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