Sherman County eNews #246


  1. Sherman County eNews Policies

  2. Sherman County School District Staff, Student, Community Recognition

  3. Notice. City of Wasco Council Vacancy

  4. Notice. Gilliam-Wheeler County Farm Service Agency Program Technician

  5. Fundraising Basics

  6. Pump Up Your Financial Fitness, Women in Ag Conference, Oct. 27

  7. A Trio for Effective Change

  8. Home Inventory Week: Tasks to Save Time, Money & Stress Following Disaster

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

1. Sherman County eNews Policies

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. Text, please; no posters or flyers. Keep it relevant, no longer than 350 words.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR. 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.

2. Sherman County School District Staff, Student, Community Recognition

~Sherman County School District, September 10, 2018

We are extremely fortunate to have gracious staff and community members who support our school and students. While it is possible that we may periodically miss an opportunity to thank someone, we sincerely appreciate the commitment of all of our supporters.

We would like to recognize the following people for their devotion to our schools, students, staff and community.

  • The entire school district staff for an amazing start to the 2018-19 school year.
  • Bank of Eastern Oregon for donating school supplies and backpacks.
  • Mike Somnis for his leadership and work preparing for the 2018-19 school year.
  • Mike Somnis and Karissa Gorham for their work making the Fall Sports Parent Orientation Night successful and informative.
  • Mid-Columbia Bus Company, PTO, and the Booster Club for hosting an information booth at our Back to School Night.
  • Thank you to all of our fall coaches, volunteers and supporters for their outstanding work with our students.
  • Mid-Columbia Medical Center for providing a certified trainer for our athletic program. We appreciate Joe Lanzetti and his work with our student athletes.
  • Thank you to Jeremy Lanthorn for his continued commitment to photograph Sherman athletes for the sports programs and taking our staff photo.
  • Mid-Columbia Bus Company manager, Kelsey Kopczynski, for the excellent communication regarding transportation services.
  • Darcy Henry and Sabrina Norris for their work preparing the meals for our District In-Service and Back to School Night.
  • Carrie Somnis and all of the student volunteers for helping at Back to School Night.
  • Sherman students for their outstanding efforts at the County Fair.
  • Sherman County Fair Board for another great County Fair in support of Sherman students.
  • Sherman Elementary PTO for the welcome back to school treats.
  • Claire Ranit from The Gorge Resiliency Network and Ariana Bradley for conducting our Trauma Informed Practices Workshop.
  • Lions Club for taking tickets at sporting events.
  • Sergeant Burgett and Trenton Mason for conducting the Stop the Bleed course.
  • Congratulations to Sherman County on the dedication of the renovated courthouse. The ceremony was outstanding and a momentous occasion for the citizens of our County.

We truly appreciate the amazing support we receive from so many thoughtful people. Thank you to everyone in our great community and school district for your continued support! When you have time please visit our Sherman County School District Web Page for the monthly appreciation comments.


3. Notice. City of Wasco Council Vacancy

Effective 9-18-18 The City of Wasco is looking to fill a City Council Vacancy.

Position will be the remainder of the Councilors term which has 27 months remaining, the Term ends on 12-31-2020.

Interested parties will need to send or bring a letter of Interest to City Hall, all applicants letters will be read by remaining Council Members at the October 16th Council Meeting. After deliberation, they will choose the Council seats replacement.

1. Have residency within the City for a continuous period of 12 months immediately preceding election or appointment.
2. Be registered to vote within the City for 12 continuous months immediately preceding election or appointment
3. Continue residency within the City during any term of office
4. Not be an employee of the City unless:
A. The employee’s position is substantially volunteer in nature, or
B. The employee’s position is temporary, to serve at the will of Council, or
C. The employee’s position is to fill an interim vacancy

Letters will be accepted: In person, by fax, email or mail. Interest Letters will need to be received by October 16th at 5:00p.m. to qualify.

If you have any questions please contact Ali Roark
Phone: 541-442-5515
Fax: 541-442-5001
City Hall Hours: 8:30a.m. To 5:00p.m. Monday – Thursday.

4. Notice. Gilliam-Wheeler County Farm Service Agency Program Technician


The Gilliam-Wheeler County Farm Service Agency (FSA) is accepting applications for a permanent Program Technician in Condon, Oregon. Applications will be accepted beginning September 19, 2018 and closing October 3, 2018. Salary range of $26,587 – $53,773 per year based on qualifications and experience. A copy of the vacancy announcement and application may be obtained on line by visiting: . For more information please contact the FSA Office at 541-384-4251 ext 2.  The Federal Service offers a comprehensive benefits package.  Explore the benefits offered to most Federal employees at:

5. Fundraising Basics


  1. Were you recruited to the fundraising committee of your board?
  2. Were you recruited to the board without being told fundraising was your responsibility?
  3. Did you recently add fundraising tasks to your other work?
  4. Do you have a great idea to improve your community but need money to do it?
  5. Do you find that you know less about fundraising than you wish?

Here are the three most important things to know about fundraising right up front:

  1. People give when they are asked, and rarely give when they are not. Even when people are asked, they don’t always give. So, you need to ask for more gifts than the number you need to bring in, and you need to be comfortable with people saying “No.”
  2. Donors are not ATMs. You need to thank them and keep them posted on what your organization is doing with their money if you want them to give more than once.
  3. You can’t raise all the money your group needs by yourself. Spend some time building a team of people to help you.

If you don’t have time to thank donors, you don’t have time to have donors.

6. Pump Up Your Financial Fitness, Women in Ag Conference, Oct. 27

“Pump Up Your Financial Fitness” is the theme for the seventh annual Women in Agriculture Conference, to be held Saturday October 27, 2018.  This conference is designed for all women farmers and anyone who works with women farmers.  If you have been farming for years, are a new and aspiring farmer, a banker, lender or anyone in the agricultural industry, this conference is for you!

Join us for this one-day conference that will be engaging, interactive, full of inspiration, learning and networking with other women farmers.  The conference is held simultaneously in 34 locations throughout Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington. Locally, the closest location is in The Dalles.  Registration is now open, visit  Cost is $30 for “early bird” registration by October 14; $35 after October 15.  Discounts are available for ag students, farm interns and 4-H and FFA members.

For more information, to find event locations or to register, visit or contact us at WSU Extension.

7. A Trio for Effective Change

Are you planning to make a change in yourself? Today, let’s take a look at some vital tips on how to go about getting the best results.

Maybe you want to lose weight, get into good physical shape, or quit smoking. Maybe you’d like to learn to do something new, or do something you already do a little bit better. Maybe you want to work on your anger, like we talked about yesterday. Whatever it is you want to do, there are three things we now know about self-directed change that can help you.

First, set goals that aren’t too big, too difficult, or too distant. Your long-term goal may be to lose 50 pounds by next summer, but a better goal might be to lose somewhere between 5 and 10 this month (remember to be specific about the number). Next, carefully monitor yourself so you always know how you’re doing. Record your weight daily. Keep track of everything you eat and what you do to burn calories. Remember, “What gets measured, gets done.”

By the way, don’t waste energy beating yourself up when you slip or fail. It turns out the kind of feedback that works the best is the kind that emphasizes what you are doing right, not how you blew it. And we do seem to learn more, and sustain the learning, from our mistakes. Keep your focus on the goal, that picture of exactly what you want to achieve.

Finally, reward yourself for reaching minor goals and give yourself meaningful incentives to keep going. Short-term goals, careful monitoring, and rewards and incentives are three things that help you to change.

One more thought and it may be the most important of all: believe in your ability to achieve your goal. If you don’t believe you can lose five pounds in 30 days, you won’t put much energy into trying. And the chances of falling back onto old habits are pretty strong. So go ahead, and start now. Get after those changes you want! ~The Pacific Institute

8. Home Inventory Week: Tasks to Save Time, Money & Stress Following Disaster

(Salem) – More than 500,000 acres have been burned, and approximately 4,000 Oregonians have been warned to evacuate their homes this wildfire season. Over 300 earthquakes have also shaken the state this year, including a 6.2 magnitude quake just off the coast in August. These alarming facts mean it is critical for Oregonians to get prepared for both natural and human-caused disasters.

National Preparedness Month has arrived, and Sept. 16-22 is Home Inventory Week. This week is designated to an often overlooked part of disaster preparation, protecting your personal property.

To recognize this week, the Oregon Division of Financial Regulation encourages Oregonians to do two simple tasks that will save time, money, and stress when disaster strikes:

  1. Build a home inventory – Take video or photos of each room in your home, paying close attention to walls, drawers, closets, and storage areas. Recalling your personal property is a daunting task following a disaster. A home inventory eases the post-disaster stress, and enables your insurance company to move forward with processing your claim.
  2. Review your insurance coverage – Take time to discuss your policies with your insurance company or agent. Make sure you have the right coverage and know what to expect when you file a claim for disasters such as fire, earthquake, flood, tornado, theft, and ice storms.

“These simple projects are easy to do, and should be an essential part of every Oregonian’s disaster prep,” said Insurance Commissioner Andrew Stolfi. “Home Inventory Week is an ideal time to add these money-saving, stress-reducing tasks to your to-do list.”

Oregonians are encouraged to visit for videos, apps, and resources to help complete these simple tasks. The site also provides social media tools to help residents share their experience and encourage their families, friends, and neighbors to get prepared as well.

The division is joined in this effort by the League of Oregon Cities, Oregon Sheriffs Association, Oregon Office of Emergency Management, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.                                                                                                          ###

About DCBS: The Department of Consumer and Business Services is Oregon’s largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. For more information, visit

About Oregon DFR: The Division of Financial Regulation is part of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, Oregon’s largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. Visit and

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