Sherman County eNews #277


  1. Oregon Wheat Commission & Oregon Wheat Growers League, Nov. 11

  2. Book Signing Dinner Discussion with Peter Marbach, Nov. 22

  3. Sherman County Fair’s Christmas Bazaar and Christmas Tree Sale, Dec 7

  4. Sherman County Court Notes, Nov. 6

  5. Sherman County Court News, Oct. 16

  6. Oregon Capital Insider Index: This week by the numbers

  7. Genealogists! One Week Free Access, New England Genealogical Society Records

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

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. Notice. Oregon Wheat Commission & Oregon Wheat Growers League, Nov. 11


Oregon Wheat Commission and Oregon Wheat Growers League

November 11, 2019, 8:00 a.m.

Oregon Wheat Commission Conference Room

1200 NW Naito Parkway, Suite 370, Portland, Oregon 97209


Consider the Selection Committee’s candidate recommendation for the Oregon Wheat Industry CEO position.

Please call or e-mail the OWC office for call in information.

The meeting is accessible to persons with disabilities. A request for an interpreter for the hearing impaired or for other accommodations for persons with disabilities, please contact the Oregon Wheat Commission office forty-eight (48) hours in advance at (503) 467-2161.

2. Book Signing Dinner Discussion with Peter Marbach, Nov. 22 

Accomplished photographer and author Peter Marbach is hosting a discussion and book signing of his newest book Healing the Big River: Salmon Dreams and the Columbia River Treaty on Friday, November 22 at 6 p.m. at Columbia Gorge Discovery Center & Museum. The book combines Marbach’s award-winning landscape photography with compelling essays from individuals concerned about the Columbia River and its future. Dinner will be offered for $18 before the program at 6 p.m. The program without dinner costs $5 and begins at 7 p.m.

If you have any questions, please reach out!

Mikey Goyette, Marketing Manager, Columbia Gorge Discovery Center & Museum, 5000 Discovery Drive, The Dalles, OR 97058 | 541-296-8600, ext. 215

3. Sherman County Fair’s Christmas Bazaar and Christmas Tree Sale, Dec 7

Sherman County Fair’s Holiday Bazaar


Christmas Tree Sale

Saturday, December 7 – 10-3:30

Sherman County School Cafeteria

Moro, Oregon

Questions? Contact Kya at

4. Sherman County Court Notes, Nov. 6

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 November 6, 2019, and in conducting the business of the County,

  • heard Merrie von Borstel, Biggs Service District, provide an update on the USDA funding application for the Biggs Water Project;
  • heard Aaron Cook, City of Rufus Administrator, request Downtown Improvement Funds to improve the City of Rufus City Hall;
  • heard Sol Jacobsen discuss County owned property;
  • approved a Rental Development Grant application for Roger Whitley;
  • approved the Oregon Military Department Office of Emergency Management, Emergency Management Performance Grant No. 19-528; and
  • declared Tuesday, December 24, 2019, and Tuesday, December 31, 2019, as Courthouse Holidays.

5. Sherman County Court News, Oct. 16

ShermanCoLogoBy Kristi Brown, Temporary Administrative Assistant

Quarterly Reports, Sherman Extension Ag Agent Status – Tri-Co Hazardous Waste & Recycling Program, and Executive Session in Accordance with ORS 192.660 (2)(i) Personnel, were the main topics on the agenda during the October 16th session of Sherman County Court in Moro.

Nate Stice, Regional Solutions, presented his quarterly report. He introduced Matthew Mattia, Business Oregon Region Project Manager, who accompanied him to meet the Court. Mattia works with many Counties in the Northern and Central region, and works close with Stice as well. Stice had been working on Building Codes and permitting for the hemp facility, Evergreen State Holding, LLC, in Grass Valley. Currently they are on a good path, however, the change of occupancy has been held up. Certain inspections and plans were needed, but was hopeful things would start moving along in the next few weeks. Regarding infrastructure, Grass Valley was in the process of writing the Request for Proposal for their Waste Water Project; Stice will keep checking in for technical assistance. He reminded the Court that the Obtainable Housing Revolving Loan Fund was available through Mid-Columbia Economic Development District, which provided slightly below market interest rates. There had been two applications submitted for the fund, from Hood River and Wasco counties, and Stice would like to see one submitted from Sherman County.

Wade McLeod, District Attorney, presented a quarterly report, stating crimes were still happening, and cases were moving forward. Regarding changes in his Department, there has been constant change in the law, and grand jury now has to be recorded as of July 1, 2019; recordings have been successful. Legislative changes always affect the Department. Brief discussion held on mental health and legislature.

Bryce Coelsch, Fair Board Chair, presented a quarterly report. He stated fair 2019 was successful, with an increase of support from the Community. There were around 200-250 people in attendance at the kick off BBQ; an increase from last year. The plan for Fair 2020, would be to change up the events, and move away from the bull riding. However, they do want to stay with a western type event for one of the nights. The attendance for the bull riding event went down; while the demolition derby and dance attendance increased. Coelsch reported there has been no negative feedback regarding the new building plan, and he would attend a meeting the following week to find out the updated cost estimates. The latest estimate was four million dollars; the Board had already reduced the size and scope of the building to keep costs down. Brief discussion held on appreciation dinner held every year.

Jacob Powell, Oregon State University (OSU) Extension, introduced himself as the new Sherman and Wasco County Extension Agriculture (Ag) Agent. He reported he was on his third week of work, and split his time between Sherman and Wasco Counties; Sherman provided 75% of the funding, while Wasco provided 25%. He will make himself available to landowners as much as possible, and hold a flexible schedule based on where he would be needed, with his main office being located in Sherman. Powell will conduct a needs assessment to know what the priority needs are; landowners can expect to see anonymous surveys.

Cindy Brown, OSU Extension, reported her position was almost 100% 4-H, healthy living, and nutrition based through OSU, with only a few hours designated to the County. She requested Powell be appointed to the Tri-County Hazardous Waste Committee to replace her as the Sherman County representative. The Tri County Hazardous Waste and Recycling Program consists of nine entities: Sherman, Wasco, and Hood River counties, and the cities of The Dalles, Dufur, Maupin, Hood River, Mosier and Cascade Locks, with each providing a representative to the Committee, and the goal was to serve more customers and households with proper waste disposal. The Department of Environmental Quality has big emphasis on recycling; in the last 10 years the focus switched from separated recycling to comingle, which increased the volume being recycled. Co-mingle recycling was shipped to China for many years, however two years ago, China refused all shipments due to shipments containing garbage; some cities are trying to continue with separated recycling due to this situation. The Dalles still handles traditional co-mingle that is going into the landfill. Waste Connections has been running lots of loose waste to the landfill. In order to reduce this, she presented a Tri-County baling facility proposal, put together by others on the Committee, to be implemented in The Dalles to reduce waste and truckloads to Portland. County Court agreed to move forward to look into the program more only at this point.

Amber DeGrange, Juvenile Services, presented a quarterly report. She had six informal cases last quarter that moved over to formal cases. Currently she had three formal cases, and two pending, with all five of the children being involved with Department of Human Services. The cases become very complicated as there are multiple agencies trying to help the children be successful at the same time. She also had five dependency cases with three others that recently closed. DeGrange has continued to work with Northern Oregon Regional Corrections (NORCOR). There is a continued trend of alcohol and marijuana issues; Juvenile Crime Prevention (JCP) funding increased $12,000 per biennium. DeGrange will be working to set up mediation services through the Youth Empowerment Shelter (YES); the County provides funding to YES annually.

Marnene Benson-Wood, Treasurer, presented a quarterly report. She stated there was no change in month to month, or in quarter to annual, and typically always has the same structure set up. The County purchases bonds that go through the broker Time Value Investments, and take the form of callable and non-callable bonds. One just matured for $1,810,000. There was $1,000,000 that went to a money market account at Bank of Eastern Oregon; they requested the funds and guaranteed they would pay the pool rate of 2.57%.

Merrie von Borstel, Biggs Service District, presented a quarterly report. She stated Jacobs is paid monthly to maintain the waste water plant, and some of those funds go to repairs they make for Biggs Service District (BSD). There had been a number of items that needed attention, including the lift station, which will need to be replaced in the future. All customers have been keeping their accounts current. Regarding the BSD Water Project, the new United Stated Department of Agriculture specialist had to wait for some paperwork, which was submitted to the State Office on October 7, 2019 for the eligibility review; once completed BSD will receive a letter. BSD audits have been completed for the year.

Actions taken by the Court included:

  • Approved the Sherman County Credit Card Policy as the final copy, and authorized Judge Dabulskis to sign.
  • Approved the Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs 2019-20 Transportation of Veterans in Highly Rural Areas Grant Agreement 702-2019-HRTG-003, between Sherman County and the State of Oregon, in the amount of $45,000, and authorized Judge Dabulskis to sign.
  • Approved the Intergovernmental Agreement between Sherman and Gilliam County for the provision of independent assessment services necessary to assist the Sherman or Gilliam County Board of Property Tax Appeals in the performance of their functions upon request, and authorized County Court to sign.
  • Approved the Letter of Authorization providing the Sherman County District Attorney authority to sign the CAMI MDT 2019-2021 grant application award documents on behalf of the County for July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020, and authorized Judge Dabulskis to sign the letter.
  • Approved the Oregon Military Department Office of Emergency Management Homeland Security Grant Program CDFA # 97.067, Grant Number 19-259, between the State of Oregon and Sherman County in the amount of $93,295, and authorized Judge Dabulskis to sign.
  • Authorized budget transfers/payments as recommended by the Finance Director, including $20,000 to the Weed Sinking Fund, $31,174 to the Community Development Fund, $44,144 to the Emergency Services Fund, $40,000 to the Senior Center Fund, $6,000 to the Wellness Center Fund from the County General. Additionally, transferring $46,657.20 to the County General Fund from the Drivers Education Fund in order to close the Drivers Education Fund. Judge Dabulskis is authorized to sign.
  • Approved the purchase of 2 heavy duty table carts in the amount of $730 for the County-owned tables.
  • Approved the Minutes of October 2, 2019, as corrected.
  • Approved the September 2019 Revenue/Expenditure Summary.
  • Approved the September 2019 Treasurer’s Report, as presented.

Topics of discussion were Written Quarterly Reports and Commissioner Reports.

6. Oregon Capital Insider Index: This week by the numbers

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

  • 5:Democrats vying for the nomination to run for secretary of state, with the addition of Cameron Smith this week. Smith was the head of the Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services until he stepped down to run his campaign.
  • 34:Initiative petition that supporters have refiled to set up a state system allowing psilocybin mushrooms for mental health treatment, according to OPB. The new petition no longer calls to decriminalize the measure.
  • $15,000+:Fee the city of Lake Oswego could impose on people who want to demolish homes there, according to Willamette Week. Some cities aren’t happy with the passage of a state law that banned cities over a certain population size from having zones that only allow single-family housing.
  • 90:Days the state board of nursing plans to suspend a nurse who was accused of starving an inmate at the Two Rivers Correctional Institution, according to The Oregonian.
  • $1,500,000:Settlement that inmate received from the state last year over his care in prison.
  • 45,000:Acres of potatoes harvested in Oregon last year, according to the Capital Press.
  • 60,000:Pounds of potatoes per acre.
  • $1,000,000,000:Estimated cost of a new water treatment plant in Portland, according to OPB, nearly double what it was estimated in 2017.
  • $825,000:Amount the state’s Occupational Health and Safety Administration fined five hemp businesses for unsafe working conditions this week, according to The Oregonian.
  • 95:Age of Gert Boyle, who died Sunday, according to The New York Times. Boyle, who took over the company after her husband’s death in 1970, transformed Columbia Sportswear into an enormously successful company.

7. Genealogists! One Week Free Access, New England Genealogical Society Records

genealogy2Free one-week access to millions of records!  New England Genealogical Society and American Ancestors is free starting Tuesday Nov. 12th to Nov. 19th. Just sign in as guest to access records.

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

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