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Highway 242 is open again
Highway 242 is open again after being closed for most of a day on Wednesday/Thursday due to mudslides after a series of heavy thunderstorms.
Friday, June 22, 2018
Forest Service responds to small lightning-sparked blazes
Forest Service firefighters have lined out several small lightning-sparked blazes in the Sisters Country since a series of heavy thunderstorms rolled through the region yesterday afternoon.

Heavy rain was helpful in quenching potential fire starts, but fire personnel will remain vigilant for holdover blazes in the coming days. Fire can smolder in a lightning-struck tree or snag for days after a storm.

Highway 242 (the Old McKenzie Highway) is closed at gates on east and west due to mudslides over the roadway in the wake of heavy thunderstorms. ODOT is on scene aiding motorists to exit. The highway is expected to be closed on Thursday as cleanup continues.

Thursday, June 21, 2018
Highway 242 closed due to mudslides
Highway 242 (the Old McKenzie Highway) is closed at gates on east and west due to mudslides over the roadway in the wake of heavy thunderstorms. ODOT is on scene aiding motorists to exit. The highway is expected to be closed on Thursday as cleanup continues.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Leave young wildlife alone
Put it back. That's the advice you're likely to hear if you bring a young wild animal home to "take care of it" - and you might get a warning or citation from Oregon State Police, too.
Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Hiker rescued by helicopter after fall on South Sister
A Portland hiker escaped serious injury after falling on South Sister last Thursday. A search and rescue crew and a helicopter rescued him off the mountain.

The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office reported that they received a report on June 14, shortly after 4 p.m., regarding a stranded hiker on South Sister. The hiker, Arthur Duncan, 56, of Portland, called 911 to report he had left the South Sister climbers' trail and slid and fell. Duncan found himself on a cliff, unable to go down, back up or to the side without risking a dangerous fall.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Sisters working through growing pains
Sisters has long been called the "gateway" to Central Oregon, implying that it is a place people pass through on their way to somewhere else.
Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Sisters-area vet makes honor flight
On Wednesday June 6, 25 Korean and World War II Veterans from Central Oregon met at the Portland Airport Shilo Inn to kick off the Central Oregon Honor Flight back to Washington, D.C.
Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Watchdog group seeks answers on tree-killing
Central Oregon Land Watch is seeking some answers regarding the death of a thousand or more ponderosa pine trees along Highway 20 west of Sisters.
Tuesday, June 12, 2018
McKenzie Highway to open June 18
The McKenzie Highway - Highway 242 - is scheduled to open on Monday, June 18. The historic route across the Cascades is closed each winter due to snow.

The winding, climbing road west of Sisters attracts numerous cyclists seeking to ride it before it's open to motor vehicle traffic. However, Oregon Department of Transportation spokesman Peter Murphy clarified last week that the route is not actually opened to cyclists before it's open to cars.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Sisters may be visited by Rainbow Family
Sisters may get a visit from the Rainbow Family this week, according to a bulletin released by the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office on Tuesday afternoon. Sheriff's office spokesman Sgt. William Baily reported that, "Deschutes County Sheriff's Office has received information that the Rainbow Family group may be traveling through Deschutes County on their way to a regional gathering event off Highway 22, near the Santiam Pass. As this is a regional event, it is estimated up to 600 Rainbow Family members will be in or traveling through our area from June 11 through June 21. The event location is not located within Deschutes County, but the closest town for fuel and supplies is Sisters."
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Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Resident recounts scary Sisters deer encounter
Folks in Sisters delight in the sight of deer in town, crossing in a crosswalk or lounging on a green lawn. But those cute critters can be highly aggressive - especially a doe protecting a new fawn - and downright terrifying.

Ask Amy Abramson.

Tuesday, June 5, 2018
Forest Service closes shooting area near Crossroads
The Sisters Ranger District has closed an area west of the Crossroads subdivision to shooting due to public safety concerns.
Tuesday, June 5, 2018
High-profile burns draw scrutiny
Prescribed burning is critical to restoring health to densely overgrown forests and to protecting communities from the effects of raging wildfires. But when they are conducted in highly visible areas, the effects can be startling.
Tuesday, June 5, 2018
Sisters gets ready to rodeo
The banners are hung, the paint is fresh, merchandise is folded, and the traffic cones are placed. These are only a few of the tasks undertaken on Saturday as volunteers prepared for one of Sisters' biggest weekends.
Tuesday, June 5, 2018
Police K9 nabs fugitive in Sisters
A Redmond Police Officer and a dog named Maverick nabbed a fugitive in Sisters on Thursday, May 31.

According to a sheriff's office reports, deputies were dispatched to a report of a domestic disturbance at FivePine Lodge & Conference Center at 1:30 p.m.

A deputy contacted Baily J. Redwing, 18, to investigate the disturbance. During the initial investigation, the deputy determined that Redwing had outstanding arrest warrants in Kootenai County, Idaho. The deputy began to arrest Redwing for the outstanding warrants when Redwing broke away from the deputy and fled south towards the Sisters waste water treatment plant.

The deputy gave chase through the conference center until he lost sight of Redwing.

Additional Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Deputies, Black Butte Ranch Police Officers and Oregon State Police Troopers converged on the FivePine campus and contained the area before Redmond Police Officer Josh Powers and his K9 partner Maverick arrived. After about 10 minutes K9 Maverick located Redwing hiding in the tall grass adjacent to the waster water holding ponds. Redwing was arrested without further incident.

Redwing was transported and lodged at the Deschutes County Adult Jail.

Thursday, May 31, 2018
Visioning project going deeper at forums
Now that the initial interviews, surveys, and community meetings are completed, the visioning process known as Sisters Country Horizons is entering into a period of deeper conversations on specific topics.
Tuesday, May 29, 2018
Transportation safety plan recommended
At their May 17 meeting, Sisters Planning Commission voted 6-1 to recommend approval, with conditions, of the Transportation Safety Plan (TSP) update to Sisters City Council.
Tuesday, May 29, 2018
Sisters marks Memorial Day
For well over a decade now, Sisters veterans have stood tall for the real meaning and purpose of Memorial Day. No one begrudges anybody a three-day weekend of barbecues and days at the lake - but the purpose of the last Monday in May is more solemn: It is a time to salute the sacrifice of thousands of American service members who have made the ultimate sacrifice in service of their country.

Each Memorial Day, the veterans of American Legion Post 86 and VFW Post 8138 present the public with a stirring ceremony to mark the occasion, in Sisters' Village Green Park.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018
Some trees in Sisters will have to come down
City Forester Dan Galecki, of Spindrift Forestry Consulting, has completed his inventory of all 2,900 trees located in City right-of-ways in Sisters. A few of those trees are dying and will have to come down.
Tuesday, May 29, 2018
Burn set near Indian Ford Road northwest of Sisters
The Sisters Ranger District is planning to implement a 135 acre underburn on Wednesday, May 30, approximately five miles northwest of Sisters. The units are just north of Highway 20 near Indian Ford Campground. The unit is located between the Indian Ford Road and Forest Service Road 11.

If conditions remain favorable, ignitions are planned to begin mid-morning and continue into the mid-afternoon. Expect delays and traffic control in the area during ignition operations. Smoke will likely be visible for a few days following the burn from Sisters and surrounding areas and smoke may settle in the Indian Ford and Whychus Creek drainages during nighttime inversions.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

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