Sherman County eNews #217






No Gas for 94 Miles

church.family1Every week there are more incidents of people traveling our highway unprepared to go the distance. A few days before writing this I was stopped and asked if there was any gas around. After figuring out that his likelihood of making it to the next station was not very good I invited him home where I had a filled can waiting. Many of you have done the same as I learned this from others who have been helping people reach their destinations for years. Sometimes they were reimbursed by the traveler and sometimes not.

Whether they are leaving Madras or Biggs there is a sign saying no gas for 94 miles. The signs aren’t big, but they are there and prominently placed nonetheless. Yet everyday people head either north or south driving past the warning signs intent solely on reaching their destination, assuming they will find what they need along the way when in reality they come up short.

My wife, Robin, commented on this and compared it to 1 Peter 3:15, “but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect,” (ESV). Just as we make the extra effort to have that extra full can sitting around, she expressed how we as believers in Christ should prepare ourselves not only with a few gallons of fuel but also with an answer as to why we give it so freely. In thinking about the opportunities that we have to rescue people and send them on their way, we are reminded that there is no greater gift than what Jesus has done to rescue us and give us new life.

Joe Burgess
Kent Baptist Church

Many Ways, One Godchurch.family1A Native friend of ours from Lapwai, Idaho, stops by once in a while.  We met him through the Baha’i Faith years ago and always enjoy our visits.  As he was leaving the last time he was here, three times he told us to “Read ‘Neither Wolf Nor Dog.’” So we did.  

It’s a fascinating real-life story about an Indian elder who requests the aid of a young book writer to help him write his story. He wants to share his wisdom and the Native way of thinking and living. 

We gained new insights into Native American culture and our own perceptions of it. I understood the deep and real spirituality of this elderly man.  At times his contact with God was so real that he would come back from alone-time with the Creator with insights that were beyond normal perceptions.  He had Wisdom and Guidance that could only have come from a true connection with the one true God.  

The most profound lesson for me in this book is that there are many ways to access and worship God. I already knew that, but now I understand it on a much deeper and more real level.  

If you get a chance, read the book!  It’s by Kent Nerburn. It will help you better understand our Native neighbors.  “Love your neighbor as yourself.” 

 From the Baha’i Writings:  “Attach great importance to the indigenous population of America…there can be no doubt that they will become so illumined as to enlighten the whole world.”

“Therefore, I hope that you will be like a rose garden. Although different in colors,…yet you receive rays from the same sun…you may rest assured that whenever you are united,…the bounties of God will be bestowed…”

Erling & Pat Jacobsen 

Baha’i Faith


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.

Appreciation can make a day – even change a life.

Your willingness to put it into words

is all that is necessary.

~ Margaret Cousins


babyfootprintMeet and Greet the newest member of the Whitley/Read Family! Aurora Read, born on July 11, will be at Bonne Whitley’s home in Grass Valley ready to meet you and bring those special gifts that were planned for a delayed baby shower. Saturday, August 25th at 3 p.m. at 2nd and Church Streets on the corner in Grass Valley. Questions? Call Bonne 541-333-2292 or Judy 541-442-5085.



Volunteer Smile“Volunteering is the ultimate exercise in democracy. You vote in elections once a year, but when you volunteer, you vote every day about the kind of community you want to live in.” — Unknown


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

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! 8/17


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.  8/31

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. 8/17

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. 8/17

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. 8/17 

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 



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.   8/17


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

17 Frontier TeleNet Board Meeting 1 p.m. Fossil

17 Sherman County Fair Cattle Sorting 7 Fairgrounds

17-18 Sherman Class of ’68 Reunion

18 Maryhill Museum Library Storytime 11

20 Sherman County Court 11:30 Executive Session

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

21-26 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

26 Thank Fire Fighters at Smokin’ Hot Lunch 12:30 Sherman County Fairgrounds

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


1 Art Walk in Moro

1 Sherman County Mobile Farmers’ Market 10-1 Main Street in Moro

1 Sherman County Mobile Farmers’ Market 2-4 RR Depot in Wasco

1 Street Dance in Moro 5-10

1 Maryhill Museum Library Storytime 11

1 Tango at Maryhill Museum 6-9

1-30 Blue Star Museum: Free admission for active military personnel & families / Sherman Historical Museum

1-30 Sherman County Historical Museum Artist Series: Photographs John Day Dam, 50 years Ago

2 V-J Day WW II Japanese Surrender 1945

3 Labor Day

4 Sherman County School Classes Resume

4 Sherman County Court 9

4 Moro City Council 7

5 All County Prayer Meeting, Moro Presbyterian Church Refreshments and social time at 6:30, prayer time from 7:00 to 8:30.

6 Sherman County Fair Board 7

7 Sherman County Courthouse Dedication 11

8 Maryhill Museum’s Annual Benefit Auction, Paradise Rose Dinner

8-9 Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum 9 Hood River Fly-In

9 Grandparents Day. Free Admission at Sherman County Historical Museum 10-5

11 Patriot Day & National Day of Service & Remembrance

11 North Central Public Health District Board of Directors Meeting 2

11 Tri-County Mental Health Board of Directors Meeting 11-2 The Dalles

12 Sherman County Senior & Community Center Advisory Committee 12:30

12 Rufus City Council 7

14 Community Renewable Energy Association Board Meeting 10-1

15 Maryhill Museum Library Storytime 11

18 Cottonwood Experience Center Ribbon Cutting

18 Wasco City Council 7 City Hall

22 Smithsonian Museum Day Live at Maryhill Museum tickets at

22 “Back to School” Night Fund Raiser for the Wasco School Events Center

22 Romanian Cultural Festival at Maryhill Museum 10-5

23 Autumn Begins

24 Mid-Columbia Housing Authority Board Meeting 10

28 Association of Oregon Counties District 3 – Wasco County

29 Tango at Maryhill Museum 6-9