Sherman County eNews #386

TABLE OF CONTENTS

  1. Calendar Update: School District Basketball, Winter Program
  2. Letter to the Editor
  3. Young Patriot Essay Contest: Win Scholarship Money for College
  4. Sherman County Fair Board Vacancy
  5. ODOT Warns of Winter Weather Hazards
  6. Sherman County Photography Club, Jan. 25
  7. Greg Walden nominates Oregon students for acceptance to U.S. service academies
  8. Links

1. Calendar Update: School District Basketball, Winter Program

DECEMBER

18-31 Sherman County School District Christmas Break

25 Christmas

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

28 UPDATE Sherman Boys JV, Girls Varsity, and Boys Varsity basketball games scheduled for December 22 starting at 3:30, have been postponed until Monday, December 28. Times will remain the same. ~ Bill Blevins, Principal, Sherman County Jr./Sr. High School, 541-565-3500

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

JANUARY 2016

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 Sherman Photography Club Meeting | Sherman County Public/School Library

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

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


2. Letter to the Editor

 

Thank you, Don ,Tom and Greg, a big thank you on Thursday, November 17th to Tom Lepinski for blading all the main street sidewalks and curb areas with the blade on his small tractor and Don Hildebrand doing the hand shoveling. Greg Gosson (city maintenance tech) put the snow blade on the city pick up and did all of the streets and alleys. Wasco looks really spiffy!! It is so easy to walk and move in and out of the post office and shops! As soon as the sun was out all the moisture dried on the streets and sidewalks making it safe for everyone to move  around down town. Safety is always a big issue with snow and ice and this really reduced that risk! I really appreciate the effort of these 3 men!

~ Carol MacKenzie, Mayor, City of Wasco 541-442-5079


3. Young Patriot Essay Contest: Win Scholarship Money for College

http://debate-central.ncpa.org/young_patriots_essay_contest_scholarship_1516/


4. Sherman County Fair 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.


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5. ODOT Warns of Winter Weather Hazards

Trucks and motorists advised to drive according to conditions

BEND – Winter weather including snow and high winds is adversely affecting driving conditions across the State, especially in Central and Eastern Oregon. In addition, forecasters are predicting high winds and precipitation in the Willamette Valley which will cause additional driving challenges.

ODOT is asking motorists, in private vehicles and large commercial carriers, to drive according to these inclement weather conditions, including slowing down and turning off cruise controls.

For drivers anticipating travel throughout Oregon during periods of hazardous weather, (which may persist this week in Eastern and Central Oregon), ODOT recommends checking Tripcheck.com, or calling 511, to be aware of current highway hazards.

ODOT recommends the following safety precautions:

  • Be ready to use your chains. Be patient. Go slow.
  • Expect a long commute that could last hours. You never know when weather or traffic incidents will cause the road to be closed for extended periods.
  • Keep fuel tank full (in case you get stuck in road closure).
  • Carry emergency supplies (water, food, warm clothes, flashlight, etc.)
  • Turn off your cruise control
  • Increase the following distance between you and the vehicle ahead of you.
  • Keep cell phone charged up (but don’t use it while driving)
  • Keep a watch on weather conditions throughout the day in anticipation of the next snow storm which could make current road conditions worse. Tune to local radio stations for update travel information.

ODOT appreciates the patience of travelers who delay their trips or experience longer commutes. We cannot be everywhere at once to clear the roads and we cannot clear the roads when they are stacked with traffic. The cooperation of the traveling public is imperative in keeping the highways passable.


6. Sherman County Photography Club, Jan. 25 

 

Sherman Photography Club will meet on January 25th at the Sherman County Public/School Library.


 

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7. Greg Walden nominates Oregon students for acceptance to U.S. service academies

MEDFORD — U.S. Rep. Greg Walden (R-Hood River) announced today that he has nominated thirteen Oregon students for acceptance to one of the prestigious United States service academies. Walden’s Service Academy Nomination Board—active and retired military officers who interview potential candidates to the service academies and make recommendations to Walden—recommended each student based on their academic performance, extracurricular involvement, and character.

“It is an honor and a privilege to nominate these remarkable young Oregonians to our nation’s service academies,” Walden said. “This nomination represents the culmination of years of hard work and dedication. Their decision to pursue higher education, develop leadership skills, and serve their country in uniform is a deeply admirable endeavor—a journey at which I am confident they will succeed. The future of our nation is in good hands.”

The service academies include the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo.; the Military Academy at West Point, N.Y.; the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md.; and the Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, N.Y.

Final selection for admission to the service academies will be performed by officials at each respective academy this spring. Students who are interested in learning more about service academy nominations can visit Walden’s website at https://walden.house.gov/academynominations.

The nominees are as follows:

Wasco County

Timarra Roth, daughter of Elizabeth & Luis Leon of The Dalles, attending The Dalles High School—nominated to the U.S. Air Force Academy.

Morrow County

Moroni Jensen, son of Jack & LeeAnn Jensen of Oxbow, attending Pine Eagle High School—nominated to the U.S. Air Force Academy.

Jackson County

Brandon Brooks, son of Ted & Kymberly Brooks of Medford, graduated South Medford High School, attending Southern Oregon University—nominated to the U.S. Air Force Academy.

Christian Cheshire, son of Walter & Kathryn Cheshire of Central Point, home schooled—nominated to the U.S. Air Force Academy, the U.S. Naval Academy, and the U.S. Military Academy.

Mark McAlister, son of Mark & Debra McAlister of Medford, attending Phoenix High School—nominated to the U.S. Naval Academy.

Ethan Shepherd, son of David & Kirsten Shepherd of Phoenix, attending Phoenix High School—nominated to the U.S. Air Force Academy, the U.S. Naval Academy, and the U.S. Military Academy.

Joshua Wu, son of Kevin & Julie Wu of Medford, attending St. Mary’s High School—nominated to the U.S. Air Force Academy.

Josephine County

Easton Bents, son of Robert & Denise Bents of Grants Pass, attending Grants Pass High School—nominated to the U.S. Air Force Academy.

Deschutes County

Benjamin Brockman, son of Chuck & Antoinette Brockman of Bend, attending Bend Senior High School—nominated to the U.S. Air Force Academy.

Owen Hucke, son of Gary & Janet Hucke of Redmond, home schooled—nominated to the U.S. Air Force Academy and the U.S. Naval Academy.

Noah Nagle, son of Josh & Becky Nagle of Bend, attending Summit High School—nominated to the U.S. Air Force Academy, the U.S. Naval Academy, and the U.S. Military Academy.

Hannah Wood, daughter of Harry & Helen Wood of Bend, attending the Taipei American School in Taipei, Taiwan—nominated to the U.S. Military Academy.

Crook County

Jordan Rutz, daughter of Travis & Shannon Rutz of Prineville, attending Prineville High School—nominated to the U.S. Military Academy.


 

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8. Links

National Review

http://www.nationalreview.com/

The Wall Street Journal

http://www.wsj.com/

See How OR’s Lawmakers Rank for Bipartisanship

http://m.golocalpdx.com/politics/see-how-ors-lawmakers-rank-for-bipartisanship

New problems, same solution at Port: Editorial Agenda 2015

http://www.oregonlive.com/opinion/index.ssf/2015/12/new_problems_same_solution_at.html#incart_river_home

Commentary: Presidential Candidate Trump

http://townhall.com/columnists/wayneallynroot/2015/12/17/explaining-why-trump-will-be-president-up-close–personal-n2094511/page/full

Bookworms’ Paradise – Find Free eBooks

http://www.ba-bamail.com/content.aspx?emailid=18541&memberid=839350

Students Sing ‘Allah Akbar’ at Holiday Concert

http://patriotpost.us/opinion/39606

Commentary: Utter Incompentence or Treason?

http://patriotpost.us/commentary/39620

18 of the Best Christmas-Themed World Records

http://www.ba-bamail.com/content.aspx?emailid=18625&memberid=839350

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Sherman County eNews #385

TABLE of CONTENTS

  1. Sherman County School District Surplus Sale, Jan. 12
  2. Wasco Methodist Church Program, Dec. 20
  3. Moro Community Presbyterian Church Service, Dec. 24
  4. Democratic Debate, Dec. 19
  5. The Right to Choose Happiness
  6. Commentary: Legacy or bust
  7. Links

1. Public Notice: Sherman County School District Surplus Sale, Jan. 12

PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT

Sherman County School District Surplus Sale – Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Sealed bidding will close at 2:00 p.m. with immediate announcement of bid results.

At the December 14, 2015 Regular Board Meeting of the Sherman County School District, the Board of Directors declared the following items to be offered as surplus:

1 – 1 ½ Horse Craftsmen woodshop bandsaw

1 – Delta dust collector 1 horse 120v

1 – Delta dust collector 3 horse 230v

2 – Smokeater air filtration system (please bid separately)

1 – Large metal axel grinder

The process of selling these surplus items will be done through a sealed bidding process. This allows for a fair and open sale for interested parties.  Bidders may view the items after January 4, 2016, by calling (541) 565-3500 or contacting Wes Owens at wowens@sherman.k12.or.us and making an appointment with Sherman County School District.

Sealed bids must be submitted using the official Bid Proposal Form that will be available at Sherman County School District office after Monday, January 4, 2016. Sealed bids must be received by Sherman County School District located at 65912 High School Loop, Moro, OR prior to 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 12, 2016. At 2:01 p.m. all bids will be read aloud in the meeting room of the Sherman County Public/School Library.

By bidding, a potential purchaser is confirming their acceptance of these terms and conditions;

  • All items are offered “As-Is” and “Where-Is” with no warranty or other guarantee as to its condition or fitness for any use or purpose;
  • Purchaser agrees to remove surplus items within seven (7) days of winning the bid;
  • Cash or checks will be accepted and must be made payable to Sherman County School District;
  • There shall be no refunds and all sales are final.

Sherman County School District reserves the right to reject any or all bids received, to award any or all of the various items to separate bidders, to waive any informalities in the bids, and to award as best serves the interest of the District and the Public.


 

 

2. Wasco United Methodist Church, Dec. 20

 

The Wasco United Methodist youth will perform their Christmas play on Sunday morning, December 20th.

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3. Moro Community Presbyterian Church, Dec. 24

         CHRISTMAS  EVE                      

CANDLELIGHT SERVICE  

Thursday, December 24, 6:00 pm

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

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4. Democratic Debate, Tonight, Dec. 19

The next Democratic debate is this Saturday at 8 pm Eastern. It will take place at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire, and will air on ABC.  After this, there will be just one more debate before the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primaries begin the actual voting in February 2016. So tune in now, before it’s too late.

 

How to watch

When: 8 pm Eastern – Saturday, December 19

Where: Saint Anselm College, Manchester, New Hampshire

TV: ABC Online: At ABCNews.go.com, a free live stream will be available.


 

 

5. The Right to Choose Happiness

 

Has anyone ever told you it was wrong to feel proud of yourself or to be too happy?

What is bad about feeling good? Nothing at all. But there are some people who will try to get you to believe that you shouldn’t be too happy. They will tell you things like, “Pride goes before a fall,” or “Who are you to feel so good when there is so much misery in the world,” or even “If you show too much happiness, you are only tempting Fate to step in and slap you down.” They will say they are only telling you these things for your own good, and they will try to make you feel guilty if things go too well for you.

 

Now, they are not lying to you. They really believe that what they are telling you is the truth. But what you need to know that this is “their” truth, not “the” truth. You might even entertain the thought that it is a good idea to avoid people who try to rain on your parade.

 

You don’t have to live in a perfect world or be a perfect person to be happy. The time to be happy is now, the place to be happy is here, and the reasons to be happy are all around you. If you take a moment to look for them, they will make themselves known.

Happiness is a choice you make, not something that happens to you. When you choose to be happy, you become a light in the world and a source of comfort and inspiration. What is so good about feeling bad? Not a single thing. It is an unproductive “ripple” in the pond that is your life, and those ripples touch all you know and love. Why not choose happiness for yourself, and why not start today? ~ The Pacific Institute.


6. Commentary: Legacy or bust

By Charles Krauthammer

 

Last Saturday, Barack Obama gained the second jewel in his foreign policy triple crown: the Paris climate accord. It follows his Iran nuclear deal and awaits but the closing of Guantanamo to complete his glittering legacy.

To be sure, Obama will not be submitting the climate agreement for Senate ratification. It would have no chance of passing–as with the Iranian nuclear deal, also never submitted for the Senate ratification Obama knew he’d never get. And if he does close Guantanamo, it will be in defiance of overwhelming bipartisan congressional opposition.

You see, visionary thinkers like Obama cannot be bound by normal constitutional strictures. Indeed, the very unpopularity of his most cherished diplomatic goals is proof of their prophetic farsightedness.

Yet the climate deal brought back from Paris by Secretary of State John Kerry turns out to be no deal at all. It is, instead, a series of carbon-reducing promises made individually and unilaterally by the world’s nations.

No enforcement, no sanctions, nothing legally binding. No matter, explained Kerry on Fox News Sunday: “This mandatory reporting requirement . . . is a serious form of enforcement, if you will, of compliance, but there is no penalty for it, obviously.”

If you think that’s gibberish, you’re not alone. NASA scientist James Hansen, America’s leading carbon abolitionist, indelicately called the whole deal “bulls—.”

He’s right.

 

The great Paris achievement is supposed to be global “transparency.” But what can that possibly amount to when you can’t even trust the reporting? Just three months ago, the world’s greatest carbon emitter, China, admitted to having under-reported its burning of coal by 17 percent, a staggering error (assuming it wasn’t a deliberate deception) equal to the entire coal consumption of Germany.

 

I’m a climate-change agnostic. But I’m realistic enough to welcome prudent hedging against a possible worst-case scenario. I’ve long advocated for a multilateral agreement (unilateral U.S. actions being climatically useless and economically suicidal) negotiated with the most important players–say, India, China and the European Union–containing real limits, real numbers and real enforcement. That would be a genuine achievement.

 

What the climate-change conference produced instead was hot air, applauded by 196 well-fed participants. (Fourteen nights in Paris, after all.) China promises to begin reducing carbon emissions 15 years from now. India announced it will be tripling its coal-fired electricity capacity by 2030. Meanwhile, the Obama administration is effectively dismantling America’s entire coal industry.

 

Looking for guidance on how the U.S. will fare under this new environmental regime? Take a glance at Obama’s other great triumph, the Iran nuclear accord.

Does the American public know that the Iranian parliament has never approved it? And that the Iranian president has never signed it? Iran is not legally bound to anything. As the State Department freely admitted (in a letter to Rep. Mike Pompeo of the House Intelligence Committee), the deal “is not a treaty or an executive agreement, and is not a signed document.” But don’t worry. Its success “will depend not on whether it is legally binding or signed, but rather on the extensive verification measures” and our “capacity to reimpose–and ramp up–our sanctions if Iran does not meet its commitments.”

 

And how is that going?

 

On Nov. 21, Iran conducted its second test of a nuclear-capable ballistic missile in direct contravention of two UN Security Council prohibitions, including one that incorporates the current nuclear agreement–which bans such tests for eight years.

 

Our response? After Iran’s first illegal launch in October, the administration did nothing. A few words at the United Nations. Weren’t we repeatedly assured that any Iranian violation would be met with vigorous action?

 

It was obvious from the very beginning that the whole administration promise of “snapback” sanctions was a farce. The Iranians knew it. Hence their contempt for even the prospect of American pushback: two illegal missile launches conducted ostentatiously even before sanctions are lifted and before they receive their $150 billion in unfrozen assets early next year.

 

Why not? They know Obama will ignore, downplay and explain away any violation, lest it jeopardize his transformative foreign policy legacy.

It’s a legacy of fictional agreements. The proliferators and the polluters are not bound. By our own volition, we are.

 

Only Guantanamo remains. Within a month, one-sixth of the remaining prisoners will be released. Obama will not be denied.

————v————

Charles Krauthammer, who has won the Pulitzer Prize for commentary, writes for the Washington Post.


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7. Links

 

The Dalles Art Center: Christmas shopping

http://www.thedallesartcenter.org/

 

Ski at Anthony Lakes Mountain Resort

https://www.facebook.com/GrindTV/videos/10153368614684895/?fref=nf

Hooves & Horns Cowtoons

https://www.facebook.com/HOOVES-HORNS-COWTOONS-190363050741/

Oregon traffic deaths top 400, up 20 percent in 2015

http://www.oregonlive.com/commuting/index.ssf/2015/12/oregon_traffic_deaths_top_400.html#incart_river_index

How to pronounce nuclear

http://dictionary.cambridge.org/us/pronunciation/english/nuclear

 

Jimmy Fallon, baseball and taxes

http://www.bizjournals.com/sanjose/news/2015/12/18/johnny-cueto-jeff-samardzija-giants-mlb-luxury-tax.html?iana=ind_sports

 Obama $Vacation

https://thehornnews.com/obama-billing-taxpayers-3-7-million-for-vacation/

 

Sherman County eNews #384

Merry Christmas!

  1.  Trip Check | Oregon Department of Transportation
  2. Wy’East Solar Invitation to a Public Meeting, Jan. 8
  3. Donald von Borstel 1921-2015
  4. Oregon Air National Guard to Track Santa on Christmas Eve
  5. Common Core now the Law of the Land
  6. Oregon Historical Society Quarterly: The Journal of Record for Oregon History | Rajneeshpuram
  7. Links

 

 

You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give. ~ Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet


 

1.  Trip Check | Oregon Department of Transportation

https://tripcheck.com/Pages/RCMap.asp#

 

Check before you go!


 

2. Wy’East Solar Invitation to a Public Meeting, Jan. 8

WY’EAST SOLAR

INVITATION TO PUBLIC MEETING

Pacific Solar Investments, Inc., wholly owned by Iberdrola Renewables, LLC, is proposing the Wy’East solar project to be located approximately 4.4 miles east of Wasco, Oregon, in Sherman County, near the Klondike I, II and III, Biglow Canyon and Patu operating wind projects. Pacific Solar Investments, Inc. submitted a Conditional Use Permit application to Sherman County and invites you to an informational meeting on the project.

 

The project would have a nameplate capacity of up to 20MWac. The project would consist of photovoltaic panels, inverters, mounting infrastructure, electrical collection system, internal access roads, fencing, and a connection to existing substation equipment within the existing fenced Schoolhouse Substation to interconnect the project to Bonneville Power Administration. 

WHO: Everyone is welcome to come. Sara Parsons from Iberdrola Renewables will provide an overview of the proposed project and answer questions.

WHAT: Informational meeting on the proposed Wy’East solar project.

WHEN: January 8, 2016, 2:00 to 4:00 PM

WHERE: Steve Burnet Extension and Research Building

66365 Lone Rock Road, Moro, OR 97039

Light snacks and refreshments will be served.


 

3. Memorial Service for Donald von Borstel 1921-2015

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Donald von Borstel was born May 25, 1921 near Kent, Oregon, the oldest of six children born to Ted and Millie von Borstel. He died in The Dalles, Oregon, December 6, 2015. He received his education at Kent and Oregon Institute of Technology. He joined the U.S. Navy on December 15, 1942 and flew Kingfisher aircraft off the battleship ALABAMA while earning the rank of Lieutenant JG in 1945.

He married Jacqueline Henrietta Jenkins of Baker, Oregon. Married over 50 years, they lived on the Sherman County farm SE of Grass Valley. He is survived by their five children: Joy Farmer, Cathy (Larry) Behm, Carsten (Ree Ella), Wayne (Marta) and Ted (Jeanne); 11 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; one great-grandchild; sisters Marie Hattrup and Rita Swyers. He was predeceased by his brothers Carl and George von Borstel and sister Cassie De Courcey. After Jacque’s death he married Marta Maria Crisotomo.

 

Don served the county community with his participation on three school boards, the American Legion ceremonial firing squad, and the St. Paul’s Episcopal Church building committee.

 

Pallbearers will be his grandsons, Aaron Farmer, John Farmer, Seth von Borstel, Noah von Borstel, Donald von Borstel, Matthew von Borstel and Mark von Borstel. Viewing will be December 19th 10:30 to 11 a.m. at the Grass Valley Baptist Church followed by the service, graveside service at 12:30 and a luncheon at Sherman Elementary School at 1 p.m. Donations in his name may be made to Sherman County Historical Society, P.O. Box 173, Moro, OR 97039.


 

4. Oregon Air National Guard to Track Santa on Christmas Eve

~ Oregon Military Department

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PORTLAND, Oregon — The Oregon Air National Guard will be on high alert again this Christmas Eve as they work closely with the United States Air Force and the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) to monitor the skies and track the annual flight of Santa Claus. According to Col. Paul T. Fitzgerald, 142nd Fighter Wing commander, “It is not uncommon for our pilots to fly alongside Saint Nick in the skies this time of year. He expects to see us and the reindeer have become quite accustomed to flying in formation with our F-15s.” “Year after year, we receive reports on Christmas Eve from the Western Air Defense Sector at McChord Air Force Base, in Washington,” said Capt. Angela Walz, spokesperson for the Portland Air National Guard Base.

“They report high-speed radar returns from their defense network radar systems. Because our F-15 aircrews are on continuous alert, they may be ordered to intercept and investigate anything that can’t be positively identified on radar.” For more than 65 years, the Oregon Air National Guard’s mission in Portland has been to provide air defense of the Pacific Northwest — 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The Oregon National Guard is also prepared to respond to state and local emergency contingencies under command of the governor.

To obtain audio, click on the following link: http://newpreview.afnews.af.mil/142fw/santasightings.asp For background information from NORAD/NORTHCOM on Santa’s annual flight around the world, visit: http://www.norad.mil/AboutNORAD/NORADTracksSanta.aspx SANTA

SIGHTINGS: For the official Santa tracker, visit: http://www.noradsanta.org On Dec. 24, website visitors can watch Santa make preparations for his flight. NORAD’s “Santa Cams” will stream videos on the website as Santa makes his way over various locations.

Trackers worldwide can also speak with a live phone operator to inquire as to Santa’s whereabouts by dialing the toll-free number 1-877-Hi-NORAD (1-877-446-6723) or by sending an email to noradtrackssanta@outlook.com. Official NORAD Tracks Santa apps are also available in the Windows, Apple and Google Play stores, so parents and children can countdown the days until Santa’s launch on their smart phones and tablets! Tracking opportunities are also offered on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Google+. Santa followers just need to type “@noradsanta” into each search engine to get started. Any time on Dec. 24, Windows Phone users can ask Cortana for Santa’s location, and OnStar subscribers can press the OnStar button in their vehicles to locate Santa.


 

5. Common Core now the Law of the Land

http://educationblog.ncpa.org/common-core-now-law-of-the-land/

Congress has repealed the No Child Left Behind Act only to replace it with a far worse centralized control of education — Every Student Succeeds Act. Congress has admitted that Common Core now will be federal law and that it is not about academic learning but rather changing the beliefs, values, behavior and worldviews of students.

 

In a nutshell, the government is conducting psychological profiling of our children. During the House proceedings prior to the vote, Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, made the stunning statement that Common Core is being redefined as social-emotional learning, which must come first in the learning hierarchy — with academics ranking second!

 

Like ObamaCare, the ESSA is unconstitutional and is a government takeover of education — now we get ObamaCore! The government is requiring states to “demonstrate” that they have adopted standards aligned to “college and career standards.” This term is code for Common Core. The government requires that “same standards shall apply to all public schools and public school students in the state…and include the same knowledge, skills, and levels of achievement expected of all public school students in the State.”

 

Further, those standards are to align with higher-education requirements and “career and technical education standards,” which are federally approved under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. Since the bill does not define whether higher education means community college or four-year university, the states will be forced to accommodate all students, which means aiming for the lowest level of higher learning — the community college. This leaves higher achieving students unprepared for a four-year institution!

 

The federal government has taken control over test content which includes both academic and psychosocial questions. During testing, computers will collect personal information including student attitudes, behavior and mindset. ESSA ignores the unlawful change by the USDOE to FERPA, which allows third parties to access personally identifiable student data. Nothing prevents private international corporations from collecting PII. Data mining for PII is highly dangerous to the freedom of Americans, because it is this Soviet-style government cradle-to-grave data collection which allows the government to conduct surveillance of American citizens. Ignoring parental rights to opt their children out of these invasive assessments, the government requires that 95% of students in each state participate in testing and penalizes states for non-compliance.

 

This places parents and students in direct conflict with school officials who will be forced to use heavy handed tactics to meet federal requirements. Head Start now is expanded to include childcare through a $250 million Child Care Development Block Grant. Since there is no work requirement for parents, likely this will mean free daycare for many children, paid for by parents who have to pay for their own child’s daycare. Because early childhood programs must be aligned with Head Start and Child Development Block Grants, young children will be subjected to federal preschool standards which also include psychosocial factors.

 

In spite of mountains of evidence that pre-K is ineffective and can create academic or emotional harm, Congress has decided to throw more children in harm’s way and sends a $250 million bill to taxpayers. In fact, an additional 2% per year will be appropriated for fiscal years 2017-2020 to pay for the wish list of Congress and their lobbyists. Included in the ESSA wish list is the fulfillment of Arne Duncan’s dream for 21st Century Community Learning Centers.

 

This is a Soviet model for cradle-to-grave education with children spending most of their waking hours there. In the spirit of “it takes a village to raise a child,” the government is usurping the authority of parents and churches to rear our young. In these centers, the government will be collecting mental health data and determining if children should be sent to counseling.

 

For months the public has protested the passage of ESSA with Congress ignoring them. It is inevitable that this bill will trigger the same deep public anger stoked by the Affordable Care Act as Americans experience the damage wreaked by these hypocritical Beltway politicians who send their kids to Common Core-free elite private schools. – See more at: http://educationblog.ncpa.org/common-core-now-law-of-the-land/#sthash.2tQGOOqR.dpuf


 

6. Oregon Historical Society Quarterly: The Journal of Record for Oregon History | Rajneeshpuram

http://www.ohs.org/

 

The Winter 2015 issue: Rajneeshpuram as Western History; Debates over Preserving Heritage and Nature at Bridal Veil; Oregon’s Socialist Labor Party Candidate for President; A Logger’s Journey to Eastern Oregon; and A Photographer’s Time Capsule.

7. Links Bird.Black.Envelope

Parenting in America

http://www.pewsocialtrends.org/2015/12/17/parenting-in-america/?utm_source=Pew+Research+Center&utm_campaign=aeceff44ba-12_16_2015&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_3e953b9b70-aeceff44ba-399522629

 National Center for Policy Analysis

http://www.ncpa.org/

 

Sherman County Union High School, Moro, Oregon

http://www.classmates.com/places/school/Sherman-County-Union-High-School/19265

 

Congressman Greg Walden

https://iqconnect.lmhostediq.com/iqextranet/view_newsletter.aspx?id=127367&c=OR02GW

 

A Short Film: Soaring Valor

 

 

Fold 3 – Military Records

https://www.fold3.com/

Sherman County eNews #383

TABLE OF CONTENTS

  1. Spiritual Matters
  2. Classifieds
  3. Calendar

1. Spiritual Matters

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Make Haste To Love!

A prayer for all of us…

“O God, my God! The gloom of night hath shrouded every region, and all the earth is shut away behind thick clouds. The peoples of the world are sunk in the black depths of vain illusions, while their tyrants wallow in cruelty and hate. I see nothing but the glare of searing fires that blaze upward from the nethermost abyss, I hear nothing save the thunderous roar that belloweth out from thousands upon thousands of fiery weapons of assault while every land is crying aloud…

“O my Lord, the lamps of guidance have gone out. The flames of passion are mounting high, and malevolence is ever gaining on the world. Malice and hate have overspread the face of the whole earth, and I find no souls except Thine own oppressed small band who are raising up this cry:

“Make haste to love! Make haste to trust! Make haste to give! To guidance come!

“Come ye for harmony! To behold the Star of Day! Come here for kindliness, for ease! Come here for amity and peace!

“Come and cast down your weapons of wrath, till unity is won! Come and in the Lord’s true path each one help each one.

“O my Lord, wing them with victory that they may soar upward to salvation, strengthen their loins in service to Thy people, and their backs in servitude to Thy Threshold of Holiness.

“Verily Thou art the Generous, verily Thou art the Merciful! There is none other God save Thee, the Clement, the Ancient of Days!”

-‘Abd’ul-Baha

Baha’i Faith

www.bahai.org

Erling and Pat Jacobsen

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2. Classifieds (new or corrected)

THANK YOU NOTES, COMMENDATIONS & CONGRATULATIONS:

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.

THANK YOU, SHERMAN COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY! We three enjoyed our opportunity to work together volunteering as editors for Sherman County: For The Record! It’s time for the next team to enjoy this amazing experience starting with Volume 34, Numbers 1 & 2 in 2016. Take a look: http://www.shermanmuseum.org/html/sc_fortherecord.html. ~ Chris Sanders of Kettle Falls, Sherry Kaseberg of Wasco & Mark Fields of Salem.

COMMUNITY ORGANIZATION FUND-RAISERS:

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

EMPLOYMENT:

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

FOR SALE:

HOLIDAY GIFTS at RDO EQUIPMENT COMPANY in WASCO! Avoid the crowds. Skip the Black Friday madness and Cyber Monday burnout.  And get great holiday gifts you won’t find anywhere else at RDO Equipment Company in Wasco. From John Deere toys for the kids, to clothing, accessories and tools for adults, there’s something for everyone on your list.  Shop at RDO Equipment Company, located at 95421 Hwy 206 in Wasco, for all your holiday gifts this season!      12/24

10″ Compound Miter Saw. Ryobi TS1343L with laser guide. Purchased New in May 2012 for $119.00. Selling for $60.00 Red 541-965-1227 12/24

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

NEWSPAPERS

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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3. Calendar (new or corrected)

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DECEMBER

18-31 Sherman County School District Christmas Break

19 Memorial for Donald von Borstel, 12:30 and 11 Grass Valley Baptist Church

21 Sherman County Court Work Session 1 Courthouse

22 First Day of Winter

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

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JANUARY

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

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

FEBRUARY

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

MARCH

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 Maryhill Museum Sam Hill and the Columbia River Highway

 

18 Deadline | Sherman County Uplands Restoration Project 

APRIL

MAY

JUNE

18 Vada’s 90th Birthday Celebration TBA

JULY

16 – Nov. 15 Maryhill Museum American Indian Trade Blankets 


 

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 www.gorgecasa.org. Thank you and Happy Holidays from Columbia Gorge CASA!  children.cartoon


 

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

http://www.hoodrivernews.com/news/2015/dec/09/another-voice-heart-overflowing-memory-colorado-of/

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.

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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 http://www.ncphd.org.


 

 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 www.pacificpower.net/app.

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 bit.ly/OPRDcalendar 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 social.oprd@oregon.gov.


6. Become a Maryholder!

http://www.maryhillmuseum.org/belong/support/make-a-donation-to-maryhill-museum-of-art


7. Links

Bird.Black.Envelope

Power Lines Near Wishram Pose a Hazard for Planes

http://www.hoodrivernews.com/news/2015/dec/16/powerlines-near-wishram-could-pose-hazard-planes/

Report Found 241 Near-Collisions between Pilots, Drones

http://www.military.com/daily-news/2015/12/13/report-found-241-near-collisions-between-pilots-and-drones.html

Terracotta soldiers – a UNESCO world heritage site in China

http://www.ba-bamail.com/content.aspx?emailid=18570&memberid=839350

Israel News in English

http://www.iltv.tv/

The Anne Boleyn Files

https://www.facebook.com/theanneboleynfiles/


Sherman County eNews #381

TABLE OF CONTENTS

  1. Sherman County Prevention Activity, Dec. 30
  2. Fall Grant Awards Announced by Cultural Coalition
  3. Are you interested in a Concealed Handgun License Class for Oregon?
  4. Sherman Preschool Announces Scholarship Fund
  5. Sherman Preschool Asks for Tax Deductible Donations for Scholarships
  6. Track Santa: Explore, Play & Learn with Santa’s Elves
  7. Links

The Greatest Gift of All ~ John Jarvis

Dawn is slowly breaking; Our friends have all gone home. You and I are waiting For Santa Claus to come. There’s a present by the tree, Stockings on the wall. Knowing you’re in love with me Is the greatest gift of all. The fire is slowly fading, Chill is in the air; All the gifts are waiting For children ev’rywhere Through the window I can see Snow begin to fall. Knowing you’re in love with me Is the greatest gift of all. Just before I go to sleep I hear a church bell ring. Merry Christmas ev’ryone Is the song it sings. So I say a silent prayer For creatures great and small: Peace on earth goodwill to men Is the greatest gift of all. Peace on earth goodwill to men Is the greatest gift of all.


1. Sherman County Prevention Activity, Dec. 30

The Sherman County Prevention Program will be hosting a winter bonfire at the Fairgrounds in Moro. This will be an activity for all ages.  There will be food and beverages.

When: December 30, 2015

Where: Sherman County Fairgrounds

Time: 2:00 PM

This is a free activity so please come and enjoy! If you have any questions please contact the Sherman County Prevention Program at 541-565-5036.  The coordinator is in the office Tuesday through Friday 8:00 – 1:00.


 

2. Fall Grant Awards Announced by Cultural Coalition

Fall grant awards for 2015 have been announced by the Sherman County Cultural Coalition (SCCC) committing $7,060.00 to projects that strengthen existing cultural resources or engage the community in the arts, heritage or humanities in Sherman County.

Eight project applications met the goals and priorities established in by the Coalition in the Sherman County Cultural Plan. Successful applicants and projects are as follows: Sherman County Photography Club – Photography Display; Grass Valley Pavilion Restoration Committee – Max Nogle Dinner & Dance Event; Sherman County Health District – Culture of Sherman County through Photography; Sherman Elementary School – SMART Reading Program; Wasco Railroad & History Center – Wasco Railroad Depot Planters; Grass Valley Baptist Church – Spring Fling Family Event; Sherman County 4-H Poultry Club – Turkey Pens for County Fair; City of Grass Valley – Dragon Theater Puppets for Annual Easter Egg Hunt Event.

Funding for these community projects was made possible with a grant award received from the Oregon Cultural Trust plus matching funds generously provided by Sherman County.

The Sherman Development League (SDL) Board of Directors is pleased to announce expansion of SDL non-profit activities/services to the Sherman County community to include serving as the Cultural Coalition Board and providing related fiscal administration. SDL is excited to continue the work of the Coalition, in support of its mission, to make a positive impact on the community and create a solid foundation for the future by identifying, preserving, developing and expanding cultural resources that reflect the unique spirit of Sherman County.

Please Note: The Sherman County Cultural Coalition website is no longer available.  A new site will be developed in the early months of 2016.

Applications for the next round of grant requests will be available in the spring of 2016.


 

3. Are you interested in a Concealed Handgun License Class for Oregon?

                               DateSunday, January 10, 2016

                               Time5:30 PM

                               LocationSherman Co. Courthouse

                               Cost$75.00

(includes class fee, CHL Application and OSP fingerprint submission)

This is open to Sherman County residents only. Class limited to 15 people. Please contact Julie at the Sherman County Sheriff’s Office at 541-565-3622.


 

4. Sherman Preschool Announces 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.


 

5. Sherman Preschool Asks for Tax Deductible Donations for Scholarships

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.


 

6. First Day Hikes with Free Parking at Participating State Parks

Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) joins America’s State Parks in sponsoring First Day Hikes in 28 Oregon State Parks on New Year’s Day. Park rangers or volunteers will lead most of the hikes. Day-use parking fees are waived for all visitors at participating parks Jan. 1 only. First Day Hikes help families enjoy state parks close to their homes and encourage a healthy lifestyle. The purpose of America’s State Parks is to promote and advance the state park systems of America, for the contribution they make to the nation’s environment, heritage, health and economy. Visit the Oregon State Parks website for directions to each park: www.oregonstateparks.org. OPRD advises visitors to plan for inclement weather, and to remember the binoculars for wildlife viewing. Participating parks:

PORTLAND o L.L. “Stub” Stewart Memorial State Park, 9 a.m. at the Hilltop Day-use Area. o Milo McIver State Park, 10 a.m. at the Riverbend lower boat launch parking lot. o Tryon Creek State Natural Area, 9 a.m. at the Nature Center.

COLUMBIA GORGE o Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail, 10 a.m. at the Tooth Rock Trailhead o Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail, 1 p.m. at the Hatfield East Trailhead

WILLAMETTE VALLEY/CASCADES o Champoeg State Heritage Area, hikes (2) at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Meet at the Visitor Center. o Elijah Bristow State Park, noon horse ride at the equestrian parking area. Bring your own horse. o Fort Yamhill State Heritage Area, 10 a.m. at the trailhead kiosk. o Luckiamute Landing State Natural Area, 10 a.m. at the North Luckiamute Trailhead if conditions allow. Alternate meeting site at the South Luckiamute Trailhead. o North Santiam State Park, 11:30 a.m. at the picnic shelter. o Silver Falls State Park. 10 a.m. at the South Falls Lodge porch. o Willamette Mission State Park, hikes (2) at 10 a.m. and noon. Meet at the Wheatland Ferry bicycle trailhead parking lot.

SOUTHERN OREGON o OC&E Woods Line State Trail, 10 a.m. at the Switchbacks Trailhead o TouVelle State Recreation Site, 11 a.m. at the parking lot next to Area F. o Valley of the Rogue State Park, 11 a.m. at the park program area. COAST o Beverly Beach State Park, 10 a.m. in the day-use area o Bullards Beach State Park, 10 a.m. near the entrance to B Loop. o Cape Lookout State Park, Noon in the Cape Lookout Trail parking lot. o Fort Stevens State Park, 10 a.m. in the North Coffenbury Lake parking lot. o Harris Beach State Park, 10 a.m. in the extra vehicle parking lot. o Jessie M. Honeyman Memorial State Park, 10 a.m. at the group campground parking lot off Canary Road. o Taft Beach in Lincoln City, 10 a.m. at the #49 Beach Access, 825, SW 51st Street o Nehalem Bay State Park, 10 a.m. in the parking lot behind the registration booth. o South Beach State Park, 10 a.m. at the South Jetty Trailhead. o William M. Tugman State Park, 10 a.m. in the day-use parking lot by the boat ramp.

EASTERN/CENTRAL OREGON o Cottonwood Canyon State Park, 11 a.m. at the Lone Tree Campground shade shelter o Hat Rock State Park, 11 a.m. at the boat launch. o Smith Rock State Park, 10 a.m. at the Welcome Center.


 

7. Links  

Track Santa: Explore, Play & Learn with Santa’s Elves

https://santatracker.google.com/?utm_source=VillageHPP#village

Syria, War & Oil Prices

http://oil-price.net/en/articles/syrian-war-oil-prices-and-paris-attacks.php?fb_action_ids=10208361333054370&fb_action_types=og.likes&fb_ref=.VmnktC-4X34.like

Drone Captures Alaskan Sockeye Salmon Run from Above

http://twistedsifter.com/videos/drone-captures-alaskan-sockeye-salmon-run-from-above/

Your Christmas drone has to be registered, so be good for goodness sake

http://www.bizjournals.com/bizjournals/washingtonbureau/2015/12/your-christmas-drone-has-to-be-registered-so-be.html?ana=e_sjo_tf&s=newsletter&ed=2015-12-14&u=wkiE5IyNb4HDxutujUayRl7bhJ3&t=1450141155

Americans Want Christmas, More Religion in Schools

http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/lifestyle/holidays/december_2015/americans_want_christmas_more_religion_in_schools?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=DailyNewsletter

Hessian Troops in America | American Revolution

http://allthingsliberty.com/2014/08/8-fast-facts-about-hessians/

Journal of the American Revolution

http://allthingsliberty.com/

Freedom’s Back: Conservative Opinion & Commentary

http://freedomsback.com/about-us/

BETC Scandal Highlights Bigger Problems in State Government

http://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/ORLEG/bulletins/12b1a31

Hobbit/Lord of the Rings Fans – Air New Zealand Safety Video

https://www.youtube.com/embed/qOw44VFNk8Y?feature=player_embedded%22frameborder=%220%22allowfullscreen%3e%3c/iframe

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

DATE DAY OPPONENT SITE 5/6 GIRLS 5/6 BOYS 7/8 GIRLS 7/8 BOYS
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 cgcc.edu 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

http://www.upi.com/Science_News/2015/12/12/Christmas-to-feature-full-moon-for-first-time-since-1977/5461449958593/

 

American Indians of the Pacific Northwest Digital Collection

https://content.lib.washington.edu/aipnw/

Heritage Winter Wheat

http://www.growseed.org/seed.html

Ancient Wheat & Barley Seeds

http://www.sherckseeds.com/pages/2015/ancient-wheat-and-heritage-barley-2/

 

The Three Sisters: Corn, Beans & Squash Growing Together

http://parkseed.com/3-sisters/c/3-sisters/

 

10 Iconic Sporting Moments

http://www.ba-bamail.com/content.aspx?emailid=17350&memberid=839350

The Pacific Northwest Inlander

http://www.inlander.com/

The Freedom Foundation, Oregon

http://www.myfreedomfoundation.com/blogs/liberty-live/freedom-foundation-moves-into-oregon-with-a-bang

Opt Out Today

http://optouttoday.com/

Chutney

http://www.thedenizen.co.nz/gastronomy/a-taste-of-arabia/


 

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

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