Sherman County eNews #251


  1. Car is King Weekend at Maryhill!

  2. Weather: October Outlook and September Monthly Climate Summary

  3. Catholic Mass Schedule Change

  4. Sherman County Court Notes, Oct. 2

  5. Sherman County Court News, Sept. 18

  6. Frontier Regional 911 Dispatch Board of Directors Meeting, Oct. 15

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

  8. Gradual Change

1. Car is King Weekend at Maryhill!

Saturday, October 5 & Sunday, October 6

Celebrate Sam Hill’s love of roads and the auto during this two-day event that’s fun for the whole family.


Concours de Maryhill | 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Classic car show; anyone can enter. The show concludes with an awards ceremony followed by a barbecue dinner on the Museum lawn hosted by Bob’s Texas T-Bone. Dinner is $18 per person and is open to everyone, including the public. Dinner tickets are sold by Goldendale Motorsports Association and are available while preregistering for the show or on show day. Dinner is limited to the first 100 tickets. Organized by Goldendale Motorsports Association. Car show is free on museum grounds for spectators.  Want to enter your car? Click here for more information. Free on museum grounds for spectators

Drive the Maryhill Loops Road | Noon to 2 p.m.

The historic Maryhill Loops Road, one of the first modern roads in the Northwest, is opened for automobiles only twice a year. This is your chance to take a spin past the beautiful scenery and through the road’s eight hairpin curves. Free on the historic Maryhill Loops Road, located just east of US 97 off of State Route 14.

We will have several food trucks on site on Saturday, October 5, including Bob’s Texas T-Bone (they will also be doing dinner at $18 a person, through the Goldendale Motorsports Association—see info above), Tacqueria Veracruz, and Big River.


Maryhill Loops Vintage Hill Climb | 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Vintage sports cars from the 1930s to 1960s race singly in a two-mile timed climb up the historic Maryhill Loops Road. Free for spectators viewing the race from the Highway 97 Overlook and from designated viewpoints along the route. Organized by the Maryhill Loops Vintage Hill Climb Association; the Maryhill Loops Road is not open other drivers during this event, only approved cars and drivers will be competing.

MANY THANKS TO OUR Car is King Weekend Partners: Goldendale Motor Sports Association | Maryhill Loops Vintage Hill Climb Association | Maryhill Museum of Art | Tri-Cities Strictly British Motor Club | Yakima Valley Sports Car Club and the Goldendale Chamber of Commerce.

2. Weather: October Outlook and September Monthly Climate Summary

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September monthly climate summary

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~Marilyn Lohmann

National Weather Service Pendleton  541-276-7832

3. Catholic Mass Schedule Change


 (Effective October 6, 2019 to March 29, 2020)

St. Mary, 807 Barnett Street, Wasco

*Saturday Vigil Mass: 5:30pm

Weekday Mass: 8:30am Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday


St. John the Baptist, Hwy. 97, Grass Valley

*Saturday Vigil Mass: 4:00pm

We welcome everyone to join us!

4. Sherman County Court Notes, Oct. 2

By Temporary Administrative Assistant Kristi Brown


– This is a very brief outline ONLY of topics considered “public interest”.

– These are NOT OFFICIAL MINUTES. For official minutes and full details, please see the approved minutes posted on the Sherman County website at after the next Court session. Thank you.

The Sherman County Court met in regular session on October 2, 2019, and in conducting the business of the County,

  • Heard a quarterly report from Jenine McDermid, Clerk. During which, she informed that paid postage for return ballot envelopes would be effective January 1, 2020, Precinct Committee Person filing requirements had changed, and probate fees had increased effective October 1, 2019.
  • Heard from Mark Coles, Road Master, who gave a quarterly report, and an update on the Finnegan Bridge project.
  • Heard quarterly reports from Shawn Payne, Emergency Services, Carrie Pipinich, Mid-Columbia Development District, Wes Owens, Sherman County School Superintendent, Amy Asher, Prevention, and Rod Asher, Weed District.
  • Heard a request from Rod Asher, Weed District, to purchase a utility vehicle and trailer. Authorized the purchase of a 2019 Kubota RTV-X1120 utility vehicle for $13,250, and an Iron Eagle ATV trailer for $2,004, pending pricing research on the same utility vehicle model.
  • Approved the appointment of Mike McArthur from the Non-Office Holding Pool, and Joe Dabulskis and Tom McCoy from the Office Holding Pool to the 2019-2020 Board of Property Tax Appeals.

5. Sherman County Court News, Sept. 18

September 18, 2019

Contact: Kristi Brown 541-565-3416

Transportation Plan, Fiber Proposals, Hiring Part-time employee, PERS – Employer Investment Fund, and DeMoss Park Bandstand were the main items on the agenda during the September 18th session of Sherman County Court in Moro.

Jessica Metta, Mid-Columbia Economic Development District (MCEDD), presented a proposal to update Sherman County’s Community Transit’s Coordinated Transportation Plan. Explaining the State of Oregon requires the Plan be updated every three years, and was a requirement to be eligible for Statewide Transportation Improvement Funds (STIF). The development of the plan would take roughly 12 months. Marnene Benson-Wood, Transportation Director, explained grant funds were available to cover all of the $10,700 project budget, except the 10.27% in match funds the County would be required to pay. Court motioned to approve the proposal and agreement to contract with Mid-Columbia Economic Development District (MCEDD), for an update of the Sherman County Coordinated Transportation Plan.

Dan Bubb, Gorge Networks, addressed the court regarding the numerous statements the County had received. He apologized for the misunderstanding, and explained why each proposal had been sent. Initially locations outside the city limits were not intended to be included in the fiber project, but Gorge Networks offered to extend the fiber network out for $8,000, to provide services to the Planning Department, Weed District, RV Park, and Fairgrounds. He was unaware the County would be covering the installation cost, and thus the proposals reflected different payment and installation options.  The latest proposal he provided the County had offered a discount off of the initially stated $8,000 installation charge, due to the confusion. Court motioned to approve Gorge Networks proposal to extend fiber to the Planning Department, Weed District, RV Park, and Fairgrounds, with a non-recurring installation charge of $7,291, and a recurring monthly charge of $259.85; this motion amends the previous motion passed, July 17, 2019.

Bryan Hunt, Veterans’ Services, requested permission to hire a part-time employee. The position would be no more than 19 hours per week; would assist with outreach services, administrative duties, and other responsibilities to help lighten the work that pulls him out of the office. He explained his out of office time was adding up, and making it more difficult to provide in-office services. Judge Dabulskis discussed his concerns in regards to approving the addition of a part-time employee, and stated he would like to see a list of daily duties for Mr. Hunt, as well as a list of duties he would expect from the part-time employee, before he would make a decision on the matter. Commissioner Bird questioned the cost for the position, and whether the funds were available in Mr. Hunt’s budget. Hunt presented the court with a sample pay salary, prepared by the Finance Department, and noted his budget would allow the addition of the requested employee. The Court requested Mr. Hunt present a list of his duties, and a job description for the part-time position, before any decision would be made.

Debbie Hayden, Finance Director, inquired as to the Courts thoughts regarding investing in the Public Employee Retirement System (PERS) Employer Investment Fund side account. She stated there had been new information in the matter, requiring payment of the Transitional liability debt before the side account could be created.  She explained the Transitional Liability was debt the County owed after joining the State pool, and felt it should be paid whether or not the Court decided to invest in the side account. The Court agreed with Hayden, to pay the Transitional Liability. Commissioner McCoy asked what the downside of investing in the side account would be, and what could go wrong; Hayden replied that the unknown was a concern, there were no assurances; the funds would be invested, and susceptible to the market. Commissioner Bird noted some potential concerns, and questioned whether or not it would be worth taking the risk. Hayden explained if the side account was not created, the County’s rates would still be subject to the market, and believed the County would be worse off without it, knowing the market will affect rates anyway. If the County invested $1.2 million into another source, such as a Money Market account, the return would not be as substantial as the projected rate savings. At a $1.2 million contribution, the 2019-2021 biennium savings was projected to be $215,000, and with each biennium the savings are projected to increase. Court motioned to authorize Debbie Hayden, Finance Director, to payoff Sherman County’s Transitional Liability in the amount of $333,073.00, and make a contribution of $1.2 million, in order to generate $300,000.00 in matching funds, to create a new side account.

Elbert DeMoss, Matthew DeMoss, and Elizabeth DeMoss, addressed the court regarding the previously surplused deteriorating DeMoss Park Bandstand. They made a request to allow their family the opportunity to come up with funding to preserve the building, and prevent the building from being demolished. Judge Dabulskis discussed the steps the County had tried in order to preserve the building. He explained safety was the Courts main concern, the building had deteriorated over the years, and presented a danger to the public. Judge Dabulskis would like the family to have the opportunity to restore the building, but explained due to its condition he did not want the process to drag out. The Court conceded to grant the family time to work on funding, and made a plan to revisit the discussion in four months, to see what progress the family had made.

Actions taken by the Court included:

  • Approved the 2019 payment amount of $590, to eligible recipients of Sherman County’s Resident Compensation Plan.
  • Approved Resolution No. 06-09-2019, transferring Revenue Funds within the Tri-County Veterans Fund.
  • Approved the Fiber Development contract between Inland Development and Sherman County.
  • Recommended Mike Smith, Caitlin Blagg, Cindy Brown, Kristen Slatt, Ashley Danielson, and Nadja McConville, be appointed or reappointed to the Sherman County Local Community Advisory Council (LCAC).
  • Recommended Rita Wilson be appointed to the North Central Regional Solutions Advisory Committee.
  • Accepted Oregon State University’s Purchase Order, in the amount of $17,347.00 for the 2014 Chevrolet Traverse.
  • Approved the Minutes of September 4, 2019, as presented.
  • Approved the August 2019 Revenue/Expenditure Summary.
  • Approved the August 2019 Treasurer’s Report, as presented.

Topics of discussion were Community Renewable Energy Association (CREA), County Speed Bumps, Building Codes, County Employee Credit Card Policy, Utility Trailer Tires, Senate Bill 2 – Eastern Oregon Land Use Legislations, and Commissioner Reports.

6. Notice. Frontier Regional 911 Dispatch Board of Directors Meeting, Oct. 15

October 15, 2019

1:30 p.m.

Gilliam County Courthouse – Courtroom

1 –     Approve July 16, 2019 Minutes

2 –     Executive Committee – Sheriff Mike Smith

3 –     Law Enforcement User Group Update – Sheriff Gary Bettencourt

4 –     IGA Update – Sheriff Gary Bettencourt

5 –     Approve By-Laws – Sheriff Gary Bettencourt

6 –     Frontier TeleNet Update – Lynn Morley

7 –     ESD Lease/Tower – Sheriff Gary Bettencourt

8 –     Director’s Update – Director Renee Heidy

      If necessary, Executive Session may be held in accordance with ORS 192.660 (1)

(e) Property

(h) Legal Rights

(i) Personnel

      As this is a regular meeting of the Frontier Regional 911 Board, other matters may be addressed as deemed appropriate by the Board.

Agenda Distributed October 4, 2019

Frontier Regional Board Members:

Chair – Sheriff Gary Bettencourt –

Judge Elizabeth Farrar –

Sheriff Jim Adkins –

Commissioner Mae Huston –

Sheriff Brad Lohrey –

Judge Joe Dabulskis –

Sheriff Mike Smith –

Judge Lynn Morley –

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

Oregon.Flat.poleCreated: 03 October 2019 | Written by Oregon Capital Insider

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

17: Children that Bryce Cleary, a Portland doctor, recently found out he fathered through a decades-old sperm donation to Oregon Health & Science University, according to The Oregonian. 

$5.25 million: Amount Cleary is suing OHSU for because, he says, the university promised that his sperm would be used to father at most five kids, and that those kids would be born to women outside of Oregon.

18: Months Gov. Kate Brown has said she could delay a state plan to address addiction to drugs, according to Willamette Week. She won’t support legislation or budget bills to address addiction in the 2020 session, the weekly reports.

923: Wildfires on lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry this fire season, which ended Tuesday.

56: Percentage decline this year from the average acres burned.

8: Oregon cases of respiratory illness associated with vaping, two of them fatal, according to the Oregon Health Authority.

0: Relatives Secretary of State Bev Clarno can hire, according to the Statesman Journal, which reported on advice the state ethics commission provided Clarno, who was appointed Secretary of State earlier this year.

$547,000: Amount state lawmakers spent in 2017 hiring their relatives, according to The Oregonian. State law allows legislators to hire relatives — and they often do.

$15 million: Approximate amount labor groups gave to state races in Oregon in the 2017-18 election cycle, according to

2: Public employee unions — the AFL-CIO and AFSCME — who have announced they won’t endorse or give money to candidates who voted for this year’s reforms to the state’s pension system.

8. Gradual Change

Do you ever feel discouraged because your work on personal growth isn’t going as quickly as you would like? Let’s spend a little time on this today.

Many people are interested in doing all they can to develop strong and positive self-esteem, and that is a very good thing. But sometimes, there is a tendency for folks who have just started the process of deliberate personal growth to take themselves a bit too seriously. Expectations run high and personal change can’t come fast enough. The same thing can happen to an organization as it embarks on a growth initiative.

Individuals may find themselves going abruptly from relative non-awareness (or confidence that there wasn’t any need to change in the past) to total and complete introspection. They hold a magnifying glass up to every thought, feeling, act and relationship. Growth and change then get bogged down in the details.

Perhaps these folks need to relax and take it easy. Take the changes a step at a time, a day at a time. Developing high self-esteem is a gradual process, so you don’t need to pressure yourself to get there all at once. New or revised organizational mission and values statements take a while to soak into the fabric of the organization.

Artists and craftsmen work steadily on their creations. They don’t get frantic over completion. As the old saying goes, “Rome wasn’t built in a day.” Give yourself time and space to develop and rework your self-picture. In the meantime, relax and enjoy yourself. Get involved in activities you like and have fun. Life’s too short not to.

If you are tempted to measure your progress, use a broad time range. See yourself today as compared to five or ten years ago, but always keep your eye on where you want to be. And remember the story of the tortoise and the hare – slow and steady wins the race. As long as you work consistently, you will get there! ~The Pacific Institute