Sherman County eNews #207


  1. Sherman County Emergency Services July Activity Reports

  2. Youth Robotics Training, Information for Parents

  3. Letter to the Editor: Kent Water District Sets the Record Straight

  4. ABC Huskies Child Care Preschool Program Registration

  5. Sherman County Medical Clinic Offers Colon Cancer Screening Kit

  6. Cottonwood Canyon State Park Going Dark for Perseids Meteor Shower, Aug. 11-12

  7. Commentary: 545 vs. 300,000,000 People

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

1. Sherman County Emergency Services July Activity Reports

 ~Shawn Payne, Sherman County Emergency Services

Sherman County Ambulance

July 2018 Activity Report

Date Time Incident Location
7-05 10:10 AM Medical Alert – Unknown Problem Wasco
7-07 1:59 PM Fall – Unknown Illness Moro
7-09 6:57 AM Motor Vehicle Crash US 97  MP# 35
7-09 1:23 pm Sick Person Wasco
7-12 7:47 PM Allergic Reaction Klondike Elevator
7-13 1:48 AM Male Bleeding from his mouth 3 Rivers Motel in Biggs
7-13 1:23 PM Chest Pain Wasco
7-13 4:51 PM Breathing Problem Dinty’s Motel in Biggs
7-13 8:06 PM Abdominal Pain Grass Valley
7-13 10:29 PM Fall Injury to head and shoulder Pilot in Biggs
7-16 7:00 PM Well Person Check Wasco
7-16 11:42 PM Diabetic Emergency Wasco
7-18 9:42 AM Seizure Wasco
7-18 6:54 PM Difficulty Breathing Wasco
7-19 10:04 PM Burn to Face High School in Moro
7-20 1:00 AM Abdominal Pain Wasco
7-20 2:27 PM Chest Pain Pilot in Biggs
7-22 11:27 AM High Fever & Unresponsive Moro
7-23 1:10 pm Self-Inflicted Gun Shot Wound I-84  MP# 102
7-25 3:39 PM Transport to MCMC Grass Valley
7-27 2:24 PM Person Down – Unknown Wasco City Park
7-27 6:06 PM Motor Vehicle Crash US 97  MP# 1
7-29 7:42 AM Low Potassium Wasco
7-29 3:45 PM Seizures Rufus
7-29 4:20 PM Bee Sting Wasco


Moro Fire Department

July 2018 Activity Report

Date Time Incident Location
7-03 2:05 PM Grass Fire I-84  MP# 104
7-13 4:54 PM Grass Fire 98309 Emigrant Springs Lane
7-16 5:51 PM Combine/Wheat Fire 68779 Van Gilder Lane
7-17 8:30 PM Substation Fire Sherman County
7-18 12:01 AM Substation Fire Sherman County
7-19 11:54 PM Grass Fire Fairview and Monkland
7-19 8:03 AM Substation Fire Sherman County
7-20 5:40 PM Smoke Investigation Fairview & Monkland
7-26 7:21 PM Fire Watch for Longhollow Fire Rory Wilson Ranch
7-27 5:13 PM Grass Fire Hwy 216 & Brown Road

2. Youth Robotics Training, Information for Parents

The new school year is coming quick and brings a new crop of students itching to get their hands on a robot! One of the easiest ways to help youth find their way to a robot is to get involved with FIRST robotics. FIRST is a national program with a sports-like model where students meet as teams over several months to prepare for a competition. There are FIRST programs in the Gorge for students ages 6 to 18.

Parents who have students interested in robotics are encouraged to consider coaching a team. FIRST LEGO League (FLL) for students ages 9 to 14 in particular is a great way to introduce students to robotics. Teams of three to ten students begin meeting as school starts to prepare for one of the Gorge Qualifying Tournaments held Dec 8, 9 and 15. Parent coaches do not need to understand robots or programming; their main duty is helping the students focus and navigating the competition challenges.

Two free trainings are planned to help parents and volunteers serve as FLL coaches. On Aug 20 and 21 the Gorge STEM Hub hosts a free, two-day deeper dive for robotics coaches as part of their STEM Symposium in The Dalles. On Sept 22, the Gorge Tech Alliance (GTA) brings Oregon Robotics Tournament and Outreach Program to Hood River for a free, one-day coach training.

Additionally, the GTA has free robots and laptops for loan to support teams and can also point teams towards scholarships for school-based teams. Find registration links and more information about robotics in the Gorge at, a service of the GTA.

The GTA’s equipment for loan and support of robotics events is made possible by our regional tech businesses including Google, Insitu and others. The GTA is a non-profit industry association that seeks to support, connect and develop the technology community of the Gorge. Learn more at

3. Letter to the Editor: Kent Water District Sets the Record Straight

To Whom it may concern:

It has been brought to the attention of the Kent Water District’s board members (KWD) that there are some misguided assumptions and uninformed opinions that we are not doing anything about improving the water situation for the town of Kent. To set the record straight, let it be known that we are actively pursuing a thoughtful, concrete plan to improve the current state of water availability for the town’s residents.

In June 2015, two community members created a Kent Community Revitalization Project which included the updating of the town’s water system. When KWD got on board with the project it was presented to the county commissioners in August. The Commissioners suggested there be a water system analysis done and find out the cost to update. In September, Columbia Water Surveying was contacted to test sites around Kent with sonar technology. The results showed no more water than what is currently accessible. KWD also contacted Tenneson Engineering to work up a quote for a water system analysis.

In January 2016 KWD approved a quote and entered into a contract with Tenneson Engineering. The gathering of more data for the analysis didn’t happen until June 2016. KWD was told at that time that the analysis would be finalized in two weeks. With no communication from Tenneson Engineering for four months, KWD agreed to cancel their contract with them and look for another engineer.

In April 2017 All Points Engineering was contacted and supplied a quote and a contract was drawn up and signed. In October KWD received a map detailing existing services and needed to add where new services would be installed.

A proposed plan was emailed and during KWD’s June 2018 meeting it was approved with corrections. Currently KWD will be meeting again in the month of August to assess APE’s comments on the corrections that the board wanted on the proposed plan.

If there are any interested parties wanting more details KWD has minutes from every meeting available upon request.

Respectfully Submitted by:
Elizabeth Mills
Kent Water District

4. ABC Huskies Child Care Preschool Program Registration

ABC Huskies Child Care Preschool Program Registration Now Open!

Start Date: September 10, 2018

Days Offered: Monday – Thursday

Hours: 8:30am – 11:30am

Location: ABC Huskies Child Care
920 Fulton Street
Wasco, OR 97065

Fee: $120/month ($2.50/hr.)
(payable in advance)

ABC Huskies’ preschool program is presented in a small group home setting providing greater individual attention for each child. Our goal is to ensure the beginning of their journey to a lifetime of learning will start off on the right foot.

Before and after school child care is available.

Registration forms available:
Questions: Contact Mika Von Ahn at 541-442-5024;

5. Sherman County Medical Clinic Offers Colon Cancer Screening Kit

Colon cancer risk is equal for men and women, and increases once you hit age 50.  Other risk factors include a family history of colon cancer; eating a diet high in red meat and/or processed meat; obesity and/or an inactive lifestyle; alcohol and smoking. 

Stop by the Sherman County Medical Clinic and pick up a do-it-yourself FIT kit, which is a screening kit that can be done at home that checks for blood in the stool.  Kits are also available at City Hall in Grass Valley, Wasco and Rufus.  This type of screening should be done annually, and costs are usually covered by insurance.  Even without insurance, there are low cost options.  Return your kit to the Clinic to be entered into a drawing for a $50 VISA gift card (6 will be given away). 

Funding for this project is provided in part by the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute Community Partnership Program, and screenings are promoted and encouraged by the Eastern Oregon Healthy Living Alliance (EOHLA).  Sherman County’s representative to EOHLA is Cindy Brown; Gilliam County is represented by Jennifer Bold; and Wheeler County’s representative is Anne Mitchell. 

6. Cottonwood Canyon State Park Going Dark for Perseids Meteor Shower, Aug. 11-12

StarYellowEvery year the Perseids Meteor Shower dazzles those who care to gaze up at the night sky; this year is no different.

The height of the Perseis’ meteor shower will be the night of August 11th and 12th this year. With an almost new moon, it should be easy to see up to 100 meteors per hour.

Far away from disturbing city lights, and close enough for a weekend trip, Cottonwood Canyon is a popular destination for star gazers. Warm, quiet nights in the desert make for a truly magical experience.

This year, we will be turning out the lights! To better serve those looking for dark skies, we will be turning off all unessential lights within the park over the Perseids peak weekend.

Before arrival, we recommend checking area fire conditions. At times smoke can enter the area making star viewing difficult. As always, any questions can be answered by calling the park at (541) 394-0002.

7. Commentary: 545 vs. 300,000,000 People

-By Charlie Reese

Politicians are the only people in the world who create problems and then campaign against them.

Have you ever wondered, if both the Democrats and the Republicans are against deficits, WHY we have deficits?

Have you ever wondered, if all the politicians are against inflation and high taxes, WHY we have inflation and high taxes?

You and I don’t propose a federal budget. The President does.

You and I don’t have the Constitutional authority to vote on appropriations. The House of Representatives does.

You and I don’t write the tax code, Congress does.

You and I don’t set fiscal policy, Congress does.

You and I don’t control monetary policy, the Federal Reserve Bank does.

One hundred senators, 435 congressmen, one President, and nine Supreme Court justices equates to 545 human beings out of the 300 million are directly, legally, morally, and individually responsible for the domestic problems that plague this country.

I excluded the members of the Federal Reserve Board because that problem was created by the Congress. In 1913, Congress delegated its Constitutional duty to provide a sound currency to a federally chartered, but private, central bank.

I excluded all the special interests and lobbyists for a sound reason. They have no legal authority. They have no ability to coerce a senator, a congressman, or a President to do one cotton-picking thing. I don’t care if they offer a politician $1 million dollars in cash.

The politician has the power to accept or reject it. No matter what the lobbyist promises, it is the legislator’s responsibility to determine how he votes.

Those 545 human beings spend much of their energy convincing you that what they did is not their fault. They cooperate in this common con regardless of party.

What separates a politician from a normal human being is an excessive amount of gall. No normal human being would have the gall of a Speaker, who stood up and criticized the President for creating deficits. (The President can only propose a budget. He cannot force the Congress to accept it.)

The Constitution, which is the supreme law of the land, gives sole responsibility to the House of Representatives for originating and approving appropriations and taxes. Who is the speaker of the House? (John Boehner. He is the leader of the majority party. He and fellow House members, not the President, can approve any budget they want.) If the President vetoes it, they can pass it over his veto if they agree to. [The House has passed a budget but the Senate has not approved a budget in over three years. The President’s proposed budgets have gotten almost unanimous rejections in the Senate in that time.]

It seems inconceivable to me that a nation of 300 million cannot replace 545 people who stand convicted — by present facts — of incompetence and irresponsibility. I can’t think of a single domestic problem that is not traceable directly to those 545 people.

When you fully grasp the plain truth that 545 people exercise the power of the federal government, then it must follow that what exists is what they want to exist.

If the tax code is unfair, it’s because they want it unfair.

If the budget is in the red, it’s because they want it in the red.

If the Army & Marines are in Iraq and Afghanistan it’s because they want them in Iraq and Afghanistan.

If they do not receive social security but are on an elite retirement plan not available to the people, it’s because they want it that way.

There are no insoluble government problems.

Do not let these 545 people shift the blame to bureaucrats, whom they hire and whose jobs they can abolish; to lobbyists, whose gifts and advice they can reject; to regulators, to whom they give the power to regulate and from whom they can take this power.

Above all, do not let them con you into the belief that there exists disembodied mystical forces like “the economy,” “inflation,” or “politics” that prevent them from doing what they take an oath to do.

Those 545 people, and they alone, are responsible. They, and they alone, have the power.

They, and they alone, should be held accountable by the people who are their bosses. Provided the voters have the gumption to manage their own employees. We should vote all of them out of office and clean up their mess!

~Charlie Reese is a former columnist of the Orlando Sentinel Newspaper.

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

bird.owlFriends of Highway 97 Public Group Facebook

 Sherman County Public Group Facebook

Grass Valley Country Market Facebook

Sherman County Classifieds Closed Group Facebook

Sherman County Sheriff’s Office Facebook

South Valley Fire / Substation Fire Facebook