Sherman County eNews #4




  1. Public Notice. Rufus City Council Meeting, Jan. 11

  2. It’s cold outside! Stay warm with a movie from the Library!

  3. Public Notice. Sherman County School District Board of Directors Meeting, Jan. 9

  4. Sherman County Girl Scout Benefit Cookie Sale

  5. State Scenic Waterway Identification Meeting, Jan. 23

  6. Oregon Heritage Requests Feedback for 2017-2022 Preservation Plan

  7. Exhibit Opens, “A Community Forgotten: Uncovering the Story of The Dalles Chinatown,” Jan. 28

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


 Hood River Sheriff’s Office of Emergency Management warns citizens, businesses and travelers through the Gorge and across Hood River valley that National Weather Service (NWS) forecasts significant snow, ice and freezing rain event Saturday and Sunday.

Key weather warning indicators:

* Continued extremely cold temps for the next four days

* Potential for significant, high-impact snow and freezing rain event Saturday and Sunday — hardest hit areas in the state are the Gorge and Hood River Valley, according to NWS Portland office

* Potential for Heavy Snow in the Central Gorge and Hood River Valley

* In the Gorge, NWS anticipates 3-16 inches of snow, depending on storm severity — and up to 1 inch of ice here

* Precipitation begins Saturday morning in southern Oregon, spreading northward through the day to the Gorge

* Potential for long-duration freezing rain event, especially north Valleys and Western Gorge

* Increasing east winds at the surface through the Gorge and down the Willamette Valley will keep temps bitterly cold and escalate wind chill

* Heavy snow, followed by freezing rain could severely impact travel this weekend and cause secondary problems like falling trees, power outages and freezing water pipes – as well as health safety hazards.

This forecast causes significant concern that our Gorge transportation network and travel to and from other parts of the state will be directly affected.

Please plan accordingly – limit travel, plan for emergencies, keep an emergency kit in the car and at home, monitor your water pipes, outdoor activities and animals, and keep an eye on utilities for possible power loss and for falling trees.

Please share this information to your neighbors, co-workers, family and travelers.

Please stay home if you can – stay safe and warm!

This information is based upon a NWS forecast and actual conditions may vary.

1. Public Notice. Rufus City Council Meeting, Jan. 11 

The Rufus City Council will meet in Regular Session at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 11th, 2017, in Suite 200, the Council chambers. The agenda includes the flag salute, public input, approval of minutes, December financial report, old business [Industrial Park Fund Agreement; Real Estate Update], new business [swearing-in of new officials, selection of council president], reports of City Maintenance, Mayor and City Recorder, next meeting date February 8, and executive session per ORS if needed.

2. It’s cold outside! Stay warm with a movie from the Library!

It sounds like we have quite a winter storm coming this weekend.

Sherman County Public/School Library has over 1,000 DVDs available for checkout.  We have children’s movies, adult movies, movies for teens, movies based on books and pop culture icons, new releases and classic favorites.

We will be open EARLY on Saturday at 9 a.m. so you can stock up before the storm hits. Stay warm, stay safe! ~ Abbey Phelps

3. Public Notice. Sherman County School District Board of Directors Meeting, Jan. 9

The Sherman County School District Board of Directors will hold its Regular Board Meeting on Monday, January 9, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.  A Work Session will precede the Regular Meeting at 6:30 p.m. The meetings will be held in the Sherman County Public/School Library.




4. Sherman County Girl Scout Benefit Cookie Sale

Sherman County Girl Scout Troop 50137 would like to let everyone know that Girl Scout Cookies Season is almost upon us. Pre-sales begin Monday, January 9th and ends on the 20th. Be on the lookout for one of our 13 Daisies, Brownies or Junior Girl Scouts. If we miss you, we will be having a couple of cookie booths in the county later in February. Thank you in advance for helping our troop.

5. State Scenic Waterway Identification Meeting, Jan. 23
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Salem OR–The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) invites the public to help prioritize river segments for an ongoing study of candidates for the State Scenic Waterway program. A public meeting will be held on Jan. 23, 2017, from 9 a.m. to noon in the North Mall Office Building, Room 124, at 725 Summer St. NE, Salem.

Oregon law requires OPRD to periodically study rivers for inclusion in the State Scenic Waterway Program. OPRD staff developed a potential scenic waterway candidate list during the Oregon State Trails public plan approved in 2016. Staff then further refined the list to include only rivers that met the criteria outlined in Oregon State Statute (ORS 390.855):

* The river must be relatively free-flowing.
* The view from the waterway must be pleasant.
* The river must have outstanding recreational value.
* The waterway must be able to sustain substantial recreation.

The department is also taking feedback on proposed river candidates until Jan. 23 through an online survey: The survey allows participants to sort review segments and suggest qualified candidates not already on the list, though write-in candidates won’t be considered after Jan. 16.

OPRD staff will use all the feedback to select river segments to study in 2017-2018. The study process will include several public meetings and other opportunities to provide feedback. If a river segment is found to be eligible and suitable for designation, staff will develop a recommendation and plan that will go before the Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission and the Oregon Water Resources Commission who could ultimately send a recommendation to the governor.

The State Scenic Waterways Program protects a lake or river’s natural resources, scenic values, and recreation. Scenic waterway designations do not affect existing water rights, but designation does require landowners to notify OPRD of certain activities along the waterway. Oregonians voted to establish the Oregon Scenic Waterways Program in 1970. The program currently protects approximately 1,200 river miles on 21 rivers and one lake. Governor Kate Brown designated portions of the Chetco River in Curry County and Molalla River in Clackamas County in 2016.

Scenic Waterways criteria and other information about the program can be found online at For more information about the meeting or the designation process, call Alexandra Phillips at 503-986-0631 or send an email to

6. Oregon Heritage Requests Feedback for 2017-2022 Preservation Plan

Oregon.Flat.poleEvery five years the Oregon State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) in partnership with the general public, interest and advocacy groups, and other government agencies completes a statewide historic preservation plan that identifies program priorities. The Oregon SHPO is asking for your feedback on our programs and the information collected will be used in the creation of the 2017-2022 Oregon State Historic Preservation Plan. Our short survey asks for feedback on our services and gives participants the opportunity to identify how the office’s resources should be allocated for future preservation efforts. To give your input please visit

Oregon Heritage, a Division of Oregon State Parks, includes the Oregon SHPO. The Oregon SHPO locally administers National Park Service (NPS) programs created by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, as amended, including the identification and designation of historic properties and archaeological sites; tax and grant programs; and the Certified Local Government Program (CLG), a partnership program between local jurisdictions and the state and federal government. The SHPO also coordinates closely with Oregon Heritage programs, including the Heritage Commission and Main Street, among others. The SHPO office is funded in part through a grant from NPS. A copy of the 2011-2016 plan can be found here: .

To learn more about the Oregon SHPO and Oregon Heritage programs, visit<>.

Please contact Ian Johnson, Associate Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer, at (503) 986-0678 or<> with any additional questions or comments.

7. Exhibit Opens, “A Community Forgotten: Uncovering the Story of The Dalles Chinatown,” Jan. 28

A new exhibit, “A Community Forgotten: Uncovering the Story of The Dalles Chinatown,” opens Saturday, January 28, at Columbia Gorge Discovery Center & Museum, 5000 Discovery Drive, The Dalles, Oregon. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Cost for dinner and program are $25, program only is $5. (Museum members receive $5 discount.) Reservations are required by January 25. For more information, call 541-296-8600 x 201 or visit

The featured speaker is Priscilla Wegars, PhD, on “Chinese Tunnels: Myth or Reality.” Exhibit curators, Kelly Molina, Eric Gleason, Jacqueline Cheung, Rick McClure and Marilyn Urness, will be on hand with exhibit designer Chris Bolton. Dinner catered by Canton Wok. Sponsored in part by C.H. Urness Motor Co.

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

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Columbia Gorge Discovery Center & Museum

Historic The Dalles, Oregon