Sherman County eNews #152


  1. Sherman County Baseball News Update, May 24

  2. Veggie Rx Helps to End Hunger in Sherman County

  3. Parents of 4th-6th graders….Why send your child to Sherman County 4-H camp?

  4. Cold Winter, Wet Spring Brings Plant Diseases to E. Oregon Wheat Crop

  5. Oregon Mortuary & Cemetery Board Meeting, Rulemaking

  6. Oregon Department of Education Deputy Superintendent’s Advisory Council Candidate

  7. We See What We Look For 

1. Sherman County Baseball News Update, May 24

sports.baseballCongratulations to our Huskies for placing 2nd for the 2017 Special District 6 2A/1A Baseball Tournament!

They will be competing in the OSAA play off game this Wednesday, May 24th here at Sherman High School starting at 4:30.

Admission is $6 for adults, $4 for students, and children 4 years and younger are free.

Please come and cheer on our Huskies as they strive for the opportunity to move on to the Quarterfinals.  Thank you for all of your support!

~ Audrey Rooney, Registrar, Sherman High School, 65912 High School Loop

Moro, OR 97039

PH: 541-565-3500 ~ Fax: 541-565-3319

2. Veggie Rx Helps to End Hunger in Sherman County

food.sack1In the last 12 months, did you and the people you live with worry that you would run out of food before you were able to get more?

In the last 12 months, did you and the people you live with run out of food before you were able to get more?

If you answer YES to either of these questions you are eligible for Sherman County’s new Veggie Rx program.

If you can answer YES to either of the two questions, see Caitlin Blagg, District Administrator, Sherman County Health District & Sherman County Medical Clinic in downtown Moro to sign up to receive $30 in vouchers (per person in the family) for 1 month.  Vouchers can be used at Huskey’s 97 Market, Wasco Market, Gorge Grown Mobile Market, or the Farmers Market on the first Saturday of each month.  People eligible for the vouchers can go back once a month to receive more vouchers for the next month.

Veggie Rx is a program of Gorge Grown Food Network and EOCCO.  This ground breaking program helps address hunger needs in our community through Veggie Rx vouchers that can be redeemed at local grocery stores for FRESH fruits and vegetables!

For more information call Caitlin at the Sherman County Health District 541-565-0536 or the Sherman County Medical Clinic 541-565-3325.

 3. Parents of 4th-6th graders…Why send your child to Sherman County 4-H camp? 

  • Camp helps build self-esteem and self-confidence as kids “learn and do” the 4-H way
  • Camp is a safe environment – we have rules, guidelines and a risk management plan
  • Camp is a place to build social skills and make friends
  • Camp helps your child feel good about themselves – they will gain mastery by cooking their own meals outdoors every day, be part of the group with songs/skits/games, and enjoy being outside
  • Camp gives youth the opportunity to increase in independence and gain leadership skills
  • Camp helps kids be more adventurous and more willing to try new things – paintball, archery, new foods, doing skits in front of the group

From:  American Camping Association’s 2005 Directions:  Youth Outcomes of the Camp Experience 

4-H clover1Get your child all this and more!  Register them ASAP for Sherman County 4-H camp.  Camp is Wednesday, June 14 through Friday, June 16, at the Camp Morrow lakeside facility near Wamic.  Registration deadline is Friday, June 9.  Cost is $100.  Financial assistance may be available…have you and your kids write a letter of request to the Sherman 4-H Association and submit it to the Extension Office.

~Cindy Brown | Educator, 4-H Youth Development & Healthy Living

OSU Extension Service – Sherman County, College of Public Health & Human Sciences

Oregon State University, 66365 Lonerock Rd., Moro, Oregon 97039

P: 541-565-3230 | C: 541-993-5291

4. Cold Winter, Wet Spring Brings Plant Diseases to E. Oregon Wheat Crop

wheat.blwhframeCORVALLIS, Ore. – The record-setting wet spring in the Pacific Northwest – preceded by a snowy winter – has brought a variety of plant diseases to Oregon’s wheat crop.

Wheat disease is significant in Oregon, where the grain ranks among the state’s top-valued agricultural commodities. The state is known for its soft white winter wheat, most of which is exported to Asia for its use in noodles.

Stripe rust arrived in the fall and spread quickly on susceptible winter and spring wheat varieties in Oregon State University test plots. Cool and wet conditions in eastern Oregon continue to favor the fungal disease, said Christina Hagerty, a wheat pathologist in OSU’s College of Agricultural Sciences.

“This pathogen needs high humidity and high moisture,” said Hagerty, who conducts research at OSU’s Columbia Basin Agricultural Research Center just outside Pendleton. “This season is shaping up to have higher-than-average stripe rust infection and spread, and the wet and snowy conditions brought some rarer diseases to the forefront, such as soilborne wheat mosaic virus and snow mold.”

Many growers in Eastern Oregon and southern Washington and western Idaho are considering an extra fungicide application, she said, describing it as a “challenging decision” because of the expense. Stripe rust and other diseases are mainly affecting winter wheat, to be harvested in late summer along with spring wheat.

There isn’t much the growers can do about snow mold, however, on Oregon’s grain belt.

“Growers in this region tell me they haven’t see snow mold for 30 years,” she said. “We may not have a snow mold problem for another decade or more.”

OSU works with wheat growers to control plant disease in three basic ways – cultural control, which includes seeding date, tillage and crop rotation; host resistance, which includes planting genetically resistant/tolerant varieties; and pesticides.

“A really good pathogen management plan typically includes all three techniques in some capacity,” Hagerty said.

For more information, go to OSU Extension’s publication Controlling Wheat and Crown Diseases of Small Grain Cereals.

5. Oregon Mortuary & Cemetery Board Meeting, Rulemaking

At the May 9 2017 Oregon Mortuary and Cemetery Board meeting, the Board directed staff to start the rulemaking process for the following topics (Phase I):

–Relating to the handling of persons who have died of or with communicable diseases;

–Relating to the holding of funerals for individuals afflicted with communicable diseases;

–Relating to Temporary Operating Permit for a cemetery that does not hold a valid license; and

–Relating to the Indigent Disposition Program.

Copies of the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Hearing, Statement of Need and Fiscal Impact, and the proposed rules are available from the Board’s website, under the Rulemaking Related link:

A public hearing has been scheduled for June 22 2016, at 800 NE Oregon Street, Suite 445, at 10 am.  The last day and time for written comment is June 22 2016, 4 pm.  If you have any questions regarding the proposed rule amendments, please contact Chad Dresselhaus via email.

Carla G Knapp, Office / Licensing Manager
Oregon Mortuary and Cemetery Board
800 NE Oregon Street, Suite 430
Portland OR  97232-2195
971-673-1507 phone
971-673-1501 fax

7:00 am – 3:30 pm, Monday – Friday

The mission of the Board is to protect public health, safety and welfare by fairly and efficiently performing its licensing, inspection and enforcement duties; by promoting professional behavior and standards in all facets of the Oregon death care industry; and, by maintaining constructive relationships with licensees, those they serve and others with an interest in the Board’s activities.  In order to protect the public, it is the Board’s responsibility to insure that all of Oregon’s death care facilities are properly licensed.  The Board is self-supporting and derives its financing from licensing, examination, and a portion of the death certificate filing fee (not the fees derived from the purchase of a certified copy of a death certificate).

6. Oregon Department of Education Deputy Superintendent’s Advisory Council Candidate

The Oregon Department of Education seeks to demonstrate the value educational leaders play. The Deputy Superintendent’s Advisory Council (DSAC) was formed in an effort to regularly engage educational leaders throughout the state as thought partners and in turn, better serve schools and districts in Oregon.

The goal is to work with educational leaders to elevate the educator voice in federal, state, and local education policy. Our larger goal is to improve the graduation rate in Oregon. Educators involved in this council will identify best practices, provide input, offer feedback, and make recommendations to the Deputy Superintendent of Public Instruction.

Anne Shull, an elementary principal of a school of almost 500 students in the North Wasco County School District and a parent of 3 students in the Sherman County School District has been identified as an outstanding candidate for the Deputy Superintendent’s Advisory Council for the 2017-2019 biennium. Anne’s educational knowledge and experiential background as a teacher and her leadership as an administrator make her a great appointment to the Advisory Council.  The council will meet at least 8 times over the course of the two years and offer guidance on student achievement, professional learning, teacher evaluations, ESSA, educational practice and policy.

7. We See What We Look For

How many happy people do you know? Would you count yourself among them? If you are like most folks, happiness is something you would like to feel, but it’s also something that you see as being “out there” in the future somewhere.

Now, if you have ever spent much time around a truly happy person, you may have noticed that their mood comes not from what’s going on around them, but from what’s going on inside them. They have a way of looking at life that doesn’t ignore the negative things but doesn’t focus on them, either.

Instead, they give the lion’s share of their attention to finding things to enjoy and appreciate. They have no trouble finding them, either. Every day, no matter where they are or what they are doing, they find things to laugh about, to celebrate, and to praise.

You know, it is an interesting fact of life that what you see is mostly what you look for.  Our brains are designed to help us notice what we have decided is important, and ignore or even blind ourselves to those situations that we have decided are not important.

So if you make up your mind to be happy no matter what happens to you, you will be amazed by all the things you never noticed before, things that bring a smile or a laugh or a moment of joy. Most happy people were not born that way. At some point, they made a conscious or perhaps unconscious choice to enjoy their lives, right here and right now.

If you haven’t done so already, what do you suppose would happen if you made the same choice, starting today? ~The Pacific Institute



Sherman County eNews #151


  1. Sherman County School Athletic Schedule Update, May 24

  2. Sherman County Family Fair, June 9

  3. Public Announcement: Sherman County School District Surplus Sale

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

  5. Pushing Beyond Limits

  6. History Tidbits: First Sherman Man Killed in Viet Nam

  7. Oregon Historical Society Launches New Website Access to Digital Collections

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

“If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head.  If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.”  – Nelson Mandela 

1. Sherman County School Athletic Schedule Update, May 24 

Logo.Sherman High SchoolCongratulations to our Huskies for placing 2nd for the 2017 Special District 6 2A/1A Baseball Tournament!  They will be competing in the OSAA play-off game this Wednesday, May 24th here at Sherman High School starting at 4:30.

Admission is $6 for adults, $4 for students, and children 4 years and younger are free.

Please come and cheer on our Huskies as they strive for the opportunity to move on to the Quarterfinals. Thank you for all of your support!

2. Sherman County Family Fair, June 9

boy.telephonetalkSave the Date:

Sherman County Family Fair

June 9th, 2017 4:00-6:30 pm

Moro Park

Come enjoy many family friendly activities, food and music.

~ Taylor Olsen, Sherman County Prevention Coordinator

Office: 541-565-5036


3. Public Announcement: Sherman County School District Surplus Sale

Sherman County School District Surplus Sale

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.


4. 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.

5. Pushing Beyond Limits

Have you ever been faced with a challenge in life, one that really pushed you to your limits?

Most of us have. But let’s ponder a moment and ask, how did we feel when we came out on the other side? Most likely, the first thing we felt was relief. But then we probably felt stronger, tougher and more capable, as well.

If you want to develop yourself and expand your abilities, you must face and master challenges, move out of your comfort zone, and every now and then take on a little more than you are absolutely certain you can handle.

We can work up to this, by taking on little challenges every day. Set a goal to learn something, anything, new every day. Part of the goal is making that something new also something completely outside of your “normal” knowledge base. Maybe the challenge is not just the knowledge itself, but the language used in the understanding of it. Nudge your mind to grow and you will find your comfort zones growing too.

It is not necessary to compete with other people in order to do this, although healthy competition can certainly help us sharpen certain skills. The really important competition goes on inside us, as we challenge our beliefs about where our limitations lie and how much we can be and do.

So, the next time life pushes you to your limits, why not look at it as an opportunity to grow? With this attitude, you’ll find it much easier to rise to the challenge and come out on top. ~The Pacific Institute 

6. History Tidbits: Memorial Day – First Sherman Man Killed in Viet Nam

American flag2Sherman County Journal, December 2, 1965

First Man From County Killed In Viet Nam War.  The body of a former Wasco man killed in Viet Nam is scheduled to arrive here Friday under military escort. Army Specialist 4 Rollie L. Bolden III, 23, was killed in action Nov. 17 in the fierce battle of the Ia Drang Valley where he fought as a member of the 2nd Battalion of the 7th Regiment, 1st Cavalry, which distinguished itself so valiantly in this battle. He was born in Vancouver, Wn. June 24, 1942, moved to Wasco in 1957 and attended four years at Sherman High School, graduating in 1961. In that year, he moved to Muncie, Ind., and attended college for some time.  He moved back to Wasco in the summer of 1963 and worked here through the summer and fall and then moved to Albany.  It was from there that he entered the Army in Jan. 1964.  He received his early training at Fort Lewis, Wash., and was then transferred to Fort Benning, Ga., where the 1st Cavalry Air Mobile Division was being formed.  They shipped out for Viet Nam in Aug.  He had been scheduled to return to this country in January. Surviving are his father, Rollie L. Bolden, Jr. of Marion, Ind., his mother, Mrs. Pearl Bolden of Salem, a sister, Mrs. Jerry Rund of Salem, and grandparents in Muncie, Ind. Funeral services will be Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Methodist Church in Wasco, the Rev. John McMurtrey officiating.  Interment will follow at Sunrise cemetery. 

7. Oregon Historical Society Launches New Website Access to Digital Collections

Portland, OR — In 2015, the Oregon Historical Society embarked on an ambitious two-year project to build an infrastructure to create, collect, preserve, and provide access to digital materials in its vast historic collections. Today, OHS announces a major milestone in this project with the official launch of OHS Digital Collections (

This new website allows online public access to a rich variety of materials from the OHS Research Library, including items from our manuscript, photograph, film, and oral history collections. Behind the scenes, these files are safeguarded using a series of digital preservation workflows, systems, and storage processes called the OHS Digital Vault.

While collections will continue to be added to the site on an ongoing basis, featured collections at launch include:

* Photographs from Oregon conservation pioneers William L. Finley, Irene Finley, and Herman Bohlman, part of the Reuniting Finley and Bohlman project, a current year-long collaboration with Oregon State University Special Collections and Archives Research Center. This project is supported in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Library Services and Technology Act, administered by the Oregon State Library.

* Newspaper photographs from the Oregon Journal nitrate negative collection, consisting of images from the Portland paper taken during the 1920s and 1930s. This digitization project-in-progress is funded by a grant from the Jackson Foundation.

* Papers of Joel Palmer, 1848-1880, Superintendent of Indian Affairs for the Oregon Territory and an Oregon State Legislator. Digitization was done in collaboration with the University of Oregon Special Collections.

* Landscape photographs by the renowned San Francisco photographer Carleton E. Watkins taken during his visits to Oregon and the Columbia River in the 1860s and 1880s.

* Early twentieth century photographs from Portland’s Kiser Photo Co., one of the most successful and widely known commercial studios in the American West.

* Selected oral histories, including interviews from the Gay and Lesbian Archives of the Pacific Northwest (GLAPN).

* Over 1100 portraits from the OHS Cartes de Visite Collection, 1861-1893.

“We’re proud to announce the availability of this platform, which we view as a cornerstone of our organizational mission to make Oregon’s history open and accessible to all,” said OHS Digital Archivist Mathieu Deschaine. “We look forward to continued additions that will illustrate the breadth and diversity of our holdings and encourage their use for teaching, learning, and research.”

OHS Digital Collections and the OHS Digital Vault are funded by a generous grant from The Collins Foundation, with additional support from a bequest from the estate of William Bilyeu. Ongoing digitization is supported by private and public funders. Support for the expansion of the OHS Digital Vault to build further capacity to digitize rare and unique items can be made through donations to the Oregon Historical Society’s FORWARD! capital campaign.

Begin exploring OHS Digital Collections at

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

bird.owl3Quotation Marks & Mystifying Words

Native Americans 

37 Eye-Catching World Map Posters You Should Hang On Your Walls

Eclipse safety: What you need to know to keep your eyes protected during the eclipse


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


Sherman County eNews #149


  1. Frederick LaGrande Hill

  2. Joyce Decker

  3. Marketing & Communications Guide for Nonprofits

  4. Sherman County DA: Noxious Weed Statute Correction

  5. History Tidbits: An Obituary Rich in Local History

1. Frederick LaGrande Hill

flower.rose.starFrederick LaGrande Hill passed away May 13th, 2017 at the age of 96. He is survived by his wife, Elisabeth (Beth) Hill.

After Fred and Beth married in 1956, they moved to Wasco, OR where they lived for several years and Fred became owner of Sherman County Farm Chemicals. They adopted two children, Theresa Hahn (Hill) and Michael Hill and fostered the oldest of the three, Allen Current.

Services will be held Friday, May 26 at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in The Dalles, OR. Rosary at 10:30 a.m., Mass at 11:00 a.m. and burial to follow.

2. Joyce Decker

flower.rose.starJoyce Decker, age 86, a resident of Wasco, Ore., passed away at home May 17, 2017. Spencer Libby & Powell Funeral Home is in care of the arrangements.


3. Marketing & Communications Guide for Nonprofits

For many nonprofits, marketing and communications take a backseat to program activities. We get it. You’re driven by your mission, not by marketing. But effectively communicating about your organization will advance your mission. It’s how you get people behind your cause, raise political awareness, engage volunteers, stimulate giving, access institutional donors and, most importantly, connect with your beneficiaries. 

How can you raise money for your cause if no one knows about the good work you’re doing?    Successful fundraising is founded on making a strong case for your cause. In fact, recent data shows that when an organization’s communications strategies are clear and focused, its fundraising dollars increase substantially.

How marketing communications supports your fundraising activities:

  1. Strong communications help you build awareness for your organization and cause. This foundation builds a pipeline for fundraising activities and facilitates the “ask.”
  2. Clear, consistent and targeted messaging gives your staff and board the tools they need to create fundraising programs that get results.
  3. A strong brand identity helps your organization speak with a single voice, delivering a clear message that resonates with current and future donors.
  4. A clear call to action ensures that your target audiences know what to do after being motivated by your message.

When communications and fundraising are in sync, one supports the other through simple, consistent, compelling messages, delivered in a way that builds trust. Trust makes people want to get involved, support your cause and donate dollars.

Effective communications for fundraising is transparent, delivers on your brand promise and always reflects your organizational identity. This ensures messaging is believable and memorable, helping you to build trust among new donors and loyalty among donors you already have.

Release good news as soon as it happens. Keep your audience informed and excited about your cause. All staff should be looking for good news stories. Try using press releases and case studies on your website and in email communications to get the word out about the work you’re doing before the information gets old. Need help? The Center for Civic Partnerships has compiled a variety of free resources to help nonprofits develop their media and public relations efforts (, click on “tools and resources”).


4. Sherman County DA: Noxious Weed Statute Correction

Submitted by Sherman County District Attorney Wade McLeod:

With all the discussion about noxious weed statutes, it’s time to correct an old error.  ORS 569.400 is a noxious weed statute that has been on the books for years, along with ORS 569.360 to 569.495.  This relatively unknown to prosecutors statute has a problem in the form of, arguably, a scrivener’s error.  The statute as written directs the weed inspector to notify the district attorney of noxious weed violations and instructs the district attorney to take immediate enforcement action.  Insofar as it relates to district attorneys, the statute provides no direction on what enforcement actions are appropriate or identify a vehicle to accomplish the goals of the statue.  However, the statute immediately follows to clearly set forth the enforcement actions available to a county court [upon notification by the weed inspector] and the correct processes to achieve the goal of noxious weed control.  When the statute is read as a whole, or even if all the statutes relating to control of noxious weeds are read as a whole, it becomes glaringly obvious there is a scrivener’s error and “county court” was the intended recipient of the weed inspector’s notice and not the district attorney.  To even further support this, you might note that further down in the statute the weed inspector is obligated to notify the county court (no further mention of district attorney).

As a result, the Oregon District Attorney’s Association, along with Rep Huffman, Association of Oregon Counties and the Department of Agriculture all met to discuss this obvious error.  All parties agreed that a fix was appropriate and as such, have agreed to the proposed language below striking the single instance of “the district attorney” and replacing that language with county court, as was clearly intended.  The amendment as proposed from Salem:

Goal:  Remove the district attorney as the recipient of the notification on noxious weeds and replace them with the county court.

Proposed approach:

ORS 569.400

(1) If the owner or occupant of the land fails or refuses to immediately destroy or cut the noxious weeds in accordance with ORS 569.360 to 569.495, the weed inspector shall at once notify the district attorney of the county court who shall at once take necessary steps for enforcement of ORS 569.360 to 569.495. The county court shall authorize the weed inspector or such assistants as the weed inspector may employ to go upon the land or premises and destroy the noxious weeds or control them in such manner as will destroy all seeds of such noxious weeds; provided, however, that if destruction or control of the weeds on any farm is in the judgment of the county weed inspector impracticable because the weeds may be too far advanced, or if for any other reason the means of control available are unsatisfactory, the weed inspector shall so notify the county court, which shall request the State Department of Agriculture to immediately quarantine any such uncontrolled noxious weed infested farm within the county to prevent the movement of infested crops or of livestock from such farm except under conditions prescribed in the quarantine that will prevent spread of the weeds by such crops or livestock. In all cases where the inspector undertakes to destroy or control noxious weeds, the most effective and practical method, in the judgment of the inspector, and with least injury to the land or crops, shall be used.

(2) Upon the completion of such work the person so appointed and authorized by the county court shall file with the county clerk an itemized statement of the expenses necessarily incurred in the destruction of such weeds, including the wages of the person as provided in ORS 569.370, verified by the oath of the person. [Formerly 570.545]

This amendment in no way changes the county court’s authority to control noxious weeds, it does not enhance the Court’s powers, it does not create an additional burden on the county court nor does it change the current noxious weed debate.  The purpose of the amendment is to simply correct an obvious error.

 5. History Tidbits:  An Obituary Rich in Local History

wheel.wagon1Sherman County Journal, May 24, 1973

Rufus.  Several of this area attended the graveside services of Charles Porter, Friday, May 18.  He was the brother of Mrs. Bessie Huck of Parkdale.  Mrs. Huck is a former long time resident of Rufus.

Dies In Nursing Home.   George L. Fox of Rufus writes about a neighbor, Charles O. Porter, who passed away at a Hermiston Nursing home last week and was buried in The Dalles May 18.

Charlie, as the old timers of north Sherman County knew him, was born in Missouri about 1880 and in his early boyhood traveled to Genesee, Idaho with his parents living there until coming to Early, Oregon, about 1896.  His father H.K. Porter purchased the Cooper Flour Mill and operated it until about 1901 when Mr. Porter sold the Mill to George Wall, father of Homer Wall who was a former Sherman County Engineer. Charlie was the first Mail carrier between Early, Ore., and Klondike, Ore.

It was recalled one day when Charlie and his sister Birdie were on their way to Klondike with the mail, a neighbor boy was hunting rabbits beside the road and in reloading his shot gun it discharged striking Charlie in the side and arm.   This wound hospitalized Charlie for a month or so.  Most of the bullets were removed, but some left he took to the grave.  This neighbor wounding Charlie took the mail route delivery until Charlie was well enough to do the work.

Early, Ore., was located at the foot of Biglow Canyon beside the John Day River and which is now under water. Charlie homesteaded about 1905 near the Biglow Canyon road and after he proved up on this land, he bought the John Matney place.  This is the birth place of Virgil Matney who a lot of people living in Rufus knew.  Charlie sold the place to the Bank of Wasco and they in turn sold it to Louis Langford of Rufus.  Langford in turn sold it to Roy Phillippi and later Phillippi sold it to Leland Medler who now owns the part not acquired by the government when the John Day Dam went in.

Charlie married Miss Lilly Agee of Gilliam County in 1914 and they had no children.  When they first married they lived about a year farming at Early beside the John Day River, then they moved to Ione, in Morrow County, and farmed the Scott place for a number of years.   After his wife Lilly passed away Charlie worked on the Western Grain Ranch in Gilliam county for a few years.  Then he moved to Hermiston working for the Pendleton Grain Growers for many years until his retirement. After a number of years at the Nursing Home he passed away at the age of 93 years.  The present Manager of the Pendleton Grain Growers and who Charlie had worked under was present when Charlie was buried at The Dalles on May 18.

George Fox says he always remembers Charlie for his ability as a runner, as he never saw him beat in a 100 yd dash when he was about 20 years old or older. Charlie O. Porter has a sister Bessie Huck of Parkdale and a brother Delbert Porter of Goldendale living and a brother and sister who proceeded him in death. George Fox’s father William Fox and family came to Early in 1902 and were neighbors to the H.K. Porter family all living beside the John Day river where they raised fruit and livestock. Now all living relatives of Charlie O. Porter have moved away from Sherman County.  George Fox did not want to let his passing go unnoticed as some of the older people of the country must still remember him.


Sherman County eNews #148


  1. Frontier TeleNet board discusses policies for contracting, public records, record retention

  2. Expressing Yourself

  3. Sherman County, Memorial Day, Military, Obituary & Cemetery Records

  4. Sherman County Burn Ban in Effect Beginning June 1

  5. Angus “Doug” Douglas Tumilson 1946-2017

  6. New Homecare Worker Orientation – Statewide Schedule

  7. Wyden, Merkley, Walden Push FEMA for Transparency in Federal Disaster Declarations

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

1. Frontier TeleNet board discusses policies for contracting, public records, record retention

pencil.spiralFrom The Times-Journal, May 11, 2017, with permission:

Working from an agenda which was originally released with six items listed for discussion, then revised to include a seventh and the day of the meeting revised a third time to eventually contain 13 items, directors of Frontier TeleNet met Friday, May 5, at the courthouse in Condon for the second time this year.

Public comment included a long-standing request from Sherry Kaseberg of Wasco for a number of public records of Frontier TeleNet. The information was first requested last fall and has not yet been sent to her. Other public comment was relayed by Judge Steve Shaffer, who chairs the Frontier TeleNet board and who had received a phone call from Gilliam County resident Les Ruark concerned that board decisions are being made without quality information.

Kaseberg’s original request, first dated Oct. 20, 2016, was read into the record, requesting “all legal notices, requests for qualification/proposals, agreements and contracts regarding and/or between Windwave Communications and/or Windwave Technologies, Inc., Inland Development Corporation, Management Resources and Sherman County or Frontier TeleNet.

“All legal notices, requests for qualifications/proposals, agreements and contracts regarding and/or between Rural Technology Group and Frontier TeleNet, Sherman County, Windwave Technologies, Inc. and/or Inland Development Corporation.”

Sherman County Judge Gary Thompson, a Frontier TeleNet board member, questioned what specifically Kaseberg was asking for.  Judge Shaffer indicated he wasn’t clear either. Frontier TeleNet staff Jeanne Burch indicated that she had sent some information to Kaseberg in October or November, and Frontier TeleNet manager Rob Myers indicated he had sent her information that he was comfortable sending without having a policy in place on the matter of releasing public records.

The matter of ‘public comment’ was left and the discussion moved on to agenda items that included a discussion of contracting and procurement rules, on a records request policy, and on records retention and location for storage, among others.

Frontier TeleNet directors voted to direct legal counsel to contact Speer Hoytt LLC, local government law group in Eugene, to develop contract and procurement policies for Frontier TeleNet.

Regarding the records request policy, Myers indicated he had sent information to the board previously and, asked to capsulize the information, said he would leave that to legal counsel. No copies of the information were available for the meeting.

Attorney Will Carey summarized the process, noting that if an entity has questions about what records can be released, the entity can request legal counsel on the matter, who may or may not recommend releasing the information. If legal counsel does not recommend releasing the records, the requester may take the request to the District Attorney. If the District Attorney rules that the entity should release the records, but the entity disagrees, then the request can go to the Circuit Court. If the requester is successful in Circuit Court, the entity is required to pay for attorney fees.

In the case of Sherry Kaseberg’s request, the request is at the District Attorney level. Kaseberg had requested that the District Attorney’s from Gilliam, Wheeler and Sherman counties all respond as Frontier TeleNet is a consortium of the three counties.

Myers indicated that he had spoken to the District Attorneys, that “they are all aware of what’s going on,” and one had replied indicating that Frontier TeleNet “was making an effort to comply with her request.”

Attorney Carey indicated that he had prepared the records request rules, but there were no copies available for review at Friday’s meeting. The policy will be sent again to board members and put on the agenda for further discussion at Frontier TeleNet’s next board meeting.

It was noted that Myers would be retiring from the position as general manager of Frontier TeleNet at the end of the fiscal year, and the discussion went to the need for a common storage location for the entity’s records, and perhaps an office space. The board agreed that the records could be stored at the Gilliam County Courthouse while the discussion of permanent record storage continues.

It was suggested that records begin to be digitized to reduce storage issues, and also that Frontier TeleNet agendas and meeting minutes be placed on a web site. No formal decisions were made.

Discussion also included Frontier TeleNet’s contract with Light Speed Network, access to Frontier TeleNet sites, the possibility of connecting the Paiute Tribe at Burns for Frontier Regional 9-1-1 services, and the merger of Frontier Digital Network with Frontier TeleNet. These discussions will continue at the next Frontier TeleNet board meeting, which is scheduled for Friday, June 2, at the North Central ESD Building in Condon. A budget meeting will start at 9 a.m. and a board meeting will start at 10 a.m.

Directors also approved contracting again with Oster Professional Group CPAs for audit services.

2. Expressing Yourself

Have you ever heard it said that someone has “the gift of gab?” Do you believe that verbal ability is a gift – something some were born with? How easy is it for you to express yourself in words? Do you have any trouble doing it in front of a group? Do you believe that some people just have the gift of gab while others don’t – and that’s that?

The truth is, the ability to express yourself in language and the ability to speak in front of a group are learned skills, just like pretty much everything else in life. Think back for a moment. Were you encouraged to express yourself as a child? Or were you told that children should be seen and not heard? Did your teachers encourage you to talk or did they try to keep you quiet as much as possible? In other words, did you have a patient and sympathetic audience to help you learn?

Effective speaking to others or to a group is a skill that is learned, step by step. It is built on understanding the subject, experience, and on realizing that the anxiety you feel doesn’t mean you don’t have the ability, but rather that you don’t have the practice.

If you’d like to improve your ability to express yourself, there is something that you can do. You can use goal-setting, mental and physical rehearsals, and positive affirmations to help. And you can begin building your confidence by taking small steps toward your goal.

Watch people who do it well and learn from them. Watching Ted Talks can provide a wealth of opportunities to learn how others approach their subject matter and their audiences. The most important thing, though, is to believe that you have enormous potential for growth in this area, if you will only act on that belief. ~The Pacific Institute

3. Sherman County, Memorial Day, Military, Obituary & Cemetery Records

flag.verticalMemorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in service of the United States of America.

Sherman County, Oregon – A History Collection provides a search tool, the little magnifying glass in the upper right corner of cemetery and obituary records.

A 1965 survey of Sherman County cemeteries is posted here: Veterans are noted with a star in these records.

Obituaries transcribed from Sherman County’s microfilmed newspapers are being posted here:

4. Sherman County Burn Ban in Effect Beginning June 1

Due to extreme fire danger conditions, the burn ban is in effect as of June 1, 2017 for Moro Fire District and North Sherman Fire District, which include the cities of Moro, Rufus and Wasco.

This includes burn barrels, incinerators and agricultural burning.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Sherman County Emergency Services 541-565-3100

5. Angus “Doug” Douglas Tumilson 1946-2017

flower.rose.starAngus Douglas “Doug” Tumilson was born March 3, 1946, in Ponoka, Alberta, Canada, the only child of Milt and Stella (McInnes) Tumilson, and died May 10, 2017, near The Dalles, Ore., as the result of a motorcycle accident caused by a health emergency.

In 1954, he moved with his parents from Canada to Biggs, Ore., and then Rufus, Ore., before moving to The Dalles in 1957, where his parents and Miles McKay operated Milt and Miles Richfield, located at third and Lincoln.

He attended school in Rufus, Chenoweth, and at The Dalles Junior High, and graduated from The Dalles High School in 1964. In 1965, he enlisted in the Navy, serving three tours of duty in Vietnam, and was honorably discharged in 1969. He became a United States citizen in 1967. Upon returning home from the service, he worked with his parents at Milt’s Richfield and AAA Towing.

Along with his wife, Barbara, he opened Tumilson Saddlery (later Tumilson Saddlery and Hobby) which operated from 1976 until 1990. In 1983, he returned to work at the service station until it was sold in 1995. He continued to operate the tow trucks until his retirement a few years ago.

He married Barbara Wantulok on May 1, 1971, in The Dalles and they had two children, Mark and Julie. He had numerous hobbies, including team roping, remote controlled boats and planes, golf, motorcycles and kayaking. He loved visiting Kauai. He was a past member of the Fort Dalles Rodeo Association and The Dalles Country Club. He had been a member of First Christian Church, and was a recent regular attender at Redeemer Church in Portland.

He is survived by wife Barbara; son Mark and wife Jennifer of Bend, Ore.; daughter Julie and husband Vince Donivan of Seattle, Wash.; five grandchildren, Alexandra and Quentin Tumilson, and Eli, Ethan and Grace Donivan; and several cousins in Canada.

Doug loved his wife and family, and enjoyed every moment he spent with his grandchildren. He liked being around people, never knew a stranger, was comfortable talking to everyone and was a friend to many.

He was a 20-year survivor of Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. For the past three years he was living with serious heart problems. Memorials may be sent to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Oregon; Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital Foundation Heart and Vascular; or a charity of your choice.
Graveside services were held Friday, May 19, at 11 a.m. at the IOOF Cemetery on Cherry Heights in The Dalles, followed by a memorial service at 1 p.m. at First Christian Church, 8th and Court, The Dalles. Spencer Libby & Powell Funeral Home in care of arrangements.

6. New Homecare Worker Orientation – Statewide Schedule

Oregon.Flat.poleOregon Department of Human Services

Homecare Worker Career Flyer

Aging & People with Disabilities and the Oregon Home Care Commission have launched a new website so that individuals seeking to join the homecare workforce can easily find and register to attend a “New Worker Orientation” in their local community.

One of the strategic goals of the Oregon Home Care Commission is to attract a committed and diverse homecare workforce to meet the specific needs of Oregonians who are older adults and people with disabilities.

Homecare workers provide in-home services for consumers who are eligible for publicly funded in-home programs. Individuals desiring to join this workforce should have the following skills and abilities: excellent communication; attention to detail; flexibility; problem-solving; and the ability to follow directions. They should also exhibit respect for others and have a passion for helping people.

The benefits of joining the homecare workforce include: paid time off; health insurance; workers’ compensation; paid trainings; and opportunities for career advancement.

To find and register for a New Worker Orientation near you click on this link:

The Oregon Home Care Commission is responsible for ensuring the quality of home care services that are funded by the Department of Human Services Aging& People with Disabilities program. The Commission’s duties and responsibilities include addressing the needs of persons with developmental disabilities, mental illnesses, their family members, and personal support workers while fulfilling its mission. To learn more about the Oregon Home Care Commission:

7. Wyden, Merkley, Walden Push FEMA for Transparency in Federal Disaster Declarations 

American flag2Washington, D.C. – U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, both D-Ore., and Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., today pushed the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to be more transparent when it comes to the agency’s process for granting federal disaster declarations. The lawmakers’ push follows FEMA’s denial of Oregon’s request for a federal disaster declaration that would bring much-needed relief to communities hit by severe winter weather in January.

A federal disaster declaration would allow local governments and residents to seek federal aid to recover from dangerous winter weather that led to more than $17 million in damages. Wyden, Merkley and Walden also pushed FEMA to improve communication with regional offices about new policies that may affect states’ disaster declaration requests.

“We write you with great concern over the recent denial of Oregon’s request for a major disaster declaration as a result of the succession of severe winter snow and weather events occurring from January 7 through 20,” they wrote in today’s letter to Acting FEMA Administrator Robert Fenton. “These storms had devastating effects on Oregon’s economy, and hit small rural communities especially hard.”

On March 9, Oregon Governor Kate Brown requested a federal disaster declaration for 10 Oregon counties, including Baker, Columbia, Curry, Deschutes Hood River, Josephine, Malheur, Multnomah, Union and Washington.  The lawmakers wrote in support of the state’s request on March 16. Brown announced the state would appeal the disaster declaration denial.

“Oregon has a long history of successfully working with FEMA after weather disasters,” the lawmakers wrote in the letter to FEMA Acting Administrator Robert Fenton. “It is in this spirit that we encourage you to increase transparency and improve your communication and support to rural communities that have already struggled greatly to recover from this severe weather event.” 

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

bird.owl3Klindt’s Booksellers & Stationers, the Oldest Bookstore in Oregon

Oregon Governor Signs Foster Siblings Bill of Rights into Law

Media Collusion Against Trump

Kucinich: “Deep State” Trying To Take Down Trump, “Our Country Is Under Attack From Within” 

OPINION. Healthcare reform: Mission possible 

Oregon Capital Insider

Agri-Pulse. Trump administration to start NAFTA renegotiation



  1. Spiritual Matters

  2. Classifieds

  3. Calendar

1. Spiritual Matters 

See All Men as Friends

“Change ye your eyes,

so that ye behold no man as different from yourselves.

See ye no strangers,

rather see all men as friends,

for love and unity come hard when ye fix your gaze on otherness.”

—Baha’i Writings

There is so much “otherness” in our world.  People have so many differing thoughts and opinions.  Focusing on differences makes it impossible to have unity.   God, the Creator of all things, made each of us and wants us to see each other through His eyes.  By doing that we can overlook faults and differences and learn to love and accept each person. We create unity.

It depends on what we want, but if we want peace in the world, this is a place to start.

Erling and Pat Jacobsen

Baha’i Faith

Rufus, OR

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


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



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

DRIVER. Sherman County Preschool is looking for a driver to operate our 21 passenger bus to and from school during the 2017-2018 academic year. Split shift hours would be from approximately 8:00-9:30 am and 12:00-1:30pm, Monday-Thursday.  This person must pass a background check and have or be able to obtain appropriate license endorsement and First Aid card. Driver would also be responsible for maintenance of the vehicle.  The successful candidate should enjoy being around 3-5 year old children. Starting pay is $14-$15/hour. If you’re interested in a little extra income during your retirement or when your kids are at school, this is a great job for you!  Please contact Sherman County Preschool at (541) 565-3320 or for a job application.  Sherman County Preschool is an equal opportunity provider. 5/19

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

 HARVEST TRUCK DRIVER. Harvest truck driver needed from July through part of August. 10-12 hour days, must be responsible, respectful and take care of equipment. I run a small crew so expectations are high and all hands on deck when needed. You must be able to drive a semi since all my trucks are of that nature. CDL not required but would be nice. Pay is depending on experience $17-$21 per hour. It’s about a month’s worth of work. The work will be in Wasco and Sherman County. Please call or text Noah@ 541-980-2699    5/19

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.  6/2



Grass Valley Neighborhood Sales Friday & Saturday, May 26 & 27 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Follow maps, balloons & signs!

Estate Sale, Collectibles, Food, Everything

Come to Buy or Come to Sell… Join in the fun!

Questions? Contact Terri Bibby

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

THE OLD OSKALOOSA/JUST-US INN. The Just Us-Inn is being run as an Airbnb and a boarding house. It has retained full occupancy since 2013. There is a 1 bedroom suite, with bathroom, and an additional 2 two bedroom suites. There is a large unfinished third floor space. On the property there are: two RV hook-up spaces, a community garden, a rental manufactured home. This property features room for development with sewer and electric ready to hook up. This property features four commercial lots. The owner is willing to carry contract, with substantial down payment, at an attractive rate. Hotel is three stories. The first floor has approx. 1500 square ft., large living room, kitchen, dining area, laundry area, and 1.5 baths. The Just-Us Inn is completely furnished with antiques and collectibles. The second floor has 5 guest rooms, storage room, studio apartment, 2.5 baths and also completely furnished and beautifully decorated. The 3rd floor is unfinished but plumbed and wired. A historic property, (The Old Oskaloosa Hotel), Just-Us Inn is located in Sherman County, Oregon, at the heart of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area; a land where time stand still. Sherman County is bordered to the north by the mighty Columbia River, world renowned for salmon & sturgeon fishing; to the east by the John Day River with exceptional steelhead & warm water bass fishing; and to the west by the Deschutes River, most of which is designated as Federal Wild, Scenic River, and State Scenic Waterway. People are drawn to the area to fly fish on world class rivers, white water rafting, windsurfing, golfing, hiking, mountain biking, all while enjoying the natural beauty that has become synonymous with the region. For sale by owner. $300,000.00 Can carry contract with down payment. Please call Debbie 503-515-7374.   5/19 


SERVICES: [home, personal, appliance, landscape, fencing, cleaning, maintenance, janitorial, computer, construction, sewing, repairs, transportation, media, preschool, day care, restaurant, support & training]

BREAKFAST at the LEAN-TO CAFÉ. Breakfast served until 11 a.m. Steak & Eggs; Ham, Bacon or Sausage with hash browns, two eggs and choice of toast. 541-442-5709.




2017 WASCO MEMORIAL DAY CELEBRATION: Monthly planning sessions for the 2017 Memorial Day Celebration are held the 3rd Thursday of each month at Wasco City Hall beginning at 6:30 p.m. Sessions will continue up to the day of the Celebration in May. YOUR HELP IS NEEDED … all comments and suggestions are welcome … fresh ideas are encouraged … please come join us!! 5/19

CITY OF WASCO. Lots of opportunities to volunteer! Memorial Day, Wasco Railroad and City History Center, Wasco Salmon/Steelhead Tournament, Halloween Fun House, Santa’s Workshop and the City/Community Library! 5/19


CEMETERY OWNERSHIP & CONTACT INFO. The Oregon Historic Cemeteries Commission 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)

Rose Hill Cemetery

Rufus Pioneer Cemetery.




3. Calendar (new or corrected) 



20-21 Equine Mania Cow Sorting Clinic, Wasco

20-21 Tygh Ridge All-Indian Rodeo, Tygh Valley

21 Philippi Park on the lower John Day River Opens for the Season

22 Sherman County Photography Club meeting 6 OSU Extension Office

22 Mid-Columbia Housing Authority Board 11 The Dalles

22-28 Western Interstate Region Conference (County Officials) Sunriver

23 Tri-County Mental Health Budget Committee 11-2 The Dalles

23 Mid-Columbia Council of Governments Board 1-3 The Dalles

25 Sherman Preschool Graduation 5:30

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

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

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

31 Stories & Songs, Celilo Falls & the Columbia River, Tamastslikt Cultural Institute


1 Sherman County Burn Ban begins 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 ESD Bldg.

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

3 Sherman County High School Graduation 11

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

9 Last Day of this School Year in Sherman County

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

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 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 10 The Dalles

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 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

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 #146


  1. ODOT Paving Project To Close Brewery Grade Roundabout

  2. Positive Expression

  3. Meeting & Local Silent Movies at Original Wasco County Courthouse, June 3

  4. “Get Me a Folksinger! Woody Guthrie and the BPA” Program, June 9

  5. Cascade Singers & Cascade Youth Choir, June 10 & 11

  6. Wells Fargo Launches ApprenticeshipUSA Program for Veterans

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

Public officials might ask themselves, “Would I be embarrassed if an unintended someone else got these emails?”  ~ Q.E. McGillicuddy.

1. ODOT Paving Project To Close Brewery Grade Roundabout

sign.caution(Temporary closure to start Sunday)

THE DALLES – Crews from Oregon Mainline Paving, working under contract with the Oregon Department of Transportation and the City of The Dalles, will be making improvements to the roadway at the Brewery Grade Roundabout  and US 30 Highway to near the intersection with State Road over the upcoming weekend.

This work will require a complete closure of the roundabout for one night (Sunday) and restricted driving there for two nights (Monday and Tuesday) following the initial work.

The work will be performed from 7pm to 6am, easing the disruption for motorists.

Beginning Sunday night at 7, May 21, workers will close the roundabout and grind out the surface of the roadway around and near the roundabout and replace it with fresh asphalt.

On Monday and Tuesday nights flaggers will control traffic on one lane while the paving progress to the east end of the project near State Road intersection. The city of The Dalles and ODOT have partnered on this $370,000 project to minimize the overall cost of the paving work. 

 2. Positive Expression

Positive thinking is certainly a powerful thing, but positive expression is equally important. Many people, especially marriage partners, parents of small children and, occasionally, some bosses, seem to believe that the best way to get somebody to change for the better is to consistently point out to them what they are doing wrong.

These authority figures criticize, day in and day out. Eventually the people they are talking to become frustrated and often start to feel angry, because they see that nothing they say or do has any positive effect. Sometimes they just shut it out. And sometimes, things even get worse.

Has this ever happened to you? If it has, there is a principle of cognitive psychology that you will want to know about. It’s simply this: We move toward and become like what we think about. And we automatically behave in ways that match the image we have of our capabilities and ourselves.

When you focus on what is going wrong, you tend to experience more of the problem. And when you focus on the solution, you move toward it, just as surely as day follows night.

So instead of telling folks what they are doing wrong, why not tell them what they are doing right? Instead of telling them what the problem is, why not tell them what the solution looks like and how it will benefit them personally?

And while you’re at it, why not tell them how much you enjoy and appreciate the thoughtful or bright or funny things they say and do. Remember the behavior that you focus on and praise tends to be repeated. ~The Pacific Institute

3. Meeting & Local Silent Movies at Original Wasco County Courthouse, June 3

moviesThe Original Wasco County Courthouse annual meeting and program takes place Saturday, June 3 at 1:30 p.m.  The program features silent movies filmed in the local area including “Deschutes Driftwood” (1916), “Trails that Lure” (1920), and more.  There is no charge for admission to the meeting and program.  Summer hours at the Courthouse are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays through September.  There will be additional open hours during docking times for the 2017 cruise ship season.  Admission for regular open days is free to members and $3 per adult, $2 for ages 12 to 18, and $1 for children ages 6 to 12. The Original Courthouse is located at 410 W. 2nd Place, behind the Chamber of Commerce.

4. “Get Me a Folksinger! Woody Guthrie and the BPA” Program, June 9

music.notes (2)Join Libby Burke, Friday, June 9, for “Get Me a Folksinger! Woody Guthrie and the BPA” at Columbia Gorge Discovery Center and Museum, 5000 Discovery Drive, The Dalles, Oregon. Burke is an archivist at the Bonneville Power Administration Library. Guest musician Bill Murlin will play Woody Guthrie songs. Tickets for the 6 p.m. dinner and program are $19, the 7 p.m. program only is $5. Purchase tickets by June 7. For tickets and information call 541-296-8600 ext. 201, or visit

This event marks the end of the 75th anniversary of Woody Guthrie’s tour of the Columbia River and his work for the Bonneville Power Administration. Libby Burke will be giving away DVDs of the BPA film, and Bill Murlin will have CDs and songbooks of Woody’s Columbia River song collection for sale. The presentation will include some lesser known stories of the BPA employee who worked with Woody when he was at the peak of his writing career, 26 songs in 30 days.

5. Cascade Singers & Cascade Youth Choir, 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 Great 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.

 6. Wells Fargo Launches ApprenticeshipUSA Program for Veterans

Wells Fargo has launched an ApprenticeshipUSA program for veterans, becoming one of the first financial service companies to do so.

A Department of Labor program, ApprenticeshipUSA provides veterans the opportunity to earn a salary while learning additional skills necessary to succeed in high-demand civilian careers.

“Our commitment to hiring veterans remains a top priority for Wells Fargo,” said Carly Sanchez, head of Talent Acquisition Strategy & Delivery at Wells Fargo. “The ApprenticeshipUSA program is an excellent resource for us to attract and retain eligible veterans who have strong leadership competencies and other skills, but may not have strong financial industry knowledge.”

ApprenticeshipUSA allows eligible veterans to use their GI Bill education benefits to receive a tax-free monthly payment from the government (in addition to wages earned as an apprentice). After six months of a veteran’s apprenticeship, the payment is gradually reduced and offset by progressive wage increases.

The ApprenticeshipUSA Program will be piloted in Wells Fargo’s Community Bank; Consumer Lending; and Payments, Virtual Solutions and Innovation divisions. For more information about the pilot and where to apply, visit

Wells Fargo also offers other veteran career transition initiatives, including the Veteran Employment Transition Internship Program, American Corporate Partners mentorships, and scholarships and emergency grants through Scholarship America.

About Wells Fargo
Serving the Pacific Northwest since 1852, Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a diversified, community-based financial services company with $2.0 trillion in assets. Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through more than 8,500 locations; 13,000 ATMs; the internet (; and mobile banking. The firm has offices in 42 countries and territories to support customers who conduct business in the global economy. With approximately 273,000 team members, Wells Fargo serves one in three households in the United States.

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

bird.owl.limbOrganic Farm Under Attack? The Rest of the Story on Azure Farms 

David Stelzer of Azure Standard on Alex Jones Radio Talk Show

Local Farmers Angry Over Weeds from Organic Field

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

For sale: When Oregon farm and ranch land changes hands

What’s the best way to boost soil in raised garden beds?

Valais Blacknose Sheep

The oldest signs of life on land yet

American Exceptionalism

So When Exactly Did Bill Ayers and Barack Obama Meet?

Mizzou Feeling the Effects of Appeasement