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Articles from the September 27, 2023 edition

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  • Runners 'GiddyUp' at Pole Creek Ranch

    Charlie Kanzig|Updated Sep 26, 2023

    Cool fall weather greeted just over 200 runners and walkers at the second annual GiddyUp Run organized by Kelly Bither of RunSistersRun, held Saturday, September 23 at Pole Creek Ranch. Action got underway with a short Buckaroo Run for about 50 kids 10 and under and then moved on to the 5- mile race and the 5-kilometer run/walk, which totaled 175 participants according to Bither. Members of the Sisters High School Alpine ski team served as course monitors, for which Bither... Full story

  • Personal bests abound at Champs Invitational meet

    Updated Sep 26, 2023

    With many of the best 3A/2A/1A cross-country teams toeing the line, the Champs Invite, held Friday, September 22, lived up to its name, and the flat course, coupled with top-ranked teams, resulted in season best times for most of the Outlaw runners. The junior varsity boys got things hopping with three runners finishing in the top 10 of the 3,000-meter race. George Roberts placed fifth (11:15), Emerson Backus eighth (11:36) and Eli Palanuk (11:45) ninth, among a field of 72... Full story

  • Outlaws continue to dominate hardwood

    Rongi Yost|Updated Sep 26, 2023

    In volleyball the Lady Outlaws started their week at home with a sweep (26-24, 25-16, 25-15) against the Creswell Bulldogs. Two days later they made the long road trip to Siuslaw, and quickly swept the Vikings with scores of 25-10, 25-16, and 25-9. In Tuesday’s action, the Bulldogs showed a lot of fight in a gritty matchup against the top-ranked Outlaws. The first set was back and forth. Both teams struggled at moments and at other times both showed signs of brilliance. The Outlaws squeaked out the first-set win. Sisters s... Full story

  • Casey Benjamin Johnson

    Updated Sep 26, 2023

    Casey Johnson was born March 28, 1980 in Salem, Oregon, raised in Sisters, (graduating from Sisters High School in 1998), and died in Ventura, California, September 12, 2023. He is the oldest child of Vern and Betsy Johnson, who still reside in Sisters. Casey worked at Black Butte Ranch as a lifeguard while attending high school and Western Oregon State, where he studied law enforcement. He was also in Boy Scouts, where he achieved the rank of Eagle Scout, and was on the... Full story

  • Boys soccer team snaps losing steak in dramatic fashion

    Rongi Yost|Updated Sep 26, 2023

    The boys soccer squad snapped their four-game losing streak with a dramatic game that ended in a 3-1 victory on the road at East Linn Christian Academy on Wednesday, September 20. Sisters started the game with energy and focus, and hit the field ready to play. The Outlaws controlled play in the midfield and created several chances, but too often blasted their shots off target, and never really tested East Linn’s keeper. East Linn’s plan was to counter-attack, and try to make big cross plays to catch the Outlaws’ backs out o... Full story

  • Sisters welcomes thousands for weekend

    Bill Bartlett|Updated Sep 26, 2023

    On any given summer Saturday or Sunday some 500 to 1,000 tourists make their way to Sisters. Last weekend that number swelled to 2,000-3,000 as visitors feasted on four events. Precise estimates are not available but even an untrained observer could see packed streets, galleries, studios, and tents. Saturday began with the Giddy Up 5k/5Miler Ranch Run through picturesque Pole Creek Ranch. About 150 ran or walked, with another hundred or so cheering them on. The event included... Full story

  • Car show was a big draw in Sisters

    Bill Bartlett|Updated Sep 26, 2023

    They roared into town last Saturday, engines reverberating, some from over 100 miles away. Volunteers methodically marshaled the pristine cars and trucks, several dating over 80 years, into position as they lined the three blocks of Main closed to regular traffic from Elm to Larch for the Glory Daze Car Show. Many came in groups - car clubs or just garage buddies. One hundred and two registered out of 110 openings. The event, sponsored by SPRD (Sisters Park & Recreation... Full story

  • Studio Tour finds favor with art lovers across Sisters

    Bill Bartlett|Updated Sep 26, 2023

    The 2023 Artist Studio Tour sponsored by the Sisters Arts Association left many wanting more. "We just don't get anything like this in Bandon, where we have many fewer galleries and artists of this level," Beth Urban told The Nugget during a visit with some of the 34 artists in 19 studios within 15 minutes of Sisters. Urban was at Kimry Jelen's in Cloverdale. Jelen, an equestrian, is an acrylic painter known for her textured, highly colorful style that flows freely from... Full story

  • Grant helps caregivers

    Updated Sep 26, 2023

    The Oregon Center for Nursing (OCN) recently granted $50,000 to Partners In Care to support development of a program aimed at increasing wellness for hospice and home health nurses. The Care for the Caregivers program starting at Partners In Care is aimed at increasing the well-being of hospice and home health nurses, reducing burnout, and ultimately improving patient outcomes. This system-level environmental intervention addresses the high levels of stress, burnout, and compassion fatigue experienced by nurses by offering a... Full story

  • Radical responsibility

    Audry Van Houweling PMHNP|Updated Sep 26, 2023

    It feels good to have a scapegoat sometimes. The perception that we ourselves are free from blame, and that our challenges are the fault of circumstance or others, is an alluring reprieve from our own culpability. In our attempts to bypass blame, we also put our scapegoats on a pedestal, holding the power to hijack our sense of agency and joy. We live in a shame- and blame-based culture, too frequently practicing outdated beliefs that shaming and punishment are prerequisites... Full story

  • Outlaws crush La Pine on the gridiron

    Rongi Yost|Updated Sep 26, 2023

    The Outlaws football squad soundly defeated the La Pine Hawks on the road this past Friday night. Despite the fact that the squad had a difficult week with numerous players out with injuries and sickness, they prevailed in a final score of 40-12. La Pine got on the scoreboard three minutes into the contest and took a quick 6-0 lead, but from that point on the Outlaws took control of the game. One minute later, Justin DeSmet intercepted the ball and ran 33 yards for the touchdo... Full story

  • Fire danger drops to 'moderate'

    Updated Sep 26, 2023

    The Oregon Department of Forestry’s (ODF) Central Oregon District has moved down to a “moderate” fire danger level and additional restrictions under Regulated Use Closure will be terminated for all lands protected by the district. While conditions have dropped to moderate fire danger, backyard debris burning continues to be prohibited on ODF-protected lands within Central Oregon District. Although rain has fallen and there may be more rain in the forecast, Central Oregon District remains in fire season. ODF encourages the p... Full story

  • Everywhere at once

    Craig Rullman|Updated Sep 26, 2023

    Each fall I throw together my saddle, bedroll, and bridles, and make a pilgrimage down to Lake County for the fall works - gathering, sorting, and shipping cattle - in the herculean effort to feed America. I do it to help my friends, but the rewards are mostly selfish. I get to cover the country horseback, in a way most folks don't anymore, and work with people whose shared sensibilities and sense of purpose are a balm against the industrial levels of friction found almost... Full story

  • Tales of PCT trek on tap at bookstore

    Sue Stafford|Updated Sep 26, 2023

    Oregonian Bob Welch is the consummate storyteller. He will bring that storytelling gift to Paulina Springs Books on Wednesday, October 5, with his latest book, Seven Summers (And a Few Bummers): My Adventure Hiking the 2,650- Mile PCT. He and his brother-in-law, Dr. Glenn Peterson, completed the 2,650-mile Pacific Crest Trail trek over the course of seven summers, spanning a decade. The different sections of the trail were taken in no particular order, but by August 10, 2022,... Full story

  • Lady Outlaws stay unbeaten

    Rongi Yost|Updated Sep 26, 2023

    The Lady Outlaws soccer squad remains undefeated, as they beat Elmira on the road 6-1 on Tuesday, September 19, and shut out La Pine 8-0 at home two days later. In Tuesday’s contest at Elmira, the Outlaws started out a bit disorganized, and the Falcons did a good job of pressuring them early. Sisters only managed to score once in the first half, with a goal from Juhree Kizziar. At the 38-minute mark Ella Davis collected the ball in the middle and fed it through the Falcons’ defense to Kizziar, who ran onto the ball and fin... Full story

  • Brew festival gets Sisters hoppin' with fresh beverages

    Bill Bartlett|Updated Sep 26, 2023

    The 12th annual Sisters Fresh Hop Festival opened its doors at noon Saturday, by which time more than 100 were waiting in line. By the time the last beer was poured and the music came to a close at 6 p.m., as many as 1,000 had taken part in the merriment. While most were serious beer aficionados, it was a family affair. Kids were treated to a giant inflatable slide and kid-friendly food and beverages. Spun cotton candy was a favorite. Kids in fact were the beneficiaries of... Full story

  • Sisters Country birds

    Douglas Beall|Updated Sep 26, 2023

    The Cooper's Hawk [Accipiter cooperii], was named after naturalist William Cooper of the New York Museum, and inhabits woodland areas, where their diet consists of birds (95 percent) and small mammals (25 percent). This of course varies depending on the season and area hunted. These mid-sized hawks at maturity are 14-17 inches tall and weigh 16-24 ounces. The females are 1/3 larger than the males. They are referred to as "chicken hawks" "blue darter," or "swift hawk"," and... Full story

  • Returning home

    Cody Rheault|Updated Sep 26, 2023

    To return home is a gift. That seemingly trite observation didn't resonate with me until a flag-covered casket was slowly, solemnly lowered from the forward cargo hold of American Airlines into the hands of six white-uniformed Navy sailors. I was at the San Jose Mineta International Airport. The sky was clear, the air warm, and a hero was coming home. I and fellow cinematographer Bradley Lanphear respectfully moved within the scene to capture the moments on camera as they... Full story

  • On the trail of the buffalo

    Jim Cornelius|Updated Sep 26, 2023

    “The morning was fair and the plains looked beautifull . . . . The air was pleasant and a vast assemblage of little birds which croud to the groves on the river sung most enchantingly. . . . Proceeded with the party across the plain to the white bear Islands . . . through a level beautifull and extensive high plain covered with immence hirds of buffaloe. It is now the season at which the buffaloe begin to coppelate and the bulls keep a tremendious roaring we could hear them f... Full story

  • Letters to the Editor 9/27/23

    Updated Sep 26, 2023

    Unconditional love To the Editor: Grace and Peace to you. I understand you are having a vicious time with this homeless condition. I want to tell you a little about my beliefs and experiences regarding the homeless. The cornerstone of my beliefs is based on unconditional love. The ones I want to speak up for are the women and children. I hear there are a dozen of them attending school in Sisters. Unconditional love dictates that you will help them and shelter them. Remember that they are just like you and just like me; we... Full story

  • What will winter bring?

    Ron Thorkildson|Updated Sep 26, 2023

    There is an increasing probability that the upcoming winter weather will be orchestrated by a moderate to strong El Niño. What that means in our part of world is that warmer and drier than normal conditions will likely prevail. But please read on, for as it's oft said, the devil is in the details. After influencing global weather patterns for three straight years, La Niña is now gone. Her departure is making way for the El Niño Southern Oscillation's (ENSO) warm phase, na... Full story

  • City ruling is a final 'no' on shelter

    Jim Cornelius|Updated Sep 26, 2023

    After weeks of heated debate and discussion across the community, the Sisters City Council officially said “no” to the application by the nonprofit Sisters Cold Weather Shelter (SCWS) for an emergency shelter to be located at 192 W. Barclay Dr. in Sisters. The Council voted 4-1 on Tuesday, September 19, to adopt written findings by staff supporting denial of the application. Susan Cobb cast the sole vote in favor of the application, arguing that she believes the applicant met... Full story

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