Sherman County eNews #17

Table of Contents

  1. Sherman County High School Basketball Update
  2. Columbia River Gorge honored on new U.S. postage stamp
  3. Sherman County Court Agenda, Jan. 20
  4. Paint Night for the Sherman County Historical Society, Feb. 11
  5. Photography Club Meeting, Jan. 25
  6. Sherman County Senior & Community Center Pizza Night, Jan. 20
  7. Commentary: The Year’s Worst Regulations
  8. Links


Do not judge my story

by the chapter you walked in on.

~ unattributed.

1. Sherman County High School Basketball Update

The Jan. 16th game vs. South Wasco County has changed.  The JV girls will only play 2 quarters so their game will now start @ 1:30 with a bus departure time @ 11:45.

2. Columbia River Gorge honored on new U.S. postage stamp

The Columbia River Gorge doesn’t need our praise, but it deserves it nonetheless. This year that praise is extending beyond the Pacific Northwest all the way up to the United States Postal Service, which is honoring the scenic wonder with a postage stamp all its own.


The 2016 Priority Mail Express stamp, set to be released Jan. 17, will honor “the grandeur of the Columbia River Gorge,” the postal service wrote in a press release, featuring a grand and gorgeous scene that will be all too familiar to locals.


The image, created by Chicago-based illustrator Dan Cosgrove, is set high above the Vista House atop Crown Point on the Oregon side of the Columbia River, the setting sun bathing the scene in heavenly hues.


It’s a nice northwest memento, but the new stamp doesn’t come cheap. One Priority Mail Express stamp – which gets you the “fastest domestic service” – will set you back a whopping $22.95.


The stamp is the most recent addition to a long tradition honoring natural wonders via mail. In 2006 the postal service released a commemorative “Wonders of America” stamp series that included Crater Lake, the Pacific Crest Trail and the coast redwoods, among others.


Another special anniversary pictorial postmark with a different design will be offered on June 7th and will only be available for 30 days.   It will show a “Multnomah Falls” origin (zip code yet to be determined).

3. Sherman County Court Agenda, Jan. 20


Sherman County Court Agenda

January 20, 2016 


Appointment Schedule:

  1. 9:00 a.m.      Wes Owens – Sherman County School District – Quarterly Repor
  2. 9:15 a.m.      Jan Byram – Senior Center – Quarterly Report
  3. 9:30 a.m.      Brad Lohrey – Sheriff – Quarterly Report
  4. 9:45 a.m.      Sandy Macnab – Extension Services – Quarterly Report
  5. 10:00 a.m.    Chris Diloreto – Di Loreto Architecture – Wasco Annex Update
  6. 11:00 a.m.    Heath Gardner, Scott Rogers – Wenaha Group – Project Update
  7. 1:00 p.m.     Shandie Johnson – Prevention Coordinator – Oregon Youth Conservation Corps
  8. 1:30 p.m.     David Slaght, Tom Peterson – Oregon State Parks; Mark Coles – Road Master – Starvation Lane Access 




Additions to Agenda:

Action Items:

  1. Appointment – Fair Board: Shandie Johnson
  2. Appointment – Mid-Columbia Housing Authority Sherman County Representative: Randy Hilderbrand



Discussion Items:

  1. Fair Board Performance Improvement Plan Evaluation
  2. Commissioner Reports

Consent Agenda:

  1.  Minutes of January 6, 2016
  2. Revenue/Expenditure Summary – December 2015

Treasurer’s Report – December 2015

Future Agenda Items:

**If necessary, an Executive Session may be held in accordance with:   ORS 192.660 (2) (d) Labor Negotiations   ORS 192.660 (2) (h) Legal Rights   ORS 192.660 (2) (e) Property      ORS 192.660 (2) (i) Personnel

4. Paint Nite for the Sherman County Historical Museum, Feb. 11

Moro, OR – Paint Nite is returning to Sherman County Thursday, February 11th at 6:00 p.m. at the Wasco Annex in Wasco, Oregon!  The Sherman County Historical Museum is teaming up for another fundraiser with Paint Nite for an evening of paint, fun and laughter!  Yummy appetizers and goodies from The Feed Trough will be available for purchase along with Moody Tollbridge Winery Company wine and beer.  Doors will open at 5:00 p.m. so come early and pick out your seats!  Remember this is not an art class it is fun and it is for adults 21 and older.


Since this Paint Nite is a fundraiser for the Sherman County Historical Museum you must purchase your ticket online through the Paint Nite link provided: A portion of each ticket sold will be given to support the museum’s project to upgrade their audio/visual materials used in exhibits throughout the museum. The last Paint Nite fundraiser was a huge success and the museum was able purchase LED lights for the museum exhibits!  Thank you for your support and we hope to see you at Paint Nite!  If you have any questions you can email: director@ or call the Sherman County Historical Museum at 541-565-3232.

The Sherman County Historical Museum is located at 200 Dewey Street in Moro, Oregon. For more information call 541-565-3232 or visit our Facebook page and website:

5. Photography Club Meeting, Jan. 25

camera.handheldAnyone with an interest in photography is invited to attend Sherman County Photography Club meetings. The January 25th meeting starts at 7 p.m. in the Sherman County Public/School Library meeting room. HDR imaging and panorama photography will be presented by Lowell Smith.

6. Sherman County Senior & Community Center Pizza Night, Jan. 20

Join us at the Sherman County Senior & Community Center for a Pizza Night!

Pizzas donated by Papa Murphy’s and salads donated by advisory board members with proceeds going to support the Senior & Community Center meal program.

Date: Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Time: 6:00 PM

Fee: $6.00 per person

Location: Senior & Community Center, 300 Dewey Street, Moro, OR



7. Year’s worst regulations

~ Heritage Foundation

A torrent of red tape was unleashed on the nation in 2015. Which were the worst?

  • Killing headstone competition. It’s not unusual for regulations to restrict competition. But a ban by New Jersey on sales of tombstones by churches, adopted in March at the behest of commercial monument makers, is a new low and a grave problem for consumers.
  • More than a pinch of (salt) regulation. Certain New York restaurants now have to include warnings on their menus about the sodium content in many popular dishes. Too little salt can be unhealthy, too. In any case, government warnings have little effect on the public’s eating habits.
  • Restroom access. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration, charged with ensuring safe workplaces, expanded its mandate in June by declaring that businesses should allow employees to use whichever restroom corresponds to their “gender identity.”
  • Mandatory birth control insurance. The Departments of Treasury, Labor, and Health and Human Services in July finalized the Obamacare mandate for contraception coverage by employer health plans. Churches and other religious organizations may be eligible for an exemption, but not others.
  • Minimum wages, minimum jobs. Seattle businesses were forced to increase wages in April under an ordinance that set a minimum wage of $15 an hour. Several other cities have followed suit, including San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York. Proponents claim the edict will lift workers out of poverty, but the reality appears otherwise. Higher labor costs disproportionately burden new and small businesses–those that create the largest proportion of jobs.
  • Fatwa on trans fats. The Food and Drug Administration in June effectively banned the addition of trans fats to processed foods. Yet the government once touted trans fats as a healthier alternative to saturated fats. Not for the first time, consumers were way ahead of Washington; trans fat consumption in the U.S. has already declined almost 80 percent in the past decade.
  • Energy police strike again. The Energy Department in December imposed yet another new energy efficiency standard, this time on commercial air conditioners and freezers. It’s just the latest in a seemingly endless series of design dictates, including virtually all home appliances. Regulators hail the standards for reducing energy costs, but consumers also end up paying more for their appliances. Decisions about such tradeoffs should be left to business owners and consumers, not Washington bureaucrats.
  • The swelling regulatory tide. In their new “Waters of the United States” rule, the Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers expanded their own jurisdiction to regulate virtually every wet spot in the nation. Exceeding the broadest interpretation of U.S. Supreme Court precedent, the edict threatens the property rights of millions of Americans.
  • Nineteenth-century rules for the 21st-century Internet. The Federal Communications Commission in February declared that Internet service providers are “common carriers,” thereby subjecting them to the type of regulations crafted for 19th-century monopolies such as railroads and old Ma Bell. But there is no Internet service monopoly, and the regulations threaten the dynamic and innovative nature of the Web.
  • Dirty rulemaking at EPA. The Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan was crafted to eliminate coal as a fuel for generating electricity. Energy costs will skyrocket in a number of states, and electricity reliability will be weakened. Meanwhile, the reduction in emissions of carbon dioxide will do nothing to affect the climate.

The New Year is a demonstration of hope for better times. But in the realm of regulation, there is nothing to celebrate. The Obama administration recently released an extensive regulatory agenda for 2016, and hundreds of new costly rules are already in the pipeline. Never before has there been so massive a regulatory burden, one that will continue to worsen until enough Americans insist upon change.


James L. Gattuso and Diane Katz are senior research fellows in the Roe Institute at the Heritage Foundation.



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