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Articles from the May 8, 2024 edition

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  • An ode to Mother Nature

    Audry Van Houweling PMHNP|Updated May 7, 2024

    I am sitting at my office peering at the Three Sisters peeking through the trees surrounded by soft blankets of blushed pink and wisps of orange cream sunsetting on their peaks. I have a lot of charting to do, but tonight feels ripe for a little procrastination. I would rather stare at the mountains. I find myself pondering at how our natural world, with its beauty, renewal, and resilience continually provides an endurable response to the ugliness and suffering our world... Full story

  • New practice offers skin treatments

    Jim Cornelius|Updated May 7, 2024

    Darlene Zettergren recently relocated to Sisters to be closer to family - and she has brought Newport Aesthetics with her. Zettergren had a full practice in Newport, Rhode Island, where she lived and worked for many years, after transitioning from nursing into the field of aesthetics. "I was always a cardio-intensive nurse," she said with a smile. "It's nice because my clients talk to me now." Newport Aesthetics offers Botox and other treatments beneficial to both men and... Full story

  • Author presents YA fantasy novel

    Updated May 7, 2024

    Author Shauna C. Murphy will present her new young adult fantasy novel, "Animalia," at Paulina Springs Books on Wednesday, May 15, at 6:30 p.m. Painting an alternate Victorian-era that features students from all around the world working toward altruistic goals, "Animalia" will resonate with fans of "The Golden Compass," "Harry Potter," and "Enola Holmes." In the frosty landscapes of Norway, nestled on an isolated peninsula, lies the prestigious and secretive Svalbard School.... Full story

  • Sisters hosts district track meet this week

    Charlie Kanzig|Updated May 7, 2024

    Sisters High School will host the 3A Special District 3 Championships this week on Thursday and Friday, May 9-10. The meet serves not only to determine the team champions for the district, but as the qualifier for the OSAA Track and Field Championships set for the following week at Hayward Field. The top two finishers in each event will qualify for state, along with one state-wide wild card entry in each event. Additional athletes may advance to state by meeting automatic qualifying standards. Teams competing at the meet incl... Full story

  • Bull by Bull

    Judy Bull|Updated May 7, 2024

    • The first time I fell into the cyberworld abyss was when I was planning a horse camping trip with a couple of horsewomen, long years ago. While we were going over our to-do lists, Carol offered to check “Craig’s list,” to which I asked indignantly, “WHO IS CRAIG?” • Talking falling, while packing hay out to Riddle the other morning, I went arse over teakettle and landed in a huge puddle of water the color of three-day-old coffee. It was really quite comical and luckily I’ve gone off enough horses in my lifetime to automat... Full story

  • PMR art center opens residency applications

    Updated May 7, 2024

    Pine Meadow Ranch Center for Art and Agriculture (PMRCAA) has announced an open call for applicants to its seventh annual residency program, which brings world-class artists, ecological scientists, researchers, and scholars to Sisters from March through November. The open call has a juried application process, where prospective residents from around the U.S. may be selected for either one-month or two-week stays at PMRCAA. The application deadline is June 30, 11:59 p.m. PMRCAA’s residency program offers a space where c... Full story

  • Whooping cough rears its head in Central Oregon

    Updated May 7, 2024

    In the past two weeks, Deschutes County Public Health has identified seven cases of pertussis, more commonly known as whooping cough in the community. All cases have been investigated by Public Health Communicable Disease staff and close contacts have been notified. In 2023, a total of six cases of pertussis were reported in Deschutes County. Whooping cough (pertussis) is a highly contagious respiratory disease that is transmitted from person to person through droplets from a cough or sneeze. Newborn babies, who are too... Full story

  • Celebrate Moms!

    Edie Jones|Updated May 7, 2024

    Since May is the month we traditionally honor mothers, it’s a perfect time to reflect on the many things they do in that role. In many small ways their love manifests itself in common gestures that are easily overlooked as important. Yet so important. From the time of a child’s birth a mother’s hands are there to cradle, clean, caress, and correct. Have you ever given thought to what life would be like without those four “C’s”? In the worst scenario, a child would not live, unless someone else stepped forward to perform tho... Full story

  • Ode to an old growth warrior

    Maret Pajutee|Updated May 7, 2024

    Standing in a quiet grove of old growth pine trees near Glaze Meadow, east of Black Butte Ranch, Tim Lillebo would often start a talk by saying "There we were... it was war." And it was. Between 1991-2005, the Sisters Ranger District was challenged on nearly every forest management project. Trust between the Forest Service, conservation groups, and many in the public was low after broken agreements. This led to a federal lawsuit and a mediated agreement putting the District... Full story

  • John Schibel 

    Updated May 7, 2024

    John Schibel of Sisters passed away on March 2, from Alzheimer's disease. This dreadful disease took his memory, but in the end could not destroy his essence of kindness, goodness, and generosity. He was one of a kind and he lived life with a moral compass that allowed him to see the good in almost everyone. He worked at making sure things were done correctly. He visualized, planned, and brought ideas to fruition. His travels through life compelled him to wait many years for... Full story

  • Thoughts on immigration

    Mitchell L. Luftig Ph.D.|Updated May 7, 2024

    An aging American workforce, along with a declining U.S. birthrate, makes the U.S. economy increasingly dependent on foreign-born workers to bridge the employment-labor gap and to finance programs such as Social Security. In 2006, foreign-born workers made up 15.3 percent of the labor market, but by 2023, the share of foreign-born workers in the labor market had increased to 18.6 percent. One of the attractions of employing foreign-born workers is that they are willing to occupy jobs often not desired by native-born... Full story

  • Varsity softball earns elusive win at Siuslaw

    Matt Van Slyke|Updated May 7, 2024

    "We won! Our Sisters Softball won!" The excited exclamation came from Sisters Varsity Assistant Softball Coach Janet Cusimano immediately after the Outlaws varsity team won their first game of the season May 2 at Siuslaw. The Sisters High Softball Outlaws have been working extremely hard. It is showing. "Improving during every practice is our coaching message. At games, regardless of the score, the priority is teamwork, communication, and fun," said Head Coach Gary Barr, who... Full story

  • Red-hot Outlaws baseball on a roll

    Matt Van Slyke|Updated May 7, 2024

    In a series of high-stakes matchups, Sisters Varsity Outlaws have won 12 of their last 13, and play four games this week, culminating in a doubleheader on Friday, May 10 — Senior Night. Led by standout performances from key players like seniors Brody Fischer and Austin Dean, the Outlaws have demonstrated resilience, propelling them to success. The team started the week with an overall record of 16-6, league record of 12-3, and OSAA Rank #5 in the 3A-4 Mountain Valley Conference. Sisters, Pleasant Hill, and La Pine are tops i... Full story

  • Community policing in action

    Jim Cornelius|Updated May 7, 2024

    A stolen purse may not constitute a major crime, but it’s a big deal to the person whose purse was stolen. Patricia Bricker had that experience back in March — and she was very grateful for the actions of Deschutes County Sheriff’s Deputy Jerad Bearson in recovering her property. “He’s an angel — well, in my book,” Bricker told The Nugget. “He went above and beyond what he had to do. He went out of his way to follow through.” Bricker said she had parked her car in the parkin... Full story

  • Electricity demand to jump 30 percent

    Alex Baumhardt|Updated May 7, 2024

    Electricity demand in the Northwest is expected to grow more than 30 percent in the next decade, or about five percent more than estimated last year and triple the prediction three years ago, industry experts said in a new report. Large data centers, an increase in high-tech manufacturing and growing electrification in homes, buildings, and transportation are key factors in the forecast. The projections are in an annual report published Wednesday, May 1, by the Portland-based industry trade group Pacific Northwest Utilities C... Full story

  • Sisters employment holds steady

    Bill Bartlett|Updated May 7, 2024

    EDCO (Economic Development of Central Oregon) has released their 2024 employer survey showing the 12 largest employers in Sisters Country. Black Butte Ranch remained at the top of the list with 390 employees, a mix of full and part-time, down from 400 the prior year. Sisters School District was again number two with 170 employees, down from 175 in 2023. The Forest Service had the largest gain adding 34 employees in 2024 over 2023, recording 114 in its headcount and ranking... Full story

  • Sheriff's Office to host community academy

    Updated May 7, 2024

    Citizens of Sisters can get a detailed look at the work of the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office in a 2024 Community Academy on May 15-16 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Sisters-Camp Sherman RFPD Community Hall, located at 301 S. Elm St. This is the second time the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office has hosted this event. The Community Academy is an opportunity for the public to meet the Sheriff’s Office command staff, and representatives from the Patrol Division, Corrections Division, Special Services/ Emergency Management, schoo... Full story

  • Sisters High School Pageant supports FAN

    Olivia Nieto|Updated May 7, 2024

    The SHS Pageant has been a tradition at Sisters High School (SHS) for over a dozen years. On Sunday, April 28, members of SHS continued this tradition as they performed "Outlaws On Broadway" for the Sisters community. The selected seven teams of two performed a multitude of different talents, dances, and videos. The success of the event wouldn't have been possible without the hardworking hands behind the scenes. Pageant coordinators Jordan Velikonia, Holly Davis, and Ella Eby... Full story

  • Summer concert lineup announced

    Updated May 7, 2024

    SFF Presents returns with Summer Concerts at Sisters Art Works, unveiling a dynamic lineup that promises unforgettable performances at the outdoor venue in July and August. The series kicks off on July 9 with Dustbowl Revival, a folk-rock-meets-soul-music supergroup last in Sisters for the Big Ponderoo Music Festival in 2023. Next up is the genre-bending New Orleans-based Dirty Dozen Brass Band on July 26; followed by legendary Colorado folk band, Elephant Revival. Tickets... Full story

  • Put out the fire on home insurance

    Rep. Emerson Levy and Councilor Anthony Broadman|Updated May 7, 2024

    Fire and fire insurance are top of mind in Sisters. No wonder – because of devastating wildfires, Oregon homeowners face soaring premiums and few property insurance options. Some have had their policies canceled when they came up for renewal, and some insurers no longer write new policies. If the insurance companies tag your home with the label “high risk” you may be forced to get coverage from our state’s Fair Access to Insurance Requirements (FAIR) Plan, insurance of last resort. But that will be a costly outcome – the plan... Full story

  • Letters to the Editor 5/8/2024

    Updated May 7, 2024

    4th of July event To the Editor: I am not sure that having the 4th of July event at The Village Green Park is a good idea. There are limited areas to park. The homeowners most likely will have issues with people parking in front of their houses. Just too congested. For all the school tax money that is paid by the residents of the City of Sisters and those in the surrounding school district area why not work with the school district and use the high school grounds for this event? There is the large grass field behind the... Full story

  • Seeking solutions to housing challenges

    Jim Cornelius|Updated May 7, 2024

    Housing is a real challenge for many folks in Sisters. There's not a lot available, especially for rent, and prices are very high for people who work for Central Oregon wages. Housing challenges are not unique to Sisters - it's a problem across the nation and particularly in the desirable towns of the American West. Sisters is seeking ways to address a challenge that for many rises to a crisis - and a full-house gathering at Sisters Fire District's Community Hall dug into the... Full story

  • Deputies arrest wanted person near Sisters

    Updated May 7, 2024

    A deputy with the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office was conducting routine patrol in the area of Forest Road 4606 near Sisters on May 5 when the deputy discovered a camp believed to be occupied by a Leah Marie Sharp, a 37-year-old transient who was wanted for three counts of custodial interference and three counts of kidnapping out of Caldwell, Idaho. According to DCSO, the deputy learned that Sharp was likely with her three children, the victims of the custodial interference and kidnapping, listed as missing and e... Full story

  • Arrest made in assault in Sisters

    Updated May 7, 2024

    A 21-year-old Bend man is under arrest for allegedly assaulting a ride share driver and stealing his vehicle in Sisters. According to the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office, deputies were dispatched to a report of an assault and theft of a vehicle in Sisters on May 3, at 2:48 a.m. Deschutes County 911 Dispatch advised a male subject had assaulted a ride share driver and subsequently stole the vehicle. During the course of the investigation, it was determined Joshua Buck, a 21-year-old transient was at the Deschutes County Stab... Full story

  • Sisters lodger receives national award

    Sue Stafford|Updated May 7, 2024

    For a number of years, FivePine Lodge has received some kind of national award from Tripadvisor, but this year they hit it out of the park. They were named number three in the country for the Travelers’ Choice Awards Best of the Best title. Numbers one and two were in San Diego and New York City. The award celebrates the highest level of excellence in travel based on a high volume of above-and-beyond reviews and opinions from the Tripadvisor community over a 12-month p... Full story

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