Sherman County eNews #240


  1. Sherman County School District Communication to the Community

  2. Sherman County School District Hall of Honor Induction, Sept. 28

  3. Some Sherman County Fair Event Winners

  4. Wasco United Methodist Church Rally Sunday, Sept. 16

  5. Congressman Walden: 31 days, 2,050 miles, 29 meetings, 12 counties

  6. Free Time to Fill

  7. Friends

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

I believe to go along to get along is unpatriotic. I believe that agreeing with your government on everything they do is unpatriotic. I believe a patriot stands up and holds our government’s feet to the fire, because if you do that, you will get good government. ~Jesse Ventura

1. Sherman County School District Communication to the Community

See Sherman County School news here:

2. Sherman County School District Hall of Honor Induction, Sept. 28

Logo.Sherman High SchoolThe Sherman County School District will celebrate the induction of four individuals and one foundation into the Sherman County School District Hall of Honor during half-time of the September 28, 2018, home football game against Enterprise High School.  The public is welcome to join the celebration at a pre-event reception that will take place prior to the game at 5:30 p.m. in the Event Center. At the reception, designated speakers will share memories of each honoree. 

The 2018 inductees include the generous and dedicated Sherman County Athletic Foundation, Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame Member Mike Beers, Businesswoman, Farmer and Artist Karla (von Borstel) Chambers, United States Navy Executive Officer Don (Gordon) Helyer (posthumously), and long-time Sherman County Superintendent Wily Knighten (posthumously). 

The purpose of the Hall of Honor is to formally recognize outstanding contributions to the heritage and tradition of the Sherman County School District.  It is the intent of this Hall of Honor to recognize and preserve the memory of students, teachers, athletes, teams, coaches, boosters, and others whose achievements and support have brought recognition and honor to the Sherman County School District. 

For information regarding the Hall of Honor or to nominate a candidate for future induction, please visit and click on the Hall of Honor tab.  For questions, call Wes Owens at 541-565-3500.

3. Some Sherman County Fair Event Winners

Cattle Sorting Winners

>> Pro/Novice Class

1st    Debbie Tobin/Patty Boca

2nd   Debbie Tobin/Tessa Larcome

3rd    Kristi Brown/Amy McNamee

>>>Family Class

1st   Angie Counts/Rick Jaggers

2nd   Hayli Sharp/Kayci Sharp

>>>Open Class

1st   Angie Counts/Rick Jaggers

2nd   Pat Nichols/Carrie Kaseberg

3rd    Angie Counts/Sarah Anderson

>>>Draw Pot Class

1st   Carrie Kaseberg/Hayli Sharp

2nd   Pat Nichols/ Amy McNamee

Herdsmanship Barn Winners

1st  Poultry, 580 points

2nd Goat, 555 points

3rd  Swine, 544 points

4th  Beef, 524.5 points

5th  Sheep, 514 points

Car Show Winners

Queens Choice >>> H. Theron Keller, 1936 Oldsmoblie

Grand Marshal Choice >>> Larry Renard, 1940 Ford Street Rd

Kids Choice >>> John Compton 1975 Sting Ray

King of the BBQ >>> Trent Harrison, 1919 Ford Model T

Best of the BBQ John Kiser 1962 Chev pick up

Chore Course Winners

Adult group >>>   Shandi Johnson/Rory Wilson

Adult/Kido Team >>>   Rory Wilson/Natalie Martin (1st)

Jonathan & Allison Rolfe (2nd)

Kids Team >>>>>   Natalie Martin/Allie Marker (1st)

Natalie Martin/Alyssa Greenwood (2nd)

Allie Marker/Alyssa Greenwood (3rd)

Best Determination and finished just out of the money on 5 runs  >>>> Addison Smith

Demo Derby Results>>

Time Trial winner >>  Bow Boston

People’s Choice >>  Brandon Hughes

Hardest Hit >>  Brandon Ashley

Heat #1 >> Brandon Ashley

Heat #2 >Dylan Woods

Heat #3 Brandon Ashley

Heat #4 Jeremy Bird

Finale Winners >>  1st Place  Brandon Ashley

2nd Place Brandon Hughes

3rd Place Bow Boston

4. Wasco United Methodist Church Rally Sunday, Sept. 16

church.family1The Wasco United Methodist Church invites you to join us on September 16, 2018 for our RALLY SUNDAY!!  This is our annual effort to reach out to the entire community and personally invite each of you to come see what God has in store for you at the Wasco United Methodist Church.  We have a Sunday School for children ages 3 to 20 from 10:30 to noon. Snacks are provided for the children every Sunday.  The regular worship service led by Pastor Bob Reasoner runs from 11:00 to noon.  We are excited to have Natasha Sandquist in charge of our nursery this year and James Alley as our new Worship leader!  We hope to see all of you on “Rally Sunday,” September 16, 2018 to get the new year kicked off!!  Questions: Please call Jill Harrison 541-442-5529 or Jaclyn McCurdy 541-980-1853.

5. Congressman Walden: 31 days, 2,050 miles, 29 meetings, 12 counties

American flag2Meeting with the people working on the ground to solve problems in our communities across our vast district is the best way I update my “to-do” list. Throughout the month of August, I sure added to that list. Driving 2,050 miles across 12 counties in our district, I held 29 meetings with concerned citizens, community leaders, local officials, veterans, small business owners, and other hard-working Oregon families.

I also responded to 14,408 messages from Oregonians who called my office, sent postal mail, or emailed me to share their views on the issues facing our state and country. You can always keep in touch with me through my website at

And please don’t hesitate to reach out if you need assistance with a federal agency. Just in the last year, I helped 1,335 constituents with cases, more than 46% of which were veterans seeking help with benefits and health care at the VA. You can call my office from Oregon at 800-533-3303, and I will do everything I can to get results for you.

Greg Walden
U.S. Representative
Oregon’s Second District

6. Free Time to Fill

After what seems like a lifetime, the constant background noise of your teen and their friends is gone, and the need for a home-grown taxi service is over. Silence is a new experience, and a little bit out of your comfort zone. The entire situation is not normal. What do you do?

This time of year, as school is back in session (at least in the northern hemisphere), families with teens heading off to college are beginning to notice the Empty Nest Syndrome. All of a sudden, the demands of parental time and attention simply disappear. It is especially apparent if all the kids are gone, and it’s just you and your spouse left looking at each other, wondering what’s next.

Well, what is next? The Empty Nest Syndrome is somewhat similar to Retirement. If you define yourself by the work you do, and then suddenly you don’t have that work anymore, you are lost. In the U.S., studies indicate that the average span of Social Security checks is 13 months, after retirement. People simply give up, because they retired from work, and didn’t retire to something else.

This same thing can happen to Empty Nesters. They knew that one day the house would be empty, but hadn’t planned on what to do next. So, to avoid becoming an Empty Lifer because of the empty nest, it’s time to decide what’s next. Ask yourselves the question, “What do we want? What do I want?”

Take the time to make lists of constructive ways to spend the “free time” you suddenly have. It could be projects around the house, but it could also be taking the time to explore subjects that you have always wanted to understand. It could be digging into that pile of books that you never really gave yourself time to read.

Give full rein to your curiosity, and if you are a couple, plan things to do together as well as on your own. It will bring richness to this new dimension of your relationship. And if you are wise, you’ll find something to do that will benefit someone in need. There is nothing more satisfying to the human soul than to be able to fill the need of another. You give and receive at the same time. ~The Pacific Institute

7. Friends

Your friends will be what you make them. If you are the kind of friend who freely gives of your time and always shows consideration for others, your friends will be generous and kind. If you are the kind of person who takes your friends for granted, neither giving nor expecting much in return, you will attract friends who exhibit the same qualities. In friendship, like attracts like. Assess your behavior occasionally to determine what kind of friend you are. Are you the kind of person you would like to have as a friend? Do you freely give more than you expect in return, or are you always asking and never giving? Do you take the time to stay in touch, to remember friends’ special occasions? When you become so consumed with your own interests that you forget about your friends, you are well on your way to becoming friendless. ~Napoleon Hill Foundation

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

bird.crow.flySherman County School District Communication to the Community

1600 Daily: The White House

Oregon FBI Tech Tuesday: Building a Digital Defense Against Scholarship Fraud

SNOW ON THE SAVANNAH Giraffes and elephants wander about in the snow after freak blizzards hit Africa

Energy Skeptic Book Review: Deer Hunting With Jesus (political)

“Wild Wild Country,” the Netflix Documentary Series About Oregon’s Infamous Rajneesh Cult, Won an Emmy

Military Times

Defense News

Cooperative Extension adapts to a less agricultural America

Sen. Jeff Merkley’s Blue Wave Project Financing Congressional Candidates in Key States for Presidential Primary

Hurricane Check List

National Association of Police Officers re: Nike & Colin Kaepernick



Sherman County eNews #239


  1. Scholarships for Women & a Mission: Possible Tour, Oct. 7

  2. Editorial: County Commissioners & Transparency in Public Service

  3. Oregon Air National Guard deploys Airmen to support Hurricane Florence relief

  4. Cascade Singers Community Choir Begins Rehearsals

  5. Nurturing Self-Esteem

  6. Sherman County Courthouse Steering Committee Thank You

  7. Sherman County Court Notes, Aug. 1

1. Scholarships for Women & a Mission: Possible Tour, Oct. 7

P.E.O. Chapter EJ presents “Mission: Possible,” a bike or walk clue-finding tour in The Dalles, Oregon on Sunday, October 7, from 1 – 4 p.m. The fundraiser will benefit scholarships for women, so their missions can become possible.

Registration is from 12-1 p.m. at the Lewis & Clark Festival Park in The Dalles. Prizes will be awarded from 4-5 p.m. For pre-registration forms and more information:

Our P.E.O. (Philanthropic Education Organization) chapter has given thousands of dollars in scholarships to women in the mid-Columbia community over the years.  This fundraiser is a departure from our home tours and downtown The Dalles tours.

2. Editorial: County Commissioners & Transparency in Public Service

County commissioners consider a wide range of services,

  • some shared with the state (assessment & taxation, elections, community corrections, court security, district attorney, 9-1-1, juvenile/ children/ family/ aging/ veterans’ services, alcohol & drug programs, mental health, public health, economic & community development, planning, roads, housing, federal land policy, telecommunications, county fair),
  • and some reserved for the county (including property management, records, county law library, sheriff patrol, medical examiner, animal control, solid waste, surveying, capital projects, county parks and libraries).

Members of the County Court (board of commissioners) are paid for a transparent, ethical, diligent, thoughtful, and collaborative performance of public service. Their work is substantially supported by an Administrative Assistant, Finance Officer, Clerk, Treasurer, legal counsel and others, as well as personnel working for regional boards that deliver services to Sherman County.

County commissioners represent the county on state, regional and local boards in a division of responsibilities. These board meetings, annual, quarterly or monthly, are a routine part of the work that commissioners are paid to perform. Commissioners are routinely chosen to chair regional boards and agree to serve in that capacity based on their interest and work load in an informal rotation among counties. Their reports on these meetings are made during regular meetings of the County Court, and are summarized in the minutes.

Sherman County Commissioners are members of the Association of Oregon Counties (AOC). They serve as the Biggs Service District board and on the Public Contract Board of Review, Sherman County Budget Committee and Board of Property Tax Appeals. Service on some assigned boards or committees is ex officio or as a non-voting liaison.

Members of the County Court and its committees and boards are on the same team. As a matter of ethics and integrity, when problems arise, we expect them to be resolved by board members.

For that matter, we’re all on the same team doing what is best for the most people in the county with the resources available to us! We’re all in this together.

3. Oregon Air National Guard deploys Airmen to support Hurricane Florence relief

American flag2PORTLAND, Oregon – Members of the Oregon Air National Guard’s 125th Special Tactics Squadron mobilized to Dover Air Force Base, Delaware, Sept. 12, 2018, to provide humanitarian support for Hurricane Florence relief.

Approximately 12 Oregon Air National Guardsmen departed from the Portland Air National Guard Base at 2:00 p.m. on a California Air National Guard C-130 Hercules aircraft headed to Dover Air Force Base. They will forward deploy from Dover after the Hurricane passes through. The Airmen are prepared to conduct rescue operations as well as reestablish air fields that may become inoperable due to the hurricane.

“This is one of our many missions to protect and serve the United States of America.” said 142nd Fighter Wing Vice Commander Col. Todd Hofford. “We have a very elite group of special operations forces that include Air Force combat controllers and para-rescuemen that have a unique skill set in this time of need.”

Along with the Airmen, the Special Tactics Squadron brought inflatable Zodiac boats, all-terrain vehicles, and mini-bikes to aid in their operations. 

4. Cascade Singers Community Choir Begins Rehearsals

music-notesCascade Singers community choir is beginning its fall season.  The Singers meet under the direction of Miles Thoming-Gale, filling in for long-time director Lloyd Walworth.  Rehearsals take place Sundays from 7 to 9 p.m. at Zion Lutheran Church, 10th and Union Streets, in The Dalles.  One-hour work sessions also happen Thursdays at 7 p.m. at First United Methodist Church.  The fall project is preparation for a holiday concert in December.  Rehearsals are open to all interested singers.  The choir often appears at community events, with formal concerts at Christmas, St. Patrick’s Day, and late spring.

5. Nurturing Self-Esteem

The family is the main place where we develop our self-esteem. It can also be a place where self-esteem withers.

Virginia Satir was a family therapist who influenced and touched people all over the world. She was a pioneer in the study of self-esteem, and had this to say about families: “Feelings of worth flourish in an atmosphere where individual differences are appreciated, mistakes are tolerated, communication is open, and rules are flexible – the kind of atmosphere that is found in a nurturing family.”

But if you grew up in a family where one or both parents were abusive, where there were unresolved mental health problems, or where alcohol or drugs were an issue, you know that family life can be very different from this description. It might be fair to say that most of us have grown up in challenging environments. And these environments can be downright damaging.

Perhaps, now it’s time for you to take on a parenting role, and maybe you’re wondering if you can break the cycle. Or maybe you’ve been a parent for a while and realize you could be doing a better job of it. Whatever your situation, you’ll benefit from taking an honest look at your strengths and limitations. Just because you haven’t experienced a nurturing environment doesn’t mean that you can never learn how to create one. The mere fact that you want to make this type of change puts you that much closer to your goal.

You see, when you acknowledge and accept the past, reach out for new understanding (as you are doing now), and then decide you’d like to raise your children in a better way, you are already breaking the cycle. And you are building your own self-esteem – the first step in helping your own children build theirs. ~The Pacific Institute

6. Sherman County Courthouse Steering Committee Thank You

ShermanCoLogoThe Sherman County Courthouse Facility Project steering committee would like to take this opportunity to thank those who attended the dedication ceremony on Friday, September 7th. There are commemorative pamphlets and bottles of water available at the office of the County Clerk for anyone interested in a keepsake. Again, our thanks to those who made this event a success.
~Debbie Hayden, Brad Lohrey, Ron McDermid

7. Sherman County Court Notes, Aug. 1

ShermanCoLogoBy Administrative Assistant Kayla von Borstel


– This is a very brief outline ONLY of topics considered “public interest”.

– These are NOT OFFICIAL MINUTES. For official minutes and full details, please see the approved minutes posted on the Sherman County website at after the next Court session. Thank you.

The Sherman County Court met in regular session on August 1, 2018, and in conducting the business of the county,

  • Motion by Commissioner McCoy, second by Judge Thompson, to approve Gavenn Lohrey’s project as presented to install clear address markers on houses making them visible from the street as part of his Eagle Scout Program.
  • Motion by Commissioner McCoy, second by Judge Thompson, approve the speed zone order #J7742 for Hilderbrand Lane and the speed zone study #8274 for Scott Canyon/Clark Street.
  • Court reviewed the County Counsel Request for Proposal Submissions. County Court concluded to set up interviews with each firm after August 15th, 2018.
  • Court consensus to continue with Wildlife Services through APHIS for the 2018-2019 year unless otherwise noted.
  • Motion by Commissioner McCoy, second by Judge Thompson, appoint Rick Whitaker to replace Joseph Belshe as Position 3 Training Officer, and to finish out the remainder of the term to expire December 31, 2019, and appoint Carl Langston to replace Julia Belshe as Position 2 Vice Chair, to the Sherman County Ambulance Service Board to finish out the remainder of the term to expire December 31, 2018.  
  • There are several entities involved within the Hemp facility in Grass Valley, and information was provided to the Court just to clarify which entity was in charge of what aspect of the business. Evergreen State Holdings, LLC is the manufacturing company; GV Farm Services, LLC (replaces the name Aurora Gardens) and is the farming company; GV Property Development, LLC is the company who owns the facility at 212 NE North St and is also responsible for opening the Grass Valley Country Market.
  • Sherman County will be loaning Biggs Service District (BSD) interim financing for the Water Systems project. The loan was set at a 4.1% interest rate as requested by the County.
  • County Court concluded to advertise the lots owned in the Asher Subdivision for sale with price based off market value and to be negotiated by the County Judge.
  • Frontier TeleNet brought to the Court’s attention the homes outside of the cities that will not benefit from the fiber to the home project. The wireless system is old and newer version will have the ability to provide more bandwidth while allowing for multiple providers. A rough estimate is set for $75,000 for Day Wireless to provide the work. Commissioner McCoy stated for the record that he would have a possible conflict of interest as he is a rural wireless user. County was interested in looking at the system and obtaining a quote from Day Wireless for the upgrade.