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home : current news November 21, 2017

Getting prepared for winter
Folks in Sisters Country are coming to grips with a stark reality: Winter is coming.
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Season of giving gets underway in Sisters
Sisters is a generous community all year round, but that spirit is especially in evidence during the holidays. Several organizations are ramping up their annual holiday giving programs.
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Sisters a dream assignment for ranger
Ian Reid and his wife, Annie, haven't quite adjusted to the idea that they'll soon be living and working in Sisters.
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Donation of water rights honors Sokol
Dorro Sokol was the owner of Pine Meadow Ranch and a legend in Sisters. Her acceptance of civic responsibility and generous support of the community she loved was evident in her roles as rancher, pilot, Rotarian, rodeo supporter, and member of the City of Sisters Planning Commission, among many others.
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Sisters honors military veterans
Sisters students saluted the community's military veterans in recognition of Veterans Day last week.
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Heartwarmers make a difference across region
What began with one warm-hearted woman of faith, Mary Tomjack of Bend, making a few fleece cut-and-tie blankets as samples, has grown in four years into a flourishing 501(c)(3) nonprofit called Heartwarmers, that covers children, seniors, the homeless, and cancer patients in Central Oregon with love, warmth, and comfort.
Tuesday, November 7, 2017
New Sisters District Ranger selected
The Deschutes National Forest will welcome a new District Ranger to the Sisters Ranger District in early December.
Tuesday, November 7, 2017
Cold weather shelter needs donations
To be successful this winter, the Sisters Cold Weather Shelter (SCWS) will need continued support from donors, businesses, and organizations (see related story, page 13). In order to meet their $25,000 budget, the SCWS needs to sustain and expand all that was achieved in the first three months of 2017. Due to volunteer efforts and donations of food and supplies, expenses are low, and include wages for two specially trained overnight monitors, supplemental food and supplies, and insurance.
Tuesday, November 7, 2017
Future of east portal area is uncertain
Travelers into Sisters often miss the "east portal" area located between the east end of Highway 242 and Highway 20. Signage is not very prominent and many don't know that there's a parking lot, labyrinth, and bathrooms there.
Tuesday, November 7, 2017
The Nugget Newspaper changes hands
After 35 years of ownership, publisher Kiki Dolson has sold The Nugget Newspaper. Tom Mullen and J. Louis Mullen, who jointly and separately own community newspapers in Wyoming, Washington, Idaho, Montana and Oregon, took ownership last week.
Tuesday, November 7, 2017
Two motorists killed in Highway 20 crash
Two motorists lost their lives on Thursday, November 2, in a head-on crash on Highway 20 near the Santiam Pass summit.
Friday, November 3, 2017
Forest Service to burn slash piles
With the expected onset of cool, wet weather, the Sisters Ranger District is planning to begin burning pile units throughout the district.

If weather conditions allow, the first planned unit will be ignited Friday, November 3, approximately four miles northwest of Sisters along Forest Road 1012 (Cold Springs Cutoff Road between Highway 20 and Highway 242). Ignitions are planned to begin at 10 a.m.

An additional unit has been added south of Highway 20 along Indian Ford Creek. Personnel will be burning hand-piled material generated by riparian restoration work.

Thursday, November 2, 2017
Emergency personnel responding to Santiam Pass wreck
UPDATED 4 p.m. - Highway 20 is partially open after a fatal crash at Santiam Pass summit. Expect delays and use caution moving through the area.

UPDATED 2 p.m. - Highway 20 is closed at Santiam Pass summit, Mile Post 81, due to what is reported to be a fatal accident.

Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire District personnel are responding to a wreck on Highway 20 at Milepost 81 at the Santiam Pass Summit. ODOT Tripcheck indicates significant delays.

Thursday, November 2, 2017
Enhanced Sisters training site in use
The Sisters-Camp Sherman RFPD has recently made upgrades to its Locust Street training site in Sisters allowing firefighters a safe place to train. The property, located on South Locust Street near the City of Sisters sewer treatment plant, is approximately four acres and was acquired in 2013 through an intergovernmental agreement with the City of Sisters.
Tuesday, October 31, 2017
Sheriff's office: jump in mental health calls
Captain Paul Garrison presented to Sisters City Council at last week's meeting a report of activity statistics for Sisters by the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, with the figures for all of 2016 and year-to-date for 2017. The report was made in response to a request from the City Council last month and will continue to be part of the monthly report.
Tuesday, October 31, 2017
Sisters firefighters aid California
When the Milli Fire reared up and roared across the landscape, forcing hundreds to evacuate their homes, firefighters from around the state of Oregon converged on Sisters to provide depth to the firefighting response.
Tuesday, October 31, 2017
Watch out for deer on local highways
Sisters Country drivers should be especially alert for deer along local roadways - particularly early and late in the day.
Tuesday, October 31, 2017
Deschutes Land Trust honors stalwart volunteers
Joan Amero and Carol Moorehead were honored as Volunteers of the Year. This award is given annually to Deschutes Land Trust volunteers who have provided outstanding service in the last year.
Tuesday, October 24, 2017
City takes a hard look at water, sewer rates
Though everybody in Sisters uses water and the sewer system, a meeting held last week to inform the public about the results of the water and sewer rate study was only lightly attended. City staff members and City Councilors in attendance outnumbered the four citizens who showed up.
Tuesday, October 24, 2017
Sisters woman honored for transportation work
During the recent Oregon Public Transportation Conference in Pendleton, COIC Executive Director Karen Friend was honored with the prestigious award of 2017 Outstanding Public Transportation Manager in Oregon.
Tuesday, October 24, 2017

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