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    The Nugget
Vol. XLIV No. 11
News and Opinion
from Sisters, Oregon
Wednesday, March 17, 2021
DCSO hound is on the scent in Sisters
By Bill Bartlett
In all of Washington and
Oregon there is only one
<employed= bloodhound in
law enforcement. That would
be Copper, all 81 pounds of
him, assigned to the Sisters
Substation of the Deschutes
County Sheriff9s Office.
Copper is all muscle and
all heart and every bit as
playful as you might expect
of any dog under two years
old. But he also knows his
job that he takes seriously.
Bloodhounds have been
immortalized in dozens of
Hollywood films featuring
jail break and prison break
scenes where the trusty
hounds track down the pris-
oners through all sorts of
gnarly terrain. It has never
been fully decided if the
loveable Disney character
Pluto is at heart a blood-
hound. Then there9s Bruno
from Cinderella and Trusty
from Lady and the Tramp
adding to the lore and
Most local residents avoid
trying to enter Highway 20
from North Locust Street.
There are long delays for
pedestrians, bicyclists, and
motorists wanting to cross
the highway, or for vehicles
wanting to turn left onto or
off the highway.
Plans are currently under-
way to remedy that situation
with construction of a new
roundabout intersection the
same size as the one at the
other end of town at Barclay
Drive and Highway 20.
Because Highway 20 is a state
highway, the City is working
with the Oregon Department
of Transportation (ODOT) in
a partnership to acquire the
property necessary to build
the roundabout and funding
for its construction. Most of
that property belongs to the
Sisters School District, the
majority being part of the ele-
mentary school9s playground,
including the tennis courts,
for hospice
By Sue Stafford
National Police Bloodhound
Association, where the team
As a healthcare pro-
fessional and owner of
Integrated Care in Sisters,
Maureen Bidasolo, R.N.,
is well-acquainted with the
vital services provided to her
clients by local hospices and
the Partners In Care Hospice
According to Bidasolo,
her 10-person team of care-
givers <help seniors stay
in their homes, wherever
that may be.= They start out
being companions to their
clients, providing house-
keeping, meal preparation,
and medication management,
for which they are specially
As clients9 health issues
become more serious,
See COPPER on page 21
See HOSPICE on page 15
Deputy Donny Patterson works with the bloodhound, Copper, out of the Sisters Sheriff’s Substation.
affection of the long-eared
Copper and his han-
dler, Deputy Sheriff Donny
Roundabout concept
taking shape
By Sue Stafford
Sisters, OR
Permit No. 15
and some on the corner of
the Administration building
According to a draft
update presented at last
week9s City Council meeting,
the Highway 20/Locust inter-
section went through a thor-
ough feasibility study in
2011 due to both safety and
congestion issues. The feasi-
bility study included polling
Sisters9 citizens. Residents
favored the roundabout solu-
tion over a traffic signal by
93 percent.
Additional public out-
reach occurred with the 2018
City of Sisters Transportation
System Plan (TSP) update,
resulting in overwhelming
support for a roundabout.
Continued backing from
the community made this a
high-priority action item in
the recently completed 2020
Sisters Country Vision Plan.
This project proposes the
construction of a single-lane
roundabout at the intersection
See ROUNDABOUT on page 17
Patterson, just completed
their rigorous certifica-
tion testing in California9s
Riverside County by the
Repairing a truck restored a future
By Julie Spor
To graduate from high
school in Oregon a student
must have 24 credits in a vari-
ety of subjects. In September
2020, the start of his senior
year, Astyn Buring had com-
pleted five.
<Astyn was always a nice
kid, but I couldn9t get him to
respond,= said Neil Fendall,
dean of students at Sisters
High School.
Astyn moved to Sisters
in the fourth grade with his
brother, mom, and stepdad.
By the time he was 14 years
old, Astyn was living in a
trailer with his 16-year-old
brother, on a property out-
side of Sisters owned by his
brother9s girlfriend9s family.
<My sophomore year,
my brother and I would skip
class, drive around out in the
woods, and work sometimes,=
said Buring. <I didn9t really
have any structure at that time
because I was living alone.=
At one point his sopho-
more year, Astyn was offi-
cially unenrolled from Sisters
High School.
Left to right: Skylar Sutherland, Astyn Buring, and Eric Spor.
That is when Rod
Robinson stepped in.
<Astyn and my son,
Jackson, were friends around
age 14,= said Robinson.
<Astyn would come over to
See FUTURE on page 23
Letters/Weather ............... 2 Sisters Salutes ................. 5 Announcements ................ 8 Fun and Games ................16 Classifieds .................. 19-21
Meetings .......................... 3 Obituaries ..................... 6-7 Events Calendar ................ 9 Crossword .......................18 Real Estate .................21-24