Sherman County eNews #214


  1. Exquisite Gorge Project: Steamroller Print Event at Maryhill Museum, Aug. 24

  2. Sherman County School District Hall of Honor, Oct. 19

  3. Oregon Capital Insider Index: This week by the numbers

  4. Following the Rules

  5. PragerU’s Going to Court to Fight for Freedom of Speech in America

  6. Energy Facility Siting Council to Meet August 22-23 in Boardman

  7. Sherman County Fair Schedule, Aug. 20-24

1. Exquisite Gorge Project: Steamroller Print Event at Maryhill Museum, Aug. 24

Steamroller Print Event
Saturday, August 24 | NOON to 5 p.m.

Come join in the fun as we create a massive 60-foot woodblock print using a steamroller! This is the culmination of the Exquisite Gorge Project, a collaborative printmaking project featuring 11 artists working with communities along a 220-mile stretch of the Columbia River.

Artists worked with community members from their assigned stretch of river and carved images on 4 x 6 foot wood panels. Each completed panel will be connected end-to-end and printed using a steamroller to create a massive 60-foot print. Washington State Poet Laureate, Claudia Castro Luna, will be at Maryhill to create a poem commemorating the event and the Columbia River. Meet the artists at noon, then enjoy kids printmaking activities, music and more. Free on the grounds of Maryhill Museum of Art.

12:00 P.M.
Meet the artists
McClain/Gamblin printmaking activity for kids and adults
Exquisite Corpse game for families
Artist Demonstrations
1:00 P.M.

Remarks and introductions
1:15 to 2:00 P.M.
First print pass/start will depend on the wind, ink, day
3:30 to 4:30 P.M.
Remarks and second print pass.

2. Sherman County School District Hall of Honor, Oct. 19

The Sherman County School District will be celebrating the induction of four individuals and one team into the Sherman County School District Hall of Honor at a reception in the Cafeteria that will begin at 5:30 p.m. on October 19, 2019.  There will also be a special presentation and celebration of 151 years of education in Sherman County (From One-Room Schools to One Campus). The Booster Club will be serving a Tri-Tip dinner between 5:30-6:15 p.m. and designated speakers will be sharing memories of each honoree beginning at 6:00 p.m. The public is welcome to join the celebration at 5:30 p.m. Please join us for the $12.00 fundraising dinner to support the Booster Club as we honor all Hall of Honor Inductees. Dinner tickets can be purchased at the door or you may attend the event for free if not purchasing dinner.

The 2019 inductees include United States Military Academy Graduate and Captain Deron R. Kaseberg; former State FFA President and OSU College of Agricultural Sciences Hall of Fame Member Michael S. Macnab; Teacher and State Champion Coach Ron Townsend; the first female Sherman County Superintendent Grace Zevely (posthumously); and the 1989 1A State Champion Football Team.

The purpose of the Hall of Honor is to formally recognize outstanding contributions to the heritage and tradition of the Sherman County School District.  It is the intent of this Hall of Honor to recognize and preserve the memory of students, teachers, athletes, teams, coaches, boosters, and others whose achievements and support have brought recognition and honor to the Sherman County School District.

For information regarding the Hall of Honor or to nominate a candidate for future induction, please visit and click on the Hall of Honor tab.  For questions, email Wes Owens at

3. Oregon Capital Insider Index: This week by the numbers

Oregon.Flat.poleHere are 10 numbers that illustrate some of this week’s big, and small, Oregon news stories.

  • 19: Percent of Black Portland Public School third-graders who met state reading benchmarks in 2018, according to The Oregonian.
  • 34: Of Latinx third-graders who did.
  • 74: Of White Oregon third graders who did.
  • 1013: Senate Bill that narrows the state crimes that qualify for the death penalty. The change was not supposed to apply to pending cases, but a new interpretation by the state’s Department of Justice said this week that it did. Lawmakers want to revise the bill, possibly in a special session, OPB reports.
  • 21: Length, in feet, of a juvenile humpback whale stuck, then euthanized, near Waldport this week, according to The Register-Guard.
  • 50: Approximate number of community organizations at a Portland event led by the mayor to reject white supremacy this week ahead of an expected far-right demonstration in the city Aug. 17, according to OPB.
  • 8: Oregon legislators appointed to a committee to deal with replacing the I-5 bridge across the Columbia River to Washington state, according to The Columbian.
  • $3 billion: Cost of the failed Columbia River Crossing project, which tanked in 2013 after Washington backed out due to cost.
  • 9: Public employees suing the state over recent changes to the state’s retirement benefits.
  • 655: New e-scooters expected added to Portland’s fleet this week, according to Willamette Week.

4. Following the Rules

How often do you find yourself feeling irritated by things that other people do? If it is more often than you’d like, read on.

People who are easily irritated usually blame others for it. But to find the reason – and we are not talking about blame – these folks need to look inside themselves, instead of at those around them. Of course, irritability can have many causes, but one of the most common is having too many restrictive zones. In other words, too many rigid ideas and rules about right and wrong behavior.

These folks believe there is a right way to squeeze the toothpaste tube, a right way to load the dishwasher, a right way to do just about everything, and they have all the so-called “facts” to back them up. Now, the problem is not so much that they feel compelled to follow these restrictive and unnecessary rules themselves, but they have the same compulsion about other people following the “rules” as well!

Sometimes others go along with them, just to keep the peace and reduce their own stress. Often others will deliberately or unconsciously break these needless rules, just to drive the compulsive folks at bit “around the bend.” Passive aggressive? Yes, and in any type of community setting, whether it’s the workplace or someplace else, it is destructive to the overall culture.

It is important to become aware of the self-imposed rules we live by. We want to analyze why we have them, and whether or not they are helping us or not. Then we can get rid of those that keep us rigidly confined, for no important reason. It is also important that we refrain from imposing our personal standards on others.

Why spend our days stressed out and irritated, wondering why our relationships don’t work? We do need to take into account our own well-being, as well as that of those around us. So, relax! Loosen up a little! It’s a near-guarantee everyone will feel better for it. ~The Pacific Institute

5. PragerU’s Going to Court to Fight for Freedom of Speech in America

In just three short weeks, PragerU will head to court to fight for freedom of speech in America.

PragerU has a court date in our lawsuit against Google/YouTube scheduled for August 27th in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. The outcome of this case is critical, and it will determine whether Americans can continue to express their views freely online.

There is no doubt about it: Conservative values are under attack.

We are seeing an outright assault against conservatives by Big Tech. Not only are these companies using their algorithms to suppress accounts and content that present a conservative point of view, but they are also preventing millions of Americans from even seeing videos from PragerU.

Currently, over 100 of our videos are restricted by YouTube, and many others are demonetized on its platform. Even our videos on the 10 Commandments have been restricted!

Last month, Dennis Prager testified before the U.S. Senate on how Big Tech censorship is the greatest threat against free speech today. The hearing revealed how Big Tech companies have a long-running pattern of targeting conservatives.

This is why our lawsuit is so important. We are taking on the world’s two largest search engines: YouTube and Google. These two platforms control the content that billions of people see worldwide, and with that power, Google is using its platform to ban ideas and perpetuate the misinformation of the Left. We cannot — and will not — let that happen on our watch. ~Dennis Prager, PragerU.

6. Energy Facility Siting Council to Meet August 22-23 in Boardman

SALEM — Oregon’s Energy Facility Siting Council will meet next on August 22-23, 2019 in Boardman. The public meeting begins Thursday at 3 p.m. at the Port of Morrow Riverfront Center, 2 Marine Drive NE. The meeting resumes on Friday at 8:30 a.m.

The main items on the Council’s agenda:

  • Site Certificate Amendment Process Rulemaking: On August 1, 2019, the Oregon Supreme Court invalidated administrative rules the Council adopted in 2017 regarding its site certificate amendment process. At this meeting, the Council will consider adopting temporary rules to address the issues cited by the Supreme Court. For details, please see the Oregon Department of Energy’s staff report.
  • Wheatridge Wind Energy Facility (Morrow, Umatilla counties): Wheatridge is approved but not yet built. The Council will receive a presentation Thursday on the Draft Proposed Order on Request for Amendment 4 of the Wheatridge Wind Energy Facility site certificate and a public hearing will be conducted later in the day. The comment period extends through September 9, 2019. Request for Amendment 4 primarily seeks Council approval to add 1,527 acres to the approved site boundary within Morrow County for construction and operation of up to 150 megawatts of photovoltaic solar energy facility components, up to 41 distributed energy storage (battery) system sites and expansion of the Wheatridge West collector substation.
  • Perennial Wind Chaser Station (Umatilla County): Perennial is approved but not yet built. The Council will receive a presentation Thursday on the Draft Proposed Order on Request for Amendment 1 of the Perennial Wind Chaser Station site certificate and a public hearing will be conducted later in the day. Request for Amendment 1 seeks Council approval to extend the construction start and completion timelines by two years for the previously-approved 450-megawatt natural gas-fueled power generation facility and related or supporting facility components.

The full meeting agenda and materials are available on the ODOE website: The next Council meeting is tentatively scheduled for September 26-27 in Clatskanie.

7. Sherman County Fair Schedule, Aug. 20-24 


Tuesday,  August 20

8:00 – 3:00 4-H Static Judging @ 4-H Pavilion

1:00 pm    4-H Horse Show (Showmanship followed by English, Western Equitation, Trail Horse & 4-H Gaming)


Wednesday , August 21

10:15 am                    Queen (2020) Applications due @ fair office

10:00 am-11                 All Beef Weigh-In

11:00 – 12:00 noon       All Turkey Weigh-In

11:00 am-6 pm             All Open Class Entries/Contests to be entered

1:00 pm-2 pm               All Swine  Weigh-In

2:00 – 3:00 pm             All Sheep & Goats Weigh In

3:30 pm                       Dale Coles Classic Car Show  Ck in

4:30 pm                       Long Horn show on Mid-Way

5:00 pm                       BBQ Burgers/Hot Dogs Cooked by Fair Board

5:10 pm                       Classic Car Show Awards

5:30 pm                       4-H style show

7:00 pm                       Cattle Sorting

Thursday, August  22

7:00 am – 9:00am    High School Sports Practice


8:00 am                       4-H Poultry, Rabbit & Cavie Show (market & showmanship)

8:30 am                       Final placement for all Open Class Baked Goods & Flowers

9:00 am                       Open Class Pavilion Judging starts

9:30 am                       4-H & FFA Records Books Due  (4-H Pavilion @ grounds)

9:50 am-10am              Showmanship Clinic (4-H & FFA)

10:00 am-11am            4-H & FFA Swine Market Judging, followed by Breeding Class

11:00 am-12:00            4-H & FFA Sheep Market Judging, followed by Breeding Class

12:30 pm-2:00 pm        4-H & FFA Goat Market Judging,

Followed by Breeding Class

2:00 pm-3:30 pm         4-H & FFA Beef Market Judging, followed by Breeding Class

7:00 pm                      Down on the Farm Chore Course

Friday, August 23


8:00 am                                    4-H Home Economics Contests @ 4-H Pavilion


RDO Breakfast time will be announced at beginning of fair week

8:00 am – 9:00             4-H & FFA Swine Showmanship (SR./INT/JR)                

9:15am-10:45 am          4-H & FFA Goat Showmanship (SR./INT/JR)

11:00-12:00pm             4-H & FFA Sheep Showmanship (SR./INT/JR)

12:15 pm-1:30 pm        4-H & FFA Beef Showmanship (SR./INT/JR)

2:30 pm                        Livestock Judging Contest                                 

7:15 pm –                     Special intros In Rodeo Arena

7:30-9:30 pm                CCT Bull Riding

Saturday August 24


8:30 am                     Horse & KIDS Games @ main rodeo Arena

9:00 am                       Premium Payouts @ Fair Office

10:00 am                      Queen’s Reception @ grounds

12:30 pm                      4-H Grand Champion All Around Showmanship Contest

4-H/FFA awards will follow all-around

3:00pm- 4:00 pm          4-H & FFA Livestock sale

TBA                              FFA ANNUAL BBQ MEAL           

 6:30pm                        Derby Check in

7:30 pm –                    Demo Derby

9:30 pm -1:00 am         Dance with “Countryfied”

 Sunday, August 25 >>> NO PUBLIC EVENTS TO SEE >>> 

8:30 am                       Finish of all barn and building clean-up & picking up of exhibits

9:30am                        All Premium Payouts @ fair office



Sale Animals load out time will be posted at fair