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Articles from the April 24, 2024 edition

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  • Sisters snowmobiler is a champion

    Jim Cornelius|Updated Apr 26, 2024

    Marcus Boyd is a prodigious talent on a snowmobile - and he proved it last month in Wyoming. Boyd won the juniors World Championship Hill Climb at Jackson Hole March 21-24, and he won by four seconds, a very big margin in such races. The run is like an Olympic downhill in reverse, with the snowmobile climbing a steep slope. "It feels like it's straight up and down," Boyd said. Boyd didn't know he'd won, let alone by a wide margin, until he started heading back down the hill.... Full story

  • Author shares historical fiction

    Updated Apr 23, 2024

    Author Karen Spears Zacharias will present her new book, "No Perfect Mothers," at Paulina Springs Books on Thursday, April 25, at 6:30 p.m. "No Perfect Mothers" explores characters, historical and imagined, who over the late 1800s to the 1920s were parties to the infamous Buck v. Bell U.S. Supreme Court case of 1927. There is much about her hometown that Carrie Buck loves: Venable Elementary where she first learned to read; Starr Hill because that's where Miss Mora lives;... Full story

  • Boys tennis ties in match against Madras

    Rongi Yost|Updated Apr 23, 2024

    The boys tennis squad started their week with a 4-4 tie at Madras against the White Buffs on Tuesday, April 9. Two days later they fell 2-6 at Prineville. In Tuesday’s match against the White Buffs, the Outlaws swept in all four singles spots and the White Buffs won every match in doubles play. Dominic Pulver (No. 1 singles) pulverized Fernando Saldana with a very strong powerful first serve, and easily recorded the 6-1, 6-2 win. Dom also had a strong backhand that was a great weapon. He strategically placed his shots deep to... Full story

  • Outlaws sweep La Pine, face Elmira

    Matt Van Slyke|Updated Apr 23, 2024

    Outlaws varsity baseball, winners of seven straight, now look to keep their bats alive versus Elmira. Sisters sent La Pine home empty handed last week. The series began April 16 in La Pine, where the Outlaws defeated the Hawks 6-4. Shifting to Sisters, the Outlaws won back-to-back games 7-5 and 11-1 on Friday, capping off a three-game set of Ws against their regional rival. "The biggest thing, I think, from Friday, was we scored every single inning. It makes it tough on a... Full story

  • Rodeo season kicks off in Sisters

    Bill Bartlett|Updated Apr 23, 2024

    The mood Saturday night was festive when a few hundred party-goers joined in the annual Sisters Rodeo Kickoff Party held under a tent on the patio of Sisters Saloon. Many were huddled near the portable heaters as temperatures dipped quickly with the setting sun. Dry Canyon Stampede band played in the background while cowboys and cowgirls of all stripes donned Western wear, enjoyed libations, and caught up on plans for the 84th rodeo scheduled for June 5-9 at the rodeo grounds... Full story

  • Sisters Middle School Honor Roll

    Updated Apr 23, 2024

    Fifth Grade: 4.0 Bilderback, Weston; Crabtree, Zinnia; Davis, Riley; Freeman, Madison; Griffin, Ellis; Hansen, Avery; Hernandez, Payton; Horton, Luella; Miller, Ezekiel; Padilla, Phoenix; Poulos, Brecken; Scott, Louella; Seaney, Reese; Velikonia, Evangeline; Watley, Damon. 3.5 and above Morrow, Xavier; Bulloch, William; Dickman, Gavin; Durham, Noelle; Johnson, Hudson; Kemp, Blake; Knutzen, Emerson; Nielsen, Finley; Pasley, Parker; Planty, Bodhi; Johnson, Collier; McShane, Declan; McShane, Finnley; Dobbs, Landon; Eigner,... Full story

  • Planners mull development code changes

    Jim Cornelius|Updated Apr 23, 2024

    The discussion of development code changes that would allow for a boutique RV Park at the former site of the Conklin Guest House on the corner of Barclay Drive and Camp Polk Road/Locust Street will carry into next month. The Sisters Planning Commission continued their April 18 public hearing on the matter to May 16. 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... Full story

  • Girls win Mazama Invitational

    Charlie Kanzig|Updated Apr 23, 2024

    A change in the meet schedule turned out to be a chance for the Outlaws girls track team to show their true potential as Sisters tied for the team title among 25 schools at the Mazama Invitational on Saturday, April 20. The Outlaws racked up 125 points to tie with Spanish Springs (Nevada) for the title behind a balanced performance in which the team scored in fourteen of the 17 events. Individual winners for the Outlaws included Mae Roth in the pole vault (nine feet), Gracie Vohs in the high jump (5 feet 2 inches), Ella... Full story

  • ARTifacts opens up creativity to community

    Updated Apr 23, 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 available for participants. Sisters High Schoo... Full story

  • Evonne C. Lockman

    Updated Apr 23, 2024

    Evonne C. Lockman passed peacefully in Sisters on April 11, 2024. She was born January 17, 1940 in a ranch house in Kintyre, North Dakota to Jacob and Freida Moch and was the oldest of 15 children. She attended Presentation College in Aberdeen, South Dakota, majoring in secretarial science. In 1965, she moved with her family to Oregon where she met Kenneth Lockman of Pleasant Hill. They married on July 3, 1965. Evonne enjoyed being a stay-at-home mom and volunteered in church... Full story

  • Lady Outlaws singles tennis players dominate

    Rongi Yost|Updated Apr 23, 2024

    The Lady Outlaws started their week with a 5-3 win over the Lady Buffs at Madras on Tuesday, April 9, and two days later Sisters finished in a 4-4 tie at home against Crook County. In Tuesday’s match against Madras the Lady Outlaws singles continued to dominate play, sweeping Madras in all four spots, with No. 1 singles player, senior Juhree Kizziar, leading the way. Kizziar’s pace and consistency were too much for Mia Mitchell to handle, and Kizziar easily won the match with scores of 6-0, 6-1. Katie Ryan (No. 2) overpowered... Full story

  • Equestrian team rides high in Sisters

    Updated Apr 23, 2024

    Sisters High School Equestrian Team took home several top awards for the 2023-2024 season of Central District OHSET (Oregon High School Equestrian Teams). They won first overall in the categories of Freestyle Fours Drill Team and Team Versatility, and earned the high point award in the Small Team division. The team includes Clover Keyes (freshman), Ava Siler (senior), Annelise Jones (sophomore), Eloise Hecker (sophomore), Lucy Siler (senior), Justice Underwood (senior), and Ge... Full story

  • Sisters Country birds

    Douglas Beall|Updated Apr 23, 2024

    As the smallest bird in North America, and the smallest long distance migrating bird in the world, the Calliope Hummingbird's [Selasphorus calliope] migration of 5,000 miles from southern Mexico to western mountainous regions is prodigious and inspiring. When heading north the Calliope flies along the Pacific coast and returns south along the Rocky Mountains for a round trip total of 10,000 miles. This tiny hummer weighs in at 0.1 ounce which is similar to a ping-pong ball.... Full story

  • Recreating with wolves in Central Oregon's forests

    Ander Rhoads|Updated Apr 23, 2024

    Wolves, once native to Central Oregon, were eradicated from the State by the mid-1940s. However, over the past 15 years, wolves have steadily migrated from neighboring states to reestablish themselves in Oregon, including in the Deschutes National Forest and surrounding areas. The chances of encountering a wild wolf are extremely low. Wolves are generally shy and secretive animals, and there are significantly more bears and cougars in Oregon than wolves. However, just like... Full story

  • Fourth Friday spring artwalk in Sisters

    Helen Schmidling|Updated Apr 23, 2024

    With Mother's Day just a few days away, mothers and grandmothers play a significant role in the April 26 Fourth Friday Artwalk in the galleries of Sisters. Local galleries will be open all day, and most will serve light refreshments and feature guest artists between 4 and 7 p.m. New gallery maps are available in all galleries to help you navigate. Space in Common's "Motherline" is a collection of work by Sisters artist Amelia Morton as well as her maternal grandmother Nasha... Full story

  • Singing brings community together at The Belfry

    Sue Stafford|Updated Apr 23, 2024

    The songs of Elton John, Rod Stewart, and John Lennon filled The Belfry on Saturday night, April 13, as more than 125 singers gathered to be entertained and to participate in Sing Your Heart Out, Sisters, a free event sponsored by Age Friendly Sisters Country (AFSC). "By bringing the community together at the end of winter, and after COVID, AFSC hoped to help reimagine what Community can look like in person," explained Mike Deal, AFSC board president. "The community-wide... Full story

  • SHS Pageant raises funds for families

    Updated Apr 23, 2024

    The SHS Pageant is an annual fundraiser at Sisters High School that’s taken place for well over a dozen years. Although last year was the first time the term “SHS Pageant” was used to describe it, it still raised nearly $10,000 for Sisters Family Access Network (FAN), a Central Oregon-based program that provides basic needs and services for families and children who require additional support. The pageant, set for Sunday, April 28, focuses on a handful of senior students who carry exemplary “Outlaw qualities,” both in and ou... Full story

  • C4C awards $7,000 for community building

    Updated Apr 23, 2024

    Local nonprofit Citizens4Community (C4C) recently selected 10 organizations, businesses, and individuals as the recipients of its 2024 Momentum Grants. Now in its fifth year, the program offers funding for grassroots projects aligned with the Sisters Country Vision. The Vision is a “guiding light” for the community, developed through a citizen-led process and designed to offer a long-term framework for the future of Sisters Country. A Vision Implementation Team (VIT) composed of local agency, organizational, and com... Full story

  • Scottish band wows a packed house

    T. Lee Brown|Updated Apr 23, 2024

    It's a mild Wednesday evening. Warm sun stripes the sidewalk outside an old church in Sisters. "This show is sold out," reads a sandwich-board sign. The church in question is The Belfry, a music venue and creative community center. The show is Breabach, a contemporary Scottish folk group claiming "deep roots in Highland and Island tradition with the innovative musical ferment of their Glasgow base." The audience gets drinks and waits in anticipation. As the five performers... Full story

  • Letters to the Editor 4/24/2024

    Updated Apr 23, 2024

    Better angels To the Editor: Tim Hockett’s guest column, “We Must Do Better” in the April 10 Nugget was beautifully written and so important. It’s a reminder of where we as a nation have been and a caution to where we’re going. Jim Cornelius, would you offer Mr. Hockett his own column? In these times, we could use someone who speaks to the “better angels of our nature.” Terry Weygandt Pets and pot To the Editor: A quick PSA for all the dog owners out there and a request for those partaking in cannabis products in public spa... Full story

  • So calm out in the open

    Jim Cornelius|Updated Apr 23, 2024

    Tejanos curse in Spanish and a Cajun eyes the weather There’s black mud on the belly of the yellow colt I ride Never thought I’d catch myself so calm out in the open As a gulf storm deals in bucket loads and hits from every side — Turnpike Troubadours, “A Cat in the Rain” “We are more often frightened than hurt; and we suffer more from imagination than from reality.” — Seneca, First Century Roman Stoic These are unsettling times, no doubt about it. Wars and rumors of war. A “b... Full story

  • Rodeo names grand marshals

    Updated Apr 23, 2024

    Ernest and Alinda Dunn epitomize the essence of community spirit and dedication, as evidenced by their remarkable journey intertwined with the Sisters Rodeo Association. The couple have been named Grand Marshals for the 2024 Sisters Rodeo. Raised in the Willamette Valley, their roots run deep within the fabric of Oregon, and our tight-knit community of Sisters. Prior to retirement they settled in Sisters and worked at Black Butte Ranch. Their story with the Sisters Rodeo... Full story

  • Sisters student earns his wings

    Matt Van Slyke|Updated Apr 23, 2024

    On a chilly Friday morning earlier this month, an FAA examiner grilled Timber Bionda. Four hours and one flight later, he had earned his pilot's license. Then he had to get ready for school. The 17-year-old is exceptional, to say the least. Those in his circle describe him differently: "Amazing. The coolest kid." "Very dedicated. Very methodical." "A natural in the air." Timber grew up in France. At age 11, he and his French father, American mother, and little brother set... Full story

  • Building 'affordable' is a real challenge

    Jim Cornelius|Updated Apr 23, 2024

    Kevin Eckert speaks bluntly when it comes to “affordable housing” in Sisters: “The era of single-family homes being affordable is gone,” he says. Eckert is the principal of Build LLC, architects and designers of Sisters Woodlands, a housing development located on a portion of the former Sisters Ranger District property along Pine Street on the western edge of Sisters. He will be part of the panel sparking discussion of the housing situation in Sisters at a town hall sponsor... Full story

  • Fire consumes shop, two rare cars

    Updated Apr 23, 2024

    A massive fire at a shop east of Sisters consumed two rare cars and destroyed the structure early Wednesday morning, April 17. There were no injuries and firefighters kept the fire from spreading. The Cloverdale Rural Fire Protection District responded to an early morning fire near the 67000 block of Fryrear Road near Sisters. Cloverdale fire officials reported that multiple callers indicated that there was a large building on fire with explosions. The first arriving crews... Full story

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