Sherman County eNews #83


  1. Grant Awards Announced by Development League
  2. Sherman County Cultural Coalition Spring Grant Cycle
  3. Rufus Baptist Church Easter Service, March 27
  4. Volunteer for the Sherman County Food Bank
  5. Survey: Sherman County Public Transportation
  6. Oregon Road Construction UPDATE: Week of March 28, 2016
  7. Elizabeth Woody of Warm Springs Appointed Poet Laureate of Oregon
  8. Oregon Outdoor Recreation Committee Meeting, April 19
  9. Oregon drivers reminded to remove studded tires by March 31
  10. Links: Investigate ~ Search ~ Probe ~ Examine ~ Research ~ Study ~ Think

1. Grant Awards Announced by Development League

Sherman Development League (SDL) has announced the successful completion of grant awards for 2016 committing $5,650.00 to projects of benefit to Sherman County. Formed in 2000 as a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization, SDL’s mission is to provide grants and/or loans in support of community-based programs and projects to enhance the social, cultural and educational environment of Sherman County. SDL provides fiscal sponsorship to organizations and/or unincorporated groups for projects which further its tax-exempt purposes and are of public benefit to the residents of Sherman County. A revolving loan fund has been established to provide loans to for-profit and non-profit businesses. SDL also serves as the Sherman County Cultural Coalition Board and provides related fiscal administration. Four project applications met the requirements and goals established by SDL. Included are projects proposed by the City of Moro, City of Wasco, Sherman Elementary Library and Sherman Elementary SMART program. Since 2007, the Development League has awarded seventyfour grants totaling $1,157,235.00 in support of Sherman County organizations. Applications for the next round of grant requests will be available in the fall of 2016. Requests for loans may be submitted at any time. ~ Sherman Development League Board of Directors

2. Sherman County Cultural Coalition Spring Grant Cycle

Sherman County Cultural Coalition (SCCC) spring grant applications will be available April 1, 2016. Applicants may be individuals and/or groups, need not be legally recognized non-profits and must have completed all reporting for any prior grants received. Application Deadline: April 29, 2016 Grant Funds Available: 30 Days Following Board Review Awards up to $1,500 will be granted in support of local Sherman County activities and events which promote Culture, Humanities, Heritage and the Arts in Sherman County and can meet one or more of the following goals/priorities established by the Coalition: Ø Protect and strengthen investment in existing cultural resources. Ø Engage youth in the arts, heritage and humanities. Ø Promote cultural programs that stimulate economic growth. Ø Promote publication and dissemination of cultural information related to the arts and culture within Sherman County. Mail or email requests for Grant Guidelines and Grant Application to: Sherman County Cultural Coalition P.O. Box 23 Moro, OR 97039 or Questions? Contact Melva Thomas at 541-442-5488 or

3. Rufus Baptist Church Easter Service, March 27

March 27 at 11:00 a.m.

4.Volunteer for the Sherman County Food Bank

The Sherman County Food Bank will soon be going through a change in operations.  If you would like to volunteer your time to this ongoing endeavor, please contact Jill Harrison at 541-993-5513.  Thank you.

5. Survey: Sherman County Public Transportation

Are you interested in improving Sherman County’s public transportation? People can make their voices heard through on-line and paper surveys conducted through Mid-Columbia Economic Development District. It’s part of the county’s Human Services / Public Transportation Plan Update for 2016-19. A coordinated transportation plan is required by state and federal transportation agencies; the plan focuses on the needs of low-income individuals, persons with disabilities, and seniors. You can take the survey by visiting . Under Quick Links on the home page, click the Public Transportation Survey link. Or, visit the Sherman County School Community Library for a copy of the paper survey. The survey begins March 28. All surveys must be returned by April 8. Thank you for your support!

6. Oregon Road Construction UPDATE: Week of March 28, 2016

For further information contact: Peter Murphy 541-388-6224


I-84: The Dalles – Fifteenmile Creek MP 83.5 – 88.5

Wildish Standard Paving Company will be replacing the concrete pavement located on Interstate 84 within the city limits of The Dalles. They will also be constructing a new bridge on I-84 over Threemile Creek. The work will take place in stages in order to minimize delays and ensure that both freeway lanes are open in each direction during peak traffic volumes.

For the week of March 28th, 2016. Traffic has been shifted into a new configuration around Exit 87. Also, additional minor traffic lane adjustments will take place throughout the project. Please use caution. The contractor will be constructing the final stage of the 3 – Mile Creek bridge. Other minor construction will occur throughout the project.

I-84 is reduced to a single lane in both the east and westbound direction. Speeds have been reduced to 50mph through the construction zone.

US 97: Moro to Madras

KERR Contractors will be replacing 29 miles of pavement on U.S. 97 between Grass Valley (MP 27.1) and Shaniko (MP 56.7). The project also includes the construction of passing lanes between MP 43.8 and MP 45.4, installation of new highway signs between Moro and Madras, and adding ADA compliant sidewalk ramps in Grass Valley.

For the week of March 28th, 2016. The Contractor will be performing some aggregate processing in King Quarry. No other work is being performed onsite. There will be no delays to motorists.

Culture. The arts and other manifestations of human intellectual achievement regarded collectively; the cumulative deposit of knowledge, experience, beliefs, values, attitudes and religion. ~ unattributed

7. Elizabeth Woody of Warm Springs Appointed Poet Laureate of Oregon, Ore. — Governor Kate Brown has named Elizabeth Woody of Warm Springs and Portland to a two-year appointment as Poet Laureate of Oregon. Woody will be Oregon’s eighth poet laureate since 1921. She succeeds Peter Sears, who has held the post since 2014. “The energy of Elizabeth Woody’s words bring to life the landscapes, creatures and people who make Oregon special,” Governor Brown said. “As Poet Laureate, she will be a great asset to our state, using vivid storytelling to help us understand who we are as a larger community.” Woody was born on the Navajo Nation reservation in Ganado, Arizona, but has made her home in Oregon for most of her life. An enrolled member of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, she has published poetry, short fiction and essays, and also is a visual artist. “Hand Into Stone,” her first book of poetry, received a 1990 American Book Award. In 1994 she published “Luminaries of the Humble (University of Arizona Press)” and “Seven Hands, Seven Hearts (The Eighth Mountain Press).”

Woody received the William Stafford Memorial Award for Poetry from the Pacific Northwest Bookseller’s Association in 1995 and was a finalist in the poetry category for the Oregon Book Awards for 1994. She is an alumna of the first Kellogg Foundation’s Fellowship through the AIO Ambassadors program, and was selected for the J.T. Stewart Fellowship from Hedgebrook. She has taught writing workshops and has lectured throughout the country. From 1994 to 1996, Woody was a professor of creative writing at the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) in Santa Fe, New Mexico. “The power of language in poetry, song, story and legacy has kept Oregon’s communities vibrant,” said Woody. “The literature of this land is the sound of multiple hearts and the breath of many listened to while forming as individuals in this world. It is an honor to be Oregon’s poet to serve our state’s communities in the next two years and reflect upon their strength.” Woody attended the IAIA and later earned a bachelor’s degree in Humanities with an emphasis in English from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. In 2012 she received a Master of Public Administration Degree through the Executive Leadership Institute of the Mark O. Hatfield School of Government at Portland State University. She was a founding board member of Soapstone, Inc., an organization dedicated to supporting women writers. She also was a founding board member of the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation, a national organization headquartered in Vancouver, Washington. She served as a program officer for the Meyer Memorial Trust from 2012 to 2015.

Video link: Elizabeth Woody reads from “New Poets of the American West, (ed. Lowell Jaeger),” an anthology of poets from 11 western states at a Portland State University MFA program:

8. Oregon Outdoor Recreation Committee Meeting, April 19

~ Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept.  [emphasis added]
Salem, OR– The Oregon Outdoor Recreation Committee will meet to evaluate grant applications from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on April 19 in Salem. The meeting will be in room 124A in the North Mall Office Building, 725 Summer St. N.E. The committee will hear presentations on 13 Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) grant proposals. The LWCF grants provide matching grants to state and local governments for acquiring and developing public outdoor recreation areas and facilities. Since 1964, this federal grant program has awarded more than $55 million for Oregon recreational areas and facilities. The OORC is composed of nine members from throughout the state appointed by the director of the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. More information is at For information, contact LWCF Program Coordinator Michele Scalise at or 503-986-0708.

9. Oregon drivers reminded to remove studded tires by Thursday, March 31

wheel.tire—studded tire season won’t be extended

ODOT won’t extend the 2015-16 studded tire season past March 31, 2016. Studded tires are allowed in Oregon from November 1 through March 31 each year. The law allows ODOT to extend the studded tire season when necessary, but current weather forecasts do not support an extension this year.

ODOT is making this decision in cooperation with the Washington Department of Transportation, which is also announcing today it will not extend its studded tire season past March 31. (Both states have the same deadline.)

“Please don’t wait until the deadline to remove your studded tires,” said Luci Moore, ODOT Maintenance and Operations Engineer, “especially if you aren’t driving in the mountain passes between now and then.”

ODOT encourages drivers to consider other types of traction tires or chains to help minimize roadway damage caused by studded tires. A 2014 study concluded studded tires cause about $8.5 million in damage each year to state highways.

Other types of traction tires are available. These traction tires meet the Rubber Manufacturers Association standards for use in severe snow conditions and carry an emblem on the tire sidewall of a three-peaked mountain with a snowflake in the center. Research shows these tires cause no more damage than standard all-weather radial tires, while providing better traction than studded tires on bare pavement.

Drivers with studded tires on their vehicles after the deadline can be charged with a Class C traffic violation.

10. Links: Investigate ~ Search ~ Examine ~ Research ~ Study ~ Think


OHSU StudentSpeak: At Home on the Range

The Last Farmer: An American Memoir

Samaritan’s Purse, International Relief

Resurrection Day Meditations

The History of Slavery

Indian Slavery in the Americas

The Code of Hammurabi

The Two-Way Breaking News from NPR [free newsletters]

CPAC 2016 – Mark Levin

Obama’s Vision of America — Brought to You From Cuba

Obama embarrasses himself, US in Cuba

Fact Check: Syrian Refugees

Commentary: The Establishment Nonsense

Commentary: Appeals Court issues nightmare decision for Lois Lerner and the IRS

$6 million will go to restore Malheur refuge, cover other costs of standoff

Illegals Get a Healthy Dose of ObamaCare Subsidies

Cycle Oregon



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Little Wheats, Inc. Daycare in Moro, OR will be hosting a Paint Nite FUNDRAISER on Friday, May 6, 2016 at the Wasco Annex. Doors will open at 5:00 p.m. and painting will begin at 6:00 p.m. sharp! Don’t be late! There will be beer, wine and yummy appetizers to purchase from Moody Tollbridge Winery Company and The Feed Trough. Go to to purchase your tickets! Tickets are $45 each and remember a portion of each ticket purchased will support Little Wheats, Inc. Daycare. You may also contact Little Wheats directly at 541-565-3152 or email at if you have questions. This is a wonderful gift for the mother in your life. Send them on a night out to paint or come paint something special for them! This is not an art class, Paint Nite is a fun and relaxed setting with friends! This event is for adults 21 and older. Thank you in advance for your support and we hope to see you at Paint Nite! 4/29


LIBRARY/YOUTH ASSISTANT. Sherman County Public/School Library located at Sherman Jr./Sr. High School in Moro, Oregon has an opening for a part-time Library/Youth Assistant. Ability to work with all age groups required. Library experience preferred. Able to work independently. 25 hours/week during the school year, 15 hours/week in summer. Monday—Friday, occasional nights and weekends. Starting wage $12.58 per hour. For an application or more information contact Marylou Martin at 541-565-3279 or Closing date: April 7. (EOE) 4/1

INTERNET INSTALLER. Seeking subcontractor(s) to install residential and commercial Internet connections. Basic knowledge of computer networking is necessary. Experience with satellite, cable or telephone installation is a bonus. Essential Duties and Responsibilities: Install and configure (small) microwave radios, run cable, connect to client’s computer or home router. Provide paperwork to document installation, service, and repairs. Requirements: Valid driver’s license with a good driving record. Ability to work outside in small spaces and comfortable with (residential roof) heights. Contractor sets own hours but it may be necessary to work on a weekend in an emergency situation. Strong technical, customer service, verbal and written skills. Laptop computer, small ladder, normal hand tools, and Ethernet crimper and cable tester needed. Compensation is per job (installations) and per hour (difficult installations and service work). Contract employment. Please email resume to:   4/1


BOWFLEX HOME GYM. For Sale by Sherman County: Bowflex Revolution Home Gym Approximately 8 years old. Sealed bids must be submitted to the Sherman County Court, P.O. Box 365, Moro, OR 97039 by 5:00 p.m. April 5, 2016.  Bids will be opened and read aloud during County Court on Wednesday, April 6, 2016.  For additional information, contact the office of the Sherman County Court at 541-565-3416.   4/1

OLD OSKALOOSA HOTEL. Own your own piece of history with the old Oskaloosa Hotel! Two tax lots come with this property so if you have been interested in owning your own hotel, inn, B and B or your own Live/Work location, this is it! All furnishings come with this turn key property with many new features such as wiring, plumbing, sheet rock and 31 new windows! Included is a 2 bedroom/1 bath single wide that you may live in or rent out. Also 3 RV parking spaces! Your options for income are endless with this property! Last chance lodging for many miles in this non-registered historical property! Call now! ~ Christy Marsing-Barber, Owner/Broker Cascadia Mt. Realty 541-786-1613 Call or text. Licensed in the state of Oregon 4/8

CONTEMPORARY FARMHOUSE. Contemporary Farmhouse For Sale | $144,990. Historic Farmhouse beautifully rebuilt from the new concrete foundation to the roof. New windows, doors, electric, plumbing, flooring, sheetrock, heat pump. 3 bd, 2 ba open concept flexible floor plan. Option for Master on 1st or 2nd floor. Covered porch, extra deep dry crawl space. Too many features to list. Call Ruby Mason, Windermere GTRE, 541-980-9104 for a private showing or join us at our Open House Sunday, March 6, 2016 – 12:00-2:30 p.m. Equal Housing Opportunity. “There’s no place like home… in Sherman County” 4/8

SERVICES: [home, personal, appliance, landscape, fencing, cleaning, maintenance, janitorial, computer, construction, sewing, repairs, transportation, media, pre-school, day care]

PORTRAIT SESSIONS AVAILABLE  I’m currently booking portrait sessions, events, and weddings for the spring/summer season. Weather it’s for a special event or to capture a moment in your life let me know and I’ll capture it for you to look back on forever. Seniors, family sessions, newborns, engagements, and more!   I offer a 100% money back guarantee on all photo sessions, and will give you the high resolution files so you can do the printing on your own, or I’ll send off photos to my professional lab if you would prefer. Contact me now to book a session before my calendar fills up. ~ Jeremy Lanthorn,, (541) 993-2446


GRANNY TUNE-UPS. Granny Tune-ups by Computer Tech at Seckora Consulting by remote access [or on site]! Great customer service! (855) 340-0143.


LEAN-TO CAFÉ DAILY SPECIALS. Did you know we serve breakfast until 11 a.m.? Ham, bacon or sausage with eggs or steak and eggs. 541-442-5709.


LEAN-TO CAFÉ HISTORY TIDBITS! Photographs and the Hotel Sherman sign painted by R.C. Hewitt. Read all about Hotel Sherman in Sherman County: For The Record, vol. 33, no. 2, 2015. 3/25

SHERMAN COUNTY BUSINESS DIRECTORY. Sherman County businesses & services may be listed on the Sherman County website at under agri-business by town. Please contact Sherman County Administrative Assistant Lauren Hernandez






Volunteer for the Sherman County Food Bank The Sherman County Food Bank will soon be going through a change in operations.  If you would like to volunteer your time to this ongoing endeavor, please contact Jill Harrison at 541-993-5513. 

Volunteers Needed for Sherman Middle School Track Team  We are excited to have 30 participants in our 5th – 8th grade track and field program this year.  However, with such great participation, our two coaches could use some help.  For many programs, volunteers are the foundation of athletic programs and we could use another one or two to help provide our student/athletes with a rewarding experience.  The season extends until May 6th, but the commitment does not necessarily need to be five days a week. If anyone is interested, please contact Bill Blevins at Sherman Jr./Sr. High School 541-565-3500  3/25

Tri-County Hazardous Waste & Recycling Program Steering Committee


Notice is hereby given that the Sherman County Court is accepting names of individuals interested in filling a vacant community position on the Tri-County Hazardous Waste & Recycling Program Steering Committee. The Steering Committee serves Sherman, Wasco, and Hood River Counties, and its core services include coordination of regular hazardous waste collection events and being available as the information hub for hazardous waste and solid waste within in the three-county area. 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 4/1


CERTIFIED LIFEGUARD.  Certified Lifeguard who is available June 17-19 for a fun camp-out with a bunch of awesome Sherman County kids!  Please contact: Cindy Brown, 4-H and Healthy Living, OSU Sherman County Extension, 66365 Lonerock Rd., Moro OR 97039 541-565-3230 office   541-993-5291 cell  3/25


OLD BOWLING BALLS. Old bowling balls any condition or size. Contact 541-333-2280. 3/25


HOMESTEAD LOT. Local family with young children wanting to move out of city limits; looking to purchase scab ground or other property not in use. We’d prefer 5-10 acres on the outskirts of Moro or Wasco and are open to renovating an older house or building new- preferably on a homestead lot with utilities established. We are stable and hardworking, and our goal is to find a home for long term in the County. We are also willing to work around crop access, and would be happy to sign a right of first refusal/offer with the property owner. Please spread the word. You can call Mike (541-993-1963) or Amber DeGrange (541-980-5232). 3/25


YEARBOOKS. Looking for 1982 and 1983 Sherman High School Annuals for a gift. Please contact Doris at 541-993-3557             3/25




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25-July 4 Maryhill Museum The Big Painting Show

25 – Nov. 15 Maryhill Museum George E. Muehleck, Jr. International Chess Sets Gallery

25 – Nov. 15 Maryhill Museum American Art Pottery from the Fred L. Mitchell Collection

25 – Nov. 15 Maryhill Museum Maryhill Favorites: Animal Kingdom

25 – Nov. 15 Sam Hill and the Columbia River Highway

25 Ice Age Flood Program 7 Discovery Center

25 Good Friday

27 Easter

28 Winter Sports Award Program 7 SJSHS

28 Photography Club 7 Sherman Public/School Library meeting room

30 James Weir Agricultural Science & Technology Center Open 2 SJSHS

31 Deadline for Removal of Studded Tires


2 Celebration of Life | Peggy Clay 11 1st Baptist Church, Grass Valley

2-3 Spring Horse & Mule Farming Days, Pomeroy, WA

4 Lower John Day/Area Commission on Transportation 10-2 Rufus

6 Sherman County Court 9

7 Sherman County Public/School Library Board Meeting 3-5

8 Wasco-Sherman Bull Tour, Wasco

8-9-10 13th Annual Columbia River Cowboy Gathering

12 Tri-County Mental Health Board Meeting 11-2 The Dalles

12 North Central Public Health District Board Meeting 3 The Dalles

13 Sherman County Senior & Community Center Advisory Group 12:30

13-14 Sherman County Budget Meetings

15 Earth Day

15-16-17/21-22-23 Mid-Columbia Lions’ Follies Hood River

16 Maryhill Museum Spring Fling Luncheon & Fashion Program 1-3

20 Sherman County Court 9

23 Cottonwood Canyon State Park Volunteer Day 10-3

27 Tri-County Courts 10 Condon

22-24 4-H Eastern Oregon Leadership Retreat for 8th-12th Graders


3 Sherman County Weed District Board Meeting 7

4 Sherman County Court 9

6 Ag, Household, Small Biz Hazardous Waste Collection 10-2 Sherman Road Dept.

6 Little Wheats Day Care Fundraising Paint Nite

7 Wasco County Pioneers’ Reunion | Calvary Baptist Church, The Dalles

8 Mother’s Day

10 Tri-County Mental Health Board Meeting 11-2 The Dalles

10 North Central Public Health District Board Meeting 3 The Dalles

10 Sherman County Public/School Library Board Meeting 6:30

19 Sherman County Court 9

21 Armed Services Day

30 Memorial Day


3-5 Mid-Columbia Junior Livestock Show in Tygh Valley

12 4-H Meat Goat Showmanship Clinic, Prineville

14 Flag Day

17-19 4-H Camp-Out 4th-6th Graders, Weston

18 Vada’s 90th Birthday Celebration TBA

19 Father’s Day

20 First Day of Summer


4 Independence Day

16-19 Goldendale Rodeo Bible Camp (senior)

16 – Nov. 15 Maryhill Museum American Indian Trade Blankets 

20-23 Goldendale Rodeo Bible Camp (junior)


22-28 Sherman County Fair, Moro


5 Labor Day

22 First Day of Autumn


10 Columbus Day


6 Daylight Saving Time Ends

8 Election Day

11 Veterans Day

24 Thanksgiving


7 Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

21 First Day of Winter

24 Christmas Eve

25 Christmas

31 New Year’s Eve