Sherman County eNews #76


  1. Snow Mold Plot Tour

  2. Sherman County School Baseball Schedule Update

  3. Annual Sherman County Blood Drive, April 3

  4. Legal Notice: Biggs Service District

  5. Sherman County Court Minutes Online

  6. National Weather Services Conducts On-Line Skywarn Weather Spotter Training

  7. 9-1-1 Operators to Graduate from Oregon Public Safety Academy, March 24

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

1. Snow Mold Plot Tour

grassMarch 22, 2017

Time: 8:30 a.m.

Place: Dufur Variety Trial Plots (grain)

Directions: At Dufur Cemetery off of US 197

Join Chris Mundt, Christina Hagerty and Mike Flowers to view and discuss:

Snow Mold and Variety Reactions

Current Stripe Rust Situation

2. Sherman County School Baseball Schedule Update

sport-baseball12017 Les Schwab Spring Break Tournament (Grant Union Invitational)

March 30 – April 1, 2017


Sherman/Arlington/Condon vs Sheridan at 2:00 at the McConnel Field, bus departs at 9:30 from Sherman County School to John Day


Sherman/Arlington/Condon vs Joseph at 11:00 at Malone Field


Sherman/Arlington/Condon vs Union at 11:00 at Malone Field

3. Annual Sherman County Blood Drive, April 3

Red Cross logoThe American Red Cross Association Annual Sherman County Blood Drive is scheduled for Monday, April 3, 2017 in the Sherman County School gymnasium from 12 noon to 5 p.m.

Potential donors are encouraged to pre-register by calling the school (541-565-3500) NO LATER than 4 pm  March 24th to request a specific time to donate.  The high school Leadership class is organizing the event hoping to successfully secure a minimum of 35 pints to qualify for a $250 scholarship from the Red Cross for a deserving graduating Senior.

Students between the ages of 16 and 18 will need a signed parent permission form returned to the Guidance Office.

All potential donors may take advantage of RAPID PASS–by answering the pre-reading and pre-donation questionnaire in advance of donating.  This may be done on the day of donation only( not before) by visiting

We look forward to excellent participation by Sherman County residents!


Connie Martin, Leadership class

Co-Chairmen, Meghan Belshe, Student Body President

& Emily Hill, Student Body Vice-President

Emily Poirier, Leadership representative.

4. Legal Notice: Biggs Service District


ShermanCoLogoNotice is hereby given that the Biggs Service District is in the process of preparing an application for Federal Assistance to be submitted in the next sixty (60) days to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development Office for assistance with proposed improvements to the water system.

The purpose of the application is to seek loan assistance and grants to complete the required funding to construct a single water system to serve the District. The project consists of constructing water storage, supply, and distribution system improvements, as outlined in the Water System Feasibility Study adopted in 2003 (with costs updated in 2015) by the Biggs Service District.

All interested parties wishing to present comments on the proposed application are urged to contact the Biggs Service District for information on the project. Copies of the information including the Water System Feasibility Study are available for review at the Sherman County Court. Photocopies will be provided at a reasonable cost. Written testimony or questions may be directed to the Biggs Service District, P.O. Box 365 Moro, Oregon 97039.

5. Sherman County Court Minutes Online

ShermanCoLogoApproved minutes for the following Sherman County Court sessions are now available on the county website at

February 6, 2017 Special Session

February 15, 2017

February 21, 2017 Special Session

The most current agendas for the March 30, 2017, special session and April 5, 2017, court session will continue to be posted on the website.

~ Lauren Hernandez

Administrative Assistant


500 Court Street

P.O. Box 365

Moro, OR 97039

6. National Weather Services Conducts On-Line Skywarn Weather Spotter Training

sun.cloudsNow you can get storm spotter training without leaving your home. The National Weather Service will conduct a live on-line spotter training on April 4 at 7 pm.  The training will last for around 2 hours.

To register for the training, go to and click on the “2017 Spotter Training Classes” headline, and select the registration link for April 4th.  You will need to have a dedicated internet link and a phone line to participate.  Additional information is available on the internet site or by contacting Dennis Hull at 541-276-7832.

Weather spotters trained by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Weather Service (NWS) are key volunteers who assist the meteorologists by providing up-to-date information about storm activity.

7. 9-1-1 Operators to Graduate from Oregon Public Safety Academy, March 24

The Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) is pleased to announce the graduation of its 103rd Basic Telecommunications Class. See complete list at

The Basic Telecommunications Class #103 includes these dispatchers from North Central Oregon:

Dispatcher Shelbi Ah Sam
Wasco County Sheriff’s Office

Dispatcher Mariah Camargo
Frontier Regional 9-1-1

Dispatcher Shannon Devore
Hood River County Sheriff’s Office

The two-week course includes emergency call handling techniques, stress management, civil liability, ethics, criminal law, overview of fire-rescue and law enforcement operations, and a number of other topics. Upon completion of the course, students will return to their employing agency to continue their training for a number of months with a field training officer.

The 9-1-1 training program began in 1993 when the Oregon Legislative Assembly enacted legislation which requires that individuals who receive emergency calls for assistance from the public meet professional standards for training and certification. There are approximately 950 men and women across the state who work in this profession in city, county, tribal, regional, and state public safety communications centers.

Basic Telecommunications #BT103 Graduation will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, March 24, 2017, at the Oregon Public Safety Academy, 4190 Aumsville Hwy SE, Salem, Oregon. Telephone: 503-378-2100. The guest speaker is Executive Director Patti Sauers of Yamhill Communications.

The Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) operates the Oregon Public Safety Academy which spans more than 235 acres in Salem. The Academy is nationally recognized for its innovative training programs and active stakeholder involvement. Eriks Gabliks serves as the Director, and Sheriff Jason Myers of the Marion County Sheriff’s Office serves as the Chair of the Board. The department implements minimum standards established by the Board for the training and certification of more than 40,000 city, tribal, county and state law enforcement officers, corrections officers, parole and probation officers, fire service personnel, telecommunicators, emergency medical dispatchers and private security providers.

DPSST provides training to more than 25,000 students each year throughout Oregon and at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem certifies qualified officers at various levels from basic through executive; certifies qualified instructors; and reviews and accredits training programs throughout the state based on standards established by the Board.

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

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