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

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