Sherman County eNews #97


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

  2. City of Moro Meeting Rescheduled, April 11

  3. Date change on Wasco Community Dinner & Bingo, April 22

  4. Open House and Preview Party at the Sherman County Historical Museum, April 28

  5. Sherman County School Athletic Schedule Update: Baseball, May 10

  6. Seasonal Trail Closures in place to Protect Golden Eagle Nesting

  7. Contagion: Laughter

  8. Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries

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

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

When victims feel understood and supported, they are more likely to seek services, which leads to a stronger and more resilient community. Building trust and open communication between communities and the victim services professionals who serve them is the first step in working together and creating hope for the future of crime victims’ rights. Communities’ investment in crime victims expands opportunities for victims to disclose their victimization, connect with services, and receive the support they need. To create a future where all victims are served and their voices heard, we must continue making victims services more accessible, welcoming, and culturally sensitive. Looking for information on victim services? Download the Help Series brochures at Do you know what victims’ rights exist in Oregon? Visit to research state, federal, or tribal law.

2. Notice. City of Moro Meeting Rescheduled, April 11

Notice is Hereby Given. Due to scheduling conflicts for Mayor Thurston, the previously scheduled Moro City Council Meeting for Tuesday, April 9, 2019 at 07:00 pm, has been CANCELLED. The meeting has been RESCHEDULED to: Thursday, April 11th at 07:00 PM at City Hall located at 104 1st Street in Moro, Oregon 97039.

3. Date change on Wasco Community Dinner & Bingo, April 22

The Community Dinner and Bingo at the Wasco School Events Center has been changed to Monday, April 22, 2019, NOT the 15th. Same time, same menu. Thanks!

4. Open House and Preview Party at the Sherman County Historical Museum, April 28

Moro, OR – “Hats, Handkerchiefs and Handbags of Sherman County” is the new exhibit at the Sherman County Historical Museum. We are so excited about our new exhibit we will be having a preview event on Sunday, April 28th from 1 pm to 4 pm at the Sherman County Historical Museum in Moro, Oregon. We will be serving refreshments while you enjoy touring the museum and seeing what is new for 2019! Also on display at the museum is the creative work of the Sherman Elementary Students that are the local featured artists for the month of May. This is a free family event and everyone is invited to attend.

The official opening day of the 2019 season is May 1st and the museum will then be open every day from 10 am to 5 pm May 1st to October 31st.  The Sherman County Historical Museum is located at 200 Dewey Street in Moro, Oregon. For more information call 541-565-3232 or visit our Facebook page and website:

5. Sherman County School Athletic Schedule Update: Baseball, May 10

sport.baseball1Sherman’s baseball doubleheader at Weston-McEwen has been moved from Saturday, May 11 to Friday, May 10, starting at 2pm.

— Mike Somnis, Sherman County School District K-12 Principal & Athletic Director

6. Seasonal Trail Closures in place to Protect Golden Eagle Nesting

bird.eagle If you have visited Cottonwood Canyon State Park for a hike recently, you may have noticed some of the trail closures we have in place. There are currently two sections of trail closed to give our local golden eagle nests a wide berth during nesting season.

Golden Eagles generally lay their eggs around March and are incubated for 5 to 6 weeks before hatching. After hatching it can be another 10 weeks before the golden eagle chicks fledge (start flying).

We have agreed with the BLM to close the Pinnacles trail at the 3 mile point, and the Hardstone trail at approximately the 2 mile point in attempts to keep the disturbance levels to a minimum for the known nests in the area. These closures will be in place seasonally February 1st until August 31. This is our way of giving any chicks the best chance of survival.

We want to remind everybody that Golden Eagles fall under the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act which is a federal law that prohibits possession, sale, purchase, transport, export or import, of any bald or golden eagle, alive or dead, including any part, nest, or egg. This also includes to pursue, shoot, shoot at, poison, wound, kill, capture, trap, collect, molest or disturb any bald or golden eagle or nest. See this link for details

For some more reading on golden eagles, visit As always, for more information feel free to contact the park by phone at 541-394-0002 or by email at

7. Contagion: Laughter

How well developed is your sense of humor? Today, let’s talk about nearly everyone’s favorite subject: the importance of laughter and its place in our lives.

President John F. Kennedy once said, “There are three things that are real – God, human folly, and laughter. The first two are beyond comprehension. So we must do what we can with the third.” When we hear laughter, we tend to join in, because laughter is contagious.

These days, we know that humor is a vital sign of life that affects us both physiologically and psychologically. Genuine laughter signals emotional flexibility and is a common reaction to the unexpected, the unpredictable. Some folks claim that one good belly-laugh – that full-out, no-holds-barred, tears streaming down your face laugh – can give you up to 90 days of protection against illness. If that’s true, imagine what a full-on giggle-a-day could do!

Humor and creativity have much in common and, for many people, laughter has given them a new lease on life. As Norman Cousins pointed out, it “interrupts the panic cycle of an illness,” and people who use humor to help them cope can more easily let go of anger, fear, anxiety, hostility, and a host of other negative feelings that hinder healing. Reader’s Digest didn’t name its column “Laughter is the Best Medicine” for no reason.

Laughter is the other side of darkness – a light in the personal wilderness of pain and confusion, frustration and despair. Although we are born with the ability to smile and laugh, a sense of humor must be cultivated, but it’s well worth the time.

The ability to make others laugh is an invaluable quality. However, the ability to make ourselves laugh is even more precious. You become your own built-in, late night comedian! So, develop a ticklish funny-bone, and you’ll be growing in more ways than you might think! ~The Pacific Institute

8. Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries

OCHC maintains a list of all historic cemeteries in the state. A cemetery must include the burial of at least one person who died before Feb. 14, 1909 to qualify as historic. The seven-member appointed commission helps people and organizations document, preserve and promote designated historic cemeteries statewide.

For more information about the grant program or the OCHC, visit or contact Kuri Gill at or 503-986-0685.

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

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