June 11, 2003
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Sisters, Oregon

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The contents of the on-line edition of The Nugget represent a selection among the stories that appear in the weekly print edition.

Sisters graduates marked the big transition in the traditional manner. Photo by Sue Anderson

Sisters graduates celebrate
Commencement marked the final chapter of high school life for 119 graduates Friday, June 6, at the Sisters High School gymnasium.

Dumpster diving cop recovers jewelry
Officer Mitch Elliott of the Black Butte Ranch Police was on duty when the phone call came in. It was about 9:40 p.m. on Tuesday, May 27, following Memorial Day weekend.

Sisters Rodeo rides on the backs of volunteers
Before the buckin' and ropin,' before the bulls and dogies, before the flags and banners, there's a whole passel of work to be done to get the Sisters Rodeo underway. The 63rd annual Sisters Rodeo will run this weekend, June 13-15.

Clarification on 'squaw'
Last week's story on the effort to change the name of Squaw Creek noted that "According to most sources, the word 'squaw' -- in one Native American language -- is a vulgar anatomical reference and derogatory term for a native woman," ("New name coming for Squaw Creek," by Craig F. Eisenbeis, The Nugget, Wednesday, June 4).

Updated plan focuses on growing city
If recent studies prove true, the City of Sisters will quadruple in size over the next 20 years or so, from the current population of 1,080 to approximately 4,167 by 2025.

Jumpers practice at Ranch
The twin-propeller driven airplane, with its red and white twin tail fins and matching body, circled 20 or 30 times.

Sisters cyclist sets high standard
Gregg Geser secured his place in the elite world of ultra-cycling when he won the Race Across Oregon during the weekend of May 31-June 1.

New expansion proposal for Lake Creek Lodge
Lake Creek Lodge would grow substantially under a proposal by owner Gordon Jones.

Moving into school is a big job
Building a new high school is, of course, a huge project. So is getting moved in.

Tower wreckage reveals treasures
It's been nearly 70 years since the sound of hammers on wood and the shouts of a large crew of men echoed on the top of Black Butte near Sisters.

Beware of beetles in freshly downed firewood
Although the Forest Service's tree thinning program is primarily designed to help prevent wildfires and enhance forest health there are additional benefits, as well.

Sisters students excel in qualifying for CIMs
Sixty-one percent of this year's Sisters High School graduates earned a state Certificate of Initial Mastery (CIM) in addition to a diploma. That is undoubtedly the highest percentage in Central Oregon and one of the highest in the state.

Black bear seen near Ranch
It's been a couple of years since a bear was caught marauding around Black Butte Ranch, but last Thursday, June 5, one was spotted running across the highway just outside the Ranch gate.

Barclay Park ready for Rodeo crowd
The new downtown Barclay Park is virtually finished and will be in use this weekend for the Rodeo crowd and especially for the Saturday Rodeo Parade.

COCC closes its Sisters center
Because of budget constraints, Central Oregon Community College (COCC) closes its Sisters Center on June 12. The closure will last for the foreseeable future.

Texaco service station closes
The Texaco service station, west of town on Highway 20, operated by Pam Neves and her husband Bill Westphal, has closed. The Westphals quit the lease.

Thinning program allows firewood gathering
With last year's loss of two homes at Black Butte Ranch still fresh in everyone's mind, the Forest Service's wildfire prevention program is in full swing.

Boohers picked for 'Prairie Home'
Dolores Booher hung up the phone, jumped in the air and gasped with excitement. She'd just been informed her four youngest children were selected to perform live for millions of listeners on National Public Radio.

School staffers mark retirement
Sisters High School students have graduated and are moving on. So are some of the folks who have served them through their school careers.

Local Eagle Scout honored
Eagle Scout Sam Davis was inducted into the Eagle Court of Honor on Sunday, June 8. The impressive ceremony was held at Sisters Community Church.

Young Life comes to Sisters
Young Life, an inter-denominational, para-church youth organization, made its presence known in Sisters with a carwash on Sunday.

Students bid farewell in service
"Entering Sisters, Population 1,080," the sign reads. But not for long. Some are leaving.

Kids' Day at Wizard Falls
Over 600 people enjoyed the sparkling "Kids' Day" weather at Wizard Falls Fish Hatchery last Saturday, June 7. Parents, grandparents, friends, volunteers and the hatchery staff all turned out for the annual event.