Sherman County eNews #205


  1. Sherman County Kindergarten Round-up, Aug. 23

  2. Sherman County Emergency Services June/July Activity Report

  3. Kiwanis Club 61st Annual Steak Feed, Sept. 8

  4. Ag Drone Rodeo, Aug. 18-19

  5. Hallmark of the Unselfish Spirit

  6. Congressman Greg Walden’s News

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

“There is but one straight course, and that is to seek truth and pursue it steadily.” —George Washington (1795)

1. Sherman County Kindergarten Round-up, Aug. 23

balloons.boySherman County School is excited to invite all entering Kindergarten students to Kindergarten Round-up on August 23rd, at 6:00 p.m. in the Library Program Room at the Sherman County School. It is a fun evening that is full of information. If you have not already filled out registration forms, you may pick them up at the school. We look forward to meeting you and your child. For further information call the school at 541-565-3500. See you at Round-up!

 2. Sherman County Emergency Services June/July Activity Report 

~ Shawn Payne, Sherman County Emergency Services

North Sherman County RFPD

Activity Reports

June & July 2016

   Date Time Incident Location
6/04   Fire Reported – No fire Gordon Ridge Rd.
6/08 3:38 AM Grass Fire Rutledge Rd. Grass Valley
6/08   Grass Fire Giles French Park
6-09 7:30 AM Grass Fire Rutledge Rd. Grass Valley
6-14 6:25 AM Motor Vehicle Crash – Rope Rescue Hwy 206  MP# 12
6-16 6:21 PM Medical Assist Pilot Station in Biggs
6-23 10:06 PM Structure Fire Grass Valley
6-27 6:49 PM Motor Vehicle Crash I-84  MP# 109
6-30 8:00 PM Grass Fire Mutual Aid Celilo
7-04 1:10 PM Vehicle Fire Moore Lane & Erskine Lane
7-12 1:07 PM Motor Vehicle Crash – Multiple Patients US 97  MP# 7
7-16 7:15 PM Medical – Ambulance Assist Wasco
7-21 12:16 PM Fire Watch for Gilliam County Fire Starvation Point
7-23 7:12 PM Grass Fire Hwy 206  MP# 14
7-23 12:48 PM Medical – Assist Ambulance Deschutes Bike Trail

 3. Kiwanis Club 61st Annual Steak Feed, Sept. 8

music.notes (2)The Dalles Kiwanis Club hosts its 61st annual Steak Feed Thursday after Labor Day, this year Sept. 8 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Sorosis Park.  The Steak Feed is the club’s major fund-raiser for community projects serving children and youth.  Adult meals include a eight ounce sirloin steak, baked potato, coleslaw, roll, dessert and drink for $15.  Free meal for children 12 and under features a hot dog, baked potato, drink and ice cream.  There will be activities for children and country music by the Dufur Boys for everyone.   Tickets are available from Kiwanis members or may be purchased in the park Sept. 8.

4. Ag Drone Rodeo, Aug. 18-19

Register for the Pendleton Ag Drone Rodeo on August 18-19 to learn first-hand … This event is FREE to attend. Visit to RSVP today.

5. Hallmark of the Unselfish Spirit

Everyone likes to give and receive gifts, and it doesn’t need to be only at a holiday time. Today, let’s talk about that most precious of gifts – you.

Did you know that you have a gift that no one else in the world possesses? Maybe you have already discovered it. Your gift is your ability to live a life that expresses your unique personality and your individual talents through the work that you choose to do, the way you spend your free time and through your relationships. Your gift is what you bring to the table, to make the world around you a better place for others.

Although it may seem hidden at first, when you search for your gift with an open mind and a free spirit, it will be there. Once you have found it, if you follow it with courage and persistence, it will reward you with happiness and deep satisfaction nothing else can provide. It is in contribution that we truly understand the power in giving.

Now, it doesn’t matter how big or important your gift is. All that matters is that it is yours and that you are free to give it. When you do give it, it doesn’t deplete you – it validates and fills you, because giving reaffirms the meaning of life. It is a true hallmark of the unselfish spirit.

It’s hard to go comparison-shopping when it comes to finding your special gift, because you can’t try on someone else’s life. But in order to really live your own life, you need to be willing to listen to your heart, pay whatever it costs, and make a firm commitment not to turn back.

If you do these things, you will find your gift, and you will also find that you have more to give to others than you had ever dreamed possible. ~ The Pacific Institute

6. Congressman Greg Walden’s News

American flag2“As I listen to people during meetings throughout our state (I recently held my 53rd town hall since the beginning of last year), Oregonians too often voice the same concerns: an overreaching federal government that ignores our pleas, overregulates our lives and depresses job growth in our communities.

“That’s why I put forward legislation that positively addresses the problems we face.  Seven of my proposals have passed the U.S. House so far this term–most with unanimous support–including my bills to help bring commercial air service back to Klamath Falls, provide needed funding for bridges in the Columbia Gorge, and to improve rural internet service for consumers.

“Within the past year, Congress has given law enforcement and drug prevention advocates new tools to help fight addiction in our communities. We’ve passed plans to help veterans get better health care in the communities where they live. Seniors no longer face a planned drastic spike in Medicare premiums or a cut for Social Security disability recipients. A long-term transportation funding plan and a major education reform proposal have also become law.

“While I’m proud of these successes, there is still much to be done to push back against an overreaching federal government. That’s why House Republicans have proposed a new agenda–called “A Better Way”–to offer solutions to some of the biggest challenges we face in Oregon and America. I encourage you to go read it yourself on my website: Some highlights of our plan include:

Growing jobs and the economy: Too many small businesses, farmers, and ranchers in Oregon face overbearing federal regulations that are often written by agencies far away in Washington, D.C. Last year alone, federal regulations cost the national economy about $1.89 trillion in lost growth and productivity. Our plan makes sure the regulatory regime works for us–not against us. For instance, we’d require that the Congress, accountable to the people, approve all major regulations. Our plan would also help boost affordable, reliable energy and preserve internet innovation so that jobs can flourish.

Combating poverty: Fifty years ago, the U.S. government launched the “War on Poverty.”  American taxpayers have invested $22 trillion since then, yet you are just as likely to stay poor if you were born poor today as you were then. And according to a state report last year, Oregon’s poverty rate is higher than the national average (and the rate is even higher in many rural counties). The current system too often replaces work, instead of encouraging it. There’s a better way to help the over 46 million Americans who are trapped in a cycle of poverty. Our plan offers solutions to expand opportunity and reward work.

Implementing real health reform: The new health care law, known as Obamacare, is driving up insurance costs and reducing choices for too many Oregonians. The state wasted hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars on Cover Oregon and now is mired in costly litigation.  Meanwhile, people are left to cope with more insurers leaving the market, and two new health “co-ops” set up by the law have already folded. There’s a better way to give everyone access to quality, affordable health care. Our plan would replace Obamacare with a new one that provides consumers more choices, lowers costs, focuses on curing deadly diseases like cancer, and strengthens and preserves Medicare.

“Our “Better Way” plan upholds our Constitutional rights and makes government more accountable and transparent to the people. We have ideas to boost our national security, combat terrorism, and ensure our troops and veterans have what they need. And we propose reforming the nation’s tax code to make it simpler and fairer for Oregon families and small businesses.

“I’d encourage you to go read the entire plan, with hundreds of ideas to solve problems in our communities, on my website at There, you can let me know what you think of these ideas or offer some of your own. Together, there’s a better way to get Oregon and America back on track.

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

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


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Global Research: Hillary Clinton and the Big Neoliberal Lie

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