Sherman County eNews #306


  1. Sherman School District Athletic Schedule Update, Oct. 14, 19

  2. North Sherman County Rural Fire Protection District Lifts Burn Ban

  3. Special Meeting Notice: Sherman County SWCD, Oct. 17

  4. Congressman Greg Walden Town Hall Meeting in Grass Valley, Oct. 16

  5. Rediscovering Solitude

  6. Financial Assistance for Conservation on Oregon Farms and Ranches, Nov. 17

  7. Sherman County Senior & Community Center Silent Auction Fundraiser, Oct. 16-17

  8. Community College board urges public support for DACA

1. Sherman School District Athletic Schedule Update, Oct. 14, 19

sports-volleyballSherman Middle School Volleyball

October 14, 2017 – South Wasco Tournament has been CANCELLED.

October 19, 2017 – Sherman at St. Mary’s (5/6 ONLY) starting at 4:00, bus departs at 2:30.

2. North Sherman County Rural Fire Protection District Lifts Burn Ban

The North Sherman County Rural Fire Protection District has lifted the burn ban. The District’s cities may resume issuing burn permits. 

3. Special Meeting Notice: Sherman County SWCD, Oct. 17

Sherman County SWCD will hold a Special Meeting on Tuesday October 17th, 2017 @ 6pm. The meeting will be held at the SWCD office, 302 Scott Street, Moro OR, 97039.

Kayla von Borstel

Sherman County SWCD – Sherman County Area Watershed Council Coordinator


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4. Congressman Greg Walden Town Hall Meeting in Grass Valley, Oct. 16

American flag2What: Congressman Walden’s Sherman County Town Hall
When:  Monday, October 16th, 4:00pm-5:00pm
Where: Grass Valley Community Pavilion, located off Highway 97

I’d like to invite you to a community town hall meeting I am holding in Sherman County on Monday, October 16th. It’d be great to see you there.

In Congress, I’m working hard–along with President Trump and his administration–to grow jobs in rural communities like ours, cut unnecessary federal red tape, improve the care our veterans receive at the VA, and change federal forest management laws to prevent the catastrophic fires that choked our skies with smoke this summer. To solve problems like these, I need your input.

At the meeting, I’ll discuss these issues and take your questions and comments. I regularly visit and hold meetings in each of the 20 counties in our nearly 70,000 square mile district. Each year I make it a goal to hold at least one town hall meeting in each county — I’ve held 17 so far this year and 147 since 2012. While these town halls require a lot of “windshield time” in the car, I rely on the visits as one way to help me stay in close touch with local communities in Oregon.

Thank you for considering attendance at this town hall meeting. You can reach my office in Oregon toll-free at (800) 533-3303 if you have any questions. I hope to see you Monday. It is an honor to represent you in the U.S. Congress.

Best regards,

Greg Walden
U.S. Representative
Oregon’s Second District

5. Rediscovering Solitude

When was the last time you really spent quality time . . . with yourself?  We’re not talking about the few seconds that pass between getting in the car and turning on the ignition before you flip on the radio, or the time it takes to download an app for the smartphone.

A word you don’t hear much these days is “solitude.”  Maybe that is because it isn’t experienced much. You know, if you put prisoners in solitary confinement, they either go a little crazy, or they use the time to grow.  Most of them go a little crazy because they are just not used to being alone. Humans are social beings. Too much solitude feels more like a punishment. However, some solitude is essential if we are really going to grow.

Our lives can easily get busy and noisy. Others surround us at work, at home and just about everywhere else, but it is solitude we need for really deep thinking. It might be one reason carpooling hasn’t worked very well, because solitary driving time is precious to so many of us. It may be why many busy people, who can afford it, hire others to drive them around because their time alone in the car is rare and invaluable, especially if you have to negotiate a lot of traffic.

Some therapists believe that one reason people make so much headway in therapy is because it provides built-in time and structure to focus attention inward. This type of solitude time is not being selfish. Used properly, it can be a time of great renewal and growth.

So, if you want to really move ahead, take time every so often to be alone. Rediscover solitude. Build it into your schedule to make sure it happens. Use it to think about where you are and where you want to go. Use it to problem solve, reflect, and re-connect with your heart’s desires. And use it to handle the challenges you meet nearly every day. ~The Pacific Institute

6. Financial Assistance for Conservation on Oregon Farms and Ranches, Nov. 17

Next application deadline for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program is Nov. 17

PORTLAND, Ore. – (Oct. 13, 2017) — The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Oregon is accepting applications from farmers, ranchers and family forestland owners interested in receiving financial assistance to conserve natural resources on their land.

Through its Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), NRCS helps agricultural producers offset the cost to perform conservation activities on private lands.

The next application deadline for EQIP funding is Nov. 17, 2017.

Examples of conservation activities include installing efficient irrigation systems to save water and reduce energy consumption; planting cover crops to improve soil health and water quality; and removing invasive juniper trees to enhance habitat for mule deer, sage grouse and other wildlife species.

There are many more conservation practices that EQIP can help pay for to address priority natural resource concerns such as water quality and quantity, soil health, plant condition, wildlife habitat, forest health, and more.

Oregon EQIP funds are available to agricultural producers within targeted watersheds or areas in each county to address priority natural resource concerns. These resource concerns are identified each year through a locally-led strategic planning process with input from landowners, agencies and conservation partners.

In addition to locally-led EQIP opportunities, NRCS also offers statewide assistance through EQIP initiatives, such as the Organic Initiative and the Seasonal High Tunnel System Initiative.

To find out what kinds of EQIP funding opportunities are available in Oregon, and for more information about program eligibility, visit the Oregon EQIP webpage at:

To search EQIP funding opportunities specific to each county, visit the NRCS Oregon website at and click the “What’s Available in My County?” icon.

Interested applicants can also contact their local USDA Service Center to inquire about EQIP opportunities in their county and to apply for assistance.

7. Sherman County Senior & Community Center Silent Auction Fundraiser, Oct. 16-17 

Silent Auction Fundraiser

Senior Meal Program

October 16 and 17, 2017

Join us to have lunch and a Silent Auction with proceeds to the Senior & Community Center meal program.  Auction items will include donated items and homemade delicacies.  If not present, we will contact you to pick up your winning bid item.  Contact us to donate or for further information.

Please bring your donations to the Senior Center by 11:00 AM on Monday, October 16, 2017.

Place your bid dates:

Monday and Tuesday

October 16—11:00 AM – 2:00 PM

October 17–9:00 AM – 12:00 Noon


All bids must be in before:

Final Auction Time

12:00 Noon

October 17, 2017



Senior & Community Center

300 Dewey Street, Moro, OR


8. Community College board urges public support for DACA

Columbia Gorge Community College board members this week formally opposed efforts by the White House to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, joining a national effort by the American Association of Community Colleges to encourage federal legislation allowing DACA recipients to pursue higher education in the United States.

College board members also urged the public to contact Members of Congress in support of DACA and enactment of the “Dream Act” or comparable legislation to safeguard those who arrived in the United States as children but who have not yet achieved citizenship.

As a Hispanic Serving Institution with more than 35 percent Latino/a enrollment, CGCC is a Sanctuary campus, a designation emphasizing legal protection for all students through the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). This federal law safeguards student education records for all institutions that receive funding from the U.S. Department of Education. Columbia Gorge Community College is one of those institutions, distributing millions of dollars annually in student financial aid.

“As the board of Columbia Gorge Community College, we join the American Association of Community Colleges, Oregon’s Higher Education Coordinating Commission, Oregon’s universities and other community colleges in emphasizing our commitment to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program and new federal legislation to build upon its protections,” the board stated. “We urge the public to join us by contacting Members of Congress to voice concern over recent threats to the well-being of our Latino/a community. Like generations of immigrants before them, these individuals strengthen our economy and enrich our lives as they become part of the multi-cultural tapestry that makes the United States unique among nations. Diversity should be celebrated, never discouraged.”

The college board invited current and potential students who would be adversely affected by loss of DACA to contact CGCC Student Services, which maintains a resource list of community services available to all students. These include referrals to immigration legal counseling, transportation, child care, housing and other support systems offered by community partner organizations.

Official statements establishing national and statewide community college positions in support of DACA are posted on the college website,