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home : current news February 22, 2019


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.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019
City/County look to a populous future
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.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019
Thousands of dying trees to be logged
Some 2,100 trees in the corridor leading into Sisters from the west will be logged in a project slated to begin sometime around the middle of April.
Tuesday, February 19, 2019
Former Sisters mayor looks back
Dave Elliott is leaving Sisters after four decades during which he did as much as anyone to make the community what it is today.
Tuesday, February 12, 2019
Community meeting focuses on shelter
In response to concerns voiced by neighbors regarding the Sisters Cold Weather Shelter (SCWS) and an incident in January involving a shelter guest, the SCWS steering committee hosted a public meeting on Monday, February 4.
Tuesday, February 12, 2019
Navigating coaching challenges
Editor's note: This is the second part of a two-part exploration of the challenges facing Outlaws coaches in Sisters.

The men and women who coach sports in Sisters love the work they do and the relationships they establish with their athletes. On the other hand, there are some aspects of the work that can make them question whether what they're doing is worth the time and work invested.

One of the key challenges is managing expectations and communications with parents.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019
Chamber honors community leaders
Members of the Sisters Area Chamber of Commerce gathered last Thursday night at FivePine Lodge & Conference Center to salute individuals and organizations that enhance the quality of life in Sisters.
Tuesday, February 12, 2019
SPRD plans full slate of events
Sisters Park & Recreation District (SPRD) is planning a full slate of events through 2019 - under the direction of events coordinator Shannon Rackowski.

Several events were canceled last year, and Rackowski left the organization in the midst of organizational turmoil. SPRD has stabilized under the leadership of Interim Executive Director Courtney Snead, and Rackowski has returned to stage the events.

Tuesday, February 5, 2019
Coaching can be a challenge in 2019
Editor's note: This is part one of a two-part look at the challenges of coaching high school sports in Sisters in 2019.

For the men and women who coach Sisters Outlaws athletic programs, coaching is a calling.

Tuesday, February 5, 2019
Tollgate group raises trail concerns
A group of Tollgate residents is concerned about the impact of a trail rehabilitation effort on their private property rights.
Tuesday, January 29, 2019
Ayala family dedicates new home
Many happy tears and thank-yous were shared last week as Silvia Ayala and her three children celebrated the dedication of their new Habitat home. The Ayala family is the 66th family to purchase a home through Sisters Habitat for Humanity homeownership program, and this home is the second home to be built in partnership with the Heart of Oregon Corps YouthBuild.
Tuesday, January 29, 2019
Shelter staff will meet with community
Sisters Cold Weather Shelter (SCWS ) is hosting a meeting on Monday, February 4, at 6 p.m. in the Sisters Fire Hall community room.
Tuesday, January 29, 2019
Sisters man arrested after ER incident
A 37-year-old Sisters man was arrested on multiple charges after an incident at St. Charles hospital in Redmond on Tuesday, January 22.
Tuesday, January 29, 2019
Fundraisers set to aid Cashwell family
Friends and community members are planning fundraisers in coming weeks to aid the family of Jenny Cashwell.
Tuesday, January 29, 2019
Electricians help habitat with grant
Last weekend, Brian Samp and other members of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) local 280 presented Sisters Habitat Executive Director Sharlene Weed with $1,500 from its members. The timing couldn't have been better as Habitat is in the final stretch of meeting its $100,000 matching challenge that will cover the costs of building two more Habitat homes in Sisters.
Tuesday, January 22, 2019
Sisters trail boosters win new grants
It's official. Two grants have been approved for key Sisters-area trailhead upgrades.
Tuesday, January 22, 2019
City snapshot
• Newly elected City Councilor Michael Preedin and re-elected Councilor Nancy Connolly were sworn into office at the City Council meeting on January 9. They will both serve four-year terms. Richard Esterman, re-elected to a two-year term, was out of town and had been sworn in earlier in the week. The Council members selected Chuck Ryan to serve another two-year term as mayor and Connolly will repeat as the president.
Tuesday, January 15, 2019
Sisters supports family of slain woman
Friends and family of Jenny Cashwell are mourning her death this week and rallying to support her two young children.
Tuesday, January 15, 2019
Housing waiting list to open for one week
The waiting list for the Housing Choice Voucher Program, formerly known as the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Section 8 program, will open Monday, January 14 at 8 a.m. and remain open through January 18, at 5 p.m.
Tuesday, January 8, 2019
Man hurt himself outside shelter
One of the guests at the Sisters Cold Weather Shelter harmed himself after leaving the shelter at Westside Church on Saturday morning, January 5. The incident sparked concern from nearby residents and a response from organizers of the shelter, which provides shelter to homeless people in Sisters during the winter months.
Tuesday, January 8, 2019













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