Sherman County eNews #31

 Contents

  1. Wellness Center Temporary Closure
  2. Sherman County Senior & Community Center February Meal Menu
  3. Changes to your property tax return filing
  4. AARP TAX Site in Rufus, Feb. 13-April 9
  5. Links: Harney County, Public Land Management
  6. Links
  7. Sen. Doug Whitsett | Minimum Wage Proposals Could Hurt Our Working Poor

1. Wellness Center Temporary Closure

Notice: Due to some flooding, the Wellness Center is temporarily closed.  This closure will last at least through the weekend of January 29th-February 1st.  We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

~ Caitlin Blagg, District Administrator, Sherman County Health District Sherman County Medical Clinic Office: 541.565.0536 Clinic: 541.565.3325 www.shermancountymedicalclinic.net


2. Sherman County Senior & Community Center February Meal Menu

We serve lunch at 12:00, noon sharp. First come, first served. If you have a group of 2 or more, please let the Kitchen staff know at 541-565-3191 the day before to ensure that we make enough food to serve! MEAL PRICING: Under 60 Yrs. Is $6.00 ~ 60 Yrs. & Up $3.00 suggested donation!

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
1 2 Groundhog’s Day 3 4 5
Beef Patty w/Mushroom Gravy Chicken Stir Fry Chicken Enchiladas Tater Tot Casserole Potato Soup
Mashed Potatoes & Veggies Rice & Egg Rolls Beans and Rice With Veggies BLT Sandwich
Salad & Pie & Ice cream Green Salad & Fruit Green Salad & Dessert Green Salad & Fruit Green Salad & Dessert
8 9 10   Silent Auction Day 11 12
Granny’s Beef Casserole Spaghetti w/Meat Sauce Roast Beef Chicken Pot Pie Pulled Pork Sandwich
Veggies & Rolls Garlic Toast & Veggies Red Potatoes & Veggies With Veggies French Fries
Green Salad & Dessert Green Salad & Fruit Red Salad & Red Velvet Cake Green Salad & Fruit Green Salad & Dessert
15 16 17 18 19
Closed for

Presidents Day

Oven Fried Chicken Taco Soup Crab Stuffed Pollack Cheeseburgers
Mashed Potatoes/gravy Corn Chips & Salsa AuGratin Potatoes Baked Beans & Mac Salad
Veggies, Salad & Fruit Green Salad & Ice Cream Veggies, Salad & Fruit Green Salad & Dessert
22 23 24 25 26
Parmesan Chicken Baked Potato Bar Mac & Cheese w/Ham Pizza: Supreme, Hawaiian, Hash Brown Casserole
Creamy Noodles Chili & Biscuits Veggies & Rolls & Cooks Choice Blueberry Muffins
Veggies, Salad & Dessert Green Salad & Fruit Green Salad & Dessert Green Salad & Fruit Fruit and Dessert
29 Don’t Forget: Valentine’s Day Silent Auction Fundraiser on Wednesday, February 10, 2016.  Call for details or to donate.
White Chicken Chili  
Salad and Rolls
Dessert

Menu subject to change due to availability.  ATTENTION: For those who have food allergies, be aware that a large variety of foods are prepared in the kitchen.  Therefore, meals may be prepared with ingredients and food service equipment may come in contact with ingredients to which you may have an allergic reaction, such as nuts.


3. Changes to your property tax return filing

dollarbill~ Oregon Department of Revenue

SALEM, OR– If you own a business, even a home-based business, Oregon law requires you file a yearly personal property tax return with your county assessor. The deadline to file your return has changed. You must complete and return it to the assessor, file it online, or postmark it on or before March 15, 2016. Extensions are no longer available (House Bill 2484 amended ORS 308.290). Personal property taxes are due November 15, 2016. Check your property tax statements to find out how much you owe. Completed returns must include a detailed list of all business-related personal property, along with equipment purchases or lease dates, and original costs. Personal property includes: * Office furniture, personal computers, and easily moved machinery. * Off-road vehicles. * Display cases if they are used in the business. * Leased equipment including copiers and power washers. The county assessor calculates the tax due each year based on the personal property return. The assessor will not impose a tax if the property value is under the cancellation threshold. Business owners must file a return each year, even if: * You didn’t receive a tax return from the county in which your property is located. * The assessor previously canceled your tax. * You sold or closed your business during the year. * You sold or disposed of your personal property. If a business owner doesn’t file, penalties vary from 5 percent to 50 percent of the taxes due, depending on when the return is filed. Assessors will calculate tax, penalty, and interest for up to the previous five years if a business hasn’t reported personal property in the prior years. For forms and a complete list of taxable personal property, visit www.oregon.gov/dor or call 1 (800)356-4222 toll-free from an Oregon prefix (English or Spanish); (503) 378-4988 in Salem and outside Oregon; or e-mail, questions.dor@oregon.gov. For TTY (hearing or speech impaired), call 1 (800)886-7204.


4. AARP TAX Site in Rufus, Feb. 13-April 9

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Gwen Lincoln will begin preparing taxes on Saturdays by appointment at the Rufus Community Center from, February 13th through April 9th, 2016. Please call to set up your Saturday appointment 😦 541) 993-1054

 

What you will need to bring with you for 2015 Tax preparations:

1)      It is highly recommended that you bring your prior year tax return with all attachments and schedules.

2)      Picture Identification, Social Security Cards & birthdates for all

3)      W2’s, 1099 R’s & SSA, 1099 Misc – all other income statements

4)      Investment documents, dividend and interest income

5)      1098 T – Education expenses

6)      1095A or 1099SA – Health Insurance information & itemized medical expenses to include medical miles

7)      1098 – Mortgage Interest & Property Tax Statements

8)      Itemized statements for donations

9)      Day care receipts

HINT: Check your last year’s return to see if there are other categories of income, expenses or credits that you may be able to claim in 2015, if so please bring those documents as well.


5. Sen. Doug Whitsett | Minimum Wage Proposals Could Hurt Our Working Poor

Bills significantly increasing Oregon’s minimum wage will be a main topic of vigorous and divisive debated during the upcoming 2016 legislative session.

 

Signatures are being gathered for initiative petitions that would raise the minimum wage from its current rate of $9.25 per hour to $13.50 and $15 per hour.

 

Governor Brown is also floating a minimum wage proposal.  Her concept would raise the wage in all areas outside of the Portland Metro Urban Growth Boundary to $10.25 in 2017 and to $13.50 by 2022. Within the Boundary the minimum wage would be increased to $15.52 by 2022.

 

Another legislative proposal by Sen. Michael Dembrow (D-Portland) would create three separate minimum wages throughout the state.

 

These are compromise proposals by Brown and Dembrow. They are purportedly being advanced in hopes of avoiding an expensive, multi-million dollar fight at the ballot box in the months leading up to the November general election. Several other bills have been introduced.

 

House Bill 4054 has been referred to the House Committee on Business and Labor. It would increase the state’s minimum wage in graduated steps to $13.50 per hour by 2019. It would also repeal the state preemption of local minimum wage requirements, thereby allowing cities and counties to enact their own minimum wage laws.

 

A nearly identical proposal has taken the form of Senate Bill 1592. It has been referred to the Senate Workforce and General Government Committee.

 

SB 1532 has also been referred to the same Senate committee. It would establish a tiered system for determining minimum wage based on an employer’s size and geographic location and suspend the annual inflation adjustment for the state’s minimum wage rate until 2020. The bill would also repeal the state preemption of local minimum wage requirements.

 

What is obvious is the minimum wage issue will either be decided by legislators next month or by the vote of the people at the November election. Much less obvious are the affects that the proposed increases could have on the state’s overall economy.

 

A new report has been compiled and released that details those affects. The January 12 report, entitled “Impacts of Increasing Oregon’s Minimum Wage,” was written by Eric Fruits, Ph.D. He is the president and chief economist for Economics International Corp. and an adjunct professor at Portland State University.

 

For the sake of full disclosure, Fruits is also a former chairman of the Multnomah County Republican Party. His report was prepared on the behalf of the Oregon Neighborhood Stores Association.

 

The report uses detailed analysis to describe the potential aftermath of the proposed increases.

 

According to the study, increasing the minimum wage to $13.50 would result in the loss of around 55,000 jobs, and raising it to $15 would cost 67,000 jobs. Those losses would occur by 2020, when the measures are fully implemented.

 

A minimum wage of $13.50 would reduce wages and salary incomes in the state by an estimated $6.2 billion, and by $6.9 billion for $15 per hour by the year 2020. The reduced average annual income per worker would be $1,512 for $13.50 per hour and $1,515 for a $15 per hour minimum wage.

 

Information in the report makes clear the minimum wage proposals being advanced in the name of helping the working poor will actually do them a huge disservice over the long-term.

 

The report cites this data provided by the non-partisan Legislative Revenue Office (LRO) in July 2014 regarding the impacts of an increase in the minimum wage. LRO analyzed raising the wage only from $9.10 to $11.50, beginning in 2015.

 

LRO’s findings of fact includes that an increase of only $2.40 per hour would result in net employment losses over the long-term. According to LRO, the state would lose nearly 3,000 jobs in the first year, and would continue to experience increased job loss through 2025.  At that point the job losses would stabilize at around 20,000.

 

A positive, first-year impact of $900 million in personal income would remain slightly positive until the year 2020.  At that point the LRO analysis shows personal income trending negative into the future.

 

Although SB 1532 takes a unique tiered approach to raising the minimum wage, it does not appear to take some very important factors into consideration. A salient point of Dr. Fruit’s report on the impacts of raising the minimum wage is within the state and within the City of Portland, employment, incomes, poverty and cost of living are unevenly distributed.

 

“The assertion that Portland has a higher cost of living than the rest of the state turns a blind eye to the differences in the cost of living within the City of Portland,” the report states.

 

It goes on to state that rents in the low-income, high-poverty areas on Portland’s outer east side are less than half of what they are in other parts of the city. There are huge disparities, for example, within North and Northeast Portland.

 

Given the logic of the solution presented in SB 1532, it would make just as much sense to establish differing minimum wage levels on either side of the Willamette River, where it divides Portland’s east and west sides.

 

Another important point is a substantial increase in the minimum wage could limit economic opportunities for thousands of Oregonians.

 

The report states unemployment is a “major source of rising inequality and stagnating incomes”. It adds that a three-percentage point increase in unemployment is associated with a two-percentage point increase in family poverty.

 

The report makes quite clear, through thoroughly documented research, that unemployment and underemployment lie at the core of poverty. It states that higher unemployment leads to greater inequality and weakens the relative position of low-income groups and vulnerable populations.

 

Poverty is best solved by providing job opportunities for all adults. “Minimum wage increase takes income from one group of Oregon workers in order to benefit another group of Oregon workers, without increasing—and likely decreasing—total Oregon wage income,” the report states.

 

As it is, Oregon has the highest rate of poverty on the West Coast. Raising the minimum wage would actually do little to improve the situation, and would arguably make it worse. The report states that the working poor face a disproportionate share of job losses, and that employed persons affected by an increase in the minimum wage are less likely to be employed a year later.

 

Youth unemployment in Oregon is higher than the national average. That trend worsened in the early 1990s as the state’s minimum wage became higher in relation to the federal minimum wage. According to the report, raising the minimum wage even further would reduce upward mobility and create less access to the kinds of opportunities for young people to acquire work experience. What this means is that teens and low-skilled workers would be the most adversely affected by an increase in minimum wage.

 

Oregon has consistently ranked among the top five states with underemployment since 2003, the year after voters approved Measure 25 in the November 2002 election, and has experienced the nation’s highest rate of underemployment in seven of the last 13 years. Oregon also has experienced a significantly lower labor force participation rate than the national average.

 

Attempts to raise the minimum wage through legislation or through the ballot box will undoubtedly lead to unintended consequences for businesses and workers alike. I strongly urge voters to read the reports and consider their findings as this issue makes its way through the legislative process in the coming weeks.

 

I believe increasing Oregon minimum wage will cause the same people who are currently struggling to make ends meet to be significantly worse off than they already are. Their ability to achieve the American Dream and improve their standing in life will be severely limited by public policies that actually cause harm to their economic status in the long-run.

 

Please remember–if we do not stand up for rural Oregon, no one will.

~ Sen. Doug Whitsett

Email: Sen.DougWhitsett@state.or.us I Phone: 503-986-1728 Address: 900 Court St NE, S-311, Salem, OR, 97301 Website: http://www.oregonlegislature.gov/whitsett


6. Links: Harney County, Public Land Management

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 Oregon Cattlemen’s Association

https://www.facebook.com/orcattle/?fref=nf

 Government Makes an Example of the Hammonds

http://www.capitalpress.com/article/20160128/ARTICLE/160129873/1009

 Oregon Showdown Further Polarizes Federal Land Debate

http://www.wallowa.com/20160128/oregon-showdown-further-polarizes-federal-land-debate

 Freedom Outpost | The Hammond Ranch and BLM

http://freedomoutpost.com/2016/01/just-like-bundy-ranch-the-hammonds-ranch-is-valuable-to-the-blm-heres-just-how-valuable/

 FBI releases dramatic video of traffic stop, shooting

http://www.ktvz.com/news/ammon-bundy-repeats-call-for-refuge-occupiers-to-leave/37694112

 Congressman Walden | Wildlife Refuge, Water, New Wilderness Proposal, U.S. Service Academies

https://iqconnect.lmhostediq.com/iqextranet/view_newsletter.aspx?id=127926&c=OR02GW

 

American Lands Council | Why the Oregon Uprising? BLM Fire Video

http://www.americanlandscouncil.org/

 Prineville councilors join Crook Co. in rejecting rec area proposal

http://www.ktvz.com/news/hundreds-gather-in-prineville-oppose-rec-area-proposal/37660430


7. Links  Bird.Black.Envelope

A rare white giraffe is spotted in Tanzania

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/omo-a-rare-white-giraffe-is-spotted-in-tanzania/

 Going Paleo, 1959 Oregon Magazine

https://www.1859oregonmagazine.com/paleontology-john-day-oregon-fossil-beds?utm_source=1859+Magazine+Newsletter&utm_campaign=57489064ae-January_2016_1_28_FivePine&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_cae6125c4f-

Digitized Newspapers (Corvallis Advocate)

A cooperative effort between Oregon State University Libraries and Press, the Benton County Historical Society and Museum, and the University of Oregon’s Knight Library has led to a newly digitized collection of newspapers from Corvallis’ history. Copies of the Corvallis Times and the Corvallis Gazette, dating from 1863 to 1909, are now available online at oregonnews.uoregon.edu.

U.S. Food and Drug Administration

http://www.fda.gov/default.htm

 The 40,000-Mile Volcano

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/12/science/midocean-ridges-volcano-underwater.html?WT.mc_id=2016-KWP-AUD_DEV&WT.mc_ev=click&ad-keywords=AUDDEVREMARK&kwp_0=93005&kwp_4=470655&kwp_1=262069&_r=0

 50 Unbelievable Facts About Earth!

http://www.ba-bamail.com/content.aspx?emailid=19098

 

Opinion Archive: Charles Krauthammer

https://www.washingtonpost.com/people/charles-Krauthammer

 BBC News

http://www.bbc.com/news

 Oath Keepers

https://www.oathkeepers.org/

 

Bob’s Ghosttown Safaris | Photography

http://www.bobsghosttownsafari.com/

 

The Wall Street Journal | Opinion

http://www.wsj.com/news/opinion

 

Linn’s Stamp News Coverage – Columbia River Gorge stamp eclipses $20 denomination mark

http://www.linns.com/news/us-stamps-postal-history/2016/january/columbia-river-gorge-stamp-eclipses–20-denomination-mark.html

 

Congressman Greg Walden

https://iqconnect.lmhostediq.com/iqextranet/view_newsletter.aspx?id=127786&c=OR02GW

 

Congressional Oversight Hearing

https://fas.org/irp/congress/2007_hr/oversight.pdf

 

Oregon Mortuary & Cemetery Board Newsletter

http://www.oregon.gov/MortCem/Pages/Compliance_Issues.aspx

 

The American People vs. The Political Establishment

http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2016/01/the_american_people_vs_the_political_establishment.html

 Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife

http://www.dfw.state.or.us/

 Oregon Plan for Salmon & Watersheds

http://www.oregon.gov/OPSW/pages/index.aspx

 Oregon Wildlife Economic Impact

http://www.dfw.state.or.us/agency/economic_impact.asp

Renewably harvested Boardman tree operation sold, will become dairyland – Portland Business Journal

http://www.bizjournals.com/portland/blog/sbo/2016/01/renewably-harvested-boardman-tree-operation-sold.html?ana=e_ptl_rdup&s=newsletter&ed=2016-01-26&u=wkiE5IyNb4HDxutujUayRl7bhJ3&t=1453872012

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Sherman County eNews #30

CONTENTS

  1. Classifieds
  2. Calendar

1. Classifieds (new or corrected)

THANK YOU NOTES, COMMENDATIONS & CONGRATULATIONS:

THANK YOU! The Senior & Community Center held a “Pizza Nite” on January 20, 2016.  I would like to give a big thank you to Papa Murphy’s in The Dalles for donating a variety of delicious pizzas.  Another big thank you to the Senior Center’s Advisory Board for donating a variety of yummy salads.  The last thank you goes to those who came and enjoyed!  It was a success, thanks to everyone involved!  ~ Jan Byram, Manager

COMMUNITY ORGANIZATION FUND-RAISERS:

SHERMAN PRESCHOOL VALENTINE TRUFFLES. Sherman Preschool is selling Valentine Truffles again this year. Purchase these delicious truffles $6 for 1/2 dozen or $10 for a dozen. Truffles are packaged in Valentine treat bags and you may add a personal message. Truffles will be available from the person you ordered them from the morning of Thursday Feb. 11th. Please speak with a Sherman Preschool family or contact Carrie Somnis at 541-215-0974 or shermanpreschool@yahoo.com. Thank you for supporting Sherman Preschool! 2/9

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: http://paintnite.com/pages/events/view/TheDalles/935013 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@ shermanmuseum.org 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: www.shermanmuseum.org        2/5

EMPLOYMENT:

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

 

CONSERVATION TECHNICIAN. The Sherman County Soil & Water Conservation District is now accepting applications for a Conservation Technician. FT position, salary based on qualifications. High School Diploma required, Bachelor’s Degree preferred but not required. The Conservation Technician is responsible for providing technical assistance to private landowners and to partner organizations.  Functional areas of responsibility are: Planner–working with cooperators to develop and implement conservation plans; Technician  –design and technical assistance with the implementation of conservation practices; Equipment/Vehicle –maintain District field equipment and manage routine maintenance. Conservation Technician  works under general supervision with moderate latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment. Located in Moro, OR. Applications accepted until Monday February 8th 2016.  For more information or for the full job description call (541) 565-3216 Ext. 3 or go to www.shermancountyswcd.comStatus: At Will Employee. FLSA Status: Exempt. SALARY: Bi-weekly (40 hrs/week)+ benefits. Starting Range (DOE) between $35,000 to $45,000  | 2/5

FOR SALE:

HOUSE. Completely rebuilt (not just remodeled) two story, 3 bedroom, 2 bath home in Moro. This house was brought up to modern code. The foundation is new, as well as all electrical, plumbing (all the way to the street), fully re-sheeted roof, windows replaced, new kitchen and all fixtures. Completely insulated, replacement siding was hand cut to match the original design, walls were made to 2X6 to meet codes, all new drywall, flooring and paint. The front porch was also completely replaced and a side set of stairs leading to a new parking area. $134,499; 303 2nd st Moro, Oregon. For any questions please contact Mike Smith at 541-306-1202 or e-mail michaelsmith204@gmail.com 2/5

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 themirandaclan@gmail.com  2/19

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

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 justbekathy@hotmail.com      1/29

NEWSPAPERS

Agri-Times Northwest – twice-monthly www.agritimesnw.com editor@agritimesnw.com

The Dalles Chronicle http://www.thedalleschronicle.com/subscribe/

The Goldendale Sentinel | 117 W. Main St., Goldendale, WA 98620 (509) 773-3777 | info@goldendalesentinel.com | http://www.goldendalesentinel.com/

The Times-Journal – a weekly serving Wheeler, Gilliam & Sherman counties, P.O. Box 746, Condon, OR 97823 | 541-384-2411 times-journal@jncable.com $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. WheelerCountyNews.com.  www.facebook.com/WheelerCountyNews. WheelerCountyNews@gmail.com

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VISITOR INFORMATION SERVICES & EVENT CALENDARS:

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES:        

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 shermanctyfair@hotmail.com. 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 @ shermanctyfair@hotmail.com or 541-980-1821.

WANTED:

LOST OR FOUND:

FOR RENT:

HOUSE. For rent in Moro, 3 bedroom house. Approximate move in date, by/around February 1st. Rental references are required and will be checked. For additional information and to submit your name to the list, please e-mail shermanctyfair@hotmail.com or call 541-980-1821 or 541-993-4400 after 5:00 p.m.

2. Calendar (new or corrected)

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JANUARY

29-Feb. 1 Wellness Center Closed

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

FEBRUARY

2-4 Spokane Ag Expo

3 Sherman County Court 9

3 Sherman County School District Surplus Sale Bids Close & Open 2

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 Sherman County Court Work Session 9:30 – 1

11 Paint Nite | Sherman County Historical Museum Benefit 6 Wasco Annex

11 Democratic Debate | Wisconsin – PBS

12 Advance Screening OPB Oregon Experience Documentary, Thomas Condon

         Discovery Center | Dinner 6, Film 7

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

16 Sherman County Conservation Neighborhood Meeting 2 OSU Extension Office

17 Sherman County Conservation Neighborhood Meeting 2 Kent Baptist Church

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

MARCH

1 Oregon’s New Speed Limits Begin on Select Highways

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

APRIL

8 Wasco-Sherman Bull Tour, Wasco

15 Earth Day

MAY

8 Mother’s Day

21 Armed Services Day

30 Memorial Day

 JUNE

14 Flag Day

18 Vada’s 90th Birthday Celebration TBA

19 Father’s Day

20 First Day of Summer

JULY

4 Independence Day

16 – Nov. 15 Maryhill Museum American Indian Trade Blankets 

AUGUST

SEPTEMBER

5 Labor Day

22 First Day of Autumn

OCTOBER

10 Columbus Day

NOVEMBER

6 Daylight Saving Time Ends

8 Election Day

11 Veterans Day

24 Thanksgiving

DECEMBER

7 Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

21 First Day of Winter

24 Christmas Eve

25 Christmas

31 New Year’s Eve