Sherman County eNews #317


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

  2. Notice. Tri-County Hazardous Waste & Recycling Committee Meeting, Dec. 12

  3. How Healthy is Your Soil?

  4. Subscribe. The Other Oregon: The Voice for Rural Oregon

  5. Community Breakfast to Benefit Goldendale Fire Department, Dec. 9

  6. Begin, Again

“If men of wisdom and knowledge, of moderation and temperance, of patience, fortitude and perseverance, of sobriety and true republican simplicity of manners, of zeal for the honour of the Supreme Being and the welfare of the commonwealth; if men possessed of these other excellent qualities are chosen to fill the seats of government, we may expect that our affairs will rest on a solid and permanent foundation.” —Samuel Adams (1780)

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

 Sherman County Classifieds Facebook Group

Sherman County Facebook Group

Oregon Capital Insider, Capital Chatter

The Other Oregon: The Voice for Rural Oregon

Warm Springs Reflections

1855 Treaty with the Tribes of Middle Oregon

The Museum at Warm Springs

Capital Chatter: Merkley White House run could cost him Senate 

Oregon Encyclopedia: Maraschino Cherries

2. Notice. Tri-County Hazardous Waste & Recycling Committee Meeting, Dec. 12

The Tri-County Hazardous Waste & Recycling Program’s next Steering Committee meeting is scheduled for Wednesday December 12th, 2018 from 8:30-11:30 am at the Wasco County Planning Department, located at 2705 East 2nd Street in The Dalles, Oregon.

Representatives from the member agencies of the counties of Wasco, Sherman and Hood River, and the cities of The Dalles, Hood River, Cascade Locks, Mosier, Dufur and Maupin will hold their meeting to discuss approval of minutes, fiscal & progress reports, lead agency, budget, status of facilities, staffing, grants and other miscellaneous items.

The nine governments signed an intergovernmental agreement in November 2003 to build and operate two permanent household hazardous waste collection facilities in Hood River and The Dalles, and conduct satellite collection events throughout the region. Wasco County is the lead agency. The facilities and events collect hazardous wastes from households, businesses and institutions which are Conditionally Exempt Small Quantity Generators, as well as pesticide wastes from farmers and ranchers.

For more information: Call Tri-County Hazardous Waste & Recycling Program at (541) 506-2636.

3. How Healthy is Your Soil?

Chewed-up, ripped, torn, threadbare, riddled with holes, completely, utterly soiled–the undies in Oregon’s farm country are falling to pieces. And that’s just the way farmers like it.

Whether you’re on crop, range or forestland, the quick and dirty way to test your soil health is by “planting” a pair of new, cotton underwear in the site you’re curious about. Wait at least 60 days, then dig them back up. The more the undies are deteriorated, the healthier your soil.

100% cotton vanishing act

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4. Subscribe. The Other Oregon: The Voice for Rural Oregon

Our aim: to create a stronger connection between urban and rural Oregonians.

The Other Oregon is a quarterly magazine and monthly e-newsletter to address, from a rural perspective, the issues, values, culture and lifestyle uniquely important to rural Oregon. Content will focus on key areas, such as health care, economic development, water, workforce, transportation and education, along with impacts from federal and state legislation and the urban-rural interface.

The magazine will also celebrate rural life by covering rural culture and the people that uniquely define the non-urban side of Oregon. TOO magazine will be distributed free of charge to key decision makers in state and federal government, economic development groups, chamber boards, and other recipients suggested by our steering committee.


The Other Oregon magazine is distributed in print by mail to 5,000 key decision makers in Oregon each quarter:

  • Oregon’s U.S. Congressional delegation
  • State legislators and heads of state agencies
  • County commissions and judges
  • Mayors and city managers
  • Leaders of chambers and economic development groups
  • Major foundations
  • Heads of colleges and universities
  • Media organizations
  • Leaders of large businesses in metro areas
  • Others by request


To help shape our coverage and defray our distribution expenses, we have asked a select group of rural Oregon entities to join our steering committee, based on their ability to provide a unique perspective on rural Oregon issues. The committee as a whole will represent a wide-ranging, diverse group that can help generate content and advocate for rural Oregon.

5. Community Breakfast to Benefit Goldendale Fire Department, Dec. 9

Goldendale American Legion Community Breakfast

Benefiting the

Goldendale Fire Department

Sunday, December 9th 2018

8:00 am to 10:00 am

All You Can Eat Pancakes $5.00

includes orange juice and coffee

Additional Items:

1 Egg $1.00

1 Ham Slice $1.00

2 Sausage Patties $1.00

1 Biscuit w/Gravy $2.00

Hash Browns $1.00

Gravy $1.00

Milk $1.00

Orange Juice $1.00

Coffee $1.00

6. Begin, Again

In the last decade, many places around the world have been hit with some pretty bad natural disasters. Hurricanes, earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanoes and wildfires take their toll on homes and possessions leaving many homeless and without material resources. Economies are in turmoil, leaving a lot of folks wondering about their financial futures. Political upheaval has many living life as refugees far from their homelands. The toll on human life and spirit can sometimes be unbearable.

While it’s natural and certainly understandable to feel devastated for a while in situations like this, some folks bounce back far more quickly than others. Instead of sitting around feeling hopeless and helpless, they will pick themselves up and do whatever it takes to start over again. Instead of dwelling on what they’ve lost and becoming depressed, they will focus their energies on what they still have and what they need to do to recover.

Now, this quality of resiliency, or the ability to take a hit and bounce back, has a lot to do with your overall feelings of self-worth. It also has a lot to do with your belief about whether your life is largely controlled by you, or by forces outside yourself.

People with high self-esteem and an internal sense of control over their lives just naturally bounce back more quickly than those who feel their lives are controlled by some thing or someone “out there.” The question becomes, is the power within us or not? (Hint: The answer should be “within” us.)

It is important for you to know that your thinking is not set in stone, unless you want it to be. Resiliency and esteem are qualities that you can develop in yourself and in your children. You can learn to be so internally strong and resilient, that no personal setback can keep you down for very long.

Disasters can be gut-wrenching, and it may be difficult to see beyond the immediate. By giving ourselves a mindset shift in how we perceive what goes on around us, and within us, we also give ourselves a clean slate in order to begin again, creating a better future. ~The Pacific Institute