Sherman County eNews #181


  1. Sherman County Court Special Session, July 9 CANCELLED

  2. ODOT Region 4 Weekly Construction Update (selected sections)

  3. Frontier Regional 911 Dispatch Board Meeting, July 16

  4. John Henry Schadewitz 1926-2019

  5. Clamming Clinics in Lincoln City

  6. Crabbing Clinics in Lincoln City

  7. Doing the Wise Thing

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

1. Notice. Sherman County Court Special Session, July 9 CANCELLED

ShermanCoLogoThe Special Session for today, Tuesday, July 9th, 2019, at 2:45 pm via phone conference, in the County Courthouse in the Commissioners Meeting Room, 500 Court Street, Moro Oregon 97039, to approve partnering with Wasco County on the Building Codes Program has been CANCELLED.

2. ODOT Region 4 Weekly Construction Update (selected sections)

Oregon.Flat.poleThe Oregon Department of Transportation is committed to providing a safe, efficient transportation system. ODOT invests in Oregon’s future through roadway improvement projects. The following projects are located in ODOT’s Region 4 encompassing Central Oregon from The Dalles to Klamath Falls on the east side of the Cascades. All work is dependent on weather conditions and schedules are subject to change. Where traffic is routed through or around a work zone, pedestrians, including those with disabilities, will also be provided alternate routes through the work zone.

Sherman County

US 97: Spanish Hollow Creek & Trout Creek Bridges

  • US 97 at MP 0.4 – MP 3.1 & MP 3.2 – MP 7.0 – Stellar J Corporation is completing the second stage of bridge construction. Expect intermittent single lane closures both day and night for the next week to complete bridge deck work. Expect minimal delays at night.
  • US 97 at MP 74.9 – MP 75.18 – Stellar J Corporation has completed this work.
  • US 97: Shaniko to Trout Creek (Sherman Highway; MP 57 – MP 75) – The contractor will be performing asphalt paving, rumble strips, and striping operations nightly Sunday through Friday morning between the hours of 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. One lane of traffic will be closed using flaggers. Traffic should expect delays of up to 20 minutes.

3. Notice. Frontier Regional 911 Dispatch Board Meeting, July 16

 Frontier Regional 911 Dispatch Board Meeting

                                                         July 16, 2019 at 1:30 p.m.

Gilliam County Courthouse – Courtroom

1 –     Approve June 6, 2019 Minutes

2 –     Executive Committee – Sheriff Mike Smith

3 –     Law Enforcement User Group Update – Lt. Jon Terland

4 –     IGA/By-Laws – Sheriff Gary Bettencourt

5 –     Frontier TeleNet Update – Lynn Morley

6 –     GIS Possibilities – Director Renee Heidy

7-      Director’s Update – Director Renee Heidy

  • If necessary, Executive Session may be held in accordance with ORS 192.660 (1)

(e) Property

(h) Legal Rights

(i) Personnel

  • As this is a regular meeting of the Frontier Regional 911 Board, other matters may be addressed as deemed appropriate by the Board.

Agenda Distributed July 9, 2019

Frontier Regional Board Members:

Chair – Sheriff Gary Bettencourt –

Judge Elizabeth Farrar –

Sheriff Jim Adkins –

Commissioner Mae Huston –

Sheriff Brad Lohrey –

Judge Joe Dabulskis –

Sheriff Mike Smith –

Judge Lynn Morley –

4. John Henry Schadewitz 1926-2019

flower.rose.starJohn Schadewitz, a long-time farmer and rancher of Sherman County and recently of The Dalles, Oregon, passed away peacefully at the age of 93 on July 2nd, 2019.

John was born on June 6th, 1926 in The Dalles, Oregon, the only child of Carl and Polly (Wilson) Schadewitz.  He attended grade school in Kent, Oregon, and graduated from Moro High School in 1945.

John turned 18 years old on D-Day of WWII, and traveled with his dad to town to register for the draft. Later, he was called in for an interview with a recruiting officer. John was asked what he was doing on his family farm, and John said,

“Well, we have milk cows, beef cows, pigs, and chickens. We are also harvesting hay and wheat.”

The officer responded, “I think you are doing more good for the country on the farm than in the Army.” John was not drafted for WWII.

In 1955, John joined the United States Army and served as a mechanic at the US Army Transfer Station Fort Ord, also at the Army base Hunter Liggett, in Monterey, California during the Korean War. After his time in the service, he returned to Sherman County to work with his parents and later to take over and operate the family wheat and cattle ranch until retiring.

John was elected Sherman County Commissioner in 1980, and served in that position for 15 years. Many of his hours were spent in meetings, travel, and county court proceedings.

John loved to visit, to share a meal or celebrate a holiday with friends and neighbors.

John found his Valentine, and married Levina Jefferies on February 14th, 1981, and they resided on the ranch near Kent.

John and his family are remembered for their kindness and generosity. They purchased many coats and shoes for neighborhood children in need of them during cold winters. John shared his life and his livelihood to the lifelong benefit of others.  John, whose giving heart followed in the footsteps of his parents, many times and in many ways, provided incredible levels of generosity.

John was preceded in death by his father, Carl, his mother, Polly, and his wife, Levina. He is survived by a community of good friends and neighbors.

Viewing will be from 2-6 PM on Thursday, July 11, at Spencer, Libby & Powell funeral home in The Dalles, Ore.  A graveside service for John will be held at the Kent Cemetery at 11:00 AM on Friday, July 12th. Immediately afterwards will be a celebration of life at the Kent Baptist Church with a potluck lunch to follow.

Carsten von Borstel – Officiant

Stan Earl – Vocalist

Deanna Padget – Pianist

Pall Bearers – Larry von Borstel – Lee von Borstel – Tim Jefferies

Jack Jefferies – Pat Jefferies – John Page.

5. Clamming Clinics in Lincoln City

From late spring through early fall, stop by a clamming clinic in Lincoln City. Everyone is welcome and no registration is required. Enjoy the wonderful bounty that Siletz Bay has to offer!

Clamming Clinic attendees will meet at the gravel pullout just north of the Bay House Restaurant located on the west side of Hwy 101. To get there, travel south on Hwy 101 in Lincoln City through the traffic signal at SW 51st Street in the Historic Taft District. Cross over the Schooner Creek Bridge and go past the asphalt paved Schooner Creek wayside parking area. Park at the next gravel pullout just south of the Schooner Creek wayside (underneath the billboard sign).


Each clam digger 12 years or older will need:

  • Shellfish license (available at locations listed below)
    • Clam bag* or 5 gallon bucket*
    • Shovel*
    • Pair of gloves to protect your fingers
    *NOTE: Materials and supplies should be purchased prior to attending the clinic.


  • Saturday, May 4 @ 11:30 AM
    • Monday, June 10 @ 11:30 AM
    • Monday, June 24 @ 10:30 AM
    • Monday, July 8 @ 10:30 AM
    • Thursday, August 8 @ 11:30 AM
    • Thursday, September 5 @ 10:00 AM

See more information here:

6. Crabbing Clinics in Lincoln City

crab2From late spring through early fall, stop by a crabbing clinic in Lincoln City. Everyone is welcome and no registration is required. Enjoy the wonderful bounty that Siletz Bay has to offer!

Prior to crabbing, participants will meet at the pavilion located at the end of SW 51st Street in the Historic Taft District of Lincoln City for a brief orientation. The orientation will familiarize participants with Oregon’s crabbing regulations, harvest methods, identification, and cleaning and cooking techniques.

Parking is available between Mo’s Restaurant and the pavilion. Flat access to the bay is available at the end of SW 51st Street, which is ADA compliant.

Each crabber is allowed to crab with up to 3 devices. Crabs snares used with fishing poles work well but not nearly as well as folding crab traps.


Each crabber 12 years or older will need:

  • Shellfish license (available at locations listed below)
  • Crab traps* or 5-gallon bucket*
  • Grab gauge*
  • Large package of chicken legs for bait*
  • Pair of rubber gloves to protect your fingers*

*NOTE: Materials and licenses should be purchased prior to attending the clinic.


  • Tuesday, May 21 @ 1:45 PM
  • Thursday, July 25 @ 11:00 AM
  • Wednesday, August 28 @ 3:30 PM
  • Monday, September 30 @ 12 NOON

See more information here:

7. Doing the Wise Thing

How confident are you that the decisions you make are good ones? What do you do if you are not sure? Today, let’s talk about making decisions.

Have you ever watched someone throw good money after bad? Maybe it’s their car – one expensive thing after another breaks down, but they just keep shelling out the cash to fix it. When you ask why they don’t get rid of it and buy another, they tell you about all the money they’ve spent to repair it and keep it running.

It seems to be human nature that when we make a decision, such as what kind of car to buy, we do not like to be wrong. It upsets our ego to think we have made a mistake, so we try to convince ourselves that it was the right decision. Sometimes, we will rationalize away information that contradicts our decision, or we develop a scotoma (a mental blind spot) and we don’t even see the conflicting evidence, even when it’s right under our nose.

Now, there is a lot to be said for persistence, for sticking with something until it pays off. But there is a real advantage in being able to recognize that there isn’t going to be a payoff when that is the truth, and acknowledging that mistakes are simply part of being human.

If you have any doubt about the wisdom of a decision, sit down and realistically weigh the pros and cons. Make a list of costs – including intangibles like time and stress – as well as benefits. If you decide it is time to cut your losses, let go of that part of yourself that insists on always being right, and, instead, make a decision to do the wise thing. ~The Pacific Institute

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

Bird.Black.EnvelopeHave you been to the Sherman County Historical Museum this summer?

How about a road trip? Journey Through Time Scenic Byway!

Discovery in July at Maryhill Museum

Frontier TeleNet Meetings: Audio Recordings

Gilliam County, Oregon | Wheat. Wind. Waves.

Oregon Paleo Lands Institute (OPLI) Center in Fossil

Travel Oregon: Clamming & Crabbing Clinics

1600 Daily | The White House | ‘Salute to America’

Defense News

Military Times

Of Course the Census Should Ask a Citizenship Question

Census Should Ask About Citizenship – But Supreme Court Fails to Resolve Issue

U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer Joins With Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Bernie Sanders in Effort to Declare a Climate Emergency