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home : current news June 24, 2017

Fire exercise getting underway in Sisters
The Sisters Ranger District/Cascade Division will be overseeing a live fire exercise for firefighters from around Central Oregon today.

This exercise will serve as the live fire requirement for the Joint Recruitment Academy training course and will be up to a half-acre in size.

Ignition will begin at around 9:30 a.m. and last 15-20 minutes along the 15 road, approximately three miles southwest of Sisters. Up to 50 fire professionals and seven engines will be present at the event to extinguish and mop-up the fire.

New recruits will focus on initial attack techniques, gain familiarity with assigned fire apparatus, and learn mop-up procedures for the wildland fire realm.

Firing will take place early in the morning to utilize cool temperatures and smoke may be visible early in the day. However, the fire will be 100 percent mopped up by the end of the exercise.

Friday, June 23, 2017
City snapshot
• Don't forget the barbecue at City Hall on Thursday, June 22, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., to meet the City Councilors, City staff, and new City Manager Brant Kucera. There will be free hamburgers and hotdogs for everyone and live music by The Anvil Blasters.
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Camp Sunrise helps youth grieve
The loss of a loved one is never easy, but for a child the trauma can create feelings of confusion, overwhelming sadness, loss of control, anger, guilt, and abandonment. Most children, especially the younger ones, lack the vocabulary to express what they are feeling.
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Spectacular sky show is on the way
Few sights in nature can equal the exquisite and awe-inspiring beauty of a total solar eclipse. To gaze upon the sun's pearly white corona, upon which orange colored prominences occasionally dart from the limb of the moon, all the while engulfed in darkness, is an experience never to be forgotten.
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Cresting the Cascades on a glorious day
You just never know. Last year, the Crest the Cascades ride was a test of cyclists' willingness to put up with almost wintery temperatures and cutting winds. This year, thanks to perfect Saturday weather, it was a postcard.

According to Sisters Park & Recreation District, some 126 riders pedaled up the McKenzie Highway on its last car-free weekend, in a ride that serves as a fundraiser for the district's programs.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Wildland firefighters to train in Sisters
The heavy, wet winter has created extra opportunities for fire specialists to wield the tool of prescribed fire in the fire-adapted ecosystem of Sisters Country.
Tuesday, June 13, 2017
Firefighters tackle blazes in Sisters
Firefighters took on two different house fires in the Sisters area over two days.

A Sisters area home located at 16275 Riata Court was damaged by fire early Sunday morning.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017
Fans brave the elements for the big show
Thousands of rodeo fans ignored occasional rain, constant wind, and low temperatures to enjoy five days of spills, thrills, chills, and a new arena record in tie-down roping at the 77th annual Sisters Rodeo.
Tuesday, June 13, 2017
Rules of roundabouting
The roundabout at the intersection of Highway 20/Barclay/McKinney Butte has been open to traffic for almost two weeks. The City of Sisters and the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) shared "Roundabouting 101" in hopes of clearing up any confusion regarding roundabout etiquette.
Tuesday, June 6, 2017
Rodeo volunteer believes in horse power
Sisters Rodeo board member Rodger Dwight believes in horse power. When Rodger and his wife, Sandy, built a barn on their property, the neighbors eagerly inquired if they would fill it with horses, but Rodger had other ideas. It is now home to his restored classic Corvettes.
Tuesday, June 6, 2017
Sisters veteran honored in New York City
Brett Miller of Sisters has been honored by the Wounded Warrior Project as the recipient of the George C. Lang Award for Courage.
Tuesday, June 6, 2017
13-year-olds arrested for arson in Sisters
Three Sisters youths were arrested after a citizen's tip allegedly connected them with an arson fire that damaged the snack shack at the baseball field between Sisters Middle School and Sisters Christian Academy.
Monday, June 5, 2017
Prescribed burn set for Monday
Fuels specialists have ignited a prescribed burn four miles southwest of Sisters on Monday.

The area slated for burning is approximately 200 acres and is situated between Forest Road 15 and Forest Road 1513, east of Trout Creek Butte. The project was designed to decrease hazardous fuel accumulations adjacent to Sisters and the surrounding communities.

Sunday, June 4, 2017
Community to discuss homelessness
On Monday, June 5, 5:30 p.m., at the Sisters Fire Hall Community Room, there will be a potluck and town hall to hear from the Homeless Leadership Coalition (HLC) what their Point-in-Time count on January 25 in Sisters indicates regarding homelessness in this community.
Tuesday, May 30, 2017
Residents struggle to recover from damage
It was a very tough winter all across Sisters Country. Heavy snowfall and intense cold combined in a perfect storm to cause extensive property damage as ice dams caused roof leakage and snow collapsed outbuildings and fences.
Tuesday, May 30, 2017
Sisters honors the fallen
It's a long-standing Sisters tradition: Each Memorial Day, the community gathers at the Village Green for a solemn remembrance of those who have fallen in America's wars. The observance is organized by Sisters' active veterans organizations and brings together a Redmond Junior Marine ROTC color guard, an honor guard of Sisters veterans, and distinguished guests.
Tuesday, May 30, 2017
Sisters roundabout is fully operational
The roundabout at the west end of Sisters at Highway 20 and Barclay Drive is open and operating.
Tuesday, May 30, 2017
Kucera is Sisters' new city manager
July 2017 is a very special month for Sisters' new city manager, Brant Kucera.

Kucera is expected to take over the reins from interim City Manager Rick Allen sometime in July. Even more memorable will be his marriage on July 1 to his fiancé, Sandy Jacobs. Kucera and Jacobs met last July when they both happened to be at the same beach, and a year later they are getting married.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017
Council chooses new city manager
The Sisters City Council has chosen Brant Kucera to serve as the next City Manager for the City of Sisters. Approval is contingent upon the successful ratification of an employment agreement.
Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Church welcomes new pastor
The Reverend Joseph W. Farber from Sapulpa, Oklahoma, has joined the congregation of the Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration in Sisters as its new Rector.

On his first Sunday, a service combining both the Episcopal Prayer Book Worship Style and the Ecumenical Worship Style was followed by a celebratory coffee hour.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

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