Sherman County eNews #115


  1. Reports

  2. All County Prayer Meeting, May 2

  3. Cleaning Hurt Out of the Mental Attic

  4. Volunteers Drive Organizations Serving Sherman County 

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

  6. Sherman County History Tidbits: DeMoss Springs Post Office

  7. Pikeminnow Sport Reward Fishery Opens May 1

The Holocaust illustrates the consequences of prejudice, racism and stereotyping on a society. It forces us to examine the responsibilities of citizenship and confronts the powerful ramifications of indifference and inaction. ~ Tim Holden

1. Reports

You may be wondering how many bills have passed this session and what the vote count looks like, so here is a breakdown as of mid-April:
Total bills passed: 171
Bills that have passed with only Democratic votes: 3
Bipartisan Votes (at least 5 Republican votes): 165
Unanimous Votes: 109
Bills introduced by a Committee: 82
Bills w/ only Democratic Sponsors: 36
Bills w/ at least one Republican Chief Sponsor: 39.

2. All County Prayer Meeting, May 2

The All County Prayer Meeting is Thursday, May 2nd @ the Kent Baptist Church. Fellowship starts at 6:30 PM, Pray time starts at 7:00 PM and ends at 8:30 PM. Everyone is welcome to come and join the meeting; come and join in when you can get there. Thank you. ~Red Gibbs

3. Cleaning Hurt Out of the Mental Attic

Let’s do a little follow-up, regarding this week’s “Mental Housekeeping” message. A valid question has been asked: “How do you clean out all the hurts and still go about this mental housekeeping?” It’s a fair question that deserves an answer.

Hurts are the most difficult things to get over, because of the emotional imprint we add to the experience, and then store that memory in our subconscious. Each time we remember the incident or situation, we also recall the pain and hurt, which just solidifies the memory. Neural research now shows that we slightly change our memories when we revisit them, providing the opportunity to intensify those hurts. Some people spend their entire lives purposely remembering old hurts, and now we know that they add another layer before putting the memory “away” until the next re-visit.

It takes a fair amount of work to put those emotional memories into a different perspective, and a lot of that work is self-reflection. Asking yourself the questions, “What else might have been going on, that I might have missed?” and “What was it inside of me that caused me to react in the way I did?”  Sometimes, those self-answers are more revealing than we expect.

The good news is that, while we are taking the time to answer these questions (and any others that come to mind during these times of self-reflection), we are cleaning out old mental cobwebs, dusting off even older memories that we may have buried away, under other memories, and illuminating our mental attics.

Self-reflection is like uncovering windows and throwing them open, to let sunlight and fresh air into closed spaces. The light allows us to “see” each memory in full without any shadows, and the fresh “breezes” give us a chance to “blow away the dust” and change our perspective.

What we decide to keep or throw away is up to each of us. Sometimes, an altered perspective allows us to toss the hurt or the pain, and create a new memory of a new lesson learned. ~The Pacific Institute

4. Volunteers Drive Organizations Serving Sherman County  

Volunteer SmileThe number of organizations, boards and committees, and the participation involved, desired or required, according to statute, funding source, and local culture, first tracked about 2002 at 144 and currently about 123, reflects a shrinking population and volunteer pool.

According to the 2010 census, Sherman County lost 8 percent of its population (about 150 people). Others posted losses – Baker, Malheur, Harney, Wallowa, Gilliam, Grant and Wheeler. The census bureau does not forecast a growing population for Sherman County.

Volunteers are essential for the operation of our churches, cities, county, special districts, regional/state/federal governments and schools.

Volunteers are the engines for our youth programs: 4-H, Little League, Scouts, CASA, day care, pre-school, Junior Hoops, and school programs, athletics and Booster Club.

Volunteers are important representatives for the agricultural community: Columbia Basin Experiment Station in Moro, Oregon Wheat Growers League, Oregon Wheat Commission, Oregon Cattlemen’s Association, North Central Livestock Association, Mid Columbia Producers (a cooperative), Farm Bureau and local representation for federal and state agricultural programs.

Volunteers are vital for cultural and charitable groups: Scholarship Association, Sherman County Cultural Coalition, Sherman County Athletic Foundation, Grass Valley Pavilion, cemeteries, Sherman County Historical Society/Museum, Sherman County Fair, Sherman Development League and Sherman County Education Foundation.

Volunteer! Just ask how you can help!

5. Links: Things to Think About & Things to Do$2 billion school funding, reform bill goes to Oregon House floor vote

The Best Educational Toys to Have in Your Kids’ Playroom

Claremont Institute | Recovering the American Idea

Classic Works of Children’s Books Published More Than 100 Years Ago Now Online at the Library of Congress

Vaccination-strengthening bill makes it to House floor for full vote

Project 21 – Black Leadership Network

Prager U – Who are the racists?

Commentary: The Carbon Tax Fantasy

6. Sherman County History Tidbits: DeMoss Springs Post Offic

pencil.spiralA farm post office on the route of the Grant-Wasco-Moro stage line, mail was delivered daily to DeMoss Post Office, three miles N of Moro. Postal patrons in 1898 included Allison, Belchee, Cochran, Corson, DeMoss, Davis, Dougherty, Foss, Herrin, Hilderbrand, Hockman, Laughter, McDermid, Mathias, Miller, Mitchell, Newman, Nixon, Pickard, Seiders, Stockings, Strachan, Webb, Whitelock, Wikoff and Woods. Occupations of the residents included teacher, farmer, meat market, teamster, hotel, blacksmith, wagon maker, carpenter and music teacher. ~Wasco and Sherman County Directory 1898, Portland Directory Company, Portland, Oregon.

7. Pikeminnow Sport Reward Fishery Opens May 1


Portland, Ore. – Help save salmon and steelhead and make money, too.

Wednesday, May 1, marks the opening of this year’s Northern Pikeminnow Sport Reward Fishery in the Columbia and Snake rivers.

The program pays registered anglers $5 to $8 for each pikeminnow that is at least nine inches long. The more fish an angler catches, the more each pikeminnow is worth. And some fish have an even bigger payout. State fish and wildlife biologists have released up to 1,000 specially tagged northern pikeminnow into the Columbia and Snake rivers, each worth $500. Last year the top fisherman in the program earned more than $71,000 in just five months of fishing.

Northern pikeminnow are voracious eaters, consuming millions of young salmon and steelhead each year. Since 1990, anglers paid through the program have removed nearly 5 million pikeminnow from the Columbia and Snake rivers. The program has reduced predation from pikeminnow on young salmon and steelhead by approximately 40% since it began.

The 2019 Pikeminnow Sport Reward Fishery begins Wednesday and is scheduled to run through Sept. 30.

Northern pikeminnow experts say The Dalles is one of the best places to fish early in the season. Last season that station registered 22,464 pikeminnow, one of the highest registration rates among the 19 stations on the rivers.

The fishery website,, has details on how to register for the program and applicable state fishing regulations. Anglers will also find resources on the site to help boost their fishing game, including maps, how-to videos and free fishing clinics.

The program is funded by the Bonneville Power Administration and administered by the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission in cooperation with the Washington and Oregon departments of fish and wildlife. For more information about the 2019 Pikeminnow Sport Reward Fishery visit, or call 800-858-9015.