Sherman County eNews #57


  1. Sherman High School Boys Basketball Schedule Update, Feb. 27
  2. Sherman County Court (Draft) Agenda, March 2
  3. History Forum: Fairs, Rodeos & Fort Dalles Riders, Feb. 27
  4. Commentary: A Detrimental Proposal | A New National Monument 2.5 Million Acres
  5. Links


1.Sherman High School Boys Basketball Schedule Update, Feb. 27

The Sherman boys basketball team will be hosting Joseph this Saturday at 5 p.m.

Winner advances to the state tournament in Baker City.

Hope to see everyone there!

~ Bill Blevins, Sherman Jr./Sr. High School

2. Sherman County Court (Draft) Agenda, March 2

Court Agenda

March 2, 2016

  1. Appointment Schedule:
    1. 9:00 a.m.      Compensation Board
    2. 9:15 a.m.      Executive Session in Accordance with ORS 192.660 (2) (i) Personnel


1.21    9:15 a.m.      Rod Asher – Weed District Director

1.22    9:25 a.m.      Ross Turney – Assessor

1.23    9:35 a.m.      Written Requests

1.24    9:45 a.m.      Court Employees


1.4      11:00 a.m.     David Slaght, Tom Peterson – Oregon State Parks – Starvation Lane



Additions to Agenda


  • Action Items:


  • Discussion Items:
    1. Commissioner Reports


  • Consent Agenda:


    1. Minutes of February 17, 2016
    2. Claims – February 2016
  • Future Agenda Items:**If necessary, an Executive Session may be held in accordance with:   ORS 192.660 (2) (d) Labor Negotiations ORS 192.660 (2) (h) Legal Rights


                                                                                                                 ORS 192.660 (2) (e) Property                     ORS 192.660 (2) (i) Personnel

3. History Forum: Fairs, Rodeos & Fort Dalles Riders, Feb. 27

cowboy6“Fairs, Rodeos, and Fort Dalles Riders” is the topic for the Saturday, Feb. 27 presentation at the Original Courthouse, 410 W. 2nd Place in The Dalles.  Linda Wilson claims two passions in her life: first, lifelong working with and training horses, a skill she learned from her grandfather.  Also a more recent passion:  documenting and sharing the history of Fort Dalles Riders and some of the colorful individuals who championed and exemplified horsemanship— Ernie Kuck, Blanche McGaughey Sammis and Eleanor Borg.  Wilson’s interest in researching local fairs and rodeos was prompted by learning that Blanche Sammis competed in rodeos at the old The Dalles Fairground in 1913-’14.  Her program begins at 1:30 p.m.  It is the fourth and final program in the 2016 Regional History Forum series.  There is a TV monitor on the ground floor of the 1859 courthouse to serve those unable to climb the stairs.  Coffee and cookies will be served after the program.

4. Commentary: A Detrimental Proposal | A New National Monument 2.5 Million Acres

~ Oregon Cattlemen’s Association

cow.blueAgriculture. A way of life that dates back to America’s founding fathers. It is not only a lifestyle that allows people to produce food, it is a lifestyle that allows people to care for the land in such a way that the land is brought to its fullest potential. In Eastern Oregon, some groups seek to designate 2.5 million acres of Oregon land into a national monument. This is a move that would be devastating to the ranchers and community of Malheur County. Jerome Rosa, executive director for Oregon Cattlemen’s Association, elaborated on why this designation would hurt Oregon Ranchers. “In essence, it could devastate the local economy, their businesses, their culture and their children’s future. The designation would establish additional restrictions that would affect or eliminate their ability to ranch in that area.” Ranchers who live in the area aren’t fully sure what to expect, but looking at other monument designations, things don’t look good. “I don’t have a clue what will happen,” said past OCA President and current Malheur County rancher Bob Skinner.

“They tell you it’s not going to affect ranching, but historically (monument designations) are a disaster.” Skinner said he cannot find anywhere where a monument designation has been a success story for ranching. He said the designation also brings concern for how future wildfire management through the Range Land Fire Protection Association (RFPA), a group largely made up of local citizens and ranchers, will occur. “We are the front line for fire suppression. If history repeats itself, we suspect RFPA’s won’t be able to access the roads needed to fight wildfires easily,” Skinner said. Several efforts are in progress to try and stop the monument designation in Malheur County. “OCA is working with local ranching groups, a public relations group, and with state and federal legislatures to prevent the monument designation,” Rosa said. Meanwhile, those in Malheur County brace themselves for the possibility of a designation that would threaten their way of life. “Cattle is the number one industry in Malheur County,” Skinner said. “If we take a bunch of cattle out of the county, it’s going to devastate its economy. It will have an impact on the state.” The Oregon Cattlemen’s Association was founded in 1913 and works to promote environmentally and socially sound industry practices, improve and strengthen the economics of the industry, and protect its industry communities and private property rights.

5. Links


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The Clarion Project

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