News and Opinion from Sisters, Oregon

Articles from the January 31, 2024 edition

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  • Family conservation expo offers taste of outdoor life

    Updated Jan 30, 2024

    Oregon Partners in Conservation Expo is hosting a family expo on February 3, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the First Interstate Event Center at the Deschutes County Fairgrounds in Redmond. Oregon’s vast landscapes are a treasure trove of outdoor adventures and the people who make it all possible will be coming together under one roof at one time for youth and families to enjoy, and pursue whatever may interest them. They’ll meet experts from a wide variety of nonprofit outdoor recreation organizations alongside State & Federal Age... Full story

  • Lady Outlaws win two out of three in hoops

    Rongi Yost|Updated Jan 30, 2024

    The Lady Outlaws started their week with a 38-23 win over Siuslaw on Monday, January 22. Three days later, they lost 20-36 on the road at Pleasant Hill. They wrapped up their week at home on Saturday with a 61-24 win over La Pine. Sisters got off to a slow start in their game against Siuslaw in Monday’s contest. Their first point came three-and-a-half minutes in when Audrey Corcoran made one of her two free-throw attempts after getting fouled on a cut to the basket. Corcoran made a couple more baskets in the period and Ila R... Full story

  • Not today, Father Time!

    Jim Cornelius|Updated Jan 30, 2024

    I was out on a long ramble through the woods west of Sisters a few weeks ago when it hit me that I'd been doing this particular hike for 30 years. Against my will, that led to taking an inventory of the difference between 28 and 58. The good news is, I'm still getting out there, and I can still cover the miles. The less good news is, I'm wearing sleeves on barking knees, and it takes a couple of days to recover from those miles. Sometimes going hard at it leaves me sore and...

  • How to make that resolution stick in 2024

    Audry Van Houweling PMHNP|Updated Jan 30, 2024

    How's that New Year's resolution coming along? As I write this, we are just over a week into 2024, which means according to researchers, it has been long enough for 23 percent of us to have not maintained our 2024 aspirations. Still going strong? Kudos to you, but if February rolls around and that resolution has taken a back seat, you are still in good company alongside an estimated 43 percent of folks who shared your month-long resolve. If that resolution happens to stick,...

  • The foot is the foundation of the body

    Ashlee Francis|Updated Jan 30, 2024

    The foundation of the body: The foot. The human foot consists of 19 muscles, 26 bones, 33 joints, and hundreds of ligaments and tendons. That is all in one foot! Each day, we stick little coffins, more commonly known as shoes, on these complex body parts: Snowboots, high heels, tennis shoes with orthotics, and more. We don't give our feet much thought unless they start to hurt. As we age, feet are the first body part that loses function. We take care of our bodies with diet,...

  • Skiers race in two events

    Rongi Yost|Updated Jan 30, 2024

    The Alpine Ski Teams competed in two races last week, the first a Giant Slalom on Wednesday, January 24, at Hoodoo Ski Area, and three days later a slalom race at Willamette Pass. Conditions were very wet and stormy on Wednesday at Hoodoo, and the race officials cancelled the second run, which made it a one-run race. The girls team took first place for the day, but the boys struggled with the soft, rutted course conditions, and finished third. Tallis Grummer was the fastest of the Lady Outlaws, finishing third with a... Full story

  • Wrestlers compete in big invitational

    Charlie Kanzig|Updated Jan 30, 2024

    A total of six boys and four girls took part in the Tod Surmon Mid-Valley Classic hosted by West Albany High School at the Linn County Fair and Expo site over last weekend. Sisters placed a very respectable sixth among the 18 schools with 72 points. Mountainside overwhelmed the competition with 200 points. Teams came from the range of 6A-2A classifications Senior Scott Henderson, 190 pounds, finished the highest for the Outlaws making it to the championship match. Henderson picked up two wins on Saturday before dropping the... Full story

  • Basketball squad suffers three straight losses

    Rongi Yost|Updated Jan 30, 2024

    The Outlaws basketball squad fell 50-62 on the road to the Siuslaw Vikings on Monday, January 22, in a game that had been rescheduled due to inclement weather the previous week. Three days later they lost 49-69 on the road at Pleasant Hill, and on Saturday they suffered a tough 59-63 loss at home against La Pine. The Outlaws got off to a rough start on Tuesday against the Vikings, and were outscored 8-17 in the first quarter. Kale Gardner scored the first points of the game with a three-pointer on the wing off an Oliver... Full story

  • Outlaws raising funds for trip

    Updated Jan 30, 2024

    For many years, the Sisters Outlaws baseball team headed south to Arizona for the Coach Bob Invitational in the Scottsdale/Phoenix area. The trip had many benefits for the team - including the basic opportunity to get on the field in decent weather. Coach Matt Hilgers is reviving that tradition. "The baseball team used to do it every year," he said. "It's just awesome for kids." The tournament draws teams from across the nation, and the action is played out on 20 to 30 high sc... Full story

  • Kickstarter campaign brings back days with The Call for musician

    Jim Cornelius|Updated Jan 30, 2024

    Jim Goodwin is a pillar of the Central Oregon music scene - hosting a radio show on Jive Radio, running venues for the Sisters Folk Festival and, of course, playing music. In the 1980s and '90s, Goodwin was the keyboardist for the cult favorite band The Call. Members of the band are in the midst of a Kickstarter campaign that will put their music back in front of audiences - including previously unreleased tracks. "We found 11 songs that had never come out," Goodwin told The... Full story

  • Tom Kopec

    Updated Jan 30, 2024

    Tom Kopec passed away at the home that he built with his loving wife Kate Kopec on January 18. Tom was born in Irvington, New Jersey in 1943 to Stella and Chester Kopec, who were first generation Polish immigrants. Tom was always proud of his Jersey roots and his Polish heritage. Tom grew up attending Catholic school where he enjoyed testing the nun's faith and commitment on a daily basis. Tom migrated to the West Coast in his 20s, and lived/worked in Southern California... Full story

  • Henk Dillewaard

    Updated Jan 30, 2024

    It is with a heavy heart that we share the news of the passing of our beloved father, Henk Dillewaard, on January 18, at the age of 96. He peacefully left this world, surrounded by the ones he loved the most, leaving behind a rich legacy filled with love, hard work, and faith. Born and raised in the Netherlands, Henk embarked on a remarkable journey to America, seeking to fulfill the dreams he held dear for his family. He worked tirelessly, holding two jobs at Continental... Full story

  • Explore Sisters website goes live

    Sue Stafford|Updated Jan 30, 2024

    The long-awaited website for the Sisters’ Destination Management Organization (DMO), Explore Sisters, went live last week at Now being winter, the introductory photograph is of the Three Sisters mountains and a snow-covered landscape overlaid with the new Sisters logo. Plans include prioritizing the information and artwork by season to keep the website current and fresh. The headline says, “The Old West. All Grown Up.” The introductory paragraph provide... Full story

  • Sisters real estate office makes changes

    Jim Cornelius|Updated Jan 30, 2024

    Coldwell Banker Bain is changing its presence in Sisters. The real estate office at the corner of Cascade Avenue and Oak Street will close in February — but its brokers will continue to serve clients in the community. They will be based out of Coldwell Banker Bain’s office in Bend. Broker Jennifer McCrystal expressed some wistfulness that the real estate office that has had such a big presence in Sisters for decades will no longer be there, but impact on the business will be... Full story

  • Ice hampers pedestrians, drivers

    Bill Bartlett|Updated Jan 30, 2024

    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 gas station isn't an option for most. Nor is walking the dog. Lt. Chad Davis who heads the Sisters Sheriff's Office told The Nugget that he's been surprised by the few numbers of slip and fall accidents his team has encountered given the persistent conditions. But many have fallen without... Full story

  • Leadership in law enforcement

    Greg Walker|Updated Jan 30, 2024

    This year’s election cycle sees Captain William Bailey and Sergeant Kent Vander Kamp vying for the only elected law enforcement leadership position in Deschutes County. I know both candidates and have privately expressed to both my respect and admiration for their service to our community at large and their stepping up to the plate to run for office. As a leader at any level in an organization one’s first concern must be your ethical bearing. The word Ethics comes from the Greek word Ethos, meaning “self.” This is the Sel... Full story

  • Letters to the Editor 1/31/2024

    Updated Jan 30, 2024

    Wildlife corridor To the Editor: As members of the Bend to Suttle Lake Wildlife Passage Initiative (B2S), we appreciate the recent article highlighting our locally driven effort, published in The Nugget on January 16 (“Initiative seeks to mitigate wildlife collisions,” page 4). Highway 20 between Bend and Suttle Lake crosses several important wildlife movement corridors for mule deer, elk and other wildlife. This section of highway sees one of the highest rates of deer and elk wildlife-vehicle collisions in Oregon. The goa... Full story

  • Gold, conmen, and coyotes

    Maret Pajutee|Updated Jan 30, 2024

    London Lee "L. L." Noonchester was an enigmatic character and the star of the craziest gold rush story in Sisters Country. A dealer in coyote fur, he set up shop in Burns around 1912 and quickly become embroiled in a wave of legal and ethical situations. L. L. was an accomplished promoter and peppered the Burns community with offers to pay more for "coyote and cat hides than any buyer in Eastern Oregon" despite signing a non-compete contract. During World War I he splashed...

  • Snow, rain make small impression on key tables

    Bill Bartlett|Updated Jan 30, 2024

    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 Creeks Meadow station which Saturday stood at 46%. On Saturday, the readings were low. Sitting at 5,690 feet, the observed snowpack was 18 inches, down three inches in the preceding 24 hours, as unseasonably warm La Niña weather returned. Temperatures rose to the high 50s over the weekend.... Full story

  • City to introduce speed tables to slow traffic

    Bill Bartlett|Updated Jan 30, 2024

    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: speed bumps; speed humps (a wider, smoother contour, lower-profile bump); and speed tables. Speed humps are parabolic vertical traffic calming devices intended to slow traffic speeds on low-volume, low-speed roads. Speed humps are three to four inches high and 12 to 14 feet wide, with a ramp... Full story

  • Art installation moved for roundabout

    Bill Bartlett|Updated Jan 30, 2024

    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 fence stands in the way of the new Locust Street roundabout scheduled to start construction this spring. There was no way the community was going to just allow the art to be dismantled with no future. Sisters Folk Festival (SFF) in keeping with their long standing commitment to Sisters... Full story

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