Sherman County eNews #261


3:30 PM 10/2/2018 ODOT: Central Ore.: US97 closed between milepost 1 to milepost 9 (near Biggs) due to wildfire. No detour at this time.

  1. Nationwide Test of Emergency Alert System and Wireless Emergency Alerts, Oct. 3 

  2. All County Prayer Meeting, Oct. 3

  3. Independent Living and Life Skills: “#adulting afterschool” in Sherman County

  4. It’s a New Year in 4-H!

  5. Having It Both Ways

  6. Editorial: County Comments on eNews Editorial re: Cottonwood Park Communication Towers

  7. Justice Department Awards $320 Million to Combat Opioid Addiction Crisis

1. Nationwide Test of Emergency Alert System and Wireless Emergency Alerts, Oct. 3  

Salem, OR – October 2, 2018 The nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) will occur on Wednesday, October 3. The test, which will be conducted by FEMA in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), was originally scheduled to take place on September 20 but was postponed due to response and recovery efforts after Hurricane Florence.

In Oregon, the WEA portion of the test commences at 11:18 a.m. Pacific Time, and the EAS portion follows at 11:20 a.m. Pacific Time. The test will assess the operational readiness of the infrastructure for distribution of a national message and determine whether improvements are needed.

FEMA and OEM remind the public:

  • No action is required.
  • While the test begins at 11:18 a.m. Pacific Time, it may take several minutes for the alert to reach your phone.
  • Most cell phones will sound the alert; do not be caught off-guard if you are in your car, at a personal or business appointment or other location.
  • There is no threat; it is only a test. Do not call 9-1-1.
  • The alert message will also be broadcast over radio and television.
  • Additional information is available at

The nationwide test ensures that in times of an emergency or disaster, public safety officials have methods and systems that will deliver urgent alerts and warnings to the public. Alerts are rare, but can happen locally, statewide, or nationally. According to FEMA, a nationwide WEA message would only be used in the most extreme emergency situation.

2. All County Prayer Meeting, Oct. 3

church.family1The All County Prayer Meeting is Wednesday October 3 @ the Wasco Christian Church. Fellowship starts at 6:30 PM, Pray time starts at 7:00 PM and ends at 8:30 PM. Everyone is welcome to come and join the meeting, come and join in when you can get there and stay as long as you can. Thank You. ~Red Gibbs

3. Independent Living and Life Skills: “#adulting afterschool” in Sherman County

OSU Sherman County Extension is partnering with Sherman County School to offer a free afterschool independent living and life skills class to students in grades 7th-12th.  The class, called “#adulting afterschool” will be a fun opportunity for youth to hang out with their friends, eat, and learn useful skills.  The class will start Wednesdays afterschool in the home ec room, beginning October 10.  Topics will include cooking, car maintenance, sleep habits, clothing care, do-it-yourself and fix-it skills, stress management, nutrition, money and other topics useful when a teen becomes more independent.  If you are the parent of a Sherman junior/senior high student who is not involved with sports or work after school, send ‘em to the home ec room on Wednesdays starting October 10!  Participants can catch a ride home on the 5pm activity buses.

Cindy Brown, Educator

4-H Youth Development & Healthy Living | 66365 Lonerock Rd | Moro OR 97039


4. It’s a New Year in 4-H!

4-H clover1Yahoo! It’s a new year in 4-H starting October 2018 through September 2019!  4-H is a national, state and local program coordinated by state land grant universities, as an educational and outreach program to develop good citizens in our country.  4-H is for youth ages 9 to 19 (as of September 1, 2018).  The divisions are:  Juniors ages 9-11 (yes, this includes older 3rd graders); Intermediates ages 12-14; and Seniors 15-19 (and still in high school). 

Kids, it’s time to join Sherman 4-H and get enrolled now.  Sherman County 4-H is starting enrollments this October to match the national 4-H year and give members more opportunities for meetings and activities.  Stop by the Sherman Extension Office, 66365 Lonerock Rd, Moro OR 97039 541-565-3230.  Forms are available on-line at:

There will be an enrollment open house at the Sherman Fairgrounds Monday, October 29 at 6pm, with a light dinner provided.  4-H leaders will be there to meet’n’greet families and talk about club projects.

Clubs will begin meeting this fall and we want youth to be ready to go.  Sherman 4-H clubs hold at least 6 meetings during the 4-H year, as well as encouraging members to exhibit and participate in the Sherman County Fair.  Enrollment is $30/youth, with a discount for multiple children from one family. 

4-H is ”learning by doing”….a youth development program where kids get to do things usually only adults do…….select, care for and raise livestock, take photographs for exhibition, learn how to cook a variety of foods, participate in clinics and workshops to learn more about livestock or healthy living, sew their own clothing or craft items for home, make money and keep track of records, cook outdoors and learn how to can fruit or make jerky, be part of an organization and participate in meetings, and more. 

4-H also means spring break and summer camps, fun outdoor adventures, youth leadership opportunities, 4-H Summer Conference at the Oregon State University campus in Corvallis, and travel opportunities nationally and internationally. 

Current Sherman County 4-H clubs and leaders are:

Goat…………………………………………………..Miranda & Ryan Owens

Beef…………………………………………….……..Sandi & Doug Martin

Sheep…………………………………………….…..Stephen Fritts

Swine………………………………………………….Samantha Roberts-Smith & Brennah Miller

Horse………………………………………………….Kayci Sharp

Poultry……………………DeeAnn Ramos, Deanna Christiansen & Niaomi Thibodeau

Rabbit/Guinea Pig……………………………….Melissa Montesanti

Teen Leadership………………………………….Cindy Brown

Shooting………………………………………………Dowen Jones & Jon Ramos

Sewing…………………………………Karen Thompson Umemoto & Carol MacKenzie

Cooking/Baking……………………………………Liz Cranston, Marylou Martin & Jeanne Kuettel

Outdoor Cooking/Food Preservation……….Cindy Brown

Photography…………………………………………leaders being recruited

Theatre Arts………………………………………….leaders being recruited

Fiber Arts/Knitting/Sewing……………………leader being recruited

~Cindy Brown, Educator

4-H Youth Development & Healthy Living

66365 Lonerock Rd | Moro OR 97039 | 541-565-3230

5. Having It Both Ways

Today, let’s look at the art of accepting things from others. Everyone knows that it feels great to give, and most of us have learned that it’s better to give than to receive. But there is a blessing to being able to receive gracefully, and that is what we want to look at today.

How does it feel to give a gift that is virtually ignored or, worse, received badly? Pretty awful, right? Children, especially, labor long and with great love to make special presents for their families. It can be crushing to see their best handiwork ignored or passed off with a comment like, “What’s this supposed to be?”

This becomes a memory that lasts forever, one that can be re-remembered again and again. And neuroscientists today tell us that each time we bring up a memory, there is a good chance we change it, and amplify it, so that the next time we remember it, those feelings of hurt are even stronger.

Some folks have trouble telling the white lies that sometimes seem necessary, in order to spare another’s feelings. However, it’s never necessary to lie. You don’t have to say, “This is just what I’ve always wanted,” if it’s not true. But you can usually find something to compliment and you can certainly acknowledge, with pleasure, the thoughtfulness and effort the giver has shown without worrying about stretching the truth.

You see, when you receive a gift graciously and with genuine gratitude, you are also giving something very precious at the same time you receive. As the saying goes, “It is a blessing to give and to receive.” And, it is one of those rare occasions when you can have it both ways.

6. Editorial: County Corrects eNews Editorial on Cottonwood Park Communication Towers

According to the Sherman County Court’s meeting minutes of August 15, 2018, Court members heard information relating to the August 13th Sherman County eNews #214 editorial, “Editorial. Cell Phone Coverage for Cottonwood Canyon State Park?” It can be found here:

7. Justice Department Awards $320 Million to Combat Opioid Addiction Crisis

U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of Oregon: More than $6.3 million awarded to local governments and a professional consortium in Oregon

WASHINGTON – To mark the beginning of National Substance Abuse Prevention Month, U.S. Attorney Billy J. Williams joined the Department of Justice in announcing grant awards of nearly $320 million to combat the opioid crisis in America. The awards will directly help those most impacted by the deadliest drug crisis in American history, including crime victims, children, families and first responders.

“President Trump has made ending the opioid crisis a priority for this administration, and under his leadership, the Department of Justice has taken historic action,” said Attorney General Jeff Sessions. “Today we are announcing our next steps: investing $320 million into all three parts of the President’s comprehensive plan to end the epidemic: prevention, treatment, and enforcement. We are attacking this crisis from every angle—and we will not let up until we bring it to an end.”

“The opioid addiction crisis cannot be solved by any one agency or jurisdiction. It requires a coordinated effort of governments, law enforcement agencies, community organizations, and individual citizens, working together to solve problems, big and small,” said U.S. Attorney Williams. “These awards are an important step in the right direction and will expand the reach of innovative programs across the state.”

Approximately $6.3 million of the $320 million awarded by the Department’s Office of Justice Programs (OJP) will support local governments and a professional consortium in Oregon. A complete breakdown of the grant funding can be found here.

Summary of Oregon Awards

Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Site-based Program ($162 million awarded)

Helps jurisdictions plan and implement programs aimed at reducing opioid abuse and mitigating its impact on crime victims

  • Marion County – $1,399,562
  • Clackamas County – $900,000

Helping Children and Youth Impacted by Opioids ($46.6 million awarded)

Helps children and youth impacted by the opioid crisis

  • Clackamas County – $1,000,999

Drug Courts ($81.2 million awarded)

Assists adult, juvenile and family drug courts and veterans treatment courts

  • City of Beaverton – $500,000
  • Washington County – $945,454
  • Lane County – $550,000
  • Northwest Professional Consortium Inc. – $856,308

Paul Coverdell Forensic Science Improvement Grant Program ($17 million awarded) Addresses the dramatic increase in deaths and backlogs of seized drugs resulting from the crisis

  • Washington County – $156,000

Two important anti-drug events occur in October: Red Ribbon Week and National Prescription Drug Takeback Day. Red Ribbon Week, October 23-31, encourages students, parents, schools and communities to promote drug-free lifestyles. The Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on October 27 gives Americans and easy and anonymous way to dispose of unwanted prescription drugs, helping to prevent overdose deaths and drug addictions before they start.

In 2017, more than 72,000 Americans lost their lives to drug overdoses, an increase from the 64,000 overdose deaths in 2016, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The majority of these deaths can be attributed to opioids, including fentanyl. Drug overdose is now the leading cause of injury or death in the United States. In Oregon, the total number of deaths related to drug use increased 11 percent between from 2013 to 2017, with 546 known drug related deaths last year.

OJP provides federal leadership in developing the nation’s capacity to prevent and control crime, administer justice, and assist victims. OJP has six bureaus and offices: the Bureau of Justice Assistance; the Bureau of Justice Statistics; the National Institute of Justice; the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention; the Office for Victims of Crime; and the Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering and Tracking. More information about OJP and its components can be found at:


Sherman County eNews #260


  1. Sherman County Medical Clinic Offers Flu Shots, Oct. 11

  2. National Test of the Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) and Emergency Alert System (EAS), Oct. 3

  3. Simcoe Mountain Speaker Series: Bridge of the Gods Landslide, Oct. 3

  4. Car is King Weekend at Maryhill Museum of Art, Oct. 6 & 7

  5. Wasco School Events Center Event Raised Significant Support

  6. Weather: October Outlook & September Monthly Climate Summary w/Graphs

  7. Columbia Gorge Community College Board of Education Meeting, Oct. 9

  8. Seven Rules for Life

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

“Is the relinquishment of the trial by jury and the liberty of the press necessary for your liberty? Will the abandonment of your most sacred rights tend to the security of your liberty? Liberty, the greatest of all earthly blessings — give us that precious jewel, and you may take every things else! Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect every one who approaches that jewel.” —Patrick Henry (1788)

1. Sherman County Medical Clinic Offers Flu Shots, Oct. 11

The Sherman County Medical Clinic is having their annual Flu Shot Clinic!
Thursday, October 11th from 3:00pm – 6:00pm
For more information visit us online at
or call 541-565-3325.

2. National Test of the Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) and Emergency Alert System (EAS), Oct. 3

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), will conduct a nationwide test of the Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) and Emergency Alert System (EAS) on the backup date of October 3, 2018 due to ongoing response efforts to Hurricane Florence. The WEA portion of the test commences at 2:18 p.m. EDT, and the EAS portion follows at 2:20 p.m. EDT. The test will assess the operational readiness of the infrastructure for distribution of a national message and determine whether improvements are needed.

The WEA test message will be sent to cell phones that are connected to wireless providers participating in WEA. This is the fourth EAS nationwide test and the first national WEA test. Previous EAS national tests were conducted in November 2011, September 2016, and September 2017 in collaboration with the FCC, broadcasters, and emergency management officials in recognition of FEMA’s National Preparedness Month. Continue at

3. Simcoe Mountain Speaker Series: Bridge of the Gods Landslide, Oct. 3

Wednesday, October 3, 2018   6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Goldendale Community Library – Camplan Community Room 131 W. Burgen Street

The Simcoe Mountains Speaker Series kicks off with Bridge of the Gods Landslide, a talk by Nick Zentner, who teaches geology at Central Washington University and hosts the PBS series Geology Rocks! and the Youtube series Nick on the Rocks.

Refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the Goldendale Community Library. Future presentations will include talks on local wildlife, mushrooming, and this January’s lunar eclipse.

4. Car is King Weekend at Maryhill Museum of Art, Oct. 6 & 7

Celebrate Sam Hill’s love of roads, the automobile, and the arts during this two-day festival devoted to creativity in all its forms.

SCHEDULE – Saturday, October 6:

Concours de Maryhill | 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Classic car show; anyone can enter.  The day concludes with an awards presentation. Organized by Goldendale Motorsports Association. Free on museum grounds for spectators. Want to enter your car?
 Click here for more information.

Drive the Maryhill Loops Road | Noon to 2 p.m.
The historic Maryhill Loops Road, one of the first modern roads in the Northwest, is opened for automobiles only twice a year. This is your chance to take a spin past the beautiful scenery and through the road’s eight hairpin curves. Free on the historic Maryhill Loops Road, located just east of US 97 off of State Route 14.

SCHEDULE – Sunday, October 7

Maryhill Loops Hill Climb | 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Vintage sports cars from the 1930s to 1960s race singly in a three-mile timed climb up the historic Maryhill Loops Road. Free for spectators viewing the race from the Highway 97 Overlook and from designated viewpoints along the route. Organized by the Maryhill Loops Vintage Hill Climb Association; only their approved cars and drivers will be competing.

MANY THANKS TO OUR Car is King Weekend Sponsors: Goldendale Motor Sports Association | Maryhill Loops Vintage Hill Climb Association | Maryhill Museum of Art | Tri-Cities Strictly British Motor Club | Yakima Valley Sports Car Club and the Goldendale Chamber of Commerce.

5. Wasco School Events Center Event Raised Significant Support

The staff and board members of the Wasco School Events Center extend a big THANK YOU to the businesses and community members of Sherman County and neighboring counties who were instrumental in the success of our “Back to School Night” fundraiser on Sept. 22, 2018. Also, all of the volunteers who stepped up to help before, during and after – we couldn’t have done it without you. We live in such a giving community!

After expenses, we are thrilled to share that over $5000 were raised from the dinner, silent auction and Wallowa Lake raffle. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

Moving forward, we will continue with the renovations and upkeep of this 100+ year old building that is a landmark for the town of Wasco and Sherman County. We are hopeful that our fund-raising efforts will also be a benefit to WSEC as we apply for grants in the future.  Again, thank you for your support of the Wasco School Events Center. 

6. Weather: October Outlook & September Monthly Climate Summary w/Graphs

You can find the October outlook and the September monthly climate summary AND GRAPHS (toggle between color and gray) for Moro at

~Marilyn Lohmann, National Weather Service Pendleton  541-276-7832

7. Columbia Gorge Community College Board of Education Meeting, Oct. 9

Columbia Gorge Community College

Board of Education Meeting

October 9, 2018

Hood River Indian Creek Campus – Building 1, Room 1.310

~Tiffany Prince, Executive Assistant to the President & Board of Education
Columbia Gorge Community College, 400 East Scenic Drive, The Dalles Oregon 97058                         Office: (541)506-6103  Cell (509)942-9924  Fax (541)506-6102

8. Seven Rules for Life

  1. Make peace with your past so it does not affect the present.
  2. What others think of you is none of your business.
  3. Time heals almost everything. Give it time.
  4. Don’t compare your life to others and don’t judge them. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
  5. It’s alright not to know all the answers. They will come to you when you least expect it.
  6. You are in charge of your happiness.
  7. Smile! You don’t own all the problems in the world.  ~Unattributed

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

bird.owl3The East Oregonian Parent Magazine Online

The Produce of the Future Could Taste Better, Reduce Waste, and Look Very, Very Cool

How edge computing transformed marine biology research at Oregon State University

Oregon GOP gubernatorial candidate lays out education plan