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to do that is because of the generosity of the
Sisters community. Thank you to all of you
who support SPRD.
SPRD Executive Director
To the Editor:
Last January, Sisters City Council adopted
five goals for 2014. No. 5 was to improve
Council’s idea “to better engage and
inform the public” was a bi-weekly Letter
from Sisters City Hall in The Nugget, which
only tells us what they want us to know, not
what’s really going on.
Last spring a number of people requested
that meetings be made available on the City
website at no cost (CD recordings are $10)
and in a more timely manner than recordings
(takes several weeks) for the convenience of
those unable to attend meetings so they can
be informed and engaged. Council assumed
(never assume anything...) because only 4
people requested CDs, they were the only
people in town interested in what’s going on at
City Hall. Wouldn’t you think the outcry over
the amphitheater and Creekside Campground
would have indicated otherwise?
In June, Council decided to make audio
recordings available for download “within the
next several months.” Councilor Frye came
up with a solution that seemed to satisfy all
parties to the discussion and promised to stay
on top of it. He wrote that the City’s website
was also being updated and was expected to
be online “within two months.”
A request by me for an update from
Councilor Frye in September revealed a situ-
ation with the web designer and the IT com-
pany and the cost of the project. He said he’d
get back to me. Which he did, in October.
Council told him the new goal was around the
end of November.
Well, lookey here, it’s December 31
and in the year-end Letter from Sisters City
Hall there’s an update — “Council has been
reviewing the ‘rough draft’ of the new web-
site, which is scheduled to go online in the
next few months. The new website will have
meeting recordings available for download.”
Rough draft? Few months?
I look forward to new City Council
leadership that prioritizes informing the pub-
lic and strives to achieve goals over the spe-
cial interests of its members.
To the Editor:
Dear Serendipity Gang: Thank you, thank
you and thank you again.
In regards to an envelope left at my door
on Christmas eve: Yes, you made me and my
daughter smile. Yes, you made me and my
daughter giggle. Yes, you made our day. We
even laughed out loud!
But most of all, you’ll be happy to know,
you allowed us to make someone else’s day
Happy New Year, Serendipity Gang. You
To the Editor:
A special thanks to all the wonderful peo-
ple who enjoyed Hoodoo’s New Year’s eve
fireworks. It was a great group of people cel-
ebrating the holiday.
I left after the fireworks, eastbound to
Sisters, in a line of over one hundred cars all
leaving Hoodoo. I saw the traffic and thought
that this was going to be a calamity, mainly
due to my past experiences with aggres-
sive, dangerous drivers. Everyone drove at
a safe speed, with plenty of stopping dis-
tance between cars, and no aggression. I was
amazed and proud of this group, as we were
all from the Hoodoo fireworks celebration.
I just want to thank all of you who were in
this party for a safe trip down the mountain.
Director Hoodoo Ski Patrol
To the Editor:
To the nice lady from Norway who lives in
Aspen Lakes and has a Rhodesian Ridgeback
named “Thor” — thank you for finding my
Yak Trax at Peterson Ridge Trail in the snow
and bringing them to Eurosports for me.
With great gratitude,
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