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.

Active Threat Training

Ten people, two teachers and eight students, were shot and killed in a high school in Santa Fe, Texas on Friday when 17-year-old Dimitrios Pagourtzis opened fire in Santa Fe High School. The shooting is the 22nd school shooting this year that involved injuries or fatalities.

While the events that unfolded on Friday are tragic, authorities say it could’ve been worse if not for the two armed resource offices inside the school who engaged with Pagourtzis.

Instances like the one in Santa Fe are the reason that emergency responders prepare themselves with active shooter trainings like the one at Sisters High School on Saturday.

Deschutes County first responders, including Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire, U.S. Forest Service and Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office, all participated in the drill. Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan has more on the training.

Supper Club: City Club Regional Forum

For this week’s Supper Club, Donna Britt attended the City Club regional forum at Eagle Crest in Redmond, titled: Growth’s Impact on our Communities. The speakers included local city managers and a mayor from Bend, Redmond, La Pine, Prineville, Sisters and Madras.

Moderator Scott Aycock with the Central Oregon Intergovernmental Council set the stage with some impressive statistics. Since 1990, Central Oregon has grown 122 percent. By 2025, there will be another 37,000 people here. By 2040, another 113,000 and the population is expected to double with another 250,000 people by 2065.

How are the diverse communities in our region planning for this growth and what are some of the challenges they are facing? This was the conversation at the City Club forum and some highlights of that conversation make up this week’s Supper Club.

Thanks to City Club for inviting us to their regional forum and thanks to all of the city managers for their input. 

A special thanks to our Supper Club sponsors, Selco Community Credit Union, for giving us the time and resources to talk about the issues that impact our region every Tuesday night on Central Oregon Daily.

Hundreds of Trees to be Cut Down Along Highway 20

An effort to clear Highway 20 of weeds and shrubbery along the roadway ended up having unintended consequences, and now, several hundred ponderosa pine trees are scheduled to be taken down north of Sisters in the fall. Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan has the story.

The Forest Service is taking public comments on the tree removal project. You can make a comment via e-mail to the forest service or you can talk to the Sisters Ranger District’s environmental planner at 541-549-7735. Comments will be taken for the next 30 days.

Wildhaven Preserve May Become Part of Deschutes National Forest

The Wildhaven Preserve north of Sisters is currently managed by the Nature Conservancy could soon be under new management as part of the Deschutes National Forest.

The Nature Conservancy has confirmed talks with the Forest Service. Catherine MacDonald, the Nature Conservancy’s director of policy and external affairs, said they were excited by the Forest Service’s idea to use the land for environmental education – specifically children’s programs.

However new management could mean more human encroachment on what is currently 160-acres of wilderness.

 

The land is home to elk, deer and wild turkey and, with no hunting allowed on the preserve, those animals only have to worry about natural predators like bear, cougar, coyotes, bobcats and lynx.

This change concerns Mark and Leslyn Grape, who have been caretakers of the Wildhaven Preserve for 20 years. The Grapes said their biggest concern is allowing hunters back on to the land.

Mark Grape said he has had unsavory interactions with hunters and has found skinned or mutilated animal carcasses left on the property.

“Not everyone who comes into the outdoors comes with an open heart,” said Mark Grape.

The Grapes said the land has also maintained natural grasses and boasts old growth juniper trees – some up to 1,250 years old – which are important habitat for local wildlife.

The Grapes added that this isn’t what the land was meant for when it was donated to the Nature Conservancy by Gil and Vivian Staender. The couple who hoped it would be shared with the public but maintained as a natural environment.

This change hits home for the Grapes, who have maintained the land while living in the historic cabin built by the Staenders. The Grapes were told they need to be out by June 18.

“It totally breaks out heart,” said Mark Grape.

The Nature Conservancy has said nothing is final but talks with the Forest Servie will continue next Monday.

New Meetings Announce for Sisters Visioning Project

Sisters Country Horizons Launches Next Phase of Public Engagement

The meetings are a continuation of public engagement activities that began with interviews of community leaders in February and March and an online community survey launched in March and running through the end of April.

About a dozen meetings will be conducted in and around the city of Sisters as well as more rural areas of Sisters Country. Meetings are free and open to the public.

• Thursday, April 12, 6:30-8 p.m., Sisters Camp Sherman Fire District
• Tuesday, April 17, 9:30-11 a.m., Sisters Library, Library Meeting Room
• Tuesday, April 24, 2:30-4 p.m., Sisters Library, Library Meeting Room
• Thursday, April 26, 5:30-7 p.m., Sisters Park & Recreation District
• Wednesday, May 2, 6:30-8 p.m., Sisters City Hall, Council Chambers (in conjunction
with Sisters VFW)
• Wednesday, May 2, 6:30-8 p.m., Plainview, Sisters Church of the Nazarene
• Thursday, May 3, 3-4:30 p.m., Aspen Lakes, Brand 33 Lodge
• Wednesday, May 8, 6:30-8 p.m., Tollgate Community Center

Several additional meetings, including a meeting with members of Sisters’ Latino community, are in the process of being scheduled.

Every community meeting will last approximately 90 minutes and engage participants in a series of questions similar to those used in the interviews and online survey. Due to the large number of venues, the meetings should be smaller in their attendance numbers with more opportunity for comment.

For more information visit the Sisters Country Horizons website at www.sistershorizons.org or email info@sistershorizons.org. You can also like the project at www.facebook.com/sistershorizons/.

The Great Outdoors: Forest Thinning for Fire Prevention

Preventing wildfires is a year-round job, even when it’s not fire season yet. In this week’s Great Outdoors, Brian Jennings takes us to the Deschutes National Forest outside Sisters for a look at one of their fire prevention programs.

A special thanks to our Great Outdoors sponsor, Parr Lumber, for giving us the time and resources to explore the lakes, rivers and mountains across our beautiful state every Wednesday night on Central Oregon Daily.

Sisters Launches Survey on Growth

The city of Sisters is launching a new project called “Sisters Country Horizon”, and they want community and visitor input as they try to envision and grow the area.

Despite a rough summer for the small town, with major tourist attractions like the Sisters Folk Festival being cancelled due to wildfires, the city is looking ahead. On Thursday Sisters launched a new survey for citizens and visitors asking what they envision for the small town as it continues to grow. 

Sisters residents said they are hoping for something to bring tourists into town during the winter months and more affordable housing for residents as the small town continues to grow.

The results of the survey will be released at community forums in June. To take the survey and give your input, head online to www.sistershorizons.org