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home : current news : current news December 10, 2017


Sisters Habitat for Humanity builds in Cambodia
It's hot and humid in Cambodia, the sun intense on this November day. Sweat is pouring onto my mortar bucket. Heat emanates from the blocks I am setting as we construct an exterior wall. Water from last night's rain puddles on the dirt road we tread to reach the construction site.
Tuesday, December 5, 2017
Scouts seek donations for shelter
Sisters Girl Scout Troop #10732 has placed large decorated boxes in both the elementary and middle schools, asking for donations to the Sisters Cold Weather Shelter. Donations will be accepted from now through Friday, December 15.
Tuesday, December 5, 2017
County approves marijuana grow
A proposed marijuana production facility east of Sisters can move forward after a 2-1 vote of the Deschutes County Board of Commissioners on Wednesday, November 29.

Norma Tewalt proposes a 3,600-square-foot marijuana greenhouse on her approximately nine-acre property at 69188 Goodrich Road, north of Highway 126.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017
Community dinner highlights holiday
The fourth year of the annual Sisters Community Thanksgiving Dinner is behind us, but the thankfulness is far from over, according to Jennifer Knowles-Seher, one of the event's organizers.
Tuesday, November 28, 2017
Be alert for pedestrians
Drivers in Sisters Country are urged to be alert for pedestrians - of both the two-legged and the four-legged variety - as early winter darkness descends over the region.
Tuesday, November 28, 2017
Milli Fire disaster loans on offer
The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses economically impacted by the Milli and Nash Fires that occurred August 10-September 25.
Tuesday, November 28, 2017
Parade kicks off holiday celebration
Even with the threat of rain, hundreds of folks, including the furry kind, came out in true Sisters style lining both sides of Hood Avenue on Saturday for the annual Sisters Christmas Parade.
Tuesday, November 28, 2017
Camp Sherman woman joins land trust board
The Deschutes Land Trust has announced that Inge Wells of Camp Sherman and Melissa Kent of Bend have joined the Land Trust's board of directors. Both women bring unique skills, expertise, and passion for conserving land in Central Oregon to the Land Trust.
Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Local trails volunteer honored
Local resident and avid Forest Service volunteer Gary Guttormsen was awarded the annual Dr. David L. Paulsmeyer Memorial Award for Excellence in Service on November 9 at a dinner and awards ceremony for volunteers from the Deschutes National Forest.
Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Sisters man badly hurt in horse wreck
Sisters-area horse trainer Chad Hurtley suffered serious head and facial injuries on Tuesday, November 14, when a horse he was working with either kicked or stepped on him in a round pen.
Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Nothing extreme about winter forecast
As if on cue, the arrival of September's autumnal equinox brought with it an abrupt change in the weather. Earlier in the month the heat and smoke of summer was still in play as temperatures soared into the 90s. Then, on September 19, the snow level dropped to 5,500 feet and blanketed the central Cascades with its first snowfall - thanks to a shot of chilly air from the Gulf of Alaska.

And just like that, the summer of 2017 was history.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Getting prepared for winter
Folks in Sisters Country are coming to grips with a stark reality: Winter is coming.
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Season of giving gets underway in Sisters
Sisters is a generous community all year round, but that spirit is especially in evidence during the holidays. Several organizations are ramping up their annual holiday giving programs.
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Sisters a dream assignment for ranger
Ian Reid and his wife, Annie, haven't quite adjusted to the idea that they'll soon be living and working in Sisters.
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Donation of water rights honors Sokol
Dorro Sokol was the owner of Pine Meadow Ranch and a legend in Sisters. Her acceptance of civic responsibility and generous support of the community she loved was evident in her roles as rancher, pilot, Rotarian, rodeo supporter, and member of the City of Sisters Planning Commission, among many others.
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Sisters honors military veterans
Sisters students saluted the community's military veterans in recognition of Veterans Day last week.
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Heartwarmers make a difference across region
What began with one warm-hearted woman of faith, Mary Tomjack of Bend, making a few fleece cut-and-tie blankets as samples, has grown in four years into a flourishing 501(c)(3) nonprofit called Heartwarmers, that covers children, seniors, the homeless, and cancer patients in Central Oregon with love, warmth, and comfort.
Tuesday, November 7, 2017
New Sisters District Ranger selected
The Deschutes National Forest will welcome a new District Ranger to the Sisters Ranger District in early December.
Tuesday, November 7, 2017
Cold weather shelter needs donations
To be successful this winter, the Sisters Cold Weather Shelter (SCWS) will need continued support from donors, businesses, and organizations (see related story, page 13). In order to meet their $25,000 budget, the SCWS needs to sustain and expand all that was achieved in the first three months of 2017. Due to volunteer efforts and donations of food and supplies, expenses are low, and include wages for two specially trained overnight monitors, supplemental food and supplies, and insurance.
Tuesday, November 7, 2017
Future of east portal area is uncertain
Travelers into Sisters often miss the "east portal" area located between the east end of Highway 242 and Highway 20. Signage is not very prominent and many don't know that there's a parking lot, labyrinth, and bathrooms there.
Tuesday, November 7, 2017














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