Sherman County eNews #347


  1. Crab & Oyster Feed, Jan. 14
  2. Winter Wonderland Bingo, Dec. 30
  3. Gordon Durward Helyer 1937-2016
  4. Oregon Capital Insider, Capital Chatter: Subscribe
  5. Land Use Goal 5 Amendment Process Update
  6. Links: Things to Think About & Things to Do

1. Crab & Oyster Feed, Jan. 14


Morrow County Grain Growers &

Sherman County Athletic Foundation

proudly present

Crab & Oyster Feed

Saturday, January 14 from 3:30-8 p.m.

Morrow County Grain Growers Wasco Location 

Mid-Columbia Bus Co. shuttle from Wasco School

Tickets are available at

Morrow County Grain Growers, Wasco

The Lean-To Café, Wasco

Huskey’s 97 Market, Moro

Wheatland Insurance, Condon

Maupin Hardware, Maupin

Dinty’s Market West, The Dalles

MCP Goldendale Farm & Home, Goldendale.

2. Winter Wonderland Bingo, Dec. 30

Winter Wonderland Bingo

Friday, December 30 at 7 p.m.

Ten rounds of Bingo with the last round being played for store credit. Hope to see you here! It will be ‘snow’ much fun. Everyone, have a fun and safe New Year. ~ Megan Jensen, Second Hand Made, Wasco 

3. Gordon Durward Helyer 1937-2016

flower.rose.starBedford, Texas — Gordon D. Helyer, 79, died Monday, December 26, 2016 at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital of natural causes.

He leaves his wife of 59 years, Patricia (Goodwin) Helyer; his daughter, Melissa Helyer Waschka and her husband, John Waschka; and two granddaughters, Kaitlin and Jamie Waschka.

Born February 6, 1937 in Bend, OR, the son of Durward Wilson Helyer and Eudora Long Helyer, he is pre-deceased by two brothers, Michael and Wilbur, and leaves two sisters, Beverly and Judith and one brother, Leroy.

He grew up in Sherman County Oregon and enlisted in the Navy at the age of 17 in 1955. He met Patricia Goodwin while serving at Millington Naval Air Station in Memphis, Tennessee, and they married six months later, on November 27, 1957. He attended Vanderbilt University, earning a Bachelor’s of Science in Math and Physics. He completed Officer Candidate School and served aboard both diesel and nuclear submarines, retiring after 21 years as a Lieutenant Commander and Executive Officer of the USSBN John C. Calhoun.

Following retirement, he taught Nuclear Engineering at the University of Memphis where he then completed his Masters of Computer Science. He also taught at Tennessee State Technical Institute before establishing his own business in computer consulting in Memphis, Tennessee.

He and his wife moved to Bedford, Texas, following the birth of their first granddaughter, Kaitlin, in 1997. While in Bedford he was very active in teaching computers at the Senior Center and the local libraries. His second granddaughter, Jamie, was born in 2000 and he was devoted to both.

A funeral service will be held at a date to be announced at the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery in Grand Prairie, Texas, with a reception following at Brookfield Eden Estates, in Bedford, Texas. In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to a charity of your choice.

[Editorial note: Gordon “Butch” Helyer graduated from 8th grade in a ceremony for Grass Valley, Kent and Moro at the Grass Valley School in May, 1951. Grass Valley graduates were Keith Barnett, Barbara Blaylock, Mary Brady, Elaine Brinkert, George Kelley, Gary Schilling and Larry Smith. Kent graduates were Gertrude Buether, Norman Davis, Arthur Decker, Gordon Helyer and Frank McKay. Moro graduates were Ron Benson, Harold Brown, Carol Burnet, Harold Duncan, Joan Eakin, Elmira Edwards, Doris Holdaway, Joy Lane, Dean Martin, Don Miller, Frank Scherrer, Margaret Scherrer, Eloise Snow and Sherry Woods.]

4. Oregon Capital Insider, Capital Chatter: Subscribe

Oregon.Flat.poleOregon Capital Insider was launched in February 2015 to provide a convenient source of specialized news for individuals and businesses that require a deeper understanding of the trends, issues and personalities in state government.

Two family-owned newspaper companies created Oregon Capital Insider to counter a disturbing decline in independent news coverage of state government. Pamplin Media Group and EO Media Group combined their resources to form a team of experienced journalists in Salem.

The goal: To produce regular watchdog coverage of state government and provide timely intelligence and in-depth reporting to subscribers.


This new venture comes at a time when the ranks of news reporters assigned to state capitals have declined significantly. A Pew Research study found that the number of newspaper reporters assigned full time to state capitols nationwide had declined 35 percent in the past 11 years. The ranks of capitol reporters are even thinner in Oregon, which, according to Pew, has one of the smallest statehouse reporting contingents when compared with the state’s population.

Oregon Capital Insider bureau brings together two companies with a wide geographic footprint in Oregon. Pamplin Media Group owns 25 twice-weekly, weekly and monthly newspapers covering Portland and its suburbs, as well as communities in the Willamette Valley and Central Oregon. EO Media Group includes 9 daily, weekly, bi-weekly and monthly publications serving communities in Eastern Oregon and the Oregon Coast. It also owns the Capital Press, which covers agricultural issues in the Northwest, and the Chinook Observer on the southern Washington coast.

Through their printed and online publications, the two companies reach about 1.5 million Oregonians each week — a number equivalent to roughly half of the state’s adult population.

“While statehouse news coverage is diminishing in Oregon and across the nation, our media groups have chosen to invest in increased scrutiny of state government,” said Steve Forrester, president of the EO Media Group.

Mark Garber, president of the newspaper division for Pamplin Media Group, added: “The Pamplin Media Group and EO Media Group are quite different in many respects, including the markets they serve, but they have several strengths in common. Both companies are owned by long-time Oregonians who care very deeply about this state. That’s why they are willing to invest in better coverage of state government even while other news organizations are cutting back. Both companies also have a strong tradition of balanced and responsible journalism.”

Adam Davis, founder of DHM Research in Portland, says his firm’s research over a period of many years has shown that Oregon residents want and need more information about how state government operates.

Said Davis: “Oregon Capital Insider represents an opportunity to start turning the tide of this negativity and low awareness with more coverage of the legislative, administrative, and judicial branches of our state government. This is so important considering Oregon is at a crossroads in so many ways and needs all three sectors of our economy — private, non-profit and public — working together with good information.”


5. Land Use Goal 5 Rule Amendment Process Update


The Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development (DLCD) organized a citizen Rulemaking Advisory Committee (RAC) to consider revisions to the Goal 5 Rule “Natural Resources, Scenic and Historic Areas, and Open Spaces,” as it pertains to historic resources. The rule revision was requested by the Governor’s office due to discrepancies between jurisdictions in how the Goal 5 Rule is applied and potential conflicts between the federal National Register of Historic Places and local land use processes, among other items. The RAC was authorized by a unanimous vote of the present members of the Land Conservation and Development Commission at their July 22nd meeting in Boardman, OR.

The Historic Resources Rulemaking Advisory Committee completed its recommendation to the Land Conservation and Development Commission regarding proposed amendments to the administrative rule implementing Statewide Planning Goal 5 for historic resources.

The advisory committee recommendation is available here<>.  The file includes a mark-up of the existing rule showing the proposed additions and deletions (pages 1-6) and a clean version showing just the proposed amendments (pages 7-11).

Instructions on how to comment on the proposed amendment to the Land Conservation and Development Commission follow:

The Land Conservation and Development Commission will conduct a hearing on draft amendments to the historic resources rule at its January 25-27, 2017 meeting in St. Helens, Oregon.  The meeting agenda is not complete so the time for the hearing on the Goal 5 rule is not known at this time.  It is expected to be on Friday, January 27.  When the agenda is issued, it will be available here<> and a link will be posted on this page.

A staff report to the commission will be distributed approximately two weeks before the hearing.  The report will also be available here<>.

The commission will accept oral and written testimony.  Persons who wish to testify are requested to follow these guidelines:

*   Complete a Testimony Sign Up Form, provided at the meeting handout table

*   Provide written testimony in advance to<> and<> (January 17 is the deadline to submit advance testimony if you wish to have the commission review it prior to the meeting).  If you are unable to supply materials in advance, please bring 20 copies to the meeting for distribution to the commission, staff and members of the public (January 17 is the deadline to submit advance testimony if you wish to have the commission review it prior to the meeting).  If you are unable to supply materials in advance, please bring 20 copies to the meeting for distribution to the commission, staff and members of the public

*   Recognize that substance, not length, determines the value of testimony

*   Endorse, rather than repeat, testimony of other witnesses with whom you agree

The commission has added the option of testifying by videoconference when the commission is holding a traveling meeting.  The videoconferencing will be available at the department’s office in Salem: Basement Hearing Room, 635 Capitol Street NE, Salem, Oregon 97301.  Please note that the quality of video technology is not guaranteed.  In addition, written testimony will only be provided electronically.  Therefore, if your testimony is critical, please plan to attend the meeting in person.

Those testifying by videoconference are asked to follow the above guidelines for public testimony.

Please direct to Rob Hallyburton, Community Services Division Manager at<> or at Oregon Dept. of Land Conservation and Development, 635 Capitol Street NE, Suite 150, Salem, OR 97301-2540.

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

Write.tabletGov. Brown shouldn’t oversee the public records advocate (Opinion) 

Opinion. East Oregonian: Many rural Americans seek less attention from Washington, D.C.

Return of The Glass Onion in Goldendale 

Nourish Your Immune System

American Thinker

Strategic Forecasting, Inc.— “Stratfor” – Strategic intelligence on global business, economic, security and geopolitical affairs.

Why I Don’t Buy Organic, And Why You Might Not Want To Either 

Fake Academe, Looking Much Like the Real Thing 

Peabody Energy and Native Americans in Dispute Over Mining in Arizona

Race to save rare breed of pigs hinges on eating them (mule-footed)

Northwest Aerial Imagery



Sherman County eNews #345


  1. Classifieds

  2. Calendar

1.Classifieds (new or corrected)


Sherman 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. Share your Joyful News and Thank You, Commendation and Congratulatory notes. ~ The Editor


applause1THANK YOU! Second Hand Made would like to thank the community for all of its support. We were amazed by the amount of Christmas shopping that was done locally. You made our first holiday season a big success. We have one last event this year, Winter Wonderland Bingo on Friday at 7 p.m. There will be 10 rounds of Bingo with the last round being played for store credit. Hope to see you here! It will be ‘snow’ much fun. Everyone, have a fun and safe New Year. ~ Megan Jensen, Second Hand Made, Wasco

CONGRATULATIONS, WOOLERY PROJECT! Hard work, determination, persistence and, now, non-profit status! ~ The Editor

THANK YOU, MR. BARTELS! A BIG thank you to Mr. Bartels for all the hard work you did preparing our children for the Winter Music Program. Your work does not go unnoticed. The children shined so in turn you SHINE! ~ Sue Mabe

“When we become more fully aware that our success is due in large measure to the loyalty, helpfulness, and encouragement we have received from others, our desire grows to pass on similar gifts. Gratitude spurs us on to prove ourselves worthy of what others have done for us. The spirit of gratitude is a powerful energizer.” — Wilferd A. Peterson

THANK YOU to Larry and Sherry Kaseberg for the oranges they purchased from the Lions. Also to Edwardo Rubio for the apples he got for the lunch program. The fresh fruit is great for the kids and it tastes wonderful. The donations to our Lunch Program at Sherman School are a real boost to the health of our kids. We appreciate all the families and businesses that donate to our program and school. ~ Sincerely, Ree Ella von Borstel : Food Service Manager for Sherman School District

“We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude.” — Cynthia Ozick

THANK YOU, VOLUNTEERS! How would we get by without them?  Hope we don’t have to find out! Our volunteer helpers who get us through the high water, deep snow, or whatever are deserving of so much thanks!! Here in Moro we thank the fellows who blade our streets and sidewalks so we can safely drive and get about. There is so much more done for us than just that. Thanks to each and everyone who is doing good for people such as we. ~ Myrna Melzer and Nell Melzer

“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” — Albert Einstein

THANK YOU, TIMES-JOURNAL You’re keeping us informed with Sherman County athletics this week! Frontier TeleNet and Moro City Council made the news, as well!  ~ Larry and Sherry Kaseberg

“Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” — Marcel Proust

MERRY CHRISTMAS, eNEWS READERS! We wish you happiness, health and courage for the present, hope for the future, a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! ~ The Editor


A happy New Year! Grant that I
May bring no tear to any eye,
When this New Year in time shall end
Let it be said I’ve played the friend,
Have lived and loved and labored here,
And made of it a happy year.
~Edgar Guest

JOYFUL NEWS! [births, birthdays, engagements, weddings & anniversaries



People give to non-profit organizations because they:

     –are asked (the #1 reason!)

–believe in the cause

–experience peer pressure or guilt

–believe it’s good for their business

–want to give back for services received

–feel good about it

–receive status & ego

–receive a tax deduction

–want to build community

–like to have fun at fundraising events

–want to change the world

–want to make a difference.

BOOK SALE. Wasco City Community Library’s continuing sale in the Wasco Annex (old grade school). $5.00 per bag for used books or 25 cents to $1.00 per book. NEW books, CDs and DVD…$3.00 each. Used movies and  audio books….25 cents. FREE magazines and other free items. Monday, Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. or when the building is open. Questions? Call Danee Rankin  541-442-5834. 12/30

BASKETBALL GAME CONCESSIONS. There is an opening for a group to sell concessions at a Sherman High School basketball game on Friday, January 27. Games with Ione begin at 4:00. Interested groups may contact Ree Ella at 541-565-3500 or  1/20

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 which serve Sherman County. 12/30


KITCHEN ASSISTANT, SENIOR CENTER. Kitchen Assistant at the Sherman County Senior & Community Center. Permanent, part-time position, 10hr/week, 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM, Monday-Friday. Primary responsibilities include assisting Head Cook/Kitchen Coordinator in preparing and serving group meals and preparing home-delivered meals for the Meals on Wheels Program. For application and complete job description, contact the Sherman County Senior & Community Center at 541-565-3191or at PO Box 352, Moro, OR 97039.  Applications will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. on Friday, January 27, 2017.  Successful applicant must have or be willing to obtain a Food Handlers Card and pass a criminal history background check.  Sherman County is an equal opportunity employer. 1/27
USDA FSA PROGRAM TECHNICIAN. “The U.S. Dept of Agriculture (USDA), Farm Service Agency (FSA) is currently accepting applications for a full-time Program Technician in the Moro, OR office. This position is responsible for carrying out office activities and functions pertaining to FSA-administered programs, including ARC-PLC, Conservation and Program Eligibility. Knowledge of GIS mapping, computer use, and local agricultural practices are important. Excellent customer service skills are essential. Starting pay is $28,886 to $52,043/year (CO-1101-04 to 07), depending on experience and education. This position is a 180-day temporary, full-time appointment with option to convert to a permanent full-time appointment. Medical, dental, vision, and retirement benefits are offered under permanent appointments. Detailed information on how to apply can be found on line at Search using the key word OR-2017-0010, and/or the location, Moro, OR. Complete applications must be submitted online at, and will be accepted until Friday, December 30, 2016, 11:59 pm EDT. If applying online poses a hardship, contact 509-323-3010 during core business hours (8:00am to 4:00 pm PDT) prior to the closing date. Complete applications must include ALL required documents, and must be received by the closing date in order to be considered. Please contact Roseanna Breeding, FSA, Sherman County Executive Director, at 541-565-3551 ext. 2, M-F 8am-4:30pm, or email, with questions regarding the application process and/or the position. “FSA is an equal opportunity provider, employer, and lender.” 12/30

ROAD MAINTENANCE. Sherman County Road Department is accepting applications for a Maintenance Worker. Applicant must possess a Class A CDL or have the ability to obtain one within six months of hire. The person will perform a variety of manual and skilled tasks involving heavy lifting; operating heavy and specialized equipment in the general construction and maintenance of county roads, bridges and related facilities. Sherman County is an equal opportunity employer. Applications are available on Sherman County’s website: and the Sherman County Road Department (phone: 541-565-3271 or 541-565-3623) in Moro, Oregon. All road department personnel are subject to random drug testing and before hiring, applicants will have to pass a drug test. The final day to accept applications will be January 12, 2017. 1/13

BASKETBALL REFEREES. Mid-Columbia 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. 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, 12/30

TEMPORARY TEACHER. Sherman County School District is seeking a Certified Temporary Teacher:

Position: Temporary 2nd Grade Teacher

Start Date: February 6, 2017

End Date: May 5, 2017

Position Description: Sherman County School District is seeking a highly qualified and motivated Certified 2nd Grade Temporary Teacher. The district is looking for an individual with a strong understanding of Professional Learning Communities and the ability to work as a team. The candidate should also have a working knowledge of Common Core State Standards and effective teaching strategies. Moreover, the individual must possess the ability to communicate with students, parents and colleagues effectively. This position will remain open until filled. Criminal record check and drug test is required. If you are interested in this position, please email Wes Owens at wowens@sherman.k12.or.us0/0

JOBS. The Times-Journal Classifieds

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

sign.forsaleFOR SALE:

BOOK SALE. Wasco City Community Library’s continuing sale in the Wasco Annex (old grade school). $5.00 per bag for used books or 25 cents to $1.00 per book. NEW books, CDs and DVDs $3.00 each. Used movies and  audio books 25 cents. FREE magazines and other free items. Monday, Friday and Saturday 11 am to 6pm or when the building is open. Questions? Call Danee Rankin 541-442-5834. 12/30

GORGE OUTFITTERS SUPPLY :: Just Listed :: $75,000; 102 East 1st Street, Rufus Oregon. MLS # 16657334. 1800 Sq Ft Commercial Building / Premium location / Continual Growth. The area’s only full season recreation retail sporting goods store. Great income, awesome location, well known in the entire area as a destination location for recreation supplies for the world class fishing that abounds. Strategically located on the mighty Columbia, on I-84 at exit 109, and in between the mouths of the Deschutes and John Day rivers. Sales have increased every year since established in 2011. New POS for tracking inventory and sales. Services include: Kayak rentals, ODFW licensing agent and FFL dealer. ATM machine generates $150-$300 month on average. An additional portion of the building could be opened for additional retail square footage potentially for Kite Boarding and Wind Surfing supplies. This is a first class establishment. Signage has been created by the PNW best sign company and constructed of high quality material. This is a turn key operation with plenty of great vendor support. Purchase price includes the following: (business only)
* All retail inventory (valued at our cost of 50K)
– actual purchase price will reflect current inventory value at time of closing adjusted up or down
* All retail furnishings, gondolas, freezers, refrigerators, coolers, shelving, safes, ATM
* Included in the sale is the name Gorge Outfitters Supply, all the marketing media, signage, intellect,
Facebook platform and current relationships with vendors and customers.
Priced aggressively for cash sale
Building can be rented at $850 month or purchased with terms for $115,000
Contact Dan Pehlke for additional information 503-547-9140
Licensed Oregon Principal Broker for Cheri Belander Real Estate  3/3/17 

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.  12/23

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]

ShermanCoLogoSHERMAN COUNTY AGRI-BUSINESS DIRECTORY. To add or update your business listing, please contact Sherman County Administrative Assistant Lauren Hernandez See businesses organized by town at 0/0



PRINTER. FREE (AS IS) Epson XP-310 Color Inkjet Printer Plus 27 Extra 200XL Ink Cartridges. My Epson printer has served me well for over a year. I have a big stock of ink cartridges on hand, too. Extra Ink: Magenta (5), Cyan (4), Yellow (6), Black (12). It recently started giving me an error that it was offline and I can’t figure out what is wrong with it. Rather than put any money into this printer, I’ve decided to upgrade to one of the new printers with the monthly ink subscription (as opposed to ordering your own ink as you need it). Anyone with a little technical expertise can probably figure out why it’s getting the error, and you’ll have a great little printer (it makes beautiful color prints). And the extra ink is included. Call Julie at 541-993-4860 and leave message. 12/30



PLANNING COMMISSION BOARD VACANCY. The Sherman County Court is seeking to fill a vacancy on the Planning Commission Board. The term of this appointment will run through December of 2019. The role of the Planning Commission is to develop, maintain, and implement the comprehensive plan, to protect the integrity of the county’s planning process, and to foster the county’s long term interests. The candidate must be able to attend   monthly meetings as needed and make impartial decisions on land use issues that come before the board. This is a volunteer position. If interested, please stop by the Planning Department, located at the Steve Burnet Extension & Research Building, 66365 Lonerock Rd., Moro, Oregon, to pick up an application or call Georgia Macnab at 541-565-3601 for more information. Sherman County requires background checks for all county board positions. 12/30




2. Calendar (new or corrected)


31 Memorial Service for Bill Tatum 11 Grass Valley Baptist Church

31 New Year’s Eve



3 City of Moro Council Meeting 7 City Hall

4 Sherman County Court 9

4 Gilliam County Court 10

4 Wheeler County Court 10

6 Free Youth Mental Health/Substance Use First Aid Course,

                  South Gilliam County Emergency Services Building

10 Tri-County Mental Health Board of Directors 11-2 The Dalles

10 Sherman County Public/School Library Board Meeting 6:30 Library

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

14 Sherman County Watershed Council 11:30 Burnet Building

14 Crab & Oyster Feed, Sherman Athletic Foundation Benefit 3:30-8 MCGG Wasco


17 Sherman Broadband Coordinating Meeting 1-3 Mid-Columbia Economic Development

23 Northern Oregon Regional Correctional Facilities Board Meeting 10 The Dalles

23-26 National Association of Counties Conference, Washington, D.C.

25 Tri-County Courts 10-3 Wheeler County

28 20th Annual Robert Burns Supper 2-5 Condon Elks Lodge

30 Lower John Day Area Commission on Transportation 10-12, Workshop 12:30 Rufus 


1  No Sherman County Court Session


7 Sherman County Watershed Council 11:30 Burnet Building

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



16 Mid-Columbia Economic Development District Regional Economic Development 9                         Hood River County



25 Happy Birthday, Sherman County! February 25, 1889


Sherman County eNews #344


  1. Oregon Cultural Donations & Oregon Cultural Trust Tax Credit Deadline

  2. Fundraising Basics

  3. Local Government & Legal Notices

  4. L-E-A-D-E-R-SH-I-P

  5. Teamwork

  6. New safety rules coming to construction industry in 2017

1. Oregon Cultural Donations & Oregon Cultural Trust Tax Credit Deadline

dollar.bills2The tax year ends in less than 60 hours. Have you claimed your cultural tax credit yet?

Now’s the time to add up your 2016 cultural donations and match them with a gift to the Oregon Cultural Trust…

You can also call 503.986.0088 to make a donation by phone between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday or between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Saturday,  Dec. 31.*

Come tax time, you will be eligible for a state tax credit in the amount of your donation to the Cultural Trust. That’s right, you double the impact of your cultural donations for free!

Your donation to the Cultural Trust will be used to fund Oregon culture statewide, all 98,000 square miles of it. You’re helping to protect our unique quality of life!

Click here – to see if your favorite organization is one of our 1,400+ cultural nonprofits. [Camp Sherman Historical Society; Sherman County Historical Society]

No other state has this incredible benefit for funding culture.

Lucky Oregonians!

P.S.: Individuals are eligible for a tax credit of up to $500, couples filing jointly can claim up to  $1,000 and Class C corporations are eligible for up to $2,500.

2. Fundraising Basics

dollars.coins~ Grassroots Fundraising

  1. Were you recruited to the fundraising committee of your board?
  2. Were you recruited to the board without being told fundraising was your responsibility?
  3. Did you recently add fundraising tasks to your other work?
  4. Do you have a great idea to improve your community but need money to do it?
  5. Do you find that you know less about fundraising than you wish? 

Here are the three most important things to know about fundraising right up front:

  1. People give when they are asked, and rarely give when they are not. Even when people are asked, they don’t always give. So, you need to ask for more gifts than the number you need to bring in, and you need to be comfortable with people saying “No.”
  2. Donors are not ATMs. You need to thank them and keep them posted on what your organization is doing with their money if you want them to give more than once.
  3. You can’t raise all the money your group needs by yourself. Spend some time building a team of people to help you.

If you don’t have time to thank donors, you don’t have time to have donors.

3. Local Government & Legal Notices


193.020 Newspaper in which public notice may be published. (1) Any public notice of any description, the publication of which is now or hereafter required by law, shall be published in any newspaper, as defined in ORS 193.010, which is published within the county, city of which any part lies within that county, city, district or other jurisdiction where the action, suit or other proceeding is pending, or is to be commenced or had, or in which the legal publication is required to be given.

(2) If publication in only one newspaper is required by law, and if more than one newspaper fulfills the requirements of subsection (1) of this section, the public notice shall be published in that newspaper which the moving party considers best suited to give actual notice. However, nothing in this subsection prohibits the publication in more than one newspaper if desired by the moving party.

(3) If no newspaper is published within the county, city, district or jurisdiction where the action, suit or other proceeding is pending, or is to be commenced or had, or in which the legal publication is required to be given, public notice shall be published in:

(a) The newspaper published nearest to such county, city, district or jurisdiction; or

(b) Any publication that is published in such county, city, district or jurisdiction and that satisfies all the requirements for being a newspaper except that it is published less than once a week but not less than once a month.

(4) If more than one newspaper or publication fulfills the requirements of subsection (3) of this section, the public notice shall be published in that newspaper or publication which the moving party considers most effective for providing actual notice. [Amended by 1963 c.432 §1; 1979 c.760 §2; 1983 c.831 §1]

 4. L-E-A-D-E-R-SH-I-P

L Leave a legacy you are proud of, an accurate measure of your contribution to the team.

E Examine your leadership skills regularly. Keep your pride in perspective.

A Accept the responsibilities that go with your position. They are the reason you are there.

D Dive into the issues you encounter with zeal and commit yourself to resolving them.

E Entertain creativity. Keep an open mind to fresh ideas and new ways to alter the status quo.

R Reach out to your team with compassion and humanity.

S Serve the needs of others, and show a healthy respect for the privilege of leadership.

H Hindsight is 20/20. Learn the lessons of the past, apply them today, and carry them forward into the future.

I Instill performance and accountability as fundamental values in your organization.

P Prepare your team for increased responsibility. Everyone will benefit exponentially.

~Ronnie Mills, Atmel Corporation, Colorado

5. Teamwork

teamworkManyHandsThe principles of teamwork clarify our expectations for ourselves and our teammates or colleagues. An integral part of our daily lives, these principles lead to positive, productive performance… extraordinary success.

  • Everyone on the team is responsible for our success or failure. We!
  • Our communication must be open, honest, respectful, active and helpful.
  • Everyone deserves the benefit of the doubt.
  • Our team commitment is to actively seek solutions to issues and problems.
  • It is our responsibility to understand our individual, team and organizational responsibilities and expectations, and to do the best job possible.
  • We assume responsibility for our individual performance.
  • We assume responsibility for collaboration, communication and understanding.

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6. New safety rules coming to construction industry in 2017 

toolbox4(Salem) — In 2017, employers who do construction work in Oregon will see two major changes to rules they must follow to protect their workers from falling and injuring themselves.

The changes are as follows:

* Starting Jan. 1, the Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Division’s (Oregon OSHA) 10-foot trigger height — the minimum height at which workers must be protected from falls — will lower to six feet.
* Starting Oct. 1, slide guards will no longer be allowed as a method of protecting workers from falling off of sloped roofs.

The new requirements mean that construction contractors will need to use some form of fall protection to prevent their employees from falling six feet or more to a lower level. Moreover, construction contractors using slide guards as a primary means of fall protection will need to use a different protection method.

Equipment is available to meet the new standards, including personal fall arrest and fall restraint systems. It is also important for construction contractors to make fall protection an essential part of an overall safety program that keeps workplaces free of hazards.

“We’ve come a long way in Oregon in reducing injuries and deaths from falls, particularly in construction, but we still have a ways to go,” said Michael Wood, administrator for Oregon OSHA. “The new standards further underscore the importance of employers and employees working together to bring all of their safety tools to bear as we enter 2017.”

Falls to a lower level are the leading type of fall in Oregon’s construction industry. From 2013 to 2015, a total of 774 construction workers were injured by falling to a lower level. In 2016, general fall-protection requirements were the most-cited construction-industry rule, with 289 total violations (221 serious and 68 repeat) and initial penalties totaling $603,010.

Nationwide, the construction industry has the greatest number of both fatal and nonfatal traumatic brain injuries among workplaces, according to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. From 2003 to 2010, 2,210 construction workers died because of a traumatic brain injury.

The six-foot trigger-height requirement is not entirely new for Oregon construction contractors. It has been required for many years for work on established floors, mezzanines, balconies, and walkways that have unprotected sides and edges. Many large commercial construction contractors already require the use of fall protection at six feet.

More likely to be affected by the new requirements are contractors who do construction projects on single-family homes that have a ground-to-eave height between six and 10 feet, and those who do projects where slide guards are used for fall protection.

The rule changes stem from a federal OSHA decision several years ago to begin enforcing its existing fall protection requirements in residential construction. As a result, federal OSHA advised Oregon OSHA that the Oregon rules no longer met the requirement of both state and federal law and that the Oregon rules must be at least as effective as the comparable federal requirements.

In drafting changes to existing rules during the summer of 2015, Oregon OSHA took input from an advisory group of leaders in the commercial and residential construction sectors. Following those meetings, Oregon OSHA formally proposed changes to the rule and accepted public comment at five hearings held throughout the state in January 2016.

Oregon OSHA’s technical staff can answer questions to help employers understand how to apply rules to their workplace:

Phone: 503-378-3272
Toll-free: 800-922-2689

Employers may also contact Oregon OSHA’s no-cost consultation services for help with safety and health programs:

Toll-free: 800-922-2689
Field offices:

To get a fact sheet about the fall-protection rule changes, go to

For more information about fall protection, visit Oregon OSHA’s A-to-Z topic index at