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Articles from the May 29, 2024 edition

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  • 'Oxintheriver' Rade Michael Oxman

    Updated Jun 3, 2024

    Mike was a devoted fly fisher, finding solace, joy, and spiritual connection in the flowing waters that freed his soul from the trials of everyday life. The Metolius River was his sanctuary and playground, where the ultimate challenge lay in hooking a fish, landing it gently, and releasing it back to its watery domain unharmed. This ritual defined much of his life, a journey of perpetual learning and observation as he navigated the river's ever-changing currents. He cherished... Full story

  • Sisters Stampede 'nothing but fun'

    Bill Bartlett|Updated Jun 3, 2024

    After weeks of below-normal temperatures and incessant winds, Sunday was a picture perfect spring day. And it was the backdrop for the 15th running of the Sisters Stampede, an annual Memorial Day weekend mountain bike race for 579 riders, nine to 70-plus. "I don't know why they call it a race," said MJ Miller of Vancouver, Washington, making her fourth appearance, this time with her brood of three - ages 12, 10 and 7. "This is nothing but fun. I know there are some who are her... Full story

  • The Smoke Drifters ignite music season

    Matt Van Slyke|Updated May 28, 2024

    Sisters band The Smoke Drifters will kick off the summer concerts at The Barn. They'll take the stage on Saturday, June 1, at 6 p.m. for their album release party. The band's debut, "Falling from the Sky," is now available on streaming platforms. The Americana/Roots Rock group features lead singer/songwriter Jonas Tarlen, Macon Luhning on guitar and mandolin, Jonathan van Heel's lead electric guitar, Mike Boero behind the kit, and Steve Orange on bass. "Steve and I both work... Full story

  • Students close out their year in song

    Olivia Nieto|Updated May 28, 2024

    Sisters High School choir singers stepped outside of their usual music repertoire and presented songs inspired by modern songs and movies at the annual Vocal Pops Show on Tuesday, May 21. Teachers Steve Livingston and Julie Cash led students of varying ages in the learning that led up to this event. The show displayed the hard work of the Sisters High School Concert and Jazz choirs, as well as the 7th and 8th grade choir, and 6th grade choir. "It's a time for us to reflect on... Full story

  • Sisters Folk Festival lineup complete

    Updated May 28, 2024

    Sisters Folk Festival has announced the addition of 14 artists to the 2024 festival lineup, rounding out a total of 33 acts slated to perform in downtown Sisters on Sept. 27-29. The artists represent multiple genres of roots music from all over the world. Chris Smither, Väsen, Caleb Klauder and Reeb Willms Country Band, Las Guaracheras, Carsie Blanton, Viv & Riley, Paul McDonald, Gabe Lee, Michaela Anne, The Pairs, Tropa Magica, Lizzie No, The Lowest Pair, and Beth Wood join... Full story

  • Sisters honors the fallen in ceremony

    Jim Cornelius|Updated May 28, 2024

    For many, Memorial Day weekend marks the start of summer, and it is observed with picnics, barbecues, and time in the outdoors. The day has more profound meaning, a point that was driven home with ceremony and decorum at Sisters' annual Memorial Day Observance, hosted by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8138, American Legion Post 86, and Sisters Band of Brothers on Monday, May 27. "We gather today not for a barbecue or a day off, but for a solemn purpose," said keynote speaker, U... Full story

  • Girls tennis finishes eighth at state

    Rongi Yost|Updated May 28, 2024

    The girls tennis squad took four players Juhree Kizziar and Katie Ryan (singles), and doubles duo Sophie Rush and Shae Wyland, to the state tennis championships held at the Oregon State Campus in Corvallis Thursday through Saturday, May 23-25. The Lady Outlaws finished eighth out of 21 teams in attendance. Katie Ryan dominated play and blanked Kendal Wilson of Henley 6-0, 6-0, in her first match round on Thursday. Coach Bruce Fenn said, “That was the best tennis I’ve seen Katie play all year. Her serves were hit with pac... Full story

  • Cheatgrass invades Sisters

    Bill Bartlett|Updated May 28, 2024

    While it is not a major threat to grazing or livestock production in Sisters Country it is nonetheless a pesky irritant to gardeners and a danger to pets. Moreover it is a major accelerant to wildfire. Bromus tectorum, commonly known as cheatgrass, is an invasive annual grass that has rapidly spread across 100 million acres of U.S. grassland and sagebrush areas primarily in western states. Cheatgrass reduces wildlife habitat, recedes crop production, and depletes cattle... Full story

  • Sisters Rodeo expands scholarships

    Updated May 28, 2024

    The Sisters Rodeo Association has long been a generous provider of scholarships to Sisters High School graduates. Sisters Rodeo scholarships are awarded to students who volunteer with community organizations, are involved in 4-H, FFA, high school rodeo/equestrian activities, and have expressed an interest in careers involving agriculture, ranching, veterinary services or trades. "This year the Sisters Rodeo Board expanded its scholarship program from three scholarships to six... Full story

  • Building Blocks: strong community

    Sue Stafford|Updated May 28, 2024

    There was enough good news emanating from the May 15 Community Builders meeting that two articles were required, one last week (May 22) and another this week. • As president of Sisters Rotary, Bill Kelly announced the plans for the Fourth of July celebration, Sisters 4th Fest, scheduled for Village Green Park, 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event is being sponsored by Sisters Rotary Club, Citizens4Community, St. Charles Health System, and Next Phase Realty, with support from Run Sist... Full story

  • Mentoring for balloon program

    Olivia Nieto|Updated May 28, 2024

    Since 2015, Sisters High School students have been provided opportunities through RISE (Research in Sisters Environments) to practice science in a real- world setting, and apply the knowledge they learn in the classroom to novel problems. The work is driven by student and mentor collaboration, through which many students have gained collaborative research experience. This year’s SHS RISE Chemistry balloon launch highlighted the importance of teamwork and research in all of the experiments. Last week, the class launched two b... Full story

  • A.B. Dyer Construction carries on a Sisters legacy

    Matthew McClellan|Updated May 28, 2024

    For Andrew Dyer, construction is a family affair. Sometimes this means sharing coffee and breakfast with a client. Once, it meant a client happily giving Dyer the keys to their Portland home, where he stayed for two weeks while remodeling their kitchen. Dyer runs A.B. Dyer Construction, serving the Sisters area by rebuilding decks and remodeling kitchens and bathrooms. Through his work, Dyer carries on the legacy of his grandfather. Dyer's grandfather was in charge of... Full story

  • Missing dog found dead

    Updated May 28, 2024

    A missing dog reported stolen from a vehicle at the Whychus Canyon Preserve Trailhead earlier this month has been found dead a few miles from where she went missing. According to the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office, the cause of death does not appear to be suspicious in nature, and is likely due to the elements. On May 17, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a report of a K-9 stolen from the trailhead. The dog owner had parked their vehicle at the Whychus Canyon Preserve Trailhead in the shade. Whi... Full story

  • Outdueled Outlaws hold their heads high

    Matt Van Slyke|Updated May 28, 2024

    Sisters Varsity Baseball's playoff run ended on Friday with a 4-1 quarterfinals loss at Pleasant Hill. Senior Brody Fischer and junior Landen Scott hit first-inning singles but the Outlaw offense floundered, unable to convert scoring chances. The Pleasant Hill Billies scored first, in the third inning, and Sisters answered in the fourth. Justin deSmet hit a grounder, reached first on an error, and brought in Fischer to tie it 1-1. Then the wheels fell off. Sisters starter... Full story

  • Sisters Farmers Market opens Sunday

    Updated May 28, 2024

    Opening day for Sisters Farmers Market is Sunday, June 2, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This year, the market will open with a bigger footprint: in addition to operating in Fir Street Park, Sisters Farmers Market will also include a new area across Main Avenue and indoors, at the Sisters Makers building adjacent to Fir Street Park. Over 55 farmers, ranchers, makers, and food producers will bring their goods to Sisters Farmers Market this season, offering fresh veggies, mushrooms, berries, locally raised meat, seafood, value-added food... Full story

  • CODE Team recognized for combatting drugs

    Updated May 28, 2024

    Central Oregon Drug Enforcement (CODE) team was awarded the 2023 Agency of the Year for Oregon by the Western States Information Network (WSIN) in recognition of their outstanding contributions to combating drug trafficking and enhancing community safety throughout Central Oregon. According to WSIN, this award celebrates the CODE team's exceptional leadership, dedication, strategic innovation, and significant impact on disrupting domestic and international drug-related... Full story

  • Pulver takes Outlaws to fifth place in tennis

    Rongi Yost|Updated May 28, 2024

    Dominic Pulver was the lone player from the boys’ tennis squad to make it to the state championships held at Oregon State University Thursday through Saturday, May 23rd through the 25th. Seventeen teams were in attendance and, as the lone Outlaw player, Pulver took them to a tie with three other schools, Crook County, Nyssa, and Vale, for a fifth place finish. Pulver had a bye in the first round on Thursday, and on Friday in round two defeated Sam McLaughlin of Marist 6-3, 6-4, in a very competitive match. Pulver kept M... Full story

  • Sisters lacrosse players see action in combined program

    Tatum Cramer|Updated May 28, 2024

    Coming into the 2024 lacrosse season the Sisters Outlaws lacrosse girls team was facing a challenge: Either don't have a lacrosse team, due to the lack of players, or figure out some way to combine with a neighboring program to complete a team. Faced with this challenge Sisters Coach Mckenna Jones, and Coach Pam Whitman and Matt Hansen, girls Redmond coaches, came together and decided to form Three Peaks Lacrosse, a combination of Ridgeview High School, Redmond High School,... Full story

  • Music celebrates community

    Olivia Nieto|Updated May 28, 2024

    Music and community came together last Thursday evening as the Sisters High School (SHS) band department put on a show involving young musicians from a variety of local music programs. "Music and art are inherently communal. We as people are best when we work together, and musicians are no different," said Kayla Golka, director of the band program at SHS. The production included a plethora of different music communities, including the SHS Concert and Jazz Bands, the Sisters... Full story

  • Excellence in arts celebrated at showcase

    Updated May 28, 2024

    SFF Presents will host a free showcase of Sisters School District music and arts programs at the Sisters Art Works building Sunday, June 2 from 2 to 5 p.m. The community is invited to celebrate the work of the SHS AP visual arts and luthier students, and enjoy collaborative music performances by the SHS Jazz Band, the Outlaw Strings Club, and Americana Project student artists. Inside the Cindy and Duncan Campbell Gallery, Advanced Placement art students will be present to share their art and design portfolios. The class... Full story

  • Inflation factors

    Cliff Brush|Updated May 28, 2024

    Traditional inflation meant prices rise then retreat. Now consumers see it as high prices stay high. Presidential candidates, be honest about what you can and will do to lower them. Begin by admitting some factors are out of your control. The Ogallala Aquifer supplies groundwater to Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, and Wyoming. It supports 20 percent of America’s corn, cotton, cattle, and wheat production. It provides 30 percent of all U.S. irrigation water. Since significant g... Full story

  • Letters to the Editor 5/29/24

    Updated May 28, 2024

    Wolf response To the Editor: I’ll repeat: “I’m not anti-wolf nor a wolf hater.” I simply stated the wolves that were brought down out of Canada and transplanted into Yellowstone shouldn’t be introduced or brought here because we already have, or at least had, a remnant of our original Oregon wolves present in the Three Sisters Wilderness and adjacent areas that weren’t killed off in the ’40s. I found out another local saw a large dark wolf over 20 years ago too, so that’s another confirmed sighting. Why didn’t the ODFW... Full story

  • From hazards to habitat

    Maret Pajutee|Updated May 28, 2024

    Many of us who live in Sisters have experienced that sinking feeling when we see a dark column of smoke on a hot summer day. Living in fire-prone forests, the loss of our homes to a wildfire is a real threat. If we are lucky, we still have house insurance, but many homeowners have had their policies cancelled after the loss of over 4,000 homes to Oregon wildfires in 2020, the state's most expensive natural disaster. We also live near rivers that have been altered in the past... Full story

  • Sisters Trails Alliance names new director

    Sue Stafford|Updated May 28, 2024

    Sisters Trails Alliance has selected a new executive director. Stephanie Presley came on board as of May 6. Presley brings years of experience leading volunteer organizations and community coalitions, working with boards of directors and collaborating with local, state, and federal stakeholders on a wide range of projects and programs. "The board is delighted to welcome Stephanie as our new executive director," said STA board chair Forest Tancer. "We are fortunate to have... Full story

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