Sherman County eNews #105

21 April 2016


  1. The Dalles Dam Visitor Center & Tours Open for the Summer

  2. May is Oregon Wildfire Awareness Month

  3. Get Your Tickets for Paint Nite, a Benefit for Little Wheats Daycare, May 6

  4. Congressman Walden: H.R. 4739, the Greater Sage Grouse Protection and Recovery Act

  5. The Dalles Art Center Class: Mastering the Portrait, May 21-22

  6. How Strong is Your Ego?

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

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 1. The Dalles Dam Visitor Center & Tours Open for the Summer 


PORTLAND, Ore. — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers invites guests to visit The Dalles Dam Visitor Center and tour the dam this summer. The Dalles Dam Visitor Center is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday through Sunday, between May 1 and Memorial Day weekend. After Memorial Day, the center begins daily operations, seven days a week through Labor Day weekend.

Starting May 7, tours of The Dalles Dam will be offered at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday. They begin at the visitor center, then are conducted via electric shuttle which runs along a portion of the Riverfront Trail to the dam. Whether on a tour or at the visitor center, there are opportunities for fish viewing and visitors can explore interactive displays and learn about the dam’s history, operations, and how power is generated. Pre-registration for tours is encouraged, as space is limited. The Dalles Dam Visitor Center is located just north of Interstate Highway 84 at exit 87. Turn east onto Bret Clodfelter Way and follow the road to the visitor center. For more information and to register for tours, please contact The Dalles Lock and Dam Ranger Office at 541-506-7857 or 541-296-9778 or visit After Labor Day weekend, the visitor center resumes weekends-only hours through the end of September when it closes for the season.

2. May is Oregon Wildfire Awareness Month

May is Oregon Wildfire Awareness Month. Oregon experiences its heaviest wildfire activity during the summer, but fires occur all seasons of the year including spring. During May, federal, state, tribal and local fire agencies will be spreading the word about wildfire prevention and the steps Oregonians can take to stop most fires before they start.

AT STAKE: LIVES, PROPERTY, FORESTS When it comes to preventing wildfires, there’s a lot at stake — lives, personal property, and the many values provided by Oregon’s forests and rangelands. During the 2015 wildfire season, about 1.6 million acres were consumed by wildfire across the Pacific Northwest, including 630,000 acres in Oregon. Some 675 structures were lost – many of them permanent residences. And tragically, three firefighters were killed. Key wildlife habitats, including those of the beleaguered greater sage grouse, went up in smoke. In Oregon alone, some 850 human-caused fires ravaged the landscape. And on just the forest and rangelands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry, these “people” fires burned nearly 87,000 acres. But wildfire prevention educators are not pointing fingers. In the extreme weather conditions of last summer nearly any fire start, whether human or lightning caused, had potential to spread into a raging wildfire.

WILDFIRES CAN START AT HOME Wildfires that occur in the wildland-urban interface often are started by human activity and then spread to the forest. Once underway a fire follows the fuel, whether it is trees or houses. Fortunately, this grave threat to lives and property can be dramatically reduced. “Simple prevention strategies will make the strongest impact on your home, family and community safety,” said Kristin Babbs, president of the Keep Oregon Green Association. Spring is the perfect time, she said, to remove dead, flammable vegetation and limb up trees around the yard. “When clearing brush and vegetation from around the home, property owners should also keep in mind the access needed by larger fire trucks,” said State Fire Marshal Jim Walker. “Long driveways should be at least 12 feet wide, have 10 feet of vegetation clearance from the centerline to the edge of the driveway, and about 14 feet of overhead clearance. Having an adequate turnaround area is critical for firefighter.” To get an early start on Wildfire Awareness Month, join your neighbors in reducing your community’s wildfire risk by taking part in National Wildfire Community Preparedness Day on Saturday, May 7. The National Fire Protection Association has teamed up with State Farm Insurance to encourage residents to commit a couple of hours, or the entire day, to help raise wildfire awareness and work together on projects that can help protect homes and entire communities from the threat of fire.

For more information, visit these websites: Keep Oregon Green,; Oregon Dept. of Forestry,; Office of the State Fire Marshal, Follow Oregon wildfire news and prevention updates on social media: Twitter @keeporegongreen, @ORDeptForestry and Facebook;

3. Get Your Tickets for Paint Nite, a Benefit for Little Wheats Daycare, May 6

Tickets are still available. Little Wheats, Inc. Daycare in Moro, Oregon, will be hosting a Paint Nite FUNDRAISER on Friday, May 6, 2016 at the Wasco Annex. Thank you to everyone who purchased tickets early! We have sold enough to ensure that the event will happen. Tickets can still be purchased until May 6th, 2016. We have 21 tickets still available. 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. 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. Congressman Walden: H.R. 4739, the Greater Sage Grouse Protection and Recovery Act

American flag2Whether it is the Bureau of Land Management’s resource management plans, or the potential for an Endangered Species Act (ESA) listing that still lingers in the future, ranching communities across eastern Oregon still face significant uncertainty when it comes to sage grouse. Over the last few years, ranchers have dedicated significant time and effort to working in a cooperative way to address sage grouse management locally.

Unfortunately, special interest environmental groups decided they didn’t like this process and have decided to litigate the plans, adding even more uncertainty for our rural communities.

That’s why I’m backing a bill that would prevent the sage grouse from being listed as an endangered species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) for ten years. H.R. 4739, the Greater Sage Grouse Protection and Recovery Act, also empowers state management plans so that local communities can continue their good work to steward our resources, without interference from the federal government.

Ranching families in these communities are best suited to develop and sustain these rangelands, and have been for multiple generations. That firsthand knowledge is invaluable and should continue guiding that management going forward. A 10-year prohibition, and local management provisions of H.R. 4739, would give states the freedom to make responsible land and resource management decisions, and will allow the communities themselves to have their voices heard.

I will keep you posted as H.R. 4739 moves through the House for a vote. Please know that I will continue to stand with members of our farming and ranching community against overly-burdensome management plans that will harm our eastern Oregon way of life. It is an honor to represent you in the U.S. Congress.

Best regards,

Greg Walden U.S. Representative Oregon’s Second District

5. The Dalles Art Center Class: Mastering the Portrait, May 21-22

paint.brushes1Learn the fundamentals of portrait drawing and painting in watercolors, acrylics, or pastels with Ed Labadie at The Dalles Art Center. During this 2-day, intensive drawing and painting workshop, complex lessons are simplified with instructor demonstrations and live, clothed models. Black and white drawing principles expand to color renderings. All levels of skill are welcome. Suggested supply list available online and at The Dalles Art Center

  • Learn to measure and place features quickly and accurately.
  • Study lighting values and planes of the head.
  • Expand from B/W drawing to color rendering.
  • Paint mixing lessons.
  • Demos, friendly personal attention, constructive critiques.

6.  How Strong is Your Ego?

~ The Pacific Institute

Not too many people want to think of themselves as having a “big ego,” but having a strong ego is definitely a good thing. Today let’s explore the difference between “big” and “strong.”

How strong is your ego? Many people think that the term “ego” has something to do with being a braggart or totally self-interested, but they’re wrong. Actually, psychologists tell us that the ego is that part of our personality that directs our activities, so we can get our needs met and survive. It is a normal and necessary part of who we are. Without the development of the ego, homo sapiens as a species may not have survived.

Having good ego strength means you perceive things accurately and have the ability to make wise decisions. It also generally means that you have self-confidence, self-esteem, and poise under pressure. Ego strength has nothing whatever to do with people we think of as having “big egos”- those macho folks who like to push other people around and blow their own horns. Typically, these people have poor self-confidence and self-esteem, and are merely trying to cover up the fact that they know they are not quite good enough.

On the contrary, strong ego often shows up as resiliency – the ability to bounce back from adversity – and the flexibility to take advantage of change. According to Dr. Charles Garfield, author of “Peak Performers,” ego strength – a thoughtful, systematic program of personal growth – can help enormously. The education of The Pacific Institute has been helping people in this way for five decades now, so we know that if you choose to – and remember, it is your choice – you can take the steps to achieve a vital, truthful and healthy ego!

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