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Articles from the November 17, 2020 edition

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  • Runners finish mini-season in stellar fashion

    Charlie Kanzig|Updated Nov 17, 2020

    In the final competition of their mini-season, members of the Sisters High School team, running unattached, produced outstanding results at a meet held Saturday, November 7, at the Alderbrook Golf Course in Tillamook. The meet featured some of the best high school runners in the state, creating a championship atmosphere. Ella Thorsett, last year’s state 4A champion as a freshman, ran in the elite race where she placed third behind two runners from 6A Jesuit High School of Portland, Chloe Foerster and Molly Grant, who were r... Full story

  • STA carves out new trail

    Craig Eisenbeis|Updated Nov 17, 2020

    Last week the Sisters Trails Alliance (STA) announced that they had just completed a new trail and invited me to check it out. This trail is so new that I could still see, in the fallen pine needles, the blue paint marks that were used to mark the trail’s construction route. It was a great feeling to learn that the STA is continuing to expand on their already impressive inventory of local trails. Gary Guttormsen served as STA’s host and guide, and we met at the new tem... Full story

  • Some SPRD programs on hold

    Updated Nov 17, 2020

    Sisters Park & Recreation District will put several programs on hold in the wake of Governor Kate Brown’s announcement of a two week “freeze” to combat the spread of COVID-19. The following programs will be postponed until the statewide freeze has been lifted: • All indoor recreational youth programs including laser tag, martial arts, and cooking. • All indoor recreational adult activities including Western line dancing, SAGE Room use, indoor pickleball, and group exercise. SPRD facilities will remain closed to th... Full story

  • Letter to a loved one after the election

    Katy Yoder|Updated Nov 17, 2020

    In the aftermath of the elections, there’s exhaustion, relief, anger and a determination to keep pushing agendas. Recently, my cousin, who lives in Southern Oregon, sent me a text suggesting I listen to a conservative political pundit and author, Ben Shapiro. She said she trusts him to provide her the facts she uses to formulate her opinions about what’s going on politically. I hadn’t heard of him so I followed her suggestion to check him out. As I read and listened, I could feel my stomach tighten. Suffice to say, he doesn... Full story

  • Growth by the numbers

    Sue Stafford|Updated Nov 17, 2020

    Those who lived here in 1950 were one of 723 Sisters residents. By 1960, that number was down to 602, a decrease of 16.7 percent. Following the end of the logging business in and around Sisters, the population hit bottom at 516 in 1970. Black Butte Ranch was being developed just about then and the developers helped Sisters businesses spruce up their stores, embracing the 1880s Western theme, to service ranch visitors. Over the next decade, the population grew by 34.9 percent... Full story

  • Those holiday drinks add up

    Andrew Loscutoff|Updated Nov 17, 2020

    The year 2020 is one we’re more than ready to put in the past. It’s time to ring in new beginnings, or commemorate — and drown out — the past. This time of year, especially between Thanksgiving and New Years, Americans increase their alcohol intake by two fold, according to a 2018 study. We’re not going to lecture the drinkers or decry the effects of alcohol — but we are going to cast light to a common side effect many people find themselves regretting: holiday weight gain. Holiday weight gain is a divis... Full story

  • A bevy of bushtits

    Updated Nov 17, 2020

    Note: This story is dedicated to Alex Trebek, the longtime host of Jeopardy! who has gone out among the stars. Another plus has popped up for Sue and me on leaving Sisters and coming over here to The Swamp to live near our son Caleb and his family in Eugene: a bevy of bushtits, and other wildlife coming to our feeders and water feature. They’re coming nearly daily in a mob to our suet feeder. Mobbing everything is what bushtits do, and they do it with 100 percent cooperation a... Full story

  • Nugget to publish dining guide for winter

    Updated Nov 17, 2020

    We’re all being encouraged to stay close to home for the holidays and through the winter this year. To make it easy to round up the ingredients you need to cook at home, find options for takeout and delivery, locate menus or contact information for your favorite restaurant, The Nugget presents Let’s Eat Close to Home: your winter guide to groceries, dining, take-out & delivery, a handy reference guide you can keep at-the-ready all winter long to make it easy to shop and din... Full story

  • I’m tired, you’re tired, we’re all tired: Let’s talk burnout

    Audry Van Houweling, PMHNP|Updated Nov 17, 2020

    Aren’t we all feeling so invigorated lately? Life has been so dang swell, right? It is just so easy these days to rise and shine with a smile, ready to seize the day! Don’t forget the glass is half-full so please turn that frown upside down. OK. Insert sarcasm here. Enough of the toxic positivity. In all honesty, 2020 can kiss my... glass that has not always seemed half full. Yes, there have been meaningful moments and hints of silver linings, but let’s be honest, this has been no cakewalk. Let’s talk burnout. Here is a li... Full story

  • Silent auction to support expansion

    Updated Nov 17, 2020

    Beginning this Thursday, November 19, Seed to Table (S2T), Sisters’ education farm, will launch a virtual silent auction to support its much needed 2021 farm expansion. The auction will feature a wide variety of offerings for special holiday gifts, local adventures and beyond — ranging from farm-to-table raft trips and brunches, exquisite jewelry to just about everything in between. Over 25 unique items have been donated by Seed to Table supporters. The two-week auction period, will kick off with a free, virtual s... Full story

  • Davis stepping down from library board

    Updated Nov 17, 2020

    The Deschutes Public Library Board is seeking applicants for a vacancy in the Zone 2 position, which represents Sisters, Tumalo, parts of east and north Bend, and surrounding areas. The position is being vacated by Linda Davis, who has served for 11 years and announced her departure on November 11, citing health reasons. “The Board is grateful for Linda Davis’s dedication to the Library and to the community it serves,” said Board President Martha Lawler. “Her steady presence and collaborative approach has been an asset t... Full story

  • Sisters salutes - 11/18/2020

    Updated Nov 17, 2020

    • Barry Valder wrote: It has been a great pleasure watching the new Ski-Inn take shape over these last several months. Props to the owners, the architects and the many builders who are making this new structure a great addition to the continuing Western-themed little town of Sisters. It looks absolutely great! • Jeanne Brooks wrote: Thank you for the article on Seed to Table organic farm. I want to personally thank all the staff for their hard work and generosity. Myself and many other families and needy souls have... Full story

  • Thanksgiving ideas for a disrupted 2020

    Jodi Schneider, Correspondent|Updated Nov 17, 2020

    Thanksgiving is only a week away. But this year celebrations are likely to be far different from those in the past. Because of COVID-19 and the new restrictions in place, most of us won’t be able to gather with those close friends and family for this special meal. If you’ve decided not to cook for Thanksgiving this year — or at least not to cook much — you’re not alone. With the CDC saying that staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others, many... Full story

  • Irrigation project brings changes to trail

    Craig Eisenbeis|Updated Nov 17, 2020

    Most local hikers know that the popular Whychus Creek Trail has a temporary trailhead and parking lot because of the ongoing construction project associated with the Plainview Dam removal and irrigation rerouting. Introduced in 2012, the trail has become a staple for local outdoor enthusiasts in search of a quick, nearby trail getaway. What many local trail users may not realize, however, is that the trail itself will have some lasting — and significant — changes... Full story

  • Folk Festival announces winter JAM auction and fundraiser

    Updated Nov 17, 2020

    One of the many traditions of the Sisters Folk Festival is its longstanding relationship with Bend guitar builders, Breedlove Guitars, and the annual festival raffle for one of Breedlove’s custom guitars. Typically valued at between $6,000 and $10,000, these highly sought-after guitars featured an element of the annual festival’s artwork in a custom inlay and often included exotic woods built to the specifications of a Breedlove featured artist. “When we were forced to postp... Full story

  • Letters to the Editor - 11/18/2020

    Updated Nov 17, 2020

    To the Editor: I am not much of a communicator but I feel a need to convey some of my thoughts to our special town. How fortunate we are to live in Sisters. I have been blessed to have lived here over 40 years and certainly have seen many changes — some I have liked and some not so much. One of the best things I have learned is that our community is always ready to step up and help. My husband, Jim, was placed in memory care last December, but before that people in town watched over him and always took care of him. The... Full story

  • A higher form of leadership

    Jim Cornelius, News Editor|Updated Nov 17, 2020

    Anyone who thought that the American crisis was going to be resolved at the ballot box November 3 has been rapidly disillusioned. The election revealed that America is — and is likely to remain — a deeply divided nation. And many of us are skeptical that our deep cultural divides and structural instabilities can be fixed simply by electing the “right” people to office. Scholar Patrick J. Deneen wrote in 2018: “Every institution of government shows declining level... Full story

  • Andersons honored for stewardship

    Updated Nov 17, 2020

    Jim and Sue Anderson were honored as Deschutes Land Trust 2020 Volunteers of the Year. Each year, the Land Trust recognizes volunteers who have provided outstanding service to the organization and its effort to conserve and care for land in Central Oregon. Though this year has been unlike any other, and the volunteer landscape has changed considerably, the Land Trust still wanted to recognize the people who dedicate themselves to the land. Jim Anderson has been a Land Trust... Full story

  • Students find a new way to honor veterans

    Charlie Kanzig|Updated Nov 17, 2020

    For over two decades the schools in the Sisters School District have made special efforts to honor veterans during the week of Veterans Day, but with the pandemic closing down the middle and high schools, they had to get creative to keep the tradition alive. The result is a student-leadership-produced video made available last week that includes music, commentary, and educational information related to veterans. The video is available on The Nugget’s Facebook page as well as via a link available at the end of this story. E... Full story

  • Watching Sisters grow

    Sue Stafford|Updated Nov 17, 2020

    If you haven’t been out and about lately in Sisters, other than a trip to the grocery store or post office, take a tour to areas you don’t regularly visit. Drive, ride, or walk to all four corners of the city limits and down the side streets. You will discover many new homes under construction in all parts of town. Warehouses and live/work buildings are filling up the northern light industrial area. A new Mid Oregon Credit Union building has taken shape on Arrowleaf Tra... Full story

  • COVID drops coal in Sisters’ stocking

    Jim Cornelius, News Editor|Updated Nov 17, 2020

    The coronavirus pandemic just put a big lump of coal in Sisters’ Christmas stocking. In the face of surging caseloads and hospitalizations across Oregon and Deschutes County, Sisters Area Chamber of Commerce has announced that they are canceling their traditional holiday activities in Sisters Country. That means no Community Christmas Tree Lighting, no Christmas Parade, and no visits with Santa. That announcement came as Governor Kate Brown on Friday, November 13, announced a... Full story

  • OSP seeks information on poaching incident

    Updated Nov 17, 2020

    The Oregon State Police is seeking public assistance in identifying the person(s) seen leaving the area of the 4606 Road near Bull Springs Road west of Bend with a mule deer buck that had been poached. On November 16 at 3:30 p.m., a tip was reported to OSP regarding an older two toned (white/brown) square body Ford pickup leaving the area with a large mule deer buck seen in the bed. The vehicle was also reported to have a black Dakine-style mountain bike tailgate cover. Anyone with information on this incident is encouraged... Full story

  • “Difficult Challenge”: Seahawks Clip Cardinals’ Wings, 34-30

    Dave Tremblay|Updated Nov 17, 2020

    Hello, Central Oregon NFL football fans! As you may remember from the 2019-2020 NFL season, I, DataDave, had written two articles about the Seattle Seahawks. Those articles took historical, statistical data and made predictions about upcoming contests between the Seahawks and their opponents. Besides the outcome of the game (win/lose), each team’s point production was determined. This was done for the Seahawks/49ers (November 11th) as well as the Vikings/Seahawks (December 2... Full story