Sherman County eNews #201


  1. Moving in the Right Direction

  2. All County Prayer Meeting, Wednesday, Aug. 1

  3. Long Hollow Fire Update, July 29

  4. More Substation Fire Thank You Notes

  5. Post-Fire Resources for Wasco and Sherman County

  6. What’s Happening at Sherman County Public/School Library

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

1. Moving in the Right Direction

If you are busier than you would like to be, but also less productive, then read on.

Here is a question for you: How busy are you these days? Now, here’s another question: How productive are you? As most of us know, the two just aren’t the same. All too often, being busy may have nothing at all to do with the results we get and what we achieve.

We spend our days, often very long days, in a flurry of activity. But, when the day or week is over, we’re disappointed at the level of our accomplishment. Our disappointment creates stress and we push ourselves even harder to “get more done.” However, pushing hard isn’t the answer, either.

So, what is the answer? With experience, we find a sense of priorities based on a clear purpose and well-defined short- and long-term goals are what we need. The world is full of folks who are definitely in motion, but they’re not exactly sure where they’re going. And, they don’t know why, either. Perhaps they get going so fast that they never take the time to figure it out. If that’s your situation, perhaps it is time to set aside some a few moments for personal reflection, some values clarification and goal-setting.

There’s nothing like a strong sense of purpose, based on clearly spelled out values, to keep you moving. But more than that, it keeps you moving in the right direction. Without it, as the saying goes, “You can climb the ladder of success, but when you get to the top, you may find that it’s leaning against the wrong building!”

There is enough stress in the world that we don’t need to manufacture more for ourselves. Take the time and space to discover what accomplishment truly means, for you. Understand the difference between accomplishment and “busy-ness” for the sake of looking busy. Give yourself the opportunity to discover a new truth, for you. ~The Pacific Institute

2. All County Prayer Meeting, Wednesday, Aug. 1

church.family1The All County Prayer Meeting is Wednesday August 1 @ the Rufus 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 

3. Long Hollow Fire Update for Monday, July 30

The fire burning 5 miles south of Dufur, is now reported at 34,550 acres in size and 58% contained according to InciWeb.

4. More Substation Fire Thank You Notes 

GRATEFUL. July 21st: I’m sitting in my truck watching our combine run for the first time in days. I’ve had time to gather my exhausted thoughts. As the Substation Fire headed towards our farm the calls started coming in offering help, food, water and trailers to move our animals and texts offering support and prayers. I began to realize how truly lucky Chris & I really are. I’ve also decided it’s time to stop watching the news and remember how many truly wonderful people there are in this world. We are forever grateful for the efforts of our friends and neighbors as we worked together in this battle. Thank you! Chris & Carrie Kaseberg 

THANK YOU! The Substation Fire. A bit past our fire-fighting years, we are so grateful for everyone who expressed concern and offered help and for the one who insisted upon our evacuation (however briefly) during this fire as it raged toward our families, crops and homes. We thank our family members, neighbors, farmers, friends and rural fire district volunteers who braved extremely dangerous conditions with grit and determination, shovels, tractors, trucks and water tanks. We’re grateful for road department personnel and equipment, local and state law enforcement officers, local officials, and state and federal fire-fighting teams and officials… and people helping people in so many ways! ~Larry and Sherry Kaseberg

THANK YOU! Thank you firefighters and neighbors for your amazing job of saving homes and crops during Substation fire. YOU ROCK. ~Kenton Mathewson & Nancy Allen

5. Post-Fire Resources for Wasco and Sherman County

~Regional Solutions Office, Governor Kate Brown

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown asked her Regional Solutions Team to pull together a document to outline resources for individuals, families, farms, and businesses affected by the recent fires in Oregon. This document contains thoughts and resources for working with insurance agents, rebuilding lost homes, and accessing resources for agricultural producers and other businesses.

If you have immediate needs that are not covered on this sheet, please call 2-1-1 or go to

Gov. Brown’s coordinator for the region, Nate Stice, can discuss additional issues and concerns related to recovery and can be reached at

Call your insurance agent

Important reminder: Remember to reach out to your insurance agent as soon as possible to start the claims process. Whether for crops, or personal or business property losses, policies require starting a claim within a certain period of time. For example, crop insurance often requires claims within 72 hours of the loss.

If you need help or have questions about your insurance, the Department of Consumer and Business Services’ Division of Financial Regulation provides free consumer advocacy help for Oregonians who have questions or complaints about their insurance. You can contact a consumer advocate at 888-877-4894.

More information:

Housing/Rebuilding Resources

  • If you have lost your home and have immediate disaster needs, please contact the Red Cross at 888-680-1455 (toll-free) and the Salvation Army at 541-296-6417.
  • In most cases, homeowner and renter insurance will pay for your additional living expenses as a result of loss of use to your home due to the fire. This includes meals, fuel, and housing. Be sure to keep your receipts and talk with your agent about, “Additional Living Expenses.”

Lower income Oregonians (less than 200 percent Federal Poverty Guidelines) whose (primary) homes have been damaged or destroyed by wildfire are eligible to receive up to $7,000 of assistance. Contact:; 503-986-2000

  • More information:
  • The state and county are working to help streamline and coordinate a process for rebuilding. If you lost your home or any other structure during the fire, please reach out to Wasco County Planning at 541-506-2560 prior to rebuilding.
  • The Small Business Administration, through its Office of Disaster Assistance, can provide low-interest disaster loans to business of all sizes, private nonprofit organizations, homeowners, and renters to repair or replace real estate, personal property, machinery and equipment, inventory, and business assets that have been damaged or destroyed in a declared disaster. The SBA loan process requires a disaster declaration, which is not yet in place. We will update this information if the program is activated.
  • The Tri-County Household Hazardous Waste and Recycling Program can help assess and, in some cases, remove of household hazardous waste materials and items that can be recycled. For materials management guidance, please call 541-506-2636.
  • If you have lost a home or other structure, individuals may be entitled to property tax relief. Please contact the Wasco County Assessors’ Office at 541-506-2510. More information at

Crop Loss and Management

  • It is important to start your claims process with your agent as soon as possible for both federal and private crop insurance. There is some concern about the availability of this program for the Substation Fire. Oregon’s Congressional Offices and Gov. Brown are working to secure access for federal programs. Even with this uncertainty, it is important to start the claims process with 72 hours of your loss.
    • The USDA Farm Service Agency has a variety of programs and loans that may come in to play after a wildfire to help crop and livestock losses and lost fencing. For more information on these programs, visit or contact your local FSA office. Wasco County FSA Office: 541-298-8559, Ext. 2
    • Sherman County FSA Office: 541-565-3551, Ext. 2

Proper management of lands after a fire are critical and several state and local partners can help farmers access technical resources and assistance after a fire. The Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) and Soil and Water Conservation Districts have funds available in the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) and small grant programs to provide financial assistance with erosion control and restoration after the wildfires in Sherman and Wasco County. They can also provide technical assistance. If interested contact NRCS as soon as possible. Wasco County Office: 541-298-8559

Sherman County Office: 541-565-3551

  • The Extension Service in Wasco and Sherman counties is your link to Oregon State University and can provide technical assistance to farmers and ranchers after the fire. Extension county agents are Oregon State University faculty members who extend the university to Wasco and Sherman County residents. The Extension Service also keeps the university informed about research and informational needs of the community. County faculty bring the university to you. Wasco County Extension Office: 541-296-5494
  • Sherman County Extension Office: 541-565-3230

Business and employment disruptions

People experience often employment or business disruption as a result of disasters. Several tools and resources may come into play for such losses.

If you have business property loss or experienced interruptions to your business because of the fire, you may be covered by your business insurance. Speak with your agent and check to see if you have business property insurance and business interruption insurance. These benefits can pay to replace your lost equipment, help pay for payroll, and even pay for a temporary work space while you rebuild.

  • The CGCC Small Business Development Center can provide technical assistance to help your business come up with a recovery plan and assess economic injury. This includes: Summarizing past performance in a format more understandable to lenders, insurance companies, and other programs that provide resources to businesses impacted; Developing cash flow forecasts moving forward; Understanding documentation requirements for various loan and grant applications

Counseling is confidential and at no charge to the affected businesses. Call 541-506-6121.

Potential lending sources for business or farms The SBA, through its Office of Disaster Assistance, can provide low-interest disaster loans to business of all sizes, private nonprofit organizations, homeowners, and renters to repair or replace real estate, personal property, machinery and equipment, inventory, and business assets that have been damaged or destroyed in a declared disaster. The SBA loan process requires a disaster declaration, which is not yet in place. We will update this information if the program is activated.

  • The Mid-Columbia Economic Development District (MCEDD) provides loans for the financing needs of small businesses. The average loan size is approximately $75,000. To discuss loan terms or for more information, visit MCEDD’s website at or contact Eric Nerdin at or 541-296-2266.
  • Business Oregon also offers flexible loan products for traded sector business (not farms). Interested businesses should call Tom Schnell at 541-280-1631.
  • Connect with Worksource Oregon to discuss strategies to stabilize and maintain a relationship with your employees. The Oregon Employment Department offers a variety of programs to help employers and employees. Employees experiencing a temporary layoff can file an unemployment insurance claims. For eligibility information, or to file an unemployment insurance claim, call 1-877-345-3484 (toll-free) or visit us online Oregon Employment Department.
  • The Oregon Work Share program can help while allowing an employer and employee to maintain a relationship and avoid a layoff. Employers must apply for a Work Share plan by contacting the UI Special Programs Center at 1-800-436-6191 (toll-free) or you can learn more about the program online at
  • Contact or visit your local WorkSource Oregon Center. The Dalles: 541-296-5435
  • Hood River: 541-386-6300
  • Hermiston:541-567-3381
  • Redmond: 541-548-8196

6. What’s Happening at Sherman County Public/School Library.

Logo.ShermanPub.School.Library2017The Library is open Summer Hours -11am-7pm Tuesday and Thursday, 10am-4pm Saturday

Community Preschool Storytime – Every Tuesday at 10am
Join us for Preschool Storytime and crafts. Ages 0-6.

Music and Movement – Saturday, August 4 at 10:00 and the first Saturday of every month.  Join the fun of creative play, rhyme and rhythm while fine tuning motor skills and coordination. Ages 0-6

CANCELED – Signs for kids, we have rescheduled the Summer Reading Party instead!

Summer Reading Party – August 11 from 11am to 3pm.
Come any time from 11am to 3pm to claim your prizes and enjoy ice cream! Adam Miller will perform at 3:00 pm

Adam Miller presents Old Songs for Young Folks – Saturday, August 11, 2018 at 3pm
It wasn’t that long ago when only kings and queens were rich enough to have other people play music for them. In the old days, regular folks like you and me had to make our own music. That’s why it’s called “folk music!”

Young Adult Night – Thursday, August 2 from 6pm to 8pm
Jr/Sr high students, come hang out, eat snacks, do crafts, watch a movie or start a book club, we decide! Come help plan our new young adult space!!

August’s Book Club book is Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng:
From the bestselling author of Everything I Never Told You, a riveting novel that traces the intertwined fates of the picture-perfect Richardson family and the enigmatic mother and daughter who upend their lives.

In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is planned – from the layout of the winding roads, to the colors of the houses, to the successful lives its residents will go on to lead. And no one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding principle is playing by the rules.

Enter Mia Warren – an enigmatic artist and single mother – who arrives in this idyllic bubble with her teenaged daughter Pearl, and rents a house from the Richardsons. Soon Mia and Pearl become more than tenants: all four Richardson children are drawn to the mother-daughter pair. But Mia carries with her a mysterious past and a disregard for the status quo that threatens to upend this carefully ordered community.

When old family friends of the Richardsons attempt to adopt a Chinese-American baby, a custody battle erupts that dramatically divides the town–and puts Mia and Elena on opposing sides. Suspicious of Mia and her motives, Elena is determined to uncover the secrets in Mia’s past. But her obsession will come at unexpected and devastating costs.

Little Fires Everywhere explores the weight of secrets, the nature of art and identity, and the ferocious pull of motherhood – and the danger of believing that following the rules can avert disaster.

Give us a call, email or stop by to reserve your copy, available in large print and audiobook by request. Book Club will meet Thursday, August 16, 2018 at 6pm.

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

bird.owl.limbColumbia Generating Station

Energy Northwest 

Sherman County Facebook Public Group

South Sherman Fire & Rescue

Citizens In Liberal Oregon Push Back Hard Against Their Pro-Sanctuary City State Government

Stop Oregon Sanctuaries!

Current Indicators of Farm Sector Financial Health

Fourth-Warmest Year on Record? The Devil’s in the Details

 Fight for the Value of Your Citizenship

The IRS Has Rehired Hundreds of Fired Employees. Congress Should Step In.