Sherman County eNews #105


  1. What’s Happening at Sherman County Public/School Library

  2. Letter to the Editor: Joe Dabulskis for County Judge

  3. Notice. Sherman County School District Communication to the Community –  Safety Presentation, April 30

  4. Nancy Young Stephens von Borstel 1936-2018

  5. Notice. Sherman County Planning Commission Public Hearing, April 30

  6. Prioritizing Productivity

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

1.What’s Happening at Sherman County Public/School Library.

Logo.ShermanPub.School.Library2017 Community Preschool Storytime – EVERY Tuesday at 10am
Join us for Preschool Storytime and crafts. Ages 3-5.

April Book Club – Beartown by Fredrik Backman.
Thursday, April 26 at 6pm.

2. Letter to the Editor: Joe Dabulskis for County Judge

To the Editor and Sherman County Citizens,

As most of you know by now, I am running for the position of Sherman County Judge. This is not a decision I made or take lightly. The responsibilities of this position have in the past and will in the future affect our lives and the landscape of our county for generations. Sherman County is not only my home but your home, and I want what is best for our home. With that in mind I ask for your support and vote in the upcoming primary election. I have been privileged and honored to be elected by you to serve as one of your current County Commissioners and now seek to represent you proudly as your County Judge.

Thank you.

Joe Dabulskis


3. Sherman County School District Communication to the Community –  Safety Presentation, April 30

Issue 25 Communication to the Community - Safety Public Forum on 4-30-18 (1)

4. Nancy Young Stephens von Borstel 1936-2018

flower.rose.starNancy von Borstel April 10, 1936 – March 9, 2018 SAN DIEGO Nancy (Young Stephens) von Borstel of San Diego, Calif. died on March 9, 2018, 81 years old, after a short illness. This week she would have celebrated her 82nd birthday. With a kind heart, Nancy loved her garden clubs, alumni groups, tennis and traveling. She graduated from Hoover High School and earned her RN at Mercy Hospital. Nancy will be missed by many friends and family in California, Oregon, Washington and Alaska. Surviving her are children Robin Stephens of Colorado, Richard Stephens of Oregon, David Stephens of San Diego, and Dawn Stephens of Wales. Nancy asked that no service be held. Donations may be made in her name to the San Diego Horticultural Society. ~San Diego Union-Tribune 

5. NOTICE. Sherman County Planning Commission Public Hearing, April 30

The Sherman County Planning Commission will hold a public hearing, Monday, April 30, 2018 beginning at 5:30 P.M. at the Steve Burnet Extension and Research Building Conference Room, 66365 Lonerock Rd. Moro, Oregon.

The purpose of the hearing is to consider a proposal for partition and conditional use permit for a non-farm parcel and non-farm dwelling. The project is proposed by John Hall. The subject site is located in the exclusive farm use zone (F-1) and is approximately 8 miles east of Moro, Oregon at 65893 Hay Canyon Road and described by the Sherman County Assessors maps as T1S, R18E, Section 20, Tax Lot 3402, Sherman County, Oregon.

The regulations regarding this proposal is in the Sherman County Zoning Ordinance Article 3, Section 3.1, Conditional Uses Permitted, (n) Single family residential dwelling, including a manufactured home, not provided in conjunction with farm use, may be established on a lot or parcel, i.e., non-farm dwellings, subject to approval in accordance with the applicable provisions set forth in ORS 215.284.

All interested parties wishing to speak for or against the proposals are urged to attend. The Planning Commission may take one of the following actions upon conclusion of public testimony; deny, table, or recess the hearing to a set time and place. Failure of an issue to be raised in the hearing, in person or by letter, or failure to provide sufficient specificity to afford the decision maker an opportunity to respond to the issue precludes appeal based on that issue.

Copies of the proposal and other related information is available for review at the Sherman County Planning Department, 66365 Lonerock Rd., Moro, Oregon, during business hours. A copy of the staff report will available for inspection prior to the hearing. Copies will be provided at a reasonable cost.
Written testimony or questions may be directed to the Sherman County Planning Department, P.O. Box 381, Moro, Oregon 97039 or by phoning (541) 565-3601.The location of the hearing is accessible to the disabled. Please contact Georgia Macnab of the Sherman County Planning Department at the number listed above if you need any special accommodations to attend or participate in the hearing.

6. Prioritizing Productivity

If you are busier than you like to be, but feeling less productive, then read on.

How busy are you these days? Now, here is another question: How productive are you? As most of us know, the two are not remotely the same. All too often, being busy may have nothing at all to do with the results we get and what we achieve.

We spend our days, often very long days, in a flurry of activity. But, when the day or week is over, we are disappointed at the level of our accomplishment. Our disappointment creates stress and we push ourselves even harder to “get more done.” However, pushing hard isn’t the answer.

So, what is the answer? Experience shows that a sense of priorities based on a clear purpose and well-defined short- and long-term goals are what one needs. The world is full of people who are definitely in motion, but they’re not exactly sure where they’re going and they don’t know why, either. Maybe they get going so fast that they never take the time to figure it out, or they are afraid to take a moment on the off-chance that they won’t get started again. If that is your situation, perhaps now is the time to set aside the opportunity for personal reflection, some personal values clarification and goal-setting.

There is nothing like a strong sense of purpose, based on clearly spelled out values, to keep you moving. More than that, it keeps you moving in the right direction. With all the different media out there today, it is easier than ever before to get pulled away from our targets. We just want to make sure that the targets we are aiming at are worth our time and talents, and are truly getting us where we want to go. ~The Pacific Institute



Sherman County eNews #104


  1. Sherman County School Athletic Schedule Update: Track

  2. Sherman County Photography Club Meeting, April 23

  3. Teens:  counselors and counselors-in-training wanted for Sherman 4-H Camp in June

  4. The Gorge Winds Concert Band Performances, May 4 & 6

  5. Oregon Capital Insider Index: This week in Salem, by the numbers

  6. Ego Health

  7. Get Involved in a Local Farmers Market!

  8. Notice. North Central Public Health District Executive Committee Meeting, May 8

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

So when the wolf pounces on your lamb, just ignore the pitiful bleating and remind yourself that this is a democracy, where every sheep can freely express its preference for which kind of wolf it wants to be eaten by. Many sheep, perhaps understandably, prefer a wolf in sheep’s clothing, which is after all the basic idea of democracy. So far it has worked pretty well. The wolves all agree on that, and they want to spread democracy everywhere. ~Joseph Sobran

1. Sherman County School Athletic Schedule Update: Track

sports.javelinSherman High School Track

Wednesday, April 25, 2018 – Sherman at Glenwood High School for the Mt. Adams Invitational now with a start time of 3:00, bus departs at 12:15, class dismissal at 12:05

~ Audrey Rooney, Registrar  

Sherman High School           

PH: 541-565-3500 ~ Fax: 541-565-3319

2. Sherman County Photography Club Meeting, April 23 

camera.handheldThe Sherman County Photography Club meets Monday, April 23, 6pm at the OSU Extension Building in Moro. This month’s agenda includes a presentation by Lowell Smith and viewing the monthly photo challenge ” Lines & Angles.” The Sherman County Museum will feature the club’s work for the month of June on the lobby wall. Check out the Sherman County Photography Club page on Facebook too. Guests and new members are always encouraged to come and join in on the fun.

3. Teens:  counselors and counselors-in-training wanted for Sherman 4-H Camp in June

4-H clover1Sherman teens in 7th-12th grade, Sherman County 4-H Camp needs you as counselors or counselors-in-training (CITs)!  This is a job experience plus great leadership and community service opportunity for you to have fun working with people of all ages, be in charge of activities, enjoy camp again, and hang out with your friends.  Counselors are those 16 years of age or older; CITs are those 13 to 15 years old.   You will be at camp Tuesday June 19 for staff orientation, then with the campers Wednesday June 20 through Friday June 22.  Training is required by state 4-H prior to camp.  Pick up an application at Sherman School office or the OSU Extension office.  Applications are due by Monday April 30 to the Extension Office. 

~Cindy Brown, Educator, Oregon State University, OSU Extension Service – Sherman County, College of Public Health & Human Sciences, 4-H Youth Development & SNAP-Ed

P: 541-565-3230 | C: 541-993-5291

4. The Gorge Winds Concert Band Performances, May 4 & 6

Gorge Winds Concert Band

Spring Concert

Friday May 4, 2018 —- 7:00 p.m.

Hood River Middle School

Sunday May 6, 2018 —- 3:00 p.m.

Calvary Baptist Church

music-notesYou are cordially invited to attend the annual Spring Concert of The Gorge Winds Concert Band under the direction of Larry Loop. The concert will feature selections from Frank Ticheli, James Swearingen, Frank Erickson, Percy Grainger and local composer, band director, and Gorge Winds Concert Band member Steve Hodges.  We will be performing one of Steve Hodges latest compositions entitled The Refiners Fire.  This is a wonderful piece written to honor his daughter after her recovery from illness. 

This year there will be two performances of our Spring Concert.  The first performance will be on Friday, May 4, 2018, at 7:00 p.m. in the Hood River Middle School Auditorium at 1602 May Street.   The second performance will be held on Sunday, May 6, 2018, at 3:00 p.m. in Calvary Baptist Church 3350 Columbia View Drive, The Dalles.

The Gorge Winds Concert Band is a volunteer organization comprised of men and women in the Mid-Columbia area who are dedicated to making a unique musical and cultural contribution to our community. Founded in 2000, the Gorge Winds Concert Band performs in many venues throughout the Mid-Columbia area, i.e. The Dalles, Hood River, White Salmon, and Goldendale. 

Admission is free, however donations are accepted.  You can find us on line at, or on Facebook at Gorge Winds Concert Band.  The Gorge Winds Concert Band is a 501c3 organization, and any donations are therefore tax deductible.

We are delighted to present these concerts, and are looking forward to having you join us knowing you will enjoy this wonderful presentation.

5. Oregon Capital Insider Index: This week in Salem, by the numbers

Oregon.Flat.poleCreated: 19 April 2018 | Written by Oregon Capital Insider

Here are 10 numbers that illustrate some of this week’s big, and small, Oregon political stories.

  • 2 million:Approximate number of tax returns the state receives every year.
  • 88:Percentage of state revenues attributable to the income tax this biennium, according to the Oregon Office of Economic Analysis.
  • 496,503:Oregon taxpayers who did not receive a refund on their taxes in 2015, according to the Oregon Department of Revenue.
  • 1,497,067:Taxpayers who did.
  • 32,000:Seats planned for a proposed Major League Baseball stadium in Portland. A company, Portland Diamond Project, has been formed to “facilitate deal-making and to lobby local officials” on bringing the major league sport to the Rose City, according to The Oregonian
  • 78:Percentage of bills passed in the Oregon Senate this year with unanimous bipartisan support, according to the office of Sen. Alan DeBoer, R-Ashland.
  • 3:Of bills that passed on a party-line vote.
  • $76,111:Monthly pension of Dr.Joe Robertson, the retired eye surgeon and head of OHSU. Dr. Robertson’s pension and the state’s public pension funding woes were highlighted by the New York Times over the weekend
  • 1.1 million:Pounds of legal cannabis logged in the state’s database, as of February, according to Willamette Week.
  • 2:Factor by which the number of legal cannabis farmers is expected to double this summer.

6. Ego Health

Not too many people want to think of themselves as having a “big ego,” but having a strong ego is definitely a good thing. Today let’s explore the difference between “big” and “strong.”

How strong is your ego? Many people think that the term “ego” has something to do with being a braggart or totally self-interested, but they’re wrong. Actually, psychologists tell us that the ego is that part of our personality that directs our activities, so we can get our needs met and survive. It is a normal and necessary part of who we are. Without the development of the ego, homo sapiens as a species may not have survived.

Having good ego strength means you perceive things accurately and have the ability to make wise decisions. It also generally means that you have self-confidence, self-esteem, and poise under pressure. Ego strength has nothing whatever to do with people we think of as having “big egos”- those macho folks who like to push other people around and blow their own horns. Typically, these people have poor self-confidence and self-esteem, and are merely trying to cover up the fact that they know they are not quite good enough.

On the contrary, strong ego often shows up as resiliency – the ability to bounce back from adversity – and the flexibility to take advantage of change. According to Dr. Charles Garfield, author of “Peak Performers,” ego strength – a thoughtful, systematic program of personal growth – can help enormously.

The education of The Pacific Institute has been helping people in this way for five decades now, so we know that if you choose to – and remember, it is your choice – you can take the steps to achieve a vital, truthful and healthy ego! ~The Pacific Institute

7. Get Involved in a Local Farmers’ Market!

Farmers’ markets in the Gorge are seeking new vendors, sponsors and volunteers!

Contact the farmers market manager to find out how you can get involved in a farmers’ market near you!

Goldendale Farmers Market contact:

Hood River Farmers Market  contact:

Mercado del Valle (Odell Farmers Market) contact:

Mosier Farmers Market contact:

Mt. Hood Town Hall Farmers Market contact:

Stevenson Farmers Market contact:

Sherman County Farmers Market contact:

The Dalles Farmers Market contact:

White Salmon Farmers Market contact:

Cascade Locks Farmers Market  contact:

8. Notice. North Central Public Health District Executive Committee Meeting, May 8

The North Central Public Health District Executive Committee will be holding a meeting on Tuesday, May 8, 2018 at 3:00PM. Meeting will be held at North Central Public Health District located at 419 E. 7th Street, in the Main Meeting Room, in The Dalles, Oregon. This meeting is open to the general public.

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


The Oregon Capital Insider

The Patriot Post Mid-Day Digest

USS Portland shows off its muscle before commissioning


Sneak Peek Inside the USS Portland


Sherman County eNews #103






Promoting a Loving Society

“The teachings of the Bahá’í Faith instruct us to work to reshape society based on principles of love, inclusiveness, and reciprocity. This requires that by…transcending current approaches that tend to divide people into contending groups, we raise consciousness in such a way as to bring them together in the earnest and honest search for solutions.”

What a concept.  To love each other.  To include each other.  To reciprocate with each other.  To work together to find solutions.

What it requires is that each of us make a conscious decision to have loving, harmonious, inclusive relationships.  Whatever that takes. We have to want that more than we want whatever divides us!

In practical terms, that might mean listening with a true desire to understand another’s point of view.  It might mean inviting someone to coffee that you’d like to get to know better.  It might mean offering to help someone with different political views when they need a ride to The Dalles or help in their garden.  Making  Loving-Personal-Relationships your #1 priority allows you to let go of the compelling desire to push your own political or other agenda on other people.  It still holds true…it’s more important to “love  your neighbor as yourself.” 

Baha’i Faith

Erling and Pat Jacobsen

Rufus, OR

2. CLASSIFIEDS (new or corrected)


Free classified ads are published on Fridays. The deadline is Wednesday at 5. Please submit ads by using the Submit News page. Include who, what, where, when, & how, contact information and the final Friday date for posting your ad (shown by the date at the end of the ad, for example, 3/17), and contact information, under 50 words if possible. This service is limited to Sherman County. Links are welcome.  Please share your Thank You and Congratulatory Notes and Joyful News here. ~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


babyfootprintJOYFULLY! Kristi and Todd Dickson, of Madras, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Alden Ray Dickson, at 9:42 am on April 3, at St. Charles Bend. At birth, Alden weighed 5 pounds 15 ounces. He joins brother, Owen, 5 and sister, Eileen, 3.  The grand parents are Rick and Kathleen Danielson, of Grass Valley, and Dave and Melinda Dickson, of Antelope.



TRACK & FIELD EVENTS. Dear Parents, Guardians, and Community Members, Track and Field season is upon us once again. Sherman County High School Track and Field team will be hosting the annual Sherman County Invitational home meet on April 28, 2018 in Moro. Field events will start at 11:00 AM and Track events will begin at 1:00 PM. We are looking for parents, guardians, and community members to help us out once again by volunteering to run events throughout the day. Volunteer duties range from running the clipboard at a field event to measuring competitor’s jumps/throws.  It truly takes a whole community to run a track meet and we are grateful to have such a supporting community. The support from parents and community members in running this meet has been great over the years and we hope to continue the tradition this year. It takes a minimum of 30 volunteers to run our meet smoothly & efficiently. If you are willing to volunteer your time and assist with the meet, please contact the school. The more volunteers we have, the easier/quicker events will go, and we can rotate volunteers out so they can go watch their athletes compete.

Volunteers are needed for these events: Javelin (2-3), Shot Put (2-3), Discus (2-3), Boys Long & Triple Jump (2-3), Girls Long & Triple Jump (2-3), and Pole Vault (3).

As a way to give back and thank our volunteers, I will be ordering each volunteer a Sherman Invitational T-Shirt to wear on the meet day while they are assisting with the events. Please email your shirt size so I can get these ordered ASAP. If you are interested in volunteering your time please contact Audrey Rooney at 541-565-3500 or Please signify the event you are interested in volunteering for and your shirt size. It is my hope to get the T-shirts ordered by April 13th. Thank you in advance for your support,
~Carrie Somnis, Head Track Coach
Sherman County High School  4/27

SHERMAN COUNTY MUSEUM HOSTS. We welcome new volunteer Museum Hosts to our Team! Hosts greet Museum visitors at our national-award-winning Museum and provide brochures and travel guides. Choose to volunteer one day a month or more. Hosts serve in teams of two, take a sack lunch and enjoy meeting local folks and the traveling public. Host Orientation is offered on April 23, a choice of the 1 o’clock or 6 o’clock sessions at the Museum. The Museum at 200 Dewey Street in Moro will be open every day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 1st through October 31st. For more information, please call 541-565-3232. ~Patti Fields, Director 4/27 



PROPERTY IN GRASS VALLEY, OREGON. 15.5 acres on the edge of town. The property is buildable, fenced, has a well, power and existing garage. Build a home or place a manufactured home among the existing pine trees with plenty of room for a barn or shop, horses or other 4-H critters. Call or text Justin at 541-980-9386 for additional details. 5/18

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 |  4/27

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




EQUINE TRAIL & SORTING CLINICS. Equine Mania LLC Announces Summer Clinics. Don’t miss out of the fun! Great people, fabulous instructors & a dang good time!

–Cows and More Clinic with Mary Jane Brown May 12-13 $300, optional Friday session $75;

–Wheatacres Ranch Trail Challenge & Sorting June 23;

–Advanced Sorting Clinic with Kristi Siebert August 11-12 $300.


The Cows & More clinic has only one spot left so sign up now! Contact Carrie for more information: 541-980-7394.  5/4

THE LEAN-TO CAFÉ DAILY SPECIALS. Tuesday Classic Hamburgers. Wednesday Soft Tacos. Thursday Chicken Fried Steak w/mashed potatoes & gravy. Friday Clam Chowder. 541-442-5709 in Historic Downtown Wasco. 4/27

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. 4/27




LOCAL HOST FAMILIES FOR HIGH SCHOOL EXCHANGE STUDENTS. Non-profit 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 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.

3. CALENDAR (new or corrected)


1-30 National Distracted Driving Month

1-30 Sexual Assault Awareness month

1-30 National Child Abuse & Neglect Prevention Month

20 Frontier TeleNet Board Meeting 10 Gilliam County Courthouse

20? TBA Sod Laying Volunteers at Sherman County School Ball Field TBA  POSTPONED

20 Bingo Night 6 Grass Valley Pavilion

20 First Baptist Church of Grass Valley Spring Fling with Liberty Gospel Quartet 6

20-22 Gorge Artists Open Studio

21 Super Women/Sidekick Sons Dinner and Dance 5 Wasco School Events Center

21-22 Blossom Craft & Quilt Show 10-5 Hood River County Fairgrounds, Odell

22 Earth Day

23 Volunteer Hosts’ Training 1 & 6 o’clock Sherman County Historical Museum

23 Networking: Museums of the Gorge 10 Maryhill Museum of Art

23 Sherman County Photography Club 6 OSU Extension Office…everyone welcome!

23 Frontier Regional 911 Agency Board Meeting 2

23-24 Sherman County Budget Committee 8

25 Tri-County Court Meeting 10 Condon

26 Sherman Soil & Water Conservation District Budget Committee 10

26 Northern Oregon Regional Corrections Budget10 Board Meeting to Follow

26 Sherman County Book Club 6 Sherman Public/School Library

26-May 6 Washington Apple Festival – Wenatchee

27 Arbor Day – Plant a tree!

27-29 39th Annual Cherry Festival – The Dalles

28 Cherry Festival Parade 10 The Dalles

28 Agriculture Job Fair 12-6 Cherry Festival, The Dalles

28 Sherman County School Invitational Track & Field Meet

28 Tango at Maryhill 6 to 9 Maryhill Museum of Art

28-29 Oregon Ag Fest, Salem

29 Agriculture Job Fair 10-4 Cherry Festival, The Dalles

29 From This Day Forward: Wedding Exhibit, Free Open House Preview 1-4 Sherman Historical Museum

29-May 1 Oregon Cattlemen’s Mid-Year Conference 503-361-8941 Sunriver


1 Sherman County Historical Museum Opens for the Season 10-5 daily

1-30 Sherman Co. Historical Museum Artist Series: Sherman Elementary School Students

2 Gilliam County Museum Complex Opens for the Season

2 Sherman County Court 9

2 Mid-Columbia Economic Development District Exec. Board Meeting 4

3 National Day of Prayer

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

4 Gorge Winds Concert Band 7 Hood River Middle School

5 Memorial Service for Delmar Eban Peake 2 Moro Presbyterian Church

5 County-wide Clean-up Day

5 Art Walk in Moro

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

6 Gorge Winds Concert Band 3 Calvary Baptist Church, The Dalles

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

8 V-E Day Declared 1945

9 Sherman County Senior & Community Center Advisory 12:30

10 Sherman Health District Budget Committee Meeting 6

12 Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum 9 Popular Postwar Cars

13 Mother’s Day

13 Mother’s Day Free Admission for Mothers at Sherman County Historical Museum

13 Mother’s Day Free Admission for Mothers at Maryhill Museum of Art


15 Wheat College, Pasco, Washington

15 Wasco County Crop Tour

16 Sherman County Crop Tour

16 Sherman County Court 9

18 Frontier TeleNet Board Meeting 10 Fossil

19 Armed Forces Day

19 Members’ Appreciation Day at Maryhill Museum of Art

20 Oregon Tradeswomen’s Fair

24 Northern Oregon Regional Corrections Budget Meeting 10 NORCOR

28 Memorial Day (observed)

28 Memorial Day Celebration & Parade in Wasco

28-31 Blue Star Museum: Free admission for active military personnel & families – Sherman Historical Museum

29 Mid-Columbia Housing Authority Board Meeting 11

30 Memorial Day


1-30 Blue Star Museum: Free admission for active military personnel & families – Sherman Historical Museum

1-30 Sherman Co. Historical Museum Artist Series: Sherman County Photography Club

2 Art Walk in Moro

2 Cascade Singers’ Spring Concert

4 Cascade Singers’ Spring Concert

6 All County Prayer Meeting, Wasco Methodist Church Refreshments and social time at 6:30, prayer time from 7:00 to 8:30.

7 Sherman County Fair Board 7

9 Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum 9 Steam Cars, Hit & Miss Engines

9 Rose Festival Parade, Portland

12 Tri-County Mental Health Board Meeting 11-2

12 North Central Public Health District Board Meeting 3 The Dalles

12 Experiment Station Field Day, Pendleton

13 Experiment Station Field Day, Moro

13 Sherman County Senior Center Advisory Committee Meeting 12:30

14 Flag Day

15 The June Bugs Concert 6:30 & Artisans’ Market 4-7, Condon City Park

16-17 A-Town Throwdown: Kite, SUP & Windsurf Competition, Arlington

17 Father’s Day

17 Father’s Day Free Admission at Sherman County Historical Museum 10-5

21 Northern Oregon Regional Corrections Facility Meeting & Budget Adoption 10

25 Korean War Began 1950

29 Home Run Derby, Condon

30-July 1 Harvester’s Classic Coed Soft Ball Tournament, Condon


1-31 Blue Star Museum: Free admission for active military personnel & families – Sherman Historical Museum

1-31 Sherman County Historical Museum Artist Series: Linda Krasfic’s Baby Quilts

4 Independence Day

4 Art Walk in Moro

4 HYATUS Concert 6:30 & Artisans’ Market 4-7, Condon City Park

4 All County Prayer Meeting, Grass Valley Baptist Church Refreshments and social time at 6:30, prayer time from 7:00 to 8:30.

8-11 Portland Horseless Carriage Club Tour: Journey Through Time Scenic Byway, John Day

8-12 Sherman County Historical Museum Quilt Display

7 Bluegrass Festival in Fossil

7 14th Annual Fossil Cruz-in 9-4 Fossil

9-15 Summer Fishtrap Gathering (Writers in the American West) Wallowa Lake

14 Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum 9 Traffic Jam Show

14 Starry Night Camp-out at Maryhill Museum of Art

18 Kids Pioneer Day at Sherman County Historical Museum

25-28 Jefferson County Fair, Madras

27 Korean War Ended 1953, National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day

28 WWI Began 1914

31-Aug. 4 Malheur County Fair, Ontario


Sherman County eNews #102


  1. Sherman County School Athletic Schedule Update: Tennis

  2. Attention: Voters Not Registered with a Political Party

  3. Sherman Students Make OSU Honor Roll

  4. Mentors: Past to Present to Future

  5. Delmar Eban Peake 1931-2018

  6. Hood River Valley Blossom Time, April 1-30

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

1. Sherman County School Athletic Schedule Update: Tennis

Logo.Sherman High SchoolSherman Tennis

Saturday, April 21, 2018 – Sherman vs Riverside at Boardman has moved from 1:00 to 10:00, bus departs at 8:00

Friday, April 27, 2018 – Sherman vs Ione here at home has moved from 4:00 to 1:00

~Audrey Rooney, Registrar  

Sherman High School PH: 541-565-3500 ~ Fax: 541-565-3319

2. Attention: Voters Not Registered with a Political Party

The Independent Party of Oregon has opened its primary election to voters who are not members of any party. The deadline to fill out and return the form required to receive an Independent Party ballot is no later than 5:00pm on April 24, 2018. This will not change your voter registration. The form is available in the Sherman County Clerk’s office and on the Sherman County website under Election Resources or by following this link:

3. Sherman Students Make OSU Honor Roll

Several local students have made the Scholastic Honor Roll during winter term at Oregon State University. A total of 1,398 students earned straight-A (4.0). Another 4,609 earned a B-plus (3.5) or better to make the listing. To be on the Honor Roll, students must carry at least 12 graded hours of course work.

Students on the Honor Roll from Gilliam County include Mitchell Hassing, a senior in Crop and Soil Science, with a straight-A average; and Samantha Barber, a freshman in Human Development and Family Science with a 3.5 GPA or better. Both are from Arlington.

Sherman County students distinguishing themselves academically include Blake Evans and Brett Evans, seniors from Rufus both studying Kinesiology and both with GPAs of 3.5 or better; and Liberty Greenlund, a sophomore in Crop Science, Wyatt Stutzman, a sophomore in Agricultural Sciences, and Emily Hill, a freshman in Pre-Business, all with GPAs of 3.5 or better, all from Wasco. ~Courtesy of The Times-Journal.

4. Mentors: Past to Present to Future

What is a mentor? What is that mentors do? Can having a mentor help you succeed? These are good questions to be asking, and today we’re going to be answering them.

The origin story of the word “mentor” comes from Greek mythology. The person of Mentor was a friend of Odysseus, who took on the responsibility of tutoring Odysseus’ son Telemachus. The name has since become the definition of a faithful and wise adviser. If you study successful individuals throughout history, you will usually find a highly-prized mentor in each person’s background.

These days, there are many sophisticated tools available to help those who want to be successful. An internet search will come up with millions of references. Still, one of the most valuable assets anyone can have is also one of the oldest. This is where a mentor comes in – someone who can help you learn the ropes, find your way around obstacles, and chart a course that will get you where you want to go.

Mention the subject with those friends or relatives you consider successful, whether they are in business or one of the professions, sports, the arts, or any other field of endeavor, and you will find that each has had the benefit of at least one mentor. Very often, they’ve had many more than that.

Mentors are people who have achieved success themselves and want to pass along what they’ve learned to others. They don’t usually tell you what to do – that’s not their role – but they do help you weigh your options and think through decisions.

So, who is your mentor, to help you plot your future? And, secondly, who are you mentoring? You, too, have valuable insights to pass along, to help those following make effective decisions for their futures. ~The Pacific Institute

5. Delmar Eban Peake 1931-2018

flower.rose.starDelmar Eban Peake, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, February 22, 2018, at the age of 86, in Yuma, Arizona, after a sudden illness. He was a loving and thoughtful husband, father of three sons, eight step-children, and a multitude of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Del was born on April 24, 1931 in Eugene, Oregon to Albert and Alma Peake. He married Kathy Bushnell on May 14, 1950 and they enjoyed their three sons, Tom, Ken and David.

Del was preceded in death by his second wife, Shirley Peake, and his son David and survived by his much loved wife, Carole Thompson-Peake, his sister Darlene McCabe and her husband Jerry, his ex-wife Kathy, Del’s son Tom and his wife Cindy and their children Chris and wife Leah, Rylyn and his wife Jenna, John and his wife Beth, and Emily Thompson and her husband Richard; Del’s son Ken and his wife Pam and their daughters Ashley and Nikki; David’s son Travis and his wife Stephanie; Shirley’s children: Debbie Barton and her husband Bob, their children Aaron and Megan; Gary Peake and his children Christi Cameron and Mike Essig; Becky and her husband Mike and their children Taryn and Ryan; Tom Hansen and his wife Kim; Carole’s children: Cheryl Gebhart and her husband Kevin, and children Ian Eikanas, Katrina Brooks, Lauren Gebhart, Ashley Gebhart, Austin Gebhart and Lillianna Gebhart; Tricia Greenlee and her husband Mike, and their children Stacy Lamere and husband Derrick, and Corey Greenlee; Denise Green and her husband Bill and their children Tierna Johnson and her husband Hale, Karissa Stone and her husband Greg; and Carole’s son Marc Thompson and his children Mikayla and Joshua.

Baseball was Del’s passion in his early years, playing in the semi-pro league for a time. He participated in a variety of sports throughout his life, including downhill skiing, water skiing, tennis, golf and softball. But what meant more to Del than anything else was his love for the Lord and being with his family. Del was happiest when surrounded by his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He had a special knack for inviting people into the family circle and making them feel loved and providing them with “life lessons” and direction along the way.

In his professional life, Del enjoyed combining his love for business with his personal charm in a variety of sales positions. He was active in Wheat League and the Sherman County Historical Society. Del described himself as politically conservative, leaning a little “to the right of right.” Del was also very generous in terms of donations of time and dollars to the church and worthy causes including Young Life ministries.

We will truly miss his words of encouragement and the way he gathered us together for a time of prayer before family celebrations. He never missed an opportunity to tell us how much he loved us. Rest in peace, our dear Del, you did a great job raising all of us!
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 5, 2018 at 2:00 pm at Moro Presbyterian Church, Moro, Oregon.

6. Hood River Valley Blossom Time, April 1-30

Starting in early April, the cherry, apple and pear trees in the Hood River valley welcome spring’s return by releasing vibrant pink and white flowers. They start in the lower elevations and, like a domino effect, move up the valley creating a patchwork of color.

The area celebrates spring with the annual Hood River Valley Blossom Time, which takes place throughout April. Visit Hood River in April and enjoy family-friendly farm events, craft shows, culinary treats, wine and cider tasting, and the Hood River County Hard- Pressed Cider Fest.

One of the best ways to enjoy Blossom Time is to drive the Hood River County Fruit Loop, a gorgeous 35-mile drive that follows the county’s Scenic Tour Route and passes the valley’s plethora of orchards, wineries and farms.

The Gorge Artists Open Studios, which takes place April 20-22. This year’s tour includes the art studios of 41 local artists who live and create in the Columbia River Gorge. Tour guidebooks are available online and at the Hood River Visitor Center (720 E. Port Marina Drive), Columbia Center for the Arts (215 Cascade Ave., Hood River), plus other locations in the Gorge.

Stop along the way to pick up baked goods, preserves, yarn, fresh produce, wine, cider and more. Download the Blossom Time Event Guide — you’ll see there’s something for everyone.

7, Links: Things to Think About & Things to Do

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Some Thoughts, Facts & Charts for Tax Day

Common Errors in English Usage



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.

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

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Sherman County eNews #100


  1. Sherman County 4-H Club Meeting Notes – beef, swine, poultry & sewing

  2. Editorial. eNews Readers’ Questions for County Judge Candidates’ Forum

  3. Partners in Problem-Solving

  4. Dinner and line dancing boost college scholarships

  5. Notice. Energy Facility Siting Council Meeting & Agenda, April

  6. Attend a public meeting to help shape the future of the Oregon Health Plan

1. Sherman County 4-H Club Meeting Notes – beef, swine, poultry & sewing

4-H clover1BEEF. On 4/8/18 at 1:12pm the Sherman county beef club had their first meeting.  Attending were Patrick Ramos, Allie Marker, Natalie Martin, olé Martin, and Courtney Coelsch and leaders Doug and Sandy Martin.  This meeting was a weigh in meeting.  We elected officers and the president is Natalie Martin,  Vice President Kole Martin and Secretary Courtney Coelsch.  We talked about the amount of feed we should be feeding our steers, that we need to work with our steer in order to have it ready for fair, we talked about budget, what things we could buy within our budget and about buying a new beef banner and/or decorations in budget.  We also talked about what we could do for buyer gifts and an event calendar for big events such as hoof trimming.  Another thing we did was discuss what size poster board we would all have and seller recognition boards.  Our next meeting will be held on April 25, 2018 at 6:30 p.m.  at Martin’s house.  The meeting was adjourned at 1:35pm. 

4-H clover1SWINE. The Sherman County Swine Club met on April 9, 2018 at the Sherman County Extension Office. It was called to order by Cadence Smith at 6 pm. Attending this meeting was Allie, Cadence, Bailey, Addison, Allison, Ellery, and Kyle. Addison Smith led the Pledge of Allegiance and Bailey Coelsch led the 4-H pledge. We learned how to pick a pig and how to judge a pig. We talked about earmarks and we talked about our presentations. We also discussed what we are going to do for community service, we thought about buying shirts, and we also decided 2 pounds was about the average rate of gain daily. Our next meeting will be on April 5, 2018 at the Extension Office, at 5. The meeting was adjourned at 6:55 pm.  Bailey Coelsch, News Reporter

4-H clover1POULTRY. The Sherman Chicken Tenders 4-H Club met on April 16 at 5:32pm at the Extension Office.  Attending were Cohen, Joey, Cali, Hunter, Renan and Maddy.  Excused absences were Ben, Calvin, Antone.  Pledge of Allegiance by Hunter, 4-H Pledge by Cohen.  What we did during the meeting:  sorted turkeys, fundraisers, club shirts, reports, feed, types of chickens, geese, pigeons, etc.  auction weights.  Our next meeting will be 6th of May.  Meeting adjourned at 6:35pm.  Signed Cali Johnson, News Reporter.

4-H clover1SEWING. The Saving Nine Sewing Club (“a stitch in time….”) has met twice, weekly in the Home Ec Room at the High School, after school at 3:15, Wednesdays, April 4th and 11th.  Attending were Marlie Johnston, Nicole Somnis (2nd meeting excused for track), and Adeline Witherspoon.  Leaders are Karen Umemoto and Carol MacKenzie.  Pledge of Allegiance and 4-H pledge led by Marlie.  These girls are from the 4th and 5th grades and in their first year of 4-H sewing. 

Refreshments and games started the meeting.  First game was a sheet with squares filled with different facts that was used to get to know each other.  Amazing that in a group of 6 people, 3 had green eyes.  The other game was Fortunately/Unfortunately where one person starts a story with a positive statement and the next has to continue with a more negative statement.  We all decided that being positive was a better choice.

Officers are Marlie-President, Adeline- Recorder, and Secretary- Nicole.  The roles of officers were discussed.  Need to get someone to be our recreation leader.  Calendar of weekly meeting plans was distributed.  Would love to have parents visit at any time and girls can bring a friend to a meeting to get them interested in sewing.

Discussed Community Service ideas and will revisit that topic – many good ideas.  Joann’s online has discounts for 4-H members, find the clover on the site and sign up.   Also cards were distributed for members that also can be used for discounts.  Later meetings will start notebooks for records and samples.  Talked regarding what can be done at fair – possible favorite outfit and Mexican wear – Ponchos, display of recycled or reused, mini projects.

Our project for the first meeting was hand sewing.   Using pieces of felt, thread, two buttons, and two snaps designed a pouch for many possible uses.  Trimming the material to the size including the pocket flap, stitching to fasten the felt sides, then sewing on a button and snaps.

Our second meeting was learning to thread and then sew on the machines.  Utilized a fabric that had squares on the material which assisted in cutting straight.  Made a pillow that could be stuffed later.  Learned how to backstitch, make a corner with machine, and then trim seams.  Independent Sewers, Becca Earl and Cadence Smith stopped to check in and will be giving a 5-minute demonstration to the club when they can schedule the time. Cali Johnson is another independent.

Amara James, Codie-Lee Haner, and Vanessa Aldrich are presently in track, and whenever they can attend, we will welcome them.  Outside places and times will be used in order to finish projects for fair as needed.  Everyone needs to schedule a time soon to go to The Dalles to get fabric, either with parents or leaders.  Next meeting, Wednesday the 18th, we will review parts of sewing machine, review patterns and start cutting out a sample for practice and then start on any project. Remember your sewing kits.   Meetings will continue WEEKLY. Meeting adjourned at 5 so the girls could catch the buses.

~Cindy Brown, Educator

Oregon State University. OSU Extension Service – Sherman County

4-H Youth Development & SNAP-Ed   P: 541-565-3230 | C: 541-993-5291 

2. Editorial. eNews Readers’ Questions for County Judge Candidates’ Forum

pencil.sharpSince we posted questions voters might ask Sherman County candidates for the position of county judge, Sherman County eNews readers submitted additional questions. Here they are:

  • What is your vision of Sherman County in 5/10 years, and what is your plan to get there?
  • Name 1 thing you think the county is doing poorly, and how you would improve it?
  • Name 1 thing you think the county is doing wrong, and how you would correct it?
  • Describe a challenge you experienced in your current work and how you met the challenge.
  • Describe a success you experienced in your current work and how others helped you.
  • What do you like best about serving on a team, committee or board of directors?

A Town Hall Candidate’s Debate for the upcoming Sherman County election will take place on Thursday, April 19th at 7:00 p.m. at the Wasco School Events Center (old grade school) in Wasco. There are 4 candidates vying for the position of Sherman County Judge: Joe Dabulskis, Larry Hoctor, Fred Justesen and Mike Smith. We’re sure you will have interesting questions of your own.

Links to earlier eNews posts are on the right margin of each posting.  Post #78, with the complete list of questions and county government information, is here:

3. Partners in Problem-Solving

When you have a complex problem to solve, how do you go about solving it? Let’s take a look at some surprising partners in the problem-solving process.

Sometimes, when we have complex or difficult problems to solve, our feelings of being under pressure cause us to push so hard for solutions, that we wind up spinning our wheels. We study the problem from every possible angle, collect huge amounts of information, struggle hard and do lots of analysis. We obsess over the problem. Still the answer evades us.

Some of this is because it is hard for us to tolerate feeling confused for very long. We want certainty, and we want clear answers. However, sometimes it’s better not to push. As the head of theoretical physics at Los Alamos National Laboratory once said, our unconscious is an important factor in solving complex problems. We need to give our minds a chance to work, without additional sensory and informational overload.

This means that while you certainly need to collect all the information you can, and sometimes literally immerse yourself in the problem, at some point it is important to back off and leave it, trusting that creative, productive mental work will continue even if you are not aware of it. Peak performers of all kinds demonstrate and researchers confirm: analysis and intuition are partners in creative work.

People who won’t relax their dependence on concrete, countable information often just can’t see possibilities that don’t fit into what they already know. This happens with individuals, and on an even larger scale with organizations. But, if you’re willing to let go for a while and let your creative subconscious have a turn, you may be surprised and pleased at the results. ~The Pacific Institute

4. Dinner and line dancing boost college scholarships

cowboy.bootThere will be line dancing lessons, live auction, prime rib buffet and fun for the entire family when Columbia Gorge Community College Foundation launches its “Saddle Up and Celebrate” fundraiser April 26 during Northwest Cherry Festival.

“The Foundation awarded approximately $120,000 in scholarships in 2017-18, and our goal is to increase this amount every year as we help students achieve their educational and career goals,” said Stephanie Hoppe, the Foundation’s executive director. “We’re privileged to join the Northwest Cherry Festival line-up with this inaugural event, and we cordially invite everyone to help us celebrate our college’s mission of building dreams and transforming lives.”

“Saddle Up and Celebrate” is Thursday, April 26, beginning at 5 p.m. in the Ft. Dalles Readiness Center on The Dalles Campus of Columbia Gorge Community College. The buffet dinner features music and dancing by “Willy and Nelson,” line dancing lessons with Don Slusher, dinner including prime rib, chicken, and side dishes, and a live auction featuring auctioneer David Griffith.

Price at the door is $40 or $35 one week or more in advance. Price for a table of eight is $400. Tickets and tables may be purchased at

The evening begins with line dancing lessons at 5 p.m., followed by dinner, music and dancing at 6 p.m., auction at 7 p.m., then more dancing and music starting at 7:30 p.m. “Saddle Up and Celebrate” concludes by 9 p.m.

The event is part of a full roster of Northwest Cherry Festival, which celebrates its 39th season in 2018 with a theme of “Return to the Planet of the Cherries.” The complete schedule for Northwest Cherry Festival is on The Dalles Area Chamber’s calendar at

For details on “Saddle Up and Celebrate,”, call (541) 506-6111, visit the Foundation website,  or email

5. Notice. Energy Facility Siting Council Meeting & Agenda, April 27  

Energy Facility Siting Council Meeting

Columbia Gorge Discovery Center

5000 Discovery Drive

The Dalles, OR

Friday, April 27, 2018 – 8:30 a.m.

  1. Consent Calendar (Information and Action Items) – Approval of minutes; Council Secretary Report and other routine Council business.
  2. Eugene to Medford Transmission Line, Amendment Request Consultant Appointment (Action Item) – Maxwell Woods, Senior Policy Advisor. Council will consider appointing a consultant to support the technical review of the Request for Amendment 4 to the Eugene to Medford Transmission Line site certificate (Sams Valley Reinforcement Project).
  3. [9:00 a.m.] Golden Hills Wind Project, Informational Hearing on Transfer Request (Information Item) – Chase McVeigh-Walker, Siting Analyst. The Council will hold an informational hearing regarding the transfer of ownership of the Golden Hills Wind Project site certificate from Orion Renewable Energy Group to Pacific Wind Development LLC, a subsidiary of Avangrid Renewables. The facility has not been constructed. The Council will accept public comments during the hearing only regarding the transfer request. The hearing begins at 9:00 a.m. The informational hearing is not a contested case hearing. The Council will make its decision on the transfer request under Agenda Item D or at a future Council meeting.
  4. Golden Hills Wind Project, Proposed Order on Request for Amendment 4 and Request to Transfer (Action Item) – Chase McVeigh-Walker, Siting Analyst. The Council will consider the Proposed Order on Request for Amendment 4 of the Golden Hills Wind Project site certificate. The public comment period and deadline for requesting a contested case closed on April 2, 2018, and an informational hearing on the transfer was held under Agenda Item C. The certificate holder’s amendment request and the Department’s proposed order can be found on the Department’s website at


Oregon Department of Energy 550 Capitol Street NE Salem, Oregon 97301 1-800-221-8035

  1. Biennial Energy Report (Information Item) – Janine Benner, Director, Oregon Department of Energy. The Council will receive an update on Oregon Department of Energy activities.
  2. The Climate Trust Update (Information Item) – Sheldon Zakreski, Chief Operating Officer, The Climate Trust. The Council will receive a presentation about The Climate Trust Board and Oregon Offset Committee.
  3. Public Comment – This time is reserved for the public to address the Council regarding any item within the Council’s jurisdiction that is not otherwise closed for comment.


  1. [WORKING LUNCH] Boardman to Hemingway Transmission Line, Project Update (Information Item) – Kellen Tardaewether, Senior Siting Analyst. The Council will receive an update regarding the Boardman to Hemingway Transmission Line site certificate application.
  2. Rulemaking: Carbon Dioxide, Phase II – (Action Item) – Jason Sierman, Rulemaking Coordinator. After receiving an update on this rulemaking project, Council may authorize staff to file official public notice. The purpose of this rulemaking project is to evaluate, and potentially modify, the Council’s CO2 emissions standards. The CO2 emissions standards apply to base load gas plants, non-base load power plants, and certain non-generating energy facilities. The update to Council will include a summary of staff’s research to find the most efficient combined-cycle combustion turbine energy facility operating in the United States, and a summary of any input received to date from the Rulemaking Advisory Committee.


  1. The Climate Trust Board, Appointments (Action Item) – Todd Cornett, Assistant Director/Council Secretary. The Council will consider potential appointees to The Climate Trust Board.
  2. Public Comment – This time is reserved for the public to address the Council regarding any item within the Council’s jurisdiction that is not otherwise closed for comment.


6. Attend a public meeting to help shape the future of the Oregon Health Plan

Oregon.Flat.polePORTLAND, Ore. – The Oregon Health Authority is holding a series of public meetings to gather suggestions that will help shape the future of the Oregon Health Plan (OHP).

The first meeting is this Friday, April 20, and two others will follow on consecutive Saturdays:

  • Portland – Friday, April 20, 9-11 a.m., Mercy Corps Northwest, 43 SW Naito Parkway
  • The Dalles – Saturday, April 21, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wahtonka High School, 3601 West 10th Street
  • Woodburn – Saturday, April 28, 9 a.m. to noon, Legacy Health Wellspring Conference Center, 1475 Mt. Hood Ave.

Anyone is welcome, and advance registration is appreciated.

Spanish language interpretation services will be available at the meetings. If you need interpretation in another language or have a request for accommodation, please contact Stephanie Jarem at

The Oregon Health Plan and coordinated care organizations

At the meetings the public can make suggestions to improve the Oregon Health Plan and coordinated care organizations (CCOs).

CCOs are independent organizations that contract with the state to provide health care for nearly 1 million Oregonians on OHP.

CCOs were formed in 2012 with a commitment to improve care and save taxpayers money.

Since then, CCOs have saved taxpayers an estimated $2.2 billion, reduced emergency room visits, and improved health care.

But improvements are still needed in several areas, including:

  • Better access and treatment in mental health and addiction medicine
  • Finding new ways to limit growth in health care spending
  • Paying providers for improving quality rather than for each visit or test
  • Providing better access to housing, transportation, education, and other health-related services
  • Reducing language and cultural barriers that affect access to health care

The next CCO contracts start in 2020, but OHA is taking public comment now to help inform those contracts.


Sherman County eNews #99


  1. Solar & Dark Sky Programs at Stonehenge Memorial Thursday – Sunday

  2. Sherman County Emergency Services March Activity Report, Part Two

  3. Sherman County School Athletic Schedule Update: Middle School Track

  4. Notice. Frontier Regional 911 Dispatch Board Meeting, April 23

  5. Notice. Sherman County Health District Special Meeting, April 20

  6. Notice. Project to Lay Sod at the Sherman County School Ball Fields at Moro Postponed

  7. The Willingness to Be Surprised

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

1. Solar & Dark Sky Programs at Stonehenge Memorial Thursday – Sunday

StarYellowWhile the Goldendale Observatory undergoes renovation and upgrades, Washington State Parks staff are now offering solar and dark-sky programs at Stonehenge Memorial. Programs take place at 4 p.m. (solar) and 8:30 p.m. (dark sky) THURSDAY – SUNDAY, and will continue through September.

 2. Sherman County Emergency Services March Activity Report, Part Two

~Shawn Payne, Sherman County Emergency Services

North Sherman County RFPD

March 2018 Activity Report

Date Time Incident Location
3-04 12:45 AM Set up Life Flight Landing Zone Wasco Airport
3-06 1:21 AM Motor Vehicle Crash Biggs-Rufus Hwy in Rufus
3-10 12:23 PM Medical Assist Rufus
3-13 10:44 AM RR Tie Fire MP 110 at Giles French Park
3-16 2:16 PM Medical Assist RDO in Wasco
3-16   Agency Assist – South Sherman RFPD US 97  MP# 45


3. Sherman County School Athletic Schedule Update: Middle School Track

Middle School Track

Tuesday, April 17th – Sherman will not be attending the Hermiston Invite scheduled for tomorrow at 3:00.

Audrey Rooney, Registrar  – Sherman High School           


PH: 541-565-3500 ~ Fax: 541-565-3319

4. Notice. Frontier Regional 911 Dispatch Board Meeting, April 23

                                   FRONTIER REGIONAL 911 DISPATCH

                                             BOARD MEETING NOTICE

                                                       April 23, 2018

                                                           2:00 p.m.

                                 Gilliam County Courthouse – Courtroom

1 –     Approve January 22, 2018 Minutes

2 –     Health Care Coverage Plans – Jeff Rasmussen/Renee Heidy

3 –     2018-2019 Budget – Budget Committee

4 –     2017-2018 Supplemental Budget – Renee Heidy/Brenda Potter

5 –     Grant County RFP Update – Mike Smith/Chris Humphreys

6 –     Manager’s Report:  Phone Company; Employee Hiring – Renee Heidy

  • If necessary, Executive Session may be held in accordance with ORS 192.660 (1)

                                             (e) Property

                                             (h) Legal Rights

                                             (i) Personnel

  • As this is a regular meeting of the Frontier Regional 911 Board, other matters may be addressed as deemed appropriate by the Board.

Agenda Distributed January 12, 2018

Frontier Regional Board Members:

Sheriff Gary Bettencourt –

Judge Steve Shaffer –

Sheriff Jim Adkins –

Vice-Chair: Commissioner Mike Ahern –

Sheriff Brad Lohrey –

Commissioner Joe Dabulskis –

Chair: Sheriff Chris Humphreys –

Judge Lynn Morley –

5. Notice. Sherman County Health District Special Meeting, April 20

The Sherman County Health District Board of Directors will be holding a Special Meeting on Friday, April 20th beginning at 3:00pm.  The meeting will be held in the Sherman County Health District Administrative Office.  An agenda for this meeting is available at the Sherman County Health District Administrative Office.  For more information contact Caitlin Blagg at 541-565-0536 or

6. Notice. Project to Lay Sod at the Sherman County School Ball Fields at Moro Postponed

The sod laying project is postponed while an issue is worked through. Once a new date is set we will send out a new notice. The Sherman County Athletic Foundation appreciates your patience and the multiple offers to volunteer once the project is ready to roll!

 7. The Willingness to Be Surprised

Can you be very cool and sophisticated and also highly creative at the same time? This is an interesting question, so let’s take a look at it today.

Do you know anyone who is too sophisticated, too cool to ever be surprised? If so, refrain from being too envious. The experience of surprise is also a sign of our readiness to grow. Amazement and wonder are clear signals that our self-concept and our concepts of the world and other people, are flexible and open to being reshaped. What’s more, it takes commitment and the ability to focus to allow us the experience of surprise.

Now, the so-called cool and sophisticated people have a hard time being surprised. They guard against anything that even suggests surprise, because they need to believe that they have everything figured out. But what they’ve really done is build a wall around their creative reservoir with this veneer of sophistication. It is people like these who are most unwilling to commit themselves to anything, least of all an ideal, and certainly not the development of their own creativity.

Creativity must be encouraged and nurtured if you want to grow as a person. You want to be willing to seek out and develop that which is new in yourself. At the same time, you are letting go of old habits, beliefs and expectations that are no longer useful – and could easily be holding you back from true success.

This creativity in action is you, uncovering more of the potential that lies asleep inside you. Do not be afraid to wake it up! There is so much more to each of us than we currently know. And in the long run, this is far more important than being “totally cool!”

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

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