An HOA gone wrong (OR)

Earlier this year, I wrote about what can go wrong in HOAs. Our HOA is a case in point. It has moved from a focus of benevolent, fraternal, and charitable activity for all members to a focus on serving only a portion of its members.   Read the article………………………..

‘He definitely needs to be recalled’: Sunriver homeowners frustrated after misleading email endorses candidate (OR)

Homeowners in Sunriver are voting this month on electing directors to the Sunriver Owners Association board.  In early July, the SROA members received an email from what appeared to some to be the official association, including the SROA logo, endorsing just one candidate, Bob Tiernan, when there are several on the ballot.    Read the article………………………..

River’s Edge Golf Course Sold to Homeowners Association (OR)

The River’s Edge Community Master Association has purchased Bend’s River’s Edge Golf Course. Jeff Kramer, president of the association said the sale means preserving a precious amenity for homeowners, and an iconic public golf course for the Bend community.   Read the article………………………..

Rebellion on Crooked River Ranch (OR)

Residents driving onto Crooked River Ranch often encounter a series of placards inviting them to join a rebellion, honk for freedom and sign a petition.  The self-proclaimed rebels say the elected board running the Homeowners Association violates free speech with resolutions that limit input from residents.  Read the article………………………..

A Lakefront Brawl Poisons Oregon’s Most Exclusive Waters (OR)

Oswego Lake is like a page out of a Sierra Club calendar.  Towering Douglas firs cling to hillsides that slope down to sparkling waters. A lone kayaker pauses to watch a soaring osprey, his silhouette framed by a lakeshore lined with some of the state’s most expensive residential real estate.   Read the article………………………..

Oswego Pointe residents have a reason for guarding their parking (OR)

If you’ve ever tried to find a parking spot for a concert at Foothills Park, you’ve most likely seen several people guarding the first driveway to the Oswego Pointe Apartments.  Positioned in the middle of the entrance, with their large, handmade, “NO PARKING” sign and usually decked out in reflective vests or hats, these residents […]

Creekside neighbors battle over proposal to fund private golf course (OR)

Tensions are rising in a south Salem neighborhood as a vote approaches on whether residents should pay to help operate a nearby private golf course.  More than 200 residents of Creekside Estates attended a chaotic town hall meeting on the proposal Wednesday night. More than a dozen stormed out before the meeting ended.   Read the […]

Fishhawk Lake set to upgrade infrastructure (OR)

Fishhawk Lake Reserve and Community, which was fined by the state over the deaths of thousands of fish after its reservoir was drained, is looking to turn the page as it nears construction of a new spillway and fish ladder at its dam.   Read the entire article……………………………….

Charbonneau resident disbands noise abatement organization, citing lack of board support (OR)

Charbonneau resident Peter Shikli, who recently started the Aurora Airport Noise Abatement Organization designed to find solutions to noise issues related to planes flying over the planned community in Wilsonville, announced that he is disbanding the organization due to a lack of support from the Charbonneau Country Club homeowners association.  Read the entire article……………………………….

River’s Edge community closes on golf course purchase, averting disputed home development (OR)

The River’s Edge Community Master Association announced Monday that it closed its purchase of the River’s Edge Golf Course and recorded the title to the property on Friday morning, averting a planned sale to Pahlisch Homes that would have turned half the 18-hole course into hundreds of additional homesites.    Read the entire article……………………………….

Neighborhoods get organized to deter crime (OR)

Due to recent criminal activity in Wilsonville, neighborhoods are taking steps to improve coordination as a way to prevent and respond to illegal behavior.  Charbonneau Country Club is starting a Neighborhood Watch program, while local homeowners associations in Villebois and Morey’s Landing recently met with Mayor Julie Fitzgerald and Police Chief Rob Wurpes to discuss […]

Rodeo arena spurs anger on Crooked River Ranch (OR)

At news of a new rodeo arena project on the Crooked River Ranch, a group of 34 property owners launched a letter to the CRR Board calling for the “immediate termination or resignation of Judy Lapora as Homeowners Association Manager/Executive Director and the suspension of Board President Bill Burt pending an “outside investigation by either […]

Pickleball a source of contention in Charbonneau (OR)

To the chagrin of a group of neighbors, Charbonneau Country Club is considering building up to four pickleball courts at Edith Green Sports Park — the lone park in the neighborhood.   Read the entire article……………………………….

Crooked River Ranch resident sues HOA for nearly $1 million (OR)

A misplaced phone call could have the Crooked River Ranch Homeowners Association in potential trouble to the tune of $965,000.  When resident Lisa Andrews complained about her neighbor’s dogs, she says the association assured her complaint would be anonymous.   Read the entire article……………………………….

Cops called 175 times on Beaverton ‘zombie condo’ squatters (OR)

For nearly 5 years Alex Dvir has lived in a condo complex in a quaint area in southwest Beaverton, near a middle school and a few parks. But over the past 2 years he and his fellow condo owners have had to call authorities on squatters 175 times.     Read the entire article……………………………….

Touchmark residents, staff raise more than $35,000 for Alzheimer’s Association (OR)

For individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers, each day presents challenges that require compassion to overcome. In honor and support of their experiences, The Alzheimer’s Association promotes an annual fundraising season that culminates with two events, The Longest Day on the summer solstice and the annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s toward the end of […]

River’s Edge homeowners sue Pahlisch Homes over plans to remove golf course for residential housing (OR)

“Save the golf course!” Save River’s Edge!” read lawn signs that have proliferated across west Bend.  The signs are a component of community organizing being done by residents of the River’s Edge in an effort to halt the conversion of the public 18-hole River’s Edge Golf Course into housing.    Read the entire article……………………………….

COVID-19 Relief Available for Past-Due HOA Assessments (WA/OR)

On March 11, 2021, The American Rescue Plan, a $1.9 trillion economic stimulus package, was signed into law. The Bill includes $9.9 billion allocated to the Homeowner Assistance Fund to help homeowners in need pay overdue mortgage bills, taxes, insurance, and HOA dues. These funds will be distributed through state and local government agencies   Read […]

Fishhawk Lake fights fish kill fine (OR)

The Fishhawk Lake Reserve and Community is fighting a $439,200 penalty from the state for allegedly killing more than 30,000 fish after draining the reservoir in 2019.  The lake, considered state waters, is held back by an earthen dam built along Fishhawk Creek in the 1960s for a private community on the border of Clatsop […]

Four Bend Neighborhoods Join Firewise (OR)

Four neighborhoods in the Bend area and one in Canyon City in Grant County joined the national Firewise program last year and were among 182 communities across the state that conducted a variety of projects from cutting brush to thinning overcrowded stands of trees, to clearing brush away from evacuation routes and promoting education and […]

State fines Fishhawk Lake Reserve after fish deaths (OR)

The state has fined Fishhawk Lake Reserve and Community $439,200 for draining a reservoir and allegedly killing more than 30,000 fish. The homeowners association plans to appeal the fine.  Fishhawk Lake is a private community around a reservoir formed in the 1960s by an earthen dam. The homeowners association maintains the lake, processes water and […]

Online newspaper rankles Crooked River Ranch board (OR)

To the handful of loyal followers of their Facebook page, John Stevens and David Stangland are citizen journalists holding accountable the authorities in Crooked River Ranch.  But to members of the ranch’s nine-person board of directors, they’re a pair of deeply conflicted and dishonest wannabes who traffic in negativity.   Read the article………………………………

Bend neighborhood clears overgrown trees, bushes to prepare for wildfire season (OR)

A small group of residents in Bend’s Tillicum Village walked through their neighborhood Friday to assess the progress they made to protect the area from wildfire.  Bert Neumaier, a Tillicum Village resident who organizes the volunteer effort through the national program, Firewise USA, was pleased with what he saw.  Read the article……………………………

New paradigms in senior communities (OR)

As the pandemic coronavirus/COVID-19 affects older populations and those with preexisting conditions most severely, directives from health officials are heeded more strongly and deemed more crucial in senior communities.   Read the article………………………………

Condo complex seeks dunes permit (OR)

The residents of Breakers Point have submitted an application for a foredune grading conditional-use permit to the Cannon Beach Planning Commission that’s scheduled to be heard Jan. 23, according to city officials.  Breakers Point Condominiums are oceanfront properties located at the north end of Cannon Beach.   Read the article…………………………..

Some Charbonneau residents want a resident-vote on country club matters (OR)

It’s a pivotal time for the Charbonneau community.  Not only is the nonprofit Charbonneau Country Club — a homeowners association — discussing a merger with the for-profit Charbonneau Golf Club, community leaders are planning a new activity center at a nearby annex building the club purchased last year.    Read the article……………………….

Residents leery over condo complex construction in Villebois neighborhood after fire (OR)

Investigators still don’t know who started the fire in the Villebois neighborhood in Wilsonville nearly seven months ago.  It burned down an unfinished condo complex, about 20 homes and several cars.  Most people have started fresh, but as construction begins, neighbors are leery something will go wrong again.    Read the article……………………….

State probes Fishhawk Lake draining (OR)

The Oregon State Police and other agencies are investigating after the 100-acre, man-made Fishhawk Lake in northeastern Clatsop County was drained to fix an underground pipe, possibly killing thousands of fish.  The lake was created along Fishhawk Creek north of Birkenfeld in the 1960s as part of a private community overseen by the Fishhawk Lake […]

Private Bend neighborhood questions city stormwater fees (OR)

Neighbors in a private Bend subdivision say they pay too much in stormwater utility fees, and they want the city to do something about it.  Larry Waters, a former public works director in Washington state and the president of the River Rim Homeowners Association, is making his case that his private neighborhood in southwest Bend […]

What if an HOA has questionable finances? (OR)

I’m looking at investment property in a subdivision with a homeowners association (HOA). A friend recently bought a home in the same subdivision and (the) lender required a review of HOA documents. These documents turned out to be in a significant state of disarray, which delayed the closing process.  Should this concern me? How big […]

Fishhawk Lake neighbors miffed by more dam fees (OR)

The dam holding back Fishhawk Lake, a 100-acre man-made reservoir on Fishhawk Creek surrounded by private homes, needs an improved spillway.  But some residents in the community north of Birkenfeld are up in arms about the price tag, estimated at $1.3 million to nearly $2 million, and the way improvements have been pushed through their […]

Southeast Bend neighbors sue over vacation rental (OR)

A southeast Bend homeowner is suing her neighbor because the neighbor is operating a permitted short-term rental that violates the covenants and restrictions of the community.  The vacation rental’s owners, Tina and Eric Eckstein, could not be reached for comment regarding the property on Bilyeu Way in Canal Crossing.   Read the article…………………

Sisters homeowners sue to stop mandatory gifts for charitable housing (OR)

A homeowners association in Sisters says the deed restriction that Hayden Homes created to support its affordable housing charity is illegal, and it’s suing for the return of $2,690.  The Village at Cold Springs Homeowners’ Association filed a lawsuit Tuesday in Deschutes County Circuit Court against First Story, the nonprofit created by Redmond-based Hayden Homes. […]

Homeowners Fees Price Out Ashland Couple, Spur Program Changes (OR)

The housing crunch across the West Coast has cities taking a closer look at their affordable housing programs or forming new ones. But the city of Ashland in Southern Oregon is considering changes to its decades-old program because of one condominium charging exorbitant management fees.    Read the article……………………..

Hundreds of trees in Aloha neighborhood cut down (OR)

A series of tree-lined streets in one Aloha subdivision look very different after the majority of street trees were cut down in the last couple weeks. Even more trees are slated for removal.  “It’s sad that they’re cutting down all the trees,” said Emily Day, who’s lived in the Arbor Vineyards subdivision for 15 years. […]