Sherman County eNews #203


  1. Biggs Service District Meeting, Aug. 1

  2. Strong Sherman County Families Networking Parent and Youth Groups

  3. Sherman County Representative Sought for Area Agency on Aging

  4. Travel Oregon Competitive Small Grants Cycle Now Open

  5. Your Personal Superpower – Focus

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

“We are, heart and soul, friends to the freedom of the press. It is however, the prostituted companion of liberty, and somehow or other, we know not how, its efficient auxiliary. It follows the substance like its shade; but while a man walks erect, he may observe that his shadow is almost always in the dirt. It corrupts, it deceives, it inflames. It strips virtue of her honors, and lends to faction its wildfire and its poisoned arms, and in the end is its own enemy and the usurper’s ally, It would be easy to enlarge on its evils. They are in England, they are here, they are everywhere. It is a precious pest, and a necessary mischief, and there would be no liberty without it.” —Fisher Ames (1807)

1. Biggs Service District Meeting, Aug. 1

Biggs Service District will meet on August 1st at 2:00pm, at Sherman County Courthouse Addition in the Hearings Room, 500 Court Street in Moro Oregon 97039, to discuss the Biggs Service District Water System Project. Contact Aaron Cook at Biggs Service District (541-739-2321) with any questions. 

2. Strong Sherman County Families Networking Parent and Youth Groups

Making the Best of Summer
Strong Sherman County Families
Networking parent and youth groups
Moro Community Presbyterian Church basement: 204 4th St. Moro OR, 97039
Mondays :
July 30-August 20, 2018 (4 weeks)
4:30 – 5:00 Optional supervised play for children
5:00 – 5:30 Family meal
5:30 – 6:15 Parent and youth breakout sessions
6:15 – 6:30 Group debrief (parents and youth)

Week 1 took place July 30th but you can still get in on the remainder of the series.

See topics below:
***RSVP: or call 541-565-5036
Children ages 5-13 participate in group activities while learning about healthy relationships
(Responsible youth older than 13 who want to volunteer to buddy with younger students are encouraged to RSVP as well.)
We are excited to offer Parent Café for any and all moms, dads and guardians during youth groups. Gather together for casual conversation about factors that strengthen family and community bonds.
TOPIC: Family and Community Relationships
Resilience- being strong and flexible
Knowledge- family dynamic and child development
Support- everybody needs help sometimes
Communication- social and emotional intelligence.

3. Sherman County Representative Sought for Area Agency on Aging

Since MCCOG closed down, the State Unit on Aging has been looking for another organization to provide AAA services to the five counties of Wheeler, Gilliam, Sherman, Wasco and Hood River. The State Unit on Aging is in discussions with CAPECO, the community action program that serves Umatilla, Morrow, Gilliam and Wheeler counties and also provides AAA services for Umatilla and Morrow counties. It is important that there are voices from all five counties to help advise the new AAA. The next SAC meeting is August 28th at 12:00 at the APD office in The Dalles and we will be discussing membership. We meet just once a month for two hours on the fourth Tuesday.

We are looking for SAC members, maybe someone from the Sherman County Senior & Community Center board? Both the Hood River Adult Center and Mid-Columbia Senior Center have representation on the SAC, Paul Zastrow and myself.

Contact Scott McKay, SAC Chair

Mid-Columbia Senior Center, 1112 W. 9th Street, The Dalles, OR 97058 

4. Travel Oregon Competitive Small Grants Cycle Now Open

The program makes awards eligible to applicants for projects that contribute to the development and improvement of the tourism economy in communities throughout the state, supporting Travel Oregon’s vision of “a better life for Oregonians through strong, sustainable local economies.”

Eligible projects may be awarded up to $20,000. Applicants must demonstrate at least a ten percent cash match. Download the Competitive Small Grants Guidelines for specific eligibility requirements and to view the application questions.

In order to receive access to the online grant application, applicants must submit a project idea form that will be sent directly to their Regional Destination Management Organization (RDMO). Once the form is submitted, applicants will be provided with a confirmation email with a link and access code to the grant application.

Important dates:

–July 30, 2018 – Online application opens

–August 29, 2018 (5 p.m. PDT) – Online application closes

–October 17, 2018 – Competitive Small Grant application status notification (work can officially begin)

–November 15, 2019 – Competitive Small Grant Accomplishment Report due (project must be complete by this date)

Over the past decade, more than $4.5 million have been awarded to 137 projects across the state through Travel Oregon’s matching grants program. Additional details can be found at

5. Your Personal Superpower – Focus

In this day and age of superheroes with superpowers, it’s important to remember that each of us has our own superpower, and just maybe, more than one.

In case you weren’t aware, one of the most powerful forces in the world is under your complete control, and how you use it determines what happens to you in life. Today, let’s spend a little time on this particular force.

If you are a parent, how many times have you told your kids to “Pay attention”? Probably quite a lot of the time, because you know it’s important. Teachers do the same thing, because what they are teaching is important for their students to learn. But do we really understand the power of our focused attention?

As an example, perhaps your “To Do” list has gotten too long, and you decide that today is the day to clean out that garage or closet. You start early in the day, and before you know it, the work is done. Time seems to have slowed down. What had been nagging at you, denying your ability to ignore it, is suddenly checked off of the “To Do” list. Or perhaps you’ve put off a project at work until the last possible moment, and then amaze yourself with how much you get done in an incredibly short space of time.

More than likely, we all have experienced similar things. However, it’s not the deadline itself that boosts your productivity and effectiveness. It is the incredible power of your focused attention.

Today’s point is that there is absolutely no reason why you can’t perform this well all the time. All of us have the potential to be peak performers. Unfortunately, only some of us have learned how to control and focus our attention, to harness our thoughts, beliefs and attitudes and direct them toward what we want, when we want to.

Now, we aren’t born with this superpower. However, this is a skill that can be learned. And once we have learned it, we will be amazed at how much life changes, for the better.

P.S. And even though it can be pretty cool, you won’t need a costume to display this superpower.

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

bird.crow.flyKinetic Branding (design)

White House

Leonard Cohen: Anthem

Spelling by Sound

Does diversity really unite us? Citizenship & Immigration


Sherman County eNews #202


  1. All Fire Evacuation Levels for Sherman County Cancelled

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

  3. From a Different Perspective

  4. Long Hollow Fire 7.30.18 Update

  5. 4th Annual Oktoberfest Dinner Auction Benefit for The Woolery Project

  6. Oregon National Guard Reports for Wildland Firefighter Training

  7. Rep. Greg Walden on Reforming America’s Immigration System

1. All Fire Evacuation Levels for Sherman County Cancelled

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

All Evacuation Levels for Sherman County have been cancelled!
Frontier Regional 911

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

The 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. From a Different Perspective

Today, imagine yourself as a business, one that manufacturers several lines of product. Imagine that this organization is creating a new product line, and for the first time in your industry’s history, you are approaching this new product with “a clean sheet of paper.” In fact, you are approaching it from an entirely new perspective.

How many times have we gone about doing a job or a task the same way because, “We always do it this way”? How many times, because of rushed time schedules or convenience, have we fallen into old patterns? While they may be tried and true, and one can have confidence in some process that we know works, what are we potentially giving up? What might we be missing?

The history books are riddled with people who have come up with new ways of looking at the status quo, and revolutionized an industry. Henry Ford, commonly accredited with the assembly line, switched perspectives and simply moved the car and not the workers. Perhaps without knowing exactly what he was doing, Ford gave up the problem to his subconscious and reticular activating system to solve the challenge.

So, what do you have coming up that might benefit from “a clean sheet of paper”? It could be a challenge in your business, or in your personal or professional life. Give your reticular activating system the goal of finding a new way to accomplish a challenge. You may find yourself doing something as simple as finding a different way home from work, looking up, and finding your own revolutionary new way of looking at the future.

Change your view by changing your perspective and allow that powerful engine between your ears to find new solutions, giving you new results. ~The Pacific Institute

4. Long Hollow Fire 7.30.18 Update

Posted: 30 Jul 2018 09:50 AM PDT

Long Hollow Fire: 34,550 acres, Containment: 58%, Reported: July 26, 4:44 P.M., Cause: Human. Although temperatures have been high and relative humidity low, there has not been a significant growth in fire acres over the last two days. On Sunday, firefighters continued to improve fire perimeter lines. The estimated containment is 58% and 34,550 acres. Temperatures Monday are forecast to be 98 to 103 degrees, minimum humidity 13 to 17%. Wind is expected to be up to 5 mph from the northwest in the morning, increasing to 8 mph from the north/ northwest in the afternoon. Hot and dry conditions will continue through Tuesday.

The post Long Hollow Fire 7.30.18 Update appeared first on Central Oregon Fire Information.

5. 4th Annual Oktoberfest Dinner Auction Benefit for The Woolery Project

4th Annual Octoberfest Auction and Dinner

October 20, 2018

A Benefit for The Woolery Project, Arlington, Oregon

The Big Tent on the Port of Arlington Peninsula

Prime Rib Dinner by Paradise Rose Chuckwagon Catering

Dinner Music by One Hum & Wheeler County Ramblers

Huge Silent & Live Auctions

Dance by Countryfied

Save the Date!

6. Oregon National Guard Reports for Wildland Firefighter Training

Oregon.Flat.poleAs part of the State’s coordinated and comprehensive wildfire suppression efforts, and thanks to funds allocated by the federal government, 200 citizen-soldiers and citizen-airmen from the Oregon National Guard arrived this afternoon at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem for a week-long wildland firefighter training program.  This 200 arriving at the Academy are in addition to the 200 trained earlier this month at Camp Rilea near Warrenton, Oregon.

Federal funds were allocated, at the request of state officials, to help prepare members of the National Guard in case their assistance will be needed to support wildland firefighting efforts around the state.

The week-long training is being provided by the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) and is the same training required of all public and private wildland firefighters. This training the members of the Oregon National Guard will be receiving is often known as “red card” training and consists of both classroom and hands-on sessions.

Classes include a wide-variety of topics including safety considerations, communications, protecting tribal artifacts, fire behavior, etc.  Hands-on sessions include fire shelter deployment, hand lines, gridding, hand tool work, pumps, water sources, and related skills.

DPSST’s Director Eriks Gabliks said “all of these classes combined will allow the citizen-soldiers and citizen-airmen to be safe and effective in their work in case they are required this year to help support the efforts of wildland firefighters around the state.”

The Oregon National Guard has a proven track record of supporting wildfire suppression efforts, from the air and on the ground, around the state in recent years.  In 2015, members of the Oregon National Guard assisted with wildfire suppression efforts in John Day and Enterprise.  In 2017, more than 400 citizen-soldiers and citizen-airmen supported Oregon’s firefighting efforts (air and ground) at High Cascades Complex (near Crater Lake), Chetco Bar, Blanket Creek, Horse Prairie, and Milli fires.

The Oregon National Guard has a long-standing agreement with the Oregon Department of Forestry known as Operation Plan Smokey, which stipulates the details of how Oregon National Guard members will be utilized to assist in annual firefighting efforts if needed. This agreement is reviewed on an annual basis by both agencies and the Governor’s Office.

What is different this year is that funds were requested by state officials, and approved by the federal government, to provide training to members of the National Guard ahead of the need.  Gabliks said, “This will allow these wildland firefighter trained citizen-soldiers and citizen-airmen to be activated and deployed much faster should the need arise for their assistance.”

On July 18, 2018, Governor Kate Brown declared a statewide wildfire emergency, which activated Operation Plan Smokey to make Oregon National Guard (ONG) troops and resources available to the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF).

For more information on the Oregon National Guard’s preparation and participation in this year’s wildfire fighting efforts, or to visit the training being offered at DPSST, please contact SFC April Davis, Public Affairs Specialist, Oregon Military Department, phone 503-584-3807, email

7. Rep. Greg Walden on Reforming America’s Immigration System

American flag2In recent years, I’ve met with numerous Dreamers and their families from across Oregon. These kids were brought here illegally as children through no fault of their own. Some have been valedictorians in their high schools, captains of their sports teams, managers at local businesses, and more. Recently, I voted to give legal status and a pathway to citizenship for those Dreamers.

The situation these kids find themselves in is yet another example of how broken and convoluted our immigration system is. The Border Security and Immigration Reform Act would have allowed all of those who were eligible under the Obama Administration’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy to receive a six-year, indefinitely renewable, legal status. After five years, they would be able to apply for a green card, which gives them permanent legal status and an opportunity to apply for citizenship.

This legislation also focused on helping keep families together by focusing preferential visas on the nuclear family. We also should not be separating minors from their parents at the border. This legislation makes needed clarifications to court decisions that led in part to the heartbreaking situation we’ve watched unfold on the border this year.

Further, it provides up to $7 billion for family residence centers to ensure we are able to properly house and care for families while asylum claims are processed at the border.

America’s legal immigration system, like other federal bureaucracies, is in need of reform, and it is past time for Congress to act on this issue to secure our borders and provide certainty to those who were brought here illegally as children through no fault of their own. The Border Security and Immigration Reform Act would have gone a long way towards strengthening our border security and making needed fixes to our immigration policies. While this legislation failed to pass the House, I remain committed to making these much needed reforms.

It is an honor to represent you in the U.S. Congress.

Best regards,

Greg Walden

U.S. Representative

Oregon’s Second District