Sherman County eNews #139

CONTENT

  1. County-wide Prayer Meeting, June 1

  2. Youth Employment Openings: OYCC Crew Leader, JR. Leader, & Crew

  3. Free Family Fishing Experience at Spearfish Park, June 11

  4. Historic Columbia River Highway Centennial

  5. The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

  6. Editorial Policy: Classified Ads (updated June 1, 2016)

  7. Editorial Policy: News Releases (updated June 1, 2016)

  8. Editorial Policy: Spiritual Matters, a Friday Column (updated June 1, 2016)

  9. Editorial Policy: Letters to the Editor

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


“Freedom is a fragile thing and is never more than one generation away from extinction. It is not ours by inheritance; it must be fought for and defended constantly by each generation, for it comes only once to a people. Those who have known freedom, and then lost it, have never known it again.” – President Ronald Reagan. February 6, 1911 – June 5, 2004.


1.County-wide Prayer Meeting, June 1

church.family1Sherman County Prayer Meeting will be held at the Wasco United Methodist Church, Wednesday, June 1st.  Food and fellowship at 7:00 p.m.  Prayer Meeting from 7:30 to 9:00.  This monthly county-wide prayer meeting is open to everyone.  Please join us for a very powerful evening.  Our county and our nation need our prayers!


2. Youth Employment Openings: OYCC Crew Leader, JR. Leader, & Crew

child.girl  child.boySherman County OYCC is accepting applications for several positions within the OYCC Program.  The positions are scheduled to work 6 weeks beginning June 2016 and ending August 2016; 40hr/week, Monday through Friday.  All applicants must be able to perform manual labor in adverse weather conditions.  Please review the job descriptions, contract, and work schedules before applying on the Sherman County page.  The Student Contract must be signed before a Crew Member or Jr. Leader application will be accepted.  Any applicant over 18 years of age must complete and pass a criminal history background check. For more information regarding the OYCC program visit http://www.oyccweb.com.

For job description and/or employment application, contact the Sherman County Prevention Program at 541-565-5036 Monday through Friday 8:00 – 12:00 or online at http://www.co.sherman.or.us.  Submit completed employment application and student contract to the Sherman County Prevention Program, PO Box 263, Moro, OR  97039.


3. Free Family Fishing Experience at Spearfish Park, June 11

fishing.lineIn conjunction with the State of Washington’s free fishing weekend and National Get Outdoors Day, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers invites the public to a family fishing event at Spearfish Park, near Dallesport, Washington, on June 11 from 9 a.m. to noon.

Visitors can learn basic fishing skills, such as properly baiting and tying a hook, identifying fish species, casting and, most importantly, how to be safe around water. Corps Park Rangers, volunteers and partners from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Klickitat Chapter of Trout Unlimited are coming together to provide these outdoor activities for children and families with beginner levels of fishing experience.

While a fishing license is not required, all other sport fishing rules apply, including size and catch limits. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own poles, bait and tackle as only a limited supply will be available. Please dress for the weather and bring bottled water (potable water is not available).

The Spearfish boat ramp will be closed on this day so anglers can use the ramp to access the water. Water access at Spearfish does not meet ADA requirements. The park is located off U.S. Highway 197 near Dallesport. From the highway, turn east on Dock Road and continue approximately one mile to the park on the left. Activities at the lake include hiking, geocaching, fishing, swimming and wildlife viewing.

For more information about Corps recreation areas and activities on the Columbia River, please contact The Dalles Lock and Dam ranger office at 541-506-7857 or visit www.nwp.usace.army.mil/recreation.


4. Historic Columbia River Highway Centennial

car.oldblueThe centennial of the Historic Columbia River Highway hits high speed this month with events at Multnomah Falls, Vista House, Troutdale, Springdale, Hood River, Portland and Crown Point. A complete listing of the events throughout the year is available at the highway’s website:  http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/HWY/HCRH/Pages/Centennial.aspx?utm_source=Historic+Highway+Newsletter+-+May+2016+&utm_campaign=May+2016+newsletter&utm_medium=email

The Historic Columbia River Highway Advisory Committee will meet at 9 a.m. June 23 at the Hood River Fire Station (1785 Meyer Parkway). The meeting will include presentations on highway trail construction updates, Columbia Gorge Express, Historic Columbia River Highway Collaborative Assessment’s outcomes, and review of centennial events. The highway’s centennial has been declared a Statewide Celebration by the Oregon Heritage Commission. 


5. The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

American flag2The sight before us is that of a strong and good nation that stands in silence and
remembers those who were loved and who, in return, loved their countrymen enough to die for them,” President Ronald Reagan said on May 31, 1982, after laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in an annual Memorial Day ceremony.

The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier stands on a hill overlooking Washington, D.C., in
Arlington National Cemetery. One of the most solemn monuments in our country, it honors all of the U.S. soldiers whose remains have never been identified.

Beneath the eight-foot-tall, white marble tomb lies the body of an unknown soldier from
World War I, placed there in 1921. Inscribed on the tomb are the words:

HERE RESTS IN

HONORED GLORY

AN AMERICAN

SOLDIER

KNOWN BUT TO GOD.

The tombs of unknown soldiers from World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam
War lie nearby. The remains of the Vietnam unknown were identified by DNA testing in 1998, so they were removed, and that tomb is now empty. Members of the 3rd U.S. Infantry guard the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.


6. Editorial Policy: Classified Ads (updated June 1, 2016)

Please submit your news, calendar dates and notices by using the Submit News Page! Sherman County eNews publishes free Classifieds on Fridays, deadline Wednesday at 5. Include who, what, where, when, how, why… and, please, a final Friday date (shown in small numerals at the end of the ad), contact information, under 50 words if possible, and limited to Sherman County. Links are welcome. Earlier blog postings are accessible. ~ The Editor

 


7. Editorial Policy: News Releases (updated June 1, 2016)

Please submit your news, notices and calendar dates by using the Submit News page. As appropriate include who, what, where, when, how & why with contact or source information. Links are welcome. Text is generally preferred to posters. ~ The Editor


8Editorial Policy: Spiritual Matters, a Friday Column (updated June 1, 2016)

A Friday column, Spiritual Matters, is intended to welcome, inform and inspire.

First: Recognized/organized churches and faith groups in Sherman County are invited to participate.

Second: The Current Rotation & Openings are reserved for: (updated April 10, 2016)

  • 1st Friday: Wasco Church of Christ, Christian & Moro Community Presbyterian
  • 2nd Friday: Grass Valley Baptist & Wasco Catholic
  • 3rd Friday: Baha’i  & Kent Baptist
  • 4th Friday: Wasco United Methodist, Rufus Baptist & Grass Valley Catholic
  • 5th Friday [to be determined by the Editor or proposed by a participant] 

Third: Articles must be submitted by 5 p.m. Wednesday for Friday publication. Please limit messages to 300 words or less.

Fourth: Attacks on another faith, a previous Spiritual Matters article or author will not be published.

Fifth:   The subject matter should be spiritual and inspirational, calling people to faith, and may include doctrinal understandings.

Sixth:   The editor reserves the right to decline to publish articles.

Seventh: Please let us know if you wish to participate in the Spiritual Matters rotation for Sherman County eNews.


9. Editorial Policy: Letters to the Editor

Sherman County eNews welcomes Letters to the Editor.

  • Keep it short, no longer than 300 words.
  • Keep it simple with one or two clear points. No attachments.
  • Keep it fresh with no more than one letter per writer per month.
  • Keep it civilized, in good taste and free from libel.
  • Keep it relevant with focus on a local event, previous letter or issues of general concern – not personalities.
  • Letters must be signed, name and town. Anonymous letters will not be posted.
  • Letters posted in Sherman County eNews are posted for the exchange of ideas and opinions of its readers and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the editor.
  • Use Friday Classifieds for thank you/commendation/congratulatory notes and advertising.
  • Sherman County eNews reserves the right to change policies at any time and to reject or edit any Letter to the Editor.

Send letters to the Editor by using the SUBMIT NEWS button or sherryk@gorge.net.


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

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The Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952 (The McCarran-Walter Act)  https://history.state.gov/milestones/1945-1952/immigration-act

Michelle Obama Spoke at Santa Fe Indian School Graduation  http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2016/05/27/unforgettable-day-michelle-obama-santa-fe-indian-school-164628

President Obama: Speech in Hiroshima, Japan  https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/05/27/remarks-president-obama-and-prime-minister-abe-japan-hiroshima-peace

President Obama – Photos by Pete Souza  http://www.businessinsider.com/obama-photos-2012-white-house-flickr-pete-souza-2013-1

Post-Presidency Obama   http://atlantablackstar.com/2016/05/26/first-look-after-8-years-in-the-white-house-the-obamas-will-reside-in-this-6-4m-washington-d-c-mansion/

Teen-agers  http://www.upworthy.com/7-secrets-to-raising-awesome-functional-teenagers?g=2

Columbia River Pilots   http://colrip.com/

Columbia River Marine Traffic   http://crbp.web.kleinsystems.ca/webx/

Columbia River Marine Traffic Interactive Map  http://www.marinetraffic.com/

Oregon Wildlife Species: Amphibians, Birds, Mammals, Reptiles  http://www.dfw.state.or.us/species/index.asp

Oregon Wildlife Species: Birds  http://www.dfw.state.or.us/species/birds/swans_ducks_geese.asp

Watch Boeing Build An Entire F/A-18F Super Hornet In This Time-Lapse Video http://foxtrotalpha.jalopnik.com/watch-boeing-build-an-entire-f-a-18f-super-hornet-in-th-1750808857


 

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Sherman County eNews #138

CONTENT

  1. Free Fishing Clinic at Spearfish Park, June 11
  2. “Roots” Reborn, Television 4-part 8-hour series History Channel Starts May 30
  3. Patriotism, Pride & Anguish, Sherman County Historical Museum Exhibit
  4. Thomas Jefferson & the Barbary Pirates: The Forgotten War That Changed American History
  5. History Tidbits: Giles French, Newspaperman, Community & Communication
  6. Sherman County & Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT)
  7. The Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952 (The McCarran-Walter Act)

1.Free Fishing Clinic at Spearfish Park, June 11

fishingpoleIn conjunction with the State of Washington’s free fishing weekend and National Get Outdoors Day, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers invites the public to a family fishing event at Spearfish Park, near Dallesport, Washington, on June 11 from 9 a.m. to noon.

Corps Park Rangers, volunteers and partners from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Klickitat Chapter of Trout Unlimited are coming together to provide many outdoor activities for families. Visitors can learn basic fishing skills, such as properly baiting and tying a hook, identifying species of fish, casting and, most importantly, how to be safe around water. This event is intended for children and families with beginner levels of fishing experience. A fishing license is not required; however all other sport fishing rules apply, including size and catch limits. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own poles, bait and tackle (only a limited supply will be available for use). Please dress for the weather and bring bottled water as potable water is not available.

For public safety, the Spearfish ramp will be closed because anglers will use the boat ramp to access the water. Note that water access at Spearfish does not meet ADA requirements.

Spearfish Park is located off U.S. Highway 197 near Dallesport, Washington. From Highway 197, turn east on Dock Road and continue approximately one mile to the park on the left. Activities enjoyed at the lake include: hiking, geocaching, fishing, swimming and wildlife viewing. For more information about Corps recreation areas and activities on the Columbia River, please contact The Dalles Lock and Dam ranger office at 541-506-7857 or visit http://www.nwp.usace.army.mil/recreation/.


2. “Roots” Reborn, Television 4-part 8-hour series History Channel Starts May 30

globeThe ambitious new production of “Roots” runs for 8 hours over 4 consecutive nights beginning Monday, May 30th at 9 p.m. on the History Channel.

 


3. Patriotism, Pride & Anguish, Sherman County Historical Museum Exhibit

Patriotism,
Pride and Anguish
“O beautiful for patriot dream…”
Pride and anguish, gain and loss…Civil War to the Vietnam conflict. Medals. Ominous armament. Hopeful young faces. Footlocker. Uniforms. Community Military Bulletin Board. Sherman County Historical Museum. Open Daily 10-5. Moro, Oregon


4. Thomas Jefferson & the Barbary Pirates: The Forgotten War That Changed American History

military.navyThe Marine’s Hymn

From the Halls of Montezuma
To the shores of Tripoli
We fight our country’s battles
In the air, on land, and sea;
First to fight for right and freedom
And to keep our honor clean;
We are proud to claim the title
Of United States Marine.

Our flag’s unfurled to every breeze
From dawn to setting sun;
We have fought in every clime and place
Where we could take a gun.
In the snow of far-off Northern lands
And in sunny tropic scenes;
You will find us always on the job —
The United States Marines.

Here’s health to you and to our Corps
Which we are proud to serve;
In many a strife we’ve fought for life
And never lost our nerve.
If the Army and the Navy
Ever look on Heaven’s scenes,
They will find the streets are guarded
By United States Marines.


5. History Tidbits: Giles French, Newspaperman, Community & Communication

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Paper, Ink & Presses: An exhibit under construction in 2012, Sherman County Historical Museum.

From the autobiography of Giles French, Sherman County newspaperman, published in Sherman County: For The Record, vol. 4 #1: “… With the acquisition of the News-Enterprise I became something like a William Randolph Hearst, with an empire of my own. It was a discordant empire.

Wasco and Moro disagreed just for the fun of it. Candidates for county office were elected on account of their residence, athletic competition between the two little high schools was bitter and citizens of either town had serious prejudices against citizens of the other. Maybe it stemmed from former battles on the baseball field but mainly I thought, and think, it was because of lack of communication. That was what I intended to supply. By having all Sherman countians read the same local paper, learn about local problems from the same source I hoped to bring them together. I did. There were other factors besides the Sherman County Journal and myself, but I like to think that I played a major role in making of Sherman County a business, social and political community.”


6. Sherman County & Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT)

“Payments in Lieu of Taxes” (PILT) are Federal payments to local governments that help offset losses in property taxes due to non-taxable Federal lands within their boundaries. The key law is Public Law 94-565, dated October 20, 1976. This law was rewritten and amended by Public Law 97-258 on September 13, 1982 and codified as Chapter 69, Title 31 of the United States Code. The law recognizes the inability of local governments to collect property taxes on Federally-owned land can create a financial impact.

PILT payments help local governments carry out such vital services as firefighting and police protection, construction of public schools and roads, and search-and-rescue operations. The payments are made annually for tax-exempt Federal lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management, the National Park Service, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (all agencies of the Interior Department), the U.S. Forest Service (part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture), and for Federal water projects and some military installations. PILT payments are one of the ways the Federal Government can fulfill its role of being a good neighbor to local communities.  Continue at https://www.doi.gov/pilt.

In Sherman County, the values used to compute the PILT payments are the same as those used to value the taxable property. With that said, the land is valued the same as taxable farm land adjacent to it, and the county does not value the state and federal buildings for PILT purposes.


7. The Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952 (The McCarran-Walter Act)

https://history.state.gov/milestones/1945-1952/immigration-act

world.peopleThe Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952 upheld the national origins quota system established by the Immigration Act of 1924, reinforcing this controversial system of immigrant selection.

It also ended Asian exclusion from immigrating to the United States and introduced a system of preferences based on skill sets and family reunification. Situated in the early years of the Cold War, the debate over the revision of U.S. immigration law demonstrated a division between those interested in the relationship between immigration and foreign policy, and those linking immigration to concerns over national security. The former group, led by individuals like Democrat Congressman from New York Emanuel Celler, favored the liberalization of immigration laws. Celler expressed concerns that the restrictive quota system heavily favored immigration from Northern and Western Europe and therefore created resentment against the United States in other parts of the world. He felt the law created the sense that Americans thought people from Eastern Europe as less desirable and people from Asia inferior to those of European descent. The latter group, led by Democratic Senator from Nevada Pat McCarran and Democratic Congressman from Pennsylvania Francis Walter, expressed concerns that the United States could face communist infiltration through immigration and that unassimilated aliens could threaten the foundations of American life. To these individuals, limited and selective immigration was the best way to ensure the preservation of national security and national interests.

Remarkably, economic factors were relatively unimportant in the debate over the new immigration provisions. Although past arguments in favor of restrictionism focused on the needs of the American economy and labor force, in 1952, the Cold War seemed to take precedent in the discussion. Notably, the American Federation of Labor and the Congress of Industrial Organizations took opposite sides in the debate, demonstrating that there was not one, clear pro-labor position.

At the basis of the Act was the continuation and codification of the National Origins Quota System. It revised the 1924 system to allow for national quotas at a rate of one-sixth of one percent of each nationality’s population in the United States in 1920. As a result, 85 percent of the 154,277 visas available annually were allotted to individuals of northern and western European lineage. The Act continued the practice of not including countries in the Western Hemisphere in the quota system, though it did introduce new length of residency requirements to qualify for quota-free entry.

The 1952 Act created symbolic opportunities for Asian immigration, though in reality it continued to discriminate against them. The law repealed the last of the existing measures to exclude Asian immigration, allotted each Asian nation a minimum quota of 100 visas each year, and eliminated laws preventing Asians from becoming naturalized American citizens. Breaking down the “Asiatic Barred Zone” was a step toward improving U.S. relations with Asian nations. At the same time, however, the new law only allotted new Asian quotas based on race, instead of nationality. An individual with one or more Asian parent, born anywhere in the world and possessing the citizenship of any nation, would be counted under the national quota of the Asian nation of his or her ethnicity or against a generic quota for the “Asian Pacific Triangle.” Low quota numbers and a uniquely racial construction for how to apply them ensured that total Asian immigration after 1952 would remain very limited.

There were other positive changes to the implementation of immigration policy in the 1952 Act. One was the creation of a system of preferences which served to help American consuls abroad prioritize visa applicants in countries with heavily oversubscribed quotas. Under the preference system, individuals with special skills or families already resident in the United States received precedence, a policy still in use today. Moreover, the Act gave non-quota status to alien husbands of American citizens (wives had been entering outside of the quota system for several years by 1952) and created a labor certification system, designed to prevent new immigrants from becoming unwanted competition for American laborers.

President Truman was concerned about the decisions to maintain the national origins quota system and to establish racially constructed quotas for Asian nations. He thought the new law was discriminatory, and he vetoed it, but the law had enough support in Congress to pass over his veto.


 

Sherman County eNews #137

CONTENT

  1. Sherman High School Awards & Graduation

  2.  Job Skills Club, Wednesdays, June 8-Aug. 10

  3. Sherman County Health District Budget Hearing

  4. City of Moro Budget Hearing

  5. Sherman County Court Special Session, June 8

  6. South Sherman Fire & Rescue Accreditation with Certified Instructors

  7. Strengthening Families Parenting Classes to Begin, Sept. 26

  8. Sherman County Senior & Community Center June Menu

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


1.Sherman High School Awards & Graduation

Logo.Sherman High School

May 31st Spring Academic & Athletic Awards 7 p.m. Cafeteria

June 2nd Senior Awards 7 p.m. Cafeteria

June 4th Graduation 11 a.m. SJSHS Gymnasium


2. Job Skills Club, Wednesdays, June 8-Aug. 10

When: June 8-August 10, Wednesdays from 9:30-11am

Where: Sherman County Extension Office

Topics: applications, resumes, interviews, etc.

High school and college students on summer break are welcome.

Sign-up: Diane or Donitta (541) 298-4101


3. Sherman County Health District Budget Hearing

A notice of and the financial summary for the Sherman County Health District budget hearing on June 9th at 6 p.m. at the Clinic in Moro was published as a Legal Notice in the Times-Journal, May 26, 2016.


4. City of Moro Budget Hearing

A notice of and the financial summary for the City of Moro budget hearing on June 7th at 7 p.m. at City Hall was published as a Legal Notice in the Times-Journal, May 26, 2016.


5. Sherman County Court Special Session, June 8

The Sherman County Court will hold a special session on Wednesday, June 8th, 2016, at 9:00 a.m. in the Circuit Court Room at the Sherman County Courthouse, 500 Court Street, Moro, Oregon, 97039. The purpose of the special session is to meet with David Slaght and David Spangler from Oregon State Parks to discuss Starvation Lane and access to the John Day River.


6. South Sherman Fire & Rescue Accreditation with Certified Instructors

emergencyFireSouth Sherman Fire and Rescue is pleased to announce its new Accreditation from the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST). Currently the District has six certified instructors to help teach and certify new recruits. The accreditation allows the district to train firefighters to National Fire Protection Association standards (NFPA) and state standards. It also allows recruits to take a certified class and become certified through DPSST. The classes South Sherman Fire and Rescue is accredited to teach are:
NFPA Fire Fighter I
NFPA Fire Fighter II
NFPA Fire Apparatus Driver/Operator
NFPA Apparatus Equipped with Fire Pump
NFPA Apparatus Equipped with an Aerial Device
NFPA Operations Level Responder
NFPA Fire Instructor I
Firefighter Type 2
Firefighter Type 1
NFPA Fire Officer 1.


7. Strengthening Families Parenting Classes to Begin, Sept. 26

boy.telephonetalkStarting the week of September 26th, The Next Door, Inc. will be providing Strengthening Families parenting classes for 7 weeks. This course is geared towards families who have children ages 10-14, but ages 9-16 are usually allowed. Stay tuned for more information.

 


8. Sherman County Senior & Community Center June Menu

Meal Menu

JUNE 2016

  We serve lunch at 12:00, noon sharp.  First come, first served. 

If you have a group of  more then 2, please let the Kitchen staff know the day before to ensure that we make enough food to serve! (541-565-3191)

MEAL PRICING: Under 60 Yrs. Is $6.00 ~ 60 Yrs. & UP $3.00 suggested donation!

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
1 2 3
Honey Chicken Pizza: Hawaiian French Dip Sandwiches
Loaded mashed potatoes Supreme & cooks choice Tater tots
Veggies & salad & ice cream Green salad & fruit Green salad & dessert
6 7 8 9 10
Chicken & Avocado Burritos Turkey ala King Corned Beef Casserole Sweet & Sour Meatballs Chicken Strips
Spanish rice Rolls & veggies Veggies & rolls Rice & egg rolls French fries
Green salad & dessert Green salad & fruit Green salad & dessert Green salad & fruit Green salad & dessert
13 14 15 16 17
Beef & Penne Casserole Chicken & Stuffing Dish Meatloaf Chicken Corn Chowder Sausage Gravy
Garlic biscuits  & veggies Veggies Mashed potatoes & gravy Corn rolls Over biscuits
Green salad & dessert Green salad & fruit Veggies & salad & dessert Green salad & fruit Green salad & dessert
20 21 22 23 24
Crab Stuffed Pollack Chicken Pot Pie Baked Potato Bar Parmesan Chicken Breakfast Casserole
Roasted potatoes w/ veggies Chili & cheese & biscuits Creamy noodles Blueberry muffins
Veggies & salad & dessert Green salad & fruit Green salad & dessert Veggies & salad & fruit Fruit & dessert
27 28 29 30  
Italian Chicken  Beef Chili Mac  &Cheese w/ Ham Oven Fried Chicken
w/ chick peas & pasta Corn bread Veggies Mashed potatoes &gravy
Veggies & salad & dessert Green salad & fruit Green salad & Dessert Veggies &salad &fruit

ATTENTION:  For those who have food allergies, be aware that a large variety of foods are prepared in the kitchen.  Therefore, meals may be prepared with ingredients and food service equipment may come in contact with ingredients to which you may have an allergic reaction, such as nuts.


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

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 Trip Check  http://www.tripcheck.com/Pages/RCMap.asp#

Art About Ag 2016: Agriculture of the American Landscape Exhibit

Mt. Hood Museum, Cultural Center, Newsletter  http://mthoodmuseum.org/

The Amazing & Increasing Productivity of American Farmers  http://finance.townhall.com/columnists/politicalcalculations/2016/05/26/the-amazing-and-increasing-productivity-of-american-farmers-n2168823?utm_source=thdaily&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=nl

The Real Story Behind “Rising” U.S. Income Inequality  http://politicalcalculations.blogspot.com/2011/10/real-story-behind-rising-us-income.html#.V0nQJa32bX4

New bus service links Portland to Multnomah Falls, aimed at reducing congestion  http://www.oregonlive.com/travel/index.ssf/2016/05/new_bus_service_links_portland.html#incart_most-readcomics-kingdom

Memorial Day http://patriotpost.us/pages/310

A Monstrous Moral Leviathan  http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2016/05/a_monstrous_moral_leviathan_.html

Old Guard Caisson Platoon, Arlington Cemetery  http://www.oldguard.mdw.army.mil/specialty-platoons/caisson

Defense News  http://www.defensenews.com/

Military Times http://www.militarytimes.com/home/

Early Bird Briefs, Defense News, Subscribe http://www.defensenews.com/story/defense/2015/06/17/early-bird-brief/28814719/

Billions of Dollars Later, Veterans Health Administration Failing  http://www.ncpa.org/sub/dpd/index.php?Article_ID=26538&utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=DPD

Tesla Motors https://www.teslamotors.com/

Opinion. The World Reaps What the Saudis Sow http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/28/opinion/the-world-reaps-what-the-saudis-sow.html?emc=edit_th_20160528&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=66134669&_r=0

Muslims Beat, Strip Naked, and Parade 70-Year-Old Christian Woman, Torch Christian Homes, Minya, Upper Egypt  http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2016/05/muslims_beat_strip_naked_and_parade_70yearold_christian_woman.html

North Korea Delivers Ultimatum to U.S.  http://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2016/05/25/North-Korea-delivers-ultimatum-to-US-blames-hostile-policy/2171464227595/?spt=mps&or=3&sn=si


 

Sherman County eNews #136

CONTENTS

  1. Spiritual Matters

  2. Classifieds

  3. Calendar


1.Spiritual Matters

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Made in God’s image?

On the 6th day, when it came time for God to make mankind, he said “Let us make man in our image.” (Genesis 1:26)  The plural nature of God is known as the Trinity.  God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.  Yes, our God is three persons in one, a concept that is extremely difficult to grasp.  Since God made mankind in His image, does that mean that we are also three in one?  Yes it does.  Scripture shows us that God the Father “runs the show” from Heaven.  Likewise our minds run the show with us.  God the Son (Jesus) has a physical body; we have physical bodies.  And God the Holy Spirit is a spirit, just as we have a spirit (or soul) of our own.

Jesus says multiple times in Scripture that He does nothing of His own initiative, but only what God the Father directs him to do.  Likewise, anything our bodies do or say is in response to a command from our minds.  When we become a Christian (a process I’ll discuss later), we receive a new spirit and a new mind, but not a new body (yet).  Our new spirit helps us to love others, and gives us a strong desire to serve God and learn more about Him.  Usually we describe new Christians as being “on fire” for the Lord.   Likewise, we receive a renewing of our minds, which gives us the discernment we need to test and approve what is God’s will.

The physical body is a different story.  A new Christian still has the same wicked flesh, subject to temptation and sin.  Over time, God will convict us of each sin in our lives, as we strive to become more Christlike.

God bless,

Jill Harrison

Wasco United Methodist Church


2. Classifieds (new or corrected)

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 THANK YOU NOTES, COMMENDATIONS & CONGRATULATIONS:

THANK YOU! Thank you to everybody who attended my retirement celebration, those who sent cards, those who spoke and those who worked to prepare the festivities. It was quite an overwhelming and fun day. Every bit we have done together over the years has been worth every minute and I would not change much a minute of the time serving Sherman and Wasco Counties and you. Your support is deeply appreciated. Thank you. ~ Sandy Macnab

COMMUNITY ORGANIZATION FUND-RAISERS:

WASCO MEMORIAL DAY COUNTRY BREAKFAST, MAY 29-30. ABC Huskies Child Care will sponsor the 33rd annual Wasco Memorial Day Country Breakfast, Sunday and Monday, May 29th and 30th, from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at North Sherman Rural Fire Hall located at 411 Yates Street in Wasco. The menu includes ham, eggs, hotcakes and choice of drink for $7.00. Proceeds will be dedicated to operational costs at the child care site which has recently expanded to include a preschool program.
ABC Huskies is governed by the Sherman County Child Care Foundation, a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization, providing quality, state certified child care services. For additional information, please visit our website at www.abchuskiesdaycare.com . 5/27

EMPLOYMENT:

LOWER DESCHUTES RIVER CWMA COORDINATOR.  The Sherman County Weed District is accepting applications to fill 1 position: Lower Deschutes CWMA Coordinator. This is a permanent full-time position located in Moro, Oregon. Sherman County Weed District offers a competitive benefits package with a starting salary of $3,400.00 / month. Primary duties include: Coordinate daily activities of seasonal weed technicians; Coordinator with government agencies, local landowners and the general public; Surveying project areas for select weeds; Marking, mapping and collecting data; Writing and administering grants and reports; Manage computer-based GIS mapping program and data;  Measuring, mixing and applying herbicides; Servicing and repairing project equipment. The Coordinator will work outside, often with inclement weather conditions and rough terrain, and in the office and public settings.   Snakes and ticks are not uncommon while working in the beautiful Deschutes River Canyon. Experience in operating off-road vehicles, pulling a trailer, use of herbicides and computer skills a plus. The successful candidate must obtain their Public Pesticide Applicator’s license, OHV license and Boater’s permit within 3 months of employment.

To apply, submit resume in word document to Rod Asher at scfire@embarqmail.com, fax to 541-565-3330, or mail to: Sherman County Weed District, 66365 Lone Rock Road, Moro, OR 97039. Contact: 541-565-3655. Applications due by June 10th, 2016, or until filled. 6/10

DESCHUTES RIVER WEED ABATEMENT TECHNICIANS (2). The Sherman County Weed District is accepting applications to fill 2 positions: Weed Abatement Technicians. These are full-time, seasonal positions with no benefits, $15.20/hour. Primary duties include: Surveying fields and canyons and identification of target noxious weeds; Marking, mapping and documenting data; Measuring, mixing and applying herbicides; servicing and repairing equipment. Weed Technicians will work outside, in the environment in all weather and in rough terrain.   Snakes and ticks are not uncommon within the project area.  The technicians will work as part of a team within the beautiful Deschutes River Canyon. Experience in operating off-road vehicles, pulling a trailer and use of herbicides is a plus. Successful candidates must obtain their Public Pesticide Apprentice license within 1 month of employment.  For more information and to receive an application, contact Rod Asher at 541-565-3655 or scfire@embarqmail.com. Sherman County Weed District, 66365 Lone Rock Road, Moro, OR 97039. Applications due by June 10th, 2016, or until filled. 6/10

SCHOOL CUSTODIAN Posting Sherman County School District is seeking a qualified part-time Custodial candidate to work at Sherman County School in Moro for the 2016-17 school year. Benefit package included. Criminal record check and pre-employment drug test required. For information and application materials please email Jeanie Pehlke at jpehlke@sherman.k12.or.us

Duties The school custodian is responsible for performing custodial duties, minor maintenance and other miscellaneous duties in order to ensure that the school building and facilities are maintained in a healthy, safe and sanitary manner. 

Application Method/Materials Required Please submit a letter of interest, application and resume by June 15, 2016 to:

Jeanie Pehlke, 65912 High School Loop, Moro, Oregon  97039

(541) 565-3500 jpehlke@sherman.k12.or.us

Sherman County School District is an equal opportunity employer.

ASSISTANT CHILD CARE PROVIDER: Part-time position available at ABC Huskies Child Care in Wasco. Experience preferred but will train. Must be a team player, child oriented and able to work flexible hours. For application and further details: 541-442-5024; email: abchuskies@yahoo.com. Employment Application is available on our website at www.abchuskiesdaycare.com.

INTERNET INSTALLATION SUBCONTRACTOR(S). For a Sherman County resident. 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 for Sherman County residents.  Please email resume to:  resumes@arcticbay.com

 

FOR SALE:

HOME FOR SALE. A very sweet home with a very sweet price. $80,000. 101 Sixth street, Moro, OR. 3 bedrooms, 2 Full baths -1340 s.f. Great Deck. Manicured yard. Covered parking and shed. Don’t miss this opportunity! Call Ruby Mason for more info or to schedule a showing: 541-980-9104, Windermere Real Estate. Equal Housing Opportunity. 5/27
SERVICES: [home, personal, appliance, landscape, fencing, cleaning, maintenance, janitorial, computer, construction, sewing, repairs, transportation, media, pre-school, day care]

LEAN-TO CAFÉ. Full-service deli, sandwiches, burgers, salads, house chili, chicken strips, daily specials, salmon, steaks, fish & chips & beverages. Breakfast until 11 a.m. Open Sunday & Monday Memorial Day weekend. Historic Wasco, Oregon 541-442-5709.

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

NEWSPAPERS

Agri-Times Northwest – twice-monthly www.agritimesnw.com editor@agritimesnw.com

The Dalles Chronicle http://www.thedalleschronicle.com/subscribe/

The Goldendale Sentinel | 117 W. Main St., Goldendale, WA 98620 (509) 773-3777 | info@goldendalesentinel.com | http://www.goldendalesentinel.com/

The Times-Journal – a weekly serving Wheeler, Gilliam & Sherman counties, P.O. Box 746, Condon, OR 97823 | 541-384-2411 times-journal@jncable.com $35/year

Wheeler County News. Print Newspaper & Online Advertising. PO Box 190, Spray, OR 97874. Out-of-County subscription: $30/year. In-County: $24/year. WheelerCountyNews.com.  www.facebook.com/WheelerCountyNews. WheelerCountyNews@gmail.com

FREE:

VISITOR INFORMATION SERVICES & EVENTS:

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: Just ask!

OREGON PARKS & RECREATION EVENTS. Do you love to go camping? Would you like to share your love of the outdoors with others? The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department is seeking experienced campers to help volunteer at our Let’s Go Camping events this summer. Volunteers will have the opportunity to teach outdoor camping skills, serve as mentors to new campers and camp for free during the events. Events are scheduled at campgrounds throughout the state on weekends from June through August. More information and a list of events are at www.oregonstateparks.orgFor more information or to sign up as a volunteer, please contact Bobbie Lucas at 503-986-0751 or bobbie.lucas@oregon.gov.

WANTED:
VOLUNTEER MURAL ARTISTS.  Wanted volunteer artists to design and paint a mural for the wall by the new kitchen at Sherman County School in Moro. (This will not be the entire wall, just near the new kitchen entrance and exit doors.) We would paint the mural during summer months and have it ready for the new school year with beginning use of the new elementary school wing. Our theme is “Husky Diner.” Please contact Ree Ella at 541-565-3500.  5/27

LOCAL HOST FAMILIES for HIGH SCHOOL EXCHANGE STUDENTS. ASSE International Student Exchange Programs (ASSE), in cooperation with your community high school, is looking for local families to host boys and girls between the ages of 15 to 18 from a variety of countries: Norway, Denmark, Spain, Italy, Japan, to name a few.

ASSE students are enthusiastic and excited to experience American culture while they practice their English. They also love to share their own culture and language with their host families. Host families welcome these students into their family, not as a guest, but as a family member, giving everyone involved a rich cultural experience.

The exchange students have pocket money for personal expenses and full health, accident and liability insurance. ASSE students are selected based on academics and personality, and host families can choose their student from a wide variety of backgrounds, countries and personal interests.

To become an ASSE Host Family or to find out how to become involved with ASSE in your community, please call the ASSE Western Regional Office at 1-800-733-2773 or go to www.host.asse.com to begin your host family application. Students are eager to learn about their American host family, so begin the process of welcoming your new son or daughter today! ASSE Western Region 1-800-733-2773 | NON POFIT #95-303-4133    7/29                     

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3. Calendar (new or corrected)

 

MAY

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1-31 Sherman Museum Artist Series: Sherman Elementary School Students 10-5

1-July 4 Maryhill Museum The Big Painting Show

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

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

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

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

1-Oct. 31 Sherman County Historical Museum Open 10-5 daily

27 Boat Parade LePage Park to Philippi Park Re-opening 9, ribbon cutting 10,

         BBQ hosted by OPAL Foundation at Philippi Park

28 Wheeler County High School Graduation 2:30

28-29 Gorge Outfitters’ Supply Catfish Derby 541-739-2222

29 OPB National Memorial Day Concert 8 p.m.

29 Memorial Celebration Country Breakfast 7:30-10:30 N. Sherman Fire Department

29 Memorial Celebration Family Fun Nite 4:30-6 Wasco Annex

30 Wasco Memorial Day Celebration Country Breakfast 7:30-10:30

30 Memorial Day

30 Memorial Celebration Sherman Step Walk 9 Old Fire Hall, Wasco

30 Memorial Service & Tribute to Veterans 10 Wasco RR Depot

30 U.S. Air Force Fly-over Wasco

30 Memorial Celebration Parade with Grand Marshal Dewey Thomas 11

Memorial Day Celebration & Parade in Wasco

30 OPB, Oregon Experience, Oregon at War – WW II Stories 9 p.m.

30-31 Sherman County Historical Museum – a Blue Star Museum: Free admission for active military personnel & families

31 Sherman County Center for Living Forum 5-6 Sherman Public/School Library

JUNE

1 Sherman County Court 9

1 Sherman County Court & Sherman County Budget Committee Meeting to discuss the budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2016. A summary of the budget is published in The Times-Journal, May 19, 2016, pages 6 & 7.

1 Registration Deadline: 4-H Summer Days, OSU June 22-25, Grades 7-12

1-30 Sherman County Historical Museum – a Blue Star Museum: Free admission for active military personnel & families

1-30 Sherman County Historical Museum Artist Series: Sherman Photography Club

2 Courthouse Facilities Open House 5:30-7:00 Sherman County Circuit Courtroom

3 Condon High School Graduation 8 p.m.

3 Dedication Ceremony Macks Canyon Campground 12 Oscar Lange Memorial Boat Ramp

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

4 Sherman High School Graduation 11

4 Arlington High School Graduation 2

4 Arlington Fishing Derby & Spring Walapalooza (no license required),

         Fishing Derby 8-11 Registration, fish 8-12, weigh-in 10-12, awards 12:15;

         Blue Mountain Old Time Fiddlers 12, Free Lunch 1st 200 attendees.

4 OPB Film: Pioneer Preacher & Geologist Thomas Condon, Original Courthouse 1:30

4 Authors Festival 11-2 Klindt’s Booksellers, The Dalles

4 Cascade Singers 40th Anniversary Spring Concert 7 St. Peter’s Landmark, The Dalles

5 Cascade Singers 40th Anniversary Spring Concert 3 St. Peter’s Landmark, The Dalles

5 Wheatacres Ranch Trail Challenge

5 Legends & Lies: The Patriots, a TV movie

6 Hermiston Experiment Station Wheat Field Day

7 North Central Public Health Board Meeting 3 The Dalles

7-9 Oregon State Board of Agriculture Meeting, John Day  

8 Sherman Senior Center Advisory 12:30

8 Sherman County Court Special Session 9

9 Sherman County Children’s Fair, Moro City Park

9 Sherman County Health District Budget Hearing 6 Clinic, Moro

11 Columbia Gorge Genealogical Society Program 1 Discovery Center

11 Presentation: Ft. Dalles to Ft. Boise Military Road 2 Moody/Rorick House

                  300 W. 13th St. in The Dalles. 

12 4-H Meat Goat Showmanship Clinic, Prineville

12 Concert: Time Travels Through the American West 2 Discovery Center

12-14 Association of Oregon Counties Spring Conference, Umatilla County

13-15 Sherman Champion Sports Camp

14 Flag Day

14 Pendleton Experiment Station Field Day

14 Sherman County 4-H Outdoor Adventures: Smith Rock, Terrebonne

14 Tri-County Mental Health Board of Directors Meeting 11-2 The Dalles

14 North Central Public Health Board of Directors Meeting 3 The Dalles

15 Sherman County Court 9

15 Moro Experiment Station Field Day

16 Northern Oregon Regional Correctional Facilities Board Meeting 12 NORCOR

16 Sherman County 4-H Adventures: Trout Lake Ice Caves

16 Sherman County Quilting Ladies Day, Sherman County Historical Museum

17 Gilliam County Crop Tour, Condon

17 Sen. Merkley Town Hall, Wasco TBA

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

18 Sherman County 4-H Adventures: Gorge Waterfalls & Farmers’ Market

18 10th Annual Gorge Ride/Historic Columbia River Highway Centennial

19 Father’s Day

19 Father’s Day Free Admission, Sherman County Historical Museum 10-5

20 First Day of Summer

20 Lower John Day Area Commission on Transportation 10-12 Rufus

22-25 4-H Summer Conference, OSU Corvallis [register by June 1]

23 Maryhill Museum Art Party: Still Life Oil Painting with Cathleen Rehfeld

23 Deschutes River Jet Boat Tour/Sherman County Historical Society Reservations                                                       $110/person 541-565-3232

25 Splash for Pink | Imperial River Company, Maupin

25 Grass Valley Pavilion Paint Nite 7 Grass Valley

25-26 Grass Valley Pavilion Harvest Celebration Softball Tournament, Walk Around the Track & Paint Nite

26 Sherman County Historical Society Annual Meeting RSVP 541-565-3232; Social hour 4, dinner 5

26-July 1 4-H Mystery Camp, 4-H Educational Center, Salem [register by June 3] http://extension.oregonstate.edu/linn/4-h-camp

27-30 4-H Natural Resource Camp, Lake Creek Youth Camp, Grant County http://extension.oregonstate.edu/grant/sites/default/files/nr_camp_brochure_final_5.9.16.pdf

27 Mid-Columbia Housing Authority Annual Meeting | The Dalles

30 Sherman County 4-H Outdoor Cooking 10-2 DeMoss Park 

JULY

1-31 Sherman County Historical Museum – a Blue Star Museum: Free admission for active military personnel & families

1-31 Sherman County Historical Museum Artist Series: Jane Root Winters Original Paintings

4 Independence Day

4 Condon’s Fabulous Fourth of July – Small Town-Big Heart

5 Sherman County 4-H Kids Food Preservation Workshop 9-12 Jam, Can, Dry

7 Sherman County 4-H Kids Food Preservation Workshop 9-12 Pickles & Jerky

9-16 Washington County, OR 4-H Wagon Train $225 503-821-1119

         http://www.4hwagontrain.org  4hwagontrain@gmail.com

13 Kids’ Pioneer Day at the Sherman County Historical Museum

16-19 Goldendale Rodeo Bible Camp (senior) goldendalerodeobiblecamp@gmail.com

16 – Nov. 15 Maryhill Museum American Indian Trade Blankets 

20 Sherman County Court 9

20-23 Goldendale Rodeo Bible Camp (junior)

21 Sherman County Quilting Ladies Day, Sherman County Historical Museum

25-29 Sherman County 4-H Healthalicious Cooking Day Camp 9-12  

26 Mid-Columbia Council of Governments Board Meeting 1-3 The Dalles

26-30 4-H Wildlife Stewards Camp, 4-H Educational Center, Salem http://extension.oregonstate.edu/Portland/4-h-wildlife-stewards-summer-camp

26-31 Chief Joseph Days Rodeo, Joseph

27-30 Hood River County Fair, Odell

30 Star Party, Overnight Campout at Maryhill Museum of Art

AUGUST

1-31 Sherman County Historical Museum – Blue Star Museum: Free admission for active military personnel & families

1-31 Sherman County Historical Museum Artist Series: Carole Peake’s Collection of Loleta Miller Smith Martin’s Artwork

3-7 Deschutes County Fair, Redmond

6-11 Wallowa County Fair, Enterprise

9-11 Wheeler County Fair, Fossil

10-13 Crook County Fair, Prineville

10-13 Grant County Fair, John Day

17-20 Morrow County Fair, Heppner

18 Sherman County Quilting Ladies Day, Sherman County Historical Museum

18-21 Wasco County Fair, Tygh Valley                                                        

22-28 Sherman County Fair, Moro

SEPTEMBER

1-30 Sherman County Historical Museum – Blue Star Museum: Free admission for active military personnel & families 1-5

1-30 Sherman County Historical Museum Artist Series: Keith Blaylock Metal Art

3 Wasco School Centennial Celebration

5 Labor Day

11 Grandparents’ Day Free Admission, Sherman County Historical Museum 10-5

15 Sherman County Quilting Ladies Day, Sherman County Historical Museum

22 First Day of Autumn

 

OCTOBER

1-31 Sherman County Historical Museum Artist Series: Patti Moore’s Fiber Arts

20 Sherman County Quilting Ladies Day, Sherman County Historical Museum

29 Sherman County Historical Museum Boots, Beer & Brats: Festival of Volunteers!

31 Sherman County Historical Museum closes for the season. Open by appointment November-April

31 Halloween 

NOVEMBER

6 Daylight Saving Time Ends

6 Sherman County Historical Society Fall Program 2

8 Election Day

11 Veterans Day

19 Max Nogle Dinner/Dance Celebrating the 100 year birthday of the Grass Valley Pavilion

24 Thanksgiving

DECEMBER

3  Sherman County Historical Museum Christmas Open House & Museum Store Sale

3   Sherman Bazaar & Christmas Tree Sale

7 Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

21 First Day of Winter

24 Christmas Eve

25 Christmas

31 New Year’s Eve

Sherman County eNews #134

CONTENT

  1. Sherman 4-H Club News Report: Pans on Fire 4-H Club

  2. Sherman County Court Notes, May 18

  3. Sherman County Court Meeting Agenda, June 1

  4. Oregon Farm Bureau: Listen to locals in Owyhee monument debate

  5. Opinion: Unions’ corporate tax will act as a sales tax, state says

  6. Congressman Walden: Kelsey Smith Act Failed to Pass

  7. Vote Baker City for Budget Travel’s Coolest Small Town in America

  8. The Dam Writers in Progress Open Mic, The Dalles Art Center, May 26

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


“It is necessary for every American, with becoming energy to endeavor to stop the dissemination of principles evidently destructive of the cause for which they have bled.” —Mercy Warren (1805)


1.Sherman 4-H Club News Report: Pans on Fire 4-H Club

4-H clover1The “Pans on Fire!” 4-H club met on May 23, 2016 at 3:47pm at the Extension Office.  Attending were Madalyn Berry, Talon Dark, Pyeper Walker and leader Cindy Brown.  Excused absence was Shelby Havins.  Pledge of Allegiance led by Pyeper Walker, 4-H Pledge by Madalyn Berry.  Today during our meeting we planned what we were doing and washed our hands so we could prep our kabobs.  After we had them prepped we went outside to cook them.  When they were cooked we ate them, and got our breadsticks ready by rolling dough in flour and fixed them in a long piece.   Put tin foil on the top of the stick, wrapped dough around it and lightly wrapped more tin foil around the dough, and cooked it for 30 minutes then ate.  Meeting adjourned at 5:23pm.  Signed Pyeper Walker and Madalyn Berry, News Reporters.


2. Sherman County Court Notes, May 18

~ By Administrative Assistant Lauren Hernandez

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(A brief summary of topics addressed – not official minutes. For details, please see the official approved minutes posted after the June 1st Court session on the Sherman County website at http://www.co.sherman.or.us)

The Sherman County Court met in regular session on May 18th, 2016, and in conducting the business of the county,

  • met with Jenine McDermid, Clerk, about forming an Executive Risk Management Team (ERMT) as recommended by CityCounty Insurance Services; the team would meet a minimum of four times per year, prepare a risk management policy, identify major exposures, and assign ‘risk owners’ to major exposures; Jenine reported Matt McGowan, PayneWest Insurance Advisor, suggested the Safety Committee work some ERMT discussion items into its monthly meetings as opposed to forming an ERMT; the Court came to the consensus to have the Safety Committee add Executive Risk Management Team agenda items to its monthly meetings and to email county personnel at least twice a year asking for input about new risks or policies to consider;
  • heard an update from Heath Gardner, Wenaha Group Project Manager, that Schematic Design is complete; narrative specifications have been added to the design to help Kirby Nagelhout Construction (KNC), Contract Manager/General Contractor, price it; Heath presented the first schematic design estimate; the first cost estimate for the new building came to a total of $6,059,694; the first existing courthouse remodel cost estimate totaled $708,926; combining the savings from existing courthouse renovations with approved Value Engineering ideas, the adjusted estimate for the total project comes to $5,877,675; Heath reviewed the Value Engineering ideas the project team agreed on to cut costs; the team approved ten first-tier priority items, which added up to $182,151 in savings; twenty five second-tier priority items were selected for further investigation and will remain available as cost control strategies; permitting for the project should be complete by the end of November; construction is projected to begin in the beginning of January 2017; the size of the Weed Department building needs to be determined; a conceptual price estimate for the possible cupola restoration is approximately $100,000; preliminary information estimates a steel structure may have to extend from the roof to the ground to anchor the cupola, which would be invasive to the building; the Court authorized Hire Electric to do a solar study and authorized Judge Thompson to sign; a courthouse facilities public open house will be held Thursday, June 2nd, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.;
  • met with Jessica Metta, Mid-Columbia Economic Development District, to discuss downtown improvement plan funds and the forming of a chamber of commerce; downtown improvement fund dollars are for the entire county, not just for one city, and the idea of establishing a chamber of commerce is to get a group of countywide citizens to allocate the money; each city should have an equal chance to access the funds, but the money should be focused on cities ready to move forward with planned improvements; instead of forming a chamber of commerce, discussion was held about forming a beautification committee to distribute the funds to cities ready to go with detailed downtown improvement plans; discussion was held about matching funds;
  • reviewed the Lower Deschutes Cooperative Weed Management Area Coordinator job description; heard from Rod Asher, Weed District Director, all parties are financially on board with contributing to funding the new position; the Court approved the Lower Deschutes Cooperative Weed Management Area Coordinator job description as presented; heard a concept proposal from Rod about making a current part-time employee full time by hiring him as full-time county employee and contracting 25% of his time with the City of Moro; Rod plans to approach the City of Moro City Council with this concept;
  • heard a formal request from Sandy Macnab and Cindy Brown, OSU Extension Office, to change the existing Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Sherman County and Oregon State University (OSU) to make Cindy a state employee and no longer a county employee; the proposal increases Cindy’s position to 1 FTE; the new MOU would outline that Sherman County would send funds to OSU to support Cindy’s position, but the cost to the county will remain approximately the same as it is currently; the Court approved contributing to Cindy Brown’s new full-time position salary up to $25,000; appointed Cindy Brown as the Sherman County representative for the Tri-County Hazardous Waste Recycling Program;
  • met with Amber DeGrange, Juvenile Director, about a draft Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) for Regional Early Learning Hub Coordination between Sherman County and Columbia Gorge Education Service District (CGESD); the IGA outlines Christa’s responsibilities as; Christa clarified the IGA does not detail funds being transferred to programs because this is already identified in the agreement Sherman County signed with the State of Oregon; the IGA is only a subcontract that specifies Sherman County’s relationship with CGESD; Amber suggested the hub become a regular Court agenda item so she can act as liaison to update the Court about any action the Governance Board takes, which would allow the Court to review the process and notify Amber of issues if any arise; discussion was held about a quarterly report from the hub, and it was suggested Christa present a quarterly report to Tri-County Court;
  • authorized matching the Wolf Compensation and Financial Assistance 2016 Grant Agreement in the amount of $1,250 and authorized Judge Thompson to sign;
  • accepted the Notice to Vacate the Wasco Annex from Sherman County Community Outreach, effective immediately;
  • approved the Intergovernmental Agreement between Mid-Columbia Economic Development District and Sherman County for the provision of Local Economic Development Services and authorized Judge Thompson to sign;
  • approved the Sherman County Emergency Action Plan revised in May 2016;
  • authorized $5,838.37 to be transferred from the General Fund to the Child Abuse Multidisciplinary Intervention Fund as recommended by the Finance Director, to be paid back when the final grant is received;
  • approved correcting the May 4th, 2016 motion reading, “Motion to…increase pollution coverage up to $1 million per occurrence and $2 million aggregate…” to reflect the correct insurance coverage amount, now to read, “Motion to…increase pollution coverage up to $2 million per occurrence and $2 million aggregate…”;
  • authorized the expenditure of $2,500 as a donation to Columbia Gorge Community College Foundation in support of Sherman County students attending CGCC;
  • approved the resolution In the Matter of the County Court Approving the Transfer Of Funds Within the County General, Community Transit, Ambulance, CR&I Reserve, Prevention, CAMI, DA-V/WAP, General Road, County Fair, Tri-County Community Corrections, Tri-County Veterans’, Early Learning Services, Senior Center, Renewable Resources, Weed Reserve and SIP Additional Fee Funds;
  • entered into Biggs Service District Board of Directors; contacted Jeff Holliday, City of Rufus City Manager, to discuss if the City of Rufus would be interested in entering into an Intergovernmental Agreement with the Biggs Service District to provide administrative services to the district; approved hiring City of Rufus to administrate the Biggs Service District if the City of Rufus expressed interest in the offer;
  • discussed the Stepping Up Initiative and the Biggs Service District Administrator position;
  • approved endorsing the Stepping Up Initiative;
  • heard from Jeff Holliday, City of Rufus City Manager, residents of Rufus were under the impression Scott Canyon would not be closed and would be flagged; a noticeable decrease in traffic and business has been observed and has put hardship on the city; Jeff explained corrective action in the future would be better communication from the county; in the future, the Court will more thoroughly discuss the effects of closing roads and will better communicate road closures;
  • entered into Biggs Service District and met with Jeff Holliday, City of Rufus City Manager; a candidate was hired to fill the position of Rene’ Moore, Biggs Service District Administrator, but then gave notice that they could no longer accept the job; the district’s two options are to contract with the City of Rufus for administrative services or to go through the hiring process again; Jeff stated contracting with the City of Rufus is the easiest option; for the duration of the water project, payment for services will be increased to compensate for the extra time spent; Jeff accepted the offer to serve as Biggs Service District Administrator through the City of Rufus;
  • heard reports from Court members about regional board activities.

3. Sherman County Court Meeting Agenda, June 1

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4. Oregon Farm Bureau: Listen to locals in Owyhee monument debate

constitution-wethepeopleOne thing all parties could agree on at a May 23 hearing about the Owyhee Canyonlands is that it is spectacularly beautiful.  But who’s to thank for that?

“Today we’ve heard the words ‘iconic’ and ‘awesome’ to describe the Owyhee Canyonlands,” said Oregon Farm Bureau President Barry Bushue before the House Rural Communities Committee at the state capitol. “I say to you that this is exactly because of the people I’m here representing today, the ranchers, the farmers, the local communities, and the businesses that have worked 150 years to make this land what it is.”

Bushue testified against a potential designation by President Obama to make the Owyhee Canyonlands a national monument. This designation would affect a 2.5 million-acre area in the Owyhee Canyonlands along the Oregon-Idaho-Nevada border, an area larger than the states of Delaware and Rhode Island combined. It would cover about 40% of Malheur County’s total land base.

Bushue beseeched the lawmakers to listen to the people who actually live and work near the canyonlands, the families whose lives would be directly impacted by a monument designation. At a ballot in March, an incredible 90% of voters in Malheur County opposed a national monument. A designation by the president without a vote by Congress would completely disregard these rural voices.

“This is about the people on the ground, the people you represent,” Bushue told lawmakers. “Give these people the credit they so richly deserve.”

An executive action for a monument also does not require that its economic impact be determined. A monument would decimate Malheur County’s historic cattle industry, an essential economic driver and job creator for the region. It would limit grazing, open ranchers up to litigation, and likely put out of business families who have worked the land for generations.

“To reduce economic opportunity on an area in a state that is so desperately in need of jobs and dollars is blatantly irresponsible,” wrote Bushue in submitted testimony. “In addition, this comes at a time when much-needed timber payments from the federal government have been uncertain in recent years. Rural Oregon can hardly afford to have any more losses.”

At the hearing, a monument supporter noted that sellers of outdoor gear would benefit from increased sales if a designation were made. But at what cost to the deeply rooted agricultural community?

“Are we going to support [outdoor recreation] businesses at the expense of fifth-generation ranchers like Elias Eiguren? I’m incredulous that there are those who would prioritize the value of these businesses over the people who have made the region what it is today,” Bushue told the committee.

Not only is cattle ranching an integral part of the economy and local culture, it keeps the land productive and balanced. The Owyhee Canyonlands are ecologically sound today thanks to over a century of responsible use. Without the benefits of grazing and local management, the region would be subject to invasive species, noxious weeds, and risk of wildfire.

“Oregon is more than 60% publicly owned, either by the state or federal government. Much of the federal land in Oregon isn’t maintained, causing great harm to existing farmland and crops,” said Bushue.

“As farmers and ranchers, we care deeply about the land. Not only do we live on the land, we enjoy and depend on the land. We raise our families here and have cared for it responsibly for generations. Our voices are united and opposed to an unnecessary monument declaration that will harm our families, our community and our way of life,” said Bushue.

Oregon Farm Bureau is a proud member of the Owyhee Basin Stewardship Coalition. Sign and share the petition here http://ourlandourvoice.com/ and learn more about how the monument would harm this rural community.

See OFB President Barry Bushue’s written testimony: http://bit.ly/1qHcKwH

The state’s largest general farm organization, Oregon Farm Bureau (OFB) is a grassroots, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization representing the interests of the state’s farmers and ranchers in the public and policymaking arenas. First established in Oregon in 1919, Farm Bureau is organized in all 36 counties and has 7,000 member families that are professionally engaged in agriculture.

Oregon Farm Bureau President Barry Bushue is a third-generation farmer raising a variety of vegetables and berries at a nearly century-old farm near Boring, Oregon. He is OFB’s 15th president.


 5. Opinion: Unions’ corporate tax will act as a sales tax, state says

The Oregonian Editorial Board, May 23, 2016

dollar.sign1The public employee unions seeking to boost business taxes by about $6 billion per biennium would like Oregonians to believe that Joe and Jane Taxpayer won’t be affected. Anyone who’s tempted to swallow that argument should read a state analysis of the tax hike released on Monday. It’s 20 pages long, but here’s the part voters should remember: Initiative Petition 28 “is expected to largely act as a consumption tax on the state economy. Taxes initially born by the retail trade, wholesale trade and utility sectors are expected to result in higher prices for Oregon residents.”  That’s right. Supporters claim the tax will be paid “Only (by) the largest corporations doing business in Oregon,” but it will be paid in large part by you. It’s a hidden sales tax. Read the rest here: http://www.defeatthetaxonoregonsales.com/news/unions-corporate-tax-will-act-sales-tax-state-says/


6. Congressman Walden: Kelsey Smith Act Failed to Pass

American flag1WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Rep. Greg Walden (R-Hood River) today issued the following statement after the House of Representatives failed to pass H.R. 4889, the Kelsey Smith Act:

“The time was now to act. The time was now to help families find abducted children and I’m disappointed my colleagues could not support this narrowly written bill,” said Walden. “We worked diligently to make this a bill that balanced privacy concerns with the importance of saving lives. It’s modeled after the law in Oregon that passed unanimously through a Democratic legislature and was signed by a Democratic governor. The majority of the House supported this measure, so, I’m frustrated with my colleagues who voted against providing law enforcement with a critical tool to protect the public in urgent situations where every second counts. This bill respected the rights of the state and local legislatures to determine for themselves the appropriate procedures for law enforcement to protect their citizens’ privacy. I will continue to work to see this life-saving tool made available nationwide.”

The Kelsey Smith Act, authored by Rep. Kevin Yoder (R-KS), would require telecommunications carriers to share location data if law enforcement believes that someone is in danger of death or serious harm. The bill is named after an 18-year old Kansas woman who was abducted and murdered in 2007. After Kelsey Smith’s car was found in a nearby parking lot, police began an urgent search for her. They were unsuccessful for four days until her cell phone’s location information was turned over to law enforcement. Kelsey was then found in about 45 minutes.

As Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, Walden helped lead the effort to pass the bill. The bill is modeled after a version passed by Oregon in 2014, when it was unanimously approved by both houses of the legislature and signed into law by Gov. Kitzhaber.  Although the bill won support from a majority of the House, it did not reach the required two-thirds support required under the rules under which the bill was considered today.


7. Vote Baker City for Budget Travel’s Coolest Small Town in America

There are just 13 days left to vote for Budget Travel’s Coolest Small town in America and Baker City is in 2nd place.  We’ve been bumped by a town in Maryland and need your help getting back to first place before the contest ends June 6th

Please take a moment to vote for Baker City at this link http://www.budgettravel.com/contest/vote-for-americas-coolest-small-town-2016,25/#baker-city-or   You can vote once per day through June 6th

Then, please email this link to any of your partners or other groups , association, or organizations that you belong to who might be willing to vote for Baker City and bring the title of Coolest Small Town in America  to Eastern Oregon.


8. The Dam Writers in Progress Open Mic, The Dalles Art Center, May 26

Thursday night, May 26th, The Dalles Art Center will host an open mic from 7 – 8pm organized by The Dam Writers In Progress (WIP), a local writing group. Alvin Smith, a member of WIP, will be reading poems from his forthcoming book ‘Rocking the Spinning Top.’ This Thursday, members of WIP invite you to listen or share with us. The mic is welcome to poetry, short story, lyrical, slam–and anything in between. Published members of WIP will be available to sign copies of their books. This is a monthly gathering to encourage and support emerging writers in all genres. Future gatherings will meet on the final Thursday of each month at The Dalles Art Center. Admission is free and the public is welcome.


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

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A Postcard from Boring, Oregon  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R2xLda8-sUY

Opinion, The Oregonian. Unions’ corporate tax will act as a sales tax, state says  http://www.defeatthetaxonoregonsales.com/news/unions-corporate-tax-will-act-sales-tax-state-says/

“Always, the people are responsible for wicked lawmakers, oppressors, exploiters, criminals in government, tyrants in power, thieves, liars, malefactors and murderers in the capitals of the world. You, the man in the street, the man in the factory and in the shop, the man on the farm, the man in the office, you, the man everywhere, are guilty of the creatures whose crimes against you have been so monstrous, and will be again, by your own consent — if you give it…”— Taylor Caldwell,”The Devil’s Advocate”(1952)

Remaking Rutland [Vermont] with Regugees  http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2016/05/remaking_rutland_with_refugees.html


 

Sherman County eNews #135

26 May 2016

CONTENT

  1. Statewide Memorial Day Celebrations

  2. Paint Nite – Pavilion Fund Raiser, June 25

  3. OPB Film: Pioneer Preacher & Geologist Thomas Condon, Original Courthouse, June 4

  4. Concert: “Time Travels Through the American West,” June 12

  5. S. Rep. Walden: House Oversight Committee report on the failure of Cover Oregon

  6. Mary Ellen (Ginn) Hattenhauer, 1923-2016

  7. Folksinger/Songwriter Woody Guthrie, Columbia River & new hydroelectric dams

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


1.Statewide Memorial Day Celebrations

American flag2SALEM — As part of the annual Memorial Day celebrations statewide, the Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs (ODVA) will host a memorial ceremony on Monday, May 30, at 2 p.m., on the department’s grounds in Salem, 700 Summer St. N.E.

A military flyover is scheduled to open the public ceremony at the Afghan-Iraqi Freedom Memorial where the names of 142 Oregonians killed while serving in Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom will be read aloud by cadets from the Oregon State University ROTC program. Special guest speaker Col. Kevin Dial will deliver the keynote address. The ceremony will also be broadcast live on ODVA’s public Facebook page (www.facebook.com/odvavet) beginning at 2:00 p.m. and available for replay thereafter.

Memorial Day, or Decoration Day as it was originally called, was first observed on May 30, 1868 as a day to place flowers on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery. The holiday’s name was later changed to Memorial Day in 1971 and became a federal holiday to be observed on the last Monday in May. The most current list of statewide community Memorial Day events is available online: www.oregon.gov/odva/Pages/2016-Memorial-Day-Events.aspx.


2. Paint Nite – Pavilion Fund Raiser, June 25

Paint Nite fundraiser for the Grass Valley Pavilion. Saturday, June 25, 7 p.m. at the pavilion. To see the great picture you will be painting (American Barn) and for more information go the Grass Valley Pavilion Facebook page or call Cathy Brown (541-993-2780 or Rita Wilson (541-333-2547).


3.  OPB Film: Pioneer Preacher & Geologist Thomas Condon, Original Courthouse, June 4

The recent Oregon Public Broadcasting show featuring pioneer preacher and geologist Thomas Condon will be shown at the Original Wasco County Courthouse annual meeting June 4.  Filming took place in the 1859 courtroom where Condon conducted church services.

The Original Wasco County Courthouse annual meeting and program takes place Saturday, June 4 at 1:30 p.m.  The program is a reprise showing of “Thomas Condon, of Faith and Fossils,” the OPB Oregon Experience program filmed in part at the Original Courthouse.  Local people who were involved in the production will tell what it’s like being in front of the camera.  In addition to the 30-minute show about the pioneer preacher-geologist that aired in February, several bonus features that include additional material from local interviews will be shown.  Summer hours at the Courthouse are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays through September.  Admission is free.  There will be additional open hours during docking times for the 2016 cruise ship season. The Original Courthouse is located at 410 W. 2nd Place, behind the Chamber of Commerce.


4. Concert: “Time Travels Through the American West,” June 12

American-Flag-StarTake an epic journey with “Time Travels Through the American West,” Sunday, June 12, 2 p.m. at Columbia Gorge Discovery Center in The Dalles. This live concert documentary performance, with singer songwriter Christina Martin and cowboy poet Butch Martin, explores both the tragic and triumphant legacy of the American West through rare film, historic photos and music. Concert tickets $15.  For more information, call 541-296-8600 ext. 201 or visit gorgediscovery.org.


5. U.S. Rep. Walden: House Oversight Committee, failure of Cover Oregon

constitution-wethepeopleWASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Rep. Greg Walden (R-Hood River) today issued the following statement after the U.S. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee released an investigative report on the failure of Cover Oregon:

“For over a year, the Oversight Committee has investigated the failure of Cover Oregon, including reviewing over 170,000 pages of emails and reports. Their report is very disturbing, but, sadly, not surprising. It is further confirmation of what really transpired and who was responsible for the Cover Oregon website debacle. Gov. Kitzhaber and his campaign advisors manipulated the process for political gain, and the Obama Administration did not do proper oversight to make sure taxpayer dollars were being spent properly. It is not often that a Congressional committee recommends a matter for criminal investigation. Taxpayers deserve the truth, and, if laws were broken, those responsible should be held accountable.”

For more than a year, the House Oversight and Government Reform committee has been investigating the collapse of Cover Oregon, including reviewing over 170,000 pages of emails and reports. For more information on the report, see https://oversight.house.gov/release/20941/.


6. Mary Ellen (Ginn) Hattenhauer, 1923-2016

flower.rose.starMary Ellen Hattenhauer was born in Grass Valley, Oregon to W. Elwood and Ida (Hardin) Ginn, on October 20, 1923. The family moved to The Dalles and Mary graduated from The Dalles High School in 1941. She married Roy Hattenhauer on October 19, 1947.  In 1955, Roy took a job as superintendent of Helix Milling Company and they moved to Pendleton. Mary worked in Pendleton at Hamley’s, Tullis Office Supply, Winter Motors and Oregon Hospital and Training Center. After retirement she worked in the family business, Hatt’s Elkhorn Tavern, and The Smoke Shop and Packard in Pendleton, Ore. She enjoyed family athletic events, concerts and golfing.  In 2010, she moved to Beaverton to be closer to her family, and died on May 14, 2016.  Mary is survived by her son Richard Hattenhauer and his wife Janice of Beaverton, son David Hattenhauer of Eugene, Ore., step-son Dr. Mark Hattenhauer and his wife Chris of Lake Oswego, and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband Roy who died in 1998, brother Walter Ginn, and sister Roberta Watson. In lieu of a service, memorial contributions may be made to Pioneer Relief Nursery in Pendleton, Ore.


7. Folksinger/Songwriter Woody Guthrie, Columbia River & new hydroelectric dams

music.notes (2)Portland, Ore. – Seventy-five years ago, legendary folksinger and songwriter Woody Guthrie wrote 26 songs for the Bonneville Power Administration. During his month of employment in the spring of 1941, Guthrie traveled across Oregon and Washington and visited towns, farms, Native American locales and the construction site of Grand Coulee Dam in northeast Washington. Inspired by the people he met and his own observations and experiences, Guthrie wrote a collection of songs about the Columbia River and the benefits new federal hydroelectric dams would bring to the people of the Northwest.

The songs Guthrie wrote in his employment at BPA are known collectively as “The Columbia River Songs.” The titles include, “Roll On, Columbia,” “Grand Coulee Dam,” “Pastures of Plenty” and “The Biggest Thing that Man has Ever Done,” and some later became part of Northwest and American musical tradition.

In celebration of this 75th anniversary, Washington Governor Jay Inslee proclaimed May 28 as “Woody Guthrie Day” in the state of Washington. BPA is one of the community sponsors of the “Woody Guthrie Day” free event (www.woodyguthrieday.com) at Grand Coulee Dam, Saturday, May 28.  This will also be the opening weekend of the Grand Coulee Dam laser show, which will follow the programs.

To view or learn more about BPA’s films, visit: www.bpa.gov/goto/films. Free DVD copies may be ordered from the BPA Library and Visitor Center. For a gallery of Guthrie images, go to: https://flic.kr/s/aHskAr8NYu. To watch a video that showcases his music from the 1949 film “The Columbia,” go to: https://youtu.be/H3muvp154_k.


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

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The World Fact Book  https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/

Clearing Mine Fields with Trained Giant Pouched “Hero” Rats  http://www.npr.org/sections/parallels/2015/07/31/427112786/in-cambodia-rats-are-being-trained-to-sniff-out-land-mines-and-save-lives

America, the Founders’ Dream, and the Nightmare of Decline
http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2016/05/america_the_founders_dream_and_the_nightmare_of_decline.html

Types of Government  https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/fields/2128.html

Syrian Children in German Refugee Schools  http://www.brookings.edu/blogs/education-plus-development/posts/2016/05/23-syrian-refugee-school-dryden-peterson-adelman-nieswandt?utm_campaign=Brookings+Brief&utm_source=hs_email&utm_medium=email&utm_content=29913625&_hsenc=p2ANqtz-8ULJ_8hnKnJEjmdIA3SLG6NEJdh3sF-ylOi41gF4w8FJ8WAIyof-ULsD2jcQ1iS6OpqYgHOB1VC4WhgLbJlLCKFG5sCw&_hsmi=29913625

“The same prudence which in private life would forbid our paying our own money for unexplained projects, forbids it in the dispensation of the public moneys.” —Thomas Jefferson (1808)

For the Love of Insects | The Xerces Society  https://www.facebook.com/The-Xerces-Society-193182577358618/

Report Sick & Dead Bats  http://www.dfw.state.or.us/wildlife/health_program/WNS/reporting.asp

Sparks fly at Owyhee Canyonlands hearing  http://www.argusobserver.com/news/sparks-fly-at-canyonlands-hearing/article_14a6f7a8-21d2-11e6-8562-279c9da822cb.html

Guest Opinion: BLM’s management plan is insufficient  http://www.mailtribune.com/article/20160524/OPINION/160529801

Report: Oregon 3rd Worst State for Military Retirees  http://www.kezi.com/news/video/New_Report_Ranks_Oregon_as_3rd_Worst_State_for_Military_Retirees.html

Piano & Violin: Hallelujah http://www.ba-bamail.com/video.aspx?emailid=20927

Strawberries http://www.oregonlive.com/food/2016/05/its_strawberry_season_we_go_beyond_hoods.html


Sherman County eNews #133

CONTENT

  1. Sherman County Public/School Library Book Club, May 24

  2. “Sticks in Stacks” at Sherman County Public/School Library Thursday, May 26

  3. South Sherman Fire & Rescue Awarded Assistance to Firefighters Grant

  4. Solar Viewing at the Discovery Center, May 28

  5. North Central Public Health District Board Meeting, June 7

  6. Oregon Senate Republicans Oppose 2.5 Million Acre Owyhee Canyonlands Monument Declaration

  7. Klindt’s Booksellers’ 6th Annual Spring Author Festival, June 4

  8. From Sea to Sea in a Horse less Carriage

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


Time is a sort of river of passing events, and strong is its current; no sooner is a thing brought to sight than it is swept by and another takes its place, and this too will be swept away. ~ Marcus Aurelius


1.Sherman County Public/School Library Book Club, May 24

books.loveThe Library Book Club will be meeting at 6:00pm, May 24. Please join us for discussion of “Juliet’s Nurse” and refreshments, even if you haven’t read the book! Call 541-565-3279 or e-mail shermanlibrary@sherman.k12.or.us to request a hold on our June/July book, “The Lake House” by Kate Morton.


2. “Sticks in Stacks” at Sherman County Public/School Library Thursday, May 26

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Social crafting starts at 6:00 p.m. every Thursday. Instructional assistance for knit, crochet, and spinning will be available at 7:00 p.m. Bring your knitting, crochet, spinning, quilting, or cross-stitch projects. All fiber arts are welcome.
For further information about this program please contact Sherman County Public/School Library at (541) 565-3279 or email shermanlibrary@sherman.k12.or.us.


3. South Sherman Fire & Rescue Awarded Assistance to Firefighters Grant

South Sherman Fire and Rescue is pleased to announce it has been awarded an Assistance to Firefighters grant from FEMA, in the amount of $44,572 under the Operations and Safety category. This grant will be used to outfit the volunteer firefighters with Structural Turnout Gear including Coats, Pants, Boots, Gloves, Carbonknight Hoods, and helmets.  The new gear will replace the older gear that no longer meets national standards for firefighter safety.  ~ Glenn R. Fluhr, Chief, South Sherman Fire & Rescue   www.southshermanfire.com


4. Solar Viewing at the Discovery Center, May 28

Sun-Symbol-YellowBob Yoesle from Friends of the Goldendale Observatory will present a solar viewing free to the public Saturday, May 28, from 12 noon to 4 pm at Columbia Gorge Discovery Center in The Dalles. Using special safely-filtered telescopes you can view the surface of the sun. This event is free, and will be held, weather permitting, on the museum lawn. Museum admission still applies for visitors who wish to see the exhibits. For more information visit www.gorgediscovery.org.


5. North Central Public Health District Board Meeting, June 7

constitution-wethepeopleThe North Central Public Health District Board will be meeting Tuesday, June 7, 2016 at 3:00 p.m. at the North Central Public Health District, located at 419 E. 7th Street, in the Main Meeting Room, in The Dalles, Oregon. This meeting is open to the general public.


6. Oregon Senate Republicans Oppose 2.5 Million Acre Owyhee Canyonlands Monument Declaration

compass.roseSalem, Ore. Today, Oregon lawmakers met with multiple stakeholders to discuss the Owyhee Canyonlands Monument Proposal. Special interest groups are pressuring President Barack Obama, Governor Kate Brown, and Oregon Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley to declare 2.5 million acres of land in Eastern Oregon a federal monument. The designation would create excessive regulations that will close roads, reducing access to the public for hiking, camping, hunting, fishing, and rafting, prevent farmers and ranchers from sustainably managing the land in their own backyard, and threaten the rural economy of Southeastern Oregon.

“The Owyhee Canyonlands are home to Oregonians who live and farm the land, caring for it responsibly for generations,” said Senate Republican Leader Ted Ferrioli (R-John Day). “Declaring this land a monument is unnecessary and goes too far. The Canyonlands already enjoy multiple layers of protection that preserve the water quality, environment, recreation, wildlife, and sustainable multiple use of the public lands. The Oregon Senate Republicans stand with the people of the Owyhee Canyonlands in united opposition to a monument declaration that will inhibit public access and harm families in this unique rural community. This divisive, progressive assault on rural Oregon needs to stop.”

Those opposing the Owyhee Canyonlands monument declaration are encouraged to join the Oregon Senate Republicans by signing a petition telling Governor Brown and Oregon’s Congressional leaders to oppose the declaration without a vote of Congress. The petition and more information about the history of the Owyhee Canyonlands can be found at ourlandourvoice.com.


7. Klindt’s Booksellers’ 6th Annual Spring Author Festival, June 4

dog1This year’s Spring Author Festival will feature twelve amazing writers with titles for all ages and interests. Join us to celebrate books about dragons, espionage and intrigue, unicorns, aliens, canoeing, tennis, dogs, grief, and just being human. From Young Adult to Graphic Novels, from Children’s Chapter to Adult Fiction, there is something for everyone at Klindt’s 2016 Spring Author Festival.

In conjunction with this event, Klindt’s will be hosting a book drive to benefit the classroom at the Northern Oregon Regional Correction Facility (NORCOR). Klindt’s will be donating titles featured at this year’s Spring Author Festival and many authors will be contributing books as well. A wish list will be on hand from NORCOR teacher Phil Brady for interested donors to consult. Klindt’s Booksellers will kick-off the NORCOR book drive during its June 4th event and continue to accept donations for NORCOR until July 1st.

In addition to collecting books for the NORCOR library, Klindt’s will be sending five of our visiting authors out to visit the NORCOR classroom and meet with incarcerated teens that are unable to come join the festivities.

As always, this event is free and open the the public. We hope you can join us Saturday, June 4th from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. for the 6th annual Spring Author Festival at Klindt’s in The Dalles.

More information about each participating author is attached. To arrange author interviews, or for any other press inquiries, please contact Tina Ontiveros at klindtsbooksellers@gmail.com.


 8. From Sea to Sea in a Horseless Carriage

~ William J. Bennett & John T.E. Cribb, American Patriot’s Daily Almanac

car.oldblueThirty-one-year-old Horatio Nelson Jackson was visiting San Francisco’s University Club in 1903 when someone wagered fifty dollars that it would be impossible to drive an automobile to New York in less than ninety days. Jackson immediately took the bet. He did not own an auto, and no one had ever crossed the continent by car. At that time, the United States boasted only 150 miles of paved roads—all of them inside cities. “Highways” were often nothing more than two ruts leading toward the horizon.

Jackson purchased a used, 20-horsepower car made by the Winton Motor Carriage Company of Cleveland, christened it the Vermont after his home state, and hired mechanic Sewall Crocker to accompany him. They loaded the auto with supplies, and on May 23, 1903, the two men left San Francisco on the first drive “from sea to sea in a horseless carriage,” as the San Francisco Examiner reported.

They bounced along cliffside ledges, splashed across bridgeless streams, zigzagged over trackless plains. Tires blew out, springs broke, bolts sheared off, parts rattled to pieces. Bad directions took them hundreds of miles out of the way. They lost count of how many times they had to haul the Vermont out of mud holes. But at every farm, village, and town, curious folks gave them a hand. Blacksmiths helped them make repairs. In Idaho they bought a bulldog named Bud, fitted him with driving goggles, and took him along for the rest of the ride.

On July 26, the mud-covered Vermont rolled into Manhattan. The journey had taken 63 days. Though he never bothered to collect his fifty dollars, Horatio Nelson Jackson won his bet. The age of the open road had dawned for the American automobile.

American History Parade

1785 Benjamin Franklin writes in a letter that he has just invented bifocal glasses.
1788 South Carolina becomes the eighth state to ratify the Constitution.
1903 Horatio Nelson Jackson and Sewell Crocker leave San Francisco on the first automobile trip across the United States.
1911 The New York Public Library is dedicated.
1934 Police kill bank robbers Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow in Bienville Parish, Louisiana.

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

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16 Free Oregon Summer Events  http://www.oregonlive.com/entertainment/index.ssf/2016/05/16_free_summer_events_to_keep.html

Gary Randall, Designer, Graphic Artist  https://www.facebook.com/garyarandall?fref=nf

Paul Ruettgers, Graphic Design & Branding  http://www.kineticbranding.com/

Neal Carlson’s Words for Courageous Living  http://wordsforcourageousliving.com/

“To judge from the history of mankind, we shall be compelled to conclude that the fiery and destructive passions of war reign in the human breast with much more powerful sway than the mild and beneficent sentiments of peace; and that to model our political systems upon speculations of lasting tranquility would be to calculate on the weaker springs of human character.” —Alexander Hamilton (1788)

Vying to Access the Middle East’s Holy Sites   https://www.stratfor.com/analysis/vying-access-middle-easts-holy-sites

Schools Eliminate Valedictorians – Not Inclusive  http://patriotpost.us/posts/42728