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Sherman County eNews #392

Table of Contents

  1. Prevention Coalition Winter Bonfire Today, Dec. 30
  2. Vernon & Virginia Melzer’s  70th Wedding Anniversary, Jan. 16
  3. Decision America Tour, Rev. Franklin Graham to visit Oregon Capitol
  4. Congressman Greg Walden: First Amendment Rights
  5. Links


1. Prevention Coalition Winter Bonfire Today, Dec. 30

Come join us for the Prevention Coalition winter bonfire event TODAY at 2 p.m. at the Fairgrounds in Moro! It’s free for all ages, and there’ll be snacks! Bring the family to come warm up by the fire!

~ Amber DeGrange, Sherman County Juvenile Director 541-565-3461/541-565-3178


2. Invitation: Vernon & Virginia Melzer’s  70th Wedding Anniversary, Jan. 16

Shhh! It’s a surprise. Family and friends are invited to join us in celebrating 70 years of marriage between Vernon and Virginia Melzer, on January 16, 1:00-4:00 p.m. at the Wasco Annex (old grade school). No gifts needed! Your company will add to the celebration enough. Puller Pork Sandwiches and cake will be provided.  Please bring a side dish to share.  Questions or RSVP with Kris Melzer 541-980-8199.


 3. Decision America Tour, Rev. Franklin Graham to visit Oregon Capitol


Beginning next week, the Rev. Franklin Graham will begin a 50-state capitol tour of America calling on people to pray and vote. Rev. Graham says this election could be the most important in American history and is calling the tour the Decision America Tour. Graham also de-registered as a Republican and registered as an Independent voter as a show of neutrality. The first 13 states on the tour have been set with Oregon yet to be determined.


4. Congressman Greg Walden: First Amendment Rights

American flag2Our First Amendment rights, especially religious freedoms, have been threatened in recent years as taxpayers have been forced to foot the bill for abortion services regardless of whether that goes against their beliefs. Last week, a plan was signed into law to fund the federal government for the rest of this fiscal year. I wanted to update you on a number of provisions in the plan that take steps towards protecting life and defending religious freedoms in this country.

First and foremost, this bill prevents discrimination against healthcare providers who refuse to provide, pay for, or refer abortions. This might seem like common sense, but I believe this type of clear language is necessary to protect taxpayers. It also requires Obamacare health plans to disclose to customers if they provide abortions so that people don’t unknowingly purchase a health care plan that goes against their beliefs.

The bill also continues a ban on the use of federal funds to pay for abortions. This prohibition includes foreign assistance, which should be life-affirming, supporting the health of both women and unborn children. Funds are also prohibited from going to grant recipients that participate in coercive abortion and involuntary sterilization or engage in abortion-related litigation.

The plan bans gene editing of human embryos or the creation of embryos for research. In the past, the FDA has received applications for the approval of techniques to genetically manipulate human embryos in order to prevent disease. The desire to prevent illness and suffering is one we all share, but creating human embryos with manipulated genes raises concerns for the safety of the embryo being experimented on. The patient who would be affected, the unborn child, cannot give consent to these procedures.

I believe these are some common sense steps that will help protect life and religious liberties. Please know that I will continue to support these and other measures that prevent Washington from using your tax dollars to fund abortions. I will be sure to keep you updated as legislation comes before me in the House.

It is an honor to represent you in the U.S. Congress.

Best regards,

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


5. Links


What to know about new laws taking effect in 2016.


Editorial: The Good and Bad in the New Laws


Commentary: Why People Can’t Face the Truth about Obama



Rev. Franklin Graham | Decision America



Northern Oregon Regional Corrections Facility | Gilliam, Hood River, Sherman and Wasco counties [NORCOR]


NORCOR Current Inmates



Facebook Group | Road Conditions & Accident Reports in the Gorge Area


OSU Researchers’ find could slow age-related disease



Places You Don’t Want to Visit



Understanding the U.S./Israeli Relationship



Secular Policy Institute


Port of Portland Labor Dispute Created Far-reaching Problems



Breitbart | Sports



Portland Biz Journal: Oregon’s Top 10 Spirits by Volume http://www.bizjournals.com/portland/blog/2015/12/bottoms-up-to-2015-oregons-top-10-spirits-by.html?ana=e_ptl_rdup&s=newsletter&ed=2015-12-28&u=wkiE5IyNb4HDxutujUayRl7bhJ3&t=1451372596


Sherman County eNews #391

Table of Contents

  1. Sherman County Senior & Community Center Pizza Night, Jan. 20
  2. Columbia Gorge Genealogical Society, “It’s all Relative,” Jan. 9
  3. Sherman County Court (draft) Agenda, Jan. 6
  4. Remember Local Needs for Year-end Giving
  5. “Jump Start Healthy Living” course offered by Sherman Extension
  6. Bible Study | Ephesians | Ten Weeks Starting Jan. 5
  7. Links

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference. ~ Reinhold Niebuhr (1892-1971)

1. Sherman County Senior & Community Center Pizza Night, Jan. 20

Join us at the Sherman County Senior & Community Center for a Pizza Night! Pizzas donated by Papa Murphy’s and salads donated by advisory board members with proceeds going to support the Senior & Community Center meal program.

Date: Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Time: 6:00 PM

Fee: $6.00 per person

Location: Senior & Community Center, 300 Dewey Street, Moro, OR

 2. Columbia Gorge Genealogical Society, “It’s all Relative,” Jan. 9 

 The first general meeting and program of the year will be on January 9, 2016 at the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center in the downstairs conference room. As the program theme suggests, we will be discussing relative information pertaining to the society and the duties of officers and chair persons. We will also be giving information on the publications that the society has for sale and discussing future events. Other topics will be the libraries at the Discovery Center and the new addition to The Dalles-Wasco County Library. All members are encouraged to attend. The program starts at 1:00 p.m.  A $1.00 donation is suggested to offset the room rental. ~ Georga Foster, Publicity Chair 541-296-2882 georga.foster@gmail.com 

 3. Sherman County Court (draft) Agenda, Jan. 6

  1. Appointment Schedule:
    1. 9:00 a.m.         Jenine McDermid – Clerk – Quarterly Report
    2. 9:15 a.m.         Dan Aldrich – Maintenance Technician – Quarterly Report
    3. 9:30 a.m.         Dean Dark – Wildlife Specialist – Quarterly Report
    4. 9:45 a.m.         Georgia Macnab – Planning Director – Quarterly Report
    5. 10:00 a.m.       Sharon Thornberry – Rural Communities Liaison – Regional Food Bank Update
    6. 10:30 a.m.       Shawn Payne – Emergency Services Director – Quarterly Report
    7.  10:45 a.m.       Shandie Johnson – Prevention Coordinator – Quarterly Report
    8. 11:00 a.m.       Heath Gardner – Wenaha Group – Courthouse Facilities Updat
    9. 11:45 a.m.       Jacque Shei – Mid-Columbia Economic Development District – Quarterly Report
    10. 1:00 p.m.         Bryan Hunt – Veterans Services – Quarterly Report
    11. 1:15 p.m.    Rene’ Moore, Brad Baird – Biggs Service District / Anderson Perry & Associates – Biggs Service District Update; Supplemental Budget Hearing
  2. Additions to Agenda:
  3. Action Items:
    1. Appointment – Budget Officer: Debbie Hayden
    2. Appointment – Budget Committee: Kyle Blagg

    Discussion Items:

    Commissioner Reports

  4. Consent Agenda:

Minutes of December 16, 2015

Claims – December 2015

Future Agenda Items:

 4. Remember Local Needs for Year-end Giving  (new)


  • *ABC Huskies Day Care, Sherman County Child Care Foundation, P.O. Box __, Wasco, OR 97065
  • *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
  • *North Sherman Pre-school, Inc., P.O. Box 308, Wasco, OR 97065
  • * Oregon Cultural Trust, Oregon Cultural Trust, 775 Summer Street NE, Ste 200, Salem, OR 97301 – a portion of these funds are allocated to Sherman County Cultural Coalition for distribution, & matched to local cultural non-profit gifts provide a tax credit.
  • OSU Extension 4-H Programs, P.O. Box 385, Moro, OR 97039
  • Pioneer Potlatch
  • *Rufus Community Center, City of Rufus
  • * Rural Development Initiatives http://rdiinc.org/civicrm/contribute/transact?reset=1&id=4
  • *Sherman County Ambulance, P.O. Box __, Moro, OR 97039
  • *Sherman County Athletic Foundation, P.O. Box 191, Moro, OR 97039
  • *Sherman County Cultural Coalition
  • *Sherman County Fair, P.O. Box 45, Wasco, OR 97065
  • *Sherman County Food Bank, Mid-Columbia Community Action Council, 312 E. 4th Street, The Dalles, OR 97058 [Designate recipient county.]
  • *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 County Little League
  • Sherman Parent Teacher Organization
  • *Sherman County Public/School Library, 69512 High School Loop, Moro, OR 97039
  • *Sherman County Scholarship Association, Attn: Gary Shelton, 65912 High School Loop, Moro, Oregon 97039.
  • *Sherman Development League, P.O. Box 11, Moro, OR 97039
  • *Sherman Experiment Station Foundation, P.O. Box ___, Moro, OR 97039
  • *Sherman Preschool, P.O. Box 66, Moro, OR 97039
  • *Wasco Cemetery Association, Sun Rise Cemetery, P.O. Box __, Wasco, OR 97065
  • *Wasco RR Depot & History Center, City of Wasco
  • *Wasco Salmon/Steelhead Tournament, P.O. Box ____, Wasco, OR 97065
  • *Your church.


 5. “Jump Start Healthy Living” course offered by Sherman Extension

Get help and motivation to reach your healthy New Year’s resolutions.  Register for “Jump Start Healthy Living,” a free 4-part course offered in January by OSU Sherman County Extension at the office in Moro.

Learn academic-research based tips for weight loss and healthy eating; understand the stages of behavior change; and set up your environment to encourage healthy eating and an active lifestyle. Enjoy cooking tips and healthy food samples each evening.

Mark your calendar for Tuesdays at 6:00pm on January 5, January 12, January 19 (to be held at Sherman Wellness Center), and January 26.  Call the Sherman Extension Office to save your spot:  541-565-3230 or email cindy.brown@oregonstate.edu.

Folks who participated in a Sherman County weight loss support group and/or Weight Watchers are especially encouraged to attend, as there is interest in having an on-going local program to encourage each other in healthy eating and active living.

6. Bible Study | Ephesians | Ten Weeks Starting Jan. 5

A women’s bible study, co-lead by Ree Ella von Borstel and Shirley Fritts will begin Tuesday, January 5, at 4:00 p.m. in the meeting room at the Senior Center in Moro. It will be a one hour session lasting approximately 10 weeks. The study will be “Ephesians–Wholeness for a Broken World.” This bible study is open to any woman interested in studying Ephesians.



Blazer Dancers


 500 Year Old Map Shatters The “Official” History Of The Planet


The U.S. Map Redrawn as 50 States With Equal Population


World Famous Corky’s Ribs & BBQ | A Memphis Tradition


Olives, stoning and pitting


Bissinger’s Handcrafted Choclatier


Charles Koch Interview


Forbes: 8 Billionaire Predictions for 2016




 National Geographic


 How to Peel a Hard-Boiled Egg in Water Within Seconds


Peter Lewis, Progressive Insurance, Marijuana Law


An Inside Look At The Biggest Drug Reformer In The Country: George Soros


 Military Planes


Bimmerfest | BMW


BMW | Online Community for BMW Owners


Sherman County eNews #390


  1. Sherman County eNews – a blog!
  2. Good Intentions
  3. Letter to the Editor: One Nation, Under God, With Liberty and Justice
  4. Letter to the Editor: Within an Eyelash
  5. History Tidbits: December 1964 Flood
  6. Commentary: Property Rights & Religious Liberty
  7. Links


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2. Good intentions are useless until they are expressed in appropriate action.

Good intentions may be an appropriate starting point for achievement, but they will go nowhere unless you follow through with action. Many people confuse intentions with achievement; after all, it is the idea that is most important, they reason. In reality, the most mediocre idea acted upon is far more valuable than a flash of genius that resides only in your mind. Developing the habit of action may be difficult at first, but the more you practice it, the easier it becomes.  ~ Napoleon Hill


3. Letter to the Editor: One Nation, Under God, With Liberty and Justice

The Day after Christmas was a quiet day in our home. The presents had all been opened. With Jean’s daughter, Bridget, and her husband, Matt and  their two young sons, we celebrated the Mass of Christmas Eve, made more complete by the singing of the children’s choir to which both boys belonged. Jean’s son Steve sent us a special gift of Rosaries blest by the Holy Father, Pope Francis. Because of Steve’s special skills in Law Enforcement, he was assigned as proximate security to the Papal Nuncio’s recent visit to a large gathering of church leaders in Florida and was rewarded with the Rosaries for his work. They are beautiful and are all the more sacred because of the source of their blessing.


For most families it is time to take down the Christmas tree, store the ornaments and prepare for the return to work within the next few days. Christmas is over for another year. But for the many who seriously practice their Christian faith, there are still several days to be remembered and celebrated. And with this great Christian Feast, it is formally celebrated for eight days ending with the feast of the Octave of Christmas, the Solemnity of Mary the Mother of God.


In the regular calendar it is called New Year’s Day, the beginning of 2016, the year of the election of a new president of the United States. For many who study our country’s history, it is a year of unprecedented importance. A year that will seal the decline of our culture into godless socialism and subsequent tyranny, or a year that will mark the beginning of the return of our nation to its constitutional roots as One Nation, Under God, With Liberty and Justice for All; dominated by the document that has served as the foundation of our greatness; The Constitution of the United States of America.


For it because of this document and with it The New Testament that we have become the greatest nation in the history of the world and it is with their abandonment that our decline has begun. So let us return to their wisdom and seek the Blessings of God upon our nation. Let us return to the Lord and Pray that He May Bless Us in this New Year, showering his Blessings and Wisdom upon us.

~ Bob Odell


4. Letter to the Editor: Within an Eyelash


You never know when this might be your experience….so thought I would pass along my thoughts.


We were within a eyelash of being killed on the 24th, a mile from our son’s home, so it has made me really rethink our situation, so if that would ever happen again, it would make settling our estate very easy for our children to settle, including what was desired for funeral arrangements.  I am gathering all of the information (with addresses, names, account numbers, telephone numbers, etc) so they can easily contact our lawyer, mortgage company, bank accounts, investments, etc. I had done it about 10 years ago but needed to update the information and then give this information to our kids. It was terrifying “after the fact” and “what ifs”….we were in the intersection (moving) when a small car went by the front of us at least 70 mph.  We had both looked both ways and Bill, again, looked to the right (the direction he came from).   There is a corner and then about 2-3 blocks to this intersection. He appeared to have not even tried to stop….with our moving car, it was amazing tht Bill didn’t hit him as he passed in front of us  and that he didn’t T- bone my door. I, for sure, would have been killed and Bill and the other driver seriously injured. It gives me the willies just thinking about “what if.” God was with us and must have other plans for us.

~ Carol MacKenzie, Wasco, Oregon

5. History Tidbits: December 1964 Flood



6. Commentary: Property Rights & Religious Liberty

http://imprimis.hillsdale.edu/ [no charge for a subscription]


Larry P. Arnn, President, Hillsdale College


Many Christians, while they cherish religious liberty, seem to believe that property rights, and the commerce that arises from the establishment of property rights, are somehow un-Christian. At the same time, a lot of free marketers seem to think that all we need are property rights and the rest will take care of itself. Neither of these views is correct, and I will explain why with reference to both James Madison and Winston Churchill.


Pope Francis is one who sometimes seems to be an example of the Christian who reads the New Testament as pointing in the direction of socialism. Commerce appears, in some of his writings and speeches, to be a grubby business purely based on self-interest—maybe even on exploitation, the opposite of charity. This reading of the New Testament—which I think flawed, by the way—is why Karl Marx, although he was famously an atheist and militantly opposed to Christianity, praised Christianity in one respect: that it declaimed against private property in the name of an otherworldly denial of self.


In writing my book on Winston Churchill, I spent a number of months reading about the founding of the Labour Party in Britain—Churchill detested the Labour Party from the beginning, so I was interested in its origin—and I found that Christians cooperated in its founding, and thus in the founding of British socialism. There were two strains of Christianity involved, one of them sounder than the other I think. The first was a strain that took its inspiration from Jesus’s insistence that we take care of the poor. The second strain—one that is much less sound in exegetical terms—held that since Jesus came down to earth, our task as Christians is to build a heaven on earth. Lots of Quakers in particular seem to have thought that. Although many socialists were atheists, many Christians took up with them for either or both of these reasons.


Today in America we can see as well that at the heart of the leftward movement in our government is a claim against property. The claim goes this way: the divisions among us are as deep as they are because of economic inequality, and if we do not address that inequality today, it will worsen tomorrow. Many well-meaning Christians think this way.


On the other side, recognizing that property is at the heart of the political argument we are having these days, are those who say that all that is needed is to protect property rights. Get money right and get property right, these people think, and leave it at that—leave morality and religion out of the political equation. But that way of thinking too is foolish.


The most formidable enemies of property rights are formidable precisely because they know better than to separate the issue of property rights from the issue of other freedoms, including freedom of conscience and religious liberty. They know better because they see that human beings are an odd integrity of soul and body. Marx is clear-sighted about this. He understands that if you like the way the human being is organized—if you like this integrity—then you are going to have to protect it all. And if you do not like it, you are going to have to uproot it all. Thus he makes clear in the Communist Manifesto that overthrowing the age-old institution of property will involve as well “the most radical rupture with traditional ideas.” If private property is going to be abolished, everything will have to be abolished. Marriage and religion are two prominent examples in Marx’s writings.


Several decades later, in the Fabian Essays in Socialism that led to the founding of the British Labour Party, George Bernard Shaw and others tried to downplay that side of Marxism. They claimed that they intended only to destroy property rights—that socialism is not about getting rid of the family or religion. But they were not entirely convincing. Shaw, for instance, wrote that “a married woman is a female slave chained to a male one; and a girl is a prisoner in the house and in the hands of her parents.” Graham Wallas, another leading Fabian and co-founder of the London School of Economics, argued that it is inefficient for families to eat their meals separately in their houses, and lamented that it would be a long time “before we cease to feel that an Englishman’s home [is] his castle, with free entrance and free egress alike forbidden.” Clearly, then, the Fabians’ ideal society involved more than the redistribution of wealth.


There are obvious parallels in our own time and country. [… … continue at http://imprimis.hillsdale.edu/property-rights-and-religious-liberty/%5D


Timberline Lodge


OSU-Cascades Campus


Collapse of the John Day River Bridge 1964


The British Monarchy


Sarah Brightman & Andrea Bocelli


Town Hall


America’s Hidden Jihad


Aquatic carbon cycling



Christmas Celebrations


You Raise Me Up


Christmas Religious Attendance is Up

http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/lifestyle/holidays/december_2015/religious_attendance_up_this_Christmas & https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jXDZcQ9e5sA&feature=youtu.be

What this road warrior learned about frequent flier programs, huge hotels and terror in 2015


Sherman County eNews #389

Merry Christmas!


  1. Classifieds
  2. Calendar



1. Classifieds (new or corrected)


THANK YOU! The Sherman Elementary SMART (Start Making a Reader Today) program would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the Sherman County Cultural Coalition for their generous grant for the 2015-2016 SMART program. The SMART program consists of 18 regular volunteer readers in Sherman County who provide literacy support to K-3 readers, fostering a love of reading in these students. The Oregon SMART organization provides a permanent book collection to the school, along with up to 14 books per participating child which are given away regularly during the program year for children to take home and keep.  On behalf of all the SMART readers, thank you for helping to make this possible! ~ Janet Pinkerton, SMART program coordinator for Sherman County.



SHERMAN PRESCHOOL SCHOLARSHIP FUND. Sherman Preschool’s desire is to have every child in Sherman County realize the benefits of a preschool experience.   The Sherman Preschool Board and Staff understand that circumstances may prevent a child from attending preschool.  If the circumstances are financial Sherman Preschool wants to help.  We are pleased to announce a new scholarship opportunity for preschool children. The scholarships are intended to help families who are not able to pay monthly tuition. The scholarships are either for partial or full tuition costs. If you are interested in learning more about the scholarships contact Sherman Preschool at 541-565-3320 or shermanpreschool@yahoo.com.   All information obtained for this program will remain confidential. 1/8/16

SHERMAN PRESCHOOL SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITY. Sherman Preschool is a nonprofit licensed program that introduces preschool children to learning in a warm, safe and loving environment. Sherman Preschool’s desire is to have every child in Sherman County realize the benefits of a preschool experience. The Board and Staff understand that circumstances may prevent a child from attending preschool. If the circumstances are financial Sherman Preschool wants to help.  A scholarship fund has been opened.   We are asking for tax deductible donations for the Sherman Preschool Scholarship Fund. Please make donations by check payable to Sherman Preschool (please signify scholarship on the memo line) and send to PO Box 66, Moro, OR 97039.  Thank you for supporting the children and giving them every opportunity to be successful adults. 1/8/16



NORTH CENTRAL EDUCATION SERVICE DISTRICT. North Central ESD Early Education is seeking a self-directed, energetic person who enjoys working with people and is interested in supporting communities at a preschool level.  This job offers a variety of experiences both in the field and the office.  The overall objective of this position will be to apply professional expertise to support community preschools in delivering Head Start OPK services. Qualifications: AA, or BA in Early Childhood Education, Social Services, Health and Nutrition or in a related discipline, or two years’ experience in an early childhood setting. This position is full time and has an excellent benefit package; salary is dependent upon experience. Must have reliable transportation and a valid driver’s license. If interested, please send a cover letter and resume to: Brooke Ansotegui, Program Director, 541-384-3808  bansotegui@ncesd.k12.or.us 


SERVICES: [home, personal, appliance, landscape, fencing, cleaning, maintenance, janitorial, computer, construction, sewing, repairs, transportation, media, pre-school, day care]

LEAN-TO CAFÉ & GOOSE PIT SALOON. Breakfast until 11, Yummers, Steaks, Fish, Chicken, Daily Specials, Burgers, Sandwiches, Salads & Catering. Wasco, Oregon. 541-442-5709 12/25


PRIVATE PILOT GROUND SCHOOL COURSE. Columbia Gorge Community College in partnership with Gorge Aviation Services offers Private Pilot Ground School beginning January 6 for eight weeks. The course covers aircraft systems, basic aerodynamics, airport operations, airspace, radio navigation, aviation regulations, and weather. The course prepares students to take the written FAA Private Pilot Knowledge Test, a requirement for obtaining a private pilot’s license. No actual flight training is included. Cost of the class is $385. Preregistration is required online at cgcc.edu or (541) 506-6011. 1/1


SHERMAN COUNTY BUSINESS DIRECTORY. Sherman County businesses & services may be listed on the Sherman County website at www.co.sherman.or.us under agri-business by town. Please contact Sherman County Administrative Assistant Lauren Hernandez lhernandez@co.sherman.or.us

THE LEAN-TO CAFÉ & GOOSE PIT SALOON will be open on Sundays, 11 to 4 o’clock, October through January.  ~ Kathy Neihart, Owner/Proprietor, 1214 Clark Street, Wasco, Oregon 541-442-5709 justbekathy@hotmail.com      1/22


Agri-Times Northwest – twice-monthly www.agritimesnw.com editor@agritimesnw.com

The Dalles Chronicle http://www.thedalleschronicle.com/subscribe/

The Goldendale Sentinel | 117 W. Main St., Goldendale, WA 98620 (509) 773-3777 | info@goldendalesentinel.com | http://www.goldendalesentinel.com/

The Times-Journal – a weekly serving Wheeler, Gilliam & Sherman counties, P.O. Box 746, Condon, OR 97823 | 541-384-2411 times-journal@jncable.com $35/year

Wheeler County News. Print Newspaper & Online Advertising. PO Box 190, Spray, OR 97874. Out-of-County subscription: $30/year. In-County: $24/year. WheelerCountyNews.com.  www.facebook.com/WheelerCountyNews. WheelerCountyNews@gmail.com


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Sherman County Fair Board Board Vacancy. Sherman County Fair Board is accepting letters of interest for board vacancy. Letters should include your experience with ours or other county fairs, (how you have been involved or have helped out at a fair, including your number of years), your other community involvement outside of the fair, and your area of strengths that can be added to our team. Some requirements include attending monthly board meetings, committing to extra time and work days in the month of August. Attendance of additional work days, meetings and trainings as they happen. One must be a resident of Sherman County. Board vacancy open until filled. Letters need to be mailed to Sherman County Fair, P.O. Box 45, Wasco, OR  97065 or e-mailed to shermanctyfair@hotmail.com. Letters must be received by the first Tuesday of the month. Meetings are held on the first Thursday of the month. Further info can be obtained by contacting the Fair Board Secretary @ shermanctyfair@hotmail.com or 541-980-1821.




HOUSE. For rent in Moro, 3 bedroom house. Approximate move in date, by/around February 1st. Rental references are required and will be checked. For additional information and to submit your name to the list, please e-mail shermanctyfair@hotmail.com or call 541-980-1821 or 541-993-4400 after 5:00 p.m.


2. Calendar (new or corrected)


18-31 Sherman County School District Christmas Break

25 Christmas

28 Mid-Columbia Housing Authority Board Meeting 10-12 The Dalles

30 Sherman High vs. Heppner High Prep Series at the Moda Center



7 Winter Program at Sherman Jr./Sr. High School

8 Wy’East Solar Invitation to a Public Meeting

9 Wasco County Medical Reserve Corps’ 3rd Annual Blanket Drive

12 Sherman County Watershed Council 11:30 Burnet Building, Moro

12 North Central Public Health District Board Meeting 3 The Dalles

12 Tri-County Mental Health Board Meeting 3 The Dalles

12 Sherman County Public/School Library Board Meeting 5:30

13 Sherman County Court Work Session with Wenaha Group 9-12

13 Sherman County Senior & Community Center Advisory Committee 12:30

20 Sherman County Court 9

23 Annual Robert Burns Supper 2-5 Condon Elks Lodge

25 Mid-Columbia Housing Authority Board Meeting 10-12 The Dalles

25 Sherman Photography Club Meeting Sherman County Public/School Library

27 Tri-County Courts [Sherman, Gilliam, Wheeler] 9-2 Burnet Building, Moro


2-4 Spokane Ag Expo

3 Sherman County Court 9

9 Tri-County Mental Health Board Meeting 11-2 The Dalles

9 North Central Public Health District Board Meeting 3 The Dalles

9-11 World Ag Expo at Tulare, California

10 Sherman County Senior & Community Center Advisory Committee 12:30

10 Sherman County Board of Property Tax Appeals Hearing 9-10

10-13 National Farm Machinery Show, Louisville, Kentucky

15 Sherman County 4-H Registration Deadline

17 Sherman County Court 9

18 Northern Oregon Regional Corrections Facility Board Meeting 12 The Dalles


15-July 4 Maryhill Museum The Big Painting Show

15 – Nov. 15 Maryhill Museum George E. Muehleck, Jr. International Chess Sets Gallery

15 – Nov. 15 Maryhill Museum American Art Pottery from the Fred L. Mitchell Collection

15 – Nov. 15 Maryhill Museum Maryhill Favorites: Animal Kingdom

15 – Nov. 15 Sam Hill and the Columbia River Highway

18 Deadline | Sherman County Uplands Restoration Project




18 Vada’s 90th Birthday Celebration TBA


16 – Nov. 15 Maryhill Museum American Indian Trade Blankets 

Sherman County eNews #388


  1. Tracking Santa
  2. Measuring 2015 Oregon Wildfire Season in Gallons
  3. Editorial Note: Spiritual Matters


There’s a song in the air!

There’s a star in the sky!

There’s a mother’s deep prayer

And a baby’s low cry!

And the star rains its fire while the beautiful sing,

For the manger of Bethlehem cradles a King!

~Josiah G. Holland, 1872; Karl P. Harrington, 1904.

1. Tracking Santa



~ Oregon Department of Forestry

So, just how severe was Oregon’s wildfire season this summer? About 838,000 gallons’ worth, according to Neal Laugle, the Department of Forestry’s (ODF) aviation unit manager. That’s how much liquid retardant the department’s air tankers dumped on fires in 2015. And that figure doesn’t include the thousands of gallons of straight water dropped by ODF contracted helicopters in close support of ground firefighting forces. The window of opportunity in which to stop a new blaze from growing large has shrunk from days to hours, due to the extreme summer weather and forest fuel conditions. Fire managers with ODF and the fire associations increasingly rely on air power to even the odds, launching air and ground resources simultaneously, which often shaves response time to minutes. ODF’s contracted large air tanker can reach a fire quickly and deliver 3,000 gallons of retardant in a single load. This slows fire growth and buys time for fire engines and hand crews to arrive on scene and begin direct attack. Single-engine air tankers (SEATs) use their speed and maneuverability to box in a fire with multiple, smaller retardant drops. All told, air tankers logged more than 700 flight hours this summer. The agency’s helicopters put in 834 hours slinging water to hot spots with their cable-suspended buckets.

FIRE AVIATION SNAPSHOT Statistics currently available are for ODF- and fire association-protected lands west of the Cascades. This summer, most of the aerial firefighting took place east of the Cascades (86 percent), followed by southern Oregon (14 percent), and northwestern Oregon (less than one percent).

– In 2015, the Douglas Forest Protective Association in Douglas County flew 60 helicopter missions and also assisted ODF’s Southwest Oregon District and the Willamette National Forest. A small plane flew 55 missions that included fire detection, monitoring of existing fires, and guiding air operations (air tankers and helicopters) over fires.

– The department’s Southwest Oregon District (Jackson and Josephine counties) conducted 150 missions, including air tanker and helicopter flights. Helicopters performed air attack, helitack (insertion of firefighters at fires, along with making water drops) and transport of personnel and cargo.

– Coos Forest Protective Association logged 55 flight hours on 19 different fires in Coos and Douglas counties to quench the flames with water drops. In addition, CFPA aircraft flew reconnaissance during lightning events to detect new fires. ODF’s aggressive firefighting tactics can create an “airshow” of multiple tankers and helicopters over an active fire. When the meter is running on all these aircraft, costs mount quickly. But stopping even one high-potential blaze from spreading to thousands of acres can save millions of dollars in the long term. As an example, the 26,000-acre Stouts Creek Fire in Douglas County cost $37 million to extinguish. And that is just for suppression. Damage to the forest resource, which includes timber as well as fish and wildlife habitats, typically totals at least three times the firefighting expense.

No one can accurately predict the intensity of future fire seasons. But the current trend has the department, its partner resource agencies, and private forest landowners scrambling to meet the challenge. Aviation will undoubtedly continue to play a major role in Oregon’s fire protection system in the years to come.



3. Editorial Note: Spiritual Matters


To: Representatives of Sherman County Churches and Faith Groups

From: Sherry Kaseberg, Editor, Sherman County eNews

About: The Friday Column: Spiritual Matters


As we begin the New Year, it is appropriate to clarify and identify guidelines for the submission of Spiritual Matters articles for Sherman County eNews. As we view it, this column is intended to welcome, inform and inspire, and we hope you will participate.


First: Recognized/organized churches and faith groups in Sherman County are invited to participate.


Second: The current schedule:

  • 1st Friday:
  • 2nd Friday:
  • 3rd Friday: Pat & Erling Jacobsen [Baha’i] &
  • 4th Friday:
  • 5th Friday [to be determined by the Editor or proposed by a participant]


Third: Articles must be submitted by 5 p.m. Wednesday for Friday publication. Please limit your submissions to 300 words or less.


Fourth:  Attacks on another faith, a previous Spiritual Matters article or author will not be published.


Fifth:    The subject matter should be spiritual and inspirational, calling people to faith, and may include doctrinal understandings as long as rule three is not violated.


Sixth:   The editor reserves the right to decline to publish articles.


Seventh:  Please let us know if you do not wish to participate in the Spiritual Matters rotation for Sherman County eNews or if you would prefer a different week to present.

Sherman County eNews #387


  1. Wasco United Methodist Church, Dec. 24
  2. Moro Community Presbyterian Church, Dec. 24
  3. Oregon Parks & Recreation Projects Grant Cycle
  4. Elizabeth Mae (Juhnke) McLenon, 1925-2015
  5. Remember Local Needs for Year-end Giving
  6. Links

Trip Check… Before you go!


I’m dreaming of a white Christmas Just like the ones I used to know Where the treetops glisten, and children listen To hear sleigh bells in the snow I’m dreaming of a white Christmas With every Christmas card I write May your days be merry and bright And may all your Christmases be white.       ~ Irving Berlin.

1. Wasco United Methodist Church, Dec. 24


The Wasco United Methodist Church will be having a Christmas Eve Service at 5:30 p.m. on December 24th.  All are welcome.

 2. Moro Community Presbyterian Church, Dec. 24




Thursday, December 24, 6 p.m.

Join Us for a Time of Celebration, Joy & Reflection!

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

Moro Community Presbyterian Church, 204 4th Street, Moro, Oregon

3. Oregon Parks & Recreation Projects Grant Cycle

~ Oregon Parks and Recreation Department

The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) announces the opening of the 2016 Local Government Grant Program grant cycle for funding public parks and recreation projects. OPRD will host two workshops in February to assist applicants. Large, small and planning grants are available for cities, counties, metropolitan service districts, park and recreation districts and port districts looking to fund the following types of projects: planning, development, rehabilitation, acquisition, and acquisition and development. The program is designed to help local government agencies acquire property for park purposes and fund outdoor park and recreation areas and facilities. The grants are funded from voter-approved lottery money. Applications deadlines are set for April and May depending on the type of grant. Two workshops are set: -Webinar workshop: 10 a.m. to noon, Feb. 3 -Live workshop: 10 a.m. to noon, Feb. 4, Salem To register and receive workshop notification, send contact information to Mark Cowan at mark.cowan@oregon.gov. OPRD gives more than $4 million annually to Oregon communities for outdoor recreation projects and has awarded nearly $50 million in grants since 1999. Applications, a grant manual, application deadlines and other information are online at http://oprdgrants.org.

4. Elizabeth Mae (Juhnke) McLenon, 1925-2015


Elizabeth Mae (Juhnke) McLenon, 90, passed away December 20th, 2015. She was born on July 24, 1925, in Wasco, Oregon, being the first born child of Arthur and Helen (Striker) Juhnke. She was the wife of the late Wendell F. (Dink) McLenon who preceded her in death in 2005. They were married 59 years before his passing. They had one daughter Linda Young (Glen) and one grandson Bryan P. Young (Vickie), who all reside in Tallahassee, Florida. Due to the death of her mother when she was only 3 years old, her maternal grandparents, Tom and Bessie Striker, raised her and her younger sister Shirley on the Striker ranch near Rufus, Oregon, and in the family home in Wasco, Oregon.

She attended Rufus grade school and graduated from Wasco High in 1943. She went on to college for a few semesters and pledged to Beta Sigma Phi sorority, before leaving with her sister Shirley to become civil secretaries for the United States Armed Services in Ordinance, Oregon, and then Santa Ana California. She met the love of her life, Dink McLenon, in 1945 and they were married at the Striker home in Wasco, Oregon, on May 19th, 1946. They honeymooned across the country on a train to Florida and spent a brief time in Fort Ogden, Florida, and then moved to Naples, Florida, where they lived for close to 55 years. She was hired as Deputy Town Clerk in 1947 and worked for the city until 1959. In 1953 she was crowned one of the first Swamp Buggy Queens. In 1959, she and Betty Thurner opened Betty’s Inc. (a sportswear shop on 5th Avenue North), operating the store for 11 years. In 1959, at the request of the City Council, Betty was asked to design an emblem for the City of Naples, which was adopted as the official insignia and was used for close to 40 years. In 2000, Betty and Dink moved to Lorida, Florida, to live and fish on Lake Istapoga. When Betty retired she became an accomplished artist who enjoyed painting beautiful flowers and birds native to the state of Florida. A private service took place December 22nd at 11 a.m. at Fort Odgen Cemetery, Arcadia, Florida. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Good Shepherd Hospice in Sebring, Florida or to your favorite charity. Arrangements were made by Robarts Family Funeral Home in Wauchula, Florida.

5. Remember Local Needs for Year-end Giving

*tax-deductible non-profit organizations [new in red]

Give 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 a gift for someone who has everything

  • *ABC Huskies Day Care, Sherman County Child Care Foundation, P.O. Box __, Wasco, OR 97065
  • *HAVEN from Domestic and Sexual Violence, PO 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
  • *North Sherman Pre-school, Inc., P.O. Box 308, Wasco, OR 97065
  • * Oregon Cultural Trust, Oregon Cultural Trust, 775 Summer Street NE, Ste 200, Salem, OR 97301 – a portion of these funds are allocated to Sherman County Cultural Coalition for distribution, & matched to local cultural non-profit gifts provide a tax credit.
  • OSU Extension 4-H Programs, P.O. Box 385, Moro, OR 97039
  • Pioneer Potlatch
  • *Rufus Community Center, City of Rufus
  • *Sherman County Ambulance, PO Box __, Moro, OR 97039
  • *Sherman County Athletic Foundation, PO Box 191, Moro, OR 97039
  • *Sherman County Cultural Coalition
  • *Sherman County Fair, P.O. Box 45, Wasco, OR 97065
  • *Sherman County Food Bank, Mid-Columbia Community Action Council, 312 E. 4th Street, The Dalles, OR 97058 [Designate recipient county.]
  • *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, PO Box 191, Moro, OR 97039
  • Sherman County Lions Club, P.O. Box 27, Wasco, OR 97065
  • Sherman County Little League
  • Sherman Parent Teacher Organization
  • *Sherman County Public/School Library, 69512 High School Loop, Moro, OR 97039
  • *Sherman County Scholarship Association, Attn: Gary Shelton, 65912 High School Loop, Moro, Oregon 97039.
  • *Sherman Development League, P.O. Box 11, Moro, OR 97039
  • *Sherman Experiment Station Foundation, P.O. Box ___, Moro, OR 97039
  • *Sherman Preschool, P.O. Box 66, Moro, OR 97039
  • *Wasco Cemetery Association, Sun Rise Cemetery, PO Box   , Wasco, OR 97065
  • *Wasco RR Depot & History Center, City of Wasco
  • *Wasco Salmon/Steelhead Tournament, P.O. Box ____, Wasco, OR 97065
  • *Your church.


“The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only legitimate object of good government.” —Thomas Jefferson, 1809


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