News and Opinion from Sisters, Oregon

Articles from the March 13, 2024 edition

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  • Protecting the Sisters community

    Sue Stafford|Updated Mar 26, 2024

    A drug overdose. A suicide attempt. Patients in cardiac arrest and not breathing. Two calls in February 2023, only three days apart - and two lives saved through professional care, quick thinking, and intervention including advanced life support provided by paramedics of the Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire District. April 2023: Using CPR and rapid intubation, paramedics got a patient with a self-inflicted gunshot transferred to a waiting air ambulance, to be taken to the hospital. T... Full story

  • Sisters Country birds

    Douglas Beall|Updated Mar 26, 2024

    The most colorful of all our ducks, the Wood Duck [Aix sponsa], lives and breeds in swampy forested areas. Acorns are a favorite food along with other seeds, salamanders, aquatic insects, snails, and tadpoles. Courtship begins in fall and may be interrupted by harsh weather, and then be resumed in spring. They nest primarily in tree cavities and man-made nesting boxes. Females line the nest with breast feathers and will lay between nine and 14 eggs. After approximately 35... Full story

  • Sisters students explore asteroids

    Olivia Nieto|Updated Mar 19, 2024

    Citizen scientists are exploring a body of asteroids called the Trojan to research remnants of the early solar system through NASA's Project Lucy. Launched in 2021, the Lucy Spacecraft has been in orbit for over two years. Since its launch, Sisters High School staff and students have been involved in surveying the asteroids in occultations around the country. An occultation occurs when one object is hidden from the observer by another object that passes between them. In... Full story

  • Katie Pendleton: Fort-ifying promising futures in the trades

    Matt Van Slyke|Updated Mar 19, 2024

    In celebration of International Women's Day on March 8, we are highlighting inspiring Sisters of Industry. From woodshop enthusiast to successful entrepreneur in the male-dominated world of construction, Katie Pendleton, owner of local luxury custom-home builder The Fort, is carving a path for budding carpenters and tradeswomen. Growing up in a small town, Katie Pendleton imagined exactly what she wanted to be when she grew up. She just didn't know it yet. Pendleton says her... Full story

  • Leprechauns dash around town

    Charlie Kanzig|Updated Mar 19, 2024

    For 63-year-old Paul Reina of Bend, last weekend's Lucky Leprechaun run marked his first-ever formal race. "I started running in November with my daughter, who is a cancer survivor, and figured that by signing up for events like this, I would stay motivated to keep running," Reina said. "This was a lot of fun." Reina was one of more than 200 runners and walkers, many clad in green, who took to the streets of Sisters for the Lucky Leprechaun 5k and 10k Saturday, March 9, as... Full story

  • "Dune 2" & the Oregon connection

    T. Lee Brown|Updated Mar 14, 2024

    The hero stands atop a ridge of sand, surrounded by vast desert dunes. The dizzying scene is lit in strange tones of pale orange and amber, shadows spilling everywhere. Wind kicks up the sand. Our hero's cape flaps fetchingly in the wind. Then come the sand worms. On a cold day it can be lovely to escape into another world. My friend and I made two escapes, actually: first we escaped from our walk in the snowy woods into the warm, cozy world of Sisters Movie House. Then,... Full story

  • Why play?

    Edie Jones|Updated Mar 12, 2024

    Recently I came across a reminder that the Harry Potter books are not about never failing, but rather are about rising every time we fall. The story about the Sorcerer’s Stone is a great illustration of how overcoming obstacles creates growth. Those words took me immediately back to the article, “Ten Things You Should Do Now So Your Kids Know How to Deal with Failure,“ by Dr. Jill M. Richardson, and her emphasis on the value of failing. A primary piece of that article emphasized the value of play and what it teaches kids.... Full story

  • Sisters plows through much of snow budget

    Bill Bartlett|Updated Mar 12, 2024

    Public Works Director Paul Bertagna will be happy when spring arrives. Nearly all of Sisters was under a blanket of snow for 10 weeks. Bertagna and his crews have found themselves at all hours of days and nights tackling the beast. The City has plowed through $42,800 of its $50,000 snow-removal budget with a good four to six weeks left of possible accumulation. Four of Bertagna’s staff are trained to handle the job. He occasionally has to jump in himself when the snow comes h... Full story

  • Warren "Dale" Coats

    Updated Mar 12, 2024

    Warren "Dale" Coats went home to be with the Lord February 4, while at the Partners in Care Hospice House in Bend after battling Lewy body dementia. Dale was born January 22, 1939, in Rock Springs, Wyoming, to James and Vera Coats. His childhood years were spent in Long Beach, California. His wonderful high school years were attended at Jordan High School in Long Beach. His 1956 Chevy was his prize possession, and he especially enjoyed being president of a very active car... Full story

  • Kenneth "Bruce" Shaull

    Updated Mar 12, 2024

    Kenneth "Bruce" Shaull, 78, of Woodland, CA, passed away on February 16, 2024, after a long battle with Parkinson's disease. Bruce was born on November 5, 1945, to Verl and Georgia Shaull in Cushing, Oklahoma. In 1950, the Shaull family relocated to Oregon. Bruce graduated from Gresham High School in 1963, he then went on to study business administration and technology at Oregon State University, graduating in 1967. In 1958, while attending 4-H summer camp, he met Susan Davis,... Full story

  • Make better decisions

    Audry Van Houweling PMHNP|Updated Mar 12, 2024

    Buying a piece of custom furniture seems like one of those adult rites of passage. In the latter half of my 30s, I have decided to pursue my first custom piece — a couch. Throughout my nomadic adult years, I have been accustomed to second-hand finds complimenting my frugality and boxed IKEA-ish pieces sure to draw out a few expletives as one navigates assembly and too often, reassembly. I feel ready for the custom, “no-assembly needed,” white glove experience. After a prolo... Full story

  • Snow-trackers find Sisters playground

    Bill Bartlett|Updated Mar 12, 2024

    What a difference a few weeks make. Ski Hoodoo waited until January to open for lack of snow. Now they are sitting atop 80 inches plus, with more coming in. At the nearby Sno Parks, and Three Creek Sno Park closer to town, the snowmobiles are revved up and gliding over deep snow terrain. The Three Creek snow-measuring station reported 40-inch snowpack on Saturday - 88 percent of normal, a big gain from just a few weeks ago. The late-season snow is a delight of snowmobilers,... Full story

  • Renowned runner shares book at SAC

    Charlie Kanzig|Updated Mar 12, 2024

    Lauren Fleshman made her mark athletically as an elite runner, but her memoir may be her legacy. Fleshman's deep concern for the well-being of athletes, especially girls and women, is woven throughout her book, "Good for a Girl: A Woman Running in a Man's World." In a book talk at Sisters Athletic Club (SAC) Wednesday, March 6, this theme remained her focus before an audience of around 100 guests. "This was really our first social event since COVID and it was so great to see... Full story

  • Sisters prepares for wildfire season

    Updated Mar 12, 2024

    Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire District is inviting folks in Sisters to a community event on wildfire preparedness. Local, county, and state agency professionals will speak on the upcoming wildfire season and their respective planning. They will have guest presenters from the City of Sisters, Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office, Sisters Ranger District, ODF, and Deschutes County Health Services. The event is set Wednesday, March 20, 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Sisters Fire Hall. Additional experts from Oregon State Fire Marshal, OSU E... Full story

  • Page by Paige

    Paige Bentley-Flannery Columnist|Updated Mar 12, 2024

    Are you looking for a nonfiction book to read in 2024? "Mott Street: A Chinese American Family's Story of Exclusion and Homecoming" by Ava Chin might suit you. What does one single building in New York's Chinatown reveal about the author's ancestors? Growing up, Chin's family's origins were a mystery and nothing seemed to match between what she was told and what she researched. Chin, who grew up estranged from her father, begins a detailed quest as she researches and explores... Full story

  • Ski team competes at state tournament

    Rongi Yost|Updated Mar 12, 2024

    The Outlaws pushed their limits and took risks at the Oregon Interscholastic Ski Racing 2024 State Championships at Mt. Hood Meadows, Wednesday through Friday, March 6-8. They didn't make top finishes, but they ended their season on a spirited note. Wednesday was a training day. The snow was dry and cold with sunny skies and calm winds, which made for a fun day and great team bonding. Thursday brought slalom competition for the boys on a run called Stadium, and giant slalom... Full story

  • Kids get wild at Suttle Lake during new camp

    T. Lee Brown|Updated Mar 12, 2024

    It's a Friday. Or a Monday. The school district declares a day off. Parents with jobs, caregiving duties, or medical appointments scramble to find a healthy, fun way for their kids to spend the day. Now there's a new option: Starshine's first No School Day Camp, taking place on the grounds of The Suttle Lodge. The camp will provide a mix of nature immersion and imaginative activities for kids ages 5–11 on Monday, April 22. Guided by an experienced outdoor educator, kids w... Full story

  • Sisters women will support local nonprofits

    Updated Mar 12, 2024

    Chris Laing woke up inspired one recent morning at her home in Tollgate. She had been thinking of a successful organization in her former hometown of Homer, Alaska, that pooled individual donations to make one significant contribution to a local nonprofit. “We should have one of these in Sisters!” she recalls thinking. Within hours, she had contacted a few friends and “100 Women Who Care-Sisters” was born. Her first recruit was Kathy Campbell. Laing and Campbell have volunteered often in Sisters to lead nonprofit organiz... Full story

  • Managing the forest in deep snow

    Bill Bartlett|Updated Mar 12, 2024

    What does the Sisters Ranger District do when the ground is buried under five to 10 feet of snow, or the roads are closed? They do much of the same work they do any other time of the year. Only the means of conveyance changes. Last week The Nugget accompanied Jim Beaupre, recreation team lead, and Skyler Ogden, recreation management specialist, in making a safety and compliance inspection around the Three Creek Lake area. We met at the Sno Park, checked our gear, and took... Full story

  • Choice of wildlife leader is critical

    Adam Bronstein|Updated Mar 12, 2024

    On May 10, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Commission is scheduled to decide who to hire to lead the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Department as its new director pushed back an initially aggressive hiring timeline. “Hearing people is more important than speed,” Chair Mary Wahl said at the February 16 meeting in support of the decision. This process comes as Curt Melcher, who has been director for the last 10 years, prepares to retire. As the commission navigates the hiring process, I want to express my thoughts and giv... Full story

  • Introducing our High Desert Heroines

    Maret Pajutee|Updated Mar 12, 2024

    We live in the shadow of mountains named after three women. One of the names for the river that runs through town came about because Native American women often camped along its shores. A legend about the black volcano that guards our skyline says it is a woman resting on a long journey with her pouting husband. Our town is even named after the girls in the family. Sisters is the perfect place to celebrate Women’s History Month and the lives that helped make our community what it is today. Many women walk through the pages o... Full story

  • High Desert Heroine: Martha Cobb Hindman

    Maret Pajutee|Updated Mar 12, 2024

    Martha Alice Taylor didn't have a long childhood. Born in Oregon in 1857 to parents who came across the Oregon Trail, she married her 24-year-old neighbor Alfred Cobb in California when she was just 13 years old. By the time she was 14 her first baby, Newt Cobb was born. She had two more sons by the time she was 17. When she was 18, her growing family headed north back to her home state of Oregon. Two more children joined the brood as another child died. By 1881, the Cobbs...

  • Sisters names new fire chief

    Sue Stafford|Updated Mar 12, 2024

    Chief Tony Prior of Kenai, Alaska rose to the top of the candidate pool following interviews with the five semi-finalists to replace retiring fire chief Roger Johnson. Following background and reference checks, a medical physical, and successful contract negotiations, an official public announcement will be made by the Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire District board. In a phone conversation last week with Chief Prior, he told The Nugget, "My wife Diane and I were amazed at the... Full story