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Articles from the November 22, 2023 edition

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  • Leon Lewis Foster

    Updated Nov 21, 2023

    On November 2, Leon Lewis Foster left earth when he was called home to enter his rest with his Heavenly Father. Family members were at his side when he peacefully passed away from natural causes. Leon was 93 years old. He will be missed by his family and the Camp Sherman community which he called home since 1968. Leon was born on October 25, 1930, in Lower Naches near Yakima, Washington. Leon was the second-oldest of his siblings: Larry (oldest), Lem, Howard, and Althea.... Full story

  • Scottie choice

    Jean Russell Nave|Updated Nov 21, 2023

    The legend behind the development of the Scottish Terrier breed is that an English lord, living in Scotland in the 1800s, evaluated his new breed of dogs by saying, “These dogs act just like the people I live around here in Scotland. They are tough, smart, and stubborn as the devil himself. We’ll call them Scottish Terriers.” Well, they are all of that, especially stubborn! Like any particularly smart child, the Scotties want to be able to make choices for themselves. And,... Full story

  • Finding rest amid uncertainty

    Audry Van Houweling PMHNP|Updated Nov 21, 2023

    When you sit with patients long enough, you start picking up on patterns. Individual wellness is often connected to the collective, and with our digitalized world becoming smaller, that collective is more interconnected than ever. Feelings and sentiments are more palpable and like a contagion, can spread. While we may not ourselves have experienced a particular trauma or loss, we have immediate access to those who have, creating a breeding ground for secondary anxiety, fear, s... Full story

  • A thistle grows in my mind

    Mitchell L. Luftig Ph.D.|Updated Nov 21, 2023

    Hate reminds me of a thistle: once it invades the mind it quickly propagates, showing up everywhere, and choking out other, more wholesome mental states. Once established, hate is difficult to uproot. When I practice daily mindfulness meditation, I try to water the seeds of loving-kindness, compassion, happiness and joy, hope, and inner peace. Once germinated, these seeds have the capacity to transform the garden of my mind, creating a beautiful dwelling place. But I also water the seed of hate because, I tell myself, the... Full story

  • High Desert Museum welcomes baby beaver

    Updated Nov 21, 2023

    The High Desert Museum recently welcomed a new animal who happens to be an expert engineer, a keystone ecosystem species, and the largest rodent in North America. A baby beaver, called a kit, arrived at the Museum in May. Found in John Day alone in a parking lot, people had searched the area for her family but failed. The kit was then placed into the care of Museum wildlife staff by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. Veterinarians estimated at the time that the... Full story

  • Cold weather concerns grow for homeless

    Bill Bartlett|Updated Nov 21, 2023

    It's not yet December and there have already been more than a dozen nights of sub-freezing temperatures. A handful of nights dropped into the teens. Failing to obtain approval of its application to operate an emergency shelter, the Sisters Cold Weather Shelter (SCWS) is redirecting its resources and partnering with other community groups and volunteers to prevent those living in the forest or their vehicles from injury or death. They are at the center of a confederation of hom... Full story

  • Girls basketball prepares for upcoming season

    Rongi Yost|Updated Nov 21, 2023

    The Lady Outlaws currently have 19 girls on their roster —three seniors, six juniors, one sophomore, and nine freshmen — which is enough to put both a JV and a varsity squad on the court. The strong turnout of freshmen players should help make a solid JV squad, which bodes well for the future of the program. Jenna Lake (senior) is a returning varsity starter. She is an accurate three-point shooter and will play at the forward position. Maggie Lutz (senior) returns to the squad after being out last season due to a knee inj... Full story

  • Brain science focus of event at The Belfry

    Updated Nov 21, 2023

    How does your brain learn and retain information? As the field of neuroscience continues to uncover the neural mechanisms of memory, can we employ some of these findings to help boost recall? Dr. Mark Pitzer is an award-winning neuroscientist at the University of Portland who weaves together stories with scientific findings to help explain complicated concepts. Dr. Pitzer has worked for the last 25 years to better understand and treat disorders of the brain, including Parkinson’s and Huntington’s diseases. Last February, he... Full story

  • Holden named Player of the Year

    Rongi Yost|Updated Nov 21, 2023

    Marley Holden was a unanimous vote for Player of the Year for the Special District 3 in girls soccer; the first time a Sisters player has received that honor since 2010. The four-year starter for the Lady Outlaws was also a First-Team pick. She led the team in goals for the second consecutive year, this season with 20 goals. She also recorded 10 assists. Coach Brain Holden said, “Marley is truly the ‘engine’ of our team. She has one of the best first touches I’ve seen coaching high school soccer, and having that talent... Full story

  • Get your ugly sweater ready to run

    Charlie Kanzig|Updated Nov 21, 2023

    For the third year, RunSistersRun is offering a good reason to pull that Ugly Sweater out of the back of the closet as the Ugly Sweater 5k run is on tap for Saturday, December 2, starting in downtown Sisters. Action gets under way at 9:45 a.m. with a free "Santa's Lil' Helpers" 100-yard dash for ages 10 and under. At 10 a.m., runners and walkers will depart from Fir Street Park for a circuit to the north, past the post office and through Sun Ranch, making a short dogleg out Pi... Full story

  • The ins and outs of traveling with pets from Redmond airport

    Bill Bartlett|Updated Nov 21, 2023

    As we hit the peak holiday travel season, and with more and more fliers taking their pets along whenever they travel, frustration mounts with navigating airline policies. Veterinarians are generally not enthusiastic about pets on airplanes. Nor are professional trainers. "Traveling with your pet seems like a dream come true," said Sabrina Kong, a veterinarian and contributor to the site WeLoveDoodles. "But often, it's more of a human dream - and a pet nightmare." She said,... Full story

  • Sisters salutes...

    Updated Nov 21, 2023

    • World’s Children thanks everyone who attended A Musical Event to Help Ukrainian Children and others who donated to provide supplies for Ukrainian children who fled for their lives and now live in displaced persons camps. A total of $3,571 was donated and will be wired to our Ukraine country liaison to purchase critical items for those children. A huge thank-you goes to Carol Ast’s SPRD Zumba Class, who put on the event. Thanks to Monica Tomosy, who had the idea to help Ukraine children and organized a group to pull it off.... Full story

  • Sisters Country birds

    Douglas Beall|Updated Nov 21, 2023

    The wild turkey [Meleagris Gallopavo] is not a native species in Oregon. Introduced in 1961 by ODFW, they are now well-established in the pine forests around the Metolius Basin. The subspecies Rio Grande has had the most successful natural expansion, although the Merriam's also has a steady population. Females lay 10-14 beige mottled eggs which hatch in approximately 28 days, and within 24 hours of hatching the poults have left the nest. Insects, berries, seeds, and all... Full story

  • The holiday season is in Sisters galleries

    Helen Schmidling|Updated Nov 21, 2023

    It’s not just Black Friday in Sisters, it’s the Sisters Arts Association’s Fourth Friday Artwalk this week. What’s out there to supplement your holiday décor, fulfill a gift wish, or create that special element for your home? Gather the family, the visiting friends, and the kids for some fun and good treats between 4 and 7 p.m., in the galleries of Sisters. Most galleries will be open all day, with QuickDraw tickets available. Sign up for the monthly drawing one time in each gallery. Two $50 gift certificates will be award... Full story

  • Author offers tribute to a horse

    Updated Nov 21, 2023

    Love is sometimes called the greatest power in the universe. It was love that triggered the Trojan War. Love has been the driving force behind medical discoveries that have saved millions of lives, like the Salk vaccine for polio. On a local front, love for a friend, his daughter, and his friend's horse inspired Gary Tewalt to write a poem and finally publish it in a book. Gary Tewalt is a fifth-generation member of a family who, in 1911, settled in the alpine shadow of the Th... Full story

  • Project to improve overlook

    Bill Bartlett|Updated Nov 21, 2023

    The highly popular Whychus Creek Scenic Overlook Trail, just 5.5 miles from town, is getting a new look thanks to a grant of $37,152 from Visit Central Oregon. Sisters Trails Alliance (STA) is adding cash and in-kind donations of $16,104 for a project total of $53,256. The work, originally hoped for completion by fall, is now anticipated to be finished this winter in time for the busy spring and summer tourist season. The one-mile circular trek to the viewpoint is renowned for... Full story

  • The cost of a cedar Christmas wreath

    Wendie Vermillion|Updated Nov 21, 2023

    In response to Bill Bartlett’s November 8 article about forest permits, I offer pertinent additional information and clarification not about bark stripping, but the stripping of nearly all the branches on multiple incense-cedar trees. This was not “cutting a few boughs here and there.” I was that first person to call the Sisters Ranger District Office. While hiking the Greenridge Trail with a friend recently, we saw two men some distance below the trail, spread far apart, cutting branches off trunks with pole pruners at le... Full story

  • Letters to the Editor 11/22/2023

    Updated Nov 21, 2023

    Climate change To the Editor: In the November 15 letters to the editor, Sharon Booth said she was stunned by the lack of knowledge Pat Farr possesses on climate change in comparison to “scientists” all over the world. I’d bet Pat Farr has more common sense than those scientists have conclusive data free of untainted bias and motive. And believe it or not, there are also scientists all over the world that disagree with the narrative pushed by CNN, AOC, and Greta. Proverbs 14:15-18, New Living Translation. Sharon in her summary... Full story

  • Sisters makes change to holiday tradition

    Updated Nov 21, 2023

    Sisters’ hometown parade and tree lighting have become beloved traditions for locals and visitors alike. They’re happening again this weekend — but in a new way. Sisters Park & Recreation District (SPRD) is combining two holiday favorites into one spectacular event called The Holiday Palooza. The event will kick off with the holiday parade down Main Avenue (a new route) at 3 p.m. on Saturday, November 25, and culminate with holiday activities, including the tree lighting ceremony at Fir Street Park that same afternoon (chan... Full story

  • Sisters men arrested on drug, weapon charges

    Updated Nov 21, 2023

    A father and son were both arrested on Monday, November 13, for distributing illegal narcotics in Central Oregon. The arrests came as the result of a longer-term investigation by the Central Oregon Drug Enforcement Team that was concluded when drug agents executed search warrants at two different locations in Redmond and Sisters. One search warrant was served in the 3000 block of Obsidian Place in Redmond, and the second search warrant was served in the 7000 block of Holmes... Full story

  • Sisters foundation invited to D.C.

    Updated Nov 21, 2023

    Erin Borla, President of the Sisters-based Roundhouse Foundation, was invited last month to participate in a gathering in Washington D.C., where the White House Domestic Policy Council and National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) discussed the “whole-of-government” approach to arts and culture. Borla said she was among five foundations invited to participate, based on Roundhouse Foundation’s mission to advance arts and culture in rural communities. During National Arts and Humanities Month, the Biden-Harris Administration highl... Full story