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home : sports & recreation August 20, 2017

Little Belknap Crater is a study in lava-lands geology
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.
Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Sisters Country birds
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.
Tuesday, August 15, 2017
A visit to Roaring Spring
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.
Tuesday, August 8, 2017
Football camp beats the heat with fun
The 2017 Sisters Outlaws football season will be upon us soon. But before the Outlaws take the field, the program took some time to invest in the future. From July 31 to August 3 the Little Outlaws took to the gridiron. Almost 30 kids showed up for some football, a lot of fun, and most importantly some safe tackling training.
Tuesday, August 8, 2017
Sisters resident competes in Special Olympics
Local resident Lizzie Affonso celebrated a great achievement last month by attending the Special Olympics State Games to play golf.
Tuesday, August 8, 2017
Sisters rider jumps into competition at High Desert Classic
Some of the finest equestrians in North America head to Bend each year in July to compete in the High Desert Classic - a fundraiser for the programs of J Bar J Youth Ranch.
Tuesday, August 1, 2017
Sisters Trails Alliance seeks 'trail adopters'
Sisters Trails Alliance (STA) is recruiting volunteers for their Adopt a Trail program. The goal of the program is better-maintained and safer trails through community ownership and stewardship.
Tuesday, August 1, 2017
"Challenge" is real in Hoodoo race
The Hoodoo Challenge Run to the Top half-marathon lived up to its name on Saturday, July 29, as nearly 100 brave souls not only agreed to run 13.1 miles on dusty and rocky trails, but to finish that run with a 1.9-mile climb up to the top of the Hoodoo summit.
Tuesday, August 1, 2017
Lake Creek Trail provides a mix of outdoor experiences
The Lake Creek Trail from Suttle Lake to Camp Sherman has been in existence for seven years, but is still somewhat off the radar for many local hikers. This is a convenient, well-defined - and mostly unburned - forest outing that requires little advance planning. At about 4.5 miles in length, the trail comprises a very easy walk in the woods that is still long enough to make it feel like a worthwhile accomplishment.
Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Sisters will 'Toast the Trails'
Sisters outdoor enthusiasts can connect with fellow hikers, mountain bikers and equestrians at the Sisters Trails Alliance (STA) Toast the Trails event at Three Creeks Brewing Co.'s tasting room on Thursday, August 3 from 5 to 7 p.m.
Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Cyclists will roll through Sisters in big numbers
Sisters sees a whole lot of folks on two wheels on an average day in the summertime. But this week, the numbers are going to increase a whole lot, with two major events sending cyclists through Sisters.
Tuesday, July 18, 2017
Easy hike along the Lower Metolius
While waiting for the local high country to open up after our big snow year, I did a bit of trail wandering in more accessible areas. Exploring this part of the Lower Metolius River is hardly a challenging adventure; but, if you haven't visited this stretch of the river, it's worth your time to see where our iconic and scenic local waterway morphs into a truly big and powerful river.
Tuesday, July 18, 2017
Running commentary
Last week as I moved slowly along the west wall in the deep end of the Tollgate pool, faithfully doing my "aqua-jogging" workout, I allowed myself to consider how mind-numbingly boring the activity could be.
Tuesday, July 11, 2017
Kayaking a temporary lake
In the never-ending quest to enjoy outdoor activities while waiting for the snowed-in high country to open up, an email from a friend prompted this little adventure. The email contained three photos of Fish Lake, a peculiar body of water near Clear Lake that doesn't even exist for part of the year. It was time to break out the kayaks.
Monday, July 3, 2017
Camp draws record numbers
The fourth edition of the Great Northwest Cross Country Running Camp drew a record number of participants to the six-day training event sponsored by Sisters Park & Recreation District and directed by Josh Nordell.
Monday, July 3, 2017
Golfers hit the links for Outlaw Open
Dozens of golfers smeared on the sunscreen and hit the green grass of Aspen Lakes on the hottest day of the year to date last Sunday, in the 20th annual Outlaw Open.
Tuesday, June 27, 2017
Sisters youth is a rodeo star
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.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017
Gurney brothers will play football for George Fox University
The Gurney brothers have been stand-out athletes for the Outlaws for the past several years and will take their skills, talents, and abilities to the next level. On June 6 twins Jacob and Jonny signed an official letter of intent to play football for George Fox University.
Tuesday, June 13, 2017
New volleyball coach is in for the long haul
Rory Rush was recently hired as the new Sisters High School head volleyball coach. She told The Nugget she plans to stick around for the long haul. Rush is the fourth coach the varsity squad has had in the past four years.
Tuesday, June 13, 2017
Running commentary
Eugene, Oregon hosted the most high-caliber track and field meet in America last week as world-class athletes jumped, threw, and ran world-leading marks at the annual Prefontaine Classic, a Diamond Level meet that honors Oregon's own Steve Prefontaine, considered one of the finest American distance runners of all time, who died in a car accident in 1975 at the peak of his career.
Tuesday, June 13, 2017

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