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

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