Sherman County eNews #145


  1. Sherman County Burn Ban in Effect Beginning June 1

  2. Oregon Tradeswomen’s 25th Annual Women in Trades Career Fair, May 19-20

  3. Congressman Walden’s Statement on Special Counsel for FBI Investigation

  4. Halt! No Negative Thinking

  5. Discovery Center Solar Viewing, June 3

  6. Farm Bureau Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge

  7. History Tidbits: Grace (May) Zevely, Educator

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

1. Sherman County Burn Ban in Effect Beginning June 1

arrow-rightDue to extreme fire danger conditions, the burn ban is in effect as of June 1, 2017 for Moro Fire District and North Sherman Fire District, which include the cities of Moro, Rufus and Wasco.

This includes burn barrels, incinerators and agricultural burning.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Sherman County Emergency Services

Shawn Payne, Director

P.O. Box 139

309 Dewey Street

Moro, Oregon 97039

541-565-3100     541-565-3024 Fax 

2. Oregon Tradeswomen’s 25th Annual Women in Trades Career Fair, May 19-20

electricpowerlinePortland, Ore. — The Bonneville Power Administration and other industry leaders invite you to the Oregon Tradeswomen’s 25th annual Women in Trades Career Fair.

This high-energy event, with lots of outdoor activities, offers girls and women the chance to learn about career opportunities and apprenticeships in various trades. Visitors will get a taste of possible careers through interactive demonstrations and conversations with women who actually work in trades every day.

The fair will be held May 19-20 at the NECA-IBEW Electrical Training Center located at 16021 NE Airport Way, Portland, Oregon. The fair runs from 9 am to 3 pm both days.

This year’s event offers two ways to engage. Friday, May 19, is Girls School Day where students discover new career opportunities. Saturday, May 20, is Careers for Women Day. This event is aimed at adults who want to explore possible trade careers.

“The Women in Trades Career Fair gives us the chance to reach out to our future workforce and promote BPA and the Department of Energy as employers of choice,” said Janet Herrin, BPA’s chief operating officer. “In addition, this fabulous program demonstrates DOE’s commitment to a diverse and inclusive work environment.”

Tradeswomen at the fair will demonstrate the skills they use every day such as surveying, welding, security, electrical wiring and carpentry. Workshops and seminars on apprenticeships, recruitment and utility businesses will also be available.

The Women in Trades Career Fair is organized by Oregon Tradeswomen, Inc. and made possible through financial and volunteer support by other regional organizations, including BPA.

For more information visit the Women in Trades Career Fair website, or contact Mary Ann Naylor of Oregon Tradeswomen, Inc. at 503-335-8200 Ext. 26 (office) or 503-819-9201 (mobile).   ~ 

 3. Discovery Center Solar Viewing, June 3 

sun.circleBob Yoesle from Friends of the Goldendale Observatory will present a solar viewing free to the public Saturday, June 3 from 11 am to 4 pm at Columbia Gorge Discovery Center in The Dalles. Using special safely-filtered telescopes you can view the surface of the sun. This event is free, and will be held, weather and clouds permitting, on the museum lawn. Museum admission still applies for visitors who wish to see the exhibits. For more information visit

4. Farm Bureau Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge

toolbox4The Farm Bureau Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge is the first national business competition focused exclusively on rural entrepreneurs working on food and agriculture businesses. Rural entrepreneurs compete for $145,000 in startup funds.
NEW for 2018 FB Challenge

Ten rural entrepreneurs will share $145,000 in startup funds.

  • Four finalists will each be awarded $15,000 and compete for an additional $25,000
  • Six best-in-show winners will each be awarded $10,000, categories include:
  • ​Best Farm Startup
  • Best Agritourism Startup
  • Best Farm-to-Table Startup
  • Best Ag Tech & Support Services Startup
  • Best Craft Beverage Startup
  • Best Local Product Startup
  • Learn more about the best-in-show categories.
    Questions? Contact Lisa Benson at

5. Congressman Walden’s Statement on Special Counsel for FBI Investigation

flag.verticalWASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Rep. Greg Walden (R-Hood River) released the following statement on the appointment of special counsel Robert Mueller to oversee the FBI’s Russia investigation:

“I respect the independence of the Department of Justice, and their decision to appoint a special counsel to oversee the FBI’s investigation. Robert Mueller is the right man for the job. He has an impeccable record of integrity and ability. His work will augment ongoing bipartisan investigations, which are already underway in both the House and Senate. The FBI and the Congressional Committees must follow all leads and get to the facts. As I have said before, foreign countries have no business messing with our elections.”

6. Halt! No Negative Thinking

What would the world be like if there were no negativity? Do you have difficulty imagining such a place? These days, that wouldn’t be much of a surprise.

Can you imagine a world in which there was no negativity? Now, we are not talking about a world without legitimate sadness or anger. But we are talking about a world in which there were no put-downs, no belittling of ourselves or others, no withering remarks, no free-floating hostility, no power-tripping, no insults, no bigotry or intolerance.

That’s a pretty tall order, isn’t it – even to imagine such a place? So, let’s back it up a little and try another question. Can you imagine your own life without any negativity? Maybe that’s a pretty tall order, too. So how about this: What would it be like to go through one entire day and night without any negativity?

Yes, we are talking about a 24-hour period during which you stop yourself from doing any negative thinking or behaving whatsoever. No put-downs, no sarcasm, no teasing or belittling of others or yourself. Some of you have probably done this – or tried this – before. But, it bears repeating every so often! With the onslaught of negative news on TV, radio, newspapers, blogs, social media sites, it can be pretty easy to slip into a “negativity sinkhole.”

We all can fall into the trap of negative thinking, especially if we are not watching for it. When we do look, the results are usually pretty powerful. First of all, we become aware of the amount of negative thinking we routinely do. Then, we realize that negative thinking really is something that can be brought under control, with a little practice. And finally, we experience again how good it feels when the negativity stops.

Why not try it yourself? No negative thinking for 24 hours. Why not start right now? There is no time like the present… and you could probably use the break. ~The Pacific Institute

7. History Tidbits: Grace (May) Zevely, Educator 

Sherman County Journal, July 9, 1970

     Grace May Zevely Long Time Teacher Dies At Gresham.  Mrs. Grace May Zevely, 75, a resident of Moro for the past 72 years, one time Sherman County Superintendent of Schools and a teacher in the schools of the county for most of her active life, died Saturday at Gresham.

Funeral was at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Presbyterian Church in Moro.  The Rev. Leo Tautfest was in charge of services followed by burial at the American Legion Cemetery in Moro.  Arrangements were in the care of Smith Callaway Chapel.

Born in Abilene, Kansas, Nov. 25, 1894, Mrs. Zevely came to Sherman County with her parents at the age of 3 and spent her childhood here, but was graduated from Lincoln High in Portland and Oregon College of Education at Monmouth.

The she returned to Sherman County to spend the remainder of her life.   She was county superintendent of schools here from 1920 to 1924.  She was the last elementary school teacher at the Imnaha Valley School and also taught at the final rural school at Shaniko.

Surviving are three daughters, Mary Fraser of Bend, Jean Anderson of Portland and Grace Busse of Moro; a brother Wallace L. May of Grass Valley; sister Lula Brandt of Gainsville, Fla., and eight grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Max K. Belshe, Donald R. DeMoss, Paul A. Fraser, Eric Knudsen, Barry Busse and Paul Alexander Fraser. The family suggested that memorial contributions be made to the Sherman County Scholarship Fund in care of First National Bank in Moro

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

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French Mandate for Syria and The Lebanon In 1922

Vietnam Veterans and Agent Orange Independent Study Course 

Public Health: Military Exposures 

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The True Story Behind Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler and Her Mixed-Up Files. Fifty years ago, author E.L. Konigsburg wrote her children’s literature classic that highlighted the wonder of museums.

Majority of Businesses Say Obamacare Mandate, Minimum Wage Hikes, Regulations Threaten Expansion 

Leftist Ideology’s Greatest Threat: Guilt-Free Americans

Does God Exist? Some Scientists Think They Have Proof

The Andrew Klavan Show: investigation investigates the investigation… the government investigates…

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