Sherman County eNews #352


  1. Special Events in Sherman County, Dec. 5th
  2. Oregon School Boards Association Annual Conference, Nov. 12-15
  3. A Call for Entries, Sherman County Public/School Library Art Exhibition
  4. SAIF Series of Free Ag Safety Seminar in The Dalles, Nov. 18
  5. Notice of Public Hearing: Marijuana Ordinance, Dec. 2
  6. Central Oregon Road Construction UPDATE: Week of November 9, 2015
  7. Links

Sherman County eNews #352

1. Special Events in Sherman County, Dec. 5th

Saturday, December 5th

Sherman County Holiday Bazaar

10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Sherman Jr/Sr. School cafeteria

Moro Oregon

Hosted by Sherman County Fair Board

Vendor form:

Contact: Beth 541-980-1821 of an evening.

Saturday, December 5th

Sherman High School Basketball Tourney

Sherman Jr./Sr. High School

Soup/Salad Lunch

Saturday, December 5th

Sherman County Public/School Library

Sherman Jr./Sr. High School

Annual Library Book Sale

Saturday, December 5th

Sherman County Historical Museum in Moro

Shopping at The Museum Store

Special Sales

Book Signing.

  1. Oregon School Boards Association Annual Conference, Nov. 12-15

~ Ore. School Boards Assn.

The largest annual statewide gathering of local school board members and school administrators will take place Nov. 12-15 in downtown Portland. More than 800 attendees from Oregon’s K-12 school districts, education service districts, charter schools and community colleges are expected for the Oregon School Boards Association’s 69th Annual Convention at the Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront, 1401 S.W. Naito Parkway. Credentialed media are welcome to attend any and all of the public sessions without pre-registration. We do request that media members obtain a name badge at the registration desk at the Marriott in the lower level 1 foyer. A one-day workshop for administrative professionals will be held Thursday, Nov. 12. The full conference begins Friday, Nov. 13, and runs into the weekend, and includes workshops ranging from charter schools to social media best practices to facility planning. Friday will also see the debut of a new video as part of “The Promise of Oregon” campaign. Featured speakers include school safety authority John-Michael Keyes (Friday), Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and author Nicholas Kristof (Saturday), and motivational speaker Donna Hartley (Sunday). A full schedule of workshops and speakers can be found at OSBA is a member services agency for more than 200 locally elected boards serving school districts, education service districts and community colleges. It also provides services to charter schools and their boards.

  1. A Call for Entries, Sherman County Public/School Library Art Exhibition

a call for entries

Sherman County Public/School Library announces

a bi-monthly art exhibition

(to be displayed on the gallery wall in the Library foyer).


December 3 – January 30

“In Quiet Light”


Open to artists and residents of Sherman County.

Each artist may submit a maximum of 2 entries.



All 2-dimensional media will be considered (drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, mixed media, collage, textile arts, etc.).

Entries must be recent, original works (no copies, patterns, etc.).

Artwork must be suitably prepared for display; framed, wired, ready for hanging as appropriate; (please, no easel-back props on frames).


Artwork is to be submitted December 1 – 3 during Library hours.

The show will be juried and hung on December 3.

The show will open on December 3 and close on January 30.

Artwork is to be picked up January 30 – February 3 during Library hours.


A juror will select the pieces to be included in the show using standard criteria (quality, adherence to the theme, space constraints, etc.).

While every precaution will be taken to protect entries from damage or loss, artwork is not insured by Sherman County Public/School Library.


Jeanney McArthur

Sherman County Public/School Library

65912 High School Loop

Moro, Oregon 97039


  1. SAIF Series of Free Ag Safety Seminar in The Dalles, Nov. 18

SUMMARY: SAIF’s annual series of free, ag safety seminars — held all over Oregon from November to March — aims to reduce the number of work-related injuries. A seminar will be held in The Dalles on November 18. More info at Every year, work-related injuries in U.S. agriculture cost $8.3 billion. And that figure includes only medical costs and lost productivity. Other monetary losses include broken machinery, hiring and retraining employees, and reduced production output because of the disruption. The human toll is even worse.

Designed primarily for people working in agriculture, anyone with an interest in agricultural safety is welcome to attend. Employers with small agricultural businesses who attend the seminar will meet OSHA’s instructional requirement, one of four requirements that exempt small agricultural establishments from random OSHA inspections. This year, seminars will be held in 16 Oregon cities: Ontario, La Grande, Madras, The Dalles, Salem, Eugene, Corvallis, Hillsboro, Hermiston, Wilsonville, Hood River, Medford, Woodburn, Clackamas, Bandon, and Klamath Falls. Spanish-language seminars will be held in Hillsboro, Hermiston, Wilsonville, Hood River, The Dalles, Salem, Woodburn, and Klamath Falls. The seminars, which begin in November and run through March, are held from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and include lunch.

  1. Notice of Public Hearing: Marijuana Ordinance, Dec. 2

Notice of Public Hearing

Sherman County Court

PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that on Wednesday, December 2, 2015, the Sherman County Court will hold a continuance of the November 4th, 2015 public hearing at 11:00 a.m. in the Circuit Court Room at the Sherman County Courthouse, 500 Court Street, Moro, Oregon, 97039.

The purpose of the hearing is to continue to receive testimony and consider adoption of an Ordinance Declaring a Ban on Medical Marijuana Processing Sites, Medical Marijuana Dispensaries, Recreational Marijuana Producers, Recreational Marijuana Processors, Recreational Marijuana Wholesalers, and/or Recreational Marijuana Retailers in all areas subject to the jurisdiction of Sherman County, Oregon, and Declaring an Emergency.

Copies of the proposed Ordinance are available for review in the office of the Sherman County Court. Written testimony or questions may be directed to the Sherman County Court at P.O. Box 365, Moro, Oregon 97039; 541-565-3416.


  1. Central Oregon Road Construction UPDATE: Week of November 9, 2015

For further information contact:

Rex Holloway


The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) is continuing to invest in Oregon’s future with roadway improvement projects throughout Oregon’s central region (ODOT Region 4). ODOT is committed to providing a safe, efficient transportation system. The following projects reflect ODOT’s commitment to make improvements as traffic numbers rise and to make the roadways safer and more efficient for drivers. All work is dependent on weather conditions. Red denotes new or updated information.


I-84: The Dalles – Fifteenmile Creek MP 83.5 – 88.5

Wildish Standard Paving Company will be replacing the concrete pavement located on Interstate 84 within the city limits of The Dalles. They will also be constructing a new bridge on I-84 over Threemile Creek. The work will take place in stages in order to minimize delays and ensure that both freeway lanes are open in each direction during peak traffic volumes this summer and over holiday weekends.

Starting September 8th traffic will be placed in a single lane in each direction to continue the second major stage of construction. During this stage construction, the westbound lanes will be removed and replaced with 12 inches of continually reinforced concrete. The second major stage of construction will be completed by Thanksgiving 2015.

During the week of November 9th the contractor will continue the concrete paving of the westbound lanes of I-84.

I-84 travel is reduced to a single lane in the east and west bound directions from MP 83.75 to MP 88.0.The traffic switch will be in effect from September 8th to November 24th. Speeds have been reduced to 50mph on I-84 through the work zone.

Traffic can expect minimal to 20 minute delays.

US 97: Moro to Madras

KERR Contractors will be replacing 29 miles of pavement on U.S. 97 between Grass Valley (MP 27.1) and Shaniko (MP 56.7). The project also includes the construction of passing lanes between MP 43.8 and MP 45.4, installation of new highway signs between Moro and Madras, and adding ADA compliant sidewalk ramps in Grass Valley.

During the week of November 9th the contractor will be flagging US 97 at various locations to assist in sign installations between MP19 to MP88. Also, the contractor will be winterizing the construction zone of the new passing lane work and performing some cleanup operations. Traffic can expect 15 minute delays Sunday 7pm through Friday 3pm.

  1. Links: explore ~ investigate ~ search ~ probe ~ examine ~ research ~ study ~ think

Amber Waves | Food, Farming & Natural Resources

Rural Development Initiatives

Cottonwood Canyon State Park

Book | Who was Ernie Kuck?

Hwy. 97 Biggs to Madras Corridor Plan

Author David McCullough | Oregon Historical Society

Linus Pauling

Beaverton road project unearths Oregon history


Martin Luther 23 min.

Lots of Quizzes

How Congress Reached a Deal to Stop a Medicare Premium Spike, and How Seniors Will Pay the Cost Eventually By Caitlin Owens, National Journal

13 Reasons

Biofuel & Climate

Technology Device Ownership: 2015

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Thank you!
Sherry Kaseberg