Sherman County eNews #59


  1. Optometric Mission to Columbia Benefit Dinner & Floorshow, March 10

  2. Sherman County 4-H Club Meeting Notes

  3. Unit 20, Oregon Retired Teachers’ Meeting, March 20

  4. Notice. Tri-County Hazardous Waste & Recycling Program Meeting, March 14

  5. Frontier TeleNet Board of Directors Meeting Notice, March 16

  6. Public Notice. Sherman County Court & Public Hearing March 21

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

1. Optometric Mission to Columbia Benefit Dinner & Floorshow, March 10


Fundraiser Dinner & Floor Show

To Benefit

2018 Optometric Mission to Columbia


Columbia Gorge Concert Band

Saturday, March 10 at 6 o’clock

Goldendale Middle School

2. Sherman County 4-H Club Meeting Notes

4-H clover1The Sherman County Swine Club met on February 26, 2018. It was called to order by Samantha Smith. Our leaders are Brennah Miller and Samantha Smith.  At this meeting we elected officers. The officers are: President, Cadence Smith; Secretary, Bailey Coelsch; and Treasurer Allie Marker. Attending were Austin, Allie, Addie, Cadence, Ellery, Bailey, Lexi, and Allison. The 4-H Pledge was led by Ellery Bish, and the Pledge of allegiance was led by Addison Smith. We talked about what to look for in a pig, fair and our leaders told us what their expectations were of us. We also found out that the weigh in/ tagging day is June 10, and we started with a get acquainted game to get to know each other. The meeting was adjourned at 6:45 pm.  Signed Bailey Coelsch, News Reporter

3. Unit 20, Oregon Retired Teachers’ Meeting, March 20

Unit 20, Oregon Retired Teachers, will meet noon Tuesday, the 20th, in the Riverside Grill’s Garden Room, Hood River Inn.  The program will be presented by Hood River School District Athletic Director, Tom Ames.  Luncheon reservations can be made by calling 503-360-6966.  All persons interested in education from Sherman, Wasco and Hood River Counties are invited to attend.

4. Notice. Tri-County Hazardous Waste & Recycling Program Meeting, March 14

The Tri-County Hazardous Waste & Recycling Program’s next Steering Committee meeting is scheduled for Wednesday March 14th, 2018 from 8:30-11:30 am at the Wasco County Planning Department, located at 2705 East 2nd Street in The Dalles, Oregon.

Representatives from the member agencies of the counties of Wasco, Sherman and Hood River, and the cities of The Dalles, Hood River, Cascade Locks, Mosier, Dufur and Maupin will hold their meeting to discuss approval of minutes, fiscal & progress reports, lead agency, budget, status of facilities, staffing, grants and other miscellaneous items.

The nine governments signed an intergovernmental agreement in November 2003 to build and operate two permanent household hazardous waste collection facilities in Hood River and The Dalles, and conduct satellite collection events throughout the region.  Wasco County is the lead agency.  The facilities and events collect hazardous wastes from households, businesses and institutions which are Conditionally Exempt Small Quantity Generators, as well as pesticide wastes from farmers and ranchers.

For more information: Call Tri-County Hazardous Waste & Recycling Program at (541) 506-2636.

5. Frontier TeleNet Board of Directors Meeting Notice, March 16

Frontier TeleNet Board of Directors

March 16th 10:00 AM

OSU Extension Office Conference Room

66365 Lonerock Road Moro, OR

1.0 Call To Order & Director Roll Call

2.0 Directors’ Changes or Additions to the Agenda

3.0 Minutes Review and Approval

4.0 Financials Review and Approval

5.0 Resolution for fund transfers

6.0 IT and System updates and progress report

7.0 Business and Marketing report

8.0 Other items for the good of the order

9.0 Public Input/Comment

10.0 Next Meeting

11.0 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

6. Public Notice. Sherman County Court & Public Hearing March 21

The Sherman County Court will be in session on Wednesday, March 21, 2018, at 9:00 a.m. in the Hearings Room at the Sherman County Courthouse Addition, 500 Court Street, Moro, Oregon, 97039.

During the March 21, 2018 Court session, Sherman County Court will meet in executive session in accordance with ORS 192.660 (2) (i) Personnel, as the Employee Compensation Board, as well as, meet in executive session in accordance with ORS 192.660 (2) (f) Exempt Public Records, for the purpose of long range planning.

During the March 21 Court session, the Sherman County Court will hold a public hearing regarding the SHIFT Festival Mass Gathering Application.

The agenda, including updates, will be posted on the Sherman County website at

Kayla von Borstel, Administrative Assistant (541)-565-3416

500 Court Street, P.O. Box 365, Moro, OR 97039

Hours: M-TH 8am-430pm

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

bird.owlRobert’s Rules of Order Online: Parliamentary Procedure

“Is there anything for the good of the order?”

Oregon’s Effort to Bring Fast Internet to “Digital Dust Bowls” Has Hit a Roadblock

Remarks by Republic of Korea National Security Advisor Chung Eui-Yong



Sherman County eNews #58


  1. Classifieds

  2. Calendar

1. CLASSIFIEDS (new or corrected)


BeeFree 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





COACHES. SHERMAN COUNTY SCHOOL SPRING SPORTS. Coaching positions are currently available in the following areas:


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.

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   3/9   


HANDCRAFTED FURNITURE, NOVELTY GIFTS & FURNITURE REPAIR & REFINISHING. Considerately Handcrafted furniture and novelty gifts created from re-purposed wine & whiskey barrels and other reclaimed materials.  Special orders available.  Furniture repair and refinishing. ~The Wood Butcher | Wasco, Oregon | 541-993-4282 |  4/6

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



SHERMAN COUNTY PRESCHOOL EARLY ENROLLMENT. Sherman County Preschool is offering early enrollment packets to be mailed out or picked up during the month of March. We will be holding our regular Open House enrollment during April, but if you would like to receive an enrollment packet early, please contact the preschool at or call (541)565-3320. We especially encourage families who may be interested in Head Start services to enroll early as both Head Start agencies we contract with are going to be filling their spots during March and April. For more information on what Head Start is and what services are offered please visit or 3/30

READY FOR HELP WITH THOSE SPRING PROJECTS?  Local Handyman/General Contractor/Equipment Operator.  Large and small projects. Indoors or Out. Please call Kevin – 541-993-4282 | KCK, Inc. | Licensed, bonded and insured. CCB #135768. References available. 4/6 


  • The Times-Journal – a weekly serving Wheeler, Gilliam & Sherman counties, P.O. Box 746, Condon, OR 97823 | 541-384-2411 $35/year
  • The Dalles Chronicle .
  • The Goldendale Sentinel. 117 W. Main St., Goldendale, WA 98620 (509) 773-3777 | |
  • The Oregonian – Delivery. The Dalles Oregonian, P.O. Box 1367, The Dalles, OR 97058; 541-296-3600
  • USA TODAY. Home delivery. Contact The Dalles Oregonian, P.O. Box 1367, The Dalles, OR 97058; 541-296-3600



BUDGET COMMITTEE OPENINGS (3): The City of Moro has three (3) openings for the Budget Committee. The term is two years and is a Council appointed position. This position consists of one/two meetings yearly. Anyone interested in the above position should contact: Erik Glover, Moro City Administrator, 541-565-3535, or send a letter to: City of Moro, Attn: Budget Committee, PO BOX 231, Moro, OR 97039 by April 02, 2018. 3/30


EXCHANGE STUDENT HOST FAMILIES. Non-Profit Organization is Seeking Local Host Families for High School Exchange Students | ASSE International Student Exchange Programs (ASSE), in cooperation with your community high school, is looking for local families to host boys and girls between the ages of 15 to 18 from a variety of countries: Norway, Denmark, Spain, Italy, Japan, to name a few.

ASSE students are enthusiastic and excited to experience American culture while they practice their English. They also love to share their own culture and language with their host families. Host families welcome these students into their family, not as a guest, but as a family member, giving everyone involved a rich cultural experience.

The exchange students have pocket money for personal expenses and full health, accident and liability insurance. ASSE students are selected based on academics and personality, and host families can choose their student from a wide variety of backgrounds, countries and personal interests. To become an ASSE Host Family or to find out how to become involved with ASSE in your community, please call the ASSE Western Regional Office at 1-800-733-2773 or go to to begin your host family application. Students are eager to learn about their American host family, so begin the process of welcoming your new son or daughter today!



2. CALENDAR (new or corrected)


10 Remembering Ted Carlson (1924-2018) 2-4 Sherman County Senior & Community Center

10 Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum 9 The Roaring Twenties

10 Columbia Gorge Genealogical Society Program 10:30 Discovery Center

11 Daylight Saving Time – Check Your Fire Alarms

12 Sherman County School District Board Meeting 7

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 Wasco School Events Center Board Meeting 6

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

14, 21, 28 Exploring the Small Farm Dream, Redmond

15 Maryhill Museum of Art Opens for the Season

16 Frontier TeleNet Board of Directors Meeting 10 Burnet Extension Service Center

16 Missoula Children’s Theatre 7 Sherman County School

17 Missoula Children’s Theatre 3 Sherman County School

17 Celebrate “St. Pat’s at St. Pete’s” 7 St. Peter’s Landmark, The Dalles

19 Sherman County Planning Commission Hearing 5:30 Steve Burnet Extension Building

21 Sherman County Court 9

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

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

24 Grass Valley’s 11th Annual Easter Egg Hunt & Skate Party 10

26 Sherman County Photography Club 6 Steve Burnet Research Center, Moro

26-30 Spring Break: Sherman County School District


2-6 Beginners’ Shearing School, Moses Lake, Washington

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

7 North Central Oregon Rural Skill Builder Training | Hood River

9 Sherman County School District Board Meeting 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

11-13 Oregon Heritage Conference

13 North Central Livestock Association Annual Bull Tour 7:30 The Dalles

14 Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum 9 Speedsters & Racers

18 Sherman County Court 9

23 Frontier Regional 911 Agency Board Meeting 2

23-24 Sherman County Budget Committee 8

25 Tri-County Court Meeting 10 Condon

28-29 Oregon Ag Fest, Salem


2 Sherman County Court 9

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

3 Sherman County Fair Board 7

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.

5 Wasco County Pioneers’ Annual Reunion | Fort Dalles Readiness Center

8 Sherman County Watershed Council 8

8 Sherman Soil & Water Conservation District Board 8:30

8 Tri-County Mental Health Board of Directors 11-2 The Dalles

8 North Central Public Health District Board Meeting 3 The Dalles

9 Sherman County Senior & Community Center Advisory 12:30

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

9 Rose Festival Parade, Portland

12 Experiment Station Field Day, Pendleton

13 Experiment Station Field Day, Moro

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

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


4 Independence Day

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.

8-11 Portland Horseless Carriage Club Tour: Journey Through Time Scenic Byway, John Day

9-15 Summer Fishtrap Gathering (Writers in the American West) Wallowa Lake

14 Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum 9 Traffic Jam Show


Sherman County eNews #57


  1. Test Smoke Alarms & Begin Daylight Saving Time, March 11

  2. Sherman County Commissioners: Duties & Compensation

  3. Perspective on the Negative

  4. Spectator Conduct at Oregon School Activities Association Sanctioned Events

  5. Cascade Singers’ St. Patrick’s Day Concert, March 17

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

“A wise and frugal government … shall restrain men from injuring one another, shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government.” —Thomas Jefferson (1801)

1. Test Smoke Alarms & Begin Daylight Saving Time, March 11

Sunday, March 11th, marks the beginning of daylight saving time and serves as a good reminder for Oregonians to test their smoke alarms. The Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal is urging residents to test their smoke alarms before automatically changing the batteries.

“Smoke alarm technology has advanced and many now come with 10-year batteries and some are tamper-resistant,” said State Fire Marshal Jim Walker. “So, I encourage residents to test their alarms before changing the battery, and to be sure to replace any smoke alarm that is 10 years old or older.”

Oregon law requires ionization-only smoke alarms that are solely battery powered to come equipped with a hush feature and a 10-year battery. Because of this technology, the national slogan “Change your clock, Change your battery” may not apply to Oregon residents who have these ionization-only smoke alarms.

Other types of alarms are also being sold with either a 10-year battery or a standard-life battery.  “Ensuring you have working smoke alarms in your home is the single most important step you can take to increase your family’s safety from a home fire,” adds Walker.

To test your alarm properly we recommend you:

1) Push the test button to be sure the battery is working.

2) When replacing batteries, follow the manufacturer’s instructions for the correct battery type to use.

3) Always retest alarms after installing new batteries.

4) Replace any alarm that fails to operate after installing a new battery.

5) Inspect your alarms to determine if they are 10 years old or older, and replace any smoke alarm

10 years old or older. Look for a date on the back of the alarm. If there is no date, your alarm is more than 10 years old and should be replaced.

6) Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for regularly cleaning your alarms of dust and cobwebs.

Working smoke alarms provide a critical early warning to a fire, allowing you vital minutes to escape, which increase your chances of survival. Additional safety tips:

* Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, in each bedroom, and outside each sleeping area (hallway).

* Never disconnect or remove batteries from smoke alarms for other uses.

* Use the smoke alarm’s hush feature to silence nuisance alarms.

* Make a home fire escape plan and practice it with family members.

* Practice you home fire escape plan at least two times a year at different times of the day/night.

* Children, older adults, and people with disabilities may need assistance to wake up and get out. Ensure that someone will help them.

For more home fire escape planning information visit:

For more smoke alarm and fire safety information, contact your local fire department or visit

2. Sherman County Commissioners: Duties & Compensation

The Sherman County Court (a county judge and two commissioners) considers a wide range of services, some shared with the state (assessment & taxation, elections, community corrections, court security, district attorney, 9-1-1, juvenile/ children/ family/ aging/ veterans’ services, alcohol & drug programs, mental health, public health, economic & community development, planning, roads, housing, federal land policy, telecommunications and county fair), and some reserved for the county (including property management, records, county law library, sheriff patrol, medical examiner, animal control, solid waste, surveying, capital projects, county parks and libraries).

Members of the Sherman County Court are paid. Their work is substantially supported by the work of an Administrative Assistant, Finance Officer, Clerk, Treasurer, legal counsel and others, as well as personnel working for state and regional government entities that deliver services to Sherman County.

In addition to attending meetings of the County Court, they represent the county on state, regional and local boards in a mutual division of duties. These assignments are a routine part of their work for which they report at meetings of the County Court.

Compensation for Fiscal Year 2017/18 is determined by the budget committee.

The current compensation for the full-time County Judge position on a seven-step salary schedule is $7,530/month, the top salary for the county judge position of $7,240, plus longevity pay of $290/month.

The current compensation for the half-time position of County Commissioner, Position 1 on the seven-step salary schedule is $2,573/month. This is at the second of the seven steps for a commissioner and is a .50 FTE (full-time equivalency) position (20hrs/wk).

The current compensation for the half-time position of County Commissioner, Position 2 on the seven-step salary schedule is $3,127/month.  This is at the sixth of the seven steps for a commissioner and the same .50 FTE (20hrs/wk).

These officials are eligible for all county benefits, Public Employees Retirement System and health insurance based on FTE and mileage. Compensation for all county employees is calculated on the schedule according to their classification, FTE and longevity, some on a merit basis.

More information is found here:

3. Perspective on the Negative

March is National Optimism Month. While the message is generally received as appreciated, by some it was met with skepticism. Since optimism is often looked at as subjective, let’s take a more objective view of it today.

If you read the daily news or listen to the radio (especially some talk radio shows), it is not easy to see much that is positive. The last few years have been particularly difficult, with ongoing challenges in the Middle East, Africa – just about anywhere, really. And let’s face it: political rhetoric can certainly get one down – if we let it.

Let’s put a little perspective to the negative: There are roughly 7 billion people on good old Planet Earth. That means that on any given day, there are probably a minimum of 7 billion stories being lived. Now, take today’s newspaper or your favorite news app, and count the negative stories. How many do you find? 50? 100? 200?

Now, compare that against 7 billion. A pretty small percentage. In fact, at 200 stories, it works out to 0.000000028% – at least that’s as far as most calculators will go. We know that the news philosophy typically is, “If it bleeds, it leads.” But are you going to listen to the 0.000000028%, or go looking for the 99.99999972% that stands a fairly good chance of being positive?

You can certainly find the negative, if that’s what you go looking for. But the reverse is also true. If you go looking for the positive, if you go about looking for solutions instead of problems, you will find them. And with each perspective, how does that affect how you live your days?

The decision is ours to make and no one else can answer these questions for us. But when it comes right down to it, we need to decide which is going to make us the happiest? ~The Pacific Institute

4. Spectator Conduct at Oregon School Activities Association Sanctioned Events

In addition to the general expectations included in the OSAA Constitution, Rule 3, that school officials “…shall take all reasonable measures to ensure that the school’s students and supporters maintain a sportsmanlike attitude toward all events…” the following specific expectations regarding spectator conduct at all OSAA sanctioned events, including regular and post season competition, are stated:

  1. All cheers, comments and actions shall be in direct support of one’s team. No cheers, comments or actions shall be directed at one’s opponent or at contest officials. Some examples of inappropriate conduct or actions that are not permitted are: turning backs, holding up newspapers or jeering at cheerleaders during opposing team introductions; disrespecting players by name, number or position; negative cheers or chants; throwing objects on the floor.
  2. Spectators are not permitted to have signs or banners (larger than 8 ½ by 11 inches), confetti, balloons or glass containers. “Fathead” type items are considered signs and shall not be larger than 8 ½ by 11 inches. Spectators are required to wear shirts.
  3. Spectators are not permitted to have artificial noisemakers. Some examples of artificial noisemakers are Thunder Stix, cowbells, clappers and air horns.
  4. Spectators shall not be permitted to use vulgar/offensive or racially/culturally insensitive language. Spectators shall not be permitted to engage in any racially/culturally insensitive action.
  5. Spectators who fail to comply with Association or site management spectator conduct expectations may be expelled from the contest.

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 5. Cascade Singers’ St. Patrick’s Day Concert, March 17

clover4The Almost-All-Irish-Almost-All-Brass Band warms up for next Saturday’s “St. Pat’s at St. Pete’s” concert.  Among instrumentalists in the 7 p.m. St. Patrick’s Day event are Lloyd Walworth, Barbara Haren, a hand-waving leprechaun, Dennis Williams, Stan Rosengren and Karl Vercouteren.  The concert takes place at St. Peter’s Landmark in The Dalles with admission by free-will offering to benefit the Landmark. 

         The band also includes tin whistle, washboard, washtub bass, accordion, drums, and ukuleles.  It will usher in the Cascade Singers and Cascade Youth Ensemble with a rousing rendition of “McNamara’s Band” followed by “O’Donnell Aboo” and “It’s a Great Day for the Irish.” 

         Soloists, duets, and small ensembles have prepared an entertaining mixture of music.  Victor Johnson will make a special appearance with “The Galway Shawl.”  Kris Dombroski and Lydonna Marks will sing “Dreams,” a tribute to the late lead singer of the Irish rock band The Cranberries.  They will be accompanied by Wendy Schafer and the Gorge Community Music Uke Orchestra.

         Cascade Singers Ensemble will offer the haunting “Parting Glass” and the raucous “I’ll Tell Me Ma.”  The youth choir’s selection is “The Golden Jubilee.”  Old favorites like “Danny Boy” and “The Fields of Athenry” are on the program along with other songs beautiful and songs humorous from the Irish concert hall and pub.  Sing-alongs featuring choirs, band, and audience bring the concert to its traditional closing song, “An Old Irish Blessing.”

         This is the 21st St. Patrick’s Day concert sponsored by Cascade Singers.  The community choir was invited to sing for the 100th anniversary of the Landmark’s dedication in 1998 and has been invited back every year since.  The Landmark, former home of St. Peter’s Catholic parish, has been preserved as an historic site and venue for weddings and concerts since being saved from demolition in 1971. 

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

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Europe’s Leaders Finally Admit Mass Migration Is a Problem

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