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home : current news February 21, 2018

Former priest charged for pornography
Rev. W. Thomas Foucher, 72, who served as parish priest at St. Edward the Martyr Catholic Church in Sisters for six years ending in 2002, was arrested on February 2 in Boise, Idaho, on multiple charges involving child pornography and drugs.
Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Crime is down in Deschutes County
Deschutes County District Attorney John Hummel made a presentation to Sisters City Council about Community Safety and Reporting, on the most recent crime statistics for the County as well as the first months of the new Goldilocks program.
Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Council investigates marijuana regulations
In a wide-ranging discussion regarding possible marijuana-related businesses in Sisters, the City Council spent 90 minutes at last week's workshop listening to and questioning City legal counsel Alan Dale in front of a packed Council chamber.
Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Winter finally arrives in Sisters Country
Old Man Winter took his time getting here, but he finally drew his blanket of snow across Sisters Country over the weekend.
Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Habitat advocates for housing affordability
Members of Sisters Habitat for Humanity ventured to Salem on Thursday, February 8, to advocate with their state representatives for resources to be allocated for affordable homeownership.
Tuesday, February 13, 2018
Sisters faces up to suicide risk
When Jason Winebarger began telling his story to an audience of about 80 last Monday night, the lecture room at Sisters High School fell silent and remained so for the duration of his 26-minute talk, which chronicled the events surrounding his son Jacob's suicide two years ago at age 12, in Bend.

Winebarger's main message to the parents in attendance: Talk to your kids directly about how they are doing. Ask them if they ever feel depressed. Ask them if they have ever thought about suicide.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018
Taking on wildfire planning in Sisters
The public is invited to a kickoff presentation on Tuesday, February 20 at 9:30 a.m. at the Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire Hall to learn how Sisters is working to address local wildfire challenges in the city.
Tuesday, February 13, 2018
Veterans group receives life-saving gear
A local nonprofit outfitter that serves veterans has a new piece of gear. It's not a truck or a boat or a fly rod or a rifle: it's an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED), which could provide vital life-saving service out in the backcountry.
Tuesday, February 6, 2018
City issues warning to tree services
In response to multiple recent instances of trees being either cut or pruned without authorization within the city limits, the City has sent a letter out to all tree service professionals in the area, reminding them of several important requirements.
Tuesday, February 6, 2018
Mild weather poses cold water danger
With the recent mild, almost spring-like temperatures, many locals and visitors alike are taking to the water, rather than the ski slopes, to recreate in Central Oregon.
Tuesday, February 6, 2018
Seniors will advocate for themselves in Sisters
Seniors who live in Sisters Country can make their voices heard through the Senior Alliance, newly formed advocacy and action group focused on making Sisters an Age-Friendly Community (AFC). The Alliance grew out of efforts by Sisters resident Joann Powers, who was recently faced with challenges familiar to seniors when unexpected health issues arise.
Tuesday, January 30, 2018
City snapshot
• On February 1, the selection committee for the public art to be installed in the Highway 20/Barclay roundabout will hear presentations from the three artists selected as finalists for the project. Their scale models will be on display in the City Hall lobby during February for the public to view and provide feedback. The project selected for the installation will be presented to the Sisters City Council at their February 28 meeting for approval.
Tuesday, January 30, 2018
Trail advocates warn of muddy conditions
A mild winter and repeated freeze-thaw cycles have left Sisters-area trails soft and muddy.

Due to the conditions, Sisters Trails Alliance is asking trail users in Sisters to avoid using the pathways when conditions are muddy.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018
Sisters takes on suicide prevention
A distressed family member takes her own life, leaving the survivors to grapple with tormenting what-ifs, horrible guilt, paralyzing helplessness and incomprehensible grief.
Tuesday, January 30, 2018
Sisters looks to craft a vision of the future
Sisters is getting set to embark on a project to envision its future.

Steven Ames and Ruth Williamson of NXT Consulting Group of Bend made their initial presentation to City Council outlining a "visioning" process.

Ames likened the visioning exercise to "fixing the roof while the sun is shining." It's better to look at where we currently are as a city and where we would like to go when things are going well, rather than waiting for problems to surface, he believes.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018
New flight simulator attracts a crowd
Outlaw Aviation hosted an open house event on Saturday at Sisters Eagle Airport to celebrate their new FAA-certified Modular Flight Deck Advanced Training Flight Simulator (sim) donated by the Aviation Department at Central Oregon Community College (COCC).
Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Bonnie Knox: The volunteer spirit of a horsewoman
"I really love Sisters Rodeo," Bonnie Knox said as though the second weekend in June could not come soon enough. "All the painting we do. Ushering in the gold section. My peeps who come out every year to watch the show."
Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Fire Corps assists Sisters Community
The Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire District formalized a program for auxiliary volunteers in January 2015. Fire Corps program volunteers assist fire department and related community service functions in non-emergency roles as needed for the fire district.
Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Sisters women in nationwide march
About 30 people - maybe more - from Sisters headed to Bend on Saturday to join an estimated 3,500 others in the National Women's March for Action.

The specific issues that motivated the women - and some men - to march varied individually, but they coalesce around a deep disquiet about the course of the republic under the Trump Administration.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Firefighter earns promotion
Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire District recognized the outstanding achievements of Resident Volunteer Rachelle Beiler by promoting her last week to the position of resident volunteer lieutenant.
Tuesday, January 23, 2018

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