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

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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