Sherman County eNews #286


  1. Sherman Huskies vs. Triad First Round OSAA Football Playoffs, Nov. 4

  2. Basketball Officials Needed in Columbia Basin

  3. Sherman Development League Grant/Loan Applications

  4. Fall Grant Awards Announced by Cultural Coalition

  5. Helpful Ideas for Planning a New Position for Your Organization

  6. Two Ears, One Mouth

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

“[T]he unlimited power of the sword is not in the hands of either the federal or state governments, but, where I trust in God it will ever remain, in the hands of the people.” —Tench Coxe (1788)

1. Sherman Huskies vs. Triad First Round OSAA Football Playoffs, Nov. 4

Logo.Sherman High SchoolThe Sherman Huskies will take on Triad in the first round of the OSAA football playoffs on Friday, November 4th at 6 p.m. in Moro. ~ Coach Bill Blevins



2. Basketball Officials Needed in Columbia Basin Basketball Officials Association is seeking people interested in serving their community by becoming a basketball referee.

“Get back into the game you love, get some exercise, meet new people and earn some money,” entices Chris Kaseberg, Mid-Columbia Basketball Officials Association commissioner.

According to Kaseberg, the average age of officials currently in the association is 46 years, and the association is looking for “the next generation” of officials.

Anyone interested in becoming a basketball official for local games may contact Chris Kaseberg by calling 541-980-9449, or go on-line,

3. Sherman Development League Grant/Loan Applications

dollar.bills2Sherman Development League (SDL) grant application forms for projects and/or programs in Sherman County are available. 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:
— A brief description of your project.
— State if the project is a capital expenditure, one-time program or pilot project, emergency assistance or a loan request.
— 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

4. Fall Grant Awards Announced by Cultural Coalition

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Fall grant awards for 2016 have been announced by the Sherman County Cultural Coalition (SCCC) committing $6,770.00 to projects that strengthen existing cultural resources or engage the community in the arts, heritage or humanities in Sherman County.

Six project applications met the goals and priorities established by the Coalition in the Sherman County Cultural Plan. Successful applicants and projects are as follows: City of Grass Valley – Annual Easter Egg Hunt; Grass Valley Pavilion Restoration Committee – Max Nogle Dinner & Dance Event; Sherman County Child Care Foundation – Multi-Cultural & STEM Equipment; Sherman County Historical Museum – Audio/Visual Digital History; Sherman County Photography Club – Portable Display Screen; Sherman County Public/School Library – Traveling Lantern Theater Co. & Books

Funding for these community projects was made possible with a grant award received from the Oregon Cultural Trust plus matching funds generously provided by Sherman County.

Applications for the next Sherman County Cultural Coalition grant cycle will be available in the spring of 2017.

5. Helpful Ideas for Planning a New Position for Your Organization

>>Position Analysis Questionnaire for a New Position

>>Job Description Guidelines

>>Management Classifications

>>Hiring Checklist for Staff and Full-time Faculty

6. Two Ears, One Mouth

ear.hairPerhaps it is because of the shortening of daylight hours (at least in the Northern Hemisphere), but autumn seems to be a time when inner reflection comes easier to a lot of folks. Lou Tice (Pacific Institute founder) would keep journals of his thoughts, ideas, new affirmations, and sayings that resonated to him. Often he would share them with others, like this one:

“We have two ears and one mouth so we can listen twice as much as we speak.” (Native American saying) 

There was a cable television movie made quite a few years ago, now. The movie was set in Africa, and dealt with ivory poaching and its threat to elephant populations – a situation that is still not solved two decades later. There was one line that struck many a chord, which the screenwriter gave to a young native teen character:

“How can your ears hear, when your mouth is so full of words?”

Draws quite the picture, doesn’t it?  With elections in the U.S. in the very near future, how many of us wish that our politicians knew either of these two sayings? The very best communicators tend to be the very best listeners.

One of the greatest gifts any of us can give to another is our ability to just listen. There are times when we need to talk, and need to have someone listen to us. And then there are times when we need to return the favor. It means getting ourselves and our egos out of the way, and letting someone else take “center stage” for a while.  And, while we listen, we are building another person – and building ourselves as well. ~ The Pacific Institute

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

Halloween BooDo You Understand the Electoral College? Do you understand what the Electoral College is? Or how it works? Or why America uses it to elect its presidents instead of just using a straight popular vote? Author, lawyer and Electoral College expert Tara Ross does, and she explains that to understand the Electoral College is to understand American democracy.

Public Procurements for Goods or Services, Oregon Administrative Rules

Why Dufur? 

Statewide Veterans Day Events 

Association of Oregon Counties, a great resource!

League of Oregon Cities, another great resource!

“I wish to live without hate, whim, jealousy, envy, and fear. I wish to be simple, honest, frank, natural . . . to face any obstacle and meet every difficulty unabashed and unafraid.” ― Elbert Hubbard 

Why should you listen to Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons”?

Position Analysis Questionnaire for a New Position

Job Description Guidelines

Management Classifications

Hiring Checklist for Staff and Full-time Faculty 

Ag voices must be heard on Columbia River System, group says

Trump Supporter Tries To Rig Election For The GOP, Gets ARRESTED

Trump lawyers given court date over lawsuit alleging rape of 13-year-old 

Trump-Pence Presidency Disaster for LGBT People

Illegal immigrants hurt Oregon workers (Opinion)

Difference Between Editorial and Letter to the Editor


Sherman County eNews #285


  1. North Central Education Service District Board, Nov. 3

  2. Sherman County Historical Society Fall Program: Author Jane Kirkpatrick, Nov. 6

  3. Sherman County in The Times-Journal, Oct. 27

  4. 2016-17 Sherman HS Basketball Schedule

  5. Sherman Fair Board Seeks Fair Theme Ideas, Grand Marshal Nominees

  6. The Four Agreements

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

1. North Central Education Service District Board, Nov. 3

The North Central Education Service District board of directors will meet in regular session, Thursday, November 3, at 6 p.m. at the ESD Administrative Office in Condon. Agenda topics include reports, 2nd reading of policies, Frontier TeleNet and Boys and Girls State.

 2. Sherman County Historical Society Fall Program: Author Jane Kirkpatrick, Nov. 6

Moro, OR – The Sherman County Historical Society invites you to a special talk and book signing with Jane Kirkpatrick on November 6th at the Grass Valley Pavilion in Grass Valley, Oregon. Jane will share memories of Sherman County and celebrate the 25th Anniversary of her book Homestead along with her latest release, This Road We Traveled while inspiring the pioneer in all of us.

Doors open at 1:30pm with refreshments and hors d’oeuvres served along with wine from Moody Tollbridge Winery. Jane’s presentation starts at 2:30pm followed by her signing books with copies available for purchase. Admission is $10 at the door. For more information call 541-565-3232 or visit our Facebook page.

3. Sherman County in The Times-Journal, Oct. 27

classifieds.boySee The Times Journal, October 27, 2016.

  • Sherman court discusses fiber project, Frontier TeleNet matters at special meeting in Moro.
  • Basketball Officials Needed in Columbia Basin
  • Sherman County Notes

4. 2016-17 Sherman HS Basketball Schedule Boys Coach/Principal:   Bill Blevins

Asst. Boys Coach:  Bill Martin, Clint Moore, Ethan Moore

Boys JV Coach: Gary Lewis                                          

Head Girls Coach:    Steve Bird

Asst. Girls Coach:  Laurie Perisho

Dec. 2, 3 F/S Sherman Invitational

Culver, Grant Union,  Sherman, Stanfield

Sherman 4:30 3:00 6:00 / TBA 7:30 / TBA
    JV vs Stanfield (Fri Only) MS Gym   4:30 3:00    
Dec. 9 Fri North Powder Sherman 3:00 4:30 6:00 7:30
Dec. 16, 17 F/S Hosanna Tournament Klamath Falls     TBA TBA
Dec. 27, 28, 29 T/W/T Optimist Christmas Classic LaGrande     TBA  
Dec 27-30   Punahou Invitational Honolulu, HI       11:00am
       Jan. 6 Fri Horizon Sherman 3:00 4:30 6:00 7:30
Jan. 7 Sat Ione Ione 1:00 2:30 4:00 5:30
Jan. 10 Tues Dufur Dufur 3:00 4:30 6:00 7:30
Jan. 13 Fri Spray/Mitchell Mitchell 3:00 4:30 6:00 7:30
Jan. 14 Sat South Wasco Sherman 1:00 2:30 4:00 5:30
Jan. 20 Fri Arlington Sherman 3:00 4:30 6:00 7:30
Jan. 21 Sat Condon/Wheeler Condon 1:00 2:30 4:00 5:30
Jan. 24 Tues Stanfield Stanfield 4:00 @ Elem. 4:00 7:00 5:30
Jan. 27 Fri Ione Sherman 3:00 4:30 6:00 7:30
Jan. 28 Sat Horizon Christian Hood River 1:00 2:30 4:00 5:30
Jan. 31 Tues Bye          
Feb. 3 Fri South Wasco Maupin 3:00 4:30 6:00 7:30
Feb. 4 Sat Spray/Mitchell Sherman 1:00 2:30 4:00 5:30
Feb. 7 Tues Dufur Sherman 3:00 4:30 6:00 7:30
Feb. 10 Fri Arlington Arlington 3:00 4:30 6:00 7:30
Feb. 11 Sat Condon/Wheeler Sherman 1:00 2:30 4:00 5:30
Feb. 17, 18 Fri/Sat Big Sky Tournament Madras     TBA TBA

5. Sherman Fair Board Seeks Fair Theme Ideas, Grand Marshal Nominees

arrow.blueswishHave you submitted your fair theme idea?  Don’t forget to submit your ideas for the fair theme and have a chance to win a $25 gift card to Fred Meyer if we select your idea.  Also accepting nominations for Grand Marshal for the 2017 fair.  Applications are available at your local post office or request one by email at but hurry! The fair board will be voting on your submissions at our November 3rd meeting! Thank you, Jennifer Zimmerlee

6. The Four Agreements

Be impeccable with your words.

Don’t take anything personally.

Don’t make assumptions.

Always do your best.

The Four Agreements ~ By Don Miguel Ruiz
A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom
The Four Agreements are tools to help us in the process of personal transformation. This transformation requires an inventory of our beliefs, which are based on agreements we have made with life. We can transform our beliefs and break our old, self-limiting agreements by practicing the Four Agreements.


  • Be Impeccable With Your Word

Say only what you mean. The word is the most powerful tool we have as humans. Depending upon how it is used, the word can help us to become free or to enslave us. By practicing impeccability we can clear up communication problems, heal relationships, and create enough personal power to break our old limiting agreements.

  • Don’t Take Things Personally

Each of us lives in our own personal dream, and what we say, what we do, and the opinions we give come from the agreements that we have in our own minds – they have nothing to do with anyone else. By the same token, others’ opinions have nothing to do with us, so there is nothing to take personally. When we make the assumption that whatever happens is because of us, we continue to hurt each other and brood about what we call injustice. A huge amount of freedom is gained when we take nothing personally.

  • Don’t Make Assumptions

We make assumptions when we think we know what others mean, or when we think they know what we mean. The problem with making all those assumptions is that we believe them as the truth, and we blame others for the assumptions that we make. We must have the courage to ask what another means, and the courage to say what we really mean. The day we stop making assumptions, we communicate cleanly and clearly, free of emotional poison.

  • Always Do Your Best

This agreement makes the other three possible. When we simply do our best — not more and not less — we avoid self-condemnation and we have no regrets. Although our best is always changing, we continually strive to do our best.

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

world.EuropeAfricaMaryhill Museum Current Special Exhibitions 

Germany: Muslim Migrant, Four Wives, 23 Children Receive $390,000/yr.

Which states are saying no to resettlement of Syrian refugees?

The Islamic State Just Wants to Watch the World Burn

Ammon Bundy, other militants found not guilty in Oregon standoff trial

Oregon militia lawyer TAZED by U.S. Marshalls after trial

Dangerous Collusion

Inside the Invisible Government: War, Propaganda, Clinton and Trump

Oregon Watchdog Free Daily Reports

Take a Tour of the International Space Station


Sherman County eNews #284


  1. Spiritual Matters

  2. Classifieds

  3. Calendar

1. Spiritual Matters


 A Good Way to Live

These quotes from the Baha’i Faith are a life-long guide in how to live a meaningful life.  These practices lead to spiritual growth.

“…Strive that your actions day by day may be beautiful prayers.”

“Turn towards God, and seek always to do that which is right and noble.”

“Enrich the poor, raise the fallen, comfort the sorrowful, bring healing to the sick, reassure the fearful, rescue the oppressed, bring hope to the hopeless, shelter the destitute!”

“Never is it the wish of God to see any being hurt, nor will He make anyone to grieve; for man can receive no greater gift than this, that he rejoice another’s heart.”

“I beg of God that ye will be bringers of joy, even as are the angels in Heaven.”

“To do battle…go forth with pure intent, with righteous motives, with counsels helpful and effective, with goodly attributes, with deeds pleasing to the Almighty, with the qualities of heaven.”

“Naught but the celestial potency of the Word of God, which ruleth and transcendeth the realities of all things, is capable of harmonizing the divergent thoughts, sentiments, ideas, and convictions of the children of men.”

Baha’i Faith


Erling and Pat Jacobsen



The Church

What are the differences between Judaism and Christianity?  God chose Abraham to be the father of many nations. Abraham had a son Isaac, who had a son Jacob, whose name God changed to Israel.  One of Israel’s sons, Judah, is where we get the terms “Judaism” or “Jewish.”  Israel had 12 sons total, and their descendants made up the (Jewish) nation of Israel.  God delivered the Israelites from slavery in Egypt and brought them to the promised land of Canaan.  Throughout their history, the Israelites often disobeyed God, and once again they found themselves subject to oppression, this time by the Romans.  God sent prophets to Israel that told of a coming Messiah (Savior) who Israel believed would rescue them from this oppression and elevate their status to that of God’s chosen people again.  When Jesus came, he did not fit their idea of a heroic savior, especially when he humbly was crucified.  Thus, the nation of Israel rejected Jesus and still to this day are awaiting their promised Messiah.

Christians believe that Jesus came first as a suffering servant, but will come again as the King of Kings.  In His first advent, Jesus, who is God in the flesh (John 1:1), came to not only teach us how to live a Godly life (as recorded in the Gospels), but to offer Himself as a living sacrifice to take away the sins of the world.  When Jesus conquered death by being resurrected, ascended to heaven and sent the Holy Spirit to indwell believers, the Christian Church was born.  Jesus is the Messiah; He has saved us from our sins.  All that is required of us is to believe in the finished work of Christ on the cross, and accept this free gift of salvation from God.

God bless,

Jill Harrison

Wasco United Methodist Church

2. Classifieds (new or corrected)

FRIDAY CLASSIFIEDS: County eNews publishes free classified ads on Fridays, deadline Wednesday at 5. Please submit ads by using the Submit News page. 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, for example 10/18), 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.



SPECIAL OLYMPICS. Special Olympics Oregon Fundraiser at The Discovery Center, 5000 Discovery Drive, The Dalles, on Thursday, November 10, at 6 p.m.; $45.00 – 47 TICKETS LEFT. Raise your glass to a NEW kind of night out! Paint Nite® invites you to create your own unique piece of art, guided by a professional artist and party host. You’ll spend two hours painting, laughing, and flexing your creative muscles. There’s no experience necessary and we’ll provide all the supplies, so you don’t have to worry about a thing (except having a great time!). Special Olympics is a year-round sports program for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Special Olympic athletes gain opportunities to increase social skills and demonstrate courage, experience joy and develop physical fitness. Paint Nite is our fundraising opportunity to purchase needed uniforms. The event begins promptly at the start time listed above, please join us beofre hand for no host dinner and drinks beginning at 5:30 p.m. Please allow extra time to find parking and get settled. If you’re coming with a group, make sure you arrive early to get seats together. We look forward to seeing you there! 11/4


CUSTODIAN. Sherman County School District, 65912 High School Loop, Moro, Oregon 97039. Custodian Posting Sherman County School District is seeking a qualified custodial candidate. The candidate must be self-motivated and is responsible for performing custodial duties, minor maintenance, and other miscellaneous duties on a regimented schedule in order to ensure that the school building and facilities are maintained in a healthy, safe, and sanitary manner.  Medical, dental, and vision insurance are included.  Criminal record check and pre-employment drug screening required. For information and application materials please email or call Wes Owens at or 541-565-3500. Application Method/Materials Required Please submit a letter of interest, application (available from the school district) and resume if you are interested in the position to: Wes Owens, Superintendent, 65912 High School Loop, Moro, Oregon  97039 (541) 565-3500 This position will remain open until filled. Sherman County School District is an equal opportunity employer.

EDUCATIONAL ASSISTANT. North Central ESD has an opening at the Sherman Preschool in Moro for a part-time, temporary educational assistant to work with students three mornings a week, $9.50/hour. The successful candidate must be 18 years old, have a high school diploma or equivalent. A criminal background check is required. Prior experience working with preschool children and/or children with disabilities preferred.
The successful candidate needs to:
• Enjoy working with children
• Work as a team
• Follow instructions and implement specific strategies
• Complete necessary paperwork
Please mail a current resume and letter of interest to North Central ESD Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education PO Box 637, Condon, OR 97823. It may also be emailed to For further information, please contact Angela Thompson at 541-238-6988. Position will remain open until filled. North Central ESD is an equal opportunity employer.

IMMEDIATE ASSISTANT PROVIDER position open at Little Wheats Day Care, Moro, OR. Flexible, part time hours 20-25 hours/week. Starting at $9.50/hr.  For more information, requirements and application please call 541-565-3152, or stop by 409 Dewey Street between 7:30 a.m. and 12 p.m. M-TH to pick up an application.  OPEN UNTIL FILLED.

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


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 historic 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. 11/11

BULLDOG DINER, RUFUS, OREGON. Just a remimder that beginning on Tuesday, November 1st we will be open Thursdays through Mondays 7 a.m. – 3 p.m. and closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. 10/28

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.  10/21

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]

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



BARN CATS. Free! – Call Gladys at 541-565-0598.  11/25




STORAGE SPACE. Wanted to buy a building or rent a space in or near Wasco to securely store two boats or vehicles.  Call 541-993-9828 or 541-442-5111.



3. Calendar (new or corrected)


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

28 Bingo Spooktabular 7 Second Hand Made in Wasco

31 Sherman County Historical Museum closes for the season.

Open by appointment November-April



2 Sherman County Court 9

2 County-wide Prayer Meeting: Moro Presbyterian Church 7:00-7:30PM fellowship.  6:30-8:30 PM Prayer Meeting

4 North Central Education Service District Board Meeting 6 Condon

5 Maryhill Museum Family Fun Day

6 Daylight Saving Time Ends

6 Sherman County Historical Society Fall Program 2 Grass Valley Pavilion 1:30

6 Liberty Gospel Quartet, Harvest Dinner 5 Grass Valley Baptist Church


8 Sherman Soil & Water Conservation District Board 8:30 a.m.

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

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

9 Kick Back and Craft Night 5:30 Second Hand Made, Wasco

10 Italian Dinner to Benefit Sherman Jr./Sr. High Band Trips 6 Cafeteria

14-17 Association of Oregon Counties Conference, Eugene


11 Veterans Appreciation Dinner 4:30-6:30 Sherman Community & Senior Center

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

18 Bingo Night 7 Second Hand Made

19 Condon’s Fall Festival 10-2

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

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

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



2 Mid-Columbia Health Foundation Festival of the Trees 6 Civic Auditorium

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

3  Sherman County Bazaar & Christmas Tree Sale

5 Mid-Columbia Housing Authority Board Meeting 10-2 The Dalles

5 Oregon Business Plan Leadership Summit in Portland

7 Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, 1941

7 Sherman County Court 9

7 County-wide Prayer Meeting: Wasco Methodist Church 7:00-7:30PM fellowship 6:30-8:30 PM Prayer Meeting

13 Sherman Soil & Water Conservation District Board Meeting

13 Tri-County Mental Health Board 11-2 The Dalles

13-14 Washington State University Extension Wheat Academy

14 Sherman County Senior & Community Center Advisory Group 12:30 Senior Center

14-16 Oregon Leadership Summit, Portland

15 Northern Oregon Regional Corrections Facility Board 10 NORCOR, The Dalles

21 First Day of Winter

21 Sherman County Court 9

22-30 Sherman School District Christmas Break

24 Christmas Eve


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

31 New Year’s Eve

Sherman County eNews #283


  1. Spooktacular Bingo at Second Hand Made in Wasco, Oct. 28

  2. Letter to the Editor

  3. Winter Weather Awareness Week, Oct 31-Nov 4 

  4. Free Training: Safe Medication Use in Older Adults, Nov. 1, 2

  5. Value and Respect

  6. Mid-Columbia Center for Living Mental Health Counseling Services

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

“The Budget should be balanced, the Treasury should be refilled, public debt should be reduced, the arrogance of officialdom should be tempered and controlled, and the assistance to foreign lands should be curtailed, lest Rome will become bankrupt. People must again learn to work instead of living on public assistance.” – Cicero, 55 BC

1. Spooktacular Bingo at Second Hand Made in Wasco

Halloween.Witch.HouseCome on down to Second Hand Made in Wasco on Friday the 28th at 7PM for a Spooktacular Bingo. We will play 10 rounds of Bingo at $1 a card and will end the night with a cash blackout round.  We will be open late on Halloween to give out goodies, so add us to your trick or treating route.

2. Letter to the Editor

Vote for Joe Dabulskis. I did. I believe that he is the best man for the job.

Kenton Mathewson


3. Winter Weather Awareness Week, Oct 31-Nov 4 

Winter Weather Awareness Week in the Pacific NW

Oct 31-Nov 4

Be aware of potential winter weather dangers.

 4. Free Training: Safe Medication Use in Older Adults, Nov. 1, 2

Hood River

November 1, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Check-in starts at 8:00 a.m.

Best Western Plus Hood River Inn

Riverview Room

1108 E. Marina Way

Hood River, OR 97301

 Register for Hood River Class


The Dalles

November 2, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Check-in starts at 8:00 a.m.

Mid-Columbia Medical Center

Medical Office Bldg: Conf. Rm. A

1810 E. 19th Street

The Dalles, OR 97058

Register for The Dalles Class

Safe Medication Use in Older Adults

This class is designed to help anyone who cares for an aging Oregonian better understand the importance of safe medication use in older adults.  In this class, you will:

  • Learn how medicines can work in older adults, including risk factors, age-related changes and adverse medication side effects.
  • Learn the importance of dementia screening tools and regular medication reviews using a team approach with a primary care provider.
  • Develop new skills related to approach and ability to connect with people affected by dementia.
  • Learn how to recognize behavioral expressions of distress and receive tools and resources for non-medicine interventions and effective pain management.

Take a moment to register today!

Oregon Care Partners helps caregivers improve the lives and care for aging Oregonians by providing access to no-cost, high quality trainings in all corners of the state. Professional and family caregivers, administrators, and members of the public are encouraged to sign up for free classes and learn more at

5. Value and Respect

American flag2The United States military is experiencing an explosion of suicides amongst personnel returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, far beyond what has been considered “normal” in such wartime situations. Teenagers end their promising young lives, as a result of “cyber-bullying” – that instant proliferation of vicious “text assault” by their peers. And unfortunately, there does not seem to be an end in sight.

Are there solutions? Well, there are ideas.  Short-term “band-aid” approaches can only offer short-term help. What is needed is an early intervention approach. It starts with teaching our children, at the earliest of ages, to value and respect each other. Parents, grandparents, older siblings – it is our responsibility to help guide those younger citizens in what is acceptable behavior. More than that, it is our accountability to teach them how to positively interact with each other, using ourselves as examples. Every interaction we have becomes a learning opportunity for our youth.

Additionally, we are accountable to get outside of ourselves and pay attention to those around us. If we take the time to stop, watch and listen, we will raise our own awareness of those who are silently screaming for help, and be able to offer an uplifting word, or some kind, gentle attention. It’s the feeling that no one cares that hastens the slide into that downward spiral.

The downward spiral is an early-warning system. Early recognition can provide the opportunity to stop the slide. We then work to bring ourselves back to the “surface,” perhaps avoiding a full-blown depression. This early detection also gives us the opportunity to get help from someone with professional experience.

Life is precious, and as far as anyone really knows, we only get one shot at it here on earth. We all have contributions to make. The talents and abilities you possess, your character and personality have a purpose. They are a major part of the contribution you make, every day, to the world around you. Does one life truly count? Of course, it does! Every minute of every day!

And so do you. ~ The Pacific Institute

6. Mid-Columbia Center for Living Mental Health Counseling Services

Mid-Columbia Center for Living is a comprehensive outpatient behavioral health agency that offers a wide range of services to adults, children, and families. Our highly trained staff are here to help you or your family members with issues related to mental health, addictions, or developmental disabilities. Sherman County Counseling Services  541-565-3149.

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

Oregon.Flat.poleSinging Waters: Where Rolls the Oregon 1931

 Excess wildfire, cheatgrass affecting sage-grouse—targeted actions needed

Our Floral Commons.

 Morning Has Broken

Oregon Government Ethics Commission Advisory Opinions

“It has long, however, been my opinion … that the germ of dissolution of our federal government is in … the federal Judiciary … working like gravity by night and by day, gaining a little today and a little tomorrow, and advancing its noiseless step like a thief, over the field of jurisdiction, until all shall be usurped.” —Thomas Jefferson (1821) 

At Stake: The Constitution

Alexander, how will you vote?

Washington Post: Press Telling Trump Supporters ‘Your Candidate Is Virtually Certain to Lose’

Health Law Tax Penalty? I’ll Take It, Millions Say


Sherman County eNews #282


  1. ODOT Announces Sherman County Traffic Delays, Oct. 27, 28
  2. Italian Dinner for the Sherman County School Band, Nov. 10
  3. Maryhill Museum Family Fun and the Columbia River Highway, Nov. 5
  4. Congressman Greg Walden: Rising Obamacare Insurance Costs
  5. The Flexible Mindset  
  6. Letter to the Editor
  7. Links: Things to Think About & Things to Do

“The recipe for perpetual ignorance is: Be satisfied with your opinions and content with your knowledge.”  ― Elbert Hubbard

1.ODOT Announces Sherman County Traffic Delays, Oct. 27, 28

sign_slowOregon Department of Transportation expects traffic delays during overhead line work on OR206 Fulton Canyon on Thursday, October 27, and on US97 south of Biggs on Friday, October 28.

The work will be done by helicopter, but the highways will need to be protected with equipment and traffic control on the roadway. Consider choosing an alternate route to avoid being late to an appointment or work. 

2. Italian Dinner for the Sherman County School Band, Nov. 10

A Benefit For Sherman Jr/Sr Band Trip

Thursday, November 10, 2016 at 6 pm

Sherman Jr/Sr High School Cafeteria Tickets $15

Music * Raffle * Silent Auction

Pasta— marinara or meat sauce

Salad, Bread, Dessert & Appetizer

For more information contact: Jarek Bartels, Band Director 541-565-3500
Tickets available at your local Sherman County businesses
MCP—Moro Office and Farm Store Wasco
MCGG Wasco
OSU Ext Office Moro
Family Market Rufus

3. Maryhill Museum Family Fun and the Columbia River Highway, Nov. 5

Family Fun and the Columbia River Highway

Saturday, November 5 | 1 to 4 p.m.
Celebrate the historic dedication of Maryhill Museum of Art 90 years ago and the centennial of the opening of the Historic Columbia River Highway. Youth 18 and under receive free admission all day.

Learn About the Columbia River Highway with Sam Hill
and Queen Marie | 1:30 p.m.

Join Maryhill executive director Colleen Schafroth and special guests “Sam Hill” and “Queen Marie” for a 20-minute slide show about the Columbia River Highway. After Marie dedicated Maryhill in 1926, she and her royal entourage traveled the Columbia River Highway, receiving warm welcomes at The Dalles and Hood River, where excited children strained to see her. After the program, Sam Hill and Queen Marie will be available for photographs.

Make a Travel Journal | 2 to 4 p.m.
Create a personal travel journal with bookmaker and artist Maureen Lauran, and make your own crown with museum staff and volunteers.

Let’s Eat Cake | 4 p.m.
Enjoy a slice of cake with Queen Marie and Sam Hill, and view the display A Road Trip of Historic Proportions, developed by the Oregon Department of Transporation. Bring your camera and take a selfie behind a full-size cutout of John B. Yeon’s 1915 Franklin automobile.

Many thanks to the National Endowment for the Arts and JD Fulwiler & Co. Insurance, Inc., sponsors of our Columbia River Highway Centennial programs.

 4. Congressman Greg Walden: Rising Obamacare Insurance Costs    

American flag2Washington, DC — U.S. Rep. Greg Walden issued the following statement regarding reports that some insurance plans under Obamacare will see premiums rise by double digits next year:

“Around our region, I hear the same stories from Oregonians — the new health care law is simply not affordable. Consumers are losing access to their health care providers and plans, and deductibles and premiums continue to rise. Now the Administration has admitted that premiums for many plans under the new law will go up by double digits next year. Enough is enough. There is a better way to fix our health care system. I support a plan that would fix this mess with real, patient-centered reform that would lower costs, not raise them and give consumers more control over their health care, not less.”   For more on the House’s “Better Way” health plan supported by Walden, please visit

5. The Flexible Mindset

How flexible are you? Now, we’re not talking about your body, although that is important. What we want to consider is, how flexible is your thinking? 

Flexibility is something that all effective communicators have in common. They know how to change their behavior and their style until they get what they want. They know that they can’t pressure someone into understanding their point of view or hope, by forcibly repeating themselves, to get through to another person. They also realize that, “If you always do what you’ve always done, you will continue getting what you’ve always gotten.” 

Now, flexibility doesn’t always come naturally. Many of us follow the same patterns with numbing regularity. The brain loves habits, because they are labor-savers. These habits can sometimes appear to be a combination of ego and inertia at work. But the problem is that it all works against us. 

If we are going to succeed in life and in our relationships, flexibility is a key. In this sense, flexibility means the willingness and ability to try new approaches if the old one isn’t working. It is a willingness to admit that there may be a better time, a better approach, a better argument, or a better appeal than the one we are using at the moment. And, it is the ability to look for that better way and use it. This flexibility is what growth mindset is all about.

Every organism is built to be efficient with its energy, from one-celled amoebae to complex human beings.  It is certainly easier to do what we have done before. However, the easiest is often the worst thing we can do. Besides, the easy way will stop us from growing and from developing the flexibility we need to succeed. ~ The Pacific Institute

6. Letter to the Editor

Sherman County Residents,

As our voter pamphlets and ballots have arrived in our mailboxes I am asking the voters to WRITE IN MIKE SMITH for Sherman County Commissioner. As I write this letter today in support of Mike Smith for Sherman County commission and are in hopes that when you go to mark your ballots we pause and ask ourselves what has our candidates done for Sherman County and where are they taking us in the future?

I have known Mike since he moved to the county 21 years ago. Mike has always been available to answer questions and is not afraid of taking on the difficult issues our county faces whether it’s the popular or unpopular decisions. As you have read on his flyer Mike sets on numerous boards that directly affect our county. His wisdom, ethics and knowledge is irreplaceable. Sherman county faces some great challenges in the near future. With our current judge and commissioner retiring in two years we need to keep an experienced member of the court in office. Mike is that proven leader. With Mike’s help and others from our community the rural citizens of this county would not have wireless Internet to their homes. Mike was instrumental in bringing a full-time mental health worker into our county, at no cost to our local taxpayer which helps serve the needs of the citizens. Mike is also brought in over $1 million in grants for our county in the past year. Mike has proven his loyalty over and over again for the all residents for Sherman County. Mike has no agenda except the pleasure to serve all the citizens of Sherman County with the upmost integrity. For these reasons as well as so many others, please join me in writing in Mike Smith for Sherman County Commissioner.

Thank you for the generosity of your time!


Sherman County Resident, Dorene Macnab

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

bird.owl.limbMountain Rose Apples

 New Voters’ Club – Oregon Voter Rolls Add 230,707 in Year of Presidential Election

MRC Study: Documenting TV’s Twelve Weeks of Trump Bashing

Rigging the Election – Video I: Clinton Campaign and DNC Incite Violence at Trump Rallies

Rigging the Election – Video III: Creamer Confirms Hillary Clinton Was PERSONALLY Involved

Rigging the Election: Video IV: $20K Wire Transfer From Belize Returned

Yes, There Is a Coup On in America

Oregon Standoff Trial: Judge Agrees to Dismiss Juror, Deliberations Will Resume Thursday

Shariah (law) Marches on in Florida & New York


Sherman County eNews #281


  1. NOTICE: Sherman, Gilliam & Wheeler County Courts, Oct. 27

  2. Sherman Junior High School Athletic Schedule Update, Oct. 27

  3. Sherman Library Program: Tapping Into Your Full Potential, Oct. 26

  4. Condon’s Fall Festival, Nov. 19

  5. Classifieds. Sherman County School District Custodian

  6. Oregon Farm Bureau Management Conference, Dec. 6

  7. The Dangers of Distracted Driving

  8. History Tidbits: WWII Sherman County Casualties

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

1. NOTICE: Sherman, Gilliam & Wheeler County Courts, Oct. 27

The Sherman County Court will meet in special session with Gilliam and Wheeler County Courts on Thursday, October 27, 2016, 10:00 a.m. at the Sherman County Extension Office in Moro, Oregon. Topics for discussion include a Public Health Modernization presentation, a Four Rivers Early Learning Hub update, Association of Oregon Counties/Oregon Association of County Engineers and Surveyors Proposal for Distribution of New State Transportation Revenue, Philippi Park grant funding, and a Frontier TeleNet update.

2. Sherman Junior High School Athletic Schedule Update, Oct. 27

The football game this Thursday at Sherman will begin at 5 p.m.

Oct. 27 Thurs FB Dufur Sherman 5:00
    VB Dufur Sherman 4:00

3. Sherman Library Program: Tapping Into Your Full Potential, Oct. 26

Join us at Sherman County Public/School Library on Wednesday, October 26, 2016 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. for TAPPING INTO YOUR FULL POTENTIAL. Licensed Massage Therapist/Energy Worker, Orice Klaas along with Certified EFT (Tapping) Practitioner, Helen McConnell will share how Tapping has changed each of their lives, as well as teaching you this simple, powerful technique. You will learn EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique), a simple hands-on technique based on the principles of acupressure which helps create more balance and fulfillment in your life by reducing stress, relieving physical and emotional pain, eliminating fears or phobia and much more. Refreshments will be served. For more info: or 541-565-3279.

 4. Condon’s Annual Fall Festival, Nov. 19


Condon’s Annual Fall Festival
November 19th 10-2 pm
Condon Elks Lodge & Veteran’s Hall
Artisans, Crafters and Jewelry,

 Clothing & Handmade Gifts,

Wrapping Station, Pie & Friends

Contact K’Lynn Lane, Executive Director

Condon Chamber of Commerce

307 S. Main Street, PO Box 315

Condon, OR 97823   541-384-7777

5. Classifieds. Sherman County School District

Sherman County School District

65912 High School Loop

Moro, Oregon 97039



Sherman County School District is seeking a qualified custodial candidate. The candidate must be self-motivated and is responsible for performing custodial duties, minor maintenance, and other miscellaneous duties on a regimented schedule in order to ensure that the school building and facilities are maintained in a healthy, safe, and sanitary manner.  Medical, dental, and vision insurance are included.

Criminal record check and pre-employment drug screening required. For information and application materials please email or call Wes Owens at or 541-565-3500.

Application Method/Materials Required

Please submit a letter of interest, application (available from the school district) and resume if you are interested in the position to:

Wes Owens, Superintendent

65912 High School Loop

Moro, Oregon  97039

(541) 565-3500

This position will remain open until filled.

Sherman County School District is an equal opportunity employer.

 6. Oregon Farm Bureau Management Conference, Dec. 6

Farm Bureau members and non-members of all ages are invited to attend the Oregon Farm Bureau (OFB) Ag Management Conference, presented by the OFB Young Farmers & Ranchers Committee (YF&R), set for Tuesday, Dec. 6 at the Salem Convention Center in Salem.

“We designed the conference to be worthwhile for people who know how to farm, but who want to learn more about the management side,” said YF&R Chair Jason Flowers, who raises hay, grain, and cattle in Klamath County.

Presentations at the daylong conference include:

* How to keep your farm in compliance with constantly changing rules and regulations
* Farm loans in the 21st Century
* How to motivate farm employees
* Best farm safety practices
* Smart farm management strategies

The cost is $30 for Farm Bureau voting and supporting members, and $50 for non-members and Farm Bureau associate members.

Lunch is included.

Find the agenda and registration form at Please register by Nov. 14.

7. The Dangers of Distracted Driving

CarBeetleYoung people are a connected generation. While keeping in touch through social media is fun, doing so while driving poses a safety hazard. Drivers ages 15 to 19 represent the largest proportion of drivers in fatal accidents involving a distracted driver. It is critical to increase awareness of the dangers of distracted driving. Recently we asked some advocates for transportation safety to share their thoughts about how to increase understanding of the problem of distracted driving and how to keep young drivers safer.

Society needs to make it socially unacceptable to drive distracted with tougher fines and penalties for violators. The auto industry, in general, is making it more difficult for any driver to focus on the road with the large screens, built-in wi-fi, and heads up displays which all take away from the action of driving. Continue at

8. History Tidbits: WWII Sherman County Casualties 

World War II 1941-1945 – Official List: Sherman County Casualties

Donald R. Burnet T Sgt Army Air Corps 2 years, stationed Mississippi, died September 1, 1943 plane accident; casualty DNB; son of Edith Burnet, brother of Mrs. W.C. Schilling and Charles Burnet of Moro; wife Ruth, step-daughter Bonnie; military funeral Moro, Oregon.  ~ Sherman County Journal, September 3 & 10, 1943
R.K. Christianson Enlisted Portland, Oregon April 23, 1942, Army
Wyman John French Son of Giles & Lela (Barnum) French, born near Grass Valley September 30, 1922, brother of Jane and Patty; enlisted Eugene, Oregon, Army Pvt. 1st Class, 58th Infantry Battalion, 8th Armored Division, machine gunner, KIA February 27, 1945, buried American Cemetery, Margraten, Netherlands; Purple Heart. ~ Sherman County Journal, March 16, 1945
Donald J. Howell Born 1919 Washington, enlisted Fort Lewis, Washington, Army Medical Administrative Corps
George J. Kerr Cpl. Army Air Force, KIA
William G. Macnab 1st Lt. U.S. Air Force, pilot, buried American Cemetery, Netherlands.
Romie Ortega Pvt. Army Air Force, casualty DOW
Carl F. Peetz Son of Otto and Margaret Peetz, born Moro, Oregon, April 12, 1920, U of O graduate, volunteered for enlisted reserves, called up summer 1943, officer’s school at Fort Benning, Georgia; Staff Sgt., KIA age 24, March 7, 1945 Germany. ~ Sherman County Journal, March 23 and June 1, 1945
Carsten A. von Borstel Son of Amandus, brother of Fred, Phil, Helen & Mary, born Kent, Oregon, December 3, 1924; inducted January 12, 1944, KIA Italy. ~ Sherman County Journal, November 10, 1944
Chester Donovan Watkins Son of W.D. Watkins, born near Wasco, Oregon, April 8, 1914, brother of Vinton and Arthur in the service and Leo near Wasco; married Danajean McMillan December 14, 1941; Army, KIA Germany. ~ Sherman County Journal, May 11, 1945
Earl C. Williams 1935 Rufus High School graduate, 1939 U of O graduate, stationed Fort Ord & Fort Lewis, 1st Lt. & Capt., transferred to Manila April 1940; KIA January 20, 1942 Philippines. ~ Sherman County Journal, Feb. 13 1942
Prentice E. Yeomans. Lt. Col. Army Air Force, KIA


Sherman County Connections: WW II Casualties not on the official Sherman County list.
Ernest Perrin Brother of Mrs. Max Brown, son of Charles Perrin of Redmond, Oregon; KIA aboard ship in the Pacific. ~ Sherman County Journal, September 20, 1942
Donald Barnes Formerly of Sherman County, killed in the service 1943. ~ Sherman County Journal, July 16, 1943
Earl Dutton Son of Harley Dutton, born Idaho, brother of Captain Harold Dutton and Mrs. James Dunn; 1st Lt. died plane crash South Pacific February 8, 1944. ~ Sherman County Journal, February 18, 1944
Harlow Parkins KIA Italian front April 8, 1944. ~ Sherman County Journal, April 28, 1944
Kenneth Emmett Barnett Son of George Thomas Barnett, born March 17, 1920 Grass Valley, brother of  Ethel and Margaret; married Anita Dunlap June 27, 1941 Grass Valley, Oregon; pharmacist’s mate 2nd class U.S. Naval Reserve, died September 18, 1944 heat exhaustion in the South Pacific. ~ Sherman County Journal, September 29, 1944
Leonard Winnett Son of Ira Winnett of The Dalles, nephew of Mrs. Howard Spencer; KIA Palau, South Pacific. ~ Sherman County Journal, December 29, 1944
Verne/Verle J. Baker Son of Mrs. L.M. Baker formerly of Grass Valley, brother of sister Cleo and brother Frank, born February 6, 1923, grandson of Mr. & Mrs. I.D. Pike, Grass Valley; inducted June 1940 Fort Lewis, Staff Sgt. Signal Corps, shipped out to Australia June 1941, New Guinea campaign; KIA Leyte. ~ Sherman County Journal, January 12 & 19, 1945

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

Bird.Black.EnvelopeLetter to the Editor, The Dalles Chronicle by Keith Mobley

The Gorge magazine

Johann Christoph Pachelbel – Canon in D

‘Ladies First’: Saudi Arabia’s Female Candidates – Video –

Rigging the Election. Project Veritas . Video III: Creamer Confirms Hillary Clinton Was PERSONALLY Involved

Collusion Between McAuliffe, Clinton and the FBI?

Hillary’s America, the Movie

Think You Know How Bad the Clintons Are?

Hillary F. Clinton Curses Those Who Keep Her Safe

Leadership Development Series: Instrument Training for Integrity Pilots – National Association of Counties

Judicial Watch: Investigative Bulletin 

The Judicial Watch Blog: Corruption Chronicles

Judicial Watch Press Room: 

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Sherman County eNews #280


  1. Notice: Sherman County Court Meeting Agenda, Nov. 2

  2. Sherman County Court Notes, Oct. 13

  3. Sherman County Court Notes, Oct. 19

  4. Your Personal GPS

  5. Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers welcomed home from deployment

  6. History Tidbits: WWI Sherman County Casualties

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

1. Notice: Sherman County Court Meeting Agenda, Nov. 2

A Sherman County Court session is scheduled for Wednesday, November 2, 2016, at 9:00 a.m. Please note, this session will be held at the Sherman County Extension Office, 66365 Lonerock Road, Moro 97039.



2. Sherman County Court Notes, Oct. 13

~ By Administrative Assistant Lauren Hernandez

ShermanCoLogo(A brief summary of topics addressed – not official minutes. For details, please see the official approved minutes posted after the November 2 court session on the Sherman County website at

The Sherman County Court met in special session on October 13, 2016, and in conducting the business of the county,

  • heard the history of Frontier TeleNet (FTN) from Will Carey, County Counsel; an ordinance was passed establishing Frontier TeleNet as an Oregon Revised Statute Chapter 190 entity; Northern Oregon Regional Corrections and Mid-Columbia Council of Governments are both Chapter 190 entities; a Chapter 190 entity is spelled out by Oregon statute, including its creation, bylaws, and how the entity is run; FTN was formed by Wheeler, Gilliam, and Sherman counties; each county has the right to appoint one member from its elected body to sit on the Board of Directors; the board makes policy and decisions; the North Central Education Service District also joined as a member of FTN; Chapter 190 entities function under the same rules as the member entities; the board of FTN functions under a ‘different hat’ when it sits as the FTN board to conduct business than it does when members function as parts of their own entities;
  • Judge Thompson explained FTN has served Wheeler, Gilliam, and Sherman counties for the last fifteen years; it was created to provide emergency services communications for all law enforcement, fire, ambulance, 911, and internet needs; at the time of its creation, no other entity would or could provide these services, so FTN built a broadband system through grants and user fees in order to meet that mission;
  • discussed how communities without high-speed internet have difficulty attracting growth; discussed how the current internet system was disintegrating due to overuse and overload;
  • Commissioner Smith clarified the county negotiated with other providers in the area to see if they could provide high-speed internet, but no company would commit to the project or reveal the location of fiber; the court looked to see how it was possible to get fiber to the county and found a company already moving through; this allowed the cost to be brought down to a reasonable level; the 911 center in Condon provides 13 full-time jobs and is only able to do so because of FTN; Sherman County tried to negotiate with other providers but received no response; the fiber project was discussed for three years, and finally it was planned and implemented; the State of Oregon is providing a $820,000 grant to support the project; installing fiber has provided the opportunity for companies to use the fiber to provide high-speed internet to an area no one was previously willing to serve, but it also creates the opportunity for a backup 911 center in Sherman County;
  • Brad Lohrey, Sheriff, explained Sherman County was providing data for law enforcement to use, but uses of the system have changed and higher-speed is needed; mission critical fiber is important for emergency and law enforcement communication;
  • Commissioner Smith explained fiber will allow the county to join a national broadband emergency services network;
  • heard from Chris Kaseberg, private businessman and citizen of Wasco, that government interferes with private business; he expressed he was not opposed to fiber but had a problem with not engaging private companies to help build it; Commissioner Smith replied the court talked to private companies about bringing in fiber and were told no; the installation of fiber created the opportunity for companies to provide local service; internet service providers are welcome to use the fiber to provide service; Chris stated the county had internet before fiber through satellite; Commissioner McCoy replied this type of internet is expensive, has data caps, and does not perform with adequate speed, and fiber will;
  • Chris asked who built the fiber and if companies had the opportunity to bid; Sherman County gave the opportunity for several internet providers to provide internet services or fiber; the county continues to invite internet service providers to use the fiber to provide service;
  • heard from Bryan Adams, Lightspeed Networks (LSN), LSN has been explicitly denied access to FTN facilities; LSN is looking to expand service and has been told they cannot use the fiber; Commissioner Smith replied FTN looked to find a marketing director to deal with those issues; the fiber is an open system available to anyone to use; Commissioner McCoy added the fiber isn’t complete yet, and there are marketing issues that need to be corrected;
  • Windwave is burying the fiber; discussion was held about Inland/Windwave ownership and if it was a government owned subsidiary in Morrow County; Chris expressed concern about how the project was done and whether it was done properly; Commissioner Smith replied the process was handled legally and was done as inexpensively as possible;
  • Sherry Kaseberg, eNews Editor, asked to see how it was advertised to get Windwave involved; Will replied it was advertised in The Times Journal, The Dalles Chronicle, and The Eastern Oregonian; the add was placed for the required time period and was then awarded to Windwave;
  • Commissioner McCoy asked what the process was for FTN to hire a new Director of Marketing; Will replied it was advertised in The Times Journal, The Dalles Chronicle, and The Eastern Oregonian; the add was placed for the required time period, and anybody who responded was interviewed; Commissioner Smith added this is his area of expertise; the job requires incredibly specific understanding of government, boards, and technical knowledge; he looked through ORS to see if there were conflicts with him applying for the position, and there didn’t appear to be; he also received a ruling from the ethics committee that verified there were no conflicts with him taking the position; Commissioner Smith’s individual contractor business Connections LLC was awarded the contract, though terms have not yet been negotiated;
  • the court composed a letter answering questions that have been raised by recent press in eNews and The Times Journal; Sherry stated the court has had ample time to explain the fiber project; Commissioner Smith replied fiber updates have been given regularly in County Court, articles have appeared in the Reporter, and articles have appeared in eNews; Sherry suggested the Citizen Reporter be expanded to report more on the actions of the County Court; this would aid in transparency; the Reporter is mailed, delivered to local businesses, and posted online; news releases are sent to The Times Journal, court notes are posted in eNews, and minutes are posted online;
  • the court came to the consensus to summarize the content of this special session in an article that explains FTN, how FTN relates to the new fiber system, and how Sherman County plans to proceed from here; this article will be sent to local press sources;
  • Judge Thompson explained he heard Windwave didn’t have a franchise agreement with the City of Moro; LSN has a franchise agreement in Wasco and Moro; Commissioner Smith reported he spoke to Windwave and was told franchise agreements were applied to in both cities; this is not something the court or FTN controls; the court agrees if a service is being provided, a franchise agreement is necessary;
  • Mac Stinchfield, The Times Journal, asked who owns the fiber; Sherman County provided money to FTN to get the fiber installed; Windwave owns the fiber and will maintain the line; Sherman County owns bandwidth on the fiber;
  • the court briefly discussed Sherman County’s weed control laws and Biggs Service District.

3. Sherman County Court Notes, Oct. 19

~ By Administrative Assistant Lauren Hernandez

ShermanCoLogo(A brief summary of topics addressed – not official minutes. For details, please see the official approved minutes posted after the November 2 Court session on the Sherman County website at

The Sherman County Court met in regular session on October 19, 2016, and in conducting the business of the county,

  • heard a quarterly report from Ron McDermid, Justice of the Peace; revenues were above the projected level, and total traffic related filings are up from the first quarter of last year; there were seven fish and wildlife cases filed and three marine cases filed;
  • heard a quarterly report from Jan Byram, Senior Center Director; Citycounty Insurance performed a routine walk-through appraisal; the Mid-Columbia Council of Governments survey was distributed and returned; the new head cook Cindy Heater-Judah is doing a great job, and numbers are up for lunches; Brian Hulke is the new Senior Center Advisory Committee member; meal fees have increased, and patrons have been accepting of this; delivering to-go meals has been successful; Jan is working on organizing another pizza nite and silent auction; FLI Landscape will winterize the Senior Center in November;
  • heard a quarterly report from Brad Lohrey, Sheriff; although speed limits did not change in Sherman County, speeding on Highway 97 has increased; accidents have increased compared to last year at this time; mental health calls have reduced by half since the county received a full time mental health worker; the Sheriff’s Department was offered a bay in the old building after the new bay is built in Rufus; Sheriff Lohrey is looking into hiring a seasonal, part-time employee to work the marine program in summers instead of using a deputy;
  • heard a quarterly report from Wes Owens, Sherman County School District Superintendent; staff and students are getting settled into the new building; upcoming events include homecoming week and the Mid Columbia Producers dinner; the Hall of Honor program was started this year and Wes hopes this is built on for many years to come; the school is transitioning to the Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports system which emphasizes respectful, safe, and responsible behavior;
  • heard a quarterly report from Georgia Macnab, Planning Director; a few non-farm dwellings have been approved; Georgia is reviewing the site plan for the new Weed District facilities; currently, there is one resolved zoning violation and one zoning violation in review; the R.V. Park recently purchased a new washing machine; dead trees were recently removed; Georgia will look at the budget to see if a local contractor can be called to fix or replace the roof of the laundry facilities; Georgia attended many meetings and will conclude her term as Association of Oregon County Planning Directors President this November;
  • received a written quarterly report from Jessica Metta, Mid-Columbia Economic Development District (MCEDD) Economic Development Coordinator; Jessica has been helping the county explore options to encourage the development of rental housing; MCEDD currently has $1.9 million available for housing loans; Biggs Service District needs to formally add water services to its purpose in an order to be considered eligible for a water loan; a public hearing will be held for this;
  • heard a quarterly report from Sandy Macnab, Extension Services; Cindy Brown withdrew her request to transfer to Oregon State University employment; currently there is $31,800 in reserves, and typically $25,000 is carried; it is unsure if this is the total amount of the reserves or the amount of money that was not spent in the 2016 fiscal year; Sandy will determine how much money will be returned to the county; Sandy has been in contact with Mary Corp about phone and internet use at the Extension Office; access to secure, wireless internet at the Burnet Building was discussed; Sandy retired December 31, 2015, and has been working on a half-time basis but plans to be completely finished December 31, 2016;
  • heard a quarterly report from Marnene Benson-Wood, Community Transit Coordinator/Treasurer; total passenger one-way rides totaled 1,382; elderly and disabled one-way rides totaled 1,088; revenue operation hours totaled 1,563; revenue service mileage totaled 42,821; grant money is still available, and Community Transit hopes to purchase a self-lowering bus for approximately $121,136; there were no accidents, alcohol or drug problems, or civil rights complaints; Marnene explained building a new Bus Barn is needed, and discussion was held about possible placement of this building; the court approved the Transit Periodic Report for the 1st quarter for 2016-2017;
  • met with Shawn Payne, Emergency Services Director, about the Ambulance Service Area (ASA) Plan Advisory Committee; a meeting was held with the previous ASA committee to determine the makeup of the revised committee; those in attendance could not come to a unified decision; Shawn explained the ASA ordinance and ORS rules state the County Court is responsible for appointing members to the ASA committee; she, as Emergency Services Director, recommended the County Court consider the composition of the committee; discussion was held about different options for appointing members to the committee; the court will set forth a proposal to the previous ASA committee and ask for feedback before determining the makeup of the committee;
  • met with Nate Stice, Regional Solutions; discussed workforce housing and informed Nate about housing partnerships and projects that were discussed in the past; the court explained what it is doing to work with Mid-Columbia Economic Development District to promote housing-for-rent; Nate stated he is impressed with the work the county has done regarding broadband; the raceway in Grass Valley may want infrastructure improvements in the future, so Nate will begin to formulate a path to provide services there as a long-term project; discussion was held about the parks bill in the House and Senate; the court summarized Starvation Lane issues and discussed the Federal Lands Access Program Grant; Nate is working on a few other Sherman County projects including the Biggs Service District water improvements, a Macks to the mouth trail, and the Rufus Industrial Park;
  • met with Andy Anderson, Mayor of Moro, about the Sherman County Fiber project; Andy stated getting fiber optics and high-speed internet is important to the town and the people of Sherman County; the City of Moro was approached by Lightspeed Networks about bringing in internet and entering into a franchise agreement; the City Council is not in the loop about the fiber going through town and does not know who to contact when problems arise; Windwave is installing the fiber and has not entered into a franchise agreement with the City of Moro; franchise agreements give the city some control over making sure internet (or other service) is offered equally to all residents; the court gave a brief summary of the background and makeup of the Frontier TeleNet entity; before providing any service, Windwave needs to enter into a franchise agreement with the City of Moro; several individuals are unhappy with how their property was left after fiber was installed; the court gave Andy contact information for Windwave to make sure this is taken care of; Andy asked as the project moves forward, the court communicate to all vendors that they need to approach the city for franchise agreements so all Moro citizens are ensured the availability of service;
  • the court entered into executive session in accordance with ORS 192.660 (2) (i) Personnel to discuss a letter of complaint;
  • approved the Stepping Up Initiative Resolution to reduce the number of people with mental illnesses in Northern Oregon Regional Correctional Facilities (NORCOR), commit to sharing lessons learned with other counties, and to support a national initiative for county officials, employees, and residents to participate in Stepping Up;
  • approved an Intergovernmental Agreement creating the Oregon Association of County Engineers and Surveyors to promote public works activities, to promote the professional application of land surveying, to promote the ethical practices of the profession, and to give all counties in Oregon the advantages of these professions in all phases of county services and authorized Judge Thompson to sign pending approval of County Counsel;
  • approved signing up for the National Association of Counties’ Rural Impact County Challenge;
  • discussed an update on the Wasco Annex, the format of the Citizen Reporter, and the Sherman County website;
  • heard reports from court members about regional board activities.

4. Your Personal GPS

glassesDo you know what you want out of life? Or do you have trouble answering this question?

Do you know anyone who seems constantly lost in a fog of confusion? They go one way and then another. Sometimes, they latch on to something as if it’s the solution to all their problems, only to downgrade it a few months or weeks (sometimes days) later and move on to something or someone else. They just don’t seem to know what they want.

Maybe you’re a bit like this yourself. If so, perhaps it is time for you to get back in touch with your dreams, but do so in a very focused way. You see, you can’t achieve your goals if you don’t know what they are. You can’t even set goals, if you don’t have any dreams for yourself or your future.

So ask yourself, what would you like the end-results, the outcomes, to be for yourself at the end of five years? How about at the end of one year? Once you have that outcome, what will you see? What will you hear? What will you feel? Be as specific as possible, and write your answers down.

Yes, write your answers down. Writing them down makes them real, not something floating in and out of your consciousness. Writing it down also gives you something solid to go back to, to refresh and reinforce. So whether you use paper and pencil or some electronic device, write them down. This will be your “future reference” for comparison.

Then, examine current reality – and write it down. How is it different? Again, be specific and detailed.  Finally, take a good look at the “gap” between Current Reality and your Future Reference.  Fill in that gap, by listing, in order, the steps you will need to take to move from current reality to your desired end-result.

This process will take some time, so stay with it. But when you’re done, you’ll have a roadmap you can use to guide you to a very personal kind of success. Think of it as your personal GPS – your Goal Projection System. ~ The Pacific Institute

5. Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers welcomed home from deployment 

flag.starsSALEM, Oregon – Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers with 1st Battalion, 168th Aviation, were honored in a demobilization ceremony, October 22, 2016, at the Army Aviation Support Facility (AASF #2) in Pendleton, Oregon. The unit recently returned from a deployment to the Middle East in support of Operation Inherent Resolve.

Approximately 60 Oregon Soldiers deployed alongside Washington and California Army National Guard Soldiers of the 1-168th General Support Aviation Battalion (GSAB), 40th Combat Aviation Brigade. The unit performed heavy helicopter airlift operations, transporting personnel and equipment using CH-47F Chinook helicopters throughout the U.S. Central Command area of operations.

The ceremony also marked the rollout of new F-model Chinooks for the Pendleton-based unit. The F-models include new, updated electronics and cargo loading systems.

In attendance at the ceremony were Secretary of State Jeanne Atkins, on behalf of Oregon Governor Kate Brown; U.S. Representative Greg Walden (OR-District 2); Pendleton Mayor Phillip Houk; and Maj. Gen. Michael E. Stencel, Adjutant General, Oregon, among others.

6. History Tidbits: WWI Sherman County Casualties

World War I 1917-1918 – Official List: Sherman County Casualties

Names of officers and enlisted men from Oregon who lost their lives while serving in the armed forces during the World War:

Henry S. Baker Grass Valley Henry Samuel Baker’s draft registration card indicates he was born at Rhodes, Iowa, October 14, 1896. He was 21 years old, a resident of Grass Valley, single, and a station helper at the O.W.R.R. & N. Co in Grass Valley. The American Legion Post was named Henley-Baker.
Harold G. Dixon Moro  
Alex Henley

(or Hanley)

Grass Valley Alex Henley was 21 when he filled out his draft registration card, indicating that he was born September 20, 1895, at Lindsay, Ontario, Canada, not a citizen, but had declared his intent for naturalization, and was a laborer working for J.J. Conroy of Grass Valley. The son of Albert and Jane Henley, the family was enumerated in the 1901 census of Ontario, Canada, and the 1910 census of Seattle Ward 11, King County, Washington. He and his parents immigrated to the U.S. in 1905. Canadian birth records give the year of birth for Alexander Percival ____ Henley as 1896, son of Albert and Jane (Menzies) Henley. He petitioned for naturalization in the Western District of Washington (state), September 20, 1917, while he was at Camp Lewis, Washington. The American Legion Post was named Henley-Baker.
Bonnie H. Morrow Wasco Bonnie Harold Morrow, son of Susan E. (McCullough) (Foster) and James Jerome Morrow of Wasco, born at Monkland, Sherman County, Oregon, March 13, 1897, nephew of Mrs. Ed Kaseberg. He died November 29, 1918, and is buried at Sun Rise Cemetery near Wasco.
Jim Reid Moro  
Alvia Venable Wasco James Alva Venable was the son of James B. and Kate (Woolen) Venable and brother of Harold Rex, Oral and Frances “Fanny” Venable. He died in 1918 while serving in the U.S. Navy.
Raymond White Moro Raymond White’s draft registration card gives his age as 27,  his birth date as February 26, 1890, near Boise, Idaho, and his occupation as laborer for Tom Alley of Wasco.

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

communication.satellite-intercomVeterans Memorials in Oregon, by town

Bend to Burns: A Journey Into Southeast Oregon

Gross Out in Portland. New union backed tax would hammer Oregonians.

Health After 50

The Energy Trap. Do the Math. Using physics and estimation to assess energy, growth, options

Powerline – News & Blog

The Federalist – $4/month

Refugee Crisis: What does it mean to help one family?

 [A good read on understanding the Middle East. Yes, it’s long, and worth your time.] Unpacking the Global Conflict in Syria – Whose Side Are We Really On?

Do I really need to worry about Hillary’s eMails. Yes. She should be indicted.

Clinton Thug Robert Creamer Planned ObamaCare in Jail

The Final Debate — Trump Was Right

Why Should Trump Accept the Election Results?

Obamacare Premiums Up 30% in TX, MS, KS; 50% in IL, AZ, PA; 93% in NM: When Does the Death Spiral Blow Up?

Opinion. Cal Thomas: “Forty-five percent of [millennials] polled between the ages of 16 and 20 years old said they would vote for a socialist, while 20 percent said they could vote for a communist. … Even more shocking is … that a third of millennials believe more people were killed under George W. Bush than Joseph Stalin, whose regime murdered 20 million people between 1924 and 1953. The total killed under all communist regimes (so far) is estimated at 100 million. … The late Catholic Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen brilliantly summed up the problem with modern society more than a half-century ago; before it evolved into the morally chaotic nation we are today. He wrote, ‘America, it is said, is suffering from intolerance — it is not. It is suffering from tolerance. Tolerance of right and wrong, truth and error, virtue and evil, Christ and chaos. Our country is not nearly so overrun with the bigoted as it is overrun with the broadminded.’ … These poll results ought to spur more parents to rescue their children from an education system that is failing them on many levels. Maybe a field trip to a communist country would cure millennials of their moral equivalence. They might start by visiting the prisons in Cuba.” ~ The Patriot Post

Speaking Truth to Power Becomes Sucking Up to Power

Charles Barkley has something to say about race in America

White House Watch

Most Still Say Clinton Should Have Been Indicted