Sherman County eNews #267






Sherman County eNews welcomes participation by our faith communities in Spiritual Matters. Published on Friday mornings, inspirational spiritual voices are important to our county communities. The current rotation opportunities:

  • 1st Friday: Wasco Church of Christ, Christian & Moro Community Presbyterian
  • 2nd Friday: Grass Valley Baptist & Wasco Catholic
  • 3rd Friday: Baha’i & Kent Baptist
  • 4th Friday: Wasco United Methodist, Rufus Baptist & Grass Valley Catholic
  • 5th Friday [to be determined by the Editor or proposed by a participant].

2. CLASSIFIEDS (new or corrected)



THANK YOU! Janet Pinkerton and I would like to thank everyone for their kind remarks and interest in our 150 year history of Sherman County education timeline.  Granted, it was time consuming but proved fascinating to learn about the journey of education in this county.  We had heard bits and pieces from our fathers but it was interesting to put the whole story together.  Words cannot express our gratitude for the hard work and dedication of the entire community to realize the school system we have today.  We want to recognize Julie Triebelhorn Fong, Lloyd Henrichs’ granddaughter, for donating her creative genius. She took an idea drawn on a napkin and created this eye-popping timeline. Clearly, this presentation would not have happened without Julie’s skill and ingenuity.  She told us that she gives her clients two opportunities to review and alter before she starts charging.   Janet and I lost count of the number of changes but at least 25, all without a charge or a hint of frustration. ~Nancy Henrichs Simpson and Janet Pinkerton.

THANK YOU from Wasco School Events Center! Due to the generosity of so many talented Sherman County people, Wasco School Events Center hosted another very successful fund raiser. This past Sunday, “An Afternoon of Sherman County Talent” saw more than a dozen artists showing and selling their creations in our auditorium, and over 50 items were donated to our silent auction — everything from paintings, jewelry, photos on canvas, metal work, quilts and wall hangings, vinyl signs, solvent transfer prints, cross stitch, wood carving, cut & polished rocks . . . the list goes on. There are too many participants and donors to name personally here, but know that the Board of Directors greatly appreciates all of you who participated and donated so that we may continue to make improvements to our building. Sherman County people are the best!

THANK YOU! The Sherman County Senior Center would like to extend a very special thank you to Chris & Carrie Kaseberg of Wheatacres Ranch in Wasco, for their incredibly generous donation of 160 pounds of ground beef. Donations like this allow us to serve good quality meals to seniors, using local beef, which is very helpful with our monthly food budget. We cannot thank Wheatacres Ranch enough for this donation! Thank you so very much for your generosity!!

CONGRATULATIONS, CINDY! 1st Place Western Region Winner for a Communications Written Press Release at the National Extension Association of Family & Consumer Sciences conference in Hershey PA.  The award was accepted on her behalf by OSU Extension attendees. Her article titled “Picky Eaters? Eat Your Peas, Louise” ran in The Dalles Chronicle’s Extension Cord column April 2018.  Brown is a 4-H Youth Development & Healthy Living Educator serving Sherman County. ~Larry & Sherry

CONGRATULATIONS & THANK YOU! It was a splendid evening with Sherman County School District’s 2019 Hall of Honor inductees Deron Kaseberg, Mike S. Macnab, Ron Townsend, the 1989 OSAA State Football Champions and, posthumously, Grace (May) Zevely, and their families and friends! Old friends, new friends, memories, stories and information! The Sherman Booster Club fundraiser, a tri-tip dinner, was served by FFA members. The Sherman County School Concert Band entertained under the direction of John Gronberg. Superintendent Wes Owens welcomed a large crowd in the event center (gym) and made introductions. Jeremy Lanthorn took photographs. The designated speakers on behalf of the inductees were Jean (Zevely) Anderson, Kyle Blagg, Kevin Coelsch, Joe Justesen, Brett Kaseberg, Twila Kaseberg, Linda Krafsic, Bill Macnab, Nancy McCoy and Ron Townsend. Gary Shelton read the plaques that were presented by Wes Owens. Equally important is the graphic timeline and presentation made by Janet Pinkerton and Nancy Henrichs Simpson, “From One-Room Schools to One-Campus / 150 Years of Education in Sherman County.” They described their valuable research on the 150 years of county education and outlined changes and challenges, decade by decade, recognizing school board members and county school superintendents. Their important research is presented in information graph form on a wonderful large wall installation. The newly-formed Sherman County Education Foundation introduced information at their display table, the result of their vision, mission and thoughtful planning. It’s off to a running start and worthy of our support. That said, we are mindful that a special occasion such as this requires a great deal of planning and attention to detail, hard work, inspiration and many volunteers! Yes, it was a delightful evening, and even more — it was a gift to all of us… the inspiration and wisdom that comes from knowing what others achieve, over time, individually and as members of teams and boards of directors. Thank you, Sherman County School District, Booster Club, FFA, Janet Pinkerton and Nancy Henrichs Simpson and volunteers for this impressive annual event! First class! Well done! Congratulations! ~The Editor.

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

CONGRATULATIONS! Sunday afternoon, another splendid event in Sherman County, An Afternoon of Sherman County Talent was a benefit for the Wasco School Events Center! We were pleased to see significant support by local artists, showing their work and donating to the silent auction. Artists showing their work were Anna Alley, Cathy Brown, Vonda Chandler, Nancy Drinkard, Martha Flatt, Dan Hochstetler, Doris Hubbard, Tyson Huckins, Jeanney McArthur, Kathy McCullough, Clint Moore, Roy and Debbie Shafer, Dick Voll and Jessica Wheeler. The generous and talented silent auction donors of paintings, button-craft, greeting cards, gift tags, metal art, photographs on canvas, books, bracelet, quilts, wall hangings, seasonal signs, barrel stave bench, wood bowls, wine bottle holder, wood flag, and cut & polished rocks were Anna Alley, Debbie Bird, Stacy Bird, Keith Blaylock, Cathy Brown, Karla Chambers, Vonda Chandler, Penny Eakin, Martha Flatt, Shirley Fritts, Jessie Fuhrer, Dan Hochstetler, Doris Hubbard, Amy Huffman, Cam Kaseberg, Kevin Kaseberg, Linda Krafsic, Patti Moore, Kaleb Lavine, Carol MacKenzie, Gail Macnab, Jeanney McArthur, Kathy McCullough, Clint Moore, Patti Moore, Janet Pinkerton, Roy & Debbie Shafer, Kathy Thompson, Pat & Clarence Turner, Dick Voll, Jessica Wheeler and Jane Root Winter.  Thank you, everyone! Well done! ~The Editor 

THANK YOU to the local history and art enthusiasts who photographed public art in Sherman County for a photo essay series for Sherman County: For The Record. The project expanded to Public Art categories – Itinerant Sign Painters and Artists; Local Government; Businesses and Organizations; Murals, Mosaics and Mascots; Heritage and Monuments. Two categories have been suggested: Stained Glass and Farm & Ranch Signs… good ideas for another volunteer! ~Sherry Kaseberg



GRASS VALLEY PAVILION. The 8th Max Nogle Dinner-Auction-Dance will be held at the Grass Valley Pavilion on Saturday, November 16 beginning at 5 pm. Proceeds will go toward continuing improvements to the pavilion. Come and enjoy an evening of good food and fun. AND get a look at the upgraded kitchen!


“Being a trustholder of the community means serving as would a good steward. The good steward views the community as a gift from previous generations, but a gift with strings attached. One is obligated to pass the gift to future generations in a better state than that in which it was received…. The community is both our inheritance and our legacy.” ~National Association of Community Leadership, Taking Leadership to Heart (1996)

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


COUNTY COURT ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT. Sherman County is accepting employment applications for the position of County Court Administrative Assistant. This is a permanent, part-time position, 32hr/wk. or 0.80 FTE, Monday-Thursday, salary range $21-$28/hr. dependent on experience. Applicant must be knowledgeable in the operation of modern office equipment including computer systems and programs, possess effective written and oral communication skills, and make decisions independently using effective time management. For job description and/or application, contact the office of the Sherman County Court at 541-565-3416 or go online at under “Jobs/contracts”. Submit completed application and resume to the Sherman County Court, 500 Court Street, P.O. Box 365, Moro, OR 97039 no later than Tuesday, November 12, 2019 by 5:00 pm. Interviews will be held Friday, November 15, 2019. Successful applicant must pass a criminal history background check. Sherman County is an equal opportunity employer. 11/8

SCHOOL BUS DRIVERS. Mid-Columbia Bus Company Seeks Bus Drivers. Do you know someone with time to spare, who loves to drive, and help others? Refer them to Mid-Columbia Bus Company! Once the person you refer becomes certified and drives a full route for at least 30 days, we will donate $1000.00 to a school organization of your choice.  What we offer: $13.60 an hour; $500 Sign on bonus; Paid training; Flexible schedule; Dental, Vision, Medical Plan; 401 K … And more. Qualifications: Pass a criminal history check; Have a good driving record; Have a valid Oregon driver’s license; Ability to obtain Class B CDL with training Contact Mid Columbia Bus Company and tell us where to make a donation today. Amberlena Shaffer, Recruiter. OFFICE: (541) 303-5093Email:  Website:






POSTERS. SHERMAN COUNTY EDUCATION TIMELINE. The 150 years of Sherman County Education; One-Room Schools to One Campus Timeline was dedicated on 10/19/19. The timeline will hang permanently in the school outside the cafeteria. Posters of this timeline are available for purchase. The posters are 16 x 36 and are $30/poster.  There are only seven left.  You may purchase them by calling the Sherman School 541-565-3500 and asking for Kim McKinney. 




ROOMS FOR RENT. 2 rooms for rent at the Just us Inn in Wasco. Completely furnished with internet and cable TV.  Room 7 private entrance private bathroom two bedroom single bed and king size in Main. Use of common areas Kitchen and TV area.  — 1 queen size bedroom with shared bath on second floor. Use of common areas TV room and kitchen. Please contact Ron at 503 – 957 – 6114. 11/29 


Freestanding basketball goal (it could use a new net but has one and works just fine). It’s heavy as the bottom is weighted, of course.  Free – You haul and it’s yours.  Call Jeanne at 541-714-5740. 10/25

Antique Sewing Machine in original wood cabinet – unusual Craftsman style cabinet- great shape I believe it is from the early 1900’s, original book and accessory box included. It’s heavy – you arrange to pick it up and it’s yours- originally from a local Sherman county resident.  Call Jeanne 541-714-5740. 10/25 



PHOTOGRAPH. Copy of pre-1950 photo of the east side of the Barnett-Crosfield brick general merchandise store in Wasco for a photo essay on itinerant sign painters and artists. ~Sherry Kaseberg 10/25

3. CALENDAR (new or corrected)



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

28 Sherman County Photography Club 6 OSU Extension Bldg., Moro




3 Sherman Historical Society Volunteer Lunch & Program 1

3 Dewey Thomas’ 105th Birthday 2-4 The Springs at Mill Creek, The Dalles

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

6-10 American Agri-Women Convention in Tigard

7 Sherman County Fair Board 7

7-10 American Agri-Women Convention, Portland

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


12 Sherman Soil & Water Conservation District Board Meeting 8:30

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

12 North Central Public Health District Board Meeting 3 The Dalles

13 Rufus City Council

13-16 Tri-State Grain Convention, Spokane

15-17 Young Farmers & Ranchers Leadership Conference, Portland

16 8th Annual Max Nogle Dinner, Auction, Dance 5 Grass Valley Pavilion

17 Antelope Community Harvest Dinner 2-4 Antelope Community Center

19-21 Association of Oregon Counties Annual Conference

20 Sherman County Court 9

21-23 Oregon Cattleman’s Association Convention, Bend

23 Moro Community Presbyterian Church Thanksgiving Dinner 5



2 Lower John Day Area Commission on Transportation 10-12 Sherman County

2 Grass Valley City Council 7

3 Moro City Council 7

4 Sherman County Court 9

4 All County Prayer Meeting Wasco Methodist Church social 6:30, prayer 7:00-8:30

5 Sherman County Fair Board 7

5-14 National Rodeo Finals, Las Vegas, Nevada

7 Country Christmas Bazaar 10-2 Grass Valley Pavilion

9 Mid-Columbia Housing Authority Board Meeting 10

10 Sherman County Watershed Council Board Meeting 8

10 Sherman County Soil & Water Conservation District 8:30

10 North Central Public Health District Board Meeting 3

10-12 Oregon Farm Bureau Convention, Gleneden Beach

11 Sherman County Senior & Community Center Advisory 12:30

11 Rufus City Council 7

12 Mid-Columbia Economic Development District Board 4 White Salmon

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

17 Wasco City Council 7

18 Sherman County Court 9

23-31 Sherman County School Christmas Break




11-13 Columbia River Circuit Rodeo Finals, Yakima, Washington


Sherman County eNews #266


  1. Nominate Now for STEM Education Leader, Tech Leader of the Year

  2. Finding a Way

  3. History Tidbits: Sherman County School Superintendent’s Report, 1903

  4. Governor Brown Announces Committee to Address Rising Health Care Costs

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

1. Nominate Now for STEM Education Leader, Tech Leader of the Year

The Gorge Technology Alliance (GTA) is seeking nominations now through November 8 for its 2019 annual awards program recognizing the Tech Leader and the STEM Education Leader of the Year, with the latter receiving a $1000 award. The Gorge Tech Alliance is the regional industry association that supports, connects and develops the technology community of the Columbia River Gorge. For almost 15 years, the GTA has been supporting the growth of our regional tech industry and encouraging strong science, tech, engineering and math (STEM) education opportunities.

The GTA’s awards are given in December with two categories. Tech Leader of the Year recognizes the outstanding achievement over the last year on the part of an individual or company that principally provides technology products, services, or support in the Columbia River Gorge. The 2018 winner was Maza Brady for her volunteer leadership of the Gorge Women in STEM initiative.

STEM Education Leader of the Year recognizes an individual for outstanding contributions to STEM education in the Columbia River Gorge over the last year. The 2018 winner was Lu Seapy of Wasco County 4-H. The winner of this category receives a $1000 contribution from the GTA towards their STEM education program.

Nominations must be received by 5pm on November 8, 2019 to be considered. The GTA defines the Gorge as the five-county area including Hood River, Wasco, Sherman, Skamania and Klickitat Counties. Nominees need not be a GTA member or otherwise involved with the organization. Nomination forms and more details are available on the GTA website at

2. Finding a Way

When you are presented with a serious challenge, how do you respond? When you have been dealt a difficult blow by life, what do you tell yourself? These are important questions that all of us are going to want to answer as we develop our personal and organizational philosophies.

Thorny issues have been around since the beginnings of human history, and the power to overcome them has been celebrated in song and story almost from the beginning. (Human beings are inveterate story-tellers. In fact, we learn best, and remember best, when stories provide the foundation.)

Take the nearly 2700-year old story of Homer’s “Odyssey” as we talk today about the power of optimism. Odysseus’ son is worried that his father will never come home from the wars. But Pallas Athene, the heroine of the story, gently reassures him by saying, “Your father will not be exiled much longer… trust Odysseus to get free. He always finds a way.”

This is an excellent description of option thinkers: No matter how tough the problem, no matter how great the odds, the option thinker always believes there is a solution. Option thinkers keep trying, experimenting, and looking. And eventually, one of their efforts bears fruit. They just refuse to give up when things get tough.

When Odysseus finally does make it home, in time to drive away his wife’s suitors and reunite his family, it is one of the great homecoming scenes in all literature.

So, what do you tell yourself when you are up against a wall? What do you say when you have been knocked down by life? Instead of looking for someone or something to blame, instead of falling silent in defeat and depression, why not remember Odysseus and tell yourself, “There is an answer, a solution. No matter what, I will find a way!” ~The Pacific Institute

3. History Tidbits: Sherman County School Superintendent’s Report, 1903

Annual Report, Sherman County School Superintendent, W.H. Ragsdale, for the year ending 15 June 1903:

School population – 1,303

School enrollment – 1,205

Teachers – 45.

4. Governor Brown Announces Committee to Address Rising Health Care Costs

Oregon.Flat.pole(Salem, OR) — Today, Governor Kate Brown announced the membership of a committee to control the cost of health care for Oregonians. The committee will set an annual target for health care spending growth and recommend enforcement tools to hold the health care system accountable for meeting the target.

“All Oregonians should have access to the health care services they need to live healthy and productive lives,” said Governor Brown. “Oregon’s community-based approach to health care, which covers 94 percent of adults and 100 percent of Oregon children, is a model for the nation. But if we do not control the rising costs of health care, too many Oregon families, particularly those in historically underserved communities, will again find the care they need is beyond their reach.”

Research shows that Oregonians pay more for health care and have higher deductibles than residents in other states. Between 2010 and 2016, Oregon household income grew by 15 percent, while employer-sponsored health care premiums grew by 25 percent and deductibles for families grew by 77 percent. Oregon has the third-highest health insurance deductibles in the country and is in the top ten highest states for family budgets spent on out-of-pocket hospital costs.

Oregon has already established a 3.4 percent growth rate for public programs, but there isn’t a similar target for the private market, where almost half of Oregonians get their health insurance.

“Rising health care costs mean less money for wages, retirement, and other public investments like housing and education,” said Jeremy Vandehey, director of health policy at the Oregon Health Authority. “A critical step in containing health care costs is bringing everyone to the table to set a common cost growth target that all insurance companies, hospitals, and health care providers have to stay within.”

This citizen and stakeholder led implementation committee, selected by Governor Brown and under the supervision of the Oregon Health Policy Board, was established by Senate Bill 889, passed during the 2019 legislative session. In addition to setting an annual target for costs, the committee will also provide recommendations for the Legislature to adopt in 2021 on how entities with unreasonable cost increases will be held accountable.

The Sustainable Health Care Cost Growth Target is modeled after a program in

Massachusetts that has saved $5.5 billion for consumers between 2013 and 2016. Rhode Island and Delaware have also adopted similar programs.

Implementation Committee for Oregon’s Sustainable Health Care Cost Growth Target program:

  • Patrick Allen, Director, Oregon Health Authority
  • Kraig Anderson, Senior Vice President and Chief Actuary, Moda Health
  • Kathryn Correia, President and CEO, Legacy Health
  • Angela Dowling, President, Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon
  • Kevin Ewanchyna (Vice-Chair), Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, Samaritan Health Services; President of the Oregon Medical Association Jack Friedman (Chair)
  • Jessica Gomez, CEO, Rogue Valley Microdevices
  • Felisa Hagins, Political Director, SEIU Local 49
  • Ruby Haughton, State Director, AARP Oregon
  • K. John McConnell, Director, OHSU Center for Health Systems Effectiveness
  • Mark McMullen, Oregon State Economist, Office of Economic Analysis, DAS
  • William Olson, Chief Operating Officer, Providence Health and Services
  • Jordan Papé, CEO, Papé Group
  • Ken Provencher, President and CEO, PacificSource Health Plans
  • Shanon Saldivar, Chamness Saldivar Agency; Vice-Chair Marketplace Advisory Committee
  • Cameron Smith, Director, Department of Consumer and Business Services
  • Jenny Smith, Chief Financial Officer, Kaiser Permanente Northwest
  • Jenn Welander, Chief Financial Officer, St. Charles Health System.


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

bird.owl.book1859 | Oregon’s Magazine

Northwest Rail Buffs Signal For Return Of Oregon Trail Amtrak Route To Boise

Oregon’s rural patients deserve access to quality hospice care

Military Times

Defense News

Slide Show | A day in the life of U.S. agriculture

Gorge Grown Food Network | Support Your Local Farmer

Numbers About Which SEIU and the Anti-Union Freedom Foundation Disagree

How Portland Got The Trail Blazers

Oregon Colleges Forced To Adjust As Student Priorities Expand

Oregon Secretary Of State Rejects Ballot Proposal On Immigrant Driver’s Licenses

Editorial. Real ID leads to real mess in Oregon

Science | The Epoch Times

Oregon ranks 4th in homelessness, study finds