Sherman County eNews #300


  1. Sherman Museum Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day WWII Display, Dec. 15 & 17

  2. Promoting the value of heritage in your end of year asks

  3. Universal Terms: Fact, Opinion or Generalization?

  4. Walden, Wyden, Merkley Welcome Good News on Large Air Tankers

  5. Wasco County Medical Reserve Corps’ 7th Annual Blanket Drive, Jan. 11

  6. E911 Tax Rate Increases January 1

  7. Northern Pikeminnow Sport Reward Program

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


Somehow, not only for Christmas,

But all the long year through,

The joy that you give to others

Is the joy that comes back to you;

And the more you spend in blessing

The poor and lonely and sad,

The more of your heart’s possessing

Returns to make you glad.

– John Greenleaf Whittier

1. Sherman Museum Pearl Harbor Remembrance WWII Display, Dec. 15 & 17 

American flag2Due to popular demand, the Sherman County Historical Museum will be opening their doors on Sunday, December 15th and Tuesday, December 17th from 1 pm to 3 pm for visitors to come see the Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day & WWII display. This display was originally only going to be up for one day of viewing but we are happy to announce that 2 additional times have been added because of requests and interest to come view this display. There is no admission fee. If you have any questions, please call the Sherman County Historical Museum at 541-565-3232.

2. Promoting the value of heritage in your end of year asks

If you are looking to get some donations from those in your community before the end of the year, check out the Sharing of Value toolkit. You will find tools to help you craft the stories that show how important your heritage work is to the community and the impact the work has. You can find the toolkit here <;.

3. Universal Terms: Fact, Opinion or Generalization?“The next time you hear a universal term, ask yourself, “Is this a fact or an opinion or a generalization?” Watch and listen closely to those running for office, especially when they talk about their opponents or the state of affairs. Are they stating facts or a cleverly worded opinion? The same goes for news outlets or anyone attempting to grab the spotlight. It is vital that all of us sharpen our critical listening skills.

Listen for the words “all,” “every,” “always,” “never,” and “none,” and let them serve as red flags for you. Ask yourself, “Is this strictly true? Are there exceptions?” If you avoid these universals except when they are really true, you will dramatically improve your communications, as well as create a better sense of trust in you by those who listen to you. ~The Pacific Institute

4. Walden, Wyden, Merkley Welcome Good News on Large Air Tankers

Oregon lawmakers had pressed Forest Service to issue “call when needed” awards for wildfire-fighting aircraft

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Representative Greg Walden (R-OR) and Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Jeff Merkley (D-OR) today welcomed news that the Forest Service has awarded ”call when needed” (CWN) contracts to providers of wildfire-fighting large air tankers.

In a September 2019 letter to Forest Service Chief Vicki Christiansen, the Oregon lawmakers had pressed the Forest Service to award the contracts, which had been issued for solicitation back in July 2018. CWN awards allow the Forest Service to put approved aircraft into service when those aircraft are needed, and do not require the Forest Service to pay for those aircraft when they are not needed.

“Oregonians have had enough of smoke and wildfires.” said Walden. “These contracts for large air tankers will help ensure the Forest Service has additional tools to combat and contain these fires. I applaud the Trump Administration for hearing the concerns of rural Oregon and prioritizing not only important assets like air tankers for fighting these fires, but also using the new forest management tools we provided to take action to prevent fires. This is all welcome progress, but we have more work to do. I will continue to work with the Trump Administration and my colleagues to reduce the threat and effects of wildfire to our forests and communities.” 

“Oregonians need the broadest possible range of options when it comes to fighting wildfires that threaten their lives, homes and businesses,” said Wyden. “These contracts will help the Forest Service fight fires more effectively by providing access to next-generation large air tankers at lower rates, saving money as well for taxpayers.”

“Every Oregonian has experienced the consequences of wildfires, from the damage to our farms and forests to the dense blankets of smoke compromising our health,” said Merkley. “That’s why my colleagues and I urged the Forest Service to approve the use of large air tankers to help our state stay safe in the face of dangerous blazes. I’m pleased that they agreed, and will continue to do everything I can to secure the resources Oregonians need for wildfire season.”

Among the companies earning call-when-needed contracts is Erickson Aero Air in Hillsboro.

“We would like to thank Senator Wyden, Senator Merkley, and Congressman Walden for their help in getting this important contract awarded,” said Erickson Aero owner Jack Erickson. “This agreement with USFS will provide valuable assets to combat the ever-increasing threat from wildfires in Oregon and the Western United States.”

5. Wasco County Medical Reserve Corps’ 7th Annual Blanket Drive, Jan. 11

Give the gift of warmth…

The Wasco County Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is hosting its 7th Annual Blanket Drive. All items collected from this drive will be donated to The Warming Place in The Dalles.

The Warming Place is also in need of warm socks. Other warming item (such as coats and gloves) will also be accepted. Please mark your calendar and visit us in the parking lot at 523 East 3rd St. (across the street from Sawyer’s Ace Hardware) on Saturday, January 11, 2020, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Donors can simply pull up to the curb to drop off NEW or gently used (and washed) blankets, socks and other warming items.

6. E911 Tax Rate Increases January 1

Oregon.Flat.poleThe Oregon Emergency Communications (E911) tax rate will increase from $.75 cents to $1, beginning January 1, 2020. This is the first increase to the E911 tax since 1995.

Phone companies and retailers are required to collect the tax and pay it to the Oregon Department of Revenue. The E911 tax provides about 24 percent of the total operating costs for 9-1-1 centers in Oregon.

Examples of products or services subject to the E911 tax include:

  • Landline telephone service.
  • Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) service.
  • Wireless telephone prepaid or postpaid service.
  • Additional prepaid minutes, regardless if the purchase is made at a retailer’s physical location, online, or over the phone.

Examples of products or services not subject to the E911 tax include:

  • Phone accessories such as batteries, chargers, phone covers, etc.
  • Ringtones.
  • Long-distance phone cards.

For more information on the state 9-1-1 program and how Oregon E911 tax revenue is used, see “Emergency Communications Tax” on the Oregon Office of Emergency Management website:

7. Northern Pikeminnow Sport Reward Program

fishing.rod.reelSport fishing reward program helps save millions of migrating juvenile salmon

Portland, Ore. – Anglers earned nearly $1,162,000 in 2019 through participation in the Northern Pikeminnow Sport Reward Program. In all, they removed more than 146,000 northern pikeminnow from the Columbia and Snake rivers, which means fewer big fish preying on juvenile endangered salmon.

Each year millions of juvenile salmon and steelhead in the Columbia and Snake rivers make their way downstream toward the Pacific Ocean. These young fish face numerous predators along the way, including the ravenous northern pikeminnow.  The native fish is responsible for depleting the numbers of out-migrating juveniles.

For nearly 30 years the Bonneville Power Administration has funded the Northern Pikeminnow Sport Reward Program, paying fishing enthusiasts to remove pikeminnow from the river, reducing the number of predators that prey on juvenile endangered salmon. Registered anglers who removed pikeminnow more than 9 inches long earned $5 to $8 per fish. Specially tagged northern pikeminnow were each worth $500.

The 2019 northern pikeminnow sport reward season wrapped up Sept. 30, and based on some of the numbers below BPA continues to meet its annual goal to remove 10-20% of the predators:

  • Fish removed 146,225
  • Registered anglers 2,700
  • Average angler catch 7.2 fish/day
  • Total paid to anglers         $1,161,421
  • Top angler

The program’s goal is not to eliminate northern pikeminnow, but rather to reduce the average size and number of larger, predatory fish.

“Large northern pikeminnow are responsible for eating the most salmon and steelhead smolts,” said Eric McOmie, BPA program manager. “Reducing the number of large pikeminnow can help more young salmon make their way to the ocean, which means more of them will return to their home streams as adults.”

The program’s effectiveness may even go beyond saving juvenile salmon and steelhead.

“Lamprey are often found in the diets of the northern pikeminnow,” said Mac Barr, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Predation Studies project leader. “In 2019, we began exploring ways to better estimate how many juvenile lamprey in the Columbia and Snake rivers are eaten by the northern pikeminnow. Understanding the predation rates on lamprey is important because they are a state sensitive species as well as a federal species of concern and are culturally important to many Columbia Basin tribes.”

The Sport Reward Program has removed more than 5 million northern pikeminnow from the Columbia and Snake rivers since 1990, reducing predation on young salmon and steelhead by up to 40%. BPA funds the Northern Pikeminnow Sport Reward Program as part of its mitigation for the construction and operation of the dams on the Columbia and Snake rivers. The program operates each year from May 1 to Sept. 30 and is managed by the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission.

The PSMFC works with the Oregon and Washington fish and wildlife departments to offer information and seminars at events throughout the year. Learn more about the program at

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

bird.owl.limbCelestial Oregon – Time-Lapse Images of Oregon Skies 8 Stubborn Facts about Gun Violence 

Hwy. 26 reopens N. of Madras after 6-car, 3-truck pileup, jet fuel spill

A ‘full cold moon’ will appear this week — along with a meteor shower and a planetary kiss

Pentagon orders review of vetting for international students in US military programs

Office of Inspector General: Review of Four FISA Applications and Other Aspects of the FBI’s Crossfire Hurricane Investigation


Sherman County eNews #299


  1. This Advent

  2. This Christmas

  3. Position Open: Tri-County Veterans Service Officer

  4. Federal Changes to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

  5. The Intersection of Only and Forever – Part 2

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

1. This Advent

This Advent, Lord, come to the manger of my heart.

Fill me with Your presence from the very start.

As I prepare for the holidays and gifts to be given,

Remind me of the gift You gave when You sent Your Son from Heaven.

The first Christmas gift, it was the greatest gift ever.

You came as a baby born in a manger.

Wrapped like the gifts I find under my tree,

Waiting to be opened, to reveal Your love to me.

Restore to me the wonder that came with Jesus’ birth,

When He left the riches of Heaven and wrapped Himself in rags of earth.

Immanuel, God with us, Your presence came that night.

And angels announced, “Into your darkness, God brings His Light.”

“Do not be afraid,” they said, to shepherds in the field.

Speak to my heart today, Lord, and help me to yield.

Make me like those shepherd boys, obedient to Your call.

Setting distractions and worries aside, to You I surrender them all.

Surround me with Your presence, Lord, I long to hear Your voice.

Clear my mind of countless concerns and all the holiday noise.

Slow me down this Christmas, let me not be in a rush.

In the midst of parties and planning, I want to feel Your hush.

This Christmas, Jesus, come to the manger of my heart.

Invade my soul like Bethlehem, bringing peace to every part.

Dwell within and around me, as I unwrap Your presence each day.

Keep me close to You, Lord. It’s in Your wonderful Name I pray.

~Renee Swope, “The Manger of My Heart” from Proverbs 31 Ministries

2. This Christmas

From The Editors of McCall’s Magazine

This Christmas, mend a quarrel.

Seek out a forgotten friend.

Dismiss suspicion, and replace it with trust.

Write a love letter. Share some treasure.

Give a soft answer. Encourage youth.

Manifest your loyalty in word and deed.

Keep a promise. Find the time.

Forgo a grudge. Forgive an enemy.

Listen. Apologize if you were wrong. Try to understand.

Flout envy. Examine your demands on others.

Think first of someone else. Appreciate.

Be kind; be gentle. Laugh a little. Laugh a little more.

Deserve confidence. Take up arms against malice.

Decry complacency. Express your gratitude.

Go to church. Welcome a stranger.

Gladden the heart of a child.

Take pleasure in the beauty and wonder of the earth.

Speak your love. Speak it again. Speak it still once again.

Christmas is celebration, and there is no celebration

that compares with the realization of its true meaning –

with the sudden stirring of the heart that has extended

itself toward the core of life. Then, only then,

is it possible to grasp the significance of the first Christmas –

to savor in the inward ear the wild, sweet music of the angel choir;

to envision the star-struck sky, and glimpse,

behind the eyelids the ray of light that fell athwart

a darkened path and changed the world.

3. Notice. Position Open: Tri-County Veterans Service Officer

ShermanCoLogoSherman County is accepting employment applications for the position of Veterans Service Officer.  This is a full-time position that will serve the counties of Gilliam, Sherman and Wheeler.

Primary responsibilities of this position include interviewing, counseling, advising and assisting veterans, dependents and survivors (claimants) in obtaining County, State and Federal benefits and related work as required.

For job description and/or application, contact the office of the Sherman County Court at 541-565-3416 or go online at under “Jobs/contracts”. Submit completed application and resume to the Sherman County Court, 500 Court Street, P.O. Box 365, Moro, OR 97039 Successful applicant must pass a criminal history background check. Sherman County is an equal opportunity employer. Position open until filled.

4. Federal Changes to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program


(Salem, Ore.) – At least 19,000 Oregonians could lose government food assistance under a new federal rule finalized Thursday, December 5.

The rule will restrict states’ ability to allow certain adults to receive benefits for more than three months in a three-year period if they aren’t working or training at least 20 hours a week.

The change in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) was approved despite more than 140,000 negative public comments. It is expected to affect 700,000 SNAP recipients nationally once it takes effect in April.

Oregon, like most states, has used waivers to extend benefits for longer than three months to a group of SNAP recipients known as “able-bodied adults without dependents” (ABAWD) if they live in areas with high unemployment and limited job opportunities. This group includes individuals ages 18 through 49 who don’t have disabilities, don’t have children or other dependents and are considered able to work.

In January 2020, Oregon has approved waivers for 31 counties for ABAWD work requirements, which will now expire on March 31, 2020. Federal changes to eligibility requirements for waivers will limit the areas in Oregon that meet the requirements starting April 1, 2020. As a result, this means only six counties may be eligible to receive the waiver.

“SNAP plays a critical role in addressing hunger and food insecurity,” said Fariborz Pakseresht, Department of Human Services director. “SNAP benefits assist Oregonians during difficult times to help make ends meet, in particular those working low-wage or who are between jobs. For those already facing difficult circumstances, this rule exacerbates those circumstances. It also will result in an increased burden on food banks and other community resources to fill the void.”

Areas requesting federal waivers must have unemployment rates at least 20 percent higher than the national rate but not less than 6 percent. The Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates unemployment rates for people without a high school diploma or GED are often more than double average unemployment rates. Other groups that face additional obstacles when seeking steady employment include agricultural workers, veterans, former foster youth, formerly incarcerated people and rural residents with limited transportation.

In addition to administrating SNAP benefits, the Department of Human Services provides workforce development and training opportunities so Oregonians can secure a living-wage job. More information on those programs can be found here

5. The Intersection of Only and Forever – Part 2

These last few days, we’ve been digging deeper into the subject of “happiness” – what it is, how to define it, and the different ways we go after it. The ancient Greek philosopher, Plato, gave four levels to the definition of happiness, and they are just as applicable today as they were 2400 years ago.

It comes to mind that there may be an additional aspect that we can use to rank these levels of happiness, to help us choose how we want to live our lives. Plato must have been pondering the same thing, as he offered these three criteria to help with the decision-making process:

  • The longer happiness lasts, the better. Considering the number of happiness-producing events for an individual, family or organization, then those that have the longest-lasting effects can be seen as being a higher level than those that only last a short time. It’s long-term thinking vs. short-term, long-term solutions vs. short-term reactions.
  • The more pervasive happiness is, the better. In other words, if the happiness spreads beyond self to a group or organization, the larger positive effect it will have. With a larger scope, the happiness-producing event has greater value. The “see the ice cream; eat the ice cream” event is an individual experience and does virtually nothing beyond the individual. However, creating a product or service that enhances the lives of a multitude of people, grows the scope and has greater value.
  • The deeper the happiness is, the better. Now what do we mean by “deep”? In Plato’s terms, he was talking about the full use of our capabilities. When we use our powers, our abilities and capabilities, to create enduring and pervasive good, we make ourselves happy in a deeply satisfying way. At the same time, we are bringing a high level of happiness to the world.

If we use these criteria to evaluate our decisions and actions, we will discover a greater sense of meaning and purpose in our lives. We will find ourselves living at that level of Contribution without having to struggle. Our mindset shifts in order to support these new values.

Now, it is not necessary to give up Instant Gratification or Competition, in order to move to Contribution, and we don’t need to give up these three to pursue the Ultimate. When we thoughtfully choose the levels we want to experience, expand what we want and decide how to go about getting it – based on our values – we will find that we live more fulfilling lives. ~The Pacific Institute

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

bird.owl.limbChristianity. What is Advent? December 1st – 24th

The History and Meaning of the Advent Calendar

Columbia River Basalt Group Stretches from Oregon to Idaho

USGS. The Volcanoes of Lewis & Clark

Sherman County Historical Museum

Afghanistan war metrics were manipulated to highlight battlefield success, according to bombshell WaPo report

The World Clock

Oregon Encyclopedia

OPB Video. Portland’s World Class Japanese Garden

Wyden Announces Statewide Effort for Wild and Scenic Rivers



  1. Editorial Reminder! Sherman County eNews is Retiring!

  2. Last Week of Foster Youth Holiday Gift Drive

  3. Youth Dance Classes in Sherman County to Begin in January

  4. Learn Online to Safely Preserve Foods with Preserve @ Home

  5. Distance Learning Grant, College, Rural School Districts

  6. The Intersection of Only and Forever – Part 1

  7. Oregon Capital Insider Index: This week by the numbers

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

I heard the bells on Christmas Day
Their old, familiar carols play,
And wild and sweet
The words repeat
Of peace on earth,
good-will to men!
~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

1. Editorial Reminder! Sherman County eNews is Retiring!

It’s time. The right time. 1999-2019. The last Sherman County eNews post will be made on December 27th.

2. Last Week of Foster Youth Holiday Gift Drive

children.cartoonWe are in the final days of the Foster Youth Holiday Gift Drive!

This year over 115 children in the Gorge will be spending their holidays in foster care, help make them a little brighter by donating a holiday gift!  Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty, Columbia Gorge CASA, DHS, and Mid-Columbia Health Foundation (MCHF) have joined forces to create a Foster Youth Holiday Gift Drive that will run through Monday, December 16.  Drop off unwrapped gifts at two locations in The Dalles (Cascade Sotheby’s office at The Foley, 106 E 4th St & MCHF Office, 309 E 2nd St) and one location in Hood River (Lucky Littles, 201 Oak Street).  Gift tags with specific gift requests from local foster youth can also be picked up at these locations.  For more information, call Columbia Gorge CASA at 541-386-3468.

3. Youth Dance Classes in Sherman County to Begin in January

girl.hopLeaps and Beats Dance Studio located in Sherman County will launch January, 2020!  We will be offering dance classes for children ages 5-12 in Ballet, Tap, Jazz and Hip hop.

Leaps and Beats dance studio is a safe place for children to instill a love of dance, self-confidence, discipline, friendship and a respect for performing arts.

Contact us to register!


4. Learn Online to Safely Preserve Foods with Preserve @ Home

Interested in safely preserving food for you and your family but don’t have time for traditional classes? It is time to think about gifting yourself or a loved one with an online, hybrid course, Preserve @ Home. Oregon State University Extension Service invites you to enroll in Preserve @ Home, a national award-winning, online food safety and preservation course to teach individuals how to safely preserve a variety of food products. Participants learn how to produce high quality, preserved foods and the science behind food preservation and food safety. Individuals with full-time jobs or live in remote areas may be very interested in this course because it is self-paced. There are weekly topic releases and a hands-on lab offered in several regions in Oregon at the end of the series on a Saturday.

The registration deadline is Monday, January 13, 2020. The first class of the 6-week course opens online on Thursday, January 16, 2020. Each lesson includes online text (that can be downloaded and printed), online forum to facilitate participant discussion, and a real-time weekly chat session to interact with classmates and instructors. The weekly online chat session for the first lesson will be on Thursday, January 23, 2020 from 1:00 to 1:45 PM. Topics to be covered in the course include: Foodborne Illness – causes and prevention, Spoilage and Canning Basics, Canning High Acid Foods, Canning Specialty High Acid Foods – pickles, salsa, jams, jellies, etc., Canning Low Acid Foods, and Freezing and Drying. Supplemental materials this year will include materials on planting varieties for food preservation and cold storage and root cellaring.

Oregon State University Extension community educators will provide a hands-on lab experience for participants in eight regions of Oregon. Students can choose one to practice pressure canning and water-bath canning. Hands-on labs will be held in Deschutes, Harney, Jackson, Klamath, Tillamook and Wallowa Counties on Saturday, February 29, 2020. Additionally, hands-on training will be held in Columbia and Polk counties on Saturday, March 7, 2020.

Cost of the course is $55 plus the cost of required supplemental materials. Many of the supplemental materials are available free, online. Class size is limited. This course is offered cooperatively with the University of Idaho Extension Service and eXtension, a national resource for online courses offered by Extension professionals. Register on-line by January 13, 2020 at

Preserve @ Home won the 1st Place Award for Food Safety Education from the National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences in 2016. For more information, or contact Glenda Hyde at or call 541-548-6088.

5. Distance Learning Grant, College, Rural School Districts

High school students throughout the Mid-Columbia region will participate in real-time instruction with Columbia Gorge Community College faculty thanks to a $498,623 distance learning grant awarded by US Department of Agriculture Rural Development.

“Many rural students have to travel long distances to attend school,” said John Huffman, Oregon Director for USDA Rural Development. “This investment will give students the ability to access classes remotely, helping to improve their quality of life and starting them on the path toward a college degree.”

The college is contributing $79,115 for a total project value of $577,738. Classroom technology will foster expanded dual credit achievement in 13 high schools from The Dalles to Arlington, White Salmon to Spray, and Stevenson to Wishram. There will be special emphasis on career-technology and science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) coursework. “Dual credit” refers to students’ opportunity to gain college credits while still in high school.

The grant is one of two awarded in Oregon, and one of only two in the nation involving multiple states. A total of at least 2,499 high school students will be served in the initial three-year roll-out. Willamina School District is the other Oregon recipient.

College faculty in The Dalles and Hood River will live-stream instruction via “Zoom rooms” established on The Dalles and Hood River campuses to specially-equipped classrooms at participating high schools on both sides of the Columbia River Gorge. Differing from many “on-line” classes that simply deliver coursework with no opportunity for interaction, these classes will be “synchronous,” meaning students can ask questions of faculty in real time, just as if they were on campus. The college will work with high school administrators to coordinate course scheduling.

Students will be able to use the same remote classrooms to complete their homework on-line, since Internet access is often a barrier for rural residents.

Each remote site will receive dedicated computers, web cam and wall-mounted display monitor.

The grant will also allow the college to upgrade its website to better support distance education, in the process taking advantage of a faster Internet connection established through assistance from Columbia Gorge Education Service District (ESD). The ESD was one of many organizations, schools, counties and rural communities providing letters of support on behalf of the college’s proposal, which was submitted to USDA last spring.

The goal is to increase enrollment of rural, under-represented high school students in dual-credit courses, pursuing STEM/CTE certificates and degrees leading to family-wage jobs.

“By expanding our capacity to offer dual credit through our partnering high schools, we expect this initiative to increase rural student enrollment, retention and graduation rates in STEM and career technology programs at CGCC,” said Dr. Marta Yera Cronin, college president.

The grant will also support a laptop lending program and create a mobile distance learning lab for use by Pre-College advisers. This aspect of the program is designed to reach adults of all ages seeking new career opportunities. Oregon Department of Human Services is partnering with the college for this outreach, which augments the college’s role as a workforce training provider with WorkSource Oregon through the East Cascades Workforce Investment Board.

The three-year program starts in January 2020 with planning and development, followed by roll-out to rural high schools in three phases.

The USDA grant is part of a $42.5 million investment by USDA is in 133 distance learning and telemedicine projects in 37 states and two U.S. territories. These investments will benefit 5.4 million rural residents.

The Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grant Program helps rural communities use the unique capabilities of telecommunication to overcome the effects of remoteness and link teachers and medical service providers in one area to students and patients in another. Most state and local government entities, federally-recognized tribes, nonprofits, and for-profit businesses are eligible to apply. Typically, one application period is offered each year.

USDA Rural Development provides loans and grants to expand economic opportunities and create jobs in rural areas. This assistance supports infrastructure improvements; business development; housing, community facilities such as schools, public safety, and healthcare facilities; and high-speed internet access in rural areas. Learn more at

6. The Intersection of Only and Forever – Part 1

For the past couple of days, we delved into how the ancient Greeks – Plato in particular – looked at the subject of “happiness.” These four levels run the gamut from self-centered to other-centered, to the search for the ultimate. Today we are going to look at what it means when we choose these levels to live in – and only those levels.

As we mentioned before, we live our days as a combination of the four levels – Instant Gratification, Competition, Contribution and Ultimate Perfection – every day. Each has its place, depending upon the situation at hand. The challenge comes when “only” enters the picture:

  • Instant Gratification is important, say, when we are hungry. The hunger is intense and so is the resolution to that hunger when we get something to eat. However, when instant gratification is the only thing that makes us happy, we are severely limited. Instant happiness lasts just about that long – an instant. Then we are off to find something else to make us happy. It is very much like the attention span of a three-year old.
  • Competition is important, because it harnesses energy and creativity to expand ourselves. However, when that energy is spent finding others we can feel “better than,” we don’t get anything else done. If our happiness is only based on competition against others, it’s an unfulfilling place to live. We are slaves to our own ego in order to cover up our poor sense of self-worth and we lose connection with those around us.
  • Living at the level of Contribution would seem to be the best place to be, because it encourages us to reach more of our potential. We utilize our skills and abilities, our talents, in the service of an idea, a project, a need beyond ourselves. However, if we only live at this level, we run the risk of not taking care of our basic needs. We let others take advantage of us, and we may miss opportunities to challenge ourselves to grow.
  • The seeking of Ultimate Perfection is the most difficult level to reach, and if we only search for it among our relationships with other human beings, we will be disappointed. As human beings, flawed and wonderful as we are, we simply are not capable of continuous perfection. Yes, we want to reach for those moments when we can glimpse perfection, but if that is all we do, we miss out on really living our lives.

It is in the striving for an effective balance of these four levels where we truly come into our own as human beings, and where our organizations go after excellence, to truly fulfill their vision and values. ~The Pacific Institute

7. Oregon Capital Insider Index: This week by the numbers

Oregon.Flat.poleCreated: 05 December 2019 | Written by Oregon Capital Insider

Here are 10 numbers that illustrate some of this week’s big, and small, Oregon news stories.

23: Area, in acres, of the Lloyd Center mall, the “largest and oldest” mall in the region, according to Willamette Week.

$936,000,000: Amount Oregonians received in food stamp benefits in 2018, according to The Register-Guard. The Trump Administration this week announced a new rule tightening the program’s work requirements that could slash benefits for hundreds thousands of Americans.

4: Hillsboro public employees who sued their union Thursday over its handling of revocation requests.

$27,000,000,000: Unfunded actuarial liability in the state’s public pension system, OPB reports.

5: Ballot initiatives submitted this year to tamp down the debt in the state’s public pension system, according to OPB. As of last week, each has been withdrawn.

$9,000,000: Donations a campaign to boost the state’s cigarette tax via next year’s ballot have received from health systems and the Oregon Nurses Association, according to the campaign.

4,883: Signatures that backers of an effort to recall Rep. Tiffiny Mitchell, D-Astoria, needed to collect in order to be successful. The effort failed this week, according to the activist group behind the recall, Timber Unity.

2,000: Residents in Cave Junction, Ore. The town plans to rely on a volunteer police force to monitor criminal activity on surveillance cameras, according to The Oregonian.

$170,000: Amount the University of Oregon is paying in a settlement to two former architecture professors who accused the university of age discrimination, according to the Chronicle of Higher Education.

$913,374: Amount the CEO of Goodwill Industries Columbia-Willamette makes, according to Willamette Week.

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

bird.owl.bookBetween 65 and Death

Military Times

Defense News

Navy Times. FBI: ‘Full and complete cooperation’ from Saudi colleagues of slain Pensacola gunman

TedEd. Is marijuana bad for your brain?

N.Y. is 13th State to Give Illegal Immigrants Driver’s Licenses; Free Childcare to Sign Them Up


Sherman County eNews #297


  1. Presidential Proclamation: National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, Dec. 7

  2. Sherman Extension Receives National Award

  3. The Electoral College

  4. Sherman County Court Notes, Dec. 4

  5. Sherman County Court News, Nov. 6

  6. Keeping Control Over Your Life

  7. Remember Local Needs with Year-end Giving

 O’er the fields we go

Laughing all the way

Bells on bob tails ring

Making spirits bright

What fun it is to laugh and sing

A sleighing song tonight

Oh, jingle bells, jingle bells

Jingle all the way

Oh, what fun it is to ride

In a one horse open sleigh

Jingle bells, jingle bells

Jingle all the way

Oh, what fun it is to ride

In a one horse open sleigh . . .

~ Music & lyrics by James Pierpoint,1857, for a Boston Sunday School Thanksgiving program.

1. Presidential Proclamation: National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, Dec. 7 

American flag2Seventy-eight years ago today, the course of our Nation’s history was forever altered by the surprise attack at Pearl Harbor on Oahu, Hawaii.  On National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, we solemnly remember the tragic events of that morning and honor those who perished in defense of our Nation that day and in the ensuing 4 years of war.

Just before 8 a.m. on December 7, 1941, airplanes launched from the Empire of Japan’s aircraft carriers dropped bombs and torpedoes from the sky, attacking our ships moored at Naval Station Pearl Harbor and other military assets around Oahu.  Following this swift assault, the United States Pacific Fleet and most of the Army and Marine airfields on the island were left decimated.  Most tragically, 2,335 American service members and 68 civilians were killed, marking that fateful day as one of the deadliest in our Nation’s history.

Despite the shock of the attack, American service members at Pearl Harbor fought back with extraordinary courage and resilience.  Sprinting through a hailstorm of lead, pilots rushed to the few remaining planes and took to the skies to fend off the incoming Japanese attackers.  Soldiers on the ground fired nearly 300,000 rounds of ammunition and fearlessly rushed to the aid of their wounded brothers in arms.  As a solemn testament to the heroism that abounded that day, 15 American servicemen were awarded the Medal of Honor — 10 of which were awarded posthumously.  In one remarkable act of bravery, Doris “Dorie” Miller, a steward aboard the USS West Virginia, manned a machine gun and successfully shot down multiple Japanese aircraft despite not having been trained to use the weapon.  For his valor, Miller was awarded the Navy Cross and was the first African-American recognized with this honor.

In the wake of this heinous attack, the United States was left stunned and wounded.  Yet the dauntless resolve of the American people remained unwavering and unbreakable.  In his address to the Congress the following day, broadcast to the Nation over radio, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt assured us that “[w]ith confidence in our armed forces, with the unbounding determination of our people, we will gain the inevitable triumph.”  In the days, months, and years that followed, the full might of the American people, industry, and military was brought to bear on our enemies.  Across the Atlantic and Pacific, 16 million American servicemen and women fought to victory, making the world safe for freedom and democracy once again.  More than 400,000 of these brave men and women never returned home, giving their last full measure of devotion for our Nation.

While nearly eight decades have passed since the last sounds of battle rang out over Pearl Harbor, we will never forget the immeasurable sacrifices these courageous men and women made so that we may live today in peace and prosperity.  We continue to be inspired by the proud legacy left by the brave patriots of the Greatest Generation who served in every capacity during World War II, from keeping factories operating on the home front to fighting on the battlefields in Europe, North Africa, and the South Pacific.  Their incredible heroism, dedication to duty, and love of country continue to embolden our drive to create a better world and galvanize freedom-loving people everywhere under a common cause.  On this day, we resolve forever to keep the memory of the heroes of Pearl Harbor alive as a testament to the tremendous sacrifices they made in defense of freedom and all that we hold dear.

The Congress, by Public Law 103-308, as amended, has designated December 7 of each year as “National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.”

NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim December 7, 2019, as National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.  I encourage all Americans to observe this solemn day of remembrance and to honor our military, past and present, with appropriate ceremonies and activities.  I urge all Federal agencies and interested organizations, groups, and individuals to fly the flag of the United States at half-staff in honor of those American patriots who died as a result of their service at Pearl Harbor.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this sixth day of December, in the year of our Lord two thousand nineteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-fourth.


2. Sherman Extension Receives National Award

Cindy Brown of Oregon State University Sherman County Extension received a Communicator Award from the National Association and Extension 4-H Agents (NAE4-HA) at the national Conference in November. The award was presented by Tony Carrell, Immediate Past President of NAE4-HA, at the Greenbrier Resort in West Virginia. This was for her Feature Story published in American Camping Association’s Camping Magazine July/August 2018. The story was titled “Food, Fire and Fun All in One: Why and How to Offer Outdoor Cooking at Camp.” She also received 1st Place Western Region Winner recognition for this Feature Story and for Excellence in After-School Programming. Brown is a 4-H Youth Development & Healthy Living Educator serving Sherman County.

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4. Sherman County Court Notes, Dec. 4

By Temporary Administrative Assistant Kristi Brown


– 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 December 4, 2019, and in conducting the business of the County,

  • Emily Freilich, NRCS, presented a plan requested by DEQ.
  • Sheriff Brad Lohrey addressed the Court regarding mental health concerns within the County and the school.
  • Brandon Hamilton, Interim South Sherman Fire Chief, discussed the South Sherman Fire District’s financial situation, and requested funding support from the County.
  • Approved Order Directing Sale of Real Property commonly known as 91415 Biggs-Rufus Hwy and 91413 Biggs-Rufus Hwy, Wasco, Oregon 97065.
  • Approved funding request for the John Day River Territory (JDRT) in the amount of $4000.
  • Approved Community Renewable Energy Association (CREA) dues in the amount of $19,500.
  • Approved Extension Office Coordinator Sue Mabe to distribute Veggie RX coupons.
  • Reappointed Rick Jauken, for a term of 3 years, to the Sherman County Fair Board.

 5. Sherman County Court News, Nov. 6

Water Project Update, Downtown Improvement Funds, County Property, and Executive Session in Accordance with ORS 192.660 (2) (f) Exempt Documents, were the main items on the agenda during the November 6th session of Sherman County Court in Moro.

Merrie von Borstel, Biggs Service District Administrator, gave an update on the Biggs Water Project. She reported the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) had approved the application for a loan/grant; though no date had been stated when the funding will be available, funding was anticipated within the 2020 Federal Fiscal Year. A Notice of Availability of an Environmental Assessment had been posted with the Times Journal, beginning November 7, 2019. The notice would run 2 consecutive weeks, allowing time for comments. She continued to work with USDA supplying requested documents, and hoped to have a final approval by the end of the year. Von Borstel noted the local USDA contact she had been working with, had given notice of his impending retirement. As a result, all applications needing approval will be approved at the Federal level, potentially causing further delay in the process.

Aaron Cook, Rufus City Recorder, requested funds from the Downtown Improvement program for new siding on the City of Rufus City Hall, and to mend the Community Center roof. He stated their main focus would be the City Hall, as it had cracks and was missing siding. Only one side of the building would require siding; the other three sides of the building were concrete. Cook stated they were looking at different siding materials, and obtaining quotes. The Community Center roof project would be the secondary request. They would like to spot repair the roof for preventative measures. Cook noted there had been no interest from other businesses in Rufus in the funding. The Court conceded to revisit the request, once Cook had received quotes, and the Court verified the projects qualified for the fund.

Sol Jacobsen addressed the Court in regards to his concerns with three locations within Sherman County. The first location was County owned property 91415 Biggs-Rufus Hwy, which contained structures that were unable to be secured, leading to a large number of transient traffic, either living, or staying in the structures. He stated as a Sherman County Sheriff’s Deputy, he patrols the area on a daily basis, and had been involved in altercations by transient individuals during a visit to the location. Judge Dabulskis explained the County was looking into the necessary steps to sell the property, and the consensus of the Court was to follow through with the sale of the property. Another location Jacobsen spoke in regards to was the China [Spanish] Hollow creek in Biggs Junction. He stated the creek had created a trapping ground for garbage, and suggested the County contact the new owner of 91576 Biggs-Rufus Hwy to discuss preventative measures. Jacobsen offered his time to clean up as well.

Additionally, he expressed concerned with winter travel on Scott Canyon Road. He suggested a potential “local traffic only” barrier to divert traffic, and prevent the public from putting themselves into a potentially unsafe situation. He would also like to make the commercial vehicle signs more visible, and would like to relocate them to allow vehicles adequate time to turn around. Jacobsen had been working on the design and purchase of new signs.

Jacobsen recommended County vehicles be marked with the County logo, and possibly a vehicle ID number; to help identify each vehicle, for both the public as well as law enforcement.

The Court thanked Jacobsen for his service as a Sherman County Deputy, as well as bringing these issues to the Court. The Court will research the issues, and address them appropriately.

Judge Dabulskis entered the Court into Executive Session in Accordance with ORS 192.660 (2) (f) Exempt Documents at 10:40 a.m. Discussion held on Rental Development Grant application. Exited Executive Session at10:45 a.m. Court motioned to approve $10,000 for the Rental Development Grant application for Roger Whitley to develop one new rental unit contingent upon meeting all grant requirements, and authorize Judge Dabulskis to approve project completion and authorize final payment.

Actions taken by the Court included:

  • Approved the Transit written quarterly report, as presented.
  • Approved the Oregon Military Department Office of Emergency Management Emergency Management Performance Grant No. 19-528, and authorized Judge Dabulskis to sign.
  • Authorized the Sherman County Finance Director to Destroy Unissued County Checks due to incorrect amounts and/or printer error.
  • Approved voiding returned Resident Incentive checks issued December 11, 2018 that were returned as undeliverable.
  • Declared Tuesday, December 24, 2019, and Tuesday, December 31, 2019 as Courthouse Holidays.
  • Approved the Minutes of October 16, 2019, as presented.
  • Approved the October 2019 Claims.

Topics of discussion were Quarterly Report Summary and Commissioner Reports.

6. Keeping Control Over Your Life

What does a sense of having control over your life have to do with successful aging?

When we enter this later phase of life, we experience certain losses that can’t really be avoided. However, having a sense of control over our lives is a very important factor in how successfully we age.

An important study by Harvard researchers, conducted in a nursing home, is a case in point. One group of residents took charge of their daily living activities, including dressing, eating, personal hygiene and maintaining their own environments. A second group had all these functions taken care of for them by staff.

Results indicated that those in the first group were more alert, active and happier. A year and a half later, 15% of that group had died, compared to 30% of the second group.

You see, the opportunity to make choices increases our sense of personal power and control. While folks who are older deserve our love, attention and support, the more we take over the business of living for them, the more they will come to need our help. The less they will be able to do for themselves, the faster their decline will be into helplessness.

Watch for a well-intentioned but misguided desire to be helpful that tempts you to take over for your friends and relatives who are older. Instead, support their efforts to take care of themselves and you will be empowering them to live longer, happier lives. ~The Pacific Institute

7. Remember Local Needs with Year-end Giving 

Remember Local Needs for Year-end Giving Updated 12/2019:

  • 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
  • Columbia Gorge CASA, P.O. Box 663, Hood River, OR 97031
  • 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, 775 Summer Street NE, Ste. 200, Salem, OR 97301 – a portion of these funds are allocated to Sherman County Cultural Coalition for distribution, & when matched to local cultural non-profit gifts provide a tax credit.
  • OSU Extension 4-H Programs, 36656 Lone Rock Road, Moro, OR 97039
  • Salvation Army, 623 E. 3rd Street, The Dalles, OR 97058
  • Sherman County Ambulance, PO Box 139, Moro, OR 97039
  • Sherman County Athletic Foundation, P.O. Box 191, Moro, OR 97039
  • Sherman County Community Transit
  • Sherman County Cultural Coalition, P.O. Box 23, Moro, OR 97039
  • Sherman County Education Foundation, P.O. Box 68, 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 155, 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 the perfect gift for someone who has everything.


Sherman County eNews #296






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.

Somehow not only for Christmas
But all the long year through,
The joy that you give to others
Is the joy that comes back to you.
And the more you spend in blessing
The poor and lonely and sad,
The more of your heart’s possessing returns to make you glad.
~ John Greenleaf Whittier

2. CLASSIFIEDS (new or corrected)  


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CHRISTMAS BAZAAR & CHRISTMAS TREE SALE. 10-3:30 December 7th at Sherman County School. Sponsored by Sherman County Fair Board.

CHRISTMAS SHOPPING at THE MUSEUM STORE. 10-3 December 7th at Sherman County Historical Museum in Moro with Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day displays. No admission fee. Brand new items just for the Christmas Sale plus all your year-round favorites. 10% Discount for Sherman County Historical Society members. Got a history buff on your list? Museum memberships make great gifts! Sponsored by Sherman County Historical Society.

COUNTRY CHRISTMAS BAZAAR. 10-2 December 7th at the Grass Valley Pavilion.

YOUNG LIFE CHRISTIAN OUTREACH. Young Life Christian outreach ministry to teens is coming to Sherman County! In preparation, this past year we’ve taken 5 teens to a ministry weekend in February and 10 teens to camp at the amazing Washington Family Ranch outside Antelope. We’ve got leaders in training, an oversight committee, and are planning to take teens again to a ministry weekend the end of January 2020, and Lord willing, begin “club” outreach activities after that. To support this youth program, go to and sign up for single or monthly donations. It’s super easy; make sure to specify Sherman County OR267 as your recipient. You can choose to support operations or camp scholarships. Funds can come from your bank account or via a credit card. THANK YOU for supporting Young Life in Sherman County!




CHRISTMAS BAZAAR & CHRISTMAS TREE SALE. 10-3:30 December 7th at Sherman County School. Sponsored by Sherman County Fair Board.

CHRISTMAS SHOPPING at THE MUSEUM STORE. 10-3 December 7th at Sherman County Historical Museum in Moro with Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day displays. No admission fee. Brand new items just for the Christmas Sale plus all your year-round favorites. 10% Discount for Sherman County Historical Society members. Got a history buff on your list? Museum memberships make great gifts! Sponsored by Sherman County Historical Society.

COUNTRY CHRISTMAS BAZAAR. 10-2 December 7th at the Grass Valley Pavilion. 




DEHYDRATOR, JERKY MAKER. New, still in the box never opened, Nesco Dehydrator & Jerky Maker FD-60 with 4 trays. asking $45 / best bid. Call 541-442-8572 Nancy 12/27





HOUSE CLEANING. Seeking non-employee housekeeper to clean Catholic rectory in Wasco twice a month. Please call Molly Belshe for more information. (541)565-3315. 12/27

3. CALENDAR (new or corrected)



1-31 Decorate the Mitten Tree at Sherman County Public/School Library

7 Country Christmas Bazaar 10-2 Grass Valley Pavilion

7 Christmas Shopping at The Museum Store 10-3 Moro

7 Christmas Bazaar and Christmas Tree Sale 10-3:30 Sherman Co. School

7-8 Cascade Singers Present “A Parker-Shaw Christmas”

9 Mid-Columbia Housing Authority Board Meeting 10

9 Frontier TeleNet Special Board Meeting 10 via phone

9 Sherman County School District Board of Directors Meeting 6

10 Sherman County Ambulance Board of Directors Meeting 1800 hrs.

10 Sherman County Watershed Council Board Meeting 8

10 Sherman County Soil & Water Conservation District 8:30

10 North Central Public Health District Board Meeting 3

10-12 Oregon Farm Bureau Convention, Gleneden Beach

11 Tri-County Hazardous Waste & Recycling Steering Committee 8:30 a.m.

11 Sherman County Senior & Community Center Advisory 12:30

11 Wasco School Events Center Board of Directors Meeting 6

11 Rufus City Council 7

12 Mid-Columbia Economic Development District Board 4 White Salmon

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

17 Unit 20, Oregon Retired Educators’ Meeting 12 Hood River

17 Wasco City Council 7

18 Sherman County Court 9

23-31 Sherman County School Christmas Break

24-25 Sherman County Government Holidays


27 Sherman County eNews ends 20-year run!


31-Jan. 1 Sherman County Government Holidays


1 First Day Hikes – Oregon State Parks

2 Sherman County Fair Board Meeting 7

6 Grass Valley City Council 7

7 Moro City Council 7

8 Rufus City Council 7

8 Sherman Senior Center Advisory 12:30

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

11-13 Columbia River Circuit Rodeo Finals, Yakima, Washington

29 Tri-County Court 11

29 Frontier TeleNet Board Meeting 11:30


3 Grass Valley City Council 7

4 Moro City Council 7

6 Sherman County Fair Board 7


Sherman County eNews #295


  1. Sherman County Emergency Services November Activity Report

  2. Frontier TeleNet Board of Directors Special Meeting, Dec. 9

  3. Wasco School Events Center Board of Directors Meeting, Dec. 11

  4. Unit 20, Oregon Retired Educators’ Meeting, Dec. 17

  5. Sherman County Court Approved Minutes, Nov. 6

  6. The Life We Learn With

  7. First Day Hikes Event Returns to State Parks, Jan. 1

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

1. Sherman County Emergency Services November Activity Report

By Shawn Payne, Sherman County Emergency Services

Sherman County Ambulance

November 2019 Activity Report

Date Time Incident Location
11-04 5:58 PM Cardiac Arrest Rufus
11-06 12:25 AM Overdose Wasco
11-09 4:46 AM Sick Person Wasco
11-11 5:49 PM Pedestrian vs Semi Truck I-84  MP# 104
11-13 7:03 AM Chest Pain John Day Dam Worksite
11-14 1:49 AM Fall 3 Rivers Motel in Biggs
11-14 5:32 PM Breathing Problem Wasco
11-15 1:22 PM Chest Pressure US Hwy 97  MP#45
11-17 6:00 AM Cardiac Arrest Grass Valley
11-23 10:04 PM Law Enforcement Staging Moro
11-26 8:02 AM Abdominal Pain Rufus
11-26 6:57 PM Motor Vehicle Crash – Rollover US 97  MP# 35
11-27 11:15 AM Motor Vehicle Crash US 97  MP# 21
11-27 1:19 PM Motor Vehicle Crash – Rollover US 97  MP# 44
11/30 1:27 PM Motor Vehicle Crash – Rollover US 97  MP# 48


Moro Fire Department

November 2019 Activity Report

Date Time Incident Location
11/26 6:57 PM Motor Vehicle Crash US 97  MP# 35
11/27 11:13 AM Motor Vehicle Crash US 97  MP# 21


North Sherman County RFPD

November 2019 Activity Report

Date Time Incident Location
11/04 5:58 PM Medical Assist Rufus
11/11 5:44 PM Pedestrian vs. Semi (Fatal) I-84  MP# 104
11/14 5:32 PM Medical Assist Wasco
11/26 8:11 AM Medical Assist Rufus

2. Notice. Frontier TeleNet Board of Directors Special Meeting, Dec. 9

The Frontier TeleNet Board of Directors will be holding a special meeting – via telephone – on Monday, December 9th at 10am. The agenda, available online at, includes Considering Approval of Bakeoven Tower Site Lease Agreement with Day Wireless.

~Elizabeth A. Farrar, Gilliam County Judge (541) 384-3303

3. Notice. Wasco School Events Center Board of Directors Meeting, Dec. 11

The Wasco School Events Center Board of Directors will hold a meeting on December 11th, 2019 at 6pm. The public is welcome to attend! (903 Barnett St.).

4. Unit 20, Oregon Retired Educators’ Meeting, Dec. 17

Unit 20, Oregon Retired Educators, will meet at noon Tuesday, the 17th, at the Hood River Valley Adult Center.  If not on a “telephone tree”, please contact President Sue Hukari at 541-386-1516 by the Sunday preceding the meeting so as to make your luncheon reservations.  Stephanie Hoppe, Columbia Gorge Community College, will be a special guest.

5. Notice. Sherman County Court Approved Minutes, Nov. 6

Approved minutes of the November 6, 2019, Sherman County Court’s Regular Session, are now available in the Archive of County Court Meeting Minutes

~Kristi Brown, Sherman County Court

Deputy Clerk/Temporary Administrative Assistant

6. The Life We Learn With

Over the years, it’s become somewhat of a cliché to “get in touch with” our inner child. It’s giving ourselves permission to, occasionally, not be an adult. However, we don’t want to ignore who we were, either. Today, let’s talk about the inner child and what it means when it comes to adult growth and development.

All of us have had the experience of being a child, and most of us have no trouble at all being tender and compassionate toward the children we know. But when adults find themselves feeling or behaving in a childish way – if they notice at all – they often react with horror.

It is important to realize that growing up is not a one-way trip. Adults can be childish sometimes, just as children can act very grown up. Sometimes, people who are totally “adult” all the time can be a bit intimidating, can’t they? Perhaps, on a certain level, we can learn to respect that inner child who lives in each of us.

While it is true that growth means trying new things and, in the process, letting go of old things, it doesn’t mean you should despise the self you once were. On the contrary, the child we used to be, and still are in many ways, deserves the same love and compassion we would show any youngster. Childhood is one part of our life that we learn with, and we don’t want to deny the learning we have done. After all, it has gotten us to where we are today.

It is only when we reject our own past, our inner child so to speak, that the specter of self-hatred begins to raise its head, making it much more difficult to let go and move on. By the way, letting go becomes easier when it is done out of self-love and compassion, and because we are on to something better, rather than because our inner parent says we “have to” for our own good. ~The Pacific Institute

7. First Day Hikes Event Returns to State Parks, Jan. 1

Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) invites Oregonians outdoors on New Year’s Day for the annual First Day Hikes event. Visitors can choose from 37 hikes in 31 parks across the state. All hikes will be guided by a park ranger or volunteer who will share stories about the park’s history, geology, wildlife and plants.

All hikes are free and day-use parking fees will be waived at all participating parks Jan. 1 only.

Hikers can register for specific hikes online at the Oregon State Parks Store: While online registration isn’t required for participation, visitors are encouraged to register. It helps park staff plan the hike and provides them with participant contact information should hike details change.

OPRD advises visitors to plan for inclement weather, dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes, bring water and remember to carry binoculars for viewing wildlife.

OPRD has sponsored First Day Hikes annually since 2012, part of a larger national event organized by America’s State Parks.

Participating parks and meeting areas are below. Full details for each hike are also on,


  • L.L. Stub Stewart State Park: 10 a.m., meet at Clayhill horse staging area.
  • Milo McIver State Park: 10 a.m., meet at the Maple Ridge Trailhead in the Lower Boat Launch parking lot.
  • Tryon Creek State Park: 9 a.m., meet at the nature center.


  • Deschutes River State Recreation Area: 9 a.m., meet at Oregon Trail kiosk.
  • Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail: 1 p.m., meet at the Mark O. Hatfield East trailhead in the Mossier Twin Tunnels parking lot.


  • Champoeg State Heritage Area: 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., meet at the visitor center.
  • Dexter State Recreation Site: 9 a.m., meet at the Dexter Disc Golf course.
  • Elijah Bristow State Park: noon, meet at the equestrian parking area for horse riding (bring your own horse.)
  • Silver Falls State Park: 9 a.m., 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2 p.m., meet at South Falls Lodge porch.
  • Willamette Mission State Park: 10 a.m., meet at the Wheatland Ferry.


  • Bullards Beach State Park: 1 p.m., meet at the meeting hall.
  • Cape Meares State Scenic Viewpoint: noon, meet in the Cape Meares parking lot.
  • Crissey Field State Recreation Site: 11 a.m., meet at the welcome center.
  • Fort Stevens State Park: 10 a.m., meet in the Battery Russell parking lot.
  • Humbug Mountain State Park: 10 a.m., meet at the Humbug Mountain trailhead.
  • Jessie M. Honeyman Memorial State Park: 10 a.m., meet in the group camp parking lot.
  • Oswald West State Park: 8 a.m., meet at the Cape Falcon trailhead.
  • Seal Rock State Recreation Site: 9:30 a.m., meet in the Seal Rock parking lot.
  • Umpqua Lighthouse State Park: 1 p.m., meet at Lake Marie Day-use area.
  • William M. Tugman State Park: 10 a.m., meet at the Eel Lake boat ramp.


  • Collier Memorial State Park: 9 a.m., meet at the Logging Museum.
  • Golden State Heritage Site: 1 p.m., meet in the Historic Church.
  • Illinois River Forks State Park: 9:30 a.m., meet in the Seal Rock parking lot.
  • Joseph H. Stewart State Recreation Area: 9 a.m., meet at the group camp.
  • TouVelle State Park: 11 a.m., meet at the day-use area.
  • Valley of the Rogue State Park: 1 p.m., meet at the amphitheater. 1 p.m., meet at Del Rio Vineyards (bring your own bike.) 1 p.m., meet at Rogue River Bridge in the city of Rogue River (bring your own bike.)


  • Cottonwood Canyon State Park: 10 a.m., meet at the experience center.
  • Emigrant Springs State Heritage Area: 11 a.m., meet at the interpretive kiosk (bring your own snowshoes).
  • LaPine State Park: 11 a.m., meet at the meeting hall in the south loop.
  • Smith Rock State Park: 10 a.m., meet at the welcome center.
  • Wallowa Lake State Park: 10 a.m., meet in the Group Camp A parking lot.

More information about participating parks, including maps and directions, is on

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Sherman County eNews #294


  1. Notice. Sherman County School District Board of Directors Meeting, Dec. 9

  2. Notice. Sherman County Ambulance Board of Directors Meeting, Dec. 10

  3. Notice. Tri-County Hazardous Waste & Recycling Program’s Steering Committee, Dec. 11

  4. Decorate the Mitten Tree at Sherman County Public/School Library

  5. Dear Mom and Dad: Cool It

  6. Oregon FBI’s Tech Tuesday: Building a digital defense in your Internet of Things

  7. The Idea of Being Emotionally Free

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

“Laws that forbid the carrying of arms … disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes… Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man.” —Cesare Beccaria

1. Notice. Sherman County School District Board of Directors Meeting, Dec. 9

The Sherman County School District Board of Directors will hold a Regular Board Meeting at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, December 9, 2019. This will include a board training at 5:30 p.m. The meeting will be held in the Library Program Room of the Sherman County School/Public Library. Agenda topics include a 5:30 p.m. board work session; Presentations/Recognitions; Consent Agenda; Reports/Presentations; Old Business; New Business; Comments from Visitors. Next regular board meeting, January 13, 2020.

2. Sherman County Ambulance Board of Directors Meeting, Dec. 10

Sherman County Ambulance Board of Directors

Board Meeting Agenda

December 10, 2019


Agenda topics include EMR/EMT Course Updates. Next Meeting March 10, 2020 @ 1800hrs.

3. Notice. Tri-County Hazardous Waste & Recycling Program’s Steering Committee, Dec. 11

The Tri-County Hazardous Waste & Recycling Program’s next Steering Committee meeting is scheduled for Wednesday December 11th, 2019 from 8:30-11:30 am at the Wasco County Planning Department, located at 2705 East 2nd Street in The Dalles, Oregon.

The nine governments signed an intergovernmental agreement in November 2003 to build and operate two permanent household hazardous waste collection facilities in Hood River and The Dalles, and conduct satellite collection events throughout the region. Wasco County is the lead agency. The facilities and events collect hazardous wastes from households, businesses and institutions which are Conditionally Exempt Small Quantity Generators, as well as pesticide wastes from farmers and ranchers.

For more information: Call Tri-County Hazardous Waste & Recycling Program at (541) 506-2636.

4. Decorate the Mitten Tree at Sherman County Public/School Library

mittens1Bring your donation of gloves, mittens, hats, and scarves to decorate the Mitten Tree at the Library. We invite everyone to adorn the bare branches with warmth. We are also requesting warm throws and blankets to place under the tree. The Mitten Tree will be up through the end of December and all donated items will be given to our local food bank and other agencies serving Sherman County.

6. Dear Mom and Dad: Cool It

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By Karissa Niehoff and Peter Weber

If you are the mother or father of a high school athlete here in Oregon, this message is primarily for you.

When you attend an athletic event that involves your son or daughter, cheer to your heart’s content, enjoy the camaraderie that high school sports offer and have fun. But when it comes to verbally criticizing game officials or coaches, cool it.

Make no mistake about it. Your passion is admired, and your support of the hometown team is needed. But so is your self-control. Yelling, screaming and berating the officials humiliates your child, annoys those sitting around you, embarrasses your child’s school and is the primary reason Oregon has an alarming shortage of high school officials.

It’s true. According to a recent survey by the National Association of Sports Officials, more than 75 percent of all high school officials say “adult behavior” is the primary reason they quit. And 80 percent of all young officials hang up their stripes after just two years of whistle blowing.

Why? They don’t need your abuse.

Plus, there’s a ripple effect. There are more officials over 60 than under 30 in many areas. And as older, experienced officials retire, there aren’t enough younger ones to replace them. If there are no officials, there are no games. The shortage of licensed high school officials is severe enough in some areas that athletic events are being postponed or cancelled—especially at the freshman and junior varsity levels.

Research confirms that participation in high school sports and activities instills a sense of pride in school and community, teaches lifelong lessons like the value of teamwork and self-discipline and facilitates the physical and emotional development of those who participate. So, if the games go away because there aren’t enough men and women to officiate them, the loss will be infinitely greater than just an “L” on the scoreboard. It will be putting a dent in your community’s future.

If you would like to be a part of the solution to the shortage of high school officials, you can sign up to become a licensed official at Otherwise, adult role models at high school athletic events here in Oregon are always welcome.

(Karissa Niehoff is Executive Director of the National Federation of State High School Associations and Peter Weber is Executive Director of the Oregon School Activities Association.)

6. Oregon FBI’s Tech Tuesday: Building a digital defense in your Internet of Things

arrow.blueswishWelcome to the Oregon FBI’s Tech Tuesday segment. Today: Building a digital defense in your Internet of Things.

Last week we talked about smart TV’s – and how that built-in internet connection can allow manufacturers, streaming services, and even hackers an open door into your home.

This week, we are looking at the larger Internet of Things (IoT). Basically, this means everything else in your home that connects to the world wide web. If you look at the holiday wish lists that your kids, spouse, and parents conveniently dropped on you last week at Thanksgiving – most everything on there probably makes the cut.

Digital assistants, smart watches, fitness trackers, home security devices, thermostats, refrigerators, and even light bulbs are all on the list. Add to that all of the fun stuff: remote-controlled robots; games and gaming systems; interactive dolls; and talking stuffed animals … well, the list seems endless.

What these all have in common is that send and receive data. But do you know how that data is collected? And where it is going?

Another concern is that hackers can use that innocent device to do a virtual drive-by of your digital life. Unsecured devices can allow hackers a path into your router – giving the bad guy access to everything else on your home network that you thought was secure. Private pictures and passwords safely stored on your computer? Don’t be so sure.

Here’s what you can do to build that digital defense:

  • Change the device’s factory settings from the default password. A simple internet search should tell you how – and if you can’t find the info, consider moving on to another product.
  • Passwords should be as long as possible and unique for IoT devices.
  • Many connected devices are supported by mobile apps on your phone. These apps could be running in the background and using default permissions that you never realized you approved. Know what kind of personal info those apps are collecting, and say “no” to privilege requests that don’t make sense.
  • Secure your network. Your fridge and your laptop should not be on the same network. Keep your most private, sensitive data on a separate system from your other IoT devices.
  • Make sure all of your devices are updated regularly. If automatic updates are available for software, hardware, and operating systems – turn them on.

As always, if you have been victimized by a cyber fraud, be sure to report it to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center at or call your local FBI office.

7. The Idea of Being Emotionally Free

A lot of us grew up with the notion that we are free people, able to choose where we live, what we do for a living, and to come and go at will. But many people, although certainly free in these ways, are emotional prisoners. Have you ever thought about what it means to be emotionally free?

Dr. David Viscott, a well-known psychiatrist, said that emotional freedom means that you can do what you want, when you want to do it. You see, when you are emotionally free, you believe in your own goodness and you act to increase your sense of self-worth. You understand that whatever interferes with this belief is false, so you seek to exclude and avoid those falsehoods.

Being emotionally free comes down to being free to believe in yourself and in your special-ness, and feeling free to make the most of it. Of course, all of this requires that you be free in expressing your emotions and responsible for the consequences of doing so. Freedom without responsibility breeds trouble, just as responsibility without freedom breeds resentment.

As you become an emotionally free person, you release the claim on you that is held by the past, and you become more and more able to give freely to others. You are better able to decide what is truly in your best interests, as you live your life to the fullest in the present, as well as in the future.

To learn more about this idea, you may want to see if you can find a copy of Dr. Viscott’s book, “Emotionally Free – Letting Go of the Past to Live in the Moment.” Though Dr. Viscott has passed, and the book was originally published in 1993, it is still available – on Amazon. ~The Pacific Institute

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

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