Sherman County eNews #169







“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” ~ The Declaration of Independence July 4, 1776

America the Beautiful by Katharine Lee Bates

Oh beautiful, for spacious skies,
For amber waves of grain,
For purple mountain majesties
Above the fruited plain!
America! America!
God shed his grace on thee
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea!

Oh beautiful, for pilgrim feet
Whose stern impassioned stress
A thoroughfare of freedom beat
Across the wilderness!
America! America!
God mend thine every flaw,
Confirm thy soul in self-control,
Thy liberty in law!

Oh beautiful, for heroes proved
In liberating strife.
Who more than self their country loved
And mercy more than life!
America! America!
May God thy gold refine
‘Till all success be nobleness
And every gain divine!

Oh beautiful, for patriot dream
That sees beyond the years
Thine alabaster cities gleam
Undimmed by human tears!
America! America!
God shed his grace on thee
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea!

Oh beautiful, for halcyon skies,
For amber waves of grain,
For purple mountain majesties
Above the enameled plain!
America! America!
God shed his grace on thee
‘Till souls wax fair as earth and air
And music-hearted sea!

Oh beautiful, for pilgrims feet,
Whose stem impassioned stress
A thoroughfare for freedom beat
Across the wilderness!
America! America!
God shed his grace on thee
‘Till paths be wrought through
wilds of thought
By pilgrim foot and knee!

Oh beautiful, for glory-tale
Of liberating strife
When once and twice,
for man’s avail
Men lavished precious life!
America! America!
God shed his grace on thee
‘Till selfish gain no longer stain
The banner of the free!

Oh beautiful, for patriot dreams
That see beyond the years
Thine alabaster cities gleam
Undimmed by human tears!
America! America!
God shed his grace on thee
‘Till nobler men keep once again
Thy whiter jubilee!

2. CLASSIFIEDS (new or corrected)  

newspaper-wantedCLASSIFIED ADS. Free 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 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! Thanks and immense appreciation for the firefighters here last night [June 25-26]! There could not have been a more impressive effort. You undoubtedly saved lives and our town. Thank you from all of us! ~Janice Strand on behalf of the folks in Rufus, June 26th

THANK YOU! Sherman County Rural Fire Protection District Expresses Gratitude, Rufus Fire Support. On behalf of myself and the North Sherman County Rural Fire Protection District, I would like to extend my sincere gratitude. The Rufus Fire broke out at roughly 9:20 PM on Monday Night. Within 10 minutes of our arrival, residents were assisting each other in preparing for evacuation while others began watering the perimeter of neighboring homes. This type of comradery is what makes this such an amazing place to call home. Following is a list of people and organizations I would like to thank: Moro Fire, South Sherman Fire and Rescue, Rural 7 Fire District, Klickitat Fire, North Gilliam County Fire, South Gilliam County Fire, Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue, BLM Crews, Sherman County Ambulance, Sherman County Sheriff’s Office, Bob’s Texas T-Bone, Family Market and Deli and Gorge Outfitters Supply. These agencies along with the outpouring of support given by our local farmers and citizens of Rufus gave us the best possible outcome. Thank you, each and every one of you! ~Chief Jeff Holliday

THANK YOU! The Grass Valley Pavilion Restoration and Renovation committee thanks everyone who turned out for our 2nd Family Bingo Night. We hope to make this a regular event, a chance for folks to get together for an evening of fun and enjoy the building you all have helped restore. We want to thank Papa Murphy’s for their generous help with the pizza, and RDO for their contribution. We also want to thank those who helped set up, sell tickets and clean up afterwards. We really appreciate it! Hope to see you next time! TBA!  ~Cathy, Jamie, Scott, Keegan, Zack, Amanda and Rita

Appreciation can make a day – even change a life.

Your willingness to put it into words

is all that is necessary.

~ Margaret Cousins





DEPUTY CLERK – Sherman County Clerk’s Office: Full-time. Salary Range: $3,383 – $4,535 monthly. Open Until Filled. Supports County Clerk with regular duties including elections, document recording, customer service, record research, marriage licenses, domestic partnerships, filing surveys, court documents, passport photos, Board of Property Tax Appeals, other activities as assigned. Must become certified as a Passport Acceptance Agent and Notary Public within 4 months of hiring. Application and complete job description are available on the Sherman County website at and at the Sherman County Clerk’s Office. Completed applications must be returned to: Sherman County Clerk, PO Box 365, Moro, OR 97039. Sherman County is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 7/06

COACHING POSITIONS for Sherman County School Fall, Winter & Spring. In order to better align Sherman County School’s Athletic Program from Grades 5-12 there are openings for the following Coaching positions:


5th-8th Volleyball (2 positions)

5th-8th Football (2 position)


5th-8th Boys Basketball (2 positions)

5th-8th Girls Basketball (1 position)


5th -8th Boys and Girls Track (2 positions)

Criminal record check and pre-employment drug testing will be required for all positions. For further information and application materials please email Gary Lewis at or Wes Owens at Sherman County School District is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

OFFICE DEPUTY, ASSESSOR’s OFFICE. Position Type: Full Time; Starting Salary: $42,624. Open Until Filled. General Statement of Responsibilities: Provide administrative support to the Assessor’s office through conducting and organizing administrative duties and activities including receiving and handling information. Assist in the daily activities of the Assessor’s office related to the assessment and tax roll, processes deed and map changes, and provides front counter assistance to the public. Obtain an application and full job description from the Sherman County website at or from the Sherman County Assessor’s office. Must return completed application to the Sherman Assessor’s Office PO Box 283, Moro, Oregon 97039. Sherman County is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 6/29

RETAIL | HUMAN RESOURCES |RECEPTIONIST | LABORER | DRIVER. Mid Columbia Producers is now hiring for multiple positions.

  • Full Time Retail Associate – Wasco, Oregon (Closes 6/15/2018)
  • Part Time Retail Associate – Goldendale, Washington (Closes 6/15/2018)
  • Full Time Retail Associate – Goldendale, Washington (Closes 6/15/2018)
  • Full Time Petroleum Delivery Driver– Moro, Oregon
  • Full Time Grain Elevator Operation Harvest Help – Various Locations
  • Part Time Grain Elevator Operation Harvest Help – Various Locations

For complete job descriptions please visit Applications are available for download at or be picked up at the main office in Moro. Please send cover letter, application and resume to: Mid Columbia Producers Attn: HR, PO Box 344 Moro, OR 97039 Fax: (503)536-6875 PH: (541)565-2277


SEWING ROOM SALE. FABRIC, PROJECTS, SCRAPBOOKING, BEADING, QUILTS & SCRAPS ‘n STUFF. Sewing room sale! CLEARING OUT FOUR GENERATIONS OF STUFF! Fabrics, yarns, notions, embroidery, needlepoint, craft kits, how-to info, upholstery and drapery materials, scraps, scraps and more scraps. From Antique/vintage to brand-new. July 6-9, 9am-4pm, Grass Valley Pavilion, Hwy 97, Grass Valley OR. Also -Guest crafters showing sewing projects, scrapbooking, beading and beautiful quilts! For more info – text or message Nancy @ 541-993-1258. 7/6

COUNTY GOV SILENT AUCTION. Sherman County Courthouse Surplus Silent Auction. July 12, 2018 | Starts: 8:00 a.m. | Ends: 9:00 a.m. | Location: Courthouse | 500 Court Street | Moro, OR 97039. Make your bid. Numerous office and building-related items utilized by Sherman County departments that are no longer needed: executive, task, and other miscellaneous chairs; desks of varying configurations; conference and miscellaneous tables; wood cabinets; filing cabinets; antique metal storage unit; large mailbox/ballot box; used doors; toilet/sink unit from former holding cell; TV/monitors and used copier. Items must be removed by 12 p.m. on day of sale.

MORO PROPERTY. NEW PRICE OF $44,900.00 A chance to own 1.5 acres close to town but in the country in Sherman County. This property is waiting for you to bring your house plans and call it home. Subject to final short plat approval, taxes to be determined. RMLS# 17410095. Contact 9/28

MORO LOTS. Two, One acre lots for sale in an area with new homes on large parcels.  Has city water and power at the road on edge of lot. Gravel road access only a couple hundred yards off pavement. Great view of town, the fairgrounds, Lots of fields, see the top of Mount Hood and Mount Adams on clear days.  The Washington side of the gorge, 20 miles away! Has never had a house on it and was a wheat field until a few years ago. Rectangle in shape, 273.53 x 159.26. Horses, livestock, etc. All Ok in city limits. (No pigs unless 4-H). Zoned agriculture and buildable for one house per acre.  Located just on the outskirts of the city of Moro. To view the property travel out first street in Moro and take a right on Pinkerton (across from the extension office). The lots will be located on the right side of the road. Two acres available for $60,000. For pictures visit:   For more information, contact Brittany at 541-413-1616.  7/13

UNIQUE HANDCRAFTED OUTDOOR FURNITURE & NOVELTY GIFTS 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 | 6/29


GRASS VALLEY DUPLEX RENTAL. 2 bedroom. 1 bath 1500sqft duplex available. Located on the edge of Grass valley. Private parking and private entrance. Rental price INCLUDES – Water, Electric, Garbage, Wifi and Sewer. $900. Text or call. First, last and deposits required. 5419995317  7/13



THE LEAN-TO CAFÉ & GOOSE PIT SALOON.  Sandwiches. Salads. Burgers & Fries. Steaks. Fish & Chips. Salmon. Chicken. House Chili. Pizza. Beverages. Daily Specials. 541-442-5709 in Historic Downtown Wasco. 7/13

 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. 6/29




FARM HISTORY FOR CAFÉ DÉCOR. Sage Mountain Primitives is gearing up to finally start the remodel on the old Moro Café. We are looking for the history of farms in Sherman County to make it a part of our new décor in the café. Please if you have a farm, or your family had a farm, or you just know some history of the farms in Sherman County, please come see us and fill out a form to claim your bag, or call Deena Johnson at 541-705-0232. 7/6

HOUSE. Looking to rent or buy. Our small family of myself my husband and our two beautiful boys are wanting to move to Moro OR. We live in Newport but have family that live there. Open to ideas. For rent we are looking for a 2-3 bed. And to buy we would like an owner carry 3-4 bed. You can email or call/text. 6/29

LOCAL 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 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.

3. CALENDAR (new or corrected)


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

29 Frontier TeleNet board Meeting 10 Burnet Building, Moro

29 Co-ed Softball Home Run Derby 7 Condon

30 Barnett Memorial Independence Day Open Golf Tournament 8 Condon

30 Paint the Runway Purple Fashion Event 8 p.m. Maryhill Museum of Art

30-July 1 Harvester’s Classic Coed Soft Ball Tournament, Condon


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

3 Community Story Time for ages 0-6 at 10 Sherman County Public/School Library

3 Craft Day 11-3 Sherman County Public/School Library

4 Independence Day

4 Condon’s Fabulous Fourth of July Celebration, Parade at Noon

4 Hyatus Concert 6:30, Artisans’ Market 4-7, Fireworks at dark, 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.

5 Sherman County Public/School Library Young Adult Night 6-8

6 Movie Nights 8:30 Bring your chairs to Moro City Hall parking lot

6-8 Wheeler County Bluegrass Festival at Fossil

6-9 Sewing Room Sale 9-4 Grass Valley Pavilion

7 14th Annual Fossil Cruz-In Car Show & Musical Entertainment 9-4 Fossil

7 Four-wheeler Rodeo 12 noon Gilliam County Fairgrounds in Condon

7 Maryhill Museum Library Storytime 11

7 Sherman County Mobile Farmers’ Market 10-1 Main Street in Moro

7 Sherman County Mobile Farmers’ Market 2-4 RR Depot in Wasco

7 Music & Movement for ages 0 to 6 at 10 Sherman County Public/School Library

7 Art Walk in Moro

7 Street Dance in Moro 5-10


7-15 Moro’s Annual Quilt and Fiber Event 10-4

8-11 Portland Horseless Carriage Club Tour: Journey Through Time Scenic Byway, John Day

8-12 Sherman County Historical Museum Quilt Display

9-12 Sherman County 4-H Food Preservation Day Camp, Extension Office

9-15 Summer Fishtrap Gathering (Writers in the American West) Wallowa Lake

10 Community Story Time for ages 0-6 at 10 Sherman County Public/School Library

10 Craft Day 11-3 Sherman County Public/School Library

10 Sherman County Public/School Library 6 Hogwarts Mystery Night

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 Sherman County Courthouse Surplus Silent Auction 8-9 a.m.

12 Sherman County Public/School Library Movie Night 6 Coco

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

13 Community Renewable Energy Association Board Meeting 10-1

14 Sherman County Public/School Library 2 Rock Necklaces ages up to 4

14 Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum 9 Traffic Jam Show

14 Tri-County Mental Health Board Meeting 11-2

14 North Central Public Health District Board Meeting 3

14 Starry Night Camp-out at Maryhill Museum of Art

16-19 Sherman County 4-H Healthalicious Cooking Day Camp, Extension Office

17 Community Story Time for ages 0-6 at 10 Sherman County Public/School Library

17 Sherman County Public/School Library 11 Oregon Rocks! K-6

17 Craft Day 11-3 Sherman County Public/School Library

18 Sherman County Court 9

18 Kids Pioneer Day at Sherman County Historical Museum

19 Sherman County Public/School Library Young Adult Night 6-8

21 Sherman County Public/School Library 1 Adam Miller, Old Songs for Young Folks

21 Summer Reading Program End of Summer Party 3

21 Maryhill Museum Library Storytime 11

21-22 Maryhill Museum Free Counties: Hood River, Wasco, Sherman, Gilliam, Klickitat

23 Mid-Columbia Housing Authority Board Meeting 10

23 Frontier Regional 911 Agency Board Meeting 3

23-27 Summer Art Institute at Maryhill Museum 8:30-4 daily

24 Community Story Time for ages 0-6 at 10 Sherman County Public/School Library

24 Craft Day 11-3 Sherman County Public/School Library

25 Tri-County Courts 10-2 Sherman County

25-28 Jefferson County Fair, Madras

26 Sherman County Public/School Library Movie Night 6 Love, Simon

27 Korean War Ended 1953, National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day

28 WWI Began 1914

28 Tango at Maryhill Museum 6-9

30-Aug. 3 Pacific NW Plein Air Paint Out

30-Aug. 25 Pacific NW Plein Air Event in the Columbia River Gorge

31 Community Story Time for ages 0-6 at 10 Sherman County Public/School Library

31 Craft Day 11-3 Sherman County Public/School Library


Sherman County eNews #168


  1. North Sherman County Rural Fire Protection District Expresses Gratitude for Rufus Fire Support

  2. Demonstration: Spinning, Weaving and All Things Wool, July 14

  3. Boxcar and Jack Knife Fire Update, June 26, 9:00 a.m.

  4. Rescheduled: Wasco County Historical Society Program

  5. Stand Up and Be Counted

  6. Greg Walden applauds $36.9 million in PILT funding for rural Oregon

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

1. North Sherman County Rural Fire Protection District Expresses Gratitude for Rufus Fire Support

firetruck.redOn behalf of myself and the North Sherman County Rural Fire Protection District, I would like to extend my sincere gratitude. The Rufus Fire broke out at roughly 9:20 PM on Monday Night. Within 10 minutes of our arrival, residents were assisting each other in preparing for evacuation while others began watering the perimeter of neighboring homes. This type of comradery is what makes this such an amazing place to call home. Following is a list of people and organizations I would like to thank:

Moro Fire

South Sherman Fire and Rescue

Rural 7 Fire District

Klickitat Fire

North Gilliam County Fire

South Gilliam County Fire

Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue

BLM Crews

Sherman County Ambulance

Sherman County Sheriff’s Office 

Bob’s Texas T-Bone 

Family Market and Deli

Gorge Outfitters Supply

These agencies along with the outpouring of support given by our local farmers and citizens of Rufus gave us the best possible outcome.

Thank you, each and every one of you!

Chief Jeff Holliday

2. Demonstration: Spinning, Weaving and All Things Wool, July 14

The History Museum of Hood River County

What’s a Spinster?

  1. a non-poisonous spider
  2. a spinning wheel operator
  3. an unmarried woman

If you can’t find the answer above, be sure to come to the Museum on JULY 14th for a full-out all-afternoon demonstration of spinning, weaving, felting, Kumihimo, card weaving, machine knitting and all things WOOL. Enjoy a summer exhibition, Follow the Thread

3. Boxcar and Jack Knife Fire Update, June 26, 9:00 a.m.

June 26, 2018  9:00 a.m. Update

Boxcar Fire:   99,500 acres   Containment: 60%      Reported: June 21, 7:48 a.m.     Cause: Lightning

Jack Knife Fire:  14,772 acres   Containment: 80%   Reported: June 22, 8:11 a.m.   Cause: Lightning

Maupin, Oregon – Despite gusty winds yesterday, cooler weather helped firefighters continue to build and improve containment lines. Estimated containment for the Boxcar Fire has increased to 60% and for the Jack Knife Fire to 80%.

fire2The Boxcar Fire is now 99,500 acres.  More than 100 miles of containment line on the fire are being monitored by firefighters who mop-up hotspots as they are found. Emphasis is still being directed in the Deschutes River Canyon where heat can persist under juniper trees and sage brush. Steep, rocky, inaccessible terrain is a challenge for firefighters in this area. A BLM jet boat transported firefighters up river yesterday to assess structures and develop contingency plans, should fire activity increase.

Yesterday afternoon, as firefighters were completing fireline on the East flank of the Boxcar Fire, some active fire between Highway 197 and Bakeoven Road was suppressed with helicopter water drops.  Overall, smoke in the fire area was minimal in comparison to past days, with a few sources well within the fire’s perimeter.  The smoke will continue to decrease as time passes and the fuels are consumed.

fire2The Jack Knife Fire remains at 14,772 acres. Firefighters continued to search for hotspots yesterday.  Little to no heat or smoke was found within the fire perimeter. In order to be closer to their assigned area, firefighters have been staying at a satellite camp in the town of Moro.  As the Jack Knife Fire shifts to patrol status, fewer firefighters are needed and will base from the primary Fire Camp in Maupin.

The Boxcar (including South Junction) and Jack Knife Fires are full suppression fires, with priorities of protecting firefighter and public safety and limiting impact to structures, natural and cultural resources.  The response to these fires has been a cooperative effort by local ranchers, the Central Oregon Fire Management Service, and the Ashwood-Antelope Rural Fire Protection Association. Lightning ignited over 70 fires across Central Oregon June 20 and 21.  Of the hundreds of lightning strikes, only 4 became large wildfires.

4. Rescheduled: Wasco County Historical Society Program

The Wasco County Historical Society has rescheduled the program on the Waldron Drugstore, which was scheduled for Saturday, June 30, 2018 at the Chinese Building at 210 E. 1st. St. The Dalles.  It will be presented at a later date to be announced.

 5. Stand Up and Be Counted

We touched a little on the subject of accountability yesterday. Today, let’s take a different angle on accountability and talk about why some people think it means fixing the blame for what goes wrong.

In any discussion about accountability, you can see some people begin to feel defensive, just by watching their body language. Maybe they are struggling with a life-threatening illness, or maybe had been in a severe automobile accident and are feeling like victims. Often you will hear them say things like, “Are you trying to tell me that I am to blame for this? Do you want me to believe that this is my fault?” That’s not the kind of accountability we’re talking about; it has nothing to do with blaming or faulting.

You see, the word “accountability” is an ancient Roman term that at its Latin root means “to stand forth and be counted.” What we are talking about is standing up for more in your life, and making it count. And if you realize that you might have had a hand in creating something – yes, even an accident or illness – without blaming yourself, you will also realize that you have the power to do something about it – to change it – even if it is only changing the way you look at the situation.

Everything you see in your life is something you had some part in creating, even if it was just to stand by and do nothing and let it happen. When you decide to take accountability, you make this creation a conscious process. Winston Churchill once said that, “The price of greatness is responsibility.” So, take that responsibility for your life. And when you do, you will find a power, happiness and a sense of internal peace you may not have thought possible. ~The Pacific Institute

6. Greg Walden applauds $36.9 million in PILT funding for rural Oregon

Oregon.Flat.poleAnnouncement comes as Walden recently secured important forest management reforms into law

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Representative Greg Walden (R-Hood River) today applauded $36.9 million in funding under the 2018 Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program to support essential services in rural Oregon. The payments will be made to 36 counties in Oregon, and represent the largest amount ever allocated in the 40-year history of the PILT program.

“These funds are welcome news for rural communities across our state. I worked with my colleagues in the House to fully fund this program that is part of the federal government’s obligation to our rural counties,” said Walden. “With the majority of Oregon’s land managed by the federal government, these funds, along with Secure Rural Schools funds and timber receipts, help ensure our communities have well-functioning schools, law enforcement, and infrastructure. I applaud President Trump and Secretary Zinke for prioritizing this critical funding, and look forward to continuing to work alongside the Administration to improve the management of our public lands and provide Oregon’s rural communities with the support they need.”

In the government funding measure that was signed into law in March, Walden secured $530 million in full funding for PILT, which counties in rural Oregon rely on. PILT program eligibility is reserved for local governments that contain non-taxable Federal lands within their boundaries. These jurisdictions provide significant support for national parks, wildlife refuges, and recreation areas throughout the year. PILT seeks to compensate local governments for the inability to collect property taxes on Federally-owned land.

A full list of 2018 PILT funding by county in Oregon’s Second Congressional District is included below:

BAKER COUNTY      $1,627,967

CROOK COUNTY     $2,171,455

DESCHUTES COUNTY       $3,033,303


GRANT COUNTY     $923,833

HARNEY COUNTY    $1,125,267

HOOD RIVER COUNTY      $414,289

JACKSON COUNTY  $1,864,853

JEFFERSON COUNTY        $722,788

JOSEPHINE COUNTY         $1,835,498

KLAMATH COUNTY  $3,109,349

LAKE COUNTY        $1,193,532

MALHEUR COUNTY  $2,642,870




UNION COUNTY      $1,603,772


WASCO COUNTY     $443,945


Today’s announcement comes as Walden recently secured important forest management reforms into law, including:

  • 3,000 acre categorical exclusion for wildfire resiliency and hazardous fuels reduction projects.
  • 10-year fire borrowing fix, to help end the vicious cycle of depleting resources for fire prevention to pay for fire suppression, which increases the risk of catastrophic wildfires year after year.
  • Expanding Healthy Forest Restoration Act authority for fuel and fire break projects.
  • Give the Forest Service and BLM the ability to offer stewardship contracts with a 20 year term.
  • Expanding “Good Neighbor Policy” to help states with road maintenance, culverts, and other similar projects on Forest Service land.

Last week, the House of Representatives passed the 2018 Farm Bill with Walden’s strong support, making important progress to improve federal forest policy. The 2018 Farm Bill includes 10 categorical exclusions and reauthorizes the Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program, which is used to increase timber management in central, southern and eastern Oregon.

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

bird.owl.limbEnglish Loves a Good Egg

Is it ‘On Route’ or ‘En Route’?

Mexico, what went wrong?


With Cartels In Control, There Are No Easy Answers To The Border Crisis

DNR tracking areas vulnerable to wildfires with new technology   

Podcast. The Farm Bill, a Growing Controversy

Farmers in America are killing themselves in staggering numbers

The Heartland Institute – Freedom Rising – Free Newsletters

Supreme Court Overturns 1977 Labor Union Ruling


Sherman County eNews #167


  1. Have you signed up for the Emergency Notification System?

  2. Appreciation Extended to Rufus Fire Fighters

  3. U.S. Wheat Associates Seats Officers, Darren Padget of Grass Valley

  4. FCC chairman rolls through Eastern Oregon

  5. Wasco County Historical Society Presentations, July 7 & 28

  6. New Transportation Tax Withholding Starts, July 1

  7. Sherman County Senior & Community Center July Meal Menu

1. Have you signed up for the Emergency Notification System?

Have you signed up for the Emergency Notification System yet?  Please DO NOT wait until there is an emergency to do so.  This is a great way for you to receive emergency notifications. 

The Emergency Notification system gives us the ability to deliver pre-recorded emergency notifications and information messages to targeted areas within one of the four counties.  The system utilizes home phones, cell phones, text and electronic mail messaging.  The system within Sherman County is called FRONTIER REGIONAL ALERT. 

Sign up can be found on the Sherman County website at on the Emergency Services Tab, then Emergency Alerts, then “How do I get Notified of county emergency alerts?”  There you will find the link to access the sign up page.  If you need any assistance with registering, please contact Shawn at Sherman County Emergency Services at 541-565-3100.

Once again, please sign up as soon as possible and DO NOT wait until an emergency to do so.

2. Appreciation Extended to Rufus Fire Fighters

thankYouThanks and immense appreciation for the firefighters here last night; there could not have been a more impressive effort. You undoubtedly saved lives and our town. Thank you from all of us! ~ Janice Strand, Rufus, Oregon

3. U.S. Wheat Associates Seats Officers, Darren Padget of Grass Valley

wheat.fourSeattle, WASHINGTON — The U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) Board of Directors seated new officers at its annual meeting June 24, 2018, in Seattle, Wash. USW is the export market development organization representing U.S. wheat farmers.

USW officers for 2018/19 are: Chairman Chris Kolstad of Ledger, Mont.; Vice Chairman Doug Goyings of Paulding, Ohio; Secretary-Treasurer Darren Padget of Grass Valley, Ore.; and Past Chairman Mike Miller of Ritzville, Wash. USW officers were elected to these one-year positions at the February 2018 board of directors meeting in Washington, D.C.

The board of directors also welcomed members of the Philippine Association of Flour Millers as special guests at their meeting. Executive Director Ricardo Pinca presented information about the potential threat from Turkish flour imports. Several years ago, the association proved to their government that Turkish companies were dumping flour into the Philippines that created a “material threat” to their business. That threat extended to U.S. wheat sales because Philippines millers import more than 95 percent of their commodity from the United States. Duties were imposed on Turkish flour but they will expire in 2019, so Pinca explained how USW and local millers can work together to fight the future risk of continued dumping.

USW’s next Board meeting will be held jointly with the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) Oct. 29 to Nov. 2, 2018, in Tampa, Fla.

Chris Kolstad is the fourth generation of his family to farm in Montana’s “Golden Triangle” region. He and his wife Vicki have four children, including their son Cary who is a partner in their operation. They grow hard red winter (HRW) wheat, dark northern spring wheat, durum, barley and dry peas. A commissioner of the Montana Wheat and Barley Committee, Kolstad has been a USW director since 2012. He is also a member of the Montana Grain Growers Association and Montana Farm Bureau. He is a regular blood donor and his community leadership includes past service on the local school board, in his family’s church and on the Montana Commission on Community Service.

Darren Padget is a fourth-generation farmer in Oregon’s Sherman County, with a dryland wheat and summer fallow rotation currently producing registered and certified seed on 3,400 acres annually. Previously, Padget held positions on the Oregon Wheat Growers League board of directors and executive committee for seven years, serving as president in 2010. He chaired the NAWG Research and Technology Committee and served on the Mid-Columbia Producers board of directors, for which he was an officer for 10 years.

Doug Goyings’ family has been farming in northwestern Ohio since 1884. Goyings and his family grow soft red winter (SRW) and have hosted numerous trade teams on their farm. He has served in Ohio and national agricultural leadership positions for 37 years. Goyings has been a member of the USW board since 2009 and is a past chairman of the USW Long-Range Planning Committee. He serves as a director for the Ohio Small Grains Checkoff Board, is a past-president of his local Farm Bureau and has served as a director for the Ohio Veal Growers Inc., Creston Veal, Inc. and Paulding Landmark, Inc.

Mike Miller is a fourth-generation farmer who operates a dryland wheat farm and grows multiple crops on a separate, irrigated farm in east central Washington. He has served on many local, state and national boards, and this is his seventh year as a USW director representing the Washington Grain Commission. Miller is also very active in supporting wheat research and development. He and his wife, Marci, have three children.

USW’s mission is to develop, maintain and expand international markets to enhance wheat’s profitability for U.S. wheat producers and its value for their customers in more than 100 countries. Its activities are made possible through producer checkoff dollars managed by 17 state wheat commissions and cost-share funding provided by USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service.

4. FCC chairman rolls through Eastern Oregon

Blue Mountain Eagle

The recent repeal of net neutrality has raised hackles across the U.S., but Ajit Pai and Rep. Greg Walden found a mostly friendly audience Saturday in Eastern Oregon.

Pai, the lightning rod chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, was in the midst of an 1,800-mile tour of rural communities in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Montana to discuss the “digital divide” between rural and urban communities.

Walden, who oversees the FCC as the chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, joined Pai as he stopped in Hermiston, Pendleton and Weston.

According to Walden, Pai was likely the first FCC chairman to visit Eastern Oregon. The last stop of the day was at Weston’s Memorial Hall, where Pai and Walden spoke with local elected officials and representatives from communication corporations.

While Pai was there to discuss how rural communities could gain access to broadband internet services, the conversation did touch on the FCC’s recent repeal of net neutrality.

Net neutrality is a rule that requires internet service providers to treat all internet traffic equally, regardless of how much they pay or where they are located.

With the repeal having gone into effect on June 11, Pai shot back at some of his critics.  In both an interview before the meeting and in his discussions during the meeting, Pai said the sky hadn’t fallen since net neutrality ended 12 days prior and the “fear mongering” coming from “grandstanding politicians” opposed to the move was overblown.

Continue here: Blue Mountain Eagle

5. Wasco County Historical Society Presentations, July 7 & 28

Saturday, July 7th, 11:00 a.m., at the Moody/Rorick House located at 300 W. 13th St. in The Dalles, “The Rajneeshees in Wasco County” by then sheriff & now retired Wasco County Sheriff Art Labrousse.  Please bring your own lawn chair. Free.  Refreshments. Sponsored by the Wasco County Historical Society.

Saturday, July 28th, 11:00 a.m. at the Moody/Rorick House located at 300 W. 13th St. in The Dalles, “Celilo Village, Past and Present” by local historian Jean Vercouteren.  Free.  Refreshments.  Sponsored by the Wasco County Historical Society.

6. New Transportation Tax Withholding Starts, July 1

Oregon.Flat.poleSALEM, Ore.—Oregon employees will see a new tax withholding on paystubs received after July 1. Oregon’s statewide transit tax is one-tenth of one percent (.001) of wages earned—or $1 per $1,000 in wages. The tax was part of House Bill 2017 from the 2017 Legislative Session, also known as the “transportation package.” Revenue from the statewide transit tax will go to finance investments in and improvements to public transportation throughout Oregon, except for those involving light rail.

Those working in Oregon—which includes both residents and non-residents—won’t have to do anything in regards to this tax. While employees pay the tax, employers are responsible for withholding it from employee wages, just like for personal income taxes.

Oregon residents who work outside of the state can ask their employer to withhold the statewide transit tax from their wages as a courtesy, but employers aren’t required to.

If the out-of-state employer doesn’t withhold the tax, the employee is responsible for reporting and paying the tax due when they file their annual Oregon personal income tax return. More information on employee reporting for the statewide transit tax will be available on our website later this year.

For more information on how statewide transit tax revenues will be used, check out “HB 2017 Funding Package” under “Projects & News” on the Oregon Department of Transportation’s website at To learn more about the tax, visit the Department of Revenue online at

7. Sherman County Senior & Community Center July Meal Menu

Sherman County Senior & Community Center

Meal Menu

July 2018

  We serve lunch at 12:00, noon sharp.  First come, first served. 

If you have a group of 2 or more, please let the Kitchen staff know at #565-3191, the day before to ensure that we make enough food to serve!

MEAL PRICING: Under 60 Yrs. Is $7.00 ~ 60 Yrs. & UP $4.00 suggested donation!

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
2 3 4 5 6
Grilled Reuben Sandwich Spaghetti w/ Meat Sauce CLOSED Hot Turkey Sandwich Bacon Swiss Quiche
Potato Wedges, Veggies Garlic Bread, Salad TO CELEBRATE Mashed Potatoes/Gravy Veggies, Salad
Salad & Dessert Veggies & Fruit THE 4TH OF JULY!! Veggies, Salad & Fruit  Dessert
9 10 11 12 13
Turkey Tetrazzini Chicken Strips w/ Dip Sauce Meatloaf Chicken or Egg Salad Sandwich Pork Fried Rice
Veggies, Salad & Tater Tots, Veggies Mashed Potatoes w/Gravy Potato Wedges Salad, Veggies
Dessert Fruit Veggies, Salad & Dessert Salad & Fruit Dessert
16 17 18 19 20
Oven Fried Chicken Taco Salad Bar Chicken Fried Steak Chicken Caesar Salad French Dip Sandwich
Potato Wedges Veggies Mashed Potatoes/Gravy Rolls, Salad Tater Tots, Salad
Veggies, Salad & Dessert Fruit Veggies, Salad & Dessert Veggies & Fruit Dessert
23 24 25 26 27
Cheeseburgers Pizza loaded w/ Meat Sweet & Sour Meatballs Stir Fry Chicken w/ veggies Chicken/Cheese Quesadillas
Potato Wedges Veggies, Salad Rice Pilaf, Salad Rice Pilaf, Salad Veggies, Salad
Veggies, Salad & Dessert Fruit Veggies & Dessert Fruit Dessert
30 31 Menu subject to change due to availability

ATTENTION:  For those who have food allergies, be aware that a large variety of foods are prepared in the kitchen.  Therefore, meals may be prepared with ingredients and food service equipment may come in contact with ingredients to which you may have an allergic reaction, such as nuts.

Hot Ham & Cheese/Bun Chicken Teriyaki
Potato Wedges W/ Sesame Noodles
Salad, Veggies & Dessert Salad, Veggies & Fruit


Sherman County eNews #166


  1. Update for Today: Sherman County Public/School Library

  2. Rufus Fire: Sherman County Sheriff’s Office & KOIN

  3. Boxcar Fire and Jack Knife Fire Update 6/25

  4. Top Ten Tips for Parents to Protect Kids from Online Predators

  5. Cliff Jett 1940-2018

  6. Take Precautions: Avoid Wildfire Smoke Inhalation

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

1. Update for Today: Sherman County Public/School Library

Logo.ShermanPub.School.Library2017The community storytime for today is cancelled, and S.T.E.A.M. will start at 10, with crafts for the younger kids.

2. Rufus Fire: Sherman County Sheriff’s Office & KOIN

Sherman County Sheriff’s Office

KOIN. Wildfire Breaks Out in Sherman County (Rufus)

Sherman County Facebook

3. Boxcar Fire and Jack Knife Fire Update 6/25

June 25, 2018 9:00 a.m. Update

Boxcar Fire:   95,850 acres            Containment: 47%   Reported: June 21, 7:48 am         Cause: Lightning

Jack Knife Fire:  14,772 acres       Containment: 65%  Reported: June 22, 8:11 am         Cause: Lightning

Maupin, Oregon – Firefighters have accomplished significant containment on both the Boxcar and Jack Knife Fires, burning south and east of Maupin in Wasco and Sherman Counties.  Estimated containment for the Boxcar Fire is 47% and for the Jack Knife Fire is 65%.

The Boxcar Fire is now 95,850 acres. Yesterday heavy smoke lingered in the area due to an inversion holding warm air and smoke low to the ground. Smoke increased midafternoon due to fire activity on the Fire’s eastern flank between Highways 197 and 97.  Fire crossed over the dozer line and an additional spot fire was detected in the area.  Aerial resources assisted firefighters with water and retardant drops to suppress this burning. Those sites will be tied back into the main fire containment perimeter today.  On the southern edge of the Boxcar Fire, firefighters burned out remaining fuels to increase containment along South Junction Road and the Deschutes River corridor. Night shift crews monitored the south and east portions of the fire, continued protection of structures, and accomplished an additional ½ mile of burning-out along the River corridor, leaving approximately one mile to complete today.  Prineville District BLM River Rangers will transport firefighters via jet boat to otherwise inaccessible areas to continue to secure the fire’s edge along the river.  Aerial resources are available to the fire as needed.

The Jack Knife Fire [Sherman County] grew to 14,772 acres as ground crews made great progress burning to containment lines and continuing to secure the Fire’s north and south edges down to the John Day River. Firefighters will be working throughout the day to cool hot spots on the perimeter and improve containment.

Today’s weather will be cooler (78 degrees) with higher relative humidity (30%). Strong, gusty winds out of the north/northwest are expected in the fire area and could push Boxcar Fire activity towards the east. Crews will continue efforts to contain and secure this perimeter, keeping the Fire west of Bakeoven Road.

As a reminder, Deschutes River recreation sites are open to the public.  Recreationists are encouraged to use caution in the fire area. Fire-blackened sites can still contain hot spots from burning stumps or heated rocks.  Rocks that have rolled down from steep canyon slopes have been reported on the road.


  • On the John Day River, river miles 68 through 55 are closed to camping.
  • A Level 1 Evacuation Notification is in place for the area bounded by Hwy 97, Hwy 216, the Deschutes River, and the South Junction Road. Residents are encouraged to be aware of the threat in their area and consider how they would evacuate should conditions change.

4. Top Ten Tips for Parents to Protect Kids from Online Predators

Produced by the American Bar Association Criminal Justice Section’s Cyber Crime Committee:

Top Ten Tips for Parents to Protect Kids from Online Predators:  Many parents today are struggling with how to provide their children with the benefits of access to the Internet while protecting them from the potential hazards of online predators. In order to help parents, the Cybercrime Committee of the Criminal Justice Section of the American Bar Association has developed a list of “Top Ten Tips.” Since no one size fits all situations, the tips below must be considered in light of the child’s age and maturity.

  1. Set up a computer with Internet access in an open public area, such as the living room. Avoid positioning a computer in a private area, such as a child’s bedroom, or an out-of-the way area, such as a basement.
  2. Talk with your child about basic rules to use while on the Internet, such as instructing them on not giving out their name, home or school address, phone number, age or other personal information. Urge your children to ask your permission before sending photos of themselves over the Internet or setting up a social networking profile. Teach your child that people can easily lie about who they really are, and that they should tell you if anyone says or does anything online that makes them uncomfortable
  3. Don’t assume that one conversation is enough. Some parents may wish to reinforce these guidelines by making a sign that the child can decorate; post it near the computer. Others may wish to write up a “contract” with the child (samples can be found online), which can be periodically renewed.
  4. Consider using filters on your computer. Filters may be available through one’s Internet Service Provider or through a search engine, such as Google.
  5. Engage your child about his or her online activities. Be mindful of unusual behavior, such as if a child changes the screen when you enter the room, or if a child spends lengthy amounts of time on the Internet.
  6. Monitor a child’s activities on the computer. The Internet browser features history files, for example. Parents may also wish to consider purchasing and using monitoring software (often called “spy” software), or just checking a child’s email.
  7. Consider other computer usage by your child – at school, at the library, at homes of friends, and even via cell phones. Talk to your children about where they use the computer and what they do in those places. Make sure you’re comfortable with the environment in which your child spends time online, such as at a particular friend’s house. LIBA/1822786.1
  8. Be alert for unusual activities aside from your child’s time on the computer. Pay attention if your child receives mail, gifts, or packages from someone you don’t know, or receives calls from or makes calls to people you don’t recognize. Another warning sign may be that he or she becomes withdrawn from the family.
  9. Heed the possible warning signs, including finding pornography on your child’s computer, or your child receiving phone calls from people you don’t recognize; address these situations and don’t just ignore the problem or hope it will go away.
  10. Report apparently illegal activity. In case of emergency, contact your local, state or federal law enforcement and others such as the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Trust your instinct and report activities to the relevant law enforcement, or report suspicious activities to the CyberTipLine (, or 1-800-843-5768), operated by the NCMEC.

If you want to educate yourself further on these issues, check out, presented by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (“NCMEC”).

5. Cliff Jett 1940-2018

flower.rose.starWaterfront Organizations of Oregon Facebook:

“It is with deep sadness to announce that Board Member Cliff Jett crossed the bar on June 7, 2018. Jett joined the Board in 2014 and had a long career in marine law enforcement in Nevada and Oregon. His love for Oregon and public service propelled him into several local governments and regional councils with one of his accolades being the Mayor of Rufus. Jett also served as a seasonal marine deputy in Sherman County for 10 years and taught boating safety courses to the general public and high school students. Additionally, Jett served as an instructor with OSMB’s Marine Academy for two years. Jett’s representation on the Board for eastern Oregon boaters was stellar and he offered balanced perspectives along with pragmatism. His presence is sorely missed. Tight lines and fair winds, Cliff.”

6. Take Precautions: Avoid Wildfire Smoke Inhalation

North Central Public Health District reminds residents of Wasco, Sherman, and Gilliam Counties to take precautions to avoid illness due to wildfire smoke inhalation.

Smoke from wildfires is a mixture of gases and fine particles from burning trees and other plant materials. Smoke can hurt your eyes, irritate your respiratory system, and worsen chronic heart and lung diseases.

Poor air quality conditions are a health threat and all residents should limit their exposure to smoke. Those with respiratory or heart disease, the elderly, and children, are advised to stay indoors when the air-quality is poor.

Air quality can change quickly. Please visit the Oregon Smoke Blog and the DEQ Air Quality Index links below. DEQ air quality monitoring data is updated hourly and is color-coded for easy to read information. Unfortunately, the only permanent monitor for our region is in The Dalles, with Hermiston and Prineville being the next closest monitors. A link is also provided below with information on the 5-3-1 Visibility Index, if there’s not a monitor near you.

Please take the following precautions to avoid breathing problems or other symptoms from smoke:

  1. Be aware of smoke concentrations in your area. See the links below for DEQ’s Air Quality Index and Oregon Smoke blog or use the Visibility Index.
  2. Avoid working or exercising outdoors when air quality is poor. Limit outdoor sports, work and recreation.
  3. Drink lots of water – staying hydrated can keep your airways moist which will help reduce symptoms of respiratory irritation such as scratchy throat, running nose and coughing.
  4. Try to avoid driving in smoky areas. If you do need to drive in these areas, keep your windows rolled up and vents closed. If you need air conditioning, make sure you set your system on “re-circulate” to avoid bringing smoke into your car.
  5. Avoid smoke by staying indoors, closing all windows and doors and use a filter in your heating/cooling system that removes very fine particulate matter. Portable air cleaners with HEPA filters can also help keep indoor air cleaner in smaller spaces.
  6. People with concerns about health issues, including those suffering from asthma or other respiratory problems, should follow their breathing management plans; keep medications on hand, and contact healthcare providers if necessary.
  7. Use of masks or bandanas doesn’t filter out gases or fine particles. An N95 respirator can provide some protection, but only if the person using it has had a fit-test to make sure it fits properly, and the respirator is worn correctly. N95 respirators are not available in children’s sizes. For more information about the use of masks, please visit CDC Respirator Factsheet link below. For respirator use in the workplace, contact your employer or Oregon OSHA at the link below.

For more information, please contact North Central Public Health District at 541-506-2600 or visit us on the web at or our Facebook Page at

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


Bird.Black.EnvelopeWildfire Breaks Out in Sherman County (Rufus)


Chatting with Kids about Being Online


US Census Sherman County, Oregon 2017 Quick Facts

Wind Energy Density Map Of The United States

Centuries and How to Refer to Them

Tracking the United States Congress


The Salmon State: The impossible journey of the juvenile coho


Leonard Cohen Sings “Anthem”


Sherman County eNews #165


  1. June 23 Report: Firefighting efforts being coordinated to safely accomplish control and minimize acres burned

  2. Wheeler County News

  3. What’s Coming Up at Sherman County Public/School Library

  4. Sage Mountain Primitives Seeks Farm History for New Café Décor

  5. Bias and Comfort Zones

  6. Don’t blame children. Blame those who failed to discipline them.

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

1. June 23 Report: Firefighting efforts being coordinated to safely accomplish control and minimize acres burned 

fire2Maupin, Oregon – Hundreds of lightning strikes on June 20 and 21 caused nearly 70 wildfires throughout central Oregon. The Boxcar and South Junction Fires are in Wasco County near Maupin. The Jack Knife Fire is in Sherman County, along the John Day River northeast of Kent. Initial attack resources from the Central Oregon Fire Management Service, the Rural Fire Protection District, Maupin Fire Department, Mt. Hood National Forest, The Dalles Fire Department, and local ranchers have been fighting these fires since their detection. Strategic use of retardant and heavy helicopters has protected values at risk. As the fires have grown to large sizes and complexity, a Type 2 Incident Management Team (Northwest Incident Management Team #13) has taken over command of these fires as of 6:00 a.m. today. (June 23)

Boxcar Fire Inciweb:

Estimated Acreage: 23,000 acres Containment: 10% Reported June 21, 07:48 am, Lightning

The Boxcar Fire is the largest of the three incidents with an estimated 23,000 acres burned. Firefighters have been challenged by gusty winds which have pushed the grass and brush fire south and east. Hwy 197 is closed between milepost 67 (the intersection with Hwy 97) and Maupin.

  • In the Maupin area, firefighters will be anchoring south of Maupin to build and secure containment lines to the north and east.
  • On the western flank, the fire is approaching the Deschutes River south of Maupin. Firefighters will be looking for places to safely engage to protect river recreation, private properties and cultural sites.
  • Firefighters engaging the Boxcar Fire on the east flank will work to stop easterly progression by using Highway 97 as containment line.

South Junction Fire

Estimated Acreage: 5,000 acres Containment: 0% Reported June 21, 3:00 pm, Lightning

  • This fire has made significant runs to the north and south from its origin west of Hwy 197 approximately 18 miles north of Madras.
  • It will likely join the Boxcar Fire today and, after that happens, both will be referred to as the “Boxcar Fire”.
  • Firefighters are coordinating with local ranch resources on containment lines.

Jack Knife Fire Inciweb:

Estimated Acreage: 2,000 acres Containment: 0 Reported June 22, 8:11 am, Lightning

  • This fire is burning 5 miles northeast of Kent and 11 miles southeast of Grass Valley.
  • The Jack Knife Fire has reached the John Day River in several locations. Fire has spread north to Wilson Point and south to Adobe Point.
  • Approximately 10 ranches and outbuildings are scattered along the fire perimeter. Structure protection measures are in place for ranch homes and historical structures along the river.
  • Today, fire officials will scout opportunities for containment on this fire.

Closures: (June 23)

  • Hwy 197 is closed from south of Maupin from the town of Maupin to milepost 67, the junction with Hwy 97.
  • People can still use the Deschutes River for boating and recreation. Camping is being discouraged between Trout Creek and Maupin. This involves Harpham Flat, Longbend, Wapinita and Devil’s Camp. Boat ramps are still open for launching and takeout, but vehicles cannot be parked at the launch sites and a shuttle service should be utilized.
  • Periodically the River may be closed by local Rangers in order to facilitate helicopter water dips.
  • On the John Day River, river miles 68 through 55 are closed to camping.

2. Wheeler County News

Wheeler County News, published semi-monthly (1st & 3rd Wednesdays every month) was established in 2000 and is the only newspaper dedicated solely to promoting Wheeler County’s events, businesses, organizations and beautiful natural resources.

Wheeler County News, P.O. Box 190, Spray, OR 97874, Joan Field, Editor/Publisher.  | $30/year outside Wheeler County. Ph: 541-468-2112 | Fax: 541-719-8003.

3. What’s Coming Up at Sherman County Public/School Library

Logo.ShermanPub.School.Library2017Community Preschool Storytime – Every Tuesday at 10am
Join us for Preschool Storytime and crafts. Ages 0-6.

S.T.E.A.M. – Tuesday, June 26 at 10am
Come join the fun as we learn about Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math in new and exciting ways. Ages 6-12.

Movie Night – Footloose (1984)
A city teenager moves to a small town where rock music and dancing have been banned, and his rebellious spirit shakes up the populace.
Rated PG | Run Time 1hr 35 min
Movie starts at 6pm in the program room, snacks and drinks provided.

Craft Day
Every Tuesday this summer from 11- 3, come to the library, enjoy our air conditioning, use our crafting equipment and supplies. Support will be available for the Cameo Cutter and the 3D printer. Get help with your crafty projects and learn new techniques. All ages!

July’s Book Club book is The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan
Thursday, July 19 at 6pm.
Nina is a literary matchmaker. Pairing a reader with that perfect book is her passion… and also her job. Or at least it was. Until yesterday, she was a librarian in the hectic city. But now the job she loved is no more.Determined to make a new life for herself, Nina moves to a sleepy village many miles away. There she buys a van and transforms it into a bookmobile — a mobile bookshop that she drives from neighborhood to neighborhood, changing one life after another with the power of storytelling. From helping her grumpy landlord deliver a lamb, to sharing picnics with a charming train conductor who serenades her with poetry, Nina discovers there’s plenty of adventure, magic, and soul in a place that’s beginning to feel like home… a place where she just might be able to write her own happy ending.

To request a hold, please call us at 541-535-3279 or stop in. Available in Large Print and Audio by request.

4. Sage Mountain Primitives Seeks Farm History for New Café Décor

Sage Mountain Primitives is gearing up to finally start the remodel on the old Moro Café. We are looking for the history of farms in Sherman County to make it a part of our new décor in the café. Please if you have a farm, or your family had a farm, or you just know some history of the farms in Sherman County, please come see us and fill out a form to claim your bag, or call Deena Johnson at 541-705-0232

5. Bias and Comfort Zones

Whether it is the intentional racist comments from a celebrity, applying a nasty epithet to a sitting politician, or the active discrimination towards gender, society is quick to condemn the perpetrators. Publicly, overt racism and discrimination has no place in today’s world, despite what we are seeing from some individuals these days. However, is there a more persistent bias running “under the radar” about which we are unaware?

University of Washington professor of psychology, Anthony Greenwald, says there is, and it is not so much “against” another group, but an unconscious favoring of the familiar. Greenwald and his associates developed the Implicit Association Test (IAT) in 1995, and their initial findings were first published in 1998. Since that time, the test has been expanded to cover several different types of bias and undergone rigorous study to check for validity.

The IAT measures the strength of an individual’s automatic association with objects and concepts. In other words, it relies on automatic reactions, on the subconscious (or unconscious) level, based on our memories. It is more reaction without thought, than conscious decision-making. The result is a kind of discrimination without the overt intent to do harm, except that it does cause harm when practiced by a dominant group.

A comfort zone, by definition, is where the world feels familiar to us. We have a lot of comfort zones, depending upon the subject at hand. We have a tendency to think that comfort zones are wonderful, because we feel safe. Our comfort zones are based on who we believe we are, and that belief is stored in our subconscious. We make all of our decisions, conscious or unconscious, based on that picture of who we believe we are. We look for others who are similar to us, to join us in our comfort zones.

It isn’t just individuals who search and find the familiar. Organizations have comfort zones, which leads to stagnation of innovation. A lack of diversity of thought and experience causes institutional favoring of the familiar, more commonly known as a blind spot or scotoma. And scotomas cause us to miss options and opportunities.

The cure? Self-reflection, individual and organizational, and a transformation of that internal picture of who we are which, someday, will do away with negative automatic responses. ~The Pacific Institute

6. Don’t blame children. Blame those who failed to discipline them.

Ralph Waldo Emerson once observed, “Our chief want in life is somebody who will make us do what we can.” Although children doubtless do not recognize it at the time, they crave discipline, particularly during their formative years. Discipline defines boundaries for them, provides security, and is an active expression of a parent’s love. Most important, it prepares them for the challenges of adulthood. If your childhood was less than perfect, you are in good company. Most of us have experienced difficulties at one time or another, and we all make mistakes from time to time. The good news is that while your environment as a child will have a profound influence upon the person you become, it is not the sole determinant. The person you choose to be is entirely up to you. Only you can decide who and what you will become in life. ~Napoleon Hill Foundation

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

bird.talkWheeler County News, P.O. Box 190, Spray, OR 97874, Joan Field, Editor/Publisher.  | $30/year outside Wheeler County. Ph: 541-468-2112 | Fax: 541-719-8003.

Journey Through Time Scenic Byway – Trip Check


Sen. Jeff Merkley confirms he’s considering a 2020 presidential run

House overwhelmingly passes Walden opioid bill


Resilience. Claims Against Meat Fail to Consider Bigger Picture


ICE: Large Weapons Cache Seized En Route to Mexico


Fake News: Iconic Crying Migrant Girl Was Never Separated from Mother Says Father

Border Security & Border Patrol Sectors: McAllen Station

US Customs & Border Protection: Ports of Entry


US Customs and Border Protection: Human Trafficking


Sherman County eNews #164


  1. Fireworks: “Keep it Legal and Keep it Safe”

  2. Sharon “Shari” K. (Nisbet) Gritz 1949-2018

  3. Are you a Vietnam or Persian Gulf Era veteran?

  4. Your Vision for Tomorrow

  5. Summer Spotlights Masterful Paintings of American Realist Richard Lack

  6. Law Enforcement to Participate in Operation Dry Water Weekend of June 29-July 1

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

1. Fireworks: “Keep it Legal and Keep it Safe”

fireworks1The Office of State Fire Marshal, Oregon fire service, Keep Oregon Green, the Pacific Northwest Wildfire Coordination Group, natural resource agencies, Oregon licensed fireworks wholesalers, and safety experts encourage Oregonians to “Keep it Legal and Keep it Safe” when using fireworks. The 2018 Oregon fireworks retail sales season opens Saturday, June 23 and runs through Friday, July 6. The OSFM and their partners want everyone to know which fireworks are legal to use in Oregon without a permit, where they are permitted to be used, and the important safety steps to take when using fireworks. 

“I want to remind all Oregonians that consumer legal fireworks can only be purchased from Oregon permitted fireworks retailers and stands,” says State Fire Marshal Jim Walker. “And, regulations limit where those fireworks may be used. Fire risk in Oregon is approaching extreme conditions and there is no room for error in fireworks safety.”

July 4th holiday public land visitors are advised to leave all fireworks at home. The use of fireworks is prohibited on all national forestland, Oregon state parks, and beaches. “It’s best to leave fireworks to the professionals,” states Keep Oregon Green President Kristin Babbs. “Support your local community by enjoying fireworks at sponsored events. If you choose to use fireworks at home, make sure they stay on the pavement and always keep a bucket of water nearby for safety and to extinguish spent fireworks.”

Oregon law prohibits possession, use, or sale of any firework that flies into the air, explodes, or travels more than 12 feet horizontally on the ground, without a permit issued by the OSFM. Fireworks commonly called bottle rockets, Roman candles, and firecrackers are illegal in Oregon, without a permit.

There were 318 reported fireworks-related fires in Oregon during 2017, resulting in eight injuries and more than $861,000 in property damage. Over the past five years, from 2013 through 2017, there were 1,355 reported fireworks-related fires in Oregon resulting in one death, 34 injuries, and more than $3 million in property damage.

Officials may seize illegal fireworks and charge offenders with a class B misdemeanor which could result in a fine of up to $2,500 per violation and a civil penalty of up to $500. Those who misuse fireworks or allow fireworks to cause damage are liable and may be required to pay fire suppression costs or other damage. Parents are also liable for fireworks damage caused by their children.

“All Oregonians share the responsibility to use only consumer legal fireworks and use them carefully,” adds Walker. And we encourage you to be aware and considerate of neighbors and their pets, before deciding on when and where you choose to light fireworks.”

The OSFM encourages everyone to use the four B’s of safe fireworks use:

  • Be Prepared before lighting fireworks: keep water available by using a garden hose or bucket.
  • Be Safe when lighting fireworks: keep children and pets away from fireworks.
  • Be Responsible after lighting fireworks: never relight a dud. Wait 15 to 20 minutes then soak it in a bucket of water before disposal.
  • Be Aware: use only legal fireworks and use them only in legal places.

The four B’s of fireworks safety brochure is available here:

Tips in Spanish are also available at:

2. Sharon “Shari” K. (Nisbet) Gritz 1949-2018

flower.rose.starSharon “Shari” K. Gritz, 68 of Hermiston was born Nov. 12, 1949, in The Dalles, Oregon, the daughter of Gerald and Georgia “Aileen” (Scott) Nisbet. She passed away on Wednesday June 20, 2018, at her home.

Shari grew up and attended school in Wasco, Oregon, where she graduated from Sherman County High School in the class of 1967. After high school, she attended beauty school in Pendleton. She worked as a beautician and taught cosmetology, beauty and barbering throughout her career. She worked for Freddy’s Beauty Salon for many years then owned and operated the Oregon College of Beauty and Barbering until retiring in 2003.

Shari loved her family dearly and enjoyed spending her time with them especially her two grandsons and extended grandchildren. She also enjoyed crafting, rubber stamping and cardmaking and time with her many cardmaking friends. She enjoyed watching and supporting youth baseball programs in Hermiston.

Shari married George D. Gritz in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho on April 8, 1973.

She is survived by her husband of 46 years, George; son, Jeff (Jana) Gritz; sister, Ellen (Gary) Fisher; brothers, Bill (Joanne) Nisbet and Bob Nisbet; grandsons, Nychal and Slade Gritz; and many nieces, nephews and extended friends and family members.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday June 30, 2018, at the Burns Mortuary Chapel. Burial will follow in Hermiston Cemetery. A gathering for family and friends will be held from 1-4 p.m. at the Pheasant Café, 149 E. Main St., Hermiston.

Arrangements are with Burns Mortuary, Hermiston. To leave an online condolence for the family, please go to

3. Are you a Vietnam or Persian Gulf Era veteran?

We are a group of researchers at Oregon State University who really care about Oregon veterans and their families.  We are interested in the long-term effects of military service, both positive and negative, on veterans’ health and well-being.  Most of what we know about military service and aging has been from research done with WWII veterans.  We would like to know whether veterans from more recent eras have similar or different effects from their military service.  The Oregon Dept. of Veterans Affairs (ODVA) is collaborating with us on this study.

If you are a veteran from the Vietnam (1964-1975), Persian Gulf (1990 – 1991) or OEF/OIF/OND (2001 – current) eras, we would love to hear from both combat and non-combat veterans.  We estimate that it will take about one hour to complete the on-line survey.  For completing this survey, you will receive a $20 gift card.

We will maintain confidentiality of your responses to the full extent of the law, but we will need contact information to send you your gift card.  If you would prefer not to provide your contact information, we can donate your $20 to a veterans’ organization.

Here is a link to the survey:

If you would prefer to receive a paper and pencil version of the questionnaire, please call the Center for Healthy Aging Research at 541 737-9241, and we’d be happy to send you out a copy.

If you have any questions or concerns, please email me at or call me at (541) 737-2024.  If you prefer a paper and pencil version of the survey, please contact me and we will send one out to you. In advance, thank you for participating in this study!

Carolyn M. Aldwin, Ph.D.

Jo Anne Leonard Endowed Director

Center for Healthy Aging Research

Director, Gerontology Program

Professor, Human Development & Family Sciences


Oregon State University

Waldo 424

Corvallis, OR  97331

541 737-2024; 541 737-4001(f)

4. Your Vision for Tomorrow

Do you have a vision – a picture in your mind of how things can be? If you do, how clear is it? How big is it? How much will you allow yourself to want, for yourself, your family and loved ones, for your country and the world? You see, people who have big dreams generally get big results.

If you need proof of this last statement, you have only to check out the Great Pyramid on the Giza Plateau outside Cairo. Whoever built that pyramid, over 4500 years ago, certainly had a grand vision for the times. The Great Wall of China, built over 2200 years ago, can be seen from orbit with a little help, and it must have started with a vision to go along with a need for protection.

Isaac Asimov was an immensely popular science writer. Did you know that he was also a biochemist and professor? And did you know that he had written nearly 400 books? Some of those books are on history, humor, or literature – especially Shakespeare and the Bible. Most of them are on science and science fiction, because Isaac Asimov had a big vision. He had a vision of a world where everyone understood science, and he worked through his writing to make science understandable and fun for everyone.

Lech Walesa had a vision that Poland could once again be a free nation with social justice for all, so he founded the solidarity movement in 1980. Ray Bradbury was another science fiction visionary. Read some of his early works, and you will see them being played out in the world today.

What kind of world would you like to see in the future? Just like Asimov, Bradbury and Walesa, and so many others who are less well known, your vision for the world can shape your life and give it purpose and a tremendous sense of accomplishment, if you let it.

It is easy to get bogged down in the here and now, and you can see the results of this in situations all over the world. It is time to pull together, as humanity, to create a vision – an inclusive, positive, physically and mentally healthy vision – for a world in which we can all contribute to the betterment of our humanity. ~The Pacific Institute

5. Summer Spotlights Masterful Paintings of American Realist Richard Lack

Richard F. Lack: The Interior Journey on view now through November 15

(GOLDENDALE, Wash., June 22, 2018) –A special exhibition featuring 40 works by Richard F. Lack (1928-2009), one of the most significant and prolific American realists of the last half of the 20th century, is on view now at Maryhill Museum of Art.

Richard F. Lack: The Interior Journey, Paintings, Drawings, and Studies showcases a series of large-scale imaginative paintings by one of America’s foremost realist painters. Created at the end of the artist’s career, the paintings depict historical, religious, mythological, allegorical and symbolic subjects. The exhibition also includes a selection of conceptual and developmental sketches and drawings, offering a window into Lack’s creative and technical processes as he fine-tuned the figures, expressions and subtle gestures found within the finished works.

“What I’m hearing from visitors is that they find the exhibition simply beautiful,” says Maryhill executive director Colleen Schafroth. “They are telling us that the exhibition is a pure joy to experience. Lack really is more than a painter’s painter; he is a modern master of paint by any standard. His skill with a brush is just stunning.”

About the Artist: Lack’s interest in classical painting traditions led him to the atelier and studio of R.H. Ives Gammell, a well-known Boston artist with whom he studied during the early 1950s. It was there that Lack was exposed to the fundamentals of training based on French ateliers and began to explore so-called imaginative painting, a term used to describe historical or poetic painting. In 1955 Lack traveled to Italy, Germany and France to study the Old Masters, particularly Peter Paul Rubens, who greatly influenced Lack’s style and methods.

In 1969 Lack established his own studio Atelier Lack where he continued the age-old tradition of mentorship and teaching methods passed down from the European masters of realist painting. Lack’s atelier provided link to the artistic traditions of Europe that rapidly disintegrated after World War I. Over the years, he trained a significant group of younger artists and his atelier became a model for many small studio schools throughout the United States and abroad. Lack’s artistic influence spread even further through his writings on the subject of realism at a time when the art world was enamored with emerging, nontraditional art forms.

Over his 63-year career, Lack created more than 1500 paintings, drawings, sketches, etchings, woodcuts and watercolors, including portraits, interiors, genre paintings, imaginative paintings and landscapes. He was a sought after portrait artist who completed six portraits of the Kennedy family in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts. During his final years, Lack devoted most of his time and energy to painting The Interior Journey series of imaginative paintings now featured at Maryhill Museum of Art.

Richard F. Lack: The Interior Journey, Paintings, Drawings, and Studies was curated by Stephen Gjertson, with assistance from The Atelier and the Lack Estate. Gjertson is a Minneapolis-area artist who was a student of Lack and a former teacher at his atelier.

On view concurrently at Maryhill is a small exhibition titled American Classical Realism featuring work by other influential realists, including R.H. Ives Gammell, Robert Douglas Hunter and Samuel Rose, all drawn from the museum’s collections.

6. Law Enforcement to Participate in Operation Dry Water Weekend of June 29-July 1

Oregon.Flat.poleThe Marine Board and law enforcement from 32 counties and the Oregon State Police will be participating in Operation Dry Water during the weekend of June 29- July 1, as part of a nationally coordinated effort to reduce the number of accidents and fatalities related to boating under the influence of intoxicants (BUII). 

“To help marine officers prepare, we train them to recognize drug and alcohol impairment and arrest those operators –including those with paddles,” says Randy Henry, Boating Safety Manager for the Marine Board.

Boating under the influence of intoxicants means prescription drugs, alcohol, inhalants, marijuana, or any other substance that impairs a person’s ability to make sound judgments and have the ability to safely operate a boat.  The effects of drugs and alcohol are also amplified on the water with the combination of sun glare, wind, waves and other environmental stressors.  Alcohol also dehydrates the body making sudden immersion into cold water at an even greater risk for drowning.

Impaired boaters can expect to be arrested or face serious penalties.  In Oregon, the consequences of being convicted of BUII include the possibility of jail time, $6,250 in fines and loss of boating privileges.  Marine officers can arrest boaters on observed impairment and can legally obtain blood, breath or urine if a boater fails field sobriety testing.  So far this year, nine people have been arrested for BUII.

“Overall, recreational boating is very safe if boaters wear life jackets, boat sober, and keep a sharp lookout. Waterways are becoming more crowded with a variety of mixed boating and other activities, so it’s important to pay attention to what’s going on around you and to follow the navigation rules of the road.  If boaters changed two things; wear life jackets and abstain from substances, accidents would be extremely rare,” says Henry.  So far this year, the common denominators for accidents include impairment, distracted operation and no life jacket.   Henry goes on to say, “The public is our ally in safe boating.  If you see an impaired operator or someone who is operating in a way that threatens others’ safety, call 911 and report it.  That’s how we can work together to save lives.” 

For more information about Operation Dry Water, visit

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

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Heritage Mourns Loss of Charles Krauthammer


Judicial Watch Obtains IRS Documents Revealing McCain’s Subcommittee Staff Director Urged IRS to Engage in “Financially Ruinous” Targeting

‘Less Than Human’: The Psychology Of Cruelty

U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE)

Federation for American Immigration Reform

The Fiscal Burden of Illegal Immigration on United States Taxpayers

Center for Immigration Studies

The High Cost of Cheap Labor

Homeland Security – Crossing U.S. Borders

The Truth about Separating Kids at the Border


Sherman County eNews #163


  1. Correction: Contact Information for The Times-Journal

  2. Sherman County Photography Club Meeting, June 25

  3. Sherman County Court & Cities Public Work Session on Fiber Broadband, June 27

  4. Frontier TeleNet Board of Directors Meeting Agenda and Notice, June 29

  5. Sherman County Soil and Water Conservation District Special Meeting, June 25

  6. Not the Finished Product

  7. Opal Mae Steele 1923-2018

  8. Sherman County History Tidbits: 1919 School Statistics

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

1. Correction: Contact Information for The Times-Journal 

The Times-Journal – a weekly serving Wheeler, Gilliam & Sherman counties, P.O. Box 746, Condon, OR 97823 | 541-384-2421 $35/year


All information must be received by NOON on Friday, June 29th.

Thank you.

The Times-Journal Staff

Ph. # 541-384-2421

Fax # 541-384-2411

2. Sherman County Photography Club Meeting, June 25

fireworks1July 4th fireworks displays are just around the corner so now is a good time to learn how to capture the moment with your camera. Tori Macnab Medina will share her skills of catching fantastic fireworks photos as well as photographing the beautiful summer night skies. The Sherman County Photography meeting starts at 6pm at the OSU Extension Building in Moro on Monday, June 25. Meetings are open to everyone and new members are always welcome.

3. Sherman County Court & Cities Public Work Session on Fiber Broadband, June 27

ShermanCoLogoThe Sherman County Court and Sherman County cities will conduct a joint work session on Wednesday, June 27, 7 until 8:30 p.m. at the Wasco School Events Center in Wasco. The purpose will be to discuss the Fiber Based Broadband Initiative for City Fiber to Homes. Sherman County residents with questions about the fiber optics initiative may contact Carrie Pipinich,, or call 541-296-2266, or city administrators.

4. Frontier TeleNet Board of Directors Meeting Agenda and Notice, June 29

Frontier TeleNet Board of Directors Meeting Agenda

June 29th 10:00 AM

OSU Extension Office Conference Room, 66365 Lonerock Road Moro, OR

1.0 Call To Order & Director Roll Call

2.0 10:00 Final Budget hearing

 Open hearing

 Allow for public input

 Closing hearing

 Vote on final budget

3.0 Directors’ Changes or Additions to the Agenda

4.0 Minutes Review and Approval

5.0 Financials Review and Approval

6.0 IT and System updates and progress report

7.0 Business and Marketing report

8.0 Other items for the good of the order

9.0 Public Input/Comment

10.0 Next Meeting

11.0 Adjournment

The Frontier TeleNet board reserves the right at its sole discretion to enter into Executive Session under ORS 192.660 (a), (g), (j), (n),(D). For those requesting a call in number or other accommodations, please contact Mike Smith at 541-306-1202 or

5. Sherman County Soil and Water Conservation District Special Meeting, June 25


The Sherman County Soil and Water Conservation District will be holding a special meeting on Monday, June 25th at 7pm at the USDA Service Center Office, at 302 Scott Street in Moro, Oregon 97039. The board will review the Annual Work Plan.

Sherman County Soil and Water Conservation District


June 25, 2018

7:00 PM

Old Moro Elementary School

302 Scott St. Moro, OR 97039

  1. Call Meeting to Order
  2. Annual Work Plan
  3. Other Business
  4. Adjournment

~Amanda Whitman, Sherman County SWCD

PO Box 405,Moro, OR 97039

541-565-3216 ext 109

6. Not the Finished Product

As individuals, human beings are constantly changing, even though it may not seem like it in the short term.

In what Harvard psychologist, Dan Gilbert, calls the “end of history illusion,” human beings seem to think that the people we are today are the people we are going to be in the future. Not so, according to his research and a presentation featured on

One of the benefits of a long-term study was the inescapable fact that people in Gilbert’s studies actually changed far more than what they expected to change, in an imagined 10-year period into the future. At every point in the age range, actual reported change – in such things as personal values, personality, likes and dislikes – was far above the predicted change levels.

So,” you ask, “why does this matter?” Well, it ties in with the way we make decisions. We know that everything that has happened to us – every experience, learning moment, discovery – is stored in our subconscious, along with the emotions that we associate with those experiences. Then, as we are confronted with some new situation, our brains immediately attempt to associate the new situation with something filed away in the subconscious. If nothing resonates, then the brain files this new experience for future use.

If we do connect with something in the past, then our brains immediately go into “association mode,” evaluate whether the past experience was good or bad, and then we make decisions according to what happened to us in the past. When we try to imagine something in the future, we have nothing on which to base our judgment, except the past. No surprise, it is easier to remember than it is to imagine – unless we can let go of the belief that we are a “finished product” with no more growing to do.

The good news is that we are NOT finished growing and changing, even if we think we are. As Gilbert reported, “The person you are right now is transient, as fleeting and as temporary as all the people you have ever been.”

The question is: Who do you want to be tomorrow? And the tomorrow after that, and the tomorrow after that? Let go of feeling “finished” and embrace the “want to be” in you. Your brain will be fully engaged in the future – and you’ll be happier for it. ~The Pacific Institute

7. Opal Mae Steele 1923-2018

flower.rose.starOpal Mae Steele, 94, of Quartzsite, Arizona, and Salmon, Idaho passed away on June 19, 2018 in Salmon.  Opal was born to Otto and Alice (Caddy) Obermiller on September 5, 1923 in Loup City, Nebraska.

Opal married Clyde Steele; they had four children: Clyde Jr., Jim, Linda Kay and Shirley.

Opal retired from the commercial garment business in the Portland, Oregon area, working with the Pendleton and White Stag Companies. She loved to square dance, and did so for many years. She enjoyed traveling between Quartzsite and Salmon as a “snowbird” for the last 20 years staying with her daughter Shirley.

She is survived by her children: Jim (Jan) Steele and Shirley (Richard) Kempf; one grandson Jimmy (Amanda) Steele; two brothers Harold Obermiller, Raymond Obermiller. She was preceded in death by her parents; the following siblings: Frank, Earl and Mary: her husband Clyde; children: Clyde Jr., and Linda Kay; grandson Chaddrick James; and son-in-law Richard Kempf. Memorial Services will be held in Loup City, Nebraska at a later date. Arrangements are under the direction and care of the Jones & Casey Funeral Home of Salmon, Idaho.

8. Sherman County History Tidbits: 1919 School Statistics

1919 Sherman County School Statistics

~Grass Valley Journal, February 28, 1919

    54 teachers employed in county

    27 teachers in rural schools

    27 teachers in town schools

    10 teachers in Wasco

    9 teachers in Moro

    8 teachers in Grass Valley

    4 teachers in Kent

    30 school districts in county

    26 rural districts

    4 high school districts

    1 school pays $65 for teacher

    8 schools pay $75

    5 schools pay $80

    7 rural schools pay $90

    5 teachers in town schools get $85

    3 teachers in town schools get $90

    4 teachers in town schools get $95

    7 teachers in town schools get $100

    $81.96 average monthly wage for rural teachers

    $93.75 average monthly wage for town grade teachers

    $100 lowest wage paid for high school teachers in county

    1118 boys and girls in county between ages of 4 and 20

    535 pupils enrolled in town schools

    384 pupils enrolled in rural schools

    919 total enrollment in county for 1918-1919

    192 pupils enrolled in Wasco

    139 pupils enrolled in Moro

    114 pupils enrolled in Grass Valley

    90 pupils enrolled in Kent

    54 high school pupils in Wasco

    49 high school pupils in Moro

    23 high school pupils in Grass Valley

    13 high school pupils in Kent

    140 high school pupils in county

    33 in 8th grade rural schools

    60 in 8th grade town schools

    93 total enrollment in 8th grade.

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


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21 small wildfires ignited by hundreds of lightning strikes across Oregon

Fire forces evacuations in Jefferson County; Gov. Kate Brown declares conflagration


Government Employees File Suit To Destabilize Oregon Union Payments