Sherman County eNews #74


  1. Sherman County Emergency Services Activity Reports

  2. Community Representative Sought for Sherman County Public/School Library Board

  3. Public Notice. Sherman County Public/School Library Board Meeting, March 19

  4. Public Notice. Watershed Program Assistant Position Open

  5. Resource Education & Agricultural Leadership (REAL) Program

  6. Sound character begins with keen self-respect.

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

1. Sherman County Emergency Services Activity Reports

~Shawn Payne, Sherman County Emergency Services

Sherman County Ambulance

February 2019 Activity Report

Date Time Incident Location
2/03 1:40 AM Motor Vehicle Crash-LE Standby Rufus
2/06 6:10 PM Chest Pain Grass Valley
2/07 2:05 PM Motor Vehicle Crash I-84  MP#99
2/08 2:14 PM Chest Pain Moro
2/11 3:29 AM Weak and Dizzy Grass Valley
2/11 4:23 PM Motor Vehicle Crash I-84  MP# 110
2/11 5:07 PM Motor Vehicle Crash I-84  MP# 107
2/11 8:32 PM Motor Vehicle Crash I-84  MP# 114
2/11 8:48 PM Sick Person Pilot in Biggs
2/12 12:21 PM Weak Moro
2/12 4:36 PM Unknown Illness Grass Valley
2/13 9:38 PM Possible Stroke Wasco
2/14 12:04 AM Semi-Truck Rollover US 97  MP# 42.5
2/15 9:50 PM Semi-Truck Rollover US 97  MP# 42.5
2/16 8:06 PM Fall Injury/Difficulty Breathing Grass Valley
2/20 7:40 PM Breathing Problem Wasco
2/21 7:26 PM Possible Poisoning I-84  MP# 104
2/25 7:17 AM Motor Vehicle Crash – Rollover I-84  MP# 114
2/25 9:27 AM Sick Person Moro
2/25 8:26 PM Motor Vehicle Crash I-84  MP#99
2/26 10:11 AM Fall Injury Rufus
2/26 5:03 PM Motor Vehicle Crash – Rollover US 97  MP# 41
2/27 5:38 PM Semi  Rollover US 97  MP# 33

Moro Fire Department

February 2019 Activity Report

Date Time Incident Location
2/26 5:03 PM Motor Vehicle Crash – Rollover US 97  MP# 41

North Sherman County RFPD

January 2019 Activity Report

Date Time Incident Location
1-02 12:37 PM Medical Assist Rufus
1-10 2:57 PM Medical Assist Wasco
1-16 8:52 AM Motor Vehicle Crash US 97  MP# 9
1-16 9:37 PM Motor Vehicle Crash I-84  MP# 104
1-16 10:15 PM Motor Vehicle Crash I-84  MP# 105
1-16 10:17 PM Motor Vehicle Crash I-84  MP# 103
1-18 6:46 AM Motor Vehicle Crash I-84  MP# 102
1-26 10:18 AM Motor Vehicle Crash I-84  MP# 109
1-27 9:58 AM Medical Assist Wasco

February 2019 Activity Report

Date Time Incident Location
2-03 1:40 PM Law Enforcement Assist I-84  Rufus Area
2-07 2:05 PM Motor Vehicle Crash I-84  MP# 99
2-11 4:19 PM Motor Vehicle Crash I-84  MP# 110
2-11 5:05 PM Motor Vehicle Crash I-84  MP# 97
2-11 6:22 PM Medical Assist Wasco
2-11 8:41 PM Medical Assist Biggs at Pilot
2-11 8:48 PM Motor Vehicle Crash I-84  MP# 114
2-20 7:40 PM Medical Assist Wasco
2-21 7:25 PM Medical Assist Biggs Junction on ramp
2-25 7:19 PM Motor Vehicle Crash I-84  MP# 100

2. Community Representative Sought for Sherman Public/School Library Board

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.

3. Public Notice. Sherman County Public/School Library Board Meeting, March 19

The Sherman County Public/School Library will be holding a regular board meeting on Tuesday, March 19 at 6:00 p.m.

4. Public Notice. Watershed Program Assistant Position Open

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.

5. Resource Education & Agricultural Leadership (REAL) Program

What is REAL OREGON?  Resource Education & Agricultural Leadership Program

Oregon is a diverse state with many industries based in natural resource use and development.

REAL OREGON is a leadership program that brings future leaders from agriculture, fishing, and forestry together to learn leadership skills and gain a greater understanding of Oregon through a series of statewide sessions.

REAL Oregon is an annual leadership development program that exposes a cross- section of representatives from Oregon’s natural resources community to the diversity of Oregon’s geography, economy and cultures through training in:

  • Board governance
  • Communication skills
  • Strategic planning
  • Conflict resolution
  • Government interaction and public policy
  • Media relations
  • Natural resource industries co-existence
  • Professional presentation
  • Public speaking
  • Strength assessment
  • Urban-rural relationship building

Class members visit five different locations across the state to gain leadership skills and gain an in-depth understanding of the agriculture and natural resource sectors that define Oregon’s economy.

REAL Oregon begins in November and concludes in March the following year, with the leadership group meeting one time per month. Class members will spend approximately 2.5 days in each of these locations.

Agricultural and natural resource producers and allied industry members are encouraged to apply. Class size is limited to 30 participants.  Applications are available here

6. Sound character begins with keen self-respect.

No one really knows for sure how we develop self-respect, but the experts believe it begins at a very early age. Parents who show their children that they love them unconditionally — just because they are who they are — build a foundation of healthy self-respect that will sustain the children for the rest of their lives. From this foundation comes the moral and ethical structure known as character. Healthy self-respect should not be confused with egotism. An egotist loves himself for the most superficial of reasons, while a self-respecting person takes pride in qualities of character that he or she has worked hard to develop. ~The Napoleon Hill Foundation

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


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

50-44: Final score in Wednesday’s basketball game between the House and Senate. The House won.

34.3: Percent of Oregon millennials who have a college or advanced degree, according to Willamette Week.

43: Percent of Oregon millennials who moved from other states who have a college or advanced degree.

30: Percent of Oregon millennials born here.

1,500: Refugees who moved to Oregon in 2015, according to OPB.

$4.5 million: Amount in extra funding the Legislature might provide to support refugees who settle in Oregon, OPB reports.

14: Calls that a state hotline set up to take reports of workplace violations from strippers received over the course of three years, according to Willamette Week.

75: Years old Smokey Bear will turn this August 9.

08/01/19: Day the Oregon DMV will start issuing Smokey Bear “Keep Oregon Green” license plates, according to KMTR.

38: Members of Gov. Kate Brown’s new Wildfire Council, including ex officio members. The council’s first meeting is March 18.


Sherman County eNews #73






church.family1Envy Destroys

My wife and I were away the first part of the week at an conference in association with the Kent and Grass Valley churches. At one of the sessions the keynote speaker addressed issues that get in the way of connectedness in partnerships and relationships.

In doing this he pointed to envy that he felt was the greatest hurdle. Looking at this he went to a relationship that I touched on in the last post that of Jonathan and David as well as Jonathan’s father King Saul. Last time we looked at the positives in the relationship. Here we are looking at the negative.

David had been engaged in battle on behalf of King Saul and met with great success. In response the people began to sing his praise. We read in 1 Samuel 18:8-9, “Then Saul became very angry, for this saying displeased him; and he said, “They have ascribed to David ten thousands, but to me they have ascribed thousands. Now what more can he have but the kingdom?” Saul looked at David with suspicion from that day on.” (1 Samuel 18:8–9, NASB95) We see in this account that Saul hear the comparison and it weighed heavy on him. He desired to have the glory given to David for himself, and from that point forward he viewed David with resentment.

Envy is said to be a green monster. We see in this record and what followed that it began to consume Saul and he spent an exhaustive amount of time trying to bring David down so that he might have that recognition for himself. It robbed him of joy as it festered in him and consumed his thoughts and energies, even leading to his destruction. In contrast to this his own son Jonathan chose to lay aside his own glory in lieu of the one that God had raised, and rather than being consumed by what he did not have he chose to giving, sacrifice and love. He chose freedom over bondage.

Joe Burgess
Pastor, Kent Baptist Church

2. CLASSIFIEDS (new or corrected)  


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“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 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


CLEANING SERVICE. Sherman County is requesting proposals to provide cleaning services for 5 hours/week at the Senior and Community Center located in Moro, OR. Cleaning products and basic equipment will be supplied. Cleaning schedule will be flexible but developed based on the monthly activity calendar for the facility. Proposals with a resume and a letter of interest will be accepted until 5pm on March 27th and may be sent to Kari Silcox at the Sherman County Senior & Community Center PO Box 352 Moro, OR 97039,, 541-565-3191.  3/22 

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


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, Recruiter, OFFICE: (541) 567-0551, CELL: (541) 303-5093, Email:,   4/26

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 





GRASS VALLEY LOT. Grass Valley lot for sale. $50,000. 1.43 acres within city limits. Zoned residential/farming. All new utilities in place (septic system, underground electric and water lines from city meter). Ready to build or place manufactured home. Please contact Margaret at 503-349-8158 for additional information.

VEHICLES. Public Auction. Trans-Tow Towing will hold a Public Auction on Saturday, March 16, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. Viewing of these vehicles will be available the morning of the Auction beginning at 9:00 a.m. | 1997 Geo Metro, 1996 Chevrolet GMT-400, 1999 Hyundai Sonata, 2006 Honda Civic, 2003 Honda Odyssey, 2001 Olds Alero, 2003 Ford Explorer. The Auction will be held at 1007 1st Street in Moro. If you would like more information, please contact us at 541-565-3005.

HANDCRAFTED FURNITURE & GIFTS. Considerately handcrafted one-of-a-kind indoor and outdoor furniture and gifts created from re-purposed wine & whiskey barrels, old barn wood and other local reclaimed materials. Special orders available.  ~The Wood Butcher | Wasco, Oregon | 541-993-4282 | | Facebook | 3/15







HOST FAMILY. Host a Foreign Exchange Student. ASSE Student Exchange Programs is now looking for American families to host high school students from Asia. These personable and academically select exchange students speak English, are bright, curious, and eager to learn about this country through living as part of a family for an academic year and attending high school. Your support of these students reinforces the United States’ commitment to education and opportunity throughout the world. | ASSE is currently seeking host families for these well-qualified, bright, motivated and well-screened students coming from Japan, China, Thailand, Taiwan, Mongolia, and South Korea. By living with local host families and attending local high schools, the students acquire an understanding of American values and build on leadership skills. | The exchange students arrive from their home country shortly before school begins and return at the end of the school year. Each ASSE student is fully insured, brings his or her own personal spending money and expects to bear his or her share of household responsibilities, as well as being included in normal family activities and lifestyles. At the same time the student will be teaching their newly adopted host family about their own culture and language.   If you are interested in opening your home and sharing your family life with a young person from abroad, please contact us today for more information, call (800) 733-2773, go online at or email  4/26

3. CALENDAR (new or corrected)



15 Maryhill Museum of Art Opens for the Season

15 Sherman County School – Missoula Children’s Theatre 7 Cafeteria

16 Sherman County School – Missoula Children’s Theatre 3 Cafeteria

16 Trans-Tow Towing Public Auction 10 Moro


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 Biggs Service District Public Meeting 8:30 Sherman County Courthouse

20 Sherman County Court 9

23 Sherman Soil & Water Conservation District Tree & Shrub Sale 8-12 Moro

23-31 Spring Whale Watch 10-4 Depoe Bay

25 Sherman County Photography Club 6 OSU Extension Building Moro

25-29 Sherman County School Spring Break

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

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


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