Sherman County eNews #148


  1. Frontier TeleNet board discusses policies for contracting, public records, record retention

  2. Expressing Yourself

  3. Sherman County, Memorial Day, Military, Obituary & Cemetery Records

  4. Sherman County Burn Ban in Effect Beginning June 1

  5. Angus “Doug” Douglas Tumilson 1946-2017

  6. New Homecare Worker Orientation – Statewide Schedule

  7. Wyden, Merkley, Walden Push FEMA for Transparency in Federal Disaster Declarations

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

1. Frontier TeleNet board discusses policies for contracting, public records, record retention

pencil.spiralFrom The Times-Journal, May 11, 2017, with permission:

Working from an agenda which was originally released with six items listed for discussion, then revised to include a seventh and the day of the meeting revised a third time to eventually contain 13 items, directors of Frontier TeleNet met Friday, May 5, at the courthouse in Condon for the second time this year.

Public comment included a long-standing request from Sherry Kaseberg of Wasco for a number of public records of Frontier TeleNet. The information was first requested last fall and has not yet been sent to her. Other public comment was relayed by Judge Steve Shaffer, who chairs the Frontier TeleNet board and who had received a phone call from Gilliam County resident Les Ruark concerned that board decisions are being made without quality information.

Kaseberg’s original request, first dated Oct. 20, 2016, was read into the record, requesting “all legal notices, requests for qualification/proposals, agreements and contracts regarding and/or between Windwave Communications and/or Windwave Technologies, Inc., Inland Development Corporation, Management Resources and Sherman County or Frontier TeleNet.

“All legal notices, requests for qualifications/proposals, agreements and contracts regarding and/or between Rural Technology Group and Frontier TeleNet, Sherman County, Windwave Technologies, Inc. and/or Inland Development Corporation.”

Sherman County Judge Gary Thompson, a Frontier TeleNet board member, questioned what specifically Kaseberg was asking for.  Judge Shaffer indicated he wasn’t clear either. Frontier TeleNet staff Jeanne Burch indicated that she had sent some information to Kaseberg in October or November, and Frontier TeleNet manager Rob Myers indicated he had sent her information that he was comfortable sending without having a policy in place on the matter of releasing public records.

The matter of ‘public comment’ was left and the discussion moved on to agenda items that included a discussion of contracting and procurement rules, on a records request policy, and on records retention and location for storage, among others.

Frontier TeleNet directors voted to direct legal counsel to contact Speer Hoytt LLC, local government law group in Eugene, to develop contract and procurement policies for Frontier TeleNet.

Regarding the records request policy, Myers indicated he had sent information to the board previously and, asked to capsulize the information, said he would leave that to legal counsel. No copies of the information were available for the meeting.

Attorney Will Carey summarized the process, noting that if an entity has questions about what records can be released, the entity can request legal counsel on the matter, who may or may not recommend releasing the information. If legal counsel does not recommend releasing the records, the requester may take the request to the District Attorney. If the District Attorney rules that the entity should release the records, but the entity disagrees, then the request can go to the Circuit Court. If the requester is successful in Circuit Court, the entity is required to pay for attorney fees.

In the case of Sherry Kaseberg’s request, the request is at the District Attorney level. Kaseberg had requested that the District Attorney’s from Gilliam, Wheeler and Sherman counties all respond as Frontier TeleNet is a consortium of the three counties.

Myers indicated that he had spoken to the District Attorneys, that “they are all aware of what’s going on,” and one had replied indicating that Frontier TeleNet “was making an effort to comply with her request.”

Attorney Carey indicated that he had prepared the records request rules, but there were no copies available for review at Friday’s meeting. The policy will be sent again to board members and put on the agenda for further discussion at Frontier TeleNet’s next board meeting.

It was noted that Myers would be retiring from the position as general manager of Frontier TeleNet at the end of the fiscal year, and the discussion went to the need for a common storage location for the entity’s records, and perhaps an office space. The board agreed that the records could be stored at the Gilliam County Courthouse while the discussion of permanent record storage continues.

It was suggested that records begin to be digitized to reduce storage issues, and also that Frontier TeleNet agendas and meeting minutes be placed on a web site. No formal decisions were made.

Discussion also included Frontier TeleNet’s contract with Light Speed Network, access to Frontier TeleNet sites, the possibility of connecting the Paiute Tribe at Burns for Frontier Regional 9-1-1 services, and the merger of Frontier Digital Network with Frontier TeleNet. These discussions will continue at the next Frontier TeleNet board meeting, which is scheduled for Friday, June 2, at the North Central ESD Building in Condon. A budget meeting will start at 9 a.m. and a board meeting will start at 10 a.m.

Directors also approved contracting again with Oster Professional Group CPAs for audit services.

2. Expressing Yourself

Have you ever heard it said that someone has “the gift of gab?” Do you believe that verbal ability is a gift – something some were born with? How easy is it for you to express yourself in words? Do you have any trouble doing it in front of a group? Do you believe that some people just have the gift of gab while others don’t – and that’s that?

The truth is, the ability to express yourself in language and the ability to speak in front of a group are learned skills, just like pretty much everything else in life. Think back for a moment. Were you encouraged to express yourself as a child? Or were you told that children should be seen and not heard? Did your teachers encourage you to talk or did they try to keep you quiet as much as possible? In other words, did you have a patient and sympathetic audience to help you learn?

Effective speaking to others or to a group is a skill that is learned, step by step. It is built on understanding the subject, experience, and on realizing that the anxiety you feel doesn’t mean you don’t have the ability, but rather that you don’t have the practice.

If you’d like to improve your ability to express yourself, there is something that you can do. You can use goal-setting, mental and physical rehearsals, and positive affirmations to help. And you can begin building your confidence by taking small steps toward your goal.

Watch people who do it well and learn from them. Watching Ted Talks can provide a wealth of opportunities to learn how others approach their subject matter and their audiences. The most important thing, though, is to believe that you have enormous potential for growth in this area, if you will only act on that belief. ~The Pacific Institute

3. Sherman County, Memorial Day, Military, Obituary & Cemetery Records

flag.verticalMemorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in service of the United States of America.

Sherman County, Oregon – A History Collection provides a search tool, the little magnifying glass in the upper right corner of cemetery and obituary records.

A 1965 survey of Sherman County cemeteries is posted here: Veterans are noted with a star in these records.

Obituaries transcribed from Sherman County’s microfilmed newspapers are being posted here:

4. Sherman County Burn Ban in Effect Beginning June 1

Due 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 541-565-3100

5. Angus “Doug” Douglas Tumilson 1946-2017

flower.rose.starAngus Douglas “Doug” Tumilson was born March 3, 1946, in Ponoka, Alberta, Canada, the only child of Milt and Stella (McInnes) Tumilson, and died May 10, 2017, near The Dalles, Ore., as the result of a motorcycle accident caused by a health emergency.

In 1954, he moved with his parents from Canada to Biggs, Ore., and then Rufus, Ore., before moving to The Dalles in 1957, where his parents and Miles McKay operated Milt and Miles Richfield, located at third and Lincoln.

He attended school in Rufus, Chenoweth, and at The Dalles Junior High, and graduated from The Dalles High School in 1964. In 1965, he enlisted in the Navy, serving three tours of duty in Vietnam, and was honorably discharged in 1969. He became a United States citizen in 1967. Upon returning home from the service, he worked with his parents at Milt’s Richfield and AAA Towing.

Along with his wife, Barbara, he opened Tumilson Saddlery (later Tumilson Saddlery and Hobby) which operated from 1976 until 1990. In 1983, he returned to work at the service station until it was sold in 1995. He continued to operate the tow trucks until his retirement a few years ago.

He married Barbara Wantulok on May 1, 1971, in The Dalles and they had two children, Mark and Julie. He had numerous hobbies, including team roping, remote controlled boats and planes, golf, motorcycles and kayaking. He loved visiting Kauai. He was a past member of the Fort Dalles Rodeo Association and The Dalles Country Club. He had been a member of First Christian Church, and was a recent regular attender at Redeemer Church in Portland.

He is survived by wife Barbara; son Mark and wife Jennifer of Bend, Ore.; daughter Julie and husband Vince Donivan of Seattle, Wash.; five grandchildren, Alexandra and Quentin Tumilson, and Eli, Ethan and Grace Donivan; and several cousins in Canada.

Doug loved his wife and family, and enjoyed every moment he spent with his grandchildren. He liked being around people, never knew a stranger, was comfortable talking to everyone and was a friend to many.

He was a 20-year survivor of Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. For the past three years he was living with serious heart problems. Memorials may be sent to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Oregon; Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital Foundation Heart and Vascular; or a charity of your choice.
Graveside services were held Friday, May 19, at 11 a.m. at the IOOF Cemetery on Cherry Heights in The Dalles, followed by a memorial service at 1 p.m. at First Christian Church, 8th and Court, The Dalles. Spencer Libby & Powell Funeral Home in care of arrangements.

6. New Homecare Worker Orientation – Statewide Schedule

Oregon.Flat.poleOregon Department of Human Services

Homecare Worker Career Flyer

Aging & People with Disabilities and the Oregon Home Care Commission have launched a new website so that individuals seeking to join the homecare workforce can easily find and register to attend a “New Worker Orientation” in their local community.

One of the strategic goals of the Oregon Home Care Commission is to attract a committed and diverse homecare workforce to meet the specific needs of Oregonians who are older adults and people with disabilities.

Homecare workers provide in-home services for consumers who are eligible for publicly funded in-home programs. Individuals desiring to join this workforce should have the following skills and abilities: excellent communication; attention to detail; flexibility; problem-solving; and the ability to follow directions. They should also exhibit respect for others and have a passion for helping people.

The benefits of joining the homecare workforce include: paid time off; health insurance; workers’ compensation; paid trainings; and opportunities for career advancement.

To find and register for a New Worker Orientation near you click on this link:

The Oregon Home Care Commission is responsible for ensuring the quality of home care services that are funded by the Department of Human Services Aging& People with Disabilities program. The Commission’s duties and responsibilities include addressing the needs of persons with developmental disabilities, mental illnesses, their family members, and personal support workers while fulfilling its mission. To learn more about the Oregon Home Care Commission:

7. Wyden, Merkley, Walden Push FEMA for Transparency in Federal Disaster Declarations 

American flag2Washington, D.C. – U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, both D-Ore., and Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., today pushed the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to be more transparent when it comes to the agency’s process for granting federal disaster declarations. The lawmakers’ push follows FEMA’s denial of Oregon’s request for a federal disaster declaration that would bring much-needed relief to communities hit by severe winter weather in January.

A federal disaster declaration would allow local governments and residents to seek federal aid to recover from dangerous winter weather that led to more than $17 million in damages. Wyden, Merkley and Walden also pushed FEMA to improve communication with regional offices about new policies that may affect states’ disaster declaration requests.

“We write you with great concern over the recent denial of Oregon’s request for a major disaster declaration as a result of the succession of severe winter snow and weather events occurring from January 7 through 20,” they wrote in today’s letter to Acting FEMA Administrator Robert Fenton. “These storms had devastating effects on Oregon’s economy, and hit small rural communities especially hard.”

On March 9, Oregon Governor Kate Brown requested a federal disaster declaration for 10 Oregon counties, including Baker, Columbia, Curry, Deschutes Hood River, Josephine, Malheur, Multnomah, Union and Washington.  The lawmakers wrote in support of the state’s request on March 16. Brown announced the state would appeal the disaster declaration denial.

“Oregon has a long history of successfully working with FEMA after weather disasters,” the lawmakers wrote in the letter to FEMA Acting Administrator Robert Fenton. “It is in this spirit that we encourage you to increase transparency and improve your communication and support to rural communities that have already struggled greatly to recover from this severe weather event.” 

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

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Oregon Governor Signs Foster Siblings Bill of Rights into Law

Media Collusion Against Trump

Kucinich: “Deep State” Trying To Take Down Trump, “Our Country Is Under Attack From Within” 

OPINION. Healthcare reform: Mission possible 

Oregon Capital Insider

Agri-Pulse. Trump administration to start NAFTA renegotiation




  1. Spiritual Matters

  2. Classifieds

  3. Calendar

1. Spiritual Matters 

See All Men as Friends

“Change ye your eyes,

so that ye behold no man as different from yourselves.

See ye no strangers,

rather see all men as friends,

for love and unity come hard when ye fix your gaze on otherness.”

—Baha’i Writings

There is so much “otherness” in our world.  People have so many differing thoughts and opinions.  Focusing on differences makes it impossible to have unity.   God, the Creator of all things, made each of us and wants us to see each other through His eyes.  By doing that we can overlook faults and differences and learn to love and accept each person. We create unity.

It depends on what we want, but if we want peace in the world, this is a place to start.

Erling and Pat Jacobsen

Baha’i Faith

Rufus, OR

2. Classifieds (new or corrected)


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


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



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

DRIVER. Sherman County Preschool is looking for a driver to operate our 21 passenger bus to and from school during the 2017-2018 academic year. Split shift hours would be from approximately 8:00-9:30 am and 12:00-1:30pm, Monday-Thursday.  This person must pass a background check and have or be able to obtain appropriate license endorsement and First Aid card. Driver would also be responsible for maintenance of the vehicle.  The successful candidate should enjoy being around 3-5 year old children. Starting pay is $14-$15/hour. If you’re interested in a little extra income during your retirement or when your kids are at school, this is a great job for you!  Please contact Sherman County Preschool at (541) 565-3320 or for a job application.  Sherman County Preschool is an equal opportunity provider. 5/19

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

 HARVEST TRUCK DRIVER. Harvest truck driver needed from July through part of August. 10-12 hour days, must be responsible, respectful and take care of equipment. I run a small crew so expectations are high and all hands on deck when needed. You must be able to drive a semi since all my trucks are of that nature. CDL not required but would be nice. Pay is depending on experience $17-$21 per hour. It’s about a month’s worth of work. The work will be in Wasco and Sherman County. Please call or text Noah@ 541-980-2699    5/19

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.  6/2



Grass Valley Neighborhood Sales Friday & Saturday, May 26 & 27 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Follow maps, balloons & signs!

Estate Sale, Collectibles, Food, Everything

Come to Buy or Come to Sell… Join in the fun!

Questions? Contact Terri Bibby

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

THE OLD OSKALOOSA/JUST-US INN. The Just Us-Inn is being run as an Airbnb and a boarding house. It has retained full occupancy since 2013. There is a 1 bedroom suite, with bathroom, and an additional 2 two bedroom suites. There is a large unfinished third floor space. On the property there are: two RV hook-up spaces, a community garden, a rental manufactured home. This property features room for development with sewer and electric ready to hook up. This property features four commercial lots. The owner is willing to carry contract, with substantial down payment, at an attractive rate. Hotel is three stories. The first floor has approx. 1500 square ft., large living room, kitchen, dining area, laundry area, and 1.5 baths. The Just-Us Inn is completely furnished with antiques and collectibles. The second floor has 5 guest rooms, storage room, studio apartment, 2.5 baths and also completely furnished and beautifully decorated. The 3rd floor is unfinished but plumbed and wired. A historic property, (The Old Oskaloosa Hotel), Just-Us Inn is located in Sherman County, Oregon, at the heart of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area; a land where time stand still. Sherman County is bordered to the north by the mighty Columbia River, world renowned for salmon & sturgeon fishing; to the east by the John Day River with exceptional steelhead & warm water bass fishing; and to the west by the Deschutes River, most of which is designated as Federal Wild, Scenic River, and State Scenic Waterway. People are drawn to the area to fly fish on world class rivers, white water rafting, windsurfing, golfing, hiking, mountain biking, all while enjoying the natural beauty that has become synonymous with the region. For sale by owner. $300,000.00 Can carry contract with down payment. Please call Debbie 503-515-7374.   5/19 


SERVICES: [home, personal, appliance, landscape, fencing, cleaning, maintenance, janitorial, computer, construction, sewing, repairs, transportation, media, preschool, day care, restaurant, support & training]

BREAKFAST at the LEAN-TO CAFÉ. Breakfast served until 11 a.m. Steak & Eggs; Ham, Bacon or Sausage with hash browns, two eggs and choice of toast. 541-442-5709.




2017 WASCO MEMORIAL DAY CELEBRATION: Monthly planning sessions for the 2017 Memorial Day Celebration are held the 3rd Thursday of each month at Wasco City Hall beginning at 6:30 p.m. Sessions will continue up to the day of the Celebration in May. YOUR HELP IS NEEDED … all comments and suggestions are welcome … fresh ideas are encouraged … please come join us!! 5/19

CITY OF WASCO. Lots of opportunities to volunteer! Memorial Day, Wasco Railroad and City History Center, Wasco Salmon/Steelhead Tournament, Halloween Fun House, Santa’s Workshop and the City/Community Library! 5/19


CEMETERY OWNERSHIP & CONTACT INFO. The Oregon Historic Cemeteries Commission 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)

Rose Hill Cemetery

Rufus Pioneer Cemetery.




3. Calendar (new or corrected) 



20-21 Equine Mania Cow Sorting Clinic, Wasco

20-21 Tygh Ridge All-Indian Rodeo, Tygh Valley

21 Philippi Park on the lower John Day River Opens for the Season

22 Sherman County Photography Club meeting 6 OSU Extension Office

22 Mid-Columbia Housing Authority Board 11 The Dalles

22-28 Western Interstate Region Conference (County Officials) Sunriver

23 Tri-County Mental Health Budget Committee 11-2 The Dalles

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

25 Sherman Preschool Graduation 5:30

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

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

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

31 Stories & Songs, Celilo Falls & the Columbia River, Tamastslikt Cultural Institute


1 Sherman County Burn Ban begins 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 ESD Bldg.

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

3 Sherman County High School Graduation 11

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

9 Last Day of this School Year in Sherman County

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

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 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 10 The Dalles

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 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

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 #146


  1. ODOT Paving Project To Close Brewery Grade Roundabout

  2. Positive Expression

  3. Meeting & Local Silent Movies at Original Wasco County Courthouse, June 3

  4. “Get Me a Folksinger! Woody Guthrie and the BPA” Program, June 9

  5. Cascade Singers & Cascade Youth Choir, June 10 & 11

  6. Wells Fargo Launches ApprenticeshipUSA Program for Veterans

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

Public officials might ask themselves, “Would I be embarrassed if an unintended someone else got these emails?”  ~ Q.E. McGillicuddy.

1. ODOT Paving Project To Close Brewery Grade Roundabout

sign.caution(Temporary closure to start Sunday)

THE DALLES – Crews from Oregon Mainline Paving, working under contract with the Oregon Department of Transportation and the City of The Dalles, will be making improvements to the roadway at the Brewery Grade Roundabout  and US 30 Highway to near the intersection with State Road over the upcoming weekend.

This work will require a complete closure of the roundabout for one night (Sunday) and restricted driving there for two nights (Monday and Tuesday) following the initial work.

The work will be performed from 7pm to 6am, easing the disruption for motorists.

Beginning Sunday night at 7, May 21, workers will close the roundabout and grind out the surface of the roadway around and near the roundabout and replace it with fresh asphalt.

On Monday and Tuesday nights flaggers will control traffic on one lane while the paving progress to the east end of the project near State Road intersection. The city of The Dalles and ODOT have partnered on this $370,000 project to minimize the overall cost of the paving work. 

 2. Positive Expression

Positive thinking is certainly a powerful thing, but positive expression is equally important. Many people, especially marriage partners, parents of small children and, occasionally, some bosses, seem to believe that the best way to get somebody to change for the better is to consistently point out to them what they are doing wrong.

These authority figures criticize, day in and day out. Eventually the people they are talking to become frustrated and often start to feel angry, because they see that nothing they say or do has any positive effect. Sometimes they just shut it out. And sometimes, things even get worse.

Has this ever happened to you? If it has, there is a principle of cognitive psychology that you will want to know about. It’s simply this: We move toward and become like what we think about. And we automatically behave in ways that match the image we have of our capabilities and ourselves.

When you focus on what is going wrong, you tend to experience more of the problem. And when you focus on the solution, you move toward it, just as surely as day follows night.

So instead of telling folks what they are doing wrong, why not tell them what they are doing right? Instead of telling them what the problem is, why not tell them what the solution looks like and how it will benefit them personally?

And while you’re at it, why not tell them how much you enjoy and appreciate the thoughtful or bright or funny things they say and do. Remember the behavior that you focus on and praise tends to be repeated. ~The Pacific Institute

3. Meeting & Local Silent Movies at Original Wasco County Courthouse, June 3

moviesThe Original Wasco County Courthouse annual meeting and program takes place Saturday, June 3 at 1:30 p.m.  The program features silent movies filmed in the local area including “Deschutes Driftwood” (1916), “Trails that Lure” (1920), and more.  There is no charge for admission to the meeting and program.  Summer hours at the Courthouse are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays through September.  There will be additional open hours during docking times for the 2017 cruise ship season.  Admission for regular open days is free to members and $3 per adult, $2 for ages 12 to 18, and $1 for children ages 6 to 12. The Original Courthouse is located at 410 W. 2nd Place, behind the Chamber of Commerce.

4. “Get Me a Folksinger! Woody Guthrie and the BPA” Program, June 9

music.notes (2)Join Libby Burke, Friday, June 9, for “Get Me a Folksinger! Woody Guthrie and the BPA” at Columbia Gorge Discovery Center and Museum, 5000 Discovery Drive, The Dalles, Oregon. Burke is an archivist at the Bonneville Power Administration Library. Guest musician Bill Murlin will play Woody Guthrie songs. Tickets for the 6 p.m. dinner and program are $19, the 7 p.m. program only is $5. Purchase tickets by June 7. For tickets and information call 541-296-8600 ext. 201, or visit

This event marks the end of the 75th anniversary of Woody Guthrie’s tour of the Columbia River and his work for the Bonneville Power Administration. Libby Burke will be giving away DVDs of the BPA film, and Bill Murlin will have CDs and songbooks of Woody’s Columbia River song collection for sale. The presentation will include some lesser known stories of the BPA employee who worked with Woody when he was at the peak of his writing career, 26 songs in 30 days.

5. Cascade Singers & Cascade Youth Choir, June 10 & 11

music.notes (2)“June is Bustin’ Out All Over” on June 10 and 11 when Cascade Singers and Cascade Youth Choir present “The Great American Choral Song Fest.”  The concert includes folk tunes, show tunes, spirituals, and jazz standards in a sampler of songs made in the U.S.A.  The venue is St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 1805 Minnesota St., The Dalles.  Saturday’s concert begins at 7 p.m. and the Sunday concert starts at 3 p.m.  Admission is by donation at the door.

 6. Wells Fargo Launches ApprenticeshipUSA Program for Veterans

Wells Fargo has launched an ApprenticeshipUSA program for veterans, becoming one of the first financial service companies to do so.

A Department of Labor program, ApprenticeshipUSA provides veterans the opportunity to earn a salary while learning additional skills necessary to succeed in high-demand civilian careers.

“Our commitment to hiring veterans remains a top priority for Wells Fargo,” said Carly Sanchez, head of Talent Acquisition Strategy & Delivery at Wells Fargo. “The ApprenticeshipUSA program is an excellent resource for us to attract and retain eligible veterans who have strong leadership competencies and other skills, but may not have strong financial industry knowledge.”

ApprenticeshipUSA allows eligible veterans to use their GI Bill education benefits to receive a tax-free monthly payment from the government (in addition to wages earned as an apprentice). After six months of a veteran’s apprenticeship, the payment is gradually reduced and offset by progressive wage increases.

The ApprenticeshipUSA Program will be piloted in Wells Fargo’s Community Bank; Consumer Lending; and Payments, Virtual Solutions and Innovation divisions. For more information about the pilot and where to apply, visit

Wells Fargo also offers other veteran career transition initiatives, including the Veteran Employment Transition Internship Program, American Corporate Partners mentorships, and scholarships and emergency grants through Scholarship America.

About Wells Fargo
Serving the Pacific Northwest since 1852, Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a diversified, community-based financial services company with $2.0 trillion in assets. Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through more than 8,500 locations; 13,000 ATMs; the internet (; and mobile banking. The firm has offices in 42 countries and territories to support customers who conduct business in the global economy. With approximately 273,000 team members, Wells Fargo serves one in three households in the United States.

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

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