Sherman County eNews #248


  1. All County Prayer Meeting at Wasco Church of Christ, Oct. 2

  2. New Extension Faculty for Sherman/Wasco Counties

  3. Gilliam-Wheeler County Farm Service Agency is Hiring!

  4. Save a dollar a day! Put weather-stripping around your door frame.

  5. Sherman County History Tidbits: Sherman County, Oregon – A Historical Collection

  6. Finding Role Models

  7. Sherman County Senior & Community Center October Meal Menu

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

A Constitution of Government once changed from Freedom, can never be restored. Liberty, once lost, is lost forever. –John Adams.

1. All County Prayer Meeting at Wasco Church of Christ, Oct. 2

The All County Prayer Meeting is Wednesday October 2 @ the Wasco Church of Christ. 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 Extension Faculty for Sherman/Wasco Counties

Assistant Dean Sam Angima, Outreach & Engagement, College of Agricultural Sciences, Oregon State University, announces that Jacob Powell will start his position as the general agriculture faculty (assistant professor – practice), covering Sherman/Wasco Counties effective Monday, September 30, 2019. In this position, Jacob will conduct needs assessments and deliver Extension programs on educational and research priorities for the agricultural programs in Sherman and Wasco counties. Prior to coming to OSU, Jacob worked as a coordinator for the Sherman County area watershed council as well as the local SWCD in Moro, Oregon. Please welcome Jacob and invite him to collaborate with you in your individual and working group programs.

3. Notice. Gilliam-Wheeler County Farm Service Agency is Hiring!

Gilliam-Wheeler County Farm Service Agency Program Technician
The Gilliam-Wheeler County Farm Service Agency (FSA) is accepting applications for a permanent, full-time Program Technician in Condon, Oregon. Applications will be accepted beginning Friday, September 27th and closing Thursday, October 10th. Salary range of $27,030 – $54,670 per year based on qualifications and experience. Responsibilities include: Carrying out office activities and functions pertaining to one or more of the program areas administered in the county, interpreting and explaining procedures, program regulations and forms to producers and other agency personnel, utilizing various web-based software applications to maintain producer data and processing automated forms, using a high degree of initiative and judgment in planning and carrying out assigned tasks and resolving problems encountered. A copy of the vacancy announcement and application may be obtained online by visiting: For more information please contact the Oregon FSA State Admin Specialist Martin Nguyen at 503-404-1127 or email at

4. Save a dollar a day! Put weather-stripping around your door frame. 

Save a dollar a day! Put weather-stripping around your door frame. If you had a 4-inch hole in your wall, you’d patch it, right? But consider a door frame which fits “fairly close,” having only a 1/16” gap around the perimeter. Since the height of most doors is 78” and the width is about 33”, the perimeter of the door adds up to 222.” With a 1/16” gap, the area of the opening is about 14 square inches. That’s equivalent to a round hole with a 2” radius or 4” diameter. In a typical home, heat loss around leaky doors is the most common – and easily preventable – waste of energy. Whether owning or renting, weather stripping is the cheapest thing you can do to save money. ~Institute for Theological Encounter With Science and Technology, Fall 2011.

5. Sherman County History Tidbits: Sherman County, Oregon – A Historical Collection

Sherman County, Oregon, A Historical Collection is a local history website launched in 2017 that will appeal to history enthusiasts and genealogists. The website offers a 1965 cemetery survey, stories, time lines, photographs and information about businesses, churches, government, military service, places and towns. See  This is a big site, the result of a lifetime journey with local storytellers and record keepers, but it’s not everything. There is a wealth of information in the interpretive exhibits, publications and collections at the national-award-winning Sherman County Historical Museum in Moro.

6. Finding Role Models

Just about everyone knows that good role models are important for a child’s development, but have you ever thought about why this is true?

If you are familiar with the Institute’s work, you know that it emphasizes visualization, because we have learned that our mental images, for the most part, are what determine our reality. In other words, the way we see ourselves and the world is what decides how we will behave, and how we behave determines, to a very great extent, what will happen to us.

Role models serve as living, breathing mental images that help us visualize the way we would like to live – or not like to live, which is sometimes the case. (Yes, there are role models for what not to do, and who not to be.)

What kinds of role models are best? No question about it, people we can actually get to know. You see, while it is helpful to read about an admirable person in a book or a magazine, watch an inspiring life story in the movies, or watch successful people on TV, it is much more powerful when we can actually interact with someone who shows us possibilities for ourselves.

When we can manage to create these personal interactions on a daily or regular basis, as we do with parents, grandparents, teachers, coaches and so on, this has the most powerful impact of all. These interpersonal relationships give us insight into the “why” these people have been so effective and inspirational.

And remember parents, your children will learn far more from what you do than from what you say. The best role models only need to set and live a good example. The kids will figure the rest out for themselves.

No pressure . . . ~The Pacific Institute

7. Sherman County Senior & Community Center October Meal Menu

Sherman County Senior & Community Center

Meal Menu

October 2019

We serve lunch at 12:00 noon sharp.  First come, first served.

If you have a group of 2 or more, please let the Kitchen staff know at 541-565-3191 the day before to ensure that we make enough food!

MEAL PRICING: Under 60 Yrs. $7.00 ~~ 60 Yrs. & Up $4.00 suggested donation!

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
  1 2 3 4
Chicken Pot Pie Chicken Alfredo Lasagna Mexican Macaroni Skillet Stuffed Peppers
Veggies Veggies Veggies Garlic Bread
Salad Bar & Fruit Salad & Dessert Salad Bar & Fruit Veggies, Salad & Dessert
7 8 9 10 11
BBQ Baked Chicken Taco Salad Hot Turkey/Roll Navy Bean/Ham Soup Fish & Chips
Au Gratin Potatoes Tortilla Chips & Veggies Mashed Potatoes & Gravy Muffins & Veggies Veggies
Veggies, Salad & Dessert Salad Bar & Fruit Veggies, Salad & Dessert Salad Bar & Fruit Salad & Dessert
14 15 16 17 18
Patty Melt Italian Meatballs Shepherd’s Pie Chicken Broccoli Casserole Sloppy Joes/Bun
Potato Wedges Spaghetti Biscuits Veggies Tater Tots
Veggies, Salad & Dessert Salad Bar & Fruit Veggies, Salad & Dessert Salad Bar & Fruit Veggies, Salad & Dessert
21 22  23  24  25  
Ham & Swiss Quiche Ground Beef Stroganoff Oven Fried Chicken Baked Potato Bar Clam Chowder
Muffins & Veggies Pasta Mashed Potatoes & Gravy Chili, Cheese & Veggies Baked Fish
Salad & Dessert Salad Bar & Fruit Veggies, Salad & Dessert Salad Bar & Fruit Veggies, Salad & Dessert
28 29 30 31  
Sweet & Sour Chicken Cordon Bleu Bake Meatloaf Dirty Rice w/ Beef
Rice & Veggies Mashed Potatoes Mashed Potatoes & Gravy Tortilla Chips & Veggies
Salad & Dessert Salad Bar & Fruit Salad, Veggies & Dessert Salad Bar & Fruit

Menu subject to change due to availability

ATTENTION:  For those who have food allergies, be aware that a large variety of foods are prepared in the kitchen.  Therefore, meals may be prepared with ingredients and food service equipment may come in contact with ingredients to which you may have an allergic reaction, such as nuts.

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

bird.talkThe Front Lines of the Art World’s Colour Wars

The World Begins To Slowly Cooperate On New Nuclear Energy

Researchers Are Using Artificial Intelligence to Reconstruct Ancient Games

Atlas Obscura | The Definitive Guide to the World’s Hidden Wonders

WATCH YOUR LANGUAGE! Spellcheck needs check after it’s done checking



Sherman County eNews #247


  1. Restore Oregon Announces the 2019 DeMuro Award winners

  2. All County Prayer Meeting at Wasco Church of Christ, Oct. 2

  3. A Library

  4. Sherman County History Tidbits: The Oregon Encyclopedia Project

  5. Higher Education – Still Valuable?

We judge ourselves by what we feel capable of doing, while others judge us by what we have already done. ~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

1. Restore Oregon Announces the 2019 DeMuro Award winners

Each year Restore Oregon selects projects for the DeMuro Awards. Winning projects demonstrate how historic preservation can create affordable housing, incubate new businesses, and combat climate change through re-use.

Twelve historic projects from across Oregon were selected as 2019 award winners:

  • Almr Apartments and Retail Spaces, Portland
  • Altsource Headquarters (1923), Portland
  • Fairmount Apartments (1905), Portland
  • Firehouse 17 Restoration & Addition (1912), Portland
  • Historic Central Hotel (1929), Burns
  • M & N Building (1924), Astoria
  • Lincoln Hall Renovation & Addition (1912), Portland
  • Sherman County Courthouse Rehabilitation & Expansion (1899), Moro
  • Silas Beeks House Restoration (1848), Forest Grove
  • The Redd on Salmon Street (1918), Portland
  • U.S. Customs House | WeWork (1898), Portland
  • Woodlark Hotel (1907/1912), Portland

To see more about the award winning projects and learn more about the award, visit

2. All County Prayer Meeting at Wasco Church of Christ, Oct. 2

church.family1The All County Prayer Meeting is Wednesday October 2 @ the Wasco Church of Christ. 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

3. A Library

A library system is more than a convenience for school children preparing for an examination.

  • It is an index to the national health.
  • It represents one of our vital resources.
  • It is a powerful impetus for growth.
  • It provides access to the future even more than it does to the past.
  • It is a natural habitat for a functioning mind.
  • It represents the headquarters for the endless process of education and learning that formal schooling can, in fact, only initiate.
  • It is a diffusion center for the intellectual energy in the vital life of the mind.
  • It is a seminal center for change.
  • It is the delivery room of the intellect for people who like to bring ideas to life.
  • It is also, or should be, a busy thoroughfare where a reasonably curious person can rub shoulders with the interesting and provocative people of history, and, indeed, where he or she can get on reading terms with some original ideas.
  • It is an exchange center for basic facts, to be sure, but there is no reason why it should not fulfill Disraeli’s description as a place which affords the consoling pleasures of the imagination.

~ Norman Cousins.

4. Sherman County History Tidbits: The Oregon Encyclopedia Project

The Oregon Encyclopedia is part of the Oregon Historical Society’s Digital History Projects, in partnership with Portland State University and the Oregon Council of Teachers of English. The OE has also been supported by the Oregon Cultural Trust through the Oregon Cultural Heritage Commission, Willamette University, and the Oregon State Library. The purpose of the online Oregon Encyclopedia of History and Culture is to provide definitive, authoritative information about all aspects of the State of Oregon, including significant individuals, places, cultures, institutions, events, and peoples.

Oregon’s history and culture are dynamic, and the Encyclopedia is designed to expand and grow as new material is developed and new web-based features are created. Through its website and in communities and classrooms across the state, The Oregon Encyclopedia will be the authoritative and creative resource on all things Oregon—a substantive and lasting recognition of the state’s sesquicentennial.

The Oregon Encyclopedia includes entries and essays on significant people, events, places, institutions and biota from 10,000 years ago to the present; ethnic groups and communities; entries on art, architecture, literature, performing arts, music and popular culture; images, documents and maps; essays that add new perspectives to issues and events; and special sections for teachers and students.

Sherman County subjects include the Sherman County Courthouse, John & Helen Moore House, DeMoss Springs Park, Camp Rufus and Sherman Big Bluegrass at

5. Higher Education – Still Valuable?

Why do we go to college? Is it just to get a better job and earn more money, or is there some other, deeper and longer-lasting purpose?

The U. S. Department of Labor published a report that stated what some of us already knew: a lot of college graduates are having trouble finding suitable jobs. Not only that, they are increasingly unable to repay their student loans, and wind up back home, living with their parents in order to make ends meet. Depending upon where we live, some economically-challenged technology companies are letting employees go – not hiring.

A local career consultant says that for every job that pays in the 30 to 35 thousand dollar range, it is not uncommon to get 200 resumes and a lot of them are overqualified for the position being offered. In some areas of the country, an entry level clerical position will generate scores of resumes from people with college degrees, even advanced degrees, who are willing and eager to work at jobs for which they are extremely overqualified. Those student loans demand payments.

But if a college degree no longer guarantees a good job after graduation, there are still compelling reasons for continuing our education. As columnist Charles Osgood once pointed out, “The reason for studying history, philosophy, the humanities and the arts and sciences is to better understand ourselves, each other, and the world around us.

“Going to college doesn’t give you all the answers. It doesn’t guarantee that someday you will live in a big house or drive a fancy car. But it does give you some exposure to the wisdom and the folly of the ages. The world has never been more complex than it is right now. Education helps to sort the wheat from the chaff . . . and real values from phony ones.”

Critical thinking skills have never been more valued or more needed. Higher education provides the knowledge and hones the intuition that allows us to see the world with a discerning eye and mind. College degrees may have lost some of their allure, but higher education should not. ~The Pacific Institute


Sherman County eNews #246


  1. Star Projects Presents A Day of Open Practice at Oregon Raceway Park, Oct. 6

  2. Oregon Historical Society eNews, Educator Resources

  3. Oregon State Capital Insider Index: This week in Salem, by the numbers

  4. Patricia (Goodwin) Helyer 1936-2019

  5. Honesty 101

  6. Sherman County USGS Quadrangle Maps

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

You alone can change yourself. You alone can make a decision for growth. You alone are the central point of reference in your life. ~ Lou Tice.

1. Star Projects Presents A Day of Open Practice at Oregon Raceway Park, Oct. 6


Registration is now open for Sunday, October 6th, 2019

Meal registration closes Wednesday, October 3, 2019

(This event follows the Team Continental Time Trials and H.P.D.E. on Saturday).

This practice / track day is organized and presented by STAR Projects Events. We strive to make motorsports safe, fun, cheap and easy. To do that sometimes we need to change rules, schedules, track directions and generally make it up as we go along. Whining is not allowed. All decisions of the Event Coordinator will be final unless changed.

Open to all intermediate and above rated drivers and those that have been signed off by an instructor on Saturday’s T.C. event.

Cars with removable tops must have adequate roll over protection.

Race Car rentals are available for this event by prior arrangement.

Gates will be open Saturday evening until 10:00 p.m.

Saturday night camping is free and the showers are top notch.

Please be prepared to pay the $5.00 per day maintenance fee. Annual passed honored.


7:00 a.m. Friday Gates Reopen: Driver check in, track office.

8:30 a.m. Drivers meeting (mandatory).

9:00 a.m. Open track format / C.C. Direction / Full Course / Passing with point by only.

Noon: Cold track / Lunch (see note)

1:00 p.m. Open Practice.

5:00 p.m. Checkered flag.

STAR Projects track Day and Lunch $275.00

$25.00 REDUCTION IN ENTRY FEE for all participants in Saturday’s Team Continental Event.

$25.00 discount for all O.R.P. Club Members.

Lunch is included with your entry and will be served in the Club Garage. All registered Drivers are included. Additional guests and crew meals $12.50 each. Please make reservations by Wednesday. There are few other food options available in the County.  92 Octane Fuel is available at the track Non-Ethanol and Gluten free @ $5.50 gal.. Smoking at this event will be allowed in the designated “Smoking Box” only.

Whether you are entered or not in the T.C. Time Trial you are welcome to hang out and enjoy the day at the track and attend the trophy awards. If you would like to order lunch or dinner for Saturday night, please make arrangements with Brenda.

Registration Questions

Bill Murray, Event Coordinator

503-358-2617 – 10 a.m. to Midnight.

Track Office: Brenda



Come for the Racing, Stay for the sunsets

2. Oregon Historical Society eNews, Educator Resources

Sign up for the Oregon Historical Society’s eNews! By joining our email list, you will be one of the first to hear about upcoming events, new exhibits, and other history happenings across the state. If you are an educator and are interested in learning more about educator resources and upcoming professional development opportunities, please also sign up to receive our quarterly Educator Newsletter. See

3. Oregon State Capital Insider Index: This week in Salem, by the numbers

Oregon.Flat.poleCreated: 26 September 2019 | Written by Oregon Capital Insider

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

  • 6:Members of Oregon’s 7-member congressional delegation who support initiating an impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump.
  • 49:Percent of registered voters who approve of impeachment inquiry, according to an NPR /PBS NewsHour / Marist poll released Thursday.
  • 46:Percent of registered voters who do not. The margin of error on the poll was plus or minus 5 percentage points.
  • 4: Child welfare directors the Oregon Department of Human Services has had since 2016. Rebecca Jones Gaston, the executive director of the Social Services Administration for the Maryland Department of Human Services, was named Oregon’s new child welfare director this week.
  • $20 million: Amount Gov. Kate Brownhas pledged in additional state funding — on top of an existing $20 million commitment — to bring the world track and field championships to Eugene in 2021, according to The Oregonian.
  • 6:State employees, including two state troopers and four members of the Governor’s Office, joining Brown on a trip to Doha, Qatar, for this year’s championships, The Oregonian reports.
  • $81 million:Amount of money raised by taxes on recreational cannabis that has been sent to Oregon schools, enough to pay for 1,300 teachers, according to the Portland Business Journal. Oregon has a low tax rate on cannabis compared to other states that have legalized pot, and some economists think Oregon could charge more.
  • 9%:Maximum amount your landlord can raise your rent in 2020, according to the Oregon Department of Administrative Services, which has calculated the first ever ceiling on rent increases per legislation passed this year.
  • 40:Percent of Oregon agricultural exports that go overseas, according to The Associated Press.
  • $93 million:Approximate amount the Oregon Department of Forestry has failed to collect in money it’s owed for fighting fires between 2015 and 2018, according to The Oregonian.

4. Patricia (Goodwin) Helyer 1936-2019

flower.rose.starPatricia Anne Goodwin Helyer, 83, died Wednesday, September 25, 2019 in Texas. She was born on February 16, 1936 in Memphis, Tennessee, to Frank and Rebecca Goodwin.  She attended Snowden Junior High and Central High School before graduating from the Lausanne School for Girls. In 1956, she married Gordon (Don) Helyer who grew up in Sherman County, Oregon, and was a dedicated navy wife who enjoyed living across the United States, especially Charleston, South Carolina, and Pearl City, Hawaii.  They retired to Memphis and ultimately Bedford, Texas.

Her greatest passion was her family, her husband Don, their daughter Melissa and her husband John, and her grand-daughters Kaitlin and Jamie. She enjoyed counted cross stitch, history and genealogy, spending many hours researching their families. Her counted cross stitch is displayed in the Sherman County Historical Museum and their family stories were published Sherman County: For The Record.

She was predeceased by her husband of 59 years.  She is survived by her daughter, Melissa Helyer Waschka and her husband, John Waschka, two grand-daughters Kaitlin and Jamie Waschka, and two sisters. A graveside service will be held at the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery in Grand Prairie, Texas on October 4, 2019.

5. Honesty 101

Parents, if your kids had a class called “Honesty 101,” would they cheat to get a passing grade? Do kids today think of cheating as something everybody does, except nerds? Do they see it as a victimless crime that involves little risk and certain gain?

According to surveys of students and teachers across the U.S. and abroad, the answer is, unfortunately, yes. Fred Schab, professor emeritus at the University of Georgia who passed away in 2009, wrote that since 1969 when he began his study, cheating had been on the rise. An academic cheating fact sheet out of Stanford University states that while about 20% of college students in the 1940s admitted to cheating, surveys today show that between 75% and 98% of college students admitted having cheated in high school.

More kids think dishonesty is sometimes necessary and more parents are helping their kids avoid school rules. With cheating very visibly going on around them – from banking and savings and loan scandals to international athletes using performance-enhancing drugs, to high profile parents buying their kids’ way into prestigious colleges and universities – somehow this isn’t surprising.

Our schools need clear policies on cheating and an open discussion of the ethics involved. They also need to make sure kids understand just what cheating is, and enforce serious penalties for those who are caught. Clearer learning goals and noncompetitive evaluation of students’ progress could help, too. As well, we need an understanding that at its very core, cheating is doing dishonor to the self. Every time we cheat, we subtract from the sum of who we are.

Most important of all are high standards for ethical behavior – taught, talked about and practiced at home. We see news about prominent figures exhibiting less than ethical behavior every day, some of it happening without apparent consequences. These examples are difficult to ignore, and can become easier to follow, in time.

So, do you value honesty? If you do, it is important to think about how you can best teach your children to value it too. Parents are the single greatest influence on children up to age five, and it is rarely too early to learn the benefits of honesty – especially with oneself. ~The Pacific Institute

6. Sherman County USGS Quadrangle Maps

compass.roseA quadrangle map usually refers to a United States Geological Survey (USGS) 7.5-minute quadrangle map named for a local geographic feature. For example, a shorthand “quad” may be named “the Moro quad” showing one tract of the county, one of a series of map sheets produced by the USGS. In the United States, a 7.5 minute quadrangle map covers an area of 49 to 70 square miles. Nearly 57,000 individual maps in this series cover the 48 contiguous states, Hawaii, U.S. territories, and areas of Alaska near Anchorage, Fairbanks, and Prudhoe Bay.  Quadrangle maps may be purchased through specialty outlets, Powell’s and USGS.

To view the USGS quadrangles that cover some percentage of Sherman County, the following maps are required: Wishram, Biggs Junction, Quinton, Sunday NW, Emerson, Locust Grove, Wasco, Klondike, McDonald, Turner Butte, Summit Ridge, Erskine, Moro, Harmony, Esau Canyon, Sherar’s Bridge, Sinamox, Grass Valley, Rosebush, Indian Cove, Maupin, Dead Dog Canyon, Bronx Canyon, Kent, Horseshoe Bend, Shoestring Ridge, Macken Canyon, Bath Canyon and Chimney Springs.

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

bird.owl.limbRust, Rot, & Ruin: Stories of Oregon Ghost Towns

Trip Advisor: Cottonwood Canyon State Park

Sherman County Historical Museum

Frontier TeleNet

Key facts about refugees to the U.S.

Intel Community Secretly Gutted Requirement Of First-Hand Whistleblower Knowledge







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2. CLASSIFIEDS (new or corrected)


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NEWS RELEASES. Please submit event and information news, meeting notices and calendar dates by using the Submit News page. Include who, what, where, when, how & why with contact or source information. As appropriate, follow up with news of event results. Links are welcome. No posters or flyers. Keep it relevant, no longer than 350 words.

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  • Keep it short, no longer than 350 words.
  • Keep it simple with one or two clear points. No attachments.
  • Keep it fresh with no more than one letter per writer per month.
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  • Please submit Letters to the Editor by using the Submit News page.


THANK YOU, TIMES-JOURNAL CREW! The Times-Journal – a weekly serving Wheeler, Gilliam & Sherman counties, P.O. Box 746, Condon, OR 97823 | Ph. 541-384-2421 | Fax 541-384-2411 $37.50/year; $47.50 for beyond this area. Sherman County eNews highly recommends our participation and subscriptions! ~The Editor. 

Kudos to Chris and Carrie Kaseberg and their entire crew … Gail Macnab, Jonathan and Kalie Rolfe and the Sherman County Historical Society sponsors for the fundraising gala on the 14th. They thought of everything to provide a memorable afternoon and evening. It is wonderful to see the younger generation volunteering and interested in keeping our museum funded. Thank you, everyone! ~Dorothy Benson, Moro

THANK YOU! The Sherman County Historical Society would like to send out a BIG thank you to all the individuals and businesses that supported “A Night at the Museum” on Saturday, Sept. 14. We could not have asked for a better evening, as the weather was perfect, the food was excellent, the beer and wine were tasty and the venues were great! Thank you also to everyone who donated to the silent and oral auctions and to those who bid on the amazing items. Proceeds from this fundraiser will go towards the continual upkeep of the museum. Again, thank you from the fundraiser committee and the Sherman County Historical Society. 

Appreciation can make a day – even change a life. Your willingness to put it into words is all that is necessary. ~Margaret Cousins




Sherman County: For The Record Calls for Stories: AFS Exchange Students! Editor Gladys Wesley is working on the next issue of Sherman County: For The Record and needs your stories. She would like to receive stories from AFS exchange students about where they were from, their time in Sherman County, life after Sherman County and what they are doing now. She has one from Penny which was on FB and is a good example of what she is looking for. Please send the stories to Gladys at the email address with subject line FTR Story. ~Sherman County Historical Society 

Participate in the process of your community and country. One person can make a difference. Take a stand. Do something about it. Look hard at your larger community –it may need your specific participation. –Mary Anne Radmacher-Hershey







HOUSE. 1400 SQ Foot 3 bedroom 2 full bath; Remolded bathrooms, Heat Pump, Wood Stove; Located in the City of Grass Valley. Please call Judy 928-851-2340 or 541-370-2454. 

BOOK. Now available at The Sherman County Museum Store, Jane Kirkpatrick’s brand new book, “One More River to Cross.” $15.99 | Sherman County Historical Museum | Open 10-5 May through October | 541 565 3232. 9/27 

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YOUR STORIES. Sherman County: For The Record Calls for Stories: AFS Exchange Students! Editor Gladys Wesley is working on the next issue of Sherman County: For The Record and needs your stories. She would like to receive stories from AFS exchange students about where they were from, their time in Sherman County, life after Sherman County and what they are doing now. She has one from Penny which was on FB and is a good example of what she is looking for. Please send the stories to Gladys at the email address with subject line FTR Story. ~Sherman County Historical Society

SHERMAN COUNTY ARTISTS & CRAFTERS! It is not too late sign on as an artist/vendor for the “Wasco School Events Center Presents: An Afternoon of Sherman County Talent.” This fundraiser will be held on Sunday afternoon, October 20th, and will feature local talents sharing their works. We would love to hear from a few more of the talented folks of Sherman County who would like to be a part of this event to show off their works, make contacts with potential customers and even make some sales that day! Contact Melissa Kirkpatrick at WSEC, (541-442-5778) for more information.

3. CALENDAR (new or corrected)



27 Mid-Columbia Economic Development District Board Meeting 2

27-29 Tygh Valley Bluegrass Jamboree


1 Moro City Council 7

2 Sherman County Court 9

2 All County Prayer Meeting Wasco Church of Christ social 6:30, prayer 7:00-8:30

3 Sherman County Fair Board Meeting 7

4-6 Shaniko Ragtime & Vintage Music Festival in Shaniko and Madras

5 Farmers Market 10-4 Moro

5 Car is King at Maryhill Museum 10-4

7 Lower John Day Area Commission on Transportation Meeting 10-12

7 Grass Valley City Council 7 City Hall

8 Tri-County Mental Health Board Meeting 11-2

9 Sherman County Senior & Community Center Advisory Board 12:30

9 Rufus City Council 7

9 Sherman County Scholarship Association 5:30 Library

9-13 Trailing of the Sheep, Sun Valley, Idaho

10-12 Oregon Cattlemen’s Convention, Bend

11 Community Renewable Energy Association (CREA) Board Meeting 10-1


14 Sherman County School Board Meeting 7

15 Frontier Regional 911 Board Meeting 1:30 Condon

15 Tri-County Community Corrections Board Meeting 3:30 Gilliam County

15 Wasco City Council 7

16 Sherman County Court 9

19 Sherman County School District Hall of Honor Celebration

20 Afternoon of Sherman County Talent (art show, silent auction) 2-5 Wasco School Events Center

23 Tri-County Court Meeting 10-2 Fossil

25 Trunk or Treat 6-7 Senior Center Parking Lot, Moro




4 Grass Valley City Council 7


5 Moro City Council 7

6 All County Prayer Meeting Kent Baptist Church social 6:30, prayer 7:00-8:30

7 Sherman County Fair Board 7

8 Community Renewable Energy Association (CREA) Board Meeting 10-1


12 Tri-County Mental Health Board of Directors Meeting 11-2 The Dalles

12 North Central Public Health District Board of Directors Meeting 3 The Dalles

13 Rufus City Council

19-21 Association of Oregon Counties Annual Conference

20 Sherman County Court 9



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  1. National Weather Service Forecast for Snow in the Cascades; Travelers Be Ready

  2. May 19, 2020 Primary Election Notice

  3. Letter to the editor: Poll to make County Judge race non-partisan

  4. Bonneville Navigation Lock returning to service

  5. Living Our Values

  6. North Central Public Health District Board of Directors Meeting, Oct. 8

1. National Weather Service Forecast for Snow in the Cascades; Travelers Be Ready

September 26, 2019

Oregon.Flat.poleBEND– The National Weather Service has issued a forecast for this weekend that includes snow in the Cascades and perhaps on the floor of the high desert in Central Oregon.

The snow forecast means that travelers should be ready for hazardous travel conditions, with the possibility of slick, snow covered roads and poor visibility between Saturday and Monday. By Monday, there could be snow as low as 2,500 feet, covering central and southeast Oregon.

Ahead of the storm, ODOT is moving snow removal equipment into strategic locations along the Cascade pass routes, but motorists should anticipate hazardous driving conditions across the mountain passes.

ODOT urges motorists to drive for the inclement weather by slowing down and turning off cruise controls.

Drivers traveling throughout Oregon during hazardous weathershould or cal 511to be aware of current highway hazards.

In addition ODOT recommends the following safety precautions:

Be patient. Go slow.

Keep fuel tank full (in case you get stuck in a road closure).

Carry emergency supplies (water, food, warm clothes, flashlight, etc.).

Increase the following distance between you and the vehicle ahead of you.

Keep cell phone charged up (but don’t use it while driving).

Watch weather conditions throughout the day and anticipate the next snow storm. Current road conditions may get worse.

Tune to local radio stations for update travel information.

ODOT appreciates the patience of travelers who delay their trips and the cooperation of the traveling public to keep our highways passable. For the latest driving conditions visit, or call 511 for highway information.

2. May 19, 2020 Primary Election Notice

This is a list of public offices for which the Sherman County Clerk’s Office will accept declarations of candidacy or petitions for nomination for the May 19, 2020 Primary Election. At the primary electors vote on partisan candidates, who then advance to the November 3, 2020 General Election. Federal, State and nonpartisan County offices will also be up for election.

Candidates can file for office from September 12, 2019 until the deadline of 5:00pm on March 10, 2020. Those interested in filing for one of the offices listed below can file at the County Clerk’s office by fee or petition: 1) submit form SEL 101 and pay a $50 filing fee; 2) submit form SEL 101 and petition to obtain signatures. Clerk’s office staff will provide approval to circulate the petition. Once signatures are collected and verified, the candidate has filed for office.

Anyone wishing to file for office must be a citizen of the United States, an elector (registered voter), and Sherman County resident for 1 year prior to the election. Other specific requirements for nonpartisan offices are available here:

Partisan Office:
Major political party candidates will be nominated for this office at the primary and elected at the November 3, 2020 General Election:

County Commissioner, Position 1 – 4 year term (Current: Joan Bird)

Nonpartisan Offices:
Candidates for the following nonpartisan office may be elected at the primary; no filing fee or petition is required:

Justice of the Peace – 6 year term (Current: Ron McDermid)

Candidates for the following nonpartisan offices will be nominated at the primary and elected at the general election.

County Sheriff – 4 year term (Current: Brad A. Lohrey)
County Clerk – 4 year term (Current: Jenine McDermid)

To file for office, please contact the Sherman County Clerk’s office at 541-565-3606. The office is located in the courthouse at 500 Court Street in Moro. Election forms and manuals are available there or online at: Before filing please review the campaign finance disclosure requirements which are available at the clerk’s office, and briefly discussed here:

Precinct Committeeperson (PCP) Information:
The Precinct Committeeperson (PCP) statutes changed with the passage of SB 224 during the 2019 Oregon Legislative session. Filing forms are available at the Clerk’s Office or online at the Elections Division. These changes include:
• Discontinues filing by gender
• One PCP for every 250 voters, 2 PCP minimum per precinct
• Date to calculate number of PCPs per precinct is 251 days before the primary election
• First day to file is 250 days before the primary election. (September 30, 2019 this year only, due to when the law goes into effect)
• Individual can file in their resident precinct, or adjacent precinct, or any precinct in their State Representative district, within the same county
• Write-in votes will only be tallied if declaration or nomination forms have been filed by the deadline
• A minimum of 3 votes is still required to be elected

There are 3 ways to run for Precinct Committeeperson (PCP):

1. Candidate Filing Form
• Deadline to file: March 10, 2020 5:00pm using Form SEL 105
• Must be a member of stated party at least 180 days prior to the filing deadline per ORS 249.046 (September 12, 2019)
• Certification of Election will be issued.

2. Write-in Candidate Declaration
• Deadline to file: May 19, 2020 8:00pm using Form SEL 105D
• Must be a member of stated party at least 180 days prior to the primary election, per ORS 248.015(4); (November 21, 2019)
• No write-in acceptance form will be issued, as candidate has attested they will serve if elected. Certificate of Election will be issued, if elected.

3. Write-in Candidate Nomination
• Deadline to file: May 19, 2020 8:00pm using Form SEL 105N
• Must be a member of stated party at least 180 days prior to the primary election, per ORS 248.015(4); (November 21, 2019)
• Candidate will be sent a write-in acceptance form, if elected. If acceptance form is received by deadline, Certificate of Election will be issued.
• Nominator and candidate must be a member of the same party and the same State Representative district, within the same county.

3. Letter to the editor: Poll to make County Judge race non-partisan

Re: Poll to make County Judge race non-partisan

Sherman County eNews #243

83% Yes

17% No

In other words, these poll-voters want their County Judges to run in non-partisan races.

Or is it that they are hoping their elected officials will behave in non-partisan ways while in office?

Historically, parties espoused distinct moral, social and economic philosophies. Nowadays the major parties have merged into common indistinguishable Keynesian philosophies that are more like sports teams than political parties.

However, the minor parties do have distinct philosophies. For example, The Libertarian Party is staunchly against Big Government and its encroachment on the rights of individuals such as Conscience, Life, Liberty and Property. The Pacific Green party puts the environment above all else. And the Constitution Party wants to limit government to an originalist reading of the Constitution.

Virtually everyone has a philosophy that should align to a greater or lesser degree with a political party. Candidates who have no belief or are embarrassed by their beliefs can always run as “unaffiliated.”

If a candidate has a political affiliation, it should be on the ballot next to their name. It is an aid for voters.

Mike Montchalin

Pendleton, Oregon

4. Bonneville Navigation Lock returning to service

PORTLAND-Ore. – The Bonneville Navigation Lock will reopen to Columbia River traffic between 10 p.m. Friday, September 27 and 10 a.m. Saturday Sept. 28, depending on the results of final operational testing.

Engineers from the Portland District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are conducting inspections and tests on the lock and the newly repaired concrete sill.

“Our engineers and experts have identified this 12-hour window as our target reopening,” said Liza Wells, chief, Engineering and Construction. We are currently working with the U.S. Coast Guard, which manages river traffic, and all river users to ensure safe and timely passage through the lock.”

The navigation lock was originally scheduled to return to service Sept. 30. However, round-the-clock construction and favorable weather conditions allowed for the accelerated opening.

Portland District closed the navigation lock Sept. 5 after lock operators detected problems with the lock during operation. Engineers drained the lock on Sept. 6, performed an inspection and discovered the downstream concrete sill, a structure against which lock gates create a water-tight seal, was damaged and needed replacement. The Corps closed the lock to vessels to repair the concrete sill, which required removing the existing sill and placing concrete for a new replacement sill.

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5. Living Our Values

If you are single and looking for a long-term relationship or marriage but are having trouble finding a partner or spouse, here are some suggestions for you – and they don’t involve an Internet site or smartphone app to swipe. However, they do involve two vital points: truly knowing yourself, and clearly knowing what you want.

First, do you know specifically what kind of person you are looking for? What qualities do you value in a mate, and how do you judge whether a person has those qualities?

Do you have a clear picture of what your relationship with your partner will be like, including how you will treat each other, how you will deal with conflict, what your social life will look like? You see, the clearer your values are, and the clearer your picture is of the kind of person you are looking for, the likelier it is that you will end up with what you want.

Do you have issues from your family of origin or other relationships that might prevent you from enjoying this kind of happiness? Would some counseling or group support help eliminate these obstacles?

Finally, do you live in a way that is consistent with what you want in a relationship? Because, in the end, it is far more important to be the right person than it is to find the right person.

It is difficult to attract anyone who is better or more successful or kinder than you are comfortable with, or believe in your heart of hearts you deserve. If you work on your mental pictures and your growth as an individual first, you will recognize and be ready for the right person when that person comes along.

Incidentally, this same process works when we are looking for business colleagues or business partners. We need to understand and live our corporate values first, and have a clear, concise picture of what we are looking for in a business partner. Then we will be ready to engage with the best possible partners on our corporate path forward. ~The Pacific Institute

6. Notice. North Central Public Health District Board of Directors Meeting, Oct. 8

The North Central Public Health District Board will be meeting Tuesday, October 8th, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. at the Senior’s & People with Disabilities office, located at 3641 Klindt Drive, in the Klickitat Meeting Room, in The Dalles, Oregon. This meeting is open to the general public.


Sherman County eNews #243


  1. Reminder: Cultural Coalition 2019 Fall Grant Cycle

  2. Kimberly Hulke among Parole & Probation Officers to Graduate from Oregon Public Safety Academy

  3. Oregon Heritage Commission seeks feedback on proposed 2020 Oregon Heritage Plan

  4. What Happens at the Tygh Valley Bluegrass Jamboree, Sept. 27-29

  5. Shaniko Ragtime & Vintage Music Festival in Shaniko and Madras, Oct. 4-6

  6. Senator Bill Hansell Welcomes Portland Colleagues to Eastern Oregon

  7. Greg Walden: ‘This trade deal is welcome news for Oregon’s farmers and ranchers.’

Editor’s Note: See the informal poll at the upper right side of the page.

1. Reminder: Cultural Coalition 2019 Fall Grant Cycle

Check-markGreenApplications are now being accepted for the Sherman County Cultural Coalition 2019 Fall Grant Cycle. Applicants may be individuals and/or groups and need not be legally recognized non-profits.

Application Deadline: September 30, 2019

Awards up to $1,500 will be granted in support of local Sherman County activities and events which promote Culture, Humanities, Heritage and the Arts in Sherman County.

Additional information including Grant Guidelines and the application form, may be found at:

Completed grant applications may be mailed to:
Sherman County Cultural Coalition
P.O. Box 23
Moro, OR 97039

Or emailed to:

Contact Melva Thomas at 541-442-5488 or

2. Kimberly Hulke among Parole & Probation Officers to Graduate from Oregon Public Safety Academy

The Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) is pleased to announce the graduation of its 80th Basic Parole & Probation Officer Class on Friday, September 27, 2019 at the Oregon Public Safety Academy at 4190 Aumsville Hwy SE in Salem, Oregon.  The event will begin at 11:00 a.m. with a reception to follow after the ceremony. Commissioner Sebastian Tapia, of the Oregon Criminal Justice Commission, will be the guest speaker.  All family and friends of students, supervisors, department heads and elected officials are welcome to attend.

The graduating students appreciate the family, friends and guests who make graduation an appropriate conclusion to their basic training at the Oregon Public Safety Academy. Reception immediately following.

Roster of Basic Parole and Probation Class 80:

Parole & Probation Officer Alexandra Arneson, Washington County Community Corrections

Parole & Probation Officer Taylor Bonawitz, DOC/Linn County Community Corrections

Deputy Sheriff Yvonne Burdick-Garcia, Tillamook County Sheriff’s Office

Parole & Probation Officer Emily Cobb, Jackson County Community Justice

Deputy Sheriff Katrina Curfman, Crook County Sheriff’s Office

Parole & Probation Officer Andrew Gniffke, Klamath County Community Corrections

Parole & Probation Officer Kimberly Hulke, Tri-County Corrections [Sherman, Gilliam and Wheeler counties]

Parole & Probation Officer Kasi Jackson, Lane County Parole & Probation

Deputy Sheriff Richard Kirby, Baker County Sheriff’s Office

Parole & Probation Officer John Lambert,  Umatilla County Community Corrections

Parole & Probation Officer Catherine Lowery, Jefferson County Community Corrections

Parole & Probation Officer Ebuka Mgbadigha, Lane County Parole & Probation

Parole & Probation Officer Cassandra Newman, Klamath County Community Corrections

Parole & Probation Officer Mercedez Popp, Lane County Parole & Probation

Supervisor Juan Rivas, Jackson County Community Justice

Parole & Probation Officer Francisco Robles, Lane County Parole & Probation

Parole & Probation Officer Heather Simes, Jefferson County Community Corrections

Parole & Probation Officer Sandra Torres, Washington County Community Corrections

Parole & Probation Officer Valarie Truelove, Lane County Parole & Probation

Parole & Probation Officer Nelson Wadman, Lane County Parole & Probation

Parole & Probation Officer Cassidy Wilson, Jackson County Community Justice

## Background Information on the DPSST ##
The Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) operates the Oregon Public Safety Academy which spans more than 235 acres in Salem. The Academy is nationally recognized for its innovative training programs and active stakeholder involvement. Eriks Gabliks serves as the Director, and Patricia Patrick-Joling, public citizen representative, serves as the Chair of the Board. The department implements minimum standards established by the Board for the training and certification of more than 40,000 city, tribal, county and state law enforcement officers, corrections officers, parole and probation officers, fire service personnel, telecommunicators, emergency medical dispatchers and private security providers.

3. Oregon Heritage Commission seeks feedback on proposed 2020 Oregon Heritage Plan

The Oregon Heritage Commission is developing goals for the 2020-2025 Oregon Heritage Plan. In preparation, the Commission reviewed the progress of the 2014 Heritage Plan and recent statewide surveys. Paired with ongoing engagement with the heritage community, feedback from Oregon Heritage MentorCorps participants, and recognition of current cultural and professional trends, the Heritage Commission has identified four opportunities to strengthen heritage in the state.

The proposed 2020 Heritage Plan is a call to action<> for individuals and organizations leading heritage efforts across the state. In the past, the Heritage Plan has set internal goals for the Commission. In 2020, the Heritage Commission is proposing four statewide goals and asking individuals and organizations to work toward them. Because success depends on your participation, we invite you to provide feedback on the proposed goals and share how these goals overlap with your current and future efforts.

Provide feedback in the following ways:

  1. Submit written comments through an online survey:
  2. Provide public comment at the October 18 Heritage Commission meeting in Salem (see agenda<> for details)

Learn more about the Heritage Plan here:

4. What Happens at the Tygh Valley Bluegrass Jamboree, Sept. 27-29

By Debra Holbrook

music.notes (2)The Shaniko Preservation Guild sees preserving music as an important cultural goal. We sponsor the new Shaniko Hoot, Holler, and Sing spring event, as well as the Shaniko Ragtime and Vintage Music Festival in October each year for the same reason.

If the Jamboree had a timeless dedication, it would be to Sonny Cox and the Sawtooth Mountain Boys Bluegrass Band.  The bluegrass community are some of the best folks around and it was that support and dedication that brought this event from the first humble Shaniko beginnings in 2000, to 20 years of bluegrass music in North Central Oregon.  The second year we held Bluegrass by the River at the Imperial River Company’s beautiful setting, less than two weeks after 9-11.  It was a healing activity. However, the Wasco County Fairgrounds was the perfect place to bring the Jamboree home in 2002.  The setting, the people, and the activities have made the Tygh Valley Bluegrass Jamboree a favorite festival. Many bluegrass friends and family have been the workhorses keeping the chores done from year to year.

The educational parts of the Jamboree and the stage performances all serve to teach, inform and invite new people to experience Bluegrass music which often leads to a desire and motivation to learn to play.  The workshops and slow jam offered by willing musicians are an excellent way for anyone that plays or who is thinking about it, to learn more and enjoy meeting others.

The challenges and the competitive spirit of the Saturday Band Scramble is fun and some of the band names created is priceless. Everyone goes home with a token of participation and a memorable send-off finale for the audience.  Speaking of memories … the 2019 theme for the 20th year is, Thanks for the Memories.  Look forward to performers all weekend sharing memorable moments from past Jamborees or why they love the event.

Kathy Boyd of the host band, Phoenix Duo spearheads the scramble, has a pie tasting activity by the Sacajawea festival folks at her camp on Saturday (bring a pie at 6 and eat at 7 pm), also holds a slow jam for beginning musicians Saturday at 2 pm, and sponsors a scavenger hunt or scrabble board activity that entertains young and old all weekend, ending Sunday at the end of the Jamboree with a big prize.  Instructions for all this fun is found on the Jamboree program.

The workshops offered start out a little early (especially for those who jam most of the night), but there is a mighty assembly at the stage where the teachers take groups out in all directions.  In addition to traditional bluegrass instruments from beginning to advanced instruction (Banjo, Guitar, Bass, Fiddle, and Mandolin) you might find harmonica, uke, vocals or even, what to do between songs. These all depend on the performers from year to year.

The Jamboree has food, vendors, a magical music petting zoo of instruments to sample, and a taxi service!  Model T’s & some A’s, provided by the Badger Camp and Dennis Prince’s Madras folks, give rides from the stage area to camp if you need that or just want a ride for the fun of it.

The original goal was to create a musicians retreat at the end of the bluegrass music season it succeeds at that for the music is everywhere, day and night … and the treat for those of us that don’t play, never loses flavor.

5. Shaniko Ragtime & Vintage Music Festival in Shaniko and Madras, Oct. 4-6

music.notes (2)The 17th annual Shaniko Ragtime and Vintage Music Festival will take place on Oct. 4-6, 2019.

The Music event begins, Friday at 1 p.m. with Keith Taylor, event founder, at the Historic Shaniko Schoolhouse.  From 1 through 6 p.m., musicians Keith Taylor, Vicki Cox, Meg Graf, Clare Kennedy, and Lance Maclean. Then activities will move to the Sage Saloon for a jam session from 7-10 p.m. Food is available.  These musicians from Oregon, Washington, California and New Hampshire welcome all musicians who sing or play acoustic instruments to join the jam sessions.

Saturday events will be held at the Erickson Aircraft Collection Hanger, at the Madras Airport.  Ragtime event and Airport Museum supporter, Kenny Bicart and friends have established the Air Time Music Festival in Madras and invites the Shaniko Ragtime musicians. In addition to other music, the Ragtime & Vintage Music Artist’s performances take place from 1 p.m. through 6 p.m. and some return to the museum for a jam session from 7 to 10pm.

Back in Shaniko on Sunday, the traditional All-Performer concert in the school rounds out the festival from 2 to 4 p.m. for a suggested donation of $10 per person.

Keith Taylor, of Haines, Ore., began playing ragtime in 1972. With a background in classical music, he has degrees in composition and piano, and studied in Paris with Rene Leibowitz.  The native Oregonian, returned to Azalea, OR. in 1978, then moved to Haines in 2005, where he works as a freelance pianist, composer and teacher.

Vicki Cox, of Eugene, leads the Calamity Jazz Band, plays lead trumpet for the Lincoln Pops Big Band, and performs with Bill Borcher’s Oregon Jazz Band. She majored in musical performance at the University of Oregon. She is multi-instrument talented and a great historian of music pieces.

Meg Graf is a remarkable and versatile musician playing a variety of instruments. From Eugene, she also performs with Calamity Jazz and other music ensembles. Meg comes to Shaniko as many first weekends of the month through the summer to help delight and promote the Ragtime event. She can take one word and play you a concert of songs … the color blue, sunsets, moon/river will get you that song plus double your request. Simply amazing.

Clare Kennedy, from Vancouver, Wash., is a popular and sought-after pianist. She also plays organ and sings. She holds a bachelor of arts in music from Linfield College. She lived in the Clarno area for years and went to Vancouver to be near family and lots of great and grandchildren.

Newest to the lineup is Lance Maclean, a Piano Tuner and Computer Specialist from New Hampshire, returns to Oregon where for years played on the Dixieland Festival Circuit in the band, “The Hot Frogs Jumping Jazz Band” for 10 years. Then he was with, “Night Blooming Jazzmen”, for several years. Lance since the age of 14 has mastered the 5-String Banjo, Bass, Tuba, Guitar, Mandolin, and Piano.

The Ragtime Festival is sponsored by the Shaniko Preservation Guild. For more information, call the event line 541-489-3434 or visit (event page).

6. Senator Bill Hansell Welcomes Portland Colleagues to Eastern Oregon

Oregon.Flat.poleSALEM, Ore.— Senator Bill Hansell welcomed two of his Senate Colleagues to Morrow and Umatilla Counties this past weekend. Senators Michael Dembrow and Lew Frederick participated in a tour along with a dozen of their constituents. The goal of the trip was to show the ongoing work in the Columbia Basin regarding water use and irrigation.

In addition, the group toured the former Lost Valley Dairy site now owned by Easterday Farms. The group saw how the dairy is being revitalized and how area farms are using digital technology to monitor field irrigation systems in real-time. The group also toured the Port of Morrow and the SAGE Center to see how technological advances are making agriculture more energy efficient.

Hansell (R-Athena) released the following statement:

“Ever since I was elected to the Senate, I have extended invitations to my urban colleagues to visit rural Eastern Oregon. These trips show how farmers and ranchers use our abundant natural resources in a sustainable way. My colleagues and their constituents had a full day of learning and were even able to take sweet corn and Hermiston melons home with them from the fields. It was a special day.

This trip would not have been possible without the work of J.R. Cook, the Northeast Oregon Water Association, Bobby Levy and the Eastern Oregon Women’s Coalition. I would also like to thank the Port of Morrow, Easterday Farms, Madison Ranches and Bellinger Farms for their generous hospitality and for showing us their operations. I am proud of the agricultural innovation taking place in Senate District 29 and I’m glad that my colleagues were able to see it firsthand.”

7. Greg Walden: ‘This trade deal is welcome news for Oregon’s farmers and ranchers.’

American flag2Releases statement on Japan signing partial trade deal with U.S.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, Representative Greg Walden (R-Hood River) released a statement following the United States and Japan’s announcement that they have a reached a partial trade deal. The deal is set to reduce Japanese tariffs on agriculture and industrial products. It is expected to have a significant benefit for Oregon wheat, wine, potatoes, and beef.

“This trade deal is welcome news for Oregon’s farmers and ranchers,” said Walden. “During my town halls in Sherman and Gilliam counties last month, trade and access to markets for our farmers and ranchers was a recurring topic. Japan is a top market for Oregon wheat, and represents great opportunities to grow markets for beef, blueberries, potatoes, and wine among other Oregon products. I commend President Trump and his team for their efforts to reach this important agreement with Japan. This deal will help level the playing field for American agriculture and provide both certainty and a needed boost for our farmers, ranchers, and their local communities.”


Sherman County eNews #242


  1. Sherman County Court, Oct. 2

  2. Letter to the Editor: Thank You for Sewing Quilts for Cops

  3. Letter to the Editor: Parents in Defense of the Truth

  4. Editorial Note: Siletz Valley Fire District Facebook: New Fire Chief

  5. It’s Fun and Safe! It’s Trunk or Treat, Oct. 25

  6. The If Only Syndrome

  7. Sherman County History Tidbits: Weather 1889

  8. Good Character

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

1. Notice. Sherman County Court, Oct. 2

The Sherman County Court session scheduled for Wednesday, October 2nd, at 9:00 a.m.  will be held in the Commissioners Meeting Room at the Sherman County Courthouse, 500 Court Street, Moro, Oregon, 97039. The agenda, including updates, will be posted on the Sherman County website at

2. Letter to the Editor: Thank You for Sewing Quilts for Cops

pencil.sharpThank you to the group of ladies who came to Wasco Events Center last Saturday, September 21, for the Quilts for Cops workshop… and Hope, Gayle, Jean and Bobby who came from Montana.  We had about 30 sewers making quilt tops which will be taken back to Sherwood to be assembled into quilts which are given to policemen, firemen and EMS personnel injured in the line of duty. In the 3 weeks I was advertising this event 25 policemen were shot and 7 firemen injured so there is a huge need. Thank you to the businesses and individuals who donated cash. It costs $20 to mail each quilt to the recipients.    Donations are gladly accepted. Write checks and mail to Quilts for Cops, 20656 SW Odessa Ave Sherwood, OR 97140. Tax deductible receipts will be returned to you. Thanks to everyone involved in this worthy cause.

Carol MacKenzie.

Wasco, Oregon

3. Letter to the Editor: Parents in Defense of the Truth

pencil.sharpI want to apologize in advance for the tone of this letter, It is not in my nature to publish something like this, however under the circumstances I feel fully justified in doing so.

It appears a certain individual, desperately grasping for successful achievements in his life has deemed it necessary to claim to have raised our daughter as his own.

Let me be VERY CLEAR… my wife and I raised our daughter ourselves. We did so without help from the government or anyone outside our family, and are proud of our success; she is a very bright, intelligent, warm, loving person. I sincerely doubt anyone in this community will dispute this fact.

If said individual feels he was the one to raise her, he might also point out he successfully convinced her to work under him with promises of grandeur rather than complete a fully funded college education. He also did a great job of training her in his personal ethics – questionable at best, and lets not leave out the fact he took advantage of her kind nature manipulating her to the point she defends his behavior no matter the consequences. The list goes on; for brevity sake I will stop here. Most people have heard of all the improper behavior already.

These points cannot be disputed as they are based on statements made by individuals directly involved.

We raised our daughter the best we could; now as an adult she is responsible for her decisions, whether or not influenced by others.

I sincerely hope said individual finds satisfaction in his new endeavors as he has burnt all his bridges here and irreparably tarnished the reputation of our daughter. I suggest in the future he not rely on false statements about others to bolster his own self-esteem; they will ultimately come back to haunt him.

As for my intentions, I have nothing to prove or hide. My past 45 years are public record and speak for themselves; I am simply writing this to set the facts straight.

I invite you to read his version of events at the Facebook post below. -the -siletz-valley-fire-district-will-have-a-new-/3031265003610483/

Meinrad Kuettel 9/22/19

Grass Valley, Oregon

4. Editorial Note: Siletz Valley Fire District Facebook: New Fire Chief

From the Siletz Valley Fire District Facebook:

“September 19 at 7:00 AM ·

“We are excited to announce that the Siletz Valley Fire District will have a new Fire Chief on November 1st. Welcome Chief Glenn Fluhr!

“Chief Fluhr comes to us from Grass Valley, Oregon and South Sherman Fire & Rescue. He has 35 years of public service, including 20 years as a firefighter and eight years as Fire Chief. Chief Fluhr said “I’m excited to start a new adventure, working with the District’s personnel and serving the Siletz community.”

“Chief Fluhr will bring his children and parents with him to Siletz. His oldest son Zack, 20, is a firefighter and EMT. Amber, who he has raised as a daughter and 23, is a firefighter, EMT and is working towards her Advanced EMT certification. He has two school-aged sons as well, Aaron, 12, and Scott,10. Zack and Amber will join our Siletz Valley Fire District team as volunteers.

“His three children are enrolled with the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs and they are looking forward to living in a Native community with a strong cultural presence.

“The Siletz Valley Fire District is excited to welcome our new Chief and his family to our community in November. In the meantime, he will be visiting periodically to get to know our volunteers and operations, explore the Siletz Valley Fire District, and search for a permanent residence. If you see him around town, be sure to say hello!

“Edited to correct: Amber is not an enrolled member of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs.”

5. It’s Fun and Safe! It’s Trunk or Treat, Oct. 25

HalloweenCat2Join us for Trunk or Treat!

Trick or Treating for the whole family

in a fun & safe environment!

Where: Sherman County Senior Center Parking Lot

When: Friday, October 25, 6pm-7pm, set-up begins at 5:30

*Please register your car, truck, or tractor by October 18th. Sign-up forms will be available at your local post office; return to Jen Berry in the Elementary School Office.

Questions? Contact Kelsi Phillips.*

Sponsored by Sherman County School Parent Teacher Organization.

6. The If Only Syndrome

There is an interesting phenomenon known as the “if only” syndrome. Some people think of “if only” as “Worry, Part 2.” Unfortunately, there is no pill we can take, and no inoculation to prevent it. However, once we understand what it is, we can take steps to avoid contracting it in the first place.

You might know someone with the “if only” syndrome. Maybe you have a touch of it yourself. People with this syndrome tend to blame others for their disappointments and failures. They blame their families (“Nobody could succeed with the parents I have”); their friends (“If only my so-called friends would come through for me, once in a while”); their circumstances (“It’s obvious that the deck is stacked against me”). Their complaints frequently start with the words “if only.” “If only I had more money.” “If only I had paid more attention in school.” “If only I was better looking, a different gender, a different age,” blah, blah, blah and so on.

These folks stumble through life feeling anxious or depressed, dreaming of unlikely events that will transform them – magically – through little or no effort of their own. And because at their very core they envy the success of others, it’s hard for them to feel any genuine pleasure in anyone else’s successes.

To avoid coming down with the “if only” syndrome, we want to take responsibility for our own life, once and for all. Give up the blame game and learn to hope. Give up faultfinding and learn to set achievable goals. Give up thinking about what you would do “if only” you could win the lottery and figure out what you can do with the 50 dollars you have, the skills and talents you possess, and the relationships that enrich your life, instead.

When we take responsibility for our lives, it becomes much easier to learn from the mistakes we inevitably make, and we get the added benefit of taking control of our successes. ~The Pacific Institute

7. Good Character

Character is accurately reflected in one’s mental attitude. Without a strong foundation built on positive character traits, success will not long endure. It is virtually impossible to fake good character. Phonies are quickly spotted because they haven’t the substance and determination to maintain the charade. Developing good character begins with a positive attitude. Your desire to be a good, decent, honest, considerate person must first take place in your mind. When you make the decision to become a person of character, you will also find that you are much more willing to do the right thing simply because it is the right thing to do. ~The Napoleon Hill Foundation

8. Sherman County History Tidbits: Weather 1889

The Wasco Observer, 1889: WEATHER REPORT

A daily report of the weather for the week ending Thursday, Sept. 12, with the temperature at 12 M each day.

Friday 13, clear and calm temp. 72.

Saturday 14, same as Friday.

Sunday 15, clear with light west wind, temp. 80

Monday 16, clear with southeast wind, temp 86

Tuesday 17, same as Sunday.

Wednesday 18, calm and smoky temp. 88.

Thursday 19, same as 18th.

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

cat.stylizedCats really do bond with people, study says, even if they don’t show it

The Lars Larson Show | Facebook

Nasa’s IceSat space laser tracks water depths from orbit

The Bulletin Editorial: Plan ahead for Real ID

The Heartland Institute | Freedom Rising