Sherman County eNews #369


  1. 6th Annual Max Nogle Dinner/Auction/Dance | Grass Valley Pavilion, Dec. 30

  2. Happy Holidays from Columbia Gorge CASA

  3. Sen. Ron Wyden: Net Neutrality

  4. Weather Events 2017

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

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. ~Mark Twain.

1. 6th Annual Max Nogle Dinner/Auction/Dance | Grass Valley Pavilion, Dec. 30 

6th Annual Max Nogle Dinner/Auction

& Dancing to Countryfied!


A Benefit for the Grass Valley Pavilion Rejuvenation Project

at the Historic Grass Valley Pavilion in

Grass Valley, Oregon.

Tickets $20 at the door, MCP Farm Store or Huskey’s Market

Social Hour 5:30

Italian Buffer Dinner 6

Raffle & Auction 7

Dance 8

2. Happy Holidays from Columbia Gorge CASA

children.cartoonWith your support, in 2018 we can continue to ensure that children in foster care in Sherman, Wasco and Hood River counties have a CASA volunteer looking out for their best interests.

Become a CASA volunteer! Winter CASA volunteer training begins in January 2018 and we have 4 spaces left. Call (541) 386-3468 to find out more & schedule and interview.

Donate! Can’t be a CASA volunteer?  Donate so that others can. Our 2017 Annual Appeal is going on now and the Gorge community has a great opportunity to double donations now through 1/15/18.  Generous CASA supporters have stepped up and offered our biggest challenge match yetAll donations received through 1/15/18 will be doubled – up to $9,000! 

Columbia Gorge CASA Advocates for foster children in Wasco, Sherman, & Hood River counties

Mailing: PO Box 663, Hood River, OR 97031  /  Office: 1308 12th Steet (alley entrance), Hood River, OR 97031  /  Cell: 503.502.1247 / Office: 541.386-3468 / Web:

3. Sen. Ron Wyden: Net Neutrality

American flag2Net neutrality allows you to pay your internet access fee and then you get to go where you want, when you want, and how you want online.

But last week, the Federal Communications Commission voted to roll back net neutrality protections. I’m furious that they’ve ignored the tens of thousands of Americans – from small businesses and startups to consumer advocates and tech executives – who said NO to this repeal.

They’re playing into the hands of Big Cable making it possible for people with big wallets to get special deals. This could be a complete nightmare – with even higher prices and fewer choices.

Here’s what’s next:

  • State attorneys general, including Oregon’s Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum, are challenging the FCC decision to block or charge more for access to one website over another. I support their fight.
  • I’m calling on the FCC to cooperate with investigators looking into who committed the massive fraud that involved submitting millions of false comments to the FCC.
  • I’m still fighting back and urging Congress to reverse the FCC ruling.

4. Weather Events 2017

eclipse2Here are the top local weather events for 2017 as voted by staff from the National Weather Service in Pendleton, Oregon.  The average score with a top ranking of 10 shown.

1.  Severe Winter-9.27: It was a top 5 cold January for many locations, such as Hermiston (1), Pasco (1), Dayville (1), Sisters (2), Long Creek (2), Pelton Dam (2), La Grande (2), Meacham (4), and Walla Walla (5).  The Winter Severity Index which tracks snow and temperatures and compared to previous winters at selected locations showed the Winter of 2016-17 to be extreme at all points in the Inland Northwest, including Redmond, Walla Walla, Pendleton, and Yakima.  Interstate-84 was closed between Boardman and Baker City on 16 days during December and January.

2. Smoke-8: Wildfires, in and around the Inland Northwest, produced long durations of poor visibility and unhealthy air quality.  Beginning in early August, smoke poured into the region from fires in British Columbia.  At the end of August and early September, smoke from fires in the Cascades  and Columbia Gorge enveloped the region.  Stagnant air conditions and a light easterly flow even allowed smoke from Idaho and western Montana to drift into the region.

3. Solar Eclipse-7.27: On August 21st, it was a once in a lifetime event when the long anticipated total solar eclipse occurred.  What made it weather worthy was that the sky conditions were nearly perfect for viewing.  On the previous day, there was a weak disturbance that produced clouds and then, the day after the eclipse, the smoke from regional fires returned to many areas.

4. June 26 flash flood and severe thunderstorms-6.09:  The largest severe weather outbreak in nearly 4 years produced eight severe thunderstorms which pounded central and northeast Oregon and southeast Washington.  Large hail up to golf ball sized was observed near Warm Springs and Clarno, Oregon.  The Pendleton airport received its largest 1 hour rainfall on record with 0.97 inch.  Flash flooding was reported near the airport and also in Kennewick and Richland, Washington.  Winds gusted 60 to 65 mph at Pendleton and also Richland and Kahlotus, Washington.

5. Wet Water Year-5.27: Pendleton, Yakima and the Tri Cities, Washington each earned top 10 ranking for wet water years ending September 30.  Nearly all of this moisture came in the October through June period.

6. Bye Bye Drought-4.81: In early March, the drought monitor showed all of Washington and Oregon drought free for the first time since October 2011, a period just short of 5 and a half years.   At the end of March, mountain snowpack was 100 to 140 percent of normal in the Cascades, Blues, Ochocos, and Wallowas.

7. Central Oregon Hail storm-4.27-: On May 4th, a late evening severe thunderstorm traveled through northern Deschutes and Jefferson counties and produced large hail between 1 and 2 inches in diameter  northwest of Bend and Terrebonne, before moving into the Madras area.

8. Hot Dry Summer-3.91:  Many locations recorded the average temperatures in the top 5 for warmest on record for June through August. The Long Creek, Oregon average summer temperature of 66.5 degrees barely beat the previous record hottest by 0.1 degree set in 2015. Most locations only received 25 to 75 percent of normal precipitation with the Pendleton area being the exception at 131 percent of normal.  It was dry for 54 consecutive days in Easton, Washington and for 61 days in Redmond, Oregon.   Hermiston and Yakima had the driest July on record.  It was the hottest August on record at Ellensburg, Hermiston, Bend, Easton, Yakima, Pelton Dam, Long Creek, and Condon.

9. Union County Blizzards-3.36: On January 7th and 18th, the LaGrande, Oregon airport reported visibility less than 1/4 mile due to blowing snow creating blizzard conditions. On the 7th, all roads in Union County, including I-84, were closed as winds gusted to over 60 mph.

10. Damaging Winds-2.64: On April 7th, a strong low pressure system created a tight gradient and produced wind gusts in the 60 to 70 mph range at Walla Walla and Ellensburg, Washington and also at Shaniko, Heppner, La Grande, and Pendleton, Oregon.  Snapped trees and power outages were reported in the Bend area.

— Dennis Hull- KB0NYC
Warning Coordination Meteorologist

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

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