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home : current news October 23, 2017

Sisters man guilty in luring case
A Deschutes County jury has found a 36-year-old Sisters man guilty on three charges related to an attempt to lure a 15-year-old girl for sex last year. Matthew Taylor Smith left a suggestive note for the girl, including his phone number, after seeing her at a Burger King in Bend last year.
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
City snapshot
• On Wednesday, October 18, 5:30 to 7 p.m. at City Hall, the public will hear the results of the water and wastewater rate study recently completed by the FCS Group. Attendees will be welcomed by City Manager Brant Kucera and be able to ask questions of the professionals who conducted the study. The question of rate changes is a can that has been kicked down the road by numerous city councils, and it was time to conduct a formal study to determine if the rates are fair and equitable for all consumers - residential and commercial - and if the rates charged are adequately covering the cost of providing water and sewer services to the city.
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Sisters veteran recalls leaving Saigon
There's nothing unlucky about Friday the 13th as far as Richard Skupa is concerned.

For the Sisters man, who serves as the treasurer of the Sisters chapter of the veterans' organization Band of Brothers, Friday, October 13, is a very good day indeed. He was reminded of that last Friday.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Sisters company makes a big impact in disaster zones
Disaster after disaster struck in the U.S. this summer - hurricanes that caused epic flooding and wildfires that ravaged landscape and lives in much of the West. A Sisters-based company has made a big impact in the response to many of these disasters.
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
City, schools working through tree thinning
The Urban Forestry Board reluctantly reached a consensus at their October 9 meeting, following a tour of the Sisters School District property directly behind Reed Stadium, where the district wants to remove more trees.
Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Sheriff's office investigates break-ins
The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office is investigating several car break-ins that occurred on the night of October 4, and a burglary that occurred on the night of October 7, in the city of Sisters.
Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Surveying fire damage along Hwy. 242
Stepping out of the Forest Service vehicle onto Highway 242, and standing surrounded by blackened ponderosa and lodge-pole pines and once-green Douglas fir trees, the lack of a burned smell was surprising. The air, once filled with acrid, dense smoke, was clear and clean and the sky was blue.
Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Prescribed burn set for Tuesday near Sisters
Fire management personnel on the Sisters Ranger District will be conducting a 204-acre prescribed burn on Tuesday October 10. The unit is located west of North Pine Street (2058 Rd), south of Indian Ford Creek Road (1102), and north of the 800 Road.

People are asked to avoid driving the north end of Pine Street on Tuesday if possible. Smoke will be visible for days following the burn, from Sisters and surrounding communities.

Patrols will be conducted in the burn area until the unit is declared out.

The purpose of the prescribed burn is to apply fire to reduce fuel loads, mimic historically frequent/low-intensity fires, and to increase hardwood canopy cover along the riparian corridor on the south side of Indian Ford Creek, the ranger district reports.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Highway 20 closed due to wreck west of Sisters
Highway 20 is closed two miles west of Sisters due to a serious motor vehicle crash. One person is being transported to the hospital via AirLink.
Friday, October 6, 2017
DCSO adding patrol deputies
After a tumultuous couple of years that saw several high-ranking officials terminated, a captain sent to prison, and deputy and former sheriff candidate Eric Kozowski placed on administrative leave last week for alleged policy violations, The Nugget recently spoke with Deschutes County Sheriff's Office spokesman Sergeant William Bailey about the current state of the sheriff's office.
Tuesday, October 3, 2017
City snapshot
• A community meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 18, 5:30 to 7 p.m., at City Hall to inform and receive feedback from the public regarding the findings of a recently completed utility rate study. Citizens will have the opportunity to hear recommendations from the study for water and sewer rates adjustments and to ask questions of the Public Works staff and representatives of FCS Group who conducted the study.
Tuesday, October 3, 2017
Event joins firefighters and Latino community
Chief Roger Johnson of the Sisters-Camp Sherman fire district saw a need in the community to increase diversity through involvement in programs. The idea is to create a more welcoming community environment that encouraged involvement of all groups.
Tuesday, October 3, 2017
Rescuers help lost hiker on Tam McArthur Rim
Search and rescue personnel assisted a 39-year-old Redmond woman who got lost last week while hiking on Tam McArthur Rim.
Tuesday, October 3, 2017
Rehab planning underway for Milli Fire area
The Milli Fire that scorched a 24,079-acre area west and southwest of Sisters and inundated Sisters Country with smoke for weeks is fully contained. It left behind a wounded landscape. Now comes time for the landscape to heal.
Tuesday, October 3, 2017
City snapshot
• At their September 27, 2017 meeting, the Sisters City Council will hold a public hearing on an ordinance amending the nuisance, abandoned vehicle, and dangerous building provisions in the Sisters Municipal Code.
Tuesday, September 26, 2017
What does winter hold in store for Sisters?
It shouldn't be much of a stretch to suppose that wildfire-weary residents of Central Oregon - and much of the entire western U.S. - will welcome the onset of the fall and winter seasons. Since early August, smoke-filled skies haven't just been an annoyance to outdoor enthusiasts, but have posed health risks in many areas.
Tuesday, September 26, 2017
City orders halt to tree cutting project
The City of Sisters issued a stop-work order to the Sisters School District last Thursday, ordering them to cease tree removal on the District's campuses. The City asserts that the District project has removed too many trees.
Tuesday, September 26, 2017
A ringside seat for Milli Fire fight
When the Milli Fire burst onto the Sisters horizon in August, Doug and Jessica Mohr occupied a front-row seat. Situated past the Cow Camp off J-15, the Mohr residence commands a stellar view of the mountains. From the comfort of their porch, they remember watching the flames during a party on Saturday, August 12.
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
How did the Milli Fire get so big?
"Perfect storm" is a term being bandied around lately in the reporting of wildfires, floods, hurricanes and other natural and man-made catastrophes.

Unfortunately, at the time of a lightning strike nine miles west of Sisters on August 10, the situation meteorologically, coupled with heavy deployment of firefighting resources elsewhere, both nationally and locally, combined to create the perfect firestorm dubbed the Milli Fire.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Pilot flies puppies to forever homes
Private pilot John Dunlap of Sisters loves to fly and has owned his own small aircraft, a Cessna 180 Skywagon, for six years. He volunteers time maintaining backcountry airstrips in Oregon as a member of the Oregon Pilots Association. The airstrips support rural communities.
Tuesday, September 12, 2017

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