Sherman County eNews #146


  1. Sherman County Community & Family Fair, June 9

  2. Sherman County May 17, 2016, Election Results

  3. Understanding Undervotes & Overvotes

  4. Outdoor Adventures for Sherman 4th-6th graders

  5. Flash! Columbia River Highway Centennial Celebration, June 7

  6. History Tidbits: Friends & Neighbors

  7. Five Ways to Beat the Heat

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

1.Sherman County Community & Family Fair, June 9

FamilySherman County Prevention Program in collaboration with various Community Partners will be at the Moro City Park to provide information and fun activities for the family.  There will be live music, bouncy houses, and free food.  Please come and enjoy the activities and music.

Date:  June 9, 2016

Where:  Moro City Park

Time 4:00 – 6:30 PM

~ Shandie Johnson, Sherman County Prevention Coordinator  541-565-5036

2. Sherman County May 17, 2016, Election Results

ballot1Sherman County

Total voters: 572

Total voting: 409


Rufus 70.4%

Wasco 67.9%

Moro 75.8%

Grass Valley 72.7%

Kent 70.5%

3. Understanding Undervotes & Overvotes

Undervoting means that you cast fewer votes for a particular office race than you are permitted to cast. Unlike overvoting, you have the right to undervote if you choose to do so. No ballot or vote will be canceled as a result of an undervote.

An overvote happens when you vote for more candidates than the number of candidates you are permitted to vote for in a particular office race.

4. Outdoor Adventures for Sherman 4th-6th graders

Sherman 4th-6th graders can sign up for “Outdoor Adventures” activities with Sherman Extension.  Three trips are planned, cost is $10 per youth per trip, with busing provided.  Youth need to bring their own lunch each trip, and outdoor cooking supplies for dinner will be provided.  Youth can sign up for one trip and be a on wait list for a second trip, as space is limited to 10 youth per trip.  The first Outdoor Adventure is Tuesday, June 14 with a hiking trip to Smith Rock in Terrebonne, followed by cooking shish kebabs over coals in a park on the way home.  The second trip is Thursday, June 16 with exploring the ice caves outside of Trout Lake WA and cooking dinner-in-a-foil packet in a fire pit afterward.  The third adventure is Saturday, June 18 with a trip to several waterfalls in the Columbia Gorge, a stop at the Hood River Farmers market for fruits and vegetables, then cooking stir fry for dinner.   To sign up, call the Sherman Extension Office at 541-565-3230.

~ Cindy Brown, 4-H and Healthy Living, OSU Sherman County Extension 541-565-3230

5. Flash! Columbia River Highway Centennial Celebration, June 7

StarYellowWonderful KGW-TV piece:

KATU TV (Portland) picked up by KVAL TV (Eugene) and KCBY-TV (Coos Bay):



(they will post The Columbia High-Way Waltz video on their website)

Portland Tribune opinion piece by Brad Perkins, “My View: Add bike trail to historic gorge route”:

6. History Tidbits: Friends & Neighbors, 1989

applause1Mark Mobley and Dave Pshigoda composed this tribute to Sherman County and Ron Mobley wrote the drum part. The three performed at the June 1989 Centennial celebration Chautauqua at DeMoss Springs and the two-day Centennial Homecoming at Sherman High School.

Friends and Neighbors, 1989

When you live in Sherman County

You’ve got a reason to be proud

‘cause you know that all your neighbors

Will help you out when you need a hand.

We’re all in this together just like one big family

When you live in Sherman County,

You’re living mighty free.


From the mighty Columbia River

To the Wasco County line,

All our friends and neighbors are living mighty fine,

From the John Day on the east side

To the Deschutes on the west,

When you live in Sherman County

You’re living with the best.


Small towns, friends and neighbors,

We’re all here to say

Happy Birthday, Sherman County!

You’re a hundred years old today!


The wheat fields in the springtime

Are looking mighty green;

The cattle in the pasture are the best we’ve ever seen.

The coffee shops are the local stops

Where you can visit with your friends,

To talk about the price of wheat, cattle and the wind.


The wide open space makes a great hometown,

What a beautiful place to settle down;

It’s been this way for a long, long time,

At least that’s what they say.

The homesteads from years gone by,

The wind from the west and the clear blue skies.

Living in Sherman County is living mighty free.


Small towns, friends and neighbors,

We’re all here to say

Happy Birthday, Sherman County!

You’re a hundred years old today!

7. Five Ways to Beat the Heat

Sun-SoleTips from Pacific Power to be safe, stay cool and use less energy

PORTLAND, Ore. –With forecasts predicting triple-digit temperatures throughout the Northwest over the coming weekend, Pacific Power wants to remind customers to stay safe and use these tips to beat the heat, use less energy and save money.

Stay hydrated and watch for others
* Drink water and stay out of direct sunlight as much as possible. Use hats and sunscreen.
* Check on neighbors who you know have few outside contacts. Keep a close eye on children and pets to make sure they have water available and have some place to cool down after bouts of fun in the sun.

Don’t let the sun shine in
* On hot days, close blinds and drapes, especially in south-facing windows which allow in the most heat.

Open windows in the evening and circulate cool air
* Open windows in evening and early morning to let in cool air. Be aware, however, of any safety or security issues.
* Use fans to bring in and circulate cool air. Ceiling and window fans use less electricity than an air conditioner when the compressor is engaged. Running an air conditioner in fan-only mode can also be effective as outside temperatures drop.

Reduce the heat inside
* Use heat-producing appliances like ovens, dishwashers and dryers in the early morning or late evening when temperatures are cooler.
* Grill outside or use a microwave or toaster oven. A toaster oven uses one-third to one-half as much energy as a regular oven and releases less heat into the home.
* Turn off heat-generating devices when not in use, including lamps, televisions and computers.

Be air conditioner smart
* Set your thermostat at 78 degrees. This will keep you comfortable and cooling your house below that temperature can increase your air conditioning bill as much as 8 percent.
* Don’t turn off the air conditioner when you’re gone; instead set it higher, at 85 degrees. That setting allows your air conditioner to use less electricity to cool the house than if the air conditioning has been off all day, but doesn’t shut down altogether.
* Use a programmable or smart thermostat; set it to start bringing your home’s temperature from 85 degrees down to 78 degrees no more than 30 minutes before you get home.
* Replace air conditioner filters once a month. The dirtier your filter, the less efficient it is.
* Lamps, televisions or any other appliance that creates heat needs to be kept away from the thermostat; they will impact its accuracy.
* Your air conditioner will operate most efficiently if you trim nearby foliage to allow adequate air flow around the unit.
* Don’t block inside distribution vents with furniture or other objects.

For more information and tips, visit

About Pacific Power
Pacific Power provides electric service to more than 740,000 customers in Oregon, Washington and California. The company works to meet growing energy demand while protecting and enhancing the environment. Pacific Power is part of PacifiCorp, one of the lowest-cost electricity producers in the United States, with almost 1.8 million customers in six western states Information about Pacific Power is available on the company’s website, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube pages.

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


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