▶️ Sisters welcomes dedicated Deschutes Co. Sheriff’s Office presence


The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office has put the final details in place for a dedicated law enforcement presence in Sisters.

Sisters had its own police department until 1998 when it began contracting with the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office for law enforcement services.

“Previously, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office had a west district deputy who would serve all of Sisters Country, the west end of Deschutes County and they rotated in and out of the city,” said Cory Misley, Sisters City Manager. “Now we are going to have three deputies and a lieutenant who only work inside the city and they don’t rotate to any part of the county.”

Deputies dedicated to Sisters will provide all the services of a typical police department, in vehicles marked with City of Sisters logos.

Lieutenant Chad Davis will lead the effort as de facto police chief.

“I’ve lived in the community for 25 years,” Davis said. “I have three kids in the school district. My wife is a substitute schoolteacher so we are really vested into the community.”

Davis brings 22 years of experience and worked as a reserve with the Sisters Police Department in the mid-90s, an opportunity he says allowed him to get familiar with the city’s culture.

“We’ll have a lot more time to do proactive patrols, meeting business owners, meeting the citizens out there and establishing relationships which are so important to do law enforcement correctly,” he said. “That cooperation and trust is built by getting out of your car, shaking hands, meeting those people, and establishing relationships so they trust us and will share information with us.”

Davis will attend city council meetings and his deputies will be available to patrol large events such as the Sisters Rodeo and Folk Festival.

This new enhanced contract with DCSO will cost Sisters about $726,000 annually.

Misley says it’s worth it.

“We’ll get to know and build a relationship with these law enforcement officers and that is really taking a big step in terms of community policing here in Sisters,” he said.

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.

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.

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

Affordable Housing Projects Break Ground

The communities of La Pine and Sisters are about to get two new housing options. 
Central Oregon Daily’s Austin Reed was at both of the groundbreaking ceremonies for the new townhomes on Tuesday and has the details on who will be eligible to rent them.

Property Management will take applications for the properties about two to three months before completion which is expected to be next Spring in 2019.