Sherman County eNews #370

Table of Contents

  1. Weather! TripCheck! Winter Storm Watch!
  2. Air-Quality Due to Inversion – Consider Your Health!
  3. Open House at Mt. View Guest House Bed & Breakfast, Dec. 6
  4. Notice: Sherman County School District Architectural Design Committee, Dec. 2
  5. RSVP: Sherman County Conservation District & Area Watershed Council Meetings, Dec. 8, 10
  6. Historical Christmas Open House & Flea Market, Dec. 13
  7. Links

1. Weather! TripCheck! Winter Storm Watch!

BEND, Ore. – The National Weather Service in Pendleton has issued a Winter Storm Watch…which is in effect from Tuesday evening, December 1, through late Wednesday night. Motorists are advised to anticipate hazardous driving conditions in the following locations:

–Interstate 84 including The Dalles, Arlington and Boardman;

–OR19 including the cities of Condon and Fossil;

–US197 including the cities of Dufur and Maupin;

–US97 including the cities Madras and Redmond;

–US26 near the city of Prineville.


ODOT is advising motorists on these highways to be prepared for 2 – 5 inches of snow, perhaps turning to freezing rain.  For the latest driving conditions visit, or call 511 for highway information.


2. Air-Quality Due to Inversion – Consider Your Health!


Forecasts are calling for a persistent stagnant air mass the week of November 30th, 2015 due to low-level inversions that are limiting air-movement. North Central Public Health District reminds residents of Wasco, Sherman, and Gilliam Counties that this will cause air-quality to deteriorate.


The definition of Air Stagnation, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA):

~ A meteorological situation in which there is a major build-up of air pollution in the atmosphere. This usually occurs when the same air mass is parked over the same area for several days. During this time, the light winds cannot “cleanse” the build-up of smoke, dust, gases, and other industrial air pollution.


~ If you or your family members are sensitive to pollution, please pay special attention to the air-quality; this may include older adults, people with diseases such as asthma or congestive heart disease, and children.

~ When pollution levels are high, take precautions; consider spending more time indoors, choose easier outdoor activities (like walking instead of running) so you don’t breathe as hard, and avoid busy roads and highways where vehicles make pollution worse.

~ Follow your medical provider’s advice for your condition, and if you notice a change in your condition contact your provider for advice.

~ To monitor the air-quality, visit the Oregon DEQ Air Quality Index at:

~ To learn more about particle pollution and air-quality, visit CDC at:


(For more information, please contact North Central Public Health District at (541) 506-2600 or visit us on the web at

3. Open House: Mt. View Guest House Bed & Breakfast, Dec. 6

Open House at Mt. View Guest House Bed and Breakfast

Sunday, December 6th, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

Located at 600 Yates Street in Wasco.

Stop by and see what we have done!

Check us out on


4. Notice: Sherman County School District Architectural Design Committee, Dec. 2

Public Meeting Announcement

The Sherman County School District Architectural Design Committee will hold a Design Committee Meeting at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, December 2, 2015. This meeting will be held in the meeting room of the Sherman Jr./Sr. High School/Public Library and is open to the public.

5. RSVP: Sherman County Conservation District & Area Watershed Council Meetings, Dec. 8, 10


Sherman County Area Watershed Council:

Regular Business Meeting, December 8 at 11:30 a.m. Sherman County Extension Office, Burnet Building, Moro


Sherman County Conservation District & Watershed Council are hosting their Annual Meeting together!

Come join us for an evening of good company, food, and entertainment!

What: Annual Meeting

Where: Wasco Annex (903 Barnett Street, Wasco OR 97065)

When: December 10th, 2015 @ 6pm

Caterer: Paradise Rose Chuck Wagon Catering

Speaker: Anne Kennedy—Microbiologist, Cheatgrass Suppressive Bacteria Research

Cost: $10.00 a plate, kids under 3 no charge.

Please RSVP no later than December 4th so we can plan accordingly. See you all there!

~ SWCD & Watershed Council Staff  – Kayla von Borstel, Sherman County SWCD / Sherman County Area Watershed Council Coordinator 541-565-3216 x 109


6. Historical Christmas Open House & Flea Market, Dec. 13

The annual Christmas Open House shared by Fort Dalles Museum, Original Wasco County Courthouse, and the Rorick House will be held during The Civic’s Flea Market to be held on Sunday, December 13th.  The three organizations normally rotate the hosting of the event each year at their respective venues.  This year it is the Fort’s turn to do the honors.

According to Museum Director Cal McDermid, he wasn’t sure if the museum would be undergoing construction work by December. Sharing booth space at The Civic’s December Flea Market with the organizations seemed like the perfect answer to the Fort’s dilemma.

“We thought it would be a fun change to take our organizations to the Flea Market rather than inviting people to our usual open house,’ said McDermid.

Visitors to the Flea Market will have a chance to talk to representatives from each organization and find out more about each organization. Information on becoming a friend and supporter of each organization will be available.  Historical-themed books, post cards, and more will also be available for sale.

The Civic-sponsored Flea Market is in its second season and has proven to be very successful. The December Flea Market is sold out and there will be over 30 vendors participating.

Doors open at 11:00 a.m. The Flea Market runs through 4:00 p.m.  The Civic Auditorium is located at 323 E. 4th Street in The Dalles. Admission to the public is free.

7. Links

The Oregon Encyclopedia: An Authoritative and Free Resource on All Things Oregon

The American Pride Project

No Art Left Behind

Dare to Disagree. Speak Up.

Town Hall

15 Excerpts That Show How Radical, Weird and Out of Touch College Campuses Have Become

Is America on its way to Fascism?

Brookings Research

Crafted Meat

Seasonal Fruits & Vegetables Guide

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 classified ads [Wednesday deadline] are posted on Fridays. Friday’s Spiritual Matters is a collaborative project with county religious organizations.

Thank you!
Sherry Kaseberg