Sherman County eNews #80


  1. Sherman County High School Baseball Schedule Update, April 4

  2. Do You Understand the Electoral College?

  3. Columbia Gorge Chapter of Women for Agriculture Offer Scholarship

  4. Notice. Frontier TeleNet Board of Directors Meeting, March 25

  5. Notice. Sherman County Court at Frontier TeleNet Meeting, March 25

  6. Notice. Farm Service Agency Accepts Applications for Program Technician, Updated

  7. Harney County Migratory Bird Festival, April 11-14

  8. Substantial Self-Esteem

  9. Congressman Walden’s Town Hall Schedule

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

“When we become more fully aware that our success is due in large measure to the loyalty, helpfulness, and encouragement we have received from others, our desire grows to pass on similar gifts. Gratitude spurs us on to prove ourselves worthy of what others have done for us. The spirit of gratitude is a powerful energizer.” — Wilferd A. Peterson

1. Sherman County High School Baseball Schedule Update, April 4

sport-baseball1Sherman added the following 2 baseball games vs. The Dalles JV:

Thursday April 4 @ Wahtonka Field in The Dalles- 3PM and 5PM

~Mike Somnis, Athletic Director

2. Do You Understand the Electoral College?

American flag2It’s in the news again. Do you understand what the Electoral College is? Or how it works? Or why America uses it to elect its presidents instead of just using a straight popular vote? Author, lawyer and Electoral College expert Tara Ross does, and she explains that to understand the Electoral College is to understand American democracy.  See

3. Columbia Gorge Chapter of Women for Agriculture Offer Scholarship

pencil.spiralGraduating high school senior in your family or circle of friends?  Let them know about a $500 scholarship sponsored by the Columbia Gorge Chapter of Oregon Women for Agriculture.

Scholarship Application Rules

  1. Student must be / have been a resident of Hood River, Wasco, Sherman or Gilliam County a minimum of two years during their high school education.
  2. Preference goes to a student pursuing a major in agricultural studies, with a 3.0 GPA or higher, female.
  3. Money is expected to be used for tuition and/or books.
  4. Applications must be postmarked no later than May 1 of the given year.

Contact school guidance office for application or contact Cindy Brown, 541-565-3230

4. Notice. Frontier TeleNet Board of Directors Meeting, March 25

Frontier TeleNet Board of Directors Meeting

Monday, March 25 at 10 a.m.

Sherman County Courthouse

Teleconference Dial-in (669) 900-6833

Meeting ID 953-867-046

Agenda is posted here:

5. Notice. Sherman County Court at Frontier TeleNet Meeting, March 25

ShermanCoLogoA quorum of the County Court may be present at the Frontier TeleNet meeting to be held on Monday March 25, 2019 at 10am in the Commissioners Meeting Room – 500 Court Street, Moro, OR. 97039.


6. Notice. Farm Service Agency Accepts Applications for Program Technician, Updated

NOTICE OF PERMANENT VACANCY. Gilliam-Wheeler County 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

7. Harney County Migratory Bird Festival, April 11-14

bird.eagleThe Harney County Migratory Bird Festival was first held in 1981 ​to celebrate the large annual migration of birds passing through Harney Basin on the Pacific Flyway. Harney Basin is one of the three most important areas left in the western United States for spring migratory birds stopping on their way north.

Over 300 species of birds use the refuge throughout each year, making Harney Basin a bird watcher’s paradise. Today, we continue to celebrate the migratory birds’ return each year with guided tours led by experts, workshops, and fun activities for youth and adults.  See

8. Substantial Self-Esteem

Is an intense desire for personal growth and development a selfish thing? Some people think it is, but that’s not necessarily so. Today, let’s give this a little deeper thought.

Human beings are social beings. We feel the most lasting satisfaction and meaning from our relationships with other people. We have a strong need to belong, to love and be loved, to feel needed and accepted. But how much love you can give – and accept – depends on how you feel about yourself.

Long before you can improve your relationships with others, you must first improve your relationship with yourself. If you don’t value and care for yourself, it is difficult to value and care for others. Remember, it is our inner thoughts, our inner beliefs, that get played out in the world around us.

Also, did you know that having a high sense of self-worth is contagious? You see, when your self-esteem is high, you almost automatically nurture and mentor those around you, as well. Think back. In your years of working or playing in groups of people, large or small, who have you gravitated toward? Has it been those folks who unselfishly give to and support those around them? Has just being in their presence given a lift to your own sense of self?

To sum it up, how you feel about yourself directly affects how you live life and how you relate to others. So, it’s far from selfish to want to grow as a person and to feel a healthy, substantial sense of self-esteem. In fact, a higher self-esteem will make you more generous. Most of us do unto others as we do unto ourselves, so to speak.

And when you live with a storehouse of quiet, deep gladness in your heart, you’ll be in a far better position to share, reach out, give and receive from others. ~The Pacific Institute

9. Congressman Walden’s Town Hall Schedule

Oregon.Flat.poleSecond District, Representative Greg Walden (R-Hood River) announced today he will hold town halls in Wallowa, Union, Baker, Grant, Wheeler, Gilliam, and Sherman counties next week. Details on the meetings are included below.

“I’m looking forward to hearing from people across eastern Oregon at these town halls and providing them with an update on the issues I’m working on back in Congress. These forums are another important way for me to listen and answer questions, just as are telephone town halls, Facebook, Twitter, emails, phone calls, and regular old letters. Last year, I responded to more than 67,000 phone calls, letters, and emails from people across the Second District. It’s good to have people engaged in the process and willing to share their views,” said Walden.

Walden held town halls across eight counties in southern, central, and eastern Oregon in January and held town halls in Lake and Morrow counties in February. Just last week, Walden held town hall meetings in Hood River, Wasco, and Umatilla counties, bringing his town hall total to 161 since 2012. Walden’s upcoming town hall meetings next week will bring his town hall total to 168 since 2012, and Walden will have held town hall meetings in all 20 counties of Oregon’s Second District in the first three months of 2019.

Sunday, March 31, 2019

WHAT: Gilliam County Town Hall

WHEN: 11:00 a.m. PT

WHERE: Anderson Building/Wheatland Insurance, 307 S Main Street, Condon

WHAT: Sherman County Town Hall

WHEN: 2:30 p.m. PT

WHERE: Wasco School Events Center, 903 Barnett Street, Wasco

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

bird.owlDo you understand the Electoral College?

Gorge Grown Food Network & Farmers’ Markets

Harney County Migratory Bird Festival, April 11-14

Marvel at the beauty of California’s wildflower super bloom as seen from space

The Right Way to Overhaul Our Health Care System

Climate Change: What’s So Alarming?

Problems With Aging Wind Farms

U.S. Wheat sees ‘good growth potential’ in key markets 


Sherman County eNews #79


  1. Bernice Gibbs 1926 – 2019

  2. Community College Class: “Facilitating: Collaborative Meetings & Decision Making”

  3. Community education course teaches all about golf

  4. Tri-County Veteran Benefit and Resource Fair, June 8

  5. On the Subject of Talent

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

  7. Oregon Historical Society Free for Youth During Spring Break, March 23-31

  8. Greg Walden applauds $4 million in new grants to combat opioid crisis in Oregon

“History is a ribbon, always unfurling. History is a journey. And as we continue our journey, we think of those who traveled before us . . .”  ~William J. Bennett, The American Patriot’s Almanac: Daily Readings on America

1. Bernice Gibbs 1926 – 2019

flower.rose.starBernice Gibbs was born the 4th of 9 children to Clifford and Rufus Bennett, October 18, 1926 in Lakeland, Florida. Her mother was a homemaker; her father was later a ferryboat captain who transported vacation guests like the Fords and Rockefellers from Brunswick, Georgia to the Jekyll Island Resort, where he was also the caretaker. Bernice and two of her sisters also worked on the island in the summers. She had eight siblings: Lillian, Mildred, Doris, Rufus, Clifford, Ada, Virginia and David.

She met her husband Jim Gibbs while he was in the Army, stationed in Georgia and she was working as a waitress in Brunswick. They married May 20, 1945. Bernice and Jim lived in Georgia as well as Idaho and had three daughters: Geneva, Bonnie and Mary. The family eventually moved to Coos Bay, Oregon where they raised their daughters.

Bernice was a homemaker and later one of the first women to be hired at the Georgia Pacific Mill in the early ‘60s. In 1973 they moved to Eugene and Bernice retired. As she continued with her hobbies of gardening, crocheting and bowling… she still found time for Jim’s newfound love of perfecting bread making and tofu. Together they ground wheat & soybeans and she canned, pickled, dried and jellied anything they could find.

Bernice was widowed in 1988 but made new friends bowling, playing cards and at the monthly Friendship Club…but family always came first. She became a rabid Blazer basketball fan in the early ‘90s and always watched the games. She was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and a beautiful soul who never said no to anyone in need.

Bernice passed away March 12th at the age of 92. She is survived by Geneva and Jessy Sutton of Wasco, Bonnie Dawson of Eugene and Mary & Jim Burke of Eugene; grandchildren Brenda Teekell of Natchitoches, Louisiana; Sylvia Reiten and Jessie Führer of Wasco, Oregon; Cheryl Kirnber, Billy Hall, Corrine Koke and Ami Smith of Eugene; many great and great-great-grandchildren, and her sister, Virginia Bassford of Payette, Idaho. Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 23rd at 11am at Lane Memorial Gardens, 5300 W. 11th Ave. Eugene, OR 97402. ~The Register-Guard, Eugene, Oregon

2. Community College Class: “Facilitating: Collaborative Meetings & Decision Making”

In an age of divisiveness, it is more important than ever to communicate effectively. If you attend meetings, serve on a committee or board of directors, or simply want to learn how to be heard and collaborate with others, the techniques of effective facilitation are invaluable.

Columbia Gorge Community College Community Education offers “Facilitating:  Collaborative Meetings & Decision Making” on Tuesdays, April 3, 17 and 24 from 6 to 9 p.m. on the Hood River – Indian Creek Campus.

This nine-hour Community Education course covers the basics of group dynamics including facilitating organizational and team meetings, and cooperative decision-making. Class fee is $99. Call CGCC at (541) 506-6011 in Hood River or (541) 308-8211 in The Dalles to register, or for more information.

3. Community education course teaches all about golf

golf2Are you interested in learning golf? Columbia Gorge Community Education has just the class for you.

Students will learn the difference between a birdie and a bogey, a hook and a slice, and which clubs are needed for a variety of routine shots. Receive hands-on experience, and learn the basics of the game with a qualified golf instructor at The Dalles Country Club.

Classes are Tuesdays from April 2-23, 1:30 to 2:30 daily. Cost is $105 with a class limit of eight players. People are invited to register online at or call CGCC Community Education, (541) 308-8211.

4. Tri-County Veteran Benefit and Resource Fair, June 8

Veteran Benefit and Resource Fair

June 8, 2019 – 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Earl Snell Memorial Park, Arlington, Oregon

Free event for veterans! Come learn about benefits, sign up for giveaways, and most importantly, apply for the benefits you’ve earned through your military service.

Please contact Tri County Veteran Service Officer Bryan Hunt at or cell 541-993-9144 with any questions. Sponsored by Tri-County Veteran Services, PO Box 168, Moro, OR 97039,

5. On the Subject of Talent

Are you a talented person? Whether you see yourself that way or not, you need to know that you have at least one natural talent.

It is easy for us to look at a famous musician or artist or dancer and say, “Wow, that person is really talented.” But if someone were to ask you whether you, yourself, are talented, you’d be inclined to say, “Well, no, not really.”

You see, most of us who don’t have brilliant careers in the arts have been trained to see ourselves as lacking in talent. Oh, we may be hard workers, and we may be willing to learn what we have to learn in order to do well in our jobs, but we don’t see ourselves as particularly talented.

The fact is, though, we are wrong. All of us have some natural talent. Now, it may not be musical or artistic talent, but maybe we have an affinity for remembering numbers, or maybe we can visualize solid shapes and are good at thinking in three dimensions. Maybe we are very good at handling small tools with precision, or maybe we are a whiz with computers and the latest electronic gadgets on the market. Perhaps we have no trouble breaking down an idea into its component parts.

You see, there are many kinds of talent, just as there are many kinds of people, and all are valuable. So, don’t sell yourself short if you can’t compose a symphony or paint like the Old Masters. And don’t sell your kids short, either. Instead, encourage them to find their natural gifts and not worry about the things they’re not so good at. You’ll be helping them to build high self-esteem and create highly individual, satisfying lives.

What are your natural talents? Take some time, and give yourself a good look. Our talents may be a challenge to recognize at first, because of how we’ve been conditioned to define “talent,” but they are there! It is a guarantee. ~The Pacific Institute

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

bird.owl3Editorial: No special treatment for the press [public records legislation]

Editorial: Taxpayers should not have to fund candidates they don’t like

Brazil move opens door to U.S. wheat imports

 Oregon lawmakers consider raising own pay by 63 percent to boost diversity

Solenodons: A Tiny Mammal, No Bark But Plenty of Venomous Bite

Three Big Differences Between Conservatives and Progressives

Soros-Funded PR Shop Constructing Media Echo Chamber To Push Impeachment

7. Oregon Historical Society Free for Youth During Spring Break, March 23-31

Portland, OR – Are you planning a stay-cation this spring break? A trip to the Oregon Historical Society is the perfect adventure to get the kids out of the house — and, the Oregon Historical Society will be offering free admission for youth 18 and under during Oregon’s spring break week beginning Saturday, March 23 through Sunday, March 31.

The Oregon Historical Society’s museum is full of new and exciting exhibitions, including:

Experience Oregon

Last month on Oregon’s 160th birthday, the Oregon Historical Society transformed its museum with the opening of a brand new 7,000 square foot permanent exhibition. Taking over the third floor of the museum, Experience Oregon spotlights the countless people, places, and events that have shaped Oregon. Families can discover stories from the past in animated “Stories from the Archives” tablet games, learn how to build a canoe, walk through a covered-wagon replica, and take sides in historical debates.

History Hub

The Oregon Historical Society’s first permanent exhibit designed specifically for youth, History Hub, invites families to explore the topic of diversity through fun, hands-on elements. With puzzles, touch screen activities, and board games, History Hub asks youth to consider questions like “Who is an Oregonian?,” “How has discrimination and segregation affected people who live in Oregon?,” and “How can you make Oregon a great place for everyone?”

Barley, Barrels, Bottles, & Brews: 200 Years of Oregon Beer

Now through June 9

Don’t be fooled by the name – this exhibit has something for everyone, even those under 21! This original exhibit tells the stories of the many people and businesses that have influenced the laws, agriculture, and prolific expansion of the brewing industry. Highlights include a glass carboy that traveled across the Oregon Trail and an interactive hop smelling station. Before you visit, learn about the making of the exhibit on the OHS blog with Curator Lori Erickson.

Museum hours are Monday – Saturday from 10am – 5pm and Sunday from 12pm – 5pm. General admission is $10, and discounts are available for seniors and teachers. Admission is free every day for OHS members and Multnomah County residents!

8. Greg Walden applauds $4 million in new grants to combat opioid crisis in Oregon

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Representative Greg Walden (R-Hood River) today applauded new resources to combat the opioid crisis in Oregon. As part of newly released grant funding from the Trump Administration, Oregon will receive more than $4 million though the State Opioid Response grant program, which helps communities expand access to opioid abuse and addiction treatment services.

“We lose more Oregonians to drug overdoses than car accidents and this opioid crisis has hit every community in our state. Combating opioid abuse in Oregon requires an all-hands-on-deck approach,” said Walden. “These needed resources will provide support to the medical providers and treatment advocates on the front lines of this fight in Oregon to boost prevention efforts, increase access to medication assisted treatment, and expand recovery options for patients. Paired with my legislation that is now law — the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act — and the past funding Oregon has received through similar federal programs, this new funding will bolster our efforts to tackle the opioid crisis from all angles for victims and families in our communities. While we made great strides last Congress, our work is far from done, and I will continue to work alongside my colleagues and people on the ground in Oregon to stem the tide of addiction and save lives.”

The $4,109,241 Oregon will receive is part of an additional $487 million to supplement first-year funding through the State Opioid Response (SOR) grant program. The grants are part of the Trump Administration’s Five-Point Opioid Strategy to combat the opioid crisis.

Walden’s legislation, the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act (H.R. 6), is a bipartisan bill that was signed into law last year and authorized billions of dollars to combat the opioid crisis, including $1.5 billion authorized for the State Targeted Response program. Over the last two years, Oregon received more than $17 million through the State Targeted Response program to combat the crisis.

Walden’s legislation will help in our overall efforts to combat the opioid crisis by advancing treatment and recovery initiatives, improving prevention, protecting our communities, and bolstering our efforts to fight deadly illicit synthetic drugs like fentanyl.

Walden has been at the forefront of the Congressional response to the opioid crisis, leading efforts to pass landmark legislation to combat opioid abuse and investigate the bad actors contributing to the spread of the crisis.