Sherman County eNews #98


  1. Did You Know?

  2. Bird Walk at Cottonwood Canyon State Park, April 8

  3. Sherman County Catholic Community Easter Schedule

  4. Teens & Oregon Mustangs, Mustang Adoption Challenge 2017

  5. Maryhill Museum Spring Fling Luncheon: Creating a Story through Fashion, April 22

  6. Public Records and Meetings Law

  7. Open? Closed?

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

1. Did You Know?


Children of parents who talk to their teens regularly about drugs

are 42% less likely to use drugs than those who don’t,

yet only a quarter of teens report having these conversations.

(National Family Partnership)

Want more information?

Contact Taylor at Sherman County Prevention


2. Bird Walk at Cottonwood Canyon State Park, April 8

bird.meadowlarkCome out to Cottonwood Canyon State Park on Saturday, April 8th, to see and learn about the local bird population. Bring your binoculars. The arrival of spring means the arrival of the migratory birds and there should be some good sightings. We will be meeting  at Cottonwood Canyon State Park near the shade shelter in Lone Tree Campground at 9 AM.

~ David Spangler
Park Ranger
Cottonwood Canyon State Park

3. Sherman County Catholic Community Easter Schedule

church.family1Please Join the Catholic Community of Sherman County as we celebrate Easter Week!

*Saturday, April 8, St. Mary, Wasco ~ 3pm Palm Sunday Mass

*Friday, April 14, St. Mary, Wasco ~ 6pm Evening Ceremony & Stations of the Cross

*Sunday, April 16, St. Mary, Wasco ~ 8am Easter Mass

St. John, Grass Valley ~ 10am Easter Mass

*Sunday, April 23 ~ Divine Mercy Sunday Mass ~ Wasco 8am, Grass Valley 10am

4. Teens & Oregon Mustangs, Mustang Adoption Challenge 2017

cowboy.bootFor the first time, in March the Northwest Horse Fair and Expo hosted the Mustang Adoption Challenge 2017, presented by the non-profit group, Teens and Oregon Mustangs.

Contestants acquired their mustangs in December and had just 100 days to train and prepare the horses for the Challenge. Youth and adult contenders with their mustangs competed in Overall Body Condition, Showmanship, In-Hand Trail obstacles, and Riding classes. Following three days of rugged competition, the final results were announced the last day of the expo, with Division winners receiving a certificate for a brand new saddle!

Youth In-hand Division Grand Champion was Layla with her mustang, Jolene; and Reserve Champion was Renee with her mustang Jericho. The Teen Riding Grand Champion was Allie and her mustang, Bentley; and Reserve Champion award went to Alexis and her mustang Axel. The Adult Riding Grand Champion was Rachel Macdonald and Dayton; and the Reserve Championship went to Scott Depaolo and Rocky.

Following the awards ceremony, the trained mustangs were live-auctioned to new owners. The highest bids for all mustangs were paid for the two winners of the Adult Division: $7,250 paid for Dayton, with trainer Rachel Macdonald, and the second highest bid was $6,200, for Rocky, trained by Scott Depaolo. Teens and Oregon Mustangs officials were pleased with the results, as all 38 mustangs were sold and adopted through the auction.

5. Maryhill Museum Spring Fling Luncheon: Creating a Story through Fashion, April 22

Saturday, April 22, 2017 | 1 to 3 p.m.
Spring Fling Luncheon: Creating a Story through Fashion

Join us for a luncheon and presentation from Portland fashion designer Michelle Lesniak, the winner of Project Runway Season 11! A self-proclaimed, professional rule breaker, Michelle won the ability to design full-time, a luxury many designers never achieve. Her focus is emotive clothing, as she likes to say, “Fashion with a purpose.” Program will be followed by a Q & A.  Cost:  $40 members / $45 non-members; limited seating; advance reservations required. You may also reserve tables of four or eight. To register, call 509.773.3733 ext. 25 or use PayPal to register online here:  Proceeds benefit Maryhill Museum of Art. 

6. Public Records and Meetings Law


Oregon.Flat.poleOregon’s open government laws promote democracy by ensuring that all state, regional and local governments conduct their business with transparency. Oregon citizens have a right to know how their government is spending their tax dollars and exercising the powers granted by the people. This page is a resource for all Oregonians to understand and exercise their right to access their government. Some highlights below:

Public Records and Meetings Manual – Every two years, following adjournment of regular legislative sessions, the Attorney General updates and publishes a Public Records and Meetings Manual. The manual is intended to provide assistance to state agencies, local governments and to the public generally. DOJ also offers a more general overview of Oregon transparency laws in its Citizen’s Guide to Public Records and Meetings.

Public Records Law Reform Task Force – On October 23, 2015, Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum announced the formation of the Attorney General’s Public Records Law Reform Task Force, a group designed to review and recommend improvements to Oregon’s public records laws.


7. Open? Closed?

Do you have an open mind? Most people think they do, but how can you really tell? Let’s talk about open versus closed minds.

Open minds are like a good sense of humor – everybody thinks they have one, but the truth may be another story. And what does it mean to have an open mind, anyway? Well, here’s one description: An open mind is one that knows the difference between fact and opinion and doesn’t get them mixed up. It searches for the truth as best it can, and even when it feels reasonably certain of what’s true, remains open to rational argument.

Open minds tend to be creative, because they seek out options and use them in innovative ways. The open mind is able to flow with the ambiguities and paradoxes of life. Instead of fighting these things, the open mind acknowledges and honors them and moves forward into awareness and constructive use of them.

The closed mind, on the other hand, learns helplessness when it assumes a powerless stance. Even when it is closed in absolute certainty, it gives away its power. It becomes rigid and develops blind spots, or scotomas, to new information that may contradict what it thinks it knows.

Open minds may choose to take a position based on personal values and current information, but they are willing to reconsider if it makes sense to do so. Finally, open minds are happier, healthier and much more fun to be around.

So let’s ask the question again: Do you have an open mind? How do you know? ~ The Pacific Institute

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

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