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.

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