Week of June 19, 2024

  • Cloverdale firefighters douse car fire

    Jun 18, 2024

    Cloverdale Rural Fire Protection District and Redmond Fire & Rescue were alerted Sunday morning to a vehicle fire at approximately milepost 101 of Highway 126 on the east grade of Dry Canyon. The fire was located in an area between the borders of the two fire districts. Cloverdale crews arrived to find that a resident in the area had started putting water on the vehicle from a trailer-mounted water tank and pump that he pulled to the scene with his tractor. Cloverdale... Full story

  • City quashes gas tax rumors

    Bill Bartlett | Jun 18, 2024

    Chatter on local social media and reader contact with The Nugget recently raised the specter of the City raising the existing 3 cents per gallon municipal tax as a means to fund the installation of EV charging stations on city property. That is not the case. City Manager Jordan Wheeler was clear in his response to The Nugget’s inquiry: “The City has no plans to propose an increase to the gas tax. This is the first I’ve heard of that idea. The only informal conversations... Full story

  • Promoting civic engagement in Sisters

    Matthew McClellan | Jun 18, 2024

    A group of citizens is promoting leadership and civic action in Sisters, with a focus on how City government can improve community engagement and outreach. The first cohort of the Civic Leadership Academy (CLA) presented their report on the City’s outreach and engagement efforts to the Sisters City Council on June 12. This presentation was the product of two months of work by the CLA cohort, and the program represents years of work by the city and its partners. The CLA is a collaboration among the City of Sisters,... Full story

  • Fire Chief leaves strong legacy in Sisters

    Jim Cornelius | Jun 18, 2024

    When Fire Chief Roger Johnson took the reins at Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire District 12 years ago, he inherited a thriving organization. "I think my perception of this organization was that it was well-run, a very dedicated work force; beautiful facility, a wonderful community," he told The Nugget last week. Johnson is retiring as of Friday, and officially turned over command of the fire district to Fire Chief Anthony Prior on Tuesday, June 11 (see photo essay, page 13). He... Full story

  • Calf and fawn season – keep your distance

    Jun 18, 2024

    Oregon’s deer and elk give birth from May through July. It’s natural for mother animals to leave their young alone and hidden for extended periods of time while they go off to feed, so never assume a young animal is orphaned when you see it alone. The mother will return when it’s safe to do so — when people, pets, or predators aren’t around. Removing an animal from the wild is also a violation of Oregon wildlife laws. When people remove them from the wild, young animals miss the chance to learn where to seek... Full story

  • Community garden sets tour

    Jun 18, 2024

    The Sisters Community Garden has scheduled a tour of its garden on Sunday, June 23, and a public meeting for Saturday, June 29, to discuss the possibility of using City park land to provide Sisters area residents a space to garden while building community connections. “The City of Sisters Parks Master Plan includes providing space for a community garden,” said Mimi Schaefer, SCG President. “Moving to a new location in a city park will open food growing opportunities for Sisters residents and learning opportunities for... Full story

  • Labyrinth celebrates final summer solstice before Portal change

    T. Lee Brown | Jun 18, 2024

    In 2024, summer solstice falls on Thursday, June 20, in this part of the world. Sisters Community Labyrinth will hold its annual gathering and labyrinth walk that evening. Typically light in tone and nonreligious in nature, the gathering will have another layer this year: it's the last solstice walk before the land is built out. "Marking the summer solstice with a community labyrinth walk has become a special tradition," Sharlene Weed said. "It will be our last walk together... Full story

  • Spor completes degree in accounting

    Jun 18, 2024

    Friends and family gathered at the Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire District station Thursday, June 13, to honor Julie Spor, who serves as the executive assistant/finance manager for the Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire District. Spor is a recent graduate of Eastern Oregon University with a Bachelor's Degree in Accounting. Spor manages the day-to-day financial duties for the district and has been attending college and working full-time for the past four years. Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire... Full story

  • Roundabout work meets challenges

    Bill Bartlett | Jun 18, 2024

    At the same time ODOT is facing a budget crisis, drivers wonder how it is possible that so many major projects are taking place, like our new roundabout. The monies come from earlier budgets and/or other funding sources, in some cases federal dollars. Most readers seem happy and appreciative of the new roundabout, some marveling at the speed of progress and minor disruptions. The opening date for phase one was but a few days late, yet completed before the crucial start of... Full story

  • Rodeo delivers on Western action

    Bill Bartlett | Jun 11, 2024

    Like the many before it, the 2024 Sisters Rodeo left spectators thrilled and delighted. Despite an alarming situation Saturday night when a bull jumped out of the arena and ran through the Rodeo grounds (Click here to see related story. ), the crowds lucky enough to get a ticket for the sold out performances were treated to world class entertainment. "I don't think most people see rodeo as being in the entertainment business," said legendary announcer Wayne Brooks. Until 2000... Full story

  • Crews target July 4 for road opening

    Jun 11, 2024

    Construction crews are hard at work on the east side of McKenzie Pass and plan to have Highway 242 above the gate paved and open by the morning of July 4. Last week, crews began paving preparation work beyond the gate of the seasonally closed pass. Only the east side of the pass is under construction, but the west side will also remain closed at the gate just beyond Linton Lake until July 4. Limited space for vehicles to turn around on the west side makes it unsafe to open any further towards the summit, according to the... Full story

  • Bull goes rogue - and viral - at rodeo

    Bill Bartlett | Jun 11, 2024

    In two terrifying minutes, a bull in the range of 1,900 pounds eluded wranglers on the Sisters Rodeo arena floor and like a deer, running at full speed, jumped the fence in the red section at the arena’s southern end. The bull catapulted its bulk over the six-foot metal fence before exiting the red section entry way and into the food court. This was the conclusion to Saturday night’s sellout event, the fourth of the five scheduled presentations of the 84th Sisters Rodeo.... Full story

  • Three council seats up for election

    Jun 11, 2024

    The November 5 election holds high stakes and high interest across the nation. In Sisters, the election will determine the makeup of the City Council. The terms of Council President Andrea Blum, Councilor Jennifer Letz, and Councilor Susan Cobb will end on December 31. All three are eligible to apply for re-election. Candidates may now file for a City Council position. To be eligible one must be a qualified elector in Oregon, a current registered voter in the City of Sisters, and must have been a resident of the City for 12... Full story

  • Hospice program honors veterans

    Jun 11, 2024

    Partners In Care is now a Level 5 Partner with We Honor Veterans (WHV), a program of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO). Level 5 is the highest level WHV partners can attain and includes various mandatory activities and educational requirements, with recertification needed annually. As a WHV partner, Partners In Care provides specialized care to veterans who are facing a life-limiting illness and need support through various services such as the... Full story

  • People behind The Nugget: Jarod Gatley

    Jun 11, 2024

    Jarod Gatley can pinpoint the moment when he started down the path that took him into a career behind the camera. He was hiking up South Sister at night with his brother-in-law, freelance photographer and videographer Cody Rheault. Cody was taking shots of the landscape under the night sky. "I saw the photos he was getting and I thought, 'I want to capture that myself,'" he said. From that day, "I spent every minute that I could outside, doing landscape photography. That kind... Full story

  • City eyes changes to short-term rental policy

    Jun 11, 2024

    Short-term rentals (STR) may fall under tighter restrictions in Sisters. The Sisters Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on June 20 at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall on text amendments to city Development Code that would: • Expand the STR concentration limit from 250 feet to 500 feet. • Apply STR concentration limit to dwelling units within a condominium. • Apply STR concentration limit to dwelling units in the Downtown Commercial District that are part of a residential-only development. This is not... Full story

  • Sisters High School Class of 2024 steps to future

    Charlie Kanzig | Jun 18, 2024

    Sisters High School’s 76th commencement ceremony, held Friday, June 14, featured themes of the importance of self-reflection, and the value of community as the 99 members of the graduating class completed the rite of passage toward adulthood. Following the traditional entry march to “Pomp and Circumstance” senior members of the jazz choir gifted the audience with a heartfelt rendition of the national anthem. Principal Steve Stancliff shared welcoming remarks followed by a short address to the graduates. Using the... Full story

  • A big day at Black Butte School

    Jim Cornelius | Jun 18, 2024

    The last day of school is always a big deal in Camp Sherman, with students marking the transition to summer by running through the spray from hoses wielded by local firefighters. This year, the students had a serious - but joyful task - to accomplish before adjourning for vacation. The 26 students of Black Butte School joined staff, community members, and the design and construction team on Friday, June 14, to break ground on a $4 million remodel of their school. SAJ... Full story

  • Burying underwear - for science

    Katy Yoder | Jun 18, 2024

    One of the funniest and most effective ways of showing what happens in healthy soil involves burying a new pair of white cotton undies and then six months later digging them up to see how they're transformed by decomposers. The results astonished students and teachers alike when Ms. Guthrie's fifth-grade class was on one of their Seed to Table farm field trips. In Ms. Guthrie's fifth grade class, science lessons include a curriculum about decomposers, producers, and... Full story

  • Elementary school nears completion

    Jim Cornelius and Matt Van Slyke | Jun 11, 2024

    Sisters' new $33.8 million elementary school is substantially completed. There's a lot of finish work yet to be done, but the Sisters School District has a scheduled move-in date of June 24, with keys handed over July 15. The project is on time and on budget, though there have been some alterations due to increased construction costs. The gym is a little smaller than originally planned, and a planned roll-up door to the outside of the library was scrapped in favor of a large... Full story

  • Flat beer sales impact Sisters

    Bill Bartlett | Jun 18, 2024

    Drinking trends, especially among younger consumers, have flattened more than 30 Oregon craft brewers in the last two years. The latest in the toll is Sisters' Three Creeks Brewing. The owners have sold the namesake restaurant located on the FivePine Campus and have closed the doors on the brewing operation on East Barclay Drive. In a portion of an announcement on its Facebook page, founder Wade Underwood told fans: "It is with great joy that after 16 years, Three Creeks... Full story

  • Fire Corps serves Sister community

    Tatum Cramer | Jun 18, 2024

    The Sisters Fire Corps is a well-oiled community service machine. The Sisters Fire Corps was founded in 2004 and helps build capacity within a fire district by engaging volunteers to assist in non-emergency roles. These include first aid CPR/AED training, car seat programs, smoke alarm programs, address sign programs, and blood pressure clinics. "The Fire Corps is a great way to get to know the community and for the community to see us and understand us as a fire district and... Full story

  • Local theater artists hit the boards

    T. Lee Brown | Jun 18, 2024

    Three actors and their director took to a back porch overlooking Whychus Creek last week to rehearse a miniature one-act play. Wind rustled through the treetops. Birds chirped. "I will be playing a hypochondriac named Helen who is in the emergency room, waiting to be seen," actor Kathy Mahony explained. The play is part of an evening of short one-acts called "Now You're Talking," taking place June 20–23. Sisters-based nonprofit organization Silent Echo Theater Company is... Full story

  • Mystery novel set in Central Oregon

    Jun 18, 2024

    Central Oregon author Ted Haynes will present his new mystery novel, "The Sunriver Murders," at Paulina Springs Books on Thursday, June 27, at 6:30 p.m. "The Sunriver Murders" is his fourth mystery set in Central Oregon, following on the heels of his 2022 release, "Pole Pedal Murder." Who would turn a shotgun on a well-dressed 77-year-old man driving a Mercedes on a sunny summer morning in the happy golf resort of Sunriver? Carl Breuninger, Deschutes County Sheriff's... Full story

  • Country band set for July 4th event

    Jun 18, 2024

    Dry Canyon Stampede will perform at the inaugural Sisters 4th Fest on July 4th. The event, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Sisters and Citizens4Community, will take place from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Village Green Park. Dry Canyon Stampede, known for their energetic performances and crowd-pleasing country tunes, will take the Les Schwab-sponsored stage from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.. The performance will feature live music and line dancing, adding a festive atmosphere to the... Full story

  • Camp Sherman Store to host book signing

    Jun 18, 2024

    "Judy and Little Bear, A Camp Sherman Adventure" was co-created by Oregon authors Trista Cornelius and Shelly Parini-Runge. The story whimsically captures the magic of the wild Metolius River Watershed and many of the critters that call Camp Sherman their home. Camp Sherman Store will host a book signing on Saturday, June 22, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., with a special reading at 11:30 a.m. "Judy and Little Bear, A Camp Sherman Adventure" features a strong but grieving woman... Full story

  • Rodeo parade energizes Sisters

    Bill Bartlett | Jun 11, 2024

    Some 3,000 spectators lined Cascade Avenue Saturday morning, treated to the annual Sisters Rodeo Parade. The event started promptly at 9:30 a.m. with a one hour window to get 80 entrants a half dozen blocks before the city had to reopen the avenue, a section of the longest federal highway in the U.S. Eighty may seem like a small number until you realize that most entries comprised multiple vehicles, horses, or marchers. At least 500 persons or animals were on parade. As... Full story

  • New book takes readers 'Around Sisters'

    Jim Cornelius | Jun 11, 2024

    The history of Sisters is newly on display in a hot-off-the-press addition to the prestigious Arcadia Publishing Images of America Series. Author Sharon Karr will present "Around Sisters" at an event at Paulina Springs Books on Thursday, June 20, at 6:30 p.m. Karr credits Central Oregon historian Steve Lent, former official historian of the Bowman Museum in Prineville, with providing the impetus for the book. Lent has written several regional titles for the series. "We talked... Full story

  • Outdoor concert to grace Black Butte Ranch this month

    T. Lee Brown | Jun 11, 2024

    In A Landscape: Classical Music in the Wild brings its outdoor concert series to Black Butte Ranch this week, June 18–19. Founder, artistic director, and performer Hunter Noack will play a 1912 Steinway grand piano in a meadow, attended by casually dressed concertgoers on picnic blankets rather than the formal, expensive venues where classical music is often played live. With vast backdrops of lakes, deserts, and skies, the unusual concert settings of In a Landscape might... Full story

  • Author shares stories of refugees in Oregon

    Jun 11, 2024

    Portland-based writer, editor, and educator Elizabeth Mehren will present her book "I Lived to Tell the World: Stories from Survivors of Holocaust, Genocide, and the Atrocities of War," at Paulina Springs Books on Thursday, June 13, at 6:30 p.m. A co-publication with The Immigrant Story, "I Lived to Tell the World" is a collection of thirteen inspiring profiles of refugees who have settled in Oregon. They come from Rwanda, Myanmar, Bosnia, Syria, and more-different stories,... Full story

  • Travel baseball is a hit in Sisters

    Matt Van Slyke | Jun 18, 2024

    For years, Sisters had not offered a competitive travel baseball program - not even for their home tournament -until the Bandits home-run-trotted in on June 1 to collect some serious hardware. The Sisters Area Chamber of Commerce organizes Sisters Country Tournament Baseball. "We doubled our divisions this year and did a lot more work on the fields. The Bandits worked on those fields for weeks," said Chamber Membership & Marketing Coordinator Turi Shergold. Then they knocked... Full story

  • Relay team competes at U.S. junior nationals

    Charlie Kanzig | Jun 18, 2024

    Three Sisters High School athletes, along with a friend from Redmond, competed at the Nike U.S. U20 Nationals in the 4x400-meter relay on Saturday, June 15, at Hayward Field in Eugene, as part of a four-day event featuring athletes from throughout America. The relay crew accepted the invitation following the Outlaws’ second place finish in the event at the OSAA State Championships last month, also at Hayward Field. Brooke Duey, Audrey Corcoran, and Josie Ryan, who ran on the state team, added Eden Anspach from Redmond... Full story

  • Staying safe in Sisters Country

    Jun 18, 2024

    The busy outdoor recreation season is underway in Sisters Country and across Central Oregon. That means it’s the busy season for Deschutes County Search and Rescue. Last month, volunteers have responded to calls for service to injured motorcycle riders, lost or missing people and hikers, lost snowmobile riders, missing motorcycle riders, medical emergencies and injuries, stuck climbers, and stuck motorists. The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office and Search and Rescue is asking the public to plan, and prepare for their... Full story

  • Football game supports Project Unify

    Charlie Kanzig | Jun 11, 2024

    The public is invited to the first annual Black and White Spring flag football games slated for Wednesday, June 12, at Reed Stadium. Girls will play a “powderpuff” game starting at 6 p.m. followed by a boys flag football game featuring members of the Outlaws tackle football team at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $3 per person and additional donations will also be accepted. Girls’ teams from each grade level will square off to get things started. The first game will be freshmen versus juniors followed by the sophomores versus... Full story

  • STA program recruiting

    Sue Stafford | Jun 11, 2024

    Sisters Trail Alliance (STA) is currently recruiting high school students for the Youth Ambassador program which started last summer with three high school students and will be active again this summer. This part-time summer position is perfect for young people with a strong interest in environmental conservation, outdoor recreation, the Forest Service, or related fields. STA encourages Youth Trail Ambassadors to tailor the role according to their passions, empowering them to... Full story

  • STA coordinator is 'a forest person'

    Sue Stafford | Jun 11, 2024

    Eric Benedon, the Volunteer and Events Coordinator for the Sisters Trails Alliance, describes himself as a "forest person through and through." Benedon grew up in Southern California, spending time snowboarding at Big Bear, in the San Bernardino Mountains, an alpine region of pines and snow, not dissimilar to Sisters' high desert. With a degree in art history, Benedon graduated from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver BC. While there, he worked as an assistant to... Full story

  • Sisters resident with ALS raising funds

    Jun 11, 2024

    Family and friends of Sisters resident Kristy Cosden are raising money for the nonprofit Help Hope Live to fund uninsured medical expenses associated with Kristy’s ALS. Kristy received a Power 3 wheelchair May 22, which she was able to drive downtown Sisters and back home, providing a new freedom and level of comfort as she now has to spend most of her day in a wheelchair. But now Kristy is in need of a vehicle that she can drive the wheelchair into and lock into place without requiring her to transfer to another seat ... Full story

  • Letters to the Editor 6/19/2024

    Jun 18, 2024

    Local newspapers To the Editor: Imagine no local newspaper in Sisters. We all love The Nugget, but what if it disappeared? That’s the world our friends in La Grande, Hermiston, Baker City, Enterprise, and John Day are facing. Their local newspapers are disappearing before the start of July. And two dozen other Oregon-owned newspapers were sold on June 1 — to a company based out of Tennessee. If history is any guide, this ownership change will not be kind to the communities these papers serve. That means no real... Full story

  • For the graduates - you made it!

    Edie Jones | Jun 18, 2024

    Congratulations, graduates — the day is here. It’s been coming a long time. If you start counting with first grade it’s been 12 years. If you begin from their first year with a teacher, as in pre-school, it could be as many as 16 years. That’s a long time to stick with something. A celebration is well in order. How is it possible that so many of our young ones have reached this day, and done it well? The 2024 Sisters’ graduation rate will be above 90 percent. As well deserved as it is, they didn’t do it by... Full story

  • Sisters salutes...

    Jun 18, 2024

    Golfer Travis Lewis, made a hole-in-one on Hole No. 8 on Big Meadow Golf Course at Black Butte Ranch on June 13. Club used was an 8 Iron; distance was 143 yards. Lewis has been playing for five years and it’s his first hole in... Full story

  • Scottie house cleaners

    Jean Russell Nave | Jun 18, 2024

    It’s been a few years since I had Scotties who wanted to help me clean the house. The old pack helped with the vacuuming. This bunch, being five-months young, are loaded with energy, and they want to help with the floor mopping after vacuuming. Now, it’s a lot harder mopping with their help than vacuuming with their aid. All they do with the vacuum is bite at the vacuum head and bark. The mop is a whole new opportunity. I have to push hard on the mop handle to keep them... Full story

  • Submit Letter to Editor

    Jun 18, 2024

    Letters to the Editor should be 300 words or less. The deadline for submission is Monday at 10 a.m. for publication in that week's Nugget. Please submit your letter by emailing to Jim Cornelius at [email protected] with "letter to the editor" in the subject... Full story

  • Letters to the Editor 6/12/2024

    Jun 11, 2024

    Housing crisis is real To the Editor: I’m writing to comment on Gary Leiser’s letter to the editor in the May 22, Nugget. It took a bit to write this to you, Mr. Leiser, because I was so shocked at your opinion. There are other people in Sisters that are retired and many wealthy. What do you define as wealthy? You should have gone to the forum on housing as you may have learned something about living in Sisters. Yes, there is a “housing crisis” for those that serve you in all businesses here. Yes, Sisters is a very... Full story

  • Father's Day in Sisters: It's cool to be a dad

    Edie Jones | Jun 11, 2024

    In a recent magazine, an advertisement appeared with a young man wearing a sling across his chest, carrying an infant. The purpose of the ad was to send the message that it was “cool” to be a dad. Yes! To be a dad is cool. Where would we be without them (beyond replenishing our species)? Where are we when they are absent? It’s easy to think of the many practical things dads do — fixing things, earning an income, transporting to and from events, teaching a firm handshake, helping with chores, and giving strong, bear... Full story

  • The frustration and delight of tough trout

    Chester Allen | Jun 11, 2024

    A good day on the Metolius River is one trout hooked, landed, and released. A great day is two trout hooked, landed, and released. Anything more than that is a spectacular day. Why am I happy with such modest results from the most beautiful trout stream in the Northwest? Well, the Metolius is a very tough river to fly fish. First, the water in this big spring creek is very clear, so the trout can see everything, including the little details of every fly. Second, there are a... Full story

  • Beaver State - protect the state animal

    Adam Bronstein | Jun 11, 2024

    It is a truly sad state of affairs here in the Beaver State: Our salmon stocks are struggling mightily, biodiversity is crashing under the weight of human activities, climate change is accelerating, drought is greatly affecting regional agriculture and wildfires threaten our communities every summer. But there is a nature-based solution that could help. Protecting our state animal could greatly assist human and wildlife communities adapt to the many challenges we face. The wetlands and habitats that beavers create work all... Full story

  • The multitudes we all contain

    Audry Van Houweling PMHNP | Jun 11, 2024

    One of my first patients was a pastor. He was esteemed and well-respected — a pillar in the community. I was a newbie in the small town where his roots ran deep. He was a man of conviction and compassion. He spoke with authority. And he was also sometimes hopeless — and desperate. At 26 years old, I sat at my desk sporting my newly printed diploma. I was trying my best to hide my imposter syndrome. Still shaky in my confidence, I kept questioning how could a man who has... Full story

  • Nowhere to run

    Erik Dolson | Jun 11, 2024

    This level of ugliness has to be the result of some sort of system failure. How is it that Americans have to choose between Joe Biden and Donald Trump as the next president of the United States? The whole situation is overwhelmingly putrid, a pot of stew that started with bad meat and then sat on the stove for far too long. It’s not just rot-at-the-top. The vegetables in Congress are utterly dysfunctional. Stonewalling has become a game where “we won’t work to benefit... Full story

  • See you in the woods

    Ian Reid | Jun 11, 2024

    Happy spring! We hope folks enjoyed the recent Sisters Rodeo, an event the Forest Service is proud to partner with by way of a special use permit and employee participation in the wonderful Rodeo Parade. As daytime temperatures continue to increase, we will likely pause our prescribed fire program until the fall. This was a very successful spring for under-burning on the Sisters Ranger District, burning over two square miles (1,430 acres), including many long standing... Full story

  • American Flag facts

    Earl Schroeder | Jun 11, 2024

    Our first U.S. flag, also called the Betsy Ross flag, had six white stripes, seven red stripes, and 13 stars in a circle in the (Union) blue upper left corner of the flag - all to represent the original 13 Colonies. Requested by then Commander of the Continental Army, Gen. George Washington, it was completed in June 1776. Red Stripes stood for Valor, Courage, and Bravery. White Stripes stood for Purity and Innocence. Blue stood for Vigilance. The last edition of our U.S.... Full story

  • Skybound Blue

    Ceili Gatley | Jun 11, 2024

    Matt and Jenny Behnke sought a life of adventure and creativity. They've found it in Sisters. The couple fronts Skybound Blue, an Americana, harmony-driven roots band. Their music, influenced by Gillian Welch, The Civil Wars, and The Avett Brothers, strives to create meaningful songs and melodies that resonate with their audience. The Behnke's moved to Sisters three years ago from McMinnville, looking to be closer to the outdoors and the music community in Sisters. "We feel...

  • Pickin' away on long, hot summer days

    Jim Cornelius | Jun 11, 2024

    Well, I'm gonna pick up some of these empties, Lord As soon as I find where they lay Tied off them jolly and leavin' lines On a long hot summer day... - John Hartford Nothing evokes the long, lovely days of summer more strongly than homemade music on the porch or on the lawn, played in fellowship with friends. Linda Leavitt and Tom Nechville have put together an opportunity for summer fun - and musical growth - in their Second Sunday Bluegrass Jam from 3 to 5:30 p.m. at...

  • Pumping up the summer fun

    Bill Bartlett | Jun 11, 2024

    Sisters folks are pumping up good times this summer with inflatable toys, games, and watercraft. Now that summer appears to have arrived on the scene the lakes and rivers are blooming with all sorts of fun seekers inflating a vast array of brightly colored kayaks, loungers, floaters, tubes, and SUPs (stand up paddle boards). The SUP market has exploded with the entry of inflatable boards. The benefits of an inflatable are obvious - weight and size. You can carry an inflatable...

  • Drive-in celebrates unique cars and community

    Jim Cornelius | Jun 11, 2024

    There's nothing a car enthusiast enjoys more than hanging out with other car enthusiasts, and showing off their pride and joy. "Gearheads like to geek out with each other and their cars," said Mondo Aguilera. Aguilera is the organizer of an informal drive-in held each summer Friday evening at Eurosports Food Cart Garden on the corner of East Hood Avenue and Fir Street. Aguilera should know - he is one. He has a 1966 F-100 with manual steering and brakes that he parks on the...

  • Robert "Rand" Houk

    Jun 11, 2024

    Robert "Rand" Houk was born February 5, 1948, in Seattle, Washington, to Robert and Bette Houk. After his birth, the family moved to Milwaukie, Oregon, where he attended school. Many lifelong friends were made and continued throughout his lifetime. Rand spent every summer at McKee's Beach on Puget Sound, a special place to be with his grandparents. He and his older brother had many adventures there. In his early years, he began his rodeo career as a bull rider in the Pacific... Full story

  • Kenny Miller

    Jun 11, 2024

    December 31, 2023, was the day I lost my best friend, my wonderful husband, the love of my life, Kenny Miller. For four years Kenny had many threatening illnesses. In the last five months, tongue cancer was discovered. There was no hope of beating the cruel and painful disease. He was 93 and he has said he was "grateful to have lived this long." Kenny wanted to live his last years in the wonderful home he built for the two of us that he loved so much, overlooking a beautiful... Full story

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