Sherman County eNews #359


  1. All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten

  2. Editorial: Questions & Answers

  3. Sen. Jeff Merkley: Net Neutrality

  4. History Tidbits: Sherman County Trivia Question #4

  5. Relationships as Opportunities to Grow

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

 “A good moral character is the first essential in a man, and that the habits contracted at your age are generally indelible, and your conduct here may stamp your character through life.” —George Washington (1790)

1. All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten

“These are the things I learned (in Kindergarten):
1. Share everything.
2. Play fair.
3. Don’t hit people.
4. Put thngs back where you found them.
6. Don’t take things that aren’t yours.
7. Say you’re SORRY when you HURT somebody.
8. Wash your hands before you eat.
9. Flush.
10. Warm cookies and cold milk are good for you.
11. Live a balanced life – learn some and drink some and draw some and paint some and sing and dance and play and work every day some.
12. Take a nap every afternoon.
13. When you go out into the world, watch out for traffic, hold hands, and stick together.
14. Be aware of wonder. Remember the little seed in the Styrofoam cup: The roots go down and the plant goes up and nobody really knows how or why, but we are all like that.
15. Goldfish and hamster and white mice and even the little seed in the Styrofoam cup – they all die. So do we.
16. And then remember the Dick-and-Jane books and the first word you learned – the biggest word of all – LOOK.”
Robert Fulghum, All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten

2. Editorial: Questions & Answers

caricatureskNow and then questions that we can’t answer come our way while we are out and about in the community. We keep a list! We get the answers.

How many people work for the Sherman County School District?

(FTE – full time equivalent) Administration 2.00; Confidential/Business Office 3.50; Teachers 18.63; Classified 10.01; Total 34.14. Of these positions, 2.34 are grant funded. ~Wes Owens, Superintendent, Sherman County School District

How many people work for Sherman County government?

Currently Sherman County has approximately 60 employees.  This number includes full-time/part-time/hourly.  This number does not include the ambulance crew or seasonal employees. ~Debbie Hayden, Sherman County Financial Officer

How many people work for Mid Columbia Producers? How many areas or counties are involved?

75 FTE employees are based in Wasco County 4, Gilliam County 3, Umatilla County 5, Klickitat County 4, Deschutes County 17, and 42 based in Sherman County although some may work in other counties on a seasonal basis. ~Jeff Kaser, Mid Columbia Producers

Is Sherman County paying for a cell telecommunication tower in Cottonwood Canyon State Park?

It was presented as a safety concern for the Sheriff’s Department.  With so many people predicted to visit the park, they wanted something in place for emergencies.  Frontier Telenet said they could provide that, but of course they would need financial assistance.  The court approved $375,000 and it was thought Gilliam County was also providing funds. ~Debbie Hayden, Sherman County Financial Officer [Editorial note: Funding from other sources has not been confirmed.]

Why does the weed department need a boat? How much did it cost?

Currently our weed department administers a program funded by grants to survey for weeds along the Deschutes River on both sides in Sherman County and Wasco County.  It was determined that a boat would be extremely helpful to get to some of those areas. It is a 14’ raft costing $3,506.25. ~Debbie Hayden, Sherman County Financial Officer

We were led to believe that state funding was available for the circuit court space in the new building next to the courthouse. Did Sherman County receive that funding?

“Sherman County did apply for funding through a program that is a partnership of the OJD and AOC. In addition to working directly with Representative Huffman, information was prepared for the Court and submitted for consideration but the Chief Justice chose to pursue other options. (Sherman County) would have had to wait either 1 or 2 years without any assurance of success if we were to have reapplied so the decision was made to pursue self-funding as the principle source of financing.  Regarding the Circuit Court portion of the structure, many folks are unaware of the requirement through ORS 1.185 requiring counties to provide suitable facilities for the operation of a Circuit Court in the county. Sherman County wisely chose to take this statutory responsibility seriously while striving to provide for use by both Circuit Court and Sherman County.” ~Ron McDermid, Sherman County Facilities Committee

3. Sen. Jeff Merkley: Net Neutrality

American flag2The Internet has been the most powerful tool of the 21st century. It has allowed people from all over the world to launch an interesting idea or an innovative startup — regardless of whom or where it came from. The Internet sparked American innovation, leading to some of our nation’s most successful and well-known companies.

But the FCC’s recent proposal to dismantle net neutrality rules strikes a huge blow to that innovation and openness. It would pave the way for internet providers to block or slow down websites, or charge extra fees to get good-quality internet service.

As the FCC votes tomorrow on whether or not to roll back net neutrality, NOW is the time to make our support for net neutrality loud and clear. We cannot let the FCC Chairman turn the Internet into a place where big telecom companies can act as gatekeepers or toll collectors, and only the wealthy and powerful can play.

Make no mistake — if the FCC’s attack on net neutrality succeeds, the majority of Americans who use the Internet could be harmed.

I have called on FCC Chairman Ajit Pai to abandon his disastrous plans to repeal net neutrality and if the FCC goes ahead, I will be joining with my colleagues to do everything possible to overturn it. Consumers and entrepreneurs alike need a free, open and competitive Internet.

4. History Tidbits: Sherman County Trivia Question #4

Q. The Wasco community preserved the Columbia Southern Railway freight station & passenger depot. The rails are gone. What happened?

A. See History Tidbits: Sherman County Trivia Answer in the Links section.

5. Relationships as Opportunities to Grow

What can you do when you want to improve your marriage or close relationship, but your significant other seems to be content with the way things are?

Marriage or other close relationships offer us unique opportunities to grow. Sometimes, though, conflict arises when partners in romantic relationships have different visions of what the relationship should be like and different ideas about the direction it should take.

If you think your close relationship could use some work but your partner doesn’t, what do you do? Well, for starters, you don’t start blaming them for disagreeing with you and neither should you assume that there is something wrong with you. What you can do, instead, is share your visions with each other. Can you describe, as specifically as possible, without blaming or judging, just how you see the problem? Can you describe, just as specifically, what you see the future as being?

Sometimes professional couples counseling can be a great help in opening faulty lines of communication.  But, whether you decide to get help or not, make sure you stay focused on a vision of how the relationship will look when it is fixed, and maintain a non-blaming, non-judgmental attitude throughout. It isn’t always easy, but if you can take the emotion out of the situation long enough, the situation becomes clearer and possibly easier to manage when decisions need to be made.

Remember that disagreement doesn’t have to mean someone is wrong, and conflict can lead to greater harmony if it is handled properly. ~The Pacific Institute

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

bird.owl3The White House on Facebook

GovTrack.US Sen. Ron Wyden

GovTrack.US Sen. Jeff Merkley

GovTrack.US Rep. Greg Walde

President signs Greg Walden bill to ensure military access to lifesaving medical treatments

Congressional Misconduct Database


Trump is Right on the Death Tax: A Lifetime of Paying Taxes is Enough

Universal Packaging

Brilliant Maps on Facebook

History Tidbits: Sherman County Trivia Answer: 1964 Flood.

Prager U.: Social Security Won’t Give You Security


Northern Oregon Regional Corrections Facility

A Primer on Land Use in the United States

Mission4Today WWII Aircraft Forum



Sherman County eNews #358


  1. Sherman Middle School Basketball Schedule Update

  2. Sherman County School District Notice of Job Posting

  3. Good People Behaving Badly

  4. Frontier TeleNet Meeting Notice & Agenda – Updated, Dec. 15

  5. History Tidbits: Sherman County Trivia Question #3

  6. Holiday Fire Prevention & Safety Tips

  7. Final Five Days: The Deadline is this Friday

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

Let There be Peace on Earth

And let it begin with me.

 Let there be Peace on Earth

The peace that was meant to be.

With God as our Father

Brothers all are we.

Let me walk with my brother

In perfect harmony.

Let peace begin with me

Let this be the moment now.

With every breath I take

Let this be my solemn vow;

To take each moment and

Live each moment

In peace eternally

Let there be peace on earth

and let it begin with me.

~ Jill Jackson Miller and Sy Miller, 1955

1. Sherman Middle School Basketball Schedule Update School Basketball

Feb. 8, 2018 – Girls game added at Ione with 5/6 girls playing at 4:00, and 7/8 girls at 5:00, bus departs at 1:45, class dismissal at 1:35.  This is a girls game only.

— Audrey Rooney, Registrar  | Sherman High School, 65912 High School Loop, Moro, OR 97039  PH: 541-565-3500 ~ Fax: 541-565-3319

2. Sherman County School District Notice of Job Posting

Logo.Sherman High SchoolSherman County School District


Temporary Licensed Health Education Specialist

Endorsement(s) Required:

Endorsement in Health Education is required for this position. Other opportunities may become available to increase FTE.


Salary will be dependent upon start date, education, and experience.

Start Date

On or before, January 29, 2018.

Position Description:     

Sherman County School District is seeking a highly qualified .43 FTE Health Education Specialist. The successful candidate will spend two (2) periods each day teaching Health Education classes serving 7th-12th grade students and one (1) period each day as the Yearbook classroom instructor. The workday for this position will be from 7:45 am until 11:15 am. Current paid coaching opportunities that are available at this time include Head High School Tennis Coach and Head High School Track Coach, other potential coaching and advisor opportunities may also become available.


  • Ability to work independently as well as a member of a team.
  • Ability to communicate with parents, students and staff.
  • Able to meet the individual needs of all students.
  • Excellent planning, organizational skills.
  • Qualified applicants who have experience and an interest in coaching are encouraged to apply.

About Sherman County School District:      

The Sherman County School District is a K-12 progressive school with approximately 245 students, located in Moro, Oregon.  The 2016-17 school year saw the opening of a new elementary and remodeled Jr./Sr. High School connected as one modernized facility. 

Criminal record check and pre-employment drug testing required.  For further information and application materials please email Wes Owens at

Sherman County School District is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

3. Good People Behaving Badly

People who are essentially good sometimes do bad things. However, how do you handle it when a family member behaves in ways that hurt others and themselves? Sometimes, it is hard to know what to do. We may feel both angry and concerned, and they may not welcome hearing about either feeling.

Sometimes we feel so concerned that we make the mistake of covering for them, trying to smooth things over so they stay out of trouble. We try to keep the consequences of their behavior at bay. On the other hand, we may issue ultimatums, demanding behavior change, or else. Often, though, we are not very clear about what “or else” means, or we waiver and waffle and the “or else” never happens. We get into a cycle of threats, promises, and recriminations, but nothing really changes.

In situations like this, it is important to remember to separate the person from the behavior. It is entirely OK to say, “I love you, but I won’t accept it when you behave this way.” It is also important to express your feelings that the problem behavior is not like him or her, and that you believe in their ability to change it.

So, set clear limits on behaviors you choose not to accept, explain the consequences if the behaviors continue, follow through on those consequences if needed, and persist with faith in a positive outcome.

One thing is certain: you can’t change someone else, or learn their lessons for them. But you can express your beliefs, ask for what you want, and support their efforts to change. ~The Pacific Institute

4. Frontier TeleNet Meeting Notice & Agenda – Updated, Dec. 15

Frontier TeleNet

Board of Directors Meeting Agenda and Notice

December 15th 2017 10:00 AM

Sherman County OSU Extension office

66365 Lone Rock Rd, Moro, OR 97039

  • Call To Order & Director Roll Call
  • Directors’ Changes or Additions to the Agenda
  • Minutes Review and Approval
  • Financials Review and Approval
  • AOC assistance update
  • FTN Website update
  • Frontier 911 Burns Tribe update
  • Wheeler County Wireless project update
  • Digital Switch potential new user update
  • TV Whitespace technology support letter
  • Sherman County Fiber optic RFP update
  • Other items for the good of the order
  • Public Input/Comment
  • Next Meeting
  • Adjournment

The Frontier TeleNet board reserves the right at its sole discretion to enter into Executive Session under ORS 192.660 (a), (g), (j), (n)(D). For those requesting a call in number or other accommodations, please contact Mike Smith at 541-306-1202 or

5. History Tidbits: Sherman County Trivia Question #3

Q. They practiced pontoon bridging on the Columbia River to prepare for the crossing of the Rhine River during World War 2. Who were they and where?

A. See History Tidbits: Sherman County Trivia Answer in the Links section.

6. Holiday Fire Prevention & Safety Tips

Oregon.Flat.poleWith the holiday season in full swing, State Fire Marshal Jim Walker urges citizens to remember fire prevention when decorating and entertaining.

From 2012 through 2016, Oregon fire agencies reported there were 3,510 residential fires during the holiday period from November 22 through January 15. These fires were reported to have resulted in 14 deaths, 194 injuries, and more than $61.2 million in property loss.

Tree care and decorating tips:
* Choose a fresh, healthy tree with a deep-green color and flexible needles.
* When you get the tree home, cut off the bottom two inches of the trunk. This creates a fresh, raw cut for the tree to soak up water.
* Water your tree daily. A tree may consume between a quart and a gallon of water per day.
* Place the tree at least three feet away from any heat source such as a fireplace, woodstove, space heater, heating vent, baseboard heater, or radiator.
* Use only noncombustible or flame resistant materials to trim a tree.
* Always unplug tree lights before leaving home or going to bed.
* If using a woodstove or fireplace, keep it screened at all times. Keep ribbons, boughs, and other decorative materials at least three feet away.
* After the holiday season or whenever your tree dries out, promptly dispose of it and other dry greenery. Burning a tree in a stove or fireplace is extremely dangerous; proper disposal includes recycling or pick-up by a disposal service.
* Never burn wrapping paper in the fireplace or wood stove. Wrapping paper burns at higher temperatures than wood and can cause a chimney fire.

Electrical safety
* Maintain your holiday lights. Inspect holiday lights each year for frayed wires, bare spots, and broken or cracked sockets.
* Do not overload electrical sockets. Do not link more than three light strands, unless the manufacturer’s directions indicate it is safe.
* Protect electrical cords from damage. To avoid shock or fire hazards, cords should never be pinched by furniture, placed under rugs, located near heat sources or attached by nails or staples.
* Make sure all extension cords and electrical decorations used outdoors are marked for outdoor use.

Candle safety
* Consider using battery-operated flameless candles, which can look and smell like real candles.
* Never leave a burning candle unattended. Extinguish candles when you go to bed, leave a room, or before leaving the house.
* Keep candles at least 12 inches away from anything that can burn. Keep candles at least one foot from combustibles including clothing, curtains, upholstered furniture, greenery, and decorations.
* Always use a sturdy non-combustible (metal, glass, or ceramic) candleholder. If a sturdy non-combustible candleholder is not available, the candle can be placed on a non-combustible plate.
* Place candles out of reach of small children and pets.
* Avoid candles with items embedded in them such as twigs, flowers, or leaves. These items can ignite or even explode.
* Always use a flashlight — not a candle — for emergency lighting.

General fire safety
* Keep combustibles at least three feet from heat sources.
* For increased protection, have working smoke alarms on every level of your home (including the basement), in each bedroom, and in the hallway outside each bedroom.
* Make a home fire escape plan and practice it with your family and any overnight guests.
* Keep escape routes clear of clutter so you can escape quickly in case of fire.

For more information on fire safety visit:

7. Final Five Days: The Deadline is this Friday

Oregon.Flat.pole(Salem) — Friday, Dec. 15, is the last day to get 2018 health insurance during open enrollment. Oregonians who do not get coverage through their job or another program should go to and choose a plan before time runs out. is the only place to get help paying for coverage.

“People who need coverage and haven’t enrolled at could be leaving money on the table,” said Chiqui Flowers, administrator of the Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace. “They should go to by Friday and see if they qualify for financial assistance.”

In 2017, more than 70 percent of Oregonians using qualified for financial assistance, and they received an average of $346 per month to help pay for coverage. This year, individuals making less than about $48,000 annually or families of four making less than about $98,000 annually may qualify.

A recent analysis estimated that many Oregonians who were eligible to use and receive financial assistance did not enroll last year, including more than 78,000 men and more than 33,000 people ages 25 to 34.

“Enrollment this year has been strong so far, but as the deadline approaches, it’s essential to take action if you need coverage or, if you’ve already signed up, remind your friends and family that it’s time to enroll and see if they can get help paying for coverage,” Flowers said.

To start shopping for plans, visit or call 1-800-318-2596 (toll-free) (TTY: 1-855-889-4325).

After the Dec. 15 deadline, people will be able to get 2018 coverage only in special circumstances, like when they move or lose job-related coverage.

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

bird.crow.flyFacebook: Sherman County Court

 Explosion Of Rats In Eugene Linked To Chickens, Compost

The 20 most iconic landmarks in Oregon

Pikeminnow Reward Program: One Person’s $84,000 Reward


History Tidbits: Sherman County Trivia Answer: U.S. Army Engineers; Rufus; Camp Rufus; Columbia and Deschutes rivers

Conservatives must understand the role of 2020 census in government bloat

Text of White House Statement on Immigration Principles

Senate Should Follow House’s Lead in Nixing Special-Interest Loopholes


The Swamp against the People

Gillibrand, Wyden join calls for Trump to resign over allegations


Facebook is “destroying how society works”


Sherman County eNews #357


  1. Sherman County School Basketball Schedule Update, Dec. 11 & 18

  2. Sherman County School District Notice of Job Posting

  3. Sherman County Launches New Website

  4. Notice. Sherman County Court Meeting & Agenda, Dec. 20

  5. History Tidbits: Sherman County Trivia Question #2

  6. Here’s To Life!

  7. Update: Oregon Strike Teams Assisting with California Wildfires

  8. Anglers Remove 191,000 Salmon-eating Pikeminnow from Columbia & Snake Rivers

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

 The Greatest Gift of All
~ John Jarvis

Dawn is slowly breaking;
Our friends have all gone home.
You and I are waiting
For Santa Claus to come.

There’s a present by the tree,
Stockings on the wall.
Knowing you’re in love with me
Is the greatest gift of all.

The fire is slowly fading,
Chill is in the air;
All the gifts are waiting
For children ev’rywhere

Through the window I can see
Snow begin to fall.
Knowing you’re in love with me
Is the greatest gift of all.

Just before I go to sleep
I hear a church bell ring.
Merry Christmas ev’ryone
Is the song it sings.

So I say a silent prayer
For creatures great and small:
Peace on earth goodwill to men
Is the greatest gift of all.
Peace on earth goodwill to men
Is the greatest gift of all.

1.Sherman County School Basketball Schedule Update, Dec. 11 & 18

sport.BXboy2High School Basketball

December 11, 2017 – JV Boys Basketball game at Dufur has been rescheduled for December 18, 2017 still in Dufur at 5:00, bus departs at 3:15, class dismissal at 3:05.

— Audrey Rooney, Registrar  

Sherman High School           

65912 High School Loop

Moro, OR 97039

PH: 541-565-3500 ~ Fax: 541-565-3319

2. Sherman County School District Notice of Job Posting

Logo.Sherman High SchoolNOTICE OF JOB POSTING

Sherman County School District

65912 High School Loop

Moro, Oregon 97039



Sherman County School District is seeking a qualified custodial candidate. The candidate must be self-motivated and is responsible for performing custodial duties, minor maintenance, and other miscellaneous duties on a regimented schedule in order to ensure that the school building and facilities are maintained in a healthy, safe, and sanitary manner.  Medical, dental, and vision insurance are included.

Criminal record check and pre-employment drug screening required. For information and application materials please email or call Wes Owens at or 541-565-3500.

Application Method/Materials Required

Please submit a letter of interest, application (available from the school district) and resume if you are interested in the position to:

~Wes Owens, Superintendent

65912 High School Loop

Moro, Oregon  97039

(541) 565-3500

This position will remain open until filled.

Sherman County School District is an equal opportunity employer.

3. Sherman County Launches New Website

ShermanCoLogoWe’re excited to have launched  our new website that will help us better serve Sherman County.

The new site focuses on helping residents, businesses and visitors better access services and information and includes:

  • a responsive design that adapts to phones, tablets, laptops and computers
  • a simple search that makes it easier to find information and services
  • an ‘Answers’ tool that lets users quickly access frequently asked questions integration with county social media accounts
  • and more.  

If you have not visited our new website, please go to and tell us what you think.

4. Notice. Sherman County Court Meeting & Agenda, Dec. 20

The  Sherman County Court will be in session on Wednesday, December 20, 2017, at 9:00 a.m. in the Circuit Courtroom at the Sherman County Courthouse, 500 Court Street, Moro, Oregon, 97039.  The agenda, including updates, will be posted on the Sherman County Website at

Agenda December 20 2017

5. History Tidbits: Sherman County Trivia Question #2

Q. The half-mile long bridge was built in 1962. It was named for a champion of the Good Roads Movement. What is his name and where is it?

A. See History Tidbits: Sherman County Trivia Answer in the Links section.

6. Here’s To Life!

For some, today’s topic will create a little discomfort. Please do not be concerned. A little discomfort is usually a good thing, not something to be avoided. It’s a sign of impending growth. Here goes: When it comes to “near death” experiences, most people report some common feelings. Let’s take a look at what that encompasses.

What we are talking about is not what their experience of death is like. We are referring to their altered attitude toward life. Almost every single survivor reports feeling more connected to humanity and less concerned about self.

For example, in 1973, when Stevie Wonder came out of a four-day coma after an automobile accident, he deepened his commitment to helping his fellow man. “I will not be operating so much ‘on’ time as ‘in’ time,” he said, meaning that he would strive to help others before it was too late.

This is exactly what people in similar circumstances report they feel – an overwhelming desire to be of service. For many of us, it seems to take a severe shakeup or a close-call with death to wake us up to our own sense of purpose and our own sense of nature. It’s just like Ebeneezer Scrooge, in Charles Dickens’ story “A Christmas Carol.” He had to be shown his own death before the spirits could convince him to change his ways.

How would you live differently if you had just come back from the brink of death? Would you pay more attention to your business or to your family? What would you treasure? What would you stop doing? What would you start?

Consider, if you will, that third level of happiness we talked about last week – Contribution. Perhaps we don’t need to have a near-death experience in order to live every day with gratitude, and to create the most complete life we can have. We don’t need to hear “angel wings” or be visited by ghosts in the night, in order to better connect to the world around us.

What do you think? What will be your first steps?  ~The Pacific Institute 

7. Update: Oregon Strike Teams Assisting with California Wildfires

The Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal, through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact, activated its Agency Operations Center Wednsday, December 6th and deployed 15 strike teams with equipment and personnel who are now actively engaged in assisting with the wildfires in California.

All Oregon resources are assigned to assist with the Thomas Fire burning near Ventura, California. The California Office of Emergency Services reports that the Thomas Fire is at 230,500 acres and is 15% contained.

“Oregon resources are doing great work and their morale is good,” said Chief Deputy State Fire Marshal Mariana Ruiz-Temple. “We continue to be proud of our firefighters professionalism and effective intergration with California resources during these difficult fires.”

In addition to OSFM’s deployed resources, the Oregon Department of Forestry has also deployed 60 personnel and 25 engines to assist with the California wildfires.

Be sure to follow the OSFM on Facebook/Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal and Twitter @OSFM for regular updates.

California made the request through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact a national state-to-state mutual aid system. The EMAC request is sent directly to Oregon Emergency Management who contact and coordinate with the appropriate Oregon agency to fulfill the requests.

8. Anglers Remove 191,000 Salmon-eating Pikeminnow from Columbia & Snake Rivers

Portland, Ore. — The numbers are in and they’re impressive. In 2017, anglers caught and removed more than 191,000 northern pikeminnow from the Columbia and Snake rivers, protecting young salmon and steelhead from predation.

Approximately 1,100 people registered to be part of the Northern Pikeminnow Sport Reward Program. All together anglers removed 191,483 of the salmon-eating predators from the two rivers, and were paid nearly $1,542,000 for their efforts. The program, funded by the Bonneville Power Administration, runs from May 1 through Sept. 30.

The anglers’ successes mean BPA is also successfully meeting its program goals.

“The program’s goal is to reduce the number of pikeminnow that prey heavily on juvenile salmon,” said Makary Hutson, BPA project manager. “Annual harvest rate estimates, which are calculated using data from tagged fish caught by anglers, indicate the 2017 season met our program targets, which directly benefits juvenile salmon making their way to the ocean.”

The reward program pays registered anglers $5 to $8 per fish, nine inches or longer. The more fish an angler catches during the season, the more each pikeminnow they reel in is worth. State fish and wildlife biologists also release more than 1,000 specially tagged northern pikeminnow, each worth $500.

This year the top 20 fishermen registered with the Sport Reward Program earned an average of nearly $30,000 each. The top angler earned nearly $84,000, reeling in more than 10,000 fish over the five-month season.

Northern pikeminnow are voracious eaters, consuming millions of young salmon and steelhead every year. Since 1990, anglers paid through the program have removed more than 4.8 million pikeminnow from the Columbia and Snake rivers. The program has reduced predation on young salmon and steelhead by up to 40 percent since it began.

The BPA-funded program is administered by the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission. The 2018 season is scheduled for May 1 through Sept. 30, 2018. For more information about the program call 800-858-9015 or visit

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


bird.owl.limbAlleged NY City Terrorist Got to U.S. through Chain Migration

Space Weather: A Rock Comet Approaches Earth

History Tidbits: Sherman County Trivia Answer: Sam Hill; Columbia River at Biggs Junction

Oregon’s ranking of 48th points to need for Career Technical Education funds

NFL Ticket Prices Fall To $10 As Teams Struggle To Fill Stadiums

What Kids Really Want for Christmas

Words. Be folksy and talk in similes.


Sherman County eNews #356


  1. What’s Happening at Sherman County Public/School Library This Week

  2. Sherman County Courthouse Addition Nearly Complete

  3. Anger and Violence

  4. Remember Local Needs with Year-end Giving

  5. History Tidbits: Sherman County Trivia Question #1

  6. Community Renewable Energy Association

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

1. What’s Happening at Sherman County Public/School Library This Week.

Logo.ShermanPub.School.Library2017Book Club – Thursday, December 14 at 6:00pm
Please join us for tea, dessert and discussion of our monthly book, Some Luck by Jane Smiley. On their farm in Denby, Iowa, Rosanna and Walter Langdon abide by time-honored values that they pass on to their five wildly different yet equally remarkable children: Frank, the brilliant, stubborn first-born; Joe, whose love of animals makes him the natural heir to his family’s land; Lillian, an angelic child who enters a fairy-tale marriage with a man only she will fully know; Henry, the bookworm who’s not afraid to be different; and Claire, who earns the highest place in her father’s heart. Moving from post-World War I America through the early 1950s, Some Luck gives us an intimate look at this family’s triumphs and tragedies, zooming in on the realities of farm life, while casting-as the children grow up and scatter to New York, California, and everywhere in between-a panoramic eye on the monumental changes that marked the first half of the twentieth century. Rich with humor and wisdom, twists and surprises, Some Luck takes us through deeply emotional cycles of births and deaths, passions, and betrayals, displaying Smiley’s dazzling virtuosity, compassion, and understanding of human nature and the nature of history, never discounting the role of fate and chance. This potent conjuring of many lives across generations is a stunning tour de force.

The Library at Lunch – Tuesday, December 12 or Thursday, December 14 at lunchtime.
We will create customized t-shirts using a stencil and spray bleach. Please bring your own dark colored t-shirt. Please email your idea for a stencil to Abbey at no later than Wednesday. You can chose almost any picture. All images must be school appropriate. Stop in either Tuesday or Thursday. You can pick up your shirt at the end of the day. This event is for grades 7-12 only.

Crafts in Stacks – Saturday, December 16th at 2:00 pm
We will create customized t-shirts using a stencil and spray bleach. Please bring your own dark colored t-shirt or shirts. We will have a few stencils for you to choose from or you can call or stop by the library if you have special requests. You can also create your own image, please email Abbey at for more information or to send your image. Ages firmly 12 and up. Give us a call to reserve your spot before December 14, space is limited to the first 20.

2. Sherman County Courthouse Addition Nearly Complete

Sherman County is pleased to announce that departments will begin moving into the nearly completed courthouse addition during the week of December 11th. We are utilizing the Sherman eNews forum at this time rather than the Citizen Reporter due to the rapidly evolving construction schedule. The move-in to the addition has long been scheduled to occur in January but due to the coordination of the folks at Kirby Nagelhout Construction and the many project subcontractors the phased move-in will take place during mid to late December. We will announce in eNews when departments have been moved and how to best find their new location.

While the addition is substantially complete at this time, finish work on the interior and exterior of the structure will continue and landscaping will be completed during the spring months. The final major phase of the project will begin in early January with the renovation of the existing Courthouse. Construction will take place in two stages and is scheduled to be completed in June of 2018. The continued patience and support of the Sherman County community is greatly appreciated as several departments will be operating in temporary spaces and there will likely be many signs and sounds of construction in the months to come.

We wish to express our gratitude to our neighbors who have patiently endured the noise and other disruptions related to the project. Also, we appreciate those courthouse employees who have dealt with many months of being closer to the action than they may have preferred to be. While the project is not yet in the home stretch, the near completion of the addition represents a major milestone and we will provide updated project-related information in the near future. Finally, we are happy to report that in addition to being ahead of schedule, the project continues to operate within the adopted budget at this time.

~Submitted by Heath Gardner, Wenaha Group, and Ron McDermid, Sherman County Courthouse Project Steering Committee member.

3. Anger and Violence

Driving in to work today, it was probably easy to notice that there are a lot of angry people out there. Angry adults, unfortunately, provide angry role models for the children in their lives. All of us, not just parents and grandparents, should be concerned about teaching our children to deal with anger in nonviolent ways.

Violence, which can be defined as intense anger, expressed in a way that hurts others, is something no parent wants their children to experience. Yet, it can be difficult to know what to do about it, when examples of it are so easily accessible on television, in the movies, and all over social media.

Parents may say, “Don’t feel this way,” or “Don’t behave this way,” to their kids, but it has little or no effect. What does work? First, teach your kids to differentiate between violent feelings, which everyone has from time to time, and violent behavior, which should not be condoned or tolerated.

Then, set a good example. Children imitate and learn from what they see. This doesn’t mean that you don’t fly off the handle once in a while, but it does mean that most of the time you keep your temper under control. Parents also want to set firm limits on physical expressions of hostility and violence. Over time, this helps kids develop their own internal system of self-control.

At the same time, you want to give your kids safe outlets for expressing hostile or angry feelings. Help them tell you what they are feeling in words, or say something like, “I know you are really mad at your brother right now and feel like you might want to hit him. I can’t let you do that. That is not right. How can we channel that negative energy into something more positive?”

Then, bring the child into the decision-making process (in an age-appropriate manner), to find positive ways to channel those feelings. You are helping them develop their own replacement picture for a positive end result – a skill that will prove invaluable throughout their lives. And, by turning a “have to” into a “want to,” you both will have greater success in changing destructive behavior patterns that can follow the child into adulthood. ~The Pacific Institute

4. Remember Local Needs with Year-end Giving

Remember Local Needs for Year-end Giving | tax-deductible non-profit organizations | Updated 12/2017:

  • ABC Huskies Day Care, Sherman County Child Care Foundation, P.O. Box 424, Wasco, OR 97065
  • Columbia Basin Agricultural Research Center – Sherman Station Foundation, 36656 Lone Rock Road, Moro, OR 97039
  • Grass Valley Pavilion Renovation & Rejuvenation Project, City of Grass Valley, P.O. Box 191, Grass Valley, OR 97029
  • HAVEN from Domestic and Sexual Violence, P.O. Box 576, The Dalles, OR 9058
  • Little Wheats Day Care Inc., P.O. Box 71, Moro, OR 97039
  • Maryhill Museum of Art, 35 Maryhill Museum Drive, Goldendale, WA 98620
  • Oregon Cultural Trust, Oregon Cultural Trust, 775 Summer Street NE, Ste 200, Salem, OR 97301 – a portion of these funds are allocated to Sherman County Cultural Coalition for distribution, & matched to local cultural non-profit gifts provide a tax credit.
  • OSU Extension 4-H Programs, 36656 Lone Rock Road, Moro, OR 97039
  • Sherman County Ambulance, PO Box 139, Moro, OR 97039
  • Sherman County Athletic Foundation, P.O. Box 191, Moro, OR 97039
  • Sherman County Cultural Coalition, O. Box 23, Moro, OR 97039
  • Sherman County Fair, P.O. Box 45, Wasco, OR 97065
  • Sherman County Food Bank, P.O. Box 14, Moro, OR 97039
  • Sherman County Historical Society & Museum, P.O. Box 173, Moro, OR 97039 –qualifies for Oregon Cultural Trust Tax Credits
  • Sherman County Junior Hoops, c/o Sherman County Athletic Foundation, P.O. Box 191, Moro, OR 97039
  • Sherman County Lions Club, P.O. Box 27, Wasco, OR 97065
  • Sherman Elementary Parent Teacher Organization, 69512 High School Loop, Moro, OR 97039
  • Sherman County Public/School Library, 69512 High School Loop, Moro, OR 97039
  • Sherman County Scholarship Association, 65912 High School Loop, Moro, Oregon 97039
  • Sherman County Senior & Community Center, P.O. Box 352, Moro, OR  97039
  • Sherman Development League, P.O. Box 11, Moro, OR 97039
  • Sherman County Preschool, 69512 High School Loop, Moro, OR 97039
  • Wasco Cemetery Association, Sun Rise Cemetery, P.O. Box __, Wasco, OR 97065
  • Wasco RR Depot & History Center, City of Wasco, P.O. Box __, Wasco, OR 97065
  • Wasco School Events Center, City of Wasco, P.O. Box __, Wasco, OR 97065
  • Wasco Salmon/Steelhead Tournament, P.O. Box __, Wasco, OR 97065
  • Your church.

Consider gifts to these organizations to honor someone with a shared interest, to recognize someone’s achievement or success, in memory or remembrance, to express your appreciation, or as an alternate gift for someone who has everything.

5. History Tidbits: Sherman County Trivia Question #1

Q. Imagine a map. Explorers came down the Columbia River in October 1805. They identified a “river that falls in on the Larboard side, Lodges of Indians on the Starboard side … a round topped mountain immediately in front … an Island of rocks about 4 miles long … the entrance of a large river on the Larboard Side …and the commencement of the pitch of the Great falls…”  Who were they and where were they?

A. See History Tidbits: Sherman County Trivia Answer in the Links section.

6. Community Renewable Energy Association

“Our organization cares about the development of small-scale (20 MW and under) renewable energy projects in Oregon, and works to protect and create favorable state and federal policy in support of Oregon based renewable energy.” ~

Our Executive Board works to keep CREA in alignment with its mission of promoting and supporting community scale renewable energy, while keeping abreast with any state or federal issues affecting community renewables. With an interweaving of county government officials and owners/operators of small energy projects, our Executive Board brings a variety of administrative and experience based knowledge to form a detailed, panoramic vision of what community projects need in order to thrive. All members of our executive team have current or past involvement with other renewable energy/economic development themed organizations.

Don Coats, Executive Board Chair

Don Coats owns and operates Coats Ranch, Inc., a dry land wheat farm in Sherman County, Oregon. He began farming in 1974, learning the trade from his father, and has owned the family ranch since 1999. Don has served and chaired on several boards of directors, to include Sherman Cooperative of Grain Growers, Mid-Columbia Producers, and Oregon Wheat Growers League. He has experience in consulting and land acquisition for wind farms. Don has spent the last 15 years immersed in the field of renewable energy, with a passionate focus on policy development for PURPA and qualifying facilities. His knowledge of renewable energy expands to include solar, small hydro, and other RPS resources. Don studied aviation maintenance at Lane Community College in Eugene, Oregon

Ormand Hilderbrand, Executive Board Vice Chair

Ormand Hilderbrand is President and owner of Patu Wind Farm, a 9 MW project, located in Wasco, Oregon. He has overseen operations of Patu since its emergence in 2005. He was formerly the General Manager for Oregon Trail Wind Farm in Walla Walla, Washington. Ormand has an extensive background in business development, engineering and wind energy technology, as well as on ground, continuous experience with state and federal policy in relation to community scale renewable energy projects. He holds a BS in Agronomy/Soils from Oregon State University.

Les Perkins

Les Perkins is a commissioner for Hood River County. Currently in his 5th elected term to rural south end, Les focuses on natural resource issues, specifically forestry and water. He works as General Manager of Farmers Irrigation District in Hood River.

Steve Forrester

Steven Forrester is the City Manager for Prineville, Oregon, a location that has seen much advancement and large company interest in renewable energy, particularly solar, in the last several years. Steve grew up in Prineville and has served as the City Manager since 2009. He spent 25 years working in the forest products industry and worked as General Manager in the Oregon towns of Redmond, Lakeview, White City and Prineville. Alongside his role on CREA’s Board, Steve serves on many boards in his community, to include those of the local hospital and school district facilities, as well as the Economic Development of Central Oregon and the League of Oregon Cities.

Judge Steve Shaffer

Steve Shaffer is the Gilliam County Court Judge. Gilliam County has come to be known as a renewable energy capital of the state and even the world, due to the amount of wind energy produced within its borders. While the wind farms are not community scale, Gilliam County (alongside Morrow and Sherman counties), used CREA to negotiate Strategic Investment Program opportunities in which a percentage of the capital on power generated is relegated to the county itself for a number of years. Judge Shaffer has been active in seeking a solution for allowing access to hands on, wind tower experience for students of the Renewable Energy Technology program of Columbia Gorge Community College, as well as the possible creation of renewable energy educational programs within Sherman and Morrow County schools.

Judge Terry Tallman

Terry Tallman is Morrow County Court’s Judge. He’s been on our Executive Board for nearly a decade, engaging in the active philosophy that community based renewable energy is an economic development tool. Judge Tallman makes his home in Heppner, Oregon, where he miraculously finds time to grow watermelons and dahlias in his garden.

Judge Gary Thompson

Gary Thomspon, Judge for Sherman County Court, is one of CREA’s founding members, signing the original intergovernmental agreement to form our organization. He has served as Sherman County Judge for 15 years, with 8 years experience as a County Representative for noprofit, Wy’East Resource Conservation & Development (Agricultural Energy Efficiency Program). Judge Thompson also has a prior 25 years experience as a self-employed farmer within his rural county. He holds a BS from Central Washington State.

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

Bird.Black.Envelope2017 Census of Agriculture is now underway throughout the nation

M.C. Escher, Artist – Illusions

Was the Civil War really fought about slavery?

Portland Harbor Superfund makes Trump EPA list of 21 sites targeted for ‘immediate and intense’ attention

TEDEd Lessons Worth Sharing

TEDEd Lessons Worth Sharing: Renewable Energy

History Tidbits: Sherman County Trivia Answer:  Lewis & Clark Expedition; William Clark’s journal; Columbia River; John Day River; Miller Island; Deschutes River; Celilo Falls.

Original Recipe: Nanaimo Bars

Commissioners want panel to run youth jail in The Dalles


Sherman County eNews #355


  1. Updated Sherman County School Basketball Schedules

  2. Holiday Book Exchange, Dec. 14

  3. Listing Your Assets

  4. Dos and Don’ts for Year-End Appeals

  5. Oregon Cultural Trust Tax Credit

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

 And the Grinch, with his grinch-feet ice-cold in the snow,
Stood puzzling and puzzling: “How could it be so?
It came without ribbons! It came without tags!
“It came without packages, boxes or bags!”
And he puzzled three hours, `till his puzzler was sore.
Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before!
“Maybe Christmas,” he thought, “doesn’t come from a store.
“Maybe Christmas…perhaps…means a little bit more!”

~ Dr. Seuss, How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

1. Updated Sherman County School Basketball Schedules

Middle School Basketball

Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017 – Added a 5/6 and 7/8 boys game at St. Mary’s.  5/6 boys at 4:00 and 7/8 boys at 5:00, bus departs at 2:15, class dismissal at 2:05.


High School Basketball

Monday, Dec. 11, 2017 – Added a JV boys game at Dufur starting at 5:00, bus departs at 3:15, class dismissal at 3:05.

Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017 – Changed the time of the JV and V boys game at Trinity Lutheran.  JV boys start at 4:30, and V boys start at 6:00, bus departs at 1:00, class dismissal at 12:50.

Friday, Dec. 16, 2017 – Changed departure time to 10:30, class dismissal at 10:20.

~Audrey Rooney, Registrar

Sherman High School

65912 High School Loop

Moro, OR 97039

PH: 541-565-3500 ~ Fax: 541-565-3319

2. Holiday Book Exchange, Dec. 14

Sherman County School Parent Teacher Organization is hosting a Holiday Book Exchange. Join in on the fun and bring a wrapped new or gently used book labeled with boy/girl and an age group.

When: Thursday, December 14th
Time: 6:00pm-7:00pm
Where: Sherman County School Cafeteria
Games, Storytime, Cookies and Hot Chocolate, Free Books!

3. Listing Your Assets

Do you realize just how much you have going for yourself?

You know, something you can do for children, grandchildren, parents and friends is remind them of how much they have going for themselves. Remind them of how much they are loved, how quickly they learn new things, how much fun they are to be around, how cooperative and helpful they are. Help them concentrate and focus on the plusses in their lives, because we know that is a very useful habit to have.

Here’s a question:  Have you thought about doing this, for yourself?  How long has it been since you have taken a few minutes to list your accomplishments, your “assets,” the things that bring you pleasure and make you happy?

You know, happiness is a here-and-now situation, and despite the sad and frustrating news coming at us, there are always plenty of reasons to feel good, if you stop to take a deeper look. Are you proud of your family? Are you managing to pay your bills, maybe even save a little? Are you reasonably healthy, with the use of all your senses? Do you have friendships you treasure, work you enjoy, and time to do things you like to do?

Take a moment and make a list of the plusses in your life and share them with someone close to you. Let yourself feel pride and pleasure in your accomplishments. Allow yourself to feel happy. And like the children’s song says, “If you’re happy and you know it, then your face is sure to show it!” Smile! You are alive and kicking! Enjoy yourself in the present, the only time frame you really have any control over.

And when we have an honest sense of what we have going for ourselves, we also have the strength – and maybe the courage – to tackle the challenges we face, every day. ~The Pacific Institute

4. Dos and Don’ts for Year-End Appeals

dollars.coinsIt’s that time of year that many of your organizations are appealing to members and donors for last minute donations before the tax year ends. This article provides some tips for what may help or hinder that process.

5. Oregon Cultural Trust Tax Credit

dollars.coinsJust a reminder that those who donate to a qualifying nonprofit and then give a matching donation to the Oregon Cultural Trust by Dec. 31 will qualify for the Cultural Trust tax credit. There are three steps:

  1. Total your donations to culture
  2. Give a matching amount to the Cultural Trust 3. Claim cultural tax credit on your state taxes

If you are unsure if you donated to a qualifying nonprofit or if the organization you work for is a qualifying nonprofit, visit here<>. Donations made to the Oregon Cultural Trust result in money going to cultural projects and organizations, including heritage organizations and projects, across the State of Oregon.

For more information on the tax credit visit

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

bird.owl3If we really cared about CO2, we’d reduce car size and weight, not make electric cars

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

DACA Is Not What Its Said to Be. Here Are the Facts.

37 Eye-Catching World Map Posters You Should Hang On Your Walls

A Nation-Sized Battery

Why Jerusalem Matters


Sherman County eNews #354


  1. The Catholic Community of Sherman County Advent/Christmas Schedule

  2. Moro Community Presbyterian Church Christmas Services, Dec. 24

  3. Black Nativity – A Gospel Song Play

  4. Sherman County Preschool Gala of Trees – The Farm Store

  5. Software Upgrade

  6. Unit 20, Oregon Retired Educators’ Meeting, Dec. 19

  7. Notice. Frontier TeleNet Board of Directors Meeting,  Dec. 15

  8. Notice. Columbia Gorge Community College Meeting Agenda, Dec. 12

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

On the twelfth day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
12 drummers drumming,
11 pipers piping,
10 lords a-leaping,
9 ladies dancing,
8 maids a-milking,
7 swans a-swimming,
6 geese a-laying,
5 golden rings,
4 calling birds,
3 French hens,
2 turtle doves,
And a partridge in a pear tree.

~ English Christmas carol

1.The Catholic Community of Sherman County Advent/Christmas Schedule 

The Catholic Community of Sherman County

Advent/Christmas Schedule

December 9   Saturday        2nd Sunday of Advent    Grass Valley Mass 4pm

                                                                                     Wasco Mass 5:30pm

December 15 Friday             Penance Service            Wasco 6pm

December 16 Saturday         3rd Sunday of Advent   Grass Valley Mass 4pm

*Followed by church decorating and potluck at Rick and Kathleen Danielson Home

                                                                                        Wasco Mass 5:30pm

December 23 Saturday         4th Sunday of Advent    Grass Valley Mass 4pm

                                                                                        Wasco Mass 5:30pm

December 24 Sunday          Christmas Eve Mass       Grass Valley 5pm

2. Moro Community Presbyterian Church Christmas Services, Dec. 24



Sunday Evening

December 24, 2017

6:00 PM

Moro Community Presbyterian Church

204  Fourth Street, Moro, Oregon

Please, join us for a time of celebration, joy and reflection.

Enjoy the Carols, Special Music, Readings & Christmas Message.

Our regular Sunday Church Service starts at 10:45 AM.

3. Black Nativity – A Gospel Song Play

Dec. 1-17, 2017 | Fri. Sat. 7:30pm, Sun. 3pm
Greater St. Stephens Missionary Baptist Church
3605 NE Mallory St., Portland


Originally produced off-Broadway in 1961, Black Nativity is Langston Hughes’ gorgeous, self-described “gospel song play.”  “Nativity” uses a cultural lens to retell the classic holiday Biblical story through scripture, interpretive dance and singing—roof-raising, awe-inspiring singing. Traditional holiday favorites like “Come All Ye Faithful” and “Hark the Herald Angels Sing” are joined by gospel tunes like “There’s a Meeting Here Tonight” and folk spirituals like “Go Tell It on the Mountain” – all in rousing, soul-stirring versions that consistently move audiences from all walks of life.

4. Sherman County Preschool Gala of Trees – The Farm Store

Christmas.TreeDecorated Christmas trees are now on display at The Farm Store in Wasco! Get your tickets ($5) now for a chance to win a unique, fun and fully decorated Christmas tree. Donors include RDO, MCGG, Rod McGuire, Apex/Little Wheats, Sherman Farm Chem and others. All proceeds support Sherman County Preschool.


5. Software Upgrade

What if you inherited a machine that was guaranteed to make you happy, but you had no idea how to operate it? What would you do?

Now, if you are like most folks, you would probably move heaven and earth until you figured out how it worked, wouldn’t you? The fact is, you were born with all the resources to make yourself very happy and successful. Unfortunately, you did not arrive with an instruction manual or an external “Help” site.

It has been left up to you to figure it out. Isn’t it strange, then, that most folks don’t even bother? They don’t read psychology. They don’t take classes or seminars on human behavior, and they don’t work with counselors, teachers or other professionals who could help them make the most of their potential. For one reason or another, they don’t challenge their current beliefs or consider how their habits and attitudes may have them completely stuck in place.

Instead, they are content to bump along, not really expecting much out of themselves or of anyone else. Oh, they may go to a lot of trouble to learn to speak Chinese or to scuba dive, or even seek out the latest electronic gadget or game system. But they never take the time to learn about their own “software” – how their mind works.

Do you suppose this is because no one has ever told them that we are all programmed to achieve happiness and success? This is true. All we need to do is learn to operate the program. We are talking about educating ourselves, setting goals, controlling our thoughts and getting rid of glitches in the program that were put there by others who didn’t know better. ~The Pacific Institute

6. Unit 20, Oregon Retired Educators’ Meeting, Dec. 19 

Unit 20, Oregon Retired Educators, will meet noon, Tuesday the 19th, at the Hood River Elks.  The afternoon will feature caroling and a gift exchange.  Luncheon reservations may be made by calling 541-296-4356.

7. Notice. Frontier TeleNet Board of Directors Meeting,  Dec. 15 

Frontier TeleNet

Board of Directors Meeting Agenda and Notice

December 15th, 2017 – 10:00 AM

Sherman County OSU Extension Office

Steve Burnet Research and Extension Building, Moro, Oregon

Topics on the agenda include Director Roll Call, Changes to the Agenda, Minutes Review & Approval, Financials Review & Approval, Association of Oregon Counties Assistance Update, Frontier TeleNet Website Update, Frontier 911 Burns (Paiute) Tribe Update, Wheeler County Wireless Project Update, Digital Switch Potential New User Update and TV Whitespace Technology Support Letter. The Frontier TeleNet board reserves the right at its sole discretion to enter into Executive Session under ORS 192.660 (a), (g), (j), (n)(D).

8. Notice. Columbia Gorge Community College Meeting Agenda, Dec. 12

CGCC is an equal opportunity educator and employer. The meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities. If special accommodations are needed, please contact Shayna Dahl ( or 541-506-6046) at least 48 hours before the meeting.

Board of Education Meeting Agenda

December 12, 2017, The Dalles Campus – Board Room, Building 1, Room 1.162

Board Work Session

5:00 pm 1.0 Call Board Work Session to Order Stu Watson

2.0 Nursing and Health Occupations Update Doris Jepson

3.0 Board Budget Review Lee Fairchild

5:55 pm 4.0 Adjourn Stu Watson

6:00 pm Regular Business Meeting

The Agenda for the regular business meeting includes a welcome and introductions, public comment, approval of minutes and reports on Operations/Academics, Foundation, Winter Enrollment, Finance, Business & Industry Outreach Survey, Housing RFP, Mid-Columbia Economic Development District Request for CEDS Project, Space Utilization and Directors’ Reports.

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

bird.owl.limbUndoing the Dis-Education of Millennials


Judicial Watch


Refugee Resettlement in the U.S.


UN envoy meets North Korean foreign minister

N. Korea says war is inevitable as allies continue war games

North Korean airspace could be declared no-fly zone after missile test comes within sight of Cathay Pacific passenger plane

Greg Walden holds Congressional oversight hearing with EPA Administrator 

Energy Skeptic: What percent of Americans are rational?

America’s Separation of Church and State


Sherman County eNews #353


  1. Classifieds

  2. Calendar

1. CLASSIFIEDS (new or corrected)


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 contact information, under 50 words if possible. This service is limited to Sherman County. Links are welcome. ~The Editor 


THANK YOU! The Wasco School Events Center volunteers thank everyone who helped with and attended the Sherman County Food Bank Fund-raiser on December 3, 2017.We had a nice turn out for dinner and Bingo with 161 cans of vegetables donated to the Food Bank. We also brought in over $700 from dinner sales and Bingo card purchases and donations from community members. A BIG thank you to the many local businesses who donated prizes for the Bingo; your support is appreciated and helped to make this event a success. Thank you to Apex Auto & Truck Repair in Moro, Bank of Eastern Oregon, Morrow County Grain Growers, Mt. View Guest House, Locust Tree Salon, The Lean-To, Giggles and Schitz, Gorge Wildcraft, Second Hand Made, Wasco Fitness Center, WK Ranch, Salmon Run. ~Submitted by Melissa Kirkpatrick 541-442-5887.

THANK YOU! Thank you to everyone who honored my 80th birthday with a contribution to our national award-winning Museum. I love fundraising so it makes sense that contributions to the Museum’s endowment fund and website project were the perfect gifts. I’m still smiling! Those who could not be there mailed contributions to the Sherman County Historical Museum, P.O. Box 173, Moro, OR 97039. An update is in order … a month-and-a-half later, it’s a wonderful grand total of $5,927.68! ~Sherry Kaseberg

THANK YOU, KARLA VON BORSTEL CHAMBERS, as you retire after 16 years of service on the board of directors of The Ford Family Foundation!

CONGRATULATIONS, LOUIS & ALENE RUCKER, on your 70th wedding anniversary! ~ Sherry Kaseberg



SHERMAN COUNTY PRESCHOOL GALA OF TREES. Trees are now on display at The Farm Store in Wasco! Get your tickets ($5) now for a chance to win a unique, fun and fully decorated Christmas tree. Donors include RDO, MCGG, Rod McGuire, Apex/Little Wheats, Sherman Farm Chem and others. All proceeds support your local preschool. 12/16


HEALTHY FAMILIES OREGON HOME VISITOR. North Central ESD Early Education is hiring for a part time Healthy Families Oregon Home Visitor. Healthy Families Oregon seeks to insure healthy, thriving children and nurturing, caring families with a target of reaching parents with newborns and expectant parents. We seek to enhance family function, promote positive parent-child relationships and support children’s healthy growth and development through home visiting and links to community services.
The main duties of this job will be to provide parental support and education through the early years of a child’s life so children will grow up to be emotionally secure and safe, healthy, and more school-ready. Provide parenting skills, child development monitoring, early learning activities, and linkages to community resources. High school diploma required, AA or Bachelor’s Degree preferred. Must have reliable transportation to and from worksites.  Worksite Location: Office located in Condon. Service area includes Gilliam, Sherman, and Wheeler Counties. Work Schedule: 30 hours/week. Salary Range: $14.17-$20.15 DOE. Benefits: Medical, Dental, Vision and Long Term Disability. Reports to: Healthy Families Supervisor. Application Deadline: Open until filled. Please send resume and cover letter to 877-562-3739 “The NCESD is an Equal Opportunity Employer.”


MOVING SALE. Huge moving sale 615 John Day St Wasco – December 9 – 17  1 PM – 6 PM. Everything must go – house is being demolished – house hold items – tools, gardening tools, boat, fishing goodies, cabinets, lights.  Come to see! We probably have what you are looking for. Call Len/Danee Rankin 541-442-5834.

HANDCRAFTED FURNITURE & NOVELTY GIFTS. Considerately Handcrafted furniture and novelty gifts, created from re-purposed wine & whiskey barrels, ready for Christmas. ~Kevin Kaseberg | The Wood Butcher | Wasco, Oregon | 541-993-4282  | 12/29

STUDDED TIRES 245/75R-16 on GM Alloy Rims from Tahoe (5 Spoke Factory Alloy Wheels). 6 lug pattern (6 X 13927 MM).  Lightly used, asking $700 for wheels and tires. Sold the vehicle and the new owner did not need the studded set. Can be seen in Grass Valley by contacting Jeanne @ 541-714-5740 (call or Text).  12/29

1.5 ACRE LOT. New Price on 1.5 acre lot just outside of Moro. 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. $50,000. ~ Tiffany Hillman  12/29








2. CALENDAR (new or corrected) 


8-….. Sherman County Preschool Gala of Trees Display – The Farm Store, Wasco

8 Community Renewable Energy Association (CREA) Board Meeting 10-1

9 Sherman County Lions Club Fruit Shipment Ready for Pickup

11 Sherman County School District Board of Directors Meeting 7 Public/School Library

11 Mid-Columbia Housing Authority Board Meeting 10 The Dalles

12 Columbia Gorge Community College Board of Education Meeting 6 The Dalles

12 Sherman County Watershed Council 11:30

12 Tri-County Mental Health Board Meeting 11-2

12 North Central Public Health District Board Meeting 3

13 Tri-County Hazardous Waste/Recycling Steering Committee 8:30 The Dalles

13 Wasco School Events Center Board Meeting 6

13 Mid-Columbia CORE Pesticide Training 9:30-3 CGCC

13 & 20 Open Pickleball Court at the Wasco Gym

14 Sherman Soil & Water Conservation District Board Meeting 8:30 Moro

14 Northern Oregon Regional Corrections Board Meeting 1 NORCOR, The Dalles

14 Mid-Columbia Economic Development District Board Meeting 4-5 Hood River

15 Frontier TeleNet Board of Directors 10-12 Burnet Building, Moro

19 Unit #20 Oregon Retired Educators’ Meeting 12 Hood River Elks Club

20 Sherman County Court 9

20 Open Pickleball Court at the Wasco Gym

21 Winter Begins

21 Youth Mental Health First Aid Course 8-5 Steve Burnet Bldg., Moro

24-29 Sherman County School District Christmas Vacation

24 Christmas Eve Mass 5 Grass Valley Catholic Church

24 Moro Community Presbyterian Church Service 10:45

24 Candlelight Service, Christmas Eve 6 Moro Community Presbyterian Church


30 6th Annual Max Nogle Dinner/Auction/Dance w/Countryfied, Grass Valley Pavilion 


1 Oregon State Parks’ Free First Day Hikes

3 Sherman County Court 9

4 AG Tech Bootcamp, University of Idaho, Pocatello

9 Sherman County Watershed Council Meeting 8

9 Sherman Soil & Water Conservation District Board Meeting 8:30

9 Tri-County Mental Health Board Meeting 11-2

9 North Central Public Health District Board Meeting 3

9-10 Direct Seed Conference, Kennewick

10 Developing/Expanding Your Farm Stand/Agritourism Seminar, Central Point

10 Sherman County Senior & Community Center Advisory 12:30

12 Community Renewable Energy Association (CREA) Board Meeting 10-1

17 Sherman County Court 9

23 Statewide Special Election

24 Tri-County Court Meeting 10-2 Wheeler County

30-Feb. 1 Northwest Ag Show, Portland


9 Community Renewable Energy Association (CREA) Board Meeting 10-1


16-18 Winter Fishtrap, The New Agrarians, Joseph, Oregon

20 Kessler Angus Ranch Bull Sale, Milton-Freewater

24 OSU Small Farm Conference, Corvallis