Sherman County eNews #338


  1. Greg Walden nominates Eastern Oregon and Columbia Gorge students for acceptance to U.S. service academies

  2. Letter to the Editor: Advocates for Kids in Foster Care

  3. Letter to the Editor: Reality – Our Energy Crisis

  4. Golden Hills Wind Project

  5. Energy Meter Fully Charged

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

 Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
~ from the film Meet Me In St. Louis,
Hugh Martin, Ralph Blane 1943


Have yourself a merry little Christmas,
Let your heart be light
From now on,
our troubles will be out of sight
Have yourself a merry little Christmas,
Make the Yule-tide gay,
From now on,
our troubles will be miles away.

Here were are as in olden days,
happy golden days of yore.
Faithful friends who are dear to us
gather near to us once more.

Through the years we all will be together
If the Fates allow
Hang a shining star upon the highest bough.
And have yourself a merry little Christmas now.

1. Greg Walden nominates Eastern Oregon and Columbia Gorge students for acceptance to U.S. service academies

American flag2Pendleton — U.S. Rep. Greg Walden (R-Hood River) announced today that he has nominated three students from Eastern Oregon and the Columbia Gorge for acceptance to one of the prestigious United States service academies. Walden’s Service Academy Nomination Board — active and retired military officers who interview potential candidates for the service academies — recommended each student based on their academic performance, extracurricular involvement, and character.

“I am honored and privileged to nominate these remarkable young Oregonians to our nation’s service academies,” Walden said. “Their years of hard work and dedication have led to these much deserved nominations. These students have shown a desire to grow intellectually, lead by example, and serve their country by pursuing a higher education at one our country’s select service academies. I am confident that each will be successful in this admirable endeavor, and that America’s future is in good hands.

“I’d like to thank my Service Academy Nomination Board for recommending these young leaders. Their service to our country and experience wearing our nation’s uniform speaks to the character of the students they interviewed and referred for nomination. These nominations would not be possible without their guidance and understanding of what it takes to excel and succeed at the U.S. service academies,” said Walden. Serving on Walden’s Service Academy Nomination Board are: retired U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Frank Toney, retired U.S. Navy Capt. Harriet Harris, retired U.S. Navy Cmdr. John Howard, retired U.S. Marine Corps. Lt. Col. Richard Halsted, and Oregon Army National Guard Lt. Col. Travis Lee.

The service academies include the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado; the Military Academy at West Point, New York; the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland; and the Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, New York. Final selection for admission to the service academies will be determined by officials at each respective academy this spring.

Students who are interested in learning more about service academy nominations can visit Walden’s website at

The nominees from Umatilla, Union, and Wasco counties are as follows:

Umatilla County

Hayden Scott, son of Paul & Kara Scott of Athena, attending Weston-McEwen High school — nominated to the U.S. Air Force Academy, the U.S. Naval Academy, and the U.S. Military Academy.

Union County

Wyatt Perry, son of Andy & Michelle Perry of La Grande, attending La Grande High School — nominated to the U.S. Air Force Academy. 

Wasco County

William Decker, son of Stan & Tonya Decker of The Dalles, attending Horizon Christian School — nominated to the U.S. Air Force Academy.

2. Letter to the Editor: Advocates for Kids in Foster Care 

children.cartoonDear Editor:

The holidays are a time for home and family, but for too many kids in the Gorge home is foster care.  Columbia Gorge CASA trains and supports community volunteers to advocate for the needs and well-being of kids in foster care.  This past year, 61 volunteers advocated for 140 children going through one of the most traumatic times in their lives.

If you are considering making a year-end donation, CASA welcomes your support.  Thanks to a generous matching grant from the Providence Community Benefit Fund, all donations received by the end of the year, up to $6,000, will be doubled.  With community support, CASA can continue to advocate for our communities most vulnerable kids. Thank you!

Susan Erickson, Executive Director

Columbia Gorge CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates)

Serving Sherman, Wasco and Hood River counties

3. Letter to the Editor: Reality – Our Energy Crisis 

I would like to offer everyone involved with your eNews a Christmas gift of …. REALITY! THIS HONEST AND CONCERNED TESTIMONY OF A MILITARY INSIDER SHOULD BRING TO OUR ATTENTION THE GRAVE PROBLEM WE FACE IN THIS COUNTRY, CONCERNING OUR ENERGY CRISIS! It should also put to rest the pretenses as to why we are involved in the “War against Terror.” The false belief that we are somehow energy independent that is shared by a surprisingly high percentage of American citizens is absolutely false. Many people I have a conversation with in my community about our coming energy crisis respond to me as if I’ve finally lost what few marbles I had left. A good many believe that climate change is our greatest future threat, but I contend that a liquid fuels shortage will have to be dealt with in the interim.

Understanding the affinity that many of my colleagues have for the military, maybe they will take more seriously what this man has to say. If so, then maybe the conversation could be expanded to the alternatives we have to supply our ever increasing global energy requirements in an environment of a very tight supply of “affordable” liquid fuels.

There are many people who have a grasp of this situation in the military, the government, the science community, the fossil fuel industry and others, but nobody has come up with a viable alternative to the present paradigm, so the general public is kept uninformed and misinformed.

General Charles Wald:

Fred Justesen

Grass Valley

 4. Golden Hills Wind Project

Facility: The Golden Hills Wind Project is a wind energy facility that is currently approved to build up to 267 wind turbines with a peak generating capacity of 400 megawatts.

Status (Approved): Construction has not begun. Amendment 3 consists of the following changes:

(1) extend the construction start and completion deadlines by two years,

(2) Reduce the number of turbines used at the site to 125 from 267, and change the allowed turbine height and rotor diameter in response to improvements in turbine technology.

(3) Modify related and supporting facilities including eliminating the previously approved western substation and 500 kilovolt (kV) transmission line and extending the 230 kV transmission line to connect to the BPA grid near the existing Klondike substation. The single remaining substation would be relocated to a more central location within the site boundary.

(4) Amend the site boundary to remove approximately 2,800 acres of previously included land that is no longer needed for the facility and add approximately 122.5 acres to the site boundary.

Deadline for submitting public comments and requests for contested case on the Revised Proposed Order on Request for Amendment No. 3 of the Site Certificate is January 6, 2017.

Location: Sherman County, near the town of Wasco.

Site Certificate Holder: Golden Hills Wind Farm, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Orion Renewable Energy Group LLC.


5. Energy Meter Fully Charged

Have you ever heard of the Zone of Proximity? It’s an interesting idea, and one that just might help during this season of “too much to do,” and “not enough time,” to get everything done we hope to accomplish.

The main idea behind the Zone of Proximity is that we don’t need to worry or be concerned until the moment we need to act. The late-Muhammed Ali, one of the best heavyweight boxers of all time, used this philosophy all the time, during his boxing matches. He was totally at ease in the corner. When the bell for the round rang, he’d come out with his arms at his sides, conserving energy until he was close enough to his opponent to get hit. When he did get close enough, then the energy he needed kicked in, his arms were up, hands in a fist. This conservation meant he didn’t tire as quickly as some of his opponents.

So how does this idea translate to us “regular folks” as we meet each day?  Let’s think of it in terms of the energy we use up when we consider the future. There really isn’t much use worrying about what will happen in the future, because it is too far away, right now.  When we worry about how our children are – especially if they are adults – it is wasted energy if there is nothing we can do about a particular situation. Worrying about whether a loved one will like a holiday gift is an energy sapper, because we cannot control someone else’s reactions.

We can prepare for as many contingencies as we can imagine, but once that is done, there is very little else to do until situations play out. Obsessing about possibilities only causes stress inside ourselves that inevitably spreads to those around us. With all this energy and creativity draining away on the “what ifs” of life, there isn’t enough left to deal with the realities that actually do show up.

Mastering our own Zones of Proximity allows us to meet each day with our energy meters fully charged, and our attitudes lined up for achievement. ~ The Pacific Institute

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

Bird.Black.EnvelopeOne year after refuge takeover, quieter land battle unfolds 

Presidential Inauguration Committee, Schedule

City of Maupin

Golden Hills Wind Project

Golden Hills Wind Project Map

Oregonians in Action

Oregonians in Action – Land Use & Property Rights 

10 Early Depictions of Jesus Christ

The Senate Report on Planned Parenthood No One Is Talking About 

Military Times 

Defense News

Oregon Online Historical Newspapers

General Charles Wald: Our Energy Crisis