Sherman County eNews #255


  1. Memorial Service: Thelma Geraldine Sather 1918-2017, Aug. 26

  2. Sherman County Photography Club Meeting, Aug. 28

  3. Sherman County Back to School Night, Aug. 31

  4. Change Stopped at the Top

  5. Study Seeks Survey Response on Cemetery Use and Value

  6. The Chetco Bar Fire Update, 102,333 Acres, No Containment

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

1. Memorial Service: Thelma Geraldine Sather 1918-2017
Thelma Geraldine Sather

 Born in Condon, Oregon, May 14, 1918

Died August 22, 2017 in The Dalles, Oregon, at the age of 99.

Memorial Service for Thelma Sather
Saturday, August 26th at 11:00 a.m.
Spencer, Libby, and Powell
1100 Kelly Ave. The Dalles, Oregon

Luncheon 1:30 p.m.

Sherman County Senior & Community Center
Moro, Oregon

2. Sherman County Photography Club Meeting, Aug. 28

Who: Open to anyone interested in photography, all skill levels welcome.

What: Sherman County Photography Club meeting

When: Monday, August 28th 6:00 pm

Where: Steve Burnet Extension & Research Building
66365 Lonerock Road, Moro

3. Sherman County Back to School Night, Aug. 31

Logo.Sherman High SchoolSherman County School
• 6:30 p.m. PK-12 Greeting in the EVENT CENTER

• 6:45 – 8:00 p.m. Dinner in the cafeteria, meet teachers & staff, visit classrooms, try your locker, get bus information, bring your supplies, return registration packets, meet the Boosters and PTO, shop for spirit gear, and much more!

Thursday, AUGUST 31, 2017
6:30 P.M.

We look forward to seeing everyone!

Questions?? Call the school at 541-565-3500

4. Change Stopped at the Top

Managers who want quality from their workforce need to hold themselves to the same high standards of quality. To borrow an old saying, “What’s good for the goose, is good for the gander” – or it should be.

You see, in the quest for total quality and continuous improvement, many managers forget about the role that they themselves play in bringing these things about. They don’t see the baggage they bring to work every day, but expect their employees to be totally focused on their jobs. Or they announce a new corporate ethic, but continue to behave as they always have because they don’t really think the new standard applies to them – or worse yet, they think their behavior already is in line with the corporate ethic.

There is no doubt about it. The companies showing the others how it’s done are characterized by management that is more receptive to change and more receptive to new ideas. The companies that will lead us into the future are the ones led by men and women who can do what is currently considered unusual, and do it comfortably.

They are risk-takers in their personal as well as professional lives and they see themselves – intellectually, emotionally, spiritually, economically – as experiments in continuous improvement. In other words, they are always “Under Construction” and they walk the talk.

In organizations, change typically starts at the top, but it can also be stopped there unless management makes a sincere effort to take its own standards of excellence to heart. What can you do as a manager, as an executive, as an employee, or as an owner to encourage continuous improvement? ~The Pacific Institute

5. Study Seeks Survey Response on Cemetery Use and Value

arrow-rightThe Public History of Cemeteries Survey


As part of a grant project funded by the Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries, I am sending out a survey to incorporate into the website I am developing as the main part of the project. In the words of museum maven, Nina Simon from her book The Art of Relevance: “When you ask outsiders what is relevant to them, you don’t just learn what matters to them. You learn what matters to you, what protocols you are able or willing to shift and which you are not.”

The information gained from this survey will be invaluable to my goal of identifying what kind of interpretation people want to see at cemeteries. I appreciate your thought and effort on this survey and look forward to sharing the results with you! – Kirsten Straus

6. The Chetco Bar Fire Update, 102,333 Acres, No Containment

fire2The Chetco Bar Fire is 102, 333 acres, there is no containment at this time, 1,398 personnel are working to control the fire. The fire is approximately five miles northeast of Brookings, OR.

Yesterday, clear skies allowed aviation resources to drop retardant and water along containment lines on the western and southwestern portions of the fire. Throughout the night handcrews and dozers worked to build direct and indirect containment lines and patrol fire activity near homes.

The National Weather Service has issued a Fire Weather Watch for the Chetco Bar Fire area. Strong, gusty winds (10-15mph with gusts up to 25mph) and low relative humidity are expected this 7 p.m. tonight through Saturday morning 11 a.m. As a result of the persistent winds and low relative humidity, fuels will be drier and prone to ignition from flying embers.

In preparation for the unfavorable weather conditions, known as the “Chetco Effect”, fire managers plan to take advantage of every opportunity to use aviation resources. On the ground, handcrews and dozers will continue building containment lines and providing structural protection throughout the fire area. Preparation efforts are focused in the western and southwestern portion of the fire.

Level 1, 2, and 3 Evacuation Levels are in effect for the Chetco Bar Fire. A map of the evacuation area can be viewed at Residents can sign up for an emergency alert system at The Red Cross is operating a shelter at Riley Creek Elementary, 94350 6th St. in Gold Beach, OR. Local residents are encouraged to review the evacuation levels of the Ready, Set, Go Program (

Smoke impacts and haze are expected today along the coast in Gold Beach and Brookings-Harbor. Highway 101 will continue to have limited visibility due to fog and smoke. More information:

Reminder: Hunters and recreationists are reminded to avoid closed areas over the weekend. With your help, we can help our firefighters remained focused on suppression efforts.

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

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