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Articles from the June 5, 2024 edition

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  • C4C and Rotary set plans for new 4th of July event

    Updated Jun 4, 2024

    There’s a new event on the Sisters Country calendar this summer. Local nonprofits Rotary Club of Sisters and Citizens4Community (C4C) are teaming up to launch the inaugural Sisters 4th Fest. The free, family-friendly gathering will take place on Thursday, July 4, from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Village Green Park. Planned activities include a pancake breakfast, 5K fun run, classic car show, kids “mini-parade,” live music, and much more. A full run-of-show, activities map, and more is available at “In t... Full story

  • Oregon economic forecast shows growth

    Julia Shumway|Updated Jun 4, 2024

    Oregon’s economy continues to grow steadily, if at a slower pace than it has in recent years, state economists told lawmakers on Wednesday. That includes April personal income tax collections coming in higher than expected, leaving a “fifty-fifty proposition” that Oregonians will receive a $582 million kicker tax credit in 2026, two years after the state paid out the largest kicker in state history. The credit kicks in whenever income tax payments are 2% higher than lawmakers planned for when crafting their two-year budge... Full story

  • Co-working space available in Sisters

    Bill Bartlett|Updated Jun 4, 2024

    Canoe Club is a community-oriented co-working space for Sisters freelancers, entrepreneurs, remote workers, and businesses of all sizes. They offer a range of workspaces to suit most every need, including open-plan areas, dedicated desks, private offices, state-of-the-art meeting rooms, quiet zones for focused work, and communal spaces for relaxation and networking. Co-working happens when people assemble in a neutral space to work independently on different projects, or in... Full story

  • Artist creates inked masterpieces in tattoo studio

    Jim Cornelius|Updated Jun 4, 2024

    Joanne Eastwood has always been an artist, ever since the was a little girl drawing pictures of birds outside her window. She followed her talent and passion to the New England School of Art and Design and the California School of Arts and Crafts, and she has worked in graphic design and a wide range of media, and she still does commissioned portraits. There is something special about tattooing. "It's just a different medium," she told The Nugget. I think the greatest thing... Full story

  • Duo to share evening of harmonies

    Updated Jun 4, 2024

    Paulina Springs Books will host an intimate "house concert" featuring songs, stories, and harmonies of Bay-area folk duo Claudia Russell and Bruce Kaplan on Tuesday, June 11, at 7 p.m. Listeners can expect to enjoy an evening of warmth, community, fun, connection and, of course, entertaining and engaging music. The evening will start with a special musical tribute to retiring bookseller Sue Tank. "The staff here at the bookstore and I wrote a song for Sue as a gift for her ret... Full story

  • Developers host neighborhood meeting

    Updated Jun 4, 2024

    Sisters Habitat for Humanity and local architect BUILD LLC will host a neighborhood meeting/open house regarding two proposed developments located near the intersection of East Adams Ave and North Larch Street. The meeting will be held Friday, June 7, 4:30–5:30 p.m., in the Theater Room at The Lodge in Sisters. The five properties sit within the downtown commercial zone within the City of Sisters. Current zoning allows for residential-only uses including both duplexes (townhomes) and cottage developments. Common open s... Full story

  • Peter Rowan headed to Sisters June 16

    Updated Jun 4, 2024

    The Belfry in Sisters will host a special solo performance by Grammy-award winner and Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame member, Peter Rowan, on Father's Day, June 16. Peter Rowan, a distinguished singer-songwriter, has captivated audiences for over five decades with his exceptional talent and remarkable career. From his formative years performing alongside Bluegrass legend Bill Monroe, to his tenure with Old & In the Way, and his flourishing solo endeavors, Rowan has left an... Full story

  • Sisters Country birds

    Douglas Beall|Updated Jun 4, 2024

    The Tree Swallow [Tachycineta bicolor] is about five inches long and has a forked tail, sparkling metallic green to blue head, and white feathers on its underside. Females are duller in color than males. In North America, Tree Swallows breed from Alaska east to Newfoundland, Canada and south to California, Colorado, Nebraska, and Maryland. It winters north to southern California, the Gulf Coast, and the Carolinas. They nest in aged trees occasionally using old woodpecker... Full story

  • Monitoring memory

    Sue Stafford|Updated Jun 4, 2024

    Over the years, I have often said if I were to lose one of my abilities as I age, I hope it isn’t my mind. I have always really enjoyed using my mental capacity to create, write, imagine, problem solve, make connections, learn, teach, observe, and remember. My long-time school friends can’t believe I remember the first and last names of everyone in our first grade class as well as all eight of my grade school teachers. In 2019, when I slammed my head into the asphalt dur... Full story

  • Sophomore receives Patriotic award

    Updated Jun 4, 2024

    VFW Post 8138 Sisters, presented Sophia Gerke the Post Patriotic Post Award on May 28 during the Sisters High School awards ceremony. Gerke's entry was awarded two gold flag pins for her parents as well as a letter of accomplishment from VFW and a monetary award of $400. Gerke on her art work: "My name is Sophia Gerke and in my painting, simplicity reigns, with the American Flag standing boldly at the center, surrounded by a vibrant array of handprints in various colors. This... Full story

  • In the Pines: Are you guys OK?

    T. Lee Brown|Updated Jun 4, 2024

    Once again, I smell smoke. The shadows landing on the sidewalk carry an amber tint. My friend points out feathery smoke high above us, floating in from what she describes as a 30,000 acre prescribed burn up on the Metolius. We're walking in ClearPine. A plume of smoke arises; it smells like smoldering pine needles. Then it turns dark black, letting off a nasty stink. That was this week. When we left off in the story, here in the column, it was 2017. Click here to see previous... Full story

  • Oregon sees sharp rise in pertussis

    Updated Jun 4, 2024

    Oregon health officials are concerned about a sharp increase in cases of pertussis — known as whooping cough — across nine counties and are encouraging people to get vaccinated against the disease. As of May 29, 178 pertussis cases have been reported to Oregon Health Authority’s Public Health Division. That’s a 770 percent increase from the 20 cases reported by that date in 2023. However, the 2024 numbers are roughly in line with those seen during similar time frames in the immediate pre-pandemic years, including 2019, w... Full story

  • Lifelong friends to share wilderness tales

    Updated Jun 4, 2024

    Jesse Reeder, Deb Jackson Brewer, Rosalyn McKeown-Ice, and Kamala Bremer will present “From Chicken to Eagle: Seven Women Paddling Whitewater and Navigating Life,” Thursday, June 6, at 6:30 p.m., at Paulina Springs Books. The book chronicles their paddling adventures, challenges, and inspirations from a life-changing trip in 1979. “From Chicken to Eagle: Seven Women Paddling Whitewater and Navigating Life” is a story of seven women who took a wilderness adventure at a time — 1979 — when women were starting to test their... Full story

  • The California Rose

    Craig Rullman|Updated Jun 4, 2024

    A sign tacked to the rafters in Cary Schwarz’s saddle shop in Salmon, Idaho reads: “No Dancing,” but when four of the world’s finest saddlemakers squeezed into Cary’s small shop to build a saddle for the Traditional Cowboy Arts Association’s 25th Anniversary—accompanied by curious students, occasional visitors, and the shop dog — nimble footwork was at a premium. From tree to finished saddle the project was nothing if not an elaborate physical and philosophical f... Full story

  • Stars over Sisters

    Samantha Reyes|Updated Jun 4, 2024

    Normally these articles are written to highlight interesting facts associated with a constellation of the season that can be viewed from our latitude. This month's edition, however, should generate a heightened level of excitement among the readership because it describes the possibility of seeing a nova. (Nova is Latin for "new star.") Many astronomers expect a nova will appear in the constellation of Corona Borealis sometime in the next few months. Designated T Coronae... Full story

  • Gardeners introduce sunflower project

    Updated Jun 4, 2024

    Community gardeners will be introducing the Great Sunflower Project to visitors at Sisters Farmers Market. The Great Sunflower Project is a citizen science project designed to increase the quantity of data collected on bees and other pollinators. The Great Sunflower Project aims to give citizens a method to record, and a platform for reporting, observed pollinator visits to flowering plants. Participants in the project will record the species of pollinators visited, the flowers that were visited, location of the flowers, and... Full story

  • Community celebration will kick off the Big Ponderoo

    Updated Jun 4, 2024

    A free community celebration on Friday, June 28, will officially start the Big Ponderoo festival weekend. The family-friendly event will include live music on the main festival stage, food carts and drinks, a mini parade, puppet theater, and interactive art experiences for all ages. The evening will begin with a special 4th Friday Art Walk where strollers can enjoy live music at 13 participating businesses around town from 4:30–6 p.m. Scheduled performers are: Alicia Viani a... Full story

  • Questioning prescribed burning

    George Wuerthner|Updated Jun 4, 2024

    The U.S. Forest Service plans to ramp up prescribed burns across the West on the presumption this will contribute to forest health as well as reduce landscape scale wildfires. However, the Forest Service exaggerates the presumed benefits of prescribed burning and ignores the problems. One of the most critical issues is that most wildfires never encounter a fuel reduction, whether from thinning or prescribed burns. So, even if prescribed burns were effective, fires seldom occur in treated areas. Second, the burn must be... Full story

  • Kizziar to play tennis for George Fox University

    Rongi Yost|Updated Jun 4, 2024

    Juhree Kizziar, who has competed in the No. 1 varsity singles spot all four years at Sisters High School (SHS), has committed to play tennis for the George Fox University Bruins next year. Kizziar has lived in Sisters her whole life, but didn't pick up a tennis racket until seventh grade. She told The Nugget she just hit the ball around with her older brother Jed, who played tennis at SHS and has been the girls assistant tennis coach for the past four years. Juhree noted that... Full story

  • Board seat open at fire district

    Updated Jun 4, 2024

    Sisters-Camp Sherman Rural Fire Protection District is seeking applicants for a vacant position on the Board of Directors. After reviewing all applications, the Board of Directors will appoint the successful candidate to the vacant position through June 30, 2027. The Board of Directors meets each month at 5 p.m. on the third Tuesday. In addition, all members of the Board of Directors serve on the Sisters-Camp Sherman Rural Fire Protection District Budget Committee. Members of the Board of Directors must be a resident, or own... Full story

  • Letters to the Editor 6/5/2024

    Updated Jun 4, 2024

    Best president To the Editor: Jan Pray’s letter to the editor was right on. Lincoln, Roosevelt, Reagan, and Trump have been the greatest presidents we ever had. There is a big drive toward socialism, away from God, country, and freedom. Senator Tim Scott said this is our last chance in November to turn the country back to liberty and freedom or we are done! Some members in churches across the U.S. are advocating for socialism and removing God from the church, which grieves me. Chet Davis First responders To the Editor: We a... Full story

  • Girls attend Junior Firefighter camp

    Sue Stafford|Updated Jun 4, 2024

    The area surrounding Scout Lake was abuzz with girl power last Saturday as 34 girls, ages 7–14, learned and practiced fire safety and outdoor skills they need for adventuring outside. The U.S. Forest Service and SheJumps Wild Skills co-sponsored the Junior Firefighter day camp combining the skills and expertise of their organizations with mentoring provided by female members of the Forest Service (four from Sisters Ranger District) and SheJumps. According to the program's curr... Full story

  • A scholarship and a rodeo run for Montgomery

    Jim Cornelius|Updated Jun 4, 2024

    Cache Montgomery has a $2,000 Sisters Rodeo Scholarship under his belt. Now he's setting out to add some trophy buckles to put on that belt as a professional rodeo cowboy. The 18-year-old La Pine High School graduating senior just received his PRCA (Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association) card and will enter his first professional rodeo as a steer wrestler at Sisters Rodeo. As of press time he was close to certain that he will run in Friday evening's performance. Montgomery... Full story

  • Firefighters douse brush fire in Camp Sherman

    Updated Jun 4, 2024

    An alert resident helped firefighters catch a brush fire in Camp Sherman before it got out of hand. The Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire District responded to the area of Tract C Lane in Camp Sherman at 4 p.m. on May 30 to investigate a report of smoke seen by a resident passerby. A brush engine crew arrived to find a fire burning in brush and grass on National Forest land adjacent to the 1419-206 forest road near Tract C Lane. Firefighters initiated suppression efforts to contain the three-quarter-acre fire, while the U.S. Forest... Full story

  • Sisters gets ready to rodeo

    Updated Jun 4, 2024

    Sisters is ready for a week of rodeo action - but not all of it is in the Sisters Rodeo arena. The whole town evokes the western spirit this week, with a parade that is as big an attraction for some folks as the main event, and live music to put boot heels on dance floors at local watering holes. There are also some opportunities for celebrity meet-and-greet events. The week's action kicks off Wednesday evening, June 5, with Xtreme Bulls, pitting the rankest stock in the West... Full story

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