Sherman County eNews #121


  1. Wasco School Events Center Board of Directors Meeting, May 9

  2. Sherman County School Athletic Schedule Update: Baseball

  3. Wasco Memorial Day Country Breakfast, May 27 & 28

  4. Sherman County 4-H Club Meeting Note: Horse

  5. Wasco County Historical Society’s 2018 Summer Programs

  6. Greg Walden presses drug distributors for answers following year-long investigation into alleged opioid pill dumping

  7. Personal Role Models

  8. North Central Education Service District Regular Board Meeting Minutes, May 3

1. Wasco School Events Center Board of Directors Meeting, May 9

The Wasco School Events Center Board of Directors will hold a meeting on May 9th, 2017 – 6 p.m. at the WSEC (903 Barnett St.).  The public is welcome to attend!

2. Sherman County School Athletic Schedule Update: Baseball

sport-baseball1Sherman/Arlington/Condon High School Baseball

Monday, May 14th, 2018 – Game added vs Hood River JV at Hood River starting at 4:30, bus departs at 2:25, class dismissal at 2:15

Friday, May 18th, 2018 – District Playoffs in Pendleton at the Bob White Ball Park, opponent and times TBD

— Audrey Rooney, Registrar

Sherman High School

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

3. Wasco Memorial Day Country Breakfast, May 27 & 28

pancake.breakfastABC Huskies Child Care will sponsor the annual Wasco Memorial Day Country Breakfast, Sunday and Monday, May 27th and 28th, from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. at North Sherman Rural Fire Hall located at 411 Yates Street in Wasco. The menu includes ham, eggs, hotcakes and choice of drink for $8.00. Proceeds will be dedicated to operational costs at the child care site.

ABC Huskies is governed by the Sherman County Child Care Foundation, a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization, providing quality, state certified child care services and a preschool program. For additional information, please visit

4. Sherman County 4-H Club Meeting Note: Horse

4-H clover1The Horse 4-H Club met on April 15 at 5pm at the Extension Office.  Attending were Courtney Coelsch, Addie Smith, Bailey Coelsch, Ellery Bish and Allison Rolfe.  The excused absence was Mercedez.  The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Courtney Coelsch and the 4-H pledge was led by Bailey Coelsch.  During the meeting we did both pledges, we went over parts of a horse, we did a crossword puzzle of different types of horses, and we talked about safety on a horse.  We also talked about how to tie a proper slip knot and we tied halters to legs of a chair using the slip knot model.  Our next meeting will be May 20 at 3pm.  The Horse Club meeting was adjourned at 6:10pm.  Sincerely, Addie Smith, News Reporter

5. Wasco County Historical Society’s 2018 Summer Programs

The Public is invited to Attend Wasco County Historical Society’s 2018 SUMMER PROGRAMS

“The Wonderful History of the Granada Theatre” 

      Presented by Chuck Gomez                                                                                     

      June 2nd, 11:00 a.m., The Granada Theatre, E. 2nd St., The Dalles

      light refreshments for sale in the Spotlight Café.

“From Pioneer Drugstore to Community Icon: The Waldron Brothers’ Drugstore”

      Presented by Eric Gleason

      June 30th, 11:00 a.m., The Chinese Bldg., 210 E. 1st St., The Dalles (east of the Baldwin Saloon)

      brief informational meeting at the Chinese Bldg. followed by a tour of the Waldron/Ginchell Bldg.

“The Rajneeshees in Wasco County”

      Presented by Art Labrousse, retired Wasco County Sheriff

      July 7th, 11:00 a.m., Rorick House, 300 W. 13th St., The Dalles

 “Celilo Village , Past & Present”

      Presented by Jean Vercouteren

      July 28th, 11:00 a.m., Rorick House, 300 W. 13th St., The Dalles

 “The Grange Organization”

      Presented by Lois Root, Carol Root Seeber, and Marilyn Wilson

      Aug. 18th, 11:00 a.m., Rorick House., 300 W. 13th St., The Dalles

 “The Town Built and Sold by Orlando Humason”

      Presented by John Brookhouse

      Aug. 25th, 11:00 a.m., Rorick House, 300 W. 13th St., The Dalles

Free events; donations welcome; refreshments available.

Look for our WCHS informational/refreshment table at the Cherry Hts. IOOF Cemetery, Friday & Saturday, May 25th, 26th.

6. Greg Walden presses drug distributors for answers following year-long investigation into alleged opioid pill dumping

American flag2WASHINGTON, D.C. — Following a year-long bipartisan investigation into alleged opioid pill dumping in rural communities, Rep. Greg Walden (R-Hood River) today pressed the nation’s top drug distributors for answers as to their role in the opioid crisis. Walden, who chairs the House Energy and Commerce Committee, stressed the need for drug distributors to recognize their responsibility to help combat the crisis.

“You have a unique set of resources and tools at your disposal, and a shared responsibility in flagging suspicious activity and diversion. You are supposed to be one of the first lines of defense in this crisis,” said Walden. “Instead, the information uncovered by this investigation over the last year is stunning. There is no logical explanation for why a town of approximately 400 people would receive 9 million opioid pills in two years. Or why a single pharmacy in a town of about 1,800 people would receive nearly 17 million opioid pills in a decade. Then there are the two pharmacies in a nearby town of 2,900 people which received nearly 21 million opioids in the same time frame. No matter how you cut this data, behind each of these numbers was a pill mill. And they proliferated for far too long.”

Today’s hearing comes as Walden continues to investigate the opioid distribution practices of national and regional drug distributors, particularly in regards to alleged pill dumping in West Virginia. Walden, along with a bipartisan group of committee leaders, first requested information from the nation’s “top three” distributors — AmerisourceBergen, Cardinal Health, and McKesson — on May 8, 2017. In September 2017, the committee probed a fourth distributor, Miami-Luken. In January 2018, the committee sent a follow-up letter to Miami-Luken and probed a fifth distributor, H.D. Smith. In February 2018, the committee sent follow-up questions to AmerisourceBergen, Cardinal Health, and McKesson.

Walden’s Energy and Commerce Committee heard from the following witnesses today:

  • Mr. John Hammergren, Chairman, President and CEO, McKesson Corporation;
  • Mr. George Barrett, Executive Chairman of the Board, Cardinal Health Inc.;
  • Mr. Steven Collis, Chairman, President and CEO, AmerisourceBergen Corporation;
  • Dr. Joseph Mastandrea, Chairman of the Board, Miami-Luken, Inc.; and
  • Mr. J. Christopher Smith, former President and CEO, H.D. Smith Wholesale Drug Company.

During the hearing, Walden said that understanding the root causes of the opioid crisis is critical to ending this scourge that is plaguing communities in Oregon and across the country.

“We owe it to the 115 Americans who die every day from opioid overdoses, and their loved ones, to understand what led to this crisis and to identify solutions to stem the tide,” he said. –

7. Personal Role Models

Just about everyone knows that good role models are important for a child’s development, but have you ever thought about why this is true?

One of the pillars of The Pacific Institute’s education is the practice of visualization, because we have learned that our mental images, for the most part, are what determine our reality. In other words, the way we see ourselves, and the world around us, is what decides how we will behave. How we behave determines, to a very great extent, what will happen to us.

Role models serve as living, breathing mental images that help us visualize the way we would like to live. They are touchstones, reference points if you will, that we can learn from and measure against, while we build the person we want to be.

What kinds of role models are best? No question about it, people we can actually get to know. You see, while it’s helpful to read about an admirable person in a book or magazine, watch an inspiring life story in the movies, or watch successful people on TV, it is much more powerful when we can actually interact with someone who shows us possibilities for ourselves.

When we can do so on a daily or regular basis, as we do with parents, grandparents, teachers and so on, this has the most powerful impact of all. As parents, it is helpful to remember that your kids will learn far more from what you do than from what you say. The best role models only need to set a good example. The kids will usually figure the rest out for themselves. ~The Pacific Institute

8. North Central Education Service District Regular Board Meeting Minutes, May 3


The North Central ESD Board of Directors met in regular session in the NCESD Conference Room, Thursday, May 3, 2018.


P—Sarah Rucker, Chair-June 2021

P—Jim Doherty-June 2021

P—Kristen Neuberger-June 2019 – via phone

P—Amy Derby -June 2019

A—Jeff Schott -June 2021

A—Greg Greenwood -June 2019           

P—Penny Grotting, Superintendent       

P—Kim Domenighini, Bus. Mgr.


Stacy Shown

Rinda Montgomery

Ron Carroll

Sarah declared to go into executive session 192.660 (2)(i)  5:00 pm,

Sarah declared to go out of executive session 192.660 (2)(i) 5:20 pm


Sarah opened the Board Meeting at 5:20 p.m.

Public Input: None



The minutes & fiscal receipts from the April 12, 2018 regular board meeting were distributed for review via email April 24, 2018.

Motion—Amy, seconded Jim, to approve the minutes and fiscal receipts.

VOTING—Unanimously approved.



  • Penny explained that she has hired Taylor Olson for the OPK Education Coordinator and she started May 1, 2018. Taylor has worked with young children for over five years.



  • Kim read Geremy Shull’s resignation letter stating that he is resigning due to moving out of Zone 4 board position area.
  • It has been declared that Zone 4 has a vacant position. Kim will advertise in the Times Journal and the post office. Penny will reach out to Wes Owens, Sherman School District Superintendent to see if he knows of any potential candidates.
  • Potential candidates will need to fill out a board member application, which will be available at the North Central ESD office. The application is due by June 1, 2018.
  • Senator Merkley’s office called and wanted information about board members. Kim gave board members Senator Merkley’s phone did not want to give out personal information.

Next meeting: June 7, 2018 6:00 pm


With no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 5:45 p.m.                                                                                                       

SARAH RUCKER, CHAIR                                KIM DOMENGIHINI, BUS. MGR.