Sherman County eNews #106


  1. 3 Oregon Soil and Water Conservation Districts Earn Statewide Recognition

  2. Life is a Learning Experience

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

  4. Human Trafficking Impacts Every Community

  5. Sherman County Organizations

  6. Sherman County History Tidbits: Cottonwood Canyon

1. 3 Oregon Soil and Water Conservation Districts earn statewide recognition

PORTLAND, Ore. – When it comes to helping people help the land, local Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCDs) are instrumental in engaging Oregon’s urban and rural communities in voluntary conservation.

This year, the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) recognized two Oregon SWCDs and one SWCD employee who have done exceptional work throughout 2018 to help NRCS implement Farm Bill financial assistance programs across the state and perform conservation education and outreach.

The Wasco SWCD and Sherman SWCD received the District Partnership Award, and Chase Schultz from the Wheeler SWCD received the District Employee Partnership Award. The awards were presented at the 2019 CONNECT conference hosted by the Oregon Conservation Education and Assistance Network in Sunriver on April 10.

The annual NRCS Partnership Awards honor a conservation district and a conservation district employee who has provided exemplary assistance to implement conservation programs on Oregon’s private working agricultural lands and forestlands.

2. Life is a Learning Experience

Every now and then we all meet someone who feels they have wasted a large part of his or her life. We may think it about ourselves, from time to time. The relentless push to do more and be more makes us feel a bit guilty when we slow down for a while, or take a break. Sometimes this push comes from the outside, but often, we do it to ourselves.

We may regret actions we took or decisions we made. More often than not, we regret the things we didn’t do or the decisions we avoided making, or perhaps the situations we walked by when we could have gotten involved and made a contribution. We need to remember that wallowing in regrets pays no dividends. It’s a poor investment of time and energy.

Life is a learning experience, from Day 1. We don’t arrive in this world fully formed and ready to make perfect decisions. We do a lot of learning as children and teens, exploring the world around us and all that is in it. The thing is, we don’t stop learning when we become adults. We make mistakes, but it is often said that we learn far more from our mistakes than we do from any unimpeded successes.

There are no wasted experiences on our path to a meaningful life. Everything that has ever happened to us can be used for a glorious purpose, if we choose to do use it that way. Everything that life has taught us – no matter how difficult or painful it was at the time it happened – can make each of us a better, stronger person today and tomorrow, if we let it. The choice is ours to make.

Don’t allow yourself to get hung up about a so-called “wasted” past. It’s not about putting your life in reverse, and attempting a do-over. Take what you’ve learned, and use it to plot out a new course for your future. ~The Pacific Institute

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

bird.talkJohn Day River Territory

Cottonwood Canyon State Park

Journey Through Time Scenic Byway

Deschutes River Recreation Area

Maryhill Museum

Sherman County

Sherman County Historical Museum

Politics by Other Means: The Use and Abuse of Scandal

OPB. READ: The Full Mueller Report, With Redactions

4. Human Trafficking Impacts Every Community

Human trafficking frequently gains national attention when large anti-trafficking operations are reported. While these stories are important as they highlight an often hidden crime, they can give the impression that human trafficking only happens within enormous networks and in large cities. In reality, human trafficking, a term referring to both sex trafficking and labor trafficking, can occur in any locale in the United States, ranging from populous cities to rural areas. While human trafficking can affect a large number of victims, such as at a construction site, some people may not realize that one person may be a victim of human trafficking as well, as frequently occurs in cases of domestic servitude. Victims of human trafficking can be any age or belong to any social group, but they frequently come from more vulnerable populations, including American Indian/Alaska Native individuals, LGBTQ+ individuals, individuals with disabilities, undocumented immigrants, runaway and homeless youth, and low-income individuals.

As with all victimization, the impact of human trafficking and its accompanying trauma can have lasting effects on survivors and their communities. Traffickers use both violence and psychological manipulation to create fear in their victims. When victims are forced to engage in illegal activities, traffickers may threaten to have them arrested if they try to escape. Some perpetrators encourage victims’ drug use to create a physical dependency on their traffickers. Frequently, survivors who escape or are rescued face serious trauma and need specialized services to recover and participate in the criminal justice process to bring their traffickers to justice. By providing trauma-informed and victim-centered services to human trafficking survivors, we can increase the support network and resilience of the entire community.

All members of any community can become informed about signs that human trafficking may be occurring and how to help victims.  On its website, the Blue Campaign by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security provides a list of indicators that a person may be a victim of trafficking. Educating communities about the prevalence and warning signs of human trafficking is an important step in eradicating this illegal and damaging practice.

5. Sherman County Organizations

Let’s take a look at the engagement, responsibilities and participation required or desired in order for our 1,750 citizens to provide organized services and activities—local, regional and state. Participants include elected, employed and volunteer personnel, boards, committees, councils and commissions, regional and county. First compiled about 2001 with a list of 144 entities, this list reflects population and other demographic changes.

Please send corrections & additions to Sherry Kaseberg –

  1. Alcoholics Anonymous – AA
  2. Area Commission on Transportation
  3. Association of Oregon Counties, District 5
  4. Biggs Service District
  5. Biggs Service District Budget Committee
  6. Cemetery: City of Grass Valley
  7. Cemetery: City of Moro
  8. Cemetery: Emigrant Springs
  9. Cemetery: Kent
  10. Cemetery: Michigan
  11. Cemetery: Rose Hill
  12. Cemetery: Rufus Pioneer
  13. Cemetery: The Observer Farm aka Old Kent
  14. Cemetery: Wasco Methodist
  15. Central & Eastern Oregon Juvenile Justice Council
  16. Church – Baha’I Faith
  17. Church – Catholic Parish Council, Wasco and Grass Valley
  18. Church – Grass Valley Baptist
  19. Church – Kent Baptist
  20. Church – Moro Community Presbyterian
  21. Church – Rufus Baptist
  22. Church – Wasco Church of Christ
  23. Church – Wasco United Methodist
  24. City of Grass Valley
  25. City of Grass Valley Budget Committee
  26. City of Moro
  27. City of Moro Budget Committee
  28. City of Rufus
  29. City of Rufus Budget Committee
  30. City of Wasco
  31. City of Wasco Budget Committee
  32. City of Wasco Memorial Day Celebration Committee
  33. City of Wasco – Wasco School Events Center
  34. Columbia Gorge CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates)
  35. Deschutes Basin Water Management
  36. Eastern Oregon Rural Alliance
  37. Family Care Resource & Referral, Lifespan Respite Care
  38. Fire Protection District: Moro
  39. Fire Protection District: North Sherman County
  40. Fire Protection District: South Sherman
  41. Frontier Regional 911 Agency
  42. Frontier TeleNet – Gilliam, Sherman & Wheeler
  43. Healthy Start
  44. Kent Water District
  45. Little League
  46. Little Wheats Daycare
  47. Local Public Safety Coordinating Council per ORS 423.560
  48. Lower Deschutes Water Quality Management Team
  49. Lower John Day Regional Ag & Natural Resources Enhancement Board
  50. Lower John Day Regional Partnership
  51. Lower John Day Water Quality Management Team – Sherman & Gilliam
  52. Mid-Columbia Center for Living – Tri-County Mental Health Board
  53. Mid-Columbia Community Action Council – Sherman, Wasco, Hood River
  54. Mid-Columbia Economic Development District
  55. Mid-Columbia Housing Authority / Cascade Housing [Sage Wind]
  56. Mid Columbia Producers, a cooperative
  57. North Central Education Service District
  58. North Central Public Health District
  59. North Central Livestock Association
  60. Northern Oregon Regional Corrections – NORCOR
  61. Northern Oregon Regional Corrections Budget Committee
  62. Oregon Athletic Officials Association – Regional Athletic Officials
  63. Oregon Consortium
  64. Oregon Grains Commission
  65. Oregon Wheat Growers League
  66. Oregon Wheat Growers League, Sherman County chapter
  67. Oregon State University Extension & 4-H – Sherman County
    1. Sherman County 4-H Leaders Association
  1. Oregon State University Extension Service Advisory Committee
  2. Pioneer Potlatch
  3. Referees – school athletics
  4. Scouts: Boy Scouts & Girl Scouts
  5. Sherman County Alcohol, Drugs & Tobacco Prevention Coalition
  6. Sherman County Ambulance
  7. Sherman County Ambulance Advisory __
  8. Sherman County Athletic Foundation
  9. Sherman County Board of Property Tax Appeals
  10. Sherman County Childcare Foundation dba ABC Huskies
  11. Sherman County Cultural Coalition, Oregon Cultural Trust
  12. Sherman County Democratic Committee & Precinct Committee Persons
  13. Sherman County Development League
  14. Sherman County Education Foundation
  15. Sherman County Farm Bureau
  16. Sherman County Government
    1. Sherman County Budget Committee
    2. Sherman County Court
    3. Sherman County Emergency Services Advisory Committee
    4. Sherman County Fair Board
    5. Sherman County Food Bank
    6. Sherman County Planning Commission
    7. Sherman County Public Safety Coordinating Council
    8. Sherman County Rural Road Advisory Committee
    9. Sherman County Senior & Community Center
    10. Sherman County Senior & Community Center Advisory Committee
  17. Sherman County Health District – Sherman County Medical Clinic
  18. Sherman County Historical Society & Museum
  19. Sherman County Junior Hoops
  20. Sherman County Lions Club
  21. Sherman County OSU Experiment Station Advisory Committee
  22. Sherman County Preschool
  23. Sherman County Public/School Library Board
  24. Sherman County Republican Committee & Precinct Committee Persons
  25. Sherman County Scholarship Association
  26. Sherman County School District – Sherman County School
  27. Sherman County School District – Booster Club
  28. Sherman County School District Budget Committee
  29. Sherman County School District Elementary Parent Teacher Organization
  30. Sherman County School District Vocational Ag Advisory Committee
  31. Sherman County Soil & Water Conservation District Board
  32. Sherman County Watershed Council
  33. Tri-County Community Corrections
  34. Tri-County Hazardous Waste Advisory Committee
  35. Tri-County Mental Health – Center for Living
  36. USDA Farm Services Agency County Committee
  37. USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
  38. Wasco Electric Cooperative, Inc.
  39. Wasco School Events Center

6. Sherman County History Tidbits: Cottonwood Canyon

Cottonwood Canyon and Cottonwood Creek, beginning in sections 22, 27, 15, 11 and 12 in T1S, R18E, run into the John Day River in section 17 at river mile 40.2 at Cottonwood Bridge on Highway 206. By 1899 the present Cottonwood road was started. In 1913 the road was lower in the canyon, then turned NE along the river to the ford. The first bridge washed out in February 1916. The second bridge was built in 1917 and the third in 1962. Cattleman Shelton Burres operated his ranch headquarters somewhat N of the mouth of the Canyon, later operated by the Murtha brothers and now part of Cottonwood Canyon State Park. J.S. Burres State Park is across the river in Gilliam County. Charley Kandle and his wife lived near the mouth of Cottonwood Creek in the late 1890s. Frank Kimble was batching up the canyon and had experienced some theft. He rigged a shotgun to fire if the cabin door was opened and left a note explaining the danger to those who could read. Kandle and his wife went to visit and failed to see the note. Kandle was shot dead. ~Campbell; Anita (Kenny) Drake; French; ASC 1934; SC: FTR 16-1; Belshe; SCJ, December 14 & 21, 1962; USGS Harmony & Esau Canyon Quadrangles.