Sherman County eNews #81


  1. World War II Camp Rufus Sign Dedication, April 18

  2. Editorial Note. Precinct Committeepersons and Candidates for Appointment

  3. End of Month Analysis

  4. Sherman County eNews Policies: News & Letters to the Editor

  5. Ked Al Dejmal 1934-2018

  6. Writing Tips: Sixties, 60’s or ’60s

  7. Help ODOT plan the future of the Columbia Gorge Express: Share your thoughts by April 9

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

“Enlighten the people, generally, and tyranny and oppressions of body and mind will vanish like spirits at the dawn of day.” ~Thomas Jefferson

“Give me four years to teach the children and the seed I have sown will never be uprooted.” ~Vladimir Lenin, communist protagonist

1. World War II Camp Rufus Sign Dedication, April 18

SCHM_clr_wtOn Wednesday, April 18, at 11:00 a.m. in Moro, Oregon, the Sherman County Historical Society will be dedicating the sign that tells the story of the military training site Camp Rufus.

From December 1944 to April of 1945, during WWII, a Combat Engineer Battalion, Heavy Pontoon Engineers along with an Engineer Maintenance Company totaling around 1,000 men camped along the Columbia River west of Rufus, Oregon. The weather in Rufus closely resembled that of the actual weather and river conditions which helped with the experimental construction of pontoon bridges for the proposed bridging of the Rhine River during WWII. The Kaiser shipyards in Portland, Oregon, made the newly developed parts of the bridge and all of the information about this project in Camp Rufus was carefully guarded. During WWII the Ludendorff Bridge over the Rhine River was saved and not completely destroyed but soon failed and the pontoon bridges were needed to cross the river during the war.

This history will now be displayed and shared at two locations after generous donations to have these signs built. One sign is outside of the Sherman County Historical Museum and the other along the Biggs/Rufus Highway near Rufus, Oregon. Thank you to Nell Melzer, Del Peake and Dick Tobiason for taking on this Camp Rufus project and preserving part of our Sherman County history.

The Sherman County Historical Museum is located at 200 Dewey Street in Moro, Oregon. For more information call 541-565-3232.

2. Editorial Note. Precinct Committeepersons and Candidates for Appointment

pencil.sharpQ. How are vacant commissioner positions on the County Court filled?

A. (briefly) The process is like the one that led to Tom McCoy’s appointment to a county commissioner position. Elected precinct committeepersons advertise for candidates (Republican only in this case because the position was vacated by a Republican), interview and then send 3-5 names to the County Court for consideration. This part of the process is governed by Republican party rules.

The County Court then makes the decision. If they can’t agree the position stays vacant until next election. This latter part of the process is governed by state statute.

3. End of Month Analysis

So, here we are, nearing the end of March, which was designated National Optimism Month in the U.S. Earlier this month, we challenged you to make a conscious effort to notice the negative, then another conscious effort to turn each negative around to a positive. How did you do? It was probably easy to notice the negative. The challenge came in turning the negative to a positive.

As Lou Tice once said, “The first thing I realized was just how negative the world around me really was. I hadn’t heard it before, but once I became aware, I couldn’t hang around in the teacher’s lunchroom. The negativity actually soured me on lunch!

“Just getting away from the negative conversations wasn’t enough. I needed to take hold of the world around me. First, I needed to internally refute the negativity I was hearing, and change the picture in my mind to a more positive one. Then, once I was more confident and comfortable with in my internal conversation, it was time to externally stop the negativity, by literally saying, “Stop. No more. This isn’t helping the situation. What if…” and then I’d go on to paint the picture of a solution rather than continue to dwell on the problem.”

If this whole idea of taking a negative and rephrasing – or reframing – the conversation into the positive is new to you, then this will take a little practice. However, it is possible, and the more you do it, the easier it becomes. In no time at all, it becomes automatic for you, as this new habit pattern becomes a part of who you are.

Once you get the hang of it, and become mindfully effective at moving to the positive, it’s almost a guarantee that you will be calmer, happier, and able to handle whatever comes your way. And those around you? Well, they will want to be just like you. Go ahead, give them the secret. Maybe it’s time optimism goes viral . . . ~The Pacific Institute

4. Sherman County eNews Policies: News & Letters to the Editor

sherrycaricatureNEWS RELEASES. Please submit event and information news, meeting notices and calendar dates by using the Submit News page. Include who, what, where, when, how & why with contact or source information. As appropriate, follow up with news of event results. Links are welcome. Text, please; no posters or flyers. Keep it relevant, no longer than 350 words.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR. We encourage letters to the Editor that focus on ideas and opinions about public issues and events rather than personalities or private matters. We reserve the right to change policies at any time and to reject or edit any Letter to the Editor.

  • Keep it short, no longer than 350 words.
  • Keep it simple with one or two clear points. No attachments.
  • Keep it fresh with no more than one letter per writer per month.
  • Keep it civilized, in good taste and free from libel.
  • Keep it relevant; focus on a local event, previous letter or issues of general concern – not personalities.
  • Letters must be signed, name and town. Anonymous letters will not be posted.
  • Please submit Letters to the Editor by using the Submit News page.

5. Ked Al Dejmal 1934-2018

flower.rose.starKed Al Dejmal, of Eugene, OR passed away on March 14, 2018 at the age of 83. He was born in Chester, Nebraska on December 15, 1934 to Amos and Naomi (Peake) Dejmal. He grew up near Ontario, OR, and graduated from Ontario High School where he was active in FFA. He was awarded the State Farmer degree by the FFA.

Ked started college at Boise Junior College and graduated from Eastern Oregon College in La Grande, OR where he met his wife Nina Marie Belshee. They were married for 53 years before she preceded him in death in 2014. Ked earned a Masters of Science in Education from Eastern Oregon College in August of 1962. He taught in Harper, Oregon (2 years) and Sweet Home, Oregon (5 years) before moving to Eugene to teach middle school science at Spencer Butte Junior High/Middle School until he retired in 1990.

Ked served in the National Guard for 8½ years. He enjoyed woodworking, bee keeping, traveling, short term missions trips, gardening, and running The Tree Patch, a U-cut Christmas tree business. Hunting geese with his father-in-law, Russel Belshee, was always a highlight of his year. He and his wife Nina were members of Bethel Danebo Baptist Church in Eugene followed by Eugene Friends Church where they donated many hours of volunteer service. He enjoyed being part of Volunteers on Wheels where he and Nina traveled to various locations to be part of different work projects. He was an Everence Advocate for 22 years.

Ked was predeceased by his son Alan Russel Dejmal and his wife Nina. He leaves behind daughter Sheri (Carlin) Hagen of Janesville, CA and their sons Alan Wayne Hagen of Shafter, CA, and Ethan (Sydney) Hagen of Sacramento, CA; and daughter Lynette (Dan) Andersen and their sons Nathan Ked Andersen, Joshua Spencer Andersen, and Luke Daniel Andersen, all of Vale, OR; brother Roger (Libby) Dejmal of Roseburg, OR; niece Lori (Cory) Schwepler and their 5 children; nephew Scott (Kim) Dejmal and their daughter; and many friends. He will be remembered for his love of God, his family, and other people, and his generosity and sense of humor.

A Memorial Service will be held Sunday, April 8 at 2 pm at Eugene Friends Church, 3495 West 18th Avenue in Eugene, OR. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be sent to Eugene Friends Church, 3495 W 18th Ave, Eugene, OR 97402 marked Ked Dejmal Missions Fund.

6. Writing Tips: Sixties, 60’s or ’60s

When referring to a year, always use numerals. Do not spell out a year. It is acceptable to spell out a decade span and to abbreviate a decade span on second reference. 

When abbreviating a decade span, put an apostrophe before the numbers (facing the correct way) but NOT before the “s.” A decade cannot possess anything! 

NOT 60’s, but ’60s. 

Examples: He graduated in 1992. The nineties were a great decade. He thinks the ’90s were overrated. 


 7. Help ODOT plan the future of the Columbia Gorge Express: Share your thoughts by April 9

PORTLAND – Following a successful pilot in 2016 and 2017, the Columbia Gorge Express is expanding in 2018. ODOT is seeking public feedback through an online survey to refine the service plan for season three as well as the long-term vision. 

The survey is available until April 9 at

Expanded transit service in the Gorge will help address congestion and safety while improving access for Gorge residents and visitors. ODOT is planning the following improvements in 2018:

  • Extended service with new stops in Cascade Locks and Hood River
  • Service seven days a week starting in June 2018
  • A new and improved schedule

In 2017, 99 percent of surveyed riders said they would recommend the Columbia Gorge Express to others. Public input gathered through the online survey will ensure the new and improved service continues to meet riders’ needs and provides a fun, convenient and reliable travel option. The survey asks questions about schedules, stop amenities, fares and future destinations the Gorge Express could serve.

The Columbia Gorge Express offers an inexpensive and hassle-free way to visit some of the Gorge’s most popular destinations. The service also increases access for visitors who do not have access to a car. All buses are wheelchair accessible and can accommodate bikes.

For more information, go to or contact

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


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