By John Bowler
>Eagle counts hold steady over Crooked, Deschutes
Since 1989, Pacific Gas and Electric Co. has conducted a count of raptor-type birds in Central Oregon. Both the Deschutes and Crooked River canyons have territories where bald and golden eagles build nests and raise young.
PGE Biologist Robert Marheine took the count near the Ranch this year in the PGE helicopter in which he scouted the southern end of the Crooked River canyon last week.
"Large raptors start breeding in early January with chicks being hatched in April and fledged or flying by the end of July," he said.
Bald eagles nest mainly in trees and golden eagles on the cliffs in natural holes. Golden eagles are more territorial than the bald eagles, which they will chase off if a bald eagle encroaches on their territories, he said.
"We found 10 active bald eagle nests and 16 active nests belonging to golden eagles," said Marheine. "That's somewhat of an upswing for the balds and virtually the same count for goldens. Neither has varied significantly in numbers since we started counting them in 1989."
Memorial Day observance
The Memorial Day service held at 1 p.m. on May 28 at Lions Memorial park behind the ball field was well attended with visitors ranging from age 97 to babies in arms, according to Diane Knox, who said attendance was estimated at around 130-150 people.
"Many veterans related their branch of service and dates they served; others who I know to be veterans, chose not to come to the microphone," said Knox. "Five generations of the Chandler family were present for the rededication of the Dick Chandler Ball Field and visited the remembrance tree planted for Dick."
The reception following the 45-minute Lions ceremony featured refreshments provided by the CRR Seniors at their center, and drew many of those who had attended the ceremony.
Seniors' yard, plant sale
CRR Seniors will hold their annual yard and plant sale from June 8-10. The yard sale, a major fundraiser for the Seniors, will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday.
The Seniors will be selling everything for the home and yard except large appliances and pieces of furniture or clothing. Additionally, they will be selling a varied selection of plants for the garden. You can also purchase and munch on a chili dog and sip a beverage while attending.
Board holds work session
President Ben Johnson opened the June 4 work session for the CRR Club and Maintenance Association board with public input for the few attendees who might have to leave early because of their employment obligations, as he put it.
The first person to speak to the board was Sharon Tindle, who had paid $2,131 for permits to open her CR Coffee business in the plot and small building in the commercial zone formerly occupied by a coffee shop and then a pizza shop.
Her point was that that was a lot of money and rigamarole to go through with the Jefferson County Planning Department for a two-year permit to run a small business on existing property built for that purpose.
Tindle said she would have rather paid the money to the Ranch than the county and recommended they look into taking back a business approval process for the Ranch that a previous board had ceded to the county to administer years ago.
Ranch Administrator Judy LaPora said she had confirmed the latter point from Ranch records as taking place back in the 1990s.
From discussions with Tanya Cloutier in the planning department, it was determined that the property Tindle's business will occupy had never been through the standard county administrative review when it was owned by previous business tenants. Tindle was therefore charged standard fees for the whole process.
When Commissioner Mike Ahern was queried about the situation, he said the commissioners agreed that the process of reviewing and approving businesses to ply their trade on the Ranch could justifiably be carried out by the Ranch Club and Maintenance Association.
He added that the commissioners would cooperate with the Ranch homeowners association board to look into the feasibility of doing that.
The HOA board likewise seemed inclined to investigate what had to be done to bring that process back on the Ranch.
Next on the agenda, Johnson said it was decided to temporarily fill a director's position vacated last month by the early resignation of Director George Lynn.
Johnson said he had chosen one of the two applicants who had registered to run for election to one of the three director positions that would become open in the fall election -- Lynn's plus the positions of Vincent Pelly and Jay Nordin.
The applicant Johnson introduced to serve out Lynn's term is Vene Dunham, a Ranch resident who said he thought it was payback time for him to give something back to the community when introduced by Johnson to the board.
His selection to serve as temporary director until September was approved by unanimous vote of the board members present. Director Gail Day was absent.
It was also pointed out during the attendant discussion that should fewer than three applicants be approved to run for the three open seats by annual meeting time, a write-in or someone nominated from the floor could automatically be approved to serve on the board by virtue of declaring for it.
With that point in mind, the board then approved a motion to keep nominations open until the next meeting June 18.