Sherman County eNews #165


  1. Sherman County Fair Board of Directors Meeting, June 20

  2. Tri-County Hazardous Waste & Recycling Program’s Steering Committee Meeting, June 26

  3. Summer Programs with Goldendale Observatory at Stonehenge Memorial

  4. Sherman County 4-H Notes: Swine Club

  5. Hansell Wildfire Legislation Passes the Legislature Unanimously

  6. Taking Chance Out of Happiness

  7. New report highlights the value of jobs & international trade in Oregon

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

“Public affairs go on pretty much as usual: perpetual chicanery and rather more personal abuse than there used to be.” —John Adams (1826)

1. Notice. Sherman County Fair Board of Directors Meeting, June 20

The Sherman County Fair Board will hold a Special meeting at 5:45 pm on Thursday June 20, 2019, at the Fairgrounds in Moro Oregon 97039, to discuss the hiring of a new Fair Secretary.

2. Notice. Tri-County Hazardous Waste & Recycling Program’s Steering Committee Meeting, June 26

The Tri-County Hazardous Waste & Recycling Program’s next Steering Committee meeting is scheduled for Wednesday June 26th, 2019 from 8:30-11:30 am at the Wasco County Planning Department, located at 2705 East 2nd Street in The Dalles, Oregon.

Representatives from the member agencies of the counties of Wasco, Sherman and Hood River, and the cities of The Dalles, Hood River, Cascade Locks, Mosier, Dufur and Maupin will hold their meeting to discuss approval of minutes, fiscal & progress reports, lead agency, budget, status of facilities, staffing, grants and other miscellaneous items.

The nine governments signed an intergovernmental agreement in November 2003 to build and operate two permanent household hazardous waste collection facilities in Hood River and The Dalles, and conduct satellite collection events throughout the region.  Wasco County is the lead agency.  The facilities and events collect hazardous wastes from households, businesses and institutions which are Conditionally Exempt Small Quantity Generators, as well as pesticide wastes from farmers and ranchers.

For more information: Call Tri-County Hazardous Waste & Recycling Program at (541) 506-2636.

3. Summer Programs with Goldendale Observatory at Stonehenge Memorial

  • Solar Programs with Goldendale Observatory at the Stonehenge Memorial 4 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
  • Dark Sky Programs with Goldendale Observatory at the Stonehenge Memorial 8:30 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

4. Sherman County 4-H Notes: Swine Club

4-H clover1The Sherman County Swine Club met on May 20th at six O’clock. We met at the Moro Public Library. Everyone was there besides Dillan, Allison and Quinton were there.  The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Addie Smith and the 4-H Pledge was led by Savannah Blagg.  The minutes of the last meeting were read by Addie and they were approved as read by Ellery. The treasurer report was read by Michael Blagg, Motion to approve was made by Addie and seconded by Ellery. We have $1042.20 as of this meeting. Bill paid to Samantha Smith for $483.71, motion made by Bailey and seconded by Addie. The motion was carried to reimburse Samantha Smith. At this meeting we did advancement presentations, played Hoggy The Hog, 4-H camp and county medals.  Signed: Bailey Coelsch

5. Hansell Wildfire Legislation Passes the Legislature Unanimously

The Governor has signed the legislation into law

SALEM, Ore. – Yesterday, Senator Bill Hansell (R-Athena), chief sponsor of Senate Bill 290, witnessed its ceremonial signing by Governor Kate Brown along with members of the Oregon Wheat Grower’s League. The legislation makes farmers, ranchers and volunteers immune from civil liabilities resulting from wildfire fighting efforts.

Senator Hansell released the following statement: “This legislation was inspired by the 2018 Substation fire in Wasco and Sherman Counties, which was the largest fire in the continental United States at one time, burning over 78,000 acres of crop and range land. This is a Good Samaritan bill for farmers and ranchers to plow fire lines, and it protects these farmers and ranchers from liability. I am proud to have witnessed the ceremonial signing along with the farmers and ranchers that it will help.”

Senator Hansell’s family has farmed and ranched in Umatilla County for generations. The new law will become effective on January 1, 2020.

6. Taking Chance Out of Happiness

Who is in control of what makes you feel good? Is it you, or someone or something else? Today, let’s talk about how you can dramatically increase the joy in your life.

Everyone likes to feel good. However, too many people seem to believe feeling good is something that happens to them, rather than something they create themselves. When they feel badly, they just wait for it to pass, hoping something will happen to make them feel better. And that “something” has to come from the outside, and can take a mighty long time to arrive. In the meantime, all they can feel is, well, bad. Not much fun in that.

What if they had a plan for pleasure? What if you had such a plan? You already know a lot of things that make you feel good when you do them. Have you ever thought about making a list of these things? Do you really enjoy listening to music? Picnics at the beach? A hike in the woods? Watching a Marx Brothers movie? How about watching sports with good friends, or reading a great detective novel?

If you had a list of a several dozen things you could count on for a good time, you would have plenty of options the next time you wanted to create a pleasure-producing experience. Why not take some time and make the list – today? For most things, there is no better time than the present.

If you are thinking that this is a totally self-centered exercise, begin thinking of happiness-producing moments that you know would make a difference in those closest to you. Now, think about what you could do where you work or volunteer your time. What happiness-producing moments could you create, that are guaranteed to brighten everyone’s day?

Ultimately, you want to be the one in charge of your happiness. You do not want to leave something that important to chance. Remember, you are your own change agent. Are you ready to take charge of your own happiness? ~The Pacific Institute

7. New report highlights the value of jobs & international trade in Oregon

1 in 5 Oregon jobs are connected to trade, offering 11% higher wages on average

PORTLAND, Ore. – Trade is a major economic driver for Oregon and continues to grow in value, as highlighted in a new report released today and featured at the Portland Business Alliance’s Forum Breakfast on Wednesday, June 19 at the Sentinel Hotel.

The report, produced by the Alliance, Pacific Northwest International Trade Association (PNITA) and the Value of Jobs coalition, with research conducted by ECONorthwest, tracks the latest data and explores the impact of international trade across the greater Portland region and the state of Oregon.

“We are proud to lead this coalition in critically analyzing the value of jobs in trade for Oregon,” said Andrew Hoan, president and CEO of the Portland Business Alliance. “This report provides regionally specific facts, and helps drive important policy decisions that support jobs and keep Oregon competitive.”

“As trade talks heat up, it’s important to understand the impact federal policies may have on Oregon and why we need to preserve market access for our region,” said Maria Isabel Ellis, executive director of PNITA and director of federal affairs for the Portland Business Alliance.

“International trade in Oregon is what drives innovation and is closely tied with the history of commerce in our region,” said John Tapogna, president of ECONorthwest. “Oregonians who work in jobs connected to trade are three times more productive and earn, on average, significantly more.”

Oregon’s state of trade report at a glance:
•    505,700 jobs connected to trade in Oregon (1 in 5).
•    Trade with Canada and Mexico supported 154,000 Oregon jobs in 2017.
•    $58,730, average wage, weighted, 11% above state average.
•    $28 billion produced and exported goods and services in 2017.
•    12% gross domestic product (GDP) depends on exports in Oregon.
•    88% exporters in Oregon are small and medium businesses.

The full report, including detailed data, can be found at  This report is made possible through generous support from Bank of America.


Pacific Northwest International Trade Association (PNITA) is an affiliate organization of the Portland Business Alliance, greater Portland’s Chamber of Commerce. PNITA is dedicated to supporting the global competitiveness of our region through education and advocacy on issues affecting Pacific Northwest industries reliant on international commerce. Learn more at:

Portland Business Alliance strives to promote and foster an environment that attracts, supports and retains private-sector jobs, spurs economic vitality and enables quality educational opportunities. Learn more at

Value of Jobs Coalition members include Greater Portland, Inc., Port of Portland, Oregon Business Council and Oregon Business & Industry. Learn more at:

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

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Sherman County eNews #164


  1. Sherman County Soil & Water Conservation District Scholarship Recipients

  2. In Search of Sherman County Rental Housing

  3. Notice. Sherman County Court Special Session, June 27

  4. July Birthdays, Lunch and Ice Cream Social, July 14

  5. Things to do Related to Oregon’s Culture & History this Summer

  6. Things to do in Sherman County

  7. More Questions

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


Please do not drive or park your vehicle in dry grass!

Safety First! Prevent fires!

 “Dear Congress, as your employers, your request for a pay raise is denied due to poor job performance. Truth is you should be fired.” ~unattributed

1. Sherman County Soil & Water Conservation District Scholarship Recipients

The Sherman County Soil & Water Conservation District are pleased to announce the recipients of the first Sherman Co. SWCD Scholarship. Applicants must be a graduating high school senior of Sherman County High School or College/Higher Education Student and hold a 2.5 GPA or better. The Sherman SWCD is happy to award a $1,000 scholarship to the following students; Savannah Moe, Tyler Jones, Max Martin, Wyatt Stutzman and Kevin Hart. For more information about the scholarship program contact the office at 541-565-3216 or email

2. In Search of Sherman County Rental Housing

ISO: The Sherman County SWCD and NRCS have employees looking for a house or room to rent in Sherman County. If you have something available please contact Amanda at 541-565-3216 x 109 or email”

3. Notice. Sherman County Court Special Session, June 27

ShermanCoLogoThe Sherman County Court will hold an a Special Session at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday June 27, 2019, in the County Courthouse in the Commissioners Meeting Room, 500 Court Street, Moro Oregon 97039, to hold a supplemental budget hearing, approve the final transfer resolution, and to make the bid award for the Wasco to Rufus Fiber Project.

4. July Birthdays, Lunch and Ice Cream Social, July 14

Celebrating July birthdays especially Eilene Eslinger’s & Nita Hooper’s 98th!

July 14th

Grass Valley Park & Pavillion


We will start after Grass Valley Baptist church. If you wish to join us for church, it begins at 10:45am, Questions? Call Leta Ann 541-325-2993.

5. Things to do Related to Oregon’s Culture & History this Summer

Looking for something to do this summer? Check out Travel Oregon’s heritage related itineraries. There are so many cultural and historical treasures to explore in Oregon and Travel Oregon has compiled a great list of trips that you can take. Check it out if you are looking for something to do this summer!  For things to do in Oregon related to culture & history visit:

6. Things to do in Sherman County

We welcome visitors to Sherman County.

Explore our deep canyons, campsites, and parks along the John Day, Columbia, and Deschutes rivers. Follow the Oregon Trail from river crossing to river crossing. And enjoy spectacular mountain views from the ridges.

See for yourself the scale of wind turbines and the John Day Dam. Challenge yourself to world-class windsurfing on the Columbia River, bass fishing on the John Day River, whitewater rafting on the Deschutes River. Venture out for upland game hunting in our wide-open spaces. There’s something for everyone in Sherman County, Oregon.

7. More Questions 

“Who am I?” This age-old question is probably one of the most important you will ever ask or answer. And, while you are answering that question, another similar, but substantially different, question might present itself: What parts of yourself do you keep secret from others?

What is it you do, when you are alone, that you would rather no one find out about? Do you read trashy novels, talk to your plants, or consume ice cream by the quart? Do you indulge in self-destructive activities like illegal drugs or excessive alcohol use? Do you use language you would be embarrassed to have overheard, or let the dishes pile up in the sink for days?

If you do things you would not want anyone to find out about, another question is likely to present itself: What do you do about that part of yourself that abhors both the behavior and the deceit? Do you have to ignore part of yourself in order to keep your secret? What does it cost you to do that?

Some secrets are just a harmless way to have privacy. Others are terribly destructive. They undermine relationships and cause us to lose self-respect. It is impossible to be a whole and happy person as long as we believe there are parts of ourselves that are so unacceptable that we have to keep them hidden.

While we are on the subject, here are a few more questions that might need to be answered by each of us: What price do you pay to keep your secrets? Do these secrets stop you from being the person you would most like to be? How might you benefit from being more open or eliminating certain behaviors altogether?

Our answers may not come quickly, and some may cause painful emotions when the answers finally arrive. But these questions are important in answering the ultimate question, “Who am I?” And they are even more important when the next question comes: “Who do I want to be?”  ~The Pacific Institute

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

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