Sherman County eNews #157


  1. Memorial Day Service at Stonehenge Memorial, May 29

  2. Sherman County 4-H Sewing Club News Report

  3. Hans, the Produce Guy, in Moro on Tuesdays

  4. Organizations Serving & Supported by Sherman County

  5. Congressman Walden’s Statement on Administration’s Budget Request

  6. Play It Safe When You’re In, On or Near The Water

  7. Rockfall Below Rowena Crest Viewpoint Removed-US30 Reopened for Traffic

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

The bugle echoes shrill and sweet,
But not of war it sings to-day.
The road is rhythmic with the feet
Of men-at-arms who come to pray.

The roses blossom white and red
On tombs where weary soldiers lie;
Flags wave above the honored dead
And martial music cleaves the sky.

Above their wreath-strewn graves we kneel,
They kept the faith and fought the fight.
Through flying lead and crimson steel
They plunged for Freedom and the Right.

May we, their grateful children, learn
Their strength, who lie beneath this sod,
Who went through fire and death to earn
At last the accolade of God.

In shining rank on rank arrayed
They march, the legions of the Lord;
He is their Captain unafraid,
The Prince of Peace . . . Who brought a sword. ~ Joyce Kilmer

1. Memorial Day Service at Stonehenge Memorial, May 29

military.navyAmerican Legion Post #116 Goldendale will be conducting Memorial Day Services at Stonehenge Memorial on Monday, May 29 at Noon. All are welcome!



2. Sherman County 4-H Sewing Club News Report

4-H clover1The 4-H sewing club met on May 23 at 3:30pm at the Extension Office.  Attending were Amara and Codie-Lee.  Excused absence was Becca.  Pledges led by Amara.  What we did during the meeting:  we almost finished cutting and seam ripping pans and change to skirts, decided about club name, talked about past projects.  We put new covers on the ironing boards and need to find time for a field trip to Joanne’s in The Dalles.  Next meeting will be in two weeks.  Meeting adjourned at 5:30pm.  Signed by Amara James, News Reporter

3. Hans, the Produce Guy, in Moro on Tuesdays

Hans, the produce guy, will be setting up on Tuesdays in front of the Old Moro Cafe.

4. Organizations Serving & Supported by Sherman County Citizens  

teamworkPuzzleThe number of organizations and boards and the participation involved, desired or required, according to statute, funding source, and local culture, numbered is144 when first tracked about 2002 and is currently about 120, reflecting a shrinking population and volunteer pool.

According to the 2010 census, Sherman County lost 8 percent of its population (about 150 people). Others posted losses – Baker, Malheur, Harney, Wallowa, Gilliam, Grant and Wheeler. The census bureau does not forecast a growing population for Sherman County. By 2016 seven Oregon counties saw their population decrease. Those are: Baker, Gilliam, Grant, Lake, Sherman, Umatilla and Wheeler.

Volunteers are essential for local government of our cities, county, special districts, regional cooperatives, regional/state/federal governments and schools, including Grass Valley Pavilion, Rufus Community Center and Wasco Annex.

Volunteers are the engines for our community youth programs – 4-H, Little League, Girl Scouts, CASA, Jr. Hoops, school athletics & Booster Club.

Volunteers govern and operate cultural and charitable organizations, churches, cemeteries, political parties, Scholarship Association, Sherman County Cultural Coalition, cemeteries, Sherman County Historical Society/Museum, Sherman County Fair, Sherman Athletic Foundation and Sherman Development League.

Agricultural organizations’ governing board members are volunteers, Sherman Branch Experiment Station at Moro, Oregon Wheat Growers League, Oregon Wheat Commission, Oregon Cattlemen’s Association, North Central Livestock Association, Mid Columbia Producers (a cooperative) and Sherman County Farm Bureau chapter.

Collectively, these groups need our support in the form of informed interest, volunteer hours and/or funding. We need or want and appreciate their services. We look forward to their news.  ~ The Editor

5. Congressman Walden’s Statement on Administration’s Budget Request

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Greg Walden (R-Hood River), Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, today issued the following statement after the administration released their fiscal year 2018 budget request.

“This budget proposal demonstrates President Trump’s commitment to balancing the budget and responsibly prioritizing taxpayer dollars. The initiatives modernizing our energy infrastructure and promoting our nation’s energy abundance would undoubtedly make positive impacts on our constituents’ lives. The president’s proposals show the difficult choices facing the country as we work to reduce the deficit, protect our security, and grow jobs.”

6. Play It Safe When You’re In, On or Near The Water

PORTLAND, ORE. — Before you head out for a day around water, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reminds you and everyone in your group to wear a life jacket.

In the last 10 years, 84 percent of water-related fatalities on Corps land involved people not wearing life jackets, with the greatest number occurring in areas not designated for swimming, according to data compiled by the Corps’ National Operations Center for Water Safety. Eighty-eight percent of all such fatalities were men, while 68 percent were between the ages of 20 and 60. In addition, 27 percent of boating fatalities involved people falling overboard.

Most who drowned never intended to enter the water; they unexpectedly fell from a boat or dock. Falling into cold water triggers an involuntary gasp response, which causes you to breathe in water whether you want to or not. Breathing in a half-cup of water is enough to cause drowning.

Even a strong swimmer can drown from a fall into cold water. It takes an average of one minute for an adult to drown and just 20 seconds for a child to drown. Wearing a life jacket keeps you afloat until you can regain control of your breathing.

Only swim in areas designated for swimming. These areas have been inspected to provide a safe swimming environment. You swim at your own risk at all Corps beaches, so adults should always watch their children when they are around water.

Always wear the right size and type of life jacket for the activity you are enjoying. Learn more at

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Portland District manages 18 lakes and reservoirs and offers recreation at 135 parks on the water within the state of Oregon. More than 10 million people visit our locations annually to experience the diverse range of outdoor activities we offer to people of all ages. For more information on Portland District’s recreation opportunities, visit

7. Rockfall Below Rowena Crest Viewpoint Removed-US30 Reopened for Traffic 

Slide below Rowena Crest Viewpoint

MOSIER – Crews working for the Oregon Department of Transportation have cleared the rockfall near the Rowena Crest Viewpoint and have opened US30 (the Historic Columbia River Highway) at the site of the slide, approximately seven miles west of The Dalles near mile post 65. Heavy rock and debris had been blocking the highway since the slide occurred the evening of May 7. No one was injured in the slide.

Since that time, crews have been removing loose rock and stabilizing the face to prevent further rock fall at the site.

“Crews have been busy removing over 670 cubic yards of rock and debris from the slide area,” said ODOT Operations Coordinator Scott Peters. “In addition, over twenty rock bolts ranging from ten to twenty feet long have been installed into the rock wall to help stabilize it and prevent future incidences.”

Part of the delay in opening the route was due to the extensive work that included drilling the rock face and securing the stabilizing bolts with mortar, which takes several days to cure.

“The cooperation, extra hours and hard work by everyone involved in the project has been amazing,” Peters said. “The highway would not be opening if not for the dedicated crews and contractors who have put a high priority on this work.”  ODOT staff will continue to monitor the site.

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

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