Sherman County eNews #232


  1. Congressman Greg Walden’s News

  2. US Citizenship Test – Could You Pass?

  3. Sherman County Historical Museum Artist Series – Keith Blaylock, Metal Art

  4. Genealogy Jamboree to Celebrate National Family History Month, Oct. 8

  5. Oregon State University-Cascades Grand Opening Celebration, Sept. 13

  6. Oregon Air National Guard 142nd Fighter Wing Night Training Missions, Sept. 6-9

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

1. Congressman Greg Walden’s News

American flag2As summer starts to wind down, I want to take this opportunity to update you on my latest work at home in Oregon and in the nation’s capital. 

So far this term, five of my bills to address the problems we face have passed the U.S. House — most with unanimous support (that’s more bills passed this term than anyone else in the Oregon House delegation and more than 94% of members of the House). This includes my bills to help bring commercial air service back to Klamath Falls, honor a veteran hero in The Dalles, and improve rural internet service for consumers.

In fact, over 600 bills have passed the House since the beginning of 2015, and 219 of those bills have been enacted into law (an increase of 22% over the last session of Congress). Just within the past year, Congress has voted to give 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 work to be done. I hope you’ll read on to learn more about my most recent efforts to solve problems around our state and nation. 

A “Better Way” to fight poverty in Oregon and America

In town halls and meetings with people throughout our state, Oregonians frequently voice their concerns to me about a stagnant economy, with minimal job growth and little mobility for those struggling with unemployment and poverty. With over 16 percent of Oregonians living in poverty, and that number surpassing 20 percent in our rural areas, we must do more to break families out of the cycle of poverty. 

I was down in the Klamath Basin recently, where we had the groundbreaking ceremony for a new Klamath Works project. The new campus here will focus on helping people who need a hand to get the services and job training they need to become self-sustaining. Listen here:

I’ve worked closely with Klamath Works in support of their mission to help communities find solutions to poverty, and I believe they could be a blueprint for fighting poverty nationwide. In fact, last year I brought these same principles and proposals that originated in the Basin to House Speaker Paul Ryan. 

Several months ago, House Republicans proposed an agenda, called “A Better Way”, offering hundreds of ideas to solve problems in Oregon and across the country. In particular, the Better Way plan to fight poverty includes ideas to improve skills and education, reward hard work, tailor benefits to people’s needs, help families save for the future, and demand results from the welfare system. You can read more about the plan and specifics by clicking here:

We must do more to break Oregon families out of the cycle of poverty, and we’ve taken a great step in that direction with Klamath Works and with the Better Way proposals to fight poverty.

The 2016 Congressional App Challenge

As students around Oregon head back to school, I’m proud to announce an exciting opportunity for students to design their very own 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 create an original smartphone or desktop app. 

The winner’s app from Oregon’s Second District 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.

 2. US Citizenship Test – Could You Pass?

American flag1An important part of the application process for becoming a US citizen is passing a civics test, covering important U.S. history and government topics. There are 100 civics questions on the naturalization test. During the interview process, applicants are asked up to 10 questions and must be able to answer at least 6 questions correctly. Here is a sampling of what may be asked. How would you do?

 3. Sherman County Historical Museum Artist Series – Keith Blaylock, Metal Art

SCHM_clr_wtMoro, OR – Sherman County resident Keith Blaylock is the Sherman County Historical Museum Featured Artist of the Month for September 2016. 

Keith was born and raised in Moro, Oregon, graduated from Sherman County High School and began a lifetime of farming on the family farm which he now enjoys with his own son. 

Farming teaches many skills and working with metal is one that takes years of practice and patience.  Over the years Keith has enjoyed working with metal and developed a style of art that, believe it or not, usually comes from pieces that are picked out of his metal scrap pile.  Keith enjoys making all sorts of fun items out of metal from cactus and palm trees to wall hanging landscapes and fish.  Many of the art pieces Keith makes he gives away to family and friends and he is always coming up with new ideas. Keith prefers original designs that are unique and things he enjoys.

Please visit the museum to see the wonderful collection of metal art by Keith. There is no charge for this exhibit which is on display in the museum for the month of September.  The award-winning Museum in Moro is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily (except Sunday morning) through October 31. The Sherman County Historical Museum is located at 200 Dewey Street in Moro, Oregon.  For more information call 541-565-3232 or visit our Facebook page and website:

4. Genealogy Jamboree to Celebrate National Family History Month, Oct. 8


Columbia Gorge Genealogical Society

Genealogy Jamboree

October 8th, 2016 –  10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Columbia Gorge Discovery Center’s lower conference room

Free admission & door prizes!

Please join us to celebrate National Family History Month on Saturday, October 8, 2016, at the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center. This is an open forum event for all levels of genealogical research, beginner to advanced. Jan Bony from Oregon GenWeb and Emma Jean Smith from The Daughters of the American Revolution will be on hand to answer questions and guide you in your research.

CGGS members will be glad to help you start your journey by covering subjects like organizing your genealogy, DNA, Internet resources, genealogy software, military research, social media, and technology devices (laptop, phone, etc. ). 

Participants will have a chance to win a new HP Envy 4520 3- in -1 Wireless Printer, a genealogy gift basket with assorted research tools plus a 32 GB Lexar flash drive , the new book by Drew Smith “Organizing your Genealogy,” and two free one-year memberships to the Columbia Gorge Genealogical Society. This event is free. Bring a friend. 

5. Oregon State University-Cascades Grand Opening Celebration, Sept. 13

Oregon State University-Cascades Grand Opening Celebration

1500 S.W. Chandler Avenue

Bend, Oregon

Formal Ceremony 11 a.m.

Official Opening of Tykeson Hall

Campus Open House until 2 p.m.

OSU-Cascades off-site parking:

(the former Mt. Bachelor parking area) 1000 SW Bradbury Way

About OSU-Cascades: Oregon State University’s branch campus in Bend features outstanding faculty in degree programs that reflect Central Oregon’s vibrant economy and abundant natural resources. Nearly 20 undergraduate majors, 30 minors and options, and four graduate programs include computer science, energy systems engineering, kinesiology, hospitality management, and tourism and outdoor leadership. The branch campus expanded to a four-year university in fall 2015; its new campus opens in the fall of 2016.

 6. Oregon Air National Guard 142nd Fighter Wing Night Training Missions, Sept. 6-9

American flag2PORTLAND, Oregon – The Oregon Air National Guard’s 142nd Fighter Wing will conduct routine F-15 night training missions, Sept. 6-9, 2016.

Night training allows the Citizen-Airmen pilots based at the Portland Air National Guard Base to stay current with mandatory Air Force requirements. Night flying is conducted almost monthly as it provides essential training for nighttime maneuvers. Training flights will be completed each evening before 10:30 p.m.

About the 142nd Fighter Wing:
The Portland Air National Guard Base employs 1,500 Airmen who provide an economic impact of nearly $500 million to the region. The 142nd Fighter Wing defends our homeland with F-15 Eagle fighter jets, guarding the Pacific Northwest skies from northern California to the Canadian border, on 24-hour Aerospace Control Alert as part of Air Combat Command and the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD). Their mission is to provide unequalled, mission-ready units to sustain combat aerospace superiority and peacetime tasking any time, any place in service to our nation, state and community. 

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

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