Sherman County eNews #360


  1. January Eagle Watch at The Dalles Dam Visitor Center

  2. Finding the Pay Value

  3. History Tidbits: Sherman County Trivia Question #5

  4. Youth Mental Health First Aid Course, Dec. 21

  5. Insitu Commercial, Ryan Hartman Honored as Gorge Tech Organization Leader of the Year

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

Said the night wind to the little lamb,
‘Do you see what I see?
Way up in the sky, little lamb,
Do you see what I see?
A star, a star, dancing in the night
With a tail as big as a kite,
With a tail as big as a kite.’

Said the little lamb to the shepherd boy,
‘Do you hear what I hear?
Ringing through the sky, shepherd boy,
Do you hear what I hear?
A song, a song high above the trees
With a voice as big as the sea,
With a voice as big as the sea.’

Said the shepherd boy to the mighty king,
‘Do you know what I know?
In your palace warm, mighty king,
Do you know what I know?
A Child, a Child shivers in the cold
Let us bring him silver and gold,
Let us bring him silver and gold.’

Said the king to the people everywhere,
“Listen to what I say!
Pray for peace, people, everywhere,
Listen to what I say!
The Child, the Child sleeping in the night
He will bring us goodness and light,
He will bring us goodness and light.

~ Noel Regney-Gloria Shayne

1. January Eagle Watch at The Dalles Dam Visitor Center

bird.eagleThe Dalles Dam Visitor Center will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekends (Saturday & Sunday) ONLY for the month of January, as a location for people to enjoy winter wildlife viewing opportunities. 

The Dalles Dam Visitor Center is the perfect place to discover winter wildlife as it’s a prime location for roosting Bald Eagles.  It’s not uncommon to see 30+ eagles at any given time, which is why many locals and commuters alike, use the parking lot and adjacent Seufert Park as a staging area for eagle viewing.  Some prefer to park and hike while others just view from their vehicle.  This year the visitor center will be open on weekends as a place to warm up, before or after eagle viewing.  We hope you will come enjoy this unique, winter recreation and educational opportunity where you can learn about raptors and other migratory birds and EXPERIENCE seeing them in the wild.  Corps park rangers will be available to answer questions, help people use spotting scopes (provided) and teach some basic bird identification tips and tricks.  Interactive activities and hands-on displays will be available. 

Additionally, the Corps will host its 8th annual Eagle Watch event on Saturday, January 20th from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Join park rangers for a fun filled day of birds of prey educational programming and live raptor viewing provided by our partners – the Discovery Center, U.S. Forest Service, and Rowena Wildlife Clinic!   The Dalles Dam Visitor Center is located at 3545 Brett Clodfelter Way in The Dalles, OR.  From Hwy 84 take Exit 88 and go east on Brett Clodfelter Way.  For questions please call the park ranger office at 541-506-7857.

Other pertinent info:  Rain date for Eagle Watch will be Jan 27th (if there is a blizzard or ice storm that should cause poor driving conditions/visibility). Public safety message:  Know before you go – the weather forecast and dress appropriately!  Beware of slick surfaces – slips, trips and falls are a common cause of injury.  Drive safe…etc.

Misc: Park staff will have a limited supply of binoculars and spotting scopes available for use.  Visitors are welcome to bring their own if they have them.

~Amber Tilton, Park Ranger, The Dalles Lock and Dam

Portland District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers NWD/POD Water Safety Representative

O: (541) 506-7818 | C: (541) 980-7734

Don’t be a sinker, be a smart thinker – wear your life jacket!

2. Finding the Pay Value

Are you in a leadership position and having trouble motivating other people? Let’s figure out why that happens.

Here’s a tip that may help you change your tactics and experience greater success. The first thing you need to do is understand and accept that you can’t motivate someone else. You see, people don’t motivate other people.

There is one thing that can motivate someone, and that is an idea. A book doesn’t motivate, but the ideas in it certainly can. Money doesn’t motivate either. It’s the idea of what you can do with the money that is a motivating force. A single person cannot change a nation, but that person’s ideas of a better, shared future can change a nation.

So, if you want to motivate other people to do certain things, you need to present them with the ideas that will stimulate them to action. And, you’ll want to do it as vividly as possible. Paint a picture for them of the benefits they, not you, will receive from doing what you want. Show them the personal pay value, the “what is in it” for them. Teachers, help your students understand why they need what you are teaching, and you won’t be able to drag them away from their studies.

Maybe it is a good feeling that they will receive from the end result. Describe that feeling and tell them why they will love feeling it. Maybe it is a specific accomplishment. Describe how accomplishing it will make their life better. And remember, what seems like a good idea to you may not ring someone else’s bell.

Find out what matters to them and build it into your idea. Top sales people know this and use it constantly. They don’t sell products or services, they sell ideas. You can too – and you don’t need to be in a formal “leadership” position to capture another person’s imagination and energy around a good idea. ~The Pacific Institute

3. History Tidbits: Sherman County Trivia Question #5

Q. The COLONEL WRIGHT in 1858, the OKANOGAN in 1861 & the SPRAY in 1862 were built at the mouth of the Deschutes. The CASCADILLA in 1862 was built at present-day Maryhill. The YUKON in 1895 and the COLUMBIA in 1902 were built at Rufus. What were they?

A. See History Tidbits: Sherman County Trivia Answer in the Links section.

4. Youth Mental Health First Aid Course, Dec. 21

If you work with…or interact with young people…including your friends, the teens in youth group, your 4-H club, at camp, your kids or your grandkids…be aware and know how to help them when stress or anxiety or depression hits them. Sherman folks, you can attend a free course on Youth Mental Health First Aid on Thursday, December 21 8am-5pm hosted by Sherman County at the Steve Burnet building in Moro. Sign up and possibly save a life! Please contact Amber DeGrange, Sherman County Juvenile Director, at 541-565-3461 or email

Youth Mental Health First Aid is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis. Youth Mental Health First Aid is primarily designed for adults who regularly interact with young people. The course introduces common mental health challenges for youth, reviews typical adolescent development, and teaches a 5-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, substance use, disorders in which psychosis may occur, disruptive behavior disorders (including AD/HD), and eating disorders.

5. Insitu Commercial, Ryan Hartman Honored as Gorge Tech Organization Leader of the Year

The Gorge Technology Alliance (GTA) held its fifth annual awards program on December 12, 2017, recognizing Ryan Hartman as the 2017 GTA Technology Leader of the Year and Insitu Commercial Division as the 2017 GTA Technology Organization of the Year. “There are many wonderful companies, nonprofits, schools and individuals working to advance the tech industry and STEM education in the Columbia River Gorge,” says Executive Director Jessica Metta. “Our awards program is a way to recognize and thank them.” STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Nominations were accepted from across the Gorge and all of the finalists were celebrated at the Dec. 12 event for their leadership and hard work. Ryan Hartman, President and CEO of Insitu, was honored as the 2017 GTA Technology Leader of the Year for his leadership of Insitu since 2014 which has grown significantly since then, for the corporate culture he has fostered, the work he’s done in acknowledgment of Insitu’s many ties to the Gorge community as a whole, his support of nonprofits and STEM education in the region. One outstanding finalist was also honored: Tom Furey, Chief Operating Officer of Sagetech Corporation, for his technical and company achievements, community outreach and leadership since joining Sagetech in 2015.

Insitu Commercial Division was honored as the 2017 GTA Tech Organization of the Year for their work on emergency response related to the September 2017 Eagle Creek Fire, the Fall 2017 California wildfires and Hurricane Harvey. Their work to pioneer the use of drones in the national airspace is keeping communities and first responders safer while improving the efficiency of emergency response efforts.

“The GTA is appreciative of everyone working to grow our regional tech industry and to improve STEM opportunities for our students,” says Metta. “We look forward to another year of supporting these leaders and businesses in turn.” More information about the winners and finalists is available on the GTA website at

The Gorge Technology Alliance supports, connects and develops the technology community of the Columbia River Gorge with networking and educational events, business support and promotion, workforce development and youth robotics. The GTA is a nonprofit professional organization supporting the high tech businesses and STEM education in the Gorge. Contact Jessica with questions at 541-296-2266.

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

Greg Walden CHAMPIONING HEALTHY KIDS Act included in end-of-year funding bill

History Tidbits: Sherman County Trivia Answer: Steamboats

The Truth about Net Neutrality