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Articles from the April 12, 2023 edition

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  • Thomas (Tom) Molloy aka "Big Tom"

    Updated May 30, 2023

    Tom was born on September 20, 1945, to Thomas and Lillian Molloy. He was an only child. Tom went to ride with the Big Bike Rider in the sky on March 20. He passed at home like he wanted to, peacefully in his sleep. He had two aunts and an uncle who dearly loved him: Janos (uncle) and Aunt Josephine Kiss. Also Miss Elizabeth Reese (aunt), who never married and spoiled him rotten. They preceded him in death. Tom and his parents moved and lived all over the U.S. His father was a... Full story

  • David Lloyd Hurtley

    Updated May 30, 2023

    David Hurtley passed away on February 12 from cancer. He was 84 years old. He was born in Mondovi, Wisconsin, to Lloyd and Laurel Hurtley. He graduated from high school in 1956 and joined the Air Force. He was a jet engine mechanic. In 1961, he married Judy Rutschow and they moved to Junction City, Oregon. He worked for a lumber company and he and Judy started a horse business. They had two sons, Shawn and Chad. In 1973, they moved to Sisters. They lived on Star Route, which... Full story

  • Delores (Morton) Hopper

    Updated May 30, 2023

    Dee lived in Sisters most of her life. She worked at The Gallery Restaurant for many years. She married Ray and moved to Bandon, where she helped work on his cranberry bogs. They retired and moved to Prineville, traveling to Arizona for the winter. Dee is preceded in death by her mother; father; brothers; husband, Ray; and four of her children: Judy, Wendy, Diane, and Tim. Dee is survived by her sister Sharon Tretham of Danville, California; and children Pete Morton of... Full story

  • Adam T. Wood

    Updated May 30, 2023

    Well, what can we say about Adam Theodore Wood? He was... tall and gorgeous. A better question is what couldn't we say about this beloved, larger-than-life human? Always a dreamer and schemer, somehow Adam packed more interactions and adventure into his 40 years than many can even dream of. He was born January 18,1983 in Portland, before moving to Bend, where he grew up. It was a place that fostered his artistic abilities, athleticism, and love of the outdoors. After graduatin... Full story

  • Madeline Carol Wilbur Hurtley

    Updated May 30, 2023

    Madeline Carol Wilbur was born on August 9, 1940, in Deadwood, Oregon, the eldest of four children to Elizabeth and Wesley Wilbur. Her brothers, Carl, Dale, and Herb were born after her. She leaves behind two sons, Ronald Goodwin and Will Goodwin; three grandchildren, Skyanna Goodland, Vaughn Goodwin, and Jondalar Goodwin; as well as three great-grandchildren, Winter, Whittier, and Wrenley Goodland. All of whom she lived for and loved dearly. As an adult she chose to change... Full story

  • Phillip Keller

    Updated May 30, 2023

    On Monday, March 27, Phil Keller, the loving husband and father of two beautiful children, passed away peacefully at the age of 80 with his wife at his side. He was cared for by the intensive neurology comfort care unit at OHSU. Phil was a Wisconsin native and a graduate of the University of Wisconsin with a degree in radio, television, and film. It was at the University that he met his wife of 54 years, Lynne. They raised a son, Luke, and a daughter, Rachel. He began his... Full story

  • Volunteer Week acknowledges services

    Sue Stafford|Updated Apr 18, 2023

    The theme of National Volunteer Week, April 16-24, is "Volunteering Weaves Us Together." Nowhere is that truer than among the Sisters Transportation and Ride Share (STARS) volunteers who provide free rides to nonemergency medical appointments for their neighbors in the Sisters School District. By offering to support their neighbors, volunteers add to the strength and vibrancy of Sisters. Mark Reed and his wife, Vicki Bugbee-Reed, first volunteered to be drivers in the early... Full story

  • Snow piles up in Sisters

    Bill Bartlett|Updated Apr 18, 2023

    As temperatures in Sisters Country rise, folks are trying to put snow in the rearview mirror. "I'm tired of it and the cold," said Miles Horton of Sisters, as he considered putting his snowblower away for the season. Horton is a newcomer from Sacramento. Old-timers tell The Nugget that this winter is still nothing like "the old days." No matter if you love or hate the snow, it's unavoidable, living as we do in the High Desert. The last three to four years have been harsh on... Full story

  • Local students aid India orphanage

    Updated Apr 18, 2023

    Every year, Wellhouse Academy and Wellspring Preschool participate in a 40 Days of Kindness Project. This year, inspired by a program presented by Holy Cow Sisters founder Jared Vogt, and his partnership's work to help orphans near Thippalakatta, India, students collected their spare change for 40 days. Vogt described how the orphanage in India was previously without a safe roof, and how sales of beef locally in Oregon were used to build a safe structure now being used as... Full story

  • Asa Sarver running for school board in Sisters

    Ceili Gatley|Updated Apr 18, 2023

    Asa Sarver is one of the incumbents running for the Sisters School Board in the upcoming May 16 special district election. Sarver seeks Position 4, to continue serving the Sisters School District (SSD). Sarver and his family re-located to Sisters in 2020, settling in Black Butte Ranch before finally acquiring property in Sisters in 2022. Sarver had previously lived in Montana and Colorado, working in the hospitality industry at ski resorts. He was offered a position in the win... Full story

  • Community poetry night on tap in Sisters

    Updated Apr 18, 2023

    Paulina Springs Books will host a community poetry night in celebration of National Poetry Month on Tuesday, April 18. The event will feature a poetry open mic followed by a reading by featured poet Donna Henderson. Folks are welcome to come and share a poem they have written, or a poem they love. Sign-ups for poetry open mic will begin at 6 p.m. Each reader is limited to two poems or five minutes. This is an all-ages event, all are welcome, and adult content may possibly be... Full story

  • Sisters salutes...

    Updated Apr 18, 2023

    On Thursday, March 23, Black Butte Ranch Fire Department had the privilege of honoring staff at their annual awards banquet at Black Butte Ranch Lakeside Bistro. Congratulations go to the following award recipients: EMT of the Year: FF/Paramedic Josh Guintu. Volunteer of the Year: FF/EMT Sam Fox. Firefighter of the Year: Captain Ryan Ahrendt. Order of the Trailing Moon: FF/EMT Sam Fox.... Full story

  • SPRD to host Kids Carnival

    Updated Apr 11, 2023

    Sisters Park & Recreation District (SPRD) is hosting a new community event this Saturday, April 15, from 1 to 3 p.m. Community members are invited to come down to the Coffield Center to attend the Kids Carnival, free of charge. Activities include a truck zone, face painting, balloon artist, selfie station, and of course carnival games. Local businesses will provide hands-on activities while also sharing information on the services they provide for kids and families. Kids are encouraged to bring their bike as the Sisters-Camp... Full story

  • Outlaws host track meet

    Charlie Kanzig|Updated Apr 11, 2023

    Athletes from five visiting teams joined the Outlaws for the Sisters Invitational track- and-field meet on Saturday, April 8 under partly sunny skies — a break from winter weather. Lilly Sundstrom had a banner day, with two individual wins and one runner-up finish to lead the Outlaw girls. Sundstrom placed first in the long jump (15 feet, 1/2 inch) and the 100 hurdles (18.20) and placed second in the 300 hurdles (54.98), just .04 seconds behind teammate Brooke Duey (54.94) who won her first-ever varsity race. Sundstrom a... Full story

  • Lady Outlaws undefeated in league tennis play

    Rongi Yost|Updated Apr 11, 2023

    The girls tennis squad posted two more wins on the tennis courts last week, which put them at 3-0 in league play and 5-1 overall. On Monday, April 3, Sisters earned a 6-2 win at The Dalles and three days later tallied a 7-1 victory at home against Madras. In Monday’s match at The Dalles, weather started out sunny, but turned cold and windy, which made play more difficult. The Lady Outlaws dominated in singles play with wins from top to bottom. A relaxed Juhree Kizziar (No. 1 singles) played with confidence in her 6-0, 6-0 s... Full story

  • Outlaws tennis continues to improve

    Rongi Yost|Updated Apr 11, 2023

    The Outlaws boys tennis squad started their week at home on Monday, April 3 against The Dalles — under cold and windy and sometimes snowy conditions — and came away with a 1-7 loss. Three days later the Outlaws traveled to Madras, where Jude Parzybok came away as the lone winner. In Monday’s matchup, Dominic Pulver (No. 1 singles) fell 4-6, 2-6 to Henry Perez, who proved to be a very strong opponent. Pulver did find success when the points went into longer rallies. Coach David Rowell said, “I am impressed with Dominic... Full story

  • Local fire districts to purchase engines

    Updated Apr 11, 2023

    Six Central Oregon fire departments are receiving new fire apparatus as a result of the Office of State Fire Marshal’s Response Ready Oregon Initiative. Two of those districts serve Sisters Country. Funding for the program was a result of the passage of Senate Bill 762 in the 2021 legislative session. The program was funded with $25 million to support capacity enhancements across the state. Statewide, 76 local agencies were awarded new apparatus through the program. Central Oregon agencies receiving new apparatus include: C... Full story

  • Faith in progress

    Jim Cornelius, Editor in Chief|Updated Apr 11, 2023

    My 95-year-old dad never saw a construction project he didn’t like. A child of the Great Depression and World War II, development to him has always signaled growing prosperity, more people accessing an American Dream he fervently believed in. And why wouldn’t he? The 10th of 11 children of a Swedish father and an Irish mother who came West to Washington and then California in the 1920s seeking opportunity, he found his trade as a printer when he was 12 years old, and rode tha... Full story

  • Of a certain age – Why I love Sisters

    Sue Stafford|Updated Apr 11, 2023

    It was a gray day in February 2004, and it started to rain as I was meandering around town during a visit to Sisters to look for a house. I ducked under cover in front of Leavitt’s front door (now Dixie’s). The owner — and a true cowboy — John Leavitt, came out, introduced himself, and asked if I needed anything. I told him I was moving to Sisters and needed to find a house. He welcomed me to Sisters, we briefly talked, and he wished me luck in my search. It was a brief b... Full story

  • The Bunkhouse Chronicle – Meatballs

    Craig Rullman|Updated Apr 11, 2023

    What are we, mere monkeys chattering in front of the cobra’s basket, to think about the recent unveiling of a meatball made from the DNA of a woolly mammoth? If you didn’t know, an Australian “cultured meat startup” recently displayed the fruits of their demanding work at the NEMO museum in the Netherlands. The world was gifted this meatball, we were told, in order to “get people excited,” and because the designers wanted to “see if we could create something that was a sy... Full story

  • Your Story Matters – Money on the mind

    Audry Van Houweling PMHNP|Updated Apr 11, 2023

    In my day job, I spend a lot of time talking to patients about relationships. To partners, to children, to coworkers, to themselves, but more frequently, the conversation has shifted to a personal relationship with something too often ignored in the health care office: money. And as it turns out, money has a way of impacting just about every other relationship. In the wake of inflation, warnings of a looming recession, climbing interest rates, and increasing cost of living, mo... Full story

  • Sisters Rhythm and Brews Festival called off this year

    Updated Apr 11, 2023

    Organizers of the Sisters Rhythm and Brews Festival have called off this summer’s music event. In a statement, Joe and Jenn Rambo of Sisters said, “Just as the tides ebb and flow, so in turn does life. Hosting a festival during the pandemic has taught us what is most important in our lives and where best to focus our energies. It comes with some sadness and excitement to share that as creators we are taking a much-needed break and intend to take this rare opportunity to focus on our family. “We have had an amazing journey wit... Full story

  • SHS has gone without a library for more than a decade

    Tatum Cramer|Updated Apr 11, 2023

    Libraries have always served as a quiet, book- filled, welcoming workplace. Knowing this, kids or adults are drawn to the reliability of it being a safe place. According to KAPPEN, a K-12 education-focused magazine, schools that have libraries and librarians are prone to have better graduation rates, higher reading levels throughout grades, and mastery of educational skills. Sisters High School (SHS) currently does not employ a librarian. Sarah Crabtree, Sisters Middle School librarian/media manager said that she “loves t... Full story

  • A rescue and a return

    Brenda Smith, Guest Columnist|Updated Apr 11, 2023

    Current culture is what it is, yet I didn’t know how cynical I’d become until something happened that brought me back around. A feeling that took me back, a remembering. I experienced community this Easter weekend, met goodness face-to-face. This story begins with a cat, a dog, and a tree. Not just any tree, an 80-foot ponderosa. Now, I’m a Sisters resident, and have been for years. I know how quickly cats go missing in the wild. I know not to get too attached, but I’d taken in a community cat during pregnancy and kept on... Full story

  • Letters to the Editor 4/12/2023

    Updated Apr 11, 2023

    Support SPRD local option levy To the Editor: I have called Sisters my home since 1978, and worked as a school nurse in the Sisters School District for many years. My family and I have had the opportunity to learn and be active through Sisters Park & Recreation District (SPRD) programs, from preschool for my granddaughter, summer soccer camps for my grandson, and music lessons and healthy activity for myself. Supporting SPRD supports all of us as a community, providing opportunities to meet and engage new friends, stay fit,... Full story

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