1. Sherman County Burn Ban to Begin May 24

  2. National Prevention Week: INSPIRING ACTION, CHANGING LIVES

  3. Sherman County Fair Board Meeting, May 15

  4. Skilled workers in high demand for trade industries nationwide

  5. Enlightened Self-Reflection

  6. Sherman County History Tidbits: 1925

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

“When we become more fully aware that our success is due in large measure to the loyalty, helpfulness, and encouragement we have received from others, our desire grows to pass on similar gifts. Gratitude spurs us on to prove ourselves worthy of what others have done for us. The spirit of gratitude is a powerful energizer.” ~Wilferd A. Peterson

1. Sherman County Burn Ban to Begin May 24


As of May 24, 2019 





This includes the cities of Moro, Wasco and Rufus




For Further Information, Please Contact Your Local City Administrator or Fire Official



For resources or to get involved with Prevention Efforts, contact the Sherman County Prevention Department at 541-565-5036/ . More information at

3. Notice. Sherman County Fair Board Meeting, May 15

Sherman County Fair Board will hold a Building Committee Meeting on Wednesday, May 15th, 2019 at 5:30pm located at 66147 Lone Rock Road, Moro, OR 97039.

Immediately following the Building Committee meeting the Sherman County Fair Board will hold a Special Session at 6:30pm to discuss the replacement of the Fair Board Secretary position; during this time the Board will enter into Executive Session in accordance with ORS 192.660 (2) (i) Personnel.

For questions or more information please contact Board Chair, Bryce Coelsch, 541-980-1539.

4. Skilled workers in high demand for trade industries nationwide

Power industry employees with specialized skills share their experiences at Oregon Tradeswomen’s Career Fair

Portland, Ore. – Bonneville Power Administration employees will participate in the Oregon Tradeswomen’s 2019 Career Fair on May 17 and 18 at the National Electrical Contractors Association and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers training center. BPA representatives will share their experiences and demonstrate some of the skills they use to keep hydropower flowing in the Northwest.

The Oregon Tradeswomen’s 27th annual career fair features workshops and exhibits staffed by volunteers who are passion about their work and are committed to encouraging women and young girls to explore opportunities in non-traditional fields.

“BPA transmission grid is the backbone for affordable, renewable power in the Pacific Northwest,” said Robin Furrer, BPA’s vice president for Transmission Field Services. “We employ almost 1,000 people in the electrical crafts and trades. The tradeswomen’s career fair is an outstanding venue to create awareness and interest in crafts and trades where qualified workers are in high demand.”

Grisel Mendez is an electronics engineer at BPA. She is one of the many volunteers and trades representatives sharing their stories at the event.

“Every day is unique and I’m always working on something new,” said Mendez. “I could be teaching, testing equipment or out at a site. I work with a variety of people, in multiple organizations, and on various projects. It all keeps my work very interesting.”

Oregon Tradeswomen is relying on stories from people like Mendez to bring a boost to industries searching for uniquely skilled workers.

“The construction industry in Oregon is experiencing a worker shortage,” said Mary Ann Naylor, Communications and Marketing Director at Oregon Tradeswomen. “This event brings together fundamental resources for people who want to work in the trades, including information on how to access debt-free career training and opportunities for paid, on-the-job learning.”

The event takes place at the NECA-IBEW Electrical Training Center at 16021 NE Airport Way, Portland, Oregon. Mendez and other BPA tradeswomen will be first speaking to students attending with their schools on May 17, and then to the public on May 18 at the Careers for Women Day. They’ll be discussing various opportunities in the electric utility trades and demonstrating skills such as surveying, bucket truck operation and safe use of a fire extinguisher.

BPA is a proud sponsor of the Oregon Tradeswomen’s 2019 Career Fair. Learn more about the event at You may also contact Naylor at, 503-335-8200, extension 126, or 503-819-9201.

5. Enlightened Self-Reflection

We talk a lot about positive thinking. Seeking to be positive and optimistic are valuable allies in recovering from illness and keeping depression away. But is it possible to be too positive? Let’s look at the idea of overdoing optimism.

Positive thinking is definitely a good thing, but when it comes to being positive, can you overdo it? Can you have too much of this particular good thing? Of course, you can. In fact, you can probably identify plenty of people whose reckless optimism got them into trouble.

These are the folks who borrow too heavily, fail to anticipate possible problems, and never take off their rose-colored glasses, even for a moment, to check on current reality. It’s all about the dream, and not enough about real-world challenges in making the dream come true.

Tough-minded optimists, on the other hand, have learned to anticipate problems. They believe in doing all they can to make a bad situation better, but even more importantly, they believe in planning ahead to avoid bad situations whenever possible. It’s another facet of the option thinking we were talking about yesterday.

When you are planning for the future – whether it’s making an investment, interviewing a job applicant, or working out a color scheme for your new apartment – think about worst-case scenarios. Ask yourself some discriminating questions like, “What potential problems exist here? How might this be improved? Is there some way this could backfire? Will this look as good to me after some time has passed as it does right now?” And if we do see possible problems, how will we solve them?

As long as we do not dwell on worst-case scenarios, this is not negative thinking or cynicism, and certainly not borrowing trouble. This is the kind of enlightened self-reflection that heads off problems before they develop. ~The Pacific Institute

6. Sherman County History Tidbits: 1925

The Observer, Moro, Oregon

1925 Notes, not quotes:

  • February: Sam Hill to make museum of his mansion, treasures collected stored in Portland & Paris. Observer installed new linotype equipment.
  • April: 4th annual Old Wasco County Pioneer Association. License issued at The Dalles: Fred Peters & Harriette Rolfe, both of Grass Valley.
  • May: County school boards’ convention & banquet. Graduates, field meet results, declamatory contest honors.
  • June: Historic DeMoss stage coach on view at DeMoss in new building to house it, the same one in which Horace Greeley made a speaking tour of the West. 3rd annual Thompson Roundup.
  • August: Died, Addie King, wife of O.P., in Ventura, CA, leaves husband & children: Glenn P. of Moro, Gladys Burks & Mabel King, Ventura; brother Ed Smith, Gresham; sister Minnie Fairchild, Newport, OR.
  • September: County fair, school, vacation trips, state fair.
  • October: Daughter born to M/M Ted von Borstel, September 26, Kent. East bound train wrecked near Blalock. Deer hunting. Lone Rock market road soon to open to the public. Raid on liquor plant in Bull Canyon, 45 gallon still, 4 barrels mash, 3rd class sugar. 50th anniversary of M/M J.F. Belshe.
  • November: Another old landmark burned, Venable home near the bluffs overlooking Columbia River at Rufus. An airplane circled over Moro several times. Fox farm. W.H. Burres purchased the bowling alley in Wasco.
  • December: Fines for game law violations. County fairgrounds to have new grandstand, a continuation of the present building to the south 80’ set at an angle to conform to the track.

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

bird.owl.limbThe Old Methodist Church in Grass Valley

What Happens When Wind Turbines Get Too Old?

How two Oregon universities helped finance opposition to Gov. Kate Brown’s climate agenda

Brilliant Maps: Jewish Population of Europe in 1933 and 2015


Sherman County eNews #127


  1. Mental Health Awareness Month, GOBHI offers Mental Health First Aid

  2. Sherman County 4-H Camp, June 19-21

  3. Sherman County 4-H Club News: 4-H Team Leadership Team

  4. Celebrate World Migratory Bird Day at The Dalles Dam Visitor Center, May 18

  5. Multiply Your Options

  6. Sherman County History Tidbits: 1924

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

You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending. ~C.S. Lewis

1. Mental Health Awareness Month, GOBHI offers Mental Health First Aid

“What do I do? “How can I help?” These tough questions arise when community members encounter a person who appears to be experiencing a serious mental health crisis.

In recognition of Mental Health Awareness Month, Greater Oregon Behavioral Health, Inc. (GOBHI) is spreading the word about services that can help in these situations, including Mental Health First Aid (MHFA).

“We want to shine a light on the importance of mental health,” said Erin Rust, GOBHI Mental Health First Aid Coordinator/Instructor. “One way to make a difference is simply being prepared. Our goal with Mental Health First Aid is equipping people with a set of evidence-based resources and tools, so we invite the community to take part in these valuable learning experiences.”

A public education program, MHFA helps people across the community to recognize risk factors and warning signs of mental illnesses, builds understanding of their impact and gives an overview of supports that can make a difference.

Since 2013, GOBHI has had MHFA instructors on staff. The behavioral health organization currently has six GOBHI-certified MHFA instructors. These instructors are certified in Adult, Youth, Public Safety and Older Adult courses. Other MHFA modules include Higher Education, Bilingual, Veterans and Fire/EMS.

As part of her position as the Eastern Oregon Coordinator, Rust is responsible for coordinating and providing MHFA trainings that are requested by various organizations. She works closely in collaboration with Mental Health First Aid instructors who provide these courses in each community.

The eight-hour course uses roleplaying and simulations to demonstrate how to offer initial help in a potential emerging mental health crisis, and connect people to the appropriate professional, peer, social and self-help care. The program also teaches common risk factors and warning signs of specific illnesses.

“It was like learning CPR for mental health,” said Amy Asher, Sherman County Prevention Coordinator/Outreach Coordinator. “Now, I feel more prepared and confident in lending support to those with complex needs. It gave me some important strategies I can carry with me going forward.”

Those interested in the program can reach out to GOBHI for information on attending, or even hosting a training in their own community. GOBHI — and its partners — will be coordinating trainings throughout the year. The trainings are available at limited or no cost, depending on specific agency or site needs.

Rust can connect those interested with either a GOBHI instructor or other instructors in the community. Call 541-298-2101, or email For details, please visit

GOBHI also partners with Eastern Oregon Healthy Living Alliance (EOHLA). EOHLA received grant funding from The Ford Family Foundation, The Collins Foundation, and the Oregon Office of Rural Health to provide and support MHFA trainings to teachers, law enforcement, church leadership, and other public and social service employees who work closely with the community in the 12-county region of Eastern Oregon.

EOHLA has available resources to support costs and various materials related to MHFA trainings in the region. Those interested in working with EOHLA to provide a training in Eastern Oregon can contact Alanna Chamulak at 541-219-2397 or John Adams at 541-219-0907.

About GOBHI: Greater Oregon Behavioral Health, Inc., headquartered in The Dalles, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation that is a National Committee for Quality Assurance accredited Managed Behavioral Healthcare Organization and is charged with administering all or part of the behavioral health Medicaid benefit in 17 rural and frontier counties in Oregon. GOBHI is a co-owner of the Eastern Oregon Coordinated Care Organization, and is responsible for the administration and oversight of behavioral health services for Columbia Pacific Coordinated Care Organization.

About EOHLA: Eastern Oregon Healthy Living Alliance is a nonprofit formed by the Eastern Oregon Coordinated Care Organization dedicated to support and advance community health development initiatives in Eastern Oregon.

2. Sherman County 4-H Camp, June 19-21

4-H clover1Sherman County will have 4-H camp June 19-21 at Camp Morrow on Pine Hollow Reservoir near Wamic.  Camp facilities consist of a lodge for meals and classes, cabins in the woods, recreational areas for games, and a lake for swimming and boating.

Camp is for youth who will be finishing grades 4th, 5th, and 6th, and is open to Sherman County kids, friends and relatives….you don’t have to be in 4-H to attend.  This will be a small camp of Sherman County connected kids, with a natural resources theme for classes and art projects.  Cost is $110, which covers all meals, lodging, insurance and craft supplies.  For scholarship assistance requests, contact the Sherman County Extension Office 541-565-3230.  The deadline for registration and scholarship requests is Monday, June 3, return forms to Extension Office.

Some of our campers’ favorite things at 4-H Camp:

  • Being with their friends
  • Playing “ga-ga” ball
  • Capture the Flag
  • Swimming and boating
  • Songs, skits and games
  • Hanging out in the cabins

Some of the fun activities:

  • Outdoor cooking for meals and desserts
  • Spray paint shirts with lots of colors and shapes like leaves, pine cones and deer profiles
  • Construct dreamboats out of native materials and candles to float on the lake last night of camp
  • Cool natural resources classes offered by Soil & Water Conservation District staff
  • Everyone gets to do archery
  • Paintball on Friday morning.

3. Sherman County 4-H Club News: 4-H Team Leadership Team

4-H clover1The 4-H Teen Leadership Team met on May 12 at 3pm at the Extension Office.  Attending were Emma, Joseph, Patrick, Mercedez, Pyeper, Melanie.  Excused absence were Courtney, Logan and Tayler.  Pledge of Allegiance ledg by Patrick, 4-H Pledge by Joseph.  What we did during the meeting:  talked about OSU 4-H Summer Conference, doing a basket for the raffle (discuss in August).  Discussed whether to do water slide at 4-H, decided no because of injury.  Did taste test of Emma’s carbonated milk.  Made fruit pizza.  Talked about the differences between campers and CITs/counselors and why do things.  Next meeting is camp counselor training series end of May and early June.  Meeting adjourned at 5:06pm.  Signed Mercedez Cardona, News Reporter

4. Celebrate World Migratory Bird Day at The Dalles Dam Visitor Center, May 18

bird.eaglePORTLAND, OR – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center invite the public celebrate the 26th Annual Migratory Bird Day, Saturday, May 18, 2019, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. This annual commemoration highlights the spectacular journeys that migratory birds take each year as they travel between nesting and non-breeding sites around the world.

Corps park rangers will host a free, family-friendly, accessible event at The Dalles Dam Visitor Center. To take full advantage of the event, visitors are encouraged to bring their own scopes, binoculars, GPS units and cameras.

Live Bird presentation, 10 a.m.: A raptor handler from The Columbia Gorge Discovery Center will be on site to talk about bird conservation.

Self-guided activities, ongoing until 3 p.m.:

– High-Tech Scavenger Hunt: Come learn about bird conservation and why birds are important to local ecosystems. Bring your own GPS unit or borrow one of ours (ID required).

– Bird Bingo: Explore the variety of bird life in our backyard.

– Kids crafts

This year’s theme, “Protect birds: Be the solution to plastic pollution,” raises awareness about a critical issue in bird conservation. Since plastic was introduced in the 1950s, an estimated 8.3 billion metric tons have been created. Only about 9% of plastic materials are recycled, leaving more than 6.3 billion metric tons of plastics in landfills or polluting the environment. Plastics harm birds in marine environments, as well as other habitats.

As human use of plastics grows, so too does the amount of plastic pollution that invades most ecosystems around the globe. It’s been estimated that 80% of sea and shorebirds have consumed foam, pellets, thread, and other items. In addition, small bits of plastic, known as microplastics, pose a hazard to birds and smaller organisms throughout the food chain due to the toxins they concentrate in the environment.

The Dalles Dam Visitor Center is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday through Sunday, between May 1 and Memorial Day weekend. After Memorial Day, the center begins daily operations, seven days a week through Labor Day weekend. Labor Day through the end of September, weekend only operations resume. There are no entrance fees for the visitor center.

To get to The Dalles Dam Visitor Center from Interstate 84, take 87 and travel east on Brett Clodfelter Way.  For more information, contact The Dalles Lock & Dam Ranger Office at 541-506-8475, visit, or check out the event on Facebook:

5. Multiply Your Options

Are you an option thinker? Can you adapt to setbacks and see alternative solutions to problems? Can you see the value in being mentally limber and agile? Today, let’s talk about the importance of option thinking.

One of the marks of successful individuals and organizations is the ability to move on to another option when the one they are trying doesn’t work out. They are successful not only because they see themselves as problem solvers, but also because their minds hold an array of alternatives.

When you watch a skillful running back moving down the field in an American football game, you are actually seeing a lesson in the exercise of option thinking. The runner is making dozens of split-second adjustments and changes of direction as he runs, constantly looking for openings in what may seem like an impenetrable line of opposition. In other words, he’s looking for alternatives, thinking about his options. This kind of adaptability is important not only in football, where things get speeded up quite a bit, but also in life.

The more options you have, the more flexible you can be, and the more flexible you are, the less likely you are to break when the pressure is on. When you have options, you have choices, and when you have choices, you have personal power. This is what a growth, or flexible, mindset is all about. And you owe it to yourself to open up your mind to this kind of growth.

Now, take a moment and imagine what expanding this option thinking skill could mean to your family, your teams, departments or your entire organization. Everyone is flexible and adaptable, and the chances of successfully navigating any obstacle are multiplied by 10, by 100, by a 1000 or more.

You can train your mind to constantly look for alternatives – other ways to see things, other avenues to pursue, even if you don’t use them. Until you do need alternatives, these practice sessions will keep you in good shape, ready when the time comes to cope with the real thing. ~The Pacific Institute

6. Sherman County History Tidbits: 1924 

The Observer, Moro, Oregon

1924 Notes, not quotes:

  • January: Hit, killed by street car in Portland, John B. Crosfield 80, father of George N. Crosfield of Wasco, Mrs. C.V. Cooper & Charles W. Crosfield.
  • February: Wheat export league organized in Sherman County. Moro Unity Club reorganized. Deschutes River diamond drilling on proposed hydropower site. Several families visited Sam Hill’s castle.
  • March: Moro Opera House sold to W.H. Williams. Died: Frank A. Sayrs, retired farmer, Moro. A list of Wasco & Sherman county bootleggers found on body of Roy Vincent, shot by a California sheriff; list sent to Wasco County Sheriff Levi Chrisman. C.A. Tom planned to run for state representative. Tree planting movement in Sherman County, 2,000 black locusts along the highways, shipped to the county from Nebraska, a gift of Earl Baurs for Sherman Highway. W.L. Wilson planted a long row of trees along his Rufus place. Dance at Miller grain warehouse. Electric lighting in Kent Hotel. Owen Thompson contracted to build several houses at Camp Sherman for local folks.
  • April: Tree planting day April 4. N.W. Thompson reported the 1st actual road built in the county was about 42 years earlier by about 40 settlers who wanted to haul winter fire wood from the mouth of Ferry Canyon on the John Day River – organized a road company, elected officers, built a toll road. The stand of trees was divided by a drawing among the road builders: Thompson, Martin, Hayes, Coy & Penland. Fishing.
  • May: 24’ x 30’ open air stage built at DeMoss Park with 2 dressing rooms, floor laid double strength to permit use of pianos.  Women’s Christian Temperance Union conference in the county.  County Judge E. D. McKee. Married: Guy Weedman, Wasco, & Edna Helen Potter, Klondike, Moro Methodist parsonage by Rev. U.C. Smothers. Hotel Rufus moved to new location on Columbia Hwy. & restaurant building added. Fishing. Boy Scout troop camping at Badger Lake.
  • June: Band of 1,800 sheep wintered on Deschutes River breaks & sold. Chautauqua program 2 days. Moro churches: Presbyterian & Christian Science. 71 present at Thompson reunion at DeMoss Park. W.E. Buell of Eugene engaged to be principal at Moro.
  • July: Cougar 6’4” long shot on Rayburn place NE of Klondike. Picnics, harvest, 4th of July celebrations.
  • August: John Fulton barn burned, head of Fulton Canyon, & 5 horses, hay, feed, harness & equipment, Arvid Anderson, operator.  Sherman County 2nd in state in cereal crop production. Young black bear 112# shot at Sand Canyon E of Kent, meat cooked for a community supper. Salmon running at the mouth of the Deschutes.
  • September: Ad for the Sherman County Fair. Amateur boxing exhibition at the fair. Record attendance at the fair. Arrests for illegal sale of liquor, out on bail. Vacation trips.
  • October: Hunting trips. Men arrested for shooting too many geese, fined, guns confiscated, licenses revoked for a year.
  • December: House burned on C.L. Powell farm occupied by V.S. Barr family, built 1886 by Oliver Powell at head of old Harris grade.

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

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Oregon Becomes 1st State To Allow Dentists To Offer Any Vaccine

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No, We Are Not Running Out of Forests