Sherman County eNews #21


  1. Sherman County 4-H Open House & Enrollment, Jan. 27
  2. Notice: Sherman, Gilliam & Wheeler Counties’ Special Session, Jan. 27
  3. Greg Walden to hold town halls, meet with local businesses in five eastern Oregon counties
  4. Sherman County School District Construction Update
  5. History After Hours at the Riverenza, Feb. 18
  6. Grass Valley Egg Hunt, March 19
  7. Children: Privilege, Responsibility & Joy
  8. Links

1. Sherman County 4-H Open House & Enrollment, Jan. 27

4-H clover1Families with kids 9-19…get them involved in a great youth development program where the emphasis is “learning by doing!”

Sherman County 4-H is taking enrollments now for the 2016 program year.  4-H clubs in Sherman County include:  beef, sheep, swine, goat, horse, poultry, rabbit/guinea pig, “junk drawer” robotics, cooking/baking, and outdoor cooking/food preservation.  Cost is $28 per child…save $5 if you enroll in January.

Sherman 4-H leaders will host an Open House on Wednesday, January 27 6pm-7pm at the Sherman Extension Office for families to come learn about 4H, meet our leaders, and get your kids enrolled.  Enrollment forms are also available at the Extension Office in Moro and on-line at

In 4-H, youth get to do a variety of things normally only adults do:  cooking, planning menus, sewing, planning an outfit, scrapbooking, photography, buying livestock, raising and training animals, selling at an auction, showing horses, being in parades, making money, and keeping financial records.

Kids!  Get the experience of being part of a club organization…”learn by doing” things like teaching others or helping your group…hang out with your friends and have fun at fair…go to 4-H Camp, be a counselor, attend OSU Summer Conference…wins awards and scholarships!  Join 4-H now!

Cindy Brown

4-H and Healthy Living & OSU Sherman County Extension

66365 Lonerock Rd., Moro OR 97039

541-565-3230 office – 541-993-5291 cell

2. Notice: Sherman, Gilliam & Wheeler Counties’ Special Session, Jan. 27

The Sherman County Court will meet in special session with Gilliam and Wheeler County Courts on Wednesday, January 27, 2016, 10:00 a.m. at the Sherman County Extension Office in Moro, Oregon. Topics for discussion will include updates on the Frontier TeleNet Fiber Project, a Cross Gorge Work Force Collaboration Presentation by the East Cascades Workforce Investment Board, and other matters of importance to the Tri-County region.

3. Congressman Greg Walden to hold town halls, meet with local businesses in five eastern Oregon counties

HOOD RIVER— U.S. Rep. Greg Walden (R-Hood River) will hold town hall meetings in Sherman and Gilliam counties on Friday to give an update on efforts in Congress to reduce burdensome federal regulation, as well as historic legislation recently signed into law to improve education for children and support roads, bridges, and highways. Full details are below.

Later on Friday, Walden heads to Morrow County to tour the Boardman Tree Farm. He’ll then visit the site of the new Eastern Oregon Trade and Event Center in Hermiston. Afterwards, Walden will attend Pendleton’s annual Chamber of Commerce dinner.

On Thursday, Walden will be in Wasco County to speak to local business leaders at The Dalles Chamber of Commerce’s annual banquet.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

What:            The Dalles Chamber Banquet When:           5:30pm Where:  The Fort Dalles Readiness Center, 402 East Scenic Drive, The Dalles

Friday, January 22, 2016

What:            Sherman County Town Hall When:           9:00am    Where:          Bob’s Texas T-Bone, 101 East 1st Street, Rufus

What:           Arlington Town Hall When:          11:00am

Where:         North Gilliam County Fire Hall, 1500 Railroad Avenue, Arlington

What:           Boardman Tree Farm Tour When:           1:00pm

Where:          Boardman Tree Farm, 77200 Poleline Road, Boardman

What:           Eastern Oregon Trade and Event Center Tour When:           3:15pm

Where:          1705 East Airport Road, Hermiston

What:           Pendleton Chamber Dinner When:          5:30pm

Where:         Rivers Event Center, Wildhorse Resort & Casino, 46510 Wildhorse Boulevard, Pendleton

4. Sherman County School District Construction Update

Issue 6 Communication School Construction Update 1-19-16

5. History After Hours at the Riverenza, Feb. 18

  • Celebrate Oregon’s Birthday (a couple of days late)
  • History After Hours 4:30-6:30, Thursday, February 18th
  • The Riverenza, The Dalles, Oregon
  • Share what is new with the history community!
  • Refreshments will be served.
  • Look for more information to come!

6. Grass Valley Egg Hunt, March 19

  • Grass Valley Egg Hunt
  • March 19 at 10 o’clock
  • The weekend before Easter.
  • Followed by a Skate Party.

7. Children: Privilege, Responsibility & Joy

children.cartoonThe privilege of bringing children into the world carries with it the responsibility of teaching them the fundamentals of sound character.

One of life’s greatest joys is the sense of wonder that accompanies the arrival of a tiny new human being into the world. But that joy is accompanied by a tremendous responsibility that perfectly encapsulates the need for personal initiative. You can provide children with all the physical advantages of a good childhood, but unless you strive to set a good example for them to follow, you will know only dismay as they reach adulthood and blossom into purposeless drifters. Your personal initiative, whether or not you are raising a child, must always incorporate exemplary behavior. You cannot take ethical shortcuts, big or small, without other people observing them and assuming that this behavior is something you wouldn’t mind having turned back on yourself. Certainly you will make mistakes, but if you have always striven for the best course, others will remember it and treat you accordingly. ~ Napoleon Hill

8. Links

Gathering the Stories [regional]

Author Jane Kirkpatrick Featured in Christian Fiction Magazine 

U.S. Teacher Shortage

The High Cost of a Bad Reputation

Why is the Iowa Caucus so important?


H.R.4038 – American Security Against Foreign Enemies Act of 2015

 Commentary: The most plausible explanation for the 10 riverine sailors captured by Iran

Commentary: BS on the Official Story of the Iranian Capture of Two Riverine Boats

Animated Data Visualization of World War 2 Fatalities


Sherman County eNews #20

Table of Contents

  1. Rancher braces for impacts of designation [National Monument, Malheur County]
  2. Owyhee Canyonlands preservation proposal includes 2.5 million acres
  3. Links: Federal Lands, Employment & Environment

1. Rancher braces for impacts of designation

[Proposed National Monument, Malheur County]

~ By Larry Meyer, The Argus Observer, January 17, 2016

ONTARIO — At least one local rancher is bracing for the creation of a national monument in Malheur County.

The Owyhee Canyonlands in central and southern Malheur County likely will be designated as a monument, Jordan Valley rancher Bob Skinner said Friday during the Western Treasure Valley Ag Show at Four Rivers Cultural Center in Ontario. “All of our sources say it is going to happen,” Skinner said.

Designation as a national monument can come through declaration or order by the president under the Antiquities Act, Skinner said, but he said the act was never intended to take in larger areas.

As originally written, the purpose of the Antiquities Act was to grab smaller areas for protection, and a monument was to be confined to the smallest area, Skinner said.

In the case of the Owyhee Canyonlands, “it’s gone way past that,” Skinner said. He said he doesn’t believe the issue is about the environment.

“It’s about legacy,” he said. “The president wants a legacy.”

When a member of the audience asked if presidential orders or declaration can be overturned, Skinner said they can be but never have been by the next president.

The Owyhee Canyonlands monument, as proposed, would take in about 2.5 million acres. That would make it bigger than any other existing monument, Skinner said, and would include about 300,000 more acres than Yellowstone Park.

“It’s going to a big economic impact,” he said. While it’s going to have a direct impact on the cattle industry, a national monument designation is going to trickle down to everyone, Skinner said.

Proponents, including members of Oregon Natural Desert Association, maintain that local industries will not be impacted by a designation.

“Any designation would include a specifically tailored management plan for the Owyhee Canyonlands that would include robust public involvement to address all land uses and the interests of all stakeholders so that the plan would be well supported,” Dan Morse, conservation director for ONDA, said in an email to the Argus.

Malheur County Commissioner Larry Wilson, noting that cattle is now largest agricultural commodity in Oregon in sales and generating more sales than other crops combined, said decline or loss in the cattle industry would impact producers of crops used in cattle feed and suppliers to agriculture producers and other businesses.

Wilson, who spoke during session at Skinner’s request, reminded listeners about an upcoming referendum sponsored by the Malheur County Court on whether voters support a monument designation. Wilson chairs the task force appointed by the County Court to lead the county’s actions in opposing a monument designation.

Ballots for the March 8 election go out to voters in the military or overseas Jan. 23 and to out-of-state voters Feb. 8. The mass mailing of ballots will occur Feb. 18, Malheur County Clerk Deborah DeLong said.

While wilderness and monument laws say such activities as grazing can continue, once a special land-use designation is applied, environmentalists begin filing lawsuits, Skinner said.

They don’t sue the ranchers, he said. Instead, they go after the Bureau of Land Management to request such things as restricting uses or activities that support those uses such as cattle grazing. Those restrictions can include using vehicles to check on the cattle or take out supplies, Skinner said.

Environmental groups use the Equal Access to Just Law to pay for their legal actions, Skinner said. “They receive huge settlements,” he said. “It’s all about money.

2. Owyhee Canyonlands preservation proposal includes 2.5 million acres  — July 2015

constitution-wethepeopleOregon’s Owyhee Canyonlands would see 2.5 million acres permanently protected under a proposal put forward Wednesday by a coalition of local, regional and national conservation organizations.

The Owyhee Coalition’s proposal would bring permanent protection to the Owyhee River country in southeastern Oregon, designating approximately 2 million acres as wilderness within a 2.5-million-acre National Conservation Area. It would also designate more than 50 miles of waterways in the Owyhee drainage as federally protected wild and scenic rivers.

The local Malheur County Lands Committee suggested last year conserving a far smaller area, possibly 1 million acres as wilderness, according to a report in the Argus Observer of Ontario... … …   [continued at]


3. Links: Federal Lands, Employment & Environment

 Oregon Employment and Wages by Industry (QCEW) 2015

Sherman County 3rd Quarter 2015

There’s a Substantial Federal Presence in Eastern Oregon’s Economy [2013]  [State of Oregon Employment Department]

“In fact, there are only two places in Oregon – Sherman County (15.2%) and Lake County (12.1%) – where the federal government is a more important contributor to the local job market than in Harney and Grant counties. Sherman, Lake, Harney, and Grant are, by far, the Oregon counties most heavily affected by federal employment trends. No other county comes close. After those four, the next highest share in 2012 was in Crook County, at 5.9 percent. Baker County’s 4.3 percent put it in sixth place for federal job dependency among Oregon’s 36 counties in 2012.” [2013: State of Oregon Employment Department]

 SUMMARY: Government Employment in Sherman County

Total All Government Employment 293

Total Federal Government Employment 125

         Natural resources & mining 2

         Agriculture, forestry, fishing, hunting 2

Trade, transport & utilities 4

Postal services 4

Professional & business services 115

Administration of economic programs 3

Total State Government Employees 43

         Construction & engineering 27

         Education & health services 5

         Social assistance 5

         Leisure & hospitality 9

         [arts, entertainment, recreation, parks, historic sites, museums].

Total Local Government 125

         Construction 8

         Education & health services 43

         Education services 30

         Leisure & hospitality 4

         Public administration 69

         [executive, legislative, general government, justice, public order, safety]

         Administration environmental programs 3.

 Oregon Census 

Wasco County Non-farm Employment

Sherman County Government

Sherman County 

Sherman County Quick Facts

Eastern Oregon

Frequently Asked Questions About Oregon Employment Statistics

Oregon Employment Blog

Oregon Employment

The Oregon occupiers’ land dispute, explained in 9 maps

Map: Federal Lands & Indian Reservations in Oregon

Rancher braces for impacts of designation of [the creation of a national monument as a presidential legacy – Owyhee Canyonlands in central and southern Malheur County]

Enemies of the State. A good family burned by the feds. by Hank Vogler 

A Harsh Toll in Harney County, Mandatory Sentencing

 Opinion: David Sarasohn: Middle-aged male sleepover at the Malheur

 Heifer shot, killed in pasture near Stanfield

 Map: Federal Lands in the U.S. | Who Owns the West?

 Public Lands Council

 Lawsuits Call for Deschutes River Changes for Oregon Spotted Frog