Sherman County eNews #364


  1. Sherman High School Basketball Schedule Update, Dec. 19

  2. Sherman County Planning Commission Vacancy

  3. Oregon Coast Whale Watching Week, Dec. 27-31

  4. Oregon Motorists to Slow or Change Lane when Passing Disabled Vehicle

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

 The only thing more expensive than education is ignorance. ~Benjamin Franklin

1. Sherman High School Basketball Schedule Update, Dec. 19

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Tuesday, December 19, 2017 – JV Girls vs Yakama Tribal at SCS Event Center has changed to a 2 quarter game and will now start at 3:30 (originally started at 3:00 with a full game).

— Audrey Rooney, Registrar  

Sherman High School

65912 High School Loop

Moro, OR 97039

PH: 541-565-3500 ~ Fax: 541-565-3319

2. Sherman County Planning Commission Vacancy

ShermanCoLogoThe Sherman County Planning Commission has an open position for a Planning Commission Member. This is strictly a volunteer appointment. The Planning Commission develops, maintains and implements the County’s Comprehensive and Land Use Ordinances. The position is a four year term and requires attendance at regular monthly planning commission meetings. Members must have an interest in land use planning, reflect the values of the community, interpret and apply zoning ordinance provisions, make decisions and recommendations, educate the public on land use and understand the legislative and quasi-judicial process.

Interested individuals may contact the Sherman County Planning Department at 541-565-3601 for more information.

3. Oregon Coast Whale Watching Week, Dec. 27-31

Gray whales are on the move south again this winter, and the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is celebrating the annual event with Whale Watching Week, Dec. 27-31. Visitors to the Oregon coast will have the opportunity to glimpse some of the estimated 20,000 gray whales traveling south from Alaska to their final destination off the coast of Baja, Mexico.

Volunteers from the Whale Watching Spoken Here program will be stationed at 24 sites along the Oregon coast during the event. From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. each day, they’ll offer whale watching tips and facts about the animals. Each year from December to mid-January, gray whales swim 6,000 miles down the Pacific coast to reach calving lagoons near the Baja peninsula.

Luke Parsons, an OPRD ranger with the Whale Watching Center in Depoe Bay, says one of the goals of the event is to create awareness and compassion for whales and other marine life.

“Whales are a special part of the Oregon coast,” said Parsons. “Nearly 20,000 people visit our whale watch sites each winter and are educated by our excellent volunteers. I hope visitors walk away feeling a little more connected to these animals, along with a greater appreciation of our oceans.”

A map of the 24 volunteer whale watch sites can be found on Camping, including yurts and cabins, is available at state parks along the coast. Visit for information and to make a reservation.

4. Oregon Motorists to Slow or Change Lane when Passing Disabled Vehicle

Motorists in Oregon will need to adjust their driving starting Jan. 1 when they see vehicles on the side of the road.

A new state law will go into effect that requires drivers to slow down by 5 mph or move into a left hand lane if available when passing disabled vehicles, according to an Oregon Department of Transportation news release. Current laws requires drivers to move over or slow down when they see emergency vehicles along roadsides.

Last year, 167 serious crashes occurred in Oregon where vehicles had pulled over. Eight people died in those crashes.

Only six crashes — with no fatalities — occurred when an emergency vehicle was on the side the road with its lights on.

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