Sherman County eNews #91


  1. Sherman County School Athletic Schedule Update

  2. Sexual Assault Awareness Month: Informational Display and Teal Ribbons

  3. Notice. Sherman County Court Work Session, April 4

  4. Teacher training program set for Columbia Gorge

  5. All County Prayer Meeting, April 3

  6. Slow Art Day at Maryhill Museum of Art, Saturday, April 6

  7. The Growth Curve

  8. Celebrate National Poetry Month with Klindt’s Booksellers, April 13

  9. Photography Workshops with Bob Davis’ Ghost Town Safari

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

1. Sherman County School Athletic Schedule Update

 Athletic Director Mike Somnis reports a few athletic schedule changes, mainly due to poor baseball field conditions.  They are as follows:  Home Games in BOLD


Tuesday April 2 vs. Stanfield- CANCELLED

ADDED- Tuesday April 2 at The Dalles JV- 4:00 pm

ADDED- Thursday April 4 at Stanfield- 4:00 pm

ADDED- Saturday April 6 at Irrigon- 12:00 pm

CHANGE- Tuesday April 23 vs. Stanfield- 4:00 pm (Originally at Stanfield)


CHANGE- Tuesday April 16 at Ione- 4:00pm (Originally on April 26)

Middle School Track and Field

CHANGE- Wednesday April 10 at Riverside- 3:30 pm (Originally on April 11)

2. Sexual Assault Awareness Month:  Informational Display and Teal Ribbons

In honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM), teal ribbons will be on display around Sherman County; look for them on telephone and sign poles along Highway 97 and near post offices/city halls. To show support to sexual assault survivors, we encourage everyone to wear teal throughout the month of April, which is the color for SAAM. The awareness table is now on display at the Sherman Public/School Library and we welcome everyone to take any of the info provided as well as check out the related books. Any questions or concerns can be directed to Sherman County Victim Assistance Program located in the District Attorney’s Office and can be reached at (541) 565-5030.

3. Notice. Sherman County Court Work Session, April 4

A quorum of the County Court will be present at a work session with Day Wireless to be held on Thursday, April 4, 2019 at 9am in the Commissioners Meeting Room at the Sherman County Courthouse, 500 Court Street, Moro, OR. 97039, to discuss the rural wireless system and dark fiber regarding Frontier TeleNet.

4. Teacher training program set for Columbia Gorge

Few occupations have such a profound influence on people’s lives as the teaching profession. Yet instructional positions often go unfilled, and that’s a particular challenge in the Columbia Gorge, where the high cost of housing makes it difficult for teachers to relocate.

Starting this fall, Columbia Gorge Community College and its partners will be working to change that. Through assistance from Meyer Memorial Trust, CGCC is partnering with OSU to offer a direct pathway to OSU’s K-5 teacher training program. It’s an opportunity to discover teaching as a profession.

“In light of the current teaching shortage, and the unique regional barriers we encounter, it is crucial that we begin to ‘grow our own’ teachers for the future well-being of our schools,” said Lori Ufford, vice president of instructional services at Columbia Gorge Community College. “Particular attention will be given to preparing teachers from the Latinx culture, which is under-represented among our teaching workforce,” she added. “Yet we also encourage students from all walks of life, including those from families who have never experienced college, to discover the difference teachers can make for their students.  Teachers are role models. The example they set, the lessons they teach, truly influence students’ lives. We are honored to provide this opportunity for local students to become teachers.”

The new program, which begins in September 2019, was designed in collaboration with Matt Nyman, OSU’s coordinator of Beaverton Schools teaching program. The intent is a pathway to teacher licensure, with the first two years at Columbia Gorge Community College leading to an Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer degree and the second two years delivered on-line with weekend in-person classes regionally through Oregon State University. Students will have met all entry requirements of OSU’s program, without loss of credit, upon completion of the Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer degree.

Students will obtain their four-year degree and be eligible for licensure without having to relocate.

Exposure to teaching in a K-5 setting is embedded through classroom involvement, introducing the experience students will receive at the university level, thanks to partnerships with Hood River County School District and North Wasco County School District. In addition, high school students also have the option of earning dual credit while still in high school at CGCC prior to graduation.

The teacher training program is made possible through a $175,000 grant from Meyer Memorial Trust, which recognized the initiative as a means of helping address the overall shortage of teachers and, especially, the disparity between the existing instructional workforce and the socio-demographic composition of the Columbia Gorge region. Despite a large Latinx population, relatively few teachers are of Latinx heritage. Other under-represented populations, including those living in rural poverty, are also encouraged to enter the program.

“By growing our own teachers and specifically addressing the need for more teachers of color, we look forward to students becoming teacher role models for future generations,” Ufford explained. “These new teachers will change their own lives and the lives of their students. It’s the mission of Columbia Gorge Community College and its partners to open that path for everyone.”

Students of any age and any culture who would like to learn more about obtaining a four-year teaching degree are invited to contact Stephen Shwiff, Dean of General Education, (541) 506-6045 or e-mail

5. All County Prayer Meeting, April 3

The All County Prayer Meeting is Wednesday, April 3 @ the Wasco Church of Christ. Fellowship starts at 6:30 PM, Pray time starts at 7:00 PM and ends at 8:30 . Everyone is welcome to come and join the meeting; come and join in when you can get there and stay as long as you can. ~ Red Gibbs

6. Slow Art Day at Maryhill Museum of Art, Saturday, April 6

Slow Art Day is a global event with a simple mission: to help more people discover the joy of looking at and loving art. When people look slowly at a piece of art they make discoveries. The most important discovery they make is to see and experience art without an expert (or expertise). Join us at Maryhill for a slow art experience. We will begin with refreshments and a chance to meet others in the group, after which we will visit one or two works of art to see through the eyes of the artist and connect with our own spirit.

Program is at 10:30 a.m. and repeats at 2:30 p.m.  Meet for refreshments and introduction in the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust Education Center, followed by a slow art experience led by Curator of Education, Louise Palermo. Cost: $5 members / $15 non-members (includes admission, coffee and refreshments). Register in advance online or by emailing

7. The Growth Curve

Do you ever feel let down after you reach a goal that you have worked long and hard for? Let’s talk about why that happens and how to avoid it.

Did you know that people are teleological beings? We are goal, or picture, oriented. That means that it is absolutely critical for us to have goals and to know what we want in life. But what happens when we get what we want? Suddenly the goal we have been working so hard to achieve has been accomplished and now there is nothing to strive toward. Now what?

Well, most of us have a tendency to flatten out – we shift our energy into neutral, and start to feel deflated and let down. We lose our drive, our creativity and our initiative. Sometimes we even feel restless or a little depressed.

If you would like to avoid this trap, learn to set your goals to take you through – not just up to – your objective. In other words, don’t wait until you’ve achieved a goal before setting another one. Goal-setting is a very powerful force. However, it needs to be continuous and ongoing if it is really going to get you anywhere.

Of course, you can kick back and rest whenever you want to. But if it’s a choice you’ve made, not something imposed on you by circumstances, it’s likely to be a much more satisfying time out. It’s a decision made by intent, and not by neglect.

So, keep asking yourself, “What’s next? What more do I want to do? Where do I want to go next?” It is important to keep growing in all aspects of life, and continuously setting and affirming clear goals is one of the most effective ways to put yourself on an upward growth curve. ~The Pacific Institute

8. Celebrate National Poetry Month with Klindt’s Booksellers

Saturday, April 13, 2019 at 5PM

April is National Poetry Month. Join Klindt’s as we honor the power of poetry with a reading and gathering on Saturday, April 13th at 5PM. Local poet Jack Lorts will be our emcee for this event, featuring Oregon Book Award winner Penelope Scambly Schott. Jack has invited four local poets to join him in sharing work and increasing awareness of the importance of poetry.

Oregon Book Award winner Penelope Scambly Schott joins us from Dufur. Schott teaches an annual poetry workshop and has several books in print, including House of the Cardamom Seed and November Quilt.

Maupin poet Donna Henderson’s poems, essays and song lyrics have appeared widely in magazines, anthologies, CD recordings, and performance venues. She is the author of three collections of poems, two of which have been finalists for the Oregon Book Award in Poetry.

Leigh Hancock is department director of Literature and Writing at Columbia Gorge Community College. Hancock’s work has been published in various magazines and anthologies including Mothering Magazine, Writing Fiction, Sundog, The Way We Work, and has been performed on National Public Radio. Hancock lives in White Salmon.

Poet, musician, and educator Joel Kabakov will read from his collection, Available Light. Kabakov’s book of collected poems was published in 2015 by Goldfish Press and, according to The Harvard Colloquy, “The poems are eloquent and well-crafted, the language ranging from fastidious and poetic to loose-limbed vernacular.” Kabakov lives now in The Dalles.

Our emcee for the evening is poet Jack Lorts of The Dalles. A widely published poet in such magazines as Arizona & Kansas Quarterly, English Journal, High Desert Journal & others, he’s author of three chapbooks of poetry. His new volume, The Love Songs of Ephram Pratt, will be later this year. A long time Mayor of Fossil, Jack retired in The Dalles with his wife, Celia.

Each poet will read briefly and then be available for conversation and book signing.  We hope you can join us to celebrate National Poetry Month with amazing local talent at Klindt’s on April 13th. The event is free and open to the public.

9. Photography Workshops with Bob Davis’ Ghost Town Safari


  1. Wild flowers in the gorge 20 April, we meet in Hood River 8 Am, $50.00 per person. We get up close and personal, bring your close up or macro lens.With all the rain and snow we’ve had this should be a very good year for the wild flowers.
  2. Junkyard of oldies 26 April $100 per person in advance or $125 the day of. We meet in Hood River 10 AM. If you enjoy vintage tin this is an awesome place. Although we meet at ten the workshop starts at 11 AM and the Wrecking yard ends at 4 PM then we’re off to the Junk yard to finish the day.
  3. Waterfalls of the gorge 4 May, We meet in Cascade Locks 8 AM, $75 Per person. These waterfalls are not on your regular scenic highway loop, in fact most are in obscure places and not on most maps. A treat for camera and soul. We usually see a bald eagle here but not a guarantee.
  4. Smith Rock a Friday evening and Saturday 17, 18, 19 May, We meet in Redmond (6 PM Friday optional) at 8 AM Saturday, and again at 8 AM on Sunday. Must be able to comfortably walk two miles, $125 per person. No we’re not doing Misery Ridge, but you will need a very wide angle lens to get the “Horseshoe Bend” in one frame.
  5. Rusty Gold 15 June We meet in The Dalles at 7 AM, $75 per person. Bring a macro lens. We’re on private property and we’re bringing old rusty things to life. Also on the menu is barns, possibly a 1900s school house, and more. A day filling memory cards.
  6. Back streets of Portland 29 June We meet in Portland by OMSI at 9 AM, $75 per person – this workshop entails fountains, graffiti, and people watching. Considerable amount of walking may be involved. We park on the Eastside and walk over the bridge to the Westside for this eye opening workshop filled with new landscapes in the SW downtown area of Portland.
  7. Painted Hills 31 May – 2 June (Friday evening is optional) Saturday through Sunday noon. We meet in Mitchell 8 AM on Saturday, $125 per person. Early registration as space is very limited. Come and explore the back roads of this amazing, colorful, park where deer and elk are free to roam.
  8. Churches, graveyards, barns and old buildings 13 July We meet in Biggs at 8 AM, $75 per person. Exploring south central Washington and north central Oregon. The scenery is breath taking and the images you’ll be taking will be remembered time and again. We even explore a handful of power windmills in this adventure and if all goes well an old windmill or two.

Itinerary will be sent with paid enrollment, as well as a list of suggested items to bring.

Stay tuned for updates and closures, due to filling, as these events will fill quickly.
For more information email me at, or call me at 541 296 2553 – no text please.

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

OSU’s Juntos program looks to college readiness for Latinos

The Ford Family Foundation: Successful Citizens and Vital Rural Communities

BigSky FarmHer: Wheat 101

USDA: The Economics of Food, Farming, Natural Resources & Rural America


Sherman County eNews #90


  1. Sherman County 4-H Camp Featured in National Publication

  2. Sherman County 4-H Club News: Sherman County Beef Club

  3. Weather: April Outlook & March Monthly Climate Summary

  4. All County Prayer Meeting, April 3

  5. Notice. Biggs Service District Public Meeting, April 3

  6. Notice of Job Posting: School Custodian

  7. Easter Bake Sale at the Sherman County Senior & Community Center, April 19

  8. Sherman County History Tidbits: Baseball

  9. Moving the Status Quo

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

“The bosom of America is open to receive not only the Opulent and respectable Stranger, but the oppressed and persecuted of all Nations and Religions; whom we shall welcome to a participation of all our rights and privileges, if by decency and propriety of conduct they appear to merit the enjoyment.” —George Washington (1783)

1. Sherman County 4-H Camp Featured in National Publication

4-H clover1Sherman County 4-H camp has the honor of being mentioned in a national publication IMPACT 2019 presented by the National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (NEAFCS).  In the category of Childhood Obesity Prevention, Sherman’s “Be a Food Hero with a Healthier 4-H Camp Menu” is listed as an example of “Changing Environments Promotes Health”.

The publication mentioned how Sherman 4-H Camp has revamped its traditional camp menu by incorporating Oregon State University Food Hero recipes featuring more fruits and vegetables, adding more “from scratch” menu items, and offering outdoor cooking.

NEAFCS IMPACT 2019 will be used by Extension employees and volunteers at the Public Issues Leadership Development Conference. These education pieces will be shared in state delegation visits to their elected officials on Capitol Hill. Additionally, these impact statements are shared with USDA NIFA Administration and FCS Program Leaders and Joint Council of Extension Professionals leaders and representatives.  See the second page of the document at

2. Sherman County 4-H Club News: Sherman County Beef Club

4-H clover1The Sherman County Beef Club met on March 30th, 2019 at 9:00am. The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Kole Martin and the 4-H Pledge was led by Bailey Coelsch. Attending were Teen Leader: Patrick Ramos, President: Courtney Coelsch, Vice President: Rhyder Smith, Secretary: Bailey Coelsch and Members: Kole and Natalie Martin. At our meeting and weigh in we discussed how to feed now and until fair, the equipment we need, training and we also elected officers. We talked about our upcoming event of hoof trimming which will be held in July. Our next meeting will be held sometime in April. The meeting will be adjourned at 10:15am.  –Bailey Coelsch, Secretary

3. Weather: April Outlook & March Monthly Climate Summary

You can find the April outlook and the March
monthly climate summary AND GRAPHS (toggle between color and gray) for Moro at

~ Marilyn Lohmann, National Weather Service Pendleton, 541-276-7832

4. All County Prayer Meeting, April 3

church.family1The All County Prayer Meeting is Wednesday, April 3 @ the Wasco Church of Christ. Fellowship starts at 6:30 PM, Pray time starts at 7:00 PM and ends at 8:30 PM. Everyone is welcome to come and join the meeting; come and join in when you can get there and stay as long as you can. ~ Red Gibbs

5. Notice. Biggs Service District Public Meeting, April 3

The Biggs Service District will hold a public meeting on April 3, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. in the Commissioners Meeting room at the Sherman County Courthouse, 500 Court Street in Moro, Oregon 97039 to discuss items relating to the Biggs Service District Water System Project, and to the District.~ Merrie von Borstel, Biggs Service District Administrator, 541-565-5052

6. Notice of Job Posting: School Custodian


Sherman County School District is seeking a qualified part-time Custodial candidate to work at Sherman County School in Moro starting April 29 or before. Benefit package included. Criminal record check and pre-employment drug test required. For information and application materials please email Wes Owens @


The school custodian is responsible for performing custodial duties, minor maintenance and other miscellaneous duties in order to ensure that the school building and facilities are maintained in a healthy, safe and sanitary manner.

Application Method/Materials Required

Please submit a letter of interest, application and resume by April 18, 2019 to:

Wes Owens

65912 High School Loop

Moro, Oregon  97039

(541) 565-3500

Sherman County School District is an equal opportunity employer.

7. Easter Bake Sale at the Sherman County Senior & Community Center, April 19

The Sherman County Senior & Community Center is holding an Easter Bake Sale on Friday April 19th from 11am-12pm. We hope to see you all on April 19th for some yummy homemade treats! If anyone in the community is interested in donating some baked goods please let us know: 541-565-3191,

8. Sherman County History Tidbits: Baseball

sports.baseballBaseball was the big competitive sport. Interest was so high in games between Wasco and Moro that contests were conducted like tribal wars. Betting was high and money was often donated to hire a pitcher for the following game. Players from organized leagues played here under assumed names and the games were usually close and well played. Calef and Martin for Wasco, Saunders and Collins for Moro were two famous batteries. Walter Parry, Dolph Heydt, Carmody, Johnson, Guy Andrews, Ed Kaseberg were men who played for years. A little later Grass Valley developed a competing team built around the Olds family, with six sons playing in their time. ~Giles L. French, The Golden Land.

9. Moving the Status Quo

There is a very old story of a woman who sold fish all her life and knew nothing else. One fine summer day, she was invited to the palace to help prepare a feast for a royal festival. When she was shown to her room, she found it filled with fragrant flowers. “How disgusting,” she complained. “Please take me back and let me sleep near my pile of fish.”

Now why would she choose the stench of her dead fish over the sweet fragrance of flowers? It is simply because of habit and familiarity. It’s the old choice of picking “the devil you know.” And it confirms why we can get used to practically anything, once it becomes familiar – and it doesn’t matter if it’s good for us or not. The challenge is in being comfortable with the status quo.

In much the same way, we often hold on to our angers and sorrows, our bitterness and mediocrity because they are all we know. They offer us familiarity in an uncertain world and a self-image we can hold on to and feel comfortable with – even if it doesn’t necessarily make us happy.

But the miracle of life is that as soon as we realize that we can choose self-worth, approval and appreciation over pain and fear, a powerful force begins to work on us. The status quo changes. Over time, we can learn to acknowledge and nurture the essential goodness and strength that lies within each one of us. And we can learn to use our tremendous inner potential for both our own and the common good.

People use their inner potential every day. Challenges big and small are met and overcome, time and time again. The status quo can change whenever we want it to change, and that can become a growth habit we build. And the good news? Using more of our potential can be a habit, too. ~The Pacific Institute

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

bird.owl3The Judicial Watch Blog: Corruption Chronicles

Legislative deadline means the end of the road for many bills

A Look at Flooding Along the Missouri River

The Vintage News

BigSky FarmHer | Navigating Life as a Montana Farmer