Sherman County eNews #325


  1. Sherman County School Winter & Spring Coaching Opportunities!

  2. Sherman County Court Notes, Nov. 1

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

  4. Smile and Change the World

  5. State Fire Marshal: Test Smoke Alarms When Turning Your Clock Back

  6. NRA Firearms Safety Class for Oregon CHL

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

“Energy in the executive is a leading character in the definition of good government. It is essential to the protection of the community against foreign attacks; it is not less essential to the steady administration of the laws; to the protection of property against those irregular and high-handed combinations which sometimes interrupt the ordinary course of justice; to the security of liberty against the enterprises and assaults of ambition, of faction, and of anarchy.” —Alexander Hamilton (1788)

1. Sherman County School Winter & Spring Coaching Opportunities! 

Logo.Sherman High SchoolSherman County School has Coaching Opportunities!!!!

Coaching positions are currently available in the following areas: 


5th-8th Boys Basketball (2 positions)

5th-8th Girls Basketball (1 position) 


Boys and Girls HS Track & Field (Head Coach)

Boys and Girls HS Track & Field (Assistant Coach)

Boys and Girls Tennis (Head Coach)

Criminal record check and pre-employment drug testing will be required for all positions. For further information and application materials please email Gary Lewis at or Wes Owens at Sherman County School District is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

2. Sherman County Court Notes, Nov. 1

ShermanCoLogoBy Administrative Assistant Lauren Hernandez

(This is a brief summary of topics addressed and is not official minutes. For official minutes and details, please see the official approved minutes posted on the Sherman County website at after the December 6 Court session.)

The Sherman County Court met in regular session on November 1, 2017, and in conducting the business of the county,

  • entered into Executive Session in accordance with ORS 192.660 (2) (i) Personnel to discuss Senior Center staff positions;
  • met with Kimberly Lindsey, Community Counseling Solutions, and Mike Smith, Sherman County representative on behalf of CCS, to discuss the possible respite center at Scott Canyon; Commissioner Dabulskis stated he has heard concerns from citizens on how the respite center might affect the school; Kimberly explained the process of how funds are awarded per student; the money follows the student, so when a student moves into Sherman County, Sherman County will receive the funds even if the students attends school elsewhere; Next Door in The Dalles has agreed to provide education to respite center students; funds will come to Sherman County; Sherman County could keep the funds or pass them through to Next Door, which would be cost neutral; Kimberly gave a report on the site analysis for the property at Scott Canyon; due to slope, seasonal creeks, and the required septic, the property does not have enough buildable space; the Behavior Rehabilitation Services home needs 2,300 sq.ft. and the Diversion home needs 7,300 sq.ft.; Sherman County requires a drain field, septic, and backup; discussion was held about other possible sites and the advantages and disadvantages of each location;
  • approved sponsorship renewal of Gorge Technology Alliance at the Silicon level in the amount of $500 for the period October 1, 2017, through September 30, 2018;
  • authorized the issuance of a County credit card for Kayla von Borstel with a credit limit of $2,000;
  • approved Kayla von Borstel to authorize payment of County bills as needed;
  • added Kayla von Borstel to the Biggs Service District Bank of Eastern Oregon signature card, and removed Lauren Hernandez from the signature card;
  • accepted the resignation of Jennifer Zimmerlee from the Sherman County Fair Board as recommended by the Fair Board;
  • discussed the Biggs Travel Center and website re-design updates;
  • heard reports from Court members about regional board activities.

3. 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: 

4. Smile and Change the World

smile cartoonFrom a sign in a store window: “Let Your Smile Change the World. Don’t Let the World Change Your Smile.” A sage piece of advice, but not always so easy to do.

If you are like a lot of folks, the alarm goes off and the first thing you get bombarded with is the news of the day. Whether it’s natural disasters, like earthquake or hurricane damage, political infighting or the traffic and weather report that makes your upcoming commute akin to a nightmare, starting the day with a smile is going to be a bit of a challenge. It would be easy to let the world change your smile.

In his 2006 best seller, “Stumbling on Happiness,” Harvard professor Daniel Gilbert surveyed the research on the subject of happiness, and revealed some of the mistakes we make in imagining how happy – or not – we believe we will be. Among his illuminations is the fact that human beings seem to be happiest when faced with a challenge. It’s why organizations succeed best when employees work toward goals that are difficult, but not out of reach. (See research on goal-setting from Dr. Gary Latham, University of Toronto.)

Surprisingly, it isn’t the intensity of positive experiences that predicts happiness; it is the frequency of those experiences. Someone who has a dozen average nice things happen is likely to be happier than someone who had one intense happy event. This is where the smile effect comes in. We can create those average nice things ourselves, and the initiator can be that smile.

For today, let’s try a small scientific experiment: As you are walking down the street, in the office, in the grocery store or on the plant floor, smile at those coming your way. Then note what you get back. It’s almost a sure bet that you will get a smile in return, nearly every time.

As Professor Gilbert remarked, “Science will soon be able to tell us how to live the lives we want, but it will never tell us what kinds of lives we should want to live. That will be for us to decide.” So, go ahead, make the decision and face the day with a smile. You’ll be happier for it. ~The Pacific Institute

5. State Fire Marshal: Test Smoke Alarms When Turning Your Clock Back

Sunday, November 5th, marks the end of daylight saving time and serves as a good reminder for Oregonians to test their smoke alarms. The Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal is urging residents to test their smoke alarms before automatically changing the batteries.

“Smoke alarm technology has advanced and many now come with 10-year batteries and some are tamper-resistant,” said State Fire Marshal Jim Walker. “So, I encourage residents to test their alarms before changing the battery, and to be sure to replace any smoke alarm that is 10 years old or older.”

Oregon law requires ionization-only smoke alarms that are solely battery powered to come equipped with a hush feature and a 10-year battery. Because of this technology, the national slogan “Change your clock, Change your battery” may not apply to Oregon residents who have these ionization-only smoke alarms.

Other types of alarms are also being sold with either a 10-year battery or a standard-life battery.

“Ensuring you have working smoke alarms in your home is the single most important step you can take to increase your family’s safety from a home fire,” adds Walker.

To test your alarm properly we recommend you:

1) Push the test button to be sure the battery is working.
2) When replacing batteries, follow the manufacturer’s instructions for the correct battery type to use.
3) Always retest alarms after installing new batteries.
4) Replace any alarm that fails to operate after installing a new battery.
5) Inspect your alarms to determine if they are 10 years old or older, and replace any smoke alarm 10 years old or older. Look for a date on the back of the alarm. If there is no date, your alarm is more than 10 years old and should be replaced.
6) Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for regularly cleaning your alarms of dust and cobwebs.

Working smoke alarms provide a critical early warning to a fire, allowing you vital minutes to escape, which increase your chances of survival. Additional safety tips:

* Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, in each bedroom, and outside each sleeping area (hallway).
* Never disconnect or remove batteries from smoke alarms for other uses.
* Use the smoke alarm’s hush feature to silence nuisance alarms.
* Make a home fire escape plan and practice it with family members.
* Practice your home fire escape plan at least two times a year at different times of the day/night.
* Children, older adults, and people with disabilities may need assistance to wake up and get out. Ensure that someone will help them.

For more home fire escape planning information visit:

For more smoke alarm and fire safety information, contact your local fire department or visit

Follow the OSFM on Facebook and Twitter @OSFM.

 6. NRA Firearms Safety Class for Oregon CHL

On November 12, 2017, at 5:30 pm, Deputy Burgett will be offering an NRA Firearms Safety class. The class size limit is 12 people. The class will be held at the Sherman County Courthouse. If you are interested in taking the class and are a resident of Sherman County, please call the Sheriff’s Office at (541) 565-3622.

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

bird.owl.limbFull Hunters’ Moon Tonight

Video: Life is Good.

Oregon overpays more than $74 million for Medicaid, governor kept in the dark

Local emergency scanner transmissions could become off limits to public

The Real Problem With the Diversity Visa Lottery Program 

“Against the insidious wiles of foreign influence, the jealousy of a free people ought to be constantly awake; since history and experience prove that foreign influence is one of the most baneful foes of Republican Government.” —George Washington (1796)

Red Cross: Sound the Alarm, Save a Life

How U.S. refugee resettlement in each state has shifted since 2002

500 Years Ago Western Civilization Was Changed Forever

The Forest Service’s battle against illegal marijuana farms



Sherman County eNews #324


  1. Classifieds

  2. Calendar

1. Classifieds (new or corrected)


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  


m_returnTHANK YOU! Thank you Sherry Kaseberg for all your years of volunteering and fundraising for the Sherman County Historical Society and Museum as you celebrate your 80th birthday this week. Thank you for sharing your birthday party as a benefit for the Museum! And thank you to everyone who so generously donated to the Sherman County Historical Society Endowment Fund and webpage update project in honor of Sherry’s birthday. Sherry, we appreciate all your years of service not only to the Sherman County Historical Society & Museum but also to the entire community of Sherman County! Happy 80th Birthday!

thankyou.guyTHANK YOU to everyone who honored my 80th birthday with contributions to our national award-winning Sherman County Historical Museum where I volunteered for many years. You make me smile. I made new friends, learned new skills and shared a lot of laughs, challenges and successes! Exceptional teamwork! The very best! It’s been a remarkable journey since 1982 and I’m grateful to have served! ~ Sherry Kaseberg

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


Happy-BirthdayHAPPY 103rd BIRTHDAY, DEWEY THOMAS! Thank you for your services to country, county and town!

Happy-BirthdayHAPPY 90th BIRTHDAY, JERRY COLEMAN! Thank you for your services to our country, county and town!


m_returnPlease consider expressing your appreciation for Sherman County eNews by celebrating my 80th birthday with a modest contribution to the Sherman County Historical Museum where I’ve volunteered for many years. Your help with the endowment fund or website project will be a perfect gift! 80 cents, $1.80, $8, $80…. Here’s the address: Sherman County Historical Society Museum, Attn: Endowment Fund or Website Update, P.O. Box 173, Moro, OR 97039. You will be appreciated! Thank you!  ~Sherry Kaseberg, Editor/Publisher, Sherman County eNews since 1999


ATHLETIC REFEREES. Seriously! In case you missed them, articles describing the critical shortage of referees for school athletics were published in The Dalles Chronicle and The Times-Journal in recent days: “The number of referees available to preside over basketball games in five counties has declined to the point that it could soon adversely affect the ability of young athletes to compete. … more officials are needed to take a neutral point of view and make spot decisions that enforce the rules of the game for students from fifth grade through high school. There are currently 37 referees but 50 are needed to make sure there are two on the floor at every competition…”  Read the full story here: and see the related story in The Times-Journal this week. 

COACHING OPPORTUNITIES! Sherman County School Coaching Opportunities! Coaching positions are currently available in the following areas:


5th-8th Boys Basketball (2 positions)

5th-8th Girls Basketball (1 position) 


Boys and Girls HS Track & Field (Head Coach)

Boys and Girls HS Track & Field (Assistant Coach)

Boys and Girls Tennis (Head Coach)

         Criminal record check and pre-employment drug testing will be required for all positions. For further information and application materials please email Gary Lewis at or Wes Owens at Sherman County School District is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

TELLER. Bank of Eastern Oregon is now hiring for a part-time Teller at their Moro branch to work 30 hours/week, Monday-Friday. Incumbent should have previous cash handling & customer service experience, and be proficient in use of computers; previous banking experience a plus. We offer competitive salary, health benefits, vacation & sick pay, 401(k) plan with employer match & ESOP, discretionary cash bonus, and Teller certification incentive pay. Successful candidate must pass a pre-employment drug, credit, and background screening. Interested and/or qualified applicants may apply at, click on Career Opportunities link. Bank of Eastern Oregon is an Equal Opportunity Employer of minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities. Application closing date: 11-12-2017  11/10 

SENIOR CENTER CLEANING STAFF. Sherman County is accepting letters of interest for the position of Senior Center Cleaning Staff. This is a limited-hour position, 2-4hr/wk, no benefits. Hourly pay rate to be determined. Applicant must make decisions independently using effective time management. Please submit letter and/or resume to Sherman County Court, P.O. Box 365, Moro, OR 97039. Position open until filled. Successful applicant must pass a criminal history background check. Sherman County is an equal opportunity employer.


STUDDED TIRES 245/75R-16 on GM Alloy Rims from Tahoe (5 Spoke Factory Alloy Wheels). 6 lug pattern (6 X 13927 MM).  Lightly used, asking $700 for wheels and tires. Sold the vehicle and the new owner did not need the studded set. Can be seen in Grass Valley by contacting Jeanne @ 541-714-5740 (call or Text).  12/29

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 




LITTLE LEAGUE FIELD PREP & SOD LAYING. The volunteers working on the site preparation and irrigation system for the Little League field at Sherman County School are shooting for next Tuesday for the first portion of laying fresh sod on the field. They will need lots of help to finish this important step. Please contact Geremy Shull at 541-980-0802 for updates and volunteer opportunities!  11/3 



2. Calendar (new or corrected)


1-30 By Presidential Proclamation: National Entrepreneur Month

3 Sherman Huskies vs. Adrian/Jordan Valley – Round One 1-A

3 Frontier TeleNet Board of Directors Meeting 10 Fossil

3 Frontier TeleNet Supplemental Budget Hearing 10 Fossil

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

3 Free Household Hazardous Waste Collection 10-2 Wasco

4 Dewey Thomas’ 103rd Birthday 9 Lean To Café, Wasco

5 Daylight Saving Time Ends

5 Sherman Historical Society Dinner/Program: Camp Sherman: 100 Years

       2 o’clock Wasco School Events Center

6-20 Lean To Café & Goosepit Saloon Closed, On Vacation

8 Sherman County Senior & Community Center Advisory Group 12

8 Wasco School Events Center Board of Directors Meeting 6

10 Community Renewable Energy Association (CREA) Board Meeting 10-11


11 Jerry Coleman’s 90th Birthday Celebration Honoring Veterans 6 Rufus Tavern

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

18 Northwest Women in Ag Conference


27 Sherman County Photography Club 6 Steve Burnet Research & Extension Bldg.

28 Mid-Columbia Community Action Council  


2 Cascade Singers’ Holiday Concert 7 Zion Lutheran Church, The Dalles

3 Cascade Singers’ Holiday Concert 3 Zion Lutheran Church, The Dalles

6 Sherman County Court 9

6 All County Prayer Meeting Refreshments/Social 6:30

         Prayer 7-8:30 Wasco Methodist Church


8 Community Renewable Energy Association Board Meeting 10-11

11 Mid-Columbia Housing Authority Board Meeting 10 The Dalles

12 Sherman County Soil & Water Conservation District Board Meeting 8:30

12 Sherman County Watershed Council 11:30

12 Tri-County Mental Health Board Meeting 11-2

12 North Central Public Health District Board Meeting 3

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

14 Northern Oregon Regional Corrections Board Meeting 1 NORCOR, The Dalles

14 Mid-Columbia Economic Development District Board Meeting 4-5 Hood River

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