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