Crooked River Ranch Roundup

by: PHOTO BY MIKE KNOKE - Administration staff include, back row, left to right, Administrator Judy LaPora, Brendon Ohlde, Phyllis Carlin and Annie Nyars; and front row, Charlotte Holmes and Connie Ream.It may be helpful to some readers as the year of 2014 begins, to review how Crooked River Ranch residents, or anybody else for that matter, can obtain the latest news on what’s going on in the community, what events are on the horizon, what services are available and what they cost.

The most direct way to access that information is to call the Ranch office, which is open Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at 541-548-8939. Your call between those hours will most likely be answered by Charlotte Holmes, the office receptionist, a very accommodating and well-informed young lady. If you tell her what information or whom you seek, she will either answer your question or direct your call to the party you ask for or somebody else who might be able to help you.

If you want to talk to the community administrator, Judy LaPora, who is also generally at the Ranch office five days a week during regular office hours, Holmes will switch your call to LaPora or her voice mail, where you can leave a message.

If you want to check on your membership account, you will be routed to the accounting department, also available at regular Ranch office hours. The officers and directors of the CRR Club and Maintenance Association Board don’t normally hang around the Ranch office outside of regular meeting dates. So don’t expect to find them there.

To reach them, you can obtain their telephone numbers from the Ranch Residence and Business Directory, available at the office for $6. It has a wealth of other information about Ranch departments and businesses all under one cover.

An alternative to purchasing a Ranch Directory is to access the Ranch website, It has been much improved over the years in terms of content and navigating the menus, and includes a copy of the latest, Telegraph, the monthly Ranch newsletter — in color no less.

This column is published weekly in the Madras Pioneer, which is available at the Trading Post general store, and by mail subscription at It summarizes current important Ranch news, and comments on that news, when warranted.

When accessing Ranch news and information at the above sources, keep in mind that you will be reading information or hearing it from a small paid staff and a group of volunteers, most of whom have had limited training in the functions they perform on behalf of the community. It’s generally professional and intelligible, but don’t expect a level of excellence consistent with that of the New York Times.

News generated by the Ranch over the holidays was sparse. There was no board workshop on the first Monday of January, but a town hall meeting was set for Jan. 7 to review U.S. Forest Service recommendations on how to deal with the target shooting practice area just beyond the north end of the Ranch at the beginning of the National Grassland.

The target shooting has caused consternation over the years to those living close by on the Ranch and people crossing into the Grassland to take advantage of the scenery and trails by the Deschutes River Canyon.

Janet Brown, Jefferson County manager for Economic Development of Central Oregon, reported this week that Warm Springs had been included by the FAA as one of its locations for a “research plan that includes the development of a set of standards for unmanned aircraft categories, state monitoring and navigation.”

The significance of this news to Crooked River Ranch is not yet clear, but the project is one of the FAA’s hottest and Brown said she already has inquiries from interested companies. Presumably, the Ranch board of directors will move swiftly to recruit a new representative for Brown’s EDCO committee to replace Phil Cochran, who recently resigned that post.

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