Crooked River Ranch Roundup
County to help with kiosk moveBy John Bowler
Crooked River Ranch Club and Maintenance Association officials and Ranch residents must be busy preparing for the holidays and attending the season's festivities as there was a distinct lack of news last week after the association workshop Monday.
Jefferson County Sheriff Jim Adkins reported the apprehension of the individual who had been throwing rocks -- not firing a gun as once surmised -- at passing cars in the middle of the night near the juncture of Shad and Perch roads.
He wasn't identified because he is a juvenile but the mystery is over thanks to a tip received from Crime Stoppers.
Adkins has a high regard for the anonymous tip line. "I am totally supportive of Crime Stoppers and I'm impressed by the results we have received the last couple times we have used them," he said. "They basically advertise the crime and ask for tips. If someone provides the correct information, they are eligible for a money reward. Some people take the money; others refuse and just wanted to help."
Crime Stoppers can be reached by calling 503-823- HELP(4357).
Crime Stoppers is not competitive with Neighborhood Watch, but complements that group's activities. "Neighborhood Watch is more proactive and preventive," Adkins said. "They are neighborhood groups, watching and protecting their neighbors."
"They immediately document and report suspicious activity and learn to be the very best witness for the police," he said. "Through posting signs on streets and in residential windows, crooks are less likely to victimize that neighborhood."
According to association President Ben Johnson his predecessor Ted Cook is in the process of setting up a Neighborhood Watch program.
Phase Rep Chairwoman Paulette Nordin emailed, "My understanding from Ted Cook is that Jim Adkins and Ted are coming to our next Phase Rep meeting to discuss our possible role in this."
The next meeting will be Jan. 11, at 6:30 p.m., in the Juniper Room of the clubhouse. Cook could not be reached by deadline.
County extends help
One of the main reasons that the project of relocating the visitor information kiosk from its present location at the corner of Chinook Road and Country Club Drive to the corner of Chinook and Badger roads has been lagging is the cost of the move.
The new location has generally been regarded as the more logical spot for the kiosk, where visitors would see it upon entering the Ranch.
Director Vince Pelley Sr. reported at the December workshop that he went to a County Commission meeting in November and outlined the problem to the commissioners. They in turn responded with a commitment to contribute $5,000 to help defray the cost of the move.
His report to the board was received with comments of gratitude for the county's generosity and plans to acknowledge the gift formally in writing in the near future.
The project is now anticipated to be finished in the first quarter of 2012.