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 By Bill Bartlett    Education 

Making the call to cancel school

Sisters School District #6 canceled school last Thursday and Friday due to weather, the first back to back closures since "snowmageddon" - the crushing snow event in 2016-2017. Even with a br... — Updated 2/20/2024 Full story

 By Bill Bartlett    News 

Drones buzzing Sisters Country

A local resident recently raised concerns about drone traffic over private property - and what the law allows. She told The Nugget that she has "repeatedly seen drones (daytime and... — Updated 2/20/2024 Full story

 By Bill Bartlett    News

Library re-opens after serious damage

The Sisters Library re-opened last week after a month-long closure following extensive water damage from a broken pipe. The children’s area and the community meeting rooms remain out of... — Updated 2/13/2024 Full story

 By Bill Bartlett    News

How to engage City in code compliance

Readers often ask The Nugget either how to get something done at City Hall or simply register a thought about various and sundry things. We usually suggest taking issues directly to City of... — Updated 2/13/2024 Full story

 By Bill Bartlett    News

Conservationists react to wolf plan

Recently the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) announced its findings for gray wolves in the Western United States, and its launch of a national "path to support a long term and... — Updated 2/13/2024 Full story

 By Bill Bartlett    News

County declares fentanyl emergency

Deschutes County declared a state of emergency February 7 over the growing fentanyl crisis in Central Oregon that is following the statewide trend of lethal drug overdoses and associated... — Updated 2/13/2024 Full story

 By Bill Bartlett    A & E

Community invited to pancake supper

Valentine’s Day and Ash Wednesday, the start of Lent in much of the Christian world, fall on the same day this year. Valentine’s Day is always February 14 regardless of the day and Ash... — Updated 2/6/2024 Full story

 By Bill Bartlett    Business

Tesla leaves mark on Sisters

Within weeks Tesla will have seven of its Superchargers operational at Three Wind Shopping Center on North Arrowleaf Trail at the north end of the parking lot. Incorporating its Magic Dock... — Updated 2/6/2024 Full story

 By Bill Bartlett    News

Historic Conklin Guest House may have a future

It all began in 1911 as a schoolhouse followed by a stint as the Hitchcock family residence and later to be occupied by the Barclay family. The old white house just north of East Barclay... — Updated 2/6/2024 Full story

 By Bill Bartlett    News

Sisters' vulnerability to cyber threat

In testimony to Congress last week - described as chilling - FBI Director Christopher Wray said that China's hackers are targeting American critical infrastructure, including water treatment... — Updated 2/6/2024 Full story

 By Bill Bartlett    News

Ice hampers pedestrians, drivers

It's been a rough couple of weeks with the snow, rain on snow, and icing cycles that have befallen Sisters Country folk needing to get about. Getting to work, school, the grocery store, or... — Updated 1/30/2024 Full story

 By Bill Bartlett    News

Snow, rain make small impression on key tables

While every drop off water and every inch of snow is critical for our summer needs, recent snows and rain have barely budged the critical SWE (snow water equivalent) readings at the Three... — Updated 1/30/2024 Full story

 By Bill Bartlett    News

City to introduce speed tables to slow traffic

Traffic-calming devices will be installed on West McKinney Butte Road between North Trinity Way and the new Sisters Elementary School. Cities employ a number of barriers to reduce speed:... — Updated 1/30/2024 Full story

 By Bill Bartlett    News

Art installation moved for roundabout

Drivers leaving and entering Sisters Friday afternoon at the east gateway were momentarily stunned to see some 200 feet of art removed from the fence at the Sisters Elementary School. The... — Updated 1/30/2024 Full story

 By Bill Bartlett    News

Storms create troubles, trials in Sisters

The snow that dumped on Sisters Country ranging from 18 to 30-plus inches was challenging enough, especially as it was accompanied by bitter cold and hazardous winds. When the snow subsided,... — Updated 1/23/2024 Full story

 By Bill Bartlett    News

Commuters navigate roundabouts

Now that the four new roundabouts on Highway 20 between Sisters and Bend have been completed and are in full use, numerous regular users tell of their frustration experienced when drivers... — Updated 1/23/2024 Full story

 By Bill Bartlett    News

New leadership at Sisters church

Following a lengthy search process, Reverend Liliana Stahlberg has been called to fill the position of Rector at the Episcopal Church of The Transfiguration in Sisters. She will begin her... — Updated 1/23/2024 Full story

 By Bill Bartlett    News

Getting Sisters into code compliance

In April of 2022, the City of Sisters hired its first ever code compliance officer whose job is fairly straight forward - obtain compliance of the municipal and development codes. This... — Updated 1/23/2024 Full story

 By Bill Bartlett    Business

Baby changing stations make debut

A poop-filled diaper and nowhere to change it has led to an initiative to make bathrooms in Sisters businesses more family-friendly. For small business owners, installing a diaper changing ta... — Updated 1/16/2024 Full story

 By Bill Bartlett    News

Heavy snowfall means breaking out snow blowers in Sisters

Winter came hard and fast this year. All over Sisters, folks bundled up and fired up their snow blowers - those who have them - while most of us relied on the centuries old method of... — Updated 1/16/2024 Full story

 By Bill Bartlett    News

Snow shoveling is risky business

Old man winter came late this year, but when he arrived he packed a wallop on Sisters Country. At Black Butte Ranch, there was two feet on the ground by noon on Friday. Throughout the... — Updated 1/16/2024 Full story

 By Bill Bartlett    News

Initiative seeks to mitigate wildlife collisions

In the five years between 2017 and 2021, 721 elk and mule deer were killed in collisions with vehicles on the Highway 20 Bend to Suttle Lake corridor. The heaviest concentration was east of... — Updated 1/16/2024 Full story

 By Bill Bartlett    News

Emergency shelter set up in Sisters

It was 0 degrees Fahrenheit Friday night, -5 at 8 p.m. Saturday, and -3 Sunday morning before the skies cleared after the biggest snow storm to hit Sisters in several years. Concern started... — Updated 1/16/2024 Full story

 By Bill Bartlett    News

Snow piles up across Sisters Country

The snow that fell in Sisters Country much of last week causing some havoc and disruption was not a record - not even close - but it was nonetheless the main topic of conversation. What made... — Updated 1/16/2024 Full story

 By Bill Bartlett    News

Many in Sisters caught in 'tripledemic'

Almost everybody in town has or had or knows someone who has or had “the crud.” Workers are out — as are some masks. Stores are having a run on tissues and Tylenol. Home remedies and... — Updated 1/9/2024 Full story


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