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Articles from the May 15, 2024 edition

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  • Pops Concert will support Sisters music

    Olivia Nieto|Updated May 16, 2024

    The town of Sisters has often been described as “artsy and vibrant.” From the Sisters Quilt Show, to SFF Presents, to Sisters Arts Association events, the activities held in this small town embody these descriptions. The Sisters School District music program aims to expose students to the arts. The band program at Sisters High School showcases this priority. The SHS Jazz Band has an admirable track record, winning the State Jazz Band Championships in 2022, attaining second place in 2023, and attending later this month in 202... Full story

  • Marking a century at The Lodge

    Sue Stafford|Updated May 16, 2024

    Margaret Helen Fine, tagged "June Bug" at an early age by her father because she never lit for very long, has been known for all her adult life as June Phillips, after marrying her husband Bill in 1944. On May 15, June will be celebrating her 100th birthday at The Lodge in Sisters, where she has resided for the past year-and-a-half. She was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, May 15, 1924, to Goldie and Luther Fine, who ran a grocery store six days a week where June worked in her youth.... Full story

  • Just Like Us: Miriam

    Lisa May|Updated May 14, 2024

    In a previous column, I adopted a view of literature as a time machine that enables us to view people and places from the past. That distant culture might look a little different from ours but, at a heart level, those people aren't all that different from us. This time we are going to crank the controls on the time machine back about 3,500 years ago. Through the pages of the Bible, we will take a look at a woman named Miriam. Miriam's people, the Hebrews, have been living in... Full story

  • Sculptor featured at Sisters gallery

    Updated May 14, 2024

    Toriizaka Art will host an exhibition of celebrated artist Chas Martin. Martin, who lives in Portland, is a visual artist who communicates his philosophy and musings in his work. His sculptures, masks, and paintings are inspired by dreams and imagination – often speaking through symbols using a petroglyph-like style to explore universal characters and situations. The resulting images are thought-provoking and stretch our imaginations. The Exhibition, titled “Abstract Illusions: Faces in Art” will showcase Martin’s innovat... Full story

  • Girls tennis sends six to next round

    Rongi Yost|Updated May 14, 2024

    The girls tennis squad competed in the first round of districts held at the Columbia Basin Racquet Club in Richland, Washington, on Friday and Saturday, May 10-11. The team played well, and will send four singles players and one doubles team to the quarterfinals, which will be held at Crook County High School on Friday and Saturday, May 17-18. Juhree Kizziar (No. 1 singles) blanked her two opponents, D. Patricio from Irrigon and Rodriquez from Umatilla, 6-0, 6-0. “Juhree was the leader of the team and moved swiftly through t... Full story

  • Fentanyl awareness on agenda

    Ben Botkin|Updated May 14, 2024

    A national nonprofit organization released a new program on Tuesday, May 7, to help families navigate the hazards of fentanyl and prevent deaths of young people as Oregon continues to battle the lethal drug epidemic. Song for Charlie, a nonprofit focused on raising awareness about fake fentanyl pills, launched The New Drug Talk Oregon, an educational web-based platform with free information about the risks of fentanyl and the dangers of self-medication and experimentation. The program also gives families guidance on how to... Full story

  • Boys tennis competes at district tournament

    Rongi Yost|Updated May 14, 2024

    The boys tennis squad took six players to the first round of districts which was held Friday and Saturday, May 10 and 11, at the Cascade Racquet Club in Richland, Washington. Dominic Pulver (No.1 singles) and Jack Murray (No. 3 singles) had great performances, beat both their opponents, and will advance to the second round of district play which will be held at Crook County High School Friday and Saturday, May 17 and 18. “These two have worked hard all year to improve their skills, and strategically this tournament they both... Full story

  • Outlaws golfers close out season

    Updated May 14, 2024

    The Outlaws travelled to Florence, Oregon, on May 5-6-7 to compete in the 3A-2A-1A District Golf event, which is the way teams qualify for the Oregon State Golf Championships. Outlaws Golf is part of Special District 2 (SD2) which consists of 16 teams. "Sisters plays mostly in Central Oregon, but this was a fun trip to the coast, and we were able to play a very nice layout, formerly known as Sandpines, now called Florence Golf Links," said Coach Bill Mitchell. The team played... Full story

  • Metagame and Magic

    Robert Kruger|Updated May 14, 2024

    Since the article came out where I introduced game theory in terms of rock-paper-scissors at Sisters Athletic Club, Wade has become more smug when he throws rock to my scissors. Between games, mutual acquaintances question him about my article, and he talks smack about me. And during a match, we goad each other with the specter of public humiliation. The article changed our metagame, and the metagame is really 99 percent of what rock-paper-scissors has going for it. At Wizards of the Coast in the early 1990s, Richard Garfield... Full story

  • A rolling bard gathers no moss

    T. Lee Brown|Updated May 14, 2024

    It was a fine week for music and Shakespeare. Or maybe I should say music and wildly silly theater that riffs on Shakespeare? Music first. My teenaged son joined me for a spirited show at The Belfry, headlined by Anna Moss, also known for her duo Handmade Moments (find my interview with her on the fabulous Interwebs at I asked for his opinion. "I liked the opener, Ian George, with his sentimental folk-rock songwriting style," he said. "I thought that he had a... Full story

  • Outlaws boys place fourth in District

    Charlie Kanzig|Updated May 14, 2024

    The Outlaws boys’ track and field team matched its fourth place District finish from 2023 behind two state qualifiers and a slew of personal records among the team members. The District meet covered two days at Reed Stadium, May 9-10. John Berg earned a wild card berth to state competition by placing third in the 400 meters with a personal record of 52.39. “I am so happy for John this season after him being hurt last year,” said coach Jonathan Kelly. “He has flourished this year. Reid Woodson also earned a wildcard spot, i... Full story

  • Endowed by our Creator

    Ryan Moffat|Updated May 14, 2024

    The world as we know it is becoming slowly less and less stable. A simple observation when we look at the condition of the world clearly demonstrates the fragile moment we are all living through. Anecdotally I hear more and more cynicism, doubt, and despair about the future. Birth rates are dropping, marriage and nuclear families continue to implode, the economy is hanging by a thread and it’s beginning to psychologically effect our corporate psyches. These are actual statements I’ve heard from people in our town the last few... Full story

  • Outlaws softball squad honors senior in final game

    Matt Van Slyke|Updated May 14, 2024

    Cooper Alport's final at-bat lasted longer than any other last Friday at Reed Stadium. Adding foul tip after foul tip to a full count, Cooper stayed alive for 14 pitches. She's a fighter, but it was almost as if she didn't want to leave - the moment, the season, her team; her community. Cooper went 2-for-4 in the season finale, hitting a double and reaching second base a second time for her second hit, on an error by opponent Harrisburg. Both times, she came around to score,... Full story

  • Outlaws looking ahead to playoff action

    Matt Van Slyke|Updated May 14, 2024

    Senior Night ended on a high note for the Outlaws. The Sisters Varsity Baseball team blanked Harrisburg last week for a League record of 15-3. A shutout win capped off a four-game week: Sisters beat Harrisburg 7-2 on Tuesday, May 7, defeated Taft 19-3 on Wednesday, then took down Harrisburg twice on Friday, 8-4 and 10-0. Between Friday's games, the team celebrated its seniors Austin Dean, Justin deSmet, Brody Fischer, and Tristen Madron. From the mound, Fischer gave up three... Full story

  • Learning to stay safe and healthy

    Jim Cornelius|Updated May 14, 2024

    Knowing what to do in an emergency can be a matter of life or death. Yet most of us don't have the training to act swiftly and correctly in an emergency. Northwest Precision Emergency Medical Training is changing that, offering courses that range from basic babysitter safety protocols to cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) to intensive wilderness first aid training. Sisters' first responders are highly competent, and their response times are very good - but this is still a... Full story

  • Helping youth deal with grief

    Sue Stafford|Updated May 14, 2024

    The loss of a loved one is never easy, but for a child the trauma can create feelings of confusion, overwhelming sadness, loss of control, anger, guilt, and abandonment. Most children, especially the younger ones, lack the vocabulary to express what they are feeling. Since 1999, Camp Sunrise - a place for grieving children - has held a weekend camp that provides a safe, nurturing place for children ages 7-14 to gather with others who have lost a loved one and explore their... Full story

  • Physical therapist helps people get back to active life

    Jim Cornelius|Updated May 14, 2024

    Joe Uhan's physical therapy practice is about much more than alleviating pain and discomfort. It's about restoring people to the active life they love. "People come to me not just because they have pain, but because they want to do stuff," he told The Nugget. "And that stuff can be running a marathon, or it can be playing with your grandkids." Chronic pain and debility due to injury or wear and tear can be discouraging, and Uhan thrives on helping people overcome what seems... Full story

  • Students receive flight scholarships

    Updated May 14, 2024

    Sisters residents Katie Ryan and Keegan Kroytz received unique full-scholarship opportunities for flight training in the amount of $11,000, thanks to EAA Chapter 1345 of Bend and the Ray Aviation Scholarship program administered by the Experimental Aircraft Association in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Ryan received a Ray Scholarship from the Ray Foundation and Kroytz received a Jack Watson Service Scholarship made possible by the local EAA Bend Chapter. The EAA seeks to improve the flight training success rate from the current... Full story

  • Rethink wolf reintroduction

    Steve Allely|Updated May 14, 2024

    Let me start off by stating I’m not anti-wolf, nor am I a “wolf hater.” There are issues that need addressing in regards to Ander Rhoades’ article “Recreating with wolves in Central Oregon’s forests,” from April 24, as the article was naive and unrealistic, especially with “what to do” if you see a wolf, and its author has probably had little if any real life experiences with close predator encounters. I also question the info he was given by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW). Here’s some little known wolf f... Full story

  • Letters to the Editor 5/15/2024

    Updated May 14, 2024

    Walk the talk To the Editor: I just read the guest editorial by Diane L. Hodgson in the May 1, edition of The Nugget. Ms. Hodgson was apparently triggered by a person she encountered while having a latte at Sisters Coffee whom she described as “quite intelligent” and “charming,” but made the apparent mistake of saying that he thought Trump was a “good president.” Based on her statements in her guest editorial, Ms. Hodgson did not ask the person why he thought Trump was a good president or why, in light of recent reports in... Full story

  • Girls track and field district champs

    Charlie Kanzig|Updated May 14, 2024

    A well-balanced day on the track, coupled with bright spots in the field, earned the Outlaw girls' team its second consecutive 3A Special District 4 title after two days of action at Reed Stadium May 9-10. Sisters amassed 148 points to easily outdistance second place Siuslaw (109) in the team race. La Pine finished third (97), followed by Creswell (90), Elmira (66), Glide (56), Pleasant Hill (55), and Sutherlin (29). The top two finishers in each event at District meets qualif... Full story

  • High Desert Heroines: Toni Foster

    Maret Pajutee|Updated May 14, 2024

    The words people use to describe Toni Berke Foster paint a picture of a formidable woman: words like tough, skillful, committed, honest, focused, relentless, taskmaster, and "passionate maniac." Foster was a teacher at tiny Black Butte School in Camp Sherman for 28 years serving as educator, bus driver, custodian, and superintendent. Her other identities included being a deeply committed defender of the Metolius Basin. She drove the Forest Service to unprecedented levels of...

  • RV park zone change back before planners

    Updated May 14, 2024

    Proposed code changes to facilitate 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 are back before the Sisters Planning Commission on Thursday, May 16. The Planning Commission will carry on with a continued public hearing, starting at 5:30 p.m. at Sisters City Hall, 520 E. Cascade Ave. 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

  • Where and how will Sisters grow?

    Updated May 14, 2024

    The City of Sisters has kicked off a public process to help determine where the city will grow in the next 20 years. City of Sisters staff is working up a Sisters Urban Growth Boundary (UGB) Amendment proposal. A UGB is a line drawn on land- use planning maps to designate the area within which a city expects to grow over a 20-year period. The purpose of UGBs in Oregon is to protect the state’s farm and forest lands from the pressures of urbanization and sprawl — the UGB is where the city ends and the farms and forests beg... Full story

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