Sherman County eNews #132


  1. 1A District 3 Championship Meet at Sherman, May 13

  2. Editorial Note: Sherman County Historic Cemeteries Information Sought

  3. Grass Valley Neighborhood Sales, May 26 & 27

  4. Sherman County Court Notes, May 3

  5. Negotiate With Others Without Friction

  6. Public Notice: Sherman County Court Special Session, May 15

  7. Public Meeting Notice: Sherman County Court, May 17

  8. Prineville Reservoir Star Party, May 20

1. 1A District 3 Championship Meet at Sherman, May 13


1A District 3 Championships

Saturday, May 13, 2017

starting at 10:30

Hosted by the Sherman County Huskies

The admission fees for Track this Saturday is $6 for adults, $4 for students, and children 7 and under are free. Come and cheer for our Huskies as they work hard for the opportunity to compete in the State Championships.  Good luck to everyone!

2. Editorial Note: Sherman County Historic Cemeteries Information Sought

My interest in local history led to an offer to help Oregon Historic Cemeteries Program Coordinator Kuri Gill by obtaining ownership and contact information for Sherman County’s Historic Cemeteries. If you can help, please send the information to me and I will send it on.

Sherman County’s Historic Cemeteries

Information Sought:


Daugherty Family Cemetery (private)

DeMoss Family Cemetery (private)

Emigrant Springs Cemetery –

Grass Valley Cemetery – City of Grass Valley, P.O. Box _, Grass Valley, OR 970

Kent Cemetery

Michigan Cemetery (private)

Moro Cemetery – City of Moro, P.O. Box _, Moro, OR 97039

Observer Farm Cemetery (private)

Rose Hill Cemetery

Rufus Pioneer Cemetery

Sun Rise Cemetery – Wasco Cemetery Association, P.O. Box _, Wasco, OR 97065

Wasco Methodist Cemetery – Wasco United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 43, Wasco, OR 97065

Thank you!

Sherry Kaseberg, Sherman County eNews

3. Grass Valley Neighborhood Sales, May 26 & 27

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

4. Sherman County Court Notes, May 3

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 May 17 court session on the Sherman County website at

The Sherman County Court met in regular session on May 3, 2017, and in conducting the business of the county,

  • heard asphalt oil pricing from Mark Coles, Road Master; Albina quoted $325 per ton while Blue Line quoted $355 per ton; Mark requested the court reject both bids this year for two reasons: 1.) moisture content is an issue and the product could be contaminated with mud, and 2.) the Road Department is used to handling the oil from Blue Line and knows it’s performance; Mark is unsure the oil from Albina will be of the same quality; next year, Mark will write specific parameters for the oil being sought; the court rejected both asphalt bids;
  • entered into executive session in accordance with ORS 192.660 (2) (i) Personnel to review applications for the temporary administrative assistant position;
  • met with Tom Peterson, Cottonwood Canyon State Park Manager, to discuss closing the gate at the end of Starvation Lane; the gate is currently open, and Tom asked when the court would like to close the gate; Commissioner McCoy explained the gate was closed last year, which received pushback; he stated the court would like State Parks to develop a take-out area on park land near Starvation Lane and asked Tom if this project was progressing; Tom replied he thought the next move was to be made by the court; Aaron Lafky, property owner near Starvation Lane, stated that in the last court meeting with State Parks in February, the court clearly stated to Deputy Director MG Devereux that State Parks needed to move forward with the land use planning process, and nothing has been done; the parking lot at the end of Starvation Lane allows visitors to circumvent the permit system; the only leverage the county has is to instruct State Parks to close the gate; Aaron stated the County Court has made a good faith effort, and State Parks has not; the court will send State Parks a letter stating it was made clear that progress needed to begin on the development of a take-out area on State Park land; the letter will state that State Parks has until July 1 to show that progress has been made on starting the process of developing a take-out area on park land; if no progress is made, the court will ask that the gate at the end of Starvation Lane be closed, and all calls, inquiries, and complaints will be directed to State Parks, as the development of Cottonwood Canyon is responsible for the overuse of Starvation Lane;
  • met with Shawn Payne, Emergency Services Director, about emergency service plans for the eclipse; the eclipse is in the middle of fire season and harvest, so providing emergency service coverage with a volunteer base may be a challenge, but any services that can be provided will be; a meeting will be held on May 10 to discuss emergency service possibilities for the eclipse, and if any issues or challenges arise, Shawn will meet with the court again;
  • met with Amber Degrange, Four Rivers Early Learning Hub, to discuss Early Childhood Program funding; Sherman County Preschool will likely use the county bus next year to provide transportation to the preschool; Amber stated that without county SIP funds, early childhood programs will not be sustainable at the same level as they have been; in the past, the county allocated $80,000 between the four preschools; last year, two preschools merged, and the new combined preschool, Sherman County Preschool, received $40,000; if the $80,000 is divided three ways between the current preschools, each preschool would receive approximately $26,000; the court approved splitting the $80,000 of Early Childhood Program funding between ABC Huskies, Little Wheats, and Sherman County Preschool pending submission and acceptance of the Early Childhood Program Funding Application;
  • approved the Sherman County Request for Proposals: Website Redesign and approved advertising the Request for Proposal;
  • authorized budget transfers/payments as recommended by the Finance Director, including $10,000 to the Community Transit Reserve, $15,000 to the Ambulance Reserve Fund, and $1,671,351.00 from the SIP Additional Fees Fund to the County Reserve Fund and authorized Judge Thompson to sign;
  • proclaimed the week of May 21-27, 2017, as Emergency Medical Services Week and authorized Judge Thompson to sign;
  • approved the Sherman County Civic Education Funding Program to support Sherman County students in their pursuit of civics-related experiences, development opportunities, and education;
  • approved the Transit Periodic Report for the 2nd quarter for 2016-2017;
  • discussed the Wasco Annex property manager/maintenance technician position, potential campsites at DeMoss Park, the annual price adjustment for the Sherman County/Waste Management Disposal Services of Oregon, Inc. contract, the 2016 Opportunity to Recycle Report, the Sherman Public/School Library Roof Leak Assessment Report results, and the future of Mid-Columbia Council of Governments;
  • heard reports from court members about regional board activities.

5. Negotiate With Others Without Friction

 Meeting2The most important job is that of learning how to negotiate with others without friction.

Experts in negotiation handle the process so smoothly that discussions hardly seem like negotiations at all. While the word negotiation itself conjures up visions of cigar-chomping adversaries pounding the table to emphasize their demands, the best results are achieved when all the parties involved are able to put themselves in the others’ shoes and arrive at an agreement that is beneficial to everyone involved. Whether you are negotiating a higher salary, a new job, or the acquisition of a company, your chances of success are far greater when you approach the situation positively and with a clear objective in mind. It also helps to understand the motives of others involved and to have in-depth knowledge of the subject under discussion. Finally, approach every topic with an open mind — don’t simply try to bully others into accepting your proposal or point of view. ~ Napoleon Hill 

6. Public Notice: Sherman County Court Special Session, May 15

ShermanCoLogoThe Sherman County Court will meet in special session on Monday, May 15, 2017, 9:00 a.m. in the Office of the County Court. The court will meet in executive session in accordance with ORS 192.660 (2) (i) Personnel to interview applicants for the temporary administrative assistant position.  Following the executive session, the court will identify the top candidate.

7. Public Meeting Notice: Sherman County Court, May 17

The Sherman County Court will be in session on  Wednesday, May 17, 2017, at 9:00 a.m. in the Circuit Courtroom at the Sherman County Courthouse, 500 Court Street, Moro, Oregon, 97039.

Agenda May 17 2017

8. Prineville Reservoir Star Party, May 20

StarYellowThe King of Planets, Jupiter, will be the highlight of the May 20 annual Star Party at Prineville Reservoir State Park. Jupiter will share the night sky with colorful star clusters, nebulae (interstellar clouds of dust and gasses), and distant galaxies.

“Central Oregon skies are typically clear and generally free of light pollution, the optimum mix for unforgettable views of night sky objects,” said Paul Patton, resource specialist with the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD). “Prineville Reservoir, in particular, is an incredible location for stargazing. The annual star party is a great early-summer activity for everyone to enjoy.”

Saturday will kick off at 1 p.m. with a scaled down, guided stroll through the solar system. Young rocketeers can design, build and then safely launch their rockets at 3 p.m. followed by a special presentation about Jupiter at 5 p.m. Events leading up to the main stargazing session include a 7 p.m. presentation on astronomy with binoculars and an 8 p.m. astronomy phone apps review. At 10 p.m. “partygoers” can gather at a permanent observatory housing “Big Doug,” a 16-inch telescope, to peer through it and other telescopes provided by professional and amateur astronomers.

A new activity this year is a Virtual Reality Experience Station–goggles provided. Other activities include a solar viewing/solar eclipse information station; a telescope technology display; various children’s activities focused on astronomical science; and a Space Art exhibit featuring renowned space artist and photographer John Foster.

Prineville Reservoir State Park offers nearly 70 campsites–both RV and tent sites–and five deluxe cabins in the main campground. All are reservable online at or by phone at 1-800-452-5687. Another 26 electrical hookup sites in the park’s Jasper Point campground are available first-come, first-served.

The Oregon Observatory at Sunriver and OPRD are co-organizers of the 18th annual Star Party. Prineville Reservoir State Park is located 16 miles southeast of Prineville on Southeast Juniper Canyon Road. More information and directions are available from