Sherman County eNews #291


  1. All County Prayer Meeting, Dec. 4

  2. Remember Local Needs with Year-end Giving

  3. Defining Happiness

  4. Oregon Capital Insider Index: This week in Salem, by the numbers

  5. Young Life Christian Outreach Ministry to Teens in Sherman County

  6. Oregon Farm Bureau statement on gray wolf decision

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

Using, or ignoring, facts in accordance with whether they create the desired impression is the principal agenda of today’s media. ~Kyle Smith, New York Post

Czech writer Milan Kundera wrote in his book, The Book of Laughter and Forgetting: “The first step in liquidating a people is to erase its memory. Destroy its books, its culture, its history.” 

“The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out for himself, without regard to the prevailing superstitions and taboos. Almost inevitably he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane, and intolerable…”  ―H.L. Mencken, Prejudices: Third Series

Each new generation born is in effect an invasion of civilization by little barbarians, who must be civilized before it is too late. ~ Thomas Sowell

1. All County Prayer Meeting, Dec. 4

church.family1The All County Prayer Meeting is Wednesday December 4 @ the Wasco Methodist Church Fellowship starts at 6:30 PM, Pray time starts at 7:00 PM and ends at 8:30 PM.

Everyone is welcome to come and join the meeting, come and join in when you can get there and stay as long as you can. ~ Red Gibbs

2. Remember Local Needs with Year-end Giving

Christmas.holly1Gifts, large or small, support our local nonprofits which are providing services that benefit our county communities. Charitable foundation board members need to know that local folks value and support our organizations that apply for grant funding!

If you are thinking about a tax-deductible gift, give to one of our local nonprofits! Win-win! If you are wondering what to give a person, give to a local tax deductible non-profit organization in their honor!

Consider gifts to these organizations to honor someone with a shared interest, to recognize someone’s achievement or success, in memory or remembrance, to express your appreciation, or as the perfect gift for someone who has everything.

  • ABC Huskies Day Care, Sherman County Child Care Foundation, P.O. Box 424, Wasco, OR 97065
  • Columbia Basin Agricultural Research Center – Sherman Station Foundation, 36656 Lone Rock Road, Moro, OR 97039
  • Columbia Gorge CASA, P.O. Box 663, Hood River, OR 97031
  • Grass Valley Pavilion Renovation & Rejuvenation Project, City of Grass Valley, P.O. Box 191, Grass Valley, OR 97029
  • HAVEN from Domestic and Sexual Violence, P.O. Box 576, The Dalles, OR 9058
  • Little Wheats Day Care Inc., P.O. Box 71, Moro, OR 97039
  • Maryhill Museum of Art, 35 Maryhill Museum Drive, Goldendale, WA 98620
  • Mitten Tree, Sherman County Public/School Library
  • Oregon Cultural Trust, Oregon Cultural Trust, 775 Summer Street NE, Ste 200, Salem, OR 97301 – a portion of these funds are allocated to Sherman County Cultural Coalition for distribution, & matched to local cultural non-profit gifts provide a tax credit.
  • OSU Extension 4-H Programs, 36656 Lone Rock Road, Moro, OR 97039
  • Salvation Army, 623 E. 3rd Street, The Dalles, OR 97058
  • Sherman County Ambulance, PO Box 139, Moro, OR 97039
  • Sherman County Athletic Foundation, P.O. Box 191, Moro, OR 97039
  • Sherman County Cultural Coalition, O. Box 23, Moro, OR 97039
  • Sherman County Education Foundation, P.O. Box 68, Moro, OR 97039
  • Sherman County Fair, P.O. Box 45, Wasco, OR 97065
  • Sherman County Food Bank, P.O. Box 14, Moro, OR 97039
  • Sherman County Historical Society & Museum, P.O. Box 173, Moro, OR 97039 –qualifies for Oregon Cultural Trust Tax Credits
  • Sherman County Junior Hoops, c/o Sherman County Athletic Foundation, P.O. Box 191, Moro, OR 97039
  • Sherman County Lions Club, P.O. Box 27, Wasco, OR 97065
  • Sherman Elementary Parent Teacher Organization, 69512 High School Loop, Moro, OR 97039
  • Sherman County Public/School Library, 69512 High School Loop, Moro, OR 97039
  • Sherman County Scholarship Association, 65912 High School Loop, Moro, Oregon 97039
  • Sherman County Senior & Community Center, P.O. Box 352, Moro, OR  97039
  • Sherman Development League, P.O. Box 11, Moro, OR 97039
  • Sherman County Preschool, 69512 High School Loop, Moro, OR 97039
  • Wasco Cemetery Association, Sun Rise Cemetery, P.O. Box 155, Wasco, OR 97065
  • Wasco RR Depot & History Center, City of Wasco, P.O. Box __, Wasco, OR 97065
  • Wasco School Events Center, City of Wasco, P.O. Box __, Wasco, OR 97065
  • Wasco Salmon/Steelhead Tournament, P.O. Box __, Wasco, OR 97065
  • Your church.

3. Defining Happiness for You

Everyone wants to be happy, but not everyone knows how to go about getting there. Today, let’s talk about a couple of ways to be happy.

First, a question: How do you define “happiness”? Some people think happiness is getting all or most of the things they want. They always have lists of new things they want or are about to get – cars, vacations, fancy clothes, new furniture, or the latest electronic toy. With the holidays fast approaching, these lists get more definite and, occasionally, grow larger!

However, often these people are deeply discontented. No matter how much they acquire, they never seem to have enough. A new acquisition brings them pleasure, but only for a little while. Happiness is always in the future, always appearing, and then disappearing.

Someone once said that there are two ways to be happy: the first is to have all the things you want; the second is to have the wisdom to enjoy the things you have. To this, let’s add a third: happiness is wanting what you have. You probably have your own definition of happiness, because, really, there are as many ways to define “happiness” as there are people on the planet.

When you practice the “wisdom” way, you are able to appreciate the beauty that exists in the simplest elements of life. Even in hardship, you’ll find many reasons to feel joy on a daily basis. Sure, you’ll feel good when you acquire something new, but your real and lasting happiness will be found in relationships, in simple pleasures, in nature, and in actions that show love.

If you remember that the time to be happy is now, and the place to be happy is where you are, you will find a joy that no amount of money can buy. ~The Pacific Institute

4. Oregon Capital Insider Index: This week in Salem, by the numbers

Oregon.Flat.poleCreated: 28 November 2019 | Written by Oregon Capital Insider

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

  1. 106:Wind speed at Cape Blanco State Park Tuesday, as a “bomb cyclone” hit southern Oregon, according to KGW.
  2. $2,000,000:Amount Oregon has invested in prisons that have detained immigrants, according to the AP. U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley says the state should withdraw its money from those investments. The treasurer’s office says those investments are part of index funds.
  3. 31:Years that Bradshaw’s lomatium has been on the Endangered Species list, according to OPB. It’s made a recovery and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service may remove the plant from the list.
  4. 133: percentage jump in Oregonians who make seven figures between 2010 and 2017, according to KATU.
  5. $2,500:Amount the average Oregonian’s income has increased in the past decade, according to The Oregonian.
  6. $1,900,000:Amount the average income of the top 0.1 percent of Oregonians has leapt in that time, The Oregonian reports.
  7. 13:Percent of Oregonians who live in poverty, the lowest that has been since 2000, according to the East Oregonian.
  8. 22,215:Oregon students who were homeless, in temporary housing or living with other families in the 2018-19 school year, according to The Oregonian.
  9. 6,000,000-7,000,000: Rough number of wild turkeys in the U.S., according to CityLab. Having made a comeback since the early 20th century, they are disrupting suburban tranquility in some places, and were responsible for a highway accident in Moro, Ore. earlier this year.
  10. 191,910:Average monthly Google searches for Portland Trail Blazers, Oregon’s most-Googled brand, according to the Portland Business Journal.

5. Young Life Christian Outreach Ministry to Teens in Sherman County

Young Life Christian outreach ministry to teens is coming to Sherman County! In preparation, this past year we’ve taken 5 teens to a ministry weekend in February and 10 teens to camp at the amazing Washington Family Ranch outside Antelope. We’ve got leaders in training, an oversight committee, and are planning to take teens again to a ministry weekend the end of January 2020, and Lord willing, begin “club” outreach activities after that. Support this youth program, go to and sign up for single or monthly donations. It’s super easy, make sure to specify Sherman County OR267 as your recipient. You can choose to support operations or camp scholarships. Funds can come from your bank account or via a credit card. THANK YOU for supporting Young Life in Sherman County!

6. Oregon Farm Bureau statement on gray wolf decision

November 27, 2019, Salem, Oregon: After sitting pending for years, the Oregon Court of Appeals finally ruled on a challenge by Cascadia Wildlands to the Oregon Dept. of Fish & Wildlife’s decision to delist the gray wolf under the Oregon endangered species list. Oregon Farm Bureau (OFB) and Oregon Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) intervened in the lawsuit to support the delisting decision and ensure the Court understood the impacts on ranching families.

The Court held today that a bill championed by OCA and OFB, which delisted the gray wolf, rendered the case moot and the challenge was dismissed.

This is a huge win for ranch families and the livestock industry, which have long advocated for responsible wolf management in Oregon.

It’s important to note that wolves are still listed in parts of eastern Oregon and western Oregon under the federal Endangered Species Act, though OFB has strongly supported the recent proposal to delist them.

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

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