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Articles from the May 22, 2024 edition


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  • Building Blocks: connecting the Sisters community

    Sue Stafford|Updated May 31, 2024

    Once a month, there is a gathering of Sisters residents who are known as Community Builders to share with each other news of what they, their nonprofits, businesses, startups, and interest groups are doing to add to the community spirit of Sisters. The meetings are fun to attend because there is generally good, upbeat news of projects being undertaken, changes being made, partnerships working together, and other ways in which something is being done to sustain and improve the... Full story

  • League champion Outlaws enter playoffs on Wednesday

    Matt Van Slyke|Updated May 21, 2024

    The Mountain Valley Conference Baseball Champion Varsity Outlaws are hosting an Oregon School Activities Association (OSAA) playoff game to extend their remarkable 2024 campaign. Sisters will face South Umpqua on Wednesday, May 22, at 4:30 p.m. at Sisters High School, in Round 2 of the OSAA / OnPoint Community Credit Union 3A Baseball State Championship. This is a single-elimination matchup: the winner makes the quarterfinals; the other goes home. The Outlaws (Mountain Valley... Full story

  • Mornings at the Market to be unveiled June 2

    T. Lee Brown|Updated May 21, 2024

    Fortified by a collaboration with Sisters Makers and a Citizens4Community grant, Sisters Farmers Market will launch its new Mornings at the Market program June 2. Mornings at the Market will engage the Sisters community with programs for kids and adults alike. Some will take place indoors, which is new for the market. According to market manager Willa Bauman, a Fill Your Garden event on Opening Day will feature plant starts and garden-related activities (Click here to see... Full story

  • Baseball historian recounts tragic event

    Updated May 21, 2024

    Author and baseball historian Eric Vickrey will present "Season of Shattered Dreams: Postwar Baseball, the Spokane Indians, and a Tragic Bus Crash That Changed Everything," on Thursday, May 30, at 6:30 p.m. at Paulina Springs Books. This is the first-ever book on the deadliest accident in American professional sports history. Vic Picetti, Bob Paterson, and Bob Kinnaman are names that may be known to baseball historians, but they could have been as recognizable as Joe... Full story

  • Boys tennis wraps up district tournament

    Rongi Yost|Updated May 21, 2024

    The Outlaws tennis team had two players, sophomores Dominic Pulver and Jack Murray, compete in the final two-day event of the Special District 4 Tournament, held at Prineville High School May 17–18. Pulver earned a fourth-place finish and will advance to the State Championship to be held in Corvallis Thursday through Saturday, May 23–25. On Friday, Pulver made short work of his opponent Alex Salas of Irrigon and won the match 6-0, 6-2. Pulver hit the ball hard from the baseline, came in for a volley when he had opp... Full story

  • City seeks input on roundabout art

    Updated May 21, 2024

    The construction of the roundabout at Highway 20 and Locust Street is well underway, and now the City of Sisters is turning its attention from function to aesthetics. In consultation with ODOT, city staff is spearheading the process of selecting artwork that reflects Sisters’ heritage and identity. Kerry Prosser, deputy city manager, noted that community input is pivotal in this process, and a survey seeking public opinion on the theme for the roundabout is available on the city website under “What’s Happening,” https:/... Full story

  • 'Ponderoo' guitar up for raffle

    Updated May 21, 2024

    SFF Presents has announced its Big Ponderoo guitar raffle fundraiser, with entries on sale as of May 22. Jason Chinchen, luthier teacher and director of the Sisters High School Woods II program, has built and donated a beautiful custom rounded dreadnought shaped guitar - valued at $4,000 - for the organization to raffle. Half of the proceeds will go directly to the Woods II program and the other half will provide support for SFF Presents' cultural education outreach and... Full story

  • Students launch science experiments

    Olivia Nieto|Updated May 21, 2024

    Sisters High School Chemistry class sent their work aloft in the annual weather balloon launch at the Sisters Eagle Airport, led by teacher Rima Givot on Wednesday, May 15. The launch focuses on giving students a hands-on experience to integrate their learning into real-world applications. The students are prompted to brainstorm an experiment that they'd like to send up on the weather balloons; they're then paired up with classmates who have similar ideas. Each of the two ball... Full story

  • Foraged Interiors opens in Sisters

    Matthew McClellan|Updated May 21, 2024

    Elise Payne can see through walls. When she walks into a new space, she renovates it in her head. While most people "have a really hard time seeing through walls," she says, "I have this innate ability to see through walls. I'm constantly taking them down in my head and putting them back up." Though some of us might be disoriented by this way of seeing the world, Payne puts her vision to good use as an interior designer. Last fall she brought her interior design practice,... Full story

  • Outlaws girls track fourth at state

    Charlie Kanzig|Updated May 21, 2024

    Up and downs, surprises, and close calls marked the two days of competition for the Sisters girls and boys at the OSAA State 3A Championships held May 16-17 at Hayward Field in Eugene. When all was said and done, the girls had a fourth place team trophy to bring home for their efforts. Day one of the competition on Thursday began with two Outlaws in the high jump, senior Gracie Vohs and freshman Althea Crabtree. Vohs entered the competition with the second-best season mark... Full story

  • In the Pines: Walking for charity

    T. Lee Brown|Updated May 21, 2024
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    When I was a kid, there was this fundraiser called the Walkathon. You'd take your piece of physical paper-thick stock, printed with lines to fill in and boxes to tick-and proceed to pester neighbors, relatives, and grownups at church and school. What you wanted from them: a pledge. They'd pledge, say 25¢ for each mile you would walk, filling their name and address on the line provided. You'd plan to walk the whooooole Walkathon. Twenty miles! The money benefited March of Dimes... Full story

  • May's Artwalk is a colorful tour-de-force

    Helen Schmidling|Updated May 21, 2024

    The Sisters Arts Association's May 24 Fourth Friday Artwalk will unveil amazing art and showcase some of Sisters' up-and-coming talents and veteran artists. Galleries are generally open all day and receptions with featured artists begin at 4 p.m. Walk through nine galleries and sign up for Quick Draw, to win two $50 certificates to the galleries, thanks to a generous donation from Cascade Hasson Sotheby's Realty of Sisters. Wildflower Studio features art supplies, leather... Full story

  • Sisters Farmers Market revs up for an exciting season

    T. Lee Brown|Updated May 21, 2024

    With new programs, new spaces, and more market days, Sisters Farmers Market will kick off an exciting new season on Sunday, June 2. Locals looking for garden starts-ornamental or edible-will find many plants to choose from on Opening Day. Thanks to partners, including Central Oregon Flower Collective and Sisters Community Garden, "there will be a wide variety of veggie and flower starts available," according to market manager Willa Bauman. New programs and spaces will enliven... Full story

  • Students benefit from community generosity

    Olivia Nieto|Updated May 21, 2024

    Sisters has been marked as a historically generous community, and its citizens live up to that reputation. More than 53 Sisters businesses, foundations, and inhabitants are donors for Sisters GRO (Graduate Resource Organization) applicants, giving Sisters High School graduates a steady foundation for their bright future. Last Tuesday evening, May 14, Sisters GRO hosted their annual GRO Scholarship Award Ceremony for graduating seniors that received scholarships via Sisters GRO. “This year we had a record-breaking amount of s... Full story

  • It's just a shot away

    Jim Cornelius|Updated May 21, 2024

    In 1968, the world was falling apart. The Vietnam War was at the height of its intensity; the Tet Offensive launched in January was a disaster for the Viet Cong, which was badly mauled in weeks of fighting — but it proved to be a political victory, because Americans were shocked that a nationwide uprising of that scale could even happen after General William Westmoreland assured the nation in November 1967 that the U.S. and South Vietnamese were making great progress and t... Full story

  • Letters to the Editor 5/22/2024

    Updated May 21, 2024

    Crying wolf To the Editor: Two guest columnist articles printed in the May 15, 2024 edition were out of touch with science and facts. Steve Allely’s claim about “Oregon wolves” vs. “Canadian transplants” is based only on claims by untrained biased observers, not actual science. Science is based on surveys, studies, and facts based on evidence. ODFW is far more reliable about facts. A quick Internet search on wolf species verifies that the Northern Rocky Mountain wolves, 70 to 150 pounds, are the same all across the northern... Full story

  • DCSO showcases deputies, drones, dogs

    Matt Van Slyke|Updated May 21, 2024

    One of the best search and rescue teams in the nation is ready to respond within minutes - unless you're a climber stuck between a rock and a hard place in the middle of winter on the South Sister. The rock, in this case, was a band of rock amid a wall of ice - the hard place, nearly 10,000 feet up the north side of South Sister - preventing an ice climber from reaching relative safety. "He called from that spot, and I remember telling him, 'Get comfortable. You need to be... Full story

  • Planning commission gives nod to code change

    Jim Cornelius|Updated May 21, 2024

    After considerable discussion and some dissent, the Sisters Planning commission voted 4-2 to recommend acceptance of code changes that would allow an RV park as a use in the Sun Ranch Tourist Commercial Zone. The final decision will go before the Sisters City Council, which is scheduled to have a work session on the matter on June 26, and a public hearing on July 10. The property developers suggested the code changes. They propose a “boutique, higher-end RV Park that caters t... Full story

  • Girls tennis crowned District champions

    Rongi Yost|Updated May 21, 2024

    The Lady Outlaws have retained the tennis crown. The girls tennis team turned in fabulous performances in the final two-day Special District 4 Tournament event held at Prineville High School on Friday and Saturday, May 17-18, and were crowned the District Champs for the second consecutive year. Sisters finished first with 20 points, and Crook County was runner up with 17. Juhree Kizziar and Katie Ryan (singles) and Leah O’Hern and Sophie Rush (doubles) all earned a berth to the state tournament, which will be held at Oregon S... Full story

  • Sisters set to mark Memorial Day

    Updated May 21, 2024

    In what has become a beloved tradition over more than two decades, Sisters veterans and citizens will gather at 11 a.m. on Monday, May 27, in the Village Green for a community day of honor and remembrance in recognition of Memorial Day. Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8138, American Legion Post 86, and the Sisters chapter of Band of Brothers host the observances, which mark the day in which the United States honors those who have fallen in the nation’s wars. Pat Bowe, a U.S. Army Vietnam War Veteran and Post Commander of VFW P... Full story

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