Sherman County eNews #33


  1. Desiderata

  2. Unit 20, Oregon Retired Educators Luncheon Program, Feb. 20

  3. Sherman County Expands Programs to Support Housing Concerns

  4. Crazy Eight Math Club at Cape Horn Skye Elementary School

  5. History After Hours, Fort Dalles Museum, Feb. 21

  6. Notice. Frontier TeleNet Board of Directors Meeting, Feb. 16

  7. Recreational Marijuana Program & Administration & Audit from “Seed to Sale”

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

1. Desiderata.

Go placidly amid the noise and haste,

and remember what peace there may be in silence.

As far as possible without surrender,

Be on good terms with all persons.

Speak your truth quietly and clearly, and listen to others –

Even the dull and ignorant, they too have their story.

Avoid loud and aggressive persons – they are vexations to the spirit.

If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain and bitter,

For always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.

Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.

Keep interested in your own career –

However humble, it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.

Exercise caution in your business affairs,

for the world is full of trickery.

But let this not blind you to what virtue there is.

Many persons strive for high ideals,

and everywhere life is full of heroism.

Be yourself.

Especially do not feign affection, neither be cynical about love.

For in the face of all aridity and disenchantment,

It is as perennial as the grass.

Take kindly the council of the years,

Gracefully surrendering the things of youth.

Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune,

But do not distress yourself with imaginings –

Many fears are borne of fatigue and loneliness.

Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself.

You are a child of the universe.

No less than the trees and the stars, you have a right to be here.

And whether or not it is clear to you,

No doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

Therefore, be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be.

And whatever your labors and aspirations,

in the noisy confusion of life,

Keep peace with your soul.

With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,

it is still a beautiful world.

Be careful. Strive to be happy.

~ “Desiderata” (Latin: “desired things”) is a 1927 prose poem by American writer Max Ehrmann.

~Listen to Desiderata here: 

2. Unit 20, Oregon Retired Educators Luncheon Program, Feb. 20

Unit 20, Oregon Retired Educators, will meet noon Tuesday, the 20th, at the Portage Grill, Shilo Inn, The Dalles.  The program will be presented by President/CEO Lisa Farquharson, The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce.  For luncheon reservations, please contact 541-296-4356.  All persons interested in education are invited.

3. Sherman County Expands Programs to Support Housing Concerns

Sherman County recently expanded its grant programs offered to solve issues of inadequate housing stock in the County.  After hearing many stories of new employees hired by Sherman County businesses or organizations that would like to live in Sherman County but can’t find housing, Sherman County explored options to help spur the development of additional rental housing.

Last January, the County created the New Rental Housing Development Grant program. This program was recently increased from a grant of $5,000 to $10,000 per unit for construction of new rental housing. Houses must be stick-built or new manufactured homes that are at least double-wides on a foundation. Additionally, the grant recipient must agree to keep the new house as a long-term rental for at least five years. 

In acknowledgement that dilapidated and vacant houses create a blight in neighborhoods and that the market in Sherman County may not support the necessary investment required to bring existing housing up to working family standards, Sherman County recently created a Housing Rehabilitation Grant program. This grant is for non-owner occupied, stick-built housing and is up to 20% of approved project costs, not to exceed $20,000. The dwelling must meet FHA/VA habitability standards once the rehabilitation is complete.

A third program which the County has offered for a number of years is a low- or no-interest Housing Construction Loan to developers that do not qualify, or only partially qualify, for funding from a traditional housing lender. The County’s loan would be repaid within a short period when permanent mortgages provide the capital to repay the construction loan. This program is not to compete with private sector lending. 

These programs are being offered in partnership with Mid-Columbia Economic Development District (MCEDD), which also has unique loan funds set aside for the development of Attainable Housing, serving the middle housing market of 60-120% median family income. 

Applications are available on the County’s website at For more information about any of these programs or a paper application, please contact Jessica Metta, Sherman County’s Economic Development Coordinator with MCEDD, at 541-296-2266 or

4. Crazy Eight Math Club at Cape Horn Skye Elementary School

Washougal, WA — Who knew math could be so fun! That’s the secret of the Crazy Eight Math Club at Cape Horn Skye Elementary lead by CHS third grade teacher, Darcy Hickey.

The lively and fun activities are designed for 1st through 3rd grade students who are not fond of math. “This is not a ‘sit down and do worksheets’ type of club,” Hickey explained. “We are loud, get silly, and just like its name, we get CRAZY at times.”

Hickey discovered the club online and when she saw it was offered completely free she decided to apply for CHS. “It required a written application and a phone interview, and that’s it,” she said. “They send all of the materials needed for an eight-week club.”

The club is held on early release Wednesdays. Although the materials cover only an hour, Hickey expanded the lessons to two hours. This allows students to take the Canyon Creek Middle School bus ride home so more kids can participate.

“We spend the first hour learning math concepts that we then use in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) activities,” said Hickey. Projects include Flying Marshmallows, Zip Line Zoo and the recent Toilet Paper Olympics held January 31.

Toilet Paper Olympics made the concept of measurements fun. After learning how to use a ruler in the classroom, students went to the gym to compete in events like long jump and shot put. Once they understood each square of toilet paper was four inches long, they used the roll to measure their jumps and tosses.

“The kids are loving it,” said Hickey. “Of course, I haven’t told them that they are actually doing math yet. I’ll save that little secret for the end.”

 5. History After Hours, Fort Dalles Museum, Feb. 21



Wednesday February 21, 2018

Fort Dalles Museum/Anderson Homestead



 500 West 15th & Garrison Streets

The Dalles, OR  97058


RSVP by February 20th to:

541-296-4547 or

Dessert, coffee and beverages will be served!

¨ Each organization will be asked to share a brief update for their upcoming year. (Try not to exceed 5 minutes).

¨ Bring along brochures, rackcards, newsletters etc. to exchange.

 6. Notice. Frontier TeleNet Board of Directors Meeting, Feb. 16

Frontier TeleNet

Board of Directors Meeting Agenda and Notice

February 16th 10:00 AM

Jeanne Burch Building, 401 Fourth St. Fossil, OR

  • Call To Order & Director Roll Call
  • Directors’ Changes or Additions to the Agenda
  • Minutes Review and Approval
  • Financials Review and Approval
  • Gilliam County/Condon RFP update
  • Frontier 911 Burns Tribe update
  • Wheeler County Wireless project update
  • Digital Switch potential new user update
  • Cottonwood Tower update
  • IGA with Sherman County
  • Sherman County Fiber optic RFP update
  • Other items for the good of the order
  • Public Input/Comment
  • Next Meeting
  • Adjournment

The Frontier TeleNet board reserves the right at its sole discretion to enter into Executive Session under ORS 192.660 (a), (g), (j), (n),(D). For those requesting a call in number or other accommodations, please contact Mike Smith at 541-306-1202 or

7. Recreational Marijuana Program, Administration & Audit from “Seed to Sale”

Oregon’s Recreational Marijuana Program was legalized by the voters in 2015. Responsibility for issuing permits, inspecting “grows,” ensuring compliance, and all other aspects of the administration of the marijuana industry from “seed to sale” was placed on the Oregon Liquor Control Commission. The size and complexity of regulating the Oregon marijuana industry was grossly underestimated. Although the initial estimate for tax revenue was $10.8 million, the marijuana tax revenue actually generated since January 2016 was $115 million… … … Continue at Secretary of State

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

Bird.Black.EnvelopeView of Winter Olympics from space

 Watch the Winter Olympics: Full TV schedule, channels, time, dates, live stream

 Olympic athletes to sport Oregon wool

Humans witnessed fire-covered Earth at end of Ice Age

Pacific Crest Trail after Columbia gorge fire: scorched landscape, signs of life

Marijuana and the Oregon Liquor Control Commission’s Technology Audit


Song: I Am Australian

Library of Congress: Preservation of Scrapbooks and Albums


Resilience: Technology & Its Discontents

Congressman Greg Walden’s Statement on the Bipartisan Budget Act

Pew Research Center Fact Tank


Sherman County eNews #32


  1. Classifieds

  2. Calendar 

1. CLASSIFIEDS (new or corrected)


We 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. 


Sherman County School Coaching Opportunities. Coaching positions are currently available in the following areas:


Boys and Girls HS Track & Field (Head Coach)

Boys and Girls HS Track & Field (Assistant Coach)

Boys and Girls Tennis (Head Coach).

These jobs will remain open until filled. Criminal record check and pre-employment drug testing will be required for all positions. For further information and application materials please email Gary Lewis at or Wes Owens at Sherman County School District is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

POSITIONS | The Times-Journal

~ The Times-Journal – a weekly serving Wheeler, Gilliam & Sherman counties, P.O. Box 746, Condon, OR 97823 | 541-384-2411 

COURSE MARSHAL / SUPPORT SPECIALIST WANTED. 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.


SURPLUS. Surplus for sale by Sherman County:

–1985 Chevy pickup, 3-Speed Manual Transmission, Mileage: ~ 73,000 miles, As Is Condition, VIN #: 1GBJC34M2FS147531; note: “S” could be a “5”

–1990 Suzuki ATV, Four wheel drive, 21.5 HP engine, Mileage: ~ 1,000 miles, As Is Condition; VIN #: JSAAJ45A6L2102545.

Sealed bids must be submitted to the Sherman County Court, P.O. Box 365, Moro, OR 97039 by 5:00 pm Tuesday February 20, 2018. Bids will be opened and read aloud during County Court on Wednesday, February 21, 2018. Minimum bid for pickup: $500; Minimum bid for ATV: $300. For additional information, contact the Sherman County Weed Department at 541-565-3655. 2/16
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
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 |  2/24



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



2. CALENDAR (new or corrected)


1 AARP Tax Aide Sites Open Statewide

9 Memorial Service for Wilford Carey 11 WAAAM Hood River

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

10 Vernon Melzer Memorial Service 11 Moro Community Presbyterian Church

12 Sherman County School Board Meeting 7 Sherman Public/School Library

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 Soil & Water Conservation & Watershed Council Annual Meeting 5:30

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

20 Unit 20, Oregon Retired Educators Luncheon Program 12 Portage Grill

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

28 Retirement Open House for Rosanna Breeding 1-4 Farm Service Agency  


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

17 Paint Nite for Little Wheats Daycare 4 Wasco Events Center

22 Mid-Columbia Economic Development District Board Meeting 4-6 Hood River

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


4 Sherman County Court 9

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

5 Sherman County Fair Board 7

10 Sherman Soil & Water Conservation District Board Meeting 8:30

10? Tri-County Mental Health Board of Directors Meeting 11-2 The Dalles

10? North Central Public Health District 3 The Dalles

11 Sherman County Senior Center Advisory Committee 12:30

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

16-17 A-Town Throwdown: Kite, SUP & Windsurf Competition, Arlington