Sherman County eNews #382

  1. Columbia Gorge Court Appointed Special Advocates for Foster Children
  2. ANOTHER VOICE: With heart overflowing: In memory of Colorado Officer Garrett Swasey
  3. North Central Public Health District Notice
  4. Be Prepared: Emergency Power Outage Kit
  5. Free First Day Hike at Cottonwood Canyon State Park, Jan. 1
  6. Become a Maryholder!
  7. Links

Let It Snow! ~ Sammy Cahn, Jule Styne (c) 1945

Oh, the weather outside is frightful, But the fire is so delightful, And since we’ve no place to go, Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.

It doesn’t show signs of stopping, And I brought some corn for popping; The lights are turned way down low, Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.

When we finally say good night, How I’ll hate going out in the storm; But if you really hold me tight, All the way home I’ll be warm.

The fire is slowly dying, And, my dear, we’re still good-bye-ing, But as long as you love me so. Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.


1. Columbia Gorge Court Appointed Special Advocates for Foster Children

Did you know that over 165 kids in the Gorge currently call foster care home? If you are considering making a yearend donation this year, please consider Columbia Gorge CASA.

Columbia Gorge CASA is a local non-profit organization that recruits, trains, and supports community volunteers, to advocate for the needs and well being of children in foster care in Sherman, Wasco and Hood River Counties.

CASA’s 2015 Annual Appeal is going on now until December 31st.  Thanks to a generous matching challenge offered by a local Gorge family, all donations up to $2,000 will be matched!

Double your donation and help us give more children the powerful voice of a CASA volunteer. You can find easy donation options on our website at Thank you and Happy Holidays from Columbia Gorge CASA!  children.cartoon


2. ANOTHER VOICE: With heart overflowing: In memory of Colorado Officer Garrett Swasey

A Hood River News column earlier this month by Karen Joplin, Hood River County Commissioner, is mainly about appreciating the services we receive from our law-enforcement officials.  It briefly describes the effort underway at Northern Oregon Regional Corrections Facilities [NORCOR] to improve treatment for mental illness, and includes a picture of Sheriff Matt English, who grew up in Sherman County.



3. North Central Public Health District Notice

North Central Public Health District will be closing at Noon on Thursday, December 24th, and will be closed all day Friday, December 25th, 2015, for the Christmas holiday.

To accommodate our walk-in clients, walk-in hours for Thursday, December 24th, have been changed to 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. If you were planning a visit that afternoon, please stop by in the morning. We will resume our regular hours at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, December 28th, 2015. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you.  If you have questions or need more information, please contact North Central Public Health District at 541- 506-2600 or visit us on the web at


 4. Pacific Power: Be Prepared | Emergency Power Outage Kit

electric.line  Be prepared: New storm bringing more rain, snow and possibly ice that could trigger power outages.

Check your Emergency Outage Kit, charge up mobile devices, avoid any downed lines, call 1-877-508-5088 to report outages PORTLAND, Ore. –With more wet and cold weather funneling into Oregon and Washington in the next few days, Pacific Power reminds its customers and the public to take precautions to stay safe and comfortable. “Storms caused extensive damage in southern Oregon earlier this week, but now the focus is on the northern part of the state and Washington,” said Curtis Mansfield, vice president, operations. “We are staging crews and equipment to meet this new weather challenge that will affect customers. Wherever and however it hits us with flooding, ice or heavy mountain snow we are ready to respond.”

Every home should have an Emergency Outage Kit that includes the following: * Flashlight * Battery-operated radio and clock * Extra batteries * Non-perishable foods * Manual can opener * Bottled water * Blankets If a power outage occurs, Pacific Power encourages customers to first check their fuses and circuit breakers. If the power failure is not caused inside the home or business, customers should report the outage to Pacific Power at 1-877-508-5088.

Get the App. The new Pacific Power App for mobile devices can become invaluable during an outage. You can report and track an outage affecting you from your mobile device. The app is free and can be downloaded on the App Store or Google Play. For more information, visit

Pacific Power suggests these safety precautions: * Stay away from all downed power lines and utility lines. Even if the lines are not sparking, they could be energized and extremely dangerous. Call 911 and report the outage to Pacific Power at 1-877-508-5088. * This current storm system may cause flooding. Be especially careful of any standing water or even soggy ground. A live down wire may seem to be a safe distance away, but is still extremely dangerous due to wet conditions. * Don’t drive over downed power lines.


5. Free First Day Hike at Cottonwood Canyon State Park, Jan. 1

~ Note: The correct number for Chris Havel is 503-986-0722.

Condon OR — For the fifth year in a row, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is partnering with America’s State Parks to offer free guided First Day Hikes in state parks across Oregon on New Year’s Day. Information about the special hike to take place at Cottonwood Canyon State Park is below. These same details, along with directions to the park, are available on the Oregon State Parks website–go to online and search for “First Day Hikes” under Event Category. Hike time: 11 a.m. Starting location: Lone Tree Campground shade shelter Terrain and length of trail: Six-mile hike on the Pinnacles Trail Contact information: (541) 394-0002 Additional details: Rangers will lead an interpretive hike in the John Day River Canyon, which is surrounded by basalt cliffs. Hikers will see gorgeous river views and could see big horn sheep, osprey and coyote. Dogs must be on a six-foot leash. Participants should dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes, and bring water as well as a camera or binoculars for wildlife viewing. In case of inclement weather, the park should be contacted directly to find out about cancellation. This year, OPRD is asking participants to share photos of their First Day Hike via social media by using the hashtag #ORfirstdayhikes Twitter and Instagram or tagging “Oregon State Parks” on Facebook. Images can also be e-mailed to

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