Sherman County eNews #227


  1. 142nd Fighter Wing Conducting Night Flying Operations, Aug. 27-30

  2. Moro Movie Night Canceled, Aug. 31

  3. Everyday Superpower: RAS

  4. Editorial. Policy, Truth & Rumor Patrol

  5. Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries Seeks Volunteer to Fill Position

  6. Sherman County Senior & Community Center September Meal Menu

1. 142nd Fighter Wing Conducting Night Flying Operations, Aug. 27-30

American flag2~Oregon Military Department: August 28th, 2018 3:34 PM

PORTLAND, Oregon The Oregon Air National Guard’s 142nd Fighter Wing will conduct routine F-15 Eagle night training missions August 27-30, 2018.

Night training allows the Citizen-Airmen pilots based at the Portland Air National Guard Base to stay current with mandatory Air Force requirements. Night flying is conducted almost monthly as it provides essential training for nighttime maneuvers. Training flights will be completed each evening before 10:30 p.m.

The Portland Air National Guard Base employs 1,500 Airmen who provide an economic impact of nearly $500 million to the region. The 142nd Fighter Wing defends our homeland with F-15 Eagle fighter jets, guarding the Pacific Northwest skies from northern California to the Canadian border, on 24-hour Aerospace Control Alert as part of Air Combat Command and the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD). Their mission is to provide unequalled, mission-ready units to sustain combat aerospace superiority and peacetime tasking any time, any place in service to our nation, state and community. For more information, contact 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs at 503-335-4347.

2. Moro Movie Night Canceled, Aug. 31

Sage Mountain Primitives has to cancel movie night for August 31st. We apologize for this, and look forward to hosting more next year. The art walk, farmers market, and beer garden are still scheduled to take place. ~Deena Johnston

3. Everyday Superpower: RAS

Did you know that you have a built-in screening device that either admits or blocks information? Yes, we do, and it’s another “natural superpower” each of us already owns.

The human nervous system, at the base of the brain, contains a marvelous network of cells called the reticular formation, or Reticular Activating System – RAS for short. Its primary function is to screen out unimportant information that comes to you through your senses. Because of the work the RAS does for us, we are not aware of most of the information bombarding our senses every second of every day.

A parent with a new baby in the next room will sleep through jet planes screaming overhead, but will wake in an instant if that baby starts to cry. The airplane is louder, but not important, so it doesn’t get through because the parent’s RAS keeps it out. Only information that is important – valuable or threatening – gets through.

Now when you set a goal, you declare a new significance – you make something important. And suddenly, information that never got through before is all around you. Did you ever decide to buy something – maybe a new HD television – and the next day all you see are advertisements for HD TV’s? They were there all along, but now they’re important to you, so the RAS lets the information through and you notice them.

Or you decide to take a vacation, and all of a sudden you are seeing vacation specials in your emails, online or in the newspapers and periodicals. They were there all along, you just deleted or recycled them, because you weren’t thinking “vacation.”

So when you set a goal and declare its importance, you’ll find yourself noticing opportunities to help you achieve that goal that you never knew were there before. Try it. You will be surprised at how efficiently your RAS works for you. And it operates 24/7/365… ~The Pacific Institute

 4. Editorial. Policy, Truth & Rumor Patrol

sherrycaricatureSherman County eNews is the subject of a few rumors. To set the record straight we’re posting a response in case you heard or read the chatter.

While we encourage Letters to the Editor that focus on ideas and opinions about public issues and events rather than personalities or private matters, we expect the authors to follow eNews policies. Here they are:

  • 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.

#1. Yes, eNews received a Letter to the Editor in response to an August 13th eNews editorial about Frontier TeleNet’s communication tower project at Cottonwood Canyon State Park. We advised the author that we were “willing to print the second paragraph which directly responds to issues about the project.” We gave the author an opportunity to edit the letter to include that paragraph responding to and correcting the eNews editorial, and to exclude paragraphs that were personal or about unrelated matters. The offer was not accepted and, yes, we did not post this letter. Nothing personal about it.

As for editorial content or accuracy, Frontier TeleNet board meeting minutes were the source of the information.

#2. The Substation Fire Command Center recommended using our usual charitable organizations for fire victims’ relief, and not social media fund raising sites. For that reason, yes, eNews did not publish a local Go-Fund-Me news release. We did publish information about ways to contribute to fire victims’ relief.

#3. We did not refuse to publish candidates’ letters or letters of political support leading up to the primary election. eNews posted policy, two editorials and 9 letters to the editor.

#4. eNews did post a series of questions for voters to ask the candidates. Yes, it’s true that eNews did not accept answers from the candidates. That was not the intent.

#5. In April, 2018, eNews invited the four candidates for the position of Sherman County Judge to submit to eNews in 350 words or less their vision and solutions for Frontier TeleNet’s problems. eNews received three responses and, yes, we posted them to Sherman County eNews #114 on May 1st.

Questions? Use the Sherman County eNews CONTACT to ask the editor.

5. Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries Seeks Volunteer to Fill Position

Oregon.State.FlagThe Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries is seeking a volunteer to fill a position representing central or southeastern Oregon.

The Commission is seeking members with knowledge related to and interest in cemeteries, historic preservation, genealogy, cultural and burial practices of ethnic groups found in Oregon, archaeology, landscaping and native plants, and history.

The Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries is comprised of seven citizens and is empowered by the Legislature to develop and maintain a listing of all historic cemeteries in Oregon; make recommendations for funding, obtain grant funding, seek legislative appropriations for historic cemeteries, and assist in the coordination of restoration, renovation and maintenance of historic cemeteries statewide.

The group meets four times per year in changing locations around the state. There may be an occasional additional meeting for extra projects, programs and grant selection. Commissioners are also asked to provide informal meetings in their regions and work on other projects outside of meeting time.

To apply, send a letter of interest and resume to commission coordinator Kuri Gill at or 503-986-0685. Please include your reasons for wanting to serve on the commission, any skills or knowledge you will bring to its work, and ideas or goals you have for your participation. Please submit your information before September 25, 2018.

More information about the Historic Cemeteries program is available online at If you have further questions, please email Kuri Gill or call 503-986-0685.

6. Sherman County Senior & Community Center September Meal Menu

We serve lunch at 12:00, noon sharp.  First come, first served.

If you have a group of 2 or more, please let the Kitchen staff know at #565-3191, the day before to ensure that we make enough food to serve!

MEAL PRICING: Under 60 Yrs. Is $7.00 ~ 60 Yrs. & UP $4.00 suggested donation!

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
3 4 5 6 7
CLOSED Bacon & Swiss Quiche Meatloaf Sloppy Joes/Bun Clam Chowder
TO CELEBRATE Salad & Veggies Mashed Potatoes w/ Gravy Veggies & Salad Dinner Rolls, Cottage Cheese
LABOR DAY Muffins & Fruit Veggies, Salad & Dessert Fruit Salad & Dessert
10 11 12 13 14
Turkey Tetrazzini Hamburger Gravy Oven Fried Chicken Cheeseburgers Chicken Fried Rice
Veggies & Salad Rice & Veggies Mashed Potatoes w/ Gravy Potato Wedges Veggies & Salad
Dessert Fruit Veggies, Salad & Dessert Veggies, Salad & Fruit Dessert
17 18 19 20 21
Sweet & Sour Chicken Hot Turkey Sandwich Spaghetti w/ Meat Sauce Grilled Reuben Sandwich Pizza loaded w/ Meat
Rice Pilaf & Veggies Mashed Potatoes w/ Gravy Garlic Bread & Veggies Potato Wedges Veggies & Salad
Salad & Dessert Veggies, Salad & Fruit Salad & Dessert Salad & Fruit Dessert
24 25 26 27 28
Chili Chicken a la King Chicken Fried Steak Macaroni & Cheese Baked Potato Bar
Cornbread & Salad Biscuits & Salad Mashed Potatoes w/ Gravy Salad & Veggies Chili, Cheese, Onions
Dessert Salad & Fruit Veggies, Salad & Dessert Fruit Veggies, Salad & Dessert
MENU SUBJECT TO CHANGE DUE TO AVAILABILITY — ATTENTION:  For those who have food allergies, be aware that a large variety of food is prepared in the kitchen.  Therefore, meals may be prepared with ingredients and food service equipment may come in contact with ingredients to which you may have an allergic reaction, such as nuts.