Sherman County eNews #10


  1. Notice. Frontier Regional 911 Dispatch Board Meeting, Jan. 22

  2. Time for Sherman County Kids to Join 4-H, Deadline Feb. 15

  3. January Outlook and the December Monthly Climate Summary for Moro

  4. Sherman County Public/School Library Book Club, Jan. 18

  5. Where We Have Been

  6. Original Wasco County Courthouse Regional History Forum Series

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

 The real things haven’t changed. It is still best to be honest and truthful; to make the most of what we have; to be happy with simple pleasures; and to be cheerful and have courage when things go wrong. –Laura Ingalls Wilder

1. Notice. Frontier Regional 911 Dispatch Board Meeting, Jan. 22                                                                  

Frontier Regional 911 Dispatch

Board of Directors Meeting

January 22, 2018    2:00 p.m.

 Gilliam County Courthouse – Courtroom

1 –     Approve October 30, 2017 Minutes

2 –     Health Care Coverage Plans – Jeff Rasmussen/Renee Heidy

3 –     Audit Discussion – Renee Heidy

4 –     Budget Committee Schedule – Renee Heidy/Chris Humphreys

5 –     Grant County Request for Proposal – Mike Smith/Chris Humphreys

6 –     Manager’s Report:  Hiring Process; Employee Handbook; Supervisor Status; Equipment – Renee Heidy

7 –     Chairman’s Report – Chris Humphreys

If necessary, Executive Session may be held in accordance with ORS 192.660 (1)

(e) Property

(h) Legal Rights

(i) Personnel

As this is a regular meeting of the Frontier Regional 911 Board, other matters may be addressed as deemed appropriate by the Board.

Frontier Regional Board Members:

Sheriff Gary Bettencourt –

Judge Steve Shaffer –

Sheriff Jim Adkins –

Vice-Chair: Commissioner Mike Ahern –

Sheriff Brad Lohrey –

Commissioner Joe Dabulskis –

Chair: Sheriff Chris Humphreys –

Judge Lynn Morley –

2. It’s Time for Sherman County Kids to Join 4-H, 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………………………………………………….(vacant, Kayci Sharp?)

Poultry………………………DeeAnn Ramos (Naomi Thibadeau, Deanna Christiansen?)

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

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

Shooting………………………………………………Dowen Jones and 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. January Outlook and the December Monthly Climate Summary for Moro

thermometer.degrees According to preliminary data received by NOAA’s National Weather Service in Pendleton Oregon, temperatures at Moro averaged slightly colder than normal during the month of December.

The average temperature was 30.2 degrees which was 0.8 degrees below normal. High Temperatures averaged 37.8 degrees, which was 0.1 degrees above normal. The highest was 56 degrees on the 20th. Low temperatures averaged 22.5 degrees, which was 1.8 degrees below normal. The lowest was 5 degrees, on the 24th.

There were 30 days with the low temperature below 32 degrees. There were 11 days when the high temperature stayed below 32 degrees.

Precipitation totaled 0.41 inches during December, which was 1.25 inches below normal. Measurable precipitation -at least .01 inch- was received on 5 days with the heaviest, 0.30 inches reported on the 29th.

Precipitation in 2017 totaled 12.04 inches, which is 0.66 inches above normal. Since October, the water year precipitation at Moro has been 3.61 inches, which is 0.63 inches below normal.

Snowfall totaled 4.5 inches with at least 1 inch of snow reported on 1 day. The heaviest snowfall was 4.5 inches reported on the 23rd. The greatest depth of snow on the ground was 4 inches on the 24th.

The outlook for January from NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center calls for near normal temperatures and near to below normal precipitation. Normal highs for Moro during January are 39.4 degrees and normal lows are 25.5 degrees. The 30 year normal precipitation is 1.46 inches.

The National Weather Service is an office of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, an agency of the U.S. Commerce Department.

4. Sherman County Public/School Library Book Club, Jan. 18

Please join us for tea, dessert and discussion of our monthly book.
Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah

From the author of the smash-hit bestseller Firefly Lane and True Colors comes a powerful, heartbreaking novel that illuminates the intricate mother-daughter bond and explores the enduring links between the present and the past.

Meredith and Nina Whitson are as different as sisters can be. One stayed at home to raise her children and manage the family apple orchard: the other followed a dream and traveled the world to become a famous photojournalist. But when their beloved father falls ill, Meredith and Nina find themselves together again, standing alongside their cold, disapproving mother, Anya, who even now, offers no comfort to her daughters. As children, the only connection between them was the Russian fairy tale Anya sometimes told the girls at night. On his deathbed, their father extracts a promise from the women in his life: the fairy tale will be told one last time – and all the way to the end. Thus begins an unexpected journey into the truth of Anya’s life in war-torn Leningrad, more than five decades ago. Alternating between the past and present, Meredith and Nina will finally hear the singular, harrowing story of their mother’s life, and what they learn is a secret so terrible and terrifying that it will shake the very foundation of their family and change who they believe they are.

5. Where We Have Been

With the ending of one year and the beginning of another, it is certain that you’ve noticed the avalanche of the year’s “best” and “worst” lists. They are everywhere, from newspapers and magazines to television shows – even the financial pages. While it’s fun to look back and reminisce, let’s talk a little bit about a more productive way of looking at where we are.

In these daily messages, you have read about the need for purposefully setting goals for ourselves, in order to unlock the energy and creativity inside each of us. When we set a goal, we cause a “gap” for ourselves – between the way things are and the way we want them to be. It is in our nature to want to close that gap. A primary job of our creative subconscious mind is to keep us like we know we are. Setting a goal changes how we “know we are.” We must close the gap to maintain our sanity.

In order to close that gap, to make the outside picture match the inside picture of who we know we are, our creative subconscious turns on enough energy and creativity to make it happen. We either get drive and ideas to move toward what we want in the future, or ideas and drive to stay where we are. Herein lies the danger of spending too much time looking back at the past.

You see, we move toward the strongest picture, and our natural tendency is to maintain our current idea (picture) of who we are. In order to change, we need to make that future picture (goal) stronger and more attractive than staying put. By constantly reminding ourselves of our past, we lose the drive to move forward.

Give a little thought to this today and then we will take another step. ~The Pacific Institute

6. Original Wasco County Courthouse Regional History Forum Series




Programs begin at 1:30 p.m. in the upstairs courtroom

of the 1859 courthouse, 410 West 2nd Place, The Dalles

behind the Chamber of Commerce / Visitors’ Center

Programs are handicapped accessible on the first floor.

The programs are free but donations are always appreciated.

Saturday, February 3 

Airmail Beacons of the Columbia River Gorge

Local historian Susan Buce has a family connection to early aviation

 in the Gorge.  In the days before radar, her grandfather Jack M. Buce Sr. was “mechanician” for the airway beacons that served as a “highway of light” guiding the pilots who flew the mail from coast to coast.

Saturday, February 10 

Fourteen Miles on the Spokane, Portland and Seattle Railroad

Retired math teacher Loren Delaney was born in The Dalles and raised in Wishram.  He will present a tour of north shore railroad history between mile posts 94 and 108.  Of special interest are photos of the “Norma,” the stern-wheeler that plied the river prior to the Wishram to Celilo bridge, key to James Hill’s victory in the race to construct the Oregon Trunk railroad.

Saturday, February 17 

The Independent Order of Odd Fellows and Its Cemeteries

Sexton of the local Odd Fellows Cemeteries Craig Hector will share the unique history and values of the I.O.O.F.  Since the nineteenth century,

the lodge’s concern for common folks beyond their fraternal organization led them to sponsor cemeteries that were open to all.

Saturday, February 24 

Obsolete U.S. Currency:  From the Half Cent to the $100,000 Bill

Gorge Country news director Rodger Nichols reveals what pioneers carried as pocket change. He will tell the stories of odd and unusual currency, some from America’s earliest days and some used locally.  He is willing to do a free evaluation of three coins or bills per person after his program.

Coffee and cookies will be served.

Become a member of Original Courthouse – help preserve local history!

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

bird.crow.flyNOAA National Weather Service in Pendleton, Oregon

Pot farms blamed in poisoning of California owls

Fiat Chrysler to move plant from Mexico to Michigan, pay out bonuses

Martin Luther King’s Radical Legacy, From the Poor People’s Campaign to Black Lives Matter

The Grommet. Innovative New Products from Small Businesses

Publics Globally Want Unbiased News Coverage, but Are Divided on Whether Their News Media Deliver

Reuters | News

Associated Press News

NAFTA Renegotiations: What’s at Stake for American Farmers, Ranchers, and Families

Nuclear Vs Non-Nuclear Powered Countries: 2016 Facts

See Inside the Historic Wrigley Mansion in Chicago

Up North: What’s Doing with Illegals on the Other Fenceless Border?