Sherman County eNews #245


  1. Non-Profit Organization Seeks Local Host Families for High School Exchange

  2. Public Announcement: Sherman County School District Surplus Sale, Aug. 23

  3. State Partners Offer Resources for 2017 Eclipse Visitors and Viewers

  4. Keep Oregon Green During the Eclipse

  5. Sherman Student Qualified to Compete in Oregon Spelling Championship

  6. FBI Tech Tuesday: Building a Digital Defense Against Virtual Kidnapping Scams

  7. Sherman County Fair Commercial/Community Booth Application Deadline, Aug. 20

1. Non-Profit Organization Seeks Local Host Families for High School Exchange Students 

boy.puzzledASSE International Student Exchange Programs (ASSE), in cooperation with your community high school, is looking for local families to host boys and girls between the ages of 15 to 18 from a variety of countries: Norway, Denmark, Spain, Italy, Japan, to name a few.

ASSE students are enthusiastic and excited to experience American culture while they practice their English. They also love to share their own culture and language with their host families. Host families welcome these students into their family, not as a guest, but as a family member, giving everyone involved a rich cultural experience.

The exchange students have pocket money for personal expenses and full health, accident and liability insurance. ASSE students are selected based on academics and personality, and host families can choose their student from a wide variety of backgrounds, countries and personal interests.

To become an ASSE Host Family or to find out how to become involved with ASSE in your community, please call the ASSE Western Regional Office at 1-800-733-2773 or go to to begin your host family application. Students are eager to learn about their American host family, so begin the process of welcoming your new son or daughter today!

ASSE International (formerly American Scandinaviian Student Exchange) is a non-profit, public benefit organization. ASSE is officially designated as an exchange visitor program by the U.S. Department of State, and was founded by the Swedish Ministry of Education, cooperates with the Canadian Provincial Ministries of Education and the New Zealand Department of Education.

2. Public Announcement: Sherman County School District Surplus Sale, Aug. 23


Sherman County School District Surplus Sale

9:00 am – 6:00 pm on Wednesday, August 23, 2017  

At the August 14, 2017 Regular Board Meeting of the Sherman County School District, the Board of Directors declared an extensive list as surplus items. The following list is not inclusive of all items that may be represented for bid on the date of the sale. Descriptions are general and may not be exact.

  • Musical Instruments sold separately including but not limited to:
  • Various Drums
  • Various String Instruments
  • Various Brass Instruments
  • Sound System Speakers
  • Various Sheet Music
  • Other Miscellaneous Music Items


  • Kitchen Equipment/Accessories sold separately including but not limited to:
  • Various size Pots/Pans
  • Various size trays
  • Meat Slicer
  • Various Utensils/Accessories
  • Other Miscellaneous Kitchen Items


  • Furniture and Equipment sold separately including but not limited to:
  • John Deer Riding Lawn Mower
  • 50” Lawn Sweeper
  • 10” Dewalt Chop Saw
  • 8 ¼’ Portable Table Saw
  • 5” Delta Bench Grinder
  • Drafting Arms
  • Rollup Door
  • Wax Master
  • Various Photography Equipment/Cameras
  • Various Sports Equipment
  • Various Desks
  • Various Size Tables
  • Various File Cabinets
  • Various Cork Boards
  • Various Mini Blinds
  • Various Chairs/Stools/Rolling Chairs
  • New Metal Door Frames
  • 4’ Fluorescent Light Fixtures
  • Movie Projector
  • Overhead Projectors
  • Record Player
  • Carts
  • Laminator
  • TV
  • Various Other Miscellaneous Furniture and Equipment

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 pick up an Invitation to Bid Packet and view the items during the open bid period from 9:00 am – 6:00 pm on Wednesday, August 23, 2017 in the Sherman County School cafeteria and parking lot. Sealed bids shall be delivered to a designated Sherman County School District representative at the District Office in Moro prior to 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 23, 2017.  Bids received after 6:00 p.m. will be invalid.  Bids will be opened in the meeting room of the Sherman County Public/School Library at 9:00 am on Thursday, August 24, 2017 and winning bidders will be notified as soon as possible.

By bidding, a potential purchaser is confirming their acceptance of these terms and conditions outlined in the Surplus Property Invitation to Bid Packet that is available on the Sherman County School District Website and as stated below;

  • 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;
  • Winning Bidder agrees to remove surplus items before 10:00 am on Monday, August 28, 2017;
  • 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.

3. State Partners Offer Resources for 2017 Eclipse Visitors and Viewers

eclipse2With just five days to go until the 2017 total solar eclipse, state agencies in Oregon are working together to provide information on traffic, health and safety, wildfire danger, camping, and weather, among other things to residents and tourists eager to view the once-in-a-lifetime celestial phenomenon.

A wide variety of information about the eclipse can be found on Facebook and Twitter by using #OReclipse and #Eclipse2017.

Up-to-the-minute information will be available through a wide variety of resources:

* 211 Info — This non-emergency eclipse hotline will operate Aug. 16 to Aug. 23, between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m. Dial 2-1-1, visit, or text ECLIPSE to 898211.
* — Real-time traffic information, along with weather, restrictions and travel times make this interactive website one of the most useful tools available for anyone looking to navigate roadways between now and the days following the eclipse.
* ODF Public Fire Restrictions Map — A clickable map from Oregon’s Department of Forestry allows users to pinpoint their location and learn about (low to extreme) fire danger risk, campfire limitations and other public fire restrictions. Necessary fire mitigation information and equipment is also noted.
* RAPTOR — Also known as Real-Time Assessment and Planning Tool for Oregon, Oregon Office of Emergency Management’s RAPTOR site offers a public version for people to track what’s happening where in the eclipse path of totality and around the state, including events, wildfires, road closures and weather.
* National Weather Service — Weather is everyone’s number one concern. Visitors to the National Weather Service website can get all the information they need to be prepared for rain or shine, clouds or clear skies, with a click on a keyboard.

Oregon Office of Emergency Management Website provides tips for residents, visitors and businesses. A Frequently Asked Questions document delves into answers to common questions.

4. Keep Oregon Green During the Eclipse

eclipse3         Here in Oregon, we are counting down the days to an amazing celestial event. The United States is the only country which will experience the total solar eclipse and Oregon will be the first state where it can be viewed.

         Federal, state, and county agencies have spent a great deal of time in recent months preparing for the challenges associated with this event — traffic congestion, food and fuel availability, and cell phone reception to name a few. But the one overwhelming concern that all agencies involved share is wildfire. The eclipse is occurring at the peak of Oregon’s fire season. As many as a million visitors are coming here to watch it. Thousands will be camping in open fields, forests and campgrounds hoping to get a good view under clear skies. Everyday activities already cause the majority of Oregon wildfires, and the risk will sharply increase when these additional visitors head onto the landscape all at the same time.
         “Oregon residents have high expectations that tourists coming to view the eclipse will be respectful and leave our landscapes as beautiful as they found them,” says Kristin Babbs, president of the Keep Oregon Green Association, a wildfire prevention organization. “That said, it’s a tall order for visitors to fill; our own residents are having a hard time preventing wildfire starts themselves.”

         To date, Oregonians have been responsible for starting 636 fires. “Last week alone, the Oregon Department of Forestry reported 32 fire starts that burned over 450 acres. They were caused by equipment, illegal debris burning, smoking and the dumping of hot coals,” she said.
         August is always a dangerous month for wildfire starts in Oregon because fuels are at their driest. The fire danger level is high or extreme in many areas of the state. Any accidental spark or stray ember can start a fire and spread rapidly.
         Two-thirds of the wildfires in Oregon are started by people, so it is extremely important to check the fire restrictions where you plan to work or play, and be sure that you are prepared to put a fire out should one get started. Any careless act can get traction: a campfire left smoldering; the whirling metal blades of a lawnmower striking a rock; a cigarette tossed from a vehicle; or a hot car idling over tall, dry grass. If you are traveling the roads, carry the essentials: a shovel and a gallon of water or a charged and operational fire extinguisher in case you need to be your own firefighter. In fact, these items are required in your vehicle in many areas. If traffic comes to a standstill during the eclipse, fire engine response time may be delayed.
         One careless act can destroy thousands of acres — not to mention your bank account. Anyone responsible for starting a fire, accidental or not, may be liable for fire suppression costs as well as the cost of damage to neighboring property owners.
         The Keep Oregon Green Association offers common-sense advice and important information on how to prevent fires when traveling through, camping and recreating in Oregon’s scenic areas. Go to or @keeporegongreen on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

5. Sherman Student Qualified to Compete in Oregon Spelling Championship

pencil.sharpSherman County student, Pyeper Walker, has qualified to compete in the OREGON STATEWIDE SPELLING CHAMPIONSHIP sponsored by Oregon Spellers, 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 2nd at the Oregon State Fair in Salem. The OREGON STATEWIDE SPELLING CHAMPIONSHIP is a written contest with cash prizes, and features the best spellers from participating counties throughout Oregon.  The championship is followed by an optional Just for Fun Bee at the Fair verbal spelling bee that is open to all State Fair visitors. 

The mission of Oregon Spellers is to encourage, promote, and recognize spelling excellence for the youth of the State of Oregon and to provide, with our sponsors, an annual state-level spelling championship and just-for-fun verbal bee. Oregon Spellers and the OREGON STATEWIDE SPELLING CHAMPIONSHIP are not part of the Oregon Department of Education, and are not affiliated with Scripps or the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

6. FBI Tech Tuesday: Building a Digital Defense Against Virtual Kidnapping Scams

So what is a virtual kidnapping scam? It starts with a phone call, text or email. The scammer tells you that he has abducted your child, grandchild or maybe a spouse – and he demands money in exchange for their safe return. Sound familiar? It is the opening scene of a lot of movies and TV shows. However, there is a key difference between kidnapping with intent to ransom — which is very rare – and virtual kidnapping — which happens a lot. In a virtual kidnapping, the bad guy hasn’t actually abducted anyone. He just wants you to think that he has.

The scammer’s goal is to stress you out so much that you don’t take time to consider that the kidnapping is fake. He might try to intimidate you by pretending to be a gang member or a corrupt police officer. He might tell you that your loved one owes him money for a car accident, drug debt, or something similar that could discourage you from calling law enforcement. In some cases, scammers have even had an accomplice scream in the background. In almost all cases, the bad guy will threaten violence against his “victim” if you disobey him. He often has the ability to spoof — or copy — the alleged victim’s number. He wants to cause panic, fear, and a sense of urgency, because those feelings stop you from thinking clearly.

So how do you protect yourself?

* Be cautious about what you post on social media. In particular, consider waiting to post about foreign travel until after you return. Some scammers call every number with a certain area code, but others research their targets.
* Let the people close to you know when you will be travelling to places without cell service or internet connection.
* Know the red flags: Did the call come from a phone other than the victim’s? Was the call from an area code far from where your loved one lives? Did the caller insist that the ransom had to be paid by wire transfer? Did he try to keep you on the phone?
* If you do receive a ransom call, try to stay calm. Slow the situation down by writing things down or telling the caller that you need time to do what he’s asking. Request to speak to the victim. Try to contact your loved one by other means, such as text or social media.
* Remember — stranger-to-stranger kidnappings are very rare. However, if you believe a real kidnapping has occurred or if you are not sure, call 911.

Overall, when it comes to online scams — if you feel as though a fraudster has victimized you, report your suspicions to law enforcement. You can file an online report at the FBI’s Internet Crime Compliant Center at or call your FBI local office.

7. Sherman County Fair Commercial/Community Booth Application, Aug. 20 



See for entry form.

COMMERCIAL/COMMUNITY BOOTH NAME                             















QUESTIONS? CALL BETH 541-980-1821.