Sherman County eNews #380

1.    142nd Fighter Wing to Conduct Night Training Missions, Dec. 14-27

2. Sherman Jr. High Girls & Boys Basketball Update

3. ECP Application Deadline Dec. 23

4. Private Pilot 8 Week Ground School Starts, Jan. 6

5. Maryhill Museum of Art Opens with Special Exhibitions, March 15

6. Links

7. Sherman County Sheriff’s Office Incident Report for November


On the twelfth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me 12 drummers drumming, 11 pipers piping, 10 lords a-leaping, 9 ladies dancing, 8 maids a-milking, 7 swans a-swimming, 6 geese a-laying, 5 golden rings, 4 calling birds, 3 French hens, 2 turtle doves, And a partridge in a pear tree.


1.    142nd Fighter Wing to Conduct Night Training Missions, Dec. 14-27

~ Oregon Military Department

PORTLAND, Oregon – The Oregon Air National Guard’s 142nd Fighter Wing will conduct routine F-15 night training missions, December 14-17. The night training allows the Citizen-Airmen pilots based at the Portland Air National Guard Base to stay current with mandatory Air Force requirements. Night flying is conducted almost monthly as it provides essential training for nighttime maneuvers. Training flights will be completed each evening before 10:30 p.m. About the 142nd Fighter Wing: The Portland Air National Guard Base employs 1,500 Airmen who provide an economic impact of nearly $500 million to the region. The 142nd Fighter Wing defends our homeland with F-15 Eagle fighter jets, guarding the Pacific Northwest skies from northern California to the Canadian border, on 24-hour Aerospace Control Alert as part of Air Combat Command and the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD). Their mission is to provide unequalled, mission-ready units to sustain combat aerospace superiority and peacetime tasking any time, any place in service to our nation, state and community.


2. Sherman Jr. High Girls & Boys Basketball Update

Dec. 1 Tues. St. Mary’s St. Mary’s No Game 3:30 No Game 4:30
Dec. 7 Mon. Arlington Sherman Elem. 5:00 4:00 4:00 5:00
Dec. 12 Sat. ‘A’ Tourney Dufur No Game No Game 10:00 10:00
Dec. 15 Tues. Lyle/Wishram Lyle No Game No Game 5:00 4:00
Jan. 4 Mon. St. Mary’s Sherman Elem. No Game 4:00 No Game 5:00
Jan. 7 Thurs. Dufur Sherman Elem. 5:00 4:00 4:00 5:00
Jan. 11 Mon. Horizon Hood River Cancelled Cancelled No Game Cancelled
Jan. 13 Wed. Condon Sherman Elem. 5:00 4:00 4:00 5:00
Jan. 14 Thurs. South Wasco Sherman Elem. 5:00 4:00 4:00 5:00
Jan. 25 Mon. Arlington Arlington 3:00 4:00 5:00 6:00
Jan. 28 Thurs. Dufur Dufur 5:00 4:00 4:00 5:00
Feb. 1 Mon. Horizon Sherman Elem. Cancelled Cancelled No Game Cancelled
Feb. 4 Fri. South Wasco Maupin 3:00 4:00 5:00 6:00
Feb. 13 Sat. Condon Condon 10:00 11:00 12:00 1:00


3. ECP Application Deadline Dec. 23

Farmers and ranchers in Sherman County who have experienced damage due to severe drought conditions in 2015 may be eligible for cost-share assistance under ECP. This disaster program is administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Farm Service Agency (FSA), which provides cost-share assistance if the damage is so severe that water available for livestock has been reduced below normal to the extent that they cannot survive without additional water.

A producer qualifying for ECP assistance may receive cost-shares not to exceed 50 percent of the eligible cost of installing eligible temporary measures. Cost sharing for permanent measures is based on 75 percent of the total eligible cost.  No producer is eligible for more than $200,000 cost sharing per natural disaster occurrence.

Approved practices may include:

  • Constructing and deepening wells for livestock water
  • Developing springs or seeps for livestock water

Producers who have suffered a loss from the natural disaster may contact the local FSA County Office and submit applications to request assistance. Applications will be accepted from November 23, 2015 to December 23, 2015.

To be eligible for assistance, practices must not be started until all of the following are met:

  • An application for cost-share assistance has been filed
  • The local FSA County Committee (COC) or its representative has conducted an onsite

inspection of the damaged area

  • A needs determination has been made

To obtain additional program information or to schedule an appointment to file a cost-share application contact the Sherman County FSA office at 541.565.3551 ext 2.


4. Private Pilot 8 Week Ground School Starts, Jan. 6

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 or (541) 506-6011.



5. Maryhill Museum of Art Opens with Special Exhibitions, March 15

 (GOLDENDALE, Wash., December 14, 2015) – When Maryhill Museum of Art opens for the season on March 15, 2016, visitors will be able to enjoy a special exhibition featuring large-scale paintings from the museum’s collection, a small show of American Art Pottery, and nearly 100 new objects in the Native American gallery. The museum’s International Chess Sets Gallery will be relocated and reinstalled with new interpretation and better accessibility, giving visitors a fresh perspective on this popular exhibit.

Later in the season, the exhibition American Indian Trade Blankets will explore commercially produced trade blankets as an important facet of Indian culture; the exhibit will showcase 20 historic blankets from well-known makers such as J. Capps & Sons, Racine, Oregon City and Pendleton.

In 2016 Maryhill also will mark the 100-year anniversary of the opening of the Historic Columbia River Highway. Inspired by scenic roadways he saw in Europe, Sam Hill was a key figure in the conceptualization of the project and a major force in its completion. The museum will also commemorate the 90-year anniversary of Queen Marie of Romania’s visit to Maryhill.  Queen Marie’s US tour in 1926 was marked by lavish luncheons and formal dinners as she crisscrossed the country visiting historic sites and cultural performances, her every move chronicled by the international media. She arrived at Maryhill with 15 crates of artwork and artifacts that she presented to Sam Hill for his future museum. On her arrival along the Columbia, Queen Marie dedicated Maryhill Museum of Art on November 3, 1926 in a ceremony that received national attention and was attended by more than 2,000 people.

SPECIAL EXHBITIONS March 15 – November 15, 2016

George E. Muehleck, Jr. International Chess Sets Gallery A new exhibition installation will feature a global historical overview of chess, anecdotes and stories of chess, and over 80 of the museum’s unique chess sets and chess-related works of art. Wall-mounted cases will hold complete boards as well as sets, and the height of the displays will allow for easy viewing by people of all sizes, especially young people.

March 15-July 4, 2016 The Big Painting Show Drawn from the museum’s permanent collection, The Big Painting Show features approximately two dozen works that are seldom shown because of their unusual size. Included are William McGregor Paxton’s The Red Fan, R.H. Ives Gammell’s The Dream of the Shulamite, The Wedding Feast by Gillis van Tilborch, Henk Pander’s Columbia River at Stonehenge and select works from Gammell’s The Hound of Heaven series. Solitude, by Lord Frederic Leighton will also be on view.

March 15 – November 15, 2016 American Art Pottery from the Fred L. Mitchell Collection The art pottery movement, exemplified by simple, decorative or utilitarian ceramics, began roughly in tandem with the Arts and Crafts movement in America and Britain during the late 19th century.  The pottery was usually hand-decorated, produced in limited numbers, and signed by the artists; many designs showed the influence of Asian and Art Nouveau styles.  This small exhibition features ceramics from makers such as Roseville, Rookwood, and Weller – companies established in the American Midwest during the height of the movement. All of the pieces are drawn from the collection of Fred L. Mitchell.

March 15 – November 15, 2016 Maryhill Favorites: Animal Kingdom Maryhill Museum of Art’s painting collection contains more than 250 works, most created during the 19th and 20th centuries in America and Europe. Included among these are a number of works with animals as subjects. During the 19th century, it was common for European and American artists to include domesticated livestock in their pastoral landscapes; some artists specialized in painting specific animals, others created domestic exteriors with barnyard animals or indoor genre scenes that included cats, dogs and other species. As modern life has distanced us from animals, they have disappeared from daily view and likewise have become largely invisible in the world of art. Animal Kingdom looks back to a not-so-distant past when human interaction with animals was commonplace. The exhibition features a wide range of animal-centric works, including pastoral paintings, equestrian scenes, along with exotic birds, sheep and man’s best friend, the domesticated canine. Among the artists included are Jakob Bogdani, François Pieter ter Meulen, George Bernier, George Wright and Edwin James Douglas.

March 15 – November 15, 2016 Sam Hill and the Columbia River Highway The centennial celebration of the Columbia River Highway takes place in 2016, and this exhibition features black and white prints showing both construction photos of the highway and early scenic views of the Columbia River Gorge. Most of the images are drawn from Sam Hill’s personal photo collection, which is housed at Maryhill Museum of Art. Look for accompanying programs at Maryhill as part of the Columbia River Highway centennial festivities.

July 16 – November 15, 2016 American Indian Trade Blankets  American Indian trade blankets are commercially-made wool blankets with bold geometric designs; the first such blankets were the striped “point” blankets imported from England by the Hudson’s Bay Company. Between 1780 and 1890, point blankets were a staple of the fur trade and many thousands made their way into Indian hands. In the late nineteenth century, enterprising American woolen mills—J. Capps & Sons, Racine, Oregon City and Pendleton among them—began making brightly colored blankets for sale to Native peoples. Trade blankets soon became an important part of Native culture; by the 1940s, Pendleton-brand blankets had assumed most-favored blanket status, while all other American woolen mills had ceased operations. The exhibition features approximately 20 pre-1925 blankets from a variety of historic manufacturers.

Native American Gallery Update The museum’s Native American Gallery will see an update in 2016, with more than 100 new objects. The majority were recently donated to Maryhill by Jan Wyers and Teunis J. Wyers, Jr. The collection was originally amassed by their grandfather, John G. Wyers (1870–1960) of White Salmon, Washington, who managed the Columbia Fruit Union, a hardware and general merchandise co-op serving Mid-Columbia growers. Among the new objects that will be on view are Columbia River baskets (berry baskets, sally bags and cornhusk bags), beaded bags, a number of non-Plateau baskets, and other Plateau items such as dolls, toy cradles, a rawhide case and a root digging stick. The collection is especially unique in that many of the baskets’ makers are known. In the 1970s, John Wyers’ widow, Lucile Wyers, began working with Klikitat basket-makers Elsie Thomas and Nettie Jackson to identify individual makers. As a result of their efforts, the makers of nearly three-quarters of the baskets are now known; most of them were members of the Hunt, Cayuse and Thomas families from the Husum, Washington area.

A selection of Arctic material, donated by John and Jan Nelson of Trout Lake, Washington, including masks and baskets, will also go on view in 2016.


6. Links

Full Moon for Christmas


American Indians of the Pacific Northwest Digital Collection

Heritage Winter Wheat

Ancient Wheat & Barley Seeds


The Three Sisters: Corn, Beans & Squash Growing Together


10 Iconic Sporting Moments

The Pacific Northwest Inlander

The Freedom Foundation, Oregon

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7. Sherman County Sheriff’s Office Incident Report for November