Sherman County eNews #271


  1. Farm Bureau Fire Relief Funds Available, Applications Due Nov 1

  2. Editorial. Forum or No Forum; Government Bias

  3. Grab Hold of Your Dreams

  4. Oregon Public Meetings Law & Public Notice Requirements

  5. Oregon Newspaper Publishers – Public Notices

  6. Cascade Singers’ December Concert, Dec. 8 & 9

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

1. Farm Bureau Fire Relief Funds Available, Applications Due Nov 1

Through the generous contributions of NW Farm Credit Services and individual Farm Bureau member families, Oregon Farm Bureau (OFB) has established a fire relief fund which has raised over $27,000.  If you would like to contribute, you may still make a contribution through OFB.

An advisory committee made up of local farmers and ranchers from Wasco and Sherman Counties with two staff from OFB will review applications for aid.  The task force chair is Ken Polehn, Wasco County Farm Bureau President and The Dalles area fruit grower.  The current intent is to provide approximately $2,000-$2,500 amounts of help to those who demonstrate uncovered losses (meaning losses not covered by insurance, or other public or private relief funds).  Once requests for funds are received and evaluated, this range may be adjusted.

Any Wasco or Sherman County resident who makes a substantial amount of their livelihood from agriculture whose agricultural operation suffered uncompensated loss from the 2018 fires may apply.  You do not have to be an OFB member to apply or receive funds.

Applications are available at  All applications received prior to Nov. 1, 2018 will be considered.  The task force intends to make funding decisions and distribute funds by Thanksgiving.  For more information, contact Ken Polehn,, or Dave Dillon,

2. Editorial. Forum or No Forum; Government Bias

pen.markerIt came to our attention that organizers of last spring’s Sherman County political forum are reluctant to put on a candidates’ forum this fall because they feel they are too close to county government. Well, it was quite obvious that they were …and they are.

However well-intentioned, we believe it may be impossible to conduct an unbiased political forum in our county community right now. If the spring forum was any kind of measure, it’s a stretch to imagine an ethical candidate willing to participate. A neutral sponsor, an unbiased moderator and relevant questions are required, all three.  

County government’s recent political use of The Citizen-Reporter revealed improper bias which led to this notice: “Sherman County would like to note that no campaigning for elected positions prior to the election shall appear in The Citizen-Reporter. Any notations of this in prior editions was due to oversight.”

The candidate who signed information he submitted to the August issue of The Citizen-Reporter with his name as “Candidate for County Judge” works for a tri-county government entity and knows it was improper. County elected officials and employee supervisors know it is improper. There are no excuses. No apologies, either.

We expect impartial, ethical and transparent performance from those who work for us in government positions.

3. Grab Hold of Your Dreams

Do you have dreams? No, we’re not talking about the ones that happen while you’re asleep. We’re talking about the dreams that inspire your life! How are these dreams doing? The ones you had as a kid or as a young adult, the ones you have now – dreams that inspire you and give a sense of passion and purpose to your life.

The late humorist and columnist Erma Bombeck once said, “There are people who put their dreams in a little box and say ‘Yes, I’ve got dreams – of course I do!’ Then they put the box away, bring it out once in a while to look inside and, yep, they’re still in there. These are great dreams, but they never get out of the box.” Open the lid and grab a hold of those dreams.

Dreams have an important place in our every-day lives, for they spark the mind and lift the soul. Jenny Craig, founder of the highly successful national weight-loss clinics said, “It’s not what you do once in a while – it’s what you do day in and day out that makes the difference.” And it’s the passion for the dream that prods you toward it, day by day.

Take that dream out of the box, put it into the middle of your heart and the center of your mind, and build your daily life around it. Don’t let a day go by without making some progress toward realizing that dream. You affirm it, visualize it, set goals toward it, research it, and share it with those who can help you. In short, you live and breathe that dream.

And one day – probably sooner than you think – you’ll be able to retire it and get a new one, because you will have made this dream come true. Have a party – celebrate! It is good news when a dream comes true, because it leaves more room for future dreams, waiting to be realized. ~The Pacific Institute

4. Oregon Public Meetings Law & Public Notice Requirements


Oregon Revised Statute (ORS)

192.610 Definitions for ORS 192.610 to 192.690. As used in ORS 192.610 to 192.690:

(1) “Decision” means any determination, action, vote or final disposition upon a motion, proposal, resolution, order, ordinance or measure on which a vote of a governing body is required, at any meeting at which a quorum is present.

(2) “Executive session” means any meeting or part of a meeting of a governing body which is closed to certain persons for deliberation on certain matters.

(3) “Governing body” means the members of any public body which consists of two or more members, with the authority to make decisions for or recommendations to a public body on policy or administration.

(4) “Public body” means the state, any regional council, county, city or district, or any municipal or public corporation, or any board, department, commission, council, bureau, committee or subcommittee or advisory group or any other agency thereof.

(5) “Meeting” means the convening of a governing body of a public body for which a quorum is required in order to make a decision or to deliberate toward a decision on any matter. “Meeting” does not include any on-site inspection of any project or program. “Meeting” also does not include the attendance of members of a governing body at any national, regional or state association to which the public body or the members belong.

192.620 Policy. The Oregon form of government requires an informed public aware of the deliberations and decisions of governing bodies and the information upon which such decisions were made. It is the intent of ORS 192.610 to 192.690 that decisions of governing bodies be arrived at openly. [1973 c.172 §1] [1973 c.172 §2;

192.640 Public notice required; special notice for executive sessions, special or emergency meetings. (1) The governing body of a public body shall provide for and give public notice, reasonably calculated to give actual notice to interested persons including news media which have requested notice, of the time and place for holding regular meetings. The notice shall also include a list of the principal subjects anticipated to be considered at the meeting, but this requirement shall not limit the ability of a governing body to consider additional subjects.

(2) If an executive session only will be held, the notice shall be given to the members of the governing body, to the general public and to news media which have requested notice, stating the specific provision of law authorizing the executive session.

(3) No special meeting shall be held without at least 24 hours’ notice to the members of the governing body, the news media which have requested notice and the general public. In case of an actual emergency, a meeting may be held upon such notice as is appropriate to the circumstances, but the minutes for such a meeting shall describe the emergency justifying less than 24 hours’ notice. [1973 c.172 §4; 1979 c.644 §3; 1981 c.182 §1]193.020 Newspaper in which public notice may be published.

Universal Citation: OR Rev Stat § 193.020 (through Leg Sess 2011)

(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, 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]

5. Oregon Newspaper Publishers – Public Notices

Search for public notices by county, city, date or subject here:

6. Cascade Singers’ December Concert, Dec. 8 & 9

music-notes“Choose Something Like a Star” is the title for the Cascade Singers’ December 8 and 9 holiday concert.  The line comes from a poem by Robert Frost set to music by Randall Thompson.  It will be featured along with familiar Christmas favorites by the choir, ensemble, and children’s choir.  The venue is Zion Lutheran Church, 10th and Union Streets, The Dalles.  Saturday’s concert begins at 7 p.m. and the Sunday concert starts at 3 p.m.  Admission is by donation at the door.

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

bird.owlDonald Trump’s USA Today Op-ed Annotated

95 cities and counties in Oregon where it’s still illegal to sell marijuana

Congress passes mandate that Trump administration complete village for Northwest tribes

OSU helps in project to bring faster broadband to Oregon

Oregon wildfire costs hit record high of $514 million in 2018


Sherman County eNews #270






church.family1Jesus Is Life Giving Bread

In the book of Mark twice Jesus fed thousands of people at one time by taking a small number of loaves and fish and dividing them. In the second of those encounters, as they were ready to begin their journey home, Jesus said, “I feel compassion for the people because they have remained with Me now three days and have nothing to eat. If I send them away hungry to their homes, they will faint on the way; and some of them have come from a great distance.” (Mark 8:2–3, NASB)

These people had been with Him for three days, so intent of Him that they ignored their own need for food. When it was time for them to leave Jesus in a great show of compassion for them undertook meeting their physical need for food so that they would have the strength to make it home, and not pass out on the way. We go on to read in the following verses and in Matthew 15:38 that after the thousands were fully satisfied that there was still some left over. We are not told what happened to the leftovers, but it would not surprise me if it was given to sustain those with the greatest distance on their way home.

In John 6:35 and 40 Jesus said, “I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me will not hunger, and he who believes in Me will never thirst.” … “For this is the will of My Father, that everyone who beholds the Son and believes in Him will have eternal life, and I Myself will raise him up on the last day.”” (John 6:35,40, NASB)

Jesus not only has compassion on our physical need in coming to Him, but for our deepest spiritual need as well which is the forgiveness of sin and the gift of eternal life. He will see us home.

Joe Burgess
Pastor, First Baptist Grass Valley

2.  CLASSIFIEDS (new or corrected)


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THANK YOU! We want to thank all the firefighters and friends who dropped everything they were doing to race to our rescue to save our home above Biggs. The wind was blowing so hard and we surely would have lost everything if it weren’t for you. Thank you also for all the visits, calls, prayers and messages. It is much appreciated. We are still truly amazed and forever grateful! We love you all! ~Terry and Teri Sanderson 

THANK YOU TO OUR FIRE FIGHTERS! For the second time this summer I must thank our Firefighters, both local and from other areas.  I know that our farmers-turned-firefighters are getting very weary and it has taken a toll on the equipment that was made for farming, not for fighting fires! The fire that started at Biggs was a tragedy with the loss of a home and animals. With the recent rain we hope the fire season is over but we should still remain vigilant! Thank you again to all Firefighters! ~McKinney Ranch Families

THANK YOU to all the firefighters who came from all over to help fight the fire that started at Biggs on Tuesday October 2nd. I am especially grateful to all the hard-working, dedicated farmers who know how to fight all these fires better than anyone. You have my respect and appreciation. Sincerely, Cris Welk

CONGRATULATIONS to Sherman County School District Hall of Honor inductees, Sherman County Athletic Foundation, Mike Beers, Karla von Borstel Chambers and, posthumously, Gordon D. Helyer and Wily Knighten, Sr., who were honored on Friday, September 28th at Sherman County School. ~The Editor

Appreciation can make a day – even change a life.

Your willingness to put it into words

is all that is necessary.

~ Margaret Cousins 



PARENT TEACHER ORGANIZATION. Sherman County PTO is asking for donations of unwanted Halloween decorations for their Haunted House taking place on October 26th in conjunction with the annual Trunk or Treat. Please contact Tionie Kock (541-993-3212) or Kelsi Phillips (541-639-5513) if you have items you would like to donate. Donations can also be dropped off directly at Sherman County School. Thank you!   10/19


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


FOUND:  Verizon iPhone in gray case, screen pic is photo of a red/black Union snowboard binding. Found on shoulder of the road in upper Hay Canyon. It is set on “Do Not Disturb” so it is unable to receive calls/messages. Contact the Sherman County Sheriff’s office to claim.


“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

Notice of Immediate Opening: City Council Position, City of Wasco. Effective 9-18-18 The City of Wasco is looking to fill a City Council Vacancy. Position will be the remainder of the Councilor’s term which has 27 months remaining, the term ends on 12-31-2020. Interested parties will need to send or bring a letter of Interest to City Hall, all applicants letters will be read by remaining Council Members at the October 16th Council Meeting. After deliberation, they will choose the Council seat replacement.
1. Have residency within the City for a continuous period of 12 months immediately preceding election or appointment.
2. Be registered to vote within the City for 12 continuous months immediately preceding election or appointment.
3. Continue residency within the City during any term of office.
Letters will be accepted: In person, by fax, email or mail. Interest Letters will need to be received by October 16th at 5:00p.m. to qualify.
If you have any questions please contact Ali Roark, at Wasco City Hall
Phone: 541-442-5515, Fax: 541-442-5001
City Hall hours: 8:30a.m to 5:00p.m. Monday-Thursday 10/12


SUBSTITUTE COOK/KITCHEN ASSISTANT: Substitute backup cook/kitchen assistant at the Sherman County Senior & Community Center. When needed hours would be 6 hours per day, on any one day Monday-Friday. This is a backup position in case primary personnel are absent. Contact Kari Silcox at the Sherman County Senior & Community Center at PO Box 352, Moro OR 97039. 541-565-3191, Applications are accepted until 5pm on Thursday, October 18th, 2018. Successful applicants must have or be willing to obtain a Food Handlers Card and pass a criminal history background check. Sherman County in an equal opportunity employer. 10/12

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


WE’LL BE AT THE HOOD RIVER HARVEST BAZAAR OCTOBER 12-14:  One of a kind handcrafted furniture and 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 | 10/12 

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


GETTING READY FOR COOLER WEATHER?  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

HALLOWEEN DECORATIONS. Sherman County Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) is asking for donations of unwanted Halloween decorations for their Haunted House taking place on October 26th in conjunction with the annual Trunk or Treat. Please contact Tionie Kock (541-993-3212) or Kelsi Phillips (541-639-5513) if you have items you would like to donate. Donations can also be dropped off directly at Sherman County School. Thank you! 10/26 

4-H THEATRE ARTS CLUB LEADER. Want to help lead a new 4-H “Theatre Arts” club? No acting or performing experience needed! We’ve got lots of kids with interest in drama, there’s easy-to-use 4-H curriculum, and we just received a $2000 grant to put on a kids’ drama musical with hired instructors. 4-H clubs need to meet at least 6 times a year, usually once a month, plus you’d need to attend the monthly Sherman 4-H Assn meetings. Let the Sherman Extension Office know if you’re interested, love to have you! 541-565-3230 or email 10/12 

3. CALENDAR (new or corrected)

Sherman County School District Calendar


12 Sherman Football vs. Imbler 2 at Imbler Cancelled

12-14 Hood River Harvest Bazaar

13 Memorial Service for Latrelle Smoot 11 Moro Presbyterian Church

13 Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum 9 Antique Gliders & Bikes

13 Sherman Volleyball vs. Condon/Wheeler 1 at Sherman

15 Wasco School Events Center Coffee Hour 10-11

15 Eastern Oregon Regional Tourism Gathering 10-3 Condon

16 Last Day to Register to Vote in November 6 General Election

16 Unit 20, Oregon Retired Educators 12 Portage Grill

16 Sherman Volleyball vs. Dufur 5 at Sherman

16 Frontier Regional 911 Agency Board Meeting 10 North Central ESD Bldg., Condon

16 Wasco City Council 7

17 Biggs Service District Public Meeting re: Water System 8:30 Courthouse

17 Sherman County Court 9

17 Gilliam County Court 10

17 Wheeler County Court 10

18 Sherman County Book Club 6 Sherman Public/School Library

19 Recitation of the Holy Rosary for John Kalista 6 St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Wasco

19 Sherman Football vs. Dufur 7 at Sherman – Sherman Homecoming Cancelled

19-21 White Salmon Fall Art Walk

20 Funeral Mass for John Kalista, graveside services, potluck fellowship, Wasco

20 Sherman Volleyball Playoffs at Echo TBD

20 4th Annual Oktoberfest Dinner Auction Benefit, The Woolery, Arlington

20 Bingo for Breannah 6 Grass Valley Pavilion

22 Wasco School Events Center Coffee Hour 10-11

22 Sherman County Photography Club 6 Steve Burnet/OSU Extension Building, Moro

23-31 Red Ribbon Week: Promote Drug-Free Lifestyles

24 Tri-County Court Meeting 10-2 Condon

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

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

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

31 Halloween


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

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

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

5 Sherman County Lions Club


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 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)

13-15 Association of Oregon Counties Conference

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

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

21 Sherman County Court 9

22 Thanksgiving Day 


1 Sherman Historical Museum Christmas Open House & Museum Store Sale

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

15 Bill of Rights Day; Iraq War Ended 2011

21 Winter Begins

25 Christmas Day

31 Official End of WWII 1946