Sherman County eNews #186


  1. Box Car & Jack Knife Fires Producer Meeting, July 18

  2. Sherman County Fair Ranch Sorting Competition, Aug. 17

  3. Equine Mania, LLC Advanced Cattle Sorting Clinic, Aug. 11-12

  4. Which Wheat for What? Six Classes of U.S. Wheat.

  5. Good Friends

  6. The Death of a Spouse or Partner

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

1. Box Car & Jack Knife Fires Producer Meeting, July 18

Box Car & Jack Knife Fires

Producers Meeting

July 18 from 12 to 2

Lunch will be provided.

Learn about the USDA disaster programs that are available to help alleviate the effects of the recent wildfires in Wasco and Sherman counties.

Questions? 541-565-3551 or 541-298-8559

~Wasco County Conservation District

~Sherman County Soil & Water Conservation District

~Sherman County Area Watershed Council

~North Central Livestock Association.

2. Sherman County Fair Ranch Sorting Competition, Aug. 17

cowboy.bootDon’t miss this awesome event on August 17th! The Sherman County Fair Ranch Sorting in Moro, Oregon, is a great, family friendly evening of horsey fun. Added money and prizes for the top teams! 

Classes: Open (everyone!), Pro/Novice (a team of one money winning and one beginner sorter), Family, and Draw Pot. Contact Carrie for more information: 541-980-7394.

3. Equine Mania, LLC Advanced Cattle Sorting Clinic, Aug. 11-12

Equine Mania, LLC Presents

Advanced Sorting Clinic with Kristi Siebert

August 11-12

Wheatacres Ranch near Wasco, Oregon

Dry camping and pens available.

Contact Carrie 541-980-7394. 

4. Which Wheat for What? Six Classes of U.S. Wheat 

[Editorial note: See it for yourself… the exhibit, Wheat Through the Ages, at the national-award-winning Sherman County Historical Museum in Moro, Oregon!]

You stuffed yourself with Thanksgiving pie and warm rolls in November. And the smell of Christmas cookies baking fills the air in December. You know you can count on your family’s special baked good, shared year after year, during the holiday season. But, you might not realize that each product may require a different type of flour, maybe even a different class of wheat.

American wheat farmers grow six classes of wheat. Each wheat variety fits into one of these six categories based on the growing season (winter or spring), hardness (hard or soft) and color (red or white). While munching on holiday treats this year, stump your relatives with these class differences.

Hard Red Winter (HRW)

Ninety-five percent of the wheat grown in Kansas is hard red winter (HRW). In fact, Kansas farmers grow more HRW wheat than any other state. With high protein and strong gluten, HRW wheat is ideal for yeast bread and rolls. But, this versatile class is also used in flat breads, tortillas, cereal, general purpose flour and Asian-style noodles. 

Hard White (HW)

About three percent of wheat grown by Kansas farmers is hard white (HW) wheat. This class is grown primarily under contract. HW wheat is used for whole wheat white flour, due to its naturally milder, sweeter flavor. Bakers also use HW wheat in pan breads, tortillas, flat breads and Asian-style noodles.

Soft Red Winter (SRW)

Less than 1 percent of the wheat planted by Kansas wheat farmers is soft red winter (SRW). Farmers east of the Mississippi River often double crop SRW wheat with soybeans. Soft wheats have lower protein and less gluten strength. This makes SRW ideally suited for cookies, crackers, pastries, flat breads and pretzels. SRW wheat is even used in Maker’s Mark and Twizzlers. 

Soft White (SW)

Pacific Northwest farmers grow primarily soft white (SW) wheat – both winter and spring varieties. SW wheat has two sub-classes. Club wheat has very weak gluten and western white is a blend of club and SW. SW wheat has low moisture, but high extraction rates. With a naturally whiter color, SW wheat is used for Asian-style bakery products, cakes and pastries. Fun fact, Triscuits refer to SW as the “cashmere” of wheats.

Hard Red Spring (HRS)

Northern plains farmers require a shorter season crop wheat crop. Hard red spring (HRS) wheat is planted in early spring, rather than the fall, and does not vernalize or go dormant over the winter. HRS wheat has high protein and strong gluten, perfect for artisan breads and rolls, croissants, bagels and pizza crust. Internationally, HRS is often blended with domestic wheats supplies to improve the strength of a flour blend.


Durum is the hardest of all six wheat classes, produced in two areas of the United States. The northern plains grows hard amber durum, while the desert southwest (Arizona, California) grows Desert Durum® under irrigation. With a rich amber color and high gluten content, durum wheat is used primarily for pasta, couscous and some Mediterranean breads.

5. Good Friends

Good, strong friendships can make our lives immeasurably richer.

Good friends are rare. We have hundreds, maybe thousands, of acquaintances, many associates, but few real friends. Real friends are those we freely select, and for this reason they play a special part in our lives. They provide us with joy, comfort and caring. And because our time with them is limited to relatively short periods together, friendships give us a breather from the intensity of our full-time, primary relationships.

When we have made a good friend, we have shared our deepest thoughts and feelings, and we have also developed shared respect and affection. These things can last a lifetime, surviving great distances in time and space. But, like your primary relationships, good friendships are not merely for comfort and support. They are vital threads that keep us connected to the world.

Friends lead us gently into new areas of growth by helping us see our problems and ourselves from another perspective. Good friends are always there, challenging us when they see us moving in harmful directions. It’s important to remember, though, that friendships, like any relationship, need attention and nurturing if they are to remain strong and healthy.

How are your friendships doing? Are you going the extra mile to make sure your friends know how important they are to you? ~The Pacific Institute

6. The Death of a Spouse or Partner

“The death of a spouse or partner is different than other losses, in the sense that it literally changes every single thing going forward. When your spouse dies, the way you eat changes. The way you watch TV changes. Your friend circle changes or disappears entirely. Your family dynamic/life changes or disappears entirely. Your financial status changes. Your job situation changes. It affects your self-worth. Your self-esteem. Your confidence. Your rhythms.  The way you breathe. Your mentality. Your brain function. Your physical body. Your hobbies and interests. Your sense of security. Your sense of humor. Your sense of womanhood or manhood. EVERY. SINGLE. THING. CHANGES. You are handed a new life that you never asked for and that you don’t particularly want. It is the hardest, most gut-wrenching, horrific, life-altering of things to live with.” ~Unattributed.

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

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The Patriot Post

U.S.A. Historic Documents



Sherman County eNews #185


  1. Notice. Biggs Service District Special Session, July 18

  2. Notice. Sherman County Court Executive Session Notice, July 18

  3. Notice. Sherman County Ambulance Plan Advisory Committee Meeting, July 19

  4. Notice. Gilliam, Sherman & Wheeler County Courts – Joint Meeting, July 25

  5. Sewing Machine Class, Aug. 4

  6. Wasco County Historical Society Program, July 21

  7. Short-Term Doesn’t Mean Short-Change

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

1. Notice. Biggs Service District Special Session, July 18

Biggs Service District will hold a special session on July 18th at 8:30am, at Sherman County Courthouse Addition in the Hearings Room, 500 Court Street in Moro Oregon 97039, to discuss auditor quotes. Contact Aaron Cook at Biggs Service District (541-739-2321) with any questions. 

2. Notice. Sherman County Court Executive Session Notice, July 18

ShermanCoLogoThe Sherman County Court will hold an Executive Session at 10:45a.m. during its regularly scheduled Court Session on July 18, 2018, in the County Courthouse Addition in the Hearings Room, 500 Court Street, Moro Oregon 97039. The Court will meet in Executive Session in accordance with ORS 192.660 (2) (f) Exempt Documents to review Housing Rehabilitation Loan applications. Following the Executive Session, the Court will approve or deny applications.

3. Notice. Sherman County Ambulance Plan Advisory Meeting, July 19

Sherman County Ambulance

ASA Plan Advisory Committee

Meeting Agenda

July 19, 2018

6:00 PM

1.0     Open Meeting

2.0     Review/Approve January 18, 2018 minutes

3.0     Review 2018 (January – June) Response Statistics

         3.1  Dispatch

         3.2  Ambulance

4.0     ASA Plan Approval

5.0     Citizen Reporter Article

6.0     Issues / Concerns

7.0     Next Meeting January 17, 2019 @ 6:00PM

8.0     Adjourn

4. Notice. Gilliam, Sherman & Wheeler County Courts – Joint Meeting, July 25

July 25, 2018

10:00 a.m.

OSU Extension/Experiment Station

66365 Lonerock Road

Moro, OR 97039


1.0 Call to Order

2.0 Introductions

3.0 Legal Counsel

4.0 County Trapper

5.0 Carbon Tax

6.0 PILT

7.0 Broadband/Fiber

8.0 Set Next Meeting

9.0 Adjourn

(12:00 p.m. – Lunch will be provided).

5. Sewing Machine Class, Aug. 4

sewing.machine.womanSaturday-Aug 4. 10 am to noon.  Only $15.00. Wasco School Events Center (( old grade school – 800 Barnett St, Wasco, Or))“ – Learn to understand and love your sewing machine.”  If the sewing machine isn’t set up correctly no matter how much you yell, scream or swear at it, it still will not work correctly.  ~~~Carol MacKenzie. Call or send me a text 541-980-7738.

6. Wasco County Historical Society Program, July 21

Wasco County Historical Society is presenting the program “From Pioneer Drugstore to Community Icon: The Waldron Brother’s Drugstore” on Saturday, July 21, 2018 at 11 a.m. at the Chinese Building (the Wing Hong Hai Building) at 210 E. 1st Street in The Dalles. Directions: Go east from the Baldwin Saloon on First Street. Eric Gleason will share the history of the stone structure that you can see at the foot of Washington Street that we know today as the Waldron/ Gitchell Building. The public is invited to all the Historical Society programs free of charge. For more information, call 541-980-7453.

7. Short-Term Doesn’t Mean Short-Change

Yesterday, we talked about the need for “good friends.” Today, let’s back up a bit, and ask the questions: Do you decide whether to embark upon a relationship by your judgment of how long it may last?

We might as well get used to the fact that, with our increasing mobility, temporary relationships are here to stay. Temporary relationships should not be confused with long-term relationships that can be uncommitted. A short-term relationship can be committed, for there are other dimensions to commitment besides time.

Because temporary relationships have a beginning and an end, they have a special value. They require us to telescope our time and shed superficiality to concentrate on what we can share in the short time we have. We can be free of culturally predetermined preconceptions about each other, and free of role-playing.

And, even though we may not have a long period of time to spend developing and nurturing the relationship, we can still be committed to conducting it with integrity and full respect for each other’s values. Our short-term relationships can be much more than superficial encounters. They can bring us something of great value from the process of mutual sharing and discovery. They can bring us lessons that last a lifetime.

These things are essential in any meaningful relationship and meaning need not be purely a function of time. We don’t need to “short change” relationships that are “short-term.” When we do, the only short-changing is what we are doing to our own growing and learning. ~The Pacific Institute