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“Seed to Table Farm Dinner Celebration” by Cody Rheault | www.codyroux.com www.seedtotableoregon.org “Ugandan Children” by James Christopher Yankee | www.chrisyankey.com (Pg. 42) “Winter Carnival Fireworks” (Pg. 46) “Erik Dolson Trophy” by Kasey Klaus (Pg. 40)

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4 Romance off the beaten path 6V olunteering enhances lives for all involved 8A bundant living in the golden years 1 0 Recipes 14 There is still a place... 2 0 H ow to host a holiday feast without stress 22 E vents create and celebrate community 2 4 P atience and a dream restore Whychus Creek 2 8 B e your best for your celebration 32 S isters business marks 30 years in the saddle 3 4 C ommunity builds a destination trail 3 6 A celebration of winter and Central Oregon culture 3 8 I ndependent bookstores build communities 4 0 L ocal racer honored for lifetime achievement 4 2 A deep connection that spans continents 4 5 S isters youth a national rodeo champion 4 6 H oodoo Winter Carnival celebrates season 4 8 Telling the story of our community

Celebrating abundant living in Central Oregon We l c o m e t o the first edition of Celebrate! Abundant Living in Central Oregon magazine presented by The Nugget Newspaper. We are excited to have this opportunity to honor the triumphs and achievements of the vigorous and accomplished people and organizations who call Central Oregon their home. In these pages you will find the stories of milestones achieved and obstacles overcome, of awards and honors earned, and service to the community as told by The Nugget’s professional writers and photographers (who recently won awards for Best News Writing, Best Editorial/Column and


Best News Photos in the Oregon Newspaper Association’s 2019 contest). From a junior rodeo champion to a lifetime achievement award for an auto racer; from the decadeslong effort to restore Whychus Creek to major business anniversaries, Celebrate! seeks to… well… celebrate the full and vivid lives built by the people who make this special place so special. In addition to engaging and uplifting storytelling, Celebrate! is also a resource guide for creating your own celebrations and marking your own milestones — from weddings to retirements to happy holidays. The abundant life of Central Oregon gives us so much to celebrate — join us in sharing and spreading the joy.

Jim Cornelius, Editor in Chief

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Romance off the beaten path By Susan Waymire, CTC

For your celebration — be it a honeymoon or anniversary — romantic destinations can vary depending on your perspective. Here are a just few suggestions for unique honeymoon destinations. • Rangiora: This gem of an island sits in the heart of French Polynesia, located in the Tuomoto Islands. Kia Ora is an incredible small resort that sits in one of the most romantic island chains in the world. Incredible scuba-diving and snorkeling make it a unique destination for those who want to have a remote romantic setting with incredible underwater life. Overwater bungalows sit over this beautiful lagoon. For even more remoteness, the Kia Ora Sauvage is a small Robinson Caruso experience set on the beach with just five bungalows, no electricity, and far removed from the typical resort setting. A great one- to two-night deviation from the main resort makes for a uniquely different honeymoon. • The Maldives: This island chain, set off the southern coast of India in the Indian Ocean, is now becoming wildly popular. Many resorts here also have overwater bungalows, but not many have underwater bungalows. The Conrad Rangali Island now has an underwater suite. Imagine waking up in the morning to your own private underwater aquarium. There is also underwater dining available in their special underwater tube. Many of the overwater suites have their own plunge pools. Beautiful beaches and crystal-clear waters make for an incredibly romantic honeymoon. • Cape Town, South Africa: This city is now becoming a huge destination for all travelers. With their wine region within easy travel access and an easy jump-off point for a safari, what’s not to love about this chic, vibrant city. Not only can you use it for heading off on safari, you have the option to shark-cage dive or visit the warm-weather penguins. Wonderful dining, great wine, and beautiful hotels make for a wonderfully romantic getaway.


• For something closer to home, consider Montana… Perhaps a dude ranch stay at the Resort at Paws Up. They invented “glamping” years ago. The honeymoon tent with its beautiful copper tub will take you back to the Old West in style. You have options of both luxurious homes or tents to experience this incredible dude ranch. Great activities such as fly-fishing, horseback riding, river adventures and a riverside picnic allow you to enjoy each other’s company in a wilderness setting.

• Many celebration couples in recent years have experienced the Four Seasons Elephant Camp, located in the Golden Triangle of Northern Thailand. Couples of all ages have enjoyed this unique adventure with the elephants. You are trained to become an elephant handler, or mahout, from the beginning of your stay; feeding and bathing become a fun romantic experience for you, your loved one, and your elephant. At the end of your stay you’ll have a romantic dinner with your elephants brought in to share your love. Love has no bounds, and whether you’re planning a honeymoon or milestone anniversary, consider pushing your boundaries to celebrate that occasion. Using an experienced travel advisor will open up the possibilities for you to share your love.


Volunteering enhances lives for all involved By John Griffith

Volunteering is one of the surest ways to from a trusted source was the key. enhance quality of life — our own as well as Stanford research has shown that remainthose we may be helping. Central Oregon offers ing physically, emotionally, and cognitively tremendous opportunities to celebrate the vol- healthy adds more than seven years to our lives. unteer spirit while materially benefiting the So, your friends are asking, get involved, community. Harkening back to what became take action, check out your options to cona bumper sticker slogan in the 1960s, tribute today. “Think Globally – Act Locally.” What makes the 50-plus crowd Give some Get involved: Give some of of your time, energy, so desirable as volunteers? your time, energy, and accumuThey have the desire to make and accumulated lated knowledge to help your a difference, to utilize valuable fellow Central Oregon resi- knowledge to help your life experiences and to pass on fellow Central Oregon their legacy. Many are looking to dents have a better life. residents have a Although the volunteer develop new relationships with workforce in Central Oregon other mentors and mentees alike. better life. includes many very effective and Baby boomers (76 million folks) vital volunteers under 50 years old, have more time — they are either settled volunteering is particularly vital among the into their careers or retired early. Many have 50-plus group. developed special — and often useful — skills to Here are some reasons why: Recent offer to their volunteer work. research shows that 80 percent of adults say Per Habitat for Humanity data, 50-plus that making the world a better place for the folks have staying power. With fewer distracnext generation is an important priority. This tions from career and young families, they have same research found that the United States twice the retention rate of other volunteers. today possesses the fastest-growing, best-edFifty-plus folks have coped with a lot over ucated, and most vigorous population of older the years and have learned resilience, which adults in the history of the world. is a skill that can be passed on to those facing Data shows that people are living longer and challenges at any age. retiring earlier than ever before, and they are Many potential volunteers feel that they do remaining more healthy and more active than not have the skills or training to effectively volprevious generations. unteer or mentor. Those who work with at-risk Central Oregon is the home to a large num- youth know that the most effective skill that you ber of retirees — many of whom have left excel- bring to your volunteer work is your life experilent careers early looking for a higher quality ence, and your willingness to simply show up, of life, and they arrive here with a great deal of reliably, and regularly. Any special skills that quality time remaining. For this segment of the you bring beyond that are the frosting. community, the challenge is how to make the Others feel that they don’t have the time or best use of their time. cite transportation issues. But many of the volRed Cross research found that 60 percent unteer positions in our community will allow of the 50-plus population who do not currently you to work from home, and often on your volunteer would consider doing so if asked, schedule. In many cases, giving just four hours especially if the assignment would in some way a week can make a huge difference in the trause their accumulated talents. jectory of another person’s life. When asked how they got involved, the Volunteering also expands your network most common reason why people volunteer is and reduces the feeling of isolation. Engaged “Someone I know asked me!” Word of mouth people report feeling happier, more satisfied.

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t y i W n u e m Trust... m o C In Open Hearts & Helping Hands Building A Bright Future

Our Mi O Mission: i

• Deeply invested in the Sisters community through leadership in Circle of Friends and Habitat For Humanity, and as local real estate experts. • Small community values: meaningful relationships; unparalleled service; open communication; honesty; integrity; and hard work. • Loving and supporting the lifestyle through superior schools, Americana and the arts, recreation and wilderness, rural roots, and farm to table.

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• Three-day weekend at the Harper family beach house on the Oregon Coast for anyone who refers a client who buys or sells a house in 2019. ale. • $100 donation to local organizations for every completed home sale. • Over $20,000 donated to local organizations in 2018.

About Carol & Chuck... k The best part of working in real estate hasn’t been selling property — it’s been meeting all the wonderful people that have crossed our paths during the course of doing this business and volunteering. It’s truly rewarding to exceed the expectations of people making a significant life decision and, at the same time, to use the skills we’ve developed over the years to make sure the transition is smooth and — hopefully — even fun! Our pledge to give back to the Sisters community and the wonderful friendships we have made during our years in this profession are our greatest inspirations. We look forward to cultivating many more! Carol Zosel, Broker

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Abundant living in the golden years

By Jim Cornelius, Editor in Chief | Photo by Cody Rheault Central Oregon may be the best place in the nation to enjoy an active, engaged way of life all the way through the last third of it. The region’s roads and trails are filled with folks with grey in their hair but plenty of zip in their stride as they hike, pedal or ride horseback through a landscape that takes second place to none in the U.S. They’re out there every day, swinging a hammer for Habitat for Humanity or mentoring a youngster through a variety of programs that welcome their life experience (see related story, pg. 6). You’ll find them sharing ideas and opinions in a book club or a convivial evening with friends in a wine club. Some are starting a dream business and a second career. The region offers a wide range of services that support quality of life for seniors. Access to quality healthcare is exceptional for a semi-rural area, and many local athletic clubs and gyms offer programs that are specifically geared to keeping older folks fit, strong, and active well into their 70s and even 80s. Financial fitness is not neglected. As seniors live and stay active longer, husbanding resources to ensure that they allow for an abundant life for as long as possible becomes a paramount concern. There are many financial institutions and advisors that specialize in just this task. In recent years, it has become more and more possible for seniors who are ready to


transition to a senior living facility to stay in the communities they have come to love — and to which they have contributed immeasurably. Carol Crisler has been retired for 30 years, having been one of the original founders of Rogue Ales Brewery. She’s lived at both ends of Oregon, from Ontario to Newport, before moving to Sisters 14 years ago. Approaching 80, she moved into The Lodge at Sisters, which opened in early 2019. “I just decided I didn’t need a big house anymore,” she said. “I had two houses here; the last one was on Whychus Creek.” Crisler lives independently. Very independently. She’s a well-known figure, riding her three-wheel cycle into town, sometimes several times in a day. “I do my own thing,” she said. “It’s nice to not have a lot of responsibility — just go with the flow. If you want to sleep in, you do; if you want to get up and get going, you do.” Crisler has always liked art and crafts. She said that she’s let her oil painting lapse over the past few years and she intends to get back into it at The Lodge — possibly through teaching other residents. Shirley Alessio moved to Sisters originally at the behest of her son Leno, a well-known musician, then moved to Florida for five years to be near another of her sons and his family. Now she’s back and living at The Lodge in Sisters.

“When you get to be the age we are,” she said. “You have to size down and change your way of living.” She enjoys her way of living a great deal. She enjoys her fellow residents of The Lodge at Sisters — and likes competing with them in games. “I like to beat the girls,” she said. The Lodge provides a variety of activities — a cookout, a luau, visits from musicians — which she enjoys. Alessio has been reluctant to availing herself of the regular excursions planned from The Lodge, not wanting to “be a nuisance” with her electric wheelchair. But she’s come around to recognizing that it’s the staff’s mission to help folks like her, and she plans to go next time there’s a trip like one to visit Sahalie Falls. While both Crisler and Alessio appreciate the environs of The Lodge, both agree that what really makes the place is the staff. Alessio has been in several assisted living environments since she had a stroke, and said, “the help here treats me better than any place I’ve been before.” “The best thing about this is the employees

and their dedication to making all the people here comfortable and safe,” Crisler said. “They go out of their way to do sweet things for people.” Central Oregon offers plenty of reasons to celebrate the later part of life — in each changing phase. And there is the constant of the soul-inspiring natural beauty of the surroundings. Nature itself provides abundance. As Crisler notes. “I never get tired of looking at the mountains. Ever.”

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ALPACA MEAT APPETIZERS By Jim Cornelius, Editor in Chief | Recipes & Photos by Vicki Curlett

Alpaca meat is an alternative to beef — and it is catching on in the food world. “Alpaca meat is one of the healthiest and most flavorful meats in the world,” Sierra Meats reports. “It is described as a mild meat which takes on the flavor of the dish. It is slightly salty, tender and lean, high in protein with no fatty aftertaste. Alpaca meat also has the lowest level of cholesterol of any meat.” Art Izer and Nancy Chapel-Izer can testify to the qualities of alpaca meat — and not just because they own and operate an alpaca ranch in Central Oregon. “Art had a heart attack three years ago,” Nancy told Celebrate! He had high cholesterol, and required stents to open blockages. A cardiologist

consulted with him on his diet. “They said, ‘You know, you’ve got the natural thing right there,’” Nancy recalled. “‘You should be eating alpaca meat because it’s so lean.’” Art began eating alpaca instead of beef on a regular basis and, Nancy reports, within a year, his cholesterol had hit normal levels. “We have it a lot,” Nancy said. “We don’t buy beef now. We use it for spaghetti; we use it for hamburgers; we have a round steak we use for fajitas. Tonight we’re having a roast from the neck.” Much as is the case with game meat, preparation is key. “The flavor is wonderful,” Nancy said. “The big secret is, you can’t over-cook it. You can’t have it well-done.”

STUFFED ITALIAN SAUSAGE MUSHROOMS Makes 12 mushrooms 12 extra large white or cremini mushrooms, stems removed 3 Tbsps. olive oil 3 Tbsps. dry marsala wine 3 Tbsps. additional olive oil 1 lb. ground grass-fed Italian alpaca sausage or ground Italian pork sausage 3 cloves, finely minced garlic 1 tsp. salt 1/2 tsp. ground black pepper 2/3 cup panko breadcrumbs 1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese blend (preferably with Asiago & Romano cheese) 2 Tbsps. minced fresh parsley 4 ounces softened plain cream cheese or mascarpone 5 ounces shredded fontina or mozzarella cheese

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Place mushroom caps in a bowl and toss with the olive oil and marsala wine. Set aside. Heat another 3 tbsps. of olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the sausage, crumbling with a spoon and cook for 8-10 minutes, stirring frequently, but do not brown or overcook. Add the garlic, salt and pepper and cook for another 2-3 minutes. Remove from the heat, cool slightly. Stir in breadcrumbs, Parmesan, parsley and cream cheese or mascarpone. Place a mushroom cap in each of 12 muffin tin compartments, cap side down. Divide the remaining olive oil/marsala from pan and put about ¼ tsp. in each cap hole. Using a small to medium ice cream scoop depending on size of the mushroom caps, place enough filling on the cap to create a mound, pressing onto mushroom. Top mushrooms with shredded cheese. Bake for 30 minutes or until the cheese is melted and slightly browned.


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BAKED PERUVIAN MEATBALLS WITH QUESO SAUCE Makes 18, 1.5” meatballs 1 lb. ground grass-fed meat – alpaca or beef 3 tsps. Gourmet Garden™ Chunky Garlic Stir-In Paste 2 Tbsps. Gourmet Garden™ Cilantro Stir-In Paste 1/2 small onion finely chopped 1/2 tsp. pimenton (Spanish smoked paprika)

2 tsps. cumin 1/4 cup panko breadcrumbs 1 egg, beaten 1 tsp. salt Olive oil cooking spray

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Put ground meat in a large mixing bowl. Add garlic, cilantro, onion, cumin, pimenton, breadcrumbs, egg and salt. Mix thoroughly but gently with your hands to combine — do not overmix or meatballs will become tough. Using a medium ice cream scoop form into 1.5” balls of equal size. Lightly spray a 24-cup mini muffin tin with olive oil and place individual meatballs in each compartment. Bake 18 to 20 minutes, until meatballs are browned and firm to the touch. Spoon queso sauce over each meatball to serve.


Makes 4 cups 2 Tbsps. olive oil + 1 tbsp. unsalted butter 2 lbs. Original Velveeta cheese loaf or 1 lb. Original Velveeta cheese loaf plus 1 lb. Original Velveeta cheese loaf with jalapeno (delete the Hatch dice green chilies below), cut into cubes 1 large yellow onion, roughly chopped 1 small can Hatch diced mild green chilies 1/2 of a 15-oz. can diced, fire-roasted tomatoes, drained 1 tsp. dry mustard 1/4 cup beer of choice, optional In a medium skillet, combine the olive oil and butter and cook on medium heat until butter has melted and mixture is hot. Add roughly chopped yellow onion, reduce heat to medium low and cook slowly, mixing occasionally, until onion is evenly caramelized and golden, approximately 35 minutes, do not overcook. Add hatch chilies, fire roasted tomatoes and dry mustard, stir together. Remove from heat. Spray the slow cooker with cooking spray. Put skillet mixture into a slow cooker with 2 lbs. of cheese. Cook for two hours on low heat until mixture is heated and cheese is melted. If queso seems too thick, thin with beer. Alternate Method: Spray a deep, round baking dish with cooking spray, add all ingredients, mix until well combined. Cook in the microwave, covered with parchment paper, on high for about 7 minutes. If mixture seems too thick and you cannot easily spoon over meatballs, thin with beer. Sauce can also be used with just tortilla chips. For spicier sauce, lightly brown a half pound of alpaca chorizo to stir into mixture before it goes into the microwave.


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a place... By Sue Stafford The understated entrance off Highway 20 seven miles west of Sisters belies what awaits a short distance through the towering ponderosa pine and rustling aspen trees. “There is a place” where a breathtaking vista of open meadow, edged by dark forest and backed by a spectacular mountainscape, announces your arrival at Black Butte Ranch. No above-ground powerlines, no streetlights or demanding schedules here. The main star of the show is tranquil nature, and so it has been for 50 years at this privately owned resort community, the dream-come-true of three enterprising young men and the company that initially supported them. In the beginning, the enterprise was a joint venture between the Mountain Park Corporation of Portland and Brooks Scanlon Lumber of Bend, with headquarters in Minnesota. The plan was to develop a firstclass recreational development on the Black Butte Ranch and adjacent Brooks Scanlon timberland. Then manager of the Brooks Scanlon mill in Bend in 1969, 31-year-old Mike Hollern, recruited 29-year old Robert Harrison to be president of Brooks Resources, a subsidiary development company of the timber operation, and 29-year-old William Smith to initially conduct market research for the project. Due to changing circumstances, Mountain Park sold their interest in the Ranch to Brooks Scanlon. At that point, the old “Black Swamp,”


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There is

as it was known in earlier days, and timber land acquired by Brooks Scanlon as early as 1916, became one large parcel with 70.5 acres of Squaw (Whychus) Creek irrigation rights. Total purchase price, $375,375. Today’s Black Butte Ranch is a testament to the vision, foresight, and dedication to excellence possessed by those three young men and their gifted employees. Engineering challenges abounded throughout the construction of the Ranch, and yet each was successfully resolved. Bill Smith, who later became president of Brooks Resources, offered a thought as to why they were successful: “Only the young can be idealistic without worry; caution comes with age.” There is agreement by many that with all the present-day laws and regulations, building the Ranch today would be very difficult. In 1987, the homeowners acquired the Ranch from Brooks Resources and, to this day, a nine-member board of directors of the nonprofit homeowners association sets the policies and direction for the Ranch, while a smaller Black Butte Ranch Corporation deals with the commercial entities on the Ranch. A paid professional staff handles the day-to-day operations of the Ranch. Protecting the natural beauty of the Ranch has always been the guiding factor in decision-making. The trees, meadows, lakes, streams, birds, and wildlife took center stage as homesites, roads, and buildings were laid out. Meandering roads travel over the natural

by Gene “Bunny� Mason, who served as golf director at the Ranch for 22 years. There are now over 30 courses in Central Oregon, and the Ranch links are among the finest. The synergistic relationship between Black Butte Ranch and the nearby town of Sisters has benefited both entities. By 1967 all of the lumber mills in Sisters were shut down and the local high school had closed its doors. There was high unemployment and times were tough for the 630 residents. In 1969, Brooks Scanlon owned over 200,000 acres of timberland, and Hollern and his associates realized they could use some of their timberland to create housing and recreation developments. Brooks Resources was established as a Brooks Scanlon subsidiary that year to spearhead the effort, with Hollern at the helm. Black Butte Ranch became their first project. The developers knew they needed a place for their owners and guests to shop, as largescale retail development was not part of the plan for the Ranch. They looked to nearby Sisters. In the early days of the Ranch, Brooks Resources provided lumber, forgivable loans, and design assistance to Sisters merchants who wanted to upgrade their storefronts to enhance the recently adopted 1880s Western theme that still exists today. Sisters merchants benefited from the remodels with more customers, and Ranch residents and guests had places to shop and eat.

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topography, turning and curving to preserve trees and rocks. Homes are sited to maximize privacy, yet no perimeter fences act as lines of demarcation among the 1,252 properties. People come to Black Butte Ranch to find tranquility, enjoy recreation, and make lasting memories. Vacations, weddings, family reunions, business meetings, golf packages, ski trips, or full-time residence, people come and keep coming back because, even as things change to keep current with the times, there is a comfortable constancy at the Ranch that feels familiar and welcoming. Tennis courts have been supplemented with pickleball courts. Canoes on Lake Phalarope have been joined by paddleboards, pedal boats, and kayaks. The new $11.5-million lodge pool and adjacent activity complex with bistro and spa, still maintains the original integrity and maximizes the mountain views. The Ranch covers 1,800 acres in the shadow of the Cascades, with 18 miles of bike paths. Around 25 percent of the privately owned homes are available for rent either through the Ranch or privately. About 12 percent of the homes are occupied by full-time residents, yet 50 percent of those residents spend three or more months of the year elsewhere. A number of the homes remain in a family, passing from one generation to the next, creating traditions and memories. Well-known designer Robert Muir Graves designed Big Meadow Golf Course and, in the early 1970s, it was one of only a handful of courses in Central Oregon. The restaurant in the clubhouse, Robert’s Pub, is named in honor of Graves, who said the Big Meadow course was his favorite. The Glaze Meadow course was designed


photo by andy batts

According to Jay Head, Black Butte Ranch general manager, the tax valuation of Ranch properties provides over 50 percent of the tax monies collected for the Sisters School District, although there’s only a handful of students at the Ranch who come into town for school. Full-time and seasonal jobs at the ranch provide employment opportunities for people in Sisters. Local contractors and service providers count Ranch residents among their client base. To celebrate Black Butte Ranch’s 50th anniversary in 2020, plans are underway for a variety of events and special merchandise. A coffee-table book commemorating the first half-century is being produced. Specific 50th anniversary logowear will be available for purchase. A number of celebratory events will take place, culminating in the annual Fourth of July parade and barbecue. The Lodge Restaurant will feature menu specials from the past 50 years. A display of the Ranch’s history will be available for viewing in the lodge. Installation of a time capsule somewhere on the property will take place, something that wasn’t done 50 years ago. General Manager Head indicated that by 2020, the Ranch will be certified as an official Dark Skies property, which it has been informally since its inception. With an eye to the future, two new projects are planned for the Ranch. By November 1 of this year, construction will begin on a new


general store, to replace the one housed in the original stables office and tack room. Head stressed the store will only carry some basic necessities sought by guests and will not compete with stores in Sisters. He said they like to work in partnership with businesses in Sisters, not compete. Jeff Fought, PGA director of golf, said there are plans for a new 12-hole real grass putting course covering two acres, located between the golf clubhouse, tennis courts, and ninth hole. This amenity, like most of those at the Ranch, will be family-friendly. Fifty years after a dream became a reality, there is still a place at the foot of the butte for which it is named, “where morning touches meadow through crystalline air. And mountains bask in lonely splendor. A place where time stops as you refresh yourself in nature’s rich simplicity. There is a place, Black Butte Ranch, just west of Sisters, in the Oregon Cascades. And it’s waiting for you.” From the initial poster advertising Black Butte Ranch. Based on information from Black Butte Ranch staff, “There is a Place,” by Peggy Lucas, Brooks Resources 50th Anniversary video, and Three Sisters Historical Society files.


History of Black Butte Ranch

1,000 years ago Native Americans visited the Black Swamp land as they traveled from southern Oregon to Celilo Falls, hunting, fishing and gathering berries. Obsidian flakes and arrowheads have been found at Paulina Springs. photo courtesy black butte ranch

1825 Peter Skene Ogden first white man to see Black Butte. 1860s Gold prospectors on way to John Day overnighted at Black Swamp. 1865-66 Soldiers from Camp Polk hunted on Black Swamp land. 1880s Tillman Glaze built a one-room cabin on 160 acres at what was later called Glaze Meadow. First resident of future Black Butte Ranch (BBR). 1889 Glaze sold his 160 acres to friend James Blakely (for $2,375.50) who was elected first sheriff of Crook County. J. Nicholas Lambert acquired 477 acres through the Swamp Act. Added adjoining property for total of 640 acres. 1890 Blakely sold his quarter-section to friends Henry Hahn and Les Fried for $1,500. 1898 Ebenezer and Ella Graham settled on 160 acres obtained through 1862 Homestead Act, 3/4 of a mile from Glaze cabin. Acted as waystation on wagon road from the valley. Graham Corral was located south of what is now Hawk’s Beard, across from Birdbill, (roads on BBR). Graham descendants owned the property until 1923. Several other owners before Leonard Lundgren bought it to build a small sawmill. 1902 Lambert relinquished his Black Swamp land to facilitate a consortium of nine ranches known as Black Butte Land & Livestock Co. 1918 Black Butte Land & Livestock Co. dissolved. Wurzweilers retained ownership of ranch. 1924-25 Timberman S. O. Johnson purchased ranch from Wurzweilers. 1937 Johnson sold to Mr. and Mrs. Stewart Lowery of Menlo Park, CA. Lowery gave the ranch its name – Black Butte Ranch – and made many improvements. They came north for the summers. Mr. Lowery died in 1946. 1940-57 Carl and Virginia Campbell served as BBR ranch managers, raising their three daughters there. Campbell’s house was where the lodge now sits. Virginia, a realtor, handled the sale of the Lowery ranch for $75,000 in 1956 to Howard Morgan, former Democratic Party state chairman and state public utility commissioner under Gov. Robert Holmes. Morgan turned BBR into a year-round Angus cattle ranch. The Campbells purchased the original Glaze Meadow 160 acres. 1969 Brooks Resources purchased the BBR property from Howard Morgan and the 160-acre Glaze Meadow from the Campbells. 1970 BBR development began. 1987 BBR sold to the homeowners.




How to host a holiday feast without stress By Jodi Schneider

A couple of things happen around autumn — the leaves fall from the trees and it’s harvest time. Autumn feasts, an ancient tradition, are meant to celebrate bountiful harvests with family and friends. Thanksgiving began as a day of giving thanks and sacrifice for the blessing of the harvest and of the preceding year. But instead, each year on Thanksgiving lots of us end up stressed out and burnt out after hours of shopping, cooking, and cleaning up after the holiday feast, left with little time or energy to enjoy the company of our guests. Food magazines may tell a different story, but striving for perfection on Thanksgiving is only bound to stress you out. Before your holiday planning begins, take a moment to discard too-high expectations and focus instead on what a happy Thanksgiving Day would really look and feel like to you. Hosting Thanksgiving dinner can be a big undertaking, but don’t make the feast a beast. Do what you can to make it easy on yourself. • You might want to invite your guests at least a month in advance. Call and find out who will be attending and if they plan on bringing any guests. Make sure to find out if your family or friends are bringing their kids. Knowing how many people are coming is important.


• At least one week before the big day, do your shopping with a list of everything you will need, including any extra pans or measuring cups besides food items. The longer you wait, the more packed the grocery stores get. • One stress factor when you’re having a houseful for the holiday is all the cleaning ahead of time, so if you are able, hire a cleaning crew to come to your house the week before Thanksgiving. • Simplify the menu. For example: if there will be fewer than eight people at the table, a turkey breast is the way to go. Each person will eat about half-pound of turkey, so a 4- to 6-pound breast is plenty. This way, the host won’t spend the whole day cooking the turkey. • Lots of traditional Thanksgiving dishes can be prepared the day before, if not earlier. Take advantage of this fact and make a dish or two ahead. • A personal chef can take the stress completely out of holiday hosting or just ease the tension. If you haven’t been able to master your partner’s great-grandma’s cranberry sauce and you don’t feel like enduring the disappointed looks again, have someone else do it! Some personal chefs will provide a whole feast, while others are happy to contribute only side dishes.

• A lot of people make their Thanksgiving dinners themselves in the comfort of their homes, but others choose to cater their meal in. Whether you want to take the day off to relax and enjoy the day with friends and family without the stress of preparing food, or if you’re a company hosting a Thanksgiving for your employees, catering is a great option. • While many Americans will sit down and enjoy a traditional turkey dinner on Thanksgiving, some will opt to skip the tradition. While some restaurants are closed, others will feature a special Thanksgiving Day menu for those just not wanting to cook. • Grocery stores offer more and more premade side dishes and fully cooked turkeys to help get dinner on the table. • Another way to cut down on stress is to consider having a potluck-style Thanksgiving. Everyone brings a bottle of wine and a dish that really represents Thanksgiving to them. Guests feel like they’ve contributed, and you get to enjoy hosting. Sisters residents Tony and Katie Lompa cut down on stress by going with the potluck-style Thanksgiving at their home year after year.

“Sometimes folks have a special dish they want to bring due to it being sentimentally important to them or that they have dietary restrictions,” Katie said. “We make everything we can before the day and have been known to borrow our neighbors’ oven to warm dishes while the turkey is cooking in ours!” Just because you are playing host this year doesn’t mean you have to slave away over a turkey, 12 side dishes and five pies. Plan out what you think you can handle and then ask your guests to bring other items (particularly sides, desserts, and, of course, bottles of wine.) Ask each family member/friend to pick the dish they will be bringing and tell you at least a week before Thanksgiving. When you are relaxed and happy, your guests will be, too. So light a fire, put on music, get dressed and pour yourself a glass of wine or cup of tea. Savor the stillness before the storm of cooking, family, and friends descends upon your house. Remember that Thanksgiving is a day centered on acknowledging what you have and what you’re thankful for.


events create and celebrate community By Jim Cornelius, Editor in Chief

Sisters has become known across the nation — indeed, around the world — for its signature events. Those events — whether it’s a first-class 80-year-old rodeo staged entirely by volunteers or a music festival or a craft fair — are about something bigger than themselves: They foster and celebrate a deep sense of community. The Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show has been bringing people together around a passion for the art of quilting for 44 years. More than 10,000 visitors from all 50 states and many foreign countries flock to Sisters each year on the second Saturday in July to enjoy the largest outdoor quilt festival in the nation. Executive Director Dawn Boyd had her debut this year and invited her family to volunteer. “My entire family is here helping,” Boyd said during the 2019 show. “We are problem-solving, trouble-shooting, and helping people with what they need. It’s amazing to watch the entire town change in a 24-hour period. It feels like you’ve stepped into a whole new world for a day. It’s


Disneyland for quilters. You wait for the magic to happen and then you get to watch everyone enjoying themselves. That’s why we do what we do.” Over the decades Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show has built a community of quilters that includes locals and visitors alike — and many of those visitors have moved to Central Oregon because of the quilting community. That bond is fostered not only by a weekend display of quilts, but also through classes taught by masters of the craft and events that bring the artists together around an artistic heritage that has deep roots and remains vibrant in the 21st Century. Another festival built around “roots” is the Sisters Folk Festival, which celebrates the wild and colorful tapestry of American music, woven out of threads provided by the multitudes of cultures that have met, mingled and cross-pollinated in North America over the past centuries. The festival makes an explicit effort to celebrate a sense of community between the artists who perform and teach at the festival, the audience, and

the town that welcomes them. “To me, the centerpiece of the whole entire festival is that Sunday morning community celebration,” said Crista Munro, the festival’s new executive director. The festival means its tagline “All The Town’s A Stage” literally — there are 11 venues located across Sisters. “What that really means is that the entire town has ownership of this festival — and that’s what makes it so special,” Munro said. “When people come to the festival, they really feel like the whole town is rolling out the red carpet for them. I don’t think you can find that in many other places or events.” Sisters Folk Festival recently completed the purchase of its headquarters building in Sisters, which will broaden its scope for creating educational and performance opportunities that continue to build and celebrate community. The Sisters Harvest Faire, which marks the

turn to the fall season on the second weekend in October each year, marks 40 years in 2019. That’s four decades of celebrating the beauty, meaning and value of handcrafted arts, crafts, and foodstuffs — in the midst of a rapidly changing world. The event is the signature offering of the Sisters Area Chamber of Commerce, and Jeri Buckmann has coordinated the event for 20 years. She notes that the faire itself has become a community of some 185 vendors that rendezvous in Central Oregon year after year, coming from all over Oregon, and also from Washington, Idaho, Montana, California and even further afield. “At least 40 percent of these vendors have been coming for the 20 years I’ve been doing it,” Buckmann said. The juried format requiring that their wares be maker-made is challenging — but it’s worth it. “The quality of these artists is second to none,” said Judy Trego, the Sisters Area Chamber of Commerce executive director.


Patience and a dream rest By Jim Cornelius, Editor in Chief | Photos by Jay Mather

July 2015 Something amazing happened on Whychus Creek over the past two decades. A stream that once ran dry in the summer now flows bold and strong, all year round, even in times of drought. And this was done without harming farmers who depend on its waters for irrigation. In fact, they are getting more water. And habitat for fish and wildlife is better than it has been since perhaps the early 1960s. Diversion dams have been removed, and those who diverted the water have benefited from improved, more efficient irrigation systems. Water from the creek is generating electrical power that goes into the local system. This kind of win-win-win outcome doesn’t just happen. It required bringing together a host of government agencies, non-profits, and private citizens. The agencies, organizations and individuals who all came to the table to restore Whychus Creek might ordinarily be expected to be at odds. But through many years of hammering out agreements that met a variety of needs, everyone could step away from the table with something they wanted — more water in the creek; more water on farms; habitat restoration and power generation. The restoration of Whychus Creek — which is ongoing today — is a triumph of patient collaboration, and a model for similar projects across an often-divided nation. And it grew out


October 2016 of dry and rocky soil. Whychus Creek — then known as Squaw Creek — had been over-appropriated in terms of water rights since 1895. That meant that in the height of irrigation season, the creekbed was dry through Sisters. In the reach south of town, the creek had been straightened and channelized to prevent flooding, and pushed well east of where it had once meandered through a meadow. The whole riparian area was in sad shape, battered by the elements and by rough use by humans. It seemed that nobody really cared. “Basically, people kind of wrote off Whychus Creek,” said Mike Riehle, U.S. Forest Service fish biologist, who has been a key person in restoration efforts since the 1990s. Mathias Perle, restoration project manager with the Upper Deschutes Watershed Council, recalled that farmers and ranchers in the area didn’t want to see water in the creek in summertime. “When they saw water in town, they’d yell at (the irrigation district manager) that it was being wasted and he wasn’t doing his job,” he said. The outlook began to shift in the late 1980s and early ’90s, with a convergence of economic, legislative and cultural changes. A watershed analysis by the Forest Service demonstrated


Whychus Creek

July 2018 that the creek was in rough shape — but it also offered a window on a lush past. Maret Pajutee led the analysis, which included extensive interviews with the children of Sisters Country pioneer homesteaders. “We heard all these stories about salmon in Whychus, and bull trout,” said Maret Pajutee. At the same time, the lifeway of Central Oregon was changing, with extractive industries like logging fading and tourism and recreation industries that focused on quality of life moving to the fore. Values shifted. “You have to keep in mind that this region was changing,” said Brad Chalfant, executive director of the Deschutes Land Trust. “That had a subtle but really profound impact.” Out of that economic and cultural shift in the early ’90s, a variety of organizations were founded to preserve and restore watersheds and other valuable landscapes in Central Oregon. In 2005, the Deschutes Partnership was formed, bringing together the Deschutes Land Trust; the Deschutes River Conservancy; the Upper Deschutes Watershed Council and the Crooked River Watershed Council to develop a strategic, integrated restoration program. Organizations worked with landowners one at a time, sometimes for years, to create preserves along the creek that allowed for the protection and large-scale restoration of habitat

and natural stream flows. “We’ve gone slowly, and we work with landowners on their own terms,” Chalfant said. The work does not rely on appeals to altruism — there are pragmatic incentives. Three Sisters Irrigation District Manager Marc Thalacker saw that the district could either change voluntarily — with the assistance of grant money — or someday be forced to change its practices through regulatory action. He pushed hard for fish screening and the piping of the district’s canals. The piping of miles of Three Sisters Irrigation District canals was not without controversy. Many people were reluctant to see open canals that had become defacto streams — with the attendant wildlife and aesthetic benefits — decommissioned. There were some clashes that bore out the truth of the old saw that “whiskey’s for drinking; water is for fighting over.” But piping proved to be the right thing to do — for everybody. As Riehle noted, the modernization project created “a piped, pressurized system that is the envy of just about any irrigation district in Oregon.” The removal of a concrete dam serving Pine Meadow Ranch was a key element in the restoration of the creek — and serves as an example


of the patient, win-win approach that has made the miracle on Whychus Creek possible. Mathias Perle approached rancher Dorro Sokol and her daughter Cris Converse — carefully. “It took me a year and a half to have coffee with them,” Perle recalled. “Dam removal was never on the table. I knew if we led with that, we’d get the door slammed.” Converse recalled that even when talks began, it took some doing to build Sokol’s trust. “She wasn’t closed to it, but she was really fearful about losing water rights or losing the ability to irrigate,” Converse recalled. Patient discussions over several years, with the focus always kept on mutual benefit, ended up with Pine Meadow Ranch putting water back in the creek while getting a better irrigation system out of the deal. The dam was removed. And Converse so valued the experience that she has joined the board of directors of the Upper Deschutes Watershed Council. For Converse, the importance of the Whychus Creek story goes well beyond the creek itself — it’s a model for how big things can be accomplished in a nation that is so often divided and contentious in its dealings.


“All of these people were working together from different walks of life,” she said. “I wanted to be part of something where everybody was working together and that was the most important thing. I wanted more of that collaborative experience.” What has happened on Whychus is rippling out across Oregon. “We’ve used the Whychus model far and wide,” said Kate Fitzpatrick, Deschutes River Conservancy program director. A project on a Crooked River tributary, McKay Creek, is modeled directly on the Whychus work. And that model comes down to a simple philosophy, Fitzpatrick says: “Really take the time to do it right.” Everyone who hikes along the Whychus Creek Trail, or contemplates the watershed from the Whychus Overlook, takes an interpretative hike in the Camp Polk Meadow Preserve or enjoys a picnic beside the flowing stream in Creekside Park in Sisters can recognize that there’s a fine lesson to be found in the story of Whychus Creek: Sometimes — with patience, persistence and vision — everybody gets to celebrate a win.

Stewardship Education critical to creek’s future By Jim Cornelius, Editor in Chief

All of those involved in more than two decades of effort to restore Whychus Creek recognize that education is key to the longterm success of the work. Indeed, many of them cite an educational event as a key moment in the community’s attitude toward the creek that — sort of — ran through it. In 1998, Forest Service biologist Maret Pajutee organized a History Day event where “old-timers” shared memories of a creek that was very different from the one that ran dry through town. Jess Edgington shared stories about spearing a steelhead in the creek when he was a kid. As they can do, stories shifted perceptions. Forest Service fish biologist Mike Riehle credits the history event with laying the foundation of community support. “I think part of it was that we started celebrating the history of Sisters and how cool it was,” Pajutee said. The organizations that have spearheaded Whychus restoration have instilled in a couple of generations of Central Oregon students a sense of kinship and ownership with the creek. “That was basically the start of changing the image of Whychus Creek in the community,” he said. “When it came down to doing something dramatic, we had widespread community support.” Upper Deschutes Watershed Council Education Coordinator Kolleen Miller says this kind of work is a vital investment in the future. “All of these restoration projects can be undone in a generation if we don’t educate future generations about stewardship,” she said. Class after class has taken field trips to preserves along the creek, where they have engaged in hands-on restoration work that ties in to their classroom learning about science. They also engage with their experience of the creek through writing, art and music. Amanda Edgerton, stewardship director with the Deschutes Land Trust, noted that it is a beautiful thing to see young adults return to spots on the creek where they planted willows when they were in the fourth grade — and see them towering to shade a creek that is now

a healthy, thriving habitat for fish and other wildlife. “We have to get the kids out there,” said Cris Converse, board member with the upper Deschutes Watershed Council. “We’ve got to get them so they know it and love it.” Marisa Hossick, communications director with Deschutes River Conservancy, saluted “the longevity of these people who have devoted a significant portion of their lives on this work.”

Photo by Lisa May

Middle school students from Sisters Christian Academy dismantled fence posts and pulled weeds in 2011 to prepare the area for restoring the creek's course later that year.

As habitat is restored and native fish return to their home waters, those pioneers who led an extraordinary decades-long effort can pass the torch to a new generation of stewards — children and young adults who can feel in their bones the words of fisherman and writer Norman Maclean: “Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it.”


Look Your Best

for your celebration By Jim Cornelius, Editor in Chief


You have a big milestone coming up — a wedding, a class or a family reunion; maybe a big job interview — you want to look, feel, and be your best. A visit — or better yet, a series of visits — to a quality spa is in order. Sure, some of it’s vanity. We all want to show off our best selves. Karen Keady of Essentials Skin Care & Spa in Sisters notes that some of her clients just lay the goal of that class reunion right out there: “I’m going to see my high school boyfriend for the first time in 20 years, and he dumped me — and I want to look smoking hot!” Nothing wrong with wanting to look young, vibrant and beautiful, right?

But the self-care of the spa can be a kind of celebration in its own right. Kendra Littrell, manager of Shibui Spa in Sisters, encourages people to make an occasion of it. “It’s a great place to take grandma for her 80th,” she suggested. Of course, weddings are a natural milestone around which to plan time at the spa. “We do a lot of spa parties where they come in and get massages and facials — which is a great way to celebrate,” she said. Time at the spa isn’t just about appearances. It is relaxing, centering, and puts you in the best frame of mind to truly immerse

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yourself in the big moments. “The smart couples actually come in and get a couples’ massage before the wedding,” Littrell said. “They have a special time together before the whole celebration begins… You need to stay relaxed and holistically have your mind, body, and spirit in the right place.” Keady emphasizes the importance of giving yourself plenty of time in advance to optimize your skincare. “Don’t come in the day of your wedding for a facial,” she says. “It’s just like shopping for a dress — you plan ahead for your skincare, makeup. “Especially if you have sensitive skin, avoid any new products for a week before your big event.” Regular, consistent treatments give the best results, which can be capped with professional makeup for the day of the big event. “Beautiful makeup starts with beautiful skin,” Keady notes. “We have brides who come in on a regular basis for a few months before the wedding,” Littrell says.


Men, too, can benefit from time in the spa. “Women are not the only ones who want to look and feel fabulous,” Keady notes. “More and more men are coming in.” Men are often interested in getting their brows done, in oil control, and blemish concealment.

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Creating a stress-free

Celebration By Jim Cornelius, Editor in Chief

Central Oregon is a destination for all kinds of life milestone celebrations — weddings, anniversaries, family reunions. It’s also an attractive place for corporate retreats. Venues abound that offer not only stunning scenic backdrops for an event, but also a range of activities for guests — and professional services that make those events roll out smoothly and seamlessly. The first critical step in creating a successful celebration is to book as early as possible. Because Central Oregon venues are in such high demand, they book out much earlier than one might think. Wedding show vendors can be a great resource for venues, attire, decorations and more that ease the planning process. “I’ve booked 12 events already for next year, and getting inquiries for 2021,” said Larry Monger, ranch manager at Long Hollow Ranch. He recommends booking “a solid year in advance.” Long Hollow Ranch is a historic ranch between Sisters and Terrebonne, with ranch buildings that date back more than 100 years — which have been updated to accommodate guests and events. It’s popular for all kinds of events — particularly country weddings. What goes for weddings is scalable for other events — and it all comes down to early planning and good communication. “Wherever you go, you’ve got to come see your venue,” Monger said. Think and talk through the details — the infrastructure elements are as important to the success of the event as the vows or the photos. For instance, Monger notes, “you might have to bring in an outhouse company. You might have to bring in a lighting company.” “They should always look at what is included in the venue,” said Cindy Grosssman, who operates Faith, Hope & Charity Vineyards in Terrebonne, a popular site for weddings and other celebrations. “What are you going to need for your event and how is that going to be accomplished with the most ease?” After years of experience, Faith, Hope &


Charity requires that a wedding coordinator take over production of the event after an initial meeting 90 days in advance. That takes the pressure off the participants so they can truly be immersed in the moment they are creating. “If you put it in the hands of a wedding coordinator who does it day in and day out, they know how to dot the i’s,” Grossman said. Other events, too, benefit from professional coordination, whether it’s an anniversary party or a corporate celebration. “It’s important that everything is choreographed,” Grossman said. A detailed timeline for an event should be established 90 days out. That allows for thorough vetting of all the details so nothing comes up as a surprise. “Communication is number one,” Grossman said. “It’s not difficult, but attention to detail and communication — you can’t do it without that.” Planning for an event should include a Plan B and a Plan C. “You need to be prepared maybe for inclement weather,” Monger said. “Have some options and be prepared to shift gears quick.” At places like Long Hollow or Black Butte Ranch, where there are guest activities like horseback riding or hiking, it’s important to remind guests to bring appropriate clothing and footwear to change into. And planning should include activities for guests when they’re not directly engaged with the celebration. And another key to a joyful, stress-free celebration: Treat the venue with respect. They’re working hard to make your event memorable, and the staff and the property deserve good treatment. “If you treat the property respectfully, like it’s yours, there’s generally no issues,” Monger said. Give yourself plenty of time, communicate thoroughly, and seek the help of professional event planners and coordinators to ensure your celebration will be one to remember.

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Sisters business marks 30 years in the saddle Thirty years in business is a major milestone for any business, anywhere. It’s an especially impressive feat in a small town subject to the vicissitudes of economic ups and downs — and of the weather and climate. Owner Brad Boyd started Eurosports in 1989. A former member of the University of Oregon cycling team, Boyd moved to Central Oregon in 1986, worked at various jobs, including at Mt. Bachelor, and started a family. To have a retail business in the seasonal town of Sisters for 30 years can be challenging. Weather, forest fires, and the economy can affect any business. Despite all the challenges, Boyd says, “In 30 years, I can count on one hand the times I haven’t been excited about work.” He recalled, “I really was drawn to move to the mountain town of Sisters. It’s an amazing combination: really nice people, only 25 minutes from Hoodoo Ski Area, wonderful road-biking and mountain-biking, hiking and back-country trails near town.” Over the years, Boyd has been instrumental in adding to some of these natural assets, including co-founding the Peterson Ridge Trail (PRT) more than 28 years ago. “As a lifetime member of Sisters Trails Alliance, I’ve been pleased to see the work this organization has done to expand the PRT,


attain several scenic bikeway designations in the Sisters area and work collaboratively with other trail users,” Boyd said. Since day one, Boyd realized he wanted to share the benefits of the Sisters area. He noticed people coming into the store with trail questions, wondering where to hike, ski, bike or how to connect with others of similar interests. Early on, he decided to offer free group ski or bike rides a few days a week. “We include everyone, visitors and locals, to share what we know,” he said. Boyd’s decades of support and interest in outdoor assets led him toward more public service. He was elected as a city counselor 2004-2006, and mayor 2006-2008 and 2012-2014. After 24 years of renting space in downtown Sisters, in spring 2014 Eurosports bought the corner property across the street. Boyd and staff remodeled and updated the 1935 building that features a wraparound porch and 10-inch-wide wood floors. “Dozens of community members helped with painting and anything I asked,” Boyd said. “On moving day, 25 people showed up. With all their help, we were moved in just four hours. Over the years, I am truly touched by the community support we’ve received. People tell us how glad they are that we were able to

buy this corner, restore the building and keep growing.” Part of that growth came in steps. In 2014, Eurosports installed craft beer taps and began offering wine and cider, specializing in unusual beers not available in the area, and focusing on Northwest and West Coast wineries and breweries. In 2015 they put in the first and only food cart lot in Sisters, The Food Cart Garden. The space has become a community hub. Featuring as many as four food carts at a time, people have come to love the special events: free-music Fridays, trivia on Wednesday nights, and a new “cruise in.” “I love old cars and so do our customers,” Boyd said. “We started with just a few people, and by word of mouth, people started driving in their vintage and unique cars for everyone to see on Friday nights.” Events are always free, because “we want everyone to feel welcome and included,” says Boyd. Special requests have included hosting a wedding in their backyard space. Some longtime customers who love bikes and beer felt that it provided the perfect setting for their

ceremony. “I want people to view this as a community space,” Boyd said. “We’ve hosted meetings, reunions, plays, get-togethers and Tour de France parties on our 12-foot-high outdoor movie screen. Because we have a backyard and a big courtyard, we put in picnic tables with shade sails and a fire pit for colder weather. One of my favorite days all year was having the quilt show attendees sit in the shade, cooling off under the water mister. We want everyone to enjoy the space, all are welcome: not just cyclists and skiers.” Future changes are in the works, including installing a pavilion so that rain or shine, warm or cold, people can enjoy food and drinks outside, with shelter. “In 30 years in Sisters, I’ve seen our town grow from about 600 people,” Boyd noted. “We get visitors from all over the world. They come in to ride McKenzie Pass and enjoy the beauty that is Sisters. I’m happy to be part of this community, to have been able to operate a thriving retail store for all these years, and it’s due to one thing: our customers. We’re excited to celebrate and thank them.”

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Community builds a destination

trail By Jim Cornelius, Editor in Chief

As mountain-biking began to catch on in the early 1990s, an informal group of enthusiasts started building a place to ride at the south end of Sisters. “Early ’90s, mountain-biking was booming and everyone was, like, ‘where do we ride?’” cyclist and bike-shop owner Brad Boyd said. “And even though we’re blessed with a lot of double-track — Forest Service roads to ride — people want to ride single-track.” Phil Meglasson, who created the iconic Phil’s Trail in Bend, and Kent Howes of Central Oregon Trail Alliance brought Boyd into action to build what would be christened the Peterson Ridge Trail (PRT). “They got me involved because I owned the shop (Eurosports) out here since 1989,” Boyd recalled. Work parties comprised mostly of riders laid out trail starting right on the southern edge of town. In those days, irrigation canals ran through the area, which required bridges. “We got a bunch of people together and some high school kids and had some work parties with the Forest Service and built those bridges,” Boyd recalled. The result was a trail configured like a “lollipop”: nine miles out and back with an


approximately 3/4-mile loop at the top. It was a popular trail, but really only fully appreciated by mountain-bikers and some hikers. The City of Sisters nearly pushed it aside to make room for its sewer treatment facility. Boyd, who was serving on the city council at the time, advocated for retaining the trail. Then, in the early 2000s, Sisters resident John Rahm turned a passion for mountain-biking loose on what would eventually become a major expansion of the trail. “I just got really excited about mountain-biking,” Rahm said. “Once I got a really good bike, I was out there all the time. The trailhead is 300 yards from my house, and I just noticed that there were some problems.” Portions of the trail got very sandy and difficult to navigate, especially in the dry summer months. Rahm found a solution in bentonite clay, which firms the soil, and he and other cyclists added the clay to the trail. Rahm and other riders saw greater potential in the trail. “What we really need is a trail going out and a trail going back,” he thought. “I eventually put in a proposal to the Forest Service — really just kind of an informal thing.” It took a few years to gain traction, but


then-Sisters District Ranger Bill Anthony, himself an avid cyclist, got behind the project. The community raised the thousands of dollars required to do an environmental analysis, flagged the proposed route and organized to get the work on the ground done. In a remarkable community effort — one that included a couple of Eagle Scout projects — community members from across Central Oregon built and improved 20 miles of trail in 20 months, completing a major expansion in December 2009. “One of the things I think with that trail is what a great community project it was,” Rahm said. “There were over 2,000 hours of community labor on that trail.” “It was a sweet little trail,” Boyd said of the original PRT. “And it’s three times bigger and more fun now than it ever was — or anybody ever dreamed of.” The trail is regarded as “fast and flowy,” and a fun ride for a wide range of cyclists. A beginner can have a good time and want to come back. An expert can have a good time and want to come back.

The accessibility of the trail from downtown Sisters and the views from the top add to the attraction. “It’s a destination trail,” Rahm said. “People come here just for that. I think it’s the primary recreational amenity that the city has.” As a destination trail, the PRT is credited with bringing millions of dollars in economic activity to town from cyclists who travel to Sisters to ride the trail, stay in local lodging, eat at local restaurants and patronize Sisters’ shops. Two thriving bike shops — Eurosports and Blazin Saddles — are themselves evidence of the economic benefits of the cycling culture that has evolved in the wake of the PRT creation and expansion. Sisters Trails Alliance, which coalesced in part around the creation of the trail, maintains the trail and has created maps for riding, hiking and equestrian users. And every year, across three seasons, thousands of mountain-bikers make a pilgrimage to Sisters to experience the joy of riding the trail a community built.

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Winter and Central

Oregon culture By Jim Cornelius, Editor in Chief Photos by Brian Becker Photography

Deep in the heart of February, Bend’s Old Mill District turns into a winter wonderland, where the interplay of fire and ice and of music and sport celebrate the season. Oregon WinterFest is a three-day festival held annually on President’s Day Weekend, featuring national musical acts, sporting challenges, beer, food and wine, art and family activities. “It’s always been the celebration of winter and Bend culture,” said Aaron Switzer of Lay It Out Events, which stages the three-day festival. The event originated in 2000 in downtown Bend with an eye toward stimulating the local economy in the depths of winter. Lay It Out Events took over operations in 2005 and moved it to The Old Mill District along the Deschutes River in 2008. From there, the festival really took off. The combination of art, music, sports and family activities means that WinterFest really delivers on the promise of something for everyone. More than 100 vendors — from outdoor lifestyle exhibitors to purveyors of gourmet foods and handmade crafts — fill the expansive marketplace. 10 Barrel Brewing Co.’s Rail Jam showcases the talents of local snowboarders and skiers, while runners enjoy the Royal Run obstacle course. The motocross team Metal Mulisha will hit the big-air track to showcase tricks and death-defying stunts during BIG AIR shows. The world-famous motocross team brings some of its best riders to WinterFest. “One of the really unique aspects to it is the firepit event,” Switzer noted. The entryway into the festival is lined with custom-built firepits crafted by metal artisans from all across the nation, who compete for


top honors at the festival. At night, the sculptures light up the walkway creating a magical atmosphere as festivalgoers stroll into the winter wonderland beyond. The firepit competition has become a centerpiece of the festival. Ice sculpting used to hold that place, but, as Switzer notes, “winter has changed,” and it’s hard to maintain viability on an ice sculpture over three days. That doesn’t mean the art form has disappeared, however. A live ice carving exhibition and competition brings sparkle to the heart of the event. Lay It Out Events consistently adds elements to enhance the magic of the festival. Last year, they added a light art exhibition. “We started last year and got it off the ground,” Switzer said. “It was pretty experimental.” The light art element will be expanded this year. There are many activities for children at WinterFest’s Family Play Zone. This year, the OMSI Science Tent will offer educational activities and brainteasers. The festival always has a grand time crowning its Fire King and Ice Queen. “They’re usually local celebrities,” Switzer said. “We just kind of try to weave them into the event… It’s become a pretty fun tradition.” Oregon WinterFest runs February 14-16 at The Old Mill District in Bend. For more information visit https://oregonwinterfest.com.


Independent bookstores build communities By Jim Cornelius, Editor in Chief

We live in a “connected” era, with news and entertainment always just a click away. Yet we may never have felt more disconnected from each other — and from our own lives. Independent bookstores are a lighthouse in the fog of an information-saturated world. Indie booksellers have to be about a lot more than simply selling books these days, as Amazon.com bestrides the business landscape like a colossus. Paulina Springs Books offers an open mic on first Mondays to provide a venue for people to share their literary efforts; a board game night and the Bridging the Gap Book Club, which takes a deep dive into books that take on differing points of view on a variety of challenging political and cultural subjects. There are regular visits for national and regional authors — and October 2019 marks the first Sisters Festival of Books, sponsored by the bookstore. “We want it to be a ‘third place’ for people,” said Lane Jacobson of Paulina Springs Books in Sisters. “People have their home, their work and their ‘third place.’ We want to be that for people as much as possible. We’re educators and activists, and a kind of neutral meeting zone for the free exchange of ideas.” Jacobson is particularly enamored of the cross-pollination of thoughts and ideas provided in a vibrant book club, where people have differing perspectives on the same text and must actually talk with and listen to each


other — a feature notably lacking in most online engagements. “It focuses you to examine your own viewpoints and it helps you to grow your intellectual modesty,” he said. “That may be the number-one thing I love about books and being in a bookstore. I am reminded every single day how much I don’t know.” Reports of the demise of bookstores have been greatly exaggerated, Jacobson notes. “There was an existential threat in the 2000s, but indie bookstores have found a niche,” he said. Central Oregon is home to a number of popular independents — Dudley’s Bookshop Café, Pegasus Books, and Roundabout Books in Bend; Herringbone Books in Redmond. Each tailors its offerings to its individual community. Jacobson notes that independent bookstores can work effectively with other businesses and organizations in a community to provide activities and engagement. “That’s another thing I think indie bookstores do really well — collaborate with other businesses in the community,” he said. “The possibilities are essentially limitless. I just think it’s an incalculable resource to a community, and its such a fun job to analyze all the different ways this business can engage with a community. That’s something that’s true for independent bookstores across the country.” And that’s something worth celebrating.

Independent Booksellers — Healthy and Vital Becca Rose explored migration and butterflies in a pair of linked poems at Paulina Springs Books’ open mic night held monthly at the bookstore in Sisters. Photo by TL Brown

The “book” on independent bookstores is that they face an existential threat from a decline in the reading population and from online behemoth Amazon. But it isn’t so… Independent bookstores are thriving. The American Association of Booksellers reported for 2018 that “Over the past 10 years, there has been a national resurgence for independent bookstores. “Nationally, new stores are opening, established stores are finding new owners, and a new generation is coming into the business as both owner/managers and frontline booksellers. For the ninth year in a row ABA bookstore membership has grown, with stores operating in more than 2,400 locations. Overall book sales across indie bookstores for 2017 increased 2.6 percent over 2016, with a compound annual growth rate of 5.4 percent over the past five years. 2018 sales in the indie channel were up approximately 5 percent over 2017. All of this is a result of the fact that indie booksellers remain a resilient and entrepreneurial group, and that independent bookstores offer a unique — and unparalleled — opportunity for the discovery of new authors and great writing.” 2018 data from the Association of American Publishers indicates that e-book sales fell by 3.9 percent while hardback and paperback sales grew by 6.2 percent and 2.2 percent.

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Local racer honored for lifetime achievement Sisters auto-racer Erik Dolson is the 2019 recipient of the Wemme Trophy, a lifetime achievement award recognizing contributions to Portland vintage racing. Dolson was presented with the award on Sunday, July 14 at the conclusion of the Rose Cup Vintage Grand Prix held at the Portland International Raceway. Jeff Zurschmeide, a freelance writer and vintage racing enthusiast who sits on the board that decides on the Wemme award each year, said that Dolson has “been on the short list for several years.” He noted that, “When I said, ‘I think this is the year for Erik,’ everybody just said, ‘oh, yeah.’ Shortest meeting we’ve ever had.” The racing program notes that, “Each year, the Wemme Trophy is awarded to a driver of great skill who best represents the ideals of Vintage Racing. Those ideals include sportsmanship on the track, craftsmanship in preparing the vintage racecar, and friendliness to the fans.” Zurschmeide said that Dolson, who has been racing since the 1990s, exemplifies those values. “Erik is one of the most well-liked and well-respected drivers in the whole scene,” he said.


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By Jim Cornelius, Editor in Chief

Erik Dolson in the lead in a 2018 vintage race in his black and yellow 1969 Corvette. Photo by Doug Berger Dolson is a clean racer and a competitive one — always in the hunt for first place. And, Zurschmeide says, he is one of those who “is a gentleman on and off the track, respects the sport and everyone around them.” The Sisters racer — and one-time editor and publisher of The Nugget — told his hometown paper that he is “honored and humbled” to have his name on the trophy. The modern Wemme Trophy has been awarded to Renny Watt, Norm Daniels, Greg Baldwin, John Zupan, Tim Scott, Monte Shelton, Paul Ingram, Bob Ames, David Franks and Arnie Loynin. “The names on the trophy are names I’ve respected for years,” Dolson said. “To be on the trophy with them is quite an honor. There are others in the paddock who represent the goals and the values of the Wemme even more than I — but I am honored and humbled to be named.” Zurschmeide was instrumental in the resurrection of the Wemme Trophy — originally awarded in 1909 and named after E. Henry Wemme, a Portland-based industrialist of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. “He owned the first several cars in Portland,” Zurschmeide said. “And later he owned the first airplane in Portland, too.”

The names on the trophy are names I’ve respected for years. To be on the trophy with them is quite an honor. — Erik Dolson Wemme sponsored a trophy for the third Rose Cup, Zurschmeide explained. “The race took place on public roads between Portland and Gresham,” he said. Bert Dilley won that race. As the centennial approached, the Rose Cup Committee re-commissioned the Wemme Trophy in 2009, with the orientation of the award to honor lifetime achievement and promotion of the values of sportsmanship and honorable competition. Dolson told The Nugget that racing has been a kind of refuge for him, a community of kindred spirits that he profoundly enjoys. “I just go out there and race and try to participate in the sport that I love,” he said. “That’s it.” For years now, he’s turned out for race after race, striving to be the best driver he can be, seeking improvement with every race. “I don’t need to be first,” he said, “but I love to compete.”


A deep connection that spans continents By Jim Cornelius, Editor in Chief

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For well over a decade, there has been a thread of connection that spans continents, linking the mountains of Central Oregon with the mountains of eastern Uganda. Through child sponsorship, infrastructure projects, and business investment, folks in Central Oregon are making major contributions to breaking the cycle of poverty in Kapchorwa, Uganda. “It started in 2005,” recalled Katie Keranen of Hope Africa International. “There was a team from Central Oregon that went on a mission trip to Uganda, and they just sort of by chance landed in Kapchorwa.” Michael Black of Sisters was one of the early travelers to Kapchorwa. “My first trip was in 2007 and I’ve probably been back 14 times,” he said. It is the gratitude and joy found in the people of Kapchorwa — maintained in the face of the profound challenges of poverty and illness — that keeps him connected. Black, who retired from a career in home-building and real estate, is now a partner in Kabum Coffee, which is helping farmers in the region export and market their coffee in the United States. Proceeds from coffee sales are reinvested in Kapchorwa in order to provide economic assistance to the families there. Kabum Coffee is also linked with child sponsorship programs through Hope Africa International, based in Sisters (www.hopeafricakids.org); and KingdomWork Ministries International, based out of Powell Butte Christian Church (www.kingdomworkministriesint.org).


Keranen notes that “In Africa in general, the poverty level is increasing, not decreasing.” Most people in Kapchorwa subsist at a level well below the internationally established poverty level of $1.90/day in income. The child sponsorship programs “invest in these children to break that cycle of poverty and improve the community,” she explained. “For them to jump over that poverty line, they really have to graduate from high school and even have some post-high-school, post-graduation education.” Keranen reports that a student sponsored through high school is now preparing to graduate from medical school in 2020, a signal accomplishment in the region. Sponsorship runs $39 per month and covers school fees, uniforms, shoes and medical care. The program also offers camps for children. Keranen noted that, while Hope Africa International is a faith-based Christian organization, “we will sponsor any child, whether they are Muslim, Christian or just practice traditional African religion… no child is forced to practice anything. We want to be able to meet the needs of any child, regardless of religion.” In addition to his role with Kabum Coffee, Black sits on the board of Hope Africa International. Through the development of economic engines in the region, the hope is to eventually be able to offer sponsorship through university. Black, who bought Kabum Coffee in

Teaching women a trade — partnership with DC Lundy in 2017, such as quilting — pours works directly with the local farmresources back into the ers to bring their premium coffee to community through market. It is available for purchase micro-loans and donations. through the website at kabum.org and at Melvin’s Fir Street Market in Sisters, where it is considered an “exceptional” coffee. The work with Kabum has become Black’s mission in retirement. “I am traveling, and I’m enjoying life (in retirement) but the motive is not personal,” he said. “It’s the peoPhoto by James Christopher Yankee ple of Uganda.” There is another program in Kapchorwa was a self-sustaining charitable foundation that is separate from Kabum Coffee and the which now offers women — many of them widchild sponsorship efforts of the ministries — ows — the chance to learn a trade, which pours but which serves many of the same families. resources back into the community through Sisters of the Heart (www.sistersoftheheart micro-loans and donations. Sisters of the foundation.org) was launched by Janet Storton Heart helped to create a vocational center in of Sisters through an especially “Sisters” the community. All of those involved in the connection endeavor — quilting. In 2007, Storton followed up on an invita- between Central Oregon and Kapchorwa, tion to teach some African women, ravenous Uganda, feel profoundly rewarded by their for a creative outlet, to quilt. What emerged relationship with the people of Uganda.




KaBum Coffee International, L3C, is a faith-based low-profit organization birthed thed in Sisters, Oregon in 2009. Its mission is to provide economic assistance to o coffee farmers and families in the Kapchorwa region of Uganda, Africa. Kabum works in collaboration with HOPE AFRICA INTERNATIONAL child sponsorship program based in Sisters, and Powell Butte-based KINGDOMWORK MINISTRIES INTERNATIONAL school-building project.

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Michael Black and DC Lundy are surrounded by local youth next to a water tank catchment system Kingdom Ministries International installed at Kaplobotwo and Kabacheriya, (also known as K&K) in Uganda. Black notes that Americans, living in abundance, often do not show the spirit that animates Ugandans who have so much less. “I think what really made the biggest impact on me was the level of poverty they exist

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at or in and how grateful they are with life,” he said. “There is a God factor in all of this. They find a hope in the belief that there is more to this life than suffering. The people, they’re strong; they’re resilient. It gives me hope.”

KingdomWork Ministries International is a Central Oregon based nonprofit which strives to help the spiritually lost, physically and mentally hurt, and personally broken people of the international community through the Grace of God.

Hope Africa International is a Sisters, Oregon based nonprofit serving vulnerable children in Uganda through child sponsorship. Hope Africa has impacted over 800 children in the past decade by providing opportunities for success in life and helping them to break the cycle of poverty in their communities.

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KMI has primarily focused on building schools in Eastern Uganda and partners with Hope Africa International in child sponsorship.


Sisters youth a national rodeo champion By Jim Cornelius, Editor in Chief

To succeed in rodeo, you have to adapt and overcome. That’s what Adrienne Steffan did at the 2019 National Junior High Finals Rodeo in Huron, South Dakota. She went into the competition for the third time figuring she’d do well in Goat Tying and Breakaway Roping. But rodeo deals the cards, and sometimes they’re not so good. Steffan got a bad draw in her first go-round in those events — meaning the stock wasn’t at its best. That set her up for a disappointing placing — and could have meant a disappointing rodeo. But Adrienne cowgirl’d up; she figured she’d have to excel in a different event. And that’s just how it turned out. Ribbon Roping is a timed team event, in which a mounted roper catches a steer and dallies the rope, while a runner sprints in to take a ribbon from the steer’s tail. At the end of the rodeo, Steffan and her partner — Gator Goodrich from Stanfield, Oregon, were sitting in second place. Then a door opened. “We were very last in the go,” she recalled. “The people who were right behind us missed.” The pressure was intense. A clean run meant a championship — but so much can go wrong. Goodrich got his job done, catching the steer. “After he caught, I knew I just had to grab the ribbon,” Steffan said. But she was in a tough position to get at it,

and was clotheslined and knocked down by Gator’s rope. With one sole focus and plenty of determination, she got back up and swiped the ribbon. “I kind of thought we lost it,” she said. “And then they announced it as I was handing the judge the ribbon. It didn’t really sink in.” Steffan took a bit to process the reality that, in her final year of junior high rodeo, she is a world champion. That’s not hyperbole, either. The massive annual rodeo draws competitors from Canada and Latin America as well as many of the states — including even Hawaii. The 10-day event is challenging outside the arena as well as inside. It was hot and humid in South Dakota, with occasional thunderstorms. Competitions last all day and into the night. “It’s hard on you and the horse out in that,” Steffan noted. “Definitely makes me glad I live in Oregon.” Winning a championship stokes the fire in the young rodeo competitor, who is now looking to ride into the next level in high school competition. She says she’s got a lot of work to do in barrels and poles. “Practice, practice, practice” is her mantra. She’s also looking to improve her skills in other events. “I’d like to work harder in team roping, ’cause I’d like to get better in that, more consistent, too,” she said.


Hoodoo Winter Carnival celebrates season By Ceili Cornelius

The Hoodoo Winter Carnival has been around for more than 50 years. The carnival occurs every year, generally halfway through the ski season at Hoodoo Ski Resort. Leif Williams, in his 10th year as vice president of marketing at Hoodoo, spoke of the carnival as a community event and the importance of bringing families together up at the resort for the carnival. “We really try and make it an event for all ages, especially kids,” said Williams. Hoodoo was built in 1938 by Ed Thurston of Bend. The mountain has always taken pride in being the largest family-owned ski resort in the state. The winter carnival event was created as a way to encourage families and kids to come out and ski and enjoy traditional carnival games. The activities vary from year to year, and always include the Dummy Downhill race, in which teams create a dummy and send it down the ski hill; whoever makes it down the hill more or less intact and finishes first, wins. There are pie-eating contests, obstacle courses, and live music every year. Not only is the carnival enjoyable for families and the youth, the staff also gets involved. Every year, each department of employees has a theme they dress up for; they vary from Star Wars, Sponge Bob, to 1980s, etc. The staff also participates in a snow sculpture contest. “Our staff are really there working for the customer; the culture of family-owned is just as important to the employees as it is to those who come to the resort,” said Williams.


The resort and its winter carnival event staff take pride in being a small mountain with low-key, down-to-earth fun activities and events. “We aren’t the traditional large mountain with halfpipes and big trick events, we more want it to be a place where people can gather around a bonfire. You don’t have to be a skier or snowboarder to come to the carnival,” said Williams. All of the events are central to one location in and around the resort so people can ski their normal day on the hill, while also enjoying some fun activities and games at the resort. “We try to provide entertainment for the kids, adults and everyone in between,” said Williams. The games and entertainment are all followed by a reservable prime-rib dinner and live music. At the end of the carnival day in the evening, there is the traditional torchlight descent where skiers ski downhill toward the resort with torches. The grand finale is the fireworks show. “It is probably the largest mid-season fireworks show on the West Coast,” said Williams. The Winter Carnival at Hoodoo is an event for people of all ages, skier or non-skier. “It is a mid-season event for families and friends to gather and enjoy an event that no other mountain really has,” said Williams. The event date for 2020 is yet to be determined.




storY OF OUR community By Jim Cornelius, Editor in Chief There can be no greater honor and privilege than to be entrusted with the telling of a community’s stories. For the past 40 years, The Nugget Newspaper has told the story of Sisters and the surrounding area — the triumphs, tragedies, traditions and the changes. Award-winning writers and photographers strive to tell the stories of our neighbors and fellow community members with accuracy, an even hand, and a passionate heart — the kind of heart that comes from being connected to our community ourselves. Our community marketing partners strive to help the businesses serving Sisters tell their stories, doing their part to build a vibrant, self-reliant local economy that in turn supports successful schools, the arts, and a way of life intimately connected to the natural wonders of the region. Through Celebrate! magazine, we are continuing and expanding our storytelling tradition, bringing our readers stories and information to inspire and uplift — recognizing the milestones people and institutions in our region continue to achieve. It is the most satisfying kind of journalistic work, and we thank the advertisers who support it, the readers who enjoy it, and the people who have shared their precious tales with us. In the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association’s “2019 Better Newspaper Contest” The Nugget Newspaper earned second place in the Best News Photo category for Jerry Baldock’s dynamic capture of a bronc rider at the Sisters Rodeo; third place in the Best News Writing Category for Jodi Schneider’s story, “Lost greyhound saved by community;” and third place in the Best Editorial/Column category for Jim Cornelius’ piece, “Consumed by lust.”


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