Sherman County eNews #228


  1. Drive with caution! Slow-moving wheat trucks are on the road!

  2. Weather: August Outlook & July Monthly Climate

  3. Public Meeting Notice: Sherman County Court, Aug. 16

  4. Sherman County Sheriff’s July Incident Report

  5. Heat Wave Tips from Pacific Power to be safe, stay cool and use less energy

  6. We’ve lost the fine art of civil discourse

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

1. Drive with caution! Slow-moving wheat trucks are on the road!

 wheat.sheaf.combineBe mindful of slow-moving wheat trucks that may be just around the corner

in Biggs Canyon/Spanish Hollow on Hwy. 97


on Hwy. 206 in Fulton Canyon!

Cyclists are encouraged to avoid harvest market roads.

Please keep all vehicles on paved roads to prevent field fires.

~ Peter W. Murphy, Public Information Officer

ODOT Region 4 Bend, Oregon  541-388-6224

2. Weather: August Outlook & July Monthly Climate

sun.circleYou can find the August outlook and the July monthly climate summary AND GRAPHS (toggle between color and gray) for Moro at
— Dennis Hull- KB0NYC
Warning Coordination Meteorologist

3. Public Meeting Notice: Sherman County Court, Aug. 16

The Sherman County Court session scheduled for Wednesday, August 16, 2017, at  9:00 a.m. will be held in the Circuit Courtroom at the Sherman County Courthouse, 500 Court Street, Moro, Oregon, 97039.

During the August 16 Court session, the Court will hold a public hearing regarding an ordinance authorizing the transfer of all assets and obligations of Frontier Digital Network to Frontier TeleNet, and the termination of Frontier Digital Network.

Agenda, including updates, will also be posted on the Sherman County Website at


 4. Sherman County Sheriff’s July Incident Report



5. Heat Wave Tips from Pacific Power to be safe, stay cool and use less energy

PORTLAND, Ore. –With forecasts predicting triple-digit temperatures throughout the Northwest over the coming week, Pacific Power wants to remind customers to stay safe and use these tips to beat the heat, use less energy and save money.

Stay hydrated and watch for others
* Drink water and stay out of direct sunlight as much as possible. Use hats and sunscreen.
* Check on neighbors who you know have few outside contacts. Keep a close eye on children and pets to make sure they have water available and have some place to cool down.

Don’t let the sun shine in
* On hot days, close blinds and drapes, especially in south-facing windows which allow in the most heat.

Open windows in the evening and circulate cool air
* Open windows in the evening and early morning to let in cool air. Be aware, however, of any safety or security issues.
* Use fans to bring in and circulate cool air. Ceiling and window fans use less electricity than an air conditioner when the compressor is engaged. Running an air conditioner in fan-only mode can also be effective as outside temperatures drop.

Reduce the heat inside
* Use heat-producing appliances like ovens, dishwashers and dryers in the early morning or late evening when temperatures are cooler.
* Grill outside or use a microwave or toaster oven. A toaster oven uses one-third to one-half as much energy as a regular oven and releases less heat into the home.
* Turn off heat-generating devices when not in use, including lamps, televisions and computers.

Be air conditioner smart
* Set your thermostat at 78 degrees. This will keep you comfortable and cooling your house below that temperature can increase your air conditioning bill as much as 8 percent.
* Don’t turn off the air conditioner when you’re gone; instead set it higher, at 85 degrees. That setting allows your air conditioner to use less electricity to cool the house than if the air conditioning has been off all day, but doesn’t shut down altogether.
* Your air conditioner will operate most efficiently if you trim nearby foliage to allow adequate air flow around the unit.
* Don’t block inside distribution vents with furniture or other objects.
* In the Northwest, less than half of all residences have air conditioning. Take advantage of malls, theatres or other public places that do have cooling systems.

For more information and tips, visit

About Pacific Power
Pacific Power provides electric service to more than 740,000 customers in Oregon, Washington and California. The company works to meet growing energy demand while protecting and enhancing the environment. Pacific Power is part of PacifiCorp, one of the lowest-cost electricity producers in the United States, with almost 1.8 million customers in six western states Information about Pacific Power is available on the company’s website, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube pages.

6. We’ve lost the fine art of civil discourse

By Lawrence Mhiripi

These days, everywhere you look someone is fighting over something. Whether it’s politics, parenting, religion or lifestyle choices, people feel the need to speak out. But why do people feel the need to express themselves negatively? We’ve lost the fine art of civil discourse in modern society. We live in a world where people think they must act contentiously or stay silent on the issues that matter most. However, if there was ever a time to have important discussions, now is that time.

There’s a third course of action that is often overlooked. It’s entirely possible to disagree with someone without becoming disagreeable. Unfortunately, we’re really bad at doing just that. You don’t have to act like a jerk to get your point across, but you do have to think about these considerations.

Everyone is entitled to an informed opinion

Many of us espouse the misguided notion that, if given the same facts, all people come to the same conclusions. That’s both naive and reductive. Humans come from varying backgrounds, and we all have our own personality traits that shade our view of the world. We can learn the same information and still come to wildly different conclusions from our friends and neighbors.

Outside of moral absolutes, the truth is a relative thing. If we want people to acquiesce to our way of thinking, we need to stop acting like those who disagree with us are under-educated or misinformed. Don’t assume someone is ignorant of the issues simply because they don’t see things your way. It’s impossible to act civil and condescending at the same time.

Only informed opinions count

Before you share your view on the world, ensure you’re offering an informed opinion. One of the most powerful things you can learn is how much you do not know. No matter how brilliant we think we are, each of us has blind spots and gaps in our information. Before you assert your views, check that you are speaking within your area of study.

If you want others to take you seriously, you have to take yourself seriously first. It makes little sense to debate politics on social media if you haven’t watched the news in six months. Likewise, you can’t tell someone how to parent their child unless you are co-parenting right along with them. Understand the limitations of your viewpoint and your points of bias. Spouting off about something you don’t understand is how arguments start.

Focus on facts, not character

The second you attack someone’s character, you have lost the argument. If you can’t stay on point with facts and personal experiences, it’s time to stay silent.

It’s never OK to disparage someone’s good name, no matter how much you differ in your opinions. Tact is not dead, and you don’t want to kill it. Besides, you can’t convince someone to adopt your stance if they hate your guts. It just doesn’t work that way.

Rise above personal attacks in public discourse, even online. It’s tempting to say something negative about someone you can’t see, but it’s still not OK.

Remember this important rule: never say something online that you wouldn’t say face to face. Character assassination through social media is just as harmful as bullying in person.

 Agree to disagree

The heart of public discourse is understanding, not winning. People are too diverse to ever agree completely on important issues, and even if they could, that would make a very boring world. Know when to step away and leave the conversation. If you push past the point of polite disagreement, you’ll only make enemies, and enemies never agree, no matter how valid the arguments.

Don’t avoid people who challenge your beliefs, either. Some of the best relationships are with people who help us grow. Disagreement is not a good enough reason to blacklist someone from your life. If you can’t act like adults and stay civil in your interactions, maybe it’s time to look at your maturity level.

Real adults know how to disagree with grace. You can stand up for yourself and your morals without sinking into arguing and name calling. Let’s bring the civility back into the public sphere. There are too many important issues to waste our time squabbling with each other. We need informed, intelligent adults to lead us into the future.

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

bird.owl.limb Tagging Tiny Fish: Scientists Aim To Learn More About Lamprey Migration

12 Ways to Save Money and Add $5K to Your Bank Account This Year

Putin Orders Reduction Of US Diplomatic Staff In Russia

Ports hail longshore contract extension

Counting Mountain Goats On Mount St. Helen

How to Spot a Tech Support Scam


Learn to Flyboard in the Gorge


Sherman County eNews #227


  1. US 30 Closure at Chenoweth Creek Bridge

  2. All County Prayer Meeting, Aug. 2

  3. Eclipse Highway Shoulder Parking Illegal and Dangerous

  4. OSHA Reminds Employers & Workers to Prevent Heat Illness

  5. Sherman County Senior & Community Center August Meal Menu

Ask anyway. At the appropriate time and place. Others hearing the answers – or want of response – will learn a lot. Questions change and open minds. ~Q.E. McGillicuddy

1. US 30 Closure at Chenoweth Creek Bridge

sign.cautionThe Dalles— Beginning Friday, August 4th, drivers can expect a complete closure of US 30 at the Chenoweth Creek Bridge located approximately ¼ mile west of the Dalles city limits. The bridge will be closed for a three week period while crews from Wildish Standard Paving replace the failing bridge. The bridge is expected to open on August 25th.

This work is being done in conjunction with additional repairs to the Mosier Creek and Dry Canyon Creek bridges on the Historic Columbia River Highway (US 30) between Mosier and The Dalles. The $7.4 million project is awarded to Wildish Standard Paving, under contract with the Oregon Department of Transportation.

During the closure, motorized traffic will be detoured via Exit 76, Rowena. Bicyclists and pedestrians should follow signed detour routes to The Dalles Waterfront Path. Please be aware of these delays and plan accordingly.

2. All County Prayer Meeting, Aug. 2

All County Prayer Meeting is Wednesday August 2 @ the Rufus 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 as we pray for our county.

3. Eclipse Highway Shoulder Parking Illegal and Dangerous

sign.cautionBEND – Motorists who consider parking on Oregon highway shoulders during the eclipse may risk a fine, put others in jeopardy, contribute to congestion and worst case, may possibly see their vehicle towed away.

With thousands of eclipse-seekers hitting the State’s highways to catch a view of the celestial event, ODOT expects that many will want to pull off to the highway shoulder to watch.

That could be a risky move.

  1. You could start a fire…August is high fire season in Oregon, especially Central and Eastern Oregon. (70% of wildfires are caused by people.)
  2. On narrow highways, this will contribute to the extreme congestion that’s already expected.
  3. Others who see you do this may do the same….and on and on.
  4. You might put your own life at risk and the lives of others.

ODOT wants you to travel safely and enjoy this natural phenomenon. Be aware of your impact on the highway and on the other motorists hoping to do the same thing.

4. OSHA Reminds Employers & Workers to Prevent Heat Illness

thermometer.degreesWith the temperatures in Oregon expected to reach triple digits this week, Oregon OSHA reminds employers and workers in construction, agriculture, and other labor-intensive activities to learn the signs of heat illness and focus on prevention.

“Employers and workers in Oregon need to be especially aware of the dangers of working in high heat,” said Penny Wolf-McCormick, health enforcement manager for Oregon OSHA. “That’s because workers here tend to be used to working in mild weather and are frequently not acclimated to this type of heat.”

“The focus should be on prevention,” added Wolf-McCormick. “Employers need to provide drinking water, offer shaded places for workers to take breaks, and to watch for signs of trouble.”

Those signs of trouble include headaches, cramps, dizziness, fatigue, or nausea.

Here are some tips for preventing a heat-related illness:
* Perform the heaviest, most labor-intensive work during the coolest part of the day.
* Use the buddy system (work in pairs) to monitor the heat.
* Drink plenty of cool water (one small cup every 15 to 20 minutes).
* Wear light, loose-fitting, and breathable clothing (such as cotton).
* Take frequent short breaks in cool, shaded areas — allow your body to cool down.
* Avoid eating large meals before working in hot environments.
* Avoid caffeine and alcoholic beverages (these make the body lose water and increase the risk of heat illnesses).

To help those suffering from heat exhaustion:
* Move them to a cool, shaded area. Do not leave them alone.
* Loosen and remove heavy clothing.
* Provide cool water to drink (a small cup every 15 minutes) if they are not feeling sick to their stomach.
* Try to cool them by fanning them. Cool the skin with a spray mist of cold water or a wet cloth.
* If they do not feel better in a few minutes, call 911 for emergency help.

Certain medications, wearing personal protective equipment while on the job, and a past case of heat stress create a higher risk for heat illness. Heat stroke is a more severe condition than heat exhaustion and can result in death. Immediately call for emergency help if you think the person is suffering from heat stroke.

Employers can calculate the heat index for their worksite with the federal OSHA heat stress app for mobile phones. The tool is available at A number of other tools are available at

Oregon OSHA has a booklet available in both English and Spanish with tips for working in the heat: (English version), (Spanish version).

Oregon OSHA also offers a pocket-sized heat stress card — available in both English and Spanish — that includes information about the risks of exposure to high temperature and high humidity: (English version), (Spanish version).

5. Sherman County Senior & Community Center August Meal Menu

Sherman County Senior & Community Center

Meal Menu

August 2017

We serve lunch at 12:00 noon sharp.  First come, first served.

If you have a group of 2 or more, please let the Kitchen staff know at 541-565-3191 the day before to ensure that we make enough food!

MEAL PRICING: Under 60 Yrs. $7.00 ~~ 60 Yrs. & Up $4.00 suggested donation!

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
  1 2 3 4
BBQ Pulled Pork Oven Fried Chicken Baked Fish Chicken Caesar Wrap
Potato Wedges & Veggies Mashed Potatoes/Gravy Potato Casserole Veggies
Salad & Fruit Salad & Dessert Veggies, Salad & Fruit Salad & Dessert
7 8 9 10 11
Taco Bar w/all the fixings Chicken Stir Fry Pork Chops w/Shroom Sauce Egg Salad or BLT Sandwich Kabobs
Veggies Rice & Veggies Rotini & Veggies Chips & Veggies Potato Wedges & Veggies
Salad & Dessert Salad & Fruit Salad & Dessert Salad & Fruit Salad & Ice Cream
14 15 16 17 18
Sloppy Joes on a Bun Chicken & Swiss Quiche Swedish Meatballs Hot Turkey Sandwich Chicken Oriental
Tater Tots & Veggies Dinner Rolls & Veggies Rotini & Veggies Mashed Potatoes/Gravy Rice Pilaf & Veggies
Salad & Dessert Green Salad & Fruit Salad & Dessert Veggies, Salad & Fruit Salad & Dessert
21 22  Sherman Co. Fair 23  Sherman Co. Fair 24  Sherman Co. Fair 25  Sherman Co. Fair
Cheeseburgers Chicken Ranch Wrap Kielbasa or BBQ Riblet/Bun Baked Ham Pizza loaded w/meat
Oven Fries & Veggies Veggies Potato Wedges & Veggies Au Gratin Potatoes Veggies
Salad & Dessert Salad & Fruit Salad & Dessert Veggies, Salad & Fruit Salad & Ice Cream
28 29 30 31  
Chicken Fried Steak Beef & Bean Burrito Meatloaf Shrimp & Crab Sliders
Mashed Potatoes/Gravy Tortilla Chips Roasted Red Potatoes Tater Tots & Veggies
Salad & Dessert Salad & Fruit Green Salad & Dessert Salad & Fruit

Menu subject to change due to availability

ATTENTION:  For those who have food allergies, be aware that a large variety of foods are prepared in the kitchen.  Therefore, meals may be prepared with ingredients and food service equipment may come in contact with ingredients to which you may have an allergic reaction, such as nuts.