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home : current news 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
Man's legacy will support environmental protection
Gil Staender, a long-time resident of Camp Sherman and the Sisters area, loved the great outdoors. He was a guide on Mt. Hood and summited more than 50 times. He was active in the Mazamas, The Nature Conservancy, the National Audubon Society, Greenpeace, Utah Wilderness Coalition, and other conservation societies.
Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Highway 242 to remain closed due to fire
The McKenzie Highway is a scenic byway and a favorite ride for bicyclists and motorcycle riders from across the region. This summer, it's also served as an anchor point for containment lines around the northern and western edges of the 24,079-acre Milli Fire.
Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Milli Fire begins to wind down in Sisters
The crisis that began in Sisters on August 12 when the Milli Fire began has abated. Evacuation orders have been lifted, smoke is clearing and some areas of the forest closed due to the fire are again accessible.
Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Milli Fire closure area reduced
Moderate growth and decreased fire behavior has prompted Sisters Ranger District officials to reduce the size of the area closure in place for the Milli Fire, which will allow access to Deschutes National Forest-managed lands between Highway 242 and Highway 20 southeast of Black Butte Ranch. Cold Springs Campground will also be open on a first come-first served basis for the remainder of the season.
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Friday, September 8, 2017

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