Sherman County eNews #161


  1. Public Notice. Sherman County School District Board of Directors Meeting, June 17

  2. Why Museums Matter

  3. 15th Annual Fossil Cruz-in, July 6

  4. Sherman 4-H News: The Saving Nine 4-H Sewing Club

  5. The Quality of the Questions

  6. College achieves unmanned flight training milestone

We are not born knowing hate. It is taught. It is learned. It is born of ignorance and fear. ~unattributed

1. Public Notice. Sherman County School District Board of Directors Meeting, June 17

The Sherman County School District Board of Directors will hold a Regular Board Meeting at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, June 17, 2019. This meeting will be held in the meeting room of the Sherman County School/Public Library.

2. Why Museums Matter 

By Colleen Schafroth, Executive Director, Maryhill Museum of Art

pen.markerFor 33 years, the last 18 as executive director of Maryhill Museum of Art, I’ve had the enormous privilege to work in a beautiful building, surrounded by awe-inspiring art and artifacts every day. It’s wonderful.

But more importantly, I have had the privilege of working in a museum.

Museums matter.  I believe this whole heartedly and with every fiber of my being. Museums have a huge responsibility. Not just because a museum is a private non-profit with obligations under law, but because of our deeper core reason for existing – to tell stories through objects and, ultimately, bring all of us closer together.

Here are some of the ways that museums do this.

Museums matter because they tell STORIES
Stories about you, me, our neighbors and friends. Museums tell the stories that make us who we are – stories about our families, towns, farms and factories.  Sometimes, they tell us stories we may not know about.  Stories about inventions, new ideas, or accomplishments that shaped civilization as we know. They tell us stories about our towns, counties, states, and country in new ways and with different perspectives.

Museums matter because they keep THINGS.
Things that can help us understand where we’ve been and sometimes where we could be going.

THINGS.  Bird, animal and plant collections in natural history museums contain information about changes in the natural world that can help scientists as they grapple with challenges such as pollution, global warming, or declining populations. In some cases, their specimens represent our only knowledge of extinct animals or plants.

THINGS.  Painting, sculptures and all things beautiful … … … continue right here…

3. 15th Annual Fossil Cruz-in, July 6

Only in America, dreaming in red, white and blue.


Entertainment. Food. Vendors.

Registration 9-11:30 at Cross Rifle BBQ

Awards 3:30

Bring lawn chairs.

Questions? 541-763-2270

4. Sherman 4-H News: The Saving Nine 4-H Sewing Club

4-H clover1The “Saving Nine” 4-H sewing club met on Tuesday June 4 at Sherman Home Ec Room.  Attendees were:  Sebastian, Lexi, Beth, Emma, T’Sharra, Nicole, Erin, Bella, Coral and Bailey.  Pledge of Allegiance led by T’Sharra and 4-H Pledge by Emma.  Talked about 4-H camp and fair.  Will be meeting weekly, last time next week at school, after that at Extension Office or leaders’ homes.  Will make up schedule that works with each individual as needed.  A special day will be needed to do record books.  All project need to be complete by July 22.  Each person worked on their project, from bags, pillowcases, dresses, skirt, blouse, and pants.  Group was helpful to each other.  Submitted by Karen Thompson Umemoto, leader

5. The Quality of the Questions

No one ever has all the answers, no matter what they may say. However, it is the quest for answers that is fundamentally important to realizing more of who we are. Albert Einstein once said that, “The important thing is not to stop questioning.” His words emphasize something that is extremely important: It is not so much the answers you already have, but rather the quality of the questions you ask, that determines the direction of your life.

For example, what sort of questions do you ask when calamity strikes? Do you ask, “Why me?” or “What’s the use of living if this is what happens?” Or, do you ask questions like, “How can I use this to learn and grow, maybe even to help others?” or “What am I meant to learn from this?”

What kind of questions do you ask your kids? Do you say, “What’s the matter with you?” “Why are you so stupid, or lazy or mean?” Or, do you ask, “What are you looking forward to?” or “How will you show your teacher how smart you are?”

When it comes to your relationships, do you ask questions that can be answered with just “yes” or “no” or do you ask open-ended questions that encourage people to tell you more about themselves? And finally, what kind of questions do you ask yourself? Do you say, “How am I going to get through the day?” or “What can I do to make today really great?”

Do you ask, “what if” questions that help you explore possibilities? How about asking questions that encourage you to think about the purpose of your life and your reasons for doing what you are doing? Change the quality of the questions you ask, and you will be changing the focus of your attention. Change the focus of your attention, and you will change the results you get. Go ahead. Try it and see. ~The Pacific Institute

6. College achieves unmanned flight training milestone

The Columbia River Gorge hosts one of the world’s largest concentrations of design and manufacturing for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Columbia Gorge Community College, located in the midst of all this, is now the first (and so far only) institution in the Pacific Northwest offering “Trusted Operator Program ‘Level One’” certification training for commercial UAV pilots.

“Level One” is the first of three certification levels established by the Association for Unmanned Vehicles International, a global non-profit dedicated to the advancement of autonomous systems and robotics. Pilots holding Level One certification have demonstrated their competence to fly UAVs for certain commercial purposes.

“Columbia Gorge Community College has satisfactorily demonstrated the required level of knowledge, skills and proficiency for safe and reliable operation of unmanned aircraft systems, as established by the Trusted Operators Program, and is hereby certified as a TOP Operator Level 1 Service Provider” states the college’s AUVSI certificate, which is valid through April 2021.

In addition, Columbia Gorge Community College offers a certificate training program for small autonomous aircraft (“sUAS”, defined by weight) comprising three courses of four credits each. The first course prepares students to pass the Federal Aviation Administration’s Remote Pilot Exam (“107” certification). All three courses provide flight training to pass qualification exams for TOP Level certifications.

CGCC instructor Mike Davis, a fifth-generation Tygh Valley resident and pilot who returned home following an international business career, led the process to qualify Columbia Gorge Community College as TOP Level One Service Provider. Until now, Las Vegas been the closest place sUAS pilots could go to obtain a Level One certification. Davis is a commercial pilot with degrees in electrical engineering and international law; he founded Aero Drone, a company based in Tygh Valley that provides UAS training, consulting and flight testing.

Students completing CGCC certificate program will receive an “Unmanned Aircraft System Professional Certificate” from CGCC.

So, what’s next?

Davis, and Mary Kramer, Dean of Career & Technical Education, said CGCC will be seeking TOP Level II certification as a service provider by late summer of this year; UAV pilots holding this certificate demonstrate the ability to operate in more demanding conditions. Ultimately, the college hopes to achieve Level III certification. Pilots who complete this rigorous training will have demonstrated their ability to pilot UAVs for very specialized, industrial applications such as inspection of high-voltage transmission lines and wind turbine blades.

All three certification levels have been developed within the past five years, as regulators and industry attempt to keep up with popular interest in UAVs, which can pose a hazard if flown improperly.

Finally, Davis and Kramer hope to offer some of the training through distance education, reaching people throughout the college’s 10,000 square mile service area.

“We’re on new ground, and this will benefit industry everywhere,” Davis said. “Our approach of building practical skills really fits with our experience in renewable energy and electro-mechanical technology. The added value is, as a service provider, we can now help people who are in this business already, and who need the certificate to grow their business.”

“It has huge potential here,” said Mary Kramer. “We want to grow what we already have in our region. Just as we’ve done with renewable energy training, this is something else that puts CGCC on the map.”