Sherman County eNews #172


  1. All County Prayer Meeting, July 11

  2. Sherman County Emergency Services June Activity Reports

  3. Recent Fires Heighten Fireworks Warning

  4. Oregon Farm Bureau video, brochure on sharing the road safely with farm equipment

  5. The Grand Level of Parenting

  6. Comment period open for wild horse spay feasibility research

To the sages who spoke—to the heroes who bled—

To the day, and the deed—strike the harp strings of glory!

Let the song of the ransom’d remember the dead,

And the tongue of the eloquent hallow the story.

      O’er the bones of the bold,

      Be the story long told,

And on Fame’s golden tablets their triumphs enroll’d,

Who on freedom’s green hills freedom’s banner unfurl’d,

And the beacon-fire rais’d that gave light to the world.

~Charles Sprague (1791–1875), Ode for the Fourth of July, 1827, sung at the celebration in the Exchange Coffee-House in Boston

1. All County Prayer Meeting, July 11

church.family1The All County Prayer Meeting is Wednesday July 11 @ the Grass Valley Baptist Church. Fellowship starts at 6:30 PM, Pray time starts at 7:00 PM and ends at 8:30 PM.

Everyone is welcome to come and join the meeting, come and join in when you can get there and stay as long as you can.

Thank You! ~Red Gibbs

2. Sherman County Emergency Services June Activity Reports

~Shawn Payne, Sherman County Emergency Services


Sherman County Ambulance

June 2018 Activity Report

Date Time Incident Location
6-01 9:33 PM Assault with a Knife Sinclair Station in Rufus
6-03 3:25 PM Unknown Illness Wasco
6-03 10:49 PM Seizure Rufus
6-05 1:47 PM Agency Assist for Suicidal Person Biggs
6-05 8:28 PM Assault Victim Biggs
6-11 9:39 AM Laceration to Head Pilot in Biggs
6-11 9:47 PM Burning Eyes Rufus
6-13 10:22 PM Motor Vehicle Crash I-84  MP# 109
6-14 7:14 PM Motor Vehicle Crash 708 Clark Street in Wasco
6-17 11:35 AM Unknown Illness Wasco Methodist Church
6-19 7:58 PM Possible Fractured Foot Grass Valley
6-20 5:55 AM Head Injury Rufus RV Park
6-23 1:35 AM Back Pain Moro
6-23 10:27 AM Weakness Linda’s Restaurant in Biggs
6-25 9:36 PM Fire Standby Rufus Fire Department
6-26 4:39 PM Cardiac Arrest Grass Valley
6-29 3:16 PM Unknown Illness Moro
6-29 5:10 PM Chest Pain Rufus
6-30 6:46 AM Seizure Pilot in Biggs
6-30 10:53 AM Man Down – Unknown I-84  MP# 106

Moro Fire Department

June 2018 Activity Report

Date Time Incident Location
6-11 5:10 PM Grass Fire US 97  MP# 48
6-14 7:14 PM Motor Vehicle Crash 708 Clark St. in Wasco
6-16 4:35 PM Lightening Caused Grass Fire 92018 Kopke Lane  Grass Valley
6-17 2:42 PM Grass Fire Rekindle 92018 Kopke Lane  Grass Valley
6-22 8:00 AM Grass Fire 96000 Rosebush Lane Kent
6-23 9:17 AM Grass Fire Rekindle Rutledge Lane  Grass Valley
6-23 10:56 AM Grass Fire 92464 US Hwy 30  Rufus
6-25 9:26 PM Fire Rufus

3. Recent Fires Heighten Fireworks Warning

fire2Recent wildfires throughout Oregon have caused State Fire Marshal Jim Walker to reissue safety warnings for fireworks usage.

“Although the causes of many of these recent wildfires are still being determined,” says State Fire Marshal Jim Walker. “it serves as a stark warning of the extremely dry conditions throughout the state and the risk that just one spark may create.”

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 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.

“All Oregonians share the responsibility to use only consumer legal fireworks and use them extremely carefully during these highly volatile conditions,” 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:

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.

4. Oregon Farm Bureau offers video, brochure on sharing the road safely with farm equipment

sign_slowSALEM, OREGON: For many Oregon farmers, July 4 signifies the busiest time of year. Harvest of major crops like grass seed, berries, clover, and wheat is in full swing, and it’s not unusual for a farmer to spend 15-hour days working in the field.

Summer harvest also means that sometimes farmers must drive their equipment, such as tractors, swathers, combines, and trucks, out on public roads to move between fields. 

Driving a slow-moving tractor on a highway is legal and often a necessary part of harvest — but it can pose a safety risk without caution, courtesy, and patience.

To help keep both motorists and farmers safe, the Oregon Farm Bureau (OFB) Health & Safety Committee offers a new one-minute video and a free brochure with important tips on how to share the road safely with farm equipment.

“We’re reminding drivers to slow down, be patient, and use caution when encountering a tractor on the road,” said Anne Rigor of Benton County Farm Bureau.

“It’s heartbreaking to hear about injuries or deaths involving tractors that could’ve been avoided if drivers had simply slowed down, or farmers had taken a few simple steps,” said Rigor.

Farmers do their best to avoid moving equipment during high-traffic times, but during peak harvest, when the fruit is ripe or the hay is at the optimum level of dryness, they have no choice.

Most farm equipment is designed to travel at speeds of no more than 25 miles per hour (mph), and must display a reflective, triangular, orange-and-red, slow-moving-vehicle sign if going out on public roads.

It can be surprising just how slow 25 mph is on the highway. A tractor that looks far on the horizon can be directly in front of a fast-moving car within seconds.

“If you’re driving 55 mph on a highway and come upon a tractor that’s moving at only 25 mph, it can take only 8 seconds to close a gap the length of a football field. You’ll be right behind that heavy piece of equipment very quickly,” said Rigor.

In 2015, there were 54 traffic accidents involving farm equipment, resulting in 30 serious injuries and one death, according to the Oregon Dept. of Transportation. In 2014, there were 40 accidents with 34 injuries and three deaths.

The OFB Health & Safety Committee is also working with County Farm Bureaus throughout the Willamette Valley on a series of radio ads promoting rural road safety, which will air during summer harvest.

Safety tips for motorists include:

  • If you decide to pass farm equipment on the road, please do so with caution.
  • Be watchful of vehicles behind you that may also try to pass.
  • If you must enter the oncoming lane of traffic, do not proceed unless you can see clearly ahead of both your vehicle and the vehicle you will pass.
  • If there are any curves or hills ahead that may block your view or the view of oncoming vehicles, do not pass.
  • Do not pass if you are in a designated “No Passing Zone” or within 100 feet of any intersection, railroad grade crossing, bridge, elevation structure, or tunnel.
  • Do not assume that a farm vehicle that pulls to the right side of the road is going to turn right or is letting you pass. Due to the size of some farm implements, the farmer must make wide left-hand turns. If you are unsure, check the operator’s hand signals and look at the left side of the road for gates, driveways, or a place the vehicle might turn.

Safety tips for farmers include:

  • Oregon law requires a slow-moving vehicle reflector on any machine that travels the road slower than 25 mph. Always point the triangle up, keep the SMV emblem clean to maximize reflectivity, and replace the emblem when it fades, normally every two to three years.
  • Mark the edges of tractors and machines with reflective tape and reflectors. Consider installing retrofit lighting on older machinery to increase visibility.
  • Turn on your lights, but turn off rear spotlights when going onto the road. From a distance spotlights can be mistaken for headlights.
  • Be aware of heavy traffic patterns.
  • Consider installing mirrors on equipment so you can see motorists around you. Be careful where the mirrors are placed.
  • When moving multiple farm implements down the highway, leave enough space between each vehicle for cars to pass.

Request free copies of the OFB Rural Road Safety Brochure by contacting or 503.399.1701.

5. The Grand Level of Parenting

boy.farmThese days, it seems that children are spending more time with their grandparents, and extended families, than ever before. With the rise in the incidence of single parents, or the need for double incomes to make ends meet, grandparents are becoming “parents” again. Today, let’s talk about the grandparent-grandchild relationship, and making it the best relationship possible.

When it comes to being a good grandparent, the first obstacle to go around is about change. As a parent, it was your responsibility to make rules and give advice. But, when your children have their own children, this must change even though it may be difficult for you to shift gears. To maintain peace in the family, you’ll want to refrain from giving advice to your kids about how to raise their children – unless, of course, they ask for it.

It’s only natural to be concerned about your grandchildren’s welfare and well-being, but unless they’re actually in danger, you want to express your concern with a loving, supportive presence. Parents, especially new parents of newborns, need all the support they can get. You can offer much-appreciated babysitting services and a sympathetic ear, but endless unsolicited instructions and tips, however well meaning, will cause push-back, if nothing else.

On the other hand, it’s important that you be an active participant in your grandchildren’s lives. Don’t let your need to avoid the “interfering grandparent” stereotype keep you from being actively involved. Just stay sensitive to your grandchildren, and let their parents be parents. If you’ve built a strong trust relationship with your grandchildren, they may just turn to you as a sounding board as they grow up. Having that loving, common-sense, “willing-to-tell-you-what-you-don’t-necessarily-want-to-hear” relationship is something we all treasure, even as adults.

It is fascinating and enjoyable to watch grandchildren grow – whether the “grandchildren” are yours or not. Each of us has the ability, perhaps even the responsibility, to serve as a guide to members of each new generation. ~The Pacific Institute

6. Comment period open for wild horse spay feasibility research

cowpokeHINES, OR – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Burns District announces the availability of a Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) for wild horse spay feasibility and behavioral research. The research will be conducted at Oregon’s Wild Horse Corral Facility near Hines.

Wild horse herds on public lands can grow quickly, doubling in size in four years and tripling in six years if not managed. Since receiving Federal protection in 1971, the nationwide wild horse and burro population has soared to nearly 82,000 animals, more than three times the number that can survive long-term along with wildlife and other uses of the land.  In addition, there are no long-lasting fertility-control methods that can effectively control growth in most herds.

In partnership with Colorado State University and the U.S. Geological Survey, the BLM is proposing a research project to evaluate the feasibility of spaying some wild horse mares as a means to slow population growth.  The proposed procedure, ovariectomy via colpotomy, is a standard used for domestic horses and is generally considered less invasive than a typical spay procedure used for domestic cats and dogs. The procedure takes fewer than 15 minutes to complete and is more cost-effective than available short-term fertility control vaccines. The BLM intends to study the impacts to mares and the wild horse band behaviors once the treated animals are returned to the range.

Nationwide, the BLM is investing in a diverse portfolio of research projects to develop new, modern technologies and methods to improve management, slow the wild horse and burro population growth rates and reduce the need to remove animals from public lands. The studies are in response to a 2013 recommendation from the National Academy of Science to develop new or improve existing population grown suppression methods for wild horses and is in accordance with The Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971.

“The BLM is proud to support research that will assist the BLM with managing the population dynamics within the Wild Horse and Burro Program,” said Brian Steed, BLM Deputy Director for Policy and Programs.  “This research, if proven successful, may provide a much needed tool to the BLM to more effectively manage healthy herds on public lands,” continued Steed.

A 30-day public comment period on the Draft EA closes on July 30, 2018. Comments can be mailed or faxed to the BLM Burns Office at the address below, or submitted by email to: Entire comments, including personal identifying information, may be published as part of the EA and Decision Record process.

Mail or deliver to: Fax: (541) 573-4411

Mare Spay Research Project Lead       

BLM Burns District Office, Attn: Mare Spay Research

28910 Highway 20 West, Hines, Oregon 97738                   

Copies of the Draft EA are available for review at the BLM Burns District Office during regular business hours, or online at  To search for the EA on this site, you can either use the map to locate ‘Burns District, Oregon,’ or click on the ‘Text Search’ tab and filter by state (Oregon), document type (EA), year (2018) and program (Wild Horses and Burros). For further information about Oregon’s spay feasibility project or to have your name added to the project mailing list, contact the Project Lead at (541) 573-4555.

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