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