Sherman County eNews #153


  1. Sherman County Emergency Services May Activity Report

  2. Pioneer Potlatch Monday Meals

  3. Tri-County Hazardous Waste & Recycling Program Meeting, June 22

  4. Art Party at Maryhill Museum: Still Life Oil Painting with Cathleen Rehfeld, June 23

  5. CGCC Approves First Certificate for Non-Credit Culinary Program

  6. Mack’s Canyon Campground on the Deschutes River Now Provides All Boaters Access

  7. Marine Board Meeting in The Dalles, June 28

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

1.Sherman County Emergency Services May Activity Report

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May 2016 Activity Report

Date Time Incident Location
5-25 9:18 AM Burn Barrel Out of Control Wasco Airport
5-27 11:44 AM Grass Fire 67948 Gordon Ridge Road
5-28 9:33 AM Grass Fire 99997 Starvation Lane
5-28   Grass Fire Deschutes River Rivermile 15
5-31 4:02 PM Grass Fire Off Tower Road 11    Wasco

2. Pioneer Potlatch Monday Meals

food.soup.bowlPioneer Potlatch Meals: Mondays 5-6 p.m. at the Wasco Annex (old Wasco School), at the corner of Barnett & McPherson streets. A delicious home-style dinner.  Desert and coffee, tea, juice or milk are included. Everyone is welcome. Cost is $4.00 per person. Coordinator: Linda Cornie

3. Tri-County Hazardous Waste & Recycling Program Meeting, June 22

garbage.keep cleanThe Tri-County Hazardous Waste & Recycling Program’s Steering Committee will be meeting Wednesday June 22nd, 2016 from 8:30-11:30 am at the Wasco County Planning Department, located at 2705 East 2nd Street in The Dalles, Oregon.

Representatives from the member agencies of the counties of Wasco, Sherman and Hood River, and the cities of The Dalles, Hood River, Cascade Locks, Mosier, Dufur and Maupin will hold their meeting to discuss approval of minutes, fiscal & progress reports, lead agency, budget, status of facilities, staffing, grants and other miscellaneous items.

The nine governments signed an intergovernmental agreement in November 2003 to build and operate two permanent household hazardous waste collection facilities in Hood River and The Dalles, and conduct satellite collection events throughout the region.  Wasco County is the lead agency.  The facilities and events collect hazardous wastes from households, businesses and institutions which are Conditionally Exempt Small Quantity Generators, as well as pesticide wastes from farmers and ranchers.

For more information:  Call Tri-County Hazardous Waste & Recycling Program at (541) 506-2636.

4. Art Party at Maryhill: Still Life Oil Painting with Cathleen Rehfeld, June 23

Thursday, June 23 | 6 to 8 p.m.

paint.brushesTry your hand at still life oil painting with Cathleen as your guide; her lively painting style combines with an easygoing, supportive manner that allows even the first-time painter to succeed! See more of Cathleen’s work at Includes wine and hors d’oeuvres.  Cost (includes instruction, all materials, wine and hors d’oeuvres): $35 members / $40 nonmembers. To register call 509 773-3733 ext. 20.

5. CGCC Approves First Certificate for Non-Credit Culinary Program

food.cookTHE DALLES (June 7, 2016) – In a unanimous vote, the Curriculum Committee at Columbia Gorge Community College approved the college’s first non-credit certificate of completion for training offered by the off-campus Fresh Start Culinary Arts Program. If approved by the state Department of Community Colleges and Workforce Development, the certificate can be awarded to Fresh Start students completing instruction beginning in fall term this year.
Fresh Start, a nonprofit serving students from throughout the four-county Columbia Gorge region, began providing training this spring out of the commercial kitchen at Riverside Community Church in Hood River.
Its program, designed to prepare students for entry-level cooking jobs in restaurants and institutional kitchens, provides more than 400 hours of training during each 12-week session. Its program is listed among continuing education offerings in the college class schedule.

Suzanne Burd, adult continuing education coordinator at the college, says the certificate is among a handful that have been endorsed and submitted for approval by other Oregon community colleges. Until passage of House Bill 2410 in the last Oregon Legislature, community colleges could not award certificates for non-credit courses offered through their continuing education departments (sometimes called “community ed”).

“Fresh Start graduates will soon qualify for certification in Food Prep for the Food Service Industry and Food Safety and Sanitation,” Burd says.

The legislation allowing non-credit training certificates set up a work group representing community colleges from throughout Oregon. That group set up a system of training and testing standards, and institutional review for non-credit certificates.

The CGCC Curriculum Committee includes 13 faculty and staff members, and has primary responsibility to review and ensure the integrity of all courses offered by the college.

Burd says she hopes to secure certification for several other programs that the college has been offering. Those include Basic Electricity for Industrial Maintenance Workers, Leadership Skills for the High-Performance Workplace, and Realizing Your Potential.
Columbia Gorge Community College, supported by taxpayers in Wasco and Hood River counties, provides a variety of for-credit courses leading to one- and two-year completion certificates, or preparing students for transfer to colleges and universities offering bachelor and graduate degrees. It offers classes at campuses in The Dalles and Hood River, and online.

6. Mack’s Canyon Campground on the Deschutes River Now Provides All Boaters Access

fish.salmon1Providing and improving access to Oregon’s waterways is a key mission for the Marine Board, however, boating improvements can only be accomplished with willing partners who are able to dedicate time, staff and matching funding.  Being in the waterway access business, one might think that building a boat ramp shouldn’t be a hard thing to do, but add in a scenic waterway, protected fish, multiple jurisdictions, surveys, design concepts, permits and funding challenges, and things can get complicated quickly.  In the case of Mack’s Canyon Campground on the Deschutes River, a strong partnership formed between the Marine Board and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in 2008, when both agencies started down the path of improving the parking, restrooms and boating access at the site.  Fortunately, this partnership remained strong through the diverse challenges.

After seven years, the improvements were completed and the final Boating Facility Grant payment was issued in June, 2015.  The Mack’s Canyon boat ramp improvements include a new concrete motorboat ramp, non-motorized ramp with staging area, and expanded single car and trailer parking.  The site also has two ADA–accessible walkways and vault toilets, and a dump station for disposal of human waste from boaters’ portable toilets.  The cost for the improvements totaled $217,828 with the Marine Board contributing $104,414 in state motorboat funds and the BLM contributing $113,414 in cash and administrative services.

A local Maupin resident had been watching this project develop through the years and proposed an idea to make this project more special than it was already becoming.  Ron Walp wanted to explore the idea of having this ramp dedicated to Oscar Lange, a local hero and well-known river runner/guide.   As a young man, Walp learned how to safely float the Lower Deschutes River from Oscar, who made a deep impression on him.  Walp helped organize not only the naming of the facility, but the dedication event as well.  Friends and family gathered at the boat ramp on June 3, to remember a remarkable man, and to give thanks to the various agencies that partnered in making these improvements happen.  Based on first-hand accounts from friends, admirers and family during the facility’s dedication, it was clear that Oscar made an impression on everyone he came in contact with, infecting everyone with a love and appreciation of the river.  Many of the people who shared stories, including Walp, started out as customers and later became professional guides themselves.

A local businessman, Oscar owned and operated Oscar’s Sporting Goods in Madras for decades, which was a one-stop-shop for many visitors to the area.  He quickly earned a reputation of being strong willed, but full of knowledge that he was willing to share.  Walp’s single intention was to honor Lange in order to preserve his memory so people don’t forget the past and to inspire others to learn and love the river the way Oscar did.  A special plaque, provided by Sherman County, was unveiled by two of Oscar’s daughters, and Craig Lesley, Oscar’s nephew and author of “The Sky Fisherman,” a novel inspired by Oscar, shared the inscribed words:

“The Marine Board, in partnership with BLM and Sherman County, are happy to be part of naming the site, Mack’s Canyon/Oscar Lange Memorial Power Boat Ramp,” said Janine Belleque, Boating Facilities Manager for the Marine Board.  “Recreational boaters will enjoy and appreciate this facility for many years.”  Belleque added, “It’s a beautiful thing to be able to dedicate this ramp to someone who was so passionate about conservation, preservation, and stewardship of the river.  This is a special place that’s brought so many people together, and now everyone from rafters to motorboats can share this river and experience it’s magnificence.”

To view a Facebook slideshow of the dedication, visit

7. Marine Board Meeting in The Dalles,  June 28
The Oregon State Marine Board will be holding their quarterly Board meeting at the Fairfield Inn & Suites, 2014 West 7th Street in The Dalles, beginning at 8 a.m.

The packed agenda includes the following items:
* Chapter 250 Division 011 –Steering and Sailing Rules, consideration of rule adoption
* Chetco River Petition, OAR 250-020-0082, consideration of initiation of rulemaking
* Insurance and Duplication Fees and Refunds, OAR 250-010-0058, consideration of rule adoption
* Boat Operations in Jefferson County, OAR 250-020-0340, consideration of rule adoption
* Boat Operations in Wallowa County, OAR 250-020-0032, consideration of rule adoption
* Boat Operations on the Willamette River in Clackamas County, OAR 250-020-0032, consideration of initiation of rulemaking
* Agency Representation by Officer or Employee, OAR 250-001-0035, consideration of initiation of rulemaking
* Ocean Charter Vessels, consideration of initiation of rulemaking
* Board Update for Multnomah Channel enforcement
* 2017-2019 Agency Request Budget & Key Performance Measures
* Round Two Facility Grants
* Petition and Rulemaking Procedures
* Agency Section Staff Reports

The meeting is accessible for persons with disabilities. For a communication aid request or agenda questions, please contact June LeTarte, Executive Assistant, at 503-378-2617 by Friday, June 24 . The Board will accept public comment during the designated period at the beginning of the meeting on only those agenda items which did not have a pre-noticed comment closing date. To view the agenda, visit

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