Sherman County eNews #249


  1. Sherman County Cultural Coalition 2017 Fall Grant Cycle

  2. Sherman Development League Grant Applications

  3. Pans on Fire & Rookie Cooks 4-H Clubs

  4. Oregon eclipse update: info related to smoke, fire, vehicle fuel, eclipse glasses

  5. Self-Fulfilling Expectations

  6. Nena Springs Fire Update, Aug. 18

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

 1. Sherman County Cultural Coalition 2017 Fall Grant Cycle

The Fall Grant Cycle for Sherman County’s Cultural Coalition will begin September 5, 2017. Applicants may be individuals and/or groups and need not be legally recognized non-profits.

Application Deadline: September 29, 2017

Awards up to $1,500 will be granted in support of local Sherman County activities and events which promote Culture, Humanities, Heritage and the Arts in Sherman County.

Additional information including Grant Guidelines and the application form, may be found at:

Completed grant applications may be mailed to:
Sherman County Cultural Coalition, P.O. Box 23, Moro, OR 97039
Or emailed to:

Contact Melva Thomas at 541-442-5488 or

2. Sherman Development League Grant Applications

Sherman Development League Grant/Loan Applications

Sherman Development League (SDL) grant application forms for projects and/or programs in Sherman County will be available September 11, 2017. Grants can be applied for by 501(c)(3) and other non-profit organizations. Organizations that have received a grant from SDL are not eligible to apply until their current grant requirements have been met. Revolving loan funds are also available to for-profit entities and businesses.

Applications will be accepted until November 15, 2017, and grants will be awarded by February 1, 2018.

To receive appropriate grant/loan application forms, please submit a letter of request which includes:

•A brief description of your project.

•State if the project is a capital expenditure, one-time program or pilot project, emergency assistance or a loan request.

•Identify the type of organization requesting funding.

Mail or email requests to:
Sherman Development League, Inc., P.O. Box 11, Moro, OR 97039

Questions? Contact Melva Thomas at 541-442-5488 or

 3. Pans on Fire & Rookie Cooks 4-H Clubs

4-H clover1The “Pans on Fire” outdoor cooking and food preservation 4-H club met on Thursday, August 17 at 9am at the Extension Office, with Hunter Kenney in attendance and Emma Robbins excused absence.  Hunter worked on his 4-H record book and got it done for fair.  He then made jerky from ground beef, using a jerky gun to make three different shapes. 

The “Rookie Cooks” 4-H club met on Friday, August 18 at 1pm at the Extension Office.  Attending were Zach, Logan, and Becca.  Excused absence was Jordan.  Pledge of Allegiance led by Becca, 4-H Pledge by Logan.  We worked on fair entry forms and record books.  Prepared peanut butter cookie dough and shaped in two ways:  criss-cross with forks and with chocolate candy.  Judged and sampled the cookies.  Played game “Barnacle”.  Next meeting is in 2018.  Meeting adjourned at 3:05pm.  Signed, Becca Earl

4. Oregon eclipse update: info related to smoke, fire, vehicle fuel, eclipse glasses

eclipse1Salem OR — As the eclipse quickly approaches, issues related to traffic, wildfires, and smoke are affecting travel. Rumors related to fuel, and a shortage of eclipse-rated glasses, are also prompting concerns. The Oregon Eclipse Joint Information Center, working with partner centers and agencies around the state, will issue regular updates starting today.

+ The State Emergency Communications Center (ECC) elevated from “enhanced watch” for the eclipse to activation at 1 p.m. on Friday in order to coordinate response to the growing number of wildfires in the state.

+ Some people have questioned whether enough fuel is available at Oregon gas stations. The Oregon Department of Energy reports fuel trucks are making deliveries around the clock. Even if a station runs out of fuel, its a temporary situation.

+ The terminals report that Oregons supply is in great shape, with no problems. Fuel haulers reinforced that. They’re making their deliveries and not reporting any problems.

+ Should you encounter a fuel shortage at an area gas station, we recommend you visit another fuel station or return to the station that was out of fuel at a later time.

+ Stay calm, fuel on!

+ Weather and smoke levels can vary dramatically during wildfires. This can vary not only daily, but also hourly. Smoke may also affect one part of a community but not another. This can make it difficult to provide specific health warnings, especially when conditions change quickly.

+ Since smoke from wildfires varies around the state — and can change quickly — we recommend residents and visitors visit the multiagency site for communicating smoke information to the public at This site has the best and latest information about smoke conditions in your area.

+ Some people, such as those with chronic heart or lung disease, children and the elderly may experience health effects even when the air is unhealthy for a short time. It is important to take precautions based on your individual health and the smoke levels around you. This may mean staying indoors when air quality is poor. It may also mean not exercising during these conditions.

+ Traffic into and around Oregon will increase over the next few days as more and more people arrive to view the eclipse.

+ The best advice is to get where you are going and then stay put. Arrive early, stay put and leave late is your best course of action.

+ Those wanting the best and most current information on traffic conditions around the state should visit the Oregon Department of Transportations Tripcheck web page at

+ ODOT also has a mobile site at

+ Some areas have reported the supply of eclipse viewing glasses is low or depleted. While genuine protective eyewear is the only safe way to directly view the eclipse, one alternative to glasses includes a homemade pinhole projector. Visit the OEM Facebook page for a link to instructions on How to Make a Pinhole Projector to View the Solar Eclipse. The OEM page is

+ For additional information on safe viewing, visit the Oregon Academy of Ophthalmology at, and the Casey Eye Institute

Oregons 211 information line is the best source of information for questions regarding Eclipse issues. Resident and visitors are encouraged to call 211 or visit for information.

5. Self-Fulfilling Expectations

Do you know what a self-fulfilling prophecy is? Most people know that a self-fulfilling prophecy is an event that, because it is predicted and expected, is therefore more likely to happen, and even caused to happen. 

For example, according to Success magazine, two different groups of psychologists were once asked to observe the same child playing. One group was told beforehand that the child was emotionally disturbed. The other group was told that the child was a genius. When the psychologists were asked to report on their observations afterward, each group had found evidence to support their preconceived ideas. 

Now, it’s important to realize that self-fulfilling prophecies are everyday experiences – not just laboratory experiments. What do you expect your day to be like when you get up in the morning? How do you expect your kids to behave? How much success do you expect for yourself? What do you expect for your organization’s production or sales for this month, this year?

You see, if you predict failure, failure is generally what you will find. And if you expect excellence, excellence is very likely what you will get. How we think about a situation determines how we act, and how we act, more than anything else, determines the results. 

That is how self-fulfilling prophecies work. There’s nothing magical about them. What you get in life is pretty much how you behave, coming back at you. Does that make sense to you? Do yourself a favor this weekend, and see if you recognize areas where you are setting yourself up because of your expectations. If you are setting yourself up for the good, terrific! If not, what can you do to change those internal expectations, and change your life, your work, your business?

And with school about to start again (at least in the Northern Hemisphere), how can you help the school-age children in your life set themselves up to expect the best, and work toward it? ~The Pacific Institute

6. Nena Springs Fire Update, Aug. 18

Warm Springs OR — At approximately 3:20pm Thursday, an ember from the Nena Springs Fire blew out of containment lines near Kishwalk. Driven by high winds, the fire began running in grass and brush. Two helicopters, handcrews and at least 10 engines responded in addition to 150 firefighters that were already assigned to the fire.

Winds pushed the fire over Indian Head Canyon and through Charlie Canyon, then continued move a mile east past the Kah-Nee-Ta Resort. As was planned earlier in the week, in the event an evacuation notice was issued, visitors sheltered in place. Firefighters used Route 8 to burn from the road. This successfully removed grass from around the Resort and forced the fire to stay above and away from the area. While the Resort is still at a Level 3 evacuation, the immediate threat to it is gone.

At approximately 10pm Thursday night, the fire jumped Hwy 3 at Fish Hatchery Grade. Firefighters’ priority was to keep the fire from crossing the Warm Springs River and to prevent it from burning structures. As of midnight Thursday, these objectives had been met.

The Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal Red Team, commanded by Ian Yocum, was mobilized late Thursday night. Two task forces of engines from Marion and Multnomah Counties began working with the existing organization around midnight. Yamhill and Washington Counties engines and personnel arrived this morning. These task forces bring with them a total of 79 firefighters, 19 engines and four water tenders to assist with protecting structures and building upon the work firefighters have already completed.

The fire has grown an estimated 6,000 acres bringing the total acres to approximately 46,000. A flight will occur this morning to get a more accurate account of the fire’s size. It is 40% contained.

Evacuation Notices: The Kah-Nee-Ta Resort & Spa received a Level 3 evacuation notice Thursday evening. As was planned this week, in the event of a wildfire, visitors will remain in place. Charley Canyon, Webster Flat Road, South Junction, Culpus Bridge, and Wolf Point Subdivision are now at a Level 3 Evacuation Notice.

Evacuation Center: The Red Cross established an evacuation center at the Warm Springs Community Center for residents that have been evacuated.

Road Closures: Hwy 3 to School Flats; Hwy 8 to Kah-Nee-Ta Village; Webster Flat Road, and Culpus Bridge are closed to all traffic.

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