Sherman County eNews #102

April 18, 2016


  1. The Original Wasco County Courthouse Open for Empress Days
  2. ODOT Cautions Motorists of Migrating Deer
  3. Sherman County High School Baseball Update, April 22
  4. Sherman County Cultural Coalition Spring Grant Cycle
  5. FREE Hazardous Waste Collection Event, Households, Businesses & Farmers, May 6 County-wide Cleanup, May 7th
  6. Links: Things to Think About and Things to Do


“A gentle word, a kind look, a good-natured smile can

work wonders and accomplish miracles.” – William Hazlitt

1.The Original Wasco County Courthouse Open for Empress Days

The Original Wasco County Courthouse has opened its doors for the 2016 season.  The historic structure is located at 410 West 2nd Place in The Dalles and has become a popular stop for tourists learning about Northwest history.


During April the 1859 building will only be open for the American Empress Hop on Hop Off tours days, but is also open to the public on those days. Beginning in May the courthouse will be open Empress days in addition to regular days Thursday, Friday, Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.


The Empress days are Tuesdays April 5 and 19, 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Also Wednesdays April 13 and 27, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  The following month’s Empress days are Tuesdays May 3, 17 and 31, 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Thursdays May 12 and 26, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


For further information please leave a message at 541-296-4798 or send an email to 

2. ODOT Cautions Motorists of Migrating Deer

sign.cautionBEND – With spring at hand, the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) is advising motorists to be on the lookout for migrating mule deer on US97 and other Oregon highways.

“Spring is the traditional season when mule deer that have been over-wintering near Fort Rock make their way back to the eastern slopes of the Cascade Range”, said Cidney Bowman, wildlife biologist for ODOT. “They have to cross US97 to reach their destination so motorists need to be alert for deer on or near the highway.”

The bulk of the deer migration starts about mid-April and extends until late-May in Central Oregon. With the late snows this year, ODOT expects the deer to be moving en-masse through the hotspot corridors along US97, US20 and OR31. Most of the animals will be traveling during the dawn and dusk hours, but motorists can expect to see them at any time. “Motorists need to know that if they see one deer, they haven’t seen them all”, said Bowman. “Being alert for deer is especially important during the migration.”

For more on deer migration and the impact on Central Oregon Highways visit:

3. Sherman County High School Baseball Update, April 22

sport.baseball1This Friday’s Baseball game in Athena against Weston McEwen has been moved up to a starting time of 11:00AM instead of 1:00PM, with a bus departure time of 7:45AM from the High School.

4. Sherman County Cultural Coalition Spring Grant Cycle

Sherman County Cultural Coalition (SCCC) spring grant applications are available. 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

5. FREE Hazardous Waste Collection Event for Households, Businesses, and Farmers, May 6                    

WHAT:  Clean up & dispose of those leftover chemicals

WHEN:  Friday, May 6, 2016   10am-2pm

WHERE:  Moro, Road Department

*Businesses —Although Free, pre-registration is required for farmers and businesses. This helps our contractor bring the proper supplies.

Call John Pitman / Stericycle Environmental Service at: (360) 772-2838


Oil-based and Latex paints and stains

Yard and garden chemicals

Cleaners, disinfectants, and solvents

Automotive fluids like antifreeze

Pool and spa chemicals

Art and hobby chemicals

Fluorescent lamps, CFL bulbs and ballasts

Fire extinguishers

Old gasoline

Any/all batteries

Propane bottles and tanks

Sponsored by Tri-County Hazardous Waste & Recycling Program…a joint effort of the City of Maupin and other local jurisdictions, as well as Wasco, Sherman and Hood River Counties.   Call 541-506-2632 or visit

6.  County-wide Cleanup, May 7th

car.modApickupOn May 7th, Sherman County residents are invited to bring one pick-up load of trash to the Solid Waste Transfer Station without paying a fee with some exceptions.

  • When:        Saturday, May 7, 2016 – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Where:       Sherman County Solid Waste Transfer Site located at 72526 Welk Road between Highway 206 and Biggs Junction.
  • How:          Upon arrival, wait for the attendant to direct you to the appropriate unloading site.
  • Limited:      One trip per vehicle.

Ø  No household hazardous or medical waste will be accepted.

Ø  No recycling.

Fees are required for:

  • Refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners $31.18 each
  • Appliances $11.83
  • Tires without rims $11.29
  • Tires with rims $15.06
  • Furniture – $11.83

     You may also bring:

  • YARD WASTE – Clean brush & trimmings under 6 inches in diameter
  • E-WASTE – Computer towers, laptops, monitors, televisions 

Please note:  Recycling will not be accepted on this day. Recycling will be accepted on any regular scheduled day:

  • 2nd Friday and Saturday in Moro
  • 3rd Friday and Saturday in Wasco
  • 4th Friday and Saturday in Rufus

7. Links: Things to Think About and Things to Do


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The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World were designated that way following the travels of Hellenic tourists throughout the known world. The list of wonders we are familiar with today was created by Antipater of Sidon, a Greek-speaking epigrammist, in around 140 BC. In the year 2000, an enormous, worldwide poll was conducted to establish the New Seven Wonders of the World. Ending in 2007, over 100 million votes were cast by telephone or over the internet. With regard to the Seven Wonders of the Natural World, there is no consensus as to what the wonders for inclusion actually should be, however, the most commonly-referenced list was compiled by the international news network, CNN. Last but not least, the New Seven Wonders of the Natural World were established following the publication of results from a worldwide poll, which ran from 2007 to 2011. Enjoy all 28 of these spectacular world wonders in this interactive map, which includes videos of all of them, that I’ve made just for you:  Instructions: On the top left of the map are the color codes for the 4 different kinds of world wonders. Clicking on any of the colored points on the map will bring up a video about this world wonder. Below the map you will find additional information about each of the 28 worlds wonders on the map and in the videos. Enjoy!

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