Sherman County eNews #59


  1. Sherman 4-H Club Meeting Notes: The Tiny Teaspoons

  2. Community Action Council Seeks Sherman County Representative

  3. Editorial. Local Government Process and Transparency

  4. March is National Problem Gambling Awareness Month

  5. Community Action Poverty Simulation, April 5

  6. Rep. Walden honored for supporting community-owned, locally controlled electric utilities

  7. Preserving America as Founded

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

1. Sherman 4-H Club Meeting Notes: The Tiny Teaspoons

4-H clover1The Tiny Teaspoons 4-H Club met on February 23rd at 3pm at the Cranston’s house. Attending were Madison, Savannah and Claire. Pledge of Allegiance led by Savannah, 4-H Pledge led by Madison. We baked bread today. We learned that the gluten is like bubble gum because it is stretchy and can be filled with CO2 like when yeast eats the sugar and burps out CO2 to make our bread fluffy. We ground dark northern spring wheat into flour to make Great Harvest Honey Whole Wheat Bread. We also made pizza dough using All Purpose Flour. While we were waiting for the bread to bake, we made our own butter by using heavy cream, putting it in a jar and shaking it. Our next meeting will be March 16th.

Cindy Brown, Educator, Oregon State University, OSU Extension Service – Sherman County, College of Public Health & Human Sciences, 4-H Youth Development & SNAP-Ed, P: 541-565-3230 | C: 541-993-5291,

2. Community Action Council Seeks Sherman County Representative

arrow.blueswishMid-Columbia Community Action Council is a non-profit organization that works with low-income families and we are looking for a person from Sherman County to serve on our Board of Directors. One of our Sherman County members had to resign from the Board due to too many meetings and conflicts. We would like to have someone from Sherman County who represents a group or organization, but does not have to. The Board meetings are held every other month in The Dalles and usually last about an hour and a half. Would you be interested in helping your community? Then contact Jim at MCCAC and he can fill you in on the details. 541-298-5131 or

3. Editorial. Local Government Process and Transparency

pencil.sharpLast week we came across a website for an intergovernmental organization, the Association of Oregon Counties. AOC posts board of directors’ meeting notices, agendas, meeting packets (support materials) and draft minutes for the previous meeting online chronologically, all together in one place. What a great idea for local government!

We believe this practice

  • provides transparent access to organizational governance;
  • provides information on which government decisions are based;
  • encourages timely preparation and presentation by staff and board;
  • boosts confidence in local leadership;
  • gives staff an efficient format for response to inquiries;
  • makes public records easily available;
  • answers questions before they become problems; and
  • builds trust or restores trust where trust has been lost.

We’ll see.

4. March is National Problem Gambling Awareness Month

For the 15th year, the Oregon Council on Problem Gambling dedicates March to help increase public awareness of problem gambling and the availability of prevention, treatment and recovery services.  This coincides with the National Problem Gambling Awareness Month whose campaign theme is “Awareness + Action.”

“Problem gambling directly affects approximately 2.6 percent of adult Oregonians yet it remains largely not talked about,” said Oregon Council on Problem Gambling Executive Director Thomas Moore.  “It’s all about helping raise awareness of this addiction and the prevention, treatment and recovery services available for those adversely affected by gambling.”

National Problem Gambling Awareness Month is a grassroots effort that brings together a wide range of stakeholders – public health organizations, advocacy groups and gambling operators – who work collaboratively to let people know that hope and help exist.

“Creating awareness of problem gambling and available resources is a statewide commitment that is reflected in the official proclamation that Oregon Lottery and the Oregon Health Authority worked with the Governor’s office to develop,” added Lottery’s Director of Corporate Social Responsibility Stacy Shaw, who is also an officer on the National Council on Problem Gambling board.

Last year, visits to the Oregon Problem Gambling Resource website ( increased dramatically during March as result of all the focused marketing and outreach efforts.

“It’s inspiring that a grassroots campaign can have a measurable and meaningful statewide impact,” said Moore, “and we are working for even greater results in 2019.”

Shaw agreed. “This year we are focusing on letting people know that in Oregon treatment is really free, a message that’s important to people struggling with gambling issues,” she said.

Roger Nyquist, a member of the Oregon Council on Problem Gambling as well as an Oregon Lottery retailer and county commissioner said awareness about treatment is key.

“I recognize the importance of an ongoing focus to ensure community awareness of the risks associated with gambling and the resources available for both prevention and treatment,” he said. “The impact of problem gambling extends beyond the gambler, affecting families, friends and communities.”

The Oregon Lottery’s commitment to problem gambling support is year-round. Since 1992, one percent of Oregon Lottery profits has funded problem gambling treatment and prevention efforts throughout Oregon. Since that time, nearly $100 million in Lottery funds has supported those services, with $6.2 million allocated in 2018 alone

Additionally, this year the Oregon Lottery became the only lottery in the United States that sells video lottery to earn the World Lottery Association’s highest level of certification in the field of responsible gaming. The Oregon Lottery joined a select group of only eight other lotteries in the U.S. having received that level of certification from the WLA.

To get help for a gambling problem for you or a loved one, call 1-877-MYLIMIT.  Treatment is free, confidential and it works. For more information about problem gambling, how to have the conversation or to chat with a specialist, go to Oregon Problem Gambling Resource at  

About the Oregon Council on Problem Gambling — The Oregon Council on Problem Gambling is the state affiliate to the National Council on Problem Gambling. Its purpose is to promote the health of Oregonians by supporting efforts to minimize gambling related harm. Board members include stakeholders from the gaming industry, the treatment and prevention field, the recovery community and state and county administrators.

5. Community Action Poverty Simulation, April 5

Community partners, with representation from many different local organizations, are teaming up to host a Community Action Poverty Simulation (CAPS). 

The simulation, scheduled for April 5, 2019, from 9 a.m. to Noon at the Wahtonka Community School, is a learning tool created to help people understand the realities of poverty.

During the simulation, participants role-play the lives of low-income families. Example roles include; WIC recipients, senior citizens with limited income and other individuals with access and functional needs. The roles created for the simulation are not unlike many actual members of our community.

Simulation participants will have the difficult task of providing basic needs and shelter on a limited budget during four simulated “weeks” (15 minutes each). They will interact with participating human service agencies, grocers, pawnbrokers, bill collectors, job interviewers, and police officers, to name a few.

It’s important to note that CAPS is not a game. It’s a simulation that enables participants to understand poverty from different points of view, and to recognize and discuss the potential for change within our community.

The planning committee is asking key leaders in public service, health care, and other organizations, to take part in the simulation to better understand the communities we serve, and potentially take part in making a systematic change.

We invite you to participate in, or to observe, this important Community Action Poverty Simulation. This is a chance to witness first-hand the very real challenges faced by community members on a daily basis.

Link to register for the simulation: Link also available at   For additional information, please email Ursula at or call 541-506-2623.  We look forward to seeing you there.  For more information, please contact North Central Public Health District at (541) 506-2600 or visit us on the web at or our Facebook Page at

6. Rep. Walden honored for supporting community-owned, locally controlled electric utilities

Washington D.C., February 27, 2019—Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR) today received the American Public Power Association’s Public Service Award at the Association’s Legislative Rally in Washington, D.C.

During his tenure as chairman of the House Energy & Commerce Committee, Chairman Walden demonstrated a deep understanding of the value that public power utilities bring to their communities. A lifelong Oregonian, he understands firsthand how important hydropower has been to the Pacific Northwest’s economy and its citizens. Working with Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers from Washington state, he has led the charge on hydropower licensing reform — moving legislation through the committee and House.

Walden has also helped to push back against proposals by numerous presidential administrations to sell the federally-owned Power Marketing Administrations. As chairman, he played a key role in addressing other energy, environmental, and communications issues important to public power.

“We greatly appreciate Chairman Walden’s leadership on the Energy and Commerce Committee,” said Association President & CEO Sue Kelly. “He truly understands the benefits of community ownership and local control and has been a champion of policies that help to preserve and advance public power.”

Rep. Walden represents Oregon’s 2nd Congressional District, which has two public power utilities. They provide electricity to nearly 27,000 homes and businesses. ~

7. Preserving America as Founded

“I am asking you to choose greatness … We must keep America first in our hearts. We must keep freedom alive in our souls. And we must always keep faith in America’s destiny — that one nation, under God, must be the hope and the promise and the light and the glory among all the nations of the world!” — President Donald J. Trump, State of the Union Address, 2/5/19

“It’s time we asked ourselves if we still know the freedoms intended for us by the Founding Fathers.” — Ronald Reagan, “A Time for Choosing,” 1964

Rush Limbaugh, 2019: … “That is why, folks, for the last 25 years, the United States has been in a life-and-death struggle for its existence as we knew it. Battling for the nation is a fight I have joined; I love this country so much, and I have such high hopes for people who are not yet born. The truth is, America means everything to the world. It means everything to the survival of freedom and liberty and prosperity.

“American exceptionalism is often misdefined and misunderstood. Many have a knee-jerk reaction: “Oh, you think Americans are better than everybody else, huh? Well, screw you!” That’s not at all what it means. American exceptionalism is simply an acknowledgment that in a world of tyranny, a world of poverty, a world of bondage — America is the exception. Most people on earth since the beginning of time have not experienced anything close to the life of prosperity and opportunity that we as Americans take for granted.

“We’re the only country that has a charter enshrining the precept that the very essence of human beings is designed for a state of God-created freedom. And that charter, that Constitution, was written by brilliant people whose primary objective was to keep it that way — the preservation of individual liberty and prosperity and freedom, the pursuit of happiness — by limiting the role of government. The Bill of Rights, the first Ten Amendments to the Constitution, specifically lays out what government cannot do. The Constitution does not empower government over people. The Constitution reserves the premise of individual liberty and freedom for the people.

“Most people in the world have never gotten close to being able to live under such circumstances. In virtually all other countries in the world, the governments are the focus, and everything revolves around government. Now it’s true, we’re starting to trend that way. But I’m focusing on our founding. And this is exactly what’s so crucial to maintain. Since our founding is under attack, so is our existence as a free nation. And the only thing that saves us, the only thing that has saved us over generations, is a proper understanding of the Constitution.

“And it’s under assault. Stop and think about it. A mere piece of paper, and the reverence for it, is all that has stood in the way of this country becoming a tyranny.

“Every American elected official swears an oath to defend and protect the Constitution, a piece of paper. A piece of paper doesn’t have an army. The Constitution is an inanimate object. But it’s a piece of paper that for over 250 years has been respected, revered, and, for the most part, honored.

“The fact that we have survived this long is a miracle, given human nature and the ways of nations. These new leftists, who know nothing of our history, believe they’re smarter than our founders, who created the most prosperous and successful nation in human history. I want them to realize the truth: It’s such a God-given opportunity to be an American. It’s such a privilege, such a gift, to be nurtured, appreciated, revered, and maximized. It’s worth protecting. It’s worth fighting for.

Ronald Reagan closed his great speech, “A Time for Choosing,” with a tremendous challenge: “You and I have a rendezvous with destiny. We will preserve for our children this, the last best hope of man on earth, or we will sentence them to take the first step into a thousand years of darkness. If we fail, at least let our children and our children’s children say of us we justified our brief moment here. We did all that could be done.”

“We cannot fail. We must preserve and protect America as founded, the great, beautiful, best hope on earth.”

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

bird.owl.limbLegislature: March State Revenue Report

Deschutes River Alliance Videos

OSU Extension, Sherman County

Sherman County, Oregon

Sherman County, Oregon History Collection

Sherman County, Oregon Historical Museum

Portland Art Museum Exhibition: The Map is not the Territory

Climate Documentary: The Cross of the Moment
How Government Researchers Hijack Science for Political Purposes

Washington legislators remake hemp program



Sherman County eNews #58



  1. Notice. Sherman County Emergency Notification System

  2. Notice. Frontier Telenet Special Board of Directors Meeting, March 1

  3. Notice. Sherman County Court Minutes Now Online, October-January

  4. Notice. Sherman County Court News, January 16

  5. Conversation is a Two-Way Street – Part 2

  6. Oregon Secretary of State Dennis Richardson

  7. Oregonians invest more than $4.5 million in culture in 2018

1. Notice. Sherman County Emergency Notification System

If you would like to receive emergency notifications and you have not signed up for the EverBridge Notification System, Shawn Payne can help you do that.  Please call her at 541-565-3100. ~Shawn Payne, Sherman County Emergency Services

2. Notice. Frontier Telenet Special Board of Directors Meeting, March 1

Frontier Telenet’s minutes & agendas web page (click here) has been updated to include the agenda for a Meeting of the Board of Directors to be held on Friday, March 1, 2019 at 1:00pm PST.  Participants can attend in-person at the Sherman County Courthouse, 500 Court Street, Moro, Oregon or via teleconference (dial-in instructions are set out on the agenda). To access the agenda directly click the following link:  March 1, 2019 Frontier Board Meeting Notice and Agenda

3. Notice. Sherman County Court Minutes Now Online, October-January

ShermanCoLogoApproved minutes for the October 17, 2018 Regular Session, November 6, 2018 Work Session, November 7, 2018 Regular Session, November 28, 2018 Work Session, November 29, 2018 Work Session, December 5, 2018 Regular Session, December 19, 2018 Regular Session, January 2, 2019 Regular Session, January 16, 2019 Regular Session, and January 30, 2019 Special Session, are now available in the Archive of County Court Meeting Minutes

~Kayla von Borstel, Sherman County Court Administrative Assistant

4. Notice. Sherman County Court News, January 16

ShermanCoLogoBy Kayla von Borstel 541-565-3416

Quarterly Reports, Supplemental Budget Hearing, and Executive Session were the main items on the agenda during the January 16th session of Sherman County Court in Moro.

Jenine McDermid, Clerk, gave a quarterly report to the County Court. She reported there was a 75% voter turnout for the election. A Board of Property Tax Appeals (BOPTA) Hearing will take place on February 21, 2019 for one appeal. The Sherman County Clerk’s website page has information linking to the Oregon Government Ethics Commission, where rules and other research can be found. The City County Insurance (CIS) website, as well as the Sherman County Personnel manual, also contains information on ethics. Judge Dabulskis stated the Court has also been in contact with County Counsel regarding ethics training. McDermid stated the Special District Election would take place on May 21, 2019. 

Carrie Pipinich, Mid-Columbia Economic Development District (MCEDD), has continued working on the fiber agreements to keep the project moving forward. She has not received anything regarding the Intergovernmental Agreement, or City Agreements, from the City/Frontier TeleNet (FTN) Attorney. Commissioner McCoy reported that FTN approved use of dark fiber at their last meeting; Sherman County will hold off on any loan payment until the proper agreements were completed and received. MCEDD has continued to engage with the Lower John Day River Territory. Pipinich and Marla Harvey, MCEDD, have been working on the Grant Housing work session. Pipinich has been waiting for the United States Department of Agriculture to return from the government shutdown to move forward with paperwork, and clarification on reducing Bonding Authority for the Biggs Service District Water Project. Pipinich and Merrie von Borstel, Biggs Service District Administrator, will be meeting to discuss moving forward with a rate study; the second reading for the Biggs Water Ordinances will need to take place as well. Pipinich reported the meeting held for the Economic Opportunities Analysis went well, and the next meeting will be in February.

Wes Owens, Sherman County School District, thanked the Court for continued support and funds. Every year the District goes through the process of evaluating their missions, values, and goals for the year. Goals include the positive behavior support system, and K-12 reading program with a focus on elementary reading. Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) has been helping make weather safety decisions with the School District. The District has been working with Mid-Columbia Center for Living and Greater Oregon Behavioral Health, Inc. to work with students with mental health and behavioral issues; Owens would like to have someone permanently on site and to be a School employee. Mike McArthur, public guest, gave an update on the District well situation. He reported he was trying to get a waiver of liability, or to have a bill drafted to waive liability for wells pre-1950.

Supplemental Budget Hearing opened at 10:00 a.m. Debbie Hayden, Finance Director, stated there were two funds that needed to be addressed. Both funds came in with more revenue than anticipated during the budget season. The Supplemental Budget Hearing would put these funds into place so we can use them. County Court approved the Summary of Proposed Budget Changes, for the Tri County Veterans in the amount of $160,148.00, and the SIP Income Tax Distribution in the amount of $123,412.00 as recommended by the Finance Director, and authorized County Court to sign. The Hearing closed at 10:03 a.m.

Bob Thomas, Wildlife Services, reported he has been working primarily with coyotes, bobcats, skunks, mountain lions, beavers, turkeys, raccoons, and porcupines. Thomas has signed up about 30 landowners/ranchers to provide services to which is an annual requirement. Court inquired if Thomas does any work for the School or the Cemeteries regarding gophers and other pests; he responded yes he advises and assists with gophers since maintenance has their pesticides license. Thomas does not have his pesticides license, and does not plan to get one, so he cannot legally take care of the gophers solely. In the past he’s also participated at Outdoor School, and hopes to continue with the program. Judge Dabulskis asked if signs needed to be put in place when traps are set. Thomas stated there was no rule on private or public lands needing to have signs, it is usually a curtesy, and many landowners do not want them; if a landowner requests signs, he will put them out.

Commissioner McCoy motioned, second by Judge Dabulskis, to enter into Executive Session in Accordance with ORS 192.660 (2) (i) Personnel at 10:47 a.m.; discussion was held on County Personnel; executive session was exited at 10:54 a.m.

Actions taken by the Court included:

  • approved the Medical Examiner Services Agreement between Sherman County and the North Central Public Health District whereas Sherman County wishes to enter an agreement with North Central Public Health District for medical examiner services, as Sherman County does not have a County Medical Examiner, which is required by Oregon Law.
  • authorized the expenditure of $2,500 as a scholarship donation to Columbia Gorge Community College Foundation 2019-2020 academic year, in support of Sherman County students attending Columbia Gorge Community College.
  • approved the purchase of 1 Automated External Defibrillator (AED) cabinet in the amount of $199, and Stop The Bleed Kits in the amount of $40.80 each, with the amount as recommended by the Safety Committee.
  • approved the revised Frontier TeleNet Loan agreement and promissory note between Sherman County and Frontier TeleNet in the amount of $100,000 at 0% interest, with repayment at the end of June 2019 with the funds coming out if the SIP Additional fees.
  • approved the final Winslow Solar Loan payment to Sherman County in the amount of $1,500, and authorize Judge Dabulskis to sign.
  • approved the expenditure of $ 2,284.40 for the replacement of two LED Bollard outside lights at the Senior Center and any additional incidental costs not covered.
  • approved minutes of November 7, 2018, as presented.
  • approved the minutes of November 28, 2018, as presented.
  • approved the Revenue/Expenditure Summary for the month of December 2018, as presented.
  • approved the Treasurer’s Report for the month of November 2018, as presented.

Topics of discussion were Written Quarterly Reports, Sherman County Scholarship – Columbia Gorge Community College Foundation Recipient Thank You Letters, and Commissioner Reports.

5. Conversation is a Two-Way Street – Part 2

Building on yesterday’s “Conversation is a Two-Way Street,” parents of teenagers often complain that they can’t get their kids to communicate. Sometimes there are good reasons why.

Teenagers really want to be able to talk to their parents. In fact, in some cases, they’re dying because they can’t. A large number of teens who commit suicide are those who feel they can’t talk to either parent, and their feelings of loneliness, isolation and despair take over. (Take a moment and remember how the major issues of your life become much smaller and easier to manage when you can get them out in the open and talk about them.)

Parents, without realizing it, do things that stop their teen-aged children from confiding in them. What sorts of things? Well, they interrupt to give reprimands and lectures instead of just listening, giving support and saving the moral lesson for another time. Or, they discount what the teen is feeling by making it seem trivial or unimportant, especially when compared to the grown-up responsibilities parents must cope with.

If you catch yourself behaving in these ways when your teenagers try to talk with you, perhaps it’s time to stop and apologize, or at least clear the air. Your teenager will appreciate your efforts to change your behavior to gain a closer relationship, and he or she will give you another chance – maybe not on the spot, but soon. Be patient, there is history to get around here.

If your communications have broken down completely, a few visits to a good family therapist can help get you back on track. Few things in life are as important as your relationship with your children, whatever their ages. Why not make it as good as it can possibly be?

Time would seem to be a finite commodity, but investing some of it in the children around us pays dividends for a very long time. ~The Pacific Institute

6. Oregon Secretary of State Dennis Richardson

Oregon.Flat.poleOregon Secretary of State Dennis Richardson has lost his battle with cancer. He passed away on Tuesday, February 26, at about 9:00pm. Richardson was at his home surrounded by family and friends. Below is the full statement from Deputy Secretary of State Leslie Cummings.

On Tuesday, February 26, at approximately 9:00pm, Oregon Secretary of State Dennis Richardson’s courageous battle with cancer came to a close. Dennis passed away at his home surrounded by family and friends.

From his service in Vietnam as a combat helicopter pilot to his 30-year legal career and 19 years in public service, this father of nine and grandfather of 31 found great joy in serving and taking care of others.

As Secretary of State, Dennis was fiercely dedicated to accomplishing the work the people of Oregon elected him to do. Upon taking the reins of this office in January 2017, Dennis’ visionary leadership built on the strengths of the 227 Secretary of State staff members. Together, Dennis and this dedicated team of public servants improved the program business practices of Audits, Elections, Archives, Corporations and Small Business, and the three Administrative Services Divisions of the agency. He also brought many professional and personal gifts and experience to this office. Dennis’ focus on transparency, accountability, and integrity coupled with his uncompromising work ethic inspired staff to “up their games” to move mountains.

If you spent time with Dennis, it wouldn’t be long before he shared with you his personal motto of “Pro Tanto Quid Retribuamus,” which means: Having been given much, what will you give in return? This philosophy influenced every aspect of Dennis’ life and became the hallmark by which many knew him. His challenge to us in the Secretary of State’s office is to give our very best to each other and to Oregon each and every day.

Dennis leaves a legacy of always aiming high, expecting excellence, moving fast, and doing what is right for the people. It has been an honor and a privilege to work with such an incredible leader and wonderful friend. He will be greatly missed.

7. Oregonians invest more than $4.5 million in culture in 2018

Salem, Ore. – Once again generous Oregonians stepped up for culture in 2018, donating more than $4.5 million to the Oregon Cultural Trust. The funds will support fiscal year 2020 grants to cultural organizations across the state.

“Our donors are incredibly loyal,” said Cultural Trust Executive Director Brian Rogers. “Once they realize that the cultural tax credit really works, they tend to continue using it. As always, we look forward to investing their generosity in all of the great cultural activities happening across the state this year.”

“As the Oregon Legislature considers a bill to extend the sunset of the cultural tax credit,” said Cultural Trust Board Chair Chuck Sams, “we are proud that our citizens continue to demonstrate their commitment to working with us to strengthen our state’s famous quality of life.”

The $4.53 million fundraising total includes 8,821 donations and 1,352 new donors. It also includes $381,124 raised through a partnership with the Willamette Week Give!Guide.

More than half of the money raised will be distributed directly to Oregon’s cultural groups this summer; the remainder will grow the Cultural Trust permanent fund. Cultural Trust grants are distributed through five Statewide Cultural Partners – Oregon Arts Commission, Oregon Heritage, Oregon Historical Society, Oregon Humanities and the Oregon State Office of Historic Preservation – as well as to 45 county/tribal coalitions and directly to cultural nonprofits via Cultural Development Grants.

The 87 projects supported by Cultural Development Grants in FY2019 include:

  • The development of Astoria’s Scandinavian Heritage Park to honor the immigrant tradition that brought thousands of Scandinavians to Oregon’s North Coast in the late 1800s and early 1900s;
  • A remodel of Cottage Grove’s Cottage Theatre to increase seating, allowing 4,000 more patrons to experience performances each year;
  • Funding to support Portland Center Stage’s JAW 2019: A Playwrights Festival;
  • Restoration of the historic 1911 Belletable House southeast of Bend by the Fort Rock Valley Historical Society;
  • A half-time managing director for Ballet Folklorico Ritmo Alegre in Medford, ensuring sustainability of community dance classes and performances; and
  • Support of the “Re-TURN the Jantzen Beach Carousel” project, including the restoration of an original pony to illustrate the value of preserving an historic icon.

For a full list of Cultural Trust grant projects, including links to Cultural County Coalitions and several hundred county projects they are funding this year, visit


Sherman County eNews #57


  1. Notice. Lower John Day LAC & NRCS Working Group Meeting Cancelled

  2. Notice. Sherman County Public Transportation Advisory Committee Meeting, March 1

  3. Conversation is a Two-Way Street – Part 1

  4. Oregon Legislature: Senate Bill 608: Rent Control Passes House

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

  6. Walden Highlights Oregon impact of measles outbreak during Congressional hearing

1. Notice. Lower John Day LAC & NRCS Working Group Meeting Cancelled

The Lower John Day LAC and NRCS Local Working Group meetings scheduled for this Thursday, Feb. 28th at the Sherman County Extension Office have been CANCELLED due to inclement weather. We are sorry for any inconvenience. Both meetings will be rescheduled and posted soon. Please contact the SWCD office with any questions.

~ Amanda Whitman, District Manager, Sherman County SWCD

541-565-3216 ext 109

2. Notice. Sherman County Public Transportation Advisory Committee Meeting, March 1

ShermanCoLogoThe Sherman County Public Transportation Advisory Committee will be meeting on Friday, March 1, 2019 at 9:30 A.M., at the Senior Center in Moro.  The purpose of the meeting is to review current Grant Applications for 2019-21, review the Amended Committee Bylaws and signing if accepted, review the 2nd Quarterly STF ODOT Report for 2018-19 and the 1st Quarter 2018-19 HRTG Veteran’s Report & Funding Request for October 1, 2018 through December 31, 2018.  These meetings are open to the public. 

The Sherman County Public Transportation Advisory Committee welcomes and thanks citizens for suggestions.  The participation allows the Transportation to better serve our community.  Members of the public wishing to comment can indicate such by raising a hand.  The chairman of the committee will then call upon anyone wishing to make suggestions or comments.

3. Conversation is a Two-Way Street – Part 1

What should parents do if they want their teenagers to confide in them? Dr. Joyce Vedral, author of several books on the teenager-parent relationship, asked a large number of teens to answer this question, and here is what they said.

Generally, teenagers tend to feel comfortable talking with those parents with whom they can laugh and joke, parents whose understanding the teens know they can count on. When asked why they would choose one parent over another to confide in, they invariably say they choose the one who stays calm even when they, themselves, are emotional, and who never says things like, “That shouldn’t bother you.”

Here’s something else that’s critical. In our efforts to get our teenagers to talk to us, many of us neglect to talk to them – especially about how much we appreciate, love and admire them. Sometimes, we get so caught up in our efforts to keep our kids on the right track that we forget to tell them how great they are. That is a big mistake, but it’s one that can be fixed.

Nothing can be more encouraging and more conducive to building their self-esteem than you taking the time to express confidence that they have what it takes to make it in life. They may not tell you on the spot how much your approval matters to them, but believe that it does.

And dump the guilt, if you haven’t done these things so far. That was then, this is now. There is no time like the present to start! Be patient, as it may take a little time. There is a bit of history to get around. But, your kids will love you for it…even if they don’t come out and say so. ~The Pacific Institute

4. Oregon Legislature: Senate Bill 608: Rent Control Passes House

Oregon.Flat.poleSB 608 is on the way to the Governor for her signature. It would be the first such measure enacted statewide in the nation. Here is what it does:


BACKGROUND:  Landlords may legally evict tenants for a variety of reasons, including for nonpayment of rent and other violations of rental agreements. Oregon law also generally allows both landlords and tenants to terminate month-to-month tenancies without cause, with 30 days notice (although some localities, like Portland, have different notice requirements). Fixed-term tenancies can also be terminated without cause by either landlords or tenants at any time during the tenancy with 30 days notice prior to the end of the term, or with 60 days notice after the end of the term. Current law prohibits rent increases in the first year of a month-to-month tenancy and requires 90 days notice of same. There are no other restrictions on the number or amount of rent increases that may be imposed on a month-to-month tenancy.

Senate Bill 608 prohibits evictions without cause after the first year of occupancy and adds the following circumstances to the existing list of reasons that a landlord may evict: when the premises are sold to a buyer as a primary residence; when the premises will be occupied by the landlord or an immediate family member; or when the premises are being renovated, demolished, or removed from residential use. If a landlord uses one of the new reasons to evict, they must provide 90 days notice and one month’s rent to assist the tenant with relocation (except two-unit or less, owner-occupied properties, and landlords who own four or fewer dwelling units).

Senate Bill 608 also provides for fixed-term tenancies to automatically convert to month-to-month unless the parties agree to a new term or a tenant has received at least three written, contemporaneous warnings about violations in the preceding 12 months.

Finally, Senate Bill 608 limits rent increases to no more than seven percent plus the average change in the consumer price index, no more than once in any 12-month period, unless: the premises are considered new construction, the landlord is resetting rent for a new tenant after a compliant tenant vacated voluntarily, or the rent is subsidized.

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

bird.owlLegislative Revenue Office Report on Cap and Trade

Weight Mile v gas tax with Carbon Bill

Oregon Legislature. Joint Subcommittee On Public Safety Meeting Materials

Oregon State Bar Orientation Handbook and Public Meetings Law

TedEd. Ideas Worth Sharing: How to Spot a Liar

Watch Your Language: Everyone should Get a Nickname

Voyager I : 1977 – 2019 [ The Journey Continues ] 

Our Finite World. Low Oil Prices: An Indication of Major Problems Ahead?

Car Catalogs, New York Public Library 

Misguided wolf introductions wreaking havoc on wildlife populations and livestock

6. Walden Highlights Oregon impact of measles outbreak during Congressional hearing

American flag2WASHINGTON, D.C. — Representative Greg Walden (R-Hood River) will highlight the Oregon impact of the current measles outbreak during a hearing before the Energy and Commerce Committee on Wednesday. The hearing will focus on the reemergence of measles in Oregon and southwest Washington and response efforts.

“We are witnessing the reemergence of measles in Oregon and southwest Washington that has rightly alarmed people here and throughout the country,” said Walden. “This highly contagious, life-threatening virus is being transmitted among unvaccinated individuals in the region, and presents a serious public health threat in our communities. I look forward to learning more from public health officials on addressing the current outbreak in Oregon and Washington, efforts to prevent the disease’s spread, and strategies to support vaccination efforts and education.”

Since January 1, 2019, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported 159 individual measles cases in 10 states. The majority of measles cases have occurred in Clark County, Washington, a suburb of Portland, Oregon, with 65 confirmed measles cases. Of those cases, 57 involved people who were not vaccinated against the disease, and 47 people infected were children between the ages of one and 10.


Sherman County eNews #56


  1. Notice. Sherman County School on Delay, Feb. 26

  2. Notice. Several Meetings Cancelled Due to Weather Conditions

  3. Notice. Sherman County Court Session, March 6

  4. Driving Responsibility

1. Notice. Sherman County School on Delay, Feb. 26

Superintendent Wes Owens notified eNews that Sherman County School District plans a delayed start on Tuesday, February 26th… giving him time to assess the roads in the early morning. Stay tuned for morning updates.

2. Notice. Several Meetings Cancelled Due to Weather Conditions

  • Frontier TeleNet Meeting scheduled for February 26, 2019 in Moro was cancelled due to weather conditions.  This meeting will be rescheduled.
  • The February 26 Frontier Regional 911 Board Meeting was cancelled due to weather conditions.
  • The rescheduled Wasco City Council Meeting on February 26, 2019 has been cancelled due to inclement weather.
  • And… Sherman County School was closed February 25th.

3. Notice. Sherman County Court Session, March 6

ShermanCoLogoThe Sherman County Court session scheduled for Wednesday, March 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.

Agenda topics include Compensation Board; Executive Session re: Personnel; Compensation Board Merit Decisions; Community Dispute Joint Resolution; Weed Control Intergovernmental Agreement Between Sherman and Wasco Counties; Commissioners’ Reports; Consent Agenda. The agenda, including updates, will be posted on the Sherman County Website at

4. Driving Responsibility

car.teenLike adults, teenagers come in all shapes and sizes, with every type of personality on the planet. Today, let’s consider the case for parents who want to make sure their teens become responsible drivers.

If you want to see what mixed feelings look like, watch a parent whose 16-year-old has just brought home a driving learner’s permit! Combined with the relief of knowing that your days as chauffeur nearly may be over is the fear of knowing that every year, thousands of teenagers die in traffic accidents, and many more are injured. While local and state restrictions have made some headway here in Washington, in other places teen accidents are up, and the reasons are talking on cell phones and/or text messaging while driving, and just plain exhaustion from too little sleep.

Here is some advice for parents of first-time drivers: First, start training kids to be good drivers as soon as they get their first bicycle. If they can demonstrate understanding of bike safety rules and are conscientious about wearing a helmet, it should earn them more freedom and longer rides.

As they get older, require driver’s training classes whether or not your state requires it. It’s also a good idea to help them prepare responses in advance for peer pressure to take risks on the road. Make sure they know that driving is a privilege that will be revoked if they cause accidents or start getting tickets.

And finally, set a good example. If you don’t want your kids to drink and drive, or disobey texting while driving laws, don’t do it yourself. Watch your own version of “road rage.” And if you want them to wear seatbelts, make it a rule to buckle up whenever you get behind the wheel.

Spell out your expectations very clearly, spell out the consequences if they aren’t met, and stick to them, no matter what. You can’t go too far when it comes to driving home responsibility, safety and accountability to your kids…and that’s not limited to driving. ~The Pacific Institute


Sherman County eNews #55


  1. History After Hours Gathering, March 1

  2. Before You Yell at the Referees Tonight, Let Me Tell You About My Daddy

  3. Notice. Frontier Telenet Board of Directors Regular Meeting, Feb. 26

  4. Notice. State & Federal Grant Fund Opportunity for Eligible Transportation Providers

  5. Notice. Sherman County Requests Public Comment for Community Transit Projects

  6. Regional History Forum Program: World War I Living History, March 2

  7. Sherman County Senior & Community Center March Meal Menu

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

“Nothing is more certain than that a general profligacy and corruption of manners make a people ripe for destruction.” —John Witherspoon (1776)

1. History After Hours Gathering, March 1

History After Hours

The Wasco County Historical Society


Old St. Peter’s Landmark

invite you to an informal gathering

To celebrate the historical organizations in and around Wasco County.

We all have a common interest in the history of this area.

Let’s get to know each other and

share information with each other in an informal setting.

Friday, March 1st from 5 until 7 p.m.

St. Peter’s Landmark

405 Lincoln Street, The Dalles, Oregon, 97058\

Appetizers and drinks will be served and

we will have a cake to celebrate Oregon’s Birthday!

Each organization may share a brief update for their upcoming year.

Bring along brochures to exchange.

Let’s make connections and work together to keep the history of our area alive!

You are invited if you have an interest in the history of this area!

2. Before You Yell at the Referees Tonight, Let Me Tell You About My Daddy

sport-basketballBy Carolyn Moore

Most of the time, you probably don’t even notice he’s there.

But the official prowling the sidelines of your high school gymnasium isn’t just a zebra to shout angry words at from your spot in the stands—he’s my daddy.

And I’m counting on you to be kind.

For a few months every year, he’s gone most evenings blowing his whistle in gyms from down the street to halfway across the state. When he leaves for work in the mornings, he takes along a black suitcase with his striped shirt, Sansabelt pants, and a pocketful of rule books and Fox 40s—ready to head straight to another game once his 9-to-5 is done.

On many of those evenings, we follow him. My mom packs a bag with toys and snacks and cash for concessions; our “basketball bag” lives in the front hall, ready and waiting for Daddy’s next game.

We drive country highways to the “Home of the Braves/Lakers/Lions etc.” and settle into an inconspicuous corner of the bleachers to watch him work. More often than not, we don’t know anyone in the crowd, and when one of us kids asks which team we’re going for tonight, Mom always tells us, “We’re cheering for the refs.”

Because if there’s anything I’ve already learned from being in the crowd at youth sporting events, it’s that most people do exactly the opposite.

What so many fans forget is that the crew of officials that’s so easy to criticize is actually just a trio of average people. They’re teachers and pharmacists and mothers and bankers and car salesmen. They’re the people you bump into at the grocery store and sit behind in the pews on Sunday mornings at church. They’re your neighbors, your old classmates, the parents of your kids’ friends.

They also choose to work a mostly thankless side job as sports officials.

I promise you, they’re working harder than you realize to make the experience of playing and watching youth sports safe, fair, and fun.

I see how hard my daddy’s working out there—and I wish you did, too.

While everyone else is watching the ball swish through the hoop, my eyes are trained on the one standing on the sidelines with two arms in the air, signaling three points.

When fans are erupting over another fast break, I’m watching him match their speed step for thundering step.

When teams are huddled together hurriedly plotting last-possession strategy, I see him talking with the scorekeeper, game ball on his hip, calmly making sure he and his partners are prepared for whatever scenario plays out next.

And what you probably don’t realize is that when my daddy’s on the court, he’s doing a lot more than calling travels, administering free throws, and ignoring “over the backs” (fact check: not a thing).

He’s showing me what it means to work hard and better myself.

He’s teaching me about camaraderie and friendship.

He’s showing me the importance and joy of pursuing a hobby.

He’s modeling for me the value of patience and persistence.

He knows angry words, argumentative coaches, and constant criticism is all just part of the gig. (I think he even enjoys it sometimes.)

But what you should remember when you’re ready to berate him from the stands next time is this: he deserves your respect.

The fact is, he’s spending a lot of time away from our house to pursue something that’s become a passion. He’s logging countless hours running up and down gym floors, then icing his aching knee afterward. He’s watching tape of the game long after we’ve gone to bed, critiquing everything from the strength of his whistle to how much his left arm swings when he runs.

He takes pride in the work most people aren’t brave enough to do.

And you know what I know for sure? He does that work so well.

That’s my hero out there on the court, wearing the stripes.

And I’m counting on you to be kind.

3. Notice. Frontier Telenet Board of Directors Regular Meeting, Feb. 26

Frontier Telenet Board of Directors Meeting

Tuesday, February 26, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. PST

Sherman County Courthouse, 500 Court Street, Moro, OR

Teleconference Dial-in: (669) 900-6833; Meeting ID: 706204139

Agenda topics include: Review of previous meeting minutes, financial report; 2018-19FY Supplemental Budget Resolution; Budget Calendar; Budget Committee; Audit Report; Consider Inland Development Corp. offer to consolidate trunk line internet access service and reduce base monthly expenses by almost 50%; Consider offering Gorge Networks short-term data transport capacity from Grass Valley to Moro to allow Sherman Co. FTTH project to continue rollout pending negotiation of long-term arrangement for inter-city transport; NCESD/E-Rate Status Report; Administration & Professional Services; Daily Administrator March-June; IT Services (website maintenance, email integration, records consolidation); Legal Services.

  • With the exception of public hearings, the Frontier Board, in its sole discretion, may make changes to this agenda and/or address other matters it deems appropriate. In addition, the Frontier Board may at any time and without prior notice enter into executive session in accordance with ORS 192.660(2).
  • The meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities. A request for an interpreter for the hearing impaired or for other accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made not less than 48 hours prior to the date/time the meeting is set to begin by contacting Judge N. Lynn Morley at 541-763-3460 or via email to

4. Notice. State & Federal Grant Fund Opportunity for Eligible Transportation Providers

ShermanCoLogoSherman County announces the opportunity for eligible transportation providers to apply for State Special Transportation Formula Funds (STF) & FTA 5310 (Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities) Small Urban and ODOT STP Estimated 19-21 Biennial Targets.  Funds are allocated to Sherman County by the Oregon Department of Transportation.  Grant applications are for the 2019-2021 Biennium.  Applications and instructions and eligibility guidelines are available at the Oregon Public Transit Division Web site:

The applications submitted for projects in Sherman County must be received in person or by mail, not later than March 1, 2019.  Applications may be submitted by mail to:  Sherman County, P.O. Box 365, Moro, OR  97039 or in person at 500 Court Street, Moro, OR  97039 not later than 4:00PM on March 1, 2019.  Contact Marnene Benson-Wood 541-565-3553 for more information.


  1. March 1, 2019        STF & 5310 Grant Applications Due to Sherman County
  2. March 4-5, 2019              Public Comment Period
  3. March 6, 2019        STF Committee to Review STF & 5310 Grant Applications                     to make Recommendations to the Sherman County Court
  4. March 6, 2019        Sherman County Court to Review Grant Applications

5. Notice. Sherman County Requests Public Comment for Community Transit Projects

ShermanCoLogoSherman County is requesting comments for the following projects proposed for the STF funding from the State of Oregon and the 5310 Public Transportation Discretionary Grant program offered by the Oregon Department of Transportation.

Sherman County Community Transit – STF Funds for Operations $67,700 annually

Sherman County Community Transit – 5310 Funds for Preventive Maintenance for                                                         Vehicles & the Bus Barn $37,274  annually

Mobility Management $17,000 annually

Additional information is available from Marnene Benson-Wood, Sherman County Transportation Coordinator, P O Box 365, Moro, Oregon  97039, Phone: 541-565-3553.  Sherman County invites comments on the proposed applications, by sending a written response by March 5, 2019 to: Sherman County, P O Box 365, Moro, Oregon 97039.

6. Regional History Forum program: World War I Living History, March 2

Washington State Park Ranger Mark Harris gives his living history presentation Saturday, Mar. 2, at the Original Wasco County Courthouse. The program was rescheduled because of snow and ice early in February.  He will be joined by members of Cascade Singers offering music of WWI at the 1859 venue, 410 W. Second Place, The Dalles.  The program begins at 1:30 p.m.

Harris has family connections to WWI and began collecting items relating to the war.  His uniform is a faithful reproduction and his items a soldier would have carried into battle are both reproductions and genuine historic pieces.  He will take on the identity of a soldier and relate the soldier’s experiences in a first person “living history” dialogue with the audience.

The program was featured in the 2018 centennial of the armistice 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.  2019 marks the actual end of WWI with the signing of the Treaty of Versailles.  Music of the war is also part of Saturday’s program.  A medley of WWI songs and poetry will be offered by members of Cascade Singers.

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.  Another program postponed due to weather will take place Saturday, Mar. 9.  It features Mayerdale historian Dave Wilson telling the story of Japanese families in the Mosier area prior to 1942.

7. Sherman County Senior & Community Center March 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!

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Hot Ham & Cheese/Bun
Potato Wedges
Veggies, Salad & Dessert
4 5 6 7 8
Fish Turkey Tetrazzini Meatloaf Hot Turkey Sandwich Pizza loaded w. Meat
Hash Brown Casserole Salad Bar Baked Potato Mashed Potatoes/Gravy Salad Bar
Veggies, Salad & Dessert Veggies & Fruit Veggies, Salad & Dessert Veggies, Salad & Fruit Veggies & Dessert
11 12 13 14 15
Oriental Chicken Macaroni & Cheese Hamburger Gravy Pesto Chicken Beef Chili
Rice Pilaf Salad Bar over mashed potatoes Noodles Cornbread
Veggies, Salad & Dessert Veggies & Fruit Veggies, Salad & Dessert Veggies, Salad & Fruit Veggies, Salad & Dessert
18 19 20 21 22
Baked Ham Sweet & Sour Meatballs Chicken Fried Steak Beef Taco Bar Cheeseburgers
Au Gratin Potatoes Rice Pilaf Mashed potatoes & Gravy Beans, cheese, lettuce Potato Wedges
Veggies, Salad & Dessert Veggies, Salad & Fruit Veggies, Salad & Dessert Veggies, Salad & Fruit Veggies, Salad & Dessert
25 26 27 28 29
Chicken Broccoli Quiche Beef Stroganoff Spaghetti w. Meat Sauce Chicken Fried Rice Chicken & Noodles
Salad Bar Rotini Noodles Salad Bar Salad Bar Salad Bar
Veggies & Dessert Veggies, Salad & Fruit Veggies & Dessert Veggies & Fruit Veggies & Dessert

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.

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

bird.talkOregon Public Records Reform – Oregon Sunshine Committee

New York Public Library offers public viewing of its 800,000 maps


This Perpetual Calendar Hidden in an Italian Chapel Is a Mathematical Marvel

Bayeux Tapestry: This enormous “cloth of the conquest” depicts the Norman invasion of England in mind-blowing detail.



Sherman County eNews #54


  1. Sherman County Photography Club Meeting, Feb. 25

  2. Sherman County 4-H News Report: The Chicken Tenders

  3. Sherman County Citizen-Reporter February Edition Online

  4. Historic Land Use Bill passes Oregon Senate

  5. Teachers: Designing High Impact Field Experiences Using ELA Performance Tasks, March 16

  6. A path forward on climate change by Representative Greg Walden

  7. What Do You Have to Lose?

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

“If by the liberty of the press were understood merely the liberty of discussing the propriety of public measures and political opinions, let us have as much of it as you please: But if it means the liberty of affronting, calumniating and defaming one another, I, for my part, own myself willing to part with my share of it.” —Benjamin Franklin (1789)

1. Sherman County Photography Club Meeting, Feb. 25

Who: Anyone with an interest in photography is invited
What: Sherman County Photography Club meeting
When: Monday, February 25 6pm
Where: Steve Burnet Extension Building, Moro

2. Sherman County 4-H News Report: The Chicken Tenders

4-H clover1The Chicken Tenders 4-H club met on Febuary 21, 2019 at 5:30pm at the Extension Office.  Attending were Cohen, Renan, Claire, Damian, Dillian, Emersyn, Joseph, Cali.  No excused absences.  Pledge of Allegiance led by Dillan, 4-H Pledge led by Cali.  We talked about meetings, poultry projects, market, brooding and turkeys, and elections.  Dillian is President, Cohen is Vice President, and Emersyn is Secretary.  Our next meeting to be announced later.  Meeting adjourned at 6:30pm.  Signed Cali Johnson, News Reporter

3. Sherman County Citizen-Reporter February Edition Online

ShermanCoLogoThe February edition of the Sherman County Citizen-Reporter is currently published online and can be found at

~Kayla von Borstel

Sherman County Court Administrative Assistant

Hours: M-TH 8am-430pm

4. Historic Land Use Bill passes Oregon Senate

Oregon.Flat.poleBy Frontier Advocates

In a historic action the Oregon Senate passed out SB 2 on a vote of 28-2. The bill authorizes 10 eastern Oregon Counties including Sherman, Gilliam and Wheeler to designate up to 50 acres of land outside the urban growth boundaries for industrial development. The decision to make the designation would be up to each county. The bill was carried on the floor by Senate President Courtney, who was a sponsor. He stated that this was the first time in 45 years that any flexibility has been created in Oregon’s land use system. It was made possible by years of work by significant stakeholders including: Farm Bureau, 1000 Friends of Oregon, Association of Oregon Counties and League of Oregon Cities. Senator Arnie Roblan of Coos Bay spoke in favor of the bill said that in his experience as a high school principal, students who had some hope for for success were more likely to graduate and that this bill while not a guarantee, provided hope for those counties. Senators Hansell and Bentz who represent all the affected counties said that this measure would expedite any economic opportunities that might come to those counties.

The bill now goes to the house for hearings and action. If passed there it is expected that the governor would approve and sign into law. 

Frontier Advocates is a partnership dedicated to navigating and shaping public policy on behalf of rural Oregon. Partners are three retired county judges with over 75 years of collective experience: Steve Grasty (Harney), Mike McArthur (Sherman) and Laura Pryor (Gilliam). All three judges have also served in statewide leadership roles. Contact

5. Teachers: Designing High Impact Field Experiences Using ELA Performance Tasks, March 16

Middle school English Language Arts and Science teachers are invited to participate in this workshop at the Bonneville Lock & Dam, starting on the Oregon side of the Columbia River. Participants will learn more about the dam and its placement, history, benefits, and challenges. PEI FieldSTEM Coordinator Chad Mullen, Natural Resource Specialist Robin Norris, and Park Ranger Lesley McClintock will teach participants how to use a site to create high-impact field experiences for students.

March 16 from 9 to 3:30

Workshop participants will:

  • Explore and experience two English Language Arts performance tasks on the topics of “hydropower” and “renewable vs. non-renewable energy”
  • Understand how they can use these powerful teaching tools to highlight assets at the dam to facilitate meaningful field experiences and to deepen student learning
  • Tour many locations at the dam site including the fish ladder viewing area, the hydropower generators, hydropower powerhouse, and more

6. A path forward on climate change by Representative Greg Walden

American flag2In the coming months, Congress will take up the issue of climate change and how best to adapt America’s policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Let me be clear: climate change is real. To cope with the change, we need thoughtful solutions that rely on innovation, conservation, and preparedness.

We need to reduce emissions while protecting the interests of the American people, our communities, and our economic well-being, too. And we need to make sure our communities — especially coastal areas — are ready to cope with the changes we know are coming.

In Oregon, we can be a model for common sense improvements to modernize the way we manage our environment, power our communities and tap into the abundance of renewable energy in our state.

Any conversation about climate change must include the need to improve forest management.

Wildfires charred more than 800,000 acres of land in Oregon in 2018, sending untold pollutants into the atmosphere and into our lungs.

A comparable wildfire season in California emitted 68 million tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere — the equivalent of one year of emissions from electricity generation in that state.

Here in Central Oregon, Cycle Oregon was canceled for the first time in history because of wildfire smoke in 2017, and Oregonians are held hostage in their homes each summer because of wildfires that burn across our poorly managed forests and fill our skies with ash.

Better managing our forests reduces the risk of these catastrophic fires and the toxic emissions they put into the atmosphere.

Meanwhile, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change found that sustainably managing our forests will create the longest sustained carbon mitigation benefit.

A Nature Conservancy and Forest Service study found that active management of fire fuels can reduce the size and intensity of wildfires by up to 70 percent, and can reduce carbon emissions of wildfires by up to 85 percent. Congress needs to follow the science on forest management.

We also need to find innovative ways to tap into the abundance of hydropower in Oregon — which generates 40 percent of the electricity in our state.

I helped enact a new law in the last Congress that streamlines the permitting process for hydropower projects like Central Oregon Irrigation District’s Juniper Ridge hydropower project, which turns piped irrigation water into enough power for 3,300 homes. This technology also conserves water for farmers and fish — all carbon free.

A Department of Energy report found that U.S. hydropower could increase by nearly 50 percent by 2050 with new technology and innovation like we are developing here in Oregon.

We also need to devote more resources to the work our national laboratories — such as the Pacific Northwest National Lab in Washington state’s Tri-Cities — are doing to develop grid-scale battery storage.

A first-of-its-kind battery storage project underway in Eastern Oregon will help make renewable sources more viable and Oregon’s electricity grid more reliable.

Portland General Electric has teamed up with NextEra on the Wheatridge Renewable Energy facility that combines wind and solar energy production with one the largest battery storage facilities in the country.

This project will help replace some of the baseload power lost from the phase out of PGE’s coal-fired plant near Boardman.

In addition, any serious efforts to reduce emissions from energy production must include new, safe and small modular nuclear power, like that being developed by NuScale in Oregon.

Nuclear power is emissions-free, and the technology being designed by NuScale can help communities transition from coal to cleaner energy sources.

Just as America led the world in energy development that has reduced carbon emissions to 1992 levels, we want American innovators to develop breakthrough technologies that will improve the environment and create jobs right here at home.

Then we can help other countries reduce their emissions using American technologies and products. We know that the worldwide energy demand is set to grow by about 27 percent by 2040, so we should act now to power up American energy innovation to help reduce global emissions in the coming years. There is broad bipartisan agreement that prudent, practical steps should be taken to address current and future climate risks. It is time for Congress to work on them together.

7. What Do You Have to Lose?

Do you feel that half the things you do turn out all wrong? If so, take heart, because today we are going to talk about how to fail successfully. Yes, “fail” successfully.

After over forty years in business, Lou Tice considered himself highly successful. The company he and Diane started in their basement now does business on six continents, and the seminars he once gave to small groups of teachers and coaches now reach millions of people every year, many of them world leaders and corporate executives.

But one of the reasons Lou was successful is the same reason that Ty Cobb, one of the greatest baseball sluggers of all time, was as good as he was. If you look in the record books, you’ll find that Ty Cobb’s lifetime average was only .367. That means he got a hit once out of every three times at bat, or a 63% failure rate. It’s the same story for Babe Ruth, and for hundreds of athletes over history, as well as for virtually every other successful person in the world.

The hallmark is that they were not afraid to try and not afraid to fail. In fact, the only real failure would have been not trying at all. It turns out that people really don’t remember the times Ty Cobb swung and missed, that sales goals weren’t made, and initial product designs failed.

Have you heard of the term “writer’s block,” where the writer can’t seem to put words to paper? It has often been said that this comes about because the writer is trying to be perfect, with every word. The perceived need to be “perfect” puts such restrictions on the mind that it just gives up. Get rid of the need to be perfect, right off the mark, and your creative ideas come roaring through!

The fact is that successful people try more things more often than average folks do. Whether it’s playing baseball or building an international business, if you try enough things, you are going to succeed – a lot.

One other thing is certain: If you don’t try anything, you are guaranteed to fail. So go for it! Exactly what do you have to lose? ~The Pacific Institute

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

bird.owl.limbLegislature House Committee on Rules: Centralized Candidate Filing Proposal

Legislature: Oregon’s 2019-21 Tax Expenditure Report

Legislature: Coalition for the Common Good

The Speech Every Generation Should Hear


Sherman County eNews #53






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.

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  • Keep it short, no longer than 350 words.
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Appreciation can make a day – even change a life.

Your willingness to put it into words

Is all that is necessary.  ~ Margaret Cousins


  • Sherman County Emergency Services;
  • Sherman County Ambulance volunteers;
  • Sherman County Sheriff’s Office;
  • North Sherman County Fire & Rescue, Moro Fire & Rescue, South Sherman Fire & Rescue volunteers;
  • Sherman County Medical Clinic and welcome Christina Rust, DPT, PT, MS, PA-C, who graduated from the University of Washington MEDEX Northwest Physician Assistant program in 2018 and joined the Sherman County Medical Clinic team. ~The Editor


  • Sherman County Road Department for going the extra hours to keep our roads clear for us;
  • Oregon Department of Transportation for going the extra hours to keep us safe on the roads and closing them if necessary;
  • Local folks who voluntarily cleared the snow from sidewalks, roads and driveways for others;
  • Sherman County School District for prioritizing the safety of students, families and staff with closures and delayed starts;
  • Elected officials who use official e-mail addresses by which we identify their position and news sources;
  • Public Meeting Notices indicating that a quorum of the Sherman County Court may be attending a meeting of another jurisdiction;
  • Wasco Electric Cooperative for a steady supply of power in spite of icy, windy, snowy days and nights;
  • Rural Technology Group for uninterrupted internet service during the recent ice and snow;
  • Maryhill Museum of Art for sharing photos of the collections and the work of staff and volunteers on Facebook during the off-season, reminding us of the importance of this very special place … definitely not out-of-sight, out-of-mind! ~The Editor


  • Judge Joe Dabulskis, for taking the oath of office for your new position and for your new column in The Times-Journal! Well done!
  • Joan Bird, for taking the oath of office as Sherman County’s new commissioner, bringing your experience, energy and wisdom to the table. Congratulations!
  • Matt Seckora at Seckora Consulting for recognition as Business of the Month by The Dalles Chamber of Commerce! Congratulations!
  • Darren Padget, Alan von Borstel and Ryan Thompson, for serving Oregon wheat growers.
  • Local government officials for sending public notices to the county’s newspaper of record… and to eNews.
  • eNews Subscribers for sending news releases to The Dalles Chronicle and The Times-Journal.
  • eNews Subscribers for sending news releases, public notices, calendar dates, classified ads, Spiritual Matters and links to interesting websites.
  • The Dalles Chronicle for reporting Sherman County School sports and regional news.
  • The Times-Journal for reporting on local government in Wheeler, Gilliam and Sherman counties and for publishing tri-county legal notices.
  • RURALITE for the recent Grass Valley Pavilion story! ~The Editor 


Your announcements of engagements, weddings, anniversaries, graduations and births are welcome here!

Happy Birthday, Sherman County! February 25th 1889-2019



VISITOR CENTER HOST, OREGON PALEO LANDS CENTER. Oregon Paleo Lands Center, Fossil, Oregon Contacts: Host Coordinator: Bonnie Lofton (OPLI Center Board)541-462-3263 33475 Cougar Mountain Road, Mitchell, OR. 97750 or Host Assistant: Richard N Ross (OPLI Center Board) 503-807-0612 246 NW Florida Ave., Bend OR 97703.  You can find the Host Application at the Center’s website 

YOUR STORIES for SHERMAN COUNTY: FOR THE RECORD. The Sherman County Historical Society invites you to share your Sherman County stories or records. Contact the Sherman County Historical Society, P.O. Box 173, Moro, Oregon 97039 or contact editor Gladys Wesley at 541-565-3232. Information from diaries, letters, autograph albums, records and stories are welcome!  Consider recording your interviews of local story tellers – ask what they know or heard tell of brick yards, rodeos, movie theaters, the Grant-Maryhill ferry, fishing on the rivers or county events. Develop a short story around a series of photographs of a family, athletic or community event. See a content summary for Sherman County: For The Record 1983-2018:  or

ONE DAY A MONTH MUSEUM HOST. Greet visitors at the Sherman County Historical Museum one day a month 10-5. You’ll be glad you did! Meet people and provide visitor information services! Contact Carrie Kaseberg or Patti Fields. 541-565-3232.

“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 

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.


 TRANSPORTATION DISPATCHER. Sherman County Community Transportation is accepting employment applications for the position of transportation dispatcher. This is a permanent full-time position, 40hr/wk Monday-Thursday, salary range $12.17/hr starting pay to $14.25/hr final step. Applicant must be knowledgeable in the operation of modern office equipment including computer systems, spreadsheets and make decisions independently using effective time management in this fast paced position and have the ability to multitask choosing the highest priorities.   For job description and/or applications, contact the Sherman County Community Transit at 541-565-3553 or go online at http:/ Submit completed application and resume to the Sherman County Community Transportation, P.O. Box 365, Moro, OR  97039.  Position open until March 8th, 2019; first review of applications will be March 13, 2019. Successful applicant must pass a criminal history background check and a Drug & Alcohol pre-employment check, since this position involves contact with vulnerable adults.  Sherman County is an equal opportunity employer. 3/8

HEAD COOK/KITCHEN COORDINATOR.  Head Cook/Kitchen Coordinator at the Sherman County Senior & Community Center.  This is a permanent part-time salaried position, 30 hrs/week, 8 AM – 2:00 PM, Monday-Friday.  Primary responsibilities include preparing and serving meals in the Center and preparing home-delivered meals for the Meals on Wheels Program.  For application and complete job description, contact the Sherman County Senior & Community Center at 541-565-3191, or at PO Box 352, Moro, OR 97039, or Applications will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 28, 2019.  Successful applicant must have or be willing to obtain a Food Handlers Card and pass a criminal history background check.  Sherman County is an equal opportunity employer.  2/22

CITY ADMINISTRATOR/RECORDER. City of Grass Valley is looking for someone to fill the position of City Administrator/recorder. For full job description please contact City Hall at 541-333-2434 or Please return a letter of interest, resume’ and 3 references by Monday, February 25, 2019, to or City of Grass Valley, PO Box 191, Grass Valley, OR 97029. Salary depending on experience. City of Grass Valley is EOE. Position open until filled. 2/22

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. 3/15

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.  3/15

OREGON RACEWAY PARK COURSE MARSHAL, SECURITY, WORK STAFF. Watch the races and get paid for it too. ORP has a wide variety of openings for the 2019 season!  Course Marshal: Candidates must be 18 years of age, able to climb ladders, have the ability to be outdoors (sometimes in harsh conditions), have good verbal communication skills and be able to react calmly and quickly to emergency situations.  Security: Crowd control, have guests sign liability release waiver and issue a colored wrist band as they arrive and enter ORP premises. Day and night shift available.  Working Personnel: This is for all other duties that need to be done at ORP on a regular basis.  Orientation Day: Is held March 16, 2019 from 9am-5pm at 93811 Blagg Lane, Grass Valley, OR 97029.  If interested in any of the positions please contact Brenda Pikl: 541-333-2452 email:  3/1 

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


 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




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







wheel.wagon1LOCAL HISTORY: Interested in gathering history of the early day Sherman County churches: dates in service, ministers, members, old records, church histories and photos for Rosebush Church, Rufus Baptist Church, Rufus Christian Church, Rufus Church of the Nazarene, Rufus Full Gospel Assembly, Moro Christian Science and Rufus Methodist Episcopal church-owned land in section 20, T2N, R18E near Biglow schoolhouse … and information about James Weir for updating the 3rd edition of Sherman County Place Names. Please contact

HOST FAMILY. Host a Foreign Exchange Student. ASSE Student Exchange Programs is now looking for American families to host high school students from Asia. These personable and academically select exchange students speak English, are bright, curious, and eager to learn about this country through living as part of a family for an academic year and attending high school. Your support of these students reinforces the United States’ commitment to education and opportunity throughout the world.  ASSE is currently seeking host families for these well-qualified, bright, motivated and well-screened students coming from Japan, China, Thailand, Taiwan, Mongolia, and South Korea. By living with local host families and attending local high schools, the students acquire an understanding of American values and build on leadership skills.  The exchange students arrive from their home country shortly before school begins and return at the end of the school year. Each ASSE student is fully insured, brings his or her own personal spending money and expects to bear his or her share of household responsibilities, as well as being included in normal family activities and lifestyles. At the same time the student will be teaching their newly adopted host family about their own culture and language.   If you are interested in opening your home and sharing your family life with a young person from abroad, please contact us today for more information, call (800) 733-2773, go online at or email

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23 History Forum: The Town of Celilo 1:30 Orig. Wasco Co. Courthouse

23 Eastern Oregon 4-H Volunteer Boot Camp 9-4 BMCC, Pendleton

23 OSU Small Farms Conference in Corvallis


25 Sherman County Photography Club Meeting 6 Steve Burnet Extension Building, Moro

26 Frontier TeleNet Board of Directors 10, Supplemental Budget Hearing 10:30 Sherman County Courthouse

26 Frontier Regional 911 Dispatch Board of Directors 1 Sherman County Courthouse

28 Lower John Day Ag Water Quality LAC Review 10 OSU Extension Office, Moro

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


1 Deadline to pre-order for SWCD Tree & Shrub Sale

2 Regional History Forum WWI 1:30 Original Wasco County Courthouse

4 Grass Valley City Council 7

5 Frontier Regional 911 Board Meeting

5 Mid-Columbia Economic Development District Ex. Board 4

5 Moro City Council 7

6 Sherman County Court 9

6 All County Prayer Meeting Moro Presbyterian 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

9 History Forum Japanese Families at Mosier 1:30 Original Wasco County Courthouse


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

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

12-14 Healthy Soils Workshop, Pendleton

13 Sherman County Senior Center Advisory Committee 12:30

13 Rufus City Council 7

15 Maryhill Museum of Art Opens for the Season

15 Frontier TeleNet 10 TBA


19 Wasco City Council 7

19 Sherman County Public/School Library Board Meeting 6

20 Sherman County Court 9

23 Sherman Soil & Water Conservation District Tree & Shrub Sale 8-12 Moro

27 Sherman County SWCD & Watershed Council Annual Meeting 5:30

27-28 Roots of Resilience Grazing Conference, Pendleton

27-April 3, 10, 17 & 14 Still Life Painting Class – Maryhill Museum of Art

28 Mid-Columbia Economic Development District Board 4 Hood River


1 Grass Valley City Council 7

2 Moro City Council 7

3 Sherman County Court 9

3 All County Prayer Meeting Wasco Church of Christ social 6:30, prayer 7:00-8:30

4 Sherman County Fair Board 7

6 Equine Mania LLC Advanced Sorting Clinic w/Kristi Siebert (541) 980-7394

9 Tri-County Mental Health Board Meeting 11-2

9 North Central Public Health District Board Meeting 3

10 Sherman Senior & Community Center Advisory Board 12:30

10 Rufus City Council 7

10-11 Sherman County Budget Committee Meeting

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


15-16 Oregon Nonprofit Leaders Conference, Ashland

16 Wasco City Council 7

17 Sherman County Court 9

19 Frontier TeleNet Board Meeting TBA



24 Tri-County Courts 10-2 Sherman County Courthouse