Sherman County eNews #141


  1. Fire Ban at Cottonwood Canyon State Park

  2. Chuck Wallace, Grand Marshal for Wasco Memorial Day Celebration 

  3. 142nd Fighter Wing to conduct Memorial Day Flyovers

  4. Memorial Day Reminds Us of Our Highest Ideals – and the Price We Must Sometimes Pay for Them

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

  6. Oregon Capital Insider Index: This week in Salem, by the numbers

“The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out for himself, without regard to the prevailing superstitions and taboos. Almost inevitably he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane, and intolerable…”  H.L. Mencken, Prejudices: Third Series

1. Fire Ban at Cottonwood Canyon State Park

It seems to be happening earlier every year, and this year is no different. Effective May 24th Sherman and Gilliam counties will be under a fire ban.

Campfires are banned at Cottonwood Canyon State Park and all surrounding BLM land. Rangers, local police and fire agencies will be working together throughout the summer on the lookout for illegal fires on park land.

What is allowed during the fire ban?

  • Propane/gas cooking stoves
  • charcoal used inside of designated fire rings (no lump charcoal)
  • propane fire rings placed inside of designated fire rings

What isn’t allowed:

  • Tiki torches
  • campfires
  • candles
  • lump charcoal
  • smoking outside of campsites/irrigated areas
  • Anything with open flame, or which may create embers

Remember, even the smallest spark can cause a rangeland fire. Keep vehicles on designated roads and out of dry grass.

See a fire at the park? Dial 911 or contact park staff immediately. Fires move quickly in tinder dry conditions threatening property and lives. Stay safe and keep out of the area.

For updated fire ban information, contact Cottonwood Canyon State Park at (541) 394 0002 or Deschutes State Recreation Area at (541) 739 2322.

2. Chuck Wallace, Grand Marshal for Wasco Memorial Day Celebration 

applause1Long time Wasco resident and the 2019 grand marshal for Wasco’s Memorial Day celebration is Chuck Wallace. Chuck was 2 yrs old when his family moved to Wasco where he graduated from both Wasco grade school and high school. Chuck served our country during the Korean conflict.  He was a long time local businessman.  He and wife, Marlene were big supporters of Wasco and county activities. He drove many grand marshals in his antique cars for Memorial Day parades. Returning to Wasco, he and and Marlene, raised their 4 children in Wasco and enjoy their grandchildren and now great grandkids. Please stop and thank him for his service!

3. 142nd Fighter Wing to conduct Memorial Day Flyovers 

American flag2PORTLAND, Oregon – The 142nd Fighter Wing out of the Portland Air National Guard Base in Portland, Ore., will conduct Memorial Day flyovers for ceremonies at locations throughout Oregon.

Oregon Air National Guard F-15 Eagle fighter jets are scheduled to conduct flyovers at the following community locations at, or around, the designated times on Monday, May 27, 2019.

10:10 a.m. Willamette National Cemetery, Portland, Ore.

10:15 a.m. Mountain View Cemetery, Oregon City, Ore.

10:30 a.m. Downtown District, Wasco, Ore.

11:10 a.m. Oregon Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Portland, Ore.

11:15 a.m. Veterans Memorial Park, Beaverton, Ore.

All passes will be approximately 1,000 feet above ground level and about 400 mph airspeed. Flights could be canceled or times changed due to inclement weather or operational contingencies. The Oregon Air National Guard has been an integral part of the nation’s air defense since 1941.  

About the 142nd Fighter Wing: The Portland Air National Guard Base employs 1,500 Airmen who provide an economic impact of nearly $500 million to the region. The 142nd Fighter Wing defends our homeland with F-15 Eagle fighter jets, guarding the Pacific Northwest skies from northern California to the Canadian border through their Aerospace Control Alert mission as part of Air Combat Command and the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD). Their mission is to provide unequalled, mission-ready units to sustain combat aerospace superiority and peacetime tasking any time, any place in service to our nation, state and community.

4. Memorial Day Reminds Us of Our Highest Ideals – and the Price we Must Sometimes Pay for Them

American flag2By Kelly Fitzpatrick, U.S. Army veteran and Director of the Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs.

Every year, I’m struck by the powerful — and often, opposing — emotions that Memorial Day stirs.

We celebrate our freedoms, and yet, we mourn the cost that they required. We look ahead to a bright future, while we remember the trials and challenges of the past. We honor those who served, but we grieve their loss.

Celebration, and sadness. Gratitude, and remorse. Hope, and helplessness. Memorial Day is unique in evoking such a broad spectrum of feeling, because it is this holiday that speaks most keenly to our highest ideals, as well as the steep price we are willing to pay for them.

Sadly, it is also a day that, for many, has lost its significance. President George W. Bush would often tell the story of asking schoolchildren what the meaning of Memorial Day is, only to have them respond, “That’s the day the pool opens!”

For many Oregonians, Memorial Day is primarily the unofficial start of the summer recreation season, a chance to enjoy our amazing forests and beaches, rivers and lakes and mountain trails.

We should enjoy all that our state has to offer, but we should also keep in mind the words of another president, John F. Kennedy: “A nation reveals itself not only by the citizens it produces but also by the citizens it honors, the citizens it remembers.”

We must remember the fallen because the courage, the strength, the selflessness and the sacrifice of each one of these brave warriors is the ideal to which we all should aspire… …  The stories of their sacrifice are forever woven into the fabric of our nation and its history. They gave their lives on the foreign soils of Europe, the black sands of the South Pacific, the frozen reaches of Korea, in the sweltering jungles of Vietnam, the scorching deserts of Afghanistan and Iraq, and in many other places across the globe.

The United States lost more than 400,000 of its sons and daughters in World War II — 2,826 from Oregon. 54,246 American service members gave their lives in Korea (287 Oregonians); 58,209 in Vietnam (791 Oregonians).

In Iraq and Afghanistan, we lost 6,713 American service members — 142 Oregonians. Each one of their names is etched on slabs of granite that form the heart of the Afghan/Iraqi Freedom Memorial, located just a few steps from the Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs office building. Each one of their names is read aloud each year at our Memorial Day ceremony, as we seek to honor and remember their sacrifice.

Each one represents the loss of a bright and shining light in the lives of their families, a pain that they feel each and every day — not just on Memorial Day. We remember and honor their sacrifice as well. They, too, paid a great price for the freedoms we now enjoy.

On behalf of the Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs, I urge all Oregonians to take a moment this Memorial Day, to remember our fallen heroes who gave their lives in service to our nation, and say, “Thank you.”

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

bird.owl.limbOregon Restricts Solar Development on Prime Farmland

The Oregon Encyclopedia Facebook

The Astorian, Opinion: Everyday Oregonians deserve their kicker

Commentary: Five More PERS Myths

Bill Aimed at Reducing Public Pension Costs Passes Oregon Senate on Bipartisan Vote

Inside the Oregon Wildfire Council

Space Weather Alerts

A Visit To Arlington National Cemetery On Memorial Day

6. Oregon Capital Insider Index: This week in Salem, by the numbers

Oregon.BeaverHere are 10 numbers that illustrate some of this week’s big, and small, Oregon political stories.

24: Approximate hours of bills left to read in the House of Representatives as of Wednesday, according to The Oregonian. House Republicans are requiring that the entire text of bills be read out loud.

119-117: Final score in the fourth Western Conference Semifinals game Monday, where the Golden State Warriors beat the Portland Trail Blazers by two points.

30: Rough number of basketball camps Trail Blazers center Enes Kanter will be hosting in the U.S. this summer. Kanter, who is Turkish, is unable to travel abroad because the Turkish government has canceled his passport and put out a warrant for his arrest after his outspoken criticism of that nation’s president.

1: Letters Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., wrote to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau asking him to ensure Kanter could enter and leave Canada safely in the event that the Blazers had to travel to Toronto to play the Raptors in the finals, according to Willamette Week. That didn’t end up being a problem because the Blazers lost Monday.

7: Jersey number of Keanon Lowe, a former University of Oregon football player, now-high school football coach and security guard. Lowe tackled and wrestled to the ground a student who brought a gun to Parkrose High School Friday, May 17, according to KPTV.

$26.5 million: Amount an Oregon jury awarded to the family of a 30-year-old woman who was killed when two truckers got into a road rage spat on U.S. Highway 20 east of Burns, according to The Oregonian.

25: Percent of Oregon kids aged 13 to 17 who started smoking cigarettes after the state raised the legal minimum age to buy tobacco to 21, according to a survey from the Oregon Health Authority.

34: Percent of Oregon teens 13-17 that initiated smoking before the law went into effect.

6.5: Percent sales tax in Washington, where Oregonians will have to pay sales tax due to a new bill passed by the state legislature there, according to OPB. Oregonians can apply to Washington state to get those taxes reimbursed if they exceed $25.

16: Cents that Sen. Brian Boquist, R-Dallas, wants to cut the per-gallon state gas tax, an effort to offset higher energy costs due to cap and trade, according to Willamette Week. Boquist filed an initiative petition to do so this week.


Sherman County eNews #140






church.family1Grass Valley First Baptist Church is having its Spring Fling on Saturday, June 8th at 6:30 p.m. It is featuring Joni Harms who will be there to encourage and perform. The dinner is a potluck. Please bring side dish or dessert. It is a family event and all are welcome. Babysitting will be provided. ~Joe Burgess, Pastor

2. CLASSIFIEDS (new or corrected)


applause1Appreciation can make a day – even change a life. Your willingness to put it into words is all that is necessary. ~Margaret Cousins

THANK YOU! On May 10, 2019, Sherman County Prevention sponsored a Mother’s/Grandmother’s Appreciation Dinner and Dance in honor of Mother’s Day.  The intent was to honor the moms in our county while creating bonding experiences for families.  The event was well attended and everyone had a good time.  I would like to thank Ali Roark, Rod Asher and Merva Haley for assisting with decorating and carrying out last minute duties as needed during the event. The Wasco Events Center was a great venue.  Dinner, catered by Country Side Catering, Brittney Havins, was delicious and the music by DJE added a lot of fun.  Thanks again to each of you.  This would not have been a success without each of you! ~Amy Asher, Sherman County Prevention Coordinator

THANK YOU, ODOT, for sweeping Wasco’s streets! They look so nice! ~Carol MacKenzie

I can live for two months on a good compliment. ~Mark Twain



COUNTRY BREAKFAST with SHERMAN COUNTY CHILD CARE FOUNDATION / ABC HUSKIES DAY CARE. Wasco Memorial Day Country Breakfast 7:30-10:30 Wasco Fire Hall May 26 & 27.

BINGO & MAKE-YOUR-OWN ICE CREAM SUNDAES for FOOD BANK. St. Mary Parish Hall, next door to the Wasco School Events Center, Monday, May 27, 1-3pm. Hosted by the Catholic Community of Sherman County to benefit the Sherman County Food Bank.

RAFFLE to SUPPORT WASCO MEMORIAL DAY CELEBRATION. Get your tickets at the historic Railroad Depot in Wasco May 26-27.

MEMORIAL DAY PASTRY AUCTION. Please help support the Wasco Memorial Day Celebration by bringing a baked item to the Pastry Auction on May 27th. I will be at the Train Depot to gather and label your tasty treats starting at 9am. The Auction is held after the parade. All proceeds go directly to the Memorial Day Fund to keep the parade entry free, to allow vendors to set up for free, to have free kid activities. I can also pick up baked items on Sunday if you want to donate but can’t make it Monday. Contact me at 541-340-0392.

All good fund raising plans have one thing in common: they show a diverse number of sources for their income. The board of directors plays a crucial role in the selection, implementation and evaluation of fundraising strategies. Board members may individually commit to raising and giving a certain amount of money. The basic premise of fundraising – You must ask; you must give. Everything after that involves creativity, imagination and a sense of fun.


Participate in the process of your community and country.

One person can make a difference.

Take a stand.

Do something about it.

Look hard at your larger community

–it may need your specific participation. –Mary Anne Radmacher-Hershey

JUST ASK! How can I help? Sherman County’s current activities require the equivalent of 290 volunteers –  part-time, one-time, once-yearly, once-monthly, as needed. Just ask! How can I help? The need is great. These come to mind… Your child’s activities. Your church. Sherman County Fair. Wasco Memorial Day Celebration. Sherman County Senior & Community Center. Sherman County Historical Museum. Sherman High School Booster Club. Wasco School Events Center. Grass Valley Pavilion. Cemetery clean-up days. Maryhill Museum. Food Banks. Respond to public notices of vacant local government positions, including EMT training. Lion’s Club. Or… if you can’t give of your time, give your support with your tax deductible dollars. ~The Editor. 


SHERMAN COUNTY FAIR BOARD SECRETARY. Job Description – May 15, 2019: Year-round paid position, pay DOE, hours vary based on season, some evenings and weekends required. Reports to: President, Sherman County Fair Board


  • Prepare and advertise agenda, following public meeting laws.
  • Prepare monthly financial reports to present to the Board at meetings.
  • Keep all minutes of the Fair Board and/or committees and disperse copies to necessary individuals and groups
  • Keep complete and accurate records of all proceedings and transactions in which the Board or Fair is concerned or involved in any way.
  • Issue notices, announcements or publications of or for the Fair and board.
  • Conduct correspondence, order supplies and maintain adequate records on file for all Fair dealings
  • Receive and keep complete records of all entries and awards made for premiums in all departments of the fair, except 4-H and FFA.
  • Off season events: arrange contracts, collect rent, etc. and note in monthly reports.
  • Prepare reports as may be required by Oregon Fair Association.
  • Prepare calendar of events for the year, indicating uses, revenue, dates, etc. of use of fairgrounds.
  • Year-round promotion of the fair
  • Manage fair office and hire office staff for Fair season
  • Administrative duties include answering phones, regular mailings and emails, updating and maintaining filing, provide bills to the County in a timely matter, record and report revenues and expenditures
  • Aid Fair Board in the development of the yearly budget for operations of the Fairgrounds and work with the finance director of the County.
  • Help solicit funds for the Fair.
  • Aid Board in grounds maintenance and trash removal
  • Prepare the premium book for publication

Experience & Skills: Experience with accounting, Microsoft Word, and Excel is essential. The position requires effectiveness in financial management, excellent verbal and written communications, and working well with the public.

To Apply: Qualified applicants should send resume and cover letter by May 31st, 2019 to: Sherman County Fair Board, PO Box 45, Wasco, OR 97065 OR submit electronically to: 5/24

FT MECHANIC. Apex Auto & Truck Repair is hiring! In need of a Mechanic who:
* Has diesel experience
* Has a valid drivers license
* Has a CDL, but not required
* Is great with communication
* Has a positive attitude
* Has the ability to work with minimal supervision
* Has road service experience
ASE Certification is a plus, but not required.
Full-Time position. No Cap Depending On Experience. Hourly or Flat-rate options are available.
Call 541-565-3001 for more information.
Applications are also available on www.apextruckrepair.com6/7

FT GRAIN ACCOUNTANT. MCP is seeking applicants for a full time Grain Accountant at our main office in Moro OR. An ideal candidate will preferably have a background in Ag and poss. an entrepreneurial aptitude w/ the ability to operate a business profitably, in a fast paced environment. Proficiency in accounting debits and credits and a minimum of an Associate’s Degree in Accounting -or- 3 years of verifiable accounting experience is required. See full ad @ Contact HR for questions or to request an appointment 541-565-2277.  6/7

CUSTODIAN. Sherman County School District is seeking a qualified 1.0 FTE custodial candidate. The candidate must be self-motivated and is responsible for performing custodial duties, minor maintenance, and other miscellaneous duties on a regimented schedule in order to ensure that the school building and facilities are maintained in a healthy, safe, and sanitary manner.  Medical, dental, and vision insurance are included. Criminal record check and pre-employment drug screening required. For information and application materials please email or call Wes Owens at or 541-565-3500.

Application Method/Materials Required. Please submit a letter of interest, application (available from the school district) and resume if you are interested in the position to: Wes Owens, Superintendent, 65912 High School Loop, Moro, Oregon 97039, (541) 565-3500 This position will remain open until filled. Sherman County School District is an equal opportunity employer.


STRONG PEOPLE STRENGTH TRAINING. Join us at the Grass Valley Pavilion Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 7:30 am to strengthen your bones and improve your balance and well-being. For questions call Fern Wilcox 541-980-5093 or email at 5/24

LOCAL GENERAL CONTRACTOR, HANDYMAN & EQUIPMENT OPERATOR. Ready for spring projects, large and small, indoors or out. Please call Kevin at 541-993-4282 | KCK, Inc. | Licensed, bonded and insured. CCB #135768. References available. 6/28

HOST A CBYX SCHOLARSHIP STUDENT FROM GERMANY. ASSE Student Exchange Programs is now seeking American families to host high school students from Germany. All these exceptional students have received a scholarship through The Congress Bundestag Youth Exchange Program (CBYX), a U.S. State Department-sponsored program. The CBYX scholarship provides a unique opportunity for 250 young Americans to spend a year in Germany, while at the same time, giving 300 young Germans the change to live a year in the United States! All the students live as members of caring host families and enjoy a variety of program activities, in addition to learning life in a new country. By improving not only their language skills, but also increasing their intercultural awareness, these students form a bridge of understanding between Germany and the United States and continue to strengthen ties between their two countries. This historic US State Department program seeks to foster democracy and values inherent in a free market economy. Your support of these students and programs like this reinforces the United States’ commitment to education and opportunity throughout the world. Become an ASSE host family for one of these well-qualified, bright, motivated and well-screened students coming from Germany. By living with local host families and attending local high schools, these scholarship students acquire an understanding of American values and build on leadership skills. If you are interested in opening your home and sharing your family life with a young person from abroad, please contact us today for more information, call (800) 733-2773, go online at or email 5/24




WASCO MULTI-FAMILY YARD SALE. Multi-Family Yard Sale Saturday and Sunday, May 25th & 26th, 10am to 4pm, 912 Pemberton Street, Wasco, Oregon. We’re the house that sits back by itself by the storage facility and Pacific Power substation. Furniture, tons of young girls clothes, men’s and women’s clothes, shoes, kitchenware, toys, bikes, decor, etc. Too much to list! Come on over and take a look. 5/24

GRASS VALLEY PAVILION & PARK SALE. The annual Pavilion and Park Sale will be May 24th & 25th in Grass Valley, Oregon, from 9:30 – 4:00.  Participation fee: $10.00. Venders welcome: Crafters, yard sales, gardeners, photographers, food items. PLEASE LEAVE MESSAGE to register with Terri Bibby 541-333-2374. 5/24


2000 Ford E450 Bus

Auto Transmission

Mileage: ~ 125,490 miles

As Is Condition

VIN #: 1FDXE4553YHB96056


2008 Jeep Patriot

Auto Transmission

Mileage: ~ 87,058 miles

As Is Condition: Possible Drive Train Issue

VIN #: 108FF28W18D605526


2008 Chrysler PT Cruiser

Auto Transmission

Mileage: ~ 33,980

As Is Condition

VIN #: 3A8FY68878T155104


2014 Dodge Charger

Auto Transmission

Mileage: ~ 99,856

As Is Condition

VIN #: 2C3CDXAT4EH158884

Sealed bids must be submitted to the Sherman County Court, P.O. Box 365, Moro, OR 97039 by 5:00 pm Tuesday June 4, 2019. Bids will be opened and read aloud during County Court on Wednesday, June 5, 2019. ALL ENVELOPES AND BIDS MUST BE LABELED WITH THE ITEM YOU ARE BIDDING ON. Minimum bid for Ford Van: $2,000; Minimum bid for Jeep Patriot: $2,000; Minimum bid for PT Cruiser: $3,500; Minimum bid for Dodge Charger: $10,000. To request a viewing appointment, contact the Office of the Sherman County Court at 541-565-3416. 5/31





FREE SALVAGEABLE PVC GUTTERS. I have a bunch of old PVC Gutters that I took off my home. There are many parts that are usable if you have or want to put up some gutters. They are white. Contact me via email / Text 541-965-1227 or call. 6/7 



3. CALENDAR (new or corrected)



24 BURN BAN Begins for N. Sherman & Moro RFPDs, Rufus, Wasco & Moro

24 Sherman County Budget Hearing – Courthouse

24-25 Grass Valley Pavilion & Park Sale 9:30-4 Grass Valley

25-26 Catfish Extravaganza, Rufus/John Day River

26-27 Wasco Memorial Day Country Breakfast 7:30-10:30 Wasco Fire Hall


27 Wasco Memorial Day Celebration U.S. Air Force Fly-over between 10 & 10:30; Tribute to Veterans; Parade at 11; Paradise Rose Chuck Wagon BBQ; Pastry Auction; Car Show; Dandy Valley Nursery Stock for Sale; Music by Tyson Huckins; Train Rides for Kids; Ice Cream & Bingo at the Parish Hall. 541-340-0392.

28 Sherman County/Cities Fiber Meeting 6

30 Sherman County School Senior Scholarship Program 7

31-June 2 Junior Livestock Show, Tygh Valley 


1 Sherman County School Graduation 11

1 Farmers Market 10-4 Moro

1 Arlington Fishing Derby & Spring Walapalooza 8-12

1-2 Equine Mania LLC Wheatacres Trail & Cattle Challenge (541) 980-7394

3 Lower John Day Area Commission on Transportation 10

3 Grass Valley City Council 7

4 Sherman County School Junior High Academic Awards 2:30

5 Biggs Service District Budget Committee Meeting 8:30 Courthouse

5 Sherman County Court 9

5 All County Prayer Meeting Wasco Methodist Church social 6:30, prayer 7:00-8:30

6 Sherman County Fair Board 7


7 Gorge Broadband Consortium 1 The Dalles

8 Veterans’ Benefit Fair & Support Services, Earl Snell Park, Arlington

9 Sherman Historical Society Museum Wine 4, Dinner & Program 5 Museum

11 Tri-County Mental Health 11-2 The Dalles

11 Pendleton Experiment Station Field Day

12 Moro Experiment Station Field Day

12 Sherman County Senior & Community Center Advisory Board 12:30

12 Rufus City Council 7

12 Estate Planning Seminar 6 Sherman Senior & Community Center


14 Community Renewable Energy Association (CREA) Board Meeting 10-1

15 Cascade Singers Compositori Femminili 7 Zion Lutheran Church


16 Father’s Day at Maryhill Museum

16 Cascade Singers Compositori Femminili 3 Zion Lutheran Church

16-21 Cottonwood Crossing Summer Institute for High School Students

17 Sherman County School District Board 7

18 Caregiver Job Fair 10-6 DHS, The Dalles

19 Sherman County Court 9

19-21 Sherman County 4-H Camp for 4th-6th graders, Wamic

24-28 Vacation Bible School – Moro Community Presbyterian Church

26-29 OSU 4-H Summer Conference for 7th-12th graders, Corvallis


Sherman County eNews #139


  1. An Invitation: Sherman Station Field Day, June 12

  2. Time to Sign Up for Sherman County 4-H Camp!

  3. Sherman County Family Fair, June 6

  4. Life Jackets Worn…Nobody Mourns.

  5. History Tidbits for Memorial Day: Wyman John French (1922-1945)

  6. Self-Imposed Limits

  7. Oregon Farm Bureau seeks calendar photos

“The love we have in our youth is superficial compared to the love that an old man has for his old wife.” ~Will Durant

1. An Invitation: Sherman Station Field Day, June 12


Oregon State University Columbia Basin Research Center


U.S. Department of Agriculture Ag Research Service

invite you to the

Sherman Station Field Day

June 12, 2019 | 7:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

66365 Lone Rock Road, Moro, Oregon

Join us for latest research results for resilient dryland systems:

  • New varieties: wheat, & barley
  • New weed control options
  • Tillage & root disease dynamics
  • Water storage & usage: Chem fallow/trashy fallow & deep soil
  • Winter pea cover crop in a no-till system.

Sponsored Lunch.  Info: 541-278-4186

2. Time to Sign Up for Sherman County 4-H Camp!

Time to sign your kids or grandkids up for Sherman County 4-H Camp!  Camp will be 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.  The Sherman 4-H Association will be reviewing scholarship applications on Tuesday, June 4.

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 Family Fair, June 6


June 06, 2019


Moro City Park

Free Hotdogs, chips and snow-cones

Live music by Karissa Gorham

  • Face painting
  • Bubbles
  • Pool Noddle Games
  • Body Bumpers
  • Corn Hole
  • Car Seat Safety
  • Fire Truck
  • Dental goodies
  • And more…

Questions, call Sherman County Prevention Office at 541-565-3655.

4. Life Jackets Worn…Nobody Mourns.

life-jacketHere are some more tips to help you have a safe and enjoyable time this summer/

Swimming in open water is different and more difficult than in a swimming pool. You can tire more quickly and get into trouble due to waves, current, lack of experience, exhaustion, or your abilities to swim as long as you used to have decreased. You could find yourself in a situation where you are fighting for your life. Even the best swimmers can misjudge their skills and abilities while swimming in a lake or river. Conditions can change quickly in open water, so before entering the water, please wear a life jacket. While wearing a life jacket you will not use as much energy, it will help you float, and most importantly it will be there when and if you ever really need it.

Every year several people lose their lives because they were encouraged to do something, such as swim across a lake, cove or pond, out to the nearest buoy, to retrieve a beach ball or something else that floated away or some other activity like jumping off a cliff or bridge. Your actions can have deadly consequences, so you should never encourage anyone to do these types of activities. Friends should do things like swim in designated areas and encourage each other to wear a life jacket.

While on or near the water watch out for each other at all times. It only takes 20 seconds for a child to drown and 60 seconds for an adult to drown. It is a misconception that if someone is drowning they will yell for help. Several people drown every year within 10 feet of safety because the people around them were not paying attention and did not recognize the signs of drowning. The signs of drowning can resemble someone just playing in the water. The signs include head back, mouth open gasping for air, no yelling or sound, and arms slapping the water like they are trying to climb out of the water. Properly rescuing someone should never include contact with them unless you are a trained lifeguard. Reach out to the victim with something to keep your distance or throw them something that floats to pull them to safety.

Avoid prolonged breath holding activities and games while swimming or in the water because it can lead to shallow water blackout. Shallow water blackout results from low oxygen to the brain.

A person basically “blacks out” or faints in the water. Shallow water blackout can affect anyone who is breath-holding, even physically fit swimmers. It is especially seen in competitive swimmers, snorkelers, or anyone that free-dives. It can also occur when kids or people of any age play games to see how long they can hold their breath underwater or someone that does not know how to breathe properly when swimming.

Increased water safety awareness can help ensure that you and your loved ones have fun this summer and return home safely. Always remember to wear a life jacket because it could save your life or the life of someone you love. Life Jackets Worn…Nobody Mourns. Learn more at

5. History Tidbits for Memorial Day: Wyman John French (1922-1945) Quips from the column, These Things We Note, and Selected Editorials Published in the Sherman County Journal, 1931-1966 by Giles French, Binford & Mort, Publishers, Portland, Oregon 1966.

6-1-1945 Wyman John French (1922-1945)

”Dear Son,

”This is Memorial day. It has been three months and three days since you got that bit of shrapnel in your chest over there in Holland and died for your country.

”A lot of things have happened since then and I know with your interest in public affairs you would like to know of them, although they mean nothing to you now. The big push that started a day or two before you died was successful and Germany gave up early in May, but not until her armies and Berlin had been taken by Joe’s men.

”Had you gone on into Germany you would have seen some very shocking things, or so we are told. The Germans had treated those who disagreed with them very badly, starving them and overworking them.

”We are hearing much about it because it makes good copy – and exciting pictures – and because it fits well into the general picture that is painted for us. It strengthens the propaganda that we were fighting to end all such cruelties, or, at least, the regime that did it.

”I know that if you and Carl – who was killed ten days after you were – had felt that you were fighting to end all governments that practiced cruelty you would have had but momentary regret at the fatal results to you.

”But you didn’t feel that way. You had read too much history and knew that wars decide nothing except who shall live and who shall die. No ideology was ever destroyed by a war, but many have been strengthened thereby. You wouldn’t have fought to make the Germans or anyone else accept our ideal of democracy, for you were too liberal for that.

”I remember you saying that the young men you were going to fight against were probably about the same as you were, in that they hoped they would come out of it alive and be able to go on living at some peaceful pursuit, raising a family and making a place for them in the world. There was no hate in you. Maybe there was no hate in the fellow who shot you.

”Had you believed all the idealistic propaganda of the wartime, you would be surprised to learn the Russians are marching German prisoners back to the Ukraine to rebuild that destroyed country. For a man who has lost his life for justice and freedom and the pursuit of happiness, that would have come as a shock. We of the democratic nation are doing a fine job of not letting our left hand know what our right is doing.

”The man who sent you to war is dead, too. His end came about a month before Germany’s did. There is a conference being held in San Francisco to make up a plan for world order, but no one has a lot of confidence in it. Most people you meet think there will be another war in 20 to 25 years and that any kind of order, good or bad, would last until a new crop of people grow up – and no longer. You see, we are pretty pessimistic.

”The hills are green now, although the spring has been cold and backward; the cattle are fat and sleek and the grain is growing well since we had big rains the first of the month. There will be a good crop and big money again for the farmers. Everybody is doing well, with wages high and profits big because of the war.

”This is your first Memorial day as a memorialee instead of a memorialor. We had a program on the courthouse lawn and dedicated an honor roll with the names of all you boys on it. Those of you who have died have a place under a gold star. There will be many words said about you on future Memorial days. I do hope, and I know you would, that something will have come from your death. I know you did not expect it and neither do I. But you are never going to have to worry about it.

”Your grave over there in the low hills of Holland seems pretty far away, son, especially on this day, and your mother and I would like to be able to stand beside it a few moments and think about you.

”The high hopes we had that you had so far justified are there with you in foreign soil. The little men who yapped about the necessity of the war are quieter now as they contemplate the pictures of our overseas graveyards; the swaggering ones who glorify war will soon be in eclipse. What will persist forever and ever is the quietness, the silence of your brave young voices. What you could have done in the world will go undone and the world has lost that. It has had another lesson on might, on the value of power.

”The town is just the same. We and the neighbors go about our tasks as before. There is nothing else to do. We stay in our habits of work and play. Our pleasure that the European war is over comes from the relief that no more will be shot, not from the hope that there will be a new world to live in.

”The simple things are what interest us; life, death, food and shelter, hopes and fears. The wrangling of nations brings us misery more often than joy.

”We’ll be remembering you, son. And every day we can see you swing up the walk toward home in that long-legged stride you had. And your whistle sounds above the rattle of the job press when there is a moment of calm in the office.

”So-long, son


6. Self-Imposed Limits

Have you ever been faced with a challenge in life, one that really pushed you to your limits?

Most of us have. But let’s ponder a moment and ask, how did we feel when we came out on the other side? Most likely, the first thing we felt was relief. But then we probably felt stronger, tougher and more capable, as well.

If you want to develop yourself and expand your abilities, you must face and master challenges, move out of your comfort zone, and every now and then take on a little more than you are absolutely certain you can handle. Every advance made over the past millennia has happened in this exact way. Push beyond perceived limits, only to realize that those limits were self-imposed and not solid obstacles.

We can work up to this, by taking on little challenges every day. Set a goal to learn something, anything, new – every day. Part of the goal is making that something new also something completely outside of your “normal” knowledge base. Maybe the challenge is not just the knowledge itself, but the language used in the understanding of it. Nudge your mind to grow and you will find your comfort zones growing too.

It is not necessary to compete with other people in order to do this, although healthy competition can certainly help us sharpen certain skills. The really important competition goes on inside us, as we challenge our beliefs about where our limitations lie and how much we can be and do.

So, the next time life pushes you to your limits, why not look at it as an opportunity to grow? With this attitude, you’ll find it much easier to rise to the challenge and come out on top. ~The Pacific Institute

7. Oregon Farm Bureau seeks calendar photos

camera.handheldOregon Farm Bureau (OFB) invites all photography enthusiasts to enter their best images of Oregon agriculture in the annual OFB Calendar Contest.

Twelve selected photographers will have their work featured as month images in the 2020 Oregon’s Bounty Calendar.

The award-winning calendar celebrates all aspects of Oregon agriculture: the products, the people, the production, the landscape, the enjoyment, anything that depicts the beauty, technology, culture, enjoyment, or tradition of family farming and ranching.

“Spring is a fantastic time to look for photo opportunities within Oregon agriculture,” said OFB Communications Director Anne Marie Moss. “Farmers markets are in full swing, fields are blooming, farmers are preparing for summer harvest, and young farm animals abound.”

Horizontal-format, high-resolution images — both close-ups and panoramic views — are needed of all types of agriculture in all seasons.

Subject ideas include scenes from farmers markets, close-ups of ag products or crops in the field, planting and harvesting crops, panoramic scenes of farmland, people enjoying Oregon-grown ag products, portraits of farmers/ranchers/families, farm animals, state or county fairs, 4-H and FFA events, on-farm festivals, to name just a few.

Photographers with images selected for month pages in Oregon’s Bounty will receive a photo credit in the 2020 calendar, which is mailed to 67,000 Farm Bureau members, and copies of the calendar. Everyone who submits an image will receive a complimentary copy of the calendar ($20 value), provided they include their mailing address.

The deadline for entries is Sept. 15, 2019.

Photographers do not need to be Farm Bureau members to participate and there is no limit to the number of photos that can be submitted. Photo specifications are at

The state’s largest general farm organization, Oregon Farm Bureau is a grassroots, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization representing the interests of the state’s family farmers and ranchers in the public and policymaking arenas. The calendar is mailed to 67,000 members around the state and thousands more are distributed throughout the year.

For more information and to see previous years of the Oregon’s Bounty Calendar, visit  Project contact is Anne Marie Moss, OFB Communications Director, at, 503.399.1701.