Sherman County eNews #156


  1. Oregon Raceway Park Opportunities, Course Marshal & Support Specialists

  2. Recognition: Class of 1957 1st to Graduate from Sherman High, June 3

  3. Oregon Capital Insider: Agency PR staffers outnumber Capitol reporters 10-to-1

  4. Greg Walden Statement on CBO Score of American Health Care Act

  5. Dead Ox Ranch Solar Eclipse Campout, Photography Workshop, Aug. 19-21

  6. Webinar: Who is Taking Care of Grandma’s Grave? The Basics of Cemetery Care, June 7

  7. Plenty for Conservatives to Like In President’s Budget Proposals

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

1. Oregon Raceway Park Opportunities, Course Marshal & Support Specialists

car.pavementWatch races and get paid for it too. Oregon Raceway Park is seeking corner workers for the 2017 season. Candidates must be 18 years of age, able to climb ladders, have the ability to be outdoors (sometimes in harsh conditions), have good verbal communication skills and be able to react calmly and quickly to emergency situations.

We are proud to offer our event presenters a source of skilled and competent personnel to staff our many and varied events from Auto, Kart and Motorcycle Races.

If interested please contact Brenda Pikl by calling 541-333-2452 or emailing ~Oregon Raceway Park, PO Box 98, Grass Valley, OR 97029. 541.333.2452 (track office)

2. Recognition: Class of 1957 1st to Graduate from Sherman High, June 3

Logo.Sherman High SchoolCommencement for the Sherman High School Class of 2017 will include recognition of the Class of 1957, the first class to graduate from Sherman High.  The recognition is part of the 60-year reunion of that class, which gathered seniors who had been attending Rufus, Wasco, and Moro High Schools.

The graduation will begin at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 3, 2017, in the Sherman gymnasium.  A reception will follow the ceremony, providing an opportunity to visit with the graduating seniors and the senior graduates.

The class of ’57 had 31 graduates, and has lost eleven of its members.  Seventeen of those remaining are planning to attend at least part of the June 3 celebration.  Joan (Gilman) Schuck will be coming from Lillian, Alabama; Sterling Gochnauer from Shrewsbury, Pennsylvania; Jim Brady from Longview, Washington, and Bill Kramer and Ed Shoemaker from Lewiston, Idaho. Also expected are Jim and Jerrine (Blaylock) Belshe, Harry Eakin, Larry Easter, Jim Godier, Lee Kaseberg, Keith Mobley, Bob Olsen, Jim Rodda, Kay (McKay) Kayser-Thompson, Larry Thompson, and Phyllis (Watkins) Ullman.

Friends of the classes of 2017 and 1957 will be welcomed at the Commencement Program on Saturday, June 3, 2017 beginning at 11:00 a.m. at Sherman County School, 65912 High School Loop, Moro, OR 97039.

Dinner and visiting at the home of Kay (McKay) Kayser-Thompson in Goldendale will follow the Moro commencement for the Class of ’57 and guests.

3. Oregon Capital Insider: Agency PR staffers outnumber Capitol reporters 10-to-1

ORStateFlagTake a look at the state of Oregon’s advertising and you’ll quickly wade into a very expensive cesspool of absurdity — one that came under ridicule this week by a conservative transparency organization.

While we concede that some public relations may have to do with educating constituents about state services, some of the millions of dollars spent on PR every year goes to projects like the infamous Cover Oregon ads, one of which features cellists, saccharine lyrics about taking care of each other, and, of course, references to “The Oregon Way.”

It’s hard to make a public interest argument about that kind of spending, especially in the context of a $1.4 billion budget shortfall in the next two-year budget, and when Cover Oregon was a spectacular failure.

There’s very little hope that the gravy train for the state’s spin doctors will stop soon: In fact, the Oregon Capital Insider had the privilege this weekend of meeting a young fellow who has a contract with the state to make a “concept album” about Oregon’s beaches, which featured free stays at Oregon State Parks cabins on the coast during the winter.

Adam Andrzejewski, of Open The Books, an organization that has pursued prior reports on spending by state agencies, published an editorial in Forbes earlier this week on his findings.

According to Andrzejewski, among 87 state agencies, there are 303 state public relations and communications employees, which cost the state $110 million in salaries between 2012 and 2016.

The state has employed 2,200 outside firms for advertising purposes, spending $168 million on outside vendor payments for marketing and PR between 2012 and 2016, according to Andrzejewski’s findings.

For context: There are approximately a dozen journalists covering the state politics and government beat full time in Salem, with some additional reporters floating in and out or reporting from Portland.

If we assume, generously, that at any given point, double that amount — including local journalists — are doing work that requires interacting with state government, that is a ratio of 10-to-1 paid PR professionals to journalists, not including private contractors doing PR.

Adding a layer of irony to the mix, the Senate Republicans’ spokesperson rather gleefully distributed the report via a press release this week. But, we ask, what is his job? And who pays his salary?

4. Greg Walden Statement on CBO Score of American Health Care Act

Oregon.Flat.poleWASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Greg Walden (R-Hood River), Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, today issued the following statement regarding the Congressional Budget Office’s (CBO) score of the American Health Care Act. 

“The American Health Care Act is the first step in our efforts to repeal Obamacare and rebuild our broken health care system. CBO continues to find that through our patient-focused bill, premiums will go down and that our reforms will help stabilize the market,” said Walden. “Our plan puts states and patients in the driver’s seat, creating an innovative fund to help lower premiums and other out-of-pocket costs. As the Senate continues its work on this vital bill, we encourage them to further these critical principles.”

5. Dead Ox Ranch Solar Eclipse Campout, Photography Workshop, Aug. 19-21

camera.35mm.blueIntroducing Gary Randall’s Eastern Oregon Solar Eclipse Campout. August 19-20-21

Where: Baker City Oregon. We’ll be staying at the Dead Ox Ranch just east of the Oregon Trail Visitor Center. There is limited space so sign up soon.

Saturday August 19 – Photography Workshop with Gary Randall. Learn your camera prior to the eclipse to increase your chances of getting the shot during the actual eclipse. We will have 1 minute and 35 seconds of totality so we will want to be prepared.

Camping areas will be provided for tents or motor homes. There are no hookups but a fresh clean porta potty will be provided. We will be photographing the eclipse at the ranch but we’re located near the Wallowa Mountains as well as the Snake River at Hell’s Canyon so side trips are available. Eastern Oregon is truly a beautiful place.

The price for the event will be $350 per camp spot (family members only included in this price) and includes Gary’s Workshop on Sunday the 20th. All Oregon State Parks are reserved and hotels have been sold out for several years in advance. Private campgrounds are charging amazing prices for the last available camping areas all along the shadow of the eclipse. This is a great value. Space is limited so sign up asap to insure your place. Need more info? Contact me through my web site at:

6. Webinar: Who is Taking Care of Grandma’s Grave? The Basics of Cemetery Care

June 7, 11:00-12:30

Does your institution, or your community, have charge of a cemetery, graveyard, or even a single grave? This webinar will cover the basic steps of caring for historic cemeteries. Topics covered will include an introduction to documentation surveys and forms, an overview of general definitions required for documentation, photography tips, and an introduction to cemetery preservation planning and prioritization. There will also be basic tips for how to clean stone monuments. 

Presenter Jason Church is a Materials Conservator in the Materials Conservation Program at the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training (National Park Service) in Natchitoches, Louisiana. Jason divides his time between conducting in-house research, organizing various training events, and teaching hands-on conservation workshops. Since 2005 he has conducted more than 100 lectures and hands-on training sessions for cemetery conservation. He earned his M.F.A. in Historic Preservation from Savannah College of Art and Design.

7. Plenty for Conservatives to Like In President’s Budget Proposals

American flag2“A brave and honest effort to scrutinize everything,” says Schlapp
WASHINGTON DC – Earlier this week, Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director Mick Mulvaney walked through President Trump’s fiscal year 2018 budget request submitted to the U.S. Congress. After initial review, the American Conservative Union (ACU) found many aspects of the White House’s proposal that conservatives should celebrate. 
“The President’s budget is a solid and sound starting point to begin the process of arriving at an eventual agreement. It’s a brave and honest effort to scrutinize everything,” said ACU Chairman Matt Schlapp. “Mick Mulvaney’s conservative approach to fiscal discipline—an approach that earned him a 98% Lifetime ACU Rating as a Member of Congress— is truly returning much-needed ‘management’ to the OMB.” 
The President’s plan has much to commend, including:

  • A proposed $4.6 trillion in reduced spending over 10 years;
  • Avoiding the inflation of available assistance, leaving in place a safety net rather than encouraging dependence;
  • Redirecting federal spending to prioritize defense programs while scaling back outdated and redundant domestic programs;
  • Addressing the need for increased border security to fix our broken immigration system;
  • Fixing a veteran’s benefits system that appropriately honors their service;
  • Presenting parents with more educational options for their children;
  • An income tax reform plan to boost the economy by broadening the tax base and lowering marginal tax rates; and
  • The elimination of the job-killing death tax.

American Conservative Union believes this budget proposal will serve as an effective roadmap that will shape the direction of the budgetary process toward an eventual agreement and spur the economy toward a more robust rate of annual growth. 

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

bird.talkWeed trouble in Moro, Oregon – The Goldendale Sentinel

Oregon Heritage Tourism Success One Year Later

Free. Oregon Capital Insider

Agency PR staffers outnumber Oregon Capitol reporters 10-to-1 

Capital Chatter: A weird and whacky week at the Legislature

Lawmakers approve ‘roadkill’ bill despite misgivings

I contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a  
man standing in a bucket and   trying to lift himself up by the handle. –Winston Churchill

How does your body process medicine?

Obama Doubled Your Health Care Premium

Trump Budget Proposal Completely Defunds Planned Parenthood 

Unadulterated Evil: Remembering Manchester

The American Spectator

Fair Skies and Tailwinds, GBU Colonel Thorsness. A tribute to a humble American Patriot and Medal of Honor recipient, Col. Leo Thorsness


Sherman County eNews #155


  1. Spiritual Matters

  2. Classifieds

  3. Calendar

 1. Spiritual Matters


church.family1I recently read this Book of the Bible for the first time in several years, and I was reminded what an amazing Book it is, full of wonderful words of Godly wisdom.  I have decided to share some of my favorites.


1:7  The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.

3:5  Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.

3:6  In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.

11:4  Riches do not profit in the day of wrath, but righteousness delivers from death.

14:12  There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death.

15:1  A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.

15:3  The eyes of the Lord are in every place, watching the evil and the good.

16:2  All the ways of a man are clean in his own sight, but the Lord weighs the motives.

19:21  Many are the plans in a human heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.

21:23  He who guards his mouth and his tongue, guards his soul from troubles.

22:2  The rich and the poor have a common bond, the Lord is the maker of them all.

22:6  Train up a child in the way he should go, even when he is old he will not depart from it.

23:17  Do not let your heart envy sinners, but live in the fear of the Lord always.

28:13  He who conceals his transgressions will not prosper, but he who confesses and forsakes them will find compassion.

31:30  Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.

God bless,

Jill Harrison

Wasco Methodist Church

2. Classifieds (new or corrected)


Please note: Free classified ads are published on Fridays. The deadline is Wednesday at 5. Please submit ads by using the Submit News page. Include who, what, where, when, & how, contact information and the final Friday date for posting your ad (shown by the date at the end of the ad, for example, 3/17), and contact information, under 50 words if possible. This service is limited to Sherman County. Links are welcome.

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


CONGRATULATIONS, Class of 2017 in the John Day River Territory! 

A REUNION WELCOME to the first class to graduate from Sherman High School, the Class of 1957! 

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

HAPPY 100th BIRTHDAY, Charlotte Barnett! 

WELCOME, Earl Son! Matthew and Laura (Criss) Earl of Moro welcome their third child and second son, Derek Wesley. Derek was born Sunday, May 14 at 12:27 a.m.; 10 lbs, 14 oz and 23 1/4″ long. He joins sister Abigail and brother James. Grandparents are Dean and Debbie Criss of Centralia, WA and Dave and Terri Earl of Grass Valley. 



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 

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

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.  5/26


NOTICE. NORTH SHERMAN COUNTY RFPD IS ACCEPTING BIDS FOR SURPLUS PROPERTY OWNED BY THE DISTRICT. The Board of Directors for North Sherman County RFPD has declared the property listed below as surplus to the needs of the Fire District, and has set minimum bids for each item — or will accept bids considered within reason:
1. 1988 Chevrolet K3500 Vehicle will be sold “as is”. Minimum bid — $1,000
2. Briggs & Stratton Pump Minimum bid — $100
3. Multiple miscellaneous items — each item valued at less than $50.00.

Bids must be mailed to North Sherman County RFPD PO Box 121 Wasco OR 97065 or delivered to Fire Station 2 at 400 Main St. in Rufus, Oregon. Bids must be enclosed in a sealed envelope clearly marked “Bid for Surplus Property” and include the name of the individual submitting the bid, phone number and mailing address. Bids will be accepted up to 2:00p.m. on June 13, 2017.
Bids will be opened during the June 13, 2017 Fire District Board meeting that will begin at 7:00p.m. in the District’s Fire Station 1 at 411 Yates St. in Wasco, Oregon. The Board of Directors for North Sherman County RFPD reserves the right to reject any or all bids or part of any bid.   If you have any questions or would like to view any of this property, please contact District Chief Jeff Holliday at 541-705-5640. 6/9


Sealed bidding will close at 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 13, 2017 with immediate announcement of bid results.

At the May 8, 2017 Regular Board Meeting of the Sherman County School District, the Board of Directors declared the following items to be offered as surplus:

(15)                      New metal fire rated door frames, various sizes

(6)                       Sections of lockers, various sizes

(Approximately 70) 4′ fluorescent light fixtures

(1)                       Large wooden teacher’s desk

(1)                       1980 Dodge Pickup Truck with Dee Zee Tool box

(1)                       1981 Toyota Pickup Truck

The process of selling these surplus items will be done through a sealed bidding process.  This allows for a fair and open sale for interested parties.  Bidders may view the items by calling (541) 565-3500 or by contacting Wes Owens at and making an appointment with Sherman County School District. Sealed bids must be submitted using the official Bid Proposal Form that is available on the Sherman County School District website.

Sealed bids must be received by Sherman County School District located at 65912 High School Loop, Moro, OR prior to 3:00 p.m. on June 13, 2017. At 3:01 p.m. all bids will be read aloud in the meeting room of the Sherman County Public/School Library.  By bidding, a potential purchaser is confirming their acceptance of these terms and conditions;

  • All items are offered “As-Is” and “Where-Is” with no warranty or other guarantee as to its condition or fitness for any use or purpose;
  • Purchaser agrees to remove surplus items within seven (7) days of winning the bid;
  • Cash or checks will be accepted and must be made payable to Sherman County School District;
  • There shall be no refunds and all sales are final.

Sherman County School District reserves the right to reject any or all bids received, to award any or all of the various items to separate bidders, to waive any informalities in the bids, and to award as best serves the interest of the District and the Public. All dimensions are approximate.  6/9


Grass Valley Neighborhood Sales

Friday & Saturday, May 26 & 27

9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Follow maps, balloons & signs!

Estate Sale




Come to Buy or Come to Sell

Join in the fun!

Questions? Contact Terri Bibby 5/26
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
SERVICES: [home, personal, appliance, landscape, fencing, cleaning, maintenance, janitorial, computer, construction, sewing, repairs, transportation, media, preschool, day care, restaurant, support & training]






CEMETERY OWNERSHIP & CONTACT INFO. The Oregon Historic Cemeteries 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)

Rufus Pioneer Cemetery. 5/26 




3. Calendar (new or corrected) 


26 Frederick Hill Funeral 10:30 St. Peter Catholic Church, The Dalles

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

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

27 Joyce Decker Memorial Service 11 Wasco United Methodist Church

27 53rd Annual Eastern Oregon Half-Marathon 8 Spray, Oregon

27-28 70th Annual Spray Rodeo 541-468-2442

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


1 Sherman County Burn Ban Starts 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 NCESD Bldg.

2 Growing Agri-Tourism Meeting, John Day River Territory 10-1 Spray, Oregon

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

3 Sherman County High School Graduation 11

3 Class of 1957 Reunion, 1st Class to Graduate from Sherman High School

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

8 Free Soil Health Field Day for Dryland Crops 9 Williams Ranch, 5900 Old Moody Rd.

9 Last Day of this School Year in Sherman County

9 Sherman County Family Fair 4-6:30 Moro City Park

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

11 12 Sherman County School Board of Directors Meeting 7 Library

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 Tourism Marketing Session for John Day River Territory Region 1-4:30 Condon

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 11-1 White Salmon

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 Sherman County Courthouse will be closed.

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

18-22 Outlaw Rodeo Bible Camp – Powell Butte, Oregon

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 #154


  1. Sherman County Sheriff’s Office April Incident Report

  2. City of Redmond Successfully Rehabilitates a Local Historic Landmark

  3. Joyce Irene Decker 1931-2017

  4. Frederick LaGrande Hill 1921-2017

  5. SafeOregon, a School Safety Tip Line

  6. Columbia Gorge Community College Offers College-Level Examination Program

  7. Oregon State Parks Offers Geology Programs & Hikes in Central Oregon

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

1. Sherman County Sheriff’s Office April Incident Report




2. City of Redmond Successfully Rehabilitates a Local Historic Landmark

The City of Redmond embarked on a massive project to rehabilitate the former high school and reuse it as the new city hall. Learn more about the project by visiting the Oregon Heritage Exchange<> blog.

3. Joyce Irene Decker 1931-2017

flower.rose.starJoyce Irene Decker, a lifelong resident of Wasco, Oregon, died Wednesday, May 17, 2017, at the age of 86. She was born in Scott City, Kansas, on January 6, 1931, the second of Glenn and Ida Wallace’s eight children. She was four years old when the family came to Wasco where she attended school.

 In 1949, she married Charles Decker and together they had four children, Phyllis, Alvin, Donald and Tim. They celebrated their 67th wedding anniversary in September. Joyce and Charlie were devoted to volunteering in the community, helping wherever there was a need. Joyce was selfless and generous beyond words and her family, home and friends meant the most to her. She worked as a secretary for the Wasco grain cooperative and then as cook at the Wasco school for 25 years.

She is survived by her husband, Charlie; children, Phyllis Coats Newman, Alvin, Don and Tim Decker; grandchildren, John Coats, Megan McAllister, Nick Decker, Lindsey Poggemeyer, Kelsey Decker, David Decker and Zack Decker; seven great-grandchildren, Alec and Matthew Coats, Jack, William and Rosie McAllister, and Flint and Rhett Poggemeyer; brothers, Chuck, Jack, David and Jim Wallace; and sisters, Glenna Allmer and Erma Bryan.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, May 27, at 11 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Wasco, with Pastor Bob Reasoner officiating. A gathering will be held at the Wasco Annex following the service. Memorial donations may be made to the Wasco United Methodist Church.

4. Frederick LaGrande Hill 1921-2017

flower.rose.starFrederick LaGrande Hill was born January 2, 1921, to Walter E. and Margaret (Brogan) Hill, at Grass Valley, Oregon. He died Saturday, May 13, 2017 at the age of 96. Funeral services will be held Friday, May 26, the Rosary at 10:30 a.m. and the Mass at 11 a.m. at St. Peter Catholic Church in The Dalles with interment to follow.

Fred grew up on the family ranch west of Antelope and attended local schools. During World War II he served as a Corporal with the 263rd Medical Battalion, 3rd Engineer Special (Amphibious) Brigade in the New Guinea, Philippine and Japan Threaters and was honorably discharged December 24, 1945.

He married Elisabeth “Beth” Rooper in The Dalles and they resided in Wasco until moving to Culver in 1997. As of October, 2015, he had been living in The Dalles. He held a variety of jobs, primarily in ranching, then became employed at Sherman Farm Chemicals, subsequently serving as manager until becoming a partner in 1979. After retiring in 1987, he and Beth spent the winter months in Winterhaven, California.

Fred loved the outdoors, agriculture, hunting, fishing and gardening. He was a member of the St. Patrick Catholic Church in Madras, Knights of Columbus, American Legion in Wasco and Elks Lodge No. 303 in The Dalles.

He is survived by his wife, Beth Hill of The Dalles; daughter, Theresa Hahn of Dufur; son Al Current of Missoula, Montana; daughter-in-law,  Franky Hill of The Dalles; grandsons and families, Kit Hill (Lauren and Hailey) of Happy Valley, Matt Livingston (Tara, Madison, Gracie and Abby) of Great Falls, Montana, Nicholas Livingston (Kelli, Moya and Marley) of Meridian, Idaho, Jacob Livingston (Rosa) of Seeley Lake, Montana; granddaughters and families, Cassie Livingston (Tyler) of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, Sellah Hill (Charles) of Dufur, Jolleen Hill (Eric and Cadence) of The Dalles, Nikki Sherman (Ty, Jess and Raven Grace of Kennewick, Washington. He was preceded in death by his son, Michael M. Hill.

5. SafeOregon, a School Safety Tip Line

The Oregon State Police launched SafeOregon, a school safety tip line program available to all public K-12 schools in Oregon, on January 31, 2017. SafeOregon is a way for students, staff or other members of the public to confidentially report and share confidential information of a risk or a potential risk to student safety. SafeOregon requires schools to complete a sign-up process in order for students to use it. Since SafeOregon was launched, 260 schools have enrolled and are using the tip line. That reaches approximately 110,000 Oregon students. SafeOregon gives students a way to reach out for help.

SafeOregon — the school safety tip line — became Law through HB 4075 (2016), as a result of recommendations from the Oregon Task Force on School Safety charged with improving safety and security at schools across the state. The task force was established by House Bill 4087, bringing together representatives from police, fire, school administration, teachers, school boards and service districts, along with the Governor’s education and public safety policy advisors, legislators, the Oregon Department of Education and the Association of Oregon Community Mental Health Programs. The task force is chaired by Clackamas County Sheriff Craig Roberts and Dr. David Novotney, Willamette Education Service District.

SafeOregon is designed to encourage Oregon students to share and respond to anything that threatens their safety or the safety of others, anything that makes a student feel unsafe or if a student knows someone who feels unsafe.

For more information please visit The resource page has more information for students, parents and for schools to sign-up. Students and parents are encouraged to talk to their school administration about making SafeOregon available in their school.

It is a violation of ORS165.570 to improperly use the SafeOregon system.

6. Columbia Gorge Community College Offers College-Level Examination Program

Life offers lessons beyond the classroom, but it’s not often you can turn that education into college credit.  Columbia Gorge Community College offers just such an opportunity for some students.

It’s called the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP), developed by the College Board, a national non-profit organization that also administers such widely-recognized post-secondary exams as the SAT, PSAT and Advanced Placement (AP) test. Through the CLEP, people apply their subject-area knowledge through a multiple choice exam, essay, numeric answers, or in the case of second language mastery, a listening section. Requirements and the number of credits awarded vary according to college policies but often align with recommendations from the College Board. Columbia Gorge Community College became a CLEP Test Center in 2016, one of 1,800 such centers across the United States.

For many local high school students, command of the Spanish language is nurtured from a very early age. This skill and experience can earn students up to 24 college foreign language credits. This spring 39 students from The Dalles High School took this opportunity, earning a total of 768 college credits by demonstrating their knowledge of spoken and written Spanish. Students may also be able to apply their college credit toward high school credit requirements, essentially earning “dual credit.” CLEP exams have also been scheduled for Hood River Valley High School students.

Although the CLEP exam is currently offered only for Spanish language credit at CGCC, the college hopes to expand this initiative to other academic subjects in the near future.

“The purpose is to give credit where credit is deserved,” said Dr. Eric Studebaker, chief student services officer. “For many students from Spanish-speaking homes, this is the first opportunity to give academic recognition to a valuable skill they learned outside the classroom. Having this opportunity near the end of their high school experience may positively influence whether students pursue a post-secondary education. These credits may help propel students towards earning a college degree. ”

Beyond the CLEP exam, this initiative provides students with a campus tour and workshops on college admissions, financial aid and scholarships, and college life.  This effort was made possible with support from North Wasco County School District and the CGCC Foundation.

To learn more, visit

7.  Oregon State Parks Offers Geology Programs & Hikes in Central Oregon

Join geology expert Robert J. Lillie for a series of weekend programs June 2-4 that explore the geology of central Oregon’s state parks and other natural areas. Lillie will lead two guided hikes and two sunset presentations that draw on his experience as a former geosciences professor at Oregon State University.

Participants will consider the paradox of Oregon’s landscape: the same destructive geological forces that threaten our lives, such as earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, also form the state’s spectacular mountains, valleys and coastlines. Lillie’s programs are based on research published in his 2015 book, “Beauty from the Beast: Plate Tectonics and the Landscapes of Oregon State Parks.” To make this information come alive, his presentations will focus on the formation of features located within central and eastern Oregon state parks.

Evening Campground presentations are scheduled at 8:30 p.m. Friday, June 2 at Tumalo State Park and Saturday, June 3 at LaPine State Park.

Guided geology hikes are scheduled at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 3 at Prineville Reservoir State Park and Sunday, June 4 at The Cove Palisades State Park. The Prineville hike meets at the Eagle’s Nest Amphitheater across from the registration booth. The Cove Palisades hike starts at the kiosk at the entrance to the Crooked River Campground.

For information, contact Jill Nishball at 503-551-8958 or

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