Sherman County eNews #88


  1. All County Prayer Meeting, April 3

  2. Recycle the Four-Leaf Clover

  3. Fifth Annual Veteran Benefit Expo in Pendleton, July 27

  4. Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley wants to abolish the Electoral College

  5. BBB Warning: Outdoor Equipment Company Gets “F” Rating

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

1. All County Prayer Meeting, April 3

church.family1The All County Prayer Meeting is Wednesday, April 3 @ the Wasco Church of Christ.  Fellowship starts at 6:30 PM, Pray time starts at 7:00 PM and ends at 8:30 PM. Everyone is welcome to come and join the meeting; come and join in when you can get there and stay as long as you can. ~ Red Gibbs

2. Recycle the Four-Leaf Clover

Would you like to change your luck for the better? If you do, throw away your rabbit’s foot and four leaf clover or whatever else you keep around to give you “good luck.” Today, let’s delve into the concept of “luck.”

Why is it that some people are successful at almost everything they do, while others seem to continually fail? Is it luck, or is something else going on?

What we normally attribute to a force called “luck” is simply the part of our mind that does not see the whole picture. No one creates any condition – health, finances, career, relationships – unless she or he has attracted it by patterns of thinking. As a poet once said, “We think in secret and it comes to pass; our environment is our looking glass.” It follows, then, that if we want to change our luck, we must change our patterns of thinking.

Just as the waves of the ocean create distinct physical formations of sand and rock on beaches, the waves of our thoughts create physical manifestations in our experience. Our minds are far more powerful than we can even begin to imagine, and each day, we are discovering just how powerful. When you see yourself as the creator of your own experience, your “luck” if you want to call it that, will change. You can toss the rabbit’s foot and recycle the four-leaf clover.

To make a long story short, you are lucky if you think you are. You are unlucky, if you think you are. The good news is that we have the power to decide which way to think. Perhaps you will find this idea interesting enough to explore in greater depth on your own? ~The Pacific Institute

3. Fifth Annual Veteran Benefit Expo in Pendleton, July 27

The Fifth Annual Veteran Benefit Expo, the state’s largest veteran resource event, comes to eastern Oregon for the first time this summer. The Expo, which has previously served veterans in Salem, Portland, Redmond and Medford, will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 27, at the Pendleton Convention Center.

The purpose of the event is to provide a one-stop shop for Oregon veterans of all eras and walks of life to learn about and access the full range of their earned benefits. The Expo offers resources from many different benefit areas, including health care, claims assistance, finance, home loans, long-term care, mental health, education, business and recreation.

The annual Expo is organized by the Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs and is hosted in different locations throughout the state.

“One thing we hear from veterans year after year with this event is that they’re blown away by all the benefits and resources they never knew existed,” ODVA Director Kelly Fitzpatrick said. “Most come to the Expo with some idea of a few areas they want information in, but they always walk away with a whole lot more.”

This year’s event is being presented in partnership with Oregon Lottery, a longtime supporter of causes important to Oregonians, including public education, the environment and the veteran community.

ODVA invites government and nonprofit organizations that provide direct services to veterans in Oregon to participate in this year’s Expo. We also welcome for-profit companies that are interested in hiring veterans to participate in the Veteran Career Fair that is held in conjunction with the Expo.

Interested organizations may request participation online at There is no fee to participate, however ODVA reserves the right to limit participation based on space availability and the suitableness of services an organization provides to veterans.

For more information about the Expo, visit

4. Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley wants to abolish the Electoral College

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley introduced a constitutional amendment Friday to abolish the Electoral College.

Merkley, who flirted with a presidential run over the past 2 years, tweeted his announcement.

“It’s time to end the undemocratic Electoral College, and to ensure a pathway to full voting representation for all American citizens, regardless of whether they live in Portland or Puerto Rico,” Merkley said in a statement.

The bill would mean presidential races would be determined by popular vote.

Merkley has long spoken about how the current electoral system is “profoundly unfair” and has resulted in candidates who lost the popular vote to become President of the United States.

Donald Trump lost the popular vote by about 3 million to Hillary Clinton in 2016. George W. Bush also had fewer votes than Al Gore in 2000.

Getting a constitutional amendment enacted is a daunting task. First, the amendment would need the OK from more than 2/3 of both the House and the Senate, then it needs to be ratified by at least 38 of the 50 states.

The state of Oregon has toyed with the idea of joining a number of states pushing for the abolition of the Electoral College… … …

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5. BBB Warning: Outdoor Equipment Company Gets “F” Rating

Oregon Consumers Lose Money to Online Store

Portland, OR – March 29, 2019 – Better Business Bureau Northwest + Pacific is warning consumers about, an online store that claims to be operating out of Buffalo, New York. Gearow appears to specialize in outdoor equipment and accessories.

Consumers across the United States, including Oregon, report placing orders with the site, and never receiving the items or any form of correspondence. There are complaints from 40 out of the 50 states.

After many customers filed complaints, BBB of Upstate New York investigated in December 2018. The BBB investigation discovered that all of the phone numbers associated with the company were disconnected and that the address listed on the website is that of a storage facility in Buffalo. However, as of March 2019, the website is still active.

Consumer complaints also included receiving fake tracking numbers and having to wait months for any type of package. Those who did eventually receive their order, determined the packages were actually coming from overseas, based on the postage.  Because of the complaint activity, the company has an F rating with BBB. There are also 47 customer reviews for the company (all one-star reviews), and ten reports to BBB Scam Tracker.  Because of the personal information consumers need to enter when shopping online, interacting with a phony and/or fraudulent website such as this one could lead to identity theft in worst-case scenarios. BBB NW+P encourages consumers to follow these tips:

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

bird.owl.limbWhy Field Trips And Arts Education Aren’t Just Frills

Bev Clarno, Former House Speaker, Will Be Oregon’s Next Secretary Of State

Senator Merkley wants to abolish the Electoral College

The Daily Wire

Brilliant Map Projections: Mercator vs The True Size of Each Country

Extreme Oregon | Images of Oregon


Sherman County eNews #87


  1. Reaching for a Full Life

  2. Sherman County 4-H News Reports: The Goatees 4-H Club

  3. William “Bill” Hulse 1920-2019

  4. Frontier TeleNet Board Meeting Audio Recording, March 25

  5. Legislation could help Oregon’s public libraries

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

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

Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are. ~John Wooden, American basketball coach

1. Reaching for a Full Life

Do you ever wonder how you can tell if you’re living your life in the best possible way? There are some pretty good indicators. Let’s take a look at them today.

You have probably read that it’s pretty much up to you to create a life that works, that feels right, and that makes you happy. But how in the world can you tell if you’re living your life to the fullest? There are some questions you can ask yourself that will help tell you what you need to know. For example:

  • Are you doing what you love most of the time? All of us do some things we don’t much care for, but if that’s all we do, we’re in trouble.
  • Do you feel comfortable most of the time? Sure, everyone gets nervous sometimes, but the vast majority of our days shouldn’t be filled with anxiety or fear.
  • Are you willing and able to take risks? Risk-taking can be scary, but it is in taking those smaller risks that we start to grow more fully into the person we know we can be.
  • Do you feel free to make mistakes without causing harsh criticism or a catastrophe? It is good to remember that nobody is perfect.
  • Do you cut yourself enough slack and allow yourself to fail from time to time without making any undue fuss about it? (Keep in mind that we actually learn more from our failures than we do from our successes.)
  • Do you feel optimistic about the future, and confident that your plans will come to fruition?
  • Do you feel that your life is one in which you can be your best self?

If you have answered “no” to any of these questions, it is important to realize that you are not doing yourself or anyone else a favor by tolerating these conditions. So, ask yourself one more question: Can you see yourself making some changes to reach that full life? ~The Pacific Institute

2. Sherman County 4-H News Reports: The Goatees 4-H Club

4-H clover1The Goatees 4-H club met on March 28 at 6pm at the Extension Office.  Attending were:  Coral, Lexi, Savanna, Kalex, Mercedez, Austin, Cade, Elijah, T’Sharra, Melanie and Quinton.  Excused absences were:  Michael, Emersyn, Calvin, Antone, Ben, Tayler, Bailee, Clay.

Pledge of Allegiance led by Mercedez.  4-H Pledge by T’Sharra.  We introduced each other.  After that we talked about the dates of the tag ins.  Then we talked about what to feed them.  Then we talked about the pens and what you need for fair.  President is Mercedez, Vice President Lexi, Secretary T’Sharra.  Our next meeting will be in April.  Meeting adjourned at 6:25pm.

Signed Alexis Holt, News Reporter

3. William “Bill” Hulse 1920-2019

flower.rose.starWilliam “Bill” Leroy Hulse of The Dalles, Ore., and long-time resident of Dufur, Ore., passed away of natural causes on March 11, 2019.

Bill was born in Moro, Ore., on August 4, 1920 to Roy Paul and Mary Jane (Taylor) Hulse. He was the youngest of three children, Paul the eldest and Janet the middle. Bill started his wheat and cattle ranching career as a youth on Tygh Ridge. By the time of his first marriage to his high school sweetheart, Lorraine Hood, he owned his first piece of property. After Lorraine’s death of polio, Bill met and married Masil Harrison of Redmond, Ore. They adopted their first infant son, Daniel Leroy, born June 30, 1950, then their second, Davey William, born August 11, 1953.

He eventually owned several pieces of land throughout northern Wasco County. He and his family lived just west of Dufur. On Labor Day, 1960, his sons were involved in an accident that left Danny dead and Davey blind. Although it was a difficult decision, Bill and Masil enrolled their son at the Oregon School for the Blind in Salem and ensured that he got home for family time and church every weekend for the next five years after which Davey came back to finish school at Dufur. In 1962, they adopted their daughter, Mary Ann, born March 20, 1958.

Bill believed not only in running a solid business to support his wife and family, but also in contributing to his community. Many young people learned the value of work and to love the farming life on his ranch.

Bill also took on many challenging jobs in the community-the school board, the fair board, the board of his beloved Dufur Christian Church, among others, and, at the end of his working careers, the position of Judge with the Wasco County Court, during the climax of the notorious commune known as Rajneeshpuram. His second marriage ended in divorce in 1981. Two years later, Bill courted and married Rose Hannah (Roseanna) Macnab McCullough, a widow and long-time resident of Dufur.

Bill spent much of his retirement years traveling and relaxing, enjoying golf, and cherishing his wife, their united families and grandchildren, and helping develop and stabilize the Discovery Center west of The Dalles.

Each of Bill’s wives preceded him in death as did his son Danny and stepson Kenn McCullough. He is survived by his son Davey (Vera Randall) and granddaughter Darah (John Gillette) Hulse; daughter Mary Ann (Doug) Brown and grandchildren Dana and Ryan Plieth; grandchildren by Kenn McCullough (Kim) Kyle (Tami), Turf (Erika), and Kasey; Laurie McCullough (John) Williams and grandchildren Heather (Greg) Gallagher, and Noah (Tawnya); Mary Linn McCullough (Greg) Knutson and grandchild Alex (Deanna) Zalaznik; and Kevin (Kathy) McCullough and grandchildren Darcie and Colton. His older brother Paul’s children Mike Hulse and Carmagene Hulse of Dufur, along with their many descendants, and sister Janet’s youngest, Howard Collins, continue to live in Oregon. Each of these and many great grandchildren will miss his smile which glowed in spite of many life’s challenges, his wisdom gained through those challenges, and his love for each of them and for his Lord.

An informal community reception will be held in his honor Sunday, March 31, from 1:30-2:30 p.m.  at Flagstone Senior Living 3325 Columbia View Drive, The Dalles, Oregon.

Bill asked that his graveside service be a family affair and this wish will be honored on April 1, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. at the Odd Fellows Cemetery, The Dalles, Oregon.

 4. Frontier TeleNet Board Meeting Audio Recording, March 25

Frontier Telenet’s web site has been updated to include a link to the audio recording of the Frontier Telenet Board of Directors meeting held on March 25, 2019.

To access the recording click the following link: 2019 Board Meeting Audio Recordings.

5. Legislation could help Oregon’s public libraries

Over the last several years, public libraries have struggled to stay afloat in rural communities from Douglas to Wallowa counties.

A bill sponsored by Rep. David Gomberg, D-Central Coast, recognizes that public libraries are a public good and would have the state library set minimum conditions for public libraries.

House Bill 2243 also recognizes that a public library is a public agency “that provides free and equal access to library and information services for all residents of a local government unit.”

These days, libraries provide computers, internet access and early literacy programs, in addition to books, Jerianne Thompson, of the Tualatin Public Library, told lawmakers March 20.

The state’s definition of a public library was last updated in 1983, and technology has advanced significantly since then, said Emily David of the Springfield Public Library.

Updating the definition of a public library gives libraries a way to evaluate their services and make them more efficient, David said.

To create a library, a community only needs to pass a resolution, ordinance or election establishing a library and a 3-year operational plan.

There aren’t any requirements for funding or staffing, said Susan Westin of the State Library. The minimum conditions laid out in HB 2243 allows communities to have “access to sustainable library services,” including financial support and regular hours, Westin said.  ~Oregon Capital Insider

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

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

  • 4: Oregon cases of a rare tick-borne disease, Colorado tick fever, reported in May 2018, according to Live Science, citing a CDC report. The state typically sees one case every year.
  • 14: Members of the Joint Committee on Student Success.
  • $1.2 billion: Expected economic impact of the kombucha industry by 2020, according to OPB, quoting Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore.
  • 25: Percent alcohol by volume that a kombucha beverage would have to be before being taxed like alcohol under a proposal brought by Blumenauer, Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., and Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore. Most kombucha beverages contain trace amounts of alcohol but are subject to alcohol taxes if they contain 0.5 percent alcohol by volume or more.
  • 35: Percent of Oregon high schoolers who have spent any part of high school in foster care that graduated on time in 2017, according to The Oregonian.
  • 7: High school graduation rate among all Oregon students that year, according to state data.
  • 25: Percent of gas pumps that stations could make self-service under a new proposal from Oregon lawmakers, according to Reason. Stations with fewer than four pumps could have one self-service pump.
  • 44: Percent of Oregonians that oppose the state’s ban on self-service gas, according to 2014 poll figures Rep. Julie Fahey, D-Eugene, provided to Reason.
  • 46: Percent of Oregonians that support the ban. Currently, self-service is only allowed in certain low-population counties.
  • 100,000: Approximate number of undocumented immigrants in Oregon, according to the AP. Lawmakers are considering legislation to allow undocumented immigrants in the state to get drivers’ licenses.

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

bird.owl3New Website: Oregon Department of Transportation

Genealogy How-To Books: How a Little Reading Can Save You A Lot Of Time

Hemp’s growth ‘exploding’ in Oregon

The State of Oregon’s Art Collection has a New Website


Sherman County eNews #86







2. CLASSIFIEDS (new or corrected)


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THANK YOU! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts to the Sherman County Community. Thank you for all of your thoughts, prayers, and well wishes. Thank you for the many, many cards, the visits, the offers of help and support. We are eternally grateful to be part of this community. I felt like we were facing this incredibly difficult time with a crowd of support, I never felt alone. There is no way to adequately express my gratitude for the tremendous amount of support you as a community have provided. Justin is grateful to be home. He has a long slow road of recovery in front of him, but is improving with each day. He is surprising us all with his daily improvement. Please continue to visit, text, or call him with words of support. He is handling the idleness well so far, but will be itching to get off this couch soon. Thank you, a million times, thank you. ~Amanda Payne

THANK YOU to THE DALLES CHRONICLE for the complimentary publication of GORGE GIVING 2019 and for Sherman County School athletic reporting.

THANK YOU to THE TIMES-JOURNAL for publishing athletic schedules for area schools and for tri-county reporting as our newspaper of record!




“Volunteerism is the answering of a calling, an inner drive to be part of something great to bring something good to the world through some gesture, great or small.” ~Lions Club Thessaloniki Heraklea

SHERMAN COUNTY PUBLIC/SCHOOL LIBRARY BOARD POSITION. Sherman County Public/School Library has a Board position open for a community representative. The mission of SCP/SL is to provide access to informational materials, technologies, and programs for all residents of the community, birth through senior citizens. Meetings are bi-monthly. Anyone interested in serving on the Library Board may pick up an application at the library, e-mail, or call 541-565-3279.   4/12 

SEEKING INTERIOR COURTHOUSE PHOTOGRAPHS 1899-1930. In search of pictures taken inside of the original Sherman County Courthouse, during and shortly after construction, dating between 1899-1930. Any help locating pictures would be sincerely appreciated. Please contact Ross Turney at 541-565-3505 or at with any information. – Lee Langston, Community Member


ASSISTANT CHILD CARE PROVIDER: Part-time position available at ABC Huskies Child Care in Wasco. Experience preferred but will train. Must be a team player, child oriented and able to work flexible hours. For application and further details: 541-442-5024, email  Employment Application is available on our website at 4/12 

WATERSHED PROGRAM ASSISTANT. Applications are now being accepted for a full time Watershed Program Assistant at the Sherman County Soil and Water Conservation District in Moro, Oregon. Benefits included, pay DOE. Duties include assisting the execution of day to day management, outreach, education, and administrative tasks for the Sherman County SWCD and Watershed Council. The Program Assistant will provide support for the SWCD and Watershed Council meetings, grant submittals and tracking, project implementation and NRCS Farm Bill support. Send cover letter and resume to Sherman County SWCD, 302 Scott Street, Moro, Oregon 97039, or email For more information, call (541) 565-3216 ext. 109. Applications will be accepted until position is filled. Full job description and application instructions can be found at The SWCD is an equal opportunity employer and service provider. 4/12

FARM SERVICE AGENCY PROGRAM TECHNICIAN. The Gilliam-Wheeler County Farm Service Agency (FSA) is accepting applications for a permanent, full-time Program Technician in Condon, Oregon. Applications will be accepted beginning Thursday, March 21 and closing Wednesday, April 3rd. Salary range of $26,587 – $53,773 per year based on qualifications and experience. Responsibilities include: Carrying out office activities and functions pertaining to one or more of the program areas administered in the county, interpreting and explaining procedures, program regulations and forms to producers and other agency personnel, utilizing various web-based software applications to maintain producer data and processing automated forms, using a high degree of initiative and judgment in planning and carrying out assigned tasks and resolving problems encountered. A copy of the vacancy announcement and application may be obtained online by visiting:  For more information, please contact the Oregon FSA State Admin Specialist Martin Nguyen at 503-404-1127 or email at martin.nguyen@or.usda.gov3/29

HELP GILLIAM AND SHERMAN COUNTY STUDENTS SUCCEED. Do you know someone with time to spare, who loves to drive, and help others? Refer them to Mid Columbia Bus Company! Once the person you refer becomes certified and drives a full route for at least 30 days, we will donate $1000.00 to a school organization of your choice. What we offer: $13.30 an hour, Paid training, Flexible schedule, Dental, Vision, Medical Plan, 401 K … And more! Qualifications: Pass a criminal history check, Have a good driving record, Have a valid Oregon driver’s license, Ability to obtain Class B CDL with training. Contact Mid Columbia Bus Company and tell us where to make a donation today: ~Amberlena Shaffer, RecruiterOFFICE: (541) 567-0551CELL: (541) 303-5093Email:   4/26


SHERMAN COUNTY PRESCHOOL OPEN ENROLLMENT. Sherman County Preschool is looking ahead to next school year.  We will be holding an open enrollment at 6pm on April 5th in the preschool.  We encourage anyone interested in their child attending preschool to complete an enrollment packet.  Space is limited to 20 children and Head Start spots are limited as well.  To be eligible for the 2019-2020 preschool year your child must be 3-5 years of age on or before September 1st, 2019 and be potty trained.  We contract with both North Central ESD and Umatilla Morrow Head Starts to provide Head Start services to qualifying families.  They are both wonderful agencies with great employees who love to help kids and their families, but again spots are limited so you don’t want to miss out on signing up.  Most, if not all, spots will be filled by early summer. Sherman Co. Preschool is a QRIS 5-star program with a Director (Carrie Somnis) & 3 Teachers (Brenda Massie, Sarah Goodenough & Miranda Owens) who love children and have over 30+ years of combined teaching experience.  Sherman Co. Preschool is located in Moro in the elementary wing of the Sherman County School.  We introduce preschoolers to learning in a warm and caring environment that encourages children to learn through play and structured small group activities.  We offer transportation services in the afternoon with stops in Moro and Wasco at each daycare.

If you are unable to make the open enrollment but are interested in your child attending preschool next year please send an email to with your name, mailing address, and child’s age/name as of September 1st, 2019.  Feel free to call the preschool directly with any questions.  The phone number is (541) 565-3320, hours are 7:30am-2pm Monday-Thursday.  During preschool hours (8am-12pm) we are busy with kids & may not answer, but please leave a message and someone will return your call as soon as possible. 4/5 

LOCAL GENERAL CONTRACTOR, HANDYMAN & EQUIPMENT OPERATOR. Ready for spring projects, large and small, indoors or out. Please call Kevin at 541-993-4282 | KCK, Inc. | Licensed, bonded and insured. CCB #135768. References available. 4/24





HANDCRAFTED INDOOR & OUTDOOR FURNITURE. 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 accepted. ~The Wood Butcher | Wasco, Oregon | 541-993-4282 | | Facebook | 5/17







INTERIOR COURTHOUSE PHOTOGRAPHS 1899-1930. In search of pictures taken inside of the original Sherman County Courthouse, during and shortly after construction, dating between 1899-1930. Any help locating pictures would be sincerely appreciated. Please contact Ross Turney at 541-565-3505 or at with any information. – Lee Langston, Community Member

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  4/26

3. CALENDAR (new or corrected)


American flag1MARCH

31 Congressman Walden’s Town Hall, Anderson Building 11 Condon

31 Congressman Walden’s Town Hall, Wasco School Events Center 2:30 Wasco 


1 Grass Valley City Council 7

2 Tri-County Hazardous Waste & Recycling Program Board Meeting 2:30

2 Moro City Council 7

2-3 Oregon Wheat Day Events at the Capitol

3 Sherman County Court 9

3 All County Prayer Meeting Wasco Church of Christ social 6:30, prayer 7:00-8:30

4 Sherman County Fair Board 7

5 Sherman County Preschool Open Enrollment 5:30 Preschool

6 Equine Mania LLC Advanced Sorting Clinic w/Kristi Siebert (541) 980-7394

6 Great Electrifying Event at Bonneville Lock and Dam 10-3

6-7 Spring Farming Days & Ag Museum, Pomeroy, Washington

7 Kent Baptist Church & Mud Springs Gospel Band 6 Kent

9 Tri-County Mental Health Board Meeting 11-2

9 North Central Public Health District Board Meeting 3

10 Sherman Senior & Community Center Advisory Board 12:30

10 Rufus City Council 7

10-11 Sherman County Budget Committee Meeting

12 Community Renewable Energy Association (CREA) Board Meeting 10-1

13 Beginning Genealogy Class 10:30 Discovery Center

13 Grass Valley’s Annual Egg Hunt, Reptile Zone & Skate Party 10 Pavilion

14 Wasco County Historical Society Benefit 40-mile long Poker Run 541-980-0918


16 Frontier Regional 911 Board of Directors Meeting 1:30

16 Tri-County Community Corrections Board 3:30 Gilliam County

16 Wasco City Council 7

17 Sherman County Court 9

18 Sherman County Book Club 6 Sherman County Public/School Library

19 Frontier TeleNet Board Meeting TBA



24 Tri-County Courts 10-2 Sherman County Courthouse

26 N. Central Livestock Assoc. Bull Tour to Gilliam County starts 9 Wasco School


1 Sherman County Court 9

1 Mid-Columbia Economic Development District Exec. Board 4 The Dalles



2 Sherman County Fair Board 7

2 All County Prayer Meeting Kent Baptist church social 6:30, prayer 7:00-8:30

3-5 Gorge Artists Open Studios Tour

4 County-wide Clean-up Day

4 Wasco County Pioneer Association Annual Meeting – Fort Dalles Readiness Center

4-5 72nd Annual Arlington Jackpot Rodeo 12:30 Arlington, Oregon

6 Grass Valley City Council 7

8 Rufus City Council 7

8 Sherman County Senior Center Advisory Board 12:30

10 Community Renewable Energy Association (CREA) Board Meeting 10-1

10-12 Equine Mania LLC Cows & More Clinic w/Mary Jane Brown (541) 980-7394


14 Sherman County Watershed Council 8 TBA

14 Sherman County Soil & Water Conservation District Board 8:30 TBA

14 North Central Public Health District Board Meeting 3 The Dalles

15-17 National Association of Counties, Western Interstate Region, Spokane

17 Frontier TeleNet Board Meeting TBA



21 Wasco City Council 7



Sherman County eNews #85


  1. Public Service Announcement: NCPHD Executive Committee Meeting, April 9

  2. Sherman County Court Notes, March 20

  3. Counting Fish on the Columbia & Snake Rivers


  5. Choose to be Happy

  6. Registration Closing April 3rd – Community Action Poverty Simulation

  7. Registracion para la simulacion comunitaria de probeza cerrara el 3 de abril, 2019

  8. Sherman County Senior & Community Center April Meal Menu

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

Let’s face it – life is too short to be unhappy. The time to be happy is now. The place to be happy is here. And the reasons to be happy are all around you. So, what are you waiting for? ~The Pacific Institute

1. Public Service Announcement: NCPHD Executive Committee Meeting, April 9

The North Central Public Health District Executive Committee will be holding a meeting on Tuesday, April 9, 2019 at 3:00PM. Meeting will be held at North Central Public Health District located at 419 E. 7th Street, in the Main Meeting Room, in The Dalles, Oregon. This meeting is open to the general public.

2. Sherman County Court Notes, March 20

ShermanCoLogoBy Administrative Assistant Kayla von Borstel


– This is a very brief outline ONLY of topics considered “public interest”.

– These are NOT OFFICIAL MINUTES. For official minutes and full details, please see the approved minutes posted on the Sherman County website at after the next Court session. Thank you.

The Sherman County Court met in regular session on March 20, 2019, and in conducting the business of the County,

  • heard the City of Moro’s need for match funds for their Downtown Improvement Program;
  • heard the Veteran’s Officer give a 2017-2018 budget update and request authority to purchase a new vehicle;
  • approved NORCOR billing the Veterans Officer for programs attended to Sherman County Veterans while in NORCOR custody on a per person basis;
  • discussed the NORCOR budget monthly payment request to NORCOR from whichever Counties’ Sheriff is in charge;
  • approved the Eastern Oregon Counties Association (EOCA) 2019-2020 annual dues in the amount of $2,600;
  • approved the purchase of a Knox HomeBox in the amount of up to $200, as recommended by Emergency Services Director, Shawn Payne;
  • hired Jacobs environmental service in the amount of $350, to professionally empty the grease trap at the Sherman County Senior Center;
  • authorized budget transfers/payments as recommended by the Finance Director, including $578,000 from the County General Fund, and $2,000 from the Parks Fund, and authorized Judge Dabulskis to sign;
  • appointed Linda Thompson to the North Central Public Health District Budget Committee; and
  • reviewed the County Court 2019-2020 budget.

3. Counting Fish on the Columbia & Snake Rivers

fish.salmon1COLUMBIA-SNAKE RIVERS, OR & WA — JOINT-DISTRICT NEWS RELEASE — Adult salmon passing through U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) fish ladders on the Columbia and Snake rivers this spring will be counted and recorded, but web-posting of some data will be delayed because of a gap in the federal contract that provides fish-counting services.  Read More at:

4. NRCS Announces Local EQIP Application Cutoff, April 19

Sherman County, March 27, 2019— Farmers and ranchers interested in financial and technical assistance for conservation measures on their working lands have until April 19th to apply for Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) funding for Federal fiscal year 2019. It has been extended from the original March 15th deadline.

One funding pool is for landowners within the Pine Hollow/Jackknife Watersheds.  This includes property in Sherman and Wasco Counties.  The primary practices to be cost shared will be juniper removal, livestock water developments, cross fence, range seeding, and prescribed grazing.

The second funding pool includes all expiring CRP acres within Sherman and Wasco Counties.  The primary focus of this project will be to make vegetative and infrastructure improvements on recently expired CRP acres to maintain perennial grass stands and facilitate livestock grazing.  The primary practices to be cost shared will be livestock water developments, fence, fuel/fire breaks, prescribed grazing, herbaceous weed control, and range planting.

Applications that address local conservation priorities are evaluated and ranked for funding. The number of applications funded will be based on ranking and available 2018 Farm Bill funding.

Interested parties should contact DelRae Ferguson or Emily Huth at the Moro USDA-NRCS service center located at 302 S. Scott St. to apply or call 541-565-3551 extension 102 (DelRae) or extension 108 (Emily).

For more information about EQIP, including local ranking information, enrollment requirements and program payments, please visit the Oregon NRCS web site at:

The USDA-NRCS is an Equal Opportunity Provider and Employer

5. Choose to be Happy

What would it take to make you happy?

Some people think that if they only had this or that particular thing or a certain amount of money, they would be happy. Others believe that if they were only in love with someone wonderful who loved them back, then they would be happy. And there are still others who believe that if a miracle would occur and cure someone they love of an illness, then that would make them happy. And they would all be correct.

But there is something else in the mix, something that takes happiness to another level. You see, happiness is a choice you make, not something that does or doesn’t happen to you. You can choose to be happy right now, no matter what you have or don’t have.

The first step toward finding your own happiness is gratitude. If you develop and heighten your powers of appreciation by focusing on the beauty in your life instead of the imperfections, you will be halfway there.

It is a guarantee that you will see an abundance of beauty in your life, regardless of your surroundings or circumstances, if only you will look for it. When you use this power of focus, the world opens up to you. Your mind won’t let you ignore it. And once you can see it, appreciate it! And not just intellectually. Let it give you real joy.

Let’s face it – life is too short to be unhappy. The time to be happy is now. The place to be happy is here. And the reasons to be happy are all around you. So, what are you waiting for? ~The Pacific Institute

6. REGISTRATION CLOSING APRIL 3RD – Community Action Poverty Simulation

Community partners, with representation from many different local organizations, are teaming up to host a Community Action Poverty Simulation (CAPS).

The simulation, scheduled for April 5, 2019, from 9 a.m. to Noon at the Wahtonka Community School, is a learning tool created to help people understand the realities of poverty.

During the simulation, participants role-play the lives of low-income families. Example roles include; WIC recipients, senior citizens with limited income and other individuals with access and functional needs. The roles created for the simulation are not unlike many actual members of our community.

Simulation participants will have the difficult task of providing basic needs and shelter on a limited budget during four simulated “weeks” (15 minutes each). They will interact with participating human service agencies, grocers, pawnbrokers, bill collectors, job interviewers, and police officers, to name a few.

It’s important to note that CAPS is not a game. It’s a simulation that enables participants to understand poverty from different points of view, and to recognize and discuss the potential for change within our community.

The planning committee is asking key leaders in public service, health care, and other organizations, to take part in the simulation to better understand the communities we serve, and potentially take part in making a systematic change.

We invite you to participate in, or to observe, this important Community Action Poverty Simulation. This is a chance to witness first-hand the very real challenges faced by community members on a daily basis.

Link to register for the simulation: Link also available at

For additional information, please email Ursula at or call 541-506-2623.

We look forward to seeing you there.

(For more information, please contact North Central Public Health District at (541) 506-2600 or visit us on the web at or our Facebook Page at

7. Registracion para la simulacion comunitaria de probeza cerrara el 3 de abril, 2019

Agencias comunitarias, con representación de diferentes organizaciones locales, se han unido para organizar una simulación de pobreza de acción comunitaria (CAPS).

La simulación, está programada para el dia 5 de abril, 2019, de 9:00 am a las 12:00 pm. En la escuela comunitaria Wathonka. Localizada in 3601 W 10th, The Dalles Oregon. Es una herramienta de aprendizaje creada para ayudar a las personas a comprender las realidades de la pobreza.

Durante la simulación, los participantes interpretan las vidas de familias de bajos ingresos. Ejemplos de roles incluyen; participantes del WIC, personas mayores con ingresos limitados y otras personas con acceso y necesidades financieras. Los roles creados para la simulación no son diferentes a los miembros reales de nuestra comunidad.

Los participantes de la simulación tendrán la difícil tarea de proporcionar necesidades básicas y refugio con un presupuesto limitado durante cuatro “semanas” simuladas (de 15 minutos cada una). Interactuaran con agencias de servicios humanos, tiendas de comestibles, casas de empeño, recolectores de dinero, entrevistadores de trabajo y oficiales de policía, por nombrar algunos.

Es importante tomar en cuenta que CAPS no es un juego. Es una simulación que permite a los participantes comprender la pobreza desde diferentes puntos de vista, r reconocer y discutir la posibilidad de cambio dentro de nuestra comunidad.

El comité de planeación está pidiendo a los líderes claves en el servicio público, el cuidado de la salud y otras organizaciones que participen en la simulación para comprender mejor las comunidades en las que trabajan, y potencialmente tomar parte en hacer un cambio sistemático.

Le invitamos a participar u observar esta importante simulación de pobreza de acción comunitaria. Esta es una oportunidad para conocer de primera mano los desafíos reales que enfrentan los miembros de la comunidad a diario.

Aquí se puede registrar para la simulación: También puede visitar el sitio de internet a por más información llame al 541-506-2600. Esperamos verlo allí

(Para mayor información por favor contacte al Distrito de Salud Pública del Norte Central al 541- 506-2600 o visítenos en o nuestra página de Facebook en

8. Sherman County Senior & Community Center April Meal Menu

Sherman County Senior & Community Center April Meal Menu

We serve lunch at 12:00, noon sharp.  First come, first served.

If you have a group of 2 or more, please let the Kitchen staff know at  541-565-3191 the day before to ensure that we make enough food to serve!

MEAL PRICING: Under 60 Yrs. Is $7.00 ~ 60 Yrs. & Up $4.00 suggested donation!

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
1 2 3 4 5
Reuben Sandwich

Potato Wedges

Veggies, Salad & Dessert

Chicken Tetrazzini Oven Fried Chicken Pizza loaded w/ Meat Sloppy Joes/Bun
Salad Bar Mashed Potatoes & Gravy Salad Bar Potato Wedges
Veggies & Fruit Veggies, Salad & Dessert Veggies & Fruit Veggies, Salad & Dessert
8 9 10  11 12
French Dip Sandwich Hot Turkey Sandwich Meatloaf Zucchini Beef Casserole Baked Potato Bar
Tater Tots Mashed Potatoes/Gravy Mashed Potatoes/Gravy Salad Bar Chili, Cheese & Onions
Veggies, Salad & Dessert Veggies, Salad & Fruit Veggies, Salad & Dessert Veggies & Fruit Veggies, Salad & Dessert
15  16 17 18 19Easter Lunch/Bake Sale
Tater Tots
Veggies, Salad & Dessert
Mac & Cheese w/ Bacon Hamburger Gravy Oriental Chicken Roast Pork
Salad Bar over mashed potatoes Rice Pilaf Mashed Potatoes/Gravy
Veggies & Fruit Veggies, Salad & Dessert Veggies, Salad & Fruit Veggies, Salad & Dessert
22 23 24 25 26
Quiche w/ Bacon & Swiss Swedish Meatballs Chicken Fried Steak Chicken Patty/Bun Ham Fried Rice
Salad Bar Rotini Noodles Mashed Potatoes/Gravy Potato Wedges Salad Bar
Veggies & Dessert Veggies, Salad & Fruit Veggies, Salad & Dessert Veggies, Salad & Fruit Veggies & Dessert
29 30  
Beef Taco Bar Spaghetti w/ Meat Sauce
Tortilla Chips Garlic Bread
Veggies, Salad & Dessert Veggies, Salad & Fruit

Menu subject to change due to availability

ATTENTION:  For those who have food allergies, be aware that a large variety of foods are prepared in the kitchen.  Therefore, meals may be prepared with ingredients and food service equipment may come in contact with ingredients to which you may have an allergic reaction, such as nuts.

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

glassesABC Huskies Child Care | Sherman County Child Care Foundation

Geologic Units in Sherman County, Oregon

Soil Survey of Sherman County

Quadrangle Maps of Sherman County

Sherman County History Books & Publications

Watch Your Language: Do words ever bug you a bit?

OPB. Oregon Cap And Trade Bill Sees Big Changes

American Thinker: Rent Control Won’t Solve Oregon’s Housing Crisis

Smithsonian Maps Capture the Rivers That Pulse Through Our World


Sherman County eNews #84


  1. Notice. Sherman County Court Session, April 3

  2. Notice. Sherman County Court February & March Minutes Online

  3. Sherman County Cultural Coalition 2019 Spring Grant Cycle

  4. Retired Educators Offer Scholarship

  5. Cascade Singers Welcome Singers as Rehearsals Begin

  6. Sherman County Court News, February 20

  7. Sherman County Court News, March 6

“Be true to yourself. Make each day a masterpiece. Help others. Drink deeply from good books. Make friendship a fine art. Build a shelter against a rainy day.” ~John Wooden, American basketball coach 

1. Notice. Sherman County Court Session, April 3

ShermanCoLogoThe Sherman County Court session scheduled for Wednesday, April 3, 2019, at 9:00 a.m. will be held in the Commissioners Meeting Room at the Sherman County Courthouse, 500 Court Street, Moro, Oregon, 97039. The agenda, including updates, will be posted on the Sherman County Website at

2. Notice. Sherman County Court February & March Minutes Online

Approved minutes for the February 20, 2019 and March 6, 2019, Regular Sessions are now available in the Archive of County Court Meeting Minutes

3. Sherman County Cultural Coalition 2019 Spring Grant Cycle

Applications for the 2019 Spring Grant Cycle for Sherman County’s Cultural Coalition are now being accepted. Applicants may be individuals and/or groups and need not be legally recognized non-profits.

Application Deadline: March 29, 2019

Awards up to $1,500 will be granted in support of local Sherman County activities and events which promote Culture, Humanities, Heritage and the Arts in Sherman County.

Additional information including Grant Guidelines and the application form, may be found at:

Completed grant applications may be mailed to:

Sherman County Cultural Coalition
P.O. Box 23
Moro, OR 97039

Or emailed to:

Contact Melva Thomas at 541-442-5488 or



5. Cascade Singers Welcome Singers as Rehearsals Begin

music-notesFrom Hildegard of Bingen to contemporary composers and arrangers, women’s contributions to the musical scene will be featured in Cascade Singers’ spring concert June 1 and 2. The community choir has just begun rehearsing for the “We Celebrate Women” event and welcomes interested women and men singers.  Rehearsals take place Sundays from 7 to 9 p.m. at Zion Lutheran Church, 10th and Union Streets, in The Dalles.  One-hour work sessions also happen Thursdays at 7 p.m. at First United Methodist Church.  Contact Director Miles Thoming-Gale at for more information.

6. Sherman County Court News, February 20

Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) List, Quarterly Reports, and Rural Renewable Energy Designation (RRED) were the main items on the agenda during the February 20th session of Sherman County Court in Moro.

Georgia Macnab, Planning Department, reviewed the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) list with the County Court; once the top 10 projects were ranked she would send it to Mid-Columbia Economic Development District for their board to officially rank. The County ranked the projects as follows: 1-Workforce Housing; 2-Rural Fiber; 3-Biggs Service District Water System; 4-Fairgrounds Event Center; 5-Wasco School Events Center; 6-Cities of Rufus, Wasco, and Moro Emergency Generators; 7-Moro Water System/Telemetry Upgrade; 8-Rufus Water Metering Update and Upgrade of Well; 9-Wasco Road Resurfacing; 10-DeMoss Park.

Marnene Benson-Wood, Community Transit, gave County Court an update on the Transit quarterly report. She stated the first page of the report was all zeros as it is all volunteer based. The second page listed the total passenger one way rides with the majority of the rides being for senior and disabled individuals, as well as, listing revenue and expenses; the total revenue was $483,785.97 for the year, and agency expenses were $630,153.96. This shows the department negative until they receive their requested funds. Page three was on grant information; the first one has all been completed, the second one was discretionary funds from the new transit vehicle, the third one was for Special Transportation Funds (STF), which was operating funds that were cut back last year. Page four showed the fourth the grant to purchase a smaller American Disabilities Act (ADA) vehicle with a ramp, and Asset Management which is the vehicle inventory. Non-ADA vehicles can no longer be purchased and receive funds for it. Page five shows the bus barn expansion. Benson-Wood also reported that the Transportation Department was short on drivers, and Paula King, Transportation Coordinator, would be retiring in May 2019.

Nate Stice, Regional Solutions, gave a quarterly report. He stated that the Court would need to appoint a Commissioner to the North Central Regional Solutions Advisory Committee; under the Charter of the Committee, each County in the region is entitled to one City representative and one County representative. Kayla von Borstel, Administrative Assistant, reported that Judge Dabulskis was appointed to the Committee during the prior meeting. Stice has been keeping up with Frontier TeleNet (FTN) meetings to see if there was any way the State could be of assistance. He wants to make sure the County is gaining useful information from the Economic Opportunity Analysis project meetings for The Department of Land Conservation & Development (DLCD). Stice mentioned there could potentially be funding again through DLCD for a housing needs analysis, and the County should look into pursuing this option if it became available. Brief discussion was held on the Broadband project funding, and FTN.

The Public Hearing opened at 10:00 a.m. Georgia Macnab, Planning, stated the Public Hearing was taking place to consider the Rural Renewable Energy Designation Zone (RREDZ) for renewable energy only that would be a property tax relief for rural renewable projects County wide, and acts similar to an Enterprise Zone; an Enterprise Zone however only covers the Cities. The County possessed a RREDZ previously, except it expired in 2017. Macnab has sent notice to the Special Districts, Cities, Fire Departments, Biggs Service District, and the County, with no feedback received. The Zone can be designated up to $250 million; Sherman County capped the amount at $50 million on the last RREDZ to bring in small projects on a three year limit, and have the larger projects apply under a Strategic Implementation Plan (SIP). Brian Walsh, Avangrid Renewables, stated he was in favor of using the RREDZ; this would be another tool to incentivize Avangrid to come to Sherman County implement to projects, as SIP agreements for small projects does not make economic sense; RREDZ would be a much more appropriate option. Brian also stated that Avangrid would like to come to Sherman with a battery storage project, as it’s more realistic to locate the project in Sherman with the tax incentive through RREDZ. Discussion was held on keeping the $50 million cap, or amending the proposed agreement to increase the amount to the limit of $250 million. Court motioned to amend the proposed draft resolution in the County Court of the State of Oregon in and for the County of Sherman County in the matter of requesting that the Oregon Business Development Department designate a Rural Renewable Energy Development Zone (RREDZ) in Sherman County Oregon with the County of Sherman setting the amount of real market value (RMV) for qualified property that may be exempt in this RREDZ from $50 million to $250 million, based on the RMV of property for the assessment year at the start of the exemption immediately after property is placed in service. Court motioned to approve the resolution as amended during Sherman County Court in the County Court of the State of Oregon in and for the County of Sherman County in the matter of requesting that the Oregon Business Development Department designate a Rural Renewable Energy Development Zone (RREDZ) in Sherman County Oregon, and authorize the County Court to sign. The Public Hearing closed at 10:35 a.m.

Actions taken by the Court included:

  • discussion on Coordinating Care Organization (CCO) Boundary Change. No action taken.
  • appointment of Janet Pinkerton to the Senior Center Advisory Board for a term of 3 years to expire December 31, 2021.
  • appointment of Gary Thompson to the Sherman County Grant Housing Review Committee.
  • appointment of Roger Whitley to the North Central Public Health District Board for a term of 2 years to expire December 31, 2020.
  • removal of Linda Thompson from the North Central Public Health District Board.
  • approval of the Association of Oregon Counties (AOC) County College tuition for Commissioner Bird in the amount of $750 for the 2019 year.
  • approval of Oregon State University (OSU) proposal for an Ag Extension Agent to be housed in Sherman County, with total County cap set at $120,431.00 for the OSU budget.
  • approval of the Biggs Service District Ordinance #11-7-18, in the County Court of the State of Oregon in and for the County of Sherman for an ordinance establishing regulations regarding connections, operations, and rates for water services for the Biggs Service District.
  • approval of minutes of November 7, 2018, as amended to section 1.2, and supersedes the previous set of minutes adopted on January 16, 2019.
  • approval of minutes of December 19, 2018, as amended to section 1.1, and supersedes the previous set of minutes adopted on February 6, 2019.
  • approval of the minutes of January 16, 2019, as presented.
  • approval of the minutes of January 30, 2019, as presented.
  • approval of the Revenue/Expenditure Summary for the month of January 2019, as presented.
  • approval of the Treasurer’s Report for the month of January 2019, as presented.

Topics of discussion were Senior Center Head Cook Designation and Commissioner Reports.

7. Sherman County Court News, March 6

The Compensation Board was the main topic on the agenda during the March 6th session of Sherman County Court in Moro.

County Court entered into Compensation Board, and opened the floor for discussion. Debbie Hayden, Finance Officer, reported the Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) needed to be reviewed, and this would take effect starting July 1, 2019. The Federal COLA has been set at 2.8%, as well as the Northwest Consumer Price Index (CPI). Hayden stated Medical and Dental rates would go up 0% this next year; however, Public Employees Retirement System (PERS) will have an adjustment of 4.3% which will cost the County over $111,000 based on current salary rates. Commissioner McCoy believed 2.8% for COLA seemed to be a good average with the current inflation rates. Commissioner Bird stated Sherman has been 5% above the Federal COLA for last 10 years combined. Mark Coles, Road Master, reported that during the last 10 years the County has been catching up using the COLA, as in previous years, the County had passed on the COLA due to insurance costs; the COLA’s now are helping even everything out. In the last two years insurance had increased significantly with the deductible rising from $500 to the current $2,500. Court motioned to approve a 2.8% Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) increase for County Employees for fiscal year 2019-2020. Court motioned to continue Employee insurance benefits at the current level.

Court motioned to enter into Executive Session in Accordance with ORS 192.660 (2) (i) Personnel. Executive Session entered at 9:15 a.m.; discussion held on Employee compensation recommendations; Executive Session exited at 10:20 a.m. Court motioned to approve step increases for those eligible with the following written requests: Travis West, Kyle Pfeifer, Paul Yoon, Solomon Jacobson, Bruce Olsen, Gary Shull, Richard Jauken Jr., and Amy Asher, with Amy’s weekly hours increasing from 20 hours to 25 hours per week. Court motioned by to approve step increases for the following County Employees: Kristi Brown, Daniel Son, Magee Kennedy, Drew Messenger, Kayla von Borstel, Kari Silcox, Dan Aldrich, and the RV Camp Host to increase from $350 per month to $400 per month, as requested by Georgia Macnab.

Actions taken by the Court included:

  • approved the Joint Resolution in the matter of participation in funding activities of the Oregon Office for Community Dispute Resolution before the County Court and Boards of Commissioners for Gilliam, Hood River, Sherman, Wasco, and Wheeler Counties, whereas, the County Court and Boards of Commissioners believes that the settlement of disputes by mediation may lead to more long lasting and mutually satisfactory agreements, and authorize Judge Dabulskis to sign.
  • approved the Weed Control Intergovernmental Agreement between the State of Oregon, and Sherman and Wasco Counties, as the State wishes to utilize County resources to provide vegetation and noxious weed abatement within the State jurisdiction and right of way, and authorize Judge Dabulskis to sign.
  • appointed Sharon Spencer to the Senior Center Advisory Board for a term of 3 years to expire December 31, 2021.
  • appointed Dan Aldrich to the Special Transportation Committee for a term of 3 years to expire December 31, 2021.
  • proclaimed the week of April 7-14, 2019, as Sherman County Crime Victims’ Rights Week and authorize Judge Dabulskis to sign.
  • approved the Sherman County Public Transportation Advisory Committee proposed Bylaws amendment, and authorize County Court to sign.
  • appointed Judge Dabulskis to the Central Oregon Workforce Consortium (COWC).
  • approved the submittal for the Special Transportation Grant Application for the 2019-2021 Biennium.
  • approved the grant submittal form for the Special Transportation 5310 Grant Application for the 2019-2021 Biennium.
  • approved minutes of February 6, 2019, as corrected.
  • approved the Claims for the month of February 2019, as presented.

Topics of discussion were County Projections, and Commissioner Reports.


Sherman County eNews #83


  1. Sherman County Photography Club, March 25

  2. Cottonwood Canyon State Park Lost Corral Trail Closure

  3. Sherman County: For The Record – Our Stories and Records

  4. Explore Wasco County with Historical Society’s Poker Run, April 14

  5. Congressman Greg Walden statement on Mueller report

  6. The Self in Development

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

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

“Life is a checkerboard, and the player opposite you is time. If you hesitate before moving, or neglect to move promptly, your men will be wiped off the board by time. You are playing against a partner who will not tolerate indecision!” ― Elbert Hubbard

1. Sherman County Photography Club, March 25

camera. photographSherman County Photography Club … March 25, 6pm OSU Building Moro
Open to everyone!
*** Landscape Photography: From Snapshots to Great Shots ~~~
*** Show and Share monthly photo challenge of “Adventure”
*** Discuss and plan field trip/outing for April

2. Cottonwood Canyon State Park Lost Corral Trail Closure

Due to high water the Lost Corral Trail has been temporarily closed.  Please feel free to call the park at 541-394-0002 for current park conditions.

3. Sherman County: For The Record – Our Stories and Records

pen.markerSherman County: For the Record is the twice-yearly historical anthology published by the Sherman County Historical Society in Moro, Oregon. The many authors who contributed to For the Record provide a window into the past with memoirs, official records and photographs. The 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. See Sherman County: For The Record 1983-2018:

4. Explore Wasco County with Historical Society’s Poker Run, April 14

car.blueWasco County Historical Society invites the public to join them in their Sunday, April 14th, 40-mile long “Poker Run”.  Registration is 10:00-1:00 in the parking lot at the Discovery Center & Museum.  Ten dollars per “hand” with multiple hands available.

The route follows the Historical Hwy. into Mosier, back into The Dalles over Sevenmile Hill, with optional stops along the way.  All motorized vehicles are welcome with the entire route being paved roads.  It’s a fun way to explore our history!  Additional details may be obtained from John Brookhouse at 541-980-0918.

5. Congressman Greg Walden statement on Mueller report

American flag2WASHINGTON, D.C. — Representative Greg Walden (R-Hood River) today released the following statement in response to Attorney General William Barr’s principal summary of the findings of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation:

“I supported Robert Mueller’s appointment as special counsel and consistently supported ensuring his two-year investigation was free from any political influence. Special Counsel Mueller deserves the gratitude of all Americans for his public service and for conducting this important investigation with integrity and professionalism. His exhaustive work makes clear that President Trump and his campaign did not collude with the Russians. Period. The special counsel and his team came to this conclusion after a rigorous investigation that followed all leads to get to the facts. Now, those who promoted this conspiratorial theory should accept the facts of Mr. Mueller’s findings.”

6. The Self in Development

A few days ago, we talked about the possible selfishness of personal growth. Today, let’s add another angle to the discussion about whether pursuing personal growth is, indeed, selfish.

In Lou Tice’s mind, there was no question about it. Lou believed that we must have a caring relationship with ourselves before we can expect others to do so. However, being interested in personal growth doesn’t mean that you are selfish. In fact, it is quite the contrary.

In his book, “The Psychology of Romantic Love,” Nathaniel Brandon wrote that, “The first affair we must consummate successfully is the love affair with ourselves. Only then are we ready for other love relationships.”

You see, no matter how concerned we are about others, we are ultimately responsible only for ourselves. If we feel inadequate and victimized, then we have no power to offer another person security and strength. In this instance, less is definitely not more.

Self-development means being the best you can be and giving the best you can give. It means asking yourself, “If I were living with me, would I want to stay around?” Then, depending upon the answer, you change what you need to change without making a big deal about it.

You see, although there are tremendous personal benefits to self-development, it is perhaps in your relationships that a commitment to personal growth will bring you the most gratifying changes. The more of you there is, the greater you are within yourself, then the more there is to give to others. ~The Pacific Institute

7. 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.

$31,200: Approximate amount most state legislators will be paid this year, according to OPB, after a 28 percent raise Feb. 1.

63: Percent by which some lawmakers want to increase their pay through a new proposal, OPB reports.

350: People whose personal information may have been compromised due to a data breach at the Oregon Department of Human Services, according to The Oregonian.

9: DHS employees who opened “phishing” emails and clicked on links inside, allowing an outside party to gain access to their state email accounts, The Oregonian reported.

68: Percent increase in the number of “super commuters” in the Portland area — people for whom it takes an hour and half or more to get to work — since 2005, according to Willamette Week.

104: Percent increase in the number of Portlanders working from home since then.

2,400: Artworks commissioned by the state since 1975 that will now be available to search for online at state-of-, according to the Register-Guard.

800: Artists featured in the state’s One Percent for Art collection, which dedicates 1 percent of certain state construction funds to acquire public art.

15: Recommendations state auditors made to the Oregon Department of Education in 2017 to improve alternative and online education, according to the Secretary of State’s Office.

0: Recommendations that the department has fully implemented as of this month, the Secretary of State said in a follow-up report this week. It has partially implemented three of the recommendations made more than a year ago.

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

bird.owl.limbHow Do We Know What We Know?

These 3D-printed homes can be built for less than $4,000 in just 24 hours

Brilliant Maps: If European Borders Were Drawn By DNA Instead Of Ethnicity

AllSides. Balanced News & Civil Discourse

David Douglas, Botanist (1799-1834)

Camp Harney

Sherman County, Oregon – A Local History Collection


Sherman County eNews #82


  1. Notice of Special Meeting: Tri-County Hazardous Waste & Recycling Program, April 2

  2. Teachers: Summer Agricultural Institute Graduate Level Course, Scholarship

  3. Prepare to be Amazed at Maryhill Museum of Art

  4. Sherman 4-H Club News Report: The Chicken Tenders

  5. Beginning Genealogy Class, April 13

  6. The Petrified Comfort Zone

  7. The Ugandan Kids Choir is Coming to The Dalles, April 3

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

“It is proper you should understand what I deem the essential principles of our government… Equal and exact justice to all men, of whatever persuasion, religious or political.” —Thomas Jefferson (1801)

1. Notice of Special Meeting: Tri-County Hazardous Waste & Recycling Program, April 2 

recycle.blwhThe Tri-County Hazardous Waste & Recycling Program’s Special Steering Committee meeting is scheduled for Tuesday April 2nd, 2019 from 2:30pm-3:00pm at the Wasco County Planning Department, located at 2705 East 2nd Street in The Dalles, Oregon.

Representatives from the member agencies of the counties of Wasco, Sherman and Hood River, and the cities of The Dalles, Hood River, Cascade Locks, Mosier, Dufur and Maupin will hold their meeting to discuss consideration of a pending grant request by Emerald Systems.

The nine governments signed an intergovernmental agreement in November 2003 to build and operate two permanent household hazardous waste collection facilities in Hood River and The Dalles, and conduct satellite collection events throughout the region. Wasco County is the lead agency. The facilities and events collect hazardous wastes from households, businesses and institutions which are Conditionally Exempt Small Quantity Generators, as well as pesticide wastes from farmers and ranchers.

For more information: Call Tri-County Hazardous Waste & Recycling Program at (541) 506-2636.

 2. Teachers: Summer Agricultural Institute Graduate Level Course, Scholarship

Teachers:  want a free or low-cost way to earn 3 Graduate Credits from Oregon State University to apply to Master’s Degree or PDU Requirements?

Summer Agriculture Institute (SAI) is a week-long graduate level course for K-12 educators with little or no agricultural background. This course is offered through a partnership between Oregon State University and Oregon Farm Bureau Foundation for Education.

Receive 3 graduate level credits from OSU (equivalent to 60 PDUs) for only the cost of registration: $600.  Food, fun and hotel included. Total savings $3,300!

AND…for an opportunity to attend Summer Agricultural Institute for FREE…contact the Columbia Gorge Chapter of the Oregon Women for Agriculture.  The chapter will scholarship one teacher from the Columbia Gorge to attend SAI.  Contact or call Cindy Brown, OSU Sherman County Extension 541-565-3230.  By May 1, submit a written statement on why you are interested in attending SAI and how it would benefit you as a teacher.

This program is high quality, accredited with collateral materials provided.  You receive hands-on experience interacting with agriculture through tours of processing plants, farms, vineyards, golf courses, nurseries and agribusiness operations; opportunities to meet and work with agriculturists; hotel accommodations with meals included.

There are two sessions held in Oregon:  WEST in Corvallis June 23-28, 2019, and EAST in Union/LaGrande July 14-19, 2019.

Fact sheet:


For more information, please contact Summer Ag Institute Session WEST (Corvallis) Coordinator Debbie Crocker or Summer Ag Institute Session EAST (La Grande) Coordinator  Kim McKague

3. Prepare to be Amazed at Maryhill Museum of Art  

Wanting to have a little fun this weekend with a great friend? Think about Maryhill Museum of Art…and be prepared to be wowed. Great exhibits, good food in the Cafe and shared stories, laughs and all around great time. Check it out during spring break!

4. Sherman 4-H Club News Report: The Chicken Tenders

4-H clover1The Chicken Tenders 4-H poultry club met on March 21, 2019 at 5:30pm at the Extension Office.  Attending were Dillan, Emersyn, Cohen and Damian.  Excused were Renan and Clare.  Pledge of Allegiance and 4-H Pledge led by Kennedy.  We talked about getting turkeys and what breed of turkeys.  We went over parts of chickens.  Talked about how to take care of turkeys when they are little.  We talked about livestock judging and herdsmanship.  Meeting was adjourned at 6:16pm.  Signed Emersyn Stanfield, News Reporter

5. Beginning Genealogy Class, April 13

The Columbia Gorge Genealogical Society will meet on April 13, 2019 at the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center in the downstairs classroom at 10:30 am.

This month’s program will be a beginner’s class with Georga Foster as the presenter. The class will cover the basic concepts and tools you need to get started,

interviewing relatives, genealogy etiquette, online resources, organizing your work, using social media for research.

FamilySearch for beginners will be discussed with Linda Colton presenting some strategies and tips on where to start.

The class is free and public is welcome.

6. The Petrified Comfort Zone

How big is your comfort zone? Is it growing or shrinking? Has it petrified? All of us live inside an area called a comfort zone. It’s the imaginary space containing all the activities we have done often enough to feel comfortable about. It also contains our ideas about where we belong, how we should live, what we do socially, and so on.

You can visualize this zone of comfort as a circle, if you like, but the wall of that circle is not really there to protect us. It is made up of fear and self-imposed limitations. We like to believe that the wall keeps us safe, but perhaps you’ve noticed that it doesn’t work that way.

What that wall keeps us from, in truth, is getting all the things we want most. If we are willing to venture outside of it often enough, we overcome our fear and our zone of comfort expands. Not only that, when we expand our comfort zone in one area, it automatically expands in others, as well.

However, if we give in to our fears, that zone contracts. For some people, their comfort zone is just about the size of their apartment. There they sit, making up reasons why it’s better for them to stay put, convincing themselves they are better off. We see this often in the elderly, as they allow their worlds to get smaller and smaller. The thing is, it doesn’t have to be this way.

So, what’s the answer? To start, get up, get moving, and conquer your fears by doing what you need to do. Small steps first, and then the bigger ones. Little by little, day by day, you banish that old petrified comfort zone.

Being ruled by fear is not living safely. In fact, it’s not really living at all. ~The Pacific Institute

7. The Ugandan Kids Choir is Coming to The Dalles, April 3

The children in the Ugandan Kids Choir are known for their musical talents and their joyful performances. They sing traditional African songs, play authentic African instruments, and dance in their colorful African attire.

The Choir is a ministry of Childcare Worldwide, which has been devoted to empowering children in the developing world since 1981. Childcare Worldwide serves children in nine developing countries by taking care of their physical, spiritual, and educational needs.

By coming to this event, you will enjoy traditional African song and dance, as well as help support children in need all around the world. Be sure to bring your family and friends!

The concert will be at 6:30pm on Wednesday, April 3rd (day) at Sonrise Academy, 333 E. 12th Street. Please call Darlien France at 541-993-0550 for directions and more information.  For more information about our organization or to view our tour schedule please visit our website

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

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Oregon Attorney General’s Public Records & Meetings Law Manual

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