Election 2018: Pot Sales Fail in Sisters and Culver

Voters in the cities of Sisters and Culver rejected measures that would’ve allowed marijuana dispensaries in the city limits.

Voters in Sisters banned both medical and recreational marijuana sales, but a measure that would’ve taxed pot sales if dispensaries had been allowed passed with a majority vote.

Dispensaries are also likely to be voted down in Culver, but the race is still very tight.

Tree Removal: Expect Delays on Highway 20

An herbicide sprayed to prevent weed growth along Highway 20 also damaged a significant number of ponderosa pines. Now the Oregon Department of Transportation is working to remove some of those dead or dying trees as they pose a safety concern for drivers along Highway 20, west of Sisters. The initial removal of the trees that pose the greatest threat will start Monday and ODOT is warning drivers to be aware of crews along the road and to expect some minor delays.

Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan has more on what drivers can expect come Monday.

Damaged Trees along Highway 20 Scheduled for Removal

Community members and officials from the Oregon Department of Transportation and U.S. Forest Service toured a stretch of Highway 20 west of Sisters where hundreds of trees are scheduled for removal. The trees, all dead or dying, were damaged by an herbicide sprayed along the roadside to suppress weeds between 2013 and 2015. ODOT officials say they now pose a safety threat and must be removed. 
Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan was on today’s tour and has more on the story.

Source on the Scene: Melody Youngblood

The Sisters Folk Festival is more than an annual event in Sisters, Oregon. It also raises money for the Americana Project, a series of classes and workshops that help budding singers and songwriters find their voice. One of those budding musicians was Melody Youngblood, who turned that initial education into a music career. She will be back in Sisters this weekend playing at the festival that helped make it happen and Central Oregon Daily’s Allison Roecker was able to chat with her about how she made her dreams a reality.

For all the latest arts and cultural listings pick up the latest issue of the Source Weekly, or go to their website at bendsource.com.

Also thanks to our Source on the Scene sponsor, Indian Head Casino, for giving us the time and resources to show you some of the best events and entertainment that our region has to offer, every Friday night on Central Oregon Daily.

Local Businesses Celebrate the Return of the Sisters Folk Festival

After smoke filled skies forced the cancellation of the Sisters Folk Festival last year, fans, community members and businesses are celebrating the festivals return to Sisters. The festival will likely be sold out by the time the music starts on Friday night, which means 4,500 people are expected to flock to Sisters over the weekend. With roughly half of those in attendance coming from outside of Central Oregon, local businesses are looking forward to their last big weekend of the summer.

Cloverdale Fire

Residents Are Back Home After a Brush Fire Forced Evacuations

Firefighters are still monitoring hot spots along Highway 20 after a 74-acre brush fire destroyed two homes over the weekend.

Central Oregon Daily spoke to some residents who were evacuated with almost no notice on Saturday. Residents in the area were forced to make quick and tough decisions as the fast-moving fire barreled towards their homes.

One resident in the Coverdale area, said Saturday was their third evacuation in less than two years. This hammers home the point of why it’s so important to have a “go-bag” ready for situations like this.

Today is also the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office “Make-a-Kit” Monday, a campaign to help people get a “72-hour-kit” together. You can find more information about that at the sheriff’s website at www.sheriff.deschutes.org.

Superfood Company Opens in Sisters

Superfood Company Headed By Surfer Laird Hamilton Opens in Sisters

When you’re a world-class athlete you look for every edge you can find to push yourself to the next level.

Legendary surfer Laird Hamilton found one of his edges with a homemade creamer that he added to his daily diet, for an added natural boost of energy during the day.

Paul Hodge, CEO of Laird Superfood, had recently moved to Sisters and once he sold Hamilton on the idea that the creamer was the foundation for a new health food company, he also pitched the Central Oregon community as the place to locate the headquarters of the new venture.

For business leaders in Sisters, the question wasn’t if Laird Superfood was a good fit for the community, but how fast could they make it happen.

Sisters officials are hoping that Laird Superfood is the first wave of a rising tide of new businesses in their community.

New Bike Patrols in Sisters

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office wanted to increase their patrols in Sisters but thought patrol cars weren’t the right fit for the small, intimate downtown area, so they traded four wheels for two.

As Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan reports, you will see deputies proudly pedaling on duty in Sisters this weekend at the Quilt Show.

History Repeating Itself

Herbicide Spraying Mistakes

A La Pine resident is sharing the story of his six-year court battle over a mistaken herbicide spraying by the government and joining a formal complaint about a new mistake that will force the removal of hundreds of trees along Highway 20, west of Sisters.

As Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan report, he’s hoping to prevent history from repeating itself again.