Sherman County eNews #292


  1. North Central Livestock Assoc. Educational Get-together, Oct. 11

  2. 5th Annual Heritage Barn Workshop in Union, Oct. 7

  3. Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries to Meet in Moro, Oct. 13

  4. Public Notice: SNAP Food Benefits Standards Change, One in Five Oregonians

  5. A Bit of Time and Effort

  6. FBI, DEA & CODE Take Down Major Drug Trafficking Network in Central Oregon

  7. Sherman County Senior & Community Center October Meal Menu

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

1. North Central Livestock Association Educational Get-together, Oct. 11

North Central Livestock Association,

Sherman County Area Watershed Council,


Sherman County SWCD present:



Please join North Central Livestock Association for our second educational get-together!  We’ll meet Wednesday, October 11th, 2017 at 7pm the Maupin Legion Hall, 311 Deschutes Avenue, Maupin.  (dinner provided)

We’re excited to welcome Chris Schachtschneider, the Animal and Rangeland Sciences Extension Agent for Umatilla and Morrow Counties as our guest speaker.  Our co-sponsor for the event is Sherman County SWCD & Sherman County Area Watershed Council, big thanks to Kayla von Borstel for her help putting this together.

Chris’ topics will include:

  • The role data collection should play in a successful cow-calf operation from carcass data to rangeland monitoring
  • The importance of stockmanship and the role it plays in a rangeland management program, and
  • How we work as an industry to change consumer perception of how livestock grazing works as a management tool

Hope to see you there!

*Please contact with questions or concerns.

2. 5th Annual Heritage Barn Workshop in Union, Oct. 7

Do you own an old barn or have a love for them? Then join us and fellow barn enthusiasts for the 5th Annual Heritage Barn Workshop!

Learn about practical solutions from experts on how to maintain, rehabilitate, and adapt old barns for today’s needs. Learn about the history and technology of barns as well as barn maintenance, adaptive reuse, and preservation. The workshop will also highlight funding options available for owners of heritage barns in Oregon.

Heritage barns remain an iconic symbol of rural America and our agricultural heritage. Just as the number of heritage barns decreases, so does the number of skilled craftspeople with working knowledge of barn preservation and restoration. Restore Oregon has pulled together some of the state’s remaining and most well-versed “barn people” to share their skills and expertise with other barn owners.

The Annual Heritage Barn Workshop will be held in Union at the OSU Eastern Oregon Agriculture Research Center’s red brick headquarters on the research center grounds. Restore Oregon has partnered with the Eastern Oregon Visitors Association, Oregon State University Extension, Wallowa County Chamber of Commerce, Wallowa County Grain Growers Baker County Tourism to provide this exceptional educational opportunity.

Event Details:

Saturday, October 7, 2017 from 9am – 3pm. Cost is $10 per ticket, includes snacks, beverages, lunch, and parking. Held at OSU Eastern Oregon Agriculture Research Center in Union, 372 S 10th St., Union, OR 97883.

3. Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries to Meet in Moro, Oct. 13

The Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries will meet at 1 p.m. October 13 at the OSU Sherman County Extension Office, 66365 Lonerock Road, Moro. Agenda items will include cemetery ownership, statewide cemetery clean-up days, grant projects, current projects and upcoming plans. The commission will also discuss draft administrative rules for the implementation of recent legislation. This legislation created a program to provide permits to organizations that want to maintain and preserve abandoned cemeteries. The commission will invite public comments. The meeting will also be accessible online. For information on the meeting and to see the draft rule, visit the historic cemeteries page<> of;;.

State law established the seven-member Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries to maintain a listing of all historic cemeteries and gravesites in Oregon; promote public education on the significance of historic cemeteries; and obtain financial and technical assistance for restoring, improving and maintaining their appearances.

Requests for information about the meeting and accessibility may be made to and comments on the draft rule language coordinator Kuri Gill at 503-986-0685 or by e-mail:<>.

4. Public Notice: SNAP Food Benefits Standards Change, One in Five Oregonians

SALEM, Ore. — Public notice is provided by the Oregon Department of Human Services Self Sufficiency Programs on a federal change.

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service approved a change to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) income guidelines and the SNAP benefit allotment amount. These cost-of-living adjustments are effective October 1, 2017. USDA Food and Nutrition Service determines how much an eligible person can receive in SNAP benefits, formerly known as Food Stamps.

SNAP participants do not need to take any action. The state will automatically recalculate cases and adjust as needed. Any changes in food benefits will be reflected in the October issuance of SNAP benefits.

Currently, one in five Oregonians — or 719,503 Oregonians — receive food benefits through SNAP. The amount of benefits a SNAP participant receives is based on many factors, including include income and deductions for necessities like shelter and utilities.

The change in the 2017 standards will not increase the number of people receiving SNAP, and it does not change program eligibility requirements. To be eligible for SNAP, families must have income less than 185 percent of the federal poverty level and meet other eligibility factors. For a family of four, the income limit is less than $3,793 per month.

SNAP participants with questions about the changes can contact their local Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS) office for assistance:

5. A Bit of Time and Effort

Everyone has a self-image, but how does a self-image get built? And what does your self-image have to do with who you are, and how you react in strange or unusual situations?

Your self-image, or your idea of who you are, is a package you put together from how others have seen and treated you, and from your conclusions as you compare yourself to others. Primitive people built homes from available materials – blocks of ice, animal skins, adobe, and logs. In this same way, when you were a child, you built your self-image from what was available.

Your construction materials were the reactions of significant others toward you. So, your self-image is simply a belief system you created. It is manifested in how you respond to the world around you – the people and situations that fill your days. However, these beliefs may or may not be accurate.

Now, your essential nature, the “real you” that exists apart from your behavior, your opinions, your habits, etc., is really quite wonderful because it is a storehouse of energy and potential that can do and be great things.

But if people, who didn’t have much self-esteem themselves, raised you around constant put-downs, you will not be able to use much of this amazing potential. You see, your behavior always matches your inner picture of yourself. In this, it makes sense to look at your beliefs, get rid of those that hold you back, and learn how to affirm and tap into your potential.

This same story applies to teams, departments, and entire organizations. In their beginnings, organizations defined themselves by the situation they were in and the lessons learned from interactions with the rest of the world. As time wears on, those definitions were tweaked when necessary, or didn’t change at all because of the core beliefs and values of the organization. These same beliefs and values may be limiting the potential of the organization to change and grow.

The good news is that with a little self-reflection – whether by an individual or a group of individuals – old, outdated beliefs can be identified and either modified or completely changed. All it takes is a little bit of time and effort. ~The Pacific Institute

6. FBI, DEA & CODE Take Down Major Drug Trafficking Network in Central Oregon

On Wednesday, September 27, 2017, a joint operation involving the FBI, DEA and Central Oregon Drug Enforcement (CODE) Team resulted in the federal arrest of nine people charged with participation in a drug distribution network operating in the Madras/Redmond area. CODE officers and deputies arrested three others on state charges. Two of those additional arrests involved outstanding warrants; the third was a probable cause arrest for drug and weapons charges. All arrests were without incident. The federal defendants will each make an initial appearance before Magistrate Judge Jolie A. Russo at the U.S. District Courthouse in Eugene at 1:30 pm on Thursday, September 28th.

As part of this operation, law enforcement also identified 11 drug-endangered minors. Jefferson County Child Welfare took immediate custody of five of these children, and the FBI filed mandatory child abuse reports for all identified minors. Law enforcement partnered with victim assistance programs within the FBI and Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office as well as with Jefferson County Child Welfare.

Since this investigation began in 2016, law enforcement believes the organization has trafficked both heroin and methamphetamine throughout Central Oregon. In a series of searches conducted in conjunction with the arrests on Wednesday, investigators also recovered ten weapons.

All defendants and charges are as follows:

Conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and heroin (federal)
– Lima, Mauricio – age 36 of Madras, Oregon
– Dominguez, Isaac – age 32 of Madras, Oregon
– Harper, Sherry – age 45 of Redmond, Oregon

Conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine (federal)
– Boynton, Heather – age 26 of Madras, Oregon
– Plazola, Desmond – age 29 of Warm Springs, Oregon
– Barajas, Leonel – age 29 of Madras, Oregon
– Billingsley, Trever – age 26 of Madras, Oregon

Possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and heroin (federal)
– Mortensen, Preston – age 29 of Bend, Oregon

Possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine (federal)
– Biever, Marlena – age 38 of Redmond, Oregon

Parole violation charge (Jefferson County warrant)
– Eric Brian Wilkinson, age 23, hometown unknown

Failure to Appear for theft 3rd degree (Deschutes County warrant)
– Lindsy Renee Haney, age 22, of Redmond, Oregon

Unlawful possession of methamphetamine (state charge)
Unlawful delivery of methamphetamine within 1,000 feet of a school (state charge)
Felon in possession of a firearm — 3 counts (state charges)
– Juan Jose Vega, age 27, of Culver, Oregon

In addition to these arrests, CODE and the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office previously arrested Colt Sipp, age 51 of Umatilla, Oregon, on state charges. He now also faces a federal charge of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

“This unified law enforcement effort is a significant step in dismantling a drug trafficking organization profiting off the destruction of families and communities in Central Oregon suffering the ravages of drug addiction,” said Billy J. Williams, United States Attorney for the District of Oregon.

According to investigators, Lima and Dominguez are alleged to have operated two cells in the Madras, Oregon area, and, as such, served as distributors of methamphetamine and heroin to a large customer base in Central Oregon. The cells worked in coordination with each other to supply drugs and transfer funds to further the conspiracy using code in their communications in an attempt to hide their illegal activity. The investigators believe that the other defendants served under Lima and Dominguez to move the drugs to lower-level sellers and users.

“The work done by these agents, officers, detectives and deputies will have real and lasting impacts for those who live in Central Oregon. This law enforcement team has, over a period of many months, taken direct aim at organized crime,” said Loren Cannon, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI in Oregon. “Together they have made our shared community safer by taking dangerous drugs and guns off the streets.”

“The successful operation this week was designed to counter the emerging threat in Central Oregon against organized crime fueled by methamphetamine and heroin trafficking,” said DEA Special Agent in Charge Keith Weis.

The Central Oregon Drug Enforcement (CODE) team is a multi-jurisdictional narcotics task force supported by the Oregon-Idaho High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) program and the following Central Oregon law enforcement agencies: Bend Police Department, Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office, Redmond Police Department, Prineville Police Department, Crook County Sheriff’s Office, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, Madras Police Department, Oregon State Police, Sunriver Police Department, Black Butte Police Department, United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Warm Springs Tribal Police Department, Deschutes, Crook, and Jefferson County District Attorney’s, and the Oregon National Guard.

The Oregon-Idaho HIDTA program is an Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) sponsored counterdrug grant program that coordinates and provides funding resources to multi-agency drug enforcement task forces to disrupt or dismantle local, multi-state and international drug trafficking organizations.

Assistant United States Attorney Joseph Huynh is prosecuting this case. A criminal complaint is only an accusation of a crime, and all defendants should be presumed innocent until proven guilty.

7. Sherman County Senior & Community Center October Meal Menu


Sherman County Senior & Community Center

Meal Menu

October 2017

  We serve lunch at 12:00, noon sharp.  First come, first served.

If you have a group of 2 or more, please let the Kitchen staff know at #565-3191, the day before to ensure that we make enough food to serve!

MEAL PRICING: Under 60 Yrs. Is $7.00 ~ 60 Yrs. & UP $4.00 suggested donation!

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
2 3 4 5 6
Chicken Strips Salmon Sliders Oven Fried Chicken Sloppy Joe’s on Bun Split Pea Soup w Ham
Potato Wedges & Salad Salad & Veggies Mashed Potatoes & Gravy Tater Tots & Salad Deli Turkey Sandwich
Veggies & Dessert Fruit Veggies, Salad & Dessert Veggies & Fruit Veggies, Salad & Dessert
9 10 11 12 13
Hot Turkey Sandwich Baked Fish Pork Chops w/Mushroom Sauce Philly Beef  Sub Beef Chili
Mashed Potatoes &Gravy Hash Brown Casserole Rotini Noodles& Salad Potato Wedges & Salad Cornbread & Veggies
Veggies, Salad & Dessert Veggies, Salad & Fruit Veggies & Dessert Veggies & Fruit Veggies, Salad & Ice Cream
16 17 18 19 20
Ham & Swiss Quiche BBQ Meatballs Chicken Oriental Mac & Cheese with Kielbasa Meatloaf
Veggies & Salad Potato Wedges& Salad Rice Pilaf & Veggies Veggies & Salad Roasted Red Potatoes
Muffin & Dessert Veggies & Fruit Salad, Dessert Fruit Veggies, Salad &Dessert
23 24 25 26 27
Cheeseburgers Chicken Fried Rice Beef Stroganoff Baked Potato Bar w/Chili & Cheese Clam Chowder
Oven Fries & Salad Veggies& Salad Rotini Noodles & Salad Salad & Veggies Cottage Cheese & Rolls
Veggies & Dessert Fruit Veggies & Dessert Fruit Veggies, Salad & Ice Cream
30 31 Menu subject to change due to availability

ATTENTION:  For those who have food allergies, be aware that a large variety of foods are prepared in the kitchen.  Therefore, meals may be prepared with ingredients and food service equipment may come in contact with ingredients to which you may have an allergic reaction, such as nuts.

Roast Pork Loin Spaghetti w/Meat Sauce
Mixed Grain Pilaf & Salad Garlic Bread & Salad
Veggies & Dessert Veggies &Fruit

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