Sherman County eNews #130


  1. Editorial Note. Notices for Sherman County in The Times-Journal

  2. Super Crescent Moon and Venus Conjunction Tonight, May 17

  3. Presentation: Horsethief Butte, Columbia Hills State Park & Rock Art, June 2

  4. Elisabeth Rooper Hill 1923-2018

  5. Wheat & Small Grains Stripe Rust, a Foliar Fungal Disease

  6. Learning Opportunity

  7. Armed Forces Day Living History Events at Camp Withycombe, May 19

1. Editorial Note. Notices for Sherman County in The Times-Journal

–North Central Education Service District Board Vacancy Notice

We note that a vacancy for a position on the North Central Education Service District board of directors has been advertised for “Sherman Grass Valley-Moro-Kent Residents” in The Times-Journal of May 17, 2018.Interested parties who wish to be considered for appointment to fill this vacancy until the end of the term, June 30, 2021, should submit a board application to the North Central ESD office at 135 S. Main/PO Box 637, Condon or via email to” … by June 1, 2018.

—Sherman County’s Budget Hearing Notice and Budget Summary

We also note that Sherman County’s Budget Summary is published in The Times-Journal of May 17, as is the Notice of the county’s Budget Hearing on June 6, 2018, at 9 a.m.

 2. Super Crescent Moon and Venus Conjunction Tonight, May 17 

Tonight, May 17th, a super crescent Moon with Earthshine will pass by Venus in the sunset sky. What is a super crescent Moon? It’s like a super full Moon–only prettier. Visit today’s edition of for the full story of crescent-shaped supermoons and how to observe this one.

3. Presentation: Horsethief Butte, Columbia Hills State Park & Rock Art, June 2

Sheep.Petroglyph-SheepHorsethief Butte rises above Horsethief Lake, now part of Columbia Hills State Park across the Columbia River from The Dalles.  The lake inundated Petroglyph Canyon but some of the rock art is preserved in the park.  Lee Walker will present a virtual walk to “She Who Watches,” the famous pictograph, past other rock art rescued from the rising waters of The Dalles Dam.  The program, with additional visuals and information about the park, follows a brief meeting Saturday, June 2, 1:30 p.m. at the Original Wasco County Courthouse, 410 West 2nd Place, The Dalles.

 4. Elisabeth Rooper Hill 1923-2018

flower.rose.starElisabeth Rooper Hill, 94, went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ May 2, 2018, peacefully at her home. Beth was born Oct. 24, 1923 in Redmond, Oregon, the second of three children to Henry Earl Rooper and Sellah Foster Rooper. She grew up on the Rooper Ranch near Antelope with her older sister, Marcia L. Rooper Mathias, and younger brother, Henry (Bill) Rooper.

She was homeschooled, then graduated from Dayton Union High School in 1941. She graduated from Western Oregon University at Monmouth with a degree in teaching. She taught school for 38 years in Hermiston, Pendleton, Klamath Falls, Grass Valley and Wasco.

Beth met and married the love of her life, Fred L. Hill, June 23, 1956, in The Dalles at the historic St. Peter’s Catholic Church. They raised three children in Wasco. After both retired, they moved to Culver in 1997. Each winter they would go south to Winterhaven, Calif., which she enjoyed. In the fall of 2015, Fred and Beth moved into The Springs Assisted Living in The Dalles.

Beth enjoyed teaching, reading, gardening, canning, traveling, cooking, baking and bingo, her favorite past time. She was a kind-hearted, loving, caring and graceful person to anyone she met, and especially showed this in her classroom.

Beth was preceded in death by her husband, Fred Hill, May 2017; and son, Michael Hill, October 2014. She is survived by her son, Allen Current of Florence, Montana; daughter, Theresa Byars (Bobby) of Fossil; daughter-in-law, Franky Hill of The Dalles; sister-in-law, Barbara Rooper Martin (Jim) of Redmond; grandchildren, Cassie Livingston, Matt Livingston (Tara), Nicholas Livingston (Kelli), Jacob Livingston (Rosa), Kit Hill (Lauren), Sellah Hill (Charles) and Jolleen Hill (Eric); great-grandchildren, Tylen, Maddisyn, Gracie, Abbi, Cadence, Moya, Marli and Hailey; and her nieces and nephews.

Services will be held Friday, May 25, at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in The Dalles with rosary at 10:30 a.m. and Mass at 11 a.m. A reception will follow the burial. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Providence Hospice of the Gorge, 751 Myrtle Street, The Dalles, Oregon, 97058.

5. Wheat & Small Grains Stripe Rust, a Foliar Fungal Disease

wheat.frameblwhStripe rust occurs worldwide and is probably the most damaging cereal rust compared with leaf rust and stem rust. It is the most commonly occurring cereal rust in the Pacific Northwest U.S. because of the relatively cool conditions during much of the growing season.

Stripe rust is known as yellow rust throughout much of the world, because of the yellow-orange color of the spores, which are in contrast to the red-orange-colored spores of leaf rust and stem rust.

The stripe rust fungus causes damage to the plant by growing in the leaves and producing spores that erupt through the leaf surface. As the fungus grows through the leaf, it reduces the photosynthetic area reducing production of sugars for the plant. Spores erupting through the epidermis of the plant result in greater loss of water. Depending on susceptibility of the variety and amount of disease, yield losses range from minor to complete, with 30% losses common in susceptible varieties…. …

… The primary method for managing stripe rust is to grow a resistant variety… See Small Grains Variety Selection Tool.

… … Fungicide seed treatments and foliar fungicide treatments can also be used to manage stripe rust, especially when growing a susceptible or moderately susceptible variety. Fields should be scouted frequently beginning in early spring, depending on the weather, for signs of stripe rust. In addition, Dr. Chen, USDA-ARS, provides regular Stripe Rust Alerts beginning in January each year. If 2 to 5% rust develops on a susceptible variety, fungicide application is warranted. Several products are registered for stripe rust control…. See more here:

6. Learning Opportunity

There is no such thing as failure. Really! You see, most people have been programmed to be afraid of failure. But “failure,” more than anything else, is an attitude. And while attitudes are based on beliefs, most of our beliefs are based on the past – and a version of the past, at that.

All of us can remember times when we didn’t get the results we wanted. We flunked a test, or put together a business plan that didn’t work, or got involved in a romance that turned sour. However, successful people don’t think in terms of failure. They think in terms of results they can learn from. If they try something and it doesn’t work out, they figure they have had a helpful learning experience, and they take new actions to get new results.

Think about it. What is the one asset, the one benefit you have today that you didn’t have in the past? Experience. It is the one thing you have today, that you didn’t have yesterday. Whether you see the experience as positive or negative is all in how you look at it.

Maybe you are afraid of failure, but how do you feel about learning? Fear of failure can stop you before you start. It can stop you from taking the risks you need to take in order to grow. If you redefine failure as learning, as important feedback, there is no longer anything to fear.

There was an article in the Saturday edition of the Wall Street Journal some time ago that posited that by demanding students be “perfect” by getting top grades, and punishing wrong answers with failing grades, we are robbing students of valuable learning experiences. Most people will admit that they learn more from failures than they do from “challenge-free” success. They also remember more.

As a familiar example, Edison tried thousands of different materials before he found the right filament for the electric light bulb. When asked why he didn’t quit, he said, “Why should I? I now know 2,000 things that don’t work!” If you look at your experiences the way Edison did, you are much more likely to achieve success. ~The Pacific Institute

7. Armed Forces Day Living History Events at Camp Withycombe, May 19

CLACKAMAS, Oregon – The Oregon Military Museum is hosting the 22nd Annual Living History Day on Saturday, May 19, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., on the museum grounds at Camp Withycombe in Clackamas, Oregon. The free event is open to the public.

Visitors of all ages can explore military displays, historic buildings, and vehicles that incorporate many conflict eras, from World War I to present day. The event celebrates Armed Forces Day, officially designated as the third Saturday of each May. 

Camp Withycombe is located at 15300 SE Minuteman Way, just off Interstate 205 and Highway 212, near SE 102nd Avenue. Adults are required to show a valid driver’s license or other photo ID to enter Camp Withycombe. 

“Members of the Military Vehicle Collectors Club of Oregon, the event co-sponsors, will be bringing many kinds of vehicles,” said Steve Greenberg, chairman of the event. “The museum, while still closed for renovations, will also be previewing for one day only the exhibits inside the circa 1911 Quartermaster Storehouse and the Battery A Field Artillery Horse Barn.” 

Visitors will get a hands-on look at history to honor the service of veterans from all eras. “If you want to see a turn-of-the-century Army blacksmith in action or the machines and weaponry used in our nation’s past conflicts, this is an opportunity not to miss,” said Greenberg. 

For more information, see the event flyer at