Sherman County eNews #177

July 13, 2016


  1. City of Grass Valley Postpones Pavilion 100th Anniversary Open House

  2. 2016 Welcome to the Sherman County Fair, August 23-28

  3. Gorge Community Foundation awards scholarships and more

  4. Walden plan to remove gray wolves from the federal endangered species list passes U.S. House

  5. Seeking Local Host Families for High School Student Exchange Program

  6. Wanting Change

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

Watch your step! County guests need to be aware of a few hazards we all face in Sherman County. Please remember that dry grass ignites easily, no matter the season; it’s important to stay on designated roads and off private property. Don’t let fire destroy a family’s livelihood. And don’t let a rattlesnake or tick bite ruin your day!

Sherman County’s cycling itinerary is not recommended during grain harvest July 15 – August 15. ~

1.City of Grass Valley Postpones Pavilion 100th Anniversary Open House

Bird.Black.EnvelopePLEASE NOTE: City of Grass Valley City Council has POSTPONED the 100th anniversary open house for the Pavilion from July 16, 2016 and have decided to include it in our annual Max Nogle fundraiser dinner/dance to be held on November 19, 2016. It will be a great celebration! Please plan to join us!  ~ Staff, Council and fundraising committee: Neil, Carol, David, Bonne, Kristin, Joan, Joann, Meinrad, Rita, Austin, Cathy, Jamie, Amanda and Scott

2. 2016 Welcome to the Sherman County Fair, August 23-28 to our 107th Sherman County Fair!  Let me introduce you to the fair board. Tom Rolfe, Board Chair, Bryce Coelsch, Board Vice-Chair, Jennifer Zimmerlee, Ted Sabey, Shandie Johnson, Bert Perisho and Rick Jauken, Board Members.  Another very exciting year is planned.  It includes old favorites like the kick off BBQ, Dales Coles Classic Car Show, contests for cake, pie, flowers and table setting/decorating. Returning to us for a third year is the Challenge of Champions Bull Riding Tour and our very own parade thru downtown Moro on Saturday morning.  New to the fair this year will be entertainer Freddie Prez. Freddie will bring his new stage and will host several “one of a kind” contests.  Some of them can involve food and a special cannon!  You will have to watch him to see what all happens.

The board selected Margaret Snider as the 2016 Grand Marshal. Representing Sherman County Fair and your community at many local parades, rodeos and other area events is Princess Lexie Grenvik. Thank you Lexie for your hard work and dedication to Sherman County.  This year’s theme is “Country Pride County Wide.” Please plan to join us to visit with friends, enter a contest, enjoy the livestock exhibited by the 4-H and FFA members, attend the bull riding, hear the Countryfied Band or watch the Demolition Car/Truck Derby. The fair board wants to say thank you for attending our fair August 23rd thru August 28th in Moro Oregon.

See you at the fair!

Fair Secretary Beth McCurdy


3. Gorge Community Foundation awards scholarships and more

Gorge Community Foundation awarded more than $190,000 in scholarships and grants in May and June, benefiting students from several local communities as well as a wide range of public service initiatives across the bi-state region.

The sheer variety of awards reflects the diversity of funds managed by Gorge Community Foundation, which was established in 2000 with the mission of improving the quality of life in communities throughout the Gorge.

Foundation board members awarded a total of $77,000 in scholarships to 11 students, including the newly-created Corwin Hardham Memorial Fund established through Gorge Technology Alliance. The board also created, through the gift of an anonymous donor, the Gorge Youth Community Leadership Alliance Fund, with an initial combined fund level of $71,000.

Separately, Foundation board members awarded $43,410 in a series of grants from endowed funds, representing the original intent and general guidance of myriad fund donors; some endowed funds date from the very beginnings of Gorge Community Foundation more than 15 years ago, while others have been established as recently as the current year.

For instance, individual grants awarded this spring benefit Celilo Cancer Center, Radio Tierra, Central Gorge Master Gardeners, Hood River County Library Foundation, HAVEN, The Next Door, Friends of Wonderworks Children’s Museum, Providence Hospice of the Gorge, FISH Food Bank, Rowena Wildlife Clinic, Columbia Gorge CASA, Helping Hands Against Violence, Cooper Spur Race Team and Columbia Gorge Habitat for Humanity, among others.

Gorge Community Foundation’s mission is to improve the quality of life throughout the bi-state region. It does that by managing more than 72 endowed funds that support a wide variety of organizations and initiatives, with cumulative assets valued at more than $5 million. To learn more about Gorge Community Foundation, visit the website,

4. Walden plan to remove gray wolves from the federal endangered species list passes U.S. House

American flag2WASHINGTON, D.C.  – U.S. Rep. Greg Walden (R-Hood River) announced today that his plan to remove gray wolves from the federal endangered species list has been approved by the U.S. House by a vote of 223-201.

“Oregon’s wolf population has grown by more than 40 percent, and yet we have this divided management strategy in the federal government where in part of the state wolves are still listed and part of the state they’re not. We need a single management strategy where we have local control under the Oregon state plan,” said Walden. “That’s why this amendment is so important. We need to repeal the endangered species listing for the gray wolf, and get it under state management where we’ve got the most local control so Oregonians can make the decisions.”

Management of wolves in Oregon is currently divided by an arbitrary line that leaves wolves in the eastern third of the state under state management, while the remainder are still managed under the federal Endangered Species Act.

Oregon’s wolf population has grown by almost 40 percent in the last year, and their range continues to spread south and west creating issues of split jurisdiction. Meanwhile, wolves continue to kill livestock in the area under federal management, with little recourse for area ranchers and even creating challenges for the five year review of the Oregon Wolf Plan.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has recognized the recovery of this species and proposed delisting it three years ago, but litigation by outside groups has brought the process to a crawl. This proposal allows the agency to implement their proposal while ensuring that a delisting occurs by next summer.

Walden’s plan is part of a larger bill that sets the annual budget for the Department of the Interior and other agencies. He teamed up with Washington Reps. Dan Newhouse and Cathy McMorris Rodgers to introduce the amendment to get it passed in the House. A vote on the underlying bill is expected soon. WALDEN.HOUSE.GOV

5. Seeking Local Host Families for High School Student Exchange Program

world.peopleASSE 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 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!

6. Wanting Change

What makes people want to change? Notice that we didn’t say, “think they should change.”

There are many things that make people think they should change, and all of them add up to pressure from outside themselves. It may be disapproval from a family member or friend. It may be social or cultural norms or even prohibition of some specific behavior. It may even be fear of punishment or humiliation.

But when pressure to change is coming from the outside world, our desire to change is probably going to disappear as soon as the pressure is removed. The results of our change efforts are not very likely to last. What makes people really want to change is pressure coming from the inside. Most prominent is the desire to move toward greater experiences of pleasure.

Next comes the knowledge that if we don’t change, we will be violating our own standards, failing to live like the person we know ourselves to be. It also helps if we realize that the results of not changing will be far more painful than any discomfort we may create for ourselves if we do change. A technique that’s really useful when it comes to creating positive and lasting change is to use the power of your imagination.

Create vivid mental pictures linking pleasure and rewards to the behavior you want and pain and discomfort to the behavior you want to get rid of. Play these “mental movies” for yourself several times a day, every day. If you really focus your attention on them, you’ll be creating new associations in your brain, associations that will make it much easier for you to change your behavior in a lasting, positive way. ~ The Pacific Institute

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


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