Sherman County eNews #252


  1. Update! Sherman County School Hall of Honor Celebration, Sept. 28

  2. Letter to the Editor: South Sherman Fire & Rescue District Concerns

  3. Tygh Valley Bluegrass Jamboree, September 28-30

  4. ODOT Region 4 Weekly Construction Update

  5. Free Family History Workshop, Oct. 20

  6. More Today than Yesterday

1.Update! Sherman County School Hall of Honor Celebration, Sept. 28

Logo.Sherman High SchoolThere will be a slight change to the schedule of the Hall of Honor Celebration on September 28, 2018.  The Sherman County School District will still be celebrating the induction of four individuals and one foundation into the Sherman County School District Hall of Honor at a reception in the Event Center that will begin at 5:30 p.m. 

There will not be a football game that evening, but the Booster Club will still be serving a Tri-Tip dinner between 5:30-6:15 p.m. and designated speakers will be sharing memories of each honoree beginning at 6:00 p.m. After the speeches have concluded, the induction ceremony will commence immediately following at the same location. The public is welcome to join the celebration at 5:30 p.m. in the Event Center.

Please join us for the $10.00 fundraising dinner to support the Booster Club as we honor all Hall of Honor Inductees. Dinner tickets can be purchased at the door or you may attend the event for free if not purchasing dinner. 

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, Sr.  (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.

2. Letter to the Editor: South Sherman Fire & Rescue District Concerns

Dear Editor,

This is a list of concerns that I have presented to the South Sherman Fire and Rescue Board. These concerns have also been submitted to various agencies and there are already a great number of individuals who have stepped forward regarding these same issues and would like to be heard and do something about these concerns. If anyone also has similar experiences and concerns, please give me a call – Deena Johnson at 541-576-4634 – so I can put you in touch with the appropriate individuals who can hear you.


  • Unfair treatment of the volunteers, with favoritism
  • Withholding of training records, training certifications, and all contracts
  • Wrongful termination
  • Safety of the children in the cadet program
  • Inappropriate sexual situations concerning members as well as cadets
  • Threats of suicide
  • Cussing at the volunteers on the radio, through social media, and in person
  • Physical threat of harm to volunteers and minors
  • Persecution for religious beliefs
  • False reporting to agencies such as DPSST and Oregon Health Authority
  • Having meetings where voodoo dolls are being burned that represent past volunteers or members of other agencies
  • Drunken parties with all the local members of the department that leave the district with absolutely no protection
  • Refusing EMTs the needed medical equipment for patients on crashes
  • Refusing to show up for medical calls in their district, when putting out lots of money to train EMTs
  • Firing people before they can finish training, and then sending them a bill, when the training was paid for with FEMA grant money
  • Some speculation of misuse of department funds
  • Unlawful sales of military surplus equipment that should not be sold to the public
  • Absolutely no way to contact board members directly
  • An elected official on the board and being the paid fire chief
  • Relationships within the department between paid employees
  • Job openings are not advertised for the public to apply
  • Videos of inappropriate conduct.

Deena Johnson


3. Tygh Valley Bluegrass Jamboree, September 28-30


We are looking forward to another wonderful Jamboree and thank you to those wanting to participate in and attend the event.  As you know the Shaniko Preservation Guild sees preserving music as an important cultural goal. We also sponsor The Shaniko Ragtime and Vintage Music Festival in October each year for the same reason.

The educational parts of the Jamboree and the stage performances all serve to teach, inform and allow even new people to experience Bluegrass music which often leads to a desire and motivation to learn to play.  The workshops and slow jam offered by willing musicians are an excellent way for anyone that plays or who is thinking about it, to learn more and enjoy meeting others. 

The challenges and the competitive spirit of the Saturday Band Scramble is fun and the unique creative assembly, becomes a fond festival memory for those playing and those in the audience.                         

FRIDAY, September 28th

5 pm Open Mic (Three songs, sign up at the gate table)

6:30—Corral Creek

7:00 – Youngberg Hill

At 8:10 jamboree host band, Kathy Boyd and Phoenix Rising & Friends

SATURDAY, September 29th

Workshops 9 am

Band Scramble 10 am to 12:30

Lunch Break – 12:30 to 2 pm

Lunch Jam – Noon to 2 pm in Dew Drop Inn

Slow Jam 2 pm up by the entrance area & Open Mic on stage

Afternoon Bluegrass Show

3:00 to 3:50 – Rose City Bluegrass                 

4:00 to 4:50 – Green Mountain Boys & Friends

Dinner Break – 5 to 6:30

Fundraiser BBQ – $10.00 per plate or two for $18 – Children under 12 $5

Evening Roundup

6:30 to 7:20 –  Porcupine Ridge

7:30 to 8:20 – Sunny South

8:30 to 9:25 – Fadin’ By Nine

9:30 – Drawings, Grand Prize & Lifetime pass 

SUNDAY, September 30th


Open Mic set

9 am – Phil & Front Porch Bluegrass Band,

9:30-10 am (3 bands, 3 songs each),

10:00 am – Corral Creek

10:30 am— Jericho Road

11 am – Mud Springs Gospel Band

Noon – Dick, Dave & Dallas (Three-Ds)

1 pm – Kathy Boyd & Phoenix Rising & Scavenger Hunt presentation

Work shops 

Assemble at the stage area at 9 am Saturday morning. No instruments required; if you are thinking about playing, sit in on a beginning class

Beginning Banjo 5-string by Chuck Holloway 

Beginning to early intermediate Guitar by Dave Peterson of Puddletown Ramblers 

Clawhammer Banjo by Martha Stone 

Dobro by Danny Lee Allison

Intermediate to Advanced Banjo by Mike Stahlman of Sunny South

Advanced Guitar by TBA

Beginning Upright Acoustic Bass  by Ken Luse 

Beginning Fiddle by Tim Crosby of Kathy Boyd & Phoenix Rising 

Intermediate to Advanced Fiddle – Katie Lubiens of Porcupine Ridge

Dobro by Danny Lee Allison

Harmonica by Dennis Nelson of Kathy Boyd & Phoenix Rising 

Mandolin by TBA

Uke by Tom Tower of Kathy Boyd & Phoenix Rising  

Camping hook up (electric, water, sewer) reservations are being handled by volunteer, Joanne Heare or leave preferences at the gate in a note to her.  Dry land camping is abundant, no reservations required. 

Thanks for helping us cover the expenses each year and for the preserving efforts you help the Shaniko Preservation Guild with.  Weekend Music Passes for 2018 will be the same (prepaid) $25 per person, otherwise $30 at the gate. The Shaniko Preservation Guild, PO Box 123, Shaniko, OR 97057   Event Line 541-489-3434

4. ODOT Region 4 Weekly Construction Update

Week of September 24, 2018 – Selected Counties
The Oregon Department of Transportation is committed to providing a safe, efficient transportation system. ODOT invests in Oregon’s future through roadway improvement projects. The following projects are located in ODOT’s Region 4 encompassing Central Oregon from The Dalles to Klamath Falls on the east side of the Cascades. 

All work is dependent on weather conditions and schedules are subject to change.

Where traffic is routed through or around a work zone, pedestrians, including those with disabilities, will also be provided alternate routes through the work zone.

Jefferson County

US 97: US 26 Jct. to NW 10th Street (Madras – Terrebonne) – Knife River is complete except for corrective work. There may be passing lanes closed at the Crooked River Bridge, as well as shoulder work during the day.

US 97: Spanish Hollow Creek & Trout Creek Bridges – Stellar J Corporation is performing bridge replacement work. Traffic is reduced to a single lane through the work zone and is controlled by temporary signals, minor delays anticipated. Occasional flagger controlled one-way traffic may be required.

Sherman County

US 97: Spanish Hollow Creek & Trout Creek Bridges

  • US 97 at MP 0.4 – Stellar J Corporation is completing bridge removal, pile driving, and the first stage of bridge construction. One-way traffic will be controlled continuously by a temporary signal. Occasional flagger controlled one-way traffic may be required.
  • US 97 at MP 3.1 and 3.2 – Stellar J Corporation is completing seismic retrofit substructure work. Occasional flagger controlled one-way traffic may be required. Expect minimal Delays.

US 97: Shaniko to Trout Creek – High Desert Aggregate and Paving will be performing single closures to pave the travel lanes on US 97 Sunday through Thursday from 7pm – 7am between MP 69.50 to MP 75. The Contractor will be controlling traffic with pilot cars and flaggers. Expect 10 – 20 minute delays.


Region 4 Curve Warning Signs – Baker Rock Resources will be installing signs on the Shaniko to Fossil Highways (OR 218). Traffic can expect one-way traffic with flaggers and delays of up to 20 minutes.

5. Free Family History Workshop, Oct. 20

The Columbia Gorge Genealogical Society and the Family History Center are co-sponsoring a FREE Family History Workshop on Saturday, October 20, 2018 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints in Hood River. The workshop is for all levels of genealogy research from beginners to advanced. There will be door prizes and lunch may be purchased for $5.00 or you may bring your own. Classes include Beginning Genealogy, DNA, using foreign records, using Facebook for family history and more. 

The church is located on 1825 May Street in Hood River. Registration begins at 8:30am, workshop begins at 9:00am and runs till 2:00pm. Public is welcome!

6. More Today than Yesterday

Today, let’s talk about one of the most powerful techniques available for personal growth – and it works for individuals, teams, organizations, communities, even nations. And you, as a leader in any of these categories, have the capacity to spark tremendous, purposeful change.

It is a simple technique that has incredible power to change lives and expand potential. In fact, there may be nothing that has more power to inspire positive change. It’s a technique you can use to help your own life grow richer and to help others, as well.

When you can see yourself, not as you are, but as you can become, you stimulate incredible growth and previously unbelievable change. People who find life exciting and who continue to grow and expand their accomplishments are people who have an expanding self-image.

Now this doesn’t mean that you go around completely out of touch with reality. But it does mean that you have a vision of reality that includes not just the past and the present, but also the future. It also means that your primary focus is not on what you are today, but what you can be tomorrow. It is this technique, this ability that motivates people to grow, to surpass themselves, to break records, to change in positive, exciting ways.

After all, if you can’t see it, how can you be it? This is what you want to do for your children, friends, relatives, co-workers – indeed, all whom your life touches. Keep painting a vivid mental picture for them of all that they can be and do. Let them know you believe in their abilities, and watch them move toward that picture.

Help them be more today than they were yesterday, and on their way to a greater tomorrow. ~The Pacific Institute