Sherman County eNews #227


  1. Sherman Volleyball Schedule Update, Sept. 1

  2. Community Yard Sale in Grass Valley, Sept. 2 through 5

  3. North Central Public Health District Board Meeting, Sept. 13

  4. Sherman County School District Hall of Honor Inductions, Sept. 30 

  5. Veteran Benefit Expo in Portland, Sept. 8

  6. Greg Walden announces 2016 Congressional App Challenge for Oregon Students

  7. Rehearsing the Future

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

1. Sherman Volleyball Schedule Update, Sept. 1



Sherman Volleyball Schedule Update:

Thursday, September 1, Heppner  4 p.m.

2. Community Yard Sale in Grass Valley, Sept. 2 through 5

Community Yard Sale

Friday, September 2 through Monday, September 5

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day

Grass Valley Pavilion

Grass Valley, Oregon
No early sales.

3. North Central Public Health District Board Meeting, Sept. 13

The North Central Public Health District Board will be meeting Tuesday, September 13, 2016 at 3:00 p.m. at the North Central Public Health District, located at 419 E. 7th Street, in the Main Meeting Room, in The Dalles, Oregon. This meeting is open to the general public.

4. Sherman County School District Hall of Honor Inductions, Sept. 30 

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5. Veteran Benefit Expo in Portland, Sept. 8

American-Flag-StarOne of the largest veteran-oriented events in the state will be held in Portland next week, as the Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs’ (ODVA) second annual Veteran Benefit Expo kicks off at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

As ODVA’s signature event, the Expo brings together almost 100 federal, state and local providers of programs and services that benefit veterans and their families, and is completely free to the public (including parking). One of its goals is to improve on the estimated seven out of every 10 Oregon veterans who have never accessed a single federal VA benefit.

The Expo will give attendees the chance to connect with a wide variety of dedicated and knowledgeable professionals, trained and experienced in the unique needs of veterans, active service members and military families. The event roster features over 90 community organizations, nonprofits and state and federal agencies, including a strong contingent from the VA Portland Health Care System.

“We at the VA are thankful to our partners at ODVA for hosting this annual event,” said Daniel Herrigstad, the chief of public and congressional affairs at VA Portland Health Care System. “It is a great opportunity allowing us to share information on services and resources with our veterans. This year, we have more than a half-dozen different VA departments scheduled to attend.”

The VA’s team will include Suicide Prevention Coordinator Aimee Johnson, who also participated in last year’s Expo at the Salem Convention Center.

“Like many community events our team members attend throughout the year, we will be there to educate veterans, family members, friends and anyone who will listen about resources for veterans in crisis,” Johnson said. “Suicide prevention is everyone’s business.”

Other participants include financial and veterans claims experts, Oregon colleges and universities, more than 15 employers and employment resources actively seeking to help veterans find rewarding jobs, and business gurus like Ruth Miles, small business advocate for the Oregon Secretary of State’s Office of Small Business Assistance.

“Veterans are uniquely qualified to succeed in business, but there’s no need to go it alone,” she said. “The Office of Small Business Assistance can help vets get connected to resources that can make their business dreams a reality.”

The Veteran Benefit Expo will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8, at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Free parking for this event will be available in the Rose Quarter’s Garden Garage, directly north of the Moda Center. For maps and more information, visit, or call 971-239-6640.

6. Greg Walden announces 2016 Congressional App Challenge for Oregon Students

Winner’s app to be displayed in the U.S. Capitol

American flag2WASHINGTON, D.C. — As Oregon students head back to school, U.S. Rep. Greg Walden (R-Hood River) announced an exciting opportunity for students to design an app as part of a nationwide competition. The 2016 Congressional App Challenge is a chance for tech-savvy students across central, southern, and eastern Oregon to put their creativity to the test and design their own original smartphone or desktop apps. The winner’s app will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol among the best student apps in the country. A panel of local experts from Oregon, including app developers and computer science professors, will judge each student’s work and select the winner and runners-up.

“The Congressional App Challenge is a fantastic opportunity for students to showcase their creativity in science, technology, and math. App development and coding are 21st century skills, and I believe somewhere in Oregon there could be a student with an idea that could become the next Facebook or Uber,” said Walden. “One talented winner will have the chance to be recognized on the national stage. I look forward to seeing this year’s entries and wish all Oregon’s budding coders the best of luck.”

In addition to having their apps featured in the U.S. Capitol, $50,000 in Amazon Web Services credits will be divided among the student winners from around the country to be used for cloud computing services and other resources to advance their coding education.

To enter the challenge, students must submit a video demonstration explaining their app and what they learned, as well as the app’s source code. The deadline for entries is November 2, 2016. For additional details and steps to enter, please visit Walden’s website at

7. Rehearsing the Future

pen.markerDid you know that you can “try on” the future, just like you try on a pair of shoes or suit of clothes? Did you know that we all rehearse the future with our thoughts?

When architects make drawings of a building, they are helping people imagine exactly what that building will look like. The more precise their drawings, the more completely they can “see” the building. Freud compared thinking to a military general, moving miniature figures over a map before sending troops into action.

This is exactly what you do when you use visualization and imagery to project yourself into a future situation. You say to yourself, “Now how do I want this to turn out?” And then you very carefully, very thoroughly, imagine yourself behaving in ways that are most likely to bring about that end-result.

The more anxious you are about the situation and the greater your fears, the more important it is that you control the kind of rehearsing you do. If you don’t take charge of your thoughts, you may be imagining the worst possible consequences. What you are really doing is creating a self-fulfilling prophecy. You are literally programming your subconscious, and you will behave according to the picture that is dominant in your mind.

When you control your thoughts, you control your future. Make sure you focus on and imagine what you do want, and not what you don’t want. And remember, the more rehearsing you do, the smoother the final performance will be. ~ The Pacific Institute

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


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Threemile Canyon Farms, LLC – Boardman, Oregon

Threemile Canyon Farms by the numbers
Land Base
9,300 acres
In excess of 100 square miles
39,500 acres of irrigated farmland
1,500 acres of future irrigated farmland
23,000 acre conservation area
29,000 acres of range land, open spaces, roads, etc.


Potatoes: 7,762 acres
Organic crops: 7,460 acres
Onions: 3,004 acres
Alfafa: 8,043 acres
Corn/Wheat: 6,835 acres
Wheat: 1,563 acres
Mint: 1,050 acres
Carrots: 440 acres
Rental: 3,202 acres
2,100-acre Seed potatoes, wheat – La Grand Ronde, OR
850 acres potatoes – WA
39,165 Total acres farmed Threemile
300 year round
400 seasonal/contract workers
$10 million annual payroll


25,000 predominantly Jersey milk cows
30,000 replacement heifers and 7,000 steers
8,000-calf nursery
Zero artificial growth hormones
165,000 gallons of milk per day
20 milk tankers per day

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