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home : current news May 24, 2016


City to fire attorney
Sisters City Council has decided to end their relationship with City Attorney Steve Bryant. At their meeting last Thursday, Council discussed several issues regarding Bryant's role as legal counsel.

"Steve worked to serve the city of Sisters for a long time. However, as we're making changes, we're looking at things from top to bottom and have decided to go with new legal counsel," said Mayor Chris Frey.

Newly hired interim City Manager Rick Allen was to contact Bryant, but Bryant is out of town and unavailable.

"The Council didn't take a formal vote but they did discuss making a change. Bryant's contract allows for that," Allen told The Nugget. "I have notified the firm that we would like to work toward ending the relationship and are hoping for a smooth transition."


Friday, May 20, 2016
Sisters becomes a 'Purple Heart City'
Sisters was designated as a Purple Heart City with a proclamation adopted and read at the May 12 Sisters City Council meeting.
Tuesday, May 17, 2016
USFS to identify dead trees for removal
Rough estimates indicated that there are something like 200 trees along the Highway 20 corridor west of Sisters that are dead or dying.
Tuesday, May 17, 2016
Analyzing the Gorayeb report
In the face of an order from District Attorney John Hummel, the Sisters City Council agreed on Monday to release the investigator's report into the conduct of now former city manager Andrew Gorayeb.
Tuesday, May 17, 2016
City to release Gorayeb report
After an executive session on Monday morning, the Sisters City Council announced that an investigator's report into the conduct of now-former city manager Andrew Gorayeb will be released as a public record in accordance with last week's release order from Deschutes County District Attorney John Hummel. The City will release the report with the names and titles of other city staff redacted.
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Monday, May 16, 2016
Pavement work set for Hood Avenue
The City of Sisters is closing in on completion of the Hood Avenue lighting and irrigation improvement project. Over the last few weeks, the contractor hooked up the street lights to the newly installed electric service. The public works crew completed installing the irrigation lines in all bulb-out areas and finished the first phase of the landscaping work. Tri-County Paving will apply a seal coat over the asphalt on Hood Avenue between Cedar Street and Pine Street May 17-18.
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Friday, May 13, 2016
No decision on release of Gorayeb report
The Sisters City Council made no decision on whether to release the investigator's report on the conduct of now-former city manager Andrew Gorayeb in their Thursday meeting. They will meet in private executive session on Monday to discuss the matter further.
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Thursday, May 12, 2016
Prescribed burning makes for smoky Sisters
A prescribed burn along Highway 242 has created a smoky haze across Sisters Country. The burning is part of the Forest Service's annual program of prescribed fire, intended to reduce potential wildfire fuel and restore natural conditions in local forests.
Wednesday, May 11, 2016
Young men in harm's way
It was only after the ceremonies and dinners and storytelling were over, after the final handshakes and well wishes, after the sincere exchange of promises to build new relationships out of former enmities, that Richard Hartnack found the down- time to begin serious reflection on the importance of his trip to Vietnam.
Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Going back in-country to remember a long-past war
Richard Hartnack's return to Vietnam included more than a reconciliation dinner with former opponents in the Vietnam Air Force to exchange gifts, discuss battles, and build new relationships.
Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Sisters combat pilot joins return to Vietnam
Richard Hartnack of Black Butte Ranch, a Marine aviator during the Vietnam War, recently returned from an historic trip to Vietnam with fellow veteran pilots from the Marines, Navy, and U.S. Air Force. They enjoyed a rare and moving opportunity to meet and reconcile with their former adversaries from the Vietnam Air Force.
Tuesday, May 10, 2016
DA orders release of Gorayeb report
UPDATED TO INCLUDE TEXT OF DISTRICT ATTORNEY ORDER Deschutes County District Attorney John Hummel has ordered the City of Sisters to produce records related to the investigation of former City Manager Andrew Gorayeb.
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Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Rick Allen will be interim city manager
Rick Allen of Madras, former interim city manager in La Pine and Madras, will be Sisters interim city manager. Pending successful contract negotiation and completion of a background check, Allen will hopefully be available for work by mid-May. Sisters City Council selected him from a field of three candidates. He brings with him a wealth of experience in the public sector, which has created a broad network of relationships. Allen's resume describes him as "a successful business entrepreneur with a significant background in the public sector in managing districts, city, and county organizations."
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Friday, May 6, 2016
City to offer interim post to Rick Allen
The Sisters City Council decided Friday morning to make a conditional offer of the interim city manager post to Rick Allen of Madras, pending a mutually agreeable contract and a background check. Allen has served as an interim in La Pine and helped with the hiring of their new full-time city manager. If the conditional offer is accepted, Allen would work part-time as Sisters' interim manager.
Friday, May 6, 2016
Coyote attack highlights conflict
If you talk to Greg and Kim Zadow of Sisters about coyotes and dogs, you'd best be sympathetic; the other day they and their dachshund/beagle mix, Rudi, had an incident with a coyote that they didn't expect - or need.
Tuesday, May 3, 2016
Gorayeb out as Sisters city manager
The question of whether or not Andrew Gorayeb would be returning to his position as city manager was finally answered at last 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.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016
Should the Gorayeb report come out?
The Sisters City Council would prefer that the investigator's report into the conduct of now-former City Manager Andrew Gorayeb not be made public. The City contends that it is a private personnel record.
Tuesday, May 3, 2016
More burning set for Monday
The Sisters Ranger District is planning on conducting a prescribed burn about two miles west of Sisters on Highway 242 on Monday.

The burn is 77 acres in size and will be lit about 10 a.m.

Ignitions 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.

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
Gorayeb resigns with more than $100,000 payout
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.
Friday, April 29, 2016


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