Sherman County eNews #230


  1. Sherman County School District Students’ Supply Lists

  2. Letter to the Editor: Importing/Exporting Oil

  3. Oregon Geographic Names, Proposing a Name

  4. Pacific Northwest Fire Incidents

  5. Columbia Gorge Community College Board of Education Meeting, Aug. 8

  6. Hey! Get your hay & grain ready for the Sherman County Fair!

1. Sherman County School District Students’ Supply Lists

pencil.sharpSherman County School students’ supply lists are posted on the web at Click on Information, then Supply Lists.


2. Letter to the Editor: Importing/Exporting Oil

Good morning, Sherry,

We might ask ourselves…what is the point of exporting oil when we are importing oil at the same time? There was a reason we passed laws in the ‘70s to not export oil. Most people believe that we actually produce more oil in the US than we use. An uninformed and misinformed populace can be a very dangerous. Even more dangerous when led by narcissistic demagogues that are so common in politics today. We have been discovering less oil than we have been using for decades. That is to say, we are exhausting the big oil fields we discovered decades ago and have not found anything of that magnitude to replace them in years of exploration. The tight oil adventures (hydraulic fracturing technology) in recent times have only added a minute percentage to the total oil we use every day in the US. Also, these new developments are subject to extremely rapid depletion rates, besides having extraction costs that are not sustainable at today’s oil prices.

Fred Justesen

Grass Valley

3. Oregon Geographic Names, Proposing a Name

orgeonamesbdlogoGeographic names have been documented and standardized in the United States since 1890 when President Benjamin Harrison established the United States Board on Geographic Names (USBGN.) Its authority was further extended by President Theodore Roosevelt in 1906 and established in its present form by an act of Congress in 1947.

With the same concerns as the federal government, Governor George Chamberlain established the Oregon Geographic Board by executive order dated October 1, 1908, and it later became known as the Oregon Geographic Names Board (OGNB.) By 1911, the USBGN recognized the OGNB as the official advisor and state geographic names authority of Oregon. In 1959, Governor Mark Hatfield transferred the administration of the OGNB from state government to the Oregon Historical Society.

Purpose of the Geographic Names Board

The purpose of the OGNB is to supervise the naming of geographic features within the state of Oregon and to make recommendations to the USBGN, which has final approval authority. The Board also serves in an advisory capacity to federal, State, and local government by reviewing administrative name proposals.

The Oregon Historical Society (OHS) is the custodian of the OGNB’s correspondence and records and provides the OGNB with limited administrative support. The OGNB operates under its own bylaws, and the Executive Director of the OHS serves as permanent secretary and as one of the board members. The OGNB is comprised of 25 board members, 24 of whom serve without compensation and are appointed to three-year terms by the secretary. The president and vice-president are elected to two-year terms by its membership, and the president appoints committees as needed. The board members represent all of the state’s geographic regions and are selected for their knowledge of the state’s geography and history. Advisors from State and federal land management and mapping agencies and the private sector serve as consultants to the Board. ~

The local perspective…

Sherman County geographic features officially named in recent years were Mattie’s Hump and Biggs Arch near Biggs Junction. A proposal to name Rattlesnake Rock, located near the solid waste transfer station, will be considered by the board at their fall 2017 or spring 2018 meeting.  Mike McArthur is a member of the board.

4. Pacific Northwest Fire Incidents


Northwest Interagency Coordination Center

5. Columbia Gorge Community College Board of Education Meeting, Aug. 8

Columbia Gorge Community College Board of Education Meeting

August 8 at 5 p.m.

Hood River Indian Creek Campus, Classroom 1.310

Agenda topics include Work Sesson 5-6, regular meeting starting at 6 with agenda topics to include Executive Session re: Exempt Public Records; and foundation, operations, financial, marketing and community outreach, Treaty Oak Regional Skills Center, and directors’ reports; RogueNet contract renewal.

6. Hey! Get your hay & grain ready for the Sherman County Fair!

wheat.fourHarvest is underway! Take a gallon bag to catch some grain to enter at the fair!  Wheat, Wind & Waves!



Read carefully the entire general rules in the front of the Premium Book and on our web page.

Entry Fees:

  1. No Entry fees for this division

Entries Accepted:

  1. Entries will be accepted until 6:00 pm on Wednesday August 23, 2017
  2. Entries for the Grains Division are made in the Open Class building, located under the main grandstands.
  3. Entry form follows this section and can also be found on our website on the forms tab.

Release of Grain Exhibits:

Exhibits will be released on Sunday August 27, at 1:00 p.m. this time is subject to change and will be posted in the Open Class Pavilion and announced during the fair week.

Specific Rules:

  1. Read carefully all the general rules in the front of the Premium Book.
  2. All exhibits of grain must have been grown during the last 12 months.
  3. Exhibits in sheaf must be at least 2” in diameter at butt.
  4. All exhibits of threshed grain must be shown in a one gallon plastic bag which will be from the Superintendent at pavilion.
  5. All exhibits will be disposed by Superintendent unless claimed by end of Fair. (Read general rules for exhibits to be picked up).
  6. If less than 10 entries, there will be no champion ribbon. If more than 10 entries, champion will be given.

Special premiums for hay & grain

1st place   $ 25.00

2nd place   $ 20.00

3rd Place   $ 15.00


Class #

1800         Wheat, Soft white winter

1801         Wheat, Club

1802         Wheat, Soft White spring

1803         Wheat, Hard Red winter

1804         Wheat, Hard Red spring

1805         Wheat, Hard white

1806         Wheat, Other


Class #

1807         Barley, 6 row winter

1808         Barley, 6 row spring

1809         Barley, 2 row spring

1810         Barley, Malting

1811         Barley, Other

Other Crops

Class #

1812         Other, Triticale

1813         Other, Canola

1814         Other, Mustard

1815         Other

Sheaves of Grain — 2” or more at butt

Class #

1816         Sheaf of club wheat

1817         Sheaf of non–‐bearded common white

1818         Sheaf of bearded common white

1819         Sheaf of barley

1820         Sheaf of oats

1821         Sheaf of Hard Red Spring


Class #

1822         Crested wheat grass sheaf

1823         1 gallon Crested Wheat grass

1824         Big Blue grass sheaf

1825         1 gallon big blue grass

1826         Pubescent Wheat grass sheaf

1827         1 gallon Pubescent Wheat grass

1828         Other


Class #

1829         Oats, 1 gallon any variety


Please have exhibits clean, and bring in plastic bag.  (One good, large flake)

Class #

1830         Hay, Alfalfa

1831         Hay, Grass

1832         Hay, Triticale

1833         Hay, Grain hay