Sherman County eNews #276






Indescribably Describable

church.family1Last month I spent three days with a number of pastors at a prayer summit. The theme for our prayer this year was the attributes of our indescribable God. These two terms “attribute” and “indescribable” don’t seem like they belong together, but in them being knit together we find incredible hope. An attribute is a quality or characteristic of someone that is integral to who that person is. In that sense, it is an “about them” that we can use words to describe one to another. But when we think of God and Him being indescribable or inexpressible, we think of Him being infinite in every way and fully beyond description.

The absolutely amazing thing about God is that while being infinitely beyond all that we can describe or imagine He also has revealed Himself or made Himself known and knowable to us. While there are things about Him that we do not share such as His eternality which describes Him as existing outside of time and the creator of even time itself, there are other things qualities of Him that He has allowed us to enter into. Our God who describes Himself as the “I Am” or the eternal one created us into time and He knows absolutely every aspect of everything that has, is and will happen in our time. There is nothing about us that is not known to Him and over which He is not in control. He knows the depths of our sin and is perfectly just. But we also know at the same time that He is good, just, gracious and merciful, and He has allowed man to experience on our human scale these things so that we might also appreciate even more those things about Him and worship Him in response.

“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)

Joe Burgess
Pastor, Grass Valley Baptist Church

2. CLASSIFIEDS (new or corrected)

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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 HISTORICAL MUSEUM. Christmas shopping at The Museum Store and Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day displays December 7 10-3. No admission fee. Brand new items just for the Christmas Sale plus all your year-round favorites. 10% Discount for Sherman County Historical Society members. Got a history buff on your list? MUSEUM MEMBERSHIPS MAKE GREAT GIFTS!

GRASS VALLEY PAVILION. Country Christmas Bazaar 10-2 on December 7th at the Grass Valley Pavilion. 

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!




INSTRUCTIONAL ASSISTANT Sherman County School District, 65912 High School Loop, Moro, Oregon 97039. Temporary Instructional Assistant for the 2019-20 School Year. Posting. Sherman County School is seeking a Temporary .94 FTE highly qualified Instructional Assistant candidate with preferred previous experience working in an educational setting. The successful candidate will work under the direct supervision of the school administration to support activities as assigned.  This position will start on or close to November 12.  This is a temporary position for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year. Criminal record check and pre-employment drug screening required. For information and application materials please email or call Wes Owens at or 541-565-3500. Application Method/Materials Required. Please submit a letter of interest, application (available from the school district), resume, and letters of recommendation if you are interested in the position to: Wes Owens, Superintendent, 65912 High School Loop, Moro, Oregon 97039, (541) 565-3500  This position will remain open until filled. Sherman County School District is an equal opportunity employer.

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:






KITCHEN AID MIXER. Kitchen Aid Professional Mixer KP2671X  6 Qt 525 watt. includes Burnished Flat Beater, Burnished Dough Hook and Professional Wire Whip. Used 4X asking $200 / best bid. Call 541-442-8572 Nancy 12/27

DEHYDRATOR, JERKY MAKER. New still in the box never opened, Nesco Dehydrator & Jerky Maker FD-60 with 4 trays. asking $45 / best bid. Call 541-442-8572 Nancy 12/27

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. 11/8


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




WIG. Halloween wig. Location found- Grass Valley. Call or Text Jeanne at 541-714-5740 to identify and claim.


3. CALENDAR (new or corrected)



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

9 Military Displays Western Antique Aeroplane & Automobile Museum, Hood River

9 Columbia Gorge Genealogical Society Meeting 10:30 Discovery Center


11 Veterans Day Chimes 11 Maryhill Museum

11 Veterans Appreciation Dinner, Turkey Bingo 5 Wasco School Event Center

11 Veterans Day Open Mic Town Hall 6-8 Sherman Public/School Library

11 Veterans Day Dinner Free for Veterans – Goldendale American Legion

12 Sherman County School District Board Meeting 6 Public/School Library

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 Wasco School Events Center Board of Directors Meeting 6

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

7 Christmas Shopping at The Museum Store 10-3 Moro

7-8 Cascade Singers Present “A Parker-Shaw Christmas”

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




2 Sherman County Fair Board Meeting 7

6 Grass Valley City Council 7

7 Moro City Council 7

8 Rufus City Council 7

8 Sherman Senior Center Advisory 12:30

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

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


Sherman County eNews #276


  1. Veterans Day Dinner Free to all Veterans and Spouses, Nov. 11

  2. Public Notice. Sherman County Court Nov. 20 Session Canceled

  3. Public Notice. Approved Minutes of Sherman County Court Oct. 16 Session Online

  4. PGE Biglow Canyon Wind Farm Earns Workplace Safety Recognition

  5. Defining Your Values

  6. Farmers encouraged to “Keep the Stubble” during No-Till November

  7. Sherman County Ambulance October Activity Report Corrected

There are those whose lives affect all others around them, quietly touching one heart, who in turn, touches another, reaching out to ends further than they would ever know. ~William Bradfield

1. Veterans Day Dinner Free to all Veterans and Spouses, Nov. 11

Monday, November 11th

Prime Rib Dinner

FREE to All Veterans and Spouses

American flag1

Brought to you by Goldendale American Legion

Louis Leidl Post 116

** FIRST DINNER served 4:00 to 5:15 PM

Advanced Tickets Required

Tickets are available at the Legion – must have current

membership card or DD214 to pick up a ticket in advance.

Tickets available November 1st.

Limit of 100 tickets ~ first come first served.

** SECOND DINNER served 6:00 to 7:30 PM

Let’s support the Goldendale Food Bank.

Thanksgiving and Christmas are just around the corner.

Please bring a can of food.

Thank you!

P.S. Sherman County Veterans and Spouses are welcome!

2. Public Notice. Sherman County Court Nov. 20 Session Canceled

Due to scheduling conflicts, the November 20, 2019, Sherman County Court Regular Session has been canceled. The next regularly scheduled session will be held, December 4, 2019.

3. Public Notice. Approved Minutes of Sherman County Court Oct. 16 Session Online

Approved minutes of the October 16, 2019 Regular Session, are now available in the Archive of County Court Meeting Minutes

~Kristi Brown

Sherman County Court

Deputy Clerk/Temporary Administrative Assistant

500 Court Street

PO Box 365

Moro, OR 97039

4. PGE Biglow Canyon Wind Farm Earns Workplace Safety Recognition

(Salem) – Portland General Electric Co.’s Biglow Canyon wind farm has graduated from Oregon OSHA’s Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP), a significant milestone in growth and commitment to worker safety.

SHARP coaches companies on how to effectively manage workplace safety and health. It empowers employers to continuously improve. In turn, companies are recognized for their success in reaching specific benchmarks. An employer becomes a graduate when it completes five years of SHARP.

During its SHARP journey, Biglow Canyon – which encompasses 217 wind turbines covering 25,000 acres outside of Wasco – tackled a variety of safety improvements. Those included installing deflector plates to protect workers from permanent obstructions or clearance issues as they move up and down ladders inside wind towers; standardizing safety and health procedures across facilities; and setting up TV monitors to display safety trending reports.

In assessing Biglow Canyon’s safety culture, Oregon OSHA consultants noted that personnel at the site do not hesitate “to ensure the task at hand is being performed in the safest manner possible.”

“Biglow’s graduation from SHARP is a great example of what an employee-driven safety culture can achieve,” said Elizabeth Kokos, PGE senior wind technician. “Employees are more willing to be active contributors in a company’s safety programs when they own them. Biglow’s ability to attain SHARP graduate status is a prime example of what can be achieved when everyone pulls together for safety.”

SHARP encourages Oregon employers to work with their employees to identify and correct hazards, and develop and implement effective safety and health programs. The benefits of the program, which is part of Oregon OSHA’s consultation services, include lower injury and illness rates, decreased workers’ compensation costs, increased employee morale, and lower product losses.

Oregon employers that have been in business for more than one year are eligible to apply for SHARP. For information about the program, visit

For information about Oregon OSHA’s no-cost consultation services, visit

5. Defining Your Values

What does getting what you want in life have to do with values? There is a connection. Let’s take a look at it today.

You can’t get what you want in life until you know what it is you want. And, you’ll have a hard time knowing what you want, if you are not clear about what your values are. You see, when someone asks you what you really want, what they are really asking is, “What do you value?”

Values are guides for daily living that influence your thoughts, feelings, words and deeds. Values form the foundation of the decisions you make. They shape your personality and give direction to what would otherwise be an aimless, purposeless life. Your values are reflected in your goals, hopes, dreams, attitudes, interests, opinions, convictions, and behavior as well as in your problems and worries.

Values are choices you make from the available alternatives. Therefore, well-chosen values require an open mind, because you can’t choose freely if you don’t know what your options, and their consequences, are. Values are cherished and we fight to keep them because they mean so much to us.

Finally, to be truly significant, values must move from fantasy into reality and be acted upon. They cause us to do something, so that we can get and keep what we prize so highly. And while the cynics among us may dismiss them, it is why successful and significant organizations define their values, and place them front and center, for all to see.

What do you value in life? Have you spent much time thinking about it? If not, you might want to take time to do so. Start today. Sit down and make a list of all your values. Then make a list of all your life goals. Do they coincide? If not, maybe you should re-define your goals to match your values, because it is more likely that you will get what you want in life if you do. ~The Pacific Institute

6. Farmers encouraged to “Keep the Stubble” during No-Till November

Put away the plow to minimize disturbance and maximize healthy soil

PORTLAND, Ore., Nov. 5, 2019 — This month the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is encouraging farmers to “keep the stubble” on their harvested crop fields and improve soil health during No-Till November.

First launched in 2017 by NRCS Iowa, the No-Till November campaign is mirrored after the national cancer awareness No Shave November movement that encourages people not to shave during the entire month. The NRCS campaign encourages farmers to keep tillage equipment in their machine sheds this fall and keep the crop stubble on their fields. In the past two years, the campaign has reached more than 1 million people.

“No-till farming is a cornerstone soil health conservation practice, which also promotes water quality while saving farmers time and money,” said Cory Owens, state soil scientist for NRCS Oregon. “One of the first soil health principles is ‘do not disturb’. This campaign is a fun way to remind farmers about the important relationship between tillage and soil health.”

Improving soil health increases soil biological activity, which provides erosion control, nutrient benefits, and can simulate tillage.

For more information about soil health in Oregon, including success stories from Oregon farmers who are keeping the stubble, visit the NRCS Oregon Soil Health webpage.

7. Notice. Sherman County Ambulance October Activity Report Corrected