Sherman County eNews #174


  1. Sherman County Fair Board Welcomes Kya Maybe as Fair Secretary

  2. Sherman County Mobile Farmers Market

  3. All County Prayer Meeting, July 3

  4. North Central Public Health District Ex. Committee Meeting, July 9

  5. Sons & Daughters of Oregon Pioneers Picnic, Champoeg State Park, July 13

  6. Yours for the Making

  7. Early Reminders About Wildfire Smoke Inhalation Prevention

  8. Visit the SAGE Center, Sustainable Agriculture & Energy, Port of Morrow

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

“I think all the world would gain by setting commerce at perfect liberty.” —Thomas Jefferson (1785)

1. Sherman County Fair Board Welcomes Kya Maybe as Fair Secretary

“The Sherman County Fair Board welcomes Kya Mabe as the new Sherman County Fair Secretary. Kya has years of experience with the fair, whether that be from participating in 4-H or helping her mom in the Pavilion. We are excited to have her knowledge and enthusiasm to add to the team! For more information on the Sherman County Fair go to our website at or email Kya at We hope to see you all at the Fair!”

2. Sherman County Mobile Farmers Market 

Sherman County Mobile Farmers Market
May – October
1st Saturday of the month, 10am – 4pm
Main Street in Moro

food.freshThe Mobile Farmers Market accepts WIC and Senior Farmers Market Vouchers, Veggie Rx, Cash, Debit & Credit Cards, and SNAP EBT ($5 SNAP Match).  For more information on the Mobile Market contact or call 541-490-6420.  See

3. All County Prayer Meeting, July 3

church.family1The All County Prayer Meeting is Wednesday July 3 @ the Grass Valley First Baptist Church. Fellowship starts at 6:30 PM, Pray time starts at 7:00 PM and ends at 8:30 PM.  Everyone is welcome to come and join the meeting, come and join in when you can get there and stay as long as you can.  ~ Red Gibbs

4. Notice. North Central Public Health District Ex. Committee Meeting, July 9

The North Central Public Health District Executive Committee will be holding a meeting on Tuesday, July 9, 2019 at 3:00PM. Meeting will be held at North Central Public Health District located at 419 E. 7th Street, in the Main Meeting Room, in The Dalles, Oregon.  This meeting is open to the general public.

5. Sons & Daughters of Oregon Pioneers Picnic, Champoeg State Park, July 13

Sons and Daughters of Oregon Pioneers (SDOP) will be holding their Annual Picnic at Champoeg State Park near St. Paul, Oregon, on July 13th. Members, family, and friends come together each year to celebrate the founding of Oregon Territorial government, at the very spot where the actual vote took place 176 years ago. Find us at the Champoeg Pavilion, beginning at noon, for food and activities. The event is pot luck, so bring your favorite dish to share, and SDOP provides the beverages. Reservations are not required.

6. Yours for the Making

How much control do you believe you have over what happens to you in life? Today, let’s discuss how feelings about who is in control can affect end results.

Some people believe they have very little control over what happens to them. When good things occur, they think it is mostly a matter of luck or circumstance. They do not set goals or plan very far ahead, because they believe that how things turn out is beyond their control. Their stress and tension levels are generally very high, and they often feel overwhelmed, helpless and hopeless. Strangely enough, when unpleasant things happen, instead of blaming circumstance or luck, they tend to blame themselves.

Now, the bad news is that how much control we believe we have over our lives is generally a direct result of the way we were treated when we were very young. We assimilated the environment around us, because we didn’t know any different. The good news is that this condition, which is sometimes called “learned helplessness,” does not have to be permanent. You can learn to take charge of your life, and to look at things differently. The fact is, when your attitude changes, the results you get change as well.

Yes, that is a fact. The research is there to back it up. Your attitude is learned, and that means that it can be unlearned, and then replacement attitudes learned anew.

If you want to develop the ability to control your attitude and your life, you can start by asking your local bookstore to recommend some good books on the subject, online book sales and services can provide suggestions by the page-full, or you could get involved in a reputable personal growth program.

There is no need to wait. The only thing standing in your way is you. Take control. Your future is yours for the making. ~The Pacific Institute

7. Early Reminders About Wildfire Smoke Inhalation Prevention

newspaper-arrowWith the start of wildfire season, comes the potential for dangerous wildfire smoke. North Central Public Health District would like to remind residents in our region to take precautions to avoid illness, due to wildfire smoke inhalation, when air quality reaches unhealthy levels.

Smoke from wildfires is a mixture of gases and fine particles from burning trees and other plant materials. Smoke can hurt your eyes, irritate your respiratory system, and worsen chronic heart and lung diseases.

Poor air quality conditions are a health threat and all residents should limit their exposure to smoke. Those with respiratory or heart disease, the elderly, and children, are advised to stay indoors when the air-quality is poor.

Air quality can change quickly. Please visit the Oregon Smoke Blog and the DEQ Air Quality Index links below. DEQ air quality monitoring data is updated hourly and is color-coded for easy to read information. Unfortunately, the only permanent monitor for our region is in The Dalles, with Hermiston and Prineville being the next closest monitors. A link is also provided below with information on the 5-3-1 Visibility Index, if there’s not a monitor near you.

Please take the following precautions to avoid breathing problems or other symptoms from smoke:

  1. Be aware of smoke concentrations in your area. See the links below for DEQ’s Air Quality Index and Oregon Smoke blog or use the Visibility Index.
  2. Avoid working or exercising outdoors when air quality is poor. Limit outdoor sports, work and recreation.
  3. Drink lots of water – staying hydrated can keep your airways moist which will help reduce symptoms of respiratory irritation such as scratchy throat, running nose and coughing.
  4. Try to avoid driving in smoky areas. If you do need to drive in these areas, keep your windows rolled up and vents closed. If you need air conditioning, make sure you set your system on “re-circulate” to avoid bringing smoke into your car.
  5. Avoid smoke by staying indoors, closing all windows and doors and use a filter in your heating/cooling system that removes very fine particulate matter. Portable air cleaners with HEPA filters can also help keep indoor air cleaner in smaller spaces.
  6. People with concerns about health issues, including those suffering from asthma or other respiratory problems, should follow their breathing management plans; keep medications on hand, and contact healthcare providers if necessary.
  7. Use of masks or bandanas doesn’t filter out gases or fine particles. An N95 respirator can provide some protection, but only if the person using it has had a fit-test to make sure it fits properly, and the respirator is worn correctly. N95 respirators are not available in children’s sizes. For more information about the use of masks, please visit CDC Respirator Factsheet link below. For respirator use in the workplace, contact your employer or Oregon OSHA at the link below.

Please visit the helpful links below for additional information:

Oregon Smoke Blog for the latest on fires and air quality across the state. 

DEQ’s Air Quality Index for current air quality conditions.

DEQ’s 5-3-1 Visibility Index for estimating smoke levels via visual observation.

CDC fact sheet about the health threats from wildfire smoke

CDC Respirator Factsheet.

OHA Reducing Health Effects of Wildfire Smoke.

Oregon OSHA Respirator use in the workplace.

Oregon Occupational Safety & Health

For more information, please contact North Central Public Health District at 541-506-2600 or visit us on the web at or our Facebook Page at

8. Visit the SAGE Center, Sustainable Agriculture & Energy, Port of Morrow

The SAGE Center is an interactive visitor center that highlights Sustainable AGriculture and Energy. Developed by the Port of Morrow, the SAGE Center gives visitors a unique opportunity to learn about the technology that takes place locally within the Port of Morrow and region without visiting each industry.  In addition to serving as an interactive visitor center, the SAGE Center offers a unique setting for various events and functions.   We Have Tillamook Ice Cream! End your visit with a delicious bowl of Tillamook Ice Cream!  See

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

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Pew Research Center: Fact Tank

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TedEd: Why should you read “Hamlet”?

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Oregon Workforce Gaps

Video: Dr. Keeling’s Curve

With 120 bills and 39 hours on the clock, Oregon legislators face slog to finish work