Sherman County eNews #198


  1. Farm Bureau Fund to Support Substation Fire Farmers & Ranchers

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

  3. Shaniko Days, August 4-5

  4. Market Beets: Your Farmers’ Market eNews

  5. Grass Valley Man Loses Life in Single Motorcycle Crash on I-84 near Mosier

  6. Knowledge and Wisdom Gained

  7. Sherman County Court News, June 20

Be impeccable with your words.
Don’t take anything personally.
Don’t make assumptions.
Always do your best.
~The Four Agreements, Don Miguel Ruiz

1. Farm Bureau Fund to Support Substation Fire Farmers & Ranchers

Farm Bureau has established a fund to provide support to farmers and ranchers impacted by the recent Substation Fire.

“Rural Oregonians support their neighbors, as we saw by the immediate action taken by many heroic farmers who worked alongside first-responders to put out the Substation Fire,” said Anne Marie Moss, Oregon Farm Bureau communications director.

“We established a fund so members of the Farm Bureau family and others could contribute and provide some relief to those most impacted by the devastating wildfire,” she said.  

To contribute, make a check out to “Farm Bureau Fire Relief Fund” and send to Oregon Farm Bureau, c/o Patty Kuester, 1320 Capitol St. NE, Salem, OR  9730.

The Oregon Farm Bureau Board of Directors, in consultation with Wasco County Farm Bureau, will decide how to best use funds received.

For those wanting to help the family of John Ruby, the farmer who died while cutting a fire line to protect a neighbor’s place, Columbia Bank in The Dalles has a fund specifically for that family. Columbia Bank, 316 E 3rd St, The Dalles, OR 97058, 541.298.6647.

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

toolbox4Local, 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.

The open houses will include information on:
• Rebuilding lost homes/structures
• Working with insurance claims on crop and other property loss
• Technical and financial information on crop management, post fire
• And other resources

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

Participating agencies include Oregon State University, Sherman County, Wasco County, DCBS Consumer & Business Services, Wasco County Conservation District, Sherman County Soil & Water Conservation District, Worksource Oregon, Mid-Columbia Economic Development District, U.S. Small Business Administration, America’s SBDC Oregon and U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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. Shaniko Days, August 4-5



For Shaniko Days

August 4-5, 2018, Shaniko, Oregon 


Parade 10 am

  Mud Springs Gospel Band 11am

Sunshine Exchange Cloggers 1 pm & 2:30 pm at Schoolhouse

                       Ragtime & Vintage Music in Stagecoach Station

          Bluegrass & more, Two Bands 3:30 to 7 pm

(Phoenix Duo and Keening Foxhounds)

Bakes Sale, Raffles, Kiddie Train rides & Black Powder Gunfights throughout the day.

Street Dance 7 to 10 pm


Church in the Schoolhouse 10 am

Vendors, Shops, Museums downtown & Toy & Game Museum in the school all weekend

Sponsors:  City of Shaniko, Shaniko Chamber of Commerce &

The Shaniko Preservation Guild.  For info call City at 541-489-3434

REWARD: A Blast in the Past

4. Market Beets: Your Farmers’ Market eNews

The Gorge Grown Mobile Market brings 100% locally grown produce to communities throughout the Gorge with stops in the Heights, Odell, Lyle, Cascade Locks, Klickitat, Wasco and Moro. The Mobile Market accepts WIC and Senior FDNP vouchers, Veggie Rx, Debit and Credit Cards and SNAP EBT. SNAP customers can receive an additional $10 to spend at the Market. See more & subscribe here:  

 5. Grass Valley Man Loses Life in Single Motorcycle Crash on I-84 near Mosier

~Oregon State Police July 26th, 2018 9:53 AM

On Wednesday, July 25th at approximately 6:47AM, OSP Troopers from The Dalles responded to the report of a single motorcycle crash westbound on I 84 near milepost 69, which is just west of Mosier in Wasco County.

OSP and Hood River Medics arrived at the scene within 15 minutes of the reported crash.  The operator of the motorcycle was determined to have succumbed to injuries sustained in the crash.  Preliminary investigation revealed the operator, 60 year old Mike Layton WALLACE, was traveling westbound in the slow lane at or just below the speed limit.  A witness who was following WALLACE, observed him reach back towards a saddle bag along the left rear side of the motorcycle when he lost control and began to wobble back and forth.  WALLACE was ejected off the motorcycle and came to rest along the shoulder.  The motorcycle continued to travel under its own power before stopping along the center median approximately 1000 feet from WALLACE.

Distracted driving appears to be the cause of this crash.  It was also determined WALLACE was not utilizing a DOT approved helmet, however this did not factor into WALLACE’s injuries.  The freeway was limited to one lane of travel for approximately 2 ½ hours as the investigation was completed.  The Oregon State Police was assisted by Hood River Fire, Mosier Rural Fire and the Oregon Department of Transportation. 

6. Knowledge and Wisdom Gained

What is a mentor? What is it that mentors do? Can having a mentor help you succeed? Today we’re going to be answering these questions.

These days, there are many sophisticated tools available to help those who want to be successful. But one of the most valuable assets anyone can have is also one of the oldest. What we are talking about is a mentor – someone who can help you learn the ropes, find your way around obstacles, and chart a course that will get you where you want to go.

Just about every successful person you will read about, whether they are in business or one of the professions, sports, the arts, or any other field of endeavor, has had the benefit of at least one mentor. Very often, they’ve had many more than that. In many large corporations, one very successful way to get ahead is to be mentored by someone in a leadership position.

Mentors are people who have achieved success themselves and want to pass along what they’ve learned to others. It’s the knowledge and wisdom gained from experience that are so valuable. (Many organizations have structured mentorship programs as a part of their leadership training.) Mentors don’t usually tell you what to do – that’s not their role – but they do help you weigh your options and think through decisions.

Mentors don’t only exist in large corporations, however. They exist in many areas of society, like the Big Brothers and Big Sisters organization. You, too, could be a mentor to someone looking for a little help in navigating the sometimes-confusing paths of life. Let’s face it. Everyone needs a little help, every once in a while.

So, who are you mentoring and who is mentoring you? ~The Pacific Institute

 7. Sherman County Court News, June 20

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June 20, 2018

Contact: Kayla von Borstel 541-565-3416

USDA Biggs Water System, Workman’s Comp Renewals, Biggs Service District Budget Hearing, Executive Session on Personnel, Executive Session on Exempt Documents, and County Counsel Request for Proposal/Qualifications Document Formation were the main items on the agenda during the June [20]th session of Sherman County Court in Moro.

Biggs Service District (BSD) entered into a Public Hearing. Local newspapers did not advertise the previous public hearing held, as scheduled for BSD, regarding the BSD Water System project updates to the public. Due to notice failure, another public hearing was set and was currently in session. BSD has a waste water system, with all individuals/businesses connected to private water systems in the area. Those private systems have had some challenges and health related risks that have caused shut downs in the last few years, as well as no fire protection. A larger study was conducted in 2003 to determine what it would take to build a municipal water system in BSD. An application was submitted for United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development funding for the development of new water supply well and incorporating one to two existing wells as backup, a 400,000 gallon reservoir which will allow enough system pressure to supply the whole system as well as storage and correct flows for fire protection, and a transmission system throughout the entire District. Total project budget was approximately $2.29 million dollars including the additional funds for contingency and administration costs. Carrie Pipinich, Mid-Columbia Economic Development District (MCEDD), has drafted some loan documents which will be sent to USDA and Bond Counsel, to make sure the documents meet all requirements and do not impact taxes and status of the bond regarding interim financing for the BSD Water project. USDA expects a very clear and specific process for how payments will be processed, how invoices from the contractors will be viewed and approved by the various parties required, and in which ways all the parties will be interacting. Being no further business the Public Hearing closed.

Mike Elliot, SAIF Corporation, presented Court a packet regarding their services for Workman’s Compensation. He wanted to inform the County of a program called Log and Learn which allows staff to partake in online trainings through the policy. The Policy Savings Report showed in the last five years the County saved 22%, due to SAIF reviewing all bills that are submitted for workers. The Dividend History section showed last year the County received almost 33% back of the premium paid. Dividend payments are never guaranteed as it depends on SAIF reserves. Dividends are split into two types of dividends, one is based on the premium paid, and the other is based on the County’s loss factor. SAIF is a nonprofit organization and charges only enough to sustain them, and if there are funds left over it goes back to businesses in the form of a dividend. If this year’s renewal is approved, Sherman County will be paying 15.5% less compared to last year. Rates have gone down over the years as everyone seems to be more aware of safety and proper treatment with every passing year. No coverage has changed from last year; the total premium for the County is $37,227.00. County Court motioned to approve payment to SAIF for 2018 – 2019 fiscal year in the amount of $37,227.00.

Biggs Service District Board of Directors entered into a Budget Hearing. Aaron Cook, BSD Administrator spoke to the Biggs Service District (BSD) Board about the BSD budget. Debbie Hayden, Finance Officer, has been a valuable resource to Cook obtaining accurate numbers, and old templates to follow. There are no major changes from last year, with the exception of the addition of the Water fund to the budget, in the event the system was completed and operational in the next fiscal year. It was noted the operations contract in the budget for the water system was $9,000 as a place holder for a six month period. The Reserve fund and the Union Pacific fund were kept, and are available as there has been no need for them thus far. The tax rate will remain the same, and tax revenue was based off last year’s rate as the assessed value is not yet known; it usually increases 1%, however Cook used last year’s rate as he knows that amount is secured to come in at the very least. If additional tax revenue is received, a supplemental budget will be required before those funds can be spent. Being no further business the Budget Hearing was closed. The Board motioned to adopt the Biggs Service District budget for the 2018-2019 fiscal year by Resolution No. 2018-01 in the matter of adopting the Biggs Service District budget for the 2018-2019 fiscal year in the total sum of $2,496,484 and imposing taxes provided for the adopted budget at the rate of $4.0061 per $1,000 of assessed value for operations, and that these taxes are hereby imposed and categorized for tax year 2018-2019 upon the assessed value of all taxable property within the Biggs Service District as of July 1, 2018, and authorize the Biggs Service District Board of Directors to sign. The Board motioned to amend to Intergovernmental Agreement contract with the City of Rufus to increase the administration fee from $3,000 to $3,500 effective July 1, 2018, and authorize Judge Thompson to sign.

County Court entered into Executive Session in Accordance with ORS 192.660 (2) (i) Personnel. Discussion was held on County Personnel.

County Court entered into executive session in Accordance with ORS 192.660 (2) (f) Exempt Public Records. Discussion was held on the Continuity of Government Plan documents.

County Court reviewed the draft Request for Proposal (RFP) for Legal Counsel that Kayla von Borstel, Administrative Assistant, had prepared. After brief discussion, County Court agreed to release the RFP through the proper avenues seeking County Counsel to include Biggs Service District as soon as possible. 

Actions taken by the Court included:

  • approved the resolution for interim financing between Biggs Service District and USDA for the Biggs Service District Water System Project in the amount of $1,117,110 and authorize County Court to sign pending Legal Counsel approval.
  • declared as surplus numerous office and building-related items previously utilized by Sherman County departments and deemed no longer to be necessary in the execution of departmental functions, including numerous executive, task, and other miscellaneous chairs; numerous desks of varying configurations; conference tables; wood cabinets; numerous filing cabinets; antique metal storage unit; several miscellaneous tables; large mailbox/ballot box; used doors; toilet/sink unit from former holding cell; TV/monitors and used copier; and other items as determined.
  • approved the volunteer application for Nancy Simpson as a Meals on Wheels driver through the Sherman County Senior Center.
  • approved, as recommended by the Finance Director, a Resolution In the Matter of the County Court Approving the Transfer of Funds Within the County General, Community Transit, Ambulance, Prevention, Community Development, Court Security, Emergency Services, General Road, County Fair, Tri-County Corrections, Wellness Center, Tri-County Veterans’ and Senior Center Funds, and authorize County Court to sign.
  • approved, as recommended by the Finance Director, a Resolution of Inclusion Under the State of Oregon Deferred Compensation Plan, and authorize Judge Thompson to sign.
  • approved the Intergovernmental agreement between Mid-Columbia Economic Development District and Sherman County for Grant Administration services for the Biggs Service District Water System Project for option 2, in the amount of $30,000, and authorize Judge Thompson to sign.
  • authorized County Judge, Gary Thompson, to sign the final Resolution Transferring Funds ending the 2017-2018 fiscal year.
  • approved the Budget Committee minutes of April 23-24, 2018, as amended.
  • approved the Revenue/Expenditure Summary for the month of May 2018, as presented.
  • approved the Treasurer’s Report for the month of May 2018, as presented.

Topics of discussion were ABC Huskies Child Care Thank You Note, Biggs Service District Audit, Biggs Service District Draft Rates Discussion, and Commissioner Reports.