Sherman County eNews #320


  1. All County Prayer Meeting, Wednesday, Nov. 1

  2. Sherman Historical Dinner Program: Camp Sherman: 100 Years, Nov. 5

  3. This Week at Maryhill Museum

  4. Think of the Possibilities!

  5. Oregon Parks & Rec Accepting Comments on WAG Bags on the Deschutes River Scenic Waterway

  6. Sherman County Senior & Community Center November Meal Menu

1. All County Prayer Meeting, Wednesday, Nov. 1

church.family1The All County Prayer Meeting is Wednesday November-1st @ the Kent Baptist Church. Fellowship starts at 6:30 PM; Pray time starts at 7:00 PM and ends at 8:30 PM.

Everyone is welcome to come and join in the meeting. Come join in when you can get there.

2. Sherman Historical Dinner Program: Camp Sherman: 100 Years, Nov. 5

m_returnMoro, OR – The Sherman County Historical Society invites you to dinner and a presentation, Camp Sherman: 100 Years, November 5, 2017, at 2pm at the Wasco Events Center in Wasco, Oregon. Special guests of the Camp Sherman Historical Society will share some history on how Camp Sherman came about and how this magical place became a special retreat for some of Sherman County’s early residents. Please RSVP by November 3, 2017, with the Sherman County Historical Society at 541-565-3232. Dinner is $15 per plate and we look forward to seeing you there.

The Sherman County Historical Museum is located at 200 Dewey Street in Moro, Oregon. For more information call 541-565-3232 or visit our Facebook page and website:

3. This Week at Maryhill Museum

FREE DAY for All

Saturday, Nov. 4 | 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

All are invited to enjoy a day at Maryhill for free, in honor and in memory of Patricia A. Perry, who passed away in August. Pat worked at Maryhill for many years as the museum’s operations manager and later the museum store manager. She was a tenacious supporter of the museum, both before and after she worked at Maryhill, and to honor that, her family is paying for each visitor on November 4.

From 4 to 5 p.m. there will be a celebration for friends and family.

Day of the Dead Family Celebration

Saturday, Nov. 4 | 1 to 4 p.m.

Remember and rejoice our family members, past, present and future, while we also celebrate the end of Maryhill’s season. Join us for a slice of cake, art-making and learning about this important Mexican holiday. Hands-on activities will include altar sugar skull mask-making, crepe paper flowers and banners, and other items to create an altar of remembrance.

4. Think of the Possibilities!

It is a great gift to be able to find the good in bad situations, and it is a gift you can give yourself, if you choose to.

Many people, when they come upon a stumbling block or an obstacle in their path, become discouraged and quit. But highly successful people know how to turn stumbling blocks into stepping stones.

In December 1914, Thomas Edison’s laboratories in West Orange, New Jersey were almost entirely destroyed by fire. In one night, Edison lost two million dollars’ worth of equipment and the records of most of his life’s work. The next morning, as he walked around the charred embers of so many of his hopes and dreams, the sixty-seven year old Edison said, “There is great value in disaster. All our mistakes are burned up. Thank God, we can start anew.”

The ability to see the benefits in bad situations will stand you in good stead in every type of endeavor, whether it is sales or manufacturing, art or aerospace, your personal or professional life. Sometimes, this is a difficult thing to do. And sometimes, it can take quite a while to manage – but it is manageable. And think of the possibilities!

Now this does not mean you should pretend things are wonderful when, in fact, they are bad.  But, if you can accept pain and disappointment as a part of life, if you can see it for what it is and then move past it, if you can look disaster in the face and call it what it is – and then find a blessing in it – you will be making the best of bad times. ~The Pacific Institute

5. Oregon Parks & Rec Accepting Comments on WAG Bags on the Deschutes River Scenic Waterway

Bend OR — The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is proposing changes to portable toilet rules for the Deschutes River Scenic Waterway. The proposed amendment would allow use of Human Waste Bags as an approved portable toilet. Current rules require overnight boaters in the Deschutes River Scenic Waterway to use an approved portable toilet or an agency provided toilet facility for all solid human waste.

Human Waste Bags, commonly called WAG bags, are now very common on rivers in the U.S. They are allowed, by administrative rule, in Oregon on the Owyhee Scenic Waterway and John Day River Scenic Waterway. WAG bags meet environmental requirements and would likely make river conditions more sanitary because they are so convenient.

The proposed rule change is a recommendation from the Lower Deschutes River Interagency Implementation Team and Lower Deschutes River Managers that include representatives from the BLM, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD), Confederated Tribes of The Warm Springs Reservation (CTWS), Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, Oregon State Marine Board (OSMB), Oregon State Police (OSP), Sherman, Wasco and Jefferson counties, as well as the City of Maupin.

The full text of the amendment to Oregon Administrative Rule 736-040-0070 is available online at Click on Rules and Regulations on the right side of the page ( Comments will be accepted until 5 p.m. Dec. 15, 2017 and can be made online; in writing to Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, attn.: Katie Gauthier, 725 Summer St NE, Suite C, Salem OR 97301; or through e-mail to

After reviewing public comments, agency staff plan to present a final recommended rule for consideration by the Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission at its February 2018 business meeting.

6. Sherman County Senior & Community Center November Meal Menu


Sherman County Senior & Community Center

November 2017 Meal Menu

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 541-565-3191 the day before to ensure that we make enough food!

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

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
  1 2 3
Oven Fried Chicken Western Beef & Corn Pie Pizza loaded w/Meat
Mashed Potatoes & Gravy Salad & Veggies Salad & Veggies
Veggies, Salad & Dessert Fruit Dessert
6 7 8 9 10
Beef & Bean Burrito Lemon Tarragon Chicken Hamburger Gravy over Beef Lasagna CLOSED FOR VETERAN’S DAY
Salad & Veggies Rice Pilaf & Salad Mashed Potatoes Salad & Veggies
Dessert Veggies & Fruit Veggies, Salad & Dessert Fruit
13 14 15  Thanksgiving Lunch 16 17
Chicken Fried Steak Macaroni & Cheese Roast Turkey Sweet & Sour Meatballs Clam Chowder
Mashed Potatoes & Gravy Salad & Veggies Mashed Potatoes & Gravy Rice Pilaf & Salad Cottage Cheese
Veggies, Salad & Dessert Fruit Veggies, Salad & Dessert Veggies &Fruit Veggies, Salad & Dessert
20 21 22 23  Thanksgiving! 24
Cheeseburgers Oriental Chicken Sheepherder Stew CLOSED FOR THANKSGIVING CLOSED FOR THANKSGIVING
Potato Wedges & Salad Rice Pilaf & Salad Biscuits & Salad
Veggies & Dessert Veggies & Fruit Veggies & Dessert
27 28 29 30  
Baked Potato Bar Beef Pot Roast Spaghetti w/Meat Sauce Navy Bean & Ham Soup
Salad Roasted Veggies, Salad Garlic Bread, Veggies, Salad Cornbread & Salad
Veggies &Dessert Fruit Dessert Veggies & Fruit

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.



Sherman County eNews #319


  1. Taking Responsibility

  2. Volunteers Needed This Week to Complete Little League Ball Fields

  3. Notice. Aging and People with Disabilities, Meeting Update, Nov. 2

  4. Notice. Frontier TeleNet Board Meeting & Public Hearing, Nov. 3

  5. Trail Blazers Foundation, Wells Fargo School Grant Applications

  6. Commentary: Christ Church and the Slavers’ Blood Money

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

1. Taking Responsibility

Do you believe that you create your own reality? Or do you believe that reality is something “out there” over which you have no control?

As adults, we generate our experiences in life. While we can’t control everything that happens to us, we can control how we respond. We can take responsibility for the results we experience in life. And when we do this, we grow enormously.

Television newsperson Dan Rather once said that John Kennedy became a true leader when he stood before the American people and said that the Bay of Pigs was an atrocity that never should have happened, and then took full responsibility for it. He was transformed from a promising young politician into a great leader.

The same is true for you and me. If we take responsibility for our lives and our decisions and our actions, then we have the power. If we avoid this responsibility, then we have lost that power. In fact, we give it away.

Who is responsible for the quality of your life? If you say someone else, you are trapped unless, or until, circumstances change. If you say, “I am,” you give yourself the power to change things, if you choose to do so. And not only do you have the power, but you make the decisions on when and how you make the changes, as well as what changes you want to make.

You see, the power to change resides where it has always resided – inside you. Take charge of your life, and you give yourself direction and purpose that probably has been missing. Will you be taking risks? Yes, you will, and you will probably make some mistakes. We all do. We actually learn better, and more, from our mistakes than from unimpeded successes. And if you can find a person who has never made a mistake, then you have probably found someone who hasn’t really lived. ~The Pacific Institute

2. Volunteers Needed This Week to Complete Little League Ball Fields

Volunteers needed to complete the Sherman County Little League ball fields in Moro.  To date two organizations, the Sherman Athletic Foundation and the Sherman County Lions, have put a new variable speed pump on the existing well, numerous volunteers hours were put into prepping the soil, trenching for irrigation and installing the irrigation system.  I would like to personally thank MCP (fuel), Chris Moore, Chris Kaseberg, Ethan Moore and Clint Moore for their work these past couple weeks.  We have had some volunteers start helping out this week including Dean Dark and Grant Simpson.

These next two weeks are critical to this project.  We hope to have a load of grass sod (8,750 sq ft.) delivered Friday.  In order for this to happen we need additional volunteers.  We must have the sprinkler systems completed by Friday.  If you can help, please show up at the new fields by 9.

Thank you!

Geremy E Shull

 3. Notice. Aging and People with Disabilities, Meeting Update, Nov. 2

What: A public meeting to gather input on designating a new Area Agency on Aging to deliver services to seniors in your area.

Where: Condon Senior Meal Site, United Church of Christ, 110 S. Church Street

Date and time: Thursday, November 2, 2017 12:30 pm NEW TIME:  3:00 pm

For Transportation information please call:

Mid-Columbia Council of Governments


4. Notice. Frontier TeleNet Board Meeting & Public Hearing, Nov. 3

The Frontier TeleNet board of directors will meet at the Jeanne Burch Building in Fossil at 10 a.m. on November 3, 2017.

Agenda topics include a PUBLIC HEARING at 10 a.m. to hear and consider public testimony on Supplemental Budget resolution 110317-01; consideration of approval of Supplemental Budget; Minutes of the previous meeting; financial report; Day Wireless contract merge/Frontier TeleNet & Frontier Digital Network; Association of Oregon Counties assistance update; Frontier TeleNet website update; Frontier 911 Burns Paiute Tribe update; public comment. The Frontier TeleNet board reserves the right at its sole discretion to enter into Executive Session under ORS 192.660 (a), (g), (j), (n)(D).

5. Trail Blazers Foundation, Wells Fargo School Grant Applications

dollar.sign1PORTLAND, Ore. — Schools throughout Oregon and Southwest Washington are invited to apply now for grants of up to $10,000 through the fourth annual “Take It To The Court for Education” program, run by the Trail Blazers Foundation and Wells Fargo.

“This initiative offers critical funding to support programs that lack adequate resources or might otherwise be cut,” said Trail Blazers and Rose Quarter President & CEO Chris McGowan. “It also supports youth where they live, learn and play across this region.”

Teachers, staff, administration, parents and community members can submit applications online to support an academic, arts, athletic or community program at an elementary, middle or high school.

The application form is available at all Wells Fargo branches in the region and also posted at The dollar amount of each grant will be based on the scope and costs associated with the project or program seeking funds.

The application deadline is Jan. 1, 2018. Winners will be notified in late January.

“Take it to the Court for Education is a natural extension of our collaboration and a desire by both our organizations to do everything we can for our local students,” said Wells Fargo Region Bank President Tracy Curtis.

In the past three years, Wells Fargo and the Trail Blazers Foundation have presented a total of $275,000 in grants to 50 schools around the region.

Serving the financial needs of Pacific Northwest residents since 1852, Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.9 trillion in assets. Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through 8,400 locations; 13,000 ATMs; the internet (; and mobile banking. In 2016, Wells Fargo donated $281.3 million to 14,900 schools and nonprofit groups.

Members of the National Basketball Association (NBA), the Portland Trail Blazers were founded in 1970 and purchased by Paul G. Allen in 1988. The team’s rich heritage includes 33 playoff appearances, three trips to the NBA Finals, an NBA championship in 1977 and a commitment to community service and sustainability. The Trail Blazers are dedicated to positively impacting underserved kids and their families throughout Oregon and Southwest Washington where they live, learn and play. Portland is the first and only professional sports franchise to receive the prestigious National Points of Light Award for excellence in corporate and community service. The Trail Blazers home arena, the Moda Center, earned LEED Gold Recertification in 2015 after becoming the first existing professional sports venue in the world to receive LEED Gold status in 2010. The team is also one of the founding members of the Green Sports Alliance. For more information, visit

6. Commentary: Christ Church and the Slavers’ Blood Money

A Commentary By Charles Hurt

“All are welcome. No exceptions,” reads the cheap, blue sign zip-tied to the wrought iron fence between brick pillars outside Christ Church in Alexandria.

“All,” that is, except George Washington and Robert E. Lee. Or, anyone who reveres either of the two great generals. Or, even the memory of them.

“No exceptions,” unless you are someone who believes history should be studied, remembered and learned from. Unless you are someone who cringes in despair when you see Islamic State fighters swinging sledgehammers against antiquities they wish to obliterate today for political purposes.

Nearly 250 years after Washington helped found Christ Church, the vestry decided last week to tear down the memorial to the great American founder and first president.

Along with it, they are tearing down another memorial marker to Lee, who also attended Christ Church back in the day before it became hijacked by political peacocks more interested flaunting their own self-perceived virtues than just sticking to Scripture.

By their own definition, then, the congregants of Christ Church for two centuries have happily bumped along as white supremacists celebrating slavery and exhibiting open hostility toward outsiders, especially “people of color.”

It is true that Washington had slaves. And it is true that Lee fought for the Confederacy.

But, as one patriot might say, our peculiar history is “full of contradictions.”

“So is independence,” another might reply.

The vestry of Christ Church in Alexandria, however, is not capable of grappling with such complexities. Truly, pearls before swine. After all, it is so much easier just to obliterate painful history than to understand it and learn from it.

“Today our country is trying once again to come to grips with the history of slavery and the subsequent disenfranchisement of people of color,” the vestry wrote, so boldly.

OK, fine. It’s a free country. It’s your church, though it is anguishing to think of the many good, longtime members of Christ Church who are heartbroken and will be left spiritual orphans by this cruel and selfish decision.

But, truly, Great Vestry, why carry out such meaningless bleating of a sacrificial lamb that already been slaughtered? Have the true courage of your convictions.

Taking down a monument means nothing. It helps no one in any real way. Just makes some people feel better for a minute.

Isn’t that, after all, the very meaning of “white privilege”? Paying restitution with fake money? How about real reparations to show real repentance for your two centuries of sinful hatred toward “people of color”?

How much money did Washington donate to start the Christ Church in 1773? You are not really going to keep that blood money, are you?

And what of the personal Bible that Washington’s family left the church after his death? Such a priceless artifact would go for millions and millions of dollars today. Are you going to keep the massive proceeds of that slaver bounty?

Perhaps — at least in your dull eyes — even more odious is the $10,000 Lee’s daughter left you in 1918. A quick inflation calculation pegs that at more than $175,000 in today’s blood money. Will you return that to the Lee Family, thou Great and Virtuous Vestry?

And one other thing. The vestry complains that the markers to Washington and Lee are the reason they have so much trouble attracting “people of color” to their congregation.

I look forward to performing random inspections of the church in the months and years to come to learn if the monuments to Washington and Lee really are what repels “people of color” from Christ Church in Alexandria.

Or, is it something else? Something deeper? Guess we will find out.


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

bird.owl.limbPrager University: Short Videos. Big Ideas. 


Christ Church and the Slavers’ Blood Money

Virginia church to move plaques honoring Lee and Washington


Garrison Keillor – Man Walks into a Bar in Oregon

52% Say Textbooks More Concerned With Political Correctness

Climate Science Is Changing from Alarmism to Realism

Chart Shows EXACTLY Who Does And Doesn’t Pay Income Tax

World Map Used in North Korea

NHK World News


Video: Drone over China

Words. Interjections, Emotion and Tone


Prager University. How the States can Save America

Amber Waves: USDA Economic Research Service


Sherman County eNews #318


  1. City Residents, Take the Broadband Survey by Oct 31!

  2. McCoy, McLeod & Hoctor File for Public Office in Sherman County

  3. Editorial: Frontier Regional 911 Agency & Tax Dollars

  4. Program: Sasquatch & Spirituality: A Native American Perspective, Nov. 10

  5. Understanding the Values of Others

Be who you are & say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter & those who matter don’t mind. –Dr. Seuss

1. City Residents, Take the Broadband Survey by Oct 31!

pencil.spiralAre you satisfied with your internet? If your answer is yes, no or maybe, all residents and businesses in Biggs Junction, Grass Valley, Moro, Rufus, and Wasco are encouraged to take a broadband satisfaction survey hosted by Mid-Columbia Economic Development District (MCEDD). This survey is intended to gauge interest in improved internet service and help better understand the needs in the community related to internet connectivity. Paper surveys were mailed in city water bills earlier in the month and can be returned to your city hall, or you can take the survey online here by October 31.

The information collected in the surveys will assist the community in seeking proposals from private internet providers to develop “off-ramps” the fiber “highways” in the County so that those in Sherman County’s cities can access truly high speed internet service. If you have questions about this effort, please contact city staff in your community or Jessica Metta with MCEDD at or 541-296- 2266.

2. McCoy, McLeod & Hoctor File for Public Office in Sherman County 

Candidates may file for public office between September 7, 2017 and March 6, 2018.

According to the Sherman County Clerk’s Office, Commissioner Tom McCoy filed for re-election to Position 2, Larry Hoctor filed for County Judge, and District Attorney Wade McLeod filed for re-election. 

For more information see:

–Sherman County Primary Election Notice

–Filing to Run for Public Office

Secretary of State’s Office

 3. Editorial: Frontier Regional 911 Agency & Tax Dollars

The Sherman County Citizen-Reporter, in an October, 2017, article about Frontier TeleNet, stated that, “This system has created the ability for Frontier TeleNet and Frontier Regional Dispatch to provide the 911 services for Jefferson County, as well as the opportunity to provide 911 services for other counties and soon will connect the Burns Paiute Tribe. These systems continue to create more jobs and allow the… owner counties to pay nothing towards their 911 services, unlike all other counties in the state.” 

See page four at

Frontier Regional 911 Agency is funded by the Emergency Communications Tax received from the State of Oregon. Frontier TeleNet provides telecommunications services. Wheeler County acts as its fiscal agent.

According to the Oregon Office of Emergency Management, “The Emergency Communications Tax, commonly known as the 9-1-1 tax, is 75 cents per phone line or per device capable of reaching 9-1-1. This tax is applied to landlines, postpaid wireless and Voice over Internet Protocol (VOIP). For prepaid wireless, the 75-cent tax is applied to each retail transaction for prepaid purchases. This tax amount has remained unchanged since 1995. The tax is collected each month from the Oregon customers of the companies that provide the phone service, or is collected by retailers from their customers. 

“Each quarter the tax collected is submitted to the Oregon Department of Revenue (DOR). The Department of Revenue may keep up to 1 percent of the amount to pay for collection costs. Up to 4 percent is used to administer the State 9-1-1 Program. Then 35 percent of the amount is placed in the “9-1-1 subaccount.” 

“The remainder of the tax is distributed to the governing authorities of the state’s 9-1-1 centers.  These governing authorities may be a city, county, Council of Governments or Special District.  The amount distributed to each of these governing authorities is based on the population served by each 9-1-1 center. The 9-1-1 tax money that is distributed can only be used towards the costs of operating the 9-1-1 center.

“The 9-1-1 tax money placed in the 9-1-1 subaccount is used to pay for the infrastructure or network of the 9-1-1 system in the state, and is administered by the State 9-1-1 Program. It provides funds to pay for all the equipment and circuiting needed to get the 9-1-1 call from the citizen to the correct 9-1-1 center.

“The Emergency Communications Tax provides approximately 24 percent of the total cost of operating all of the 9-1-1 centers in the state. The remaining funds needed are from local monies in the form of property taxes. There is no state money used to fund 9-1-1 in the State of Oregon.   

“Distribution amounts are based on the population of the area that is served by each 9-1-1 center, as well as the requirement that each county must be allotted at least 1 percent of the tax collected each quarter. These amounts are allocated to the governing authorities of the 9-1-1 centers, which may be cities, counties, Council of Governments or Special Districts. Once these amounts have been determined by the Oregon Department of Administrative Services (DAS), either direct deposits or actual checks are sent to these governing authorities. The governing authorities are statutorily required to spend these funds only on 9-1-1 operations.” ~ Source:

Until 2003, Sherman County received the state grant funds that the County used to pay $50,000 quarterly to what was then called Tri-County Communications or Tri-Com.  In 2003, the state mandated that these funds be paid directly to Public Safety Answering Points (PSAP), in our case, and later with a new name, Frontier Regional 911  Agency.

Frontier Regional 911 Agency is governed by Gilliam County Sheriff Gary Bettencourt, Gilliam County Judge Steve Shaffer, Jefferson County Sheriff Jim Adkins, Jefferson County Commissioner Mike Ahearn, Sherman County Sheriff Brad Lohrey, Sherman County Commissioner Joe Dabulskis, Wheeler County Sheriff Chris Humphreys and Wheeler County Judge Lynn Morley. The current 911 Dispatch Center Manager is April Stream and the 911 Supervisor is Renee Heidy.

Are they tax payers’ dollars? Yes.

State grant funds continue to fund Frontier Regional 911 on our behalf, along with funds from partner counties and fees.

4. Program: Sasquatch & Spirituality: A Native American Perspective, Nov. 10

Join Mel Skahan, Friday, November 10, 2017 for Sasquatch and Spirituality: A Native American Perspective at Columbia Gorge Discovery Center and Museum, 5000 Discovery Drive, The Dalles, Oregon. Skahan will be joined by the Bigfoot Beast Mode Show crew from KYNR Yakama Nation radio, and special guest Bob Gimlin.  Tickets for the 6 p.m. dinner and program are $19, the 7 p.m. program only is $5. Purchase tickets by November 8. For tickets and information call 541-296-8600 ext. 201, or visit 

5. Understanding the Values of Others

Knowing what your personal values are is important. But knowing what other peoples’ values are can be important, as well, especially if you are in a leadership position within any type of organization.

Are you interested in knowing how to motivate other people? If so, how much do you know about what these other people value, what they hold near and dear? Lou Tice often told the story of working with three quarterbacks, when he was a high school football coach. He asked each one what was important to him about playing the game.

One said he did it for the glory of God and to make his mom and dad proud. The second said it made him feel powerful, because he liked the idea of breaking through limits and defeating opponents who were trying as hard as they could to stop him. The third player said that football was his ticket out of poverty and the ghetto, because he hoped to get a football scholarship that would pay his way through college.

Now, there was no way that Lou could motivate all three of these kids in the same way. The things that were important to one didn’t matter at all to the others, and vice versa. In the final analysis, this story proves that values motivate us to do what we do.

The president of one of our client organizations took it upon himself to personally facilitate our curriculum to all of his employees, so he could get to know exactly what was important to each of them, both personally and professionally. In the process, the organization moved from #11 to #1 in sales in his state, and from #36 to #5 in the nation.

So, if you want to motivate others, whether it is your team, your employees, your kids or your spouse, you want to present the motivation in terms that mean something to them, not necessarily to you. And that means you first need to understand their values. ~The Pacific Institute


Sherman County eNews #317


  1. Cancer Focus Groups Wanted, The Dalles – OHSU Knight Cancer Institute, Nov. 6, 14

  2. Rolling slowdowns on I-84 Monday

  3. Where Thought Goes…

  4. Cascade Singers’ Holiday Concerts, Dec. 2 & 3

  5. Oregon Parks & Rec Seeks Volunteers for All-Terrain Vehicle Advisory Committees

  6. Chyron | Definition of Chyron by Merriam-Webster

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

1. Cancer Focus Groups Wanted, The Dalles – OHSU Knight Cancer Institute, Nov. 6, 14

Join us for a focus group to share your thoughts and opinions about research, genetic testing, and cancers that can be inherited.

Focus groups in The Dalles:

Nov 6 6pm-7:30pm


Nov 14 6pm-7:30pm.

The OHSU Knight Cancer Institute and the Cancer Early Detection Advanced Research Center are seeking Oregon residents, aged 18+, to join a 60-90 minute focus group (guided conversation) with five to ten other people.

We want to hear your thoughts and opinions about participating in genetic research, and want to learn about your understanding of genetic testing and inherited cancers. We are interested in hearing from all members of the community, including cancer survivors and patients, physicians, and others with an interest in inherited cancers.

Focus Group Regions:

Astoria • Baker City • Beaverton • Bend • Burns • Coos Bay • Corvallis • Eugene • Florence • Forest Grove • Grants Pass • Gresham • Hillsboro • Hood River • Klamath Falls • La Grande • Lakeview • Lincoln City • Madras • Medford • Pendleton • Portland • Prineville • Redmond • Roseburg • Salem • St. Helens • The Dalles • Tillamook • Woodburn

Refreshments provided. To RSVP and save a seat in your area, you can sign-up online at:

2. Rolling slowdowns on I-84 Monday

Interstate 84 will see rolling slowdowns and delays in both directions between 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Monday Oct. 30 for rock blasting necessary to build the latest segment of the Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail.

The delays, which could last up to an hour, will be the fourth in a series of as many as seven blasts in the coming weeks near milepost 53.

The blasting is necessary for construction of the Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail segment connecting Wyeth and Lindsey Creek. At Lindsey Creek, blasting will create room for the new segment of trail in the existing rock slope.

This work is located in the same area where eastbound traffic is temporarily diverted into one lane of westbound I-84 due to fire debris removal activity from the Eagle Creek Fire.

Keeping travelers safe from blasting activities is a top priority. The rolling slowdowns ensure travelers are not in the area as blast occurs. After the blasts, crews will remove rock debris from I-84 before safely reopening the highway.

There may be as many as seven rock blasts through mid-November. Exact dates will be announced in advance of each blast.

3. Cascade Singers’ Holiday Concerts, Dec. 2 & 3

music-notes“Mozart Missa Brevis in F Major and Martin Luther Christmas Music” is the title for the Cascade Singers’ December 2 and 3 holiday concert.  The Mozart Mass is a short work based on the traditional Roman Catholic liturgy.  The Luther pieces honor the 500th anniversary of the Reformation and reflect the reformer’s project of bringing congregational singing back into the church’s worship.  Other music by Mozart and J.S. Bach will also be featured.  The venue is Zion Lutheran Church, 10th and Union Streets, The Dalles.  Saturday’s concert begins at 7 p.m. and the Sunday concert starts at 3 p.m.  Admission is by donation at the door.

4. Where Thought Goes…

How important is mental preparation when it comes to achieving a goal that is within your reach?

When you decide on a goal that you want to achieve, when you know it is possible and you feel strongly committed to getting it done, what is next? What can you do that will help ensure positive results?

Well, the first thing you need to do is remind yourself not to get bogged down in figuring out “how” you are going to achieve it. The “how” is important, but it doesn’t come first.  First, you want to clearly and vividly visualize the end result. The more clearly and more often you see it (feel it, taste it, smell it and make it 100% real in your imagination), the more likely it is to become real in the world.

It takes energy to create reality from a vision or idea, but it happens all the time. Every single person-made reality in the world first started out as an idea inside someone’s head. The more thought, the more energy – and the more energy, the more likely the reality. And visualization is a key ingredient in changing old habits that hold us back into new habits that create – whatever we want for the future.

Professional athletes know this and use visualization techniques all the time. Research has accumulated to back it up. These techniques are used in medicine (especially valuable in rehabilitation), psychology, and education and by more and more folks just like you.

Keep this in mind: Where the thought goes, energy flows. If you can clearly see it, you are far more likely to really “be” it. It’s how your mind works, as you move toward your goals. ~The Pacific Institute

5. Oregon Parks & Rec Seeks Volunteers for All-Terrain Vehicle Advisory Committees

ORStateFlagThe Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is recruiting five volunteers with an interest in All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) recreation to serve on the committees that advise on safety, funding and public access for ATV riders.

The department seeks two volunteers for the All-Terrain Vehicle Advisory Committee (ATV-AC) and three volunteers to serve on the newly developed All-Terrain Vehicle Highway Access Routes Advisory Committee.

>>ATV Advisory Committee
Members of the ATV Advisory Committee review accidents and fatalities resulting from ATV recreation; changes to statutory vehicle classifications as necessary for safety considerations; and safety features of all classes of Off-Highway Vehicles (OHVs). The committee also recommends appropriate safety requirements to protect child operators and riders of OHVs.

Volunteers should have experience in following disciplines:
> Class II ATV Representative (Sand rails and four wheel drive vehicles, such as Jeeps and SUVs)
> Class III ATV Representative (Off-road motorcycles)

The successful candidate will also serve on the ATV Grant Subcommittee, which is responsible for reviewing and recommending funding of grants in support of ATV recreational activities statewide. Computer access and experience is mandatory. Knowledge of OHV riding areas is beneficial.

The ATV Advisory Committee meets as needed up to four times per year at locations throughout the state to advise OPRD regarding ATV issues relating to safety and vehicle classifications. The ATV Grant Subcommittee also meets as needed up to four times per year at locations throughout the state, including field trips.

>>ATV Highway Access Routes Advisory Committee
Members of the ATV Highway Access Routes Advisory Committee accept, evaluate and conduct field reviews of proposed highway access routes that ATV riders can use to access trails and recreation areas. Committee members also consult with road authorities, law enforcement and other government agencies.

New committee positions include the following:

> All-Terrain Vehicle users (two positions available)
> Member of the public

The ATV Highway Access Route Advisory Committee will meet as needed, primarily in Salem, to review, evaluate, advise and report on proposed access routes on portions of affected state highways. The Oregon Legislature established the All-Terrain Vehicle Highway Access Routes Advisory Committee in 2017 under Senate Bill 344.

Those interested in volunteering on one of the committees must complete an interest form and application for both committees, available through the ATV Committees link within the menu section located online at or by contacting OPRD. Applications will be accepted until 5 p.m. Nov. 3, 2017.

For more information, contact Jeff Trejo at or by phone 503-986-0585.

6. Chyron | Definition of Chyron by Merriam-Webster

Definition of chyron. :a caption superimposed over usually the lower part of a video image (as during a news broadcast) | pronounce it KY-ron

Chyron | Definition of Chyron

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

bird.owl3Community Renewable Energy Association


Prager University: What is Alt-Right? 

Prager University: How to raise kids who are smart about money

If you were your own employer, would you be entirely satisfied with the day’s work you have done today?


Blog. A Species Founded on Faith


USS Ashland Assists Distressed Mariners in Pacific Ocean

Dr. Rick Rigsby- Make An Impact – “Change your life”

Sherman County eNews #316


  1. Classifieds

  2. Calendar

1. Classifieds (new or corrected)

FHalloween.Wtich2RIDAY CLASSIFIEDS: 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


THANK YOU to the  Sherman County Cultural Coalition for awarding the City of Wasco two grants, one for an ADA picnic table and one for development and printing of a City of Wasco brochure.  We are excited about moving ahead with both of these projects. ~Carol MacKenzie, Mayor, City of Wasco, and Wasco Streetscape committee member. 541-442-5515  

CONGRATULATIONS to Ron Mobley and Wayne (& Lynn Rathbun) Hamersly upon your induction to the Western Oregon University Athletic Hall of Fame!

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

birthdaycake.candlesHAPPY BIRTHDAY, NANCY ALLEN! Thank you for your contributions to our county and regional communities! ~Larry and Sherry




PETROLEUM DELIVERY DRIVER. MCP is seeking applicants to join our team as a Petroleum Delivery Driver.  This full time position is based in Moro, OR.  The role of the Petroleum Delivery Drivers is to safely transport petroleum products and render outstanding customer service to our patrons.  The deliveries will range from commercial/industrial accounts and home heating oil to bulk and packaged lubricants.  Product knowledge is a plus.  On Site training will be provided.      As a prominent agribusiness company, we offer a competitive salary and benefits package. Including health insurance premiums currently paid 100% for the employee and their dependents, dental, vision and Rx coverage, 401k with company match, robust profit sharing plan, paid vacation, sick, holidays, and more.   The complete employment listing and the employment application are available for download at  Please send cover letter, application and resume to:

Mid Columbia Producers Attn: Brittany Dark

PO Box 344, Moro, OR 97039.

Fax: (503)536-6875  PH: (541)565-2277  10/27


1.5 ACRE LOT. New Price on 1.5 acre lot just outside of Moro. A chance to own 1.5 acres close to town but in the country in Sherman County. 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. $50,000. ~ Tiffany Hillman  12/29

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



PHOTOGRAPHY SESSIONS. Now is the time to book a photo session! The holidays are just around the corner! Schedule a session now to have prints available for the holiday season. Now is also the time to capture the fall colors before they are gone for the year. Photo sessions start at $150.00. Contact me soon for Senior pictures, family photo sessions, weddings, engagements, and more. Also check out the photos from football and volleyball this season:   11/20






2. Calendar (new or corrected)



27 Sherman PTO Trunk ‘R’ Treat | Line Up 5:40 | Starts 6 Sherman County School

28 Maryhill Museum of Art Tango Party

30 Frontier Regional 911 Dispatch Board Meeting 10 Gilliam Co. Courthouse




1 Sherman County Court 9

1 All County Prayer Meeting Refreshments/Social 6:30

         Prayer 7-8:30 Kent Baptist Church

3 Public Meeting re: Aging & People with Disabilities Program 12 Senior Center, Moro

3 Free Household Hazardous Waste Collection 10-2 Wasco

5 Daylight Saving Time Ends

5 Sherman Historical Society Dinner/Program: Camp Sherman: 100 Years  2 o’clock Wasco School Events Center


8 Sherman County Senior & Community Center Advisory Group 12


14-16 Association of Oregon Counties Conference

15 Sherman County Court will not be in session.

15 Hood River CORE Pesticide Training

16 Soil pH Workshop 8-4 Shilo Inn, The Dalles

18 Condon’s Fall Festival 10-2


28 Mid-Columbia Community Action Council  


6 Sherman County Court 9

6 All County Prayer Meeting Refreshments/Social 6:30

         Prayer 7-8:30 Wasco Methodist Church


13 Mid-Columbia CORE Pesticide Training 9:30-3 CGCC

20 Sherman County Court 9

21 Winter Begins

24-20 Sherman County School District Christmas Vacation


30 6th Max Nogle Dinner/Auction/Dance w/Countryfied, Grass Valley Pavilion


Sherman County eNews #314


  1. Wheat Industry to be Featured on Cooking Channel & Food Network, Oct. 24, 27 

  2. Sherman Historical Society Dinner, Program: Camp Sherman: 100 Years, Nov. 5

  3. Editorial: Sherman County Telecommunications & Tax Dollars

  4. OSU Building Name Changes Public Comment Period Ends, Nov. 15

  5. Gain or Loss: Where is Your Focus?

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

You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing which you think you cannot do. ~Eleanor Roosevelt

1. Wheat Industry to be Featured on Cooking Channel &Food Network, Oct. 24, 27 

Washington D.C. (October 23, 2017) – The National Wheat Foundation has been invited by WGST Productions to take part in a series called FoodQuest which goes across the globe to look at some of the most popular food staples. The series is hosted and co-hosted by Robin Leach, Alonzo Mourning and Kim Alexis and premiered on the Cooking Channel on Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017 with an additional viewing on Tuesday, Oct. 24 at 10:00amEST. The episode will then air this on Friday, October 27 at 9:30amEST on the Food Network.

Sharon Springs, Kansas, wheat farmer David Schemm will be featured in the Foundation’s segment representing wheat. The National Wheat Foundation partnered with Ardent Mills on this project to provide the kitchen and chef to also be featured in the segment.

“We are very excited to be a part of this unique opportunity which showcases wheat and wheat farmers on a national level,” said Phil Mclain, Chairman of the National Wheat Foundation. “The segment also does an excellent job of bringing to light the recent anti-gluten fads and reminds consumers of the important and nutritional role wheat plays in the human diet.”

The Foundation also partnered with John Deere whose equipment is featured in the segment and the Wheat Foods Council who provided recipes, historical facts, and national data for each variety of wheat.

“This segment would not have been made possible without our partners who provided input to the script, filming locations, and equipment,” continued Mclain. “This segment shows how bringing awareness to the importance of wheat and farmers is a priority across the value chain.”

2. Sherman Historical Society Dinner Program: Camp Sherman: 100 Years, Nov. 5

Moro, OR – The Sherman County Historical Society invites you to dinner and a presentation, Camp Sherman: 100 Years, November 5, 2017, at 2pm at the Wasco Events Center in Wasco, Oregon. Special guests of the Camp Sherman Historical Society will share some history on how Camp Sherman came about and how this magical place became a special retreat for some of Sherman County’s early residents. Please RSVP by November 3, 2017, with the Sherman County Historical Society at 541-565-3232. Dinner is $15 per plate and we look forward to seeing you there.

The Sherman County Historical Museum is located at 200 Dewey Street in Moro, Oregon. For more information call 541-565-3232 or visit our Facebook page and website:

3. Editorial: Sherman County Telecommunications & Tax Dollars

pencil.sharpAn article about Frontier TeleNet in the October, 2017, edition of The Sherman County Citizen-Reporter stated that Frontier TeleNet was developed at “no cost to the tax payers and has been self-sufficient since…”  

Please see page four at The Sherman County Citizen-Reporter.

Let’s set the record straight. Whether funding sources are local tax dollars, Strategic Investment Program funds, or state or federal funding grants, these are tax dollars.

For many years Sherman County paid North Central Education Service District for technical support and internet service for county government departments. The county ended that practice in June 2016 at $800/month. The Circuit Court pays a separate internet service provider.

Right now, Sherman County government receives internet service through Frontier TeleNet and the new fiber line. How Sherman County will pay for this service has not been determined.

Since Frontier TeleNet’s creation in 2002, Sherman County has expended and invested a substantial amount of money in telecommunications, $3,291,047, as of mid-October, 2017.

  • Frontier Telenet Membership Fee               $61,834
  • Marketing Services by Rob Myers 2004-2008               $36,000
  • Communications Tower to serve Cottonwood Canyon State Park $375,000
  • Install fiber from Wasco to Grass Valley               $1,918,461
  • Costs associated with fiber installation               $54,641
  • Purchase of Digital Switch                        $439,575
  • Wheeler County Share of Digital Switch (shared with Gilliam Co.)   $122,679
  • Maintenance/Warranty/Insurance of Digital Switch   $282,857

In June, 2015, Frontier Telenet received $1 million towards the cost of the digital switch which lowered each county’s burden by $333,333. Two payments will complete the purchase of this switch totaling $71,538 and a seven year commitment toward the maintenance and warranty of the switch which totals $75,605. 

4. OSU Building Name Changes Public Comment Period Ends, Nov. 15

CORVALLIS, Ore. — Staff at Oregon State University are considering changing the name of four buildings after students expressed concern that each were named after racists.

They’ve held meetings discussing each building’s history.

Those buildings include Benton Hall, the first building on campus at Oregon State, Arnold Dining Center, Avery Lodge and Gill Coliseum.

Amory Tingle “Slats” Gill was OSU’s men’s basketball coach from 1928-1964.

He led his team to win four Pacific Coast Conference championships and took five teams to the NCAA tournament. After Gill’s death in 1966, the State Board of Higher Education officially named the arena “Gill Coliseum.” But university officials say students and community members have voiced concern that Slats Gill was racist.

Since concerns about his history were raised, the university has been on a fact-finding mission.

“It’s an important process and, literally, the historians went back into birth records,” explained Vice President of University Relations Steve Clark. “They looked at census records. We interviewed folks. We also did research on histories that were published from those eras.” After taking public input and holding previous discussions, officials say two different committees will examine all public comments along with historical accounts on each building before making any decisions. Although officials say it has been a long process, they say they’re happy with the community turnout.

“At the result of that, maybe folks can say, ‘Yes, I now agree with you,’ or, you can have a consensus of the community. We don’t think whatever we do is going to please everyone, but we think this process actually brought people together.”

At the end of November, OSU President Edward Ray will announce the university’s decision on whether they will change the names.

People have until November 15 to submit concerns or comments to the university.

If you’d like to provide input to the name changes or receive more information, visit OSU’s website. ~

5. Gain or Loss: Where is Your Focus?

How good are you at focusing your attention? This is an extremely valuable skill, and vital to the learning process. So, let’s dig a little deeper into focus and attention.

Building on yesterday’s message, if we are to grow and reach our full potential, it is absolutely necessary to take risks. By its very nature, risk implies the possibility of loss. But at the same time, there is also the possibility of benefit or gain. Whether a risk feels frightening or exhilarating depends, almost entirely, on whether you are paying attention to the loss or the gain.

If you focus on the loss, you will be tense, fearful and uptight, and your performance will inevitably suffer. Maybe you will back down and decide it is just not worth it. You will suffer a paralysis of will, and rationalize it by saying to yourself, “Well, I didn’t really want this after all. What I have is good enough for me.”

It isn’t just individuals that get caught up in focusing on the possibility of loss. Teams do it. Departments do it. Entire organizations can be paralyzed by picturing a dire future because of their over-attention on the possibility of loss.

However, if you focus on the possible benefit and you picture yourself enjoying success and gain, you will feel excited, even exhilarated. And you know something? Fear and excitement feel pretty much the same to your body. It is how you interpret and label them that makes all the difference.

So, the next time there is something you really want, and a risk is attached (as there usually is), try controlling your mind. While you don’t want to ignore the loss altogether, focus instead on what you have to gain! We call this deliberate focusing “visualization,” and it is a powerful tool that will help you take the risks you need to take in order to grow. ~The Pacific Institute

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


bird.owl.limbRural Technology Group: Wireless Connection


Baker City, Oregon – Gateway to Eastern Oregon Adventure

Report: Persecution of Christians Around the World at an All-Time High

Who will make fewer grammar goofs?

You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing which you think you cannot do. ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

How Much Has The Eagle Creek Fire Cost And Who’s Paying?

 U.S.A. Patriotism


Sherman County eNews #313


  1. Photography Club Invites You, Your Camera & Flash, Oct. 23

  2. Sherman County School District Communication to the Community

  3. Sherman Development League Grant/Loan Applications

  4. Notice: Frontier Regional 911 Dispatch Board Meeting, Oct. 30

  5. Taking a Risk

  6. Oregonian’s Tax Surplus Credit, or “Kicker,” Corrected & Certified

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

1. Photography Club Invites You, Your Camera & Flash, Oct. 23

camera.35mm.blueCome and meet with the Sherman County Photography Club on Monday, October 23. Meeting starts at 6pm at the Steve Burnet Extension building in Moro. Bring your camera and flash and learn about Flash Photography.


2. Sherman County School District Communication to the Community


3. Sherman Development League Grant/Loan Applications

Sherman Development League (SDL) grant application forms for projects and/or programs in Sherman County are available. Grants can be applied for by 501(c)(3) and other non-profit organizations. Organizations that have received a grant from SDL are not eligible to apply until their current grant requirements have been met. Revolving loan funds are also available to for-profit entities and businesses.

Applications will be accepted until November 15, 2017, and grants will be awarded by February 1, 2018.

To receive appropriate grant/loan application forms, please submit a letter of request which includes:

• A brief description of your project.
• State if the project is a capital expenditure, one-time program or pilot project, emergency assistance or a loan request.
• Identify the type of organization requesting funding.

Mail or email requests to:
Sherman Development League, Inc.
P.O. Box 11
Moro, OR 97039

Contact Melva Thomas at 541-442-5488 or

4. Notice: Frontier Regional 911 Dispatch Board Meeting, Oct. 30

Frontier Regional 911 Dispatch Board of Directors Meeting

October 30, 2017

10:00 a.m.

Gilliam County Courthouse – Courtroom


1 –     Approve June 29, 2017 Minutes

2 –     Insurance/Benefits Package – Jeff Rasmussen

3 –     Checking Account Status – Sandy Speer

4 –     Succession Plan/Job Descriptions – Chris Humphreys/Renee Heidy

5 –     Manager’s Report – April Stream/Renee Heidy

6 –     Quarterly Meeting Dates/Times – Chris Fitzsimmons

  • If necessary, Executive Session may be held in accordance with ORS 192.660 (1)

(e) Property

(h) Legal Rights

(i) Personnel

  • As this is a regular meeting of the Frontier Regional 911 Board, other matters may be addressed as deemed appropriate by the Board.

Frontier Regional Board Members:

Sheriff Gary Bettencourt –

Judge Steve Shaffer –

Sheriff Jim Adkins –

Vice-Chair: Commissioner Mike Ahern –

Sheriff Brad Lohrey –

Commissioner Joe Dabulskis –

Chair: Sheriff Chris Humphreys –

Judge Lynn Morley –

5. Taking a Risk

Do you consider yourself a risk-taker? For a great many of us, the answer would be, “No!” In this day and age, that isn’t an unreasonable response. In myriad places around the world, taking a risk, and failing, sometimes requires the ultimate price to be paid. However, today, let’s take a slightly different look at this question regarding risk.

In one of his many books, Leo Buscaglia wrote that, “To laugh is to risk appearing a fool, to weep is to risk appearing too sentimental, to reach out for another is to risk involvement, and to expose feelings is to risk exposing one’s true self.

“To place your ideas and dreams before the crowd is to risk their loss, to love is to risk not being loved in return. To live is to risk dying, to hope is to risk despair, to try is to risk failure.

“But all risks must be taken because the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing.

“The person who risks nothing also does nothing, has nothing, is nothing. If we avoid risk, we may avoid suffering and sorrow, but we simply cannot learn, feel, change, grow, love or live.”

By now, you are probably agreeing with Leo Buscaglia. If, out of our fears, we refuse to risk, we also forfeit our freedom because only a person who risks is truly free. Only a person who risks can grow, because all personal growth involves risk.

If you stay focused on the benefits of the risk, instead of putting all your energy into worrying about what could go wrong, and if you consistently affirm and visualize what achievement will look and feel like, it will be much easier for you to take the risks you need to take, in order to grow and to be the best you can be. ~The Pacific Institute

6. Oregonians’ Tax Surplus Credit, or “Kicker,” Corrected & Certified

Oregon.Flat.poleSALEM, Oregon–A corrected rate for Oregonians’ tax surplus credit, or “kicker,” for the 2016 tax year has been certified by the Office of Economic Analysis (OEA) since previous public announcements. The more than $463 million total tax surplus remains the same.

The surplus will be returned to taxpayers through a credit on their 2017 state personal income tax returns filed in 2018. No “kicker checks” will be issued as there were in the past, although a taxpayer’s kicker credit may make up some or all of a regular refund check.

To calculate the amount of your credit, multiply your 2016 tax liability before any credits–line 24 on the 2016 Form OR-40–by 5.6 percent. This is the corrected rate, as determined and certified by OEA. Taxpayers who claimed a credit for tax paid to another state subtract the credit amount to their liability before calculating the kicker.

You’re eligible to claim the kicker if you filed a 2016 tax return and had tax due before credits. Even if you don’t have a filing obligation for 2017, you still have to file a 2017 tax return to claim your credit. There will be detailed information on how to claim your credit in the 2017 Oregon personal income tax return instructions: Form OR-40 for full-year Oregon residents, Form OR-40-P for part-year residents, and Form OR-40-N for nonresidents. Composite and fiduciary-income tax return filers are also eligible.

Keep in mind that the state may use all or part of your kicker to pay any state debt you owe, such as tax due for other years, child support, court fines, or school loans.

A What’s My Kicker? calculator will be active on Revenue’s website for personal income tax filers when filing season opens in January. To calculate your kicker, you’ll enter your name, Social Security number, and filing status for 2016 and 2017.

You can visit to get forms, check the status of your refund, or make payments. You can call (503) 378-4988 or (800) 356-4222 (toll-free) or email for additional assistance. For TTY for hearing or speech impaired, call (800) 886-7204.

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


The Disease of Being Busy

Capital Insider Index: This week in Salem by the numbers

Oregon Capital Chatter

Are The Names Of Some OSU Buildings Racist?

Charges brought against teen in Columbia Gorge fire


State says it’s too early to judge unpaid tax & fine collection efforts

Chris Farrell’s “On Watch”: The Latest on Huma Abedin, George Soros in Guatemala, & Corruption in the DOJ


  Unique & Authentic Oregon Ranch Bed and Breakfast


Crop Profile for Wheat in Oregon