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Articles from the May 1, 2024 edition

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  • Sisters man arrested in Redmond burglaries

    Updated Apr 30, 2024

    Redmond Police officers arrested 28-year-old Redmond resident Michael Moran, and 25-year-old Sisters resident Christien Richardson on Thursday, April 18, in connection with burglaries in Redmond. The arrest took place in the parking lot of Dairy Queen. Redmond Police Lt. Eric Beckwith reported that the pair were arrested on cases involving burglaries at La Frontera and the Redmond Tap House. La Frontera was burglarized four times with a large multitude of items stolen, and... Full story

  • Anna Moss and the Nightshades bring Amnesty to The Belfry

    T. Lee Brown|Updated Apr 30, 2024

    On May 10, Anna Moss will grace The Belfry stage with The Nightshades. "What separates me from my shadow?" the singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist asks on her new album. Whimsical, bluesy melodies find a sensual groove on Moss' solo debut. Moss spoke to The Nugget from her home in New Orleans, where she was preparing to play several gigs at JazzFest (New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival) before heading to Seattle for her West Coast tour. A seasoned performer with a... Full story

  • Axe Contracting offers fuels reduction and arborist services

    Katy Yoder|Updated Apr 30, 2024

    With smoke from last week's controlled burns lingering above Sisters Country, it's clear fire season is on the horizon. The Sisters Rangers District conducted the first of several controlled burns to reduce wildfire risk. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, in January of 2022 the Forest Service launched a 10-year strategy to address the wildfire crisis where it poses the most immediate threats to communities. With an infusion of federal funds to support local effo... Full story

  • Stars over Sisters

    Abigail Christopher|Updated Apr 30, 2024

    As we're finally starting to see temperatures rise and clearing skies become more frequent, there are a few celestial sights you should look for during your nightly stargazing this spring. Let's begin by locating Corvus, our featured constellation for May. Corvus, Latin for "crow," or "raven," is a small constellation that is best seen during the first half of May. From our latitude, it will stand 25 degrees above the southern horizon at about 9 p.m. local time. Look for a... Full story

  • What I saw

    T. Lee Brown|Updated Apr 30, 2024

    Smoke curls around the knees of the ponderosa trees. It's just a prescribed burn, nothing to worry about, but it sets my nervous system a-twangling. I'm reminded of the Milli Fire in 2017, and the bouts of smoke or fire we've experienced since. Seven years ago, my family was "full-timing"-living in a small travel trailer, traveling and camping. Here is what I wrote then: I saw the sun, a shiny reddish-orange thing, sulking behind a veil of forest fire smoke. I saw two gray... Full story

  • Nugget columnist offers book of Scottie wisdom

    Updated Apr 30, 2024

    "Finally, there's an ad for a Scottie puppy!" said Jean Nave's husband, 40-some years ago, not long after Jean and Claude had married. Claude had been reading The Oregonian for weeks, looking for Scottish Terriers for sale. He shook the paper saying, "Yes, let's call them." That day the couple drove the 120 miles from Portland to the coast and came home with the cutest bundle of black hair Jean had ever seen. "That's how my love affair with Scottie dogs began," Jean recalled.... Full story

  • Consider the lion

    Craig Rullman|Updated Apr 30, 2024

    The first time I heard a mountain lion scream I was standing in the horse barn at Soldier Meadows Ranch, Nevada. The barn was made of stone stacked by members of the U.S. Cavalry who had lost the deployment lottery and been assigned to this bewildering outpost in the wilderness known as Camp McGarry. It could only have been tough duty — they were out there to protect immigrants along the notoriously unpleasant Emigrant Trail, where many died of thirst, exhaustion, or l... Full story

  • Freshmen shine in track action

    Charlie Kanzig|Updated Apr 30, 2024

    The Outlaws track and field team finished a busy week with a handful of team members competing at the prestigious Jesuit Twilight Relays on Friday, April 26. The meet attracts athletes from all classifications in Oregon and Washington who have met certain standards, making the event the most competitive of the season. Every event is loaded with talent, according to head coach Jonathan Kelly. As a result, athletes often get pulled and pushed to season and personal bests, which was true for some Outlaws. Ella Bartlett lowered... Full story

  • Outlaws face White Buffs on court

    Rongi Yost|Updated Apr 30, 2024

    The Outlaws’ top two singles players won their matches against the White Buffs at Madras on Wednesday, April 24. Dominic Pulver (No. 1) entered the match with a lame shoulder that he injured at the Caldera Tournament the previous weekend, but he was able to grind his way though and came out on top 6-2, 7-6, against Fernando Saldana. His biggest plays of the match came from overhead shots. Coach Vince Grace said, “I was impressed to see Dominic’s success on his overheads. He consistently kept composure and focus on the ball,... Full story

  • Girls tennis undefeated in conference play

    Rongi Yost|Updated Apr 30, 2024

    The girls tennis team notched a 5-3 win over the White Buffs at home on Wednesday, April 24, in very cold and windy conditions. The win moved them to 4-0 in conference play. They are 12-5 overall with their only losses to much larger schools; a loss to powerhouse Jesuit, two losses to Summit, and a loss to Redmond and Ridgeview. Coach Bruce Fenn told The Nugget that Sisters No. 1 duo, Leah O’Hern and Sophie Rush, were the standouts for the day. The pair played a solid, consistent match and returned the ball with placement a... Full story

  • Jon Rev-Dude

    Updated Apr 30, 2024

    It is with profound sadness that our family announces the passing of our beloved husband and father Jon Rev-Dude. Jon Rev-Dude, was born in Seattle, Washington, on January 8, 1971, and passed away on April 15, 2024, in Bend. After graduating from Mt. Baker Senior High School, Jon proudly served his country as a member of the U.S. Army from September 14, 1989, to December 16, 1992. During his service, he demonstrated exceptional dedication and received several awards and... Full story

  • Panel of professors weighs wildfire risk for 2024

    Alex Baumhardt|Updated Apr 30, 2024

    Oregon’s getting better at preventing and responding to wildfires, experts said Thursday, April 25, but much more still needs to be done. A panel of University of Oregon professors who study climate change, smoke, and wildfire discussed the 2024 wildfire season in an online forum with journalists as the West braces for summer fires. “Wildfire risk in the West and in Oregon this year is not abnormally higher than in recent years,” said Daniel Gavin, a professor in the geography department who specializes in paleoecology — the... Full story

  • Outlaws golfers show some game in multi-course run

    Updated Apr 30, 2024

    The Outlaw Boys Golf team travelled to Bend Golf Club, on April 15, and for the first time in four years were able to post a team score with four players. Devin Coverdale carded a 94, Carson Bell 97, Weslee Owens 110, and Dillon Luddy shot a 111, for a team total of 412. On April 1, the Outlaws played at Awbrey Glen with the same four players and really improved with a team total of 378. Coverdale and Bell both had rounds of 80, Owens 105, and Luddy 113. "Devin has been on... Full story

  • Sisters adds event for Fourth of July

    Bill Bartlett|Updated Apr 30, 2024

    Following the decision by Sisters Eagle Airport to discontinue the July 4th Rumble on the Runway, an event that had grown to over 4,000 in attendance, community leaders scrambled to find an alternative event, one which would have broad family appeal. After negotiations with the City, Rotary Club of Sisters has teamed with Citizens4 Community (C4C) and has filed a formal permit application for a multi-function event to be held at Village Green Park. The organizers had wanted to... Full story

  • Sisters fire captain advances in profession

    Updated Apr 30, 2024

    Cody Meredith, Captain with Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire District, has successfully completed the process that awards the professional designation of "Fire Officer" (FO). The Commission on Professional Credentialing met on April 15th, 2024, to confer the designation. Captain Meredith becomes one of only 760 FOs worldwide. The designation program is a voluntary program designed to recognize individuals who demonstrate their excellence in seven measured components including experie... Full story

  • Marking Arbor Day in a tree city

    Sue Stafford|Updated Apr 30, 2024

    "While most holidays celebrate something that has already happened and is worth remembering, Arbor Day represents a hope for the future. The simple act of planting a tree represents a belief that the tree will grow to provide us with clean air and water, cooling shade, habitat for wildlife, healthier communities, and endless natural beauty – all for a better tomorrow." - Arbor Day Foundation In celebration of Arbor Day 2024 on April 26, the excited voices and enthusiasm of s... Full story

  • Letters to the Editor 5/1/2024

    Updated Apr 30, 2024

    AI is wrong To the Editor: Relative to a letter to the editor published in The Nugget, April 17, in which artificial intelligence (AI) is the trusted source: the misinformation perpetuated therein must not stand. Yes, when Jamie McLeod-Skinner was the city manager in Phoenix, Oregon, she was fired, but AI did not search to learn that Jamie was a whistle-blower who was attempting to hold the mayor, some city council members, and staff accountable for violations of laws and regulations both state and local. You, dear reader,... Full story

  • Weather Machine returns to Sisters

    Updated Apr 30, 2024

    Slater Smith and Travis Ehrenstrom both honed their chops as musicians and singer-songwriters in the Americana Project in Sisters schools. They'll be bringing their music back to Sisters in a show at The Belfry on Saturday, May 11. The Weather Machine is the band project of singer/songwriter Slater Smith - originally local to Sisters, now living in New Zealand, and touring across both continents. Over the last decade Smith has come to be known for his hearty lyricism and theat... Full story

  • City crews work 365 days a year

    Bill Bartlett|Updated Apr 30, 2024

    Drive or walk around Sisters early any morning of the year — including holidays — and you just might see a safety-vested worker in a City truck making the rounds. They are doing seemingly quotidian tasks, and you may ask why they’re out on a Sunday or holiday. Sisters Public Works Director Paul Bertagna, in typical fashion, downplays the work. It’s just routine in his world of streets, water, and sewers. He provided The Nugget a list of what’s checked every morning: four water... Full story

  • Jazz Choir sings on Oregon Coast

    Olivia Nieto|Updated Apr 30, 2024

    If there's something outside of singing that the Sisters High School Jazz Choir is adamant about, it's bonding and creating lasting memories. Over the years the jazz choir has been known to take exciting trips, whether it be to Disneyland, Ashland, or even just the Old Mill for caroling. The group chose to continue the tradition last month, taking a trip to Newport to perform at three locations around the coast. Their venues included the Oregon Coast Aquarium, Oceanview... Full story

  • Country deserves better than Trump

    Diane L. Hodgson|Updated Apr 30, 2024

    It was a quiet morning, I had just gotten my latte at Sisters Coffee, sitting in the corner with my dog, Bo. The young man sitting next to me was busy working on his laptop. He asked me what kind of dog Bo was and I informed him he was a 9-year-old Shiba Inu. We exchanged pleasantries and he informed me he was an administrative assistant to an entrepreneur. As we continued to speak about religion, the environment, and current political issues, I learned he was very religious, very driven in his current job, happily married... Full story

  • CEC protects power lines in Sisters

    Updated Apr 30, 2024

    Keeping power lines safe from wildfire is a critical part of infrastructure protection in Sisters Country. Right of way (ROW) clearing can mitigate sources of wildfire ignition and improve worker safety for those who maintain power lines. Central Electric Cooperative (CEC) has begun a vegetation management project on approximately 3.5 miles of existing powerline along Forest Service Road 2058 (North Pine Street) - a road that connects the City of Sisters with Indian Ford Road... Full story

  • Sisters to take on housing challenges

    Jim Cornelius|Updated Apr 30, 2024

    Sisters City Councilor Jennifer Letz makes a stark — but hopeful — assessment of Sisters’ housing situation. “I perceive it as bad, but salvageable,” she told The Nugget. “We’re not too far gone yet. I think we have the ability as a community to take charge of the housing situation and improve it.” The community will get an opportunity to share a situation report on housing, and ideas on how to address the challenges of affordability, at a forum sponsored by Citizens4Commun... Full story

  • County mulls RVs as rental units

    Updated Apr 30, 2024

    Should rural property owners be allowed to rent space to RV dwellers? That is the question that will come before the Deschutes County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) on Wednesday, May 8. The Commissioners will hold a public hearing where residents can provide their input on allowing recreational vehicles to be used as rental dwellings. Following the adoption of Oregon Senate Bill (SB) 1013, which became law in January 2024, the BOCC is considering whether to amend Deschutes County zoning code and permit property owners... Full story

  • Banners honor Sisters Class of 2024

    Sue Stafford|Updated Apr 30, 2024

    This year's high school graduating seniors who live in Sisters Country are being recognized and celebrated with individual photo banners hanging on lamp posts along all of Cascade Avenue and parts of Main and Hood Avenues from April 22 through May 13. According to Citizens4Community (C4C) executive director Kellen Klein, "The Banner Project was initially launched in 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic, as a way to acknowledge and honor graduating students when in-person... Full story

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