Sherman County eNews #318


  1. Rufus Food Pantry Schedule Update; Santa to Visit, Dec. 20

  2. Notice. The Times-Journal Deadline for Last Half of December

  3. Public Notice. Sherman County Court Session, Dec. 19

  4. Public Hearing Notice. Sherman County Court Golden Hills SIP Agreement, Dec. 19

  5. Oregon State Police: Are you prepared for winter travel?

  6. It’s All About the Team

  7. First Day Hikes in Oregon State Parks

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


I’m dreaming of a white Christmas

Just like the ones I used to know

Where the treetops glisten, and children listen

To hear sleigh bells in the snow.

I’m dreaming of a white Christmas

With every Christmas card I write

May your days be merry and bright

And may all your Christmases be white.

~ Irving Berlin.

1. Rufus Food Pantry Schedule Update; Santa to Visit, Dec. 20

Christmas.Santa5Rufus Food Pantry is open every 2nd Friday of the month from 10am-1pm and also every 4th Friday of the month from 4pm-6pm. located on the very west end of the Rufus Community Center (old Rufus school). Everyone is welcome. We do have a schedule change this December– we will be open THURSDAY Dec. 20th instead of Friday Dec.21st. SANTA will be there on THURSDAY from 4pm-6pm with gifts and goodies. Hope to see you there!

2. Notice. The Times-Journal Deadline for Last Half of December

pencil.sharpDec. 20 will be our last issue before Christmas.


Friday, Dec. 20 by 12 noon.

Merry Christmas Season!

The Times-Journal

Ph. # 541-384-2421

Fax # 541-384-2411

3. Public Notice. Sherman County Court Session, Dec. 19

ShermanCoLogoThe Sherman County Court session scheduled for Wednesday, December 19, 2018, at 9:00 a.m. will be held in the Commissioners Meeting Room at the Sherman County Courthouse, 500 Court Street, Moro, Oregon, 97039. Agenda topics include Katie Woodruff’s Victims’ Assistance Life Jacket Update; Sheriff Lohrey’s Quarterly Report; Georgia Macnab’s Planning Commission Energy Development Zone; John Day River Territory Annual Contribution; Golden Hills SIP Public Hearing. The agenda, including updates, will be posted on the Sherman County Website at

4. Public Hearing Notice. Sherman County Court Golden Hills SIP Agreement, Dec. 19

Sherman County Court will hold a Public Hearing December 19th at 10:15 am in the Commissioners Meeting Room at Sherman County Courthouse, 500 Court Street in Moro Oregon 97039, regarding the approval of the Golden Hills SIP Agreement.

5. Oregon State Police: Are you prepared for winter travel?

sign_slowOregon winter weather is starting to set in across Oregon. Are you prepared? With the increase chances of snow, freezing rain, and ice on the roadways it is more important than ever to #Knowbeforeyougo.

Checking is the best way to get information on highway closures/construction, minimum chain requirements and road conditions utilizing their traffic cameras.

Those traveling in lower elevations, expect rain and wet roadways.  Which means you will need to increase your following distances due to decreased traction on those wet roads.

OSP is also urges all motorists to plan their travels by:

  • Be prepared in the event you become stuck during your travels- Carry water, food, and blankets in the event you are stuck in your vehicle during your trip
  • Put the distractions away. Pull over to use that handheld electronic device, ask a passenger to help or wait to arrive at your destination to use them.
  • Watch your speed; often speeding will not get you to your destination any faster. You will fatigue faster, burn more fuel, and create a more hazardous environment on the highway.
  • Be extra vigilant in highway work zones. Even when workers are not present, all work zone speed limits still apply and fines double. Inactive work zones still have equipment, detours, and incomplete changes in the roadway so drivers need to slow down and be alert.
  • Get rested before you travel. Fatigued drivers are more frequent during holiday weekends because of increased travel and activity. Be patient and allow plenty of time to reach your destination.
  • Wear your safety belt. Ensure your passengers and children are properly restrained too. We see too many crashes where people would have walked away with minor injuries.
  • Get a designated driver (plan ahead) if you plan on consuming intoxicating substances.

Our partners at Oregon Department of Transportation recently reminded drivers about the dangers of not checking the roads before you go and only utilizing GPS. When roads are closed and your navigation systems direct you onto a detour route, keep in mind that the device you count on for guidance could instead guide you into trouble. 

6. It’s All About the Team

Are you a team player?

If your answer is “No,” take a moment and think again. If you are alive, you’re on a team. Maybe it’s your family, your relationship, your department or division at work, or your neighborhood or community. Maybe it’s your country or your planet. But no matter how you look at it, you are a member of a team.

If you ask people about the richest experiences in their lives, they will usually come up with something they did as part of a team. Sometimes it’s a sports team, but more often it’s a business team, or family members, community orchestra or choir, or some other group where the members were helping each other achieve a common goal.

You can sit on the bench and watch, or you can get up and play. For your mental and physical health, “Be a player.” Get involved. Have a say in calling the plays. Participate! Vote! It’s a lot more fun and, yes, you are correct, it is more work, too. But the more you give, the more you will get. It is all about the opportunity to contribute to something beyond yourself, a chance to express your inner sense of purpose.

“How do I find something to join?” you wonder. Well, what do you care about? What is important to you? There are other people out there who care about that, too. Why not join with them in a common cause? If there is one benefit to the Internet, it is that it provides a wealth of information about people joining together to accomplish a goal.

You know, a sense of your own personal power is a fine thing, but the ultimate power is the tremendous energy created by people working together toward a positive end-result. No one can make your unique contribution, and no, they won’t get along just fine without you. It is the whole that is nearly always greater than the sum of its parts.

So, what are you waiting for? You are a team player – so go find your team! ~The Pacific Institute

7. First Day Hikes in Oregon State Parks

Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) invites Oregonians outdoors on New Year’s Day for the annual First Day Hikes event. Visitors can choose from 32 hikes in 31 parks across the state. All hikes will be guided by a park ranger or volunteer who will share stories about the park’s history, geology, wildlife and plants.

All hikes are free; day-use parking fees will be waived at all participating parks Jan. 1 only.

Hikers can register for specific hikes online at the Oregon State Parks Store: While online registration isn’t required for participation, visitors are encouraged to register. It helps park staff plan the hike and provides them with participant contact information should hike details change.

OPRD advises visitors to plan for inclement weather, dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes, bring water and remember to carry binoculars for viewing wildlife.

OPRD has sponsored First Day Hikes annually since 2012, part of a larger national event organized by America’s State Parks.

Participating parks and meeting areas are below. Full details for each hike are also on

More information about participating parks, including maps and directions, is on

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

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US National Weather Service Pendleton, Oregon

Facebook Road Conditions & Accident Reports for The Columbia River Gorge Area

The Forgotten Oregon Facebook Group

Sherman County Historical Museum Facebook

Oregon public records often come at high cost, glacial pace, expert finds

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Americans Still Prefer Watching to Reading the News – and Mostly Still Through Television

Pew Research Center: What we know about illegal immigration from Mexico

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