Sherman County eNews #260


  1. Vietnam Veterans Memorial Replica Wall in Goldendale, Aug. 31-Sept. 3

  2. Sherman County Fair 4-H & FFA Grand Champions & Reserve Grand Champions

  3. Building Self-Confidence

  4. White House Internships

  5. Oregon Digital Newspaper Program’s New Website

  6. Columbia Gorge Community College’s renewable energy program evolving

  7. Columbia Gorge nursing program joins state-wide consortium

1. Vietnam Veterans Memorial Replica Wall in Goldendale, Aug. 31-Sept. 3

American flag2Vietnam Veterans Memorial Replica Wall and Mobile Education Center spreads healing legacy of The Wall and educates about the impact of the Vietnam War.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Wall That Heals, a 250-foot replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, along with a mobile Education Center, will be in Goldendale, Washington, on AUG 31st through Sept 3rd at Klickitat County Fair Grounds. It will be open 24 hours a day and free to the public. The Wall That Heals honors the more than three million Americans who served in the U.S. Armed forces in the Vietnam War and it bears the names of the more than 58,000 men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in Vietnam.

2. Sherman County Fair 4-H & FFA Grand Champions & Reserve Grand Champions

pig.chicken.“Wind, Wheat and Waves” was the theme for the 2017 Sherman County Fair with Queen Lexi Grenvik of Moro.  Grand Marshals from 1974 to present were honored.  Sherman County 4-H and FFA members entered a variety of competitions, with Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion winners listed below:

4-H RECORD BOOKS:    Grand Champion Record Book:  Emma Stutzman, Reserve Grand Champion: Samantha Lepinski

PHOTOGRAPHY:  Grand Champion: Patrick Ramos, Reserve Grand Champion: Joseph Ramos

FIBER ARTS:  Grand Champion:  Vanessa Aldrich

HOME ECONOMICS – Clothing Grand Champion:  Cali Johnson

Food Preservation:  Grand Champion:  Emma Robbins, Reserve Grand Champion: Izabella Montesanti

Food Preparation:  Grand Champion:  Becca Earl, Reserve Grand Champion:  Jordan Barrett

Style Revue Grand Champion: Cadence Smith,  Reserve Grand  Champion:  Becca Earl & Cali Johnson


Grand Champion Market Poultry:  Joseph Ramos

Reserve Grand Champion Market Poultry: Emily Poirier

Grand Champion Poultry Showman:  CJ Johnson

Reserve Grand Champion Poultry Showman:  Emily Poirier


Grand Champion Market Lamb:  Bailey Coelsch

Reserve Grand Champion Market Lamb:  Shelby Reed

Grand Champion Sheep Showman:  Emily Poirier

Reserve Grand Champion Sheep Showman:  Jared Fritts


Grand Champion Market Steer:   Bri McKinney

Reserve Grand Champion Market Steer:  Treve Martin

Grand Champion Beef Showman:  Treve Martin

Reserve Grand Champion Beef Showman:  Patrick Ramos


Grand Champion Market Hog:  Kyle Hensley

Reserve Grand Champion Market Hog:  Emma Stutzman

Grand Champion Hog Showman:  Emma Stutzman

Reserve Grand Champion Hog Showman:  Natalie Martin


Grand Champion Market Goat:  Bailee Owens

Reserve Grand Champion Market Goat:  Logan Barrett

Grand Champion Goat Showman:  Mercedez Cardona

Reserve Grand Champion Goat Showman:  Jordan Barrett

HORSE – Showmanship

Grand Champion Horse Showman:  Jared Fritts

Reserve Grand Champion Horse Showman:  Mercedez Cardona

HORSE – Western Equitation Champion Senior Jared Fritts; Intermediate Mercedez Cardona; Junior Courtney Coelsch

HORSE – Trail Champion Senior Jared Fritts; Intermediate Mercedez Cardona;  Junior Courtney Coelsch

LIVESTOCK – All Around Showman:  Jared Fritts

3. Building Self-Confidence

Do you ever wish you had more self-confidence? Self-confidence is one of the most important feelings any adult or child can experience. In fact, confidence in our abilities and ourselves often accounts for the difference between people who succeed and those who do not. But how do you become self-confident?

There are a number of things you can do to build your feelings of confidence. One of the most important is the deliberate acquisition and strengthening of meaningful skills. Stewart Brand, founder and publisher of “The Whole Earth Catalog,” said that, “The formula for an interesting life is skills – acquire them and use them. The more skills, the more interesting you become. Skills automatically give us pride and confidence.” Skills also help us to feel competent and powerful, especially when we can use them to accomplish personally meaningful goals.

In addition to learning new skills, it is also important to leverage the ones you already have – learning how to get more mileage out of things you already know how to do. People who are peak performers are always looking for new information in their field so they can maintain their competitive edge.

These top performers know that no matter who you are, it is important that you never stop growing. When you are busy learning new things and improving on what you already know, you just naturally feel more confident.

In this day and age, with internet access, there are literally thousands of videos that teach all sorts of skills for every kind and type of interest. And while they teach specific skills, they are also providing opportunities for building confidence.

So, what will you do today, tomorrow and in the future to continue growing and building your self-confidence? ~The Pacific Institute

4. White House Internships  

The application period for the Spring 2018 White House Internship Program is now open.  ~White House Internships

5. Oregon Digital Newspaper Program’s New Website 

newspaper.arrowThe Oregon Digital Newspaper Program<> launched the new website for Historic Oregon Newspapers<>. Developed from the Open-ONI<> initiative, the new site has an updated look-and-feel that’s easier to navigate and more consistent with web presence of UO Libraries<>. It also has a “This Day in History” feature that showcases a different newspaper every day that corresponds with that day’s date. New functions include browsing by date with the Calendar<> and an improved Advanced Search<>. An updated Map<>, along with a Location<> list, allows for simplified title access by city.

Along with the updated site, we have developed a fundraising how-to guide<> to assist the public with funding their newspaper digitization. Several digitization projects are underway. We are frequently adding new stories and updates to the blog<>, so check back regularly!

Also, today, we are featured on the Digital Library Federation website<> as part of their Contribute Series!

If you have any questions or feedback, please contact:

Carolina Hernandez

Journalism and Communication Librarian

University of Oregon Libraries<>

Sarah E. Seymore

Digital Collections Metadata Librarian

University of Oregon Libraries<>

6. Columbia Gorge Community College’s renewable energy program evolving

If you drive east from The Dalles, it doesn’t take long before you start seeing wind turbines dotting the landscape. On the bluffs overlooking the John Day Dam, just outside the borders of the Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area, these white giants rise 300 feet toward the clouds, their sleek blades cutting gracefully through the air as they rotate in strong Gorge winds.

When it began in 2007, CGCC’s Renewable Energy Technology program was the first community college training program for technicians on the West Coast. Since then, it has prepared hundreds of wind turbine technicians to install and service these lofty machines.

There are three major phases to many wind farms: construction, initial “warranty” operation by the farm’s developer, and post-warranty operations by companies specializing in long-term maintenance. CGCC graduates find employment in all three areas.

The training program’s early years coincided with a tremendous construction boom in our region, as companies such as GE, Iberdrola, Suzlon, Vestas and Siemans installed thousands of turbines across Sherman, Klickitat and Gilliam counties. Today, there’s less construction in our region but a continuing demand for operational technicians, even as wind development continues at breakneck speed elsewhere in the world. CGCC graduates emerge with the skills needed regardless of locale, including large off-shore installations.

The local renewables industry is evolving to include advanced manufacturing, unmanned aerial systems, and instrumentation and process control. In response, CGCC is revamping its Renewable Energy Technology degree to meet those changes. The name of the program is changing, too, from Renewable Energy Technology, or RET, to Electro-Mechanical Technology, or EM-Tech (pronounced M-tech for short). Instructor James Pytel says the shift is “not so much of a change in focus but rather a redesign to fit the regional needs and remain flexible.”

“Our desired outcome is to offer foundational technical skills with an array of specialized options,” Pytel explained.

Curricular adjustments mean the program no longer focuses on wind energy but instead starts with a core set of classes applicable to a variety of engineering technician fields, and then allows students to select a set of electives that specialize in specific subsets. The core skill set gives students a good foundation in several different areas of technology: electronics, mechanics, hydraulics/pneumatics, motors, motor control, programmable logic controllers (PLCs), power electronics and industrial safety. The elective concentrations include renewable generation by solar, hydro, or wind power, electrical transmission, unmanned aircraft, advanced manufacturing, and instrumentation and process control (systems engineering). All enrollees will complete the core skill set, and may choose whichever electives fit their individual needs.

Many engineering fields use more than one of the core skills, making the program align more readily with the Bachelor of Science in Engineering degrees offered at four-year colleges and universities. In addition to a current agreement with Oregon Institute of Technology, CGCC has forged a new partnership with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. These “articulation” agreements make it easier for a CGCC graduate to transfer to a four-year school and enter the engineering major without having to backtrack and take extra lower-division (100 and 200 level) coursework. While not all students choose to go on to a Bachelors’ in Engineering, Pytel says he sees it as an increasing trend.

Another trend Pytel observes is the changing role of renewable energy in society. Right now, most of the energy generated by wind turbines is used for homes and businesses. In the future, Pytel thinks the transportation industry may become renewable energy’s biggest consumer. “Electric cars will radically change our country’s electrical needs. I anticipate a massive boom in renewable energy production, energy storage, and transmission in the very near future,” he said. “Regarding some of the other industries targeted by the electromechanical technology program, these career fields will become increasingly reliant on highly trained technicians.”

CGCC believes training those technicians is a perfect way to retool the existing program. To implement these changes, Pytel received a small grant from the National Science Foundation to develop online content for core subjects (see “CGCC Professor Receives NSF Grant” for details). Pytel and his colleague Tom Lieurance chose to make the changes now rather than wait, lest the program’s earlier curriculum become obsolete. “Industrial wind power is no longer the prime regional employer,” Pytel said. “The program needs to evolve to meet demands of numerous regional employers, yet remain committed to core competencies valued by all industries.”

Change is in the wind.

7. Columbia Gorge nursing program joins state-wide consortium

Beginning next fall the nursing program at Columbia Gorge Community College will begin using a statewide curriculum developed through the Oregon Consortium for Nursing Education (OCNE). This is in use by several OCNE partner schools as well as the Oregon Health & Science University School of Nursing.

“We are transitioning to OCNE because it is important to keep our nursing curriculum updated and current,” explains Doris Jepson, CGCC’s nursing program director. “Joining the OCNE group will help us do that, as we will be working with faculty from 10 other Oregon community college nursing programs and OHSU School of Nursing. There is a national emphasis as well as local employer emphasis on having nurses achieve a bachelor’s degree, and OCNE is a way to streamline that pathway.”

Students admitted to the CGCC Nursing Program beginning in Fall 2018 will also be co-admitted to OHSU School of Nursing. Upon completion of the Associate of Applied Science in Nursing at CGCC and obtaining an RN license, graduates may continue their studies with OHSU to complete a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) in as little as four terms. Licensed CGCC graduates may choose to work as RNs while they pursue their bachelor’s degree, which can open more doors for career advancement. Graduates of the CGCC Nursing Program also have other options to bachelor’s degree completion, including a co-admission option with Linfield College Adult Degree Program.

Application deadline for Fall 2018 entry is Feb. 15, 2018. Students beginning or currently in the process of obtaining the Nursing Program pre-requisites should attend a Nursing Admissions Information Session and then make an appointment with a CGCC adviser to have their transcripts evaluated for courses requirements.

CGCC’s nursing program has graduated 281 nurses since 2003.

Smoother Transition to OHSU for CGCC Nursing Program Graduates

Are you interested in learning more about Columbia Gorge Community College’s nursing program? Nursing Admissions Information Sessions will provide you with information about the Associate of Applied Science-Nursing degree program, admissions criteria, and application process. Sessions are for prospective, new, and continuing students.

Information sessions are held at The Dalles and Hood River-Indian Creek campuses on various days and times. We highly encourage all students to come to an information session prior to requesting an individual appointment, since many of your questions may be addressed during the course of the session. The sessions begin promptly and will not be repeated, so please allow time for travel and parking.

To register online, you must submit a Nursing Admissions Information Session RSVP ( for one of the following sessions:

Hood River-Indian Creek Campus, HRC 1.304: Thursday, Sept. 7, 2 to 3:30 p.m.; Monday, Sept. 18, 5 to 6:30 p.m.; Friday, Oct. 6, 9 to 10:30 a.m.

The Dalles Campus (TDC 3.103): Friday, Sept. 8, 9 to 10:30 a.m.; Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2 to 3:30 p.m.; Tuesday, Oct. 3, 5 to 6:30 p.m.

Please call Student Services for more information, (541) 506-6011 or e-mail