Sherman County eNews #205


  1. Sherman County Fair 2-Main Ranch Cattle Sorting Contest, Aug. 17

  2. Sherman County Fair Kids Corner

  3. OSU’s 2018 College World Series Championship Trophy at Oregon Historical Society

  4. Vice President welcomes remains of fallen American soldiers of the Korean War

  5. Brain Facts: Efficient & Effective

  6. Sherman County Sheriff’s Office July Statistics

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

1. Sherman County Fair 2-Man Ranch Cattle Sorting Contest, Aug. 17

cowboy.bootFriday, August 17th at 7 p.m.

Sherman County Fairgrounds

Registration & Info: Carrie Kaseberg 541-442-5521

2 ride limit per class. Must change one rider per entry.

CTPA Rules. 1 go round with top 10% to finals. Added money and prizes.


  • Open: anybody of any level
  • Novice: New to the sport or have not won CPTA or any other sorting event
  • Family: Spouse, child, grandchild, aunt, uncle, sibling
  • Pro-am.

See page 13 Sherman County Fair Premium Book and

2. Sherman County Fair Kids Corner

children.cartoonSherman County Fair Kids Corner entries will be accepted until 6 p.m. on Wednesday, August 22nd in the Open Class Building under the main grandstand. Check out Sherman County Fair Premium Book (age groups, classes, coloring contest), and for instructions! Of course, you saved your kids’ creative works produced since the last fair!


3. OSU’s 2018 College World Series Championship Trophy on View at Oregon Historical Society

Portland, OR – Following their triumphant win at the 2018 College World Series, the Oregon State Beaver’s championship trophy will be on display at the Oregon Historical Society in Portland. Oregon State defeated Arkansas in three games to claim the coveted baseball title, and by doing so became the first team in the NCAA Super Regional era to win three titles. The trophy will be on view beginning Wednesday, August 1 through Sunday, August 5 in the pavilion of the Oregon Historical Society (1200 SW Park Avenue) and admission is free to view the trophy.

Through September 9, the Oregon Historical Society is also host to Oregon State’s sesquicentennial exhibition, Oregon State University: A Legacy of Transformation. This exhibit shares, through 150 stories, how Oregon State University has transformed the community, the state, the nation, and the world in surprising ways. Talented alumni have made strides in many fields, from science to athletics. Dick Fosbury (‘72) revolutionized track and field when his back-first high jump technique won him a gold medal at the 1969 Olympics. Other notable alumni featured in the exhibit include Douglas Engelbart (‘48) who invented the computer mouse; award-winning animator Harley Jessup (‘76) who brought characters to life in Monsters Inc., Ratatouille, and other movies; and Bernie Newcomb (‘65) who cofounded E*Trade, one of the first internet stock-trading companies.

The Oregon Historical Society museum is open seven days a week, Monday – Saturday from 10am – 5pm and Sunday from 12pm – 5pm. Admission to the museum is currently discounted to $5 as we renovate our permanent exhibition on the third floor. Admission is free every day for OHS members and Multnomah County residents.

4. Vice President welcomes remains of fallen American soldiers of Korean War

American flag2The White House, August 2, 2018 — Yesterday in Hawaii, the remains of 55 U.S. Service Members were returned to American soil. Vice President Mike Pence traveled to Honolulu to welcome them home. 

The return comes as part of President Trump’s negotiations with North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un. The President thanked Chairman Kim for honoring his word. “Incredibly beautiful ceremony as U.S. Korean War remains are returned to American soil,” the President tweeted. “Thank you to Honolulu and all of our great Military participants on a job well done.”

“Some have called the Korean War the ‘forgotten war.’ But today, we prove these heroes were never forgotten,” Vice President Pence said. “Today, our boys are coming home.”

Watch Vice President Pence’s tribute to these fallen American heroes.

The Korean War heroes who “didn’t get to come home”

5. Brain Facts: Efficient & Effective

In the last decade or so, neuroscience has discovered so much about the physical properties of the brain, that research results have far surpassed the total brain knowledge of the previous six thousand years. We’ve gone from ancient Egyptian mummification practices that basically tossed out the brain, because they thought it had no purpose, to actually being able to turn memories on and off in (genetically altered) mice!

Did you know –

  • the human brain runs on 200-400 kilocalories a day, which works out to be between 10 and 25 watts of power? (That’s running 24/7/365 – asleep and awake!)
  • even at 10-25 watts, a computer performing the same number of calculations, in the same manner as the brain, uses up more than 40 million times the energy? (Can you imagine your electric bill?)
  • at its efficient best, the human brain uses up approximately 20% of the blood and oxygen in the human body?
  • in its compact, average 1400 grams of weight, the brain is made up of 100 BILLION nerve cells – about the same as the number of trees in the Amazon rain forest?

But the most important piece of proof, refuting old, time-worn beliefs, is that the human brain is not static. What we are born with is not all we get. Says noted researcher, Abigail Baird, Ph.D. at Vassar College, “Your brain is changing every minute of the day, from your time in the womb until the moment you die.”

This is good news, because it provides physical proof of what has been intuitively felt for centuries and cognitively tested and researched for the last 50 years – we never “have to” stop growing. Every moment of the day, every experience we encounter is an opportunity to learn and grow, and become more of who we have the potential to be. ~The Pacific Institute

6. Sherman County Sheriff’s Office July Statistics



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

bird.owl3Sherman County Fair – Facebook

Sherman County Fair

OSU changing three building names to promote inclusivity

You call this progress? Do the math.

Feral swine population dropping in Oregon

California’s Devastating Fires Are Man-Caused — But Not In The Way They Tell Us

OHA says tobacco sales to under-age smokers are widespread


Sherman County eNews #204


  1. Weather: August Outlook & the July Monthly Climate Summary with Graphs

  2. Classical Music in the Wild at Wilson Ranches Retreat, Aug. 7

  3. Notice. Wasco School Events Center Board of Directors Meeting, Aug. 8

  4. South Valley Fire near Dufur, Oregon, Declared a Conflagration

  5. Wasco County Historical Society Upcoming August Programs 

  6. 10 Reasons Your Child Should Join FFA or 4-H

  7. Superpower – Controlling Our Inner World

“Let each citizen remember at the moment he is offering his vote that he is not making a present or a compliment to please an individual — or at least that he ought not so to do; but that he is executing one of the most solemn trusts in human society for which he is accountable to God and his country.” —Samuel Adams (1781)

1. Weather: August Outlook & the July Monthly Climate Summary with Graphs

sun.circleYou can find the August outlook and the July
monthly climate summary AND GRAPHS (toggle between color and gray) for Moro at

~Marilyn Lohmann, National Weather Service Pendleton 541-276-783 

2. Classical Music in the Wild at Wilson Ranches Retreat, Aug. 7

music-notesWilson Ranches Retreat near Fossil is delighted to host IN A LANDSCAPE. Classical Music in the Wild is an outdoor concert series in stunning landscapes of the Pacific Northwest. Hunter Noack brings a 9-foot Steinway grand piano to the middle of forests, fields, calderas and historical sites for classical music concerts. To meet the acoustical challenges of performing in the wild, music is transmitted to the concert-goers via wireless headphones. Join us next Tuesday, August 7th!

3. Notice. Wasco School Events Center Board of Directors Meeting, Aug. 8

The Wasco School Events Center Board of Directors will hold a meeting on August 8th, 2018 The public is welcome to attend! – 6 p.m. at the WSEC, 903 Barnett Street in Wasco.

4. South Valley Fire near Dufur, Oregon, Declared a Conflagration

News Release from Oregon State Fire Marshal
Posted on FlashAlert: August 1st, 2018 8:49 PM

Governor Kate Brown has declared the South Valley Fire, burning southwest of Dufur, a conflagration. The declaration cleared the way for the state fire marshal to mobilize firefighters and equipment to assist local resources battling the fire.

The Office of State Marshal’s Green Incident Management Team and three structural task forces from Clackamas, Washington, and Clatsop counties have been mobilized and are expected to arrive late tonight.

The South Valley Fire being pushed by wind has grown to more than 3,500 acres.

Level 3 (GO NOW) evacuations issued from South Valley Rd all the way South to Friend Rd, and everywhere in between.

A Level 2 (GET SET) evacuation has been put in place for the area of “the blinking light” (Hwy 197 & 216) all the way to Conroy Rd and the top of Sherar’s Bridge, North to the current level 3 zone. This includes Hulse Rd, Tygh Ridge Rd, and all points in between.  Begin to prepare for the possibility of evacuating.

More information on evacuations is available at Wasco County Sheriffs Facebook:

5. Wasco County Historical Society Upcoming August Programs 

The Wasco County Historical Society announces two programs for August.  “The Grange Organization” will be presented on August 18, 2018 at 11 a.m. at the Moody/Rorick House at 300 W.13th Street in The Dalles.  The presenters will be Lois Root, Carol Root Seeber and Marilyn Wilson.  The Grange was organized in 1867 to advance methods of agriculture and promote social and economic needs of farmers.  Want to learn more?  Come to the program.

On August 25, 2018 John Brookhouse will present “The Town Built and Sold by Orlando Humason.” It will be at 11 a.m. at the Moody/Rorick House at 300 W. 13th Street in The Dalles.  Who was Orlando Humason and where was this town?  Historical Society Programs are free to the public and refreshments are available. 

6. 10 Reasons Your Child Should Join FFA or 4-H

  1. Leadership skills. We all want our children to be successful. Public speaking, group projects and running for offices. All activities that contribute to leadership skills. All found in FFA and 4-H.
  2. Knowledge of agriculture. How do tractors run? What exactly is a cotton boll or a barrow? What’s the proper way to handle an animal? Just ask anyone involved in 4-H or FFA. They’ll tell you.
  3. Healthy living. Both organizations provide the building blocks toward a healthy lifestyle. Members learn about food, where it comes from and how to keep it safe and environmentally friendly. They also help bridge the gap between rural and non-rural folks.
  4. Confidence. Many children today have no “in-person” social outlets. Giving them a chance to meet people, complete projects and enter contests will spur a self-confidence that many children lack.
  5. Good sportsmanship. We live in a world where people like to say “every child is a winner.” But the truth – and in life – people have to learn how to accept failure. And in the long-run, the lessons learned in defeat are usually remembered and serve as building blocks. Competition can be healthy and character-building. Stock shows, skills tests and speaking contests are all outlets in which children can participate in friendly, sportsmanlike competition.
  6. Work ethic. FFA and FFA members complete a wide variety of projects throughout the year. These projects require dedication, time management and hard work.
  7. Community service. “Learning to Do, Doing to Learn, Earning to Live, Living to Serve.” That’s the FFA way. Pledging your “Head to clearer thinking, your heart to greater loyalty, your hands to larger service and your health to better living, for my club, my community, my country and my world” is the 4-H way. Enough said.
  8. Lifelong friendships. All things aside, your children will make friends who share the same passion for agriculture. These friends become peers. Then colleagues. And often, life-long friends.
  9. Scholarship opportunities. We all want our children to get a college education. But face it. College comes with a big price tag. Let FFA and 4-H help you. And as an adult, you can give back.
  10. And many other skills. Entomology. Communication. Horticulture. Food quality inspection. Economic and business development. The opportunities are endless and expand outside agriculture.

… These are life skills that will serve your child in adulthood. Help them enjoy all the benefits and who knows, you may become a leader or instructor too (if you aren’t already). ~

7. Superpower – Controlling Our Inner World

We hinted yesterday that each of us has more than one superpower. If you’ve given this a little thought, you have already realized that you have many. All it took was looking at yourself from a different perspective. Today, we’re going to look at another superpower that can be learned, just like Focus.

Question: Do you ever feel like events in your life have gotten out of control? No matter how diligently you set goals, visualize results, and affirm a positive outcome, every once in a while your life is going to feel as if it’s gone a little crazy. Carefully laid plans go up in smoke – sometimes quite literally. People you counted on, bail out on you. A health or family crisis strikes. An earthquake, hurricane, flood or tornado puts you back to square one. Suddenly you feel as if you are completely off course, out of control, and lost at sea.

At times like this, there are a few things it may help you to remember. First of all, no one can control every aspect of her or his life. Adversity comes to all of us, no matter how moral we are, and no matter how good or positive our attitude is. Bad things happen to good people all the time.

Second, it’s important to realize that there is one, and only one, thing in life that is completely within your power to control, and that is your response to what happens to you. When you find yourself overcome with feelings of fear, helplessness, doom and gloom, you can put the brakes on these feelings by gently but firmly choosing to shift the focus of the thoughts that are running through your mind.

Your feelings are a direct result of the thoughts you think. Setting aside some time every morning and evening for positive visualization, affirmation, or guided meditation is a highly effective way of getting these thoughts back under your control once again.

You may not be able to control the outside world, but you can control your inside world. You get to decide what path your thoughts take, and they can either help you or keep you stuck. You are in charge of you – the thoughts you think and the actions you take.

Just your average, everyday superhero. ~The Pacific Institute