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)