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Artists’ Gallery Sunriver to host its annual food drive to benefit Care and Share Page 6

INSIDE THIS ISSUE SROA News.................... 4 Nature Center................ 8 Calendar...................... 11

SHARC Info.................. 18 Public Safety................ 21 Classified..................... 31

The Sunriver Music Festival announces its new office team Page 27



OCTOBER • 2020


Hello, my name is… Luna

Board approves discount for fees; payment options

1. Annual Payment (3% Discount) Prepay your annual 2021 maintenance fee, in full, and receive a 3% discount. This saves your association the expense of printing and mailing the packet of monthly invoices. Your one-time payment must be received by SROA no later than Jan. 25, 2021. PLEASE NOTE: The 3% discount applies to the regular maintenance fee only. Special assessment payments (such as SHARC) are not subject to the discount. 2. Automatic Monthly Payments (No Discount) The second alternative is to authorize SROA to automatically withdraw monthly payments from a bank account. If selected, you will receive an enrollment form instead of a packet of monthly invoices. Turn to Fees, page 5

Owl Meet & Greet Get to know Luna during a personal and close-up meet and greet. During this private experience that takes place during feeding time, you’ll learn all about the owl’s journey to the nature center and how we care for her as she grows. Don’t forget your camera for lots of photo opportunities. Sessions are 30 minutes long, take place outdoors, and are limited to six people in a group. Masks are required for all participants. Price: $65 Programs can be booked online at www.snco.org or by calling 541-5934442.

How can we support and enjoy Sunriver’s deer? Don’t feed them By Claire McClafferty, SROA Natural Resources SROA NEWS – Like many owners and visitors, deer enjoy spending time in Sunriver. Sunriver’s rivers, riparian and wetland areas, grasslands, meadows and forests serve as critical habitat to Central Oregon’s local and migrating deer populations. Our rich environment provides safe areas for does to give birth to their young fawns in the spring, and abundant natural food sources throughout the summer when deer forage on the forest undergrowth to accumulate fat reserves. This time of year, deer are completing their preparation for winter and will begin migrating to lower elevations. The presence of deer and other wildlife is one of the many features that make Sunriver an attractive place to live and visit. In fact, the Consolidated Plan of Sunriver recognizes wildlife as a “community treasure.” Ecological vigilance and the commitment to protect wildlife habitat is reflected in Sunriver’s rules and regulations. For example, the deliberate feeding of native wildlife – including deer – within Sunriver is prohibited, and violation of this rule will result in a citation and fine. (Note: birdfeeders


are allowed in Sunriver if installed in accordance with specific criteria. See the Design Committee Manual of Rules and Procedures for guidance.) “Unfortunately, humans are the greatest threat to deer in Sunriver,” said Patti Gentiluomo, SROA Director of Natural Resources. “Feeding deer puts these beautiful animals – and others in our community – at risk.” Well-intentioned owners and visitors may feed deer without realizing the

problems it can create. Deer have complex digestive tracts and their nutritional needs are entirely met by browsing native plant species and drinking from natural water sources, such as rivers and lakes. Feeding deer the wrong food can have both immediate and long term consequences for the deer’s health. “Every year we conduct necropsies on otherTurn to Deer, page 3 SUNRIVER SCENE SUNRIVER OWNERS ASSN. VOLUME XLVI • NUMBER 10 P.O. BOX 3278 SUNRIVER, OR 97707

SROA NEWS – During the Sept. 19 meeting of the SROA Board of Directors, the board approved a 3% discount on maintenance fees when an owner chooses to prepay their annual amount in full. SROA offers three maintenance fund payment options and two delivery options (mail or email). Owners who prefer to continue their current options do not need to do anything. For new owners or those who would like to change their payment or delivery options, please complete and return the form on page 5. An electronic version of this form is also available on the SROA website at www.sunriverowners.org (click the Maintenance Fee button on the homepage). The form must be submitted – via mail or online – by Nov. 16. Members without preferences on file will automatically receive both an annual prepayment invoice and a packet of 12 monthly invoices by mail in December.

The Sunriver Nature Center received nearly 100 name submissions for their newest animal ambassador – a young Eurasian eagle owl. “We quickly found our favorite in a wonderful coloring of the owl basking in moonlight,” said Amanda Accamando, nature center manager. “Thanks to 10-year-old Beckham for submitting the name ‘Luna’ and making the connection between the natural world and our night sky.”





58013-10 Siskin Lane $1,200,000

58089-16 Tournament Lane $850,000

17490 Canoe Camp Drive $795,000

SUNRIVER | Location is everything! Sweeping Deschutes River views both upstream and downstream. Reverse living floor plan with soaring ceilings & lots of windows to take in the one of a kind views. Large upper deck runs the length of the home. Below is a paving stone patio & a hot tub with views of the river. Large Master Suite with office/reading room & walk-in closet. MLS# 220107415 | Beds 3 | Baths 3 | Sq Ft 2,949

SUNRIVER | Impeccably maintained golf course home overlooking the Woodlands Golf Course. Hardwood flooring throughout the common area, kitchen & dining. The kitchen features a breakfast nook, large island & large pantry. A beautiful see through gas fireplace & built-in cabinetry in the living room. Master suite w/ dual vanity & walk-in shower! Exterior features hot tub & 3-car garage w/ storage. Furnished. SHARC PAID! MLS# 220108330 Beds 3 | Baths 3 | Sq Ft 2,696

CROSSWATER | Enjoy Cascade Mtn. views & spectacular sunsets from this lovely lodge home. Vaulted open beam ceiling & floor to ceiling stone gas frpl in living rm. gourmet kitchen w/breakfast bar & sunny nook. Master suite w/sitting area & cozy gas fireplace. Two lower level master suites each w/gas fireplaces & access to the private hot tub area. Expansive common area providing a tranquil & private setting.

Michelle Powell • (541) 771-2997 mpowell@sunriverrealty.com

Gail Ballantyne • (541) 480-7081 gballantyne@sunriverrealty.com


57107 -1 Fremont Drive $750,000

Bryce Jones • (541) 420-4018 thejonesgroup@sunriverrealty.com

17901-4 Irish Mountain Lane $775,000

MLS# 201906635 | Beds 3 | Baths 4 | Sq Ft 2,568

A surge of buyers wanting to purchase a home in Sunriver, Caldera Springs and Crosswater has created a strong seller’s market. SUNRIVER | Contemporary meets Sunriver. Soaring vaulted ceilings with floor to ceiling windows. Master bedroom on the main level. European style kitchen w/ plenty of counter space for kitchen prep & feeding a large crowd. The upstairs offers two additional guest bedrooms + an open loft w/ access to the private balcony. The 414 sq ft. garage has been converted to a bonus room w/ pool table, TV, & a queen futon. Second story hot tub and BBQ area. Fully Furnished. SHARC Paid! MLS# 201907908 | Beds 3 | Baths 3 | Sq Ft 2,485 Michelle Powell • (541) 771-2997 mpowell@sunriverrealty.com

Home prices were up 7% and inventory was down 72% in August, YoY. This is a great opportunity for sellers! Single Family, Condos & Townhomes. Data exported on September 7, 2020 and excludes shared ownership. All data is from the Multiple Listing Service of Central Oregon. Data deemed reliable but not guaranteed.

SUNRIVER | This high end townhome is just steps from the Village and all the activities. Open flowing floor plan on the main level and 3 spacious bedrooms upstairs with two master suites and a 3rd bedroom/bathroom. Comes completely furnished and has a two car garage. Back patio has a hot tub to enjoy after a fun-filled day in Central Oregon. Enjoy Sunriver mall, the Sharc and all amenities just out the door of this property MLS# 220107285 | Beds 3 | Baths 4 | Sq Ft 2,190 Amy Campbell • (541) 480-8565 acampbell@sunriverrealty.com

57131-6 Fremont Drive $665,000

56610-3 Dancing Rock Loop $625,000

17714-3 Sparks Lane $735,000

SUNRIVER | Don’t miss your chance to call this lovely townhome your new central Oregon getaway. This Pacific Northwest designed home features quality finishes, open floor plan with 2 master suites, hardwood floors, gas burning fireplace, patio, stainless steel appliances, hot tub and attached double garage. Enjoy an easy stroll to eateries, shopping in The Village or indulge the kids with waterslides at the SHARC.

CALDERA SPRINGS | Fully furnished Caldera Cabin on the golf course! Main cabin is 2BR/2BA. Detached “Casita Sylte” 1BR/1BA is perfect for those who want privacy while being just steps away from the main cabin. Covered outdoor deck and hot tub. Located close the the Lake House and golf. HOA fee includes landscapiing maintenance, snow removal, irrigation as well as all the Master Association services. Unit is deed restricted. MLS# 220107470 | Beds 3 | Baths 3 | Sq Ft 1,304

SUNRIVER | Centrally located and beautifully updated classic Sunriver home. Upstairs, there is a great room with vaulted ceilings, elegant master suite with wood-burning fireplace, guest bath, and laundry room. Decks on both levels overlooking a large common area.

Tia Orman • (503) 476-7050 torman@sunriverrealty.com

Mike Hughes• (541) 480-5465 mhughes@sunriverrealty.com

MLS# 220108547 | Beds 3 | Baths 4 | Sq Ft 2,249

MLS# 220108710 | Beds 4 | Baths 3 | Sq Ft 2,949 Bryce Jones • (541) 420-4018 thejonesgroup@sunriverrealty.com

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SCENE October 2020 Volume XLVI, No. 10 57455 Abbot Drive P.O. Box 3278 Sunriver, OR 97707 OWNER/PUBLISHER Sunriver Owners Association

The SUNRIVER SCENE is the official monthly publication of the Sunriver Owners Association, a not-for-profit Oregon corporation dedicated to: “Maintaining Sunriver as a premier residential and resort community, protecting and enhancing its quality of life, natural environment and property values.” The SCENE is mailed to Sunriver property owners anywhere in the U.S. and available at locations throughout Sunriver or through a paid subscription by mail. Publication of advertising copy or individuals’ opinions in the SCENE does not constitute endorsement by the newspaper, the Sunriver Owners Association or any of its members or board of directors. Each advertiser bears responsibility for claims made on their behalf. Scene content including stories, advertising and images are copyrighted and cannot be re-published without permission.

CONTACT THE SCENE EDITOR Susan Berger 541.585.2937 susanb@srowners.org COMMUNICATIONS TECH Linda Donahue 541.585.3770 lindad@srowners.org

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wise healthy deer that die in neighborhoods throughout Central Oregon, only to find a belly full of carbohydrates like grain, corn and other human food,” notes Andrew Walch, Wildlife Habitat Biologist for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. “Such foods can turn the rumen – or digestive gut of the deer – acidic, upsetting the normal balance of microbes needed for normal digestion, releasing toxins that are absorbed into the deer’s system and creating what can be a fatal condition for the animal.” Natural deer predators include cougars, coyotes and even domestic dogs. Feeding deer can attract larger predators into Sunriver, creating a dangerous situation for the deer, the predators and for us. By disrupting normal foraging behaviors and migration patterns and encouraging habituation and residency, the deer become easy targets. Greater presence of cougars and coyotes in residential areas inevitably leads to unwelcomed human-animal encounters and outcomes, potentially includ-

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INSIDE THIS ISSUE SROA News ................... 4 Nature Center ............... 8 Calendar ..................... 13

Public Safety ............... 27 Classified .................... 38 Letters ........................ 39

Owners travel the globe and take the Scene along Page 21





Sunriver’s endless summer of COVID By Susan Berger, Sunriver Scene This year is certainly turning out to be one for the history books. The globe has been gripped in a pandemic for months and turned our daily lives upside down. We’ve hunkered down and settled in – with the hope that things will return to normal sooner rather than later. In the early days of the pandemic following the governor’s state-wide shutdown, travel restrictions and countyordered short-term rental ban, much of the Sunriver community was closed between mid-March and mid-May. Initially, Sunriver’s summer looked rather bleak. Sunriver thrives and survives on tourism and travel restrictions have kept some away. But once the short-term rental ban was lifted in May – this veritable “ringing of the dinner bell” resulted in a flood of tourists with no sign of slowing down anytime soon. Take a walk through The Village at Sunriver and you wouldn’t know there is a pandemic except that most people are now wearing a mask when out in public. Sunriver’s pathways and the Deschutes River are also packed with owners and visitors. Despite the stressors of the pandemic, limited occupancy and other coronavirus-related restrictions, some restaurants and businesses in Sunriver are experiencing a busy summer. Popular restaurants such as Blondie’s Pizza and Sunriver Brewing were quick to adapt to the new “normal” and have weathered the changes fairly well. Anyone who has eaten at Blondie’s knows how small their dining area was. With social distancing requirements they would have been unable to accommodate more than a couple diners at any given time. Taking advantage of the shutdown, Blondie’s underwent a remodel to create exterior order/takeout windows – a fixture that will remain – even after the pandemic is gone. Following the early days of the stateTurn to Summer, page 3

The speed limit on Spring River Road around Harper Bridge has been reduced to 25mph, above, and signs stating ‘No Diving or Jumping from Bridge’ have also been installed, right. SUSAN BERGER PHOTOS

County bans bridge jumping at Harper; lowers speed limit By Susan Berger, Sunriver Scene In an ongoing effort to improve safety of the river access area at Harper Bridge, the Deschutes County Board of Commissioners approved a new ordinance that prohibits jumping from the bridge, lowered the speed limit to 25mph through the area and requested a heightened law enforcement presence for the remainder of the summer. “This ordinance is a big step to give deputies the proper tools for enforcement of the area and is a step in the right direction, said Capt. Paul Garrison of the Deschutes County Sheriff’s office. Those caught jumping off the bridge are subject to a $250 fine. Safety issues at Harper have escalated over the years due, in part, to overall growth of the greater Sunriver/Three Rivers area and an influx of those seeking recreational river

opportunities. Although we are in the throes of a pandemic, you wouldn’t know it based on the crowds flocking to this popular access point. During the board’s Aug. 12 meeting, the commissioners acknowledged that challenges remain. In 2019, they did ap-

prove and implement several safety – such as Sunriver named Oregon’swidening first ‘Dark Skyimprovements Place’ the area to create paved, designated parking for up

to 50 cars along Spring River Road and bicycle “green” lanes. These improvements do help keep people further away from the traffic lanes while they unloaded watercraft, but doesn’t eliminate parking outside of designated areas, vehicles making U-turns and pedestrians crossing the busy road while hauling a variety of watercraft, tubes and giant floating islands. “What was done last year was two years of planning for Turn to Bridge, page 3

FAQs: Ladder Fuels Reduction cycle continues to end of the year Ladder Fuels Reduction (LFR) work is currently underway on approximately 140 acres of Sunriver commons. Here are some frequently asked questions SROA receives about LFR work on commons: Q. What is Ladder Fuels Reduction and why do we do it in Sunriver? Ladder fuels is the accumulation of combustible materials that link the ground to the tree canopy and includes brush, live and dead limbs and tree seedlings. Thinning of larger trees reduces competition between trees to promote forest health as well as slowing the spread of fire should it reach the tree canopy. Removing unhealthy trees, thinning of smaller trees, and removal Turn to LFR, page 6



Did you know that the Scene is online and oftentimes available to read before it hits area newsstands? Visit the SROA website at www.sunriver owners.org and click on Sunriver Scene at the top of the homepage. Owners not wanting to wait for snail mail delivery to their mailbox can also view it early and also “opt-out” of the mailed Scene. Looking for past Scenes? Back issues to 2006 are available for viewing or download at https:// issuu.com/sunriverscene/stacks

A crew from Arbor 1 trim limbs with hand saws following the state-mandated 1 p.m. shutdown for fire safety.



Circle 11 redo, paving projects in October

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SROA NEWS – Sunriver’s Circle 11 will be receiving a major facelift later this month. One of Sunriver’s major traffic hubs, work on the circle will include full-depth reclamation followed by paving in mid- to late-October – all weather dependent. Traffic will be routed via alternative routes. SROA’s North Pool parking lot will also be paved around this same timeframe. Once finalized, the work schedule will be posted to the SROA website calendar and as a news item.

Further, inviting deer into “Oh Deer! Harmonious Living ing euthanization of an animal lured into a space they would your yard for food will increase with Our Four-legged Neighthe likelihood of them eating bors,” will explore the historical naturally avoid. “It is also really important your ornamental and garden and ecological context of Cento not coax or tempt deer plants – or those of your neigh- tral Oregon’s deer populations, into your property or recre- bor. “Many owners are aware of consider conflicts that arise ation space,” notes Amanda the potential harm feeding deer when deer and humans overlap can do to the in their habitat, and identify Accamando, manager of the The deliberate feeding animal and solutions to help mitigate comd i s c o u r a g e mon issues. Registration for the Sunriver Naof native wildlife, their neigh- event, which takes place Oct. ture Center & Observatory. including deer, within bors from do- 13 at 6 p.m. is available on the “Feeding deer Sunriver is prohibited. ing so,” notes Sunriver Nature Center’s webSROA Code site at www.snco.org/wildlife. can create conEnforcement The webinar is free to owners flict with pets, Officer Marty with a code from the nature who instinctively may respond aggressively.” Domestic and Seamons. “But it is not uncom- center. “Being able to observe deer wild animals can tangle causing mon to get a call from an owner whose garden has been become and enjoy their incredible beauinjury to either, and pets can chase or scare deer into nearby a meal for deer congregating in ty, innocence, and wildness is a neighbor’s yard due to a feed an unforgettable experience and roads and traffic. Encouraging deer to congre- site, alerting us of a possible privilege that we can all enjoy,” gate around feed sites spreads violation and initiating enforce- says Gentiluomo. Abiding by Sunriver rules, not feeding deer, disease and parasites among the ment action.” Owners, visitors and local and protecting wildlife habitat animals. “AHD, or Adenovirus Hemorrhagic Disease, is the residents can learn more about in Sunriver will ensure conmost common viral disease deer in Sunriver at an upcoming tinued animal health and safe spread among Central Oregon webinar hosted by the Sunriver observation of deer by owners deer,” Walch offers. “Transmis- Nature Center & Observatory. and visitors. sion is by direct contact between the deer, which regularly occurs at a human-created feed SUNRIVER DO site.” And while deer-human disease transmission is rare, it is M still a reason to be cautious. “A and diseased deer may not appear ALERT SYSTEM catio to be sick,” adds Accamando.


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s reflected in my September of these owners consistently article, owners of Sunriver reflect a focus on balancing are fortunate to live and to en- current owner expectations and demands with joy an extraordinary the founding place as full and part developmentime residents. We tal principles understand the short which John and longer-term value Gray created. of our mission stateIf you have ment: “To maintain not volunSunriver as a premier teered to play residential and resort a more active community, protectrole in our Asing and enhancing its Brad Skinner sociation, the quality of life, natural environment and property val- Board welcomes you to do so. ues.” Your Board of Directors is Call the SROA Administrative committed to our mission and Office or consult the website consistently balances variables for ways to become involved. and needs which assure the With the mosaic of talents and viability and continued suc- perspectives that our owners cess of our Association and its represent, the future of our community is unlimited. members. Throughout the months of We also greatly appreciate that one of our greatest assets October and November we is our more than 200 volun- will be constructing our 2021 teers. Our volunteers actively budget. With COVID-19 conparticipate on committees, tinuing to impact our shortsubcommittees, Citizen Patrol, term programmatic planning, War on Weeds, serve as task we will need to strike a balance force members and as members between fulfilling our fiduof the Board of Directors. Also, ciary responsibility, with the although not formal volun- strengthening of our policies teers, all of owners provide the and services which assure the Board with their thoughts and sustainability of Sunriver. State solutions at monthly meetings and county COVID-19 regulaand through our website. All tions impacted our 2020 rec-

reation programs at SHARC, the boat launch, tennis and pickleball courts, parks and other facilities. It is anticipated that those regulations will likely be in place and have the same impacts in 2021. Therefore, we will need to carefully evaluate the expected lower revenue projections against new and continuing programs and physical improvements, all of which would affect the quality of life that makes Sunriver a community with unique character. We will continue to exercise prudent reserve fund management which makes our investment in Sunriver sound and strategic. We anticipate that the capital projects approved by the Board in 2020 will come to fruition in 2021 and will include: an additional twoway pedestrian/bike tunnel; additional park and pathway improvements; and, the completion and opening of the new members-only North Pool. As we construct the 2021 capital budget we will be exercising the “Art of the Possible” as we build a foundation for additional improvements and programs during 2021 and subsequent years. High priorities for the Board

for the fourth quarter of 2020 and the first quarter of 2021 will include: • Listen to Owner Forum comments and diligently assess and conclude next steps if, when and where appropriate. • Opening the North Pool in June 2021. • Restarting and completing an evaluation and recommendation process for the recycling facility. This work will be accomplished through a task force which will provide a recommendation to the SROA Board after examining all relevant facts, data and various alternatives. If the task force recommends moving forward with the project, a vote of owners will be required for the assignment of reserve funds to construct the facility. Those funds would be reimbursed by Deschutes County and the carting contractor over the following five years. • Review a recommendation from the Telecommunications Task Force led by director Gerhard Beenen and decide on a course of action for Sunriver’s telecommunication future. A decision is expected by the Turn to Message, page 6

Monthly highlights, actions of the SROA Board of Directors meeting The Sunriver Owners Association (SROA) Board of Directors meeting was held Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020. Board members present: Brad Skinner, Mike Gocke, Keith Mobley, Jackie Schmid, Gerhard Beenen, Mark Murray, Bill Burke, Scott Gillies, Clark Pederson. Staff present: James Lewis, Susan Berger, Jesus Mendoza. Owners forums From Sept. 18 work session • Herm Meister referred to letter submitted to the board and included as part of the Board meeting Packet. Primary issues included the lack of civility and following rules by the visitors to Sunriver. He noted a need to educate folks about the rules, and then enforce the rules. He suggested that the full-time Sunriver residents be kept involved in decision making. • Ray Johnson referred to a letter that full-time residents submitted to the board concerning pathway/bicycle issues/ conflicts, and issues regarding illegal river access. He suggested reader boards at the two primary Sunriver entrances to Page 4

inform of rules, as well FINANCIAL REPORT as additional permaYear-to-date through Aug. 31, 2020 nent signs with rules. (unaudited) A suggestion was made • Total Revenues $6,247,152 that SROA should work • Total Expenses $7,183,251 with local bike shops to • Operating Deficit -$936,099 inform renters about pathway rules and that power point presentation about the rented bikes should include lights and reflectors due a variety of issues related to river access at Cardinal Landing to danger of riding at night. • Randy Schneider acknowl- Bridge. Issues included parking edged the good work that and bank degradation. He also SROA staff did to improve the included a variety of suggested quality of the remote viewing actions that could be taken to opportunities for board meet- alleviate such issues, includings. He also acknowledged the ing additional signs, fencing, ladder fuels reduction work that realignment of the riverside has been completed. He asked pathway, rule changes and the question about emails that greater enforcement. are sent to the board from the webpage – who receives those From Sept. 19 regular meeting • Carol Barrett asked about comments and who responds? SROA ability to control, and He suggested that some of suggested rule changes to prethe dust issues on the Circle 7 Forest Service road to the river vent/restrict river access from access could be relieved in the all SROA common property. • Cindy McCabe referred to portion closet to Sunriver and the two letters and accompavehicular parking could be paved – suggested working nying photos that she submitwith the Forest Service on this ted to the Board (these were issue. He also asked a general part of the meeting packet question about when the gravel for the previous meeting in trucks would be finished with August). Her identified issues and related comments trips to the Sunriver Airport. • Jim Tyvand provided a included: illegal parking and www.sunriverowners.org

police enforcement; and, tall dry grass as a fire hazard on private properties. She also noted that she appreciates the creation of the rental registry task force to address issues that are primarily related to visitors not knowing and violating SROA rules. She suggested improvements to Mary McCallum Park and referenced those included in her letter, such as a pathway without bicycle access. Board actions • Approved minutes of the Aug. 14, 2020 SROA board work session. • Approved minutes of the Aug. 15, 2020 SROA regular board meeting. • Approved minutes of the Aug. 15, 2020 annual meeting as corrected. • Approved Aug. 31, 2020 unaudited financial statement. • Approved end of term committee service: Frank Brocker, Covenants and Nominating; Nancy Fischer and Carolyn Spaniol, Election; Steve Murray, Nominating; Pat Arnold, Dave Rhodes and Linda Salzer, Owner Enrichment. • Approved the following Turn to Highlights, page 7

By Gerhard Beenen As a young child I remember my dad keeping track of family expenses in his ledger notebook. As a teenager, after my parents had passed away, I lived with an older half-brother and his family. I remember my older brother and his wife sitting at the dining room table each month, stashing cash into various different envelopes: groceries, rent, clothing, etc. Budgeting at SROA is a mixture of both of these memories from my childhood. Readers who work for or have worked for corporations are probably at least partially familiar with annual budgeting. Those who have worked in management positions are not only familiar but may have been directly involved in the budgeting process. And if you are like many of the managers who I worked with during my career in the technology industry, you probably muttered to your colleagues: Why do we go through this painful and fruitless process? (Using different words which I’m not allowed to use in this column). At heart, budgeting is a forecast and as with all forecast, certain to be wrong. As a member of the SROA Finance Committee, I have participated in five rounds of annual budgeting. In general, our controller Joe Healy and the SROA management team have done an excellent job preparing a budget that is comprehensive and a relatively good forecast, until 2020. This year, our budget and reality differ by nearly $1M year-todate. Given the volatility of the times in which we currently live, a reasonable question is: Why bother to budget at all? At SROA, a primary purpose of the annual budget is to set the assessment all owners pay. This assessment pays for 46% of all SROA operating expenses and helps funds our Replacement/ New Capital Reserve Account. While capital expenses, in general, are fairly easy to forecast, forecasting revenues covering the remaining 53% of SROA operating expenses during this time of COVID-19, has become challenging. The bulk of these revenues are what we call “program revenues.” Examples include Scene advertising revenues, rental fees paid by the users of our storage yard facilities, fees paid into Community Development for home modification/building permits and most importantly, revenues from our recreation programs. And here lies the rub: What will recreation program revenue look like next year? At this time, we can only Turn to Report, page 5 SUNRIVER SCENE • OCTOBER 2020

email, otherwise they will come in the mail by default. Monthly payments are due by the first of each month. Those wishing to pay online or by credit card may use the payment portal on SROA’s website (a convenience fee applies). The SROA Board of Direc-

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3. Pay Standard Monthly Payments (No Discount) Owners who prefer to “do it themselves” are welcome to send in a payment each month. You can request the packet of monthly invoices to arrive via

tors determines the amount of the 2021 maintenance fee at their November board meeting. That amount will be announced in the December Scene and on the website. If you have questions, call the SROA accounting office at 541-593-2411 or email Joe Healy at joeh@srowners.org

SHARC website revamped If all went according to plan, when you now visit SHARC’s website you should see an all-new design. Although still a separate site (www.sunriversharc.com) the look and feel is similar to SROA’s new website and runs off the same platform – but with its own color palette. Feel free to explore and click the menu dropdown titles, buttons, etc. to become familiar with where things are located within the new site. Due to COVID-19 changes, SROA’S Communications Department staff may still adding and updating some details on the site. If you have previously bookmarked pages from the old site, you will need to delete those and resave your favorite pages.

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“guess” as to what recreational activities will or will not be allowed by state and county officials next year. Like all of you, I hope the restrictions we operated under this year are relaxed or removed by next summer. That being said, our working assumption is that next year will look very much like the past few months: SHARC will be open with attendance restrictions, no high attendance events, social distancing, etc. Key, from a financial perspective, our plan will not include any SHARC gate revenue (revenue from non-RPP/MPP guests). To put that in perspective, recreation revenues this year, through the end of August are $1.56M

below plan. There have been some savings on the expense side ($0.69M) but not enough to cover the loss in revenue. And with the opening of the North Pool next summer, expenses will increase. To be clear, we don’t know the full impact on next year’s budget and the implications for assessment fees for 2021 at this time. However, as the data above indicates, additional revenue likely will be required to maintain all SROA services and programs comparable to our restricted offerings this year. That additional revenue, as I have noted before, will most likely have to come from us, Sunriver owners. Gerhard Beenen is the treasurer of the SROA Board of Directors and chair of the Finance Committee.

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Telecommunications update: why fiber-to-the-home is important to owners By Gerhard Beenen SROA NEWS – I spent a major part of my professional career working in support of the telecommunications industry, much of it dealing with the deployment of fiber optic communications. I indirectly participated in the build-out of the fiber optic infrastructure world-wide, connecting cities to cities, states to states and continents to continents, fostering the age of the internet. As the SROA Telecommunications Task Force looks to bring a fiber optic connection to every business and home in Sunriver, you might wonder: Why is it important? Telecommunications, like electricity, water and roads is a critical part of any community’s infrastructure. We use telecommunications not only to contact friends and relatives but also businesses and emergency providers. Beyond voice communications, a high-speed, reliable internet connection keeps us in touch with the community and world in which we live. As many of us have recently learned, having a reliable high-speed internet connection allows us to participate in remote meetings, distance learning and connect with relatives who during this time of COVID, we don’t feel

comfortable visiting in person. While no one’s crystal ball is perfectly clear, industry trends indicate our need for reliable high-speed internet connection will only become more important in the coming years. For example, most of us receive our television programs via an independent communications network (cable TV or satellite TV). These services are quickly migrating to an internet delivery model. That is, like Netflix for movies, we will subscribe to a television service, brought into our home via our Internet connection. Some owners may already subscribe to internet TV services such as YouTube TV, Hulu+, Sling TV and Apple TV+. If you accept the need for high-speed reliable internet connection then your next question may be: what is wrong with what we have today? The truth be told, Sunriver is better off (in terms of internet services) than many other rural communities in Oregon or anywhere else in the US. BendBroadband provides internet connection, with download speeds up to 1Gbps (gigabit per second), to most homes in Sunriver. The problem today is that BendBroadband’s internet connection upload speed (a mere

2% to 5% of their download speed) is inadequate and their service is neither uniform throughout Sunriver nor particularly reliable. Only 44% of recent telecommunications survey respondents agreed with the statement: “The quality of my Sunriver internet download speed meets my needs.” Even fewer, 37%, agreed with a similar statement about upload speeds. Fifty-five percent (55%) of survey respondents experienced slowing of their internet connection over the past year. As we migrate to a model where all voice, video and data communications is via our Internet connection, we need a better service. The SROA Telecommunications Task Force believes the best long-term solution for Sunriver is fiber-to-the-home (FTTH). In a FTTH model, each home is connected to their internet service provider (ISP) with a fiber optic cable. Fiber is capable of very high download and upload speeds (in excess of 10Gbps) and does not suffer from the major reliability issues (faulty connectors, chewed up direct buried cables, faulty distribution amplifiers) associated with a coaxial cable network, which is what we have today. A FTTH network uses fiber optic cable which can carry a signal for up to 35-miles before needing to be amplified (regenerated). Likewise, a FTTH network can be designed with very few connections between your home and your ISP and these connectors are plastic, not subject to corrosion. A FTTH network would be deployed in conduit, minimizing the chance of cable breaks from un-

derground pests and allowing for quick replacement, should a break occur. Finally, fiber optic networks are typically designed with redundancy in mind so that a single point of failure doesn’t bring down the whole network. Higher speed and improved reliability are the major factors

in our decision to advocate for FTTH communications services to Sunriver. While some Sunriver owners may see this as unnecessary at this point in time, we believe that the future of Sunriver, as a premier residential resort community, requires us to think and act beyond our needs today.


builders. The design manual is 35 years old and the existing design criteria and process can be cumbersome and inefficient. The current procedures can serve as a disincentive for owners merely wishing to maintain or remodel their homes. Because Sunriver is substantially built out (less than 100 vacant lots remain), design work going forward will concentrate more and more on additions, remodels, and maintenance items. General Manager James Lewis and SROA Board Director Scott Gillies will be involved in this process along with the leadership and members of the Design Committee. • We will be working with all of our owners, rental agencies and the SSD and SROA Boards, on ways to inform and educate owners and visitors about the rules and guidelines which make Sunriver attractive to full time residents, second home owners and all visitors. This effort involves the creation of a task force authorized by the Board. The task force will focus on a “Rental Registry” process for promoting awareness of Sunriver rules and for enforcement response. The desired end result is for visitors and owner guests to better appreciate

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end of the year. We are assessing proposals from TDS/ BendBroadband which would replace aging coaxial cable with fiber optic lines to the home and provide enhanced capabilities at no cost to owners. We are also reviewing other proposals which would likely involve a vote of the owners to expend funds for construction of fiber optic infrastructure owned and operated by SROA. There will be more to follow on this by the end of the year. • With the combined work of the SROA Finance Committee, SROA staff and owner input, the Board will assess and adopt the 2021 SROA budget. • The SROA Board will continue to actively support all of our formal committees, including the Owner Enrichment Committee, which influence Sunriver’s ambiance, culture and substance. • With the Sunriver Design Committee, we will continue to evaluate our design review standards and procedures, which will continue to assure the appearance and desirability of our properties while streamlining the design review process for owners, designers and

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committee appointments: Pat Hensley, Covenants Committee; Kathy Brown, Design Committee Alternate; Cheryl Lolich and Penny O’Connell, Election Committee, Brad Skinner and Clark Pederson, Finance Committee; Holly Hendricks, Nominating Committee; Sandy Appleby and Katie Keller, Owner Enrichment Committee. • Approved appointments to committee second term of service: Ann Byers, Charlie Meyer and Curt Wolf to Design Committee; Jane Ashton, Election; Veronica Jacknow and Steve Phares, Finance Committee; Jane Boubel, Barbara Brocker and Al Klascius to Owner Enrichment. • Approved the following task force appointments: Recycling Center Task Force: Gary Bigham, Bill Burke, Clark Pederson, Carolyn Barr, Joe Huseonica, John Miller, Ed Pitera, Keith Kessaris – SROA Assistant GM, Susan Berger – SROA Communications Director, Mark Smith – SROA Public Works Director, Shawna Pence – Sunset Lodging, Timm Schminke – Deschutes County Solid Waste, Erwin Swetnam – Cascade Disposal. Rental Registry Task Force: Brad Skinner and Gerhard Beenen – SROA board, James Lewis – SROA general manager; owners Holly Hendricks, Randy Schneider, Kevin Fox, Clark Anderson, police chief Cory Darling, fire chief Tim Moor, SSD administrator Debbie Baker, Ron Stephens – SSD Board, Tom O’Shea and Josh Willis – Sunriver Resort, Robert Bennington – Bennington Properties and Stacy Wesson – Cascara Vacation Rentals. • Approved 3% discount to owners who pay their regular maintenance fees, in full, by Jan. 25, 2021. This discount does not apply to special purpose assessments. • Approved the appointments of Bill Burke as assistant secretary and Keith Mobley as assistant treasurer of the SROA board for 2020/21. • Approved Resolution 2020007 to the Deschutes County Commissioners recommending Jackie Schmid to fill Position 1 of the Sunriver Service District Managing Board for a term beginning Sept. 1, 2020 and ending Aug. 31, 2023. • Approved Resolution 2020008 authorizing designated signatories for association accounts. • Authorized SROA Board President to execute and sign a technical consulting agreement SUNRIVER SCENE • OCTOBER 2020

with TetraLync LLC, with an addendum to specifically outline SROA’s needs, to enhance and create a cohesive property database. • Approved the transfer of $1,272,059.75 from the Reserve Fund to the Operating Fund for the progress payment of the North Pool complex project. • Approved 25% refund/credit to the participants of the Recreation Plus Program who chose to stay in the program for 2020. Association operations • Administration: Continue to monitor and follow state/ county orders regarding social distancing requirements, COVID-19 protocols and requirements. Continue to monitor budget impacts due to the effects of COVID-19. Worked with recreation staff to modify operation plans for end of season/fall operations, including modified hours for SHARC and other recreation amenities. Worked on statistics to assist the board with the decision process for the RPP partial refund due to the pandemic. Prepared synopsis of work plan, timeline and appointees for the Rental Registry Task Force. Refined scope of work, timeline and appointees for the Recycling Center Task Force. Continued to work with legal counsel regarding responses to ongoing land use and legal actions within Sunriver. • Accounting: Worked with the reserve specialist during the on-site reserve study. Prepared and distributed 2021 budget

operating and reserve workbooks to department heads. Processed more than 40 home ownership transfers. • Communications: Sunriver Scene advertising steady, but down from previous year due to fewer ads. Website usage is up as people use the websites and social media to learn what is/ isn’t available around Sunriver. Staff continues to use social media to promote common SROA rules, pathway rules, social distancing, face coverings, etc. Staff is migrating content to the new SHARC website with a projected launch in late September. • Community Development: Design Committee meetings are occurring on a regular schedule and have tripled the number of agenda items. There are currently 258 active projects/building permits reviewed/approved by SROA/ Design Committee, including new homes, major additions and small-scale projects. Continue to adjust office hours for public submittals and questions to allow dedicated staff time to complete written work. The two-staff department are at the limit of their productivity to maintain efficiency. • Natural Resources: War on Weeds was a success with more than 50 volunteers and 150 bags of weeds collected throughout Sunriver. Staff members continue to pull weeds on commons and provide guidance on private property. A company was hired to also spray for noxious weeds, such as cheat grass, on com-

mons. LFR and tree thinning continues on commons through the end of this year. • IT: Purchased an additional Zoom account for various meetings that occur at the same time. Working to hire a database consultant to correct SROA database issues and challenges. Added more than 600 owner accounts into the gate access system at Mary McCallum Park. Fixed various outages that occurred at Fort Rock Refreshments, SHARC and ActiveNet. • Public Works: Continued review of park maintenance and upkeep as they were seeing heavy use requiring more attention this year. Developed RFP for fall road projects, including Circle 11 and the parking lot for the North Pool. Cinder storage received all final permit approvals and the metal building has been ordered with an expected delivery of March 2021. RV gate installation underway at the south storage yard. Painting the Public Works building is ongoing. Filled one open position. Continue to work with and monitor the construction at the North

Pool. Replaced waterfall pump, checked valves and lighting at the Sunriver entry circle. • Recreation/SHARC: Staff hit their stride in August. The admission system worked well overall without major issues. Staffing levels were consistent and did not see the attrition from the aquatics staff – making scheduling much easier. Hired a new aquatics supervisor to fill. All 2020 events have been canceled or rescheduled into 2021. Some aquatic exercise classes were able to return with occupancy restrictions. The meeting adjourned at 10:46 a.m. The next SROA board work session will take place at 9 a.m. Oct. 16 followed by the regular board meeting at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 17 at SHARC. Owner meeting attendance is first come, first served as space allows for social distancing. To watch the meeting virtually, visit the meeting date on SROA website calendar for details. Approved minutes of the meeting are posted, as available, on the SROA website at www. sunriverowners.org

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Sunriver’s cygnets: where are they now? By Amanda Accamando, Nature Center Manager Since 2015, trumpeter swan Grace and her two mates, first Chuck, and now Gus, have produced a total of 13 offspring. Each year the cygnets are translocated to eastern Oregon and released in the wetlands of Summer Lake Wildlife Area as part of a partnership with Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) and The Trumpeter Swan Society to reestablish a stable population of this species in Oregon. Although Trumpeter Swans were reported as common along the Lower Columbia River by Lewis and Clark, swan populations had plummeted by the turn of the 20th century due to hunting pressures. A key

component of the Trumpeter Swan Restoration Program is monitoring the numbers of swans throughout Oregon and tracking their movements beyond our state. Identification bands on the birds help us learn more about the movements of the swans. Before being released at Summer Lake Wildlife Area, each cygnet is equipped with a unique numbered band around their ankle and their neck. Although the neck band appears fairly large, it does not interfere with the swan’s behavior and movement and can be easily seen from a distance with binoculars, including from aerial surveys conducted from a helicopter. ODFW conducts several of these aerial

Gary Ivey of the Trumpeter Swan Society releases cygnets at Summer Lake.

surveys during the spring, summer, and fall in southeast and southcentral Oregon (Crook, Harney, Klamath and Lake counties). The surveys during the spring nesting season help to identify active nests for wild swans whereas the fall surveys inform how many cygnets have survived. Swan sightings also come in periodically from private citizens, such as hunters or birders, through the USGS’ Bird Banding Laboratory. This online tool allows anyone to report a banded bird and helps fill in the gaps in our knowledge. Last year, we received location reports of Grace’s cygnets from Summer Lake to beyond the borders of Oregon and the United States. The one remaining cygnet of Grace and Chuck’s 2016 brood seems to


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SNCO programs, events in October The Sunriver Nature Center is offering a variety of educational webinars. All webinars are free for SROA members but require a discount code to register. Call 541-593-4442 or email info@snco.org for discount code. Register online at www.snco.org. • Oh Deer! Harmonious Living with our Four-legged Neighbors Tuesday, Oct. 13, 6-7 p.m. In the second webinar of the Living with Wildlife series, we’ll explore the historical and ecological context of Central Oregon’s deer populations. Together we’ll discuss the conflicts that arise when deer and humans overlap in their habitat and solutions to help mitigate common issues. This webinar will be presented live via Zoom. Registration: $15/household. This program is free for SROA members. • Cascadia – The Next Big Earthquake and Tsunami Tuesday, October 20, 6:307:30 p.m. A major earthquake along Turn to Programs, page 9

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Fall meteor showers; special Halloween ‘blue’ moon By Bob Grossfeld, Observatory Manager As we head into October, we are enjoying the beautiful fall nights at the observatory. Although the summer was filled with great views of the night sky, October will offer clear and cool nights and even more great opportunities to view the heavens. Fall constellations provide wonderful views of galaxies and deep space wonders. This fall, Saturn and Jupiter will still demand our attention but Mars is also a great target. There are plenty of deep sky objects to keep the telescopes busy at night. Views of the Andromeda Galaxy and the Double Cluster in Perseus are some favorites this time of year. This October will also bring

two meteor showers. First up in early October you can view the Draconids shower, which produces about 10 meteors per hour. It is produced by the dust grains left behind by comet 21P Giacobini-Zinner, which was discovered in 1900. The Draconids is an unusal shower because viewing is best in the early evening. The shower runs annually from Oct. 6-10, and the peak this year is on Oct. 7, which works well, since there will be a second quarter moon. Later in the month, the Orionids meteor shower returns. The Orionids is an average shower producing about 20 meteors per hour at their peak. It is produced by dust grains left behind by comet Halley, which has been known and

the years. This virtual lecture will be hosted live via a Zoom webinar. Registration: $5/household. This program is free for SROA members.

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the Cascadia Subduction Zone will have far-reaching impacts throughout the Pacific Northwest, including Central Oregon. Are we prepared for an event like this? Daniele McKay, adjunct instructor at the University of Oregon, will present the geologic history of earthquakes in Oregon and discuss how a large Cascadia earthquake could affect us. This virtual lecture will be hosted live via a Zoom webinar. Registration: $5/household. This program is free for SROA members. • Bats of the Pacific Northwest Wednesday, Oct. 28, 6:30-

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learn how to fly. At Summer Lake Wildlife Area, the cygnets will have much more wetland habitat than here in Sunriver to spread their wings

observed since ancient times. This shower usually peaks on the night of Oct. 21. The moon will be setting before midnight, so it should be a good show. Best viewing will be to the east after midnight. Be sure to find a dark location far from city lights. We end the month with a unique twist. Halloween will be a full moon and a blue moon on Oct. 31. It is called a blue moon since this is the second full moon in the same month. This calendar event occurs occassionally, giving rise to the term “once in a blue moon.” Fall is the time when the observatory team begins working on plans for the upcoming year and preparing for the winter season. You can stay up

7:30 p.m. Bat populations are notoriously difficult to study and much remains to be revealed. The Northwestern Bat Hub at OSU-Cascades seeks to study bats and their extinction risks, especially in light of a changing environment. Join Bat Hub Coordinator, Rogelio Rodriguez, for a look at the diversity of bats of the Pacific Northwest and what his research group has learned about them over and comfortably learn how to fly. Together, the Sunriver cygnets and the cygnets produced by a pair of swans at Aspen Lakes Golf Course in Sisters, will contribute to establishing Oregon’s breeding population, one swan at a time.

Other events • Ponderosa Fall Seedling Sale Online sales begin Thursday, Oct. 8 The annual Ponderosa Seedling sale has gone virtual. Place your order online and have it delivered to your house (Sunriver residents only) or pick it up curbside at Sunriver Nature Center & Observatory. Fall is the perfect time to plant a tree and seedlings are hardy and acclimated to a Central Oregon environment. Prices vary depending on size and detailed planting instructions are included with all trees. • Transplanting Forest Seedlings: Workshop and Field Trip Sunday, Oct. 18, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Join Lee Stevenson, founder of Project Ponderosa, for a


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Don Barnes, SROA Natural Resources staff, conducts an LFR inspection on McNary Lane.

3,200 single family lots, 22 multi-family or condominium properties and dozens of commercial tax lots – all in different states of compliance and notification – we have a lot of ground to cover and inspections can take a few months to complete,” explains Gentiluomo. If you see Natural Resources staff in their high-visibility vests or jackets walking around on your lane or circling your property with a clipboard or tablet, they are likely checking out conditions that make a property more defensible in the event of wildfire. Notices regarding compliance with the Sunriver Ladder Fuels Reduction Plan

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Christmas. When asked if planning started after Labor Day, Beard replied with a laugh, “Hardly. It begins January 1, and continues throughout the year.” She explained that holiday merchandise arrives every month, and it takes time to sort, price and prepare the items for sale. “And, I’m very picky!” she said emphatically. “If it is not up to our standards, it doesn’t get in the store.” As for the prices, Beard proclaimed, “We keep them low. I call it ‘extraordinary pricing.’ We want to move these items and not have

Tern needs volunteers The Second Tern Thrift Store is looking for volunteers who can help with moving furniture and lifting donations from vehicles. Open Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays are workdays for processing donations. The Second Tern supports the Sunriver Nature Center & Observatory. Apply at www.secondtern.com/apply/ or call Liz at 541-593-3367. them sitting around for another year.” The Tern has accumulated a small mountain of items to offer customers beginning the first week of November. Included in the inventory are lights, wreaths, dishes, wrapping paper, ornaments, yard decor, trees and tree stands, just to name a few of the offerings.

“We really have something for everyone,” said Drew. The nonprofit Tern is located on Spring River Road, just west of Harper Bridge and is open Friday and Saturday. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Donations are accepted only on Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. More information can be found on www.secondterm. com or calling 541-593-3367.

9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. second Tuesday of the month, Crescent room at SHARC Info: 302-378-8446 Partners Bridge 6 p.m., Crescent room at SHARC. Sign up at the Marketplace Info: 541-5566408 AlAnon 6-7 p.m., Tuesdays at Sunriver Chamber of Commerce

Wednesday Sunriver Rotary 7:30 a.m., Hearth Room at the Sunriver Lodge cheri@bancorpinsurance.com Great Decisions 4-6 p.m. third Wednesday of the month, Crescent room at SHARC. Info: 503-292-0133


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

Sunriver Yoga Club 9-10:15am, All levels welcome. Crescent room, SHARC. $5 suggested donation. Info: 541-585-5000 Duplicate Bridge 6 p.m., First, second, fourth & fifth Thursday, Crescent room at SHARC. Info: 541-556-6408

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Board forms, appoints two new task forces By Susan Berger, Sunriver Scene SROA NEWS – On the cusp of going to a vote of the owners, the proposal to create a new recycling center was tabled in late 2019 following owner opposition of the new facility. The SROA Board of Directors approved putting the project on hold at its November meeting, giving staff the time to step back and gather more data in time to include it on the summer 2020 ballot. Then came the pandemic… and everything came to a screeching halt. But the ball is rolling once again. The board has assigned a Recycling Center Task Force to revisit the project, vet all potential recycling options and to make a recommendation by the end of this year. The task force will meet once or twice a month and includes resident and non-resident owners as well as board members, SROA staff and representatives from the Deschutes County Solid Waste and the recycling carting company. THE REAL ESTATE EXPERT YOUR FRIENDS RECOMMEND! John Gibson Principal Broker Certified Residential Specialist JohnGibsonPC@aol.com

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been be funded and constructed by SROA using reserve fund dollars. However, through a three-party lease agreement with Deschutes County Solid Waste and the carting company, SROA was to be fully reimbursed over a five-year period and would, at the end of that lease, own the building outright. If the facility ever ceased operations as a recycling center, SROA could then use the facility as it desired. Under this agreement, the facility would continue to operate as a county recycling depot and remain open to users from outside of Sunriver proper.


near Cardinal Landing Bridge. • In addition to the above issues, the Board will be asking SROA staff to lead processes for the following: the effectiveness and efficiency of our administrative office functions and data base capabilities; conducting additional owner surveys; kicking off the 2030 Vision Strategic Plan; beginning a master planning effort for parks and pathways; and, working with the Sunriver Service District (police/fire) on updating the Emergency Operations Plan for Sunriver. Our SROA Board of Directors looks forward to the ambitious year ahead and encourages your continued input and involvement in our processes and opportunities for engagement.

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Are YOU prepared for an emergency? The Sunriver Owner Enrichment Committee is offering a session with Sunriver Fire Chief Tim Moore and Police Chief Cory Darling to instruct you to be prepare in the event of an emergency. The meeting will be held Oct. 12, 3:30 p.m. in Benham Hall at SHARC. Come find out what you should have in your “go bag,” how to develop a list of things to take with you should you need to evacuate and what the emergency evacuation Levels 1-2-3 mean. With COVID-19 restrictions in place attendance is first come, first served. Everyone must sign in for contact tracing purposes, wear a face covering and follow social distancing guidelines at all times. If the attendance exceeds capacity, another session will be scheduled for a later date.

Resources for staying informed before, during a wildfire By Boone Zimmerlee The need throughout our state for wildfire preparedness and staying informed has prompted me to share resources I wanted to be sure everyone was familiar with. If you have navigated through the ProjectWildfire.org website than you may be familiar with several already, but I thought I would highlight the ones I felt were more relevant given where we are in the current fire season. With the ability to have a wildfire spring up in your backyard unexpectedly and force evacuations, I wanted to highlight https://www.projectwildfire. org/evacuation/. Here you will find resources describing evacuation levels, preparing family and loved ones to resources for building a go kit. With a little bit of navigating around the page you can find a wealth of information for yourself and to share with your community. As always there are several other resources throughout the project wildfire website to help guide you in preparing your home, community and yourself, pre and post wildland fire. In order to stay informed on evacuations and emergency

alerts in Deschutes County, you can sign up for alerts through Deschutes County Alerts System. Found here https:// member.everbridge.net/in dex/892807736723736#/ signup. This includes evacuation alerts. If you are looking for general smoke and fire info, https:// www.centraloregonfire.org/ is great resource to find out where the smoke is coming from and find non-emergency updates on wildland fires in Central Oregon. You can also sign-up for text alerts for wildfire and prescribed fire by texting “CO FIRE” to 888-777 Another good resource is the Ready, Set, Go program. They have well laid out 7 week program of addressing defensible space in the 0-5’ and 5-30’ zones around your home. If you are looking for a systematic approach to helping disconnect the fuse between the wildland to your home this is a good start. https://www.wildland firersg.org/s/are-you-wildfireready?language=en_US –Boone Zimmerlee is the Fire Adapted Communities Coordinator for Deschutes County

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OEC in search of new members SROA NEWS – After a COVID pause, the Sunriver Owner Enrichment Committee (OEC) is back in business. What we thought would be a short suspension, turned into six months of waiting for restrictions to be lifted. That hasn’t happened and may not for a while. It’s time to accept the cards we’ve been dealt and get back in the game. Let’s use our collective COVID-coping experience to offer new types of activities that enrich our lives while maintaining our health. Currently there are four openings on the 12-member OEC. The OEC’s purpose is to enrich the experience of both resident and non-resident owners in Sunriver. We’re looking for people with ideas for building community through educational, cultural, recreational, or social activities. If you’ve got ideas and are willing to put in some time and effort to see them come to fruition, consider putting your name forward for a three-year term on the OEC. These are volunteer positions appointed by the SROA Board of Directors. We meet monthly, currently outdoors or on Zoom, on the third Wednesday at 2:00 PM. Meetings are open to everyone and there is always an opportunity for public comment. Contact the chair, Dan Hilburn (503-930-9060) or secretary, Jane Boubel (541-593-2641), if you are interested in joining the OEC, would like to share an idea, or have an item for the agenda.

Trunk-or-Treat event at The Door church

The fifth annual Trunkor-Treat will be held at The Door church on Oct. 31 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome to this free community event that includes hot dogs, apple cider, lots of candy and more. To facilitate social distancing, this year we are offering reserved arrival times which can be made by clicking the Trunk-orTreat link on The Door’s website at www.thedoor3r. org. For those who would like to decorate their vehicle and join us, please email Brent at pastor brent@thedoor3r.org. The Door is located in the Sunriver Business Park.


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Gallery’s annual food drive to benefit Care and Share By Deni Porter As we have all noted: “These are strange times.” For some families, these times are downright hungry. Each year at the Artists’ Gallery Sunriver, we take great joy in hosting a celebration that revolves around food and money donations to assist our less fortunate friends and neighbors in south Deschutes County. This year that event is even more important for Care and Share than ever. On average, artists and patrons of the gallery collect 2,000 pounds of food donations during the one-night celebration. Because of COVID restrictions, we will be spreading the event over three days with the goal of allowing more time and space for individuals to participate safely. Our campaign to “Fill Don’s Truck” will go from Friday, Oct. 9 thru Sunday, Oct. 11 during normal gallery hours. No one misses a good party more than the artists at our gallery, but we have put our party desires on hold till later. We have organized ourselves to

be available during these three days to assist each patron that makes a food or monetary donation. An artist will make sure that you have completed a raffle ticket for fantastic, one-of-akind pieces of art that have been donated by the artists. Each donor will receive one raffle ticket per donation of food or equivalent cash donation. We will also have special discounts available in the gallery. Prizes will include fabulous pieces of art. There is a beautiful oil painting of a hummingbird by Bonnie Junell. Deni Porter will provide a custom pet portrait. Karla Proud is donating a stunning pair of Oregon sunstone earrings. New artist Charlene Virts is providing a beautiful wand woven shawl. There will be photography, pottery and artwork galore. It is not necessary to be present to win. Like all assistance organizations right now, Care and Share is struggling to compete for grants and local donations. Many long-time supporters have not been able to meet their previous commitments.

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There is a unique opportunity for local artists to join the Artists’ Gallery Sunriver. Are you a fine artist or fine crafts person? The gallery is looking for 2D artists (mixed media, encaustic, oil, watercolor) and 3D metal artist, wood turning, jewelry, wearable art, unique pottery, photography or sculpture. We are for artists by artists. Participating members work shifts, have generous space to show their work and share in the operations of the gallery business. Generous commissions percentage paid twice monthly and low monthly expense is shared among all artist members. Ready to find out more information? Email jury chair Dori Kite agsrjury committee@gmail.com or stop by the gallery in building 19 in The Village at Sunriver. Call 541-593-4382 or visit www. artistsgallerysunriver.com

Bake sale moves to the Resort The Visions of Sugar Plums Food/Bake Sale Extravaganza sponsored by Sunriver Christian Fellowship will be held

Saturday, Nov. 14 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This year we will be holding Visions of Sugar Plums at Sunriver Resort’s Great Hall, which provides almost three times the space we have had in the past. The additional space will allow us to adhere to recommendations made by the Oregon Public Health Department in regard to stopping the spread of COVID-19 while still helping our neighbors. All attendees will be required to wear a mask and social distancing will be strictly observed. This has been a difficult time for all of us, but it has been especially difficult for those in our communities that were already struggling. Over the last four years Visions of Sugar Plums has raised nearly $50,000. The proceeds go to local charities such as Care for Kids, Neighbor Impact, La Pine Sunriver Habitat for Humanity, Care and Share and La Pine Health Clinic, to name just a few. This is a great way to stock up your freezer for the holidays with all kinds of delicious desserts, appetizers and main courses. There will be every kind of baked good imaginable, Turn to Bake, page 15

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ODOT working to assess, repair Oregon wildfire-ravaged roads, highways By Oregon Department of Transportation ODOT crews around the state have been busy assessing damage on hundreds of miles of road, removing thousands of trees damaged by fire as well as inspecting culverts, bridges, guardrail and pavement. The work will continue location by location as conditions allow, but it will be some time before roads reopen – partially or fully – to traffic. Even when roads do reopen, ODOT crews will continue monitoring for hazards including landslides or loose rock in areas where wildfires have scarred the landscape. New webpage shows recovery progress ODOT webpage (www. oregon.gov/ODOT/Pages/ Wildfire.aspx) will track progress showing information on what we’ve done and still need to do to reopen closed roads. The webpage also provides

Brown pondo needles don’t spell doom Some conscientious (observant?) owners have become concerned about the brown needles this summer on the ponderosas they have planted the last few years. This is a natural occurrence. Needles closer to the tree trunk turn brown and eventually fall off after a couple years. As long as the needles from recent growth – farthest from the trunk – are green, your pondo is happy. Plant on!

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including gluten free options, as well as some amazing gifts for your holiday entertaining. This event is the gift that keeps on giving. To see pictures of the many amazing items join Facebook at “Vision of Sugar Plums” or email vspsunriver@gmail.com with any questions or comments. SUNRIVER SCENE • OCTOBER 2020

information on road and office closures, links to news releases, photos, videos and more. “This is such a dynamic and constantly changing situation, we have to make sure these roads are cleared,” said Luci Moore, ODOT State Maintenance and Operations Engineer. “There are many concerns that we will address. It is likely to be some time before these roads open to full or even partial travel. Each will be determined individually based on the damages.” Recovery work underway ODOT has started removing hazard trees on OR 138 E, OR 126 McKenzie Highway and Oregon 22 North Santiam Highway. While ODOT is still assessing how many trees it will need to remove, estimates put the number of hazard trees along the OR 22 corridor alone in the hundreds of thousands. Roads will remain closed until ODOT can remove debris from affected areas, inspect slopes for weakness, inspect bridges, pavement, culverts, signs, guardrail and other structures for damage, and make repairs. Rock scaling – to bring down materials that threaten roads – will be used where needed.


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sunriver women’s club President’s message We are off and running with virtual events. Our new programs director, Gwen Gamble, has lots of ideas for luncheon speakers. Thank you, Gwen, for “steppin’ up” to fill the vacant position. Do you want to learn more about what the SRWC has in store for 2020-2021? To find out, please go to sunriver womensclub.com and while you are on our website, check out the new and improved version. There is a lot of information to review. You can also renew your membership, become a member, or donate to one of our philanthropy programs. See you on Zoom. –Nancy Fischer, club president Membership: Now is the time to renew your membership or join the SRWC as a new member. The SRWC membership year runs from Oct.1 through Sept. 30. Go to the Sunriver Women’s Club website, log in and click on Join Us to renew, or select Annual Membership to become a new member.

Members who renew or join now will be paid through September 2021. When renewing your membership, please consider donating to the SRWC philanthropy funds. Join the SRWC in social activities and philanthropic endeavors by applying online. Many of our activities and our monthly programs are virtual right now so we are staying safe while staying socially connected. For information go to the SRWC website or contact srwcmem bership@gmail.com. Power of 100 Program: Catch the vision of making a significant impact to the vulnerable in our south Deschutes County community. Be a loyal supporter of Power of 100+ by contributing $100 and being part of a community group of 100+ people in a “grassroots giving circle.” Your gift along with 99+ others results in at least $10,000 awarded to a local nonprofit selected by SRWC members voting between two nonprofits. Please join us in this third annual ef-

fort in supporting a targeted need in south Deschutes County. Our 2020 project Neighbor-Impact’s Fresh to You will bring fresh food to south county residents with diet-modifiable diseases such as Type II diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and obesity in partnership with the La Pine Community Health Center. The importance of this project has never been clearer as we learn about the vulnerability of those with underlying health conditions in a pandemic like the coronavirus. Go to www. sunriverwomensclub.com/ Donation-Page to participate. Monthly luncheons: Join the SRWC virtual luncheon on Oct. 20. The lunch and program will focus on what will be offered at Sunriver Books & Music this fall. Legacy Bricks: Looking for the perfect gift, or to memorialize a special life in Sunriver? The Sunriver Women’s Club is once again selling two sizes of laser engraved bricks that will


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The Sunriver Women’s Club (SRWC) wishes to acknowledge and thank unexpected community benefactors for providing additional resources for essential services to support women and children, families and seniors. As the summer season ends and the impact of the pandemic continues, these donations are especially important in helping the SRWC with our goal of sustaining a strong network of services in south Deschutes County. An anonymous local couple donated $15,000 to the SRWC philanthropy program. The generous couple shared what prompted the donation. “We selected the SRWC because it does not help just a single entity but supports nonprofits 20837359R

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Fly-Tying Corner: mahogany dun parachute dry fly By Phil Fischer The mahogany dun parachute holds a special place in my fly box. Shortly after moving to Central Oregon years ago, my first day out fly fishing was spent on the Fall River near our home. It was October, and a good friend had alerted me that the mahogany hatch was on. On one of my first casts that day a nice rainbow came up and inhaled this pattern. As I released this fish back into the crystal-clear waters, I thought to myself how lucky am I to live in this beautiful area. In the decade since, this sense of awe is still there and as fresh as the first day on the water. The mahogany mayfly is an important hatch during the early part of fall on our area rivers. It occurs on the Fall River, Metolius, Crooked and Deschutes. The mahogany dun parachute is an excellent imitation for this mayfly. The profile of this pattern does a good job matching the natural. The abdomen is tied using stretch floss, which does not float well, so one must rely on the tail and hackle to support the fly on the water. But this also contributes to this fly floating very low on the water’s surface, imitating a freshly hatched mayfly dun. Trout love them at this very vulnerable stage of the hatch and will take the mahogany dun parachute willingly. Give this pattern a try this fall. Mahogany dun parachute materials list: Hook: Firehole 419 barbless, size 14 - 16 Thread: Danville 6/0 flat waxed, tobacco brown Tail: Microfibbets, dun Abdomen: Stretch floss, brown Thorax: Superfine dubbing, mahogany brown Wing: Zelon, dark dun Hackle: Whiting dry fly saddle, grizzly dyed brown Tying instructions and steps are published in video form, and can be found on the Sunriver Anglers Facebook page at https:// www.facebook.com/SunriverAnglers/, or at the following YouTube URL: https://youtu.be/di5DB3ZtaYo. Give the mahogany dun parachute a try during this hatch on one of our local rivers. If you have questions or would like additional information about this pattern, please email me. Or if you have suggestions on future patterns to feature in this column, I welcome your input. I can be reached at philfischer@sbcglobal.net

The Environmental Center’s Rethink Waste Project is to provide $500 – $2000 in grant awards to individuals, businesses, or organizations in Deschutes County to help with materials, infrastructure or time that contribute to waste reduction in the community for the second year in a row. A total of $7,000 will be granted. Eligible parties need to apply by Nov. 13, 2020. While there are some project stipulations such as measurable results and the ability to last beyond the funding period, TEC encourages anyone with a waste prevention idea to apply. The first year’s winners include: • Sunriver Owner’s Association – to replace Styrofoam single-use coffee cups with reusable coffee mugs in their establishment. • Council on Aging of Central Oregon – to implement reusable bags for their Meals on Wheels community-based food delivery program for aging adults across Central Oregon. • Central Oregon Community College – to design and install signage across campus for consistent and accurate education that addresses recycling contamination and encourages increased diversion

of recyclables from the landfill. • SCP (Soul, Community, Planet) Hotel in Redmond – to help implement an on-site composting program. • Taco Del Mar: Bend and Redmond – to replace singleuse disposable foodware and utensils with reusables for eatin diners.

See website for details: EnviroCenter.org/CommunityGrants2020. Contact Ani with questions: ani@envirocenter. org. Rethink Waste is an Environmental Center program that operates in partnership with the Deschutes County Department of Solid Waste and local garbage service providers.

North Pool construction ongoing Workers create the imitation rock feature as part of the new family pool at the North Pool complex. To view construction via a live webcam, visit www.sunriverowners.org and click the Capital & Reserves button on the homepage. As long as the weather holds, the current timeline for completion should be sometime win November.

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looking to create a registry of rental properties in Sunriver. The goal of the registry is to know which homes are vacation rentals in Sunriver and have the ability to inform renters of common Sunriver’s Rules and Regulation in an effort to reduce violations – thus enhancing the livability and compatibility between Sunriver’s permanent residents and those who visit here. The registry could also be utilized to communicate and know the contact information for the owner and/or property management company responsible for the home in the event of an emergency. Stay tuned... SUNRIVER SCENE • OCTOBER 2020

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All Outdoor Aquatics (closed for the season) Basketball Hoop (Indoor Pool) Volleyball Net (Indoor Pool) Hot Tub Drinking Fountains (bottle refill stations available) Lockers Lounge Chairs (bring your own folding chair) Swim Lessons Splashy Hour/Central Oregon Sundays SHARC Bite Cafe

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• Come swim ready! (limited locker room access & no lockers available) • Towel (no towel service available) • Water Bottle (metal or plastic only - NO GLASS!) • Face Covering (required indoors at all times with the exception of when in the pool. No face coverings allowed in the pool.)

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Sanitize your hands regularly Stay home if you are sick Face covering required (No masks allowed in pools) Maintain social distancing Limit group size (10 ppl or less) Reusable swim diaper required for small children not potty trained 7. Break for the bathroom regularly 8. Stay hydrated (refilling station available) SUNRIVER SCENE • OCTOBER 2020

Tips for hiking during hunting season By Dan Hilburn, Sunriver Hiking Club Fall can be a glorious time for a hike, but the occasional sound of gunshots makes you wonder if you’re in danger. It is an unsettling thought, even if the chances of being shot at are small. Taking a few basic precautions reduces the risk substantially. Here are some tips supplied by Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife wildlife biologist Sarah Gregory and local hiker Jim Greenleaf. • Wear orange, yellow or red. A “hunter orange” vest is best. If you’re hiking with your dog, make sure they’re also sporting bright colors. • Avoid dawn and dusk. That is when deer are most active and hunters know it. • Most deer are killed near roads for obvious reasons, so the farther from roads you hike, the lower the chances of encountering hunters. • Hunters usually avoid popular trails, since

game animals are scarce. Shevlin Park and the Deschutes River Trail loop near Bend fit the bill. Also, there is less game at higher elevations, so trails to viewpoints are a good choice. • Make noise and talk while you walk. Carry a whistle and use it if you hear shooting. Reading the hunting accident reports on the ODFW website (www.dfw.state.or.us ) will further reduce your worries – incidents are rare and nearly all involve members of the same hunting party. While you’re on their website, you can check out the details for hunting seasons in units 34 (Upper Deschutes) and 35 (Paulina). It is complicated, but the buck deer rifle season that is probably the most likely to produce stray bullets starts the Saturday closest to Oct. 1 and runs for 12 days, which is Oct. 3 to 14 this year. So get out and enjoy our local hiking trails this fall; the drive to the trailhead is likely the most dangerous thing you’ll do that day.


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Mt. Bachelor outlines winter operations Over the summer, the ski industry worked together in unprecedented effort to develop a shared set of operation guidelines called Ski Well, Be Well, and both Mt. Bachelor and POWDR were engaged in this important work facilitated by the National Ski Areas Association (NSAA). Mt. Bachelor’s operating plan has been developed in collaboration, and in compliance, with applicable Oregon Health Authority and Deschutes County Health Department officials and guidelines. Lodges and Food & Beverage Heading into their 62nd season, Mt. Bachelor will be taking a “Back to Basics” approach with the goal of maximizing the on-snow experience, while minimizing ancillary services, especially those involving indoor congregation. Lodge plans thoughtfully manage volume and enable physical distancing in accordance with Oregon Health Authority guidelines for restaurants and indoor spaces, and we have worked directly with County

tions required. Retail: Gravity Sports Retail Health Department officials to some of your other favorite shop will be open and offering validate specific plans for each local food cart vendors, in true a full range of products, inside Bend fashion. lodge this season. access will be limited, and the As such, and consistent in Daycare, Lessons, Tubing, shop will be open on weekends the early days of Mt. Bache- Rentals and Retail only in late October and early lor, Mt. Bachelor will expect Lessons and Childcare: To November so guests can come and encourage guests to be minimize contact, Mt. Bach- up early and enjoy the best prepared to be based out of elor will not offer all-day or deals on gear for the coming their vehicles as a lodge this regular group ski school les- season. season, for booting up, warm- sons. Gravity Sports Ski and Tubing: Tubing will not be ing up and refueling up. While Ride School will offer modified offered during the 2020/21 offering some food service half-day multi-week programs winter season. in their lodges, services will for kids and pre-booked private be simplified and occupancy lessons. At this time, they will Opening Day and Terrain will be limited, with the focus not offer beginner lessons or Footprint The big question on everyon preserving lodge capacity lessons for youth 6 and under. for quick warmups and/or They have also suspended the restroom access. This will be Ski or Ride in 5 program and supplemented with outdoor childcare. food service, including Egan’s Rentals: Rentals will be limOutpost food cart, and possibly ited, with pre-arrival reserva-

one’s mind is likely “When will you open?” The goal this year is to open safely and stay open for the entire length of the season. Everything must reflect a responsible approach to mitigating the risk of COVID-19 for guests and staff. One of the primary ways is via physical distancing. Thankfully, the mountain lends itself extremely well to dispersing crowds when they are able to open a majority of our lifts and terrain. The plan is to open the resort Turn to Bachelor, page 20

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on Dec. 7, provided there is enough snow to confidently open all three base areas – Sunrise, Skyliner and West Village – and with a lift and terrain footprint that will accomplish effective physical distancing. Initially, the mountain will open for passholders only, including Mt. Bachelor (Outplay 365, Full Season, Midweek, 12-Day, 4-Day) and Ikon passholders for the first four days – Dec. 7-10 – as a thank you for season passholders. Policies and Personal Responsibility Ensuring the longevity of the season means everyone all must take action, support and cooperation. All guests are expected to follow guidelines for COVID-19 operations, including wearing face coverings at all times in and around the resort. This includes in parking lots, all base areas, ticket lines

and while on or around lifts, as well as indoors (except while seated to eat and drink). Mt. Bachelor has seen great compliance by guests throughout the summer, and expects the same this winter. Lift Loading Physical distancing in lift queues occurs organically due to the length of skis and snowboards and guests will notice additional spacing measures, including extended maze designs, more lateral spacing and increased signage, to further ensure a consistent flow of appropriately spaced traffic. Guests will self-group and load chairlifts with their traveling party. Lift attendants will not require guests to ride a chairlift with people they do not know. Cleaning and Sanitization If you visited us this summer, you probably noticed the increase in sanitation stations, increased facility cleaning frequency, and new signage around the resort. Mt. Bachelor

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will continue to uphold the highest standards of sanitization and have in place a number of protocols to keep our staff and guests safe. Staff will continue daily health screenings before work in resort and follow various new staff safety policies. “We are doing our best to ensure a safe resort experience and we ask you also do your part. As a member of our winter community, please become familiar with CDC, Oregon Health Authority, and Deschutes County Health Department recommendations to help stop the spread of COVID-19 and keep yourself and our community safe,” said John McLeod, Mt. Bachelor president and general manager. Resort Access and Parking To ensure the wellbeing of all and protect the longevity of the season we are taking a number of actions to manage volume and enable physical distancing. Mt. Bachelor will limit the number of single-day dated tickets and have increased the typical number of blackout days on Ikon Base pass visitation, 12-Day and 4-Day passes, and limited the sale of the 4-Day pass. Mt. Bachelor is also implementing an online car parking reservation system. Please note this is a “car” and not an individual passholder reservation system. This system

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means that whether you’re coming up for a Cone lap, a few powder runs, a morning Nordic ski, or a lesson, you will need a car reservation to let us know you’re coming. Doing so will help track and manage overall resort visitation levels. The full details of the parking reservation system are forthcoming, and will share more information in the coming weeks. Uphill Travel With a planned opening date of Dec. 7 – pending snow coverage and depth to open Sunrise, Skyliner and West Village base areas and plans to offer uphill access to the community through Sunday, Nov. 29. Our uphill policy of “unpatrolled and uncontrolled” will be in effect during this time period. Mt. Bachelor will close all uphill and guest access beginning Monday, Nov. 30 to prepare the resort for opening day. At this time active machinery will be on hill and will complete base area preparations to ensure a safe and smooth opening day. Pray for Snow Mt. Bachelor will continue to provide more information and details in the coming weeks and months, and the most comprehensive up to date information will always be available on the website at www.mtbachelor.com

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Salute to Friends of Sunriver Library By Dan Hilburn On Sept. 2 Friends of the Sunriver Library sent a check for $14,789.72 to the Deschutes Public Library Foundation. With that final boost, the Friends’ work to establish and support a library in Sunriver came to an end. This year the Deschutes Public Library District Board decided to dissolve the Friends groups at all of its constituent libraries and concentrate fundraising through the Deschutes Public Library Foundation. It was a bittersweet moment for many Friends members. It reminded me of how you feel when your child leaves home. You’re proud that they want to survive on their own, but a little sad that they don’t need you the way they used to. Twenty-two years ago, a group of Sunriver residents dreamed up the idea of a local public library and fought for its creation. That group morphed into the Friends and, once the building was erected, they campaigned for a bond measure to support it. For the last two decades, they’ve held used book sales to augment the library’s budget. We’d planned to have a celebratory dinner for current and past Friends of the Sunriver Library, but then came COVID-19 and those plans were shelved. Instead, let me offer a completely inadequate but heartfelt THANK YOU Turn to Friends, page 29

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SSD board monthly meeting summary public safety The Sunriver Service District Managing Board held its regular meeting on Sept. 17, 2020. Board members present: Bill Hepburn, Dennis Dishaw, Mark Murray, Ron Stephens, John Ralston and Robert Foster. SSD staff present: Chief Cory Darling, Chief Tim Moor, Lt. Mike Womer, Debbie Baker. Public input -None Consent agenda –Approved Aug. 13, 2020 regular SSD board meeting minutes as written. –Approved SROA monthly invoice in the amount of $17,459.14. –Approved purchase order in the amount of $25,000 to Tactical Business for consulting fee for procuring the fire department $250,000 to offset COVID-19.

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Year-to-date as of August 31, 2020: Total Revenues.......................................... $463,606.34 Police Personnel, Materials & Services........ $314,070 Bike Patrol................................................ $49,137 Fire Personnel, Materials & Services........... $487,376 General Personnel, Materials & Services..... $23,752 Sunriver Service District. –Listened to a presentation by Blake Jamison of Tactical Business, who was able to procure a $250,000 Coronavirus Relief Fund grant for the fire department. The fund was available to first responders for things such as shortfalls in revenue, reimbursement of payroll wages, response and expenses and/or requirements New business –Swore in Robert Foster in mitigating potential risks due as new board member of the to the pandemic. Old business –Strategic Plan update: Plan was approved in August. Dennis Dishaw agreed to be the SSD board liaison and work with Jim Fister to present the plan to the public for feedback prior to final implementation and board approval at the end of this year.

Safety tips in time for fall By Jim Bennett Is it time for the weather to change? As I am preparing this month’s article It is mid-September and we are socked in with smoke and our hearts are going out to so many in our state who have lost everything during the deadly wildfires on the other side of the mountains. Unless we have had an unseasonably early start to winter, the risk for wildfire still exists. Keep in mind that the horrific Camp Fire in Paradise, California occurred in November 2018. Please do your part to keep our community safe from fire. This summer the fire department responded to numerous reports of unlawful burning, such as charcoal or wood bar-

becues, fire pits, open fires and more. Sunriver has enacted rules to prohibit these types of fires to keep us as safe as possible form wildfire. Even when the ground begins to get a little damp and the temperatures begin to fall these fires are still prohibited because it’s not only about a dry forest, but also wooden decks, siding, firewood and other objects that can combust and cause destructive fire. Halloween safety As we look toward the end of summer weather and fun, we begin to look at activities of fall and winter. Halloween is just around the corner and we will have young people out looking for treats.

If your children will be participating in Halloween activities, there are some important safety steps you can take to make sure they have a great, safe treat-collecting time: • Wear light colored or illuminated costumes for high visibility when crossing roadways and walking on trails.

–SSD board elections: Selections were voted on for the following positions: Bill Hepburn, president; John Ralston, vice president; Mark Murray, treasurer. –Approved temporar y COVID-19 employee guidelines. The policy provides information and guidance to employees on practices and procedures related to the ongoing pandemic and in the event an employee is exposed to or contracts COVID-19. –Approved that SSD administrator Debbie Baker sign a service agreement with Eide Bailly to perform the SSD’s annual financial audit. The audit would take place remotely at the end of September. –Selection of two SSD board members to serve on the Rental Registry Task Force: Ron Stephens volunteered. Waiting on a second board member to

volunteer. –Approved fire/police facility door lock replacement contract with Cook Security Group in the amount of $21,265.72 to Cook Security Group. The keypad system will be replaced with an electronic RFID-reading fob, increasing security and tracking capabilities. –Approved memorandum of understanding with Deschutes County District Attorney’s office for a Sunriver officer to participate in year-long domestic violence investigator program. “This is a great program for career development and relationship building between departments,” said Cory Darling, Sunriver Police Chief. The district is compensated for the participating officer’s wage during the training period. The board also approved over hiring

• Make sure their masks and face gear do not obstruct their ability to see fully. • Treat check – make sure to check your little goblin’s treats and discard anything open or that does not look right. • Be sure to use flashlights and other lighting when out in dark areas or near roadways.

not only medical related calls but also have firefighters available to immediately respond to fires or other emergencies. Typically, on a medical call there are two firefighters that

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Summer paramedics As the fire department looks back on the summer and gets ready for fall, we felt extremely fortunate and appreciated the additional staffing this summer that was allotted by the Sunriver Service District Board of Directors. We had two seasonal paramedics to assist with our busy summer season which allowed us to better staff our station for

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Sunriver Stars actor series: Susan Quesada By Fred Sackett What makes this month’s story so different is the extraordinary way in which Susan Quesada became a STAR. Quesada and her husband, Jim, moved to Sunriver in 2016 and, in the winter of 2017, she took a leap and auditioned for a part in the Stars’ “Nana’s Naughty Knickers” production. Although her only previous onstage experience was being the lead in a fourth grade Christmas play, Quesada not only scored a secondary role, but charmed the audience with her facial and verbal expressions onstage. She has performed in numerous Stars’ productions since. Quesada was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay area and graduated from California State University, Chico with a degree in English and technical writing. She has worked as a technical writer, web designer and systems analyst in the ensuing years. After the move to Sunriver, Quesada worked remotely for the same company

she worked for in California while Jim landed a job in the IT department at the Sunriver Resort. When asked what she enjoys about the theater, Quesada explained: “It is when you are on stage and the audience responds. There is an energy that the audience brings to the play, and when it ‘clicks’ with the energy of the actors, the fun begins. You can feel the audience is ready to enjoy the play and is on your side, and wants to encourage you. With young actors it is so fun to see them blossom and open up – to see them get better and better, to have more confidence – not only within the current play, but from play to play.” Quesada made mention of the different personalities of each audience, and also how help from veteran actors is so important to her improvement and is greatly appreciated. They help her to present her character in the very best light and to learn all the “stage etiquette” that is import-

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Sunriver Community Potlucks postponed for now Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Sunriver Community Potlucks have been postponed at least through the end of the year, according to the Sunriver Area Chamber of Commerce, which sponsors the events. Typically, the monthly potlucks are held from October through May at SHARC. “We typically get more than 100 people participating in the potlucks, and with the combination of sharing food and meeting indoors, we feel it’s

ant, like not standing in front of others on stage, crossing behind other actors, and using your upstage hand for gestures. Quesada has the most appreciation for Ron Pugh (who directed “Nana’s”) who took a chance on a newcomer like her and gave her a lot of encouragement and direction in her first play. To this day, Quesada consults with Ron about parts, how to play a character, and input on auditions. Plays in which Quesada has performed in include “Seniors of the Sahara,” stage crew for “Secret Garden,” “Oliver,” “Suite Surrender” and finally “Let Him Sleep ‘Til It’s Time for His Funeral.” She states that she likes playing villains (“Oliver”) and what she calls “Second Banana” roles – like Ethel Mertz in “I Love Lucy,” playing a secondary role to the lead. She certainly shined in this role in “Let Him Sleep”

a great help when someone forgets a line and or they need a cue while onstage. She also enjoys the camaraderie of the team of actors in each play, both in rehearsal and during performances. It becomes a team, helping each member to be the best they can, with encouragement and helpful suggestions. She admits that while preparing for a role and memorizing her lines and cues, she always asks herself: “Why do I put myself through this?” and “This is the last time!” But she knows she will keep an eye on the Scene for announcements about an upcoming audition, and wait for when the theater “bug” bites her again. We are so appreciative of Quesada’s talent, both in acting, but also in her expertise in administering our webpage. Thank you, Susan, for all you do. To see more on Quesada check out our website at www.sunriverstars.org and on Facebook.


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The UDRC has grant funding to assist property owners in south Deschutes County to create and maintain wildfire defensible space. Two programs are available for property owners within the Upper Deschutes River and La Pine Community Wildfire Protection Plan areas. Visit www.udrc.org/defensi ble-space for more information and application forms. The UDRC Defensible Space Reimbursement program provides up to $500 reimbursement for fuels reduction expenses for licensed contractors or rental equipment. To qualify for this program, go to the UDRC De-

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respond. For very serious calls (we call them “Delta” calls) we may also send our engine company, which essentially means that at many times all our staffing resources are busy on a life-saving incident. If a patient needs further treatment, our crews will transport them in one of our two ambulances to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend. This results in two of our firefighters being “out of district” (not able to respond to other calls for service) for at least an hour or even longer. Having two additional paramedics during the summer helped to keep us staffed and ready to respond to more than

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sons may come into our community to take advantage of our relaxed, safe atmosphere. Locking our doors, removing valuables from our cars, and reporting suspicious activity may be the furthest thing from many of our minds and certainly not a concern for those visiting and focusing on fun. However, there are times where thefts occur and those intent on committing them are looking for these easy targets. It only takes a moment to lock your door, close your windows and remove valuables from your car. Please remember to do this even in our very safe, quiet community. We want those who commit crimes to know that Sunriver is the last place they should try committing a theft. Enjoy the fall and please keep helping us put a stop to the spread of COVID-19 by masking up and following state and local directives. Winter is on its way… Jim Bennett is the public information officer for the Sunriver Fire Department.




OSP = Oregon State Police RP = Reporting Person R&Rs = Rules & Regulations SCMC = St. Charles Medical Center SFD = Sunriver Fire Department SFST = Standardized Field Sobriety Test UTL = Unable To Locate

8-1 DUII complaint from Blondie’s Pizza. Officer located the vehicle and conducted a traffic stop. Driver was not DUII but was DWS felony revoked. Cite in lieu of custody due to COVID-19 protocols at the jail. 8-2 Report of a barking dog on Fox Lane. Officer arrived and confirmed the dog was inside the location. The contacted party returned the officer’s call and was advised that dog was not barking all day. Explained SROA’s Rules and Regulations and advised that additional complaints would result in a citation. 8-3 RP wanted to report his renters were acting suspicious and that they hadn’t sent their last payment for the rental and continued to inquire how different items worked in the house. Drove by the Quartz Mountain property and sat for a bit. Nothing suspicious seen. Contacted the RP and advised them of the findings. RP has requested extra patrol until Aug. 9. 8-4 Responded to a Bobcat Lane location for report of a boat parked on commons. Explained SROA parking rules along with boat storage limits. They were encouraged to contact SROA for other storage options. Verbal warning only. 8-8 Bike Patrol officer came across a vehicle parked off the road on commons at Meadow Road and Vista Lane. There was a Sunriver owner identification card placed in the vehicle’s front window. UTL owner, parking citation issued. 8-9 Two houses egged on Bunker Lane and another with a whole egg found in the yard. UTL any chickens. 8-9 Report of a missing juvenile on the bike path between Beaver and Theater drive. After giving out the description to other officers, the reporting party received a call that the missing child had returned safely home. 8-9 Code violation for an open flame at the Red Cedar location. Officer contacted the party who indicated it was propane and turned off. They were advised to refer to SROA Rules and Regulations regarding open flames before using again. 8-11 Report of three juveniles riding motorized scooters up and down Fir Cone Lane as well as a juvenile on an “electric” skateboard. The RP suspected the juveniles were staying at a specific residence on Fir Cone. Officer checked residences on the lane but did not locate the juveniles. UTL the immediate and surrounding areas. 8-11 Responded to Center Drive for report of a dog locked in the car. Vehicle was parked in the shade with all windows down and at an acceptable interior temperature. Contact made with owner and advised of Oregon law for future reference. 8-12 RP called to report a male taking pictures of the back and front of his Cypress Lane home. RP stated when the male driving the vehicle went by the front, the RP went outside and started to record the male and vehicle. The RP asked the male why he was taking pictures of his home and the male responded “Because we’re checking you out, with the stuff, the stuff you just moved.” Officer spoke to both parties and the situation is resolved, for now. 8-13 Report of vandalism written on the bathroom wall at a Cascade location. 8-15 Bike Patrol officers found an unattended vehicle parked in a non-designated area off Goldfinch Lane and Cardinal Landing. Checked to see if the owner was in the area or if the car belonged to any residents on Goldfinch Lane. No owner was located and a citation was issued. 8-16 Bike Patrol officers came upon an unattended vehicle parked on the side of the road on Goldfinch Lane. Could not locate an owner and a citation was issued. This vehicle matched the description of a vehicle parked in this location the previous day and was also cited… apparently, they didn’t get the hint. 8-17 RP on Central Lane was frustrated with landscapers using blowers every Monday at 7:30 a.m. RP contacted landscaping company who noted that they were starting after quiet hours ended. Officer left voicemail for landscaping company to determine if a resolution would be possible. 8-19 Responded to a Park Lane location for report of an animal needing to be dispatched. Officer arrived and located a three-legged deer. The deer was not in distress, but had lost the use of a hind leg. Animal was not dispatched and RP was notified. Turn to Cop Log, page 28 SUNRIVER SCENE • OCTOBER 2020

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by one position to fill the absent officer’s position. –Approved the budgeted addition of two, full-time firefighter/paramedic hires. Out of 14 top candidates, three have been selected to go through physical, psychological and background checks. –Approved memorandum of understanding between the Sunriver Service District and Sunriver Career Firefighter Association IAFF Local 4262 to remove contract language regarding starting steps for new employees. “This allows the flexibility during the hiring process that, based on the experience level of a candidate, they don’t have to start again at the bottom (of the wage scale),” said Tim Moor, Sunriver Fire Chief. –Discussed email from owner with concerns that Sunriver Police officers are not writing tickets for traffic/parking violations in and around the Cardinal Landing Bridge area. –Approved August unaudited financials. –Approved the district optout of the program allowing temporary deferral of the employee’s share of the Social Security tax from Sept. 1 through the end of the year. The board felt the deferral and ultimate

payback would be more detri- prescription drugs. mental to the employees. –Conducting interviews for two lateral officers for open positions within the department. Chief reports Police Fire –In August, the Sunriver Po––In August, there were 64 lice Department received 937 calls for the Sunriver Fire Decalls for service, 93 of which partment, which included 27 were emergencies. Officers EMS transports, 11 non-transconducted 170 traffic stops and ports, 3 hazardous conditions, 3 125 verbal warnings, 153 secu- motor vehicle crashes, 4 wildfire rity checks, investigated 91 cas- and 11 mutual aid calls. es, responded to 33 suspicious –Sunriver Fire has also tranpersons or prowlers, 39 lost/ sitioned to FirstNet and noted found properties, provided 49 there is a night and day different community-policing responses, in the quality. there were 45 citizen assists and –Met with members of the 8 SROA Rules & Regulation Elk Lake HOA to discuss and violations. mitigate road access issues along –Made the switch to AT&T with the U.S. Forest Service. Elk FirstNet provider for modems Lake falls under Sunriver Fire’s and cellular phones for im- ambulance response area. proved connectivity in patrol –Responded with La Pine vehicles and data needs. Fire on a brush fire outside –Chief Darling and Chief Sunriver that started due to Moor met with the Resort to downed power lines during the go over evacuation procedures Labor Day high wind incident. in the event of a fire. Thanks to quick actions of fire –Responded to a brush fire crews the fire was brought unjust outside Sunriver that start- der control. ed due to downed power lines –A field of 14 candidates during the Labor Day high was narrowed to the top three wind incident. for two full-time firefighter/ –Bike Patrol officers had paramedic positions. 15,000 public contacts over the –Deputy Chief Bjorvik is summer. Despite COVID-19, on a strike team fighting the there were no major incidents. Obenchain wildfire. –The annual shred and pre–The firefighter reserve proscription drug disposal event gram is back up and running resulted in the collection of two and has been valuable to fill tons of paper and 15 pounds of schedules as needed.

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–Outreach activities included participating in a couple driveby birthday celebrations. –Following up on complaints about a Ranch Cabin property. Administration –Submitted request to Deschutes County for the appointment of Robert Foster to Position 5 of the SSD board. Appointment of Position 1 has not yet been determined, but was expected to come from the SROA board following their September meeting. –Advertised replacement for Candice Trapp hoping to find a local person who wanted to work a few hours a week. Two applications were received. –iPads are being set up and will be distributed to SSD board members. –Worked with chiefs to create a temporary policy for employees related to COVID-19. –Recommended the district opt out of President Trump’s executive order to allow non-represented employees to defer their Social Security taxes through the end of the year. Other business –The board agreed to meet in person for the October meeting at the fire station. –The next regular meeting of the Sunriver Service District Managing Board is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 15, 3 p.m.

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Sunriver Book Clubs feature stories related to Spain in October By Deon Stonehouse COVID-19 has many of us staying close to home, trying to limit non-essential outings and being careful amid a world in trouble. Books can let you travel to distant lands, and learn about the life others lead without leaving home. During this time, it is even more important to have the pleasure of enjoying a book. In October it is dark early, the days are often lovely, but in the evening curling up in a comfortable chair with a good book is a great way to spend time. Each October we focus on a different county or region. Literature can help us understand our world. This year we are focusing on Spain. All of the book club selections and the recommendations in the October newsletter (other than author events) will be related to Spain. More books on Spain will be listed on our website at www.sunriverbooks.com. Book Clubs are meeting via Zoom on Mondays at 6 p.m. October 12. Mystery Book Club discusses “Origin” by Dan Brown. Robert Langdon, the Harvard professor from “The DaVinci Code” returns in another thriller that pits science and religion. Edmund Kirsh has a theory that threatens religious beliefs, people tend to get testy when their religious beliefs are questioned. Nonetheless Kirsh is doing just that, and has invited Langdon to hear him unveil his theory at the Guggenheim Museum in Spain. Murders ensue and Langdon goes all over Spain, accompanied by gorgeous Ambra Vidal, fiancée of Spain’s Prince Julian. Of course, there will be dangerous people in pursuit, and lots of clever wordplay.

Left to Right: Meagan Iverson, Julie Webber, Alisa (AJ) Jimenez

New team leads SRMF into a bright future It started with a COVID lockdown. Now fires threaten much of Oregon. But throughout this unprecedented year, there has been a seamless transition to a new Sunriver Music Festival (SRMF) office team ensuring that the festival not only survives but continues to thrive in this

artistic director candidates, has kept our focus on the future of the festival,” said newly-named SRMF executive director Meagan Iverson. Iverson joined the Festival in 2015 and has held a variety of Turn to SRMF, page 29


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October 19. Fiction Book Club discusses “The Fountains of Silence” by Rupta Sepetys. Daniel’s passion is photography, he dreams of becoming a photojournalist, taking important pictures that show the human condition. He gets a chance to put his passion to practice when he accompanies his Spanish mother and Texan father to Spain where his dad, an oil executive, is pitching a deal to Franco. Although he comes from money, Daniel is easy going about social classes, and he strikes up a friendship with a hotel maid, Ana. Ana’s background is troubled, her parents opposed Franco and that has consequences. Sepetys is serious about the research she puts into her books, exposing histories dark secrets.


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Sunriver Mens Golf: season winding down; leaders so far By Paul Grieco – right up until Nov. 4. The To say this was an unusual Woodlands is scheduled to year would be a gross close on Oct. 11 understatement conin any event. The sidering a late-spring Meadows, though start caused by the novscheduled to close el coronavirus only to on Nov. 4, could be followed in Septemremain open as long ber by the most serious as the weather holds wildfires in the history out. Last season of the Pacific North- Paul J.Grieco non-official play west, causing loss of continued right up life and property over until Thanksgiving week due to the three westernmost states, as well as dangerous air quality favorable late season conditions. concerns for most residents of Leaders heading to the finish line the area. Under such dire circumstancThough the season is nearing es golf is surely of secondary its close, there are still several concern, but it would be hard weeks remaining of official play to argue that even being able to to perhaps change the pecking play the game we all love pro- order of leaders in several catvided well-needed respite from egories. Dan Burkhalter is the the turmoil and encouraged the leading money winner thus far calm comfort of camaraderie at followed very closely by Jim a safe distance. The Resort and Montroy, Bret Mackay, Art the Sunriver Mens Golf Club Cervantes, Mike Calhoun, Don (SRMGC) adapted well to Larson, Lyndon Blackwell, Don concerns raised by COVID-19 Nolte and Scott Brown. This by adopting a healthy code of category includes weekly game playing conduct that allowed winnings, low net and gross residents and visitors to enjoy the game during these try- winners, Skins, Match Play and ing times. Additionally, the Club Championship. The 18 SRMGC board meetings were Hole Challenge competition, conducted via video conference which takes the best net and very successfully to take care gross scores posted on speciof the business of running the fied holes during the course of the year are as follows: Gross club’s activities. The official playing season Competition 0 – 18 handicaps: has several events remaining Leader Brett Mackay, with

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Mike Calhoun close behind pose of this meeting is to vote followed by Scott Brown, Mike for SRMGC officers, the board Davis, Kevin Baker, Don Ol- unanimously approved that son, Dave Wightman and Don voting this year will be done Wright; Net Competition 0 by email for the two positions – 18 Handicaps: Dave Wight- that will become open at the end of this man is in the season: preslead, with “What other people may ident and Kevin Bake r, Fr a n k find in poetry or art museums, vice presiS c h u l t z , I find in the flight of a good dent. Look for an email Tom Wood- drive.” ruff and Tim ~ Arnold Palmer shortly with a request for Swezey right you to vote on his heels, closely followed by Gene Wis- to confirm the nominee for nant and Don Nolte. Net president, current VP Mike Competition 19 – 36 handi- Dooley, and a VP candidate or caps: Don Larson is comfort- candidates to be named. ably in the lead, with Mike SRMGC membership Sullivan safely in second, folNew members are welcome. lowed by Dennis Wood, Mike Sunriver residency is not a reApplegate, Gary Brooks and quirement. Find the SRMGC John Volkober. Most improved online at www.srmensgolf. players in each handicap cate- com. Apply for membership gory measured by the greatest using the Annual Memberrelative improvement in hand- ship Registration tab in the icap over the course of one sea- menu (on the lower left side son are yet to be determined. of the home page). For more information email SRMGC An email-in vote by president Dave Buhaly at srvr membership As reported previously, there bvrdave@icloud.com, or me at will be no annual banquet and the address below. Paul J. Grieco is a Director of meeting this year because of the inherent dangers posed to large the Sunriver Men’s Golf Club groups by the COVID-19 pan- and may be reached at pjg3sr@ demic. Given that a major pur- gmail.com


8-20 Responded to Cascade location for report of graffiti in the south restroom. 8-21 Officer came across a black Tiguan SEL and a white Tesla parked on the side of the road at Cardinal Landing. Officer wrote a parking citation for both vehicles under section 2.02 from SROA Rules and Regulations for roadside parking. 8-22 Subject hit a deer at an Abbot Drive location. Injuries were substantial enough for the officer to put the deer out of its misery. 8-25 Subject was caught writing graffiti on the wall in the Fort Rock Park restroom. 8-27 Report of a vehicle that had been parked and running “all day” at Center Drive location. Owner found. Vehicle is a push-to-start and the owner did not realize it was on. 8-28 Vehicle parked off the road on Gold Finch Lane near Cardinal Landing. A citation was issued for parking on the roadside per Sunriver Rules & Regulations. 8-28 Noise complaint and parking violation on Mt. Adams Lane. Advised guests of Sunriver R&Rs. Single vehicle was also parked off of the side of the driveway. Vehicle was not moved due to subjects being intoxicated. Advised the guests of parking options for the remainder of their stay. Called RP to inform them the vehicle would be moved tomorrow. 8-31 Officer flagged down at the intersection of Goldfinch Lane and Cardinal Landing Road by the owner of a yellow lab named Sally, who had run away about 20 minutes earlier. Bike Patrol officers spent 10 minutes searching the surrounding neighborhood for the wayward canine – who was ultimately found and reunited with her owner.




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Sunriver Women's Golf Association celebrates final awards The SWGA held their closing meeting on Sept. 8 at McDivots Cafe with social distancing and masks. The ladies expressed their gratitude at being able to play golf even though so many other activities were cancelled this year. President Susan Wengel led the meeting and introduced the new slate of officers for next year (which stayed exactly the same as this year with the exception of Devri Reynolds volunteering to hold the office of vice president). Wengel thanked all who helped on committees this year and announced a few new committee chairs. Debbie Ferguson has agreed to head up the weekly competition committee

and Jeri Haskins will help Sue Revere with the Central Oregon senior competition. Wengel also thanked PGA head professional Chris Points for his continual help in running the SWGA tournaments this year. The winner of the Most Improved Player for 2020 is Pam Cappy, whose handicap improved by more than 5 points since the start of the season. SWGA officials announced the winners of the Eclectic Tournament for each course. This competition rewards players who were able to improve their hole by hole scores at each course over the course of the season. For the Meadows: Gross

winners were 1) Sue Wassom 2) Devri Reynolds 3) Susan Wengel. Net eclectic winners were 1) Debbie Rieke 2) Kathy Frazier 3) Carol Barrett. For the Woodlands: Gross

winners were 1) Sue Wassom 2) Suzy Carver 3) Susan Wengel. Net winners were 1) Carol Barrett 2) Kathy Frazier 3) Roxie Oglesby. All in all, it was a very suc-

cessful year considering the pandemic, with an average of 20 golfers participating each week. The SWGA will continue to play weekly games until Nov. 4, without official competition.


her Sunriver community. Prior relevant experience includes Theater Manager of the Crater Performing Arts Center in the Rogue Valley producing innovative concerts and fundraisers and coordinating all administrative and public aspects of a nonprofit performing arts venue. In both Southern Oregon and now in Central Oregon, Iverson has shared her talents as a pianist, musical director, and audition coach for many theater companies and individuals. She recently resigned from Cascade School of Music as piano faculty and Performance & Ensembles Manager to focus full-time on Sunriver Music Festival's mission and activities. Joining Iverson is new ticket office manager Julie Webber. Webber took over from longtime manager Robin Burford upon her retirement. Webber brings a diverse career managing community service programs working with all age groups, from youth to adult seniors, to her new assignment. A multi-decade Sunriver homeowner, Julie

and her husband Kevin relocated from Portland three years ago to enjoy the unique lifestyle of the area. “I am thrilled to continue the amazing work that Robin provided for years,” adds Webber. “Robin was with the festival for 14 years and her contributions to the organization are immensely valuable,” adds Iverson. “The connections Robin was able to make with festival patrons, donors, and musicians will always be remembered fondly.” Rounding out the team at the festival office is production assistant Alisa (A.J.) Jimenez, who worked seasonally for the festival in 2018 and 2019 and has been teaching the festival's after-school “Otter Orchestra” class at Three Rivers School for three years. A Conservatory Music graduate from the University of the Pacific, A.J.’s career as director of orchestras and bands, has taken her around the world working throughout Europe, Malaysia, Japan, Lebanon, Egypt and China. Her passion is activism in the promotion of

music education. If you haven't met the team yet, stop by the festival office in The Village at Sunriver building 13 to say hello. Perhaps you'll discover you've spotted Iverson peeking behind trees and signs on her quest to find every geocache in Sunriver. Or perhaps you'll discover you've played ukulele with Iverson at the lively jams led by husband Jeff Woodruff, or attended one of the various local churches when she's behind the piano. The office is open Tuesdays through Fridays, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Stay tuned for future concerts, events, and even a new music class. For more information, visit www.sunrivermusic.org


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advancing positions including Operations Director during the difficult 2020 season. A graduate of Southern Oregon University (Ashland) in Piano Performance and Music Theory as well as Technical Theatre and Production, Iverson brings a diverse skillset to the Festival. “We are so grateful to have had Meagan in place and her willingness to step up to handle even more challenges in one of the most difficult seasons in our 42-year history,” explains SRMP board president Phillip Ruder. “To change management and not miss a beat, that takes dedication, skill, and commitment by everyone - board and staff and volunteers.” Iverson brings both corporate and nonprofit experience to her new assignment. She ended her long tenure as Enterprise Taxonomy Manager for Guitar Center headquarters when the opportunity to join the Festival team arose, delighted to serve

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SWGA players who won prizes in their Eclectic Tournament (see article for places). Left to right, Kathy Frazier, Sue Wassom, Susan Wengel and Devri Reynolds. Not pictured: Debbie Rieke, Carol Barrett, Roxie Oglesby, and Suzy Carver.


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to everyone who has ever supported the Sunriver Library as a member of the Friends or bought books at our book sales. You made a difference and this community is extra special because of you and others like you. The end of the Friends doesn’t mean opportunities to support our library through volunteerism or donations are over, they are just different. I’m still a friend of the library and I hope you are too. Dan Hilburn was former chair of the Friends of the Sunriver Library Board.

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Exhibits and more at the museum in October Exhibition and Auction Closing: Art in the West Saturday, Oct. 3 Every year this invitation-only, juried art show celebrating creative expression about the High Desert attracts wellknown artists from around the country. Proceeds of sales in the virtual silent auction help support the Museum’s educational programs. Free with museum admission. See the collection and bid at highdesertmuseum. org/art-in-the-west Harvest Festival at the Miller Ranch Saturday, Oct. 3, 11 am – 3 pm Discover what harvest season is all about! Join the Miller family as they prepare for winter. Watch them crank, churn and Sunriver Holy Trinity Church Please join us for mass • Saturday at 5:30 pm • Sunday at 8 am

Mardula, operations director for Oregon Adaptive Sports, for a thoughtful discussion of access to the outdoors. How might we make public lands more inclusive spaces? The conversation will be followed by audience questions. Event is free. Register at highdesertmuseum.org/ naturalhistorypub-oct Harvest Festival at Miller Senior Day Ranch Wednesday, Oct. 14 Visitors 65 and older are inpickle their goods. Smell the vited to enjoy the museum for sweet fragrances of fresh-baked free on this day. The museum items and dig up the garden’s will also be open to the general yield! Free with museum ad- public. RSVP strongly recommended at highdesertmuseum. mission. org/tickets. Virtual Natural History Pub: Wildlife Conservation The Outdoors is for All Monday, Oct. 5, 6 – 7 pm Photography Workshop The ease with which we can Saturday, Oct. 17, 8 am – 2 pm access and enjoy the outdoors Join wildlife curators and volis influenced by many social, unteer photographers to learn cultural, economic and physical about and photograph the wildfactors. Join Zavier Borja, Lati- life in our care. The workshop no outdoor engagement coordi- will take place outdoors with nator for the Children’s Forest social distancing. Face coverings of Central Oregon, and Kadee are required. Participants should

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GORGEOUS SUMMER BLOOMS AT WILD POPPY! Online orders 541-593-2027, www.bendoregonflorist.com We can deliver unique local artist gifts as well. Call for selection. Serving Sunriver, Three Rivers, Bend and La Pine. Stay healthy and safe friends. Sunriver Resort Preferred Vendor AUTO WILD PEACHY CLEAN! Specializing in secondary homes. Licensed and Bonded. Contact Katie Thompson at 541-408-6977 or thompsonkatie26@gmail.com for a free quote AUTO THO PAINT STAIN & PRESSURE WASH 10% off Interior paint or stain if you mention this ad. Call Earth & Sky Construction and Paint today 541-815-7469 AUTO EARTH PET SITTING In your home while you are away, or will walk/feed daily, etc. For information, call Bonnie Rogers at 541-419-4647. Sunriver references available. 12/20 ROG

DAILY MONEY MANAGEMENT AND BOOKKEEPING For individuals and families. Keep control of your finances, let us do the work. Remote or on-site bookkeeping, Portland or Sunriver. Experienced with property management and vacation rental ownership accounting. Small business bookkeeping also available. We work with your CPA, attorney, other professionals. Contact Jen Zelen 971-238-2461 AUTO ZEL

DEPENDABLE 5 STAR QUALITY VACATION RENTAL CLEANING Specializing in owner operated vacation rentals. I will be your eyes and ears for everything your rental needs. Convenient monthly invoicing. I have excellent references, long-time employees, quality products too. www.vacationrentalcleans.com Donna James 541-410-1770 Girl Friday Cleaning AUTO JAM

BRIDGEPORT CONSTRUCTION Honest, reliable remodeling/ handyman. 40 years experience. Call Will at 503-309-0790. Many references available. Licensed/Bonded/Insured. ccb#76152 3/21 PIC TIGHTLINE QUALITY PAINTING For all of your Exterior or Interior painting needs. From the largest home to the smallest project. Call 541-480-2716 for a free estimate. ccb #202618 AUTO TIG

REMODELING WITH INTEGRITY 35 years of experience. Specializing in: Kitchens, Bathrooms, additions and Decks. Desert Enterprises Inc. # 181623 Call Ron 541-788-7574 12/20 DES

JILL OF ALL TRADES HOUSE CLEANING Has been cleaning in Sunriver and La Pine since 1990. Better business accredited. We clean private homes and rentals and we also do security checks. 541-536-3086 10/20 COCH

SUNRIVER REMODEL Custom bath remodels! Trex Decking with hidden fastener system. Custom bathroom remodels and handyman services. 503-680-1046 Rick Sticka LLC CCB # 190259 AUTO STI

CUSTOM BUILDING & REMODELING Hardware Floors, Custom Tile, Interior Trim, Masonry, Concrete Countertops, Additions, Renovations, Kitchen & Bath Remodeling, General Contracting for over 20 years. CCB #217472, 541-678-3792

HOME RESTORATION & UPGRADES Kitchen, bath and living space. Custom railings, gates and metalwork. Affordable, custom craftsmanship. Call Ken Olson Building and Design, LLC. 541-213-8861 Licensed/Insured ccb#205419 AUTO OLS


NEED A RELIABLE PERSON FOR: • Security home checks • Take care of mail and plants • Sewing projects Serving the Sunriver area for over 45 years. Call me, Grace Phillips. It’s a matter of trust! 541-788-0199 AUTO PHI

NEW ROOF DE-ICING SYSTEM Invisible, Permanent Installation under Asphalt Comp Shingles, Gutter/ Downspout Heavy Duty Ribbon completes the system. USA Made, Available at Roofline Supply, Bend 541-389-6790 11/20 POW

TUBS ALIVE Hot tub, deck repair and refinishing, sales, installation, inspections and maintenance in Sunriver since 1992! 541-593-5163 www.tubsalive.com License #97643, bonded, insured. AUTO TUBS

HOME SERVICES, CLEANING & MAINTENANCE A1HomeServices for all your vacation rental needs. Housekeeping, spa services, maintenance, yard care, security checks. Licensed, bonded and insured CCB #229890 541-797-8182, 541-6336544 AUTO A1

CLEANING SERVICES K2 Business Services, LLC has been cleaning inside Sunriver and the outlying areas since 1989. We specialize in cleaning of residental private homes for year round residents and in privately owned family vacation homes that are used by family and extended family. Licensed and insured. Email KKBendOregon@yahoo.com or text/call Sarah at 541-668-1219. AUTO KIE

TAN OAK CONSTRUCTION Sunriver based contractor providing deck/fence installation, refinishing and repair, as well as light home construction, repair and maintenance. Proudly serving Sunriver, Three Rivers, La Pine and Bend. Tan Oak Construction, LLC CCB# 230748 Bonded & Insured. For more information, contact Tanner Hanson, 541-640-6571, tanoakconstruction@gmail.com. AUTO TAN

VACATION RENTAL BIKES? 15% off 3 or more... “Tune-Up Special!” Your Site, Fleets Fixed Right! 541-639-4309, cell 541-598-5134 www.gotobikeguy.com Mobile Bicycle Repair Service AUTO MAR

LANDSCAPE, IRRIGATION AND JUNK REMOVAL I will remove anything from Beds TV’s - Garbage, Furniture, etc. Call today for a quote 541-420-8518 CCB #214597 LCB#9674 AUTO GOL

NEED YOUR HOME CLEANED? Cleaning services available! Specializing in everything from vacation homes to construction clean ups and everything in between!! We do everything! Licensed and bonded. Fresh and So Klean Klean Cleaning Services LLC contact Sarah, 541-280-7222 or pghensley@ gmail.com AUTO WOO

HOT TUB MAINTENANCE Repair, Service and Sales. Excellent customer service at affordable rates. Your local Cal Spas dealer. Three Rivers Pool & Spa. www.threeriverspoolandspa.com 541-410-2494 AUTO THR

PET SITTING BY LAURIE In our home or yours. Member of PSI. Insured & references. For information, reservations or rates, call 541-419-6229 AUTO SKO

YOUNG FAMILY NEEDS HOUSING Family with 2 children (ages 7 & 1 year) seeks housing. La Pine to Crooked River, temporary or permanent – will consider all. Budget limited. Call Janet 808-345-2166. 10/20 TAR

MICHAL G. C. SUCHYTA L.Ac. Chinese Deep Tissue Massage with Acupuncture, Cupping and Gua Sha weekends in the Old Mill District. Mobile-in-home acupuncture weekdays in SR and DRRH. 541-480-1645. 11/20 SUC

SR BLIND LADY Bend Window Works/Bend Blinds has a special just for Sunriver area homeowners for new or replacement window treatments! Free laser measure, free take down/disposal of old blinds, free installation! And remember, fresh new blinds help rental homes rent faster! BendWindowWorks.com 541-593-8372 AUTO BWW

DO YOU NEED DECK WORK? Deck refinishing, Deck rebuilding, Enclosures, General contracting, licensed, bonded, insured since 1992 CCB #97643, Tubs Alive, Inc 541-593-5163 Info@tubsalive.com AUTO TUBS

REMODEL & ADDITIONS Decks, windows, tile, miscellaneous carpentry and roof repair. Ryan Carroll 541-420-0675. ryancarrollconstruction.com ccb#193727 AUTO CARR

LET LITTRELL DO IT - FULL HOUSE MAINTENANCE Housekeeping, Security, yard, carpet & window cleaning. Over 12 years experience. Insured and Bonded. Call Brandy 541–536-4205 AUTO LIT

FLOOR COVERINGS Carpet restretching & repairs. Jim Holmdahl 541-815-2317 Insured/Bonded. CCB# 214314 28 yrs experience. AUTO SSD

STAY INFORMED! Find information on SROA: • Governing documents • Forms to reserve a park, change your information, etc. • Department services and contacts • Community information • Calendar of meetings & events


www.sunriverowners.org SUNRIVER SCENE • OCTOBER 2020


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List your home for sale with us. Our objective is to sell your property for the highest price in the shortest amount of time. Contact Marta Boelens our Principal Broker, to connect you with the right broker whether you are looking to buy or sell anywhere in Oregon. Marta.Boelens@CascadeSIR.com 541.390.3865 Each office is independently owned & operated Licensed in the State of Oregon

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Profile for Sunriver Scene

October 2020 Sunriver Scene  

Official monthly publication of the Sunriver Owners Association in Sunriver, Oregon.

October 2020 Sunriver Scene  

Official monthly publication of the Sunriver Owners Association in Sunriver, Oregon.