Sherman County eNews #143


  1. Public Notice. Burn Ban for N. Sherman & Moro Fire Districts, June 1

  2. Public Notice. Sherman County Court, June 6

  3. Public Notice. Biggs Service District Hearing, June 20

  4. Have you discovered Columbia Gorge Community College?

  5. Cascade Mountain School’s 9-day Mountain to Valley Course, July 7-15

  6. Paying Attention to Today

  7. 10th Anniversary Celebration of Kam Wah Chung Museum in John Day

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. Public Notice. Burn Ban for N. Sherman & Moro Fire Districts, June 1  

“As of June 1st the burn ban is in effect for North Sherman and Moro Fire Districts.  This includes the cities of Moro, Wasco and Rufus.” ~Shawn Payne, Sherman County Emergency Services

2. Public Notice. Sherman County Court, June 6

The Sherman County Court will be in session on Wednesday, June 6, 2018, at 9:00 a.m. in the Hearings Room at the Sherman County Courthouse Addition, 500 Court Street, Moro, Oregon, 97039. The agenda, including updates, will be posted on the Sherman County Website at

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3. Public Notice. Biggs Service District Hearing, June 20

ShermanCoLogoThe Biggs Service District will hold a hearing during County Court session on June 20th at 9 a.m. at Sherman County Courthouse at 500 Court Street in Moro, Oregon 97039 to provide information to the public regarding the Service District’s application to USDA Rural Development’s Water and Waste Water Disposal Loan and Grant Program to develop a community water system in Biggs Junction. The application for water system development will be in the amount of $1,672,900 with a total project cost of $2,184,900. Contact Aaron Cook at Biggs Service District (541-739-2321) with any questions.

4. Have you discovered Columbia Gorge Community College?

Prospective students will have the opportunity to learn about education and training programs, scholarships, other financial aid, and participate in college campus tours in Hood River and The Dalles during “Discover CGCC” activities coming up later this month.

“Discover CGCC” events are on The Dalles Campus on Wednesday, June 20, and on the Hood River – Indian Creek Campus on Thursday, June 21.

Please check the college’s website,, for times and locations.

“These events are focused on reaching out to prospective students and their families about the academic programs and workforce skills certificates offered by CGCC,” explained Steph Hoppe of the college’s Student Outreach and Recruitment team. People will learn how a degree or certificate can improve employability, increase earnings potential and advance their career goals.

Programs of study will be highlighted ranging from adult basic skills and GED preparation to the Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer degree, Community Education and English studies for speakers of other languages. There will also be information on financial aid to help cover tuition, fees and books. Prospective students will learn about next steps for fall term admission and registration. Finally, there will campus tours and Q&A with college staff. Visit or call (541) 506-6011 for additional information.

5. Cascade Mountain School’s 9-day Mountain to Valley Course, July 7-15

Saturday, July 7 through Sunday, July 15

Activities: Backpacking, Hiking, Biking, Farming, Food Systems, Whitewater Rafting

This is an adventurous nine-day course for high school participants who want to learn about environmental systems through experiential exploration. Students will travel from the glaciers of Mt. Adams to the Trout Lake Valley to the White Salmon River. They will learn about the natural systems that connect these ecosystems and the role humans play, through backpacking, farming and rafting. This program promises to be nine days of discovery, food systems and fun!

Three full scholarships are available for local Gorge students!  Camp cost is $1250.  Looking for young women who qualify for financial, needs-based scholarships. We are asking for a commitment of $100 from each family, but otherwise, all costs of the program are covered.

No prior knowledge or experience required.  However, participants do need to have the mental and physical fortitude to be away from friends, family, and technology for 9 days of camping, hiking, and biking.

This program consists of environmental stewardship, outdoor adventure, and ecological farming.  Students will be camping the entire time, living on a working organic farm, biking and farming around Trout Lake, WA, and backpacking on Mt. Adams.

Accommodations: Participants will camp at Broadfork Farm, an organic homestead in Trout Lake, for the duration of the program. For four days, participants will backpack and camp on the Round-the-Mountain Trail on Mt. Adams. To learn about Broadfork Farm visit:

During the day, they’ll learn from the community of Trout Lake: biking to dairy and herb farms, following the farm to the table while learning to make mozzarella cheese, investigating what it takes to farm on different scales.

In the middle of the course, the group will spend three nights and four days backpacking on Mt. Adams to follow the watershed up to its source and experience the glaciers that are so critical to the watershed. This program promises to be nine days of adventure, exploration, and food systems!

Scholarship Application:

–Emily Goodwin Martin, Director

Cascade Mountain School, a program of Mt. Adams Institute


6. Paying Attention to Today

Some folks are able to stay in touch with other people all over the globe, but really have trouble staying in touch with themselves. In this world of technological innovation, when it comes to communications, it is truly amazing how clueless we can be about our own health.

The concepts and techniques that form the core foundation of The Pacific Institute’s programs have a great deal to do with shaping the best possible future for individuals, groups and organizations. A critical part of that process, however, is having a good handle on current reality.

Now, current reality – CR – is many things. There may be parts of CR you don’t like very much and parts of CR you are pretty pleased with. Regardless of how you feel about your current reality, it is important to accept the fact that what is, “is” – at least for the time being.

Would you avoid going to the doctor because you didn’t want to learn that you have a serious illness? Most of us wouldn’t do that, although some do. Interestingly, many of us do have illness sneak up on us, because we are not paying attention to the signals we get from our bodies all the time – signals for more rest or less stress, a better diet, signals for more exercise, less alcohol, etc.

Are you aware of the muscle tension that precedes a headache? Are you aware of the discomfort that, over time, creates an ulcer? Are you aware of the shortness of breath that precedes lung disease? You can be. You can learn to tune in to your body in the same manner as you look at your cell phone, scanning it quickly for discomfort or distress.

By paying attention today, preventative measures can be taken early enough to make a positive difference, and you may be able to spare yourself the harsh reality of serious illness. ~The Pacific Institute

7. 10th Anniversary Celebration of Kam Wah Chung Museum in John Day

The Friends of Kam Wah Chung will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the restoration of the Kam Wah Chung dry goods store to become an interpretive center honoring the role that “Doc” Hay and Lung On played in providing alternative medicine, herbs, medications and dry goods to the growing community of John Day during the gold rush. Kam Wah Chung & Co. has been a presence in John Day for 140 years. The history of Ing Hay and the Chinese community of John Day provide an interesting and rewarding picture of the Chinese immigrants to the mining frontier of Eastern Oregon and Washington.

The celebration dinner will be catered by the Golden Crown Restaurant of Baker City. They will serve a Chinese dinner at 6:00 pm at the Senior Center in John Day. Doors will open at 5:30 pm. Honored speakers will be former First Lady Mary Oberst, Barbara Sidway, former curator Christy Sweet, and Dr. Eric Brand, an expert in Chinese herbal medicines. The Portland Lion Dancers will perform after the dinner. They will also perform earlier in the ’62 Days parade in Canyon City at 11:00 a.m. Tickets for the dinner are $20. Seating is limited, so please reserve early. The deadline is June 4th.

Reservations may be made by sending a $20 check to Friends of Kam Wah Chung, PO Box 663, John Day, OR 97845. Or you may drop it off with staff at the Interpretive Center at 125 NW Canton St. John Day <>. Or, by calling the Interpretive Center 541 575 2800 and they will take your credit card information over the phone.