Sherman County eNews #187


  1. Sherman High School Multi-Class Reunion, Sept. 21

  2. Girl Scouts of the USA Launches 42 New Badges to Mobilize Girls to Change the World

  3. Living Up to What’s Expected

  4. Veterans’ Town Hall Meeting & Veterans Benefit Expo, July 26-27

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

 Customer Service! “People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but they will never forget how you made them feel.” ~ Maya Angelou

1. Sherman High School Multi-Class Reunion, Sept. 21 


Multi-Class Reunion



1424 W 2nd St

The Dalles, Oregon

September 21, 2019

No Host Cocktails 5:30 pm

Dinner to Follow

$36.00 per person

Please remit by September 1, 2019

Payable to:

Sharon Spencer

66902 Hwy 97

Moro, OR 97039

Questions: Alison Yamauchi 501-258-7299

Rooms Available at:

The Dalles Inn 541-206-9107

Cousins 541-298-5161

Fairfield Inn & Suites 855-297-1429

Various Senior, AARP or AAA discounts are available on above properties.

Other hotels may be searched via Google.

2. Girl Scouts of the USA Launches 42 New Badges to Mobilize Girls to Change the World

By exploring topics like high adventure in the outdoors, coding, space science, and more, girls take control of their own leadership experiences. 

July 16, 2019—Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) today reveals 42 new badges exclusively for girls in grades K–12 that allow them to make their own choices about how they want to experience and influence the world. The badges enhance the organization’s existing girl-led programming, offering girls everything from adventuring in the snow or mountains to learning how to use coding to solve problems they care about. Girl Scout programming has long promoted independent decision making, which helps girls develop agency, challenge themselves to move beyond their comfort zones, and build confidence in their leadership abilities.

Among the 42 new offerings are Outdoor High Adventure badges that feature, for the first time in Girl Scouts’ history, two distinct activity options, letting girls choose how they want to earn each badge. Giving girls choices is important for developing their sense of self, their own voice, and gender equality—research from the World Bank Group shows that increasing women’s agency and decision-making abilities is key to improving their lives, communities, and the world. And research shows that Girl Scouts are more likely than other girls to take an active role in decision making (80% vs. 51%).

In addition to existing badge offerings, girls in grades 6–12 can now pursue:

  • Nine Cybersecurity badges, through which girls learn about the inner workings of computer technology and cybersecurity and apply concepts of safety and protection to the technology they use every day. Activities range from decrypting and encrypting messages, to learning proper protection methods for devices, to exploring real-world hacking scenarios (funded by Palo Alto Networks).
  • Three Space Science badges, through which girls explore topics such as the universe and their place in it, properties of light, and inspiring careers in space science (funded by NASA’s Science Mission Directorate and led by the SETI Institute).
  • Think Like a Citizen Scientist, a Girl Scout Leadership Journey during which girls participate in interactive activities to practice observation techniques; collect data; and share their findings with real-world scientists through an online network. As with all of Girl Scouts’ Leadership Journeys, girls use their newly honed skills to take action on a community issue of their choosing (funded by Johnson & Johnson and The Coca-Cola Foundation).
  • To prepare girls in grades 6–12 to pursue computer science careers, Girl Scouts will launch the organization’s first Cyber Challenge events in select areas this fall. At these events, which will take place October 19, girls will learn crucial cybersecurity skills by completing challenges such as running traceroutes and identifying phishing schemes (funded by Raytheon).

The new programming for girls in grades K–12 includes:

  • 12 Outdoor High Adventure badges, designed for girls to explore nature and experience exciting outdoor adventures like backpacking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, rock climbing, and tree climbing—giving them the confidence to support one another, take healthy risks, and spend dedicated time in nature. These are the first Girl Scout badges that members can earn by choosing one of two self-directed paths (funded by The North Face).
  • 18 Coding for Good badges, which not only teach girls the basics of coding but also detail how every stage of the coding process provides girls with opportunities to use their skills for good. Girls will learn about algorithms through age-appropriate, creative activities, such as coding positive memes to spread a message about a cause they care about, designing a digital game to educate people about an issue, and developing an app to promote healthy habits. Every Coding for Good badge includes a plugged-in and unplugged version, so that all girls can learn the foundations of coding, regardless of their access to technology (funded by AT&T and Dell Technologies).

“Girl Scouts has ignited the power and potential of girls for over a century, and we are committed to ensuring that today’s girls are the future of American leadership,” said GSUSA CEO Sylvia Acevedo. “Girl Scouts is where girls can explore new subjects, discover their passions, learn to take smart risks, and become their best, most confident selves—whether they want to become a NASA astronaut, an entrepreneur, a rock climber, a coder, or a cybersecurity agent.”

GSUSA works with top organizations in fields that interest today’s girls. Combined with Girl Scouts’ expertise in girl leadership, these organizations and specialists advise and weigh in on content to provide the most cutting-edge programming available to girls. Content collaborators include codeSpark, the National Integrated Cyber Education Research Center (NICERC), SciStarter, and Vidcode. In true girl-led fashion, girls also tested the new offerings.

At Girl Scouts she’ll discover who she is, what she’s passionate about, and what she wants to achieve—both today and in the future. Join or volunteer at


We’re Girl Scouts of the USA
We’re 2.5 million strong—more than 1.7 million girls and 750,000 adults who believe in the power of every G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™ to change the world. Our extraordinary journey began more than 100 years ago with the original G.I.R.L., Juliette Gordon “Daisy” Low. On March 12, 1912, in Savannah, Georgia, she organized the very first Girl Scout troop, and every year since, we’ve honored her vision and legacy, building girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place. We’re the preeminent leadership development organization for girls. And with programs from coast to coast and across the globe, Girl Scouts offers every girl a chance to practice a lifetime of leadership, adventure, and success. To volunteer, reconnect, donate, or join, visit

“Reaching for the Stars: NASA Science for Girl Scouts” is based upon work supported by NASA Science under cooperative agreement No. NNX16AB90A. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

About Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington

In partnership with more than 8,000 adult members, Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington prepares 14,500 girls in grades K-12 for a lifetime of leadership, adventure and success. GSOSW’s programs in civic engagement, financial literacy, the outdoors and STEM serve girls in 37 counties in Oregon, and Clark, Klickitat and Skamania counties in Southwest Washington. The Girl Scout mission is to build girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place. For more information, please visit

3. Living Up to What’s Expected

Have you ever had an IQ test – a so-called “intelligence” test? Do you know how well you did? That test just may have done you more harm than good.

Here in the U.S., most everyone knows what an IQ test is. Many of us probably had one while we were in school. However, these tests can be dangerous, and here is why this is possible.

First of all, it is difficult to quantify “intelligence.” These IQ tests really measure knowledge, which is a far different thing. Second, people get classified on the basis of their test scores. If this test is done in school, teachers get an idea about how smart our kids are, and then they treat them that way. The kids get the idea from the teachers about how smart they are, and then they behave that way. It’s a downward spiral doomed to frustration and failure for all concerned.

There is a famous study, done decades ago, where teachers were told that a certain group of kids had enormous potential, but were not living up to it. They were also told that another group of kids were not very bright. In actuality, all the kids had roughly equal ability. They tested these kids at the end of the year, and they found that the children whom the teacher thought were bright had improved their IQ test scores by nearly 10 points! The other group had gone down. The beliefs the teachers had actually played out in the way they taught the two groups.

This was yet another version of the self-fulfilling prophecy, and underscores how our own thinking, and therefore behaviors, are determined by our beliefs. What we need to do is not measure and label our kids, but encourage each and every one of them to use their unique talents and vast potential. It’s not so much what we know, but what we can use of what we know that makes the difference. It’s moving from a fixed mindset, to a growth mindset when we celebrate the effort over the result. It’s building persistence and resiliency, rather than tearing them down.

Children tend to live up to what is expected of them, and so do most adults. We want to see everyone as capable, bright, and creative and teach them to see themselves this way – from the very beginning. ~The Pacific Institute

4. Veterans’ Town Hall Meeting & Veterans Benefit Expo, July 26-27

American-Flag-StarKelly Fitzpatrick, director of the Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs, will hold her first veterans’ town hall meeting in Pendleton next week.

“I really look forward to this opportunity to meet members of the eastern Oregon veteran community and learn about the concerns, issues and challenges facing veterans and their families in this part of the state,” Fitzpatrick said.

She will also answer questions and share the latest updates regarding ODVA programs and initiatives, as well as veteran-related developments from the 2019 legislative session.

The Veterans’ Town Hall event will begin at 6 p.m. Friday, July 26, at the Pendleton Convention Center. It will also be recorded and livestreamed on the Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs’ Facebook page for the benefit of those who are not able to attend in person.

The following day, and in the same location, ODVA and over 60 partnering organizations and agencies will be joining together for the Fifth Annual Veteran Benefit Expo, the state’s largest veteran resource event, which is being held in eastern Oregon for the first time.

The purpose of the Expo is to provide a one-stop shop for Oregon veterans of all eras and walks of life to learn about and access the full range of their earned benefits. The event will offer resources from many different benefit areas, including health care, claims assistance, finance, home loans, long-term care, mental health, education, business and recreation.

The Expo is free and requires no pre-registration. The event will be open to the public from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 27 at the Pendleton Convention Center.

For more information about the Expo, visit

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

Bird.Black.EnvelopeRural America faces housing shortage. How one town is addressing it.

Immigration Facility Volunteer: ‘Prison-Like’ And ‘Concentration Camp’ Claims Are Flat-Out False

Office of Inspector General Releases Report On Overcrowding At Border Facilities

Revisiting the roots of the American political party system

Test your history knowledge!

The Totally, Utterly Irrefutable Case Against Socialism

Brilliant Maps: 15 Years Of Terror – Map Of Terrorist Incidents Since 2000

State Of Oregon Employees To Get Raises Of Up To 15%


Sherman County eNews #186


  1. Notice of Job Posting: Sherman County School District

  2. Sherman County Ambulance ASA Plan Advisory Committee Meeting, July 18

  3. Meet and Greet Wasco-Sherman Extension Crops Agent Candidates, July 30-31

  4. The Survivor Personality

  5. Oregon Wheat 2019 Photo Contest!

  6. FREE First Aid, CPR & AED Training, Aug. 1

  7. Sherman County Court Notes, June 5

  8. Sherman County Court Notes, June 19

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

1. NOTICE OF JOB POSTING: Sherman County School District 

Sherman County School District, 65912 High School Loop, Moro, Oregon 97039


Sherman County School District is seeking a 1.0 FTE custodial/maintenance candidate. The candidate must be self-motivated and is responsible for performing custodial duties, minor maintenance, and other miscellaneous duties on a regimented schedule in order to ensure that the school building and facilities are maintained in a healthy, safe, and sanitary manner.  Medical, dental, and vision insurance are included.

Criminal record check and pre-employment drug screening required. For information and application materials please email or call Wes Owens at or 541-565-3500.  This position closes on August 2, 2019.

Sherman County School District is an equal opportunity employer.

2. Notice. Sherman County Ambulance ASA Plan Advisory Committee Meeting, July 18

Sherman County Ambulance

ASA Plan Advisory Committee

Emergency Services Building

Meeting Agenda

July 18, 2019

6:00 PM

1.0     Open Meeting

2.0     Review/Approve September 5, 2018 minutes

3.0     Review 2018 (January – December) Response Statistics

3.1  Dispatch

3.2  Ambulance

4.0     Issues / Concerns

5.0     Next Meeting January 16, 2020 @ 6:00PM

6.0     Adjourn

3. Meet and Greet Wasco-Sherman Extension Crops Agent Candidates, July 30-31

Please join us!

Wasco and Sherman County Extension will be hosting a “meet and greet” for the new Crops Agent candidates for Sherman/Wasco Counties from 2-3 pm on July 30 and 31st. This is a meet and greet only.

The public forum at which the candidates will do a presentation will be held at the Sherman County Office from 10:30 am – 11:30 am, followed by a Q & A Session and Meet and Greet with the Stakeholders from 11:30-12:30 pm.

Both days will be held in the Sherman County Extension Conference Room with a different candidate each day.

Topic: “How would you conduct a research and Extension program in Wasco and Sherman Counties?”

4. The Survivor Personality

When times get tough, some people fold and some are made even stronger. Did you ever wonder why some people seem to be able to handle life better than others? Everyone likes to think that they have what it takes to survive adversity and tough times, but when the chips are down, some folks definitely do better than others.

The real survivors in life (not the participants in the “reality” survivor TV shows that only seem to bring out the worst in human behavior) have developed personalities that allow them more options. They also have a strong and clear intention to survive, and to do it in good shape. When problems or setbacks occur, they don’t waste time complaining and they don’t dwell on the past or what they’ve lost. Instead, their energies are focused on getting things to turn out well.

Survivors believe that, no matter what happens to them, they are the ones who are in charge of their destinies. They don’t get mad at the world for not treating them better. And they do have an extensive menu of behaviors they can choose from, depending on the situation. In other words, survivors are option thinkers with a growth mindset, instead of black and white, either/or thinkers who get by with a fixed mindset.

Survivors also have a wonderful ability to laugh at adversity because they know that even if they lose everything else, they will still have themselves. People with survivor personalities can walk confidently into the unknown because they expect to find a way to make things work out.

So, if you want to be a true survivor, try focusing your attention less on safety and security and more on developing positive beliefs and expectations, built on a firm foundation of reinforced self-esteem. ~The Pacific Institute

5. Oregon Wheat 2019 Photo Contest!

wheat.grainelevatorsEnter to win a pair of Oregon Wheat Mud Flaps at the state level, and top 10 move to Tri-State Level!

Submit your favorite harvest photos to by September 1, 2019. Please only submit 1 photo per email.
• Include your name, farm name, location of photo and your phone number inside the email text.
• Photo must be in OR/ID/WA
• High Resolution will be requested

Photos will be posted to Oregon Wheat Facebook page (with water marks) and the photo with the most “LIKES” on the Facebook page by October 1, 2019 will WIN a pair of Oregon Wheat mud flaps! The top 10 photos with the most “LIKES” will be entered into the 2019 Tri-State Convention photo contest in November.

6. FREE First Aid, CPR & AED Training, Aug. 1

Through a State Homeland Security Grant, North Central Public Health District (NCPHD) & Wasco Co. Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) are partnering with Mid-Columbia Fire & Rescue (MCF&R) to offer FREE First-Aid, CPR & AED Training!

Date: Thursday, August 1, 2019

Time: 6 p.m.

Location: Mid-Columbia Fire & Rescue Station 1, 1400 West 8th St., The Dalles, OR

You must register to attend, and class size is limited. To register, please call 541-296-9445 or email

Through Wasco Co. MRC’s grant, students who complete the training will receive an American Heart Association Heartsaver First Aid Student Workbook, and a course completion card.  NCPHD, Wasco Co. MRC, and MCF&R would like to encourage residents to be trained and involved in your community! The MRC is a community-based volunteer program that helps build the public health capacity of communities

nationwide. Medical and non-medical volunteers are needed. To join or to ask questions, please email Tanya Wray at For more information, visit the MRC page at or check out the Wasco Co. MRC facebook page.

MCF&R is seeking volunteer firefighter and EMS providers. Please visit their webpage at to learn more and to complete a volunteer application.

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

7. Sherman County Court Notes, June 5

Sherman County Court Notes

By Administrative Assistant Kayla von Borstel


– This is a very brief outline ONLY of topics considered “public interest.”

– These are NOT OFFICIAL MINUTES. For official minutes and full details, please see the approved minutes posted on the Sherman County website at after the next Court session. Thank you

The Sherman County Court met in regular session on June 5, 2019, and in conducting the business of the County,

  • Approved a 3.30% increase in The Dalles Disposal fees for annual operational costs to be effective July 1, 2019.
  • Adopted the budget approved by the Budget Committee for the 2019-2020 fiscal year in the total sum of $57,490,220, and imposing the taxes provided for in the adopted budget at the rate of $8.7141 per $1,000 of assessed value for operations, and that these taxes are hereby imposed and categorized for tax year 2019-2020 upon the assessed value of all taxable property within the County of Sherman as of 1:00 a.m., July 1, 2019. Additionally to approve appropriations as recommended by the Finance Director, and authorized County Court to sign.
  • Approved the resolution summary of proposed budget changes appropriating fund totals of $8,544,720 to the County General Fund, $146,100 to the Ambulance Fund, and $2,591,343 to the General Road Fund, $162,375 to the County Fair Fund, $1,140,000 to the Courthouse Facility Fund, and $120,000 to the Sheriff Vehicle Reserve Fund, for the Fiscal Year beginning July 1, 2018, and authorize County Court to sign.
  • Adopted the decision and order in the matter of the appeal to the denial of a conditional use permit for a mass gathering in the exclusive farm use zone on behalf of Tectonic LLC, with the 2 added conditions in the event of an emergency, the Sherman County Sheriff has the authority shut down the event, and ticket sales limited to 800 people. Also including the other conditions of approval made by the Planning Commission.
  • Approved the Mass Gathering Application submitted by Tectonic LLC, to hold the SHIFT Festival during the dates of July 18-22, 2019, located at Justesen Ranch Recreation, pending insurance approval, and authorize Judge Dabulskis to sign.
  • Approved resolution 01-06-2019 in the matter of adopting findings in support of emergency status and emergency procurements and approving an expedited emergency procurement process for the purchase of precast bridge slabs, and precast concrete abutments for the Finnegan Creek Bridge, and to include exhibit A, B, and C.
  • Approved Judge Dabulskis to sign the Knife River contracts for the emergency procurements for the Finnegan Creek Bridge.
  • Appointed Daryl G. Ingebo as Sherman County Surveyor with a term to expire June 2020.
  • Appointed Sheri Carlson for a four-year term, to expire July 1, 2023, and Arla Melzer to complete the remainder of Larry Hoctor’s term that expires July 1, 2020, to the Library Board as recommended by the Sherman County Public/School Library Board.
  • Approved Early Childhood Education funding for 2019-2020 fiscal year as follows: Little Wheats $26,667; Sherman County Child Care Foundation (ABC Huskies Child Care) $26,667; Sherman County Preschool  $26,667.
  • Approved Paula King’s sealed bid for the 2008 PT cruiser for $3,501.
  • Approved the Service Agreement between the Sherman County Sheriff’s Office and Bob Thomas as an addition to the Sherman County Wildlife Trapper Agreement, whereas Bob Thomas will provide professional services in the capacity of a Special Deputy, to provide care and service for the capture and/or euthanasia of feral or free ranging canines, and resolution of damage issues caused by such canines. The Annual Agreement fee of $5,000 is part of the total County contribution to the trapping program and not in addition to the designated contractual obligations currently in place.

8. Sherman County Court Notes, June 19

Sherman County Court Notes

By Administrative Assistant Kayla von Borstel


– This is a very brief outline ONLY of topics considered “public interest.”

– These are NOT OFFICIAL MINUTES. For official minutes and full details, please see the approved minutes posted on the Sherman County website at after the next Court session. Thank you.

The Sherman County Court met in regular session on June 19, 2019, and in conducting the business of the County,

  • Opened, read, and briefly discussed the three sealed bids received for the Wasco to Rufus Fiber. No action was taken at this time, to allow time to gather technical advice. The decision to award would be postponed until, June 27, 2019, during a Special Session.
  • Discussed the Demoss Park Site Visit and course action for the deteriorating Demoss Spring Park Bandstand. Consensus of the group was to tear down the Bandstand, and build a user-friendly structure in its place with a Demoss family memorial display.
  • Approved Sherman County Oregon State University Extension office, to assume the lease with Sherman County for the 2014 Chevy Traverse, currently in use by the Veteran’s Officer, when it becomes available with purchasing options in the future. Travel expenses, maintenance, fuel, insurance, and all other vehicle expenses to be covered by Sherman County Oregon State University Extension Office’s current travel line item in their existing budget.
  • Approved the vehicle bid from Sherrell Chevrolet in the amount of $36,501.62 to purchase a 2019 Chevy Traverse 3LT for the Veteran’s Officer’s use.
  • Appointed Jayme Thompson to the North Central Public Health District Board as the Sherman County Representative.
  • Briefly discussed the County applying for grant funds through Travel Oregon in the amount of $20,000, to assist Frontier TeleNet with construction costs of a tower at Cottonwood State Park. No cost would be incurred by the County. Consensus of the Court to move forward with the grant application.
  • Approved the purchase of a replacement dishwasher, and for mandatory site preparation of the area to occur for the Senior Center in the amount not to exceed $6,000.00.
  • Approved, as recommended by the Finance Director, a Resolution in the Matter of the County Court Approving the Transfer of Funds Within the County General, Community Transit, Ambulance, Prevention, Community Development, Court Security, Emergency Services, DA-V/WAP, General Road, County Fair, Early Learning Services, Senior Center, Courthouse Facility, and SIP Additional Fees Funds, and authorized County Court to sign.
  • Authorized budget transfers/payments as recommended by the Finance Director, including $5,000.00 from the Emergency Services Fund to the Emergency Services Reserve Fund, and $300,000.00 from SIP Additional Fees to the Fairgrounds Project Fund, and authorized Judge Dabulskis to sign.

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

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