Sherman County eNews #25

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Table of Contents

  1. Sherman School District Basketball Schedule Update
  2. Sherman County Private Sector Businesses, Estimated
  3. 2013 Sherman County Economic Profile
  4. There’s a Substantial Federal Presence in Eastern Oregon’s Economy [2013]
  5. ODOT’s online survey will help develop better transit options in the Gorge
  6. Opinion: Equality can breed poverty
  7. Links

1. Sherman School District Basketball Schedule Update

  • Today’s JV Boys Basketball game vs. Arlington at Arlington will only be 2 quarters starting at 5:00 instead of 4:30. The bus will depart the High School at 3:15.
  • We have added a Junior High 5/6 Boys JV Game on Jan. 27th vs. South Wasco at the Maupin High School starting at 4:00.

2. Sherman County Private Sector Businesses, estimated

An estimate of the number of private sector non-farm businesses [not counting employees] based on the Sherman County Agri-Business Directory:

Kent 2

Grass Valley 9

Moro 14

Wasco 25

Biggs 8

Rufus 14.

3. 2013 Sherman County Economic Profile

by Dallas FridleyJanuary 13, 2014

Sherman County lies between the deep canyons of the John Day River on the east and the Deschutes River on the west in north central Oregon. The mighty Columbia River forms the boundary on the north. Much of the boundary on the south is defined by the rugged canyons of Buck Hollow, a tributary of the Deschutes. Six small towns – Biggs, Rufus, Wasco, Moro, Grass Valley, and Kent – provide basic services for the approximately 1,750 residents of the County. The county seat is Moro. The economy is based on wheat, barley, cattle and tourism.

Population Trends: Sherman County’s population rose by 15 residents in 2013 to total 1,780, marking its first year of population growth in 10 years. Sherman County’s 0.8 percent gain in 2013 was good enough to rank 11th in Oregon, following two no-growth years in 2011 and 2012. Back in 2003, Sherman County grew by 44 residents but from 2004 to 2010 its population total fell by 113. Despite its favorable showing in 2013, Sherman County lost 154 residents since the 2000 Census and its loss of 8.0 percent placed it at the bottom of Oregon’s growth rankings in 36th position. In 2012, the county ranked ninth in Oregon for the share of its population age 65 or older, according to the latest available estimates from Portland State University. With 23 percent of its residents age 65 or older, Sherman County was well above Oregon’s 14.8 percent. Births in Sherman County are typically outnumbered by deaths, although its natural increase from 2010 to 2012 was strong enough to offset its net migration loss.

Labor Force Trends: Farm proprietors represent a significant share of Sherman County’s labor force, with 124 self-employed farm operators according to the 2007 Census of Agriculture. Sherman County’s annual jobless rate typically ranks in the middle third of Oregon counties, averaging 8.4 percent in 2012 while ranking 11th. Oregon’s annual average unemployment rate peaked at 11.1 percent in 2009 and has been subsiding ever since. By contrast, Sherman County’s 2009 unemployment rate was considerably lower, at 9.0 percent, but it rose to 9.9 in 2010 as wind farm construction projects ended. Over the next two years, Sherman County’s jobless rate fell by 2.1 percentage points. Seasonally adjusted jobless rates showed improvement in 2013, reaching 6.4 percent in November while ranking fifth. High self-employment and a sparse population translate to low unemployment rates in Sherman County and a high labor force participation rate (LFPR). In 2012, Sherman County ranked second for its 74.9 percent LFPR, exceeding Oregon’s LFPR by 11.5 percentage points.

Industry Employment Trends: Total nonfarm payroll employment in Sherman County benefited from regional wind farm construction projects, reaching 755 jobs in 2008. Unlike most Oregon counties, Sherman did not lose jobs during the recession: in fact, it managed to add jobs in 2009 and 2011 while holding steady with 790 jobs in 2012. We don’t yet have final figures for 2013, but preliminary data suggest an average of 800 jobs. Farm proprietors play an important role in the local job picture, supporting nonfarm jobs throughout the county. Nonfarm industries in Sherman County are led by trade, transportation, and utilities, which represented close to one out of three jobs in 2012 (29%). Around 22 percent of Sherman County’s jobs were found in local government, while leisure and hospitality represented around 17 percent. Taken together, Sherman County’s top three nonfarm industries represented 530 jobs or about 67 percent.

Wage and Income Trends: According to Oregon Employment Department data, the average job in Sherman County paid $39,654 in 2012. That was 90 percent of the statewide average. Sherman County’s median household income rose faster than any other Oregon county from 2009 to 2012, increasing by $9,439, or 26.9 percent, to $44,583. But its 2012 median household income estimate actually fell below 2011, dropping by $1,870 or 4.0 percent. Despite its sizeable three-year gain, Sherman County’s median household income estimate ranked near the middle of Oregon’s pack, in 15th position. 

4. 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.

5. ODOT’s online survey will help develop better transit options in the Gorge

ODOT has launched an online public survey to help develop new transit options that will address congestion in the popular Columbia River Gorge.


The online survey will be available through Jan. 31 to residents and visitors. The survey and additional information is available at

The survey is seeking ways to improve access, reduce congestion and improve safety for all users. ODOT is working on this project with local, state and federal officials; Gorge-focused organizations; private sector groups; recreational outlets and transit providers.

This year, the Historic Columbia River Highway will celebrate its 100th birthday, with local communities, public agencies and land managers are looking for ways to combat congestion that affects Gorge residents and visitors alike.

Popular destinations such as Multnomah Falls are often overwhelmed with traffic, forcing closure of the parking lot, and parking at other sites cannot meet the public demand. Few public transit options connect recreational and tourist attractions with population centers.

Enhanced public or private transit options may play an important part of any solution.

6. Opinion: Equality can breed poverty

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, January 22, 2016 by Jay Ambrose – The book’s title is From Dawn to Decadence. It’s about the past 500 years of Western culture, the author was the brilliant late Jacques Barzun, and one topic he discussed was what he called the “Great Switch.” It’s the disastrous point at which liberalism changed from a philosophy emphasizing individualism, rights and liberty to something very nearly its opposite: equality.

No, we’re not talking here about equality under the law. That’s a good. That’s vital, and it’s vital as well to have different social classes interacting with each other, with respect for each other.

What contradicts the old meaning of liberalism is the thunderous hue and cry to make greater equality of monetary outcome a prime objective. The plot is to move forward through coercion and disruption of a free enterprise system that’s among the chief blessings of history. Vast redistribution of dollars would solve next to nothing that’s humanly amiss in today’s society. Sometimes abetted by self-avowed conservatives, it’s divisive and it appeals to envy.

You begin to see the problems more clearly when you look at specifics, such as a Washington Examiner analysis showing Bernie Sanders—who at least concedes he is a socialist—would pay for incredibly outlandish spending schemes through incredibly outlandish taxing schemes adding up to more than $19 trillion over 10 years.

That’s close to a 50 percent tax hike for the nation, taking enough money out of the private economy to hurt it dramatically, giving the unemployed even less chance of finding work and bringing us a step closer to a major debt crisis that’s coming anyway in part because of a refusal to adjust entitlement programs.

Perhaps with good intentions but just as likely because of polls indicating voter approval, a major theme of virtually all Democrats this year is hiking the minimum wage even though the bipartisan Congressional Budget Office says this could cost a half million to a million jobs. It would mainly be the least skilled and the poorest who would suffer.

An outright lie in another equality issue is that women are paid 77 cents for every dollar men make for equal work. The fact is that this difference in pay is not for equal work, but for different work chosen freely, differences in experience and differences in the hours put in.

For real economic solutions, how about an increase in the Earned Income Tax Credit that goes only to low-wage employees and provides an incentive to work? How about getting rid of the interventionist regulations that reduce work opportunities?

A further need in the end is to restore a working class spirit that right now looks very desperate. It was revealed last year that white middle-aged citizens with no more than a high school education had been experiencing an increased death rate since 1999 while most large groups in the world are experiencing an increased longevity rate. The reasons were suicide, drugs and alcohol.

The answer is not government as a substitute family but of communities coming together, of churches reaching out, of individuals standing up and leading, of vocational programs in schools and emphasis on learning trades generally.

Meanwhile, at least some liberals—who tarnished the name so badly they now misleadingly call themselves progressives—need to stop their decadent way of supposing that people are poor because others are rich.

7. Links

Vision for OSU Cascades Campus

What a $15 Hourly Wage Would Mean in the Columbia Basin

The Accountability Project

Evangelical 16th-century religious term now used in modern American politics

The Gourmet Retailer: Salad Dressing Made with Dulse 

A Ravel of Knitting Words

Agri-Times Northwest 

East Oregonian | Commentary: The Folly of Taking Back the West

Conservation Groups Demand End to Refuge Occupation

Walden speaks out against proposed Crater Lake wilderness

Sutton Mountain Wilderness Bill

The Oregon Natural Desert Association

Opinion | Do Emotions Trump Facts?

Refugees Riot in France

The Gorka Briefing

Shadow Warriors Project




Sherman County eNews #24


  1. Classifieds
  2. Calendar

1. Classifieds (new or corrected)



LITTLE WHEATS’ BENEFIT CONCESSION STAND. 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 a fun filled day!  $5 per sandwich, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. 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).  1/29


PAINT NITE, MUSEUM BENEFIT. 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:             2/5


 ASSISTANT PROVIDER. Immediate Assistant Provider position open at Little Wheats Day Care, Moro, Oregon. Flexible, part time hours 5-15 hours/week. Starting at $9.25/hr. For more information, requirements and application please call 541-565-3152, or stop by 409 Dewey Street between 7:30am and 12pm M-TH to pick up an application. OPEN UNTIL FILLED. 2/29

ASSISTANT RETAIL DIVISION MANAGER. Mid Columbia Producers is a farmer owned risk management cooperative with facilities in Sherman, Wasco, Klickitat, Morrow, Gilliam and Deschutes Counties and a market presence throughout the Pacific Northwest.

MCP is seeking applicants to join our team as the Assistant Retail Division Manager. This position will require a hands on management approach. The chosen candidate will be responsible for the oversight and coordination efforts of our three farm stores located in Goldendale, The Dalles and Wasco.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  •  Communicating areas that are in need of attention to each of the store managers
  •  Providing training and direction to the store managers through performance evaluations as well as verbal and written coaching
  •  Assisting in the daily unloading of trucks, transferring products throughout the division as well as maintaining the grounds and equipment as needed
  •  Demonstrating awareness and compliance with loss prevention, safety policies and/or procedures
  •  Monitor competitive pricing, product and brand offerings, promotional activity, to insure MCP is appropriately priced and product/pricing/promotional opportunities are identified and captured
  •  Identifying and executing goals and objectives to reach maximum profitability throughout the division
  •  Making sound business decisions regarding product selection, order quantities, inventory management, gross margin management and vendor negotiations
  •  Safeguarding assets and consistently working toward maintaining a safe environment for customers and employees


  •  Must be able to operate a vehicle with a GVW of 10,000 lbs. or more, with or without a trailer in tow
  •  Lift, carry, push, or pull objects up to approximately 100 lbs.
  •  Must be within a reasonable commuting distance to each of the locations
  •  Experience and/or knowledge of feed programs, farm supply and hardware
  •  Must possess basic computer knowledge and be able to navigate with little assistance
  •  Must be able to accommodate a varying work schedule
  •  Operate with initiative, commitment, strong work ethic & sense of urgency

Employment will be contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment physical, drug screen, background check and MVR.

As a prominent agribusiness company, we offer a competitive salary and benefits package. Including health insurance premiums currently paid 100% for the employee and their dependents, dental, vision and Rx coverage, 401k with company match, robust profit sharing plan, paid vacation, sick, holidays, and more.

Applications are available for download at or be picked up at the main office in Moro. Please send cover letter, application and resume to:

Mid Columbia Producers Attn: Brittany Dark

PO Box 344

Moro, OR 97039

Fax: (503)536-6875 PH: (541)565-2277



SERVICES: [home, personal, appliance, landscape, fencing, cleaning, maintenance, janitorial, computer, construction, sewing, repairs, transportation, media, pre-school, day care]

BOOKKEEPER. There’s a new bookkeeper in town! Lisa Miranda is not new to the area. She lived in Sherman County as a teenager and she is back in Rufus and looking to fill a couple of available slots she has open for new clients. She is a professional bookkeeper with over 20 years of experience with A/P, A/R, Payroll, Spreadsheets, and Journal Entries, and she has several versions of QuickBooks. Lisa is a great organizer and problem solver so if you have a shoebox full of receipts and statements you need gone through, she’s definitely your Girl Friday! She has excellent references and a wonderful resume listing all of her experience, which includes construction, advertising, and medical, just to name a few. If you are in need of a bookkeeper or know of someone who does, please contact Lisa for a list of her references and her resume, as well as her fees, which include affordable hourly and monthly rates. ~ Lisa Miranda  2/19

SHERMAN COUNTY BUSINESS DIRECTORY. Sherman County businesses & services may be listed on the Sherman County website at under agri-business by town. Please contact Sherman County Administrative Assistant Lauren Hernandez

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      1/22


Agri-Times Northwest – twice-monthly

The Dalles Chronicle

The Goldendale Sentinel | 117 W. Main St., Goldendale, WA 98620 (509) 773-3777 | |

The Times-Journal – a weekly serving Wheeler, Gilliam & Sherman counties, P.O. Box 746, Condon, OR 97823 | 541-384-2411 $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.


Sherman County eNews Blog. Visit to subscribe to the new Sherman County eNews.



Mid-Columbia Housing Authority & Sherman County

Notice is hereby given that the Sherman County Court is accepting names of individuals interested in filling a vacant community position on the Mid-Columbia Housing Authority Board. The Housing Authority serves Sherman, Wasco and Hood River Counties and its mission is “To promote adequate and affordable housing, economic opportunity and suitable living environment, free from discrimination to those who have barriers due to income or disability.” The appointee will be expected to attend meetings and be an active board member.  Persons interested in serving should contact the Sherman County Court at P.O. Box 365, 500 Court Street, Moro, OR 97039, 541-565-3416 or . 1/22

 Sherman County Fair Board 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 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 @ or 541-980-1821.




2. Calendar (new or corrected)


22 Congressman Walden’s Town Hall 9-10 Bob’s Texas T-Bone, Rufus

23 Annual Robert Burns Supper 2-5 Condon Elks Lodge

24 Robert Burns Breakfast 7-10 Condon Elks Lodge

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

25 Sherman Photography Club Meeting Sherman County Public/School Library

25-26 Oregon Wheat Quality Workshop Tour, Portland

26 Sherman County Public/School Library Board of Directors Meeting 5:30

26-28 Northwest Ag Show, Portland Expo Center

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

28 Republican Debate 9ET DesMoines, Iowa – Fox News

30 Little Wheats Fundraising Concessions, Sherman High Basketball Games

30 Eagle Watch 9-2 The Dalles Dam Visitor Center

31 Ensemble of Oregon 4 St. Peter’s Landmark, The Dallles


2-4 Spokane Ag Expo

3 Sherman County Court 9

6 Wasco County Original Courthouse History Forum 1:30

6 Republican Debate | Manchester, NH – ABC News

7 An Invitation! Dorothy Benson’s 80th Birthday Party 1-3 Sherman Senior Center

7 Flea Market 11-4 Civic Auditorium, The Dalles | 541-404-0724

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 Valentine’s Day Silent Auction Fundraiser, 12 noon, Sherman Senior Center

10-14 Pacific Northwest Sportsmen’s Show | Portland Expo Center

11 Paint Nite Benefit Sherman County Historical Museum 6 Wasco Annex

11 Democratic Debate | Wisconsin – PBS

13 Wasco County Original Courthouse History Forum 1:30

13 Republican Debate | South Carolina 9ET CBS

14 Valentine’s Day

15 President’s Day

15 Sherman County 4-H Registration Deadline

16 Sherman County Court 9

18 Northern Oregon Regional Corrections Facility Board Meeting 12 The Dalles

18 History After Hours at the Riverenza 4:30-6:30 The Riverenza, The Dalles

20 Bridal Show 11-4 Civic Auditorium, The Dalles

20 Wasco County Original Courthouse History Forum 1:30

21 Weed and Disease Workshop for Cereal Producers 8-4:30 The Dalles

22-24 National Association of Counties Legislative Conference, Washington, DC

25 Republican Debate | Texas – CNN

27 Wasco County Original Courthouse History Forum 1:30


2 Sherman County Court 9

9 Democratic Debate | Miami, Florida – Univision/Washington Post

10 Republican Debate | Florida

13 Daylight Saving Time Begins

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 Sam Hill and the Columbia River Highway

17 St. Patrick’s Day

18 Deadline | Sherman County Uplands Restoration Project

19 Grass Valley Easter Egg Hunt & Skate Party 10

20 First Day of Spring

27 Easter

25 Good Friday


8 Wasco-Sherman Bull Tour, Wasco

15 Earth Day


8 Mother’s Day

21 Armed Services Day

30 Memorial Day


14 Flag Day

18 Vada’s 90th Birthday Celebration TBA

19 Father’s Day

20 First Day of Summer


4 Independence Day

16 – Nov. 15 Maryhill Museum American Indian Trade Blankets 



5 Labor Day

22 First Day of Autumn


10 Columbus Day


6 Daylight Saving Time Ends

8 Election Day

11 Veterans Day

24 Thanksgiving


7 Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

21 First Day of Winter

24 Christmas Eve

25 Christmas

31 New Year’s Eve

Sherman County eNews #23

Table of Contents

  • Sherman Basketball Schedule Update
  • New Speed Limit Changes, March 1 on Select Highways
  • Congressman Walden: Every Student Succeeds Act
  • Public Notice: Sherman County School District Surplus Sale, Feb. 3
  • Sherman County’s Center for Living Monthly Gathering, Jan. 26
  • History Tidbits: DeMoss Springs
  • Links


 1. Sherman Basketball Schedule Update


  • The game on Feb. 4th is on a Thursday not a Friday.
  • For the remainder of the year GJV will only be playing 2 quarters instead of a full game.
  • Jan. 29 GJV starts @ 3:30 with departure @ 1:15
  • Feb. 5 GJV starts @ 3:30
  • Feb. 13 GJV starts @ 1:30 with departure @ 11:45

2. New Speed Limit Changes, March 1 on Select Highways


Motorists traveling on some state highways in central and eastern Oregon will see a change next spring due to Oregon House Bill 3402. The bill enacted by the 2015 legislation raises the speed limit on Interstate 84 and some other routes east of the Cascades. The new law takes effect March 1, 2016, and will raise legal speeds to 70 mph for passenger vehicles and 65 mph for commercial trucks on I-84 between the Idaho border and The Dalles. These same speed limits will apply for U.S. 95 that runs through southeast Oregon between the Nevada and Idaho borders.

In addition, sections of eight other highways will have speed limits increased to 65 mph for passenger vehicles and 60 mph for trucks. These include portions of U.S. 20, U.S. 26, U.S. 97, U.S. 197, U.S. 395, OR 31, OR 78, and OR 205. The new speed limits will more closely match those of neighboring states.

More information, including a map showing the specific highway segments that will see the changes, a copy of HB 3402, update news and information, plus links to related photos and video is available on at .

The current speed limits on I-84 are 65 mph for passenger vehicles and 55 mph for commercial trucks. These limits will not change for the section of interstate west of The Dalles.

The current speed limit for other state and U.S. routes (non-interstate) is typically 55 mph for all vehicles, unless posted otherwise.

Prior to March 1, 2016, travelers may see some highway work needed to support the speed limit change: including modifying passing zones to reflect the higher legal speed; new sign posts installed to accommodate new, larger signs; new or modified curve warning signs; and other minor changes.

The new signs are expected to be installed on I-84 by March 1 and on secondary highways as quickly as possible to accommodate the March 1 effective date. Motorists are reminded to obey all speed limit signs and other traffic control devices, and to adjust travel when weather, road conditions or other situations require extra caution.

3. Congressman Walden: Every Student Succeeds Act

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With my strong support, Congress has approved an education law that puts a stop to Common Core mandates, replaces No Child Left Behind, and returns flexibility to states and local school districts. I strongly believe that education decisions are best made by teachers and parents in local communities, and this new law helps in that goal.

This law, the Every Student Succeeds Act, marks the first revamp of federal education policy in nearly 14 years. In recent years, the Department of Education has been unilaterally dictating education policy to states and local school districts via executive fiat. The current bureaucratic “D.C. knows best” waiver system has created uncertainty for our schools, and coerced states into accepting a wide variety of federal mandates that limit the ability of our schools to effectively serve and educate our students.

The Every Student Succeeds Act empowers parents and educators in Oregon by placing new and unprecedented restrictions on the Obama Administration and the Secretary of Education. It will finally put an end to the Administration’s ability to use executive rules and conditional waivers to impose top-down federal requirements that burden our states and local school districts. Instead, this legislation promotes state and local solutions to education policy.

Specifically, the law stops the federal government from forcing states to adopt Common Core or any other standards or curriculum. It also empowers parents to opt their children out of high stakes tests without penalty to local schools and repeals 49 ineffective and duplicative federal education programs to shrink the federal bureaucracy.

This law also supports our founding principles throughout the education system. To protect free speech on campus, this legislation reinforces that students, teachers, school administrators or other school employees shall retain their First Amendment rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution during the school day. This bill reinforces the rights of students to hold prayer gatherings and Bible studies on campus, similar to See You at the Pole, and prohibits the use of education dollars to fund abortion services.

After months of work to iron out the differences between House and Senate versions of this legislation, I was glad to see the President sign this bill into law. Please know that I will continue to work for conservative solutions that give the parents and teachers the tools they need to prepare Oregon’s students for a successful future.

It is an honor to represent you in the U.S. Congress.

Best regards,

Greg Walden, U.S. Representative, Oregon’s Second District


4. PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT. Sherman County School District Surplus Sale, Feb. 3

Logo.Sherman High School

 Wednesday, February 3, 2016

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

At the January 11, 2016 Regular Board Meeting of the Sherman County School District, the Board of Directors declared the following items to be offered as surplus:

1 — Butcher Block Table with 4 pull through drawers and 1 shelf (5’x 2’5 ½ x 2’11”)

1 — Lang Oven (Under Convection Oven) (3’x2’9 ¼”x2’10 ¾”)

1 — Vulcan Stove with 25”x 24” grill and two burners (3’2 ¾”x2’ 6’ 1/2’”x 4’11”)

1 — Delfield Refrigerator (4’ 3”x 2’9 1/2’” x 6’7 ½”)

1 — True Freezer (4’ 6 ½ x 2’ 5 ½ “ x 7’)

1 — Hobart Dish washer, sink and slides

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 by calling (541) 565-3500 or by contacting Wes Owens at 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 or on the District website. 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 Wednesday, February 3, 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. All dimensions are approximate.

5. Sherman County’s Center for Living Monthly Gathering, Jan. 26

Sherman County’s Center for Living is hosting our first monthly gathering

Tuesday, January 26th from 5:00 p.m.

Sherman County Public/School Library Conference Room

  • Find out about new Mental Health Services located in Sherman County
  • Discuss community needs, concerns and suggestions
  • Meet our staff
  • Help us create our Sherman County brochure
  • Get a FREE raffle ticket for a special gift
  • Dinner catered by Canton Wok of The Dalles
  • Transportation also provided if arranged. (Please call 541-565-3149 and leave a message)

 6. Historic Oregon Building Shown on New Postage Stamp

The post offices in Bridal Veil, Cascade Locks, Corbett, Hood River, Mosier, The Dalles and Troutdale have started to use a special postmark in conjunction with the issuance of the Postal Service’s new Columbia River Gorge Priority Mail Express™ postage stamp.

The seven postmarks depict a scene with the Bridge of the Gods spanning the Columbia River Gorge. The new Priority Mail Express™ stamp depicts the majestic Columbia River Gorge as sunset approaches; stamp artist Dan Cosgrove used bold colors and dramatic shadows in the sun’s reflection off of the clouds, trees, and water to capture the grandeur of the Gorge. The historic Vista House, sitting atop Crown Point and overlooking the river 725 feet below, shimmers in the golden light of the setting sun.

The postage stamp is being issued as the statewide celebration of the centennial of the Historic Columbia River Highway takes place.




Travel Oregon will help sponsor a Feb. 23-24 cultural heritage networking event and workshop as part of its Gorge Tourism Studio.

NOTE:   This postmark will be available indefinitely at each of these seven post offices along the Columbia River east of Portland.  On June 7th  there will be a special pictorial cancellation offered by mail or in person from the Multnomah Falls station.  Dual Cancelations on the same envelope make for an attractive keepsake.  Good idea to plan ahead.

7. History Tidbits: DeMoss Springs

DeMoss Springs is the third name for this temperance town site and post office in section 3, T1S, R17E near where the DeMoss musical missionary family settled in 1883. Mrs. J.M. DeMoss selected the town site for the family headquarters when the land was claimed by Pierre Cutchier (aka Pierre Couture, Pierre Gordon). The temperance town plat was filed in the county clerk’s office in February, 1898. The streets were named E and W for noted musicians and N and S for poets.

James M. DeMoss and family secured 840 acres where they made their home when not on tour. Their livestock brand, shaped like a fiddle, was registered in 1940. The family set aside a park, now owned by Sherman County, and a family burying ground at Echo Rock. They entertained on the stage at the center of the park.

In 1885, businessman C.W. Deickman agreed to the temperance restrictions imposed by J.M. DeMoss. In 1888 with a population of 39 the town comprised houses, a United Brethren church under Rev. C.B. Davis, a hairdresser, general merchandise store, hotel, feed store and stable, sign painter and blacksmith; T.J. Cocking, postmaster, notary public and merchant; T. Calvert, butcher with slaughter pens near town; H.H. Hahn, photographer; and DeMoss family teachers of music.

The Christian and Baptist organizations held services in the United Brethren church. A stage line, mail routes and Columbia Southern Railroad served DeMoss Springs. DeMoss was the station on the Columbia Southern/Union Pacific Railroad where grain warehouses and an elevator were built. ~ Sherman County Place Names, 3rd Edition.

8. Links


Cycle Oregon

 The Oregon Standoff is Only a Glimpse at Western Anger with the Feds


 The Economist

Shanna Hatfield | Books


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Millenials, Latino Eligible Voters

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ISIS & the Antiquities Trade

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