Sherman County eNews #19

Table of Contents

  1. Sunday‘s Democratic presidential debate, Jan. 17
  2. Pizza Night at the Sherman County Senior & Community Center, Jan. 20
  3. Valentine’s Day Silent Auction Fundraiser, February 10
  4. History Tidbits: Free Bridge
  5. Links

1. Sunday’s Democratic presidential debate, Jan. 17

Watch: NBC (KGW Channel 8); NBC News app

When: 6 p.m. PT (9 p.m. ET) Sunday, January 17

Where: Charleston, South Carolina

Moderator: Lester Holt

2. Pizza Night at the Sherman County Senior & Community Center, Jan. 20

Join us at the 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

3. Valentine’s Day Silent Auction Fundraiser

Valentine.pinkDate: Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Time: 12:00 Noon

Lunch & Auction

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

Please join us to celebrate an early Valentine’s Day! We will have a Silent Auction and lunch with proceeds to the Senior & Community Center meal program.  Auction items will include donated items and homemade delicacies.  Please contact us to donate or for further information. 541-565-3191.

4. History Tidbits: Free Bridge

In 1885, Wasco County received bids for a toll-free bridge which came to be known as Free Bridge (or Freebridge) to satisfy settlers on the E side of the Deschutes and to keep that portion of Wasco County intact. W.L. Ward, E. Schanno and William O’Dell were appointed as road viewers; John Fulton, surveyor; John Osburn and Richard Fulton, chain bearers. Hoffman & Bates of San Francisco obtained the $9,500 contract for a Pratt truss bridge: Span 150’, 114’, 345’, 16’ wide truss, 20’ high open top center piers 22’ high of tubular wrought iron (filled with concrete). All lumber to be best quality fir. Road down W hill 10’ wide, turns to be wide enough for two horse teams to pass. County to pay $1,200 when complete.

Located about ten miles S of the mouth, it was built across the Deschutes in 1886. Wm. Brookhouse was a powderman on the W bank approach road. Road viewers on the Sherman County side included Charles Tom and Frank Fulton. George W. Larison of Erskineville got the contract for the E side road which went up the river from the bridge to the Harris place and up a canyon to the Huff and Powell places and into Moro. The original grade was Rattlesnake Grade, later redesigned by Ed Sharp. No toll was charged to travelers from the E side of the Deschutes River in what became Sherman County. However, the E and W approach roads were often impassable, subject to rock slides and washouts.

 Citizens N of Moro and Gordon Ridge found it inconvenient to go to Moro to access the grade to Free Bridge. Merchants from Moro and south were not happy to have their customers going to The Dalles. Independent folk on the E side of the Deschutes determined to form their own county.

During construction of the Deschutes Railroad in 1909 and 1910, crews there called their camp Freebridge. The bridge was destroyed under questionable circumstances about 1912, whether by flood or by competitors’ dynamite; it was never made clear. Toppled piers remain. The remnants of a roadbed can be seen on the E bank of the Deschutes about 2.5 miles S of Free Bridge, continuing downstream within a few feet of the river’s edge, the original road between The Dalles and Moro. ~Giles L. French, The Golden Land; Belshe, They Paved the Way, 1976; Sherman County: For The Record vol. 1-2; McArthur, Oregon Geographic Names; Bureau of Land Management; Northwest Magazine, The Oregonian, 22 June 1969; TDC, 2006; Sherman County Journal, 10 June 1932, Old Time News of 27 April 1893; Wasco County Public Records.

 5. Links




Oregon OrMap

 Space Weather News for Jan 17, 2016

 Oregon Watchdog – free subscription

Harney County Sheriff | Federal Land Conflict




Sherman County eNews #18


  1. Columbia Gorge CASA Welcomes New Volunteers
  2. Burns Paiute Tribe Seeks Protection of Cultural Resources
  3. Oregon Mortuary and Cemetery Board Meeting
  4. Flea Market at The Civic Update, Feb. 14
  5. Sherman County Sheriff’s Office December Incident Report
  6. Links

1. Columbia Gorge CASA Welcomes New Volunteers

Hood River, OR – Columbia Gorge CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) is pleased to introduce their newest child advocates: Rob Brostoff, Cascade Locks; Amanda Cummings, Sherilyn Hutchinson, and Barbara Pizzola, The Dalles; and Feliza Greenwald, Giulia Good Stefani, and Steve White, Hood River, who were sworn into duty by the Honorable John A. Olson on January 14, 2016. These CASA volunteers join over 77,000 trained child advocates who serve more than 234,000 neglected and abused children nationwide.

CASA volunteers are appointed by judges to watch over and advocate for children in the foster care system; they make sure that children receive needed services, that timelines are met so that children don’t get lost in overburdened legal and social service systems, and that they are placed in permanent, loving homes as soon as possible. Judge Olson described the decisions that he makes in juvenile dependency cases as the toughest; if the child left in an abusive home they might be further harmed, if they are removed from the home the child may also suffer. To make these decisions, Judge Olson relies on the comprehensive and informed information that is provided by CASA volunteers. “The bottom line” Judge Olson said “is that CASAs have a tremendous privilege and responsibility to have a positive impact on a child’s case.”

Columbia Gorge CASA serves children in Hood River, Wasco and Sherman counties; advocates serve children in care so that they might have the chance to live and develop in a safe, nurturing environment.  Volunteers receive 32 hours of pre-service training using the National CASA Volunteer Training Curriculum.  New advocate training sessions will begin in February, 2016.  If you are interested in learning more about the CASA program please contact Susan Baldwin, Advocate Manager, at 541-386-3468.

2. Burns Paiute Tribe Seeks Protection of Cultural Resources

Burns, Oregon — The Burns Paiute Tribe today requested the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to protect its important cultural resources at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. In a letter to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Regional Director Robyn Thorson, Tribal Chairperson Charlotte Rodrique asked for greater protection for cultural resources at the refuge, specifically asking for an inventory of archeological resources at the refuge headquarters, and for criminal prosecution for violators of the Archeological Resources Protection Act.

Tribal Chair Rodrique expressed grave concern over news reports that armed militia have access to important cultural resources at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. “Armed protestors don’t belong here,” said Charlotte Rodrique, Burns Paiute Tribal Chair. “They continue to desecrate one of our most important sacred sites,” she continued. “They should be held accountable.”

The Burns Paiute Tribe are a federally-recognized Indian tribe who inhabit southeast Oregon, southern Idaho, and northern California and Nevada. The Burns Paiute Tribe’s

reservation is headquartered in Burns, Oregon. The Burns Paiute Tribe’s ancestral territory includes the area now managed as the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, as well as other federal lands in southeast Oregon. The Burns Paiute Tribe has not ceded any of its rights in the Tribe’s ancestral territory.

The Burns Paiute Tribe’s ancestors signed a treaty with the federal government in 1868 The 1868 treaty was not ratified by the United States Congress, but both parties acted in reliance on the treaty. Under its terms, the Government guaranteed it would protect the safety and property of the Northern Paiute people. The Government also committed to inflict punishment for “any crime or injury [that] is perpetrated by any white man upon the Indians aforesaid … according to the Laws of the United States and the State of Oregon.” In addition, the federal government has a Trust responsibility to the Burns Paiute Tribe to protect cultural resources on federal lands. Several federal laws protect native cultural properties. Earlier this week, the Burns Paiute Tribal Council passed a resolution designating the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge as a “Traditional Cultural Property” under the National Historic Preservation Act. This is a first step towards greater cultural resources protection under the National Historic Preservation Act.

3. Oregon Mortuary and Cemetery Board Meeting

To Interested Persons and Licensees of the Oregon Mortuary and Cemetery Board:

A Board meeting via telephone conference has been scheduled for January 21 2016, Thursday, 9 am.  The meeting will be called to order via telephone conference, and then the meeting will go immediately into executive session.  The primary purpose of this Board meeting is for the Board to consider information obtained as part of an investigation of licensee or applicant conduct during executive session.  The Board will come out of Executive Session and may vote to take action at this meeting.  An agenda has been uploaded to the Board’s website (under Meeting link).

Carla G Knapp, Office / Licensing Manager Oregon Mortuary and Cemetery Board 800 NE Oregon Street, Suite 430 Portland OR  97232-2195 971-673-1507 phone 971-673-1501 fax  7:30 am – 4:00 pm, Monday – Friday

The mission of the Board is to protect public health, safety and welfare by fairly and efficiently performing its licensing, inspection and enforcement duties; by promoting professional behavior and standards in all facets of the Oregon death care industry; and, by maintaining constructive relationships with licensees, those they serve and others with an interest in the Board’s activities.  In order to protect the public, it is the Board’s responsibility to insure that all of Oregon’s death care facilities are properly licensed.  The Board is self-supporting and derives its financing from licensing, examination, and a portion of the death certificate filing fee (not the fees derived from the purchase of a certified copy of a death certificate).

The Oregon Mortuary and Cemetery Board is conducting a customer satisfaction survey.  We value your opinion.  Please take a moment to complete the brief questionnaire posted on the OregonSurveys link below.  To complete the survey, click on the link below:

Your response to OregonSurveys will remain anonymous.

4. Flea Market at The Civic Update, Feb. 14

The last Flea Market for the season at The Civic will be on Sunday, February 14th.  Please note that this is a change of date!  Vendor tables are $20 each. Table and chairs are provided.  Admission to the public is free.  For more information please call Trish at 541-404-0724.

5. Sherman County Sheriff’s Office December Incident Report

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