Sherman County eNews #229







2. CLASSIFIEDS (new or corrected)

REMINDERS: PLEASE! No posters or flyers.

CLASSIFIED ADS. Free classified ads are published on Fridays. The deadline is Wednesday at 5. Please submit ads by using the Submit News page. Include who, what, where, when, & how, contact information and the final Friday date for posting your ad (shown by the date at the end of the ad, for example, 3/17), and under 50 words if possible. This service is limited to Sherman County. Links are welcome.  Please share your Thank You and Congratulatory Notes and Joyful News (anniversaries, achievements, awards, births, birthdays, graduations, weddings, etc.) here. ~The Editor



THANK YOU! The entire Stradley family would like to thank each and every person who came out to help with our shop fire on Tuesday August 21st. Thanks to the fast responses and hard work of the various departments and many individuals on scene, the fire was contained to just the single structure and no one was injured.  We are so grateful to you all! ~Dick, Arlone, Brian, Lara and Levi Stradley

CONGRATULATIONS! 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.

Appreciation can make a day – even change a life.

Your willingness to put it into words

is all that is necessary.

~ Margaret Cousins




 “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


INSTRUCTIONAL ASSISTANT  Posting.  Sherman County School District is seeking two 0.5 FTE highly qualified Instructional Assistant candidates with preferred previous experience working in an educational setting. The successful candidates will work under the direct supervision of the District Special Education Director and School Administration to support activities as assigned.  Criminal record check and pre-employment drug screening required. For information and application materials please email or call Wes Owens at or 541-565-3500.

Application Method/Materials Required Please submit a letter of interest, application (available from the school district) and resume if you are interested in the position to:

Wes Owens, Superintendent

65912 High School Loop

Moro, Oregon  97039

(541) 565-3500

These positions will remain open until filled. Sherman County School District is an equal opportunity employer. 

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.


HOME. Home for sale in Wasco, 700 Pemberton St., 3 bed – 1 1/2 bath, Full basement (about 1/3rd of it is finished), Spacious living room / dining room, Wonderful neighborhood, Close to the local School. Just minutes away from The John Day, Deschutes and Columbia Rivers! This house has had a lot of work done to it in the last couple of years. There is a diesel furnace that works great and a new pellet stove installed last winter. The stove was installed in compliance w/ local building codes and passed inspection. The house sits on a double city (corner) lot. There are 2 outbuildings. One is a double car garage that is insulated and has a wood stove. The other is a smaller single car ‘garage’ that has wood floors and works great for a lawn shed for all of your lawn care equipment. This has been a really good house, it’s just way more than we need for our family. Call Daniel at 5419809306. 9/14 

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 


HOUSE. October 1st 2018, two bedroom, 825 square foot house for rent on a stream in Wasco Oregon. $600.00 per month, minus work on it which will lower rent to $400.00 per month. This house was a mess last year when moved into; have worked a lot on it…but can only do a little bit at a time….It is like a cabin…with the knotty pine walls…is rustic…has a pellet stove. $1200.00 needed for security, last month and current month rent; also need to have apartment insurance; there is a lease and a property manager. Txt me at 541 288 8105 for pictures, or call and leave a message.  9/28



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




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

CANCELED 31 Movie Nights 8:30 Bring your chairs to Moro City Hall parking lot

29-Sept. 3 Gilliam County Fair

31-Sept.2  Maryhill Windwalk: Gravity Games – Historic Maryhill Loops

31-Sept. 1 Sherman Volleyball – Dufur Tournament 9:30


1 Sherman Volleyball – Dufur Tournament 9:30

1 Sherman Football vs. Elkton / Dufur Classic 7:30 at Dufur

1 Painted Hills Festival in Mitchell, Oregon

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

1-3 Gilliam County Fair

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 Sherman Volleyball vs. Spray/Mitchell 5 at Sherman

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

7 Sherman Football vs. Pilot Rock 7 at Pilot Rock

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

11 Sherman Volleyball vs. Ione 5 at Ione

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

12 Rufus City Council 7

13 Sherman Volleyball vs. Echo 5 at Sherman

14 Sherman Football vs. Arlington/Condon 7 at Sherman

14 Community Renewable Energy Association Board Meeting 10-1

15 Maryhill Museum Library Storytime 11

18 Cottonwood Experience Center Ribbon Cutting

18 Sherman Volleyball vs. South Wasco County 5 at Sherman

18 Wasco City Council 7 City Hall

20 Sherman County Book Club Meeting

21 Sherman Volleyball vs. Condon/Wheeler 5 at Fossil

21 Sherman Football vs. Union 7 at Union

22 Sherman Volleyball Varsity vs. South Wasco County Tournament 9 Maupin

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

25 Sherman Volleyball vs. Dufur 5 at Dufur

27 Sherman Volleyball vs. Spray/Mitchell 5 at Mitchell

28 Sherman Football vs. Enterprise 7 at Sherman – Hall of Honor Game

28 Association of Oregon Counties District 3 – Wasco County

29 Sherman Invitational JV Tournament 9 at Sherman

29 Tango at Maryhill Museum 6-9


1 Lower John Day Area Commission on Transportation 10 Rufus

1-31 Sherman County Historical Museum Artist Series: Lowell Smith Photography 10-5

3 All County Prayer Meeting, Wasco Church of Christ Refreshments and social time at 6:30, prayer time from 7:00 to 8:30.

4 Sherman Volleyball vs. Ione 5 at Sherman

5 Sherman Football vs. Ione 7 at Ione

6 Sherman Volleyball JV Tournament at Fossil TBD

6-7 Car is King Weekend at Maryhill Museum

7 Afghanistan War Began 2001

8 Columbus Day (observed)

9 North Central Public Health District Board Meeting 3

9 Tri-County Mental Health Board Meeting 11-2 The Dalles

9 Sherman Volleyball vs. Echo 5 at Echo

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

10 Rufus City Council 7

11 Sherman Volleyball vs. South Wasco County 5 at Maupin

12 Sherman Football vs. Imbler 2 at Imbler

12 Columbus Day

13 Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum 9 Antique Gliders & Bikes

13 Community Renewable Energy Association Board Meeting 10-1

13 Sherman Volleyball vs. Condon/Wheeler 1 at Sherman

15 Eastern Oregon Regional Tourism Gathering 10-3 Condon

16 Sherman Volleyball vs. Dufur 5 at Sherman

16 Frontier Regional 911 Agency 1 Condon

16 Wasco City Council 7

19 Sherman Football 7 at Dufur – Dufur Homecoming

20 Sherman Volleyball Playoffs at Echo TBD

26 Sherman Football District 3 Championship at E. Oregon University TBD

27 Tango at Maryhill Museum 6-9

31 Sherman County Historical Museum closes for the season. Open by appointment November-April

31 Halloween


Sherman County eNews #228


  1. Wasco County Historical Society Poker Run to Historic Places, Sept. 15

  2. Sherman Middle School Football & Volleyball Schedule

  3. Eye on the Prize

  4. Greg Walden applauds support for broadband expansion in rural Oregon

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

A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort. ~Herm Albright (1876-1944)

1. Wasco County Historical Society Poker Run to Historic Places, Sept. 15

Looking for something new and different to do?   Combine a history tour with a Poker Run!  The Wasco County Historical Society “Poker Run” is scheduled for Saturday, September 15, 2018. Registration at Sorosis Park from 7 11 a.m. All motorized vehicles are welcome and the tour is on all paved roads. Poker hands are $10.00. There will be a $5.00 mileage guess:50/50.  Prizes will be awarded at 5 p.m. at Sorosis Park. The route includes Boyd, Dufur, Friend, Tygh Valley, Wamic, Maupin, Shaniko, White River Falls State Park and points in-between!

You are welcome to take this tour “on your own” or get together with a group!  Stop for lunch, explore the countryside, have some fun!   You will be met by Historical Society members at each stop to give you bits of history. For additional details please call John Brookhouse at 541-980-0918.

2. Sherman Middle School Football & Volleyball Schedule

    Sept. 18 Tues VB Condon Condon 4:00
Sept. 18 Tues FB Arlington/Condon/Wheeler Condon 4:00
Sept. 24 Mon VB South Wasco County Maupin 5:00
Sept. 25 Tues FB Ione             Sherman 4:00
Sept. 27 Thurs VB Arlington/Condon/Wheeler Sherman 4:00
Oct. 1 Mon VB Dufur Sherman 4:00
Oct. 2 Tues FB Lyle Lyle TBD
Oct. 4 Thurs VB Dufur Dufur 4:00
Oct. 8 Mon VB St. Mary’s The Dalles 4:00
Oct. 9 Tues VB South Wasco Sherman 4:00
Oct. 9 Tues FB South Wasco Sherman 4:00
Oct.16 Tues VB Dufur Dufur 4:00
Oct. 16 Tues FB Dufur Sherman 5:00
Oct. 18 Thurs VB Condon Sherman 4:00
Oct. 23 Tues VB Arlington/Condon/Wheeler Arlington 4:00
Oct. 23 Tues FB Arlington/Condon/Wheeler Arlington 4:00
Oct. 25 Thurs VB St. Mary’s Sherman 4:00

3. Eye on the Prize

If you think positively, does that mean that you shouldn’t pay any attention to things that are negative?

Have you ever listened in on a conversation like this? “People who think positively are OK, but too much of the time they’re out of touch with reality. They’re so busy thinking positively that they ignore the danger signs. The next thing you know they’re in big trouble. When you point out that they could have seen it coming, they don’t like it one little bit. How can you pay attention to both positive and negative things at the same time?”

This is a good question. We know that thinking positively makes us happier, and we want to focus on the achievement of our goals. Then again, we don’t want to walk around with our heads in the clouds, and find ourselves tripping over every “rock in the road” we don’t see. So how do we strike this balance?

Thinking positively does not mean we exclude anything that might be negative. We use our RAS to make sure we are aware of everything that helps us get to our goals. Remember in the message from yesterday, the RAS only lets in information that is of value or threat, as defined by our goals. So if some situation shows up that may delay or derail us on the way to our goals, our RAS makes sure it lets us know. Our job is to make sure we pay attention! We then can evaluate the new information, and make a decision to take, or not take, corrective action. The important piece is making sure we are alert, and we do that by clearly defining our goals.

The same thing is true for organizations, teams, families, any person in any situation. You don’t ignore current reality, but you do keep your focus on a positive future – your eye on the prize. ~The Pacific Institute

4. Greg Walden applauds support for broadband expansion in rural Oregon

American flag2Washington, D.C. — Rep. Greg Walden (R-Hood River) today applauded an announcement from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that Oregon will receive $13.7 million to support rural broadband expansion. The funding is made available through the FCC’s Connect America Fund Phase II auction, which allocated $1.488 billion in support to be distributed over the next decade to expand broadband to unserved communities in 45 states.

“These resources are crucial to help make sure all Oregonians can participate in the 21st century economy regardless of where they live,” said Walden. “Too many Oregon families and people across rural America lack the broadband necessary to realize the full benefits of the digital age. Throughout eastern Oregon, I hear from people who are among the 23 million Americans unable to access telemedicine, remote learning, next generation emergency services, and video streaming because of insufficient Internet service. This funding will further our efforts to close this digital divide in Oregon, and I look forward to continuing to work alongside Chairman Pai and my colleagues in Congress to ensure all Americans are connected to high speed broadband.”

According to the FCC, 103 providers won support from the Connect America Fund to expand broadband in rural areas where, without the funding, this type of broadband expansion and ongoing service would not be economically feasible. Locations in all 20 counties of Oregon’s Second Congressional District are served by Viasat, one of the bidders in Oregon along with Rural Electric Cooperative Consortium that won support from the Connect America Fund auction.

In his statement, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said these funds will help open new opportunities for rural communities in Oregon.

“The successful conclusion of this first-of-its kind auction is great news for the residents of Oregon and across the country, who will be able to get on the right side of the digital divide. I’m pleased that more than $13 million is going to Oregon to help connect more than 10,000 homes and small businesses. This is the latest step the FCC has taken to expand rural broadband, and we will continue working until all Americans have access to digital opportunity,” said Chairman Pai.

Walden invited Chairman Pai to eastern Oregon recently to discuss efforts to improve connectivity in rural communities, including making sure patients in remote areas have access to the best doctors through technology like telehealth.

Walden continues to partner with Chairman Pai and the FCC to expand broadband infrastructure to rural communities in Oregon, which is a priority for Representative Walden. Walden led the effort to pass the RAY BAUM’S Act into law, which reauthorized the FCC and gave the agency additional tools to enhance broadband expansion.

To learn more about the FCC’s Connect America Auction, please click here.

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

bird.crow.flyHear Stories of the Gorge

Area high schools get glimpse of tribal ways

Open the Books. Every Dime. On Line. In Real Time.

The Oregon Encyclopedia

Frontier TeleNet: Sherman, Gilliam & Wheeler Counties

15 Ancient Buildings You Can Enter Today  

16 Oregon Sheriffs Sign Letter Asking Voters to Repeal State’s Sanctuary Law

Illegal drone grounds firefighting aircraft on 5,400-acre Terwilliger Fire

Oregon Governor Calls For Longer School Years To Boost Graduation Rate 

More complaints to Oregon’s government waste hotline in 2017: Publicity to blame?

Oregon’s Agricultural Progress Magazine online

A New Farm Bill Crops Up

Mapping The U.S. Farm Subsidy $1M Club

Raising Pigs, Saving Lives (heart valves)