Sherman County eNews #291


  1. Classifieds

  2. Calendar 

1. Classifieds (new or corrected)


REMINDERS: Free classified ads are published on Fridays. The deadline is Wednesday at 5. Please submit ads by using the Submit News page. Include who, what, where, when, & how, contact information and the final Friday date for posting your ad (shown by the date at the end of the ad, for example, 3/17), and contact information, under 50 words if possible. This service is limited to Sherman County. Links are welcome.  Please share your Thank You and Congratulatory notes and Joyful News here. ~ The Editor YOU & CONGRATULATORY NOTES:

CONGRATULATIONS, GARY SHELTON, AMY MARTIN SHAFFER & WOMEN of the 2001 STATE CHAMPIONSHIP WOMEN’S BASKETBALL TEAM, Sherman County School HALL OF HONOR inductees! Well done! ~Sherry Kaseberg, ROD & LORI McGUIRE on your 40th wedding anniversary! Thanks for your many contributions to our communities! & THANK YOU, COUNTRYFIED, for 30 years of music and fun for your friends and neighbors near and far! 


“This is certainly a hip-hip-hooray-ish sort of day,” said Pooh.

THANK YOU, SHERMAN COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD, HALL OF HONOR COMMITTEE, SUPERINTENDENT WES OWENS, JEANIE PEHLKE, MOLLY BELSHE & SHERMAN BOOSTERS! It’s truly an honor to be recognized by fellow citizens for the Sherman County School Hall of Honor! I’m blessed to be in a community where opportunities to do my share are many! Mindful that I achieved nothing on my own accord, in one way or another over the years, many people, including my family, influenced, inspired and played a part in my contributions to the county community and I am grateful. The Hall of Honor program is a worthy reflection of our history and an inspiration. Thank you for a wonderful celebration! ~Sherry Kaseberg.

GRATITUDE. My sincere gratitude to the South Sherman Fire Dept. for coming to our rescue early this morning. A special thanks to Glenn and those who accompanied him to the scene in the middle of the night. The cause of the fire is still a mystery at this time. It burned one of the main structures of the compound to the ground, but were able to detach that structure from the main lodge with a backhoe…thanks, Zack. South Sherman Fire Dept. showed up in time to beat the fire back and keep the lodge wet enough not to catch on fire. Also a thank you to all of the folks from Shaniko and surrounding area who showed up to help out. A very unfortunate incident, but luckily it happened last night (September 19) or we would be fighting fire in Antelope this AM. ~Fred Justesen

JOYFUL NEWS! [births, birthdays, engagements, weddings & anniversaries]

babyfootprintCONGRATULATIONS to Matt and Angela Kaseberg on the birth of their son Paulen Dallas Kaseberg on September 11, 2017. Grandparents are Dallas and Laura Harsin of Condon, Mark and Dee Lane of Moro and Steve and Lisa Kaseberg of Wasco. Great-grandparents are Ray and Ruth Lantis of Condon, Jim and Loy Smith of Baker City, Jim and Edith Lieuallen of Weston and Terry and Diane Kaseberg of Wasco. ~The Times-Journal


SHERMAN PRESCHOOL KRISPY KREME DOUGHNUT SALE! Sherman County Preschool is selling Krispy Kreme doughnuts and coffee as a fall fundraiser. The doughnuts freeze well and are perfect for hunting camps and chilly mornings! A dozen original glazed doughnuts or a 12 oz. bag of Krispy Kreme Signature coffee (rich, smooth, or decaf) sell for $10 each. We are taking orders up to Thursday, October 5th with delivery Tuesday, Oct. 10th. Contact a preschooler directly or call/email the preschool at (541) 565-3320 or for more information. 9/29


JUST-US-INN HOTEL CARETAKER, WASCO. Pays $15.00 an hour, around 10 hours a week. Duties include room turnovers; clean all common areas once a week; change and wash linens in rooms; be available to check in and outs; collect rents and do regular walk-throughs; keep the place looking good. Call DEBBIE 503-515-7374. 10/13

911 CALL-TAKER/DISPATCHER. Frontier Regional 911 Agency serves Wheeler, Jefferson, Gilliam & Sherman counties in Condon. See The Times-Journal or on Facebook.

AREA REPRESENTATIVE for INTERNATIONAL STUDENT EXCHANGE PROGRAMS. ASSE International Student Exchange Programs is seeking individuals to serve as Area Representatives in your local community.  ASSE provides academic year and semester exchange programs in the United States for high school students from around the world.  Students are 15 to 18 years of age, have passed a series of academic and character requirements and are awaiting an opportunity to embark on their American Adventure.    Area Representatives recruit and screen prospective host families, interview students to study abroad and supervise the exchange students in their community.  Area representatives are compensated based on the number of students they are supervising. There is also a great bonus opportunity.    ASSE’s primary goal is to contribute to International understanding by enabling students to learn about other languages and cultures through active participation in family, school and community life. ASSE’s Area Representatives are the cornerstone of the organization, making all of this possible!     For more information about ASSE or becoming an Area Representative, please call our Western Regional Office at 1-800-733-2773 or email us at Please check out our website at  We look forward to welcoming you to the ranks of Area Representatives nationwide – striving towards a world of understanding, one child at a time!  10/13


SHERMAN PRESCHOOL KRISPY KREME DOUGHNUT SALE! Sherman County Preschool is selling Krispy Kreme doughnuts and coffee as a fall fundraiser. The doughnuts freeze well and are perfect for hunting camps and chilly mornings! A dozen original glazed doughnuts or a 12 oz. bag of Krispy Kreme Signature coffee (rich, smooth, or decaf) sell for $10 each. We are taking orders up to Thursday, October 5th with delivery Tuesday, Oct. 10th. Contact a preschooler directly or call/email the preschool at (541) 565-3320 or for more information. 9/29
1.5 ACRE LOT. New Price on 1.5 acre lot just outside of Moro. A chance to own 1.5 acres close to town but in the country in Sherman County. This property is waiting for you to bring your house plans and call it home. Subject to final short plat approval, taxes to be determined. $50,000. ~ Tiffany Hillman  12/29

SANTA & MRS. CLAUS OUTFITS complete with wigs, boots, belts, bells, etc. and, purchased new used only one season. Please contact Linda at 509 833 4040. 10/06

HOUSE AND PROPERTY IN GRASS VALLEY. 4+ Bedroom/1 Bath house on 0.86 acres for sale by owner. $121,000 or best offer. Contact Deb Miller or 509-750-9707.   10/06

PROPERTY IN GRASS VALLEY. For sale by owner. Utilities are accessible. $60,000 or best offer. Contact Deb Miller or 509-750-9707.  12/01


SERVICES: [home, personal, appliance, landscape, fencing, cleaning, maintenance, janitorial, computer, construction, sewing, repairs, transportation, media, preschool, day care, restaurant, support & training]

WASCO SCHOOL EVENTS CENTER. Facilities Manager Melissa Montesanti may be reached by calling the office – 541-442-5778. Office hours are Monday thru Thursday 10:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.






GAZELLE EXERCISE GLIDER for small space. FREE. You pick up. ~Dorothy Benson 541-565-3870.

2. Calendar (new or corrected)


30 Sherman High Class of ’67 Reunion Celebration 5:30-10 Civic Auditorium

30 Two Great Celebrations Countryfied & McGuire 5:30 Grass Valley Pavilion


1 Sherman High Class of ’67 Luncheon & School Tour

1 New Distracted Driving Law Takes Effect

1 Tour The Dalles Homes Away from Home Scholarship Benefit 1-5

2 Lower John Day Area Commission on Transportation 10-12 Rufus

2 Documentary: The Vietnam War Oregon Remembers, Premiers OPB

4 Sherman County Court 9

4 Gilliam County Court 10

4 Wheeler County Court 10

4 Grass Valley City Council 7

4 Rufus City Council 7

4 All County Prayer Meeting Refreshments/Social 6:30

         Prayer 7-8:30 Wasco Church of Christ

5 Moro City Council 7

7 Oregon Geographic Names Board 1:30 Oregon Historical Society, Portland

7 First Saturday Art Walk & & Farmers’ Market 10-5 Moro

7 St. Peter’s Oktoberfest, The Dalles

7 Hood River Hops Fest (new date)

7-8 Maryhill Museum Car is King Weekend


10 Sherman Soil & Water Conservation District Board 8:30

10 Sherman County Watershed Council 11:30

10 North Central Public Health District Board Meeting 3 The Dalles

10 Mid-Columbia Center for Living Board Meeting 11-2 The Dalles

10-12 Maryhill Museum of Art Fall Museum Week

11 Sherman County Senior & Community Center Advisory 12:30 Senior Center

12 Free Medicare Class 1-3 CGCC The Dalles Campus (541) 506-6011

13 Oregon Historic Cemeteries Commission Meeting 1-4 Burnet Building, Moro

13-15 Hood River Valley Harvest Fest

14 Madelyn Barnett-Patterson Memorial Service 1 Wasco United Methodist Church

17-18 Maryhill Museum of Art Fall Museum Week

18 Sherman County Court 9 Burnet Building

19 Sherman County Library Book Club 6

19 Northern Oregon Correctional Facility Board Meeting 10 NORCOR, The Dalles

19-20 Oregon Connections Telecommunications Conference, Hood River

20 Frontier TeleNet Board Meeting 10 Gilliam County Courthouse

21 Maryhill Museum of Art Appraisal Clinic

21 Columbia Gorge Genealogy Society Genealogy Jamboree 10 Discovery Center

21 Wasco County Historical Society Annual Meeting & Program

23 Mid-Columbia Housing Authority Board Meeting 11 The Dalles

28 Maryhill Museum of Art Tango Party



1 Sherman County Court 9

1 All County Prayer Meeting Refreshments/Social 6:30

         Prayer 7-8:30 Kent Baptist Church

5 Daylight Saving Time Ends


8 Sherman County Senior & Community Center Advisory Group 12


14-16 Association of Oregon Counties Conference

15 Sherman County Court will not be in session.

18 Condon’s Fall Festival 10-2



Sherman County eNews #292


  1. North Central Livestock Assoc. Educational Get-together, Oct. 11

  2. 5th Annual Heritage Barn Workshop in Union, Oct. 7

  3. Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries to Meet in Moro, Oct. 13

  4. Public Notice: SNAP Food Benefits Standards Change, One in Five Oregonians

  5. A Bit of Time and Effort

  6. FBI, DEA & CODE Take Down Major Drug Trafficking Network in Central Oregon

  7. Sherman County Senior & Community Center October Meal Menu

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

1. North Central Livestock Association Educational Get-together, Oct. 11

North Central Livestock Association,

Sherman County Area Watershed Council,


Sherman County SWCD present:



Please join North Central Livestock Association for our second educational get-together!  We’ll meet Wednesday, October 11th, 2017 at 7pm the Maupin Legion Hall, 311 Deschutes Avenue, Maupin.  (dinner provided)

We’re excited to welcome Chris Schachtschneider, the Animal and Rangeland Sciences Extension Agent for Umatilla and Morrow Counties as our guest speaker.  Our co-sponsor for the event is Sherman County SWCD & Sherman County Area Watershed Council, big thanks to Kayla von Borstel for her help putting this together.

Chris’ topics will include:

  • The role data collection should play in a successful cow-calf operation from carcass data to rangeland monitoring
  • The importance of stockmanship and the role it plays in a rangeland management program, and
  • How we work as an industry to change consumer perception of how livestock grazing works as a management tool

Hope to see you there!

*Please contact with questions or concerns.

2. 5th Annual Heritage Barn Workshop in Union, Oct. 7

Do you own an old barn or have a love for them? Then join us and fellow barn enthusiasts for the 5th Annual Heritage Barn Workshop!

Learn about practical solutions from experts on how to maintain, rehabilitate, and adapt old barns for today’s needs. Learn about the history and technology of barns as well as barn maintenance, adaptive reuse, and preservation. The workshop will also highlight funding options available for owners of heritage barns in Oregon.

Heritage barns remain an iconic symbol of rural America and our agricultural heritage. Just as the number of heritage barns decreases, so does the number of skilled craftspeople with working knowledge of barn preservation and restoration. Restore Oregon has pulled together some of the state’s remaining and most well-versed “barn people” to share their skills and expertise with other barn owners.

The Annual Heritage Barn Workshop will be held in Union at the OSU Eastern Oregon Agriculture Research Center’s red brick headquarters on the research center grounds. Restore Oregon has partnered with the Eastern Oregon Visitors Association, Oregon State University Extension, Wallowa County Chamber of Commerce, Wallowa County Grain Growers Baker County Tourism to provide this exceptional educational opportunity.

Event Details:

Saturday, October 7, 2017 from 9am – 3pm. Cost is $10 per ticket, includes snacks, beverages, lunch, and parking. Held at OSU Eastern Oregon Agriculture Research Center in Union, 372 S 10th St., Union, OR 97883.

3. Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries to Meet in Moro, Oct. 13

The Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries will meet at 1 p.m. October 13 at the OSU Sherman County Extension Office, 66365 Lonerock Road, Moro. Agenda items will include cemetery ownership, statewide cemetery clean-up days, grant projects, current projects and upcoming plans. The commission will also discuss draft administrative rules for the implementation of recent legislation. This legislation created a program to provide permits to organizations that want to maintain and preserve abandoned cemeteries. The commission will invite public comments. The meeting will also be accessible online. For information on the meeting and to see the draft rule, visit the historic cemeteries page<> of;;.

State law established the seven-member Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries to maintain a listing of all historic cemeteries and gravesites in Oregon; promote public education on the significance of historic cemeteries; and obtain financial and technical assistance for restoring, improving and maintaining their appearances.

Requests for information about the meeting and accessibility may be made to and comments on the draft rule language coordinator Kuri Gill at 503-986-0685 or by e-mail:<>.

4. Public Notice: SNAP Food Benefits Standards Change, One in Five Oregonians

SALEM, Ore. — Public notice is provided by the Oregon Department of Human Services Self Sufficiency Programs on a federal change.

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service approved a change to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) income guidelines and the SNAP benefit allotment amount. These cost-of-living adjustments are effective October 1, 2017. USDA Food and Nutrition Service determines how much an eligible person can receive in SNAP benefits, formerly known as Food Stamps.

SNAP participants do not need to take any action. The state will automatically recalculate cases and adjust as needed. Any changes in food benefits will be reflected in the October issuance of SNAP benefits.

Currently, one in five Oregonians — or 719,503 Oregonians — receive food benefits through SNAP. The amount of benefits a SNAP participant receives is based on many factors, including include income and deductions for necessities like shelter and utilities.

The change in the 2017 standards will not increase the number of people receiving SNAP, and it does not change program eligibility requirements. To be eligible for SNAP, families must have income less than 185 percent of the federal poverty level and meet other eligibility factors. For a family of four, the income limit is less than $3,793 per month.

SNAP participants with questions about the changes can contact their local Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS) office for assistance:

5. A Bit of Time and Effort

Everyone has a self-image, but how does a self-image get built? And what does your self-image have to do with who you are, and how you react in strange or unusual situations?

Your self-image, or your idea of who you are, is a package you put together from how others have seen and treated you, and from your conclusions as you compare yourself to others. Primitive people built homes from available materials – blocks of ice, animal skins, adobe, and logs. In this same way, when you were a child, you built your self-image from what was available.

Your construction materials were the reactions of significant others toward you. So, your self-image is simply a belief system you created. It is manifested in how you respond to the world around you – the people and situations that fill your days. However, these beliefs may or may not be accurate.

Now, your essential nature, the “real you” that exists apart from your behavior, your opinions, your habits, etc., is really quite wonderful because it is a storehouse of energy and potential that can do and be great things.

But if people, who didn’t have much self-esteem themselves, raised you around constant put-downs, you will not be able to use much of this amazing potential. You see, your behavior always matches your inner picture of yourself. In this, it makes sense to look at your beliefs, get rid of those that hold you back, and learn how to affirm and tap into your potential.

This same story applies to teams, departments, and entire organizations. In their beginnings, organizations defined themselves by the situation they were in and the lessons learned from interactions with the rest of the world. As time wears on, those definitions were tweaked when necessary, or didn’t change at all because of the core beliefs and values of the organization. These same beliefs and values may be limiting the potential of the organization to change and grow.

The good news is that with a little self-reflection – whether by an individual or a group of individuals – old, outdated beliefs can be identified and either modified or completely changed. All it takes is a little bit of time and effort. ~The Pacific Institute

6. FBI, DEA & CODE Take Down Major Drug Trafficking Network in Central Oregon

On Wednesday, September 27, 2017, a joint operation involving the FBI, DEA and Central Oregon Drug Enforcement (CODE) Team resulted in the federal arrest of nine people charged with participation in a drug distribution network operating in the Madras/Redmond area. CODE officers and deputies arrested three others on state charges. Two of those additional arrests involved outstanding warrants; the third was a probable cause arrest for drug and weapons charges. All arrests were without incident. The federal defendants will each make an initial appearance before Magistrate Judge Jolie A. Russo at the U.S. District Courthouse in Eugene at 1:30 pm on Thursday, September 28th.

As part of this operation, law enforcement also identified 11 drug-endangered minors. Jefferson County Child Welfare took immediate custody of five of these children, and the FBI filed mandatory child abuse reports for all identified minors. Law enforcement partnered with victim assistance programs within the FBI and Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office as well as with Jefferson County Child Welfare.

Since this investigation began in 2016, law enforcement believes the organization has trafficked both heroin and methamphetamine throughout Central Oregon. In a series of searches conducted in conjunction with the arrests on Wednesday, investigators also recovered ten weapons.

All defendants and charges are as follows:

Conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and heroin (federal)
– Lima, Mauricio – age 36 of Madras, Oregon
– Dominguez, Isaac – age 32 of Madras, Oregon
– Harper, Sherry – age 45 of Redmond, Oregon

Conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine (federal)
– Boynton, Heather – age 26 of Madras, Oregon
– Plazola, Desmond – age 29 of Warm Springs, Oregon
– Barajas, Leonel – age 29 of Madras, Oregon
– Billingsley, Trever – age 26 of Madras, Oregon

Possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and heroin (federal)
– Mortensen, Preston – age 29 of Bend, Oregon

Possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine (federal)
– Biever, Marlena – age 38 of Redmond, Oregon

Parole violation charge (Jefferson County warrant)
– Eric Brian Wilkinson, age 23, hometown unknown

Failure to Appear for theft 3rd degree (Deschutes County warrant)
– Lindsy Renee Haney, age 22, of Redmond, Oregon

Unlawful possession of methamphetamine (state charge)
Unlawful delivery of methamphetamine within 1,000 feet of a school (state charge)
Felon in possession of a firearm — 3 counts (state charges)
– Juan Jose Vega, age 27, of Culver, Oregon

In addition to these arrests, CODE and the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office previously arrested Colt Sipp, age 51 of Umatilla, Oregon, on state charges. He now also faces a federal charge of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

“This unified law enforcement effort is a significant step in dismantling a drug trafficking organization profiting off the destruction of families and communities in Central Oregon suffering the ravages of drug addiction,” said Billy J. Williams, United States Attorney for the District of Oregon.

According to investigators, Lima and Dominguez are alleged to have operated two cells in the Madras, Oregon area, and, as such, served as distributors of methamphetamine and heroin to a large customer base in Central Oregon. The cells worked in coordination with each other to supply drugs and transfer funds to further the conspiracy using code in their communications in an attempt to hide their illegal activity. The investigators believe that the other defendants served under Lima and Dominguez to move the drugs to lower-level sellers and users.

“The work done by these agents, officers, detectives and deputies will have real and lasting impacts for those who live in Central Oregon. This law enforcement team has, over a period of many months, taken direct aim at organized crime,” said Loren Cannon, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI in Oregon. “Together they have made our shared community safer by taking dangerous drugs and guns off the streets.”

“The successful operation this week was designed to counter the emerging threat in Central Oregon against organized crime fueled by methamphetamine and heroin trafficking,” said DEA Special Agent in Charge Keith Weis.

The Central Oregon Drug Enforcement (CODE) team is a multi-jurisdictional narcotics task force supported by the Oregon-Idaho High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) program and the following Central Oregon law enforcement agencies: Bend Police Department, Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office, Redmond Police Department, Prineville Police Department, Crook County Sheriff’s Office, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, Madras Police Department, Oregon State Police, Sunriver Police Department, Black Butte Police Department, United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Warm Springs Tribal Police Department, Deschutes, Crook, and Jefferson County District Attorney’s, and the Oregon National Guard.

The Oregon-Idaho HIDTA program is an Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) sponsored counterdrug grant program that coordinates and provides funding resources to multi-agency drug enforcement task forces to disrupt or dismantle local, multi-state and international drug trafficking organizations.

Assistant United States Attorney Joseph Huynh is prosecuting this case. A criminal complaint is only an accusation of a crime, and all defendants should be presumed innocent until proven guilty.

7. Sherman County Senior & Community Center October Meal Menu


Sherman County Senior & Community Center

Meal Menu

October 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 #565-3191, the day before to ensure that we make enough food to serve!

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

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
2 3 4 5 6
Chicken Strips Salmon Sliders Oven Fried Chicken Sloppy Joe’s on Bun Split Pea Soup w Ham
Potato Wedges & Salad Salad & Veggies Mashed Potatoes & Gravy Tater Tots & Salad Deli Turkey Sandwich
Veggies & Dessert Fruit Veggies, Salad & Dessert Veggies & Fruit Veggies, Salad & Dessert
9 10 11 12 13
Hot Turkey Sandwich Baked Fish Pork Chops w/Mushroom Sauce Philly Beef  Sub Beef Chili
Mashed Potatoes &Gravy Hash Brown Casserole Rotini Noodles& Salad Potato Wedges & Salad Cornbread & Veggies
Veggies, Salad & Dessert Veggies, Salad & Fruit Veggies & Dessert Veggies & Fruit Veggies, Salad & Ice Cream
16 17 18 19 20
Ham & Swiss Quiche BBQ Meatballs Chicken Oriental Mac & Cheese with Kielbasa Meatloaf
Veggies & Salad Potato Wedges& Salad Rice Pilaf & Veggies Veggies & Salad Roasted Red Potatoes
Muffin & Dessert Veggies & Fruit Salad, Dessert Fruit Veggies, Salad &Dessert
23 24 25 26 27
Cheeseburgers Chicken Fried Rice Beef Stroganoff Baked Potato Bar w/Chili & Cheese Clam Chowder
Oven Fries & Salad Veggies& Salad Rotini Noodles & Salad Salad & Veggies Cottage Cheese & Rolls
Veggies & Dessert Fruit Veggies & Dessert Fruit Veggies, Salad & Ice Cream
30 31 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.

Roast Pork Loin Spaghetti w/Meat Sauce
Mixed Grain Pilaf & Salad Garlic Bread & Salad
Veggies & Dessert Veggies &Fruit

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


Bird.Black.EnvelopeA Powerful Interview! Simon Sinek on Millennials in the Workplace

Start With Why

Elementary School Librarian Rejects Melania Trump’s Book Donation

The Genetic Map Of Europe

National Wheat Foundation Scholarships

Office of U.S. Trade Representative, NAFTA Negotiations

PERS: Oregon pension deficit climbs to $25.3B, meaning higher costs going forward

12% Think Most Americans Are Informed Voters

American Thinker

FactCheck Obama’s Final Numbers


Sherman County eNews #290


  1. Gorge Works Hosts Career Tours for Manufacturing Day, Oct. 5 & 6

  2. 15th Annual Shaniko Ragtime & Vintage Music Festival, Oct. 6-8

  3. City Residents Take the Broadband Survey!

  4. MCEDD Seeks Responses for Code Enforcement Services

  5. Use It or Lose It

  6. PacificSource Health Plans Community Health Program Funding Recipients

  7. Letter to the Editor: Athletes Showing Solidarity

  8. Commentary: NFL Pigskins at the Public Trough

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

1. Gorge Works Hosts Career Tours for Manufacturing Day, Oct. 5 & 6

Gorge Works is celebrating National Manufacturing Day, with business tours and other events Thursday, Oct. 5, and Friday, Oct. 6, designed to let people know about the job and training opportunities available in the Columbia Gorge.

Gorge Works, a regional workforce initiative, will be offering internships and other paid work experiences at area businesses starting in summer 2018. Any high school graduate (or equivalent) over 18 is eligible to apply.

“We’ve heard from many businesses in the Gorge that they need new strategies to recruit skilled workers to their businesses,” said Kathy Ursprung of the Port of The Dalles.

Manufacturing Day tours will spotlight some of the opportunities for well-paying jobs in the trades and manufacturing. Call the Port of The Dalles before Wednesday, Oct. 4 at 541-298-4148 to sign up for tours. Students and adults are all welcome.


Thursday, Oct. 5:

10 a.m. – Innovative Composites Engineering, White Salmon (Anyone touring must prove US Person status by providing a passport, birth certificate or green card.)

Friday, Oct. 6 (Manufacturing Day):

10 a.m. – Columbia Gorge Community College EM-Tech (electro-mechanical technology), The Dalles

11 a.m. – Griffith Motors service or sales operations

1 p.m. – Oregon Cherry Growers Port operation

2:30 – Mid-Columbia Producers grain elevators

Both Thursday and Friday, Worksource Oregon will be offering drop-in services  including resume review and help with job interviewing skills. If you also sign up with Worksource, you can also find out if you are eligible for additional employment support services. Drop-in services will be offered Thursday at the Hood River affiliate office at Columbia Gorge Community College and Friday at The Dalles office, both from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Port is working with Columbia Gorge Community College and other local organizations to organize the first year of the region-wide Gorge Works Program.

“The interest is there,” said Dan Spatz, manager of marketing and outreach for the college. “We have very good businesses interested in this program. We’re starting on a small scale and will grow from there.”

Organizers are working with a steering committee of some of the Gorge’s largest businesses, including Insitu, Mid-Columbia Medical Center, Innovative Composites Engineering, Cloud Cap/UTC Technology, Oregon Cherry Growers, SDS Lumber, Mid-Columbia Producers, Custom Interface Inc., and Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue.

“They are recruiting for jobs in a category we’re calling entry-level technician. In many cases, the skills required for these jobs can be obtained with training in high school or community college, trade school, an apprenticeship, or even on the job,” Ursprung said.

Not only can these skills be obtained locally, they can lead to family-wage jobs here in the Columbia Gorge, in a wide range of business sectors.

“We are hoping Manufacturing Day tours will build awareness of these great local opportunities — and the opportunities to try some of these jobs on for size through a  Gorge Works work experience,” Ursprung said.

Gorge Works is open to high school graduates or equivalent and anyone interested in better job opportunities. Find more information online at or call Kathy Ursprung or Bayoan Ware at the Port of The Dalles, 541-298-4148.

2. 15th Annual Shaniko Ragtime & Vintage Music Festival, Oct. 6-8


Shaniko Ragtime & Vintage Music Festival

15th Annual

October 6-8, 2017

In Shaniko, Oregon and Madras, Oregon

Musicians from Oregon, California, Washington and New Hampshire!

Friday, October 6th at the Shaniko Schoolhouse

1 pm Keith Taylor

2 pm Meg Graf & Vicki Cox

3 pm Lance MacLean

4 pm Clare Kennedy

5 pm Jack & Chris Bradshaw

Donations Appreciated

Saturday, October 7th

Erickson Aircraft Museum at the Madras Airport

1 pm  Meg Graf & Vicki Cox & Lance MacLean

2:30 Clare Kennedy

3 pm  Keith Taylor

4 pm Bradshaw’s

Donations to Museum

Jam sessions are Friday in the Shaniko Sage Saloon, inside the Stagecoach Station  7-10 pm and Saturday at the Madras Airport Erickson Museum, 7-11 pm

Sunday, October 8th at 2 pm the Shaniko Schoolhouse Concert

Performances by all artists.     Suggested Donation: $10 per person

All musicians who sing or play acoustic instruments welcome.

Camping is free on the streets of Shaniko

Further Festival information call (541) 489-3434

Sunday at 5 pm, October 8th, Special Meeting of the Cascade Ragtime Society

Event sponsored by The Shaniko Preservation Guild

3. City Residents Take the Broadband Survey!

ShermanCoLogoResidents and businesses in Biggs Junction, Grass Valley, Moro, Rufus, and Wasco are encouraged to take a broadband satisfaction survey hosted by Mid-Columbia Economic Development District (MCEDD). This survey is intended to gauge interest in improved internet service and help better understand the needs in the community related to internet connectivity. Paper surveys are being mailed in city water bills and can be returned to your city hall, or you can take the survey online on County’s website ( by October 31.

The information collected in the surveys will assist the community in seeking proposals from private internet providers to develop “off-ramps” the fiber “highways” in the County so that those in Sherman County’s cities can access truly high speed internet service. For more information about broadband and this project, everyone is invited to attend two community information sessions with MCEDD. Each session will provide the same information. The meetings are Wednesday, October 11 at 6pm at Moro City Hall and Tuesday, October 17 at 6pm at Wasco City Hall. If you have questions about this effort, please contact city staff in your community or Jessica Metta with MCEDD at or 541-296- 2266.

4. MCEDD Seeks Responses for Code Enforcement Services

Mid-Columbia Economic Development District has posted a Request for Qualifications (“RFQ”) to invite qualified persons and/or firms (“Consultant”) to provide code enforcement services on an as-needed basis for the Cities of Dufur, Maupin, and potentially some of the cities of Sherman County. The intent is to provide regular part-time consulting services in the area of code enforcement.

The Code Enforcement Services Consultant (CESC) is responsible for the administration and enforcement of the Nuisance Control Ordinances within the cities noted. The CESC receives, investigates, mediates and resolves nuisance abatement and code enforcement issues, conducts inspections, provides notices and declares nuisance emergencies. All submittals must contain requisite information outlined in the RFQ and received no later than 5:00 p.m. on October 13, 2017. Read the full request at

5. Use It or Lose It

Most people are familiar with the phrase, “use it or lose it,” which is usually said about muscle power. But scientists who are studying how the brain works have made some discoveries indicating that this saying holds true for our mental capacities as well.

They have discovered something about mastering difficult tasks that is very interesting.  They have found that the better you get at doing something difficult, the less brainpower it takes. The brain is creating new pathways, and the more often the new task is accomplished, the more substantial the neural pathway becomes. Once this pathway is established, the messages travel faster and less energy is needed to move them along.

Now, in some ways this seems to contradict common sense. For instance, if you asked a runner to leap over obstacles in addition to increasing speed, he or she would obviously have to expend more energy.

However, the brain apparently works in the opposite way, using less fuel as it becomes more accomplished and as challenges are increased. Now, the relationship between practice and performance has always been obvious to musicians who know that it gets easier and easier to do more complex things, as you become a better player. (“How do you get to Carnegie Hall?”  “Practice. Practice. Practice!”)

We know that the same principle holds true for all of us. That is why it is so important to hang in there in the early stages of learning a new skill, even if you feel awkward and frustrated.  If you do, the payoff will be there for you down the road and it will get a whole lot easier.

So, what new skill have you been putting off? How about giving it another try? Remember, there can be great fun in learning if you believe there can be. ~The Pacific Institute

6. PacificSource Health Plans Community Health Program Funding Recipients

(SPRINGFIELD, Ore.) Sept. 26, 2017– PacificSource Health Plans has announced the 15 healthcare organizations that will receive funding as part of its ongoing Community Health Excellence (CHE) program for the 2017-2018 session. Launched in 2009, CHE is a collaborative community health improvement program that makes financial contributions and other resources available to the healthcare initiatives of providers in Oregon, Idaho, and Montana. The supported initiatives are independently evaluated as having a significant positive impact for their patients, regardless of their insurance status.

Through the CHE program, funding is made available to the selected providers for expenses related to training, improved patient care processes, staff salaries, data collection, and computer software integral to the selected quality improvement initiative.
“There are lots of good ideas in the provider community on how to better serve their populations and address gaps in care,” said Peter McGarry, PacificSource’s vice president of provider network. “Our goal is to help them fill those gaps by asking them to put their best ideas forward on how we can help uniquely serve the patients they treat.”

The 2017-2018 CHE program participants include: Children’s Health Foundation, Columbia Gorge Children’s Advocacy Center, Legacy Health, Roundup Memorial Healthcare, St. Luke’s Cares, Partnership Health Center, Clearwater Valley Hospital, Beartooth Billings Clinic, Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch, Mid-Columbia Center for Living, Shoshone Family Medical Center, Kalispell Regional Medical Center (ASSIST), Mosaic, Central Montana Medical Center, and Providence Hood River.

To be considered for the program, providers must complete an application including a detailed budget. Initial review and scoring of all applications are conducted by an independent panel of physicians with expertise and interest in community health. For more information, visit

About PacificSource Health Plans:
PacificSource is an independent, not-for-profit community health plan serving the Northwest. Through its subsidiaries, the company provides a wide array of fully insured, administrative service, and government health plan products. Founded in 1933, PacificSource is based in Springfield, Ore. with local offices throughout the state, as well as in Idaho and Montana. The PacificSource family of companies employs more than 900 people, serves more than 300,000 individuals, and has 3,900 employer clients throughout the Northwest. For more information visit

7. Letter to the Editor: Athletes Showing Solidarity

Good Morning, Sherry,

Watching the news this morning, I realized that there is one more thing our president does not understand. He does not understand team sports. From grade school on, we start learning through sports, the value of working together. It is a life lesson about how working together and supporting one another allows us to accomplish much more than we can as individuals. My observation is: Donald Trump has never been a team player. He lives with the illusion that whatever success he has had is all because of him.

The current huge protest that he precipitated among the pro athletes and many others is another example of how uninformed he is about what really matters to people. He is so clueless and egotistical, that he does not understand that the protest was about what he had said at one of his rallies. He actually stated that it would be nice if the owners would fire those “Son’s of B____” that took a knee for the national anthem. A lot of people took offense to that statement, myself included.

There is a statement that I’ve heard, that goes something Like this: “I may not agree with what you say, but I will defend to my death your right to say it.” The Black Lives Matter movement undoubtedly means different things to different people, but to me, it’s about equal justice and equal opportunity. Many of the star athletes and others that recently joined the protest are standing up for those who are taking a peaceful and nonviolent approach to protesting what they perceive as injustice and inequality. They may not all believe in exactly what the protesters believe in, but they will stand for the protester’s right to speak about what they believe without the intimidation of a bully who is now our president.

The irony of this whole affair about the athletes showing solidarity for the Black Lives Matter movement by not participating in the national anthem, is that before 2009 the teams didn’t even show up for the national anthem. The reason our pro teams became so patriotic is because the pentagon started funding leagues to do so……that’s right! This is what I call state funded propaganda. You might check this out. I haven’t had time to verify this, but I heard it on the news this morning and it makes perfect sense to me.

Fred Justesen

Grass Valley, Oregon 

8. Commentary: NFL Pigskins at the Public Trough

A Commentary By Michelle Malkin


  •  “The NFL is a “private enterprise” whose “rights” are being violated by those who dare to challenge the league’s political radicalization. The anti-Trump Democratic Coalition has even filed an ethics complaint alleging that the president’s comments constitute a criminal violation against using government offices “to influence the employment decisions and practices” of a private entity.
  • “As for the NFL’s status as a “private” enterprise? That’s some Super Bowl-sized audacity right there. I first started tracking publicly subsidized sports boondoggles with my very first watchdog website, Porkwatch, back in 1999. Since then, taxpayers at all levels of government have footed the bill for football stadiums to the tune of an estimated $1 billion every year.
  • “Over the past decade, new tax-supported NFL stadiums rose up for the Indianapolis Colts (the $720 million Lucas Oil Stadium), the Dallas Cowboys (the $1.15 billion AT&T Stadium) the New York Jets and Giants (the $1.6 billion MetLife Stadium, the Minnesota Vikings (the $1.1 billion U.S. Bank Stadium), the Atlanta Falcons (the $1.5 billion Mercedes-Benz Stadium), and the San Francisco 49ers (the $1.3 billion Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara).
  • “Next in the works: a whopping $2.6 billion stadium for the Los Angeles Chargers and Rams and a $1.9 billion stadium for the Oakland Raiders when they move to Las Vegas. Left behind? An $83 million taxpayer debt on two-decade-old renovations to the Alameda County Coliseum that the Raiders are abandoning.
  • “Both political parties have supported massive redistribution of taxes from working people to the gridiron’s spoiled 1-percenters. Public-private sports palace boosters employ the same bogus economic development math as the federal government’s infamous Solyndra green energy loans, stimulus rip-offs and jobs programs. Citizens are promised an enormous multiplier of jobs and benefits in return for their “investments.” But instead they’ve been saddled with a field of schemes….”
  • Sports economists have concluded repeatedly that the effects of stadium subsidies on employment and economic activity are negligible — or even negative.

Read the rest here:

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

bird.crow.flyCommentary: NFL Pigskins at the Public Trough

NFL, Department of Defense & the National Anthem 

“Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigues of supporting it.” —Thomas Paine (1777)

Forest Cover Density Across The United States

Special Report: Drowning in grain – How Big Ag sowed seeds of a profit-slashing glut

Freedom From Speech on Campus


Sherman County eNews #289


  1. Learn About Volunteering at Maryhill, Sept. 28

  2. Oregon Historic Cemeteries Commission to Meet in Moro, Oct. 13

  3. Klindt’s Booksellers & Stationers Hosts Northwest Author Festival, Oct. 21

  4. Public Notice: Sherman County Court, Oct. 4, 5 & 16

  5. Sherman County Court Notes, Sept. 20

  6. Organizational Inspiration

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

1. Learn About Volunteering at Maryhill, Sept. 28

Thursday 6 PM · Maryhill Museum of Art ·

Join us for an information session and reception to learn more about volunteer opportunities at Maryhill. No prior knowledge or special skills are required, just a desire to meet new people, learn about art and cultural history, and a willingness to give your time to a worthy organization. Whether it’s working with the public or behind-the-scenes, there are many ways to get involved. And, did we mention? It’s super fun too!

Maryhill volunteers receive a 30% discount in our store; 20% discount on books in our shop; 10% discount in Loie’s Café; special volunteer-only trips; monthly optional educational experiences; and more.

2. Oregon Historic Cemeteries Commission to Meet in Moro, Oct. 13

ORStateFlagThe Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries will meet at 1 p.m. October 13 at the OSU Sherman County Extension Office, 66365 Lonerock Road, Moro. Agenda items will include cemetery ownership, statewide cemetery clean-up days, grant projects, current projects and upcoming plans. The commission will also discuss draft administrative rules for the implementation of recent legislation. This legislation created a program to provide permits to organizations that want to maintain and preserve abandoned cemeteries. The commission will invite public comments. The meeting will also be accessible online. For information on the meeting and to see the draft rule, visit the historic cemeteries page of

State law established the seven-member Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries to maintain a listing of all historic cemeteries and gravesites in Oregon; promote public education on the significance of historic cemeteries; and obtain financial and technical assistance for restoring, improving and maintaining their appearances.

Requests for information about the meeting and accessibility may be made to and comments on the draft rule language coordinator Kuri Gill at 503-986-0685 or by e-mail:

 3. Klindt’s Booksellers & Stationers Hosts Northwest Author Festival, Oct. 21

Oregon’s oldest bookstore is excited to host the Northwest Author Festival on Saturday, October 21st, 2017, from 2 to 5 p.m. This annual celebration features authors who live and write here in the Pacific Northwest.

The store will be a buzz with thirteen visiting authors, each with a new title to celebrate. Gathered at Klindt’s Books on this one day, authors will be located throughout the store where readers will have a chance to visit with them, have books personally signed, discuss their writing process, and answer any questions.

With authors spanning multiple genres, from local history to cooking, from science fiction to murder mystery there will be something for readers of all ages to enjoy. Our 2017 line-up includes:

  1. Peggy Childs. A Trip to Siberia. Memoir.
  2. David Childs. Searching for Water, Willows & Wisdom. Personal Essay.
  3. Bibi Gaston. Gifford Pinchot and the First Foresters. Regional History.
  4. Jesse Edward Johnson. Yearbook. Young Adult.
  5. Mike Lawrence.  Star Scouts. Middle Grade Graphic Novel.
  6. Fonda Lee. Jade City. Fantasy/ Sci-fi.
  7. Kathy McCullough. Ups and Downs. Memoir.
  8. Louisa Morgan. A Secret History of Witches. Historical Fiction.
  9. Kim O’Donnel. PNW Veg. Cooking.
  10. Melissa Eskue Ousley. Pitcher Plant. Mystery/Thriller.
  11. Ruth Wariner. The Sound of Gravel. Memoir.
  12. Mike & Kristy Westby. Oregon Road Trips. Travel.
  13. Karen Spears Zacharias. Christian Bend.  Fiction.

Authors are happy to write personal messages in books so this a great opportunity to get a head start on your holiday shopping list. We hope you can join us for the Northwest Author Festival on October 21st from 2 to 5 p.m. at Klindt’s Booksellers. The event is free and open to the public. 

— Klindts Booksellers and Stationers, 315 East Second Street, The Dalles, Or 97058

4. Public Notices: Sherman County Court, Oct. 4, 5 & 16

ShermanCoLogoThe Sherman County Court session scheduled for Wednesday, October 4, 2017, at 9:00 a.m. will be held in the Circuit Courtroom at the Sherman County Courthouse, 500 Court Street, Moro, Oregon, 97039. See updated agenda here:

Sherman County Court will meet on Thursday, October 5, 2017, in executive session in accordance with ORS 192.660 (2) (i) Personnel for the purpose of holding interviews for the Sherman County Court Administrative Assistant position. When the executive session is concluded, the Court will meet for a Special Session at 2:30 p.m. for the purpose of hearing an update about the Biggs Service District Water System Improvement Project.

Sherman County Court will also meet on Monday, October 16, 2017, in executive session in accordance with ORS 192.660 (2) (i) Personnel for the purpose of holding interviews for the Sherman County Prevention Coordinator position.

See updated agenda here:

ShCoCourt.Agenda October 4 2017


5. Sherman County Court Notes, Sept. 20

By Administrative Assistant Lauren Hernandez

(This is a brief summary of topics addressed and is not official minutes. For official minutes and details, please see the official approved minutes posted after the October 4 Court session on the Sherman County website at

The Sherman County Court met in regular session on September 20, 2017, and in conducting the business of the county,

  • heard a quarterly report from Beth McCurdy, Sherman County Fair Secretary; this year, entries and exhibitors were down; the kick-off barbeque was successful; the Fair Board is already looking at next year’s schedule; Countryfied is booked for next year and has volunteered to assist with any construction happening in the dance area; the saddle bronco event was successful and may be expanded next year; the Fair Board is looking for ways to improve the power at the fairgrounds; the fair budget is currently in deficit of $13,000, but revenue is still coming in; Beth attended an auction meeting, and the auction committee and leaders are working towards solving a tag problem that created a conflict at fair this year; this conflict has been resolved; the Court expressed it is pleased with the Fair Board’s performance this year; Commissioner McCoy asked the Fair Board to present a plan for the new facility to the Budget Committee in April so the committee can consider releasing funds to begin engineering work on the project; Bryce Coelsch, Sherman County Fair Chairperson, presented a signed Agreement Between Bert Perisho and Cindy Brown; Judge Thompson suggested the Fair Board might be interested in receiving conflict resolution training; Bryce and Beth will approach the board to gauge interest and discuss possible training topics;
  • met with Deborah Rudometkin, Downtown Improvement Committee, and Perry Thurston, citizen, to discuss the process of applying for and receiving downtown improvement funds; Deborah gave background about the formation of the Downtown Improvement Committee and expressed concern that the downtown master plan was done with no community involvement in the decision making process; after the committee was formed, it had support from the community but not from the City Council; she explained the committee faced extreme resistance when asking for transparency in an application that was recently approved; the committee recommended to the City Council that funding be given in slow increments due to the possibility of others wanting to apply for funding, but this recommendation was not considered; the committee did a walk-through of the recent application project and had not had a chance to meet to discuss the application but later learned the grant applicant had received the funds; Deborah stated the decision was made without a quorum and expressed concern that the City Council has acted without following the charter or State of Oregon Constitution; Deborah communicated the committee is requesting the county postpone allocating any more funding to the city until the process for grant dispersal can be corrected; Perry, speaking as a citizen and not as a councilperson, added the committee members have put in two years of time on the application process and feel disregarded; Andy Anderson, City of Moro Mayor, stated the Court was hearing incomplete information and presented a series of minutes detailing the public process through which decisions were made; he expressed the committee is acting outside of the role the city has given it authority to act in; a work session will be scheduled in the near future with the Court, Moro City Council, and the Downtown Improvement Committee to give the opportunity for all parties to work together to refine the downtown improvements program;
  • met with Aaron Cook, Biggs Service District Administrator, to discuss highway improvement projects on Highway 97; Oregon Department of Transportation would like to build two new bridges and retrofit 4-5 more for earthquake protection; the draft agreement presented includes Spanish Hollow and Trout Creek; Judge Thompson stated Trout Creek was a mistake and the agreement should just include Spanish Hollow; County Counsel will review the agreements, and if they are approved, they will be on the next agenda;
  • met in executive session in accordance with ORS 192.660 (2) (i) Personnel;
  • denied the resident compensation appeal received from Archie J. Winter, Jr due to the final application being received after the deadline of August 31, 2017;
  • denied the resident compensation appeal received from William Hillard due to the final application being received after the deadline of August 31, 2017;
  • approved contributing $100 towards a gift card for Deputy Dan DeHaven;
  • discussed the Sherman County transfer station inspection report, Sheriff’s Office retirement contribution, a draft of Sherman County’s public records request procedure, a library roof update, and a website redesign update;
  • heard reports from Court members about regional board activities.

6. Organizational Inspiration

How do you create an organization that inspires people to do their flat-out best?  Here are a few quick tips.

Canvassing some of the best organizational development people in the business, and those who coach people and organizations to use more of their potential, there are a few things to do. Based on the latest research in cognitive and organizational psychology, here, in a nutshell, is how to create an organization that inspires people to do their best.

First, you need an inspiring goal, a common vision of a clearly-defined end result, shared by everyone, talked about often and affirmed daily. Then, you need people who believe in their own ability to attain that end result, to stretch and get creative when it comes to figuring out how they are going to achieve this desired end result. 

You need people who know that if they are going to succeed, they can depend on each other, and trust each other, to deliver the goods. Now, you don’t have to go out and hire these folks. You can do it with people who are already on the job, if you are willing to spend some time teaching them – and yourself, if you are a manager – how to be successful. 

Next, develop a good system for tracking performance and giving feedback. A good rule to remember is “what gets measured, gets done.” Finally, reward desired performance, including innovation and risk-taking, in meaningful ways to empower people to act and to deal with problems directly at every level. You will be delighted with the results! ~The Pacific Institute

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

bird.owl3Competing For Trash: The Hidden Landfills Of The Columbia River Gorge

Oregon Dems push phony precedent to block Ninth Circuit Court nominee

Flight over Eagle Creek fire reveals scorched swaths and seas of green

Trump rhetoric spurs Oregon universities to double down on welcoming immigrants, Dreamers

The Absurdity of Propping Up 2 Favored Solar Companies

The Maiers: A Comedy Trapeze Act

Defense News

New Order Indefinitely Bars Almost All Travel From Seven Countries


Words: Don’t add letters in pronunciation.


Sherman County eNews #288


  1. Sherman County Photography Club Meeting, Sept. 25

  2. Sherman Development League Grant/Loan Applications Available

  3. What’s Happening at Sherman County Public/School Library This Week.

  4. Sherman County Seeks to Encourage Rental Housing Development

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

1. Sherman County Photography Club Meeting, Sept. 25

camera.handheldThe Sherman County Photography Club meets Monday, September 25 at 6 p.m. at the Steve Burnet Extension Building in Moro. Learn how to add watermarks to your photographs and pick up tips for entering your photos in competitions. Everyone is welcome to attend.

2. Sherman Development League Grant/Loan Applications Available

Sherman Development League (SDL) grant application forms for projects and/or programs in Sherman County are now available. 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

Contact Melva Thomas at 541-442-5488 or

3. What’s Happening at Sherman County Public/School Library This Week.

Logo.ShermanPub.School.Library2017Crafts in Stacks – Saturday, September 30th at 2pm
We have a few spots left if you would like to register! 541-565-3279

Create a work of art using the pages of your favorite book.
We will have books available for use or bring an old copy of your favorite. We will be cutting the pages out of the book, so if you want to use your own, be aware that it won’t survive the process.  Ages firmly 12 and up.

4. Sherman County Seeks to Encourage Rental Housing Development

ShermanCoLogoAfter hearing many stories of new employees hired by Sherman County businesses or organizations that would like to live in Sherman County but can’t find rental housing, Sherman County explored options to help spur the development of additional rental housing. A new incentive program will contribute up to $5,000 per new rental housing unit constructed as an incentive to developers. These funds would be given as a direct contribution upon completion of the development. This pilot program will be available to incentivize six new units in Sherman County on a first-come, first-served basis. More information about this incentive and an application is available on the County’s website here:

The County also offers low- or no-interest construction loans to developers of rental housing that do not qualify, or only partially qualify, for funding from a traditional housing lender. A developer could access both the loan program and incentive program. The County’s loan would be repaid within a short period when permanent mortgages provide the capital to repay the construction loan. This program is not to compete with private sector lending.

These programs are being offered in partnership with Mid-Columbia Economic Development District (MCEDD), which also has unique loan funds set aside for the development of Attainable Housing, serving the middle housing market of 60-120% median family income. For more information about these programs, contact Jessica Metta, Sherman County’s Economic Development Coordinator with MCEDD, at 541-296-2266 or

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


bird.owl.limbSherman County Historical Museum Facebook

Sherman County Historical Museum

Sherman County, Oregon – A History Collection

$308 to $99 million: The costs of juvenile crime (and other stats)

Volunteers with SOLVE remove over 72,000 pounds of trash across Oregon 

 Obama admin. sent taxpayer money to campaign to oust Netanyahu

European Union: Delusions without Borders

Europe: The Great White Death?

“Does the native population of Europe face extinction? Yes. It is not good or bad. It is.” ~ September 4, 2017 on the website of “Institut des Libertés,” the think tank of the great French financier Charles Gave.

Masters of Love: Happily Ever After


Sherman County eNews #287


  1. I-84 now open in both directions Troutdale to Hood River

  2. Madelyn Barnett-Patterson Memorial Service, Oct. 14

  3. Why Get a College Education?

  4. BLM Offers Livestock Operators Increased Grazing Flexibility

  5. Friction

  6. Have you checked the grant deadline of your county or tribal Cultural Coalition lately?

  7. Sherman County Cultural Coalition Applications for Fall Grant Cycle

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

1. I-84 now open in both directions Troutdale to Hood River

sign.cautionEastbound Interstate 84 between Hood River and Troutdale reopened at 1 p.m. Saturday  19 days after the highway was closed by the Eagle Creek Fire.

The road was closed in both directions on Sept. 4 under increasing threat from the fire. The westbound lanes re-opened Sept. 14. All traffic, eastbound and westbound, is now open.

Because of continuing fire activity at Shellrock Mountain, ODOT has diverted eastbound traffic onto the westbound highway alignment by milepost 52. For a 1.2-mile stretch of road, eastbound and westbound traffic will each travel on one 18-foot wide lane in each direction.

This new configuration will be in place for the foreseeable future. No bicycle traffic will be allowed on this section of the road. 

The speed limit on that section has been reduced to 50 mph. Speed radar signs have been set up to remind motorists of their speed.

The configuration change is necessary to move eastbound traffic farther from fire and treefall concerns along this section of Shellrock Mountain.

To further protect the highway, two dozen Conex containers, steel reinforced boxes commonly used for shipping cargo, have been aligned on the south side of the eastbound lanes. The containers are being used as a barrier against falling material.

The interstate is open but not all ramps are open. Here is a list of exits and parks that are open and closed.



  • Historic Columbia River Highway, MP 8.7 at Larch Mountain Road: closed, resident access only.
  • I-84 Exit 28, Bridal Veil: closed, resident access only.
  • I-84 Exit 31, Multnomah Falls: closed. 
  • I-84 Exit 35, Historic Columbia River Highway, Ainsworth interchange open but access to U.S. 30  closed
  • Frontage Road–Dodson Road east from Warrendale interchange to John B Yeon State Park: closed, resident access only
  • I-84 Exit 40, Bonneville south of interchange: closed
  • I-84 Exit 41, Eagle Creek: closed
  • State Parks Trail at Cascade Locks to Eagle Creek: closed
  • I-84 Exit 56,  Viento interchange: pen; north and south access closed

State Parks Open:

  • Rooster Rock
  • Starvation Creek (No access to Trails)
  • Dabney
  • Women’s Forum. 

State Parks Closed:

  • Viento
  • Ainsworth
  • Toothrock
  • John B. Yeon
  • HCRH Trail
  • Angel’s Rest
  • Sheppard’s Dell
  • Bridal Veil
  • Latourell  Falls
  • Guy Talbot
  • Crown Point and Vista House: closed for season.

All ramps to and from Cascade Locks are open.

sign.cautionTravelers may not stop anywhere along Interstate. This remains an active fire zone. Travelers should not  stop to take pictures as the shoulder is for emergency stopping only. Cars parked on the shoulder will be towed. 

The interstate could close again if fire conditions change, if the weather changes or if there are slides. The underbrush burned away by the fire has increased the threat of slides, particularly in the Gorge drainage areas, such as Herman Creek, Oneonta Creek and Eagle Creek.

Travelers should be aware of this possibility and check road conditions at

2. Madelyn Barnett-Patterson Memorial Service, Oct. 14

flower.rose.starA Memorial Service for Madelyn will be held on Saturday, October 14 at the Wasco United Methodist Church in Wasco, Oregon, at 1:00 p.m.,  followed by a light lunch after in the basement. Food is welcome.


3. Why Get a College Education?

Why do we go to college? Is it just to get a better job and earn more money, or is there some other, deeper and longer-lasting purpose?

The U. S. Department of Labor published a report that stated what some of us already knew: a lot of college graduates are having trouble finding suitable jobs. Not only that, they are increasingly unable to repay their student loans, and wind up back home, living with their parents in order to make ends meet. Depending upon where we live, some economically-challenged technology companies are letting employees go – not hiring.

A local career consultant says that for every job that pays in the 30 to 35 thousand dollar range, it is not uncommon to get 200 resumes and a lot of them are overqualified for the position being offered. In some areas of the country, an entry level clerical position will generate scores of resumes from people with college degrees, even advanced degrees, who are willing and eager to work at jobs for which they are extremely overqualified. Those student loans demand payments.

But if a college degree no longer guarantees a good job after graduation, there are still compelling reasons for continuing our education. As columnist Charles Osgood once pointed out, “The reason for studying history, philosophy, the humanities and the arts and sciences is to better understand ourselves, each other, and the world around us.

“Going to college doesn’t give you all the answers. It doesn’t guarantee that someday you will live in a big house or drive a fancy car. But it does give you some exposure to the wisdom and the folly of the ages. The world has never been more complex than it is right now. Education helps to sort the wheat from the chaff . . . and real values from phony ones.”

Critical thinking skills have never been more valued or more needed. Higher education provides the knowledge and hones the intuition that allows us to see the world with a discerning eye and mind. College degrees may have lost some of their allure, but higher education should not. ~The Pacific Institute

4. BLM Offers Livestock Operators Increased Grazing Flexibility

Downloadable file: Livestock Grazing in southeast Oregon
Downloadable file: BLM Offers Livestock Operators Increased Flexibility Through Outcome Based Grazing Authorizations

cow.blueThe Bureau of Land Management announced a new initiative today to provide grazing permit holders an unprecedented level of flexibility in the management of livestock while also protecting the public lands. This effort emphasizes the Trump Administration’s goal of promoting shared conservation stewardship of public lands while supporting uses such as grazing.

“Farmers and ranchers know the wildlife and the land they work better than anyone, it only makes sense that we would enlist them in conservation efforts,” said Department of the Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke. “One of my top goals is for the government to be a better neighbor, land manager, and partner. I think it’s is a great step in that direction. I applaud the team at BLM for coming up with this innovative program.”

Under the demonstration program, the BLM will work with grazing permittees and other stakeholders in identifying 6 to 12 “Outcome-Based Grazing Authorizations” in its first year. Grazing authorizations typically emphasize process and prescription. The new authorizations will instead emphasize ecological outcomes, allowing livestock operators more flexibility to make adjustments in response to changing conditions such as drought or wildland fire. This innovative concept is intended to develop and determine the effectiveness of these permits to manage livestock grazing on public lands in order to meet both natural resource and operational objectives.

“This initiative is in line with the Administration’s priority promoting shared stewardship of public lands and giving local stakeholders a say in how these lands are managed,” said Michael D. Nedd, acting BLM Director. “This demonstration project will allow permittees and the BLM to work together more efficiently and effectively to support sustainable grazing operations.”

The new authorizations will emphasize conservation performance, ecological outcomes and cooperative management of public lands that will also provide greater opportunity for an operator to manage ranching operations that are both economically and environmentally sustainable.

Through this new demonstration program, the BLM plans to work with permit holders and other stakeholders to show that livestock grazing on the public lands can operate under a more flexible framework than is commonly used in order to better reach agreed upon habitat or vegetation goals. The BLM and its partners in the grazing community will share experiences and best practices that will determine if additional authorizations can be successful in the future.

The BLM administers nearly 18,000 permits and leases held by ranchers who graze their livestock (mostly cattle and sheep) on more than 21,000 allotments. Livestock grazing occurs on 155 million acres of public lands.

The BLM will solicit project proposals through its state offices with a deadline of Oct. 13.

—-The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any federal agency. This land is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM’s mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.

5. Friction

teamwork.gearsFriction in machinery costs money. Friction in human relationships impoverishes both the spirit and the bank account.
Discord in any relationship often has unpleasant financial implications, but it is far costlier in human terms. When you are involved in a fractious relationship, physical and mental energy that could be directed toward positive achievements is dissipated needlessly, squandered upon stressful, unproductive activities. Unfortunately, whatever the cause of friction between individuals, it adversely affects each person involved.

When you find yourself in a contentious relationship, there are few acceptable alternatives. You can work out your problems or leave the team. Only you know which is the best solution for you, but if you objectively evaluate your reasons for becoming involved and find that they are still valid, your best course of action may be to swallow your pride and find a solution that is acceptable to everyone involved. If you cannot do this, perhaps it’s time to get out of the partnership and find another course toward your objective. ~Napoleon Hill

6. Have you checked the grant deadline of your county or tribal Cultural Coalition lately?

One of the funding opportunities through the Oregon Cultural Trust are the 45 County and Tribal Coalitions. Oregon’s 45 county and tribal Cultural Coalitions are funded directly by the Trust and are unique to the state. Led by dedicated volunteers, each coalition prioritizes community cultural goals and annually distributes seed grants that address the needs of each county.

Many of these County Cultural Coalitions have grants that are due in the next couple of months so this would be a good opportunity to check in on your County Cultural Coalition if your organization has an arts, culture, or heritage project that needs funding. You can find information on these Coalitions here:

7. Sherman County Cultural Coalition Applications for Fall Grant Cycle

The applications are available for the Sherman County Cultural Coalition 2017 Fall Grant Cycle. 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

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

Bird.Black.Envelope Wilson Ranches Retreat: Giddy-up Your Authentic Ranch Experience

Three Democratic State Senators Urge Wyden and Merkley to Drop Opposition to Judicial Nominee

Politics is not a game. It is an earnest business. ~Winston Churchill

Editorial: Oregonians should worry about (school) low testing levels


Six Secret Campgrounds in Eastern Oregon

Oregon Outdoor Recreation: Swinging in the Trees

 Antifa Announces Nationwide “Deface Columbus Day”

What elections would look like without the electoral college.

Brilliant Explanation of How Socialism Works; So Simple a Child Can Understand

Prager U. How to Grow the Middle Class


Sherman County eNews #286


  1. An Invitation: Sherman Boosters Banquet & Hall of Honor Reception Tonight

  2. Wasco School Event Center Huge Rummage Sale, Sept. 23

  3. Shaniko Preservation Guild’s Tygh Valley Bluegrass Jamboree, Sept. 22-24

  4. One-day Rural Skill Builder Training, Sept. 30

  5. One Great Party, Two Great Celebrations Under One Great Roof, Sept. 30

  6. 2017 Fall Tour Homes Away from Home Scholarship Benefit, Oct. 1st

1. An Invitation: Sherman Boosters’ Banquet & Hall of Honor Reception Tonight

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The Sherman School Boosters


Sherman School District

invite you


a Tri-Tip Banquet & Reception


the 2017 Hall of Honor inductees

Friday, September 22nd

at 5:30 before the home football game.

$10 adults, $5 children under 10.

Speakers will share memories of the 2017 inductees, Gary Shelton, Amy (Martin) Shaffer, Sherry Kaseberg, Giles French (posthumously) and the 2001 state championship women’s basketball team.

Awards will be presented at half-time of the game.

Please join us!

2. Wasco School Events Center Huge Rummage Sale, Sept. 23

sign.forsaleMark your calendar for Saturday, September 23 for a HUGE Rummage Sale to be held at the Wasco School Events Center Gym from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. There will be surplus school items such as desks, chairs, chalk boards, tables, and numerous other items available. Also, some items that might be considered “treasures” by many folks….maps, science equipment, art supplies, cafeteria trays, etc. We do have 5 fold-out cafeteria tables available, too. These sell for $1300-$1700 brand new!

Be sure to check out some of the updates at the Wasco School Events Center, too. The Fitness Center will be open with membership information available for those 18 years and older. Free hot dogs for the first 100 visitors!

3. Shaniko Preservation Guild’s Tygh Valley Bluegrass Jamboree, Sept. 22-24

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Shaniko Preservation Guild

celebrates 18 years of Bluegrass music in North Central Oregon

at the Wasco County Fairgrounds at Tygh Valley

September 22-24!

Admission: Music pass required on the grounds – $30 weekend pass at Gate

Friday show $10

Saturday all day $20

Camping extra, hookup reservations are full. Call Van at 541-318-8012

Sponsored by the Shaniko Preservation Guild

See events for discount music pass information.

4. One-day Rural Skill Builder Training, Sept. 30

A one-day Rural Skill Builder training in Pendleton on Saturday, September 30, will help community members become savvy leaders in complex situations that arise in communities and community development. Register online for the training sponsored by Rural Development Initiatives: https://events20.constantcontact/register/eventReg.

5. One Great Party, Two Great Celebrations Under One Great Roof, Sept. 30 

Two Great Celebrations

Under One Great Roof: The Grass Valley Pavilion

Countryfied is celebrating 30 years of making music!

Rod & Lori McGuire are celebrating 40 years of marriage!

Meat will be provided. Please bring a side dish.

Social hour 5:30, Dinner 6:30 and Dancing 8 o’clock.

6. 2017 Fall Tour Homes Away from Home Scholarship Benefit, Oct. 1st

Homes Away from Home is a tour presented by P.E.O. Chapter EJ on October 1st from 1 to 5 o’clock.  Tickets will be available at Klindt’s and at all tour buildings on tour day: 306 Washington Street, 200 West 4th Street, 214 West 4th Street, 401 East 10th Street, 508 West 12th Street, 900 West 18th Street, showcasing the longest operating to the newest Bed & Breakfast homes in The Dalles.

The P.E.O. Chapter EJ tour is a benefit for women’s scholarships. This tour is not recommended for children under 12.

This P.E.O. (Philanthropic Educational Organization) is a local group that has supported women attending Columbia Gorge Community College with thousands of dollars for several years. See