Sherman County eNews #276


  1. Public Announcement: Sherman County School District Surplus Sale

  2. Wasco School Event Center Huge Rummage Sale, Sept. 23

  3. Vintage Autos Take Center Stage at Maryhill’s Car is King Weekend, Oct. 7 & 8

  4. Sherman County Seeks to Encourage Rental Housing Development

  5. More Alike Than Different

  6. Oregon Health Authority: Wildfire Smoke and Masks

  7. Eagle Creek Fire Daily Update for September 13th

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

1. Public Announcement: Sherman County School District Surplus Sale 

Sealed bidding will close at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 21, 2017 with immediate announcement of bid results.

At the September 11, 2017, Regular Board Meeting of the Sherman County School District, the Board of Directors declared a package of:

  • 12 Wireless Access Points (Gigabit Power-over-Ethernet Injector not included)
  • 1 Zone Director 1100 with 12 Licenses

as surplus.  

The process of selling this surplus item will be done through a sealed bidding process.  This allows for a fair and open sale for interested parties.  Bidders may view the items by calling (541) 565-3500 or by contacting Wes Owens at and making an appointment with Sherman County School District. Sealed bids must be submitted using the official Bid Proposal Form that is available on the Sherman County School District website. Sealed bids must be received by Sherman County School District located at 65912 High School Loop, Moro, OR prior to 3:30 p.m. on September 21, 2017. At 3:31 p.m. all bids will be read aloud in the meeting room of the Sherman County Public/School Library. 

By bidding on any surplus item, a potential purchaser is confirming his/her acceptance of these terms and conditions:

  • All items are offered “As-Is” and “Where-Is” with no warranty or other guarantee as to its condition or fitness for any use or purpose;
  • Purchaser agrees to remove surplus items within seven (7) days of winning the bid;
  • Cash or checks will be accepted and must be made payable to Sherman County School District;
  • There shall be no refunds and all sales are final.

Sherman County School District reserves the right to reject any or all bids received, to award any or all of the various items to separate bidders, to waive any informalities in the bids, and to award as best serves the interest of the District and the Public. All dimensions are approximate.

2. Wasco School Event Center Huge Rummage Sale, Sept. 23

Mark your calendar for Saturday, September 23 for a HUGE Rummage Sale to be held at the Wasco School Events Center Gym from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. There will be surplus school items such as desks, chairs, chalk boards, tables, and numerous other items available. Also, some items that might be considered “treasures” by many folks….maps, science equipment, art supplies, cafeteria trays, etc. We do have 5 fold-out cafeteria tables available, too. These sell for $1300-$1700 brand new!

Be sure to check out some of the updates at the Wasco School Events Center, too. The Fitness Center will be open with membership information available for those 18 years and older. Free hot dogs for the first 100 visitors!

3. Vintage Autos Take Center Stage at Maryhil’s Car is King Weekend

car.pavementOctober 7 & 8, 2017

(GOLDENDALE, Wash., September 11, 2017) — Celebrate Sam Hill’s love of roads October 7 & 8 during Car is King Weekend, a free two-day event featuring a classic car show, an open drive on the historic Maryhill Loops Road and a timed hill climb with vintage sports cars.  All activities are free on the grounds of Maryhill Museum of Art and at the historic Maryhill Loops Road. 


Concours de Maryhill | 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Classic car show; anyone can enter.  The day concludes with an awards presentation. Organized by Goldendale Motorsports Association. Free on museum grounds for spectators. Want to enter your car? See

Vintage Race Car Display | noon to 2 p.m. 
Members of the Maryhill Loops Vintage Hillclimb Association will have a range of vintage race cars on site. 

Drive the Maryhill Loops Road | Noon to 2 p.m.
Take a spin past the beautiful scenery and through the historic road’s eight hairpin curves. FREE on the historic Maryhill Loops Road, located just east of US 97 off of State Route 14.

Film Screening: King of Roads | 2 p.m.
King of Roads explores the rich cultural, political and economic forces that prompted the creation and restoration of the historic Columbia River Highway. The film traces the story of the highway from its very beginnings with a gang of dreamers lead by Sam Hill and road engineer Sam Lancaster – two men who lived large lives, and built and spoke poetically – and through the eyes of artists, historians and Gorge residents past and present. The film is directed and produced by Michael Friend and John Hardham, who will be on hand to introduce the film, answer questions and sign the accompanying coffee-table book.


Maryhill Loops Hill Climb | 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Vintage sports cars from the 1930s to 1960s race singly in a three-mile timed climb up the historic Maryhill Loops Road. FREE for spectators viewing the race from the Highway 97 Overlook and from designated viewpoints along the route.

Organized by the Maryhill Loops Vintage Hill Climb Association; only their approved cars and drivers will be competing. This program is assisted by members of the Tri-Cities Strictly British Motor Club; Yakima Valley Sports Car Club and Society of Vintage Racing Enthusiasts

Car is King Weekend is sponsored by the Goldendale Motor Sports Association, Maryhill Loops Vintage Hill Climb Association, Maryhill Museum of Art, Tri-Cities Strictly British Motor Club, and Yakima Valley Sports Car Club.

4. Sherman County Seeks to Encourage Rental Housing Development

ShermanCoLogoAfter hearing many stories of new employees hired by Sherman County businesses or organizations that would like to live in Sherman County but can’t find rental housing, Sherman County explored options to help spur the development of additional rental housing. A new incentive program will contribute up to $5,000 per new rental housing unit constructed as an incentive to developers. These funds would be given as a direct contribution upon completion of the development. This pilot program will be available to incentivize six new units in Sherman County on a first-come, first-served basis. More information about this incentive and an application is available on the County’s website here:

The County also offers low- or no-interest construction loans to developers of rental housing that do not qualify, or only partially qualify, for funding from a traditional housing lender. A developer could access both the loan program and incentive program. The County’s loan would be repaid within a short period when permanent mortgages provide the capital to repay the construction loan. This program is not to compete with private sector lending.

These programs are being offered in partnership with Mid-Columbia Economic Development District (MCEDD), which also has unique loan funds set aside for the development of Attainable Housing, serving the middle housing market of 60-120% median family income. For more information about these programs, contact Jessica Metta, Sherman County’s Economic Development Coordinator with MCEDD, at 541-296-2266 or

5. More Alike Than Different

How tolerant are you of people who look and think differently than you? With global divisions continuing to assert themselves, this is an important question – one which drives down to the very core of who we are as human beings.

There is a deep concern about hate crimes (meaning crimes motivated by racism, intolerance or bigotry) today. It is also very troubling that people under the age of 24 commit more than two thirds of these vicious crimes in the United States – and the trend seems to be spreading to other countries not normally known for such behavior.

A Harris Poll some time ago indicated that over fifty percent of the high school students had personally witnessed racial confrontations and four out of ten said that they would be willing to either participate in or silently support racial incidents. From the front pages of the newspapers, web news sites and blogs, things have not gotten much better. Depending upon your news outlet of choice, it appears to have gotten worse.

Now, experience should have taught us that hate, fear, and violence only survive where there is ignorance, and where a poor self-image makes it seem desirable to see others as somehow beneath us. Perhaps schools everywhere should reinforce the teaching of tolerance and respect right along with basic skills.

We live in a world where diversity is the rule rather than the exception. If our kids are threatened by differences or uncomfortable around others who don’t look or speak as they do, they aren’t likely to grow or go very far. And in a world that is getting smaller every day, we run the risk of letting our children fall behind.

Isn’t it time that we all take responsibility for supporting tolerance, not just in our schools, but everywhere? It’s time to help every child understand that we are all more alike than different. A good first step would to be to practice what we preach by getting to know someone different than ourselves. ~The Pacific Institute

6. Oregon Health Authority: Wildfire Smoke and Masks

People who must be outdoors may be considering the use of masks to help protect their lungs from wildfire smoke. Masks can create a false sense of security if not properly selected, fitted and used. There are a few things you should know if you are considering the use of a mask:

 Avoid the use of surgical masks, bandanas and other common masks. These have not been shown to prevent smoke exposure.

 Those with questions about use of masks in the workplace should contact their employers, or Oregon OSHA at

 There are specialized masks that may prevent some smoke exposure.

 Most people will find it difficult to use these specialized masks, called particulate respirators, in a way that provides protection because:

o Selecting the correct respirator size can be difficult.

o The type of respirator that is able to filter out harmful smoke particles is not available in children’s sizes.

o The fit of the respirator must be tested to make sure air does not leak around the sides. Leaking air means that exposure to smoke can still occur.

o Facial hair can cause the mask to not seal correctly.

o The masks can be uncomfortable. Even healthy adults may find that the increased effort required for breathing makes it uncomfortable to wear a respirator for more than short periods of time. Breathing may be even more difficult for those with heart and lung conditions.

o Care must be taken to select a “particulate respirator” that is marked with the word “NIOSH” and either “N95” or “P100” printed on it.

7. Eagle Creek Fire Daily Update for September 13th

Oregon Smoke Information:
Multnomah County Sheriff Flash Alert:
Hood River County Sheriff:
Road Closures:
Firewise Information:

The daily update is intended to provide a summary of public agency response operations addressing the Eagle Creek Fire.

Eagle Creek Fire (via Fire Information Center as of 9/13 at 8:00 a.m.):
The fire is approximately 36,636 acres and is 13 percent contained. The fire remains within established contingency planning lines and firefighters will continue to attack the fire by air as weather permits to slow its spread. Warmer, dry winds picked up yesterday evening, increasing fire behavior. On the northeast corner, the fire crossed Herman Creek into the Camp Creek drainage about two to three miles south of Interstate 84 (I-84). The fire ran approximately three miles to Nick Eaton Ridge with some spots toward Gordon Creek.
Crews are also establishing and strengthening contingency lines along the power line corridor east of Cascade Locks to Shellrock Mountain and from Mitchell Point to Wahtum Lake. These measures are in place to protect communities and the I-84 corridor. On the eastern end where the fire crossed Herman Creek, planners anticipate continued active fire behavior, though cooler temperatures and higher humidity predicted for the remainder of the week should help slow its spread.
Continued moderate to active fire behavior on the southeast corner will produce more smoke through the day. Residents can expect to see smoke from these actively burning areas within the fire’s perimeter.

Evacuation Levels (via Hood River County Sheriff’s Office as of 9/13 at 12:00 p.m.):
The Cascade Locks area level 3 notices are being rolled back to level 2. This means that all of the Cascade Locks area is now at level 2. The Sheriff’s Office would like to caution those returning to their homes that they should still be ready to evacuate at a moment’s notice.
Evacuation zone A4a has been upgraded to level 3, meaning residents should evacuate immediately. This zone runs along the I-84 corridor, from exit 47 and exit 56. This evacuation generally covers the Wyeth/Herman Creek Road area, including the tribal fishing in-lieu site.
Evacuation zone A4b has been upgraded to level 2, meaning residents should be ready to evacuate at a moment’s notice. This zone includes all residences west of Country Club Road from Frankton Road to York Hill Road, and all residences on the north and west side of York Hill Road. All residences on I-84 from mile post 57 to mile post 61, including Morton Road and Mitchell Point Road, are also included in the level 2 A4b zone.

The most up-to-date interactive evacuation map can be found at:

Weather (via National Weather Service Portland as of 9/13 at 8:52 a.m.):
A weak mid level low pressure will develop across the area late tonight and Thursday morning. This could result in a few light showers across our southeastern half of the county late tonight and Thursday morning, but confidence in this occurring is low at this point. Otherwise, additional weak upper level troughs will slide across the area through Saturday, keeping temperatures generally near seasonal averages with little in the way of precipitation. A change to cooler and wetter weather still looks on track for the extended forecast, which should help firefighters continue to make gains.

Highway & Road Closures (via Oregon Department of Transportation as of 9/13):
ODOT is working closely with fire officials to determine when westbound lanes of I-84 can reopen. Eastbound I-84 will remain closed at least another week– the minimum time required to complete rock removal. The Historic Columbia River Highway remains closed with no schedule to reopen.
(via Port of Hood River at 9/12) The Hood River Interstate Bridge is open and operating as normal. Fire and emergency response vehicles, school buses, and residents of Cascade Locks will have tolls waived until further notice. The Port urges bridge users to expect significant delays while I-84 remains closed and SR-14 remains restricted. Bridge users are reminded that the speed limit on the bridge is 25 MPH and only 5 MPH through the toll plaza.

Shelters (via Red Cross Cascades Region as of 9/12):
As of Tuesday, approximately 148 people have sought refuge at the Red Cross Shelter at the Skamania County Fairgrounds. Twenty-four people slept inside the shelter and another 124 stayed in RVs in the parking lot and ate meals, used shower facilities, etc. Red Cross has served 245 meals. Other shelters are also available in the area. Individuals seeking shelter for themselves or their animals due to evacuations in Hood River County should call 541-387-6911 (English) or 541-387-7080 (Spanish).”

Public Health & Hospitals (via Hood River County Public Health as of 9/13):
Smoke and air quality conditions in the Hood River area depend on weather and wildfire activity. The best protection is to avoid smoke altogether by staying inside, with windows and doors closed. Residents can view current air quality conditions at The index also offers guidance on what precautions various groups should take depending on air quality.
Food stored in refrigerators, coolers, and freezers may have gone bad, even if it smells and looks good (like meat, dairy cooked foods/leftovers). Discard any food that has spoiled or that was prepared seven days or more prior, even if the temperature remained at 41°F. Be safe: “If in Doubt, Throw it Out!”

Schools (via Hood River County School District as of 9/13 at 3:00 p.m.):
All Hood River County School District schools are operating on their normal schedule. Cascade Locks Elementary students continue to attend school at Westside Elementary, with transportation being provided from Skamania Fairgrounds. Refer to the school or district webpage for bus times. The district will make decisions about repopulating Cascade Locks Elementary School on a week-by-week basis. The school district sent notification to families that reside in the A4a and A4b evacuation zones. The schools operated on a regular schedule for the rest of the school day while also working to ensure that students living in the affected areas were safely reunified with their families. As the air conditions fluctuate across the valley, decisions regarding outdoor activities like recess and athletics will be made in consultation with the Health Department and visual inspection. Upgrades to air filtration systems are being made.

Recreation (via U.S. Forest Service as of 9/13 at 3:00 pm):
Due to fire fighting efforts and fire danger, all Mount Hood National Forest lands west of Highway 35 and north of Mount Hood remain closed.
(via Hood River County): Due to fire fighting operations, all Hood River County forest land is closed to the public.

Volunteer & Donation Information (via Oregon Office of Emergency Management):
The urge to help at this critical time is strong. While the generous outpouring of support from the public is appreciated, please do not send physical goods before confirming the need with a relief agency. Financial support to voluntary agencies responding to disasters is the most effective way to help people impacted by Oregon’s wildfires. For donation and volunteer information, call 541-387-6911 (English) or 541-387-7080 (Spanish).”

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