Sherman County eNews #270


  1. Sherman High School Football Schedule Update, Sept. 9

  2. Madelyn Barnett-Patterson

  3. Oregon Air National Guard 125th Special Tactics Squadron to Support Hurricane Relief

  4. Take Precautions to Avoid Unhealthy Wildfire Smoke

  5. Small business centers offer help in wildfire recovery

  6. What Can You Say?

  7. Sherman County Ambulance ASA Plan Advisory Committee Meeting, Sept. 20

1.Sherman High School Football Schedule Update, Sept. 9

sport-football-referee2Sept. 8, 2017 – Sherman vs Entiat in Moro starting at 7:00PM has been RESCHEDULED for Saturday Sept. 9, 2017 in Moro at 1:00PM. As always, our top priority is the safety of our students.  After careful analysis, the school administration has made this decision to allow more time for the air quality to improve.  Thank you for your understanding. ~Audrey Rooney, Registrar, Sherman High School

2. Madelyn Barnett-Patterson

flower.rose.starMadelyn Barnett-Patterson passed away on September 8th in Rufus, Oregon. She was 90 years old. Survivors are Brad and Jennifer Barnett of Bend, Oregon, and Stephanie Barnett-Williams and husband Peter of Portland, Oregon. Information for a memorial service will be published at a later date.

3. Oregon Air National Guard 125th Special Tactics Squadron to Support Hurricane Relief

PORTLAND AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Ore. — Members of the Oregon Air National Guard’s 125th Special Tactics Squadron have left Portland, Ore. to provide humanitarian support for Hurricane Irma relief in Florida.

15 Oregon Air National Guardsmen departed from Portland Air National Guard Base at around 1:30 a.m. on a C-17 aircraft from the 167th Airlift Wing in West Virginia headed to Hurlburt Field, Florida. In Florida, the Airmen will conduct rescue operations as well as reestablish air fields that may become inoperable due to the hurricane. Along with the 15 airmen, some of whom recently returned from supporting Hurricane Harvey relief efforts in Texas, the Special Tactics Squadron brought 3 inflatable Zodiac boats with them to aid in their operations.

The Oregon Air National Guard has more than 2,100 members serving in Portland, with the 173rd Fighter Wing at Kingsley Field in Klamath Falls and in Warrenton with the 116th Air Control Squadron.

4. Take Precautions to Avoid Unhealthy Wildfire Smoke

 Wildfire smoke from nearby fires is causing the air-quality in our region to remain in the unhealthy range. It’s expected that this will continue for at least the next few days.

North Central Public Health District would like to remind residents to take precautions to avoid illness due to wildfire smoke inhalation.

Smoke from wildfires is a mixture of gases and fine particles from burning trees and other plant materials. Smoke can hurt your eyes, irritate your respiratory system, and worsen chronic heart and lung diseases.

Poor air quality conditions are a health threat and all residents should limit their exposure to smoke. Those with respiratory or heart disease, the elderly, and children, are advised to stay indoors when the air-quality is poor.

If you have to spend time outside when the air quality is hazardous, do not rely on paper or dust masks for protection. N95 masks must be properly fitted and properly worn to offer protection.

Please visit the DEQ Air Quality Index found at the link below. The DEQ site is updated hourly and is color-coded for easy to read information. Unfortunately, the only permanent monitor for our region is in The Dalles, with Gov. Camp, Madras and Hermiston being the next closest monitors. A link is also provided below with information on the 5-3-1 Visibility Index if there is not a monitor near you.

Please take the following precautions to avoid breathing problems or other symptoms from smoke:

  1. Be aware of smoke concentrations in your area. See the links below for DEQ’s Air Quality Index and Oregon Smoke blog.
  2. Avoid outdoor exertion during such conditions. Avoid strenuous outdoor activity including sports practice, work and recreation.
  3. Drink lots of water – staying hydrated can keep your airways moist which will help reduce symptoms of respiratory irritation such as scratchy throat, running nose and coughing.
  4. Try to avoid driving in smoky areas. If you do need to drive in these areas, keep your windows rolled up and vents closed. If you need air conditioning, make sure you set your system on “re-circulate” to avoid bringing smoke into your car.
  5. Avoid smoke by staying indoors, closing all windows and doors and use a filter in your heating/cooling system that removes very fine particulate matter.
  6. People with concerns about health issues, including those suffering from asthma or other respiratory problems, should follow their breathing management plans; keep medications on hand, and contact healthcare providers if necessary.

Please visit the helpful links below for additional information:

DEQ’s Air Quality Index for current air quality conditions

DEQ’s 5-3-1 Visibility Index for estimating smoke levels via visual observation

Oregon Smoke blog for the latest on fires and air quality across the state

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention fact sheet about the health threats from wildfire smoke

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Respirator Factsheet

OHA wildfires webpage

(For more information, please contact North Central Public Health District at (541) 506-2600 or visit us on the web at or our Facebook Page at

5. Small business centers offer help in wildfire recovery

As people confront severe smoke and wildfire damage, Small Business Development Centers at Columbia Gorge Community College and across Oregon are here to help affected businesses.

Mid-Columbia business owners are encouraged to contact the Small Business Development Center at Columbia Gorge Community College for a free advising session. Advisers work with each business individually and address specific needs. Advising is free to businesses and confidential. For details, call (541) 506-6120.

Some specific issues businesses often face during disasters include destruction of property and other assets used to secure business financing, supply chain interruptions, employees unable to get to work and cash flow disruptions.

Across the nation, America’s Small Business Development Centers are assisting with major disasters following Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Small Business Development Centers are partially funded through the Small Business Administration. Oregon’s Small Business Development Centers are the state’s largest business assistance provider. Oregon has 19 Small Business Development Centers and more than 40 locations throughout the state.

6. What Can You Say?

What do you say to a friend who has had a death in the family? While this might seem an odd choice for a daily e-mail message, it is something that affects us all at one time or another. Many of you reading this have recently dealt with this very situation.

Many people feel bewildered when it comes to the etiquette of death. Because they don’t know what to say or do, they don’t do anything. But even discomfort and ignorance are not good reasons for ignoring friends or acquaintances at this difficult time.

Flowers and notes cannot be sent too soon, and commercial sympathy cards are fine if you add a personal note. If you are puzzled about what to say, look through the cards and find two with messages you like. Buy one card, and write the message from the other inside. Better yet, just look into your heart and write the words and feelings you find there.

At the funeral or memorial service, take your behavior cues from the family. Refrain from suggesting that the deceased is better off, and refrain from imposing your religious beliefs on the mourners. At this time, nerves and emotions are at their rawest, and for some, pain is barely held at bay. Remember, grieving is a process that takes time, and bereaved parents or spouses may not be able to respond to your sympathy at first.

Follow up on your card or note with a phone call, another note, or social invitation in a few weeks or months. And no matter how awkward you may feel, how distant the relative or casual friend, death should never be ignored. The life did not deserve to be ignored, and neither does the passing of it. ~The Pacific Institute

7. Sherman County Ambulance ASA Plan Advisory Committee Meeting, Sept. 20

Sherman County Ambulance

ASA Plan Advisory Committee

Meeting Agenda

September 20, 2017

7:00 PM

1.0       Open Meeting

2.0       Review 2017 ( January – August) Response Statistics

3.0       ASA Plan Discussion 

4.0       Issues / Concerns

5.0       Set Next Meeting Date

6.0       Adjourn