Sherman County eNews #60


  1. Weather: March Outlook & February Monthly Climate Summary w/Graphs
  2. Notice of Board Vacancy: North Central Public Health District Budget Committee
  3. The Dalles Burgerville & Retired Educators Scholarship Benefit, March 16
  4. New College Scholarship for Local Students
  5. GigaFlood: Largest Ice Age Flood Program, March 25
  6. Large Drug Seizure Leads to Arrest of Two Washington Men in Sherman County.
  7. Links


Fathom the hypocrisy of a government that requires every citizen to prove they are insured. . . but not everyone must prove they are a citizen.” Now add this, “Many of those who refuse, or are unable, to prove they are citizens will receive free insurance paid for by those who are forced to buy insurance because they are citizens.” ~ Ben Stein 


1. Weather: March Outlook & February Monthly Climate Summary w/Graphs

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


2. Notice of Board Vacancy: North Central Public Health District Budget Committee


Notice is hereby given that the Sherman County Court is accepting names of individuals interested in filling a vacant community position to represent Sherman County as a member of the North Central Public Health District Budget Committee. The appointee will be expected to attend meetings and be an active committee 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 .

3. The Dalles Burgerville & Retired Educators Scholarship Benefit, March 16

The Dalles Burgerville, 118 W. 3rd St., and Unit 20, Oregon Retired Educators, are holding a college scholarship fundraiser Wed., March 16th, 3:00-9:00 p.m.  A percentage of the sales and proceeds from a raffle will go toward a $750 scholarship to be awarded to an aspiring teacher in the third, fourth, or fifth year in an Oregon college.  Families must reside in Sherman, Wasco or Hood River Counties.  With a May 1st deadline, applications may be obtained from Frank Wall, 541-354-1505.

4. New College Scholarship for Local Students

The Gorge Technology Alliance (GTA) is pleased to announce the opening of a new scholarship to support Gorge students attending college for science, technology, engineering or math degrees. The scholarship is named the Corwin Hardham Memorial Scholarship in honor of a brilliant man who grew up in the Gorge and passed away unexpectedly in 2012 at the age of 38.

Corwin Hardham grew up doing everything you’d expect of a true Gorge child – snowboarding, windsurfing, kiteboarding and cycling. By the age of 15, he was windsurfing professionally and designing his own equipment with the help of Gorge tech mentors like Steve Maier of Innovative Composite Engineering, Andy von Flotow of Hood Tech and Tad McGeer of Aerovel. His intense curiosity, persistence and intelligence pushed him to a bachelor’s from the University of Washington and a PhD from Stanford.

Corwin’s master’s and PhD research created precursor components that are part of the Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory, which was recently in the news for the first detection of gravitational waves. In 2006, Corwin co-founded Makani Power, a clean energy company focused on harnessing the untapped resource of high-altitude wind, which has since been acquired by Google.

Corwin’s parents, Joan Chase and John and Linda Hardham still reside in the Gorge. John contributes that, “Corwin maintained that the difference between success and failure is a very thin line. He made the analogy to winning a windsurfing race:  ‘In order to win you have to ride the knife edge of disaster all the time.’ To keep up the momentum and find success you must have balance in your life. The thrill, the motivation for him was in finding that balance.  Corwin had a vision for what could be, and the determination to make it happen. He was an inspiration for many and remains so even now that he has passed.”

The scholarship is open for students graduating in spring/ summer 2016 from high school, home school or receiving a GED and who are from Hood River, Wasco, Sherman, Klickitat or Skamania Counties. Students must be planning to pursue a degree in science, technology, engineering or math degrees. Applications are due by April 1 and can be found online at “The award this first year will be $2000 to one student,” says Jessica Metta, Executive Director of the GTA,”but we are hoping to increase this as the fund grows over time.”

Fundraising for the scholarship was launched in 2015 in recognition of the 10th anniversary of the GTA at a dinner and auction event last July called the Robot Rendezvous. The event was held in partnership with the Gorge Community Foundation, where the fund is housed. “The Foundation has been a wonderful resource and partner to realize this dream of the GTA’s,” notes Metta. The Gorge Community Foundation is accepting additional contributions to the fund, which are tax-deductible. Contact Metta at 541-296-2266 or visit for more information.

5. GigaFlood: Largest Ice Age Flood Program, March 25

THE DALLES— Join author Rick Thompson for a program on “GigaFlood,” Friday, March 25 with dinner at 6 p.m., followed by the program at 7 p.m. at Columbia Gorge Discovery Center , 5000 Discovery Drive, The Dalles, Oregon.

The GigaFlood story follows the path of the largest of the Ice Age Lake Missoula Floods, when 540 cubic miles of water, 40 cubic miles of ice, 50 cubic miles of rock, sediment and debris tore down the Columbia River Gorge at speeds up to 65 miles per hour. Thompson traces the influx and exit channels in the areas north and south of the Columbia River as it overflowed the Portland/Vancouver area up to the 400 foot level.

The GigaFlood left behind many indelible marks on the landscape such as “kolk” lakes, gravel bars 200-300 feet high, truncated hillsides, flood channels, and erratics boulders. Many of these subtle features were previously unrecognized, though hidden in plain sight. Like a detective story, Thompson points out the clues in Northwest Oregon and Southwest Washington that show the effects of this cataclysm, reveals what those features are and how they were formed. You will see this area with new eyes and it will never be the same again. Thompson is the author of “GigaFlood: The Largest of the Lake Missoula Floods in NW Oregon and SW Washington.”

The dinner menu includes Orange Ginger Chicken, wild and brown rice pilaf, spring salad, and dessert. The cost for the dinner and program is $16, the program only is $5. Make your dinner reservations by March 23 by calling 541-296-8600 ext. 201. Visit for more information.


6. Large Drug Seizure Leads to Arrest of Two Washington Men in Sherman County.

~ Oregon State Police

On February 23, 2016 at about 1:30PM, an Oregon State Trooper stopped a northbound 2008 Dodge Caravan bearing a Washington license plate on US 97 near milepost 16 for a traffic violation (south of Biggs Junction). Less than a minute into the traffic stop, the trooper observed a handgun in the vehicle’s glove box after a passenger opened it. The driver and passenger, neither of whom had a concealed weapons permit, were detained.

The driver of the Dodge Caravan was identified as Alberto Alejandro Martinez, 32 years old from Moses Lake, Washington. The passenger was identified as Jose Joel Helguera Del Rio, 31 years old from Royal City, Washington. A subsequent search of the Dodge Caravan revealed approximately 25 pounds of cocaine and 44 pounds of methamphetamine.          Both Martinez and Helguera Del Rio were arrested and lodged in the Multnomah County Jail for multiple federal drug and firearm related charges.  The Oregon State Police Patrol Division was assisted by Detectives from the Oregon State Police and Portland Police Bureau, the Sherman County Sheriff’s Office, US Marshals Service and US Attorney’s Office. The investigation is ongoing with the assistance of the Homeland Security Investigations (U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement).  This is one of the more significant recent seizures of illegal drugs in transport by the Oregon State Police. The estimated street values of the drugs are over 2.3 million dollars. It is believed that seizures such as this have the capability to make an immediate impact in the safety of numerous communities throughout the northwest.

7. Links  Bird.Black.Envelope

Conowingo Dam Bald Eagles

Commentary from a Brit: We Want the Truth

Stars & Stripes ePaper

Global Research

How did we get Obama and Trump? 

‘I have wondered at times about what the

Ten Commandments would have looked like if

Moses had run them through the U.S. Congress.”

– Ronald Reagan

Agenda 21

Agenda 21

Spilyay Tymoo, News | Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, Oregon

Midwestern Epigraphic Society and Ancient America

Websites of U.S. Embassies, Consulates and Diplomatic Mission

U.S. Passports, Alerts & Warnings

Oregon Department of Energy

Center for Columbia River History

Boardman Biorefinery

DEQ Discovers Math Error in Clean Fuels Standards

Here’s your go-to source for debunking all the Fukushima fables.

The Daily Signal

Politics & Angry Americans

Genealogy | Cyndi’s List