Sherman County eNews #103


  1. FREE Hazardous Waste (+ E-WASTE) Event for Households, Businesses & Ag Producers, May 3

  2. An Invitation: Celebrate Bill MacInnes’ Retirement at Wright Chevrolet, April 20

  3. Easter Morning Breakfast & Worship at Moro Community Presbyterian Church, April 21

  4. Wasco United Methodist Church Easter Service, April 21

  5. A Rolling Stone

  6. Commentary: Lars Larsen on Facebook

  7. Statement from Oregon Department of Human Services Director on Wyatt B., et al. vs. DHS Lawsuit

  8. Sherman County History Tidbits: Steamboats on the Columbia River System

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

1. FREE Hazardous Waste (+ E-WASTE) Event for Households, Businesses & Ag Producers, May 3

WHAT: Get rid of unwanted hazardous waste, electronics and medicine too

WHEN: Friday, May 3, 10am-2pm

WHERE: Sherman County Road Department, 501 4th Street, Moro, OR


AG Chemicals & Pesticides

Paints and stains of all types

Yard, garden, pool and spa chemicals

Cleaners, disinfectants, solvents and glues

Automotive fluids (antifreeze, brake fluids, motor oil, etc…)

Art and hobby chemicals

Fluorescent lamps, CFL bulbs and ballasts

Propane bottles and tanks

Old gasoline

Fire extinguishers

Batteries (all types) 

ELECTRONICS Only these Items Accepted:

Computers, Monitors, Laptops/Tablets, TV’s, Keyboards, Printers, Mice, and Cell Phones


Unwanted prescriptions, over-the-counter medications, vitamins, nutritional supplements, and pet medicines. NO sharps (Free sharps disposal at: Hood River Transfer Station, The Dalles Disposal, Moro Medical Clinic)

Items NOT Accepted

Explosives, ammunition, asbestos (call us to find out how to dispose of)

 Although FREE, pre-registration is required for businesses and farmers. This helps our contractor bring the proper supplies. To Register, please contact: Stericycle Environmental Service at (360) 772-2838,

Sponsored by: Tri-County Hazardous Waste & Recycling Program. Call 541-506-2632 or visit

2. An Invitation: Celebrate Bill McInnes’ Retirement at Wright Chevrolet, April 20

applause1“Please join us at Wright Chevrolet for cake and coffee on April 20th from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. to celebrate Bill Sr.’s retirement.”  ~Wright Chevrolet in Fossil, Oregon.


3. Easter Morning Breakfast & Worship at Moro Community Presbyterian Church, April 21

church.family1All are invited to  Easter Morning Breakfast

Sunday, April 21, 2019  9:00 to 10:00 AM

Moro Community Presbyterian Church, Moro, Oregon

Please join us Easter morning for breakfast and visiting.

Worship service at 10:45 a..m.

4. Wasco United Methodist Church Easter Service, April 21

church.family1The Wasco United Methodist Church invites you to help us celebrate the Resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, this Sunday April 21.  Worship service begins at 11:00 a.m. led by Pastor Bob Reasoner, with music led by worship leader, James Alley.  There will be an Easter egg hunt for the children during the service.  We will end the service with refreshments and fellowship.  All are welcome, and we hope you will join us for this special time.

5. A Rolling Stone

Comfort is normally a good thing, but when comfort becomes complacency, we’re in trouble.

All of us have seen what happens to particular celebrities and athletes who reach a certain level of success or performance and then just stop. They are those used-to-be stars about whom people say, “I wonder what ever happened to so-and-so?” Well, what usually happened was that they became complacent, and then they stopped working, stopped stretching, and stopped growing.

Singer-songwriter Bob Dylan once claimed, “He who’s not busy being born is busy dying.” Now, it’s true that we need to take time to rest – to lie back, contemplate, reflect, sometimes even to heal. But if your intention is to be truly alive, you use that time to gather your energies for new growth, new movement, and new accomplishments.

Someone once asked Ray Kroc, the founder of McDonald’s, for the one piece of advice that would guarantee a successful life. Kroc said, “When you’re green, you grow. When you ripen, you rot.” He was talking about an attitude, not an age.

It seems that the old saying, “A rolling stone gathers no moss,” continues to be true. The question becomes, how much moss build-up are we willing to accept? This question isn’t just for individuals, but for families, teams and organizations…even nations.

You see, it comes down to a choice. Every experience can be an opportunity for new growth, or it can be an excuse for decay. It is up to each of us to decide. Success can be a springboard to greater things, or it can be a resting-place. But if it is a resting-place, chances are we won’t keep that level of success for long. ~The Pacific Institute

6. Commentary: Lars Larsen on Facebook

April 16, 2019: “State lawmakers have adopted a nasty little habit. No, I’m not talking about the sexual harassment too many have engaged in. Nor the silence purchased with tax dollars by the likes of Senate President Peter Courtney. Legislators now think nothing of passing laws that countermand the orders given by voters.  Voters rejected driver’s licenses for illegal aliens by a two to one margin. Now Salem may pass a law that overturns the voters. In Washington state, voters keep passing tax limitation measures only to see them overturned by the courts. Oregon lawmakers just stole 100 million dollars from a kicker tax rebate enshrined in the state constitution. Korrupt Kate Brown, the governor, has proposed taking another half a billion dollars from the kicker to bail out her PERS pension troubles. At one time, a state lawmaker told me he couldn’t imagine countermanding the voice of the voters. Today, the elites in government think they know better than the people they claim to represent.”

7. Statement from Oregon Department of Human Services Director on Wyatt B., et al. vs. DHS Lawsuit

Oregon.Flat.pole(SALEM, Ore.) – Today [April 16] the Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS) was named a defendant in a lawsuit from Disability Rights Oregon and A Better Childhood. The lawsuit calls for an increase in the foster care system capacity to ensure every child has an appropriate placement and to ensure foster children – particularly those with intellectual or developmental disabilities or identifying as LGBTQ – receive the services and supports that meet their needs.

DHS shares the same vision of a foster care system where all children are safe, have the customized supports they need to heal, and are cared for in stable, loving families where they thrive.  We take the care of our foster children seriously and work with urgency and diligence to achieve this goal.  Over the past 18 months we’ve been building the foundation needed to balance staff workload, so they can spend more time with children and families and add supports to serve children and families holistically in their communities.

Many efforts are underway to further the same goals of the lawsuit, including:

  • A data collection project to identify the types and numbers of placements we lack to meet the needs of our foster children, so we can target our capacity-building efforts where they are needed the most.
  • Statewide campaigns to recruit therapeutic and general foster families, and community volunteers to support them.
  • Finalization of a long-term, statewide strategic plan to retain and recruit foster families developed by a workgroup of DHS staff and community partners.
  • Development of new procedures for nurses and caseworkers for discussing the emotional and health supports available to foster children identifying as LGBTQ.
  • An action plan in motion to re-assess foster children being served outside Oregon, including those with intellectual or developmental disabilities. The assessments are to ensure children are getting the services and supports they are eligible for and confirm they are in the appropriate level of care, returning to Oregon those who can be served safely here.
  • Working closely with the nine federally recognized Oregon Tribes to reduce and eliminate overrepresentation of Indian children in foster care and to provide them with culturally appropriate services with the help of the Tribes.
  • Establishment of an organizational culture with safety and well-being at its foundation.

We will continue to work purposefully with our system partners in addressing the gaps in the foster care system to create a better future for Oregon’s children.

8. Sherman County History Tidbits: Steamboats on the Columbia River System

Steamboats that operated on the Columbia River system included these, the year built and where:

  • The Mouth of the Deschutes River: Colonel Wright 1858, Okanogan 1861 & Spray 1862;
  • Columbus/Maryhill, Washington: Cascadilla 1862, 1882 steam tugboat Nellie built by Capt. Nathan Morris and Sam Price for the Columbus to Grant ferry run, Governor West (a gas ferry);
  • Celilo: Celilo 1863, Kiyus 1863; Nez Perce Chief 1863, Oneonta 1863, Webfoot 1863, Yakima 1864, Owyhee 1864, Almota 1876, New Tenino 1876, Spokane 1877, Annie Faxon 1877, John Gates 1878, Harvest Queen 1878, D.S. Baker 1879, Frederick K. Billings 1881, Inland Empire 1908, Service 1908, Twin Cities 1908, Umatilla 1908, Asotin 1915 & Umatilla 1928;
  • Rufus: Yukon 1895 & Columbia 1902.

A four-horse stage coach ran from The Dalles to the landing at the mouth of the Deschutes carrying passengers to and from the boats. On 12 June 1903, The Observer at Moro reported the Columbia River at its highest since 1894. ~Sources: The Sprague Advocate, 1909; Randall V. Mills, Stern-wheelers Up Columbia, a Century of Steamboating in the Oregon Country, 1947; Ballou, Early Klickitat Valley Days.

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

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