Sherman County eNews #202


  1. All County Prayer Meeting, Aug. 7

  2. New School Year, New Family Member!

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

  4. The Other Oregon: A Voice for Rural Oregon

  5. Where is the Why?

1. All County Prayer Meeting, Aug. 7

church.family1The All County Prayer Meeting is Wednesday August 7 @ the Rufus 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

2. New School Year, New Family Member!

ASSE International Student Exchange Programs, a highly respected, non-profit, public-benefit organization, is seeking local host families for high school boys and girls from France, Germany, Italy, Thailand, China, and the former Soviet Republics. Students are anxiously awaiting word on who their host families will be for the 2019/20 academic school year. Host families provide room, board, and guidance for a teenager(s) living thousands of miles from home. Couples, single parents, and families with or without children in the home are all encouraged to apply.

The exchange students arrive from their home country to begin the 2019/20 school year. Each ASSE student is fully insured, brings his/her own personal spending money and expects to bear his/her share of household responsibilities, as well as being included in normal family activities and lifestyles. ASSE students are selected based on academics and personality and host families can choose their student from a wide variety of backgrounds, countries and personal interests.

ASSE students are enthusiastic and are excited to experience American culture while they practice their English. They also share their own culture and language with their host families. Host families welcome these students into their family, not as a guest, but as a family member, giving everyone involved a rich cultural experience.

If you are interested in opening your home and sharing your family life with a young person from abroad, please contact us today for more information, call (800) 733-2773, go online at or email

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.

Community Preschool Storytime – Every Tuesday at 11am
Join us for Preschool Storytime and crafts. Ages 0-6.

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.

Summer Movie Night – August 8 at 6pm
Five Feet Apart
Rated: PG-13
Run Time: 1hr 56min

4. The Other Oregon: A Voice for Rural Oregon

Our aim: to create a stronger connection between urban and rural Oregonians.

The Other Oregon is a quarterly magazine and monthly e-newsletter to address, from a rural perspective, the issues, values, culture and lifestyle uniquely important to rural Oregon. Content will focus on key areas, such as health care, economic development, water, workforce, transportation and education, along with impacts from federal and state legislation and the urban-rural interface.

The magazine celebrates rural life by covering rural culture and the people that uniquely define the non-urban side of Oregon. TOO magazine will be distributed free of charge to key decision makers in state and federal government, economic development groups, chamber boards, and other recipients suggested by our steering committee. Subscribe right here…

5. Where is the Why?

question.mark.circleLet’s delve a little deeper into how to change negative behavior in ourselves or another. We have talked before about how well the process works with a child. The good news is it works with adults, too

As parents, we know that nagging our kids to stop doing something doesn’t really work. They either argue back, make like they are paying attention but continue with the action or behavior, or ignore us altogether. Whichever the response, the result is the same: No change. We do the same thing to ourselves, when we “nag” at ourselves to lose weight, quit smoking, whatever. So, how do we go about changing negative behaviors that could be holding us back?

First thing to remember is that, as human beings, we think in pictures. (While you read words on a page, or hear words, your mind is translating them into pictures, immediately.) How we interpret those pictures is reflected in our beliefs, and our beliefs are stored in our subconscious – forever. Ultimately, we act or behave based on those beliefs. So, if we want to change behavior, we need to change the beliefs – and we do that by changing the pictures.

Now, to change a behavior, the current behavior needs to be recognized and called out. Then we need to halt it with, “Stop it. I am (or You are) better than that.” Getting the behavior stopped is only part of the answer, because the current belief/picture that you want to change is still dominant in the subconscious. We need to provide a replacement picture of what we do want.

So, it’s “Stop it. I’m better than that,” and then you provide the replacement picture. “The next time,” and you go on to describe what that next time looks like. “The next time, I will remain calm when somebody cuts me off while I’m driving.” “The next time, I will order salad instead of a hamburger.” “The next time” provides the replacement picture of what you want.

The challenge is you need to really mean it. What is the personal pay value behind the change you say you want? Where is the “why” behind the pictures? “I am a defensive driver, and remain calm during stressful traffic situations, because I want to get home to my family, safe and sound.” You get the picture. ~The Pacific Institute


Sherman County eNews #201


  1. Sherman County Emergency Services: July Activity Report

  2. North Central Public Health District Board Meeting, Aug. 13

  3. Sherman County Historical Museum Artist Series – Vintage Quilt

  4. Sherman County 4-H News: The Tiny Teaspoons

  5. Leveraging the ‘Inside’ Position

  6. Greg Walden Talks Robocalls, Border Crisis, Wildfire Prevention

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

1. Sherman County Emergency Services: July Activity Report

~Submitted by Shawn Payne, Sherman County Emergency Services

Sherman County Ambulance

July 2019 Activity Report

Date Time Incident Location
7/04 6:23 AM Psychiatric Issue Rufus
7/11 12:39 PM Fall Injury US 97  MP# 3.25
7/12 11:45 AM Motor Vehicle Crash Hwy 30 & US Hwy 97 in Biggs
7/12 5:44 PM Motor Vehicle Crash – Rollover 92740 Hwy 206
7/13 10:47 AM Cardiac Arrest Rufus
7/14 11:53 PM Fall Injury – Back Pain Wasco
7/17 2:47 PM Unresponsive Male Pilot Station in Biggs
7/18 7:51 PM Diabetic Emergency Moro
7/19 9:56 PM Fall Injury Shift Festival in Grass Valley
7/21 11:34 AM Motor Cycle Crash – Fatality US 97  MP#16
7/22 1:44 AM Motor Vehicle Crash I-84  MP# 12
7/22 3:47 AM Carbon Monoxide Poisoning I-84  MP# 108
7/24 12:26 PM Chest Pain Biggs Jct.
7/26 8:05 AM Fall Injury Wasco
7/28 6:43 PM Motor Vehicle Crash I-84  MP# 110
7/29 6:59 PM Fall Injury Grass Valley
7/30 9:27 AM Welfare Check Grass Valley

Moro Fire Department

July 2019 Activity Report

Date Time Incident Location
7-06 7:56 PM Grass Fire Biggs-Rufus Hwy
7-07 7:26 AM Grass Fire – Mop Up Biggs-Rufus Hwy
7-10 11:26 PM Powerline Arc in Trees Moro
7-12 5:44 PM Motor Vehicle Crash 92740 Hwy 206
7-13 2:31 PM Mutual Aid Fire Arlington Airport
7-19 4:46 PM Tractor/Wheat Fire 75103 Hwy 97
7-21 7:26 PM Search and Rescue for Drowning Deschutes State Park
7-22 5:31 AM Search and Rescue for Drowning Deschutes State Park
7-22 8:49 AM Structure Fire Hemp Facility in Grass Valley
7-23 8:00 PM Lightning Fires Baseline & Tower Road J
7-25 2:36 PM RV & Grass Fire Rufus

 North Sherman County RFPD

July 2019 Activity Report

Date Time Incident Location
7-06 8:02 PM Fire Biggs-Rufus Hwy MP#10
7-07 2:37 AM Fire Mope Up Biggs-Rufus Hwy MP#10
7-11 12:39 PM Fall Injury – Assist Ambulance Us 97  MP# 3.5
7-12 5:44 PM Motor Vehicle Crash 92740 Hwy 206
7-13 10:47 AM Medical Assist Rufus
7-13 2:31 PM Fire Mutual Aid Arlington Airport
7-19 4:38 PM Tractor/Wheat Fire 75103 Hwy 97
7-19 11:16 PM Semi -Truck Fire Pilot in Biggs
7-21 11:35 AM Motor Cycle Crash – Fatality US 97  MP# 16
7-21 7:26 PM Search & Rescue Drowning Deschutes State Park
7-22 1:44 AM Motor Vehicle Crash I-84  MP# 112
7-22 6:30 AM Search & Rescue Standby Deschutes State Park
7-24 1:00 PM Medical Assist I-84  MP# 109
7-25 2:46 PM RV & Grass Fire Hwy 30 in Rufus
7-26 8:13 AM Medical Assist Wasco
7-28 6:43 PM Motor Vehicle Crash – Rollover I-84  MP# 109

2. Notice. North Central Public Health District Board Meeting, Aug. 13

The North Central Public Health District Board will be meeting Tuesday, August 13, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. at the North Central Public Health District office, located at 419 E. 7th Street, in the Main Meeting Room, in The Dalles, Oregon. This meeting is open to the general public.

3. Sherman County Historical Museum Artist Series – Vintage Quilt Blocks

Moro, OR – The Sherman County local Artist Series is featuring Vintage Quilt Blocks during the month of August at the Sherman County Historical Museum. The Sherman County Historical Museum has a number of unfinished quilts and quilt blocks in their collection that have been donated over the past few years. These vintage quilt blocks are wonderful works of art. Some blocks are hand stitched, some are appliqué quilt blocks, and some blocks have embroidery on them. On display there is also an unfinished quilt top that demonstrates the intense workmanship of a skilled quilt maker. Unfortunately, little is known about who made these quilt blocks. Some of the blocks were donated by the family of Ked & Nina (Belshee) Dejmal and were kept to make a friendship quilt with the blocks all dating 1932 with embroidered names of women of Sherman County. Please stop by and take a look at this history of Sherman County and some art of the past at the Sherman County Historical Museum in Moro, Oregon.

Please visit the museum to see these treasures from the archives at the museum. There is no charge for this exhibit which is on display in the lobby of the museum for the month of August. The award-winning Museum in Moro is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through October.

The Sherman County Historical Museum is located at 200 Dewey Street in Moro, Oregon. For more information call 541-565-3232 or visit our Facebook page and website:

4. Sherman County 4-H News: The Tiny Teaspoons 

4-H clover1The Tiny Teaspoons 4-H Club met on July 20th at 3pm at the Cranston house. Attending were Madison, Claire, Addison and Debbie Bird. Today we made cannoli, which is an Italian pastry filled with a ricotta cheese filling. We talked about prices of ingredients and how much a cannoli would cost if we were to sell them. We also made an easy cannoli dip. Instead of cannoli shells you use crushed waffle cones. We discussed fair and signed off on many food advancements. Our next meeting will be in October where we will make apple cider again. Meeting was adjourned at 5pm. Signed Madison Cranston.

5. Leveraging the ‘Inside’ Position

The relationships we have with family and friends are generally the ones we value the most. They are an important part of life for each of us. However, there is one relationship that seems to be even more important. It governs all the others – and that is the relationship we have with ourselves. In all likelihood, who is the one person you will know your whole life long? The answer: You.

Every day of our lives, we send ourselves thousands of mental messages that determine how we evaluate our own worth. The evaluation we make of our worth is what determines our level of self-esteem. Of course, the messages we receive from our family, friends, co-workers and others affect our self-esteem, too. But they send only a tiny fraction of the number of messages that we send ourselves, so they don’t have the same opportunity to affect us. And isn’t it easy to discount those positive messages coming from others?

Besides, if we are continually sending ourselves negative, devaluing appraisals, we will drown out the other messages, no matter how positive they might be. It is very important that we, ourselves, become the source of these positive messages, or affirmations as they are sometimes called. When we take control of this process, the leverage we gain from our “inside” position makes tremendous personal growth possible.

Unfortunately, many people spend much more time focusing on their faults and mistakes than they do on their strengths and successes. An interesting fact: Scientists have determined that our negative vocabulary is much larger and more richly descriptive than our positive vocabulary. A quick glance at today’s social media feeds is likely to prove that.

Focusing on the negative is a learned behavior, and learned behaviors can be unlearned. A positive focus can be learned just as easily. If you choose to, you can learn it, as well. So, who are you going to count on, to leverage your inside position, on you? (P.S. the answer is, you!) ~The Pacific Institute

6. Greg Walden Talks Robocalls, Border Crisis, Wildfire Prevention

American flag2WASHINGTON, D.C. — Representative Greg Walden (R-Hood River) recently spoke on KEX’s The Mark Mason Show about his efforts to stop illegal robocalls, his recent trip to the southern border, and wildfire prevention.

Walden started out by speaking with Mark about the need to put an end to annoying robocalls.

“So, here’s a number for you: 47.8 billion,” said Walden. “Here’s another number: in the 541-area code, which of course I care most about in Oregon, 11.5 million calls in June; all illegal robocalls.”

He then explained that the Stopping Bad Robocalls Act, which passed the House in July, would tell phone companies to use their caller authentication ability to authenticate the numbers and block them if they aren’t real. The phone companies would do this at no cost to the consumer while also allowing the consumer to opt out of the service should they choose.

Walden went on to discuss the dangers of illegal robocalls,”We had testimony from a cancer center in Florida that had gotten spoofed, where someone was using their number, and calling patients and doctors. And you can imagine Mark, if you’re in treatment, you’re going to take that call, you’re going to believe it’s the cancer center in Florida. And you’re going to give them whatever they need, your social security number, your credit card number, whatever it is, right? They were interfering with the doctors’ daily routines and they were scamming patients. And so were going after them, were going to shut them down, and this legislation will go a long way toward achieving that.”

When asked about the humanitarian crisis at the border, Walden spoke about his efforts to combat the problem.

“I supported the funding to deal with the humanitarian crisis to provide for medical assistance, food, shelter — especially for these unaccompanied minors and families. We’ve had an enormous surge. In about 8 years in the early 2000s we’d have between 5,000 and 8,000 unaccompanied minors per year across the border. We’re now approaching 60,000 unaccompanied minors this year alone, Mark.”

He went on to discuss his recent trip to the southern border and how he visited one of the newer facilities in Texas that was built to help handle the influx of people.

“Our facilities were never built to handle this kind of influx. We ramped up with temporary facilities, that’s what I visited in Texas. They had 206 kids when I was there. They all had their own bunks, they had a 1 to 12 ratio of staff to kids, they had full medical services, 3 square meals a day, plus access to snacks anytime.”

Walden also spoke about wildfire season and the critical need to take action.

“These fires have become an enormous business, they are enormously expensive to taxpayers, they are deadly to people, and we shouldn’t have the worst air quality short of Beijing, literally, every summer.”

He then discussed what can be done to prevent these fires. First, he highlighted the need for partnership between local fire officials and the Office of Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and Forest Service.

Walden went on, “Second, we did pass some legislation in the Farm Bill that’s given our Forest Service and BLM new tools to manage the forests, but third we need to pass the forest resiliency bill (the Resilient Federal Forest Act) which would allow us to go in after the fires, clean up the mess, plant a new forest quicker.”

He continued, “I really believe that it works well in private land, county land, state land, we go in quickly, tribal land, and cut the burned dead trees where appropriate, while they still have value, and then you replant. On federal forest land, it is just not happening. Roadside clear, hazard trees get taken out and then virtually the rest is left standing until it falls and then it burns again in the next fire and destroys the soils even more. So, there is more work, legislatively, I think we need to do, but we are making some progress.”

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

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