Sherman County eNews #280


  1. Westbound I-84 Will Close 6 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday for Tree Removal

  2. Shaniko Preservation Guild’s Tygh Valley Bluegrass Jamboree, Sept. 22-24

  3. Insurance Agencies & Community Groups to Help Oregonians Enroll in Health Insurance

  4. Preventing If Only…

  5. Profanity is a sign of inadequate vocabulary or unsound judgment — or both

  6. 2018-2023 State Historic Preservation Plan Open for Public Comment

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

1. Westbound I-84 Will Close 6 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday for Tree Removal

Oregon.Flat.poleThe westbound lanes of Interstate 84 will close between 6 a.m. and 11 a.m. Saturday, Hood River to Troutdale, for removal of large trees endangering the road.

The Bonneville Power Administration will remove the trees, some of which are located near the Toothrock Tunnel. Bringing down the trees could result in damage to road barriers. Crews will be on standby to quickly make repairs, if needed.

The westbound lanes will be closed from exit 62 in Hood River to exit 17 in Troutdale. ODOT will reopen the road as soon as safely possible.

I-84 closed on Sept. 4 because of the Eagle Creek Fire. The westbound lanes reopened Thursday Sept. 14. Sections of the road could close again, if necessary, because of changes in the fire or for road cleanup.

There is no schedule yet for re-opening the I-84 eastbound lanes.

2. Shaniko Preservation Guild’s Tygh Valley Bluegrass Jamboree, Sept. 22-24

Shaniko Preservation Guild

celebrates 18 years of Bluegrass music in North Central Oregon

at the Wasco County Fairgrounds at Tygh Valley

September 22-24!

Admission: Music pass required on the grounds – $30 weekend pass at Gate

Friday show $10 – Saturday all day $20

Camping extra, hookup reservations are full. Call Van at 541-318-8012

Sponsored by the Shaniko Preservation Guild

See events for discount music pass information.

music-notesWe are looking forward to another wonderful Jamboree and thank you to those wanting to participate in and attend the event.  As you know the Shaniko Preservation Guild sees preserving music as an important cultural goal. We also sponsor The Shaniko Ragtime and Vintage Music Festival in October each year for the same reason.

The educational parts of the Jamboree and the stage performances all serve to teach, inform and allow even new people to experience Bluegrass music which often leads to a desire and motivation to learn to play.  The workshops and slow jam offered by willing musicians are an excellent way for anyone who plays or who is thinking about it, to learn more and enjoy meeting others. 

The challenges and the competitive spirit of the Saturday Band Scramble is fun and the unique creative assembly, becomes a fond festival memory for those playing and those in the audience. Sound is provided by Ground Zero Sound, Mark Gensman.  Emcee is Mason Smith.  Fun & Games by Kathy Boyd.


·       Open Mic 5 p.m. (three songs – sign up at the gate table)

·       Woodland West 6:35 p.m.

·       Misty Mamas 7:35 p.m.

·       Jamboree host band, Kathy Boyd & Phoenix Rising & Friends 8:40 p.m.


·       Workshops 9 a.m.

·       Band Scramble 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

·       Lunch Break 12:30 – 3 p.m.

·       Open Mic on stage & Slow Jam at the entrance area 2 p.m.

·       Heartbreak Pass 3 p.m.-3:50 p.m.

·       Honey Don’t 4 p.m. – 4:50 p.m.

·       Dinner Break 5-6:30 p.m. – Shaniko Preservation Guild Fundraiser BBQ featuring Oregon Country Beef $10 plate or two for $18, child 12 & under $5

·       Bluegrass Evenin’ Roundup 6:30-9:30 p.m.

o   The Loafers 6:30 p.m.

o   Thomas Creek Band 7:30 p.m.

o   Puddletown Ramblers 8:30 p.m.

·       Drawings, Grandprize & Lifetime Pass 9:30 p.m.


·       Bluegrass/Gospel Finale

o   Front Porch Bluegrass Band 9 a.m.

o   Keening Foxhounds 10 a.m.

o   Mud Springs Gospel Band 11 a.m.

o   Misty Mamas at noon

o   Kathy Boyd & Phoenix Rising & Scavanger Hunt presentation 1 p.m.


Assemble at the stage area at 9 on Saturday morning. No instruments required, if you are thinking about playing, sit in on a beginning class.

·       Beginning Banjo 5-string by Chuck Holloway

·       Beginning to early intermediate Guitar by Dave Peterson of Puddletown Ramblers

·       Clawhammer Banjo by Martha Stone

·       Intermediate to Advanced Banjo by Mike Stahlman of The Loafers

·       Advanced Guitar by Aaron Stocek of The Loafers

·       Beginning Upright Acoustic Bass by Ken Luse

·       Beginning Fiddle by Tim Crosby of Kathy Boyd & Phoenix Rising

·       Harmonica by Dennis Nelson of Kathy Boyd & Phoenix Rising

·       Mandolin by Dave Elliot of The Loafers

·       Uke by Tom Tower of Kathy Boyd & Phoenix Rising

·       What to do between songs by Ron Taylor of Corral Creek.

3. Insurance Agencies & Community Groups to Help Oregonians Enroll in Health Insurance

(Salem) — The Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace has awarded outreach and consumer-assistance grants to six nonprofit groups and 31 insurance agencies. The awardees will use the grants, totaling $645,135, to publicize the upcoming health insurance open enrollment period and help Oregonians enroll in coverage through and other programs. Open enrollment this year runs from Nov.1 through Dec. 15.

“Open enrollment is just six weeks this year, so having a network of skilled, trusted professionals help people sign up for coverage is more important than ever,” said Jean Straight, acting director of the Department of Consumer and Business Services. “The Marketplace grants support this network.”

The state selected grantees after a competitive application process. Applicants were judged on multiple criteria, including their demonstrated ties to community networks, ability to reach underserved populations, and capacity to serve consumers whether they are eligible for plans or other programs, such as the Oregon Health Plan or Medicare.

The nonprofit groups — called community partners — receiving grants are:
Asian Health and Service Center
Cascade AIDS Project
Northeast Oregon Network (NEON)
Performance Health Technology (PH TECH)
Project Access NOW
The Rinehart Clinic

Insurance agencies — called partner agents — receiving grants are:
Aaron Michael Burns Insurance Services
Abel Insurance
Bancorp Insurance
Barlow Insurance LLC
Boone Insurance Associates
Bredimus Insurance Agency
Carney Insurance
Central Financial Services of Oregon
Country Financial
Exchange Insurance Services
FG Insurance
HE Cross Company
Health Insurance Place
Health Plans in Oregon
Health Plans NW
Healthwise Insurance
Healthy, Wealthy & Wise
High Desert Insurance
iCover Oregon
Insured by Gallegos
Linda Dugan Insurance
Matthew Woodbridge Insurance
Pfaff-Karren Insurance
Reinholdt & O’Harra Insurance
Revell Coy Insurance
RJS & Associates
Secure Tomorrow Insurance
The Health Insurance Store
Thippayaphorn Om Sukheenai
Tina VanPhung
Tomlin Benefit Planning

The grant award term is 12 months, with the community partners and partner agents serving consumers both during open enrollment and throughout the year. ~Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services

4. Preventing If Only…

There is an interesting phenomenon known as the “if only” syndrome. Some people think of “if only” as “Worry, Part 2.” Unfortunately, there is no pill we can take, and no inoculation to prevent it. However, once we understand what it is, we can take steps to avoid contracting it.

Now, do you know anyone with the “if only” syndrome? Maybe you have a touch of it yourself. People with this syndrome tend to blame others for their disappointments and failures. They blame their families (“Nobody could succeed with the parents I have”); their friends (“If only my so-called friends would come through for me, once in a while”); their circumstances (“It’s obvious that the deck is stacked against me”); and their complaints frequently start with the words “if only.”  “If only I had more money.” “If only I had paid more attention in school.” “If only I was better looking, a different race, a different age,” blah, blah, blah and so on.

These folks stumble through life feeling anxious or depressed, dreaming of unlikely events that will transform them – magically – through little or no effort of their own.  And because at their very core they envy the success of others, it’s hard for them to feel any genuine pleasure in anyone else’s successes. 

To avoid coming down with the “if only” syndrome, we need to take responsibility for our own life, once and for all. Give up blame and learn to hope. Give up faultfinding and learn to set achievable goals. Give up thinking about what you would do “if only” you could win the lottery and figure out what you can do with the 50 dollars you have, the skills and talents you have, the relationships you have, instead.

When we take responsibility for our lives, it becomes much easier to learn from the mistakes we inevitably make, and we get the added benefit of taking control of our successes. ~The Pacific Institute

5. Profanity is a sign of inadequate vocabulary or unsound judgment — or both

Mark Twain once observed that “the difference between the right word and the almost-right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug.” It is never appropriate to use profanity, especially among people you do not know well. Instead, build your vocabulary by reading and studying so that you can express yourself simply and eloquently. When you expand the number of words you know, you also expand your mind, because understanding the words and their meanings necessitates understanding the concepts behind them. Make sure you allow time each day for study and reflection. ~Napoleon Hill

6. 2018-2023 State Historic Preservation Plan Open for Public Comment

ORStateFlagAs part of its mission, the Oregon State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) in partnership with the community creates a statewide historic preservation plan every five years to identify what is special about Oregon and how best to preserve it for future generations. The plan addresses identifying and preserving historic places, educating the public about the State’s history, and building support for the organizations that curate our cultural legacy.

A draft of the 2018-2023 Preservation Plan is now open for comment through October 12, 2017. This plan was created using information gained from a public survey, six public meetings across the state, and workshop sessions with various commissions and work groups including the State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation, Oregon Heritage Commission, Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries, Oregon Historic Trails Advisory Commission, and the Intergovernmental Cultural Resource Council, a working group of federal and state agencies and tribal governments.

The public comment period will be open through October 12, 2017 and the public is encouraged to provide general comments in addition to focusing on the issue statements, goal statements, and objectives outlined in the plan.

The plan can be found at<>. For more information on the plan or to comment, contact Ian Johnson at<> or (503) 986-0678. You can also mail comments to The State Historic Preservation Office, Attn: Ian Johnson, 725 Summer St NE, Suite C, Salem, OR 97301.

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


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Sherman County eNews #279


  1. West Bound Lanes of I-84 now Open Hood River to Troutdale, Sept. 14

  2. WyEast Blog: First Look at the Gorge Fire

  3. Unit 20, Oregon Retired Educators to Meet, Sept. 19

  4. Falling into the Worry Pit

  5. St. Peter’s Oktoberfest, Oct. 8

  6. Sherman County Court Meeting Minutes, Aug. 16

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

1. West Bound Lanes of I-84 now Open Hood River to Troutdale, Sept. 14

Westbound Interstate 84 between Hood River and Troutdale reopened to all travelers just before 6:30 p.m. Sept. 14, 2017, ten days after the Eagle Creek Fire forced the closure of the highway.

  • All off-ramps along the 45-mile stretch of road will remain closed. This includes the off-ramps to Cascade Locks. Residents traveling to Cascade Locks will continue to use Bridge of the Gods.
  • Travelers may not stop anywhere along Interstate. This is still an active fire zone. Travelers will see active fire along the highway and firefighting equipment will be active in the area.  Stopping along shoulders is dangerous.
  • Don’t stop to take pictures; the shoulder is for emergency stopping only.
  • Cars parked on the shoulder will be towed. Tow trucks are staged in the area to ensure stopped vehicles are immediately towed.
  • Please travel cautiously; other travelers may be distracted by the changed scenery.
  • Do not use your electronic device while driving to take pictures or video. Follow all distracted driving laws.
  • Please watch for—and move over for—emergency vehicles. Fire crews are still using the interstate to fight the fire.
  • Travel through the area if only absolutely necessary.

If fire conditions change, I-84 westbound will close again. Travelers should be aware of this possibility and visit to check road conditions before heading out.

Eastbound I-84 will remain closed until authorities are confident the road is no longer threatened by falling debris, rolling rocks and the ongoing fire. ODOT crews continue to remove danger trees and pull down rocks loosened by the fire.

ODOT closed I-84 in both directions 6 p.m. Monday Sept. 4 because of danger from the Eagle Creek Fire.

2. WyEast Blog: First Look at the Gorge Fire


3. Unit 20, Oregon Retired Educators to Meet, Sept. 19

Unit 20, Oregon Retired Educators, will meet noon, Tuesday, September 19th, at The Barbecue in The Dalles.  Presenting the program will be Dulan McManus who will share what The Dalles Library has done to enhance its experiences for young people.  Luncheon reservations may be made by calling Wilma Townsend at 541-296-4356 by Saturday evening.

4. Falling into the Worry Pit

Most of us worry a bit from time to time, and there are probably a lot of us worrying about the state of the world these days. But you know, too much worry is a dangerous thing. You see, our awareness of the future is an important part of our search for meaning and purpose in life. However, when awareness of the future becomes dominated by uneasiness, then restlessness, fear and worry take over.

One of the staples in the Institute’s library is by J. Ruth Gendler, “The Book of Qualities.” Gendler makes “Worry” into a person who seems very real:

“Worry etches lines on people’s foreheads when they are not paying attention. She makes lists of everything that could go wrong while she is waiting for the train. She is sure she left the stove on, and the house is going to explode in her absence. When she makes love, her mind is on the failure rates and health hazards of birth control. The drug companies want worry to test their new tranquilizers, but they don’t understand what she knows too well: no drug can ease her pain. She is terrified of the unknown.”

That is the bad news. The good news is that, just as we manufacture stress by repeatedly looking forward in fear, we can learn to build new habits that replace worry with more constructive, positive thoughts.  And in taking charge of our own thoughts, we are less at the mercy of other voices that seek to decide, for us, how we think and what we think about. Let’s face it, there is a lot of manipulation going on these days. We want to be very careful to avoid falling into a worry pit.

We can short-circuit the downward spiral of worry and fear and substitute images that will work for us instead of against us. We can learn to do this, because it is happening every day, all over the world. Today seems like a good place to start . . . ~The Pacific Institute

5. St. Peter’s Oktoberfest, Oct. 8

Come join us for a great celebration at St. Peter’s Oktoberfest, Sunday October 8th . 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; Cousins’ and Spooky’s dinner certificates. Call Gisela at 509-637-0303 for tickets or more information.

6. Sherman County Court Meeting Minutes, Aug. 16





August 16, 2017

Court opened:  9:05 a.m. 

Present:  Judge Thompson, Commissioner McCoy, Commissioner Dabulskis, Temporary Administrative Assistant Carmen Frost

A quorum was present.

Additions to Agenda:

1.4 – Executive Session in Accordance with ORS 192.660 (2) (i) Personnel

2.3 – IGA Transferring, Merging, and Dissolving Frontier Digital Network

  • Appointment Schedule:
  • 9:00 a.m.        Public Hearing – Ordinance to Transfer Frontier Digital Network (FDN) to Frontier

                                       TeleNet, and Terminate FDN

Present:  Will Carey, County Counsel

Judge Thompson opened a public hearing at 9:05 a.m.  County Counsel, Will Carey, explained that two readings of the ordinance are required.  The most expedient way to do the readings is by title only and that by including the emergency clause, the ordinance will go into effect immediately; otherwise, it would be a 90-day wait.

Being no further discussion before the court, the public hearing was closed at 9:09 a.m.

Motion by Commissioner McCoy, second by Commissioner Dabulskis, to have the first reading of Ordinance #04-2017 by title only.

Vote:   3-0

Yes:     Dabulskis, McCoy, Thompson

No:      0

Abstain:  0 

Judge Thompson read the ordinance by title only. 

Motion by Commissioner Dabulskis, second by Commissioner McCoy, to accept the first reading by title only.

Vote:   3-0

Yes:     Dabulskis, McCoy, Thompson

No:      0

Abstain:  0

Motion by Commissioner Dabulskis, second by Commissioner McCoy, to have the second reading of Ordinance #04-2017 by title only.

Vote:   3-0

Yes:     Dabulskis, McCoy, Thompson

No:      0

Abstain:  0

Judge Thompson read the ordinance by title only.

Motion by Commissioner Dabulskis, second by Commissioner McCoy, to accept the second reading by title only, and to adopt the ordinance.

Vote:   3-0

Yes:     Dabulskis, McCoy, Thompson

No:      0

Abstain:  0

  • 9:30 a.m.        Mike Smith – Frontier TeleNet Update, Community Counseling Solutions

Present:  Mike Smith, Will Carey, County Counsel

Community Counseling Solutions

First topic of discussion was Community Counseling Solutions (CCS), the mental health provider for Morrow, Wheeler, Gilliam, and Grant counties.   Mike Smith explained since November 2016, CCS has been working toward developing a respite center for children who have no place to go after being removed from a home.  They often land in a hospital or other inappropriate place due to lack of available space.

Mike presented a written proposal and documentation showing the location of the county-owned property, south of Rufus, that he would like to propose as a possible location for CCS to build a respite center.  Sherman County was suggested due to being the most westerly member of the Eastern Oregon Coordinated Care Organization (EOCCO) with its proximity to the Medical Director for CCS, and the Portland region.  A meeting with the District Attorney, Sheriff, County Judge, School Superintendent and the Juvenile Director was held in January of this year and the group is unanimously in favor of the project.

The facility will house 6-10 children, ages 13-17, and employ up to 15 people, and potentially more. There are also new and developing opportunities through the Oregon Health Authority that would expand the usage of the property within this framework.  Mike has discussed the proposal with the Court and County Counsel, and would like to formally request a 50-year lease in exchange for the development of new services in Sherman County, and the significant employment it will bring to the area.  Additionally, Mike cited the following applicable ordinance:  “Under ORS 271.330(2), the County may relinquish the title to a nonprofit that is providing any of the following:   (a) low income housing, (b) social services, or, (c) child care services.  As used in this section, the phrase “social services” and “child care services” include, but are not limited to, education, training, counseling, health and mental health services and the provisions of the facilities and administrative services to support social services and child care services.”

Will Carey, County Counsel, reported that CCS would like the County to donate the land.  He is recommending a 50-year lease instead.  If CCS would want to sublet, it could be written into the lease that they would need the Court’s consent.

Commissioner Dabulskis suggested doing additional research of CCS so that the Court is prepared to address questions and concerns that residents or nearby neighbors might have.  Will Carey suggested notifying the neighbors in advance; Judge Thompson noted that they will be notified because of the required conditional-use permit.  Commissioner McCoy suggested having CCS Executive Director, Kimberly Lindsay, attend the next County Court session and invite neighbors to attend to allow them the opportunity to speak with her directly.  Mike will contact Kimberly, and Commissioner Dabulskis will contact his neighbors, about attending the September 6th County Court session.

Frontier TeleNet

In his Frontier TeleNet update to the Court, Mike mentioned that Gilliam and Wheeler Counties are considering the same merger that Sherman County adopted in today’s public hearing.  Mike reported that Gilliam County is considering a fiber project and has hired an independent consultant, Joe Franell, the CEO of Eastern Oregon Telecom.  They will be working with Zayo to build fiber from Arlington to Prineville.  Commissioner McCoy pointed out that this project will complete the circuit from the digital switch to the 911 center with buried fiber.

Zayo is also interested in running fiber through Wheeler County on the way to Prineville.  In the negotiation, Mike intends to provide Wheeler County the ability to connect to the fiber, so that Wheeler County will have the option to do so in the future.  Mike mentioned they hope to have negotiations completed by the 28th of this month.  Sherman County’s fiber will connect with Gilliam’s fiber in Arlington and continue down to Condon.  Additionally, Sherman County will be connecting to the Burns Paiute Indian Tribe, providing their 911 service, and this also provides an opportunity in Harney County.  Frontier TeleNet is making the investment to assist Harney County; negotiations are in process.  All of these connections make the digital switch more useful.

Mike reported that the Cottonwood and the Wheeler County wireless projects are going well and moving forward;  waiting for the Governor to approve so that they can get started.  The first phase of the wireless project will increase the wireless capability for all cities at once, and each city will have over 1 gigabit available for use.  This wireless service could provide internet service to residents in rural areas who use medical monitoring devices, allowing wellness check-ins without having to travel to the doctor’s office.

Mike reported that website bids are coming in.  Even though all requests for information have been met (except requests for documents that do not exist), having a website will allow Frontier TeleNet to post minutes, information, documents, by-laws, board packets, plans, missions, goals, updates, communications, etc., making the information readily available and easier for public access.  Mike, Will Carey, County Counsel, and the Court had a brief discussion about a physical space in a centralized location for storing records.

Mike reported discussions with internet service providers (ISP) are going very well.  One of the providers would like to provide internet service in the cities by utilizing the existing technology, such as co-axial cable.  With upgrading, this technology could provide up to 100-megabytes-per-second (Mbps) speeds which would relieve the wireless network, raising the wireless speeds significantly.  Mike will be taking this company on a tour of Moro and Grass Valley where the co-axial cable still exists.

Mike reported that they have been working with Association of Counties (AOC) to work with Frontier TeleNet to look at the configuration.  He will be meeting with AOC again tomorrow.  Mike also reported that the Frontier TeleNet meeting this Friday will be cancelled due to Solar Eclipse traffic, and rescheduled for possibly the following Friday at the Extension office.  They have picked the third Friday to hold their monthly meeting, rather than a random schedule, and rotating the location.

Lastly, Mike reported that he will be attending a Senate Rural Summit in Washington D.C.  He was invited by Senator Merkley’s office to discuss broadband, healthcare, and transportation.

  • 10:30 a.m. Rod Asher, Weed District Supervisor – August 21 Employee Attendance,

Vehicle Purchase

Present:           Rod Asher, Weed District Supervisor, Will Carey, County Counsel

Rod Asher, Weed District Supervisor, requested using his accrued comp time to give the Weed District staff a paid day off on Monday, August 21.  This is the date of the solar eclipse event that will cover Oregon.  Emergency Services have been prompted to be on alert for a high volume of visitors to Oregon.  Eight of the nine Weed District employees are volunteer firefighters and some are medical first responders.  Giving these employees a paid day off will allow them to respond, if needed, without the worry of financial loss.  Rod pointed out that comp time has no true value; he is willing to reduce his comp time balance by 72 hours (8 hours x 9 employees) to facilitate the availability of volunteer emergency services responders for this event.  Judge Thompson asked County Counsel, Will Carey, if this is legal.  Will replied yes.

Motion by Commissioner McCoy, second by Commissioner Dabulskis, to allow Weed District Supervisor, Rod Asher, to use his accrued comp time to give the Weed District staff a paid day off on August 21st, 2017, and reduce his comp time balance by 72 hours (8 hours x 9 employees) to facilitate the availability of volunteer emergency services responders for the solar eclipse event.

            Vote:   3-0

Yes:     Dabulskis, McCoy, Thompson

No:      0

Abstain:  0 

Rod requested the purchase of a 2017 Ford F-350 using the Weed Sinking Fund in the amount of $36,790.80 from the state bid process through Northside Trucks in Portland.  Rod explained that the vehicle will replace the 2000 Ford F-350 with 189,200 miles on it.  This vehicle will be retained and will replace their back-up vehicle, a 1985 Chevy C-30.

Motion by Commissioner McCoy, second by Commissioner Dabulskis, to approve the purchase of a 2017 Ford F-350, using the Weed Sinking Fund in the amount of $36,790.80 from the state bid process through Northside Trucks in Portland, Oregon.

Vote:   3-0

Yes:     Dabulskis, McCoy, Thompson

No:      0

Abstain:  0

1.4       Executive Session in Accordance with ORS 192.660 (2) (i) Personnel 

Present:  Debbie Hayden, Finance Director, Will Carey, County Counsel

Motion by Commissioner Dabulskis, second by Commissioner McCoy, to enter into executive session in accordance with ORS 192.660 (2) (i) Personnel.

Vote:   3-0

Yes:     Dabulskis, McCoy, Thompson

No:      0

Abstain:  0

The Court entered into executive session at 11:52 a.m.

Lauren Hernandez, Administrative Assistant, has decided to return to her position in a temporary capacity, working two days per week until the end of the year.  The Court discussed how best to move forward in filling the position.

Executive session closed at 12:19 p.m.

Motion by Commissioner McCoy, second by Commissioner Dabulskis, to advertise for a County Court Administrative Assistant.

Vote:   3-0

Yes:     Dabulskis, McCoy, Thompson

No:      0

Abstain:  0

  • Action Items:
  • Order to Destroy Unissued County Checks

Motion by Commissioner McCoy, second by Commissioner Dabulskis, to authorize the Sherman County Finance Director to destroy unissued county checks due to incorrect amounts or printer error.

Vote:   3-0

Yes:     Dabulskis, McCoy, Thompson

No:      0

Abstain:  0

  • Courthouse Renovation Change Proposal for the Solar Electric System

Motion by Commissioner McCoy, second by Commissioner Dabulskis, to approve a change proposal and order for a solar electric system to be installed on the roof of the new building, at a cost of $70,636.00, and authorize Judge Thompson to sign.

Vote:   3-0

Yes:     Dabulskis, McCoy, Thompson

No:      0

Abstain:  0

2.3       IGA Transferring, Merging, and Dissolving Frontier Digital Network

Motion by Commissioner Dabulskis, second by Commissioner McCoy, to approve the Intergovernmental Agreement transferring and merging all assets and obligations from Frontier Digital Network into Frontier TeleNet and thereafter dissolving Frontier Digital Network and operating all its requirements under Frontier TeleNet, and authorize Judge Thompson to sign.

Vote:   3-0

Yes:     Dabulskis, McCoy, Thompson

No:      0

Abstain:  0

  • Discussion Items:
  • Loans with Main Street Project

Present:     Perry Thurston, Resident, Moro, Deborah Rudometkin, Co-chair, Main Street     Improvement Committee, Will Carey, County Counsel

Perry Thurston, Moro Resident and City Council member, explained that he was in attendance to discuss timing of the allocation of the funds made available through the Main Street Project.  Commissioner McCoy clarified that $15,000 had been allocated; the City will provide $15,000 and the County will match that amount.  Perry explained that this is a pilot project; Moro is the first city to utilize the funds.  He is interested in setting a precedent by doing the right thing with full disclosure.  Perry would like to see the City Council (Council) and the Main Street Improvement Committee (Committee) work together before obtaining the funds from Sherman County.

So far there has been a walk-through that did not include full participation of the Council, only Perry, Seth VonBorstel, the mayor, and some members of the Committee.  The next City Council meeting is September 5th.  Perry would like to make sure that the Council has reviewed that everything has been done, and the Committee has made recommendations to the Council prior to approaching the Court for disbursement of funds.

Deborah Rudometkin, Main Street Improvement Committee, agreed that any decisions to disburse funds needs to be tabled until the Committee has voted at their next meeting (August 29), and have made recommendations to the Council at the next City Council meeting (September 5th).  She also emphasized the importance of transparency.  There is a great deal of collective knowledge within the Committee and she would like to see this be a positive, cohesive experience for everyone.  She wants to make sure that everything has been voted on and is done according to legal order.

Judge Thompson pointed out that it’s not the County’s responsibility to administer the funds once they have been disbursed.  Perry replied that he wants the County’s confidence when they vote on the disbursement of the funds.  Judge Thompson clarified that Perry and Deborah will need to check with Finance Director, Debbie Hayden; if someone from the City has already requested the funds, the funds would have already been disbursed.

Commissioner McCoy stepped away to check with Debbie and reported back that $11,000 has been disbursed for the branding iron project, leaving $4000 remaining to be disbursed for other city projects.  Deborah was not aware of this; Perry pointed out that this is an example of the lack of cohesiveness and lack of communication between the two groups. Will Carey, County Counsel, reiterated that it is not the County’s responsibility to govern the City.

Commissioner McCoy suggested that if there are cities not utilizing the funds that have been allocated, other cities might be able to receive the funds if they have additional projects and come before the Court with the proper justification for the additional project(s).  Will Carey advised that money not be given away to another city until the end of the fiscal year.  Judge Thompson mentioned that this is a new project and in the experimental stage; adjustments may have to be made along the way.  Deborah suggested that there be stipulations included with the disbursement of funds so that everything is above board.  Commissioner McCoy again stated that it is not the County’s responsibility to administer the funds once they have been disbursed.  Judge Thompson suggested that they confer with the League of Oregon Cities to assist in working through their differences.

  • Commissioner Reports

Judge Thompson – Attended AOC Summit.  Judge Thompson reported that AOC is eliminating three positions and that the winter convention will be shorter (Tuesday – Thursday); Sherman County will be hosting the AOC District 3 Regional meeting in September.  Judge Thompson attended a meeting in Cottonwood Canyon to discuss FLAP grant.

Commissioner McCoy – Attended Mid-Columbia Council of Governments (MCCOG) meeting –a decision was made to consider dissolving MCCOG and the group discussed possible agencies that could assume responsibility for the programs MCCOG has been administering; had lunch with Mike Smith to discuss Frontier TeleNet; met with Brian Brandenburg at Northern Oregon Regional Correctional Facility (NORCOR).

Commissioner Dabulskis – Prior to harvest, Commissioner Dabulskis took a tour of Starvation Lane and attended the shift festival.  While at the festival, he voiced his concern of the fire dance being done on grass rather than sand and feels this needs to be addressed.  He also went to the medical tent and made sure they were aware it may take some time for an ambulance to arrive if there was an emergency.

4.0       Consent Agenda:

  • Minutes of August 2, 2017

Motion by Commissioner McCoy, second by Commissioner Dabulskis, to approve the minutes of August 2, 2017, as presented.

Vote:   3-0

Yes:     Dabulskis, McCoy, Thompson

No:      0

Abstain:  0

  • Revenue/Expenditure Summary – July 2017

Motion by Commissioner McCoy, second by Commissioner Dabulskis, to approve the Revenue/Expense Summary for the month of July 2017, as presented.

Vote:   3-0

Yes:     Dabulskis, McCoy, Thompson

No:      0

Abstain:  0

  • Treasurer’s Report – July 2017

Motion by Commissioner Dabulskis, second by Commissioner McCoy, to approve the Treasurer’s Report for the month of July 2017, as presented.

Vote:   3-0

Yes:     Dabulskis, McCoy, Thompson

No:      0

Abstain:  0

  • Future Agenda Items:

No future agenda items presented.

Court closed:  12:20 p.m.

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


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Dear Everyone, Please Stop Doing These Things At Restaurants


WyEast Blog: First Look at the Gorge Fire

“When we set aside our differences — and it’s amazing sometimes how little our differences are — we put our country and the citizens of our country first.”   President Donald J. Trump

Oregon Capital Insider

Pew Research Center: Partisans Differ Widely in Views of Police Officers, College Professors

Insiders Confirm State Dept’s Benghazi Cover-up

Hurricane Irma Imagery

Americans Are Poorly Informed About Basic Constitutional Provisions


Sherman County eNews #278


  1. Classifieds

  2. Calendar

1. Classifieds (new or corrected)


REMINDERS: Free classified ads are published on Fridays. The deadline is Wednesday at 5. Please submit ads by using the Submit News page. Include who, what, where, when, & how, contact information and the final Friday date for posting your ad (shown by the date at the end of the ad, for example, 3/17), and contact information, under 50 words if possible. This service is limited to Sherman County. Links are welcome.  Please share your Thank You and Congratulatory notes and Joyful News here. ~ The Editor


CONGRATULATIONS to RILEY BROWN on his graduation from OSU with BS in Ag Business Management and a minor in Communications!  Riley is the son of Charley and Cindy Brown of Moro and grandson of Lee and Karen Kaseberg of Wasco and Charles and Norma Brown of Rufus.

THANKS, FRIENDS HELPING FRIENDS! A photo posted by Debbie Brown shows a dusty road with at least 8 trucks hastening toward the site of a fire.  It happened to be a shed on my land at Starvation  Point. Don Coats pointed out how this is something we are able to count on. As the recipients of their assistance let me again express gratitude for this trait which we are able to count on………friends helping friends. Of course, those of us who have lived here always find this one of the things we love about Sherman County!  May I express appreciation for you wonderful people who were spread all over The Point when I finally heard about the fire and came to see what had happened. Lost nothing which can’t be replaced or regrown. Thanks so much! ~ Nell Melzer and Allan, Bruce and Doug.

JOYFUL NEWS! [births, birthdays, engagements, weddings & anniversaries]


SHERMAN COUNTY SCHOOL CONCESSIONS OPPORTUNITY. The Sherman County School is looking for community members to help with concessions during sporting events.  If your group or organization is looking to raise a little money, contact Darcy Henry at Sherman County School to inquire about available dates. Thank you! ~Darcy Henry, Food Services Manager, 541-565-3500 or 541-993-6743 (cell), Sherman County School District.  10/13

WASCO SCHOOL EVENT CENTER HUGE RUMMAGE SALE. 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! 9/22

NON-PROFIT OPPORTUNITY.  Sherman County Emergency Services has cans and bottles to donate to a non-profit.  If interested, please contact Shawn at 541-565-3100. 9/15

GIFTS & GOOD READS: THE MUSEUM STORE. The Sherman County Museum Store has some great items for gifts. Our new horse “Rusty” and “Farmer Cow” join old favorites “Dolly” and “Gallop” $19.99. Cool new stemless wine glasses with the Museum logo $8.95. Logo mugs $8.95. Goat Milk Soap in some new scents from Windrift Hill $3.95. Goat Milk Lotion & Body Butter $6.50 & $7.50. Good selection of books by Rick Steber, Jane Kirkpatrick and Craig Lesley $12.00-$18.00. Beautiful flour sack towels that make a nice gift, $8.95-$16.95. Cute burlap tote bag with a Sherman County Design $12.00. Sherman County Historical Museum and Store, 200 Dewey Street, Moro, Oregon. Open May 1st-October 31st, 7 days a week, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.    9/15


AREA REPRESENTATIVE for INTERNATIONAL STUDENT EXCHANGE PROGRAMS. ASSE International Student Exchange Programs is seeking individuals to serve as Area Representatives in your local community.  ASSE provides academic year and semester exchange programs in the United States for high school students from around the world.  Students are 15 to 18 years of age, have passed a series of academic and character requirements and are awaiting an opportunity to embark on their American Adventure. Area Representatives recruit and screen prospective host families, interview students to study abroad and supervise the exchange students in their community.  Area representatives are compensated based on the number of students they are supervising. There is also a great bonus opportunity.  ASSE’s primary goal is to contribute to International understanding by enabling students to learn about other languages and cultures through active participation in family, school and community life. ASSE’s Area Representatives are the cornerstone of the organization, making all of this possible! For more information about ASSE or becoming an Area Representative, please call our Western Regional Office at 1-800-733-2773 or email us at Please check out our website at  We look forward to welcoming you to the ranks of Area Representatives nationwide – striving towards a world of understanding, one child at a time!  10/13


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.

SANTA & MRS. CLAUS OUTFITS complete with wigs, boots, belts, bells, etc. and, purchased new used only one season. Please contact Linda at 509 833 4040. 10/06

OREGON STATE SHERIFFS’ SALES: This page contains listings of Oregon Foreclosed Properties and Public Auctions. Cities include but are not limited to Rufus and Wasco. 9/29

HOUSE AND PROPERTY IN GRASS VALLEY. 4+ Bedroom/1 Bath house on 0.86 acres for sale by owner. $121,000 or best offer. Contact Deb Miller or 509-750-9707.   10/06

PROPERTY IN GRASS VALLEY. For sale by owner. Utilities are accessible. $60,000 or best offer. Contact Deb Miller or 509-750-9707.  12/01

GIFTS & GOOD READS: THE MUSEUM STORE. The Sherman County Museum Store has some great items for gifts. Our new horse “Rusty” and “Farmer Cow” join old favorites “Dolly” and “Gallop” $19.99. Cool new stemless wine glasses with the Museum logo $8.95. Logo mugs $8.95. Goat Milk Soap in some new scents from Windrift Hill $3.95. Goat Milk Lotion & Body Butter $6.50 & $7.50. Good selection of books by Rick Steber, Jane Kirkpatrick and Craig Lesley $12.00-$18.00. Beautiful flour sack towels that make a nice gift, $8.95-$16.95. Cute burlap tote bag with a Sherman County Design $12.00. Sherman County Historical Museum and Store, 200 Dewey Street, Moro, Oregon. Open May 1st-October 31st, 7 days a week, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.    9/15 

PROPERTY NEAR MORO. A chance to own 1.5 acres close to Moro but still in the country. All utilities are available. This property is waiting for you to bring your house plans and call it home. Subject to final short plat approval, taxes to be determined. $55,000. RMLS# 17410095 – Tiffany Hillman  11/10


SERVICES: [home, personal, appliance, landscape, fencing, cleaning, maintenance, janitorial, computer, construction, sewing, repairs, transportation, media, preschool, day care, restaurant, support & training]

WASCO SCHOOL EVENTS CENTER. Facilities Manager Melissa Montesanti may be reached by calling the office – 541-442-5778. Office hours are Monday thru Thursday 10:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. 






2. Calendar (new or corrected)


15 Frontier Digital Network Public Hearing 9:45 Jeanne Burch Bldg., Fossil

15 Frontier TeleNet Board Meeting follows Hearing, Burch Bldg., Fossil

16 Maryhill Museum of Art Annual Benefit Auction

19 Sherman County Public/School Library Board Meeting 6

20 Sherman County Court 9

20 Gorge Tech Showcase 6 Springhouse Cellar Winery

22 Autumn Begins

22 Sherman County School District Hall of Honor Dinner & Reception 5:30

         with Awards at half-time of the football game at Sherman

23 Wasco School Events Center Open House & Rummage Sale 11-3

25 Sherman County Photography Club 6 Steve Burnet Bldg., Moro

25 Mid-Columbia Housing Authority Board Meeting 10 The Dalles

26 Mid-Columbia Council of Governments Board Meeting

26 Free Workshop: Health Insurance 101 12-1 Celilo Cancer Center

26 Mid-Columbia Community Action Council Board Meeting

28 Columbia Gorge CASA’s Fall Volunteer Training Starts (541) 386-3468

29 Association of Oregon Counties District 3 Meeting 10-2 Burnet Building, Moro

30 Sherman High Class of ’67 Reunion Celebration 5:30-10 Civic Auditorium

30 Two Great Celebrations Countryfied & McGuire 5:30 Grass Valley Pavilion


1 Sherman High Class of ’67 Luncheon & School Tour

1 Tour The Dalles Homes Away from Home Scholarship Benefit 1-5

2 Lower John Day Area Commission on Transportation 10-12 Rufus

4 Sherman County Court 9

4 All County Prayer Meeting Refreshments/Social 6:30

         Prayer 7-8:30 Wasco Church of Christ

7 First Saturday Art Walk & & Farmers’ Market 10-5 Moro

7 St. Peter’s Oktoberfest, The Dalles

7 Hood River Hops Fest (new date)

7-8 Maryhill Museum Car is King Weekend


10 Sherman Soil & Water Conservation District Board 8:30

10 Sherman County Watershed Council 11:30

10 North Central Public Health District Board Meeting 3 The Dalles

10 Mid-Columbia Center for Living Board Meeting 11-2 The Dalles

10-12 Maryhill Museum of Art Fall Museum Week

11 Sherman County Senior & Community Center Advisory 12:30 Senior Center

12 Free Medicare Class 1-3 CGCC The Dalles Campus (541) 506-6011

14 Oregon Historic Cemeteries Commission Workshop, Sherman County

17-18 Maryhill Museum of Art Fall Museum Week

18 Sherman County Court 9

19 Northern Oregon Correctional Facility Board Meeting 10 NORCOR, The Dalles

19-20 Oregon Connections Telecommunications Conference, Hood River

21 Maryhill Museum of Art Appraisal Clinic

21 Columbia Gorge Genealogy Society Genealogy Jamboree 10 Discovery Center

21 Wasco County Historical Society Annual Meeting & Program

23 Mid-Columbia Housing Authority Board Meeting 11 The Dalles

28 Maryhill Museum of Art Tango Party



1 Sherman County Court 9

1 All County Prayer Meeting Refreshments/Social 6:30

         Prayer 7-8:30 Kent Baptist Church

5 Daylight Saving Time Ends


8 Sherman County Senior & Community Center Advisory Group 12


14-16 Association of Oregon Counties Conference



Sherman County eNews #277


  1. A Vintage Evening “Boot Scootin’ Boogie Ball,” Oct. 7

  2. Right In Front of Us

  3. Public Meeting Notice: Sherman County Court, Sept. 20

  4. Red Cross Continues to Help Wildfire Evacuees; Relocates Hood River County Shelter

  5. Central Oregon Fire Updates

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

1. A Vintage Evening “Boot Scootin’ Boogie Ball,” Oct. 7

cowboy.bootColumbia Gorge Discovery Center hosts the annual “A Vintage Evening: Boot Scootin’ Boogie Ball” auction fundraiser, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., beef burgundy dinner starts 6:30 p.m. and the live auction kicks off at 7:10 p.m. at the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center, 5000 Discovery Drive in The Dalles.

Enjoy country line-dance music by DJ Randy Haines, dance lessons with Danette Utley, whiskey, wine & beer tasting, live and silent auction. Tickets $45 per person, $400 per table for 10. This is a 21 and older event. Tickets on sale now at the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center. Call 541-296-8600 x 201 or visit for more information.

2. Right In Front of Us

eye2Do you know what Scotomas are? Everyone has them and they can keep you from seeing the opportunities all around you.

So, what exactly is a “Scotoma?” A scotoma is what doctors call the defect that blocks sight in one part of our visual field. It is also a term we use to describe our occasional failure to see what is right in front of us because we build our own Scotoma, a mental blind spot, to it. And we can create Scotomas for all of our senses.

You see for the most part, we see what we expect to see or what we look for. We also hear what we expect to hear, taste what we expect to taste, smell what we expect to smell, and sense what we expect when we touch something soft or hard or scratchy. In other words, Scotomas work on our sensory perceptions. So, we do not see, hear, taste, smell or feel what is really there.

What we expect to see/hear/taste/smell/touch is determined by our beliefs about reality. If we believe the world is a hostile, unfriendly place, we will see evidence to support that belief everywhere we look. But if we believe people are basically good and that the world is a supportive, friendly place, then that is what we will see and experience.

Now, our beliefs are mostly a matter of how we have been conditioned, often since birth. But once we become adults, it is possible to become aware of our conditioning, our belief systems, and even our Scotomas. And sometimes, when we discover our Scotomas, when we realize that our conditioning has led us in the wrong direction, it can be quite the jolt to our psyche.

The good news is that we can choose to expand our consciousness, remove our blind spots, and adopt beliefs that will help us grow instead of clinging to expectations and attitudes that keep us suspicious and our worlds small. By the simple act of making this choice, we actually start the wheels turning toward a better future.

And, by the daily affirmation of goals that support our commitment, we become top-notch Scotoma Busters – and that is when we really start to grow! ~The Pacific Institute

3. Public Meeting Notice: Sherman County Court, Sept. 20

The Sherman County Court will be in session Wednesday, September 20, 2017, beginning at  9:00 a.m. in the Circuit Courtroom at the Sherman County Courthouse, 500 Court Street, Moro, Oregon, 97039. The agenda, including updates, will be posted on the Sherman County Website at

 CoCourtAgenda Sept20 2017

4. Red Cross Continues to Help Wildfire Evacuees; Relocates Hood River County Shelter

fire2The local American Red Cross in Oregon and SW Washington continues to help people evacuated from their homes because of the Eagle Creek Fire. Due to ongoing fire activity and at the request of Hood River County, the Red Cross will be relocating its shelter to Hood River.

Red Cross responders are currently operating two wildfire relief shelters and providing food, water, shelter, health services and emotional support for evacuees.

As of yesterday, the Red Cross had distributed approximately 10,830 meals and snacks at the two shelters since the start of the relief operation on September 3. Approximately 5,047 meals and snacks have been served at the Multnomah County shelter and approximately 5,783 meals and snacks have been served at the Hood River County shelter.

The shelter located at Skamania County Fairgrounds Hedgewald Center in Stevenson, WA is being relocated to the Hood River Assembly of God, located at 979 Tucker Rd., Hood River, OR 97031 after dinner this evening. All services available at the Red Cross shelter at the Skamania County Fairgrounds will be available to evacuees at the new shelter location, including pet sheltering assistance. Evacuee RVs may park at Hood River Port Lot 1, 1000 E. Port Marina Dr., Hood River, OR 97031 free of charge.

* As of last night, approximately 45 people were assisted at the Red Cross shelter located in Multnomah County.
* As of last night, approximately 60 people were assisted at the Red Cross shelter located in Hood River County.

How to Help Relief Efforts:
Donations: People interested in helping Red Cross relief efforts are asked to please make a financial donation to the American Red Cross at, by calling 1-800-RED CROSS. Financial donations allow the Red Cross to be flexible in the help we deliver and ensure that we can provide what disaster victims need most during a relief operation.

Wildfire Relief: you can designate your donation to the “Local Red Cross.” Call 503-528-5634 to make a financial donation specifically to “Oregon Wildfires.”

In-Kind Donations: the American Red Cross may accept large quantities of solicited in-kind products or services to support relief efforts. To inquire about in-kind donations in bulk, call 503-528-5634.

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or find us on Facebook at, Twitter at @RedCrossCasc and find us on Instagram at @RedCrossCascades.

5. Central Oregon Fire Updates, Sept. 13

Partial Restriction of Cascade Lakes Highway

Posted: 13 Sep 2017 05:38 PM PDT

Traffic on a portion of the Cascades Lake Highway near Elk Lake will be restricted to one lane with a pilot car starting on Friday, Sept. 15, 2017, to assure firefighter and public safety.
Lane restrictions are anticipated to be in effect through at least Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017. Longer restrictions may be necessary.

Firefighters assigned to the Horse Creek Complex fires, which include the Nash and Separation Fires on the Willamette National Forest, are working along the roadway to clear a 300-foot firebreak.  Trees are being felled and decked in the area. Heavy equipment and trucks are parked along and in the highway.

In addition, visibility may be limited due to smoke in the area. The public should expect sporadic travel delays, limited visibility due to smoke and increased traffic from firefighting efforts along this portion of the Cascade Lakes Highway.

For more information on this, the Nash Fire or any other fires in the Horse Creek Complex please call (541) 719-8371.

Firefighters make progress on Desolation Fire

Posted: 13 Sep 2017 05:25 PM PDT

Nearly 200 firefighters are working the Desolation Fire now, hoping to hold it through the afternoon and evening winds today. A Task Force of structure protection engines is helping out nearby homeowners create defensible space and clear brush. Five airtankers and a heavy helicopter have provided air support to cool hot spots along the line.
The helicopter was able to map the fire perimeter this afternoon, and the current acreage is 1,523. This is expected to grow somewhat as the fire is making short runs, and crews will be conducting burnouts to clean up any unburned fuel between the dozer lines and the main fire.
Smoke is expected to continue to impact Hwy. 26, and drivers should be prepared to slow down, turn on headlights, and use caution. The Level 2 (Get Set) Evacuation Order remains in effect for residents in the Marks Creek Area between mileposts 45-50 along Hwy. 26.
Residents looking toward the Cascades may be seeing smoke around Mt. Jefferson. This is not a new fire; the crews working the Whitewater Fire are reporting increased activity with the winds this afternoon.
The Hampton Fire, burning in the Prineville District BLM Cougar Wells Wilderness Study Area is now 100% contained at 840 acres.

Ochoco National Forest Adds Area Closure for Desolation Fire

Posted: 13 Sep 2017 03:06 PM PDT

To provide for public and firefighter safety, the Ochoco National Forest has implemented an area closure around the Desolation Fire this afternoon. Unless authorized by a Forest Officer, people are prohibited from being on roads, trails or any area within the closure, exempting Highway 26.
The closure roughly runs from Wildcat Campground north to the junction of FS Road 2745/2730, east along the 2730 to the Ochoco Divide Sno-Park, southwest to White Rock and tying into Wildcat again. The complete closure order and associated map can be found at the following link: Desolation Fire Closure Order and Map

Nash Fire Update, September 13

Posted: 13 Sep 2017 01:50 PM PDT

There has not been much change in the perimeter during the last few days. It is still burning close to the edge of Nash Lake and is approximately 4 miles from Elk Lake. Crews and heavy equipment working along the Cascade Lakes Highway are removing dense vegetation and thinning trees to create a fuel break. They expect to finish in 5 to 7 days. The fuel break is being constructed to protect the Elk and Lava lakes areas and to halt fire spread to the east, in the event the fire moves over the Cascade Crest.

Desolation Fire near Prineville Grows and Prompts Evacuation Warnings

          Posted: 13 Sep 2017 12:52 PM PDT

         Strong wind gusts out of the northwest fanned the Desolation fire late yesterday afternoon, pushing the fire south out of the wilderness toward private structures along Highway 26 and prompting Level 2 evacuation notices for around 27 residences in the Marks Creek area along Hwy 26 between mileposts 45-50 late yesterday evening. The Level 2 evacuation notice (Get Set) remains in effect, urging residents to stay alert and be prepared to leave if the need arises.

The Desolation fire, a lightning start first reported Saturday in Mill Creek Wilderness on the Ochoco National Forest, is now estimated at about 2,000 acres.

          A community information meeting [was] held Thursday, September 14, at 5 pm in the Eastside Church in Prineville to share information about the fire.

         Firefighters worked through the night putting in several miles of dozer line, and burning out along the line to remove fuel between the structures and Hwy 26 and the fire. Work continues today to strengthen and expand existing containment lines on the south, east and north sides of the wilderness. A Type 3 Central Oregon Incident Management Team will take command of the fire today, focusing on a confine and contain strategy for the fire and keeping the fire north of the highway.

         Five airtankers are flying out of the Redmond Air Center, supporting ground resources by slowing the fire’s progress and cooling actively burning flanks. Challenges today remain heavy fuel, warm temperatures and afternoon winds. A structure protection group will begin working to secure private residences in the area. Currently there are approximately 75 firefighters on scene, with six additional 20-person crews arriving today.

         Smoky conditions are expected in the Ochoco Divide area today from both the wildfire and burnout operations. Travelers along Hwy 26 should use caution as smoke may drift onto the highway, and to expect heavy traffic from fire suppression resources. The highway is currently open, and ODOT workers will be on scene to help keep traffic moving safely through the area. For safety, drivers should slow down when encountering smoke, turn on headlights and proceed with caution. Please avoid pulling over to observe the fire or fire fighting operations.

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

bird.owl.limbWheat Moving Again to Gulf Coast Export Facilities

History of 4-H Oregon Empire Builders

Multiple Military Branches Contribute to Pendleton Round-Up

Starbucks closed 700 stores in preparation for Hurricane Irma but still paid employees – Puget Sound Business Journal

Prager U. Video.Why Self-Esteem is Self-Defeating

Interior Secretary Call for Forest Thinning Sparks Debate

Brilliant Maps.A Hurricane By Any Other Name: What Tropical Cyclones Are Called Around The World

GovDeals. Government Surplus

Round-Up celebrates Farmers Ending Hunger 


Wyden & Merkley Stonewall Oregon Judicial Appointment

Former Navy SEAL Shares Brilliant Plan to Stop North Korea… No Bombs Necessary