Sherman County eNews #26


  1. Sherman County Driver Education Application
  2. HAVEN & the Teen Theater Troupe, Feb. 12
  3. ODOT I-84 Tanner Creek Bridge Repair February to July 2016
  4. Sen. Ted Ferrioli: 2016 Legislative Session Preview
  5. Commentary: What are elections for?
  6. Links

1. Sherman County Driver Education Application


It is that time of year to get ready for Driver Education!!! Forms and information can be found on: Click on Government then go to Driver Education. The forms: Driver Education Application and Driver Education Course Agreement. Fill out forms and with the fee, bring to the Sherman County Court House and/or to the Office at the Sherman County Jr/Sr High School. Forms will be at the School Office January 29th if you want to pick up one then. If you have any questions please call. ~ Paula King Sherman County Driver Education Coordinator/Instructor 541-333-2735

2. HAVEN & the Teen Theater Troupe, Feb. 12


HAVEN’s 3rd Annual Healthy Teen Relationship Summit


Join HAVEN and the Teen Theater Troupe to engage your community in having healthy and safe relationships! Learn more about what you can do to prevent Teen Dating Violence and Sexual Assault in your community!


SUMMIT: 8:15AM-2:30PM


Register Now! – or call/text Taylor at 541-980-1128

Shandie Johnson

Sherman County Prevention Coordinator


3. ODOT I-84 Tanner Creek Bridge Repair February to July 2016

4. Sen. Ted Ferrioli: 2016 Legislative Session Preview           



As I recall, Oregonians were sold on the idea of annual meetings with the promise that the “short” session would focus on balancing the budget, making small legislative “fixes,” often referred to as “housekeeping measures,” and responding to emergencies that need immediate attention from the Legislature.

I’m sorry to report that the “short session” has become little more than a setting for the Majority Party to pursue an over-reaching agenda of tax increases, regulation, and ideological issues dear to the Progressives who rule Portland and to a great extent, the rest of Oregon.

Democrats have proposed an increase in the minimum wage from the current level of $9.25 to as much as $15.00 per hour in the Metro area, and $13.50 elsewhere in Oregon. This proposal comes on the heels of mandatory paid sick leave, and together they threaten to raise overheads to such a degree that the result will likely be layoffs and business closures across the state.

The minimum wage increase will fall particularly hard on rural communities close to Idaho and Nevada, which have much lower labor costs and much more robust economies. The Governor, Speaker, and Senate President favor this proposal, leaving House and Senate Republicans opposed to the plan and fighting for the survival of small business in Oregon.

Democrats are also proposing a “Cap and Trade” mandate that will raise energy costs for everyone including businesses and families, disproportionately hitting the poor, elderly, school districts and those on fixed incomes.

This concept puts the state government in charge of the fuel and energy costs, unfairly benefits alternative energy suppliers at the expense of consumers and traditional energy businesses, all with little or no measurable effects on carbon emissions, reduction of global warming or reducing the size of Oregon’s miniscule carbon footprint.

In addition to these anti-business measures, Democrats are proposing a mandate for affordable housing that will force construction contractors to build a certain amount of below-cost housing units for people of limited means, to be paid for by higher costs passed on to more traditional home buyers.

Democrats also propose to modify constitutional, voter-approved limitations on property taxes by changing the system from one based on assessed valuation to a system based on floating real market value. The changes would also allow local governments to increase the maximum constitutional caps through a voter-approved local option levy. These changes will raise local property taxes and further increase the cost of housing for Oregon families and fixed-income seniors.

Democrats are also working on a proposal that would remove an individual’s right to buy firearms based on a report that they pose a “danger to themselves or others.” The report can be anonymous and will not be checked for validity or accuracy. A 30 day “hold” will be put on the accused so they would fail firearms background checks. The accused will not be notified of the hold, and would only learn of the restriction if they tried to purchase a firearm. The “hold” could only be removed upon the report of a medical professional refuting the allegations, or by a court order lifting the “hold.” However, a new report could be filed every 30 days.

Oregon has many pressing problems like the unfunded PERS obligations. PERS premiums will increase by as much as 30 percent in 2016-17.

The Oregon Health Plan added more than 250,000 new enrollees since its inception, and health care costs are still spiraling out of control with no plan for sustaining vital programs.

Our schools have become a laughingstock with some of the worst attendance records and lowest graduation rates in the Nation.

Against a backdrop of plunging stock market values, stagnation in major economic sectors and disruptions in our global shipping infrastructure, the Governor has granted generous pay increases to state employees and will likely support massive tax increases to cover burgeoning state expenses.

Worst of all, the “short session” will provide little or no opportunity for citizens to personally engage in issues as public hearings will be limited largely to “invited testimony” and in most cases, held with a one hour notice before action on bills, most of which will have an “emergency clause” that prevents a citizen referral to voters.

I don’t believe most Oregonians envisioned this type of governance when they approved annual session and I don’t believe they support the way public participation is being squelched.

For a look at a much more positive agenda, please check our website.


Senator Ted Ferrioli

900 State Street NE, Salem, OR 97301

5. Commentary: What are elections for?

~ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, January 22, 2016, by Thomas Sowell

After months of watching all sorts of political polls, we are finally just a few weeks away from actually beginning to see some voting in primary elections. Polls let people vent their emotions. But elections are held to actually accomplish something.


The big question is whether the voters themselves will see elections as very different from polls.


If Republican voters have consistently delivered a message through all the fluctuating polls over the past months, that message is those voters’ anger at the Republican establishment, which has grossly betrayed the promises that got a Republican Congress elected.


Whether the issue has been securing the borders, Obamacare, runaway government spending or innumerable other concerns, Republican candidates have promised to fight the Obama administration’s policies—and then caved when crunch time came for Congress to vote.


The spectacular rise, and persistence, of Republican voter support for Donald Trump in the polls ought to be a wake-up call for the Republican establishment. But smug know-it-alls can be hard to wake up.


Even valid criticisms of Trump can miss the larger point that Republican voters’ turning to such a man is a sign of desperation and a telling indictment of what the Republican establishment has been doing for years—which they show pathetically few signs of changing.


Seldom have the Republicans seemed to have a better chance of winning a presidential election. The Democrats’ front-runner is a former member of an unpopular administration whose record of foreign policy failures as secretary of state is blatant, whose personal charm is minimal and whose personal integrity is under criminal investigation by the FBI.


Meanwhile, the Republicans have fielded a stronger set of presidential aspirants than they have had in years. Yet it is by no means out of the question that the Republicans will manage to blow this year’s opportunity and lose at the polls this November.


In other times, this might just be the Republicans’ political problem. But these are not other times. After seven disastrous years of Barack Obama, at home and overseas, the United States of America may be approaching a point of no return, especially in a new age of a nuclear Iran with long-range missiles.


The next president of the United States will have monumental problems to untangle. The big question is not which party’s candidate wins the election but whether either party will choose a candidate that is up to the job.


That ultimate question is in the hands of Republicans who will soon begin voting in the primaries. Their anger may be justified, but anger is not a sufficient reason for choosing a candidate in a desperate time for the future of this nation. And there is such a thing as a point of no return.


Voters need to consider what elections are for. Elections are not held to allow voters to vent their emotions. They are held to choose who shall hold in their hands the fate of hundreds of millions of Americans today and of generations yet unborn.


Too many nations, in desperate times, especially after the established authorities have discredited themselves and forfeited the trust of the people, have turned to some new and charismatic leader, who ended up turning a dire situation into an utter catastrophe.


The history of the 20th century provides all too many examples, whether on a small scale that led to the massacre in Jonestown in 1978 or the earlier succession of totalitarian movements that took power in Russia in 1917, Italy in 1922 and Germany a decade later.


Eric Hoffer’s shrewd insight into the success of charismatic leaders was that the “quality of ideas seems to play a minor role.” What matters, he pointed out, “is the arrogant gesture, the complete disregard of the opinion of others, the singlehanded defiance of the world.”


Is that the emotional release that Republican voters will be seeking when they begin voting in the primaries? If so, Donald Trump will be their man. But if the sobering realities of life and the need for mature and wise leadership in dangerous times is uppermost in their minds, they will have to look elsewhere.

~ Thomas Sowell is a fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University.

6. SAIF Offers Free Agriculture Safety Seminars, Feb. 1-4

SAIF’s annual series of free, ag safety seminars — held all over Oregon — aims to reduce the number of work-related injuries. The next four seminars will be held in The Dalles (Feb. 1 in English; Feb. 2 in Spanish) and Hood River (Feb. 3 in English; Feb. 4 in Spanish). More info at

7. Links


Four Failed Federal Education Reforms

 E-cigarette Ads and Youth | Centers for Disease Control & Prevention

 Commentary: The Folly of “Taking Back” the West

Federal Land & Data | Bureau of Land Management

Cadastral Survey


Caucus | Definition

The American Thinker

Liberty Unyielding


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


President Vetoes Resolution of Disapproval of WOTUS

[Waters of the United States]

Millenials, Latino Eligible Voters

Mapping the Latino Electorate by State

ISIS & the Antiquities Trade

Threads & Laces: A first look at Nike’s $380M-plus HQ expansion (Renderings)

Sherman County eNews #22

Table of Contents

  1. Sherman Basketball Updates
  2. Congressman Walden’s Town Hall, Jan. 22
  3. An Invitation! Dorothy Benson’s 80th Birthday Party, Feb. 7
  4. How Iowa Caucus Works
  5. Overland Through Eastern Oregon 2015
  6. Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) at Columbia Gorge Community College Campus
  7. Oregon National Guard Welcomed Home 116th Air Control Squadron
  8. Links


1.Sherman Basketball Updates

clothing.shoesSaturday, January 23rd:

  • Girls JV has been changed to a 2 quarter game now starting at 11:30.
  • All remainder games will stay at their original times.

2. Congressman Walden’s Town Hall, Jan. 22

American flag2I’d like to invite you to a community town hall meeting I am holding in Sherman County on Friday, January 22nd. The meeting location and details are listed below, and it’d be great to see you there.

I regularly visit and hold meetings in each of the 20 counties in our nearly 70,000 square mile district. In fact, I held 29 town halls in 2015 alone, at least one in each county, and I’ll be kicking off this year’s town hall schedule in Rufus. While these town halls require a lot of “windshield time” in the car, I rely on the visits as one way to help me stay in close touch with local communities, and they’re where I get my “to do” list to take back to our nation’s capital.

At the meeting, I’ll provide an update on my work to grow the economy in Oregon and answer questions. You can reach my office in Oregon toll-free at (800) 533-3303 if you have any questions about the community meeting.

What: Sherman County Town Hall Meeting

When: Friday, January 22, 2016 at 9:00 am

Where: Bob’s Texas T-Bone, 101 East 1st Street, Rufus

Thank you for considering attendance at this town hall meeting. I hope to see you Friday. It is an honor to represent you in the U.S. Congress.

Best Regards,

Greg Walden

U.S. Representative

Oregon’s Second District

3. An Invitation! Dorothy Benson’s 80th Birthday Party, Feb. 7

She’s going to be 80!


Let’s celebrate

Dorothy Benson


Sunday, February 7th

from one until three o’clock


birthday cake and ice cream

at the

Sherman County Senior & Community Center

in Moro!

4. How Iowa Caucus Works

The Iowa presidential caucuses are local party precinct meetings where registered Republicans and Democrats gather, discuss the candidates and vote for by party preference to elect delegates to the 99 county conventions and choose their candidate for their party’s nomination.

The purpose of the caucus vote is to select delegates to attend a county convention. Each caucus sends a certain number of delegates, based on the population it represents. The delegates at the county convention in turn select delegates to go to the congressional district state convention, and those delegates choose the delegates that go to the national convention.


Presidential preference on the Republican side is done with a straw vote of those attending the caucus. This vote is sometimes done by a show of hands or by dividing themselves into groups according to candidate. In precincts that elect only 1 delegate they choose the delegate by majority vote and it must be a paper ballot.


The Democrats have a more complex system. In a typical caucus, registered democrats gather at the precinct meeting places (there are close to 2,000 precincts statewide), supporters for each candidate have a chance to make their case, and then the participants gather into groups supporting particular candidates (undecided voters also cluster into a group). In order for a particular group to be viable, they must have a certain percentage of the all the caucus participants. If they don’t have enough people, the group disbands, and its members go to another group. The percentage cut-off is determined by the number of delegates assigned to the precinct.


Democratic candidates must receive at least 15 percent of the votes in that precinct to move on to the county convention. If a candidate receives less than 15 percent of the votes, supporters of non-viable candidates have the option to join a viable candidate group, join another non-viable candidate group to become viable, join other groups to form an uncommitted group or chose to go nowhere and not be counted. Non-viable groups have up to 30 minutes to realign, if they fail to do so in that time, they can ask the for more time, which is voted on by the caucus as a whole. If the caucus refuses, re-alignment is done and delegates are awarded. A “third party” may hold a convention to nominate one candidate for president and one for vice president as well. The results of this caucus activity on both the Democratic and Republican sides are not binding on the elected delegates, but the delegates usually feel obligated to follow the wishes expressed by the caucus-goers. Thus the initial caucus results provide a good barometer of the composition of Iowa’s national delegation.


It breaks down like this:

If the precinct has only one delegate, the group with the most people wins the delegate vote, and that’s it.

If the precinct has only two delegates, each group needs 25 percent to be viable. If the precinct has only three delegates, each group needs one-sixth of the caucus participants. If the precinct has four or more delegates, each group needs at least 15 percent of the caucus participants.

Once the groups are settled, the next order of business is to figure out how many of that precinct’s delegates each group (and by extension, each candidate) should win.

In order for a particular group to be viable, they must have a certain percentage of the all the caucus participants. If they don’t have enough people, the group disbands, and its members go to another group. The percentage cut-off is determined by the number of delegates assigned to the precinct.


It breaks down like this:

If the precinct has only one delegate, the group with the most people wins the delegate vote, and that’s it.

If the precinct has only two delegates, each group needs 25 percent to be viable. If the precinct has only three delegates, each group needs one-sixth of the caucus participants. If the precinct has four or more delegates, each group needs at least 15 percent of the caucus participants. Once the groups are settled, the next order of business is to figure out how many of that precinct’s delegates each group (and by extension, each candidate) should win.

5. Overland Through Eastern Oregon 2015


6. Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) at Columbia Gorge Community College Campus


Columbia Gorge Community College and Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) offers two pesticide license recertification courses on February 18 at the Hood River Indian Creek Campus. Hazard Communication meets from 8:00 to noon and participants receive 3 credits.


Worker Protection Standard meets from 1-5 and participants receive 4 core credits.Participants wishing to receive core credit hours must provide the required information to Department of Agriculture during class.


The workshops are free. Pre-registration is required by calling the college at 541.506.6011, or online at

7. Oregon National Guard Welcomed Home 116th Air Control Squadron

American flag2PORTLAND, Oregon — More than 90 Citizen-Airmen from the Oregon Air National Guard’s 116th Air Control Squadron (ACS) are scheduled to be welcomed home in a formal demobilization ceremony at Camp Withycombe, in Clackamas, Oregon, Jan. 22, at 1:00 p.m. The 116th ACS, based at Camp Rilea, in Warrenton, Oregon, is a deployable air control and radar/communications unit. Members of the 116th ACS deployed to Al Dhafra Air Base in the United Arab Emirates from May to November 2015. The Airmen operated and maintained surveillance, communications and air space management systems to support coalition air operations in and around the Arabian Gulf area of responsibility including, Operations Inherent Resolve (OIR), Resolute Support (ORS), Combined Defense of the Arabian Gulf (CDAG), and Freedom’s Sentinel (OFS). The Airmen worked with joint service and coalition personnel to operate and maintain the world’s largest control and reporting center. Their knowledge and manpower provided a picture of the theater of operations, ensuring the defense of seven Arabian Gulf nations, the safety of 27,000 aircraft across 13 countries, and enabling the disruption of enemy forces throughout the region. The 116th ACS has been very active in providing aerospace control overseas, having previously deployed to Afghanistan in 2006 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom; Iraq in 2008 in support of the Global War on Terror; and to Qatar in 2011 for Air Defense of the Arabian Gulf. 116th Air Control Squadron Factsheet:


8. Links

Beyond The Oregon Myth Visiting Sherman County

City of Moro | Local Government, Meeting Minutes, Emergency Services & More 

Harney County School Officials Announce Resignations

Harney County school officials submit resignation letters


There’s a good reason Americans are Horrible at Science

 How Ceramic Tile is Made

 David Stockman’s Contra Corner | The Astonishing Gift Of The Money Printers—–The World’s Richest 1% Now Have More Wealth Than The Rest Of Humanity

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.

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