• 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.
  • Salem – The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) will offer limited camping at many state park campgrounds starting June 9. State park camping closed statewide March 23 in an effort to contain the spread of coronavirus and limit travel, especially to smaller communities and rural areas.
  • The Deschutes National Forest opened most developed day-use sites and boat ramps on the national forest. 
  • Faced with a radically altered programming landscape and a significant revenue squeeze thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, Sisters Park & Recreation District (SPRD) is restructuring and streamlining.
  • Sisters youth works with mustang
    Earlier this year, 11-year-old Hailey Weston applied and was chosen to participate in Mustang Madness 2020. This event is organized by Mustang Yearlings/Washington Youth (MYWY), a nonprofit whose principal belief is that “Kids make better mustangs, and mustangs make better kids.”
  • Runners create ‘social distance’ race
    Eight Sisters women ages 51 to 75 and Mabel, a black labrador, didn’t let a global pandemic stop them from a long-prepared-for running event.
  • A new system for permits limiting entry into parts of the Sisters backcountry has been pushed back till next year.
  • Birding’s big day still on the calendar
    On May 9, you may come upon someone with binocs staring at you. If you do, look behind you. Chances are there’ll be a bird close by that the person wants to record, both physically and perhaps vocally.
  • Social distancing on Jack Creek Trail
    The coronavirus and social distancing have affected us all. Unlike downtown city dwellers, however, we have a lot more freedom to move about, without risking that dreaded human contact. My hiking buddy and I resolved not to let the current situation completely freeze us out of one of our favorite activities.
  • Riding the river into a changed world
    A trip of a lifetime rafting the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon ended with the world turned upside down for Sisters Middle School Counselor Brook Jackson and his wife, Marie.
  • Nature connection helps locals of all ages
    The act of consciously being in nature is remarkably good for mental health and brain development. Simple techniques such as the “sit spot” help people lower their stress levels and feel more in tune with their environment. Life coach and nature connection instructor Susan Prince helps people learn how. During the COVID-19 crisis, she is offering free sessions to help people cope.
  • How to do a ‘Sit Spot’ in nature
    Kids and adults alike can enjoy a regular “sit spot” in a natural setting. From reducing anxiety to improving test scores, the benefits of nature time has been proven both by common sense and by over thirty years of scientific research.
  • Jeff Larson had assembled what may have been the most talented team of track boys in Sisters High School many years with a real shot to make a lot of noise at the state meet. The season ended without a single report of a starter’s gun after Governor Kate Brown officially shut down schools across Oregon due to the coronavirus on Wednesday, April 8.
  • If you’ve started running or gotten back into it in the last few weeks during the pandemic, you’re not the only one. Cities across the country have seen a rise in the number of people walking, hiking and biking outside as social distancing guidelines have taken hold.
  • ODFW is closing recreational hunting, fishing, crabbing and clamming to non-residents due to concerns about travel to Oregon to participate in these outdoor activities.
  • Getting outdoors in the fresh air during the COVID-19 shutdown promises benefits to both physical and mental health. Yet campgrounds, sno-parks and trailheads are shut down. That has raised questions about whether hiking is allowed during the current shutdown.
  • Running commentary: the forest soothes
    As I watched my dogs Kinzua and Raven race up the red cinder 1008 road just north of Cold Springs Campground, I paused to take in my surroundings: mature, sun-splashed, yellow-bellied ponderosa pines towering over the manzanita covered forest floor, birds singing songs of spring, and a smell of thawing ground.
  • Many Sisters folks are eager to get out hiking as spring struggles to get started in Sisters Country. However, Sisters Trails Alliance (STA) is asking hikers to stay off muddy trails.
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