Sherman County eNews #29


  1. Notice. Sherman County Court, Feb. 4

  2. Notice. North Central Public Health District Executive Committee, Feb. 12

  3. Jack J. Beers 1952-2019

  4. Weather Dashboard Launched for Oregon

  5. Living Life to the Fullest

  6. Oregon Century Farm & Ranch Program Seeking Applications

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

“Were we directed from Washington when to sow, and when to reap, we should soon want bread.” —Thomas Jefferson (1821)

1. Notice. Sherman County Court, Feb. 4

ShermanCoLogoA quorum of the Sherman County Court will be present at the Local Public Safety Coordinating Council (LPSCC) meeting to be held on Monday, February 4, 2019, at 10 a.m. in the Sherman County Courthouse Addition, 500 Court Street, Moro, OR 97029.

2. Notice. North Central Public Health District Executive Committee, Feb. 12

The North Central Public Health District Executive Committee will be holding a meeting on Tuesday, February 12, 2019 at 3:00PM. Meeting will be held at North Central Public Health District located at 419 E. 7th Street, in the Main Meeting Room, in The Dalles, Oregon.  This meeting is open to the general public.

3. Jack J. Beers 1952-2019

flower.rose.starJack J. Beers, age 66, died on Sunday, January 27th, 2019, at his residence in Pendleton, Oregon. He was born June 8, 1952. He is survived by his loving wife Judy Beers and a son Jay T. Beers. Services are pending at this time. Burn’s Mortuary of Pendleton is in charge of arrangements. ~The East Oregonian

4. Weather Dashboard Launched for Oregon

rainumbrellaFor many, volatile weather conditions and media accessibility have made weather watching more important and entertaining than ever. Oregon’s Office of Emergency Management has created an online application called the Oregon Weather Dashboard to illustrate current and forecasted weather conditions, pulling information from the state’s four national Weather Service forecast offices.

The dashboard, developed by OEM GIS Program Coordinator Daniel Stoelb, pulls together in one easy-to-access site live Twitter information, high/low temperatures, wind speed, current weather watches and warnings, a 3-day precipitation forecast, flood gage forecasts, current snow depth, and wind conditions in Oregon.

“This new dashboard contains all relevant information for weather conditions here in Oregon,” said Stoelb. “It’s a great resource for the general public who can now see data related to weather conditions and forecasts in the same manner as emergency operations personnel.”

Stoelb’s goal in creating the dashboard was to get everything in one spot and allow users to toggle from one set of data or information to another. The dashboard uses Twitter feeds from four different National Weather Service forecast offices that cover Oregon.

The dashboard is in intended to inform the general public, says Stoelb, but can also be extremely helpful for emergency management community and other public-facing agencies.

The State of Oregon Weather Dashboard can be accessed via the OEM Website or by using the direct link:

5. Living Life to the Fullest

These first few weeks of January have been packed with news from around the world and the home front. Perhaps now, more than for many new years of the past, is a good time for us to look inward. Are we are living life in the best possible way? Perhaps it’s time to examine if there are things we’d like to change?

If you’re a regular receiver of this email, you probably know that we teach that it is up to each of us to create a life that works, that feels right, and that makes us happy. But how in the world can we tell if we are living our life to the fullest? There are some questions we can ask ourselves that will pretty much tell us what we need to know.

For example:

  • Am I doing what I love most of the time? All of us do some things we don’t much care for. However, if that’s all we do, we are in trouble.
  • Do I feel comfortable most of the time? Sure, everyone gets nervous sometimes, but the vast majority of our days shouldn’t be filled with anxiety or fear.
  • Am I willing and able to take risks?
  • Do I feel free to make mistakes without causing harsh criticism or catastrophe?
  • Do I cut myself enough slack to fail from time to time without beating myself up about it?
  • Do I feel optimistic about the future, and confident that my plans will come to fruition?
  • Do I feel that my life, as it is today, is one in which I can be my best self?

If you’ve answered “no” to any of these questions, it’s important to realize that you’re not doing yourself, or anyone else, a favor by tolerating these conditions. Maybe it’s time to do more than consider making some changes. And like the saying goes, there is no time like the present. ~The Pacific Institute

6. Oregon Century Farm & Ranch Program Seeking Applications for 2019 Century and Sesquicentennial Awards

wheel.wagon1Applications are now being accepted for the 2019 award year for the Oregon Century Farm & Ranch Program.  The application deadline is May 1, 2019.  Families throughout Oregon who have continuously farmed portions of their family acreage for the past 100 or 150 years are invited to apply.

The Oregon Century Farm & Ranch Program began in 1958 to honor farm and ranch families with century-long connections to the land.  To qualify for a century or sesquicentennial award, interested families must follow a formal application process.

Members of the Application Review Committee review each application against the qualifications, which include continuous family operation of the farm or ranch; a gross income from farm use of not less than $1,000 per year for at least three years out of five prior to application; and family members must live on or actively manage the farm or ranch activities.

Application documentation may include photos, original deeds, personal stories, or other historic records.  These records help support Oregon’s agricultural history by providing valuable information about settlement patterns and statistics on livestock and crop cycles.  All documents are archived for public access.

The Oregon Century Farm & Ranch application and program guidelines are available at, or by contacting Andréa Kuenzi at 503-400-7884 or

Successful applicants receive a personalized certificate with acknowledgment by the Governor and the director of the Oregon Department of Agriculture, and a durable metal roadside sign to identify the family’s farm or ranch as having historic Century or Sesquicentennial status.  Each family will be honored during a special ceremony and reception at the Oregon State Fair on August 24, 2019.

Every Oregon farm and ranch has a unique history and special family story. The Oregon Century Farm & Ranch program encourages agriculture families to share these stories of century-long connections with a broader audience.  By promoting family stories, rich cultural heritage is passed down to future generations while educating Oregonians about the social and economic impact of Oregon agriculture.  To date, 1,212 families have formally received the Century designation and 41 families have received the Sesquicentennial Award.

The Oregon Century Farm & Ranch Program is administered by the Oregon Farm Bureau Foundation for Education.  It is supported by a partnership between the Oregon Farm Bureau, the State Historic Preservation Office: Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, Oregon State University Libraries’ Special Collections & Archives Research Center, the Oregon Department of Agriculture, and by generous donations of Oregonians.

For information about the Oregon Century Farm & Ranch Program, contact Andréa Kuenzi Program Coordinator, at 503-400-7884 or

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

Bird.Black.EnvelopeOregon Department of Administration, 2019 Legislative Session

No Time to Lose. How to Build a World Class Education System State by State. National Conference of State Legislatures.

State of Oregon Weather Dashboard

Oregon Marijuana Regulators Fail to Meet Even Basic Standards

How This Amateur Painting Became a Social Media Sensation

Global Research: Who is the real threat to world peace?

Travel agents charged with bringing pregnant Chinese women to give birth on U.S. soil


Sherman County eNews #28






church.family1Ask one more question

I will focus upon the Covington Catholic High School, Social Media and Talking Heads, Fake News debacle story. It has “Spiritual Matters” implications all over it.

I am not going to take on the Talking Heads, Movie and Rock stars, and the Twitter and the Facebook forms.

However, I do want to talk about Christians who found themselves causing dissensions and factions [Gal. 5:20], in their SLANDER of the boys.

The secular World is trashing morals, ethics, and biblical standards, but our guide, the Bible, tells us to be different, but often times we are no different.

For me, the most egregious attacks upon the boys came from their own high school administration, and in particular, the dioceses Covington high school was within.
Within a few hours of the first video put out, well, let me just show you an article from Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, Archbishop of Louisville, and Kentucky’s metropolitan archbishop, issued a statement shortly thereafter,
“I join with Bishop Foys [Covington’s bishop] in condemning the actions of the Covington Catholic students towards Mr. Nathan Phillips and the Native American Community yesterday in Washington. I have every confidence that the leadership of the Diocese of Covington will thoroughly investigate what occurred and address those all involved in this shameful act of disrespect.”

As the News media, talking heads, and social media are vilifying those boys, now those who, at the very least, should reserve judgment UNTIL the facts are in, the very ones who should be protecting the boys, “condemned” them publicly.

They judged by ‘mere appearance,’ and consequently they made a WRONG judgment. SEE: John 7:24–”Stop judging BY MERE APPEARANCES [caps mine], and make a RIGHT [caps mine] judgment.”

But then came the mea culpa from Bishop Foy. And what he said in his reason for condemning the boys was, “We should not have allowed ourselves to be bullied….”
WHAT? Bishop, who had the power to cause you to lose your way, be bullied? I would really like to know that. Who can bully a Catholic Bishop?

Lest you think I pick on the Catholics and some of their Bishops, I acknowledge that what the Bishop[s] did is done within Protestant churches, too. But this debacle has a very public face—and so I use it to remind all Christians, and for that matter, all people——SLOW DOWN—DO NOT JUDGE BY MERE APPEARANCE—GET MORE INFORMATION———-ASK ONE MORE QUESTION.

I teach my congregation that over and over. If EVERYONE had ASKED ONE MORE QUESTION it would have never been news, and those Bishops would not have condemned.

jerry—pastor, Wasco Church of Christ, Christian

2. CLASSIFIEDS (new or corrected)


caricatureskCLASSIFIED 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.  ~The Editor.


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




MARYHILL MUSEUM OF ART 509-773-3733 x 25. 

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 May through October. 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.


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

PART-TIME CGCC FACULTY JOBS. Do you enjoy teaching? If the answer is yes, please mark your calendar for Saturday, Feb. 16, when Columbia Gorge Community College hosts a part-time faculty job fair on The Dalles campus. The job fair is from 10 a.m. to noon in Building 3. CGCC is hiring adjunct instructors for online, hybrid and face-to-face classes in The Dalles and Hood River. Potential disciplines include Mathematics, STEM fields, Art, Communications, Social Sciences, Science, Health Occupations, Computer Science, Business and other areas. Job seekers will meet hiring leaders from across the College’s areas of study. Candidates are asked to bring a resumé and transcripts. Light refreshments will be served and computers will be available to complete the required online application.  Interested applicants may also apply online, and request a virtual conference at For details, call CGCC Human Resources at (541) 506-6151, email or join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter. 2/15

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:  3/15

 911 CALL TAKER/DISPATCHER. Frontier Regional 911 is a regional call center covering Gilliam, Jefferson Sherman and Wheeler Counties. We are currently accepting applications for employment. This is an exciting career opportunity, but one that involves working rotating shifts 24/7/365, so please take this into consideration.
Operates radio and telephone control consoles in dispatching public safety resources and routing other emergency calls to the appropriate agencies. Receive emergency call information; dispatches call to appropriate units or departments; maintains information on units’ activities; accesses computer terminals to obtain, transmit and record information such as vehicle license numbers, driver’s information, warrants and stolen vehicle information; enters record information via computer terminal; maintains status of equipment; completes radio logs, incident logs, and other forms to maintain control and to record activity of dispatched units.
Interested applicants may apply by picking up an application at Gilliam, Jefferson, Sherman or Wheeler County Sheriffs’ Office or from Frontier Regional 911 and fill it out in its entirety. Upon receipt of applications, applicants will be notified to complete a series of tests. Applicants that excel in the testing will then move through an extensive background check and a psychological evaluation. 
High School diploma or equivalent
Ability to type 35 words per minute
Ability to pass the National Telecommunicator Dispatch Test
Successful completion of a drug and alcohol screening, criminal background check, psychological evaluation and career specific physical exam; vision, color blindness and hearing.
Ability to simultaneously perform multiple tasks in a distracting environment during emergency situations.

Full-time position; 40 hours per week. 
SALARY: $18.30/hour with benefits.


 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 







3. CALENDAR (new or corrected)



2 Regional History Forum. WWI: Stonehenge and the Great War 1:30 Original Wasco County Courthouse

2 NW Nonprofit Leaders Annual Conference, Corvallis

2-4 Spokane Ag Show

3 Super Bowl – New England Patriots vs Los Angeles Rams 3:30 PT on CBS

4 Lower John Day Area Commission on Transportation 10 Courthouse, Moro

4 Wasco-Sherman Oregon Wheat Growers League Workshop & Dinner, The Dalles

4 Grass Valley City Council 7

5 Tri-County Management Team (Sherman, Gilliam, Wheeler) 10 Burnet Building, Moro

5 Moro City Council 7

6 Sherman County Court 9

6 OSU Agricultural Extension Stakeholders Gathering 4 Steve Burnet Extension Bldg.

6 Gilliam County Court Work Session 9, Regular Meeting 1 Arlington

6 Wheeler County Court 10 Fossil

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

7 Sherman County Fair Board 7

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


12 Sherman County Watershed Council Meeting 8 SWCD Office, Moro

12 Sherman County Soil & Water Conservation District Board Meeting 8:30 Moro

12 Sherman County Soil & Water Conservation District Annual Meeting 5:30 Wasco

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

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

13 Sherman County Senior Center Advisory Committee 12:30

13 Rufus City Council 7

14 PNW Pollinators Conference, Corvallis


15 Frontier TeleNet TBA

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

15 North Central Livestock Association 6:00 The Riverside, Maupin


18-22 National FFA Week

19 Wasco City Council 7

20 Sherman County Court 9

21 Sherman County Board of Property Tax Appeals 9


23 OSU Small Farms Conference in Corvallis


26 Frontier TeleNet 10 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

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


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 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

27-28 Roots of Resilience Grazing Conference, Pendleton


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


15-16 Oregon Nonprofit Leaders Conference, Ashland



24 Tri-County Courts 10 Sherman County Courthouse