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

camera.35mm.blueSee details here:

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