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Articles from the April 17, 2024 edition

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  • Education with farm animals and art

    Katy Yoder|Updated Apr 19, 2024

    Mia Bradley has an extensive background teaching children from preschool to teens. After having children of her own, she wanted to find work part-time that didn't require childcare for her daughters, Journey and Sequoia. With the cost of daycare too high, working didn't make much sense, so she got creative and came up with a business integrating her three loves – children, horses, and art. That's how Sisters Farm School began in 2019. When Sisters Farm School opened, at first... Full story

  • ARTifacts Art Experience opens up creativity to community

    Updated Apr 18, 2024

    The 25th annual ARTifacts Art Experience will be held in the Sisters High School commons Friday, April 26, from 6 to 8 p.m. The event is designed for all ages, with much to see, hear, and do - all centered around student art. The event is a showcase of students' efforts in various art disciplines. Students will host observational art booths and hands-on art stations for community members to try. Potter's wheels, face painting, and sculpting stations are a few fun activities...

  • USFS showcases new headquarters

    Sue Stafford|Updated Apr 16, 2024

    If all goes according to schedule, the new 13,342 square foot headquarters building for the Sisters Ranger District will open to the public in January 2025. This according to Ian Reid, Sisters District Ranger, as he led a tour of the 12-acre construction site prior to the District annual open house last week. The new warehouse, which has three engine bays, is where the annual meeting was held. It has an area for working on equipment, a storage room for field gear, and a... Full story

  • Outlaws softball gains strength

    Matt Van Slyke|Updated Apr 16, 2024

    It's not where they are, it's where they're going. On this day, Outlaws Varsity Softball is running laps. The number of errors made during games determines the number of laps run during practice. Initially, those figures were embarrassingly high. Slowly but surely, the mistakes are lessening. Huddling his team, Outlaws Varsity Head Coach Gary Barr discusses the good and the bad. He praises several players - for batting averages above .400 and .500, for making smart plays, for... Full story

  • Outlaws host vengeful visitors from La Pine

    Matt Van Slyke|Updated Apr 16, 2024

    Outlaws Varsity Baseball rode a four-game win streak into a week of renewed rivalry with La Pine. "They're coming for revenge, so we've got to be ready," said Sisters Head Coach Matt Hilgers. Hilgers' team won all three games last week against Creswell. Sophomore Sebastian Storch pitched a complete game on April 9 - nine strikeouts; two walks - to tame the Bulldogs 6-2 on the road before hosting two games on April 11. The first game of that Thursday doubleheader saw senior... Full story

  • Exploring the geological frontier

    Updated Apr 16, 2024

    It doesn't take much scientific knowledge to cast our eyes to the horizon and realize that we live in a geologic region of volcanos. Many of us recall the attention grabbed by South Sister not too many years ago when a bulge developed on the west slope, and small earthquakes kept geologists busy monitoring its activity. The volcanic landscapes of Central Oregon have been shaped by tectonic forces that are active on a global scale. In Central Oregon, these forces interact to... Full story

  • Jazz to be featured at Black Butte Ranch

    Updated Apr 16, 2024

    Top-tier jazz musicians will bring their music to the new lodge at Black Butte Ranch on Friday, April 26. Saxophonist Tom Bergeron has been studying, playing, and teaching Brazilian music for more than two decades. An aficionado of world grooves since his early days as a bandleader at age 15, his focus turned primarily to Brazil in the early 2000s. Today, Bergeron is a retired professor of music from Western Oregon University and still playing Brazilian music. He and his... Full story

  • Sisters woman makes a difference

    Sue Stafford|Updated Apr 16, 2024

    In the 11 years Shannon Rackowski and her husband Joseph have lived in Sisters, Shannon has touched hundreds of lives with one, if not more, of her gifts. Looking at Rackowski, it is impossible to believe she is 70 years old. Her youthful, fit appearance belies her three near-death experiences and 13 surgeries. She is a walking (and dancing and exercising and decorating) testimonial to the benefits of regular exercise. A mother of three grown daughters and grandmother of... Full story

  • Exploring the history and future of the Lazy Z Ranch

    Updated Apr 16, 2024

    Everybody who drives through Sisters has seen the iconic Lazy Z Ranch. In their next Fireside Chat, the Three Sisters Historical Society will explore the story of "Lazy Z Ranch...Then and Now." Attendees will hear from a local panel of knowledgeable speakers who will share personal stories, documented early 1900s history, and historic photos depicting what this special property has meant to travelers, farmers, ranchers, and families through the years. The story will begin... Full story

  • Outlaws golfer scores hole-in-one

    Updated Apr 16, 2024

    First-year golfer Dillon Luddy made a hole-in-one in his first high school tournament on April 2 when the Outlaws golf squad played at Prineville Golf Course. He finished with a score of 97. Weslee Owens, playing in his first event, scored 112. Devin Coverdale fired a solid 76. “In my 50-plus years of being around the game, it is truly remarkable to see a kid make a hole-in–one in his first tournament,” said Coach Bill Mitchell. “Golfers can play their entire lives without making an ace.” Then the team played again in Prinev... Full story

  • Athletes head to volleyball nationals

    Updated Apr 16, 2024

    Sisters will be well represented on the club volleyball scene to conclude the 2024 season. In addition to Kathryn Buller, Bailey Robertson and Gracie Vohs (The Nugget April 10, 2024), five other members of the 2023 SHS State Champion volleyball team have qualified for and will be competing in two national championship tournaments. Gracelyn Myhre and Mia Monaghan, both seniors, will be traveling to Baltimore, Maryland later this month with their club volleyball team, North Pacific Juniors (NPJ) Bend 18 National. Myhre and... Full story

  • Big Ponderoo releases full festival schedule

    Updated Apr 16, 2024

    SFF Presents has released the full 2024 Big Ponderoo festival schedule alongside single-day tickets. The second annual music festival returns to Sisters, Oregon on June 29 and 30 with bluegrass, alt-country, and Americana music on two stages at Village Green Park. The Saturday lineup includes artists Shinyribs, The Brothers Comatose, AJ Lee & Blue Summit, Hogslop String Band, Shadowgrass, The Sam Chase and the Untraditional, Skillethead, Skybound Blue, The Parnells, Fog... Full story

  • Sisters Athletic Club hosts award-winning author

    Updated Apr 16, 2024

    Award-winning Oregon author Bob Welch, will share stories and pictures from the Pacific Crest Trail on Thursday, April 18, at the Sisters Athletic Club. The event begins with a reception at 5 p.m. followed by a presentation at 5:30 p.m., followed by a book signing. Books by Welch will be available for purchase. Welch will discuss his latest book, “Seven Summers (And a Few Bummers): My Adventure Hiking the 2,650-Mile PCT.” Poignant, poetic, and fall-down funny, the story guides readers through the iconic trail, while lau... Full story

  • Runners rumble through Sisters

    Charlie Kanzig|Updated Apr 16, 2024

    After more than 20 years of directing the annual Peterson Ridge Rumble trail race, Sean Meissner doesn't take ideal weather for granted. After days of rain finally abated and gave way to near-perfect weather conditions for endurance athletes, over 300 runners took part in the race's three distances, 20, 26, and 40 miles on Sunday. "It's always a bonus when the weather is good," said Meissner. Last year's deep snow resulted in the 40-mile race being shortened to 26 miles and... Full story

  • Scholarships support experiences

    Olivia Nieto|Updated Apr 16, 2024

    Making the decision to explore a new interest can be simultaneously exciting and vulnerable. Financial requirements can hold some back from doing what they love. Sisters GRO, in partnership with the Roundhouse Foundation, provides applications for the Roundhouse Enrichment Experiences scholarship for Sisters students who want financial support with their interests. “Overall the Roundhouse Foundation is about education and community, providing unique experiences for Sisters and support for them whether it be career-based or s... Full story

  • Hearing will address code changes for RV park

    Updated Apr 16, 2024

    An applicant-driven slate of changes to the City of Sisters Development Code will come before the Planning Commission in a public hearing on Thursday, April 18, at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall. The changes, which would allow an RV park as a use in the Sun Ranch Tourist Commercial zone, would have to be in place before a formal plan for the site can be filed. The property developers propose a “boutique, higher-end RV Park that caters to the growing sector of the tourism industry that travels in RVs” to be sited on the property for... Full story

  • Sisters lands Alzheimer's conference

    Bill Bartlett|Updated Apr 16, 2024

    Sisters will take on the devastating effects of Alzheimer’s disease in a conference in May. A McGinty Conference — usually hosted in much larger communities — will be held at Sisters Community Church on Monday, May 13, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The events, including the principal one in Portland, are Oregon’s leading research and education events highlighting Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, and honors Dr. Dean McGinty, a Portland geriatrician, an early advocate... Full story

  • Housing as essential community infrastructure

    Emelia Shoup|Updated Apr 16, 2024

    As a young professional who has lived and worked in Sisters for nearly four years, I have been invited to share my story for C4C’s Community Forum about local housing challenges, “Who Gets To Live Here? The Search for Local Housing Affordability.” It was spring 2020 and the COVID-19 pandemic shutdown was in full swing in Portland, when I graduated with a degree in urban planning. It was important for me that I get a job in my field as soon as possible, but as uncertainty from the ongoing pandemic continued, fewer job openi... Full story

  • Sisters Rodeo unveils 2024 poster

    Jim Cornelius|Updated Apr 16, 2024

    Dixie's in Sisters was packed on Saturday evening as the Sisters Rodeo community gathered to celebrate the unveiling of the 2024 event poster. The event, along with the annual kickoff party set for Saturday, April 20, at Sisters Saloon, marks the start of rodeo season in Sisters. Rodeo Queen Destiny Wecks and Rodeo board member Hank Moss pulled down the black shroud to reveal Dyrk Godby's 2024 image, which depicts a cowboy spurring out as the bronc he's forked bucks in front... Full story

  • All we are and all we ever will be

    Jim Cornelius|Updated Apr 16, 2024

    There’s nothing like contemplating the end of the world to start off your weekend. I headed out at daybreak on Saturday to get in a good training session at Zimmerman Butte. Kettlebell complexes and shooting — a kind of biathlon. I like to listen to a podcast while I drive out there and set up, so I scrolled through the new stuff, and ran across a fresh one from Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History. He was interviewing Annie Jacobsen about her new book “Nuclear War: A Scenari... Full story

  • Letters to the Editor 4/17/2024

    Updated Apr 16, 2024

    Prescribed fire To the Editor: Spring is in the air and so is the smoke. Prescribed burning season is upon us and in an effort to get in front of a contentious subject I’d like to voice my support of the efforts of our local resources devoted to protecting our community from wildfire. Smoke in the air is never fun. It makes breathing difficult for many, it ruins our beautiful views, weekend plans, and is unwelcome by all. Mechanical thinning is an option but the budgets our government has left for the agencies charged with f... Full story

  • How much water is in that snow?

    Bill Bartlett|Updated Apr 16, 2024

    Looking at the horizon one sees plenty of the white stuff on the Three Sisters, and Black Butte is showing a pretty white blanket. Ski Hoodoo and Bachelor are having excellent spring skiing. Typically by mid-April the ski resorts are icy in the morning and "mashed potatoes" by noon, frustrating skiers and boarders seeking to extend the season. Not so this year. Afternoon temps have remained cool under a good deal of cloud cover. On Saturday, Hoodoo was sitting on 72 inches of... Full story

  • Sisters ready for election

    Updated Apr 16, 2024

    The May 21 primary election is underway. If you are an active registered voter in the county, you should expect to receive an official primary ballot by mail in early May. Once you vote your ballot, you can return it either by mail or at any of the secure, official drop boxes available throughout Deschutes County. There is a drop box in front of Sisters City Hall, 520 E. Cascade Ave. In Oregon, the two major political parties, Democratic and Republican, have chosen to hold closed primaries. This means that only voters who... Full story

  • Deschutes County Livestock Association rides again

    Craig Rullman|Updated Apr 16, 2024

    A strong turnout was on hand at the Teixeira Ranch sale barn in Terrebonne, April 9, for the second meeting of the freshly reanimated Deschutes County Livestock Association (DCLA). Dave McMichael, president of the DCLA, who raises commercial beef cattle throughout Central Oregon, told The Nugget that he accepted the mantle as an "act of service," and that members are energized around three priorities: communication with the broader public, education of the next generation,... Full story

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