Sherman County eNews #68


  1. Public Meeting Notice: Sherman County School District Board, March 11


  3. Joecile Higley 1940-2019

  4. County-wide Cleanup May 4th

  5. Oregon Legislature 2019-21 Co-Chair Balanced Budget – A Multi-Biennial Plan

  6. Growth Without Guilt

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

“There is no part of the administration of government that requires extensive information and a thorough knowledge of the principles of political economy, so much as the business of taxation. The man who understands those principles best will be least likely to resort to oppressive expedients, or sacrifice any particular class of citizens to the procurement of revenue. It might be demonstrated that the most productive system of finance will always be the least burdensome.” —Alexander Hamilton (1788)

1. Public Meeting Notice: Sherman County School District Board, March 11

The Sherman County School District Board of Directors will hold a Regular Board Meeting on Monday, March 11, 2019, that will include an executive session. The executive session will begin at 6:00 p.m. pursuant to ORS 192.660(2)(i) for the annual evaluation of the superintendent. The Regular Board Meeting will begin at approximately 7:00 p.m. This meeting will be held in the Sherman County School/Public Library.

Agenda topics include: Executive Session for Evaluation of the Superintendent 6 p.m.; Regular Meeting 7 p.m.: Presentations & Recognition; Consent Agenda (Minutes, Financial Statement, Contract Renewals; Reports by Superintendent Wes Owens, K-12 Administrator Mike Somnis & Athletic Director Mike Somnis; Unfinished business: Restoring Instructional Time Due to Inclement Weather, QMHP Position Update, 2019-20 Draft Calendar; New Business: Approve Track Meet Exceeding 150 Miles One Way, New School Information System Platform; Audience Communications (Testimony related to non-agenda items.); Future agenda, closing comments; Next regular board meeting is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. on April 8, 2019.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3. Joecile Higley 1940-2019

flower.rose.starJoecile Higley passed away peacefully on Feb. 21, 2019, in Portland Ore., at the age of 78. Joecile June Blaylock was born June 11, 1940, to Boyce and Kathryn Blaylock at their home in Grass Valley, Ore. She joined two sisters Barbara and Jerrine and later a brother Orville. They were all raised in Grass Valley and related to just about everyone in the county in one way or another like the families of Blaylock, Belshe, Eakin and Higley.

Joecile went to Grass Valley grade school and graduated from Sherman High School in Moro, Ore. in 1958. She married her high school sweetheart Tom O. Higley on Aug. 30, 1959, and they moved to La Grande, Ore., where Tom finished his college education. They moved to Pendleton, Ore., and raised their two children, Shawn and Kimberly.

Joecile became a hairdresser and after Tom’s death she moved to The Dalles, Ore., and worked at Joan’s Beauty Salon for many years. She loved her job and enjoyed her many clients. Joecile was a long-time member of the Christian Science Church in The Dalles.

She was preceded in death by her parents; niece; and husband. She is survived by her daughter Kimberly Higley of Pendleton; son Shawn Higley (Leslie) of Portland, Ore., and their children, Austin, Alex and Gabby; sisters Barbara Paige (Jack) of Portland; Jerrine Belshe (Jim) of Wasco, Ore.; brother Orville Blaylock (Shirley) of Moro; and beloved nieces and nephews. At her request, no public funeral or service will be held and gifts may be made in her memory to Providence St. Vincent Hospice Services, Special Olympics or Oregon State Beaver Nation Football!

4. County-wide Cleanup May 4th

ShermanCoLogoPut it on your calendar! On May 4th, Sherman County residents are invited to bring one pick-up load of trash to the Solid Waste Transfer Station without paying a fee with some exceptions.

When:        Saturday, May 4, 2019 – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Where:       Sherman County Solid Waste Transfer Site located at 72526 Welk Road between Highway 206 and Biggs Junction.

How:          Upon arrival, wait for the attendant to direct you to the appropriate unloading site.

Limited:      One trip per vehicle.


No household hazardous or medical waste will be accepted.

No recycling.

Fees are required for:

Refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners $32.63 each

Appliances $12.83

Tires without rims $11.81

Tires with rims $15.76

Furniture – $12.38


You may also bring:

  • YARD WASTE – Clean brush & trimmings under 6 inches in diameter
  • E-WASTE – Computer towers, laptops, monitors, televisions 

Please note:

Recycling will not be accepted on this day. Recycling will be accepted on any regular scheduled day:

2nd Friday and Saturday in Moro

3rd Friday and Saturday in Wasco

4th Friday and Saturday in Rufus

Weekly Monday and Tuesday in Grass Valley

~ Waste Connections/The Dalles Disposal

5. Oregon Legislature 2019-21 Co-Chair Balanced Budget – A Multi-Biennial Plan

Oregon.Flat.poleOregon continues to face a structural deficit for the 2019-21 biennium that is projected to worsen in the 2021-23 and 2023-25 biennia. No matter the cause, these deficits threaten vital services to vulnerable Oregonians, education funding, the Oregon Health Plan, and ensuring our workforce has the tools and supports they need to succeed. We cannot continue to provide the same level of service or meet future critical needs by staying on the same course we have been on for over a decade.

The formation of this budget was guided by the following three core principles:

  • Align spending with the desire to meet critical needs and provide long-term budget stability.
  • Prioritize K-12 education funding and the Oregon Health Plan. Evaluate all other expenditures based on their short-term and long-term outcomes.
  • Maintain a prudent level of resources to guard against program and service reductions in the event of economic downturns in future biennia.

We recognize there are needs that exceed available resources. We also recognize that the state must balance its budget and plan for the future using only the resources available to it.

Given these constraints, the following assumptions form the foundation for the state’s budget:

  • An approximate 5% General Fund reduction to balance the 2019-21 budget and help set the state on a path to sustainable budgets in future biennia. Program area reduction amounts vary depending on factors outlined in this framework.
  • Retaining 2% of General Fund expenditures as an ending balance, instead of the required 1%, to inoculate against future revenue declines or pay down the PERS unfunded liability.
  • The Oregon Health Plan will be funded without cuts to eligibility or benefits.
  • The State School Fund will be held harmless from cuts. In addition, $100 million will be added above the current service level (CSL). Supplemental funding for the State School Fund may become available from new revenues passed by the Joint Committee on Student Success.
  • Costs for tax credits, whether extended, expanded, or new, shall be covered within $40 million General Fund or via adjustments to other tax credits and policies.
  • The total amount of General Obligation Bonds issued will be reduced to lower the amount of debt service costs in future biennia, preserving General Fund for programmatic use.

The 2019-21 budget process will use CSL as the starting reference point for drafting agency budgets. The CSL is an estimate of how much it costs in the next biennium to continue the current level of services and programs. Subcommittees will evaluate various reductions and additions to each agency’s CSL based on the principles set forth in this document. The 2019-21 budget process is designed to develop a sustainable plan for state government, the public education system, and other governmental and non-profit partners within current law and resource estimates. The goal is a budget plan to spend resources wisely to meet the needs of all Oregonians.

There is still much work to be done and more information to consider, but the overall guiding principles listed throughout the framework will remain and represent a forward-thinking strategy to develop a balanced and sustainable budget.  ~ Co-Chair Balanced Budget.pdf

 6. Growth Without Guilt

Do you ever feel that the people who are closest to you are the ones who resist the most when you try to change for the better?

Sometimes, when we are committed to personal growth and change, family members and others who are close to us will do everything they can to try and get us to change back. Did you ever wonder why that might be? Well, for one thing, when people get used to their lives being a certain way, any change – even when it’s an improvement – can be threatening. And sometimes, people who are negative have a very hard time tolerating people who are positive. It’s the old “misery loves company” syndrome.

If you can convince your family to join you in your quest for personal growth, you will all have an easier time of it. You can support each other through the tough times and give each other encouragement and approval as you begin to see results.

If you have no choice but to go it alone, it can help to let the others in on it. Tell them what you’re trying to do and tell them, too, how the results will benefit them as well. Paint them a vivid picture of what the end-result will look like, and ask for their help. If you don’t get it, have patience. They may need to see for themselves that you really mean it and that you intend to stay close to them even though you’re changing.

Occasionally, people in our immediate families may force us to make the painful choice between developing ourselves as human beings and continuing our relationship with them. It is important that you know that you have the right to choose growth without guilt. ~The Pacific Institute

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

bird.owlThe Oregon Legislative Budget (Ways and Means) Chairs proposed budget using

Border Patrol: Facilities, Manpower Cannot Support Continued Increase of Apprehensions

How United Nations scientists are preparing for the end of capitalism

Taxpayers bear the cost of $1.3 million sexual harassment settlement for Oregon lawmakers’ misdeeds


Sherman County eNews #67






church.family1Through Thick and Thin

Before David became king of Israel, he was brought into the home of Israel’s first king, Saul who had a son named Jonathan. David and Jonathan hit it off, and we read of them, “…the soul of Jonathan was knit to the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as himself.” (1 Samuel 18:1, NASB) Later when king Saul would become jealous of David’s success, Jonathan sought to protect David against the attacks of his own father. After an extended time of being pursued, David heard of the deaths of both Saul and Jonathan in battle. He honored them both, but of Jonathan he said, “I am distressed for you, my brother Jonathan; you have been very pleasant to me. Your love to me was more wonderful than the love of women.” (2 Samuel 1:26, NASB)

Later David’s son, Solomon wrote, “A man of too many friends comes to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.” (Proverbs 18:24, NASB) Surely, Solomon must have heard the stories about the great friendship between his father and his dear friend and all that they endured together. It was not an easy friendship, and things happened that would shatter most relationships. But these men remained strong together and their love endured.

Beyond them, we all have things that come into our lives that can shake us at our cores. The question is whether you have someone who is or can be that faithful friend who you will stand with your like a Jonathan? God loves us this way. But what about someone with flesh and blood who along with God the three of you can endure all things? Solomon also wrote, “And if one can overpower him who is alone, two can resist him. A cord of three strands is not quickly torn apart.” (Ecclesiastes 4:12, NASB)

We are not intended to walk alone.

Joe Burgess
Pastor, First Baptist Church Grass Valley

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.


Your expressions of gratitude and congratulation are welcome here!


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



“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

SHERMAN COUNTY HISTORICAL MUSEUM. Sunday, March 10th, the Sherman County Historical Society invites you to attend a volunteer recruitment gathering from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Sherman County Historical Museum in Moro, Oregon. This non-profit organization is devoted to preserving and sharing local history and is currently looking for new volunteers! Come find out about opportunities to volunteer with the Sherman County Historical Society. Everyone is welcome and appetizers are provided. Bring a friend to find out more about being a volunteer with the Sherman County Historical Society and Museum! For more information call 541-565-3232 or visit the website:
SHERMAN COUNTY REPRESENTATIVE for COMMUNITY ACTION COUNCIL. Mid-Columbia Community Action Council is a non-profit organization that works with low-income families and we are looking for a person from Sherman County to serve on our Board of Directors. We would like to have someone from Sherman County who represents a group or organization, but does not have to. The Board meetings are held every other month in The Dalles and usually last about an hour and a half. Would you be interested in helping your community, then contact Jim at MCCAC and he can fill you in on more details. 541-298-5131 or

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


CITY WATER OPERATOR/MAINTENANCE. The City of Grass Valley is seeking applicants to fill the position of: WATER OPERATOR/MAINTENANCE. Applicant is responsible for maintaining and operation of the public water system according to the City Council and according to all Oregon Health Division requirements. This position is also responsible for all maintenance on all city owned properties and/or property in the care of the City. For a full job description, please contact City Hall. City of Grass Valley is an EOE; Salary is DOE; Part-time; no benefits. If interested in this position, please return a Letter of Interest, resumé and three references to City Administrator, Whitney Cabral or Mayor Pattee by March 15, 2019. Letters and information can be dropped off at City Hall, e-mailed to  or mailed to: PO Box 191, Grass Valley, OR 97029. Position open until filled. Please contact City Hall with any questions at 541-333-2434. 3/15

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!


  • 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


OFFICE: (541) 567-0551

CELL: (541) 303-5093

Email:   4/26 

TRANSPORTATION DISPATCHER. Sherman County Community Transportation is accepting employment applications for the position of transportation dispatcher. This is a permanent full-time position, 40hr/wk Monday-Thursday, salary range $12.17/hr starting pay to $14.25/hr final step. Applicant must be knowledgeable in the operation of modern office equipment including computer systems, spreadsheets and make decisions independently using effective time management in this fast paced position and have the ability to multitask choosing the highest priorities.   For job description and/or applications, contact the Sherman County Community Transit at 541-565-3553 or go online at http:/ Submit completed application and resume to the Sherman County Community Transportation, P.O. Box 365, Moro, OR  97039.  Position open until March 8th, 2019; first review of applications will be March 13, 2019. Successful applicant must pass a criminal history background check and a Drug & Alcohol pre-employment check, since this position involves contact with vulnerable adults.  Sherman County is an equal opportunity employer. 3/8

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

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


 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







LOCAL HISTORY SUPPORT: A grant application-in-progress for the Observer Farm Cemetery aka Old Kent Cemetery aka Wilcox Cemetery will be strengthened by support of people with an interest in historic preservation or relationships to those buried here. The surnames are Kentner, Craig, Trotter, Orcutt, Thiese, Phillips, Leonard, Graham, Hayman, Kibbey/Kibby, Lane & Seidel whose families were early settlers in the Kent area. Please contact Sherry Kaseberg 3/8

LOCAL HISTORY INFO: Interested in gathering history of the early day Sherman County churches: especially dates in service and location for Rosebush Church, Rufus Baptist Church, Rufus Christian Church, Rufus Church of the Nazarene, Rufus Full Gospel Assembly, Moro Christian Science and Rufus Methodist Episcopal church-owned land in section 20, T2N, R18E near Biglow schoolhouse … and information about James Weir for updating the 3rd edition of Sherman County Place Names. Please contact Sherry Kaseberg 3/8

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

2. CALENDAR (new or corrected)



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

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

9-10 41st Annual Tumbleweed Tournament – Town Team & City League 9 Condon


10 Sherman County Historical Museum Volunteer Recruitment 3-5 Museum

11 Sherman County School District Board of Directors Meeting 7

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 Wasco School Events Center Board Meeting 1

13 Tri-County Hazardous Waste & Recycling Steering Committee 8:30-11:30 The Dalles

13 Rufus City Council 7

14 Frontier Regional 911 Dispatch Board of Directors Meeting 1 Condon

14 National Ag Day, visit

15 Maryhill Museum of Art Opens for the Season

15 Frontier TeleNet 10 TBA


19 Wasco City Council 7

19 Unit 20 Oregon Retired Educators’ Meeting 12 Hood River Valley Adult Center

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 Sherman County SWCD & Watershed Council Annual Meeting 5:30

27-28 Roots of Resilience Grazing Conference, Pendleton

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

28 Mid-Columbia Economic Development District Board 4 Hood River 


1 Grass Valley City Council 7

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

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

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


15-16 Oregon Nonprofit Leaders Conference, Ashland

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

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

4 County-wide Clean-up Day

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