Sherman County eNews #82


  1. Sherman County School Athletic Schedule Update, March 23

  2. Library Program: Legendary Folksinger & Storyteller, April 5

  3. Oregon’s Public Safety Career Fair Looks to fill 500 Vacancies

  4. Benefits to Personal Growth

  5. Commentary by John Stossel. Kindest Cuts (federal budget)

  6. Links: Things to Think About & Things to Do

1. Sherman County School Athletic Schedule Update


March 23, 2017 – Sherman @ Umatilla starting at 3:30, bus departs at 1:00

2. Library Program: Legendary Folksinger & Storyteller, April 5

Legendary Folksinger and Storyteller Adam Miller will perform at Sherman County Public/School Library on Wednesday, April 5. Adam’s acclaimed sing-along program, “Tribute to Woody Guthrie: American Balladeer” tells the story of the man who wrote “This Land is Your Land,” one of the most widespread English language folksongs. Refreshments will be served, all ages welcome. For more information: 541-565-3279 or

3. Oregon’s Public Safety Career Fair Looks to fill 500 Vacancies

The Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) is pleased to host the 2017 Oregon Public Safety Career Fair at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem (4190 Aumsville Highway SE) on Friday, March 31 and Saturday, April 1, 2017 in partnership with Oregon Association of Chiefs of Police, Oregon State Sheriffs Association, and the Oregon Peace Officers Association. More than four dozen city, county, state, tribal and federal agencies are participating and we have created the attached flyer for the event that will give more details.

Our message is simple, today agencies around the state are looking to hire more than 500 qualified employees to fill both sworn (police, corrections, parole and probation, fire-rescue, emergency communications) and non-sworn (analysts, chemists, nurses, CSI, etc.) positions at city, county, state, tribal, university and federal law enforcement agencies.

Equally important retirement data shows that many more seasoned public safety professionals are getting ready to retire and over the next two years and agencies will be looking to fill approximately 1,000 positions statewide. You will see that on each day we will also offer tours of the Oregon Public Safety Academy and also offer break-out sessions that cover some specific topics such as women in public safety, veterans in public safety, and others.

4. Benefits to Personal Growth

A few days ago, we talked about the possible selfishness of personal growth. Today, let’s add another angle to the discussion about whether pursuing personal growth is, indeed, selfish.

In Lou Tice’s mind, there was no question about it. Lou believed that we must have a caring relationship with ourselves before we can expect others to do so. But being interested in personal growth doesn’t mean that you are selfish. Quite the contrary.

In his book, “The Psychology of Romantic Love,” Nathaniel Brandon wrote that, “The first affair we must consummate successfully is the love affair with ourselves. Only then are we ready for other love relationships.”

You see, no matter how concerned we are about others, we are ultimately responsible only for ourselves. If we feel inadequate and victimized, then we have no power to offer another person security and strength.

Self-development means being the best you can be and giving the best you can give. It means asking yourself, “If I were living with me, would I want to stay around?” Then, depending upon your answer, you change what you need to change without making a big deal about it.

You see, although there are tremendous personal benefits to self-development, it is perhaps in your relationships that a commitment to personal growth will bring you the most gratifying changes. ~ The Pacific Institute

5. Commentary by John Stossel. Kindest Cuts (federal budget)

“Devastating!” shouts Chuck Schumer. Even Republicans are unhappy. Big spending “conservative” congressman Hal Rogers calls President Donald Trump’s proposed budget cuts “draconian, careless and counterproductive.”

But Trump’s cuts are good! Why do politicians always assume that government spending helps people? It always has unintended consequences.

Foreign aid is attached to idealistic notions like ending global poverty and making friends abroad. Politicians also thought that by rewarding countries that behave well, America could steer the whole world toward responsible practices like holding elections and allowing companies (especially U.S. companies) to operate without interference. The young nation of Israel could be propped up with money for its military defense and infrastructure projects.

But today, the U.S. sends money to friends and foes alike, and it’s hard to know what those countries do with it. Israel gets billions of dollars — but we give even more money to Israel’s enemies.

Money we give to impoverished nations seldom reaches the poor people we want to help. The funds routinely go to the kleptocrat governments that made those countries such horrible places to live in the first place. Our gifts prop up authoritarians, making it easier for them to avoid free market reforms.

We’re just as dumb about spending at home.

The Department of Education doesn’t teach any kids. It imposes standards on local schools that make it harder for them to experiment. It hires bureaucrats who do endless studies — instead of letting competition show us what teaching methods get the best results.

The Department of Education also promotes government-subsidized student loans that trick students into thinking that no matter which school they pick, no matter their major, they will graduate with useful, marketable skills. Many go deeply into debt just when they should be getting a start in life.

The Department of Agriculture tips American elections. Presidential candidates promise farm subsidies to try to win the early Iowa primary. Politicians say the subsidies will rescue struggling small farms, but they rarely do. Most of the money goes to big, well-connected agribusiness. They shouldn’t get subsidies any more than other businesses should.

The so-called “war on poverty” has now cost almost $22 trillion, about three times what we’ve spent on all America’s wars. Yet poverty endures, even as markets and technology should have eliminated most of it.

Before the war on poverty began, Americans were steadily lifting themselves out of poverty. The well-intended handouts increased dependence and stopped that natural progress. They perpetuated poverty.

Obviously, some federal programs do help people. When you spend trillions of dollars, some of it will be put to good use.

But that doesn’t mean the Economic Development Administration, “Essential” Air Service, Community Services block grants or even Meals on Wheels deserve a penny more of your taxes.

“There is no magic money tree in Washington,” the Cato Institute’s Chris Edwards reminds us. At, he lists many more programs that ought to be cut. Even when programs do good things, he says correctly, “It is more efficient for the states to fund their own activities — school and antipoverty programs — because doing so eliminates the expensive federal middleman.”

Having our money back means being able to pay for things we choose as individuals — including helping out the poor more effectively than the government.

Finally, even areas where Trump wants to boost spending, like the military, should be cut. We spend more on defense than the next seven nations combined — China, Saudi Arabia, Russia, the United Kingdom, India, France and Japan.

Are we less likely to be attacked because of it? Less hated? No. Often, our expensive “defense” puts us in harm’s way.

Trump and Paul Ryan do deserve credit for demanding that spending increases be offset with cuts elsewhere. But it’s a tragedy that they didn’t use this moment to try to cut more, and to cut the biggest unsustainable spending: Medicare and Social Security. Not addressing those entitlements today will mean more suffering for the poor and the elderly in the future.

Do the humane thing. Keep hacking away at that budget.

~ John Stossel is the author of “No They Can’t! Why Government Fails — But Individuals Succeed.”  

6. Links: Things to Think About & Things to Do

Bird.Black.EnvelopeThe most influential conservative publication you’ve never heard of: Imprimis

You never see further than your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way. ~ E.L. Doctorow, quoted in The New York Times

The Misplaced Compassion of ‘Sanctuary Cities’

Trump administration: These police agencies didn’t help feds with deportations

Who represents me in Oregon?

Kindest Cuts by John Stossel (federal budget proposal)


Downsizing the Federal Government

A luxury, once enjoyed, becomes a necessity. ~ Historian C. Northcote Parkinson, quoted in

Trump Launches Downsizing Effort

Building a 3-D house…

The Most Dangerous Addiction of Them All: Entitlements


Sherman County eNews #81


  1. Social Crafting, “Sticks in Stacks,” at Sherman County Public/School Library, March 23

  2. Sherman County 4-H News Report, Lucky Lambs Sheep Club

  3. Wheatacres Trail & Cattle Challenge, June 3 & 4

  4. Health Insurance Basics in Free Workshops in April

  5. Sherman County Court Special Session, March 30

  6. How Big is Your Comfort Zone?

  7. Links: Things to Think About & Things to Do

1. Social Crafting, “Sticks in Stacks,” at Sherman County Public/School Library, March 23

lana-architetto-francesc-01“Sticks in Stacks” at Sherman County Public/School Library Thursday, March 23
Social crafting and instruction for knit, crochet, and spinning starts at 6:00 p.m. every Thursday. All fiber arts are welcome. For further information about this program please contact Sherman County Public/School Library at (541) 565-3279 or email

2. Sherman County 4-H News Report, Lucky Lambs Sheep Club

4-H clover1The “Lucky Lambs” Sherman 4-H sheep club met on March 18 at 1pm at the Fritts Ranch.  Attending were Emily and Grace, Makoa, Bennett, Gabe, Amy, Courtney, Bailey, Nancy, Kyle, Tyler, Clayton, Shelby.  We learned how to tag lambs, band their tails and castrate them.  Meeting was adjourned at 2pm.  Submitted by Amy Dabulskis, News Reporter.


3. Wheatacres Trail & Cattle Challenge, June 3 & 4


Wheatacres Trail & Cattle Challenge

June 3 & 4

Cattle Sorting, Jackpot

Obstacle Courses

Trail Classes

Novice, Open and Youth Divisions

Prizes, Ribbons & All-Around Rider Award

Entry forms & information:

Carrie Kaseberg, Equine Mania, LLC

69358 Wheatacres Road, Wasco, Oregon 97065


4. Health Insurance Basics in Free Workshops in April

(Salem) — The Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace will sponsor “Building Blocks of Health Insurance,” a free two-hour workshop on understanding health insurance, next month in The Dalles and Hood River.

The events, which are open to the public, will be held Friday, April 14, at two Columbia Gorge Community College campuses. The events are:
*9 to 11 a.m., The Dalles campus, Building 3, Room 102, 400 E. Scenic Dr.
*1 to 3 p.m., Hood River campus, Room 202, 1730 College Way

Attendees will receive information to help them be confident health coverage consumers. An experienced health-insurance educator from the Marketplace will present on:
*Types of health insurance, including Medicare, the Oregon Health Plan, and individual and family plans
*Summary of Benefits documents
*Explanation of Benefits letters
*Eligibility for financial assistance

To attend, register in advance by calling 855-268-3767 (toll-free) or emailing

5. Sherman County Court Special Session, March 30

The Sherman County Court will hold a special session on March 30, 2017, at 9:00 a.m. in the Circuit Courtroom at the Sherman County Courthouse, 500 Court Street, Moro, Oregon, 97039. The court will meet as the Compensation Board, enter into executive session in Accordance with ORS 192.660 (2) (i) Personnel, and brainstorm for possible special projects for future years.

SCCoCourtAgenda March 30 2017 Special Session



6. How Big is Your Comfort Zone?

How big is your comfort zone? Is it growing or shrinking? All of us live inside an area called a comfort zone. It’s the imaginary space containing all the activities we have done often enough to feel comfortable about. It also contains our ideas about where we belong, how we should live, what we do socially, and so on.

You can visualize this zone of comfort as a circle, if you like, but the wall of that circle is not really there to protect us. It is made of fear and self-imposed limitations. We like to believe that the wall keeps us safe, but perhaps you’ve noticed that it doesn’t work that way.

What that wall keeps us from, in truth, is getting all the things we want most. If we are willing to venture outside of it often enough, we overcome our fear and our zone of comfort expands. Not only that, when we expand our comfort zone in one area, it automatically expands in others, as well.

However, if we give in to our fears, that zone contracts. For some people, their comfort zone is just about the size of their apartment. There they sit, making up reasons why it’s better for them to stay put, convincing themselves they are better off. We see this often in the elderly, as they allow their worlds to get smaller and smaller. The thing is, it doesn’t have to be this way.

So, what’s the answer? Get up, get moving, and conquer your fears by doing what you need to do. Small steps first, and then the bigger ones. Being ruled by fear is not living safely. In fact, it’s not really living at all. ~ The Pacific Institute

 7. Links: Things to Think About & Things to Do

bird.owl.limbDelivery robots and robo-farms: Here’s what’s headlining Amazon’s MARS meet-up

Bill would authorize GMO trespass lawsuits against patent holders

Big wind development returning to Oregon with a mystery power buyer

Idaho quinoa buyer outgrowing processing facility


Sherman County eNews #80


  1. Easter Egg Hunt with North Sherman County RFPD, April 15

  2. Presentation: Mushroom Identification & Foraging, April 16, 17

  3. Final Reminder for Cultural Coalition Spring Grant Applications

  4. Spring Whale Watch Week Runs March 25-31

  5. Tell Teachers about Summer Ag Institute!

  6. Sherman County 4-H Club News

  7. Columbia Gorge Hospitality Industry Reception, April 5

  8. Sherman County Court Notes, March 15

1. Easter Egg Hunt with North Sherman County RFPD, April 15

Easter.egg1Please join us for the 41st(or so we think) Rufus Fire Department(now North Sherman County RFPD) Easter Egg Hunt! Saturday, April 15th at Noon located at the old Rufus School grounds. Look for the big red fire trucks!!! Prizes will be given to all children ages 0-12.

2. Presentation: Mushroom Identification & Foraging, April 16, 17

Mushroom Identification & Foraging

Thursday, April 6 5:30 Goldendale Community Library

Monday, April 17 6 White Salmon Valley Community Library

Questions? 509-773-4487

3. Final Reminder for Cultural Coalition Spring Grant Applications

The Application Deadline is March 27, 2017, for the Sherman County Cultural Coalition Spring Grant Cycle. Applicants may be individuals and/or groups and need not be legally recognized non-profits.

Awards up to $1,500 will be granted in support of local Sherman County activities and events which promote Culture, Humanities, Heritage and the Arts in Sherman County.

Additional information including Grant Guidelines and the application form, may be found at:

Completed grant applications may be mailed to:
Sherman County Cultural Coalition
P.O. Box 23
Moro, OR 97039

Or emailed to:

Contact Melva Thomas at 541-442-5488 or

4. Spring Whale Watch Week Runs March 25-31

Depoe Bay OR — Bring your binoculars for a chance to see gray whales passing by the Oregon coast during Spring Whale Watch Week March 25-31. Trained volunteers from the Whale Watching Spoken Here program will be stationed at 24 designated whale watch sites 10 a.m. — 1 p.m. daily to help visitors learn about the whales’ migration and feeding habits and offer tips on how to spot them. A map of the watch sites is available online at

The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) Whale Watching Center in Depoe Bay will also be open 10 a.m. — 4 p.m. daily during the Watch Week. The Whale Watching Center has interpretive exhibits on whales, “whale size” windows with panoramic ocean views, and rangers on hand to answer questions. The Whale Watching Center is located at 119 SW Hwy. 101 in Depoe Bay.

OPRD coordinates both the Spring and Winter Whale Watch Weeks in partnership with Oregon State University’s Hatfield Marine Science Center and Washington State Parks. More information about the Whale Watching Spoken Here program is available at or by calling (541) 765-3304.

5. Tell Teachers about Summer Ag Institute!

A project of the Oregon Farm Bureau Foundation for Education, the Summer Ag Institute (SAI) is a three-credit, week-long, graduate-level class through Oregon State University that educates K-12 teachers with little or no background in agriculture.

The goal of SAI is to help educators use agriculture as a context for teaching standard subjects like science, math, social studies, and English. Current, factual, and scientific information about agriculture is presented, and participants are provided with educational materials to help them incorporate what they’ve learned into their classrooms.

Through SAI, teachers are given first-hand experiences in the agriculture industry. The action-packed week includes field trips to farms and ranches, tours of processing plants, and lectures and hands-on labs taught by university professors. The highlight of the week is an overnight stay on a working farm where the teacher has an opportunity to meet a real farm family.

There are two sessions:  Corvallis June 25-30 and LaGrande July 16-21.

Registration is open for this summer’s session:  Cost is $600, which includes tuition, housing, meals, transportation and more.  Teachers will receive 3 graduate level credits from OSU (equivalent to 60 PDUs).

Win a scholarship and attend for free!  The Columbia Gorge chapter of Oregon Women for Agriculture would like to sponsor a teacher from the gorge area to attend SAI.  If interested, contact Cindy Brown at 541-5656-3230 or email

6. Sherman County 4-H Club News

4-H clover1The Sherman 4-H outdoor cooking club “Pans on Fire” met on March 20 at 3:40pm at the Extension Office.  Attending were:  Bella, Juliette (guest), Emma, Pyeper, Gabe, Hunter, Gabe, Calvin, Ben, Antone, Josh, Bennet.  Excused was Maddie.  Pledge of Allegiance led by Bella, 4-H Pledge by Emma.  We discussed where you can do outdoor cooking, like camping trips, BBQ or when power is out.  Challenges are bugs, the wind, dirt and your equipment.  We talked about outdoor cooking we’ve done.  Used rocket stoves.  Made hot cocoa and old fashioned popcorn.  Next meeting in April.  Meeting adjourned 4:56pm. ~ Submitted by Pyeper Walker, News Reporter.

7. Columbia Gorge Hospitality Industry Reception, April 5

Members of the Gorge cultural and hospitality communities – hoteliers, restaurateurs, wineries and breweries – are invited to kick off the annual tourism season with a special reception at Maryhill Museum of Art, 5-7 p.m. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres, artist demos, and a chance to chat with colleagues in the field. Presented in collaboration with Columbia Gorge Tourism Alliance, Columbia Gorge Arts and Culture Alliance, Museums of the Gorge and Gorge Open Studios. Let us know you’re coming – RSVP to 509.773.3733 ext. 20

8. Sherman County Court Notes, March 15

ShermanCoLogo~ By Administrative Assistant Lauren Hernandez

(This is a brief summary of topics addressed and is not official minutes. For official minutes and details, please see the official approved minutes posted after the April 5 court session on the Sherman County website at

The Sherman County Court met in regular session on March 15, 2017, and in conducting the business of the county,

  • heard a Sherman County fiber optic marketing update from Mike Smith, Frontier TeleNet (FTN); FTN is working with CenturyLink and Lightspeed Networks (LSN) to explore possible partnerships; LSN is not going to utilize the county’s fiber at the school but will install an aerial line; because the county already has fiber at the school, the county could offer to provide backup services in the case of an outage; Mike has been in discussion with an Internet Service Provider (ISP) about providing fiber to the cities in Sherman County; Sherman County and FTN do not want to directly compete with ISPs but will provide access on fiber in the county for ISPs to provide service; some entities have requirements beyond the standard of what ISPs can provide; when fiber access is provided to the cities, a large volume of traffic will be removed from the county’s wireless microwave system, which will result in a significant increase in available bandwidth for those outside of the cities in rural areas; the fiber has created the opportunity for Frontier TeleNet to use the digital switch to partner with other counties to provide 911 dispatch services, which may prompt the building of a backup 911 center;
  • entered into executive session in accordance with ORS 192.660 (2) (e) Property to discuss the possible future use of property near Scott Canyon;
  • heard a report from Isaak McLemore, Sherman County School, about a leadership conference he attended in January 2017; Isaak was able to attend the conference with funding assistance from the court; Isaak presented a workbook of information he learned as well as pictures from his trip; he spent four days in Washington D.C.; Isaak had the opportunity to work in bipartisan groups writing a reform on education and to take place in debates; he heard from the Speaker of the House, met with Senator Merkley, and was able to attend the ceremony on inauguration day; during the next budget cycle, the court is considering creating a fund to support student civics activities to give Sherman County students the opportunity to have experiences similar to Isaak’s;
  • met with Brad Baird, Anderson Perry & Associates, to discuss progress on the Biggs Service District Water System Improvements Project; the United States Department of Agricultural funding application and the Environmental Report have been submitted; public notice will be submitted to Sherman County’s paper of record notifying the public of this submission; Brad will meet with Terry Sanderson to finalize the plan for earthwork for the access road; he will then meet with Mark Coles, Road Master, to discuss the plan; Brad asked the court to confirm the earthwork being done, including moving a mound of dirt to fill in a hole, grading the road along the fence, and leveling out the reservoir site; Brad believes the project could possibly receive funding by June; an archeological evaluation will be required at the access road and reservoir site; a visual pedestrian survey will be done, as well as shovel test probes; the court approved the expenditure of an archeology study of the reservoir site and access road up to $8,300;
  • opened a continuation of the public hearing regarding the Ordinance Repealing Ordinance No. 29-2005, Defining Procedure for Mass Gathering Permit Application, and Declaring an Emergency; Georgia Macnab, Planning Director, explained the racetrack can be exempt from the ordinance because it already has requirements and procedures written into the master plan; Commissioner Dabulskis stated he received concerns the racetrack was being treated differently than festivals regarding mass gatherings; Georgia explained the two cannot be compared, as the racetrack went through a rigorous regulation and permitting process and has a masterplan and guidelines; SHIFT Festival representatives were present during the mass gathering ordinance process and contributed and collaborated with the county; the ordinance was revised to state that comments about mass gathering applications will be received by the Planning Director, and the title Public Works Director was changed to Road Master; the court adopted the Ordinance Repealing Ordinance No. 29-2005, Defining Procedure for Mass Gathering Permit Application, and Declaring an Emergency as amended; Georgia will put together the mass gathering application;
  • met with Jacob Dunaway, Solutions iT, to discuss the process of renewing the county website; Jacob recommended the county transition to a WordPress website, as it is the most versatile; transferring information from the current website to a new website is a large task; there is a large cost associated with moving the current website information to a new site; the current website has 74 pages and approximately 300 PFD files, plus other content; once all information is transferred to a new website, it will cost less to continue to advance the site; Jacob explained the website would be hosted on a server, and WordPress requires updates and ongoing maintenance for security purposes; Jacob stated no matter which entity the county chooses to update the website, he recommends WordPress for the county’s needs; the current website is ineffective and antiquated; Jacob explained Solutions iT’s design process; the county will put out a Request for Proposal for renewing the website; Jacob briefly explained the process of the upcoming network discovery taking place at the courthouse; if Solutions iT finds any inefficiencies or problems, it will present the findings to the court and give recommendations about services it can provide to help address them;
  • met with Jessica Metta, Mid-Columbia Economic Development District, about the Sherman County Rental Housing Incentive Program; the court previously approved offering a $5,000 incentive for each qualified new rental housing construction unit in the county; the county still offers a construction loan-bridge fund; the rental incentive will be for new construction, but if a project doesn’t fit the guidelines, it will be brought to the court for review; the court discussed using the incentive for renovation of older rental properties; the incentive will be for new construction to encourage the expansion of rentals available in the county;
  • reviewed an audit response letter to the Secretary of State from Debbie Hayden, Finance Director; the court approved the response letter to the audit report for year ending June 30, 2016;
  • entered into executive session in accordance with ORS 192.660 (2) (i) Personnel;
  • approved the Confidentiality and Nondisclosure Agreement between Solutions iT LLC and Sherman County for the provision of a network discovery technology survey and authorized Judge Thompson to sign;
  • approved the Resolution of the Board of Directors Authorizing the Withdrawal of North Central Education Service District from Frontier TeleNet Intergovernmental Agency and authorized Judge Thompson to sign;
  • approved the joint resolution between the County Court/Boards of Commissioners for Gilliam, Hood River, Sherman, Wasco, and Wheeler counties In the Matter of Participation in Funding Activities of the Oregon Office for Community Dispute Resolution and authorized Judge Thompson to sign;
  • approved the joint resolution between the County Court/Boards of Commissioners for Gilliam, Hood River, Sherman, Wasco, and Wheeler counties In the Matter of the Designation of a Community Dispute Resolution Coordinator for the 2017-2019 Biennium Community Dispute Resolution Grant process and authorized Judge Thompson to sign;
  • appointed Mike Smith as Sherman County Community Advisory Council representative on the Eastern Oregon Coordinated Care Organization Regional Community Advisory Council;
  • appointed Judge Thompson to serve on the Central Oregon Workforce Consortia to represent Sherman County’s interests in the East Cascades Workforce Area;
  • approved Intergovernmental Agreement #31548 between the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) and Sherman County for services to be provided by ODOT for Continuous Operations Variance Permit Authorization;
  • proclaimed the week of April 2-8, 2017, as Sherman County Crime Victims’ Rights Week and authorized Judge Thompson to sign;
  • proclaimed April as Sherman County Sexual Assault Awareness Month and authorized Judge Thompson to sign;
  • declared as surplus a Commercial KitchenAid mixer from the Senior Center;
  • approved an estimate from FLI Landscape in the amount of $470.50 for spring maintenance in the front flower beds and flower beds not affected by construction;
  • approved payment of the following invoices for the Biggs Service District Water System Improvements Project: invoice 58993 for $10,000 for design engineering and invoice 58992 for $2,700, 58821 for $3,176.25, and 58994 for $3,742.88 for United States Department of Agriculture application funding assistance;
  • approved the Professional Services Agreement between Sherman County and Forensic Building Consultants in the amount of $1,125 for an isolated roof leak assessment at the Sherman County Public/School Library and authorized Judge Thompson to sign;
  • appointed Jesse Stutzman to the Sherman County Area Watersheds Council Board of Directors as Sherman County Soil and Water Conservation District representative for a term of four years to expire on December 31, 2020, and removed DeeAnn Ramos from the board per her request;
  • discussed unserved areas to community college services, the wildlife services budget request for 2017-2018, a letter of concern from Carol MacKenzie regarding the location of a potential 911 backup center in Rufus, a thank you letter from Columbia Gorge Community College, and a Northern Oregon Regional Corrections Notice of Measure of Election;
  • heard reports from court members about regional board activities.


Sherman County eNews #79


  1. Incredible Years Parenting Series, April & May

  2. Kaare Berge 1925-2017

  3. Funeral Service for Kaare Berge, Grass Valley Baptist Church, March 25

  4. Notice. Sherman County Court Special Session, March 30

  5. John Day Dam Navigation Lock Reopened to River Traffic

  6. The Depth of Self-Esteem

  7. Links: Things to Think About & Things to Do 

1. Incredible Years Parenting Series, April & May

children.cartoonParents with children ages 2-8 (inquire if younger)

When: April 5-May 17, Wednesdays, 5-7pm

Where: Moro Community Presbyterian Church (204 4th St.)

Topics: social/emotional coaching, praise, limits, time-out

Daycare & dinner provided

**Sign-up: Katie (541) 980-8674

Funded by Sherman County Community Outreach

2. Kaare Berge 1925-2017

flower.rose.starKaare Berge, 91, December 14, 1925 – March 13, 2017

Kaare Berge was born Dec. 14, 1925 in Helgen, Telemark, Norway, and died March 13, 2017 in Brush Prairie, Wash. He was predeceased by parents, Gulaug Skori Berge and Knute Berge; four sisters, Anna Berge, Klara Berge, Gudrun Berge Throleson, and Gunhild Berge Johnson; five brothers, Olaf Berge, Alfred Berge, Karl Berge, Torger Berge and Art Berge; and by his wife, Mildred Koskiniemi Berge.

He is survived by his children, Sara Berge Emerick (Steve), Sonja Berge Chandler (Peter), Gail Berge Gunderson (Peder) and Jim Berge (Gwen); 12 grandchildren, Megan Emerick Schneider, Kathryn Emerick Nealey, Kevin Emerick, Grant Emerick, Kate Chandler, Ross Chandler, Emily Gunderson, Nathan Gunderson, Grace Gunderson, Corey Berge, Paige Berge and Philip Berge; and one great-granddaughter.

Kaare grew up farming in North Dakota. Following service in the Korean War, where he received the Bronze Star, he went to college and became a teacher. He taught H.S. math in the Midwest, Portland and Grass Valley, Oregon, where he returned to his roots with a cattle and wheat ranch. He was defined by his steady faith in Christ. A quiet and unassuming man, his kindness and understanding impacted everyone who met him. His presence made the world a better place. A funeral will be held March 25, 2017, First Baptist Church of Grass Valley. Lunch following. Private interment in Willamette National cemetery.

3. Funeral Service for Kaare Berge, Grass Valley Baptist Church, March 25

Funeral services for Kaare Berge will be held at Grass Valley Baptist church on Sat. March 25 at 11:30 with a luncheon to follow at the GV Pavilion please bring a salad or dessert for the luncheon and enjoy sharing memories and visiting with the family. Any questions call Bonne Whitley at 541-333-2292

4. Notice. Sherman County Court Special Session, March 30

ShermanCoLogoThe Sherman County Court will hold a special session on March 30, 2017, at 9:00 a.m. in the Circuit Courtroom at the Sherman County Courthouse, 500 Court Street, Moro, Oregon, 97039. The court will meet as the Compensation Board, enter into executive session in Accordance with ORS 192.660 (2) (i) Personnel, and brainstorm for possible special projects for future years.

5. John Day Dam Navigation Lock Reopened to River Traffic

PORTLAND, Ore. — The navigation lock at John Day Dam, near Rufus, Oregon, reopened to river traffic late Saturday night, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers officials in the Portland District announced.

The Corps of Engineers is nearing the scheduled end of an extended navigation lock maintenance outage, which began Dec. 12, 2016. The coordinated 14-week-long closure has affected all eight Corps navigation locks on the Columbia and Snake rivers, during which time critical, non-routine repairs and maintenance, plus routine maintenance and scheduled improvements are being completed.

Bonneville Lock and Dam reopened on Feb. 9, as scheduled, and McNary reopened Friday. The Dalles, Lower Monumental, and Lower Granite locks and dams remain scheduled to return to service at 11:59 p.m. on Monday, March 20.

As previously announced, Little Goose and Ice Harbor dam’s navigation locks, on Washington’s Snake River, cannot be returned to service by March 20 because of on-site work complications. Ice Harbor is tentatively scheduled to return their lock to service at 11:59 p.m. on March 23. Little Goose is currently estimated to reopen their lock at 11:59 p.m. on April 2.

The Corps continues to communicate and coordinate with Columbia-Snake River Navigation System users and stakeholders. For more information about the 2016-2017 Columbia-Snake Rivers Extended Navigation Lock Outage, visit the Corps’ webpage

6. The Depth of Self-Esteem

Is an intense desire for personal growth and development a selfish thing? Some people think it is, but that’s not necessarily so. Today, let’s give this a little deeper thought.

Human beings are social beings. We feel the most lasting satisfaction and meaning from our relationships with other people. We have a strong need to belong, to love and be loved, to feel needed and accepted. But how much love you can give – and accept – depends on how you feel about yourself.

Long before you can improve your relationships with others, you must first improve your relationship with yourself. If you don’t value and care for yourself, it is difficult to value and care for others. Remember, it is our inner thoughts, our inner beliefs, that get played out in the world around us.

Also, did you know that having a high sense of self-worth is contagious? You see, when your self-esteem is high, you almost automatically nurture and mentor those around you, as well. Think back. In your years of working or playing in groups of people, large or small, who have you gravitated toward? Has it been those folks who unselfishly give to and support those around them? Has just being in their presence given a lift to your own sense of self?

To sum it up, how you feel about yourself directly affects how you live life and how you relate to others. So, it’s far from selfish to want to grow as a person and to feel a healthy sense of high self-esteem. In fact, high self-esteem will make you more generous. We all do unto others as we do unto ourselves, so to speak.

And when you live with a storehouse of quiet, deep gladness in your heart, you’ll be in a far better position to share, reach out, give and receive from others. ~ The Pacific Institute

7. Links: Things to Think About & Things to Do

bird.owl.limbA Quick Guide to Trump’s 34 Executive Actions — here’s what each one does

Choosing the Right Word

Old PGG terminals, grain elevators to get upgrades 

Jihad Battles and the Crusades

 How the Crusades Saved Europe

The Crusades, An Arab Perspective – Part 1: Shock

Integrity, Courage, Discipline, Loyalty, Diligence, Humility, Optimism, Conviction. 

European Borders In 1914 vs Borders Today

Conceive, Believe, Achieve.

The Shoes on the Danube Promenade – Commemoration of the Tragedy, The International School for Holocaust Studies!prettyPhoto

More People Live Inside This Circle Than Outside Of It

For Sale: Southern Oregon town of Tiller

Top Ten Recipients of Public Employees Retirement System


Sherman County eNews #78


  1. Sherman County School Athletic Schedule Updates
  2. Missoula Children’s Theatre to Present “The Princess and the Pea,” March 17, 18
  3. Kids Receive Free Admission To Discovery Center During Spring Break
  4. Sherman School District Seeks Volunteers for Track & Field Events
  5. Tree Sale, April 1
  6. Notice. Frontier Regional 911 Agency Board Meeting, March 23
  7. It Begins with the Mind
  8. Links: Things to Think About & Things to Do

1. Sherman County School Athletic Schedule Updates      


March 17, 2017 – Sherman vs Riverside today at home has been CANCELLED, but we plan on rescheduling soon. 

2. Missoula Children’s Theatre to Present The Princess and the Pea,” March 17, 18

drama1The Missoula Children’s Theatre performances of “The Princess and the Pea” will be held on Friday, March 17th at 7:00pm and Saturday, March 18th at 3:00 pm and will be presented in the cafeteria at Sherman County School.  We have 47 of our k-12th grade students performing in this production. These students have put in many hours of work on this production this week.  Please come and support our kids.

The Missoula Children’s Theatre is a non-profit organization based in Missoula, Montana.  This coming year more than 65,000 cast members across the globe will take to the stage to the delight and applause of their families, friends, community, neighbors and teachers!

~ Gerald Casper, Sherman County School

3. Kids Receive Free Admission To Discovery Center During Spring Break

child.girlKids receive free museum admission during Oregon and Washington Spring Break with paid adult admission from March 25 through April 23 at Columbia Gorge Discovery Center, 5000 Discovery Drive, The Dalles, Oregon. Enjoy the Kids Explorer room craft activities, and a fun scavenger hunt. See the new Chinatown exhibit, and live raptor presentations. The museum is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, phone (541) 296-8600 ext. 201, or visit

4. Sherman School District Seeks Volunteers for Track & Field Events

sports.javelin-throwTrack and Field season is upon us once again. Sherman County High School Track and Field team will be hosting the annual Sherman County Invitational home meet on April 29, 2017 in Moro.  Field events will start at 11:00 AM and Track events will begin at 1:00 PM. We are looking for parents, guardians and community members to help us out once again by volunteering to run events throughout the day. Volunteer duties range from running the clipboard at field event to measuring competitor’s jumps/throws.

It truly takes a whole community to run a track meet and we are grateful to have such a supporting community. All of the support from parents and community members in running this meet has paid off over the years and we are fortunate enough to get a spotlight and sponsorship by Nike this year for our meet.

To continue to produce such a successful event again this year, I am in need of your help. To run the events at our track meet, it takes a minimum of 30 volunteers. If you are willing to volunteer your time and assist with the meet, please contact me. The more volunteers that we have, the easier events will go and we can rotate volunteers out so they can go watch their athletes compete.

The events that volunteers are needed for are: Boys/Girls Javelin (4-6),  Boys Shot Put (3-4), Girls Shot Put (3-4), Boys & Girls Discus (4-6), Boy & Girls High Jump (3), Boys Long & Triple Jump (4-5), Girls Long & Triple Jump (4-5), and Boy & Girls Pole Vault (3).

As a way to give back and thank our volunteers, I will be ordering each volunteer a Sherman Invitational T-Shirt to wear on the meet day while they are assisting with the events. Please email me your shirt size so that I can get these ordered ASAP.

If you would be interested in volunteering your time to this event it would be much appreciated. Please contact Kyle Pfeifer at 541-565-3500 or (Fastest means of Contact) with the event you are interested in volunteering for and your shirt size. It is my hope to get the T-shirts ordered by Wednesday March 15, 2017.

Thank you,

Kyle Pfeifer

Social Studies Teacher

Head Track Coach

Sherman County School 

5. Tree Sale, April 1

tree1Spring is coming! TREE SALE, April 1st @ 10:00am-2:00pm. Sherman County Area Watershed Council and Sherman County SWCD will be having a tree sale and providing outreach materials on vegetation management at the Old Moro Elementary School, 302 Scott St, Moro, OR. 97039. Come on by and enjoy FREE hotdogs and hamburgers and pick out a tree for your place!!! If you have any questions or requests please call Scott at 541-565-3551 ext. 110. Hope to see you there! 

6. Notice. Frontier Regional 911 Agency Board Meeting, March 23

Frontier Regional 911 Agency Board Meeting

March 23, 10 a.m.

Condon, Oregon

Agenda topics include proposed 2017-2018 budget (budget committee), 911 housing issues, Grant County update (Chris Humphreys), and Manager’s Report (April Stream).

7. It Begins with the Mind

Can the mind help cure disease? What role do the emotions play in preventing illness?

What is the relationship between the thoughts you think, the feelings you experience, and the overall health and well-being of your body? This is a very old question, but modern science has developed some innovative ways to determine the answers. And, while what they are finding may startle some people, it doesn’t come as a big surprise.

It turns out that improving the quality of your life lowers your chances of developing serious mental and physical illness and also improves the speed and likelihood of your recovery. And if you want to improve the quality of your life, you must start by improving the quality of your thinking.

You see, the quality of everything that happens to you in life – all of your accomplishments, all your behaviors and activities, all your relationships – are rooted in and based on what goes on in your mind. Your beliefs and expectations determine what you try or don’t try, how hard you try, and whether you give up or ultimately succeed.

Your thoughts about who you are and what you are like determine those with whom you associate, what you take into your body and how you care for yourself and others. So if you are interested in improving your likelihood of living a long and healthy life, take a long and careful look at your belief system and spend some time examining your thoughts and values, as well.

If you don’t like what you see, remember, you can change it. You have it within you. You always have. ~ The Pacific Institute

8. Links: Things to Think About & Things to Do

man.stickynotesEdible Portland, Deschutes River Beef

Map of European Wind Farms

Map. Population Density of the 13 American Colonies in 1775

12.2 Million Signed Up for Obamacare in 2017, Half of What CBO Projected

The Colossally Dishonest Swamp Attack On Dr. Sebastian Gorka’s First-Rate Scholarship

Stand for the Truth: A Government Researcher Speaks Out


Sherman County eNews #77


  1. Classifieds

  2. Calendar

1. Classifieds (new or corrected)

FRIDAY CLASSIFIEDS: County eNews publishes free classified ads on Fridays, deadline Wednesday at 5. Please submit ads by using the Submit News page. Include who, what, where, when, how … and, the final Friday date for posting your ad (shown by the date at the end of the ad, for example, 3/17), and contact information; under 50 words if possible, and limited to Sherman County. Links are welcome. Share your Joyful News and Thank You and Congratulatory notes here. ~ The Editor  


JOYFUL NEWS! [births, birthdays, engagements, weddings & anniversaries]



LOWER DESCHUTES RIVER CWMA COORDINATOR. The Sherman County Weed District is accepting applications to fill 1 position: Lower Deschutes CWMA Coordinator. This is a permanent full-time position located in Moro, Oregon. Sherman County Weed District offers a competitive benefits package with a starting salary of $3,400.00 / month. Primary duties include: Coordinate daily activities of seasonal weed technicians; Coordinator with government agencies, local landowners and the general public; Surveying project areas for select weeds; Marking, mapping and collecting data; Writing and administering grants and reports; Manage computer-based GIS mapping program and data;  Measuring, mixing and applying herbicides; Servicing and repairing project equipment. The Coordinator will work outside, often with inclement weather conditions and rough terrain, and in the office and public settings. Snakes and ticks are not uncommon while working in the beautiful Deschutes River Canyon. Experience in operating off-road vehicles, pulling a trailer, use of herbicides and computer skills a plus. The successful candidate must obtain their Public Pesticide Applicator’s license, OHV license and Boater’s permit within 3 months of employment. To apply, submit resume in word document to Rod Asher at, fax to 541-565-3330, or mail to: Sherman County Weed District, 66365 Lone Rock Road, Moro, OR 97039. 541-565-3655. This position will be open until filled.

HAZ-MAT DRIVER. Looking for qualified drivers to haul petroleum products throughout North Central Oregon. Full time and part time positions available for both Class B and Class A vehicles. Two year minimum commercial motor vehicle driving experience. Driver must be insurable and have a current medical certificate and valid CDL. Please mail resume to HDC, PO Box 1397, The Dalles, OR 97058 or in person at 201 West 1st St, The Dalles. 4/7

TEACHER. Notice of Job Posting for 7th-12th Grade English Language Arts Teacher: The Sherman County School District is now accepting applications for the 2017-18 school year for an English Language Arts teacher. The district is looking for applicants that have a strong understanding of Professional Learning Communities and the ability to work as a team. Applicants should also have working knowledge of Common Core State Standards and effective teaching strategies. Moreover, prospective applicants must possess the ability to communicate with students, parents and colleagues effectively.  The successful candidate will work full-time ($36,214 – $57,598, pending new bargaining agreement) teaching English Language Arts to 7th – 12th grade students.  This position will be open until filled.

Loan Forgiveness Opportunity: The U.S. Department of Education has approved Oregon’s submission of designated teacher shortage areas for the 2017-18 school year.  Sherman County is on that approved list. The designation may benefit student grant and loan recipients qualified to teach in the Sherman County School District. Teachers may qualify for loan forgiveness if they have federal student loans. To qualify for forgiveness, teachers must teach for 5 consecutive years in the designated areas.  More information is available at the Federal Student Aid website.

Application Process: If you are interested in applying for this position, please email Bill Blevins at   Mr. Blevins will provide you with an official application packet and additional materials.

Application Requirements Shall Include:

  • Completed Application Form
  • Letter of Interest
  • Current Resume
  • Copy of Teaching License (or eligibility to obtain same)
  • Minimum of three (3) Letters of Recommendation (written within the last 3 years)
  • Copies of all transcripts
  • Other material as desired.

Criminal record check and pre-employment drug testing will be required for all positions.  For further information and application materials please email Bill Blevins at Sherman County School District is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  0/0

GRAIN ORIGINATOR. Mid Columbia Producers is a farmer owned cooperative with various locations throughout Oregon and Washington.  We are currently looking to hire a Full Time Grain Originator to work out of Moro Oregon.  This is a customer service/sales/technology oriented position requiring developed interpersonal communication/social skills, and a high level of competency using diverse technology platforms. The Grain Originator will assist the Merchandiser to secure company profits by executing the trading functions necessary to coordinate product sales and purchases.  These functions include hedging, oversight and management of facility inventories and logistics.


  • Provide excellent customer service
  • Respond to existing customer inquiries for service via phone, email and in person
  • Educate existing customers on the products and tools offered through company
  • Accurately enter and reconcile futures transactions in company systems
  • Accurately input and maintain daily position reports and effectively communicate with exporters and broker personnel
  • Work to develop understanding of commodity derivatives markets and cash grain markets in an accelerated period
  • Compile, Summarize and distribute market information to customers


  • Advanced interpersonal and social skills
    • Ability to communicate professionally and effectively in person, over the phone and in writing.
  • Must be comfortable with the use of a various forms of technology:
    • Ability to operate basic office equipment including copiers and phones
    • Thorough knowledge of MS Office, including Excel, Word, and Access
    • Experience with Google Applications including Gmail, Drive, Calendar, etc. is a plus
  • Candidates must possess an entrepreneurial aptitude with the ability to operate a business profitably in a fast paced environment
  • Must be able to stay on task when interrupted frequently
  • Operate with integrity and a strong work ethic
  • Must be able to lift 50 lbs.
  • Work with computers, sitting for 8+ hours
  • Must have a minimum a Bachelors Degree in business, economics or finance or 3 years of experience with agriculture markets
  • Ability to relocate within commuting distance of Moro, Oregon

As a prominent agribusiness company, we offer a competitive salary and benefits package. Including health insurance premiums currently paid 100% for the employee and their dependents, dental, vision and Rx coverage, 401k with company match, robust profit sharing plan, paid vacation, sick, holidays, and more.  Compensation is DOE.  Employment will be contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment physical, drug screen, background check and MVR.

For more information or to download and application please visit

Please send cover letter, application and resume to: Mid Columbia Producers Attn: Brittany Dark, PO Box 344, Moro, OR 97039. PH: (541)565-2277 Fax: (503)536-6875 Closing Date: March 17, 2017. 3/17

SHERMAN COUNTY ASSESSOR’S OFFICE.Temporary / Part Time Position, Sherman County Assessor’s Office. Less than 20 hours per week. Flexible M-F hours, except holidays. SALARY: $20.00 per hour up to 300 hrs.
DUTIES: Filing, sorting, archiving county property records other general office duties that may be assigned by supervisor.
QUALIFICATIONS: This position requires varied physical activity, such as bending, walking up & down stairs, lifting, standing, sitting for periods of time. Ability to work with confidential materials. Excellent hand writing skills Good organizational skills. Knowledge of documents regarding property transactions such as legal descriptions, mapping and ownership a plus. Attention to detail a must, and good public relation skills.  HOW TO APPLY: Obtain an application from the Sherman County website or at the Sherman County Assessor’s office. Please return completed application to the Sherman Assessor’s Office: PO Box 283, Moro, Oregon 97039 by 5:00 pm March 17, 2017. SHERMAN COUNTY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER. 3/17


LEASE: SAGE MOUNTAIN CAFÉ. Sage Mountain Café in Moro is for lease. Please call 541-705-0232 to inquire. Please leave a message. ~ Deena Johnson     3/17

COMMERCIAL AIRBNB, BOARDING HOUSE. $300,000. Willing to finance. 908 Clark Street, Wasco, OR 97065. 7 beds, 5 baths. Listing ID 24093966. The Just Us Inn is being run as an Airbnb and a boarding house. It has retained full occupancy since 2013. There is a 1 bedroom suite, with bathroom, and an additional 2 two bedroom suites. There is a large unfinished third floor space. On the property there are: two RV hook-up spaces, a community garden, a rental manufactured home. This property features room for development with sewer and electric ready to hook up. This property features four commercial lots. The owner is willing to carry contract, with substantial down payment, at an attractive rate. Hotel is three stories. The first floor has approx. 1500 square ft., large living room, kitchen, dining area, laundry area, and 1.5 baths. The Just Us Inn is completely furnished with antiques and collectibles. The second floor has 5 guest rooms, storage room, studio apartment, 2.5 baths and also completely furnished and beautifully decorated. The 3rd floor is unfinished but plumbed and wired. An historical property, (The Old Oskaloosa Hotel) Just Us Inn, is located in Sherman County, Oregon, at the heart of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area; a land where time stands still. Sherman County is bordered to the north by the mighty Columbia River, world renowned for salmon & sturgeon fishing; to the east by the John Day River with exceptional steelhead & warm water bass fishing; and to the west by the Deschutes River, most of which is designated as Federal Wild, Scenic River, and State Scenic Waterway. People are drawn to the area to fly fish on world class rivers, white water rafting, windsurfing, golfing, hiking, mountain biking, all while enjoying the natural beauty that has become synonymous with the region. –Debbie Doherty 503-515-7374         3/24

SERVICES: [home, personal, appliance, landscape, fencing, cleaning, maintenance, janitorial, computer, construction, sewing, repairs, transportation, media, preschool, day care, support & training]

CAREGIVER. Would you like someone to assist you with some of your daily needs in your home? Preparing meals, light housekeeping, transportation or companionship. I am an honest and mature woman with great references. If you are interested please give me a call (541) 993-6924, my name is Synoma Olsen. 3/31

SHERMAN COUNTY AGRI-BUSINESS DIRECTORY. To add or update your business listing, please contact Sherman County Administrative Assistant Lauren Hernandez See businesses organized by town at 0/0 



LOCAL HISTORY ONLINE. Sherman County, Oregon, A Historical Collection, a brand new local history website, was recently introduced by Sherry Kaseberg of Wasco, Oregon. This collection honors the people who lived here, kept the records, preserved the stories and encouraged her interest. It’s truly the work of many, and will appeal to history enthusiasts, the curious and genealogists. 3/31



BUDGET COMMITTEE MEMBER. The Sherman County School District is seeking an interested party to fill a vacancy on its budget committee.  If you live in the Moro area and would be interested in applying please contact Kim McKinney at 541-565-3500 or email at  before April 7th, 2017.  The School Board will review applicants and appoint a member at the Regular School Board Meeting on April 10th, 2017. 4/7

MAYOR. CITY OF RUFUS. Mayor Vacancy: City of Rufus. The City of Rufus is seeking applications for City Council Mayor.  City of Rufus positions are elected and/or appointed by Council, when a vacancy occurs, until the next general election. To qualify, candidates must reside within the City limits and be a registered voter in the City prior to submitting an application for appointment. Applications must be submitted to the Office of the City Recorder no later than 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 5th, 2017 to be considered. Rufus City Council will conduct a public interview of candidates at its regular meeting of Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. Rufus City Hall, 304 W. 2nd St, Rufus, Oregon 97050. The appointee’s term shall begin immediately upon his/her appointment and term ending 12/31/18. Applications may be obtained at City Hall, 304 W 2nd ST, Rufus Oregon 97050 ; phone 541-739-2321 or 3/31

Sherman County Court Notice of Board Vacancy. Notice is hereby given that the Sherman County Court is accepting names of individuals interested in filling a vacant community position to represent Sherman County as a member of the North Central Public Health District Budget Committee. The appointee will be expected to attend meetings and be an active committee member.  Persons interested in serving should contact the Sherman County Court at P.O. Box 365, 500 Court Street, Moro, OR 97039, 541-565-3416 or 3/31

EXCHANGE STUDENT HOST FAMILY.  Non-Profit Organization is Seeking Local Host Families for High School Exchange Students. ASSE International Student Exchange Programs (ASSE), in cooperation with your community high school, is looking for local families to host boys and girls between the ages of 15 to 18 from a variety of countries: Norway, Denmark, Spain, Italy, Japan, to name a few. ASSE students are enthusiastic and excited to experience American culture while they practice their English. They also love to share their own culture and language with their host families. Host families welcome these students into their family, not as a guest, but as a family member, giving everyone involved a rich cultural experience. The exchange students have pocket money for personal expenses and full health, accident and liability insurance. ASSE students are selected based on academics and personality, and host families can choose their student from a wide variety of backgrounds, countries and personal interests.  To become an ASSE Host Family or to find out how to become involved with ASSE in your community, please call the ASSE Western Regional Office at 1-800-733-2773 or go to to begin your host family application. Students are eager to learn about their American host family, so begin the process of welcoming your new son or daughter today! ASSE INTERNATIONAL (FORMERLY AMERICAN SCANDINAVIAN STUDENT EXCHANGE) IS A NON-PROFIT, PUBLIC BENEFIT ORGANIZATION.  ASSE IS OFFICIALLY DESIGNATED AS AN EXCHANGE VISITOR PROGRAM BY THE U. S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE, WAS FOUNDED BY THE SWEDISH MINISTRY OF EDUCATION, COOPERATES WITH THE CANADIAN PROVINCIAL MINISTRIES OF EDUCATION,  and the NEW ZEALAND DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION. 3/31


BUDGET COMMITTEE MEMBER. The Sherman County School District is seeking an interested party to fill a vacancy on its budget committee.  If you live in the Moro area and would be interested in applying please contact Kim McKinney at 541-565-3500 or email at  before April 7th, 2017.  The School Board will review applicants and appoint a member at the Regular School Board Meeting on April 10th, 2017. 4/7

METAL ROCKET STOVE. Does anyone have a metal “rocket stove” we could borrow for a March 20 4-H meeting? We have one, but two would be better as it is a large group. Thanks! ~ Cindy Brown | Educator, 4-H Youth Development & Healthy Living, OSU Extension Service – Sherman County. College of Public Health & Human Sciences Oregon State University, 66365 Lonerock Rd., Moro, Oregon 97039. P: 541-565-3230 | C: 541-993-5291  3/17

COURSE MARSHAL / SUPPORT SPECIALIST. Watch races and get paid for it too. Oregon Raceway Park is seeking corner workers for the 2017 season. Candidates must be 18 years of age, able to climb ladders, have the ability to be outdoors (sometimes in harsh conditions), have good verbal communication skills and be able to react calmly and quickly to emergency situations. We are proud to offer our event presenters a source of skilled and competent personel to staff our many and varied events from Auto, Kart and Motorcycle Races. Training will be held March 18, 2017. If interested please contact, Brenda Pikl: 541-333-2452   email:     3/17 



LEASE: SAGE MOUNTAIN CAFÉ. Sage Mountain Café in Moro is for lease. Please call 541-705-0232 to inquire. Please leave a message. ~ Deena Johnson     3/17

2. Calendar (new or corrected) 



17 St. Pat’s at St. Pete’s Concert, The Dalles

17-18 Children’s Theatre: “The Princess and the Pea,” Sherman Co. School

18 Youth Basketball Tournament, Goldendale

18 Oregon Raceway Park Instructor Seminar near Grass Valley

20 Spring Begins

20 Sherman County Photography Club 7 Sherman County Public/School Library

21 Unit 20, Oregon Retired Educators’ Program 12 Discovery Center

22 Snow Mold Crop Variety Tour 8:30

23 Frontier Regional 911 Board Meeting 10 Condon

23 Mid-Columbia Economic Development District Board Meeting 4 Klickitat County

25 Job Fair 10-2 Columbia Gorge Community College

28 Mid-Columbia Council of Governments 1-3 The Dalles

28 Spring Break Movie Night 6 Sherman County Public/School Library

30 Spring Break Movie Night 6 Sherman County Public/School Library

30 Sherman County Court Special Session 10


1 Kids’ Turkey Hunt at White River Wildlife Area

3 Sherman County Red Cross Blood Drive 12-5 Sherman County School gym

5 Sherman County Court 9

5 All County Prayer Meeting Refreshments/Social 6:30

         Prayer 7-8:30 Wasco Church of Christ

5 Incredible Years Parenting Series 5-7 Moro Community Presbyterian Church

5 Life & Songs of Woody Guthrie 6 Sherman County Public/School Library

8 Grass Valley Egg Hunt, Games, Sock Hop & Puppet Show

10 Sherman County School District Board Meeting 7 Library

11 Sherman Soil & Water Conservation District Meeting 8:30 Moro

11 Sherman County Watershed Council Meeting 11:30 Burnet Building, Moro

11 Tri-County Mental Health Board 11-2 The Dalles

11 North Central Public Health District Board 3 The Dalles

12 Incredible Years Parenting Series 5-7 Moro Community Presbyterian Church

15 North Sherman County RFPD Easter Egg Hunt 12 Rufus


19 Sherman County Court 9

19 Incredible Years Parenting Series 5-7 Moro Community Presbyterian Church


24 Mid-Columbia Housing Authority 10 The Dalles

25 Mid-Columbia Council of Governments Board Meeting 1-3 The Dalles

26 Tri-County Courts 10 Condon

26 Incredible Years Parenting Series 5-7 Moro Community Presbyterian Church

26-27 Oregon Heritage Summit on Funding  


3 Incredible Years Parenting Series 5-7 Moro Community Presbyterian Church

3 Sherman County Court 9

4 National Day of Prayer

4 All County Prayer Meeting Refreshments/Social 6:30

         Prayer 7-8:30 Kent Baptist Church

6 Wasco County Pioneers Annual Reunion, Fort Dalles Readiness Center

8 Sherman County School District Board Meeting 7 Library

9 Sherman County Soil & Water Conservation District Board Meeting 8:30 a.m. Moro

9 Sherman County Watershed Council 11:30 Burnet Extension & Research Center, Moro

9 Tri-County Mental Health Board Meeting 11-2 The Dalles

9 North Central Public Health District Board Meeting 3

10 Sherman County Senior Center Advisory 12 Senior Center, Moro

10 Incredible Years Parenting Series 5-7 Moro Community Presbyterian Church


17 Sherman County Court 9

17 Incredible Years Parenting Series 5-7 Moro Community Presbyterian Church


20-21 Equine Mania Cow Sorting Clinic, Wasco

20-21 Tygh Ridge All-Indian Rodeo, Tygh Valley



7 All County Prayer Meeting Refreshments/Social 6:30

         Prayer 7-8:30 Wasco Methodist Church

13 Sherman County Ambulance Board Meeting



18-23 Cottonwood Crossing Summer Institute

21 Summer Begins


Sherman County eNews #76


  1. Snow Mold Plot Tour

  2. Sherman County School Baseball Schedule Update

  3. Annual Sherman County Blood Drive, April 3

  4. Legal Notice: Biggs Service District

  5. Sherman County Court Minutes Online

  6. National Weather Services Conducts On-Line Skywarn Weather Spotter Training

  7. 9-1-1 Operators to Graduate from Oregon Public Safety Academy, March 24

  8. Links: Things to Think About & Things to Do 

1. Snow Mold Plot Tour

grassMarch 22, 2017

Time: 8:30 a.m.

Place: Dufur Variety Trial Plots (grain)

Directions: At Dufur Cemetery off of US 197

Join Chris Mundt, Christina Hagerty and Mike Flowers to view and discuss:

Snow Mold and Variety Reactions

Current Stripe Rust Situation

2. Sherman County School Baseball Schedule Update

sport-baseball12017 Les Schwab Spring Break Tournament (Grant Union Invitational)

March 30 – April 1, 2017


Sherman/Arlington/Condon vs Sheridan at 2:00 at the McConnel Field, bus departs at 9:30 from Sherman County School to John Day


Sherman/Arlington/Condon vs Joseph at 11:00 at Malone Field


Sherman/Arlington/Condon vs Union at 11:00 at Malone Field

3. Annual Sherman County Blood Drive, April 3

Red Cross logoThe American Red Cross Association Annual Sherman County Blood Drive is scheduled for Monday, April 3, 2017 in the Sherman County School gymnasium from 12 noon to 5 p.m.

Potential donors are encouraged to pre-register by calling the school (541-565-3500) NO LATER than 4 pm  March 24th to request a specific time to donate.  The high school Leadership class is organizing the event hoping to successfully secure a minimum of 35 pints to qualify for a $250 scholarship from the Red Cross for a deserving graduating Senior.

Students between the ages of 16 and 18 will need a signed parent permission form returned to the Guidance Office.

All potential donors may take advantage of RAPID PASS–by answering the pre-reading and pre-donation questionnaire in advance of donating.  This may be done on the day of donation only( not before) by visiting

We look forward to excellent participation by Sherman County residents!


Connie Martin, Leadership class

Co-Chairmen, Meghan Belshe, Student Body President

& Emily Hill, Student Body Vice-President

Emily Poirier, Leadership representative.

4. Legal Notice: Biggs Service District


ShermanCoLogoNotice is hereby given that the Biggs Service District is in the process of preparing an application for Federal Assistance to be submitted in the next sixty (60) days to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development Office for assistance with proposed improvements to the water system.

The purpose of the application is to seek loan assistance and grants to complete the required funding to construct a single water system to serve the District. The project consists of constructing water storage, supply, and distribution system improvements, as outlined in the Water System Feasibility Study adopted in 2003 (with costs updated in 2015) by the Biggs Service District.

All interested parties wishing to present comments on the proposed application are urged to contact the Biggs Service District for information on the project. Copies of the information including the Water System Feasibility Study are available for review at the Sherman County Court. Photocopies will be provided at a reasonable cost. Written testimony or questions may be directed to the Biggs Service District, P.O. Box 365 Moro, Oregon 97039.

5. Sherman County Court Minutes Online

ShermanCoLogoApproved minutes for the following Sherman County Court sessions are now available on the county website at

February 6, 2017 Special Session

February 15, 2017

February 21, 2017 Special Session

The most current agendas for the March 30, 2017, special session and April 5, 2017, court session will continue to be posted on the website.

~ Lauren Hernandez

Administrative Assistant


500 Court Street

P.O. Box 365

Moro, OR 97039

6. National Weather Services Conducts On-Line Skywarn Weather Spotter Training

sun.cloudsNow you can get storm spotter training without leaving your home. The National Weather Service will conduct a live on-line spotter training on April 4 at 7 pm.  The training will last for around 2 hours.

To register for the training, go to and click on the “2017 Spotter Training Classes” headline, and select the registration link for April 4th.  You will need to have a dedicated internet link and a phone line to participate.  Additional information is available on the internet site or by contacting Dennis Hull at 541-276-7832.

Weather spotters trained by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Weather Service (NWS) are key volunteers who assist the meteorologists by providing up-to-date information about storm activity.

7. 9-1-1 Operators to Graduate from Oregon Public Safety Academy, March 24

The Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) is pleased to announce the graduation of its 103rd Basic Telecommunications Class. See complete list at

The Basic Telecommunications Class #103 includes these dispatchers from North Central Oregon:

Dispatcher Shelbi Ah Sam
Wasco County Sheriff’s Office

Dispatcher Mariah Camargo
Frontier Regional 9-1-1

Dispatcher Shannon Devore
Hood River County Sheriff’s Office

The two-week course includes emergency call handling techniques, stress management, civil liability, ethics, criminal law, overview of fire-rescue and law enforcement operations, and a number of other topics. Upon completion of the course, students will return to their employing agency to continue their training for a number of months with a field training officer.

The 9-1-1 training program began in 1993 when the Oregon Legislative Assembly enacted legislation which requires that individuals who receive emergency calls for assistance from the public meet professional standards for training and certification. There are approximately 950 men and women across the state who work in this profession in city, county, tribal, regional, and state public safety communications centers.

Basic Telecommunications #BT103 Graduation will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, March 24, 2017, at the Oregon Public Safety Academy, 4190 Aumsville Hwy SE, Salem, Oregon. Telephone: 503-378-2100. The guest speaker is Executive Director Patti Sauers of Yamhill Communications.

The Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) operates the Oregon Public Safety Academy which spans more than 235 acres in Salem. The Academy is nationally recognized for its innovative training programs and active stakeholder involvement. Eriks Gabliks serves as the Director, and Sheriff Jason Myers of the Marion County Sheriff’s Office serves as the Chair of the Board. The department implements minimum standards established by the Board for the training and certification of more than 40,000 city, tribal, county and state law enforcement officers, corrections officers, parole and probation officers, fire service personnel, telecommunicators, emergency medical dispatchers and private security providers.

DPSST provides training to more than 25,000 students each year throughout Oregon and at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem certifies qualified officers at various levels from basic through executive; certifies qualified instructors; and reviews and accredits training programs throughout the state based on standards established by the Board.

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