Sherman County eNews #221


  1. Notice. Wasco City Elections

  2. Sherman County Road Department Honored as 2018 Grand Marshals

  3. Stubblefield, Lonerock & Jennie’s Peak Fires Update, 11 a.m., Aug. 23

  4. Sherman County Photo Books to Benefit Sherman County Senior & Community Center

  5. Opportunity

  6. Sherman County eNews: Editorial Policies

  7. What Makes Great Leadership?

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

 It takes a lot of courage to push through hard times. Never give up. Good things are coming your way.

1. Notice. Wasco City Elections

City Positions Opening: Mayor and City Councilor (3)

Ways to File: Fee ($10) with application or Petition (4 valid signatures) with application.

Applications can be obtained at Wasco City Hall, Monday -Thursday 8:30-5.

If you have any questions, please contact Ali Roark at Wasco City Hall: 541-442-5515 or

Deadline is April 28th, 2018 at noon!

“If you think you’re too small to make a difference, you haven’t spent a night with a mosquito.” -African Proverb

2. Sherman County Road Department Honored as 2018 Grand Marshals

The Sherman County Fair honors the Sherman County Road Crew as the 2018 Grand Marshals: Ray Mabe, Mike Barrett, Ryan Owens, Keith Fritts, Bruce Olsen, Gary Shull, Luke Lawrence, Rick Jauken, and Mark Coles.

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 for a job well done!

3. Stubblefield, Lonerock & Jennie’s Peak Fires Update, 11 a.m., Aug. 23

~Oregon State Fire Marshal August 23rd, 2018 10:31 AM

[Condon, Oregon] There will be a community meeting tonight at the Condon Fire Station, 220 N. Main Street, at 5:30 p.m. Last night firefighters continued to mop up and patrol the firelines around the Stubblefield Fire, looking for, and extinguishing any smoke or fire near the fireline. Today, the Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal Incident Management Team will be returning to their home jurisdictions, due to the diminished risk to homes in Gilliam County. The wildland incident management team, NW Team 7, will continue to work with local structural firefighters, as needed, to manage the fires. This afternoon, for the Stubblefield and Lonerock Fires, there is a Fire Weather Watch for high winds, low relative humidity, and high temperatures, which could test the firefighting efforts

Stubblefield Fire (now includes Seale Fire) – The fire is currently 70% contained and is 57,703 acres (combined acreage between Stubblefield and Seale Fires). The fire was active yesterday on the far western flank, crossing Buckskin Canyon, and currently is holding at the ridge above Buckskin Canyon where there is a containment line. The fire remains on the east side of the John Day River. All other established containment lines held, and crews continued to mop up any hot spots.

Lonerock Fire – This fire is now 75% contained and did not grow yesterday. The fire size remains at 5,056 acres. Crews mainly worked the southeastern flank of the fire yesterday to continue to strengthen the remaining fireline. Most remaining smoke and torching was on the interior part of the fire, away from the fire edge. 

Jennie’s Peak – This fire is 65% contained and 39,000 acres. Last night the fire was active in the northeast flank, with a 70-acre spot fire. There is fireline around the spot, and crews will continue to work on improving the fireline today. Burnout will continue as firefighting efforts and weather allow, steering the fire towards the old Porcupine Fire burn from both the east and west. The fire continues to hold along the John Day River, staying north and east of the river.

Yesterday, all Level 3 evacuations were reduced to Level 2, and Level 2 evacuations were reduced to Level 1. Evacuation levels will continue to be evaluated daily.

4. Sherman County Photo Books to Benefit Sherman County Senior & Community Center

We are selling another round of Sherman County photobooks, this time it is a fundraiser for the Sherman County Senior Center in Moro. Books will be between $65-$79, depending how many copies we sell. The book is 70 pages, full color, and showcases the work of more than a dozen local photographers. To view a copy in person please stop by the senior center. To sign up for a copy please contact: Kari Silcox, 541-565-3193,

5. Opportunity

Opportunity will not interest itself in the person who isn’t interested in it.  In a free and democratic society, the number of opportunities for achievement is virtually limitless. In every business or profession, there are innumerable opportunities to invent new products, to improve manufacturing and administrative processes, and to offer better service than the competitor down the street. But every opportunity will soon drift away unless someone seizes it and puts it to work. Anytime you are faced with a difficult problem, stop for a moment and ask yourself, “What is the opportunity hidden in this problem?” When you find an opportunity, you will be far ahead of your competitors.

6. Sherman County eNews: Editorial Policies

CLASSIFIEDS. Please submit classified ads by using the Submit News page! Sherman County eNews publishes free Classifieds on Fridays, deadline Wednesday at 5. Include who, what, where, when, how, why… and, the final Friday date for posting your ad (shown by date at the end of the ad), contact information, under 50 words if possible, and limited to Sherman County. Links are welcome.

THANK YOU & CONGRATULATORY NOTES.    Please submit thank you and congratulatory notes by using the Submit News page by Wednesday at 5. Express gratitude and recognize acts of kindness, achievement and service.

JOYFUL NEWS. We will happily publish notices of births, engagements, weddings and anniversaries – with Friday Classifieds. The deadline is the same, Wednesday at 5, and must include Sherman County connections. Links are welcome. No photos. Use the Submit News page.  And then, please, send your birth, engagement, wedding and anniversary announcements to The Times-Journal via

NEWS RELEASES. Please submit event and information news, meeting notices and calendar dates by using the Submit News page. Include who, what, where, when, how & why with contact or source information. As appropriate, follow up with news of event results. Links are welcome. Please, no posters or flyers. Keep it relevant, no longer than 350 words.


We encourage letters to the Editor that focus on ideas and opinions about public issues and events rather than personalities or private matters. We reserve the right to change policies at any time and to reject or edit any Letter to the Editor.

  • Keep it short, no longer than 350 words.
  • Keep it simple with one or two clear points. No attachments.
  • Keep it fresh with no more than one letter per writer per month.
  • Keep it civilized, in good taste and free from libel.
  • Keep it relevant; focus on a local event, previous letter or issues of general concern – not personalities.
  • Letters must be signed, name and town. Anonymous letters will not be posted.
  • Please submit Letters to the Editor by using the Submit News page.


SPIRITUAL MATTERS for Sherman County Churches and Faith Groups

A Friday column, Spiritual Matters is intended to welcome, inform and inspire. 

First: Recognized/organized churches and faith groups in Sherman County are invited to participate. 

Second: The Current Rotation

1st Friday: Wasco Church of Christ, Christian & Moro Community Presbyterian

2nd Friday: Grass Valley Baptist & Wasco Catholic

3rd Friday: Baha’i  & Kent Baptist

4th Friday: Wasco United Methodist, Rufus Baptist & Grass Valley Catholic

5th Friday [to be determined by the Editor or proposed by a participant] 

Third: Articles must be submitted by 5 p.m. Wednesday for Friday publication. Please limit messages to 300 words or less.

Fourth: Attacks on another faith, a previous Spiritual Matters article or author will not be published. 

Fifth:   The subject matter should be spiritual and inspirational, calling people to faith, and may include doctrinal understandings. 

Sixth:   The editor reserves the right to decline to publish articles.

Seventh: Please let us know if your group wishes to participate in this rotation.

 7. What Makes Great Leadership?

What makes great leaders great? Is it attitude? Is it the number of people following them? Or could it be something else? What do you think a good leader does? Run the show? Tell others what to do? Here are some interesting ideas about leadership for you to consider.

Great leaders seem to love problems. Great leaders will always run to the solution of a problem, not away from it. And with this attitude, this skill of not being afraid to face a challenge head-on, they bring along those they lead in the quest to find these solutions. Their confidence in finding solutions is, in a sense, intoxicating.

Something else about leaders, that you may have noticed, is that great leaders naturally develop those around them and teach them to be leaders too. They do it all the time, because competition or the new generation coming up behind them does not threaten them. They trust in these relationships, as they move toward achieving their collective goals.

Great leaders earn the trust of those who follow them. It wouldn’t occur to a great leader to think of the people he or she leads as subordinates or in any way inferior. Leaders recognize the higher purpose of the goals, and respect the unique talents and worth of every individual. Great leaders can step aside and allow someone more qualified to lead when the situation calls for it.

Great leaders are not in a quest for personal power. They are, though, passionate about their purpose and can inspire others to feel strongly as well. In the past, it was expected that leaders had to be “in front” of the crowd, never anywhere else. But there have been other voices. In the words of 6th Century B.C.E. Chinese philosopher, Lao Tzu, “To lead people, walk behind them.”

What do you think? These are some interesting characteristics, that don’t always line up with traditional definitions of “leadership.” Is it time that we re-define the concept of leadership? Who qualifies as a great leader to you? ~The Pacific Institute

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