Sherman County eNews #218


  1. Sherman Development League Grant/Loan Applications

  2. Stubblefield Fire West of Condon Declared a Conflagration

  3. Sherman County Road Department Honored as 2018 Grand Marshals

  4. Meet & Greet Whitley-Read Baby Shower, Aug. 25

  5. Sherman County Citizen-Reporter Online

  6. A Healthy Belief System, Today

  7. Wasco County Historical Society’s Poker Run, Sept. 15

  8. Columbia Gorge Genealogical Society Program, Sept. 8

  9. Oregon Capital Insider Index: This week in Salem by the numbers

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

1.Sherman Development League Grant/Loan Applications

Sherman Development League (SDL) grant application forms for projects and/or programs in Sherman County will be available September 10, 2018. Grants can be applied for by 501(c)(3) and other non-profit organizations. Organizations that have received a grant from SDL are not eligible to apply until their current grant requirements have been met. Revolving loan funds are also available to for-profit entities and businesses.

Applications will be accepted until November 15, 2018, and grants will be awarded by February 1, 2019.

To receive appropriate grant/loan application forms, please submit a letter of request which includes:
• A brief description of your project.
• State if the project is a capital expenditure, one-time program or pilot project, emergency assistance or a loan request.
• Identify the type of organization requesting funding.

Mail or email requests to:
Sherman Development League, Inc.
P.O. Box 11
Moro, OR 97039

Contact Melva Thomas at 541-442-5488 or

2. Stubblefield Fire West of Condon Declared a Conflagration

Oregon State Fire Marshal: Governor Kate Brown has declared the Stubblefield Fire, burning west of Condon, 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 Blue Incident Management Team, two structural task forces from Multnomah and Clackamas counties arrived late this evening. We are working to assist with the severe depletion of the local resources given the amount of fires and conditions.

Gilliam County is now issuing a Level 2 evacuation notice, which means “BE SET.” This condition is now for all of the Air Base residents at Mt. View Drive. Additional resources may be accessed at:

3. Sherman County Road Department Honored as 2018 Grand Marshals

The Sherman County Fair honors the Sherman County Road Crew as the 2018 Grand Marshals. The road crew does an amazing job of keeping all the county roads well maintained and safe for all who travel in our beautiful County.

Road Master, Mark Coles, and his crew manage 484 miles of county roads.  They have 134 miles of pavement, 295 miles of gravel, and 55 miles of country dirt roads for resident or field access.  This is all managed by only 8 people. Duties range from rock crushing and snow removal to maintaining vegetation along road right-of-ways.  Kudos to a job well done!

The Road Department is responsible for the planning, maintenance, and construction of county roads and addresses many different issues — from road debris removal to washboards and sometimes wash outs.

4. Meet & Greet Whitley-Read Baby Shower, Aug. 25

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.

5. Sherman County Citizen-Reporter Online

The June edition of the Citizen-Reporter is currently published online and can be found at

6. A Healthy Belief System, Today

Most of us know what it takes to stay healthy – eating a balanced diet, getting sufficient exercise, plenty of restful sleep, etc. Why, then, do we have so much trouble actually doing it?

People are living longer than ever these days. However, with this added longevity often come chronic illnesses that mean pain and diminished functioning for millions of elder citizens.

The difficult part is that many of these illnesses are preventable. Most of us know that if we do a few things now to improve our health habits – things like eating a low-fat, high-fiber diet, exercising, and eliminating dangerous habits like smoking – we will be much better off later in life.

We know, but we don’t always do. One reason may be that the changes we need to make are in the here and now and the benefits seem vague and far in the future. Visualizing ourselves 40, 50, 60 or more years in the future can be a bit of a challenge.

Another reason has to do with our view of our ability to control what happens to us. You see, we don’t undertake changes that we don’t think we can make happen. We undermine the full use of our potential with our – not always reasonable – doubts about our ability to take control.

Current research tells us that our sense of personal control over our lives, and our ability to manage anxiety, is directly linked to the immune system and has much to do with our health as we grow older. So does our sense of self-efficacy – our belief in our ability to cause a particular result.

Fortunately, we live in an age where efficacy and inner control can be taught and learned, no matter how old we are. So if you want to plan for a healthy old age, a good place to start is with a healthy belief system, today. ~The Pacific Institute

7. Wasco County Historical Society’s Poker Run, Sept. 15

September 15th, 2018

Registration: 7:00-11:00 a.m. @ Sorosis Park, The Dalles.

$10 per “hand”

$5 mileage guess: 50/50

Prizes awarded: 5:00 p.m. @ Sorosis Park, The Dalles.

All motorized vehicles welcome; paved roads.

Additional details from John Brookhouse, 541-980-0918.

Exploring The Dalles, Boyd, Dufur, Friend, Tygh Valley, Wamic, Maupin, Shaniko, White River Falls State Park & points in-between! All have interesting histories!

Please support our sponsors: Auction Sales Co.; Crouse Enterprises, Inc.; Emerson Dell Farm; Griffith Motors; Toyota Scion; Kramer’s Market; Point S Tire & Auto Service; Schultens Motors; Tonkin Subaru; C.H. Urness Motor Co., Wamic Store; & Wasco County Historical Society.

8. Columbia Gorge Genealogical Society Program, Sept. 8

The next meeting of the Columbia Gorge Genealogical Society will be on September 8, 2018, at the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center beginning at 10:30 a.m. in the downstairs meeting room. 

Sandy Bisset will present a power point program “The Elusive Dr. Brooks – Early Physician of Jacksonville and The Dalles.” The program is a collaborative effort of the Columbia Gorge Genealogical Society, The Discovery Center Library, The Jacksonville Historical Society and other interested researchers. This program will be presented in February as part of the Historical Landmarks programs. 

Public is always welcome. A $1.00 donation is suggested to cover room fees. The Basalt Cafe will be open for lunch. 

9. Oregon Capital Insider Index: This week in Salem by the numbers

Oregon.Flat.poleHere are 10 numbers that illustrate some of this week’s big, and small, Oregon political stories.

7: The number of interstates and highways in the Portland area on which the Oregon Transportation Commission is considering placing tolls.

0: Number of members of the public who turned out to speak at the Oregon Transportation Commission’s meeting in John Day Thursday, Aug. 16, when commissioners deliberated and voted on applying to the federal government for approval of a plan to toll Interstate 5 and Interstate 205 through the Portland area.

43: The number of members of the public who spoke on the proposed tolling plan at the Oregon Transportation Commission’s meeting in early July in Portland.

26: The number of 90-degree days Portland has had so far this year. The record was 29 in 2015.

296,959: The number of acres on fire in Oregon and Washington as of Aug. 14.

500,000: The number of hits the Department of Environmental Quality’s air quality website has received since wildfires flared up July 15.

8,000: The number of homeless shelter beds Rep. Knute Bueler, Republican nominee for governor, says he’ll open if elected.

3.9: The state’s unemployment rate in July, a record low in 42 years.

1,700: The number of affordable housing units slated for construction using loans from the state’s two-year $120 million Local Innovation and Fast Track (LIFT) Rental program, approved by the Legislature in 2015.

2.3 million: The amount of grant money the federal Health Resources and Services Administration has awarded Oregon for community health centers.

bird.talk10. Links: Things to Think About & Things to Do

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Sherman County Fair

Amber Waves, US Department of Agriculture Economic Research Service

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Manners Mentor

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html Hillsdale College Dialogues: Charlottesville,

Harvard Lawsuit, and Point-Based Immigration

The Liberty Conservative

Heritage Foundation Facebook

American Thinker

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