Sherman County eNews #213






church.family1Whenever I read in John’s record of the last night Jesus had with His disciples, I am stuck again by the powerful messages that He so frequently conveyed by His actions. Throughout the gospels we see Him working miracles with the understanding that they were not His primary reason for coming. Rather, these works were proofs that demonstrated the power and compassion of God as His Son proclaimed the real hope of being permanently rescued through His shed blood on the cross and the subsequent proofs of His burial and resurrection which were witnessed by many.

But on this special night with His disciples it was not a miracle that was so poignant, but a simple action. The disciples were all seated and supper had begun when Jesus got up knowing that His time was near to return to the Father. He proceeded to take off His outer garments. Then, we read in John 13:5, “…He poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel that was wrapped around Him.” (ESV) A few verses later He told His disciples, “If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example … a servant is not greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them.” (John 13:14–17, ESV)

In this simple act Jesus demonstrated that it doesn’t take a miracle to touch someone. In following His example we display by our actions the love that we’ve learned from Him as He gave Himself fully for us, and maybe then we even get to share why.

Joe Burgess
First Baptist Church of Grass Valley

2. CLASSIFIEDS (new or corrected) 


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THANK YOU! Message to Sherman County: Our belated, but heartfelt thanks to our many friends, neighbors, volunteers and professionals that came to our aid when the Substation Fire jumped the Deschutes and burned the Baker place. We are grateful for your efforts trying to save our crop and are thankful that nobody was hurt fighting this fast moving fire. Thank you also to those of you that jumped from bed and came to help fight the Monkland Road fire that threatened our neighborhood a few short days later. The fire was quickly extinguished because of your help. Despite our sustained losses, we feel very blessed.  During this challenging time, so many residents of Sherman County answered God’s call to serve one another ~ we truly live in a special place. May God continue to bless each of you and keep you safe.  Thank you again!      ~The Belshe Family 

THANK YOU! I know that we all have thanked the firemen, ranchers, families, and friends thru out the last 3 weeks and 4 large fires. Many state agencies responded with support but I especially want to thank our local The Dalles Salvation Army personnel. They brought their trailer to the central command location, giving out water, food and supplies. I understand they even loaded up their van and went out (with an escort) to the fires and handed out water, food and other needed items to anyone working the fire. THANK YOU, SALVATION ARMY, for all you do for our county community! ~Carol MacKenzie, Wasco, Oregon

THANK YOU! My name is Yenika Sayrs. I own a property on Sayrs Road. I wanted to thank all the kind folks who helped save my house during the fire on July 18. I live in Hawaii so I was unable to do anything but hear about the struggle of containing the fire. I would like to thank the fire departments, the volunteer firefighters, the farmers and all my neighbors who created fire breaks and kept my house safe. I am grateful. Keep up the excellent work! God bless you all.

THANK YOU, SHERMAN COUNTY FAIR BOARD, Bryce Coelsch, Shandie Johnson, Bert Perisho, Rick Jauken Jr., Tom Rolfe & Amanada Whitman, and OSU EXTENSION 4-H, and FFA and 4-H LEADERS for planning and bringing us the 109th Sherman County Fair! ~Larry and Sherry Kaseberg

THANK YOU, SHERMAN COUNTY FAIR BOOK SPONSORS: C.H. Urness Motor Co., Grand Central Travel Center, Linda’s Restaurant, Subway, Food Mart, Lean To Café/Goosepit Saloon, The Optimist Printers, Sherman County Medical Clinic, Tire Factory, Dinty’s Market & Deli, Devco Mechanical, Bank of Eastern Oregon, State Farm Insurance, Ray Schultens Motors, Mid Columbia Producers, Inc., Rufus Family Market & Deli, Gorge Outfitters Supply, H2O Oregon, Windermere Real Estate, Bob’s Texas T-Bone Restaurant, Wasco Electric Cooperative, Pepsi, Griffith Motors & Cousins Country Inn. 

CONGRATULATIONS, SHERMAN COUNTY ROAD CREW, Sherman County Fair Grand Marshals! The Road Crew of Eight has well-maintained and safe 134 miles of pavement, 295 miles of gravel and 55 miles of dirt roads for residential and field access. Kudos to a job well done!

CONGRATULATIONS, SHERMAN COUNTY FAIR QUEEN SHELBY! Thanks for representing Sherman County at summer rodeos and parades!

Appreciation can make a day – even change a life.

Your willingness to put it into words

is all that is necessary.

~ Margaret Cousins




PUBLIC NOTICE – VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY. City of Rufus Election for Mayor and (2) Council Members. The City of Rufus has an open Mayor and two City Council positions available for the general election on November 6, 2018. 

The volunteer position for Mayor is a two-year term.

The volunteer positions for City Council is a four-year term.

Interested citizens must have been a resident of the City of Rufus for at least the previous 12 months.  Applications are available at Rufus City Hall, located at 304 W 2nd ST Suite 100, Rufus, OR 97050.  Candidates may file by paying a fee or by petition with valid signatures, all applications must be submitted before August 28, 2018. 

If you need further information, please contact:  Aaron Cook, City Recorder – City of Rufus | 541-739-2321 | rufuscityhall@gmail.c

VOLUNTEER AT THE SHERMAN COUNTY FAIR! Send a message through 8/19

CELEBRATE SHERMAN COUNTY with your Sherman County fair entries! Anyone can enter… just about anything… on Wednesday, August 22 & 23! Get your Sherman County Fair Premium Book at a post office or business near you! Check out and for details! 8/19 


BANK BRANCH MANAGER. Bank of Eastern Oregon is now hiring for an experienced Branch Manager for their Moro, OR branch. Position is full-time with schedule of 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday-Friday. This position requires a minimum of 3-5 years branch operations and supervisory experience. Successful candidate must pass a pre-employment drug, credit, and background screening. Applicants may apply at, click on Career Opportunities (towards bottom of Home page). Bank of Eastern Oregon is an Equal Opportunity Employer of minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities. Application closing date: 8-31-2018

DISTRICT MANAGER. APPLICATIONS ARE NOW BEING ACCEPTED for a full time District Manager at the Sherman County Soil and Water Conservation District in Moro, Oregon. Benefits included, pay DOE. Duties include providing leadership for and manage the day to day operations of the district, which includes administration; risk management; personnel management and supervision; overseeing financial management and budgeting; grants management; conservation operations; contracting; and the development, updating, and implementation of the Districts’ annual plan of work, long range plan, and business plan. Send cover letter and resume to Sherman County SWCD, 302 Scott Street, Moro, Oregon 97039, or email For more information call (541) 565-3216. Applications will be accepted until position is filled. Full job description and application instructions can be found at The SWCD is an equal opportunity employer and service provider. 8/19 

WATERSHED COORDINATOR. APPLICATIONS ARE NOW BEING ACCEPTED for a part time Watershed Coordinator at the Sherman County Soil and Water Conservation District in Moro, Oregon. Benefits include, pay DOE. Duties include coordinate and administer Sherman County Area Watershed Council, organize Council meetings, write and edit documents/grants and coordinate projects on behalf of the watershed councils and provide public outreach and education. Send cover letter and resume to Sherman County SWCD, 302 Scott Street, Moro, Oregon 97039, or email For more information call (541) 565-3216. Applications will be accepted until position is filled. Full job description and application instructions can be found at The SWCD is an equal opportunity employer and service provider. 8/19

SCHOOL BUS DRIVERS. Mid-Columbia Bus Company needs school bus drivers. No experience necessary. Paid training. 401K. Hiring bonuses up to $350. Flexible hours. Holidays off. Please call today: 541-442-5723.


LOTS IN WASCO. Sherman County owns lots #11 – 01N1704CB, 1210 and #12 – 01N1704CB, 1211 within the Asher Subdivision located in the City of Wasco, (between Highway 97 and Church Street) which are currently for sale. Lots are side by side and are 10,000 square feet/ 0.23 acres in size. Purchase price per lot will follow current market value and be negotiated by the Sherman County Judge. If interested please contact the Office of the County Court at 541-565-3416;; 500 Court Street, Moro OR 97029. 8/19

ONE-OF-A-KIND HANDCRAFTED FURNITURE, FURNITURE REFINISHING & REPAIR: Considerately Handcrafted one-of-a-kind indoor and outdoor furniture and gifts created from re-purposed wine & whiskey barrels, old barn wood and other local reclaimed materials. Special orders available.  Furniture repair and refinishing. ~The Wood Butcher | Wasco, Oregon | 541-993-4282 | 8/31

MORO PROPERTY. NEW PRICE OF $44,900.00 A chance to own 1.5 acres close to town but in the country in Sherman County. This property is waiting for you to bring your house plans and call it home. Subject to final short plat approval, taxes to be determined. RMLS# 17410095. Contact 9/28 


* It is a beautiful new house built in 2018, located in Gorge Vista Development. Enjoy this home with all the surrounding view of the Columbia River Gorge. It has an open living room plan for your comfort.
* It has 3 bedrooms located upstairs. The master bedroom has its own bathroom, while the other two rooms share one bath.
* Take advantage of this opportunity, if you love the river, the trails and fishing, this house could be a good option.
* This house comes fully furnished. The price is $1600 per month, utilities included.
* For more information, call this number: 541-340-1773.  8/10


SHERMAN COUNTY FAIR! No gate admission or parking fee. Enter your baked goods, barley, beer, ceramics, chickens, a collection, crocheting, dried fruits or herbs, ducks, flowers, hay, home canning, house plants, knitting, leathercraft, macramé, needlework, painting, photographs, sewing, soap, vegetables, wheat or wine. Come to see your family, old friends and new ones, exhibits and entertainment! [An exception: Tickets for the Challenge of Champions Bull Riding $15, pre-sale $12.] 8/19


LOOKING FOR HELP WITH THOSE END OF SUMMER PROJECTS? LOCAL HANDYMAN, GENERAL CONTRACTOR & EQUIPMENT OPERATOR. Large and small projects, indoors or out. Furniture repair & refinishing. Please call Kevin – 541-993-4282 | KCK, Inc. | Licensed, bonded and insured. CCB #135768. References available. 8/31 

LEAN-TO CAFÉ: CATERING, FULL-SERVICE DELI, BREAKFAST UNTIL 11, DAILY SPECIALS. Sandwiches, Burgers, Salads, Chicken Strips. 541-442-5709 Historic Downtown Wasco 8/31




LOCAL HOST FAMILIES FOR HIGH SCHOOL EXCHANGE STUDENTS. Non-profit ASSE International Student Exchange Programs (ASSE), in cooperation with your community high school, is looking for local families to host boys and girls between the ages of 15 to 18 from a variety of countries: Norway, Denmark, Spain, Italy, Japan, to name a few. ASSE students are enthusiastic and excited to experience American culture while they practice their English. They also love to share their own culture and language with their host families. Host families welcome these students into their family, not as a guest, but as a family member, giving everyone involved a rich cultural experience. The exchange students have pocket money for personal expenses and full health, accident and liability insurance. ASSE students are selected based on academics and personality, and host families can choose their student from a wide variety of backgrounds, countries and personal interests. To become an ASSE Host Family or to find out how to become involved with ASSE in your community, please call the ASSE Western Regional Office at 1-800-733-2773 or go to to begin your host family application. Students are eager to learn about their American host family, so begin the process of welcoming your new son or daughter today! ASSE INTERNATIONAL 8/24 

3. CALENDAR (new or corrected)


1-31 Blue Star Museum: Free admission for active military personnel & families – Sherman Historical Museum

1-31 Sherman County Historical Museum Artist Series: Abbey Phelps, Knitting, Fiber Arts

8-12 Wheeler County Fair & Rodeo, Fossil

10 Community Renewable Energy Association Board Meeting 10-1 Sunshine Mill

11 Sherman County Public/School Library: Signs for Kids Just in Time for Fair 11

11 Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum 9 Helicopters

11-12 Equine Mania, LLC Advanced Cattle Sorting Clinic, Wasco, Oregon

11-13 Perseid Meteor Showers

13 Sherman County School Board of Directors Work Session 5:30, Regular 7 Library

14 Community Story Time for ages 0-6 at 10 Sherman County Public/School Library

14 Craft Day 11-3 Sherman County Public/School Library

15 Sherman County Court 9 Courthouse

16 Northern Oregon Regional Corrections Board Meeting

16 Sherman County Public/School Library Young Adult Night 6-8

17 Frontier TeleNet Board Meeting 1-2 Fossil

17 Sherman County Fair Cattle Sorting 7 Fairgrounds

17-18 Sherman Class of ’68 Reunion

18 Maryhill Museum Library Storytime 11

20 Eastern Oregon Regional Tourism Gathering 10-3 Silvies Valley Ranch

21 Sherman County Fair 4-H Horse Showmanship, Equitation & Gaming 10

21 Community Story Time for ages 0-6 at 10 Sherman County Public/School Library

21 Craft Day 11-3 Sherman County Public/School Library

21 Wasco City Council 7

21-26 Sherman County Fair & Rodeo, Moro

22 Northern Oregon Regional Corrections Board Meeting

22 Dale Coles Classic Car Show 3:30, BBQ 5, Car Show Awards, 4-H Style Show

23 Sherman County Fair Poultry, Rabbit Market & Showmanship 8

23 Sherman County Fair 4-H & FFA Swine Market Judging 10-11

23 Sherman County Fair 4-H & FFA Sheep Market Judging 11-12

23 Sherman County Fair 4-H & FFA Goat Market Judging 12:30-2

23 Sherman County Fair 4-H & FFA Beef Market Judging 2-3:30

23 Sherman County Fair Down on the Farm Chore Contest 7 Arena

23 Sherman County Public/School Library Movie Night 6 Pacific Rim Uprising

23-26 Wasco County Fair, Tygh Valley

23-26 Klickitat County Fair and Rodeo, Goldendale, Washington

24 Sherman County Fair 4-H Home Economics Contests 8 4-H Pavilion

24 Sherman County Fair 4-H & FFA Swine Showmanship 8-9

24 Sherman County Fair 4-H & FFA Goat Showmanship 9:15

24 Sherman County Fair 4-H & FFA Sheep Showmanship 11-12

24 Sherman County Fair 4-H & FFA Beef Showmanship 12:15-1:30

24 Sherman High School Football & Volleyball Games 2-5

24 Sherman County Fair Intros & CCT Bull Riding 7:15-9 $$

24-26 Art in the High Desert, Bend, Oregon

25 Sherman County Fair Parade at the Fairgrounds 8:30 a.m.

25 Sherman County Fair Horse & Kids’ Games 9:30-12

25 Sherman County Fair Queen’s Reception 10

25 Sherman County Fair 4-H Grand Champion All-around Showmanship 12:30

25 Sherman County Fair 4-H & FFA Awards following all-around showmanship

25 Sherman County Fair 4-H & FFA Livestock Sale 3-4

25 Sherman County Fair FFA Annual BBQ 5:30

25 Sherman County Fair Demo Derby 7:30

25 Sherman County Fair Dance with Countryfied 9:30-1

26 Sherman County Fair Cowboy Church with Susie McEntire 10:30 Main Grandstand

27 Mid-Columbia Housing Authority Board Meeting 11

27 Sherman County Photography Club 6 OSU Extension – Burnet Building, Moro

28 Community Story Time for ages 0-6 at 10 Sherman County Public/School Library

28 Craft Day 11-3 Sherman County Public/School Library

31 Movie Nights 8:30 Bring your chairs to Moro City Hall parking lot

31-Sept.2 Maryhill Windwalk: Gravity Games – Historic Maryhill Loops

31-Sept 3 Sumpter Flea Market, Sumpter, Oregon