Sherman County eNews #76


  1. Sherman County High School Tennis Update, March 19

  2. The Quality of Your Thoughts

  3. Notice. Sherman County Court, Opportunities Analysis Meeting Quorum, March 20

  4. Sherman County 4-H Camp Wins Awards


  6. Looking for a summer job? Cottonwood Canyon, Deschutes Recreation Area Positions

1. Sherman County High School Tennis Cancelled, March 19

LogoShermanCoSchoolThe tennis match at White Salmon on March 19 has been cancelled due to ongoing snow issues.




2. The Quality of Your Thoughts

Can the mind help cure disease? What role do the emotions play in preventing illness?

What is the relationship between the thoughts you think, the feelings you experience, and the overall health and well-being of your body? This is a very old question, but modern science has developed some innovative ways to determine the answers. And, while what they are finding may startle some people, it doesn’t come as a big surprise.

It turns out that improving the quality of your life lowers your chances of developing serious mental and physical illness and also improves the speed and likelihood of your recovery. And if you want to improve the quality of your life, you must start by improving the quality of your thinking.

You see, the quality of what happens to you in life – all of your accomplishments, all your behaviors and activities, all your relationships – are rooted in and based on what goes on in your mind. Your beliefs and expectations determine what you try or don’t try, how hard you try, and whether you give up or ultimately succeed.

Your thoughts about who you are and what you are like determine those with whom you associate, what you take into your body and how you care for yourself and others. So if you are interested in improving your likelihood of living a long and healthy life, take a long and careful look at your belief system and spend some time examining your thoughts and values, as well.

If you don’t like what you see, remember, you can change it. You have it within you. You always have. ~The Pacific Institute

3. Notice. Sherman County Court, Opportunities Analysis Meeting Quorum, March 20

ShermanCoLogoA quorum of the County Court may be present at the Opportunities Analysis meeting to be held on Wednesday March 20, 2019 at 630pm in the Burnet Building – 66365 Lonerock Road, Moro, OR. 97039. For questions please call Carrie Pipinich at 541-296-2266.

4. Sherman County 4-H Camp Wins Awards

4-H clover1Sherman County 4-H Camp won two awards at the recent Oregon State University Family Community Health conference held March 11-14 in Corvallis.  “Healthier Food on the Menu at Sherman 4-H Camp” was recognized for the Innovation in Programming Award and the Communications Awards for Educational Publication.  These awards were accepted by Sherman 4-H educator Cindy Brown on behalf of Program Secretary Sue Mabe, Camp Cook Shelly Bird, and herself.  This recognition was given to Sherman County 4-H Camp because of staff efforts to make the camp menu healthier by incorporating Oregon State University Food Hero healthy recipes into meals, and sending home a recipe booklet for families.

Cindy Brown, Educator

Oregon State University

OSU Extension Service – Sherman County

College of Public Health & Human Sciences

4-H Youth Development & SNAP-Ed

P: 541-565-3230 | C: 541-993-5291


Filing Deadline is 5:00pm Thursday, March 21, 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.

6. Looking for a summer job? Cottonwood Canyon, Deschutes Recreation Area Positions

Looking for a summer job? We have just that! Cottonwood Canyon State Park and Deschutes State Recreation Area are looking to hire multiple Park Ranger Assistants for the summer season.

Spring and summer in Oregon State Parks is the busiest time of the year, and park staff turn to their reliable Park Ranger Assistants for help. Ranger Assistants are the small-time heroes of any park operation. They use a varied skillset and a can-do attitude to get the job done, while at the same time learning valuable on-the-job skills from their Ranger peers. Please consider joining our group of dedicated, fun-loving people who are passionate about serving our visitors, protecting special places and providing great experiences.

As a Park Ranger Assistant, you will assist year-round State Park staff in the protection, maintenance, operation and repair of state park lands, natural and cultural resources, structures, facilities, equipment and systems. Park Ranger Assistants typically perform basic tasks in a single area of park operations (e.g.: janitorial work, landscape maintenance, interpretation or visitor services), although some positions will require performing tasks in a variety of areas. Some work may require the most elementary skills in building trades, including carpentry, electrical, plumbing, painting and landscape maintenance. In addition, specialized skills in basic park maintenance and operations may be required. Park Ranger Assistants, on a task specific basis, may guide the work of individuals or teams composed of volunteers, seasonal, and/or temporary state park employees.

For more information, and to apply, visit the Oregon State Parks hiring page.

Other open positions with Oregon State Parks can be found here.


Sherman County eNews #75


  1. Sherman County 4-H News: Sherman County Swine Club Report

  2. Moro Church Congratulates Emma Witherspoon

  3. Grass Valley’s Annual Easter Egg Hunt, April 13

  4. 80th OREGON LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY–2019 Regular Session Senate Bill 928

  5. From Won’t Power to Will Power

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

  7. Oregon’s state art collection featured on new Oregon Arts Commission website

1. Sherman County 4-H News: Sherman County Swine Club Report

4-H clover1The Sherman County Swine Club met on March 10, 2019 at the Sherman County Extension Office @ 5:00 P.M.   Attending were Dillan, T’Sharra, Coral, Addie, Bailey, Cadence, Savannah, Michael, Allison, Ellery, Austin and Quinton. Addie led the Pledge of Allegiance and T’Sharra led the 4-H pledge. During this meeting we played a game to get acquainted, we elected officers, talked about purchasing a pig, a pop quiz and how to care for pigs. We also talked about our presentations, club shirts and our record books. Our next meeting will be on Monday, April 1st at Brennah’s house and it will be at 6:00 PM. The meeting was adjourned at 6:00 PM. ~Signed: Bailey Coelsch

2. Moro Church Congratulates Emma Witherspoon

music-notesEmma Witherspoon was selected to participate in the All Northwest Wind Symphony which performed on February 17th at the Portland Convention Center in Portland, Oregon. Emma was encouraged to apply by her Sherman County High School band teacher, John Gronberg, by an on-line video audition. Participants were selected to join this elite and talented group of young artists.

Emma stated, “It was a privilege to be surrounded by others who have the same drive and passion that I have. We were able to make the music uniquely our own. The concert was by far my favorite personal event in which I’ve had the honor to participate.  I thank all the people who supported me, especially my family and friends.”

Emma is a valuable member of the Moro Presbyterian Church family and helps with many church activities. ~Submitted by Carol MacKenzie on behalf of the Moro Presbyterian Church.

3. Grass Valley’s Annual Easter Egg Hunt, April 13


Grass Valley’s Annual Easter Egg Hunt!

No charge!

Ages 0 – 12 (or 6th grade)

Saturday, April 13th – the week before Easter

10 a.m. at Grass Valley Park & Pavilion

Prize for each child, gold & silver egg prizes.

Coloring contest winners announcement.

10 a.m. – Egg Hunt Begins

10:20 (approximately) The Reptile Zone – Hands-on & Educational

Learn about the Reptiles

Made possible by a generous grant from Sherman County Cultural Coalition.

Please bring a lunch to eat while we are setting up for the Skate Party!

11:15 a.m. until 2 p.m. Skate Party, all ages welcome! Skates are available for use.

Questions? Please call Jeanne at 541-714-5740 or City of Grass Valley at 541-333-2434 (Mon-Wed 9-4)

4. 80th OREGON LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY–2019 Regular Session Senate Bill 928

Oregon.Flat.poleThis could be one of the most significant bills of the current session, especially if some version of the carbon reduction bill, HB 2020 passes. Governor Brown will introduce the bill on March 21st at Senate Environment and Energy Committee, 1 PM HR C.

See the entire bill at



The following summary is not prepared by the sponsors of the measure and is not a part of the body thereof subject to consideration by the Legislative Assembly. It is an editor’s brief statement of the essential features of the measure as introduced. Establishes Oregon Climate Authority. Establishes Oregon Climate Board. Transfers greenhouse gas reporting program from Department of Environmental Quality to Oregon Climate Authority. Abolishes State Department of Energy. Transfers duties, functions and powers of State Department of Energy related to issuance of loans for small scale local energy projects to Oregon Business Development Department. Transfers remaining duties, functions and powers of State Department of Energy to Oregon Climate Authority. Modifies permissible uses of energy supplier assessment. Abolishes Sustainability Board and Oregon Global Warming Commission. Establishes Energy Program Review Task Force. Becomes operative January 1, 2020. Declares emergency, effective on passage. A BILL FOR AN ACT Relating to the Oregon Climate Authority; creating new provisions; amending… … …”

5. From Won’t Power to Will Power

Has anyone ever called you stubborn? Would you describe yourself that way? If so, you may be in luck when it comes to making positive changes.

Some people find themselves in trouble a lot because of a personality characteristic that they call stubbornness. You have heard of “will power.” Well, stubbornness is a kind of “won’t power.” It causes you to dig in and refuse to budge, and sometimes it drives other people crazy. And sometimes, it keeps you from growing closer to the person you want to be.

But, as Roger and McWilliams pointed out in their book series, Life 101, “Just as fear is also excitement, stubbornness is also determination. It’s simply a matter of shifting the focus from ‘won’t power’ back to ‘will power.’ Rather than, ‘I won’t get fat,’ change it to ‘I will keep a healthy, slim body.’ Rather than, ‘I won’t be around people who don’t support my efforts,’ say ‘I will seek out people who help me do what I want to do in life.’

“It’s a matter of finding the positive opposite and focusing on that, rather than aligning yourself with a negative. Stubbornness, if you use it to advantage, will stand you in good stead when it comes to achieving your goals and living out your values.”

Imagine yourself stubbornly refusing to accept anything but the best in life. Imagine yourself stubbornly holding on to your program of self-improvement and personal growth no matter what. It’s locking on to what you want, and not locking on to what you don’t want. If you shift your energy from stubbornness to determination, you’ll be doing yourself a big favor.

You will also become a positive role model for those around you. So prepare yourself for an up-tic in your influence, because your positive stubbornness just may turn you into a sought-after mentor. ~The Pacific Institute

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

Bird.Black.Envelope80th OREGON LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY– Senate Bill 928

Five things I’ve learned about farmers and ranchers

representUs | End Corruption | Defend the Republic 

The State of Oregon Art Collection

State of Oregon Art Collection at Ft. Dalles Readiness Center

Uber, Lyft and oil frackers: Tech mirages, not real businesses

U.S. Energy Information Administration. Oil: Crude & Petroleum Products – Explained Use of Oil

Watch Your Language: Sweet p is silenced by Greeks

7. Oregon’s state art collection featured on new Oregon Arts Commission website

art.toolsOregon’s public collection of more than 2,400 artworks acquired and commissioned since 1975 is now featured on a searchable website for all to view. The State of Oregon Percent for Art Collection includes paintings, works on paper, photography, sculpture, ceramics, glass, mosaics, murals, textiles and both site-specific and structurally integrated art installations by over 800 artists. A number of commissioned temporary works can also be found on the website.

The artworks, installed across the state, can be found in public buildings from La Grande to Corvallis and Medford to Portland, including on campuses of higher education at University of Oregon, Portland State University, Oregon State University, Southern Oregon University, Eastern Oregon University, Western Oregon University and Oregon Institute of Technology.

The new online interface allows Oregonians or visitors to experience the state’s art collection remotely or to plan visits to view art in person. Robust search capabilities allow tailored searches—for a teacher creating class curriculum, a student doing research or a curious member of the public.

Highlights of the collection include:

  • Two- and three-dimensional works by seminal Oregon artists including Louis Bunce, Sally Haley, Manuel Izquierdo, George Johanson, James Lavadour and Lucinda Parker.
  • Temporary artworks, including “Information Studio” (2008) by Tahni Holt, an interactive dance installation created during a month-long residency at Portland State University. The site-specific work transformed a glass enclosed meeting room at the Smith Memorial Student Union into a stage where performers followed directions via headphones to realize Holt’s choreography.
  • Integrated works like Henk Pander’s “The Road” (2006), a largescale painting of an imagined traffic accident based on the artist’s experiences riding along with various Oregon police, sheriff and fire departments. The painting was commissioned for the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem.
  • Memorials, such as Lead Pencil Studio’s “OSH Patient Memorial” (2014) at the Oregon State Hospital in Salem, which respectfully commemorates more than 3,400 individuals who passed away in Oregon state institutions from 1913 to 1970. The memorial includes a building displaying the historical metal canisters that held the ashes of individuals not claimed by family members. Facing this, a columbarium wall holds newly created ceramic urns with the inscribed names and living dates of the remains represented within.
  • Recent commissions include “Lessons from a Falling Star” (2018) by Garrick Imatani, installed at the University of Oregon. This project traces the legacy of “Tomanowas” (The Willamette Meteorite), which came to Oregon via the Missoula Floods approximately 15,000 years ago. The artist worked with the Clackamas tribe (part of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde), who consider “Tomanowas” a sacred object, to 3D scan the meteorite and photograph current tribe members with a 3D printed replica in response to archival images showing the meteorite as discovered. A second aluminum replica of the meteorite is suspended in the atrium of Straub Hall in front of a mural showing water levels during the Missoula Floods.

Oregon was one of the first states in the nation to pass Percent for Art legislation, setting aside no less than 1 percent of funds for the acquisition of public-facing artwork in all state building construction projects with budgets over $100,000. Since 1975, the Percent for Art program has placed high-quality, accessible and mostly permanent art in public places. Over 275 state construction projects have qualified for Percent for Art funds and more than 2,000 Oregonians have taken part in the selection of artwork for their state’s higher education campuses and government facilities. The program, managed by the Oregon Arts Commission, remains dedicated to the enhancement of public environments and the improvement of the character and quality of state buildings.

Link to State of Oregon Percent for Art Collection website