Sherman County eNews #74

CONTENTS

  1. CLASSIFIEDS

  2. CALENDAR


1. CLASSIFIEDS (new or corrected)

REMINDERS:

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THANK YOU & CONGRATULATORY NOTES:

thankyou.guyTHANK YOU! Several thoughtful subscribers contribute to the LINKS column links to subjects that they believe we will find interesting, helpful or thought-provoking. ~The Editor

Appreciation can make a day – even change a life. Your willingness to put it into words is all that is necessary. ~ Margaret Cousins

JOYFUL NEWS! 

COMMUNITY ORGANIZATION FUND-RAISERS:

WASCO SCHOOL EVENTS CENTER BOOK | SHERMAN COUNTY PHOTOGRAPHS. Hello, Sherman Countians! You may have heard rumors about the gorgeous 75-page full-color “coffee table” photo book we have put together featuring local photographers’ best photos of Sherman County. There is a book at the Senior Center in Moro where you may view one in person, and one at the Wasco School Events Center as well. Books will be between $55-$75, depending how many copies are pre-ordered. We’d like to get pre-orders in by March 31st and books will be here before Memorial Day. Proceeds will be donated to the Wasco School Events Center. Please call Kari Silcox 541-521-0073 if you have any questions or would like to order a copy. Thanks!   3/30

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES:  

GRASS VALLEY EASTER EGG HUNT. DO YOU….. Enjoy being Childish, Playing Games, Giving out Toys and/or Being a Costumed Character??  Do you need volunteer hours for high school graduation?  We could use your help on March 24th for the Annual Grass Valley Easter Eggs hunt.  If you’d like to help, please contact Jeanne at 541-714-5740. 3/23 

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, moro@embarqmail.com or send a letter to: City of Moro, Attn: Budget Committee, PO BOX 231, Moro, OR 97039 by April 02, 2018. 3/30

EMPLOYMENT:

ROAD MAINTENANCE POSITION. Sherman County Road Department is accepting applications for a Maintenance Worker. Applicant must possess a Class A CDL or have the ability to obtain one within six months of hire. The person will perform a variety of manual and skilled tasks involving heavy lifting; operating heavy and specialized equipment in the general construction and maintenance of county roads, bridges and related facilities. Sherman County is an equal opportunity employer. Applications are available on Sherman County’s website: co.sherman.or.us and the Sherman County Road Department (phone: 541-565-3271) in Moro, Oregon. All road department personnel are subject to random drug testing and before hiring, applicants will have to pass a drug test. The final day to accept applications will be April 10, 2018. 4/6
RETAIL & DELIVERY. Mid Columbia Producers is now hiring for multiple positions.

  • Full Time Retail Associate – Wasco, Oregon Closes 4/13
  • Full Time Petroleum Delivery Driver- Moro, Oregon Closes 3/31
  • Full Time Customer Service Representative- Bend, Oregon Closes: 3/31

For complete job descriptions please visit www.mcpcoop.com. Applications are available for download at www.mcpcoop.com or be picked up at the main office in Moro. Please send cover letter, application and resume to: Mid Columbia Producers Attn: Brittany Dark, PO Box 344 Moro, OR 97039

Fax: (503)536-6875 PH: (541)565-2277 Brittany@mcpcoop.com

 

CUSTODIAN. Sherman County School District is seeking a qualified custodial candidate. The candidate must be self-motivated and is responsible for performing custodial duties, minor maintenance, and other miscellaneous duties on a regimented schedule in order to ensure that the school building and facilities are maintained in a healthy, safe, and sanitary manner.  Medical, dental, and vision insurance are included.

Criminal record check and pre-employment drug screening required. For information and application materials please email or call Wes Owens at wowens@sherman.k12.or.us or 541-565-3500.

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  wowens@sherman.k12.or.us

This position will close on April 2, 2018. Sherman County School District is an equal opportunity employer. 3/30

 

.5 PHYSICAL EDUCATION-HEALTH /.5 DEAN of STUDENT SUCCESS

Position Description:   Sherman County School District is seeking a licensed 7-12 Physical Education/Health (.5 FTE) and Dean of Student Success (.5 FTE) to teach full time. The successful candidate will spend a portion of their day teaching Physical Education/Health and the other providing services that support the district in meeting its goals. This is a great opportunity for someone interested in pursuing a future position in administration.

The district is looking for applicants who have the ability to work as a team. Applicants should also have working knowledge of Common Core State Standards and effective teaching strategies. Moreover, prospective applicants must possess the ability to communicate with students, parents and colleagues. Numerous extended duty and coaching contracts are also available.

Campus Description: The Sherman County School is a K-12 progressive school with approximately 250 students, located in Moro, Oregon. The 2016-17 school year brought the opening of a new elementary wing and remodeled Jr./Sr. High School that joined as one modernized facility.

Application Process: If you are interested in applying for this position, please email Mike Somnis at msomnis@sherman.k12.or.us.  Mr. Somnis will provide you with an official application packet.

Application Requirements Shall Include:

  • Completed SCSD Application Form (Available from the School District)
  • Letter of Interest
  • Current Resume
  • Copy of Teaching License (or eligibility to obtain same)
  • Minimum of three (3) Letters of Recommendation (written within the last 3 years)
  • Copies of all transcripts
  • Other material as desired

This position will close on April 11, 2018. Criminal record check and pre-employment drug testing required. Sherman County School District is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 4/6

 

2018-19 ART TEACHER with OTHER ENDORSEMENTS

Position Description:  Sherman County School District is seeking a highly qualified Art teacher with other endorsement(s) to teach full time. The successful candidate will spend a portion of their day teaching Art and the other providing services dependent upon qualifications. The district is looking for applicants who have a strong understanding of Professional Learning Communities and the ability to work as a team. Applicants should also have working knowledge of Common Core State Standards and effective teaching strategies. Moreover, prospective applicants must possess the ability to communicate with students, parents and colleagues.  In addition, numerous extended duty and coaching contracts are also available.

Campus Description: The Sherman County School is a K-12 progressive school with approximately 250 students, located in Moro, Oregon. The 2016-17 school year brought the opening of a new elementary wing and remodeled Jr./Sr. High School that joined as one modernized facility.

Application Process: If you are interested in applying for this position, please email Mike Somnis at msomnis@sherman.k12.or.us.  Mr. Somnis will provide you with an official application packet.

Application Requirements Shall Include:

  • Completed SCSD Application Form (Available from the School District)
  • Letter of Interest
  • Current Resume
  • Copy of Teaching License (or eligibility to obtain same)
  • Minimum of three (3) Letters of Recommendation (written within the last 3 years)
  • Copies of all transcripts
  • Other material as desired

This position will close on April 11, 2018. Criminal record check and pre-employment drug testing required.  Sherman County School District is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 4/6

 

SPANISH TEACHER WITH OTHER DUTIES. Sherman County School District is seeking a highly qualified Spanish teacher with other endorsement(s) to teach full time ($37,807 – $54,347) for the 2018-19 school year. The successful candidate will spend a half day teaching Spanish and the other half teaching and providing services dependent upon qualifications. The district is looking for applicants that have a strong understanding of Professional Learning Communities and the ability to work as a team. Applicants should also have working knowledge of Common Core State Standards and effective teaching strategies. Moreover, prospective applicants must possess the ability to communicate with students, parents and colleagues effectively. This position will remain open until filled. See: https://www.google.com/search?q=Sherman+County+School+district+moro+oregon+positions+open&rlz=1C1GCEA_enUS782US782&oq=sherman+&aqs=chrome.0.69i59j0j69i59j69i60j69i57j69i60.4684j1j8&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8 

 

AGRICULTURE SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY/CAREER TECHNICAL EDUCATION TEACHER

Position Description: Licensed Agriculture Science and Technology/Career Technical Education Teacher, 1.0 FTE, grades 7-12, Woodshop, Metal Shop, Welding, Diesel Mechanics, Agribusiness and/or Small Engines. Other classes will be dependent upon licensing and qualifications of successful candidate. Extended duty and coaching contracts may also be available.

See: https://www.google.com/search?q=Sherman+County+School+district+moro+oregon+positions+open&rlz=1C1GCEA_enUS782US782&oq=sherman+&aqs=chrome.0.69i59j0j69i59j69i60j69i57j69i60.4684j1j8&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8

FOR SALE:

TREES. Tree sale Saturday March 31st 8am-12pm. The Sherman Soil & Water Conservation District will be holding a tree sale at the old grade school in Moro. There will be 200 bare root Austrian pines, 100 bare root Siouxland poplars and lots of beautiful large trees to choose from. Contact Scott at the SWCD office to pre order from the catalog, or buy one or five of the many trees and shrubs that will be for sale. (541)565-3551 ex110.  3/23

BOOK | SHERMAN COUNTY PHOTOGRAPHS. Hello, Sherman Countians! You may have heard rumors about the gorgeous 75-page full color “coffee table” photo book we have put together featuring local photographers’ best photos of Sherman County. There is a book at the Senior Center in Moro where you may view one in person, and one at the Wasco School Events Center as well. Books will be between $55-$75, depending how many copies are pre-ordered. We’d like to get pre-orders in by March 31st and books will be here before Memorial Day. Proceeds will be donated to the Wasco School Events Center. Please call Kari Silcox 541-521-0073 if you have any questions or would like to order a copy. Thanks! 3/30

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 | https://www.oldwoodnbarrels.com/  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

FOR RENT OR LEASE:

FREE:

SERVICES:

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 shermanpreschool@yahoo.com 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 https://umchs.com/ or http://ncesdee.wixsite.com/website. 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

NEWSPAPERS

VISITOR INFORMATION:

WANTED:

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 http://www.host.asse.com 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!

ASSE INTERNATIONAL (FORMERLY AMERICAN SCANDINAVIAN STUDENT EXCHANGE) IS A NON-PROFIT, PUBLIC BENEFIT ORGANIZATION.  ASSE IS OFFICIALLY DESIGNATED AS AN EXCHANGE VISITOR PROGRAM BY THE U. S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE, WAS FOUNDED BY THE SWEDISH MINISTRY OF EDUCATION, COOPERATES WITH THE CANADIAN PROVINCIAL MINISTRIES OF EDUCATION and the NEW ZEALAND DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION.


2. CALENDAR (new or corrected)

sport.trackMARCH

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

24 Spring Equinox Potluck Celebration 6 Trout Lake Abbey

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

27 Mid-Columbia Community Action Council 5:30 The Dalles

31 SWCD Tree & Shrub Sale 8-12 Moro

sport-baseball1APRIL

2 Sherman County Blood Drive, Sherman County School

2 Sen. Ron Wyden Town Hall 10:30 Wheeler High School gym

2 Sen. Ron Wyden Town Hall 12:45 Condon High School

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.

4 Sen. Ron Wyden Town Hall 1:30 Sherman County School

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

26 Northern Oregon Regional Corrections Budget 10 Board Meeting to Follow

28-29 Oregon Ag Fest, Salem

sport.tennis1MAY

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.

4 Northern Oregon Regional Corrections Budget Meeting 10 NORCOR

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

7 Lower John Day Area Commission on Transportation 10-1 Rufus

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

15 ELECTION DAY

16 Sherman County Court 9

24 Northern Oregon Regional Corrections Budget Meeting 10 NORCOR


 

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Sherman County eNews #73

CONTENTS

  1. Sherman County School Tennis Schedule Update

  2. Trees for Sale! Austria Pine & Siouxland Poplars, March 31

  3. Sherman 4-H Meeting Notes

  4. Summer Agriculture Institute for K-12 Educators

  5. Good News! A Sherman County Son & His Daughter

  6. Wyden, Merkley, Walden Secure Two Years of Lifeline Funding for Rural Oregon Counties

  7. John Day and The Dalles Navigation Locks Reopen to River Traffic


1. Sherman County School Tennis Schedule Update

sport.tennis1Sherman County School Tennis

Newly added matches:

Friday, April 6, 2018 – Sherman at Ione starting at 4:00, bus departs at 1:45

Saturday, April 7, 2018 – Sherman vs Riverside/Helix at Helix starting at 10:00, bus departs at 7:00

Monday, April 9, 2018 – Sherman at Stevenson starting at 3:30, bus departs at 1:30, class dismissal at 1:20

Tuesday, April 10, 2018 – Sherman at Stanfield starting at 3:30, bus departs at 1:10, class dismissal at 1:00

Friday, April 27, 2018 – Sherman vs Ione starting at 4:00


 2. Trees for Sale! Austria Pine & Siouxland Poplars, March 31

tree1The SWCD has tree’s. We have bare root Austria Pines and small Siouxland Poplars NOW for only $2 per tree. Our big tree sale is Saturday, March 31st, from 8a-12p at the old grade school in Moro. Call 541-565-3551 for any questions.

 


3. Sherman 4-H Meeting Notes

4-H clover1“Pans on Fire” 4-H outdoor cooking club met on March 21 at 3:40pm at the Extension Office.  Attending were:  Emma, Izabella, Josh, Antone, Ben, Calvin, Caiden, Savannah, Cohen, Allison, Annalise and Coral.  Excused were:  Jordan, Michael.  Pledge of Allegiance led by Emma, 4-H Pledge by Izabella.  We cooked vegetables and hotdogs over a fire safely.  We used metal skewers.  Our next meetings will be in April.  Meeting adjourned at 5pm.  Signed, Savannah Blagg, News Reporter


4. Summer Agriculture Institute for K-12 Educators

To:     Teachers in the Columbia Gorge Area

From: Columbia Gorge Chapter Oregon Women for Agriculture

Teachers:  want a free or low-cost way to earn 3 Graduate Credits from Oregon State University to apply to Master’s Degree or PDU Requirements….and have fun learning about Oregon agriculture at the same time?

Summer Agriculture Institute (SAI) is a week-long graduate level course for K-12 educators with little or no agricultural background. This course is offered through a partnership between Oregon State University and Oregon Farm Bureau Foundation for Education.

This program is high quality, accredited with collateral materials provided.  You receive hands-on experience interacting with agriculture through tours of processing plants, farms, vineyards, golf courses, nurseries and agribusiness operations; opportunities to meet and work with agriculturists; hotel accommodations with meals included.

Receive 3 graduate level credits from OSU (equivalent to 60 PDUs) for the only the cost of registration: $600.  Food, fun and hotel included. Total savings $3,300!

AND…for an opportunity to attend Summer Agricultural Institute for FREE…contact the Columbia Gorge Chapter of the Oregon Women for Agriculture.  The chapter will sponsor a teacher from the Columbia Gorge to attend SAI.  Contact columbiagorgeowa@gmail.com or call Cindy Brown, OSU Sherman County Extension 541-565-3230. 

There are two sessions held in Oregon:  WEST in Corvallis June 17-22, 2018, and EAST in LaGrande July 15-20, 2018. 

Fact sheet:  http://oregonfb.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/2018saifacts.pdf

Application:  http://oregonfb.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/2018saiapp.pdf

For more information, please contact Summer Ag Institute Session WEST (Corvallis) Coordinator Debbie Crocker sai.1.westoregon@gmail.com or Summer Ag Institute Session EAST (La Grande) Coordinator Kim McKague sai.2.east@gmail.com


5. Good News! A Sherman County Son & His Daughter

This good news is about Mike Zachary’s daughter, Jennifer. Mike graduated from Sherman County High School in 1961. Quite an accomplishment for a 40-year-old young lady!

http://www.mrknewsroom.com/news-release/corporate-news/merck-announces-appointment-jennifer-zachary-general-counsel

Merck Announces Appointment of Jennifer Zachary as General Counsel

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

KENILWORTH, N.J.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Merck (NYSE:MRK), known as MSD outside the United States and Canada, today announced the appointment of Jennifer Zachary as general counsel, effective April 16, 2018. Zachary will be responsible for Merck’s global legal, security and aviation, and environmental, health and safety organizations, and be a member of Merck’s Executive Committee. She succeeds Michael J. Holston.

“We are delighted to welcome Jennifer as our new general counsel. Her extensive experience across the biopharmaceutical industry makes her an exceptional addition to our team,” said Kenneth C. Frazier, chairman and chief executive officer, Merck.

Zachary is currently a partner at Covington & Burling in the firm’s food, drug, and device practice group where she advises a wide range of manufacturers and industry trade associations on FDA’s requirements for the development, manufacture, and distribution of prescription and over-the-counter drugs, biologics, and medical devices. Zachary began her career in FDA’s Office of Chief Counsel, where she served as an Associate Chief Counsel for Enforcement from 2005 to 2011. Zachary also served as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Civil Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia.

“I’m honored and excited to have the opportunity to join Merck’s Executive Committee,” said Zachary. “I have long admired Merck for its steadfast commitment to its core values and I look forward to contributing to the company’s long-term success.”


6. Wyden, Merkley, Walden Secure Two Years of Lifeline Funding for Rural Oregon Counties

American flag2Washington, DC – U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden, and Jeff Merkley and Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., secured two years of critical funding for education, transportation and law enforcement services for residents in rural counties in Oregon and nationwide.

Wyden, Merkley and Walden successfully included a two-year extension of the Secure Rural Schools (SRS) program in legislation Congress must pass by Friday to fund the government. SRS payments are crucial to keeping schools and libraries open, maintaining roads, ensuring there are police officers to keep communities safe, and providing mental health resources in rural counties.

They also secured a fix, based on a bipartisan bill introduced by Merkley, Wyden and Walden, that will solve a problem with the federal government’s implementation of Title III of SRS. In past years, this problem has prevented counties from using their Title III SRS funds for law enforcement patrols and training and equipment related to emergency response.

“This extension of Secure Rural Schools payments is a crucial part of what must be a full-court press to shore up our rural communities in Oregon,” Wyden said. “These funds have proven essential to keep teachers in schools, cops on the beat, roads safe to travel, and mental services at hand for residents in rural counties where the federal government owns much of the land.”

“With our county funds stretched thin, this extension will provide a much-needed lifeline for critical services ranging from schools to roads to public safety,” Merkley said. “I’m pleased that this bill now provides full flexibility for counties to use their emergency response dollars where they will do the most good. Now, we need to redouble our efforts to increase sustainable harvests and create living-wage jobs that can help power our rural communities for years to come.”

“Providing two years of Secure Rural Schools funding is critical for providing essential county services that our communities in Oregon rely on every day,” Walden said. “I am proud to have worked closely with my Oregon colleagues to secure this extension, and fix current policy to ensure our public safety officers have what they need to do their jobs. This legislation marks an important step forward to support our local schools, infrastructure, and law enforcement officers in Oregon’s rural forested communities, which continues to be a priority of mine in Congress.”

Wyden and Merkley introduced bipartisan legislation with Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, last year to reauthorize the SRS program for two years.

The bill also includes a Title III policy change that will ensure Oregon counties can use SRS funds full a full range of emergency response activities, including preparations for emergency response and law enforcement patrols. This change represents a common-sense fix to a problem that has prevented many counties from using their full Secure Rural Schools resources where they are most needed for the community.

Currently, the federal government allows SRS funds to be used for counties’ emergency response activities – but not for preparations for emergency response. This has created an illogical policy where, for instance, counties could use these funds to carry out a search and rescue mission, but not for the training and equipment that is necessary to the success of that mission. Today’s bill will fix this counterproductive loophole.

Wyden wrote the original legislation that created the SRS program in 2001. Since then, Secure Rural Schools payments have brought more than $3 billion to rural counties in Oregon.


7. John Day and The Dalles Navigation Locks Reopen to River Traffic

American flag2PORTLAND, OR – Officials from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Portland District re-opened the navigation locks at John Day Lock & Dam and The Dalles Lock & Dam today, three days ahead of schedule.

The Corps coordinated the navigation lock outage at Bonneville, The Dalles and John Day, to conduct scheduled maintenance with minimal impact to recreational and commercial river-users. Bonneville’s navigation lock re-opened to the public March 15.

The Corps will notify the public about closures in advance, if possible. The navigation locks are subject to closing at any time. Travelers on the Columbia River should call the lock operators listed below in advance of their arrival. Bonneville Lock Operator: 541-374-8323; The Dalles Lock Operator: 541-298-4007; John Day Lock Operator: 541-298-9712.

To maintain safe and reliable passage through this valuable navigation system, the Corps districts coordinate these annual closures with inland shippers and cruise lines to minimize impact to vessels that use the locks. Public notices and other navigation lock information are available on the Portland District’s website at http://www.nwp.usace.army.mil/Missions/Navigation.aspx.