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.