Sherman County eNews #118


  1. Spring Grant Awards Announced by Cultural Coalition

  2. Oregon Wheat Foundation Scholarships Awarded

  3. Unit 20, Oregon Retired Teachers to Meet in Maupin, May 15

  4. When Things Seem Out of Control

  5. City of Rufus Garage & Yard Sales, May 4, 5 & 6

  6. Sherman County Lions Club, May 7

  7. Educators: Don’t miss out on this FREE professional development opportunity!

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

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

“The public cannot be too curious concerning the characters of public men.” ~Samuel Adams (1775)

 1. Spring Grant Awards Announced by Cultural Coalition

Spring grant awards for 2018 have been announced by the Sherman County Cultural Coalition (SCCC) committing $5,635.00 to projects that strengthen existing cultural resources or engage the community in the arts, heritage or humanities in Sherman County.

Five project applications met the goals and priorities established by the Coalition in the Sherman County Cultural Plan. Successful applicants and projects are as follows: Lisa’s In Stitches & Sage Mountain – Annual Quilt & Fiber Event; OSU Sherman County Extension – Kids Summer Drama Camp; Sherman County Fair – Susie McEntire @ Sherman County Fair; Sherman County Public/School Library – Makerspace – Craft Cutter; Sherman 4-H Shooting Club – Equipment.

Funding for these community projects was made possible with a grant award received from the Oregon Cultural Trust plus matching funds generously provided by Sherman County. Applications for the next grant cycle will be available in the fall of 2018.

For additional information on the Sherman County Cultural Coalition, please see the website at .

 2. Oregon Wheat Foundation Scholarships Awarded

The Oregon Wheat Foundation is pleased to announce we have awarded a total of ten $1,000 scholarships to high school seniors this year, representing ten counties or regions.

Students were judged on their community involvement, academic achievement and an essay on a wheat industry topic.

Treve Martin is a graduating senior of Sherman County School in Moro. Treve is the son of Mr. & Mrs. Doug Martin of Rufus and plans to study agricultural business management at Oregon State. He played basketball, football and baseball, and competed in track with many all-league selections; he also participates in band and FFA. Treve is also involved in various other community and school projects.

Oregon Wheat Foundation Scholarships are open to high school seniors whose parents are members of the Oregon Wheat Growers League or whose parents are employed by grower members of the organization. The scholarship is also open to students employed by grower members.

Scholarship information can be found in the Oregon Wheat Foundation section of the Oregon wheat website at Applications are accepted beginning in October.

3. Unit 20, Oregon Retired Teachers to Meet in Maupin, May 15

Unit 20, Oregon Retired Teachers, will meet noon Tuesday, the 15th, at the Imperial River Company, along the beautiful Deschutes River in Maupin.  The program will be offered by Debbie Jones, YouthThink.  Luncheon reservations may be made by calling either 541-354-1505 or 503-360-6966.  All persons from Hood River, Wasco and Sherman Counties with an interest in education are invited to attend.

4. When Things Seem Out of Control

Do you ever feel like events in your life have gotten out of control? Some days, it’s easy to feel that way.

No matter how diligently you set goals, visualize results, and affirm a positive outcome, every once in a while your life is going to feel as if it’s gone a little sideways. Carefully laid plans go up in smoke – sometimes quite literally. People you counted on, bail out on you. A health or family crisis strikes. An earthquake or tornado puts you back to square one. Suddenly, you feel as if you are completely off course, out of control, and lost at sea.

At times like these, there are a few things it may help you to remember. First, no one can control every aspect of life, and adversity comes to all of us, no matter how moral we are, and no matter how good our attitude is. Bad things happen to good people all the time.

Second, it is important to realize that there is one and only one thing in life that is completely within your power to control, and that is your response to what happens to you. When you find yourself overcome with feelings of fear, helplessness, doom and gloom, you can put the brakes on these feelings by gently but firmly choosing to shift the focus of the thoughts that are running through your mind.

Your feelings are a direct result of the thoughts you think. Setting aside some time every morning and evening for positive visualization, affirmation, or guided meditation is a highly effective way of getting these thoughts back under your control again. You sleep a better more restful sleep and wake the next morning, ready to meet the challenges of the new day.

Try it, give it a chance. You will be surprised at just how well it works. ~The Pacific Institute

5. City of Rufus Garage & Yard Sales, May 4, 5 & 6

Come on out to the City of Rufus this weekend (May 4, 5, 6) for our city-wide garage & yard sale.  Citizens are participating in this event to do some spring cleaning, and providing an opportunity to do some bargain hunting.


Janice Strand, Cheryl Wason, Heidi Allen, 704 E 1st (May 4, 5, 6)

Louise Stephens, 317 Murray (May 4, 5, 6)

Linda Brown, 307 Wallace (May 4, 5) FRI & SAT only

Sandy Van Gilder – Sinclair Station, 501 E 1st (May 4, 5, 6)

Sue Jackson, 312 Fields (May 4, 5, 6)

The City of Rufus looks forward to your visit!

6. Sherman County Lions Club, May 7

The May 7th meeting of the Sherman County Lions Club will be held at the Sherman County Senior and Community Center in Moro at 12:00. The Lions welcome guest speaker Cindy Brown from the OSU Extension office. Cindy wears many hats for OSU and the County as well as work with the Eastern Oregon Healthy Living Alliance.

7. Educators: Don’t miss out on this FREE professional development opportunity!

Join Oregon Agriculture in the Classroom’s Columbia Gorge Educator Workshop

“Engaging Students with Agricultural Education”

Date: May 14, 2018

Time: 4:15 pm – 7 pm

Location: The Dalles Middle School,

The Dalles, Oregon

Attend this free workshop, and be connected with resources and strategies to incorporate agriculture, natural resources, and the environment into your teaching. This hands-on workshop will include example lessons and opportunities to brainstorm with fellow educators. PDU credits available!

Dinner will be provided.


  • Hands-on activities designed to be integrated into core content areas of science, language arts, social studies, and math
  • Interactive learning environment
  • Practical ideas for instant use in the classroom (and beyond!)
  • FREE books and kits AITC’s Free Loan Library: animals, plants, nutrition, and more!
  • Career information for food, agriculture, and natural resources
  • Current information about the importance of agriculture
  • Experienced presenters
  • Educator resources for each participant including curriculum and posters

This workshop will provide up to 3 PDU credits!  Register:

Questions, contact Jessica Jansen, Oregon Agriculture in the Classroom

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

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

  • 12,000: Approximate number of business owners potentially eligible for a tax cut proposed by Oregon Gov. Kate Brown (D), which would extend favorable tax rates to sole proprietorships.
  • 1,012,790: Miles covered by the Highly Rural Transportation Grant program, which provides transportation for rural veterans to medical appointments, since its inception in 2014.
  • 10: Oregon counties where the program is active.
  • $2,000: Amount of prize money you could receive from the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife for submitting a winning stamp design featuring a Ruffled Grouse, Lesser Scaup, Red-breasted Merganser or other specified fauna.
  • 230: Working economists in Oregon, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
  • $100,000: Amount a horse named Justice is seeking in a lawsuit against its former owner, filed this week by the Animal Legal Defense Fund in Portland, according to The Oregonian.
  • 4,900: Approximate number of sexual assault forensic evidence kits that were still untested as of 2015, according to an audit released this week by the Secretary of State’s Office.
  • 1,100: Kits needing testing in 2017.
  • $130,000: Outgoing state CIO Alex Pettit’s new salary as a business continuity program manager for the Secretary of State’s Office.
  • 36,800: Deaths in Oregon in 2017, the highest number since 1960, according to Willamette Week.

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

 bird.crow.flyTravel Oregon: The Wild Tales of Eastern Oregon

Oregonians in Action

Oregon horse sues former owner for $100,000, seeking damages for neglect

Oregon’s average gas price hits $3.20, highest since 2014 

300 Free Ivy League University Courses You Can Take Online Right Now


Discrimination and Disparities with Thomas Sowell

 The Deconstruction and Repeal of the Second Amendment 

Are we free to discuss America’s Real Problems

YouTube: Changing a Lightbulb on a 1500’ TV Tower

Defense News 

Military Times | Early Bird Brief

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U.S. Gives Soros Groups Millions to Destabilize Macedonia’s Conservative Govt.

Soros-Funded Group Launches App to Help Illegal Aliens Avoid Feds


Sherman County eNews #117




 1. CLASSIFIEDS (new or corrected)


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(anniversaries, achievements, awards, births, birthdays, graduations, weddings, etc.)

babyfootprintJOYFULLY! Joe and Ashley Danielson of Grass Valley, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Baylor Mac Danielson, born at 8:26 am on April 18 in Hood River. At birth, Baylor weighed 8 lbs. 9 oz. and 21 1/2″ long. He joins sister, Bryndle. The grandparents are Rick and Kathleen Danielson of Grass Valley and Andy Nichols of The Dalles.

JOYFULLY! 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 grandparents are Rick and Kathleen Danielson of Grass Valley and Dave and Melinda Dickson of Antelope.




PETROLEUM DELIVERY DRIVER, HARVEST HELP. Mid Columbia Producers is now hiring for multiple positions.

  • Full Time Petroleum Delivery Driver– Moro, Oregon
  • Part Time Harvest Help – Various Locations
  • Full Time Harvest Help – Various Locations

For complete job descriptions please visit Applications are available for download at or be picked up at the main office in Moro. Please send cover letter, application and resume to: Mid Columbia Producers Attn: Brittany Dark, PO Box 344 Moro, OR 97039Fax: (503)536-6875 PH: (541)565-2277

BANK TELLER.  Bank of Eastern Oregon is now hiring for a full-time Teller at our Moro branch; schedule Monday-Friday 8:30 am – 5:00 pm. Incumbent should have previous cash handling & customer service experience & be proficient in use of computers; previous banking experience a plus. Applicants may apply at, click on Career Opportunities link (towards bottom of Home page). Successful candidate must pass a pre-employment drug, credit, and background screening. Bank of Eastern Oregon is an Equal Opportunity Employer of minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities. Application closing date: 5-13-2018.  5/11


YARD SALE: May 4, 5, 6 at 317 Murray Street, Rufus, OR.  9 am to 5 pm. ~Louise Stephens 541-739-2368. 5/4

COMMUNITY YARD SALE. Grass Valley Pavilion, Memorial Day Weekend, Friday-Monday May 25-28 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. | Sell or Buy. Lots of Variety. $5.00 covers use of the building and a table. Reserve space by calling 541-333-2374. Leave message. Come to Grass Valley and join in the fun! 5/25

CITY OF MORO CITY-WIDE YARD SALE. Come hunt for bargains galore at the annual Moro City-Wide Yard Sale. Saturday May 05th and Sunday May 06th, 2018, when the entire town cleans out attics and basements and puts their best stuff up for sale! 5/4

UNIQUE HANDCRAFTED OUTDOOR FURNITURE, NOVELTY GITS AND FURNITURE REHABILITATION: Considerately Handcrafted furniture and novelty gifts created from re-purposed wine & whiskey barrels and other local reclaimed materials. Special orders available.  Furniture repair and refinishing. ~The Wood Butcher | Wasco, Oregon | 541-993-4282 | 6/1 

LOCAL CRAFTSMAN/ARTIST INVITES YOU to see us at the Central Oregon Builders Association Spring HOME & GARDEN SHOW, May 4-6, 2018 at the Deschutes County Fairgrounds.  Considerately Handcrafted furniture and novelty gifts created from re-purposed wine & whiskey barrels and other local reclaimed materials.  Special orders available.  Furniture repair and refinishing. ~The Wood Butcher | Wasco, Oregon | 541-993-4282 | 5/4

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

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 5/4




COFFEE. “Out of the Blue Coffee Brew” is now open, located in Rufus right next to Sinclair at 501 1st Street. ~Cassidy Gaige & Jesse Hickman. 5/25

SUMMERTIME….AND THE LIVING IS EASY!  OUTDOOR PROJECTS ABOUND!  Local Handyman/General Contractor/Equipment Operator.  Large and small projects. Indoors or Out. Furniture repair & refinishing. Please call Kevin – 541-993-4282 | KCK, Inc. | Licensed, bonded and insured. CCB #135768. References available. 6/8

THE LEAN-TO CAFÉ & GOOSE PIT SALOON.  Full-service Deli, Goose Pit Pulled Pork Sandwich, Wasco Whopper, Breakfast until 11, Pizza, Fresh Desserts, Oregon Lottery, Catering. 541-442-5709 in Historic Downtown Wasco. 6/1

 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




VISITOR CENTER HOSTS – Oregon Paleo Lands Center May-October 2018. The Oregon Paleo Lands Center is seeking qualified volunteers now for three Visitor Center Host assignments:   May-June, July-August, and September-October. This is an exciting new position to meet, welcome, and educate visitors and school groups from all over Oregon and the United States. As you help visitors at the Oregon Paleo Lands Center, you will learn about the spectacular natural/cultural history of the John Day Basin. The Center will provide you with training and assistance and with free camping at the Wheeler County Fairgrounds RV Park. The attractive Center is located next to the historic Wheeler County Courthouse in downtown Fossil, a friendly, small community (20 miles from Condon, 65 miles from Madras).  The Center is within a short walking distance from a full range of local services such as stores, restaurants, post office, bank, and laundry. Please see the OPLI – Visitor Center Host Description and Application for details on the position, Fossil area services and attractions, and OPLI contact information.

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.

2. CALENDAR (new or corrected)


1-30 Sherman County Historical Museum Opens for the Season 10-5 daily

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

4 Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event 10-2 Moro

4 Northern Oregon Regional Corrections Budget Meeting 10 NORCOR

4 Gorge Winds Concert Band 7 Hood River Middle School

4-5-6 Yard Sale 9-5 317 Murray Street, Rufus, Oregon

5 Sen. Merkley Town Hall __ Wasco School Events Center

5 Gorge Grown Mobile Farmers Market 10-1 Moro

5 Gorge Grown Mobile Farmers Market 2-4 Depot in Wasco

5 Memorial Service for Delmar Eban Peake 2 Moro Presbyterian Church

5 Sherman Co. Clean-Up Day 9-5 1 pick-up load free, Solid Waste Transfer Station, Welk Road, Wasco

5 Art Walk in Moro

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

5-6 City-Wide Yard Sale – City of Moro, Oregon

5-6 71st annual Arlington Saddle Club Jackpot Rodeo 12:30 Arlington Rodeo Grounds

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 Public/School Library Board of Directors Meeting 6

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

11 Columbia Renewable Energy Association Exec. Board 10-1 SAGE Center, Boardman

12 Memorial Service for June (Wilde) Rolfe 3 Grass Valley Pavilion

12 Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum 9 Popular Postwar Cars

12 Prineville Reservoir Star Party

12-13 Equine Mania LLC Mary Jane Brown Cows & More Clinic near Wasco 541-980-7394

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 Ballots due by 8pm. One stamp. Postmarks do not count.

15 Unit 20, Oregon Retired Teachers Meeting 12 Imperial River Company, Maupin

15 Wheat College, Pasco, Washington

15 Wasco County Crop Tour

16 Sherman County Crop Tour

16 Sherman County Court 9

17 Sherman County Book Club 6 Sherman Public/School Library

18 Frontier TeleNet Budget Committee 9 & 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

25-28 Community Yard Sale 9:30-5 Grass Valley Pavilion, Grass Valley, Oregon

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

7 North Central Education Service District Board Meeting

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

9 Rose Festival Parade, Portland

12 Tri-County Mental Health / Center for Living 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