Sherman County eNews #369


1. The Ultimate Christmas Party, Dec. 5
2. Sherman County Prayer Meeting, Dec. 2
3. Letter to the Editor: Sherman County Courthouse Open House, Dec. 15
4. Oregon Cultural Trust & Sherman County Cultural Coalition
5. North Central Public Health District Board Meeting, Dec. 8
6. Sherman County Senior & Community Center December Meal Menu
7. Millions of Columbia River Salmon Return Home for the Holidays

1. The Ultimate Christmas Party, Dec. 5

Kids from ages 5 to 12
Are invited
To the Ultimate Christmas Party
December 5th
11:30 to 1 o’clock
Sherman County Public/School Library
Conference Room
Hosted by Sherman County Churches
Bible Stories, Snacks, Songs and Games
And it’s free.

Questions? Julie Fritts 541-980- 7628

2. Sherman County Prayer Meeting, Dec. 2

The Sherman County Prayer Meeting will be held this Wednesday, December 2, at the Wasco United Methodist Church. Fellowship (that means food!) will be at 7:00 p.m., followed by prayer at 7:30. Please come and join us. Questions? Call Mary Macnab at (541) 442-5450.

3. Letter to the Editor: Sherman County Courthouse Open House, Dec. 15

To the Editor,

As a member of the Sherman County Facility Advisory Committee I would like to invite all interested persons to attend an open house at the Sherman County Courthouse on Tuesday, December 15th, from 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM to discuss the planned construction of a new administrative building and modifications to our historic 1899 Courthouse. Design team members from Hennebery Eddy Architects will be present to explain the process that has been established and to explain what has been learned to date. Facility committee members Debbie Hayden, Brad Lohrey, and I along with our project manager Heath Gardner of Wenaha Group will also be present. The process is still in its early stages and the open house will provide an opportunity to ask questions and share ideas with project team members. It is important to understand that details regarding the exact size, location, and function of the building, along with the extent of necessary modifications to the courthouse will be determined after the programming phase has been completed in January. Please join us for conversation and refreshments as this important and exciting process unfolds.


Ron McDermid
Sherman County Facility Advisory Committee Member

4. Oregon Cultural Trust & Sherman County Cultural Coalition

Once again, Oregon takes the lead: we’re the only state that allows its citizens to designate part of their state taxes for cultural funding. Take action! If culture, in all its diversity, is important to you, your family and community, vote for culture at

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.

5. North Central Public Health District Board Meeting, Dec. 8

The North Central Public Health District Board will be meeting Tuesday, December 8, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. at the North Central Public Health District, located at 419 E. 7th Street, in the Main Meeting Room, in The Dalles, Oregon. This meeting is open to the general public.



6. Sherman County Senior & Community Center December Meal Menu

We serve lunch at 12:00, noon sharp.  First come, first served. If you have a group of 2 or more, please let the Kitchen staff know at  541-565-3191 the day before to ensure that we make enough food to serve! MEAL PRICING: Under 60 Yrs. Is $6.00 ~ 60 Yrs. & Up $3.00 suggested donation!

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
  1 2 3 4
Breakfast Casserole Baked Potato Bar Chicken Strips Pizza:  Hawaiian, Cooks
Pancakes W/Chili and Cheese Pasta Salad Choice and Supreme
Fruit Biscuits, Salad & Dessert Green Salad & Fruit Green Salad & Dessert
7 8 9 10 11
Lasagna Oven Fried Chicken Beef Enchiladas Chicken Fried Steak Hot Beef Sandwiches
Cheesy Bread Potatoes & Gravy Beans and Rice Hash Browns & Gravy Tater Tots
Veggies, Salad & Dessert Veggies, Salad & Fruit Green Salad & Dessert Green Salad & Fruit Green Salad & Dessert
14 15 16     CHRISTMAS LUNCH 16 18
Chicken & Stuffing Dish Cheeseburgers Ham & AuGratin Potatoes Mac & Cheese with Ham Potato Soup
Veggies French Fries Veggies & Rolls Veggies & Rolls Rolls
Salad & Pie w/Ice cream Green Salad & Fruit Green Salad & Dessert Green Salad & Fruit Green Salad & Dessert
21 22 23 24 25
Crab Stuffed Pollack Italian Chicken Meatloaf CLOSED FOR




AuGratin Potatoes w/Chick Peas & Pasta Mashed Potatoes/Gravy
Veggies, Salad & Dessert Veggies, Salad & Fruit Veggies, Salad & Dessert
28 29 30 31 Menu subject to change due to availability


Sweet & Sour Meatballs Parmesan Chicken Beef Gravy over Potatoes CLOSED FOR


Rice & Egg Rolls Roasted Potatoes Veggies
Green Salad & Dessert Veggies, Salad & Fruit Green Salad & Ice Cream



7. Millions of Columbia River Salmon Return Home for the Holidays

~ Bonneville Power Administration Portland, Ore. – The Columbia Basin’s 2015 salmon season ended with a remarkable 2.3 million adult salmon passing Bonneville Dam on their up-river migration. Overall, this makes 2015 the second-strongest year for Columbia River salmon since the federal government built dams on the river nearly 80 years ago. “We have a lot to be thankful for in the Columbia Basin,” said Paul Lumley, executive director of the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission.

“This only highlights what we can accomplish as a region. Yes, there is more work to be done to address things like climate change, water quality and water temperatures, but this success provides the confidence to achieve full salmon recovery.”

Approximately 954,000 fall chinook salmon made up roughly half of the 2015 run and represented the largest fall chinook return ever recorded on the Columbia, edging out the 2013 record. Threatened Snake River fall chinook also returned in impressive numbers. Nearly 60,000 fish returned to the Snake River, the second-largest return since major dams were built on the lower Snake. In addition, approximately 20,000 wild Snake River fall chinook crossed Lower Granite Dam to spawn naturally upstream in the river’s main stem and large tributaries. “When you look at how well salmon did overall this year, it’s clear the approach of restoring critical fish habitat and improving dam passage is working,” says Lorri Bodi, vice president of Environment, Fish and Wildlife at the Bonneville Power Administration. “This is a direct example of partnerships with Northwest tribes, states, the Northwest Power and Conservation Council and the federal government — working together to bring more fish back to the rivers.”

Not all Northwest fish runs fared well in 2015. Several weeks of unseasonable temperatures heated river water decimating this year’s run of endangered Snake River sockeye salmon, despite efforts to save them. Approximately 4,000 of the endangered salmon had passed Bonneville Dam on their way upstream, the most ever counted at Bonneville since federal recovery efforts for this run began in the 1990s. Thankfully, conservation hatcheries established to preserve and rebuild endangered sockeye numbers served their purpose of safeguarding the genetic heritage of the species. In addition, biologists released 600 hatchery sockeye into Idaho’s Redfish and Pettit Lakes to spawn naturally. Research shows offspring of sockeye spawned naturally in the lakes return at higher rates than those released from hatcheries. Overall, the cumulative 2015 run of Columbia River salmon is one of the largest in almost eight decades, allowing anglers to catch approximately 600,000 fish. “Federal agencies, tribes, states and other Northwest parties can be thankful that their collective efforts, in combination with strong ocean conditions, is supporting impressive numbers of returning salmon,” said Michael Tehan, NOAA Fisheries’ assistant regional administrator for the agency’s Interior Columbia Basin Office. “That’s something every citizen in our region can celebrate.”


A volunteer project since 1999, Sherman County eNews is a free email news service for Sherman County and the region. High priority is placed on positive, community-building information and news. A community calendar [no deadline] and special notices [Wednesday deadline] are posted on Fridays. Friday’s Spiritual Matters is a collaborative project with county religious organizations.

Thank you!
Sherry Kaseberg