Sherman County eNews #139


  1. Memorial Day Bingo & Ice Cream Sundaes to Benefit Sherman County Food Bank

  2. Sherman County 4-H Club News Reports: Cooking & Beef

  3. Free Fishing Event for Kids, Spearfish Park near Dallesport, June 9

  4. EDITORIAL. Why Posterity Matters. WhyThe Times-Journal Matters

  5. Oregon’s Bounty: Use a Smartphone to Find Farm Stands, U-Pick Fields, Farm Events

  6. Congressman Walden: Support for the 2018 Farm Bill

  7. From the Desk of Sen. Bill Hansell: The Governor’s Special Session

“I know no safe depository of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them, but to inform their discretion by education. This is the true corrective of abuses of constitutional power.” —Thomas Jefferson (1820)

1. Memorial Day Bingo & Ice Cream Sundaes to Benefit Sherman County Food Bank



Come Join the Fun!

Bingo:  $1 per card 

Sundaes:  $1 (kids under 6),  $3 (over 6 – adult)

Memorial Day, Monday, May 28

St. Mary Parish Hall (next door to the Wasco Event Center)


Hosted by the Catholic Community of Sherman County.

All proceeds to benefit the Sherman County Food Bank.

2. Sherman County 4-H Club News Reports: Cooking & Beef

The Tiny Teaspoons 4-H cooking club met on May 19th at 4:00pm at Liz’s house. Attending were Addie, Zach, Savannah, Tierra, Madison and Claire. Excused absences were Pyeper. Pledge of Allegiance was led by Madison and the 4-H Pledge led by Addie. During the meeting we made Dutch Baby’s, Ebelskivers and banana sour cream pancakes with berries. Our leader explained where the recipes were from and showed us on a map where the Netherlands was located. She also told us what pans we will be using. We learned how to separate eggs into yoke and whites. How to fold in whipped egg whites into a batter and also how using fruit helps reduce the amount of sugar in recipes without losing the great taste.  We all got to flip our own pancakes and Ebelskivers. Thank you to Cindie Brown and the Blaggs for letting us borrow their Ebelskiver pans. We all had a great time making these three fun recipes. Our next meeting will be French Baking Day on June 30th. Meeting was adjourned at 6:00pm. Signed Savannah and Addie news reporters.

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The Sherman County Beef Club held a meeting on 5-16-18 at 6 pm.  The meeting was held in the Sherman Beef barn.  The meeting was called to order by Patrick.  The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Natalie and the 4-H pledge was led by Allie.  The minutes were read by Courtney.  They were approved by Allie and seconded By Natalie.  In this meeting we talked about how much we need to work with our steers and that we need to have a salt block and bloat block in with our steers at all times.  We also talked about how to fit and show our steers.  The next meeting will be around the middle of June.  The meeting was adjourned at 6:20 the motion was moved by Allie and seconded by Courtney.  Submitted by Courtney R. Coelsch, News Reporter

~Cindy Brown, Educator

Oregon State University, OSU Extension Service – Sherman County

College of Public Health & Human Sciences, 4-H Youth Development & SNAP-Ed

P: 541-565-3230 | C: 541-993-5291

3. Free Fishing Event for Kids, Spearfish Park near Dallesport, June 9

fishing.linePORTLAND, OR – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers invites the public to a free kid’s fishing event at Spearfish Park, near Dallesport, Washington, on June 9 from 9 a.m. to noon.

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Contact the Portland District Public Affairs office: Lauren Bennett – (503) 808-4510 –

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers – Portland District – (503) 808-4510 Mailing address: P.O. Box 2946, Portland, OR 97208-2946

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4. EDITORIAL. Why Posterity Matters. Why The Times-Journal Matters

pencil.sharpA box ad in The Times-Journal this week caught our attention! “Posterity matters! That’s why The Times-Journal has been published every week for the past 132 years. You can participate in this grand tradition by subscribing. Call us – 541-384-2421.”

Publishers Mac and Jan Stinchfield make it clear that they value our history and our present as The Times-Journal [T-J] serves Gilliam, Wheeler and Sherman counties.

Indeed, posterity matters. Our local history, on record in the newspaper, matters for future generations.

We support and applaud The Times-Journal commitment the local news and conversations taking place in the communities in our three counties.

For our posterity, our local history forms a foundation upon which to form ideas and perspective about the present, and helps us achieve skills in critical and analytical thinking that accounts for different perspectives.

Our local history gives us insight into specific current issues, with examples of how our previous generations dealt with political, economic and social crises and change.

We believe that it is in Sherman County’s collective short- and long-term best interest for its people to support the T-J by subscribing and by contributing local news.

We believe it is our civic duty to be well-informed about a wide-range of local issues and events of mutual interest and concern.

We believe it is our civic duty to support the small businesses in our tri-county neighborhood, including the local newspapers.

These beliefs lead us to suggest that Sherman County information now published in local newsletters might, instead, be published in the T-J. Win-Win. Sherman County would support the T-J and avoid tax-payer funded newsletters that compete with private enterprise.

Weekly we anticipate The Times-Journal for its ideas, inspiration, ads and news of inter-related families and businesses. Print news is one media we can all read. Published every Thursday, subscription rates are $35/year in Gilliam, Wheeler and Sherman counties; $45/year elsewhere in the U.S. It’s available online. Contact The Times-Journal, P.O. Box 746, Condon, OR 97823-0746.

5. Oregon’s Bounty: Use a Smartphone to Find Farm Stands, U-Pick Fields, On-Farm Events

Use a smartphone to easily find farm stands, u-pick fields, on-farm events with Oregon’s Bounty at

Strawberries, asparagus, squash, and salad greens — not to mention bedding plants, flowering baskets, and fresh-cut flowers — are just a few favorites of spring’s agricultural bounty in Oregon. But if you want to venture out into the country, where can you buy directly from the source?

“Everyone knows where their local farmers market is. But what about roadside farm stands, u-pick fields, and on-farm events out in rural areas? That’s where Oregon’s Bounty comes in,” said Anne Marie Moss, OFB Communications Director.

Oregon’s Bounty at is a searchable directory of nearly 300 family farms and ranches that sell food and foliage directly to the public.

Oregon’s Bounty allows visitors to do keyword searches for specific agriculture products — such as berries, cauliflower, honey, or eggs — and/or search for farms within a specific region of the state. Visitors can also do a keyword search for “u-pick” or “events” to find farms that offer those activities.

“Oregonians love farm-fresh food. Thanks to the diversity of agriculture in this great state, we can buy an enormous variety of seasonal fruits, vegetables, flowers, foliage, meat, and nuts directly from the families who grew it,” said Moss. “Each of the farms listed in Oregon’s Bounty are owned and operated by Farm Bureau members who are proud to share what they’ve raised with the public,” said Moss. “Spring is a great time to take a trip into the beautiful countryside and experience Oregon agriculture firsthand.”

6. Congressman Walden: Support for the 2018 Farm Bill

American flag2Across rural Oregon, farms and ranches play an important role in our local economies. Unfortunately, poor commodity prices, drought and other challenges have taken a toll. In fact, nationally over the last five years there has been a 52 percent decline in America’s farm economy. As much as ever before, the farm bill programs provide an important safety net to get farmers through tough times. That’s why last week I supported the 2018 Farm Bill.  

A key piece of this safety net is robust crop insurance. In meetings with wheat growers and others across our district I heard one thing loud and clear – crop insurance is a vital risk management tool for farmers, and it works well. The House Farm Bill protects crop insurance. This legislation also extends and strengthens the Agriculture Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage programs that add an extra layer to the safety net. 

With over 220 crops raised in Oregon, research is an important piece to the continued success of agriculture in our state. This legislation extends important programs like the Specialty Crop Block Grants and Specialty Crop Research Initiative, which help fund research into pests and diseases, such as zebra chip in potatoes and iris yellow spot virus in onions. Further, this bill streamlines land grant and other research funding programs to ensure that researchers are maximizing the time spent on research, not paperwork. 

When droughts and wildfires strike, destroying pastures and rangeland, this bill ensures that our livestock producers continue to have access to important disaster relief programs. In recent years, ranchers have used the Livestock Forage Program, the Livestock Indemnity Program and the Emergency Assistance for Livestock Program, often referred to as ELAP, to help blunt the costs of feed and lost livestock. 

Finally, trade continues to be very important to the viability of Oregon agriculture. With over 80 percent of our wheat going abroad, along with numerous other crops and livestock, maintaining our markets and developing new ones is crucial. This legislation continues funding for market access and market development programs that help make that happen. 

The current farm bill, and these important programs, expires at the end of September. Congress needs to redouble our efforts to get it passed in the House and the Senate before then.

To stay up to date on these efforts, I encourage you to sign up for my eNewsletters by going to mwebsite here:

Greg Walden
U.S. Representative
Oregon’s Second District

7. From the Desk of Sen. Bill Hansell: The Governor’s Special Session

Oregon.Flat.poleWe just concluded the May Legislative Days, which included an Emergency Legislative Session called by Governor Brown.  I was asked by the La Grande Observer to write a column for their newspaper, which I did.  In it I explained my understanding of the Special Session, which many have called political theater.  The article has been published in the Observer and you can read a copy here: Look toward legislation: Legislators become actors in Governor’s special session play.

I was pleased to take a couple of groups of students from the District on the floor of the Senate this past week.  We heard that fourth graders from Union Elementary might be in the Capitol, and sure enough we found them on a tour.  I might have hijacked the tour when I offered to take them on the Senate floor.  The students were very attentive, and it was a special time.  For the past few years I wanted to give students a memento when they visit the Capitol.  I had some 6 inch rulers made and this was the first class I was able to give them to. 

When I went back to my motel room that evening, I was told there was a baseball team from NE Oregon staying there.  I figured that had to be from my part of the state, and it was.  The coaches were sitting at a table, and I introduced myself.  They were the Wallowa Valley Baseball team in Salem for the State playoffs.  I offered to do a tour for the team the next day, and they had time to do it.  One of the members was Daniel Delancey, whom some might remember from my Facebook post a month or so back.  I had contracted with him to make me an Oregon Duck plaque.  Daniel was able to see it when the team visited my office.  In addition they won their game that night, and are advancing through the bracket.

Finally, a special treat for me happened in the Workforce Committee hearing.  My son Bill, who is the Youth Development Policy Analyst for the Oregon Youth Development Council, testified before the Senate Workforce Committee, on which I serve as a member.  It was a real treat seeing him testify before my committee and, as it was also his birthday he said that “if it were not for Senator Hansell, I would not be testifying today.”  This caused smiles and laughter to fill the Workforce Committee room.  

Thank you for the opportunity to serve and represent you in the Oregon Senate.  


Bill Hansell



Sherman County eNews #138






2. CLASSIFIEDS (new or corrected)


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THANK YOU!  The Wasco School Events Center wants to send a BIG thank you to Jessica Richelderfer Wheeler and Kari Pinkerton Silcox for the amazing job they did with the Sherman County Photo Book. Through their efforts and the support of our community, they were able to donate $979 to the WSEC for the continued update of the Leland Schwendel Auditorium. ~Gail Macnab, Wasco School Events Center Board of Directors

THANK YOU to all the teachers and school groups that visited the Sherman County Historical Museum in the month of May. I am happy to have shared our Sherman County history with 145 students from 3 different counties in Oregon these past few weeks! The best part is we have a few more groups to still visit us! Also, special thank you to Joe Dabulskis for giving a special presentation for a group of students on outdoor skills while visiting Sherman County on their way to their outdoor school event. Thank you to everyone for taking a walk on the rural side here at the Sherman County Historical Museum! ~Patti Fields, Director

A SECOND CHANCE THANK YOU! A thank you for prayers and support. ~Karen Timblin

THANK YOU to Joyce Stone and daughter Megan. They prepared, decorated and hosted a fun Mother’s Day tea at the Moro Presbyterian Church in Moro on Saturday, May 12. Everything was so beautiful and decorated. Lots of giggles and laughter thru the games and 2 comedy skits. Thank you Joyce and Megan! ~Carol MacKenzie

 THANK YOU to the candidates who were inspired to run for office. Your interest in public service for the common good is appreciated. ~The Editor

Appreciation can make a day – even change a life.

Your willingness to put it into words

is all that is necessary.

~ Margaret Cousins


(anniversaries, achievements, awards, births, birthdays, graduations, weddings, etc.)


BINGO & ICE CREAM SUNDAES for SHERMAN COUNTY FOOD BANK! Come Join the Fun! Bingo:  $1 per card.  Sundaes:  $1 (kids under 6),  $3 (over 6 – adult). Memorial Day, Monday, May 28 at St. Mary Parish Hall (next door to the Wasco School Events Center) 1-3 p.m.  Hosted by the Catholic Community of Sherman County. All proceeds to benefit the Sherman County Food Bank.



 City of Rufus Public Works Operator Assistant. The City of Rufus is seeking an assistant to the Public Works Operator. Seasonal – Temporary – Part Time Position – flexible hours at $12.00/hr. (no benefits). Job Description: Includes but not limited to performing a variety of tasks involved in the Public Works Department: Such as servicing water meters, water and sewer lines, streets, equipment operations and maintenance, and intermittent operation of the water and sewer treatment facilities.  Landscaping including mowing, weeding, trimming, and irrigation.  Being able to perform other related work as required for the City’s day to day operations. Desired Applicant: Must be 18 years of age and possess a valid Oregon driver’s license.  Must have a high school diploma or GED equivalent.  Must possess the ability to accurately record and maintain records; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationship with employees, supervisors, other departments, officials and the public; ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing.  Mechanical aptitude is a plus. Physical Demands: The applicant must have the ability to lift 50 lbs, and work in extreme weather conditions. The City would be willing to train the right applicant with fewer qualifications for this position. To apply: Contact Rufus City Hall at 541-739-2321 for an application. The City of Rufus is a an equal opportunity provider and employer and a drug free workplace

HUMAN RESOURCES DIRECTOR, DRIVER, LABORER, HARVEST HELP. Mid Columbia Producers is now hiring for multiple positions.

  • Full Time Human Resources Director – Moro, Oregon   6/8
  • Full Time Receptionist – Bend, Oregon 6/8
  • Full Time Grain Operations Laborer – Sherman/Gilliam County 
  • Full Time Petroleum Delivery Driver- Moro, Oregon 
  • Full Time Grain Elevator Operation Harvest Help – Various Locations
  • Part Time Grain Elevator Operation Harvest Help – Various Locations

For complete job descriptions please visit Applications are available for download at or be picked up at the main office in Moro. The receptionist and HR Director positions will be closing on June 9th but the rest will be remaining open until filled. Please send cover letter, application and resume to: Mid Columbia Producers Attn: HR, PO Box 344 Moro, OR 97039 Fax: (503)536-6875 PH: (541)565-2277

CREW LEADER & CREW WORKERS. Sherman County Summer Youth Work Program (formally Oregon Youth Conservation Corps)

Positions:  1. Sherman County Summer Youth Work Crew Leader

  1. Sherman County Summer Youth Work Crew: 4 positions; ages 14-25

Sherman County is accepting applications for several positions within the Summer Youth Work Program (OYCC in the past).  The positions are scheduled to work beginning July 02, 2018 and ending August 10, 2018. Schedule to be arranged upon hiring.  Hours will be 32-40 per week.  All applicants must be able to perform manual labor in adverse weather conditions.  Please review the job descriptions on Sherman County’s website before applying.  Applications will be accepted until 5:00 PM on Friday, June 01, 2018.  Any applicant over 18 years of age must complete and pass a criminal history background check.  For job descriptions and/or employment application, contact the Sherman County Prevention Program at 541-565-5036 or online at Submit completed cover letter and employment application to the Sherman County Prevention Program, PO Box 263, Moro, OR  97039. 6/1

sign.forsaleFOR SALE:

COMMUNITY YARD SALE. Grass Valley Pavilion, Memorial Day Weekend, Friday-Monday May 25-28 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. | Sell or Buy. Lots of Variety. $5.00 covers use of the building and a table. Reserve space by calling 541-333-2374. Leave message. Come to Grass Valley and join in the fun! 5/25

 UNIQUE HANDCRAFTED OUTDOOR FURNITURE, NOVELTY GITS AND FURNITURE REHABILITATION: Considerately Handcrafted furniture and novelty gifts created from re-purposed wine & whiskey barrels and other local reclaimed materials. Special orders available.  Furniture repair and refinishing. ~The Wood Butcher | Wasco, Oregon | 541-993-4282 | 6/1


 HOUSE. Looking to rent or buy. Our small family of myself my husband and our two beautiful boys are wanting to move to Moro OR. We live in Newport but have family that live there. Open to ideas. For rent we are looking for a 2-3 bed. And to buy we would like an owner carry 3-4 bed. You can email or call/text. 541.351.5294   6/8



GHOST TOWN SAFARI PHOTO WORKSHOPS. (1) Venice Italy – 20 September through 2 October, 2018. $2,350.00 each plus transportation, food, lodging, etc. Come on this fabulous workshop where we explore the back streets of Venice, the Lagoon, Verona, and much more. (2) Macro/Micro workshop – 23 June, 2018. 9 AM to 4 PM, subjects will be provided. $40.00 per person. Itinerary will be sent with enrollment. Information and questions, email Bob Davis at or call 541 296 2553.

SUMMERTIME….AND THE LIVING IS EASY!  OUTDOOR PROJECTS ABOUND!  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. 6/8

THE LEAN-TO CAFÉ & GOOSE PIT SALOON.  Full-service Deli, Goose Pit Pulled Pork Sandwich, Wasco Whopper, Breakfast until 11, Pizza, Fresh Desserts, Oregon Lottery, Catering. 541-442-5709 in Historic Downtown Wasco. 6/1




HOUSE. Looking to rent or buy. Our small family of myself my husband and our two beautiful boys are wanting to move to Moro OR. We live in Newport but have family that live there. Open to ideas. For rent we are looking for a 2-3 bed. And to buy we would like an owner carry 3-4 bed. You can email or call/text. 541.351.5294  6/8

LOCAL HOST FAMILIES FOR HIGH SCHOOL EXCHANGE STUDENTS. Non-profit 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. CALENDAR (new or corrected)

American flag1MAY

1-30 Sherman County Historical Museum Opens for the Season 10-5 daily

1-30 Sherman Co. Historical Museum Artist Series: Sherman Elementary School Students

25-28 Community Yard Sale 9:30-5 Grass Valley Pavilion, Grass Valley, Oregon

27-28 Wasco Memorial Day Country Breakfast 7:30-10:30 N. Sherman Rural Fire Hall

28 Sherman County Photography Club 6 Sherman County Extension Building Moro
28 Memorial Day honors our nation’s war dead & celebrates service men and women

28 Memorial Day Celebration & Parade in Wasco:

  • 10 Memorial Service at the RR Depot
  • 10:30-11 Military Fly-over
  • 11 Parade with Grand Marshal Nell Melzer
  • 11:30 Paradise Rose Chuck Wagon lunch at the Depot Park
  • 11:45-ish Pastry Auction at the RR Depot after the parade
  • 1 p.m. Raffle Drawing for four 2-day passes to Silverwood Theme Park, etc.
  • 1-3 Bingo and Ice Cream Sundaes at the Parish Hall – Food Bank Benefit

28 Memorial Day American Legion Service 11 Centerville Cemetery

28 Memorial Day American Legion Service 12 Stonehenge

28 Memorial Day American Legion Service 1 Goldendale Cemetery

28-31 Blue Star Museum: Free admission for active military personnel & families – Sherman Historical Museum

29 Mid-Columbia Housing Authority Board Meeting 11

American flag1JUNE

1 Gilliam County Burn Ban begins

1 Condon High School graduation 8 p.m.

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

1-30 Sherman Co. Historical Museum Artist Series: Sherman County Photography Club

2 Oregon State Parks Day – selected free camping & day use

2 Arlington Chamber of Commerce Fishing Derby

2 Wheeler High School graduation 2 Fossil

2 Art Walk in Moro

2 Cascade Singers’ Spring Concert

2-3 High Desert High School basketball tournament, Condon

4 Cascade Singers’ Spring Concert

6 Sherman County Court 9

6 Sherman County Budget Hearing 9 Sherman County Courthouse

6 All County Prayer Meeting, Wasco Methodist Church Refreshments and social time at 6:30, prayer time from 7:00 to 8:30.

7 Sherman County Family Fair 4-6:30 Moro City Park

7 Sherman County Fair Board 7

7 North Central Education Service District Board Meeting

9 Moro’s Annual Clean-up Day 8-4

9 Columbia Gorge Genealogists:Tips from Rootstech 10:30 Discovery Center

9 Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum 9 Steam Cars, Hit & Miss Engines

9 Rose Festival Parade, Portland

12 Tri-County Mental Health / Center for Living Board Meeting 11-2

12 North Central Public Health District Board Meeting 3 The Dalles

12 Experiment Station Field Day, Pendleton

13 Experiment Station Field Day, Moro

13 Sherman County Senior Center Advisory Committee Meeting 12:30

14 Flag Day

14 Mid-Columbia Economic Development District Board Meeting 4 White Salmon

15 The June Bugs Concert 6:30 & Artisans’ Market 4-7, Condon City Park

16-17 A-Town Throwdown: Kite, SUP & Windsurf Competition, Arlington

17 Father’s Day

17 Father’s Day Free Admission at Sherman County Historical Museum 10-5

18 Eastern Oregon Regional Tourism Gathering 10-3 Union County

20 Sherman County Court 9

25 Korean War Began 1950

29 Home Run Derby, Condon

30-July 1 Harvester’s Classic Coed Soft Ball Tournament, Condon

American flag1JULY

1-31 Blue Star Museum: Free admission for active military personnel & families – Sherman Historical Museum

1-31 Sherman County Historical Museum Artist Series: Linda Krasfic’s Baby Quilts

4 Independence Day

4 Art Walk in Moro

4 HYATUS Concert 6:30 & Artisans’ Market 4-7, Condon City Park

4 All County Prayer Meeting, Grass Valley Baptist Church Refreshments and social time at 6:30, prayer time from 7:00 to 8:30.

6 Movie Nights 8:30 Bring your chairs to Moro City Hall parking lot.

7 Street Dance in Moro 5-10

7-15 Moro’s 2nd Annual Quilt and Fiber Event 10-4

8-11 Portland Horseless Carriage Club Tour: Journey Through Time Scenic Byway, John Day

8-12 Sherman County Historical Museum Quilt Display

7 Bluegrass Festival in Fossil

7 14th Annual Fossil Cruz-in 9-4 Fossil

9-15 Summer Fishtrap Gathering (Writers in the American West) Wallowa Lake

10 Tri-County Mental Health Board of Directors Meeting 11-2 The Dalles

10 North Central Public Health District Board of Directors Meeting 3 The Dalles

11 Sherman County Senior & Community Center Advisory Meeting 12:30

12-15 National Association of Counties Conference, Nashville, Tennessee

13 Columbia Renewable Energy Association Board Meeting 10-1

14 Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum 9 Traffic Jam Show

14 Starry Night Camp-out at Maryhill Museum of Art

18 Sherman County Court 9

18 Kids Pioneer Day at Sherman County Historical Museum

23 Mid-Columbia Housing Authority Board Meeting 10

23 Frontier Regional 911 Agency Board Meeting 3

25 Tri-County Courts 10-2 Sherman County

25-28 Jefferson County Fair, Madras

27 Korean War Ended 1953, National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day

28 WWI Began 1914

31-Aug. 4 Malheur County Fair, Ontario


1 All County Prayer Meeting, Rufus Baptist Church Refreshments and social time at 6:30, prayer time from 7:00 to 8:30.

1-4 Union County Fair, LaGrande

1-5 Deschutes County Fair, Redmond

1-31 Blue Star Museum: Free admission for active military personnel & families – Sherman Historical Museum

1-31 Sherman County Historical Museum Artist Series: Abbey Phelps, Knitting & Fiber Arts

3 Jawbone Flats Concert 6:30 & Artisans’ Market 4-7, Condon City Park

3 Movie Nights 8:30 Bring your chairs to Moro City Hall parking lot.

3 Street Dance in Moro 5-10

4 Art Walk in Moro: Wool Spinners & Quilts

4-11 Wallowa County Fair, Enterprise

6-10 Sherman County Summer Drama Day Camp

7 Vietnam War Began 1964

7-10 Baker County Fair, Baker City

7-11 Umatilla County Fair, Hermiston

8-11 Crook County Fair, Prineville

8-11 Yakima Valley Fair & Rodeo, Grandview

11 Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum 9 Helicopters

17-18 Sherman Class of ’68 Reunion

20 Eastern Oregon Regional Tourism Gathering 10-3 Silvies Valley Ranch

21-26 Sherman County Fair & Rodeo, Moro

23-26 Wasco County Fair, Tygh Valley

31 Movie Nights 8:30 Bring your chairs to Moro City Hall parking lot.


1 Art Walk in Moro

1 Street Dance in Moro 5-10

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

1-30 Sherman County Historical Museum Artist Series: Photographs John Day Dam, 50 years Ago

2 V-J Day WW II Japanese Surrender 1945

3 Labor Day

5 All County Prayer Meeting, Moro Presbyterian Church Refreshments and social time at 6:30, prayer time from 7:00 to 8:30.

8-9 Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum 9 Hood River Fly-In

9 Grandparents Day. Free Admission at Sherman County Historical Museum 10-5

11 Patriot Day & National Day of Service & Remembrance

23 Autumn Begins


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

3 All County Prayer Meeting, Wasco Church of Christ Refreshments and social time at 6:30, prayer time from 7:00 to 8:30.

7 Afghanistan War Began 2001

8 Columbus Day (observed)

12 Columbus Day

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

15 Eastern Oregon Regional Tourism Gathering 10-3 Condon

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

31 Halloween



Sherman County eNews #137


  1. City of Moro 17th Annual Clean-Up Day, June 9

  2. The Look of Our Tomorrows

  3. Presentation: History of the Granada Theatre, June 2

  4. Boating on Oregon’s Waterways –Plan, Pay Attention, Share

  5. Continuing Ed Workshop:  DaVinci Initiative: Classical Realism Methods    

  6. Summer Art Institute: Game Changer –The Arts and Social Justice

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

1. City of Moro 17th Annual Clean-Up Day, June 9

City of Moro Clean-Up Day
Saturday, June 09, 2018
8:00AM – 4:00PM or full


Two large dumpster’s will be placed at the recycle station.
There will NOT be a metals trailer this year.
The City burn pile will be open for yard debris.
Also, this is Moro’s regular recycle weekend.

* All large appliances and large household furniture
will need to be taken to the transfer site.
* All tires, batteries and oil will need to be taken to the transfer site.
**The City will no longer accept the above listed items.**

Any illegal dumping other than the listed times above will be turned over to the Sheriff’s office! Please don’t ruin a good thing for others!
It is up to residents to dispose of their garbage to the appropriate sites. If you need any assistance call the City Hall Office 565-3535 to make arrangements for pickup.
Acknowledgements to:
The Dalles Disposal & Leroy

 2. The Look of Our Tomorrows

As kids, how often did we imagine what the future would look like – who we would be, what we would do, even how we would get to work? How often do we do this same imagining today?

Some time ago, the University of Washington announced that new software had been developed, by a group of its professors that could help find long-missing children. The software would do this by creating pictures of how the child would look, aged into adulthood. Applying specific algorithms and turning the face into 4000 pixels, the program takes childhood pictures and then “ages” the pictures.

To test the software, these folks took volunteers’ pictures, but only using the youngest picture, aged the subject to specific times for which they had actual pictures. The actual and computer images compared were incredibly similar! This is a giant leap for computer software and has the potential to become a key element in helping to find lost or abducted children long after they have gone missing. As the software becomes available, we can use it to see what we will look like in the next 20, 30, 40 or 50 years . . . if we really want to know.

Interestingly, the human mind uses its own software to look into the future. We know it by the name of “forethought” which seems to be unique to humans. We can imagine into the future, visualize it, and use these visualizations to plan today for our desired tomorrows. In this way, we actually have more control over our futures than this computer software will. We can plan – or goal-set – for what we want to be like.

We can lay the groundwork for the future we want, by holding the desired vision, comparing it against today’s reality, and use the tension between the two ends – today’s reality and tomorrow’s dream – to get us to where we want to go. This is a natural process that we just need to harness and direct. ~The Pacific Institute

3. Presentation: History of the Granada Theatre, June 2

Interested in the history of The Granada Theatre in The Dalles?  The public is invited to hear it shared by owner Chuck Gomez Saturday, June 2nd, 11:00 a.m. in The Granada.  Sponsored by the Wasco County Historical Society, the presentation is free.

4. Boating on Oregon’s Waterways –Plan, Pay Attention, Share

Oregon.Flat.poleSalem, OR – There are dozens of boat types on the market and so many opportunities to explore Oregon’s waterways.  Regardless of what’s calling you to the water and the type of boat you’re in, be sure to plan ahead, pay attention and share the water so everyone can have a fun time.

The Oregon State Marine Board invites boaters to explore the interactive Boating Oregon Map, where you can find a boat ramp near you, plan for a weekend escape to places less-frequented or find a waterway in the center of all the action

“This season is off to a great start,” says Ashley Massey, Public Information Officer for the Marine Board.  “Take time to plan ahead.  Check the weather forecast, water levels or tides, see if there are any reported obstructions, and have the right gear for the activities you’re doing,” Massey adds.  Boaters can check the Marine Board’s website to find out what equipment is required based on the size of the boat and rules for operation which vary by waterbody.

“Brush up on the rules-of-the-road, start out slow because of debris in the water from this past winter, and whatever you do –don’t text and drive.  In 2017, there were 17 collisions from distracted driving.  Social media, taking pictures and texting can be fun, but the operator needs to maintain focus and awareness to what’s going on around them,” says Massey.

“High water levels in the spring cover many wing dams (also known as pile dikes) on rivers and bays and are just below the surface.  Boaters need to keep their distance from the shoreline up to several hundred feet out from shore so they don’t inadvertently hit one of the piles.”  Boaters are encouraged to learn where the wing dams are located based on the waterbody where they’re boating from NOAA Charts  The navigation charts can be downloaded for free.

With Oregon’s population increasing and many people wanting to boat in their own backyards, think about taking a “dispersion excursion” to lesser-known waterbodies, especially for people new to paddlesports or seeking more solitude.  There are 96 waterways where motors are prohibited and 50 designated as electric motor only.  Visit the Marine Board’s Experience Oregon Boating Handbook for more information about these regulated areas for paddlers and easy accessibility.     

sign.boatrampThe Marine Board also recommends boaters play it safe by:

  • Not using marijuana, drugs or alcohol.  Instead, take along a variety of non-alcoholic beverages and plenty of water.  Impairment can lead to a BUII arrest.  Drugs and alcohol impair a boater’s judgement and coordination which every boat operator needs.  Swift currents, changing weather and debris require boat operators to be focused and skilled to avoid an accident.
  • If you are feeling tired, take a break on land and return to the water when you are re-energized and alert. Wind, glare, dehydration and wave motion contribute to fatigue.  Continually monitor the weather because it changes quickly.
  • Operators and passengers should wear properly fitting life jackets. Learn more about life jacket types, styles and legal requirements.  Anyone rafting on Class III Whitewater Rivers is required to wear a life jacket, and all children 12 and under when a boat is underway.  The water temperature for most waterways is below 50 degrees this time of year and wearing a life jacket is the most important piece of equipment for surviving the first few seconds of cold water immersion.  What’s the downside to wearing one?
  • Never boat alone –especially when paddling.  Always let others know where you are going and when you’ll return.  Print out a downloadable float plan to leave with friends and family.
  • Be courteous to other boaters and share the waterway.  Congestion is a given in many popular locations, especially with nice weather.  By staying in calmer water near the shore, paddlers can help ease conflict with motorized boats and sailboats that need deeper water to operate.  Non-motorized boats are encouraged to use the shoreline adjacent to the ramp to help ease congestion.  Regardless of your boat type, stage your gear in the parking lot or staging area prior to launching your boat.  This makes launching faster and everyone around you, happier.
  • In Oregon, all boaters must take a boating safety course and carry a boater education card when operating a powerboat greater than 10 horsepower. The Marine Board also offers a free, online Paddling Course for boaters new to the activity.

For more information about safe boating in Oregon, visit

 5. Continuing Ed Workshop:  DaVinci Initiative: Classical Realism Methods

Saturday, June 23 & Sunday, 24, 2018 | 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Ateliers are schools that train students in realism skills. They are often led by one teacher who inherited hundreds of years of collective artistic information from another atelier-trained artist. One example is Paul Ingbretson, who currently runs an atelier in Manchester, New Hampshire. He trained with R.H. Ives Gammell, who trained under William McGregor Paxton, who trained under Jean-Léon Gérôme, whose lineage goes all the way back to Jacques-Louis David. The DaVinci Initiative supports the same type of skill-based arts instruction in K-12 classrooms, with the intent of fostering creativity by providing students with a wide range of artistic tools. Using atelier-based training methods and resources, this workshop, led by artist Mandy Theis, will help teachers integrate skill-based methods into their classroom to develop artistic proficiency.

Cost:  $220 Maryhill members and members of WAEA/OAEA / $230 Non-Members. Includes coffee, refreshments, boxed lunch, all supplies, and certificate for 30 Clock Hours. Graduate credit may be earned at an additional expense through The Heritage Institute at Antioch University. To register, complete the form below by May 1.

For questions, email

 Mandy Theis is a certified K-12 art teacher and Co-President of the Washington Art Education Association. She graduated from the four-year program at the Aristides Atelier in Seattle, and has also studied classical drawing at the Corry Studio of Figurative Art, Mims Studios and Ingbretson Studios. She has eight years of classroom experience, and teaches professional development workshops for art teachers and artists.

6. Summer Art Institute: Game Changer –The Arts and Social Justice

July 23 – 27, 2018 | 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily

Come explore the inspiring intersection between the arts and social justice, specifically using art to raise critical consciousness, build community, and as a catalyst for social change. We’ll look at writers and examine visual storytelling of artists such as Langston Hughes, Maya Angelou, Faith Ringgold, Frida Kahlo, Ben Shahn, Judy Chicago, Kehinde Wiley, Amy Sherald and Ai Weiwei. The Institute is led by Maryhill’s executive director, Colleen Schafroth, and features guest artists Dylan McManus, Christopher Pothier, Lillian Pitt, Elizabeth Schafroth and Teatro Milagro artistic director Dañel Malán. Extracurricular activities include visits to artist’s studios and regional institutions.

CLICK HERE for the full schedule and syllabus.

Cost: Cost: $195 members / $215 non-members; to register call 509 773-3733 or email Clock hours will be available at no additional cost. 3 Credit hours are available through The Heritage Institute at Antioch University at an additional cost.

Scholarship(s) are available through the Janet P. Swartz and Harriet G. Langfeldt Summer Art Institute Scholarship Fund. To learn more or apply, please contact

Register Online: Complete the form below and pay via Pay Pal and a secure server.

Register by Phone: Call 509 773-3733 ext. 25

Questions? Call 509 773-3733 ext. 25 or email

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

bird.owl.limbSherman County Historical Museum (new website)

Tom McCoy, Sherman County Commissioner

Loie’s, The Museum Café at Maryhill Museum

Klickitat County PUD – Pump Storage

American Thinker

Assault Weapons Explained

The Federalist Papers by James Madison, Alexander Hamilton, and John Jay 1787-1788

Putting U.S. Energy Production in Perspective

College majors with the highest jobless rates

The Patriot Post Top Headlines


Sherman County eNews #136


  1. Wasco Memorial Day Country Breakfast, May 27 & 28

  2. Memorial Day Message from Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs

  3. Moro’s 2nd Annual Quilt and Fiber Event, July 7-15

  4. Movie Nights in Moro, July 6, August 3 & 31

  5. Street Dances in Moro, July 7, August 3 & September 1

  6. Sherman County Court Notes, May 16

  7. Major companies tour Klickitat County proposed pump storage site

  8. True Grit

  9. U.S. – Canada Columbia River Treaty Negotiations Begin

Time is a sort of river of passing events, and strong is its current; no sooner is a thing brought to sight than it is swept by and another takes its place, and this too will be swept away. ~ Marcus Aurelius

1. Wasco Memorial Day Country Breakfast, May 27 & 28

pancake.breakfastABC Huskies Child Care will sponsor the annual Wasco Memorial Day Country Breakfast, Sunday and Monday, May 27th and 28th, from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. at North Sherman Rural Fire Hall located at 411 Yates Street in Wasco. The menu includes ham, eggs, hotcakes and choice of drink for $8.00. Proceeds will be dedicated to operational costs at the child care site.

ABC Huskies is governed by the Sherman County Child Care Foundation, a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization, providing quality, state certified child care services and a preschool program. For additional information, please visit

2. Memorial Day Message from Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs Acting Director Mitch Sparks

American-Flag-StarOne hundred and fifty years ago, no family or community was untouched by the bloodiest conflict in American history — the Civil War. The four-year-long struggle claimed the lives of over 620,000 soldiers — which is more Americans than died in both World Wars, Korea, and Vietnam combined.   

It was on May 5, 1868 that the Grand Army of the Republic, an early veterans advocacy group comprised of Civil War veterans, first urged Americans to observe a “National Memorial Day” to honor the dead of the Civil War.

The tradition has grown in the 150 years that have followed. Today, Memorial Day is a cherished and protected national holiday — especially in Oregon. Every year, hundreds of thousands of Oregonians attend ceremonies, town parades and other solemn events to pause and remember those who have given the ultimate sacrifice — from the Civil War to the most current conflicts in the Middle East.

It is estimated that nearly 6,000 Oregon service members’ lives have been lost in the line of duty since our state’s inception.

However Memorial Day is celebrated in your community, and however different it may appear from the simple ceremonies of a grieving, post-Civil War America, the sentiment remains the same. It is that of a grateful nation to its fallen soldiers: “Thank you. We will never forget you.”

This Memorial Day, as we kick off the start of summer and turn to enjoy Oregon’s incredible parks, beaches, rivers and mountains, we invite all citizens to pause and truly honor our fallen and our Gold Star families. We stand on the shoulders of all those who came before us and will never forget the service and sacrifice of all those who gave all.

Thank you all for your support of Oregon veterans, and bless all those still serving, at home and overseas.

Mitch Sparks is a retired Navy veteran and acting director of the Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs.

3. Moro’s 2nd Annual Quilt and Fiber Event, July 7-15

Thread-and-needleMoro’s 3nd Annual Quilt and Fiber Event is scheduled for July 7th through 15th from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily.


 4. Movie Nights in Moro, July 6, August 3 & 31

Movie Nights in the alley behind Sage Mountain Primitives and Lisa’s in Stitches. Bring your chairs and take a seat in the Moro City Hall Parking Lot. All Movies will be family friendly. July 6th, August 3rd, and August 31st 8:30 p.m. until the movie is over. Hope to see you all there!

5. Street Dances in Moro, July 7, August 3 & September 1

Dance in the Street in Moro on July 7th, August 3rd, and September 1st right after the Art Walk and Farmers’ Market 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

6. Sherman County Court Notes, May 16

ShermanCoLogoBy Administrative Assistant Kayla von Borstel


– This is a very brief outline ONLY of topics considered “public interest.”

– These are NOT OFFICIAL MINUTES. For official minutes and full details, please see the approved minutes posted on the Sherman County website at after the next Court session. Thank you.

The Sherman County Court met in regular session on May 16, 2018, and in conducting the business of the county,

  1. Motion by Commissioner McCoy, second by Commissioner Dabulskis, to authorize budget transfers/payments as recommended by the Finance Director, including $95,000 from the County General Fund, $50,000 from the Road Reserve Fund, $540,000 from SIP Additional Fees, $2,000 from the Parks Fund, and authorize Judge Thompson to sign.
  2. Motion by Commissioner Dabulskis, second by Commissioner McCoy, to approve as recommended by the Finance Director, a Resolution In the Matter of the County Court Approving the Transfer of Funds Within the County General, Community Transit, CAMI, Emergency Services, DA-V/WAP, General Road, County Fair, Wellness Center, Tri-County Veterans’, Driver Education, Early Learning Services, Senior Center, Courthouse Facility, Resident Incentive Program, SIP Additional Fees Funds and authorize County Court to sign.
  3. Motion by Commissioner McCoy, second by Commissioner Dabulskis, to approve Mid-Columbia Economic Development District to engage in grant administration services for the Biggs Service District Water System project, to last through project completion, and collect a fee of $20,000 for their services, with the ability for Judge Thompson to renegotiate terms if the work warrants an increase.
  4. Motion by Commissioner McCoy, second by Commissioner Dabulskis, to increase the contingency fund for the Biggs Service District Water System project from $150,000 to $300,000.
  5. Discussion held on Department of Land Conservation Development and Land Use Laws
  6. Dean Dark, Federal trapper, submitted a verbal resignation to Judge Thompson ending his position no later than fall 2018.

 7. Major companies tour Klickitat County proposed pump storage site

raindrop>>> Presentation illustrations following the story

A project with the potential to prime the economic engine of the eastern gorge looked a lot closer to reality after a major meeting on the subject last Tuesday. That project, a pump storage station on the site for the former Golden Northwest Aluminum smelter, has been a long-held goal of Klickitat PUD. Recently, it has attracted the attention of major players in the electricity market who have both the money and the know how to finance and construct the facility.

The idea is both simple in concept and bold in execution. It would involve constructing two 65-acre ponds, one on the former site of the smelter and one at the top of the cliff. Each would hold 7,000 acre-feet of water. During the times when wind blows well, and the many wind turbines in the region generate more power than the grid can currently absorb, the energy would be used to pump water from the lower reservoir to the upper reservoir. When the wind dies down, and electricity is needed, water from the upper reservoir can be released through a large pipe, turning a turbine to generate that electrical power as it rushes to the lower reservoir.

Many factors come together to make this an attractive and very green project:

  • It’s a closed system with absolutely no waste or pollution
  • It can offset the variable electric output of wind and solar projects, which would allow for more such projects in the area
  • Once built and filled, it would need only 700 acre feet per year to replace water that is lost to evaporation.
  • Klickitat PUD has the water rights that originally belonged to the aluminum company and only a fraction is needed to keep the reserviors full. Additional water rights are needed to fill the reservoirs inititally, however, the Department of Ecology is supportive of the acquisition of these temporary rights
  • The topography of the area has been described as “one of the best in the nation” for a pump-storage project, with more than 2,000 feet of vertical with more than 2,000 feet of vertical rise or “head” over barely a mile of horizontal distance
  • The site is within sight of Bonneville Power Administration’s John Day substation, which is the north end of one of the two major transmission lines to California.  This substation also receives power from 4,000 MWs of wind generation, which makes it a prime site to provide services to wind projects in the Gorge
  • It would store 14,745 megawatt-hours of electricity — more than 100 times the capacity of the largest battery-storage project under construction by Telsa in Australia
  • The pump-storage system can provide 1,200 megawatts of capacity.
  • The project would generate an estimated $1.4 billion over the construction cycle, including $366 million in wages, and provide an estimated 114 permanent jobs
  • Attempts to build new natural gas-fired plants in the region have been fiercely opposed by environmental groups
  • Earlier efforts ran into problems from officials concerned that the lower reservoir would interfere with cleanup of the aluminum plant site. This time the application includes a letter from the Washington Department of Ecology supporting the project and Maia Bellon, director of Ecology was there in person at the meeting

More than 40 officials and stakeholders showed up for the May 15 meeting, including executives and technicians from the two major potential investors, National Grid and Rye Development. The crowd included staff members from Governor Inslee, Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler and US Senators Cantwell, Wyden and Merkley. Washington State Senators Curtis King and Jim Honeyford and State Representative Gina Mosbrucker were there in person along with Klickitat County Commissioner Dave Sauter, PUD Commissioner Randy Knowles, Sherman County Commissioner Joe Dabulskis and Gilliam County Judge Steve Shaffer. Several people from the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission, the state’s Department of Commerce, Building and Construction Trades Council and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers were in attendance, as was Robin Tyeman, British Consul from Seattle.

Following a short informational meeting at the PUD, the group boarded a bus for a tour of the site, followed by lunch at Maryhill Museum.

FERC, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, granted a preliminary permit for the project in March, and though final approval, if granted, is several years away, there were plenty of smiles visible in the crowd.

About National Grid

Players just don’t get much bigger than this. National Grid owns the electrical and natural gas distribution systems for England and Wales, with some 30 million customers. Another division of the company operates in the United States with more than 20 million customers in the Northeast. Thursday, May 17 the company released full fiscal year results, showing the company had a profit of £3.493 billion, or $4.71 billion U.S.

About Rye Development, LLC

The company is privately held, with limited information available, and bills itself as the largest developer of new hydropower in the U.S. It’s been granted Federal Energy Regulatory Commission licenses in Kentucky, Pennsylvania and for four projects in the Yazoo River Basin in Mississippi, among others, and is working with a number of investors on additional projects.

Wind online capacity by county (mW)

Kern/California                 3,170

Nolan/Taylor/Texas         1,510

Klickitat/Washington       1,247

Sherman/Oregon              1,057

Solano/California             1,032

Benton/Indian                     986

Gilliam/Morrow/Oregon    917

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8. True Grit

Every so often, the improbable happens – even when the odds of the improbable happening are 5000-to-1. And when it does, it is usually the result of the timely mixture of several ingredients.

England’s Premier League (football) got knocked on its ear in 2016, when Leicester City won the Title for the first time in its 132-year history. Leicester had only been promoted to the top division two years previous, and nearly got sent back down the next year. They were, literally, on the bottom. The odds of finishing on top were 5000-to-1.

So, what goes into moving a team from the bottom to the top? Talent, of course, is one element. Commitment to a common goal is another. But even more important, and perhaps coming before talent and commitment, is the belief in goal. It’s each individual’s belief in their own abilities. It’s the belief in the abilities of teammates and coaches, and the trust that those abilities will be on full display, in reaching for the goal – nothing will be held back. It’s the team’s belief in itself to make the improbable, not only possible, but probable. And finally, it’s about the grit to see the challenge through to the end.

Grit, as a word, has made a comeback of sorts. It’s the willingness to work hard toward a goal. It’s about the “stick-to-it-iveness,” the commitment to stay the course, even when the going gets a little rough. And it’s about the resiliency and flexibility needed when things don’t turn out as planned for or expected.

Grit isn’t only applied to sports teams or Hollywood movies. It isn’t played out solely on the football field. You will find it on display in the most effective organizations, and see it played out from the shop floor to the C-suite. Grit is that secret ingredient that moves teams, work groups, departments and whole organizations to seek, capture and own the improbable.

Even when the odds are 5000-to-1. ~The Pacific Institute

9. U.S. – Canada Columbia River Treaty Negotiations Begin


May 22, 2018 

The United States is pleased to announce the start of negotiations with Canada to modernize the Columbia River Treaty regime on May 29-30, 2018, in Washington, D.C.  The 1964 Treaty’s flood risk and hydropower operations have provided substantial benefits to millions of people on both sides of the border.  The Treaty, a worldwide model for transboundary water cooperation, has also facilitated additional benefits such as supporting the river’s ecosystem, irrigation, municipal water use, industrial use, navigation, and recreation.  Modernizing the Treaty regime will ensure these benefits continue for years to come. 

As the United States enters these bilateral negotiations with our Canadian counterparts, our key objectives include continued, careful management of flood risk; ensuring a reliable and economical power supply; and better addressing ecosystem concerns.  Our objectives are guided by the U.S. Entity Regional Recommendation for the Future of the Columbia River Treaty after 2024, a consensus document published in 2013 after years of consultations among the Northwest’s Tribes, states, stakeholders, public, and federal agencies.

The U.S. negotiating team will be led by the U.S. Department of State and will include the Bonneville Power Administration and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Northwestern Division (which together comprise the “U.S. Entity” that implements the Treaty in the United States); the Department of the Interior; and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

As negotiations proceed, the U.S. government will continue to engage regional stakeholders, Tribes, state government officials, and other interested groups.  For more information regarding upcoming Town Halls open to the public, please contact


Sherman County eNews #135


  1. Sherman County School Athletic Schedule Update: Baseball May 23

  2. Memorial Day Honors Men & Women Who Died While Serving the U.S. Military

  3. Sherman County Court Approved Minutes Now Online, April 18, May 2

  4. Sherman County History Tidbits: Official 1905 Census Summary

  5. North Central Public Health Restaurant & Food Service Inspections

  6. Frontier TeleNet Approved Board of Directors Meeting Minutes, April 20

  7. ODOT Region 4 Weekly Construction Update, Week of May 21

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

1. Sherman County School Athletic Schedule Update: Baseball

sports.baseballWednesday, May 23, 2018 – Congratulations to our Sherman/Arlington/Condon High School baseball team for qualifying for Round 1 in the 2A/1A State Championships! This is a home game vs Lost River, scheduled for 4:00 tomorrow, May 23rd!

Remember that this is an OSAA Playoff game, so there is an admission fee.  Adults are $6.00 and students are $4.00.  Please come to support the team as they compete to move on to Quarterfinals!
~Audrey Rooney, Registrar, Sherman High School  PH: 541-565-3500 ~ Fax: 541-565-3319

2. Memorial Day Honors Men & Women Who Died While Serving the U.S. Military

military.navyMemorial Day is an American holiday, observed on the last Monday of May, honoring the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Memorial Day 2018 occurs on Monday, May 28. Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971. Many Americans observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries or memorials, holding family gatherings and participating in parades.

See Spanish-American War casualty:

See list of World War I military casualties:

See lists of World War II military casualties:  and

See Korean Conflict casualty:

See Vietnam War casualty:

See list of veterans’ stories in Sherman County: For The Record: 

3. Sherman County Court Approved Minutes Now Online, April 18, May 2

ShermanCoLogoApproved minutes for the April 18, 2018, and May 2, 2018, regular session are now available in the Archive of County Court Meeting Minutes

4. Sherman County History Tidbits: Official 1905 Census Summary

Sherman County Census 1905

Source: Sherman County Observer, September 8, 1905

An Official Summary, as Compiled by Assessor Otto Peetz.

Assessor Otto Peetz has furnished the following official summary of the 1905 census of Sherman county for publication:

By precincts        Population

Wasco……………… 1031

Moro………………… 727

Grass Valley………. 707

Kent ………………… 511

Monkland…………… 287

Rufus ……………….. 262

Bigelow …………….. 180

Rutledge ……………. 177

Total in precincts….. 3882

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By Cities

Wasco……………… 498

Moro ……………….. 446

Grass Valley …….. 383

Total in cities…….. 1327

5. North Central Public Health Restaurant & Food Service Inspections

Restaurants, mobile units, commissaries, warehouses, vending operations, swimming pools, spas, travelers’ accommodations, recreational parks and organizational camps are licensed and inspected by local environmental health staff.

To review inspection reports for a licensed facility in this jurisdiction, just enter the name in the search box to see all inspections conducted since starting with the Health Space software. — Please check back if an inspection isn’t available to view yet.

Inspections are unannounced and focus on items most likely to cause illness or injury to patrons of these facilities, but also include items such as general cleanliness and maintenance. In a food service facility, the focus is on approved food sources, cooking temperatures, holding temperatures of food, personal hygiene of food handlers and contaminated/dirty equipment. For a public pool or spa, the emphasis is on water quality values for disinfectants such as chlorine, clarity, entrapment concerns, proper filtration and the pool enclosure. Tourism facilities are evaluated for safety and general sanitation concerns.

Restaurant and Bed and Breakfast facilities are assigned a sanitation score as a result of the inspection. All other inspections are non-scored. Violations that are considered critical in nature are required to be corrected at the time of inspection or may result in a re-inspection of the facility. Oregon evaluates food service facilities using the Oregon Food Sanitation Rules, which are modeled on the 2009 Food and Drug Administration Food Code. The Sanitation Rules grade violations based on whether they are Priority, Priority Foundation or Core in each food service facility…

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6. Frontier TeleNet Approved Board of Directors Meeting Minutes, April 20



The regular meeting of Frontier TeleNet Board of Directors called to order at 10:07 AM.  This meeting held in the courtroom of the Gilliam County Courthouse, 221 S. Oregon Street, Condon, Oregon.

Directors Present:  Judge Steve Shaffer, Judge N. Lynn Morley and Commissioner Joe Dabulskis, representing Sherman County.

Also Present:  Ryan LeBlanc, Steve Wynne, Justin Sterrett, Marlon Johnson,  Day Wireless Systems; Shawn Halsey, Umatilla-Morrow Radio Data District; Nicole Jackson, Chris Lentz, Motorola; Mac Stinchfield, Times Journal Newspaper; Kathryn Greiner, City of Condon; [and]  Mike Smith, Rob Myers, Jeanne Burch, Frontier TeleNet.

Directors Changes or Additions to Minutes:  None

Introduction of Shawn Halsey from Umatilla-Morrow Radio Data District.  Mr. Halsey explained that this is a separate district and independent of county government.  Interested in exploring possible partnerships with several entities.

Introduction of Chris Lentz and Nicole Jackson from Motorola.  Mr. Lentz described the serves Motorola provides to Frontier Telenet.

Minutes:  Minutes of March 16, 2018 reviewed by Directors.  A correction noted in the name of Umatilla-Morrow Radio Data District.  Moved by Lynn Morley, seconded by Joe Dabulskis to approve March 16, 2018 minutes with correction.  Motion carried with all present voting aye.

Finances:  Financial Statement for March 2018 reviewed by Directors.  It was noted that OCHIN is due but they are waiting for their current allocation to be approved.  Moved by Lynn Morley, seconded by Joe Dabulskis to approve financial statement as presented.  Motion carried with all present voting aye.

IT and System Update:

Steve Wynne reported the following:

  1. Working on moving Sherman Fiber to 700. Pagers have arrived and more radios have been ordered.  Gilliam County is doing a demonstration of 700 now. 
  2. Making sure that backups are working. Lost power supply at Roosevelt and there was a lengthy power outage.  Microwave did not go down during this event.  Asked that any power outage notices be sent on immediately.  There is a need for a generator at this site. 
  3. Microwave System is working solid and working on licensing for Mitchell.

Ryan LeBlanc reported following:

  1. Wheeler County Wireless Project Update: Phases 4 and 5 are about to proceed.  Each phase of this project will be under $250,000.00.         
  2. The generator at Kent installation should be complete and gone live by this time.
  3. S. Cellular: Circuit from Spray to Fossil may have additional costs.

Business and Marketing Report:

Mike Smith, Marketing Director reported the following:

         1, Sherman County has signed an agreement between Sherman County and Frontier TeleNet for the line to Rufus.  There will be a separate IGA on this project.  There was a discussion on who pays for management.  RFP and Construction Documents are going through legal review at this time.  The agreement is modeled after the Wheeler County Broadband Agreement.

  1. Discussion regarding Intergovernmental Agreement for implementation of Phase Three of Sherman County Broadband Project. Moved by Joe Dabulskis, seconded by Lynn Morley to approve Intergovernmental Agreement for Implementation of Phase Three of Sherman County Broadband Project with the understanding that Sherman County Court must approve.  Motion carried with all present voting aye.
  2. A phone outage was experienced at Frontier Regional 911 Center and Centurylink is responsible for this service. Looking for another contractor and Oregon Emergency Management will allow switching to another service.  Steve Wynne is pleased with the proposed new contractor and how it is set up.
  3. Applied for Mid-Columbia Economic District Request for Proposal for service to all Sherman County homes. Explained how this would work and how it would be financed.
  4. Request from citizen to explain what Management Resources does for Frontier TeleNet. Mike Smith explained that Management Resources contracts to handle all the Oregon Health Network allocations for Health Clinics.  They do the paperwork to apply for reimbursement of costs from Oregon Health Network and also the individual clinics to pay for bandwidth service.  This contract has been in place since February 5, 2011.
  5. Met with John Anderson, Wheatland Insurance agent to review coverage on all Frontier TeleNet equipment and other necessary coverage.
  6. Noted that the Frontier TeleNet By-Laws need to be updated and will be done with coordination of legal counsel.
  7. Umatilla-Morrow Radio Data District:  Meetings regarding a possible partnership with the Umatilla-Morrow Radio Data District.  Discussed how this partnership might work and the updating of sites.  There was a discussion on how partnerships have worked in the past and is this the right move for Frontier TeleNet.  Shawn Halsey has concerns about the contract and how it would be interpreted.  Umatilla-Morrow Radio Data District Board would want to avoid the legality of an ORS 190.  They are not a taxing district.  Shawn Halsey pointed out he could not speak for the Board.  A tour of the Frontier TeleNet sites will occur next week and then a discussion will be held on the structure of a possible partnership.   There might be consideration of an Advisory Board or position on the Frontier TeleNet Board.  Frontier TeleNet is more than just the digital switch so that would be a consideration.  There needs to be a meeting of the two boards.  Joe Dabulskis asked if there is a downside to this project.  Chris Lentz of Motorola stated that everyone is moving to a shared system.  He can see no downside on how the system would work but governance is where the problem might be and that would need to be addressed.  Mike Smith asked if there were samples of governance and several ideas were given.  Mike Smith will follow up on these samples and report back to the Frontier TeleNet Board.

Joe Dabulskis asked if there was more he should know about this proposed project.  Lynn Morley and Steve Shaffer both stated it was new to them also and this is the first discussion on the project so Joe has as much information as they do.

Public Comment:  Kathryn Greiner asked if the Keys Mountain Agreement document presented by Day Wireless System is a different one than the monthly payment made to Day Wireless Systems for maintenance.  Ryan LeBlanc answered that this is different.

The regular meeting was recessed to enter executive session:

Executive Session under ORS 192.660 (2)(g) Negotiations for Trade or Commerce called to order at 11:15 AM.

Regular Meeting resumed at 12:15 PM.

Steve Shaffer recommended there will be continued discussion with Umatilla Morrow Radio Data District and Motorola.  Motorola will be tasked with cost and Shawn Halsey and Mike Smith with Governance. 

Keys Mountain Agreement:  Moved by Lynn Morley, seconded by Steve Shaffer to approve the Wheeler County Wireless Keys Mountain and 587 VHF Simulcast Agreement.  Motion carried with Lynn Morley and Steve Shaffer voting aye and Joe Dabulskis abstaining.

Next Meeting will be May 18, 2018 in Fossil.  Frontier TeleNet Budget meeting will meet at 9 AM and regular Board of Directors Meeting will start at 10 AM.

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 12:25 P.M.

Respectfully Submitted:

Jeanne E. Burch

Frontier TeleNet Staff

Approved:__________________________________    Date:_________________

Lynn Morley, Frontier TeleNet Vice Chair.

7. ODOT Region 4 Weekly Construction Update, Week of May 21

ODOT Region 4 Weekly Construction Update, Week of May 21

Week of May 21, 2018

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.


Jefferson County

US 97: US 26 Jct. to NW 10th Street (Madras – Terrebonne) – Knife River will be installing and modifying outfalls, and installing signs. There may be one-way traffic with flaggers and a pilot car during the day Monday to Thursday and until noon on Friday.

US 97: Spanish Hollow Creek & Trout Creek Bridges – Stellar J Construction is completing utility work and the bridge demolition containment structure at Trout Creek Bridge (MP 75). There may be one-way traffic with flaggers Sunday through Saturday anytime.

Sherman County

US 97: Spanish Hollow Creek & Trout Creek Bridges – Stellar J Construction is completing drilled shaft construction access on US 97 over Spanish Hollow Creek. There may be one-way traffic with flaggers Sunday through Saturday anytime.

Wasco County

I-84: Hood River to Tower Road – Oregon Mainline Paving will have the fast lanes closed both in directions. The lane closures will be in place each night, Sunday through Friday morning between MP 76 and MP 68. Later in the week the contractor will switch the lane closure to the WB slow lane and the lane closure will be in place each night between MP 69 and MP 64. The ramps (exit 69) for the City of Mosier will be closed on May 22nd, 23rd from 10pm-5am for Rock Creek Bridge Deck Repair.

Wheeler County

Fossil Heritage Trail – Construction will take place Monday through Friday during daytime hours. The contractor may hold traffic on flagging operations for up to 20 minutes. Use alternate routes and expect delays when traveling through the listed areas of construction.


Region 4 Curve Warning Signs – Baker Rock Resources will be performing survey work and installing bases on the Wasco Heppner Hwy (OR 206) and John Day Hwy (OR 19). There may be one-way traffic with flaggers and delays of up to 20 minutes.

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

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Sherman County eNews #134


  1. Wasco Memorial Day Celebration, May 27-28

  2. Columbia Hills State Park: Petroglyphs, Ranching, History, June 2

  3. Why shop at your local farmers’ market?

  4. Columbia Gorge Genealogists to hear Tips from Rootstech, June 9

  5. Reacting in Anger

  6. Class of 2018: Congratulations, Parents!

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

1. Wasco Memorial Day Celebration, May 27-28

American-Flag-StarSUNDAY, MAY 27

  • 7:30-10:30 Country Breakfast at N. Sherman County RFPD Old Hwy. 97 – ABC Huskies Day Care Benefit
  • 4-6 Family Fun Night, hot dogs, nachos, games 

American-Flag-StarMONDAY, MAY 28

  • 7:30-10:30 Country Breakfast at N. Sherman County RFPD Old Hwy. 97 – ABC Huskies Day Care Benefit
  • All day! Thumb a ride with City of Wasco tractor and wagon from the RR Depot
  • 9-10:30 Parade sign-up next to Church of Christ
  • 10 Memorial Service at the RR Depot
  • 10:30-11 Military Fly-over
  • 11 Parade with Grand Marshal Nell Melzer
  • 11:30 Paradise Rose Chuck Wagon lunch at the Depot Park
  • 11:45-ish Pastry Auction at the RR Depot after the parade
  • 1 p.m. Raffle Drawing for four 2-day passes to Silverwood Theme Park, etc.
  • 1-3 Bingo and Ice Cream Sundaes at the Parish Hall – Food Bank Benefit

Questions? 541-442-5515

2. Columbia Hills State Park:  Petroglyphs, Ranching, History, June 2

bird.eagle1The annual meeting of the Original Wasco County Courthouse Preservation, Inc. takes place Saturday, June 2, at 1:30 p.m.  A brief business meeting will be followed by a presentation similar to the February history programs.  The venue is the 1859 building at 410 W. 2nd Place, behind the Chamber of Commerce in The Dalles.

The topic of the June 2 program is “Columbia Hills State Park:  Petroglyphs, Ranching, History.”  Lee Walker is an experienced trail guide at the Washington park across the Columbia River from The Dalles.  He will take the audience on a virtual walk out to “She Who Watches” past a large array of pictographs and petroglyphs—some in place and others rescued from rising waters behind the dams and removed to the park.

Jim Day will present additional photos and a video of the park and the historic buildings of the Crawford Ranch.  He is a technician at The Dalles Dam with a background in history and interpretation of biology.  Some of his visuals were taken by a drone flying above the ranch at the height of wildflower season.

Also available at the presentation is a new brochure featuring maps of Crawford Ranch and the trail system under development around the ranch, plus a brief history and introduction to the wildflowers that draw many visitors to the park each spring.  The brochure was made possible by Nature Friends Northwest. 

3. Why shop at your local farmers’ market?

food.peasFresh + Tasty Fruits and Vegetables! Spring has arrived! That means the seasonal produce at farmers’ markets is getting more colorful and diverse. 

Now is a great time to venture away from the grocery store and explore your local farmers’ market to stock up on fresh and tasty locally grown foods: salad greens, snap peas, strawberries, carrots, radish, rhubarb, beets, kale, asparagus and more!

Current Mobile Market stops include:

Hood River

Fridays, 2pm – 3pm – Hawks Ridge (8th & Pacific)


Fridays, 4pm – 6pm- French’s Farm Native Plant Nursery (620 State Street)

Sherman County

1st Saturdays, 10am – 1pm – Sherman County Farmers Market (Main Street) in Moro

1st Saturdays, 2pm – 4pm – Depot History Center in Wasco

Cascade Locks

Sundays, 11am – 1pm- Cascade Locks Farmers Market (681 Wa Na Pa Street)

The Mobile Market accepts WIC & Senior Farmers Market Vouchers, Veggie Rx, Cash, Debit & Credit Cards. More information here:

4. Columbia Gorge Genealogists to hear Tips from Rootstech, June 9

The June meeting and program for the Columbia Gorge Genealogical Society will be June 9, 2018 at the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center starting at 10:30 am. 

June’s program will be “Tips from Rootstech” presented by Linda Colton. Linda is a long standing member of CGGS and attended RootsTech in February in Salt Lake City, Utah.  She will be giving a overview of what was presented and highlights of her trip. 

Columbia Gorge Genealogical Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to discovering, preserving and sharing our heritage. We meet the second Saturday of each month at the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center at 5000 Discovery Drive in The Dalles, Oregon. CGGS membership comprises residents of  Wasco, Sherman, Hood River, Klickitat and Skamania Counties. Public is always welcome – Bring a friend! A suggested $1.00 donation covers room rental costs. 

5. Reacting in Anger

How often do you get angry? Do you know what sets you off? Today, let’s explore the topic of the relationship between anger and self-esteem.

Do you remember what you were taught about anger when you were growing up? Were you taught that it was unacceptable to feel angry? Did you learn to suppress angry feelings and stuff them down inside? Or were you taught, perhaps by example, that it was OK to explode with anger and attack others, verbally or physically? Or were you fortunate enough to learn that while it’s OK to feel angry, it’s not OK to hurt others, and it’s not OK to blame them for how you feel?

If you were taught to take responsibility for your emotions, to communicate feelings calmly and clearly, and to value both your own and other people’s rights, you probably don’t have much trouble with anger.

Now the reason we just asked you what you were taught, while you were growing up, is that anger very seldom has anything to do with what is happening right now, because there are so many other ways to respond. Anger is triggered, and the trigger usually has something to do with the past.

People with high self-esteem aren’t interested in blaming others for things that go wrong. Instead, they accept accountability for their lives and know that if things outside them are to change, they must first change internally.

For people with high self-esteem, change in themselves or in others isn’t threatening to them. They embrace change because they believe they can handle it. So, if you find yourself feeling a lot of anger, perhaps some introspection will help define the root of the anger, and then a little work on your self-esteem is in order.

To start, picture yourself reacting to a situation without anger. What does it look like?

6. Class of 2018: Congratulations, Parents!

Behind every high school graduate are… according to Whirlpool…

  • 7,488 loads of laundry
  • 2,700 loads of dishes
  • 19,710 meals

This year, 3.6 million students will graduate from high school. Behind each one are parents, grandparents, foster parents and others who got them there through years of care, sacrifice and love. They were making meals, doing dishes and washing loads of laundry to get their sons and daughters to the cap and gown. Congrats, parents. You did it!

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

Bird.Black.EnvelopeSherman County Historical Museum

Commentary: Who Needs Calculus? Not High-Schoolers

Manners, Morals, and Political Correctness

An Incredibly Detailed Map Of Medieval Trade Routes


Getting kids into unfilled and good-paying blue collar jobs will require a cultural shift


The Northwest Juniper Lumber Industry Is Poised For A Healthy Bump

Heritage Explains: Policing in Today’s America


The Need to Treat Driving Under the Influence of Drugs as Seriously as Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol



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Sherman County eNews #133


  1. Oregon Farm Bureau Invites Photographers to Enter Oregon Ag Images

  2. Sherman County 4-H Club Report: Beef

  3. Memorial Day in Wasco with Veterans, Classic Cars, Author Jane Kirkpatrick & Friends, May 28

  4. Learning to Love Work

  5. Ranchers rage at Blumenauer Farm Bill amendment

  6. Oregon Capital Insider Index: This week in Salem, by the numbers

  7. Letter to the Editor: Jeff Merkley’s Wasco Town Hall

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

1. Oregon Farm Bureau Invites Photographers to Enter Oregon Ag Images

camera.35mm.blueOregon Farm Bureau (OFB) invites all photography enthusiasts to enter their best images of Oregon agriculture to the annual OFB Calendar Contest.

Twelve selected photographers will have their work featured as month images in the 2019 Oregon’s Bounty Calendar.

The award-winning calendar celebrates all aspects of Oregon agriculture: the products, the people, the production, the landscape, the enjoyment, anything that depicts the beauty, technology, culture, enjoyment, or tradition of family farming and ranching.

“Spring is a fantastic time to look for photo opportunities within Oregon agriculture,” said OFB Communications Director Anne Marie Moss. “Farmers markets are in full swing, fields are blooming, farmers are preparing for summer harvest, and young animals abound.” 

Horizontal-format, high-resolution images — both close-ups and panoramic views — are needed of all types of agriculture in all seasons.

Subject ideas include scenes from farmers’ markets, close-ups of ag products or crops in the field, planting and harvesting crops, panoramic scenes of farmland, people enjoying Oregon-grown ag products, portraits of farmers/ranchers/families, farm animals, state or county fairs, 4-H and FFA events, on-farm festivals, to name just a few.

Photographers with images selected for month pages in Oregon’s Bounty will receive a photo credit in the 2019 calendar, which is mailed to 67,000 Farm Bureau members, and copies of the calendar. Everyone who submits an image will receive a complimentary copy of the calendar ($20 value), provided they include their mailing address.

The deadline for entries is Sept. 15, 2018. Photographers do not need to be Farm Bureau members to participate and there is no limit to the number of photos that can be submitted.

Find photo specifications and contest rules at The state’s largest general farm organization, Oregon Farm Bureau is a grassroots, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization representing the interests of the state’s family farmers and ranchers in the public and policymaking arenas. The calendar is mailed to 67,000 members around the state and thousands more are distributed throughout the year. 

For more information and to see previous years of the Oregon’s Bounty Calendar, visit Project contact is Anne Marie Moss, OFB Communications Director, at, 503.399.1701.

2. Sherman County 4-H Club Report: Beef

4-H clover1The Sherman County Beef Club held a meeting on 5/16/18 at 6pm. It was held in the Sherman beef barn.  The meeting was called to order by Patrick the pledge of Allegiance was led by Natalie and the 4-H Pledge was led by Allie.  The minutes were read by Courtney and they were approved as read.  The motion was moved by Allie and seconded by Natalie.  We talked about how and when to clip our steers and that we need to have bloat blocks in with our steers.  We also talked about show.  The meeting was adjourned at 6:20 pm, the motion was moved by Allie and seconded by Courtney. By: Courtney Coelsch

3. Memorial Day in Wasco with Veterans, Classic Cars, Author Jane Kirkpatrick & Friends, May 28

American-Flag-StarWe are lucky to have Jane Kirkpatrick coming to Wasco for our big old-fashioned Memorial Day Celebration on Monday, May 28th.  She will be located in city hall across the street from the RR depot  She will be visiting with our visitors and her fans, will be bringing books for purchase and will be reading at 1 p.m.  Enjoy celebrating our veterans with a military fly-over, parade, car show, Paradise Rose BBQ,  our popular pastry auction, kids’ tractor and train rides and more. ~Carol MacKenzie , committee member.

4. Learning to Love Work

Do you have trouble getting your kids to buckle down when there are chores to be done? Here are a few tips on how to help your children learn to enjoy work.

With all the distractions available to kids today, it can be a challenge to settle them into doing work around the home. For most families, each family member needs to pitch in, as they are able. And learning to work in this way sets a pattern that will be invaluable as the young grow up and enter the workforce.

First, and perhaps most important, set a good example yourself. Young people learn how to approach work by watching the adults around them. If you are constantly complaining about the work you “have to do,” don’t be surprised if your kids follow in your footsteps. The parent who states, “I hate housework!” will raise kids who hate housework, too.

Next, teach them that work brings material rewards. Instead of giving them an allowance, or in addition to a base amount that remains stable, set up specific daily and weekly jobs and a fair pay system, with small raises for improved performance. If money is an obstacle, how about a special time with you, reading or playing – something of far greater value to a child than money.

Even very young children can be helpful and they love earning this way. In addition to building an appreciation for work, you are also building their self-esteem and attaching positive emotion to their memory of accomplishment. One thing to remember: Avoid punishing a child with special household tasks. It’s almost guaranteed to create a negative attitude toward work.

Finally, praise even imperfect efforts before you point out any need for improvement. It is in the trying that we learn, in the attempts to take on more responsibility that we grow.

If you remember the rule that says give three pats on the back for every single criticism, you’ll be helping your kids see work not only as a way to earn a living, but also as a way to feel good about themselves and their accomplishments. (And future employers will thank you for it.) ~The Pacific Institute

5. Ranchers rage at Blumenauer Farm Bill amendment

American flag2The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) and more than 40 of the nation’s most influential commodity trade associations are urging Congress to stand with farmers, ranchers, and rural communities by voting down the amendment offered by U.S. Reps. Dave Brat (7th Dist. – Va.) and Earl Blumenauer (3rd Dist. – Ore.) to the 2018 Farm Bill.

The Brat/Blumenauer amendment will negatively impact agricultural producers in all 50 states who raise, buy, and sell commodities by shackling commodity research and promotion programs commonly known as “checkoffs.” It is intended to improve the transparency and accountability of commodity checkoff programs, but in turn, takes control away from producers and will gut the programs that build demand for agricultural products.

In a letter sent to Congress today, the commodity groups emphasize the amendment’s duplicative and counterproductive burdens on producer-funded programs.

“These sweeping prohibitions are the result of the amendment’s ban on contracts with any party that engages in advocacy – even though the advocacy has nothing to do with the entity’s partnership with checkoffs,” the letter states.

Restrictions include sweeping prohibitions that ban contracts with any party that engages in advocacy on agricultural issues. In practice, this would mean that self-help checkoff programs are prohibited from collaborating with a broad range of stakeholders, including universities, public health associations, and producer education organizations. Currently these stakeholders use checkoff dollars to support producers and consumers with critical research on food safety, nutrition, marketing, and production.

“Our members see the checkoff programs as an investment in their families’ future which they and their fellow producers have voluntarily adopted. At a time of low farm incomes, we cannot afford to lose these important programs.”


6. Oregon Capital Insider Index: This week in Salem, by the numbers

Oregon.Flat.poleHere are 10 numbers that illustrate some of this week’s big, and small, Oregon political stories.

  • $36 million:Approximate amount of damages reported by various entities, including the U.S. Forest Service, ODOT and the Union Pacific Railroad and others, according to OPB, due to the Eagle Creek Fire in the Columbia River Gorge last year. A Hood River County Circuit Court Judge will decide on how much restitution the teen who started the fire should have to pay.
  • 125:Years Marylhurst University has been in operation. The university in the Portland suburbs announced Thursday that it will close by the end of the year due to dwindling enrollment and revenues, according to Willamette Week.
  • 9:Number of poet laureates the state has had since 1921.
  • 40:Percentage of the state’s beer that is brewed by its five largest breweries, according to the Oregon Office of Economic Analysis.
  • 75:Percentage of the state’s beer that is brewed by its 20 largest breweries.
  • 10: Years a state police disciplinary panel is recommending that former Portland Police Chief Larry O’Dea‘s police certification be suspended for dishonesty, according to The Oregonian. O’Dea retired after it came out that he’d accidentally shot a friend while on vacation in Harney County in 2016, then lied about it to investigators.
  • 46.36:Percent of the vote Knute Buehlerwon in the Republican primary for governor Tuesday night, according to early numbers from the Secretary of State’s Office.
  • 81.91:Percent of the vote incumbent Gov. Kate Brown won in the Democratic primary for governor.
  • 22:Percent of Oregonians who belong to a minority race or ethnic group, according to OPB.
  • 2:Factor by which that figure is expected to double in the next 40 years.

7. Letter to the Editor: Jeff Merkley’s Wasco Town Hall

To the Editor:

Dear Sherry, 

Most Senators don’t hold town halls. I can’t imagine doing the job without them. They are a fundamental part of our “We the People” democracy, and I thank everyone who came out to participate.

I recently visited Wasco for a town hall in Sherman County. It was great to see folks come together to discuss the four corners of the foundation we need to build for Oregon families to thrive — quality education, stable housing, affordable health care, and living-wage jobs. We talked about the need to reinstate net neutrality rules that allow fair access to the internet, and addressing the opioid crisis that’s affecting every corner of the country, including rural Oregon.

I look forward to working together to tackle the challenges facing Oregon and our country this year. 

To learn more about this town hall or any future events, or to learn more about any of the topics we discussed, pleasvisit my website at and stay engaged on Twitter. You can also like my Facebook page and follow me on Instagram for a look behind the scenes!

All my best,

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

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