Sherman County eNews #191


  1. Shaniko Days, August 3-4

  2. Letter to the Editor: July South Sherman Fire Board Meeting

  3. What’s Coming Up at Sherman County Public/School Library

  4. Cottonwood Canyon State Park: Lower Cabin Rates, Fish Biting

  5. Our True Selves

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

1. Shaniko Days, August 3-4 

SATURDAY, August 3rd from 10:30, A.M. to 10 P.M.

  • Parade (10:30 am) Chamber Raffle & Bake sale, Old-Tyme Photos noon to 5 pm.
  • Gunfight at the OK Corral skit and other gunslinger episodes & more!
  • Entertainment: Mud Springs Gospel Band, (11 am) the Sunshine Exchange Cloggers,  Phoenix Duo, Triur Amadan Irish band, Ragtime & Requests by Meg Graf, finishing with a 7 P.M. Street dance by local area sensations, Joni, Zac & Mic 

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  • Vendors welcome, $10 per day.  For more info 541-489-3226.  City of Shaniko, Shaniko Chamber of Commerce and Shaniko Preservation Guild, sponsoring.
  • Camp free along the streets of Shaniko.
  • Meg Graf performing Ragtime, Vintage, and requested music in the Stagecoach Station/Raven’s Nest afternoons.
  • Downtown Firehouse sale
  • Toy & Game Museum (11-3) in the school.

SUNDAY, August 4th 

  • Church in the school Sunday morning 10 am by True Life Church of Colton, OR.
  • Vendors welcome, $10 per day.  For more info 541-489-3226.  City of Shaniko, Shaniko Chamber of Commerce and Shaniko  Preservation Guild, sponsoring.  Camp free along the streets of Shaniko.
  • Relax, Retreat & Remember

2. Letter to the Editor: July South Sherman Fire Board Meeting

pencil.sharpIn reference to July 16, 2019, South Sherman Fire Board Meeting:

The meeting introduced to us the new board members and their priorities. They have an enormous task ahead of them and need everyone’s support to succeed in protecting our community.

I congratulate them for keeping the meeting professional, very transparent and respecting everyone’s desire to have a voice.

Fire Fighters, Farmers, and Supporting groups / citizens, need to take their duties seriously. Not showing up, acting as if you resigned and sending others to do your job are not how professionals conduct themselves and are unconscionable actions for public servants sworn to protect their community. Slight remarks from the audience are also unprofessional and counter-productive, and have no place in a forum such as this meeting.

Let’s get serious about our roles in this community! Fire fighting, leadership and citizenship are not to be taken lightly. All come with great responsibilities, and have grave consequences when not taken seriously.

Fellow public servants and citizens, we need to understand the important role we play in our community, be professional at all times, or get out of the way!

Meinrad Kuettel
Grass Valley, Oregon

3. What’s Coming Up at Sherman County Public/School Library

The Library is open BREAK Hours
11am-7pm Tuesday and Thursday
10am-4pm Saturday.

Tuesdays in July at 11am

Library After Hours
Every Wednesday this summer 6pm-8pm
Grades 7-12 (entering)
Movies, Games, Food, Crafts, Music, Hang Out.
If you need a ride, please email Abbey at or call the library at 541-565-3279 and we will try and arrange it.

Galaxy Globe Quick Craft – Tuesday, July 23 at 12pm

Summer Movie Night – July 25 at 6pm
The Lego Movie 2
Rated: PG
Run Time: 1hr 47min

Crafts in Stacks: Book Binding Journals – July 27 at 2pm
Ages 10 and up.

4. Cottonwood Canyon State Park: Lower Cabin Rates, Fish Biting

fishingpoleThe summer season is in full swing and the fish are biting. The cabins have been busy this year. Current reservations are booked until September; but those looking for reservations this winter and fall will have a new rate to pay.

Cabin rates are dropping from $48/night ($58/night for a pet friendly cabin) to $43/night ($53/night for a pet friendly cabin). These rates are effective now and will remain in effect year round. Current reservation holders will see a refund of the price difference. For a list of all facilities at Cottonwood Canyon State Park, see our camping and reservations page.

5 . Our True Selves

Do you know someone, perhaps they sit in the same chair you do, who seems to “play a part” when it comes to their interactions with others, rather than just being themselves? They mimic a chameleon, changing personalities instead of changing colors, depending upon who they are with and where they are.

Most likely, you have met or known individuals who hide behind masks in order to get through the day. This has become a survival mechanism for them. The mask betrays the good-hearted human beings the world deserves to know. You might even have met or known people who, when faced with the opportunity to do a little self-reflection, need to talk about themselves in the third person, in order to get some perspective.

What most is needed is for these folks to be honest with themselves. That alarm in our minds that goes off when we are faking it, or being phony, is our conscience reminding us that we are going against who we really are. We are denying our true selves because we think we are “less than” we should be. The challenge is, if we continue to deny our true selves, our mind adapts and the phony self we portray becomes the true self. And that’s OK, if the “act” we portray is who we really want to be. You see, our mind is that powerful. It pulls us to the strongest picture we hold.

If we truly do not like our character, then we can take action to change it. If need be, we go find individuals with the qualities that we want to have. We want to define these characteristics clearly, then go from admiration to assimilation, using the affirmation and visualization processes to change our internal pictures.

We do not need to portray anyone other than who we are. We have the freedom to make the choice of positive, contributive change when who we are isn’t who we want to be. ~The Pacific Institute

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

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