Sherman County eNews #72


  1. Port of Arlington: Proposed dock removed from Columbia River
  2. Editorial: The Times-Journal
  3. St. Pat’s at St. Pete’s Almost-All-Irish-Brass Band to Entertain, March 17
  4. Survey: 100 Best Fan-Favorite Destinations in Oregon
  5. Fort Dalles Museum Needs Volunteers!
  6. Editorial Policy: News, Notices and Ads.
  7. Editorial Policy: Letters to the Editor
  8. Links 

“A government big enough to give you everything you want is a government big enough to take away everything that you have.” ~ Thomas Jefferson

1. Port of Arlington: Proposed dock removed from Columbia River

The Port of Arlington’s ill-fated barge dock on the Columbia River was supposed to steer economic development into rural Gilliam County — population 1,871.

Instead, the project received a clumsy go-ahead from the federal government before it was later determined to interfere with a traditional tribal fishing site. Permission to build was awkwardly revoked, leading to a series of appeals that dragged on for years.

The saga came to an end on Wednesday, as workers finished removing 42 pilings out of the river, where the dock was initially OK’d nearly a decade ago.

“It’s really quite devastating,” said Peter Mitchell, the port’s general manager. “This is a very bitter pill the community is swallowing here.”

What’s more, the port is left holding the tab for $2 million worth of construction and engineering work.

“I don’t think we’re ever going to be made whole on this project,” Mitchell said.

The port originally wanted a river dock to import trash from Portland and Seattle — and perhaps even Hawaii — that would end up in the Columbia Ridge Landfill south of Arlington. Columbia Ridge already handles about 2 million tons of garbage from Portland and Seattle every year, which arrives via trucks and trains. Landfill gas is collected on site and used to power 12,500 homes in Seattle.

After evaluating several proposed sites, the port decided to build its dock a quarter mile downriver from where Willow Creek enters the Columbia River. A project application was sent to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 2006 and permits were issued in 2007.

[See the rest of the story in the East Oregonian here:

2. Editorial: The Times-Journal [with permission]

Mac’s Musings ~ March 10, 2016

As spring time rolls around each year, the natives are itching to become industrious again and many are often looking for new and different job opportunities. In the past few weeks, between the Times-Journal and the Sherman Co. e-News, at least 11 job opportunities have been advertised – some part-time, some full-time, some seasonal, but they are jobs in the local communities that help make our communities work.

As Chambers of Commerce, economic development organizations, municipalities and counties work towards long-range sustainability in job creation and livability, the jobs being advertised are here and now and are ready to put workers on the ground.

There are always volunteer positions available, as well, for those who have work or who are retired and still want to do their part in contributing to the well-being of their community.

With the revived energy that a new spring season always brings with it, check out the variety of job opportunities in the Times-Journal weekly and in Sherry Kaseberg’s volunteer community blog, Sherman County eNews daily. You may not find your career path job, but employment means money in your pocket, a job done and, hopefully, the feeling of a job well done.

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         So, the deed is done. The last of the 42 piles that were to support a barge docking facility, and designed to buoy Gilliam County’s economic diversity, was removed from the Columbia River at the mouth of Willow Creek on Monday. It was a sad day when that removal project started last Thursday. Solemn almost. It was a beautifully calm day on the river. One would have thought there would have been more of an audience — an engineer seeing that project was done completely and properly; the Road Department foreman who, with his crew, prepared the site for the dock development; the executive director of the Port of Arlington; and a newspaper reporter – all sat in quiet disbelief as the crane crew maneuvered its barge into place and began the removal process, one by one.

No one from the Corps of Engineers, the agency which botched the permitting process that halted the development, bothered to be on hand; no one from the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, who entered the process late in the game, but early enough to muddy the waters regarding fishing rights and sacred lands. Too embarrassed?!

All the while a fish net drifted lazily not 100 yards from the project, a net, by the way, that had been untended for days and which was to be removed by last Friday. It was not.

Work remains to be done. A roadway is to be finished so that the piles can be moved from riverside to a staging area where the dock platforms have been sitting idly for months. The Port of Arlington now has to prove that the removal process was done to Corps of Engineers standards, then has to wait for the Corps to determine how much it will reimburse the Port of Arlington for its removal efforts.

The irony of it all is unexplainable – how the nation’s agencies and tribes now hold us all hostage, hold progress hostage. And no one to take responsibility for the financial disaster they have made of one small county’s gargantuan effort to improve its economic future. The one small county in Eastern Oregon that stepped up 25 years ago when the populous Portland-Metro area was crying out for a place to landfill its solid waste; one of the communities over 50 years ago that made gut-wrenching decisions in moving its town-site for the sake of progress when the John Day Pool was created.

These were sacrifices for the greater good. Would it be unreasonable to ask for some consideration in Gilliam County’s quest to plan ahead? Does quid pro quo only apply among politicians, agencies and sovereign nations?

3. St. Pat’s at St. Pete’s Almost-All-Irish-Brass Band to Entertain, March 17

clover4   The Almost-All-Irish-Almost-All-Brass Band warms up for Thursday’s “St. Pat’s at St. Pete’s” concert.  Among instrumentalists in the 7 p.m. St. Patrick’s Day event are Lloyd Walworth, Barbara Haren, a hand-waving leprechaun, Dennis Williams, Stan Rosengren and Karl Vercouteren.  They will usher in the Cascade Singers and Cascade Children’s Choir with a rousing rendition of McNamara’s Band.  The concert takes place at St. Peter’s Landmark in The Dalles with admission by free-will offering to benefit the Landmark.

Soloists from the choir will sing verses to Irish sing-along favorites while the audience is invited to join in the refrains.  Mairead Beane-Kelly is featured dancing an Irish jig.  The children’s choir will sing traditional folksongs, and melodies made famous by Irish tenor John McCormack will be presented by soloist Mike Telfer, Jr. and the Cascade Singers Ensemble.

The choir will offer songs beautiful and songs humorous from the Irish concert hall and pub.  A George M. Cohan tune featuring choirs, band, and audience participation brings the concert to its traditional closing song, “An Old Irish Blessing.”

This is the 19th St. Patrick’s Day concert sponsored by Cascade Singers.  The community choir was invited to sing for the 100th anniversary of the Landmark’s dedication in 1998 and has been invited back every year since.  The Landmark, former home of St. Peter’s Catholic parish, has been preserved as an historic site and venue for weddings and concerts since being saved from demolition in 1971.

4. Survey: 100 Best Fan-Favorite Destinations in Oregon

An online, traveler’s choice awards survey.

Encourage, boost and measure your online reviews with the 100 Best Fan-Favorite Destinations in Oregon survey and awards program.  It’s free and easy to participate.  Simply sign-up, encourage positive online reviews from your happy customers and we’ll do the rest.  Benefits include:

·         A catalyst for positive, online reviews

·         Free online review “toolkit”

·         See where you rank among other destinations statewide

·         Track and improve year-over-year ranking

·         Celebrate and show off your “100 Best” status

·         Exposure in Oregon Business Magazine as a 100 Best Fan-Favorite Destination in Oregon

Details: Oregon Business magazine, producer of the popular 100 Best Companies to Work for in Oregon, will measure and rank reviews from online consumer review sites to the produce the 100 Best Fan-Favorite Destinations in Oregon rankings.

The survey period will be open from February 15th, 2016 through September 15th, 2016. Reviews from the most common review sites, Yelp, Google and Trip Advisor, will be tracked and totaled based on their common 5 star rating systems.  Participants must have at least a total of 50 reviews combined from the three sites.

 To encourage receiving as many reviews as possible, participants will receive a digital “toolkit” with tips and hints on increasing positive online reviews, coaching suggestions, plus marketing language and printable point-of-purchase handouts, encouraging guests to submit a positive review.

After September 15th, a score will be determined from the ratio of 4 and 5 star ratings (the best) vs. total ratings and destinations will be ranked based on their ratio.

An awards celebration will be held in December to celebrate the 100 Best Fan-Favorite Destinations in Oregon where trophies and window clings will be available to the winners.

Visit 100 Best Fan-Favorite Destinations to sign up today.

5. Fort Dalles Museum Needs Volunteers!

Volunteer Smile

The Fort Dalles Museum is seeking volunteers to help greet the many visitors that come from all over the USA and world as well as the many cruise ship passengers visiting The Dalles. Help us share the great history of Fort Dalles, Anderson Homestead and the Area. We will provide you with lots of facts and stories to share with the guests.

 We offer flexible schedules so you can volunteer  three to four hours a shift according to your schedule.  You can work once a week or twice a month or however many hours you can contribute.

 We suggest that you ask a friend to volunteer with you as a way to have fun and meet new people.  An added bonus starting this year is that we can offer you air-conditioned comfort while you volunteer.

 We also have many other volunteer opportunities available if you are not interested in being a tour guide.

For information stop by the Museum at 500 West 15th Street  Friday, Saturday, Sunday 10 am-5 pm (Opening 7 days a week starting March 21st)  –  Call the museum at 541-296-4547 – Email at

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8. Links


Proposed Dock Removed from Columbia River

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers again revokes permit for Port of Arlington barge dock [2008]

Walla Walla Treaty Council 1855

Association of Oregon Counties

Oregon Counties Provide Vital Public Services

Survey: 100 Best Fan-Favorite Destinations in Oregon

Amber Waves

Never a Dulse Moment in this Kitchen

The Confluence Project

The Columbia River, Railroads, Trains & Tracks


What is a brokered convention, and are we going to have one in 2016?

History of Saint Patrick’s Day

TED Ed Lessons Worth Sharing

Numbers USA

Numbers USA | Immigration

Commentary: The Demise of the Conservative Movement

The Virtues of Brokered Conventions

Farewell, Nancy Reagan

Discover the Networks: A Guide to the Political Left | Organizations Funded by George Soros and His Open Society

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Hillary Clinton apologizes for making up something nice to say about Nancy Reagan


Hillary: Benghazi Victim Mother ‘Absolutely Wrong’ to Call Me a Liar


Clinton’s Benghazi Lies Are Beyond Insulting

He who permits himself to tell a lie once, finds it much easier to do it a second and a third time, till at length it becomes habitual; he tells lies without attending to it, and truths without the world’s believing him. —Thomas Jefferson (1785)