Sherman County eNews #91


  1. Sherman County eNews Blog Posting Notice

  2. (Correction) No political signs on state highway right of way

  3. Purchase Tickets by April 22! Paint Nite Benefits Little Wheats Daycare, May 6

  4. Sherman 4-H Beef Club Report

  5. Sherman 4-H & FFA Beef Weigh-in & Program Report

  6. Tri-County Hazardous Waste & Recycling Program Board Vacancy

  7. Two Men Charged with Poaching Two Bighorn Sheep I-84 Gilliam County

  8. Sherman Baseball Schedule Update

  9. Links: Investigate ~ Search ~ Probe ~ Examine ~ Research ~ Study ~ Think

1. Sherman County eNews Blog Posting Notice

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Sherman County eNews #90

by swkaseberg


2. (Correction) No political signs on state highway right of way


[We’ve corrected text that previously indicated ODOT will remove signs without notice. We DO provide notice!]



With the May 17 primary elections approaching, ODOT reminds campaigns:

  • Political signs may not be posted on any Oregon state highway right of way; and
  • There are restrictions for signs placed on private property visible from state highways.


No signs except official traffic control devices are allowed in the state highway right of way including on trees, utility poles, and fence posts within the highway right of way. Improperly placed signs, including political signs, may be removed and held by the local ODOT District Maintenance office.


Temporary signs, including political signs, are allowed on private property within view of state highways with the following restrictions:


  • The sign is limited to 12 square feet.
  • No flashing or intermittent lights, animated or moving parts are allowed.
  • Signs must not imitate an official highway sign or device.
  • Signs are not allowed in scenic areas.


Local municipalities may also regulate the placement of political signs.


Visit for more information on ODOT’s outdoor advertising sign rules.

3. Purchase Tickets by April 22! Paint Nite Benefits Little Wheats Daycare, May 6

Little Wheats, Inc. Daycare in Moro, OR will be hosting a Paint Nite FUNDRAISER on Friday, May 6, 2016 at the Wasco Annex. We must sell at least 35 tickets by April 22, or this event may be cancelled.

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. If you do not wish to purchase your tickets online you can write a check to Little Wheat’s Inc and we can purchase tickets for you.

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. 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! (May 6, 2016)

4. Sherman 4-H Beef Club Report


The Sherman 4H beef club met on Tuesday, March 22 at Bob’s Texas T-bone and Rufus. Members present were Wade Fields and Patrick Ramos. Wade led us in the pledge of allegiance and Patrick led the 4H pledge. We discussed and recapped the 2015 fair experience. Members described how their 2106 steer projects are going so far. We discussed the upcoming pre-show/weigh-in for animals which will be in the next 2 weeks. A mailing and email will inform exact date/time with meeting to follow weigh-in. Assignment for next meeting: 2 minute presentation with handouts on a beef topic of choice that is helpful to increase knowledge and success with steer project. Patrick motioned to adjourn, Wade seconded. Excused members: Natalie Martin, Kole Martin.

5. Sherman 4-H & FFA Beef Weigh-in & Program Report

Beef Pre-show/Weigh-in was held at the Sherman County fairgrounds on Sunday, April 3, 2016 at 11:00 AM. Present: Wade Fields, Patrick Ramos, Natalie Martin, Kole Martin. This took place simultaneously with FFA members and Mr. Collins. Immediately following weigh-in, we held a meeting with Kole leading the Pledge of Allegiance, Patrick leading the 4H pledge and Natalie taking minutes/notes. Patrick and Wade reviewed our last meeting minutes. We discussed having a showmanship clinic with Monica Mitchell again at the beginning of August. Members agreed that this was helpful and would like to do again to improve their skills and provide practice in the show arena as well as acclimating steers to being loaded, transported and familiarize with arena/fairgrounds.  Leaders will find out dates that Ms. Mitchell is available. Patrick presented and provided handouts on his topic of Equipment Needed For Fair.  Natalie presented/provided handouts on her topic of Life Cycle of Beef (from farm to fork). Next meeting will be in May. Kole motioned to adjourn, Patrick seconded.

6. Notice of Board Vacancy:  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

7. Two Men Charged with Poaching Two Bighorn Sheep I-84 Gilliam County

~ Oregon State Police

On April 3, 2016 at about 9:45AM, OSP Troopers received a report of suspicious activity alongside Interstate 84 near milepost 119 (east of Biggs Junction). The reporting party stated it appeared a subject was gutting a big game animal and was concerned it was a bighorn sheep. OSP Patrol and Fish and Wildlife Troopers responded and located a vehicle in the area occupied by a male later identified as Justin M SAMORA, age 32, of Layton, Utah. While troopers were speaking with SAMORA, passing motorists stopped and advised there was a male hiding in the brush just west of their location. While troopers were searching for the male, they discovered two severed bighorn sheep heads. More OSP troopers responded to assist with the search.

The other male, identified as Cody J PLAGMANN, age 28, of Troutdale, was found hiding along railroad tracks two miles to the east of the scene around 4PM. Investigation revealed PLAGMANN and SAMORA had worked together to shoot and remove the heads of the bighorn sheep. Both bighorn sheep were recovered but were not able to be salvaged. PLAGMANN was arrested and lodged at Northern Oregon Regional Correctional Facility in The Dalles for:

  • Taking/Possession of Bighorn Sheep
  • Wasting of a Game Animal
  • Hunting on Another’s Cultivated or Enclosed Land

SAMORA was arrested for Aiding in A Game Violation and lodged at Northern Oregon Regional Correctional Facility in The Dalles. “It’s an outrage that someone would poach a bighorn sheep, when hunters can wait their whole life and still never get the opportunity to hunt this iconic species,” said Jeremy Thompson, district wildlife biologist in The Dalles. ” This herd is also a popular viewing attraction for people driving along I-84, and has been there since 1993.” Any persons who may have witnessed the incident or has information is asked to call The Dalles Area Command at 541-296-9646. More information will be released when it becomes available as this is an ongoing investigation.

8. Sherman Baseball Schedule Update, May 6

March 15 Tues. Lyle/Wishram Lyle 4:00
March 18 Fri. Grant Union (DH) Sherman 2:00
March 25 – 26 Fri. Grant Union Tournament John Day 10:00/12:30
Sat. 10:00
March 29 Tues. Umatilla Umatilla 4:00
April 1 Fri. Lyle/Wishram Sherman 4:00
April 5 Tues. Umatilla Sherman 4:00
April 8 Fri. Pilot Rock Pilot Rock 4:00
April 12 Tues. Culver v Culver 4:00
April 15 Fri. Culver (DH) v Sherman 2:00
April 19 Tues. Weston McEwen Sherman 4:00
April 23 Sat. Weston McEwen (DH) Athena 1:00
April 26 Tues. Dufur v Sherman 4:00
April 29 Fri. Dufur (DH) v Dufur 2:00
May 3 Tues. Heppner v Heppner 4:00
May 6 Fri. Heppner (DH) league game Sherman 2:00
May 10 Tues. Irrigon v Sherman 4:00
May 14 Sat. Irrigon (DH) v Irrigon 11:00
May 21 Sat. District Tournament TBA
May 25 Wed. First Round Playoff TBA



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