Sherman County eNews #27


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

  2. Sherman County SWCD & Watershed Council Annual Meeting, Feb. 12

  3. Unit 20, Oregon Retired Educators Program, Feb. 19

  4. Oregon school board members take their case to Washington, D.C.

  5. Navigating the Rocks in the Road

  6. Sherman County Senior & Community Center February Meal Menu

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

Sherman County School District Event Calendar

bird.owl.limbPerry Technical Institute

Oregon State Transportation Funding Overview & Revenue Background Slide Show

Medical Marijuana Report from Oregon Health Authority

Marijuana, a Presentation

Industry-Led Apprenticeships Emerging as a Pathway to Employment

The Patriot Post, Opinion: In Border Talks, a New Fight for Barrier Deniers

The American Thinker

The Limbaugh Letter

14 Incredible Discounts Seniors Are Taking Advantage Of In 2019

2. Sherman County SWCD & Watershed Council Annual Meeting, Feb. 12

Sherman County Soil & Water Conservation District


Sherman County Watershed Council

Annual Meeting

February 12th, 2019

Social Hour @ 5:30pm

Dinner @ 6pm catered by Paradise Rose Chuckwagon

Our guest speaker will be Bob Zybach, discussing wildfire history in Oregon. He is an independent historian and has conducted forest science and public education research as president of his family business, NW Maps Co for the past 25 years. Bob has a PhD from OSU in Environmental Sciences, with a research focus on forest and wildfire history. He has written and lectured extensively on reforestation planning, wildfire history and economics, Oregon history, and the state’s cultural and resources management. Bob has been widely interviewed by the public media on a diversity of topics related to cultural and natural resources.

Cost is $20/ea. Please RSVP by calling the Sherman SWCD office at 541-565-3216 or email

3. Unit 20, Oregon Retired Educators Program, Feb. 19

Unit 20, Oregon Retired Educators, will meet noon Tuesday, the 19th, at the Hood River Valley Adult Center.  Presenting the program, “Trekking in Nepal”, will be member Frank Wall.  Guests are welcome.  An update on the pending State OREA Convention, May 6th & 7th, Hood River, will be provided.  Members are asked to make current their volunteer hours.

4. Oregon school board members take their case to Washington, D.C.

Oregon school board members took pressing education issues directly to the state’s congressional delegation this week.

Nearly two dozen Oregon school board members and OSBA staff traveled to Washington, D.C., for the National School Boards Association’s 2019 Advocacy Institute. Four days of symposiums, advocacy training events and networking with hundreds of school board members from around the country culminated Tuesday with personal meetings with Oregon’s seven congressional members.

OSBA Board President Tass Morrison (North Santiam SD) said Oregon school board members focused on reauthorizing and updating the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, which helps fund special education costs, and the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act, which provides school funding to replace lost timber revenue.

The Oregon contingent included OSBA Board, Legislative Policy Committee, Oregon School Board Members of Color Caucus and staff members. Attendees in addition to Morrison included OSBA President-elect Kevin Cassidy (Baker SD); Vice President Scott Rogers (Athena-Weston SD); Secretary-treasurer Maureen Wolf (Tigard-Tualatin SD); Past President LeeAnn Larsen (Beaverton SD); Paul Anthony (Portland PS); Andrew Bryan (Baker SD); Loren Chavarria (Corvallis SD); Yesenia Delgado (Reynolds SD); Sherry Duerst-Higgins (South Lane SD and Lane ESD); Kris Howatt (Gresham-Barlow SD); Melissa LaCrosse (Jefferson SD); Sonja McKenzie (Parkrose SD); Rita Moore (Portland PS); Betty Reynolds (West Linn-Wilsonville SD); Ricardo Ruiz (Reynolds SD); Jennifer Spurgeon (Athena-Weston SD); and Kim Strelchun (Hillsboro SD).

Board members asked legislators how they could do more to support legislation to help students and schools.

“They said we could send them data, but what they really wanted were our stories, what’s working, what’s not working,” Morrison said.  OSBA’s Oregonians for Student Success campaign ( is providing education advocacy support, as well as creating events ( to help school board members connect with state legislators to make the case for adequate and stable school funding.

OSBA is a non-profit member services agency for more than 200 locally elected boards serving school districts, ESDs and community colleges.

5. Navigating the Rocks in the Road

The road to positive change isn’t always easy. We are going to run into potholes and cracked pavement along the way. So today, let’s talk about ways to strengthen your will to change, ways that go far beyond New Year’s resolutions – especially the ones you made a few weeks ago, and have already abandoned.

Okay, you’ve decided to change something about your life. Maybe you’ve decided to lose 20 pounds or run two miles every day or stop smoking. You’ve made your decision and begun the new behavior, you’re affirming it in words and mental pictures several times a day, and things are going great.

Sooner or later, you’re probably going to be tempted to slip back into old ways, especially when you’re feeling tired, lonely or sad. Everybody comes upon these rocks in the road, whenever they are on the path to change. It is then that you need to have a plan ready that will help keep you on track.

One thing you can do is be ready with a list of alternative activities in which you can engage until the temptation passes – someone you can call to give you words of encouragement, a walk around the city or in the woods, maybe a trip to the movies.

If you get through the temptation successfully, give yourself a tangible reward for hanging in there. Call it a willpower reward, if you need to. It should be something you will get genuine pleasure from – a gizmo or gadget you’ve been wanting, a music download or movie for your collection, a perfume you’ve been wanting to try, a new pair of shoes. Or it can be an activity – a massage, facial, round of golf, or a couple of hours with a good novel. Whatever you choose, the reward just needs to be meaningful for you.

If you don’t do so well and slip up, forgive yourself. Grant yourself the right to be human, and then get right back on track. We are not talking perfection here; we are talking about fulfilled potential! ~The Pacific Institute

6. Sherman County Senior & Community Center February Meal Menu

 We serve lunch at 12:00, noon sharp.  First come, first served. 

If you have a group of 2 or more, please let the Kitchen staff know at #565-3191, the day before to ensure that we make enough food to serve!

MEAL PRICING: Under 60 Yrs. Is $7.00 ~ 60 Yrs. & UP $4.00 suggested donation!

  Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Potato Bacon Soup
Toasted Turkey/Cheese Sandwich
Veggies, Salad & Dessert
4 5 6 7 8
Chicken Alfredo Swedish Meatballs Meatloaf Pizza loaded w. Meat Baked Potato, Chili & Cheese
Salad Bar Rotini Noodles Mashed Potatoes/Gravy Salad Bar Salad Bar
Veggies & Dessert Veggies, Salad & Fruit Veggies, Salad & Dessert Veggies & Fruit Veggies & Dessert
11 12 13 14 Valentine’s Day 15
Chicken Enchilada Bake Hamburger Gravy Pork Chops/mushroom sauce Beef & Noodles Cheeseburgers
Mexican Rice over mashed potatoes Mixed Grain Pilaf Salad Bar Potato Wedges
Veggies, Salad & Dessert Veggies, Salad & Fruit Veggies, Salad & Dessert Veggies & Fruit Veggies, Salad & Dessert
18 19 20 21 22
CLOSED Oriental Chicken Beef Stroganoff Chicken Patty/Bun Hamburger Veggie Soup
FOR PRESIDENT’S Rice Pilaf Rotini Noodles Tater Tots Dill Bread & Cottage Cheese
DAY Veggies, Salad & Fruit Veggies, Salad & Dessert Veggies, Salad & Fruit Veggies, Salad & Dessert
25 26 27 28  
Spaghetti w. Meat Sauce Mac & Cheese w. Ham Chicken Fried Steak BBQ Burger & Cheddar  
Garlic Bread Salad Bar Mashed Potatoes & Gravy Cornbread Pie  
Veggies, Salad & Dessert Veggies & Fruit Veggies, Salad & Dessert Veggies, Salad & Fruit  

Menu subject to change due to availability

ATTENTION:  For those who have food allergies, be aware that a large variety of foods are prepared in the kitchen.  Therefore, meals may be prepared with ingredients and food service equipment may come in contact with ingredients to which you may have an allergic reaction, such as nuts.


Sherman County eNews #26


  1. OSU Agricultural Extension Stakeholders Gathering, Feb. 6

  2. Mike Rowe Work Ethic Scholarship Foundation

  3. You Can’t Control Others’ Acts… Instead Control Your Reaction

  4. Columbia Gorge Genealogical Society Spring Workshop Registration

  5. Finally Making a Decision

  6. Oregon Historical Society Announces 2019-2023 Strategic Plan

  7. OMSI: Science Behind Pixar, How Math & Science Bring Characters to Life

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

1. OSU Agricultural Extension Stakeholders Gathering, Feb. 6

Want to learn about and discuss “what’s happening” with the future of Sherman and Wasco County Agricultural Extension?  With the retirement of ag agents Sandy Macnab and Brian Tuck in recent years, the counties do not currently have a full-time agricultural extension agent or one experienced in large farms, dryland cereal crops or livestock.

Oregon State University Extension invites interested stakeholders to a gathering Wednesday, February 6 at 4pm in Moro.  The meeting will be held at the Steve Burnet Extension Building, 66365 Lonerock Rd, Moro.  Snacks will be provided.  RSVP to 541-565-3230.

Come to hear from:

  • Bob Durham, Dufur, Extension Citizens Advisory member – statewide Extension funding and Legislative update
  • Dana Martin, Deschutes County, Extension Regional Director – update on the Central Region (which includes Sherman and Wasco counties)
  • Sam Angima, OSU Ag Extension Program Leader – Conversation on what type of ag extension position is needed to serve Sherman and Wasco counties

~Submitted by Sue Mabe and Cindy Brown

Oregon State University, OSU Extension Service – Sherman County  

66365 Lonerock Rd, Moro, Oregon 97039

P: 541-565-3230 | C: 541-993-5291

2. Mike Rowe Work Ethic Scholarship Foundation

toolbox4Calling all skilled workers!

Plumbers, electricians, welders, and all skilled workers who make civilized life possible:

The time has come to announce another modest pile of money available through our Work Ethic Scholarship Program for people willing to learn a trade that’s in demand.

The 2019 Work Ethic Scholarship Program officially opens on Monday, January 28, 2019, and the deadline to submit applications is Thursday, March 28, 2019. See

We’re looking for the next generation of aspiring workers who will work smart and hard.  This program doesn’t focus on test scores, grades, or grammar.  It’s about the people who share our values and understand the importance of work ethic, personal responsibility, delayed gratification, and a positive attitude.

3. You Can’t Control Others’ Acts… Instead Control Your Reaction

You can’t control others’ acts, but you can control your reaction to their acts, and that is what counts most to you.  No one can make you feel any negative emotion — fear, anger, or inferiority — without your express permission. There will always be people who find perverse enjoyment in upsetting others, or who simply play upon your emotions so that they can use you for their own selfish purposes. Whether or not they are successful depends entirely upon you and how you react to their negative behaviors. When you are forced to deal with such people, recognize from the outset that they are trying to upset you, not because of something you may have done to them, but because of some problem they have with themselves. Tell yourself, “This isn’t about me. I will not allow this person to upset me. I am in control of my emotions and my life.” ~Napoleon Hill Foundation

4. Columbia Gorge Genealogical Society Spring Workshop Registration

Columbia Gorge Genealogical Society

Spring Workshop  May 18, 2019

Columbia Gorge Discovery Center

Guest speaker, Pam Vestal, is a professional genealogist and speaker from West Linn, Oregon, and the owner of Generations Genealogy, LLC. After 20 years as a professional writer, Pam turned her full attention to her longtime love of genealogy. Since that time, her articles have appeared in the Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly and her lectures have taken her all over the country. The lecture topics are:

*Finding What You Need and Making the Most of What You Find

*Why They Left, Where They Went, Journey Tales

*Beyond Names and Dates, Female Ancestors

The Heritage Quest Research Library “Books On The Road” mobile book store with genealogy books, maps, CD’s and more will be on hand!

Download the registration form from our blog page

Register early and claim your seat!  Any questions? Email Georga Foster, or Juanita Neitling, Mailing address: CGGS, P.O. Box 1088, The Dalles, OR 97058

5. Finally Making a Decision

The moment of truth has arrived and it’s time to decide. You have investigated alternatives, narrowed the field, determined all the positive and negative consequences, figured costs and benefits, and, all in all, done a great deal of careful consideration.

But here it is again – that paralyzing fear of actually choosing. What if you make the wrong choice? What if what you choose to do doesn’t work? You start to sweat and your stomach aches. Then, your head hurts. Pretty soon, you start to wonder if maybe you should decide to not decide, and just call it a day.

There is always the possibility that you “have to” choose. Or maybe you’re tired of feeling paralyzed and you’re going to bite the bullet and actually do something, regardless of the consequences. What you need is a path, a pattern, to follow on the way to making that decision.

Here’s an idea that may help. First, make a list of your choices. Writing them down takes them from the realm of chaotic internal thought and makes them concrete. Then, rank them with number one the most acceptable, then number two, and so on. Now, focus on your number one option. That’s where your energies should go, that’s the one you should pursue – for now.

Once you’ve chosen, commit to it. Really give it your best effort and the best chance to work. But remember that if number one turns out not to be such a good idea, you can always try the next option on your list, or make another choice.

When you’re stuck, any step in the right direction is a milestone. There is more than one route to any destination, and this method will give you the breathing room you need to get going. And it works for individuals, teams, departments and organizations. ~The Pacific Institute

6. Oregon Historical Society Announces 2019-2023 Strategic Plan

Oregon.BeaverFor more than a year, the Oregon Historical Society (OHS) has been developing a Strategic Plan to guide their work through 2023. While OHS has celebrated many proud accomplishments in our mission to preserve our state’s history and make it accessible to all, we have also encountered challenges and identified areas for growth.

Led by a Design Team with consultant support, we undertook a planning process and engaged numerous stakeholders including staff, trustees, volunteers, members, educators, editorial advisory board members, the Cabinet (OHS’s emerging leaders board), affiliates from around the state, community leaders, and national experts in public history, research libraries, archives, and museums.

Informed by these perspectives, the OHS staff and trustees came together to explore our vision, values, strengths, challenges, and strategies. The Design Team then fleshed out a five-year strategic framework and associated near-term implementation milestones. Drawing on additional feedback from all staff, the Design Team finalized our plan and began drafting achievement milestones, which will be regularly updated as our work proceeds.

With this new Strategic Plan, OHS commits to redoubling our efforts to partner with communities across the state as we also deepen our internal capabilities to become a more diverse and inclusive institution. We are excited to further leverage the power of technology to enhance visitors’ and users’ experiences, and to become a more efficient, effective, and collaborative organization.

In the spirit of accountability and transparency, we are proud to share with the community our 2019–2023 Strategic Plan.

7. OMSI: Science Behind Pixar, How Math & Science Bring Characters to Life

PORTLAND, Ore. – The Science Behind Pixar, an exhibition about the science behind some of the most beloved animated films and their characters, opens February 23 at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI). This hands-on exhibition demonstrates the technology that supports the creativity and artistry of Pixar’s storytellers.

Created by the Museum of Science, Boston and Pixar Animation Studios, and featuring more than 40 interactive elements, The Science Behind Pixar showcases the science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) concepts used by the artists and computer scientists who help bring Pixar’s award-winning films to the big screen.

“The Science Behind Pixar is an interactive exhibit that offers people a hands-on opportunity to understand how we make our films,” said Jim Morris, president of Pixar Animation Studios. “At Pixar, we use science, technology, engineering, art and math – along with a significant dash of creativity and fun – and this exhibit is truly a great demonstration of how all those ingredients come together in our filmmaking process.”

Visitors of all ages will have the opportunity to engage in and learn about the filmmaking process through hands-on activities inspired by some of Pixar’s most treasured films, from the first-ever computer animated feature film “Toy Story,” which opened over two decades ago, to Pixar’s summer 2015 release, “Inside Out.”

“I’m thrilled we are hosting The Science Behind Pixar at OMSI. This exhibit truly immerses you in the Pixar filmmaking process. It explores the creativity and artistry of the Pixar filmmakers and highlights how computers are used as a filmmaking tool,” said Nancy Stueber, president and CEO of OMSI. “Digital animation classes are very popular at OMSI. They are not only fun and engaging, but they emphasize the STEAM skills that go into computer animation.”

The exhibition is broken into eight distinct sections, each focusing on a step of the filmmaking process providing visitors with a unique view of the production pipeline and concepts used at Pixar every day:
•    Modeling. Envision how digital sculptures are created based on sketches from artists.
•    Rigging. Showcases how the models are given a virtual skeleton to enable the animators to add movement.
•    Surfaces. Understand the techniques behind adding color and texture to every surface in a film.
•    Sets & Cameras. Discover how a bugs-eye view was achieved for A Bug’s Life, through camera angles and large-set design within the computer.
•    Animation. See how animators bring characters to life, posing them to act out each scene.
•    Simulation. Immerse yourself in computer effects and create believable movement in a virtual school of fish
•    Lighting. Try to solve hands-on lighting challenges similar to what Pixar artists faced in creating animated water with virtual light in Finding Nemo.
•    Rendering. Explore how Pixar animators turn all of the data and programming into the final film you see on screen.

The Science Behind Pixar is at OMSI Feb 23 – Sep 3 at OMSI and is made by possible through generous support from local presenting sponsor, US Bank.

Tickets to this exhibit, which include general museum admission, are $21 for adults, $14 for youth (ages 3-13), and $17 for seniors (ages 63+). Prices for OMSI Members are $5 for adults, $3 for youth, and $4 for seniors. Guests can purchase tickets online at, via phone at 503.797.4000 or in person at the museum.

Support for The Science Behind Pixar
The Science Behind Pixar is funded through support by Google, members of the Science Museum Exhibit Collaborative (SMEC), Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and the National Science Foundation (NSF).

About Pixar Animation Studios
Pixar Animation Studios, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is an Academy Award®-winning film studio with world-renowned technical, creative and production capabilities in the art of computer animation.  The Northern California studio has created some of the most successful and beloved animated films of all time, including “Toy Story,” “Monsters, Inc.,” “Cars,” “The Incredibles,” “Ratatouille,” “WALL•E,” “Up,” “Toy Story 3,” “Brave,” “Inside Out,” and “Coco.” Its movies have won 35 Academy Awards® and have grossed more than $13 billion at the worldwide box office to date. “Toy Story 4,” Pixar’s 21st feature, opens in theaters on June 21, 2019.

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

bird.owl.limbOregon Water Resources Department: Water 101

Overview: Oregon Department of Environmental Quality

Oregon Public Finance: Basic Facts

Oregon Historical Society’s 2019-2023 Strategic Plan

Congress: House Republicans praise Democrats’ subpoena restraint (so far)

Global Warming & Climate Change 10 Year Challenge. Is it true or not?

Grotthuss mechanism could revolutionise energy storage for high-power applications, study suggests 


Sherman County eNews #25


  1. Sherman Junior High Basketball Schedule Update, Feb. 6

  2. On Responsibility: The Developing Brain

  3. Becoming Extraordinary

  4. Edna Rose Wason

  5. Snippets from Newsletters in the Editor’s Mailbox

  6. Oregon is on the cutting edge of secure, modern elections

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

1. Sherman Junior High Basketball Schedule Update, Feb. 6

sport.BXboy2We have rescheduled Junior High Basketball games at the following times:

Wed. Feb. 6 vs Horizon Christian at Hood River

3:30- Girls A Team

4:30- Boys B team

5:00- Boys A team- 2 Quarters

~Jeanie Pehlke

Sherman County School District
541.565.3500  |  541.565.3319 (Fax)

2. On Responsibility: The Developing Brain

pen.markerSharing a 4.5-minute video worth watching.  I found this to be simple and straight forward.  Show and share this video about the developing brain

Watch this video of Dr. Ruben Baler, a NIDA scientist, discussing the effects of substance misuse on developing teen brains. Then start a discussion in the classroom, around the dinner table, or online and invite young people to share their thoughts.

Please pass this along to anyone involved with our youth!

Thanks and enjoy!

~Amy Asher

Sherman County Prevention Coordinator/Outreach Coordinator

Office: 541-565-5036  |

3. Becoming Extraordinary

How do athletes go from contender to superstar? How do ordinary people become extraordinary? Here’s a secret to achieve breakthrough performance in your everyday life.

Everyone has times when they feel like they are unstoppable, times when they are doing whatever it is they do best, with ease, grace and incredible skill. But no one, not even the best of the best, can operate in that ideal performance-state 100% of the time.

The secret to achieving extraordinarily high levels of performance is learning how to take command of your mind and body so that you can operate at your peak when you need to, and relax and recover in between. Here’s how:

First, goal-setting is a key. Many people don’t like to set goals because they don’t like to fail. However, you must develop mental toughness if you’re going to grow, and setting and achieving goals is an effective way to do that. Another way is to develop the ability to get rid of negative thoughts when they occur and substitute images of achievement and positive results.

Finally, sticking to a sensible program of self-care – including good nutrition, regular restful sleep, built-in periods of laughter and play, and vigorous physical exercise – will do wonders for your self-image and keep your brain in tip-top performance.

It is natural to start thinking about these things as we settle in to a new year. So why not take that natural energy, refuse to settle for “ordinary” in your life, and goal-set to go after whatever you deem extraordinary. And when you do, go after it with everything you have and believe in your ability to make it happen!

Everything you need is already inside you, including the ability to find whatever isn’t readily at hand. You have the power. You are in control, of you. ~The Pacific Institute

4. Edna Rose Wason

flower.rose.starOn Saturday, January 26, 2019, Edna Rose Wason of Sublimity, Oregon passed away at the age of 86. Edna was born in Sonora, California to Bessie and Daniel Garibaldi. Edna and Allan Wason spent many years raising their children in Rufus, OR. She was often seen at seen at many of her children’s sporting events. You would always find her at Frosty’s Cafe greeting the customers with a smile.

As Edna entered a marriage with Allan Blaine Wason, the highlight of which were her daughters (Cheryl Wason of Rufus, OR, Caryl Delucca of Sublimity, OR, Cindy Wason of Canby, OR and Karen Cunningham of Prineville, OR) and son (Craig Wason of New River, AZ). Allan passed away in 1992.

Edna is preceded by in death by her parents, step father Roger Shamo, husband Allan Wason, grandson Jason Prindel, great grandson Kyle Barajas, granddaughter Christina Black, and grandson Tony Barajas .

Edna is survived by her sister Audrey Pardina (Oakdale, CA), her nephew Michael Pardina (Oakdale, CA), her daughter and son-in-law Cheryl Wason and Jack McCormack, daughter Caryl Delucca, daughter Cindy Wason, daughter and son-in-law Karen and Dave Cunningham, and son and daughter in-law Craig and Alicia Wason, as well as her many grandchildren, Cory John and Autumn Breeze, Jessica Wason, Connie Ortega, Kattie Schmidt and Jeremy Schnmidt, David and Chelsie Cunningham, Mikayla Wason, and great grandchildren Derrick John, Emma and Jaycob Aguas and Ava and Aiden Wason.

The family would like to thank the staff at Marian Estates and Serenity Hospice who took such wonderful and loving care of Edna in her final days.

5. Snippets from Newsletters in the Editor’s Mailbox

  • Mid Columbia Producers, Inc. – Raleigh T. Curtis Memorial Scholarship. Deadline April 1.
  • Mid-Columbia Farmer’s Newsletter – Ag Employment, Faculty Research Assistant. or 541-359-7151
  • Mid-Columbia Farmer’s Newsletter, OSU, Sandy Macnab, Editor – Regional Ag Leadership: Sherman County Soil & Water Conservation District board of directors: Chairman Jesse Stutzman, Trevor Fields, Josh Hilderbrand, Thad Eakin & Clint Moore. The SWCD annual meeting is set for February 12 at the Wasco School Events Center. | Joe Danielson assumed leadership for North Central Livestock Association. | Ryan Thompson chairs the Sherman County Wheat Growers. | Jonathan Rolfe is president of the Sherman County Farm Bureau. — North Central Livestock Association annual meeting is set for February 15th at the Riverside in Maupin. |
  • The Rollling Thunder, Sherman County Soil & Water Conservation District: The annual tree and shrub sale is planned for March 23, 8-12. Pre-order deadline is March 1st. | The next Watershed Council meeting will be at 8 a.m. Feb. 12th.The next District meeting will be Feb. 12th 8:30 a.m. SWCD office in Moro.  | The annual meeting on Feb. 12th will feature a social hour, speaker, dinner with Paradise Rose Chuckwagon $20, RSVP whitman@or.nacdnet. | Staff: Amanda Whitman, District Manager; Jacob Powell, Watershed Council Coordinator; Scott Susi, Conservation Technician. Natural Resource Conservation Service Staff: Del Rae Ferguson, Acting District Conservationist; Emily Huth, Soil Conservationist. | See and… And Facebook.
  • The Plow, Sherman County Historical Society, Winter 2018: The 2nd annual Sherman County Cemetery Get-together will be Feb. 6th at the Museum in Moro. | Renew your membership or become a member! … or send $30 per household to P.O. box 173, Moro, OR 997039. A membership makes a great gift! | The Museum news included visitor information, marketing efforts, Oregon Museums Association conference, plans for a 2019 exhibit, list of artifact donors, list of financial donors and appreciation. Volunteers on the museum team are Carrie Kaseberg, Terrence Fuhrer, Tina Kaseberg, Gladys Wesley, Terri Earl, Lowell Smith, Sheri Carlson, Sharon Spencer, Nancy Fields, Barbara Bish, Linda Thompson, Cris Welk, Dale Frey, Laurie Perisho & Jim Payne. Volunteer positions are open… choose one!

6. Oregon is on the cutting edge of secure, modern elections

Oregon.Flat.poleBy Dennis Richardson, Oregon Secretary of State

Oregonians are known for their pioneering spirit. We are trail blazers who are always exploring new frontiers. We are never satisfied with the status quo, and that is why Oregon is leading efforts to modernize and improve elections.

All Oregonians should be proud of our state’s election systems and processes. As the first state to implement vote-by-mail and automatic voter registration at the DMV, we are leading the nation and defining the best practices on accessibility, security and integrity in elections. Now, we are encouraging other states to follow our example.

To start the New Year, I partnered with Democracy Works and Democracy Fund to host The National Summit on Secure and Efficient Elections. The summit provided an opportunity for state and local elections officials and other elections experts from across the country to discuss improvements to voter registration and security based on Oregon’s successes. Dozens of elections professionals from across the United States attended, including elections officials and clerks, Secretaries of State and their staffs, and organizations dedicated to promoting voter accessibility and engagement.

We discussed how Oregon’s unique elections process increases security and integrity, voter participation and efficiency. But the event also was an opportunity for us to learn what other states are doing. The collaboration was meaningful and benefited presenters and attendees alike.

You may have seen news reports about how some states had challenges during their 2018 elections. But the summit wasn’t about assigning blame. Instead, it was an inclusive, open conversation to share and take advantage of best practices and improve elections throughout the country. We are pleased that this new national forum will become an annual event to promote successful innovations and learn from recent elections.

We also have taken a leadership role in the Electronic Registration Information Center or “ERIC.” The center is a non-profit membership organization of 25 states plus the District of Columbia with a mission to help state and local election officials improve the accuracy of their voter rolls, register more eligible citizens to vote, reduce costs and improve the voting process. The organization provides secure, sophisticated data matching services to states in order to improve their ability to identify inaccurate and out-of-date voter registration records, as well as unregistered residents who are likely eligible to vote. States can then contact voters, in compliance with federal and state regulations, to encourage individuals to register or update their existing registration.

Efficient and effective data matching and cleaner voter rolls results in efficiencies including less returned mail, greater integrity in our elections, and fewer provisional ballots on election day.

The race to improve election accessibility and security never ends. We are always working hard to do better and to set the standard of election excellence for the entire nation.

Everyone who is eligible to vote should be able to vote. Oregonians can be proud that we are leading the way and are actively assisting and encouraging other states to join us in excellence.

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

bird.owl.limbHousing Authorities of Oregon

Oregon Fact Sheet: Federal Housing Rental Assistance

Pacific Northwest Economic Region, Oregon House Committee on Economic Development

Prager University: Why Trump Won

A Weedy Scourge – 20 Invasive Plants in Oregon

Every Major Power Station In The US By Energy Source 

Seeking Superpowers in the Axolotl Genome (Salamander)


Sherman County eNews #24


  1. Subject: Important Reminder Regarding Measles

  2. Wasco & Sherman Wheat Growers Annual Winter Meeting, Feb. 4

  3. Notice. Sherman County Court, Feb. 6

  4. Critical Abilities

  5. Oregon Property Tax System Slide Show

  6. Get a larger tax refund with the Earned Income Tax Credit

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

1. Subject: Important Reminder Regarding Measles

arrow-rightAs of January 27, 2019, 34 confirmed cases and nine suspect cases have been identified in the Clark County measles outbreak.

There have been no new cases in Wasco or Hood River Co. The one case that visited our area in December is unrelated to the current outbreak in Washington State.

IMPORTANT Reminder Regarding Measles: Oregon public health officials urge people to avoid immediately going to a medical office if:

  1. They are not immune AND
  2. They have been exposed AND
  3. They have symptoms

Instead, call a health care provider or urgent care center by telephone to create an entry plan to avoid exposing others in waiting rooms.

Measles is a highly contagious virus that spreads through the air after a person with measles coughs or sneezes. People are contagious with measles for four days before the rash appears and up to four days after the rash appears. The virus can also linger in the air for up to two hours after someone who is infectious has left.

Measles poses the highest risk to unvaccinated pregnant women, infants under 12 months of age, and people with weakened immune symptoms.

Most Oregonians have been vaccinated against measles and are protected. Anyone who has never been vaccinated is at higher risk of getting measles if they come into contact with someone who is contagious.

For a complete list of public exposures, please visit: 2019-oregon-exposures

2. Wasco & Sherman Wheat Growers Annual Winter Meeting, Feb. 4

Wasco & Sherman Wheat Growers

Annual Winter Meeting

February 4, 2019

5 p.m. Workshop & Dinner

Spooky’s Restaurant, The Dalles


County Presidents’ Reports

Wheat Industry & Legislative Updates: Blake Rowe

Insights from U.S. Wheat Travels: Darren Padget

Post-Fire Issues & Updates: Alan von Borstel

Door Prizes & Dinner

RSVP to 541-276-7330 or

3. Notice. Sherman County Court, Feb. 6

ShermanCoLogoThe Sherman County Court session scheduled for Wednesday, February 6, 2019, at 9:00 a.m. will be held in the Commissioners Meeting Room at the Sherman County Courthouse, 500 Court Street, Moro, Oregon, 97039.

The agenda, including updates, will be posted on the Sherman County Website at

4. Critical Abilities

Our abilities, and our belief in our abilities, have tremendous power over our lives. Today, let’s talk about a few beliefs and abilities that each of you might want to develop to live a more productive, fulfilled life, allowing you to make a positive difference each day – wherever you are.

The three “Rs” – “reading, (w)riting and (a)rithmetic” – appear to have made their first English language appearance regarding basic education in the late 18th century. They were thought to be the foundation for skilled labor to have, and today, they are still critical skills to possess. But there are other abilities and beliefs that are equally critical if you are going to live a successful, contributive life:

You believe that you are a capable person, that you contribute in meaningful ways to your relationships and society, and that you have the power to influence what happens to you in your own life.

You have the ability to understand your own emotions and use that understanding to develop self-discipline and learn from your experiences.

You work well with others and develop friendships through communication, cooperation, negotiation, sharing, listening and empathizing,

You are able to respond to the limits and consequences of everyday life with accountability, adaptability, flexibility, and integrity.

Finally, you are able to use your wisdom, judgment and experience to evaluate situations according to appropriate values that you have chosen to live by.

What do you suppose the world would look like if our children came out of school with these abilities and beliefs, as well as the usual “three Rs?” How would they live their lives? How would they influence those around them? Imagine such a world! ~The Pacific Institute

5. Oregon Property Tax System Slide Show

Oregon.Flat.poleSlide Show: Taxation history, comparisons, graphs, charts.


6. Get a larger tax refund with the Earned Income Tax Credit

Oregon.Flat.poleThe federal Earned Income Tax Credit distributed about $63 billion to 5 million eligible workers and families last year nationwide. The average amount of EITC received was about $2,488 and up to $6,269 if the person filing has qualifying children.

But, many Oregonians don’t know that they are eligible.

That’s why Friday, January 25, 2019 has been designated Earned Income Tax Credit Awareness Day. This is a national effort to reach out to individuals and families with low incomes to increase awareness of the federal tax credit and local free tax preparation help. People are encouraged to visit IRS’ website today to learn more about the credit and eligibility requirements.

The Oregon Department of Human Services and the Oregon Department of Revenue are working with other state agencies and community partners to encourage taxpayers to learn more about this credit and find out if they’re eligible.

To be eligible, taxpayers must have earned income last year. The taxpayer and all individuals claimed on their federal return must have valid Social Security numbers (SSN). Other eligibility requirements for filers include:

  • They can’t use the “married filing separate” filing status.
  • Children they’re claiming on their return can’t be the qualifying child of another person.

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

man.stickynotesOregon Property Tax System Slide Show

True Map of France: Republic On Which The Sun Never Sets 

Saudi Arabia purchases help offset loss of U.S. hay sales to China


Free Online Newsletter: Military Times

Free Online Newsletter: Defense News

Commentary: Can the Republic Survive the Mainstream Media?

There is a story, often told, that upon exiting the Constitutional Convention Benjamin Franklin was approached by a group of citizens asking what sort of government the delegates had created. His answer was: “A republic, if you can keep it.”

WATCH YOUR LANGUAGE! Out with the old, in with new

Oregon Congressman: Regulate Marijuana Like Beer

U.S. Wheat, Six Classes of Wheat & Buyers


Sherman County eNews #23


  1. What’s Happening at Sherman County Public/School Library

  2. Regional History Forum. WWI: Stonehenge and the Great War, Feb. 2

  3. P.S. Friday Classifieds

  4. The Power of a Good Idea

  5. “Conversations With Funders & Partners” Scheduled Feb. & March

  6. 2019 Tax Season Opens, Jan, 28

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

1. What’s Happening at Sherman County Public/School Library.

Logo.ShermanPub.School.Library2017The Library is open SCHOOL Hours
8am-4pm Monday, Wednesday and Friday
8am-7pm Tuesday and Thursday
10am-4pm Saturday.
REMINDER: if Sherman County School chooses to delay or close due to inclement weather the Library will follow suit.

Community Preschool Storytime – Every Tuesday at 10am
Join us for Preschool Storytime and crafts. Ages 0-6.

YA Art Club – WEDNESDAY after school.
Grades 6-12.
When it’s over, catch the 5:00 activity bus

February’s Book Club- Thursday, February 21 at 6pm.
Us Against You by Fredrik Backman

2. Regional History Forum. WWI: Stonehenge and the Great War, Feb. 2

military.navyWashington State Park Ranger Mark Harris will present the Feb. 2 Regional History Forum program at the Original Wasco County Courthouse.  He will present “World War I, Part 1:  Stonehenge and the Great War” at the 1859 venue, 410 W. Second Place, The Dalles.  The program begins at 1:30 p.m.

The program covers the war’s beginnings, new technology used in the war, how uniforms differed between combatants, the role of women in the war effort, the trenches, the fall of empires and continuing effects of one of the deadliest conflicts in human history.

Harris prepared the program for the 2018 centennial of the war’s end and gave it throughout the summer and fall at Sam Hill’s Stonehenge, part of Maryhill State Park.  The landmark above the Columbia at Maryhill is a memorial to those from Klickitat County who died in the war, and is also featured in the PowerPoint program.

Harris will offer a second program on Feb. 9, a living history presentation with uniform and equipment that a soldier would have worn and carried into battle.

This is first program in the 2019 Regional History Forum series.  Admission is free but donations are welcome.  There is a TV monitor on the ground floor of the 1859 courthouse to serve those unable to climb the stairs.  Coffee and cookies will be served after the program.

3. P.S. Friday Classifieds 

GRAIN OPERATIONS LABORER. MCP is seeking two applicants to join our team as a Grain Operations Laborer. This full-time position will be based in either Sherman, Gilliam or Wasco County. As a Grain Ops Laborer you will have the opportunity to perform a wide variety of jobs within the department. Including but not limited to maintenance, housekeeping, inventory management and the practice of environmental health and safety programs applicable to the operation of the facility. Applications are available for download at or be picked up at the main office in Moro.

SALES & MARKETING REPRESENTATIVE. MCP is hiring a regional Sales and Marketing Representative. We are looking for an individual to service our customers in the Eastern Oregon region. As a Sales and Marketing Representative, you will solicit new prospects, sell products and services, and assist existing clients as necessary. The ideal candidate will have a strong working knowledge in one or more of these areas: Cardlock, Bulk Lube products, Grain Origination as well as Sales and Marketing. Applications are available for download in the career opportunities section of our website or contact Human Resources at 541-565-2277.

4. The Power of a Good Idea

There is nothing in the world more powerful than a good idea. A good idea is a “contagious” solution to a challenge, big or small. Implementing good ideas also can give rise to unconscious restrictions, based on our past personal history. However, those old restrictions do not have to define the future.

No matter where you are, or where you have been, you probably have learned or discovered some terrific ways to break through the restrictions of self-doubt, and get rid of unfulfilling lifestyles on your way to achieve success – in whatever way you personally measure success. You can find these ways at every opportunity.

Here are seven ideas that can turn you into a super-achiever, if you decide to use them:

First, becoming your best self is a choice you make. It’s a conscious decision.

Second, change happens through action and understanding that we create our future. If we wait for someone else to create our future, we will be waiting for a very long time.

Third, dwell on your strengths, use them constantly, and watch them grow. Your strengths got you to where you are today, and will serve you in the future.

Fourth, facing your fears is not a one-time event; but it does get easier the more you do it. (“Been there, done that – and I can do it again!”)

Fifth, procrastination does not exist. What exists is a passive choice to do nothing. And remember, we are accountable for the choices we make.

Sixth, believe in the importance of your ideas, and your ability to bring them into reality.

And seventh, refuse to give up. Persist in the face of opposition, every setback, and be totally, 100% committed to bringing about the end-result you desire.

Commitment is a potent force that will bring to you all sorts of resources you may have never realized were there. Ideas like these turn lives around. Why not get rid of the thoughts that are keeping you down and choose thoughts that uncover your best self? Some of the most powerful words in the world are, “I have a great idea!” ~The Pacific Institute

5. “Conversations With Funders & Partners” Scheduled Feb. & March

Oregon.Flat.pole Salem, Ore. – More than $5 million in funding will be available when Oregon Cultural Trust Manager Aili Schreiner joins with colleagues from the Cultural Trust’s Statewide Partners and other funders Feb. 12 through March 11 for “Conversations with Funders and Partners,” a seven-stop series of application workshops. Attendees will learn about funding programs available from multiple grantmakers and will have the opportunity to discuss their projects and programming. Other statewide programming resources and application preparation guidance (three locations) also will be presented.

Participating will be representatives from the Cultural Trust’s Statewide Partners – the Oregon Arts Commission, Oregon Heritage, Oregon Humanities and the Oregon State Historic Preservation Office – as well as counterparts from The Oregon Community Foundation (most locations), the James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation, Travel Oregon and Portland’s Regional Arts and Culture Council (Portland location).

As a special bonus for potential applicants, the events in Lincoln City, La Grande and Roseburg will be combined with free application writing workshops presented by Meredith Howell of Travel Oregon. The application writing workshops are scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon in Lincoln City and La Grande and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in Roseburg, all in the same locations. Travel Oregon will also participate in the Conversations events in those locations.

Organizations encouraged to attend “Conversations with Funders and Partners” include libraries, arts organizations, museums, cultural centers, historical societies, arts alliances, literary groups and heritage organizations. All cultural nonprofit organizations are welcome.

“There are more than 1,450 cultural nonprofits serving Oregonians,” said Schreiner. “We want to make sure they know about the significant funding and programming resources that are here to support them.”

Among the funding opportunities discussed will be the Cultural Trust’s 2019 Cultural Development Program; application guidelines will be posted on the Trust website Friday, Feb. 8, with an April 19 application deadline (see details below).

“Conversations with Funders and Partners” begin Tuesday, Feb. 12, in Bandon and conclude in Roseburg on Monday, March 11. Registration is not required.

The full schedule is*:

  • Bandon: 2-5 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 12, Bandon Conference & Community Center

(Room 4) 1200 11th St SW, Bandon, OR 97411

  • Eugene: 12-3:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 13, Eugene Public Library

(Bascom-Tykeson Room) 100 W 10th Ave, Eugene, OR 97401

  • Lincoln City*: 1:30-5 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 19, Lincoln City Cultural Center

(Auditorium) 540 NE Hwy 101, Lincoln City, OR 97367

  • East Portland: 4-7 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 20, Portland Community College (Southeast Campus Community Hall) 2305 SE 82nd Ave, Portland, OR 97216
  • La Grande*: 1:30-5 p.m., Tuesday, March 5, Island City Hall

(Community Meeting Room) 10605 Island Ave, Island City, OR 97850

  • Bend: 2:45-5:45 p.m., Thursday, March 7, Downtown Bend Public Library

(Brooks Meeting Room) 601 NW Wall St. Bend, OR 97701

  • Roseburg*: 4:15-6 p.m., Monday, March 11, Ford Family Foundation

1600 NW Stewart Pkwy, Roseburg, OR 97471

*Please note: Free grant application prep workshops, presented by Travel Oregon, will precede the events in Lincoln City, La Grande and Roseburg. The workshops are scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon in Lincoln City and La Grande and from 1 to 4 p.m. in Roseburg, all at the same event locations.

Oregon Cultural Trust Cultural Development Program

The Cultural Trust’s Cultural Development Program recognizes and supports significant projects through four program funded categories: Access; Preservation; Creativity; and Capacity.

In 2018 the Cultural Trust awarded more than $3 million in statewide grants. Cultural Development Program grants represent one third of the annual funding the Cultural Trust provides to Oregon’s cultural nonprofits. Other funding includes grants to the Trust’s five statewide partners – to support their mission goals and respective funding programs – and to 45 county and tribal cultural coalitions that fund local initiatives, projects and programs.

FY2020 Cultural Development Program grants are for projects and activities that will occur between Aug. 1, 2019, and July 30, 2020. Grant guidelines will be posted by Friday, Feb. 8, for an application deadline of 5 p.m. on Friday, April 19.  For more information contact Schreiner at or 503-986-0089.

6. 2019 Tax Season Opens, Jan, 28

Oregon.Flat.poleSALEM, Ore.—The Oregon Department of Revenue will begin processing state tax returns on January 28, the same day the IRS will begin processing federal returns. Taxpayers can submit their returns earlier, but processing won’t start until the tax season officially begins.

Once processing begins, returns will be processed in the order received. However, the Oregon Department of Revenue won’t be issuing personal income tax refunds until after February 15. This refund hold is part of the state’s tax fraud prevention activities and will allow confirmation that the amounts claimed on returns matches what employers report on forms W-2 and 1099. The IRS is also holding federal tax refunds until after February 15, but only for those taxpayers claiming the Earned Income Tax Credit or the Additional Child Tax Credit.

Federal changes from the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act directly impact Oregon’s personal income tax, including changes to calculating withholding allowances for tax year 2018. This may mean that more taxpayers have a tax to pay or may have more tax to pay than usual. The department encourages taxpayers to use its online withholding calculator to check their state withholding, so they can make any necessary changes to 2019 withholding. Also, because of these federal tax changes, Oregon now has its own OR-W-4 form. Taxpayers can request the new form from their employer or download it at, fill it out and return it to their employer.

Here are a few other things for taxpayers to keep in mind this tax season:

  • E-filing is the fastest way to get your tax refund. On average, taxpayers who e-file their returns and request their refund via direct deposit receive their refund sooner than those who file paper returns and request paper refund checks.
  • There are many free or low-cost preparation options available for both federal and Oregon tax returns.
    • Some software companies offer free software use and e-filing for eligible taxpayers. Be sure to access the software through the department’s website or the company may not allow you to take advantage of the free offer.
    • AARP and CASH Oregon provide free and low-cost tax preparation services throughout local communities.
    • All Oregon taxpayers preparing their own return can file electronically at no cost using Oregon’s free fillable forms.

For more information visit and search for “free tax preparation.”

  • Taxpayers can order copies of past returns, letters, or other correspondence—from 2015 to current—through their Revenue Online account. They can also order and pay for these, or older documents, over the phone at (800) 356-4222.
  • Anyone who needs a personal income tax return booklet can download and print it from the department’s website at They can also order a copy online, by calling (503) 378-4988 or (800) 356-4222, or by mailing their request—along with their name, phone number, and mailing address—to:


Oregon Department of Revenue

PO Box 14999

Salem, OR 97309-0990

  • Some eligible Oregonians may not be claiming the federal Earned Income Tax Credit. For more information about the credit and eligibility, visit the IRS website at Those who qualify for the EITC are also eligible to claim Oregon’s Earned Income Credit, which is 8 percent of their federal credit amount, or 11 percent if they have a qualifying dependent under three years old.

Employers must file their income tax withholding returns and reports and remit the income tax withheld from their employees’ paychecks by January 31. The department uses these returns and reports to validate the information on employees’ tax returns. Submitting returns and reports by the deadline helps ensure that any personal income tax refunds owed to their employees won’t be delayed.

Employer returns and reports due by January 31 include:

  • Quarterly Employer Tax Report (Form OQ) for the 4th quarter of 2018.
  • Statewide transit tax return (Form OR-STT-1 and STT-2), also for 4th quarter.
  • Employee Detail Report (Form 132).
  • W-2s and 1099s for each employee or worker, electronically submitted through iWire.
  • Annual withholding reconciliation report (Form OR-WR).

For information about an employer’s filing or payment responsibilities, please visit the department’s website at, call (503) 945-8091, or email

You can visit to get forms, check the status of your refund, or make payments. Call (503) 378-4988 or (800) 356-4222 (toll-free) or email for additional assistance. For TTY for hearing- or speech-impaired, call (800) 886-7204.

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

bird.owlOregon Legislative Committees: Track Meetings & Hearings

4th Oregon Climate Assessment Legislative Report

Oregon Climate Assessment Report

Congressional Progressive Caucus: The Progressive Promise

Oregon generated second-worst graduation rate in U.S. in 2017

School success committee’s plan hopes to transform education

Op-ed Examines How Gun Control In Venezuela Led To Tyranny

Why should you read “Fahrenheit 451”?

Marijuana, Mental Illness, and Violenc

Commentary: In Defense of Western Civilization


Sherman County eNews #22


  1. Notice. CORRECTION: Sherman County Court Special Session, Jan. 30

  2. Letter to the Editor: A Meat Cutting Business to Benefit the Region

  3. P.S. Friday Classifieds: Freezer or Refrigerator/Freezer for School Ag Classes

  4. Receive The Other Oregon Free Monthly e-Newsletter

  5. Look for Other Pebbles

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

1.Notice. CORRECTION: Sherman County Court Special Session, Jan. 30

ShermanCoLogoThe Sherman County Court will hold a Special Session at 10:00 a.m. on January 30, 2019, in the County Courthouse in the Commissioners Meeting Room, 500 Court Street, Moro Oregon 97039 for the purpose of holding interviews for the appointment of the vacant Sherman County Commissioner position. Following the interviews, County Court will announce their decision, with swearing in of the newly appointed Commissioner at 2:30 p.m.

**Sherman County Court will NOT be holding Commissioner Interviews in Executive Session due to ORS 192.660 (2) (a) exemption 7 (a) which states Executive Session does not apply to the filling of a vacancy in an elective position.

~Kayla von Borstel, Sherman County Court Administrative Assistant

(541)-565-3416  |  Hours: M-TH 8am-430pm

2. Letter to the Editor: A Meat Cutting Business to Benefit the Region

pencil.sharpKory Kock is starting a meat cutting business at Grass Valley, Oregon. Although he has a ways to go to be ready for business, this is exciting. Not only will this be beneficial for Kory and his employees, but our community as well. Sherman, Wasco, Gilliam, and Klickitat Counties will hopefully jump in with full support for this new enterprise.

The North Central Livestock Association’s meeting on February 16, 2019, at 6:00 P.M. at The Riverside in Maupin is a great time to discuss this new endeavor. GO FOR IT KORY!!

Paul Sather


3. P.S. Friday Classifieds: Freezer or Refrigerator/Freezer for School Ag Classes

The Sherman County School Ag Department is looking for donation of a freezer or fridge/freezer. ? An upright is preferred due to limited space. It would mostly be used to preserve deceased livestock organs and systems for hands on learning in animal science classes. Contact Sherman County School District 541-565-3500.

4. Receive The Other Oregon Free Monthly e-Newsletter

The free monthly e-newsletter – The Other Oregon – will highlight news and information important to rural Oregon, and will preview some of the stories we are working on for the next issue of the magazine.

Go here:

5. Look for Other Pebbles

Some days it’s good for us to remember that one person cannot solve the challenges of the world. Solving challenges is the work for each one of us, working together to maximize the effect of our individual strengths.

If you want to, you can find problems in every part of the globe. Set your mind to find them, and it won’t take you long to fill a very large piece of paper, perhaps an entire notebook. You see, if you look for trouble, you will find it. However, the reverse is also true. If we look for areas of opportunity and solutions, we will find them as well.

Some folks look for opportunities to change the way things “are” by asking the question, “What would it look like if it was fixed?” Then they ask themselves, “What can I do to help?”

Lou Tice once noted, “When I was very young, I looked for ways to make ‘the big-time.’ How could I make the big splash and solve a problem, and I would wait to find the ‘big deal.’ It was more ego than anything else. As I matured – especially after I learned the information I teach – I learned that you can’t wait around for the big-splash opportunity. If you do, you will accomplish nothing.”

Each of us needs to look for solutions to the challenges around us, no matter how small. If we walk past the small things, we will never be in a position to make a bigger difference. We also deny the opportunity for the “ripple effect” to go to work. You know the ripple effect: drop a pebble in a pond and watch the ripples moving out from where you dropped the pebble. Eventually these ripples touch every part of the pond. Each of us has the potential to be that pebble, hopefully for the good of all.

So today, let’s start taking accountability for our little corners of the world. Be the pebble for positive change in what you see. And start looking for other pebbles with the same mindset and commitment to fixing the challenges around your corner. With enough pebbles, we’ll see a wave of positive change sweep around the globe. ~The Pacific Institute

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

Oregon.Beaver~Created: 24 January 2019 | Written by Oregon Capital Insider

Here are 10 numbers that illustrate some of this week’s big, and small, Oregon political stories.

78.7: Average rate at which Oregon students graduated on time in 2018, according to OPB.

76.7: Last year’s rate.

66.2: In 2008, according to Willamette Week.

$17: Amount by which the Oregon Marine Board has proposed increasing raft and kayak fees, according to the Statesman-Journal.

3 billion: Gallons of water Intel uses every year at its campus in Washington County, according to The Oregonian.

$150 million: Bonds Oregon will issue to help the chipmaker pay for a massive $600 million water treatment project at its campus in Hillsboro, according to The Oregonian. The project could reduce the company’s water use by one-third.

320,000: Oregonians whose food stamps could be at risk if the federal government shutdown extends beyond February, according to The Associated Press.

260: Kids with disabilities who reported being subjected to shorter school days than their peers in rural school districts between Sept. 2016 and Nov. 2018, according to The Oregonian. A class action lawsuit was filed on behalf of four kids against the state over the practice this week, alleging it violates civil rights laws.

90: Percent of bottles and cans that Oregonians are returning for recycling after the state doubled the rebate from 5 to 10 cents, according to The Associated Press.

23: Confirmed cases of measles in Clark County, Wash., across the river from Portland, according to USA Today. Officials there have declared a public health emergency.


Sherman County eNews #21






2. CLASSIFIEDS (new or corrected)  


CLASSIFIED ADS. Free classified ads are published on Fridays. The deadline is Wednesday at 5. Please submit ads by using the Submit News page. Include who, what, where, when, & how, contact information and the final Friday date for posting your ad (shown by the date at the end of the ad, for example, 3/17), and under 50 words if possible. This service is limited to Sherman County. Links are welcome.  Please share your Thank You and Congratulatory Notes and Joyful News (anniversaries, achievements, awards, births, birthdays, graduations, weddings, etc.) here. No posters or flyers. 

NEWS RELEASES. Please submit event and information news, meeting notices and calendar dates by using the Submit News page. Include who, what, where, when, how & why with contact or source information. As appropriate, follow up with news of event results. Links are welcome. No posters or flyers. Keep it relevant, no longer than 350 words.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR. We encourage letters to the Editor that focus on ideas and opinions about public issues and events rather than personalities or private matters. We reserve the right to change policies at any time and to reject or edit any Letter to the Editor.

  • Keep it short, no longer than 350 words.
  • Keep it simple with one or two clear points. No attachments.
  • Keep it fresh with no more than one letter per writer per month.
  • Keep it civilized, in good taste and free from libel.
  • Keep it relevant; focus on a local event, previous letter or issues of general concern – not personalities.
  • Letters must be signed, name and town. Anonymous letters will not be posted.
  • Please submit Letters to the Editor by using the Submit News page.


THANK YOU, Sherman County Community members, School District staff, and students for turning Sherman County Public/School Library’s Mitten Tree into a beautiful giving tree. Our school and community donated 13 hats, 26 pairs of gloves and mittens, 9 scarves, 3 pairs of socks, and 34 blankets to the Sherman County Food Bank. Your generosity is sincerely appreciated! A special thanks to Trent Harrison for picking up the Mitten Tree donations for us. ~Marylou Martin, Sherman County Public/School Library.




Volunteer Smile“Volunteering is the ultimate exercise in democracy. You vote in elections once a year, but when you volunteer, you vote every day about the kind of community you want to live in.” — Unknown

Possibilities. Opportunities. Volunteer! City Councilor. Nonprofit Board Member. Your local history stories. Museum Once-a-Month Hosts. Referees. 

SUPPORT FOR BRENNAH MILLER. Brennah Miller is a young wife and mother, an electrician and a cancer patient.

  • Opportunities to support the Miller Family are located at local businesses in Grass Valley, Moro, Wasco and Rufus.
  • Brennah Miller Account, Bank of Eastern Oregon, P.O. Box 444, Moro, Oregon 97039.


CLEANER. Needing cleaner on Sundays for 6 to 8 hrs. a week.  Cleaning is located out of Wasco. If interested, please call Joan.  360-999-8088  1/25 

SEASONAL HABITAT RESTORATION TECHNICIAN. Lower Deschutes Cooperative Weed Management Area/Sherman County Weed District is currently seeking job applicants for full time employment as a seasonal habitat restoration technician. Technicians will be hired to work approximately 35 weeks beginning March 2019 through October 2019. Please contact Dan Son at for more information.  Thank You.  3/1

BUS DRIVERS. Help Mid-Columbia Bus Co. drive Condon and Sherman County students to success! | $13.30 an hour | 401 K | No CDL required to apply | Sign on bonus up to $350 | Flexible Schedule | Dental | Vision | Accident/Critical Care Insurance | Paid Training. Schedule your interview today and start making a difference tomorrow!!!  ~Amberlena Shaffer, Recruiter | Office: 541-567-0551 | Cell: 541-303-5093 | 2/22

FUEL DELIVERY DRIVER. MCP is seeking applicants to join our team as a Petroleum Delivery Driver. This FT position is based in Moro. The role of the Delivery Drivers is to safely transport petroleum products and render outstanding customer service to our patrons. The deliveries will range from commercial/industrial accounts and home heating oil to bulk and packaged lubricants. Product knowledge is a plus. On Site training will be provided. Please contact Human Resources at 541-565-3737 for questions. 1/25


LOCAL HANDYMAN’S SERVICES. Handyman, General Contractor & Equipment Operator. Large and small projects, indoors or out. Please call Kevin at 541-993-4282 | KCK, Inc. | Licensed, bonded and insured. CCB #135768. References available. 3/15


THE TIMES-JOURNAL! The Times-Journal – a weekly serving Wheeler, Gilliam & Sherman counties, P.O. Box 746, Condon, OR 97823 | Ph. 541-384-2421 | Fax 541-384-2411  $37.50/year; $47.50 for beyond the region. 1/25




WRESTLING T-SHIRTS. Sherman county wrestling club is ordering t-shirts again! If you want a new shirt or just a Sherman county wrestling shirt, please get a hold of me and let me know the size. I plan to finalize the order and send it off on Friday 1/25. Shirts will be $20.00 each. Let me know how many and what size you want to order:
Jeremy Lanthorn  541-993-2446

HANDCRAFTED FURNITURE & GIFTS. Considerately handcrafted one-of-a-kind indoor and outdoor furniture and gifts created from re-purposed wine & whiskey barrels, old barn wood and other local reclaimed materials. Special orders available.  ~The Wood Butcher | Wasco, Oregon | 541-993-4282 | | Facebook | 3/15







FUEL DELIVERY DRIVER. MCP is seeking applicants to join our team as a Petroleum Delivery Driver. This FT position is based in Moro. The role of the Delivery Drivers is to safely transport petroleum products and render outstanding customer service to our patrons. The deliveries will range from commercial/industrial accounts and home heating oil to bulk and packaged lubricants. Product knowledge is a plus. On Site training will be provided. Please contact Human Resources at 541-565-3737 for questions. 1/25

3. CALENDAR (new or corrected)

Sherman County School District Calendar


25 Tri-County Court Meeting 10 Burch Building, Fossil (updated)

25 Frontier TeleNet Board Meeting 1 Burch Building, Fossil

26 19th Annual Eagle Watch at The Dalles Dam Visitor Center 9-3

26 22nd Annual Robert Burns Supper 2 Condon

27-28 NW Ag Show, Portland

28 Juniper Optimization Project Demonstration 9-2 Fossil

29 Lower John Day Working Group 10-2 Condon

29 Sherman County School District Board Meeting 5 Library

30 Biggs Service District Board Meeting 9 Courthouse

30 Sherman County Court Special Meeting 10 Courthouse

31 Farm to School Regional Gathering (Gorge Grown Food Network) 4-6 Mosier Community School


2 NW Nonprofit Leaders Annual Conference, Corvallis

2-4 Spokane Ag Show

4 Grass Valley City Council 7

5 Moro City Council 7

6 Sherman County Court 9

6 All County Prayer Meeting Rufus Baptist Church social 6:30, prayer 7:00-8:30

7 Sherman County Fair Board 7

8 Community Renewable Energy Association (CREA) Board Meeting 10-1


12 Tri-County Mental Health Board of Directors 11-2 The Dalles

12 North Central Public Health District Board of Directors 3 The Dalles

13 Sherman County Senior Center Advisory Committee 12:30

13 Rufus City Council 7

14 PNW Pollinators Conference, Corvallis


15 Frontier TeleNet TBA

15 Gathering of Regional Historical Organizations 5-7 St. Peter’s Landmark, The Dalles

15 North Central Livestock Association 6:30 The Riverside, Maupin


19 Wasco City Council 7

20 Sherman County Court 9

21 Sherman County Board of Property Tax Appeals 9


23 OSU Small Farms Conference


28-March 2 Oregon Women for Ag Conference, Polk County