Sherman County eNews #159


  1. Join an Expedition to Explore Mt. Hood, June 17

  2. Goldendale youth falls from cliff, struggles to reach safety

  3. Lost Surfboard

  4. Local Teacher Selected to Attend Summer Agriculture Institute

  5. ABC Huskies Child Care Volunteers Express Appreciation for Memorial Weekend Support

  6. City of Wasco’s Annual Memorial Day Celebration a Success

  7. OSU Extension Food Preservation Classes Starting Soon

  8. An Exhibition at OMSI, City Lost for Centuries, Opens June 24

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

1. Join an Expedition to Explore Mt. Hood, June 17

Steve Carlson leads an expedition to explore Mt. Hood, Saturday, June 17, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Meet at 8:45 a.m. at the front entrance of the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center, 5000 Discovery Drive, The Dalles. The fee is $50 and includes a box lunch and bottled water. Reserve your place by making a $25 deposit by June 13, by calling 541-296-8600 ext. 201. For more information visit

2. Goldendale youth falls from cliff, struggles days to reach safety

Displaying astonishing endurance and determination, Goldendale resident Noah Messenger, 18, survived a fall from a Maryhill cliff and, with his back and both legs broken, crawled using his hands for two days to get help.

The Klickitat County Sheriff ‘s Office (KCSO) was called when Messenger was finally spotted partially clothed in an orchard just south of Maryhill Winery. “Deputy Jim Leininger arrived and was able to determine the subject was Noah Messenger,” the KCSO report states. “Messenger explained to Deputy Leininger that on the evening of May 15, while walking along the cliffs of Maryhill Winery, he slipped and fell. It appeared Messenger had broken both legs and sustained significant injuries to his back. Messenger explained after he fell he tried to yell for help, but received no response.”

Messenger spent two nights along the bluffs, then began crawling using only his arms down a steep hill to the orchard to get help. “While dragging himself a lot of his clothing fell off down the hill. Messenger was life-flighted to [OSHU].” KCSO Chief Criminal Deputy Mike Kallio added, “I believe this is a story of a strong will to survive. What Messenger went through had to be extremely difficult. I would hope others who find themselves in a situation like he did step up when it’s difficult and pick living.”

A fund to help the Messenger family has been set up through the web site YouCaring. To make a donation, visit

3. Lost Surfboard

Lost surfboard on the Columbia River at Rufus.

North Pacific green and white with pink foot straps.

541-490-8767. Thanks!!

4. Local Teacher Selected to Attend Summer Agriculture Institute

Piper Jones, a local teacher in Sherman County, has been selected to attend the Summer Agriculture Institute (SAI) in Corvallis June 25-30.  Jones will attend SAI on a $600 scholarship from the Columbia Gorge Chapter of the Oregon Women for Agriculture.

SAI is a three-credit, week-long graduate-level course offered through Oregon State University and the Oregon Farm Bureau for K-12 educators with little or no agricultural background.  The goal of SAI is to help educators learn to use agriculture as a context or theme for teaching the academic standards of science, math, social studies, English, and other subjects.  Additionally, educators receive hands-on instruction and collateral materials to incorporate agriculture into their classroom.

Jones is a new resident of Sherman County, as she and her family moved to Grass Valley in December 2016 from the Portland suburbs.  She grew up in Portland and went to graduate school in Chicago, teaching in an inner-city school before moving back to Oregon.  She recently served several months as a substitute teacher for Sherman County School, and already learned much about agriculture from her students.  In her application, Jones wrote “An opportunity to go to SAI and learn college-level information that will relate to academic standards will dramatically enhance not only my understanding of the background many of my students come from, but also expand my teaching repertoire to allow me to incorporate agricultural topics in my classroom.”

5. ABC Huskies Child Care Volunteers Express Appreciation for Memorial Weekend Support

pancake.breakfastThank You!! The 2017 Wasco Memorial Weekend Country Breakfast, sponsored by ABC Huskies Child Care, had another very successful event and we are very grateful for the amazing support demonstrated by the Sherman County community. Special recognition goes to North Sherman Rural Fire District for use of their facility, Morrow County Grain Growers who provided the grills and helped advertise the event, Wasco Market for their generous donation of ham, Sherman County for the use of their tables and chairs, volunteers who helped move and set them up, staff and board members whose teamwork kept everything running smoothly and most importantly to our volunteer cooks who produced a fantastic meal and made this fundraising event possible: Norman Fridley, Kent Thomas, Commissioner Tom McCoy and Commissioner Joe Dabulskis. Thank you!!  ~Carrie Kaseberg, Gail Macnab, Beth McCurdy & Melva Thomas – Board of Directors

6. City of Wasco’s Annual Memorial Day Celebration a Success

American flag.kidsMayor Carol McKenzie, on behalf of the City of Wasco, thanks everyone who made Wasco’s Memorial Day celebration such a success! We were the only venue with a military flyover as the valley was socked in with weather. Wasco especially appreciates our military veterans, Senator Bill Hansell, author Rick Steber, musician Tyson Huckins, vendors and, of course, the spectators! McKenzie says, “We’ll do it again next year. Thank you all!”

7. OSU Extension Food Preservation Classes Starting Soon

Hello and cheers for a wonderful summer! Interested in learning a variety of fun and rewarding ways to preserve the summer bounty of food?  It’s not too late to sign up for OSU Extension’s Master Food Preserver series. The first class is next week. Register here:

If you just want to take a few classes here and there you can do that too:

Classes offered in both Hood River and The Dalles. Very affordable, fun, and informative. Hope to see you there!

Lauren M. Kraemer, MPH
Assistant Professor of Practice

Extension Family and Community Health
Manager, SNAP-Ed Programs for Hood River, Wasco, Sherman, Gilliam, and Wheeler Counties
School of Social and Behavioral Health Sciences
College of Public Health and Human Sciences (E-Mail)

@KraemerLauren (twitter) (Website)


(541) 386-3343 ext. 38258 (Office Phone, Hood River)

(541) 296-5494 (Office Phone, Wasco)

Hood River County Extension Office

2990 Experiment Station Drive
Hood River, OR 97031

8. An Exhibition at OMSI, City Lost for Centuries, Opens June 24

Experience the city of Pompeii, frozen in time, by the catastrophic eruption of Mount Vesuvius

PORTLAND, Ore. (May 30, 2017) — Opening June 24 at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI), POMPEII: THE EXHIBITION examines life in Pompeii both before and after the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D. that not only destroyed the Roman city, but also preserved it for more than 1,700 years.

“We wanted to bring this most historical event back to life and allow visitors to relive it vividly,” said John Norman, president of Exhibitions International and producer of POMPEII: THE EXHIBITION. “The new exhibition allows you to explore treasures and experience life in the bustling city of Pompeii before time essentially stopped.”

The exhibition features nearly 200 precious artifacts on loan from the unparalleled collection of the Naples National Archaeological Museum in Italy including a first century, bronze gladiator helmet; a Citharist bronze statue of Apollo, dating to 50 A.D.; and several remarkable fresco paintings, including one of Dionysus and Silenus, dating between 50-79 A.D.

“This exhibition offers our guests the opportunity to study and understand history through the scientific lens of archaeology and volcanology. It is one of the most fascinating exhibitions of ancient archaeology featuring artifacts that rarely leave Italy,” said Nancy Stueber, president and CEO of OMSI. “Volcanoes are a part of our life here in the Pacific Northwest, and this exhibition allows our visitors to explore earth and volcano science, regionally and worldwide.”

Pompeii was hidden from view and forgotten for centuries until its rediscovery more than 250 years ago. Over time, archaeologists have uncovered a unique record of its daily life–roads, buildings, municipal services, paintings, mosaics, artifacts, and preserved bodies. Ongoing excavations at the site provide an ever-evolving picture of everyday life at the height of the Roman Empire.

The Exhibition experience includes:

* Introductory theatre where the scene is set in a video with dramatic reconstructions that describes Pompeii and the nearby volcano.
* Visitors are then transported back in time to 79 A.D. and find themselves in a reproduced atrium from a Roman villa, where they will embark on a journey through the ancient city.
* Through the use of projections, audio, video, photographic murals, and graphic reproductions of frescoes and mosaics, visitors will experience different locations that existed in the city, including a market, a temple, theater, and baths.
* Nearly 200 authentic artifacts will help bring the story of Pompeii to life. These remarkable objects include: mosaics and frescoes, gladiator helmets, armor, and weapons, a ship’s anchor, lamps, jugs, cups, plates, pots and pans and other household objects and furniture, jewelry, medical instruments, and tools.
* A 4D theater will allow visitors to experience the impact Mount Vesuvius had on this ancient city.
* The culminating experience of the exhibit is a room with body casts of human forms forever frozen in time.

POMPEII: THE EXHIBITION runs from June 24, 2017 to October 22, 2017. Tickets to this exhibit, which include general museum admission, are $26.00 for adults, $17.00 for youth (ages 3-13), and $22.00 for seniors (ages 63+). Prices for OMSI Members are $16.00 for adults, $10.00 for youth, and $12.00 for seniors.

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

bird.owl3The Pacific Institute Fresh thinking unleashes creativity and allows you to respond to today’s ever-changing environment.

The 20th-century war on women’s swimwear

Why I make my toddlers do chores 

12 Valuable Life Lessons That Mom Taught Me

Viewpoint: 10 big myths about World War One debunked

Why the F & J Keys Are Raised On Your Keyboard

Regulation, Market Signals, and the Provision of Food Safety in Meat and Poultry


Sherman County eNews #158


  1. Living with Integrity

  2. Public Notice: Sherman County Court, June 7

  3. Public Hearing Notice: SHIFT Festival Mass Gathering Application, June 7

  4. Congressman Walden Supports Agricultural Research

  5. Thoughts on American Greatness

  6. History Tidbits: Obituaries Rich in History

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

1. Living with Integrity

When you think about the people you know who have integrity, do you count yourself among them? What does it mean to be a person of integrity? Well, first and foremost, integrity is about truth. And truth is the greatest force we have for personal and planetary well-being.

No bomb, no hatred, and no prejudice can match the strength of truth. In troubled and uncertain times, truth is our most powerful friend. When we stand for truth, we are confident, whole, and energized.

Throughout history, every great philosopher and religious leader has tried to teach us the same lesson – the principle that integrity, or wholeness, is the natural order of things. In spite of the fact that we live in separate bodies, houses, and nations, our essential nature is one of unity.

Any separation we think we see is an illusion that we have mistakenly learned to believe in. As long as we feel separate and isolated, we will behave in ways that result in damage to others and ourselves. Most religious and scientific scholars agree that our entire universe is one huge system – integrated and whole.

To behave accordingly, then, is to have integrity – to stand up for the truth of our inter-connectedness and our need to care for each other if we are to survive. You see, when we have integrity, we align ourselves with the entire universe – “the force” if you will. And when we live with integrity, we become very powerful indeed. ~The Pacific Institute

2. Public Notice: Sherman County Court, June 7

The Sherman County Court will be in session on Wednesday, June 7, 2017, at 9:00 a.m. in the Circuit Courtroom at the Sherman County Courthouse, 500 Court Street, Moro, Oregon, 97039.

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3. Public Hearing Notice: SHIFT Festival Mass Gathering Application, June 7

During the June 7 court session, the Sherman County Court will hold a public hearing regarding the SHIFT Festival Mass Gathering Application at 10:00 a.m. in the Circuit Courtroom at the Sherman County Courthouse, 500 Court Street, Moro, Oregon, 97039.

4. Congressman Walden Supports Agricultural Research

American flag2Research plays an important role in the continued success of Oregon agriculture. It is particularly effective when research institutions, whether through Oregon State University (OSU) or the federal government’s Agriculture Research Service (ARS), work collaboratively with growers to meet local needs. That’s why I’ve worked closely with the grower liaison committee at the Pendleton agriculture research station to push back against ARS suggested reductions in research at the facility. I worked with my colleagues to include language in the government funding bill which recently passed Congress that acknowledges the important of locally driven research, and rejects the suggested changes in research, staffing and closures by ARS for facilities like the Pendleton station. I was pleased to support this bill, and will continue working with local growers to ensure we continue to have the effect agriculture research Oregon’s farmers and ranchers need to succeed.

Greg Walden
U.S. Representative
Oregon’s Second District

5. Thoughts on American Greatness

American flag2It’s not fashionable to talk about America’s greatness these days.

Most of us prefer to grouse about the weak economy, the federal debt, political gridlock, stagnant wages, terrorist attacks, racial tension, the state of popular music or A-Rod’s batting average this season.

There is a sense among many that we are no longer an exceptional nation, that the country is in decline, that the American Dream is over, and that our children and grandchildren face a diminished future.

I disagree. And you should, too.

Let’s take an objective look at where we’re headed. But let’s begin with a few indisputable facts about the present:

  • American lives have never been longer. (In 1900, life expectancy was just 40 years.) This near doubling of the human lifespan may be the single greatest achievement in the history of civilization.
  • Our standard of living has never been higher. (Look around you at all the labor-saving devices, the huge variety of goods and services available, the luxuries – from flat-panel TVs to Starbucks’ lattes to Egyptian cotton sheets – that permeate your existence.)
  • Our homes have never been larger. According to the Census Bureau, the median square footage of newly built single-family homes is 2,400 square feet. That’s nearly 1,000 square feet larger than the median home built in 1992.
  • The American workweek – at 34.4 hours – has never been shorter.
  • Computers, laptops, tablets and smartphones – which are revolutionizing our lives – have never been cheaper or more powerful.
  • We are the world leader in technological innovation. The internet was created here. If we are no different from the other Western democracies, why were transformative companies like Apple, Google, Facebook, Amazon, Twitter, Tesla and Uber – to name just a few – all founded here?
  • American cities have never been safer. (Violent crime is in a long-term cycle of decline.)
  • Educational attainment has never been greater. (Eighty-eight percent of Americans have a high school diploma. Fifty-nine percent have some college experience. Forty-two percent have an associate or bachelor’s degree.)
  • The essentials of life – food, clothing, energy and shelter – (in inflation-adjusted terms) have never been more affordable.
  • All forms of pollution – with the exception of greenhouse gases – are in decline.
  • The American military – the primary defender of the free world – has never been stronger. (The U.S. spends close to what the rest of the world does on defense: more than $600 billion. Per year.)
  • American agriculture is the envy of the world. Our farmers now grow five times as much corn as they did in the 1930s – on 20% less land. The yield per acre has grown sixfold in the past 70 years.
  • For decades, experts warned us that we had to end “our addiction to foreign oil.” Yet thanks to new technologies like hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling, we surpassed Russia two years ago to become the biggest energy producer in the world.
  • The U.S. leads the world in science, engineering, medicine, entertainment and the arts.
  • No nation attracts more immigrants, more students or more foreign investment capital.
  • Americans are the most charitable people on earth, both in the aggregate and per capita. The Giving USA Foundation reported last year that U.S. charitable donations rose 4% in 2015 last year to $373.25 billion, a new record.
  • The dollar is the world’s reserve currency.
  • Americans are just 4.4% of the world’s population, yet we create nearly a quarter of its annual wealth.
  • Our economy is No. 1 by a huge margin. It is larger than those of Nos. 2 and 3 – China and Japan – combined.
  • And the Federal Reserve reported that in the fourth quarter of 2015, U.S. household net worth hit an all-time record $86.8 trillion. This is nearly double the 2000 level.

Despite this good fortune, polls show that Americans are less optimistic about the future today than in 1942, when we were in the fight of our lives against Hitler, Mussolini and Hirohito.

But enough about the present. Let’s also take a look at America’s past.

Our Declaration of Independence is a timeless statement of inherent rights, the true purposes of government and the limits of political authority. Our core beliefs are enshrined in the Constitution and Bill of Rights, the longest-serving foundation of liberty in history.

Our nation’s growth and prosperity have been extraordinary. How did our small republican experiment transform and dominate global culture and society?

Geography played a big role. Buffered by two oceans and a rugged frontier, we had plenty of cheap land and vast natural resources. (But then again, so did countries like Russia and Brazil.)

Entrepreneurs were given free license to innovate and create. Profit was never something to apologize for. Rather it was viewed as proof that the businessman offered customers something more valuable than the money they traded.

Historically, we have opened our arms to tens of millions of immigrants who dreamed of a better life and helped to build this country.

In the process, we developed an astounding capacity for tolerance. Today, we live peaceably alongside each other, unperturbed by differences of religion or ethnicity.

I’m not suggesting that other nations don’t have proud histories, unique traditions or beautiful cultures. I’m delighted when I get a chance to visit Hong Kong or Buenos Aires, not to mention Paris or Rome. There’s a lot to love about day-to-day life in other countries.

But people around the world don’t talk about the French dream or the Chinese dream. Only one nation is universally recognized as the land of opportunity.

That’s because America cultivates, celebrates and rewards the habits that make men and women successful. Anyone with ambition and grit can move up the economic ladder. Everyone has a chance to improve his or her lot, regardless of circumstances.

It’s a good reason to maintain a positive outlook. And I’m in pretty good company here.

In an annual report to shareholders, Berkshire Hathaway Chairman Warren Buffett wrote: American GDP per capita is now about $56,000. That – in real terms – is a staggering six times the amount in 1930, the year I was born – a leap far beyond the wildest dreams of my parents or their contemporaries. U.S. citizens are not intrinsically more intelligent today, nor do they work harder than did Americans in 1930.

Rather, they work far more efficiently and thereby produce far more. This all-powerful trend is certain to continue: America’s economic magic remains alive and well… The babies being born in America today are the luckiest crop in history.

American ingenuity, technology and capital markets are creating dramatic improvements in communications, transportation, manufacturing, computing, retailing, food production, construction, healthcare, finance, pharmaceuticals, robotics, sensors, artificial intelligence, genetics and dozens of other industries. We can’t even imagine all the fantastic innovations that lie ahead of us.

The notion that America is exceptional is not, as some would argue, just a crude strain of patriotism.

Our country embodies timeless ideals, an optimistic attitude and an enthusiastic endorsement of the pursuit of happiness.

What should you celebrate about America this weekend? Try this: We are living longer, healthier, safer, richer, freer lives than any people in the history of the planet.

Yes, we face plenty of problems and challenges. And there are bound to be setbacks ahead. But for this [Memorial Day 2017] weekend at least, let’s celebrate how far we’ve come.

Carpe Diem,

Alexander Green

Chief Investment Strategist of The Oxford Club and Investment U and Editor of The Momentum Alert, The Insider Alert and The True Value Alert.

6. History Tidbits: Obituaries Rich in History

Sherman County Observer, July 7, 1916

 raindrop    Fatal Cloud Burst.  Loss of Life and Property Caused by Unusual Storm.  For the first time in the history of Sherman county a cloud burst exacted a toll in human lives last Friday night about six o’clock in the Hay canyon section.  There had been threating weather for more than a week, but no one gave it serious consideration as to possible damage, althou it had rained nearly every day for the previous week, a very unusual condition at this time of year.

     The storm center was over the farm of John Hastings, where the heaviest property loss occurred.  Mr. Hastings, his daughter Alta and Res Boyce were in the barn at the time the flood lifted the building off its foundations and swept the two last named into a side current and down stream several hundred feet.  Mr. Hastings got upon a hog house and from there to the combe of the barn and was carried to where the other two had gotten from the water.  His loss was close to $2500 consisting of the barn, machinery, horses, and wheat.  The house had about three feet of water on the floor, but not damaged.

     In the same canyon with Hastings was Dayton Henrichs who lost small farm buildings, machinery, and chickens.

     The main damage was confined to Hay canyon, from the P. C. Axtell farm to its junction with Grass Valley canyon.  In this section the first to suffer damage was Mr. Axtell who lost about 40 hogs all his chickens, small buildings, and some growing grain.

     The next was C. C. Callaway farming the W. J. Furnish place, where the barn was carried away, the spring and water system damaged, and machinery, buggy and about 1000 new fence posts were lost.  He had 13 head of horses, mares, colts, and a stallion, engulfed in the flood, without loss.

The next was the W. W. M. Co., owning the place farmed by A. F. Fortner, where the house, some stock and machinery was swept away, Mrs. Elizabeth Fortner, mother of A.R., and daughter, Mrs. L. H. Lawrence of New Meadows, Idaho, were in the house at the time of the accident and were carried away with the building.  The daughter was found 4 1/2 miles down stream and the mother 9 miles.  They had packed their trunks and had intended to leave for the coast the day after the storm happened.

     From the Fortner place to the end of the canyon no other damage has been reported, but the canyon carried water for quite a while after the main flood had passed, which was estimated to be thirty feet deep at its crest and bank to bank.

W. Kunsman, O. T. Burnett and Ray Havener were working on a new road location below Monkland and were camped in the main canyon with the road between their tent and the hillside. They did not realize the seriousness of their situation when the waters first appeared.  Ray Havener was the first to grasp the situation and he made for the hillside through water that soon took him off his feet and carried him 200 feet down stream before he reached safety.  Mr. Burnett started to follow Havener, first going into the tent after his personal effects, when he started to cross the hillside the slight delay and the goods he was carrying was too much of a handicap and he was carried down stream three miles and found by the searching party next morning.  Mr. Kunsman apparently thought the others were needlessly alarmed and that the waters were from the heavy rain then falling and that a knoll close to the tent would be sufficient protection until the flood passed, but he also was carried away and found the next morning close to where Mr. Burnett lay.

     At the J. M. Allen place, 12 miles below the Fortner farm, the water is reported to have raised 15 feet in 15 minutes and at the Herman Christiansen farm, on the south edge of the storm, there were four inches of rain in a straight sided vitrol trough in a very short time.

     A very narrow escape from the flood was that of Wm. Burres and family who were following Hugh Shull out of Wasco, both driving autos and going up Hay Canyon to their homes.  Mr. Shull was the faster driver and turned out of the canyon just as the water approached and three miles behind Shull was Burres, stopped by the flood as he was driving onto the canyon floor.

     Roads in places are washed and a number of bridges wrecked in a section that includes a scope of country extending from the west top of Lone Rock grade eastward to the Neil McDonald farm and north to an apex at Hay canyon warehouses.  In this district the new road completed last year by the county down Hay canyon was ruined and a new road bed will have to be graded in a number of places.

     A double funeral service was held at Moro M.E. church Sunday afternoon for Mr. Kunsman and Mr. Burnett and at the same hour at Wasco for Mrs. Fortner and her daughter.


     O.T. Burnett was born at Gower, Missouri, November 11, 1877, died June 30, 1916.  He joined the Christian church at the age of 21, moving to Moro in October, 1913.  He leaves a wife and two children a boy, Ralph W., age 16 years, and a little girl, Marieta Louise, age 3 years, a father, mother, two brothers and two sisters. 

     J.W. Kunsman was born in Williams county, Ohio, July 7, 1854, died June 30, 1916.  He leaves a mother, a sister, two brothers, three daughters; Miss Mary, Mrs. A. L. Landingham, Mrs. L. Barnum; four sons, James, Harry, Irvin, and Roy.  [John W.]

     Mrs. Isabelle Fortner died June 30th, 1916.  Her home was at New Meadows, Idaho.  She leaves a husband, one daughter, and three sons; Frank E., Fred R., Archie R.

     Mrs. L. H. Lawrence died June 30th, 1916.  Her home was at New Meadows, Idaho.  She leaves a husband, father, sister, and three brothers, Frank E., Fred R., Archie R. Fortner.  [Pearl] 

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

Bird.Black.EnvelopeThe Oxford English Dictionary is not for lightweights. A lemma is the most basic form of a word.

Why did America Fight the Vietnam War?

A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul. ~George  Bernard Shaw

How did Obama’s programs help minorities?

The world’s largest floating solar power plant just went online in China

Map of Europe, 1500 AD

Just a common soldier.

Will This Be The Week That Was for the Fox News Channel?

The Need for a Middle America News Network

The Week news magazine


Sherman County eNews #157


  1. Memorial Day Service at Stonehenge Memorial, May 29

  2. Sherman County 4-H Sewing Club News Report

  3. Hans, the Produce Guy, in Moro on Tuesdays

  4. Organizations Serving & Supported by Sherman County

  5. Congressman Walden’s Statement on Administration’s Budget Request

  6. Play It Safe When You’re In, On or Near The Water

  7. Rockfall Below Rowena Crest Viewpoint Removed-US30 Reopened for Traffic

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

The bugle echoes shrill and sweet,
But not of war it sings to-day.
The road is rhythmic with the feet
Of men-at-arms who come to pray.

The roses blossom white and red
On tombs where weary soldiers lie;
Flags wave above the honored dead
And martial music cleaves the sky.

Above their wreath-strewn graves we kneel,
They kept the faith and fought the fight.
Through flying lead and crimson steel
They plunged for Freedom and the Right.

May we, their grateful children, learn
Their strength, who lie beneath this sod,
Who went through fire and death to earn
At last the accolade of God.

In shining rank on rank arrayed
They march, the legions of the Lord;
He is their Captain unafraid,
The Prince of Peace . . . Who brought a sword. ~ Joyce Kilmer

1. Memorial Day Service at Stonehenge Memorial, May 29

military.navyAmerican Legion Post #116 Goldendale will be conducting Memorial Day Services at Stonehenge Memorial on Monday, May 29 at Noon. All are welcome!



2. Sherman County 4-H Sewing Club News Report

4-H clover1The 4-H sewing club met on May 23 at 3:30pm at the Extension Office.  Attending were Amara and Codie-Lee.  Excused absence was Becca.  Pledges led by Amara.  What we did during the meeting:  we almost finished cutting and seam ripping pans and change to skirts, decided about club name, talked about past projects.  We put new covers on the ironing boards and need to find time for a field trip to Joanne’s in The Dalles.  Next meeting will be in two weeks.  Meeting adjourned at 5:30pm.  Signed by Amara James, News Reporter

3. Hans, the Produce Guy, in Moro on Tuesdays

Hans, the produce guy, will be setting up on Tuesdays in front of the Old Moro Cafe.

4. Organizations Serving & Supported by Sherman County Citizens  

teamworkPuzzleThe number of organizations and boards and the participation involved, desired or required, according to statute, funding source, and local culture, numbered is144 when first tracked about 2002 and is currently about 120, reflecting a shrinking population and volunteer pool.

According to the 2010 census, Sherman County lost 8 percent of its population (about 150 people). Others posted losses – Baker, Malheur, Harney, Wallowa, Gilliam, Grant and Wheeler. The census bureau does not forecast a growing population for Sherman County. By 2016 seven Oregon counties saw their population decrease. Those are: Baker, Gilliam, Grant, Lake, Sherman, Umatilla and Wheeler.

Volunteers are essential for local government of our cities, county, special districts, regional cooperatives, regional/state/federal governments and schools, including Grass Valley Pavilion, Rufus Community Center and Wasco Annex.

Volunteers are the engines for our community youth programs – 4-H, Little League, Girl Scouts, CASA, Jr. Hoops, school athletics & Booster Club.

Volunteers govern and operate cultural and charitable organizations, churches, cemeteries, political parties, Scholarship Association, Sherman County Cultural Coalition, cemeteries, Sherman County Historical Society/Museum, Sherman County Fair, Sherman Athletic Foundation and Sherman Development League.

Agricultural organizations’ governing board members are volunteers, Sherman Branch Experiment Station at Moro, Oregon Wheat Growers League, Oregon Wheat Commission, Oregon Cattlemen’s Association, North Central Livestock Association, Mid Columbia Producers (a cooperative) and Sherman County Farm Bureau chapter.

Collectively, these groups need our support in the form of informed interest, volunteer hours and/or funding. We need or want and appreciate their services. We look forward to their news.  ~ The Editor

5. Congressman Walden’s Statement on Administration’s Budget Request

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Greg Walden (R-Hood River), Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, today issued the following statement after the administration released their fiscal year 2018 budget request.

“This budget proposal demonstrates President Trump’s commitment to balancing the budget and responsibly prioritizing taxpayer dollars. The initiatives modernizing our energy infrastructure and promoting our nation’s energy abundance would undoubtedly make positive impacts on our constituents’ lives. The president’s proposals show the difficult choices facing the country as we work to reduce the deficit, protect our security, and grow jobs.”

6. Play It Safe When You’re In, On or Near The Water

PORTLAND, ORE. — Before you head out for a day around water, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reminds you and everyone in your group to wear a life jacket.

In the last 10 years, 84 percent of water-related fatalities on Corps land involved people not wearing life jackets, with the greatest number occurring in areas not designated for swimming, according to data compiled by the Corps’ National Operations Center for Water Safety. Eighty-eight percent of all such fatalities were men, while 68 percent were between the ages of 20 and 60. In addition, 27 percent of boating fatalities involved people falling overboard.

Most who drowned never intended to enter the water; they unexpectedly fell from a boat or dock. Falling into cold water triggers an involuntary gasp response, which causes you to breathe in water whether you want to or not. Breathing in a half-cup of water is enough to cause drowning.

Even a strong swimmer can drown from a fall into cold water. It takes an average of one minute for an adult to drown and just 20 seconds for a child to drown. Wearing a life jacket keeps you afloat until you can regain control of your breathing.

Only swim in areas designated for swimming. These areas have been inspected to provide a safe swimming environment. You swim at your own risk at all Corps beaches, so adults should always watch their children when they are around water.

Always wear the right size and type of life jacket for the activity you are enjoying. Learn more at

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Portland District manages 18 lakes and reservoirs and offers recreation at 135 parks on the water within the state of Oregon. More than 10 million people visit our locations annually to experience the diverse range of outdoor activities we offer to people of all ages. For more information on Portland District’s recreation opportunities, visit

7. Rockfall Below Rowena Crest Viewpoint Removed-US30 Reopened for Traffic 

Slide below Rowena Crest Viewpoint

MOSIER – Crews working for the Oregon Department of Transportation have cleared the rockfall near the Rowena Crest Viewpoint and have opened US30 (the Historic Columbia River Highway) at the site of the slide, approximately seven miles west of The Dalles near mile post 65. Heavy rock and debris had been blocking the highway since the slide occurred the evening of May 7. No one was injured in the slide.

Since that time, crews have been removing loose rock and stabilizing the face to prevent further rock fall at the site.

“Crews have been busy removing over 670 cubic yards of rock and debris from the slide area,” said ODOT Operations Coordinator Scott Peters. “In addition, over twenty rock bolts ranging from ten to twenty feet long have been installed into the rock wall to help stabilize it and prevent future incidences.”

Part of the delay in opening the route was due to the extensive work that included drilling the rock face and securing the stabilizing bolts with mortar, which takes several days to cure.

“The cooperation, extra hours and hard work by everyone involved in the project has been amazing,” Peters said. “The highway would not be opening if not for the dedicated crews and contractors who have put a high priority on this work.”  ODOT staff will continue to monitor the site.

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

Bird.Black.EnvelopeTotal eclipse of sun: August 21, 2017

ACU Statement on FCC Title II Repeal 

The Many Ways the Media Manipulates News

Egypt and Manchester Prove the Fourth Circuit Wrong

Fastest Growing Religion In Each Country Around The World

The world’s most mysterious book


Sherman County eNews #156


  1. Oregon Raceway Park Opportunities, Course Marshal & Support Specialists

  2. Recognition: Class of 1957 1st to Graduate from Sherman High, June 3

  3. Oregon Capital Insider: Agency PR staffers outnumber Capitol reporters 10-to-1

  4. Greg Walden Statement on CBO Score of American Health Care Act

  5. Dead Ox Ranch Solar Eclipse Campout, Photography Workshop, Aug. 19-21

  6. Webinar: Who is Taking Care of Grandma’s Grave? The Basics of Cemetery Care, June 7

  7. Plenty for Conservatives to Like In President’s Budget Proposals

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

1. Oregon Raceway Park Opportunities, Course Marshal & Support Specialists

car.pavementWatch races and get paid for it too. Oregon Raceway Park is seeking corner workers for the 2017 season. Candidates must be 18 years of age, able to climb ladders, have the ability to be outdoors (sometimes in harsh conditions), have good verbal communication skills and be able to react calmly and quickly to emergency situations.

We are proud to offer our event presenters a source of skilled and competent personnel to staff our many and varied events from Auto, Kart and Motorcycle Races.

If interested please contact Brenda Pikl by calling 541-333-2452 or emailing ~Oregon Raceway Park, PO Box 98, Grass Valley, OR 97029. 541.333.2452 (track office)

2. Recognition: Class of 1957 1st to Graduate from Sherman High, June 3

Logo.Sherman High SchoolCommencement for the Sherman High School Class of 2017 will include recognition of the Class of 1957, the first class to graduate from Sherman High.  The recognition is part of the 60-year reunion of that class, which gathered seniors who had been attending Rufus, Wasco, and Moro High Schools.

The graduation will begin at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 3, 2017, in the Sherman gymnasium.  A reception will follow the ceremony, providing an opportunity to visit with the graduating seniors and the senior graduates.

The class of ’57 had 31 graduates, and has lost eleven of its members.  Seventeen of those remaining are planning to attend at least part of the June 3 celebration.  Joan (Gilman) Schuck will be coming from Lillian, Alabama; Sterling Gochnauer from Shrewsbury, Pennsylvania; Jim Brady from Longview, Washington, and Bill Kramer and Ed Shoemaker from Lewiston, Idaho. Also expected are Jim and Jerrine (Blaylock) Belshe, Harry Eakin, Larry Easter, Jim Godier, Lee Kaseberg, Keith Mobley, Bob Olsen, Jim Rodda, Kay (McKay) Kayser-Thompson, Larry Thompson, and Phyllis (Watkins) Ullman.

Friends of the classes of 2017 and 1957 will be welcomed at the Commencement Program on Saturday, June 3, 2017 beginning at 11:00 a.m. at Sherman County School, 65912 High School Loop, Moro, OR 97039.

Dinner and visiting at the home of Kay (McKay) Kayser-Thompson in Goldendale will follow the Moro commencement for the Class of ’57 and guests.

3. Oregon Capital Insider: Agency PR staffers outnumber Capitol reporters 10-to-1

ORStateFlagTake a look at the state of Oregon’s advertising and you’ll quickly wade into a very expensive cesspool of absurdity — one that came under ridicule this week by a conservative transparency organization.

While we concede that some public relations may have to do with educating constituents about state services, some of the millions of dollars spent on PR every year goes to projects like the infamous Cover Oregon ads, one of which features cellists, saccharine lyrics about taking care of each other, and, of course, references to “The Oregon Way.”

It’s hard to make a public interest argument about that kind of spending, especially in the context of a $1.4 billion budget shortfall in the next two-year budget, and when Cover Oregon was a spectacular failure.

There’s very little hope that the gravy train for the state’s spin doctors will stop soon: In fact, the Oregon Capital Insider had the privilege this weekend of meeting a young fellow who has a contract with the state to make a “concept album” about Oregon’s beaches, which featured free stays at Oregon State Parks cabins on the coast during the winter.

Adam Andrzejewski, of Open The Books, an organization that has pursued prior reports on spending by state agencies, published an editorial in Forbes earlier this week on his findings.

According to Andrzejewski, among 87 state agencies, there are 303 state public relations and communications employees, which cost the state $110 million in salaries between 2012 and 2016.

The state has employed 2,200 outside firms for advertising purposes, spending $168 million on outside vendor payments for marketing and PR between 2012 and 2016, according to Andrzejewski’s findings.

For context: There are approximately a dozen journalists covering the state politics and government beat full time in Salem, with some additional reporters floating in and out or reporting from Portland.

If we assume, generously, that at any given point, double that amount — including local journalists — are doing work that requires interacting with state government, that is a ratio of 10-to-1 paid PR professionals to journalists, not including private contractors doing PR.

Adding a layer of irony to the mix, the Senate Republicans’ spokesperson rather gleefully distributed the report via a press release this week. But, we ask, what is his job? And who pays his salary?

4. Greg Walden Statement on CBO Score of American Health Care Act

Oregon.Flat.poleWASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Greg Walden (R-Hood River), Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, today issued the following statement regarding the Congressional Budget Office’s (CBO) score of the American Health Care Act. 

“The American Health Care Act is the first step in our efforts to repeal Obamacare and rebuild our broken health care system. CBO continues to find that through our patient-focused bill, premiums will go down and that our reforms will help stabilize the market,” said Walden. “Our plan puts states and patients in the driver’s seat, creating an innovative fund to help lower premiums and other out-of-pocket costs. As the Senate continues its work on this vital bill, we encourage them to further these critical principles.”

5. Dead Ox Ranch Solar Eclipse Campout, Photography Workshop, Aug. 19-21

camera.35mm.blueIntroducing Gary Randall’s Eastern Oregon Solar Eclipse Campout. August 19-20-21

Where: Baker City Oregon. We’ll be staying at the Dead Ox Ranch just east of the Oregon Trail Visitor Center. There is limited space so sign up soon.

Saturday August 19 – Photography Workshop with Gary Randall. Learn your camera prior to the eclipse to increase your chances of getting the shot during the actual eclipse. We will have 1 minute and 35 seconds of totality so we will want to be prepared.

Camping areas will be provided for tents or motor homes. There are no hookups but a fresh clean porta potty will be provided. We will be photographing the eclipse at the ranch but we’re located near the Wallowa Mountains as well as the Snake River at Hell’s Canyon so side trips are available. Eastern Oregon is truly a beautiful place.

The price for the event will be $350 per camp spot (family members only included in this price) and includes Gary’s Workshop on Sunday the 20th. All Oregon State Parks are reserved and hotels have been sold out for several years in advance. Private campgrounds are charging amazing prices for the last available camping areas all along the shadow of the eclipse. This is a great value. Space is limited so sign up asap to insure your place. Need more info? Contact me through my web site at:

6. Webinar: Who is Taking Care of Grandma’s Grave? The Basics of Cemetery Care

June 7, 11:00-12:30

Does your institution, or your community, have charge of a cemetery, graveyard, or even a single grave? This webinar will cover the basic steps of caring for historic cemeteries. Topics covered will include an introduction to documentation surveys and forms, an overview of general definitions required for documentation, photography tips, and an introduction to cemetery preservation planning and prioritization. There will also be basic tips for how to clean stone monuments. 

Presenter Jason Church is a Materials Conservator in the Materials Conservation Program at the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training (National Park Service) in Natchitoches, Louisiana. Jason divides his time between conducting in-house research, organizing various training events, and teaching hands-on conservation workshops. Since 2005 he has conducted more than 100 lectures and hands-on training sessions for cemetery conservation. He earned his M.F.A. in Historic Preservation from Savannah College of Art and Design.

7. Plenty for Conservatives to Like In President’s Budget Proposals

American flag2“A brave and honest effort to scrutinize everything,” says Schlapp
WASHINGTON DC – Earlier this week, Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director Mick Mulvaney walked through President Trump’s fiscal year 2018 budget request submitted to the U.S. Congress. After initial review, the American Conservative Union (ACU) found many aspects of the White House’s proposal that conservatives should celebrate. 
“The President’s budget is a solid and sound starting point to begin the process of arriving at an eventual agreement. It’s a brave and honest effort to scrutinize everything,” said ACU Chairman Matt Schlapp. “Mick Mulvaney’s conservative approach to fiscal discipline—an approach that earned him a 98% Lifetime ACU Rating as a Member of Congress— is truly returning much-needed ‘management’ to the OMB.” 
The President’s plan has much to commend, including:

  • A proposed $4.6 trillion in reduced spending over 10 years;
  • Avoiding the inflation of available assistance, leaving in place a safety net rather than encouraging dependence;
  • Redirecting federal spending to prioritize defense programs while scaling back outdated and redundant domestic programs;
  • Addressing the need for increased border security to fix our broken immigration system;
  • Fixing a veteran’s benefits system that appropriately honors their service;
  • Presenting parents with more educational options for their children;
  • An income tax reform plan to boost the economy by broadening the tax base and lowering marginal tax rates; and
  • The elimination of the job-killing death tax.

American Conservative Union believes this budget proposal will serve as an effective roadmap that will shape the direction of the budgetary process toward an eventual agreement and spur the economy toward a more robust rate of annual growth. 

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

bird.talkWeed trouble in Moro, Oregon – The Goldendale Sentinel

Oregon Heritage Tourism Success One Year Later

Free. Oregon Capital Insider

Agency PR staffers outnumber Oregon Capitol reporters 10-to-1 

Capital Chatter: A weird and whacky week at the Legislature

Lawmakers approve ‘roadkill’ bill despite misgivings

I contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a  
man standing in a bucket and   trying to lift himself up by the handle. –Winston Churchill

How does your body process medicine?

Obama Doubled Your Health Care Premium

Trump Budget Proposal Completely Defunds Planned Parenthood 

Unadulterated Evil: Remembering Manchester

The American Spectator

Fair Skies and Tailwinds, GBU Colonel Thorsness. A tribute to a humble American Patriot and Medal of Honor recipient, Col. Leo Thorsness


Sherman County eNews #155


  1. Spiritual Matters

  2. Classifieds

  3. Calendar

 1. Spiritual Matters


church.family1I recently read this Book of the Bible for the first time in several years, and I was reminded what an amazing Book it is, full of wonderful words of Godly wisdom.  I have decided to share some of my favorites.


1:7  The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.

3:5  Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.

3:6  In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.

11:4  Riches do not profit in the day of wrath, but righteousness delivers from death.

14:12  There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death.

15:1  A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.

15:3  The eyes of the Lord are in every place, watching the evil and the good.

16:2  All the ways of a man are clean in his own sight, but the Lord weighs the motives.

19:21  Many are the plans in a human heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.

21:23  He who guards his mouth and his tongue, guards his soul from troubles.

22:2  The rich and the poor have a common bond, the Lord is the maker of them all.

22:6  Train up a child in the way he should go, even when he is old he will not depart from it.

23:17  Do not let your heart envy sinners, but live in the fear of the Lord always.

28:13  He who conceals his transgressions will not prosper, but he who confesses and forsakes them will find compassion.

31:30  Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.

God bless,

Jill Harrison

Wasco Methodist Church

2. Classifieds (new or corrected)


Please note: Free classified ads are published on Fridays. The deadline is Wednesday at 5. Please submit ads by using the Submit News page. Include who, what, where, when, & how, contact information 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. This service is limited to Sherman County. Links are welcome.

Please share your Thank You and Congratulatory notes and Joyful News here. ~ The Editor


CONGRATULATIONS, Class of 2017 in the John Day River Territory! 

A REUNION WELCOME to the first class to graduate from Sherman High School, the Class of 1957! 

JOYFUL NEWS! [births, birthdays, engagements, weddings & anniversaries]

HAPPY 100th BIRTHDAY, Charlotte Barnett! 

WELCOME, Earl Son! Matthew and Laura (Criss) Earl of Moro welcome their third child and second son, Derek Wesley. Derek was born Sunday, May 14 at 12:27 a.m.; 10 lbs, 14 oz and 23 1/4″ long. He joins sister Abigail and brother James. Grandparents are Dean and Debbie Criss of Centralia, WA and Dave and Terri Earl of Grass Valley. 



CITY RECORDER. The City of Rufus is seeking a full-time City Recorder to perform day-to-day city office operations including billing, receiving water /sewer payments, preparing for city council meetings including the recording of the meeting minutes, follow-up with special projects for city enhancements and improvements, and other job duties as assigned by the Mayor. Individuals interested in the job must be professional and have exquisite communication skills. Must possess a valid driver’s license, pass a criminal background check, and be reliable, trustworthy and honest. Hours are flexible. Must be efficient in Excel and knowledgeable with computer skills. Job consists of 30-40 hours per week. Pay based on experience and qualifications. Only qualified individuals please apply. Job opportunity open until filled.  Please send resumes to: City of Rufus, PO Box 27,  Rufus, Oregon 97050.  Pick up application at: City Hall, 304 W 2nd Street, Suite 100, Rufus, Oregon 97050, or call: (541)739-2321.  0/0

GRAIN ELEVATOR OPERATORS. Now Hiring: 2017 Harvest- Grain Elevator Operators. Mid Columbia Producers is seeking applicants for seasonal harvest positions within Klickitat, Wasco, Gilliam and Morrow Counties.  Successful applicants will be responsible for the operation of a grain handling facility through the harvest period.  The successful applicant must be at least 18 years of age at the time of employment, be able to work at heights up to 200 ft, periodically perform heavy labor, climb ladders and be able to qualify for use of a dust and mist respirator.  Previous experience in agricultural and mechanical skills are preferred but not required. The period of employment will be throughout the harvest season.  The start and end dates may vary depending on the individual elevators staffing requirements.  The estimated start and completion of harvest is the middle of June through August/September.  Employment will be contingent on a pre-employment physical, drug screen, background check and motor vehicle report.   This is a great opportunity for those individuals looking for an opportunity to earn additional income through the summer. Applications are available for download in the career opportunities section of our website or can be picked up at the main office in Moro. Completed applications must be submitted for employment consideration.  Please send application to: MCP Attn: Brittany Dark, PO Box 344, Moro, OR 97039. PH: (541)565-3737. FAX: (503)536-6875  6/2

PUBLIC TRANSIT DRIVER. Sherman County Community Transportation is now accepting applications for paid driver positions through May 26, 2017  Applicant requirements:

  • Minimum 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
  • Hours vary depending on transportation needs
  • Each month drivers are able to schedule their days available
  • Required Passenger Assistance, Defensive Driving and Safety Classes are provided at no charge
  • Starting pay $ 11.20 per hour

The transit service provides rides for non-emergency medical rides to The Dalles, Hood River, Portland and the surrounding metro area, Central Oregon, North Eastern Oregon, The Dalles and Hood River. 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) 565-3553. 5/26

WEB DESIGN. Sherman County Request for Proposals: Website Redesign

Introduction: Sherman County Court has initiated a Request for Proposal (RFP) process to identify a vendor qualified to plan, execute, and deliver the redesign and to move content of Sherman County’s current website into a WordPress format.

Project Background: Sherman County’s website provides a multitude of information, including background information about the county, a calendar of events, tourism information, a directory of all businesses in the county, education, government services, and media resources available to the county. The current website is complex, difficult to navigate, and outdated. The updating process is not efficient. Not all content is accessible for updating.

Project Goals: Sherman County’s website redesign objectives include but are not limited to:

  • Move content of current website to a WordPress format.
  • Create a clean, elegant, user-centric design that is more visually appealing and offers higher user satisfaction and access of information
  • Create a user experience that supports the needs of our patrons who require accessibility tools to use the site. The website should be compliant with the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Minimum Qualifications. Proposers shall demonstrate past experience in meeting these minimum qualifications. Those that do not meet these minimum qualifications shall be rejected by Sherman County Court without further consideration:

  • Candidate must provide sufficient, detailed information and examples that demonstrates successful completion of comparable work on similarly complex projects
  • Candidate must have experience designing WordPress websites
  • Candidate must have experience developing websites that utilize current best practices (including flexible designs for desktop, mobile, tablet)
  • Candidate must have experience developing websites that comply with the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act

Proposal Instructions: To submit a proposal, see the complete list of project goals, minimum qualifications, instructions, the selection process, and more at the link provided on Sherman County’s website homepage at or contact:

Sherman County Court Administrative Assistant Lauren Hernandez


Address:      P.O. Box 365, Moro, OR 97039

Time frame: All proposals must be received by 5:00 p.m. on June 1, 2017. No proposals will be accepted after this date. 5/26 

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. 0/0

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.  5/26


NOTICE. NORTH SHERMAN COUNTY RFPD IS ACCEPTING BIDS FOR SURPLUS PROPERTY OWNED BY THE DISTRICT. The Board of Directors for North Sherman County RFPD has declared the property listed below as surplus to the needs of the Fire District, and has set minimum bids for each item — or will accept bids considered within reason:
1. 1988 Chevrolet K3500 Vehicle will be sold “as is”. Minimum bid — $1,000
2. Briggs & Stratton Pump Minimum bid — $100
3. Multiple miscellaneous items — each item valued at less than $50.00.

Bids must be mailed to North Sherman County RFPD PO Box 121 Wasco OR 97065 or delivered to Fire Station 2 at 400 Main St. in Rufus, Oregon. Bids must be enclosed in a sealed envelope clearly marked “Bid for Surplus Property” and include the name of the individual submitting the bid, phone number and mailing address. Bids will be accepted up to 2:00p.m. on June 13, 2017.
Bids will be opened during the June 13, 2017 Fire District Board meeting that will begin at 7:00p.m. in the District’s Fire Station 1 at 411 Yates St. in Wasco, Oregon. The Board of Directors for North Sherman County RFPD reserves the right to reject any or all bids or part of any bid.   If you have any questions or would like to view any of this property, please contact District Chief Jeff Holliday at 541-705-5640. 6/9


Sealed bidding will close at 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 13, 2017 with immediate announcement of bid results.

At the May 8, 2017 Regular Board Meeting of the Sherman County School District, the Board of Directors declared the following items to be offered as surplus:

(15)                      New metal fire rated door frames, various sizes

(6)                       Sections of lockers, various sizes

(Approximately 70) 4′ fluorescent light fixtures

(1)                       Large wooden teacher’s desk

(1)                       1980 Dodge Pickup Truck with Dee Zee Tool box

(1)                       1981 Toyota Pickup Truck

The process of selling these surplus items will be done through a sealed bidding process.  This allows for a fair and open sale for interested parties.  Bidders may view the items by calling (541) 565-3500 or by contacting Wes Owens at and making an appointment with Sherman County School District. Sealed bids must be submitted using the official Bid Proposal Form that is available on the Sherman County School District website.

Sealed bids must be received by Sherman County School District located at 65912 High School Loop, Moro, OR prior to 3:00 p.m. on June 13, 2017. At 3:01 p.m. all bids will be read aloud in the meeting room of the Sherman County Public/School Library.  By bidding, a potential purchaser is confirming their acceptance of these terms and conditions;

  • All items are offered “As-Is” and “Where-Is” with no warranty or other guarantee as to its condition or fitness for any use or purpose;
  • Purchaser agrees to remove surplus items within seven (7) days of winning the bid;
  • Cash or checks will be accepted and must be made payable to Sherman County School District;
  • There shall be no refunds and all sales are final.

Sherman County School District reserves the right to reject any or all bids received, to award any or all of the various items to separate bidders, to waive any informalities in the bids, and to award as best serves the interest of the District and the Public. All dimensions are approximate.  6/9


Grass Valley Neighborhood Sales

Friday & Saturday, May 26 & 27

9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Follow maps, balloons & signs!

Estate Sale




Come to Buy or Come to Sell

Join in the fun!

Questions? Contact Terri Bibby 5/26
TRUCK. $8,000.00. 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, 4wd, great condition, 104800 miles. Sturdy bull bar, new fan motor, new starter, new 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! 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  5/26
SERVICES: [home, personal, appliance, landscape, fencing, cleaning, maintenance, janitorial, computer, construction, sewing, repairs, transportation, media, preschool, day care, restaurant, support & training]






CEMETERY OWNERSHIP & CONTACT INFO. The Oregon Historic Cemeteries Coordinator Kuri Gill requested information about Sherman County’s cemeteries. I agreed to round up this information – ownership and address with contact phone or email. Please help. ~ Sherry Kaseberg

Daugherty Family Cemetery (private)

DeMoss Family Cemetery (private)

Kent Cemetery

Michigan Cemetery (private)

Observer Farm Cemetery (private)

Rufus Pioneer Cemetery. 5/26 




3. Calendar (new or corrected) 


26 Frederick Hill Funeral 10:30 St. Peter Catholic Church, The Dalles

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

27 Charlotte Barnett’s 100th Birthday Party 1:30 Grass Valley Pavilion

27 Joyce Decker Memorial Service 11 Wasco United Methodist Church

27 53rd Annual Eastern Oregon Half-Marathon 8 Spray, Oregon

27-28 70th Annual Spray Rodeo 541-468-2442

28-29 Wasco’s Memorial Day Celebration

28-29 Memorial Day Country Breakfast 7:30-10:30 N. Sherman Fire Hall, Wasco


30 Sherman School Spring Awards Program 7


1 Sherman County Burn Ban Starts for Moro Fire District and North Sherman Fire District, which include the cities of Moro, Rufus and Wasco, burn barrels, incinerators and agricultural burning.

1 Sherman County Fair Board 7 Fairgrounds

1 North Central Education Service District Board 6 Condon

1 Sherman Senior Awards Program 7

2 Frontier TeleNet Budget 9 & Board 10 Meeting, Condon NCESD Bldg.

2 Growing Agri-Tourism Meeting, John Day River Territory 10-1 Spray, Oregon

2-4 Mid-Columbia Junior Livestock Show, Tygh Valley

3 Sherman County High School Graduation 11

3 Class of 1957 Reunion, 1st Class to Graduate from Sherman High School

3 Original Wasco County Courthouse Silent Movies & Meeting 1:30

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

8 Free Soil Health Field Day for Dryland Crops 9 Williams Ranch, 5900 Old Moody Rd.

9 Last Day of this School Year in Sherman County

9 Sherman County Family Fair 4-6:30 Moro City Park

9 4-H Camp Registration Deadline

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

9 Folksinger Woody Guthrie & BPA Dinner & Program 5 & 6 Discovery Center

10 Columbia Gorge Genealogical Society OrGenWeb Program 1 Discovery Center

10 Cascade Singers & Cascade Youth Choir 7 St. Paul’s Episcopal Church

11 Cascade Singers & Cascade Youth Choir 3 St. Paul’s Episcopal Church

11 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

14-16 Sherman County 4-H Camp

15 Tourism Marketing Session for John Day River Territory Region 1-4:30 Condon

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

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

15-18 Sherman Summer Invitational Tournament


18-23 Cottonwood Crossing Summer Institute

19-21 Annual Sherman Champions Sports Camp, Sherman County School

21 Sherman County Court 9

21 Summer Begins

21-24 OSU Summer 4-H Conference “100 Years of Advenures”

26 Mid-Columbia Housing Authority Board Meeting 11-1 White Salmon

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

29 Food Preservation Workshop for Kids & Adults 9-2 Extension Office


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

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

3 Sherman County Courthouse will be closed.

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

5 Sherman County Court 9

5-7 4-H Junior Master Recycler Workshop 9 Sherman Extension Office

11 Sherman Soil & Water Conservation District Board 8:30 Moro

11 Sherman County Watershed Council Meeting 11:30 Burnet Building, Moro

12 Sherman Senior & Community Center Advisory Group 12:30 Senior Center

19 Sherman County Court 9

24-28 4-H Healthalicious Cooking Workshops 9-1 Sherman Extension Office


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

18-22 Outlaw Rodeo Bible Camp – Powell Butte, Oregon

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 #154


  1. Sherman County Sheriff’s Office April Incident Report

  2. City of Redmond Successfully Rehabilitates a Local Historic Landmark

  3. Joyce Irene Decker 1931-2017

  4. Frederick LaGrande Hill 1921-2017

  5. SafeOregon, a School Safety Tip Line

  6. Columbia Gorge Community College Offers College-Level Examination Program

  7. Oregon State Parks Offers Geology Programs & Hikes in Central Oregon

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

1. Sherman County Sheriff’s Office April Incident Report




2. City of Redmond Successfully Rehabilitates a Local Historic Landmark

The City of Redmond embarked on a massive project to rehabilitate the former high school and reuse it as the new city hall. Learn more about the project by visiting the Oregon Heritage Exchange<> blog.

3. Joyce Irene Decker 1931-2017

flower.rose.starJoyce Irene Decker, a lifelong resident of Wasco, Oregon, died Wednesday, May 17, 2017, at the age of 86. She was born in Scott City, Kansas, on January 6, 1931, the second of Glenn and Ida Wallace’s eight children. She was four years old when the family came to Wasco where she attended school.

 In 1949, she married Charles Decker and together they had four children, Phyllis, Alvin, Donald and Tim. They celebrated their 67th wedding anniversary in September. Joyce and Charlie were devoted to volunteering in the community, helping wherever there was a need. Joyce was selfless and generous beyond words and her family, home and friends meant the most to her. She worked as a secretary for the Wasco grain cooperative and then as cook at the Wasco school for 25 years.

She is survived by her husband, Charlie; children, Phyllis Coats Newman, Alvin, Don and Tim Decker; grandchildren, John Coats, Megan McAllister, Nick Decker, Lindsey Poggemeyer, Kelsey Decker, David Decker and Zack Decker; seven great-grandchildren, Alec and Matthew Coats, Jack, William and Rosie McAllister, and Flint and Rhett Poggemeyer; brothers, Chuck, Jack, David and Jim Wallace; and sisters, Glenna Allmer and Erma Bryan.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, May 27, at 11 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Wasco, with Pastor Bob Reasoner officiating. A gathering will be held at the Wasco Annex following the service. Memorial donations may be made to the Wasco United Methodist Church.

4. Frederick LaGrande Hill 1921-2017

flower.rose.starFrederick LaGrande Hill was born January 2, 1921, to Walter E. and Margaret (Brogan) Hill, at Grass Valley, Oregon. He died Saturday, May 13, 2017 at the age of 96. Funeral services will be held Friday, May 26, the Rosary at 10:30 a.m. and the Mass at 11 a.m. at St. Peter Catholic Church in The Dalles with interment to follow.

Fred grew up on the family ranch west of Antelope and attended local schools. During World War II he served as a Corporal with the 263rd Medical Battalion, 3rd Engineer Special (Amphibious) Brigade in the New Guinea, Philippine and Japan Threaters and was honorably discharged December 24, 1945.

He married Elisabeth “Beth” Rooper in The Dalles and they resided in Wasco until moving to Culver in 1997. As of October, 2015, he had been living in The Dalles. He held a variety of jobs, primarily in ranching, then became employed at Sherman Farm Chemicals, subsequently serving as manager until becoming a partner in 1979. After retiring in 1987, he and Beth spent the winter months in Winterhaven, California.

Fred loved the outdoors, agriculture, hunting, fishing and gardening. He was a member of the St. Patrick Catholic Church in Madras, Knights of Columbus, American Legion in Wasco and Elks Lodge No. 303 in The Dalles.

He is survived by his wife, Beth Hill of The Dalles; daughter, Theresa Hahn of Dufur; son Al Current of Missoula, Montana; daughter-in-law,  Franky Hill of The Dalles; grandsons and families, Kit Hill (Lauren and Hailey) of Happy Valley, Matt Livingston (Tara, Madison, Gracie and Abby) of Great Falls, Montana, Nicholas Livingston (Kelli, Moya and Marley) of Meridian, Idaho, Jacob Livingston (Rosa) of Seeley Lake, Montana; granddaughters and families, Cassie Livingston (Tyler) of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, Sellah Hill (Charles) of Dufur, Jolleen Hill (Eric and Cadence) of The Dalles, Nikki Sherman (Ty, Jess and Raven Grace of Kennewick, Washington. He was preceded in death by his son, Michael M. Hill.

5. SafeOregon, a School Safety Tip Line

The Oregon State Police launched SafeOregon, a school safety tip line program available to all public K-12 schools in Oregon, on January 31, 2017. SafeOregon is a way for students, staff or other members of the public to confidentially report and share confidential information of a risk or a potential risk to student safety. SafeOregon requires schools to complete a sign-up process in order for students to use it. Since SafeOregon was launched, 260 schools have enrolled and are using the tip line. That reaches approximately 110,000 Oregon students. SafeOregon gives students a way to reach out for help.

SafeOregon — the school safety tip line — became Law through HB 4075 (2016), as a result of recommendations from the Oregon Task Force on School Safety charged with improving safety and security at schools across the state. The task force was established by House Bill 4087, bringing together representatives from police, fire, school administration, teachers, school boards and service districts, along with the Governor’s education and public safety policy advisors, legislators, the Oregon Department of Education and the Association of Oregon Community Mental Health Programs. The task force is chaired by Clackamas County Sheriff Craig Roberts and Dr. David Novotney, Willamette Education Service District.

SafeOregon is designed to encourage Oregon students to share and respond to anything that threatens their safety or the safety of others, anything that makes a student feel unsafe or if a student knows someone who feels unsafe.

For more information please visit The resource page has more information for students, parents and for schools to sign-up. Students and parents are encouraged to talk to their school administration about making SafeOregon available in their school.

It is a violation of ORS165.570 to improperly use the SafeOregon system.

6. Columbia Gorge Community College Offers College-Level Examination Program

Life offers lessons beyond the classroom, but it’s not often you can turn that education into college credit.  Columbia Gorge Community College offers just such an opportunity for some students.

It’s called the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP), developed by the College Board, a national non-profit organization that also administers such widely-recognized post-secondary exams as the SAT, PSAT and Advanced Placement (AP) test. Through the CLEP, people apply their subject-area knowledge through a multiple choice exam, essay, numeric answers, or in the case of second language mastery, a listening section. Requirements and the number of credits awarded vary according to college policies but often align with recommendations from the College Board. Columbia Gorge Community College became a CLEP Test Center in 2016, one of 1,800 such centers across the United States.

For many local high school students, command of the Spanish language is nurtured from a very early age. This skill and experience can earn students up to 24 college foreign language credits. This spring 39 students from The Dalles High School took this opportunity, earning a total of 768 college credits by demonstrating their knowledge of spoken and written Spanish. Students may also be able to apply their college credit toward high school credit requirements, essentially earning “dual credit.” CLEP exams have also been scheduled for Hood River Valley High School students.

Although the CLEP exam is currently offered only for Spanish language credit at CGCC, the college hopes to expand this initiative to other academic subjects in the near future.

“The purpose is to give credit where credit is deserved,” said Dr. Eric Studebaker, chief student services officer. “For many students from Spanish-speaking homes, this is the first opportunity to give academic recognition to a valuable skill they learned outside the classroom. Having this opportunity near the end of their high school experience may positively influence whether students pursue a post-secondary education. These credits may help propel students towards earning a college degree. ”

Beyond the CLEP exam, this initiative provides students with a campus tour and workshops on college admissions, financial aid and scholarships, and college life.  This effort was made possible with support from North Wasco County School District and the CGCC Foundation.

To learn more, visit

7.  Oregon State Parks Offers Geology Programs & Hikes in Central Oregon

Join geology expert Robert J. Lillie for a series of weekend programs June 2-4 that explore the geology of central Oregon’s state parks and other natural areas. Lillie will lead two guided hikes and two sunset presentations that draw on his experience as a former geosciences professor at Oregon State University.

Participants will consider the paradox of Oregon’s landscape: the same destructive geological forces that threaten our lives, such as earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, also form the state’s spectacular mountains, valleys and coastlines. Lillie’s programs are based on research published in his 2015 book, “Beauty from the Beast: Plate Tectonics and the Landscapes of Oregon State Parks.” To make this information come alive, his presentations will focus on the formation of features located within central and eastern Oregon state parks.

Evening Campground presentations are scheduled at 8:30 p.m. Friday, June 2 at Tumalo State Park and Saturday, June 3 at LaPine State Park.

Guided geology hikes are scheduled at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 3 at Prineville Reservoir State Park and Sunday, June 4 at The Cove Palisades State Park. The Prineville hike meets at the Eagle’s Nest Amphitheater across from the registration booth. The Cove Palisades hike starts at the kiosk at the entrance to the Crooked River Campground.

For information, contact Jill Nishball at 503-551-8958 or

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

bird.owl350th Anniversary Vietnam War

 “I am for doing good to the poor, but I differ in opinion of the means. I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it.” ~Benjamin Franklin 

Oregon had no plan for checking Medicaid eligibility

White Supremacists Are Brawling with Masked Leftists in the Portland Streets. Homeland Security is Watching.

Oregonians could be pumping their own gas soon in 15 counties

Melania Trump Is First Catholic to Live in White House Since JFK

Is Organic Food Worth the Cost?

Here are the 66 programs eliminated in Trump’s budget


Sherman County eNews #153


  1. Free Soil Health Field Day for Dryland Crops, June 8

  2. Tourism Marketing Session for Region, June 15

  3. Sherman County Court Notes, May 17

  4. The Vietnam War: A Film Preview, July 24

  5. Memorial Day: A tradition rooted in courage, honor, sacrifice

  6. The Tax System Explained in Beer Terms

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

1. Free Soil Health Field Day for Dryland Crops, June 8

Mark your calendars for June 8, 2017, to attend a free Soil Health Field Day for Dryland Crops at the Noah Williams Ranch (5900 Old Moody Rd.) in The Dalles beginning at 9 a.m.

Field Day topics will include Cover Crop vs. Chemical Fallow Trials (examining soil moisture, fertility and plant nutrition); Growing Chickpeas for Market; and Cover Crops for Livestock Feed and their role in our cropping systems.  For additional information and to RSVP, please contact Noah Williams at 541-980-2699.

2. Tourism Marketing Session for Region, June 15

car.kidsEveryone is invited to the Travel Oregon Marketing Session for the John Day River Territory (Sherman, Gilliam, Wheeler and Grant Counties) on June 15th, 2017 from 1:00 PM-4:30 PM at the new Fire Hall at 200 North Main Street in Condon.

Spurred by the Oregon Rural Tourism Studio that was held in the region five years ago, the session will focus on marketing opportunities and programs the John Day River Territory area can put into action over the course of the next year. Those currently involved or interested in supporting tourism aims in the area are welcome to join us for a chance to network and brainstorm.


  • Continue to familiarize partners with marketingsuccesses, common issues, areas of need facing John Day River Territory
  • Identify marketingopportunities and resources for businesses and partners to implement
  • Introduce marketingguide and Visitor Lifecycle Management (VLM) process
  • Brainstorm opportunities for partners and businesses how and where these groups can implement the VLM and what actionable steps can be taken.
  • Give partners and businesses an opportunity for content and creative review of marketing

Light refreshments will be available. Please RSVP by adding your name and email to this list:

Feel free to share this invitation with other community business leaders within Sherman, Gilliam, Wheeler, and Grant counties. If you have any questions, please contact Jessica Metta at 541-296-2266. We look forward to seeing you soon!

3. Sherman County Court Notes, May 17

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 June 7 court session on the Sherman County website at

The Sherman County Court met in regular session on May 17, 2017, and in conducting the business of the county,

  • met with Jacob Dunaway, Solutions iT, to discuss the technology discovery report; Jacob notified the court the information in his report was sensitive and recommended the court enter into executive session before hearing it; the court entered into executive session according to ORS 192.660 (2) (h) Legal Rights;
  • heard an update from Mark Coles, Road Master, about the Federal Lands Access Program (FLAP) Grant; Mark spoke to Matthew Fletcher, Western Federal Lands Highway Division Program Manager, and construction on the Starvation Lane project is not scheduled to begin until 2021, though project design could be bumped up to 2018; funding is not scheduled to come in until 2021; it may be possible an agreement can be signed so the county can begin some work and be reimbursed for it; discussion was held about who should deliver the project; Mark recommended Western Federal Lands deliver the project instead of Sherman County; Aaron Lafky, property owner near Starvation Lane, stated improving Starvation Lane is an immediate issue; he had a discussion with Lisa Sumption, Oregon State Parks Director, and she stated she did not receive the letter sent by the county in early May; Aaron stated the situation is getting to the point where if the parties involved don’t work towards a solution, he may seek legal action; another letter will be sent to State Parks; a letter will be sent to FLAP representatives encouraging funds to be released sooner than 2021; Mark found a rock picker that will work for the county with a 1 ½ inch grate and 96 inch lift; he would like to purchase it before July to have available for the later part of summer; the court approved the Road Department purchasing a Schulte High Rise 8000 Rock Picker in the amount of $25,641.70;
  • heard an update on the Azure Farms weed ordinance violation;
  • approved the Intergovernmental Agreement/Technology Usage Agreement between Sherman County and Oregon State University’s Extension Service and authorized Judge Thompson to sign;
  • approved the Agreement for the Transfer of Real Property between Sherman County and the City of Wasco for the transfer of ownership of the Wasco Annex from Sherman County to the City of Wasco effective June 30, 2017;
  • approved the Planned Equipment Maintenance Agreement between Cummins Sales and Service and Sherman County in the amount of $954.48 for planned generator maintenance and authorized Judge Thompson to sign;
  • approved the Citycounty Insurance Weed Control Pollution Policy in the amount of $2,331.07 and the Notice of Terrorism Coverage Insurance for the premium amount of $108.44 and authorized Judge Thompson to sign;
  • appointed Mike Smith to the North Central Health District Budget Committee to act as Sherman County citizen representative;
  • approved the Rail and Public Transit Division/Oregon Department of Transportation STF Agreement #32017 between the State of Oregon and Sherman County and Racial and Ethnic Impact Statement and authorized Judge Thompson to sign;
  • declared Monday, July 3, 2017, as a holiday for county employees;
  • approved, as recommended by the Finance Director, a Resolution In the Matter of the County Court Approving the Transfer of Funds Within the County General, Community Transit, Ambulance, Prevention, Court Security, Emergency Services, DA-V/WAP, General Road, Road Improvement, County Fair, Tri-County Corrections, Wellness Center, Tri-County Veterans’, Driver Education, Early Learning Services, Senior Center, Courthouse Facility, Renewable Resources, Resident Incentive Program, SIP Community Service Fees and SIP Additional Fees Funds;
  • accepted the resignation of Brian Hulke from the Senior Center Advisory Board and appointed Carl Langston to complete the term of Brian Hulke to expire December 31, 2019;
  • accepted the resignation of Ted Sabey from the Sherman County Fair Board;
  • discussed the Grass Valley Canyon weed survey and weed control;
  • heard reports from court members about regional board activities.

4. Memorial Day: A tradition rooted in courage, honor, sacrifice

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Memorial Day is a holiday rooted in tradition. Every year, thousands of Oregonians participate in ceremonies, parades and other solemn events. But long before the first Memorial Day processions wound their way down city streets, long before dignitaries across the country took to podiums to honor service and sacrifice, the holiday started, informally, with a much simpler tradition: the laying of flowers upon the grave of a fallen service member.

It was in the wake of the American Civil War that communities began the practice of decorating soldiers’ graves with flowers. This military family and community tradition was later formalized as a national day of honor in Decoration Day, and what we now call Memorial Day.

In 1866, no family or community was untouched by the Civil War. America’s bloodiest conflict resulted in over 1 million casualties and claimed over 620,000 lives. The impacts of the war were intensely and personally felt across the nation.

Today, over 320,000 veterans call Oregon home. We are a strong and diverse community, spanning four generations across five major wars. With every veteran counted, we must also recognize the sacrifice of their spouses and families, who served on the home front while their loved ones were in uniform.

At the same time, we must acknowledge that today’s battles are fought by less than 1 percent of our population. The weight of the most recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan has been borne by the few. Most of our citizens today have not been directly impacted by war. The same cannot be said for our Gold Star families, who have lost a loved one in service to our nation.

We can never forget the true cost of war — a cost far beyond dollars and cents. A hundred years ago, in World War I, we lost over 115,000 dedicated service members — almost 1,000 of whom were from Oregon. Those who survived the battlefields in Europe did not come home to a robust system of veterans’ health care and benefits. But they banded together in service organizations and fought to advocate for the nationwide network of support we have today.

Across the ages, from the beaches of Normandy and the Pacific islands to the mountains and jungles in Asia, countless Americans have stood up to serve and have laid down their lives. At the most basic level, they fought to protect the one on their right and the one on their left, but ultimately their fight protects us all and preserves the values we hold dear.

This Memorial Day, as we kick off the start of summer and turn to enjoy Oregon’s incredible parks, beaches, rivers and mountains, we must encourage all citizens to pause and honor our fallen and Gold Star families. We stand on the shoulders of all those who came before us and will never forget our veterans’ service, especially those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

Thank you for your support of Oregon’s military, veterans and their families!

Cameron Smith served three tours in Iraq as a Marine and is the director of the Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs.

5. The Vietnam War: A Film Preview, July 24 

American flag2A Conversation with Ken Burns & Lynn Novick

Monday, July 24, 2017  |  7:30pm  |  Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall

OPB and PBS invite you to an evening with filmmakers Ken Burns and Lynn Novick for a preview of The Vietnam War. This special event will feature highlights from the new 10-part, 18-hour documentary film series followed by a discussion with Burns, Novick, and former Air Force Chief of Staff and retired four-star General Merrill McPeak.

In an immersive narrative, The Vietnam War tells the epic story of the war as it has never-before been told on film. It features testimony from nearly 100 witnesses, including many Americans who fought in the war and others who opposed it, as well as Vietnamese combatants and civilians from both the winning and losing sides. Six years in the making, the series brings the war and the chaotic epoch it encompassed viscerally to life.

Tickets start at $20 and are selling quickly: 

6. The Tax System Explained in Beer Terms

dollar.sign.coinsSuppose that every day, ten men go out for beer and the bill for all ten comes to $100…
If they paid their bill the way we pay our taxes, it would go something like this…

The first four men (the poorest) would pay nothing.
The fifth would pay $1.
The sixth would pay $3.
The seventh would pay $7.

The eighth would pay $12.
The ninth would pay $18.
The tenth man (the richest) would pay $59.

So, that’s what they decided to do..

The ten men drank in the bar every day and seemed quite happy with the arrangement, until one day, the owner threw them a curve ball. “Since you are all such good customers,” he said, “I’m going to reduce the cost of your daily beer by $20”. Drinks for the ten men would now cost just $80.

The group still wanted to pay their bill the way we pay our taxes So the first four men were unaffected. They would still drink for free. But what about the other six men ? How could they divide the $20 windfall so that everyone would get his fair share?

They realized that $20 divided by six is $3.33. But if they subtracted that from everybody’s share, then the fifth man and the sixth man would each end up being paid to drink his beer.

So, the bar owner suggested that it would be fair to reduce each man’s bill by a higher percentage the poorer he was, to follow the principle of the tax system they had been using, and he proceeded to work out the amounts he suggested that each should now pay.

And so the fifth man, like the first four, now paid nothing (100% saving).
The sixth now paid $2 instead of $3 (33% saving).
The seventh now paid $5 instead of $7 (28% saving).
The eighth now paid $9 instead of $12 (25% saving).
The ninth now paid $14 instead of $18 (22% saving).

The tenth now paid $49 instead of $59 (16% saving).

Each of the six was better off than before. And the first four continued to drink for free. But, once outside the bar, the men began to compare their savings.

“I only got a dollar out of the $20 saving,” declared the sixth man. He pointed to the tenth man,”but he got $10!”

“Yeah, that’s right,” exclaimed the fifth man. “I only saved a dollar too. It’s unfair that he got ten times more benefit than me!”

“That’s true!” shouted the seventh man. “Why should he get $10 back, when I got only $2? The wealthy get all the breaks!”

“Wait a minute,” yelled the first four men in unison, “we didn’t get anything at all. This new tax system exploits the poor!”

The nine men surrounded the tenth and beat him up.

The next night the tenth man didn’t show up for drinks, so the nine sat down and had their beers without him. But when it came time to pay the bill, they discovered something important. They didn’t have enough money between all of them for even half of the bill!

And that, boys and girls, journalists and government ministers, is how our tax system works. The people who already pay the highest taxes will naturally get the most benefit from a tax reduction. Tax them too much, attack them for being wealthy, and they just may not show up anymore. In fact, they might start drinking overseas, where the atmosphere is somewhat friendlier.

Author Unknown

For those who understand, no explanation is needed.
For those who do not understand, no explanation is possible.

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

bird.owl.limbA Beautiful Day In Washington D.C.

The Holocaust’s Great Escape

Countries with the largest immigrant populations

Military Times

Defense News

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