Sherman County eNews #33


  1. An Invitation! Dorothy is celebrating 80 years!
  2. Notice: Sherman County School District Special Board Meeting, Feb. 4
  3. Notice: Sherman County Court Work Session, Feb.
  4. Sherman Basketball Schedule Update
  5. Editorial Note: News, Notices and Ads
  6. Editorial Policy: Letters to the Editor
  7. Opinion: Occupation turns ugly
  8. Paint Nite for the Sherman County Historical Museum, Feb. 11
  9. Weather: February Outlook & January Monthly Climate Summary with Graphs
  10. Links


 Whenever the people are well informed, they can be trusted with their own government. ~Thomas Jefferson 1789.

1. An Invitation! Dorothy is celebrating 80 years!

birthdaycake.candlesPlease join family and friends to celebrate Dorothy Benson’s 80th birthday on Sunday, February 7th from one until three o’clock at the Sherman County Senior & Community Center in Moro. Birthday cake and ice cream will be served.

2. Notice: Sherman County School District Special Board Meeting, Feb. 4

Logo.Sherman High SchoolThe Sherman County School District Board of Directors will hold a Special Board Meeting at 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, February 4, 2016 for the purpose of conducting OSBA School Board Training. This meeting will be held in the meeting room of the Sherman Jr./Sr. High School/Public Library in Moro Oregon.

3. Notice: Sherman County Court Work Session, Feb. 11

The Sherman County Court will hold a work session with Wenaha Group on February 11th, 2016, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 a.m. in the Office of the County Court. The purpose of the Work Session is to discuss the courthouse facilities project.

4. Sherman Basketball Schedule Update

  • High School Basketball vs. Dufur @ Dufur on Feb. 2nd, depart time from SJSHS @ 3:00, dismissal from class @ 2:50.

5. Editorial Policy: News, Notices and Ads.

Please submit your news, calendar dates and notices by using the Contact or Submit News Page! Sherman County eNews publishes free Classifieds on Fridays, deadline Wednesday at 5. Include who, what, where, when, how, why… and, please, a final Friday date (shown in small numerals at the end of the ad), contact information, under 50 words if possible, and limited to the area Columbia River south to include Shaniko and Antelope and between the John Day and Deschutes rivers. Links welcome. ~ The Editor

6. Editorial Policy: Letters to the Editor

Sherman County eNews welcomes Letters to the Editor.

  • Keep it short, no longer than 300 words.
  • Keep it simple with one or two clear points. No attachments.
  • Keep it fresh with no more than one letter per writer per month.
  • Keep it civilized, in good taste and free from libel.
  • Keep it relevant with focus on a local event, previous letter or issues of general concern – not personalities.
  • Letters must be signed, name and town. Anonymous letters will not be posted.
  • Letters posted in Sherman County eNews are posted for the exchange of ideas and opinions of its readers and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the editor.
  • Use Friday Classifieds for thank you/commendation/congratulatory notes and advertising.
  • Sherman County eNews reserves the right to change policies at any time and to reject or edit any Letter to the Editor.
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7. Opinion: Occupation turns ugly

Pete Crow, Publisher, Western Livestock Journal, January 29, 2016

We always knew that the occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon was not going to end well; it hasn’t ended but should soon now that someone has been killed. I remain perplexed as to why the Bundys chose the wildlife refuge to make their next stand, and why they chose to use Dwight and Steve Hammond as their excuse for the occupation. They and their followers have spent the last month getting folks in Burns all wound up. The population of Burns is small, comprised of ranchers, farmers and folks who work for the federal government; they all have a connection to the so-called “public lands” that surround them.

It has been interesting to say the least that the news media and social media bloggers have a wide variety of comments about their uninformed view of public lands, calling them a “birthright” or calling cattlemen “welfare ranchers” and everything else you can imagine. There doesn’t appear to be much support from the urban community over what has caused the current situation that natural resource users in the West are experiencing. Now the folks in eastern Oregon are faced with the threat of another quarter-of-a-million acres going into the national monument catalog.

Things up until last Tuesday had been pretty peaceful until the federal authorities set up a roadblock with the intent of capturing some of the leadership of the Bundy occupation movement. Now attention turns to the federal government to illustrate just why the Bundy clan was protesting the federal agencies, and the protestors have become martyrs.

Tuesday afternoon eight of the occupiers were traveling to a community meeting to meet with the local sheriff, as they have many times before. However, this time the feds were waiting with a roadblock. Locals have referred to it as an ambush. Victoria Sharp was an eye witness to what happened next; she was in the vehicle when federal agents stopped them. LaVoy Finicum, a rancher from Arizona, was driving. He got out of the vehicle with his hands in the air and was taunting the armed agents to shoot him since that was what they wanted. She said they obliged and shot him three times and three more times when he was down.

Then, according to Victoria’s phone testimony, which was posted on Facebook, agents proceeded to spray the vehicle with bullets; over a hundred rounds were fired. She related that there were over 40 vehicles at the roadblock and there were snipers in trees at the site. Ryan Bundy was shot in the arm and at no time did anyone in the vehicle attempt to raise a weapon. The seven others were arrested, including Ammon Bundy, and charged with a felony of conspiring to impede law enforcement agents. This story isn’t without conflicting testimony.

This seems to be overkill for the crime of occupying federal property and protesting. And most likely the occupiers would have left when the news media left. Then everyone could go home. No harm, no foul. Bundy and his group were protesting about federal overreach and now they are the victims of what appears to be federal overreach, as the Hammonds and other federal land users have experienced. Have you ever noticed that you never hear these stories when state lands are involved?

At the end of the day this is a case of civil disobedience, which is commonly used by many groups. Even liberal environmental groups and many of those groups were busy stirring the pot in Burns, feeding the media with false stories about federal land ranchers.

I would have to assume that this episode is just about over now that someone died. But there is a serious problem in the West that the federal government has decided not to hear. It’s time to solve the problem; every interest group has an equal stake in how federal lands are used. And the reason I use the term federal lands instead of public lands is that the feds can, and have, locked them up, controlled access, and required permits to do anything except for most recreational uses. Public lands just sound more appeasing and gives everyone a sense of ownership, right?

Federal land agencies have time and time again shown us who is the boss and who can or can’t utilize the federal resource. Just remember the spotted owl and the demise of the timber industry. These current land-use policies are economically devastating to these rural communities. — PETE CROW

8. Paint Nite for the Sherman County Historical Museum, Feb. 11


Moro, OR – 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: 

9. Weather: February Outlook & January Monthly Climate Summary with Graphs

moon.sunYou can find the February outlook and the January monthly climate summary AND GRAPHS (toggle between color and gray) for Moro at — Dennis Hull- KB0NYC Warning Coordination Meteorologist 541-969-7136

10. Links: Investigate, Study, Think & Keep an Open Mind


The Humbling of the West

 Bentz: Eastern Oregon must unshackle from ‘poverty promoters’

The Missoulian, Guest Column: Why the Oregon uprising?

Prosecutors Use Refuge Occupiers’ Own Words Against Them

9 MAPS. The Oregon occupiers’ land dispute, explained in 9 maps

The Last Great Stand

Sustaining America – Interviewing Americans

U.S. Forest Service – Access for All

Rancher Faced with $16 Million EPA Fine for Building a Pond

BLM Seizing 116 Miles Of Ranchers’ Land … And Moving Texas-Oklahoma Border

Cash Flowed to Clinton Foundation Amid Russian Uranium Deal

After Mining Deal, Financier Donated to Clinton Foundation

Clinton Foundation, Mining Rights & Hammond Ranch

The Intercept | News


North American Bull Guide

Taylor Grazing Act Section 3 of the Taylor Grazing Act concerns grazing permits issued on public lands within the grazing districts established under the Act. It gave leasing preference to landowners and homesteaders in or adjacent to the grazing district lands. Permits were issued for not more than 10 years.

Oregon Wild Our Mission: Oregon Wild works to protect and restore Oregon’s wildlands, wildlife and waters as an enduring legacy for all Oregonians. Oregon Wild is an educational, scientific and charitable organization dependent upon private donations and citizen support.  Memberships and contributions are tax-deductible. – See more at:

Founded in 1974, Oregon Wild (formerly the Oregon Natural Resources Council or ONRC) has been instrumental in securing permanent legislative protection for some of Oregon’s most precious landscapes, including nearly 1.7 million acres of Wilderness, 95,000 acres of forests in Bull Run/Little Sandy watersheds (to safeguard the quality of Portland’s water supply) and almost 1,800 miles of Wild & Scenic Rivers.  See more at:

Kerr Environmental Services Corp. | Sustainable Ecological Restoration & Environmental Consulting

Native American Indian Facts