Sherman County eNews #236

CONTENT

  1. Correction: Sherman County Public/School Library Board Meeting, Sept. 27

  2. Sherman County Ambulance Board of Directors Board Meeting, Sept. 13

  3. National Register of Historic Places: Sherman County, Oregon

  4. 10th Annual Wasco Salmon/Steelhead Tournament, Sept. 24

  5. Harvest Moon Interpretive Nature Walk, Sept. 16

  6. Happy Canyon Pageant & Wild West Show, an Oregon Heritage Tradition, Sept. 14-17

  7. Commissioner Mike Smith announces write-in campaign

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


1. Correction: Sherman County Public/School Library Board Meeting, Sept. 27

The Sherman County Public/School Library Board meeting will be held on September 27 at 6:30 p.m.


2. Sherman County Ambulance Board of Directors Board Meeting, Sept. 13

Sherman County Ambulance Board of Directors

Board Meeting Agenda

September 13, 2016

1930 Hrs.

(Later Meeting Time)

  1. Open Meeting
  2. Approve June 1, 2016 and August 11, 2016 Meeting Minutes
  3. Old Business:

3.1 South Sherman EMT Class outstanding bill

3.2 South Sherman letter regarding EMR class

3.3 Dress Code Policy

3.4 Tobacco Policy

3.5 Weapons Policy

3.6 Other Old Business

  1. New Business

4.1 Auto Aid Agreement Review

4.2 ASA Committee

4.3 Other New Business

  1. Next Meeting December 13, 2016
  1. Adjourn

 3. National Register of Historic Places: Sherman County, Oregon 

decor2http://www.nationalregisterofhistoricplaces.com/or/sherman/state.html

  • Columbia Southern Railroad Passenger Station & Freight Warehouse
  • DeMoss Springs Park
  • Mack Canyon Archaeological Site
  • John and Helen Moore House
  • Sherman County Courthouse

4. 10th Annual Wasco Salmon/Steelhead Tournament, Sept. 24

fish1Saturday, Sept 24, 2016

Registration——–(do not need to pre-register)

Heritage Landing 5am to 8:00am

(Mouth of the Deschutes River – Columbia River–Deschutes State Park)

All anglers are required to have licenses.

Law enforcement officers may be present.

Fishing will take place ONLY in the Columbia River, Celilo pool…..no tournament fishing in the Deschutes River per Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife

Cost:

$20 per adult 18 and older

$5 per child/youth 17 years and under (Oregon residents)

This includes a hamburger/hot dog type of lunch and are available to spectators to purchase for $5.00.

Silent auction of new items donated and purchased by the WSST available for your bids, including visitors!!

Weigh-in at the RR Depot in the city of Wasco between noon and 3 p.m. Wasco is located 10 miles SE of the Deschutes River (follow the signs thru the rolling wheat fields).

Grand Prize is one of Andy Nichols original glass fish.

All trophies and prizes will be awarded at 3 p.m.

Including the popular “I, also, fished” category again this year.

Questions? Carol 541-442-5079 or wlmack@yahoo.com

More information? www.wascooregon.com


5. Harvest Moon Interpretive Nature Walk, Sept. 16

Columbia Gorge Discovery Center hosts a Harvest Moon interpretive nature walk on the Riverfront Trail, Friday, September 16, 2016. Meet at the front of the museum at 6:30 p.m. then join Robbie Smith for an interpretive walk at 7 p.m. on the Riverfront Trail. Sunset is at 7:13 p.m., and the Harvest moon rises at 7:25 p.m. The trail is paved and handicap-accessible.  Bring your friends and family for this free event, but please leave pets at home. The Columbia Gorge Discovery Center is located at 5000 Discovery Drive, The Dalles. Visit www.gorgediscovery.org for more information.


6. Happy Canyon Pageant & Wild West Show, an Oregon Heritage Tradition, Sept. 14-17

cowboy.bootHappy Canyon Pageant and Wild West Show, a community cultural event accompanying the Pendleton Round-Up, marks its 100th year with an Oregon Heritage Tradition designation by the Oregon Heritage Commission.

Other Oregon Heritage Traditions include the Oregon State Fair, the Pendleton Round-Up, the Klamath Basin Potato Festival and the Linn County Pioneer Picnic.

The pageant takes place September 14 through 17 in Pendleton. A banner will presented Friday evening before the show.

“The designation recognizes those traditions that have helped define the state,” said Eric Martin, the commission’s chair. “This event truly celebrates what is local heritage in Oregon.”

This event began as a way to entertain Pendleton Round-Up fans in the evening. It started as just a wild-west show, but in 1916 the show was scripted to include the Tribal portion. The founders portrayed the Cayuse, Umatilla and Walla Walla cultures for all the world to see. This show was a distinct opportunity to demonstrate for the non-Indian audience a way of life they couldn’t learn about anywhere else??with local Tribal people presenting their own culture and history.

The show continues to share the local history and culture with thousands in its performances and through participation in community events throughout the year.

“To receive this designation is such an honor for Happy Canyon.” said Happy Canyon President JJ Spriet. “We have to thank the visionaries, Roy Raley and Anna Minthorn Wannassay, who wrote our show, and the thousands of volunteers who have made it happen since 1916.” Spriet said.
An Oregon Heritage Tradition must have been in continuous operation for more than 50 years, demonstrate a public profile and reputation that distinguishes it from more routine events, and add to the livability and identity of the state. A list of Tradition designations is available at http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/HCD/OHC/pages/oht.aspx .

The Oregon Heritage Commission coordinates efforts to solve statewide heritage issues through grants, education, and advocacy, and also promotes heritage tourism efforts.


 7. Commissioner Mike Smith announces write-in campaign

Submitted by Mike Smith
As reported by the Gorge News Center this week, Sherman County Commissioner Mike Smith has begun a Write-In Campaign for the Commissioner race this November. After a very close primary, Commissioner Smith said he received an outpouring of support and requests to run as a write-in for the general election. Smith stated that he waited several months to see if the encouragement decreased. Instead, it became much stronger. With growing support and his discovery that due to Oregon closed primaries, more than 50% of the county’s voters could not chose either candidate on the ballot. Commissioner Smith said he decided to run in the general election, “Where everyone has the right to choose who they want as Commissioner.” Smith will be hosting a Town Hall event Monday, Sept. 12th at 6:00 PM, at the Wasco Annex after Potlatch. He welcomes everyone to discuss current projects and future opportunities. The Commissioner commented that, “A write-in is no easy task, so I greatly appreciate anyone who is willing to help.” Here is the link to the full interview from the Gorge News Center. http://gorgenewscenter.com/interview-sherman-county-commissioner-mike-smith-urging-a-write-in-vote-in-november/


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

world.globe.map Map. The World’s Population in 1900  http://brilliantmaps.com/worlds-population-in-1900/

Commentary. Thomas Sowell: Misleading Statistics http://townhall.com/columnists/thomassowell/2016/09/06/misleading-statistics-n2214085

Commentary: Hillary’s Email Scandal Takes Down the FBI  http://freedomsback.com/ben-shapiro/hillarys-email-scandal-takes-down-the-fbi/

 Breitbart News http://www.breitbart.com/

History Tidbits: The People’s Republic, Wasco, Oregon 1898  http://genealogytrails.com/ore/sherman/news/news_1898_3.html


 

Sherman County eNews #235

CONTENT

  1. Classifieds

  2. Calendar


1. Classifieds (new or corrected)

NOTE. 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. 

THANK YOU NOTES, COMMENDATIONS & CONGRATULATIONS:

applause1THANK YOU! Wow, what a well organized and fun event. Kudos to all the hard working crew.  The plans were wonderful and the day was delightful.  So glad you left the timeline pictures up so they can still be viewed along the downstairs hallway!  Anyone who is seeing them for the first time needs a local who will recognize children in the photos!!  Thanks to all of you! ~ Nell Melzer

THANK YOU for the Wasco School Centennial celebration, a wonderful opportunity to see friends and relatives and enjoy the memories brought about by the school pictures. ~ Larry Kaseberg

COMMUNITY ORGANIZATION FUND-RAISERS:

LITTLE WHEATS DAYCARE FUNDRAISER: APPLES, APPLES, PEARS!
Here is your chance to order fresh picked apples and pears from the Hood River Valley. Little Wheats, Inc will be selling 20-22 LB boxes of apples ranging from $23 to $45 per box. Order any of your favorites including, Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, Jonagold, Gala, Granny Smith, Fuji and Honeycrisp OR Green Bartlett Pears, Anjou Pears, Asian Pears and Mixed Winter Pears. All orders and money need to be received by Friday, September 23, 2016. Orders will be ready for pickup on Wednesday, September 28, 2016 at Little Wheats, located at 409 Dewey. Look for order forms at your local businesses or contact Little Wheats, Inc at 541-565-3152 to place an order. You can mail your checks and order forms to Little Wheats, Inc at PO Box 71, Moro, OR 97039. Thank you in advance for your support! 9/23 

EMPLOYMENT:

GRAIN WAREHOUSEMAN. Mid Columbia Producers (MCP) is seeking applicants to join our team as a Grain Warehouseman. This full time position will be based in Sherman or Gilliam County, negotiable upon hire. The role of Grain Warehousemen is to safely handle grain while rendering outstanding customer service to our patrons. As an MCP employee you will have the opportunity to perform a wide variety of jobs within the department. Including but not limited to grain elevator operation, maintenance and housekeeping, barge loading, operation of tractor-trailers, inventory management and the practice of environmental health and safety programs applicable to the operation of the facility.

Preferred:

 Mechanical inclination, to be able to troubleshoot work on minor repairs

 Industry knowledge

Required:

 Ability to work well under pressure and deal tactfully with others

 Able to conform to shifting priorities, responsibilities, strategies, demands and timelines

 Strong personal and customer service skills. Good verbal and written communication skills

 Must be able to climb ladders and work at heights up to 200 ft.

 Periodically perform heavy labor

 Be able to qualify for use of a dust and mist respirator

 Valid Driver’s license

 The ability to obtain a chemical applicators license with space fumigation endorsement

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. Closing date September 30, 2016, or until filled.

Applications are available for download at http://www.mcpcoop.com 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

Fax: (503)536-6875 PH: (541)565-2277 – Brittany@mcpcoop.com

Mid Columbia Producers is an equal opportunity employer. 

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 abchuskies@yahoo.com. Employment Application is available at www.abchuskiesdaycare.com .  9/9

FOR SALE:

ESTATE/MOVING SALE – 1 day only!
501 1st Street – Moro, OR – across from the County Road Dept.
Saturday, September 10.
Sale starts at 8 a.m.
Household, tools, kitchen, holiday decor, glassware, garden tools, craft, office, furniture, and much, much more!  9/9

balloonsGRAND OPENING & OPEN HOUSE: SECOND HAND MADE & LOCUST TREE SALON. Second Hand Made and Locust Tree Salon are having an open house on Friday, September 16th, from 4-7 p.m. There will be food, drinks and prizes. Located on Clark Street in Wasco. Stop by and check out our new products and services available. ~ Megan Jensen  9/16

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. https://www.facebook.com/GorgeVista/?ref=aymt_homepage_panel. 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. http://co.sherman.or.us/agri_business.asp. 0/0

SERVICES: [home, personal, appliance, landscape, fencing, cleaning, maintenance, janitorial, computer, construction, sewing, repairs, transportation, media, preschool, day care, support & training]

GRAND OPENING & OPEN HOUSE: SECOND HAND MADE & LOCUST TREE SALON. Second Hand Made and Locust Tree Salon are having an open house on Friday, September 16th, from 4-7 p.m. There will be food, drinks and prizes. Located on Clark Street in Wasco. Stop by and check out our new products and services available. ~ Megan Jensen  9/16

 SHERMAN COUNTY JOB CLUB. FREE. Are you looking for work? Need some help? Come to the Sherman County Job Club! Make that job yours! Every Wednesday from September 14 through November 16 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Sherman County Extension Office, Moro. Topics: resumes, cover letters, applications, interviews, time management, social media for job success, and more! If you are receiving SNAP benefits, you may qualify for help with job search expenses such as gas, interview clothing, etc. Please RSVP with your name and phone number to Donitta by phone, email or text at 541-298-4101 ext. 208 or donitta.booth@mccog.com or 541-896-1783 (text only). ~ Mid-Columbia Council of Governments and Sherman County Community Outreach. 9/9

SHERMAN COUNTY STRENGTHENING FAMILIES PROGRAM for parents, grandparents, guardians and youth ages 10-14 years. Sherman County School, Tuesdays, September 27-November 8. FREE. Attend at least 5 of 7 sessions for $25 gift card. Questions? Register by calling Nancy Paul 1-855-308-2236 or email nancyp@nextdoorinc.org. ~ The Next Door, funded by Sherman County Community Outreach. 9/23

 SUPPORT FOR FAMILY CAREGIVERS. FREE. Online classes. Most take only an hour to complete.Topics: medication management, caring for a loved one with dementia or Alzheimer’s, managing common challenging behavior. Visit http://www.OregonCarePartners.com to browse catalog of classes and to register for free online classes. ~ Oregon Care Partners 9/16

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.  9/16

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 http://co.sherman.or.us/agri_business.asp.  0/0
SHERMAN COUNTY AGRI-BUSINESS DIRECTORY. Sherman County businesses & services may be listed on the Sherman County website at www.co.sherman.or.us under agri-business by town. Please contact Sherman County Administrative Assistant Lauren Hernandez lhernandez@co.sherman.or.us  0/0

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2. Calendar (new or corrected)

food.applesSEPTEMBER

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

10 Author’s Fest at Klindt’s Booksellers, The Dalles

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

14 Sherman County Job Club 11-12:30 Burnet Building, Moro

15 Sherman County Quilting Ladies Day, Sherman County Historical Museum

21 Sherman County Court 9

21 Sherman County Job Club 11-12:30 Burnet Building, Moro

22 First Day of Autumn

24 10th Annual Wasco Salmon/Steelhead Tournament

24 Oregon Gubernatorial Debate

26 1st Presidential Debate

26 Mid-Columbia Council of Governments Board Meeting 1-3 The Dalles

26 Sherman County Public/School Library Board Meeting 6:30

27-Nov. 8 Strengthening Families Program (new dates) 1-855-308-2236

28 Sherman County Job Club 11-12:30 Burnet Building, Moro

30 Sherman County School District Hall of Honor Inductions

 autumn.treesbare OCTOBER

1-31 Sherman County Historical Museum Artist Series: Patti Moore’s Fiber Arts

3 Lower John Day Area Commission on Transportation 10 Rufus

4 Vice Presidential Debate

5 Sherman County Court 9

5 Sherman County Job Club 11-12:30 Burnet Building, Moro

5 County-wide Prayer Meeting: Wasco Church of Christ Church 7:00-7:30PM fellowship.  7:30-9:00 PM Prayer Meeting

9 2nd Presidential Debate

10 COLUMBUS DAY

11 Tri-County Mental Health Board Meeting 10-12 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 Job Club 11-12:30 Burnet Building, Moro

12 Sherman County Senior Center Advisory Committee 12:30 Senior Center

15-16 Here & There Travel Fest, Oregon Convention Center

17-21 Sherman County School District Homecoming Week

19 Sherman County Court 9

19 Sherman County Job Club 11-12:30 Burnet Building, Moro

19 3rd Presidential Debate

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

26 Sherman County Job Club 11-12:30 Burnet Building, Moro

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 

NOVEMBER

2 Sherman County Job Club 11-12:30 Burnet Building, Moro

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

8 Tri-County Mental Health Board Meeting 11-2 The Dalles

9 Sherman County Senior & Community Center Advisory Committee 12:30 Sr. Center

9 Sherman County Job Club 11-12:30 Burnet Building, Moro

11 VETERANS DAY

16 Sherman County Job Club 11-12:30 Burnet Building, Moro

19 Max Nogle Dinner/Dance Celebrating the 100 year birthday of the Grass Valley Pavilion

24 THANKSGIVING DAY

DECEMBER

3  Sherman County Historical Museum Christmas Open House & Museum Store Sale

3  Sherman County Bazaar & Christmas Tree Sale

7 Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, 1941

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

22-30 Sherman School District Christmas Break

24 Christmas Eve

25 CHRISTMAS DAY

31 New Year’s Eve


 

Sherman County eNews #234

CONTENT

  1. Sherman County Court Notes, Sept. 7

  2. Sherman County School District Board Meeting, Sept. 12

  3. Car is King + Maryhill Arts Festival, Oct. 1 & 2

  4. Honduras & Peru Optometric Mission Team Photo Slideshow, Sept. 19

  5. Strengthening Families: Free Parenting Class Series, Sept. 27-Nov. 8

  6. Oregon’s Drought Taking Heavy Toll on Conifer Trees


1. Sherman County Court Notes, Sept. 7

ShermanCoLogo~ By Administrative Assistant Lauren Hernandez

(A brief summary of topics addressed – not official minutes. For details, please see the official approved minutes posted after the September 21 Court session on the Sherman County website at www.co.sherman.or.us)

The Sherman County Court met in regular session on September 7, 2016, and in conducting the business of the county,

  • heard from the Sherman County Ambulance Board and Shawn Payne, Emergency Services Director, an invoice for Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) classes in the amount of $2,401.70 has not been paid by South Sherman Fire & Rescue (SSFR); an agreement was made verbally that SSFR would reimburse Sherman County Ambulance for the cost of SSFR students to take the class; grants were received for the class from Sherman Development League for $10,000 and from Apple A Day Grant for $2,500; grant funds did not cover the entire cost of the class, so Sherman County Ambulance contributed approximately $2,500; the class cost approximately $1,700 per person, but Shawn was able to bring the cost down to $600 per person with grant funds; the purpose of the class was to train more personnel, as all emergency service entities in the county struggle to find volunteers; Shawn stated there was a misunderstanding about not allowing volunteers from Grass Valley to take the class, but she attended a Grass Valley City Council meeting to clarify the class was open to everyone; Glenn Fluhr, SSFR Chief, stated SSFR provided fire fighter academy in the past and did not charge for the training even though it cost several thousand dollars; he emphasized emergency service entities should be working together, not billing one another; Glenn confirmed there had been a verbal agreement to pay the invoice; SSFR paid a similar invoice for EMT classes in 2013; although no formal agreement was made, because a verbal agreement was made and there is some precedence of SSFR paying a similar invoice in the past, the Court suggested splitting the bill in half so each entity pays approximately $1,200; the Court suggested any future agreements be formally discussed and documented; both boards will meet and make a formal decision to accept or reject the compromise, though those present seemed favorable towards the negotiation; discussion was held about the misconception that SSFR volunteers are not allowed to aid Sherman County Ambulance, if needed; no such policy exists, and volunteers can work for either entity as long as they get their required monthly hours; despite differences, Sherman County Ambulance and SSFR recognize they have the same goal of serving the citizens in Sherman County;
  • met with Jessica Metta, Mid-Columbia Economic Development District (MCEDD), to discuss workforce housing; MCEDD has approximately $1.9 million dollars set aside for housing loans, and it may be possible to change the terms of the loan to better fit Sherman County; Sherman County has approximately $250,000 set aside specifically for workforce housing; the Court discussed providing those funds to MCEDD in loan form so MCEDD can loan the money out to workforce housing projects specifically in Sherman County; MCEDD has a loan officer and loan board working together to recommend approval, disapproval, or changes to any loan applications, and the entity has the expertise to monitor the funds; the Court was in favor of this possibility; Carol Olmstead, citizen of Wasco, stated many residents in Wasco do not want this kind of low-income housing in the city; the Court clarified workforce housing is not low-income housing, and its aim is to provide rentals to new teachers, warehouse workers, windfarm workers, and other middle-class employment positions; many of these employees cannot find rentals in Sherman County and either leave permanently or commute from The Dalles or other surrounding areas; bridge loans are available through the county, though this program has been underutilized; SIP guidelines for the workforce housing dollars will be double checked; MCEDD will begin working on outlining incentives to help make the workforce housing loans more attractive and accessible;
  • heard from Rod Asher, Weed District Director, and Tom Macnab, Grounds Maintenance Technician, that the pavilion and covered structure at DeMoss Park need maintenance work; the Court does not want the buildings to sit and deteriorate; the covered structure was damaged by a tree and could be demolished and replaced; the floor in the pavilion needs to be replaced; the trees at the park often loose branches and are too large for county staff to safely trim; Rod will contact vendors for quotes regarding tree maintenance and will begin research on possibilities for replacing the tree-damaged covered structure;
  • met with Ron McDermid, Justice of the Peace, Debbie Hayden, Finance Director, and Heath Gardner, Wenaha Group, to discuss the new Weed Department facility; the Conditional Use Permit was passed for the courthouse facility; the Weed Department facility is over budget; the building will be pole-built; due to the location and size of the project, bids were difficult to obtain; alternate options have been identified to lower some of the cost of the building; only building two bays will save $23,000, though if a third bay is added in the future, it will cost much more than the amount to be saved by not including it; the project team feels taking money from the contingency to cover the extra cost of the Weed Department facility will not leave enough in the contingency fund; potential strategies to lower the cost were discussed; Heath presented three options of how to approach the budget; some of the remaining twenty-one value engineering options can be implemented on the courthouse facility project, though the project team does not recommend this; all bids can be rejected and the Weed Department facility can be rolled into the courthouse facilities project and rebid, though this is not guaranteed to produce any savings; additional funds can be introduced into the budget to eliminate reducing the contingency for construction; Debbie explained over one million dollars is left in the SIP unallocated fund, and money can be transferred from this when needed, if needed; the Court supported introducing additional funds; the Court increased the budget for the Weed Department facility by up to $140,000 with the understanding that the project team will only use what is needed;
  • appointed Rick Whitaker to the Sherman County Ambulance Board to complete the term of Kathy Ahearn to expire December 2017;
  • reappointed Amber DeGrange to the Early Learning Hub Board as Sherman County’s representative for a term of two years to expire June 30, 2018;
  • approved the Intergovernmental Agreement for Single Trip Permit Authorization between Oregon Department of Transportation and Sherman County;
  • accepted Local Bridge Program grant funding in the amount of $879,126 (including a 10.27% local match) for work to be done on Finnegan Creek/Finnegan Road;
  • authorized the payment of regularly monthly county bills from the appropriate funds for the 2016-2017 fiscal year as recommended by the Sherman County Finance Office;
  • approved offering up to $200 to North Central Education Service District for the purchase of a refrigerator and freezer and approved of the expenditure if the offer is accepted;
  • approved the Resolution In the Matter of Opposing Measure 97;
  • approved the Order In the Matter of Authorizing the Sherman County Finance Director to Destroy Unissued County Checks Due to Incorrect Amounts and/or Printer Error;
  • entered into Biggs Service District Board of Directors and authorized the payment of Anderson Perry & Associates invoice 57998 in the amount of $10,000 and 58124 in the amount of $5,000 for design engineering and 57999 in the amount of $3,701.26 for reservoir site partition;
  • appointed Trevor Fields to the Weed Board for a term of 3 years to begin January 2017 and to expire December 2019;
  • discussed an unfunded mandate litigation update, DEQ compliance inspection results, and a Wasco Annex Reporter article;
  • heard reports from Court members about regional board activities.

2. Sherman County School District Board Meeting, Sept. 12

The Sherman County School District Board of Directors will hold a Regular Board Meeting with a Work Session at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, September 12, 2016. This meeting will be held in the meeting room of the Sherman County Public/School Library. 

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3. Car is King + Maryhill Arts Festival, Oct. 1 & 2 

GOLDENDALE, Wash. — Celebrate Sam Hill’s love of roads, the automobile, and the arts October 1 & 2, 2016 during Car is King Weekend and the Maryhill Arts Festival. This free, two-day celebration of creativity in all its forms includes a classic car show, artist booths, food vendors, and hands-on art, an open drive on the historic Maryhill Loops Road, and a timed hill climb featuring vintage sports cars.  All activities are free on the grounds of Maryhill Museum of Art, unless otherwise noted.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2016

Concours de Maryhill | 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Columbia River Highway as the car show features autos 1945 and older. The day concludes with an awards presentation and catered dinner at 4 p.m. FREE on museum grounds for spectators. Organized by Goldendale Motorsports Association. For more info:
http://www.goldendalemotorsports.org/

Maryhill Arts Festival | 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Browse and shop booths featuring Northwest artists working in a variety of media, including painting, glass art, jewelry, woodworking, ceramics and more. FREE on museum grounds.

Art Under the Tent | 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Kids of all ages can explore their creativity with a variety of hands-on art activities. FREE on the museum grounds.

Drive the Maryhill Loops Road | Noon to 2 p.m.
Take a spin past the beautiful scenery and through the historic road’s eight hairpin curves. FREE on the historic Maryhill Loops Road, located just east of US 97 off of State Route 14.

Family Fun: Veggie Car Races | 1 to 3 p.m.
Children can put their ingenuity to work transforming humble veggies into fantastically engineered cars and race them on a 12 foot ramp for thrills and chills. Kids of all ages are invited to participate in this fun outdoor activity. FREE on the museum grounds.

Dining | 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Several locally operated food vendors will be on-site – Bake My Day during the day and Bob’s Texas T-Bone for dinner – as well as Loïe’s: The Museum Café inside Maryhill Museum of Art.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2016

Maryhill Loops Hill Climb | 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Vintage sports cars from the 1930s to 1960s race singly in a three-mile timed climb up the historic Maryhill Loops Road. FREE for spectators viewing the race from the Highway 97 Overlook and from designated viewpoints along the route.

Organized by the Maryhill Loops Vintage Hill Climb Association; only their approved cars and drivers will be competing. This program is assisted by members of the Tri-Cities Strictly British Motor Club; Yakima Valley Sports Car Club and Society of Vintage Racing EnthusiastsFor Entry Form or Information contact Starke Shelby at 206-230-0203. or starke@nwinsctr-mi.com

Maryhill Arts Festival | 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Browse and shop booths featuring Northwest artists working in a variety of media, including painting, glass art, jewelry, woodworking, ceramics and more. FREE on museum grounds. 

Art Under the Tent | 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Kids of all ages can explore their creativity with a variety of hands-on art activities. FREE on the museum grounds.

Dining | 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Visit Loïe’s: The Museum Café inside Maryhill Museum of Art.

Music | 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Enjoy the Americana and bluegrass sounds of The Ryders from Seattle. (There will be breaks throughout the day.)

Car is King Weekend and the Maryhill Arts Festival is sponsored by the Goldendale Motor Sports Association, Maryhill Loops Vintage Hill Climb Association, Maryhill Museum of Art, Tri-Cities Strictly British Motor Club, and Yakima Valley Sports Car Club.


4. Honduras & Peru Optometric Mission Team Photo Slideshow, Sept. 19

glassesDr. James Ogden and members of his optometric mission team will present a photo slideshow of their  mission trip to Honduras and Peru on Monday, September 19th, at 7pm at the Goldendale Community Library.  Photos will include beautiful scenery as well as images of the people and culture of Central- and South America.   The show will feature Dr. Ogden’s work with 9 optometry students and two other doctors in Peru, followed by the mission team’s humanitarian efforts at “Heart to Heart, an orphanage and school in Honduras where they treated over 400 people.

Each year, Dr. Ogden travels with a team of volunteers to different places around the world to provide eye care to peoples in need.  Members of this year’s optometric mission included Ordell and Shirley Enstad, Betty Zesiger, Nic Foss, Cody Warren, Jim Hamilton and Larci Miller.

This program is free and open to the public.  For more information, call the Library, 773-4487.  (photo (c) James Ogden).


5. Strengthening Families: Free Parenting Class Series, Sept. 27-Nov. 8

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6. Oregon’s Drought Taking Heavy Toll on Conifer Trees

tree.evergreen~ Oregon Department of Forestry

Oregon experienced record drought in 2013 through 2015, followed by another year of dry conditions in 2016, and those severe conditions are taking a toll on conifer trees. It’s important to remember “a few drops of rain doesn’t end the stress of drought on trees,” said Lena Tucker, Deputy Chief of the Private Forests Division for the Oregon Department of Forestry.

Symptoms of drought include foliage loss, dead branches, dead trees and tops. Drought-stressed trees are more susceptible to further damage by insects and other pathogens, and damage typically is most severe on the fringe of forested areas and on shallow or rocky soil types. Trees growing near roads, ditches, pastures, disturbed soil, or where there is competing vegetation are frequently affected.

Symptoms are most visible during the spring following a drought event, although recent droughts have been severe enough for symptoms to appear in late summer or fall.

People can take preventative care to help trees survive drought by doing the following:
-Plant native and local drought-tolerant species
-Don’t thin stands during droughts
-Control vegetation (especially grasses) that compete for soil moisture
-Remove and destroy dead and dying trees, blowdown and slash to reduce insect infestations
-Avoid damage from machines and soil compaction
-Irrigate landscape trees during dry weather, applying water slowly or use drip irrigation lines
-Apply mulch to landscape trees to retain moisture
-Don’t alter drainage patterns (ditches, ponds, etc.) near established trees
-Don’t fertilize during drought conditions. Fertilization stimulates dehydrates trees.