Sherman County eNews #180


  1. Greg Walden to lead panel on combatting national opioid epidemic, June 21

  2. Attention, Citizens of the City of Rufus:  City-wide Garage/yard Sale, July 1

  3. Wasco Methodist Church Offers Use of Canes & Walkers

  4. Columbia Gorge Genealogical Society 40th Anniversary Celebration, July 9

  5. Columbia Generating Station Reconnects to Northwest Power Grid

  6. Picture the Future You

  7. Grants awarded for historic cemetery projects throughout the state

1. Greg Walden to lead panel on combatting national opioid epidemic, June 21

American flag2WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Rep. Greg Walden (R-Hood River), Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, today announced that he will lead a panel discussion Wednesday morning on efforts to combat opioid addiction in Oregon and nationwide. The panel discussion, “Addiction in America”, is hosted by The Washington Post and will feature policy makers, researchers, and health care experts to discuss solutions for combatting addiction in America. Walden’s panel, “Addiction Crisis: A Nation Responds”, will focus on how the U.S. government and Congress are responding to the opioid epidemic.

“This is a vital conversation to have across the country and especially in Oregon, where more people die from drug overdoses every year than car accidents,” said Walden. “Combatting the opioid epidemic is going to require a team effort from our elected officials, health care experts, and those on the front lines of this fight in our local communities. I look forward to participating in this event and taking our discussion back to Oregon as I continue to work towards putting an end to this crisis in our state.”

As Chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee, Walden is at the forefront of Congress’ response to the national opioid epidemic. Details on the event are included below, and the event will be streamed live to Facebook and online at 

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

WHAT: The Washington Post Panel Discussion: “Addiction in America”

WHEN: 9:00AM EST (6:00AM PST)

WHERE: Available to stream live online at


2. Attention, Citizens of the City of Rufus:  City-wide Garage/yard Sale, July 1

As discussed and approved by the city council and Mayor on Wednesday, June 14th, 2017: The City of Rufus will enact a city-wide garage/yard sale on Saturday, July 1st, 2017, open to all citizens who sign up with City Hall via email, in person, or by phone. The deadline for registration will be Monday, June 26th, at 4 p.m. The registration list will be posted the following day (Tuesday June 27th) to provide individual garage/yard sale location information.

3. Wasco Methodist Church Offers Use of Canes & Walkers

grandparents.3Wasco Methodist Church has a supply of canes and walkers that may be used at no charge.  They are also accepting donations of any devices that would be helpful to people with limited mobility.  Please contact 541-442-5446  for more info.


4. Columbia Gorge Genealogical Society 40th Anniversary Celebration, July 9

Columbia Gorge Genealogical Society

40 Anniversary Celebration

Sunday, July 9 ~ Potluck ~ 1-4 p.m.

Sorosis Park, 300 E. Scenic Drive, The Dalles

Bring salad, entrée or side – let us know

CGGS will provide beverages, cake, picnic dinnerware, power

Meet the founding members & current members.

Bring a friend, share stories and photos.

RSVP by June 30 or 508-281-0951.


 5. Columbia Generating Station Reconnects to Northwest Power Grid

RICHLAND, Wash. – Columbia Generating Station reconnected to the Northwest power grid at 1:43 p.m. following its 23rd refueling and maintenance outage. The outage, originally scheduled for 40 days, ended two and a half days early with a significant amount of work completed that will improve efficiency and output for the next two-year cycle. 

“The tremendous amount of planning that went into this outage paid off for everyone. What we’ve accomplished over the past several weeks will continue to pay benefits to the region through increased carbon-free electricity generation,” said Brad Sawatzke, Energy Northwest chief nuclear officer.

Outage-related equipment replacements, refurbishments and upgrades between 2010 and 2015 increased the nuclear station’s gross generation capacity from 1,150 megawatts to 1,190 megawatts. That capacity will rise further as a result of a previous outage upgrade and recent regulatory approval. 

Three weeks ago Energy Northwest received Nuclear Regulatory Commission permission to proceed with a power uprate. The commission’s decision is based on an assessment of leading-edge flowmeter technology EN installed during Columbia’s 2015 outage. The technology improves measurement accuracy of feedwater flow through the reactor core, allowing operators to the run the reactor at higher output. Testing during the next several months will determine how much additional electrical output has been gained by the flowmeter technology.  

“Refueling and maintenance outages are complex evolutions,” Sawatzke said. “I’m proud of the team for working safely to help us meet our commitments to the region.”

Energy Northwest and the BPA time the biennial outage to coincide with spring time snow melt and runoff that maximizes power output from the region’s hydroelectric system and minimizes the impact of taking the nuclear station offline. Operators are bringing the reactor, currently at less than 25 percent power, to 100 percent power, a process that will take several days.

More than 1,350 skilled outage workers were hired locally and from across the country to support maintenance projects throughout the plant. The added workers join Columbia’s normal work force of about 1,100 employees and bring substantial economic value to the region.

During the refueling and maintenance outage, workers replaced 272 of 764 nuclear fuel assemblies. Every two years, approximately a third of Columbia’s fuel assemblies are removed from the core and placed in the used fuel pool after spending a total of six years in the reactor core. Energy Northwest continues to utilize a newer design in its fuel assemblies, which increases fuel efficiency, ultimately providing a cost-benefit during future refueling outages.

A new low pressure turbine rotor was successfully installed as part of Columbia’s turbine life-cycle plan, a multi-year, $32 million project to refurbish the three low pressure turbines to satisfy the plant’s license extension to 2043.

Columbia Generating Station, with an output of 1,190 megawatts electric (gross), is the third largest generator of electricity in Washington state. All of its electricity is sold at-cost to BPA. Columbia represents about 13.5 percent of BPA’s firm energy and 9.7 percent of Bonneville’s sustained peak capacity. Ninety-two Northwest utilities in six states receive a percentage of its output. Columbia is located 10 miles north of Richland.

About Energy Northwest
Energy Northwest develops, owns and operates a diverse mix of electricity generating resources, including hydro, solar and wind projects – and the Northwest’s only nuclear energy facility. These projects provide enough reliable, affordable and environmentally respon­sible energy to power more than a million homes each year, and that carbon-free electricity is provided at the cost of generation. As a Washington state, joint action agency, Energy Northwest comprises 27 public power member utilities from across the state serving more than 1.5 million ratepayers. The agency continually explores new generation projects to meet its members’ needs. 

6. Picture the Future You

Can the use of visualization techniques really help you achieve your goals in life? Perhaps you know someone who uses mental rehearsal, or visualization, to help them develop the behavior they would like to be a part of them?

There is nothing at all mysterious about how visualization works. You see, human beings think in the form of words, which trigger pictures that have emotions attached to them – and our subconscious cannot tell the difference between something we imagine vividly and the real thing.

Whenever you look forward to something and create a picture in your mind of how you want something to be, you are using visualization even though you may not know it. These days, many successful people use visualization to help them improve their performance and develop their skills.

Here is how it works: If you are nervous about making a sales presentation, for example, just relax and see yourself doing it. Picture every little detail, and see yourself speaking confidently, persuasively and smoothly. Picture your manner of dress, your posture, your smile. Hear the words you will say. Feel your body, comfortable and relaxed.

Repeat the process, over and over, as if you were making a movie starring yourself. When it is time to give the actual presentation, your subconscious will kick in to help you do it exactly as you pictured it. It is a lot like actors rehearsing for a play, only you are rehearsing for real life.

Try it! You will be pleased with the results. ~The Pacific Institute

7. Grants awarded for historic cemetery projects throughout the state

Oregon Heritage, a division of Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, awarded 21 grants totaling $70,265 for projects across the state that support preservation of historic cemeteries. Projects range from monument repair to information kiosks and awards range from $390-$8,000.

Funded projects include:
* Monument repair.
* Placing markers on unmarked graves.
* Fence repair.
* Install kiosks with maps and historical information.
* Tree trimming and felling.
* Road repair.

Projects were awarded to Butteville Pioneer Cemetery, City of Canby, Coquille Indian Tribe, Crooked Finger Cemetery, Deadwood Pioneer Cemetery, Eugene Pioneer Cemetery, Gillespie Cemetery, Inc., Greenwood Hills Cemetery Maintenance Association, Kings Valley Cemetery Association, City of Klamath Falls, Lacomb Cemetery Association, Maple Grove Cemetery, Nehalem Valley Historical Society, Phoenix Pioneer Cemetery Association, City of Salem, St. Johns Lodge #17 Masonic Cemetery Association, Kirsten Straus, City of Ukiah, Wagner Creek Cemetery Association, Weston Cemetery Maintenance District #2, Willamette Valley Jewish Community Burial Society.

This competitive grant program is for projects that support the preservation of historic cemeteries. The state designation of a historic cemetery is one that includes the burial of at least one person who died before February 14, 1909. It is a project of the Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries which is comprised of seven citizens and is empowered by the Legislature to develop and maintain a listing of all pioneer and historic cemeteries in Oregon; make recommendations for funding, obtain grants funding, seek legislative appropriations for historic cemeteries, and assist in the coordination of restoration, renovation and maintenance of historic cemeteries statewide.

The Commission is part of Oregon Heritage, a division of Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. To learn more about the Oregon Historic Cemeteries Grant or the Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries, visit or contact Kuri Gill at or 503-986-0685.