Sherman County eNews #269


  1. Public Notice: Wasco School Events Center Board Meeting, Sept. 13

  2. Sherman County Ambulance Board Meeting, Sept. 12

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

  4. Cemetery Marker Cleaning & Repair Workshop in Sherman County, Oct. 14

  5. Travel Oregon: Oregon Wildfire Information

  6. Predicting the Future

  7. Columbia River Indian Summer Event Postponed

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

1. Public Notice: Wasco School Events Center Board Meeting, Sept. 13

What: Wasco School Events Center monthly board meeting
When: September 13, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.
Where: Wasco School Events Center, 903 Barnett Street, Wasco OR
Topic: We will be discussing the upcoming open house, our new fee schedule and grants that we will be applying for. The public is welcome to attend.

2. Sherman County Ambulance Board Meeting, Sept. 12

Sherman County Ambulance Board of Directors

Board Meeting Agenda – September 12, 2017 1800hrs.

  1. Open Meeting
  2. Approve June 5, 2017 Meeting Minutes
  3. Old Business:

3.1     Removing DEF on Medic 2 update

3.2     AEMT Class this fall update

3.3     EMR Class

  1. New Business

4.1     Monthly Training Schedule Ideas

4.2     Emergency Services Banquet

4.3     Oregon EMS Banquet for Award

4.4     Other New Business

  1. Next Meeting December 13, 2017
  2. Adjourn

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

Columbia 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.

4. Cemetery Marker Cleaning & Repair Workshop in Sherman County, Oct. 14

The Oregon Historic Cemeteries Commission is asking for recommendations for a cemetery that would be good for a marker cleaning and repair workshop on October 14 when they meet in Sherman County. They would need a water source, some tilting or broken markers in a cemetery that needs a little attention, markers that need cleaning and, ideally, folks who can pull together some gravel and perhaps a port-a-potty. The workshop is usually all day 9-3 or 4, and folks bring their own sack lunch for it. It’s a wonderful opportunity for Sherman County. Please contact Kuri Gill at, as soon as possible. 

5. Travel Oregon: Oregon Wildfire Information

Updated: Sept. 6, 2017 

This is proving to be a very challenging fire season in Oregon. The wet winter and spring, coupled with a very long dry spell and record-breaking heat, have created an especially volatile wildfire season in the region, mainly in the western part of the state. Several are “complex” fires, in which a number of smaller fires have grown into one large fire, making them more difficult to combat.

Travel Oregon’s first priority is for the safety of all of our residents and visitors. Oregon is a large state and we are certainly welcoming visitors, but for your safety, please consult official resources prior to undertaking travel plans to ensure access to your destination is safe and advisable. 

Travel Oregon is in contact with federal, state and local officials in order to provide updated information on our website as it becomes available. 

Travel Oregon will utilize our Getting Around page as the central hub for sharing information.

Active wildfires in Oregon:

Updated fire information:

Travel updates:

Health / Air quality:

Preventing wildfire:

Want to help?

  • Financial support to voluntary agencies responding to disasters is the most effective way to help people affected by Oregon’s wildfires.
  • Cash allows disaster agencies to purchase exactly what is needed.
  • Donate to a reputable agency responding to the disaster.
  • Individuals who are interested in donating money or materials should contact the American Red Cross:

Additional information on two fires across the state in which we have been receiving the most inquiries:

Eagle Creek Fire

  • The Eagle Creek Fire in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area started on Sept. 2, just south of Cascade Locks and has now burned more than 20,000 acres (as of 9/6).
  • Level 3 evacuations, affecting approximately 350 people, have sent area residents to Red Cross shelters at Mt. Hood Community College, 3691 NE 17th Drive in Gresham and at the Skamania County Fairgrounds, immediately across the Columbia River in Stevenson, Wash.
  • The entire Multnomah Falls area is under an evacuation notice and all lanes of Interstate 84 remain closed from Troutdale (Exit 17) to 2 miles west of Hood River (MP 62). The Bridge of the Gods is closed.
  • Firefighters worked successfully to protect the historic Multnomah Falls Lodge.
  • Friends of the Gorge states, “The situation is continuing to rapidly evolve and it’s crucial that members of the public stay out of the Gorge at this point. Keeping the roads clear for firefighters, first responders and evacuating Gorge residents is critical.”
  • If you are in the area, The Hood River County Sheriff and Multnomah County Sheriff are the best sources for updated information.
  • For more visitor information about the Columbia Gorge wildfires, visit
  • To support search and rescue efforts in the region contact
  • To support families that have had to evacuate contact the Cascades Chapter of the Red Cross at:

Chetco Bar Fire

  • The Chetco Bar Fire was sparked on July 12 by lightning in the Kalmiopis Wilderness, roughly five miles north of Brookings, and has now burned more than 175,000 acres (as of 9/6) and is continuing to grow due to heat, dry air and heavy wind.
  • The Chetco Bar Fire in Curry County is the largest fire burning in Oregon at this time and the highest priority fire in the nation over the past week. Residents there are still under Level 1 (get ready), Level 2 (get set) and Level 3 (go) evacuations. If you are in the area you are encouraged to monitor the interactive evacuation map for changes and updates:
  • Wildland Firefighters have worked day in and day out to protect the homes and lives of those living in Southwest Oregon. So far, there have been 11 homes lost and no injuries or deaths.
  • The fire is still growing throughout the region and trail, road and area closures are in place. For more information and details regarding the closures, please visit the U.S. Forest Service website at
  • Individuals who are interested in making donations of money to the wildland firefighters, visit: or visit the Chetco Fire Help Page to help the community:

Travel Oregon Contact:
Allison Keeney
Manager, Global Communications
Direct: 971-717-6195 Cell: 541-990-2416

6. Predicting the Future

Do you ever wish you could predict your future? Now, we are not talking about using tea leaves or cards, or calling some toll-free number and talking to a supposed psychic. What we are talking about is much more accurate and reliable.

If you want to know what your future is going to be like, do not waste your time looking into a crystal ball. Instead, take a look at your present thoughts. You see, your present thoughts determine your future. What you are thinking about today is going to show up in a future tomorrow.

And, if you want to see your belief system, which is just a collection of thoughts you accept as true, take a look at your life. Your life is your beliefs, made into reality.

For instance, if you believe there is never enough, that life is a struggle, that you have to fight for what you get, then you will never have enough, and you will struggle and fight your way through life. You will end every day exhausted.

If you believe there is no limit to what you can do, and adversity just makes you stronger, then your life will be one of achievement and resiliency. Understand that what you see in life depends mainly on what you look for. This means that everything you see, everything you do, everything you hear and think and wonder about is filtered through your belief system.

So, if you want to shape your future into a happy, productive, fulfilling time, eliminate negative thoughts about what you don’t want, in favor of positive ones about what you do want. It’s all about shifting your perspective – that single most important variable in any task, mission, philosophy – and watching the ripple effect in everything you do. ~The Pacific Institute

7. Columbia River Indian Summer Event Postponed

We have unfortunately had to make a decision to postpone the Columbia River Indian Summer event scheduled for Saturday, September 9 at the museum.

As you are undoubtedly aware, we have a massive 33,000+ acre wildfire in the area that has shut I-84 down for an undetermined amount of time. Winds are supposed to begin blowing smoke toward the east. The air quality is not good here in The Dalles, and with the I-84 freeway closed at this time, we have presenters who live in Portland and cannot easily make it to the museum. The freeway closure will affect visitor attendance as well. This Indigenous Voices event is important and we really want to share it with the community. We will wait until the gorge reopens and then reschedule the event. Thanks for understanding.

~ Susan Buce, Marketing Manager  541-296-8600 x 215

Columbia Gorge Discovery Center & Museum

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


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