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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Two Centuries of U.S. Immigration

Commentary: The Solar Energy Racket

American Thinker 

NPR: New Trump Rule Protects Health Care Workers Who Refuse Care For Religious Reasons