Sherman County eNews #152








Oregon has a rich history with covered bridges. In their heyday in the early 1900’s there were an estimated 600 of them. But due to newer roads, better bridges, negligence and decay there only remain about 50. In 2006 one such bridge came crashing down in Wimer, Oregon. The people were in shock at the loss of their historic treasure, and the headlines of the local paper simply read, “It’s Gone.”

So often when we cross ways with people or even churches we speak of “burning a bridge” or “not going there again,” and it is not until someone dies or something tragic happens until we rethink our actions or role. It is then that we think about what we should-of or could-have done to draw closer, to resolve that long-standing issue or even rebuild the bridge.

The people of Wimer, Oregon, were so moved by their loss that they committed huge blocks of time and resources to rebuilding the bridge. It wasn’t easy, and it didn’t happen overnight, but they made the commitment, pooled their resources, and they got to work.

“Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.” (Ephesians 4:31–32)

Is there a broken bridge in your life that needs some attention? Maybe from your perspective the bridge might even be gone, and maybe you don’t even know how to take the first step. Start with your heart. Rejoice even in the fact that you recognize the need. Then ask God for an opportunity, and as the first plank is laid take the first step realizing that you may not get very far on your first attempt.

Joe Burgess
Kent Baptist Church

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THE TIMES-JOURNAL has a new e-mail address: Please begin using this new e-mail with all e-correspondence with the newspaper. Thank you. ~The Editor

SPIRITUAL MATTERS for Sherman County Churches and Faith Groups. A Friday column, Spiritual Matters is intended to welcome, inform and inspire. 

First: Recognized/organized churches and faith groups in Sherman County are invited to participate. 

Second: The Current Rotation

1st Friday: Wasco Church of Christ, Christian & Moro Community Presbyterian

2nd Friday: Grass Valley Baptist & Wasco Catholic

3rd Friday: Baha’i  & Kent Baptist

4th Friday: Wasco United Methodist, Rufus Baptist & Grass Valley Catholic

5th Friday [to be determined by the Editor or proposed by a participant] 

Third: Articles must be submitted by 5 p.m. Wednesday for Friday publication. Please limit messages to 300 words or less.

Fourth: Attacks on another faith, a previous Spiritual Matters article or author will not be published. 

Fifth:   The subject matter should be spiritual and inspirational, calling people to faith, and may include doctrinal understandings. 

Sixth:   The editor reserves the right to decline to publish articles.

Seventh: Please let us know if your group wishes to participate in this rotation.

CLASSIFIED 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






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.

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 TimeGrain 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


 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 | 6/15




 THE LEAN-TO CAFÉ & GOOSE PIT SALOON.  Daily Specials: Tuesday Hamburgers, Wednesday Soft Tacos, Thursday Chicken Fried Steak, Friday Fresh Clam Chowder and Saturday Night Prime Rib. 541-442-5709 in Historic Downtown Wasco. 6/22

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. 6/15




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.

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.

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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

15 Frontier TeleNet Board of Directors Meeting 1- Burnet Building, Moro

15 The June Bugs Concert 6:30 & Artisans’ Market 4-7, Condon City Park

16-17 A-Town Throwdown: Kite, SUP & Windsurf Competition, Arlington

17 Father’s Day

17 Father’s Day Free Admission at Sherman County Historical Museum 10-5

18 Sherman County School District Board Meeting 7 Public/School Library

18 Eastern Oregon Regional Tourism Gathering 10-3 Union County

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

19 Unit 20, Oregon Retired Educators, Hood River Country Club

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

20 Sherman County Court 9

20 Sherman County Court Biggs Service District Hearings 9 & 10 a.m.

20-22 Sherman County 4-H Camp

22 Columbia Gorge Bi-State Renewable Energy Zone Meeting 12:30 Casa el Mirador

22 Family Bingo Night 6-8 Grass Valley Pavilion

23 Sherman County Public/School Library 2 Start Your Miniature Rock Garden

25 Mid-Columbia Housing Authority Annual Meeting 11-1

25 Sherman County Photography Club 6 OSU Extension Office, Moro

25 Korean War Began 1950

26 Sherman County Public/School Library 10 S.T.E.A.M. ages 6-12

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

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

27 City Broadband Meeting 7 Wasco

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

27-30 4-H Summer Conference, OSU Campus, Corvallis

28 Sherman County Public/School Library Movie Night 6 Footloose

29 Frontier TeleNet Budget Hearing 9 & Board Meeting 10

29 Home Run Derby, Condon

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 HYATUS Concert 6:30 & Artisans’ Market 4-7, Condon City Park

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

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.

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 Bluegrass Festival in Fossil

7 14th Annual Fossil Cruz-in 9-4 Fossil

7-15 Moro’s 2nd 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 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 TriCounty 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

23 Mid-Columbia Housing Authority Board Meeting 10

23 Frontier Regional 911 Agency Board Meeting 3

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

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

31-Aug. 4 Malheur County Fair, Ontario