Sherman County eNews #262


  1. Reward Offered for Apprehension & Conviction of Sherman & Wasco Counties’ Arsonist

  2. Oregon Business. Sherman County in the News. Home Base: Logan Padget

  3. Robotics Sign Ups Begin as School Starts, Coaches’ Training Sept. 9

  4. Columbia Gorge CASA’s Fall Volunteer Training to Start, Sept. 28

  5. Weather: September Outlook & August Monthly Climate Summary

  6. Dissolution of Mid-Columbia Council of Governments’ Services

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

 Before you assume, learn the facts.

Before you judge, understand why.

Before you hurt someone, feel.

Before you speak, think.

~ unattributed

1. Reward Offered for Apprehension & Conviction of Sherman & Wasco Counties’ Arsonist(s)

dollar.sign1Sherman County’s Emergency Services Director Shawn Payne reports that North Sherman County RFPD, South Sherman RFPD and Moro RFPD are offering a total of $5,500 reward for the apprehension and conviction of the Sherman County/Wasco County fire arsonist(s).  If anyone has any information, contact the Sherman County Sheriff’s Office by calling (541) 565-3622.

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2. Oregon Business. Sherman County in the News. Home Base: Logan Padget

“We raise wheat, a couple of cattle, and that’s about it, because there’s not enough moisture to grow anything else. We grow soft white wheat for seed production. Everything we raise is replanted by other farmers.”

“The things I love most about farming are working outside, knowing what I do helps feed the world, and how everything changes from year to year.”

“Outside my front door, the wheat field thatches up and touches my yard. I’m 2 miles from my parents and 4 miles from farm headquarters, where my grand-parents live. My dad, Darren, farms; my grandfather, Dale, farms.”


3. Robotics Sign Ups Begin as School Starts, Coaches’ Training Sept. 9

The new school year brings a new crop of students itching to get their hands on a robot! One of the easiest ways to help your student find their way to a robot is to get involved with FIRST robotics. FIRST is a national program with a sports-like model where students meet as teams over several months to prepare for a competition. There are FIRST programs in the Gorge for students ages 6 to 18.

Your first step? Contact your child’s school to ask if they have a team or check the list of past participating schools at Most teams form soon after school starts to prepare for competitions in the winter. If your student’s school does not have a team, call Jessica Metta with the Gorge Tech Alliance (GTA) at 541-296-2266 to talk about resources to support forming a team. The GTA has free robots and laptops for loan and can point you towards training resources and mentors to support you in forming a team.

One upcoming training is Sept. 9, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm at Hood River Extension for coaches of FIRST LEGO League (FLL) teams for students ages 9 to 14. Teams begin meeting now to prepare for one of the Gorge Qualifying Tournaments held the first two weekends in December, sponsored by Insitu and Google. The free workshop covers an intro to FLL, coaching and mentoring techniques, basic robot programming and mechanical design techniques. Pre-registration is required. Find registration links and more information about robotics in the Gorge at, a service of the GTA.

The GTA’s equipment for loan and support of robotics events is made possible by our regional tech businesses including Google, Insitu and others. The GTA is a non-profit industry association that seeks to support, connect and develop the technology community of the Gorge. Learn more at

4. Columbia Gorge CASA’s Fall Volunteer Training to Start, Sept. 28

children.cartoonColumbia Gorge CASA’s Fall Volunteer Training starts on September 28th. For a child, foster care is a rough road to walk down alone.  Columbia Gorge CASA recruits trains & supports community volunteers to advocate for local children in foster care in Sherman, Wasco & Hood River counties. We currently have 50 children on our waiting list in need of a CASA volunteer. Can you be one?

The 5-week training includes 3 hours of interactive on-line learning and 3 hours of in-person class each week.  At the conclusion of training, volunteers are sworn into service by a local circuit court judge.  For more information go to or contact Michelle “Mike” Mayfield, CASA Training Coordinator, at (541) 386-3468.

5. Weather: September Outlook & August Monthly Climate Summary

sun.circleYou can find the September outlook and the August
monthly climate summary AND GRAPHS (toggle between color and gray) for Moro at
— Dennis Hull- KB0NYC
Warning Coordination Meteorologist

6. Dissolution of Mid-Columbia Council of Governments’ Services 

In an August 30, 2017, letter to Sherman County Judge Gary Thompson and Commissioner Tom McCoy, Mid-Columbia Council of Governments Interim Director David Meriwether noted that, “The Board of Directors of the Mid-Columbia Council of Governments met on August 23, 2017, to consider the future of the organization and its component programs and services. At the conclusion of the meeting, the Board determined ‘that the Mid-Columbia Council of Government cease providing services under all programs and contracts, and staff is directed to notify the appropriate parties and agencies in accordance with the relevant agreements. Further, …MCCOG shall continue to provide all services until such time as the appropriate processes and transitions may be undertaken by the parties in the best interest of the public, programs, employees and the organization as a whole. 

“This letter serves as our official notice that MCCOG will terminate provision of Building Codes Services. The relationship whereby MCCOG has provided those services to Sherman County dates back to 2005, when MCCOG assumed the program and employees from the State Building Codes Division (BCD). Within the last year however, Sherman County executed an agreement with BCD to assume independent authority to provide Building Code services. Since there is no formal agreement between MCCOG and Sherman County for those services, there is no time frame for program transition to occur.  We therefore ask that, through communication and collaboration, we arrive at a termination time frame that is mutually acceptable. Toward that end, and in keeping with the second part of the MCCOG Board’s direction, we will continue to provide services to the best of our abilities during the transition period, and will work with you and the other member counties to determine the most seamless and appropriate process.” 

Meriwether’s letter continues, “Please know that every effort is being made to consider the needs of our partners as well as providing quality public services in the region, and I look forward to working with you as we determine the best path forward…”

Mid-Columbia Council of Governments serves Hood River, Wasco, Sherman, Gilliam and Wheeler counties, and is located at 1113 Kelly Avenue, The Dalles, Oregon, and may be reached by calling 541-298-4101. See for more information.

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


bird.owl3Oregon Business. Sherman County in the News. Home Base: Logan Padget


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