Origin Story: Sisters Coffee Company

Every week we meet a Central Oregonian who turned their passion into a new creation or career path. In this week’s Origin Story, Central Oregon Daily’s Allison Roecker introduces us to the family behind the iconic Sisters Coffee Company, a family owned business that traces its roots from Oregon to Alaska and back again.

Thanks to BendBroadband for giving us the time and resources to tell the stories of Central Oregonians who have turned their passion into a profession, with a new edition of Origin Story every Monday on Central Oregon Daily News at Five.

Laird Superfood Plans to Expand Thanks to Private Contributions

The Laird Superfood company in Sisters already had plans to expand thanks to a growth in business over the last year. However that plan is now going to be accelerated thanks to a newly secured $32 million in private funding. Central Oregon Daily’s Allison Roecker sat down with the CEO of Laird Superfood to see how to company plans to move forward.

Sisters Community Honors Slain Local Woman

Jenny Cashwell, 37, was found dead in an apartment in northeast Bend over the weekend after a first date went horribly wrong. Deschutes County District Attorney John Hummel confirmed today that Cashwell was allegedly shot by Alan Porciello, 36, who she met in person for the first time on Saturday after meeting on the dating website Plenty Of Fish. 
According to Hummel, Porciello called 911 to report the shooting on Saturday afternoon and confessed to shooting Cashwell. Porciello was taken in to custody and charged with first-degree manslaughter and unlawful use of a weapon.
Porciello was known to law enforcement due to a history of anger issues, possibly related to a traumatic brain injury, according to Hummel.
Cashwell leaves behind two daughters, ages 8 and 11, and now the community of Sisters is rallying around the Cashwell family. Cashwell was an avid weightlifter and friends from her gym have decided to honor and remember how she lived rather than how she died.
Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan has more on how the community of Sisters is rallying to help Cashwell’s family, including a GoFundMe page and a weightlifting competition. 

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.

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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.

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.