Sherman County eNews #196


  1. Substation Fire: All Sherman County Evacuation Levels Have Been Lifted

  2. Post-Fire Resources Open Houses, July 30 & 31

  3. Notice. Wasco City Election Information

  4. Sherman County Court Approved Minutes, June 6 & 20

  5. To Be Fully Human

  6. Wyden, Merkley, Brown Make Urgent Request for Federal Emergency Aid

  7. Congressman Walden: Wildfire Season Across Oregon Highlights Continued Need for Reform

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

Practice the pause.
Pause before judging.
Pause before assuming.
Pause before accusing.
Pause whenever you’re about to react harshly and 
you’ll avoid doing and saying things you’ll later regret.

~ Loi Deschene.

1. Substation Fire: All Sherman County Evacuation Levels Have Been Lifted

This is a message from Frontier Regional Alert serving Gilliam, Jefferson, Sherman, and Wheeler Counties.

Update: all Sherman County Evacuation Levels have been lifted!

2. Post-Fire Resources Open Houses, July 30 & 31

Local, state, and federal partners will hold two open houses to connect fire impacted families and communities with relevant federal, state, and local programs and information.

Date: July 30
Time: 4pm-7pm
Location: Fort Dalles Readiness Center, 402 E Scenic Dr, The Dalles, OR 97058

Date: July 31
Time: 4pm-7pm
Location: Sherman County School, 65912 High School Loop, Moro, OR 97039

If you represent an agency interested in participating, please email Nate Stice,
Office of the Governor
160 State Capitol, 900 Court St. NE
Salem, OR 97301

3. Notice. Wasco City Election Information

Wasco City Election Information:

First Day to File: May 30, 2018

Last Day to File: August 28, 2018

City Positions Opening: (1) Mayor, (3) City Councilor

Ways to file (with City Clerk): Fee- $10 with application or Petition- must have at least 4 signatures from registered voters within city limits with application.

If you have any questions or to obtain an application contact Ali Roark at Wasco City Hall, (541)442-5515 or

4. Sherman County Court Approved Minutes, June 6 & 20

Approved minutes for the June 6, 2018 regular session, and June 20, 2018 regular session, are now available in the Archive of County Court Meeting Minutes.

 5. To Be Fully Human

The ability to reason and understand is important to our well-being. But so is our ability to feel emotions. Let’s look at how the two fit together.

Intelligence is a wonderful thing. Our ability to reason, to make rational choices, and to look at things analytically has given humanity many great things. But when the mind is operating without the heart, when intellect rules without benefit of humility, we often end up in very deep trouble. In the 20th century alone, we saw the most cultured nation in Europe launch the “final solution,” and the most creative scientists among us have managed to spoil the land, the air and the waters.

Have you ever wondered why so many people seem to be afraid of their feelings? They are determined to avoid appearing openly emotional and often behave scornfully to others who are in the grip of strong feelings. They want to feel in control at all times, but one of the things about being fully human is acknowledging that there is only so far reason can go. There are some things in life that are deeply mysterious. They defy logical explanation and require that we accept rather than understand.

Discovery of the evidence of a Higgs boson, that particle that physicists have proposed gives mass to everything in the universe, was a huge labor by a lot of scientists, several of whom work at the University of Washington. In an article at the time, one of the scientists admitted to tears at the announcement, because it was such a momentous scientific discovery. But it was a scientific discovery that was just as much felt – and felt deeply.

So, don’t let your quest to understand life prevent you from truly experiencing it, and don’t let your desire for knowledge keep you from achieving real wisdom. ~The Pacific Institute

6. Wyden, Merkley, Brown Make Urgent Request for Federal Emergency Aid

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley and Gov. Kate Brown today asked federal officials to provide emergency aid for farmers affected by wildland fires raging in Oregon.

The letter from Wyden, Merkley and Brown to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue comes as the Substation Fire is engulfing wheat fields in Wasco and Sherman County and nearly 200 lightning-start fires are burning in southern and central Oregon.

“This type of fire has not been seen in decades and has done untold economic damage to Oregon’s farmers,” wrote Wyden, Merkley and Brown. “Wheat is a top ten Oregon commodity, valued at nearly $186 million, and this year’s wildfires are expected to have a significant impact on our statewide economy. It is with urgency we write to request that the Department of Agriculture provide any emergency assistance possible for farmers affected by wildland fires in Oregon.”

The letter notes that the Substation Fire and several other fires have burned tens of thousands of acres in Oregon, already claiming the life of one farmer.

“Our concern is that federal programs such as crop insurance, or even normal disaster assistance, are not sufficient for this type of disaster,” the letter said. “Highly rural areas like Sherman County rely on volunteers for firefighting, and very few farms in the wide open wheat fields of Eastern Oregon are prepared for the type of fast-moving fire that has engulfed these counties this week.” 

7. Congressman Walden: Wildfire Season Across Oregon Highlights Continued Need for Reform

More than 400 wildfires have been reported across our state as this year’s fire season is well underway in Oregon and it’s already turned deadly with the loss of a farmer’s life while trying to stop the Substation Fire.   First and foremost, we must thank the brave men and women putting themselves in harm’s way to protect people, property, and public lands from wildfire. When others are told to evacuate, firefighters stay behind to do their jobs, and they are owed our gratitude.

In Congress, I’ve worked hard to pass legislation to improve firefighter health, protect Oregon communities from wildfire, and reform federal forest policy to help prevent catastrophic wildfires. That progress includes:

Firefighter Cancer Registry Act – SIGNED INTO LAW: This is important public health legislation that will require the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to develop and maintain a voluntary registry to collect data regarding the incidence of cancer in firefighters. This registry will allow researchers to have a greater understanding of the impacts smoke inhalation and other occupational hazards have on a firefighter’s health, and lead to better treatment options.

Forest Management Reforms – SIGNED INTO LAW: We provided a 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 devastating wildfires year after year. We also ensured the Forest Service has new tools to reduce the fuel loads that have built up in our forests, and expand their authority for fuel and fire break projects to improve the resiliency of our forests and protect our communities.

Crooked River Ranch Fire Protection Act – PASSED HOUSE: I’ve worked closely with local fire officials, first responders, and community leaders in crafting this legislation, addressing their concerns about the excess fire fuels that surround Crooked River Ranch. This bill simply makes common-sense adjustments to the wilderness study areas that border this community of more than 5,000 people in central Oregon, creating a safe zone between there and the homes where fire prevention work and firefighting can more readily occur. To read more about this legislation, please click here.

This marks an important step forward for our communities, airsheds, watersheds, and public lands, but there is much more work to be done. I’ve also supported forest management reforms in the 2018 Farm Bill that is progressing through the legislative process, including the reauthorization of a program to increase timber management in central, southern, and eastern Oregon.

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

bird.owlSherman Farmer’s Trail Camera Nearly Engulfed by Substation Fire

Congressman Walden: Facebook

Senator Ron Wyden Contact Info

The Patriot Post Mid-Day Digest

BLM Calls For Shooting 90,000 Healthy Wild Horses!

Public Union: Public Enemy

Smugglers flood border with migrants to divert security forces from drug interdiction

Air Force Base Replaces Bible With Generic ‘Book Of Faith’

Judicial Watch On the Air Report


Sherman County eNews #195


  1. Statement of Appreciation from Sherman County Court

  2. 4-H & FFA Entry Deadline Extended to July 30

  3. Notice. Wasco Council Immediate Vacancy

  4. Notice. Wasco City Council, Sept. 18

  5. Notice. Sherman County Court Session, Aug. 1

  6. ODOT Weekly Construction Update

  7. New Goals, New Energy

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

1. Statement of Appreciation from Sherman County Court


Substation Fire Thank You

Sherman County Court would like to give our sincerest thank you to all of those who helped keep our beloved Community and County safe during the wildfire that swept through our lands during the past week. To the Fire Departments, firefighters, farmers, locals, and other agencies who banded together during this time of crisis, words cannot fully express the gratitude from the Community and County for the time, effort, dedication, equipment use, and resources it took to keep us all safe throughout the dangerous conditions set before you. The swift coordination and organization by all parties involved as you jumped into action, was appreciated and will not be forgotten. Our deepest sympathy goes out to those who are suffering various magnitudes of loss during this time. 

2. 4-H & FFA Entry Deadline Extended to July 30

4-H clover1FFA1The deadline for 4-H and FFA entries for the Sherman County Fair has been extended to Monday, July 30, 2018.  This is because of the circumstances surrounding last week’s fire and evacuations affecting many families, the Extension Office had received less than half of the expected fair registrations, which were originally due Monday, July 23.  

This deadline extension was approved by OSU State 4-H Program, the Sherman County 4-H Association, and the Sherman County Fair Board.  “In light of the trauma that has affected families with last week’s fire and evacuations, it seems to me that extending the deadline to Monday, July 30th is a very good decision.”  Pamela Rose, OSU State 4-H Program Leader. 

Sherman County Fair books with entry forms and class information are available at the Sherman Extension Office, local businesses and post offices.  Entry forms may be dropped off at the Sherman Extension Office during business hours or in a drop box by the front door when the office is closed.  

Cindy Brown, Educator

Oregon State University

OSU Extension Service – Sherman County

College of Public Health & Human Sciences

4-H Youth Development & SNAP-Ed

P: 541-565-3230 | C: 541-993-5291

3. Notice. Wasco Council Immediate Vacancy

IMMEDIATE VACANCY: Wasco City Mayor has resigned effective July 17, 2018. The Vacancy will be filled according to our City Charter- Section 28; Public notice of a vacancy in an elective office shall be given promptly. Council vacancies shall be filled by a majority of the remaining members of the Council. The appointee’s term of office shall begin immediately. The term for that position shall be the unexpired portion of the remaining term and shall continue until the next general election.

The Council has approved the vacancy be filled by the Council President, Eileen Wainwright, until the end of the Mayors original term. End of term is 12-31-18.

If you have any questions please call Ali Roark at Wasco City Hall 541-442-5515.

4. Notice. Wasco City Council, Sept. 18

The Wasco City Council will not be holding a council meeting during the month of August. The next regularly scheduled meeting will be held September 18, 2018 at Wasco City Hall beginning at 7:00PM.  If you have any questions please contact Ali Roark at 541-442-5515 or

5. Notice. Sherman County Court Session, Aug. 1

ShermanCoLogoThe Sherman County Court will meet on Wednesday, August 1, 2018, at 9:00 a.m. in the Hearings Room at the Sherman County Courthouse Addition, 500 Court Street, Moro, Oregon, 97039. The Court will meet with Hayli Sharp and Amy Asher on Tobacco Prevention & Tobacco Retail Assessment; RARE student Marla Harvey about Renewable Energy; Road Master Mark Coles regarding Scott Canyon & Hilderbrand Lane; and Ron McDermid of the Courthouse Facility Steering Committee. Discussion topics include an executive session, USDA APHIS Wildlife Services Work & Financial Plan, County Counsel Request for Proposals, Consent Agenda and Commissioners’ Reports. The agenda, including updates, will be posted on the Sherman County Website at

6. ODOT Weekly Construction Update

Oregon.Flat.poleWeek of July 23, 2018

The Oregon Department of Transportation is committed to providing a safe, efficient transportation system. ODOT invests in Oregon’s future through roadway improvement projects. The following projects are located in ODOT’s Region 4 encompassing Central Oregon from The Dalles to Klamath Falls on the east side of the Cascades. All work is dependent on weather conditions and schedules are subject to change. Where traffic is routed through or around a work zone, pedestrians, including those with disabilities, will also be provided alternate routes through the work zone.

Jefferson County

US 97: US 26 Jct. to NW 10th Street (Madras – Terrebonne) – Knife River will be installing striping and other safety features Sunday to Thursday nights. There will be one-way traffic with flaggers and pilot cars between 7 pm and 7 am, with traffic delays of up to 20 minutes. There will be guardrail and shoulder work during the day, and passing lanes may be closed.

US 97: Spanish Hollow Creek & Trout Creek Bridges – Stellar J Construction is performing bridge replacement work at Trout Creek. For the week of July 23rd expect consecutive 20 minute closures while bridge beams are being placed. The majority of delays are anticipated for Wednesday, July 25th. There may be one-way traffic with flaggers anytime. After the flagging is complete the construction zone will be switched over and controlled with signals.

Sherman County

US 97: Spanish Hollow Creek & Trout Creek Bridges – There are no anticipated delays for the week of July 23rd.

US 97: Shaniko to Trout Creek – High Desert Aggregate and Paving will not be on site until late August.

Wasco County

I-84: Hood River to Tower Road – Oregon Mainline Paving will be onsite this week installing rumble strips, striping, and sign footings from MP 76 to MP 64. There will be single lane closures east and west-bound. Expect no delays.


Region 4 Curve Warning Signs – Baker Rock Resources will be installing signs on the John Day and Paulina Highways (OR 19 and 380). There may be one-way traffic with flaggers and delays of up to 20 minutes.

7. New Goals, New Energy

Did you know that, in at least one way, you are at your creative best when your system is out of order?

When we talk about being “Out of Order,” it means when your mental picture of how things should be is very different from how things actually are. Human beings are always striving for order, and when our mental picture of how things should be matches reality, we feel comfortable and in control. (How do you feel when you see a crooked picture on the wall? If you are like most people, it bothers you.)

But what happens when they don’t match? What happens when our mental picture of, say, the car we drive is thrown out of order by an accident? Or our picture of how we make our living is thrown out of order by a sudden layoff?

What happens is that we create inside ourselves a tremendous amount of drive and energy to restore order, to make our inner picture and reality match, once again. We feel highly motivated to get that car repaired, to get a new job, to do whatever is required to set things right – including straightening the crooked picture on the wall.

Once order is restored, the drive and energy turn off because they are no longer needed. This is exactly how goal-setting works. When you set a goal and systematically visualize the end-result, you throw your system out of order. In a sense, you purposely make the picture crooked on the wall of your mind. That creates the drive and energy to change reality so that it matches the picture you have been visualizing.

This is the value in continuously setting goals. You don’t need to arrive at your desired end-result and then go flat because your energy just up and drove away. New goals create new energy and new creativity, and each day provides a new look at what your life can be! ~The Pacific Institute

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

Study finds more Oregon college students using marijuana after legalization

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