Sherman County eNews #250


  1. The Times-Journal: Governor hears of losses to wild fires; hopes to offer ‘tools for recovery’

  2. The Times-Journal: Area schools are in session, enrollments, new staff noted

  3. Young Farmers and Ranchers of Oregon: Sherman County’s Logan Padget

  4. Common Sense Safety & Security, Unattributed

  5. Responsibility, Character & the Privilege of Bringing Children into the World

  6. Goals: The Long and the Short of It

  7. Sherman County Court News, Aug. 15

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

1.The Times-Journal: Governor hears of losses to wild fires; hopes to offer ‘tools for recovery’

Photo caption: “Governor Kate Brown, second from left, met with about 20 farmers, ranchers and ag related agencies and business owners Thursday, Sept. 13, to learn how the state can help those who suffered losses due to the wild fires that blackened thousands of acres in the region this summer. She learned that the losses are great and that fixing them may be complicated. Pictured at the table with Gov. Brown are, from left, Nate Stice, North Central regional coordinator for Regional Solutions; Gov. Brown; State Representative Daniel Bonham; and Sherman County Commissioner Joe Dabulskis.”

“Governor Kate Brown’s staff and Nate Stice, North Central Region coordinator for the state’s Regional Solutions, organized a meeting of Sherman and Gilliam county landowners and grain dealers who have been affected by the wild fires that raged through the two counties and others during the past two months.

“Gov. Brown came to the area Thursday, Sept. 13, “to listen and learn, and find out how we can find the tools to help you recover.”

“Land-owners from both counties told of lost crops, ground cover, pastures and fencing destroyed by the Jack Knife Fire, Substation Fire, Buck Hollow Fire, and the Stubblefield, Seale, Buckhorn, Lonerock and Jenny’s Peak fires.

“Also sitting in on the session, which was hosted at the Holzapfel/Dabulskis farm north of Wasco, were Wally Powell of the Oregon Wheat League; Kara Lanthorn, county executive director of the USDA Farm Service Agency in Sherman County; Lissa Biehn, county executive director of the USDA Farm Service Agency for Wasco and Hood River counties; Jeff Kaser, manager of Mid Columbia Producers; State Representative Daniel Bonham, Wasco County Commissioner Steve Kramer, Sherman County Commissioner Joe Dabulskis and Gilliam County Judge Steve Shaffer.

“Land-owners had questions about financial help for ground cover seeding, road repair, fencing repair and replacement, drought designation programs, EQIP and other current and planned state and federal riparian programs, CRP programs and the Young Farmer program in regards to CRP, grazing leases, and pending deadlines and restrictions on many of the programs currently in place.

“Earlier figures had placed the Substation fire at approximately 80,000 acres and the Stubblefield fire at over 105,000 acres.

“Gov. Brown indicated her staff would follow up on the concerns associated with the federal programs currently in place, both Gov. Brown and Rep. Bonham indicated that her office and the state Legislature are “working on fire policy,” and USDA representatives indicated that the Natural Resource Conservation Service is working on making appropriate seed varieties available for both crop and range land.

“The bottom line, though, as summed up by rancher Darren Padget, is that “it needs to rain.”

2. The Times-Journal: Area schools are in session, enrollments, new staff noted

“Students have been back in school for the second week in Arlington, Condon, Sherman and Fossil schools, and since August 22 in Spray and Mitchell schools.

“Enrollment at Sherman is unofficially at 271 students, with 158 in K-6, 29 in grades 7-8, and 84 in grades 9-12. New staff at the Sherman School in Moro include Jennifer Bomberger, full-time

K-12 counselor; … …. … “ Read all about it in the September 20th edition of The Times-Journal!

3. Young Farmers and Ranchers of Oregon: Sherman County’s Logan Padget

September 19 at 6:58 AM ·

Logan Padget got out his rod weeders yesterday to kill some weeds and make a seedbed for the fall wheat he will be planting in a couple weeks. Pulling five 10 ft weeders on a gang hitch, the wheels drive a chain that turns a 1″ square rod in the reverse direction of forward travel which is set 1-2 inches deep. It uproots the weeds as well as setting a moisture barrier, packing the dirt underneath it and making a dust mulch on top to retain as much water as possible for a dry land summer fallow rotation. They don’t get used often anymore as farming practices east of the Cascades are mostly chemical fallow with no-till seeding these days.

4. Common Sense Safety & Security, Unattributed



Some people left their car in the long-term parking at the airport while away, and someone broke into the car. Using information on the car’s registration in the glove compartment, they drove to the people’s home and robbed it. So if we are going to leave the car in long-term parking, we should NOT leave the registration/insurance cards in it, nor the remote garage door opener.

  1. GPS:

A car was broken into while the family was at a football game. Their car was parked on the green which was adjacent to the football stadium and specially allotted to football fans. Things stolen from the car included a garage door remote control, some money and a GPS unit which had been prominently mounted on the  dashboard. When the victims got home, they found that their house had been ransacked and just about everything worth anything had been stolen. The thieves had used the GPS to guide them to the house and used the garage remote control to open the garage door and gain entry to the house. The thieves knew the owners were at the football game, they knew what time the game was scheduled to finish and so they knew how much time they had to clean out the house and load a truck. If you have a GPS – don’t put your home address in it.  Put a nearby address (like a store or gas station) so you can still find your way home if you need to, but no one else will know where you live. 


This lady has now changed how she lists names on her cell phone after her handbag was stolen. Her handbag contained her cell phone, credit card, wallet, etc. Twenty minutes later when she called her hubby, from a pay phone telling him what had happened, hubby says, “I received your text asking about our PIN number and I’ve replied a little while ago.” When they rushed to the bank, the money was already withdrawn. The thief used the stolen cell phone to text “hubby” in the contact list and got the pin number. Within 20 minutes he had withdrawn all the money from their bank account.


While grocery-shopping at a local mall and a woman left her purse sitting in the child’s seat of the cart while she reached something off a shelf. Wait! Read on! Her wallet was stolen, and she reported it to the store personnel. After returning home, she received a phone call from Mall Security to say that they had her wallet and that although there was no money in it, it did still hold her personal papers. She immediately went to pick up her wallet, only to be told by Mall Security that they had not called her. By the time she returned home, her house had been burglarized. The thieves knew that by calling and saying they were Mall Security, they could lure her out of her house long enough for them to burglarize it. 

  Moral lessons: 

  1. Do not disclose the relationship between you and the people in your contact list. Avoid using names like Home, Honey, Hubby, Sweetheart, Dad, Mom, etc.
  2. And very importantly, when sensitive info is being asked through texts, CONFIRM by calling back. 
  3. Also, when you’re being texted by friends or family to meet them somewhere, be sure to call back to confirm that the message came from them. If you don’t reach them, be very careful about going places to meet “family and friends” who text you.

5. Responsibility, Character & the Privilege of Bringing Children into the World

The privilege of bringing children into the world carries with it the responsibility of teaching them the fundamentals of sound character. One of life’s greatest joys is the sense of wonder that accompanies the arrival of a tiny new human being into the world. But that joy is accompanied by a tremendous responsibility that perfectly encapsulates the need for personal initiative. You can provide children with all the physical advantages of a good childhood, but unless you strive to set a good example for them to follow, you will know only dismay as they reach adulthood and blossom into purposeless drifters. Your personal initiative, whether or not you are raising a child, must always incorporate exemplary behavior. You cannot take ethical shortcuts, big or small, without other people observing them and assuming that this behavior is something you wouldn’t mind having turned back on yourself. Certainly you will make mistakes, but if you have always striven for the best course, others will remember it and treat you accordingly. ~The Napoleon Hill Foundation

6. Goals: The Long and the Short of It

Some people say that long-term goals are the kind you need to set if you really want to get anywhere. Other people say that long-term goals are too distant to get their arms around. Here’s another way to look at short- and long-term goals, and it’s backed up by research out of Stanford University as well as other leading edge studies.

The best kind of goals to have is a combination of short- and long-term. If you have only long-term goals, you may find it rough going. The realities of life are that most of us have many pressing goals in the present – things we must get done on a daily and weekly basis in order to avoid unpleasant consequences. These things often cause us to put off the long-term goals – and put them off, and put them off. Also, we may become demoralized because we don’t see ourselves accomplishing or achieving anything right now. It can seem very difficult to keep a long-term goal in focus, especially when it doesn’t seem like we are making much progress.

On the other hand, if you have only short-term goals, you may feel fragmented, or lacking in a sense of overall direction and purpose. Short-term goals become more of a “to do list” than the building blocks they can be. However, when you combine short-term and long-term, you have the best of both.

So by all means, set long-term goals. But set goals that you can accomplish in the near future, too. Your eventual goal may be to be financially independent. But what can you do today, this week, and this month to move you closer to that desired end-result? It may be having an extra $20, $50 or $100 to put into a savings account. Your long-term goal may be to graduate with honors, but this week your goal is to get an “A” on a math test.

You get the idea. Combine long- and short-term goals if you are really determined to make something happen. They work together to get you where you want to be. ~The Pacific Institute

7. Sherman County Court News, Aug. 15

ShermanCoLogoContact: Kayla von Borstel 541-565-3416

Courthouse Update, Northern Oregon Regional Corrections Contact & Veterans, Emergency Weed Control Funding on Deschutes Burned Land, Fiber Next Steps, MORE Agreement: Interagency Agreement, and Executive for Real Property Transactions were the main items on the agenda during the August 1st session of Sherman County Court in Moro.

Ron McDermid, Steering Committee, reported the Courthouse project would be coming in under the $9.3 million County budget. The majority of funds were provided by the County, however there was $100,000 awarded from the Energy Trust of Oregon and Court Security dedicated funds. The hope will be to have $10,000 – $100,000 remaining after project completion. Installing the new Weed District shop, as it had become displaced, took $400,000-$500,000 that wasn’t originally part of the budget. The storage shed will also be remodeled to allow sufficient room to store documents, and extra items, with a heating and cooling system, including a workshop for the County Custodian. Courthouse dedication was set for September 7th, 2018. No ribbon cutting will be done as the building has been in use for many months. Pamphlets were being made with the agenda by Justice Court staff to include Courthouse history, description of project and its features, and listed acknowledgment to all parties involved with the project. Throughout this project the County achieved the path to net zero energy efficiency standard, which means the project included enough environmentally conscious elements. Ron presented a resolution to dedicate the Courthouse facility to the people of Sherman County honoring those who preceded us taking great care of the facility never letting it go into disrepair, and to inspire future generations. Court motioned to approve the resolution in the matter of dedicating the Sherman County Courthouse Facility to the community on September 7, 2018 in honor of those who have preceded us and to inspire future generations and authorize County Court to sign.

Bryan Hunt, Veterans Officer, spoke with the Court on his difficulty reaching someone at Northern Oregon Regional Correctional (NORCOR) facility. Bryan has emailed the NORCOR Administrator, multiple times and has not received a response. Bryan would like to spend time doing outreach from our County within the NORCOR facility, and to see what he can do for the inmates that are veterans. He would like their intake form to add that option of marking if they have been in the service. Wasco County does not have much for Veteran’s outreach; Judge Thompson believed it would be a good idea for Bryan to reach out to all Veteran’s, not just those who belong to Sherman County. It was suggested he speak with Sheriff Lohrey on the intake process, try contacting NORCOR again to see how Bryan can fit into the programs already being implemented as he needs to provide services, and to request to be on the next NORCOR agenda. Brief discussion held meeting in Compensation Board for the Veteran’s Officer on September 15th, 2018.

Rod Asher, Weed District, spoke on his concerns on the Lower Deschutes burned by the Substation fire, and with how aggressive weeds are reemerging. Currently, Daniel (Dan) Son has been working with a group on the Lower Deschutes but due to the devastation of the fire, Rod was in need of extra employees for a ten week period, to help with weed control in that area. Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, and Bureau of Land Management, own a significant amount of land in that area, and plan to aerial broadcast this fall to help prevent the return of Cheatgrass and Medusahead Rye. Rod was seeking an emergency request for approval from one to three additional employees; if three were hired, it would cost the County $21,000, making a crew of six. Rod presented pictures of weeds returning two weeks after the fire, many skeletonweed and rosettes are reemerging and flowering in the burned area of the riparian zone. Court motioned to approve hiring an additional three seasonal employees to work from September 4, 2018-November 9, 2018 in the amount of $21,000 to assist the Weed District in controlling noxious weeds on the Lower Deschutes due to regrowth post wildfire. Discussion held on obtaining a warrant for entry after denial of access on property.

Carrie Pipinich, Mid-Columbia Economic Development District, gave an update on the meeting held the week prior with the attorneys, Gorge Net, County, and the Cities representative on the Fiber project next steps. The meeting primarily focused on creating construction and operating agreements with Gorge Net, County, Cities, and Biggs Service District. These agreements will detail out such things as expectation from the Cities, space for equipment, and operations. Dan Bubb, Gorge Net, and his attorney, will be providing the operating agreement for review, while County Counsel provides the construction agreement, and the Cities agreements with the County for financing, as the County will be the fiscal agent. The Cities are required to pay the County 10% of the total cost for their specific community as match funds to Gorge Net. County Court stated if the Regional Infrastructure grant is not awarded, the Cities will need to implement some sort of fee to help offset total costs. Seth von Borstel, Cities Representative, voiced some concerns on the County requiring Cities to pay back more than the 10% originally set if the grant doesn’t come through; the Cities thought the County agreed to fill any expense gap which solidified all Cities joining the project. Commissioner McCoy respectfully disagreed and stated the County would get the project implemented as Gorge Net was ready to start, not to fully fund the project. Kayla von Borstel, Administrative Assistant, will go back through minutes to clarify. Discussion was held on the Cities providing funds to help offset the cost only if funds come back to the Cities from Gorge Net if Gorge Net reaches their 70% threshold rate.

Gorge Net has started construction in Moro in good faith until the contracts can be completed; once Moro is completed they will work on Grass Valley until the construction window closes for the year. Gorge Net presumes it will cost $40,000 upfront to get started and purchase equipment for Moro and Grass Valley. The County will be billed by per community system completed. A conflict of interest will also need to be signed as Counsel represents two of the Cities and the County as well.

Mark Coles, Road Department, spoke to the Court on the MORE (Managing Oregon Resources Efficiently) Agreement which is the ability under statutes and ORS for interagencies to share man power, equipment, material, knowledge, etc. legally, and allows interagencies to come up with a price or the ability to deny a request. The agreement gives the County more flexibility gaining help from others. County Court asked if this is something that can be used for the Federal Lands Access Program (FLAP) grant; Mark responded he believed so. Court motioned to approve the MORE (Managing Oregon Resources Efficiently) Intergovernmental Agreement between Sherman County Road Department and 68 total agencies for resources and services, pending legal counsel approval, and authorize County Court to sign.

Court motioned by to enter into Executive Session in Accordance with ORS 192.660 (2) (e) Real Property Negotiations. Entered into Executive Session at 11:03 a.m. to discuss the Golden Hills SIP renegotiation; exited Executive Session at 11:28 a.m.

Actions taken by the Court included:

  • appointed Mike McArthur to the Senior Advisory Council to fulfill the remaining term for Sharon Chard.
  • approved payment of the residual expenses for 2017-2018 in the amount of $244.14 for the Eastern Oregon Counties Association.
  • authorized to hire Bob Thomas as a contract employee to be the County Trapper, and authorize Judge Thompson to negotiate terms of a 5 year contract including a 1 year probationary period.
  • approved Special Session minutes of July 10, 2018, as presented.
  • approved the Revenue/Expenditure Summary for the month of July 2018, as presented.

Topics of discussion were Wildlife Damage and Pest Control Proposal, Building Codes, E-News Frontier TeleNet Editorial, and Commissioner Reports.

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

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Stanford Removing Catholic Saint Junipero Serra’s Name From Campus to Avoid Offending Native Americans

Economist Magazine: Technology. A Robot Walks into a Bar



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 2. CLASSIFIEDS (new or corrected)

 REMINDER: PLEASE! No posters or flyers.

CLASSIFIED ADS. Free classified ads are published on Fridays. The deadline is Wednesday at 5. Please submit ads by using the Submit News page. Include who, what, where, when, & how, contact information and the final Friday date for posting your ad (shown by the date at the end of the ad, for example, 3/17), and under 50 words if possible. This service is limited to Sherman County. Links are welcome.  Please share your Thank You and Congratulatory Notes and Joyful News (anniversaries, achievements, awards, births, birthdays, graduations, weddings, etc.) here. ~The Editor




SHERMAN COUNTY SENIOR & COMMUNITY CENTER BENEFIT. We are selling another round of Sherman County photo books through the end of November. This time it is a fundraiser for the Senior Center in Moro. Books will be between $65-$79, depending how many copies we sell. The book is 70 pages in full color, and showcases the work of more than a dozen local photographers. To view a copy in person please stop by the senior center. To sign up for a copy please contact: Kari Silcox, 541-565-3193, Thanks!! 10/12

SHERMAN COUNTY HISTORICAL MUSEUM STORE. Jane Kirkpatrick’s new book, “Everything She Didn’t Say,” released on Tuesday 9/4/2018, is now available at the Sherman County Historical Museum Store for $15.99. Museum Members receive a 10% discount. Museum Hours 10-5, May 1st -October 31st. 9/21

WASCO SCHOOL EVENTS CENTER PRIME RIB DINNER & SILENT AUCTION. Who doesn’t like a good prime rib dinner, complete with appetizers, salad, cheesy potatoes, green beans, homemade rolls, dessert, and wine and beer?    Add a silent auction with items from A-Z, and you’ve got an evening not to be missed!    Mark September 22 on your calendar, get your tickets, and plan to attend the Wasco School Events Center Back to School Night.   Tickets are $40 each and can be purchased at WSEC Tuesdays thru Fridays from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., or at Wasco City Hall during business hours. No tickets will be sold at the door. 9/21

WASCO SCHOOL EVENTS CENTER: WIN THREE NIGHTS AT A WALLOWA LAKE HOME.  Raffle tickets for three nights at a Wallowa Lake home are for sale at the Wasco School Events Center office and at Wasco City Hall.  They can be purchased from WSEC Board members Gail Macnab, Jessie Fuhrer and Linda Krafsic. Tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20. Proceeds will benefit the WSEC.  Drawing will be held September 22 at the WSEC Back to School Night fund raiser, and you need not be present to win. 9/21 


“Volunteering is the ultimate exercise in democracy. You vote in elections once a year, but when you volunteer, you vote every day about the kind of community you want to live in.” — Unknown


TECHNICIAN. NOTICE OF PERMANENT VACANCY. Gilliam-Wheeler County Farm Service Agency Program Technician. The Gilliam-Wheeler County Farm Service Agency (FSA) is accepting applications for a permanent Program Technician in Condon, Oregon. Applications will be accepted beginning September 19, 2018 and closing October 3, 2018. Salary range of $26,587 – $53,773 per year based on qualifications and experience. A copy of the vacancy announcement and application may be obtained on line by visiting: . For more information please contact the FSA Office at 541-384-4251 ext 2.  The Federal Service offers a comprehensive benefits package.  Explore the benefits offered to most Federal employees at:


PIANO. Baldwin Spinet Piano – Maple colored – $300 OBO negotiable, would like it to find a home where it will be used. Thanks Very Good shape, I just want space for exercise equipment. Call or text Jeanne Kuettel @ 541-714-5740.  11/30 

5020 JOHN DEERE TRACTOR. It can be viewed at the fairgrounds. Engine ran when parked. Transmission locked in reverse. Please submit sealed bids to the Sherman County Fair board at 

SHERMAN COUNTY PHOTO BOOK. We are selling another round of Sherman County photo books through the end of November. This time it is a benefit for the Senior Center in Moro. Books will be between $65-$79, depending how many copies we sell. The book is 70 pages in full color, and showcases the work of more than a dozen local photographers. To view a copy in person please stop by the senior center. To sign up for a copy please contact: Kari Silcox, 541-565-3193, Thanks!! 10/12 

NEW BOOK, JUST RELEASED! Jane Kirkpatrick’s new book, “Everything She Didn’t Say,” released on Tuesday 9/4/2018, is now available at the Sherman County Historical Museum Store for $15.99. Museum Members receive a 10% discount. Museum Hours 10-5, May 1st -October 31st. 9/21

COME SEE US AT THE HOOD RIVER HARVEST BAZAAR OCTOBER 12-14:  One of a kind handcrafted furniture and gifts: Considerately Handcrafted one-of-a-kind indoor and outdoor furniture and gifts created from re-purposed wine & whiskey barrels, old barn wood and other local reclaimed materials. Special orders available.  Furniture repair and refinishing. ~The Wood Butcher | Wasco, Oregon | 541-993-4282 | 10/12 

MORO PROPERTY. NEW PRICE OF $44,900.00 A chance to own 1.5 acres close to town but in the country in Sherman County. This property is waiting for you to bring your house plans and call it home. Subject to final short plat approval, taxes to be determined. RMLS# 17410095. Contact 9/28




GETTING READY FOR COOLER WEATHER?  LOCAL HANDYMAN, GENERAL CONTRACTOR & EQUIPMENT OPERATOR. Large and small projects, indoors or out. Furniture repair & refinishing. Please call Kevin – 541-993-4282 | KCK, Inc. | Licensed, bonded and insured. CCB #135768. References available. 11/23





3. CALENDAR (new or corrected)


1-30 Blue Star Museum: Free admission for active military personnel & families / Sherman Historical Museum

21-30 Sherman County Historical Museum Exhibit: Photographs John Day Dam, 50 Years Ago

21 Sherman Volleyball vs. Condon/Wheeler 5 at Fossil

21 Sherman Football vs. Union 7 at Union

22 Sherman Volleyball Varsity vs. South Wasco County Tournament 9 Maupin

22 Smithsonian Museum Day Live at Maryhill Museum tickets at

22 “Back to School” Night Fund Raiser for the Wasco School Events Center

22 Romanian Cultural Festival at Maryhill Museum 10-5

22 Free Training for Youth Robotics Coaches 8:30-4:30 Hood River Co. Extension

22 Fall Equinox: Autumn Begins

24 Mid-Columbia Housing Authority Board Meeting 10

24 Sherman County Photography Club | Steve Burnet OSU Extension Bldg.

25 Sherman Volleyball vs. Dufur 5 at Dufur

26 Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) Meeting 6 Sherman Public/School Library

27 Sherman Volleyball vs. Spray/Mitchell 5 at Mitchell

28 Sherman Football vs. Enterprise 7 at Sherman – Hall of Honor Game

28 Sherman County School Hall of Honor Induction Reception 5:30

28 Association of Oregon Counties District 3 – Wasco County

29 Sherman Invitational JV Tournament 9 at Sherman

29 Living History Presentation at Stonehenge WWI Memorial 6

29 Tango at Maryhill Museum 6-9


1 Lower John Day Area Commission on Transportation 10 Rufus

1 Grass Valley City Council 7 City Hall

1-31 Oregon Archaeology Month

1-31 National Archives Month

1-31 Historic Cemeteries Month

1-31 Sherman County Historical Museum Artist Series: Lowell Smith Photography 10-5

2 Moro City Council 7 City Hall

2 Madero Winds Concert 6:30 Sherman County Public/School Library

3 Sherman County Court 9

3 All County Prayer Meeting, Wasco Church of Christ Refreshments and social time at

6:30, prayer time 7:00 to 8:30.

4 Sherman Volleyball vs. Ione 5 at Sherman

4 Sherman County Fair Board 7

5 Sherman Football vs. Ione 7 at Ione

6 Sherman Volleyball JV Tournament at Fossil TBD

6-7 Car is King Weekend at Maryhill Museum

7 Afghanistan War Began 2001

7 P.E.O. Chapter EJ “Mission: Possible,” Benefit bike/walk clue-finding tour 12-1 The Dalles

8 Columbus Day (observed)

9 North Central Public Health District Board Meeting 3

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

9 Sherman Volleyball vs. Echo 5 at Echo

10 Sherman County Senior & Community Center Advisory 12:30 Senior Center

10 Rufus City Council 7

11 Sherman Volleyball vs. South Wasco County 5 at Maupin

12 Sherman Football vs. Imbler 2 at Imbler

12 Columbus Day

12-14 Hood River Harvest Bazaar

13 Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum 9 Antique Gliders & Bikes

13 Community Renewable Energy Association Board Meeting 10-1

13 Sherman Volleyball vs. Condon/Wheeler 1 at Sherman

15 Eastern Oregon Regional Tourism Gathering 10-3 Condon

16 Sherman Volleyball vs. Dufur 5 at Sherman

16 Frontier Regional 911 Agency 1 Condon

16 Wasco City Council 7

17 Sherman County Court 9

18 Sherman County Book Club 6 Sherman Public/School Library

19 Sherman Football 7 at Dufur – Dufur Homecoming

19-21 White Salmon Fall Art Walk

20 Sherman Volleyball Playoffs at Echo TBD

20 Bingo for Breannah 6 Grass Valley Pavilion

24 Tri-County Court Meeting 10-2 Condon

26 Sherman Football District 3 Championship at E. Oregon University TBD

27 Tango at Maryhill Museum 6-9

31 Sherman County Historical Museum closes for the season. Open by appointment November-April

31 Halloween


Sherman County eNews #248


  1. Wasco School Events Center “Back to School” Night, Sept. 22

  2. William C. “Bill” Smith 1934-2018

  3. The Dalles Chronicle: The Governor hears fire issues (in Sherman County)

  4. Sherman County Court News, Aug. 1

  5. Notice. Gilliam-Wheeler County Farm Service Agency Program Technician

  6. Analysis/Opinion: Diversity is history’s pathway to chaos

1. Wasco School Events Center “Back to School” Night, Sept. 22

arrow.blueswishIf you are thinking about attending the “Back to School Night” event on September 22, 2018 at the Wasco School Events Center, you really need to purchase your tickets soon. As of yesterday, there are only 18 dinner tickets remaining for purchase. Tickets can be purchased at the WSEC from 10 to 1 on Thursday and Friday, or at Wasco City Hall during the day on Thursday. This will be a fun evening of great food, entertainment, and some fabulous silent auction items to bid on. Tickets are $40.00 and include 2 drinks, appetizers, a prime rib dinner and dessert. We are still selling grand prize raffle tickets for a 3-night stay at a Wallowa Lake cabin; $5 each or 5 for $20.

2. William C. “Bill” Smith 1934-2018

flower.rose.starWilliam C. “Bill” Smith was born September 3, 1934 in Kent, Oregon, at the home of his parents Ern and Nell Smith. He was the youngest of three siblings. His sisters were Virginia Cox and Joyce Short. He attended grade school in Kent, Oregon, and graduated from Sherman Union High School. Bill worked for Mid Columbia Producers supervising their grain elevators in the counties of Gilliam, Sherman and Wasco for 37 years. He also served on the Kent School District Board and Kent Water District Board.

Bill married Mary Elaine Wendt on March 1, 1958. They had six children; Kathryn Mary; Sharon Lynn; Patricia Ann; William Clyde Jr.; Ernest Carl and Jennifer Sue; twelve grandchildren and fourteen great grandchildren. Bill and Elaine made their home in a house they bought in Kent. Bill was an excellent carpenter and remodeled their original home to accommodate their growing family. His carpentry skills were valued by friends and neighbors.

Bill was an avid outdoorsman, rafting down the John Day River yearly with a group of buddies. He was also a hunter and fisherman and passed down his passion for the outdoors to his children. Vacations were camping trips with at least six kids and two adults piled into a 1940s Toyota Landcruiser, heading into rough country to find the perfect spot. Bill was a tinkerer and created the many time saving devices for the trips, including the solar ‘oven.’ Trips were always opportunities to learn more about the land he grew up in. There was also bike rides with Bill and Elaine on ‘pack mules’ and all of the kids on bicycles traveling down back roads.

Bill enjoyed his children. When he came home from work he would play with all of his kids in the living room, letting them pile on his legs and back while they tried to keep him from doing push-ups. It was great fun and everyone ended up laughing. Bill took up drawing and everyone in his family enjoyed getting birthday cards with his drawings in them. They were always personal and quite often humorous. In the last decade of his life, he and his wife moved to The Dalles to be closer to physicians. Bill continued drawing and enjoyed visits from his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

3. The Dalles Chronicle: The Governor hears fire issues (in Sherman County)

“Oregon Gov. Kate Brown visited Sherman County last week and heard from farmers and cattlemen that repairing roads and fences were top issues following the summer’s devastating fires. Brown also came away with a to-do list of helping to hurry along needed emergency declarations to allow or extend temporary grazing. “The other piece for me is creating a sense of urgency around next year’s fire season,” Brown said after the meeting…”


4. Sherman County Court News, Aug. 1

ShermanCoLogoAugust 1, 2018

Contact: Kayla von Borstel, Administrative Assistant 541-565-3416

Tobacco Retail Assessment Update and Work Plan, Eagle Project Proposal, Scott Canyon and Hilderbrand Lane Speed Zone Investigations, Courthouse Facility & Dedication Update, Executive Session of Exempt Documents, and Sherman County Fiber Project were the main items on the agenda during the August 1st session of Sherman County Court in Moro.

Hayli Sharp, North Central Public Health District/Tri-County Tobacco Prevention, gave an update of her program which is very policy focused around reducing tobacco use, especially in youth. Sharp and Amy Asher, Sherman County Prevention, performed a tobacco retail assessment in the area, as Oregon does not have retail tobacco licensing or inspections. She collaborated with Asher as part of the assessment was centered on alcohol. They collected data on where products were being sold (type of store), what type of promotions were seen (price, targeted brand, flavored versus non flavored, placement of promotion), and displays/availability of products (placed at youth eye level, next to child toys, open display versus locked display.) Flavored tobaccos have become more abundant over the years as markets seek the younger generations. “Juul” is flavored tobacco for use with electronic tobacco devices. Each Juul pod can hold the amount of nicotine found in two packs of cigarettes. Juul used to be only available for purchase online, and the individual had to be 21 or over to sign for the product. While conducting the assessment, Juul was found in Circle K, and was cheaper than purchasing online. Pilot sold a similar brand in their store, while the stores in Wasco, Moro, and Grass Valley did not. Juuling devices look like USB drives, and are hard to distinguish between a nicotine device, and a real USB drive. Sharp stated these devices have been found in the neighboring Counties’ schools, and will soon make its way to Sherman County. She sent a letter to the schools to be watchful for these devices. Additionally, these devices can be adapted to add THC drops as well. The assessment showed alcohol was not as heavily advertised as believed it would be. Brief discussion held on third hand smoking, which is residual chemicals left behind on clothes, curtains, etc. and its effects on young children.

Gavenn Lohrey, Community Member, presented his project plan to the Court for approval as he is currently pursuing to become an Eagle in Boy Scouts. Lohrey would like to place clear address markers to be visible from the main road on all the houses that do not have them in Sherman County, so law enforcement and Emergency Services can respond efficiently and effectively during an emergency. Moro Fire Department will supply the numbers, and Lohrey, along with five other Boy Scouts, will install them for each house. Court motioned to approve Gavenn Lohrey’s project as presented to install clear address markers on houses making them visible from the street as part of his Eagle Scout Program.

Mark Coles, Road Department, spoke to the Court on speed zone investigations for Scott Canyon, and Hilderbrand Lane. Coles submitted one for Hilderbrand Lane; however, Oregon Department of Transportation found a speed zone investigation for the City of Wasco that was already completed in 2005 for Hilderbrand Lane; Coles believed the reason he never saw paperwork was due to the jurisdiction labeled as City of Wasco, and not Sherman County. The speed zone investigation for Scott Canyon, has Scott Canyon coming into Clark Street with a suggested reduction from 50mph to 40mph. Court motioned to approve the speed zone order #J7742 for Hilderbrand Lane and the speed zone study #8274 for Scott Canyon/Clark Street. 

Ron McDermid, Steering Committee, gave an update on the Courthouse Facility. The project was on the final two weeks before the finish, turf had been laid, the Commissioner Meeting Room would possibly be ready for the next Court session, and punch list items were being corrected. A heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system (HVAC) will be put in the storage building to keep regulated temperature for documents. After the Courthouse is finished the next project will be to install better lighting for the North East parking lot by an independent contractor. The Courthouse Addition and Renovation will come within the budget of $9.3 million, and has a one year warranty.

McDermid and Kayla von Borstel, Administrative Assistant, have been working on the Courthouse Dedication. He anticipates a quick ceremony, and has planned for a canopy in case of any adverse weather. Justice Court staff will be creating the ceremony program.

Court motioned to enter into Executive Session in Accordance with ORS 192.660 (2) (f) Exempt Public Records. Entered into Executive Session at 11:00 a.m. to review the Red Hawk internet security report; exited Executive Session at 12:00 p.m. 

Dan Bubb, Gorge Net, stated he reached out to each City, as each City Council had voted to support the project, and gave a sense of urgency to start the project. Gorge Net has a self-imposed deadline to stop construction when winter conditions start, due to inefficiency. He’s reached out to Cities for legal and local points of contact as well as expressed need for local resources in each City, such as a place to dump debris and store equipment. Currently they were moving forward with preliminary work in Moro; the number one item needed would be contracts, as they were starting without one, and with no financial commitment from the County or Cities. The construction contract should outline milestones and deliverables from each party, for delivery of a fiber system and financial obligations. A base agreement for Moro will be created to be used for each City and Biggs Service District (BSD), as well as an operating agreement that includes pricing, what happens if the project fails, system ownership, etc. Bubb wanted the agreements completed to approve at the next Court Session if possible

Brief discussion held on the Regional Infrastructure grant for the Fiber to the Home Project, and the how much the expense gap would be if the grant isn’t received. Court asked Mike Smith, Frontier TeleNet, if the County had access to fiber in BSD; Smith answered no, but Windwave will lay fiber tubes over Zayo fiber. Gorge Net has an interim solution as they have a tower on Stacker, and currently provides service to an Oregon Department of Transportation site in BSD. Gorge Net will build the distribution system; there will be a fiber head in that lights the fiber in that community, and then there will be multi-service terminals where each port can plug a fiber in and be run to a house. The ports will be installed on poles and if no poles are available, they will be installed underground; these will be ready to plug in as new customers sign up in the future. Bubb stated the Request for Proposal stated “within the city limits”, however, it’s in Gorge Net’s best interest to hook up customers on city limit fringes and beyond through wireless in the future as well. 

Court motioned to enter into Executive Session in Accordance with ORS 192.660 (2) (f) Exempt Public Records. Entered into Executive Session at 2:40 p.m. to review the County Counsel Request for Proposal Submissions; exited Executive Session at 2:53 p.m. County Court concluded to set up interviews with each firm after August 15th, 2018. 

Actions taken by the Court included:

  • Funding has already been set in the budget for a Wildlife Services Trapper; Court consensus to continue with Wildlife Services through APHIS for the 2018-2019 year unless otherwise noted.
  • appointed Rick Whitaker to replace Joseph Belshe as Position 3 Training Officer, and to finish out the remainder of the term to expire December 31, 2019, and appoint Carl Langston to replace Julia Belshe as Position 2 Vice Chair, to the Sherman County Ambulance Service Board to finish out the remainder of the term to expire December 31, 2018.  
  • approved the Transit Periodic Report as presented.
  • approved the Broadband Joint Work Session minutes of June 27, 2018, as corrected.
  • approved the Claims for the month of July 2018 as presented.

Topics of discussion were the Hemp Facility Name Clarification – Evergreen Holdings LLC, Biggs Service District Loan Documents, Asher Subdivision Lots, Wireless System Upgrades Outside of Fiber Areas, Prevention Written Quarterly Report, Justice Court Written Quarterly Report, and Commissioner Reports.

5. Notice. Gilliam-Wheeler County Farm Service Agency Program Technician 


The Gilliam-Wheeler County Farm Service Agency (FSA) is accepting applications for a permanent Program Technician in Condon, Oregon. Applications will be accepted beginning September 19, 2018 and closing October 3, 2018. Salary range of $26,587 – $53,773 per year based on qualifications and experience. A copy of the vacancy announcement and application may be obtained on line by visiting: For more information, please contact the FSA Office at 541-384-4251 ext. 2.  The Federal Service offers a comprehensive benefits package.  Explore the benefits offered to most Federal employees at:

6. Analysis/Opinion: Diversity is history’s pathway to chaos

By Victor Davis Hanson – – Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Emphasizing diversity has been the pitfall, not the strength, of nations throughout history.

The Roman Empire worked as long as Iberians, Greeks, Jews, Gauls and myriad other African, Asian and European communities spoke Latin, cherished habeas corpus and saw being Roman as preferable to identifying with their own particular tribe. By the fifth century, diversity had won out but would soon prove a fatal liability.

Rome disintegrated when it became unable to assimilate new influxes of northern European tribes. Newcomers had no intention of giving up their Gothic, Hunnish or Vandal identities.

The propaganda of history’s multicultural empires — the Ottoman, the Russian, the Austro-Hungarian, the British and the Soviet — was never the strength of their diversity. To avoid chaos, their governments bragged about the religious, ideological or royal advantages of unity, not diversity. 

Nor did more modern quagmires like Iraq, Lebanon, Syria, Rwanda or Yugoslavia boast that they were “diverse.” Instead, their strongman leaders naturally claimed that they shared an all-encompassing commonality.

When such coerced harmony failed, these nations suffered the even worse consequences of diversity, as tribes and sects turned murderously upon each other.

For some reason, contemporary America believes that it can reject its uniquely successful melting pot to embrace a historically dangerous and discredited salad-bowl separatism.

Is there any evidence from the past that institutionalizing sects and ethnic grievances would ensure a nation’s security, prosperity and freedom?

America’s melting pot is history’s sole exception of E pluribus unum inclusivity: a successful multiracial society bound by a common culture, language and values. But this is a historic aberration with a future that is now in doubt.

Some students attending California’s Claremont College openly demand roommates of the same race. Racially segregated “safe spaces” are fixtures on college campuses.

We speak casually of bloc voting on the basis of skin color — as if a lockstep Asian, Latino, black or white vote is a good thing.

We are reverting to the nihilism of the old Confederacy. The South’s “one-drop rule” has often been copied to assure employers or universities that one qualifies as a minority.

Some public figures have sought to play up or invent diversity advantages. Sometimes, as in the cases of Elizabeth Warren, Rachel Dolezal and Ward Churchill, the result is farce.

Given our racial fixations, we may soon have to undergo computer scans of our skin colors to rank competing claims of grievance.

How does one mete out the relative reparations for various atrocities of the past, such as slavery, the Holocaust, the American Indian wars, the Asian or Catholic exclusion laws, indentured servitude, or the mid-18th-century belief that the Irish were not quite human?

Sanctuary cities, in the manner of 1850s Richmond or Charleston invoking nullification, now openly declare themselves immune from federal law. Does that defiance ensure every city the right to ignore whatever federal laws it finds inconvenient, from the filing of 1040s to voting laws?

The diversity industry hinges on U.S. citizens still envisioning a shrinking white population as the “majority.” Yet “white” is now not always easily definable, given intermarriage and constructed identities.

In California, those who check “white” on Orwellian racial boxes are now a minority. Will white Californians soon nightmarishly declare themselves aggrieved minorities and thus demand affirmative action, encourage Viking-like names such as Ragnar or Odin, insert umlauts and diereses into their names to hype their European bona fides, seek segregated European-American dorms and set up “Caucasian Studies” programs at universities?

Women now graduate from college at a higher rate than men. Will there be a male effort to ensure affirmative action for college admissions and graduation rates?

If the white vote reaches 70 percent for a particular candidate, is that really such a good thing, as it was considered to be when President Obama was praised for capturing 95 percent of the black vote?

It is time to step back from the apartheid brink.

Even onetime diversity advocate Oprah Winfrey has had second thoughts about the lack of commonality in America. She recently vowed to quit using the word “diversity” and now prefers “inclusion.”

A Latino-American undergraduate who is a student of Shakespeare is not “culturally appropriating” anyone’s white-European legacy, but instead seeking transcendence of ideas and a common humanity.

Asian-Americans are not “overrepresented” at premier campuses. Their high-profile presence should be praised as a model, not punished as aberrant by number-crunching bureaucrats.

African-Americans who excel in physics and engineering are not “acting white” but finding the proper pathways for their natural talents.

Being one-half Southeast Asian or three-quarters white is not the touchstone to one’s essence and is irrelevant to one’s character and conduct.

No one is impinging on anyone’s culture when blacks dye their hair blond, or when blondes prefer to wear cornrow braids.

Campuses desperately need unity czars, not diversity czars.

Otherwise, we will end up as 50 separate and rival nations — just like other failed states in history whose diverse tribes and races destroyed themselves in a Hobbesian dog-eat-dog war with one another.

  • Victor Davis Hanson is a classicist and historian with the Hoover Institution at Stanford University.


Sherman County eNews #247


  1. John Day Lock and Dam 50th Anniversary Celebration, Thursday, Sept. 20

  2. Romanian Cultural Festival at Maryhill Museum, Sept. 22

  3. Dealing with Anger

  4. Help Write Oregon Laws

1. John Day Lock and Dam 50th Anniversary Celebration, Thursday, Sept. 20









Reception: 11 AM

Ceremony: Noon

Tours following the Ceremony






2. Romanian Cultural Festival at Maryhill Museum, Sept. 22

Saturday, September 22 | 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Help celebrate Maryhill’s deep Romanian ties! Enjoy performances by Seattle’s Datina Folk Ensemble, St. Mary’s Youth Group from Portland, and singer Romeo Cristea. Sample traditional Romanian fare and try hands-on art activities with a Romanian theme. Lectures and presentations on Queen Marie, Romanian identity, arts and architecture will also be part of the day. Museum admission is free of charge on September 22.  

3. Dealing with Anger

There seems to be a lot of anger in the world today, both focused and unfocused. Do you find yourself feeling out of sorts or angry a lot? What do you do when you get angry? Does it help you move forward or keep you stuck? Let’s spend a little time on the subject of anger.

Anger is a powerful emotion that reveals itself in many different ways. Some folks seem to go through life with a chip on their shoulder. They are quick to find things to be angry about, always fix the cause of their anger as somewhere outside themselves, and occasionally erupt into rage. Their friends and families often feel like they need to walk on eggshells around them. Tension seems to be a constant companion, which can certainly be debilitating to the immune system.

Other people seem to run on a pretty even keel most of the time, but when they get angry they explode and feel completely out of control. Still others bottle up their anger until it blows like Mt. Vesuvius, destroying all in its path.

Someone once described anger like jumping into a powerful sports car, gunning the motor, taking off at high speed, and then discovering that the brakes don’t work. However, it is possible to do some work on those brakes, and while you may want to get professional help, you can learn to be your own mechanic.

You can learn to accept yourself and others as they are, while at the same time, you focus on and move toward a new way of dealing with anger. You can learn to think constructively about what you’d like to have happen, rather than destructively about what you don’t want. And you can learn to channel the energy that now goes to fuel your anger into building an exciting future instead. You have the power to make the choice. It is within you.

It is a matter of deliberately making the decision to change the way you look at your world, and how you interact within it. Anger is an energy-waster, subtracting from life instead of adding to it. If you decide to use your enormous potential – and you DO have enormous potential – you can put the brakes on anger, shift gears, and take charge of your emotions and your life. ~The Pacific Institute

 4.Help Write Oregon Laws

Secretary of State Dennis Richardson, The State of Oregon


Oregon’s laws affect you, and they should be written with your input. This is an opportunity for you to participate in crowdsourced lawmaking.

As Oregon’s Secretary of State, I work for you. That is why I’m asking for your input as my team drafts law improvement ideas for the 2019 legislative session. We haven’t even discussed most of these concepts with legislators yet, so you are seeing this list first. 

My mission is to increase transparency, accountability, and integrity in the four focus areas I oversee: Elections, Audits, Corporations (business registration/assistance), and Archives (public records and administrative rules). Each of the concepts below is intended to improve one of these areas.

All of these concepts are works in progress, and there is still much more drafting to be done. As you consider them, please keep in mind that there are potentially some things we’ve overlooked, so please let us know of any issues you may notice. We may choose not to move forward on some of these concepts, but I believe they are all worthy of serious consideration.

Will you help us make these concepts better? Please send your thoughts or suggestions to my Governmental & Legal Affairs Director, Steve Elzinga, at by September 25. 

This is democracy in action. Embrace your inner policy wonk, and let’s dive into this together!

>> CONTINUE to read about these concepts:


Sherman County eNews #246


  1. Sherman County eNews Policies

  2. Sherman County School District Staff, Student, Community Recognition

  3. Notice. City of Wasco Council Vacancy

  4. Notice. Gilliam-Wheeler County Farm Service Agency Program Technician

  5. Fundraising Basics

  6. Pump Up Your Financial Fitness, Women in Ag Conference, Oct. 27

  7. A Trio for Effective Change

  8. Home Inventory Week: Tasks to Save Time, Money & Stress Following Disaster

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

1. Sherman County eNews Policies

NEWS RELEASES. Please submit event and information news, meeting notices and calendar dates by using the Submit News page. Include who, what, where, when, how & why with contact or source information. As appropriate, follow up with news of event results. Links are welcome. Text, please; no posters or flyers. Keep it relevant, no longer than 350 words.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR. We encourage letters to the Editor that focus on ideas and opinions about public issues and events rather than personalities or private matters. We reserve the right to change policies at any time and to reject or edit any Letter to the Editor.

  • Keep it short, no longer than 350 words.
  • Keep it simple with one or two clear points. No attachments.
  • Keep it fresh with no more than one letter per writer per month.
  • Keep it civilized, in good taste and free from libel.
  • Keep it relevant; focus on a local event, previous letter or issues of general concern – not personalities.
  • Letters must be signed, name and town. Anonymous letters will not be posted.
  • Please submit Letters to the Editor by using the Submit News page.

2. Sherman County School District Staff, Student, Community Recognition

~Sherman County School District, September 10, 2018

We are extremely fortunate to have gracious staff and community members who support our school and students. While it is possible that we may periodically miss an opportunity to thank someone, we sincerely appreciate the commitment of all of our supporters.

We would like to recognize the following people for their devotion to our schools, students, staff and community.

  • The entire school district staff for an amazing start to the 2018-19 school year.
  • Bank of Eastern Oregon for donating school supplies and backpacks.
  • Mike Somnis for his leadership and work preparing for the 2018-19 school year.
  • Mike Somnis and Karissa Gorham for their work making the Fall Sports Parent Orientation Night successful and informative.
  • Mid-Columbia Bus Company, PTO, and the Booster Club for hosting an information booth at our Back to School Night.
  • Thank you to all of our fall coaches, volunteers and supporters for their outstanding work with our students.
  • Mid-Columbia Medical Center for providing a certified trainer for our athletic program. We appreciate Joe Lanzetti and his work with our student athletes.
  • Thank you to Jeremy Lanthorn for his continued commitment to photograph Sherman athletes for the sports programs and taking our staff photo.
  • Mid-Columbia Bus Company manager, Kelsey Kopczynski, for the excellent communication regarding transportation services.
  • Darcy Henry and Sabrina Norris for their work preparing the meals for our District In-Service and Back to School Night.
  • Carrie Somnis and all of the student volunteers for helping at Back to School Night.
  • Sherman students for their outstanding efforts at the County Fair.
  • Sherman County Fair Board for another great County Fair in support of Sherman students.
  • Sherman Elementary PTO for the welcome back to school treats.
  • Claire Ranit from The Gorge Resiliency Network and Ariana Bradley for conducting our Trauma Informed Practices Workshop.
  • Lions Club for taking tickets at sporting events.
  • Sergeant Burgett and Trenton Mason for conducting the Stop the Bleed course.
  • Congratulations to Sherman County on the dedication of the renovated courthouse. The ceremony was outstanding and a momentous occasion for the citizens of our County.

We truly appreciate the amazing support we receive from so many thoughtful people. Thank you to everyone in our great community and school district for your continued support! When you have time please visit our Sherman County School District Web Page for the monthly appreciation comments.


3. Notice. City of Wasco Council Vacancy

Effective 9-18-18 The City of Wasco is looking to fill a City Council Vacancy.

Position will be the remainder of the Councilors term which has 27 months remaining, the Term ends on 12-31-2020.

Interested parties will need to send or bring a letter of Interest to City Hall, all applicants letters will be read by remaining Council Members at the October 16th Council Meeting. After deliberation, they will choose the Council seats replacement.

1. Have residency within the City for a continuous period of 12 months immediately preceding election or appointment.
2. Be registered to vote within the City for 12 continuous months immediately preceding election or appointment
3. Continue residency within the City during any term of office
4. Not be an employee of the City unless:
A. The employee’s position is substantially volunteer in nature, or
B. The employee’s position is temporary, to serve at the will of Council, or
C. The employee’s position is to fill an interim vacancy

Letters will be accepted: In person, by fax, email or mail. Interest Letters will need to be received by October 16th at 5:00p.m. to qualify.

If you have any questions please contact Ali Roark
Phone: 541-442-5515
Fax: 541-442-5001
City Hall Hours: 8:30a.m. To 5:00p.m. Monday – Thursday.

4. Notice. Gilliam-Wheeler County Farm Service Agency Program Technician


The Gilliam-Wheeler County Farm Service Agency (FSA) is accepting applications for a permanent Program Technician in Condon, Oregon. Applications will be accepted beginning September 19, 2018 and closing October 3, 2018. Salary range of $26,587 – $53,773 per year based on qualifications and experience. A copy of the vacancy announcement and application may be obtained on line by visiting: . For more information please contact the FSA Office at 541-384-4251 ext 2.  The Federal Service offers a comprehensive benefits package.  Explore the benefits offered to most Federal employees at:

5. Fundraising Basics


  1. Were you recruited to the fundraising committee of your board?
  2. Were you recruited to the board without being told fundraising was your responsibility?
  3. Did you recently add fundraising tasks to your other work?
  4. Do you have a great idea to improve your community but need money to do it?
  5. Do you find that you know less about fundraising than you wish?

Here are the three most important things to know about fundraising right up front:

  1. People give when they are asked, and rarely give when they are not. Even when people are asked, they don’t always give. So, you need to ask for more gifts than the number you need to bring in, and you need to be comfortable with people saying “No.”
  2. Donors are not ATMs. You need to thank them and keep them posted on what your organization is doing with their money if you want them to give more than once.
  3. You can’t raise all the money your group needs by yourself. Spend some time building a team of people to help you.

If you don’t have time to thank donors, you don’t have time to have donors.

6. Pump Up Your Financial Fitness, Women in Ag Conference, Oct. 27

“Pump Up Your Financial Fitness” is the theme for the seventh annual Women in Agriculture Conference, to be held Saturday October 27, 2018.  This conference is designed for all women farmers and anyone who works with women farmers.  If you have been farming for years, are a new and aspiring farmer, a banker, lender or anyone in the agricultural industry, this conference is for you!

Join us for this one-day conference that will be engaging, interactive, full of inspiration, learning and networking with other women farmers.  The conference is held simultaneously in 34 locations throughout Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington. Locally, the closest location is in The Dalles.  Registration is now open, visit  Cost is $30 for “early bird” registration by October 14; $35 after October 15.  Discounts are available for ag students, farm interns and 4-H and FFA members.

For more information, to find event locations or to register, visit or contact us at WSU Extension.

7. A Trio for Effective Change

Are you planning to make a change in yourself? Today, let’s take a look at some vital tips on how to go about getting the best results.

Maybe you want to lose weight, get into good physical shape, or quit smoking. Maybe you’d like to learn to do something new, or do something you already do a little bit better. Maybe you want to work on your anger, like we talked about yesterday. Whatever it is you want to do, there are three things we now know about self-directed change that can help you.

First, set goals that aren’t too big, too difficult, or too distant. Your long-term goal may be to lose 50 pounds by next summer, but a better goal might be to lose somewhere between 5 and 10 this month (remember to be specific about the number). Next, carefully monitor yourself so you always know how you’re doing. Record your weight daily. Keep track of everything you eat and what you do to burn calories. Remember, “What gets measured, gets done.”

By the way, don’t waste energy beating yourself up when you slip or fail. It turns out the kind of feedback that works the best is the kind that emphasizes what you are doing right, not how you blew it. And we do seem to learn more, and sustain the learning, from our mistakes. Keep your focus on the goal, that picture of exactly what you want to achieve.

Finally, reward yourself for reaching minor goals and give yourself meaningful incentives to keep going. Short-term goals, careful monitoring, and rewards and incentives are three things that help you to change.

One more thought and it may be the most important of all: believe in your ability to achieve your goal. If you don’t believe you can lose five pounds in 30 days, you won’t put much energy into trying. And the chances of falling back onto old habits are pretty strong. So go ahead, and start now. Get after those changes you want! ~The Pacific Institute

8. Home Inventory Week: Tasks to Save Time, Money & Stress Following Disaster

(Salem) – More than 500,000 acres have been burned, and approximately 4,000 Oregonians have been warned to evacuate their homes this wildfire season. Over 300 earthquakes have also shaken the state this year, including a 6.2 magnitude quake just off the coast in August. These alarming facts mean it is critical for Oregonians to get prepared for both natural and human-caused disasters.

National Preparedness Month has arrived, and Sept. 16-22 is Home Inventory Week. This week is designated to an often overlooked part of disaster preparation, protecting your personal property.

To recognize this week, the Oregon Division of Financial Regulation encourages Oregonians to do two simple tasks that will save time, money, and stress when disaster strikes:

  1. Build a home inventory – Take video or photos of each room in your home, paying close attention to walls, drawers, closets, and storage areas. Recalling your personal property is a daunting task following a disaster. A home inventory eases the post-disaster stress, and enables your insurance company to move forward with processing your claim.
  2. Review your insurance coverage – Take time to discuss your policies with your insurance company or agent. Make sure you have the right coverage and know what to expect when you file a claim for disasters such as fire, earthquake, flood, tornado, theft, and ice storms.

“These simple projects are easy to do, and should be an essential part of every Oregonian’s disaster prep,” said Insurance Commissioner Andrew Stolfi. “Home Inventory Week is an ideal time to add these money-saving, stress-reducing tasks to your to-do list.”

Oregonians are encouraged to visit for videos, apps, and resources to help complete these simple tasks. The site also provides social media tools to help residents share their experience and encourage their families, friends, and neighbors to get prepared as well.

The division is joined in this effort by the League of Oregon Cities, Oregon Sheriffs Association, Oregon Office of Emergency Management, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.                                                                                                          ###

About DCBS: The Department of Consumer and Business Services is Oregon’s largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. For more information, visit

About Oregon DFR: The Division of Financial Regulation is part of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, Oregon’s largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. Visit and

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

glassesU.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Columbia River Dams

Sword & Plow, America Made, Veteran Owned, Veterans’ Benefit

1.7 million chickens drown in NC rivers swollen by Hurricane Florence

Opinion: Give these companies credit for helping Hurricane Florence victims

Umatilla Sheriff Explains Support of Sanctuary State Repeal


Sherman County eNews #245


  1. Sherman County Cultural Coalition 2018 Fall Grant Cycle

  2. National Emergency Alert Test Postponed to October 3

  3. Editorial. Who, What, Where, Why, When & How?

  4. Free Training for Youth Robotics Coaches on Sept 22

  5. Letter to the Editor: Letter of Support

  6. Shared State and County Services Serve the Same Oregonians

  7. Organization Performance & Learning Styles

1. Sherman County Cultural Coalition 2018 Fall Grant Cycle

The Sherman County Cultural Coalition is now accepting applications for the 2018 Fall Grant Cycle. Applicants may be individuals and/or groups and need not be legally recognized non-profits.

Application Deadline: September 28, 2018

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

2. National Emergency Alert Test Postponed to October 3

Salem, OR. – Sept. 17, 2018 – The nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) has been postponed until October 3 due to ongoing response efforts to Hurricane Florence. The test will be conducted by FEMA, in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

In Oregon, the WEA portion of the test commences at 11:18 a.m. Pacific Time, and the EAS portion follows at 11:20 a.m. Pacific Time. The test will assess the operational readiness of the infrastructure for distribution of a national message and determine whether improvements are needed.

The test was originally scheduled to take place this Thursday, September 20, although FEMA held October 3 as a back-up date. According to FEMA, a backup date was planned in case of widespread severe weather or other significant events on the primary test date. For further information on the test, go to

3. Editorial. Who, What, Where, Why, When & How?

pencil.sharpShared information inspires community connections and encourages participation and citizenship. Collectively, we have interesting news worthy of sharing… things to do, to celebrate, to think about.

Let’s share our news in print and radio!

We’re mindful that some folks in our audience do not use internet, social media or smart phones, and some subscribe to newspapers or listen to radio. Some who do not live here follow local news and have significant investments in our economy and communities.

A news release is an official, formal announcement, something new and significant about you, an organization or an event. A headline, opening sentence, the story and why it matters, summed up with contact information.

  • Draft a catchy headline.
  • Write the who, what, why, when, where and how in 350 words or less for the print press and/or for an official website.
  • Draft a shorter version to be read by a radio station… maybe 16 lines that may also work for social media.
  • Review it. Read it aloud. Ask someone to proofread it.

You will find helpful hints right here:

To make it simple, maintain an e-mail distribution list for print news releases and radio news releases, for example:

4. Free Training for Youth Robotics Coaches on Sept 22

A free one-day training is planned for September 22 to help parents and volunteers serve as FIRST LEGO League (FLL) coaches. Parents who have students interested in robotics are encouraged to consider coaching a team. FLL is for students ages nine to fourteen and is a great way to introduce students to robotics. Teams of three to ten students begin meeting as school starts to prepare for one of the Gorge Qualifying Tournaments, held December 8, 9 and 15. Parent coaches do not need to understand robots or programming; their main duty is helping the students focus and navigating the competition challenges.

On September 22, the Gorge Tech Alliance (GTA) brings Oregon Robotics Tournament and Outreach Program (ORTOP) to Hood River for a workshop that covers an introduction to FIRST LEGO League, coaching and mentoring techniques, basic programming and mechanical design techniques to help with robot building. The training is from 8:30am to 4:30pm on Saturday, September 22 at the Hood River County Extension, 2990 Experiment Station Dr., Hood River. The required registration links for this free training can be found at

Additionally, the Gorge Tech Alliance has free robots and laptops for loan to support teams and can also point teams towards scholarships. The GTA’s loaner equipment and support of robotics events is made possible by our regional tech businesses including Google, Insitu and others. The GTA is a non-profit industry association that seeks to support, connect and develop the technology community of the Gorge. Learn more at

5. Letter to the Editor: Letter of Support

Let me begin by saying first of all I personally like our present Court officials. I believe they are doing a good job. Although now with Judge Thompson retiring and his position open, we have candidates Mike Smith and Joe Dabulskis seeking to fill his position. The dilemma I see it is if Joe is elected we have to fill his vacancy with an appointment. That would mean we would have one member with little experience and one with no experience on a three member Court, leading our County.

I recommend that we elect Mike Smith as County Judge. He has the ability, ambition, integrity and the most experience to lead our county in the right direction. Mike Smith has 8 years of Court experience and is presently involved in numerous committees and projects to help Sherman County.

Let us retain Joe as County Commissioner along with Tom McCoy and allow him to keep learning the duties and responsibilities of county government. This will give us a Court we deserve.

We as citizens of Sherman County should look at the important office the County Judge holds and what that office consists off. We should look at the office as if we were hiring a CEO to run the County and hire the most qualified person to lead the County and make the right decisions.

The County Judge is the highest paid official in the County. I am sure when you see Mike Smith’s qualifications you find that he would win hands down.

Also, let us decide who to vote for on facts and truth and not mean spirited gossip. Sherman County is better than that.


Gerald Lohrey

Retired Sherman County Sheriff

6. Shared State and County Services Serve the Same Oregonians

~Association of Oregon Counties

The State:

—general administrator

—state property manager

—state courts, patrol, prison

—child protection

—mental health hospital



—state parks.

Services Shared by County and State:


—assessment and taxation



—county jails [Northern Oregon Regional Corrections Facility]

—community corrections

—court security

—district attorney

—9-1-1 [Frontier Regional 911 Agency]

—juvenile services

—aging services

—alcohol/drug programs

—children and families

—developmental disabilities

—mental health services [Tri-County Mental Health / Center for Living]

—veterans’ services [Tri-County Veterans Services]

—public health [North Central Public Health District]

—environmental health


—economic/community development [Mid-Columbia Economic Development]


—roads [Oregon Department of Transportation; Sherman Count Road Dept.]

—housing [Mid-Columbia Housing Authority]

—Oregon Plan

—public forests

—federal land policy

—telecommunications [Frontier TeleNet, Sherman, Gilliam & Wheeler]

—county fair [Sherman County Fair]


Counties [elected officials, employees]:


—property management


—county law library

—sheriff patrol

—medical examiner

—animal control

—solid waste


—capital projects

—county forests, parks


7. Organization Performance & Learning Styles

When you are learning something new, what helps you learn more easily and what interferes with the process? Today, let’s talk about learning styles.

There are different styles of almost everything you can do or buy, from playing a guitar to picking out a new car. But, did you know that there are also different styles of learning? We have learned that some folks are visual learners; they literally need to see relationships with their eyes before they can understand. Other people learn best when they can hear new ideas.

Some people like to think a problem through before they try to solve it, while others feel more comfortable with a trial and error approach. Some people like to see an overview of how what they’re doing fits into the big picture before it makes sense. Others feel just fine working on one isolated area of a larger project, as long as they understand how their particular part works. It all comes back to how each individual brain has been “wired,” resulting in specific neural pathways for specific “tasks.”

What we need to understand is that there is no one best way to learn or to teach. The best teachers and coaches adjust their styles to suit individual learners, and the best learners learn to make their needs known, or they set up circumstances that facilitate their own unique style. Remember, your employees may not have the same learning style that you do, just as in a family, two children (even twins) may learn equally well but by very different methods.

In the same way, people managers in organizations need to first, understand the different styles of human learning (because learning does not stop in childhood), and then second, observe your people in order to understand their favored learning styles. For the best results, honor these differences. That diversity of learning styles and ways of looking at things brings a depth, richness and energy to organizational performance. ~The Pacific Institute


Sherman County eNews #244


  1. Public Notice: Sherman County Public/School Library Board Meeting, Sept. 18

  2. Public Notice: Biggs Service District Board Meeting, Sept. 19

  3. Editorial. Our Newspaper of Record

  4. Relevance: School to Work

  5. Cemetery Monument Cleaning Workshop, Sept. 22

  6. ODOT Region 4 Weekly Construction Update

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

Constitution Day! 

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1. Public Notice: Sherman County Public/School Library Board Meeting, Sept. 18

The Sherman County Public/School Library will be holding a Board Meeting on Tuesday, September 18 at 6:00 pm in the Library program room.

2. Public Notice: Biggs Service District Board Meeting, Sept. 19

Biggs Service District will hold a meeting at 8:30 on Wednesday, September 19.

3. Editorial. Our Newspaper of Record

A newspaper of record is a newspaper selected by public bodies for their publication of required public legal notices. Public bodies include the state, regional councils, counties, cities, districts or municipal or public corporation, or any board, department, commission, council, bureau, committee or subcommittee or advisory group.

See Oregon Revised Statutes 192.610, 192.620, 192.630 and 192.640: 

The Times-Journal, serving Gilliam, Sherman and Wheeler counties, is Sherman County government’s newspaper of record, a publication with high standards of journalism that provides information which is vital, important, and interesting.

Clearly, this requires the participation of our government bodies, including submitting legal notices and related information that will inform the citizens and preserve our county’s history for posterity. 

Sherman County eNews is not a newspaper of record.

Send legal notices and news releases to

Subscribe to The Times-Journal, P.O. Box 746, Condon, OR 97823 | Ph. 541-384-2421 | FAX Fax 541-384-2411 $35/year.

4. Relevance: School to Work

Contrary to what you may think, having high-powered technical skills or an advanced and specialized education are not all it takes to land a good job in today’s job market. Recent articles show what employers look for in a new-hire.

At the top of the list are people who can communicate effectively, think critically and logically, and who continue to learn throughout their lives. Also high on the list are people who can demonstrate positive attitudes and behaviors, responsibility and adaptability. And, finally, employers want people who can work well with others and be productive members of a team.

If you currently are a student, every time you solve a math problem, write an essay, learn to use new software, or work on a group project, you are developing skills and attitudes that will help you land a good job someday. That’s one reason why high school dropouts have such a bleak employment picture. They don’t believe what they are learning in school has any relevance to their future needs. This is one belief that holds them back.

Teachers who are dedicated to their students’ learning make the extra effort to draw parallels from the subject they are teaching to the ultimate uses in everyday life – especially in today’s job market. Yes, sometimes it’s difficult to figure out why you are reading Shakespeare, until you realize that in his plays, he is opening a window of understanding into human behaviors and the motivations behind human actions. In your future workplaces, you will see these characters played out before your very eyes.

With this new school year, if you’re thinking of dropping out, please think again. Give yourself the opportunity to explore the possibilities of your future. The persistence and resiliency that you develop by staying in school, and seeing it through, will serve you well every day of your life. The schoolwork that seems dumb to you now is really developing skills for later, and by sticking with it, you are preparing yourself to successfully ride the winds of change that blow every day. ~The Pacific Institute

5. Cemetery Monument Cleaning Workshop, Sept. 22

Are you curious about the proper method to clean the lichen and environmental pollution that has built up over time on your favorite great aunt’s marker?  Here’s the workshop for you!

Clackamas Pioneer Cemetery is having Jeff Hilts, of Jeff Hilts Marker Service, lead a Monument Cleaning Workshop this Saturday September 22nd from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.   Please join us as we learn the proper way to clean a monument.  We will be using D/2 Biological Cleaner which is used by both Arlington National Cemetery and the White House.  Bring a stool, knee pads and drinking water or other beverage of your choice.

Clackamas Pioneer Cemetery is located on SE Amber Road in Clackamas, Oregon.  The workshop is made possible thanks to a grant from the Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries.  Contact Becky Sands at with any questions.

6. ODOT Region 4 Weekly Construction Update, Selected Counties

ODOT Region 4 Weekly Construction Update

Week of September 17, 2018 ~ selected counties…

The Oregon Department of Transportation is committed to providing a safe, efficient transportation system. ODOT invests in Oregon’s future through roadway improvement projects. The following projects are located in ODOT’s Region 4 encompassing Central Oregon from The Dalles to Klamath Falls on the east side of the Cascades.

All work is dependent on weather conditions and schedules are subject to change.

Where traffic is routed through or around a work zone, pedestrians, including those with disabilities, will also be provided alternate routes through the work zone.

Deschutes County

US 97: Sunriver Interchange to OR 31 (La Pine) – Roy Houck Construction will be installing light poles and landscaping on US 97 in La Pine. There will be shoulder closures and slow traffic. The Contractor will also be grinding and paving at night on US97 between Sunriver and La Pine, and possibly in La Pine, with one-way traffic with flaggers and pilot cars between 6 pm and 7 am, with traffic delays of up to 20 minutes.

US 20: Jack Lake Road to Pine Street (Sisters) – Oregon Mainline Paving will continue installing minor safety features and performing corrective work. There may be shoulder work during the day. No traffic impacts are are anticipated.

Jefferson County

US 97: US 26 Jct. to NW 10th Street (Madras – Terrebonne) – Knife River is complete except for corrective work. There may be passing lanes closed at the Crooked River Bridge, as well as shoulder work during the day.

US 97: Spanish Hollow Creek & Trout Creek Bridges – Stellar J Corporation is performing bridge replacement work. Traffic is reduced to a single lane through the work zone and is controlled by temporary signals, minor delays anticipated. Occasional flagger controlled one-way traffic may be required.

Sherman County

US 97: Spanish Hollow Creek & Trout Creek Bridges

  • US 97 at MP 0.4 – Stellar J Corporation is completing bridge removal, pile driving, and the first stage of bridge construction. One way traffic will be controlled continuously by a temporary signal. Occasional flagger controlled one-way traffic may be required.
  • US 97 at MP 3.1 and 3.2 – Stellar J Corporation is completing seismic retrofit substructure work. Occasional flagger controlled one-way traffic may be required.Expect minimal Delays.

US 97: Shaniko to Trout Creek – High Desert Aggregate and Paving will not be on site this week. Expect no delays.


Region 4 Curve Warning Signs – Baker Rock Resources will be installing signs on the Shaniko to Fossil Highways (OR 218). Traffic can expect one-way traffic with flaggers and delays of up to 20 minutes.


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

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