Sherman County eNews #286


  1. FREE Hazardous Waste (+ E-WASTE) Event for Households, Ag Producers and Businesses, Nov. 2

  2. Klindt’s Booksellers & Stationers Hosts Northwest Author Festival, Nov. 3

  3. Studded tire season in Oregon begins Nov. 1

  4. Passion and Determination

  5. Union Pacific Foundation boosts CGCC welding

  6. A Positive Mental Attitude

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

“Let each citizen remember at the moment he is offering his vote that he is not making a present or a compliment to please an individual — or at least that he ought not so to do; but that he is executing one of the most solemn trusts in human society for which he is accountable to God and his country.”        —Samuel Adams (1781)

1. FREE Hazardous Waste (+ E-WASTE) Event for Households, Ag Producers and Businesses, Nov. 2

WHAT:  Get rid of unwanted hazardous waste, electronics and medicine, too

WHEN:  Friday, November 2, 10am-2pm

WHERE:   Wasco School Events Center, Wasco, OR


Paints and stains of all types      

Yard, garden, pool and spa chemicals

Cleaners, disinfectants, solvents and glues

Automotive fluids (antifreeze, brake fluids, motor oil, etc…)

Art and hobby chemicals

Fluorescent lamps, CFL bulbs and ballasts

Propane bottles and tanks

Old gasoline

Fire extinguishers

Batteries (all types)

ELECTRONICS   Only Accepted Items:

Computers, Monitors, Laptops/Tablets, TV’s, Keyboards, Printers, Mice, and Cell Phones


Unwanted prescriptions, over-the-counter medications, vitamins, nutritional supplements, and pet medicines. NO sharps (Free sharps disposal for households at: Hood River Transfer Station, Dalles Disposal, Moro Medical Clinic)

Items NOT Accepted

Explosives, ammunition, asbestos (call us to find out how to dispose of)

*Businesses —Although FREE, pre-registration is required for businesses.

This helps our contractor bring the proper supplies. To Register, please contact:

Stericycle Environmental Service at (360) 772-2838,

2. Klindt’s Booksellers & Stationers Hosts Northwest Author Festival, Nov. 3

books.boy Saturday, November 3rd, 2018  3– 5PM

Oregon’s oldest bookstore, Klindt’s Booksellers, is excited to host the Northwest Author Festival on Saturday, November 3rd from 3-5PM. This annual celebration features authors who live and write here in the Pacific Northwest.

This year we will host twelve authors, each with a new title to celebrate. Authors will be stationed around the store and eager to meet readers, answer questions, and sign books. The festival will feature titles from diverse genres, so you are sure to find just the right book for everyone on your holiday gift list.

With authors spanning multiple genres, from local history to cooking, from children’s picture books to young adult fiction, there will be something for readers of all ages to enjoy. Our 2018 line-up includes:

  1. Pat Barry. Bonneville Lock & Dam: A Gift from the People of the Great Depression. Local Interest/History.
  2. Virginia Boecker. An Assassin’s Guide to Love and Treason. Young Adult Fiction.
  3. Jane Gibson. Gardener at Heart. Poetry.
  4. Wendy Gorton. 50 Hikes with Kids: Oregon and Washington.
  5. Darryl Lloyd. Ever Wild: A Lifetime on Mt. Adams.
  6. Dennis McGregor. You Stole My Name. Children’s Picture Book.
  7. Gretchen McLellan. I’m Done! Children’s Picture Book.
  8. Peter Nathaniel Malae. Son of Amity.
  9. Deborah Reed. The Days When Birds Come Back.
  10. Charlene Rivers. Parkdale Palette: Seasons.
  11. Aron Nels Steinke. Wolf’s Class. Middle Grade/Graphic Novel.
  12. Lee Weinstein. Open. Act. Personal Development.

Authors are happy to write personal messages in books. If you would like signed books but can’t make the festival, just give us a call. Our staff can get books signed for you and we’ll hold them for later pick up.

We hope to see you at the Northwest Author Festival on November 3rd from 3-5PM at Klindt’s Booksellers. The event is free and open to the public.

3. Studded tire season in Oregon begins Nov. 1

The studded tire season in Oregon begins Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018 and runs through March 31, 2019. 

ODOT encourages drivers to consider other types of traction tires or chains. If you must travel when weather conditions present difficulties, use other types of traction tires or chains, or postpone your travel until conditions change for the better. Our latest study (2014) concluded studded tires cause about $8.5 million in damage each year on state highways.

Alternatives to studded tires

  • Chains: Link chains, cable chains or other devices that attach to the wheel, vehicle, or outside of the tire that are specifically designed to increase traction on snow and ice. Drivers should note that link chains may not be recommended for use on some types of vehicles; check your owner’s manual.
  • Other traction tires: Other types of traction tires are available. These traction tires meet Rubber Manufacturers Association standards for use in severe snow conditions and carry a special symbol on the tire sidewall showing a three-peaked mountain and snowflake. They work about as well as studded tires on ice, but work better than studded tires or regular tires in most other winter conditions. And they cause no more damage to road surfaces than regular tires.

Know before you go: Please visit or call 511 for the latest road conditions. ODOT provides bad-weather driving tips and how-to videos online:

4. Passion and Determination

How badly do you want to succeed in life? Let’s look at the importance of passion and determination in getting what you want.

Do you know anyone who is afraid to want something very badly for fear that they may be terribly disappointed if they don’t get it? Maybe you feel this way sometimes yourself. This kind of negative thinking can sabotage your efforts and create a self-fulfilling prophecy.

Many years ago, a young man, who wanted to become a lawyer, wrote to Abraham Lincoln for advice. Lincoln replied, “If you are resolutely determined to make a lawyer of yourself, the thing is more than half done already. Always bear in mind that your resolution to succeed is more important than any other thing.”

You see, one of the qualities that separates many successful people from extremely talented people who fail, is the sheer force of their will, their passion, and their overwhelming desire. Tommy Lasorda (of U.S. baseball fame) is fond of saying, “Races are not won by the fastest athletes; fights are not won by the strongest men. But the races are won, and the fights are won, by those who want to win most of all.”

Willpower may not always override talent, but it is the factor that causes people of ordinary ability to accomplish extraordinary things. Another quote from the 90-year old Mr. Lasorda: “The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a person’s determination.” You see, the challenge is in your mindset.

If your goal, or your dream, is strong enough to generate your passion, are you willing to change the way you think, in order to achieve it? Is your thinking flexible enough to take a thorough exploration of how you do things today, how you think today, and then make changes in perspective to get you on the road to where you want to go? ~The Pacific Institute 

5. Union Pacific Foundation boosts CGCC welding

Welding students at Columbia Gorge Community College’s campus in The Dalles will hone their skills with an expanded array of equipment thanks to a $12,900 contribution from Union Pacific Foundation.

The contribution to Columbia Gorge Community College Foundation will be used to purchase additional “stick” welders and more advanced equipment used in alloy welding. There are 10 welding booths in the college’s welding lab, which opened in 2014 as part of the Ft. Dalles Readiness Center; Sherman County provided an initial contribution of $100,000 to launch the welding classes.

Union Pacific Foundation’s investment is through the Foundation’s “Community Ties” grants program focused on workforce development, and will enable the college to increase the number of students receiving basic and advanced welding instruction. Coursework includes manufacturing processes, blueprint reading and CAD design. The Dalles High School instructor Robert Clark teaches the class, which is open to area high school students as well as students enrolled at CGCC.

Union Pacific announced its “Community Ties” program in April 2018, increasing its contributions to $30 million in grants and partnerships. Union Pacific connects 10,000 customers in 23 states across the western United States. Columbia Gorge Community College Foundation supports scholarships, facilities and academic programming at Columbia Gorge Community College under the guidance of a volunteer board. Its mission is “to build dreams, transform lives and cultivate respectful relationships that promote lifelong learning.”

6. A Positive Mental Attitude

No one could ride a horse if the horse discovered its real strength. The same thing is true for people. Horses are massive, gentle creatures who are by far larger and stronger than the men and women who handle them, yet they docilely obey the commands they are given. It doesn’t seem logical that a large, powerful animal would allow itself to be mastered by a human being, yet we have been able to use our intelligence to dominate the animal kingdom. You can use these same forces to allow the positive side of yourself to dominate the negative. A Positive Mental Attitude allows you to tap the source of great power that resides within you, enabling you to accomplish things you never before believed were possible. ~Napoleon Hill Foundation

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

Sisters, Oregon, Nugget News: Support for Walden

Opinion. Oregon’s Sanctuary State Status Bad Public Policy

Prager U.: Illegal Immigration: It’s About Power


Sherman County eNews #285


  1. Kids’ Gym at Wasco School Events Center

  2. Notice. Sherman County Court, Grant Housing Review Committee Meeting, Nov. 6

  3. Introducing New Provider at Sherman County Medical Clinic

  4. Teaching Value and Respect

  5. Rep. Walden to Join Secretary of the Air Force at Kingsley Field, Klamath Falls

  6. Letter to the Editor: Mike Smith for Sherman County Judge

  7. Oregon Law: Newspaper in Which Public Notice May Be Published

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

1. Kids’ Gym at Wasco School Events Center

boy.telephonetalkBeginning this Friday, and continuing most every Friday through March, WSEC will be hosting “Kids Gym.”   This will be an opportunity for parents and their pre-school children to play inside for a couple of hours when the weather is too cold to be outside.   Kid Gym will go from 10 a.m. to noon, and parents who attend with their pre-schooler(s) will need to sign a release form to participate. Cost is $5/week, or free if you are a member of the WSEC Fitness Center. This is not a babysitting service; children must be accompanied by an adult.   Feel free to bring toys, trikes, etc. for your child(ren) to play with. 

2. Notice. Sherman County Court, Grant Housing Review Committee Meeting, Nov. 6

ShermanCoLogoThe Sherman County Court and the Grant Housing Review Committee will hold a joint Work Session on November 6, 2018, at 10 a.m. in the Commissioners Meeting Room at the Sherman County Courthouse, 500 Court Street, Moro, Oregon, 97039.

3. Introducing New Provider at Sherman County Medical Clinic

The Sherman County Medical Clinic is thrilled to announce the newest member of the Clinic team! Christina Rust DPT, PT, MS, PA-C will be joining the practice in November as a medical provider.

Ms. Rust graduated from the University of Washington MEDEX Northwest Physician Assistant program in August of this year. She is relocating to this area from Sandpoint, Idaho to be closer to family. She is the second oldest of 8 children and 4 of her siblings currently live in the Columbia gorge area. Prior to returning to PA school, Christina was an orthopedic physical therapist. She graduated from Creighton University in 1996 with the nation’s first Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. Her specialties included sports, orthopedics, work injuries, back pain and arthritis. At the Sherman County Medical Clinic, she plans on expanding the current general family practice to include a more robust women’s health program. In her free time, Christina loves spending time outdoors enjoying such activities as hiking, biking, skiing, kayaking and paddle boarding. Having grown up in a rural, small town, Christina is excited about providing much needed medical services in Sherman County and is looking forward meeting the patients.

At this time, the Sherman County Medical Clinic is also announcing the retirement of long-time medical provider, Mark Corey. Mr. Corey has been an asset to this community and has helped broaden healthcare services in Sherman County. Mr. Corey has spent the last 11 years skillfully tending to the needs of his patients and will continue to do so through the end of December 2018. He will be missed by many. We wish him the best in all his future endeavors!

4. Teaching Value and Respect

In the decade between 2006 and 2016, teen suicide in the U.S. soared over 70%, according to the Centers for Disease Control this past March. And while some adults are able to ignore the steady stream of negative social media, it is the rare teen who can. “Cyber-bullying” – that instant proliferation of vicious “text assault” by their peers – has become one serious cause of the despair that leads to teen suicide. And unfortunately, there does not seem to be an end in sight, despite the efforts of social media platforms to filter the worst of the bullying.

Are there solutions? Well, there are ideas. Short-term “band-aid” approaches can only offer short-term help. What is needed is an early intervention approach. It starts with teaching our children, at the earliest of ages, to value and respect each other. Parents, grandparents, older siblings – it is our responsibility to help guide those younger citizens in what is acceptable behavior. More than that, it is our accountability to teach them how to positively interact with each other, using ourselves as examples. Every interaction we have becomes a learning opportunity for our youth.

Additionally, we are accountable to get outside of ourselves and pay attention to those around us. If we take the time to stop, watch and listen, we will raise our own awareness of those who are silently screaming for help, and be able to offer an uplifting word, or some kind, gentle attention. It’s the feeling that no one cares that hastens the slide into that downward spiral.

The downward spiral is an early-warning system. Early recognition can provide the opportunity to stop the slide. We then work to bring ourselves back to the “surface,” perhaps avoiding a full-blown depression. This early detection also gives us the opportunity to get help from someone with professional experience.

Life is precious, and as far as anyone knows, we only get one shot at it here on earth. We all have contributions to make. The talents and abilities you possess, your character and personality have a purpose. They are a major part of the contribution you make, every day, to the world around you. Does one life truly count? Of course, it does! Every minute of every day! ~The Pacific Institute

5. Rep. Walden to Join Secretary of the Air Force at Kingsley Field, Klamath Falls 

American flag2Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson to join Walden in Klamath Falls to meet with base commanders, troops, and local veterans

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Representative Greg Walden (R-Hood River) today announced that the Secretary of the Air Force, Heather Wilson, will visit Kingsley Field Air National Guard Base in Klamath Falls this weekend on invitation from Representative Walden. Secretary Wilson will join Walden in Klamath Falls to meet with the troops and commanders at Kingsley Field to learn more about the home of Oregon Air National Guard’s 173rd Fighter Wing, including the base’s capability to become a future home of a next-generation fighter jet, such as the F-35.

“I am proud to announce that, for the first time in the base’s history, the Secretary of the United States Air Force is coming to Kingsley Field,” said Walden. “Kingsley Field plays a vital role in America’s military readiness and the local economy, and enjoys overwhelming support from the community in Klamath Falls. Secretary Wilson will get a firsthand look at the expansive air space, top-grade military infrastructure, and the unmatched work ethic of Kingsley’s leaders and the troops stationed here, and learn more about why the base is a fitting home for the F-35. Secretary Wilson and I served together in the House of Representatives, and we have been working together over several months with Colonel Jeff Smith and the Oregon Air National Guard to make this visit a success. I appreciate Secretary Wilson’s willingness to spend the time here on the ground in Klamath Falls to get a better understanding of the military capabilities, vast training space, and broad community support that make Kingsley Field integral to our national defense strategy and uniquely suited for the F-35.”

This announcement comes less than two weeks after Representative Walden invited the Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, Mac Thornberry (R-TX), to Kingsley Field to meet with commanders at Kingsley and hear about their priorities for the base. Representative Walden has been a steadfast advocate in Congress for maintaining a military presence at Kingsley Field and ensuring the base has the long-term support it needs to succeed into the future.

The upcoming visit by Secretary Wilson represents the first time that an Air Force Secretary has been to Kingsley Field since the construction of the base in 1928. Kingsley Field and the United States Air Force recently secured a 77-year lease with the City of Klamath Falls to ensure a military presence at the base until 2095. This represents the longest lease currently established between the Air Force and a military base in the United States.

Secretary Wilson will join Representative Walden at Kingsley Field on Saturday, November 3. Further details on the agenda of the visit will be provided in the coming days.

6. Letter to the Editor: Mike Smith for Sherman County Judge

pencil.sharpI am writing to ask you to vote for Mike Smith for Sherman County Judge because of all the things he has done for our county and continues to do. As Commissioner Mike lead the effort to bring fiber optics into the County. This is the reason we are going to have fiber to the homes in all the cities. That will also make a big difference to houses like mine out in the country because less people will be using the wireless.

A problem we had at the Fair was the Court had always made the Fair Board spend its money on maintaining the buildings as well as putting on a Fair. Mike was the one who figured out the County was responsible for the buildings. He was able to get the Court to give us money for the buildings so the Fair Board could spend its funds putting on a better Sherman County Fair. It’s all in the Court minutes for you to find out for yourselves.

Mike continues to find ways to help the County. He even has a group now that would help out kids and bring over 50 jobs to the County.

For these reasons and many more I ask you to vote for Mike Smith as Sherman County Judge.

Ted Sabey

7. Oregon Law: Newspaper in Which Public Notice May Be Published


2017 ORS 193.020¹ [Also see ORS 193.010 to 193.030]

ORS 193.010: Newspaper – Definition:

“Newspaper” means a newspaper of general circulation, published in the English language for the dissemination of local or transmitted news or for the dissemination of legal news, made up of at least four pages of at least five columns each, with type matter of a depth of at least 14 inches, or, if smaller pages, then comprising an equivalent amount of type matter, which has bona fide subscribers representing more than half of the total distribution of copies circulated, or distribution verified by an independent circulation auditing firm, and which has been established and regularly and uninterruptedly published at least once a week during a period of at least 12 consecutive months immediately preceding the first publication of the public notice. Interrupted publication because of labor-management disputes, fire, flood or the elements for a period not to exceed 120 days, either before or after a newspaper is qualified for publication of public notices, shall not affect such qualification. [Amended by 1979 c.760 §1; subsection (1) renumbered 174.104 (“Public notice” defined) in 1999]

Newspaper in which public notice may be published:

(1)Any public notice of any description, the publication of which is now or hereafter required by law, shall be published in any newspaper, as defined in ORS 193.010 (Definitions for ORS 193.010 and 193.020), which is published within the county, city of which any part lies within that county, city, district or other jurisdiction where the action, suit or other proceeding is pending, or is to be commenced or had, or in which the legal publication is required to be given.

(2)If publication in only one newspaper is required by law, and if more than one newspaper fulfills the requirements of subsection (1) of this section, the public notice shall be published in that newspaper which the moving party considers best suited to give actual notice. However, nothing in this subsection prohibits the publication in more than one newspaper if desired by the moving party.

(3)If no newspaper is published within the county, city, district or jurisdiction where the action, suit or other proceeding is pending, or is to be commenced or had, or in which the legal publication is required to be given, public notice shall be published in:

(a)The newspaper published nearest to such county, city, district or jurisdiction; or

(b)Any publication that is published in such county, city, district or jurisdiction and that satisfies all the requirements for being a newspaper except that it is published less than once a week but not less than once a month.

(4)If more than one newspaper or publication fulfills the requirements of subsection (3) of this section, the public notice shall be published in that newspaper or publication which the moving party considers most effective for providing actual notice. [Amended by 1963 c.432 §1; 1979 c.760 §2; 1983 c.831 §1]

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

Watch Your Language: Word Play Gets Folks Pun-ished

Why Young Americans Are Drawn to Socialism


Sherman County eNews #284


  1. What’s Coming Up at Sherman County Public/School Library

  2. Dewey Thomas to celebrate 104th Birthday, Nov. 3

  3. Notice. Sherman County Court Session, Nov. 7

  4. Notice. Biggs Service District Public hearing, Nov. 7

  5. Notice. Sherman County Court Regular Session Minutes Online, Sept. 19

  6. Common Ground

  7. Oregon’s Poet Laureate offers reading at college, Nov. 14

 1. What’s Coming Up at Sherman County Public/School Library

The Library is open School Hours – 8am-4pm Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, 8am-7pm Tuesday and Thursday, 10am-4pm Saturday

Community Preschool Storytime – Every Tuesday at 10am
Join us for Preschool Storytime and crafts. Ages 0-6.

YA Art Club
THURSDAY after school in the library.
Grades 6-12.
When it’s over, catch the 5:00 activity bus.

Crafts in Stacks – November Gifting Event – Saturdays
Each craft costs $5 and all supplies are included.
Crafts are open to all ages, younger children will need their grownup to help them. This is a great way for kids and adults to make personalized gifts for loved ones. Please sign up for the craft you want by the Friday before each craft. You may bring your money the day of the craft.

This project is made possible, in part, with funding from the Sherman County Cultural Coalition.

November 3 at 1pm – Customized Picture Frames
Bring a digital photo to print or a 5×7 photo ready to frame. We will paint our frames. You can choose your own short quote or bring a picture or hard copy of a loved one’s hand writing and we will cut it in vinyl and add it to the frame.

November 3 at 2:30 – Hand Painted Enamel Mugs
Free hand paint or use a stencil to create your own dishwasher safe mug.

November 10 at 1pm – Peg People Ornaments
Create your own peg people ornaments, you may paint as many as you have time for.

November 10 at 2:30 – Glitter Ornaments
We will add glitter to the inside of ball ornaments and add a name, small quote or initials to the outside. Once complete it will not leave glitter where ever you go!

November 17 at 2pm – Leather Earrings
Create your own customized faux leather earrings, you will have your choice of colors and designs. You may add glitter, paint, vinyl or beads to make them unique.

2. Dewey Thomas to celebrate 104th Birthday, Nov. 3

Friends and family are invited to the Lean To Café on Saturday, November 3, 2018, at 10:00 am for cake and coffee. No gifts please!

3. Notice. Sherman County Court Session, Nov. 7

ShermanCoLogoThe Sherman County Court session scheduled for Wednesday, November 7, 2018, at 9:00 a.m. will be held in the Commissioners Meeting Room at the Sherman County Courthouse, 500 Court Street, Moro, Oregon, 97039.  The agenda, including updates, will be posted on the Sherman County Website at

4. Notice. Biggs Service District Public hearing, Nov. 7

The Biggs Service District will hold a Public Hearing November 7th at 8:30 am in the Commissioners Meeting Room at Sherman County Courthouse, 500 Court Street in Moro Oregon 97039, for the first reading of Ordinance 11-7-18, establishing regulation regarding connections, operations, and rates for water service for the Biggs Service District. Following the hearing, regular business items for Biggs Service District and/or the Biggs Service District Water System Project will be addressed.

5. Notice. Sherman County Court Regular Session Minutes Online, Sept. 19

Approved minutes for the September 5, 2018 Regular Session and the September 19, 2018 Regular Session are now available in the Archive of County Court Meeting Minutes

6. Common Ground

Do you believe that opposites attract? There are a lot of opinions on this very subject, from both “yes” and “no” answers.

One of the ways we build alliances and strong relationships with others is to build on what we have in common. Abraham Lincoln once said, “If you would win a man to your cause, first convince him that you are his sincere friend.”

How do you do this? Well, first of all, by feeling like a sincere friend. As a rule, friendships are built on common experiences, common backgrounds, and common values. Now, when people have enough in common, an element of difference can add a dash of excitement to the relationship – the spice in life, if you will. But on the whole, we are attracted to and want to spend time with people who are like us.

Think about this for a moment. When we fall in love, we tend to see only the similarities and ignore the differences. However, couples about to divorce tend to do just the opposite. They focus on the differences and no longer see the similarities at all. One could say that this is a matter of perspective, dependent on the situation at hand.

So, if you want to smooth out the rough spots in your world and build solid relationships and strong alliances – whether with coworkers, family members or friends – pay attention to where your focus is in the relationship. If it’s on the differences between you, conflict and friction is inevitable. But if you stay focused on the similarities, the things you have in common, you’ll have much smoother sailing. ~The Pacific Institute

7. Oregon’s Poet Laureate offers reading at college, Nov. 14

books.loveOregon’s Poet Laureate, Kim Stafford, presents a public reading on The Dalles Campus of Columbia Gorge Community College Wednesday, Nov. 14, part of a two-day college visit that also includes classroom discussions with students.

The public is invited to Stafford’s poetry reading, which begins at 7 p.m. in the Lecture Hall, located on the third floor of Building 2 of The Dalles Campus, 400 East Scenic Drive.

“We are thrilled to have a poet and writer of Kim’s stature visit campus and work with our students,” said Leigh Hancock, a CGCC instructor who is arranging the visit. Hancock chairs the college’s writing, reading, literature and foreign language department. “Kim is a storyteller, inspired speaker and humanist who believes in the power of words to cross boundaries and build communities; his readings are often transcendent events,” Hancock added.

Prior to the public reading, Stafford will visit students enrolled in writing and reading classes at CGCC, speaking on such topics as the use of monologues in fiction.

Stafford is founding director of the Northwest Writing Institute at Lewis & Clark College and author of a dozen books of poetry and prose, including “The Muses Among Us: Eloquent Listening and Other Pleasures of the Writer’s Craft” and “100 Tricks Every Boy Can Do: How My Brother Disappeared.” In May 2018 Gov. Kate Brown named him Oregon’s ninth Poet Laureate.

Stafford was born and raised in Oregon, earning a Ph.D. in medieval literature from the University of Oregon. He is the second Stafford to serve as Oregon’s Poet Laureate; his father, William Stafford, held the appointment from 1974 to 1989.

“Poetry is our native language,” says Stafford. “We begin with imaginative experiments as children, and lyric language can be a realm of discovery and delight throughout life. For adults and communities, poetry can help us be more open to new ideas, emotionally informed, and buoyant in responding to challenges. In a society of diverse backgrounds and perspectives, poetry builds community.”


Sherman County eNews #283


  1. 4-H Enrollment Open House on Monday, Oct. 29

  2. Patricia “Pat” Coats Jacobsen 1948-2018

  3. Oregon Capital Insider Index: This week in Salem, by the numbers

  4. Columbia River Sanctuary Patrols Lead to Multiple Citations & Arrests

“Success is the sum of details.” ~Harvey Firestone

1. 4-H Enrollment Open House on Monday, Oct. 29

4-H clover1Families with children aged 9 to 19 (as of September 1, 2018) are invited to a 4-H Enrollment Open House to be held Monday, October 29 6pm at the Sherman County Fairgrounds.  Come learn about 4-H, which is a youth development program to help kids learn lifelong skills and thrive in their futures.  4-H is an educational outreach administered by Oregon State University Extension Service.  Families will be able to meet club leaders, learn about the activities done by different clubs, get help with enrollment forms, and enjoy a light dinner.  Cost for 4-H is $30 per child, with discounts for larger families.  Questions, contact the OSU Sherman County Extension Office at 541-565-3230. 

~Cindy Brown, Educator, 4-H Youth Development & Healthy Living

OSU Sherman County Extension, 66365 Lonerock Rd., Moro OR 97039


2. Patricia “Pat” Coats Jacobsen 1948-2018

“Draw me nearer unto the river that is life indeed…” ~BAHA’U’LLAH~

flower.rose.starPatricia (Pat) Coats Jacobsen passed into the next world on Wednesday, October 23rd at OHSU in Portland. She was born August 5th, 1948 at The Dalles Hospital to Chet and Reatha Coats. She joined siblings Tom and Mary, and later welcomed siblings Don and Margie. Born to a farming family, she always enjoyed having her birthday during the middle of wheat harvest. She said she always felt like the end of harvest dinner was a party for her. She went to Wasco Grade School and graduated from Sherman County High School in 1966. She studied art at University of Oregon and then Western Oregon. She was drawn home to Sherman County to marry her sweetheart Erling Jacobsen. They were wed September 18, 1970 and enjoyed 48 years of marriage. Shortly after marriage she was introduced to The Bahai Faith and it became an essential part of her being and the focus of how she chose to live her life.

Pat welcomed a son Sol in 1973 and a daughter Sarah in 1975. She was a devoted, loving, patient, involved mother who always put her kids at the forefront. With a loving village of people in her local and spiritual community, Pat and Erling raised the kids and developed lifelong friendships that continue to this day. Pat’s friends were an integral part of her life. She made sure she spent quality time with them through experiences such as concerts, traveling, art parties and Bahai events. She contributed in many ways to the family finances, doing the rural mail route around Wasco for many years, baking cakes, driving school bus, and later teaching herself how to design and make vinyl signs. Her work can still be found in many places around Sherman County.

One of Pat’s life focuses was interacting with and educating children. She taught children art, spiritual education classes, spent one on one time with her nieces and nephews and welcomed two foster children into the family. Asked to describe Pat, most people would say that she was first and foremost an artist. She was prolific in creating all kinds of artwork, painting, sewing and photography. She loved sharing art with others, hosting art groups at her house and doing projects with her grandchildren. Pat was a naturally curious adventurer and everyone that knew her felt known and loved by her.

Pat was proceeded in death by her father Chet Coats and her mother Reatha Coats. Pat is survived by her husband of 48 years, Erling Jacobsen, her children Sol (Tami) Jacobsen and Sarah (Keith) Jacobsen Carrato, and her grandchildren Knox and Ella Carrato, Jeremy Whitney and Ashley (Dave) Seifert, her great grandchild Ace Seifert and her siblings Tom (Karen) Coats, Mary (Bo) Coats Macnab, Don (Brenda) Coats, and Margie (Eric) Stovall.

There will be a celebration of life for Pat at the Wasco Community Center (former Wasco Grade School) on Saturday, Oct 27th at 11 am. All are welcome, please dress casual as that is what Pat would have liked.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to: Sherman County Scholarship Association, c/o Sherman County School District, 65912 High School Loop, Moro, OR 97039. We will be creating an Art Scholarship in Pat’s name for graduating students with a particular passion for art.

3. Oregon Capital Insider Index: This week in Salem, by the numbers

Oregon.Flat.poleHere are 10 numbers that illustrate some of this week’s big, and small, Oregon political stories.

180: Degree switch by Gov. Kate Brown’s administration after a public outcry over her education department’s plan to quietly delay the release of school rankings until after the election. Brown is up for reelection against Republican Knute Buehler.

1: Sassy headlines in The Oregonian about the incident. The newspaper compiled a searchable database of school rankings in half a day after state claimed that work would take weeks.

$784 million: Amount in new cigarette and alcohol taxes the state’s health department is proposing for the next two-year budget.

33: Inches of rain in the coastal town of Florence so far this year, according to Pacific Standard Magazine.

69: Typical annual rainfall, in inches, in Florence. About one-third of Oregon experienced extreme drought this summer.

78: Approximate number of text messages reportedly missing from former OHA Director Lynne Saxton’s government phone, according to The Portland Tribune. A health care nonprofit suing the state wants a federal judge to sanction the state over the missing messages, which may have been deleted in violation of state law. Saxton resigned in the wake of a publicity scandal last summer.

8.7: Percent of Oregon voters who turned out for the midterm elections by Thursday, according to the Secretary of State’s office.

1: Oregon’s rank among states for access to voting, according to a new study cited by the Washington Post.

17: States, not including Oregon, that have a same-day voter registration policy. The District of Columbia has one as well.

7: New murals in small-town Oregon, as part of a new campaign by the state’s travel agency, according to OPB.

4. Columbia River Sanctuary Patrols Lead to Multiple Citations & Arrests

As a result of numerous complaints of illegal gillnetting on the Columbia River at the Deschutes River Sanctuary, Oregon State Police in conjunction with Columbia River Inter Tribal Fisheries Enforcement (CRITFE) and Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife Police conducted nighttime boat patrols to address the illegal gillnetting complaints. The operations were conducted on September 12, 13, 19 & 20, 2018.

As a result of the saturation patrols at least one commercial fishing boat was contacted inside the sanctuary on every night of the four-day saturation.  During the four-day enforcement patrols, numerous contacts were made with the majority of the commercial fisherman being legal and happy to see enforcement.

18-commercial boats were contacted

46-commercial fisherman contacted

3-Commercial boats were located actively gillnetting within the Deschutes River sanctuary

1-Commercial boat was located actively gillnetting within the John Day Dam sanctuary.

5-criminal citations for Fishing Closed Waters; Columbia River Mouth of Deschutes River Sanctuary

2-criminal citations for Fishing Closed Waters; Columbia River Lower John Day Dam Sanctuary

2-warrant arrests, with one of the warrants for; Fail to appear on a Commercial Fishing violation from last year

1-arrest for False Information to police officer

1-arrest for Commercial Fishing without tribal/treaty rights.

5-citations for operating vessels without required navigational lights

8-warnings for No Tribal Identification on Person while exercising commercial fishing treaty rights

2-Illegal gillnets were seized as evidence

Oregon State Police also assisted with safely towing a commercial fishing boat back to the dock after it became disabled.

This was a great effort put forth by the three agencies to help address ongoing issues on the Columbia River. Fish and Wildlife preservation is crucial to the sustainment and healthy population management efforts to the entire Pacific Northwest. The Oregon State Police, Columbia River Inter Tribal Fisheries Enforcement and Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Police encourage anyone witnessing or with knowledge of fish and wildlife violations to report it.

Oregon State Police Tip Line: 1-800-452-7888 or *OSP(*677)

Columbia River Intertribal Fisheries Enforcement: 1-541-386-6363

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Police: 1-877-933-9847.


Sherman County eNews #282






Patricia “Pat” Coats Jacobsen 1948-2018

 Draw me nearer unto the river that is life indeed. ~BAHA’U”LLAH~

We are blessed by and grateful for Pat’s inspirational and steady contributions to Spiritual Matters. 

2. CLASSIFIEDS (new or corrected)


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THANK YOU! The smoke has finally cleared and we have almost an inch of rain on the ground, I feel it is a good time to put this out. Last week’s fire in Biggs was a headache for us all. The terrain, changing winds, and extremely dry fuels made what is normally a quiet fire month feel like mid-July. On behalf of North Sherman Fire & Rescue, I want to thank first all of the farmers who showed up with their fire rigs and discs. The discs made all the difference in getting this thing stopped. Also, Charlie Miller and his dozer for the line that ultimately stopped westward progress of the fire. I think I can speak for all of our departments when I say, we could not have got a handle on it without all of you. Next, our mutual aid responses from Mid-Columbia Fire & Rescue, North Gilliam Rural Fire Protection District, Klickitat County Rural 7 Fire & Rescue, Goldendale Fire Department, Wishram Fire Dept.., South Gilliam County Rural Fire Protection District, Skamania County Emergency Management Task Force, and Stevenson Fire Department. Whether you were here the first day, second day, or all three days you were amazing. The help all of you provided is much appreciated and we will always be willing to return the favor. Last but certainly not least, I want to thank Moro Fire Department, South Sherman Fire & Rescue, and Sherman County Sheriff’s Office for being here and helping keep chaos as controlled as possible. I am thankful for the swift help all of you always bring when calls come out. I know you can be depended upon when there is a need. With that being said, let us hope the rain continues and we have a nice quiet fall and winter. If I missed anyone, I apologize, but know that we would not have been as successful without any of you. Thank you all again.
~John Jensen, Asst. Chief, North Sherman County Fire & Rescue

Appreciation can make a day – even change a life.

Your willingness to put it into words

is all that is necessary.

~ Margaret Cousins 


babyfootprintCharley and Cindy Brown of Moro are happy to announce the birth of their first grandchild, Eva Richey Brown, on October 5. Parents are Justin Brown and Amanda Richey of Sunnyvale CA. Local great-grandparents are Lee and Karen Kaseberg of Wasco and Charles and Norma Brown of Rufus.




Brennah Miller is a young wife and mother, an electrician and a cancer patient.



“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


FAMILY CARE COORDINATOR (QMHA). Mid-Columbia Center for Living: Family Care Coordinator (QMHA) – Sherman County; $2,285-$2,778 per month (.6 FTE of full-time salary range); Part-time (.6 FTE) with prorated benefits. Provides service planning and needs assessments to children and their families. For full announcement and required application visit EOE/ADA Employer.

AREA REPRESENTATIVE. Non-Profit Organization Looking for Community Area Representatives to Join our International Team. ASSE International Student Exchange Programs is seeking individuals to serve as Area Representatives in your local community.  ASSE provides academic year and semester exchange programs in the United States for high school students from around the world.  Students are 15 to 18 years of age, have passed a series of academic and character requirements and are awaiting an opportunity to embark on their American Adventure. — Area Representatives recruit and screen prospective host families, interview students to study abroad and supervise the exchange students in their community.  Area representatives are compensated based on the number of students they are supervising. There is also a great bonus opportunity. — ASSE’s primary goal is to contribute to International understanding by enabling students to learn about other languages and cultures through active participation in family, school and community life. ASSE’s Area Representatives are the cornerstone of the organization, making all of this possible! For more information about ASSE or becoming an Area Representative, please call our Western Regional Office at 1-800-733-2773 or email us at Please check out our website at  We look forward to welcoming you to the ranks of Area Representatives nationwide – striving towards a world of understanding, one child at a time! 11/30


HANDCRAFTED FURNITURE & GIFTS. 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 | 10/26

PIANO. Baldwin Spinet Piano – Maple colored – $300 OBO negotiable, would like it to find a home where it will be used. Thanks Very Good shape, I just want space for exercise equipment. Call or text Jeanne Kuettel @ 541-714-5740.  11/30


ROOMS FOR RENT | JUST-US-INN in Wasco. Just-Us-Inn | Call Ron 503-957-6114.  3 Rooms for rent, share the bathroom and shower $550.00 a month. These are Monthly rates, not weekly rates! Weekly rate is $150.00. Share large kitchen, with Direct TV in every room. $50.00 non-refundable maid fee for when you leave; wireless internet, beautiful yard with garden space. No Pets. No smoking inside. 11/9 



FALL PHOTO SHOOTS. Now is the time for fall photo shoots! The leaves are turning colors and the air is getting cooler. It’s a great time to schedule a family or senior photo session. Lots of openings available. Ask for discounts by bundling a family and a senior session or two senior sessions. ~Jeremy S. Lanthorn | | (541) 993-2446 | (541) 333-2013 | 10/26


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. 11/23




1957 SHERMAN HIGH SCHOOL YEARBOOK. I am Rose Archer, Dale Archer’s widow. I am looking to purchase a copy of the 1957 yearbook. Dale was Valedictorian that year. Our son Derek is planning to make a large shadowbox with Dale’s football jersey, class ring, and yearbook for a memory wall for Dale who passed away in 1999.  If you know of anyone who wants to part with the 1957 yearbook, please let me know the price. Thanks so much! Rose Archer 11/9 

3. CALENDAR (new or corrected)



25-26 Energy Facility Siting Council Meeting, Boardman

26 Trunk or Treat Set-Up 5:40, Trunk or Treat 6-7:30 Sherman County School

27 Celebration of Life for Pat Jacobsen 11 Wasco School Events Center

27 National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

27 Mid Columbia Producers Annual Meeting

27 Tango at Maryhill Museum 6-9

29 4-H Enrollment/Light Dinner/Open House 6 Sherman County Fairgrounds

29 Career opportunities in Sherman County 6:30 Wasco School Events Center

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

31 Halloween 


1 Northern Oregon Regional Corrections Board Meeting 10 NORCOR, The Dalles

1 Sherman County Fair Board 7

1 North Central Education Service District Board Meeting, Condon

1-31 Military Family Appreciation Month

1-May 1 Sherman Museum Open by Appointment

2 Columbia Gorge Economic Symposium 8:30-1 The Dalles

3 Northwest Author Festival 3-5 at Klindt’s Booksellers, The Dalles

4 Day Light Saving Time Ends (set clock back one hour)


7 Sherman Historical Museum Volunteer & Hosts Appreciation Party

7 All County Prayer Meeting, Kent Baptist Church Refreshments and social time at 6:30, prayer time from 7:00 to 8:30.

9 Community Renewable Energy Association (CREA) Board Meeting 10-1

10 Columbia Gorge Genealogical Society Cultural Brunch 10:30 Discovery Center

10 Wasco County Historical Society Annual Meeting 11:30 Dufur

10 Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum 9 Military Vehicles

10 Year-End Family Day at Maryhill Museum 1:30-5

11 Veterans Day Bells at Maryhill Museum 11

11 Veterans Day

12 Veterans Day (observed)

12 Oregon Women for Ag Meeting 5-7 Clock Tower Ales, The Dalles

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

13 North Central Public Health District Board Meeting 3 The Dalles

13-15 Association of Oregon Counties Conference

14-17 Tri-State Grain Growers Convention, Portland, Oregon

16 Thanksgiving Lunch at the Sherman Senior & Community Center

17 Fall Festival & Artisans’ Market 10-2 Condon

17 7th Annual Max Nogle Dinner/Auction/Dance, Grass Valley Pavilion Benefit

20 Sherman Senior & Community Center Pie Bake Sale for Thanksgiving

21 Sherman County Court 9

22 Thanksgiving Day

26 Sherman County Photography Club 5 Steve Burnet/OSU Extension Bldg., Moro


1 Country Christmas Bazaar 9:30 – 4 Grass Valley Pavilion

1 Sherman County Fair Board’s Holiday Bazaar 10-3:30 Sherman County School

1 Sherman Historical Museum Christmas Open House & Museum Store Sale

1 Fossil’s Holiday Bazaar 9

1 Condon’s Light Festival & Parade 5:30

3 Lower John Day Area Commission on Transportation 10 Rufus

3 Grass Valley City Council 7

4 Moro City Council 7

5 Sherman County Court 9

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

6 Sherman County Fair Board 7

7 National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

8 War Declared on Japan 1941

8 Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum 9 Flying Around the World

8 Cascade Singers’ December Concert 7 Zion Lutheran Church

9 Cascade Singers’ December Concert 3 Zion Lutheran Church

10 Mid-Columbia Housing Authority Board Meeting 10

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

11 North Central Public Health District Board Meeting 3 The Dalles

12 Sherman County Senior Center Advisory Committee 12:30

12 Rufus City Council 7 City Hall

14 Community Renewable Energy Association (CREA) Board Meeting 10-1

15 Bill of Rights Day; Iraq War Ended 2011

18 Wasco City Council 7 City Hall

19 Sherman County Court 9

20 Northern Oregon Regional Corrections Board Meeting 10 NORCOR, The Dalles

21 Winter Begins

25 Christmas Day

31 Official End of WWII 1946


Sherman County eNews #281


  1. Country Christmas Bazaar in Grass Valley, Dec. 1

  2. Letter to the Editor: Joe Dabulskis for County Judge

  3. The Heart of Great Communication

  4. Columbia Gorge Genealogical Society Annual Cultural Brunch, Nov. 10

  5. Sherman County Senior & Community Center November Meal Menu

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

1. Country Christmas Bazaar in Grass Valley, Dec. 1

Country Christmas Bazaar

Grass Valley Pavilion

December 1 9:30 am – 4:00 pm

Lots of great handcrafted items

Pictures w/Santa

Soup & bread lunch

2. Letter to the Editor: Joe Dabulskis for County Judge

pencil.sharpI am in support of Joe Dabulskis for Sherman County Judge.  When I think of the traits that are important as a County Judge they all explain quality traits that I believe Joe to have.

Joe is very dedicated to do what is right for Sherman County as a whole.  He is ethical and puts in an impeccable effort to do his best.  Joe works side by side with residents in Sherman County to get the task complete.

Vote Joe Dabulskis! He is the right man for the job.

Bryce Coelsch


3. The Heart of Great Communication

Today, let’s focus some attention on one of the secrets of being a good communicator, because good communication sits at the foundation of every successful family, organization and nation.

If you take a look through the leadership programs available, you will see at least one common denominator, and that is typically “communication.” Very often, leadership style, or a lack of leadership style, revolves around the ability to communicate effectively.

How can we be more effective communicators? A really complete answer would require more time than we have space for in this post, but there is one thing anyone can do to make a quantum leap in the ability to communicate, and that is to become a better listener. Communication is less about hearing one’s own voice, and more about what is behind what the other person is saying.

Good listeners do far more than simply remain silent while someone else is speaking. They listen with their whole body, give signals that convey they are paying close attention, and invite more information with open-ended questions. These open-ended questions, by the way, are those that cannot be answered with “yes” or “no,” and invite the speaker to talk at greater length.

It’s the difference between saying, “Are you OK?” which begs for a quick yes-or-no answer that closes off any further conversation, and saying, “How are you doing now?” which invites much more. Good listeners also read body language and are sensitive to other nonverbal cues. When they get mixed or confusing messages, they aren’t afraid to ask questions to clarify.

More importantly, good listeners give you the feeling that, at least for the moment, there is nothing they’d rather be doing. They raise other people’s self-esteem by being interested and showing it. Even when they say very little, they are usually thought of as superb communicators.

We know how it feels to have someone’s undivided attention, that elevation of spirit and esteem. It’s a great feeling, and one that needs to be shared with others. So, how good of a communicator are you? ~The Pacific Institute

4. Columbia Gorge Genealogical Society Annual Cultural Brunch, Nov. 10

Columbia Gorge Genealogical Society Annual Cultural Brunch

Bring a dish – Share a heritage!

November 10, 2018 – 10:30am

Columbia Gorge Discovery Center

Downstairs Classroom

5. Sherman County Senior & Community Center November Meal Menu

Sherman County Senior & Community Center Meal Menu – November 2018

We serve lunch at 12:00, noon sharp.  First come, first served.

If you have a group of 2 or more, please let the Kitchen staff know at  541-565-3191 the day before to ensure that we make enough food to serve!

MEAL PRICING: Under 60 Yrs. Is $7.00 ~ 60 Yrs. & Up $4.00 suggested donation!

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday


1 2
Beef Stew Hot Turkey Sandwich
Biscuits Mashed Potatoes & Gravy
Salad & Fruit Veggies, Salad & Dessert
5 6 7 8 9
Fish Soft Tacos Meatloaf Chili Chicken & Noodles
Hash Brown Casserole Refried Beans Mashed Potatoes & Gravy Cornbread Veggies
Salad & Dessert Salad & Fruit Veggies, Salad & Dessert Salad & Fruit Salad & Dessert
12 13 14 15 16 Thanksgiving Lunch
CLOSED Sweet & Sassy Chicken Oven Fried Chicken Baked Potato Bar Roasted Turkey
FOR Rice Pilaf & Veggies Mashed Potatoes & Gravy Chili, Cheese, Onions Mashed Potatoes & Gravy
VETERAN’S DAY Salad & Fruit Veggies, Salad & Dessert Salad & Fruit Rolls, Veggies & Pie
19 20 PIE BAKE SALE!! 21 22 23
Sweet & Sour Meatballs Chicken Fried Rice Chicken Fried Steak CLOSED CLOSED
Rice Pilaf & Veggies Muffins & Veggies Mashed Potatoes & Gravy FOR FOR
Salad & Dessert Salad & Fruit Veggies, Salad & Dessert THANKSGIVING THANKSGIVING
26 27 28 29 30
Cheese-burgers Lasagna Hamburger Gravy over Turkey Tetrazzini Chicken Teriyaki
Potato Wedges Veggies Mashed Potatoes Veggies & Salad Rice Pilaf
Salad & Dessert Salad & Fruit Veggies, Salad & Dessert Fruit Veggies, Salad & Dessert

MENU SUBJECT TO CHANGE DUE TO AVAILABILITY — ATTENTION:  For those who have food allergies, be aware that a large variety of food is prepared in the kitchen.  Therefore, meals may be prepared with ingredients and food service equipment may come in contact with ingredients to which you may have an allergic reaction, such as nuts.

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

bird.owl3FACT CHECK: President Trump’s False Claims On Migrant Caravan, Tax Cuts

Young Angry Men & Gangbangers March Towards U.S. Yelling “Vamos Para Allá Trump!”

Opinion. No, civility isn’t optional

Wasco Facility Hosts Job Fair


Sherman County eNews #280


  1. Greg Walden’s historic bill to combat opioid crisis signed into law

  2. Editorial. Vote! Joe is the One!

  3. Letter to the Editor: Joe Dabulskis: Quiet Thoughtful Action

  4. Letter to the Editor: Consider this.

  5. Jane (French) Frees 1921-2018

  6. Your Personal GPS

  7. An Exhibit: Barley, Barrels, Bottles, & Brews: 200 Years of Oregon Beer (Moro photo)

1. Greg Walden’s historic bill to combat opioid crisis signed into law

American flag2WASHINGTON, D.C. – Representative Greg Walden’s (R-Hood River) comprehensive legislation to combat the nationwide opioid crisis was signed into law by President Trump today at the White House. Walden’s SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act, which passed the House by a bipartisan vote of 393-8 in September and the Senate by a vote of 98-1 in October, represents the largest legislative effort to combat a single drug crisis in history. Walden said today that this bill will save lives and help get communities in Oregon on the path to recovery.

“Across our district I’ve met with the victims, families, treatment advocates, medical providers, and law enforcement officers who are on the front lines of the opioid crisis in Oregon,” said Walden. “Today is about these people, each of whom puts a name and a face to a crisis that killed more than 72,000 people nationwide in 2017 and takes the lives of more Oregonians than traffic accidents. This bipartisan legislation brings critical support to the communities most desperately in need, provides new tools and resources for those on the ground in this fight, and helps stop the flow of deadly drugs across our borders. Rarely can we say that legislation will save lives, but there is no doubt that this bill will do just that. While there is much more work to be done, today is an important step forward to help stem the tide and get communities in Oregon on the road to recovery.”

Walden’s legislation, the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act (H.R. 6), is a bipartisan bill that will help in our overall efforts to combat the opioid crisis by advancing treatment and recovery initiatives, improving prevention, protecting our communities, and bolstering our efforts to fight deadly illicit synthetic drugs like fentanyl.

The SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act follows the passage of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act and the 21st Century Cures Act that Walden helped pass into law last Congress, the $4 billion appropriated in the government funding measure earlier this year to help combat the opioid crisis, as well as the $6.7 billion included in a recent appropriations package to boost programs that fight, treat, and stop substance abuse, and support access to mental health services.

How the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act will Help Combat the Opioid Crisis:

Treatment and Recovery

▪ Improve and expand access to treatment and recovery services

▪ Provide incentives for enhanced care, coordination, and innovation

▪ Establish comprehensive opioid recovery centers


▪ Encourage non-addictive opioid alternatives to treat pain

▪ Improve data to identify and help at-risk patients and families

▪ Address high prescribing rates while enhancing prescription drug monitoring programs

Protecting Communities

▪ Give law enforcement tools to get dangerous drugs out of our communities

▪ Better intercept illicit opioids at international mail facilities

▪ Improve access to federal resources for local communities

Fighting Fentanyl

▪ Better tackle ever-changing synthetic drugs

▪ Crack down on foreign shipments of illicit drugs

▪ Provide grants for local communities to combat fentanyl

For a section-by-section summary of Walden’s legislation, please click here  To learn more about the House’s comprehensive efforts to combat the opioid crisis, click here

2. Editorial. Vote! Joe is the One for County Judge!

pen.markerWe are pleased to endorse Joe Dabulskis for Sherman County Judge, the candidate who is ethical, competent and accountable… the one known and respected for his honesty, humility and integrity… the one who adheres to legal government process …the one who prioritizes his work, rolls up his sleeves and does what he says he will do … excellent qualities for a candidate!

Joe is the one who will not tolerate unethical practices, nor will he interfere in the decisions of other county entities.  He is the one who asks questions and gets the answers, the one who sincerely listens to, respects and considers the opinions, concerns and ideas of others.

Joe is the one on the record for his support of recommendations made in an assessment of Frontier TeleNet’s performance of its board and staff in order to improve coordination, partnering and public engagement and the organization’s capacity to provide administrative, marketing, and operations functions.

Joe completed the year-long County College series and continues professional training.  He is experienced in a family business and thoughtful in problem solving, and works well with others. Frugal by nature, he supports long-range planning and saving for the future.

In addition to meetings of the County Court, he’s been serving on local boards ex officio and on governing boards of several agencies that provide services to Sherman County, all part of his job, and quietly sitting in on school and city meetings as a matter of interest and support.

Joe said it himself: “I am honest and trustworthy and will do my best for our county. I am not going to say what I think people want to hear. We have enough politics like that going around.”

By his character, values and principles and his experience as a county commissioner, Joe has shown that he is the one best prepared to assume greater responsibility as Sherman County Judge and Juvenile Judge.

3. Letter to the Editor: Joe Dabulskis: Quiet Thoughtful Action

pencil.sharpJoe Dabulskis is a candidate for Sherman County Judge. We support this candidate who quietly has made contributions to serve all of Sherman County. He and his wife Jeanne have given of their own time to support various entities – our schools, our fair, our museum, the Memorial Day parade, and our county court, to name just a few.

When Joe became interested in county government, he began attending more meetings and county court, always listening and learning.

Joe Dabulskis has been an active commissioner, always honest and doing what he says he will do. He reminds us of one of our past commissioner, Steven Burnet. In common with Steven Burnet, when Joe speaks, you want to be listening. Joe puts a lot of thought into questions before answering and taking action. He, too, will represent the citizens of our county.

Recently, Joe held a meeting with our Oregon Governor and Sherman County farmers and various agency representatives at the Holzapfel-Dabulskis ranch to work on a fire plan and relief from the summer disasters.

Our families have known the Holzapfel family for many years and we can tell you they are trustworthy and their integrity is the way they live. We learned to spell Holzapfel, now learn to spell Dabulskis and give Joe your vote! You will be glad to have his dedicated actions that can benefit all of Sherman County.

Henry J. & Joan Jaeger


4. Letter to the Editor: Consider this.

pencil.sharpThe letter of support for Mike Smith from Sherman County Sheriff, retired, Gerald Lohrey, published in e-news #245 9/18/18 stated very clearly the choices before Sherman County citizens in voting for Sherman County Judge. This letter is in support of Mr. Lohrey’s letter.

Wouldn’t it be a wiser choice to multiply the experience and ability of the Sherman County Court by keeping two experienced, hardworking commissioners in place, and add even more experience and ability to the Court by voting for Mike Smith for County Judge?

Consider the rather cumbersome process required to fill a commissioner vacancy. The process takes a minimum of 30 days, and it is not in the direct control of Sherman County citizens/voters. This would take valuable time and attention away from conducting the important business of Sherman County and its citizens.

Sherman County has two good, hard working commissioners in place, on the job right now. Let’s keep that experience and talent, and add to the County Court’s effectiveness and ability to get right to work.

I expect ALL elected individuals to have honesty, integrity and sincerity. I believe Mike Smith has these attributes. Mike also has excellent communications skills and uses them well in his many community activities. He has shown he has a firm steadfast commitment to the citizens of Sherman County, and the ability and experience to serve as Sherman County Judge.

Roseanna Breeding


[Editorial Note: Oregon Revised Statute 236.215 Filling vacancies in partisan elective office of county judge or commissioner… (3) The vacancy must be filled by appointment within 30 days after its occurrence. [1987 c.549 §3; 1989 c.171 §29; 2001 c.430 §4.]

5. Jane (French) Frees 1921-2018

flower.rose.starMrs. Jane Frees has come home to her beloved Moro, Oregon, where she was laid to rest October 20, 2018. Jane was born on September 25, 1921 in Grass Valley, Sherman County, Oregon. She was the daughter of Giles and Lela French. She passed away peacefully October 7, 2018 in Portland, Oregon. She grew up in Grass

Valley and Moro, and attended college in La Grande. She then became an elementary school teacher in Hood River until she married her college sweetheart, Bill Frees, December 24, 1944 in Rhode Island. She was then a Naval career wife of 22 years and gave birth to four children during that time, Toni Jane, Michael William, John Wyman and Kathleen Janet.

Jane became an avid golfer and bridge player, and she authored two books. She lived in Cupertino and Los Gatos, California for many years, where she was a member of many ladies’ clubs and a past-president of the Santa Clara County Woman’s Golf Association.

In her last four years she had lived an active life at Russsellville Park in Portland. She participated in bridge, bocce ball, tai chi and dancing. She enjoyed these activities very much and made may new friends.

Mrs. Frees was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Wyman and Clint; her husband of 66 years, Bill; and her sister, Patty Moore. She is survived by her

children, Toni (Ted) Reynolds, Mike (Peggy) Frees, John Frees and Kathy (Curt) Harris; three grandchildren; numerous step grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Jane had a full and happy life and will be missed dearly. The funeral service was held Saturday, Oct. 20, at Moro Community Presbyterian Church in Moro. Burial followed at Moro Cemetery. Memorial Donations may be made in Jane’s honor to Sherman County Historical Society or to a charity of choice.

6. Your Personal GPS

Do you know what you want out of life? Do you have trouble answering this question? If you are having a challenge with the question, let’s spend a little time with it today.

Do you know anyone who seems constantly lost in a fog of confusion? They go one way and then another. Sometimes, they latch on to something as if it’s the solution to all their problems, only to downgrade it a few months or weeks (sometimes days) later and move on to something or someone else. They just don’t seem to know what they want.

Maybe you’re a bit like this yourself. If so, perhaps it is time for you to get back in touch with your dreams, but do so in a very focused way. You see, you can’t achieve your goals if you don’t know what they are. You can’t even set goals, if you don’t have any dreams for yourself or your future.

So ask yourself, what would you like the end-results, the outcomes, to be for yourself at the end of five years? How about at the end of one year? Once you have that outcome, what will you see? What will you hear? What will you feel? Be as specific as possible, and write your answers down.

Yes, write your answers down. Writing them down makes them real, not something floating in and out of your consciousness. The physical act of writing strengthens the neural pathways you are creating, as you plan your future. Writing it down also gives you something solid to go back to, to refresh and reinforce. So whether you use paper and pencil or some electronic device, write them down. This will be your “future reference” for comparison.

Then, examine current reality (how things are today) – and write it down. How is it different? Again, be specific and detailed. Finally, take a good look at the “gap” between Current Reality and your Future Reference. Fill in that gap, by listing, in order, the steps you will need to take to move from current reality to your desired end-result.

This process will take some time, so stay with it. And be prepared to be flexible when you run into obstacles along the way. And when you’re done, you’ll have a roadmap you can use to guide you to a very personal kind of success. Think of it as your personal GPS – your Goal Projection System. ~The Pacific Institute

7. An Exhibit: Barley, Barrels, Bottles, & Brews: 200 Years of Oregon Beer

Portland, OR – The history of beer in Oregon and the passion Oregonians hold for brewing extends back over two hundred years. From the Lewis and Clark Expedition to the nineteenth century European immigrants who established Oregon’s first breweries to the craft brewery revolution centered here today, this delicious hoppy beverage has been a cornerstone of Oregon’s agriculture and economy.

Opening at the Oregon Historical Society on October 26, Barley, Barrels, Bottles, & Brews: 200 Years of Oregon Beer profiles the people, companies, and legislation that have made Oregon the innovative center of craft brewing that it is today.

“It’s no secret that Oregonians love beer – and, that love has been brewing in our state for centuries,” said Oregon Historical Society Executive Director Kerry Tymchuk. “Whether you are a home brew master or new to the world of beer and brewing, this exhibit provides incredible insights into the crucial role Oregon’s beer industry has played on our state’s history.”

The exhibition traces the history of hop growing Oregon and its impact across the globe, including the momentum that has propelled the state to a place as the second highest hop producer in the country. Some of the most innovative research into hop growing and beer brewing is happening right here at Oregon State University, and visitors will actually be able to smell some of the hops that were developed right here in Oregon.

Barley, Barrels, Bottles, and Brews includes over 100 artifacts, many on public view for the first time, from the Oregon Historical Society collections and from the Oregon Hops and Brewing Archives at Oregon State University. Exhibit highlights include:

  • Historic photos of some Oregon’s earlies breweries, dating back to the 1850s, and a Civil War-era photo of people drinking beer at one of the first saloons in Oregon;
  • A green glass carboy (used for fermenting) that came across the Oregon Trail;
  • A variety of artifacts from historic Oregon breweries including Henry Weinhard, U.S. Brewery, Gambrinus, Albany Brewing Company, and more;
  • A digital interactive where visitors can adjust different beer characteristics to find the variety that best suits their taste; and
  • Videos recreating Oregon beer history and telling the stories of brewing pioneers.

The Biggerstaff Saloon, Moro, Oregon ~ Oregon Historical Society

Barley, Barrels, Bottles, and Brews: 200 Years of Oregon Beer is on view October 26, 2018 through June 9, 2019 at the Oregon Historical Society (1200 SW Park Avenue, Portland). The museum is open seven days a week, Monday – Saturday from 10am – 5pm and Sunday from 12pm – 5pm. Admission is currently discounted to $5 (through February 14, 2019) during the renovation of the museum’s permanent exhibition. Admission is always free for OHS members and Multnomah County residents.