Sherman County eNews #372


1. Sherman County Prayer Gathering – Canceled

2. Shop at Locally-owned or Operated Sherman County Businesses

3. Driving tip when snow, ice, freezing rain are on Oregon Highways

4. Greg Walden secures help for Columbia Gorge roads and bridges

5. Oregon Heritage Commission Seeks to Fill Current, Future Vacancies

6. Wasco County Medical Reserve Corps’ 3rd Annual Blanket Drive, Jan. 9

7. Links


Four gifts for kids.

One thing they want!

One thing they need!

One thing to wear!

One thing to read!

~ Motherhood.

1. Sherman County Prayer Gathering – Canceled


Sherman County Prayer Gathering

is canceled for tonight, Wednesday, December 2nd

due to Winter Storm Warning!

2. Shop at Locally-owned or Operated Sherman County Businesses



Shopping at locally-owned or operated businesses:

  • Builds our communities
  • Strengthens our local economy
  • Shapes our community character
  • Creates and sustains jobs and opportunities
  • Supports the small businesses that support and contribute to our local non-profits, events and athletic teams.

I pledge


shop small,

spend locally,

eat local,

enjoy local,



the local businesses

that support

our county non-profits, events and communities.



3. Driving tip when snow, ice, freezing rain are on Oregon Highways

PENDLETON, Ore. – With a winter storm event in the forecast tonight and tomorrow in the Columbia Gorge, and parts of central and Eastern Oregon, the Oregon Department of Transportation reminds all travelers to be prepared before heading out. ODOT crews will be working 24/7 to plow snow, apply deicer and sand, and perform other tasks to help keep the highways as safe as possible. All motorists need to do their part by being extra cautious and planning for winter conditions. If you don’t have to travel, think about altering your plans to avoid driving on snowy or icy roads.


Here are several winter driving tips

More information at


  • Ice on the road prevents tires from gripping, so steering is difficult and stopping is harder. That means four-wheel drive vehicles won’t help much. Ordinary snow tires are designed for snow, not ice. The most helpful device for gaining traction on ice is tire chains. But even with chains, stopping distance is still several times greater than on dry pavement with ordinary tires.

Driving advice

  • Changes in elevation can drastically affect road and weather conditions. Watch for icy spots, especially in shaded corners.
  • If your vehicle suddenly feels like it’s floating, gradually slow down. Don’t slam on your brakes.
  • Increase your distance from vehicles in front of you. Allow about three times as much space as usual.
  • Roads that are wet or have fresh snow, packed snow, or ice have varying degrees of traction. Adjust your speed to match road conditions.
  • Slow down. Disengage your cruise control. Many crashes occur because the driver is going too fast for weather conditions.
  • Turn off your cruise control, be alert and drive cautiously.
  • Turning on your low-beam headlights during the daytime in the winter months can help make your vehicle more visible to other drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians.
  • Use your low beams. High beams will reflect back thick fog, making visibility worse for you and other drivers.

Know Before You Go: Pre-prep

  • Allow more time to reach your destination. In severe weather, closures and crashes can cause long delays.
  • Be prepared. Have an emergency kit, shovel, flares, extra food and water, etc.
  • Inspect your vehicle before you get on the road. Make sure your wipers, lights, battery, tires and brakes are working properly.
  • Check for road conditions, highway camera images, driving tips, tire chain information, links to transit and ride share options, plus much more.
  • Check local weather reports and stay tuned to local radio stations that can provide updates while you travel.

Stay away from plows & sanders

  • Drivers should give winter maintenance vehicles such as plows and sanders a wide berth. They do not travel at high speeds and other vehicles quickly overtake them. Plows and sanding trucks pull over periodically to let traffic pass. The best advice is to stay at least three car lengths behind and give yourself more time to get where you are going.
  • It is illegal to pass a snowplow on the right on state highways. On most Oregon highways, snowplows have “wing” plows that stick out more than eight feet from the right front edge of the truck. The snow being plowed or blown off the road can contain rocks and other debris that can damage vehicles.
  • Trying to pass a plow on the left also has its problems. The road behind the snowplow is in much better condition than the road ahead. If conditions are severe enough to require the attention of a snowplow, drivers should use extra care when trying to accelerate and pass other vehicles. Ruts in the snow can grab tires; icy conditions make it difficult to control any vehicle at higher speeds.


4. Greg Walden secures help for Columbia Gorge roads and bridges in final transportation agreement, passage into law expected soon

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Rep. Greg Walden (R-Hood River) announced today that he has secured language in the final congressional transportation agreement to help improve roads and bridges in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area (NSA). The long-term, bipartisan transportation agreement between the Senate and the House reauthorizes and reforms federal highway, transit, and highway safety programs. It is expected to be passed by both chambers in the coming days.

“Residents and visitors alike depend on efficient and safe transportation in the Columbia Gorge. The federal government must recognize that unique areas like the Gorge should be eligible for transportation projects to replace crumbling roads and bridges. Last month, the House unanimously passed our bipartisan proposal to do just that, and I worked hard to include it in the final House and Senate transportation agreement. When this proposal becomes law soon, it will be a win for Gorge residents, visitors, and our local economy,” Walden said.

Last month, Walden worked closely with Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Portland) and Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-Camas) to include language in the House transportation bill that ensures that projects within NSA’s, including the Columbia River Gorge NSA, are eligible for federal transportation grants to help them serve the needs of their local economies, residents, and visitors. Walden then led a letter, signed by seven other Northwest Senators and Representatives, urging negotiators in the House and the Senate to include the language in the final agreement.

  • During debate on the House floor last month, Walden urged his colleagues to recognize the importance of transportation projects in federal scenic areas. “While scenic areas like the Columbia Gorge provide tourist opportunities to thousands of visiting Americans from all across the country, this unique federal involvement provides distinct challenges in promoting growth of the local economy while conserving the natural beauty of the lands within the Gorge. Transportation infrastructure is an essential component to efficiently serve the interests of both local residents and visitors to the Scenic Area, and there is a strong need for regional transportation planning and improvement to major transportation elements,” Walden said. “Clarifying the eligibility of Scenic Areas throughout the nation for transportation grant funding would help ensure these areas are eligible for meaningful funding opportunities to enhance infrastructure within these unique federally managed areas.”

There are currently 12 NSA’s in eight states across the nation, including the Columbia Gorge NSA—the largest in the country. The Columbia River Gorge NSA consists of 292,500 acres along 85 miles of the Columbia River. Ninety percent of the total NSA is subject to strict land use and development restrictions, which has posed a distinct challenge to promoting the local economy, while providing opportunities for tourists to visit from around the country, and conserving the natural beauty of the Columbia Gorge.

The Gorge has major transportation elements like the Hood River Bridge and the Bridge of the Gods. While approximately 5.2 million vehicles and $110 million in goods travel across these bridges each year, they are in need of major improvements.

5. Oregon Heritage Commission Seeks to Fill Current, Future Vacancies

There are currently three appointed positions on the Oregon Heritage Commission that have expired or will be expiring June 30. Requests for appointment are now being accepted.

The Heritage Commission’s nine members represent a diversity of cultural, geographic and institutional interests. The Commission is the primary agency for coordination of cultural heritage activities in the state. This includes carrying out the Oregon Heritage Plan, increasing efficiency and avoiding duplication among interest groups, developing plans for coordination among agencies and organizations, encouraging tourism related to heritage resources, and coordinating statewide anniversary celebrations.

All Oregon residents are encouraged to apply for appointment. The Heritage Commission is especially seeking members with knowledge and experience related to community institutions, tourism, education/higher education, or communications/marketing.  It also particularly seeks members who are from ethnic groups, who are under 35 years of age, or who live in central or southern Oregon.

The group meets four-six times per year in changing locations around the state, including by phone. Commissioners are also asked to occasionally participate in meetings or events in their regions and work on other projects outside of meeting time. Commissioners are reimbursed for their travel and related expenses while conducting official commission business.

More information about the Oregon Heritage Commission is available online at and from Commission coordinator Kyle Jansson at 503-986-0673 or .

To request appointment, go to Gov. Kate Brown’s Boards and Commissions webpage at .  For full consideration for the one current vacancy, please submit your request by Jan. 5.


6. Wasco County Medical Reserve Corps’ Blanket Drive, Jan. 9


The Wasco County Medical Reserve Corps’ (MRC) is hosting its 3rd Annual Blanket Drive. All items collected from this drive will be donated to HAVEN of the Columbia River Gorge.

Please mark your calendar and plan to visit us in the parking lot across the street from Sawyer’s True Value (523 E 3rd Street) on Saturday, January 9, 2016 from 10 AM to 2 PM. Donors can simply pull up to the curb to drop off their items.

The MRC requests donations of blankets or other warm item (such as gloves, mittens or coats) that are either NEW, or very gently used and washed. New socks are also needed!

For more information about the blanket drive or the Medical Reserve Corps, please contact Tanya Wray at North Central Public Health District or (541) 506-2631. You can also visit the Wasco County Medical Reserve Corps’ webpage at

or see our Facebook page at Corps/230659080405837


7. Links

Oregon Artist Joe Chen [The artist who produced the Sherman County Centennial signed and numbered commemorative painting in 1989.]

Sherman County Business Directory

App for Sherman County Business Directory


Common Core Ally Breaks Ranks

Conversations on Race

Climate Change Conference Sweeps Terrorism Problem Under the Rug


Sherman County eNews #371

Table of Contents


1. Weather: December Outlook & November Climate Summary

2. Jean R. Long 1931-2015

3. Husky Hygiene Hustle & Sherman County Food Bank, Dec. 1-11

4. Sherman Elementary Book Tree Family Book Exchange, Dec. 10

5. Decorate the Mitten Tree – Sherman County Public/School Library

6. repondez s’il vous plait: R.S.V.P.

7. Links


History is the witness that testifies to the passing of time; it illumines reality, vitalizes memory, provides guidance in daily life and brings us tidings of antiquity.   ~ Cicero (106 BC – 43 BC), Pro Publio Sestio. 

In selecting men for office, let principle be your guide. Regard not the particular sect or denomination of the candidate — look to his character. ~Noah Webster.

1. Weather: December Outlook & November Climate Summary


You can find the December outlook and the November monthly climate summary AND GRAPHS (toggle between color and gray) for Moro at
~   Dennis Hull- KB0NYC Warning Coordination Meteorologist 541-969-7136

November weather data for Moro / Sherman Experiment Station Data





2. Jean R. Long 1931-2015


Jean R. Long, a resident of Moro, Oregon, died Sunday, November 22, 2015, in The Dalles, Oregon. She was 84 years of age.

Jean, the last of two sisters and five brothers, was born April 30, 1931 in McCredie, Washington to William Harley and Minnie Ann (Hindman) Read. They moved to Lyle, Washington where Jean was raised and educated.  On November 6, 1948 she and Albert ‘Bert’ Long were married. Jean worked in the business office of Bell Telephone Company for twenty-five years. Following her retirement, she and Bert travelled the country for twenty-two years, then settled in Moro, Oregon in 2008. They were members of the Moro Community Presbyterian Church.


Jean is survived by her husband of sixty-seven years Bert Long of Moro, Oregon; nephews, nieces, great nephews and nieces and great-great-nephews and nieces.


Services will be held on Thursday, December 3, 2015 at 11:00 AM at the Moro Community Presbyterian Church.


3. Husky Hygiene Hustle & Sherman County Food Bank, Dec. 1-11


Husky Hygiene Hustle Elementary Edition! Let’s show our community we care this holiday season by contributing to the local food bank- we can make a difference!  Please bring or send with your K-6 child(ren) much needed hygiene items between November 30th and December 11th: shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste, lotion… Help fill the class box! The class with the most wins a prize. Sponsored by Sherman Parent Teacher Organization [PTO].



4. Sherman Elementary Book Tree Family Book Exchange, Dec. 10


December 10th is the Sherman Elementary Book Tree Family Book Exchange. Wrap up a new or gently used book to put under the Christmas tree to exchange, open and read with your family. Cookies, hot chocolate and Christmas music provided. Families can come as you are or wear your pajamas and slippers to enjoy a night of giving and reading! Sponsored by Sherman Parent Teacher Organization [PTO].


5. Decorate the Mitten Tree – Sherman County Public/School Library

Bring your donations of gloves, mittens, hats and scarves to decorate the Mitten Tree at Sherman County Public/School Library located in Moro.   Community, school staff and students are encouraged 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 which serve Sherman County.


6. repondez s’il vous plait aka R.S.V.P.


  • “R.S.V.P.” is from the French phrase repondez s’il vous plait. It means “please reply” and is often included on invitations.
  • Another approach is to write “Regrets only” on an invitation.
  • If someone doesn’t respond to an R.S.V.P. and time is running out, you can call them for an answer.
  • Anyone receiving an invitation with an R.S.V.P. is obliged to reply as promptly as possible.
  • A formal, third-person invitation requires a third-person reply.
  • If the invitation says “Regrets only,” don’t send or call an acceptance unless you have something to discuss with the hostess.
  • Sometimes an immediate “Yes” is impossible because of tentative conflicts. If the gathering to which you have been invited is informal and you know the host well, feel free to phone and explain: “I’d love to be there, but I may have to go to Chicago. Can I let you know in a day or two?”
  • If, however, the party is a formal one and your delayed reply affects the host’s well-laid plans, then you owe it to him to decline the invitation at the start: “I hate to miss the evening, but I may have to be in Chicago. Thank you so much for including me in the invitation.

refusing an invitation

If you have no other plans and are declining an invitation, do not give a reason if asked, other than “I’m terribly sorry, I’m busy that evening.” This leaves you free to accept another invitation.

asking for an invitation

You should never ask for an invitation for yourself. Nor should you ask to bring an extra person to a meal or a party.


7. Links

Sherman County

New deal brings container service back to Lewiston

Distrust of federal land agencies escalates with conviction of Oregon ranchers

Remote Sensing Handbook—Three-Volume-Set/Thenkabail/9781482218015

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