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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