Sherman County eNews #144


  1. Sherman County School Spring Events, June 2, 5, 5 & 6

  2. Election Results in The Times-Journal, May 31, 2018

  3. Public Notice. North Central Public Health Board Meeting, June 12

  4. History Tidbits: Graduation

  5. Fireworks and Exploding Targets Ban Effective June 1

How far you go in life depends on you being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and the strong because someday in life you will have been all of these. ~George Washington Carver

1. Sherman County School Spring Events, June 2, 5, 5 & 6

Logo.Sherman High School

Senior Graduation is scheduled for Saturday, June 2nd, 2018, in the Sherman County School Event Center starting at 11:00.   

Junior High Spring Academic and Athletic Awards (7th – 8th) are scheduled for Tuesday, June 5th, 2018, in the Sherman County School Event Center starting at 2:30.

Kindergarten “I Can” Talent Show is scheduled for Tuesday, June 5th, 2018, in the Sherman County School Cafeteria starting at 2:30. 

Elementary 4th Quarter Awards Program (K – 6th) is scheduled for Wednesday, June 6th, 2018, in the Sherman County School Cafeteria starting at 2:00.

2. Election Results in The Times-Journal, May 31, 2018

Voters in Gilliam, Wheeler and Sherman counties set up a continuation of the 2018 election process, but narrowed the field in several races that will be decided in November. And voters in these three counties paced the voter participation in the May 15 primary election. In Gilliam County, 60.83 percent of the county’s 1,297 eligible voters turned in ballots; in Wheeler County, 55.98 percent of the county’s 995 eligible voters balloted; and in Sherman County, 56.51 percent of the county’s 1,329 eligible voters balloted. Statewide, 33.64 percent of the state’s 2,664,656 eligible voters took part in the primary election voting… … … See the rest of the story in the May 31, 2018 issue of The Times-Journal.

3. Public Notice. North Central Public Health Board Meeting, June 12

The North Central Public Health District Board will be meeting Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. at the North Central Public Health District office, located at 419 E. 7th Street, in the Main Meeting Room, in The Dalles, Oregon. This meeting is open to the general public.

4. History Tidbits: Graduation

graduation2Quips from the Column, These Things We Note, and Selected Editorials by Giles French, Published in the Sherman County Journal, 1931-1966, Binfords & Mort, Publishers, Portland, Oregon 1966.

GRADUATION by Giles French

         She sat in the place reserved for parents and looked about her at the gathering crowd – they seemed slow tonight – or maybe she was a little nervous. She was hemmed in by ribbons – or was it paper – ribbons were hard to get nowadays.

         Her husband, sitting beside her, looked tired, and his neck was getting quite a few wrinkles on it. He sat heavily in his chair – it had been a job raising a family in good times and bad. Maybe she sat heavily in her chair, too, for the years had been long for her as well.

         There was the processional. The boy came up the aisle, walking slowly as was the custom. She hoped he wasn’t too nervous. Now the performers were all on the stage and the program started; soon it would be the boy’s time to speak. He looked fine in his new suit, really the first full suit he had ever had; his shoes shined all right after she had told him again.

         Some girls were singing something about a garden and the boy stared rather stolidly in front of him. He looked like her even if he did have some of his father’s features, and, dressed like a full-grown man and having shaved a couple of times, he looked still like the little boy she used to tuck in at night. It was all so long ago – and just yesterday – all at once.

         He was speaking now, going through his speech he had rehearsed to her for the past week. She hoped he didn’t miss any of it. His voice didn’t sound scared. He was like her folks in being able to appear in public. She was a little proud of that.

         Here was the speaker of the evening. Why did they always have preachers or teachers at commencement? Were they the only ones who knew what the world was about? Maybe they were – or the only ones who were used to talking about it.

         There was much about ideals, about doing the best possible with the equipment at hand; the boy had always been able to make the machinery run with the common tools and haywire. There were a few words about determination; the boy was headstrong, like his father’s people, and maybe that had a place even if he was occasionally hard to handle.

         The speaker was giving his rules for success, mostly spiritual success. Did the boy have those qualifications? She was too old and worn to look upon herself as perfect or her husband as an ideal. They were just a plain couple that had tried to raise a family in their own ideals. Now she wondered how they had done as well as they had, for their knowledge seemed devoid of these high ideals. Yet the boy was a fine-looking lad, frank and honest of mien.

         This was his night. They were only accessories before the fact. Soon he would be gone like the others, away from home, and they would have nothing but memories left to them. The talk about getting and giving might have been for parents. They gave a lifetime and might rest in the shadow of what they produced.

         They were done, and the boy was in the hands of the community being congratulated. Soon he would belong to the world. Good-bye, Son.

5. Fireworks and Exploding Targets Ban Effective June 1

Portland, Ore. – Effective June 1, 2018, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) prohibits the use of fireworks, target shooting with exploding targets, and the firing of a tracer or incendiary device on all BLM-managed public lands throughout Oregon and Washington. The ban will be in effect from June 1, to October 20, 2018.

Wildfire conditions are expected to be normal in the Pacific Northwest through June followed by above normal significant large fire potential for southeastern Washington and southern and north central Oregon for July. Above normal significant large fire potential is expected east of the Cascades in Oregon and Washington in August and also for extreme southwestern Oregon as well according to a report by the National Interagency Fire Center. Read the full report: 

“As we approach summer and the time for families and friends to enjoy our public lands, the BLM wants to remind everyone to play it safe with campfires and outdoor cooking. Remember sparks fly and even a small breeze can fan the flames. We want to protect our wildlife habitats, watersheds, rangelands, and forests – the lands that work for you,” said Jamie Connell, State Director for BLM Oregon/Washington.

“While lightening can cause wildfires, most wildfires are caused by people including the use of exploding targets. And with more of us living near areas that border public lands, the risk of fire to homes and communities has increased along with an increased cost to fire suppression.” explained Connell.

Those who ignite fireworks, exploding targets, or incendiary devices on BLM-managed lands can be fined up to $1,000, receive a prison term of up to one year, or both. An incendiary device is defined as any firebomb, and any device designed or specially adapted to cause physical harm to persons or property by means of fire, and consisting of an incendiary substance or agency and a means to ignite it. Examples include but are not limited to a flamethrower, Molotov cocktail, or accelerant. In addition, individuals responsible for starting wildland fires on federal lands can be billed for the cost of fire suppression.

The BLM cooperates with the Pacific Northwest Wildfire Coordinating Group to fight wildland fires in the Pacific Northwest. The Geographic Area Coordination Center offers updates on the fire potential regionally and nationally and the NW Coordination Center provides updates in the Pacific Northwest.

BLM – The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The agency’s mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. Diverse activities authorized on these lands generated $75 billion in sales of goods and services throughout the American economy in fiscal year 2016—more than any other agency in the Department of the Interior. These activities supported more than 372,000 jobs.