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  • • The Sisters Planning Commission will be deliberating on the McKenzie Meadows Village land-use application and Master Plan from Hayden Homes on Thursday, March 21, 5:30 p.m., at City Hall. No more public testimony will be taken.
  • While Sisters-area residents were shoveling snow, staff with the Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire District were busy preparing for another wildfire season.

    With summer just a few months away, several projects are nearing completion which the fire district believes will improve the safety of area residents.
  • USFS plans major Suttle Lake project
    Suttle Lake is one of the best-loved and most heavily trafficked areas in Sisters Country. It is also home to an old and decaying forest. The combination of those two factors has led the Sisters Ranger District to propose a major project to deal with diseased and potentially dangerous trees.
  • A 31-year-old Bend man was taken into custody during a high-risk traffic stop after he allegedly fired shots at another vehicle in an episode Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office personnel characterize as a road rage incident on Sunday afternoon.
  • A Nordic skier who was rescued by searchers aided by the work of the Sisters Sno Gophers Snowmobile Club, has died, succumbing to the effects of enduring severe cold conditions sheltering in a tree well in the backcountry southeast of Sisters last week.
  • Former Sisters Outlaws girls soccer coach Nik Goertzen has filed a federal lawsuit against a judge involved in a series of legal actions against several parents whom Goertzen believes improperly influenced Sisters High School Principal Joe Hosang's decision to end Goertzen's tenure as a soccer coach in 2012.
  • There was a steady drumbeat at City Hall at last week's Planning Commission hearing regarding the Hayden Homes McKenzie Meadow Village (MMV). That drumbeat was traffic and safety concerns from adjoining Village at Cold Springs neighbors, another Hayden development.
  • As part of Cascades East Transit's (CET) 2040 Transit Master Plan, a community open house will be held in Sisters on Tuesday, March 12, from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire Hall, 301 S. Elm St.
  • Firefighters honored for service
    Last Sunday, Sisters resident Leith Easterling called paramedics to check on her elderly mother, who was experiencing shoulder and back pain and feared she might be having a heart attack.
  • With a crew of only six employees, Sisters Public Works Director Paul Bertagna and his team put in over 500 person-hours between Sunday, February 24 and Thursday night, February 28, working around the clock clearing Sisters' streets of the heavy snowfall that reached over 30 inches.
  • "We don't go home until everyone has power," is the mantra of the Central Electric Cooperative (CEC) line crews.
  • A Sisters construction crew returning from an overnight snow removal project interrupted a thief in action early Saturday morning.

    The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office reports that on March 2, at approximately 5:48 a.m., deputies were dispatched to a vehicle theft in progress. The 911 caller, an employee of Robinson-Owen Heavy Construction Company, reported that he interrupted the theft of a company construction trailer as he and his crew returned from an overnight project.
  • Sisters Public Works crews will be working to clear mounds of snow away from storm drains through the weekend.

    Public Works Director Paul Bertagna told The Nugget that the City has opened up the old ODOT yards and will begin trucking snow to the site for disposal. He noted that the project will open up some parking areas that are currently blocked, though the purpose and focus is on clearing the storm drains.

    Bertagna also said that road graders will be working on smoothing out streets in the City of Sisters.

  • "You are growing very fast and changing fast and I know I don't need to tell you that," Brendon Buckley of Johnson Economics told the Sisters Planning Commission at their February 21 meeting.

    Since 2000, Sisters has grown roughly 185 percent with an increase of nearly 1,800 people, a much greater percentage growth than either Deschutes County or the state.
  • If the U.S. Forest Service property housing the Sisters Ranger District headquarters at the west end of town sells, what will be built on that land? That has been a big question on the minds of Sisters citizens ever since the Forest Service announced the property was for sale.
  • Big winter storm smacks Sisters
    Folks in Sisters Country might be forgiven for looking askance at anyone who says "better late than never" when it comes to winter storms.
  • Snow has caused the cancellation of the February 26 Frontiers in Science lecture set for Tuesday night.

    The Sisters Science Club hopes to reschedule Dr. Daniel Lowd's lecture on Artificial Intelligence and Fake News, but for now, he will stay safely in Eugene.
  • ODOT is reporting an avalanche closure of one lane on Highway 20 west of Sisters on Sunday morning, February 24. The affected area is one mile west of the Santiam Summit.

    Winter conditions will prevail in Sisters Country over the next several days.
  • Managing growth that could double the size of Sisters and more than double the population of Deschutes County was on the table at a joint Sisters City Council/Deschutes County Commissioners meeting held at City Hall on February 13.

    The Sisters Horizon Visioning Project was lauded as the first major joint plan undertaken by the City and County with funds and staff of each entity involved in the process.
  • Community mourns deputy's passing
    The Sisters and Camp Sherman community is mourning the sudden death of Jefferson County Sheriff's Deputy Dave Blann, at the age of 63.

    Blann was a beloved fixture of the Camp Sherman community, serving as its resident deputy for more than 20 years.
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