News and Opinion from Sisters, Oregon

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  • Adventures of a professional vagabond

    Reecy Pontiff|Updated Oct 6, 2020

    Right now I should be playing Annie Oakley in the Rocky Mountains, or a bawdy wench in a Renaissance village — but instead of planning a future of the past, the pandemic has presently plunked me down in Sisters. I’m a professional vagabond who migrates between Jeep tours in Colorado and working on the Renaissance faire circuit in the eternal project that is my vintage Airstream. COVID has clipped my wings. I was born with wanderlust. At 18 I scored a photojournalism gig at a local paper in the D.C. area, but the next ye... Full story

  • Smoke created dire air quality locally

    Reecy Pontiff|Updated Sep 16, 2020

    The hazardous air quality in Sisters — and much of the western U.S. — over the past week has been apparent from the permanent haze across town. When the Air Quality Index (AQI) is rated as hazardous or unhealthy, “everybody should be staying indoors as much as possible” said Laura Gleim, spokesperson for the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality. “Folks that are at the most risk are people who are over 65, young children, and people with heart and lung condi... Full story

  • Coping with hazardous air quality

    Reecy Pontiff|Updated Sep 12, 2020

    Air quality in the region predicted to remain hazardous through at least Monday. While air quality conditions remain at hazardous levels residents should limit outdoor activity as much as possible, especially the very young, those over 65 and those with heart and lung conditions. Cloth and paper masks help control the spread of COVID-19 but will not protect from wildfire smoke. HEPA filters or a DIY box fan filter can help indoor air quality Helpful links: • OregonAir mobile app (free air quality index tracking):... Full story

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