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