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.