Sherman County eNews #100


  1. Unit 20, Oregon Retired Educators’ Meeting, April 16

  2. Sherman County Court Public Hearing Canceled

  3. “Saddle Up and Celebrate” fundraiser for Columbia Gorge Community College Foundation, April 25

  4. Arlington Spring Fest, Flower Basket Sale, Music & Food with The Woolery, May 3

  5. County-wide Cleanup May 4th

  6. Fighting for the 2nd Amendment

  7. Oregon Capital Insider Index: This week in Salem, by the numbers

  8. Sherman County History Tidbits: Camp Rufus

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

1. Unit 20, Oregon Retired Educators’ Meeting, April 16

Unit 20, Oregon Retired Educators, will meet noon, April 16th, at Clock Tower Ales in The Dalles.  The program, presented by Linda Casady, will be on “Youth Empowerment”.  Interested in education?  Please make your reservation with either 541-354-1505 or 541-705-0047.

2. Notice. Sherman County Court Public Hearing Canceled

The Public Hearing scheduled for the Mass Gathering Application to be held at 10am, April 17th, 2019 during the County Court Regular Session at the Sherman County Courthouse, 500 Court Street, Moro Or. 97039, has been canceled.

3. “Saddle Up and Celebrate” fundraiser for Columbia Gorge Community College Foundation, April 25

Would you like to drive a Model T? Fly a glider? Learn Portuguese cooking, take a raft trip or enjoy wine tasting? And let’s not forget line dancing!

All of that and much more will be featured in the second annual “Saddle Up and Celebrate” fundraiser for Columbia Gorge Community College Foundation on Thursday, April 25, during Northwest Cherry Festival. The fun starts at 5 p.m. in the Fort Dalles Readiness Center, 402 East Scenic Drive, The Dalles.

There will prime rib and chicken dinner, line dancing with Don Slusher, and live auction by David Griffith, all for a good cause as the Foundation builds its scholarship fund.

“The Foundation awarded approximately $135,000 in scholarships in 2018-19, and our goal is to increase this as we make college affordable for more students,” said Stephanie Hoppe, the Foundation’s executive director. “Proceeds raised through ‘Saddle Up and Celebrate’ will truly make a difference in students’ lives.”

“Saddle Up” features music and dancing by “The Wasco Brothers.” The evening begins with line dancing lessons at 5 p.m., followed by dinner and dancing at 6 p.m., auction at 7 p.m., then more dancing at 7:30 p.m. “Saddle Up and Celebrate” concludes by 9 p.m.

Tickets are $35 by April 18 or $40 at the door. Price for a table of eight is $400. Tickets and tables may be purchased at The event is part of Northwest Cherry Festival, which celebrates its 40th season in 2019 with a theme of “Follow the Cherry Brick Road.” The complete schedule for Northwest Cherry Festival is at

4. Arlington Spring Fest, Flower Basket Sale, Music & Food with The Woolery, May 3

4th Annual Spring Fest-Flower Basket Sale
May 3rd –  4-7 p.m.

Arlington, Oregon.

Paradise Rose Chuckwagon Pulled Pork Sandwiches & To Go Boxes

Music at the Wagon by Dan Robinson

Support your friends at The Woolery Project, Inc.

5. County-wide Cleanup May 4th

On May 4th, Sherman County residents are invited to bring one pick-up load of trash to the Solid Waste Transfer Station without paying a fee with some exceptions.

When: Saturday, May 4, 2019 – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Where: Sherman County Solid Waste Transfer Site located at 72526 Welk Road between Highway 206 and Biggs Junction.

How: Upon arrival, wait for the attendant to direct you to the appropriate unloading site.

Limited: One trip per vehicle.


      No household hazardous or medical waste will be accepted.

      No recycling.

Fees are required for:

Refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners $32.63 each

Appliances $12.83

Tires without rims $11.81

Tires with rims $15.76

Furniture – $12.38

You may also bring:

  • YARD WASTE – Clean brush & trimmings under 6 inches in diameter
  • E-WASTE – Computer towers, laptops, monitors, televisions

Please note:

Recycling will not be accepted on this day.

Recycling will be accepted on any regular scheduled day:

2nd Friday and Saturday in Moro

3rd Friday and Saturday in Wasco

4th Friday and Saturday in Rufus

Weekly Monday and Tuesday in Grass Valley

~ Waste Connections/The Dalles Disposal

6. Fighting for the 2nd Amendment

American flag2The Second Amendment to the Constitution establishes a citizen’s right to keep and bear arms. Unfortunately, legislation recently passed the House that would limit the ability of law abiding citizen to exercise this right. As a strong supporter of the Second Amendment, I voted against this troubling infringement on our rights.

Recently, the House — led by Speaker Nancy Pelosi — passed H.R. 8, the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019. This poorly written legislation has a number of troubling provisions that ignore our way of life in rural Oregon. For instance, under this proposed law a rancher that lends a rifle to his son-in-law to carry while out moving cattle would face up to a year in prison and/or a $100,000 fine if they didn’t travel a couple hours to a gun dealer to conduct a background check, first.

Similarly, while the bill attempts to exempt target shooting, it only does so in designated areas, leaving those who lend a firearm to a friend to target shoot on their own property exposed to the same penalties. This bill could also require a background check to hand over firearms to a psychologist for safe keeping, impeding the ability of those experiencing suicidal thoughts from taking the right action to limit their own access to firearms while seeking treatment.

Every two years, I raise my hand as your Representative and swear to uphold and defend the U.S. Constitution. That’s an oath I take seriously. I voted against H.R. 8, because it ignores the reality of our way of life and infringes on our rights.

Whether one uses a firearm for hunting, sport shooting, personal protection or any other lawful reasons, our Constitution clearly protects their right to do so. I will continue to work to protect our right to bear arms.

If you’d like to know more about the work that’s getting done, I encourage you to sign up for my eNewsletters so you can stay

Greg Walden
U.S. Representative
Oregon’s Second District

7. Oregon Capital Insider Index: This week in Salem, by the numbers

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Here are 10 numbers that illustrate some of this week’s big, and small, Oregon political stories.

$650,000: Amount a retired Oregon Military Department firefighter may have been overpaid, after the department mis-classified airbase workers who fight wildland fires under the state’s retirement benefits system, according to Willamette Week.

90: Oregon Senate Bill that would prohibit single-use plastic straws unless they are requested by a customer, according to Senate Democrats. Senators voted to pass the measure 23-6 Thursday. It now moves to the House of Representatives.

4 million: Plastic stirrers and straws that the Surfrider Foundation has collected in ten years of its International Coastal Cleanup events, according to the Senate Democrats.

87: Oregon foster children who the Department of Human Services has promised to bring back from out-of-state institutional facilities, according to KOIN.

1965: Year the Dorchester Conference, the annual gathering of Oregon Republicans, began. The conference, which begins Friday, is being held in Welches this year, according to OPB.

2017: Year the conference, started by former Oregon Sen. Bob Packwood, moved from its longtime home in Seaside to Salem.

45: Feet Detroit Lake rose in five days, “fueled by a burst of heavy spring rain and melting snow,” according to the Statesman-Journal.

11,000: Marijuana plants federal authorities seized as part of an investigation into an Oregon man, Paul Eugene Thomas, who pleaded guilty to marijuana and money laundering charges on Thursday. Thomas was accused of growing marijuana here and sending it to Texas and Virginia.

3: Washington County Sheriff’s deputies who responded to a report of a burglar that turned out to be a rogue Roomba, according to NPR.

2303: House Bill that would allow Oregonians to buy cold medicines containing pseudoephedrine without a prescription, according to The Oregonian.

8. Sherman County History Tidbits: Camp Rufus

From December 1944 to April 1945, about 2,500 soldiers of the U.S. Army Engineers camped along the Columbia River Highway W of Rufus to conduct bridging operations on the Columbia and Deschutes Rivers –558 Heavy Pontoon Engineers and the 1490 Engineer Maintenance Company. Practice in constructing pontoon bridges for possible crossing of the Rhine River in Germany, using new and experimental equipment, was conducted near Rufus and at the mouth of the Deschutes. As it turned out, key Rhine River bridges were saved and these companies were not needed. In 1988 a commercial fishing net in the Columbia River near Rufus caught a WWII shell that was thought to be a relic of the WWII operations.  ~ The Dalles Weekly Reminder, September 29, 1988; SC:FTR 7-1, 1989.

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

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Sherman County eNews #99






church.family1The Potential of the Harvest

At a recent Wednesday morning men’s study in Kent we read through another section of the book “Disciple” by Bill Clem. In it we read of the consequence of the curse of mans’ fall due to sin in Genesis 3:17-19, “Man was told that it will take pain and sweat equity to get earth to yield its harvest, and there will be thorns and thistles. There is no way for us to know how a pre-cursed garden looked or functioned, but it was surely a paradise. It is hard to imagine what fruits or vegetables would taste like in an un-cursed state.”

As a community reliant on farming for livelihood, you know the work that it takes to produce a harvest. Each year the hard work is done of preparing the ground, removing the rocks, seeding and spraying for those things that will hinder the wheat, feeding and caring for that wheat as it grows hoping for adequate water, proper temperatures, and freedom from things that threaten its outcome such as fires, infestations and equipment failures. Even with all of this, there is still no certainty that the crop once harvested will be well received in the market.

Just what is your real potential though? I’ve been told that if we were to get a June “Million Dollar Rain” that the wheat might even produce a couple of extra kernels per head implying that even what we see as good does not approach what might be perfect. Just what does perfection look like? This is a question we can’t answer because we live in a sin cursed world that the Creator of the world has also chosen to mercifully and graciously intervene in such that even in the trials, we might live with hope.

Next Friday we’ll wrap up this particular thought, so stay tuned. Be thankful for the rain, enjoy the green, pray for the sun, and look for the hope.

Joe Burgess
Pastor, First Baptist Grass Valley

church.family1It is seemly that the servant should, after each prayer, supplicate God to bestow mercy and forgiveness upon his parents.  Thereupon God’s call will be raised: “Thousand upon thousand of what thou hast asked for thy parents shall be thy recompense!”  Blessed is he who remembereth his parents when communing with God.  There is, verily, no God but Him, the Mighty, the Well-Beloved. From The Bab, Selections from the Writings of the Bab, p. 94  ~Erling Jacobsen

2. CLASSIFIEDS (new or corrected)


 CLASSIFIED ADS. Free classified ads are published on Fridays. The deadline is Wednesday at 5. Please submit ads by using the Submit News page. Include who, what, where, when, & how, contact information and the final Friday date for posting your ad (shown by the date at the end of the ad, for example, 3/17), and under 50 words if possible. This service is limited to Sherman County. Links are welcome.

Please share your Thank You and Congratulatory Notes and Joyful News (anniversaries, achievements, awards, births, birthdays, graduations, weddings, etc.) here. No posters or flyers.




COMMUNITY DINNER & BINGO. The Wasco School Events Center will be having a Community Dinner & Bingo on Monday, April 22, 2019 at the Events Center. Doors will open at 5:30 and cost for the dinner is $5 per person or family of 5 or more is $20. Dinner will be followed by a few rounds of BINGO with cards available for $1.00 each. On the menu is French Dip Sandwiches, salad, tater tots and dessert. Proceeds will help fund the ongoing renovations of the building. Hope to see you there

EASTER BAKE SALE. 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,


SHERMAN COUNTY PUBLIC/SCHOOL LIBRARY BOARD POSITION. Sherman County Public/School Library has a Board position open for a community representative. The mission of SCP/SL is to provide access to informational materials, technologies, and programs for all residents of the community, birth through senior citizens. Meetings are bi-monthly. Anyone interested in serving on the Library Board may pick up an application at the library, e-mail, or call 541-565-3279.   4/12

SEEKING INTERIOR COURTHOUSE PHOTOGRAPHS 1899-1930. In search of pictures taken inside of the original Sherman County Courthouse, during and shortly after construction, dating between 1899-1930. Any help locating pictures would be sincerely appreciated. Please contact Ross Turney at 541-565-3505 or at with any information. – Lee Langston, Community Member


CITY CLERK/RECORDER. The City of Wasco has an opening for the position of City Clerk/Recorder. Applications and complete job description may be picked up at Wasco City Hall between the hours of 9:00am and noon M-TH. Deadline to submit a completed application is noon on 4/23/19 at Wasco City Hall located at 1017 Clark St. in Wasco OR. For further info. call 541-442-5515.  4/19

CUSTODIAN. 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 @

Duties: 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. 4/12

ASSISTANT CHILD CARE PROVIDER: Part-time position available at ABC Huskies Child Care in Wasco. Experience preferred but will train. Must be a team player, child oriented and able to work flexible hours. For application and further details: 541-442-5024, email  Employment Application is available on our website at 4/12 

WATERSHED PROGRAM ASSISTANT. Applications are now being accepted for a full time Watershed Program Assistant at the Sherman County Soil and Water Conservation District in Moro, Oregon. Benefits included, pay DOE. Duties include assisting the execution of day to day management, outreach, education, and administrative tasks for the Sherman County SWCD and Watershed Council. The Program Assistant will provide support for the SWCD and Watershed Council meetings, grant submittals and tracking, project implementation and NRCS Farm Bill support. Send cover letter and resume to Sherman County SWCD, 302 Scott Street, Moro, Oregon 97039, or email For more information, call (541) 565-3216 ext. 109. Applications will be accepted until position is filled. Full job description and application instructions can be found at The SWCD is an equal opportunity employer and service provider. 4/12

HELP GILLIAM AND SHERMAN COUNTY STUDENTS SUCCEED. Do you know someone with time to spare, who loves to drive, and help others? Refer them to Mid Columbia Bus Company! Once the person you refer becomes certified and drives a full route for at least 30 days, we will donate $1000.00 to a school organization of your choice. What we offer: $13.30 an hour, Paid training, Flexible schedule, Dental, Vision, Medical Plan, 401 K … And more! Qualifications: Pass a criminal history check, Have a good driving record, Have a valid Oregon driver’s license, Ability to obtain Class B CDL with training. Contact Mid Columbia Bus Company and tell us where to make a donation today: ~Amberlena Shaffer, RecruiterOFFICE: (541) 567-0551CELL: (541) 303-5093Email:   4/26


HEALTHY DESSERT CLASS. The Area Agency on Aging is hosting a free Healthy Dessert class on April 24th at 3pm at the Sherman County Senior Center. The recipes will be diabetic-friendly and you will get to learn how to make the recipes and sample the treats afterward. Come and learn to prepare healthy foods with your local Area Agency on Aging Team! Please RSVP to Kari Silcox 541-565-3191 4/19

LOCAL GENERAL CONTRACTOR, HANDYMAN & EQUIPMENT OPERATOR. Ready for spring projects, large and small, indoors or out. Please call Kevin at 541-993-4282 | KCK, Inc. | Licensed, bonded and insured. CCB #135768. References available. 5/17



HANDCRAFTED INDOOR & OUTDOOR FURNITURE. Considerately handcrafted one-of-a-kind indoor and outdoor furniture and gifts created from re-purposed wine & whiskey barrels, old barn wood and other local reclaimed materials. Special orders accepted. ~The Wood Butcher | Wasco, Oregon | 541-993-4282 | | Facebook | 5/17




HAMILTON PIANO. Free to a good home. Beautiful dark wood Hamilton upright piano available free to a good home. High quality, good working order, tunable. Long bench included. Located at the Parish Hall in Wasco. Please call Molly (541)565-3315 to schedule a viewing.  4/19 



SEEKING INTERIOR COURTHOUSE PHOTOGRAPHS 1899-1930. In search of pictures taken inside of the original Sherman County Courthouse, during and shortly after construction, dating between 1899-1930. Any help locating pictures would be sincerely appreciated. Please contact Ross Turney at 541-565-3505 or at with any information. – Lee Langston, Community Member

HOST FAMILY. Host a Foreign Exchange Student. ASSE Student Exchange Programs is now looking for American families to host high school students from Asia. These personable and academically select exchange students speak English, are bright, curious, and eager to learn about this country through living as part of a family for an academic year and attending high school. Your support of these students reinforces the United States’ commitment to education and opportunity throughout the world. ASSE is currently seeking host families for these well-qualified, bright, motivated and well-screened students coming from Japan, China, Thailand, Taiwan, Mongolia, and South Korea. By living with local host families and attending local high schools, the students acquire an understanding of American values and build on leadership skills.  The exchange students arrive from their home country shortly before school begins and return at the end of the school year. Each ASSE student is fully insured, brings his or her own personal spending money and expects to bear his or her share of household responsibilities, as well as being included in normal family activities and lifestyles. At the same time the student will be teaching their newly adopted host family about their own culture and language.   If you are interested in opening your home and sharing your family life with a young person from abroad, please contact us today for more information, call (800) 733-2773, go online at or email  4/26

3. CALENDAR (new or corrected)



12 Community Renewable Energy Association (CREA) Board Meeting 10-1 Boardman

13 Beginning Genealogy Class 10:30 Discovery Center

13 Grass Valley’s Annual Egg Hunt, Reptile Zone & Skate Party 10 Pavilion

13 Author Kathy McCullough, Western Antique Aeroplane & Automobile Museum 2 Hood River

13 Celebrate National Poetry Month with Poets 5 Klindt’s Booksellers

14 Bill Hulse: Celebration of Life 1 Columbia Gorge Discovery Center

14 Wasco County Historical Society Benefit 40-mile long Poker Run 541-980-0918

14 Ham Bingo 12 noon Goldendale American Legion Post


15 Community Dinner & Bingo 5:30 Wasco School Events Center

16 Unit 20, Oregon Retired Educators 12 Clock Tower Ales in The Dalles

16 Frontier Regional 911 Board of Directors Meeting 1:30 Gilliam County

16 Tri-County Community Corrections Board 3:30 Gilliam County

16 Wasco City Council 7

17 Sherman County Court 9

17 Biggs Service District Public Hearing 8:30 Sherman County Courthouse

17 Sherman County Senior & Community Center Advisory Board 12:30

18 Northern Oregon Regional Corrections Budget Committee 9 NORCOR

18 Northern Oregon Regional Corrections Board Meeting 10 NORCOR

18 Sherman County Book Club 6 Sherman County Public/School Library

19 Easter Bake Sale 11-12 Sherman County Senior & Community Center

19 Frontier TeleNet Board Meeting TBA



21 Easter Brunch Buffet 11 Columbia Gorge Discovery Center

22 Sherman County Photography Club 6 Steve Burnet/OSU Extension Bldg., Moro

22 Wasco Community Dinner & Bingo 5:30 Wasco School Events Center

23 Mid-Columbia Housing Authority Board Meeting 10

24 Tri-County Courts 10-2 Sherman County Courthouse

26 N. Central Livestock Assoc. Bull Tour to Gilliam County starts 9 Wasco School

27 Learn to Crochet 2 Sherman County Public/School Library

27-28 Oregon Ag Fest, Salem

28 Open House and Preview Party at the Sherman County Historical Museum 1-4


1 Sherman County Court 9

1 Gilliam County Museum Complex Opens for the Season

1 Sherman County Historical Museum Opens for the Season 10-5 Daily

1 Mid-Columbia Economic Development District Exec. Board 4 The Dalles

2 North Central Education Service District Board 5 Condon



2 Sherman County Fair Board 7

2 All County Prayer Meeting Kent Baptist church social 6:30, prayer 7:00-8:30

3-5 Gorge Artists Open Studios Tour

4 County-wide Clean-up Day

4 Farmers Market 10-4 Moro

4 Wasco County Pioneer Association Annual Meeting – Fort Dalles Readiness Center

4-5 72nd Annual Arlington Jackpot Rodeo 12:30 Arlington, Oregon

6 Grass Valley City Council 7

8 Rufus City Council 7

8 Sherman County Senior Center Advisory Board 12:30

9 North Central Public Health District Budget Committee 1:30-4:30 Burnet Building

10 Community Renewable Energy Association (CREA) Board Meeting 10-1

10-12 Equine Mania LLC Cows & More Clinic w/Mary Jane Brown (541) 980-7394

11 Spring Plant Fair 9 The Dalles City Park


14 Sherman County Watershed Council 8 TBA

14 Sherman County Soil & Water Conservation District Board 8:30 TBA

14 North Central Public Health District Board Meeting 3 The Dalles

14 Sherman County Public/School Library Board Meeting 6 Library

15-17 National Association of Counties, Western Interstate Region, Spokane

17 Frontier TeleNet Board Meeting TBA



21 Wasco City Council 7

24 Sherman County Budget Hearing – Courthouse



1 Farmers Market 10-4 Moro

1-2 Equine Mania LLC Wheatacres Ranch Trail & Cattle Challenge (541) 980-7394

3 Grass Valley City Council 7

4 Wasco City Council 7

5 All County Prayer Meeting Wasco Methodist Church social 6:30, prayer 7:00-8:30

6 Sherman County Fair Board 7

8 Veterans’ Benefit Fair & Support Services, Earl Snell Park, Arlington


11 Pendleton Experiment Station Field Day

12 Moro Experiment Station Field Day

12 Sherman County Senior & Community Center Advisory Board 12:30

12 Rufus City Council 7


14 Community Renewable Energy Association (CREA) Board Meeting 10-1