Sherman County eNews #150


  1. Sherman County 4-H Sewing Club Meeting Notes

  2. Sherman County 4-H Chicken Tenders Club Meeting Notes

  3. Sherman County 4-H Rookie Cooks Club Meeting Notes

  4. Sherman County 4-H Pans on Fire Club Meeting Notes

  5. John Ray Kelly 1943-2017

  6. Cascade Singers & Cascade Youth Choir Present Choral Song Fest, June 10 & 11

  7. Sherman County Weed Ordinance & Statement

  8. Weed Links: Issues, Statute, Truths, Untruths, Points of View

  9. History Tidbits: Obituaries Rich in Local History

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

1. Sherman County 4-H Sewing Club Meeting Notes

4-H clover1The Sewing 4-H Club met on April 18 at 3:40pm at the Extension Office.  Attending were Becca and Maddie.  Becca led Pledge of Allegiance and 4-H Pledge.  What we did during the meeting:  talked about sewing machine parts, body measurements, project ideas and made portables holders with pockets.  Next meeting will be May 8.  Meeting adjourned 5:05pm.  Signed Becca Earl, News Reporter

2. Sherman County 4-H Chicken Tenders Club Meeting Notes

4-H clover1The Chicken Tenders 4-H club met on May 10 at 5:15pm at the Extension Office.  Attending were:  Joseph, Clay, Quinton, Ben, Calvin, Antone, Savanna.  Excused were Grace and Emily.  Pledge of Allegiance by Joseph, 4-H Pledge by Clay.  We went over fair agenda at the beginning of the meeting.  We each gave an update on our turkeys.  We are going over advancements.  We went over chicken showmanship.  Next meeting will be June 22 6:00pm at the poultry barn.  Meeting adjourned 5:57pm, signed Savanna Orendorff.

3. Sherman County 4-H Rookie Cooks Club Meeting Notes

4-H clover1The Rookie Cooks 4-H club met at May 16 at 3:40pm at the Extension Office.  Attending were Zach, Becca, Jordan and Logan.  The group led both pledges.  What we did during the meeting:  explore My Plate and cooking with microwaves, tested plates and containers.  Our recipes were Bread Pudding in the Microwave, Microwave Applesauce, Mashed Carrots, and taste tested the recipes.  Signed Becca Earl.

4. Sherman County 4-H Pans on Fire Club Meeting Notes

4-H clover1The Pans on Fire 4-H Club met on Friday May 19 at 3:30pm at the Extension Office.  Attending were Emma, Calvin, Benjamin, Antone, Hunter, Josh.  Excused absences were Bennett and Gabe L.  Pledge of Allegiance led by Josh, 4-H Pledge by Ben.  We learned about fire safety.  Then we learned how to build stick teepees to start our fires.  Then we went outside and cooked potatoes, onions and eggs on our primitive stoves.  Next meeting will be in June.  Meeting adjourned 5:52pm.  Signed Emma Robbins.     

5. John Ray Kelly 1943-2017

flower.rose.starJohn Ray Kelly, a long-time resident of Oregon City, died April 29, 2017, of injuries sustained in a vehicle accident on March 29, 2017.  Johnnie was born in The Dalles, Oregon, on December 21, 1943, to Ted and Ruby Kelly of Grass Valley. He spent his childhood in Sherman County and graduated from Sherman High School.

John met Barbara Thorp in Portland, Oregon, and were married in Kent, Oregon, on June 21, 1969. He is survived by his wife Barbara, three children, Rhonda, Charlotte and Brad, seven grandchildren, one great-grandchild, and his sister Karen and her family. He also leaves numerous friends and extended family.

6. Cascade Singers & Cascade Youth Choir Present Choral Song Fest, 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 All-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.

7. Sherman County Weed Ordinance & Statement

ShermanCoLogoOregon Department of Agriculture Weed Control Programs

Sherman County Weed Ordinance

Sherman County Social Media Response Statement 

Social Media Response Statement

Rod Asher, Sherman County Weed District Director

May 16th, 2017 

The Sherman County Weed Control Ordinance has not been changed or reinterpreted. It was passed by the Sherman County Court on March 14th, 2001, after two public hearings on two separate occasions. It replaced existing Weed District Policy that had been in place for many years to give more authority, as in a law compared to a rule. Both were modeled after the Oregon Revised Statute 569.

The Ordinance does not require ‘eradication.’ The text states:

8.1       Upon the service or posting of the notice provided in Section 7.0 of this Ordinance, any owner or occupant of land shall destroy or prevent from seeding or spreading the weed or weeds specified in the notice. Such obligation shall be a continuing obligation throughout the remainder of the then current growing, seeding or spreading season, unless terminated by discontinuation of ownership or occupancy, or upon dissolution of the Weed District.

Mowing Canada thistle in July or August does not prevent it from seeding or spreading. In fact, it worsens the problem, and certainly mowing or plowing through rush skeletonweed is the worst possible idea! Its seed can travel for miles in the wind, and a root fragment as small as one inch will reproduce a new plant.

The Ordinance does not require spraying with herbicides. Refer to Section 8.0.

Roundup was never mentioned in either weed violation letter sent by the Weed District, but it was mentioned multiple times on the social media posts. Roundup, or glyphosate, would not be a good choice at this time of year. It is a non-selective product with a short half-life. An application of glyphosate would eliminate all competition, including the grasses, encouraging new weeds to grow back. The first weeds to come back are usually the noxious ones because they are more aggressive.

Milestone and Escort were mentioned in the first letter. Milestone, or aminopyralid, is a selective product and can give up to 18 months of control. My personal experience has seen an estimated nearly 95% control the second year after treatment on both rush skeletonweed and Canada thistle. Escort, or metsulfuron, is one of the few products I’ve used with any success on whitetop. Both of these products have very low use rates: 7.0 ounces and 1.0 ounce per acre respectively.

Trespass: ORS 569.380 Weed inspector right of entry; negates the charge of trespassing. I make every effort to contact a landowner or operator before I go on their property and have not been off the County right-of-way near any Ecclesia lands this year.

Quarantine: The county does not have the authority to quarantine land under the Weed Control Ordinance. The State Department of Agriculture does have the authority under ORS 569.400. The county has the ability to request a quarantine be imposed.

UPDATE: Today, May 16, 2016, Nathan Stelzer submitted a Weed Control Plan to the Sherman County Weed District. A plan was originally requested on March 2, 2017. The plan is under review, and the court is working on keeping lines of communication open with Azure Farms/Ecclesia of Sinai at Dufur to continue working towards a resolution to this issue.


8. Weed Links: Issues, Statute, Truths, Untruths, Points of View

weed.thistleOregon Department of Agriculture Weed Control Programs

Organic Farm Under Attack? The Rest of the Story on Azure Farms

Azure weed plan takes root

[Sherman] County may press for quarantine of an organic farm

Sherman County, Azure Farms agree to try a new weed control plan

David Stelzer’s hour-long interview on Phoenix radio

David Stelzer of Azure Standard on Alex Jones Radio Talk Show

Local Farmers Angry Over Weeds from Organic Field

Azure Organic Farm In Oregon Under Attack: The Real Story May 21, 2017 Lost Arts Radio

Food and Farm Discussion Lab 

3 Takeaways from the Azure Farm’s Weed Debacle

9. History Tidbits: Obituaries Rich in Local History

Sherman County Journal, July 1, 1976

Rites Here Thursday For Giles French.  [photo]  Prominent eastern Oregon journalist Giles French of Moro died Sunday in a Portland hospital.  He was 81. He was in the newspaper business most of his life, acquiring his first paper in 1929 after serving in World War I and then operating a wheat and cattle ranch in Sherman County.  His first newspaper was in Grass Valley, and shortly after he acquired the papers in Moro and then in Wasco and merged the three into what is now known at the Sherman County Journal. French was best remembered for his “These Things We Note” column in that paper.  The columns continued to appear after his retirement in 1963. He served in the Oregon State House of Representatives from 1935 to 1961 and was also mayor of Moro for 20 years at one time. After his retirement from the newspaper, he taught school for one year in Sherman County High School teaching history and civics.

French is the author of four books, The Golden Land; Cattle Country of Peter French; These Things We Note (a collection of his columns) and Homesteads and Heritages. He was a member of the Sherman County Club and one of that organization’s founders; and was a member and was instrumental in the formation of the Sherman County Historical Society.  For many years and at the time of his death, he was a director on the board of the Oregon Historical Society.

Early in his career, he began what was to become his trademark; working for the improvement of the quality of life in the Oregon wheat country. He was one of the organizers of efforts which led to the formation of the Oregon Wheat League and Oregon Wheat Commission.  First meetings were held in Moro where the infant organizations were born February 11-13, 1926. The golden anniversary of that event was staged in Moro on Feb. 11, and at that time French, was actively visiting with hundreds of people who flocked to the Sherman County Union High School for the event.  He delivered one of the principal addresses.

His incisive and biting commentary on the way things are and how they ought to be attracted wide-spread followings. In an article he wrote just before the celebration, French sized up things today in this manner:

“Any business that has existed for fifty years has changed; the ones that didn’t are forgotten or mourned quietly by loyal followers.  They don’t print papers as they did in 1926, nor run railroads, not travel the same kinds of roads.  We exult in our changes and enjoy being reminded how much we have improved and wheat growers now get fifty bushels from an acre of wheat when grandpa thought 20 was a good crop; diesel smelling moderns wonder how their elders picked up a wagon load of wheat sacks.  And to be truthful about it, the elders wonder how they did it themselves.”

He was born Dec. 24, 1894 at his father’s homestead in *Cottonwood Canyon in Sherman County.  He married Lela Barnum in the summer of 1919. Other than his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Mrs. William (Jane) Frees, Cupertino, Calif.; and Mrs. Roscoe (Patricia) Moore, Moro; seven grandchildren and one great granddaughter.  Two sons preceded him in death.  Also a sister, Beatrice Black, of Seattle. Funeral services will be Thursday at 1 p.m. at the Moro Community Presbyterian Chuch and military rites will follow at the American Legion Cemetery in Moro. Pastor Asa Jensen will officiate.

French was a member of the American Legion post in both Moro and Grass Valley, and The Dalles Elks No. 303. He became ill at home on March 25 and was taken to The Dalles General Hospital suffering from internal bleeding.  He was transferred to St. Vincent’s Hospital in Portland that day.

Active pallbearers include Ted Thompson, Al Lovell, Orville Ruggles, Chet Coats, Larry Kaseberg and Steven Burnet.  Honorary bearers include Bill Hedlund, Ernie Fatland, John Hounsell, Riddell Lage, Tom Vaughan, Jack Steiwer and John Sell. The family has suggested friends who wish may make contributions to the organization of their choice.

[* Cottonwood Canyon, one of two canyons of this name, runs S through sections 21, 28 and 33, T3S, R16E, then into T4S, R16E into Holmes Canyon and the Finnegan Canyon drainage. Somewhat E of this canyon, The Dalles Military Road route went along the ridge before turning E to go down Sand Hollow to Hay Stack and Finnegan Canyon. ~Nielsen, Newman & McCart, Pioneer Roads in Central Oregon; USGS Grass Valley Quadrangle.]

We Miss You, Giles.  Giles French was respected and admired by many people — far and wide — for his writing of pungent paragraphs under “These Things We Note” and for his historical writing of early days in Oregon.

He had many friends in the sports and fishing world, many of whom never met him personally, to feel first-hand his warm, sincere love of living in the great Pacific Northwest.  His ability to report vividly early happenings as well as incidents in Sherman county made him one of the most sought and deeply appreciated speakers throughout the state.

His wit was a rare quality only few people are fortunate enough to possess — a characteristic that a human being does not acquire, put possesses at birth.  When Giles was honored at a meeting of the Sherman County Club — which he boosted with his best efforts — his first grade teacher, Mrs. Minnie McFarland, testified he showed many rare and promising qualities at that early age.  His concise barbs were reprinted in many publications of big and small circulation.  He aroused the inner feelings of people in all walks of life, and was a personal friend of everyone he met.

Life in many respects will be dull with the passing of writer, historian, philosopher, dedicated newspaperman Giles French.  His every spoken and written word had a sincere meaning for everyone.

But we all know; Giles, wherever you are, wherever you go that you will keep right on telling it to them “exactly as it is” — like it or not. [unattributed]

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

bird.crow.flyOregon’s Cowboy Culture

Wheeler County, Oregon 2014 Best Practices Review 

Wheeler County, Oregon Two-Year Economic Development Plan 

In elk poaching case, a glimpse of a simmering land conflict 

Earth in the Next Billion Years

Mr. Eclipse 

The Eclipse & Central Oregon Emergency Services

The story behind the 2017 eclipse stamp 

Sherman County, Oregon – A History Collection 

Doug Wead, Historian, Author of Game of Thorns

The White House

FULL SPEECH: President Donald Trump address in Saudi Arabia

Scott Pruitt’s first 100 days at the EPA have shown he’s unlike any former chief