Sherman County eNews #40


  1. Notices of Snow Closures Submitted to eNews

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

  3. Man-made Products that Include or Require Petroleum

  4. Sherman County History Tidbits: Middle Oregon Baptist Academy

1. Notices of Snow Closures Submitted to eNews

  • Hwy 206 between Condon and Wasco has been closed due to inclement weather by Oregon Department of Transportation untll further notice. ~Frontier Regional Alert serving Gilliam, Jefferson, Sherman, and Wheeler Counties
  • Sherman County School ~Superintendent Wes Owens
  • Sherman County Public/School Library
  • North Central Public Health District
  • Cottonwood Canyon State Park

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

bird.owl.limbBarley, Wheat & Potatoes. Why Do We Need to Keep Breeding New Crop Varieties?

Oregon’s Cap-and-Trade Program: An Economic Assessment

Video. Carbon Pricing, Explained With Chickens 

Oregon State Sen. Bentz: Principles for New Revenue for Schools

Prager University: Our videos make it easy to get smarter five minutes at a time.

Prager University: America Wants Legal Immigrants

The Heartland Institute: Freedom Rising

Heartland Institute wastes real scientists’ time – yet again

Watch Your Language: Language Filled with Laughter

Green New Deal Splits Central Oregon’s Representatives

Editorial: Madras High teaches the state a lesson

The Federalist

116th Congress. A Resolution Recognizing the duty of the Federal Government to create a Green New Deal.

3. Man-made Products that Include or Require Petroleum

“Pretty much everything produced by man either includes or requires petroleum products. Even if you go out of your way to avoid petrochemicals that are included in products directly, there’s still manufacturing machinery lubricants, plastic packaging, transport fuels, chemical fertilizers, asphalt on roads, and a hundred other things you would never think of but can hardly live without.

“Even organic food requires 5-10 units of fossil fuels for every 1 unit of food produced.

“You know the old trope about how hunter/gatherer societies “used every part of the animal,” and relied on that one critical source of raw materials? Bone for tools, sinew for thread, leather for clothing. That’s how the developed world is about oil — we use every part of the barrel, and have built our existence around its availability. Light gases for heating, middle distillates for fuels, and so on. Even the sludge at the bottom of the barrel is used to build our roads.

“Many of these uses can be substituted with non-petroleum alternatives, but there’s a serious problem of scale. Oil is the only source of liquid energy and low-weight carbon compounds that is big and cheap enough to sustain billions of people at a modern level of existence. Outside of extremely primitive subsistence agriculture, almost all human activity relies on petroleum in some significant way.” ~ Ryan Carlyle, Bachelor of Science, Chemical Engineering

See Petroleum Products

You might be surprised at the everyday items that are made with petroleum products. For example: Detergent, Fertilizer, Synthetic Fibers, Vitamins, Plastic, CDs/DVDs, Wax Candles & Band-Aids… and more…

4. Sherman County History Tidbits: Middle Oregon Baptist Academy

Sponsored by the Eastern Oregon Baptist Society, the Middle Oregon Baptist Academy in Grass Valley began operating in October 1895. The school offered three courses of study: classical, normal/teaching, or business. It drew students from a wide area in the region. Founded by the Middle Oregon Baptist Association, the building was 48’ x 48’, two stories with a basement. It closed in 1904 and the deed quit claimed to Alexander Scott a few years after. Excerpted from the History of the Middle Oregon Baptist Academy: “The Middle Oregon Baptist Association was organized in 1883 at the home of Bro. Thomas Badger, near the present village of DeMoss Springs, in Sherman County, Oregon, October 31st. It had three churches, three ordained ministers and 58 members. Elder S. B. Phillips was Moderator; J. B. Wheat, Clerk… (it was believed that) Friendship Baptist Church of Moro, Kingsley Baptist Church of Kingsley, and Shutler Flat Baptist Church were the three churches, all of which have long been extinct, but they did their part in their time.” ~Matoon’s Baptist Annals of Oregon, vol. 1, page 317; History of the Middle Oregon Baptist Academy:


Sherman County eNews #39


  1. Sherman County School on Two-Hour Delay on Monday

  2. Sherman County Boys Basketball District Tournament Tees & Hoodies

  3. Thank You!

  4. Weather Dashboard Launched for Oregon

  5. Sherman County History Tidbits

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

1. Notice. Sherman County School on Two-Hour Delay on Monday

The Sherman County School will be on a two-hour delay on Monday, February 11th.

2. Sherman County Boys Basketball District Tournament Tees & Hoodies

sport-basketballThe Sherman County Boys Basketball team is headed to the District Tournament! Following is a link to Northwest Graphic Works, where you will find this year’s team’s logo, and can be purchased on a Tee or Hoodie if you would like. Thank you for all of your dedicated support and enthusiasm for these boys!!!

3. Thank You!

Some people seem to have no trouble accepting criticism, but how about when it’s time to accept a compliment? Today, let’s talk a little about receiving compliments.

How well do you receive a compliment? People who have a healthy sense of self-esteem, and who are concerned about empowering themselves and others, know how to receive compliments that are well deserved and sincerely meant.

These folks respond in a way that is gracious and that enhances their own self-image, as well as that of the giver of the compliment. All too often, and you have seen this yourself, people turn away compliments with snappy comebacks that amount to self put-downs and self-sabotage.

For example, you tell them they’ve done a good job, and they say they were “just lucky.” Or you tell them they’re wearing a great looking outfit, and they say “This old thing? You’ve got to be kidding!” Perhaps they are confusing humility with self-denigration – denying they had anything to do with the situation at hand. Keep in mind, these are learned responses and can be unlearned and replaced with something more effective.

Now, let’s shift the perception a moment: When you reject someone’s compliment, you really are rejecting his or her loving support. Accepting a compliment is not only self-loving, but it also acknowledges the giver for her or his kindness. Believing in the giver’s intent, appreciating the compliment, shows respect not only for one’s self, but also for the giver’s opinion. It’s a two-fer: gift given and gift reciprocated.

Now, if you’re still not sure how to respond, simply smile, maintain eye contact, and sincerely say, “Thank you!” It’s authentic, it’s true, and it gives you time to create your “gift reciprocated” response for the next time. ~The Pacific Institute

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. Sherman County History Tidbits: Early Day Residents

Jay Price Recalls Early Day Residents.

Recently I spent a week in Sherman county, visiting friends and relatives, and attending the Sherman County Historical society meeting.

On account of uncertain weather, the meeting was held in the auditorium of the school house at Moro. There was loads of good things to eat. A very fine program was enjoyed by a congenial crowd.

Now I will tell the difference in that country now and when I first knew it. The first time I was where Moro is now, was in 1873, 80 years ago. I was seven years old.

Henry Barnum located there in 1868, and built a house that is still there, a barn and a corral. His only neighbors to the south, were the Finnegans, where the Ruggles’ now live, and old man Cornwall who lived in Buck Hollow. John Harrington had a sheep ranch east of DeMoss Springs in Grass Valley canyon. There were two Irishmen Tommy McGraw and Jimmy Burden batching in Grass Valley canyon below the mouth of Hay canyon, and the Pearson family had a cattle ranch in lower Grass Valley canyon.

D. G. Leonard had a stage station and bridge at the John Day river, the Eaton family located Spanish Hollow in 1864, and Tom and Jim Jenkins were living at Murray Springs. The Graham family were at the mouth of the Deschutes, and Thomas Gordon was on the Deschutes a few miles from the mouth. Gordon Butte, Gordon Ridge and Gordon Hollow were named for him.

My people located at Sand Spring [west of Wasco, S side of Hwy. 206 opposite Welk Road] in 1862, where I grew up. Hugh White has the old place.

There was an Indian camp in the mouth of Spanish Hollow.

In 1876 Clark Dunlap located a horse ranch just below where Wasco is now. That was about all of the population that was in that country at that time. There was lots of horses and cattle owned by stockmen who lived elsewhere, such as Fulton, Davenport, Donnell, Kimble and other.

So I have been privileged to live and see that splendid stock country change to the wonderful farming country as you all know it to be now. I have many pleasant memories, and one regret, that I ever left there.

Jay Price

Source: Sherman County Journal, June 19, 1953, Moro, Sherman Co., Oregon

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

bird.owlCommunity Renewable Energy Association

Wall Street Journal: Preparing for a Good End of Life

Judicial Watch

Life, Liberty & Levin: Historian Victor Davis Hanson on why he supports Trump

Climate Science and the Myths of Renewable Energy

The Blaze, CRTV Merge Conservative News

Fox Nation – Opinion Done Right