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home : current news July 27, 2015

Driver killed in Highway 20 wreck near Sisters
Driver fatigue is cited as a cause of a fatal single-vehicle wreck on Highway 20 on Friday, July 24.
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Friday, July 24, 2015
Unusually aggressive mule deer in Sisters
The sheriff's office in Sisters has recently received a surge of calls about deer aggression.
Tuesday, July 21, 2015
Garden celebration marks milestone
The members of Sisters Community Garden hosted a garden party last week to recognize all the people and businesses that have contributed to the success of this community project.
Tuesday, July 21, 2015
Mule deer diseases on the rise
Last week a woman walked into The Nugget office and reported she was seeing fewer mule deer does with fawns in the area where she lives east of Sisters. She contacted the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) - and wondered if others in Sisters Country had the same concerns.
Tuesday, July 21, 2015
Crossing preserved in creek restoration
A stream crossing considered vital by nearby property owners and managers has been preserved in a Forest Service decision on a project to restore Indian Ford Creek.

The Indian Ford Creek Restoration Project Decision Notice was released by Sisters District Ranger Kristie Miller last week. The project will restore aspen stands, wet meadows, fish passage and riparian habitat along the creek northwest of Sisters.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015
Local residents report vandalism
Local residents are reporting having rocks thrown through the windows of their homes over the past couple of nights. One incident reportedly occurred at 1 a.m. this morning. There were several incidents of tagging with graffiti at Pine Meadow Village last week.

City Public Works Director Paul Bertagna said there has been a little graffiti at the Village Green, one incident last Thursday and one Friday night.

Residents are encouraged to report suspicious activity to the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office.

Saturday, July 18, 2015
Smoke visible from fire in Mt. Jefferson Wilderness
UPDATED 6:45 P.M. - A large amount of smoke is visible across Sisters Country from a fire reported near Marion Lake in the Mt. Jefferson Wilderness northwest of Sisters. The fire is on the Willamette National Forest.

Jude McHugh of the Willamette National Forest said that the fire is at about 12 acres. Campers were asked to leave the area to facilitate aerial attack on the blaze.

"People have been very cooperative," she said.

Air attack from multiple helicopters was effective in quelling the blaze.

"We've knocked just about all of the flame out of it," McHugh said.

A 20-person crew was on the fire, with more enroute.

The smoke that spilled across the Cascade crest into Sisters Country created the conditions for a striking sunset.

Saturday, July 18, 2015
Metolius River not affected by fishing restriction
The Metolius River will remain open for angling under normal hours, despite statewide restrictions enacted last week. Last Thursday, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife curtailed fishing hours on most of Oregon's rivers to avoid additional stress on native fish already suffering from high water temperatures and low stream flows from this year's drought. The cold, spring-fed Metolius was among several reaches of water exempted because because they are less prone to high water temperature risks.
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Friday, July 17, 2015
Firefighters knock down blaze east of Sisters
Firefighters made quick work of a fire Tuesday afternoon, July 7, that broke out 10 miles southeast of Sisters near Cline Butte.
Tuesday, July 14, 2015
Sisters' trees are under stress
If you think being in city government in Sisters is stressful - try being a tree.
Tuesday, July 14, 2015
Forty years of wrapping Sisters in quilts
The 40th anniversary of Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show showcased close to 1,400 "timeless tapestries" last Saturday. Colorful quilts lined the streets, hung early in the morning by volunteers, creating a riot of color that spilled across three blocks, soaking guests in a flood of design schemes.
Tuesday, July 14, 2015
Fire burning southeast of Sisters
UPDATE (Tuesday afternoon, 3:50 p.m.): There is a fire estimated to be 5 acres burning southeast of Sisters on BLM land, between Barr Road and Sage Ranch near Cline Butte. There is a dozer line around the blaze. Two single-engine air tankers that were working the blaze have been released, but one type-1 helicopter continues to provide air support. Bulldozers and engines are also working the blaze.
Tuesday, July 7, 2015
Sisters much warmer than usual
It will come as no surprise to anyone to know that Sisters Country has enjoyed unusually hot weather recently. In fact, June broke records and July looks like it's headed that way.
Tuesday, July 7, 2015
Fire conditions take hold across Sisters Country
Given the continued trend of hot and dry conditions, and fire suppression resources already responding to numerous wildfires around Central Oregon, the Bureau of Land Management, the Deschutes National Forest and the Ochoco National Forest, including the Crooked River National Grassland, are implementing campfire restrictions, and further restricting industrial activity, this week.
Tuesday, July 7, 2015
Fire district honors Tom Barrier
The Cloverdale Rural Fire Protection District Board of Directors held a special meeting on June 30 - the last official meeting with Director Tom Barrier serving the district. Barrier lost his bid for re-election in May, bringing to an end 20 years of service to the district.
Tuesday, July 7, 2015
Legendary Gee's Bend quilters back in Sisters
Members of the Gee's Bend Quilters Collective are returning to Sisters for their third visit to the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show. Gloria Hoppins, Lucy Lee Witherspoon, China Pettway, Mary Ann Pettway and Stella Mae Pettway will participate in a variety of Quilter's Affair activities and artists receptions as well as participate on Quilt Show Day.
Tuesday, July 7, 2015
Fire near Detroit Lake may send smoke Sisters' way, cause traffic delays
Sisters will likely see some smoke today and drivers across the Cascades may experience delays near Detroit Lake as fire crews fight to contain a wildfire.

The fire is about one mile from OR 22 at milepost 39.5. The highway is open but motorists should proceed cautiously through the area and expect some delays.

Visit ODOT's for the most current information.

Sunday, July 5, 2015
Phyllis Lewis receives BPAC award
For the second year in a row, a Sisters-area resident is the recipient of the Big Chainring Award. Phyllis Lewis was honored last week with the 2015 award. The Deschutes County Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC) selected her for the honor in recognition of her volunteer contributions to pedestrian- and bicycle-friendly environments in Deschutes County.
Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Bryant to continue as City Attorney
Long-time Sisters City Attorney Steve Bryant will continue in that role for the City of Sisters.
Tuesday, June 30, 2015
An active weekend for local firefighters
Extreme heat and dangerous fire conditions made for an active weekend for local medics and firefighters.

Medics retrieved a hiker who had fallen ill, and firefighters knocked down a blaze in sagebrush.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

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