Sherman County eNews #217


  1. The Times-Journal: Grass Valley Market Offers Food at Sherman County Fair

  2. Tonight at the Sherman County Fair, Down on the Farm Chore Course 7 p.m.

  3. Help Wanted – ABC Huskies Child Care

  4. Goldendale Library to Feature Printmakers for Final Art Exhibit of the Year

  5. The Dalles Kiwanis Steak Feed, Sept. 5

  6. Oregon’s Top 25 Most Expensive and Most Prescribed Drugs

  7. Partners to Improve Public Access along the John Day Wild and Scenic River

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

1. The Times-Journal: Grass Valley Market Offers Food at Sherman County Fair

2. Tonight at the Sherman County Fair, Down on the Farm Chore Course 7 p.m.

3. Help Wanted – ABC Huskies Child Care

sign.helpwantedABC Huskies Child Care currently has available two (2) full-time and two (2) part-time Assistant Provider positions. Applicants must be able to work flexible hours and experience is preferred but will train. For an application and further details, you may contact Mika at 541-442-5024 or email Employment application is available on our website at If you love children, this is a great opportunity to work with professional child care providers in a home-like environment!

4. Goldendale Library to Feature Printmakers for Final Art Exhibit of the Year

GOLDENDALE, Wash. – The Goldendale Community Library partnered with Maryhill Museum of Art this year on a giant printmaking project called the Exquisite Gorge Project. To celebrate the project and the art form of carving and printing, the library is featuring local and regional printmakers and their original works for its final exhibit of the year.

The Printmakers Exhibit will run from September 16 through November 15 in the Camplan Community Room. The deadline to submit art is 5:00 pm on Friday, September 6th. The guidelines for submitting art is included in the Call for Art. Artists can pick up the Call for Art and a submission form at the library during open hours.  For more information, contact Erin Krake at the library, 509-773-4487.

5. The Dalles Kiwanis Steak Feed, Sept. 5

The Dalles Kiwanis Club hosts its 64th annual Steak Feed Thursday after Labor Day, this year Sept. 5, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Sorosis Park.  The Steak Feed is the club’s major fund-raiser for community projects serving children and youth.  Adult meals include an eight ounce sirloin steak, baked potato, coleslaw, roll, dessert and drink for $15.  Free meal for children 12 and under features a hot dog, potato chips, drink and ice cream.  There will be activities for children and musical entertainment for everyone featuring the Dufur Boys.  Tickets are available from Kiwanis members or may be purchased at the Habitat ReStore, 1001 W. 6th St., The Dalles. Tickets also may be purchased in the park Sept. 5th.

6. Oregon’s Top 25 Most Expensive and Most Prescribed Drugs

~Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services

(Salem) – The Oregon Division of Financial Regulation has released the lists of Oregon’s most expensive and most prescribed drugs, as well as the prescription drugs that cause the greatest increase to health insurance plan spending.

Brand-name drugs such as Humira and Enbrel, prescriptions commonly prescribed for rheumatoid arthritis, topped the lists of most expensive and greatest increase to plan spending.  Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen, a pain reliever, was the most prescribed, along with several generic drugs treating conditions such as high blood pressure and cholesterol.

“These lists highlight the goal of the drug price transparency program,” said Andrew Stolfi, insurance commissioner. “They provide a first step to transparency for Oregonians, and help all of us better understand which prescription drugs affect health care costs.”

Each of Oregon’s nine insurance companies submitted the drug lists to the division, which reviewed and aggregated them to provide consumers a look at the common prescription drugs that have the biggest effect on health insurance costs.

The Prescription Drug Price Transparency Act (House Bill 4005), from the 2018 Legislative Session, established Oregon’s drug price transparency program. The new law requires prescription drug manufacturers and health insurance companies to report specific drug price information to the division.

Another key component to the program is consumer reporting of price increases. All Oregonians are encouraged to report an increase in the cost of their prescription drugs one of three ways:

The division is excited to bring one of the nation’s first prescription drug price transparency programs to Oregon. Top 25 lists and drug price information from manufacturers is now available by visiting and clicking the Data box.

Later this year, the division will also hold a public hearing and begin providing annual reports to the legislature based on all the information received from manufacturers, health insurers, and consumers.

About DCBS: The Department of Consumer and Business Services is Oregon’s largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. For more information, visit

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7. Partners to Improve Public Access along the John Day Wild and Scenic River

Acquisition of more than 11,000 acres will expand boating access to John Day River and open up thousands of acres of previously inaccessible public land for hunting, fishing and outdoor recreation.

PRINEVILLE, Ore. – The Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) today announced the final phase of the John Day Wild and Scenic River land acquisition, which consists of transferring 11,149 acres from the Western Rivers Conservancy. Adding these lands to public ownership creates another access point for boaters on the John Day River and offers augmented road access for hunting, fishing, hiking, camping, mountain biking, and horseback riding. The acquisition also opens up an additional 2,000 acres of public lands previously surrounded by private land and inaccessible to the public.

“I applaud the BLM for the years of work and collaboration that went into completing this multiphase significant acquisition along Oregon’s John Day River,” said U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt. “This area provides a rich variety of recreation opportunities throughout the year including hunting, fishing, horseback riding, hiking, skiing, camping, and whitewater rafting – pursuits that are also vital to the state’s economy.”

“Managing public lands for the benefit of all Americans requires collaboration among private landowners, conservation and recreation groups, and local, state, tribal, and federal governments,” said BLM Deputy Director for Policy and Programs William Perry Pendley. “This acquisition along the John Day River is a great example of these public-private partnerships and what we can achieve by working together.”

“This is a momentous achievement for the John Day River and recreationists alike,” said Sue Doroff, President of Western Rivers Conservancy. “People can now experience a spectacular stretch of one of the West’s great Wild and Scenic River corridors. At the same time, they can take pride in knowing that the lands they’re exploring are protected for the fish and wildlife—animals they will very likely see while visiting this special place,” continued Doroff.

The acquisition increases outdoor recreation opportunities and enhances conservation stewardship in support of Secretary’s Order 3366, Increasing Recreation Opportunities on Lands and Waters Managed by the U.S. Department of the Interior and Secretary’s Order 3347, Conservation Stewardship and Outdoor Recreation.

The John Day Wild and Scenic River is the second longest free-flowing river in the continental United States and hosts one of the few remaining wild fish runs in the Pacific Northwest. From its headwaters to Camas Creek, the North Fork of the river is one of the most important rivers in northeast Oregon for the production of anadromous fish, including endangered bull trout and summer steelhead, along with chinook salmon, redband trout, and westslope cutthroat trout. Wildlife found along the river’s corridor include mule deer, elk, and black bears, along with peregrine falcons and bald eagles.

In 2018, outdoor recreation in Oregon generated $16.4 billion in consumer spending, supporting an estimated 172,000 direct jobs and resulting in $749 million in state and local tax revenues for local communities and visitors from throughout the country and the world.

This acquisition from the Western Rivers Conservancy (WRC) was made possible by an $8 million allocation from the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). The LWCF, funded in large part by a portion of the federal revenues from offshore oil and gas development, supports the protection of federal public lands and waters and voluntary conservation on private land. The LWCF investments secure public access, improve recreational opportunities, and preserve ecosystem benefits for local communities.

In December 2014, WRC purchased the 14,148-acre Rattray Ranch which spans four miles of Thirtymile Creek and nearly two miles of the John Day River. In 2018, WRC purchased 2,939 acres of the Campbell Ranch, which spans an additional five miles of Thirtymile Creek, immediately upstream. WRC successfully transferred the first 4,083 acres of the ranch to the BLM in early 2018. Transfer of the remaining 11,149 acres will complete the acquisition process.

The completed acquisition will enable the conservation and restoration of four miles of Thirtymile creek, while improving steelhead habitat, and ensuring the stream remains a permanent source of cold water for the John Day. The project will also conserve 10 miles of river frontage along the John Day River itself and expand access for recreation and exploration. The Rattray Ranch lies at the heart of the John Day’s best habitat for California bighorn sheep, supporting an estimated 600 to 650 head, the largest herd in Oregon. Bighorn sheep are highly vulnerable to disease and can experience steep population declines as a result. Conserving high-quality habitat for these animals is key to their long-term vitality. The ranch is also home to Rocky Mountain elk, mule deer, pronghorn antelope and mountain lion, as well as raptors, upland game birds and numerous sensitive bird species.

The newly acquired area and its boat launch will be managed by the BLM’s Prineville District. Interim guidance will be provided by the John Day Basin Resource Management Plan, and Prineville District specialists will evaluate the new lands for road conditions, cultural resources, recreation needs, fish and wildlife habitat, grazing opportunities, and other resource objectives.

For more information, please contact the Prineville District at (541) 416-6700 or by email at

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