Sherman County eNews #101


  1. Information Sought for Moro Restaurant Décor

  2. City of Moro Sign Design Contest

  3. Reason and Emotion

  4. 14th National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, April 28

  5. Sherman County’s Per Capita Personal Income Ranked as Oregon’s Highest in 2016

  6. In Remembrance: Bruce James Wilson 1949-2018

  7. Policies: News Releases & Letters to the Editor

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

1. Information Sought for Moro Restaurant Décor

Sage Mountain Primitives is currently remodeling the old Moro Cafe. In doing so we would like to honor all the farms throughout the history of Sherman County. We are asking for help to know this information as it will become part of our decor in the restaurant.
we are seeking:
–Farm Name
–Town Name (Sherman County)
–Type of farm (wheat or cattle)
–Year Established.

Please stop by the shop and fill out a card, send through email
or message us here on messenger. Please share and spread the word so we are able to make this happen. You can also call at 541-705-0232. ~Deena Johnson, Moro

2. City of Moro Sign Design Contest

The City of Moro is seeking design submissions for new city welcome/entrance signs that express the city’s character as a destination, incorporate the city’s history, and reflect the culture of the community.

The first of these signs will be located at the North entrance to Moro, on Hwy. 97. The second of these signs will be located at the South entrance to town on Hwy. 97, near High School Loop.

The designer of the signage design that is ultimately selected by the City of Moro will have their name featured on the signs.
Deadline: Designers are asked to submit sign designs to the City of Moro no later than, 2 p.m. on Monday April 30, 2018.
Design Proposals can be a simple hand sketch or a computer rendering. They may be emailed, delivered in person, or mailed. Proposals may not be faxed to the City. All electronic submissions must be in a PDF format. Send email submissions to Erik Glover, City Administrator at:

Designs will be judged by the City Council, on how well they express the city’s character as a destination, incorporate the city’s history, reflect the culture of the community, and their ability to be constructed. Questions regarding the sign design contest may be addressed to Erik Glover, City Administrator, City of Moro, 104 1st Street, PO BOX 231, Moro, OR 97039, by calling (541) 565-3535 or by sending an e-mail to

3. Reason and Emotion

The ability to reason and understand is important to our well-being, but so is our ability to feel emotions. Let’s look at how the two fit together.

Intelligence is a wonderful thing. Our ability to reason, to make rational choices, and to look at things analytically has given humanity many great things. But when the mind is operating without the heart, when intellect rules without benefit of humility, we often end up in very deep trouble. In the 20th century alone, we saw the most cultured nation in Europe launch the Holocaust and the most creative scientists among us have managed to spoil our air and drinking water.

Have you ever wondered why so many people seem to be afraid of their feelings? They are determined to avoid appearing openly emotional and they often behave scornfully to others who are in the grip of strong feelings. They want to feel in control at all times, but one of the things about being fully human is acknowledging that reason can only go so far. There are some things in life that are deeply mysterious. They defy logical explanation and require that we accept rather than understand.

Sometimes we need to care and show kindness rather than dissect and analyze. Remember the scientists in the movie “E.T.?” They were driven by their intellects to study this wonderful creature instead of loving and learning from him, something the children did quite naturally.

So, don’t allow your quest to understand life prevent you from truly experiencing it, and don’t let your desire for knowledge keep you from achieving real wisdom. To be fully alive, it takes both reason and emotion. ~The Pacific Institute 

4. 14th National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, April 28

The 14th National Prescription Drug Take Back Day
Saturday, April 28, 2018
10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Inquiries can also be made at 1-800-882-9539

5. Sherman County’s Per Capita Personal Income Ranked as Oregon’s Highest in 2016

by Dallas Fridley  April 17, 2018

Sherman County’s per capita personal income led the state in 2016 at $55,846. Sherman County’s good fortune produced a per capita income gap of $10,447, some 23 percent higher than Oregon’s $45,399. Per capita incomes in Washington, Multnomah and Clackamas counties ranked second through fourth, respectively, while Columbia Gorge neighbor Hood River County ranked fifth. Sherman County’s personal income total reached $95.5 million in 2016 with 1,710 residents, while Oregon’s totaled $185.8 billion with a population of nearly 4.1 million.

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Sherman County held per capita advantages across all three major personal income sources in 2016: 1) net earnings; 2) transfer receipts; and, 3) dividends, interest, and rent. Net earnings (by place of residence) ranked fourth per capita among Oregon’s 36 counties and transfer receipts likewise placed fourth, while dividends, interest, and rent placed ninth.

Net earnings in Sherman County totaled $57 million in 2016 or $33,351 per capita to hold a $5,877 gap over Oregon’s $27,464. Earnings in Sherman County totaled $73.5 million in 2016, with an $8.8 million adjustment for outflow based on residency. Its transfer receipts enjoyed a per capita margin of $3,976, some 44 percent above Oregon’s $8,950. The margin for dividends, interest, and rent was comparatively slim, producing an advantage of $584 or 6 percent with a per capita value of $9,570.

Sherman County’s per capita income ranked first among Oregon counties in each of the last five years. Despite Sherman County’s steady ranking, its per capita income actually peaked in 2013 at $59,122, about 6 percent higher than 2016’s $55,846. Sherman County’s population was essentially unchanged between 2013 and 2016, while its personal income total fell by $5.7 million or $3,310 per capita.

Net earnings changed very little from 2014 to 2016, holding at $57 million, about $11 million below Sherman County’s 2013 peak of $68 million. Farm earnings fell substantially over that period, peaking at $36.9 million in 2013 and falling to just $14 million in 2016. Transfer receipts grew substantially, rising by $3.7 million or 20 percent since 2013 to $22.1 million. Dividends, interest, and rent produced a three-year gain of $1.6 million or 11 percent to total $16.4 million in 2016.

6. In Remembrance: Bruce James Wilson 1949-2018

flower.rose.starBruce James Wilson passed away from complications of COPD at the age of 67 on November 18, 2017, at his home in Eugene, Oregon. He was born to Donald and Avis (Peterson) Wilson on August 18, 1949 in Snohomish, Washington.

After graduating from Wasco High School, Wasco, Oregon, where he was recognized for his baseball talent as catcher, Bruce served in the Oregon National Guard. Following in his dad’s footsteps he joined Operating Engineers Local 701 and worked on major highway, dam, and utility projects around the Pacific Northwest. He was a lifelong outdoorsman and for many years was an accomplished guide on the Siletz River. He loved to watch the salmon and steelhead moving up river from the deck of his Logsden property. Bruce cooked what he caught with fanfare and his deep fried steelhead, soda cracker crusted razor clams and venison tenderloin with gravy were favorites of family and friends.

Bruce is survived by his sons Grant Wilson and Mack Wilson (Shannon) of Eugene; siblings Brian (Val) Wilson of Albany, Oregon, Nelda Wilson (Don) of Gresham, Oregon, and Keith Wilson of Pullman, Washington; and four grandchildren Andi, Milo, Paisley and Sierra.

Sunset Hills Funeral Home was in charge of cremation services. A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, April 28, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. at the Logsden Community Center, Logsden, Oregon. Family and friends are invited to share a meal and remembrances. Good fishing stories always get better in the sharing.

7. Policies: News Releases & Letters to the Editor

NEWS 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.

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