Sherman County eNews #66


  1. Sherman County Cultural Coalition 2018 Spring Grant Cycle

  2. Sherman County Blood Drive, April 2

  3. Workshop: Eastern Oregon Visitor Assoc.: Connect to Regional Social Media

  4. Beginning Genealogists: Unlock Your Past, March 31

  5. Congressman Greg Walden… energy emergencies and cybersecurity threats

  6. Oregon Paleo Lands Institute in Fossil Seeks Visitor Center Volunteers

  7. Personal Stamp of Approval

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

Our regional spring sports schedules were published in this week’s Times-Journal. ~The Editor.

1. Sherman County Cultural Coalition 2018 Spring Grant Cycle

The 2018 Spring Grant Cycle for Sherman County Cultural Coalition is now open. Applicants may be individuals and/or groups and need not be legally recognized non-profits.

Application Deadline: March 30, 2018

Awards up to $1,500 will be granted in support of local Sherman County activities and events which promote Culture, Humanities, Heritage and the Arts in Sherman County.

Additional information, including Grant Guidelines and the application form, may be found at:

Completed grant applications may be mailed to:
Sherman County Cultural Coalition
P.O. Box 23
Moro, OR 97039
Or emailed to:

Contact Melva Thomas at 541-442-5488 or

2. Sherman County Blood Drive, April 2

There is a blood drive scheduled for April 2nd here at the school.  If you are interested, please visit this link to sign up.
Enter Moro’s zip code, 97039, and choose a time.

~ Audrey Rooney, Registrar  

Sherman High School, 65912 High School Loop, Moro, OR 97039

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

3. Workshop: Eastern Oregon Visitor Assoc.: Connect to Regional Social Media

EOVA is offering critical training opportunities in a two-hour seminar prior to an informative luncheon about what is happening with your regional destination marketing organization.

Connect to Regional Social Media

Link up to Travel Oregon and Eastern Oregon Visitor Association

Friday, March 23, 2018

Upper Nine: 299 Catherine Avenue, Milton Freewater, OR 97862

–10:00-11:00 a.m. – Google It (Learn about search engines, DIY SEO,

and managing your online reputation)

–11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – Instagram 101 (Learn Instagram for your

business; come with smart phone and an Instagram account)

–12:00-1:00 p.m. – Lunch Program

What Eastern Oregon Visitors Association Means for Your Business

No Host Lunch:

$13 includes tip

RSVP by 3/21:

or call 503-551-6440

Presenter: Elizabeth Farrar is a communications and marketing guru for Eastern Oregon Visitors Association; specializing in online communications, social media strategy, media relations, industry training, and content development for the organization. She is a native Eastern Oregonian from the little community of Condon. Before returning home to Eastern Oregon in 2010, Elizabeth spent nearly a decade as a senior communications advisor and strategist on Capitol Hill.

Presenter: Alice Trindle is the current Executive Director of Eastern Oregon Visitors Association. She has worked as a contractor in that position since 1991, when the organization expanded from the three counties of Eastern Oregon to the current eleven-county structure. Prior to working with EOVA, Alice was with what was called at the time, the Oregon Tourism Division. In this capacity, she was instrumental in starting a number of programs effecting Oregon’s packaged travel marketing and rural strategic planning. As Executive Director of EOVA, she has been a major voice for the eleven-county region and the promotion of the visitor experiences while maintaining the region’s quality of life.

4. Beginning Genealogists: Unlock Your Past, March 31

Just a reminder of the second genealogy event at the White Salmon Library on March 31, 2018. Again the White Salmon Library and the Columbia Gorge Genealogical Society are co-sponsoring “Unlock Your Past,” a lecture and study for beginners. Also joining us are librarians from the Fort Vancouver Library District. The event starts at 2 pm. There will be computers set up but feel free to bring your own. Beginning materials are provided. For questions please contact Ruth Shafe at 509.493.1132 or Diane Barkhimer at 509.493.3775.

5. Congressman Greg Walden examines legislation to modernize DOE’s ability to address energy emergencies and cybersecurity threats

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Greg Walden (R-Hood River), Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, today (Wednesday) led a hearing to examine legislation to modernize the Department of Energy’s ability to address energy emergencies and cybersecurity threats. The Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy reviewed four bipartisan bills to enhance the Department of Energy’s ability to address energy supply emergencies and cybersecurity threats to the energy sector, including pipelines and the electric grid.

“Because nearly all our nation’s energy infrastructure is privately owned and operated, the federal government needs to work closely with representatives of the energy sector and the companies in the supply chain that manufacture equipment and technologies,” said Walden. “In today’s highly interconnected world, the threat of cyber-attacks is ever present, so we must be vigilant. We must also be prepared for physical threats, whether they be sabotage or natural disasters.”

The bills Walden examined today include:

“These bills will ultimately make our nation more energy secure and reduce the cost of fuels and electricity for consumers. At the end of the day, if we focus on what’s best for consumers we’ll continue make good policy decisions.,” concluded Walden.

For more information on today’s hearing, including legislative text, background memo, witness testimony, and an archived webcast, please click here.

6. Oregon Paleo Lands Institute in Fossil Seeks Visitor Center Volunteers

Oregon State Parks has a formal partnership with the Oregon Paleo Lands Institute in the outback town of Fossil, Oregon!  They are seeking volunteers to fill three 2-month assignments (may/June, July/August, September/October) working out of their Visitor Center and providing interpretive tours for guests.

This is an exciting new position to meet, welcome, and educate visitors and school groups from all over Oregon and the United States.   As you help visitors at the Oregon Paleo Lands Center, you will learn about the spectacular natural/cultural history of the John Day Basin.   The Center will provide you with training and assistance.

The attractive Center is located next to the historic Wheeler Co. Courthouse in downtown Fossil, a friendly, small community (20 miles from Condon, 65 miles from Madras).  The Center is within a short walking distance from a full range of local services such as stores, restaurants, post office, bank, and laundry.

The host position includes free camping at the nearby full hookup Wheeler Co. Fairgrounds RV Park.   The Host will have free use of the Center’s Wi Fi, phone, and office equipment. The Center is an information hub for the John Day Fossil Beds region, Painted Hills Scenic Bikeway, and the Journey Through Time Scenic Byway. You can enjoy the July 4 Bluegrass Festival, local rodeos and fairs May-August.  In your spare time you can explore the area’s exciting recreational opportunities, including the beautiful John Day River, Cottonwood Canyon State Park and John Day Fossil Beds National Monument.

Host duties include:

–Inform, educate and assist visitors/school groups about John Day Basin natural     and cultural history

–Assist and inform visitors of local special events including the Memorial Weekend Spray Rodeo, 4th of July Fossil Bluegrass Festival, August County Fair and Rodeo

–Keep the Center open for 4 days a week (Thursday-Sunday) Normal Hours 10AM-4 PM.

–Orient visitors to John Day Basin attractions, services, lodging, and campgrounds using the Center’s extensive handouts and guidebooks (these help visitors to use nearby State Parks, Scenic Bikeways/Byways, John Day River, National Monument, National Forests, BLM lands)

–Lead short talks & occasional in-town tours: Fossil Museum, Fossil historic sites, Wheeler High Fossil Beds.

More information and a full job description can be found at the Center’s website:

Contact Richard Ross of the OPLI Center with any questions:

7. Personal Stamp of Approval

We all like to feel approval from others. However, when our desire for approval outside of ourselves becomes too strong, we are in trouble.

Everyone likes to feel accepted and approved of. But for some of us, especially folks who didn’t get much as children, the desire for approval becomes a need, even an addiction. When that happens, we are in big trouble. To meet our own desperate need, we behave in ways that may have nothing at all to do with how we really think and feel. We are almost never happy, because we are trying to use those around us to get something that can only be obtained from within.

You see, whenever we need something, it implies to our mind that we do not already have it. We go around in a state of “not OK-ness,” feeling inadequate, stressed out and tense, blaming ourselves for what we think we are missing. Then, when approval does come to us, we are likely to deny or deflect it. Groups, teams, departments, whole organizations can develop this same “needy” mindset.

Here is the paradox: when we give up wanting approval, we almost automatically experience more of it. We become more relaxed, centered, and confident. We begin to internalize the support we need, and naturally it shows in our body language and behavior. People notice the difference and respond accordingly. Apply this to a team, a department or an organization and you can see the seeds for outstanding performance grow into something quite amazing!

So, if you are an approval addict, kick the habit. Start with a little self-praise when you do something well. Don’t tell anyone else about it. Just do a little “private revelry” and soak in your success. Take note of how you feel inside. Does a bit of inner happiness show up? Do you stand a little taller and do you walk with a bit of a lightness to your steps? Does a smile steal across your face, when no one else is around? These are a few signs of that switch to internal approval.

And as you make that internal switch to personal approval, watch the positive ways your life changes! ~The Pacific Institute 

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

bird.owl.limbOpinion: Who Are the Luckiest Jews, Blacks and Latinos?

The World Oil Supply

Commentary: K-12: The War on Boys and Men

Commentary: What Does the White Man Want?

Commentary: Will the Center Hold?

City with Highest Per Capita Murder Rate Starts Defense Fund for Illegal Aliens

Words, Verbs & It’s Not All About You



Sherman County eNews #65


  1. Sherman County Candidates for May 15 Ballot

  2. Children’s Theatre at Sherman County School, March 16 & 17

  3. Sherman County Court Notes, March 7

  4. Imagining the New

  5. Ham Bingo at Goldendale American Legion, March 17

  6. Learn about Gorge STEM Education, Youth Robotics, March 19

1. Sherman County Candidates for May 15 Ballot

The Sherman County Clerk, Jenine McDermid, reported that the state has certified the May 15 ballot.

Marnene E. Benson-Wood filed for the office of Treasurer, but as this race is not contested it will not appear on the Primary ballot and moves forward to the General Election ballot.

There are no Democratic or Independent Party precinct committeeperson filings, but there are Republican candidates… …listed below with the one contested race shown in random alphabet order pursuant to ORS 254.155:

PRECINCT COMMITTEEPERSONS  (No other major party candidates filed for office)

Republican (one male and one female elected per precinct)

Precinct 1 – female: Allison Moore; Precinct 1 – male: Clint Moore

Precinct 2 – female: Forest M. Peters; Precinct 2 – male: Harry Macnab

Precinct 3 – female: Patti L. Moore; Precinct 3 – male: Christopher K. Moore

Precinct 4 – female: No Candidate Filed: Precinct 4 – male: Darren Padget; Brian Stradley

Precinct 5 – female: Judy von Borstel; Precinct 5 – male: Alan von Borstel

Sherman County Judge

Fred Justesen

Joe Dabulskis

Mike Smith

Larry E. Hoctor.


Sherman County Commissioner Position 2 – Democrat – No Candidate Filed

Sherman County Commissioner Position 2 – Independent – No Candidate Filed

Sherman County Commissioner Position 2 – Republican – Tom McCoy


District Attorney

Wade M. McLeod


County Assessor

Ross Turney

Feel free to contact me if there are any questions.

Jenine McDermid, c.c.c.

Sherman County Clerk

500 Court Street

PO Box 365

Moro, OR  97039

Phone: 541-565-3606

Fax:     541-565-3771

2. Children’s Theatre at Sherman County School, March 16 & 17

drama1The Missoula Children’s Theatre performances of “Aladdin” will be held on Friday, March 16th at 7:00pm and Saturday, March 17th at 3:00 pm and will be presented in the cafeteria at Sherman County School.  We have 61 of our k-12th grade students performing in this production. These students have put in many hours of work on this production this week.  Please come and support our kids.

The Missoula Children’s Theatre is a non-profit organization based in Missoula, Montana.  This coming year more than 65,000 cast members across the globe will take to the stage to the delight and applause of their families, friends, community, neighbors and teachers!

 3. Sherman County Court Notes, March 7

ShermanCoLogoBy Administrative Assistant Kayla von Borstel

*NOTE: Sherman County Court is in the process of restructuring the way Court Meeting information is being distributed.

– This is a very brief outline ONLY of topics considered “public interest”.

– These are NOT OFFICIAL MINUTES. For official minutes and full details, please see the approved minutes posted on the Sherman County website at after the March 21st Court session. Thank you.

The Sherman County Court met in regular session on March 7, 2018, and in conducting the business of the county,

  • held discussion on: Agreements between Sherman County and the State of Oregon, and Sherman County and Frontier TeleNet, for installation of new fiber optics from Rufus to Wasco
  • recommended to the Budget Committee allocation of an annual base support fund in the amount of $1,800 (one screening/night per month) to the Youth Empowerment Shelter (YES House), in addition to a daily per diem rate for actual use beyond base. 
  • recommended to the Budget Committee a Digital Radio and Pager purchase in the amount of $108,102.45 as requested by Sherman County Emergency Service Agencies to be taken from the Strategic Implementation Program Fund during the next fiscal year.
  • approved the City of Rufus Speed Zone Investigation.
  • approved to allow individuals who started a renovation project before the Housing Renovation Program was announced on January 3, 2018 and who had contacted MCEDD to inquire about the program before starting renovation work, to submit an application for reimbursement of 20% of expenses accrued after January 3, 2018.  If approved, reimbursements will be made after completion of the project and verification that the renovated housing meets the standards required by the program.  Also, to set the interest rate that will be charged on future construction loans at 4% and limit the loan term to the time the home is being built.  These actions were recommended by the Rental Housing Program Review Committee. 

4. Imagining the New

When you decide your beliefs aren’t working very well for you, how do you go about changing them?

We’ve talked about how you might read about successful people you admire and study their beliefs. Then, if you choose to, you may decide to make some of their beliefs your own.

How do you do this? Well, one way is to use your very powerful imagination. Ask yourself, “What would it look like if I believed I was confident, competent, and comfortable?” “What would it look like if I were warm, loving and joyful?” “How would I behave?” “How would I feel?” “How would I treat others?”

Close your eyes and picture your answer as vividly as possible. Feel the feelings, hear the sounds, and see it in living color. Take a little bit of time, and really get into how it would look and feel.

Affirm it in words as if it were true right now: “I am confident, competent, and comfortable!” “I am warm, loving and joyful!”

Repeat the process at least twice a day, every day, with full concentration on the pictures you have created. You see, your subconscious doesn’t know the difference between actual events and those you vividly imagine. If you eliminate negative self-talk at the same time, you will soon begin to behave like the new picture. Over time, it will become more like you than the old ways.

Test it out on something small, just to prove to yourself that it works. And once you have proven it to yourself, take on something bigger, something closer to your heart – who you want to be. ~The Pacific Institute

5. Ham Bingo at Goldendale American Legion, March 17


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Louis Leidl Post 116


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25 cents per card per game

All winners get a


6. Learn about Gorge STEM Education, Youth Robotics, March 19

On March 19, the Gorge Tech Alliance (GTA) invites the community to interact with three levels of youth robotics in the Gorge and learn easy ways to make a difference supporting STEM (science, tech, engineering and math) education in the Gorge. The event is Monday, March 19 at 6pm at Springhouse Cellar Winery, 13 Railroad Ave., Hood River.

The GTA has been working to support STEM education in the region over the years and was pleased to have the Gorge STEM Hub join the work several years ago. Gorge STEM Hub Coordinator Christy Christopher will speak to the work this Oregon-state funded initiative has been doing over the last several years to increase opportunities for all students in the region to pursue STEM careers. Business engagement in the classroom – even just a one-hour visit to share what you do – can make a big difference in a child’s future. Come learn more!

The GTA will also share an overview of FIRST robotics in the Gorge and highlight our teams that have advanced to distant competitions! Students will show off their robots and share their research in an interactive format with attendees. Learn how your student can get involved and how you can support the teams. Participating teams include FIRST LEGO League Teams the Pink Fluffy Unicorns from Wy’east Middle School and Hydro Automatons from Hood River, FIRST Tech Challenge Team Steelhead from Hood River and FIRST Robotics Challenge Team A-05 Annex from Hood River. 

The event includes appetizers and is free for GTA Members, suggested $10 donation for non-members. Everyone is welcome!

The GTA is the regional tech industry association that supports, connects and develops the technology community of the Columbia River Gorge with networking and educational events, business support and promotion, workforce development and STEM education. Contact Jessica Metta, Executive Director, at 541-296-2266, or learn more at