Sherman County eNews #351


  1. Sherman County Prayer Meeting Correction, Dec. 6

  2. Sec. Zinke Recommends Keeping Federal Lands in Federal Ownership, New Monuments

  3. Free First Day Hikes Set for Oregon State Parks, Jan. 1

  4. Public Notice: Wasco School Events Center Meeting, Dec. 13

  5. Model Children & Responsible Adults

  6. 142nd Fighter Wing to Conduct Night Flying Operations

1. Sherman County Prayer Meeting Correction, Dec. 6

church.family1The All County Prayer Meeting is Wednesday, December 6 at the Wasco Methodist 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 the meeting, come join in when you can get there.

2. Sec. Zinke Recommends Keeping Federal Lands in Federal Ownership, New Monuments

American flag2WASHINGTON — Today, in accordance with President Donald J. Trump’s April 26, 2017, Executive Order (EO), U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke released the final report outlining recommendations he made to the President on some national monument designations under the Antiquities Act.

Recommendations Secretary Zinke made in the final report included the following:

Keep federal lands federal – the report does not recommend that a single acre of federal land be removed from the federal estate. If land no longer falls within a monument boundary it will continue to be federal land and will be managed by whichever agency managed the land before designation

Add three new national monuments – Secretary Zinke recommended beginning a process to consider three new national monuments: The Badger II Medicine Area (Montana), Camp Nelson (Kentucky), and the Medgar Evers Home (Mississippi).

Modify the boundaries and management of four monuments – Bears Ears, Grand Staircase, Cascade-Siskiyou, and Gold Butte National Monuments

Expand access for hunting and fishing – Maintain an ongoing review to ensure public access to encourage more hunting and fishing in monuments

“America has spoken and public land belongs to the people,” said Secretary Zinke. “As I visited the Monuments across this country, I met with Americans on all sides of the issue — from ranchers to conservationists to tribal leaders — and found that we agree on wanting to protect our heritage while still allowing public access to public land. My recommendations to the President reflect that, in some circumstances, proclamations should be amended, boundaries revised, and management plans updated.”

FACT VS FICTION: Antiquities Act and Monument Review

Myth: No president has shrunk a monument.
False: Monuments have been reduced at least eighteen times under presidents on both sides of the aisle. Some examples include President John F. Kennedy excluding Bandelier National Monument, Presidents Taft, Wilson, and Coolidge reducing Mount Olympus National Monument, and President Eisenhower reducing the Great Sand Dunes National Monument in Colorado.

Myth: The monument review will sell/transfer public lands to states.
False: This is not true. The Secretary adamantly opposes the wholesale sale or transfer of public lands. The Antiquities Act only allows federal land to be reserved as a national monument. Therefore, if any monument is reduced, the land would remain federally owned and would be managed by the appropriate federal land management agency, such as the BLM, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, or the National Park Service (NPS).

Myth: Removing the monument designation from land will leave Native American artifacts and paleontological objects subject to looting or desecration.
False: This is not true. Whether these resources are found on land designated as a monument, national forest, BLM- managed public land, or other federal land, it is generally illegal to remove or disrupt these resources without a permit issued by the federal government.

Myth: The monument review will close/sell/transfer national parks.
False: No national parks are under review.

Myth: The review was done without meeting advocates for national monuments.
False: The Secretary visited eight monuments in six states and personally hosted more than 60 meetings attended by hundreds of local stakeholders. Attendees included individuals and organizations representing all sides of the debate ranging from environmental organizations like the Wilderness Society and the Nature Conservancy to county commissioners and, residents, and ranchers who prefer multiple use of the land.

Myth: Tribal Nations were not consulted.
False: This is patently false. Before traveling to Utah, the Secretary met with Tribal representatives in his office. On his first day in Utah in May, the Secretary met with the Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition in Salt Lake City, for just under two hours. Throughout the four-day survey of the Utah monuments, the Secretary also met with local Tribal representatives who represent different sides of the debate. The Secretary also met with Tribal representatives for their input on several other monuments from Maine to New Mexico to Oregon and everywhere in between. Additionally, the Department hosted several Tribal listening sessions at the Department and across the country, including a four hour session with the Acting Deputy Secretary on May 30th.

3. Free First Day Hikes Set for Oregon State Parks, Jan. 1

Oregon.Flat.poleSalem OR — The First Day Hikes tradition continues New Year’s Day 2018 when the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) joins America’s State Parks in sponsoring the seventh annual event. All 24 hikes in 22 Oregon state parks will be guided by park rangers or volunteers who will share stories about a park’s geology, history, wildlife and plants. Day-use parking fees are waived for all visitors at participating parks Jan. 1 only.

Hikers can register for a hike at the Oregon State Parks Store, Online registration is new this year–although not required–and will help park staff plan for the hike and provide them with participant contact information should hike details change.

“Bundle up and enjoy your first walk of the year with us,” says Lisa Sumption, OPRD director. “First Day Hikes are a fun, healthy way to start 2018 and a great way to see that Oregon state parks are great any time of year.”

OPRD advises visitors to plan for inclement weather, dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes, bring water and remember to carry binoculars for viewing wildlife. Check the hike listings at for details about recommended ages for children hiking and whether pets are allowed.

Participating parks and meeting areas:

* Banks-Vernonia State Trail: 9 a.m. Meet at the Buxton Trailhead.
* Milo McIver State Park: 9 a.m. Meet in the Riverbend lower boat launch parking lot.
* Tryon Creek State Natural Area: 9 a.m. Meet at the Nature Center.

* Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail: Noon. Meet at the Mark O. Hatfield Visitors Center West Trailhead.

* Champoeg State Heritage Area: two hikes–one at 10 a.m. and the other at 2:30 p.m. Meet at the Visitor Center.
* Elijah Bristow State Park: Noon horse ride. Bring your own horse and meet in the equestrian parking area.
* Silver Falls State Park: 10 a.m. Meet at the South Falls Lodge porch.
* State Capitol State Park: 10 a.m. Meet at the Capitol steps.

* Collier Memorial State Park: 9 a.m. Meet at the Logging Museum Cookhouse.
* TouVelle State Park: 1 p.m. Meet at the Area F parking lot.
* Valley of the Rogue State Park: hike and bicycle ride. Bicycle ride at 11 a.m. Meet at Rogue River bridge – John F. Fleming Veterans Memorial Park. Hike at 1 p.m. Meet at the Valley of the Rogue program area.

* Cape Lookout State Park: Noon. Meet in the Cape Lookout Trail parking lot.
* Crissey Field State Recreation Site: 2 p.m. Meet at the base of the stairs adjacent to the parking lot.
* Darlingtonia State Natural Area: 1 p.m. Meet in the parking lot.
* Humbug Mountain State Park: 10 a.m. Meet at the campground flag pole.
* Oswald West State Park: 10 a.m. Meet in the main parking lot on the southern end near the shop.
* South Beach State Park: 10 a.m. Meet in the South Beach day-use area.
* Sunset Bay State Park (Coos Bay area): 1 p.m. Meet at the Sunset Bay gazebo.
* Sunset Beach State Recreation Site (Astoria area): 10 a.m. Meet in the Sunset Beach parking lot.
* William M. Tugman State Park: 10 a.m. Meet in the day-use area at the gazebo.

* Emigrant Springs State Heritage Park: 11 a.m. snowshoe hike. Meet in the day-use parking lot to the right of the entrance.
* Smith Rock State Park: 10 a.m. Meet at the Welcome Center. Hike limited to 35 participants. Reserve your spot at

4. Public Notice: Wasco School Events Center Meeting, Dec. 13

The Wasco School Events Center Board of Directors will hold a meeting on December 13, 2017 – 6 p.m. at the WSEC, 903 Barnett Street. The public is welcome to attend
~ Melissa Kirkpatrick, 541 442-5887.

5. Model Children & Responsible Adults

Do you know any parents who are determined to raise model children? Let’s hope not, because sometimes, a model child isn’t such a great idea. Let’s explore what this means.

When it comes to raising children, there are few people who don’t believe in an intelligent and loving approach. There are psychological principles of teaching and learning that have been proven to work effectively. If we understand and use these principles, we can teach our children, from toddler-hood through adolescence, how to regulate themselves without a great deal of intervention.

The question then becomes, what will be the result? Will we then be raising model children? Possibly not, as a “model” child tends to be neither happy nor self-regulating.

You see, the “model” child is one with a façade, a child who has been intimidated into outward conformity. If we end up with a preschool child who is quiet and respectful of adults at all times; who never rebels or gets out of hand; who is pleased to do whatever adults want of him or her without complaint; who has no negative feelings about anything; who never lies, fights with siblings or otherwise misbehaves; who is moral, unselfish and of high ethical principle; who is conscientious and respects private property – then we are not really dealing with a child at all. We are dealing with a person who has been intimidated into being a miniature little adult, or a fake child.

In our quest for discipline, let us remember that our children are still children. Let’s make sure we help their childish nature be channeled into socially approved expressions. But let’s refrain from trying to totally eliminate the vital, spontaneous and sometimes unruly qualities that make children act and be like children. It is how they learn – and how we learned – to be responsible adults. ~The Pacific Institute

6. 142nd Fighter Wing to Conduct Night Flying Operations

American flag2PORTLAND, Oregon — The Oregon Air National Guard’s 142nd Fighter Wing will conduct routine F-15 night training missions December 5-7, 2017.

Night training allows the Citizen-Airmen pilots based at the Portland Air National Guard Base to stay current with mandatory Air Force requirements. Night flying is conducted almost monthly as it provides essential training for nighttime maneuvers. Training flights will be completed each evening before 10:30 p.m.