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home : current news : current news July 21, 2018

Attempted murder suspect taken into custody in Sisters
Police arrested Alexander J. Walton of Sisters early Tuesday morning on an outstanding attempted murder warrant issued out of Multnomah County.

According to the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, DCSO Detectives, DCSO SWAT Team and Portland Police Bureau detectives, arrested Walton, 45, as he exited a vehicle at about 5 a.m., July 17, near the intersection of E. Cascade Ave. and N. Fir Street in Sisters.

The arrest came after the Portland Police Bureau reportedly contacted DCSO late last week and asked for assistance in locating and arresting Walton. Detectives used surveillance and other investigative techniques to determine that Walton was living in the Sisters area and to establish a plan to safely take him into custody.

Walton was lodged in the Deschutes County Jail. Walton faces no charges in Deschutes County and will be transported to Multnomah County. He is being held on $510,000 bail.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018
Sydney the Cygnet has arrived
Last March, the "Friends of Eloise" and "Pals of Pete" of the Aspen Lakes Golf Course community rallied to support the growth of trumpeter swans in the Cyrus family's pond. With the help of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, The Trumpeter Swan Society, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and the generous Aspen Lakes homeowners, Eloise, the lone female swan on Aspen Lake, connected with Pete, a male swan, hoping for babies.
Tuesday, July 17, 2018
Remembering Brad Smith
Brad Smith of Paulina Springs Books went out among the stars on May 20 of this year - but if reincarnation works, he'll be back, not as Brad Smith, owner of Paulina Springs Books, but as a thorny devil stick insect.
Tuesday, July 17, 2018
SPRD executive director resigns
The Sisters Park & Recreation District Board of Directors voted unanimously last Friday morning to accept the resignation of SPRD Executive Director Todd Garrett, who had assumed the position in late April.
Tuesday, July 17, 2018
City manager to leave Sisters
City Manager Brant Kucera announced last Wednesday he is resigning his position effective August 18. He has accepted a position as the city administrator in Ashland, Wisconsin, population 8,200, located on the shore of Lake Superior.

Kucera's son lives in Michigan and, when he was not yet in school, Kucera was able to have him live with him over half the year. Rhys is now in grade school and visits with him are not frequent or long enough. Being in Ashland will put Kucera only three hours away from his son.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018
SPRD director resigns
Todd Garrett, who was hired as executive director for Sisters Park & Recreation District (SPRD) in April, has resigned.

The resignation is officially effective on July 27, but Garrett will be on administrative leave as of end-of-business Friday, July 13.

SPRD has cancelled several events in recent weeks and two employees have resigned their positions since Garrett's arrival. SPRD expects to make an announcement regarding whether the luau scheduled for August 9 will go forward as scheduled.

Friday, July 13, 2018
City Manager to leave Sisters
City Manager Brant Kucera announced today that has accepted a position as the City Administrator in Ashland, Wisconsin, population 8,200.
Thursday, July 12, 2018
Vandals ransack house in Sisters
Some time during the July 3 through July 7 period, vandals broke into and ransacked the white house on the eastern edge of Sisters, just beyond the FivePine campus. The house was the bunkhouse for the Lazy Z Ranch.
Tuesday, July 10, 2018
Timeline uncertain on transfer of preserve
Plans to transfer Wildhaven Preserve north of Sisters from The Nature Conservancy (TNC) to the U.S. Forest Service are still operative - but the timeline has become less immediate.
Tuesday, July 10, 2018
Cougar and bear visit Sisters
Quilters are not the only ones visiting Sisters this summer. Several reports indicate that our local apex predators have been dropping by, in and around town.

According to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) there are more than 6,000 cougars, aka mountain lion, and 25,000 to 30,000 black bear running loose throughout Oregon.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018
Family quilts hold Sisters Country history
The making and giving of quilts has a long history here in Sisters Country. On July 14, during the 43rd Annual Sisters Outdoors Quilt Show, two historic quilts loaned by the Deschutes Historical Museum in Bend will be exhibited by the Three Sisters Historical Society in the community room of the Sisters Library.

One of the earlier families to come to Sisters was John B. and Elizabeth Berry Fryrear, for whom a local road is named. They came from Linn County in the Willamette Valley, and filed a claim for 160 acres east of Camp Polk along Squaw (Whychus) Creek.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018
Fire district evaluates performance
Medical calls continue to make up the vast majority of incidents requiring a response from the Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire District.

The District recently completed an evaluation of 2017 emergency response data. The District audits emergency response performance to determine if organizational response goals are being met.

Tuesday, July 3, 2018
Exploring help for the houseless
The collective knowledge and experience represented at the three-hour meeting last week concerning "houselessness" challenges in the Sisters community was considerable.
Tuesday, July 3, 2018
Quilt tour shows Sisters at its best
Besides lovely gardens and luxurious homes, this year's Quilts in the Garden tour on Thursday, July 12, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., will surely be remembered for the breathtaking views serving as the common backdrop for all the locations.
Tuesday, July 3, 2018
Two named to Sisters Planning Commission
Art Blumencron and Cris Converse have been named by Mayor Chuck Ryan to fill the two four-year vacancies on the Planning Commission. Converse and Blumencron both live outside the city limits and are replacing Roger Detweiler and Tim Klem.

With a field of eight applicants for two positions, Ryan enlisted the assistance of councilors Andrea Blum and Nancy Connolly in interviewing all of the well-qualified candidates. In the recent past, an interview process hasn't been necessary because of so few applicants for openings on the various City commissions and boards.

Tuesday, July 3, 2018
Quilts for Empowerment coming to Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show
Mary Ann McCammon, a registered nurse, combined her passion for quilting and women's health by launching Quilts for Empowerment (QFE), teaching quilting to obstetric fistula survivors in Kenya, Africa.
Tuesday, June 26, 2018
City hosts parking lot barbecue
The Second Annual Sisters Barbecue sponsored by the City of Sisters on June 19 at City Hall was a rousing success, with an estimated 350 attendees.
Tuesday, June 26, 2018
Record redd counts on Metolius River
Fisheries biologists have found a record number of redband trout redds, or nests, during their 2017-2018 surveys on the Metolius River. This indicates that the river's trout population remains strong and healthy.
Tuesday, June 26, 2018
Most Milli-damaged trails remain open
In the wake of last year's 24,000-acre Milli Fire, the good news is that almost all trails within the burn perimeter are open for use. The bad news? Well, that's pretty obvious: more forest destruction has been added to our ever-growing local inventory of thousands of burned and blackened acres in Sisters Country.
Tuesday, June 26, 2018
Highway 242 is open again
Highway 242 is open again after being closed for most of a day on Wednesday/Thursday due to mudslides after a series of heavy thunderstorms.
Friday, June 22, 2018

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