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

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

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