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Articles from the December 15, 2021 edition

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  • Feeding our feathered friends

    Jim Anderson and Elise Wolf|Updated Dec 15, 2021

    Elise Wolf, a bird rehabber in Sisters, my wife Sue, and I have fed birds year-round because of the pleasure it brings us seeing winged creatures up close, and knowing with our help they — and we — can make it through some pretty tough times when birds are part of our lives. So here are a few tips to ensure safe feeding practices: To have the reserves to survive winter’s frigid temperatures, birds need to eat foods that are easiest to eat and digest, and that pack... Full story

  • Goal-setting guides Sisters City Council work

    Sue Stafford|Updated Dec 15, 2021

    How do things work at City Hall? What’s the role of the Sisters City Council as compared to the full-time City employees? Every February, the City Council, made up of five citizens elected by Sisters residents, holds a goal-setting session in which they discuss their priorities for long-range goals as well as more immediate matters. Some are broad in their approach, dealing with big policy issues or planning for the future so when it arrives, the City is ready for what it b... Full story

  • City snapshot — volunteers named to commissions

    Sue Stafford|Updated Dec 15, 2021

    •?Mayor Michael Preedin has appointed volunteer members to City boards and commissions. Preedin encouraged those not selected this time to apply for other positions as their talents are needed. City Recorder Kerry Prosser, who organized the interviews, said there were double the number of applicants needed for the positions, a great improvement from several years ago when not enough people were volunteering. Those named and their terms include: Eric Benton, one-year term... Full story

  • Amy Louise McDonald March 8, 1927-December 5, 2021

    Updated Dec 15, 2021

    Amy Louise McDonald died December 5 at the age of 94. She was married to Amos McDonald and is survived by children Tom and Rod; grandchildren Rick and Bryan; and great-grandchildren Parker, Josy, Ryan, and Nickolas.... Full story

  • Getting no exercise — how bad is it?

    Andrew Loscutoff|Updated Dec 15, 2021

    Everybody reading this knows that smoking and diabetes are devastating to longevity. Collectively, along with their comorbidities, smoking and diabetes cost our health care system over $200 billion per year. There is a lifestyle choice that up to half of readers are making every day, which has a bigger effect on mortality than either of the above. It’s not diet-related; it’s not about toxic chemicals; it’s not about diseases or viruses. It’s about physical fitness. Regardless of body fat, regardless of muscle size, the fun... Full story

  • There’s always more to discover

    Sue Stafford|Updated Dec 15, 2021

    One of my favorite philosophers, Winnie the Pooh, said it best: “There is always more to discover.” He may have been referring to the inside of the honey pot, but it also applies to life. I am never too old to learn something new. That is why I have enjoyed my gig as a freelance writer for The Nugget for the past nine years, with plans to continue for as long as I can. I can’t just make up the information that goes into the articles I write. They require I do research, intervi... Full story

  • Lady Outlaws pack in three games

    Rongi Yost, Correspondent|Updated Dec 15, 2021

    The Lady Outlaws had a full week of basketball that started with a 36-29 win at home over Elmira on Tuesday, December 7. A day later Sisters fell 56-36 at home to 5A Crook County. They wrapped up their week on Saturday with a contest at La Pine and walked away with a 51-21 win. Sisters got off to a great start in their game against the Elmira Falcons on Tuesday as they converted steals from their full-court press and built a 19-6 lead to close out the first quarter. Ila Reid... Full story

  • Locals reach out to tornado victim

    Updated Dec 15, 2021

    Christine Burton lived and worked in Sisters for many years before moving to Mayfield, Kentucky with her fiancée. Last weekend, their home and all their possessions were completely destroyed by the massive tornado that devastated Mayfield as it cut a swath across the American Midwest. The couple is grateful to have escaped with their lives, protected by a staircase that remained intact. “The staircase pretty much saved their lives,” said Shelley Marsh of Sisters. Marsh and Tami Luce Jones of Sisters have launched a c... Full story

  • Outlaws split preseason games

    Rongi Yost, Correspondent|Updated Dec 15, 2021

    The Outlaws basketball squad kicked off their week with a 41-29 victory over the Elmira Falcons at home on Tuesday, December 7. Four days later at La Pine, they suffered a heartbreaking 55-53 loss to the Hawks. In Tuesday’s action against the Falcons, Max Palanuk hit a bucket, followed by a long ball, that gave the Outlaws a great start. At the close of the opening quarter, Sisters was on top 11-8. Coach Chad Rush told The Nugget that the second quarter was the most complete q... Full story

  • Boys basketball team returns two veteran starters

    Rongi Yost, Correspondent|Updated Dec 15, 2021

    The boys basketball squad returns just two varsity starters — seniors Max Palanuk and Ricky Huffman. Both come with years of experience and a lot of talent. Both played in all 17 games last season and will be leaders on the team this year. Palanuk is a 6-foot-4-inch wing who will bring versatility to the squad. He was the third leading scorer on last year’s team, averaged 10.2 points per game, and led the team in minutes played. Over the final seven games of the season, Palanuk averaged 14.5 points, including a 2... Full story

  • COVID-19 recovery grants available

    Updated Dec 15, 2021

    Deschutes County, through a partnership with Central Oregon Intergovernmental Council (COIC), is offering grants to small businesses and nonprofits in Deschutes County that were negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Applications opened Friday, December 10 and close on Friday, January 7. The Deschutes County Commission allocated $1.5 million in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) investments to support these grants. Grant funds are intended to help small businesses and nonprofits that were ineligible for previous grant... Full story

  • Prioritizing resilience over stability

    Audry Van Houweling, PMHNP|Updated Dec 15, 2021

    Life is hard. There is no way around this fact. If you are lucky enough to have resources and privilege to bypass certain stressors and outcomes, some of life’s curveballs may be dodged, but ultimately, we will all experience our own versions of grief, heartache, trauma, and pain. The circumstances of our world the past two years have forced many of us to become far more intimate with our emotional fragility, as the triggers and vulnerability to emotional distress have been vast. More isolated, with fewer coping resources, m... Full story

  • Radiant Day Spa opens in Sisters

    Ceili Cornelius|Updated Dec 15, 2021

    Radiant Day Spa has opened in the space next door to The Nugget at 692 E. Main Ave. Marianne Kennedy, owner of Radiant Day Spa in Bend decided it was time to expand her services to Sisters, and she’s getting involved with the Sisters community. Kennedy is a board-certified esthetician, having received her license from Premiere Esthetics in Bend two-and-a-half years ago. Kennedy moved to Bend three years ago, and that move enabled her to finally pursue her love for skin c... Full story

  • The gift we give ourselves

    Bren Gates|Updated Dec 15, 2021

    “Love is not real.” I remember blinking in surprise and being somewhat dumbfounded. It was said to me some years ago at a Christmas gathering here in Sisters. The person who spoke went on to say that people are basically egocentric, self-centered. They may live or die for their ideals, but ultimately, it’s to feel good about themselves. OK… Many philosophers and theologians agree that humans are basically self-involved, trying to survive in a speculative world, but this was a new concept for me. I began to wonde... Full story

  • Nova Health, Your Care announce partnership

    Updated Dec 15, 2021

    Nova Health, a provider of primary and urgent care services in the western United States, has partnered with Your Care, an urgent care clinic in Redmond. Your Care provides a wide range of services to treat non-life-threatening injuries and illnesses for same-day and walk-in patients. According to Community Care Partners Chief Executive Officer Jim Ashby, the acquisition of Your Care exemplifies Nova Health’s goal to provide high-quality care throughout Oregon and the western U.S. “Nova Health began in 2008 with one cli... Full story

  • The gift of history

    Jim Cornelius, News Editor|Updated Dec 15, 2021

    From the time I was very young, most of the presents under the Christmas tree with my name on them were flat, rectangular, and easy to wrap. Santa had no trouble figuring out the right stuff for me — at least in the years I managed to stay off the naughty list. Books. History, specifically. As far back as I can remember, I have reveled in historical storytelling. History is the lens through which I view the world, my main tool for understanding the world in which I... Full story