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Monday, May 2, 2016
Prescribed burn to touch off Sunday morning
The Sisters Ranger District is planning on conducting a prescribed burn (McCache 8) approximately six miles west of Sisters on Highway 242. The burn is 39 acres in size and will be lit about noon on Sunday May 1. Fire should last a couple hours. Smoke may linger in the area through the night, but should lift out Monday morning. The burn is being conducted to reduce fuels along a strategic fuel break as well as to reintroduce fire into a fire-adapted ecosystem.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Current News
Gorayeb resigns with more than $100,000 payout
Friday, April 29, 2016
The question of whether or not Andrew Gorayeb would be returning to his position as City Manager was finally answered at Thursday's Sisters City Council meeting. Council voted 5-0 to accept Gorayeb's resignation effective immediately.

Gorayeb had been on paid administrative leave since February 25, after complaints were made by some City employees regarding conduct that was described only as not financial, physical, or sexual in nature.

Gorayeb will be receiving a severance payment of $92,042.88, equivalent to 12 months' pay, excluding any PERS payments (retirement for public employees). The City will pay the first 12 months of COBRA premiums for Gorayeb's personal and dependent health insurance coverage, which amounts to $21,888.
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Fire department to 'Burn to Learn' on Saturday
Thursday, April 28, 2016
The Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire District plans to hold a "Burn to Learn" training exercise on Saturday, April 30, beginning at 8 a.m. at a house located at 484 E. Adams Ave.

District firefighters will be practicing critical skills including fire attack, ventilation and exposure protection activities.
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ODFW plans education site in Camp Sherman
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
There's a hidden gem in Camp Sherman that's under consideration for development into an educational site. The proposal is causing some consternation among neighboring property owners.
Collaboration key to forest health
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
When conflicting interests arise in forest management, Forest Ecologist Maret Pajutee says that win-win solutions are still possible. Pajutee, whose 25-year Forest Service career is in its final days, spoke to a keenly receptive audience last week as part of the Sisters Trails Alliance (STA) speakers series. She dubbed her talk "Tale of Two Rivers - The Sequel - Keeping the 'Wild' in Wild and Scenic," building on earlier references to restoration efforts on the Metolius River and Whychus Creek.
Business
Legal tussle delays senior-living project
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
A legal tussle involving two potential senior-living projects in Sisters has gone through a land-use appeal.
Fishing guide shares her passion
Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Sisters' Fly Fisher's Place has a new guide - Mary Ann Dozer, a woman who radiates with infectious energy and whose enthusiasm for fly fishing is boundless. When she starts talking about fly fishing, her eyes get wide and she smiles a lot and her vocabulary fills up with words like "adrenaline" and "passion."
YCC offering summer jobs
Tuesday, April 5, 2016
The Central Oregon Youth Conservation Corps (COYCC) is currently accepting applications for nearly 100 summer jobs, and one of the crews will be based here in Sisters.
Marshall retires after 44 years
Tuesday, April 5, 2016
On his 21st birthday, Jerry Marshall interviewed for a position as a receiving clerk with Bi-Mart in the Rogue Valley. Forty-four years later, on Friday, April 1, Marshall hung up his spurs as manager of Bi-Mart's Sisters store.
Arts & Entertainment
Sisters chorale will ring in spring with songs
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
It's spring- the Cascades still have plenty of snow for summer, trees are blossoming in Sisters, and the 47-voice Sisters High Desert Chorale's Spring Concert is scheduled at Sisters Community Church, Friday April, 29, at 7 p.m., and again Sunday, May 1 at 2:30 p.m., same venue.
Sean Watkins to play The Belfry
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Sean Watkins of "Nickel Creek" will perform in Sisters at The Belfry on Tuesday, May 17.
The long shadow of Hemingway
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
No writer of the 20th century looms larger than Ernest Hemingway.
Quilt Show has big community support
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
The Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show (SOQS) gets support from major sponsors to support the largest free outdoor show in the country.
Pets Lost/Found Pets Free
Pets Free | Pets Lost/Found
Thursday, April 28, 2016
NO FREE PETS to report at this time.
Whychus Creek Running High
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Whychus Creek ran high, wide and powerful Sunday, December 21, 2014, but Sisters, Oregon, residents ...


Education
Schools
Ballots out for school bond measure
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Ballots will start appearing this week in Sisters mailboxes, as the school district's proposed $10.7 million bond measure goes before voters.

The general obligation bonds would cost taxpayers approximately 41 cents per $1,000 of assessed valuation - or about $123 per year for a home assessed at $300,000.
Science project educates students
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Sisters Science Club board member Bunny Thompson has been promoting worm composting for years in all of the Sisters schools by providing worm bins, lectures and hands-on participation with the students in the classrooms.
Greenhouse returns home to school
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Fourteen years ago, Shannon Pollard discovered an unused greenhouse at Sisters Elementary School. She used that greenhouse to start an elementary school garden club that had 55 members in the first year.
Sisters students win design honors
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Sisters students brought home the "Best Design" award - middle-school level - from the Oregon Games Project Challenge (OGPC) last weekend.
Sports
Golfers ring in spring with tournament
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
The Central Oregon Shootout has become a traditional way to ring in the spring season in Sisters Country. This year, its 364 participants experienced just about everything a Sisters Country spring has to offer - except snow: A little bit of wind, a little bit of rain, a little bit of sunshine and temperatures that hovered just between brisk and chilly.
Ryan Cook pitches no-hitter
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Ryan Cook pitched a no-hitter to lead the Outlaws to their 11-1 victory over Sweet Home at home on Friday, April 22. Three days earlier, Sisters lost 4-3 at Cottage Grove.
Boys tennis earns win over Estacada
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
The boys tennis team started their week with a 4-3 win over Estacada at home at Black Butte Ranch on Tuesday, April 19. Two days later, the Outlaws fell hard to Philomath.
Track teams work through two meets
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
The Sisters High School track and field teams finished up the Sky-Em league schedule and also got a taste of big-meet competition in two meets last week.

At Sweet Home for the second time this season Wednesday, April 20, the Outlaws once again used the three-way meet to test new events and prepare for the more important meets coming in May. Bright spots from the meet, in many cases, came from the Outlaws pushing one another to good marks, according to Head Coach Jeff Larson.
Health
Staying active in their 90s
Tuesday, April 19, 2016
Sisters Athletic Club Manager Cindy Tintle knows that folks well into their 90s can benefit from regular exercise.
Palliative care specialist to speak Sisters Library
Tuesday, April 19, 2016
Certified hospice and palliative care nurse-practitioner Stephanie Barss will be the fourth and final presenter in the Diane Jacobsen Speaker Series at the Sisters Library on Sunday, May 1, at 1:30 p.m.
Take action, face the challenge, never give up
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Losing weight sure isn't for wimps. Since I began slimming down, I've had three anxiety attacks and multiple sleep terrors that cause me to wake up screaming ... not an easy thing for my poor husband to handle! I'd never had anxiety attacks before, but the sleep terror disorder has plagued me since childhood.
Learning to cope with the painful loss of a beloved pet
Tuesday, March 15, 2016
A pet is a constant loving friend, and facing his or her loss can be devastating.
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