Sherman County eNews #36


  1. Editorial. The Oregon Legislature in Session

  2. Sherman County News in The Times-Journal

  3. Public Meeting Announcement: Sherman County School Board, Feb. 11

  4. Notice. Wasco School Events Center Board Meeting, Feb. 13

  5. A Hands-on Education By Senator Bill Hansell

  6. Sherman County History Tidbits

  7. Gain a Global Perspective, Host a Foreign Exchange Student

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

1. Editorial. The Oregon Legislature in Session

Oregon.Flat.poleThe Oregon Legislature began it’s 160-day session on January 22nd.  Our legislators, Greg Smith and Bill Hansell, are engaged in the business of the State of Oregon with other legislators. Legislative information is on-line… … Senate, House, legislators, committees, bills and laws.

eNews will continue to post relevant and helpful links and news with assistance from Frontier Advocates. Your participation and opinions are needed as our legislators seek solutions.

2. Sherman County News in The Times-Journal

arrow.blueswishReasons to subscribe!

Page 1: Frontier TeleNet board meeting; Joan Bird, Sherman County’s newest Commissioner; SWCD & Watershed Council meeting.

Page 2: Obituaries: Macnab, Irzyk & Wason.

Page 3: Area School Athletic Schedules, Sherman County 4-H News.

Page 4: Frontier TeleNet info in Gilliam County Court article and The Judge’s Corner, column by Sherman County Judge Joe Dabulskis.

Page 5: Sherman County Notes column, NRCS & Farm Bill meeting, Sherman County Legal Notices.

Page 7: Big Sky Basketball. Legal Notices.

Page 8: Frontier TeleNet & SWCD, continued, John Day Basin OWEB grant award.

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3. Public Meeting Announcement: Sherman County School Board, Feb. 11

LogoShermanCoSchoolThe Sherman County School District Board of Directors will hold a Regular Board Meeting at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, February 11, 2019. This meeting will be held in the meeting room of the Sherman County School/Public Library.

Agenda topics include Pledge of Allegiance, Agenda Approval, Visitors’ Comments, Recognition of Students, Staff & Community Members, Students of the Quarter, Student Body Report, Adoption of the Consent Agenda, Reports by Superintendent Wes Owens, K-12 Administrator Mike Somnis, Athletic Director Mike Somnis, Unfinished Business (Monument Sign, Counseling Position, Family Mailing, Strategic Plan Goals Priorities & Outcomes, North Playing Field & Well Information), and New Business (Education Association, School Employees Association, 2019-2020 School Calendar). 

The Board of Directors of Sherman County School District may address other matters as deemed appropriate by the Board of Directors. If necessary, an Executive Session may be held in accordance with ORS 192.660The Sherman County School District recognizes the diversity and worth of all individuals and groups.  It is the policy of the Sherman County School District that there will be no discrimination or harassment of individuals or groups based on race, color religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, marital status, age, veterans’ status, genetic information or disability in any educational programs, activities or employment. American with Disabilities Act: Please contact Wes Owens at the district office at (541) 565-3500 if you need accommodation to participate.  Please telephone at least 48 hours prior to the scheduled meeting date.  Thank you.

4. Notice. Wasco School Events Center Board Meeting, Feb. 13

The Wasco School Events Center Board of Directors will hold a meeting on February 13th 2019 at 6:00PM at the WSEC, 903 Barnett St. Public is Welcome to Attend!

5. A Hands-on Education By Senator Bill Hansell

There are a handful of State Senators who have a University in their senate district, and I am pleased to be one of them.  Eastern Oregon University is one of my top priorities. So, when Professor Jeff Dense approached me several years ago about bringing a class to Salem for a hands-on learning experience, I jumped at the chance.

We just completed what I believe to be the fifth EOU class to spend a day and a half in the Capitol.  This year’s class, though smaller, was very engaged and interactive.  I wish I would have had this kind of opportunity when I was in college, and I applaud the work of Professor Dense to make it happen.

Students came for “State Legislature 101”, and my office set up the schedule and meetings. They sat with Senators at their desks on the Senate floor during a Session and they observed the process of laws being made, up close and first hand. Sometimes it is like making sausage (not very appetizing) but usually not.

In addition, students met with Senate leaders of both parties, including a lively discussion with Senate President Peter Courtney. The class sat in on hearings and observed the Joint-Ways and Means committees working.

I spent time with the students walking them through step by step how a bill begins, moves through the legislative process, and becomes law.  I used a real example which this year was the Roadkill Bill I sponsored in 2017.  At every juncture we answered questions and encouraged interaction not only with me, but with all the legislators they met.

My office also scheduled time for the class to go to the House of Representatives side, where they spent time with Representative Greg Barreto.  There are a few differences in the two Chambers rules.

My Legislative Director Evan Bryan, a EOU grad and former EOU Student Body President, was the organizer of this year’s EOU class visit.  I am particularly pleased, because Evan was one of the first students to come to Salem for this class.

President Courtney referred to the Senate Chamber during his presentation as a “classroom.” I couldn’t agree more. As lawmakers, we educate each other about our districts and values. The students saw how the process can work best when lawmakers understand how their positions on issues or votes will impact the entire state.

I look forward to continuing to host a class from Eastern. This is such a valuable learning opportunity and I have no doubt that these classes contain future leaders of our state. It is important that we work to educate the leaders of tomorrow and foster the importance of civic engagement.

I have long felt that apathy is unhealthy for a democracy. Citizen engagement is critical for the legislative process to succeed at all levels of government. By listening to one another and being open to differing views, we can build a stronger Oregon. I think this class saw how effective communication and a thoughtful approach can ultimately bring people together.

State Senator Bill Hansell (R-Athena) represents District 29 in the Oregon State Senate. The district includes La Grande which is the home of Eastern Oregon University. Go Mountaineers!

6. Sherman County History Tidbits

Office and Vault Going In Courthouse Basement

Work on the basement of the courthouse is just about finished as far as the excavation is concerned and the sewer ditch has been dug across the court house lot in addition to the hole under the building.

The basement will be smaller than the court house as several feet of earth was left inside of the foundation walls on each side of the house.  A central heating plant will be installed soon using one of the chimneys now in the building and the front entrance will be changed so that a stairway to the basement can be put in.  It is probable that an office room will be put in the basement and perhaps another will be made in the hall which now leads to the back entrance.

~Sherman County Journal, January 25, 1935

7. Gain a Global Perspective, 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.

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

fatherpeople.woman  Some Sherman County Connections on Facebook

Bulldog Diner  

 City of Grass Valley

 City of Moro

 City of Rufus

City of Wasco


Equine Mania LLC

Grass Valley Country Market 

Grass Valley Pavilion Restoration & Rejuvenation

John Day River Territory

Maryhill Museum of Art

Mid Columbia Producers

North Central Livestock Association

ORMAP Property Tax System Maps

Sherman County 4-H Oregon

Sherman County Area Watershed Council

Sherman County Classifieds Group

Sherman County Court

Sherman County Fair

Sherman County Group

Sherman County Historical Society & Museum 

Sherman County Public/School Library

Sherman County Public/School Library Youth Programs

Sherman County School

Sherman County Sheriff’s Office

Sherman County Soil & Water Conservation District

Wasco Memorial Day Celebration