Sherman County eNews #111


  1. Sherman County Emergency Services March Activity Report

  2. Sherman County Court Minutes & Agenda Online

  3. Food Preservation Classes

  4. Oregon Heritage Museum & Cemetery Grant Deadline, May 2

  5. Mental Housecleaning

  6. Know what’s below before you hoe. Call 811 before you dig.

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

It is always safe to talk about others as long as you speak of their good qualities. The old adage, “If you can’t say something nice about someone, don’t say anything at all,” is especially valid today. In any organization, regardless of size, the rumor mill works overtime when it comes to negative gossip. And you can be sure that unkind things you say about others will very quickly find their way to them, for it is also a truism that those who talk about others to us talk about us to others. Not only should you not speak badly of others — you should not participate in conversations in which others do. Spend your time with those who focus on important things, and you will never have to apologize for an unkind word uttered in a moment of weakness. ~ Napoleon Hill

1.Sherman County Emergency Services March Activity Report

North Sherman County RFPD

March 2017 Activity Report

Date Time Incident Location
3-07 11:08 AM Motor Vehicle Crash I-84  MP# 101
3-26 7:37 AM Possible Person in River I-84  MP# 114
3-29 6:21 PM Unknown Medical Linda’s in Biggs 

Sherman County Ambulance

March 2017 Activity Report

Date Time Incident Location
3-05 2:00 PM Escort Basketball Team N/A
3-05 2:44 PM Difficult Breathing Moro
3-07 11:08 AM Motor Vehicle Crash I-84  MP# 101
3-09 4:49 PM Breathing Problem Biggs
3-11 1:54 PM Fainting Pilot in Biggs
3-11 5:04 PM Seizures & Breathing Problem Rufus
3-14 4:14 PM Motor Vehicle Crash Rollover I-84  MP# 110
3-21 8:06 AM Unresponsive patient Grass Valley
3-25 1:51 PM Rt. Sided Pain Grass Valley
3-26 7:25 AM Possible Drowning Columbia River  I-84  MP#114
3-27 2:45 PM Possible Stroke Wasco
3-29 8:24 AM Chest Pain Fire Station in Moro
3-29 10:21 AM Chills and Respiratory Distress Wasco
3-29 6:12 PM Driving Complaint Linda’s in Biggs 

Moro Fire Department

March 2017 Activity Report

Date Time Incident Location
3-05 2:00 PM Escort Basket Team Sherman County

2. Sherman County Court Minutes & Agenda Online

ShermanCoLogoApproved minutes for the April 5, 2017 regular session and the most current draft agenda for May 3, 2017, are now available on the county website at

Updates to the agenda will be available on the website.

3. Food Preservation Classes

Love food and want to learn about different ways to enjoy it?  Check out the list of OSU Extension Service Food Preservation classes offered in The Dalles this spring.  All classes are held in the basement of Zion Lutheran Church from 1pm to 4pm.

If you’ve got the time and interest, take all of the classes and become a certified OSU Master Food Preserver, volunteering your time to help others with similar interests.  Or, you can simply pick and choose the classes that best fit your interests and schedule.

Pre-registration is required for all courses ($10 per class), including the Master Food Preserver program (cost $100, includes all classes and notebook).  Questions, contact Lauren Kraemer, Assistant Professor of Practice, OSU Extension, 541-386-3343 x 38258 or email Lauren.

May 30               Master Food Preserver Orientation

June 8                 Introduction to Food Safety

June 13               Food in Emergencies

June 20               Dehydrating Foods

June 27               Jams and Jellies

July 11                 Canning Fruits & Pie Fillings

July 18                 Pickling

July 25                 Fermenting

August 1             Pressure Canning

August 8             Tasty Tomato Products

August 15           Freezing

August 22           Cheese Making

August 29           Smoking/Curing Meats

4. Oregon Heritage Museum & Cemetery Grant Deadline, May 2

Museum Grant: The Oregon Heritage Commission offers matching grants to public and non-profit heritage museums that meet certain qualifications. The grants support Oregon museums in projects for the collection and management of heritage collections, for heritage-related tourism, and heritage education and interpretations. Currently, $100,000 per biennium is available. For more information visit

Historic Cemetery Grant: The Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries (OCHC) offers Historic Cemetery Grants to provide financial assistance in the following general categories: Protection and Security, Restoration and Preservation, Education and Training, Research and Interpretation. Eligible projects may include, but aren’t limited to: security needs, training, conservation of historic elements such as curbs, markers, etc., documentation and mapping, signage, landscape restoration and planning. For more information visit

5. Mental Housecleaning

How much unnecessary junk is accumulating in your attic? No, we’re not talking about the one you may have in your house. We’re talking about your mental attic.

Since we are in the middle of what many of us, in the northern hemisphere, call “spring cleaning” time, we have started to sort out and discard possessions we no longer use and give them to charity or sell them at a garage sale. But have you ever thought about how valuable it could be if you took the time to perform the same kind of housecleaning for your mind?

Removing the superfluous, the unnecessary, the destructive, or the outlived from our mental attics is a vital part of making room for new possibilities. Every day we are learning more about the world around us, and that cannot help but teach us more about ourselves – if we listen.

We can’t possibly stay the same if we are living creatures. Each surprise, each unpredictable turn, each new venture, produces the potential for new insights, new responses, and new resilience. A willingness to change is a prerequisite for openness to life. And without that willingness, we become stuck in our need for stability and certainty. Eventually, if we stay stuck long enough, we stagnate. We exist, but we don’t really live – individually, as a group, or an organization.

Is there any junk in your mental attic that you would be better off without – a grudge, a hurt, maybe an outgrown assumption? Perhaps it’s an old job, or an outworn “must” or “should,” or maybe even an old anger that has outlived its welcome. Why not clean it out? There is no time like the present. ~ The Pacific Institute

6. Know what’s below before you hoe. Call 811 Before You Dig

Be safe and call 8-1-1 first to find any underground utilities that could endanger you

PORTLAND, Ore. — Every eight minutes in America someone risks their life by striking an underground utility line. Pacific Power urges customers to protect themselves and their families and change this alarming statistic with one simple act: dialing 8-1-1 two days before doing any digging.

“Installing a mail box or post for a deck or planting a tree are among the many commonplace projects that should trigger a call to 8-1-1,” said Steven Harkin, Pacific Power’s director of safety and training, referring to the national toll-free Call Before You Dig phone number. “Those may seem like simple, harmless maintenance projects, but the hazards are very real. If you hit a buried electric line, you could die or be seriously injured. It’s that simple.”

PacifiCorp has approximately 20,000 miles of underground cable in the West. There are nearly 20 million miles of underground utility lines in the United States. These buried facilities, including gas, water, sewer, cable TV, high-speed Internet, landline telephone, provide the services Americans depend on for their basic everyday needs. But if you don’t know where they are buried before you dig, you are in danger.

The only way to know for sure where these underground facilities are is by using the Call Before You Dig phone number. Even if you are lucky enough to not be harmed, you could be responsible for causing a service outage in your neighborhood–and potentially be responsible for the substantial repair costs.

If you are planning a job that requires digging, even if hiring a professional, a call to 8-1-1 is required before work begins. The 8-1-1 service is free and couldn’t be easier. It’s a Federal Communications Commission-designated national one-call number that connects a caller from anywhere in the country to the appropriate local one-call center. The one-call center then alerts local underground facility owners so they can mark the approximate location of their lines with paint or flags.

Although the Call Before You Dig system has been active for many years, according to a recent national survey, 45 percent — nearly half of people who plan to dig this year will not call 8-1-1 first.

To learn more about electrical safety or to order free electrical safety materials, visit

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

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