Sherman County eNews #265


  1. Sherman Football Schedule Update, Sept. 8

  2. Sherman Class of ’67 Reunion Additional Events, Oct. 1

  3. Gorge Tech Showcase, Sept. 20

  4. Oregon Health Authority Urges Residents to Take Steps to Prevent Smoke Exposure

  5. Eagle Creek Fire Investigators Seeking Public’s Assistance

  6. Fire-resistant Gardens, Yards and Landscapes

  7. Free Workshop: Health Insurance 101, Sept. 26

  8. St. Peter’s Oktoberfest, Oct. 7

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

1. Sherman Football Schedule Update, Sept. 8

sport-football-referee2September 8, 2017 – Sherman vs Entiat (was Falls City) at Sherman County School in Moro starting at 7:00.  GO HUSKIES!



2. Sherman Class of ’67 Reunion Additional Events, Oct. 1

Logo.Sherman High SchoolSherman County High School Class of ‘67 50th Reunion Celebration and Sunday lunch and school tour. Reservations due by September 10.

Hello one and all. The reunion will be on September 30, 2017, at the The Dalles Civic

Auditorium from 5:30 PM until 10:00 PM. There is also a catered lunch in Moro and a school tour the following day.

The invitation is extended beyond the class of ‘67 so please feel free to share this with your siblings, friends and relatives who may wish to join in. The cost is $30 per person.

To make reservations go to this website. The password is Gohuskies.

On October 1st there will also be a catered lunch at the Sherman County Senior Center and a tour of the school.  It’ll be an opportunity to continue to mingle, reconnect and share memories.  Friends and family are welcome to join us.

You’ll be amazed at the changes since we graduated. The award winning Sherman County Historical Museum is also nearby and chock full of fascinating exhibits.

The cost is $19 per person. To make reservations go to password is Gohuskies

3. Gorge Tech Showcase, Sept. 20

Curious about what some of the tech businesses in the Gorge do? The Gorge Technology Alliance (GTA) invites all tech enthusiasts and job seekers to our Sept 20, 2017 Gorge Tech Showcase for short presentations from ten of our tech company members. From software to advanced manufacturing, unmanned aerial systems (drone) companies and more, learn about the growing tech industry in the Gorge. Presenters include 4-Tell, Cardinal IG, Custom Interface, Hood Tech/ TacAero, Innovative Composite Engineering, Insitu, Sagetech, Trillium Engineering, UTC Aerospace Systems, and Zepher.

The event is Wednesday, Sept 20, at Springhouse Cellar Winery (13 Railroad Ave., Hood River). Networking and appetizers begin at 6:00 p.m. with presentations around 6:30 p.m. and more networking to follow. Entrance is $10 for non-GTA members (all students and GTA members are free) and appetizers are included. RSVPs are required to 541-296-2266 or

The Gorge Technology Alliance is the regional tech industry association that supports, connects and develops the technology community of the Columbia River Gorge with networking and educational events, business support and promotion, workforce development and STEM education. Learn more at

4. Oregon Health Authority Urges Residents to Take Steps to Prevent Smoke Exposure

fire2*OHA offers tips to reduce health risks as wildfires affect many parts of state*

As wildfires continue to affect many parts of the state–including most recently the Columbia River Gorge–the Oregon Health Authority is encouraging people to take steps to protect themselves from smoky air.

Poor air quality due to wildfires can cause health problems for people with chronic lung or heart conditions, the elderly, and children. Fine particles in smoke also can affect people suffering from asthma and other respiratory conditions.

“People should be aware of smoke levels in their area and avoid the places with highest concentrations,” said Ann Thomas, MD, public health physician at the OHA Public Health Division. High temperatures can also increase levels of ozone, a pollutant that can irritate the lungs.

OHA offers the following smoke-prevention tips:
— Residents can check the current local air quality conditions on DEQ’s website ( Avoid outdoor activities when air quality is unhealthy and hazardous.
— Avoid smoke either by leaving the area or by staying indoors, closing as many windows and doors as possible without letting your home overheat, and using a filter in your heating/cooling system that removes very fine particulate matter.
— Avoid strenuous outdoor activity in smoky conditions. Those with heart or lung problems, as well as young children, are especially vulnerable.
— People suffering from asthma or other respiratory problems should follow their breathing management plans or contact their health care providers.

For quick tips on how to protect yourself from the health effects of wildfire smoke and ash, watch this video:

For guidance on how to protect student athletes and when to move outdoor activities indoors, watch this video:

For more information about wildfires and smoke, visit

5. Eagle Creek Fire Investigators Seeking Public’s Assistance

fire2The investigation surrounding the Eagle Creek Fire is still underway. The suspect has been identified as a fifteen year old male from Vancouver, Washington. It is believed he and others may have been using fireworks which started the forest fire along the Eagle Creek Trail. The suspect was then contacted by law enforcement in the parking lot of the trailhead and was interviewed.

The Oregon State Police is seeking witnesses or those with information about the cause of the fire to come forward. Anyone who heard fireworks or other explosions in the area of the Eagle Creek Trail/ Punch Bowl Falls on Saturday between 10am to 5PM is urged to contact OSP at 503-375-3555.

OSP is being assisted by the United States Forest Service, Hood River District Attorney’s Office, US Attorney’s Office and the Hood River Juvenile Department. This investigation is continuing and no arrests or formal charges have been made. The identity of the juvenile will not be released at this time.

fire2Eagle Creek Fire Witness: Young Hikers Giggled As Firecracker Descended Into Gorge Canyon


6. Fire-resistant Gardens, Yards and Landscapes

By Michelle Sager, Program Coordinator, Wasco County Master Gardener Program

After these ominous weeks of smoke and dead air, and the continual springing up of large and small fires across the PNW, I have been doing a lot of research for how we can plan our yards and gardens to help protect our homes. One way to do that is to create what OSU Extension Agent Amy Jo Detweiler calls “defensible space” around your home. This can be thought of as a buffer zone around your house, barn, or other structures where you can create a barrier to slow the spread of fire. We create this zone by clearing, reducing, or changing the vegetation and other materials to reduce the potential fuel for wildfire. Fuel can be thought of as anything that will easily burn. This can include needles, leaves, dry grass, dead branches, and firewood. Raking up piles of leaves and needles, and limbing dead branches off of your trees are important methods of fuel reduction.

Another way to reduce fuel is to consider the flammability of plants when choosing plants for your garden or landscape. Plants with high flammability in your yard can significantly increase the risk of fire around your house and structures. There are some plants that are considered “fire-resistant” – they are plants that do not readily ignite from a flame. Fire-resistant plants may die or be damaged by fire, but they do not necessarily add to the fuel. It is important to remember that fire-resistant does not mean fire-proof. Poorly maintained plants that are considered fire-resistant can significantly contribute to wildfire fuel. 

Fire-resistant plants typically have these characteristics:

  • Leaves that are moist and flexible
  • Does not accumulate dry, dead plant material within or around the plant
  • Sap is thin, and relatively odorless
  • Low levels of sap or resin

Plants that are highly flammable typically have these characteristics:

  • Leaves have a strong odor when crushed
  • Contains dry, dead material within the plant (think juniper)
  • Contains waxes, terpenes, or oils
  • Sap is thick, gummy, and has a strong odor

For more information on selecting plants that are fire-resistant, see PNW 590: Fire-resistant Plants for Home Landscapes, written by Amy Jo Detweiler and Stephen Fitzgerald of Central Oregon. It has a great plant list to choose from!

7. Free Workshop: Health Insurance 101, Sept. 26

Oregon.Flat.poleThe Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace will sponsor “Health Insurance 101,” a free one-hour workshop on understanding health insurance.

The event, which is open to the public, will be held from noon to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, September 26, at the Celilo Cancer Center, 1800 E 19th St in The Dalles.

The workshop will help attendees prepare for the health insurance open enrollment period that begins next fall. An experienced health-insurance educator from the Marketplace will:
*Explain how health insurance works
*Describe coverage options
*Answer questions about health insurance in Oregon

To register, call 855-268-3767 (toll-free) or email

8. St. Peter’s Oktoberfest, Oct. 7

Come join us for a great celebration at St. Peter’s Oktoberfest, Sunday, October 7th . Enjoy continuous entertainment from 12:30-5:30 at the St. Peter’s Parish Center, 1112 Cherry Heights Rd. in The Dalles, Oregon. Listen to the Alpen Echos band and the famous Alpen Horn. The Tyrollean Dancers will perform their old time German dances that will make you want to dance with them! Enter the bierstein holding contest or German Apple cake contest. There will also be a stein auction and collectibles.

Oktoberfest dinner will consist of: German Brats with Sauerkraut, Sauerbraten with all the trimmings and for dessert, Bavarian Crème puffs. Dinner prices are $18 for adults or $20 with a beer. Our Biergarten will be serving German Beer, Buttery Pretzels and Cider. Every dinner ticket will be entered in a drawing for a door prize. Raffle tickets are also available. Five winners in all – Cruise for two on the Portland Spirit; Maryhill Winery Tasting tour; one night stay at Skamania Lodge; horseback riding lessons; Cousin’s and Spooky’s dinner certificates.

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

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