• Sheriff’s office seeks help finding missing man

    UPDATE: Mr. Yates was located in the Portland area.

    The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office is seeking information on a missing Texas man, who was last known to be camping in the Sisters area. Don Wayne Yates of Burleson, Texas, was reported missing after not responding to attempts to call him by a family member since July 27.

  • Sisters’ new deputies aren’t on the job yet — but the community is already seeing a greater law enforcement presence.
  • Dwarf mistletoe a problem in forests
    Dwarf mistletoe continues to pose a threat to Sisters Country forests.
  • Rimrock Ranch preserved by DLT
    The Deschutes Land Trust (DLT) announced last week that it has purchased and protected 1,123 acres of land along Whychus Creek northeast of Sisters. Rimrock Ranch includes rugged canyons, pine and juniper forests, and almost two miles of Whychus Creek. 
  • Sisters deputies with the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office are investigating a burglary that occurred over the weekend in a neighborhood off East Cascade Avenue just east of Sisters Elementary School.
  • Sisters Salutes - 8/12/20
    • Paul and Donna Lipscomb celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on August 7 with a parade at Village Green Park. The couple were entertained by friends who went by in cars, on bikes, and one on an electric unicycle, so they could safely distance during the pandemic.
  • Michael Satcher, 42, of Sisters was arrested after an altercation during a Black Lives Matter rally at the Crook County Courthouse in downtown Prineville on Saturday.
  • Those who want to visit Dark Lake over the next couple of weeks are having to hike in.
  • Search and Rescue teams from across the region coordinated last Saturday to recover the body of a climber who fell to his death on Mt. Jefferson last week.
  • Battling invasive weeds in Sisters
    There is a weed among us, and we need to be on the lookout for it because, left to its own devices, it will take over our fields, gardens, public rights-of way, and stream beds.
  • Defending Sisters against wildfire
    The Pole Creek Fire in September 2012 posed a serious threat to Sisters Country. Firefighters and forest managers agree that previous treatments in the fire area — selective thinning, mowing and prescribed burning — made it possible for fire crews to grab and hold the fire and prevent greater devastation to the forest south of town.
  • Mention the 80-acre Forest Service property to a Sisters resident and they will share their idea of what would be a good use of that property. It has been a topic of conversation in town for years, ever since the Forest Service announced plans to sell it and build a new headquarters.
  • Sisters vigil takes on racial issues
    Sisters activists held a vigil at Village Green Park on Saturday, July 25, on the two-month anniversary of the killing of George Floyd. Floyd was a 46-year-old Black man who died in police custody in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on Memorial Day after being accused of using a fake $20 bill to buy cigarettes. A cellphone video showed an officer pinning Floyd to the ground with his knee on Floyd’s neck while he was handcuffed and repeatedly saying, “I can’t breathe.” 
  • Fire closed Hwy. 20 east of Sisters
    An empty refrigerator truck trailer caught fire on Tuesday afternoon, July 21, on Highway 20 just east of Sisters.
  • • Following numerous complaints from residents in the city who live in the vicinity of the City’s Public Works headquarters at the south end of Locust Street, the garbage trucks will no longer be traveling on Locust to access the City property. Republic Services has moved yard waste disposal to the Fryrear Transfer Station.
  • A Sisters woman posted on Facebook last week that she had witnessed young children beating and killing animals — mostly chipmunks — at Scout Lake. The woman said that the mothers of the children were aware of and encouraged the behavior. 
  • Songbird diseases strike in Central Oregon
    As if the outbreak of COVID-19 weren’t enough for us to contend with, now there is a chance that salmonella (or something worse) has begun to spread through the passerine birds of Central Oregon.
  • Gov. Kate Brown announced new limits on indoor gatherings at a news conference Wednesday. 
  • The Sisters Cold Weather Shelter is yet another victim of the coronavirus pandemic. Local churches that have offered space for the shelter for the past four winters are unable to open their doors to offer shelter to those in the community who are unhoused. Two of the churches have congregations with a large percentage of older members, one of the high-risk populations. Another may be involved in a remodel project of the space the shelter normally uses.
  • Cougars active in Sisters Country
    Several residents have reported cougar sightings, or sign of cougars present in the local area.
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