Sherman County eNews #122


  1. Notice. Sherman County Court Session & Mass Gathering Hearing, May 15

  2. Notice. Sherman County Court Public Comment Work Session, May 15

  3. Annual Grass Valley Pavilion & Park Sale, May 24-25

  4. eNews Policy Reminder for May Election Campaigns

  5. Nurturing Childhood Creativity

  6. Hanging up on robocalls

  7. Sherman County History Tidbits: 1914

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

I will refrain from generalizing and using the word – ALL – as with ALL Progressives, ALL Democrats, ALL Republicans, ALL Socialists, ALL anything political… or the PLURAL of any of these… for ALL is rarely the political truth. ~Sherry Kaseberg

1. Notice. Sherman County Court Session & Mass Gathering Hearing, May 15

ShermanCoLogoThe Sherman County Court session scheduled for Wednesday, May 15, 2019, at 9:00 a.m.  will be held in the Commissioners Meeting Room at the Sherman County Courthouse, 500 Court Street, Moro, Oregon, 97039.

A Public Hearing for a Mass Gathering Appeal will be held during the Court Session at 10:00 a.m.

The agenda, including updates, will be posted on the Sherman County Website at

2. Notice. Sherman County Court Public Comment Work Session, May 15

ShermanCoLogoThe Sherman County Court will hold a Local Public Comment Work Session in regards to the Starvation Lane FLAP (Federal Lands Access Program) Grant, to be held on Wednesday May 15, 2019 from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. in the Commissioners Meeting Room at the Sherman County Courthouse, 500 Court Street, Moro, OR. 97039, to discuss the road restructure of Starvation Lane.

3. Annual Grass Valley Pavilion & Park Sale, May 24-25

The annual Pavilion and Park Sale will be May 24th & 25th in Grass Valley, Oregon, from 9:30 – 4:00.  Participation fee: $10.00. Venders welcome: Crafters, yard sales, gardeners, photographers, food items. PLEASE LEAVE MESSAGE to register with Terri Bibby,541-333-2374.

4. eNews Policy Reminder for May Election Campaigns


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5. Nurturing Childhood Creativity

Creativity is a highly-valued character trait and today, let’s talk about how to help children grow into creative adults.

Creative adults don’t just happen. Creative people are usually raised in ways that encourage them to use their imagination while they are still children. But what can parents or grandparents – or any adult vital to a child’s life – do if they want to encourage their children’s creativity? Well, one way is to help them develop a rich fantasy life.

Of course, kids need to be able to tell the difference between fact and fantasy. But a child who grows up without reading books such as, “Winnie the Pooh,” “Charlotte’s Web,” “Alice in Wonderland,” or any number of new children’s books is missing a very rich part of childhood. You can also feed a child’s imagination through activities such as music, dance and art.

Another wonderful way to help develop a child’s imagination is to tell them stories and encourage them to tell stories too. By the way, telling stories is not the same as reading stories, and children really love the stories you tell about your own experiences as a child – particularly when you were their age. Relax and use sound effects, elaborate gestures, and lots of variations in pace and loudness – the more the better. And while you’re at it, go ahead and invent details that make your narrative more interesting too.

Try using a picture from a magazine and make up a story. Then, pick a different picture and let your child try. Or start a story and let the child supply the ending. By the way, don’t worry about how smooth you are – your child will think you are terrific!

And it doesn’t hurt that you are nurturing your own creativity, at the same time. ~The Pacific Institute

6. Hanging up on robocalls

By Representative Greg Walden

In the 20 town halls I have held across our district so far this year — including here in Eastern Oregon — I can’t think of a time that someone didn’t ask the question, “How can we put a stop to unwanted robocalls?”

It is not surprising that this issue is a top concern for Oregonians and people across our country. In just one year, American consumers received 3.3 million robocalls per hour and these calls increased more than 64% between 2016 and 2018.

We all know how it feels. Multiple times each day, your phone will ring, showing an unfamiliar number with a familiar area code — say “541” for people in our district.

If you’re like me, you let the call go to voicemail, and if there is no message, it is safe to assume that it was a robocall. But it’s a disruptive nuisance, to say the least, and too often callers try to trick people into paying what they are told is an outstanding debt, only to send money or other form of compensation to a fraudster.

During an Energy and Commerce Committee hearing on Tuesday in Washington, D.C., witnesses described how robocalls have grown to a scourge on American consumers that perpetuate fraud, threaten personal privacy, and undermine our telecommunications system.

Click here to read Rep. Walden’s full op-ed online.

7. Sherman County History Tidbits: 1914

The Observer, Moro, Oregon

1914 Notes

  • January: IOOF, Women of Woodcraft & The Dorcas Society elected officers. Made in Oregon banquet in Moro. A well caved in on James Kenny.
  • February: Mrs. S.J. Ritchey of Monkland raised turkeys. Mr. & Mrs. Buckley visited Grass Valley from Portland. Adella Mortensen and Harry Pinkerton graduated from Moro High School. Mrs. Richard Dingle to meet Dick in San Francisco on his return from England.
  • March: New school district at head of Rattlesnake Grade, building just finished by contractor Ramsey.
  • April: Local grange in the Locust Grove neighborhood purchased the United Brethren church here and are remodeling it for use as a meeting center.
  • May: Permits issued to irrigate in Sherman County. E.E. Kaseberg purchased 30 hp. Holt motor gas engine for combined harvester. Mrs. Miller purchased Geo. N. Crosfield’s residence and will remodel and repair to provide a modern hospital in Wasco. Moro High School pupils picnicked at Rhor Villa on the Deschutes (mouth of Harris Canyon).
  • June: George Volliard, shoe maker in Moro. Grover Duffey opened law practice at Moro with W.H. Ragsdale. Booster Club formed for Monkland & Hay Canyon. Mrs. Damewood renovated business property she purchased at DeMoss and will sell groceries and dry goods. George Urquhart now rides a motorcycle. Farm Day at the Experiment Station. Harvesting barley. Foss & Benson sold water wagons to Robert W. Pinkerton and William Morrison.
  • July: 4th of July celebration at DeMoss. Disastrous hail storm W of Kent & 2 miles E of Buck Hollow, northeasterly to Rutledge, grain ruined. Dot Tiller clerking at C.A. Nish store at Monkland. Born: a girl to Mr. & Mrs. Cicero Miller July 16. Fire on Lamborn place near Wasco. 31 school districts, each a school house, about 900 children of school age, 694 registered, 95% regularly attended, 55 teachers. School to start September 14. Fire on Deschutes burned over 2,000 acres, probably caused by train.
  • August: Fire on E.H. Moore farm. John DeMoss has motorcycle built for two. Born: a girl to Mr. & Mrs. Roy Powell in Moro. C.H. Howell first Sherman County farmer to harvest with a Holt Caterpillar & a Holt harvester, 38 days, 2,100 acres, 21,000 sacks.
  • September: Mr. & Mrs. T.M. Miller of Miller Station.
  • October: Collins Springs Hotel being torn down, furnishings stored in The Dalles for private sale, hotel financed, created and made successful by Moro people, ended by lawsuit by last owner.
  • November: Historic Free Bridge over the Deschutes “went down, high wind storm.” (cause questionable). H. MacBeth opened tailor shop in Moro. Mr. Lucas and Mr. Fortner leased Moro Opera House for 3 years. A list of subscribers for sending flour to aid the Belgians.
  • December: Warren McKinney was selling pianos. Rabbit drive and hunt set for Friday, 73 hunters lined up with points for each kind of animal killed – bird, coyote, rabbit, skunk, weasel, etc.

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

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Sherman County eNews #121


  1. Notice. Sherman County Community Transit Begins Weekly Just Shopping Trip, May 7

  2. Celebrate Sherman County Moms and Grandmothers, May 10

  3. Mother’s Day at Maryhill, May 12

  4. Personal Accountability

  5. Wildfire Awareness Month Spotlights Making Homes Safe from Wildfire

  6. Heritage Commission Seeks to Fill Current & Future Vacancies

  7. Sherman County History Tidbits: Biffle, Jackson, Finnegan, Sherar

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

“One of the most important reasons for studying history is that virtually every stupid idea that is in vogue today has been tried before and proven disastrous, time and again.” ~Thomas Sowell

1. Notice. Sherman County Community Transit Begins Weekly Just Shopping Trip, May 7

ShermanCoLogoCORRECT DATE, May 7th. Sherman County’s Community Transit begins new weekly Just Shopping trip with a stop for lunch starting Tuesday, May 7th.

Every Tuesday the bus will leave the Senior Center in Moro at 9:30 a.m. and return at 2:30 p.m.  This will be a casual and comfortable ride. To reserve your seat call 541-565-3553. Space is limited.

2. Celebrate Sherman County Moms and Grandmothers, May 10

Mother’s Day Dinner/Dance


Friday, May 10th

5:30-8:30 PM

Wasco School Events Center

All Sherman County Families of all ages are welcome.

Maximum capacity for this event is 150.

Get your FREE tickets at Huskey’s 97 Market or reserve your places at or 541-565-5036

~Sherman County Drug and Alcohol Prevention

3. Mother’s Day at Maryhill, May 12

Sunday, May 12 | all day

Explore Maryhill’s treasures with mom. From the couture attire of the Théâtre de la Mode exhibition, to dreamy Art Nouveau glass and artifacts from Queen Marie’s personal collection, she’s sure to be delighted. This season’s special exhibitions include works on paper and still life paintings from the museum’s collection. All mothers receive FREE admission on Mother’s Day and a free mimosa (or other choice of drink) with lunch orders at Loïe’s Café.

4. Personal Accountability

If you see something violent in a movie, video game or on TV and you imitate it – who is responsible? This is an interesting question, and one that bears some serious thought.

If a kidnapper imitates something she saw in a movie, are the moviemakers responsible for her actions? For a lot of people, that answer is “no.” If a murderer says he was inspired by something he saw on a TV show, is the TV show responsible? It’s a question that is being presented to juries these days. (If you are interested, check out “Twinkie Defense” on the internet.)

Should our entertainment media aim for high-quality productions that improve character and inspire us to live better lives? A lot of people would say “yes.” But the best way to ensure that this happens is to “vote with your feet” so to speak. In other words, refrain from buying products sponsoring shows that conflict with your moral values, and write to the sponsors telling them how you feel. Recent events have proven that this is an effective way to be heard.

The same goes for movies. Don’t plunk your money down at the box office if you’re concerned about the movie’s message, no matter how long the lines are to get in the door. And let’s not be confused about personal accountability, either. Except possibly in the case of a genuine and serious mental illness, each of us is responsible for our own actions, no matter what the circumstances.

It does no one any good to blame a TV show, a movie, the media, the so-called “system,” or society in general for individual acts of violence or immorality. Personal accountability is the cornerstone of a healthy society just as it is an essential part of a healthy individual. ~The Pacific Institute

5. Wildfire Awareness Month Spotlights Making Homes Safe from Wildfire

fire2May is Wildfire Awareness Month in Oregon, and federal, state and firefighting agencies are encouraging homeowners to make sure their homes are protected from wildfire.

The Oregon Department of Forestry, Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal and Keep Oregon Green, in collaboration with Oregon forest protective associations, the Office of Emergency Management and federal wildland agencies, are taking this opportunity to promote defensible space around homes before fire strikes this summer.

“The roof is the most critical part of the house when it comes to wildfire protection,” says Oregon State Fire Marshal Jim Walker. “Embers can collect and ignite on the roof, in gutters and enter unscreened openings around the house. Although non-combustible roofing material is preferred, regardless of the construction, keep roofs, gutters and eaves clear of all leaves, pine needles and other flammable debris.”

To reduce the risk, fire officials suggest removing dead vegetation a minimum of 30 feet around your house and other structures. In most cases, trees and healthy plants do not need to be removed. However, trees should be pruned and grass kept short and green to keep fire on the ground and more manageable by fire crews. Maintain a five-foot fire-free area closest to the home using nonflammable landscaping material and fire resistant plants.

“Defensible space is a property’s first line of defense against wildfire,” says Oregon Department of Forestry Fire Prevention Coordinator Tom Fields. “Creating and maintaining defensible space around homes can improve your property’s likelihood of surviving a wildfire. Having defensible space also makes it safer for firefighters who may have to defend someone’s home.”

Homeowners should also consider access issues for large fire trucks. Long driveways should be at least 12 feet wide, have 10 feet of vegetation clearance from the centerline out, and about 14 feet overhead. Large vehicle turnaround areas are critical for your safety as well as firefighter safety.

Should a fire occur near a community, Oregon Office of Emergency Management Director Andrew Phelps encourages residents to be prepared if an evacuation is necessary. “Wildfires can come without warning and move quickly, so residents need to prepare now in case they have to leave their home,” Phelps said. “Make sure to put together a ‘Go Kit,’ register for emergency notification systems in your community, and make a plan where your family will go and how you will stay in contact if evacuated.”

It is the homeowner’s responsibility to protect their homes by building defensible space. For more information, visit the websites for the Office of State Fire Marshal, the Office of Emergency Management, Keep Oregon Green and the Oregon Department of Forestry, or call your nearest ODF or forest protective association office.

Additional information on preparing for wildfires can be found on the website.

6. Heritage Commission Seeks to Fill Current & Future Vacancies

Oregon.Flat.poleThere are currently two appointed positions on the Oregon Heritage Commission that have expired, or will be expiring June 30. Requests for appointment are now being accepted.

The Heritage Commission’s nine members represent a diversity of cultural, geographic and institutional interests. The Commission is the primary agency for coordination of heritage activities in the state. This includes carrying out the Oregon Heritage Plan, increasing efficiency and avoiding duplication among interest groups, developing plans for coordination among agencies and organizations, encouraging tourism related to heritage resources, and coordinating statewide anniversary celebrations.

All Oregon residents are encouraged to apply for appointment. The Heritage Commission is especially seeking members with knowledge and experience related to community institutions, heritage tourism, and education/higher education. It also particularly seeks members who have experience working with diverse cultural groups and/or who live in the eastern Oregon.

The group meets four-six times per year in changing locations around the state, including by phone. Commissioners are also asked to occasionally participate in meetings or events in their regions and work on other projects outside of meeting time. Commissioners are reimbursed for their travel and related expenses while conducting official commission business.

More information about the Oregon Heritage Commission is available online at and from Commission coordinator Beth Dehn at 503-986-0696 or

To request appointment, go to Gov. Kate Brown’s Boards and Commissions webpage at . For full consideration for the one current vacancy, please submit your request by June 10.

7. Sherman County History Tidbits: Biffle, Jackson, Finnegan, Sherar

cowboy2In 1911, Carson Masiker reminisced about early years in Wasco County … “About Tenmile and Deschutesville in 1860 and for several years after was a man whose name was A. Biffle. He had some stock but did not locate any land claim that I know of on Tenmile; later he went over into what is now Sherman county and located at what was called the Haystack, a place afterward owned by George Jackson, then by the Finnegan boys — ­Mike and Pat — then by Joseph Sherar; it was a branch of Buck [Hollow] creek. Biffle drifted up onto Currant creek and tended the toll gate there for a time and then finally located on Biffle Bottom, which afterward came to be known as Big Bottom on the John Day river above the mouth of Bridge creek…”

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

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