Sherman County eNews #218


  1. Sherman County Preschool Seeks Driver

  2. Robotics Sign Ups Begin as School Starts

  3. Don’t let down your guard on wildfires

  4. Cycle of Democracy

  5. Strengthening Families Program

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

1. Sherman County Preschool Seeks Driver

bus.public.3Driver 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.

2. Robotics Sign Ups Begin as School Starts

The new school year brings a new crop of students just itching to get their hands on a robot! How do you help your student find their way to a ‘bot? One of the easiest and most common ways is to get involved with FIRST robotics. FIRST has a sports-like model where students meet as teams over several months to prepare for a competition. Which FIRST program you sign up for depends on the age of your student: Junior FIRST LEGO League (JFLL) is for ages 6 to 9, FIRST LEGO League (FLL) is for ages 9 to 14, FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) is for ages 12 to 18, FIRST Robotics Challenge (FRC) is for ages 14 to 18.

Your first step? Contact your student’s school to ask if they have a team or check the list of past participating schools at to see if they might. Teams generally form soon after school starts to prepare for competitions in the winter. If your student’s school does not have a team, call Jessica Metta with the Gorge Tech Alliance (GTA) at 541-296-2266 to talk about resources to support forming a team. The GTA has free robots and laptops for loan and can point you towards training resources and mentors to support you in forming a team.

To learn more about robotics in the Gorge, visit, a service of the Gorge Technology Alliance. The GTA’s equipment for loan and support of robotics events is made possible by our regional tech businesses including Google, Insitu and others. The GTA is a non-profit industry association that seeks to support, connect and develop the technology community of the Gorge. Learn more at

3. Don’t let down your guard on wildfires

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Temperatures may have moderated somewhat but Governor Kate Brown and State Fire Marshal Jim Walker want you to remain vigilant in preventing wildfire and reporting arsonists.

The Oregon Department of Forestry has reported that since January 1, 2016, there have been 486 wildfires caused by humans with at least one due to arson. This is an increase over our ten-year average.

Fourteen fires that have broken out in central Oregon over the past few weeks are being investigated as arson, including the Withers Fire north of Paisley that has scorched more than 3,400 acres.

“Oregon continues to experience extremely dry conditions where any stray spark could spell disaster in any area of the state,” said State Fire Marshal Jim Walker.

“While you and your family are enjoying Oregon’s great outdoors, I encourage you to not only be fire safe but be alert to any suspicious behavior and report it to local law enforcement officials,” said Governor Kate Brown.

Tips can also be made by calling the Oregon State Police at 503-375-3555 or 911 in case of an emergency.

4. Cycle of Democracy

~ Alexander Tytler, Scottish philosopher

A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government.  It can only exist until the voters discover they can vote themselves largess from the public treasury.  From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising them the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship.

The average age of the world’s greatest civilizations has been 200 years. These nations have progressed through this sequence:

from bondage to spiritual faith;

from spiritual faith to great courage;

from courage to liberty;

from liberty to abundance;

from abundance to selfishness;

from selfishness to apathy;

from apathy to dependence;

from dependence back again into bondage.

5. Strengthening Families Program, Sept. 27-Nov. 8 

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Strengthening Families sessions

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


Oregon Heritage Exchange

Approaching the end point of the cycle of democracy

President Clinton, immigration, 1995 State of the Union Address

What makes 2017’s ‘Great American Eclipse’ so special?

Are we losing the Grand Canyon?

Rush Limbaugh: Nationalim vs. Globalism

A Clinton Presidency Would Be the Political Equivalent of an Extinction-Level Event

Princeton University wants students to stop using the word “man”

Portland Antique Auto Tour 2016

Clayton Paddison with Jay Leno (cars)

ISIS Santuary Map, July 1, 2016

Provoking Nuclear War by Media



Sherman County eNews #217


  1. Sherman County School District Board Member Application & Zone Map

  2. 5th Annual Wellness Walk, Aug. 27

  3. Duane Fulps Memorial Scholarship Horse Show, Sept. 18

  4. Remember, Restore: The Historic Columbia River Highway, Sept. 9

  5. Cemetery Association of Oregon Fall Conference, Oct. 28-29

  6. Focus on Solutions

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

 1.Sherman County School District Board Member Application & Zone Map

Sherman County School District

65912 High School Loop

Moro, OR 970239

(541) 565-3500 | (541) 565-3319 (fax)

August 18, 2016


Thank you for your interest in the Sherman County School District and your willingness to serve on our Board.  Board members and staff, as a team, tackle the challenges of empowering our students for the 21st Century and maximizing the cost-effectiveness of our operations. The Board believes that any citizen who files and seeks appointment to the Board should do so with full knowledge of and appreciation for the investment in time, effort and dedication expected of all Board members.

The Board seat you are applying for is Position #3: Moro Zone, formerly held by Mrs. Angie Thompson who is moving out of the Sherman County School District with her family. We sincerely thank Mrs. Thompson for her service and wish her the best of luck in the future.  This seat expires June 30, 2017.  Please complete this electronic application < >and submit to our Board Secretary, Jeanie Pehlke at  by 3:30 p.m. on September 7, 2016.

Citizens considered for this vacant position must be a registered voter and a resident of the district for one year immediately preceding the appointment.  No person who is an employee of the district is eligible to serve as a Board member while so employed.  If an eligible Moro Zone resident cannot be found, the Board shall appoint an eligible resident from the district.

Further communication with applicants and/or possible interviews will be conducted prior to September 12, 2016.  The final appointment will be confirmed at the September 12, 2016 Regular School Board Meeting that is scheduled to begin at 7:00 p.m. Please feel free to contact Superintendent, Wes Owens with any questions about the process or about being a School Board Member.


 2. 5th Annual Wellness Walk, Aug. 27

Join 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.

3. Duane Fulps Memorial Scholarship Horse Show, Sept. 18

cowboy.bootIn its 23rd year, the Fulps Horse Show is scheduled for Sept. 18th at the Fort Dalles Riders’ Arena, 1023 Irvine Street, The Dalles.  Entry fees and sponsorships go toward the college scholarship fund. Competition, English, Western & other classes, is open to all ages and riders from throughout the Northwest.

Pre-entries are welcomed by Sept. 14th by contacting Vicki Sallee at 541-296-4043 or email: although entries are also taken the day of the show.  Admission is free for spectators.  Concessions on site.

4. Remember, Restore: The Historic Columbia River Highway, Sept. 9

Car 2THE DALLES— Robert Hadlow presents “Remember, Restore, Reconnect: The Historic Columbia River Highway,” Friday, September 9, 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. The dinner includes: Chicken Parmesan w/cheese tortellini, antipasto salad, garlic bread. Cost for the dinner and program is $15, the program only is $5.

The Columbia River Highway, now known as the Historic Columbia River Highway, was the first scenic highway in the United States. A century ago, its designers created a well-engineered road that they integrated into the magnificent landscape. It was “America’s Great Highway.” It was the “King of Roads.” The highway’s popularity was also its demise, as traffic moved to a faster river-level route in the 1940s and 1950s, which eventually became Interstate 84.

Preserved drivable segments of the historic highway continued to carry tourist traffic.  Other segments were destroyed to create the new highway.

Today, the Oregon Department of Transportation and partners are restoring and reconnecting long abandoned highway segments to become the Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail.

Much work has been accomplished with 63 of the original 73 miles of the Historic Columbia River Highway now open to travel either by motor vehicle (Historic Highway or connecting county roads) or by foot and bicycle (State Trail). Only 10 miles are needed to complete the connection. The most recent segment of the reconnection project, Lindsey Creek to Starvation Creek, is expected to be opened in late-September 2016, allowing trail users to connect to Viento State Park.

The presentation will included an illustrated talk about the highway’s construction and six short videos that outline current reconnection projects.

For more information about the reconnection project, visit

Robert W. Hadlow, Ph.D., is the senior historian with the Oregon Department of Transportation. For over 25 years, Hadlow has researched and written on historic roads and bridges throughout the United States. He prepared the National Historic Landmark nomination for the Columbia River Highway Historic District (2000) and the multiple property National Register nomination for C. B. McCullough’s Major Oregon Coast Highway Bridges (2005). In 2001, Oregon State University Press published his Ph.D. dissertation from Washington State University, “Elegant Arches, Soaring Spans: C. B. McCullough, Oregon’s Master Bridge Builder.”

Hadlow just completed an eight-year term on the governor-appointed Oregon State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation, where he served as vice-chair for the past four years. At present, he is the lead author on a new book about Oregon’s historic highway bridges.  He is also preparing NHL nominations for five of McCullough’s Oregon Coast Highway bridges. When he is not pursuing transportation history, you might see Hadlow out on the roads around Portland in his 1939 Buick Roadmaster.

This event is part of the Centennial Celebration of the Historic Columbia River Highway, dedicated in 1916. It is made possible in part by a grant from Oregon Heritage Commission.

Reservations are required by September 7. Tickets for this event may be purchased by calling 541-296-8600 ext. 201 between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm daily or online at

5. Cemetery Association of Oregon Fall Conference, Oct. 28-30

Join the Cemetery Association of Oregon for our annual conference in Lincoln City! Oct. 28-30th. This year’s conference will focus on heritage and community stewardship of our cemeteries to elevate the meaning of remembrance in our community when caring for the dead. You’ll hear from State Representative Gomberg about an upcoming bill that supports our Oregon Cemeteries through community stewardship.

We will have a great line up of activities and speakers and encourage you to join us this year on the coast!

Cemetery Association of Oregon

Visit us at

October 28-30

Lincoln City


The bylaws of the Cemetery Association of Oregon must be individuals, associations or entities engaged in the operation of a cemetery, mausoleum, columbarium or a crematory. The Association operates exclusively as a business league within the meaning of 501(c) (6) of the Internal Revenue code on 1954; for adoption of policies that will tend to improve the standards of all cemeteries, mausoleums and crematoriums; to elevate and improve the standards and services of all forms of caring for the human dead; for the promotion of a closer association between those engaged in the operation of cemeteries, mausoleums and crematoriums; to exchange ideas in connection with conducting such business to the end that better service may be furnished to the public; for the exchange of ideas or practices that would be of interest or benefit to the members, for legitimate promotion and lawful regulation of such business, and, for the general development of its members.

 6. Focus on Solutions

Today, let’s look at a way to ask questions that will help you change your focus from problems to solutions. 

If you want to make your communications as effective as possible, and if you are interested in finding solutions to problems rather than becoming bogged down in them, this is a suggestion that will help: If you ask the right questions, you can direct communications to get answers that are genuinely helpful. 

For example, if you ask someone “What’s wrong?” you’ll get an answer – often a long one – which will focus on the problem. But if you ask “What do you want?” or “How would you like to change things?” you have redirected the conversation from the problem to the solution. 

In every situation, no matter how dark or dismal, there is a desirable outcome. You can convince people, including yourself, to focus on that outcome, by avoiding questions that ask “why” and choosing “how” or “what” questions instead. You focus on the future, which can be invented, and the past, which cannot be changed.

Instead of asking your kid why he is flunking algebra, ask him what he needs to help him bring his grade up to at least a “C.”  As a substitute for asking your boss why you didn’t get a raise, try asking what you need to do in order to justify a salary increase.

Refrain from asking your employees why they didn’t make the sale. Ask them what they can do differently so they’ll be certain to make the next one – and as an effective leader, ask them how you can assist them in finding the solutions.

You get the idea. It’s a matter of focusing on solutions to challenges, and away from the challenges themselves. ~ The Pacific Institute

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


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