Sherman County eNews #13


  1. Eagle Watch at The Dalles Dam Visitor Center, Jan. 30
  2. New Seasons Introduces Salad Dressing made of Local Seaweed
  3. Sherman County Public/School Library Gallery Call for Entries
  4. FUNDRAISER Saturday January, 30th:  Pulled Pork Sandwiches – MMM MMM Good!
  5. History Tidbits
  6. Statement from Harney County Sheriff Dave Ward, Jan. 11
  7. School Board Appreciation Month
  8. Links


“Government is instituted for the common good; for the protection, safety, prosperity, and happiness of the people; and not for profit, honor, or private interest of any one man, family, or class of men.” —John Adams, 1776

1. Eagle Watch at The Dalles Dam Visitor Center, Jan. 30

bird.eagle1PORTLAND, Ore. — The eagles have landed! Bald eagles migrate south each winter in search of food and the Columbia River is a favorite winter vacation home. The Dalles Dam Visitor Center will be open 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016 for the Corps’ sixth annual Dam Eagle Watch. Join park rangers for a variety of fun activities. The Corps partners with the U.S. Forest Service and the Rowena Wildlife Clinic to provide educational programs, live raptor viewings inside the facility and eagle watching outside. This event is free and the site is accessible to visitors with disabilities. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own scopes, binoculars and cameras. The Dalles Dam Visitor Center is located just north of Interstate 84 at exit 87, then east on Bret Clodfelter Way. In case of inclement weather the event will be rescheduled. For more information please contact The Dalles Lock and Dam Ranger Office at 541-506-7857 or visit To learn more about raptor viewing and educational opportunities in the Columbia Gorge area, check out the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center & Museum at or the Rowena Wildlife Clinic at

2. New Seasons Introduce Salad Dressing made of Local Seaweed

~ Supermarket News:

 New Seasons Market, Portland, Ore., announced it would begin selling a salad dressing and marinade made with a local seaweed called dulse, developed in partnership with Oregon State University and Dulse Foods.

3. Sherman County Public/School Library Gallery Call for Entries

 a call for entries

Sherman County Public/School Library announces

a bi-monthly art exhibition

(to be displayed on the gallery wall in the Library foyer).

February 3 – March 31

“Just Imagine”


  • Open to artists and residents of Sherman County.
  • Each artist may submit a maximum of 2 entries.



  • All 2-dimensional media will be considered (drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, mixed media, collage, textile arts, etc.).
  • Entries must be recent, original works (no copies, patterns, etc.).
  • Artwork must be suitably prepared for display; framed, wired, ready for hanging as appropriate; (please, no easel-back props on frames).



  • Artwork is to be submitted February 1 – 3 during Library hours.
  • The show will be juried and hung on February 3.
  • The show will open on February 3 and close on March 31.
  • Artwork is to be picked up April 1 – 6 during Library hours.


  • A juror will select the pieces to be included in the show using standard criteria (quality, adherence to the theme, space constraints, etc.).
  • While every precaution will be taken to protect entries from damage or loss, artwork is not insured by Sherman County Public/School Library.



Jeanney McArthur

Sherman County Public/School Library

65912 High School Loop

Moro, Oregon 97039


4. FUNDRAISER Saturday January, 30th:  Pulled Pork Sandwiches – MMM MMM Good!

Come cheer on your Sherman County Huskies as they take on Horizon Christian!  Little Wheats, Inc. will be selling slow smoked, authentic pulled pork sandwiches from the concessions stands at the Sherman High School Basketball games on Saturday January 30th, 2016.  It is sure to be fun filled day!  $5 per sandwich, from 1pm to 6pm while supplies last!!!  We promise you won’t be disappointed.  Interested in donating?? Please contact Little Wheats, Inc. at 541-565-3152, PO Box 71, Moro, OR 97039.  Thank you in advance for your support!!! (1/30/2016).

5. History Tidbits: The Observer, January 1913

January Notes: Dewitt Clinton Ireland, editor of the Sherman County Observer, died at home in Moro Jan. 7, funeral at Moro Methodist Episcopal Church. Westerfield was editor of the Grass Valley Journal. Sherman & Gilliam county courts met to talk about a John Day River bridge, agreed it would be at Cottonwood.  School District #28 was abolished and divided between districts #24, 32 & 9. Complaint filed by Samuel Hill of Maryhill about the location of Biggs Station. R.W. Pinkerton returned from Iowa.

6. Statement from Harney County Sheriff Dave Ward, Jan. 11


“When those who are now occupying the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge first came to town several months ago, we started to see an up-tick in the number of vandalism, harassment and intimidation reports. In recent days, they issued a “call to action,” which resulted in the arrival of numerous outside militia members. They claim to be here in peace, but we continue to see behavior by some that is concerning. There are continual reports of law enforcement officers and community members being followed home; of people sitting in cars outside their homes, observing their movements and those of their families; and of people following them and their families as they move around the community. While not direct physical threats, these activities are clearly designed to try to intimidate.


Specifically, U.S. Fish and Wildlife, which manages the refuge, has told me that while their employees are physically safe, this is clearly a distressful situation for all involved. As this issue has developed over the past week, employees and their loved ones have reported a number of uncomfortable incidences in which unknown individuals from outside our community have driven past slowly or idled in front of their homes, observing the residents and their activities. In addition, self-identified militia members have attempted to engage employees and family members in debates about their status as Federal employees. Many of these confrontations are taking place as their employees are grocery shopping, running errands with their families and trying to lead their day-to day lives.


Let me be clear: the law enforcement agencies – those that are local as well as the sheriff’s deputies from around the state, the Oregon State Police troopers and the FBI Agents – will not be intimidated from doing their jobs. Everyone on the law enforcement side is working together to bring a peaceful resolution to this situation, and the behavior of these folks from outside of our community only serves to escalate the situation unnecessarily.


The people on the refuge – and those who they have called to our community –

obviously have no consideration for the wishes or needs of the people of Harney County. If they did, they, too, would work to bring this situation to a peaceful close.”


If you have concerns about harassment or what you believe to be intimidating tactics being used by outsiders, please call 541-573-3162. This line is not monitored 24 hours a day. If you feel your security is in immediate danger, call 9-1-1.


What should I report?

Unusual Activity or Situations, to include:

  • Vehicle observed in an odd location or at unusual times.
  • Unfamiliar vehicles frequently traveling through neighborhoods.
  • Recent vandalism to vehicles, property, or buildings.
  • Other out-of-the ordinary situations for the area where you live.
  • Unfamiliar people who are asking questions a facility’s or building’s purpose, operations, or security procedures or those who are scrutinizing personnel, shift changes, or facility procedures.


What information should I try to have when I report something?

When reporting suspicious activity, it is helpful to give the most accurate description possible, including:

  • Brief description of the activity
  • Date, time and location of the activity
  • Physical identifiers of anyone you observed
  • Descriptions of vehicles, including license plates
  • Information about where people involved in suspicious activities may have gone
  • Your name and contact information (optional)


Prudent safety measures to take at home:

  • Lock your doors. Turn on home alarms on if applicable.
  • Keep your curtains / blinds closed.
  • Have lighting on inside and outside your home during low light conditions.
  • Don’t open the door for unknown people.
  • If unwanted people are on your property, call 911.
  • Be alert to unusual vehicles parked near your residence or those who are repeatedly driving by.

Prudent safety measures when you are in your vehicle:

  • Be alert to suspicious occupied vehicles parked near your residence or location prior to leaving.
  • If you suspect a suspicious person or vehicle is following you, return to your residence, lock the doors and call 911.
  • Be aware of vehicles following you.
  • If you suspect you are being followed, call 911 and drive toward the nearest law enforcement agency.
  • If confronted in your vehicle, do not roll down the windows or unlock the doors. Attempt to drive toward your nearest law enforcement agency and/or call 911.
  • Take alternating routes to and from your residence.

7. School Board Appreciation Month

 School Board Recognition Month - January 2016


8. Links

Top 20 Online Bachelor Degrees

Rural Technology Group Serving Sherman, Gilliam & Wheeler Counties

Science News

Entrepreneur Magazine

Buzzfeed News 

Oregon occupation planned for months by Ammon Bundy and Montana militia leader

 Oregon Longshore Workers Paid Not to Work