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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