Sherman County eNews #109


  1. Sherman County 4-H News Report: Pans on Fire Outdoor Cooking Club

  2. Tri-County Community Corrections Position

  3. Beating Unexpected Roadblocks

  4. Caregiver Job Fair, June 18

  5. Sherman County History Tidbits: Sherman County Firsts

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

  7. 20th Annual Star Party Event at Prineville Reservoir, May 4

1. Sherman County 4-H News Report: Pans on Fire Outdoor Cooking Club

4-H clover1The Pans on Fire outdoor cooking 4-H club met on April 22 at 3:30pm at the Extension Office.  Attending were Zach, Emma S, Annaliese, Codie Lee, Hayley and Emma R.  Excused absences were Avila boys, Cohen and Savanna.  Pledge of Allegiance led by Annaliese, 4-H Pledge led by Codie Lee.  What we did during the meeting:  talked about why in the club, experience with outdoor cooking, why it can be challenging, and learned how to make fires (editor’s note).  Emma R. (junior leader) said that if you need something (let her know) because things might not work.  When in the outdoors, you should always have a fishing pole, so if a bear, bees or something else (gets your food) you can fish for food.  You can use dry leaves to help start a fire.  Note:  group started fires and a fire in rocket stove, then cooked old fashioned popcorn then grilled apples and bananas over coals.  Meeting adjourned at 5:00pm.  Signed, Hayley Blagg, News Reporter.

2. Tri-County Community Corrections Position


302 Scott Street, PO Box 404, Moro OR 97039

PH: 541-565-0520 – FAX: 541-565-0525

Job Description

Job Title:               Community Corrections Specialist / CSW Coordinator

Reports To:           Community Corrections Program Director

Starting Salary:      $19.52 per hour

Work Hours:          16-20 hours per week, can be flexible

SUMMARY: The successful applicant will perform clerical duties of mixed complexity according to standard procedures for which typing; filing and telephone skills are required. Applicant must understand the importance of maintaining confidentiality regarding offender files and other criminal justice information.


  • Must be at least 21 years of age and a U.S. citizen
  • Must possess a valid Oregon Driver’s License or immediate ability to obtain one
  • Must have a driving record free of any convictions that may indicate an inability to operate a public vehicle safely
  • Must have no criminal record and be able to pass a background investigation
  • A minimal requirement of a high school diploma, preferably supplemented by college or business school training and two years responsible office experience, or any satisfactory equivalent combination of experience and training.
  • Must be skilled in use of current computer and software technology, telephone, copy and fax machine, computers and other general office machines. Must be familiar with Microsoft Word, Excel, etc.
  • Must be willing to travel as required to attend state trainings and meeting
  • Must acquire and maintain LEDS (Law Enforcement Data System) certification
  • Must acquire and maintain an Oregon Notary Public certification

TO APPLY: An application and a list of duties and responsibilities may be acquired by contacting Tina Potter at 541-565-0520 x1, by email at or at the Tri-County Community Corrections office located at 302 Scott Street in Moro OR.

3. Beating Unexpected Roadblocks

If you encountered roadblocks on your way home tonight, would you pull over to the side of the road, put a “For Sale” sign on your car, give up and walk away?

Why is it that if you encountered unexpected roadblocks on your way home tonight, it would never occur to you to simply give up trying to get there? It might take you longer, but you’d find some other way to make it home, wouldn’t you?

For the most part, this is because you have a crystal-clear picture of your goal in mind and you also have unshakable confidence in your ability to achieve it. Confidence alone without the picture won’t get you there, and neither will the picture without the belief in yourself. But together, they are an unbeatable combination.

Think about this for a minute. When you discover this hypothetical obstacle, a way around it might not be immediately clear to you. You could be in an unfamiliar area or completely unaware of alternate routes, but that wouldn’t stop you, would it? You would figure out the “how-to” as you went along. You would ask for help, borrow a map, check your GPS or smartphone app, and, one way or another, you would reach your goal of getting home.

The same is true of any goal you set in life, at work, in your career – anywhere. You don’t have to know exactly how you are going to achieve it at the time you set the goal. In fact, if you expand your goals beyond what you know how to make happen, and if you hold a picture of the end-result you want vividly in your mind – refusing to give up until you achieve it – you set a powerful process in motion that will help you with the “how.”

Take your unbeatable combination of confidence and picture, your persistence and resiliency, add them all together and create the life, the achievements, you want. By the way, organizational goal-setting works this very same way. It’s just that the picture tends to be a bit bigger, but you have the effect of mass confidence, picture, persistence and resiliency.

This is effective goal-setting. Perhaps your first goal will be to become an effective goal-setter. ~The Pacific Institute

4. Caregiver Job Fair, June 18

Tuesday, June 18th

10:00 AM to 6:00 PM

“Be a rising star”
Start your own business as an
Adult Foster Home Licensee,
an AFH Caregiver or a Homecare Worker.
Applications available, Venders, Information,
Guidance and Support. Refreshments provided.

3641 Klindt Drive, The Dalles

DHS/Aging and People with Disabilities
Call Yulanda 541-506-3536

5. Sherman County History Tidbits: Sherman County Firsts

raindropThese firsts were alleged, claimed, reported or stated:

WEATHER. 1st recorded terrible winters, 1861-1862, 1880-1881, December 1884; 1st recorded poor crops and the depression of 1893; town of Grant swept away in the Columbia River flood, 1894; 1st recorded crop freeze-out, 1906; 1st rain-making project, The Rainmaker, on Gordon Ridge, 1907; 1st recorded fatal cloudburst, 30 June 1916, four fatalities in Hay Canyon. ~Northwest Living, Oregon Journal, 20 January 1975; Giles L. French; Bertha Belshe; Sherman County newspapers.

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

bird.crow.flyDrovers: BLM Now Hopes Hammond’s Cattle Can Reduce Fire Risk

Drovers: Learning From The Hammond’s Federal Lands Saga

Only in the U.S. is it controversial for the census to ask about citizenship.

U.S. Launches Latest Agent Orange Clean-Up at a Vietnamese Air Base

Brilliant Maps

7. 20th Annual Star Party Event at Prineville Reservoir, May 4

StarYellowPRINEVILLE, Ore. – The annual Star Party event at Prineville Reservoir State Park turns 20 this year and Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is celebrating with a full day of space-related events on May 4. The event is free and will feature kayak tours, astronomy exhibits, scientist-led presentations, model rocket building and launching, and stargazing with provided telescopes.

“It’s an important milestone and we’re excited to celebrate the stars with the community again this year,” said Paul Patton, OPRD resource specialist. “Prineville Reservoir is one of the best spots in Oregon for stargazing and the event is a great start-of-summer activity for everyone to enjoy.”

List of activities:

  • 9 – 11:30 a.m. Kayak tours of the reservoir, led by park staff. Space is limited; reserve your seats online at the state parks event page.
  • 1 p.m. “Solar System Stroll” presentation. Learn about each planet in our cosmic neighborhood from Oregon Observatory volunteers.
  • 1 – 4 p.m. Visit each star party exhibit: safe solar viewing station; meteorite display; virtual reality experience station; telescope displays; space photos and artwork from renowned artist John Foster; various children’s activities focused on astronomical science; information on stars and planets; and more.
  • 2 and 3 p.m. Join Oregon Observatory speakers to learn about the proposed first human missions to Mars and how astronauts will survive on the Red Planet.
  • 4 p.m. Young rocket scientists can design, build and safely launch their own rockets.
  • 7 p.m. Bob Grossfeld, Oregon Observatory director and NASA representative, will present an update on current space exploration missions.
  • 9:30 p.m. Join other stargazers at the permanent observatory housing to peer through various telescopes generously provided by professional and amateur astronomers. The largest telescope, nicknamed “Big Doug,” is 16-inches in diameter.

OPRD partners with the Oregon Observatory at Sunriver for the event.

Prineville Reservoir State Park is 16 miles southeast of Prineville, off Highway 26. More information about the park, including overnight stay details, is on