Sherman County eNews #347


  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 YOU & CONGRATULATORY NOTES:

THANK YOU, KARLA VON BORSTEL CHAMBERS, as you retire after 16 years of service on the board of directors of The Ford Family Foundation!

CONGRATULATIONS, LOUIS & ALENE RUCKER, on your 70th wedding anniversary! ~ Sherry Kaseberg



CHRISTMAS TREES! Sherman High School Christmas Tree Sale
Available Trees and Sizes
Doug Fir Sizes: 5/6 | 6/7 | 7/8
Grand Fir Sizes: 5/6 | 6/7
Noble Fir Sizes: 4/5 | 5/6 | 6/7 | 7/8
65912 High School Loop, Moro, OR
9:00 AM to 3:30 PM
Prices vary between $25.00 and $50.00 depending on the size and type of tree. 12/1 

BOOK SALE, RAFFLE. Wasco City-Community Library

Saturday, December 2, 2017 – Wasco School Events Center

4-7 p.m. Santa arrives! He’ll be visiting with the kiddies …….4-7pm

5- 6 p.m. Performers from the Sherman county GOOD NEWS CLUB will perform the “Ultimate Christmas Party,” a skit coordinated by Julie Fritts

4-7p.m. Raffle tickets available for purchase (first one is free)….children and adult prizes, popular games, Plinko and others

  • Refreshments
  • Vendors (tables still available)

All proceeds will be used to purchase new books, CDs and other needed supplies.

Questions? Call Librarian Danee Rankin 541-980-8210.

CHRISTMAS SHOPPING at THE MUSEUM STORE. The Museum Store at the Sherman County Historical Museum in Moro will be open for your Christmas shopping on Saturday, December 2nd from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm. Come to shop, enjoy refreshments, and tour the Museum! Pick up the newly-designed camper coffee mugs, a historic Sherman County calendar, the Camp Sherman Calendar, Melissa & Doug brand wooden toys and puzzles, cute farm animals that walk and talk and a $5 t-shirt sale and much more for everyone on your list! Take a Walk on the Rural Side and we will see you on December 2nd at the Sherman County Historical Museum Store! For more information contact the Sherman County Historical Museum at 541-565-3232 or email 12/1

SHERMAN COUNTY PRESCHOOL GALA OF TREES. Trees are now on display at The Farm Store in Wasco! Get your tickets ($5) now for a chance to win a unique, fun and fully decorated Christmas tree. Donors include RDO, MCGG, Rod McGuire, Apex/Little Wheats, Sherman Farm Chem and others. All proceeds support your local preschool. 12/16

SHERMAN COUNTY HOLIDAY BAZAAR. Shop Locally! Saturday, December 2nd from 10 until 3:30 at the Sherman County School Cafeteria, Moro, Oregon. Questions? Call Beth McCurdy 541-980-1821 or contact See Sponsored by Sherman County Fair Board. 12/1

SHERMAN COUNTY FOOD BANK & WASCO SCHOOL EVENTS CENTER. Wasco School Events Center is sponsoring Bingo and a Soup Dinner fundraiser to benefit the Sherman County Food Bank on December 3rd from 2:00 to 4:00 pm. It will be held in the Leland Schwendel Auditorium at the Wasco School Events Center (formerly the Wasco Annex). Cost for the meal is $6 or $20 for a family of 4 or more. Bingo will start at 3:00 pm and we will play 10 rounds at $1 per card or a donation of a can of vegetables per card. Prizes will be gift baskets donated by local businesses. Hope to see you on the 3rd for some good food and fun Bingo! Prizes will be on display at the Events Center if you want to take a peek prior to the 3rd. 12/1


HEALTHY FAMILIES OREGON HOME VISITOR. North Central ESD Early Education is hiring for a part time Healthy Families Oregon Home Visitor. Healthy Families Oregon seeks to insure healthy, thriving children and nurturing, caring families with a target of reaching parents with newborns and expectant parents. We seek to enhance family function, promote positive parent-child relationships and support children’s healthy growth and development through home visiting and links to community services.
The main duties of this job will be to provide parental support and education through the early years of a child’s life so children will grow up to be emotionally secure and safe, healthy, and more school-ready. Provide parenting skills, child development monitoring, early learning activities, and linkages to community resources. High school diploma required, AA or Bachelor’s Degree preferred. Must have reliable transportation to and from worksites.  Worksite Location: Office located in Condon. Service area includes Gilliam, Sherman, and Wheeler Counties. Work Schedule: 30 hours/week. Salary Range: $14.17-$20.15 DOE. Benefits: Medical, Dental, Vision and Long Term Disability. Reports to: Healthy Families Supervisor. Application Deadline: Open until filled. Please send resume and cover letter to 877-562-3739 “The NCESD is an Equal Opportunity Employer.”

DIRECTOR. Sherman County Senior & Community Center Director.  Sherman County is accepting employment applications for the position of Senior Center Director at the Sherman County Senior & Community Center. Position is permanent part-time salaried, 20hr/week. Responsibilities include scheduling use of Center facilities, supervising employees, maintaining and monitoring senior programs and contracts for compliance to ensure funding, receiving fees and delivering revenue to the Fiscal Officer, and other duties as assigned.    For job description and/or application, contact the office of the Sherman County Court at 541-565-3416 or go online at  Submit completed application and resume to the Sherman County Court, P.O. Box 365, Moro, OR 97039. Position open until filled. Successful applicant must have or be willing to obtain a Food Handlers Card and pass a criminal history background check. Sherman County is an equal opportunity employer. 12/1

sign.forsaleFOR SALE:  

…. DECEMBER 2nd at Moro:

The Museum Store 10-3 Sherman County Historical Museum in Moro

The Holiday Bazaar at Sherman County School nr. Moro 10-3:30

Sherman High School Christmas Tree Sale at Sherman County School 9-3:30

… DECEMBER 2nd at Wasco:

Wasco City-Community Library Annual Fundraiser 4-7 Wasco School Events Center

Sherman County Gala of Trees on display at The Farm Store in Wasco

HANDCRAFTED FURNITURE & NOVELTY GIFTS. Considerately Handcrafted furniture and novelty gifts, created from re-purposed wine & whiskey barrels, ready for Christmas. See us at the Holiday Bazaar on December 2nd at Sherman County School! ~Kevin Kaseberg | The Wood Butcher | Wasco, Oregon | 541-993-4282  | 12/29

CHRISTMAS TREES! Sherman High Christmas Tree Sale
Available Trees and Sizes
Doug Fir Sizes: 5/6 | 6/7 | 7/8
Grand Fir Sizes: 5/6 | 6/7
Noble Fir Sizes: 4/5 | 5/6 | 6/7 | 7/8
65912 High School Loop, Moro, OR
9:00 AM to 3:30 PM
Prices vary between $25.00 and $50.00 depending on the size and type of tree. 12/1

FABRIC for 4-H. 4-H Rewards at JoAnn Fabric.  Save 15% with JOANN 4-H Rewards! Current & lifetime 4-H members, parents of members, volunteers and 4-H staff can save 15% off total in-store and online purchases every day with 4-H Rewards. JOANN will give a minimum of 2.5% of every eligible transaction to support 4-H programming. 12/1

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








2. CALENDAR (new or corrected) 


1 Sherman County Preschool Gala of Trees – The Farm Store, Wasco

1 Festival of Trees 6 Civic Auditorium, The Dalles

2 Christmas Tree Sale 10-3 Sherman County School

2 Sherman County Holiday Bazaar 10-3:30 Sherman County School Cafeteria, Moro

2 Holiday Shopping at The Museum Store 10-3 Sherman County Museum, Moro

2 Fossil Community Bazaar 9-3 Fossil, Oregon

2 1st Annual 5K Reindeer Run & Snowflake Stroll 10 The Dalles

2 Condon Light Festival and Parade 5:30 Condon

2 Holiday Open House 9-5 Columbia Gorge Discovery Center & Columbia R. Trading Co.

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

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

3 Bingo/Soup Dinner Benefit-Sherman County Food Bank 2-4 Wasco School Events Center

5 Weed Advisory Board Meeting 1 Weed District Building, Moro

5 Folk Songs of the Winter Holidays 6 Sherman County Public/School Library

5-7 Oregon Farm Bureau Annual Meeting, Pendleton

6 Sherman County Court 9

6 All County Prayer Meeting Refreshments/Social 6:30

         Prayer 7-8:30 Wasco Methodist Church

6, 13 & 20 Open Pickleball Court at the Wasco Gym


8 Community Renewable Energy Association Board Meeting 10-1

9 Sherman County Lions Club Fruit Shipment Ready for Pickup

11 Mid-Columbia Housing Authority Board Meeting 10 The Dalles

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 Frontier TeleNet Board of Directors Meeting 10 Moro

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

13 & 20 Open Pickleball Court at the Wasco Gym

14 Sherman Soil & Water Conservation District Board Meeting 8:30 Moro

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

20 Open Pickleball Court at the Wasco Gym

21 Winter Begins

24-20 Sherman County School District Christmas Vacation


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


3 Sherman County Court 9

4 AG Tech Bootcamp, University of Idaho, Pocatello

9 Sherman County Watershed Council Meeting 8

9 Sherman Soil & Water Conservation District Board Meeting 8:30

9 Tri-County Mental Health Board Meeting 11-2

9 North Central Public Health District Board Meeting 3

9-10 Direct Seed Conference, Kennewick

10 Developing/Expanding Your Farm Stand/Agritourism Seminar, Central Point

10 Sherman County Senior & Community Center Advisory 12:30

12 Community Renewable Energy Association (CREA) Board Meeting 10-1

17 Sherman County Court 9

23 Statewide Special Election

24 Tri-County Court Meeting 10-2 Wheeler County

30-Feb. 1 Northwest Ag Show, Portland



16-18 Winter Fishtrap, The New Agrarians, Joseph, Oregon

20 Kessler Angus Ranch Bull Sale, Milton-Freewater

24 OSU Small Farm Conference, Corvallis



Sherman County eNews #346


  1. In Search of Happiness – Part 2

  2. Editorial Policies, Updated

  3. Oregon Public Safety Academy Basic Police Class: Sherman Deputy

  4. Oregon Enrollment Deadline, Dec. 15

  5. Secretary Zinke Sends Nearly $20 Million in Timber Dollars to Rural Oregon, Doubles Down on Commitment to Future Harvests  

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

A Christmas gift list:
To your enemy, forgiveness.
To an opponent, tolerance.
To a friend, your heart.
To a customer, service.
To all, charity.
To every child, a good example.
To yourself, respect.

~ Oren Arnold.

 1. In Search of Happiness – Part 2

Today, we continue our examination of happiness. Yesterday, we got an overview of the Greek philosopher Plato’s first two levels of happiness – Instant Gratification and Competition. Now, let’s take a look at the final two levels.

The third level of happiness is one of “Contribution” where we want to use our time and talents to help and support others. It’s working beyond the self, and focused on the benefit of “the other” as opposed to ourselves alone. We derive joy from being a part of an effort aimed at improving the human condition. This type of contribution answers our need to find meaning and purpose in who we are and what we do.

A prime example of this can be found in Dr. Viktor Frankl’s book, Man’s Search for Meaning. Frankl was a prisoner in a Nazi concentration camp during WWII. He wrote that those men and women who were best able to survive the horrific physical and psychological deprivation were determined to stay alive for some reason beyond themselves. It could have been family, work they wanted to continue, or supporting fellow prisoners – but it was a purpose beyond the self that kept them going.

And finally, the fourth level is the seeking of “Ultimate Perfection.” We seek perfect love, perfect beauty, ultimate knowledge and wisdom. This is perhaps the most difficult level to achieve, because perfection in anything is fleeting, if it is possible at all. We may only experience moments, but those moments lift us up and allow us to see the ultimate – however we individually define “ultimate.”

Realistically, at any given moment during the day, we experience each of these levels. In fact, typically, we are a combination depending upon the situation at hand. And that’s not a bad thing. What is important is how and why we choose to exist in these four levels, and the implications and ramifications – to ourselves and others – of those choices. ~The Pacific Institute

2. Editorial Policies, Updated

CLASSIFIEDS. Please submit classified ads by using the Submit News page! Sherman County eNews publishes free Classifieds on Fridays, deadline Wednesday at 5. Include who, what, where, when, how, why… and, the final Friday date for posting your ad (shown by date at the end of the ad), contact information, under 50 words if possible, and limited to Sherman County. Links are welcome.

THANK YOU & CONGRATULATORY NOTES. Please submit thank you and congratulatory notes by using the Submit News page by Wednesday at 5. Express gratitude and recognize acts of kindness, achievement and service.

JOYFUL NEWS. We will happily publish notices of births, engagements, weddings and anniversaries – with Friday Classifieds. The deadline is the same, Wednesday at 5, and must include Sherman County connections. Links are welcome. No photos. Use the Submit News page.  And then, please, send your birth, engagement, wedding and anniversary announcements to The Times-Journal via 

NEWS RELEASES. Please submit event and information news, meeting notices and calendar dates by using the Submit News page. Include who, what, where, when, how & why with contact or source information. As appropriate, follow up with news of event results. Links are welcome. Text, please; no posters or flyers. Keep it relevant, no longer than 350 words.


We encourage letters to the Editor that focus on ideas and opinions about public issues and events rather than personalities or private matters. We reserve the right to change policies at any time and to reject or edit any Letter to the Editor.

  • Keep it short, no longer than 350 words.
  • Keep it simple with one or two clear points. No attachments.
  • Keep it fresh with no more than one letter per writer per month.
  • Keep it civilized, in good taste and free from libel.
  • Keep it relevant; focus on a local event, previous letter or issues of general concern – not personalities.
  • Letters must be signed, name and town. Anonymous letters will not be posted.
  • Please submit Letters to the Editor by using the Submit News page.

SPIRITUAL MATTERS for Sherman County Churches and Faith Groups

A Friday column, Spiritual Matters is intended to welcome, inform and inspire. 

First: Recognized/organized churches and faith groups in Sherman County are invited to participate. 

Second: The Current Rotation

1st Friday: Wasco Church of Christ, Christian & Moro Community Presbyterian

2nd Friday: Grass Valley Baptist & Wasco Catholic

3rd Friday: Baha’i  & Kent Baptist

4th Friday: Wasco United Methodist, Rufus Baptist & Grass Valley Catholic

5th Friday [to be determined by the Editor or proposed by a participant] 

Third: Articles must be submitted by 5 p.m. Wednesday for Friday publication. Please limit messages to 300 words or less.

Fourth: Attacks on another faith, a previous Spiritual Matters article or author will not be published. 

Fifth:   The subject matter should be spiritual and inspirational, calling people to faith, and may include doctrinal understandings. 

Sixth:   The editor reserves the right to decline to publish articles.

Seventh: Please let us know if your group wishes to participate in this rotation.

3. Oregon Public Safety Academy Basic Police Class: Sherman Deputy

The Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) is pleased to announce the graduation of its 372nd Basic Police Class.

The Basic Police Class is 16-weeks in length and includes dozens of training areas including survival skills, firearms, emergency vehicle operations, ethics, cultural diversity, problem solving, community policing, elder abuse, drug recognition, and dozens of other subjects.

Basic Police Class 372 will graduate at the Oregon Public Safety Academy at 4190 Aumsville Hwy SE in Salem, Oregon on Friday, December 8, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. with a reception immediately following the graduation.

Graduates of Basic Police Class 372 include:
Deputy Sheriff Kyle Pfeifer
Sherman County Sheriff’s Office.

4. Oregon Enrollment Deadline, Dec. 15

Oregon.Flat.pole (Salem) — The deadline is near for people who want health insurance in 2018, but don’t get coverage through their job or another program. Open enrollment at ends at midnight on Dec. 15, about two weeks away.

“If you haven’t focused on your health insurance yet, now is the time to do it,” said Chiqui Flowers, administrator of the Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace. “A licensed insurance agent or an expert from a certified community group can help you enroll, and their assistance is free.”

Oregonians can find insurance agencies and organizations offering free enrollment help listed at

The Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace, a division of the Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services, has these tips for consumers:

* See if you qualify for help paying for your coverage, even if you did not qualify last year. The income qualifications adjust upward each year, and rising premiums can mean greater assistance for those who qualify for subsidies. Go to and start an application to find out if you can save money.

* Be aware of the Dec. 15 deadline in Oregon. There are other deadlines for insurance customers in California and Washington, but here in Oregon, the last day for most people to get individual or family coverage is Dec. 15.

* If you already have a 2017 health plan through, go back to your account to update your income information and shop for a 2018 plan. You may be counting on to automatically re-enroll you in coverage for next year. That works as a backup plan; however, there may be plans that are better for you and your budget. Plan prices and benefits change each year, and your income or household size may have changed, too. Log in to your account, update your information, and look at the 2018 plans to find the best fit for you or your family.

The Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace, the state-level partner to, can answer general questions about enrollment and connect people to in-person enrollment assistance. Call 1-855-268-3767 (toll-free) or visit

5. Secretary Zinke Sends Nearly $20 Million in Timber Dollars to Rural Oregon, Doubles Down on Commitment to Future Harvests   

American flag2WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke announced today that the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will issue payments totaling $19.5 million to 18 counties in western Oregon, which includes $1.4 million previously sequestered funds.

Under the previous administration, the sequestered funds were not scheduled to be disbursed to the counties however after working with the counties and the Office of Management and Budget, the Secretary was able to deliver the full funding.

“O&C lands were specifically set aside for sustainable timber harvests and they are an important part of the economic foundation of western Oregon,” said Secretary Zinke. “Working with the county officials we were able to get these much-needed funds to the local communities, but my next priority is ensuring that these lands continue to provide sustainable timber harvests that support the community and strengthen the health of the forest.”

“We are happy to report the 18 O&C Counties will receive these disbursements, including those withheld payments, very soon,” said Commissioner Tim Freeman of Douglas County, the Association of O&C Counties’ President. “We give full credit to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke for his willingness to work with us to persuade OMB to release these sequestered funds. We are also grateful to Congressman Walden for his assistance in facilitating communications between the Association and the Department of the Interior. Every County will use these much-needed funds for vital services according to their local priorities, from public safety and juvenile programs to elections departments and infrastructure maintenance, and everything in between.”

“The announcement that our communities will receive the full timber receipts payments they are owed under the law is great news,” said Chairman Greg Walden. “These resources will be critical to funding essential county services from law enforcement and emergency operations to schools and infrastructure projects. I want to especially thank Secretary Zinke and his team for working so closely with the O&C counties to ensure these funds are disbursed, and for their continued commitment to improving forest management and supporting our local communities in southern Oregon.”

Located in 18 counties of western Oregon, the Oregon and California Railroad Lands comprise nearly 2.6 million acres of forests that is managed by the BLM. The 18 O&C counties receive yearly payments under the O&C Act equal to 50 percent of receipts from timber harvested on public lands in these counties. These payments follow a formula established in the 1937 Oregon and California Lands Act, which authorizes timber receipt-based payments to western Oregon counties, and which remains in effect following the expiration of the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act.

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

bird.owl.limbPrager U. – Why No One Trusts the Mainstream Media

Audit says Oregon Health Authority wasted $88M

Editorial: State health agency mismanages taxpayer dollars