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Friday, August 18, 2017
Firefighters plan burnout operations on Milli Fire
The Milli Fire in the area of Black Crater west of Sisters continued to burn actively on Thursday, but did not blow up the way it did on Wednesday, a day that fire officials unanimously agree was "a bad day."

Crossroads and the homes along Edgington Road remain under a Level 2 ("Be Set") evacuation notice, but the fire remains two or more miles away from threatening structures.

At a community meeting on Thursday evening, Todd Abel, the field operations chief for the Southwest Area Incident Management Team fighting the fire, explained plans to conduct burnout operations (often referred to as "backburning") Thursday night in the area of Trout Creek Butte to construct containment lines on the southern and eastern edges of the fire. Dozers are working to build line along the old Black Crater burn scar at the north end of the fire, between the body of the fire and the Crossroads subdivision.

Fire crews will also eventually conduct burnouts between the west end of the fire and Highway 242 to secure that side of the blaze, Abel said.

The burnout operations will increase the area of the fire, which is currently estimated at about 4,500 acres.

Weather conditions on the fire are expected to be similar to today, with the possibility of a slight increase in winds. Wind direction may also cause some smoke to fall into the Sisters community, deteriorating air quality.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Current News
Solar eclipse will roll across Sisters
Tuesday, August 15, 2017
The Great American Eclipse of 2017 will move across Sisters Country on Monday, August 21. The moon's shadow will cut a 70-mile-wide swath of totality across the country from Oregon to South Carolina. Viewers within the path will see the moon completely cover the sun to reveal the sun's beautiful, tenuous atmosphere, called the corona.
Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center MORNING Update, August 17
Thursday, August 17, 2017
COIDC (Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center) MORNING Update, August 17

As visitation into the central Oregon area is increasing daily, we are asking visitors and residents to use extra caution, follow fire bans, and be prepared during this time leading up to the eclipse. August is always fire season in central Oregon, but with such a large influx of visitors, the potential for human-caused wildfires is increased. Additionally, there are several closures of public lands due to fires in the area as well as the increased visitation of the eclipse, so please "Know Before You Go", be patient, and stay safe.

Milli Fire - Located in the Three Sisters Wilderness, partially burning in the 2006 Black Crater Fire scar. The fire is currently six miles west of Sisters, with the southeastern edge of the fire being the most active. The fire is currently estimated at 3,500 acres and 0% contained. There are 206 personnel assigned to the fire including three 5-person crews, six IA crews, seven helicopters, four dozers, four masticators, and a variety of overhead and support resources.
Sisters man goes missing at Suttle Lake
Monday, August 14, 2017
A search is continuing for 33-year-old Sisters resident Ben Hendrickson, who was reported missing from the Blue Bay Campground near Suttle Lake on Sunday afternoon. He has not been seen since Saturday night at about 9:30 p.m.
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Firefighters take on Milli Fire
Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Located in the Three Sisters Wilderness, the Milli Fire is estimated at 150 acres and 2% contained. There are currently 141 personnel on the fire including three type 2 crews, 5 IA crews, 3 dozers, 2 masticators, and a variety of overhead resources. The Milli Fire is currently 8 miles west of Sisters and about one and a half miles southwest of Black Crater Lake. Moderate fire activity was observed yesterday and is expected again today with continued fire spread to the east and northeast. (EDITOR'S NOTE: The fire has grown considerably since Tuesday, due to winds on Wed., Aug. 16 firefighters were unable to map the fire for size.)
Black Butte Ranch welcomes new CEO
Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Black Butte Ranch is welcoming new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Jay Head.

Head brings 17 years of club leadership, most recently serving as the general manager/COO at Palm Valley Country Club. Head got his career start as the assistant general manager of Waverley Country Club (WCC) in Portland.
Sisters woman raising bucking bulls
Tuesday, July 11, 2017
On a recent hot July afternoon, when most residents of Sisters Country were thinking about upcoming July 4th celebrations, 25-year-old Awbrey Cyrus was hauling her small string of bucking bulls to the Sisters Rodeo grounds for a day of training.
Action on senior-living facility
Monday, July 3, 2017
It appears that the possibility of having a senior-living facility in Sisters came one step closer to reality last week when Sisters resident Peter Hoover brought the City a check for $323,378.72, to cover the System Development Charges of $245,473.95 and a remaining balance on permit fees of $77,904.77 for the project known as the Sisters Lodge.
FivePine celebrates 10th anniversary
Monday, July 3, 2017
The inspiration came from Rancho la Puerta, a resort spa in Tecate, Mexico.

Bill and Zoe Willitts thought they could create something special on a 15-acre property at the east end of Sisters that would emulate the qualities of that legendary retreat.
Arts & Entertainment
Fair serves up old-fashioned fun
Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Every summer Sisters Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration hosts its traditional small-town country fair, a crowd favorite, and last weekend marked its 22nd year. Folks rolled in from all around the region for some good old-fashioned fun.

The smoky air didn't deter folks from lining up at the Sweet Tooth Booth waiting for a piece of Ann Reed's delicious marionberry cobbler.
Luau brings Hawaiian spirit to Sisters
Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Last Thursday evening dark clouds congregated over Sisters, creating a tropical island flavor for the 4th annual Hawaiian Luau presented by Sisters Park & Recreation District and the Rotary Club of Sisters.
Show celebrates region's artists
Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Art enthusiasts browsed through an eclectic display of fine art Friday evening at the juried art show and silent auction that kicked off the 22nd Country Fair, held at the Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration.
Event features premium art for serious art lovers
Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Dave and Carla Fox had a vision to create a showcase for premium fine art that would attract serious art patrons to the banks of the Deschutes River in Bend.

Nine years later, Art in the High Desert is one of the most highly rated art festivals in the nation.
Pets Lost/Found Pets Free
Pets Free | Pets Lost/Found
Wednesday, August 16, 2017
MISSING CAT: "TUNA" is an 9-year-old male cat, long-haired with a shiny black coat (and a grayish chest and gray toe tufts). He was last seen around S. Spruce St. If seen, please call 541-514-1763 or 206-902-0700.
Whychus Creek Running High
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Whychus Creek ran high, wide and powerful Sunday, December 21, 2014, but Sisters, Oregon, residents ...

Sisters craftsmen build solar system masterpieces
Tuesday, August 15, 2017
For the past seven months Ed Beacham and his long-time friend Gary Lovegren have been steadily working on a project to commemorate the upcoming solar eclipse. Beacham, using his skills as a master clockmaker, worked alongside his friend of over 35 years as the two developed their own orreries.
Of a certain age...
Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Ten days of traveling across Idaho and Wyoming, and back again, brought to life the 1852 migration of my ancestors from Illinois across the American Plains and mountains to the Oregon Territory, land of promise.
Life in the night
Tuesday, August 15, 2017
If you go to your children's or grandchildren's house for a visit and just use your camera to record the activities of family, please enlarge the "family."

We share our magnificent old world with so much other life, and with the current photographic tools we have at our fingertips today, it seems to me we're missing a wonderful opportunity if we don't take a moment and record as much of other family life as we can.
Classroom is a favorite space for featured quilter
Monday, July 3, 2017
Tamra Dumolt made her first quilt in 1993 while expecting her first child.

"I taught myself from a book. And the quilt was a crib-sized Around the World design, with puffy polyester batting and hand-tied with yarn," Dumolt told The Nugget.
Sports & Recreation
Sisters Country birds
Tuesday, August 15, 2017
The American kestrel (Falco sparverius) is Sisters' most common small falcon. Often seen on fence-posts and telephone wires, this 8- to 12-inch tall bird is also known as the sparrowhawk.
Little Belknap Crater is a study in lava-lands geology
Tuesday, August 15, 2017
The Dee Wright Observatory, the lava-rock "castle" at the summit of McKenzie Pass, is one of those iconic features of our area that we often show off to visiting friends and family. The observatory was completed in 1935 as a Depression-era project of the Civilian Conservation Corps. It was named for the project's construction foreman, who died before it was completed.
A visit to Roaring Spring
Tuesday, August 8, 2017
When a friend recently asked me what I knew about Roaring Spring near Camp Sherman, my answer was, "Nothing" - so we decided to do something to remedy that. It took a fair amount of Googling and map research to locate even the general area. As it turned out, that information was only good enough to get us close. But that was fine; we are always up for a little exploration.
Sisters youth is a rodeo star
Tuesday, June 13, 2017
Sisters saw a whole lot of top cowboys and cowgirls come through town for the Sisters Rodeo last weekend. Later this month, Sisters' own rodeo star, Adriene Steffen, will leave town for Lebanon, Tennessee, where she will compete in the NJHFR (National Junior High Finals Rodeo) in barrel racing and breakaway roping.

Steffen, a sixth-grader at Sisters Middle School, qualified for national competition as the top barrel racer in Oregon in junior high school rodeo.
The hidden dangers of summertime
Tuesday, July 18, 2017
You've got Rover protected from fleas and ticks for the summer so now it's time to take him on that camping trip with your family. However, there's a whole heap more in Central Oregon that can harm Rover besides fleas and ticks.
Free local support for the wellness journey
Tuesday, July 18, 2017
Our nation, our society, our future is faced with a growing obesity challenge. Our nation needs to make some changes. These changes offer complex considerations. Many of these are insurmountable even with the most aggressive legislation, regulations, or promotion.
Struggling to get clean from the war on drugs
Tuesday, July 18, 2017
Oregon has taken a bold step in weaning the state off its addiction to the "war on drugs." Under a new bill recently approved by the legislature aiming to curb mass incarceration, first-time offenders caught with small amounts of heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine and other illegal drugs will face misdemeanor rather than felony charges, meaning less jail time and expanded options for treatment.
Riding for a cause
Tuesday, June 6, 2017
Riding down the horse trails out of Sisters Cow Camp on the first Saturday of June is a tradition some riders won't miss. Especially when they know that every mile they ride brings much needed and appreciated dollars to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, located in Memphis, Tennessee.

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