Prompt 911 report saves home

by: Submitted photo - A fire in an outbuilding at Crooked River Ranch caused an estimated $200,000 damage on May 18.

By John Bowler
   CRR Correspondent
   A prompt 911 report of fire in an outbuilding of a residence on Chinook Drive at Crooked River Ranch by a neighbor, and quick, efficient response by firefighters resulted in minor heat damage to the main house during the potentially very destructive fire on May 18.
   The neighbor's call at 3:51 p.m. serves as a reminder to all to not hesitate calling in a fire immediately when one is observed, even if you think someone else may have called it in already. The call to the CRR Fire Department could save both life and property as happened in this instance.
   It took 24 firemen from six departments to control the fire and prevent damage to the home on the same lot. Damage was estimated at $200,000, but cause of the fire has yet to be determined, according to CRR Fire Chief Tim McLaren.
   Board meeting highlights
   A motion was passed to add a ninth member to the CRR Club and Maintenance Association Board of Directors to serve out the term of Director George Lynn, who resigned last month.
   The temporary director appointed would serve until the new board is elected in September, when Lynn's term expires. President Ben Johnson will propose a temporary director for approval of the board at the next meeting.
   Sean Remer, who owns the Ranch Cabins with his wife Onya, proposed they design, install and operate a disc golf course on the Ranch to attract more business income.
   Remer has identified two possible Ranch locations that could accommodate such a course, which he says is a rapidly growing national sport. He should know -- the Remers did the same in southern Washington before they moved to the Ranch.
   One of the two areas he suggested for his proposed course on the Ranch is on the property next to the ball diamond which is also used for the annual Steel Stampede event.
   The disc golf course could be temporarily dismantled during the Stampede without any difficulty or damage to the cycle trails, he said.
   The other location he has eyed is on the northwest side of the 14th hole of the regular Ranch golf course. He said it would not interfere with play on the Ranch golf course.
   Ranch Administrator Judy LaPora is investigating zoning and operational issues which will be discussed at the next board meeting. For those interested, more information about disc golf can be accessed at
   Community center update
   In response to the Pioneer's inquiry last week into the status of the community center relative to Mac Investments, their Madras counsel, Paul Sumner, said, "Murry MacPherson is recovering satisfactorily from recent surgery and wants to explore the matter directly with the Ranch homeowner association board next."
   "Murry's doctors have advised him not to travel for two or three more weeks, which I have relayed to Nancy Popp co-chair of the CDO (Community Development Organization)," he noted. "She said she will arrange a meeting date within that time framework."
   According to the other CDO co-chairan, Tom Huspeck, their organization has been waiting on contact from MacPherson before taking any action on the alternate community center proposal sent to it by the board several weeks ago.
   The board suggested they consider available Ranch-owned acreage on the Ranch lower level near the commercial zone for the community center. Popp could not be reached for her views on the situation.
   Candidates needed
   Phyllis Carlin, chairwoman of the CRR Club and Maintenance Association Nominating Committee, reported Friday that so far she has only two applications for three board openings in September -- and that's with a month's extension for accepting them, which ends May 31.
   Any Ranchers interested in running for one of those positions should enter an application which is available at under Board of Directors and Elections 2012.
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