Sherman County eNews #272


  1. Country Christmas Bazaar, Dec. 1

  2. Postscript: Sherman County eNews Friday Classifieds: Thank You Notes

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

  4. A Lick and a Promise

  5. Oregon Sends Second Team to Support Hurricane Michael Response

  6. Career opportunities in Sherman County, Oct. 29

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

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

1. Country Christmas Bazaar, 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. Postscript: Sherman County eNews Friday Classifieds: Thank You Notes

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 Fire & Rescue

3. 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.

October’s Book Club– Thursday, October 18, at 6:00pm
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

4. A Lick and a Promise

Sometimes, “a lick-and-a-promise” is a lot better than nothing and can keep you from feeling overwhelmed. It’s an old phrase, and one some of us were brought up hearing. Still, it can have valid applications today.

Do you ever feel overwhelmed by a huge task that is facing you? Do you ever feel paralyzed because you can’t see your way through to the other side? Henry Ford once said that any task, no matter how large, is manageable if you break it down into small enough pieces. (One imagines he was pondering this, when he institutionalized the assembly line.)

A very busy and wonderfully efficient woman says she belongs to the “lick-and-a-promise” school of housekeeping: because of her busy schedule, she doesn’t have time to thoroughly clean things very often. So, instead, she takes a minute here, a minute there and does what she can. “You’d be surprised,” she says, “how many dishes I can wash in a minute – and there are many, many times throughout the week that I have a minute to spare, but almost no times that I have a free hour…. so I do what I can when I can, and play catch-up later.” It’s a bit of a shift in mindset. Five minutes with a duster can tidy up a room, or a desk.

This philosophy makes sense and applies as well to troubles as it does to tasks. Avoid standing around wringing your hands when there’s trouble and you’re not quite sure of the best thing to do. Wade on in and get to work on some part of the problem, even if the full solution isn’t apparent to you yet. Repairing one part can help lead to a total solution. It’s all in how you look at it. 

When we rouse ourselves to action, it builds our confidence, which can lead to more action and a better handle on the solution. And while your hands are busy, you give your subconscious mind time to come up with solutions. ~The Pacific Institute

 5. Oregon Sends Second Team to Support Hurricane Michael Response

ORStateFlagSalem, OR – October 12, 2018 – The Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal and Oregon Department of Forestry, through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC), is working with Oregon’s Office of Emergency Management to support a request from the Florida Division of Emergency Management for a second All-Hazards Incident Management Teams (IMTs) to support the response to Hurricane Michael.

The EMAC is a mutual aid agreement among states and territories of the United States. Essentially working as a mutual aid system, the agreement offers assistance during governor-declared state of emergency or disaster through a responsive, straightforward system. This system allows states to send personnel, equipment, and commodities to assist with response and recovery efforts in other states.

The OSFM IMT, led by Chief Ted Kunze, also includes staff from the Oregon Department of Forestry who are qualified within the Incident Command Structure. 

“We value our working relationships and partnerships with fellow states agencies,” said Oregon Department of Forestry’s Interim Operations Manager, Blake Ellis. “Florida has been there for us in our time of need, sending a full IMT to our aid during this year’s challenging fire season, and Oregon is fortunate to have the opportunity to return the favor.”

The team heads to Florida tomorrow morning and anticipates a full deployment of 14 days. We wish success to the team and will keep Florida in our thoughts as they recover from this devastating storm.

6. Career opportunities in Sherman County, Oct. 29

Join us to learn about potential career opportunities!
Wasco School Events Center, 903 Barnett St, Wasco Oregon

October 29th at 6:30

Community Counseling Solutions (CCS) < > is looking to place a 14 bed Youth Diversion Center in Wasco Oregon. This will be a place for children usually between the ages of 13 and 17 in need of a safe place to be while arrangements for a suitable placement are secured. Their stay may be as little as 3 days, but no more than 30 days.

As part of determining the best possible rural location for their Youth Diversion Center, CCS would like to better understand the available talent in the mid-Columbia area who are interested and qualified to work at their soon to-be-built facility. The facility will be built within a year once the final location is determined.

A variety of caring and professional staff are needed to make a difference in the life of a child in need. Here is a list of positions that would be available.

Administrative and Support
• Facilities Administrator
• Administrative Assistant
• Residential Associate
• Cook
• Accounting Clerk
• Maintenance
• Billing, Referral and Contracts Coordinator
• Program Director

Medical and Mental Health
• Qualified Mental Health Associate (QMHA) Program Manager
• QMHA Case Manager
• QMHA Social Service Supervisor and Assistants
• Therapist
• Peer Support Specialist
• Nurse Supervisor
• Clinical Supervisor
• Mentor
• Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
• Support Specialist I,II,III
• Mental Health Specialist III
• Social Worker
• Registered Nurse

If you need further training to qualify for some positions WorkSource can help with additional training for those interested in positions. Please send letters of interest to  Be sure to enter your job skills into the iMatchSkills database located at  Join us to discuss the project and potential career opportunities at the Wasco School Events Center.

7. 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.

4.7: Percentage annual personal income has grown in the past year, according to the Oregon Office of Economic Analysis.

13.2: Percentage it has fallen for farm proprietors in the same period.

$1 billion: Additional money the University of Oregon is now trying to raise over the next several years as part of a fundraising campaign initiated in 2014, according to the Register-Guard.

$100 million: Share that would go to a program supporting low-income, high-achieving Oregon students.

32.1: Percent of adult Oregonians who don’t visit the dentist annually, according to US News & World Report.

$30 billion: Amount a catastrophic earthquake — aka “The Big One” — could cause in direct and indirect economic losses, according to the Oregon Secretary of State’s Office.

77: Age of Phil Meglasson, the namesake of the massively popular Phil’s Trail mountain biking network west of Bend. The former U.S. Geological Survey cartographer started building the trail in the early 1980s, according to The Bulletin.

$13 million: Amount the state of Oregon has clawed back from SolarCity — which was acquired by Tesla in 2016 and renamed to Tesla Energy Solutions — after the state found the company had inflated the cost of projects to qualify for higher state tax credits, according to The Oregonian.

$518 million: Amount Oregon wildfires cost this year, a new record, according to The Statesman-Journal.

1,322: Square miles that burned here this summer.

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

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