Sherman County eNews #125


  1. Public Notice. Sherman County School District Board of Directors Meeting, May 13

  2. Sherman County this week in The Times-Journal, May 9

  3. The newspaper says a lot about a community . . .

  4. Everyone has access to print news

  5. Frontier TeleNet Budget Committee Meeting, May 23

  6. Gorge Outfitters Supply Catfish Extravaganza, May 25-26

  7. Sherman County Court Approved Minutes Posted Online, April 3 & 4

  8. Public Notice: City of Portland Proposes Biosolids Land Application Program Expansion in Central Sherman County and Western Gilliam County

  9. Sherman County History Tidbits: 1921, 1922, 1923

From writings of the First Continental Congress, 1774, we have a window into founders’ thoughts: “The last right we shall mention regards the freedom of the press. The importance of this consists, besides the advancement of truth, science, morality, and arts in general, in its diffusion of liberal sentiments on the administration of Government, its ready communication of thoughts between subjects, and its consequential promotion of union among them, whereby oppressive officers are shamed or intimidated into more honorable and just modes of conducting affairs.”

1. Public Notice. Sherman County School District Board of Directors Meeting, May 13

The Sherman County School District Board of Directors will hold a Regular Board Meeting at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, May 13, 2019. This meeting will be held in the meeting room of the Sherman County School/Public Library.

Agenda topics include Call Meeting to Order, Pledge of Allegiance, Approve Agenda, Comments from Visitors, Testimony Related to Agenda, Recognition of Students, Staff, and Community Members, Sherman Jr./Sr. High Student Body Report, Invitation to Graduation, Consent Agenda, Superintendent Report – Wes Owens, Sherman County School K-12 Administrator Report – Mike Somnis, Athletic Director Report – Mike Somnis, Budget Committee Update, New Business – Social Science Textbook Adoption, Interdistrict and Non-Resident Student Transfer Requests, James Weir Memorial Trust Scholarship Applications and Greenhouse Placement Options, Comments from Visitors, Future Agenda Topics. Next regular board meeting is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. on June 17, 2019.

The Board of Directors of Sherman County School District may address other matters as deemed appropriate by the Board of Directors.

If necessary, an Executive Session may be held in accordance with ORS 192.660

The Sherman County School District recognizes the diversity and worth of all individuals and groups.  It is the policy of the Sherman County School District that there will be no discrimination or harassment of individuals or groups based on race, color religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, marital status, age, veterans’ status, genetic information or disability in any educational programs, activities or employment.

American with Disabilities Act: Please contact Wes Owens at the district office at (541) 565-3500 if you need accommodation to participate.  Please telephone at least 48 hours prior to the scheduled meeting date.  Thank you.

2. Sherman County this week in The Times-Journal, May 9

  • Sherman County Court Invites Public Comment May 15
  • Obituary: Alma Jean (Watkins) Tipley
  • Sherman County Notes (column)
  • Wheat Growers Sponsor Golf
  • Sherman County Court News, April 3
  • Sherman County Extension & SKORE Award
  • Cottonwood Crossing Summer Institute for High School Students
  • 4-H Club News Reports
  • Legal Notices – 6 (Sherman County’s Newspaper of Record)
  • Employment Notices – 2
  • Sherman High School Class of ’73 Reunion Notice
  • Local Track and Field Results.

3. The newspaper says a lot about a community . . .

~The Times-Journal, May 9, 2019

We take this opportunity to remind that The Times-Journal, under one banner or another, has been telling the story of the region we now call Wheeler, Gilliam and Sherman counties, since 1886. Every week for the past 133 years!  6,916 weeks! (+ or -)

Its existence in the beginning in promoting the region was just as important then as it is now. A person/potential traveler/business entrepreneur in Roseburg or Idaho Falls who picks up a copy of The Times-Journal is just as interested as the new resident in the region to find out what products and services are available in the area.

A community’s weekly newspaper is the logical place to look for that information. By perusing the local paper, a person, whether looking to plan a road trip or to move the family or for job or business opportunities, will be able to determine what the community has to offer. That’s why we encourage every area business – store-front and home-based alike, every organization and club and event should have their name in the paper.

People pass through our communities every day. Their first impressions are lasting. What they see they talk about. A well-groomed community says a lot about its people. And when they pick up a copy of the local newspaper and they see the quantity and quality of businesses and active organizations and things to see and do in the area – they get a good impression – and they tell others.

You can help your business, you can help your community become this vibrant, thriving, successful first impression by supporting the newspaper that supports your community. Call us to see how advertising in The Times-Journal can help you help your business and your community!

The Times-Journal

Phone: 541-384-2421


4. Editorial. Everyone has access to print news

pencil.spiralWe’ve been thinking about the local news. Not all of us have computers or smart phones! We’re very fortunate to have The Times-Journal, our newspaper of record, and The Dalles Chronicle. 

Print news is the source that everyone can access. Published weekly, The Times-Journal subscription rates are $35/year in Gilliam, Wheeler and Sherman counties; $45/year elsewhere in the U.S. It’s available online. Contact The Times-Journal, P.O. Box 746, Condon, OR 97823-0746.

We believe that it is in our collective short- and long-term interest to support The Times-Journal with our subscriptions, classified ads, notices and news releases.

Is it a community responsibility to be informed? We think so. We’re all in this together! We benefit from news of regional issues, success stories and information that gives us opportunities and encouragement to support and participate in our communities.

Being informed about government process gives us opportunities to express our opinions and to influence elected officials’ decisions. We are well-advised to pay attention to legal notices.

Candidates’ campaign ads, letters to the editor, editorials and election results are important reasons to subscribe.

And, yes, newspapers are preserved for the generations, an important record of our culture. Social media and radio is not.

The big-picture benefits are these:

  • The Times-Journal serves Gilliam, Sherman and Wheeler counties as it informs and educates us and preserves our local histories.
  • The Times-Journal is the official newspaper of record for Sherman County government legal notices.
  • The three counties jointly operate Frontier Regional 9-1-1 Agency, Frontier TeleNet, Lower John Day/Area Commission on Transportation, John Day River Territory (tourism), Tri-County Community Corrections and Tri-County Veterans’ Services.
  • There is significant merit in sharing news, ideas and advertising for the connected and related families and businesses.
  • Subscription rates are very affordable and it’s available online.
  • An increase in subscribers will increase its value to the region.
  • Most topics currently published or posted by local government entities is appropriate for print news releases and notices.
  • Sherman County eNews is not a forever-publication.

5. Notice. Frontier TeleNet Budget Committee Meeting, May 23

A public meeting of the Frontier Telenet Budget Committee, to discuss the budget for the fiscal year July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020, will be held at the Gilliam County Courthouse, Circuit Court room, 221 S. Oregon St., Condon, Oregon. The meeting will take place on May 23, 2019 at 10:00 am.  The purpose of this meeting is to receive the budget message and to receive comment from the public on the budget. This is a public meeting where deliberation of the Budget Committee will take place. Any person may appear at the meeting and discuss the proposed programs with the Budget Committee. A copy of the budget document may be inspected or obtained on or after May 3, 2019 by calling (541) 793-2912 between the hours of 9:00 am and 4:00 pm for an appointment or by emailing

6. Gorge Outfitters Supply Catfish Extravaganza, May 25-26


Catfish Extravaganza

May 25-26

Rufus, Oregon

Fishing on the John Day River up to The Narrows

Catfish cookout, awards, prizes, music and fun.

Friday, May 24 Knife Sharpening Seminar

Saturday, May 25 Car Show 9-3 Bob’s Texas T-Bone parking lot

7. Sherman County Court Approved Minutes Posted Online, April 3 & 4

Approved minutes for the April 3, 2019, Regular Session and April 4, 2019 Work Session, are now available in the Archive of County Court Meeting Minutes.

8. Public Notice: City of Portland Proposes Biosolids Land Application Program Expansion in Central Sherman County and Western Gilliam County

See The Times-Journal, May 9, 2019

9. Sherman County History Tidbits: 1921, 1922, 1923 

newsletter2The Observer, Moro, Oregon

1921 Notes, not quotes:

  • November: Fire in Grass Valley. Sunday School organized in Gorman District at school. Thanksgiving snow storm, much damage, first time so much snow since 1896.
  • December: Train wreck E of Celilo with Sherman Countians involved, Walter Melzer 18, James Hannah of Moro & Mr. & Mrs. H.B. Van Gilder (injured, taken to hospital). Construction of Sherman Highway began between Wasco & Moro. Students home from college.

1922 Notes, not quotes:

  • January: F.L. Burnet leased farm outfit, leased farm to Fred Cole for 5 years, plans to travel to old Illinois home.
  • February: W.H. Hill had a dairy S. of Moro next to the RR track. Construction of hatchery at Oak Springs on the Deschutes River. W.O. Hadley, district game warden. Application for a 100’ dam on the Deschutes about 8 miles SW of Moro filed by PP&L. Farm Bureau organization completed.
  • May: 1st annual Thompson Family Roundup, 78 people at DeMoss Springs. County elections. 5 boys initiated into Boy Scouts of America: Ethan Woods, Harold Bryant, Wallace Cochran, Ardeth Cochran & Leonard Trueax.
  • June: Radio makes an advent in Moro. Big haul made on John Day River distillery, men not caught, 20 gallon copper moonshine still, 50+ gallon finished whiskey, 350 gallons mash, captured by Sheriff Hugh Chrisman 1.2 mile below old Ruggles pumping station, 18 miles E of Moro.
  • July: New Sherman Highway is rough graded between Moro & Grass Valley. 35th anniversary of Moro Presbyterian church; M/M James Woods last two on the charter member roll still living in Moro.  Sherman County exhibit for state fair prepared.
  • September: Deer hunting at Paulina. Students leaving for OAC & U of O. Harry Key has 25 acres in beans on farm near Sherar Grade. Fred Hennagin bought the Locust Grove farm from Herbert Root, Hennagin bought 400 acres, Fred Blau the rest, known as the Woodworth place.
  • October: 13th annual Sherman County fair a success.
  • November: Deer hunting in the Prineville area. DeMoss Park: stone bulkheads at the entrance, 2 gates, entrance & exit, 300’ long stone wall, woven wire fence next to the railway. Camp Fire Girls in Moro.
  • December: Moro Boy Scouts. Badger family reunion at Moro.

1923 Notes, not quotes:

  • January: Born, Newton Ladru Crosfield, January 8 at The Dalles to M/M Newton Crosfield of Wasco. Route of the highway through Kent decided. Moonshine still found in Grass Valley.
  • February: Civil War veteran Benjamin M. Brown, Kent, celebrated 86th birthday.
  • March: Sherman Highway construction began between Grass Valley & Kent.
  • May: County Fair Board: A.H. Barnum, Moro; G.E. Mathews, Moro; Fred Cox, Grass Valley; L.B. Payne, Rufus; Richard Dingle, Wasco. Moro & Grass Valley men fishing on the Deschutes at Sherar’s Bridge. Moro High School graduation. Declamatory contest at Grass Valley; winners included Leta Eakin, Grass Valley; Zela Ruggles, Kent; Marjory Dingle, Wasco.
  • June: Improvements to DeMoss Memorial Park: stone wall parallel to highway 300’ long for channeling water & boundary; picnic tables; garbage barrels; ladies restroom; septic tank; water tower for irrigation under construction. 600 acre fire near mouth of Deschutes on Spencer, Olsen & Anderson land between Deschutes River and Fulton Canyon road.  J.S. Fritts farming the Taylor place N of Grass Valley.
  • July: Reunion of “all the old Tennesseans in this vicinity” held at the Carl Schadewitz home in honor of Mrs. Schadewitz’ father Mr. Wilson.
  • August: Harvest fires. H.E. Dutton family moved to Wasco, bought a dairy.
  • September: Died in Portland: Rev. James M. Morrison, 92, founder of Moro and Monkland Presbyterian churches.
  • December: Buckley Ranch for sale $44,000.

Sherman County eNews #124


  1. Cultural Coalition 2019 Spring Grant Awards

  2. Letter to the Editor: Write-in Paul Bish for Sherman County School District Position 5

  3. Wasco Memorial Day Country Breakfast, May 26 & 27

  4. Klindt’s Booksellers Hosts Mike and Kristy Westby, May 18

  5. Blue Avocado – Practical, Provocative, Fun, Food for Thought for Nonprofits

  6. Changing Perspective

  7. “One Ring” Robocalling Scam Wants You to Call Back!

  8. Sherman County History Tidbits: 1918, 1919, 1920

Civilization is not inherited; it has to be learned and earned by each generation anew; if the transmission should be interrupted for one century, civilization would die, and we should be savages again. ~Will and Ariel Durant

1. Cultural Coalition 2019 Spring Grant Awards

Spring grant awards for 2019 have been announced by the Sherman County Cultural Coalition (SCCC) committing $5,670.00 to projects that strengthen existing cultural resources or engage the community in the arts, heritage or humanities in Sherman County.

Six project applications met the goals and priorities established by the Coalition in the Sherman County Cultural Plan. Successful applicants and projects are as follows: Darian Davis – Community Basketball Court; Moro Community Presbyterian Church – Sherman County Vacation Bible School; Sherman County Fair – ADA Picnic Table Replacement; Sherman County Historical Museum – A Night at the Museum; Sherman County Public/School Library – 3D Printer and Scanner; OSU Sherman County Extension – Kids Summer Drama Camp.

Funding for these community projects was made possible with a grant award received from the Oregon Cultural Trust plus matching funds generously provided by Sherman County. Applications for the next grant cycle will be available in the fall of 2019.

The Oregon Cultural Trust, with donations from Oregonians, funds 1400+ nonprofits in Oregon in the areas of arts, heritage, and humanities. When you donate to any of the 1400+ on the list, you can qualify for a state tax credit. Visit to learn how you can get involved and qualify for the tax credit.

For additional information, please visit the Sherman County Cultural Coalition website at

2. Letter to the Editor: Write-in Paul Bish for Sherman County School District Position 5

pencil.sharpMy name is Paul Bish and I am asking for your write-in vote this May for Position 5 on the Sherman County School Board.  Many of you may know who I am—I was born and raised here in Wasco and attended Sherman County High School graduating in 1992.  I am very active in the community.  I serve on several boards and coach youth football, basketball, and baseball.  I have two kids who attend Sherman County School, a 5th grade girl and 3rd grade boy.  We have a great school in our county, with excellent staff and administrators.  It would be an honor to have your support to help guide the Sherman County School District into the future.

Thank you for your support. Please write-in Paul Bish for Sherman County School District Position 5 on May 21.

I encourage everyone to write in Jeremy Lanthorn for School Board position 1.

Paul Bish


3. Wasco Memorial Day Country Breakfast, May 26 & 27

Wasco Memorial Day Country Breakfast: ABC Huskies Child Care will sponsor the annual Wasco Memorial Day Country Breakfast, Sunday and Monday, May 26th and 27th, from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. at North Sherman Rural Fire Hall located at 411 Yates Street in Wasco. The menu includes ham, eggs, hotcakes and choice of drink for $8.00. Proceeds will be dedicated to operational costs at the child care site.

ABC Huskies is governed by the Sherman County Child Care Foundation, a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization, providing quality, state certified child care services and a preschool program. For additional information, please visit

4. Klindt’s Booksellers Hosts Mike and Kristy Westby, May 18

On Saturday, May 18th Klindt’s Booksellers will host Mike and Kristy Westby for a book signing featuring their newest regional title, Columbia River Gorge An Explorer’s Guide.

What: Book Signing with Mike and Kristy Westby

When: Saturday, May 18th at 4PM

Where: Klindt’s Booksellers and Stationers

Free and open to the public. We recommend you call ahead to reserve your books.

The Oregon Road Trips series has grown a steady following among Oregonians and tourists alike. Now collaborators Mike and Kristy Westby have created a new guide to the Columbia River Gorge. Columbia River Gorge-Explorer’s Guide has over 50 ways to keep busy in the Gorge.

5. Blue Avocado – Practical, Provocative, Fun, Food for Thought for Nonprofits

The current issue of this magazine for non-profits offers information and ideas on fundraising, managing change, lapsed donors, marketing, communication and millennials. See:

Sherman County’s nonprofit organizations include Sherman County Athletic Association, Sherman County Historical Museum, Sherman County Childcare Foundation, Sherman Experiment Station Foundation, Wasco Cemetery Association and Sherman County Scholarship Association.

6. Changing Perspective

Typically, it’s not what you say, it’s the way that you say it. The same thing seems to go for what you see.

It used to be fair to say that objective reality was measurable and quantifiable. This meant that the true nature of material things could be absolutely and clearly determined. These days however, quantum physics has pretty well proved that there is really no such thing as objective reality.

Matter, when reduced to its smallest particles, can behave as either particles or waves and can’t be classified as clearly one or the other. Things that appear solid are composed mostly of air, and things that seem motionless, like a chair, are actually made of subatomic elements that are constantly moving. Even the space between celestial bodies seems to be full – we’re just not sure yet what it’s full of.

So, in a very real sense, we are always creating our own reality. The way we see things depends not only on our physical makeup but also on the psychological filters we look through. One of the most powerful filters, that directly affects how we see the world, is our self-esteem. Yes, it seems like the term has been overworked, but warranted self-esteem is still an important part of our psychological make-up. It helps define who we believe we are.

Low self-esteem creates a world in which the glass is always half empty, life is dangerous, and people are not to be trusted. High self-esteem lets us see the glass as half full and people as allies and friends. In fact, no other single quality can affect your experience of life quite like self-esteem can.

Fortunately, low self-esteem was learned, and can be unlearned, rebuilt and replaced with high self-esteem. Yes, sometimes we need to start from the ground and work up, so to speak. But there are many resources out there to help us; we just need to make up our minds that the time has come to make the switch in perspective. ~The Pacific Institute

7. “One Ring” Robocalling Scam Wants You to Call Back!

telephone1Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum is warning consumers to avoid returning unknown phone calls.

Consumers have reported waves of “One Ring” or “Wangiri” scam robocalls targeting specific area codes in bursts, often calling multiple times in the middle of the night.  These calls are likely trying to prompt you to call the number back, often resulting in per minute toll charges similar to a 900 number.

Recent reports indicate these calls are using the “222” country code of the West African nation of Mauritania.

Of course, robocallers can spoof their phone numbers to make them appear as if they’re coming from anywhere in the U.S. or overseas. “If you receive a call from a phone number you don’t recognize, do not call this number back,” says Attorney General Rosenblum.

Advances in technology allow massive amounts of calls to be made cheaply and easily.  In addition, spoofing tools make it easy for scammers to mask their identity.  The Oregon Department of Justice is working to combat scam calls with consumer education like this Just Hang Up poster available for free online at

If you think you have fallen victim to a One Ring scam, contact the Oregon Department of Justice online at  or call 1-877-877-9392.

8. Sherman County History Tidbits: 1918, 1919, 1920

newspaper-arrowThe Observer, Moro, Oregon

1918 Notes, Not Quotes:

  • January: German-born Julius Rhuberg arrested at Kent, charged with seditious actions.
  • March: 5% of Sherman County’s quota left for training at American Lake.
  • April: Chris Kopke committed suicide discouraged over war prospects.
  • June: WWI Draft lists.
  • July: Volunteers on Gordon Butte W of Moro – 2 men from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. nightly, telephone line installed to the operator at Moro.
  • August: C.L. Powell family moved to Portland, rented farm holdings to Sayrs & Fuller.
  • December: E.E. Kaseberg bought a new electric shift classy passenger car & sold his Hudson to Buck Torrey.

1919 Notes:

  • January: Died: E.M. McKinney, farming the O.L. Belshe place near DeMoss, age 34, leaves wife, sister Mrs. T.W. Alley, 2 children, mother, brother in the Navy, 2 sisters in Illinois.
  • February: Capt. S.V. Winslow applied for ferry franchise at Grant, formerly captain of the government steamer, Umatilla, on the Celilo to Umatilla run. 8th grade examinations, mid-year diplomas.
  • March: Moro has new deep well, cased & tested, 50 gpm, within 16’ of the old well, neither seems affected by the other, old well 241’ deep, new well 221’.
  • July: Building of bridge at mouth of Deschutes River. Grading and graveling road from Seufert’s (Oregon side, The Dalles Dam) to Deschutes River. Week-long DeMoss Springs Chautauqua a huge success. Hotel Moro burned. Contract let to Hedges & Huls for 80’ x 80’ school at Grass Valley. Giles French married Lela Barnum July 13.
  • September: Miss Grace May appointed Sherman County school superintendent.
  • October: Ad for Deschutes Motor Co. in Moro. Reports of soldiers returning home.
  • November: Carroll Sayrs married Helen Whalley at her Portland home on November 13.

1920 Notes:

  • February: Phone lines up, lineman Badger stringing new line & people applying for phones. Died: Archie McDermid in Portland February 11, and his brother John McDermid February 21. Girders for the Deschutes River bridge are being installed.
  • March: License to marry: Miss Minnie McKinney & Earl J. Brown, both of DeMoss Springs.
  • August: Theodore Justesen of Kent married Nell Conley of Tygh Valley August 15 at R.P. Brisbine home.
  • September: Sherman County fair horse racing schedule. J.R. Kaseberg of Wasco is Hudson & Essex dealer for Sherman County.