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