Sherman County eNews #257


  1. I-84 ramp closures in/near The Dalles

  2. Sherman Junior High Athletic Schedule Update

  3. Genealogy Jamboree Celebrating National Family History Month, Oct. 8

  4. Kegan Forrester, Sherman High to Linn-Benton Welding Graduate

  5. Inis Irene Helms Jones 1931-2016

  6. Elaine Kelley Kalista, Mass of Christian Burial, Oct. 8

  7. Floating All Boats

 1. I-84 ramp closures in/near The Dalles 

sign_slowPlease alert motorists to the following I-84 ramp closures, as paving takes place on the Freeway:

All work 7pm – 7am each day.

  • 10/1 Exit 76 EB on/off ramp
  • 10/2 Exit 82 EB off ramp
  • 10/3 Exit 82 EB on ramp, Exit 83 EB off/on Ramp, Exit 84 WB off Ramp
  • 10/4 Exit 83 WB on ramp, Exit 82 WB off/on Ramp

These closures are subject to weather or other construction delays. Message boards are in place on the freeway and ramp closures will be lifted once the freeway paving has passed them. ~ Oregon Department of Transportation

 2. Sherman Junior High Athletic Schedule Update


3. Genealogy Jamboree Celebrating National Family History Month, Oct. 8

Please join us to celebrate National Family History Month on Saturday, October 8, 2016, at the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center. This is a open forum style event for all levels of genealogical research from beginner to advanced. Or if you haven’t done genealogy before , we will help you get started. We will have Jan Bony from Oregon GenWeb and Emma Jean Smith from The Daughters of the American Revolution to answer any questions and to guide you in your research. Also our CGGS members will be glad to help you start your journey to the past and bring your ancestors  to life. The jamboree also will be covering subjects like organizing your genealogy, DNA, internet resources, genealogy software, military research, social media, and we will have someone to help you with your technology device (laptop, phone, etc. ).

We will be giving out great door prizes too. Attendees 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 we will be giving away 2 free one year memberships to the Columbia Gorge Genealogical Society. This event is free and we encourage you to bring a friend.
The Jamboree starts a 10:00 and closes at 2:30.

4. Kegan Forrester, Sherman High to Linn-Benton Welding Graduate

graduation2Linn-Benton Community College publishes student stories, and this one features a Sherman High School graduate.

After dropping out of college, Kegan Forrester finds the courage to try again – then graduates from the welding program with honors, and lands a good paying job in the aerospace manufacturing industry!

“Everyone at LBCC encouraged me to keep going. The faculty is inspiring and really wants to help their students succeed. They aren’t just here to collect a paycheck.” Kegan Forrester

You would think honor roll student Kegan Forrester’s road to college would be nothing but smooth.

Though he ended up graduating from the welding program with honors, Kegan’s first try at college was not so great.

After struggling in math, he decided to drop out – with no intent of returning. Maybe college just wasn’t for him. Being the first in his family to attend college, Kegan really felt he was on his own to figure things out.

He discovered along the way that sometimes it takes trying, failing, and then trying again to succeed.

After high school, Kegan, like many students, went to work. Although he liked his job at a farm outside of his hometown of Moro, Oregon, he knew that getting a college education would help him be more successful in life.

“My first try at college, I actually started out pursuing a criminal justice degree – I didn’t start thinking I would become a welder,” said Kegan. Although he was doing well in most classes, college-level math was challenging – so much so that Kegan became discouraged and dropped out.

He returned to his farm job near Moro, something he knew he could do. But his bosses saw his potential, and with their encouragement, Kegan decided to give college a second try; only this time in a different program. Since he liked welding in high school, he reasoned, the welding program seemed like a good second choice.

As it turns out, he found that he could do the math. LBCC industrial programs offer math and writing classes that directly relate to each program, and Kegan actually got the math this time.

“Welding has its own core classes, including both math and writing for welders, which helped me to connect and understand it better,” said Kegan. “I love welding. It’s a great fit for me at this point in my life.”

And, connecting with people who could help along the way was key to his success. “There were a lot of people who helped me, including math instructor Russ Burchard who often worked with me one-on-one,” said Kegan. “My welding instructors, Fred Stuewe, Dean Dowless and Dave Ketler were great as well, and helped keep me on track with my schedule.”

As a bonus, a few months before finishing the program, Kegan landed a good paying welding job at a local aerospace manufacturing company.

“My advice for new students is to get to know as many people at the college as possible. They can help you along the way,” says Kegan. “Getting involved and meeting people helped me to get grants to help pay for school, and helped me get a job. I’ve made some excellent friends here.”

Kegan served as budget officer for LBCC Student Leadership Council, as president of the LBCC Welding Club, and as senior vice president of LBCC Phi Theata Kappa (PTK) Honor Society. He also volunteered at Christmas Storybook Land and participated in two Honors In Action Projects.

During his last college term, Kegan was taking 28 credits and working full time. He graduated with honors, earning an associate of applied science degree in welding. He’s the first in his family to earn a college degree.

~ Story & photo: Lori Fluge-Brunker, LBCC College Advancement Marketing Office
Calapooia Center

5. Inis Irene Helms Jones 1931-2016

flower.rose.starInis Irene Helms Jones passed away September 22, 2016 in The Dalles. She was born in Mitchell, Oregon, on May 20, 1931. She lived in Sherman County since 1963, first in Wasco, later in Biggs Junction and most recently in Moro.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Vincent “Mike” Helms and Stella Nicholas Helms; her younger sister, Mary Jane Helms Smith (Paul), her youngest son Willam C. Jones Jr., and her three husbands: LeRoy D. Smith, Michael Kravitch, and William C. Jones, Sr.  She is survived by her brother, Merle Helms (Phyllis); two sons Michael J. Smith (Cindy) of Grand Marais, Minnesota, and Tony R. Jones (Ana Fe) of White Salmon, Washington; three grandchildren: Tyler Jones (Alexandra), Erin Jones (Logan), and Alex Smith.

Inis was the bookkeeper for her husband, Bill Jones’ service station and garage and rock shop in Moro, and worked as a waitress and short-order cook. She enjoyed long drives in Sherman, Gilliam, Wasco and Wheeler counties, and considered Mitchell her home and favorite place. She was laid to rest in Wasco Sunrise Cemetery next to her son Billy Jones.

6. Elaine Kelley Kalista, Mass of Christian Burial, Oct. 8

flower.rose.starMass of Christian Burial

St. Mary Catholic Church, Wasco, Oregon

October 8th at 11 a.m.

7. Floating All Boats

A growth mindset, which has always been important psychologically, is a critical factor in economic well-being, too.

For five decades, The Pacific Institute has been working with the most forward-thinking business and world leaders to teach them the importance of a workforce with an efficacious, growth mindset. The concepts taught by Lou Tice have worked their way into mainstream American business culture. A book called “The Power of Self-Esteem,” by psychologist Nathaniel Branden pointed out that a workforce lacking confidence in its ability to think and cope with life’s challenges won’t be very productive or competitive in a demanding global environment.

Branden reminded supervisors and managers to help employees stretch by supporting training and workshops, and to tolerate mistakes as long as people learn from them. He also counseled listening to employees because they have something worthwhile to say and asking for their help as ways to stimulate new ideas. In doing this, you are building confidence by giving lots of sincere compliments and encouragement

What occurs, when this happens, is you are creating a workforce with a “growth” mindset, instead of a “fixed” mindset that fears change. Each individual, within the full spectrum of employees, is seeing each situation as an opportunity for growth. Change is sought, not feared. Personal development is vital, and not an afterthought. Personal development training for managers as well as for those they manage becomes a critical investment.

In the final analysis, it is difficult to have a workforce that is any more confident than the individuals who comprise it. Remember, it’s not the machine that shows up for work every day – it is a human being. Let’s give each worker, regardless of job responsibilities, every opportunity to know they are integral components in the organization’s success. As the old saying goes, “A rising tide floats all boats.” ~ The Pacific Institute


Sherman County eNews #256


  1. Classifieds

  2. Calendar

 1. Classifieds (new or corrected)

people.womanNOTE. 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! The Wasco School Centennial Celebration Committee would like to thank all the volunteers who helped put on a very successful party for our school. There were over 50+ people who helped in one way or another with this project. Also, a huge thank you to the Sherman County Cultural Coalition for approving the grant to fund this project. ~ Linda Krafsic for the Wasco School Centennial Celebration Committee

A Great Big Thank You To Everyone! The Sherman County Fair Board: Bert, Bryce, Jennifer, Ricky, Shandie, Ted, Tom and Beth, would like to thank the participants, volunteers and guests who attended and helped to make the 2016 Country Pride, County Wide Fair a success!  We could not do it without the community coming together to make the fair a realization!  We would like to remind you we still have available our panel donations.  These panels are for our new warm up arena for the horses and can be used in different configurations to help make our events run smoothly.  These panels are $130.00 and will have name plates attached designating the donor or you may turn them into a tribute or a memorial.  Please send checks to Sherman County Fair at P.O. Box 45, Wasco, OR 97065 along with the name you would like on the panel. If you have any questions, please call Bryce at 541- 980- 1539. Thank you and we look forward to seeing you next year! ~~ Jennifer Zimmerlee, Fair Board member



COMMUNITY REPRESENTATIVE, STUDENT EXCHANGE PROGRAM. Non-Profit Organization Looking for Community Area Representatives to Join our International Team. ASSE International Student Exchange Programs is seeking individuals to serve as Area Representatives in your local community.  ASSE provides academic year and semester exchange programs in the United States for high school students from around the world.  Students are 15 to 18 years of age, have passed a series of academic and character requirements and are awaiting an opportunity to embark on their American Adventure. Area Representatives recruit and screen prospective host families, interview students to study abroad and supervise the exchange students in their community.  Area representatives are compensated based on the number of students they are supervising. There is also a great bonus opportunity. ASSE’s primary goal is to contribute to International understanding by enabling students to learn about other languages and cultures through active participation in family, school and community life. ASSE’s Area Representatives are the cornerstone of the organization, making all of this possible! For more information about ASSE or becoming an Area Representative, please call our Western Regional Office at 1-800-733-2773 or email us at We look forward to welcoming you to the ranks of Area Representatives nationwide – striving towards a world of understanding, one child at a time!   12/30

SOCIAL SERVICE SPECIALIST I. Child Welfare District 9 currently has a vacancy for a Social Service Specialist I (Child Protective Services Worker) in our Condon office, which primarily serves Gilliam, Sherman, and Wheeler Counties. The district also serves Hood River and Wasco Counties. Condon is a proud, century-old farming community nestled between miles of rolling, golden wheat fields in Eastern Oregon. Condon is located on the high plateau of the Columbia River Region — just 38 miles south of the mighty Columbia River, less than 3 hours east of Portland, 2 hours west of Pendleton, and 2.5 hours north of Bend. Condon is at the doorstep of the Blue Mountains and the new Cottonwood Canyon State Park, which provide outstanding hiking, camping, boating and fishing opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts. Condon offers breathtaking views of the magnificent Cascade Range and a simple, what’s-your-hurry lifestyle. Not to mention fresh air, open skies, and friendly neighbors too. The region boasts approximately 300 days of sunshine a year and experiences four distinct, enjoyable seasons. There are fantastic recreational and cultural opportunities…it is a wonderland for cyclists, hikers, river rafters, boaters and water sports, campers, anglers, skiers, art lovers and history buffs – just to name a few.Please use the link below to apply. The posting closes at 11:59 pm October 5, 2016: If you have any questions or would like to learn more about this opportunity, please contact the supervisor, Jim Posey, at (541) 340-0434.  9/30

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.


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

 Industry knowledge


 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 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

Mid Columbia Producers is an equal opportunity employer. 9/30


PIGLETS. $50.00 1/2 Gloucestershire Old Spot 1/2 Hereford. 1 month old. Contact Melody for more info. 541-728-8465.  9/30

THE OLD OSKALOOSA/JUST-US INN. The Just Us-Inn is being run as an Airbnb and a boarding house. It has retained full occupancy since 2013. There is a 1 bedroom suite, with bathroom, and an additional 2 two bedroom suites. There is a large unfinished third floor space. On the property there are: two RV hook-up spaces, a community garden, a rental manufactured home. This property features room for development with sewer and electric ready to hook up. This property features four commercial lots. The owner is willing to carry contract, with substantial down payment, at an attractive rate. Hotel is three stories. The first floor has approx. 1500 square ft., large living room, kitchen, dining area, laundry area, and 1.5 baths. The Just-Us Inn is completely furnished with antiques and collectibles. The second floor has 5 guest rooms, storage room, studio apartment, 2.5 baths and also completely furnished and beautifully decorated. The 3rd floor is unfinished but plumbed and wired. A historical property, (The Old Oskaloosa Hotel), Just-Us Inn is located in Sherman County, Oregon, at the heart of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area; a land where time stand still. Sherman County is bordered to the north by the mighty Columbia River, world renowned for salmon & sturgeon fishing; to the east by the John Day River with exceptional steelhead & warm water bass fishing; and to the west by the Deschutes River, most of which is designated as Federal Wild, Scenic River, and State Scenic Waterway. People are drawn to the area to fly fish on world class rivers, white water rafting, windsurfing, golfing, hiking, mountain biking, all while enjoying the natural beauty that has become synonymous with the region. For sale by owner Please call Debbie 503-515-7374.   10/21

MLS# 16225949
Contact Dan Pehlke for additional information 503-547-9140.

4900+SQ FT Commercial Concrete Building
150’X200′ 30,000 SQ FT Lot
Large open areas and 5 separate rooms with exterior entries
Unlimited possibilities. Off exit 109 of I-84. Rare Commercial Building in Rufus.  12/16

1013 Clark St, Wasco Oregon
MLS# 16360875
Contact Dan Pehlke for additional information 503-547-9140.

670 +SQ FT Commercial Building
4800 SQ FT Lot
Rare Commercial building for sale in Wasco. Two individual office units with separate entries. New paint and flooring. Clean sharp building. Unlimited possibilities abound for this commercial property with fantastic street appeal.  12/16

HOME. 3 BR/ 2 BA $80,000. Why Rent? Your mortgage payment may 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.  10/14
JOHN DAY RIVER PROPERTY. I am offering for sale my undivided share of my family’s John Day River property. My 37.5% share of the 192 acre site comes to 72 acres at a recently appraised price of $1250 per acre valued at $90,000. A copy of the appraisal is available upon request. ~ Sharon Laughlin  9/30

DOING BUSINESS WITH LOCAL PEOPLE. Sherman County Agri-Business Directory. 0/0

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

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.  9/30

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 








2. Calendar (new or corrected)


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

30 Sherman County School District Hall of Honor Inductions 5:30 & Football Half-time


1 Memorial Service for Bert Long 11 Moro Community Presbyterian Church

1 Enrollment for the new 4-H year begins

1-2 Concours de Maryhill, Maryhill Arts Festival, Food, Music & Maryhill Loops

1-8 Gilliam County Days of Culture Events

1-20 Condon’s 6th Annual Scarecrow Contest


1-30 Gilliam County Historical Society Wednesdays through Sundays 1-5 p.m.

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

2-8 National 4-H Week

3 Lower John Day Area Commission on Transportation 10 Rufus Texas T-Bone

4 Vice Presidential Debate

5 Sherman County Court 9

5 Gilliam County Court 10

5 Wheeler County Court 10

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

7-8 12th Annual Boardman Quilt Show 10-4 Boardman Senior Center 541-481-9426

8 Genealogy Jamboree 10-2:30 Discovery Center

9 CASA Fun Run

9 2nd Presidential Debate


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

11 Sherman County Medical Clinic’s Flu Shot Clinic 3-6 Moro

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

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

13 National Weather Service Open House 10-4 Pendleton Airport

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

15-16 Oktoberfest to Benefit The Woolery in Arlington

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

27 Tri-County Court Meeting 10 OSU Extension Office, Burnet Building

27 Regional Economic Development Strategy Meeting 8:30-11 Stevenson, WA

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



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

3 North Central Education Service District Board Meeting 6 Condon

6 Daylight Saving Time Ends

6 Sherman County Historical Society Fall Program 2


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

14-17 Association of Oregon Counties Conference, Eugene


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

19 Artists Marketing Workshop 1-4 Call 541-387-8877

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

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



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


31 New Year’s Eve


Sherman County eNews #255


  1. No political signs on state highway right of way

  2. Oregon Days of Culture – Gilliam County Month of Culture, Oct. 1-8

  3. Art & Indescribable Things from an Eclectic Group of Artists, Oct. 5-8

  4. ODOT Notice: Heads-up for Traffic Delays OR206 & US97

  5. Sherman County Medical Clinic’s Flu Shot Clinic, Oct. 11

  6. Notice of Meeting: North Central Public Health District Executive Committee, Oct. 12

1. No political signs on state highway right of way

arrow.blueswishWith the November elections approaching, ODOT reminds campaigns:

  • Political signs may not be posted on any Oregon state highway right of way; and
  • There are restrictions for signs placed on private property visible from state highways.

No signs except official traffic control devices are allowed in the state highway right of way including on trees, utility poles, and fence posts within the highway right of way. Improperly placed signs, including political signs, may be removed and held by the local ODOT District Maintenance office.

Temporary signs, including political signs, are allowed on private property within view of state highways with the following restrictions:

  • The sign is limited to 12 square feet.
  • No flashing or intermittent lights, animated or moving parts are allowed.
  • Signs must not imitate an official highway sign or device.
  • Signs are not allowed in scenic areas.

Local municipalities may also regulate the placement of political signs.

2. Oregon Days of Culture – Gilliam County Month of Culture, Oct. 1-8

October 5th

–10:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Art & Indescribable Things: From an Eclectic Group of Artists, Memorial Hall in Condon; beverages & snacks 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

October 6th

10 a.m. This & every Thursday morning, Preschool Story Time with Silvia

11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Tasty Thursday at Holly’s General Mercantile, 25 S. Main St.

11 a.m. Cultural Walking Tour of Condon with Mac Stinchfield

October 8th

10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Condon Community Farmers’ Market, City Park

2 p.m. Author Yvonne Pepin-Wakefield & her book Babe in the Woods, Library.

3. Problem Gambling Awareness Day in Oregon News Release from Oregon Lottery

In honor of Problem Gambling Awareness Day, Tim Murphy, chief executive officer of Bridgeway Recovery Services and Barry Pack, acting director of the Oregon Lottery issue this joint statement.

Governor Brown has proclaimed Thursday, Sept. 29 as Problem Gambling Awareness Day in Oregon. We urge all Oregonians to pause a moment to reflect on the importance of connecting those suffering with problem gambling issues to the free treatment available to them from health providers throughout the state.

We are united in supporting problem gambling treatment. While it may seem surprising to some that a gambling recovery services executive and a lottery director are collaborating in this effort, we share common ground in our commitment to help those struggling with gambling problems. Treatment for gambling addiction is not only free, supported by Lottery revenues, but also effective. People can check out the Oregon Problem Gambling Resources website at for information, an opportunity to chat with a counselor, or a referral to treatment.

Last month we toured the Bridgeway Recovery Services Treatment Center together and had the opportunity to meet with patients in treatment; a good beginning for a long and effective collaboration. The Oregon Lottery is committed to supporting and promoting treatment programs and training employees and retailer staff to provide information on problem gambling treatment services. Together our collaboration does good things for Oregon by strengthening our individual efforts to connect problem gamblers with treatment and positive outcomes.

Oregon Lottery proceeds provide funding for free, confidential and effective problem gambling treatment programs statewide. Since 1992, over $92 million in Lottery funds has been directed to fund problem gambling treatment.

 4. ODOT Notice: Heads-up for Traffic Delays OR206 & US97

According to Scott Peters, Oregon Department of Transportation will be conducting some overhead line work that will present traffic delays in both Fulton Canyon on OR206 and just south of Biggs on US97.  The work will start late October or early November.  The work will be done by helicopter, but the highways will need to be protected with equipment and traffic control on the roadway.  The contractor, Wilson Construction, is putting a schedule together, but it will likely be rather flexible since so many factors can influence. It is expected that it will be about 3-4 days on each highway with maximum delays no more than 20 minutes during daylight hours.

A heads-up! Expect delays to avoid being late for work or appointments, or choose an alternate route.  An update will be forthcoming as soon as the start date is confirmed.

5. Sherman County Medical Clinic’s Flu Shot Clinic, Oct. 11

hand.wash2The Sherman County Medical Clinic is having their annual Flu Shot Clinic!

Tuesday, October 11th from 3:00pm – 6:00pm

For more information visit us online at or call 541-565-3325.

6. Notice of Meeting: North Central Public Health District Executive Committee, Oct. 12

The North Central Public Health District Executive Committee will be meeting Wednesday, October 12, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. at North Central Public Health District, located at 419 E. 7th Street, in the Main Meeting Room (Annex A), in The Dalles, Oregon. This meeting is open to the general public.