Sherman County eNews #292


  1. Sherman County Public/School Library Book Club, Nov. 16

  2. The Election, Through the Eyes of Oregon Teenage Girls

  3. Sherman County School District Grand Opening Dedication & Celebration

  4. Let’s Decorate the Mitten Tree

  5. Man Rescued From Badger Hole After Fleeing From Police – Malheur County

  6. Connecting to Something Larger

  7. Reservations to open Nov. 17 for eclipse viewing at Oregon State Parks

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

1. Sherman County Public/School Library Book Club, Nov. 16

books.loveThe Sherman County Public/School Library Book Club will meet on Wednesday, November 16, at 6:00pm. Join us for tea, dessert, and a discussion of our November book, Sister by Rosamund Lupton. For more information: or 541-565-3279.


2. The Election, Through the Eyes of Oregon Teenage Girls

At Grant High School in Portland, Ore., girls tended to be reluctant Clinton supporters, having originally been fans of Senator Bernie Sanders. At Sherman County High School, in rural Moro, Ore., east of the Cascade Range where blue Oregon turns red, the girls were divided between the candidates.


3. Sherman County School District Grand Opening Dedication & Celebration

Logo.Sherman High SchoolOn October 18, 2016, constituents gathered in the new, thoughtfully designed, safety conscious, PK-12 Sherman County School elementary commons to formally dedicate the comprehensive facility and Dale Coles Elementary Wing. The community turnout was outstanding for the ceremony that included a ribbon cutting, tours of the facility, and the unveiling of a bronze plaque that marked the historic event.

At the celebration, Superintendent Wes Owens honored and thanked everyone who took part in the development of the facility including every committee member, staff member, student, the School Board, law enforcement/emergency services, the entire Sherman County community, businesses, friends, service clubs and faith organizations. He said, “The District and the students are so grateful for the new facility and we look forward to many years of wonderful educational opportunities.”

He also credited the Sherman County Court for their financial support through Strategic Investment Program funds.  Noting that since 2009, these allocated dollars have supported academic and facility projects that have had an extremely positive impact on students, staff, and the school.

At one time, Sherman County had enough students to support 43 separate schools. With 252 students enrolled, the school community now has one beautiful, state-of-the-art facility that is the envy of school districts around the state and will educate generations of Sherman County students.

4. Let’s Decorate the Mitten Tree

Bring your donations of gloves, mittens, hats, and scarves to decorate the Mitten Tree at Sherman County Public/School Library located in Moro. Community, school staff and students are encouraged to adorn the bare branches with warmth. We are also requesting warm throws and blankets to place under the tree. The Mitten Tree will be up through the end of December and all donated items will be given to our local food bank and other agencies that serve Sherman County.

5. Man Rescued From Badger Hole After Fleeing From Police – Malheur County

Oregon State Police: On November 3, 2016 at about 730AM, an OSP Trooper was on patrol and located an occupied stolen vehicle, a 2001 Chevrolet Tahoe, in Ontario and attempted a traffic stop in the parking lot of Jack in the Box (4th Street).

The driver drove away, jumping a curb, and then pursued by the Ontario Police Department. The vehicle was pursued for a short distance but terminated due to safety concerns. During the pursuit two males and a dog could be seen occupying the vehicle. Information led police to BLM land near Vale where a search was conducted by ground and air.

One suspect was located several hours later traveling by foot on the BLM land. The male was identified as Jerry E BOATMAN, age 35, of Ontario, and was arrested for Escape III and a parole violation.

The search continued and a couple hours later and aircraft located the vehicle in a ravine. Tracks leading from the vehicle were followed for over a mile and the dog was spotted. As law enforcement approached the dog, it fled into a large badger hole and would not come out. After getting the dog out, they could hear a male screaming for help from within the hole. Police discovered, Gregory A MORROW, age 22, of Ontario, was stuck approximately 8 feet underground and could not move. He was feet first in the hole and was losing the feelings in his arm.

Police immediately began digging to remove him from the hole. After about an hour and a half, MORROW was rescued and taken into custody after being identified as the driver of the stolen vehicle. He was briefly taken to Saint Alphonsus Hospital in Ontario to be treated for minor injuries. Following his arrest he was arrested for a parole violation warrant. Further charges are pending on MORROW.

Most likely MORROW would have died from exposure as he would not have been able to free himself. The investigation is continuing and more information will be released as it becomes available. OSP was assisted by the Ontario Police Department, Malheur County Sheriff’s Office and Vale Fire and Rescue.

6. Connecting to Something Larger

What is the role of spirituality in living a happy, healthy, productive life? Let’s look at some answers to this important question.

How much attention do you give to your spiritual side?  Now we are not necessarily talking about participation in an organized religion, although this may be something that is important to you. Spirituality, itself, can be expressed and explored in many ways.

Polls and studies have shown that people who are able to stay energetic and enthusiastic over the long haul tend to have a strong spiritual connection. Now, they don’t all go to some form of church or religious gathering place. Here in the Pacific Northwest, we have one of the highest rates of “un-churched” populations in the United States. But polls have shown that we do consider ourselves highly spiritual.

Of the highly successful, extremely active people who also have this strong spiritual connection, there also seems to be very little of the phenomenon we call “burnout.” They are able to renew themselves and their faith in the future on a regular basis because of their spiritual beliefs.

They have a keen sense of a purpose that is larger than themselves and feel that they are part of an unending chain of giving and receiving that transcends time and place. Their energy level is generally tremendous!

So, if you find that your energy level has evaporated and you’ve lost some of your zest for the future, you may want to carve out some time for reading and thinking about your connection to something larger than yourself. ~ The Pacific Institute

 7. Reservations to open Nov. 17 for eclipse viewing at Oregon State Parks

Salem OR — Starting November 17, 2016, state park campers can make reservations for campsites, yurts, and cabins to enjoy the August 21, 2017 total solar eclipse. The normal advance campsite reservation window opens nine months before the first night of a visitor’s stay, but a temporary change to the reservation system will affect people who want to make a 14-night reservation, the maximum allowed in Oregon’s State Park system.

The state park system accepts reservations nine months in advance, but it would normally be possible to get a reservation for Aug. 21 by booking the maximum 14-night stay on November 7, 2016. Given the expected high demand for sites around the eclipse, and to prevent overbooking that could interfere with other visitors’ summer vacation plans, state parks along and near the eclipse path will not accept reservations for Aug. 17-21, 2017 until November 17, 2016. This is ten days after OPRD’s standard rolling nine month reservation window would normally allow a camper to make a long reservation.

On Nov. 17, 2016, the normal rolling nine month window will resume for all sites that accept reservations at parks along and near the eclipse path.

“We made this change to accommodate all visitors, both those planning for the eclipse and those who are planning an unrelated camping trip,” said Chris Havel, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department spokesperson. “We encourage eclipse campers to extend their stay with us for a day or more before and after the eclipse to reduce the congestion on the roads.”

The Nov. 17 reservation opening date applies to the following campgrounds inside the path of totality–Devil’s Lake, Beverly Beach, South Beach, Silver Falls, Detroit Lake, The Cove Palisades, and Farewell Bend.

Campgrounds that are up to 30 miles outside the path of totality are also affected by the temporary change to reservation rules: Beachside, Cape Lookout, Washburne (yurts only), Honeyman, Nehalem Bay, Stub Stewart, Champoeg, Milo McIver, Ainsworth, Memaloose, Viento, Deschutes River, Tumalo, LaPine, Prineville Reservoir, Lake Owyhee and Wallowa Lake.

OPRD is making plans to temporarily convert first-come, first-served state park campgrounds to reservation-only for the eclipse, so additional campsites will be made available at a later date.

“We are also working on ways to open more state park areas to camping for the event,” Havel said. “We want to make sure people can make solid plans well in advance to avoid congestion.”
Customers can make reservations for any stay that includes Aug. 17-21 beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Nov. 17 at, and 8 a.m. by phone at 1-800-452-5687.

Campgrounds run by the US Forest Service will start taking reservations six months in advance, in February 2017.

The eclipse will begin at 9 a.m. and end at 11:30 a.m. on Aug. 21, 2017. The 60-mile wide path of totality–when the moon completely blocks the sun–will last for about two minutes starting at 10:15 a.m. on the coast between Newport and Lincoln City. The path of totality then sweeps through the state and on to Idaho, then runs across the United States toward South Carolina. For more information about the eclipse, visit

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