Sherman County eNews #30


  1. Sherman County School Athletic Schedule Update, Jan. 30

  2. Compare Cargo Capacities: River, Rail & Road

  3. Columbia River Navigation Lock Maintenance Closures

  4. Tri-County Community Corrections

  5. Northern Oregon Regional Corrections (NORCOR)

  6. When Faced with Decisions

  7. Influenza Widespread in Oregon

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

1. Sherman County School Athletic Schedule Update, Jan. 20

High School Basketball

January 30, 2017 – Sherman vs Stanfield at Stanfield, JV Girls have a 4:00 game (2 Quarters only) at the Elementary Gym, bus departs at 1:30 (no change)

2. Compare Cargo Capacities: River, Rail & Road

wheat-truck1Navigation was the Corps of Engineers’ earliest Civil Works mission, dating to Federal laws in 1824 authorizing and funding the Corps to improve safety on the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers and several ports. The Corps provides safe, reliable, efficient, and environmentally sustainable waterborne transportation systems (channels, harbors, and waterways) for movement of commerce, national security needs, and recreation.

Example: One barge = 35 hopper cars = 134 trucks of grain

3. Columbia River Navigation Lock Maintenance Closures

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is planning an extended navigation lock closure to occur Dec. 12, 2016, through March 20, 2017. The 14-week-long closure will affect all navigation locks operated by the Corps on the Columbia and Snake rivers, meaning no traffic will be able to pass during this time. Critical major repairs, routine maintenance and improvements will include:

Bonneville Lock and Dam – The navigation lock controls will be updated, which includes removing existing navigation lock systems and control interfaces and installing new redundant systems with important safety elements. The navigation lock will be dewatered during the extended lock outage. The modernized equipment will improve automated functions and make the controls easier to use for navigation lock operators.

The Dalles Lock and Dam – The upstream gate and critical portions of the navigation lock controls require replacement. The downstream gate was replaced during the fiscal year 2011 (FY11) extended lock outage. The gudgeon anchors, however, were not included during the FY11 closure and will be replaced during the fiscal year 2017 (FY17) extended lock outage.

John Day Lock and Dam – Portland District has no extensive repairs planned for the John Day navigation lock. Maintenance crews will use the time to clean and check equipment, paint, clean staff gauges, change gear box fluids, repair upstream and downstream guidewall preventive maintenance and conduct dam safety inspections. The John Day Dam will not be dewatered lower than the chamber floor. 

McNary Lock and Dam – Walla Walla District plans to complete downstream miter gate repairs that were delayed in order to return the lock to service on schedule during the 2015 annual maintenance outage.

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4. Tri-County Community Corrections

Tri-County Community Corrections serves Sherman, Gilliam and Wheeler counties, and is a function of state government operated in partnership with local, county-operated community corrections agencies. Community corrections activities include supervision, community-based sanctions and services directed at offenders who have committed felony crimes and have been placed under supervision by the courts (probation) or the Board of Parole and Post-Prison Supervision.

Tri-County Community Corrections is a Chapter 190 entity serving Gilliam, Sherman and Wheeler counties. The county sheriffs and county court appointees serve as the board of directors, overseeing parole and probation for persons sentenced from the three counties.

Community corrections provides a cost-effective means to hold offenders accountable while at the same time addressing the causes of criminal behavior and reducing the risk of future criminal behavior. Each aspect of community corrections – supervision, sanctions and services – is important to this approach. County community corrections departments develop sanctions such as electronic surveillance, community work crews, day reporting centers, residential work centers and intensive supervision programs. Development of other services such as alcohol/drug treatment, sex offender treatment, employment and mental health services are important for long-term behavior change.

The mission of the Oregon Department of Corrections is to promote public safety by holding offenders accountable for their actions and reducing the risk of future criminal behavior. ~

5. Northern Oregon Regional Corrections (NORCOR)

Northern Oregon Regional Correctional Facilities [NORCOR] is a Regional Adult Jail and Juvenile Detention Correction Facility complex that serves four counties. Setting a national precedent Gilliam, Hood River, Sherman and Wasco counties operate this facility. ~

 6. When Faced with Decisions

The moment of truth has arrived and it’s time to decide. You have investigated alternatives, narrowed the field, determined all the positive and negative consequences, figured costs and benefits, and, all in all, done a great deal of careful consideration.

But here it is again – that paralyzing fear of actually choosing. What if you make the wrong choice? What if what you choose to do doesn’t work? And then you start to sweat and your stomach aches and your head hurts and pretty soon you start to wonder if maybe you should decide to not decide, and call it a day.

Maybe you “have to” choose. Or maybe you’re tired of feeling paralyzed and you’re going to bite the bullet and actually do something, regardless of the consequences. But what?

Here’s an idea that may help. First, make a list of your choices. Then, rank them with number one the most acceptable, then number two, and so on. Now, focus on your number one option. That’s where your energies should go, that’s the one you should pursue – for now.

Once you’ve chosen, commit to it. Really give it your best effort and the best chance to work. But remember that if number one turns out not to be such a good idea, you can always try the next option on your list, or make another choice.

When you’re stuck, any step in the right direction is a milestone. There is more than one route to any destination, and this method will give you the breathing room you need to get going. And it works for individuals, teams, departments and organizations. ~ The Pacific Institute 

7. Influenza Widespread in Oregon

hand.wash2With flu cases increasing in Oregon, SAIF wants to make sure the flu stays out of the workplace.

That’s why we’re recommending tips for workers to stay healthy this winter:
*Get vaccinated. Find out where to get your flu shot at
*Wash your hands. Or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
*Cough and sneeze into your sleeve or elbow–not your hand.
*Make healthy choices. Eat healthy foods, get good sleep, manage stress, and get plenty of fresh air and exercise.
*If you do get sick, stay home. Oregon law requires employers with 10 or more employees to provide 40 hours of paid leave per year.

In addition to encouraging workers to stay home when they are under the weather, businesses could also consider having a contingency plan for this time of year to anticipate being short a few employees.

“Whether an employee is out due to illness, or even an injury, extra work falls to the other staff members,” said Sabrina Freewynn, Total Worker Health consultant at SAIF. “This increases the likelihood of additional injuries or illness for those employees still at work, as they have more to do and more stress as a result.”

Contingency plans could include bringing in additional staff, addressing staffing shortfalls, and communicating to employees about the plan.

“Staff members out sick will feel less stress knowing they aren’t leaving their fellow workers in the lurch,” said Freewynn.

The CDC has declared the flu as “widespread” in Oregon since the week of December 24, and Oregon Health Authority reported more than 1,000 new influenza-associated hospitalizations this flu season (starting October, 2016) in the Portland area alone. This sets an unfortunate record for the most hospitalizations during a flu season. And Portland is not alone — there have been 109 confirmed flu outbreaks in Oregon since October with 13 just last week.

For more information on flu prevention at work, including posters featuring Flu Fighters Maxine Vaccine and Sleevie Nix, visit Posters are also available in Spanish at

About SAIF:
SAIF is Oregon’s not-for-profit workers’ compensation insurance company. For more than 100 years, we’ve been taking care of injured workers, helping people get back to work, and striving to make Oregon the safest and healthiest place to work.

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

bird.owlNavigation Lock Maintenance and Repairs

Blue Pancakes? An Environmentally Friendly Perennial Grain Takes Root

Read seed packets to get the right plants

What did you do today? Changed a light bulb? 1500’ TV tower?

Peak Energy & Resources, Climate Change, and the Preservation of Knowledge

Exponential Growth and Carrying Capacity

Exponential Growth Examples

Discovery & Coverup of Non-citizen Voting (Virginia)



Sherman County eNews #29


  1. All County Prayer Meeting, Rufus Baptist Church, Feb. 1

  2. Sherman County Driver Education Parent/Student/Teacher Night, Feb. 23

  3. Oregon Quilt Project Event, Feb. 18

  4. Representative Greg Smith

  5. No Time Like the Present

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

1. All County Prayer Meeting, Rufus Baptist Church, Feb. 1

church.family1Please join us this Wednesday evening (Feb 1) at 6:30 for the All County Prayer meeting at the Rufus Baptist Church. Refreshments and social time at 6:30, prayer from 7:00 to 8:30. We all have much to be thankful for, and much to pray about also. I have some important topics in mind that I would like to lead the faithful in Sherman County to pray about. Please join us if you can, I’m sure you will be blessed! We hope to see you there. Pastor Scott

2. Sherman County Driver Education Parent/Student/Teacher Night, Feb. 23

car.teenParent/Student/Teacher Night  

Thursday, February 23, 2017  5:30 – 8:00 p.m.

in the Sherman County Public/School Library Conference Room.

Dinner will be served 5:30 – 6:00 p.m.

Class 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

The Student must have an Oregon Instruction Permit by February 23, 2017, and bring a copy of their permit to the Parent/Student/Teacher Night.

$75.00 fee for the class.

To print out a form you may go to the Sherman County Web Site and click on Government then click on Driver Education, or Forms may also be picked up and dropped off at the Sherman County High School Office.

For more information contact:

Paula King, Sherman County Driver Education Coordinator/Instructor


 3. Oregon Quilt Project Event, Feb. 18

quilt1Talk by Beth Donaldson, Coordinator of the Quilt Index Saturday, February 18, 2017 First United Methodist Church, SW 18th & Jefferson St., Portland

1:30 pm-3 pm

Free Parking


The Quilt Index, housed at Michigan State University in Lansing, now has 70,000 quilts and their histories on-line. A project of the Quilt Alliance, the Index is a rich resource for collectors, makers, and museums. The Quilt Index can:

*   Help you identify quilt patterns and their many variations;

*   Assist in dating quilts (by fabric, pattern, technical details);

*   Increase your knowledge of quilts as textile documents of history;

*   Uncover the stories of “ordinary” individuals, especially women;

*   Allow comparison studies between similar quilts;

*   Increase awareness of area quilt collections and increase visitors;

*   Demonstrate how you can care for and display quilts;

Learn about the Oregon Quilt Project at Individuals and museums can add their quilts to the Project and gain access to the Quilt Index through the OQP portal.

 4. Representative Greg Smith

Oregon.Flat.pole Republican – District 57 – Heppner

Capitol Phone: 503-986-1457   District Phone: 541-676-5154
Capitol Address: 900 Court St. NE, H-482, Salem, Oregon 97301
District Address: P.O. Box 219 Heppner, Oregon 97836

Dear Friends and Neighbors:

On January 9, 2017 I will be sworn in for a ninth consecutive term as a member of the Oregon House of Representatives serving District 57. I’m very proud to be representing Umatilla, Morrow, Gilliam, Sherman and Wasco Counties.

The Oregon Legislature is a citizen’s legislature. Your participation is essential. If there is something you want me to know I hope you will give me a call, send me an email, or write me a letter. Even better, the door to my office is always open – so come on in.

In Oregon, an idea for a law can come from anyone: an individual, a group of citizens, a legislator, a legislative committee, the Governor, or even the Judicial Branch.

I encourage you to contact me if you have an idea that you believe would make good public policy for the citizens of Oregon. If my office can help you track a piece of legislation, assist in finding the right government agency to assist you, or if you just have a question, call me at (503) 986-1457 or email me at

By working together, we can continue to accomplish great things for Eastern Oregon.
Best regards,

Representative Greg Smith


Gregory Vincent Smith was born on November 7, 1968, to Lee E. Smith, Jr. and Katherine C. Smith. He is the great, great, grandson of Oregon pioneers. George Vincent James moved to Oregon in 1852 and soon after was elected one of the first sheriffs of Multnomah County. Smith’s ancestor, Mrs. Ann Elizabeth Bills, sewed the first U.S. flag made in Oregon. The flag flew high on Fourth Street, Portland, on Independence Day, 1861. Today, that flag can be viewed at the Oregon Historical Society. Mrs. Bills was the first registered female Republican of Multnomah County.

Representative Greg Smith is an Eagle Scout, a rank earned by the age of fourteen. He has served as Cub Master for 35 children in Heppner Pack 661, and still remains involved as Merit Badge Councilor for the three citizenship merit badges.

Representative Smith graduated from Eastern Oregon University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Liberal Studies and a Masters Degree in Business Administration. He is the 2001 Distinguished Alumnus of Eastern Oregon University and has served on the University’s Alumni Board of Directors.

As a small business owner, he actively promotes economic expansion, diversified employment opportunities, job creation, and community development. In addition, Smith has traveled to 28 countries and five continents, including communist China. These travels have served as a catalyst in the cultivation of international trade for the region’s wheat commodities, potato, onion and alfalfa products.

Representative Smith currently serves as the Officer to the Board for Morrow Development Corporation, a private partnership with the Port of Morrow, which provides financial management assistance for business development projects, as well as the Northeast Oregon Economic Development District.   Representative Smith also serves as the contract director of the Small Business Development Center at Eastern Oregon University.

Representative Smith has served as a member on state and regional committees including the North Central Oregon Regional Strategies Board – Oregon Economic Development Department, Freight Advisory Committee – Oregon Department of Transportation, Financial Advisory Committee – Blue Mountain Community College, Small Business Development Center, Greater Eastern Oregon Development Corporation, Heppner Coordinating Council and the Heppner Economic Development Corporation.

On November 5, 2000 Representative Smith was first elected to serve as a member of the Oregon House of Representatives. Today, Representative Smith serves District 57, which includes and Union, Wallowa, Morrow and Umatilla Counties.

In August of 2001, Representative Smith was elected Second Vice-President to the Pacific Northwest Economic Region (PNWER). PNWER is a statutory public/private partnership created by Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington and the provinces of Alberta, British Columbia and the Yukon. Its purpose is to enhance the economic well being and quality of life for citizens of the region and to facilitate regional policy coordination. PNWER has an excellent reputation for assisting associations with trade policy.

In past legislative sessions, Representative Smith has served on the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Human Resources, the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Transportation and Economic Development, the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Public Safety, the Ways and Means Subcommittee on General Government and was selected as Chair of the Special Task Force on Jobs and the Economy,  Chair of the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Transportation and Economic Development and Chair of the Elections and Rules Subcommittee on Campaign Finance Reform.  In addition, he has served on full Ways and Means.

Each session, Representative Smith has earned a one hundred percent voting record with the Oregon Farm Bureau, Oregonians for Food & Shelter and the National Federation of Independent Businesses. The Oregon Cattlemen’s Association recognized Representative Smith’s legislative dedication by presenting him their most prestigious award: the “Lariat Laureate”. The Oregon Health Care Association has distinguished Representative Smith as a “Senior Champion” and the Oregon Fair Association has awarded Representative Smith the title “Grand Champion Legislator.” Representative Smith received the “Outstanding Freshman Legislator of the Year” award during the 19th Annual Oregon Rural Health Conference.

During session, Representative Smith focuses his attention on those issues critical to Northeast Oregon. He is a tireless advocate of our natural resource partners. He stands for stable funding for our public schools and simultaneously fights to ensure that Oregon keeps its promise to senior citizens. Representative Smith has introduced legislation to ensure that our federal timber tax dollars go to our timber impacted communities. Representative Smith has fought to protect agriculture by keeping wolves out of Oregon and to preserve the Columbia Snake River System for irrigation, navigation, power production and recreation.

Representative Smith has garnered a solid reputation of advocacy and effectiveness on behalf of the citizens of Eastern Oregon. He is recognized as a leader with resolve who, when necessary, will cross party lines when it is for the benefit of District 57.

5. No Time Like the Present

These first few weeks of January have been packed with news from around the world and the home front. Perhaps now, more than many new years of the past, is a good time for us to look inward. Are we are living life in the best possible way? Perhaps it’s time to examine if there are things we’d like to change?

You probably know that it is up to each of us to create a life that works, that feels right, and that makes us happy.  But how in the world can we tell if we are living our life to the fullest? There are some questions we can ask ourselves that will pretty much tell us what we need to know. 

For example:

  • Am I doing what I love most of the time? All of us do some things we don’t much care for. However, if that’s all we do, we are in trouble. 
  • Do I feel comfortable most of the time?  Sure, everyone gets nervous sometimes, but the vast majority of our days shouldn’t be filled with anxiety or fear. 
  • Am I willing and able to take risks? 
  • Do I feel free to make mistakes without causing harsh criticism or catastrophe? 
  • Do I cut myself enough slack to fail from time to time without beating myself up about it? 
  • Do I feel optimistic about the future, and confident that my plans will come to fruition?
  • Do I feel that my life is one in which I can be my best self? 

If you’ve answered “no” to any of these questions, it’s important to realize that you’re not doing yourself, or anyone else, a favor by tolerating these conditions.  Maybe it’s time to make some changes – and like the saying goes, there is no time like the present. ~ The Pacific Institute

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

bird.owl.limbOregon Quilt Project

Trump’s Executive Order on Refugees, Separating Fact From Hysteria

1952 Immigration and Nationality Act, a.k.a. the McCarran-Walter Act

U.S. Annual Refugee Resettlement Ceilings and Number of Refugees Admitted, 1980-Present 

Let’s Dance 

Pacific Northwest Plein Air in the Columbia River Gorge

Portland Aerial Tram

Stop Soros Movement Sweeps Across Europe

CNN Interactive Photo of the Inauguration 

TED 2012: Collapse of Growth. “The most important talk of the 21st century”

Rep. Greg Smith

Horrific WWII Statistics

Pipeline 101

Timberline Lodge


Sherman County eNews #28


  1. Sherman County School Basketball Schedule Update

  2. Microbrewery Seeks Locally-Grown Barley, Wheat & Rye

  3. “Sticks in Stacks” at Sherman County Public/School Library Thursday, Feb. 2

  4. Library Book Club Tea, Dessert & Discussion, Feb. 15

  5. Ed Justesen 1932-2017

  6. Geraldine Norton Tatum 1923-2017

  7. Oregon Parks & Rec Seeks Volunteers for All-Terrain Vehicle Advisory Group

  8. Oregon School Boards Association Members to Visit U.S. Capitol

1.Sherman County School Basketball Schedule Update

Middle School Basketball

February 2, 2017 – Sherman vs St. Mary’s at Sherman County School in Moro

5/6 Girls at 4:00 (no change)

5/6 Boys at 4:00 (was No Game)

7/8 Girls No Game (was 4:00)

7/8 Boys at 5:00 (no change)

Middle School Basketball

January 30, 2017 – Sherman vs Dufur at Sherman County School in Moro is CANCELLED

February 9, 2017 – Sherman vs. South Wasco at Maupin has been ADDED to the schedule:

5/6 Girls at 3:00

5/6 Boys at 4:00

7/8 Girls at 5:00

7/8 Boys at 6:00

 2. Microbrewery Seeks Locally-Grown Barley, Wheat & Rye

wheat.fourA microbrewery is looking for locally grown barley, wheat and rye to use in its products:  “We are in the process of opening our brewery in Goldendale, WA. For the time being, we are looking for local ingredients to use in our beers (malted barley, wheat, rye, etc; fruit and herbs; hops). In the future, we hope to have a small kitchen in our tasting room and would like to feature local cheese, cured meats, pickles, and bread. Once we are up and running this fall, we would also be open to selling beer to restaurants and events in the region (we will be self distributing in Washington).”  If you are interested or have suggestions, contact Rachel Suits of OSU Extension Small Farms programs in the gorge at 541-386-3343 ext 38257 or email

3. “Sticks in Stacks” at Sherman County Public/School Library Thursday, Feb. 2

lana-architetto-francesc-01Social crafting and instructional assistance starts at 6:00 p.m. every Thursday. Bring your knitting, crochet, spinning, quilting, or cross-stitch projects. All fiber arts are welcome.

For further information about this program please contact Sherman County Public/School Library at (541) 565-3279 or email

4. Library Book Club Tea, Dessert & Discussion, Feb. 15

books.loveSherman County Public/School Library Book Club is meeting Wednesday, February 15 at 6:00pm. Please join us for tea, dessert, and discussion of our February book, “Snow Flower and the Secret Fan” by Lisa See. Call 541-565-3279 or email to request a hold.


 5. Ed Justesen 1932-2017 

flower.rose.starEd Justesen, Grass Valley, OR, passed away on January 11th , 2017 at Mid Columbia Medical Center with loving family by his side. He was 84. He was born on March 12, 1932 in Milton-Freewater, OR to Harry Justesen and Ellen Docker. He graduated from Moro High School in 1950. Ed served in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Germany from 1955-57. In 1961 he married the love of his life, Mary Ann McKay. They lived together in Kent, OR until they moved to Grass Valley in the summer of 1968 where they raised their three children. Grass Valley remained their home for the next 48 years.

Ed spent his career helping farmers, working as a farm co-op employee. In the early years he delivered farm chemicals for Grass Valley Grain Growers. He was a dedicated long time employee who witnessed a few company mergers and name changes over the years and ultimately retired as a truck driver for Mid Columbia Producers. He believed in service to community and was a life member of the Masonic Lodge, a long time member of the Sherman County Lions Club and other service organizations over the years. As a young man Ed had a pilot’s license and enjoyed flying. He was a supportive father, volunteering through all the stages of his children’s athletic years beginning with coaching and organizing Little League to running the chains at the high school football games.

Ed is preceded in death by his loving wife Mary Ann. Survivors include daughter Deb Miller, East Wenatchee, WA; son Jeff Justesen (Dawn), The Dalles, OR; son Joe Justesen (Dionne), Wasco, OR; mother-in-law Mary Fields, The Dalles, OR; and six extremely loved grandchildren; April, Laura, William, Maggie, Jacob and Jaelyn.

A memorial service will follow in March. The family asks that any memorial donations be made to the Sherman County Athletic Foundation, Sherman County Lions Club, or Sherman County Senior Center.

 6. Geraldine Norton Tatum 1923-2017

flower.rose.starGeraldine Norton Tatum was born May 28, 1923, to James (JE) and Violet Norton of Kent. She died Jan. 7, 2017. She was the sister of Eugene, Alta and Cecil Norton. After her mother’s death, her father married Mildred Ross, and their children were Carole, Ross and Wiley.

Geraldine married Robert Tatum, and when he returned from service during WW II, they moved to a farm near Kent where their children grew up, Bonnie, Jim and Bill. She was a volunteer with the AFS student exchange program, Kent Baptist Church and Sherman County Historical Museum.
She was preceded in death by her brothers Eugene and Cecil, sister Alta, her parents, nephew James, husband Robert Tatum and sons Jim and Bill. She is survived by her daughter Bonnie and husband Bill Shupe, her son Bill’s wife Laurie Tatum, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, her sister Carole and husband Ron Putman, brother Ross Norton and sister-in-law Chris, and brother Warren Wiley Norton and sister-in-law Evelyn, nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews. A memorial service was held at the Kent Baptist Church on Jan. 21st. Contributions in her memory may be made to Sherman County Historical Museum, P.O Box 139, Moro, Ore., 97039.

7. Oregon Parks & Rec Seeks Volunteers for All-Terrain Vehicle Advisory Group

4-wheeler1The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is seeking volunteers for four vacant positions on the All-Terrain Vehicle Advisory Committee (ATV-AC).

The Oregon Legislature established the All-Terrain Vehicle Advisory Committee in 2010, outlined in SB578. Current vacancies include:

-ADA representative
-Rural Fire Protection District Representative
-Emergency Medical Services Provider Representative
-Oregon Vehicle Dealer Association Representative

The ATV Advisory Committee meets two to four times per year at locations throughout the state to advise OPRD regarding ATV issues relating to safety and vehicle classifications.

The ADA representative will also serve on the ATV Grant Subcommittee, which meets about twice per year to recommend grant application funding for ATV related projects.

The interest form and application are available on-line at under the ATV Committees section, or by contacting the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department

For more information, contact Jeff Trejo at or 503-986-0585.
Applications will be accepted until 5 p.m. Feb. 17, 2017.

8. Oregon School Boards Association Members to Visit U.S. Capitol

alphabet blackboardOregon School Boards Association (OSBA) members will visit the U.S. Capitol over the next few days to discuss educational priorities with members of Oregon’s congressional delegation. In meetings scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 31, OSBA members will engage with congressional members on such issues as implementing the Every Student Succeeds Act, school choice and educational vouchers, federal investment in education, reauthorization of federal funding for career and technical education (CTE), and reauthorization of the Child Nutrition Act.

They will also discuss long-term solutions to ensure that county timber payments continue to support public schools. The Capitol visits are part of the Advocacy Institute conference, organized by the National School Boards Association.

OSBA board members heading to Washington, D.C., for the Advocacy Institute include: President Betty Reynolds (West Linn-Wilsonville School Board), President-elect LeeAnn Larsen (Beaverton SD), Vice President Tass Morrison (North Santiam SD), Secretary-treasurer Don Cruise (Philomath SD), Past President Dr. Doug Nelson (High Desert ESD), Cheri Helt (Bend-LaPine SD), Kris Howatt (Gresham-Barlow SD), Hank Perry (Douglas ESD), and Maureen Wolf (Tigard-Tualatin SD). Also attending as members of OSBA’s Legislative Policy Committee are Andrew Bryan (Baker SD), Kim Strelchun (Hillsboro SD) and Dawn Watson (Phoenix-Talent SD).

Jim Green, OSBA’s executive director, said the occasion gives participants insight into education policy at the federal level.

“It’s important for our local school board members to meet with members of Congress to advocate for Oregon students,” he said.

OSBA is a member services organization for more than 200 locally elected boards serving school districts, education service districts and community colleges. It also provides services to charter schools and their boards.


Sherman County eNews #27


  1. Spiritual Matters

  2. Classifieds

  3. Calendar

1. Spiritual Matters

church.family1The Christian Journey

In the Old Testament story of the Israelites’ journey to the promised land, God is painting a picture (foreshadowing) of our journey as Christians.  The Israelites (Hebrews/Jews) started their journey as slaves in Egypt.  Likewise, prior to salvation, we are slaves to sin (John 8:34).  Egypt is symbolic of the world, and God called the Israelites out of Egypt just like He calls us out of citizenship of the world (2 Timothy 1:9, Philippians 3:20).

After their calling, God miraculously guided the Israelites through the Red Sea to complete their liberation from the stronghold of their master (the Egyptians).  The Red Sea symbolizes the blood of Christ, who completes our liberation from sin’s stronghold over us (John 8:36).

Once freed, the Israelites spent the next 40 years wandering through the wilderness, learning to rely on God’s provision (manna/water) and protection, while dealing with temptation, sin and doubt.  This foreshadows our Christian journey, where, after salvation, we have the opportunity to mature or grow in Christ.   It takes time and effort to learn to rely on God, and no two Christian journeys are the same.  Some may struggle with obedience or apathy, and of course Satan loves to upset the Christian walk with deception, distraction and temptation.

When the Israelites were finally allowed to cross the Jordan River and take possession of the promised land, this foreshadows Christians who reach a spiritual maturity whereby we can possess God’s rest and inner peace.  Just as God then conquered Jericho (and other subsequent cities) through the obedience of Joshua, God will begin to conquer our sins one by one through our obedience.  Although the Jews were eventually exiled due to disobedience, God promised to regather them one day (Jeremiah 31:10).  Likewise, God will regather backslidden Christians to Himself.

God bless,

Jill Harrison

Wasco Methodist Church

2. Classifieds (new or corrected)


typewriterSherman 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), and contact information; under 50 words if possible, and limited to Sherman County. Links are welcome. Share your Joyful News and Thank You and Congratulatory notes here. ~ The Editor


CONGRATULATIONS, GREINER FAMILY, as you are honored at the 20th annual Robert Burns Supper in Condon on Saturday, January 28th. ~ The Editor

OUR CONDOLENCES to the family of Commissioner Dennis Gronquist. His thoughtful, common sense vision and leadership in the region are recognized and appreciated.  ~ The Editor

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


BASKETBALL GAME CONCESSIONS. *Urgent Need!! There are two concession slots open: High School game on Jan. 27 and Middle School game on Feb. 6.  Please contact Ree Ella at or call 541-565-3500, Sherman County School. 2/3


PART-TIME POSITION – The City of Moro is now accepting applications for a seasonal part-time position of Assistant Maintenance Worker. This position requires an individual to be able to perform work including: construction and repair of sewer and water pipelines; operation of trucks and other power-driven equipment and tools; general maintenance of streets, sidewalks, parks and buildings; and other related work as required.  Applications are available at Moro City Hall located at 104 First Street, Moro, Oregon, and may be picked up between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Tuesday or Wednesday, and 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Monday or Thursday.  All applications must be returned to Moro City Hall no later than 3:00 p.m. Tuesday, February 28, 2017.  For more information, contact Kya Mabe at 541-565-3535.   2/24

PREVENTION COORDINATOR. Sherman County is accepting employment applications for the position of Prevention Coordinator. This is a part time position, 20 hr/week or .50FTE, Monday-Friday; there is an option for flexible scheduling within the fte. Partial benefits available. Applicant must value collaboration and be skilled in data collection, program implementation, grant management and be willing to engage in the Prevention Specialist certification process (within a 2-4 year timeline). This position works closely with youth, the community, and other agencies to identify and implement strategies to prevent drug and alcohol abuse in Sherman County. This is an exciting opportunity to effect local change.  For job description and/or application, contact the office of the Sherman County Court at 541-565-3416 or online at Submit completed application and resume to the Sherman County Court, PO Box 365, Moro, OR 97039. Applications will be accepted until 5:00pm on Friday, February 3. Successful applicant must pass a criminal history background check. Sherman County is an equal opportunity employer. 2/3

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

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

STORAGE SHED. Princeton 10×10 storage shed. The Sherman County Soil and Water Conservation District has a surplus storage shed that needs to be removed. The storage shed is free to take, as is. Please contact the office at 541-565-3551 ext. 101 to view the item. The buyer is responsible for the disassembling and moving of the storage shed. The Sherman County SWCD takes no responsibility of the storage shed after the buyer has taken ownership.

 :: PRICE REDUCED:: GORGE OUTFITTERS SUPPLY ::  $25,000 (terms available) . 102 East 1st Street Rufus Oregon. MLS # 16657334. 1800 Sq Ft Commercial Building / Premium location / Continual Growth. The areas 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: 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 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. * Wholesale cost of current inventory to be added to purchase price at time of sale. (Currently about 42k sold for cash only) Priced aggressively current inventory retails near 75k. Building can be leased 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

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]

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




SHERMAN 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



FIREWOOD. A veteran in our community is in need of firewood. Please call or text Bonnie 541-777-7731 or Leta Ann 541-325-2993. Thank you in advance for your help and thoughtfulness.

CROSFIELD BUILDING MURAL INFO. Information sought for research on the work of itinerant artists and sign painters in Sherman County. The mural on the Crosfield brick building in Wasco is one of those. Information (painter, date, owners) and photographs will be greatly appreciated. ~ Sherry Kaseberg



3. Calendar (new or corrected)


27  Film: Mothering Inside 6-8 Discovery Center

28 The Dalles Dam Eagle Watch – The Dalles Dam Visitor Center

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

28 Bingo 7 Second Hand Made in Wasco

29 Commissioner Dennis Gronquist funeral 1 Arlington Grade School

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

31 Frontier Regional 911 Board Meeting 1 Condon, Gilliam County Courthouse

1 Sherman County Court 9


4 Regional History Forum, Vogt Opera House 1:30 Original Courthouse, The Dalles

6 Sherman County Court Special Session 10

7 Sherman County Watershed Council 11:30 Burnet Building

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

10 Gorge Broadband Consortium 10

11 Regional History Forum, Donner Party Survivor 1:30 Original Courthouse, The Dalles

11 North Central Livestock Association Dinner Meeting 5 Grass Valley Pavilion


14 Sherman Soil & Water Conservation Board 8:30 Moro

14 Sherman County Watershed Council 11:30 Burnet Building, Moro

14 Tri-County Mental Health Board Meeting 11-2 The Dalles

14 North Central Public Health District Board Meeting 3 The Dalles


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

18 Columbia River Gorge Bridal Show 11-4 Civic Auditorium, The Dalles

18 Regional History Forum, Art Deco Architecture 1:30 Original Courthouse, The Dalles



23-March 1 National Association of Counties Conference, Washington, DC

25 Happy Birthday, Sherman County! February 25, 1889

25 Regional History Forum, Thos. Condon & Paleontology 1:30 Original Courthouse

28 Mid-Columbia Council of Governments Board Meeting 1-3 The Dalles


1 Sherman County Court will not be in session.

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

12 Daylight Saving Time Begins

14 Sherman Soil & Water Conservation Board 8:30 Moro

14 Sherman County Watershed Council 11:30

14 Tri-County Mental Health Board 11-2 The Dalles

14 North Central Public Health District Board 3 The Dalles

15 Sherman County Court 9 Burnet Building


20 Spring Begins

28 Mid-Columbia Council of Governments 1-3 The Dalles


Sherman County eNews #26


  1. Film Screening: Mothering Inside, Jan. 27  

  2. Genealogy Workshop: “Getting Off To the Right Start”

  3. Workshop: History for the Genealogist and How to Use Historical Societies

  4. Sherman County Center for Living Mental Health & Addiction Services

  5. Sherman Soil & Water Conservation District, Watershed Council Meeting, Feb. 14

1. Film Screening: Mothering Inside, Jan. 27  

“When a mother is sent to prison, the whole family does time.”

Film Screening: Mothering Inside, Jan. 27  

January 27 – 6 to 8 p.m.

Columbia Gorge Discovery Center
5000 Discovery Drive
The Dalles OR 97058

Join us for a free screening of the critically acclaimed documentary, Mothering Inside. 

Dialogue brought to you through partnership with Oregon Humanities, “Forgotten Children: the consequences of incarceration on children, families and the community” and YWCA. Stay after the film for a panel discussion with formerly incarcerated mothers.

The YWCA’s Family Preservation Project utilizes a holistic, family-centered approach to assist incarcerated women rehabilitate, form connections with their family and prepare for their lives after incarceration.

Alexis Packard

2. Genealogy Workshop: “Getting Off To the Right Start”

Saturday, February 11, 2017

10am – 12pm | Oregon Historical Society

Have you just started digging into your family tree, or are you a genealogy veteran who wants to learn more tips and tricks? Whether you have a lot, or a little, or even no experience with genealogy, family historians from the OHS Research Library will make digging up the past loads of fun! Join us for an upcoming family history workshop at the Oregon Historical Society to help you discover your roots.

Family history is fun, addicting, and before you know it, overwhelming. Start your research right. Learn how to stay focused, organized, and sane.  Sign up here:

3. Workshop: History for the Genealogist and How to Use Historical Societies

Oregon Historical Society Research Library – Saturday, April 8, 2017

Let’s put the “History” in Family History! Come learn how to overcome genealogical roadblocks and flesh out an ancestor’s story through general history. You will also learn the value of historical societies and how to use their resources to find records, answer questions, and write biographies. 

Register here: 

4. Sherman County Center for Living Mental Health & Addiction Services

Sherman County’s Center for Living Update

All Are Welcome

Sherman County office provides mental health and addiction services Monday-Friday at the Scott Street office.  It’s best to call first, as sometimes we are out in the community. However if you stop by, just leave a note and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

CFL Sherman County’s Monday-Friday office phone is 541 565 3149

After Hours Crisis Counseling is 888 877 9147

Services provided are as following:

Individual, Group and Family Therapy Sessions

Child Therapy Sessions

Crisis Help

Case Management


Addiction Services

Just a reminder in February 2017, CFL’s Monthly Gatherings in Moro and Wasco will resume. Wasco’s will meet at the Annex on the first Tuesday February 7th and Moro’s will meet at the old school in Moro on Scott Street the forth Tuesday February 28th. Both meetings are scheduled to meet from 6-7pm, and are open discussions with a focus on emotional health.  Light refreshments are provided.

Lastly, we are looking for age appropriate [ages 4-16] donations of clean children’s toys and complete children’s games.  We can pick up if needed.

Thanks for your support

Monday-Friday Office phone is 541 565 3149

After Hours Crisis Counseling is 888 877 9147

5. Sherman Soil & Water Conservation District, Watershed Council Meeting, Feb. 14

Sherman County SWCD & Watershed Council are hosting their Annual Meeting & Outreach Workshop together! Come join us for an evening of good company, food, and entertainment for Valentine’s Day!

What: SWCD & Watershed Council Joint Annual Meeting & Soil Health Workshop

Where: Grass Valley Pavilion (Highway 97, Grass Valley OR 97029)

When: February 14th, 2017, 5:30 p.m. social hour, 6:00 p.m. dinner

Food & Drink: Paradise Rose Chuck Wagon Catering & Moody Tollbridge Winery (cash only)

Speaker: Jill Clapperton—soil health

Cost: Prime Rib Dinner—$18.00 a plate, kids 3 and under eat free

Please RSVP no later than February 8th

so we can plan accordingly — 541-565-3216 x 3.

See you all there!

* A little about our speaker: Jill Clapperton is the Principal Scientist, Co-founder and owner of Rhizoterra Inc. and a well-known international lecturer and advocate for practices that promote soil health. Founded in April 2011 by Jill Clapperton and Fred Fleming, Rhizoterra Inc. believes that soil health is the foundation of agriculture. They work to demonstrate and promote the link between healthy soils and the production of nutrient dense food. Their strategies include whole system planning for crop, livestock, and/or integrated crop and livestock systems.

** The district complies with the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) and does not discriminate. Anyone needing special accommodations for this event is to contact the District 72 hours in advance at 541-565-3216 x 3.

~ SWCD & Watershed Council Staff


Sherman County eNews #25


  1. Sherman High School Basketball Schedule Change, Jan. 27

  2. Cabin Fever? Bingo Night at Second Hand Made, Jan. 28

  3. Get On Board Campaign: Run for School, ESD & CC Boards

  4. Oregon Army National Guard Aeromedical Helicoptor Unit to Middle East

  5. Columbia Gorge Community College master plan details 2017 priorities

  6. Oregon Laws: Copies or Inspection of Public Records

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

 1. Sherman High School Basketball Schedule Change, Jan. 27

High School Basketball

January 27, 2017 – Sherman vs Ione in Moro, JV Girls game starts at 3:30 (2 quarters only), all other games will run on schedule.

High School Basketball

February 2, 2017 – Sherman vs Sunnyside Christian, added JV Boys at 5:00 at the Elementary Gym.  Other games stay as scheduled.

2. Cabin Fever? Bingo Night at Second Hand Made, Jan. 28

Come join us for another Bingo Night at Second Hand Made. Friday the 28th at 7PM. We will play 10 rounds of Bingo for prizes ending with a black out round played for store credit. Cards are $1, no limit to how many you can play. Hope to see you there.

3. Get On Board Campaign: Run for School, ESD & CC Boards

ballot1The May 2015 election saw the lowest number of candidates for Oregon school board seats in a decade, and nearly three-quarters of all candidates ran unopposed (data:

To combat that trend, today marks the official launch of the Get on Board campaign (, designed to ensure that Oregonians from all walks of life consider investing their time and energy by serving on local school boards. We hope to see sitting board members offer their expertise for another term, and motivate community members — including persons of color — to take up the challenge of volunteer board work.

This new effort by the Oregon School Boards Association (OSBA) comes ahead of the Feb. 4 date when the filing period opens for seats on the boards of local school districts, education service districts (ESDs) and community colleges. Candidates must file by March 16 to be eligible for the May 2017 ballot.

To help prospective candidates answer questions about the process and prepare them to become school board members if they are elected, OSBA Board Development staff will offer two free webinars in February. Dates and registration information are:
??(R) Feb 9:
??(R) Feb 15:

Other campaign resources can be found on a new website at

OSBA is a member services agency for more than 200 locally elected boards serving school districts, ESDs and community colleges. It also provides services to charter schools and their boards.

4. Oregon Army National Guard Aeromedical Helicoptor Unit to Middle East

American flag2SALEM, Oregon — The Oregon Army National Guard’s aeromedical helicopter unit is scheduled to be honored in a mobilization ceremony on Friday, January 27, at 10:00 a.m., at the Salem Auditorium, located at 2320 17th Street Northeast, Salem, Oregon, 97309.

Approximately 70 Soldiers with Company G (Golf), 1st Battalion, 189th Aviation Regiment, are scheduled to deploy to the Middle East. The company will provide aeromedical support throughout the Persian Gulf region using Blackhawk helicopters. The unit is scheduled to complete pre-deployment training at Fort Hood, Texas, before deploying overseas.

Scheduled to attend the ceremony will be Secretary of State Dennis Richardson, on behalf of Oregon Governor Kate Brown; U.S. Representative Kurt Schrader (D-OR 5th District); Oregon Representatives Greg Barreto (HD-58, Cove), Paul Evans (HD-20, Monmouth), Teresa Alonso Leon (HD-22, Woodburn), Mark Meek (HD-40, Oregon City), Ron Noble (HD-24, McMinnville); Maj. Gen. Michael Stencel, Adjutant General, Oregon; Brig. Gen. William Edwards, Land Component Commander; among other community and military leaders. The event is open to the public and media is encouraged to attend.

Golf Company, 1-189th Aviation, has a long tradition of answering the call to duty. The unit conducts medical evacuations (medevac), search and rescues, as well as wild land fire suppression operations utilizing HH-60M Blackhawk helicopters. The unit previously deployed to Bosnia for Operation Joint Forge 7, three times to the Middle East in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation New Dawn, to Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom, and to Kosovo in support of Operation Joint Guardian.

“Whether assisting with search and rescue missions and fighting fires here at home or supporting federal missions overseas, this unit lives our motto, ‘When we are needed, we are there!” said Stephen Bomar, Director of Public Affairs, Oregon Military Department.

Aviation assets here in Oregon will continue to backfill to support civil authorities throughout the State of Oregon. Units such as Detachment 1, Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 112th Aviation, with their UH-72A Lakotas based in Salem; and elements of 1st Battalion, 168th Aviation Regiment, with their CH-47F Chinooks based out of Pendleton are prepared to assist the state when needed.

5. Columbia Gorge Community College master plan details 2017 priorities

pencil.sharpA constant focus on student success, outreach to the region’s Hispanic community and reinvigorated industry partnerships provide the compass points in 2017 for Columbia Gorge Community College, which entered the New Year with a strategic roadmap to turn those priorities into reality.

The “Institutional Master Plan” builds upon the college’s seven-year journey to become an independently-accredited institution of higher education. The college gained academic independence in September 2012, an accomplishment that streamlined its ability to award financial aid, qualify for federal grants, and design new academic programs that respond more quickly to regional needs.

In 2015, as the college pursued its vision of becoming “the first option of choice for education and training,” it identified two key priorities, of growing enrollment and improving student success, and then launched a broad community-based effort to turn that vision into reality. The result is the 2016-19 master plan, which outlines four urgent goals:

  • Ensure the class schedule responds to the real-world needs of students, recognizing that people must often balance their studies with part-time or full-time employment and family responsibilities. Central to this is a “guided pathways” model that identifies, for each student, the most timely and cost-effective route to completion of a degree or certificate.
  • Become a Hispanic Serving Institution, a federal designation recognizing non-profit colleges and universities with at least 25 percent Hispanic enrollment. Columbia Gorge Community College already exceeds that measure, but its overall enrollment does not yet reflect the community at large. Forty-three percent of Hood River County School District’s student body and 34 percent of students enrolled in North Wasco County School District are of Hispanic heritage. The goal also encourages outreach to other underserved populations, including people living in rural poverty.
  • Improve student success by better coordinating the work of student services, instruction, facilities, the business office, information technologies and the college’s foundation. Key to this is formation of a “Student Success Team” to review internal processes and recommend improvements. Eric Studebaker, the college’s Chief Student Services Officer, reviewed the team with college directors in December and the team is now in place.
  • Design a comprehensive marketing plan to ensure broad public awareness of the college’s readiness to serve the region’s education and workforce training needs.

“While the master plan identifies many other goals and activities, these are the top four priorities we intend to pursue in 2017,” said Chief Academic Officer Lori Ufford, one of the report’s co-authors. “This is the roadmap we’ll follow as we ensure our mission of ‘building dreams, transforming lives’ has real meaning for all of those we serve.”

“The plan reflects guidance from college patrons from many walks of life,” added Stephanie Hoppe, college foundation director, who also co-authored the master plan. “We invite people to stay informed about the college’s progress in the months ahead. It’s going to be an exciting year!”

Beginning this spring, Columbia Gorge Community College will prepare a monthly electronic newsletter titled “College Currents,” providing updates on the institutional master plan and other college activities, initiatives and special projects. To subscribe, please contact Dan Spatz, community outreach coordinator, by emailing, or call (541) 506-6034.

6. Oregon Laws: Copies or Inspection of Public Records

Oregon.Flat.poleOregon Laws

2015 ORS 192.440¹

Copies or inspection of public records

  • written response by public body
  • fees
  • waiver or reduction
  • procedure for records requests

(emphasis added)

(1) The custodian of any public record that a person has a right to inspect shall give the person, upon request:

(a) A copy of the public record if the public record is of a nature permitting copying; or

(b) A reasonable opportunity to inspect or copy the public record.

(2) If a person makes a written request to inspect a public record or to receive a copy of a public record, the public body receiving the request shall respond as soon as practicable and without unreasonable delay. The public body may request additional information or clarification from the requester for the purpose of expediting the public body’s response to the request. The response of the public body must acknowledge receipt of the request and must include one of the following:

(a) A statement that the public body does not possess, or is not the custodian of, the public record.

(b) Copies of all requested public records for which the public body does not claim an exemption from disclosure under ORS 192.410 (Definitions for ORS 192.410 to 192.505) to 192.505 (Exempt and nonexempt public record to be separated).

(c) A statement that the public body is the custodian of at least some of the requested public records, an estimate of the time the public body requires before the public records may be inspected or copies of the records will be provided and an estimate of the fees that the requester must pay under subsection (4) of this section as a condition of receiving the public records.

(d) A statement that the public body is the custodian of at least some of the requested public records and that an estimate of the time and fees for disclosure of the public records will be provided by the public body within a reasonable time.

(e) A statement that the public body is uncertain whether the public body possesses the public record and that the public body will search for the record and make an appropriate response as soon as practicable.

(f) A statement that state or federal law prohibits the public body from acknowledging whether the record exists or that acknowledging whether the record exists would result in the loss of federal benefits or other sanction. A statement under this paragraph must include a citation to the state or federal law relied upon by the public body.

(3) If the public record is maintained in a machine readable or electronic form, the custodian shall provide a copy of the public record in the form requested, if available. If the public record is not available in the form requested, the custodian shall make the public record available in the form in which the custodian maintains the public record.

(4)(a) The public body may establish fees reasonably calculated to reimburse the public body for the public body’s actual cost of making public records available, including costs for summarizing, compiling or tailoring the public records, either in organization or media, to meet the person’s request.

(b) The public body may include in a fee established under paragraph (a) of this subsection the cost of time spent by an attorney for the public body in reviewing the public records, redacting material from the public records or segregating the public records into exempt and nonexempt records. The public body may not include in a fee established under paragraph (a) of this subsection the cost of time spent by an attorney for the public body in determining the application of the provisions of ORS 192.410 (Definitions for ORS 192.410 to 192.505) to 192.505 (Exempt and nonexempt public record to be separated).

(c) The public body may not establish a fee greater than $25 under this section unless the public body first provides the requestor with a written notification of the estimated amount of the fee and the requestor confirms that the requestor wants the public body to proceed with making the public record available.

(d) Notwithstanding paragraphs (a) to (c) of this subsection, when the public records are those filed with the Secretary of State under ORS chapter 79 or ORS 80.100 (Definitions for ORS 80.100 to 80.130) to 80.130 (Place to register as buyer of farm product, commission merchant or selling agent), the fees for furnishing copies, summaries or compilations of the public records are those established by the Secretary of State by rule, under ORS chapter 79 or ORS 80.100 (Definitions for ORS 80.100 to 80.130) to 80.130 (Place to register as buyer of farm product, commission merchant or selling agent).

(5) The custodian of any public record may furnish copies without charge or at a substantially reduced fee if the custodian determines that the waiver or reduction of fees is in the public interest because making the record available primarily benefits the general public.

(6) A person who believes that there has been an unreasonable denial of a fee waiver or fee reduction may petition the Attorney General or the district attorney in the same manner as a person petitions when inspection of a public record is denied under ORS 192.410 (Definitions for ORS 192.410 to 192.505) to 192.505 (Exempt and nonexempt public record to be separated). The Attorney General, the district attorney and the court have the same authority in instances when a fee waiver or reduction is denied as it has when inspection of a public record is denied.

(7) A public body shall make available to the public a written procedure for making public record requests that includes:

(a) The name of one or more persons to whom public record requests may be sent, with addresses; and

(b) The amounts of and the manner of calculating fees that the public body charges for responding to requests for public records.

(8) This section does not apply to signatures of individuals submitted under ORS chapter 247 for purposes of registering to vote as provided in ORS 247.973 (Status of signature on voter registration card as public record). [1973 c.794 §5; 1979 c.548 §4; 1989 c.111 §12; 1989 c.377 §2; 1989 c.546 §2; 1999 c.824 §5; 2001 c.445 §168; 2005 c.272 §1; 2007 c.467 §1]

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

bird.owl.limbOregon Bid Network 

Building Permits

Oregon Building Codes

The American Spectator

Stephen Fry on Political Correctness and Clear Thinking

Almost all U.S. presidents have been Christians

Debate 2009: The Catholic Church is a Force for Good in the World

Stephen Fry’s debate, with Christopher Hitchens

Ron Wyden, Senator for Oregon 

Americans and Cybersecurity


Sherman County eNews #24


  1. Congratulations, Lions! Ask to join! “We Serve”

  2. Life Drawing at The Dalles Art Center

  3. Conversations with Funders, How to Apply for Grants

  4. Last Chance to Enroll in Insurance for 2017

  5. Winter So Far Classified as Extreme

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

“The policy or advantage of [immigration] taking place in a body (I mean the settling of them in a body) may be much questioned; for, by so doing, they retain the language, habits, and principles (good or bad) which they bring with them. Whereas by an intermixture with our people, they, or their descendants, get assimilated to our customs, measures, and laws: in a word, soon become one people.” —George Washington (1794) 

1. Congratulations, Lions! Ask to join! “We Serve”

LionsInternationalLogoIn 100 years a social club in Chicago, formed by Melvin Jones, has grown to one of the world’s largest service organizations. Challenged by Helen Keller to be “A knight for the blind.” The organization has become an international organization located in over 200 countries.

Locally our service organization was a “Men Only” group until 30 years ago. Shortly thereafter Mac Hall and other Lions invited several women to be part of this group.  Mary Anne Justesen, Joyce Hart, and a Grass Valley postmistress were serving before Nell Melzer was inducted into the club 25 years ago.

It is understood that women have been a benefit to the group and are still invited to become members and take part in the work of service. Our motto is “We serve.” There is no overhead to charity sent through Lions. Many of our most well known charities cannot make that boast!

As a new year begins, consider approaching a Lion and asking to be invited to join this service organization. ~ Lion Nell Melzer

2. Life Drawing at The Dalles Art Center

pencil.sharpArtists seeking opportunities to improve their skills are invited to join us at for uninstructed life-drawing practice at The Dalles Art Center. Sessions are the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month, starting Feb 21st, 2017 from 6:30 – 9pm. Using your own materials, you are invited to paint, sculpt, or draw from a live nude model. All sessions will be monitored, not instructed. There will be opportunities to learn from each other instead. Easels and tables are provided. Group limited to 12 artists. Model fees ($10) paid before class. For more information call 541.296.4759 or email <>.

3. Conversations with Funders, How to Apply for Grants

pencil.spiralSalem, Oregon — How to apply for close to $5 million in grants offered this year will be the focus of “Conversations with Funders,” a nine-stop statewide tour Feb. 7-28 led by Oregon Cultural Trust Manager Aili Schreiner in partnership with the Oregon Arts Commission, Oregon Heritage, Oregon Humanities and the Oregon State Historic Preservation Office. Joined by representatives from the Oregon Community Foundation, Travel Oregon and the Regional Arts and Culture Council (Portland only), the group also will share information on statewide programming resources.

Organizations encouraged to attend “Conversations with Funders” include libraries, arts organizations, museums, cultural centers, historical societies, arts alliances, literary groups and heritage organizations. All cultural nonprofit organizations are welcome.

“There are more than 1,450 cultural nonprofits serving Oregonians,” said Schreiner. “We want to make sure they know about the grant funds and significant programming resources that are here to support them.”

Among the grant opportunities discussed will be the Cultural Trust’s 2018 Cultural Development Grants; grant guidelines are now posted on the Trust website for an application deadline of April 21:
(see details below).

“Conversations with Funders” begin Tuesday, Feb. 7, in Astoria and are scheduled in regional flights. Registration is not required.

The schedule is:

Oregon Coast — all events 3:45 — 6:15 p.m.
* Astoria: Tuesday, Feb. 7, McTavish Room, Liberty Theatre
(1203 Commercial St.)
* Newport: Wednesday, Feb. 8, Newport Performing Arts Center
(777 W Olive St.)
* Coos Bay: Thursday, Feb. 9, Coos History Museum (1210 N Front St.)

Salem, Portland, Pendleton — all events 3:45-6:15 p.m.
* Salem: Tuesday, Feb. 14, Willamette Heritage Center (1313 Mill St. SE)
* Portland: Wednesday, Feb. 15, Cerimon House (5131 NE 23rd Ave.)
* Pendleton: Thursday, Feb. 16, Pendleton Center for the Arts
(214 N Main St.)

Willamette Valley and Southern Oregon
* Medford: 2:30-5 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 22, Adams Conference Room, Jackson County Library(205 S Central Ave.)
* Eugene: 1-3:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 23, Downtown Eugene Public Library
(100 West 10th Ave.)

Central Oregon– all events 3:30-6:15 p.m.
* Sunriver: Tuesday, Feb. 28, Sunriver Area Public Library (56855 Venture Lane)

Oregon Cultural Trust Cultural Development Grants

The Cultural Trust’s Cultural Development Grants recognize and support significant cultural programs and projects through four grant categories: access; preservation; creativity; and capacity.

Cultural Development Grants represent one of three streams of annual funding the Cultural Trust provides to Oregon’s cultural nonprofits. Other funding includes grants to the Cultural Trust’s five statewide partners — to support their projects and respective grant programs — and to 45 county and tribal cultural coalitions that fund local initiatives and grants. In 2016 Cultural Trust funding totaled $2.9 million, made possible by donations from Oregonians who believe culture is central to Oregon’s unique quality of life.

2018 Cultural Development Grants are for projects and activities that will occur between Aug.1, 2017 and July 30, 2018.

The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. on Friday, April 21, 2017.

For more information on “Conversations with Funders” contact Schreiner at or 503-986-0089.

More on the Cultural Trust and how it works can be found at

4. Last Chance to Enroll in Insurance for 2017

(Salem) — Tuesday, Jan. 31, is the last day to get 2017 health insurance during open enrollment. Oregonians who have not yet picked a plan can go to to enroll on their own or get application help from an expert. Financial assistance also is available, bringing down the cost of insurance for people who don’t get health insurance at work.

“As I’ve helped people apply for coverage and choose plans, client after client has been pleased, and sometimes surprised, to see how affordable their options are once they take the financial assistance into account,” said Tina Kennedy of Healthwise Insurance Planning in Portland.

So far this year, financial assistance averages $349 per month for Oregonians choosing plans through

“People have heard a lot about insurance prices this year, but the only way to find out what your bottom line premium may be is to apply at,” said Patrick Allen, director of the Department of Consumer and Business Services (DCBS), which runs the Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace.

More than 150,000 Oregonians already have chosen a plan through, outpacing every previous open enrollment total. Thousands more may be eligible for financial assistance. Oregon has a network of insurance agents and community organizations ready to help people enroll.

Agents and community partners all over the state are listed at Consumers also can call the Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace at 1-855-268-3767 (toll-free).

To start shopping for plans, visit or call 1-800-318-2596 (toll-free) (TTY: 1-855-889-4325).

After the Jan. 31 deadline, people will be able to get 2017 coverage only in special circumstances, like when they get married or lose job-related coverage.


The Department of Consumer and Business Services is Oregon’s largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. DCBS houses both the Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace and the Division of Financial Regulation. For more information, go to

5. Winter So Far Classified as Extreme

thermometer.degreesProbably no surprise, but the Accumulated Winter Season Severity Index has been classified as Extreme for Walla Walla and Yakima Washington and Pendleton and Redmond Oregon.  The index, developed by Dr. Barbara Mayes-Boustead with the National Weather Service in Omaha and Steve Hilberg with Midwestern Regional Climate Center, tracks the persistence and intensity of cold, snowfall, and snow depth and compares each winter going back to 1950-51. For a winter to be classified as “extreme,” it must rank above the 95 percentile in severity.

This winter starting December 1st has scored very high in the combination of intense cold and large snowfall.  This, in turn, has kept snow on the ground for an unusually long period time. 

The index scores for Pendleton and Walla Walla were sitting around 375 early this week.  Most years, it’s less than 150 at this time.  Yakima’s index scored 425, well above the usual amount around 250. Redmond’s index scored 452, not too far off the record of 556 for this time of year.

Just looking at the persistent cold, Pendleton normally has only 12 days where the temperature fails to reach 32 degrees during the daytime from December 1 to January 22.  This winter there have been 24 days, just short of the record of 28 days set in 1985-86. 

For the same period, there have been 38 days with snow on the ground in Pendleton.  Normally there are only 15 days of snow cover.  The record is 52 days again set in 1985-86.

Comparing to last winter, Yakima had a severe winter, while Redmond, Pendleton and Walla were classified with a mild or moderate winter season.  More information is available by clicking the Resources tab at

Dennis Hull- KB0NYC
Warning Coordination Meteorologist

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

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