber. This time it had nothing hotels, while exerting political to do with the Uiand religious represghur ethnic minorsion in Tibet is not ity, which I wrote working. about in last month’s The conflict becolumn. It was a tween the Tibetan Tibetan monk who people and the maset himself on fire in jority Han Chinese Guolou, a Tibetan government in Beiarea in northwest- Michael Ranieri jing has been going on for a long ern China’s Qinghai province. This latest incident time. To those in the Chinese highlights the difficulties Bei- Communist Party, there is no jing faces in maintaining its controversy. Tibet became part of China ethnic policies. More than 120 Tibetans have set themselves on a long time ago, during the eighteenth century. In 1950, fire since 2009. It is sad to say but these the People’s Liberation Army violent, gut wrenching acts of (PLA) invaded Tibet, intent on defiance will not end any time taking back what they believed soon unless China moves to to be a rightful part of China. ease some of its most damaging They did not accept Tibet’s policies on Tibet. China’s policy independence which was recog-

nized by their rivals and China’s predecessor government, the Nationalists, in 1911. For much of the 1950s, and particularly the 1960s, Tibet was in chaos. The PLA, and later the Red Guards during the turbulent Cultural Revolution, destroyed countless temples. Tibet’s religion was attacked and the monasteries were emptied of monks, many of whom were slaughtered. At the same time, the Chinese began resettling thousands of Han Chinese in Tibet while pursuing mining and timber enterprises in this geographically isolated land about one third the size of the U.S. Tibet’s first roads were built during this period and, in general, the Chinese presence did increase living standards for many Tibetans. The Chinese authorities have

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always felt that economic development is the panacea for what ails the Tibetans, and in fact all of Chinese ethnic minorities in China. The Tibetans disagree and they are angry. They worry about their ancient cultural and religious traditions which they claim have been decimated by decades of oppressive rule, and are now in danger of extinction due to Han migration. Another sore point is Beijing’s deeply unpopular campaign to demonize the Dalai Lama, the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader, who continues to lead his people spiritually though he cannot return to Tibet. The Dalai Lama, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989, is an embarrassment to Beijing. The Dalai Lama and his followers, including the selfimmolators, would like to see genuine autonomy not independence for Tibet. They call this a “middle way,” which they claim does not conflict with China’s political system. China’s response is unwavering: this is not the way forward. According to China’s official news agency: “Only when people’s lives have been improved can they become a reliable basis for maintaining stability.” So when self-immolations take place the Chinese authorities, according to international rights advocates, respond with even harsher policies that punish the relatives of those who self-immolate and imprison those who disseminate news of the protests to the outside world. It is obvious that China’s policy toward Tibetans is inef-

fective. How might this conflict be resolved? One, Beijing should begin a dialogue with the Dalai Lama. He has condemned the selfimmolations, called for peace and has agreed to Chinese sovereignty so Beijing should accept the “middle way.” Two, Beijing and the Tibetans need to discuss the aging Dalai Lama’s reincarnation and how to go about naming a successor. Beijing has always stubbornly said that they alone should be in control of this process. The concern is that Tibetans may resort to more violent forms of protest when the 78-yearold’s calming presence is gone. Third, allow the Dalai Lama to return to Tibet. Fourth, stop the recriminations whenever the Dalai Lama travels abroad. In general, what is required is more empathy on the part of Chinese authorities. I’m not convinced that they have been willing to understand the Tibetans’ underlying grievances. There is certainly much to praise about China’s past economic performance for bringing prosperity to the world’s most populous country, but all is not well in many regions of this vast country and among its minorities. Sunriver resident Michael Ranieri lived in Taiwan, Bangkok and Hong Kong for 25 years while working in the banking industry. He holds a master’s degree in Chinese studies and speaks Mandarin.


Vacation Home Maintenance: Simple steps for happy pipes in freezing weather By Shannon Bassett Mother Nature really put us to the test in December. With record setting lows to -26 degrees and multiple days of hard freeze, Sunriver owners were reminded that winterizing their homes each fall is a task that is not to be overlooked. Combine the cold with a poorly winterized house and you have a recipe for disaster. When water turns to ice, it expands. Put a plastic bottle of water in the freezer and check it out when it is frozen. A pipe can break from the pressure of this expansion but you won’t know it until the water thaws and the pipe succumbs to the pressure of its normal water flow. Sunriver Owners Association sent out several alerts about the sub-zero temperatures that painted a rather frightening scenario and many owners took the advisories seriously. Local plumbers and disaster restoration companies were swamped

with phone calls. Water problems are not fun. What follows is a list of steps that can be taken to reduce the incidence of frozen pipes. Whether you do these yourself, contract with a property management or home maintenance service provider or rely on your next door neighbor, all are strongly advised preventive actions that should be taken prior to winter. Close foundation vents A homeowner recently asked, “What is a foundation vent?” Found on the foundation walls, they are screened openings which allow crawl-space airflow access, important in the hot and dry summer climate but in the winter, if foundation vents are not blocked (simple foam blocks are made for this purpose), the frigidly cold air can get into the crawl space around water pipes which often run through the crawl space. If you have the vents open and lower your house thermostat, pipes

in your crawl space will usually freeze when the temperatures dip. At Home Fridays we close all the foundation vents in the late fall and open them back up in the summer. Remove hoses from spigots Most outdoor spigots have a shut off valve that stops the water in a heated area behind the spigot. This allows the pipe to empty in the distance that is sheltered from the cold. A hose left on an outside faucet or a garage faucet will not allow that segment of pipe to empty and can cause a break in the pipe. This is a very commonly neglected task. Our crews remove the hoses and place insulated covers on all the hose bibs. Even protected spigots benefit from a $3 foam cover. It reminds anyone filling the spa to remove the hose. We have learned that it deters critters from turning on the spigots - we have had some ingenious raccoons that figure out how to turn on the faucet for the occasional wintertime


it from freezing. Brakes If there is any indication of a brake problem, have the system inspected by a certified technician to ensure all components are in good working order. Fluids Check all fluids to ensure they are at or above the minimum safe levels. Emergency road kit Carry an emergency kit equipped for winter weather. The kit should include: • Mobile phone, pre-programmed with rescue apps and important phone numbers including family and emergency services, and car charger • Drinking water • First aid kit • Non-perishable snacks for both human and pet passengers • Bag of abrasive material (sand, salt, cat litter) or traction mats • Snow shovel

• Blankets • Extra warm clothing (gloves, hats, scarves) • Flashlight / extra batteries • Windshield washer fluid • Ice scraper with brush • Cloth or roll of paper towels • Jumper cables • Warning flares or triangles • Basic toolkit (screwdrivers, pliers, adjustable wrench) Android and iPhone users can download AAA Mobile, the mobile smartphone app that provides AAA services for all motorists, such as mapping and gas price comparison. AAA membership is not required to download and use AAA apps, but is necessary to take advantage of unique member benefits such as roadside assistance. For more information on AAA Mobile, visit

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of coolant and water to maintain the necessary antifreeze capability. Test the antifreeze protection level annually with an inexpensive tester available at any auto parts store. Lights Check the operation of all headlights, taillights, brake lights, turn signals, emergency flashers and back-up lights. Replace any burned out bulbs. Wiper blades The blades should completely clear the glass with each swipe. Replace any blade that leaves streaks or misses spots. In areas with snow, consider installing winter wiper blades that wrap the blade frame in a rubber boot to reduce ice and snow buildup that can prevent good contact between the blade and the glass. Washer fluid Fill the windshield washer fluid reservoir with a winter cleaning solution that has antifreeze components to prevent

There are occasions when the Sunriver Owners Association sends out mass emails through our secure online database to inform members of important news and happenings in Sunriver. But we can only do this if you have registered on the SROA website and provide us with a current email address. It is also important to remember to update this information should you change your email address.

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tell that the pipes are frozen in the kitchen? And if you suspect a problem and you cannot run over to check it out yourself, who do you call? When you can’t be there, make sure you have someone who can. If you are out of the area, having a relationship with a local caretaker who checks your home regularly might cost a few dollars, but you cannot place a price on the assurance that your house is in good shape after a windstorm left a fallen tree on your steps and a tree removal company was on its way to remove it in compliance with SROA rules. Nor can you know how much money you saved when that caretaker found a slow leak around your washer intake valve and prevented a potential indoor geyser. One of our clients is still thanking us for literally running to her house after her son told her that he’d turned off the house heat after a weekend visit and the temperatures were in the teens! Shannon Bassett operates Home Fridays, a home management and concierge service to vacation homeowners. 541-3173088 or shannon@homefridays. com

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bath. Unfortunately, they don’t turn it off. They have to work pretty hard to get to the faucet through the foam cover. Turn up the thermostat inside the house If the outdoor temperatures dip into the frigid (below zero) zone, turn up the heat. I never let a house get below 55 degrees and will turn it up a notch or two if we expect prolonged arctic temperatures. I have a few homes that run different temperatures on each floor. Sometimes we need to frequently check the thermostats so no area is below 55 degrees. Open the cabinets and doors Identify all plumbing that is located in outside walls of your home. These are most likely the bathroom and kitchen plumbing. If those pipes do not have extra insulation around them, they are prone to freeze as the cold outside air seeps into the walls. Open all the doors of cabinets under the sinks to increase airflow and avoid any cold pockets. Make sure the room doors are open so you don’t have a cold area of the house. That bedroom you keep shut just might have the water lines running through the wall to the bathroom next door. Know your home A number of homes in Sunriver have architectural designs that are weaknesses in extreme cold, such as sinks on outside walls and dumbwaiters that funnel the cold garage air up into the house. Once the areas are identified as potential weak points, you can take extra steps to prevent issues. We have put small heaters next to sinks that have problems and left water dripping from faucets when an arctic freeze is expected. Establish a backup Cameras and alarms are great, but can you see water on the floor with the camera or Register/Sign Up on the Sunriver Owners Association website to... Receive SROA news alerts • Update your mailing address Pay maintenance dues • Check on weather/road conditions Contact a staff, board or committee member • Ask a question • Renew your SROA ID Read the Scene • Submit a classified ad • Read Sunriver’s Rules & Regulations Find a contractor • Learn about mountain pine beetle and noxious weeds Register for summer camp, swim and tennis lessons • Reserve a park Check the calendar for a meeting or event ... and much, much more!

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PLEASE MOVE woodpiles at least 20 feet away from your structure or to your farthest property line. NO permit is required to remove bitterbrush within 15 feet of your structure or to thin lodgepole seedlings (4 inches or less in diameter) to six to eight foot spacing on your property.

The SROA Homeowner ID office is located at SHARC Open daily 8 am to 5 pm • 541.585.3147 You can also renew your SROA homeowner ID card online at Renew current SROA ID cards (with bar code on the front) online by logging in and selecting Owner ID Card Renewal under the Online Office menu.

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commentary Mirror Pond – An icon or a mud puddle? Gerald Hubbard, Deschutes River Recreation Homesites The Upper Deschutes River is, in part, a Wild and Scenic River and residents and visitors to the greater Bend area enjoy its beauty and many uses of the river. Once the river reaches Bend it turns into a wide, shallow, warm body of water resting behind a tiny Pacific Power dam. The Mirror Pond dam and associated powerhouse generates about one megawatt of electricity, enough to power perhaps 500 homes. By comparison, the PGE power plant in Boardman produces 550 megawatts of power. The new mini-power generating plant on the irrigation canal north of Bend produces 3 megawatts of power, enough to power 2,100 homes. Another mini-plant is under consideration for Wickiup Dam, which would generate power for more than 2,000 homes. Instead of water going through a spillway, the water would be diverted to turn a turbine, generating electricity. The new generating plants do not create silt beds or impede the passage of trout and salmon. The amount of power gen-

erated by Mirror Pond dam compared to newer generating plants does not warrant its continued use. Dams are being removed throughout the western United States to allow rivers to return to their natural state and permit fish to migrate to their original spawning grounds. What were good ideas 60-100 years ago does not mean the resulting impacts are viable today and should be continued just because they exist. There are many logical reasons for removing Mirror Pond dam including: • Eliminating the cost of dredging the pond. • Creating a new and unique “wild” river in downtown Bend. • Providing fish with cold, clean oxygen-rich water vs. the shallow reservoir behind the dam with its warm water which impacts fish. Mirror Pond’s dam should be removed and the Deschutes River returned to a natural free flowing river with riparian zones and habitat for wild, native redband trout. The restoration project would include creating a natural landscape which would be advantageous to the residents living next to

Mirror Pond. A free flowing Deschutes River will allow new recreational activities in downtown Bend such as: • World class kayaking events. • New rafting routes for commercial and personal uses. • Underwater viewing of fish and other wildlife viewing.

Some owners never use SHARC

Ken Virgin, Sunriver and West Linn I just read the December issue and Howard Permut’s letter sparked my interest. Howard found it hard to believe the average owner only uses the SHARC four times per year. I am a part time resident who does not rent out my home. My family has never used the SHARC. We have visited to look it over but find the crowds overwhelming. My in laws also own (over 25 years) and never use the facility. I voted for the facility to help bring Sunriver back to a destination resort for visitors. Many owners have private pools and never use the SHARC. I would suggest the biggest benefit the SHARC brought to owners goes to those who rent. Perhaps only owners should have access unless a day pass is purchased

From the editor’s desk: The notification conundrum By Brooke Snavely

Ever hear the saying “Damned if you do, damned if you don’t”? We here in the SROA Communications Department were feeling a bit flummoxed after trying to notify Sunriver homeowners of the hazards posed by sub-zero temperatures in early December. We sent three email blasts over the course of three days to owners registered on the SROA website. The first, sent Sunday, Dec. 8 read as follows: “Just a quick note to warn Sunriver property owners especially non-residents or those away from Sunriver - that temperatures dropped to more than 20 degrees below zero this morning. At 1:30 p.m. it is only 14 above. “Be sure to have someone check your home for frozen pipes so that if there is a problem, your water can be turned

off at the main until your pipes can be thawed. Otherwise, broken pipes could lead to a real mess as weather is forecast to warm up to the high 30s later this week.” We got a lot of responses to that email, mostly from owners asking SROA to please go check their home. Well, that’s a problem. People don’t give SROA the keys to their home. SROA maintains the roads, pathways, pools, parks, tennis courts and common areas, but doesn’t maintain privately owned homes or condos. That is each property owners’ responsibility. The idea that so many owners thought we could just run out and check their home was troubling. We referred dozens of people to caretaker/ security and property management services. Simultaneously, several SROA staff members were dealing with failed heaters and frozen water pipes at their own homes. Murphy’s Law about anything that can go wrong will go wrong was in play. We became increasingly concerned about bad things happening to unoccupied homes owned by


• Greatly improved trout fishing in downtown Bend. • Educational opportunities for school children in downtown vs. busing to remote areas. • New river walks connecting Bend’s river walk trail system. • Reduction of goose droppings in the parks. Replacing the pond with a

folks who perhaps didn’t realize how much havoc bitter cold can wreak on a home. Thus the second email blast, sent Tuesday, Dec. 10, read: “Hi Folks, It’s the Ice Queen here getting back to you with an update on the impact of our minus 20 degrees temperatures Sunday morning. “If you’re a non-resident owner or away from Sunriver and you chose to ignore our previous warnings about the potential for frozen pipes at your Sunriver home, here’s a reality check for you: The Sunriver water utility called us this morning to report that in the past 24 hours they have turned off the water at the main for well over a hundred homes with burst pipes! “It’s warming up now and those frozen pipes are thawing. Pressurized water is spewing into walls, ceilings and crawl spaces, under sinks and behind tubs, showers and washing machines. It’s flooding second story rooms and running down stairways. It’s seeping out from under entry doors and spilling from porches. We don’t want this to be what awaits you at

for renters/guests. Howard said his renters used about 120 visits for $2,000. I’d say that seems to be a pretty good value compared to zero use for $50. I’m also unaware of any requirement for renters to include the SHARC as part of a stay in Sunriver. Renters could always rebate the $25 daily rate, but that would have cost Howard $3,000. I applaud SROA for doing their due diligence. Howard’s got one thing right; having one group of owners pay an unequal amount to subsidize other owners will lead to divisions. Editor’s note: SROA members are not required to purchase a $50 annual ID card, it is optional. If they do not use SHARC, the North Pool or the tennis courts, their “zero use” will cost them nothing.

your home. “SROA is not able to conduct property checks for 4,200 properties. The following local businesses provide home security services. We are aware of them through various sources, but listing them here does not in any way imply endorsement or recommendation by SROA. If you are unable to ask a friend or neighbor to check your home or do not contract with a property management company, you may want to contact one of them. “We hope that all is well at your Sunriver home.” This email triggered a flood of responses, from labeling our email “unacceptable,” to questioning whether the bleak scenario presented was a lie. (I guess the story on page one answers that question.) Most owners just wanted to express their thanks for the heads up and list of resources. After hearing from the Sunriver Water Company, LLC, we sent a third email Dec. 10. “A correction to our previous e-mail: The water company has shut off water to more than 100 homes with FROZEN

natural flowing river will have a positive impact on Bend and Deschutes County’s economy. A vibrant Deschutes River flowing through the largest city in Central Oregon will be a great attraction for locals and visitors.

Opinion Policy To support a free and open exchange of information and ideas, the Sunriver Scene welcomes letters to the editor up to 250 words, and Chorus of One submissions up to 450 words, on topics of relevance to Sunriver. All letters are subject to editing for brevity, grammar, clarity, civility and legal concerns. Opinions expressed are those of the writer and do not necessarily represent the Sunriver Owners Association. Letters to the editor must be signed and include contact information which we may use to verify authorship or clarify questions. Letters will run as space allows. Letters of a personal nature or attacks on individuals will not be published. Letters perceived as advertising for a company, product or a candidate will not be published. How to submit: Email brookes@ Write the letter in the body of the email, or attach it as a Word document. Mail typewritten letters to Sunriver Scene, P.O. Box 3278, Sunriver, OR 97707. Deadline: The 15th of the month (e.g. June 15 for July issue). We accept one letter per person per month.

pipes. They are not aware that pipes have burst at more than a handful of homes. This does not lessen the gravity of the situation for homes that have not been checked.” Even as I write this two weeks after the cold snap, we do not know, and may never know, how many homes were damaged or to what extent. That’s because the homes are privately owned and interior work does not require a permit unless the repairs change the exterior appearance or footprint of the home. We heard through various channels of at least eight homes that sustained damage. We were able to interview a homeowner who dealt with frozen and burst water pipes in a previous winter. She shared her story as a cautionary tale. See the story on page 1. The bottom line is SROA does not want anyone’s home in jeapardy. Frozen and burst pipes and ensuing flood damage are preventable. Because so many Sunriver owners live elsewhere, we were compelled to notify homeowners of the potential for problems and to motivate them to check on their homes. Page 39

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10 Sparks Lane $439,900 4 bedroom 2.5 baths 2,385 sf. Open, bright great room plan with lava rock fireplace.. Decks on two levels. Ample driveway parking. Peek-a-boo of Mt. Bachelor. Near river & SHARC.

9 Puma Lane $519,000 Location, Location, Location- a 10 for convenience. Close to SHARC, Sunriver Village. Great floor-plan w/ most living space on the main level. Updated kitchen w/stainless appliances. Almost $50,000 gross a year in rent. Furnished & turnkey. Kelly Winch 541.390.0398


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Sunriver Scene January 2014 issue. Published by the Sunriver Owners Association

January 2014 sunriver scene  

Sunriver Scene January 2014 issue. Published by the Sunriver Owners Association