Sherman County eNews #197


  1. Quilt & Fiber Show in Wasco & Moro, July 1-9

  2. All County Prayer Meeting, July 5

  3. Public Notice: Sherman County School District Board Meeting, July 6

  4. My country, ’tis of Thee by Samuel F. Smith – 1832

  5. Fish screening waiver requested on White River – Comment until July 11

  6. Bureau of Land Management: Requesting Ideas to Improve Planning

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

1. Quilt & Fiber Show in Wasco & Moro, July 1-9

quilt1Quilts Monday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday in Wasco: Quilts and quilted wallhangings are on display at Second Hand Made gift shop on Wasco’s Main Street.   Browse, enjoy the quilts and have lunch or a cup of coffee!

Quilts Daily in Moro: Lisa’s in Stitches, Sage Mountain Primitives,  Huskey’s Market and Sherman County Historical Museum. Stop and chat as you enjoy this annual event!        

Questions? Call Carol MacKenzie. Wasco, Oregon 541-442-5079.

2. All County Prayer Meeting, July 5

church.family1All County Prayer Meeting is Wednesday, July 5 @ the Grass Valley Baptist Church.  Fellowship starts at 6:30 PM. Praying starts at 7:00 PM and ends at 8:30 PM.

Everyone is welcome to come and join the meeting.

3. Public Notice: Sherman County School District Board Meeting, July 6

The Sherman County School District Board of Directors will hold a Special Board Meeting at 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, July 6, 2017. This meeting will be held in the meeting room of the Sherman County School/Public Library. 


4. My Country, ’tis of Thee by Samuel F. Smith – 1832

My country, ’tis of Thee,
Sweet Land of Liberty
Of thee I sing;

Land where my fathers died,
Land of the pilgrims’ pride,
From every mountain side
Let Freedom ring.

My native country, thee,
Land of the noble free,
Thy name I love;

I love thy rocks and rills,
Thy woods and templed hills,
My heart with rapture thrills
Like that above.

Let music swell the breeze,
And ring from all the trees
Sweet Freedom’s song;

Let mortal tongues awake;
Let all that breathe partake;
Let rocks their silence break,
The sound prolong.

Our fathers’ God to Thee,
Author of Liberty,
To thee we sing,

Long may our land be bright
With Freedom’s holy light,
Protect us by thy might
Great God, our King.

Our glorious Land to-day,
‘Neath Education’s sway,
Soars upward still.
Its hills of learning fair,
Whose bounties all may share,
behold them everywhere
On vale and hill!

Thy safeguard, Liberty,
The school shall ever be,
Our Nation’s pride!
No tyrant hand shall smite,
While with encircling might
All here are taught the Right
With Truth allied.

Beneath Heaven’s gracious will
The stars of progress still
Our course do sway;
In unity sublime
To broader heights we climb,
Triumphant over Time,
God speeds our way!

Grand birthright of our sires,
Our altars and our fires
Keep we still pure!
Our starry flag unfurled,
The hope of all the world,
In peace and light impearled,
God hold secure!

5. Fish screening waiver requested on White River – Comment until July 11

SALEM, Ore.—The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is seeking public comment on a request to forego fish screening at a new point of diversion on White River, a tributary of the Deschutes River in Wasco County. Comments are due by July 11, 2017.

The water user on White River applied for a point of diversion transfer to their water right through the Oregon Water Resources Department (OWRD application #T-10555) in 2008. This transfer requested approval to relocate the point of diversion downstream where water would be diverted through the use of a pump.

OWRD approved the Transfer Application in 2009 with a requirement that the applicant install and operate a fish screen at the diversion. OWRD specified, “Prior to diverting water, the water user shall install a fish screening and/or bypass device, as appropriate, at the new point of diversion consistent with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s (ODFW) design and construction standards.”

The applicant has applied to ODFW’s Fish Screening Task Force to be excused from compliance with the screening requirement.

White River originates on Mount Hood and flows east to its confluence with the Deschutes River near Maupin, Ore. The new point of diversion is located upstream of White River Falls, which creates a natural barrier to upstream migration of fish such as salmon and steelhead. However, the White River above the Falls is home to other native migratory fish including mountain whitefish and a unique strain of resident redband trout. Over 50 miles of fish habitat exist above White River Falls.

The water user has requested to be excused from compliance by the Fish Screening Task Force when it meets July 13, 2017 at the ODFW Enterprise District Office, 65495 Alder Slope Road, Enterprise, Ore.

Members of the public can send written comments to Alan Ritchey, Fish Screening and Passage Program Manager, 4034 Fairview Industrial Dr SE, Salem, OR, 97302, email, or by calling (503) 947-6229. Comments need to be received by July 11, 2017.

6. Bureau of Land Management: Requesting Ideas to Improve Planning

WASHINGTON — The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) today announced that it is requesting ideas and input on how the agency can make its land use planning procedures and environmental reviews timelier and less costly, as well as ensure its responsiveness to local needs. This effort to improve the planning process comes after the President’s March 27 approval of House Joint Resolution 44, which nullified the BLM’s Planning 2.0 rule.

“The decisions made in land use plans and environmental reviews are fundamental to how public lands and resources are used for the benefit of all Americans,” said U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke. “The Trump Administration and the Department of the Interior are committed to working with state and local governments, communities, Indian tribes, and other stakeholders as true partners to determine the best ways to accomplish this, now and into the future.”

Acting BLM Director Michael Nedd said the agency is already working with state and local elected officials and groups, including the Western Governors’ Association and the National Association of Counties, to engage and gather input. “We are doing this because Secretary Zinke and President Trump both strongly believe that public engagement, especially at the local level, is a critical component of federal land management,” Nedd said. “We need and want input from our state and local partners as well as from the general public in this effort.”

All can submit ideas and provide input during a 21-day period beginning July 3, 2017 and ending July 24, 2017 at this online form: The BLM will incorporate information from this effort in a report to Secretary Zinke due later this year.

The BLM manages more than 10 percent of the nation’s land and 30 percent of the nation’s subsurface minerals. Resource management plans (RMPs) provide a framework for land use authorization decisions on BLM-managed public lands, including those relating to subsurface Federal minerals. Most such land use authorization decisions are preceded by review under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). Through the public NEPA process, the BLM analyzes the effects of proposed plans and land use authorization decisions and discloses them to the public.

Before including your address, phone number, email address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment–including your personal identifying information–may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask the BLM in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM’s mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In fiscal year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

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

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 Western Meadowlark

 Free Range Report

 Western States Equality Council

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