Sherman County eNews #95


  1. Sherman County Emergency Services March Activity Report

  2. Capital Chatter: Bev Clarno takes oath of office

  3. Sherman County Victims’ Rights Week, April 7-13

  4. Teaching Children to Risk

  5. Sherman County Court News, March 20th

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

1. Sherman County Emergency Services March Activity Report

By Shawn Payne, Sherman County Emergency Services

Sherman County Ambulance

March 2019 Activity Report

Date Time Incident Location
3/06 1:30 PM Fall Injury Moro
3/06 7:15 PM Unresponsive Male Wasco
3/09 9:10 AM House Fire – Standby Wasco
3/10 1:59 PM Chest Pain North Sherman Fire Station in Wasco
3/10 10:46 PM House Fire Standby Wasco
3/23 12:45 PM Vehicle Fire Standby I-84  MP# 101
3/26 12:11 AM OSP  Assist-Opiate Withdrawals I-84  MP# 105
3/27 6:29 PM Unknown Illness Wasco
3/28 6:41 PM Bleeding Leg Wasco

Moro Fire Department

March 2019 Activity Report

Date Time Incident Location
3-09 9:10 AM House Fire Armsworthy in Wasco
3-10 10:46 PM Travel Trailer Fire Holiday RV Park in Wasco
3-19 2:19 PM Hay Truck Fire Welk Road


North Sherman County RFPD

March 2019 Activity Report

Date Time Incident Location
3-06 7:15 PM Medical Assist Wasco
3-09 9:10 AM House Fire Church & Armsworthy in Wasco
3-10 1:59 PM Medical Assist North Sherman Fire Station
3-10 10:46 PM Travel Trailer Fire Holliday RV park in Wasco
3-19 2:15 PM Hay Truck on Fire Welk Rd
3-23 12:45 PM Semi-Truck Fire I-84  MP# 101
3-28 6:49 PM Medical Assist Wasco

2. Capital Chatter: Bev Clarno takes oath of office

Oregon.Flat.poleIt was a personal and political family reunion when new Oregon Secretary of State Bev Clarno took the ceremonial oath of office on Wednesday.

Clarno’s extended family filled two rows of chairs and lined one side of the Governor’s Ceremonial Office in the State Capitol. Add in the politicians and journalists, and — based on the heat generated from the number of bodies in close proximity — I’m sure we exceeded the room’s occupancy limit for fire safety.

As one bystander remarked, the event was quintessentially Oregon: friendships that transcend political boundaries and geographical lines, pledges to serve all Oregonians regardless of political differences, and the well-deserved, button-bursting pride of several generations of Clarno family.

Clarno, 83, privately was sworn in last weekend in Redmond after being appointed by Gov. Kate Brown to fill out the term of the late Secretary of State Dennis Richardson.

Her tenure got off to an awkward start Monday when she ousted three of Richardson’s top executives — Deputy Secretary of State Leslie Cummings, who had been acting secretary since Richardson’s death in February; Steve Elzinga, government and legal affairs director; and Chief of Staff Debra Royal.

Clarno told journalists Wednesday that she wanted to have her own leadership team in place.

In the interim, she does have top-notch advisers. Julia Brim-Edwards of Nike, Kerry Tymchuk of the Oregon Historical Society and Clarno’s son and former legislative aide Randy Hilderbrand are volunteering their time.

When Clarno was speaker of the Oregon House in 1995-96, Brim-Edwards was her communications director, after previously working for Oregon Sen. Bob Packwood on the U.S. Senate Finance Committee. Brim-Edwards now is the political face of Nike as a global senior director for government and public affairs. She also serves on the Portland School Board. Her husband, Randall Edwards, was state treasurer from 2001 to 2009 — an office that Clarno unsuccessfully sought in 1996.

As for Tymchuk, he lives and breathes Oregon history. And politics. In a blog post two years ago, CFM Strategic Communications called him “Oregon’s Living History Master Storyteller.”

Tymchuk is a product of both political nature and nurture. His father and brother were both longtime mayors of Reedsport, where he grew up. A lawyer, he served as state director for Oregon Sen. Gordon Smith and as a speechwriter and adviser for Kansas Sen. Bob Dole and Labor Secretary Elizabeth Dole.

With Clarno taking office, Oregon made history. Women now hold four of the five statewide elected offices. She joins Gov. Kate Brown, Labor Commissioner Val Hoyle and Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum. Oregon Supreme Court Chief Justice Martha Walters — who administered the ceremonial oath of office — also was elected statewide as a justice, and her colleagues then chose her as chief justice.

True to form, Tymchuk talked history while emceeing Clarno’s ceremony. He asked the five women to serve as honorary co-chairs of the Oregon Historical Society’s centennial celebration next year of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote.

From the OHS archives, he brought with him an 1885 letter that national women’s right activist Susan B. Anthony wrote to Oregon suffragist Abigail Scott Duniway. The letter concludes with, “I trust you will always report every work and word of women.”

Tymchuk went on to say, “I can’t help but think that somewhere today Abigail Scott Duniway is reporting to Susan B. Anthony the exciting news being made in Oregon today.”

Dick Hughes, who writes the weekly Capital Chatter column, has been covering the Oregon political scene since 1976. Contact him at,, or

3. Sherman County Victims’ Rights Week, April 7-13

Today, April 7th, marks the beginning of National (Sherman County) Crime Victims’ Rights Week. We must work together to create hope for the future of crime victims’ services. Our efforts cannot succeed without the contributions of local law enforcement, victim advocates, prosecutors, probation and parole officers, child and family services, community leaders and members, educators, coaches, parents, and others. The victims’ rights movement began through a shared hope for healing, a hope for change, and a hope to be heard. The legacy of commitment and passion lives on today. Every year, millions of Americans are affected by crime. Many will need ongoing care and resources.

April 7–13 is National (Sherman County) Crime Victims’ Rights Week, a time to celebrate progress achieved, raise awareness of victims’ rights and services, and stand with our families, neighbors, friends, and colleagues whose lives have been forever altered by crime. We resolve to reach out, listen, and support them as they press forward on a path to recovery. We commit to making our services more accessible and to building partnerships across the community so that we can truly honor the past efforts of the crime victims’ movement and look forward to a future of hope and resilience.

This National (Sherman County) Crime Victims’ Rights Week shows victims they are not alone. Call Sherman County Victim Assistance Program at (541) 565-5030 to learn how you or someone you know can get the help they need. For national helpline information, call 855–4–VICTIM or visit to learn about victims’ rights and options, confidentially and compassionately.

4. Teaching Children to Risk

We all want our children to be safe and happy, but is there such a thing as too much safety, too much protection? Raising children is an exciting process, but sometimes it can seem a little too exciting, especially when you have to call the plumber to get your kid’s hand unstuck from the toilet! It is quite the balancing act, and it takes a lot of nerve and devotion on the part of parents.

How much should parents do to keep their children safe, and how much protection is too much? There is a fine line between mothering and smothering, between fathering and bothering. Over-protective parents, in their desire to save life, may suppress it instead, as they project their own fears onto their children. What they are really doing is protecting their own comfort.

Too many adults go through life afraid of all sorts of things – dogs, heights, meeting new people, going barefoot, riding horses, you name it – because of repeated fear messages and warnings given them by their own overprotective parents when they were small. Keep in mind, there are palpable dangers “out there,” and it is smart to be wary. The question is, do we really need to be “helicopter” (drone?) parents, always hovering over our children?

Teach your kids to be cautious when it’s necessary. But also teach them to risk, to live and laugh and test their own limits. Be there with a guiding hand and an encouraging word, and be ready to haul them away from real danger. Be mindful that you don’t squelch their spirits in your quest to keep them from harm, as you navigate this balancing act called parenting. It’s a matter of guiding children to what they can do, perhaps even more so than what they can’t do.

A study reported in the Journal of Child and Family Studies (Feb. 2013) found that parents being overly involved in their adult kids’ lives can actually do more harm than good. In fact, the adult, college-age students interviewed for the study reported their feelings of incompetence (because mom and dad went to bat for them over issues they could have, and probably should have, taken care of themselves) actually led to greater feelings of depression and dissatisfaction.

If you can teach your young child how to take calculated risks and really live life fully as children, you will be giving them a wonderful blessing that will serve them well as adults. ~The Pacific Insitute

5. Sherman County Court News, March 20th

ShermanCoLogoBy Kayla von Borstel 541-565-3416

Mid- Columbia Economic Development District Updates, Downtown Improvement Match Funds, Watershed Council Annual Report, Veteran’s Officer 2017-2018 Budget Update, and Monthly Payment Request to Northern Oregon Regional Corrections were the main items on the agenda during the March 20th session of Sherman County Court in Moro.

Judge Dabulskis inquired if there would need to be a plan for the Biggs Service District resolution for rate charge due to new rules and regulations. Carrie Pipinich, Mid-Columbia Economic Development District, stated for the current resolution one was not needed, but when it becomes updated, a plan would be needed. Judge Dabulskis would like all documentation to be up to date, completed properly, and filed with the Clerk’s Office during this process. Regarding dark fiber, Judge Dabulskis briefly spoke to Dan Bubb, GorgeNet, and Pipinich reported the process has been waiting on the Cities’ lawyer, Ruben Cleaveland. Brief discussion on franchise fees between the Cities, the County, and GorgeNet.

Erik Glover, Moro Administrator, spoke to the Court on Moro’s Downtown Improvement Program potential to receive match funds for 2019. Glover stated last year was successful as the hotel and Napa store were two projects completed under the program. City council has put aside $10,000 for their program, contingent upon $10,000 in match funds from the County. Commissioner McCoy requested a letter to be sent to the Cities again asking them to state their interest in the remaining funds, and stated Moro’s request would need to go to Budget Committee on April 10-11, 2019; Moro will be contacted with the result.

Jacob Powell, Sherman County Area Watershed Council, presented an annual report. Powell stated since 1999, Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board has awarded over three million dollars in grant funds to Sherman County. He reported the Lower Grass Valley Canyon (LGVC) has been an area of focus with noxious weed management through a large grant on private property not already enrolled in other conservation programs; eight species of noxious weeds were identified in over 370 acres. Funding from the Oregon State Weed Board will allow for the treatment for these weeds. Also in the LGVC area is a restoration grant for Terrace Rebuilds, Water and Control Sediment Basins (WASCB’s), Range and Pasture Seeding, and Wildlife Guzzlers. The WC is out of small grant funds for the current biennium. In terms of Outreach, there is a grant to teach elementary students with items such as the Egg to Fry program, providing outreach at Cottonwood State Park, and Arbor Day planting.

Bryan Hunt, Veterans Officer, gave a brief update on the Veterans’ 2017-2018 Budget Funds. The State contacted Hunt on the ability to now use funds to purchase vehicles due to a change in the rules. He would like to purchase a new vehicle with the excess funds in his budget that need to be spent; he has approximately $80,000 of excess carry over funds that the State does not want back. Judge Dabulskis inquired if some of the Veterans’ funds can be sent to the Transportation Department in the Tri County area to transport veterans. Hunt stated in the past, there had been some issues with proper paperwork and it didn’t work out. Brad Lohrey, Sheriff, stated Northern Oregon Regional Corrections (NORCOR) had some programs for Veterans with re-entry, and asked if there would be any way is to use these funds for those programs. County Court motioned to approve NORCOR billing the Veterans Officer for programs attended to Sherman County Veterans while in NORCOR custody on a per person basis. Court agreed for Hunt to purchase a new Traverse using his budget funds.

Brad Lohrey, Sheriff, gave a brief background on his time with Northern Oregon Regional Corrections (NORCOR). After the Administrator left at NORCOR, they restructured the staffing situation; he is the Sheriff that over sees the adult side at NORCOR. At the time of the restructure, all four Sheriff’s agreed it was on an interim basis to see how, or if, the restructure would work, and no compensations was asked for. On his side of the NORCOR budget he included $1,000 per month to be given to which ever County whose Sheriff was overseeing NORCOR. He believed whatever designated County in charge should get reimbursed, and it would be up to the individual County to decide to keep the money, or pass onto their Sheriff. Lohrey’s request for Sherman County if he was chosen going forward, he would like a stipend of $500, and the other $500 go to the County.

Actions taken by the Court included:

  • 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 authorize Judge Dabulskis to sign.
  • appointed Linda Thompson to the North Central Public Health District Budget Committee.
  • approved minutes of February 6, 2019, as amended to section 2.7, and supersedes the previous set of minutes adopted on March 6, 2019.
  • approved the minutes of February 20, 2019, as corrected.
  • approved the minutes of March 6, 2019, as corrected.
  • approved the Revenue/Expenditure Summary for the month of February 2019, as presented.

Topics of discussion were Sherman County Outreach Office Location, Sherman County Housing Grant Program, Office of the County Court 2019-2020 Budget, and Commissioner Reports.

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

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