Sherman County eNews #141


  1. Sherman County Court: Disclosure of False Use of Name

  2. Sherman County Court Weed Control Ordinance Discussion Update, May 17

  3. Oregon Law: Noxious Weed Policy and Classifications

  4. Sherman Experiment Station Research Questions

  5. CASA Launches 2017 Playhouse Raffle!

  6. CGCC celebrates Culture Fest May 18-19

There are some people who should zip their lips in order to preserve an illusion of competence. ~ Q.E. McGillicuddy. 

1. Sherman County Court: Disclosure of False Use of Name

ShermanCoLogoSherman County Court wishes to advise the public that someone is unlawfully and wrongfully, without permission, using Sherman County Court Administrative Assistant Lauren Hernandez’s name in support of Azure Standard Organic Farm. False emails have been reported coming from the address All official court email communication will come from the address

2. Sherman County Court Weed Control Ordinance Discussion Update, May 17

ShermanCoLogoThe Sherman County Court discussion on May 17, 2017, about the Sherman County Weed Control Ordinance violation has been rescheduled to 4:00 p.m. This discussion will take place in the Sherman County School Gymnasium located at 65912 High School Loop, Moro, OR, 97039.

3. Oregon Law: Noxious Weed Policy and Classifications

Oregon.Flat.poleExcerpts: The Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) Noxious Weed Control Program provides statewide leadership for coordination and management of state listed noxious weeds. The state program focuses on noxious weed control efforts by implementing early detection and rapid response projects for new invasive noxious weeds, implementing biological control, implementing statewide inventory and survey, assisting the public and cooperators through technology transfer and noxious weed education, maintaining noxious weed data and maps for priority listed noxious weeds, and assisting land managers and cooperators with integrated weed management projects. The Noxious Weed Control Program also supports the Oregon State Weed Board (OSWB) with administration of the OSWB Grant Program, developing statewide management objectives, developing Weed Risk Assessments, and maintaining the State Noxious Weed List.

weed.thistle“Noxious Weed” means a terrestrial, aquatic or marine plant designated by

the State Weed Board under ORS 569.615 as among those representing the

greatest public menace and as a top priority for action by weed control


Noxious weeds have become so thoroughly established and are spreading so

rapidly on private, state, county, and federally owned lands, that they have

been declared by ORS 569-350 to be a menace to public welfare. Steps

leading to eradication, where possible, and intensive control are necessary. It

is further recognized that the responsibility for eradication and intensive

control rests not only on the private landowner and operator, but also on the

county, state, and federal government.


Therefore, it shall be the policy of ODA to:

  1. Assess non-native plants through risk assessment processes and

make recommendations to the State Weed Board for potential listing.

  1. Rate and classify weeds at the state level.
  2. Prevent the establishment and spread of listed noxious weeds.
  3. Encourage and implement the control or containment of infestations

of listed noxious weed species and, if possible, eradicate them.

  1. Develop and manage a biological weed control program.
  2. Increase awareness of potential economic losses and other undesirable effects of existing and newly invading noxious weeds, and to act as a resource center for the dissemination of information.
  3. Encourage and assist in the organization and operation of noxious weed control programs with government agencies and other weed management entities.
  4. Develop partnerships with county weed control districts, universities,

and other cooperators in the development of control methods.

  1. Conduct statewide noxious weed surveys and weed control efficacy studies.


Criteria for Determining Economic and Environmental

Significance of Noxious Weeds is Based Upon:


Detrimental Effects

  1. A plant species that causes or has the potential to cause severe negative impacts to Oregon’s agricultural economy and natural resources.
  2. A plant species that has the potential to or does endanger native flora and fauna by its encroachment into forest, range, and conservation areas.
  3. A plant species that has the potential or does hamper the full utilization and enjoyment of recreational areas.
  4. A plant species that is poisonous, injurious, or otherwise harmful to humans and/or animals.

… and other issues.

Noxious weeds, for the purpose of this system, shall be listed as either A or B,

and may also be designated as T, which are priority targets for control, as

directed by the Oregon State Weed Board.

• A Listed Weed:

A weed of known economic importance which occurs in the state in small enough infestations to make eradication or containment possible; or is not known to occur, but its presence in neighboring states make future occurrence in Oregon seem imminent (Table I). Recommended action: Infestations are subject to eradication or intensive control when and where found.

• B Listed Weed:

A weed of economic importance which is regionally abundant, but which may have limited distribution in some counties (Table II). Recommended action: Limited to intensive control at the state, county or regional level as determined on a site specific, case-by-case basis. Where implementation of a fully integrated statewide management plan is not feasible, biological control (when available) shall be the primary control method.

• T Designated Weed (T):

A designated group of weed species that are selected and will be the focus for prevention and control by the Noxious Weed Control Program. Action against these weeds will receive priority. T designated noxious weeds are determined by the Oregon State Weed Board and directs ODA to develop and implement a statewide management plan.T designated noxious weeds are species selected from either the A or B list.

The weed lists are here: 

4. Sherman Experiment Station Research Questions

We recently learned that Dr. Richard “Dick” Smiley is documenting the history of the Columbia Basin Research Center and the Sherman Experiment Station. He hopes someone here can fill some of the gaps that aren’t covered by existing records. 

His questions about the Sherman Experiment Station are:

–In what year was the first tractor brought onto the station? Or purchased?
–In what year was the original barn taken down?
–Who were the station managers between Jack McDermid’s death in 1973 and the arrival of Scott Case in 1984? And during which years did they serve?

–What year was the new office building constructed?

–What year was a parcel of land exchanged with City of Moro or the County? 2013?

Please contact Richard W. Smiley, Emeritus Professor of Plant Pathology

Oregon State University

Columbia Basin Agricultural Research Center

48037 Tubbs Ranch Road, Adams, Oregon 97810

telephone: 541-278-4397      fax: 541-278-4188 

5. CASA Launches 2017 Playhouse Raffle!

children.cartoonThe 5th Annual CASA Playhouse Raffle is going on now and this year’s house reflects a clean, classic cottage design with vibrant red stained wood siding.  The 5×8 house is built on an elevated 18-inch base and includes a front porch, windowed door, two interior windows and standing seam metal roof.  This house is a perfect child’s playhouse, but also can be used as a beautiful garden shed or easily converted into a deluxe chicken coop.

Columbia Gorge CASA is a local non-profit that recruits, trains and supports community volunteers to advocate for local kids in foster care.  This annual fundraiser focuses on the theme of “home” and the need for all children to have safe, loving and permanent homes.  Currently over 140 children in Hood River, Wasco and Sherman counties call foster care home.

Playhouse business sponsors are Adams Construction, Copper West Properties, Brown Roofing & Tum-A-Lum.  The house is currently on display in front of Tum-A-Lum in The Dalles and will be displayed are various locations over the next two months.  The drawing will be held on July 7th.

Tickets are $20 or 3/$50 and are available for purchase at Waucoma Bookstore and Klindt’s Booksellers.  All proceeds benefit CASA!  Pictures at

6. CGCC celebrates Culture Fest May 18-19

Cultural diversity is a hallmark of the Columbia Gorge, and in keeping with the region it serves, Columbia Gorge Community College welcomes people from all walks of life to Culture Fest ’17, which arrives Thursday and Friday, May 18 and 19, on the Hood River campus.

This third annual Culture Fest will include entertainment, food and many other activities. It begins Thursday, May 18, with the “Somos Uno/We Are One” Art Exhibit, which continues through June 14. Artists of all ages have been invited to submit photography, painting, drawings, printmaking, sculpture, decorative textiles, videos, writings and other artistic media.

Also Thursday is an Oregon Humanities Conversation from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Kerani Mitchell presents “Where Are You From? Exploring What Makes Us Oregonians,” which considers Oregon’s history of racial exclusion, current treatment of minorities, and ideas for creating inclusive communities.

All other events and activities follow on Friday, May 19, from 4 to 9 p.m. on the Hood River campus. These include a Community Meditation on the Somos Uno Theme from 4 to 5 p.m., piñata contest with the college’s Juntos Club from 5 to 5:45 p.m., music with Los Amigos de la Sierra from 5:45 to 6:45 p.m., Mid Valley Elementary Folklorico Dancers from 6:45 to 7:15 p.m., Jamba Marimba from 7:15 to 8:15 p.m., and Song, Story, & Dance Performances led by Jefferson Greene, cultural artist with the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs and Nez Perce from 8:15 to 9 p.m.

Additional activities include a Basket Weaving Workshop from 6:30 to 8 p.m., led by Jefferson Greene. Enrollment is limited; to reserve, call Kelly at (541) 506-6022 or email

There will also be a Disability History Exhibit on display all week, sponsored by The Oregon Association of Higher Education and Disability and created by Advocating Change Together (ACT).

Finally, community partner booths will feature the college’s Japanese Club, Student Life and Juntos Club, as well as Mid-Columbia Medical Center, Hood River County Health Department, Gorge Pride Coalition, Hood River Museum, and more. For schedule updates, visit

The college’s Hood River – Indian Creek Campus is located at 1730 College Way on the Heights. Columbia Gorge Community College is an equal opportunity educator and employer. For special access needs, contact Shayna Dahl at or (541) 506-6046.