News and Opinion from Sisters, Oregon

Articles from the January 3, 2023 edition

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  • The paradox of tolerance

    Audry Van Houweling PMHNP|Updated Apr 5, 2023

    In the world of mental health, we contend with the abstract intersections of nature versus nurture and what behaviors we have agency over versus those we may not. The role of accountability can be hard to define. How do we define who should “know better,” versus who should be excused? When the layers of trauma and struggle are excavated, and the context of a person’s defenses brought to the surface, bad behavior can be interpreted as remnants of survival. Where, then, does... Full story

  • The Ranger's Corner - Happy New Year!

    Ian Reid, Sisters District Ranger|Updated Apr 5, 2023

    Happy New Year from all of us at the Sisters Ranger District! We saw some amazing conservation work get accomplished last year, and we look forward to continuing that spirit of service in 2023. One new project we are excited to begin is the Cougar Rock restoration project north of Sisters, near Stephens Canyon and Garrison Butte. This is an important strategic location to keep wildfire out of Sisters and private inholdings close to city limits. The project aims to reduce... Full story

  • Sisters housing market cools off

    Bill Bartlett|Updated Jan 3, 2023

    The fourth quarter of 2022 saw a significant cooling off of the residential real estate market when compared to the same quarter in 2021. For 2022 there were only 59 sales that closed, for a total value of $51.48 million, between October 1 and December 31. That compares to 84 homes sold in the same period in 2021 for an aggregate of $66.53 million. November of 2022 was particularly difficult for realtors, with only 17 sales. December rebounded a bit with 20 sales, three of $1... Full story

  • Why we fly the American flag

    Katy Yoder|Updated Jan 3, 2023

    The view from my writing room looks out on Greenridge, Black Butte, Mt. Jefferson, and our American flag on a gray flagpole just above the barn. I look at the flag often and for many reasons. It shows which way the wind’s blowing and reminds me of the service my father and husband gave to our country. I think about my relatives, male and female, who have served more recently, or are still in service to our country. I am filled with gratitude. I look at the flag and think of th... Full story

  • Stars over Sisters 1/04/2023

    Kaleb Woods/Dominic Martinez|Updated Jan 3, 2023

    The highlighted constellation for January is Camelopardalis, the celestial giraffe. Although the constellation is relatively large, its resident stars are exceedingly faint. Choose a clear, moonless night away from the glare of nearby lights. First locate Polaris (the North Star) at the end of the handle of the Little Dipper. Next find the bright star Capella in Auriga, which is nearly overhead at about 9 p.m. local time. Starting from Capella, draw an imaginary line to... Full story

  • Competition transforms wild mustangs into saddle horses

    Katy Yoder|Updated Jan 3, 2023

    Maddie Siler was a horse-crazy kid with dreams to rescue and train a mustang. When her family lived in the Sacramento suburbs, she saw an article about mustangs being captured and held in Bureau of Land Management (BLM) corrals, and she begged her parents to put a round pen in their tiny backyard. The answer was no for many years, but eventually, after her family relocated to Oregon and Siler was a freshman in high school, she finally got her first horse. It wasn’t a m... Full story

  • Wrestlers compete during holiday break at two tournaments

    Charlie Kanzig|Updated Jan 3, 2023

    The Outlaws wrestling team hit the road twice during the holiday break, with tournaments in Pendleton and Burns. The Red Lion Invitational in Pendleton on December 21 included 19 squads from throughout Central and Eastern Oregon. The Outlaws ended up placing 11th, with 61 points. Scorers at the tournament included Tyson Kemp, who came through with a fifth-place finish in the 132-pound weight class. Hayden Kunz went 3-1 to place third in the 145-pound division and Ben Cooper... Full story

  • Lady Outlaws compete in Holiday Tournament

    Rongi Yost, Correspondent|Updated Jan 3, 2023

    The Lady Outlaws basketball squad hosted their annual Holiday Tournament Wednesday through Friday, December 28-30. Teams traveled from around the state including 3A Banks, and 4A Crook County, Gladstone, Henley, Junction City, Klamath Union, La?Grande, Madras, and Mazama. Sisters suffered a 57-40 loss against Junction City in their first game of the tournament. In the first quarter Haleigh Froehlich got Sisters on the board two minutes into the period when she drove the key... Full story

  • Community reaches out to family struck by tragedy

    Updated Jan 3, 2023

    Sisters continues to reach out in support of the Tapias family, struck by a tragedy just before Christmas. Maria Aviles Tapias was killed in a single-vehicle accident on Highway 20 east of Sisters on Friday, December 23. Tapias, well-known to many in the community as part of the Rancho Viejo Mexican Restaurant family, leaves behind five children, the youngest 3 years old, the others 9, 12, 15, and 19. A GoFundMe page created by Cenobia Gonzalez of Sisters had raised $56,243... Full story

  • Planning Commission to deliberate on Sunset Meadows

    Sue Stafford|Updated Jan 3, 2023

    The Sisters Planning Commission will decide whether to approve a revised version of a controversial subdivision plan at their first meeting of 2023. The revised plan reflects changes requested by citizens at previous hearings. At the close of their December 8 public hearing on the Sunset Meadows Master Plan, the Planning Commission left the written record open to allow for submittal of additional information. The Planning Commission is scheduled to deliberate and make a decisi... Full story

  • Fire District shines during holidays

    Updated Jan 3, 2023

    Thanks to generous donations of gifts and money over the past six weeks, the Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire and Ambulance Association was able to provide Christmas gifts to 150 children. Gifts were available to children age newborn to seniors in high school of low-income families who live within the Sisters or Black Butte School Districts. Gifts were distributed to families on Saturday, December 17, along with gift certificates for food from Sisters Kiwanis Club. Pet food and gifts... Full story

  • A New Year’s resolution

    Steve Stratos|Updated Jan 3, 2023

    When I was a kid growing up, my dad would often say to me, “Where are you going?” or “Where have you been?” These questions would bring a pause for reflection. They brought about thoughts of purpose, identity, values. Often they would stimulate some changes in behavior. Sometimes even become New Year’s resolutions. As we enter a new year at SCC (Sisters Community Church), I think they are pretty good questions to ask of ourselves as a congregation. What is the role we want t... Full story

  • Letters to the Editor 1/04/2023

    Updated Jan 3, 2023

    Pleased to meetcha To the Editor: Been attached to Sisters for goin’ on 15 years, Central Oregon for 20, state of Oregon for 55, born in Yreka, California, so four years there (please don’t hold it against me). I’ve always looked forward to the last Nugget of the year. I’ve always look forward to seeing all the folks I’ve known and met. The happy faces of those that have been and no longer are. Most of all, the ones that I’ve crossed paths with either way. Based on my continual perusal of The Nugget on a religiously... Full story

  • Outlaws host Holiday Tournament

    Rongi Yost, Correspondent|Updated Jan 3, 2023

    The boys basketball squad hosted their annual Holiday Tournament Wednesday through Friday, December 28-30, and competed against tough 4A squads from around the state. The girls squad also served up holiday competition (see story, page 4). In their first match-up on Wednesday, the Outlaws lost 38-47 to the Klamath Union (KU) Pelicans. Sisters struggled to score in the first quarter and Kale Gardner scored their only points in the period off of a transition layup. Klamath Union... Full story

  • Volunteers all heart in backing up Fire District

    Bill Bartlett|Updated Jan 3, 2023

    With such a large territory to cover, the Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire District may appear to employ a larger force than it actually does. There are a total of 15 paid staff, 13 full-time and two part-time. Nine are shift responders, plus the chief and deputy chief, each of whom are, of course, fully engaged in action as needed. Your first question may be the same as mine: How can only nine frontline workers cover an area from Camp Sherman to Sisters to Squaw Creek? And do it... Full story

  • Sisters man arrested in equipment thefts

    Updated Jan 3, 2023

    Detectives arrested a Sisters man on Wednesday, December 28, in connection with a series of thefts of construction equipment. After receiving several community tips and a report from a Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office (DCSO) Deputy, Central Oregon Drug Enforcement Team (CODE) detectives identified Paul Weston, 46, of Sisters, as a suspect in a series of construction and heavy equipment thefts around the Portland and Vancouver, Washington areas. Weston was previously arrested for trafficking methamphetamine and fentanyl in No... Full story

  • Sisters’ firefighting capacity clarified

    Sue Stafford|Updated Jan 3, 2023

    The Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire District is adequately equipped to fight fires with their current equipment, and the fire station could hold a ladder truck if the District had one, according to Fire Chief Roger Johnson. Comments made at the December 14 City Council meeting by Mayor Michael Preedin, which were reported in the December 21 Nugget, were inaccurate. During Council discussion regarding the proposed increase in building heights allowed in Sisters to implement... Full story

  • Aspen Lakes sale postponed

    Bill Bartlett|Updated Jan 3, 2023

    The proposed sale of Aspen Lakes Golf Course east of Sisters has been postponed. The Wyant family of Salem formed a South Dakota corporation named Rhue Resorts, Inc. with the intent to purchase Aspen Lakes Golf Course and adjoining property in excess of 1,000 acres, to develop as a destination resort that includes wine tasting, a cigar lounge, a campground on a 12-acre lake with paddleboats and canoes, a petting zoo, miniature golf, outdoor concert venue, food trucks, and... Full story