Sherman County eNews #115


  1. Reminder! “Grow Your Own Groceries” class TONIGHT, April 24

  2. Klindt’s Booksellers: New 4th Edition of Curious Gorge with Author Scott Cook

  3. City of Rufus Seeks Public Works Operator Assistant

  4. USA Facts – Our Nation in Numbers

  5. Letter to the Editor: Sherman County Athletes Honored

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

1. Reminder! “Grow Your Own Groceries” class TONIGHT, April 24

food.raspberriesReminder…the “Grow Your Own Groceries” class on perennial vegetables, berries and fruit trees is TONIGHT, Monday April 24 at 6pm at the Sherman Extension Office in Moro.

A perennial food planting offers many advantages to the home gardener.  For many years, you can have easy-to-grow nutritious food that is relatively low maintenance compared to putting in a large garden with seeds and annual plants each year.  Once planted, the soil is no longer disturbed, and plants required less water and fertilizer once established.  Many perennial vegetables, berries and fruit trees can serve as ornamentals and be in the yard as “edible landscaping”.

Come to learn about perennial vegetables like asparagus, rhubarb and horseradish; bunching or Egyptian “walking onions” or wild leeks (ramps); Jerusalem artichokes (“sunchokes”); and perennial vegetables that provide greens for salads or cooking, including Sea kale or perennial kale, sorrel, chicory, and Good King Henry.  We will discuss berries including strawberries, bush berries such as blueberries, aronia, gogi berries, gooseberries, currants and Japanese haskaps; and having your own home orchard of fruit trees such as apricots, cherries, peaches and nectarines, plums and prunes, Asian and European pears, apples and more.

For more information or to get copies of the class handouts, contact or call the Sherman Extension Office at 541-565-3230.

2. Klindt’s Booksellers: New 4th Edition of Curious Gorge with Author Scott Cook

On Thursday, April 27th 2017 Klindt’s Booksellers will host Gorge favorite Scott Cook for a slideshow and book signing to celebrate the 4th Edition printing of his ever-popular hiking guide, Curious Gorge.

What: Slideshow and Book Signing with Scott Cook
When: Thursday, April 27th at 5:30P
Where: Klindt’s Booksellers and Stationers

Free and open to the public. We recommend you call ahead to reserve your books.

~ Klindts Booksellers and Stationers
315 East Second Street
The Dalles, Or 97058

3. City of Rufus Seeks Public Works Operator 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.

4. USA Facts – Our Nation in Numbers

flagmap.USA.USAFacts is a new data-driven portrait of the American population, our government’s finances, and government’s impact on society. We are a non-partisan, not-for-profit civic initiative and have no political agenda or commercial motive. We provide this information as a free public service and are committed to maintaining and expanding it in the future.

We rely exclusively on publicly available government data sources. We don’t make judgments or prescribe specific policies. Whether government money is spent wisely or not, whether our quality of life is improving or getting worse – that’s for you to decide. We hope to spur serious, reasoned, and informed debate on the purpose and functions of government. Such debate is vital to our democracy. We hope that USAFacts will make a modest contribution toward building consensus and finding solutions.

There’s more to USAFacts than this website. We also offer an annual report, a summary report, and a “10-K” modeled on the document public companies submit annually to the SEC for transparency and accountability to their investors.

What makes USAFacts different:

·       Comprehensive

·       Comprehensible

We give you information in a format that’s easy to understand and navigate.

·       Factual and Unbiased

We rely exclusively on data from government agencies. We present that information in a way that’s neutral, giving you the tools to see information about the country without telling you what to think.

·       Contextual

We have built a platform that shows you the big picture in one place, rather than through many different sources.

·       People-centric

We provide, wherever possible, a look at the experience of different groups of citizens. We have included detail on different races and ethnicities and have used a statistical matching process with government surveys to provide profiles of individuals earning different incomes and living in different family structures.

What Inspired Us

USAFacts was inspired by a conversation Steve Ballmer had with his wife. She wanted him to get more involved in philanthropic work. He thought it made sense to first find out what government does with the money it raises. Where does the money come from and where is it spent? Whom does it serve? And most importantly, what are the outcomes?

With his business background, Steve searched for solid, reliable, impartial numbers to tell the story… but eventually realized he wasn’t going to find them. He put together a small team of people – economists, writers, researchers – and got to work.

We soon discovered that dealing with something as big and complex as government – with its more than 90,000 jurisdictions and 23 million employees – required an organizing framework. What better place to look than the Constitution, and, more specifically, the preamble to the Constitution? It lays out four missions: “Establish justice, ensure domestic tranquility;  provide for the common defense;  promote the general welfare; and  secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity.” While we don’t make judgments about policy, we all agree on the broad purposes of government as laid out in the preamble to the Constitution.


5. Letter to the Editor: Sherman County Athletes Honored

To the Editor:

Sherman County High School Seniors Ryan Asher and Maverick Winslow have been invited to play in the Oregon 8 Man All-Star Football Game. Their hard efforts and dedication over the past four years has earned them this privilege to play with young men from all across the State.

The game will be held on June 24th at the Eastern Oregon football field, Community Stadium in LaGrande, Oregon at 1:00 P.M. Tickets for the game are only $6 for adults and $4 for students, if you would like to make the journey and cheer the boys on! The young men will spend a full week at the EOU campus, getting to know their new teammates and practicing on their skills.

The boys each need to raise $500 to help cover the costs and expenses. Sponsors will be recognized in the game day program. Any help that this community can provide to these boys would be greatly appreciated. Unfortunately, time is running short as the boys need to get their sponsorship money in by Monday May 1st. Please contact Ryan Asher at 541-993-1411 or Maverick Winslow at 541-993-3814 if you are able and willing to help these boys get to the Oregon 8 Man All-Star Football Game!


Proud Parents,

Rod & Amy Asher

Mike & Alyssa Winslow 

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

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USA Facts – Our Nation in Numbers

Military Times 

Defense News

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‘Ladies First:’ Men Are Suffering Campus Injustice

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