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Tuesday, August 22, 2017
Black Butte Ranch under Level 1 evacuation notice
Due to increased fire activity on the Milli Fire, located west of Sisters, the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office has issued a Level 1 (BE READY) Pre-Evacuation notice for the following areas: All areas between Hwy 242 and Hwy 20 and west of Cold Springs Cuttoff Rd (FS 1012), which includes Black Butte Ranch.

Level 1: Means "BE READY" for potential evacuation. Residents should be aware of the danger that exists in their area, monitor emergency services websites and local media outlets for information. This is the time for preparation and precautionary movements of persons with special needs, mobile property and (under certain circumstances) pets and livestock. If conditions worsen, emergency services personnel may contact you via an emergency notification system.

All areas previously under previous evacuation notices remain.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Current News
What air power can - and can't - do on a fire
Monday, August 21, 2017
There's no more impressive sight than a heavy tanker swooping out of the smoke over a forest fire, dropping a vivid red smear of retardant. For local residents, it's comforting to hear the tankers rumbling over the rooftops to do battle with the smoky monster that looms on the horizon over their town.
Milli Fire burns near Sisters
Monday, August 21, 2017
What started as a small lightning-sparked fire on Black Crater in the Three Sisters Wilderness west of Sisters blew up into a raging wildfire that has burned over 10,000 acres and has displaced hundreds of Sisters-area residents.
Sisters was quiet for eclipse
Monday, August 21, 2017
As local residents of Sisters awoke to smoke-filled skies, many out-of-town visitors prepared for the coming full solar eclipse.
Firefighters take on Milli Fire
Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Located in the Three Sisters Wilderness, the Milli Fire is estimated at 150 acres and 2% contained. There are currently 141 personnel on the fire including three type 2 crews, 5 IA crews, 3 dozers, 2 masticators, and a variety of overhead resources. The Milli Fire is currently 8 miles west of Sisters and about one and a half miles southwest of Black Crater Lake. Moderate fire activity was observed yesterday and is expected again today with continued fire spread to the east and northeast. (EDITOR'S NOTE: The fire has grown considerably since Tuesday, due to winds on Wed., Aug. 16 firefighters were unable to map the fire for size.)
Black Butte Ranch welcomes new CEO
Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Black Butte Ranch is welcoming new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Jay Head.

Head brings 17 years of club leadership, most recently serving as the general manager/COO at Palm Valley Country Club. Head got his career start as the assistant general manager of Waverley Country Club (WCC) in Portland.
Sisters woman raising bucking bulls
Tuesday, July 11, 2017
On a recent hot July afternoon, when most residents of Sisters Country were thinking about upcoming July 4th celebrations, 25-year-old Awbrey Cyrus was hauling her small string of bucking bulls to the Sisters Rodeo grounds for a day of training.
Action on senior-living facility
Monday, July 3, 2017
It appears that the possibility of having a senior-living facility in Sisters came one step closer to reality last week when Sisters resident Peter Hoover brought the City a check for $323,378.72, to cover the System Development Charges of $245,473.95 and a remaining balance on permit fees of $77,904.77 for the project known as the Sisters Lodge.
FivePine celebrates 10th anniversary
Monday, July 3, 2017
The inspiration came from Rancho la Puerta, a resort spa in Tecate, Mexico.

Bill and Zoe Willitts thought they could create something special on a 15-acre property at the east end of Sisters that would emulate the qualities of that legendary retreat.
Arts & Entertainment
Movie house offers art event screenings
Monday, August 21, 2017
With the solar eclipse and most of the summer behind us, it might be easy to conclude that summer is all but over.

But at Sisters Movie House, it is a time to reprise some of this year's most popular special event arts programming. For the final six days of August, from Saturday, August 26 through Thursday, August 31, the theater will feature one "event" per night, showcasing fine art and music.

The special event movies all start at 5 p.m. each day, with tickets priced at $12.50 per film for all ages.
Luau brings Hawaiian spirit to Sisters
Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Last Thursday evening dark clouds congregated over Sisters, creating a tropical island flavor for the 4th annual Hawaiian Luau presented by Sisters Park & Recreation District and the Rotary Club of Sisters.
Show celebrates region's artists
Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Art enthusiasts browsed through an eclectic display of fine art Friday evening at the juried art show and silent auction that kicked off the 22nd Country Fair, held at the Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration.
Event features premium art for serious art lovers
Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Dave and Carla Fox had a vision to create a showcase for premium fine art that would attract serious art patrons to the banks of the Deschutes River in Bend.

Nine years later, Art in the High Desert is one of the most highly rated art festivals in the nation.
Pets Lost/Found Pets Free
Pets Free | Pets Lost/Found
Wednesday, August 16, 2017
MISSING CAT: "TUNA" is an 9-year-old male cat, long-haired with a shiny black coat (and a grayish chest and gray toe tufts). He was last seen around S. Spruce St. If seen, please call 541-514-1763 or 206-902-0700.
Whychus Creek Running High
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Whychus Creek ran high, wide and powerful Sunday, December 21, 2014, but Sisters, Oregon, residents ...

Sisters craftsmen build solar system masterpieces
Tuesday, August 15, 2017
For the past seven months Ed Beacham and his long-time friend Gary Lovegren have been steadily working on a project to commemorate the upcoming solar eclipse. Beacham, using his skills as a master clockmaker, worked alongside his friend of over 35 years as the two developed their own orreries.
Of a certain age...
Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Ten days of traveling across Idaho and Wyoming, and back again, brought to life the 1852 migration of my ancestors from Illinois across the American Plains and mountains to the Oregon Territory, land of promise.
Life in the night
Tuesday, August 15, 2017
If you go to your children's or grandchildren's house for a visit and just use your camera to record the activities of family, please enlarge the "family."

We share our magnificent old world with so much other life, and with the current photographic tools we have at our fingertips today, it seems to me we're missing a wonderful opportunity if we don't take a moment and record as much of other family life as we can.
Classroom is a favorite space for featured quilter
Monday, July 3, 2017
Tamra Dumolt made her first quilt in 1993 while expecting her first child.

"I taught myself from a book. And the quilt was a crib-sized Around the World design, with puffy polyester batting and hand-tied with yarn," Dumolt told The Nugget.
Sports & Recreation
Sisters Country birds
Tuesday, August 15, 2017
The American kestrel (Falco sparverius) is Sisters' most common small falcon. Often seen on fence-posts and telephone wires, this 8- to 12-inch tall bird is also known as the sparrowhawk.
Little Belknap Crater is a study in lava-lands geology
Tuesday, August 15, 2017
The Dee Wright Observatory, the lava-rock "castle" at the summit of McKenzie Pass, is one of those iconic features of our area that we often show off to visiting friends and family. The observatory was completed in 1935 as a Depression-era project of the Civilian Conservation Corps. It was named for the project's construction foreman, who died before it was completed.
A visit to Roaring Spring
Tuesday, August 8, 2017
When a friend recently asked me what I knew about Roaring Spring near Camp Sherman, my answer was, "Nothing" - so we decided to do something to remedy that. It took a fair amount of Googling and map research to locate even the general area. As it turned out, that information was only good enough to get us close. But that was fine; we are always up for a little exploration.
Sisters youth is a rodeo star
Tuesday, June 13, 2017
Sisters saw a whole lot of top cowboys and cowgirls come through town for the Sisters Rodeo last weekend. Later this month, Sisters' own rodeo star, Adriene Steffen, will leave town for Lebanon, Tennessee, where she will compete in the NJHFR (National Junior High Finals Rodeo) in barrel racing and breakaway roping.

Steffen, a sixth-grader at Sisters Middle School, qualified for national competition as the top barrel racer in Oregon in junior high school rodeo.
Be alert to health effects of wildfire smoke
Monday, August 21, 2017
When the Milli Fire, located southwest of Sisters, flared up last Wednesday, growing from 260 acres to 3,500, smoke from the fire became a concern for residents in the area surrounding the fire.
Prepare your pets during a natural disaster
Monday, August 21, 2017
You should always have a disaster plan for your pets, no matter what their size.

Make sure that your cats and dogs are wearing collars and identification tags that are up to date. You'll increase your chances of being reunited with Rover or Kitty if they get lost by having them microchipped.
Smoky and smoggy - should you exercise?
Monday, August 21, 2017
Sisters Country is not uncommon to a little atmospheric smoke and haze during the dry days of summer fire season when wildfires happen.
Riding for a cause
Tuesday, June 6, 2017
Riding down the horse trails out of Sisters Cow Camp on the first Saturday of June is a tradition some riders won't miss. Especially when they know that every mile they ride brings much needed and appreciated dollars to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, located in Memphis, Tennessee.

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