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Articles from the February 9, 2021 edition

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  • Sisters car recovered; suspects arrested

    Updated Feb 9, 2021

    Over the last several months police officers with the City of Bend started noticing a trend of stolen vehicles, particularly centered around Honda passenger cars, including one vehicle stolen in Sisters. Reports of stolen vehicles similar to those continued to be reported throughout December and January. Officers have recovered several vehicles, and have been able to connect six vehicles as being stolen by two different people. Joshua Alan Day, 19, and Troy William Thornton, 24, both of Bend, have been arrested and charged... Full story

  • Yup. There’s a form for that…

    Mike Zoormajian|Updated Feb 9, 2021

    Dear Property Guy: I am purchasing a house in Bend as an investment property. There is currently a tenant in the house. The rent is fair and the tenant is a good one, so we’d like them to stay. How do the rent, security deposit, and lease transfer with the new ownership? — Bendvestor Dear Bend: Clever name… Anyway, yours is an interesting, though by no means unique, case. And like most things in real estate, there is a quick and easy form for that. Few things first, I’m glad you were able to pick up a house at... Full story

  • School district seeks committee members

    Updated Feb 9, 2021

    The Sisters School District will be appointing three community members to terms on the budget committee. The persons appointed will serve on the committee for three budget terms: 2021-2022; 2022-2023; 2023-2024. The term will expire June 30, 2023. To be eligible, a candidate must live in the school district, not be an officer or employee of the district, and be a qualified voter in the district. Candidates should participate in school activities. The district is looking for positive problem solvers able to commit time to... Full story

  • County improves from “Extreme” to “High Risk”

    Updated Feb 9, 2021

    As of February 12, indoor dining and other activities can return to Sisters, as Deschutes County moves from the “Extreme Risk” category for COVID-19 spread to the “High Risk” category. Governor Kate Brown announced Tuesday that 12 counties improved in risk level, with 10 improving from Extreme Risk for the first time since November, effective February 12. County risk levels under the state’s public health framework aim to reduce transmission and protect Oregonians from COVI... Full story

  • “Help! I’m frail and can’t strength train”

    Andrew Loscutoff|Updated Feb 9, 2021

    Some seniors avoid weight training because they feel that they are too frail to handle it. That’s contrary to what they really need to practice. Feeling frail means a person ought to be strength-training, not avoiding it. There is nothing that can replicate the muscles pulling a joint which is suppressed under an external resistance. This is how the muscle’s intuitive neurology adapts to get stronger. You stimulate them and they respond. Building the musculature of the core, hips, thighs, and shoulder girdle are ess... Full story

  • Local musician turns from stage to studio

    Ceili Cornelius|Updated Feb 9, 2021

    Central Oregon musician Lilli Worona is recording her first full-length solo album of original material, working at Grange Recorders in Sisters. She has launched an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign to fund completion of an album of her songs. Worona is a violinist and seasoned vocalist and has performed in a number of local bands in Central Oregon — most notably, Sisters-area favorite Dry Canyon Stampede. Worona has been playing music since she was 6 years old. Her... Full story

  • Oregon author spins tale of outlaw

    Updated Feb 9, 2021

    Renowned Central Oregon writer and historian Rick Steber will launch his latest book this week at Rick Steber - MAKERS showroom, located at 131 NE 5th St. in Prineville. The event is set for Saturday, February 13, from noon to 3 p.m. Redmond artist KC Snider will have limited-edition prints of the cover illustration available for sale. Both artist and author will be on hand. “The Last Outlaw” is the true story of Tobe Skiens, a 23-year-old Texas buckaroo, who rides into Eas... Full story

  • Cross-country team hoping for season

    Charlie Kanzig|Updated Feb 9, 2021

    The coronavirus pandemic has wiped out sport seasons for nearly a year now, and along with it many of the goals and dreams of high-school athletes. But some members of the Sisters High School cross-country team have continued to train in hopes of racing in the upcoming weeks during a truncated, six-week season that begins officially February 22. The Oregon School Activities Association (OSAA), the governing body for Oregon high-school sports and activities, has created a calen... Full story

  • Mental health and the housing crisis

    Audry Van Houweling, PMHNP|Updated Feb 9, 2021

    It’s true, Dorothy — there’s no place like home. In 2014 my husband and I started the search for our first home in the idyllic and pastoral town of Silverton. Like many millennials, we had embraced nomadism, hopping from one college town to the next, finishing our degrees, working when we could, and doing our best to scrape up enough savings to make homeownership a reality. When we arrived in Silverton in the summer of 2014, we were pampered by a weekend-long real-estate tour, complete with luncheons and leisurely tou... Full story

  • Dr. M. Lindsay Simmons III, June 6, 1934 – January 30, 2021

    Updated Feb 9, 2021

    Dr. M. Lindsay Simmons III, 86, of Sisters, died in the comfort of his home on January 30. He was the son of Eva Corrinn Van Winkle and Mosby Lindsay Simmons Jr., as well as stepfather, Henry Woodard, who helped raise him from age 9. Dr. M. Lindsay Simmons III (Lindsay) was born June 6, 1934 in Chicago, Illinois, and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio. He will be sorely missed by the many family members and friends that had the pleasure of knowing him. Lindsay is preceded in death by... Full story

  • Loose dogs a problem in Sisters

    Jodi Schneider, Correspondent|Updated Feb 9, 2021

    Walking your dog should be fun, relaxing, and safe — but there are a considerable number of stories of unsuspecting people having to fend off loose dogs. It’s a real problem for a lot of people everywhere, including here in Sisters. Yes, dogs love being off leash, but when taking your dog outdoors you need to keep more than just their happiness in mind. You need to keep them safe and those around them safe as well. Your dog could jump on someone who’s afraid of dogs and... Full story

  • Uncle Moult and the bees

    Updated Feb 9, 2021

    Somewhere along life’s trail, one of my ancestors told me that my wonderful old Great Uncle Moulton Alexander Rockefeller, my grandfather’s brother, was a graduate of Columbia University with a degree in journalism. I knew him as a quiet, peaceable old drunk who leaned on a shovel for the City of West Haven, Connecticut Public Works. More importantly, I got to know him as a beekeeper who introduced me to the magnificent world of the honey bee and our native pollinators. Unc... Full story

  • Key Club collecting hygiene products

    Charlie Kanzig|Updated Feb 9, 2021

    The Sisters High School (SHS) Key Club is sponsoring a drive to collect hygiene products to be donated for future use at Sisters Warming Shelter or distributed through the Family Access Network. The drive is set to begin on Wednesday, February 11, and run through Thursday, March 11, according to Susie Seaney, club advisor and teacher at SHS. Key Club is a junior organization of Sisters Kiwanis Club, which is well known for its charitable work, including the local food bank. According to Seaney, students wanted to do... Full story

  • Sisters School Board snapshot

    Updated Feb 9, 2021

    The Sisters School District Board held its regular monthly meeting in person at Sisters Middle School (SMS) on Wednesday, February 3. • In honor of National School Counselor Week, community member Charlie Kanzig acknowledged the hard work and dedication of the school district’s four counselors, Kate Kuitert, Brook Jackson, Rick Kroytz, and Lindy Weddel Gilbert. • Steve Swisher, the budget committee chair, spoke during community comments and explained that the groups Citizens for Community and the Vision/Action t... Full story