Sherman County eNews #315


  1. Weather: December Outlook & November Monthly Climate

  2. Photographer Peter Marbach Lecture, Slideshow, Dec. 5

  3. Non-Profit Organization is Seeking Local Host Families for High School Exchange Students 

  4. Greg Walden selected as Chairman of House Energy and Commerce Committee  

  5. Senator Ted Ferrioli Responds to Governor’s Proposed Budget

  6. FSA County Office Committee Meeting, Dec. 14

  7. Sherman County FSA Producers Now Have Until Dec. 13 to Submit Ballots

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1. Weather: December Outlook & November Monthly Climate 

You can find the December outlook and the November monthly climate
summary AND GRAPHS (toggle between color and gray) for Moro at
— Dennis Hull- KB0NYC
Warning Coordination Meteorologist

2. Photographer Peter Marbach Lecture, Slideshow, Dec. 5
Landscape Photographer Peter Marbach will be at Sherman County Public/School Library Monday, December 5 at 6:00pm. Peter’s lecture and digital slideshow, “Born Free—The Wild Columbia”, begins where the Columbia River bubbles up from a tiny underground spring. View pictures of unspeakable beauty of this last remaining wild and free section that flows north for nearly 200 miles starting in SE British Columbia. Refreshments will be served.

3. Non-Profit Organization is Seeking Local Host Families for High School Exchange Students  

ASSE International Student Exchange Programs (ASSE), in cooperation with your community high school, is looking for local families to host boys and girls between the ages of 15 to 18 from a variety of countries: Norway, Denmark, Spain, Italy, Japan, to name a few.

ASSE students are enthusiastic and excited to experience American culture while they practice their English. They also love to share their own culture and language with their host families. Host families welcome these students into their family, not as a guest, but as a family member, giving everyone involved a rich cultural experience.

The exchange students have pocket money for personal expenses and full health, accident and liability insurance. ASSE students are selected based on academics and personality, and host families can choose their student from a wide variety of backgrounds, countries and personal interests.

To become an ASSE Host Family or to find out how to become involved with ASSE in your community, please call the ASSE Western Regional Office at 1-800-733-2773 or go to to begin your host family application. Students are eager to learn about their American host family, so begin the process of welcoming your new son or daughter today!


4. Greg Walden selected as Chairman of House Energy and Commerce Committee  

American flag2 WASHINGTON, D.C.The House GOP Steering Committee today elected U.S. Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.)  to serve as the next Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Walden released the following statement:

“I am deeply honored to earn the support of my colleagues to chair this incredibly important committee.  Americans are looking for big improvements out of Washington, and that’s just what we’re going to give them as we work with the Trump Administration, the Senate, and the governors, to move forward on the Better Way agenda.  Our work will focus on what’s best for consumers, on creating better paying jobs and providing patient-centered health care.

“I commend my friends and fellow committee members, former Chairman Joe Barton and Subcommittee Chairman John Shimkus, for stepping forward to compete for this chairmanship.  They are talented legislators and leaders to whom I will turn for help as we embark on our legislative work. I also want to thank outgoing Chairman Fred Upton who proved again yesterday with overwhelming passage of the 21st Century Cures legislation, that our committee does great, bipartisan work for the American people,” said Walden.

Walden said he and other committee chairs will not make subcommittee chairmanship decisions until after the Steering Committee finalizes committee rosters in early January.

About the Energy and Commerce Committee 

As the oldest standing legislative committee in the U.S. House, the Energy and Commerce Committee has broad jurisdiction. It has responsibility for the nation’s telecommunications, consumer protection, food and drug safety, public health research, environmental quality, energy policy, and interstate and foreign commerce. Walden is the first Energy and Commerce Chairman from the Pacific Northwest.

For a complete history of the committee, please click here:

About Greg Walden. Greg Walden represents the people of Oregon’s Second Congressional District, which includes 20 counties in central, southern, and eastern Oregon. Walden, 59, is a lifelong Oregonian whose ancestors came to Oregon by wagon train in 1845. He graduated from the University of Oregon with a degree in journalism. He and his wife, Mylene, owned and operated small market radio stations in Oregon for 21 years.

In 1998, he was elected to the U.S. House, winning a seat on the Energy and Commerce Committee in 2001. Since 2011, he has served as Chairman of the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology. He’s also served four years as Deputy Chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) and four years as Chairman.

Walden served eight years in the Oregon Legislature before coming to Congress.  In addition to his small business and legislative experience, Walden also served several years on various boards, including a local community hospital board, a community bank board, the Oregon Health Sciences Foundation board, and the Associated Oregon Industries board.  He’s a Member of the Elks, and Rotary International, and is an Eagle Scout. 

5. Senator Ted Ferrioli Responds to Governor’s Proposed Budget

ORStateFlagSalem, Ore. – Senate Republican Leader Ted Ferrioli (R-John Day) released the following statement in response to Governor Kate Brown’s proposed 2017-2019 budget:

“Governor Brown’s budget is a self-inflicted wound caused by years of Democrat overspending on the wrong priorities.”

6. FSA County Office Committee Meeting, Dec. 14

Dec. 14, 9:00 AM: FSA County Office Committee (COC) meeting, Extension Office conference rm, 66365 Lonerock Rd, Moro. Ballot count for 2016 Sherman FSA COC election and other agenda items.

7. Sherman County FSA Producers Now Have Until Dec. 13 to Submit Ballots


(Moro, OR) Nov. 29, 2016 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Oregon Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director, Phil Ward, today announced that the deadline to submit ballots for the 2016 County Committee Elections has been extended to ensure farmers and ranchers have sufficient time to vote.

This year, eligible voters in LAA 1, which is the north Sherman County area, north of Baseline Rd, now have until Dec. 13, 2016 to return ballots to their local FSA office. Producers who have not received their ballot should pick one up at the Sherman county FSA office at 302 Scott St, Moro.

“We’re extending the voting deadline to Dec. 13 to give farmers and ranchers a few additional days to get their ballots in,” said Ward. “I urge all eligible producers, especially minorities and women, to get involved and make a real difference in their communities by voting in this year’s elections. This is your opportunity to have a say in how federal programs are delivered in your county.”

FSA has modified the ballot, making it easily identifiable and less likely to be overlooked. Ballots returned by mail must be postmarked no later than Dec. 13, 2016. Newly elected committee members will take office Jan. 1, 2017.

For more information, visit the FSA website at You may also contact your local USDA service center, FSA office in Moro. Visit to find an FSA office near you.

Nearly 7,700 FSA County Committee members serve FSA offices nationwide. Each committee has three to 11 elected members who serve three-year terms of office. One-third of County Committee seats are up for election each year. County Committee members apply their knowledge and judgment to help FSA make important decisions on its commodity support, conservation, indemnity, disaster and emergency programs.

Producers must participate or cooperate in an FSA program to be eligible to vote in the County Committee election. Approximately 1.5 million producers are currently eligible to vote. Farmers and ranchers who supervise and conduct the farming operations of an entire farm, but are not of legal voting age, also may be eligible to vote.

USDA works to strengthen and support American agriculture, an industry that supports one in 11 American jobs, provides American consumers with more than 80 percent of the food we consume, ensures that Americans spend less of their paychecks at the grocery store than most people in other countries and supports markets for homegrown renewable energy and materials. Since 2009, USDA has provided $5.6 billion in disaster relief to farmers and ranchers; expanded risk management tools with products like Whole Farm Revenue Protection; and helped farm businesses grow with $36 billion in farm credit. The Department has engaged its resources to support a strong next generation of farmers and ranchers by improving access to land and capital; building new markets and market opportunities; and extending new conservation opportunities. USDA has developed new markets for rural-made products, including more than 2,700 bio-based products through USDA’s Bio-Preferred program; and invested $64 billion in infrastructure and community facilities to help improve the quality of life in rural America. For more information, visit