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.