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home : current news March 25, 2017

Firefighters quickly quell house fire
A small fire that started in a wall near a fireplace in a house on the east end of Sisters was quelled quickly on Friday afternoon.

Sisters firefighters responded to an emergency call at 68621 Highway 20. According to Fire Chief Roger Johnson, the fire was quelled before it spread much or got into the attic, and firefighters opened up the walls to make sure there was no additional fire.

Friday, March 24, 2017
Kent Boles takes over reins as Young Life Director
Kent Boles was recently selected as the new Young Life Area Director and stepping into the role should be easy. Boles has worked with middle school and high school students for the past 36 years in Eugene, Pleasant Hill, and he even ran a skateboard ministry in Portland for three years. For the last 13 years Boles has been involved in youth ministry in Sisters.
Thursday, March 23, 2017
ODOT demands repayment of grant funds from Sisters airport
The Oregon Department of Transportation is demanding from Sisters Airport the repayment of $377,152 in ConnectOregon V grant funds and payment of an additional $13,033 to meet the minimum requirement for matching funds for grants entered into in 2015.

In a letter to airport owner Benny Benson dated March 21, ODOT Transportation Development Division Administrator Jerri L. Bohard writes, "ODOT demands that the total amount of ($390,185) be returned to ODOT by April 6, 2017."

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Designing for optimal energy use
You don't have to live off the grid to benefit from designing your living environment for energy efficiency and self-reliance.
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
McDonald retiring from Sisters Library
The Sisters Library will say goodbye to a long-time treasure on March 31, when Public Service Specialist Sandy McDonald retires, after 35 years as an employee of the library.
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Firefighters fundraise for leukemia, lymphoma
The Sisters Country Firefighters Team made up of 10 firefighters from Black Butte Ranch, Cloverdale and Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire districts participated in the 26th Annual Scott Firefighter Stairclimb in Seattle last weekend.
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Kiwanis Food Bank supports those in need
Some 167 families utilized the Sisters Kiwanis Food Bank throughout the month of January.
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Firefighters battle major blaze
A major fire at a large home east of Sisters tested firefighters from across the region last weekend.
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Multiple agencies battle structure fire
As of 7 p.m., firefighters from multiple agencies were still fighting a major structure fire on Varco road east of Sisters. Firefighters Cloverdale Fire District were dispatched to the scene at approximately 3:30 p.m. The fire involved a large dwelling and was actively burning upon arrival of initial attack units.

Cloverdale Fire District was assisted by nine fire agencies -Sisters-Camp Sherman Rural Fire Protection District, Black Butte Ranch Fire District, Bend Fire and Rescue, Redmond Fire and Rescue, Crooked River Ranch Fire District, Sunriver Fire Department, Jefferson County Fire District, Warm Springs Fire and Safety, and Oregon Department of Forestry. Twenty-two pieces of fire apparatus and 55 firefighters responded to the scene, including 10 water tenders that shuttled water to the scene.

Assistance was also provided by the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, Oregon State Police, and Black Butte Ranch Police Department.

Firefighters expect to work on the blaze through the night.

Sunday, March 19, 2017
Fire units respond to structure fire
Firefighting units from across Central Oregon have responded to a major structure fire reported to be at 16755 Varco Road east of Sisters. More information as it becomes available.
Sunday, March 19, 2017
What a winter we've had in Sisters
Extreme winter weather battered Central Oregon in December and January, while February brought a respite to its snow-weary and frost-bitten residents. Three-foot snow depths were common in and around the Sisters area during December and January, accompanied by bone-chilling temperatures that plunged below minus-20 degrees Fahrenheit early in January.
Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Habitat lobbies representatives
Representatives from Sisters Habitat for Humanity ventured to Salem March 2 to advocate with their state representatives for resources to be allocated for affordable homeownership and repairs.
Tuesday, March 14, 2017
City snapshot
• City Council authorized City Manager Rick Allen to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) and Western Federal Lands Highway Division (WFLHD) concerning the grant awarded by WFLHD for the artwork and enhanced landscaping in the Barclay/Highway 20 roundabout. The MOU is non-binding, frames up the responsibilities of each party involved, and allows the City to proceed with procurements, including issuing a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the artwork.
Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Sisters man thrives with BJJ
Turning 60 is a milestone in any man's life. Like most, Gary Yoder of Sisters found himself at a kind of crossroads.
Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Sisters Ranger announces retirement
Kristie Miller is hanging up her spurs after a long career with the U.S. Forest Service - the last five spent as Sisters District Ranger. She will retire effective at the end of this month.
Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Shelter to remain active through March
Despite many fervent wishes for the arrival of spring by snow-weary residents, winter temperatures and conditions are still very much in the daily weather forecasts. The need for the emergency cold weather shelter continues, and provisions are planned through the month of March.
Tuesday, March 7, 2017
Developer hit for investment practices
The State of Washington has come down on the developer of a long-promised senior living facility in Sisters for a variety of securities act violations.
Tuesday, March 7, 2017
Avalanche on Highway 20
An avalanche two miles west of Santiam Pass Summit at Hogg Rock has closed travel lanes on Highway 20 in both directions. ODOT TripCheck reports delays of 20 minutes up to two hours.
Monday, March 6, 2017
Whychus campaign gets a big boost
The Deschutes Land Trust Campaign for Whychus Creek got a tremendous boost last week - a gift of $530,000 from Tom and Janet Montag of New York. The gift represents the largest individual gift of the campaign, with over $1.6 million raised from private individual contributions.
Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Neighbors air flight concerns at city meeting
Neighbors of Sisters Eagle Airport made known their concerns over the airport's impact on their lives at a City Council meeting Thursday evening, which followed a joint workshop of the Deschutes County Commission and the Sisters City Council last week. Whether their concerns will have an impact on the ground or in the air remains an open question.
Tuesday, February 28, 2017

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