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Articles from the July 5, 2023 edition

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  • Farmer-educators connect kids with food and learning

    T. Lee Brown|Updated Jul 31, 2023

    "I love it," said Programs Director Hannah Joseph on a sunny day at Seed to Table farm. Peacocks shrilled and Highland cattle mooed. She and Farm Manager Jenn Gardner sought shade after an intense several hours leading kids in activities and education on the farm (see related article, page 7). "I love connecting everything through food," said Joseph. "I think we can all relate to food, so it's a great focal point to then talk about all kinds of subjects." Teaching kids... Full story

  • Will Portland verdict impact Sisters' electricity?

    Bill Bartlett|Updated Jul 11, 2023

    In what could be the first verdict for private plaintiffs against a utility over a wildfire, a jury in Portland found PacifiCorp negligible for a series of wildfires in 2020 and awarded more than $72 million for property damage to 17 plaintiffs. The verdict, rendered June 12, included about $67.5 million in noneconomic damages against PacifiCorp, which operates Pacific Power and is part of deep-pocketed Berkshire Hathaway Energy. PacifiCorp said it would appeal. The verdict... Full story

  • Sisters Folk Festival releases single-day tickets

    Updated Jul 11, 2023

    Single-day tickets for the annual Sisters Folk Festival (SFF) September 29 through October 1 are now on sale. Alongside the previously announced artists, an additional nine performers have been added to the 2023 lineup: Steve Poltz, Crys Matthews, Chastity Brown, Beth Wood, Heron Valley, Bab L'Bluz, Olive Klug, Elias Alexander, and Sweater Weather String Band, for a total of 32 acts on the bill. Patrons can purchase tickets and view artist performance dates at... Full story

  • Six decades of quilting

    Sue Stafford|Updated Jul 11, 2023

    An afternoon spent listening to Kathie Olson talk about her life as a quilter was filled with fun stories, amazing creativity, and great humor expressed when considering her long dedication to the art and craft of quilting. Olson said her sewing machine died years ago and she just never replaced it. For all the years since the machine's demise, Olson has hand-stitched every bit of every quilt to create professional pieces that are a feast for the eyes. Studying her quilts,... Full story

  • Truck fire points up dangers

    Updated Jul 11, 2023

    Bend Fire & Rescue was dispatched at 3:05 a.m. on June 29 to a reported vehicle fire on Tumalo Reservoir Road near Mock Road. Initial reports were of a trailer full of hay that was on fire. First-arriving apparatus found multiple spot fires along a 500-yard stretch of Tumalo Reservoir Road, primarily on the north side of the road. Additional resources were requested, including U.S. Forest Service, Oregon Department of Forestry, and Cloverdale Fire District, to assist in... Full story

  • Don't be rattled by snakes

    Bill Bartlett|Updated Jul 11, 2023

    Your odds of seeing a rattlesnake inside the city limits of Sisters are too low to calculate. Nobody seems to remember seeing one in town. Just east and north of town, it's a different story - although sightings are low, bites lower, and there is no record of death by bite in Deschutes County, although some bites have resulted in emergency care. Your dog is more at risk than you, vets say, as they are naturally prone to get off trail and flush out movement. Curiosity can kill... Full story

  • Students sample waters of Suttle Lake

    Updated Jul 11, 2023

    This spring, 32 Sisters High School (SHS) chemistry students worked with Steven Peterzen of The ISTAR Group and SHS science teacher Rima Givot to build the OARS program, in which students explore Suttle Lake ecology through chemical analysis of the water column and benthic sampling of the lake bottom. Canoes made for a non-polluting vessel to access the deeper waters of Suttle Lake, which is a glacial carved, spring-fed mountain lake west of Sisters. The student scientists... Full story

  • There's more to come

    Sue Stafford|Updated Jul 4, 2023

    When people find out that, after seven years, I am no longer going to be writing about what’s going on at City Hall, they ask what I’m going to do with my time. Retire? Find other work? Although my assigned beat has been City-related, I do write articles having to do with other topics. And now I will have time to do more of what I love: interviewing people for feature stories, and researching topics to learn more in order to write an in-depth article. I should also be abl... Full story

  • McLeod-Skinner eyes another run

    Julia Shumway, Oregon Capital Chronicle|Updated Jul 4, 2023

    After a narrow loss to Republican Lori Chavez-DeRemer last year, Jamie McLeod-Skinner is “seriously considering” another run for Congress in Oregon’s 5th District. McLeod-Skinner told the Capital Chronicle on Tuesday that she expects to make a decision about whether she’ll run again in early July. She lost to Chavez-DeRemer by just more than 7,000 votes or two percentage points. McLeod-Skinner confirmed the existence of a poll she commissioned with leftover campaign funds. The Capital Chronicle obtained a copy of the polling... Full story

  • The Brothers Comatose to perform in Sisters

    Updated Jul 4, 2023

    Sisters Folk Festival's Summer Concerts at Sisters Art Works series will kick off on Thursday, July 13, with a performance by The Brothers Comatose, a five-piece string band with fierce musicianship and rowdy, rock-concert-like shows. Tickets are on sale for $25 for adults and $15 for youth 17 and under (fees included) at Whether traveling to gigs on horseback or by tour bus, Americana mavens The Brothers Comatose forge their own path... Full story

  • Lady, get lost - a case for solo adventuring

    Audry Van Houweling PMHNP|Updated Jul 4, 2023

    As I write this, I am sitting solo at my camp deep in the heart of the Steens Wilderness. One eye on my journal, and the other on my campfire grappling to sustain itself after a day of unexpected pre-solstice snow and wrathful rounds of high winds and hail. Generally clear this time of year, this time the skies are angry. The sun is finally making its debut out from the west, lighting up the sharp cliffsides of the Little Blitzen River. I can hear the booms of the nighthawks... Full story

  • David Eugene Carlson

    Updated Jul 4, 2023

    David Eugene Carlson was born on March 3rd, 1939, in Denver, Colorado to Elmer and Nellie Carlson. Gene, as he was affectionately known, was born with black hair and hazel eyes. Adored by his parents, he joined his older sister Martha, and was followed by his younger brother, Don. A busy boy, Gene could often be found on a baseball field. He was raised in the Baptist Church, valuing service at a young age that would extend throughout his life. He was a 1957 graduate of... Full story

  • Sisters church offers free concert series

    Updated Jul 4, 2023

    Sisters Community Church (SCC) is hosting its third annual summer concert series in July and August. The summer concert series, which started in 2020, offers outstanding performers from throughout the area. The first concert in the series is Sunday, July 9 at 6 p.m., featuring Toast & Jam. There is no admission cost. The church absorbs the cost of putting on the concerts. The purpose of the concerts is two-fold. First, to invite all people from our community to gather in a... Full story

  • Bestselling author returns to Sisters

    Updated Jul 4, 2023

    Bestselling author Marie Bostwick will sign her latest novel, "Esme Cahill Fails Spectacularly," at Paulina Springs Books on Saturday, July 8, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Bostwick continues her tradition of signing books during Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show. Bostwick is a USA Today and New York Times bestselling author of uplifting historical and women's fiction. Drawing on her lifelong love of quilting and her unshakable belief in the power of sisterhood, Marie's popular Cobbled... Full story

  • Team Greens explores plants, farming, and nomming

    T. Lee Brown|Updated Jul 4, 2023

    Students gathered in a circle with educator and Programs Director Hannah Joseph at Seed to Table farm. Around the circle, each child announced their name and a vegetable. "My name is Lachlan, and I like carrots," said a boy in a plaid shirt. "My name is Mysie and I like green onions," said a girl dressed in a red shirt and cap. Together with others from Sisters Elementary School, they named their group Team Greens. Students examined vegetables they'd planted on previous field... Full story

  • Grass roots effort to tackle Alzheimer's in Sisters

    Bill Bartlett|Updated Jul 4, 2023

    More than 50 attended the first of what organizers say will be a continuing series of events in Sisters to grow awareness of and develop strategies to tackle the increasing devastation of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. The kick-off event took place June 23 at the Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire District Community Hall with a presentation: “10 Warning Signs of Dementia” and was followed by four “Sis” talks that focused on the importance of social engagement, staying physical,... Full story

  • Sisters woman serves in U.S. Navy

    Updated Jul 4, 2023

    Petty Officer Third Class Emma Young, a daughter of Sisters residents, serves the U.S. Navy assigned to Naval Air Station Lemoore in Lemoore, California. Young joined the Navy five years ago. Today, Young serves as an aviation ordnanceman. "I joined the Navy to be a diver," said Young. "I was going to convert back to Navy diver but I liked aviation ordnanceman so I stuck with it. I liked the people, their work ethic, and the job." Naval Air Station Lemoore is home to... Full story

  • Cub Scout Pack 139 resumes in Sisters

    Bill Bartlett|Updated Jul 4, 2023

    Covid’s misery went far and wide. One of many Sisters Country casualties was a local scouting group. Due to ongoing parents pleas and the determination of a core group of scouting adults, Cub Scout Pack 139 will again be active starting with the new school year. Cubs are aged 5-10, basically grades K-5, and Cub Scouts, since 2018, include girls as well as boys. “Cub Scouts is a year-round program whose mission is to develop character and ethical decision-making skills for chi... Full story

  • The most dangerous year

    Jim Cornelius|Updated Jul 4, 2023

    It was, as the Duke of Wellington described the Battle of Waterloo in 1815, “the nearest-run thing you ever saw in your life.” The series of events that went down 40 years ago, in 1983, carried much bigger potential consequences than any single battle ever did. The stakes were the continued existence of humanity. Had a couple of decisions gone another way, had individual men not kept a cool head under pressure, it might well have been lights out for the human race. Most fol... Full story

  • Letters to the Editor 7/05/2023

    Updated Jul 4, 2023

    Thank you to Forest Service To the Editor: A big thank-you to our local Forest Service for their prompt response to a recent bonfire that was started and left unattended on BLM land that borders the perimeter of the Tollgate subdivision on the south side of Highway 20. Fortunately, a concerned motorist traveling on the highway reported seeing smoke. The USFS was dispatched and extinguished the fire before it had an opportunity to spread closer to nearby homes. Crisis averted for now, but it’s not difficult to imagine this s... Full story

  • Police nab fugitives near Sisters

    Updated Jul 4, 2023

    A Black Butte Ranch police officer deployed spike strips to stop a fugitive’s vehicle, and Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office (DCSO) deputies took two men into custody on Highway 20 west of Sisters last week. The men arrested were suspects in a shooting incident in Redmond. According to Redmond Police Department (RPD), officers responded to the 1900 block of NW Cedar Ave., at approximately 7:30 a.m. on Monday, June 26, regarding a shooting that had just occurred. Witnesses reported that a black passenger car drove by a res... Full story

  • County scraps mule deer inventory

    Bill Bartlett|Updated Jul 4, 2023

    A plan intended to protect mule deer populations in Central Oregon has ended up as roadkill. At its June 26 meeting, the Deschutes County Board of Commissioners voted 2-1 to withdraw the County’s mule deer inventory update project. The project had included community conversations about the potential creation of the 2023 Mule Deer Winter Range Combining Zone. In May, the Deschutes County Planning Commission had deliberated on the zone following two public hearings in April a... Full story