Sherman County eNews #23


  1. President Trump’s First State of the Union Address Tonight, Jan. 30

  2. Workshops: Starting a Businesses & Lean Principles for business, Feb. 9 & 22

  3. Program: Basics of Collections Care, Feb. 14

  4. Positions Open at Maryhill Museum of Art | Maintenance & Café Staff

  5. Combating Complacency

1. President Trump’s First State of the Union Address Tonight, Jan. 30

American flag2President Donald Trump will deliver his first State of the Union address on Tuesday – a speech that millions of Americans will watch closely. Earlier this month, about three-in-ten (31%) said in a Pew Research Center survey that this year’s speech is “more important” than those in past years, compared with 18% who said it is less important (43% said it’s about as important as past State of the Union addresses). Here is a look at public opinion on important issues facing the country, drawn from the Center’s recent surveys….

See the Public Opinion: Key Issues here: Public Opinion: Key Issues

2. Workshops: Starting a Businesses & Lean Principles for business, Feb. 9 & 22

The Columbia Gorge Community College Small Business Development Center will be offering two workshops in February.  A “Starting a Successful Business” workshop will be held at the CGCC The Dalles Campus on Tuesday, February 22 from 9:00AM to noon.

The workshop will focus on the necessary steps to start a business in Oregon, the criteria for choosing a business structure and the four cornerstones to help succeed in business.  The workshop is free.

A “Lean Principles for a Small Business” workshop will be held at the CGCC The Dalles Campus on Friday, February 9 from 11:30 AM-1:30 PM.  The workshop will focus on learning principles to help a business organize and standardize operations thus increasing productivity.  The cost of the workshop is $20.

Register online at  Call 541 506-6121 for more information.

3. Program: Basics of Collections Care

DATE: Wednesday, February 14, 2018

TIME: 10 am – 12 pm

COST: FREE (Pre-registration required by February 12)

On Wednesday February 14th we celebrate Oregon’s 159th Birthday and Valentine’s Day.  So let’s work together to show our heritage some love!  Do you have a precious heritage collection you want to preserve for future generations tucked away for safekeeping, but you’re not sure how to care for it?

Join Carolyn Purcell, for “Basics of Collection Care,” Wednesday, February 14, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon at Columbia Gorge Discovery Center and Museum, 5000 Discovery Drive, The Dalles. This will be an informative presentation with a discussion of best practices for preserving and protecting heritage collections. Light refreshments will be available.  This event is free, but pre-registration is required by February 12.  For more information, call 541-296-8600, ext. 201 or visit

Carolyn Purcell, Executive Director at Columbia Gorge Discovery Center, in her role as an Oregon Heritage Commission MentorCorps Partner, will offer tips, training and techniques on how to preserve your valuable belongings.

This workshop is available to all our regional heritage organizations, but also to anyone who has a precious heritage collection they want to preserve for the future.  Whether you are a genealogist with family photos, an enthusiastic antiques collector, book hoarder, or simply an employee in charge of preserving corporate documents, this informative workshop will give you the information you need to archive your collection using best practice techniques.

Examples of topics:

What are the biggest threats to heritage collections?

Invisible and visible dangers to watch for

Preservation vs. Conservation vs. Restoration

Best practices in handling your collection

Management from environment to storage plans to cataloging

Remember – this is a FREE event but pre-registration is required by February 12.

Call 541-296-8600, ext. 201 to book your spot for this informative and valuable class.

If you have further questions, please contact Susan Buce, Museum Registrar at 541-296-8600 ext. 242, or Carolyn Purcell at 541-296-8600 ext. 245,

4. Positions Open at Maryhill Museum of Art | Maintenance & Café Staff

Responsibilities include maintenance of plumbing, electrical, lighting, heating, irrigation and water pump systems and related equipment and vehicles; lawn, garden and tree care; special events support and a wide variety of handyman jobs and assistance with museum projects.  Great communication skills, dependability, flexibility, attention to detail and team work are essential; must work well with the public, volunteers and co-workers. Valid driver’s license required. Water Operator experience a plus.  On-site family-sized housing (overlooking Columbia River) provided; excellent benefits. Position available immediately. Please click here for a full job description. Click here for application.

Maryhill Museum of Art is seeking a responsible and energetic individual who enjoys working with the public in a busy museum café. Prior food experience and food handlers permit required. Must work weekends and holidays. This position is part-time, seasonal from March 15 through November 15. Will train. Click here for application. Questions? Please call Jacque at 509-773-3733 ext. 33.  Please leave message.


5. Combating Complacency

One of the things that bears constant reminder is to be very aware of the good things in life. It seems to be a part of human biological functioning to take good things for granted, especially those good things that are a part of our day-in, day-out lives. We are so used to them that they become background noise instead of the blessings they really are.

You see, there is actually a part of our brain that is designed to screen out anything that isn’t hurtful, fearful, or of value to what we are doing, right now. A long time ago, it helped our ancestors stay alive and get ready to fight or run away.

Nowadays, this brain function may have something to do with our neglect of the good but very familiar things in our lives. This function does its work based on what is important to us, and works especially well when we set goals. However, the “everyday” things in our lives aren’t goals. They sit in the background of our awareness and we give them little notice. So, how can we combat this complacency?

Well, for one thing we can become conscious! We can stimulate our own awareness by making lists of the things we are grateful for, and by deliberately thinking about what we value and take pleasure from. In other words, we can take on the “Attitude of Gratitude.”

We can express these feelings in words, or in other ways. We can express them openly, and in the process help others to remember their own reasons for gratitude. If you feel it, show it! It is surprising how infectious an honest, heartfelt smile can be. Try it the next time you are out for a walk. Smile at those coming toward you, maybe nod your head, or give an enthusiastic “Good morning!” You just might change someone’s day.

So, what are you grateful for in your life? How do you express your gratitude, and how often do you express it? Are you taking your most important gifts for granted? If so, how could you change, and when can you do it? Is now too soon? ~The Pacific Institute



Sherman County eNews #22


  1. Tonight: 2018 total lunar eclipse, Jan. 31

  2. North Central Livestock Association Annual Dinner Meeting Program, Feb. 3

  3. Public Notice. Sherman County Court Session, Feb. 7

  4. You can’t control others’ acts, but you can control your reaction

  5. Regional History Forum program on Airmail Beacons, Feb. 3

  6. Classes: Painting with the Masters, April 3, 10, 17 & 24

  7. Wants Become Goals

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

1. Tonight: 2018 total lunar eclipse 4:51-5:29 a.m., Jan. 31

moonThough Oregonians won’t get the best show, in the early hours of Jan. 31, a total lunar eclipse will be visible for much of the United States, particularly for those of us who live west of the Rocky Mountains.

The upcoming eclipse on Jan. 31 will occur in Oregon at moonset, beginning totality at 4:51 a.m. and reaching its maximum eclipse at 5:29 a.m. The sun will begin to rise over Portland at 7:33 a.m. that morning.


In a total lunar eclipse the Earth is aligned between the sun and the moon. Unlike a total solar eclipse which happens only once every 100 years or so, lunar eclipses can happen up to four times a year and are visible to some degree for the nighttime side of the world, according to NASA.

 2. North Central Livestock Association Annual Dinner Meeting Program, Feb. 3

horse.cattlesortingNorth Central Livestock Association

Annual Dinner Meeting Program

Saturday, February 3

Grass Valley Pavilion

5 p.m. Social Hour | Beer & Wine by Moody Tollbridge Winery

6 p.m. Tri-Tip Dinner with Mashed Spud Dish, Cowboy Beans, Strawberry Vinaigrette Salad, Broccoli Salad, Bread and Chocolate Upside-Down Cake with Ice Cream for $25.

Guest speakers:

Nathan Jackson, President, Oregon Cattlemen’s Association

Preston Winn, Ag Instructor, Blue Mountain Community College

… followed by music.

Please RSVP with Sherman OSU Extension 541-565-3230.

3. Public Notice. Sherman County Court Session, Feb. 7

The Sherman County Court will be in session on Wednesday, February 7, 2018, at 9:00 a.m. in the Hearings Room at the Sherman County Courthouse Addition, 500 Court Street, Moro, Oregon, 97039. The agenda, including updates, will be posted on the Sherman County Website at

Kayla von Borstel

Administrative Assistant



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4. You can’t control others’ acts, but you can control your reaction

You can’t control others’ acts, but you can control your reaction to their acts, and that is what counts most to you. No one can make you feel any negative emotion — fear, anger, or inferiority — without your express permission. There will always be people who find perverse enjoyment in upsetting others, or who simply play upon your emotions so that they can use you for their own selfish purposes. Whether or not they are successful depends entirely upon you and how you react to their negative behaviors. When you are forced to deal with such people, recognize from the outset that they are trying to upset you, not because of something you may have done to them, but because of some problem they have with themselves. Tell yourself, “This isn’t about me. I will not allow this person to upset me. I am in control of my emotions and my life.” ~Napoleon Hill Foundation

5. Regional History Forum program on Airmail Beacons, Feb. 3

Local historian and employee of the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center and Museum Susan Buce will present the Feb. 3 Regional History Forum program at the Original Wasco County Courthouse.  She will present “Airmail Beacons of the Columbia River Gorge” at the 1859 venue, 410 W. Second Place, The Dalles.  The program begins at 1:30 p.m.

In the 1930s, the U.S. mail was taking a leap into the wild blue yonder.  Airplanes – still a relatively new technology – were not yet equipped with radar. Airmail beacons served as a Highway of Light to guide the brave pilots who flew the mail by air from coast to coast, and the stalwart “mechanicians” who maintained the beacons kept the blinking lights shining for all to see.

Susan Buce has a family tie to the airmail beacons.  Her paternal grandfather, Jack McKinley Buce Sr., was the “mechanician” for the beacons of the Columbia Gorge from 1930 to 1944. The Buce family purchased a home in Mosier in 1930 so Jack would be centrally located in his route which stretched from Portland to Pasco.  The last known surviving Columbia Gorge beacon is on exhibit at the Western Antique Aeronautic and Automobile Museum in Hood River.

This is first program in the 2018 Regional History Forum series.  There is a TV monitor on the ground floor of the 1859 courthouse to serve those unable to climb the stairs. Coffee and cookies will be served after the program.

6. Classes: Painting with the Masters, April 3, 10, 17 & 24

paint.brushesPainting with the Masters

In partnership with Maryhill Museum of Art & The Dalles Art Center

Where:  Maryhill Museum of Art, classroom in new wing

When:  Tuesdays     10:00am – 1:30pm (30 min. lunch break)

April 3, 10, 17, & 24

Minimum: 5 students

Tuition:  $150.00

Sign up at The Dalles Art Center

One of the oldest methods for developing painting skills is to copy master artworks from museums. The process allows discovery of the techniques used to make paintings in the style of the Master. The end result may not be a duplicate painting, but an exploration of methods.  

The Dalles Art Center and Maryhill Museum of Art will be partnering to give you an opportunity to explore the collection and choose a masterwork from the exhibition highlighting Classical Realism. Over the course of four weeks, established artist, Chris Pothier, will lead you through this extraordinary, time-honored tradition.  

All classes are held in the M. J. Murdock Charitable Trust Education Center at Maryhill Museum. Enrollment includes four free passes (for April 2018) to the Maryhill Museum of Art for further study of your work.  To enroll, call The Dalles Art Center at 541.296.4759 or Maryhill Museum of Art at 509-773-3733 x25 by March 28 (deadline for registration).

Materials list & note from the Instructor: 

A toned panel (I will explain during class) or canvas to be used for the copy.

Oil brushes (preferably sable).

Any oil paint you may have (preferably artists’ grade): 

*my preferred palette:

cadmium yellow medium

cadmium red medium

cerulean blue

cobalt blue


burnt umber

titanium white

ultramarine blue



alizarin crimson

naples yellow.

I will have some paint on hand, in case you cannot afford to buy all the paint. Please email me with questions at


7. Wants Become Goals

You have your lists of wants, balanced in the different areas of your life. You have checked them against your values, and each supports the other. Now, how do we turn those “wants” into meaningful and achievable goals?

Today, take one of your Balance Wheel sections. Perhaps one that is always important to you is Family. If you travel a lot, it would be very easy for you to lose contact with your children or perhaps your grandchildren, or your siblings. So, one of your goals would be to spend time with each of them, and for them to know that you are always available.

Now, it is important to understand the difference between “want to” and “do.” “Wants” set up the “do’s” in your life, and your goals will need to be written to reflect the “do.” So, if your goal is to spend time with each of your sisters or brothers, you would write the goal like this: “I spend quality time with each of my brothers and sisters. They all know how important they are to me.”

Suppose that you are a single mother, trying to balance work and home and family. It is a difficult road to travel, one filled with many choices. You want to spend as much time with your family as possible, but you have to work in order to provide a roof over their head and food on the table. Guilt kicks in as you attempt to do it all. Now, thinking of work as a “have to” causes additional stress, which can shadow your work and home time. To remove the “have to” from work would help a lot, so your goal would be written as, “I love the work I do, because it affords me what I need to spend time with my kids.”

One final tip: When you write out your “wants” and goals, make sure you write them in the present tense – the future as now. Take out the “going to” and replace it with “I am.” You are seeing your future as if it has already happened.

Take each of your Balance Wheel “wants” and turn them into goals for the future, written in the present tense. You have come a long way in these past several days, and have started on the path to a fulfilling 2018! Well done!  Keep it up! ~The Pacific Institute

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

bird.owl3 Rural Oregonians weigh in on need for broadband

Key facts about unauthorized immigrants enrolled in DACA

Opinion: Movies – The Lies of ‘The Crown’ and ‘The Post’

Should sea lions be killed to save salmon?

Problem Turkeys Avoid Oregon Town After Kill Permit Issued

Oregon House Democrats Want Voters To Make Health Care A Right In State Constitution

Tet1968. Survivor Accounts of the Tet Offensive

1,200 Year Mini Ice Age Caused by Global Warming

Ancestry Map: What 770,000 tubes of saliva reveal about America


Sherman County eNews #21


  1. Sherman High School Basketball Schedule Update, Jan. 30

  2. 4-H Enrollment is Open Now, Deadline Feb. 15

  3. Frontier TeleNet Board of Directors Jan. 19 Meeting Summary

  4. Turning Goals into Reality

  5. Huskey’s 97 Market Earns Kudos for Healthy Corner Store Project

  6. Columbia Gorge Community College to Deliver Adult & Dislocated Worker Services

  7. History Tidbits: Sherman County Observer – February Weather, 1922

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

 1. Sherman High School Basketball Schedule Update, Jan. 30

 clothing.shoesHigh School Basketball

Tuesday, January 30, 2018 – Girls JV cancelled, Boys JV at 4:30, Girls Varsity at 6:00, and Boys Varsity at 7:30 at Dufur, bus departs at 2:35, class dismissal at 2:25.

2. 4-H Enrollment is Open Now, Deadline Feb. 15

4-H clover1Yahoo!  It’s a new year in 4-H in 2018!  Kids, it’s time to join Sherman 4-H and get enrolled now.  Stop by the Sherman Extension Office, 66365 Lonerock Rd, Moro OR 97039 541-565-3230.  Forms available on-line at:

4-H is for youth ages 9 to 19 (as of September 1, 2017).  The divisions are:  Juniors ages 9-11 (yes, this includes older 3rd graders); Intermediates ages 12-14; and Seniors 15-19 (and still in high school).

CloverBud 4-H is for kids ages 5-8 as of September 1, 2017, and is simply for fun gatherings and learning activities.  If your child is of that age and you’d like to lead a CloverBud group or gathering, let the Sherman Extension Office know. 

Sherman 4-H enrollment deadline is February 15.  Clubs will begin meeting and we want you to be ready to go.  Most clubs will hold at least 6 meetings during the 4-H year, as well as exhibiting and participating in the Sherman County Fair.  Enrollment is $28/youth, with a discount for multiple children from one family. 

4-H is a national, state and local program coordinated by state land grant universities, as an educational and outreach program to develop good citizens in our country. 

A youth development program where kids get to do things usually only adults do…4-H is ”learning by doing”….select, care for and raise livestock, take photographs for exhibition, learn how to cook a variety of foods, participate in clinics and workshops to learn more about livestock or healthy living, sew their own clothing or craft items for home, make money and keep track of records, cook outdoors and learn how to can fruit or make jerky, be part of an organization and participate in meetings, and more. 

4-H also means spring break and summer camps, fun outdoor adventures, youth leadership opportunities, 4-H Summer Conference at the Oregon State University campus in Corvallis, and travel opportunities nationally and internationally. 

Current Sherman County 4-H clubs and leaders are:

Goat…………………………………………………..Miranda & Ryan Owens

Beef…………………………………………….……..Sandi & Doug Martin

Sheep…………………………………………….…..Stephen Fritts & Lindsey Cope

Swine………………………………………………….Samantha Roberts-Smith & Brennah Miller

Horse………………………………………………….Kayci Sharp

Poultry………………………………………………..DeeAnn Ramos & Deanna Christianson

Rabbit/Guinea Pig……………………………….Melissa Montesanti

4-H Leadership…………………………………….Cindy Brown & Lindsey Cope

Shooting………………………………………………Dowen Jones & Jon Ramos

Sewing………………………………………………….Karen Thompson Umemoto

Cooking/Baking……………………………………Marylou Martin & Jeanne Kuettel

Outdoor Cooking/Food Preservation…..Cindy Brown

Adults, if you have a wonderful hobby or interest that you would like to share with youth, consider holding a workshop at the Extension Office….or volunteer to be a club leader.  A minimum of six 4-H club meetings are required each year, and the folks at the Extension Office help you with all the paperwork and scheduling tasks. 

We especially would like adults with an interest in photography, crafts, sewing, knitting/crocheting, gardening, carpentry, welding, fishing, shooting, outdoor activities, or science/technology to give our Sherman kids more opportunities. 

Cindy Brown, 4-H and Healthy Living, OSU Sherman County Extension

66365 Lonerock Rd., Moro OR 97039

541-565-3230 office  |  541-993-5291 cell

 3. Frontier TeleNet Board of Directors Jan. 19 Meeting Summary

“By direction of the Frontier TeleNet Board of Directors this summary of regular meeting will be sent out sometime after meeting. The entire minutes and financial statement will not be available until they are approved at the next regular board of directors meeting.”

[In summary, at the January 19 Frontier TeleNet meeting, action included]

–“Minutes and Financial Statement from December 2017 Approved.

–Update on Gilliam County /City of Condon RFP by Judge Steve Shaffer.  Goal is to get accomplished in a timely manner.  Working on details of construction.  Inland Development/Windwave chosen to do this project.

–Frontier TeleNet Website:  Website is up and running.

–Sherman County Office Space:  Lease has been signed for Frontier TeleNet Office Space in Moro.

–Frontier 911 Burns Tribe Update:  Dispatch will start on February 2, 2018.

–Wheeler County Wireless Project:  95% of Phase I complete by Day Wireless.

–Next Meeting will be February 16, 2018, 10 AM at Jeanne E. Burch Building, Fossil, Oregon.” ~Jeanne Burch, Frontier TeleNet bookkeeper.

[Editorial note: See “Frontier Telenet directors hear updates on regional projects” in the January 25, 2018, issue of The Times-Journal.]

4. Turning Goals into Reality

We set out to create some meaningful goals for ourselves for 2018. In fact, you were left with the “homework assignment” of writing out goals for each area of your personal Balance Wheel. Don’t worry (which is really negative goal-setting) if you didn’t complete the assignment – goal-setting is a life-long “homework assignment.” By doing this, you are setting yourself on the path to a fun, enjoyable and fulfilling life.

So, now that you have all of your goals, written as if the future you want has already happened, what do you do next? The next step is vitally important, because we must be able to “see” ourselves into this new reality. Human beings think in three dimensions: Words (or language), that trigger Pictures, which cause Emotions (or feelings). So, it is important that the words of your goals cause the exact picture of what you want.

For example, if we want everybody receiving today’s message to have the same picture, and we write the word “dog” to you, it will trigger a picture in your brain. However, it will trigger thousands of different pictures, for the thousands of people receiving this message. Now, if I say, “white, brown and black Bassett Hound, with long ears, short legs and a white streak running up his forehead,” most of you will be picturing the same type of dog (as long as you know what a Bassett Hound is), with thousands of little variations.

Take a look at your goals, and make certain that they cause you to picture exactly what it is you want; and these pictures should cause you to feel a positive, warm sense of accomplishment. If you need to, add words of clarity and emotion, turning your goals into a moving image of your future.

Now, at least twice a day, read each goal. Take a moment to close your eyes and picture what the words say to you, and feel the emotions of each goal becoming real. Each goal will take 15-20 seconds, so you can work at 10 to 15 goals at a time.

This is the visualization process that will take you from “want to” to “I am.” ~The Pacific Institute

5. Huskey’s 97 Market Earns Kudos for Healthy Corner Store Project

Carey Hughes of Huskey’s 97 Market in Moro has earned praise from Silvan Shawe of the Gorge Grown Food Network (GGFN) regarding participation in the Healthy Corner Store Project.  Huskey’s 97 was part of a three store pilot of the program in the Columbia Gorge, working to improve access to healthy food in underserved areas.   

At Huskey’s 97, GGFN assisted in stocking over 850 pounds of fresh locally grown fruit and vegetable from 9 farms and the Wahtonka Community School Garden, including peaches, onions, cucumbers, peppers, carrots, apples, and pears.

“Carey and her staff were an absolute pleasure to work with and I very much appreciate her commitment and the lengths she goes to ensure her customers have access to healthy food. She was by far the most engaged of any of the store owners and will continue to work directly with PrairieFish and other local farmers. Her feedback and patience as we try to work out how to improve the VeggieRx Program in Sherman has been invaluable.” Silvan Shawe, GGFN, Healthy Corner Store Project coordinator. 

Primary goals for the Health Corner Store Project were:

  • Establish lasting partnerships between local farmers and store-owners (14 farms and 3 stores participated)
  • To support convenience/corner stores ability to meet the demand for healthy fresh fruit and vegetables and from Veggie Rx vouchers in Sherman and Wasco Counties
  • Bolster the local economy by driving more business to locally owned stores and small farmers
  • Strengthen relationships between neighbors and project partners
  • Reduce diet-related disease and malnutrition
  • Support school garden programs by providing an outlet for them to sell produce through
  • Expand this Gorge-wide in 2018

Hughes says “I’m happy that my customers are able to have access to fresh fruit and vegetables. Everyone from children to seniors are benefiting from VeggieRx here in Sherman County, and with the support of the Healthy Corner Store Project we are able to have more variety, and fresh locally grown produce at a good price for our customers.”

Support for this project comes from The OHSU Knight Cancer Institute Community Partnership Program, which is designed to build sustainable collaborations with Oregon communities by providing grants and other resources to foster development of community-identified cancer prevention, early detection, treatment and survivorship projects. The OHSU Knight Cancer Institute has made a decade-long commitment to invest in this program to develop robust, sustainable programs that benefit the health of all Oregonians. 

6. Columbia Gorge Community College To Deliver Adult & Dislocated Worker Services

Columbia Gorge Community College Awarded Contract for Delivery of Adult and Dislocated Worker Services Through WorkSource Oregon

After conducting a successful procurement, the East Cascades Workforce Investment Board (ECWIB) has awarded a provisional contract to Columbia Gorge Community College (CGCC) for the delivery of comprehensive, year-round Adult and Dislocated Worker Services in Hood River, Wasco, Sherman, Gilliam and Wheeler counties.

Services will continue to be delivered through WorkSource Oregon, with offices located at: 700 Union Street, The Dalles, and on the Hood River Campus of CGCC at 1730 College Way, Room 301.

“Columbia Gorge Community College has a unique ability to leverage their existing programs in order to reach the most remote areas of the ECWIB’s Northern sub-region,” said Heather Ficht, Executive Director of ECWIB. “We look forward to working with CGCC as their role within WorkSource and as a workforce partner grows, in service to our community.”

Through the delivery of Adult and Dislocated Worker Services within the WorkSource and with the use of technology, CGCC’s career advisors will work with both job-seekers and employers, in all five of the Northern counties, to ensure that the current workforce is adequately trained and ready to meet the existing needs of business.

“Our institution is honored by this selection, which complements our mission of building dreams by providing lifelong educational and training programs,” added Lori Ufford, CGCC’s interim president. “We welcome this opportunity to build upon our strong community partnerships for the benefit of residents throughout our region.”

7. History Tidbits: Sherman County Observer – February Weather, 1922

snowflakeFebruary 3, 1922

     Low Grade Causes Trouble. Foss & Co. have had the full enjoyment occasioned by civic improvements in that since the streets were improved last summer the alley back of their garage building is now lower in the center than at either end where it intersects improved streets, caused by dirt taken to make fills.  When the soft chinook winds hit Moro last week it found quite a collection of luscious snow ready for the thaw and this in turn came into the Foss & Co. garage through windows, walls and concrete.  Since then there has been further additions to the supply waiting for the next chinook.

February 3, 1922

    State highway commission at their meeting in Portland this week ordered that advertisment be made for bids for the grading and macadamizing of the Sherman Highway section between Biggs and Wasco.  Contract for this will be let at the next meeting February 21st.  When completed there will be an improved road from Grass Valley to the Columbia river highway at Biggs.

February 10, 1922

    The macadam sections of the Columbia river highway east of The Dalles are being dragged by maintenance men, working under the state highway department.  The road surface is still damp from melting snows, and dragging at this time will put it in good shape for summer travel.

February 10, 1922

    The Columbia river highway in Hood River county, blocked by winter’s snow and ice, is being cleared by regular maintenance men employed by the highway department.  The highway is now open as far west as Camp Benson.  A track eight feet wide is being opened thru the drifts by means of blasting and shoveling.  Hood River county expects to have its section of the highway open before Multnomah county has it cleared.

February 10, 1922

    The board of county road viewers went over the Sherman highway between Moro and Grass Valley Friday, passing on the damages claimed by the property owners.  Their report came up before the county court for action at a special term held this week.

February 17, 1922

    Chief Engineer Compton and party finished surveying the Sherman highway between Wasco and the Columbia river last week.  The road goes thru Wasco, just past the Christian church, where it turns to the left down a small gully to the railroad track, along the east side of the track to its intersection with the state aid road at China Hollow, the Sherman highway here joining with the state aid road and continuing on to the Columbia river highway.

February 17, 1922

    The Sherman highway surveyors, Chief Engineer Compton and party, went through Moro Monday, headed for Shaniko, intending to outline the highway between Shaniko and Cow Creek canyon.

February 17, 1922

    Shades of Alaska and the polar bear! — more snow.  Soon the film men will be shooting their Arctic scenes on the white plateau of Sherman county.

February 17, 1922

    The Sherman highway contractors have begun work on the top of DeMoss hill north of Moro.

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

bird.owl.limbSee new drone footage of Rattlesnake Ridge near Union Gap, WA

Influenza. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention

Senate Report: Americans Bought Nearly $800 Million in Chinese Fentanyl Opioid Online

Amazon keeps building data centers in Umatilla, Morrow counties

Facebook will spend ‘hundreds of millions’ on two more Prineville data centers


Sherman County eNews #20


  1. Taco Feed to Benefit Sherman High Volleyball Team, Feb. 9

  2. Maps: Oregon county results for Measure 101

  3. Becoming a Life-Long Learner

  4. Oregon School Boards Association Opposes House Bill 4113 re: Class Size

  5. How Many People Were Fed for What That Sports Car Cost?

  6. History Tidbits: Sherman County Observer Reports on January Weather, 1922

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

1. Taco Feed to Benefit Sherman High Volleyball Team, Feb. 9

sports-volley-ballThe Sherman High School volleyball team will be hosting a Taco Feed during the basketball games on Friday, February 9th. Dinner starts at 5:00 pm. $5 a plate.


2. Maps: Oregon county results for Measure 101

ORStateFlagOn Tuesday, Jan. 23, voters approved Measure 101, which preserves a hospital and health insurance tax that helps pay for low-income Oregonians on the Oregon Health Plan. More than 1 million voters, or about 40 percent of Oregonians who are registered, participated in the special election to approve up to $320 million in health care taxes. About 62 percent supported the measure. About 38 percent voted no. While the state as a whole overwhelmingly approved the tax, the results varied a lot from county to county.

See Maps | Measure 101 County Breakdown 

3. Becoming a Life-Long Learner

If all of us are born with a natural and active curiosity, how come so many of us grow up resisting learning? And, why do so many people look at learning as an unpleasant and difficult experience, when all of us come into the world as active, eager learners?

Well, we turn off to learning – because that’s what we learned to do. If our parents taught us, through words and action, to expect failure, disappointment and boredom from life, we believed them and behaved accordingly.

If there wasn’t anything in our educational environment to counteract these mistaken beliefs, they became etched into us even deeper. Then, we learned to protect ourselves from the pain of disappointment by pretending not to care or by distracting ourselves with easily obtained comforts.

However, by using the proper tools and techniques, we can unlearn those negative ideas and put positive ones in their place. We can test the usefulness of our beliefs, and, if we choose to, we can change them. As an added benefit, many studies have shown that active learners live longer, stay healthier and, most importantly, have a richer quality of life.

We can become lifelong learners, open to the world of possibilities all around us, and open to expanding our own body of knowledge and understanding. With today’s availability of on-line courses – many of them free – so much more is within our reach. Healthy brains actually crave new input, and actively create new neural pathways when given the opportunity.

What do you think? Does a lifelong learner sound like something you might like to be? Let’s give our brains the opportunity to grow every day! ~The Pacific Institute

4. Oregon School Boards Association Opposes House Bill 4113 re: Class Size

Oregon.Flat.poleA new bill made public Jan. 22, 2018, on behalf of Oregon’s teachers union seeks to make class size a mandatory subject of collective bargaining. The Oregon School Boards Association is taking a strong stand in opposition for the same reasons it did in 2017, when a similar bill failed to pass.

Jim Green, OSBA’s executive director, said House Bill 4113 would undermine local control and create an unfunded mandate that could lead to school boards having to cut services and school days to meet class-size restrictions. He said such attempts at restricting class size had proved to be failures in California and Florida.

“If you make class size a subject of collective bargaining, it will be a budget buster for school districts,” said Green.

Based on estimates from the Oregon Department of Education, lowering class sizes by three students would cost an additional $575.6 million in the 2019-21 biennium. That translates to hiring roughly 2,600 new teachers, according to ODE estimates, at a time when the Legislature is struggling to even maintain current service levels.

Green suggested that legislators instead focus their attention on the broader picture of paying for a first-class Oregon school system, as they have signaled their intention to do through the Joint Committee on Student Success. (

OSBA is a member services agency for more than 200 locally elected boards serving school districts, education service districts and community colleges.

5. How Many People Were Fed for What That Sports Car Cost?

~ excerpted, undated, unattributed.

“A guy looked at my Corvette the other day and said, “I wonder how many people could have been fed for the money that sports car cost.”
“I replied I am not sure; it fed a lot of families in Bowling Green, Kentucky who built it, it fed the people who made the tires, it fed the people who made the components that went into it, it fed the people who mined the copper for the wires, it fed people in Decatur, Illinois at Caterpillar who made the trucks that haul the copper ore, it fed the trucking people who hauled it from the plant to the dealer, and fed the people working at the dealership and their families. But, I have to admit, I guess I really don’t know how many people it fed…”

6. History Tidbits: Sherman County Observer Reports on January Weather, 1922

ShermanCoMap1895~Contributed by Chris Sanders

January 6, 1922

    The cold weather of the last 20 days is continuing with little sign of a charge.  Farmers report abundance of snow in the stubble fields, but that the seeded areas have not the snow covering all would like to see for protection of the winter wheat.

January 13, 1922

    Autie King, who has a crushed rock sub-contract on the Sherman Highway under Bauers & Beaurs, was looking over the proposition this week.  We understand that the disposition of farmers to charge for rock for this work was not considered as a factor when the bids were figured.

January 20, 1922

    Tuesday night was the coldest on record this winter for Sherman county.  Official records at the experiment farm were 8 degrees below zero during the night and 4 below at 8 a.m.  Other places in Moro where instruments were not so well protected went as low as 17 below.  Grass Valley reported 22 below at several places in that city.  Shaniko reported 10 below as the coldest for the night.

January 20, 1922

    Wilber Woods from Weston, has been visiting with his parents last weekend.  One feature of his visit was a “snow” ride Tuesday via auto to his farm in the Monkland district.

January 27, 1922

    The King company of Portland, sub-contractors under Bauer and Bauer, have installed a rock crusher at DeMoss and will begin work as soon as weather permits.  Their contract calls for rock surfacing the two sections on each side of Moro, to Wasco and Grass Valley.

January 27, 1922

D. Emery, superintendent of construction for Bauer & Bauer, was a caller at this office Thursday.  He said the very first break in present weather conditions would see highway construction begin at many different points between Wasco and Moro.  The road is now officially closed by the state highway engineer department and it would be well for the public generally to heed the weather signs and not allow their cars to become mired in the cuts and fills along the new grade.

January 27, 1922

    Samuel Lancaster, the engineer who built the Columbia river highway, claims that the hard pack of frozen snow and sleet will remain on the Columbia river highway until next August unless it is removed by means other than the process of nature.  Eric Hauser, owner of the Multnomah Hotel and a large contractor, had made an offer to remove the obstruction at cost and his offer will probably be accepted.  Engineers seem to be agreed that a greater damage will result if not removed than the cost of the work would amount.

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

bird.owlOpen the Books. Every Dime. Online. In Real Time.

Frontier TeleNet

Space Weather | Long-Dead NASA Spacecraft Wakes Up

Winter Olympics | PyeongChang 2018

The Secret Back Story of How Obama Let Hezbollah Off the Hook

Stratolaunch: World’s Largest Aircraft by Wingspan

HOLODOMOR :  The famine-genocide of Ukraine, 1932-1933

Stand Up Ranchers | Small Business, Rancher Owned, Lifestyle Driven

Key facts about black immigrants in the U.S.

Oregon Congressional Delegation, Sans Walden & Schrader, to Trump: Hands Off Our Weed

Capital Insider Index: This week in Salem, by the numbers

Dr. Peterson’s 12 Rules for Life, An Antidote for Chaos


Sherman County eNews #19


  1. Classifieds

  2. Calendar

1. CLASSIFIEDS (new or corrected)


newspaper-arrowWe are mindful that not everyone has a Facebook page or smart phone. Some folks rely on email and print news sources. We welcome your news releases!

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  




SHERMAN COUNTY WRESTLING CLUB SHIRTS. If you are interested in purchasing a Sherman County Wrestling Club shirt please contact Jeremy Lanthorn with your size. Sizes will be available from Youth Small to 2XL, cost will be $20.00 to cover the cost of the shirt and to help the wrestling club raise money to purchase a new mat as well as competition gear.


COURSE MARSHAL / SUPPORT SPECIALIST. Watch races and get paid for it too. Oregon Raceway Park is seeking corner workers for the 2018 season. Candidates must be 18 years of age, able to climb ladders, have the ability to be outdoors (sometimes in harsh conditions), have good verbal communication skills and be able to react calmly and quickly to emergency situations. We are proud to offer our event presenters a source of skilled and competent personnel to staff our many and varied events from Auto, Kart and Motorcycle Races. Training will be held March 17, 2018 9am-5pm at 93811 Blagg Lane, Grass Valley, OR. If interested please contact, Brenda Pikl: 541-333 2452 or


Position: Temporary Instructional Assistant

Start Date: February 26, 2018

Position Description: Sherman County School District is seeking a highly qualified and self-motivated temporary Instructional Assistant with preferred previous experience working in a school environment. The successful candidate will support instructional and other activities as assigned for a twelve week period. This position will remain open until filled. Criminal record check and pre-employment drug testing required.

How to Apply: For further information and application materials please email Wes Owens at or call 541-565-3500. Sherman County School District is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Start Date 4/2/18

Work Schedule Monday – Friday

7:45 a.m. – 1:45 p.m.

Current Salary $11.04 – $13.74/hour DOE

Job Description/Responsibility

Sherman County School District is seeking a qualified Food Service Assistant.  Criminal record check and pre-employment drug screening is required.  Health Insurance Package is pro-rated for this 6 hour per day position.

The Food Service Assistant’s primary responsibilities include dishwashing and salad bar preparation. The Food Service Assistant must be able to lift up to 50 lbs., and must also be organized, reliable, self-motivated, capable of planning and scheduling, and is responsible for a variety of other miscellaneous duties to ensure the kitchen and cafeteria are maintained in a healthy, safe, and sanitary manner.

Application Method/Materials Required

Please submit a letter of interest, application (available from the school district) and resume if you are interested in the position to:

Wes Owens, Superintendent, 65912 High School Loop, Moro, Oregon  97039

(541) 565-3500

This position will remain open until filled.

Sherman County School District is an equal opportunity employer.



Endorsement(s) Required:

Endorsement in Health Education is required for this position. Other opportunities may become available to increase FTE.

SalarySalary will be dependent upon start date, education, and experience.

Start Date: On or before, January 29, 2018.

Position Description:      Sherman County School District is seeking a highly qualified .43 FTE Health Education Specialist. The successful candidate will spend two (2) periods each day teaching Health Education classes serving 7th-12th grade students and one (1) period each day as the Yearbook classroom instructor. The workday for this position will be from 7:45 am until 11:15 am. Current paid coaching opportunities that are available at this time include Head High School Tennis Coach and Head High School Track Coach, other potential coaching and advisor opportunities may also become available.


  • Ability to work independently as well as a member of a team.
  • Ability to communicate with parents, students and staff.
  • Able to meet the individual needs of all students.
  • Excellent planning, organizational skills.
  • Qualified applicants who have experience and an interest in coaching are encouraged to apply.

About Sherman County School District:

The Sherman County School District is a K-12 progressive school with approximately 245 students, located in Moro, Oregon.  The 2016-17 school year saw the opening of a new elementary and remodeled Jr./Sr. High School connected as one modernized facility.  Criminal record check and pre-employment drug testing required.  For further information and application materials please email Wes Owens at

Sherman County School District is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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.”


SHERMAN COUNTY WRESTLING CLUB SHIRTS. If you are interested in purchasing a Sherman County Wrestling Club shirt please contact Jeremy Lanthorn with your size. Sizes will be available from Youth Small to 2XL, cost will be $20.00 to cover the cost of the shirt and to help the wrestling club raise money to purchase a new mat as well as competition gear.   2/2

LAND. RMLS# 17410095. A chance to own 1.5 acres close to Moro but in the country. 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. Call Tiffany Hillman with Dryside Property @ 541-993-7006  5/1

A SUBSCRIPTION to THE TIMES JOURNAL. The Newspaper of Record for Wheeler, Gilliam and Sherman counties and the cities of Fossil, Mitchell, Spray, Arlington, Condon and Lonerock. Published every Thursday by Macro Graphics of Condon, LLC, McLaren and Janet Stinchfield. $35/year in Gilliam, Wheeler & Sherman counties; $45/year elsewhere in the U.S. Contact The Times-Journal, P.O. Box 746, Condon, OR 97823-0746 or 541-384-221 or Fax 541-284-2311 or 1/26

HANDCRAFTED FURNITURE & NOVELTY GIFTS. Considerately Handcrafted furniture and novelty gifts created from re-purposed wine & whiskey barrels. ~The Wood Butcher | Wasco, Oregon | 541-993-4282 |  2/2



LOCAL HANDYMAN SERVICES. No job too small. Licensed general contractor. Equipment operator. OR CCB #135768 KCK, Inc.  541-993-4282   3/2 






DAM STORIES. The 60th anniversary of the start of construction and 50th anniversary of the dedication of the John Day Dam will be in 2018. Gladys Wesley, editor of Sherman County: For The Record, plans to devote the spring issue to stories about  construction of the dam and the Biggs bridge and road and railroad relocation. Did you or your parents work on any of these? Do you remember the changes in the area as a result of the added jobs? Did you and/or your family move to Sherman County at the time? Did you attend the opening of the bridge or other events? Do you have photographs of that period? You and your stories are an important part of Sherman County history. Your photos to illustrate your story will be scanned and returned. Send your stories to Sherman County Historical Museum, P.O. Box 173, Moro, OR 97039 or to (with subject line Story for FTR). Questions? Contact the Museum: 541-565-3232. Deadline for submission is February 28, 2018. 2/16 


YOUR STORIES. Gladys Wesley, editor of Sherman County: For The Record, Sherman County Historical Society’s twice-yearly historical anthology, reminds us that the editorial team is always looking for stories related to Sherman County for future issues… stories about places, families or events. Time marches on and for the young people of today the events of the 1950s and 1960s are as much history as the late 1800s were when the historical society was started in 1945. Send your stories to Sherman County Historical Museum, P.O. Box 173, Moro, OR 97039 or to (with subject line Story for FTR). Questions? Contact the Museum: 541-565-3232. 2/2 



2. CALENDAR (new or corrected)


27 Sherman County Crab, Oyster & Shrimp Feed

27 Annual Robert Burns Supper 2 Condon Elks Lodge

30-Feb. 1 Northwest Ag Show, Portland

31 Retirement Open House for Wasco City Clerk Cassie Strege 11-3 Wasco City Hall

31 Supermoon, Blue Moon & Total Lunar Eclipse


1 AARP Tax Aide Sites Open Statewide

1 Sherman County Fair Board Meeting 7

3 North Central Livestock Assoc. Social Hour 5 Dinner 6 Grass Valley Pavilion

5 Lower John Day Area Commission on Transportation 10-12 Rufus

5 Sherman County Preschool Planning Meeting 5 Sherman County Public/School Library

6 Winter Olympics Begin

7 Sherman County Court 9

7 Mid-Columbia Economic Development District Executive Board Meeting 4

7 All County Prayer Meeting, Rufus Baptist Church Refreshments and social time at 6:30, prayer time from 7:00 to 8:30.

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

10 Columbia Gorge Genealogical Society Program 10:30 Discovery Center

10 Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum 9 Mods & Rods, Custom Rides

13 Sherman County Watershed Council 8

13 Sherman County Soil & Water Conservation District Board 8:30

13 Tri-County Mental Health Board Meeting 11-2 The Dalles

13 North Central Public Health District Board Meeting 3 The Dalles


14 Sherman County Senior & Community Center Advisory Group 12:30

15 Northern Oregon Regional Corrections Board Meeting 10 NORCOR, The Dalles

15 Deadline for Sherman County Kids to Join 4-H

16 Frontier TeleNet Board of Directors Meeting 10 Fossil

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

21 Sherman County Court 9

22 Sherman County Book Club 6 Sherman County Public/School Library

24 OSU Small Farm Conference, Corvallis

26 Sherman County Photography Club 6 Steve Burnett Extension Bldg.
28 Sherman County Board of Property Tax Appeals 9 


1 Sherman County Fair Board Meeting 7

1-4 National Association of Counties Conference, Washington, D.C.

3 Bill Flatt Memorial Service TBA Condon

7 Sherman County Court 9

7 Mid-Columbia Economic Development District Exec. Board Meeting 4

7 All County Prayer Meeting, Moro Presbyterian Church Refreshments and social time at 6:30, prayer time from 7:00 to 8:30.

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

10 Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum 9 The Roaring Twenties

13 Sherman Soil & Water Conservation Board Meeting 8:30

13 Tri-County Mental Health Board Meeting 11-2

13 North Central Public Health Board Meeting 3

14 Sherman County Senior Center Advisory Committee 12:30 Senior Center

23-25 Northwest Horse Fair & Expo & Mustang Adoption, Albany, Oregon 


4 All County Prayer Meeting, Wasco Church of Christ Refreshments and social time at 6:30, prayer time from 7:00 to 8:30.

14  Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum 9 Speedsters & Racers


3 All County Prayer Meeting, Kent Baptist church (Thursday, National Day of Prayer) Refreshments and social time at 6:30, prayer time from 7:00 to 8:30.

12 Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum 9 Popular Postwar Cars


6 All County Prayer Meeting, Wasco Methodist Church Refreshments and social time at 6:30, prayer time from 7:00 to 8:30.

9 Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum 9 Steam Cars, Hit & Miss Engines

15 The June Bugs Concert 6:30 & Artisans’ Market 4-7, Condon City Park


4 HYATUS Concert 6:30 & Artisans’ Market 4-7, Condon City Park

4 All County Prayer Meeting, Grass Valley Baptist Church Refreshments and social time at 6:30, prayer time from 7:00 to 8:30.

14 Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum 9 Traffic Jam Show


1 All County Prayer Meeting, Rufus Baptist Church Refreshments and social time at 6:30, prayer time from 7:00 to 8:30.

3 Jawbone Flats Concert 6:30 & Artisans’ Market 4-7, Condon City Park

11 Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum 9 Helicopters


Sherman County eNews #18


  1. Silent Auction at the Crab Feed to Benefit Sherman County Scholarship Association

  2. Cassie Strege, Long-time Wasco City Clerk is Retiring, Jan. 31

  3. Sherman County Emergency Services December Activity Report

  4. So, What Do I Want?

  5. AARP Tax Aide Sites Open Statewide February 1

  6. Grants Available for Historic Properties and Archaeology Projects

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

 1. Silent Auction at the Crab Feed to Benefit Sherman County Scholarship Association 














2. Cassie Strege, Long-time Wasco City Clerk is Retiring, Jan. 31 Strege, long time Wasco city clerk, is retiring! Please come in to Wasco City Hall on Wednesday, January 31st between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. and wish her Happy Trails.

She will be missed, but she has certainly earned her retirement. She has helped on many city committees and events and served as secretary for the rural fire board. She has always greeted the public with a smile on her face and gentle personality. HAPPYRETIREMENT, CASSIE! ~Carol MacKenzie, Mayor

3. Sherman County Emergency Services December Activity Report

~Shawn Payne, Director, Sherman County Emergency Services

Sherman County Ambulance

December 2017 Activity Report

Date Time Incident Location
12-01 5:28 PM Possible Broken Hip Grass Valley
12-02 6:27 AM Unknown Illness Wasco
12-05 9:26 AM Headache Moro
12-05 6:45 PM Motor Vehicle Crash – Rollover US 97  MP# 32
12-06 5:10 AM Motor Vehicle Crash – Roller I-84  MP# 110
12-08 8:55 AM Semi-Truck Crash US 97  MP# 31
12-08 7:04 PM Fall Injury Moro
12-09 1:17 PM Nausea & Vomiting Moro
12-12 10:38 PM Breathing Problem Moro
12-13 7:44 AM Weakness Rufus
12-16 10:03 PM Diabetic Problem Wasco
12-17 9:36 AM Unknown Medical US 97  MP# 9
12-18 9:37 AM Abdominal Pain Wasco
12-22 12:11 AM Nausea and Vomiting Moro
12-23 8:16 AM Motor Vehicle Crash – Rollover US 97  MP# 33
12-23 12:13 PM Motor Vehicle Crash US 97  MP# 19
12-23 12:54 PM Motor Vehicle Crash I-84  MP# 105
12-23 1:35 PM Motor Vehicle Crash – Rollover US 97  MP# 23


North Sherman County RFPD

December 2017 Activity Report

Date Time Incident Location
12-06 5:15 AM Motor Vehicle Crash I-84  MP# 110
12-16 10:13 PM Medical Assist Wasco
12-17 9:36 AM Medical Assist Wasco
12-23 8:33 AM Multiple Motor Vehicle Crashes I-84 MP 102.5 – 101 East Bound
12-23 12:15 PM Motor Vehicle Crash US 97  MP# 4.5
12-23 12:54 PM Motor Vehicle Crash US 97    MP#4
12-26 11:11 AM Motor Vehicle Crash US 97  MP# 12
12-27 10:21 AM Motor Vehicle Crash US 97  MP# 13

4. So, What Do I Want?

Let’s go back a bit, and build upon the themes that have been introduced since the New Year. You are going to walk through a process of vision-setting and goal-setting that will stand you in good stead for the rest of your life. And when we are done, New Year’s resolutions will seem like an old-fashioned parlor game.

Ask yourself the question, “Where am I going?” For most of us, that is a question upon which we spend far too little time. And when we do, it is usually because of some out-of-the-ordinary situation that has happened, forcing us to take a look. Well, let’s take the “have to” out of it, and really spend a few (or several) moments honestly observing where we are going. (Honesty is a key piece in this.)

You might want to write down your thoughts and observations. Journaling will provide you with more insights and “ah ha!” moments than you can imagine. Once you see these thoughts on paper, you will see patterns start to emerge – patterns that may not have been obvious while they were locked inside your brain.

Once you have honestly figured out where you are going, it’s time to decide if this is what you “want.” Let’s face it, sometimes life gets in the way, and we lose contact with those things that we know will fulfill us. Not material things, but letting loose of those talents and abilities that have been locked up inside us.

So, when you have a few moments of quiet, let your mind “out for a walk” and spend some time thinking about what it is you really want – want to have, want to be, want to do. Hang out a sign that says, “No Restrictions” on your musings, just let your mind wander. Write down what you are thinking about. Tomorrow, we’ll talk about the next step in the process. ~The Pacific Institute

 5. AARP Tax Aide Sites Open Statewide February 1

dollar.blwh(Clackamas, OR) — Beginning February 1 and continuing through April 17, AARP Foundation is providing free tax assistance and preparation through its Tax-Aide program. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide, celebrating its 50th year, is the nation’s largest free tax assistance and preparation service. Since its inception, the program has served more than 50 million taxpayers.

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide started in 1968 with just four volunteers working at one site. Today, nearly 35,000 volunteers serve low- to moderate-income taxpayers at 5,000 locations in neighborhood libraries, malls, banks, community centers and senior centers nationwide. There’s no fee, no age requirement, and AARP membership is not required.

“The work of the 1,180 AARP Foundation Tax Aide Volunteers in Oregon brings substantial funds to our state,” said AARP Oregon Tax Aide Volunteer Coordinator Bob Bruce. At 135 Tax Aide sites around the state, volunteers helped 72,978 Oregonians file taxes bringing back more than $52 million on refund in 2017. On top of that, Tax Aide volunteers were able to help tax payers file for Earned Income Tax Credits with $13,767,559 being returned to tax payers.

“Getting help through Tax Aide is not limited to older adults,” said AARP Oregon Communications Director Joyce De Monnin. “We welcome older adults, families and even college students,” she said, if they are low to moderate income.

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide volunteers are trained and IRS-certified each year to ensure they know about and understand the latest changes to the U.S. Tax Code. In 2017, the program’s volunteers helped 2.5 million people navigate complicated tax codes, ensure proper credits and deductions, and file their federal and state tax returns. Taxpayers who used AARP Foundation Tax-Aide received $1.37 billion in income tax refunds and more than $222 million in Earned Income Tax Credits (EITCs). They also avoided any tax preparation fees and pitches for high-interest tax credit or refund loans.

To find an AARP Foundation Tax-Aide site or more information, including which documents to bring to the tax site, visit or call 1-888-AARPNOW (1-888-227-7669). AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is offered in conjunction with the IRS.

About AARP Foundation
AARP Foundation works to ensure that low-income older adults have nutritious food, affordable housing, a steady income, and strong and sustaining bonds. We collaborate with individuals and organizations who share our commitment to innovation and our passion for problem-solving. Supported by vigorous legal advocacy, we create and advance effective solutions that help struggling older adults transform their lives. AARP Foundation is the affiliated charity of AARP.

6. Grants Available for Historic Properties and Archaeology Projects

The State Historic Preservation Office is offering grants for work on historic properties and for archaeology projects. The annual grants fund up to $20,000 in matching funds for preservation projects.

The Preserving Oregon Grants fund preservation of historic buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Work may include non-maintenance preservation like window repair, roof work, foundation projects, and plumbing and electrical needs. Recently funded projects include preservation of the IOOF cabins at Paulina Lake, the Floed-Lane House in Roseburg, and Gaiety Hollow in Salem. The program also funds significant work contributing toward identifying, preserving and interpreting archaeological sites. Archaeology projects were funded in Douglas and Lincoln Counties and along the coast.

The Diamonds in the Rough Grants help restore or reconstruct the facades of buildings that have been heavily altered over the years. These grant return buildings to their historic appearance and potentially qualify them for historic register designation (local or national). Façade projects in Astoria, Baker City, Burns and Cave Junction were funded in the last cycle.

Preservation office staff is happy to talk with applicants about potential grant projects, review applications and assist with the online grant system. Free grant workshops on project planning and grant writing and using the online grant application will be available. Workshops will be in Salem on March 8 and 13. Webinar workshops will be available on March 15 and 22.

 To learn more about the grants and workshops visit or contact Kuri Gill at or 503-986-0685.

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

Bird.Black.EnvelopeAmerica Needs More Gentlemen

Slow Travel Is Back: The 10 Best Luxury Trains

New NASA Study Solves Climate Mystery, Confirms Methane Spike Tied to Oil and Gas

Short Videos. Big Ideas. Prager University

I’m Gay… Conservative… So What?

Is America Racist?

Map. Percentage of Europeans Who Are Willing To Fight A War For Their Country

Sherman County eNews #17


  1. Sherman Soil and Water Conservation District Work Session, Jan. 26

  2. Space Weather: Blue Moon Lunar Eclipse, Jan. 31

  3. Columbia Gorge Genealogical Society to Learn Evernote in One Hour, Feb. 10

  4. The Effectiveness is in the Balance

  5. Grants Available for Historic Cemetery Projects

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

1. Sherman Soil and Water Conservation District Work Session, Jan. 26

raindropThe Sherman County Soil and Water Conservation District board of directors will hold a work session Friday, January 26th at 3 p.m. at the district office at 302 Scott Street, Moro, Oregon 97039.


2. Space Weather: Blue Moon Lunar Eclipse, Jan. 31

moonBLUE MOON LUNAR ECLIPSE: On Wednesday, Jan. 31st, the second full Moon of January will pass through Earth’s shadow, producing a rare “Blue Moon Lunar Eclipse.” The Moon won’t look blue, however. Researchers are predicting a bright orange eclipse–a forecast based on studies of recent volcanic activity. Volcanoes, climate change, and lunar eclipses are linked in ways that might surprise you. More information about this, along with eclipse observing tips, are highlighted on today’s edition of

3. Columbia Gorge Genealogical Society to Learn Evernote in One Hour, Feb. 10

The Columbia Gorge Genealogical Society will meet on February 10, 2018, at the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center. The general meeting and program will begin at 10:30 AM in the downstairs meeting room. This month’s program will be “Learn Evernote in One Hour. ” A instructional video by genealogy lecturer, author and  genealogy program host Thomas MacEntee will be presented. Evernote is a popular note taking and archiving software program used by many genealogical  researchers. 

The Columbia Gorge Genealogical Society is a non-profit organization that serves Wasco, Hood River, Sherman,  Klickitat and Skamania Counties. Public is welcome!

~ Georga Foster, President, Columbia Gorge Genealogical Society  541.296.2882

4. The Effectiveness is in the Balance

Now that you have your list of “wants” or “goals” in your different areas, it’s time to check and see how they fit together. Today, let’s talk about goal-setting for a well-balanced life.

When you think about growing as a person, there are many distinct areas you can consider. Do you want to grow as a spouse or parent, in your social relationships, in your job or career? What about your physical and mental health, your intellectual pursuits, your spiritual life? You can also grow in the things you do for fun or in your involvement with your community. Remember, the choices are ours to make. No “have to’s” here.

Have you ever known anyone who puts so much energy into growth in one or two areas that they ignore or neglect the others? This is one thing that you want to avoid. A good way to stay both on track and in balance is to write out goals for every distinct area in your life. While you are at it, check to be sure that your goals fit together in a consistent manner.

For example, you have a goal to become a better father. However, if your career and personal goals take you away from home a great deal, or leave you too preoccupied to function well when you are at home, you might want to take another look at your priorities and adjust your balance.

This is a good way to help you clarify your values too. Make a list of your values and match them to your list of goals. Do they match or is there a disconnect? What is most important to your life? Why? Is that where most of your time, energy, and attention are going? Do you feel that your goals are helping you become a well-balanced person? ~The Pacific Institute

5. Grants Available for Historic Cemetery Projects

The Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries is offering grants for qualified historic cemeteries. The annual grants fund projects that preserve historic cemeteries. Projects funded in the past include marker repair workshops, fencing, signs, interpretive panels and brochures, security lighting, access improvements, records management, and more.

Awards typically range between $1,000 and $8,000, but have been higher. Anyone can apply for a grant, for projects on cemeteries listed on with the Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries. Recent projects include marker repair and workshops in several cemeteries, installations of signs and informational kiosks, a preservation plan, and fence replacement.

“Our goal is to preserve Oregon’s historic cemeteries, so we try to make it easy for people to access funds to do that while ensuring the funds are appropriately used,” said historic cemeteries program coordinator Kuri Gill.

While the grant applications are online, they are simple and there is plenty of support to complete them.  Free grant workshops on project planning and grant writing and using the online grant application will be available. Workshops will be in Salem on March 8 and 13. Webinar workshops will be available on March 15 and 22.

State law established the seven-member historic cemeteries commission to maintain a listing of all historic cemeteries and gravesites in Oregon; promote public education on the significance of historic cemeteries; and help obtain financial and technical assistance for restoring, improving and maintaining their appearances. To learn more about the grants or workshops visit or contact Kuri Gill at or 503-986-0685.

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