Guthrie County Reappraisal Program Planned

By Susan Thompson

In 2014, the Guthrie County Conference Board, which oversees the county assessor’s office, approved a reappraisal project of all residential properties at Lake Panorama. As part of that project, door-to-door inspections of all residential properties at Lake Panorama will begin around June 1 this year, and are expected to continue through August.

Nikki Carrick, Guthrie County Assessor, says the purpose of the reappraisal program is to equalize property assessments so taxpayers are responsible for paying only their fair share of the property tax burden.

2017 LPA Annual Meeting May 13

Mary Jane Carothers

The 48th annual meeting of the Lake Panorama Association will be Saturday, May 13, beginning at 10 a.m. at the Lake Panorama National conference center. Each year, the LPA annual meeting provides a formal statement of the association’s financial position, plus reports on activities during the past year and plans for the coming year.

Reports will be given by Tom Jeschke, LPA board president; Jim Spradling, LPA board treasurer; John Dinnebier, LPN director of operations; and John Rutledge, LPA general manager.

Lake Panorama RIZ 20-Year Renewal Approved

By Susan Thompson

At its regular meeting April 11, the Guthrie County Board of Supervisors approved a formal resolution to extend the Lake Panorama Rural Improvement Zone (RIZ) for 20 years, through June 30, 2039. This means approximately $50 million will be available for erosion control and water quality efforts at Lake Panorama over the next two decades.

The resolution passed on a four-to-one vote. Supervisors Clifford Carney, Everett Grasty, Jack Lloyd and Tom Rutledge voted in favor of the resolution. Mike Dickson cast the lone “no” vote.

Burial Service for Former Lake Panorama Residents May 16

Jim and Joyce McLuen

By Susan Thompson

Final burial arrangements have been set for a Lake Panorama couple whose will provides estate gifts to six Panora nonprofit groups. Jim and Joyce McLuen both died in 2016.

Joyce passed away April 19, 2016 in Sarasota, Florida. Following her death, Jim returned to Indianola and passed away November 21, 2016. Inurnment of their cremains will be Tuesday, May 16, 11 a.m., at the Iowa Veterans Cemetery near Van Meter.

Golf League Options Plentiful at Lake Panorama

By Susan Thompson

Both golf courses owned by the Lake Panorama Association are open for the season, and in great condition for the 2017 season. Again this year, there are plenty of golf league options available at the two courses.

At Panorama West, there is a Tuesday morning women’s league, a Tuesday evening men’s league, and a Thursday morning men’s league. League members must either purchase an annual Panorama West membership, or pay the $16 daily green fee.

WSO Home Tour in its 43rd Year

By Susan Thompson 

Five Lake Panorama homes will be featured June 1 for the 43rd annual Women’s Service Organization (WSO) home tour. Tickets are $20, and include both the home tour and lunch at the Lake Panorama National Conference Center.

WSO was established in the fall of 1972 when women who had worked together to help pass a school bond issue decided they enjoyed working together, and could further benefit the community as a formal organization. 

Drone Provides Lake Panorama Aerial Photos

This aerial view starts at Boulder Cove and continues northwest to Lake Panorama’s upper basin.

By Susan Thompson

Some of my favorite photos of Lake Panorama are those that have been taken from the window of an airplane. At least a couple of times, local residents have taken to the skies to capture sweeping aerial views of Lake Panorama and the surrounding area.

With the advent of remote-controlled drones, aerial photography has entered an entirely new era. One Sunday last October, Dronography Iowa was hired to take aerial photos of specific sites at Lake Panorama.

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