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