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 By T. Lee Brown    Opinion 

Places Warm & Creative

Not long ago, I sat on a beach. I was warm - too warm, actually, quite hot - so I took a dip in the wide, thunderous ocean. With my family, I navigated the cobbled streets of a beautiful... — Updated 4/9/2024 Full story

 By Robert Kruger    Opinion

Introducing the Table Top Games Club

A couple weeks ago, I called up Rick Kroytz, counselor and mentorship facilitator at Sisters High School, and asked if he knew of any students I could interview about the local hobby-gaming... — Updated 4/2/2024 Full story

 By Chester Allen    Opinion

Going crazy to stay sane

I woke up Sunday morning on fire to fish the March Brown mayfly hatch on the lower McKenzie River - just a few miles from Springfield. Yes, this spot is about 100 miles from Sisters. Yes, it... — Updated 4/2/2024 Full story

 By Douglas Beall    Opinion

Sisters Country birds

The most colorful of all our ducks, the Wood Duck [Aix sponsa], lives and breeds in swampy forested areas. Acorns are a favorite food along with other seeds, salamanders, aquatic insects,... — Updated 3/26/2024 Full story

 By Jean Nave    Opinion

Scottie-dog puppy love

We brought them home in a snowstorm. They were half wild. At 15 weeks, they were the last dogs for a Scottie breeding kennel to sell, of his 30 puppies bred in 2023. It was obvious that these two brindle boys were not popular with the... — Updated 3/26/2024 Full story

 By Melody Carlson    Opinion

The trouble with STRs

Living in a place like Sisters, we can all appreciate how visitors are drawn to its natural beauty, recreational activities, and small town charm. And there’s no arguing that tourists provide a healthy livelihood for many local b... — Updated 3/26/2024 Full story


Stars over Sisters

Though currently on the wane, winter will hang around for another three weeks after March bursts on the scene before yielding to a brand-new season before month's end. To highlight this... — Updated 3/19/2024 Full story


Make better decisions

Buying a piece of custom furniture seems like one of those adult rites of passage. In the latter half of my 30s, I have decided to pursue my first custom piece — a couch. Throughout my n... — Updated 3/12/2024 Full story


Page by Paige

Are you looking for a nonfiction book to read in 2024? "Mott Street: A Chinese American Family's Story of Exclusion and Homecoming" by Ava Chin might suit you. What does one single building i... — Updated 3/12/2024 Full story


Dear Property Guy: Help… Tenant's dog trashed the carpet

Dear Property Guy: I recently had a tenant move out and need to know how to handle their security deposit. We had brand new carpet when they moved in, and their dog absolutely trashed it. We tried to clean it, but the stink is impossible to... — Updated 3/5/2024 Full story

 By Robert Kruger    Opinion

Games are fun

In a previous article, I explained that games rely on both human and system factors, an observation I take from “Characteristics of Games,” an introduction to games by world-renowned designers Richard Garfield, Skaff Elias, and Robert Gut... — Updated 3/5/2024 Full story

 By T. Lee Brown    Opinion

Dark Mornings

When I was a little girl, I watched my older brother trudge up our driveway in the black of night. My mom was making breakfast; my brother carried a flashlight. Peering up over the kitchen... — Updated 2/27/2024 Full story

 By Ian Reid    Opinion

Please excuse the messes

People often ask me if winter is a slow season for the Forest Service. The days are often less urgent, without wildfire response, but there is always much to be done. Winter is when the bulk... — Updated 2/27/2024 Full story

 By Erik Dolson    Opinion

The best we can do

Thank God. I’m not too old to run for president. Even though yesterday I had trouble remembering which seven pills I needed to take. The day before, I couldn’t find my car keys. A week ago, i... — Updated 2/20/2024 Full story

 By Scott Bowler    Opinion

Tracking across Sisters Country

Oh, wow - what's that print? I'm sure you've had that same reaction numerous times when encountering animal tracks. "What is it?" is the most obvious question to ask upon seeing tracks in... — Updated 2/20/2024 Full story

 By T. Lee Brown    Opinion

9 Ways to Gain Media Coverage

“How do I get featured in the media?” It’s a question I hear a lot. Business owners, nonprofits, event producers, entrepreneurs, artists: they all ask. The answers reflect my exper... — Updated 2/20/2024 Full story

 By Robert Kruger    Opinion

An introduction to hobby games

My last couple of articles covered a bit of game theory and theory of knowledge. While I expect those will be recurrent topics, my main goal with the column is to report on the local scene, and so I’ll limit my technical forays to a fraction... — Updated 2/13/2024 Full story

 By Robert Kruger    Opinion

On Monday, Wade throws rock

Just what is a game? Before I fully launch into my article series covering local games, maybe we should get that straight. For the past six years or so, Wade and I have played Rock, Paper, Scissors at Sisters Athletic Club to see who buys... — Updated 2/6/2024 Full story


Stars over Sisters

Ancient skywatchers learned to recognize the night sky by associating certain arrangements of stars with objects familiar to them. These became the constellations. Cygnus the Swan, Orion the... — Updated 2/6/2024 Full story

 By Erik Dolson    Opinion

What next?

After concluding three months as managing editor of the The Leader newspaper in Port Townsend, Washington, I’m confronted with an uncomfortable realization: I did the best I could, but c... — Updated 2/6/2024 Full story


Shedding some light on the heat of short-term rentals

This is part 2 of an ongoing series on the subject of short-term rentals. Part 1 ran in the January 17 edition of The Nugget. Click here to see Part 1. Last time we learned what a Short-Term Rental (STR) is and the local rules surrounding... — Updated 2/6/2024 Full story


Cold kindness

November and December of 2023 felt like April, warm, lots of sun, and all the plants were turning green. But January 2024 quickly blew in like a lion charging a mule deer buck. It could have... — Updated 2/6/2024 Full story

 By Douglas Beall    Opinion

Sisters Country birds

The Red-winged Blackbird [Agelaius phoeniceus], is now arriving around Sisters and feeding until they head to mostly wetland areas to begin building nests. After two to six pale blue-green... — Updated 2/6/2024 Full story


Page by Paige - Favorite 2023 books

Do you have a favorite 2023 book? This year I curated my favorite books by themes, debut authors and favorite authors. My recommendations include creating a wife app, searching for a father, and books about books. I’ve been sharing piles a... — Updated 2/6/2024 Full story

 By Elise Wolf    Opinion

For the Birds: Hummingbirds in winter

Remarkably, hummingbirds overwinter in Central Oregon. These toughies are Anna's hummingbirds and are amazingly stout for their 4- to 4.5-gram size. They have expanded their range into... — Updated 1/23/2024 Full story


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