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home : current news June 28, 2016


Escaped inmate is in custody
UPDATE 06/24 2:20 p.m.

The inmate who walked away yesterday from a Deer Ridge Correctional Institution (DRCI) work crew near Sisters has been apprehended and is in custody in Multnomah county, according to the Oregon Department of Corrections.

DRCI staff discovered inmate Richard Clark missing at approximately 1:45 p.m., Thursday, June 23. Clark is a 29-year-old white male, 6 feet tall, 205 pounds, with blond hair and blue eyes.

Clark entered DOC custody on March 31, 2016, on two counts of attempted robbery in the second degree out of Washington County. His earliest release date is June 11, 2019.


Thursday, June 23, 2016
City snapshots
Tickets are now on sale for the 19th annual Quilts in the Garden home and garden tour, presented by the Sisters Garden Club on Thursday, July 7, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Wrestling with multi-family housing
City of Sisters planners and developer Hayden Homes are trying to determine the future of a portion of Hayden's housing development at the west end of town.
Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Camp Sherman Hasty Team rescues PCT hiker
On Thursday, June 16, five members of the Camp Sherman Hasty Team responded to Carl Lake in the Mt. Jefferson Wilderness area to locate a lost Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) hiker. Alison Sterley of Anchorage, Alaska was located north and east of Carl Lake.
Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Increase in airport activity irks some neighbors
Competing values are tangled in a dogfight over Sisters Eagle Airport. A revitalized airport is seeing increased flights and thriving business activity that spurs the local economy. But some local residents are feeling that all that activity is coming at the expense of their tranquility.
Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Temporary closure lifted
The Deschutes and Ochoco National Forests and Crooked River National Grassland and have lifted the temporary area closure on federal lands surrounding the Akawana Fire.

The approximately 50-acre closure of Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) protected lands, Crooked River National Grassland and National Forest lands on the Sisters Ranger District was put in place while firefighters worked to contain the Akawana fire. Ninety-five percent containment has been achieved and the public can safely return to the area.

Thursday, June 16, 2016
Prescribed fire planned for Thursday
Taking advantage of cooler weather and localized precipitation, the Deschutes National Forest fuel specialists and firefighters will conduct a prescribed burn on Thursday, June 16, as a live fire training exercise for new firefighters.
Tuesday, June 14, 2016
Local named to St. Paul Rodeo hall of fame
A Sisters-area resident has been named to the St. Paul Rodeo Hall of Fame.
Tuesday, June 14, 2016
Three council seats will be up for election
Three Sisters City Council seats are up for election on November 8, 2016. The terms of Andrea Blum, Amy Burgstahler, and Chris Frye will expire on December 31, 2016.
Tuesday, June 14, 2016
Sisters fire crew is visiting England
A team of firefighters from Sisters is visiting England's Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service to learn about some of its groundbreaking techniques and the variety of work it does. They will take part in live fire training, trial ultra-high-pressure lances, compare breathing apparatus, study new search methods and look at different means of ventilation.
Tuesday, June 14, 2016
Man arrested after short pursuit
An Albany man was arrested Saturday after he attempted to elude police after a traffic complaint.
Tuesday, June 14, 2016
Great rides, good times at Sisters Rodeo
The 76th Annual Sisters Rodeo bucked, snorted, and scrambled through Sisters June 8-12, with cowboys, cowgirls, and fans from across America packing the arena for a week of rodeo fun.
Tuesday, June 14, 2016
Firefighters get an assist from weather
Residents in the Lake Billy Chinook area are breathing a little easier this morning thanks to a change in the weather and the persistence of fire crews on the Akawana Fire. Level 2 evacuation notices have been lowered to a Level 1 in the Three Rivers Subdivision. About 262 homes in Forest Park, Air Park, Rim Park and outlining areas remain in a Level 2 evacuation notification, which is to be set to go at a moment's notice. Consistent cloud cover and a trace of rain calmed fire behavior so that firefighters could build containment lines along the fire's edge and keep the fire from further spread.
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Friday, June 10, 2016
Water cannon used to open suspicious container
An Oregon State Police Bomb Unit technician deployed a water cannon to blow open a suspicious container outside Sisters Fire Hall on Thursday June 9.
Thursday, June 9, 2016
Law enforcement investigates suspicious box near fire hall
Deschutes County Sheriff's Deputies have cordoned off Elm Street and the Village Green while personnel are dispatched to investigate a suspicious box left at the curb in front of Sisters Fire Hall. The box was reported by fire personnel and the sheriff's office is investigating according to protocols out of "an abundance of caution," according to a DCSO Sheriff's sergeant at the scene. Deputies request that people stay away from the area.
Thursday, June 9, 2016
Akawana Fire 30 percent contained
The Akawana Fire burning 13 miles north of Sisters is currently at 1,930 acres. There is no smoke in Sisters. Approximately 912 homes in the Three Rivers Grandview area are considered threatened and under a Level 2 evacuation notice. Level 2 indicates that residents should be set for a potential evacuation. Residents must be prepared to leave at a moment's notice.
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Thursday, June 9, 2016
Akawana fire has burned 2,000 acres
The 2,000-acre Akawana Fire, reported June 7, is burning 13 miles north of the town of Sisters in the Oregon Dept. of Forestry's Central Oregon District on private lands. ODF has dispatched an incident management team to the fire. It will take over command of the firefighting operation from local ODF forces Thursday morning, with the incident command post to be located at the ODF office in Sisters. The fire is burning in heavy brush and beetle-killed ponderosa pine fuels.
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Wednesday, June 8, 2016
Cat adoption nonprofit to close
Cat Rescue Adoption & Foster Team (CRAFT) will close next month. For eight years, CRAFT has provided no-kill adoption and fostering services, especially for adult cats, throughout the region.
Wednesday, June 8, 2016
Lightning-sparked fire burning north of Sisters
A lightning sparked blaze that broke out Tuesday is burning on several hundred acres of private land north of Sisters.

Oregon Department of Forestry reports that the blaze is burning on Squaw Back Ridge 13 miles from Sisters. The Three Rivers Subdivision is on a Level 1 evacuation notice. Level 1 indicates that residents should be ready for a potential evacuation. Residents should be aware of the danger that exists in their area, monitor emergency services websites and local media outlets for information.

The lightning caused fire was reported on Tuesday June 7, at 2 p.m.

The fire is 5 percent contained. Heavy dead and down fuel along with 15 to 20 mile per hour winds are causing torching and spotting of the fire. Two fire suppression handcrews, three fire engines, and three bulldozers are working aggressively on direct fire line with the aid of a variety of aerial support helicopters and planes, some of which have been operating out of Sisters Eagle Airport.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016
Local man returns from Honor Flight
Gordon Halsten of Sisters, 93, who served in the U.S. Coast Guard from 1941-45 and was stationed at Sitka and Ketchikan, Alaska, as well as San Pedro, California, recently joined with other World War II veterans on an Honor Flight visit to Washington, D.C., where they visited the World War II memorial, the U.S. Capitol, and numerous other memorials including the Iwo Jima Memorial, where they enjoyed a special presentation by the United States Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon.
Tuesday, June 7, 2016















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