Sherman County eNews #35


  1. Sherman County Prayer Meeting Tonight, Feb. 3
  2. Guest Opinion Editorial: Public Lands, Changing Attitudes & Realities
  3. Equine Mania Horsemanship & Trail Clinic, May 7-8
  4. Weather: January Statistics for OSU Experiment Station in Moro
  5. Oregon Heritage Schedules Conversations with Funders in February & March
  6. Links
  7. Links: Points of View, Public Lands, Water


Conservation, as I use the term, does not mean non-use or non-development. It does not mean tying up the natural resources of the states. It means the utilization of these resources under such regulation and control as will prevent waste, extravagance, and monopoly; but at the same time, not merely promoting, but encouraging such use and development as will serve the interests of the people generally.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt, 1910

1. Sherman County Prayer Meeting Tonight, Feb. 3

Hi residents of Sherman County!

Our monthly All County Prayer Meeting this month will be held at the Rufus Baptist Church on Wednesday, February 3, at 7:00 p.m. We have begun our 9th year of monthly Prayer Meetings. These are held on a rotation throughout the County. If you are not aware of our prayer meetings and purpose, we have food, song and prayer, and focus primarily on needs in Sherman County. The host Church’s Pastor leads and guides the prayer time, but any concern can be shared and prayed about. I hope you can join us. I am sure you will be blessed if you do.



Pastor Scott Holliday, Rufus Baptist Church

2. Guest Opinion Editorial: Public Lands, Changing Attitudes & Realities

Pete Crow’s statement [Opinion: Occupation turns ugly by Pete Crow, Publisher, Western Livestock Journal, January 29, 2016] ”… this is a case of civil disobedience,” in my opinion, is not correct. When people start arming themselves with a plethora of automatic weapons and declaring that they are going to take a hard stand, I think that goes beyond civil disobedience. I recall the videos of men with rifles trained on federal agencies in Nevada. Do not forget that others from the occupation had been arrested earlier, boasting that he was going to kill people. There were statements by others that they would never be taken alive. I do not believe that the authorities were engaging in overreach; in my opinion they had been very patient and outreaching in regards to their negotiating with the occupiers.


Pete, someone has to be the boss. I have not seen the general public protesting against the federal or other agencies in this manner. There may very well have been, and I’m just not aware of it. Please inform me if you have knowledge of such protests. It seems to me that much of the conflict is between those who want to extract resources and the agencies – industries, such as mining, timber, grazing, etc. Let us not forget about the many stake holders that are concerned with maintaining a healthy ecosystem that will support the native wildlife species and natural landscapes.


There was a reason for the Taylor Grazing Act. In the absence of any regulation many of the federal lands were being over grazed to the point of devastating the range land and causing erosion and loss of productivity of the native range land. Many of the effects can still be seen today. I believe it was the cattlemen who asked the Fed to get involved. They had to come up with a plan to determine how many cattle and who got the right to graze those lands. In 1935 Oregon had the first grazing district that was formed under the Taylor Grazing Act of 1934. The Oregon cattlemen were very progressive even at that time. They had already formed their own grazing association to protect the grazing lands for the adjacent land and water right owners in the area. At that time the public grazing areas were being denuded by the nomadic sheep and cattle herds. The Bonanza grazing district was the first official grazing district to be formed under the 1934 Taylor Grazing Law in the United States. Oregon was the first in the USA!!! The semi arid forests of the west need to be managed quite differently than many other regions. Much of the timber that has been cut will take two to three hundred years to replace. There is good reason that forest practices are more restrictive in some other areas than others.


It was obvious by the turn of the century that the livestock numbers were unsustainable on the public common grazing areas. You see, most people realize that as the reality of the world changes society must learn to adapt. Just as we realized that unregulated grazing of the commons was unsustainable and laws were created by 1934 with the partnership of agencies and ranchers to save the commons, we understand that regulation is necessary sometimes, to save us from ourselves. The Taylor Grazing Law was challenged in 1935. Some livestock owners refused to obey the Law and were arrested and sent to jail. The case went to the Supreme Court and the law was upheld, so, as early as 1935 it was considered settled law.


The Taylor Grazing Act of 1934 has been amended as reality of our society has changed. The law has changed to accommodate the changing attitudes and desires of the general public. The BLM is now charged with addressing the concerns of environmentalists, the recreation concerns, new energy demands, etc. The world has become more complicated, and so has the job of managing the public lands. It has been a long tradition in this country to solve issues by determining what is good for the vast majority and moving our policies in that direction. Livestock production on public lands has lost ground to other uses that are considered more important to the greater majority of the people.


The longer we study the environment and the better our science gets, our understanding of the ecosystem and how we as a society affect it, has evolved. Some of the desert areas in the west have continued to deteriorate, even under much lighter grazing. That is why many question the grazing use as a viable use of these public lands. In my opinion that is why Bundy feels so threatened. His way of life will probably be eliminated in the future, as will others.


That is the reality of our changing society. The environment has become more important to society than a few cattle. It is public land and the public should have the ultimate say in how it is used.


Believe me, I empathize with those who are having their way of life threatened. We in agriculture are facing the changing attitudes of society on several fronts. We have to face the reality and find ways to adjust with the most reasonable, productive, creative way possible, or find ourselves in the position of those in conflict with the law down on the wildlife sanctuary.


Just a little history on the wildlife sanctuary. It was formed to protect the many species of birds that were being shot for the feathers in women’s fancy hats of the time. Many of those birds had been harvested to the point of extinction for the adornment of hats. One might be able to draw some parallels between the birds and the cattle.


Fred Justesen, Grass Valley, Ore.

3. Equine Mania Horsemanship & Trail Obstacle Clinic, May 7-8

On May 7 and 8, Equine Mania will host Keith Danielson of Hooper Crossing Ranch in Hooper, Washington. The focus of this clinic will be horsemanship and trail obstacles.  We have a 12 rider limit so get your spot reserved! Questions? To reserve your spot, call Carrie Kaseberg 541-980-7394.

4. Weather: January Statistics for OSU Experiment Station in Moro

~ Erling Jacobsen

2016 air temp air temp air temp snow snow wind evapor. evapor. evapor. evapor. max water min water soil temp soil temp soil temp soil temp 2016
JANUARY max min current precip new on grnd. MPD reading adjust. daily year total temp temp 4″ max 4″min 4″set 12″ JANUARY
1 25 15 18 2 146 35 35 35 35 1
2 21 16 16 T T 2 140 35 35 35 34 2
3 19 13 15 0.02 0.5 2 133 35 35 35 34 3
4 20 17 18 0.05 1 2 47 35 35 35 34 4
5 25 15 25 T T 2 31 35 35 35 34 5
6 30 22 28 0.01 T 2 26 35 35 35 34 6
7 32 26 27 T 2 56 35 35 35 34 7
8 35 24 25 2 70 35 35 35 34 8
9 42 25 30 T T 1.5 66 35 35 35 34 9
10 35 29 29 0.08 1 2 12 35 35 35 34 10
11 34 26 28 T T 2 82 35 35 35 34 11
12 35 24 28 T T 1 44 35 35 35 33 12
13 33 27 30 0.14 1 22 35 35 35 33 13
14 42 29 34 T T 1 143 35 35 35 33 14
15 44 29 31 0.16 T 1 46 35 35 35 33 15
16 42 31 31 0.14 T 1 49 35 35 35 33 16
17 40 30 33 0.05 T 49 35 35 35 33 17
18 41 29 33 0.13 T 78 36 35 36 33 18
19 47 32 34 0.04 T 40 40 36 39 34 19
20 42 31 37 0.38 T 140 40 37 37 35 20
21 46 37 37 0.11 T 34 40 37 40 36 21
22 43 36 42 T T 58 40 40 40 36 22
23 51 32 34 0.14 86 42 40 41 37 23
24 47 32 35 0.01 107 42 40 40 38 24
25 47 30 34 57 43 39 39 38 25
26 51 29 31 51 43 38 39 38 26
27 46 31 34 0.02 24 41 39 41 38 27
28 50 33 47 T 49 43 41 42 39 28
29 54 34 36 0.13 129 43 42 42 39 29
30 49 32 33 0.03 137 42 40 40 39 30
31 44 26 26 112 40 38 38 38 31
SUM 1212 842 939 1.64 2.5 2264 SUM 0.00 1170 1137 1149 1091 SUM
AVG. 39.1 27.2 30.3 73.0 AVG. 37.7 36.7 37.1 35.2 AVG.
Total precipitation was 1.64″ which is .04″ above normal. The monthly average temperature was 33.1° which is 2.1° above normal.
2015/2016 Crop year total is 7.17″ which is .74″ above normal. 4″ soil temperature ranged from 35° to 43°.
The highest temperature was 54° on the 29th. The average windspeed was 3.0 m.p.h. which is .5 m.p.h. below normal.
The lowest temperature was 13° on the 3rd. The windiest day was the 1st with 146 miles recorded for 24 hours.
Long time averages indicate we can expect 56° and 15°.

5. Oregon Heritage Schedules Conversations with Funders in February & March

Oregon Heritage staff will join other statewide cultural organizations Feb. 9-March 3 for “Conversations with Funders,” a 12-stop state tour encouraging cultural nonprofits to apply for close to $5 million in collective grant funds.


Organizations encouraged to attend “Conversations with Funders” include libraries, arts groups, museums, cultural centers, historical societies, humanities and literary groups, and heritage organizations. Individuals are also welcome to attend.


Oregon Heritage and the other organizations will provide information about their grant programs, as well as suggestions for planning projects and submitting funding proposals. In addition to the State Historic Preservation Office and the Oregon Heritage Commission, organizations touring will include the Oregon Cultural Trust, Oregon Humanities, and the Oregon Arts Commission. Representatives from the Oregon Community Foundation and Portland’s Regional Arts and Culture Council will attend some events.


The schedule includes (all Conversations will take place 4-6 p.m.):


Astoria: Feb. 9.

Lincoln City: Feb. 10.

Florence: Feb. 11.

Medford: Feb. 16

Eugene: Feb. 17.

Salem: Feb, 23.

Portland: Feb. 24

Hillsboro: Feb. 25.

Hood River: March 3.

Bend: Feb. 18.

Pendleton: March 2.

Baker City: March 1.


Pre-registration is not required. Meeting locations are other information are available on the Oregon Cultural Trust website.  Share your photos of Oregon’s heritage on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter using #oregonheritage.  Oregon Heritage News is a service of Oregon Heritage, a division of the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. The news editor can be contacted at

6. Links

Columbia River Gorge stamp eclipses $20 denomination mark–20-denomination-mark.html

Oregon Department of State Lands

Behind the Music: Bernie Sanders

Central Oregon Agricultural Research Center

Central Oregon Landwatch

Oregon Beef Checkoff

Oregon Rangeland Trust

Fold3 Military Records

High Country News

The Patriot Post

‘Monster’ new species of Daddy Longlegs discovered in Oregon

The opinions expressed here are the opinions of the writers and do not necessarily reflect the views of Sherman County eNews.

7. Links: Points of View, Public Lands, Water

Western Lands Dilemma

Malheur occupation, explained

Opinion. High Country News: I have a lot in common with the Bundys. Here’s what I’d like to say to them.

Hammond Ranch, Harney County

Rancher Finds Himself in the Middle of the Standoff

Malheur County targeted for gold, uranium mines

Congressman Walden’s eNewsletter | 22 meetings w/three town halls in 10 counties, 1,052 miles 2nd District. Harney County, Rural Health, Wilderness Proposals

Farm Bureau Calls Out the Feds on Burn Policy

Burns, Oregon, Standoff, Arrest, Hearing

Op-Ed. The War for the West Rages On

Hope Fades for the Klamath River Accords | High Country News

QUESTION: Is LaVoy Finicum a Patriot or Terrorist?

QUESTION: Is LaVoy Finicum a Patriot or Terrorist?

Harney County: Videos