Sherman County eNews #12


  1. Sherman County School Basketball Schedule Update, Jan. 19

  2. Letter to the Editor: Volunteer to Advocate for a Child

  3. Where Am I Going?

  4. College Hosts University Transfer Days, Jan. 24

  5. January is Human Trafficking Month

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

1. Sherman County School Basketball Schedule Update, Jan. 19

High School Basketball

Friday, January 19, 2018 – The JV Girls game has been cancelled vs Horizon Christian.  All other games for this date are scheduled as normal.

— Audrey Rooney, Registrar  | Sherman High School           


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

2. Letter to the Editor: Volunteer to Advocate for a Child

pencil.sharpTo: The Editor & Community

Re: Columbia Gorge CASA 

Dear Readers:

We are writing regarding our support for Columbia Gorge CASA and a request that community members volunteer to advocate for a child.  Columbia Gorge CASA serves Sherman, Wasco and Hood River counties. CASA trains and supports volunteers who advocate for children in our foster care system. Once trained, the volunteers become the court appointed special advocate for a specific child or family of children.

As your local Circuit Court Judges, we are all very appreciative of the impact Columbia Gorge CASA has on children in foster care in our counties. The advocates in all three of these counties regularly meet with the children, parents, agencies, and schools. The CASA provides information to the courts about what is really going on with the particular child. CASAs provide the Judges with further insight as to the current well-being of the children as well as the child’s needs and desires.

Columbia Gorge CASA is hoping to expand the program locally in Sherman, Wasco and Hood River counties. Although Columbia Gorge CASA is currently serving about 70% of children in foster care, there are many more children who would benefit from having a CASA volunteer. The next CASA volunteer training begins on February 22nd. The training will be one night a week for 6 weeks and involves on-line and in-person sessions.  

Please contact CASA at 541-386-3468 or go to to find out more about volunteering.

Very truly yours,

John Olson, Karen Ostrye, Janet Stauffer and John Wolf

Circuit Court Judges, Seventh Judicial District

3. Where Am I Going?

Here is one question that begins to surface for many of us as we find ourselves at the beginning of a new year. It is a very important question that you should ask yourself: “Where am I going?”

If you follow your current direction, where will you be in a year? In five years? In ten? And is that where you really want to go? This is a very important question, and to get the maximum benefit, you need to be honest with yourself.

Someone once said that the best way to predict the future is to get a very clear idea of what is happening now. As scary and intimidating as this might sound, we need to do the same thing in our lives if we are not happy with where we are, at the moment.

If you ask yourself this question and you don’t like the answer very much, it is important to realize that you have the power to change your direction. You can start to do it today. In fact, you can do it this very minute, if you really want to.

All that is required is that you choose to change with all your heart. Fix the vision, the picture of what you want and where you want to be, and then follow through on that commitment with appropriate actions, one day at a time.

You don’t need to know exactly where you are going or precisely how you will get there. But you do want to have a good sense of when you are moving in the right direction. And how do you know when that is happening? Slow down, take time to reflect, and ask yourself, “Does this feel right?” Then listen for the answer, and make any necessary corrections as soon as possible.

By the way, you don’t need to wait for the new year to ask these questions. July, March, September or any other day, week or month of year will do. The important thing is to ask the question! ~The Pacific Institute

4. College Hosts University Transfer Days, Jan. 24

Are you planning to transfer to a four-year university? Have you connected with your transfer institution to get started on the planning process? The annual Transfer Days event will be held at Columbia Gorge Community College (CGCC) in The Dalles on Wednesday, Jan. 24, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Class Act Cafe (Building 1). Universities from Oregon and Washington will be present to explain their transfer options. There’s no need to RSVP. If you’d like an email reminder prior to the event, please contact CGCC Student Services by submitting an Oregon Transfer Days RSVP at this website:

The following universities will be attending this year: Concordia University, Eastern Oregon University, Grand Canyon University, Linfield College, Marylhurst University, Oregon Health Sciences University’s School of Nursing, Oregon State University Oregon State University (Corvallis and Cascades campuses), Pacific University, Portland State University and University of Oregon.

Columbia Gorge Community College offers to conduct high school workshops prior to the event to inform students about the difference between traditional and transfer admission processes, and preparation. Please contact CGCC Student Outreach and Recruitment (SOAR) to schedule a presentation at your school.  Either send an email to or call (541) 506-6019.

5. January is Human Trafficking Month

Children involved with child welfare are at heightened risk of becoming victims of sex and labor trafficking. The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) reports that during 2016, 86 percent of child sex trafficking victims reported to NCMEC were in the care of social services or foster care when they went missing.

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

bird.owl3Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Duplicity and Deceit

The Federal Budget Process:  A Simple Explanation

U.S. Sentencing Commission

Paper, plastic piling up across Oregon as China refuses to take U.S. recycling

Book review: Failing states, collapsing systems biophysical triggers of political violence by Nafeez Ahmed

When deforestation begins after peak fossils, how long will it last?

Sustainability and place: How emerging mega-trends of the 21st century will affect humans and nature at the landscape level

On Watch: The Fusion GPS Testimony & U.S. Govt. Funding of Pro-Soros Media