Sherman County eNews #297


  1. Presidential Proclamation: National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, Dec. 7

  2. Sherman Extension Receives National Award

  3. The Electoral College

  4. Sherman County Court Notes, Dec. 4

  5. Sherman County Court News, Nov. 6

  6. Keeping Control Over Your Life

  7. Remember Local Needs with Year-end Giving

 O’er the fields we go

Laughing all the way

Bells on bob tails ring

Making spirits bright

What fun it is to laugh and sing

A sleighing song tonight

Oh, jingle bells, jingle bells

Jingle all the way

Oh, what fun it is to ride

In a one horse open sleigh

Jingle bells, jingle bells

Jingle all the way

Oh, what fun it is to ride

In a one horse open sleigh . . .

~ Music & lyrics by James Pierpoint,1857, for a Boston Sunday School Thanksgiving program.

1. Presidential Proclamation: National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, Dec. 7 

American flag2Seventy-eight years ago today, the course of our Nation’s history was forever altered by the surprise attack at Pearl Harbor on Oahu, Hawaii.  On National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, we solemnly remember the tragic events of that morning and honor those who perished in defense of our Nation that day and in the ensuing 4 years of war.

Just before 8 a.m. on December 7, 1941, airplanes launched from the Empire of Japan’s aircraft carriers dropped bombs and torpedoes from the sky, attacking our ships moored at Naval Station Pearl Harbor and other military assets around Oahu.  Following this swift assault, the United States Pacific Fleet and most of the Army and Marine airfields on the island were left decimated.  Most tragically, 2,335 American service members and 68 civilians were killed, marking that fateful day as one of the deadliest in our Nation’s history.

Despite the shock of the attack, American service members at Pearl Harbor fought back with extraordinary courage and resilience.  Sprinting through a hailstorm of lead, pilots rushed to the few remaining planes and took to the skies to fend off the incoming Japanese attackers.  Soldiers on the ground fired nearly 300,000 rounds of ammunition and fearlessly rushed to the aid of their wounded brothers in arms.  As a solemn testament to the heroism that abounded that day, 15 American servicemen were awarded the Medal of Honor — 10 of which were awarded posthumously.  In one remarkable act of bravery, Doris “Dorie” Miller, a steward aboard the USS West Virginia, manned a machine gun and successfully shot down multiple Japanese aircraft despite not having been trained to use the weapon.  For his valor, Miller was awarded the Navy Cross and was the first African-American recognized with this honor.

In the wake of this heinous attack, the United States was left stunned and wounded.  Yet the dauntless resolve of the American people remained unwavering and unbreakable.  In his address to the Congress the following day, broadcast to the Nation over radio, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt assured us that “[w]ith confidence in our armed forces, with the unbounding determination of our people, we will gain the inevitable triumph.”  In the days, months, and years that followed, the full might of the American people, industry, and military was brought to bear on our enemies.  Across the Atlantic and Pacific, 16 million American servicemen and women fought to victory, making the world safe for freedom and democracy once again.  More than 400,000 of these brave men and women never returned home, giving their last full measure of devotion for our Nation.

While nearly eight decades have passed since the last sounds of battle rang out over Pearl Harbor, we will never forget the immeasurable sacrifices these courageous men and women made so that we may live today in peace and prosperity.  We continue to be inspired by the proud legacy left by the brave patriots of the Greatest Generation who served in every capacity during World War II, from keeping factories operating on the home front to fighting on the battlefields in Europe, North Africa, and the South Pacific.  Their incredible heroism, dedication to duty, and love of country continue to embolden our drive to create a better world and galvanize freedom-loving people everywhere under a common cause.  On this day, we resolve forever to keep the memory of the heroes of Pearl Harbor alive as a testament to the tremendous sacrifices they made in defense of freedom and all that we hold dear.

The Congress, by Public Law 103-308, as amended, has designated December 7 of each year as “National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.”

NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim December 7, 2019, as National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.  I encourage all Americans to observe this solemn day of remembrance and to honor our military, past and present, with appropriate ceremonies and activities.  I urge all Federal agencies and interested organizations, groups, and individuals to fly the flag of the United States at half-staff in honor of those American patriots who died as a result of their service at Pearl Harbor.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this sixth day of December, in the year of our Lord two thousand nineteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-fourth.


2. Sherman Extension Receives National Award

Cindy Brown of Oregon State University Sherman County Extension received a Communicator Award from the National Association and Extension 4-H Agents (NAE4-HA) at the national Conference in November. The award was presented by Tony Carrell, Immediate Past President of NAE4-HA, at the Greenbrier Resort in West Virginia. This was for her Feature Story published in American Camping Association’s Camping Magazine July/August 2018. The story was titled “Food, Fire and Fun All in One: Why and How to Offer Outdoor Cooking at Camp.” She also received 1st Place Western Region Winner recognition for this Feature Story and for Excellence in After-School Programming. Brown is a 4-H Youth Development & Healthy Living Educator serving Sherman County.

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4. Sherman County Court Notes, Dec. 4

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 December 4, 2019, and in conducting the business of the County,

  • Emily Freilich, NRCS, presented a plan requested by DEQ.
  • Sheriff Brad Lohrey addressed the Court regarding mental health concerns within the County and the school.
  • Brandon Hamilton, Interim South Sherman Fire Chief, discussed the South Sherman Fire District’s financial situation, and requested funding support from the County.
  • Approved Order Directing Sale of Real Property commonly known as 91415 Biggs-Rufus Hwy and 91413 Biggs-Rufus Hwy, Wasco, Oregon 97065.
  • Approved funding request for the John Day River Territory (JDRT) in the amount of $4000.
  • Approved Community Renewable Energy Association (CREA) dues in the amount of $19,500.
  • Approved Extension Office Coordinator Sue Mabe to distribute Veggie RX coupons.
  • Reappointed Rick Jauken, for a term of 3 years, to the Sherman County Fair Board.

 5. Sherman County Court News, Nov. 6

Water Project Update, Downtown Improvement Funds, County Property, and Executive Session in Accordance with ORS 192.660 (2) (f) Exempt Documents, were the main items on the agenda during the November 6th session of Sherman County Court in Moro.

Merrie von Borstel, Biggs Service District Administrator, gave an update on the Biggs Water Project. She reported the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) had approved the application for a loan/grant; though no date had been stated when the funding will be available, funding was anticipated within the 2020 Federal Fiscal Year. A Notice of Availability of an Environmental Assessment had been posted with the Times Journal, beginning November 7, 2019. The notice would run 2 consecutive weeks, allowing time for comments. She continued to work with USDA supplying requested documents, and hoped to have a final approval by the end of the year. Von Borstel noted the local USDA contact she had been working with, had given notice of his impending retirement. As a result, all applications needing approval will be approved at the Federal level, potentially causing further delay in the process.

Aaron Cook, Rufus City Recorder, requested funds from the Downtown Improvement program for new siding on the City of Rufus City Hall, and to mend the Community Center roof. He stated their main focus would be the City Hall, as it had cracks and was missing siding. Only one side of the building would require siding; the other three sides of the building were concrete. Cook stated they were looking at different siding materials, and obtaining quotes. The Community Center roof project would be the secondary request. They would like to spot repair the roof for preventative measures. Cook noted there had been no interest from other businesses in Rufus in the funding. The Court conceded to revisit the request, once Cook had received quotes, and the Court verified the projects qualified for the fund.

Sol Jacobsen addressed the Court in regards to his concerns with three locations within Sherman County. The first location was County owned property 91415 Biggs-Rufus Hwy, which contained structures that were unable to be secured, leading to a large number of transient traffic, either living, or staying in the structures. He stated as a Sherman County Sheriff’s Deputy, he patrols the area on a daily basis, and had been involved in altercations by transient individuals during a visit to the location. Judge Dabulskis explained the County was looking into the necessary steps to sell the property, and the consensus of the Court was to follow through with the sale of the property. Another location Jacobsen spoke in regards to was the China [Spanish] Hollow creek in Biggs Junction. He stated the creek had created a trapping ground for garbage, and suggested the County contact the new owner of 91576 Biggs-Rufus Hwy to discuss preventative measures. Jacobsen offered his time to clean up as well.

Additionally, he expressed concerned with winter travel on Scott Canyon Road. He suggested a potential “local traffic only” barrier to divert traffic, and prevent the public from putting themselves into a potentially unsafe situation. He would also like to make the commercial vehicle signs more visible, and would like to relocate them to allow vehicles adequate time to turn around. Jacobsen had been working on the design and purchase of new signs.

Jacobsen recommended County vehicles be marked with the County logo, and possibly a vehicle ID number; to help identify each vehicle, for both the public as well as law enforcement.

The Court thanked Jacobsen for his service as a Sherman County Deputy, as well as bringing these issues to the Court. The Court will research the issues, and address them appropriately.

Judge Dabulskis entered the Court into Executive Session in Accordance with ORS 192.660 (2) (f) Exempt Documents at 10:40 a.m. Discussion held on Rental Development Grant application. Exited Executive Session at10:45 a.m. Court motioned to approve $10,000 for the Rental Development Grant application for Roger Whitley to develop one new rental unit contingent upon meeting all grant requirements, and authorize Judge Dabulskis to approve project completion and authorize final payment.

Actions taken by the Court included:

  • Approved the Transit written quarterly report, as presented.
  • Approved the Oregon Military Department Office of Emergency Management Emergency Management Performance Grant No. 19-528, and authorized Judge Dabulskis to sign.
  • Authorized the Sherman County Finance Director to Destroy Unissued County Checks due to incorrect amounts and/or printer error.
  • Approved voiding returned Resident Incentive checks issued December 11, 2018 that were returned as undeliverable.
  • Declared Tuesday, December 24, 2019, and Tuesday, December 31, 2019 as Courthouse Holidays.
  • Approved the Minutes of October 16, 2019, as presented.
  • Approved the October 2019 Claims.

Topics of discussion were Quarterly Report Summary and Commissioner Reports.

6. Keeping Control Over Your Life

What does a sense of having control over your life have to do with successful aging?

When we enter this later phase of life, we experience certain losses that can’t really be avoided. However, having a sense of control over our lives is a very important factor in how successfully we age.

An important study by Harvard researchers, conducted in a nursing home, is a case in point. One group of residents took charge of their daily living activities, including dressing, eating, personal hygiene and maintaining their own environments. A second group had all these functions taken care of for them by staff.

Results indicated that those in the first group were more alert, active and happier. A year and a half later, 15% of that group had died, compared to 30% of the second group.

You see, the opportunity to make choices increases our sense of personal power and control. While folks who are older deserve our love, attention and support, the more we take over the business of living for them, the more they will come to need our help. The less they will be able to do for themselves, the faster their decline will be into helplessness.

Watch for a well-intentioned but misguided desire to be helpful that tempts you to take over for your friends and relatives who are older. Instead, support their efforts to take care of themselves and you will be empowering them to live longer, happier lives. ~The Pacific Institute

7. Remember Local Needs with Year-end Giving 

Remember Local Needs for Year-end Giving Updated 12/2019:

  • 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
  • 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, & when 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 Community Transit
  • Sherman County Cultural Coalition, P.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.

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.