Sherman County eNews #116


  1. Weather: May Outlook and the April Monthly Climate Summary

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

  3. County-wide Cleanup Day, May 4th

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

  5. Select Parts of the Whole

  6. Critical Middle Fork John Day River Fish & Wildlife Habitat Protection

  7. Sherman County History Tidbits: Cottonwood Canyon

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

 “Thinking about our country and our community. This is the basis of all civic engagement. Developing a well-informed opinion on issues that are important to you.  Focusing your efforts on your friends, so that they too think about the issues that affect us all. Publicly calling out your elected officials for their lies, evasions, and unwillingness to do anything useful if it is a threat to their corporate campaign contributions in the next cycle, and the next after that. Writing to the editor. This means you must research and know what you are saying.” ~ Karen Shackelford

1. Weather: May Outlook and the April Monthly Climate Summary

sun.smileYou can find the May outlook and the April monthly climate summary AND GRAPHS (toggle between color and gray) for Moro at

~Marilyn Lohmann, National Weather Service,  Pendleton 541-276-7832

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

recycle.blwhWHAT: 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

3. County-wide Cleanup Day, May 4th

garbage.keep cleanOn 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

4. 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 29 at 3:40pm at the Extension Office.  Attending were Zach, Haley, Bailey, Ivan, Emma S, Annaliese, Savanna, Codie Lee.  Excused were Avila boys and Cohen (sports).  Pledge of Allegiance led by Haley, 4-H Pledge by Bailey.  What we did during the meeting:  talked about outdoor cooking, three parts of the fire triangle, cooked over fire pit.  Our next meetings will be:  May 13 and May 20 (Cindy Brown to check school schedule if conflicts).  Meeting adjourned at 5pm.  Signed Savanna DeGrange, News Reporter

5. Select Parts of the Whole

Do family problems affect your working life? Do you take problems at work home with you at the end of the day? Today, let’s take a look at how our work and family lives interact.

For a long time, employers have been concerned about how troubles at home may affect their employees’ on-the-job performance. But a major study done some time ago by the Families and Work Institute says that the truth may be closer to the other way around. Workers are far more likely to bring job-related problems into the house than they are to take family conflicts to the job. In our crowded lives, we typically spend more time at work than we do (awake) at home.

Has this been your experience? In our 40+ years of working with both employers and employees, we’ve learned that it’s really quite impossible to split off any part of anyone’s life and put it away so that it doesn’t affect the other parts. What happens at home is bound to affect what goes on at work and vice-versa.

It is also true that the same attitudes, expectations, beliefs, and problem-solving abilities are used to deal with all of life’s challenges, whether they occur in the workplace or in the living room. That’s why it is important to work on personal development techniques, because when you improve the quality of life at home, it can quickly spill over to improve productivity and quality at work.

We can’t keep personal growth in a box, dividing up our lives into separate, singular segments – select parts of the whole, so to speak. Development in one area stimulates growth in another, and there is ample room for growth in all facets of our lives. Once that growth happens, the desire for excellence reaches out to touch everything. ~The Pacific Institute

6. Critical Middle Fork John Day River Fish & Wildlife Habitat Protection

The Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon are now the custodians of 1,200 additional acres of critical habitat along the Middle Fork John Day River, thanks to a recent land transaction with The Nature Conservancy.

Ownership of the property, called the Dunstan Homestead Preserve, transferred to the Tribes in April. The land’s critical fish and wildlife habitat will remain under perpetual protection and stewardship as a result of important partnerships between The Nature Conservancy, the Tribes and the Bonneville Power Administration.

The Dunstan Homestead Preserve is in the upper reaches of the Middle Fork John Day River at the heart of Chinook salmon spawning and rearing territory. The river’s wide valley bottoms, gentle gradient and multiple side channels support one of the state’s healthiest populations of wild spring Chinook salmon.

The property, consisting of nearly 3.5 miles of river frontage, contains riparian and upland habitats of ponderosa pine, mixed conifer forests, savannah and open meadows. This diverse property provides important habitat for many of the area’s native aquatic and forest species.

The Nature Conservancy purchased the Dunstan Preserve in 1990 from the Dunstan family, who had owned the land since 1899. For years, The Nature Conservancy has worked collaboratively with neighbors, local partners and the Tribes to restore habitat and advance research, monitoring and land management on the property and surrounding lands.

With the addition of the Dunstan Preserve to the Tribes’ existing properties, also purchased in partnership with BPA, nearly 3,000 acres of important fish and wildlife habitat are now permanently protected along the Middle Fork John Day. Lands that were once ceded to the federal government are now once again under Tribal ownership and management.

The Tribes’ commitment to ecological land management and restoration continues in the basin. Protecting and restoring habitat for spring Chinook salmon and other native fish and wildlife that rely on clean, cool water is an integral part of the Tribes’ mission. The Tribes have spent nearly a decade restoring a dredge-mined section of the river on their Oxbow Conservation Area, just upstream of Dunstan. In addition, they are restoring degraded habitat on the Forrest property, also about 10 miles upstream of Dunstan.

As for the Dunstan property itself, visitors will see little change in management as it changes hands from The Nature Conservancy to the Tribes. The focus will remain on preserving the rich habitats while allowing regulated public access, including limited hunting.

7. 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. ~ Anita (Kenny) Drake, Sherman County: For The Record #16-1; Sherman County Journal, December 14 & 21, 1962; USGS Harmony & Esau Canyon Quadrangles.

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

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