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