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.