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 By Jim Cornelius    News 

Sisters observes Memorial Day

The morning of Monday, May 29 carried the warm promise of summer and the pleasures of a three-day weekend in sunny Sisters Country - but many Sisters Country residents gathered in Village... — Updated 5/30/2023


Bluebird day greets stampeders

The Sisters Stampede mountain bike race has become the unofficial launch of summer in Sisters. And Sisters Country served up a perfect early summer day for the hundreds of racers who took to... — Updated 5/30/2023

 By Jim Cornelius    A & E 

Sisters artist carves Rodeo trophy

The winner of the title All-Around Cowboy at Sisters Rodeo is the contestant who wins the most money over the weekend, usually having success in multiple events. Traditionally, that cowboy... — Updated 5/30/2023

 By Jim Cornelius    News

Green Ridge project under scrutiny

Green Ridge looms over Camp Sherman, its treed slopes and burn scars home to populations of wildlife and a destination for hikers and hunters. It's also the site of a Forest Service project... — Updated 5/16/2023

 By Jim Cornelius    News

Tollgate gets tough on wildfire

The Tollgate subdivision west of Sisters is nestled amid the towering ponderosa pines of the Deschutes National Forest. That's part of the charm of the 440-home development - but it also... — Updated 5/16/2023

 By Jim Cornelius    News

The aftermath of fire

Fire consumed the RV homes of a couple living in the forest just north of Highway 20 less than a quarter-mile from Sisters late Saturday night (see story, page 1). No one was injured in the... — Updated 5/16/2023

 By Jim Cornelius    News

Fire consumes two forest dwellings

A fire of undetermined origin consumed two trailers/RVs in the forest just west of Sisters late Saturday night, May 13. "It involved two RVs," Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire District Shift... — Updated 5/16/2023

 By Jim Cornelius    Opinion

Burning questions

Sisters has a lot to be proud of in the agencies that work to protect our community. The Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire District, supported by Cloverdale and Black Butte Ranch fire districts, responded quickly and effectively to a raging inferno... — Updated 5/16/2023

 By Jim Cornelius    News

Preparing for emergencies in Sisters

The work each of us does to prepare for emergencies can make a big difference in how well we weather a crisis — both personally and as a community. A cadre of experts in the field of emergency preparedness and response will gather on... — Updated 5/2/2023


Outlaws strong on defense, pitching

Stellar pitching and strong defense have carried the Sisters High School Outlaws baseball team to a 7-2 record in league play. Coach Matt Hilgers said the team has prevailed in “some close, intense baseball” this spring. They took two... — Updated 4/25/2023

 By Jim Cornelius    Opinion

Editorial... Local option levies a good investment

Nobody enjoys paying taxes. However, if we have to pay taxes — and we know that that is one of two inevitabilities in life — local taxes paid directly to institutions that have immediate local value are the best kind to pay. With both... — Updated 4/25/2023

 By Jim Cornelius    Opinion

American apocalypse

A few months before we moved to Sisters in 1993, my wife Marilyn and I — along with the rest of the nation — were transfixed by the news that came out of Waco, Texas. On February 28, 1993, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms... — Updated 4/11/2023

 By Jim Cornelius    Opinion

Faith in progress

My 95-year-old dad never saw a construction project he didn’t like. A child of the Great Depression and World War II, development to him has always signaled growing prosperity, more people accessing an American Dream he fervently believed... — Updated 4/11/2023

 By Jim Cornelius    News

Keeping Sisters Sisters

City planners did the right thing in kicking the application for an expansion of the Space Age Fuel service station up to Type III status, which means it will be heard by the Sisters Planning Commission. The planning commissioners should tak... — Updated 3/21/2023

 By Jim Cornelius    News

Firefighters climb for a cause

Each year in March, a team of firefighter-athletes from Sisters Country joins a couple thousand of their peers for a grueling climb up the stairway of a skyscraper in Seattle, Washington.... — Updated 3/21/2023

 By Jim Cornelius    News

Downtown site to be redeveloped

Heavy equipment knocked down the building that formerly housed Hop in the Spa last week. The new owner of the property, Roger Johnson of Sisters, told The Nugget he is working on plans to redevelop the property. The building on the Cascade... — Updated 3/8/2023

 By Jim Cornelius    News

Show celebrates radio station launch in Sisters

Sisters is the new headquarters for Jive Radio, and a lot of folks think that’s cause for celebration. KJIVE (96.5 FM/, a non-commercial independent radio station owned... — Updated 3/7/2023

 By Jim Cornelius    News

Out of Afghanistan

Last week, I flew to San Antonio, Texas, for a conference with my colleagues with Mullen Newspapers. Louie Mullen, the majority owner of The Nugget (with myself as minority owner), has community weekly newspapers across the country, and a... — Updated 2/21/2023

 By Jim Cornelius    News

Veteran weighs in on balloons and air defense

Sisters resident Jim Cunningham knows a thing or two about air defense. As a brigadier general in command of the Oregon National Guard from 2000 to 2006, he was responsible for patrolling the skies above the state, on the lookout for... — Updated 2/14/2023

 By Jim Cornelius    News

Sisters company is nimble

Mike Whitlatch has learned his business from the ground up — literally. “I started out cleaning ducts and putting in duct work under houses,” he recalled. With experience in every... — Updated 2/14/2023

 By Jim Cornelius    News

Fireside to feature Warm Springs artist

Aurolyn Stwyer is renowned for her beadwork and for her traditional dancing. The Warm Springs artist will bring her deep knowledge of the cultural heritage of her Celilo people to Sisters on... — Updated 2/14/2023

 By Jim Cornelius    News

Scientist weighs in on balloon

Steven Peterzen has had a busy week. Peterzen, who has lived in Sisters for more than decade, is the founder and owner of ISTAR Stratospheric Ballooning. ISTAR launches and recovers payloads for scientific and technological experiments for... — Updated 2/7/2023

 By Jim Cornelius    News

Sisters man works toward recovery

Life took a hard turn for Steve Rollins on December 2, 2022. The longtime Sisters mechanic took a bad fall at his home shop that left him with spinal cord injuries and facing a long road to... — Updated 2/7/2023

 By Jim Cornelius    News

Sisters pushing back against dire fitness data

If you get in about 20 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity a day, and do some lifting a couple of times a week — congratulations. You’re meeting the minimum recommended standards for good health. And you’re ahead of near... — Updated 1/31/2023

 By Jim Cornelius    News

Young drivers have license restrictions

It’s often overlooked or ignored, but new young drivers operate with restrictions on their license. Those restrictions are designed to minimize distractions while new drivers learn how to drive on their own. Under Oregon law, new drivers... — Updated 1/31/2023


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