• The OSAA (Oregon Scholastic Activities Association) announced a big change to the 2020-21 high school sports seasons in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The decision came following an executive session on Wednesday, August 5.
  • Whychus Overlook Trail a cure for pandemic cabin fever
    The Whychus Creek Scenic Overlook Trail is an ideal destination for pandemic shut-ins yearning for a pleasant escape into an outdoor experience. The overlook and adjacent trail were completed four years ago as part of The Tale of Two Rivers Treasured Landscapes Conservation Campaign involving Whychus Creek and the Metolius River.
  • New Peterson Ridge Trailhead dedicated
    Peterson Ridge Trail, a popular destination for cyclists, hikers and runners across the Pacific Northwest, has a new trailhead.
  • The Peterson Ridge Trail, which now has a new trailhead (see related story) has become one of the signature recreational amenities of Sisters. Its creation was a true grassroots effort.
  • As the state of Oregon continues to struggle with how to safely open schools in the fall in the midst of an ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the Oregon Sports and Activities Association (OSAA) presented its first round of recommendations and guidelines for the high school sports seasons for 2020-21. 
  • This Wednesday, the Deschutes National Forest, City of Sisters, the Recreational Trails Program and Sisters Trails Alliance will celebrate the opening of a new trailhead to access the popular Peterson Ridge Trail System with a ceremonial ribbon cutting.
  • Hiking is a dynamic activity — up and over roots, side-stepping rocks, losing and regaining footing and bracing for stability on uneven ground. There’s a lot more to it than cardiovascular fitness and leg strength. 
  • A section of the Suttle Lake Loop Trail is closed temporarily to provide for public safety while contractors conduct tree removal work as part of the Suttle Lake Vegetation Management Project.
  • On the Deschutes National Forest there are approximately 700 known caves, which are often abused by forest users, including vandalism, lighting fires, playing music, excavating and removing geologic and archaeologic resources, installing permanent anchors or bolts for climbing, leaving human and domestic animal body waste, and disturbing bats and other wildlife.
  • Following a warm and dry spring, drought is emerging and expanding across much of the west. Central Oregon is expected to see warmer- and-drier-than-average conditions this summer. At the same time, as many facilities and areas are closed or allowing a limited number of visitors due to COVID-19 response measures, a higher-than-normal number of people are using public lands for recreation.
  • Caught in an avalanche
    In the early morning hours of May 23, Danielle Rudinsky and Shelby Lowman set out to climb the southwest aspect of Mt. Hood. Rudinsky and Lowman started up a route unpopulated by other climbers and what awaited them at the top was every climber’s worst fear.
  • A woman — later found to have been intoxicated — was the focus of an extended rescue mission on Broken Top last weekend.
  • With summer travel season upon us, families are hitting the road — and that of course, means four-legged family members, too. To ensure safe travels for everyone, it’s important to take heed of a pet travel safety issue — pets and distracted driving.
  • Survival show features local resident
    Joel van der Loon of Sisters Country has faced survival challenges before: in Africa, in the Americas, and at sea. He recently documented his struggles and triumphs in the Canadian Arctic for show “Alone.” It premieres Thursday, June 11 on the History Channel.
  • Camp Sherman residents clean up the forest
    As reported in The Nugget last week, there is concern about the increase in dispersed camping throughout the National Forest. Camp Sherman residents have seen firsthand the negative effects in the Metolius Basin: trash, human waste, and fire hazards. 
  • Summer camp looks different for 2020 due to COVID-19
    Many camps are canceled across the region, some are moving to a virtual-only format, and others are opening with limited capacity and guidelines for the prevention of COVID-19 spread.
  • A visit to historic Glaze Meadow
    In keeping with our current emphasis on shorter, close-to-home hikes, my hiking buddy suggested that we visit the trails along the eastern edge of Glaze Meadow. I checked my files to see when I last wrote about this trail and was surprised to discover that I never have. So, here’s an easy walk in the woods that you may not be familiar with.
  • Survival show competitor raises his son in Sisters Country
    Survival skills educator and television show contestant Joel van der Loon moved to Sisters Country with his family a couple years back. Access to the outdoors combined with a sense of community drew them here to raise their son, Talon, now three years old.
  • Sitting around a campfire is one of the special times we all enjoy, but campfires are also a major cause of wildfires. May is Wildfire Awareness Month, and the Pacific Northwest Coordination Group urges campers to follow these basic outdoor safety 
  • Campgrounds remained closed over Memorial Day weekend, due to COVID-19 restrictions. But that didn’t mean campers stayed home — they simply came to Sisters and set up camp dispersed out across the national forest.
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Thursday, August 13, 2020
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