Sherman County eNews #219


  1. What’s Happening at Sherman County Public/School Library

  2. Stubblefield, Seale, Buckhorn & Jennie’s Peak Fires Update, Aug. 19

  3. Welcome to the Sherman County Fair, Aug. 22-26

  4. Presentation: “The Town Built & Sold by Orlando Humason,” Aug. 24

  5. Sherman County Board of Property Tax Appeals Board Openings

  6. Rejecting Mental Shorthand

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

 1. What’s Happening at Sherman County Public/School Library.

Logo.ShermanPub.School.Library2017The Library is open Summer Hours -11am-7pm Tuesday and Thursday, 10am-4pm Saturday

SUMMER READING PROGRAM- If you missed the Summer Reading Party you can still come in and get your book prize and make your sound wave shirt. Just bring your completed log to the library before September 19th, 2018.

Community Preschool Storytime – Every Tuesday at 10am
Join us for Preschool Storytime and crafts. Ages 0-6.

Movie Night – Thursday, August 24th at 6:00pm
Pacific Rim: Uprising
Rated PG-13
Run Time 1hr 50 min
Jake Pentecost, son of Stacker Pentecost, reunites with Mako Mori to lead a new generation of Jaeger pilots, including rival Lambert and 15-year-old hacker Amara, against a new Kaiju threat.

September’s Book Club book is The Peach Keeper by Sarah Addison Allen
It’s the dubious distinction of thirty-year-old Willa Jackson to hail from a fine old Southern family of means that met with financial ruin generations ago. The Blue Ridge Madam—built by Willa’s great-great-grandfather and once the finest home in Walls of Water, North Carolina—has stood for years as a monument to misfortune and scandal. Willa has lately learned that an old classmate—socialite Paxton Osgood—has restored the house to its former glory, with plans to turn it into a top-flight inn. But when a skeleton is found buried beneath the property’s lone peach tree, long-kept secrets come to light, accompanied by a spate of strange occurrences throughout the town. Thrust together in an unlikely friendship, united by a full-blooded mystery, Willa and Paxton must confront the passions and betrayals that once bound their families—and uncover the truths that have transcended time to touch the hearts of the living.
Give us a call, email or stop by to reserve your copy, available in large print and audiobook by request. Book Club will meet Thursday, September 20, 2018

2. Stubblefield, Seale, Buckhorn & Jennie’s Peak Fires Update, Aug. 19

Oregon State Fire Marshal, August 19th 9:36 PM [Condon, Oregon] Evacuation levels changed today on the Lonerock Fire for the community of Lonerock. The sheriff issued a Level 1 Be Ready! notification for the west side of Lonerock Road from Lost Valley Road south to the Gilliam/Wheeler County Line. A Level 1 Be Ready! notification was also issued for Buckhorn Lane due to increased fire activity south of Thirty Mile Canyon. The sheriff urges everyone to avoid these areas. Please allow fire traffic only for the safety of the fire crews and public.

Oregon State Fire Marshal’s Blue Team ordered 3 more task forces from Linn, Polk, and Clatsop counties, which arrived Sunday evening. These task forces will bolster the number of boots on the ground protecting homes in South Gilliam County. 

The Bureau of Land Management has ordered a Type 2 Incident Management Team to assume command of the Stubblefield, Seale, Buckhorn, and Jennie’s Peak Fires burning in Gilliam and Wheeler Counties. This team is staffed to handle the complexity of managing multiple wildfires. The teams will work together under a Unified Command structure, with the OSFM team focusing on structure protection, and the BLM Type 2

Team coordinating the wildfire suppression.

There will be a community meeting at the Lonerock Community Hall Monday evening at 7:00PM.

3. Welcome to the Sherman County Fair, Aug. 22-26

cowboyyeehawThe Sherman County Fair board welcomes you all to the 2018 Fair! This year is going to be an exceptionally fun fair with all the fun activities planned for your family enjoyment.

The 4-H, FFA and community members’ projects and activities for all ages will entertain.  We will have Longhorn steers, Mutton Bustin,’ and a mechanical bull.  Don’t worry, we haven’t forgotten about the yearly Bull Riding Challenge of Champions Tour.  We made some changes and will be having the Demolition Derby on Saturday night! Can’t wait to see everyone during the fair. 

~Sherman County Fair Board Vice Chair Shandie Johnson… Chairman Bryce Coelsch, Bert Perisho, Rick Jauken Jr., Tom Rolfe and Amanda Whitman.

4. Presentation: “The Town Built & Sold by Orlando Humason,” Aug. 24

Wasco County Historical Society invites the public to attend its final 2018 summer program presentation this Saturday, 11:00, in the backyard of the Rorick House, 300 W. 13th St., in The Dalles.  Local historian John Brookhouse will present “The Town Built & Sold by Orlando Humason”. Free event; refreshments available.

5. Sherman County Board of Property Tax Appeals Board Openings

ShermanCoLogoThe Sherman County Board of Property Tax Appeals (BOPTA) has board openings for the 2018-19 tax year. These positions are open to nonoffice-holding residents of Sherman County. A nonoffice-holding resident cannot be: a member of the county governing body, a member of the governing body of any taxing district within the county, an elected official within the county, a person employed in or hired by the county or any taxing district within the county, a former county assessor, or any appointee acting in the place of the assessor that held the office or was appointed during the tax year subject to appeal to BOPTA, or a person previously employed in or hired by the office of the assessor during the tax year subject to appeal to BOPTA.

Board members hear petitions for reduction of the real market, maximum assessed, specially assessed, and assessed value of property placed on the roll by the county assessor as of January 1, 2018. The board will also consider requests to waive penalties assessed for the late filing of real and personal property returns.

An initial training session is required for new members and for those members returning after a break in service. Board members are required to attend training approved by the Department of Revenue at least every other year unless no petitions are filed. The BOPTA board generally meets for one or two sessions during the year between February and June. The one-year term ends on June 30, 2019.

If you are interested in being considered for the BOPTA board, please contact Jenine McDermid at 541-565-3606 or by email at: no later than Friday, September 28. BOPTA pool members will be appointed by the county governing body on October 3, 2018.

 5. Rejecting Mental Shorthand

Most of us know what a stereotype is. It’s an oversimplified, a general opinion about what something or someone is like. You’ve heard of labor-saving devices. Well, stereotypes are thought-saving devices, because when you accept a stereotype, you don’t have to think for yourself at all. Your idea comes to you frozen, prepackaged, and ready to use. You just thaw it out and slip it into your brain like a frozen pizza into a microwave – nothing further is required.

The trouble with stereotypes is that they deny the uniqueness of each human being’s heritage and experience, and do the same to the folks employing the stereotypes. When we deny others, we also deny ourselves. Sanctioning those pre-packaged ideas denies us the use of our own brains, because they require that we ignore who we are and what we know from our own personal experience.

Stereotypes, and the people who employ them, also have extremely cynical views of the world. They don’t think very highly of others, assume a possibly false sense of their own superiority, and they count on us being too lazy or distracted to look beyond what we hear, see or read. Stereotypes become an assault on the self-esteem of anyone within range. The good news is that we can choose to not play this game.

If you want to grow as a person, to be as effective as you can be, you want to become your own authority. Do your own research, your own thinking. Look beneath the surface, and be wary of labels, which are one-size-fits-all stereotypes. Human beings come in all sizes and styles, all colors and models, every kind of talent and gift, and all gloriously different! And it is long past time to celebrate our differences, not ridicule them.

Oversimplification and overgeneralization rob you of your power and others of their uniqueness. And at the same time, you are denying your own uniqueness. It’s an easy trap to fall into, but each of us does have the choice to reject the mental shorthand, do a little self-reflection and take the opportunity to do our own thinking. ~The Pacific Institute

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

bird.owl.limbCentral Oregon Fire Info

Policymakers tout high-tech tools for addressing Northwest’s wildfire crisis

Cyndi’s List for Genealogists

Heritage Foundation: Media Bias/Fact Check

PragerU.: Why America Invaded Iraq

PragerU. – Short Videos, Big Ideas

Shadow Banning Censors Prager U. Facebook

Dubious decisions in LaVoy Finicum shooting case revealed in trial of acquitted FBI agent

  Admiral Who Oversaw Bin Laden Raid: ‘Revoke My Security Clearance,’ Too