Sherman County eNews #35






church.family1Grow in Wisdom

Not like the east coast last week, Sherman County is experiencing its own cold weather this week. With that, there is an admonition for outdoor activities, “Stay Warm Stay Safe.” Little will cause great harm more consistently than going out without the proper clothing and placing yourself in unsafe circumstances.

“Stay Safe Stay Warm” are simple but profound words of wisdom for being outside. Grasping this piece of wisdom makes sense. We know in or hearts and our minds that this is a wise thing to do, and to disregard it is foolishness. The book of Proverbs is classified as one of the wisdom books of the Bible, and from its beginning Proverbs contains one brief statement after another of wise things for us to observe. It begins like this: “(1) The proverbs of Solomon, son of David, king of Israel: (2) To know wisdom and instruction, to understand words of insight, (3) to receive instruction in wise dealing, in righteousness, justice, and equity; (4) to give prudence to the simple, knowledge and discretion to the youth— (5) Let the wise hear and increase in learning, and the one who understands obtain guidance, (6) to understand a proverb and a saying, the words of the wise and their riddles. (7) The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.” (Proverbs 1:1–7, ESV)

It’s true that fools despise wisdom and instruction. I don’t think many of us would question that, but what about how we regard the ultimate source of all wisdom. God is that source, and He has revealed Himself to us through His Word. When you next prepare to step out into the cold, and you pause to dress properly, thank Him for the simple wisdom. And when you next sit down for some quiet rest take the time to open His Word, listen to His leading and learn from Him.

Joe Burgess
Pastor, First Baptist Church Grass Valley

2. CLASSIFIEDS (new or corrected) 


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

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


NOTE! We have many to thank and much to appreciate and this column welcomes YOUR expressions of gratitude and commendation!


  • 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 their service and 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 to eNews.
  • 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! 




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  [Founded by the Swedish National Department of Education, ASSE International (formerly American Scandinavian Student Exchange) is a non-profit, tax-exempt, public benefit organization. ASSE is officially designated as an exchange visitor program by the United States Department of State and cooperates with the Canadian Provincial Ministries of Education.]

MARYHILL MUSEUM OF ART – Questions? 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. 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.


MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONAL/FAMILY CARE COORDINATOR  JOB POSTING:  Position:     Qualified Mental Health Professional/Family Care Coordinator (Master’s Degree Level).  This position will be funded through a collaborative grant between Greater Oregon Behavioral Health, Inc., Mid-Columbia Center for Living, Juvenile Prevention and the Sherman County School District. 

Start Date:  March 2019

Salary:  Dependent upon education, endorsements, and experience.


Deadline: This position will close on February 13, 2019 or will remain open until filled.

Position Description:    

The board, staff, and community of the Sherman County School District are seeking an outstanding Qualified Mental Health Professional to join our PK-12 Educational Team.  This candidate will work collaboratively with our K-12 Counselor, Education Staff and Administration to provide Community Engagement, Conflict Resolution, Social Emotional Support, Positive Behavior Intervention and Support, Skills Training, Parenting Support, Behavioral Assessments and Responsive Services. Sherman County School has an enrollment of approximately 275 students, providing an ideal environment for a Qualified Mental Health Professional dedicated to the success of each individual student and family. 

Community Description: Sherman County is a rural agricultural community with the added economic development provided by wind farms. It is located in North Central Oregon between the deep canyons of the John Day River on the east and the Deschutes River on the west. The Columbia River forms the boundary on the north.  Sherman County enjoys four distinct seasons. Summers are warm, dry and clear. Winters are relatively mild; with occasional heavy snowfall. Wheat is the most important crop here, but the wind farm industry has become a major economic boost for the area. Windsurfing on the Columbia and boating, hunting and fishing are easily accessible from the area.

Application Process: If you are interested in applying for this position, please call Wes Owens at 541-565-3500 or email at

 A Complete Application Packet Must Include:

  • Official Sherman County School District Application Form (Available from the District)
  • Letter of Interest
  • Current Resume
  • Copy of Pertinent Licenses
  • Minimum of two (2) Letters of Recommendation (written within the last 2 years)
  • Copies of all transcripts
  • In addition to the submission of the job application, please submit a 1- page letter regarding your experience with trauma-informed care. 
  • Other material as desired

Criminal/sexual misconduct record check and pre-employment drug testing are required for all positions. 

Sherman County School District does not discriminate on the basis of perceived or actual race, religion, color, national or ethnic origin, mental or physical disability, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy, familial status, economic status, veterans’ status or genetic information in providing employment, education, or access to benefits of education services, activities and programs in accordance with Title VI, Title VII, Title IX and other civil rights or discrimination issues; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended; the Americans with Disabilities Act; and the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008. The District gives preference to veterans in hiring.  If you wish to receive preference for your veterans or disabled veterans status, please include proof of your veterans status with your application materials.

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.

Positions open until filled.


135 S. MAIN ST.
PO BOX 297
CONDON, OR 97823

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)



8 Sherman vs. Arlington games have been moved up an hour due to potential weather concerns:

  • Boys JV- 3:30pm
  • Girls V- 5:00pm
  • Boys V- 6:30pm

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

11 Sherman County School District Board of Directors 7 Library


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 Wasco School Events Center Board of Directors 6

13 Rufus City Council 7

14 PNW Pollinators Conference, Corvallis


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

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 Court & Local Public Safety Coordinating Council 11 Courthouse

21 Sherman County Board of Property Tax Appeals 9


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

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