Sherman County eNews #208


  1. 2020 Sherman County Fair Queen Contest

  2. Dinner Program: “BPA, WWII & Aluminum in the Pacific Northwest,” Aug. 16

  3. Solar Saturday at Columbia Gorge Discovery Center, Aug. 17

  4. Golf tournament fundraiser brings in college scholarship funds

  5. Get your free digital Guide to the Constitution from The Heritage Foundation

  6. Time to Think

  7. ‘Big Read’ arrives in Columbia Gorge this October

There are two old sayings in Washington … ‘A camel is a horse designed by a government committee,’ and ‘An elephant is a mouse designed to government specifications.’ ~Larry Burkett

1. 2020 Sherman County Fair Queen Contest

Would you like to represent the Sherman County Fair? We have changed the requirements for the Sherman County Fair Queen! You are no longer required to have/use a horse. If you are interested in becoming the Fair Queen, visit our website and go to the forms page for more information Applicants must be at least 15 years of age and no older than 19 years old. Applications are due Wednesday August 21st, 2019. For more information email

2. Dinner Program: “BPA, WWII & Aluminum in the Pacific Northwest,” Aug. 16

electric.lineJoin Libby Burke, Friday, August 16, 2019, for “BPA, WWII & Aluminum in the Pacific Northwest” at Columbia Gorge Discovery Center and Museum, 5000 Discovery Drive, The Dalles, Oregon. Burke will outline the impact of the Bonneville Power Administration’s service during World War II. Historical photos and the rarely-seen color film “Power Builds Ships,” highlight the ship building industry during the war and the rise of the Pacific Northwest aluminum industry. Tickets for the 6 p.m. dinner and program are $18, the 7 p.m. program only is $5. Purchase tickets by August 14. For tickets and information call 541-296-8600 ext. 201, or visit

3. Solar Saturday at Columbia Gorge Discovery Center, Aug. 17

sun.simpleBob Yoesle will present a solar viewing free to the public Saturday, August 17, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Columbia Gorge Discovery Center in The Dalles. Using special safely-filtered telescopes you can view the surface of the sun. This event is free, and will be held, weather permitting, on the museum lawn. Museum admission still applies for visitors who wish to see the exhibits. For more information visit

4. Golf tournament fundraiser brings in college scholarship funds

golf2Participants, volunteers, and sponsors of Columbia Gorge Community College Foundation’s 20th Annual Founder’s Cup golf tournament helped raise more than $13,000 for Columbia Gorge Community College Foundation’s student scholarship fund. This scholarship benefit was sponsored in part by Columbia State Bank.

Gorge Net and Toole Carter Tissot and Coats LLP teams earned first place trophies in the tournament at Indian Creek Golf Course on Saturday, Aug. 3. Gorge Net won the low gross category and Toole Carter Tissot and Coats LLP took home the low net prize. MHCC +1 and Fore Education won second place awards, while teams Google DC and Arnerich Massena won third place awards.

Rob Pollard took home the closest-to-the-pin for the men and Dixie Schanno for the women. Tim Urness won the longest drive contest for men and Lauri Hausafus for the women. Chris Olson came closest to the pizza box to win a Papa Murphy’s pizza each month for one year.  No one drove home the hole-in-one prize of a new car from C. H. Urness Motor Company.

Twenty-one teams participated in this year’s tournament. Several sponsors provided support, including Mike and Marta Cronin, team and trophy sponsor; NW Natural, power cart sponsor; Ruby Mason Windermere Realty, driving range sponsor; Consumer Cellular, longest drive contest sponsor; Tucker 1147 and Lyle Style, Bloody Mary and juice bar sponsor; Food Services of America, lunch sponsor; and North Wasco County PUD, Northwest Graphic Works, and Walter E. Nelson, hole sponsors. In addition, the foundation raised approximately $4,000 through a general raffle that included 12 fabulous prizes donated by community members and local businesses as well as a wine raffle that included six cases of local, exceptional wine prizes.

Columbia Gorge Community College Foundation board members invite golfers of all ability levels to join next year’s 21st Annual Founder’s Cup golf tournament on Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020, at Indian Creek Golf Course. For more information and/or to reserve a team slot, please email CGCC Foundation at

5. Get your free digital Guide to the Constitution from The Heritage Foundation

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So get your free digital access to The Heritage Foundation’s Guide to the Constitution and have it at your fingertips as your reference. Be able to explain every clause in the Constitution in a way that is clear and understandable.

6. Time to Think

As we here in the Northern Hemisphere bask in those lazy days of summer, a lot of us find that sunshine promotes some lively daydreaming. It’s a little like letting your mind “off the leash” to wander where it will. This valuable time to think can give us the opportunity for what we like to call “ah-ha!” moments.

How many times have you suddenly, seemingly from out of nowhere, found yourself saying, “Yes! Now that makes sense! Why didn’t I realize this before?” Insights seem to come at the strangest times for some of us. They come in the shower, in the carwash, out for an evening walk, pulling weeds in the garden, or standing in line for your morning espresso – in short, anywhere!

It seems that our insights come when we have given our minds time to think, without forcing answers on the conscious level. How many times have you given yourself a problem to solve, handed it off to your subconscious mind, and then let go of conscious control? Does this not sound “normal” to you? Well, believe it or not, given enough time, the answers you need come through, complete with all the details.

There is great value in giving yourself time to think, for active reflection is the launching pad for change and growth. Those few moments of quiet reflection allow us to drain away the stress of the day, and also focus in on what is truly important in our lives.

Give yourself time to think, time to focus your thoughts on what you truly want in your life. Let go of the conscious demands of the day, and wait for those insights that will surely come – maybe even beyond the end of your “leash!” ~The Pacific Institute

7. ‘Big Read’ arrives in Columbia Gorge this October

books.loveStarting this fall, people in Hood River, The Dalles and surrounding communities will celebrate reading in a very big way, as “The Big Read” brings book readings and discussions, folk dancing, artists, a comedian, theatrical troupe, musical performances and panel presentations to schools, libraries and the campuses of Columbia Gorge Community College.

“The Big Read” is a National Endowment for the Arts partnership with Arts Midwest to broaden understanding of the world, its diverse communities and peoples through the joy of shared reading. Since the initiative began in 2006, more than 5.7 million Americans have attended a Big Read event.

That number will certainly grow this year, as Hood River and The Dalles join 77 other communities across the United States in the 2019 Big Read.

“Money can’t buy happiness, but participating in the Big Read will make you happy — and it’s free!” observed Jeff Wavrunek, director of The Dalles – Wasco County Public Library.

Different authors and books are showcased in each community. Featured author for the Columbia River Gorge is Luis Alberto Urrea, whose book “Into the Beautiful North” sets the theme for dozens of Big Read events beginning Oct. 4 in The Dalles. The book describes the US-Mexico border – the subject of controversy today – as a “dream-line destination and departure point, surrounded by desperation and expectations,” according to the book’s preface.

Urrea was born in a poor neighborhood of Tijuana and moved with his parents to San Diego at the age of five. A graduate of the University of California, San Diego, he re-discovered Tijuana as a relief worker for a church mission. He later secured a writing position at Harvard, and today is a professor of creative writing at the University of Illinois – Chicago.

“No one writes more tragically or intimately about border culture than this son of a Mexican father and Anglo mother,” said journalist Bill Moyers of Urrea, author of numerous works of fiction, non-fiction and poetry.

“Into the Beautiful North” is Urrea’s third novel. He invites readers “to think of the border as more than a stark divide between nations … [but] a place of convergence where meaningful conversations, and even love, between cultures begins.”

Free copies of the book in English and Spanish will be widely available.

Urrea substantially reduced his speaking fee in order for “The Big Read” to come to the Columbia Gorge. Local co-sponsors are The Dalles – Wasco County Public Library and Columbia Gorge Community College, which are teaming up with 34 partner organizations including the Hood River County Library District, local school districts, Columbia Center for the Arts, The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce, The Next Door, Klindt’s Book Sellers, Immigration Counseling Services, local elected officials and many others.

The Big Read opens Oct. 4 in The Dalles Civic Auditorium, followed by a wide variety of events throughout the entire month of October in Hood River and The Dalles: Book readings, discussion groups in English and Spanish, film screenings, workshops, and panel discussions on issues affecting the Latinx community. A total of 44 separate events are planned. A detailed schedule will be posted on the college, Hood River County Library and The Dalles – Wasco County Public Library websites.

Columbia Gorge Community College is a Hispanic Serving Institution. In its successful grant proposal to The National Endowment Endowment for the Arts, Columbia Gorge Community College said its goal is to strengthen the college’s relationship with the Latinx community by providing events that honor their heritage, improve understanding of the immigration process, encourage inter-cultural dialog and strengthen partnerships.

People are invited to watch for upcoming events through local newspaper stories and radio public service announcements, the college and library websites and social media.