Sherman County eNews #226


  1. Genealogists! Open Forum for Improving Research Skills, Sept. 7

  2. Oregon Poet Laureate advising Celilo Park project

  3. Criticism: Not Always a Help

  4. Corrected: Sherman County Jobs Club

  5. Commentary. The Differences: Republican and Democratic Party Platforms 

1. Genealogists! Open Forum for Improving Research Skills, Sept. 7

glassesThe Columbia Gorge Genealogical Society is sponsoring an open forum research day at the Lyle Community Center on September 7, 2016 at 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

This is open to anyone wanting to improve their research skills or need help with their research. You do not have to be a member of CGGS. This free event is open to the public. Questions?  Georga Foster, Publicity Chairman, 541-296-2882.

2. Corrected: Sherman County Jobs Club Meeting Location

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3. Oregon Poet Laureate advising Celilo Park project

fish1Oregon’s Poet Laureate, Elizabeth Woody, will be working with an advisory group to develop interpretive elements at a project planned at Celilo Park, east of The Dalles.

Confluence, an art and education nonprofit, has been meeting with an advisory committee of native elders and cultural experts to gather stories and histories about Celilo Falls. The group has also been gathering stories through individual interviews with elders along the Columbia River.

Woody is a critically acclaimed artist, speaker and educator. She has published poetry, short fiction, essays and is a visual artist. She is an enrolled member of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs in Oregon. Her poetry reflects her close ties with her family, the natural world, and her people, a group she portrays with humanity, dignity and sympathy.

One of Woody ’s essays about Celilo Falls is available for reading at

4. Criticism: Not Always a Help

Do you like being criticized? Does it make you feel like changing to accommodate your critic? In most situations, your answer is probably, “No!” And you are likely to want to spend the rest of the day hiding from the world, nursing hurt feelings.

Let’s take a closer look at this sensitive subject. Negative criticism is almost always a mistake. Not too many people like being criticized. It brings you down, makes you feel angry and resentful, and rarely provides any opportunity to learn and grow. The effect on a team, department or organizational culture can be paralyzing.

Constructive feedback is a horse of a different color. There is no sting in it, because it is not about your deficient character and it doesn’t come at you like an attack. It is designed to give you valuable information and it assumes you care about doing and being better.

So what is the difference between constructive feedback and criticism? Well, it is the difference between saying, “You never help around the house because you are a slob and you just don’t care,” and saying, “When you forget to help with the housework, I feel overworked and taken for granted.”

Can you see the difference? The first statement attacks character and sounds like it is coming from a victim. The second states the facts and shares information about feelings without making the other person a villain. All it takes to become an expert in constructive feedback is practice and a willingness to give up judgment and blame.

It also helps to remember what your goal is. If you want more conflict, more drama and personal and organizational destruction, go ahead and blame. But if you want positive action, learn to give constructive feedback instead. ~ The Pacific Institute

 5. Commentary. The Differences: Republican and Democratic Party Platforms 

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Both the Democrat and Republican parties adopted their platforms during conventions held earlier this summer. Those platforms reveal a great deal regarding the agendas and priorities of each political party. They represent a roadmap of how each party plans to govern if they are elected.

flag.starsThe Republican Party Platform is a 66-page document encompassing several areas of both foreign and domestic policy. Its Preamble’s first line states: “We believe in American exceptionalism.” It is dedicated to members of the U.S. military, law enforcement, first responders and their families.

Other principles embraced in the preamble include the belief the United States Constitution is our enduring covenant rather than a flexible, living document. The qualities of limited government and the separation of powers are specifically enumerated, as well as the recognition that our people are better stewards of natural resources than our government.

The Platform describes the belief that our nation has been led in the wrong direction for the past eight years. It cites salient examples including the doubling of the national debt, ongoing refusals to control our borders, continued attacks on domestic energy production, stagnant wages for private sector workers, and the dismantling of our health care system. President Obama is chastised for “regulating to death a free market economy that he does not like and does not understand.”

The first section of the Platform is entitled “Restoring the American Dream.” Its central premise is that “government cannot create prosperity.” However, government can, and often does, limit or destroy private wealth.

The section rejects the idea that we should accept the “new normal” of a slow-growing economy. It points out that Obama is poised to be the first modern president to leave office without even one calendar year of three percent economic growth.

Moreover, the number of Americans living in poverty has increased by seven million during his term in office. At 63 percent, the labor force participation rate is at its lowest level since the Carter administration. For the first time since World War II, business closures are exceeding business startups. Business investment has been in negative territory for the past seven quarters.

Suggested solutions to the Obama morass include the development of a simplified, pro-growth tax code. The plan would reduce corporate tax rates while creating incentives for investment and innovation as a “moral imperative.” It would close multiple tax-avoidance loopholes and curb corporate welfare. It calls for better negotiated trade agreements that put Americans first and encourages more home ownership.

Another section emphasizes the use of technology to build the future. The Republican Party is committed to data privacy, the protection of intellectual property, facilitation of access to high-speed broadband and the competition for internet services. It seeks to expedite citing processes to accelerate the expansion of the electrical grid.

Other proposals to spur economic development include the reduction of occupational licensing, annual audits bringing transparency and accountability for the Federal Reserve, establishing a commission to investigate ways to set a fixed value for the dollar, encouraging employee stock ownership plans, streamlining federal personnel procedures and realigning federal employee compensation with the standards of most American employees, reviewing the unionization of the federal workforce, establishing caps on future debt and requiring that major new federal regulations be approved by Congress.

A significant portion of the Republican Party platform is included in a section entitled “A Rebirth of Constitutional Government.”

The Party proposes to protect religious liberty through the passage of a First Amendment Defense Act. It further protects the political speech of advocacy groups, corporations and labor unions by calling for the repeal of federal restrictions on political parties and limits on political contributions.

The Platform aims to uphold and strengthen the Second Amendment by stating support for firearm reciprocity and constitutional carry. Conversely, it condemns frivolous lawsuits against gun manufacturers and opposes the federal licensing or registration of gun owners, the registration of ammunition and the restoration of the Clinton gun ban.

Fourth Amendment issues are addressed through calls to limit aerial surveillance on U.S. soil, other than for enforcement of our sovereign borders. Republicans oppose the use of tracking devices on cars and encourage the reformation of civil asset forfeiture policies.

A section entitled “America’s Natural Resources: Agriculture, Energy and the Environment” makes up approximately six pages of the Platform.

The Party is calling for expanded trade opportunities and the opening of new markets for U.S. agricultural products. It demands food and health regulations must be based upon reproducible science-based standards.

The section upholds ranching on federal land and promotes the active, sustainable harvest, multi-use management of our federal forests. The Platform specifically recognizes the states can perform those functions better than the federal government.

Energy-related proposals include supporting the construction of the Keystone Pipeline and opening public lands, as well as the outer continental shelf, to energy exploration and development. It advocates for transferring authority to state regulators to manage energy resources on federal lands within their borders, expediting the permitting process for mineral production on public lands and developing all forms of energy without government subsidies using private capital.

The Republican Party platform urges the transfer of federal lands to willing states. Most environmental regulation authority would be transferred to the states. Federal rulemaking would be limited and accompanied by a requirement that citizens be compensated for regulatory takings. Private sector development of carbon capture and sequestration technology would be encouraged. The expected result would be increased domestic energy production.

The Platform calls for abolishing the Obama administration’s controversial Clean Power Plan, forbidding the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating carbon dioxide and opposing a carbon tax. It also calls for the rejection of the Kyoto Protocol and Paris Agreement agendas, as well prohibiting further U.S. funding for the United Nations’ Framework Convention on Climate Change.

The Equal Access to Justice Act would be reformed to cap and disclose payments made to environmental activist organizations. The “sue and settle” system of legal extortion used by certain environmental groups would be ended.

The 1906 Antiquities Act would be amended to establish Congress’ right to approve the designation of national monuments. It would further require the approval of the state where a monument is to be designated or a national park is proposed.

“Government Reform” comprises eight pages of the Republican Party Platform. Proposals include a Constitutional requirement for a balanced federal budget, as well as a Balanced Budget Amendment that imposes a cap limiting spending to the appropriate historical average percentage of Gross Domestic Product. It proposes a supermajority requirement for any tax increase, except in instances of war or legitimate emergencies.

This section also addresses issues surrounding immigration policies. It includes support for making English the nation’s official language, making sanctuary cities ineligible for federal funding, establishing a mandatory minimum of five years in prison for illegals who re-enter the country after being deported, reforming the current guest worker program and making e-verify mandatory nationwide.

Also proposed are audits for the Pentagon and Department of Defense, term limits for members of Congress and the reinstatement of the 1933 Glass-Steagall Act regulating the banking and securities industry.

Health care issues are addressed in the Platform’s next section. The Party is calling for the repeal of Obama Care, the promotion of price transparency in the health care industry, the encouragement of individuals and small businesses to form insurance purchasing pools and amending outdated laws to allow consumers to buy insurance across state lines. The Platform also promotes health savings accounts and reimbursement accounts.

The Party recognizes the only hope for public education is to introduce more competition into the current monopolized system. It aims to bolster Americans’ choices by promoting education savings accounts, education vouchers and education tuition tax credits.

The platform’s final section, entitled “America Resurgent,” discusses foreign policy and national defense. It includes the Party’s support for Israel, resolve for maintaining and increasing sanctions against Russia until the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Ukraine are restored, and calling for our allies in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization to make greater investments in their armed forces. Republicans oppose the reinstatement of a military draft.

flag.starsThe 55-page Democratic Party Platform lists a significantly contrasting set of national priorities. It contains many promises of increased spending on myriad government programs. However, it provides scant detail on how to pay for them other than the familiar rhetoric about corporations paying their “fair share.” What is a fair corporate share and how much revenue it will raise is a figure which is never actually defined.

Salient priorities for the national Democratic Party include overturning the U.S. Supreme Court’s free speech decision in Citizens United, removing the Confederate flag from public properties and closing the “racial wealth gap.”

Included is a call to reaffirm our commitment to develop a national strategy to eliminating poverty. Democrats first responded to that call with President Lyndon Johnson’s 1964 “Great Society.” The multiple layers of Democrat programs created by that effort have perpetuated, expanded and institutionalized poor minorities for more than half a century. One important reason for the programs’ failures is that much of the money allocated for them is used to pay the government employees who oversee and deliver the services.

The Democrat Platform states that we should “secure environmental justice” and combat “environmental racism.” It expresses support for the Kyoto Protocol and Paris Agreement, the Clean Power Plan and Obama’s continued rejection of the Keystone Pipeline.

One stated goal is obtaining half of the nation’s electricity from clean energy sources within a decade, powering the government with 100 percent clean energy and making the U.S. the clean energy superpower of the 21st century. They would purportedly accomplish these goals by incentivizing wind and solar power over the development of new natural gas, by increasing bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure and by taxing carbon dioxide emissions.

Democrats are also calling for a Department of Justice investigation of “corporate fraud” by fossil fuel companies for supposedly misleading shareholders on the “scientific reality” of climate change. There is no mention of the need for similar investigations into the kind of green energy cronyism and corruption that has plagued Oregon and other states for the last several years.

The Democratic Party platform includes a plank guaranteeing good schools for every child. It does not address how public education outcomes have progressively worsened by virtually every objective indicator, despite the seemingly endless amounts of money spent to improve those outcomes.

The Platform states the Democrat pride in being the party responsible for enacting the Affordable Care Act. It goes on to describe health care as a right rather than a privilege and includes support for securing universal health care for all, as well as support for the public option. The growing lack of access to medical care and the runaway costs of medical insurance under the ACA are not addressed.

Another Democrat Party Platform pledge is to “tackle the epidemic of gun violence” by revoking legal immunity protections for gun makers and sellers, expanding background checks, eliminating background check  “loopholes” and taking “weapons of war” off of our streets.

Another section of the Platform is devoted to foreign policy. It praises Obama for blocking Iran’s ability to pursue nuclear weapons and claims he “crippled al Qaeda’s core leadership.” It states a devotion to ending the rule of Assad in Syria, pledges to close Guantanamo Bay and supports a two-nation solution in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

The obvious contrast between the parties is spelled out in their platforms. Voters would be wise to educate themselves on those differences when considering which candidates to support in November’s general election.



Sherman County eNews #225


  1. Notice: Sherman County Fair Board Meeting Postponed

  2. Strengthening Families in Sherman County

  3. The Dalles Art Center Offers New Classes in September & October

  4. American Pickers to Film in Oregon

  5. Enhancing Your Child’s Brain Development

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

 Always stay curious. Curiosity instills creativity. ~ Aerin Lauder

 1. Notice: Sherman County Fair Board Meeting Postponed

The Sherman County Fair Board regular board meeting scheduled for Thursday, September 1st has been postponed.

2. Strengthening Families in Sherman County

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 Strengthening Families sessions

3. The Dalles Art Center Offers New Classes in September & October

paint.brushesAs summer winds down in the gorge, The Dalles Art Center is gearing up for all of the spectacular adult art classes that it will be offering this fall. During the months of September and October, they have three special classes lined up with three different well known masters of three different mediums: Pastels, Watercolors, and Ceramics.

Karen Watson, an accomplished pastel artist who has artwork in galleries all over the Northwest and was a participant in the 2016 Gorge Artist Open Studio Tour, is offering a 2-Day Pastel Painting Workshop for beginners with us on September 10 & 11 from 10 – 4pm at The Dalles Art Center. Karen will work with you and a large variety of soft pastels on toned sandpaper during this two-day, comprehensive pastel class at The Dalles Art Center. Karen will do live demos for the class and favor loose and bold application of strokes and color with you. After class, you will leave with a completed work, and the foundational knowledge required to create fresh and exciting pieces of artwork from pastel on your own. The tooth of the paper that Karen will supply you with during class  allows for several layers of pastel that lends artwork a more painterly feeling. If you don’t already have one, The Dalles Art Center has a limited number of pastel starter sets available for purchase that will be perfect for this class.

On Wednesdays in September, Gayle Weisfield will be offering an Intermediate Watercolor Class for four weeks at The Dalles Art Center. Gayle is an internationally acclaimed and award winning artist who is devoted to The Dalles Art Center and our mission to encourage a love and knowledge of the arts within the community. During this special class, Gayle will be showing us some of the new techniques that she recently has discovered throughout her recent travels and art explorations. She will help us get out of our painting doldrums and get us motivated. There are four classes in this series, and each day will offer a different project and demos which you will finish in class and take home with you afterward. Note: this fee comes to only $30 a class. Even if you miss one class it is still a deal!

And starting Thursday October 13th, internationally recognized mosaic artist, Toms Royal, will be teaching a Custom Cut Ceramic Tile Mosaic Class that continues every Thursday for the next five weeks from 1 – 5pm at The Dalles Art Center. As our most popular class, this special opportunity always fills up quickly. During this class you will start with a 15lbs. slab of clay and use it to express yourself using the unique shape and color theories that Toms uses as a guide to teaching. By the end of this 5-week process, Toms will have encouraged you to dig deeply into your creative side — whether you are used to tapping into this part of yourself or not — and you will get to go home with a ready-to-hang, handmade piece of beautiful artwork. This means this class naturally lends itself to all levels of skill, there is no need to be shy if you are a beginner or don’t consider yourself much of an artist.

If you are interested in signing up for any of these classes, please call or email The Dalles Art Center as soon as possible, because there is limited space available. If you are unable to take one of these sessions but are still interested in being waitlisted for a possible class in the future, call us and let us know. 541.296.4759

4. American Pickers to Film in Oregon

Mike Wolfe, Frank Fritz, and their team are excited to return to Oregon! They plan to film episodes of the hit series AMERICAN PICKERS throughout the region this summer.

AMERICAN PICKERS is a documentary series that explores the fascinating world of antique ‘picking’ on History. The hit show follows Mike and Frank, two of the most skilled pickers in the business, as they hunt for America’s most valuable antiques. They are always excited to find sizeable, unique collections and learn the interesting stories behind them.

As they hit the back roads from coast to coast, Mike and Frank are on a mission to recycle and rescue forgotten relics. Along the way, the Pickers want to meet characters with remarkable and exceptional items. The pair hopes to give historically significant objects a new lease on life, while learning a thing or two about America’s past along the way.

Mike and Frank have seen a lot of rusty gold over the years and are always looking to discover something they’ve never seen before. They are ready to find extraordinary items and hear fascinating tales about them. AMERICAN PICKERS is looking for leads and would love to explore your hidden treasure. If you or someone you know has a large, private collection or accumulation of antiques that the Pickers can spend the better part of the day looking through, send us your name, phone number, location and description of the collection with photos to: or call 855-old-rust.

5. Enhancing Your Child’s Brain Development

Believe it or not, in a world that seems to be getting more and more complicated, there are a few easy ways to help enhance your child’s development, and they can make a world of difference down the line. Our thanks to Harris Publications’ “The Brain – The Ultimate Guide” for the following information.

Experience has been proven, time and time again, to be the most important element in developing a strong, healthy brain. Even before we are born, we are learning about sounds, temperature and balance. Once we enter the world, our brains are taking in everything – whether we can immediately make sense of it or not. It is experience that begins filling up our knowledge bank. Each of the following enhances your child’s brain development, from infancy to the teen years:

  • Access to a stimulating environment: books, toys that teach letters and numbers, museums and libraries. It’s the experience that solidifies the learning.
  • Something as simple as a hug from a nurturing parent diffuses tension and stress, and bolsters brain circuits involved in emotional regulation, impulse control and decision making.
  • Talking and reading to your child, from an early age, promotes learning and brain growth, and builds strong language skills; it also bolsters your relationship with your child, which will come in handy during the teen years.
  • Music lessons: Yes, music lessons. They weren’t kidding when they said that Mozart makes you smart. Music allows the brain to map sounds to neural pathways involved in muscle movement, as well as promoting focus, awareness and academic performance.
  • Play time – studies show that children learn best through self-directed play. It helps them develop and exercise vital brain circuits, as well as learning how to “play well in the sandbox” with others.
  • Allow your child to take some risks. This flies in the face of the need to protect our children, but a little risk-taking promotes learning new things, as well as reinforcing brain circuits for motor control, regulating emotions and making decision.

Many of these suggestions are going to be familiar to you. Some have been second-nature to parents for a long time. It’s just that neuro-science is now proving that what we’ve intuitively known is the right path to take.  ~ The Pacific Institute

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


Measure 97: A TAX, ON A TAX, ON A TAX . . .

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Water. Draining Oregon: What can we do about over-pumping? 

The Spectrum Auction: How Economists Saved the Day

The Battle for America’s Mind

chicken.familyHow Chicken Conquered the American Dinner Plate

Judicial Watch. Because no one is above the law.

Chairman Chaffetz Opener – Criminal Aliens Released by the Department of Homeland Security 4/28/2016 – 3½ minutes. This is staggering. Absolutely unbelievable. And it gets NO press.

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Sherman County eNews #224


  1. “Sticks in Stacks”- Social Crafting at the Public/School Library, Sept. 1

  2. Sherman County Court Agenda, Sept. 7

  3. Sherman County Fair 4-H and FFA Results

  4. Klindt’s Booksellers Hosts Northwest Author Festival, Sept. 10

  5. Job Skills Club to Start, Sept. 14

  6. Library Book Club to Meet, Sept. 20

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

1. “Sticks in Stacks”- Social Crafting at the Public/School Library, Sept. 1

sewKnitsheep“Sticks in Stacks” at Sherman County Public/School Library Thursday, September 1. 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

2. Sherman County Court Agenda, Sept. 7
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3. Sherman County Fair 4-H and FFA Results

“ Country Pride County Wide ” was the theme for the 2016 Sherman County Fair, with Princess Lexi Grenvik of Moro.   Grand Marshal was Margaret Snider of Grass Valley.  Sherman County 4-H and FFA members entered a variety of competitions, with Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion winners listed below:

4-H clover14-H RECORD BOOKS:    Grand Champion Record Book:  Hollee Kaseberg, Reserve Grand Champion: Emma Stutzman 

PHOTOGRAPHY:  Grand Champion: Joseph Ramos, Reserve Grand Champion: Hollee Kaseberg 

FIBER ARTS:  Grand Champion:  Daisy Brown, Reserve Grand Champion: Becca Earl 

HORTICULTURE:  Grand Champion: Joseph Ramos, Reserve Grand Champion: Patrick Ramos

HOME ECONOMICS – Clothing Grand Champion:  Daisy Brown, Reserve Grand Champion: Maddie Berry

Food Preparation:  Grand Champion:  Hollee Kaseberg, Reserve Grand Champion:  Cali Johnson

Food Preservation:  Grand Champion & Reserve Grand Champion:  Emma Robbins

Fashion Revue Grand Champion:  Daisy Brown, Reserve Grand Champion: Luke Fritts 

LIVESTOCK – Poultry & Rabbits

Grand Champion Market Poultry:  Joseph Ramos

 Reserve Grand Champion Market Poultry:  Anthony Westlake

Grand Champion Poultry Showman:  CJ Johnson

Reserve Grand Champion Poultry Showman: Rachel Westlake

Grand Champion Rabbit Showman:  Cali Johnson


Grand Champion Market Lamb:  Lindsey Jones 

Reserve Grand Champion Market Lamb:  Caleb Fritts

Grand Champion Sheep Showman:  Courtney Coelsch

Reserve Grand Champion Sheep Showman:  Tyler Jones


Grand Champion Market Steer:  Bri McKinney   

Reserve Grand Champion Market Steer:  Kole Martin

Grand Champion Beef Showman:  Max Martin

Reserve Grand Champion Beef Showman:  Treve Martin


Grand Champion Market Hog:  Jed Harrison

Reserve Grand Champion Market Hog:  Cadence Smith

Grand Champion Hog Showman:  Emma Stutzman

Reserve Grand Champion Hog Showman:  Jed Harrison


Grand Champion Market Goat: Hollee Kaseberg 

Reserve Grand Champion Market Goat:  Nastasia Shull

Grand Champion Goat Showman:  Amy Dabulskis

Reserve Grand Champion Goat Showman:  Hollee Kaseberg

HORSE – Showmanship

Grand Champion Horse Showman:  Mikkaela Ruise

Reserve Grand Champion Horse Showman:  Mercedez Cardona

HORSE – Western Equitation

Grand Champion: Mercedez Cardona, Reserve Grand Champion: Jared Fritts

HORSE – Trail Champion Intermediate: Courtney Coelsch , Junior: Lindsey Jones & Mercedez Cardona (tie), Intermediate; Jared Fritts, Senior

HORSE – All Around Horsemen buckles based on placings in minimum of 4 of 6 horse classes: Mikkalea Ruise, senior; Lindsey Jones, intermediate; Courtney Coelsch, junior


All Around Showman:  Max Martin; Reserve:  Amy Dabulskis

Outstanding 4-H Livestock Member based on livestock exhibit, showmanship and record book:  Hollee Kaseberg

Beef Rate of Gain:  Kole Martin

Goat Rate of Gain:  Mercedez Cardona


1st:  Goat, 2nd: Poultry, 3rd: Sheep, 4th: Beef, 5th: Swine, 6th: Horse


Nancy Smith Memorial to grand champion of style revue:  Daisy Brown

Kate Martin Memorial to top scoring home economics exhibitor:  Emma Robbins

Sharp Sheep Showman to top placing 1st year junior sheep showmanship:  Courtney Coelsch

Bernard Martin Memorial to most inspirational 4-H member:  Cadence Smith

Debra Lynn Memorial for willingness, diligence, cooperation and sportsmanship:  Courtney Coelsch

Bill Jefferies Award for most improved horse member:  Mercedez Cardona


4-H camp scholarships to 1st year junior:  Courtney Coelsch and Junior: Cali Johnson

Best 4-H story:  Cadence Smith.

4-H LEADERS’ RAFFLE BASKETS: The 4-H Leaders with community support raised over $1000 to benefit 4-H program participants in Sherman County. 

4. Klindt’s Booksellers Hosts Northwest Author Festival, Sept. 10

Northwest Author Festival in The Dalles

Saturday, September 10th, 2016

12PM – 3PM

Klindt’s Booksellers is excited to host the annual Northwest Author Festival on Saturday, September 10th from 12-3pm.

Klindt’s is bringing an outstanding group of eleven regional authors together, all with new titles, in one day. Each author will be setup throughout the store where you are free to visit with them, have your books personally signed, and discuss their writing process.

With authors spanning multiple genres, from local history to mystery, there will be something for readers of all ages to enjoy. Our 2016 line-up includes:

  1. Jeff Alworth. The Beer Bible. (Cooking/Beverages)
  2. Jessica Blackburn. The Echoing. (Young Adult)
  3. David Jonathan Brown. Quest for Forgiveness. (Historical Fiction)
  4. D.C. Jesse Burkhardt. Columbia River Gorge Railroads. (History)
  5. Sharon Duerst. Seeding Hope.  (Fiction/Romance)
  6. Samuel Hall. Daughter of the Cimarron. (Historical/Christian Fiction)
  7. Bart King. The Drake Equation. (Middle Grade Fiction)
  8. Kate Dyer‐Seeley. Silenced in the Surf. (Mystery/Thriller)
  9. Pauls Toutoughi. Dog Gone: A Lost Pet’s Extraordinary Journey. (Pets/Nonfiction)
  10. Yvonne Wakefield. Babe in the Woods. (Memoir)
  11. Edith Webster. A Long Way from Stones River. (Historical Fiction)

Downtown will be buzzing with activity as this year’s author festival is scheduled in conjunction with Route 30 Bottles & Brews Homebrew & Chili Cook-Off Contests, complete with live music and tasty BBQ. Not to mention the Soapbox Derby!

Join us for the Northwest Author Festival on September 10th from 12PM-3PM at Klindt’s Booksellers. The event is free and open to the public.

5. Job Skills Club to Start, Sept. 14

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6. Library Book Club to Meet, Sept. 20 

books.loveThe next Sherman County Public/School Library Book Club meeting is on September 20, Tuesday, at 6:00 p.m. Please join us for tea, dessert, and discussion of our September book, “Wildflower Hill,” by Kimberley Freeman. Call 541-565-3279 or email to request a hold.

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


8 takeaways from ‘Draining Oregon’: The big water giveaway

Editorial: Blumenauer is wrong about the Owyhee 

Windyty: The Stunning Interactive World Wind & Weather Map

Fabricating Lies, Promoting Imperial Wars, Decimating Countries, Impoverishing Millions: Megaphone for Mass Murder

Iran moving air defense system to nuke site

Drone shows extent of Italy quake destruction

 Polls. Rasmussen Reports

 A Message for the Snowflakes on Campus


Sherman County eNews #223


  1. Free Solar Viewing at Columbia Gorge Discovery Center, Aug. 27

  2. Historic Highway Photo Contest

  3. Presentation: National Park Roads: An American Landscape Legacy, Sept. 23

  4. Eye on the Prize

  5. Cascade Policy Institute: Oregon Land Use Regulations

  6. Public Notice: Request for Comment on Aging & Disabilities Waiver

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

1. Free Solar Viewing at Columbia Gorge Discovery Center, Aug. 27

sun.circleBob Yoesle from Friends of the Goldendale Observatory will present a solar viewing free to the public Saturday, August 27, from 12 noon to 4 p.m. 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

2. Historic Highway Photo Contest

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3. Presentation: National Park Roads: An American Landscape Legacy, Sept. 23

Tim Davis, historian with the U.S. National Park Service, presents National Park Roads: An American Landscape Legacy, Friday, September 23, at Columbia Gorge Discovery Center & Museum, 5000 Discovery Drive, The Dalles. A pre-program dinner begins at 6 p.m. followed by the 7 p.m. program. Cost for the dinner and program is $22, the program only is $5. Tickets may be purchased by calling 541-296-8600 ext. 201 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. daily. Reservations are required by September 21. For more information, visit

4. Eye on the Prize

eye2If you think positively, does that mean that you shouldn’t pay any attention to things that are negative? 

Have you ever listened in on a conversation like this? “People who think positively are OK, but too much of the time they’re out of touch with reality. They’re so busy thinking positively that they ignore the danger signs. The next thing you know they’re in big trouble. When you point out that they could have seen it coming, they don’t like it one little bit. How can you pay attention to both positive and negative things at the same time?” 

This is a good question. We know that thinking positively makes us happier, and we want to focus on the achievement of our goals. Then again, we don’t want to walk around with our heads in the clouds, and find ourselves tripping over every “rock in the road” we don’t see. So how do we strike this balance?

Thinking positively does not mean we exclude anything that might be negative. We use our RAS to make sure we are aware of everything that helps us get to our goals. Remember in the message from yesterday, the RAS only lets in information that is of value or threat, as defined by our goals. So if some situation shows up that may delay or derail us on the way to our goals, our RAS makes sure it lets us know. We just need to make sure we pay attention! We then can evaluate the new information, and make a decision to take, or not take, corrective action. The important piece is making sure we are alert by clearly defining our goals.

The same thing is true for corporations, families, any person in any situation. You don’t ignore current reality, but you keep your focus on a positive future – your eye on the prize. ~ The Pacific Institute

 5. Cascade Policy Institute: Oregon Land Use Regulations

farm.sun.fieldOregon has the nation’s most restrictive land-use regulatory system. Every square inch of Oregon has been zoned by government planners, with the result that development of any type is prohibited on most private land. In addition, 60% of Oregon’s total land mass is owned by the government, so there are relatively few parts of the state where real estate markets can function effectively. The result is a government-enforced cartel of landowners who own buildable land. The consequence of any cartel is to drive up the price of the regulated good to above-market levels. The high cost of land in Oregon is one reason why the price of housing is relatively high in Oregon’s largest cities.

While it is often lauded by its proponents as a “model” for the nation, after 33 years no other state has chosen to emulate Oregon’s land-use program. Clearly the Oregon system is more of an aberration than a model, and needs to be drastically reformed to incorporate the benefits of property rights, incentives, and markets.

Ballot Measure 7 passed in 2000, which would have brought some relief, but this measure was overturned by the Oregon Supreme Court. A similar proposal was passed as Measure 37 in 2004, which resulted in roughly 7,500 claims filed for financial compensation (or waiver of regulations) due to the loss of property rights caused by zoning. That law was overturned by Ballot Measure 49, which was voted on in November 2007.

Cascade believes strongly in the virtues of free enterprise, which is based on the enforcement of property rights. This web page includes essays, commentaries and studies related to land-use planning, “smart growth,” and similar subjects.

Continue at

6. Public Notice: Request for Comment on Aging & Disabilities Waiver

The Department of Human Services (DHS) and the Oregon Health Authority are seeking public comment on the submission of the following Medicaid 1915(c) Home and Community-Based Services waiver: Aging and People with Disabilities Waiver Renewal (0185).  The proposed waiver is available online:

The following is a summary of substantive changes proposed for the Aging and People with Disabilities Waiver:
* Request to add new service – Wellness Education. Wellness Education materials assist waiver participants to obtain, process, and understand information needed to assist in the management and prevention of chronic conditions.
* In collaboration with National Quality Enterprise, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and DHS, Office of Developmental Disabilities Services, the Quality Improvement System has been revised to more accurately determine quality assurance and quality improvement through performance measures, remediation and system improvements.
* Increase the projected unduplicated number of participants.
* Update cost estimates for the waiver period January 1, 2017- December 31, 2021.

A hard copy of the waiver can also be obtained from any Aging and People with Disabilities or Area Agency on Aging field office or at the Barbara Roberts Human Services Building located at 500 Summer St NE, Salem OR.

Comments can be sent to or mailed to Aging and People with Disabilities 500 Summer St NE Salem OR 97306 and should be received no later than September 27, 2016.

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

bird.owl.limbArt Beat Goes To Art In The High Desert, August 27

Columbia River Gorgeous Blog: Vista House + Grand Piano = One Wild Evening

 Historic Highway Photo Contest


Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) To Obama: Designate Owyhee National Monument

Warnings of rate hikes as Oregon becomes 1st state to kill coal

Cascade Policy Institute Says NO to Measure 97

Oregon Spellers: Statewide Spelling Bee

The Crop Surplus is Bad News for America’s Farms

Global Research: Centre for Research on Globalization

Top 20 Donors to Hillary Clinton’s Super PAC


Sherman County eNews #222


  1. Spiritual Matters

  2. Classifieds

  3. Calendar

 1. Spiritual Matters


How do we know if we’re saved?

Today’s discussion is not about how to become saved; we will discuss that later. But how does a person know if they are already saved? In other words, are they eternally destined for heaven?  Many people believe that by being a “good” person, they are saved.

We are all born with a sin nature (Romans 5:12). Our sin separates us from God (Isaiah 59:2).  Romans 3:23 says “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”  Romans 6:23 tells us that the wages of our sin is (eternal) death. In short, until we become saved, we are not destined for heaven. (There is exception for people (i.e. children) who have not yet reached the age of accountability, but that’s a topic for later.)

I spent the first 33 years of my life calling myself a Christian and believing that I was saved.  In truth, I became a Christian and became saved at the age of 34. The story of how I came to have a saving faith is called my testimony. When Christians share their testimonies, you see many similarities. The circumstances can vary dramatically, but the results are similar. When we become saved, we are sealed with the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 1:13-14). We immediately begin to sense the Holy Spirit working in our lives. We hunger to learn about God, we feel love towards others whom we may have previously despised, we love to talk about God and have a deep desire to serve Him.  It does not mean we don’t sin anymore, but that our sin is washed away in the eyes of God. We will be convicted of our old sinful ways of the flesh over time. Christians are a work in progress, but are saved.

God bless,

Jill Harrison

Wasco United Methodist Church

2. Classifieds (new or corrected)

newspaper.arrowNOTE! Please submit classified ads 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, the final Friday date for posting your ad (shown by the date at the end of the ad), contact information, under 50 words if possible, and limited to Sherman County. Links are welcome.  Friday Classifieds are a great place for thank you, commendation and congratulatory notes.


applause1CONGRATULATIONS, GRAND MARSHAL MARGARET SNIDER! Thank you for your gift of 4-H leadership and your too-many-to-count volunteer contributions to our county community for many years!  ~ The Editor




DRIVER. Driver wanted: Sherman Co. Preschool is looking for a driver for a 20 passenger van 2-3 hours a day Monday-Thursday.  You need to have or be able to obtain the appropriate license endorsement and if necessary we can help you with licensing costs.  You should pass a background check and enjoy being around 3-5 year olds, but know there will be another adult riding along to oversee the kids.  If you’re interested in a little extra income during your retirement or when your kids are at school this is a great job for you!  Please contact Sherman Co. Preschool at (541) 565-3320 or for a job application.  Open until filled. Sherman Co. Preschool is an equal opportunity provider.  9/2

ASSISTANT CHILD CARE PROVIDER. The Sherman County Child Care Foundation is accepting applications for an immediate opening as an Assistant Child Care Provider at ABC Huskies Child Care in Wasco, Oregon. This is a 32-40 hour/week position. Experience preferred but will train. Successful applicant should possess good communication skills, exceptional people skills, patience, and ability to work flexible hours. For application and further details: 541-442-5024, email . Employment Application is available at .  9/9

RETAIL CLERK/WAREHOUSE WORKER. Mid Columbia Producers is seeking applicants to join our team as a full time retail clerk/warehouse worker. This position will be based out of Wasco, Oregon but may require days worked at our other locations including The Dalles and Goldendale, Washington on occasion.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Cashier-Process customer orders
  • Maintenance of the facilities
  • Sell products and provide product information
  • Carry out and load farm store merchandise
  • Stock Farm Store with merchandise warehoused or stored in the lot or warehouse
  • Clean and rearrange merchandise as needed
  • Open and close store, lot and warehouse areas
  • Pick up orders from vendors
  • Deliver merchandise to Farm Store customers
  • Load and unload bales of straw, hay and feed


  • Lift, carry, push, or pull objects up to approximately 100 lbs.
  • Must possess basic computer knowledge and be able to navigate with little assistance
  • Must be able to accommodate a varying work schedule
  • Operate with initiative, commitment, strong work ethic & sense of urgency
  • Accurate and comfortable with math and currency
  • Valid Drivers License
  • Must be able to operate a vehicle with a GVW of 10,000 lbs. or more, with or without a trailer in tow
  • Will be required to work in all weather conditions

Schedule: Schedule varies, store hours of operation will be Monday – Saturday 7:30 – 5:30. Shifts are assigned as deemed necessary.

Employment will be contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment physical, drug screen, background check and MVR. As a prominent agribusiness company, we offer a competitive salary and benefits package. Including health insurance premiums currently paid 100% for the employee and their dependents, dental, vision and Rx coverage, 401k with company match, robust profit sharing plan, paid vacation, sick, holidays, and more.

Applications are available for download at or be picked up at the main office in Moro. Please send cover letter, application and resume to:

Mid Columbia Producers Attn: Brittany Dark, PO Box 344, Moro, OR 97039.

PH: (541)565-2277 Fax: (503)536-6875

Closing date August 31, 2016 at 5 p.m. or until filled.

Mid Columbia Producers is an equal opportunity employer. 8/26 

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:  0/0


ESPRESSO, SCHOOL SUPPLIES. Second Hand Made in Wasco now has ESPRESSO!  The machine is up and running, so stop and check it out.  Also, we have an assortment of school supplies available for the start of another school year.  9/2

 GORGE VISTA SUBDIVISION. Gorge Vista subdivision has 16 lots available for sale. 3 lots are already sold and 2 sale pending. The lots range in size from .15 acre to .24 acres; prices range from $25K-$35K. There are a few lots with Columbia River views. Sherman County has a land home package loan assistance available to qualified buyers. Contact Cheri Belander, Owner/Or. Principal Broker, Cheri Belander Real Estate, 802 W 6th St., The Dalles, Or. 97058 & 1301 12th St., Hood River, Or. 97031 & 541-806-5424.   9/23

DOING BUSINESS WITH LOCAL PEOPLE. Sherman County Agri-Business Directory. 0/0

HOME FOR SALE $80,000. Why Rent? Your mortgage payment may actually be less than rent in this tidy, well kept mfg home located at 101 Sixth Street in Moro, OR
Master Suite has walk in closet – Nice deck and beautiful yard. Covered parking and a good size shed for your tools and toys. Come Home to Moro, excellent schools, friendly neighbors and a great community. Please call Ruby Mason- 541-980-9104- with questions or for a personal tour. EQUAL HOUSING OPPORTUNITY. Windermere GTRE- 541-386-3444.  8/26

SERVICES: [home, personal, appliance, landscape, fencing, cleaning, maintenance, janitorial, computer, construction, sewing, repairs, transportation, media, preschool, day care]

REAL ESTATE SERVICES. Why hire just your average Realtor when you can hire one with years of successful negotiating experience and a proven track record of satisfied customers. Dan Pehlke, Principal Broker in Oregon, has just that. Now exclusively Powered by Cheri Belander Real Estate 802 W 6th St., The Dalles, OR  97058 & 1301 12th St., Hood River, OR 97031 Home of the 4.5% listing agreement with full representation and extreme networking with tremendous success. Give Dan Pehlke a call anytime at 503-547-9140 if you need to buy or sell real estate of any kind. 

PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP. Bob’s Ghost Town Safari Photography Workshop near Bickleton, Washington, September 10, 2016 – all day. Space is limited. Pre-registration required. Fee paid in advance $100 per person (includes entrance fees, etc, except lunch). Lunch break in Bickleton. Call 541 296 2553 or cell at 541 350 4671 (no messages or texts on the cell). Robert (Bob) Davis, 2415 E. 12th, The Dalles, Oregon 97058.   bobs ghost town safari on Facebook  8/26

SHERMAN COUNTY BUSINESSES’ FREE MOBILE APP.  Sherman County businesses can now be found with your mobile phone! The John Day River Territory, a regional tourism marketing group representing Sherman, Gilliam, Wheeler and Grant counties, has developed a mobile app through MyChamberApp that lists businesses and helps you map your way to them (information is listed under John Day River Territory in Oregon). To download this free App see  0/0

SHERMAN COUNTY AGRI-BUSINESS DIRECTORY. Sherman County businesses & services may be listed on the Sherman County website at under agri-business by town. Please contact Sherman County Administrative Assistant Lauren Hernandez  0/0






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 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!  8/26



DUPLEX. 2 bedroom. 1 bath 1500sqft duplex available in Grass Valley. Located on the edge of town. Private parking and private entrance. Rental price includes. Water, electric, garbage, wifi and sewer. $850. Text or call. First, last and deposits required. 5419995317  9/2

3. Calendar (new or corrected)

Country Pride, County Wide!


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

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

23-28 Sherman County Fair, Moro

26 Sherman County Fair 4-H Home Economics Contests 8 4-H Pavilion

26 Sherman County Fair Open Class Horse Show 8:30-3

26 Sherman County Fair 4-H & FFA Swine Showmanship (sr.-int.-jr.) 10

26 Sherman County Fair 4-H & FFA Goat Showmanship 11

26 Sherman County Fair 4-H & FFA Sheep Showmanship 1

26 Sherman County Fair 4-H & FFA Beef Showmanship 2

26 Sherman County Fair Cattle Sorting Competition 7

27 Sherman County Fair Wellness Walk Downtown Moro 8

27 Sherman County Fair Parade Downtown Moro 9:15

27 Sherman County Fair 4-H & FFA Grand Champion All-Around Showmanship 12

27 Sherman County Fair 4-H & FFA Awards to follow Showmanship

27 Sherman County Fair 4-H & FFA Livestock Sale 3

FFA127 Sherman County Fair FFA Annual BBQ 5:30

27 Sherman County Fair Rodeo Royalty, Bull Riding 7:15 Arena

27 Sherman County Fair Dance with COUNTRYFIED 9:30-1 Arena

28 Sherman County Fair Cowboy Church

28 Sherman County Fair Demo Derby 1

28 U.S. Navy Band “Country Current” 6 Maryhill Winery – No Charge

29-Sept. 2 Highway 97 Chip Seal Project Biggs to Wasco

30 Tri-County Mental Health Board Meeting 11-2 The Dalles



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

6 Sherman County Weed District Board

6 North Central Public Health District Board Meeting 3 The Dalles

7 Sherman County Court 9

7 County-wide Prayer Meeting: Kent Baptist Church 7:00-7:30PM fellowship.  7:30-9:00 PM Prayer Meeting

8 Mid-Columbia Economic Development District Board Meeting 4 White Salmon

8 Kiwanis Club Annual Steak Feed, Sorosis Park, The Dalles

10 Author’s Fest at Klindt’s Booksellers, The Dalles

10 Bob’s Ghost Town Safari Photography Workshop

10 Sherman High School Class of 1966 50th Reunion

10 Columbia Gorge Genealogical Society Program 1 Discovery Center & Museum

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

13 Court Appointed Special Advocate Training Begins

13 Tri-County Mental Health Board Meeting 11-2 The Dalles

13 North Central Public Health District Board Meeting 3 The Dalles

13 Sherman County Watershed Board Meeting 11:30 Burnet Building, Moro

15 Sherman County Quilting Ladies Day, Sherman County Historical Museum

21 Sherman County Court 9

22 First Day of Autumn

24 10th Annual Wasco Salmon/Steelhead Tournament

24 Oregon Gubernatorial Debate

27-Nov. 8 Strengthening Families Program (new dates)  



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

3 Lower John Day Area Commission on Transportation 10 Rufus

5 Sherman County Court 9

5 County-wide Prayer Meeting: Wasco Church of Christ Church 7:00-7:30PM fellowship.  7:30-9:00 PM Prayer Meeting

11 Tri-County Mental Health Board Meeting 11-2 The Dalles

11 North Central Public Health District Board Meeting 3 The Dalles

11 Sherman County Watershed Council Meeting 11:30 Burnet Building, Moro

12 Sherman County Senior Center Advisory Committee 12:30 Senior Center

15-16 Here & There Travel Fest, Oregon Convention Center

19 Sherman County Court 9

20 Northern Oregon Regional Corrections Facility Board 10 NORCOR, The Dalles

20 Sherman County Quilting Ladies Day, Sherman County Historical Museum

24 Mid-Columbia Housing Authority Board 11-1 The Dalles

25 Mid-Columbia Council of Governments Board 1-3 The Dalles

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



2 County-wide Prayer Meeting: Moro Presbyterian Church 7:00-7:30PM fellowship.  7:30-9:00 PM Prayer Meeting

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



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

3  Sherman County Bazaar & Christmas Tree Sale

7 Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

7 County-wide Prayer Meeting: Wasco Methodist Church 7:00-7:30PM fellowship.  7:30-9:00 PM Prayer Meeting

21 First Day of Winter

24 Christmas Eve

25 Christmas

31 New Year’s Eve



  1. 5th Annual Wellness Walk, Aug. 27

  2. Highway 97 Chip Seal Project to Begin, Aug. 29

  3. Sherman County Cultural Coalition 2016 Fall Grant Cycle

  4. Sherman Development League Grant/Loan Applications

  5. Sherman County Gov Currently in Transition for Information Technology

  6. Sherman County Opportunity for Public Comment: Transportation Plan

  7. Octoberfest in Arlington to Benefit The Woolery Project

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

The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don’t do anything about it. ~ Albert Einstein

1.5th Annual Wellness Walk, Aug. 27

clothing.shoesJoin us on Saturday, August 27th at 8:00 a.m.
The Wellness Walk begins at the Sherman County Medical Clinic and continues to the Sherman Jr./Sr. High School Track.

Registration is $5.00 – The first 30 people to sign up will receive a T-Shirt!
Registration forms are available at the Sherman County Medical Clinic and Sherman County Health District Administration Office or online at
Register soon to receive your commemorative walk t-shirt!!
Registration will be accepted on the day of the walk.
For more information call Caitlin at 541-565-0536.

2. Highway 97 Chip Seal Project to Begin, Aug. 29

sign.cautionUS97 Chip Seal

(Motorists urged to consider alternative travel plans)

For further information contact: Peter Murphy 541-388-6224

Beginning Monday, August 29th, a contractor for the Oregon Department of Transportation will be chip sealing US 97 between Biggs Junction and the Wasco turnoff.

Crews plan to begin the chip seal during daylight hours Monday morning and work a 24-hour schedule, possibly until Friday, September 2.

Traffic impacts: The contractor, Harney Rock, will be chip sealing from milepost 0.5 to milepost 8. During the chip seal operation the contractor will be performing single lane closures and will be using a pilot car to move traffic through the work zone. The pilot car will operate 24 hours a day moving traffic through the work zone, motorists can expect 20 min delays for duration of the project.

Drivers should be aware of reduced speeds, loose rock on the roadway, flaggers and pilot cars directing single lane traffic through the work zone. Please slow down and watch for construction activities in the area and plan extra travel time during this two-week period.

3. Sherman County Cultural Coalition 2016 Fall Grant Cycle

pen.markerSherman County Cultural Coalition Fall Grant Applications will be available September 1, 2016. Applicants may be individuals and/or groups and need not be legally recognized non-profits.

Application Deadline: September 30, 2016

Awards up to $1,500 will be granted in support of local Sherman County activities and events which promote Culture, Humanities, Heritage and the Arts in Sherman County.

Mail or email requests for Grant Guidelines and Grant Application to:

Sherman County Cultural Coalition
P.O. Box 23
Moro, OR 97039 or

Contact Melva Thomas at 541-442-5488 or

4. Sherman Development League Grant/Loan Applications

pencil.spiralSherman Development League (SDL) grant application forms for projects and/or programs in Sherman County will be available September 12, 2016. Grants can be applied for by 501(c)(3) and other non-profit organizations. Organizations that have received a grant from SDL are not eligible to apply until their current grant requirements have been met. Revolving loan funds are also available to for-profit entities and businesses.

Applications will be accepted until November 15, 2016, and grants will be awarded by February 1, 2017.

To receive appropriate grant/loan application forms, please submit a letter of request which includes:

Ø A brief description of your project.
Ø State if the project is a capital expenditure, one-time program or pilot project, emergency assistance or a loan request.
Ø Identify the type of organization requesting funding.

Mail or email requests to:

Sherman Development League, Inc.
P.O. Box 11
Moro, OR 97039

Contact Melva Thomas at 541-442-5488 or

 5. Sherman County Gov Currently in Transition for Information Technology

ShermanCoLogoSherman County is currently in the transition phase of consolidating email, server management, and information technology support. The Sherman County website will be updated with approved Court minutes and other documents as soon as this transition is complete. The most current agenda is posted on Sherman County Court’s Facebook page, and updates will continue to be posted there until the website is accessible. Thank you!

Lauren Hernandez, Administrative Assistant

Sherman County Court (541)-565-3461


 6. Sherman County Opportunity for Public Comment: Transportation Plan




bus.public.3The Sherman County Coordinated Transportation Plan Update is being prepared by Mid-Columbia Economic Development District to meet the state and federal requirements for Special Transportation Fund agencies. The Plan Update focuses on addressing the transportation needs of three target populations residing in Sherman County: seniors, individuals with disabilities, and low income individuals. The transportation plan looks at gaps in services and prioritizes needs to assist in:

  • improving transportation services for the target populations
  • providing a strategy to guide investment of financial resources; and
  • guiding the acquisition of future funds and grants.

You are invited to review and comment upon the Plan Update’s draft Strategies to Address Needs, Barriers and Gaps found on the MCEDD website by clicking here.

Paper copies are available at the Sherman County Senior and Community Center in Moro.

Send comments to Michele Spatz, Project and Mobility Manager, Mid-Columbia Economic Development District at: or call 541-296-2266. Comment period is open through September 11, 2016.

(Please note, the draft of the full Plan Update may be also found here: )

7. Octoberfest in Arlington to Benefit The Woolery Project


A Benefit for

The Woolery Project


held the third weekend of October

in Arlington, Oregon.


Three days of fun for the whole family!

Parade of Goblins Costume Contest – 5K Run/Walk – Skeet Shoot – Music – Food – Vendors in the Park – Prime Rib Dinner – Auction – Dance – & Much More!

Help us raise a barn! We are building a new regional event center for the citizens of Arlington and the neighboring counties. Our goal is to build a facility with a large open floor plan that can be used for any number of events and projects with minimal adjustment and maximum utility. We want to be the premier destination in the eastern Columbia River Gorge for weddings, conferences, car shows, music and theatre productions and any number of other events.

We invite you to join us in our efforts to Raise a Barn!

The Woolery

Gilliam County’s Future Regional Event Center

The Woolery Project, Inc.

P.O. Box 205, Arlington, OR 97812

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

 typewriter  1859 – Oregon magazine

Subscribe. Read Wheat Council E-Magazine, Kernels

Uptown Farms—a-working-farm-wifes-blog/we-arent-that-couple

Precision Agriculture

Video: Destroyer USS Nitze Harassed by Iranian Patrol Boats

Three More Naval Incidents Reported in Persian Gulf

Commentary. John  Stossel: Libertarian Town Hall

Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. ~ Albert Einstein

Commentary. Mark Alexander: The Clinton Crime Syndicate

Commentary. Mark Alexander: Hillary Clinton’s Record of Malfeasance

“I don’t believe you change hearts. I believe you change laws, you change allocation of resources, you change the way systems operate.” ~ Hillary Clinton

 Commentary. Gary Bauer: Hillary Exposed

Missteps aside, Trump still only alternative to Beltway corruption

Unemployment rises in Central Oregon

Rehabilitation of John Kitzhaber

United States Naval Institute News

Commentary. Victor Davis Hanson: Diversity: History’s Pathway to Chaos

Iraq Control of Terrain Map: August 25, 2016

 ISIS Sanctuary Map: August 19, 2016-08-25

The Washington Times – Charles Hurt


Sherman County eNews #220


  1. It’s Sherman County Fair Week: Country Pride County Wide!

  2. U.S. Navy Band Country Current to Perform at Maryhill Winery, Aug. 28

  3. Wasco School Centennial Celebration, Sept. 3

  4. 10th Annual Wasco Salmon/Steelhead Tournament, Sept. 24

  5. Financial Donations Urgently Needed to Aid Louisiana

  6. Congressman Greg Walden: Mental Illness & Drug Addiction

  7. Rising to Expectations

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

1. It’s Sherman County Fair Week: Country Pride County Wide!

Sherman County Fair – Country Pride County Wide

 2. U.S. Navy Band Country Current to Perform at Maryhill Winery, Aug. 28


U.S. Navy Band

Country Current

to perform at

Maryhill Winery

6 p.m. Sunday, August 28

No admission fee.

The Navy’s premiere country-bluegrass ensemble Country Current is renowned for its versatility and phenomenal musicianship, performing a blend of modern country music and cutting-edge bluegrass. Reaching out to communities locally and nationally, they regularly perform for veterans, elementary schools, and in support of active-duty sailors.

One of the U.S. Navy Band’s primary responsibilities involves touring the country. All of the band’s primary performing units embark each year on concert tours throughout specified regions of the country, allowing the band to reach out to audiences in areas of the country that do not have opportunities to see the Navy’s premier musical ensembles on a regular basis. The concerts are family-friendly events, meant to be entertaining to veterans, families, individuals and those interested in joining the Navy. All Navy Band performances are free and open to the public.

3. Wasco School Centennial Celebration, Sept. 3

Wasco School Centennial Celebration

Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016

Registration begins at 10:00 a.m.

Program begins at 11:00 a.m.

No-host lunch provided by The Lean To Cafe and The Feed Trough

Bring pictures and memorabilia to share in the timeline as well as memories to share at the program.


For information, contact Carol Olmstead at 541-442-5842

4. 10th Annual Wasco Salmon/Steelhead Tournament, Sept. 24


10th Annual


September 24, 2016

Boat or bank fishing on the scenic Columbia River between The Dalles Dam and John Day Dam (only 20 miles east of The Dalles and 100 miles east of Portland).

Check-In: 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. (Heritage Landing)
Weigh-In: 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. (Wasco, OR)

See the details here:

5. Financial Donations Urgently Needed to Aid Louisiana

American flag2The American Red Cross remains on the ground in Louisiana, with volunteers helping the thousands of people who have lost everything they own in the devastating flooding. Twenty-seven local responders from Oregon and Southwest Washington are assisting relief efforts by delivering food, water and relief supplies such as cleaning items, and providing overnight stays in 18 Red Cross shelters.

To date, the Red Cross has received approximately $7.8 million in donations and pledges designated to support Louisiana — but recovery costs are expected to exceed $30 million.

“The devastating flooding in Louisiana has changed tens of thousands of people’s lives forever,” said Amy Shlossman, CEO of the Red Cross Cascades Region. “The people of Louisiana truly need our help and with the generosity of our donors, the Red Cross will continue to provide relief and long-term recovery assistance to a devastated region.”

Red Cross volunteers are also providing emotional support to help people cope. Health services volunteers are monitoring the health needs of people in shelters and replacing things like lost wheelchairs, eyeglasses and medications. Others are going out into neighborhoods to personally deliver supplies to affected communities.

Theresa Grimes, a volunteer from Bend, Oregon has been on the ground for two days. She is serving meals to people in some of the neighborhoods hit hardest by flooding. “A woman came up to me and asked me where I was from. I told her, ‘I’m from Bend, Oregon,’ and she started to cry. “She said ‘You came all this way to help us. I can’t believe it.’ She was so moved she couldn’t stop crying. It told her, ‘It’s my honor to be here to help you and I wouldn’t miss it,” Grimes said.

It’s been more than a week since the floodwaters destroyed and damaged thousands of homes and together with local, state and national partners, the Red Cross has:
* Served more than 260,000 meals and snacks
* Distributed more than 60,000 relief items
* Provided more than 40,000 overnight stays in emergency shelters – Sunday night, 3,000 people were still seeking refuge in 18 Red Cross and community shelters
* Handled more than 17,000 calls from people seeking information and help.

Help people affected by the Louisiana Floods by visiting or calling 1-800-RED CROSS Donations enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from these disasters.

6. Congressman Greg Walden: Mental Illness & Drug Addiction

Oregon.BeaverAcross Oregon, I’ve talked with many families who are struggling with mental illness and drug addiction. These touch every segment of our communities, no matter where you live or what you look like. Tragically, they often carry with them a major stigma in society, and help is hard to find.  Fortunately, Congress is working in a bipartisan way to help solve these problems and offer relief to those who need help.

The size of the crisis is staggering. Nearly 10 million Americans have a serious mental illness, and yet 40 percent of them aren’t receiving the treatment they need. In Oregon, more people are dying from drug overdoses than car accidents, with our state ranked consistently at the top for non-medical use of prescription pain relievers.

I’ve heard the heartbreaking personal stories from people who are most affected. At roundtables in Medford, Bend, and Hermiston, I spoke with parents whose children experienced homelessness, violence, and worse due to mental health issues or drug addiction. I’ve heard from law enforcement officials about how the default place for the mentally ill is often the local jail. Local physicians and caregivers told me how they severely lack the resources to effectively help patients suffering from addiction.

The good news is recently the U.S. House passed two key pieces of legislation: the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act and the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act to tackle this crisis head on.

The Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act focuses on improving drug abuse treatments, addressing the underlying causes of addiction and helping those most at risk.  Our bill expands access to care and prevention services in our communities, and establishes best practices that will help prevent lawful prescription use from spiraling into abuse. It gives new tools to law enforcement and prevention advocates to combat the epidemic of painkillers and heroin.

Importantly, we’re increasing first responders’ access to the potentially lifesaving anti-overdose drug naloxone. While some states, such as Oregon, have already broadened its availability, I believe the use of naloxone should be boosted around the country. With our bill, we can ensure better access to treatment, we can reduce the number of legally-proscribed pills that shouldn’t be out there and save lives.

Meanwhile, the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act would be the first significant overhaul of the nation’s mental health system since the Kennedy administration. Our bill reforms the 112 federal programs that address mental health, ensuring they effectively coordinate and streamlining the bureaucracy currently creating serious barriers to care. It allows families to better work with health care professionals to care for loved ones, and helps fix the shortage of 100,000 psychiatric hospital beds in this country. Our bill also advances tele-psychiatry to help mentally ill patients in rural and underserved areas.

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, those patients with severe mental illness who do receive care are 15 times less likely to commit, or be the victim of, violent acts than those who go untreated. While the vast majority of people with mental illness are not violent, the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act works to make sure that those who are struggling do not go on to harm themselves or others.

Both of these bills addressing mental health and opioid abuse have passed the House with overwhelmingly bipartisan support. I’m proud to say that the drug addiction plan has also been passed by the Senate and signed into law by the President.  And I hope that the Senate will soon pass the mental health reform bill so that we can deliver help quickly to those who need it.

Mental health and drug addiction issues do not discriminate based on age or gender or where you live or what political party you belong to. They impact our neighbors, our friends, and our families in Oregon and across the nation. For the sake of our children, our safety, and our society, we must fix this broken system that allows those who are suffering from mental illness and drug addiction to fall through the cracks.

Greg Walden
U.S. Representative
Oregon’s Second District


7. Rising to Expectations

What happens to us when the society in which we grow up doesn’t value our personal attributes?  You know, many, if not most, of our feelings of self-worth or self-esteem have been influenced by the messages we get from our society.

Some of those messages are overt and up front: we know without question that our society values affluence, power, efficacy, youthfulness and health. Now, imagine how it might feel to be poor, relatively powerless, or chronically ill or disabled in this society.

Some messages are subtler. We say we value diversity, children, old people – but our behavior often says something else. If movie stars and models are young, tall, thin, with expensive clothes, what message does it send to those of us who are different from that?

If the kids in school laugh at us because of our accent or the work our parents do for a living, what do we learn about our value? It is terribly important that all of our children feel proud of who they are – just the way they are. And, that they learn to respect the differences in each other from an early age.

Our children need to be carefully taught. Sometimes all it takes is one concerned teacher, parent or other adult who cares enough to take the time to set the record straight in the child’s mind.  Every one of our kids needs to know that what is and is not valuable really depends on some pretty arbitrary things like where you happen to be born and when.

Children of all ages need to know that they are loved, prized, and capable of rising above stereotypes to be uniquely valuable human beings. For in the end, we rise to each other’s expectations, or we fall to them. ~ The Pacific Institute

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