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The Nugget
Vol. XXXVIII No. 27
Quilt show week kicks
off with art stroll page 23
News and Opinion
from Sisters, Oregon
Wednesday, July 8, 2015
Sisters rings in 4th of July with planes
By Jim Cornelius
News Editor
Chickens rained from the
sky; skydivers soared with the
stars and stripes, and planes
and hot rods alike roared and
rumbled down the Sisters
Airport runway in a celebra-
tion of the Fourth of July that
has become another signature
Sisters event.
The Fourth of July Fly-in
coordinated by employees and
families of ENERGYneering
Solutions, Inc. raised more
than $2,000 for scholarships
for the Sisters High School
Flight Sciences program.
A skydiver from Skydive
Awesome jumped with the
stars and stripes to kick things
off — a moment that was stir-
ring for airport co-owner Julie
“My favorite part was
watching the kids during the
presentation of the flag by
the sky divers, staring open-
mouthed at the sky, while
listening to the Star Spangled
News Editor
Visitors and residents
at Black Butte Ranch have
a brand-new pool facility
and family activities center
in which to play and a new
Lakeside Bistro restaurant
in which to enjoy a meal, a
drink, and perhaps the most
spectacular view in Sisters
BBR property owners
voted to fund $11.5 million
in improvements in October
2013, including a new Lodge
swimming pool (80 percent
larger than the previously
existing pool), an outdoor hot
tub, new bistro and retail area
with outdoor dining and pool-
side service, locker rooms, fit-
ness facility, recreation center
man turns
injury into
By Jim Cornelius
News Editor
cars in a car show that filled
much of the airport area. He
One bad moment changed
Joshua Ward’s life forever.
Ward was injured on
December 19, 2012, in a
woodshop table saw accident
at Sisters High School.
“The piece of wood lifted
slightly off the table ... and
pulled my hand into the
blade and threw the board
across the room and punched
a hole in the wall,” Ward
Several surgeries were
required to fuse a joint in
Ward’s left thumb and to reat-
tach fingers that were hanging
by shreds of skin.
See Fly-IN on page 36
See WArd on page 38
photo by Jerry baldock
A plane bombs the Sisters Airport runway with rubber chickens during the fourth annual Sisters Airport Fly-in.
If a chicken landed in a raffled square, the winner got a prize. Funds raised went to student flight scholarships.
Banner on the PA,” she said.
“That was the moment I was
thankful to live in a place
where we can attend an event
$11.5 million facilities
open at BBR
By Jim Cornelius
Sisters, OR
Permit No. 15
and playground.
Construction began last
fall and the project was com-
pleted on budget and on time,
opening June 27.
THA Architecture
designed the buildings, and
Kirby Nagelhout Construction
handled the construction.
“There’s always surprises
in a construction project,
but we had a good team,”
said Scott Huntsman, BBR
CEO. “We got a project that
exceeded expectations.”
Huntsman said that the
Ranch was overdue for this
kind of renovation in order
to keep up with an evolving
“We look for it to really
revitalize the heart of the
See BBr on page 33
like this celebrating our coun-
try’s freedoms.”
John Morris of Sisters was
one of 87 exhibitors of classic
SOQS honors Tonye Belinda Phillips
By Jodi Schneider McNamee
Quilter Tonye Belinda
Phillips has deep roots in
Sisters, moving from Bend
in 1972 to Camp Sherman.
Phillips raised two sons with
her husband, Doug, in the
scenic wooded area surround-
ing the pristine waters of the
Metolius River.
“When I was a young girl
about 10, my family and I
would visit Camp Sherman
and I fell in love with the
area,” Phillips said. “I grew
up doing embroidery work by
hand that I learned from my
mom. I had always wanted
to quilt but I had put it off
because Doug and I lived in
a tiny little cabin in Camp
Sherman with our two young
sons. I didn’t have enough
space to leave my machine
out for more than a one-day
photo by Jodi Schneider McnaMee
tonye Belinda Phillips is featured at this year’s quilt show. She’s an author
and teacher as well as an accomplished artist.
project. But then we moved to
a bit of a bigger house and I
had the room to really quilt,
and I finally started quilting
in 1992. I took a sampler
class from Jean Wells. I have
See quIlter on page 26
Letters/Weather ................ 2 Business at Glance............. 6 Announcements ............... 10 Sisters Salutes ................ 25 Classifieds ..................30-32
Meetings ........................... 3 Obituaries ......................... 7 Movies & Entertainment ....11 Crossword ....................... 25 Real Estate .................33-40