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.

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