Sherman County eNews #136


  1. Sherman County eNews Editorial Policies

  2. 8th Annual Sherman Champions Sports Camp, June 19-21

  3. Sherman County Court Weed Ordinance Violation Agenda Update, May 17

  4. Multiply Your Options

  5. Oregon Revised Statute, Public Records Law

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1. Sherman County eNews Editorial Policies

  • Friday Classifieds. Please submit classified ads by using the Submit News page! Sherman County eNews publishes free Classifieds on Fridays, deadline Wednesday at 5. Include who, what, where, when, how, why… and, the final Friday date for posting your ad (shown by date at the end of the ad), contact information, under 50 words if possible, and limited to Sherman County. Links are welcome. Use Friday Classifieds for thank you, commendation and congratulatory notes, Joyful News and advertising.
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2. 8th Annual Sherman Champions Sports Camp, June 19-21

LOCATION:                      Sherman Jr./Sr. High School—Moro, OR

DATES:                  Monday-Wednesday, June 19-21, 2017

TIME:                     9:00 A.M.—12:15 P.M.

COST:                    $20

WHO:                      All students currently (2016-17) in grades K-6 (from any school)


WHAT SPORTS:     Basketball (Boys and Girls)                    Football

Volleyball                                     Track and Field



DESCRIPTION:       Each sport will be run by the head coach along with assistants and/or current high school players.  Each section will focus on fundamentals, team play, strategy and sportsmanship.  Snacks will be provided during a break and lunch will be provided at the end of each day in the school cafeteria free of charge.

DAILY SCHEDULE:                     TIME                      ACTIVITY                          LOCATION

                                         9:00 A.M.                Basketball                         Gym

10:00 A.M.              Snack                               Cafeteria

10:15 A.M.              Football                   Football Field

Volleyball                           Gym

11:15 A.M.              Track and Field                 Track

Tennis                               Tennis Court

12:15                      Lunch                                Cafeteria

12:30                      End of Camp

Please fill out the form and return with $20 or a check made out to Sherman County Schools and send to:

Sherman County Schools

c/o Bill Blevins

65912 High School Loop

Moro, OR  97039

DEADLINE IS JUNE 1st  For Champions Camp Sign-Ups

NAME (Please Print)______________________________

CURRENT GRADE (2016-17)____________

SHIRT SIZE—CIRCLE ONE:  Youth        S   M            L   XL   –  Adult  S  M  L  XL

If anyone has any questions, please call Audrey Rooney at 541-565-3500


Sherman Champions Camp

June 19-21

Registration and Release Form

(Please print)

STUDENT NAME___________________________________

HOME PHONE  (       )____________ EMERGENCY PHONE (      )__________



I approve of my child’s participation in the Sherman County Champions Camp and certify that said child is in good health and able to participate in the program’s activities.  I hereby authorize the directors on the Sherman County Champions Camp to act for me according to their best judgment in any emergency requiring medical attention, including treatment by physicians.  By signing below, I hereby expressly assume any and all risks which are incumbent with any excursion or program and extracurricular activities in which my daughter might participate, with the realization that these activities might subject her to personal bodily injury or 0properthy damaged risks.  I agree to hold Sherman County School District and its employees harmless for any liability in connection with this event except through negligence on the part of the school district or its employees.  I am aware that during June 23-25 certain dangers may occur, including but not limited to physical contact with other individuals and/or athletic equipment and facilities which may result in cuts, abrasions, sprains, bruises, strains, concussions, and fractures.  I will be responsible for any medical or other charges in connection with my child’s attendance at the Sherman County Champions Camp.

Name of Parent or Guardian______________________________

(please print)

Parent or Guardian Signature_________________________________________

Name of participant’s Insurance Company__________________________________________________

3. Sherman County Court Weed Ordinance Violation Agenda Update, May 17

ShermanCoLogoThe Weed Ordinance Violation Update discussion scheduled for the May 17, 2017, Sherman County Court session has been moved from 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. If you have any questions, please contact the Office of the County Court. 

4. Multiply Your Options

Are you an option thinker? Can you adapt to setbacks and see alternative solutions to problems? Can you see the value in being mentally limber and agile? Today, let’s talk about the importance of option thinking.

One of the marks of successful individuals and organizations is the ability to move on to another option when the one they are trying doesn’t work out. They are successful not only because they see themselves as problem solvers, but also because their minds hold an array of alternatives.

When you watch a skillful running back moving down the field in an American football game, you are actually seeing a lesson in the exercise of option thinking. The runner is making dozens of split-second adjustments and changes of direction as he runs, constantly looking for openings in what may seem like an impenetrable line of opposition. In other words, he’s looking for alternatives, thinking about his options. This kind of adaptability is important not only in football, where things get speeded up quite a bit, but also in life.

The more options you have, the more flexible you can be, and the more flexible you are, the less likely you are to break when the pressure is on. When you have options, you have choices, and when you have choices, you have personal power. This is what a growth, or flexible, mindset is all about.

Now, take a moment and expand this option thinking skill out to your family, your teams, departments or your entire organization. Everyone is flexible and adaptable, and the chances of successfully navigating any obstacle are multiplied by 10, by 100, by a 1000 or more.

You can train your mind to constantly look for alternatives – other ways to see things, other avenues to pursue, even if you don’t use them. Until you do need alternatives, these practice sessions will keep you in good shape, ready when the time comes to cope with the real thing. ~The Pacific Institute

5. Oregon Revised Statute, Public Records Law

Oregon.Flat.pole192.440 Copies or inspection of public records; written response by public body; fees; waiver or reduction; procedure for records requests. (1) The custodian of any public record that a person has a right to inspect shall give the person, upon request:

(a) A copy of the public record if the public record is of a nature permitting copying; or

(b) A reasonable opportunity to inspect or copy the public record.

(2) If a person makes a written request to inspect a public record or to receive a copy of a public record, the public body receiving the request shall respond as soon as practicable and without unreasonable delay. The public body may request additional information or clarification from the requester for the purpose of expediting the public body’s response to the request. The response of the public body must acknowledge receipt of the request and must include one of the following:

(a) A statement that the public body does not possess, or is not the custodian of, the public record.

(b) Copies of all requested public records for which the public body does not claim an exemption from disclosure under ORS 192.410 to 192.505.

(c) A statement that the public body is the custodian of at least some of the requested public records, an estimate of the time the public body requires before the public records may be inspected or copies of the records will be provided and an estimate of the fees that the requester must pay under subsection (4) of this section as a condition of receiving the public records.

(d) A statement that the public body is the custodian of at least some of the requested public records and that an estimate of the time and fees for disclosure of the public records will be provided by the public body within a reasonable time.

(e) A statement that the public body is uncertain whether the public body possesses the public record and that the public body will search for the record and make an appropriate response as soon as practicable.

(f) A statement that state or federal law prohibits the public body from acknowledging whether the record exists or that acknowledging whether the record exists would result in the loss of federal benefits or other sanction. A statement under this paragraph must include a citation to the state or federal law relied upon by the public body.

(3) If the public record is maintained in a machine readable or electronic form, the custodian shall provide a copy of the public record in the form requested, if available. If the public record is not available in the form requested, the custodian shall make the public record available in the form in which the custodian maintains the public record.

(4)(a) The public body may establish fees reasonably calculated to reimburse the public body for the public body’s actual cost of making public records available, including costs for summarizing, compiling or tailoring the public records, either in organization or media, to meet the person’s request.

(b) The public body may include in a fee established under paragraph (a) of this subsection the cost of time spent by an attorney for the public body in reviewing the public records, redacting material from the public records or segregating the public records into exempt and nonexempt records. The public body may not include in a fee established under paragraph (a) of this subsection the cost of time spent by an attorney for the public body in determining the application of the provisions of ORS 192.410 to 192.505.

(c) The public body may not establish a fee greater than $25 under this section unless the public body first provides the requestor with a written notification of the estimated amount of the fee and the requestor confirms that the requestor wants the public body to proceed with making the public record available.

(d) Notwithstanding paragraphs (a) to (c) of this subsection, when the public records are those filed with the Secretary of State under ORS chapter 79 or ORS 80.100 to 80.130, the fees for furnishing copies, summaries or compilations of the public records are those established by the Secretary of State by rule, under ORS chapter 79 or ORS 80.100 to 80.130.

(5) The custodian of any public record may furnish copies without charge or at a substantially reduced fee if the custodian determines that the waiver or reduction of fees is in the public interest because making the record available primarily benefits the general public.

(6) A person who believes that there has been an unreasonable denial of a fee waiver or fee reduction may petition the Attorney General or the district attorney in the same manner as a person petitions when inspection of a public record is denied under ORS 192.410 to 192.505. The Attorney General, the district attorney and the court have the same authority in instances when a fee waiver or reduction is denied as it has when inspection of a public record is denied.

(7) A public body shall make available to the public a written procedure for making public record requests that includes:

(a) The name of one or more persons to whom public record requests may be sent, with addresses; and

(b) The amounts of and the manner of calculating fees that the public body charges for responding to requests for public records.

(8) This section does not apply to signatures of individuals submitted under ORS chapter 247 for purposes of registering to vote as provided in ORS 247.973. [1973 c.794 §5; 1979 c.548 §4; 1989 c.111 §12; 1989 c.377 §2; 1989 c.546 §2; 1999 c.824 §5; 2001 c.445 §168; 2005 c.272 §1; 2007 c.467 §1].


Sherman County eNews #135


  1. Sherman County School Spring Symposium, Tonight, May 11

  2. Hans, the Produce Man, is Coming to Moro

  3. Rep. Walden Requests Department of Energy Briefing on Hanford Site

  4. Thinking Makes It So

  5. Wasco Memorial Day Country Breakfast, May 28 & 29

  6. May 28th and 29th…Wasco’s Annual Memorial Day Celebration

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

“The more we see our parents fully, see them as the world does, the better our chances to see the world as it is.” ~ Richard Ford, quoted in the Portland, Maine, Press Herald

1. Sherman County School Spring Symposium, Tonight, May 11

Logo.Sherman High School

You are invited to

Sherman County School’s


Spring Symposium

Thursday, May 11th at 6 p.m. in the cafeteria.

Enjoy A Taste of Mexico Dinner

(Enchiladas, Rice & Beans for sale by the Spanish Language Classes)

Music:  Provided by Middle School & High School Band

Displays: Student Art, Shop Projects, Literacy Accomplishments

Library: Bake and Book Sale… and more!

2. Hans, the Produce Man, is Coming to Moro

This coming Tuesday, May 16th, Hans the produce guy will be visiting Moro. He will be at the city park with honey, fresh asparagus, farm fresh eggs, and possibly hazel nuts and walnuts. He will be here at approx. 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Hans will be here on a weekly basis with produce in season. It will be Tuesdays until the cherry season starts, then he will start coming on Mondays. Each week I will be able to post what he is bringing so you will know ahead of time. You can also contact Deena Johnson at Sage Mountain primitives, 541-705-0232.

 3. Rep. Walden Requests Department of Energy Briefing on Hanford Site

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Rep. Greg Walden (R-Hood River), Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, today issued the following statement regarding the tunnel cave-in at the Hanford Site containing contaminated materials and equipment from Cold War operations.

“The Energy and Commerce Committee has been in contact with the Department of Energy (DOE) regarding a tunnel cave-in at the Hanford Site. While there have been no reports of injuries, and no indication of a release of contamination, as Chairman of the committee, I have asked DOE to provide a bipartisan briefing for Members and staff on the situation. I am continuing to monitor the situation as the facts develop, and I look forward to DOE assisting the committee in understanding the circumstances that contributed to the cave-in and regarding concerns related to operations at the Hanford Site.”

4. Thinking Makes It So

boy.puzzledWhat is the one thing that determines, more than anything else, the quality of your life?

Some people say, “You are what you eat,” but it might be more appropriate to say, “You are what you think.” Now, this is not really “new” news. This is one of the great universal truths, handed down over the centuries by poets and philosophers and by almost every great religious leader the world has ever known.

We move toward and become like what we think about, and our present thoughts, more than anything else, determine our future. So, it is important to learn to control your thoughts. First, you need to learn how to listen to you – a skill you can learn – to really understand what you are thinking about. (Keeping a journal is one way to monitor your thoughts.) When you can do that, you’ll be taking control of your life as well as your thinking.

And how do you control your thoughts? Well, once you learn to monitor yourself by listening to the stream of inner messages that precede your emotions, then you ask yourself if some of these thoughts are other people’s ideas that may not really be true – for you. Where did they come from, and are they really helping you to grow?

Look for distortions, exaggerations, and other misrepresentations – words like “always” and “never” are immediate red flags. Once identified, then you deliberately correct them – on the spot – to a more realistic viewpoint. Finally, you choose to put the best possible slant on every situation, every event, and every occurrence. There are at least two sides to every story, typically more than two, and one of those may lead you to a more productive end result.

Just remember, your present thoughts do determine your future. When you consistently expect the best, and think in those terms, you tend to get the best – out of yourself and those around you. ~The Pacific Institute

5. Wasco Memorial Day Country Breakfast, May 28 & 29

Wasco Memorial Day Country Breakfast: ABC Huskies Child Care will sponsor the 34th annual Wasco Memorial Day Country Breakfast, Sunday and Monday, May 28th and 29th, from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. at North Sherman Rural Fire Hall located at 411 Yates Street in Wasco. The menu includes ham, eggs, hotcakes and choice of drink for $7.00. Proceeds will be dedicated to operational costs at the child care site which has expanded to include a preschool program.

ABC Huskies is governed by the Sherman County Child Care Foundation, a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization, providing quality, state certified child care services. For additional information, please visit our website at

6. May 28th and 29th…Wasco’s Annual Memorial Day Celebration

Sunday May 28th

  • Country breakfast, a benefit for ABC Husky Day Care..7:30 to 10:30 am station on old Hwy 97..north end of town
  • Family board games and goodies…4pm to 8pm, Wasco Annex (old grade school, Barnett St)
  • Library games and kids raffle in the annex

Monday, May 29th Memorial Day

  • Country breakfast, a benefit for ABC Husky Day Care..7:30 to 10:30 am station on old Hwy 97..north end of town
  • WASCO’S Historic RR Depot is the location for the day’s events…
  • 10:30 Sen. Bill Hansell Tribute to our Military Veterans & special songs
  • Air Force fly over
  • 11 am ..Parade …. long time announcer , Jake Grossmiller, being honored as grand marshal

Other events…

  • Popular well-known, award-winning Oregon author, Rick Steber, in City Hall with a reading at 1 p.m.
  • Sherman county photography club display in City Hall
  • Rod McGuire’s Paradise Rose BBQ
  • Popular pastry auction
  • Car Show
  • Magician, face painting
  • Wasco  train rides
  • RR depot open
  • Raffle, grand prize Widlhorse Casino gift package

Submitted by Carol MacKenzie PO Box 85 Wasco, Ore 541-442-5979

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

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The 4th Infantry Division Operation Iraqi Freedom Monument

Did the ACLU Issue a Warning for People Traveling to Texas? 

Hundreds of African Migrants Rampage Through Streets After Storming Spanish Border

“Men of energy of character must have enemies; because there are two sides to every question, and taking one with decision, and acting on it with effect, those who take the other will of course be hostile in proportion as they feel that effect.” —Thomas Jefferson (1817)

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Sherman County eNews #134


  1. Celebrate the mothers in your life at Maryhill Museum, May 14!

  2. Sherman County Court Announces the Civics Education Funding Program

  3. Sherman Library – Cultural Coalition Literacy Night Partnership

  4. Blue Star Museums: Columbia Gorge Discovery Center & Fort Dalles Museum

  5. Opportunity often knocks — only to find no one in.

  6. Sherman County Artist Series – Sherman Elementary Students

  7. College board approves sanctuary designation

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

“To innovate you need more than rote knowledge. You need a trained imagination.” ~ Philosopher Martha Nussbaum, quoted in Humanities magazine

1. Celebrate the mothers in your life at Maryhill Museum, May 14!

Mothers enjoy free admission to Maryhill Museum of Art  this Sunday, May 14!  Explore the current special exhibitions and re-visit favorites such as the opulent Queen Marie Gallery and the new rotation of Théâtre de la Mode. While you’re here, treat mom to lunch at Loïe’s: The Museum Cafe, where we’ll be offering special mimosas for $3.50 and 10% discount for mothers.

2. Sherman County Court Announces the Civics Education Funding Program

ShermanCoLogoSherman County Court is excited to announce the creation of the Civics Education Program. The program was created to support Sherman County students in their pursuit of civics-related experiences, development opportunities, and education. Students are eligible to apply for funding to help them attend events or gain experiences that will encourage them to develop skills and interests in civics-related areas. The funding application can be found on the Board of County Commissioners page on the county website at The court looks forward to hearing the experiences of Sherman County students as they pursue civic and other leadership opportunities. 

3. Sherman Library – Cultural Coalition Literacy Night Partnership

Logo.ShermanPub.School.Library2017The Sherman County Public/School Library would like to thank the Sherman County Cultural Coalition for making “Fairy and Folktale” family Literacy night possible through their generous funding partnership. 


4. Blue Star Museums: Columbia Gorge Discovery Center & Fort Dalles Museum

flag.starsColumbia Gorge Discovery Center and Fort Dalles Museum are participating in the 2017 Blue Star Museums, a program that offers free admission for all active duty, National Guard and Reserve military personnel and up to five family members, from Memorial Day weekend beginning May 27, through Labor Day, September 4, 2017. Free admission is available upon the display of an appropriate ID card. The military ID holder can either be an active duty service member or other family members. The active duty member does not have to be present for family members to use the program. A family member of active duty military may include a spouse or child, aunts, uncles, grandparents, etc. For more information about Columbia Gorge Discovery Center, phone (541) 296-8600 ext. 201, or visit   For information about Fort Dalles Museum, phone (541) 296-4547 or visit

5. Opportunity often knocks — only to find no one in.

The world is filled with unfortunate souls who didn’t hear opportunity’s knock at the door because they were down at the convenience store buying lottery tickets. They have never learned that, as Branch Rickey, general manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers from 1942–50, once observed, “Luck is the residue of design.” You will be surprised how much your luck will improve when you make sure you are prepared to take advantage of opportunities. How many times have you had a great idea that you failed to act upon, only to discover later that someone used the same idea to start a business, get a promotion, or find a better job? Resolve now to get into action when you have a good idea. Don’t wait for something to happen — make it happen! ~Napoleon Hill

6. Sherman County Artist Series – Sherman Elementary Students

Moro, OR –Flowers and bugs to penguins and dancing cows the talented student artists of Sherman Elementary have their spring artwork on display at the Sherman County Historical Museum during the month of May. Visitors can enjoy all the bursts of color and creativity from the Kindergarten to 4th grade artists featured everyday this month from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. displayed in the museum.

There is no charge for this exhibit located in the museum and each month the Sherman County Historical Museum will feature a different local artist. Don’t miss a chance to see some fantastic art from our local community members.

The Sherman County Historical Museum is located at 200 Dewey Street in Moro, Oregon. For more information call 541-565-3232 or visit our Facebook page and website:

7. College board approves sanctuary designation

In a unanimous board decision May 9, Columbia Gorge Community College joined the State of Oregon and a growing list of colleges, universities and municipalities adopting sanctuary status over concerns regarding federal immigration policy.

Sanctuary does not change existing college policy, which already offered its students protection through state and federal laws such as the federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). In enacting Resolution 031417, a “Declaration of Open Access and Protection,” the college board affirmed the institution’s compliance with those laws but also stated its intention to “oppose any change in federal law requiring it to aid the federal government in immigration law enforcement, and, if necessary, … will seek its own legal counsel in this effort.”

The decision follows two months of public testimony and workshops on the issue.

“I’ve been touched by the testimony of so many people over the past few months,” said board member Stu Watson, who brought the successful motion declaring sanctuary. “Obviously there are concerns, and it’s going to be played out in the courts. Yet at the end of the day it’s up to us to take sides. I believe in providing a safe place for people to live their lives, and if this helps them do that, let’s do this.”

Since the resolution does not change existing policy, college officials do not expect it to threaten federal funding such as Pell Grants, which provided more than $1.34 million in student assistance at CGCC in 2015-16. Nonetheless, the sanctuary movement is working its way through the court system: The Trump administration issued an executive order cutting federal funding to cities declaring themselves as sanctuaries (albeit under terms differing from the college’s declaration). On April 25 a federal judge blocked that order, finding in favor of lawsuits brought by San Francisco and Santa Clara counties.

“They’ll try to cut funding, but it’ll take years to resolve,” predicted board member Dr. James Willcox. “The students have to feel safe. That’s the important thing. I’m all for doing it,” he added.

Watson’s motion was seconded by board member J. Carmen Gamez, who joined the meeting via conference call. Gamez, a son of Mexican immigrants, cited his own experiences as a middle school student in California, describing fears of deportation and discrimination that often confront the immigrant community.

College president Dr. Frank Toda, who initially opposed sanctuary designation over concerns of federal funding cuts, told the board he’d changed his view after testimony and being reminded of his own family’s history as Japanese-Americans. Toda’s parents were interned by the federal government during World War II; the government has since apologized and offered compensation to thousands of Japanese-Americans who suffered humiliation and property loss through the internment policy.

“Sanctuary is more than a word,” Toda said. “It means we are all together, that a step toward sanctuary is a step away from fear.”

The board’s resolution notes that “[while] the term ‘sanctuary college’ has no legal status and does not confer legal protection to students or their families, it nonetheless offers a powerful statement of support to some of our most vulnerable students and their families at this time.”

“CGCC, in accordance with law, will only provide student immigration status to the federal government if it has consent from the student, or if served with a valid subpoena, warrant or court order,” the resolution explains. “CGCC is committed to the safety and privacy of its students, and as a Sanctuary College bound by The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, it will continue to protect all of its students.”

Tuesday’s decision at the Hood River campus brought applause from a well-attended audience, and takes effect immediately. 

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

bird.owl.limbMid Columbia Producers 

Hanford tunnel collapse forces workers to take shelter; no radioactive material released 

How College Students Are Being Misled About ‘Sustainable’ Agriculture

State Senator Hansell defies governor 

Texas Governor Signs Law w/Penalties for Sanctuary Cities

The Art of Rock Balancing by Michael Grab

The eternal mystery of the world is its comprehensibility. The fact that it is comprehensible is a miracle. –Albert Einstein, quoted in 

USDA’s Economic Research Service: Amber Waves 

Oregon deploys first drones for use in elk surveys 

The Left’s War on Free Speech

The Top 10 Health Benefits of Eating Rhubarb 

The Week Magazine 

Sen. Cantwell, Colleagues to Perry: Renewable Energy Strengthens Grid Reliability, Improves Resiliency

Huge Oregon Poaching Ring Nets 23 Arrests – Biggest in State History