Sherman County eNews #124

 

CONTENTS

  1. CLASSIFIEDS

  2. CALENDAR


1. CLASSIFIEDS (new or corrected)

REMINDERS:

voteFree 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

THANK YOU & CONGRATULATORY NOTES:

 THANK YOU! Teacher Appreciation Week May 7-11 reminded us to thank all of our Sherman County teachers… and all of the instructional aides, administrators, assistants, secretaries, substitutes and staff that go above and beyond to help teach our students. We love our Sherman County Teachers! Sincerely, Sherman County Parent Teacher Organization

THANK YOU to everyone who participated in Take a Husky to Work for 2017-2018!  Take a Husky to Work is a program in which parents, guardians and community members can share their work and careers with the students of Sherman County. They take pictures of Gus the Husky as they go about their regular day. They fill out a questionnaire so we can learn more about them, their talents, and what they learned in school that helps them in their jobs and life today. Gus the Husky has been all over our county as well as to the bottom of The Dalles Dam a couple times, care facilities and doctor offices, ranches and farms here and in our neighboring state, advertising offices, city halls, college, waste facilities, patrol cars, garden nurseries and even another school just over the river. We appreciate getting to know you, your career and how you used what you learned in school to help you today. Thanks for volunteering! Sincerely, Members of the Sherman County Parent Teacher Organization

Appreciation can make a day – even change a life.

Your willingness to put it into words

is all that is necessary.

~ Margaret Cousins

 JOYFUL NEWS!

JOYFULLY! 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.

COMMUNITY ORGANIZATION FUND-RAISERS:

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES:

EMPLOYMENT:

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 www.mcpcoop.com. Applications are available for download at www.mcpcoop.com 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 97039 Fax: (503)536-6875 PH: (541)565-2277  Brittany@mcpcoop.com


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 www.beobank.com, 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

FOR SALE:

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. 5/18

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 

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 |https://www.oldwoodnbarrels.com 6/1 

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

FOR RENT OR LEASE:

FREE:

SERVICES:

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

NEWSPAPERS

VISITOR INFORMATION:

WANTED:

newspaper-wantedLOCAL 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 www.host.asse.com 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)

flower.lilac.lavenderMAY

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

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

12 City of Rufus Clean-Up Day

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

13 Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet 10-1 American Legion, Goldendale 

15 ELECTION DAY

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 http://www.tradeswomen.net/fair/

24 Northern Oregon Regional Corrections Budget Meeting 10 NORCOR

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

27-28 Wasco Memorial Day Country Breakfast 7:30-10:30 N. Sherman Rural Fire Hall

28 Sherman County Photography Club 6 Sherman County Extension Building Moro
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

music.notes (2)JUNE

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

wheat.fourJULY

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

10 Tri-County Mental Health Board of Directors Meeting 11-2 The Dalles

10 North Central Public Health District Board of Directors Meeting 3 The Dalles

11 Sherman County Senior & Community Center Advisory Meeting 12:30

12-15 National Association of Counties Conference, Nashville, Tennessee

13 Columbia Renewable Energy Association Board Meeting 10-1

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

cowboyyeehawAUGUST

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

1-4 Union County Fair, LaGrande

1-5 Deschutes County Fair, Redmond

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

1-31 Sherman County Historical Museum Artist Series: Abbey Phelps, Knitting & Fiber Arts

3 Jawbone Flats Concert 6:30 & Artisans’ Market 4-7, Condon City Park

4 Art Walk in Moro: Wool Spinners & Quilts

4-11 Wallowa County Fair, Enterprise

6-10 Sherman County Summer Drama Day Camp

7 Vietnam War Began 1964

7-10 Baker County Fair, Baker City

7-11 Umatilla County Fair, Hermiston

8-11 Crook County Fair, Prineville

8-11 Yakima Valley Fair & Rodeo, Grandview

11 Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum 9 Helicopters

21-26 Sherman County Fair & Rodeo, Moro

23-26 Wasco County Fair, Tygh Valley


 

Sherman County eNews #123

CONTENTS

  1. City of Rufus Clean-Up Day, May 12

  2. Public Meeting Announcement: Sherman County School Board, May 14

  3. Sherman County Museum Artist Series – Sherman Elementary Students

  4. Sherman County Court Notes, April 18

  5. Sherman County Court Notes, May 2

  6. Impulse: Act or Not to Act?


“But if we are to be told by a foreign power … what we shall do, and what we shall not do, we have independence yet to seek, and have contended hitherto for very little.” —George Washington (1796)


1. City of Rufus Clean-Up Day, May 12

Saturday, May 12, 2018 (9am to 3pm)

Rufus Public Works

400 Main Street

Rufus, OR 97050

The City of Rufus invites all citizens to our cleanup day Saturday May 12, 2018 from 9am to 3pm. Cleanup site located at the City of Rufus Public Works Department 400 Main Street. Come on down and dump your trash to kick off the spring cleaning season.

Volunteers are welcome to assist as needed

  • E-Waste recycling (computers, monitors, tv’s) is available courtesy of The Dalles Disposal
  • Restrictions: NO hazardous materials, chemicals, paint, or tires

 2. Public Meeting Announcement: Sherman County School Board, May 14

 The Sherman County School District Board of Directors will hold a Regular Board Meeting on Monday, May 14, 2018 that will include an executive session. The executive session will begin at 6:00 p.m. pursuant to ORS 192.660(2)(k) to consider matters relating to school safety and ORS 192.660(2)(f) to consider records exempt by law from public inspection. ​The Regular Board Meeting that will begin at approximately 7:00 p.m. These meetings will be held in the Sherman County Public/School Library. 

 

SchoolBoard1.May 14.2018 

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3. Sherman County Museum Artist Series – Sherman Elementary Students 

Moro, OR –Billy goats, fat cats, flowers, dancing cows and cactus are some of the things you will see from the talented student artists of Sherman Elementary and their spring artwork on display at the Sherman County Historical Museum during the month of May. Visitors can enjoy all the bursts of color and creativity from the Kindergarten to 5th grade artists featured everyday this month from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the museum.

There is no charge for this exhibit located in the museum and each month the Sherman County Historical Museum will feature a different local artist. Don’t miss a chance to see some fantastic art from our local community members.

The Sherman County Historical Museum is located at 200 Dewey Street in Moro, Oregon. For more information call 541-565-3232 or visit our Facebook page and website: http://www.shermanmuseum.org 


4. Sherman County Court Notes, April 18

~By Administrative Assistant Kayla von Borstel

ShermanCoLogo*NOTE:

– This is a very brief outline ONLY of topics considered “public interest”.

– These are NOT OFFICIAL MINUTES. For official minutes and full details, please see the approved minutes posted on the Sherman County website at http://www.co.sherman.or.us after the next Court session. Thank you.

The Sherman County Court met in regular session on April 18, 2018, and in conducting the business of the county,

  • Sherman County Courthouse Facility Dedication has been set for September 7th, 2018 at 1pm.
  • Aaron Lafky spoke with the Court in regards to Starvation Lane usage for Cottonwood Canyon State Park. As of April 18, 2018 Aaron filed a tort claim with the State of Oregon stating State Parks was in violation of their master plan and land use approvals, and the road needs to be improved as recreational visitor usage interferes with his ability to farm.
  • Mike Smith, on behalf of Community Counsel Solutions, suggested a long term lease with the County on lots next to the Wasco Events Center for a Respite House. County Court agreed to support CCS so they may move forward working on an agreement with the City of Wasco.
  • Motion by Commissioner McCoy, second by Commissioner Dabulskis, to approve the Intergovernmental Grant Agreement No. RS1607, between Sherman County and the State of Oregon, for the Sherman County Broadband Fiber Project connection for Wasco to Rufus fiber, and authorize Judge Thompson to sign.
  • Motion by Commissioner Dabulskis, second by Commissioner McCoy, to approve a $200 Celebration of Life donation to the Performing Arts Program at Lakeridge High School in honor of Nina Heidgerken.
  • Motion by Commissioner McCoy, second by Commissioner Dabulskis, to approve the nomination of Ashley Danielson and Nadja McConville to serve as members on the Sherman County Local Community Advisory Council (LCAC). The nominations will now be forwarded to the Board of Directors of the Eastern Oregon Coordinated Care Organization (EOCCO) which makes the official appointments.
  • Motion by Commissioner Dabulskis, second by Commissioner McCoy, to approve submission of a response to the Regional Infrastructure Fund open application, due April 30, 2018 with a request for $200,000 to support construction of the network in partnership with the chosen private provider. In addition match the funds invested by the Cities to provide additional matching funds for the grant in the amount of $30,000.
  • Motion by Commissioner McCoy, second by Commissioner Dabulskis, to approve the hiring of Hawkins, Delafield & Wood, as Bond Counsel for the Biggs Service District to move forward with the Biggs Service District Water System Project.
  • Sherman County will go out for a Request For Proposal (RFP) to have a legal contract for Legal County Counsel after the passing of the previous County Counsel.

5. Sherman County Court Notes, May 2

~By Administrative Assistant Kayla von Borstel

ShermanCoLogo*NOTE:

– This is a very brief outline ONLY of topics considered “public interest”.

– These are NOT OFFICIAL MINUTES. For official minutes and full details, please see the approved minutes posted on the Sherman County website at http://www.co.sherman.or.us after the next Court session. Thank you.

The Sherman County Court met in regular session on May 2, 2018, and in conducting the business of the county,

  • Motion by Commissioner McCoy, second by Commissioner Dabulskis, to approve Lee Ann Posey to fulfill the position as RV Park Camp Host at the Sherman County RV Park.
  • Motion by Commissioner McCoy, second by Commissioner Dabulskis, to approve the Annual Price Adjustment for Sherman County/Waste Management Disposal Services of Oregon, Inc. to increase from $24.30 per ton to $24.91 per ton to be effective July 1, 2018.
  • Motion by Commissioner McCoy, second by Commissioner Dabulskis, to approve the Intergovernmental Grant Agreement for the Implementation of Phase Three Sherman County Broadband Fiber between Sherman County and Frontier TeleNet, authorizing Frontier TeleNet to oversee the construction of the Wasco to Rufus Fiber on Sherman County’s behalf, and authorize the County Court to sign.
  • Motion by Commissioner McCoy, second by Commissioner Dabulskis, to approve up to $50,000 of the purchase price of a non-owner occupied home, to be considered part of the eligible project budget for a rehabilitation project within 60 days from County Court approval.
  • Motion by Commissioner McCoy, second by Commissioner Dabulskis, to remove the Construction Loan Program from the Sherman County Housing Incentive Funds, due to the lack of current market need.
  • Motion by Commissioner McCoy, second by Commissioner Dabulskis, to allow approval for the Housing Rehabilitation Grant Program with a signed purchase and sale agreement in place contingent upon closing, with funds committed for no longer than 90 days.
  • Motion by Commissioner McCoy, second by Commissioner Dabulskis, to approve defining a rental unit as a housing unit that could be fully self-contained within the Rental Housing Development Grant.

6. Impulse: Act or Not to Act?

Have you ever gone shopping to buy just one or two things and come home with a couple of bags full? Let’s talk about the pros and cons of making impulsive decisions.

Do you ever act on your impulses, or make spontaneous decisions to do things? Most of us know that acting on impulse can have negative consequences, like when you are in the grocery store or investing large amounts of money. But did you know it could also be very positive?

Let’s take a closer look. An impulse is nothing more than an urge to do something. It is a suggestion from your subconscious that suddenly surfaces in your conscious mind, and as such, it deserves to be considered. In fact, carrying impulses into action can be a good way to become goal-oriented. Of course, it can also be a way to get into serious trouble when we don’t consider all of the consequences of acting on the impulse.

How do you decide whether to act on an impulse? Well, try asking yourself if the impulse feels like it could be in harmony with the person you most want to be. Have you considered all of the ramifications of acting on the impulse? If the answer is no, nip it in the bud, or at least defer it to “later.” If the answer is yes, and the decision to act causes no harm to others, do it and do it as soon as possible, because procrastination is the death of too many wonderful impulses.

If it can’t be done immediately, set a goal and create a clear mental image of the end-result you most want to bring about. Affirm and re-visit that picture every day. With the fuel of vivid sensory details and a determined spirit, you’ll begin to see some extraordinary positive changes in your life – and your good choices will assist you in your new goal of being a positive role model! ~The Pacific Institute


 

Sherman County eNews #122

CONTENTS

  1. It’s Time for Head Start Applications

  2. Editorial. Mac’s Musings, The Times-Journal

  3. Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet in Goldendale, May 13

  4. Inherent Creativity

  5. 2-Day Beginner & Intermediate Pastel Painting Workshop with Karen Watson

  6. Sherman Museum Artist Series – Free Admission for Mom

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


“I ask, Who are the militia? They consist now of the whole people…” ~George Mason, 1788


1. It’s Time for Head Start Applications

 children.cartoonThe North Central ESD Early Education OPK Head Start is accepting applications for the 2018-2019 school year. OPK Head Start is a comprehensive child and family development program serving children ages 3-5 in a quality preschool environment in Sherman and Wheeler Counties. The program focuses on preparing children and families for school through education, health services, and family involvement.

To download the application or for more information, please visit http://ncesdee.wixsite.com/website

If you would like more information or have any questions about the program that is offered in your area, please call the North Central ESD Early Education office at 877-562-3739 Ext. 152


2. Editorial. Mac’s Musings, The Times-Journal

pencil.sharp~By permission of The Times-Journal

Voters in Gilliam, Wheeler and Sherman counties are in the midst of making decisions about their county governments that could have lasting effects, hopefully for the benefit of all three counties and their residents. With yet a few days of campaigning to go, we  urge voters to make their ballots count. Vote. Return your ballots to the respective ballot drop sites in your county by 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 15.

On the Gilliam County ballot, two candidates have stepped up to contest the candidacy of incumbent Judge Steve Shaffer. Of the three candidates, our pick is Elizabeth Farrar. She is a fifth generation native of Condon, a CHS graduate, a graduate of George Washington University with a Master’s Degree in Legislative Affairs and with 10 years of public service in Salem and Washington, D.C. She has developed a demanding career in communications and project consulting which has served a host of local entities well over the past seven years, and has been proven successful in her work with local, regional and state tourism and economic development endeavors. In doing so, she realizes the need to move forward with broadband infrastructure and the potential it has for the future of the county and region, and the continuing need to create housing and jobs for those increasingly affected by ‘urban fatigue.’ She is bright and perceptive, understands policy and procedure, public meeting protocol, the value of planning and setting policy for an efficient county government. She is an effective communicator, and an effective listener. We believe Elizabeth Farrar’s drive, intelligence, training and experience in the nuances of policy making will serve Gilliam County well.

We support Elizabeth Farrar for Gilliam County Judge.

And Gilliam County voters have a choice to make in filling the county commissioner position being vacated by Mike Weimar who is retiring from the position. Three Gilliam County residents have become candidates for the position, and all would, by all counts, serve well. Among them, though, we support the candidacy of Sherrie Wilkins. Her history with the county’s largest employer will afford her knowledge of the important county-Waste Management relationship; her pending retirement will allow time for the position; her management experience; her knowledge of county issues; her familiarity with what the position entails; and her desire to make county government effective make her our choice for county commissioner.

In Wheeler County balloting, we appreciate the interest that has been generated in the county commissioner position now held by appointee Debbie Starkey. It has created a conversation in the county that should occur daily. As with any organization, we believe that well-planned, common-sense, long-range, well-communicated and transparent goals for the county are a must. While it has been good to point out the concerns that Wheeler County residents have with the administration of the county, we have faith in the efforts being made by incumbent county commissioner Debbie Starkey and support her election to the position. She has made the commitment to learn the parameters of the job, has learned that there are many issues involved in managing the public’s business at the county level and continues to learn the protocol and procedures of public office.

We support the candidacy of Debbie Starkey.

And it is with interest that we look to the race for judge in Sherman County, with the retirement of Judge Gary Thompson leaving the county’s top job vacant. Four viable candidates have entered the race, each offering a different trajectory coming into the fray. We have had the opportunity to observe county commissioner Joe Dabulskis work through the processes of learning the responsibilities of public service at the county level. We like what we see. Joe Dabulskis’ life experiences before settling on a family ranch in the county have provided invaluable ‘training’ in the importance of governance, regimen, policy and procedure. Our observations tell us that he is in the business of public service to make better life in Sherman County for one and all, and not for personal gratification or gain. His thoughtful approach to issues is inclusive of those he serves, and he likes to know all there is to know about an issue before his vote is cast.

We support Joe Dabulskis for county judge in Sherman County.

And we are grateful to all who throw their hat into the political ring, including those uncontested candidates who continue to sign up to do the work of the people. We trust that voters everywhere do their homework and make informed decisions in filling out their ballots. We have faith in vox populi.

Turn in your ballots by 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 15. Every vote counts!


3. Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet in Goldendale, May 13

Goldendale American Legion Auxiliary

Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet

Sunday May 13th

10 AM – 1 PM

Adults $10

Children 12 and under $5


4. Inherent Creativity

Many people think of creativity in terms of output, or something produced, but that is not necessarily so. We don’t come into this world stamped “Creative” or “Not Creative” – at least we shouldn’t be. Today we are going to look at the meaning of creativity.

You know, many people believe that in order to be truly creative, they have to be producing something extraordinary – composing music, making paintings, designing furniture or clothing – things that have real, measurable output. However, that is a pretty limited way to look at creativity.

Creativity is an attitude toward life and is more a matter of improvisation and inspiration than of producing something we can label as “creative” – something admired or socially useful. Whenever we see something in a new light or from a new perspective, we are being creative. We are asking the brain to be flexible – which it is fully able to do – and consider our perceptions from a different angle. And when we do that, we develop a growth mindset, one that is open to new thinking and new experiences, and expressed as our personal creativity.

Each of us, if we are open and searching, can become creative in doing those simple things in our lives that are creative and original to us. We can be creative in the way we bring up our children, the way we teach and learn, the way we communicate and listen, and in discovering new ways to approach old, familiar things. Creativity can be expressed in the way we approach a picnic at the beach or in tending a beautiful garden.

You see, creativity is there inside us, not in the things we produce. With creativity, we discover and celebrate the fullness of our own personal nature. True creativity is what helps us to make the most of our lives and live up to our own individual potential.

Your own personal creativity is near at hand. You just need to allow yourself to tap into it. ~The Pacific Institute


5. 2-Day Beginner & Intermediate Pastel Painting Workshop with Karen Watson

When:  Saturday & Sunday, June 2 & 3  10 – 4 pm

Minimum: 5 students

Maximum: 15 students

Cost:  $175.00 Karen will supply paper for all students.

Supplies List:  1 set medium quality, soft pastels (not oil).

Med Quality Brands: Rembrandt 1/2 sticks, Art Spectrum, Blue Earth

Good place to order from:  Dakota Art (on line)

Sign up at The Dalles Art Center

Please join artist, Karen Watson, for a lively weekend workshop exploring and learning how to push your artistic boundaries with pastels. With live demonstrations and one-on-one attention to individuals, students will begin to learn some of the intermediate concepts of design when using pastel. Karen will cover some of the more advanced elements like composition, value, and completing your projects. When you are done with this class, you will not only have a better understanding of pastels as a whole, but you will go home with at least one completed painting.

Award winning artist, Watson has works in both public and private collections. Her work has been featured in the Pastel Journal and several other publications. She enjoys traveling and participating in fine art shows throughout the U.S. She is represented by The Columbia Center for the Arts, The Frame Gallery, and the Ryan Gallery in Lincoln City. She gets a thrill out of teaching and likes nothing better than to share her passion for pastels with students. Please bring soft pastels, pastel paper, and an open mind to class with you.

Questions? Call Karen 541-386-7143.  Contact The Dalles Art Center to register! 541.296.4759 or thedallesart@gmail.com.


6. Sherman Museum Artist Series – Free Admission for Mom

SCHM_clr_wtMoro, OR – The Sherman County Historical Museum is free all day Sunday, May 13th, for all mothers from 1pm to 5pm in celebration of Mother’s Day! Bring Mom and the entire family to enjoy some Sherman County history and fun. The lobby is bright and cheery with art from the Sherman Elementary students who are the featured artists for the month of May.

Happy Mother’s Day and hope to see you at the Sherman County Historical Museum located at 200 Dewey Street in Moro, Oregon. For more information, call 541-565-3232 or visit our Facebook page and website: http://www.shermanmuseum.org


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

bird.talkFirst Lady Melania Trump’s Initiative: Be Best  https://www.whitehouse.gov/bebest/?utm_source=ods&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=1600d

 Americans Think Summer Camp is Important for Kids http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/lifestyle/general_lifestyle/may_2018/americans_think_summer_camp_is_important_for_kids

 Brilliant Maps | Every Country Invaded by France https://brilliantmaps.com/every-country-invaded-france/  

 Why a Free Press Is Actually Good for the Economy https://www.heritage.org/international-economies/commentary/why-free-press-actually-good-the-economy?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=thf-fb

 ‘Made in USA’ Used to Mean Something: Tomi Lahren Says Trump Must Act to Help Cattle Ranchers  http://insider.foxnews.com/2018/05/08/tomi-lahren-says-trump-must-act-help-cattle-ranchers-beef-industry

Chris Jordan’s ALBATROSS film trailer https://vimeo.com/218502282?ref=fb-share&1

 Camel Gastrolith by Chris Jordan  https://vimeo.com/154380582