Sherman County eNews #129


  1. Sherman Mr. Husky Pageant Update, May 26

  2. Sherman 4-H Club Meeting Notes

  3. Sherman County Emergency Services, April Activity Report

  4. Sherman County Primary Election Results

  5. History Tidbits: Historic Newspapers Online

  6. May is Wildfire Awareness Month, Keep Oregon Green

  7. Maryhill Museum of Art, Pacific Northwest Plein Air in the Columbia River Gorge

  8. Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum to Celebrate Oregon Air National Guard’s 75th Anniversary, May 21

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


The Mr. Husky Pageant is rescheduled for next Thursday, May 26th. Mr. Husky is a chance for the 2016 graduating senior boys to entertain the community and in return raise scholarship funds.  We hope you can attend Mr. Husky on Thursday, May 26th at 7:00 p.m. in the Sherman Jr./Sr. High School Cafeteria.

2. Sherman 4-H Club Meeting Notes


4-H clover1The Goatees 4-H club held their meeting on March 31, 2016 at the Steve Burnet OSU Extension Office. The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Reese Blake and the 4-H Pledge was led by Mercedez Cardona.  Mercedez did a report on what to prepare for fair.  Wyatt Owens did a report on kidding.  Reese Blake did a report on scrapies.  Our leaders Bert and Laurie Perisho talked about a fundraiser we could do.  They will donate a weekend at their timeshare in Seaside.  The members can sell raffle tickets for the weekend.  The club officers will get together to work out the details.  Hollee Kaseberg led us in a game of Shipwreck.  It was lots of fun.  The meeting was adjourned at 7:03pm.


The Goatees 4-H club held their meeting on April 25, 2016 at the Steve Burnet OSU Extension Office. The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Izzy Mills and the 4-H Pledge was led by Mercedez Cardona.  Attending the meeting were Clay McLeod, Mercedez Cardona, Bailee Owens, Jordan Barrett, Hollee Kaseberg, Izzy Mills, Rilea Mills, Nastasia Shull, Logan Barrett, Wyatt Owens, Hunter Shull, Keenan Coles, Isaiah Coles and Reese Blake.  Izzy did a presentation on common diseases and Logan did a report on how to take care of your animals.  The club discussed possible showmanship questions, and talked about upcoming events such as the goal sale.

Submitted by Mercedez Cardona, News Reporter

3. Sherman County Emergency Services, April Activity Report

North Sherman County RFPD   April 2016 Activity Report

Date Time Incident Location
4-07 7:17 PM Motor Vehicle Crash Gerking Canyon Rd.
4-17 11:06 AM Ambulance Assist Wasco
4-22 3:33 PM Motor Vehicle Crash I-84 MP# 108
4-29 5:25 PM Vehicle Fire LePage Park


4. Sherman County Primary Election Results








5. History Tidbits: Historic Newspapers Online

Oregon’s Online Historic Newspapers

United States Online Historic Newspapers

6. May is Wildfire Awareness Month, Keep Oregon Green

May is Wildfire Awareness Month and the ideal time to reduce the excess vegetation around your home that could pose a wildfire threat. As you begin spring clean-up, Keep Oregon Green, the Oregon Department of Forestry and the Oregon State Fire Marshal urge you to consider chipping or recycling your yard debris. If burning is the only option to dispose of woody material, fire officials urge landowners to follow safe burning practices.


“If you do burn your debris, use common sense and follow safety rules,” said State Fire Marshal Jim Walker. “This can prevent most debris burn-caused wildfires, and keep lives and property safe.”


Escaped debris burns are the leading human cause of wildfire issues in Oregon, particularly during the early- and late-season periods when people think it is safe and permissible to burn. In 2015, backyard debris burns that escaped control resulted in 133 wildfires burning 224 acres at a cost of nearly $381,000.


Oregon experienced severe fire seasons in 2013-15. Extreme conditions those three years set the stage for any debris burn that got away to spread rapidly. A burn pile is less likely to escape control if these simple safety tips are followed:

  • CALL BEFORE YOU BURN — Burning regulations are not the same in all areas and can vary with weather and fuel conditions. If you’re planning to burn, check with your local ODF district, fire protective association, or air protection authority to learn if there are any current burning restrictions in effect, and whether a permit is required.
  • KNOW THE WEATHER FORECAST — Never burn on dry or windy days. These conditions make it easy for open burning to spread out of control.
  • CLEAR A 10-FOOT RADIUS AROUND YOUR PILE — Also make sure there are no tree branches or power lines above.
  • KEEP YOUR BURN PILE SMALL – A large burn may cast hot embers long distances. Small piles, 4×4 feet, are recommended. Add debris in small amounts as existing material is consumed.
  • ALWAYS HAVE WATER AND FIRE TOOLS ON SITE — When burning, have a charged water hose, bucket of water, and shovel and dirt nearby to extinguish the fire. Drown the pile with water, stir the coals, and drown again, repeating till the fire is DEAD out.
  • STAY WITH THE FIRE UNTIL IT IS COMPLETELY OUT — Monitoring a debris burn continually from start to finish until dead out is required by state law, to ensure that any escaped sparks or embers can be extinguished quickly. Go back and recheck old burn piles, as they can retain heat for several weeks and then rekindle when the weather warms and wind begins to blow.
  • NEVER USE GASOLINE or other accelerants (flammable or combustible liquids) to start or increase your open fire. Every year, 10 to 15 percent of all burn injuries treated at the Oregon Burn Center in Portland are the result of backyard debris burning.
  • BURN ONLY YARD DEBRIS — State regulations prohibit the open burning of any material that creates dense smoke or noxious odors.
  • ESCAPED DEBRIS BURNS ARE COSTLY — State law requires the proper clearing, building, attending and extinguishing of open fires any time of year. A first-time citation carries a $110 fine. If your debris burn spreads out of control, you are responsible for the cost of fire suppression and very likely the damage to neighboring properties. This can range from a few hundred to thousands of dollars. More tips on wildfire prevention, including campfire safety, use of motorized equipment, and fire-resistant landscaping can be found on the Keep Oregon Green site,

7. Maryhill Museum of Art, Pacific Northwest Plein Air in the Columbia River Gorge

Juried show to feature 40 artists painting en plein air August 22-28, 2016

Goldendale, Wash., May 16, 2016) – Maryhill Museum of Art will host the 12th annual Pacific Northwest Plein Air Event in the Columbia River Gorge, to be held August 22-28, 2016. Drawing on a long tradition of painting in the open air, this juried event attracts some of the finest painters from the Pacific Northwest, and from across the country, to capture the stunning light and inspiring vistas of the Columbia River Gorge.

The 40 participating artists will spend the first four days of the event painting in various locations throughout the Gorge; an opening and artist reception will take place Friday, August 26, 2016 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Maryhill Museum of Art, when the public is invited to view and purchase “fresh” paintings and meet the artists. The paintings will remain on view at Maryhill (and available for purchase) through Sunday, August 28, 2016.

“I am delighted the museum is able to host this wonderful event,” said Colleen Schafroth, executive director of Maryhill Museum of Art. “One of the things that makes Maryhill so magical is the setting; the Pacific Northwest Plein Air Event celebrates the landscape that we call home and gives the public a fantastic opportunity to view the Gorge – from the river and plateaus, to the surrounding peaks – through the eyes of 40 talented artists.”


The Juror for the Pacific Northwest Plein Air Event in 2016 is painter Terry Miura, who began his career in New York as a successful illustrator, with work appearing in publications such as Time, Newsweek, Rolling Stone, and Sports Illustrated. Miura transitioned to a full-time painter after returning to the West Coast in 1996, and is well known for his atmospheric landscapes and cityscapes, as well as evocative figurative works. Miura’s paintings are held in numerous private and public collections, including California Museum of Fine Art, Los Angeles, Calif., The Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, Calif., and the New School for Social Research in New York City, among others. Miura lives outside of Sacramento, California. A full list of participating artists is available at

8. Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum to Celebrate Oregon Air National Guard’s 75th Anniversary, May 21

military.flag1MCMINNVILLE – On Armed Forces Day, May 21, join the Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., as they celebrate the Oregon Air National Guard’s 75th anniversary. The public is invited to tour the museum and meet current and former Air National Guard members that have flown or maintained Oregon’s fighter jets, and who have served in support of the Air Guard’s statewide mission. Oregon’s Air Guard has been protecting the skies over the Pacific Northwest and Canada for nearly 70 years. For more than seven decades Oregon military air units in Portland and Klamath Falls have flown the F-15, F-4C, F-101, F-102, F-89, F-86, F-84 and T-33. All of these jets are on display at the museum. “This is an opportunity for people to meet living military heroes from the past and present and see the aircraft that Oregon’s Air Guard has flown over the years,” said Melissa Grace, the museum’s marketing and events director. “We’re proud to honor and salute the Air Guard and these Oregon airmen for 75 years of distinguished service to our state and country.”

The history of the Oregon Air National Guard began just prior to World War II as the United States monitored the wars raging in Europe and China. Soon, U.S. military leaders began to focus more on preparations for war. In early 1941 Army Reserve Major G. Robert Dodson requested and received approval from the National Guard Bureau to activate the Oregon National Guard’s first aviation unit. With 117 volunteers, the newly-formed 123rd Observation Squadron (OS) was activated on April 18, 1941. Within hours of the attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on Dec. 7, 1941, air crews assigned to the 123rd OS flew aircraft from their training base at Gray Field, near McChord Field in Tacoma, Wash., to the Oregon and Washington coast lines and began aerial patrols. Sixty years later, on Sept. 11, 2001, similar air defense missions were flown throughout the Northwest by the Oregon Air Guard. These missions continued for many days following the attacks on America. Statewide the Oregon Air National Guard has more than 2,200 volunteer airmen who serve. Today, as a vital asset to the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) and Air Combat Command, the 142nd Fighter Wing at Portland Air Base maintains 24-hour Aerospace Control Alert in the Pacific Northwest while providing air superiority mission capabilities. Oregon’s 173rd Fighter Wing in Klamath Falls is the home for the U.S. Air Force’s only base where pilots are trained to fly the F-15 Eagle. The museum is a non-profit organization and is located at 500 NE Captain Michael King Smith Way in McMinnville, just off of highway 18. For more information go to

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


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