July 23, 2004
Serving Western Deschutes County
Sisters, Oregon

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Dave Clemens watches as a crew paves the 3,200-foot Sisters Airport runway. photo by Jim Fisher

Sisters Airport runway upgraded
The Sisters Airport runway got a facelift on July 23 thanks to a cost-share grant from the Oregon Department of Aviation, according to David Clemens, secretary-treasurer of Eagle Air, Inc. who operates the airport.

New development planned for east end of Sisters
A major new development is on the drawing board for the east end of Sisters.

Creating a new forest from ashes of B&B Fire
Travelers driving into Central Oregon on Highway 20 can look down over Blue Lake at the eastern base of the Cascades and see the first signs of forest restoration after the devastating B&B Complex Fire of 2003.

Health warning lifted from Suttle Lake
The algae-related health advisory at Suttle Lake that had kept vacationers out of the water -- and away from campsites and the lakeside resort -- has been lifted.

Hundreds of cyclists to roll into Sisters
About 800 bicyclists are expected to roll into Sisters this weekend in the inaugural Cycle Oregon spin-off event known simply as Cycle Oregon: the Weekend.

Ball field construction is on 'fast track'
Little League parents and volunteers are working at a furious pace to get the fields seeded during the peak summer growing season.

Skaters seek a place to ride in peace
Sisters business owners don't want them using their porches and railings for stunts. Pedestrians -- and local sheriff's deputies -- don't want them on the sidewalks.

Hot rods heading toward Sisters
The rumbling sound and the flash of bright sunlight on polished chrome that will predominate on Sisters roads next weekend will mark the 15th running of the High Desert Rod & Custom Car Classic.

Theater to be featured in development
The mission of theater owner Lisa Clausen is to make the Sisters Movie House the cultural center of the community. To be completed by spring 2005, the planned theater, according to Clausen, "will feature quality food, quality experience, and quality environment."

Sculpture stolen from Sisters art gallery
Thieves made off with a 200-pound bronze sculpture of a bald eagle valued at $70,000 on Tuesday evening, July 13, according to Deschutes County Sheriff's Office reports.

Sisters chamber director to leave
Last week Ric Nowak announced that he will be leaving his position as Executive Director of the Sisters Chamber of Commerce in October.

Local lakes are restocked with fish
Three small lakes in the Corbett State Park area were stocked last week with fingerlings and adult cutthroat trout from Camp Sherman's Wizard Falls Fish Hatchery.

The day Tollgate burned -- July 26, 1979
It was a hot, summer morning July 26, 1979 -- 25 years ago. Waiting at the Sisters airport with Fire Prevention Director Leo Wilson for the Oregon Department of Forestry plane to arrive, I visited with two Sisters residents, logging contractor Harold Barclay and airport owner Cliff Clemens.

Visitor from Malawi dazzled by Oregon
When Tom and Deb Hainisch decided to get married at Black Butte Ranch, they knew they would have to include a special friend.