Sherman County eNews #73


  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 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:


For more information, please contact Summer Ag Institute Session WEST (Corvallis) Coordinator Debbie Crocker or Summer Ag Institute Session EAST (La Grande) Coordinator Kim McKague

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!

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