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october • 2012
volume xxxVIII • Number 10
SHARC, a season of learning By Bill Peck, SROA General Manager We said that 2012 would be a learning year for Sunriver Homeowners Aquatic & Recreation Center (SHARC) operations, budget forecasting and attendance. While I believe we can say unequivocally that our first summer of operation was a huge success in terms of the overall positive response, we learned a lot about SHARC’s strengths and weaknesses. To help us learn, we have tracked all comments and suggestions received from owners and visitors in addition to staff observations. The following summarizes what we learned since SHARC opened in April. Statistics 228,360 visitors to SHARC as of Sept. 5, 2012: • 72 percent were overnight visitors (vacationers staying in a rented home or lodging unit) • 23 percent were owner related (owners, extended family, guest passes and owner guests) • 5 percent were paid admittance at the gate • 1,131 was the June average daily attendance • 2,731 was the July average daily attendance • 2,728 was the August average daily attendance • June had 4 days with more than 2,000 visitors (2,423 on June 16 was the biggest day) • July had 9 days with more than 3,000 visitors (3,715 on July 6 was the biggest day) • August had 10 days with more than 3,000 visitors (3,515 on Aug. 6 was the biggest day) 20,674 visitors to the North Pool as of Sept. 5, 2012: • 78 percent were overnight visitors • 17 percent were owner related • 5 percent were paid admittance at the gate Turn to SHARC, page 3 SUNRIVER SCENE SUNRIVER OWNERS ASSN. VOLUME XXXVIII • NUMBER 10 P.O. BOX 3278 SUNRIVER, OR 97707
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A lone tube floats along the lazy river and through rising steam during a cool morning at SHARC. Warm pool water mixed with cold air temps created the effect.
Wildlife passages under Highway 97 to receive first test as fall migrations begin By Brooke Snavely Question: Why did the deer cross under Highway 97? Answer: Because that’s the way the state made them go. Two wildlife underpasses were constructed as part of the Highway 97 Lava Butte to South Century Drive project. The underpasses, eight miles of fence and six electrified cattle guards designed to restore migration routes while keeping animals out of harm’s way, will get their first test during this fall’s deer and elk migration. The migration typically occurs in October and November. “The fence will be a huge surprise because they’ve never seen it before,” said Simon Wray, Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife conservation biologist for the high desert region. “They’ll go north or south along the fence until encountering an underpass. So far the deer seem pretty accepting and we anticipate
By Susan Berger and Brooke Snavely If you attended the SROA annual meeting in August, you got a sneak peek at the Sunriver Infrastructure & Amenities Master Plan (IAMP). Created by MacKay & Sposito, land development consultants with offices in Bend, the IAMP is a conceptual plan that combined years of owner surveys and input as well as the 2009 JT Atkins Amenities Plan. Additional research was conducted along with stakeholder interviews in developing the new Sunriver Infrastructure & Amenities Master Plan. The IAMP represents the third leg of Sunriver’s “stool” as it has often been referred to. Each leg of the stool represents a component to ensure Sunriver remains a “premier residential and resort Turn to Amenities, page 12
Music Festival considers economic impact study
increased use through time.” The deer fence is eight feet high, constructed of woven wire with reinforcement along the ground to discourage animals from pushing or digging underneath it. Colored black to blend with the surrounding vegetation and located about 50 feet off the highway, the fence is barely visible to passing motorists. What can be seen are solar powered
It is time for the arts community to start demonstrating its value. Doing so will put artistic organizations in a position of partnering with for-profit companies in mutual efforts to improve communities. George Hanson, artistic director and conductor of the Sunriver Music Festival, made such comments to the Bend and Sunriver Rotary clubs on the eve of this summer’s festival. When he hired on with the festival in Oct. 2011, Hanson said he saw “enormous potential” for Sunriver. Now he’s championing the idea of having an economic impact study of the Sunriver Music Festival to prove its value. “In the past, businesses viewed their philanthropic activities as giving to non-profits worthy of support. That’s
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3,500 tennis court reservations: • 49 percent were owners and guests • 38 percent were overnight visitors • 13 percent were from tournaments, clinics and camps • 8 major tournaments were held Recreation Department revenues: • 54 percent came from recreation access agreements with property management companies and the Resort (indirectly from vacationers). • 15 percent came from gate fees • 15 percent came from owner related fees • 16 percent came from program revenue and misc income • 0 percent came from owners’ monthly maintenance assessments (dues) What we have learned – SHARC strengths Overall positive rating by owners/visitors: • Unique and varying aquatic offerings in five separate and distinct bodies of water plus the spray pad and sand play area • Exceptional water quality • Extended outdoor aquatic season (through September) • Year-round facility including indoor pool and outdoor spa • Maintenance personnel • Customer service representatives (front desk staff) • Owner only facilities (liv-
ing room, fitness facility and meeting rooms) • Amphitheater concerts • Tubing hill • Park, picnic pavilion and playground SHARC weaknesses • Insufficient parking during busy times • Insufficient shade structures in sunbathing areas • Insufficient number of lounge chairs during busy times • Insufficient number of tubes for water slide and lazy river during busy times • Slow food and beverage service during busy times (Riptide Cafe)
• Insufficient dining facilities (tables and chairs) during busy times • Food and beverages not allowed in pool area • Outside food and beverages not allowed in dining area or during concerts in amphitheater • Too few visible clocks • Dedicated lap lane wanted throughout the day Our ultimate goal is to utilize the information received and learned over the course of this first year to improve the SHARC experience and all of SROA’s recreational facilities. That said, we did address some concerns as they were realized. For example, we added
more than 150 additional lounge chairs, doubled the number of water slide tubes and assisted the concessionaire (Riptide Cafe) in an effort to immediately satisfy these areas of concern. We are cognizant of the fact that there is still more to do and learn, and we ask for your assistance. Starting Oct. 1 we will have a link to a SHARC survey on the SROA website. We hope you will take a few minutes to help us better understand how we can improve upon the overall guest experience. We believe this is a fabulous facility and with your input we can make it even better.
Owners, public wanted for survey to test SHARC waters Sunriver Owners Association (SROA) is seeking input from people who visited the Sunriver Homeowners Aquatic & Recreation Center (SHARC) this summer. The facility celebrated its grand opening on Memorial Day weekend and its indoor and outdoor aquatic features and tubing hill were open to homeowners, Sunriver vacationers and the general public seven days a week throughout the summer. As with any new endeavor, these first few months were not without operational challenges and the association regarded this time as a learning experience. According to association assistant general manager, Hugh Palcic, “We hope that the online survey will provide us with valuable data and user
observations that will assist us in evaluating and adjusting SHARC’s high season operations plan. We encourage all SHARC users to participate in this effort to make their experience at SHARC even better in 2013.” The survey encompasses all facets of the facility, grounds and operations and will play a key role in identifying and addressing areas of concern. Questions range from grading the current features and policies to seeking suggestions as to what visitors to the site would like to see and experience in the future. And while this survey will prove an important component to assessing SHARC, it is far from the only means to be employed. Staff and volunteers have been gathering and
categorizing guest comments and suggestions all throughout the summer. “Our entire staff and leadership team have reviewed the comments we collected this summer and we’re already at work implementing suggested changes where possible,” added Palcic. The timing of this survey, coupled with the staff post Labor Day review, works extremely well, as SROA embarks on their annual budget development for the following year. Starting Oct. 1, anyone interested in assisting SROA evaluate and improve the SHARC facility and operations is directed to www.sunriverowners. org>SHARC to link to the survey or via the rotating alert near the top of every page.
Hola! closing for the season
Hola! Restaurant, located near the Sunriver marina off River Road is closing for the season starting Oct. 14. Offering nouveau MexicanPeruvian cuisine, the restaurant and its catering services will remain available for private parties and events. Hola! will reopen in March. For information about catering services, contact Rob at 541-678-3720 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Flu shot clinic open to the general public The public is invited to a Healthwise flu shot clinic Monday, Oct. 15, 8-10 a.m. in the board room at the SROA administration building, 57455 Abbot Drive in Sunriver. Please call 541-593-2411 by Oct. 14 to sign up. The $25 shots are for people ages 9 and older. Insurance billing will be available to Medicare, Pacific Source, ODS and Regence Blue Cross Blue Shield members. Please enter the clinic through the board meeting room doorway on the north end of the building. Healthwise donates part of flu shot clinic proceeds to Healthy Beginnings which provides free early childhood health and development screenings for Deschutes County children birth through five years old. Information: 541-593-2411.
2013 Sunriver Resident Directory Update* Now is the time send in or update your information for the 2013 Sunriver, Caldera Springs & Crosswater Resident Directory • New to Sunriver, Crosswater or Caldera Springs? • Mailing address change? • New phone number? • New email address? • New family member?
Changes due O C tO b e r 5 Use the form at right, from a current directory, download it from www.sunriverowners.org or pick one up at the SROA office at 57455 Abbot Drive Mail changes to: SROA Directory PO Box 3278 Sunriver, OR 97707 or drop by the office SUNRIVER SCENE • OCTOBER 2012
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Dizziness, balance presentation at SHARC
The Village at Sunriver has changed the date of its Halloween festivities. This year the event will be 2-6 p.m. Saturday, Oct 27 as opposed to its traditional time on Halloween night. “With Halloween night always rotating and usually on a weeknight, we wanted to lock in an annual date that people can count on,” said Ryan Smith, event organizer. “There will still be fun games, haunted activities and, of course, trick or treating from the village merchants.” The Village at Sunriver will host family games, costume contests for all age groups (including pets), and the Sunriver Chamber of Commerce pumpkin decorating contest. This year marks the return of a haunted house in the village, which will take place in building 7 in the new offices of Prudential Northwest and Discover Sunriver. “If you’re not too scared, you can take a haunted train ride through the village if weather permits,” Smith said. In f o r m a t i o n : 541-633-9600 or email Ryan@ alpine-entertain ment.com
When Stuart Johnson hears someone mention that he or she is dizzy, his ears prick up. Johnson is a physical therapist at Rebound Physical Therapy specializing in treating dizziness and balance disorders. On Tuesday, Oct. 9 at 7 p.m. he will be delivering a presentation to the Sunriver community on “Improving Problems with Dizziness and Balance.” The discussion, which is free and open to the public, will be held in Dillon Hall at SHARC. Vertigo (a false sense of movement), motion sickness and imbalance have many possible causes, some of which respond quickly to rehabilitation. “The balance system of the body uses information from three sources: vision, the inner ear, and sensation throughout the body,” Johnson said. “When that information conflicts or when the brain interprets it incorrectly, dizziness, nausea
Stuart Johnson, PT, works with a patient to improve balance and decrease dizziness.
and loss of balance result. These kinds of errors happen to people all the time, and can be incredibly disturbing.” Benign positional vertigo is one common inner ear problem that is very responsive to treatment. Johnson says,
“Nearly one in 10 people over 75 have benign positional vertigo, which causes brief intense spinning after moving the head. This condition can be fully resolved with one or two treatments.” We may expect our balance to worsen over time, but according to Johnson, declining balance shouldn’t be dismissed as a normal part of aging: “Balance is like any other athletic skill. Regardless of your ability, if you practice you will get better at it. If you don’t challenge yourself from time to time, your balance will get worse. Everyone can work to have better balance.” Johnson is certified in vestibular rehabilitation by the American Physical Therapy Association and Emory University. For more information, call Rebound Physical Therapy at 541-382-7875.
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OctOber Schedule (weather dependent) Facility Hours: 6am-8pm Mon-Sat; 6am-6pm Sun Outdoor Pool: Through Sept. 30 Open Swim: 12-5pm Sat-Sun Indoor Pool: Through October Lap Swim: 6-10am & 6-7:30pm Mon-Thu 6-10am Fri-Sun Open Swim: 10am-7:30pm Mon-Sat 10am-5:30pm Sun Tubing Hill Through Sept 30: 1-5pm Fri; 11am-4pm Sat-Sun Oct. 1-31: 11am-4pm Sat-Sun Admission rates FREE for owners with 2012 SROA ID, owner guest passes, participating IRAP or recreation access members. Guests accompanied by SROA card-holding owner/member (up to 4 guests per owner): • Adult $12 aquatics & tubing • Adult $15 aquatics, fitness & tubing • Child (4-17) $10 aquatics & tubing General public admission (aquatics & tubing): • Adult $18 • Child (4-17) or senior 60+ $15 • 2-4-1 Student Sundays. Students ages 4-17… bring a classmate and split the $15 admission fee. For more information, contact the SROA Recreation Department at 541-585-5000
Sunriver to star in TV show In July, NBC’s “Great Getaways” brought host/producer Dave Mulligan and his family to Central Oregon to experience the area’s summer adventures. From the Dutch Oven Cook-off at La Pine Frontier Days to putting on the new greens at Crosswater and indulging in water escapades at SHARC, the Mulligans traveled throughout Central Oregon to taste, experience and film summer fun in Oregon’s high desert. “Great Getaways” is a 30-minute, high definition episode promoting Central Oregon as a year-round vaca-
tion destination. It will air in November 2012 and May 2013 on KNTV, the NBC affiliate in the San Francisco Bay Area, one of Central Oregon’s primary target markets for tourism. SHARC hosts South County Community Health Expo Residents from Sunriver, La Pine and all of South County are invited to SHARC Wednesday, Oct. 3, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. for a community health expo. More than 20 local health agencies and organizations will be on hand to provide information, screening, demonstrations and other assistance in the areas of assisted living, home
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Open house, ribbon cutting Discover Sunriver Vacation Rentals and Prudential Northwest Properties have vacated their former home (now torn down) and moved to the brand new building 7 in The Village at Sunriver. The public is invited to join in the celebration of the move at the Discover Sunriver Vacation Rentals and Turn to Chamber, page 5
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health services, hospice, foot care, insurance and financial resources, chiropractic, natural foods, cardiac and stroke care, and arthritis, to name a few. Partners in Care will offer flu shots for $30 each (some insurances can be billed). Door prizes, provided by the participating organizations, will be raffled off throughout the day. Entrance to the health expo is free and there is no charge to participate in the raffle. The event is being sponsored by the Sunriver Area and La Pine Chambers of Commerce in cooperation with SHARC and Right at Home.
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SCENE OCTOBER 2012 Volume XXXVIII, No. 10 57455 Abbot Drive P.O. Box 3278 Sunriver, OR 97707 The SUNRIVER SCENE is the official monthly publication of the Sunriver Owners Association, a not-for-profit Oregon corporation dedicated to providing for the maintenance, protection and enhancement of property values, and the quality of life in Sunriver. The SCENE is mailed monthly to all Sunriver property owners and available for free at locations throughout Sunriver.
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Project updates BendBroadband upgrading local cable TV system In August, BendBroadband purchased the Chambers Cable system that serves Sunriver, Caldera Springs, Crosswater, Vandervert Ranch, Spring River and DRRH. The company said it improved customer support response times. Wait times for new service installations and home service visits to fix technical problems were reduced to one day. Some equipment was upgraded resulting in improved Internet connection speeds and better quality video in some areas. Over the next two months, the Chambers Cable billing system will convert to BendBroadband’s billing system. A “How to Read My Statement” notice will be included with the first BendBroadband bill. It will soon be possible to pay the cable bill via the BendBroadband website. In October, BendBroadband will design and plan the rollout of “all digital” cable TV service. Starting in November and continuing through spring 2013, customers will be migrated to all digital cable TV service. This will require certifying cable signal quality in each house and installing digital set top boxes on each TV. At that time, the company will
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Prudential Northwest Properties open house and chamber ribbon cutting ceremony Tuesday, Oct. 2, 4:30-6:30 p.m. Take a tour, chat with staff, enter the door prize drawing and enjoy appetizers and beverages. This celebration is free and open to the public. Information: 541-593-1234. October after hours Grab your growler and meander on over to the Sunriver Brewing Company for October’s Chamber After Hours. Sunriver’s new brewhouse has been a huge success since it opened in July and you won’t want to miss this chance to taste its craft beers and sample menu items made from natural and organic products. Meet the owners, Marc and Brian Cameron, Ryan Dudley and the rest of the brewhouse’s friendly staff. Good food, good drink, door prize drawings and great networking with friends and business acquaintances will be part of the festivities. Tuesday, Oct. 16, 5-7 p.m. in building 4 in The Village at Sunriver. Free and open to the public. Information: 541-593-8149.
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would cease injecting water, reduce wellhead pressure and backflow the well should seismic events large enough to be felt on the surface occur. Filling of the reservoirs and flow testing of the original well should occur shortly after stimulation. Plans are to drill two production wells into the underground reservoirs next summer, flow test them to measure the capacity of the enhanced geothermal system, and design a power plant capable of converting the captured heat into electricity.
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discuss service options, including faster Internet connections and phone service, with each customer. Information: www.Bend Broadband.com/Sunriver. Geothermal power project Installation of 22 microseismic arrays above and below ground is complete and tests of the monitoring system were conducted. Davenport Newberry Holdings LLC and AltaRock Energy Inc. are proceeding with phase two of the enhanced geothermal system project — well stimulation. In October, up to 24 million of gallons of water will be injected down an 11,000 foot deep well on leased land west of the Newberry National Volcanic Monument where the companies intend to create a series of underground reservoirs in 600 degree rocks through a process known as hydroshearing. The goal is to create networks of tiny cracks through which water can flow and absorb the heat of the surrounding rocks. Hydroshearing is different than hydrofracturing, also known as “fracking,” in which large openings are created through which minerals or fluids can be extracted. Project operators said they
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Construction of a power plant is a separate phase of the project that will require additional environmental reviews, a new permit and additional public comment. Information: www.newberry geothermal.com
Village at Sunriver redevelopment continues One building will be torn down, a new building will be constructed and the parking lot along the east side of The Village at Sunriver will be extended. The building that sits in front of the Country Store, building 2, will be demolished in October. There are no plans for another building to be built in its place. “The new building 6, which will be located between the new building 7 and building 5, has a square footage of 6,875 with the potential for six new tenants. Village officials said building 6 should be completed next spring or summer. “Along with the construction we will be completing the parking lot in front of building 7, Discover Sunriver and Village Bar & Grill. We will be adding parking spaces and providing a safer, more congruent parking lot with what we have previously developed,” said Denease Schiffman, operations manager for The Village at Sunriver. Information: 541-593-8704, www.villageatsunriver.com Sunriver fall road construction on schedule On Sept. 12 crews began full depth reclamation of Abbot Drive between circles 3 Turn to Projects, page 7
Geothermal public meeting AltaRock Energy will host a public meeting Sept. 26, 6-8 p.m. at SHARC to discuss geothermal drilling activities south of Sunriver. AltaRock is set to begin the active phase of hydroshearing at the Newberry Geothermal demonstration project in early October to create geothermal reservoirs at the site just outside the Newberry Volcanic National Monument. This activity will be performed fol-
lowing procedures approved by regulatory bodies including the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, and reviewed by technical experts with the Department of Energy. This public outreach meeting will have a presentation on this phase of the project as well as an open forum to discuss questions and concerns from all interested parties. For more information, go to www.altarockenergy.com
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Grand Opening. You’re Invited. Hosted by Discover Sunriver Vacation Rentals and Prudential Northwest Properties Mark Oct 2nd on your calendar for the Discover Sunriver Vacation Rentals & Prudential Northwest Properties Open House and Chamber Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, in celebration of their move into the completely new building #7 in The Village at Sunriver! Get a tour, chat with their friendly staff, enter the door prize drawing, enjoy delicious appetizers and refreshing beverages! This celebration is free and open to the public! See you there! For more info, please call (541) 593-2482 or (541) 593-1234.
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Saturday, October 27th 2012 2:00-6:00pm Join the fun as Discover Sunriver and Prudential Northwest Properties host a Haunted Office Spooktacular this Halloween! Trick or Treat at the Sunriver Village Mall and stop by our Spooky Haunted Office for some candy, hot chocolate and cider. Come meet the ghouls and zombies that make renting, buying or selling haunted houses easy!
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changing. Now companies are focusing on particular causes — children, health, community needs, etc. — and support for the arts has shifted from charitable giving to public relations efforts. That’s okay if arts associations start thinking and acting differently.” Hanson said the economic impact calculator used by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce suggests that sporting events generate $3 for every dollar invested. By comparison artistic events generate $5-$6 for every dollar invested. Hanson hopes to arrange an economic impact study of the Sunriver Music Festival next year. “I’d like to see each dollar multiplied by five in Sunriver,” he said. “Attendees of sporting events tend to stay in motels and eat at Denny’s type restaurants.”
By comparison, Hanson said, another study estimated the “People who attend an artis- economic impact of the five arts tic event like Phantom of the associations in the Tucson area Opera tend to stay at high-end at $98 million. A City of Tucson study of fachotels, dine at more expensive tors that people restaurants and take into condo more shopsideration when ping.” deciding where The challenge is to retire found “nonprofits don’t health care the usually shell out first consider$2,000 to $5,000 ation, and arts for an economic and culture secimpact study.” He ond. said the Tucson When Hanson Symphony conwas conducting ducted its own George Hanson the Atlanta Symeconomic impact phony he said the study in cooperation with the University of Atlanta Journal ran a two-page Arizona and he hopes to make story on the impact of the Atlanta Braves baseball team. Six similar arrangements locally. Hanson recalled how a Tuc- weeks later the Journal gave son newspaper conducted an 8 inches of coverage to the value economic impact study of the of Atlanta’s arts community. It Tucson Gem Show, one of the had the same economic impact largest gem shows in the U.S., but got much less exposure. and estimated its impact at Turn to Study, page 21 $100 million. By comparison,
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and 4, and East Cascade Road between circles 4 and 11. Traffic was guided by pilot car through the work zones. A pulverizing machine, a water truck and a compactor worked simultaneously to grind the existing asphalt and road base
materials and compact it on site, creating a passable driving surface until new asphalt is laid in October. Paving will cause delays on Abbot Drive and East Cascade Road, and day-long closure of some lanes. Check www.sunriverowners.org for updated road construction schedules. Information: 541-593-2483.
Central Oregon Men’s Outreach and Sunriver Resort presents the second annual Teen Challenge Golf Tournament. Held Sept. 28 at The Meadows golf course, the four-man scramble format begins with a shotgun start at 10:30 a.m. Registration opens at 9:30. The cost is $125 per person or $500 for a foursome. There will be prizes for best score, longest drive and closest to the hole. There is also a putting contest and a $10,000 cash prize for a hole-in-one. For more information, contact Kim at 541-678-5272 or email kim.vanantwerp@ teenchallengepnw.com
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Jazz band helps ring in new season of potlucks to be held at SHARC The first potluck of the season features entertainment by the Summit Express Jazz Band Wednesday, Oct. 10 at the Sunriver Homeowners Aquatic & Recreation Center. “Taking Dixieland jazz to new heights” is a fitting slogan for this high-energy band from Bend. These versatile musicians are equally at home in the symphony playing Beethoven as they are on the street corner playing Louis Armstrong. The magic of this group exists in the way they interact with the audience. Band members include Rick Havern (banjo and vocals), Tom Barber (tuba), Ted Burton (clarinet), Dan Flagg (trombone), Greg Byers (trumpet and vocals) and Dennis Sneff (drums). Social time begins at 6 p.m. with the potluck beginning at 6:30. Cost is $5 per person, $15 for a family of three or more. Wine, beer and mixed drinks will be available at the bar. The potlucks are open to all residents of the greater Sunriver area including Crosswater, Caldera Springs, Spring River, Deschutes River Recreation Homesites, Oregon Water Wonderland and River Meadows. Sign up at the Marketplace or at SROA to bring an entrée, salad or side dish serving 10 to 12 people. Bring your own dishes and silverware. Reservations can also be made by sending an email to email@example.com
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A summer of wildlife rehabilitation efforts sunriver nature center & oregon observatory By Kody Osborne, naturalist As summer begins to make its slow and inevitable transition into fall, naturalists at the Sunriver Nature Center are primed and ready for a cold and windy season of wildlife rehabilitation. It’s time to ready our wildlife transition mews for the barrage of young and injured raptors hailing from across Central Oregon that will meet unfortunate and, occasionally, life-threatening injuries. Fortunately for our fine-feathered friends, the Sunriver Nature Center is ready to take on the rewarding job of providing care for wounded birds. Whether a broken leg, wing or beak – or even something as simple as a window collision – our goal with all wildlife that passes through the nature center is the same: rescue, rehabilitate and release. To quote our good friend Leonardo Da Vinci, “For once you have tasted flight you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards, for there you have been and there you will long to return.” Returning wildlife to its natural habitat is our ultimate goal as wildlife rehabbers, and our sworn oaths. As the summer season comes to an end here in Sunriver, we can’t help but reflect on some of the wildlife cases that entered our facility.
well and participating in daily physical therapy to regain lost strength in its grip. Once the owl is full rehabilitated, our goal is to reunite it with its parents in the wild. Red tail hawks, prairie falcons, ospreys, great horned owls and even sticky trap-stuck
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squirrels are among the injured animals that were brought to the nature center this summer. Some cases ended in full rehabilitation and release, and some cases unfortunately ended in euthanasia. Outcomes vary. Nothing is guaranteed in wildlife rescue. But one thing
that is guaranteed is that Sunriver Nature Center will make strong efforts to rehabilitate injured wildlife. For more stories and pictures of rehabilitation cases, be sure to check our tumblr blog, Turn to Rehab, page 9
Pictures in the Pozzi: Nature’s patterns on display This X-ray shows the broken ankle bone of an owl.
One case that stands out is that of a Western screech owl (Megascops kennicottii) fledgling. The initial call came in from a couple that had found the young owl with its left foot caught in deer fencing at their home in La Pine. After retrieving the owl, I proceeded to play screech owl calls from my iPhone. After successfully locating the parents and their nest, I took the owl back to the nature center for care by raptor veterinarian Jeff Cooney and veterinarian technician Jeannette Bonomo. X-rays were taken of the young owl to confirm initial suspicions of a broken left foot. The foot was then carefully wrapped and given time to heal. The screech owl is healing
Pictures in the Pozzi, a changing display of works from area artists exhibiting in the Pozzi Building at the Sunriver Nature Center & Oregon Observatory, presents “Nature’s Patterns” an art display by Lee Stevenson. An avid, lifelong outdoor athlete, Stevenson loves the sensory stimulation of the mountains, forests and rivers. He is an endurance cyclist, backcountry skier, kayaker and wilderness adventurer who is seldom without a camera or a sketch pad. This environmental influence appears in many of his works: organic components (bark, leaves, rock, sand) and tones of earth, sky and water. He translates nature’s patterns, textures, rhythms and colors into many of his abstract works. Mixed media pieces include images from his adventures and travels, which he enhances with various artistic touches. Stevenson does his own custom painted and textured mats, and builds frames using wood he has reclaimed, selected and refinished. Although painting and organic sculpture is a second career, Stevenson was exposed to art, photography and artists at an early age, then took art classes for several years. He chose a career in education, teaching science, photography, oceanography, technology and media, as well as coaching several sports in Beaverton area schools. When he is not in “Mother Nature’s fitness
center” or his studio, Stevenson is often working on Project Ponderosa – an educational/environmental program he founded to help restore the durable and majestic ponderosa pines to the upper Deschutes River ecosystem. He was recently named the Sunriver Nature Center “Volunteer of the Year” for the positive, long-term impact of this project. Stevenson is a full-time resident of Sunriver with his wife, Marcia. “Pictures in the Pozzi” continues through 2012 with photographs from Jennifer Curtis in November-December and 2013 will begin with work by Tom Lawler. The art may be viewed free of charge during open hours of the Pozzi Building, Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Information: 541-593-4442.
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nights, presenting some of the best times for locals and visitors to view the heavens without the crowds of the summer. The summer skies have moved away, but great views of the fall constellations provide opportunities to explore galaxies and deep space wonders. Fall is the time to start planning for 2013. Our outreach programs will be top on the list, as we look to see what works best for the observatory and its educational goals. We will continue work on two new roll-off storage structures which will house the observatory’s two newest telescopes. Getting the area finished before serious snowfall will be a top priority. We will continue to post updates and pictures on our web page and Facebook, so please feel free to send your ideas to us or email them to: observatory@ sunrivernaturecenter.org. I look forward seeing you this fall at the observatory.
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Events at the nature center and observatory Nature Center fall hours through Oct. 31: Open Tuesday–Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $3 adults, $2 children (ages 2-12), members free. Observatory fall hours through Oct. 27: Solar viewing, Saturdays 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., free. Night sky viewing, Wednesdays 8-10 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays 8-11 p.m., $6 adults, $4 children (ages 2-12), members free • Oct. 19, 6:30 p.m. “To Siberia and Beyond: Studying Human Biology and Health at the Edge of the World,” presented by J. Josh Snodgrass, department of anthropology, University of Oregon. Pozzi Education Center, Sunriver Nature Center. • Nov. 15, 6:30 p.m. “Monkey Business: The Impact of Global Climatic Change on Human and Monkey Evolution in Africa,” presented by Stephen R. Frost, department of anthropology, University of Oregon. Hitchcock Auditorium, Pioneer Hall, COCC in Bend. • Nov. 30, 6:30 p.m. “Oregon’s Earliest Inhabitants: Archaeological Investigations at the Paisley Caves,” presented by Dennis Jenkins, senior research archaeologist, Museum of Natural and Cultural History, University of Oregon. This lecture, originally presented Aug. 17 at the nature center, was sold out. Jenkins returns to present the lecture again. Hitchcock Auditorium, Pioneer Hall, COCC in Bend. Information: 541-593-4394.
Ponderosa pine seedling sale at Sunriver Nature Center Fall is the perfect time to plant in the high desert. And Sunriver is actively trying to restore a forest icon — the durable ponderosa pine. Millions of acres of lodgepole pine forests throughout the West have been destroyed by the mountain pine beetle. Central Oregon and Sunriver are threatened as well. Fortunately, ponderosa pines are
much more resilient than the common lodgepole in multiple ways. Planting ponderosas can not only enhance your neighborhood, it helps diversify and strengthen our valuable forest ecosystem. And since ponderosa pines are also drought tolerant once they get established, they only need occasional deep watering the first summer or two.
Seedling prices range from $8 for small, to $12-$15 for medium (14-16 inch) trees. There will also be limited quantities of other native conifers availa b l e . De tailed planting instructions with special tips to optimize success and growth are included. These hardy seedlings are from seeds of specially selected, local ponderosa pines, (which may not be the case, if you buy from some nurseries, or big box stores). The seedlings were potted 1-3 years ago, and cared for by local students, and are
acclimated to our environment – another bonus. The seedlings were grown in organic composted potting soil and watered courtesy of Sunriver Water and Environmental, LLC. Revenue from the sale will be used to buy more seedlings for Project Ponderosa, the local educational/environmental program, and to support Sunriver’s ongoing Tree City USA efforts. Information: 541-5934394.
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“Encounters of a Sunriver Nature Center Naturalist” at sunrivernaturecenter.tumblr. com. Follow along as we take on the no-guarantees world of wildlife rehabilitation. The next time you are at the nature center be sure to ask about our current cases.
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Fashion or folly, it’s that time of year. Second Tern Thrift Shop has lots of school clothes for ages 7 to 18. This year, the Tern has designated a special section called “teen styling” that offers jeans, tops, sweaters and other items. There’s also a large selection of clothing for the newborn through two years age group. Various sizes in all categories are available. Come check out this complete section for babes to teens. Second Tern volunteers select the best in clothing, toys, games, and books for children of all ages. There’s also a selection of Halloween costumes and décor for the fall season to browse and buy. The Second Tern Thrift Shop is located at 17377 Spring River Road, just outside of Sunriver on the road to Mt. Bachelor. Open Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call 541-593-3367 to arrange for a pickup. All proceeds benefit the Sunriver Nature Center and Oregon Observatory at Sunriver. Call Gail at 541-598-7397 to inquire about volunteering.
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By Julie Johnson Love of wine is an individual experience. You can’t rely on what your friends or family like or what gets high ratings in the latest wine magazine to find something that’s right for you. No one can tell you what will taste good to you (although many will try). The only person who really knows what you like is you. Ultimately, learning to savor wine is about learning to remain true to you. In fact, many people who believe they don’t like wine have just never tried the wine that is right for them. I know because I have spent the last few years turning on people to new wines that they end up loving. That’s the goal of this column: To share the knowledge I’ve gained as I’ve explored the world of wine. It isn’t meant to replace the magazines enjoyed by serious wine tasters. It’s simply meant to explain wine in easy-to-understand terms and provide a little background on wines, wineries and wine tasting. Happy tasting!
New wine finds at the Sunriver Sunfest Wine Festival Labor Day weekend I had the good fortune to attend the Sunriver Sunfest Wine Festival, a two-day event dedicated to regional wine varietals. For those who have never experienced a festival, they are a great way to learn about new wines and wineries – in some cases, straight from those who make the wine. More than 20 wineries filled the lot near the SHARC facility, each offering tastes of multiple wines. While the Sunfest was filled with several wineries I have had the chance to taste before — Willamette Valley Vineyards, Naked Winery, Flying Dutchman Winery – I also encountered several that I had never tried before. Two, in particular, caught my attention: Ancient Cellars and Noble Estate Vineyard & Winery. Ancient Cellars Prior to the Sunriver event, I had never experienced wines from Ancient Cellars, which is located in Dundee, with a tasting room in nearby Newberg. After tasting the Pinot Gris, I was amazed that I had never
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of marionberry with a hint of vanilla. Just don’t expect it to be overly sweet. In the United States, dessert wines are designated not by how sweet they are, but by alcohol content – specifically that they contain more than 14 percent alcohol by volume. The Ancient Cellars wine has 18 percent alcohol, but only 3 percent residual sugar. So while many dessert wines leave you feeling like you are drinking syrup, this marionberry wine is more like a bold liqueur. Noble Estate took home three gold and one bronze for the four varietals it entered, making it the top winner at Sunfest.
heard of this gem before. Like any wine, Pinot Gris can be an acquired taste. It generally packs quite a bite, somewhat similar to the first, strong tang of a Granny Smith apple. While some find it refreshing, others are turned off by what can be an overwhelming first impression. By contrast, the 2009 GILT Pinot Gris from Ancient Cellars is silky smooth from the first taste to the last. The velvety feel of the wine is created by the unique production process. When winemaker Chris Baker first started playing with a new way to craft a Pinot Gris, he decided to use Steinberg, a yeast generally associated with dessert wines, in the production. The resulting Pinot Gris has become one of the best-selling wines for the cellar and one I am sure I will return to again and again. But it’s not just the velvety feel of the wine across the palate that makes it so intriguing. GILT is pleasingly complex and tastes of just-ripened strawber-
ries with a hint of cherries on the finish. The second standout among the Ancient Cellars wines is its 2010 Riesling, which took home a gold at Sunfest. Although Rieslings are generally associated with sweetness, the high acid content of the Ancient Cellars wine balances its 1 percent residual sugar, so that it is both crisp and fruity. The combination makes a nice, light, summer wine that tastes of fresh green apple. The winery also offers, among other things, a soft, earthy 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon and a spicy 2010 Zinfandel, but the other notable wine from Ancient Cellars is its Portcullis Marionberry Dessert Wine. Many wineries create similar wines by starting with a Riesling or other sweet wine as the base and then adding flavor. Ancient Cellars makes its Port-style wine out of 100 percent marionberries. The result is a wine that smells of blackberry pie and tastes
Noble Estate Vineyard & Winery As I have said, the wine you like is a matter of taste. It can’t be measured by points listed in a magazine or awards won at a festival. Unless, of course, you’re Noble Estate Vineyard & Winery. Noble Estate, located in Eugene, entered four wines in Sunfest’s wine competition and all four came away with medals, making it the single biggest winner at the event. After tasting their wines, I can understand why. Three of the wines took gold: • 2011 Pinot Gris (dry) — The rich, smooth white smells and tastes of intense, crisp pear and apple. As a dry wine, it is high in acids, which make it the perfect pairing for spicier foods. • 2011 Muscat (semi-sparkling) — With 4.5 percent residual sugar and tasting of fresh peach, the wine makes a perfect after-dinner drink or a refreshing way to relax after a Turn to Wine, page 11
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Second Saturday artist reception to feature nature photography, gourd art, more The sights and smells of fall are definitely in the air. Things have slowed in Sunriver and for those who shun the touristfilled crowds of summer, now is the time to enjoy all that the community has to offer. If you haven’t yet been to a Second Saturday artist reception at the Artists Gallery Sunriver, mark your calendar for Oct. 13 from 3 to 7 p.m. It’s never too early to starting thinking about holiday gift giving, and what better way to give than with the gift of fine art. Forget the mass produced standards of gift giving and show someone how much you really care with a one-of-a-kind piece of art. The gallery will showcase four very different artists this month, each offering their own specialty craft. The Second Saturday reception is free and open to the public. Come mingle with the artists while enjoying light refreshments and appetizers. Patrick T. Windsor Patrick Windsor first began photographing the outdoors while living in the mountains of Park City, Utah. He didn’t know it then, but he had begun his life’s work behind a camera. In the late ’80s, he accepted a position at Sunriver Resort and moved to Bend. What a revelation to discover he could make a living while doing the thing that he loves most, photographing nature. In 1990, Windsor moved to Seattle to further his education (and passion) for the
vary. A collector can find simple modern pieces to grace a window or larger more complicated pieces that depict interesting subjects. One such piece is a
art of photography at the Art Institute of Seattle. Not too long after his arrival, Windsor was badly burned in an electrical accident. He recovered from this catastrophic accident while living in Bend, and was finally able to complete his education and received a degree in commercial photography. Windsor’s motto “I do what I love, and I love what I do,” is readily apparent in his work. His work at the gallery is incredibly unique, provided as both matted and framed fine art prints and giclee canvas prints. A large macro (highly magnified) photo of fish scales on giclee canvas delights the viewer with color and texture. Other underwater photos of fish in their natural habitat cause the viewer to wonder how the shot was captured. Windsor also provides greeting cards that beautifully depict the Central Oregon landscape. You can view more of his work on his website www.windsorphotography.com.
up with a deep love of history and archeology and I love to express that passion in my art.” Over the past decade collectors worldwide have checked in regularly to see what they can add to their private collections that already include her innovative works. Harkness-Williams’ contemporary design utilizes piercing, detailed carving and inlaid precious stones inspired by master carvers and wood turners. This design work is a snapshot of mother nature at work; flowing river, tumbling rocks in a
beautiful Southwestern lady of the desert. Recently, Gene has been collaborating with his artist wife, Midge, to produce two-dimensional glass and metal pieces. A recent piece of a grape arbor is striking. Thomas also has some beautiful seasonal pieces that are begging to decorate your home. If you are interested in specific color schemes or subjects, Thomas is available for commission work. Susan Harkness-Williams Just returning from a trip to Santiago, Chile, Susan Harkness-Williams will be on hand for a private gallery event Oct. 5 and again on Oct. 13 during the gallery’s Second Saturday reception. Known for her gourd art, she is frequently asked about the inspirations for varied designs. “Masks, shields and kachina are inspired from Native American heritage,” she said. “I grew
Gene Thomas The stain glass artwork of Gene Thomas captures the light from the windows of the gallery and delights all who pass by. Subjects and sizes of his work
stream, lava or the intricacy of something as delicate as lacy sea corals. The creative process often takes hours and weeks to execute. Harkness-Williams also designs Italian glass bead jewelry and loves bringing affordable elements that create a statement piece. Only up for sale once a year, Turn to Reception, page 12
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long, hot day. • 2008 Merlot — The deep red offers an explosion of plum, cherry and spices with a slight hint of coffee. The fourth wine took home a bronze: • 2011 Viognier — A light, bright, fruity wine that tastes of apricots and a touch of honey. But the vineyard’s offering doesn’t end there. Started in 1999, Noble Estate offers a range of high quality wines that can appeal to a number of people. In addition to the dry Pinot Gris, it also offers a semi-sweet 2010 Pinot Gris with 2 percent residual sugar. Tasting of peaches, the light wine is another great, approachable summer wine. The winery also boasts its Passion wine, a lovely rosé that is reminiscent of strawberries. The dessert wine is light and delicate and a great way to end the day. Read more about wine on Julie Johnson’s blog at www.lovewine inc.com. A former newspaper journalist and editor, Johnson lives in McMinnville and works for Bliss Public Relations.
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ity projects will go through a costing and extensive owner involvement process to finalize plans and construction documents. All of the above will, as was done with SHARC, employ a very public process. As SROA and the board of directors has said more than once, “it’s your community, it’s your decision!” “The ultimate goal is to see the vision created by the IAMP come to fruition without asking owners for more money,” SROA board president Bob Nelson said at the annual meeting. Another important component needed before any shovel is put to dirt is the long-range financial plan which is currently being developed. There are basically 13 project areas identified in the IAMP. They are (in alphabetical order): • Administration/Fire/Police/Public Works campus • Abbot/Beaver drive intersection • Cottonwood entry • Fort Rock Park and Adven-
ture Camp • Marina/boat launch • Marketplace Park • Mary McCallum Park • Meadow Village Park • Neighborhood parks • North tennis center • Pathway system improvements • Promenade between SHARC, Village and Resort • Recycling center The plan, as presented during the annual meeting, and the accompanying MacKay & Sposito report are posted and can be downloaded from the website under News & Notices at www.sunriverowners.org. Printed copies may also be requested at the SROA office. Owners are asked to review the IAMP between now and Nov. 30 and offer any thoughts via the website comment form. When reviewing the reports, please keep in mind that the photographs in the report are examples only, and provide ideas of what can be done. It does not mean what is shown will be included in any finalized plans.
Chuck Chamberlain, it’s difficult to reconcile those painting with the serendipitous way in which his career in fine art began. At the age of 30, he was regifted a “famous artists’s” painting course by his sister. After four lessons, he was hooked. It is easy to recognize his New England background in the variety of subjects in his paintCharles Chamberlain When viewing the depth of ings. Back roads, fishing, huntskill and talent demonstrated ing, barns and covered bridges in the acrylic paintings of artist are excellent opportunities for
Chamberlain to demonstrate his in-depth observations of light and color. A note near his paintings in the gallery urges visitors to “look very closely” to take in all of the detail that he provides in each painting. Although Chamberlain admits his learning process was often challenging, it has greatly enriched his life. “Maybe I should write my sister another thank you note,” he said. When you view his latest works at the gallery, you’ll agree. Located in building 19 in The Village at Sunriver, the gallery’s winter hours starting Oct. 1 are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. ThursdayMonday. For more information, call 541-593-4382.
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community” in Central Oregon. The first leg represented SROA’s need for additional reserve funding (approved by owners in 2009) the second leg was aquatics (SHARC) and the third illustrates upgrading current and/or creating new amenities and infrastructure. SROA General Manager Bill Peck described the IAMP as a “vision by the consultants who assimilated the information, talked to all the entities, considered previous studies and came up with what they believe is a 30,000 foot view” of potential improvements. Peck said the processes for implementing the IAMP will be similar to what was done with SHARC. Three years ago “we decided that aquatics was what we needed to tackle and it forced us to begin looking at the amphitheater site in a more comprehensive way. Then we hired an architect, held design charrettes, got public input and that early 30,000 foot view of SHARC changed dramatically to what we now have today.
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That’s how the IAMP process will work.” After accepting owner input on the IAMP as submitted and adopting the plan, Peck said the next step will be to prioritize which projects to pursue. Each piece of the project will be presented to owners for input, and cost estimates developed while architects finalize plans based on owner input. “And then we come up with a final plan that ultimately has to go to a vote of the owners to approve expenditure of funds,” said Peck. Moving ahead The IAMP addresses a myriad of issues that have challenged the community for years — from the lack of a river-launching site for owners to upgrades of current parks and facilities. There are several steps that must take place prior to de-
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veloping any of the proposed projects, including: • Creation of the Infrastructure & Amenities Master Plan: This step is essentially complete, but still requires further evaluation by the board and owner input before it can be adopted. • Adoption of the IAMP: This will occur following a 60-day review period and input from owners. • Prioritization of the IAMP: This will be done based on current needs and community input rather than cost. • Implementation of the IAMP: The highest prior-
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Harkness-Williams will also be selling her Italian beads and findings during her annual Sunriver Art Party on Nov. 3, when she clears out her home and hosts emerging and established artists to sell their creations. This year’s event benefits the St. Charles Foundation and Sara’s Project for breast cancer education. The 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. event is free and open to the public at #1 Beech Lane in Sunriver.
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Sponsored by the Sunriver Women’s Club to raise money for their philanthropy fund, the legacy brick project continues to generate interest. Installed in a pathway behind the outdoor ampihtheater at SHARC, a legacy brick is a unique way to honor those cherished people in your life (parents, grandparents, siblings, children, friends, etc.). Or how about honoring a beloved pet, anniversary date, high school, college, hometown, or those special times in Sunriver? You could also choose to engrave a brief poem, quote or other tasteful personal message. Business names are welcome, but can-
Find and “LIKE” SHARC on Facebook to keep up on the latest events at the facility. We would also like to see photos posted of your family having fun at SHARC!
Ladies Lunch and Bridge 11:30 a.m., The Meadows at the Sunriver Lodge Sign up at the Marketplace Alcoholics Anonymous 7 p.m. Pozzi building at the Sunriver Nature Center
Tuesdays Couples Bridge 6 p.m. Crescent Room, SHARC Sign up at the Marketplace Info: 541-593-9397
Sunriver Yoga Club 8:45 a.m. All levels welcome Crescent Room, SHARC Info: 541-598-7203
not include advertising-related phone numbers, websites, etc. The 4x8-inch bricks are $50. Order forms can be downloaded at www.sunriverowners. org, under SHARC in the main menu bar. For more information, you can also email email@example.com or call Carol Cassetty, (541) 610-8483 or Kathy Wrightson, (541) 593-6135.
viewing at the Sunriver Owners Association. • Where are the asbestos-containing materials? ACM has been encountered in discrete locations on common property in Sunriver. It typically has been found on the surface or within 12 inches of the surface. ACM has also been detected on a small number of private properties. It is possible that asbestos-containing materials are present in the soil in other areas. • What should I do if I see it? Do not disturb suspect materials. Contact the Air Quality Program of the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality at 541-633-2019 if suspected material is encountered on private property. Contact the Sunriver Owners Association at 541-593-1522 if suspect material is encountered on common areas. • Where can I find additional information? The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality can provide additional information about asbestos and asbestos-containing materials. Information also can be obtained from the DEQ Asbestos Program website www.deq.state.or.us/ aq/asbestos/index.htm. The Sunriver Owners Association can provide additional information about previous investigations in Sunriver, including examples of asbestos-containing material.
A surface clean up of materials and/or investigation took place Sept. 24-25 on commons near Pioneer, Parkland, East Park and Central lanes along East Meadow and Meadow roads and off Beaver Drive on Butternut and Sequoia lanes. Property owners in suspected areas were notified prior to the clean up and/or investigation.
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Sunriver Rotary 7:30 a.m., Hearth Room at the Sunriver Lodge Info: 541-593-7381
Public Service Announcement An environmental assessment performed in 2009 found small amounts of asbestos-containing materials (ACM) present in the soil at limited locations in Sunriver. The asbestos-containing materials are associated with a World War II U.S. Army camp (Camp Abbot) previously located on the property that became Sunriver. Air testing has demonstrated that the ACM poses extremely low risks to people. Nevertheless, if asbestos-containing material is encountered it must be properly managed and disposed as required by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality. • What is asbestos-containing material? ACM consists of building materials or other substances that contain one percent or more asbestos fibers. Historically, ACM included floor tile, building siding, roofing materials, automobile brake pads, insulation, wall texture, and many more materials. • What does the ACM in Sunriver look like? Asbestos-containing material encountered in Sunriver soil generally consists of shards of building siding and floor tile, commonly between 1 and 6 inches in diameter. These materials may be greenish gray, light gray or other colors, and commonly exhibit ribbed or grid patterns. Samples of ACM are available for
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Magistrate---------------------------------------------------- SROA board room, 8:15 a.m. Citizens Patrol----------------------------------------------- SROA board room, 3:30 p.m. Health Expo-------------------------------------------------- SHARC, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Design Committee---------------------------------------- SROA board room, 10 a.m. Improving Dizziness/Balance Program------------ SHARC, 7 p.m. Free 585-3148 Flu Shot Clinic (SR owners only, RSVP)-------------- SROA board room, 8-10 a.m. Public Works Committee------------------------------- SROA board room, 3:30 p.m. Chamber After Hours------------------------------------ Sunriver Brewing, 5-7 p.m. Finance Committee-------------------------------------- SROA board room, 8:30 a.m. Sunriver Men’s Club-------------------------------------- Crosswater Grille, 11:30 a.m. Sunriver Anglers Club------------------------------------- SHARC, 7 p.m. SROA board work session------------------------------ Fire Station, 9 a.m. Design Committee---------------------------------------- SROA board room, 10 a.m. SROA board meeting------------------------------------ SROA board room, 9 a.m. Environmental Committee----------------------------- SROA board room, 9 a.m. Halloween in the village-------------------------------- Village at Sunriver, 2-6 p.m.
Knitting Group 6-9 p.m. Styxx and Stones Village at Sunriver Info: 541-593-3132
Thursdays Le Cercle Francais 8:30 a.m. Cafe Sintra Info: 541-550-1459 Duplicate Bridge 6 p.m., First, second & fourth Thursday, Hosmer at SHARC Info: 541-593-9397
Churches Catholic Holy Trinity
Mass: 8 a.m. Thursday; 5:30 p.m. Saturday; 8 a.m. Sunday. Cottonwood Road across from the Marketplace. 541-593-5990, 541-536-3571 www.holyredeemerparish.net Father Jose T. Mudakodiyil
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Learn which fly to use at anglers club meeting Have you ever experienced trout rising consistently, only to throw your whole fly box at them and wind up frustrated? Most fishers have, more than they care to admit. Those attending the Oct. 18 Sunriver Anglers Club meeting at SHARC are going to get some ideas when Phil Fischer presents his popular program “Solving Puzzles.” The program is an overview, from a fly tier’s perspective, of fly patterns and the whys behind fly selection. In this presentation, Fischer will share why certain patterns work well, and others don’t. He’ll cover hatch periods, what to look for on the water to determine what trout are feeding on, and what patterns effec-
tively match each portion of the hatch. He’ll review the mayfly and caddis fly life cycles, share what flies you might fish with through each cycle, and what makes them successful. Fischer’s success is a result of many years of experience that pulls together the fundamentals of entomology, fly tying and fly fishing. A Sunriver resident, Fischer is a member of the Sunriver Anglers Club’s Board of Directors, an avid fly fisherman, and was born and raised in the Bay Area. He has fly fished for trout extensively throughout California and the western United States, and has more than 35 years of fly fishing and fly tying experience. He was tutored by Andre Puyan and taught fly ty-
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Sage Springs to host Weight Watchers meetings To help local residents with their efforts to improve eating habits and successfully lose weight, Weight Watchers is opening a new location in Sunriver at Sage Springs Club & Spa, 17645 Tennis Village Court. Meetings will be held Saturdays at 9 a.m., with confidential weighins beginning at 8:30 a.m. “We wanted a place for our members and the local community to be able to work towards all their wellness goals. Exercise and diet go hand-in-hand and we are excited to be able to offer this program to our members and residents,” said Devon Scanlon, Sunriver Resort’s director of club operations. Weight Watchers’ innovative PointsPlus 2012 program uses the latest scientific research to create a program that goes far beyond traditional calorie
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Mt. Bachelor GM to address Sunriver Men’s Club Dave Rathbun, president and general manager of Mt. Bachelor Inc., will address the Sunriver Men’s Club Thursday, Oct. 18. The lunch program will be held at the Crosswater Grille. Sunriver area men and women are welcome to attend. The cost is $19 per person. Rathbun joined Mt. Bachelor in June 2008. He was the featured speaker at the Sunriver Men’s Club in October that year. It’s been four years and we’ve invited him back to give another update. Rathbun has a long career in the ski industry. It began at Stratton Mountain, Vt. in 1985. He moved on to sales and
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Leslie Cain – Grass Valley Vespers, pastel
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Central Oregon landscapes exhibit
By Billye Turner Sunriver Lodge’s Betty Gray Gallery presents “Landscapes of Central Oregon” by Leslie Cain, Ann Ruttan and Gary Vincent. The exhibition continues through Nov. 12. Artist Leslie Cain expresses her deep affection for the high desert in expressionistic pastels. Lauding her reverence for place, her art depicts a dramatic contrast of lights and darks that foster an inherent sense of quietude, of calm. “My pastels are doorways to those places of connection where, stepping through, we can remember who we are, why we’re here,” said Cain. Her art appeared as the cover of “Daniel Smith Art Supply” and in “Southwest Art” magazine. Ann Ruttan exhibits oil paintings in a vivid palette, characterizing her painting styles over the past four-plus years ranging from impressionism to abstraction. Images include loosely impressionTurn to Exhibit, page 17
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“Celebrate your friends… Laugh often, long and loud. Laugh until you gasp for breath. And if you have friends who make you laugh, spend lots and lots of time with them.” –Unknown
sunriver women’s club Presidents’ message Celebrating friends, new and old, at the annual Welcome Tea was a wonderful way to share laughs and have a good time. Our heartfelt thanks go to Susan Manganaro for graciously opening her home to our members, to Louise Wilson and Sid Caba for organizing the event, and to all the supporting committee members for making the food and decorations. Toasting the women of the SRWC with a celebratory drink offered an opportunity to acknowledge the generosity and commitment of SRWC members. There are plans to continue celebrating with our friends. We have scheduled another program for the SRWC meeting at Sunriver Nature Center Oct. 16. On Nov. 12 there will be a Lunch with Friends event organized by Valerie Wood
and Barbara Wymetalek. This is a no cost, bring your own brown bag lunch at SHARC. It will provide an opportunity for members to visit and meet other women. Opportunities to help the SRWC are available. Two women are needed to co-chair the Buy a Brick Legacy program which has been well organized by Kathy Wrightson and Carol Cassetty. They are prepared to train new co-chairs for this fundraising project. There is also a need for a communication assistant to help Marcia Schonlau. If you are interested in helping with any of these positions, please contact Nancy Farnham or Pam MorrisStendal. We hope that you are taking the time to celebrate these beautiful Central Oregon fall days, laugh with friends and join us
Ann Ruttan – Early Morning, oil on canvas
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landscapes interpreting Central Oregon scenes move increasingly toward abstraction. Painting in successive, often visible layers to create depth and interest, he follows the tradition of former instructor Sergi Bongart who stressed, “spirit can trump technique.” Affection for his subject matter is clearly evident in the finished work.
istic landscapes in pastel hues and progress through boldly colored expressionistic images to abstract color field paintings with a broad reference to Mark Rothko. The artist is widely collected in the U.S. and appeared in the Oregon Public Broadcasting series “Art Beat.” Billye Turner organizes exhiGary Vincent presents large acrylic landscapes as single can- bitions for Sunriver Resort. For vases, diptychs and triptychs. more information, call 541His multi-hued, expressionistic 382-9398.
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Guests to the Sunriver Women’s Club’s Welcome Tea were greeted with a celebratory glass of champagne.
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Picture Perfect: Soft, low angle light of fall ideal for photos By Michael Jensen These are the months you should really be out working your camera gear. The sun comes up later in the morning and sets relatively early and, hopefully, we won’t see the snow fly until later in the month. I had the occasion to be up at the Redmond airport before dawn, so I brought the gear with me and went to Smith Rock. It was pitch dark when I got there so I put my headlamp on and hiked down the path a bit. I was careful to stay on the path in the dark because there are some interesting animals at Smith Rock. The great thing about shooting photographs in Central Oregon is that the sun takes sooooooo long to rise and set here. I shot from about 4:45 to 5:30 a.m. Got some good stuff, but not epic. At about 5:30 a.m. the light from the sun was illuminating the sky enough that I could see to head down the path to the canyon floor. I proceeded west (on the south side of the river) and I noticed that the river was moving at a nice easy pace, and that there was an abundance of sage in bloom. So, here’s what we have. Smith Rock with its massive
palette of earth tones… the greens, golds and yellows of the sage… the sandy browns of the floor of the canyon. Junipers. You pretty much can take an iPhone photo and have it turn out well. And I did, just because I could. And darned if it didn’t turn out pretty good. The light was good for about 30 minutes so I had plenty of time to set up my shots. I noticed a great reflection of the cliffs in the river so I decided to focus on two main shots: A narrow shot looking west and a wide and large panorama of at least 180 degrees. When I’m on a shoot like this, I always make sure I shoot both landscape and portrait composition modes. You never know, but shots like this may show up on a calendar, stock photo or magazine. Also, when on shoots like this, I almost always bracket the shots. Bracketing is a method you can use in either AV, TV or manual mode that allows you to use the same aperture and vary the shutter speed from between 3 to 7 shots. This gives you the option of using the shot with the best tonal value, or combine shots for an HDR (high contrast) shot. The wide-angle shot was taken with a Canon 5D Mark
III and a 16-35mm lens set at 16mm. The narrow shot was taken at f22 with a shutter speed of .4 seconds at ISO 800. The biggest thing I worked on was setting the focus points to include the sage in the foreground as well as the river. The shot had to be long enough to get the reflection in the river, but short enough to not wash out the sky. Now, a big tip on panoramas: Shoot these in manual mode. Why? If you shoot in anything but manual mode you may get varying degrees of exposure or depth of field which will really mess up your shot when blended. Okay, so good shooting spots: Smith Rock (of course), Drake Park/Mirror Pond (late October), almost anywhere on the Deschutes River (mid/late October), Silver Falls (mid/ late October) and Union Falls (down by Crater Lake). Also, take the path along the water from the Sunriver Lodge, the shots are great in mid-October and it’s not uncommon to see deer, elk, otters or coyotes. Learning opportunities: I’m teaching a beginners digital single lens reflex (DSLR) class at Central Oregon Commu-
The top image was shot with a Canon 5D Mark III and the bottom image with an iPhone.
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dents to help them prepare for the 21st century workforce,” said James Middleton, COCC president. “I hope you will visit the new buildings and see how you have helped us transform this college.” The Health Careers Center will provide modern and expanded facilities for programs such as nursing, dental assisting, medical assisting, massage therapy, pharmacy technician and veterinary technician — preparing students for livingwage jobs in Central Oregon’s health-related workforce. The Science Center will add state-of-the-art labs and equipment for students taking science courses necessary for transferring to four-year univer-
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sities and for students who need science courses to enter health careers programs. Both centers were built to accommodate COCC’s increasing enrollment. Since 2009 COCC’s credit enrollment has doubled, and the college has ranked among the 50 fastest growing community colleges in the nation for three consecutive years. The college has grown from a small community college to a mid-sized one with an annual enrollment equivalent to 7,000 full-time students. Both buildings were funded primarily by proceeds from the same bond measure that created the new campuses in Madras and Prineville. Information: 541-383-7596. Over 1000 Jobs Approved by SROA Design Committee Thousands of Additions and Remodels in Sunriver Tons of Happy Customers!
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#9 Summit lane, Sunriver.
This 3,800 sqft 3 bdr / 3 full baths & 2 -1/2 baths, 2 offices, large kitchen and dining area, with views of the golf course. One owner & never rented. $749,000.
This Schumacher built home has 5 bdr/3ba and 2,325 sqft., has a 3 car garage, great location, lots of storage space and is completely furnished. $449,000.
This unique unit has a 1 bedroom rental and 3 bdr/ 2 bath rental. Walk to the SHARC, village, store. Turnkey furnished. $353,000.
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2 bdr/ 2ba 1,230 sqft, nicely furnished, located close-in South end, walking distance to the Village. Great rental property and Turn-key, furnished. $279,000.
This 3,200 sqft 4 bdr / 3.5 bath home has 2 master suites, a large den/family room, hot tub & sauna, with views of the golf course. $599,000.
Single level 3 bdr/2.5 bath 2,200 sqft newer home is furnished, has a family room, hardwood floors, vaulted ceilings and hot-tub. Priced at $429,000.
Low priced 4 bedroom/2.5 bath home with 2 car garage. All new kitchen with granite counters, new cabinets and stainless appliances. Turnkey for $324,500.
#83 Meadow House, Sunriver.
3 bdr/2ba unit with garage and 1,600 sqft of living space.. Golf course and meadow views. Beautifully furnished and has never been rented. $239,000.
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Beautiful woodland golf course home located in a quiet location with 3br/2 ba and 2,350 sqft. Updated kitchen, hot-tub, never rented, turn-key furnished. $519,000
2,200 sqft 4 bdr/ 3 ba, Great location in the North end of Sunriver with large great room, open kitchen. fully furnished and turnkey. Priced at $359,000
1,485 sqft of living space, large front and back decks, dog run, good rental. Completely furnished. Priced at $298,000.
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20% share, 3br/2.5ba and 1,892 sqft. These units are deluxe top-of-the-line quality for Sunriver. Turn-key. $139,000
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electrified cattle guards on the on- and off-ramps at South Century Drive, Cottonwood Road and Lava Lands Visitor Center. The energized crossings, called Electro Mats, emit an electrical field. “You can feel the electrical potential in the hairs on the back of your neck as you approach them. Animals sense it and back off,” said Jay Davenport, assistant project manager for the Oregon Department of Transportation’s Bend construction office. “It is safe to walk across them with shoes on or ride a bicycle over them. You won’t get shocked.” Davenport said research indicates Electro Mats are 95 percent effective at discouraging animals from crossing, compared to the 50 percent effectiveness of conventional cattle guards. There are on-off switches that look like crosswalk buttons the public can use to shut the power off for a few minutes. How animals learn to use the underpasses Wray said many fawns will migrate through the wildlife underpasses with their mothers this fall. “And the fawns will know nothing different. I figure three to four years of using the wildlife underpasses before a herd memory comes to fruition. At that point, all the animals will know no other condition,” and should be comfortable using the underpasses.
Cameras at the underpass captured a badger, coyote and even a pair of bow hunters.
There are two wildlife underpasses. One about a mile north of the Highway 97/South Century Drive interchange is dedicated to wildlife. The second near Lava Lands Visitor Center is shared with automobiles during the summer months. Officials believe wildlife will use the Crawford Road underpass during fall, winter and early spring months when it is closed to automobile traffic. The passages are a minimum of 26 feet wide with 12 feet of vertical clearance. Approaches to the underpasses are planted with things deer and elk like to eat including serviceberry, manzanita and bitterbrush. Logs, stumps and rocks are scattered throughout the un-
derpasses to help the animals feel comfortable about moving through the man-made structures. Motion sensing cameras in place since August have captured images of deer, coyotes, badgers and squirrels using the passages day and night. “We are just starting to see the first stages of use as animals get accustomed to the fenced areas and are starting to figure out the underpass areas,” Davenport said. “Preliminary reconnaissance is that deer, elk, coyotes, badgers, foxes and the occasional hiker and bow hunter are using it. We have seen a lot of elk walk along the fence line, mainly at night, checking things out. The big thing is we are not seeing any collisions on the roadways. We’ll know more in the next two months when the migration begins.”
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Cost vs. benefits The wildlife underpasses, fencing and Electro Mats represent $1.5 million of the $16 million total cost of the Lava Butte to South Century Drive safety project, which resulted in a four lane divided highway with full interchanges and a frontage road connecting Sunriver to Lava River Cave and Lava Lands Visitor Center. ODOT did a cost benefit analysis that concluded a savings to the public of $1.87 for every dollar spent on the wildlife underpasses. That’s based on the number of deer vs. vehicle collisions in the project area, vehicle repair and increased insurance costs over the past 10 years. “The beauty of that is the figures are conservative. In other parts of the country where wildlife crossings have been installed, we’re seeing 80- to 90-percent reductions in animal vs. vehicle collisions for a $2 to $3 return for each dollar invested,” Wray said. “This is a very positive project and it’s important to monitor the results. We hope to do more of these around the state so we need to learn from this project. We put in a lot of time and
The Education Foundation for Bend-La Pine Schools recently received an in-kind contribution of 10 iPads from Bank of the Cascades to increase access to technology in local classrooms. The gift helps support the foundation’s Classroom Grants program which provides financial awards to district educators to foster creative and innovative
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Tracking the results Officials will compare the number of animal vs. vehicle strikes after the wildlife passages have been in use to the number that occurred before the improvements were installed. They’ll also use the motion sensing cameras to estimate the number of animals that move through the underpasses. The cameras aren’t perfect because “if we get 20 pictures of a doe, we can’t tell if it’s the same doe that went back and forth 10 times, or 20 different does. It’s easier to count the bucks,” using their antlers to distinguish individuals, Davenport said. Since the project began there have been no reports of wildlife vs. vehicle collisions between South Century Drive and Lava Butte. Davenport believes the safety enhancements are contributing factors. “There’s an expanded field of view. You can see the animals, and the animals tend to stay back from the roadway. From a safety standpoint, it’s working well, especially for visitors to Lava Lands.”
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curricula. Technology is among the foundation’s top funding priorities as research indicates that students who have consistent exposure to it have a greater breadth of knowledge in core subject areas, learn more efficiently, have higher test scores, and exhibit higher level thinking and problem solving. Specifically, this donation will expand the Instructional Technology Department’s iPad loaner library. Teachers can request the devices so they can integrate applications into a classroom setting while sharing best practices with fellow peers. “Over the past few years, the demand for iPads and other technological devices has increased dramatically,” said Heather Vihstadt, executive director of the Education Foundation. Prior to this donation, Vihstadt said iPads were already being utilized in the schools for center-based learning, to aid English language learners, to assist low-income students in need of intensive intervention, and for special needs programs. “Putting iPads into the hands of local students is a great investment in education and the future of our communities,” said Julie Miller, executive vice president and Oregon regional manager for Bank of the Cascades.
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Sunriver Art Party to raise funds for Sara’s Project
Sunriver Music Festival conductor George Hanson will be looking at new ways to bring more interest in supporting the arts.
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“Artists have to keep informing the communities we serve of what we already do, and then talk about how the arts improve the quality of education and the attractiveness of the community.” “Arts are important to corporations’ decisions about where to locate, where to start up new offices and the ease with which they can attract skilled employees. If we want to make an economic case for the Sunriver Music Festival, we need harder numbers.” Hanson said it is necessary to prove the Sunriver Music Festival’s worth. “I’ve conducted orchestras and symphonies all over the world. I’ve seen what does and doesn’t work. I’ve watched some smart organizations miss opportunities and seen some succeed beyond their wildest dreams.” When Hanson had responsibility for artistic leadership in the Anchorage school system, the school board considered reducing elective programs, such as music, in order to elevate math scores. Hanson said he researched test scores of music students, and was able to convince the board that music students have higher math scores than those who don’t participate in music. Hanson said he’s heard all the standard refusals to requests for funding of the arts. “ ‘Why should I donate to the arts when children are dying of cancer? The potholes in the streets need to be fixed first.’
If that’s the mentality of some community boosters, wait until they are trying to promote their community to a business considering relocating. Wait until they have to say: ‘We used to have a symphony but it went out of business.’ If you think that doesn’t impact a community, you are mistaken.” Hanson said all communities benefit by awareness of the arts. “It’s not just Johnny plays flute. It’s playing the flute that is improving his grades. The question that faces the arts community is how do we document our value and emphasize that to the greater community?” He suggested it’s time for the Sunriver Music Festival to start having internal discussions with local business groups to develop a message so everyone is speaking in similar terms. “When an organization thinks of itself as a partner, it avoids having to beg and instead says ‘Here’s what we already do and here’s what we could do with more support.’ ” “Every community that has arts chooses to have them. People who live there make it happen. Sunriver already has this foundation. Imagine what we could do if we put our minds to it.” Hanson described the arts community as “the keeper of our culture. We decide how much, if any, of our culture survives. Will our children know who Beethoven was? Will they know the Ode to Joy? Imagine not knowing who Michelangelo was or the beauty of his painting on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. There are some things we should not give up easily.”
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On Nov. 3, the third annual Sunriver Art Party will herald in the beginning of the holiday giving season. Give the gift of one-of-a-kind art rather than something that will end up in a closet forever forgotten. As a bonus, your purchase will help a worthy charity. Held in the 1 Beech Lane home of hostess and organizer Susan Harkness-Williams in Sunriver, event hours will be 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. This year, the St. Charles Foundation and Sara’s Project (www. sarasproject.com) will be the recipient of a portion of sale proceeds. “This year’s art party is a ‘must do’ fundraiser for Sara’s Project,” said Harkness-Williams. “There will be a variety of established and emerging artists and authors along with food, beverages and pampering. It will be two stories of art, food and fun — something for everyone and all for a great cause.” There will be opportunities for a massage, purchasing fine arts and crafts as well as enjoying tasty appetizers and a hot or cold beverage provided by the artists. Art represented will include
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some art pieces will also take place to benefit Sara’s Project. Parking is limited so please try to carpool. For more information, call 541-593-2127 or email sunriversister@chambers cable.com or message Harkness-Williams on Facebook for directions.
Pigskin Potlucks at SHARC
JUST FOR SROA MEMBERS & their guests Join us at SHARC’s Hosmer Living Room for Monday Night Football Sunriver style! We’ll provide a pot of chili or soup with toppings. Bring your own beverages and snacks/side dishes to share.
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pottery, handblown glass, photography, designer handbags, jewelry, children’s clothing, gourd art, paintings and mixed media including handmade journals, book signings and some surprises. Known for her gourd art, Harkness-Williams will also be selling her Murano glass beads as well as necklaces, earrings and bracelets. Some artists will take credit cards and all, of course, take cash or check. Opportunity raffles for
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From the board room: The SROA planning process
sunriver owners association by Bob Nelson, SROA president Several years ago, SROA leadership identified three critical issues that needed to be addressed. In short, we did not have sufficient reserves to repair and replace our aging infrastructure, our South Pool was obsolete and failing and our amenities needed to be improved as an essential component of our quality of life. Having identified these issues we also realized that we could not address Bob Nelson all three at the same time. A plan was developed (the “three legged stool”) by which we could systematically and methodically address these critical issues. We have steadfastly pursued this plan and are, with each passing year, building adequate reserves for our needs. The completion of SHARC has provided a solution to our aging aquatics facilites. And at the August annual meeting, we were presented with our consultants’ concept of the “Sunriver Infrastructure & Amenities Master Plan.” This master plan is intended to provide us with guidance well into the future regarding our infrastructure and amenities development.
During this time period, we also engaged in a strategic planning process in response to our need for a long-range strategy and related plan that was comprehensive in nature. The result of that effort is SROA’s Vision 2020 strategic plan document which is intended to provide the current SROA Board of Directors and staff, and their successors, with a leadership tool to ensure the continuation and enhancement of our strategic position. Key elements of this plan include our mission, our values and our beliefs. Our mission is compelling and has had real and immediate impact on our direction and decision-making processes. That mission is to maintain Sunriver as a premier residential and resort community, protecting and enhancing its quality of life, natural environment and property values. In pursuing that mission, we are guided by the following core values: • Protecting our natural environment • Enriching our quality of life • Ensuring a safe and secure environment • Protecting our property values
• Ensuring financial soundness and stability • Proactive governance • Supporting volunteerism • Anticipating and planning for the future • Maintaining a premier residential and resort community • Sustaining a close working relationship with our owners We also determined that in accomplishing our mission and adhering to our values, that our actions should be characterized by openness, transparency, data based decision making, active communication and outreach to our owners. It has been in this context that we have identified critical issues, identified practical and measurable outcomes, and developed concrete and realistic plans to achieve them. It was the model we followed in addressing our reserves and SHARC. It is a model we will continue to follow as we plan for the future management and operation of SHARC and as we implement the infrastructure and amenities master plan. In this month’s front page story on SHARC, Bill Peck identifies both strengths and weaknesses identified in our first summer of operations and
SROA Board of Directors: September summary The Sunriver Owners Association Board of Directors held it’s monthly work session on Friday, Sept. 14. Owners forum –Jim Blaisdell requested that 4 feet of the 8-foot-wide pathway around the meadow be plowed in the winter. Blaisdell believes this will encourage pedestrians to stay off the cross-country ski tracks. He said partially plowing the walkway might also reduce the length of time it is locked in ice and unsafe on which to walk, ski or snowshoe. Blaisdell expressed concerns about a noxious weed outbreak on a section of SROA commons that was recently reclaimed from asphalt to meadow. He brought a sample of the plants growing in the reclaimed area. –Ken Shell said he is worried about the direction of the community. He said when he moved to Sunriver in 1980 there were more full-time residents. He doesn’t think SROA should be involved in promoting tourism and believes property values are decreasing. He said there were four or five rental cars in the driveways of the rental houses on his lane. He said his six grandchildren didn’t want to go to SHARC because it was so crowded. –John Holland said the 7 Page 22
a.m. departure of private jets at the Sunriver Airport shakes his house and windows so hard it set off his burglar alarm, which he had to shut off. He said he was circulating a petition among his neighbors to document concerns about noise from the airport. He also expressed concern about trees dying between circles 5 and 7 and attributed it to an infestation of pine needle scale. –John Wiest said if all the proposals for parking in the amenities master plan were developed as currently shown it would amount to an additional 50,000 square feet of asphalt, which he does not believe is in keeping with Sunriver’s natural beauty. He expressed concern that the north tennis court proposal does not show the north pool, and believes that further development of the north tennis courts amounts to commercialization. Wiest requested that every stage of the amenities master plan be discussed in public forums. Board discussion –Harry Hamilton presented the Sunriver Nature Center and Oregon Observatory’s annual report and state of the environment. SNCOO will submit a 2013 contract proposal the
week of Sept. 17. –Scott McBride and Marv Lang of the Bend Fort Rock Ranger District of the Deschutes National Forest updated the Sunriver to Lava Lands pathway project. The 5.5-mile pathway would connect Sunriver to Benham East Day Use Area and the Lava Lands Visitors Center via an 8-foot-wide paved pathway constructed along a series of existing dirt roads. Construction was delayed from this year to next due to installation of railroad crossing arms and efforts to preserve old-growth trees. The forest service is analyzing comments as it prepares an environmental analysis of the project. A final decision is expected in December with construction set to take place in summer 2013. –Discussed SHARC use levels. Despite numerous days this summer when more than 3,000 people visited the aquatic facility, the official 5,000-person occupancy limit was never approached. Vehicle parking was a problem and ideas about increasing parking and improving traffic flow were considered. (See story page 1). –Discussed the Infrastructure and Amenities Master Plan. Staff recommends a 60-day comment period for owners to www.sunriverowners.org
shares statistics regarding our visitors and revenues. While staff was able to resolve many user concerns in a timely manner and we documented owner and visitor comments regarding their experiences at SHARC, we hope to garner much more information when an online survey of SHARC users is launched this month. We will then have the tools to engage in a detailed and comprehensive analysis of our most recent “season of learning” as we plan for the future. We are also embarking on the lengthy and involved process of examining what our consultants provided as a “from 30,000 feet” overview of potential amenity and infrastructure improvements with the goal of identifying desired improvements, cost estimates and priorities. As with our planning for SHARC, there will be many opportunities for owner input all along the way. We are really in the “planning to plan” stage of exploring the opportunities offered through this infrastructure and amenities master plan. We look forward to the continued involvement of Sunriver property owners as, ultimately, it’s your community and these will be your decisions. Thank you for your continued support.
review the plan as presented at the annual meeting. The plan is posted on the SROA website under the News and Notices menu item. Owners are asked to view the plan from the 30,000-foot level and not worry about minutiae. The plan needs to be adopted before various segments of the plan can be prioritized and costs estimated. (See story page 1.) Regular SROA board meeting The SROA Board of Directors meeting was held Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012. Board members present: Bob Nelson, Bob Wrightson, Chris Christensen, Richard Wharton, Roger Smith, Patti Klascius, David Jendro, Pat Hensley and Greg Froomer. Staff present: Bill Peck, Susan Berger. Treasurer’s report As of Aug. 31, 2012 (unaudited/estimated) Revenues................. $5,749,304 Expenses................... 3,901,303 Income (loss)............ 1,848,001 Depreciation................ 416,961 Interfund transfers..(1,591,529) Surplus (deficit)........... 673,433 Owners forum –Al Webb noted an increase of bicyclists on roads where they shouldn’t be and that there needed to be reminders that
cyclists must ride on pathways. –Marcia Francis asked why owners couldn’t launch kayaks at the marina site. It was explained that the marina is resort property. –Nancy Icenogle was concerned with overcrowding at SHARC, and that her guests couldn’t get in. She also noted that 20 passes were not enough for her family and questioned the appropriateness of rental property access to SHARC. –Eileen Katz asked about adding rubber mats in SHARC’s locker rooms as the floors get slippery when wet. –Jim Adams thanked the board for SHARC and its successes, but asked that there be an “owners only” time set aside at SHARC. “We shouldn’t have to wait for the summer rush to leave and until mid-September to use the facility.” Association operations Administration: All departments working on their 2013 budgets. Held the first annual meeting at SHARC to a record crowd. Analyzing SHARC data and statistics to begin planning and budgeting for 2013. Accounting: Beginning process of tracking SHARC assessments collected for placement in designated bank accounts. Staff is cross training to cover Turn to Summary, page 23
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IT: Provided daily support at SHARC. Created Fast Camp schedule on ActiveNet. Scheduled end of season termination of Internet services at Tennis Hill and North Pool. Created a field survey database for SROA Environmental Services Department. Public Works: Fall road projects are under way and expected to be completed in early October, including a realignment of circle 4 to facilitate moving the road away from an adjacent pathway. Annalee Craig was hired as a new aquatic technician for SHARC. Recreation/SHARC: Preparing recommendations for SHARC policies and procedures based on data, statistics and owner/visitor input. Shellie Campbell was hired as the new events and membership manager. More than 50 events were held at SHARC in August, including concerts, club meetings, a wedding and more. Adventure Camp enrollment was up about 40 kids. Board actions –Approved Aug. 17 board work session minutes as written. –Approved Aug. 18 board meeting minutes as written. –Approved Aug. 18 SROA annual meeting minutes as written. –Approved August 31, 2012 summary financial statement (estimated/unaudited). –Approved 3 percent dis-
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positions in the event of an absence. Developed a monthend process to accrue SHARC credit card and cash collections in the correct month to better match revenues with costs of goods sold. Communications: Advertising revenue is 20 percent better than last year for the same billing period. Production of the 2013 Resident Directory is under way, it goes to press in mid-October. Created emergency operations plan maps for the Sunriver Police, date/ time/street labels for road construction signs and posters for a variety of events at SHARC. Community Development: Paint boards have been updated. Most homes flagged during the annual paint survey have complied. For those who failed to paint, enforcement will take place in October. Work in the village continues, with an additional new building to commence this fall. Environmental Services: Researched the presence of pine needle scale on commons. Almost 50 acres of commons has received ladder fuels treatment. War on Weeds was a success with more than 125 bags of noxious weeds collected. A special team continues to pull weeds as they are discovered on commons.
count for full payment of regular maintenance fees for 2013 (does not apply to special purpose assessment payments). –Approved sunset of the Telecommunications task force. –Approved numerous appointments to and resignations from various SROA committees (see page 24). –Approved resolution 2012005 authorizing elected officers of the Sunriver Owners Association to act as signatories on all
Would you like an easy way to get your maintenance fee payment to SROA on time each month? Three convenient alternatives to sending a monthly check are available to Sunriver property owners. Annual prepayment You can prepay your 2013 maintenance fee and receive a three percent discount. Three percent, when annualized, is equivalent to a 6.9 percent return and you save your association the expense of preparing and mailing the entire coupon book. Instead, we will send you an invoice in late December/early January that you will return with your onetime payment, which is due by Jan. 25, 2013. Electronic funds transfers The second alternative is to
Recycling in Central Oregon is different from what is acceptable in other Oregon communities or states. Please follow these guidelines.
The Sunriver recycling center is located off Abbot Drive on Sun Eagle at the SROA Public Works Yard. Hours are 8am to 8pm daily
accepted plastic Please rinse & clean all containers. No need to flatten.
tin & aluminum corrugated cardboard glass
And what comes with it - coupons, flyers, etc.
Mixed paper & junk mail
Paper, envelopes, white and colored paper, paper bags, computer paper, tin can labels, wrapping paper (no foil or ribbon), shredded paper (strips only, no confetti). Put shredded paper in a paper bag only and staple shut to avoid litter
Cereal/cracker/shoeboxes (discard liners), soda and beer cartons, paper egg cartons, paper towel tubes. Magazines, catalogs and phonebooks
authorize SROA to automatically withdraw monthly payments from your bank account. Check the appropriate box on the form below or in the online form at www.sunriverowners.org. You’ll receive an enrollment form instead of a coupon book, saving everyone time and money. Pay online SROA members can also pay any amount, anytime, online with their credit or debit card through SROA’s secure online processor. If you want to prepay the annual assessment and receive the three percent discount, fill out the form below or online and select the “Annual Prepayment Invoice” option. Once you receive the invoice in the mail, (late December or early January), log on to the SROA website and select “Pay Your Assessments Online” under Online Office in the green menu bar. This will take you to the secure payment site where you can pay the amount shown on your invoice. You can also make monthly payments online with your card. All online payments are subject to a 2.5 percent convenience fee.
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Plastic bottles & tubs 6 ounces or larger Rigid plastics, such as yogurt, butter tubs, sour cream and cottage cheese containers Nursery plant pots 4 inches or larger Plastic buckets 5 gallons or less
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Plastic containers smaller than 6 ounces Bags and film Clear, rigid plastic fruit/veggie clamshells, bakery containers and salad containers Foam, Styrofoam, bubble wrap or blister packaging Bottle and tub lids Cups, plates or utensils Food contaminated items Trays Toys or tools Biodegradeable/compostable plastics Plastics that contained hazardous substances, such as motor oil, pesticides or fertilizers
To access the online form identical to the one below, choose “Online Office” from the green menu bar that runs across any web page. While holding down the mouse button, drag down to “Maintenance Fee Option Request.” The form will open in a new window. Just be sure to submit the form – by mail or online – by Nov. 16, 2012. The SROA Board of Directors determines the amount of the 2013 maintenance fee at their November meeting. That amount will be announced in the December Scene and on the SROA website. Please note that members who do not choose a payment option will receive the 12-month coupon book in late December. If you have questions, call the accounting office at 541-593-2411 or toll-free 888-284-6639, or email Becky Jellison at email@example.com PLEASE NOTE: The 3 percent discount applies to the regular maintenance fund assessment only. Special assessment payments for the SHARC facility are not subject to the 3 percent discount.
SROA 2013 Maintenance Fee Option Request
Paper ream wrappers, tissue paper, slick or wax coated cardboard, candy wrappers, snack food bags, frozen food boxes, paper cups/plates/towels/napkins or pet food bags
Please send me the 2013 Annual Prepayment Invoice* Please send me the Enrollment Form for Electronic Funds Transfer of monthly payments
Name:_ ___________________________________________ Sunriver property address:___________________________________________
FOR OFFICE USE ONLY 6-digit customer ID #:_____________________________
Return completed form by November 16 to:
Cans, jar lids, clean foil, TV dinner trays, beverage cans. Rinse clean. No need to flatten or remove labels
SROA, PO Box 3629, Sunriver, OR 97707
Flatten all cardboard boxes. No wax/slick coated cardboard or food contaminated items (eg: pizza boxes, take home containers) Clear and colored glass bottles and jars only, rinsed clean. Labels are okay. No window glass, mirrors, etc.
When trash is found in the recycle bins, the load ends up in the landfill and NONE of it recycled!
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The meeting adjourned at 10:20 a.m. The next board work session is 9 a.m., Friday, Oct. 19 and the next regular meeting will take place at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 20 in the SROA administration building, 57455 Abbot Drive, between circles 3 and 4, next to the Sunriver Fire Department. Approved minutes of the meeting are posted, as available, on the SROA website at www. sunriverowners.org
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SROA accounts. –Approved dissolution of the Sunriver Charitable Fund. The fund had been inactive for more than 10 years. The estimated $280 in the account is to be given to a nonprofit organization. –Held a first reading of the Sunriver Infrastructure & Amenities Master Plan. The plan is posted on the SROA website. Owners are asked to review the plan and offer comments.
You can also submit this form online at www.sunriverowners.org under Online Office *PLEASE NOTE: You will receive your one-time payment invoice in the mail in late December. Your payment in-full is due by January 25, 2013 Page 23
Halloween dinner theatre, if you dare… Innovation Theatre Works first production of its 20122013 main stage season will be a celebration of the macabre. Just in time for Halloween, the “Masque of the Red Death: A Journey into the World of Edgar Allan Poe,” is an adaptation of three of Poe’s most celebrated tales. The audience will participate in a journey through a cauldron of horror in every nook and cranny of the ITW build-
ing, stopping along the way to partake of a progressive dinner by A La Carte Catering. “This will be unlike any theatrical experience you’ve ever had,” said Brad Hills, ITW artistic director. “You’ll see a new nightmare unfold in each room while partaking of a specially prepared progressive dinner at every stop along the way. You’ll discover what lies beneath the floorboards of one frightened
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Please observe the following for pickup: • There is no need to call SROA. All roads will be checked. Have piles at roadside by the first week of each month • Cut branches to 8-foot maximum length • Stack brush/branches parallel with road edge so equipment can reach it without going off road • Do not stack on top of or near electrical, phone, cable boxes, water/sewer valves/meters, big rocks or sprinklers • WE CAN’T pick up pine needles, grass, leaves or small branches that equipment grapples can’t hold. If you include this material, the pile will be left
man’s apartment. You’ll descend into the catacombs where lie the bones of another man’s ancestors. Then brace yourself against the Red Death itself in the horrific beauty of our grand ballroom.” “Masque of the Red Death” opens Thursday, Oct. 18 at 7 p.m. and will play through Saturday, Nov. 3. Tickets are $35 including dinner and the show. Seating is limited to 30 guests per show. Reservations must be made in advance and no walkups will be admitted. Tickets are available by calling 541-504-6721 or visiting www. innovationtw.org. Innovation Theatre Works is located at 1155 SW Division St., #B-8, off Reed Market Road and Third Street in the Scandia Square behind the Goody’s Factory Store.
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After weeks of volunteer and contractor hand pulling of noxious weeds, Sunriver ups the ante with herbicides. A contractor sprays Milestone on a persistent patch of Canada thistle, a perennial that forms extensive colonies from an underground root system, in the Great Meadow. Patti Gentiluomo, SROA Environmental Services director, said the most benign substances that target specific noxious weeds are applied.
SROA board liaison and committee changes The following committee end of term departures were announced and appointments and resignations were approved at the Sept. 15 SROA Board of Directors meeting: SROA treasurer & secretary David Jendro, assistant treasurer; Roger Smith, assistant secretary Resignations Curtis Schade, Covenants; Cheryl Strom, Election End of term of service departures Sandra Merrigan, Election; Larry Buzan and Eric Saukkonen, Finance; Ken Arnold, Carolyn Barr and Dennis Wood, Nominating; Carole Elsbree, Public Works; Mark Lemley and Sandra Merrigan, Recreation.
• If you want to dispose of grass clippings, pine needles or other organic material, it can be taken to the compost site at Lake Penhollow (for a fee). Call (541) 593-4197
End of second term of service departures George Pagano and Max Yandt, Design; David Jendro, Environmental; Gary Gehlert and Mary Ann Martin, Public Works.
This service is provided free to individual property owners for reduction of ladder fuels. Vegetative material generated for building construction or by a ladder fuels contractor is the responsibility of the contractor and will not be removed.
Appointments to a first term of service Adrienne Wallace, Election; Mike Gocke and Eileen Katz, Finance; Katie Hall, Jim Adams
and Barbara Wade, Nominating; Doris Brannan, Janet Baker, Steve Rice, Max Yandt, Gary Knox, and Lisa Vande Voorde, Recreation Appointments to a second term of service Scott Hartung and Kathie Thatcher, Covenants; Kathie Thatcher, Election; Rae Seely, Environmental; David Williams, Finance Change from alternate to full time positions Timothy Batrell and Kerry Riper, Design Chairperson appointments Scott Hartung, Covenants; Ann Byers, Design Chair; Curt Wolf, Design Vice Chair; Kathie Thatcher, Election Co-Chair; Jayne Meister, Election Co-Chair; Rae Seely, Environmental; Bob Wrightson, Finance; Jane Boubel, Public Affairs & Community Planning co-chair; Chris Christensen, Public Affairs & Community Planning co-chair; Richard Jenkins, Public Works Board liaison appointments Covenants, Froomer; Design, Klascius; Environmental, Jendro; Finance, Wrightson, Nelson and Wharton; Public Affairs & Community Planning, Christensen; Public Works, Hensley; Recreation, Smith
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Q: Summer is over, the of visitors were very impressed crowds are gone and SHARC with the facilities and quite still stands. What operational complimentary of our staff. issues stood out for you during However, many of the concerns we heard were about SHARC’s inaugural season? A: One of my biggest con- items needing some level of cerns from the onset was attention. Any problem we whether we were going to be became aware of that was imable to efficiently check in and mediately fixable, we fixed, process the huge volume of or at least tried to resolve the best way we could. folks expected to Throughout the visit this new fasummer we concility. While I had tinued to identify lots of operational our strengths and goals in mind, first weaknesses. We and foremost, I Coffee with the GM encouraged guest wanted the initial 8 am, Oct. 16 comments, feedguest experience SHARC back and suggesto be a positive Hosmer Room tions, good or bad. one. To the credit Owners are invited to Staff kept track of of SHARC’s manlearn the latest SROA agement team, news and ask questions. all comments and categorized them and especially our exceptional front desk guest for future reference. Not havservice representatives, we ing operated a facility of this were able to accomplish this magnitude before, we knew critical task. Visitors were that the first year or two of greeted at the front door with operations would be learna warm welcome and processed ing years, and believe me, we through most efficiently and learned a lot! Q: There was a comment expeditiously. However, this positive entry book available at SHARC all experience was occasionally summer and a lot of people deflated by the lack of available took the time to write in it. parking during peak times. How are those comments being The facility’s success created processed? A: Staff has already held sevquite a few days in July and August when parking spaces eral brainstorming sessions to were hard to come by. There analyze what we learned from was also an occasional foot race the information we gathered. to secure one of the 750 plus Based on our experience and lounge chairs and a tube for the collective reasoning, we will be water slide. Even though we proposing additional improvenever came close to exceeding ments and policy revisions. occupancy limits, there were All proposed improvements those who felt the facility was and changes will be included too crowded. There were also in the fall budget process that those who felt the wait for includes the finance commitfood was too long and others tee and board of directors. On who were disappointed when Oct. 1 we will also post on our they were not allowed to bring website, www.sunriverowners. their own food to the pool area. org, a link to a survey we hope While I’m not one to make will provide even more owner excuses, no one expected the and visitor input from those consistently hot and beautiful who visited SHARC this sumsummer weather coupled with mer. This information will be the sheer number of visitors used by the board to determine if our proposed revisions and/ SHARC attracted. With that said, the majority or other changes are needed.
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Our goal has always been, and continues to be, providing the best guest service possible. Thanks for coming to SHARC and providing us with your thoughts, and thank you in advance for participating in the new survey. If you want your comments and thoughts to be considered, please take a few moments to complete the survey. Q: Why aren’t all pathways not scheduled for immediate replacement being crack sealed? A: Actually, we have done quite a bit of crack seal this year, but are approaching it from a safety standpoint rather than a maintenance process that was designed to prolong the life of the pathway. All cracks identified during our routine inspections and/or brought to our attention that are safety concerns are being patched. If not a safety concern, we are deferring this type of expensive maintenance procedure because we are replacing all of the pathways with a new, state of the art paving process. This award-winning process is designed to prevent hazardous cracks and increase the life of the pathway. All of our pathways have been professionally analyzed and prioritized for replacement. In following our engineer’s advice, we have now replaced roughly 12 miles of
our 34-mile pathway system. Each year, 4 to 5 miles of pathway are scheduled for replacement. In the interim, cracks that need attention will be patched. All new pathways will receive routine care and maintenance designed to prolong their life. Q: With smoke from the Pole Creek fire near Sisters drifting into Sunriver, are we doing enough to reduce the threat of catastrophic fire in and around Sunriver? A: For the last 22 years, Sunriver has been dedicated to the prevention of a catastrophic fire in and around its boundaries. We spend hundreds of thousands of dollars within our boundaries annually removing ladder fuels and improving the health of the forest. The Sunriver Service District is home to one of the best-trained and equipped fire departments anywhere. Their central location allows almost immediate response to a fire that starts within our community or near our boundaries. Fire retardant building materials have been encouraged and new wood roofs are prohibited. Rules require owners to maintain their private properties in a fire safe condition. Outside burning is also prohibited in Sunriver. So yes, we take our fire prevention responsibility seriously.
The forest service has been a great partner in this endeavor to keep Sunriver safe, devoting significant resources to the forests around our perimeter. With that said, we cannot get away from the fact that our community is nestled smack dab in the middle of a national forest. Without denuding the landscape to a point where no one would want to live or visit, we can never totally eliminate the threat of fire. While we hope all of our efforts will prevent a devastating fire in or around Sunriver, emergency plans and evacuation procedures are also in place. A community-wide emergency siren and public address system will alert owners and visitors of any potential danger from an approaching fire and will also provide instructions for evacuation should that ever become necessary. It is our goal that all of our association’s and outside agencies’ efforts will allow first responders a fighting chance to control, and keep any fire that starts, from growing to a point that it threatens any part of our community. Send your questions via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or bring them to the next “Coffee with the GM” Tuesday, Oct. 16, 8 a.m. in the Hosmer Room at SHARC.
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Oregon author William Sullivan at Sunriver Books Oct. 20 By Deon Stonehouse Oct. 20 at 5 p.m., William Sullivan will give a presentation on his latest book, “The Case of D. B. Cooper’s Parachute.” In addition to some of Oregon’s best hiking books, Sullivan also writes works of fiction and non-fiction. If you are from the Pacific Northwest and of a certain age, you likely remember D. B. Cooper. On Nov. 24, 1971, Thanksgiving eve, D. B. Cooper boarded a plane in Portland heading for Seattle. Cooper hijacked the plane, demanded a $200,000 ransom and parachutes. Passengers were released unharmed in Seattle and the plane took off again, headed toward a re-fuel stop in Reno. Along the way Cooper parachuted into history with his loot. Massive manhunts failed. More than 40 years later the FBI investigation remains active and D.B. Cooper is part of
northwestern lore. So what really happened to D.B. Cooper? Did he survive the jump? You will have to join us Oct. 20 for clues. Sullivan’s new book is an entertaining story full of northwestern detail. A fifth generation Oregonian, Sullivan makes good use of familiar settings. The novel takes place in Portland and I could see every street he describes so accurately. The action opens with newly promoted lieutenant Neil Ferguson and his partner sergeant Wu on a stakeout; they are supposed to catch an art thief going by the moniker D.B. Cooper. Things quickly go awry with a high-speed chase through the crowded streets of Portland. Ferguson is an interesting guy with lots of baggage. He is a recovering alcoholic still grieving the passing of his wife three years ago, but attracted to Wu, and wracked with guilt over the
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Sunriver pets: In the garden of squirrels By Dr. Wendy Merideth Sunriver is home to many woodland creatures, but there is one species whose tantalizing fluffy rear haunts my dogs’ dreams. Squirrels. As exemplified in the film “Up,” a dog’s attention span is no match for that luxurious tail. I believe the domesticated dog has vestiges of wolf instinct and wolves often hunt rodents. Perhaps domesticated dogs, despite their comfy existence with us, have a genetic draw to go completely bonkers over squirrels. It is important to realize the intensity of this attraction as dogs will blindly run across roads and dangerous terrain in pursuit of this apparent archnemesis. A s i d e from being extraordinary distractions to dogs, squirrels can carry internal and external parasites. It is important to bring a fecal sample to your pet’s annual exam for a fecal check. The specimen is submitted to the lab where it undergoes zinc
sulfate centrifugation. The lab then examines the sample for microscopic ova, cysts and larvae. Often times people will tell me that they check their dog or cat’s poop regularly and they haven’t seen any worms. That is fantastic. One can see tapeworms with the naked eye, however, there are many that you cannot see. Roundworms, whipworms, hookworms, and others attach to the inner lining of the intestines. These parasites shed microscopic eggs that can be identified with the microscope. We still advise an annual dewormer as these eggs are shed intermittently and can be missed. A fecal analysis can also identify parasites such as giardia and coccidia that are not treated by a general dewormer. Our protocol is designed with the guidance of the Companion Animal Parasite Council. The council is an independent organization with the objective to create guidelines for optimal control of internal and external
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and spent the week alongside more than 100 corporate sponsors and media representatives. PacAm attendees stayed an average of more than six nights enjoying local accommodations, restaurants and stores with total economic impacts of more than $2.5 million for the weeklong event. In its 16th year the Golf World Pacific Amateur Golf Classic, produced by the Central Oregon Visitors Association, raised more than $11,000 for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Oregon. The three-day, net strokeplay tournament takes place on some of the finest golf courses in Central Oregon and offers divisions for golfers of every skill level including: the open/ gross division for golfers look-
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parasites that threaten the health of pets and people. Veterinarians are the only people in your life that want your pet’s feces — but enough about poo. Squirrels can also carry leptospirosis, a spirochete bacteria that causes kidney and liver disease in both dogs and humans. The The public can now register to receive future emergency notices on their cell phones from Deschutes 911. The new online registration service is available for residents living in Deschutes County, Crooked River Ranch and Camp Sherman. Notices can only be received if you register for the service. The Deschutes County Citizen Emergency Notification System (CENS) notifies the public with important information during an emergency. Until recently, CENS could call landline telephones but didn’t have the ability to call cell or Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP)
emails, phone calls or text messages. Once registered, you can return to your account to manage information and settings. You can also register additional contacts through the system. If CENS attempts to call your cell and the line is busy, the system will redial the number three times to make contact. If an answering machine or voice mail system picks up the call, a message will be recorded. For more information and to register your cell or VoIP phones, please visit www.deschutes.org/ citizenalerts or call the Deschutes County 911 business line at 541388-0185.
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bacterium is found in stagnant water sources. Squirrels may also harbor external parasites such as fleas and ticks that transmit the plague, Lyme disease, and Bartonella spp. Though rare, squirrels can also transmit rabies through bite wounds. Please reduce conflict with our bushy-tailed forest dwellers by
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help unwelcome house mates leave. In addition to trapping them humanely, or otherwise, you can sometimes drive them out with light and sound. A battery-powered lantern and a loud radio (especially if it’s playing heavy metal rock and roll) can quickly convince a squirrel to vacate an attic. But that’s only if that squirrel hasn’t started a family. And wow, that happens fast and furious. Squirrels can have up to two litters a year. That’s nothing compared to mice that start breeding as young as six to 10 weeks, with pregnancies that last just three weeks. In short, without the right precautions you could be playing host to a critter commune in a matter of months. So you need to prevent the problem in the first place by not rolling out a critter welcome mat. For starters, don’t inadvertently invite pests into your home by leaving out a buffet. Make sure that in addition to not leaving out food, you clean up those crumbs on your counters and even the traces of dried food in
your pets’ bowls. You’ll also want to store compost, as well as bird food and kibble, in rodent-proof containers and keep bird feeders at a distance. You also need to make it harder for critters to sneak in. Inspect your property. Fill any cracks or holes in your house with cement or plaster reinforced with fine steel wool. If your exterior needs more extensive repairs, make sure those happen. Screen off openings around gas and cable lines, dryer and roof vents, and air ducts. You can find commercial vent screens for dryers that keep animals out without allowing lint buildup. Roof vent-caps can help keep squirrels at bay. If you’re not sure where the critters are getting in, a dusting of flour in your house can help you track them. Of course, that means even more clean up. But at least flour isn’t toxic. Outside, stacks of firewood and compost piles, as well as lawn and garden or construction debris, create lovely habitats that are a hop, skip and jump from
your interior. Bushes and trees closer than six to eight inches from your house or garage also invite trouble. Avoid providing critters with watering holes — whether big or small — close to your house. Fix any leaks; get rid of any standing water. And if you are putting in a hot tub, you probably don’t want it right outside your bedroom slider. There’s just nothing like critters using your spa as a personal pool to kill the romance and undermine relaxation. In short, when it comes to critters just say no. If controlling these pests seems too daunting, or if you simply need advice or a little sympathy from someone who really understands what you’re up against, don’t hesitate to contact me. Shannon Bassett offers professional home management and concierge services to vacation home owners through her locally-owned company Home Fridays. Information: 541-317-3088 or shannon@ homefridays.com
Programs and events at the High Desert Museum • Oct. 4-5, 11-12, 18-19, Hawk Watch and Migration Counting at Green Ridge: Help museum staff and the East Cascade Audubon Society count raptors migrating south. With Mt. Jefferson as a backdrop, these majestic and spectacular birds migrate south along the 15-mile-long ridge. Free. Meet at Indian Ford Campground at 9 a.m. • Oct. 5, 12, 20; Owl Prowl: Join us on an evening walk through the museum’s forest in search of our 12 species of owls. Learn what their calls mean and how to call owls and get them to come close. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Members, free. Non-members, $10. Spaces limited. • Oct. 9, Senior Day: Seniors
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we made sure to outfox the raccoons by installing removable handles on the faucets. Mice and squirrels aren’t as adept, but they’re equally or more tenacious. And once they get in through tiny openings in attics or along garage doors, around windows or gas lines, or via holes or cracks as small as ¼ inch, they refuse to leave or do their best to return. Having stashed food deposits all over your house, atop wooden beams, picture frames, even roller shades, they’re downright determined. You have to be equally or more determined to keep critters out because having them in your house isn’t just annoying, it’s dangerous. Mice, for example, carry the airborne disease called hantavirus. Breathing in the aerosolized virus from mouse droppings, urine or saliva can be fatal. That’s right. Fatal. So the first thing to know is that if you do wind up with critters, you must safely clean up what they’ve left behind. Use gloves. Since vacuuming can propel particles into the air, douse the contaminated area with water first. Not only will it prevent airborne particles, it will also deactivate the virus. Finally, use bleach to disinfect the contaminated area. Sometimes you have to
By Shannon Bassett Are critters moving in as soon as you take off at the end of each season? Then you already know what I’m about to say all too well. There is little that’s less appealing than arriving at your house for some well-deserved R&R only to discover nasty surprises on the countertops, in the beds and around the kitchen. Some of those surprises — and the critters responsible for them — are larger than others. One of my clients left his doors open, allowing a pack rat to move in and make himself right at home. He had free rein for several weeks until we finally managed to catch him. You can imagine what the house looked like. Another client had to contend with a “deck condo” that a raccoon family created above their hot tub. With the help of Alpine Pest Management, we were finally able to screen off that area and convince the raccoons to relocate. Raccoons are a particular problem because of their dexterity. They can literally turn on outside water faucets. Of course, they don’t turn them off. That’s happened to two different clients of mine. Thankfully, both times we showed up to turn off the water, sparing the owners sky high water bills. Before leaving,
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Nocturnal communities are reclaiming the night, discover who’s awake when you’re asleep, and how some animals are adapted for life in the dark. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. • Oct. 20, Author Talk: Local author John C. Driscoll explores the revolutionary technology and infrastructure at the birth of a town in his new book “Gilchrist, Oregon: The Model Company Town.” Designed in a style known as Norwegian modern, Gilchrist was Oregon’s first town to be entirely wired and plumbed during construction. 2 p.m. • Oct. 27, Tales of All Hallows Eve: Live animals appear during dramatic readings, told by the light of jack-o’-lanterns, puppet making, puppet shows and more. 6-8 p.m. Members: Free. Non-members: $2 • Wednesdays and Thursdays 9:30-10:30 a.m., Backpack Explorers: Parents and children age 3-4 do science, art, body movement, share stories and songs. Explore the museum’s animal habitats.Some activities may be outdoors, please dress appropriately. Members: $10 per child. Non-members: $15 per child, plus museum admission for accompanying adult. Registration required: 541-382-4754, ext. 329. Located 10 minutes north of Sunriver on Highway 97, the museum is open daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Oct. 31. Information: 541-382-4754, www.highdesertmuseum.org
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Book clubs read Dracula and other seasonal stories By Deon Stonehouse October brings interesting selections for book club discussions. With Halloween the Classics Book Club couldn’t resist a discussion of “Dracula.” The mystery and fiction book clubs have intriguing choices too. Book clubs meet Mondays at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 1 the Mystery Book Club discusses “Trespasser” by Paul Doiron. Maine game warden Mike Bowditch is viewing the damage to a homeowner’s property by obnoxious ATV riders when he gets a call about a car colliding with a deer. He arrives on the scene, finds the car and blood evidence of a collision but no deer, no driver. A state trooper shows up shortly after Bowditch and is unconcerned with the missing deer or motorist, he figures someone picked up the meat and the driver got a ride. The trooper takes over, sending Bowditch home. The driver is later found dead and the case now seems eerily similar to a killing several years ago. Oct. 22 the Fiction Book Club discusses “One Thousand White Women: The Journals of Mary Dodd” by Jim Fergus. Dodd is among 1,000
women who journey west as brides for the Cheyenne. The story supposes that Cheyenne Chief Little Wolf suggests to President Ulysses Grant the two cultures could reach peace more easily with a common bond. Little Wolf proposes trading 1,000 good Cheyenne horses for 1,000 white women. The president does not want the publicity that would ensue, but does see the merit in assimilation of the Indians. The government begins a brides-for-Indians program where women can volunteer as brides, often, the women were inmates of prisons and asylums. Dodd was put away in an asylum by her wealthy family; she is eager to regain her freedom and accepts the offer with alacrity. It is an interesting premise. Oct. 29 the Classics Book Club discusses “Dracula” by Bram Stoker. Halloween is just around the corner, a perfect time to discuss the original vampire. Young solicitor Jonathan Harker travels
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Sunriver Stars to present reader’s theater Reader’s theater is often defined by what it is not — no memorizing, no props, no costumes, no sets. All this makes reader’s theater wonderfully convenient. Still, convenience is not its chief asset. Like storytelling, reader’s theater can create images by suggestion that could never be realistically portrayed on stage. Following the success of their premiere play in August, Sunriver Stars Community Theater will present “An Evening with Ebenezer” on Nov. 24 and 25, an adaptation of the traditional story of Scrooge in “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens. The 24 roles, including narrators, the Feziwigs, the Cratchit family, the Christmas ghosts and Ebenezer Scrooge will be performed by local residents. Many actors were in the first show, “The Brementown Musicians” but just as many are joining the stars for the first time. “We feel choosing to produce ‘An Evening with Ebenezer’ is the perfect way for the actors and audience alike to get into the holiday spirit,” said Ray Abanto, who is directing this production. Ticket information and times of the show may be found on the website, www.sunriverstars.com. Tickets will also be available from the actors, at the SROA office and at SHARC. All proceeds from ticket sales go to the FAST Camp program for children in the community. “We were absolutely delighted that we were able to donate $1000 for scholarships from our first show and look forward to seeing that amount grow with every production to come,” said Victoria Kristy-Zalewski, Sunriver Stars artistic director. Watch the stars shine this November and monitor the website for a chance to participate in a murder mystery in February.
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Sunriver Service District Managing Board September meeting summary public safety The Sunriver Service District Managing Board held its regular meeting on Sept. 13. Board members present: Jim Wilson, Bob Wrightson, Ron Angell, Bob Nelson. Absent: Debra Baker. Public input: -Lee Stevenson said North Imnaha Road area residents noticed a drop in vehicle speeds and less road noise when the radar trailer was in operation at the top of Cottonwood Road. He asked what else local residents could do to support reducing speed limits entering Sunriver. Financial Report: (As of Aug. 31, 2012, unaudited)
Resources:...............1,544,988 Requirements:............607,881 Police: wages & benefits.......217,512 materials & services.....23,240 Fire: wages & benefits.......278,673 materials & services.....40,075 Bike Patrol:...................35,526 Non-departmental:.......12,853 Board actions: -Approved minutes of the Aug. 16 regular meeting. -Approved payment of $10,679 to SROA for administrative and vehicle maintenance services in August. -Approved an emergency operations plan memorandum of understanding between the district and SROA. -Approved a revised fee schedule for district services, primarily ambulance transportation fees. Chief Hatch estimated $26,000 in new revenues. -Approved a 3-year employment agreement with police
chief Mills with $100,000 rezoning the site to allow annual salary and credit the use was more complifor 10 years of service in cated than initially thought determining vacation time. but still doable. -Elected officers for -Hatch said National 2012-2013: Jim Wilson, Incident Management Syspresident; Debra Baker, vice tem standards were satisfied president; Bob Wrightson, by holding two emergency treasurer. operations drills and an-Approved appointment swering a series of quesof Debra Baker as liaison to tions documenting the the police department and department’s readiness. AnJim Wilson as liaison to the other evacuation exercise fire department. is planned for late fall. It -Approved the appointwill be based on Deschutes ment of Ron Angell as County’s emergency operalitigation liaison. All aptions plan. pointments were effective -Through August, Hatch Sept. 14. said there were 152 bill-Approved evaluation The Sunriver Police Department’s radar able ambulance transports trailer parked on Beaver Drive near SHARC. goals for the fire chief. compared to 162 through sions to service agreements all of the previous year. He Board discussion: -During the annual audit, between SROA and the district. interprets this to mean demand a question of how to record There is a statement in the stra- for emergency medical services grant funds received by the fire tegic plan suggesting that these has returned to normal levels. -Two reserve firefighters were department in the 2011-2012 agreements be reviewed every fiscal year came up. Treasurer few years, but it has been at hired away prompting the deWrightson said he would meet least six years since it was done. partment to plan a recruiting with the county to explain the Agreed to include the issue in academy. -The department received district’s role as a pass-through the Oct. 18 workshop. -Administrative staff are hav- a letter of appreciation from of some of the funds to other ing difficulty updating the Sunriver Resort for assigning agencies. -Reviewed minutes of the district’s website. They may paramedics to the Sunriver SROA’s regular meeting and present a recommendation for Marathon for a Cause. a new website hosting service. Police: annual meeting in August. -In August, the Sunriver Po-Acknowledged Bob Nelson Chiefs’ reports: lice Department investigated for completing a 3-year term Fire: -In August, the Sunriver Fire 205 incidents, followed up of board service and welcomed Department responded to 101 on 69 and assigned 26 case him back for a second term. -A quarterly meeting of the calls for service including 76 numbers. The department ardistrict chair and SROA presi- emergency medical service calls, rested 34 individuals, provided dent was to be arranged by Jim five motor vehicle accidents 1,704 on-property assists, 52 (one that required extricating off-property assists and 1,466 Wilson. -Scheduled an Oct. 18, 1 a victim), four fires (one which public assists. The department p.m. workshop to review the caused $600 damage to a build- issued 336 traffic warnings and district’s 2010-2015 strategic ing) two hazardous conditions, 36 traffic citations; investigated 13 good intent calls and seven 173 SROA rule and regulation plan. incidents and issued 148 warn-Discussed suggested revi- false alarms. -Chief Hatch continued to ings and seven citations. Issued investigate land use issues sur- 946 warnings of violations of rounding the proposed fire pathway rules. training facility near Lake Pen-Chief Mills thanked Marti hollow. He said the process of Croal, SROA communica-
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tions coordinator, for creating an interactive emergency operations plan map of Sunriver that highlights streets when specific quadrants of the map are clicked. He said there is more work to do incorporating sirens and loud speakers within the map zones. -Mills sent daily email updates about the Pole Creek fire to interested parties. -Sunriver police officers helped secure the scene of a fire along Cottonwood Road the week of Sept. 2. Officers Kennedy and Buckley investigated a vehicle parked near the fire and cited the owner for reckless burning. -Mills noted public frustration over lack of parking near the Sunriver Sunfest Wine Festival. He said many motorists tried to park illegally along the sides of roads, others never found parking after driving around for a while, gave up and left. -Bike patrol has ended for the year. Mills received mostly positive feedback about this year’s patrol. -The department held its first bike rodeo at SHARC in August. They had good participation from young children and plan to host it again next year with better planning. The meeting adjourned at 4:35 p.m. to executive session. The next regular meeting of the Sunriver Service District Managing Board is Thursday, Oct. 18, 3 p.m. at the Sunriver Fire Station Training Room, 57475 Abbot Drive. It will be preceded by a work session at 1 p.m. in the same location. Approved meeting minutes are posted to www.sunriversd.org as available.
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Ask the police chief Q: What happened to the Sunriver Bike Patrol this summer? At the SROA annual meeting one owner said the bike patrollers used to stage near her house where she’d see them every day, and this summer she didn’t see any bike officers. A: The Sunriver Bike Patrol began prior to Memo- Marc Mills rial weekend with expectations that they would engage people on the pathways as well as anywhere else inside Sunriver to educate and gain compliance relating to all bike and pathway issues. With the opening of SHARC, and the added use of pathways surrounding the facility, a fair amount of time was spent in and around this area. The village has also seen an increased number of bike riders and pedestrians, and we increased our presence there to curtail issues. This year we encouraged the bike patrol to single patrol versus two or more together to cover more areas of Sunriver throughout their work shift. Q: Why weren’t the police ticketing cars that were parked illegally at SHARC ? A: With everything being new and SROA employees working hard to fix or deter as many parking issues as possible, we have been trying to warn and educate. We recognize most of the problems and hope that between us we are making some improvements. Keeping
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vehicles out of the emergency accesses and from parking in front of or too close to fire hydrants has been the most important issue. I also would like to remind people that police are exempt from receiving parking citations while taking enforcement action against violators. For example, police can park in front of a fire hydrant while issuing citations. Q: What’s going on with the radar trailer? One day it’s on Cottonwood Road and the next its on Beaver Drive near SHARC. It’s also blinking “slow down” messages and flashing red and blue lights at some motorists. Does it take pictures of speeding vehicles and send violations by mail? A: We are trying to slow people down in areas of high congestion. In these areas we believe that 25 mph may be too fast so we have re-set the warning lights to alert drivers of their speed earlier than in the past. Due to the number of ho-
meowner complaints regarding speed we also are trying to work more traffic patrols in these same areas. Just the other day we stopped a vehicle and issued the driver a citation for going 40 mph between circle 2 and 3. The trailer does not take photographs or send out citations. It can record speeds and volume of traffic for data collection. Do you have a question for Sunriver Police Chief Marc Mills or the department in general? Send it to firstname.lastname@example.org and watch for the answer in a future issue.
Fatal crash on 97 A motorist died early in the morning of Sept. 18 near the intersection of Highway 97 and Vandevert Road. Deschutes County Sheriff’s deputies and Sunriver medics were dispatched to the scene at 3:10 a.m. They found the wreckage of a red Chevrolet pickup truck on the east side of Highway 97. The crash was under investigation and the driver’s name was withheld until next of kin were notified.
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WILDFIRE SEASON IS HERE What can you do to protect your home and the community?
create defensible space Move woodpiles at least 20 feet away from decks and structures or to your furthest property line No permit required to clear bitterbrush within 15 feet of your home or structures No permit required to thin lodgepole seedlings (less than 4 inches diameter) to 6-8 foot spacing on your property For more information, call SROA Environmental Services at 593-1522
Selected log entries from the Sunriver Police - August 2012 DCJ = Deschutes County Jail DCSO = SFD = Sunriver Fire Department SCMC = UTL = R&Rs = Rules & Regulations OSP = RP = Reporting Person BAC = Blood Alcohol Content
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8/2 Received several calls from homeowners on Goldfinch Lane regarding roadside parking that was blocking driveways and creating inadequate space for emergency vehicles. Several cars received citations. Public Works was contacted about the ongoing problem. 8/3 Sunriver guest called 911 because his freezer door wasn’t closing and he wanted a maintenance worker to come fix it. Officer contacted RP and told him to call his rental company. He was also advised him about the misuse of 911 and what the consequences were. 8/3 RP reported shots fired. Turned out to be kids playing with water balloons. 8/3 Made contact with vehicle parked in front of the emergency gate at Cardinal Landing Bridge and had them move due to no parking in the area. 8/3 Report of several juveniles riding skateboards on the Fort Rock tennis courts. Contacted two male juveniles and advised them that they couldn’t ride skateboards in Sunriver. They walked home. 8/7 Follow up conducted on a theft case. Two additional checks were written at local businesses. Officer contacted the suspect at the jail and charged her with two more counts of negotiating a bad check-felony, theft II and III. 8/7 Assisted with a medical call. Turned out the female was napping, not ill. 8/9 Observed several individuals smoking marijuana in a parking lot. They got into a vehicle and drove off. After observing several traffic violations, officer conducted a traffic stop on South Century Drive near Crosswater. Driver consented to and failed standardized field sobriety tests and was arrested for DUI. Lodged at DCJ. 8/10 Report of car/bike accident in front of the bank. No injuries. 8/10 Report of a dog bite. Officer contacted the victim and located owner of dog. Owner cited and report forwarded to the district attorney’s office. The dog was quarantined at the humane society for 10 days. 8/11 Report of an aggressive dog. Contacted the owners and explained Sunriver rules regarding dogs. 8/11 Assisted county with a physical domestic incident in which a female was attempting to run a male over with her car. She was arrested for DUII and other charges. 8/13 Report of a child locked in a vehicle. Lockout waiver was signed and officer was able to gain entry and retrieve the child. 8/14 Report of a burglary. RP stated that an unknown person entered her garage and took two bicycles, a grill, tools and siphoned the gas from her vehicle. 8/14 Report of a female burning her shoes. Upon contact, she related that she was stranded and needed a ride. Fire department arrived and extinguished a small fire she had started to keep warm after being in the river. Officer provided a courtesy transport to Bend. 8/17 Attempted to contact a vehicle driving on the bike path near Beaver Drive and Lynx Lane. As the officer tried to make contact the driver aggressively accelerated away. After a short pursuit, the car stopped at Beaver Drive near Butternut Lane. Driver taken into custody for elude, reckless driving, and eight counts of recklessly endangering another person. Lodged at DCJ. 8/18 Officer dispatched to a large group of young adults jumping off Cardinal Landing Bridge. Officer informed them of the rules and regulations. They agreed to quit jumping off the bridge and go home. 8/18 Report of domestic disturbance. Contacted the renters. It turned out to be teenage boys playing in the hot tub. 8/18 While conducting a bar check, officer was flagged down and advised that a van had just been stolen. Officer located the unoccupied van in the mall parking lot behind Hot Lava Baking. DSCO Deputy Wright and his canine partner “Zeus” assisted in a track, but were unable to locate the suspects. 8/19 RP reported that her cat had brought a chipmunk into the house and that it was under the covers in the bedroom. Officer removed the still alive critter to a wooded area and released it. 8/22 Report of a theft at a local business. An unknown female was caught by an employee stuffing food items into her purse. When the employee approached the woman, she ran from the store. Suspect was identified and cited in lieu of custody for theft. 8/22 Conducted a traffic stop on East Cascade and North Course Lane on a vehicle because the driver not wearing her seat belt. Driver consented to field sobriety tests and failed. Two bags of methamphetamine were found inside the vehicle. Driver was arrested and lodged at the DCJ for possession of methamphetamine, DUII, reckless driving and reckless endangering. 8/24 Assisted guest who was locked out of her house. Officer found an open window and let her back in. 8/25 Responded to a harassment report on Center Drive. Parties were separated for the evening. Officer submitted a report to the DA’s office for consideration of charges. 8/25 Assisted DCSO with a business alarm on Spring River Road. When officers arrived they located a broken window. Officers waited until DCSO units arrived and covered the exterior while an interior search was conducted. 8/26 Conducted a traffic stop at Abbot Drive and Quelah Lane on a vehicle for speeding and failure to signal. Driver consented to and failed standardized field sobriety tests and was taken to DCJ.
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Sunriver Men’s Golf: Confessions of an erratic player – how good do I need to be?
how important I make all of this. “Paul, I think I’ve got it! I finally some in the high 90s. In the grand scheme of my life, Great teacher Harvey Penick found the key to my game.” I don’t remember the particular key he once said that some players learn I have had a modicum of success found that day, but I do remember to groove their flaws to the point in business, socially, educationally it lasted about a week, until he that they can play well. I have yet and in various sporting endeavors. I have a great wife, children and to groove my flaws. found his next key. My frustration with erratic play grandkids, and nice friends. Yet the The real key was that he loved the game, was always searching, is palpable. After many lessons seriousness with which I take the game – how miserable I still played twice a feel when I play poorly, week at Dyker Beach, how good I feel when I mostly walking the play well – tells me that course, and it kept my thinking is skewed him younger than and I need to balance his years (think Clair just how important it Spaulding), until he really is that I play well. had a stroke at 86. Bottom line: it is imI joined the portant, and I want to Sunriver Men’s Golf work on things that Club even before I will help me play more moved here full time consistently good golf. from the Washington, The rest of it is that it D.C. area (we purPaul Grieco with his father, Joe Grieco. is not that important, chased a house here that the rest of my life is in ’02), so I played a few times a year here. Since ’09 (that helped a little and flustered good and fun and not worth the I have played three rounds a week a lot – as I just don’t “get it”) angst I allow the game to cause during the season plus a nine or and observations from some very me at times. Next time you see me on the two with my wife in the evenings, excellent players, I found I have practiced regularly at the range, so many “ungrooved” flaws that, course, just ask me if I am enjoyand even got in several rounds like my father, I look for new keys ing the fact that I am out of doors, during the winter months down that work short-term, only to find playing a game that I do love with one that will get me through a people I like being with. If I tell mountain. I have gotten my erratic game few rounds and then another and you I am not having a good time, you have my permission to hit me index as low as 10.2, shoot an oc- another, ad naseum. 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By Roxie Oglesby Team games were the format for the first two weeks in August. Four-person teams with 2 net Best Ball was the game Aug. 1. Winning first place was Julie Kampfer, Karen Padrick, Barbara Wellnitz, and Twenny Bishman with a score of 120; 2nd place: Denice Gardemeyer, Bonnie Bell, Sallie Hennessy, Joanne Smith with 121; 3rd place: Marianne Martin, Joanne Yutani, Shenny Braemer, blind draw - score 122; 4th place: Holly Kimbrel, Darlene Allison, Betty Murphy, Liz Haberman score 126. On Aug. 8 the game was Team Stableford with the goal of scoring the highest team total. Count one point for each net bogey, two points for each net par, three points for each net birdie, etc. Congratulations to flight 1: 1st place with 124 - Suzy Carver, Nancy Cotton, Adele Johansen, blind draw. 2nd place with 120 - Deb Coulter, Alice Holloway, Barbara Weybright, blind draw. Flight 2: 1st place with a score of 101 - Donna Loringer, Joanne Yutani, blind draw. 2nd place with 96 - Audrey Charles, Neoma Woischke, Barbara Wellnitz. Congratulations to the 2012 Club Champion: Denice Gardemeyer. Denice achieved the title for the second consecutive year with a two-day gross score of 180. Susan Gilbreth is the 2012 Low Net Champion with a net score of 135. Also awarded in flight 1 – low gross: Suzy Carver with a score of 184. 1st low net: Barbara Weybright – 142. 2nd low net: Joni Cloud – 149.
Flight 2 – low gross: Andi Northcote with a score of – 202. 1st low net: Joanne Yutani – 146. 2nd low net - Audrey Charles. Joan Hayes hosted an award’s luncheon after the Sunriver Women’s Golf Club board of directors (left to final day’s play right) Barbara Weybright, vice president; Joni Cloud, There were president; Carol Woodruff, secretary; and Lynn Wilson, no regular play treasurer. days the last two weeks of August due to the Pacific Amateur and American Junior Golf Association tournaments held at Sunriver courses. Many members took advantage of the opportunity to play at Brasada Ranch, Juniper Golf Club and Quail Run Golf Course. The Sunriver Women’s Golf Association hosted a golf day exchange with other Central Oregon Club champion Denice Gardemeyer and net champion golf clubs at Crosswater Golf Club Susan Gilbreth. on Sept. 13. The closing meeting and party was Sept. 24 at the home of Liz Haberman. This included the presentation of 2012 prizes and other recognitions along with election of officers for 2013. A big thank you goes to the 2012 board members: president, Joni Cloud; vice president, Barbara Weybright; secretary, Carol Woodruff; treasurer, Lynn Wilson; past-president, Liz Haberman. Many hours of hard work and effort by the board and 22 committee chairpersons go into making a successful golf season.
Police log continued from page 31 8/26 Report of a dog locked in a vehicle at the Country Store parking lot for over an hour and a half. An officer located the owner and advised her of the consequences of leaving a dog in a vehicle. The dog did have water and the windows were cracked. 8/28 Report of a dog biting another dog. RP stated her dog escaped from the house, ran off to the next door neighbor’s and was bitten by their dog who was outside playing with its owners. The other party stated that his dog “mouthed” the other dog after it ran toward them barking. He didn’t see any wound on his dog. SBC. 8/28 Report of an intoxicated juvenile female. RP stated the girl was disoriented and did not know where she was staying. A juvenile male staying at the same residence had supplied her with alcohol. After nearly two hours of searching, we located the residence. She was cited and released to her mother. The other juvenile was cited for supplying alcohol to a minor.
8/29 Report of overhearing some kids talking about dumping soap in the entry circle waterfall. Officer contacted five local kids parked in the driveway of a vacant house near the waterfall. A vehicle search revealed numerous bottles of dish soap. They were warned about the consequences of such actions. 8/29 Traffic stop at Center Drive and Meadow Road for traffic violations and suspicion of DUII. Driver failed standardized field sobriety tests and was arrested, transported and lodged at DCJ. 8/30 A neighbor reported an ongoing problem of a cat at large. Officer contacted the owner who was counseled about the rules regarding loose animals. 8/31 Public Works reported an injured deer that needed to be put down near Fort Rock Park. Located the fawn and euthanized it. Public Works advised after deer was dispatched. 8/31 Conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle for failure to maintain lane and failure to signal. Driver consented to and failed field sobriety tests after admitting to smoking marijuana. He was taken into custody and lodged at DCJ.
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I was thrilled to watch, along Capistrano were two of the best with the rest of the world, the beaches in the area for women. There is a huge difmost-viewed sport at ference in the height the London Olymof men’s and women’s pics – beach volleyvolleyball nets. We ball. Let me share had to argue with the some history of this local park districts to wonderful sport and get one net set at the my involvement in it. right height so we I am from Southcould practice. ern California and Betsy Scherr Kerri Walsh, the volleyball was my three-time Olympic medalist true passion. I lived and breathed the game for 30 years. From the who just played in London is age of 10, on the courts of St. 6’ 3” tall. I am 5’6”. If you are Anthony’s in Rosemead, Calif., short do you think it makes a to 40 when I retired from the difference when you are trying sport, I spent most of my wak- to spike a ball if the net is a foot ing hours playing volleyball. To lower? You bet! I played with a group of gals watch two women’s USA teams in the beach volleyball finals at who were like me — good colthe 2012 Olympics, seen by mil- lege indoor players who switched lions around the world, is truly to sand. I would work 40 to 50 hours a week at my investment remarkable. I started playing indoor volley- job then head to the beach. ball in grammar school in 1965. There was always a tournament My love for beach volleyball in Manhattan Beach, Santa Bardeveloped while I was in college bara, Aspen or Santa Cruz. Two of my fellow players were when I attended UCLA and we would head to the beaches in a little better than the rest of Santa Monica. When I trans- us. When beach volleyball first ferred to the University of Colo- became an Olympic sport in rado, we spent weekends going 1996, they went for it and made to doubles tournaments in places the U.S. team. They didn’t win a medal, but not many people can like Vail and Aspen. The girl’s sand courts were say they went to the Olympics. In more than 30 years playalways lousy, and away from the main action. The men’s courts ing volleyball I broke my nose, were far superior. We had to fight sprained my ankles five times, to get the good courts, the good broke my wrist, broke fingers, sustained two black eyes and got sand, and the good nets. After college I moved back to knocked out cold after collidSouthern California and began ing with my partner. I even lost to play women’s beach volleyball. a tooth in the sand. I have no Laguna Beach and San Juan regrets about playing that hard
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The volleyball court at the London Olympics, a vast improvement over the courts columnist Betsy Scherr played on during the nascent years of women’s beach volleyball.
partner Jeanne and I were “Breast Friends.” We were known for my partner’s assets, not mine. Our games always attracted a crowd when our team name was announced over the loud speaker. I only won that tournament once, but at least I won a beach chair and not a briefcase. I still have that chair. It is one of my most prized possessions. I’ve coached many younger players. Many girls came to my backyard court where I showed them a few tricks and skills. I loved watching the London Olympics because I knew most of the coaches from my college years. These guys are all my age and we played for the love of the game. None of us made any money at it. We did it because we were young, athletic and it was
fun. Only later did it become a professional sport with endorsements and prize money involved. Today there many great beach volleyball tournaments from Vail and Aspen to Grand Rapids, Mich. and Chicago, Ill., The August Manhattan Beach, Calif., tournament is still considered by many to be the granddaddy of them all. Or watch international players through the International Volleyball Federation (www. FIVB.com). I hope more young people will take up this great sport. I can hardly wait for the Rio Olympics to see which teams make it. I will be watching from home, enjoying my memories. Scherr can be reached at 541385-0499. Or email: Betsy. Scherr@gmail.com
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More than 1,000 people participated in the second annual Sunriver Marathon for a Cause at Sunriver Resort, an increase of 38 percent over last year. The event consisted of five races: a full marathon, a half marathon, a 10K, 5K and a kid’s race. The marathon and half marathon traversed Sunriver, Caldera Springs and Crosswater. The shorter races looped on pathways near the lodge at Sunriver Resort. Brian Penrose photo, finishshots.com Bend’s Ian Sharman The 2012 full marathon saw 112 won the 26.2-mile mararunners start and 86 finish. thon in 2 hours, 36 minutes, finishing 8.2 seconds ahead of Eugene’s Kevin followed by Shawn Twing of Cave. Blake Heren of Boulder, Salem at 1:29:26. The top women’s half maraColo., was third at 3:03:31. Kelsey Richards of Lake Os- thoner was Shelley Chestler, wego was the top women’s of Lake Oswego in 1:34:17. finisher in the full marathon in Cathleen McMahon of Beaa time of 3:11:09. Second place verton was second in 1:37:07 went to Linda Samet of Corval- and Jillian Shoendorf of Bend lis in 3:29:15. Maria Stidham followed in 1:38:27. Event proceeds benefit the of Washington, D.C. finished Oregon and Southwest Washthird in 3:30:22. The most popular race of ington affiliate of Susan G. the day was the half marathon. Komen for the Cure. Next year’s event is scheduled Rafeal Orozco of Wilmington, Calif., was first in a time for Aug. 31 and Sept. 1. Information: www.sunriver of 1:23:27. Angel Amores of Eugene was second in 1:27:26 marathon.com
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Community Bible Church hosts women’s retreat The Served with Love Women’s Retreat will be held at SHARC by the Community Bible Church at Sunriver Oct. 12, 5-9 p.m. and Oct. 13, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The guest speaker will be Pam Teschner PhD, author of “In the Company of God.” The event features Heirborne, an all-female band from Lebanon First Baptist Church.
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Asia Watch Indonesia, a nice place to visit but … ethnic groups and languages By Michael J. Ranieri I have often said that Indone- spread out over 17,000 islands, sia is a nice place to visit but I severely damaged Indonesia’s wouldn’t want to live there. My tourism and foreign investment wife and I spent many vacations prospects. It is also a fact that Indonein Bali and I often visited Jakarsia was the country ta and Surabaya on hardest hit by the business. For a long financial crisis of while the problem 1997-1998, sufferwith Indonesia was ing a drop in GDP terrorism. of around 20 perThe Indonesian cent during that pepeople were always riod. So Indonesia friendly and quick was not only unsafe to smile but I never but poor as well. could feel quite as Michael Ranieri That’s a bit of hissafe there as other tory and lot of bad places I visited in Southeast Asia. I guess I knew news but times are changing. too much about the history of The tourists have come back terrorism in Indonesia and the and the economy, which is discrimination and violence given too little notice in the against its people of Chinese West, is doing well. Foreign direct investment has now descent. The deadliest terrorist attack topped $10 billion a year which occurred in the Bali resort town is quite good in a $650 bilof Kuta in 2002 when 202 lion economy. And Indonesia’s people, including 164 inter- economy grew by 6.5 percent national tourists, were killed. last year and should do equally This act of terrorism, like oth- as well this year. Furthermore, ers in this land of 245 million I am pleased to note that the people representing dozens of world’s fourth-most populous
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resources. The country has a large enough domestic market to generate demand even when global demand is weak. In fact, Indonesia doesn’t have to worry too much about its export markets unlike other Asian countries. Total exports account for just 25 percent of the economy, making Indonesia one of the few Asian economies that is not trying to export its way to prosperity, despite a global slowdown. Indonesia also has vast untapped reserves of crude oil, coal, palm oil and nickel. Perhaps most importantly, Indonesia does not have postcrisis debt overhang like other big emerging markets. I have to say that I am very pleased that Indonesia’s economy is doing so well and that from all accounts it is now a safe place to visit. There is so
much to see and do in this big and beautiful country. I would recommend traveling to Bali to witness this island’s distinctive dance, music, painting, wood and stone carvings. Its beach resorts are also quite good. And if you like fried rice you have to try the Indonesia version: “nasi goreng” complete with a couple of satays and a fried egg on top. Now that I think more about it: Indonesia is not such a bad place to live after all. Editor’s note: Asia Watch is written by Sunriver resident Michael Ranieri who lived in Taiwan, Bangkok and Hong Kong for 23 years while working in the banking industry. He holds a master’s degree in Chinese studies from St. John’s University and speaks Mandarin. He is married to Joyce, a Chinese woman from Taiwan, and they have two sons.
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Regional news from Sunriver’s perspective in a nutshell begin in mid-September inforGovernment mational picketing at St. Charles goings on: • Jefferson County is – Bend. Negotiations began last exploring closing its 911 dis- May, and the hospital and union patch center in Madras in the have met over 17 times, includnext three to six months and ing at least six with a federal meoutsourcing the service to a call diator. The nurses insist the two center in Condon that serves primary issues concern patient Gilliam, Sherman and Wheeler safety: one is the hospital’s intention to eliminate critcounties. “We can’t ical-care float nurses afford to operate the who assist as needed 911 center with rising everywhere in the costs,” said Jefferson hospital; the second County Sheriff Jim is the hospital’s plan Adkins. to change the role • If Madras voters of charge nurses reapprove a property sulting in, according tax levy next month Jonathan Kahnoski to the union, these (IANS Sept. 2012) funding the city’s aquatic center, supervisory nurses to carry a it will cut property tax funding patient load. Business briefs: of the county jail and other local • Regal Pilot Butte 6 taxing agencies because Oregon theater on Bend’s east law limits local government property taxes to $10 per $1,000 side is for sale. However, if sold, in real market value and school it will no longer be showing property taxes to $5 per $1,000. films because the owner, Regal Levy supporters consider the Entertainment Group, which levy an “investment” in the com- also owns the Old Mill Stadium munity. Opponents counter the 16 & IMAX, is offering the proppool is a luxury that shouldn’t cut erty only with a deed restriction prohibiting the buyer from opfunding for public safety. erating a theater. Movie buffs are Healthcare news: • Mt. View Hospital concerned because, to date, Pilot may become just an- Butte has been the only multiother member of the St. Charles screen theater regularly showing Health System depending upon documentaries and foreign films. • Redmond Airport has renegotiations between the boards of the Madras hospital and St. ceived a $500,000 federal grant Charles. Discussions include the to attract an airline to provide transfer of assets as well as what service between Central Oregon medical services would continue and Los Angeles by helping with in Madras and what capital in- startup costs, offsetting airport vestments St. Charles would operations fees and establishing make. If an agreement is reached, a revenue guarantee for a limited the merger could be completed time. Redmond plans to spend another $700,000 on this effort. by year end. • Jody Denton, the chef and • St. Charles Health System hasn’t reached agreement on a restaurateur behind Bend’s Mecontract with its nurses, causing renda Restaurant and Deep, has the Oregon Nurses Association, turned up in Texas working with who represents the nurses, to a team of research chefs for Frito-
Lay to develop Doritos-flavored taco shells, called Locos Tacos, for Taco Bell. In January 2009, Denton, once a star of Bend’s high-end culinary scene, suddenly closed both restaurants, declared bankruptcy and left for Australia. Class notes: • PERS Increases for the 2013-15 biennium averaging 45 percent across all public employers will hit Central Oregon school districts hard. Redmond expects a $2.3 million increase, the equivalent of 30 teachers or 13 school days, in the district’s contribution to the state pension system for the 201314 school year. Bend-La Pine projects a $4.7 million increase in its pension contribution, out of an annual budget of $120 million. Public employers have been paying about 10.8 percent of their budgets to PERS; after the increase, they will be paying 15.7 percent. School districts, however, pay about 14 percent of their budgets and will experience about a 7 percent increase. • Enrollment in the Bend-La Pine Schools this fall jumped almost four times the anticipated 55 student increase, with total enrollment exceeding 16,500 students, up more than 200 district-wide. Some schools, like Sunriver’s Three Rivers School, actually saw declines and are well under their maximum capacities. However, the district’s three high schools are at 80 percent or more of capacity, especially Bend High at 98 percent. • OSU-Cascades Campus, Central Oregon’s economic silver bullet for 2012 exceeded its initial $1 million target by raising $1.575 million in donations and commitments this summer in hopes of persuading state authorities to provide $16
Sunriver Property Owners Are you “in the know” about Sunriver? Do we have your current e-mail address? There are occasions when the Sunriver Owners Association sends out mass emails through our secure online database to inform members of important news and happenings in Sunriver. But we can only do this if you have registered on the SROA website and provide us with a current email address. It is also important to remember to update this information should you change your email address.
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million in bond funds to build a standalone, four-year college. Longer term, the school hopes to raise another $2.5 million in local donations toward the eventual total cost of $111 million. In early August, the school received unanimous support of the State Board of Higher Education to offer lower-division courses. Currently, OSU-Cascades offers only upper-division courses leading to various degrees across a smattering of academic fields and leases a single building on the Central Oregon Community College campus. Campus vice president, Becky Johnson, revealed a “vision” of the future showing a campus on two parcels totaling five acres near the Colorado/Simpson roundabout. Johnson argued the developed business park close to downtown Bend would be cheaper than the expense of new buildings and infrastructure at Juniper Ridge, Bend’s economic silver bullet of several years ago. Competition watch: • Seventh Mountain Resort has completed a 10-year, $20 million upgrade of its 40-year-old facilities. The last elements of the project were a new recreation-activities center, an updated restaurant and fresh landscaping. “The renovation really brings the resort back to the place that it was originally
thought of, a real destination,” boasted Vanessa Berning, resort director of sales and marketing. • Brasada Ranch must pay $2.5 million in damages to four parties who purchased home sites they were told overlooked a lake. The Crook County Circuit Court ruled Brasada Ranch Development company, and its owner Jeld-Wen, had committed fraud by promising the lake views without owning water rights to the lake. The lake has gone dry. • Pronghorn, and its new owner, Honolulu-based The Resort Group, is being sued by an investor, Benjamin Gilchrist, former Bend City Councilor, and 20 other investors, including former U of O football coach Mike Bellotti, want to join the lawsuit. The investors claim they were promised free golf privileges for 20 years as part of their $350,000 investment in addition to their property purchases. The original developer, High Desert Development Partners LLC, was facing bankruptcy when its major lender sold the debt to the new owners. The Resort Group cancelled the golf privileges last March, claiming the plaintiffs rights died when the original developer lost the property. Editor’s note: In a Nutshell is compiled from press releases and news articles published in other Central Oregon newspapers.
Driver safety classes offered
The American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) Driver Safety class is an Oregon Department of Motor Vehicles accredited, six-hour defensive driving program focusing on Oregon traffic laws in an ever-changing driving environment. Completion of the course qualifies for an insurance discount as provided by Oregon law. All classes are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with an hour off for lunch. The cost is $12 for AARP members and $14 for nonmembers. • Oct. 2, Bend Senior Center, 541-388-1133 • Oct. 8, La Pine, 541-536-2607 • Oct. 8, Redmond Senior Center, 541-548-6325 AARP Driver Safety will offer a free classroom course or 50 percent off the online course to all military veterans and their dependents Nov. 1-30. This offer is available to all military personnel who serve or have served in the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, National Guard/Reserves or Coast Guard. Dependents are also eligible to take advantage of the promotion. Information: 1‐888‐227‐7669 or visit www.aarp.org/veterans
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Solarum: Letters from our readers
commentary Community theater
Nancy Foote, Deschutes River Recreation Homesites The Sunriver Stars Community Theater expresses our deepest gratitude to SROA and SHARC for supporting the production of our first play, “The Brementown Musicians.” From giving us the space at SHARC for rehearsals and performances, to setting up, selling tickets, putting articles in the Scene, and advertising on your Facebook pages, you did it all! This support enabled us to present FAST Camp with a check for $1,000 toward scholarships for children in the community. We are so very proud. We would especially like to thank Griffin Priebe, Shawn Cannon and everyone at SHARC who helped make our show a success. At each rehearsal someone came to check on us and see if we needed anything. We also thank those who supported us through sponsorships, items for our set, and/ or items for raffle prizes including: Hammertime, The Second Tern, Village Properties, Mountain Resort Properties, High Desert Stone Works, Village Bar & Grill, Goody’s, Sunriver Music Festival, The Artists Gallery Sunriver, Flights of Fancy Alpaca Farm, Café Sintra, Bend Graphic Design, Salon Sunriver, Flowers at Sunriver, and many individuals from the area. Without your support we could never have succeeded. Please forgive us if we forgot to name you. We do appreciate you all! To all who proudly placed our poster in your stores, thank you too!
We would be remiss if we did not thank the amazing community who attended the performances. We hope you enjoyed it as much as we enjoyed performing for you. We look forward to a long relationship with this great community! Our next production will be a Reader’s Theater of “A Night With Ebenezer” on Nov. 24 and 25. Keep watching the Scene for location and times of the performances.
Sunriver needs dog park
Doug & Jane Vakoc, Sunriver My name is Kishka. You may have seen me around Sunriver with my mom or dad. I may be what is known as a “chick magnet,” having often heard the word “adorable” spoken in my direction. My dad always thinks they are referring to him, but I know better. I have lived in Sunriver almost all my life (13 people months). My mom and dad have been living here 10 people years. I like Sunriver very much, especially all the new things; SHARC, the Village improvements, the river access, snow in winter, the dog paths (aka bike paths), Fort Rock Park, and much more. Well maybe some are just new to me. I am writing this letter, and believe me it is not easy to type with four furry paws, because I think Sunriver needs a dog park; a place like the people’s community center or the brewpub, where I can play and talk with my friends. Bend has them, but then my dad has to drive the 30 miles round trip. Visitors would enjoy having access as well. Wouldn’t it be a nice addition to have a
grassy dog park of about three acres, fenced, with access to the river? All my friends, Zoë, Annie, Reno, Sammie, and Molly agree – as do their moms and dads. Watching dogs play together is refreshing for people, too. My favorite dog park is Big Sky on Neff Road in Bend, and I think it should be used as a model. I encourage Sunriver homeowners to consider this additional amenity to a very wonderful community. Editor’s note: And I thought my border collie was smart… Kishka, his friends and dog people will be interested to know that a dog park with riverfront access is proposed near the existing marina in the 2012 Sunriver Infrastructure & Amenities Master Plan. The plan can be viewed at www.sunriverowners.org under the News & Notices menu. Your comments on the plan are also welcome via an online comment form.
Marathon race support
Tom O’Shea, Managing Director Sunriver Resort On Labor Day weekend, Sunriver Resort had the pleasure of hosting over 1,000 runners, from more than 20 states, for the second annual Marathon for a Cause. This event benefits breast cancer services for uninsured women in Oregon. The success of this event would not be possible without the extraordinary support from the Sunriver community. Many of the runners commented on the scenic running trails, the beautiful communities of Sunriver, Caldera Springs and Crosswater and the
wonderful volunteers who greeted them throughout the weekend. We want to thank our sponsors: Widmer Brothers Brewing, Bend Memorial Clinic, Bend Broadband, Nike, Sprint, Sunriver Markets, Providence Health and Services, St. Michelle Wine Estates, Alpine Entertainment (Kid’s Race Sponsor) and our numerous inkind sponsors that made this event possible. I also want to give a very special thank you to the Sunriver Fire Department, Sunriver Police Department and Citizen Patrol for their involvement this year. We appreciate the support of the community and look forward to working with everyone next year. Many thanks and kind regards.
Thanks to tourney volunteers
Josie Whisnant, Sunriver I extend my sincere appreciation to all who volunteered for the two Sunriver golf tournaments in August. Many of you have helped me for years plus we had some new volunteers. I hope you all know how much I appreciate you stepping up to help make the tournaments in Central Oregon successful. Your work on the AJGA helped many young golfers in their quest for scholarships and the Pacific Amateur donated over $10,000 to the local Boys & Girls Clubs. Your continued and outstanding support and friendship are the reasons that I continue to serve as the volunteer coordinator for Sunriver hosted golf tournaments.
From the editor’s desk: Experiencing the SHARC By Brooke Snavely
My first dip in the pools at SHARC came the Sunday after Labor Day. My son, Hunter, was my guide. He played at SHARC a dozen times this summer with SROA’s Adventure Camp; they swim every day and get to know Sunriver’s pools and parks well, so I asked him to show me the ropes. For him, the lazy river is the best. What he really enjoys is swimming with the current. He says it gives him a sensation of flying. There were few people in the lazy river when we arrived, so we took several current-assisted laps, wrestling as we went. It’s fun being propelled forward in the two or three locations where pumps push the water along. As the river grew congested, Hunter took to diving under the tubers to get past them, a submarine avoiding mines. With his swim goggles he could see well and navigate under the dangling limbs. I tried to
keep up but ran out of room, so joined the crowd drifting with the current. Drifting on a tube made me a target. Hunter would sneak up from behind and grab my arm or leg and pull me over. Just as I’d reach out to dunk him, he’d shoot ahead underwater, using other tubers as cover. About the time I’d start to relax, he’d pop up again, having swum an accelerated lap mostly underwater. He might have done this for hours had I not made him show me the waterslides. The tube slide starts with an abrupt drop in the dark and rushes through a fast 360 left turn before emerging into the open air with a hard right that banks riders high on the wall. Coming off that turn the tube accelerates into the final 70-degree left hand corner that sets up a side-to-side pinball action down the straightaway. Invariably, double-tubers exit the slide with the tube on its side, which guarantees a wipeout upon landing in the splash down area. Most single-tube riders land square and float away without getting dunked. Pick your thrill. I found the body slide disorienting. The slide is completely
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enclosed and the ride in the dark. I couldn’t tell what was ahead or how fast I was moving. Just about the time I thought I had come to a dead stop, I landed with a splash in the run out flume. Interesting ride. Hunter demonstrated his balance on the water crossing in the large outdoor recreation pool. The challenge is to hang onto an overhead cargo net while stepping across a series of floating pads that move. Some children try running across the pads without hanging on to the cargo net. Most lose their balance. I tried it once but the challenge is sized for children. I got even with Hunter for all the lazy river dunks when we got to the floating trout and log. Both are coated with a slippery foam material that is hard to hang on to. All I had to do was shake the log or fish and down he went. We enjoyed shooting baskets at the indoor pool’s basketball hoops. Making shots while standing in waste deep water is harder than it looks, especially with a kid hanging on your shoulders. Backspin helps bank a wet ball off the backboard. The whirlpool is a kick when www.sunriverowners.org
it’s not crowded with kids attached like limpets on the sides. Hunter and I accelerated the current by running with it, then drifting in tight circles. After cleaning up in the locker room, we ventured up the slopes of Peck’s Peak for some runs on the tubing hill. Pulling a tube up the slope is a workout. Don’t be surprised if your child asks you to pull his tube, too. Adults win side-by-side heats by virtue of their weight advantage. Brake pads slow the tubes at the bottom. If your tube is freshly lubricated, you may shoot past the brake pads and up a small berm before stopping. We ate a late lunch at the picnic pavilion watching children play on the climbing rocks. It was the first time in more than four hours that we sat still. Those are my first impressions of SHARC. What are yours? SROA has posted a link to an online survey about SHARC at www.sunriverowners.org. Everyone who has been there is invited to participate. The more feedback SROA gets, the easier it will be to adjust operations, programs and policies to meet the expectations and needs of SHARC patrons.
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