Sherman County eNews #102


  1. Sherman County Solid Waste Transfer Site to be Open, April 15 & 22

  2. Tour to Geological Features of Cape Disappointment on WA Coast, April 29

  3. Oregon’s Heritage Trees & Historical Markers

  4. OSP Requests Assistance Identifying Two Men Involved in Wildlife Violations

  5. Notice. Sherman County Court Session, April 19

  6. Oregon Parks to Open 1,000 Additional Eclipse Campsites Starting April 19

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

‘Eternal vigilance is the price of freedom.’ We have heard that many times. What is also the price of freedom is the toleration of imperfections. If everything that is wrong with the world becomes a reason to turn more power over to some political savior, then freedom is going to erode away…. Ultimately, our choice is to give up Utopian quests or give up our freedom. This has been recognized for centuries by some, but many others have not yet faced that reality, even today. If you think government should ‘do something’ about anything that ticks you off, or anything you want and don’t have, then you have made your choice between Utopia and freedom. ~  economist Thomas Sowell.

1. Sherman County Solid Waste Transfer Site to be Open, April 15 & 22

The Solid Waste Transfer Site on Welk Road was closed on April 8, 2017, although it is scheduled to be open the second and fourth Tuesday of each month. To correct this, the transfer site will be open Saturday, April 15 as well as Saturday April 22. The regular schedule will resume in May.

2. Tour to Geological Features of Cape Disappointment on WA Coast, April 29

Steve Carlson leads an expedition to explore the geology trail seen by Lewis and Clark on the Washington Coast, Saturday, April 29, from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Meet at 7:45 a.m. at the front entrance of the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center, 5000 Discovery Drive, The Dalles, for one day shuttle bus tour to examine the geological features of Cape Disappointment and Lewis and Clark National Park on the Washington Coast. The fee is $50 and includes a box lunch and bottled water. Reserve your place by making a $25 deposit by April 24, by calling 541-296-8600 ext. 201. For more information visit

3. Oregon’s Heritage Trees & Historical Markers

tree bareThe Oregon Travel Information Council (DBA Oregon Travel Experience) is offering a free publication to those interested in Oregon’s Heritage Trees and Historical Markers. The 2017 edition of “Deep Roots” is available while supplies last. Deep Roots features historical photographs and is a large tabloid periodical published on quality paper stock–perfect for Oregon ephemera collections.

This year’s cover story dives deep into the significance behind a new historical marker slated for dedication (June 3, 2017) in Cave Junction at the Siskiyou Smokejumpers Base Museum. The focus is on the **** “Triple Nickles,” also known as the 555th Parachute Infantry Battalion–a segregated all-Black elite division–who in 1945 jumped into Oregon history. The battalion’s secret mission was to parachute near forest fires caused by Japanese Balloon bombs, and then disarm and destroy any remaining explosive devices.

Besides the Triple Nickles feature, profiles about the Class of 2017 Oregon Heritage Trees, and the 2017 Maynard C. Drawson Award winner, Paul Ries, illustrate some of Oregon’s more interesting botanical wonders and people.

In addition to print copies of Deep Roots, a digital version will be available online soon at To request print copies, please contact Jessica Carbone by email ( or telephone 800-574-9397. Copies can be mailed upon request or interested persons may stop by OTE’s Salem office at 1500 Liberty St SE, Suite 150, Salem, 97302, from 7:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

**** Please note that the spelling of the “Triple Nickles” was intentional by the 555th. It is not misspelled.

4. OSP Requests Assistance Identifying Two Men Involved in Wildlife Violations

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OSP F&W Division for The Dalles Area Command would like the public’s assistance in identifying the two men in the attached photos. They are believed to be involved with wildlife violations that occurred on the White River Wildlife Area near Tygh Valley during the winter closure on 2/24/17. Any info regarding these men can be forwarded to Senior Trooper Craig Gunderson at 541-980-2693.

The White River Wildlife Area north of Badger Creek Road is closed during the winter months from December 1 through March 31 to protect wintering wildlife.

5. Notice. Sherman County Court Session, April 19

The Sherman County Court session scheduled for Wednesday, April 19, 2017, at 9:00 a.m. will take place in the Circuit Courtroom at the Sherman County Courthouse, 500 Court Street, Moro, Oregon, 97039.

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6. Oregon Parks to Open 1,000 Additional Eclipse Campsites Starting April 19

Eclipse2017.path-of-totality-ORStarting at 8 a.m. April 19, 2017, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) will open reservations for approximately 1,000 campsites for the August 21, 2017 total solar eclipse. These sites are in addition to our regular campsites, most of which have been reserved since November 2016.

About two thirds of the new sites are inside the path of totality, where visitors will see a total solar eclipse. Most of the others are within 30 miles of totality, in view of a partial eclipse. Prices range from $10 a night for a basic spot in a field or parking lot to $31 a night for an RV site with full hookups. All sites include an $8 nonrefundable reservation fee.

“We want to make this once-in-a-lifetime event available to as many campers as we can safely accommodate. That’s why we decided to add additional campsites, all at an affordable cost,” said OPRD spokesman Chris Havel.

All sites will have a three-night minimum, with check-in on Friday, Aug. 18 and check-out Monday, Aug. 21. Customers can make reservations beginning at 8 a.m. April 19 at or or by calling the reservation line at 800-452-5687.

OPRD is making available two types of sites: traditional campsites and temporary eclipse camping spots.

Traditional campsites, representing about a third of the total sites available, are at parks that normally offer non-reservable, “first-come, first-served” camping. These have picnic tables and fire rings, but some do not have showers. No first-come, first-served camping will be available at these parks the nights of Aug. 18-20:

Coast: Beachside, Carl G. Washburne (both outside the path of totality).

Willamette Valley: North Santiam, Cascadia (both in path of totality); Cascara Campground at Fall Creek Reservoir (outside the path of totality).

Central and Eastern: Farewell Bend, Unity Lake, Clyde Holliday, and Bates (all in path of totality); Cottonwood Canyon, Catherine Creek, Ukiah-Dale, Minam, Red Bridge, Hilgard Junction, Lake Owyhee and Jasper Point (all outside path of totality) .

Two-thirds of the sites are in temporary eclipse camping areas at campgrounds and day-use parks with sufficient space and facilities. These $10 and $11 per-night spaces provide a place to park and camp in a parking lot or field, but little else. They do not have hookups, fire pits or picnic tables. Some are at parks without flush toilets or showers; OPRD is adding portable toilets to accommodate extra people. Visitors with reservations for a temporary eclipse space will be assigned a space on arrival at the park.

Coast: South Jetty at South Beach, Fogarty Creek, Driftwood Beach and Governor Patterson Memorial (all in path of totality).

Valleys: Silver Falls, Willamette Mission (all in path of totality); Champoeg (on the edge of totality); Milo McIver (outside path of totality).

Central and Eastern: Smith Rock, The Cove Palisades, Farewell Bend (in path of totality); Cottonwood Canyon (outside path of totality).

Site descriptions for all eclipse camping areas is at, along with links to other camping and lodging options in the state. For more information on eclipse camping, call the OPRD information line at 1-800-551-6949. No camping will be available for anyone without a reservation in the campgrounds listed above on Aug. 18-20.

To accommodate additional campers, OPRD will place extra staff in parks in and near totality and bring in portable toilets. OPRD is also collaborating with local and state authorities on traffic, crowd control and safety.

“Transportation planners predict unprecedented traffic and crowds during the eclipse weekend, and we are planning accordingly,” Havel said. “We ask that campers plan to stay off the roads on the morning of Aug. 21 and respect any fire restrictions.”

Campfires may be prohibited, depending on wildfire danger and the weather forecast. The Oregon Department of Forestry will post any wildfire restrictions at

The eclipse will begin at 9 a.m. and end at 11:30 a.m. on Aug. 21, 2017. The 60-mile wide path of totality–when the moon completely blocks the sun–will last for about two minutes starting at 10:15 a.m. on the coast between Newport and Lincoln City. The path of totality then sweeps through the state and on to Idaho, then runs across the United States toward South Carolina. Those outside the path of totality will see a partial eclipse. For more information about the eclipse, visit 

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

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