Sherman County eNews #122


  1. Free class:  Raise Meat ‘n’ Eggs on the Homestead (or Backyard!), May 2

  2. ODOT Region 4 Weekly Construction Report

  3. What Is Your Definition of Success?

  4. Sherman County Senior & Community Center May Meal Menu

  5. From the Desk of Senator Bill Hansell

  6. Culture Fest ’17 celebrates Mid-Columbia’s diversity, May 18-19

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

1.Free class:  Raise Meat ‘n’ Eggs on the Homestead (or Backyard!), May 2

chicken.familyIf you and your family want to have more fun with your food and be more self-sufficient in the process, make sure to attend a free class hosted by OSU Sherman County Extension:  “Raise Meat’ n’ Eggs on the Homestead (or Backyard!).”  This class will be held Tuesday, May 2 at 6 p.m. at the Extension building in Moro.  Come learn about having your own delightful flock of chickens, ducks, geese or other birds to provide eggs and meat to your family.

This is the third class in the Sherman Resiliency Series.  Provide for yourself and your family…be able to withstand hard times or “bounce back” after disruptions or dramatic changes in your life.

The fourth class in the series is “Make Compost to Improve Your Soil,” which will give you encouragement and tips to turn kitchen scraps, yard debris and livestock manure into a wonderful soil amendment for your yard and garden.  This class will be held Tuesday, May 16 at 6 p.m. at the Extension building in Moro.

If you are unable to attend the classes but would like the information, contact Cindy Brown at 541-565-3230 or email

2. ODOT Region 4 Weekly Construction Report

Central Oregon Road Construction UPDATE: Week of May 1, 2017

For further information contact: Peter Murphy 541-388-6224

The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) is continuing to invest in Oregon’s future with roadway improvement projects throughout Oregon’s central region (ODOT Region 4). ODOT is committed to providing a safe, efficient transportation system. The following projects reflect ODOT’s commitment to make improvements as traffic numbers rise and to make the roadways safer and more efficient for drivers. All work is dependent on weather conditions. Red denotes new or updated information.


US97 @ Wickiup Jct. (La Pine)

For the week of May 1st, 2017. The contractor will be installing rebar for the bridge deck as well as other miscellaneous bridge work will be occurring all week. All work will be occurring off of the current highway alignment, therefore, no delays are expected.

US20 @ Barclay (Sister) Project

For the week of May 1st, 2017. EB and WB US20 traffic will be moved to the Barclay side of the intersection with the contractor working on the McKinney Butte Side. They will be performing excavation and concrete paving on the McKinney Butte side of the

intersection during the week, with some night work involved. The contractor will be starting to work both Saturdays and Sundays. If night work does occur motorists can expect delays of around 5-10 minutes. No delays, other than the detour for left turns in and out of Barclay and the closure of McKinney are anticipated during all hours next week.


US26: Gumwood Lane – Earl Street Sec.

For the week of May 1st, 2017. The contractor will be working nights Monday through Friday Morning at 8 pm to 8 AM.

The construction will consist of grinding and paving on US26. Delay’s could be up to 20 minutes during these times.Starting Monday night at 8 pm the contractor will beginning grinding and paving operations on US26. Delay could be up to 20 minutes at night and no delay during daytime after 8 am. Gumwood will remain closed throughout the week.


I84: Mosier – The Dalles Sec.

For the week of May 1, 2017. The Contractor will be performing single lane closures on I-84 EB & WB between MP 84 – MP 76 from 7pm to 7am.

Also, the Contractor will be working on the ramp shoulders from 7pm-10pm and closing the ramps from 10pm to 5am.•

Exit 82 EB on and off will be closed April 30th & May 1st from 10pm – 5am •

Exit 83 EB on and off will be closed May 2nd & May 3rd from 10pm – 5am •

Exit 84 EB off will be closed May 4th from 10pm – 5am

Please plan your trip accordingly.

Speeds have been reduced to 50mph through the construction zone.

3. What Is Your Definition of Success?

Most people want to be successful, but not everyone can tell you what success looks like. Today, let’s look at the meaning of success.

What does it mean to be successful? Do you consider yourself a success? If you do, why? If not, what will success look like when you have finally achieved it?

These are important questions because your happiness in life will probably depend on knowing the answers. Now, some people think that success means a wardrobe full of designer clothes, a fancy car with wi-fi hotspot, and an 80-foot sailboat. Others think that success is never having to work again after they win a few million in the lottery. Still others believe that success, for them, would be helping to find a cure for cancer or devoting their lives to serving others.

All of these folks are correct, if you define success as getting to do what you really want to do, doing it well, and feeling good about the fact that you are doing it. It is perfectly OK to choose a purpose for yourself that doesn’t mean a thing to the rest of the world. The important thing is that you have a purpose.

Now, would others want for you to have a higher purpose, a higher commitment to solving community challenges? Of course. In fact, most of us would find greater fulfillment in service to a cause greater than ourselves. But ultimately, the choice of what fulfills you is yours to make.

The only failure is performing poorly or haphazardly at those things you have chosen as being important to you.In the final analysis, you are a success when you are actively engaged in becoming the person you most want to be and doing the things you most want to do – and if those things can help improve the life of another, so much the better. ~ The Pacific Institute

4. Sherman County Senior & Community Center May Meal Menu

Sherman County Senior & Community Center Meal Menu May 2017

We serve lunch at 12:00, noon sharp.  First come, first served.

If you have a group of 2 or more, please let the Kitchen staff know at 541-565-3191 the day before to ensure that we make enough food to serve!

MEAL PRICING: Under 60 Yrs. Is $6.00 ~ 60 Yrs. & Up $3.00 suggested donation!

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
1 2 3 4 5
Baked Potato Bar with Spaghetti w/Meat Sauce Oven Fried Chicken Swedish Meatballs Chicken ala King
Chili and Cheese Garlic Bread Mashed Potatoes/Gravy Rotini Biscuits
Veggies, Salad & Dessert Veggies, Salad & Fruit Green Salad & Dessert Veggies, Salad & Fruit Veggies, Salad & Ice Cream
8 9 10 11 12    Mother’s Day Lunch
Cheeseburgers Chicken Thighs w/Lemon Herb Sauce Meatloaf Pastrami & Swiss on Rye Ham & Cheddar Quiche
Oven Fries Veggies & Rice Baked Potatoes Veggies Muffins
Veggies, Salad & Dessert Green Salad & Fruit Veggies, Salad & Dessert Green Salad & Fruit Green Salad & Dessert
15 16 17 18 19
Turkey Tetrazini Ham Fried Rice Beef Stroganoff Chicken Oriental Beef & Bean Burrito
Veggies Egg Foo Young Rotini Noodles Rice Pilaf Mexican Rice
Green Salad & Dessert Green Salad & Fruit Veggies, Salad & Dessert Veggies, Salad & Fruit Green Salad & Ice Cream
22 23 24 25 26
Chicken Strips Baked Fish Mac & Cheese w/Bacon Pot Roast w/Potatoes & Carrots Split Pea Soup w/Ham
Tater Tots Potato Casserole Veggies Veggies Veggies & Rolls
Veggies, Salad & Dessert Green Salad & Fruit Green Salad & Dessert Green Salad & Fruit Green Salad & Dessert
29 30 31
CLOSED TO OBSERVE MEMORIAL DAY Pork Chops w/Shroom Sauce Waikiki Meatballs
Veggies & Rice Rice Pilaf
Green Salad & Fruit Veggies, Salad & Dessert

MENU SUBJECT TO CHANGE DUE TO AVAILABILITY — ATTENTION:  For those who have food allergies, be aware that a large variety of food is prepared in the kitchen.  Therefore, meals may be prepared with ingredients and food service equipment may come in contact with ingredients to which you may have an allergic reaction, such as nuts.

 5. From the Desk of Senator Bill Hansell

Oregon.Flat.poleAs the second half of session begins, we are continuing to work on finding solutions to PERS and the large unfunded liability we have.  Budgets are beginning to be put together, the large budgets like Education and Transportation will not be completed until after the May economic forecast comes out around the 15th.  Once that comes out, we will be moving into budget over drive.

The first deadline for policy bills was last week.  We now know which bills are still in play and which have been killed in committee.  I introduced 26 policy bills this session, 11 of them are still alive in Ways and Means, 8 have passed out of the

Senate unanimously (or with one No-vote on the floor), 7 have died in committee.

Some of the bills that are now in the House where Representative’s Barreto and Smith have taken the lead to shepherd them through the House side include:

SB 367 – A bill for EOCI and Two Rivers Correctional Officers to receive the information they need if they are exposed to bodily fluids of inmates.  I’m working closely with EOCI correction officers on this bill.

SB 368 – A bill that was brought forward by a Umatilla County Commissioner asking for private insurance companies to continue covering youths (like they do adults) when they are awaiting trial.

SB 373 – A bill that was brought forward by the Mayor of Joseph regarding Nuisance Deer in a city limit.

SB 381 – A bill requested by a resident of Adams, Oregon whose house was being foreclosed on without his knowledge because notices were sent to his street address and not his PO Box.

Other bills that I have sponsored which are still alive and working their way through the session include:

SB 374 – Implementing Real ID for all Oregonians.

SB 381 – A constituent request for disabled veterans to be able to register early for a campsite in a state park.


Thank you for the opportunity to serve and represent you in the Oregon Senate.


Senator Bill Hansell

6. Culture Fest ’17 celebrates Mid-Columbia’s diversity, May 18-19

What does the phrase “We are all one” mean to you?

Columbia Gorge Community College celebrates Gorge Culture Fest on May 18 and 19, and in conjunction with this third annual event the college invites artists, writers and the general public to submit original artwork and writings showcasing our common heritage.

Culture Fest ’17 will take place on the Hood River campus. It will include the art exhibit “Somos Uno” or “We Are All One,” as well as guest speakers, videos, poetry, dancing, music and cultural displays.

“We are asking that artists, writers, and the community in general reflect on the concept of We Are All One and what that phrase may mean to them,” explains Kelly Sullivan, academic adviser at the college.

“Science reveals that between any two people on the planet our DNA is 99.9 percent identical,” Sullivan explained. “We share more than biology, and in this show we are looking for our common experiences. What brings us together as individuals, as members of a community, or as global citizens? We encourage artists to use this opportunity to explore and express your vision for how to achieve greater acceptance, inclusivity, and celebrate the dynamic and glorious potential of a diverse, welcoming community.”

Artists and writers of all ages throughout the greater Columbia Gorge region are eligible and encouraged to enter in photography, painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics, glasswork, decorative textiles, short video (five minute maximum), mixed media, short essay (1,000 word maximum), graphic novel, and poetry.

The show will open Thursday, May 18, at 5 p.m. to coincide with an Oregon Humanities Conversation Project featuring Kerani Mitchell, who will lead a conversation entitled, “Where Are You From? Exploring What Makes Us Oregonians,” at 6 p.m. at the college’s Hood River campus.

Culture Fest continues Friday, May 19, featuring community meditation, basket weaving workshop led by Jefferson Greene (enrollment is limited; for information call (541) 506-6022); dancing featuring Mid Valley Elementary Folklorico Dancers; music by Jamba Marimba and Los Amigos de la Sierra; song, story, and dance performance led by Jefferson Greene, cultural artist of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs and Nez Perce; and a variety of activities from 4 to 9 p.m. celebrating the diversity of cultures and backgrounds in our regional community. A full schedule is posted on the college website, . Art exhibit applications are available and community partners welcome at the event. For details, contact Rose at or Kelly at

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

Bird.Black.EnvelopeThe American Conservative Union

Rasmussen Reports: If it’s in the news, it’s in our polls.

Presidential Authority to Revoke or Reduce National Monument Designations

Yes, President Trump Can Undo Controversial National Monuments

No Such Thing as a Close Election (“non-voters always win”)

European Places With “Saint” or “Holy” In Their Names 

MIT Can 3D Print a Building in Hours

National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency

The American Spectator



Sherman County eNews #121


  1. Goldendale Home, Garden & Sportsman’s Show, April 28-30

  2. Did You Know?

  3. Wasco Railroad & City History Center Open June-September

  4. Oregon Local Government Budgeting Manual

  5. Oregon Local Governments Not Subject to Local Budget Law

  6. Proposed FCC Rule Change Returns Power to Consumers

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

1. Goldendale Home, Garden & Sportsman’s Show, April 28-30

The 2017 Goldendale Home, Garden & Sportsman’s Show is this weekend, April 28-30 at the Klickitat County Fair Grounds in Goldendale, WA.  Show Hours are: Friday, April 28 – Noon – 7:00 p.m; Saturday, April 29 – 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m; and Sunday, April 30 – 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

From their website:  “Welcome to the 2017 Goldendale Home, Garden & Sportsman’s Show. Our 2016 expansion to include hunting and fishing suppliers, guides, and speakers made for a record breaking show. And we listened to your suggestions for 2017!  So we’re gearing up for more sportsman’s exhibits, home improvement, landscaping, and local contractors, plus additional food vendors than in prior years. Get ready for great food, drawings, giveaways, speakers, and unique workshops to help you get the best of outdoor living, home improvement, and this sportsman’s paradise.”

Check out the list of speakers and workshops at:

2. Did You Know?

Did You Know?

Every day in America,

another 27 people die as a result of drunk driving crashes.

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. “Traffic Safety Facts 2014: Alcohol-Impaired Driving.” Washington DC: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 2016.

If you or a loved one has been affected by drunk driving, drugged driving or underage drinking, MADD is here to help. 
24-Hour Victim Help Line 877.MADD.HELP

Want more information?

Contact Taylor at Sherman County Prevention


3. Wasco Railroad & City History Center Open June-September

Wasco Railroad & City History Center


June through September

Fridays and Saturdays

1-4 o’clock

Wasco, Oregon

Questions? Call Carol MacKenzie 541-442-5079

4. Oregon Local Government Budgeting Manual

Most local governments in Oregon, from the smallest cemetery district to the largest city, must prepare and adopt an annual budget. Schools, education service districts, community colleges, counties, cities, urban renewal agencies, and most special districts are all subject to the same budget provisions.

Excerpts: Oregon’s Local Budget Law is found in Oregon Revised Statutes (ORS) 294.305 to 294.565. The full text of these statutes can be found on the Oregon Legislature web site at

The law sets out several specific steps that must be followed during the budgeting process. The process must begin far enough in advance that it can be followed and the budget adopted before June 30 of the current fiscal year or the last June 30 of the current biennial budget period. Without a budget for the new fiscal period in place, the local government’s authority to spend money or incur obligations expires on June 30. A local government’s ability to impose a property tax is also contingent on following the budgeting process. Compliance with Local Budget Law is critical for local governments… … 

…To give the public ample opportunity to participate in the budgeting process, Local Budget Law requires that a budget officer be appointed and that a budget committee be formed that includes voters from the district. The budget officer draws together necessary information and prepares the proposed budget. The budget committee reviews and may revise the proposed budget before it is formally approved. After the budget committee approves the budget, the governing body publishes a summary of the budget and holds a public hearing, at which any person may appear for or against any item in the budget.

These requirements encourage public participation in budget making. They also give public exposure to budgeted programs and fiscal policies before the governing body adopts the budget. Citizen involvement in the budget cycle varies from one community to another. It is up to each local government to prepare a budget that clearly outlines its fiscal policies for the patrons of the district. If a budget is clear and concise, taxpayers have a better understanding of what services their tax dollars are buying. Local governments may find citizen input informative and rewarding.

The major steps of the budgeting process are outlined in Chapter 3. A more complete outline of the budget process, with cites to specific Oregon Revised Statutes and Oregon Administrative Rules, is in Appendix B.


5. Oregon Local Governments Not Subject to Local Budget Law

Local governments give notice of budget hearings in local newspapers, generally cities and counties. There are exceptions for this requirement, including: Chapter 190 entities, Frontier TeleNet, Frontier Digital Network, Frontier Regional 911 Agency and Mid-Columbia Council of Governments. See #14 below.

Most local governments and other municipal corporations in Oregon are subject to Local Budget Law and must prepare and adopt a budget according to that law. There are a few exceptions. The following districts are totally or partially exempt from Local Budget Law requirements (ORS 294.316

  1. Drainage districts organized under ORS 547.
  2. District improvement companies organized under ORS 554.
  3. Highway lighting districts organized under ORS 372.
  4. Irrigation districts organized under ORS 545.
  5. Road districts organized under ORS 371. Note: Road districts that impose a property tax must submit tax certification documents. County road districts organized under ORS 371.097 are subject to local budget law. 17 150-504-420 (Rev. 05-12)
  6. Soil and water conservation districts organized under ORS Chapter 568 that will not impose an ad valorem tax during the ensuing year. Those that do impose a property tax during the ensuing year or biennium are subject to Local Budget Law.
  7. Municipal public utilities operating under separate boards or commissions, authorized under ORS Chapter 225 and city charters, and people’s utility districts organized under ORS Chapter 261, both operating without ad valorem tax support during the ensuing year.
  8. Housing authorities organized under ORS Chapter 456 that are not carrying out urban renewal activities using tax increment financing under ORS 457.440 during the ensuing year.
  9. Water control districts, organized under ORS 553 that will not impose taxes during the ensuing year.
  10. Hospital financing authorities organized under ORS 441.525 to 441.595.
  11. Export trading corporations organized under ORS 777.755 to 777.800.
  12. Diking districts organized under Chapter 551.
  13. Health districts organized under ORS 440.315 to 440.410. Health districts may not adopt a biennial budget. Their budget process is outlined in ORS Chapter 440.
  14. Intergovernmental entities or councils of governments formed under the provisions of ORS 190.010, unless they levy property tax.

These organizations are subject to separate budget requirements found in ORS 294.900 to 294.930.  Those that impose a property tax during the ensuing year or biennium are subject to Local Budget Law, ORS 294.305 to 294.565.

… … … Local governments that are not required to follow Local Budget Law may choose to follow the process in preparing their budgets anyway. Local Budget Law provides a framework of sound budgeting practices.

6. Proposed FCC Rule Change Returns Power to Consumers

Chairman Ajit Pai’s bold move revives free-market principles,  ends Obama-era moves against speech

WASHINGTON DC – The American Conservative Union (ACU) applauded Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai’s move to reduce and redirect the role of the federal government in American’s lives by scaling back Obama-era regulations to allow Americans to have better access to the internet.

ACU stands for the right of the people to express themselves without government censorship or interference. This is a central tenant on which our nation was founded.

Similarly, we stand for free market competition since it respects the rights of the people to use their property freely, and because it produces the best possible services for consumers at the best prices. Innovation is stifled without it.  That is why the government should never favor one company over another, but should instead allow open competition within the law.

The prior FCC chairman, Tom Wheeler, was unable to find any market failure or consumer harm, so he instead implemented what his White House controllers referred to as “President Obama’s Plan” (despite the fact that the FCC by law is supposed to be independent of the White House).  The FCC has a duty to the American people to allow them the opportunity to make choices based on their desire for different types of services. It also has a duty to operate independent of the White House.

Tom Wheeler instead chose to use the power of the FCC to take over 1/6th of the economy and to weaponize the FCC against those who hold views different from his own. To use the FCC to intimidate and censor people and private companies is an abuse of power, anti-First Amendment, and un-American. Chairman Pai should be commended for commonsense and transparent reforms and for adhering to a rulemaking process that invites public scrutiny and debate, unlike his predecessor.  We stand with Chairman Pai and his commitment to American consumers and their right to choose a service provider which best meets their needs.

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

bird.owl3Timberline Lodge Conditions, April 28 

Oregon Local Government Budgeting Manual 

Democrats Not Happy With Their Party’s Attempts to Block Trump 

Gov. Brown outlines steps to cut state overhead costs 

Gov. Kate Brown seeks savings in collective bargaining, debt collection and PERS 

What is a Land Grant University?

When Bill O’Reilly Misled His Viewers

A Tax Expert’s Take on Trump’s Proposal: ‘A Truly Great Tax Plan’ 

Oregon Capital Insider


Sherman County eNews #120


  1. Listening as an Art Form

  2. Columbia Gorge CASA Welcomes New Volunteers

  3. Happy 99th Birthday, Vista House!

  4. Congressman Walden re: Review of National Monument Designations

  5. Reps. DeFazio, Walden, Larsen, Herrera Beutler Applaud New Lumber Tariffs

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

If you cannot agree with others, you can at least refrain from quarreling with them.
When you are involved in a dispute with someone, it may be the only time doing nothing is better than doing something. There’s a practical reason for this: When you quarrel with others — even if you win the argument — you place a great deal of unnecessary stress upon yourself. It is impossible to maintain a Positive Mental Attitude when you allow negative emotions such as anger or hate to dominate your thoughts. No one can upset you or make you angry unless you allow them to do so. Instead of arguing with others, try asking nonthreatening questions, such as, “Why do you feel this way? What have I done to make you angry? What can I do to help?” You may find that the entire situation has resulted from a simple misunderstanding that can be quickly rectified. Even if problems are more serious, your positive behavior will go a long way toward helping resolve them. ~ Napoleon Hill

1. Listening as an Art Form

ear.hearDo you have trouble understanding why your kids do what they do? Or why your mate refuses to listen to you? Are there days when you feel like you are talking to a brick wall? Here is a suggestion to ponder, that just might help.

If you’d like to see your relationships change for the better, there is something you can do that is almost guaranteed to help. It doesn’t matter whether it’s a teenager who doesn’t talk to you anymore, a spouse who just won’t listen, a co-worker who never asks you to lunch, or someone at the complete opposite end of the political spectrum from you.

This technique will improve any relationship, and it’s not hard to do, once you get the hang of it. It is listening – but not ordinary listening. We’re talking about listening while you are really trying to understand where the other person is coming from. It is a bit of an art, but one that we all have the talent for.

This means refrain from judging what they have to say, reacting to it, or figuring out what you’re going to say when it’s your turn. You’re not hearing just the parts that interest you, and you’re not just listening with your ears and mind – you are listening with your heart. You’re trying to see the world as they see it, to understand what it is they’re feeling and to put yourself in their shoes.

It is a powerful experience to be heard in this way. It creates a bond between people – a bond of genuine human connection. Try it for a day or two. Ask the people in your life to talk to you, but don’t jump in and try to fix their problems, don’t give advice, and don’t make judgments. Just ask questions and pay 100 percent attention until you think you really understand. Then check it out to see if you do. It’s a good bet that you will be surprised at just how much this kind of emotional listening can do for your relationships. ~ The Pacific Institute

2. Columbia Gorge CASA Welcomes New Volunteers

children.cartoonHood River, OR – Columbia Gorge CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) is pleased to introduce their newest child advocates: Amie Baldy and Billie Curry, The Dalles; Megan Kabriel, Michael O’Gorman, Susan Poor and Wendy Vaday, White Salmon, and; Vicki Bebb, Ellen Tannenbaum and Angela Michalek, Hood River, who were sworn into duty by the Honorable Karen Ostrye on April 19, 2017, after 32 hours of training.  Prior to leading the CASA oath Judge Ostrye, a former CASA Board Member, described a few of her life experiences and shared some of the aspects CASAs have brought to her courtroom in support of children.

CASA volunteers are appointed by judges to watch over and advocate for children in the foster care system; they make sure that children receive needed services, that timelines are met so that children don’t get lost in overburdened legal and social service systems, and that they are placed in permanent, loving homes as soon as possible.  CASAs are in a unique position, as a legal party, to advocate for the best interests of children’s lives while in foster care.  Judges rely on the comprehensive and informed information that is provided by CASA volunteers. CASAs have tremendous privilege and responsibility to have a positive impact in a child’s case.

Last year, more than 76,000 CASA volunteers helped more than 251,000 abused and neglected children find safe, permanent homes. CASA volunteers are everyday citizens who have undergone screening and training and independent research has demonstrated that children with a CASA/GAL volunteer are substantially less likely to spend time in long-term foster care and less likely to re-enter care.

Columbia Gorge CASA serves children in Hood River, Wasco and Sherman counties; advocates serve children in care so that they might have the chance to live and develop in a safe, nurturing environment.  Volunteers receive 32 hours of pre-service training using the National CASA Volunteer Training Curriculum.  New advocate training sessions will begin in September, 2017.  If you are interested in learning more about the CASA program please contact Susan Baldwin, Volunteer Manager, or Michelle Mayfield, Training Coordinator, at 541-386-3468.

3. Happy 99th Birthday, Vista House!

Oregon.Flat.poleEvery year on May 5, since 1918, there is a celebration for Vista House, the majestic, historic building perched high above the Columbia River on Crown Point, with such an incredible view.  When Vista House was dedicated 99 years ago there was much ado made over this beautiful building that was designed to be a “comfort station” for motorists. The Oregonian reported that this rest stop was “intended to be the finishing achievement for the greatest highway in America” and architect Edgar M. Lazarus turned the functional need for “facilities” into a grand building and a memorial to the settlers who made the arduous trek west on the Oregon Trail.

Come join us this year on Friday, May 5 from 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM as we celebrate 99 years with birthday cake, music, and visiting antique cars. Next year? Yes, there will be much ado made over the beloved building as it reaches the 100 year milestone, save the date! ~ 

4. Congressman Walden re: Review of National Monument Designations

American flag2WASHINGTON, D.C. — Rep. Greg Walden (R-Hood River) released the following statement after President Trump signed an executive order directing a review of national monument designations declared under the Antiquities Act since 1996:

“Today’s action sends a clear signal to communities throughout the West – including in Oregon – that this administration is serious about taking a new approach to the management of our federal lands. In Oregon we’ve watched the problems left behind in the wake of national monument designations that lock up land without meaningful public input. A review of the Antiquities Act is long overdue. I’m pleased that President Trump has finally ordered one. Farmers, ranchers, and local residents in Oregon have been ignored for too long by presidents who lock up the land without local consultations. This executive order is a refreshing sign that their concerns are being taken seriously.

“Now, Congress needs to take action to reform the Antiquities Act. That’s why I’ve also introduced the Public Input for National Monument Act, to require these designations to go through the public National Environmental Policy Act process like all other land management decisions.  I will continue to work with the Trump Administration to rebuild public trust in federal land management policies. Today’s action will assist in that effort.”

5. Reps. DeFazio, Walden, Larsen, Herrera Beutler Applaud New Lumber Tariffs 

American flag2WASHINGTON — Reps. Peter DeFazio (OR-04), Greg Walden (OR-02), Rick Larsen (WA-02) and Jaime Herrera Beutler (WA-03) released the following statement in response to the Commerce Department’s announcement of preliminary countervailing duties on softwood lumber imports from Canada:

“Today’s announcement from the Commerce Department gives us hope the U.S. lumber industry may finally see relief from decades of trade abuses.  For years, American communities who depend on the softwood lumber industry have had their livelihoods threatened by heavily-subsidized Canadian lumber increasingly imported into the U.S.  Our workers have faced high unemployment, and domestic companies have struggled to compete with a highly-subsidized Canadian industry. Thanks to a lack of protection for the lumber industry, Canadian softwood lumber now accounts for one-third of the U.S. market.

“The countervailing duties announced yesterday will give the U.S. lumber industry the ability to invest and grow without the constraints of unfairly imported Canadian lumber.

“Since the expiration of the Softwood Lumber Trade Agreement in 2015, we have been fighting stop the growing influx of Canadian lumber into our market. Today’s action by the Commerce Department confirms what we’ve known all along—Canadian subsidies have severely harmed U.S. manufacturers and workers.   We applaud these tariffs as a step in the right direction, yet remain hopeful that a new agreement which allows the U.S. timber industry to grow and compete on a level playing field can be reached.”

In September 2016 Reps. DeFazio, Walden, Larsen, and Herrera Beutler, along with 37 other House Members sent a letter to then-United States Trade Representative Michael Froman supporting efforts to negotiate a new Softwood Lumber Agreement that would put U.S. lumber on a level playing field.  Since no new agreement has been reached, the U.S. lumber industry was forced to exercise its rights under U.S. trade laws and file anti-dumping and counter-vailing duties cases against Canadian lumber in order to protect American workers, manufacturers, and communities.  

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

bird.owl.limbHusbands, Love Your Wives

Native American Fathers

Who’s Up for Paying Lower Taxes?

Editorial: State needs to control costs before adding new spending

Dennis Richardson – Oregon – proposes public records Sunshine Committee

Want the Big Bucks? Join the Government 

Senators Told North Korea Nuclear Threat Is Urgent 

Trump says he won’t scuttle NAFTA…yet

Real Clear Politics

Ford Historic Model T – Car Data Video

South Africa on its knees: Photos of the South Africans gathered in Bloemfontein for massive prayer meeting 

Happy 99th Birthday, Vista House! 

The Pacific Institute

Military Times

Defense News

Army Times: New Deployments

Kill A Juniper Tree, Save A Sage Grouse


Sherman County eNews #119


  1. Spiritual Matters

  2. Classifieds

  3. Calendar

1. Spiritual Matters 

church.family1Believing or Surrendering

Many people believe they are Christians because they believe in God, or perhaps they even believe that Jesus died on the cross for their sins.  Let me start by saying that even Satan believes in God and that Jesus died on the cross to bear the sins of the world.  There is a difference between believing these things to be true and being a Christian.  Although belief is a necessary starting point, it is surrendering that is necessary to become truly saved.

Christians, through God’s grace and mercy, have accepted the gift of Jesus’ death on the cross, they trust in God’s plan for their lives, and they desire to serve God and further His kingdom.  Every life decision of a Christian should be prayed about to seek the will of our Heavenly Father.  Sometimes the path we end up on is not at all what we would’ve chosen, but we trust it is His will.

Several years ago a good friend and fellow Christian offered this illustration of believing versus surrendering.  Let’s say there is a canyon in Sherman County with electrical towers on each side.  You are on top of one of those towers with Jesus, and He’s got a wheelbarrow.  You watch Jesus wheel the barrow across a power line, clear to the other side, then turn around and wheel it back to you across a power line.  Having just watched Him successfully complete this task, do you believe He could do it again?  Most would say “Yes, He could do it again.”  They BELIEVE He could do it again.  Very few people would believe it to the point of actually getting into the wheelbarrow and allowing Jesus to wheel them across the power line and back.  Do you see the difference?

God bless,

Jill Harrison

Wasco Methodist Church

2. Classifieds (new or corrected)


Sherman County eNews publishes free classified ads on Fridays, deadline Wednesday at 5. Please submit ads by using the Submit News page. Include who, what, where, when, how … and, the final Friday date for posting your ad (shown by the date at the end of the ad, for example, 3/17), and contact information; under 50 words if possible, and limited to Sherman County. Links are welcome.  The Editor


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arrow-rightSCHOOL CONCESSIONS OPPORTUNITIES. Sherman County School Concessions are available for three track meets:
–Grade School Track: April 28 at 1 p.m.
–HS Track: April 29 at 11:00 a.m.

–May 13 at 10:30 a.m. (District Championships Meet)
These are great fund raisers. Please let me know ASAP if you want to do one of the track meets. Ree Ella von Borstel 541-565-3500 or email me at  4/28


PUBLIC WORKS ASSISTANT. The City of Rufus is seeking an Assistant to the Public Works Operator. Seasonal Position – flexible hours $12.00/hr.

Job Description includes but not limited to performing a variety of task involved in the Public Works Department such as servicing water meters, water & sewer lines, streets, equipment operations & maintenance, and intermittent operation of the water and sewer treatment facilities, performs other related work as required for the city’s day to day operations.

Desired applicant must be 18 years of age and possess a valid Oregon driver’s license. Must have high school diploma or GED equivalent.  Must possess the ability to accurately record and maintain records; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, supervisors, other departments, officials and the public; ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing. Mechanical aptitude is a plus.

Physical Demands of the applicant include the ability to be able to lift 50 lbs. and work in extreme weather conditions throughout the year.

Would be willing to train the right applicant with fewer qualifications for this position.

To apply contact: Rufus City Hall at 541-739-2321 to obtain application packet. The City of Rufus is an Equal Opportunity Employer with a drug free workplace.


PART TIME CLEANING POSITION available in Moro. One part time cleaning position available. Moro, 4 nights per week. Pay based on experience. To apply please call Eastern Oregon Building Maintenance at 541-575-1741.

COMMUNITY TRANSPORTATION DRIVER Sherman County Community Transportation is now accepting applications for paid driver positions now through May 9, 2017. Applicant requirements:

  • 21 years of age with a valid Oregon or Washington Driver’s License
  • Pass a Criminal History check and a pre-employment drug and alcohol test
  • Position has varied hours with no benefits, and total hours vary due to transportation needs
  • Desirable feature of job is days and hours scheduled each month
  • Required trainings provided for Passenger Assistance, Defensive Driving, and Safety Classes.

Applications may be obtained at the Sherman County Courthouse from the Clerk’s Office or the Transportation office, located at 500 Court Street, Moro, OR.  Sherman County is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  For more information, call the transportation office at (541) 565-3533.   5/5

High School Students: Child Care Provider Opportunity


Child Care Provider during parenting classes

May 3, 10, & 17 from 4:45pm-7:15pm

Moro Presbyterian Church


Contact: Katie Paul (541) 980-8674   4/28

HARVEST TRUCK DRIVER. Harvest truck driver needed from July through part of August. 10-12 hour days, must be responsible, respectful and take care of equipment. I run a small crew so expectations are high and all hands on deck when needed. You must be able to drive a semi since all my trucks are of that nature. CDL not required but would be nice. Pay is depending on experience $17-$21 per hour. It’s about a month’s worth of work. The work will be in Wasco and Sherman County. Please call or text Noah@ 541-980-2699    5/19

OYCC CREW LEADER. For more information regarding the OYCC program visit Sherman County OYCC is accepting applications for several positions within the OYCC Program.  The positions are scheduled to work beginning June 21, 2017 and ending August 11, 2017. Schedule to be arranged upon hiring.  Hours will be 32-40 per week.  All applicants must be able to perform manual labor in adverse weather conditions.  Please review the job descriptions on Sherman County’s website before applying.  Applications will be accepted until 5:00 PM on Friday, May 26, 2017.  Any applicant over 18 years of age must complete and pass a criminal history background check.  For job descriptions and/or employment application, contact the Sherman County Prevention Program at 541-565-5036 or online at

Submit completed cover letter and employment application to the Sherman County Prevention Program, PO Box 263, Moro, OR  97039. 5/26

OYCC CORPS MEMBER/CREW MEMBER  For more information regarding the OYCC program visit Sherman County OYCC is accepting applications for several positions within the OYCC Program.  The positions are scheduled to work beginning June 26, 2017 and ending August 11, 2017.  Schedule to be arranged upon hiring.  Hours will be 32-40 per week.  All applicants must be able to perform manual labor in adverse weather conditions.  Please review the job descriptions on Sherman County’s website before applying.  Applications will be accepted until 5:00 PM on Friday, June 2, 2017.  Any applicant over 18 years of age must complete and pass a criminal history background check.  For job descriptions and/or employment application, contact the Sherman County Prevention Program at 541-565-5036 or online at Submit completed cover letter and employment application to the Sherman County Prevention Program, PO Box 263, Moro, OR  97039.  6/2

CUSTODIAN. Sherman County School District is seeking a qualified custodial candidate. The candidate must be self-motivated and is responsible for performing custodial duties, minor maintenance, and other miscellaneous duties on a regimented schedule in order to ensure that the school building and facilities are maintained in a healthy, safe, and sanitary manner.  Medical, dental, and vision insurance are included. Criminal record check and pre-employment drug screening required. For information and application materials please email or call Wes Owens at or 541-565-3500.

Application Method/Materials Required

Please submit a letter of interest, application (available from the school district) and resume if you are interested in the position to:

Wes Owens, Superintendent

65912 High School Loop

Moro, Oregon  97039

(541) 565-3500

This position will remain open until filled.

Sherman County School District is an equal opportunity employer. 0/0

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT. Sherman County County Court Administrative Assistant. Sherman County is accepting employment applications for the position of County Court Administrative Assistant. This is a temporary, part-time position to cover maternity leave, 32hr/wk or 0.80 FTE, Monday-Thursday, salary range $20-$27/hr. dependent on experience. Position will extend June 1, 2017 to September 28, 2017. Applicant must be knowledgeable in the operation of modern office equipment including computer systems and programs, possess effective written and oral communication skills, and make decisions independently using effective time management. For job description and/or application, contact the office of the Sherman County Court at 541-565-3416 or go online at  Submit completed application and resume to the Sherman County Court, P.O. Box 365, Moro, OR 97039. Applications will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. on Monday, May 1, 2017.  Successful applicant must pass a criminal history background check. Sherman County is an equal opportunity employer. 4/28 



for the position of

Sherman County Driver Education Program Coordinator/Instructor

Original Issue:  04/06/2017

Due Date:  05/11/17 by 5:00 p.m.

Sherman County is seeking letters from candidates interested in assuming responsibility for the existing Driver Education Program sponsored by Sherman County.  The selected applicant will receive training to become certified as an instructor and to manage the program.  Program duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Arranging classroom use and schedule;
  • Developing lesson plans;
  • Teaching class;
  • Instructing driving;
  • Reporting to State;
  • Maintaining certification status.

Currently, the Driver Education Coordinator/Instructor is an employee of Sherman County and is a temporary, part-time position not eligible for benefits.  However, letters from certified driver education program providers will also be considered.  All applicants are subject to a criminal background check.

Please submit letter of interest to: SHERMAN COUNTY DRIVER EDUCATION PROGRAM

PO Box 365, Moro, OR   97039   FAX:  541-565-3312.   5/11

TEACHER. Notice of Job Posting for 7th-12th Grade English Language Arts Teacher: The Sherman County School District is now accepting applications for the 2017-18 school year for an English Language Arts teacher. The district is looking for applicants that have a strong understanding of Professional Learning Communities and the ability to work as a team. Applicants should also have working knowledge of Common Core State Standards and effective teaching strategies. Moreover, prospective applicants must possess the ability to communicate with students, parents and colleagues effectively.  The successful candidate will work full-time ($36,214 – $57,598, pending new bargaining agreement) teaching English Language Arts to 7th – 12th grade students.  This position will be open until filled. Loan Forgiveness Opportunity:  The U.S. Department of Education has approved Oregon’s submission of designated teacher shortage areas for the 2017-18 school year.  Sherman County is on that approved list. The designation may benefit student grant and loan recipients qualified to teach in the Sherman County School District. Teachers may qualify for loan forgiveness if they have federal student loans. To qualify for forgiveness, teachers must teach for 5 consecutive years in the designated areas.  More information is available at the Federal Student Aid website.

Application Process: If you are interested in applying for this position, please email Bill Blevins at   Mr. Blevins will provide you with an official application packet and additional materials.

Application Requirements Shall Include:

  • Completed Application Form
  • Letter of Interest
  • Current Resume
  • Copy of Teaching License (or eligibility to obtain same)
  • Minimum of three (3) Letters of Recommendation (written within the last 3 years)
  • Copies of all transcripts
  • Other material as desired.

Criminal record check and pre-employment drug testing will be required for all positions.  For further information and application materials please email Bill Blevins at Sherman County School District is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  0/0


TRUCK. 2003 Chevy Silverado 1500LS. An excellent, loved and cared for truck that is being sold due to needs changing. This is a dependable workhorse that bumbles through life with pride, and will love you back as much as you love it. Regular cab, 4.8L V8,  great condition, 104600 miles on the ODO as of 4/26/2017. Sturdy bull bar, driver door cluster (new as of April, 2017), 52″ LED bar on bull bar, 36W CREE LED spotlights on front (easy access controls in cab), 18W CREE LED spotlights for backup lights! $9500. You can light up the world and stay safe on your adventures, or through your late-night work, when deer, antelope and turkeys roam in the night! Contact Gabriella Sohl Taylor,   5/5
THE OLD OSKALOOSA/JUST-US INN. The Just Us-Inn is being run as an Airbnb and a boarding house. It has retained full occupancy since 2013. There is a 1 bedroom suite, with bathroom, and an additional 2 two bedroom suites. There is a large unfinished third floor space. On the property there are: two RV hook-up spaces, a community garden, a rental manufactured home. This property features room for development with sewer and electric ready to hook up. This property features four commercial lots. The owner is willing to carry contract, with substantial down payment, at an attractive rate. Hotel is three stories. The first floor has approx. 1500 square ft., large living room, kitchen, dining area, laundry area, and 1.5 baths. The Just-Us Inn is completely furnished with antiques and collectibles. The second floor has 5 guest rooms, storage room, studio apartment, 2.5 baths and also completely furnished and beautifully decorated. The 3rd floor is unfinished but plumbed and wired. A historic property, (The Old Oskaloosa Hotel), Just-Us Inn is located in Sherman County, Oregon, at the heart of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area; a land where time stand still. Sherman County is bordered to the north by the mighty Columbia River, world renowned for salmon & sturgeon fishing; to the east by the John Day River with exceptional steelhead & warm water bass fishing; and to the west by the Deschutes River, most of which is designated as Federal Wild, Scenic River, and State Scenic Waterway. People are drawn to the area to fly fish on world class rivers, white water rafting, windsurfing, golfing, hiking, mountain biking, all while enjoying the natural beauty that has become synonymous with the region. For sale by owner. $300,000.00 Can carry contract with down payment. Please call Debbie 503-515-7374.   5/19

HOME. 1117 Wilson Street in Wasco.  Manufactured in 2000.  1344sq. Ft.  3 bedroom, 2 bath.  New roof 4 years ago.  Heat pump. Located in a private setting on 3 city lots.  Underground sprinkler system.  Also has a 20×20 garage.  This is a real steal at $99,500.  My Dad will be transitioning into an assisted living facility. Call Shawn at 541-980-9476   5/19

SERVICES: [home, personal, appliance, landscape, fencing, cleaning, maintenance, janitorial, computer, construction, sewing, repairs, transportation, media, preschool, day care, support & training]

FAMILY HISTORY & OBITUARIES. Sherman County, Oregon – A History Collection. Update: Chris Sanders’ gift of an obituary collection transcribed from old newspapers on microfilm. The Moro Bulletin. The Wasco News. The People’s Republic… with more to come.  5/5 

HAZARDOUS WASTE COLLECTION, May 5, Sherman County Road Department. See details at 4/28

SHERMAN COUNTY AGRI-BUSINESS DIRECTORY. To add or update your business listing, please contact Sherman County Administrative Assistant Lauren Hernandez  0/0




High School Students: Child Care Provider Opportunity


Child Care Provider during parenting classes

May 3, 10, & 17 from 4:45pm-7:15pm Moro Presbyterian Church

Contact: Katie Paul (541) 980-8674        4/28

2017 WASCO MEMORIAL DAY CELEBRATION: Monthly planning sessions for the 2017 Memorial Day Celebration are held the 3rd Thursday of each month at Wasco City Hall beginning at 6:30 p.m. Sessions will continue up to the day of the Celebration in May. YOUR HELP IS NEEDED … all comments and suggestions are welcome … fresh ideas are encouraged … please come join us!! 5/20 

CITY OF WASCO. Lots of opportunities to volunteer! Memorial Day, Wasco Railroad and City History Center, Wasco Salmon/Steelhead Tournament, Halloween Fun House, Santa’s Workshop and the City/Community Library! 5/20


VENDORS, ANTIQUES & CRAFTS. Vendors wanted to fill spaces for antique and crafters mall in Moro. Please call 541-705-0232.   4/28


FAMILY HISTORY & OBITUARIES. Sherman County, Oregon – A History Collection. Update: Chris Sanders’ gift of an obituary collection transcribed from old newspapers on microfilm. The Moro Bulletin. The Wasco News. The People’s Republic… with more to come.  5/5 



3. Calendar (new or corrected)


28 ABC Huskies’ Paint Nite 5:30 Wasco Annex


1 Sherman County Lions Club 12 Sherman County Senior & Community Center

1 Original Wasco County Courthouse Opens for the Season

2 Frontier Regional 911 Special Board Meeting 1 Gilliam County Courthouse

3 Incredible Years Parenting Series 5-7 Moro Community Presbyterian Church

3 Sherman County Court 9

3 Gilliam County Historical Society’s Depot Museum Complex Opens 1 Condon

4 National Day of Prayer

4 Sherman County Fair Board 7 Fairgrounds

4 All County Prayer Meeting Refreshments/Social 6:30

         Prayer 7-8:30 Kent Baptist Church

5 First Saturday Art Walk & & Farmers’ Market 10-5 Moro

garbage.keep clean5 Hazardous Waste Collection 10-2 Sherman County Road Department, Moro

6 Sherman County-Wide Clean-Up 9-3 Solid Waste Transfer Site, Welk Road

6 Cascade Singers & Cascade Youth Choir Present “Blessings on Earth 7 Zion Lutheran

6 Wasco County Pioneers Annual Reunion, Fort Dalles Readiness Center

6 Hidden Spaces Tour, Historic Downtown Condon

7 Cascade Singers & Cascade Youth Choir Present “Blessings on Earth 3 Zion Lutheran

8 Sherman County School District Board Meeting 7 Library

9 Sherman County Soil & Water Conservation District Board Meeting 8:30 a.m. Moro

9 Sherman County Watershed Council 11:30 Burnet Extension & Research Center, Moro

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

9 North Central Public Health District Board Meeting 3

10 Sherman County Senior Center Advisory 12 Senior Center, Moro

10 Incredible Years Parenting Series 5-7 Moro Community Presbyterian Church

11 Conversations about Death & Dying 5 Goldendale Library


17 Sherman County Court 9

17 Incredible Years Parenting Series 5-7 Moro Community Presbyterian Church


20-21 Equine Mania Cow Sorting Clinic, Wasco

20-21 Tygh Ridge All-Indian Rodeo, Tygh Valley

22 Mid-Columbia Housing Authority Board 11 The Dalles

22-28 Western Interstate Region Conference (County Officials) Sunriver

23 Tri-County Mental Health Budget Committee 11-2 The Dalles

23 Mid-Columbia Council of Governments Board 1-3 The Dalles

23 Sherman Co. Transit to Hood River Follies, Lions Club Benefit

26-27 Community Sale in Grass Valley, Memorial Day Weekend 9-4

28-29 Wasco’s Memorial Day Celebration


1 Sherman County Fair Board 7 Fairgrounds

3 First Saturday Art Walk & & Farmers’ Market 10-5 Moro

3-4 Wheatacres Trail & Cattle Challenge

7 Sherman County Court 9

7 All County Prayer Meeting Refreshments/Social 6:30

         Prayer 7-8:30 Wasco Methodist Church

9 Summer Concert in Condon, Wasteland Kings 6:39-9:90

12 Sherman County School Board of Directors Meeting 7 Library

13 Sherman County SWCD 8:30 a.m. Moro

13 Sherman County Watershed Council 11:30 Burnet Building

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

13 North Central Public Health District Board Meeting 3 The Dalles

13 Sherman County Ambulance Board Meeting

13 Columbia Basin Ag Research Center Field Day 7:45-3 Pendleton

14 Sherman Experiment Station Field Day 7:45-1 Moro


14 Sherman Senior Center Advisory Meeting 12:30 Senior Center, Moro

15 Mid-Columbia Economic Development District Board Meeting 4 The Dalles

15 Northern Oregon Regional Corrections Facilities Board 1-3 The Dalles


18-23 Cottonwood Crossing Summer Institute

21 Sherman County Court 9

21 Summer Begins

26 Mid-Columbia Housing Authority Board Meeting 10 The Dalles

27 Mid-Columbia Council of Governments Board 1-3 The Dalles 


1 First Saturday Art Walk & & Farmers’ Market 10-5 Moro

1-9 Experience Moro’s Quilt & Fiber Arts Displays & Activities

3 Summer Concert in Condon, Countryfied & Fireworks 6:30-9:90


5 All County Prayer Meeting Refreshments/Social 6:30

         Prayer 7-8:30 Grass Valley Baptist Church 


2 All County Prayer Meeting Refreshments/Social 6:30

         Prayer 7-8:30 Rufus Baptist Church

4 Summer Concert in Condon, Buffalo Kin 6:30-9:90

5 First Saturday Art Walk & & Farmers’ Market 10-5 Moro

12-13 Equine Mania 2-Man Advanced Cow Sorting Clinic, Wasco

19-20 Special Art Walk & Farmers’ Market 10-5

20 Total Solar Eclipse Party in Condon featuring Brewers Grade
         Camping, Food, Beer & Wine

21 Total Solar Eclipse

22-27 Sherman County Fair

26 Summer Concert in Condon, HYATUS 6:30-9:90


Sherman County eNews #118


  1. Sherman County School Athletic Schedule Update, April 29, May 2, 12

  2. Sage Mountain Primitives to Reopen, May 6

  3. Sherman County Lions Club Meeting, May 1

  4. North Central Public Health District Executive Committee Meeting, May 9

  5. Conversations About Death & Dying, May 11

  6. History Tidbits: Moro, Oregon 1898

1. Sherman County School Athletic Schedule Update, April 29, May 2, 12

SHS Tennis 

April 29, 2017 – Helix Tournament in Hermiston starting at 9:00, bus departs at 6:00.

Sherman/Arlington/Condon High School Baseball

May 2, 2017 – Baseball at Pilot Rock starting at 4:00 (one game), bus departs SHS at 12:45

May 12, 2017 – Baseball at Elgin starting at 1:00 (double header), bus departs at 9:00

May 13, 2017 – Games CANCELLED (games on May 12th, above replace these games)

2. Sage Mountain Primitives to Reopen, May 6

According to Deena Johnson, Sage Mountain Primitives will not be reopening the cafe on May 1st as planned. The yarn, fiber and gift shop is moving across the street to 408 1/2 Main Street in Moro, and will be reopening May 6th. We apologize for this inconvenience, and hope to see you at the new shop.

3. Sherman County Lions Club Meeting, May 1

Sherman County Lions Club Meeting

Monday, May 1st following lunch at noon

Sherman County Senior & Community Center in Moro.

~ Lion Geremy Shull

4. North Central Public Health District Executive Committee Meeting, May 9

The North Central Public Health District Executive Committee will be meeting Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. at North Central Public Health District located at 419 E. 7th Street, in the Loft Meeting Room (Annex C), in The Dalles, Oregon. This meeting is open to the general public.

5. Conversations About Death & Dying, May 11       

Thursday, May 11th, 5 p.m.

Conversations About Death & Dying

Goldendale Library

What does dying in America look like? Has it changed in the past 100 years? What can we do to prepare for our own end of life care? Join us for a facilitated discussion on one of the hardest things to talk about: Death and dying.

Facilitated by Colleen Ballinger, RN for Providence Hospice of the Gorge for 23 years, who says “My dying patients teach me about living,”  and Julie Reynolds, a gerontologist with a special interest in how people think about dying.

Questions? Amy King Schoppert, MLS, Goldendale Branch Manager, Fort Vancouver Regional Library District 509-773-4487. 

6. History Tidbits: Moro, Oregon 1898

cowboyMORO, OREGON 1898

From the Moro Leader, June 8, 1898.

Situated nearly in the center of one of the best wheat-raising sections of Eastern Oregon, and the county seat of Sherman county, is the thriving little city of Moro. While there are not more than about 350 inhabitants at present, there is certain to be twice as many in a very short time. The Columbia Southern railroad is now being constructed from Wasco to Moro, and is expected to be in operation to Moro before the wheat crop, now waving green over our fair county, is ready for market.

Moro is not as yet incorporated, but has many incorporations within her limits — private corporations, for gain and for the public convenience and safety. First to incorporate was the Moro Mercantile Co., capital stock $35,000 — all Sherman county capital — all owned and operated by live business men. They do a general merchandise and machinery business, and have two branch stores, one at Monkland, about 7 miles east of Moro, and the other at Klondike, about 12 miles northeast.

The next to incorporate was the Moro Manufacturing Co., with a capital stock of $4,000, object, to construct and repair all kinds of farm machinery, etc. and operate a foundry. They have a large shop 60 x 60, with annex, and are already in need of more room. They keep several hands busy now, and as soon as all machinery ordered arrives, and is in position, no busier place can be found in Eastern Oregon.

The Moro Publishing Co., incorporated, publishes the Moro Leader, and does all kinds of job printing. The paper is Republican in politics, and keeps abreast of the times on all leading topics.

The Moro Hall Co. is composed principally of members of Moro Lodge No. 64, A.O.U.W., and has nearly completed a fine opera house with an auditorium 32 x 64, and raised stage 18 x 40, with fine lodge room on second floor, with all needful ante rooms, etc.

The Commercial Club had a fine building: front, 26 by 20, two stories, with extensions 22 by 60, completed, and would have opened on May 26th, but the fire-fiend destroyed it in the early morning of that day. Soon as they can it is proposed to rebuild.

The Moro Water Company, just incorporated for $7,000, is going ahead to enlarge the water supply system, putting in larger mains and fire plugs, etc., thus insuring an abundance of fresh water for use, and a magnificent protection against fire.

Moro has a well-equipped fire company, consisting of two divisions, the Hose Company and the Hook and Ladder Company. They are well supplied with hose, cart and hose, ladders, buckets, pull-down hook, etc., and are as proficient as any volunteer fire company anywhere to be found, having but recently proved themselves to be so, saving the town by most energetic and skillful work during the conflagration that destroyed the Commercial Club building and J.B. Hosford’s residence and office.

Moro has two church buildings, one of them erected by the Presbyterians and occupied also by the Methodists, the other Baptist, used at times by the United Brethren. Another fine church will be erected at once by an incorporation of Methodists.

Our public schools are a source of pride and profit, and are well cared for by a board of intelligent and progressive directors. Many pupils attend from outside the town and much interest is taken by all in the success of the schools.

Moore Bros’ Bank is one of our solid institutions, well equipped and well patronized. Moore Bros. are also agents for quite a number of fire insurance companies, and proprietors of the original town site of Moro.

Among the business enterprises not enumerated above, are F. H. Meader & Co., doing a general merchandise and farm implement business; E. Peoples, dealer in furniture, also undertaking; W. O. Hadley, jeweler and watchmaker; A. D. Bolton & Co., druggists and stationery; Dora Williams, stationery, patent medicines, etc. — also post mistress and proprietor of the Moro Hotel, a fine large new house just completed, with annex, consisting of the old hotel heretofore occupied and run as the Moro Hotel; A. E. Cousens, barber and book stand; Mrs. J. H. Landry, fine millinery; Mrs. E. M. West, restaurant and lodging house; Geo. W. Brock, restaurant; L. D. Holder, proprietor of the City Hotel, a large, comfortable and well conducted house; Wheat & Clark, bowling alley, fruit and confectionery stand; Page and Parry, city meat market; Union Lumber Co., lumber, wood, coal, etc.; D. M. Radley, brick-maker, contractor and dealer in lime, cement, etc.; Heydt & Co., makers and dealers in harness, saddles, etc.; Hayes & Dunahoo, proprietors of Altamont Jr. feed and livery stables; S. Monahan, proprietor of Red Barn livery and feed stable; J. H. Landry, blacksmith; Brash & Slater, painters and paper hangers; Windom & Stilwell, house, sign, carriage painting, paper hanging, etc.

Among the professions we find J. B. Hosford, attorney-at-law, who is the leading lawyer of the county; R. E. Hoskinson, another attorney, who is also engaged in the real estate business and insurance; Dr. I. M. Smith, who has been located here for several years, and enjoys a large practice and the confidence of the people. Dr. Lloyd D. Idleman, dentist, a young man from Portland, has established himself here; W. E. Lee, an Iowan, associated at present with R. E. Hoskinson, and L. W. Hunting, justice of the peace, and collector.

Of carpenters, we have C. W. Stokes, Lewis Crandall, Wonderly & Hopkins, Dan Dillinger, Geo. Meader and others.

Moro has a bright future before her, and is to-day a more live, energetic town than many with ten times her population. She has a strong banking house, and her citizens are constantly on the alert for an opportunity to increase business and build up the town and surrounding country.

Many thousands of dollars can be used in developing our native resources. Nowhere in the world is as fine wheat raised for cracker manufacturing, and many thousands of bushels are even now shipped and used exclusively for that purpose.

Several new enterprises are being started, among them a lumber, wood, coal and shingle yard, by J. O. Elrod, a large three-story block being erected by J. R. Martin for business purposes; a flouring mill, and an electric light and power plant, are being seriously contemplated, and just so soon as means are available will be added to our industries.

A fine opportunity for investment in the two last named enterprises. Another Klondike awaiting development is the erection of a number of cottages for rent. There has been a scarcity of residences in Moro for rent constantly for about two years, and the need is certain to be greater as people flock to Moro this summer, as they are sure to do. The completion of the C. S. R. R. to Moro will mark an era in the town’s history, and those who come now, and get in on the ground floor, will reap a rich reward.

This is not a “boom article,” but the plain unvarnished truth, told not with intent to deceive, but to encourage good, honest, reliable people to come and share in our prosperity and make their homes with us.

Moro and her natural advantages will bear close investigation, and any one may learn more of us by coming in person, or addressing Moore Bros., J. B. Hosford, Moro Mercantile Company, R. E. Hoskinson, F. H. Meader & Co., E. Peoples, or any of our citizens.


Sherman County eNews #117


  1. Editorial Note: Sherman Experiment Station Research Questions

  2. Free NW Noggin Brain Education for Middle & High Students, May 20

  3. The Importance of Obituaries

  4. Notice: Sherman County Court Session, May 3

  5. At the Intersection of Home and Work

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

1. Editorial Note: Sherman Experiment Station Research Questions

wheat.blwhframeWe recently learned that Dr. Richard “Dick” Smiley is documenting the history of the Columbia Basin Research Center and the Sherman Experiment Station. He hopes someone in Sherman County can fill some of the gaps that aren’t covered by existing documentation.

His questions about the Sherman Experiment Station include:

1 In what year was the first tractor brought onto the Station? Or purchased?
2 In what year was the original barn taken down?
3 Who were the Station managers between Jack McDermid’s death in 1973 and the arrival of Scott Case in 1984? And during which years did they serve?

4 What year was the new office building constructed?

5 What year was a parcel of land exchanged with City of Moro or the County? Was it 2013?

Please contact Dr. Smiley if you can help!
Richard W. Smiley, Emeritus Professor of Plant Pathology

Oregon State University

Columbia Basin Agricultural Research Center

48037 Tubbs Ranch Road, Adams, Oregon 97810

telephone: 541-278-4397      fax: 541-278-4188

2. Free NW Noggin Brain Education for Middle & High Students, May 20

boy.puzzledAttention middle and high school students: Put your thinking caps on and attend NW Noggin’s upcoming brain education event on Saturday, May 20th at La Grande High School! Interact with college students who are studying neuroscience and other disciplines from universities around the Northwest, play fun games about the brain, make neuroscience-related crafts, and touch and examine real brains!

This event, brought to you by Northeast Oregon Area Health Education Center, NW Noggin, and La Grande School District, is for students in grades 6-12 and will be held in the La Grande High School Cafeteria/Commons Area from 9 A.M.-11:30 A.M. Students are encouraged to arrive a few minutes early to check in. A tour of the new LHS CTE building will also follow the program for any interested students and parents.

This event is free, but registration is required –

For more information see

3. The Importance of Obituaries

time.hourglass1~ Editorial by Ben Garrett, Dispatches from the Cumberlands, 2014

Aside from the front page, the single most-read page of the newspaper is the obituaries page. Readers care about obituaries because the people featured on the page were their friends and neighbors, former classmates, fellow church members, or people who played integral roles in the community.

Obituaries are vitally important because, quite simply, every obituary tells the story of someone’s life — who their parents were, who their children are . . . but, just as importantly, where they’ve been and what they’ve done. An obituary may be the only time that person’s name ever appears in the paper, and it is through that obituary that a lasting record of a person’s life is written.

Each obituary consists of only a few paragraphs. In newspeak, they’re measured in column inches. But, strung together, one after another in a single edition of the newspaper, and across multiple editions for weeks or years, they tell the story of our community — allowing us to remember the good times and reflect on the bad.

The purpose of a newspaper is to report the news, and obituaries are very much news. Because of this, the Independent Herald does not — never has, and never will — charge families or the attending funeral home to publish obituaries.

Maureen Boyle, journalism director at Stonehill College, has noted that “most free obituaries” have ended at newspapers in America; having an obituary published in a larger newspaper can cost hundreds of dollars. noted recently that obituaries are “no longer considered a public service.”

We believe they’re just that, and more. They’re the stories of our community.

4. Notice: Sherman County Court Session, May 3

The Sherman County Court will be in session Wednesday, May 3, 2017, at 9:00 a.m. in the Circuit Courtroom at the Sherman County Courthouse, 500 Court Street, Moro, Oregon, 97039.

SCCourt.Agenda May 3 2017

5. At the Intersection of Home and Work

Do family problems affect your working life? Do you take problems at work home with you at the end of the day? Today, let’s take a look at how our work and family lives interact. 

For a long time, employers have been concerned about how troubles at home may affect their employees’ on-the-job performance. But a major study done some time ago by the Families and Work Institute says that the truth may be closer to the other way around. Workers are far more likely to bring job-related problems into the house than they are to take family conflicts to the job.

Has this been your experience? In our 40+ years of working with both employers and employees, we’ve learned that it’s really quite impossible to split off any part of anyone’s life and put it away so that it doesn’t affect the other parts. What happens at home is bound to affect what goes on at work and vice-versa.

It is also true that the same attitudes, expectations, beliefs, and problem-solving abilities are used to deal with all of life’s challenges, whether they occur in the workplace or in the living room. That’s why it is important to work on these personal development techniques because when you improve the quality of life at home, it can quickly spill over to improve productivity and quality at work.

You can’t keep personal growth in a box. Development in one area stimulates growth in another, and the desire for excellence reaches out to touch everything in life. ~ The Pacific Institute

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

Bird.Black.EnvelopeSecure Fence Act of 2006

History: Amazing Sherman County Business Trivia

A positive mind finds a way it can be done. A negative mind looks for all the ways it can’t be done. Someone once said, “There are no truths; there are only perceptions of truth.” Whether or not you accept this statement, whatever you believe to be true will become your reality. Your subconscious mind will believe anything you tell it — if you repeat the words often and with conviction. When you are faced with a daunting task that you’ve never attempted before, focus on the potential for success, not on the possibilities for failure. Break the job down into smaller elements and tackle each one separately. The only difference between success and failure in any job is your attitude toward it. ~ Napoleon Hill

New Study Finds Interesting Trend in Survey of Best and Worst States

Oregon Watchdog

Nine ‘Sanctuary’ Jurisdictions Face Defunding

OSU debuts new logo, mission statement highlighting state and global reach 

‘Whale cams’ capture massive mammals’ mysterious daily habits 

Oregon Road Trips

The Cowards of Academia


Sherman County eNews #116


  1. Sherman County School Athletic Schedule: Tennis Update

  2. Sherman 4-H Club News Report: “Pans on Fire” Cooking Club

  3. Frontier Regional 911 Agency Special Board Meeting Notice, May 2

  4. Fairy and Folktales Family Literacy Night with Robin Hood, April 27

  5. 1st Annual Shaniko Silent Movie Festival, April 28-30

  6. 2017 Starry Night at the Museum – Star Party & Campout, July 15

  7. Sherman County Court Notes, April 19

1. Sherman County School Athletic Schedule: Tennis Update

Logo.Sherman High SchoolSHS Tennis 

April 27, 2017 – CANCELLED



2. Sherman 4-H Club News Report: “Pans on Fire” Cooking Club

4-H clover1The “Pans on Fire” 4-H club met on April 21 at 3:45pm at the Sherman Extension Office.  Attending were:  Emma, Maddie, Pyeper, Ben, Hunter, Calvin, Josh and Antone.  Excused absence:  Bella.  Pledge of Allegience led by Hunter, 4-H Pledge by Ben.  We cooked eggs, bacon and toast on “buddy burners.”  We talked about primitive stoves.  Emma taught us how to use buddy burners.  We made breakfast sandwiches.  Next meeting will be May. Meeting adjourned at 5:00pm.   Signed, Pyeper Walker, News Reporter

3. Frontier Regional 911 Agency Special Board Meeting Notice, May 2

May 2, 2017   1:00 p.m.  Gilliam County Courthouse – Courtroom

Special Meeting to discuss Burns/Paiute Tribe Joining Frontier Regional Dispatch.

If necessary, Executive Session may be held in accordance with ORS 192.660 (1)

(e) Property

(h) Legal Rights


As this is a regular meeting of the Frontier Regional 911 Board, other matters may be addressed as deemed appropriate by the Board.

4. Fairy and Folktales Family Literacy Night with Robin Hood, April 27

Logo.ShermanPub.School.Library2017Sherman County Public/School Library presents Fairy and Folktale Family Literacy Night with a special “Robin Hood” performance by Traveling Lantern Theatre Company on Thursday, April 27 at 6:30pm. All ages are welcome to come and enjoy a fun-filled night of games and activities! Attendees will be sent home with a free book! For more information contact the library at 541-565-3279 or email

5. 1st Annual Shaniko Silent Movie Festival, April 28-30

moviesApril 28th at the *Senior Center, Madras, OR


April 29-30 at the Shaniko Schoolhouse, Shaniko, OR

Piano Accompaniment by Keith Taylor


The Son of the Sheik (Friday)

The Sheik (Saturday)

Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (Sunday)

Show Times 3 p.m. each day

Jam Sessions after the movieFor Further Information call 541-489-3434

Fund Raising Event for the Shaniko Preservation Guild

*Seniors of Jefferson County, 860 SW Madison St. Madras, OR

 6. 2017 Starry Night at the Museum – Star Party & Campout, July 15

Join us for an amazing night of star gazing on the grounds of Maryhill Museum of Art!

Pitch a tent on Saturday, July 15, 2017 and experience awe-inspiring views of the summer night sky. Catch glimpses of the Milky Way, the Andromeda Galaxy, Sagittarius, and even some meteors if we are lucky! Volunteers from Rose City Astronomers and Troy Carpenter from the Goldendale Observatory will be here with telescopes and knowledge to inspire and inform our special views.

Register here:

7. Sherman County Court Notes, April 19

ShermanCoLogo~ By Administrative Assistant Lauren Hernandez

(This is a brief summary of topics addressed and is not official minutes. For official minutes and details, please see the official approved minutes posted after the May 3 court session on the Sherman County website at

The Sherman County Court met in regular session on April 19, 2017, and in conducting the business of the county,

  • heard a quarterly report from Jenine McDermid, Clerk; the clerk’s office has transitioned to Helion, streamlining the document recording and archiving process; preparations are underway for the May 16 special district elections; the 2017-2018 insurance renewal is in progress; Jenine presented the County Assessment Function Funding Assistance Grant application; the grant supports assessment and evaluation functions including tax collection and tax distribution; the court approved the 2017-2018 County Assessment Function Funding Assistance Grant Resolution and authorized Judge Thompson to sign;
  • heard a quarterly report from Ron McDermid, Justice of the Peace; revenues for the third quarter were above the projected level; a change in staffing at the sheriff’s office may have an effect, but revenue is currently stable; Ron will present at County College regarding Justice Court and the court’s interaction with the public; the new Weed Department building is almost complete; the courthouse facilities project team is seeking information about the cupola;
  • heard a quarterly report from Jan Byram, Senior Center Director; Pizza Nite and the silent auction fundraiser were successful; a two-day silent auction is being planned for October; a prime rib fundraiser will take place in September; Emergency Services requested the Senior Center purchase a Knox Box; the center accepted a donation of an electric wheelchair to loan out, but batteries need to be purchased; batteries will be provided by those using the chair; the kitchen staff is preparing fresh food and has expanded the salad bar, which has resulted in an increased work load; Jan requested the kitchen assistant’s time be increased from 2 hours to 2.5 hours per day, and the court approved the request;
  • heard a quarterly report from Wes Owens, Sherman County School District Superintendent; the school consolidation is going well; the school is working with the City of Grass Valley on how to best utilize the empty school facility; the school safety proposal is temporarily on hold; budget meetings will be held in May; state testing is currently underway; the school is moving forward with Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports and Response to Intervention programs for students k-12; a second Hall of Honor class will be inducted in the fall; the Class of 2017 will graduate in June, and the ceremony will include a special tribute to the class of 1957; Ruralite will feature Sherman County School in an article covering the consolidation;
  • heard a quarterly report from Nate Stice, Regional Solutions Coordinator; Governor Kate Brown will be meeting with Regional Solutions, and discussion will be held on agriculture business, issues facing agriculture, and opportunities for solutions; Nate has been speaking with housing developers about the possibility of housing in Sherman County and the tools available (like the rental incentive program and the attainable housing loan fund); a Regional Solutions full-team outreach meeting will be held in June;
  • held a public hearing to consider an Amendment to the Sherman County Comprehensive Plan Map to rezone approximately 1.5 acres from Commercial (C-1) to Residential (R-1) for a Single Family Dwelling and declaring an emergency; no public comment was heard; the court approved an Ordinance Amending the Comprehensive Plan/Zoning Map to Redesignate Certain Tax Lots in the County from Commercial C-1 to Residential and Declaring an Emergency;
  • heard a quarterly report from Georgia Macnab, Planner; Georgia presented a list of permits granted and hearings that have been held or will be held; the Cottonwood Canyon complaint was discussed; an amendment to the existing plan or a Conditional Use Permit will likely be needed for Oregon State Parks to develop a boat launch and restroom on park land at Starvation Lane; the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy project list was finalized and sent to Mid-Columbia Economic Development District; work on the roof at the laundry room/restroom at the RV Park will begin soon;
  • heard a quarterly report from Rod Asher, Weed District Director; the Weed Department is working on contract spraying work; the weather could have impacts on spraying; the Lower Deschutes Cooperative Weed Management Area seasonal crew started in mid-March; Dan Sun has been hired as Lower Deschutes Cooperative Weed Management Area Coordinator; the new Weed Department building is close to being finished;
  • heard a quarterly report from Bryan Hunt, Tri-County Veterans Service Officer; Bryan presented Sherman County totals, Tri-County totals, outreach/enhancement/expansion hours, and purchases and costs;
  • heard a quarterly report from Jessica Metta, Mid-Columbia Economic Development District; Jessica will begin to advertise the rental housing incentive program; South Sherman Fire & Rescue is working on door-to-door surveys, and approximately 65 more survey responses are needed; Jessica is working with Senator Merkley’s staff on avenues for moving forward with improving Giles French Park.
  • met with Dan Spatz, Columbia Gorge Community College (CGCC) Community Outreach Coordinator; discussion was held about if CGCC should explore furthering its relationship with Sherman County and expanding its role in the county; an Intergovernmental Agreement or Memorandum of Understanding could be developed to promote a relationship that could provide CGCC space in Sherman County to provide distance learning opportunities; Dan suggested forming an advisory committee to develop this idea; Dan will present this idea to all three counties in Tri-County Court;
  • entered into executive session in accordance with ORS 192.660 (2) (h) Legal Rights to discuss weed control statutes and the legal process of dealing with the weed ordinance violation;
  • opened a discussion about the Ecclesia of Sinai at Dufur weed ordinance violation; Will Carey, County Counsel, explained the Oregon Revised Statutes (ORS) determine a county’s rights and obligations regarding eradication of noxious weeds; the weed director/inspector can make a report to the district attorney if a violation occurs, notification is given, and an opportunity is given to correct the violation but no corrective action is taken; Ecclesia, notified by Rod Asher, Weed District Director, has refused to correct the violation; ORS state the weed director/inspector can spray the land to eradicate the weeds, can get an injunction, or can notify the Department of Agriculture, which may quarantine the farm until the weeds are taken care of; Chris Moore, Moore Brothers, stated this weed violation has been ongoing, and he would appreciate follow through on the matter; Robert Olsen, Olsen Farms, agreed the problem has been ongoing and will only get worse if not solved; Judge Thompson stated some Ecclesia property has now been mowed, but this only scatters the weeds; mowing is listed in the ORS, but in this case, is not a sufficient solution; Judge Thompson instructed Mark Coles, Road Master, to start spraying all county right-of-ways by Ecclesia property, as the contract specifies the right-of-ways are to be maintained, and they have not been; John English, City of Moro Public Works Director, stated the weed violation issue is a safety issue at the top of town; Bryan Cranston, Cranston Farms LLC, stated if nothing is done, Sherman County will be known for tolerating noxious weeds, and this will not be favorable to grain exporters; Pat Powell, Powell Farms LLC, stated Canada Thistle has become a serious problem, and it is a shame to see productive fields losing acreage to this weed; Judge Thompson stated other organic certified farmers control their weeds in a responsible manner; he asked the audience if at this point, anyone thought there was another way of controlling the weed violation aside from using chemicals; Will suggested contacting the Department of Agriculture to alert them of the problem, and if no solution can be found, asking the department to quarantine the farm; Will stated Rod should meet with Wade McLeod, District Attorney, to get the go-ahead to take care of the weeds; any cost associated with correcting the weed violation will be applied as a tax lien; a letter will be written to the Department of Agriculture to inform them of the situation; Will stated a diplomatic letter was written to notify Ecclesia of the violation, and the response received was not appropriate; the Right to Farm does not give the right to go against state statutes, and ORS states the county has the right to terminate noxious weeds; Sherman County farmers and other concerned citizens can submit letters to the County Court in support of taking action against the weed violation to be included in the letter sent to the Department of Agriculture;
  • met with Amber DeGrange, Four River’s Early Learning Hub (4REL Hub); an agreement has been drawn up with Columbia Gorge Education Service District (CGESD) to distribute School Readiness and Historic Coordination funds; the preschools do not meet the insurance requirement set by the state, and this agreement will allow funds to be distributed; Sherman County, as 4REL Hub fiscal backbone, will send $84,054.07 to CGESD to be distributed; the state is developing a waiver to the insurance requirement, though the waiver will not apply to entities dealing with children or transportation, so will not apply to the preschools; the court approved the funding agreement between Sherman County, the backbone organization of the Four Rivers Early Learning Hub, and Columbia Gorge Education Service District for the dispersal of School Readiness and Historic Coordination funds;
  • approved A Resolution in support of a Transportation Funding Package in the 2017 Legislative Session pending approval of county counsel;
  • approved payment of the following invoices for the Biggs Service District Water System Improvements Project: invoice 59251 in the amount of $5,000 for design engineering and invoice 59250 in the amount of $1,636 for United States Department of Agriculture funding assistance application;
  • approved the Sherman County Emergency Action Plan revised in April 2017 and authorized Judge Thompson to sign;
  • approve of Sherman County being listed as a Sanctuary Trauma Informed Community of Practice as specified within the Columbia Gorge Health Council’s Mobilizing Action for Resilient Communities plan;
  • authorized the Soil Sample Contract between Sherman County and Soil Solutions for soil testing at the Wasco Annex;
  • authorized up to $350 dollars for transportation through Mid-Columbia Bus Company to the County College barbeque;
  • discussed quarterly report frequency, Sherman County property in Wasco, and a funding request for the County College barbeque;
  • heard reports from court members about regional board activities.