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