Sherman County eNews #37


  1. Notice of Election of District Board Members, May 21

  2. History After Hours to Share Regional Historical Programs & Plans, Feb. 15

  3. Raise Up Oregon: A Statewide Early Learning System Plan

  4. Still Life Painting Class at Maryhill Museum of Art

  5. Does the Truth Really Hurt?

  6. Sherman County History Tidbits

  7. Monarch Butterflies & Oregon Agricultural Producers

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

1. Notice of Election of District Board Members, May 21

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that on Tuesday, May 21, 2019, an election will be held in Sherman County, Oregon, for the purpose of electing board members to fill the following positions and terms, including any vacancy which may exist on the boards of the following districts:

Position 3 – 4 Year Term
Position 5 – 4 Year Term

Position 1 – 4 Year Term
Position 4 – 4 Year Term

Zone 3 (Rufus & Wasco) – 4 Year Term
Zone 4 (Moro, Grass Valley & Kent) – 2 Year Term

Position 2 – 4 Year Term
Position 3 – 4 Year Term

Position 1 – 4 Year Term
Position 2 – 4 Year Term

Position 1 – 4 Year Term
Position 5 – 4 Year Term

Position 1 – 4 Year Term
Position 2 – 4 Year Term
Position 3 – 4 Year Term
Position 5 – 2 Year Term

This election will be conducted by mail. Each candidate for an office listed above must file a District Candidate Filing form (SEL 190) including a $10 filing fee, or file a District Candidate Filing form, Candidate Signature Sheet(s) Nonpartisan (SEL 121) with signatures of eligible Sherman County voters, and Petition Submission form (SEL 338) at the Sherman County Clerk’s Office no earlier than February 9, 2019 and no later than 5:00 p.m. on March 21, 2019. The Sherman County Courthouse is located at 500 Court Street in Moro, Oregon. If you have any questions, please contact the Clerk’s Office at 541-565-3606.

 2. History After Hours to Share Regional Historical Programs & Plans, Feb. 15

Wasco County Historical Society and Old St. Peter’s Landmark are sponsoring “History After Hours” on February 15, 2019 from 5-7 p.m. at Old St. Peter’s Landmark. For all who have a common interest in history this is a time to get to know the historical organizations that serve the area. Representatives will share their programs with brief updates of plans for the future. Appetizers will be served and there will be a cake to celebrate Oregon’s Birthday. (Oregon became a state on February 14, 1859.)

3. Raise Up Oregon: A Statewide Early Learning System Plan

 Oregon is home to over 275,000 children, birth to kindergarten entry. Our state has an opportunity to change how it supports these children and their families and, in doing so, put itself on the path to an even brighter future. Overwhelming evidence tells us that investing in young children and their families has a lasting, positive impact across their lifetime. Raise Up Oregon: A Statewide Early Learning System Plan is grounded in the science of child development, equity, and the firm understanding that it takes leaders from early care and education, K-12, health, housing, and human services—together with families, communities, and the public and private sectors—to work together during this critical period of children’s lives. Join the Early Learning Council in moving this plan from vision to reality.

4. Still Life Painting Class at Maryhill Museum of Art

March 27, April 3, 10, 17 & 24 | 9 a.m. to noon 

After studying still life paintings on view in the exhibition Maryhill Favorites: Still Life, we will construct a still life and then paint from it throughout this five-week course. In creating the still life, we will use knowledge of composition gained by viewing the museum’s permanent collection, discuss the possible symbolism of selected still life objects and the role of lighting. Students will be encouraged to take photographs of the still life and work outside of class. All students will receive one free admission pass for an additional trip to Maryhill to further explore the collections. (Pass is good only through the duration of the class.)

Instructor Chris Pothier is a representational figure painter, primarily focusing on narratives, who has been making his living as an artist since 1999. Using oil as his primary medium, he has exhibited his paintings nationally and in Europe. Teaching is part of his repertoire, having been an instructor in drawing and painting at the New Hampshire Institute of Art, University of Massachusetts, St. Paul’s School, and more recently, The Dalles Art Center.

Students should be prepared to paint during the very first class. The instructor will email specifics ahead of time. While all media are welcome, instructor Chris Pothier specializes in oil painting.  To maximize one-on-one instruction, the class will be limited to 10 students.

Cost: $225 members of Maryhill Museum of Art or The Dalles Art Center / $250 non-members. To register, call The Dalles Art Center at 541.296.4759.

Presented in partnership with The Dalles Art Center; classes are held in the M. J. Murdock Charitable Trust Education Center at Maryhill Museum of Art.

5. Does the Truth Really Hurt?

We’ve all heard the saying “the truth hurts.” There is a lot of discussion these days about truths and falsehoods, both accidental and intentional. But today, let’s talk about truth in relationships, because while lying to protect someone else’s feelings may seem easier, it can be very damaging in the long run.

Lying to someone you love can be devastating and can undermine their trust in you for a very long time, once the lie is uncovered. A question for you: On a personal level, how do you feel about this whole business of lying? Would you prefer that those around you keep unpleasant truths from you? Or, would you prefer to know the truth, no matter what? (Your answer reveals quite a bit about how you see yourself.)

Once you have answers to these previous questions, then how would you like the truth told to you? Brutally, with no regard for your feelings? Or tactfully, with a gesture of affection and a few softening words, such as, “Remember, we said we’d be honest with each other, so here goes,” or “I’m no expert, but here’s what I think.”

The truth doesn’t have to hurt if it’s offered with a loving spirit. What hurts is feeling that we have to wear a mask over our true thoughts and emotions. This masking becomes a lie in itself, and we become less than who we really are. If we want our relationships to last and grow, honesty and truth must be our ultimate goals.

Sure, we will fall from the truth from time to time. We are only human. But we must put aside the idea that deception of those closest to us is something we do for their own, or our own, good. Hiding the truth leads to living a life of lies, as each lie inevitably requires another, and another, and another. That’s a lot of work, and a lot of energy spent maintaining a web of lies that will inevitably fail. It’s a false foundation upon which to build a life.

It is lies, not the truth, that hurt and damage. And it is the truth that heals, whether in our personal relationships or within our organizations, even our nations. ~The Pacific Institute

6. Sherman County History Tidbits

wheel.wagon11905 Sherman County Census

An Official Summary, as Compiled by Assessor Otto Peetz.

Assessor Otto Peetz has furnished the following official summary of the 1905 census of Sherman county for publication:

By precincts        Population

Wasco……………… 1,031

Moro………………… 727

Grass Valley………. 707

Kent ………………… 511

Monkland…………… 287

Rufus ……………….. 262

Bigelow …………….. 180

Rutledge ……………. 177

Total in precincts….. 3,882

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By Cities

Wasco……………… 498

Moro ……………….. 446

Grass Valley …….. 383

Total in cities…….. 1,327

Source: Sherman County Observer, September 8, 1905

7. Monarch Butterflies & Oregon Agricultural Producers  

PORTLAND, Ore., Feb. 6, 2019 — Oregon agricultural producers can voluntarily help the monarch butterfly on their farms and ranches through a variety of conservation practices offered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). This assistance comes at a critical time as recent reports show the western population of the monarch butterfly is at an all-time low.

“With the monarch butterfly’s western population in peril, we’re encouraging Oregon producers to make simple tweaks on their farms that can go a long way for this iconic species,” said Ron Alvarado, state conservationist with USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Oregon. “NRCS offers more than three dozen conservation practices that enable producers to help monarchs and other pollinators as well as benefit their agricultural operations.”

The overwintering monarch butterfly’s western population declined by 85 percent between 2017 and 2018, according to counts released by the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation. Nationwide, the species has seen population declines since the 1980s, in part because of the decrease in native plants like milkweed – the sole source of food for monarch caterpillars.

As monarch butterflies migrate, they must have the right plants in bloom along their migration route to fuel their flight. Producers – including those in Idaho, eastern and southwest Oregon and eastern Washington – can play an important role in helping the species.

Through a variety of conservation practices, NRCS helps producers improve management of healthy stands of milkweed and high-value nectar plants and protect these stands from exposure to pesticides.

Planting or protecting and increasing the size of native milkweed stands is critically important to rebuild the western monarch population.

NRCS also recommends Oregon producers establish plants that bloom in late summer and early fall, as monarchs leave the region to return to overwintering sites along the California coast. These fall-blooming species include rabbitbrush, goldenrod, asters, and sunflowers. When combined with other monarch nectar plants, such as yellow spiderflower, native sunflowers and giant hyssop that bloom in June and July, when monarchs first arrive in Oregon, producers can help sustain monarchs through their whole time in the area. More guidance on nectar plants can be found here.

“With this abrupt one-year decline, the western monarch population is now less than one percent of what it was in the 1980s.” said Mace Vaughan with Xerces. “To give monarchs the best chance of recovery, we need to get nectar plants into the ground to sustain the remaining butterflies, and milkweeds to feed their caterpillars.”

While many of the conservation practices that NRCS recommends may target improving grazing lands or reducing soil erosion, simple tweaks to restoration plant lists or timing of management practices can yield big benefits for monarchs. NRCS helps producers cover part of the costs for adopting these practices through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program and other Farm Bill-funded programs. NRCS accepts applications for conservation programs on a continuous basis. Producers interested in assistance are encouraged to contact their local USDA service center.

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

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