Sherman County eNews #47


  1. Sherman County School is Closed, Feb. 15

  2. ODOT Traffic Alert:  Look out for dangerous driving conditions on I-84 in the Gorge

  3. Oregon Blue Book, Almanac & Fact Book to Launch New Online Version

  4. More on the Oregon Blue Book

  5. It’s All in Your Imagination

  6. Oregon Capital Insider Index: This week in Salem, by the numbers

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

It’s been reported that Washington Fish and Wildlife may prohibit cattle from some department grazing lands to avoid conflicts with wolves, according to an internal review of grazing policies. Internal. Well, of course, this would be one way to get rid of cows — introduce and protect wolves and end grazing leases one at a time… inch by inch. ~Q.E. McGillicuddy

1. Sherman County School is Closed, Feb. 15

Superintendent Wes Owens notified students, parents, guardians, staff and constituents of today’s Sherman County School closure for today, February 15th due to icy conditions. The Sherman County Public/School Library is also closed.

2. ODOT Traffic Alert:  Look out for dangerous driving conditions on I-84 in the Gorge

snowflakesmallFeb. 14, 2019: Winter may throw dangerous driving conditions at I-84 in the Gorge in the days ahead so be aware of conditions and prepare

Travelers on Interstate 84 through the Columbia River Gorge should be ready for a wintery mix of weather over the next week and have supplies with them in case of major delays.

ODOT crews have been treating I-84 with deicer and salt both before and after a series of crashes on the icy, snow-packed road closed the westbound lanes from Tuesday night until Wednesday afternoon. The crashes delayed the arrival of the equipment that could clear the road, leading to a buildup of ice and snow.

The Gorge often sees hazardous weather. With more severe weather expected in the days ahead, travelers should avoid I-84 in the Gorge. If you go:

  • Check or call 5-1-1 for latest road and weather conditions.
  • Give yourself extra time and slow down and drive for conditions.
  • Carry chains and know how to use them.
  • Carry supplies for you and your passengers – blankets, food, water, and medications

Commercial vehicles are required to carry chains in snow zones under Oregon law and to put them in use when weather conditions require them for travel. Extra tire chain enforcement is in effect around the state where needed.

No matter where you travel in Oregon over the next few days, be prepared for storm conditions as we face flooding, freezing rain, snow and more throughout the state.

For 24/7 road conditions and traffic alerts visit or call 5-1-1.

3. Oregon Blue Book, Almanac & Fact Book to Launch New Online Version

Oregon.Flat.poleOn the eve of Oregon’s 160th birthday, the Oregon State Archives announced the new version of the online Oregon Blue Book at:

The Oregon Blue Book is the official state almanac and fact book…and a whole lot more. The theme of this new version is an exploration of Oregon’s colorful festivals and celebrations.

Four new features look at different aspects of that theme:

1) A slideshow Web exhibit includes dozens of photos and artwork from festivals around the state and through the decades:…/explo…/exhibits/festivals-home.aspx

2) An illustrated essay by State Archives volunteer and Pacific Northwest historian Kristine Deacon delves into how and why Oregon festivals got started and how they have evolved:…/…/facts/history/festivals.aspx

3) A large Web exhibit focuses on the history of the Oregon State Fair with lots of interesting stories and images:…/expl…/exhibits/state-fair/home.aspx

4) A Web exhibit of contest-winning essays and drawings by Oregon students about their favorite festivals:…/exhi…/essays-2019/introduction.aspx

This new Oregon Blue Book also includes five new additions to the Notable Oregonians Guide:…/Pages/explore-oregonians.aspx

There are lots of fun and games including Oregon Jeopardy with six separate Jeopardy challenges; 24 online Oregon jigsaw puzzles; trivia; quizzes; coloring books; and more, all focused on Oregon. You can find all of this in the “Fun for All” section:

Of course, all of this is in addition to the wealth of updated information about Oregon generally. This includes the popular almanac and detailed information about state and local government as well as related cultural and educational resources.

So, if you’re interested in Oregon, do yourself a favor and bookmark the Oregon Blue Book. Then dig in and discover more about this wonderful state.

The 2019-2020 print version of the Oregon Blue Book will be available in March and you can order a copy here:

4. More on the Oregon Blue Book

The Oregon Blue Book took its name from the original set of statues adopted by the Provisional government in 1843. It referred to a copy of the Iowa laws which were brought to the state by an early settler. The statutes were bound in a book with blue cover. These were the laws followed until the Provisional government was able to organize and adopt their own set of statutes. 

“In September of 1849, the new Territorial Legislature met for more lawmaking…The new territorial lawmakers had an eye for item and brains for threadwork, and commenced to stitch up loose ends. A lawyer named William Chapman urged the lawmakers to adopt the new Iowa Statutes. He had been a lawyer in Iowa and reported that the Iowa territory had passed a fresh set of laws in 1843. He then produced a copy of The Revised Statutes of Iowa of 1843. It was blue-colored, just like the 1839 Iowa Statutes, only it was thicker by a quarter of an inch, so it was called the Big Blue Book while the old Iowa stature book was called the Little Blue Book.

“The Oregon Territorial Legislature adopted the whole of the Big Blue Book in one vote.” ~~From Juggernaut, The Whitman Massacre Trial by Ronald B. Lansing

5. It’s All in Your Imagination

Are you using visualization to help ensure the results you want in the future? If you don’t, perhaps you could give it a try.

Here’s another question: How good is your imagination? Now, when asked that question, most people invariably say that they have an active imagination. If that’s true for you, too, then you should certainly be using visualization techniques to help you get the results you want in the future.

Why? Well, because if you do it right, it works. How do we know this? Here at The Pacific Institute, in all of our offices around the world, we see evidence of it every day. Do some research of your own. Log on to your favorite search engine and see what you come up with regarding visualization. You’ll find more than enough to keep you busy for quite a while, and almost all of it will point to the same thing.

The imagination is a powerful tool that, when used properly, can enhance the results you get. High-performance athletes know more about this than most of us. In fact, you might want to start your research with the May 1985 Psychology Today and an article called “Visualization by Athletes.” Thirty-plus years later and the information still holds true, as we have found in our work with athletes around the world.

What you will find may amaze you. You see, one thing that separates human beings from most other forms of life on this planet is the power of forethought. We can look forward and imagine, plan and goal-set, and “see” this imagined future as just as real as where we are standing today.

Just remember that visualization isn’t solely for athletes. It is for anyone who wants to improve performance, in any endeavor. Since we are one month and a bit into the New Year, most resolutions have already been broken, re-started and broken again. Now might be the best time to get your imagination into training, and put better pictures to those resolutions.

Visualization techniques are not difficult to learn. In fact, you already use them all the time. It’s simply a matter of bringing conscious control to the process. ~The Pacific Institute

6. Oregon Capital Insider Index: This week in Salem, by the numbers

Oregon.Flat.poleHere are 10 numbers that illustrate some of this week’s big, and small, Oregon political stories.

  • 1859:Year Oregon became the country’s 33rd state, on Feb. 14.
  • 1973:Year Oregon became the first state to decriminalize possession of small quantities of marijuana, according to The Oregonian.
  • 1997:Year Oregon legislators named milk the official state beverage, according to KCBY.
  • $0:How much it costs to visit the Oregon Historical Society’s new exhibit, “Experience Oregon,” on Friday and through the weekend. The exhibit is a candid look at the state’s 160-year history and the region before statehood, according to The Oregonian.
  • 5:Number of times suffrage for women appeared on the ballot before Oregon voters approved it in 1912, according to U.S. News and World Report.
  • 2,678:Number of miles legislators traveled on their “Student Success” tour last year, according to an op-ed in The Oregonian by Rep. Barbara Smith Warner, D-Portland, and Sen. Arnie Roblan, D-Coos Bay.
  • 55:Number of schools and early learning sites they visited.
  • 89 million:Nights people camped at one of the 57 Oregon state campgrounds last year, according to The Statesman-Journal.
  • 181: Number of state parks, recreational sites and historical parks in Oregon.
  • 24:Percentage by which the number of overnight stays has grown in the past 10 years.

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

bird.owlOregon Blue Book, Almanac & Fact Book

Oregon Blue Book Fun & Games

Last Visit: A Personal Tour Of Wasco County, Oregon’s Iconic Nelson House

Museum: Ark Encounter

Temira’s Awesome Columbia Gorge Travel Advisory Service

Oregon Capital Chatter: Similarities between that Oregon legislation and President Donald Trump’s border wall

OSU releases winter malting barley Thunder

Scientists Warning

The Federalist: How To Improve Yourself By Reading Really Old Books


Sherman County eNews #46






According to the Scriptures

Have you ever wondered who the “they” or “authorities” are when someone claims that “they” or “authorities” say according to that source that something is true? Frequently these anonymous authorities prove to be speculative and even baseless, having gained ground because they play on the emotions, sympathies and desires of others.

One of my favorite passages in the Bible is one that the apostle Paul called the most important truth. It is 1 Corinthians 15:3-4 where we read, “For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures,” (1 Corinthians 15:3–4, NASB95) In this passage we read twice that the things given to Paul to proclaim had happened just as they had been prophesied “according” to the Scriptures. Not only do have the record of the events, but we have the record of it having been foretold in advance as well as others verifying it afterward.

This is true of Jesus Christ’s death which was proclaimed by the prophets and himself in advance and proven by the record of his having been crucified and then been buried which stands strong in the historical record. The proof of his death is the record of his being buried. Next concerning his resurrection which also was foretold in advance and foretold by him. In the next several verses not cited here Paul went on to describe the witnesses to the risen Christ which included 500 witness at one time of whom many were still alive at the time of the writing of this Corinthian letter who could have contested it if it weren’t so. From beginning to end God took the time to say it, do it, and then affirm what He did. Some say there is no real truth. God’s Word claims and supports otherwise.

Joe Burgess
Kent Baptist Church

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. 


YOUR expressions of gratitude and congratulation are welcome here!


  • Sherman County Road Department for going the extra hours to keep our roads clear for us;
  • Oregon Department of Transportation for going the extra hours to keep us safe on the roads and closing them if necessary;
  • Local folks who voluntarily cleared the snow from sidewalks, roads and driveways for others;
  • Sherman County School District for prioritizing the safety of students, families and staff with closures and delayed starts;
  • Elected officials who use official e-mail addresses by which we identify their position and news sources;
  • Public Meeting Notices indicating that a quorum of the Sherman County Court may be attending a meeting of another jurisdiction;
  • Wasco Electric Cooperative for a steady supply of power in spite of icy, windy, snowy days and nights;
  • Rural Technology Group for uninterrupted internet service during the recent ice and snow;
  • Maryhill Museum of Art for sharing photos of the collections and the work of staff and volunteers on Facebook during the off-season, reminding us of the importance of this very special place … definitely not out-of-sight, out-of-mind! ~The Editor


  • 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 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.
  • 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! ~The Editor


YOUR announcements of engagements, weddings, anniversaries, graduations and births are welcome here!



VISITOR CENTER HOST, OREGON PALEO LANDS CENTER. Oregon Paleo Lands Center, Fossil, Oregon Contacts: Host Coordinator: Bonnie Lofton (OPLI Center Board)541-462-3263 33475 Cougar Mountain Road, Mitchell, OR. 97750 or Host Assistant: Richard N Ross (OPLI Center Board) 503-807-0612 246 NW Florida Ave., Bend OR 97703.  You can find the Host Application at the Center’s website: 3/8

 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.


HEAD COOK/KITCHEN COORDINATOR.  Head Cook/Kitchen Coordinator at the Sherman County Senior & Community Center.  This is a permanent part-time salaried position, 30 hrs/week, 8 AM – 2:00 PM, Monday-Friday.  Primary responsibilities include preparing and serving meals in the Center and preparing home-delivered meals for the Meals on Wheels Program.  For application and complete job description, contact the Sherman County Senior & Community Center at 541-565-3191, or at PO Box 352, Moro, OR 97039, or Applications will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 28, 2019.  Successful applicant must have or be willing to obtain a Food Handlers Card and pass a criminal history background check.  Sherman County is an equal opportunity employer.  2/22

CITY ADMINISTRATOR/RECORDER. City of Grass Valley is looking for someone to fill the position of City Administrator/recorder. For full job description please contact City Hall at 541-333-2434 or Please return a letter of interest, resume’ and 3 references by Monday, February 25, 2019, to or City of Grass Valley, PO Box 191, Grass Valley, OR 97029. Salary depending on experience. City of Grass Valley is EOE. Position open until filled. 2/22

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.

Application: 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 wowens@sherman.k12.or.usA 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

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 







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.]

3. CALENDAR (new or corrected)



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

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

15-16 Big Sky Basketball Tournament, Madras

16 Oregon Raceway Park (possibly) White Rat Race

17 Pat Mobley Memorial Service 2 Spencer Libby & Powell Funeral Home, The Dalles

18 PRESIDENTS’ DAY – Federal, State & Local Holiday – Most Retail Open

18-22 National FFA Week

19 Sherman County Watershed Council 8, SWCD 8:30 541-565-3216 ext. 109

19 Sherman County School Board 7

19 Wasco City Council 7

19 Unit 20, Oregon Retired Educators Meeting in Hood River CANCELLED

20 Sherman County Court 9

20 School Exclusion Day (immunizations required)

20 Biggs Service District Public Hearing 8:30 Sherman County Courthouse

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

26 Frontier Regional 911 Dispatch Board of Directors 1 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

2 Regional History Forum WWI 1:30 Original Wasco County Courthouse

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

9 Regional History Forum Japanese Families at Mosier 1:30 Original Wasco County Courthouse


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

16 Oregon Raceway Park Staff Orientation 9-5 


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

27-April 3, 10, 17 & 14 Still Life Painting Class – Maryhill Museum of Art


Sherman County eNews #45


  1. Notice. Sherman County Health District Board Meeting Feb. 14 Cancelled

  2. Oregon Cattlemen’s Stewardship Fund Scholarships

  3. Regional History Forum Program Update

  4. Lovers and Optimists

  5. Sherman County Court News, Jan. 2

  6. Great Electrifying Event at Bonneville Lock & Dam, April 6

  7. Snippets from the Editor’s Mail Box

  8. It’s All in Your Imagination

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

1. Notice. Sherman County Health District Board Meeting Feb. 14 Cancelled

The Sherman County Health District Board Meeting scheduled for today, February 14th at 5:30 had been cancelled. It will be rescheduled at a later date.

~Caitlin Blagg, District Administrator

2. Oregon Cattlemen’s Stewardship Fund Scholarships

cow.blueThe Oregon Cattlemen’s Stewardship Fund (OCSF) Scholarships are available to current Oregon Cattlemen’s Association members and members of their families. An applicant must be a college sophomore, junior, senior or graduate level and enrolled full-time at a community college or university for the 2019-2020 academic year. All majors may apply, however, some relevance to the livestock industry must be demonstrated. The deadline to apply is May 15, and applications are available on-line.

3. Regional History Forum Program Update

We’ve had to POSTPONE another Regional History Forum program at the Original Courthouse.  West 2nd Place in The Dalles hasn’t seen a plow or shovel, I-84 has had closures, and more snow is in the forecast.   Here are the new dates:

  • ‘World War I, Part 2:  Living History and Music of the War’ is rescheduled to Saturday, March 2. 
  • ‘Japanese Families in the Mosier Area Prior to 1942’ is rescheduled to Saturday, March 9.

Please help us get the word around— no program this Saturday, but it’s been rescheduled! —-Karl Vercouteren

4. Lovers and Optimists

For most of us, the greatest source of happiness in life is to love and be loved. Today, let’s talk about why love and optimism go hand in hand.

Think of the strongly optimistic people you know. Have you noticed the depth and scope of their relationships? Optimists are great lovers! They love many things passionately – nature, sports, music, art, gardening – you name it, they love it.But most of all, they love people. They respond to children and old folks with enthusiasm. They are deeply connected to their families. They are usually involved in doing something to help people in trouble. In fact, they reach out to others all the time, giving the gift of their attention and interest, and they have a wonderful way of making the people they are talking to feel valued and important.

And let’s admit it. It is more fun to work with optimists! They seem to make the hours go faster. They see possibilities everywhere, and they add a vital buoyancy to the work environment. They are water and food to the buried seeds of imagination and creativity.

Their ability to admire and enjoy others is a powerful force that helps account for their optimism and keeps their positive outlook alive. Because of all the loving energy they put forth, they have a lot of love coming back at them, too. In tough times, they find themselves in the center of a supportive network that helps them make it through the rough spots.

There’s no question about it. Loving relationships nurture optimism, and optimism helps us become more loving. And remember this: love isn’t just a noun. It’s a verb and therefore requires action to become real. ~The Pacific Institute

5. Sherman County Court News, Jan. 2

ShermanCoLogoBy Kayla von Borstel, Administrative Assistant

Quarterly Reports were the main items on the agenda during the January 2nd session of Sherman County Court in Moro.

Georgia Macnab, Planning, presented a quarterly report to the County Court. She is in the process of working on the CEDS (Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy) list. Brief discussion was held on County projects: Biggs Water System, County Broadband, 911 Call Center, Kent Water System, and DeMoss Bandstand. Georgia reported the Shift Festival mass gathering will be happening again this year. The race track inquired about lodging out at the track; zoning doesn’t allow for lodging in that location and the zone might need to be amended. Georgia stated she will be starting process for the REDD zone soon as well. A limit has been set on the number of monthly residents in order to keep the area more of an RV park, and not a mobile home park. She also reported that King Quarry will be expanded by 40 acres, and is owned by the State.

Cindy Brown, Extension Services, presented a quarterly report to the Court. She is currently the sole Oregon State University (OSU) extension employee at the Extension Office. The 4-H budget has been experiencing a funding crisis. The State has no plans to fill the AG Extension Agent position in Sherman and Wasco Counties as there are no funds for the position. Cindy has been working hard with 4-H in Sherman County. There are approximately 80 4-H members, 15 4-H clubs, and 24 volunteer leaders. There are some Extension Programs that are taught during the after school program – SKORE, and a life skills class for upper classman that is not part of 4-H. During the summer she is involved in many activities such as camp, outdoor cooking workshops, and food/drama day camps. This fall she received a grant to do a musical called “We Are Monsters,” which resulted in the start-up of the Theater Arts 4-H club. The outdoor cooking at camp was submitted to the Oregon 4-H Foundation, and an article was written in their report that is sent out statewide.

Actions taken by the Court included:

  • appointed Jeremy Lanthorn to the Sherman County Ambulance Service Board, and Dana Haner to the Sherman County Ambulance Service Board pending a background check, for a term of 2 years to expire December 2020.
  • appointed Bryan Cranston to the Sherman County Ambulance Service Area Plan Committee, and Kathleen Ahearn and Renee Heidy to the Sherman County Ambulance Service Area Plan Committee pending background checks, for a term of 4 years to expire December 2022.
  • appointed Bryce Coelsch and Tom Rolfe to the Sherman County Fair Board, and Shandie Johnson to the Sherman County Fair Board pending a background check, for a term of 3 years to expire December 2021.
  • appointed Debbie Hayden as Budget Officer to the Budget Committee for a 1 year term expiring December 2019.
  • appointed Amber DeGrange, Teri Thalhofer, Alyssa Winslow, Barbara Seater, Shawn Payne, Joe Dabulskis, Wes Owens, Wade McLeod, Katie Woodruff, Tara Koch, Angie Tennison, Tina Potter, Amy Asher, Brad Lohrey, and Les Kipper to the Sherman County Local Public Safety Coordinating Council (LPSCC) for a term of 1 year to expire December 2019.
  • appointed Daryl G. Ingebo as Sherman County Surveyor with a term to expire June 2019.
  • removed Henry Brown, Jeane Kuettel, and Linda Cornie from the Public Transportation Committee.
  • approved the Oregon Military Department Office of Emergency Management Performance Grant No. 18-528, between Sherman County and the State of Oregon, in the amount of $60,628.00, and authorize Commissioner Dabulskis to sign.
  • approved the operating loan and promissory note documents between Frontier TeleNet and Sherman County in the amount of $100,000 at 0% interested with repayment at the end of June 2019 with the funds coming out if the SIP Additional fees.
  • appointed Commissioner Dabulskis as the Sherman County Representative to the Frontier TeleNet Board.
  • Approved the Claims for the month of December 2018, as presented.

Topics of discussion were Commissioner Reports.

6. Great Electrifying Event at Bonneville Lock & Dam, April 6

electric.linePORTLAND, OR – Join the Corps, Saturday, April 6 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., for the annual Great Electrifying Event, an up-close-and-personal look at Bonneville Lock & Dam and the importance of hydropower in the Pacific Northwest. Corps rangers will host a free, family-friendly day full of hands-on activities, videos, and tours inside one of the dam’s two powerhouses.

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7. Snippets from the Editor’s Mail Box

Consumer Reports, March 2019: Reviews and Ratings

  • What Consumer Reports is currently testing
  • Kamado Grills
  • Self-cleaning Car Cameras
  • Broth Basics
  • The Risk in Your Fruit Juice
  • Cleaning Your Showerhead
  • March Best Time to Buy: Flooring, Vacuum Cleaners & Digital Cameras
  • Antivirus Software
  • How Stable is Your Dresser, How to Anchor Furniture
  • Adjustable Bed Frames, Pillows, Pillow-Top Mattresses, Cleaning a Mattress
  • Sleeplessness
  • Data Breaches, Security
  • Get More From Your Drugstore, Independents vs. Chain Pharmacies
  • Best Cars for Every Life Stage: Active Family, Teen Driver, Savvy Senior, First Job Commuters, The New Family
  • Car Ratings

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

bird.talkOregon Legislature: LC 271: Small Donor Elections, Campaign Finance Reform Proposal 

Cottonwood Canyon State Park & Oregon Travel Guides

1619: 400 years ago, a ship arrived in Virginia, bearing human cargo

Top Scientist Resigns: ‘Global Warming is a $Trillions Scam — It has Corrupted Many Scientists’

Scientists’ Warning at Foresight Group, EU Commission

Street Artist JR Installs Massive Face of a Child on Mexican Side of US Border Wall

2018 Siena International Photo Awards

Heart-Shaped Books: History and Tutorials