Sherman County eNews #300


  1. Sherman Museum Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day WWII Display, Dec. 15 & 17

  2. Promoting the value of heritage in your end of year asks

  3. Universal Terms: Fact, Opinion or Generalization?

  4. Walden, Wyden, Merkley Welcome Good News on Large Air Tankers

  5. Wasco County Medical Reserve Corps’ 7th Annual Blanket Drive, Jan. 11

  6. E911 Tax Rate Increases January 1

  7. Northern Pikeminnow Sport Reward Program

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


Somehow, not only for Christmas,

But all the long year through,

The joy that you give to others

Is the joy that comes back to you;

And the more you spend in blessing

The poor and lonely and sad,

The more of your heart’s possessing

Returns to make you glad.

– John Greenleaf Whittier

1. Sherman Museum Pearl Harbor Remembrance WWII Display, Dec. 15 & 17 

American flag2Due to popular demand, the Sherman County Historical Museum will be opening their doors on Sunday, December 15th and Tuesday, December 17th from 1 pm to 3 pm for visitors to come see the Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day & WWII display. This display was originally only going to be up for one day of viewing but we are happy to announce that 2 additional times have been added because of requests and interest to come view this display. There is no admission fee. If you have any questions, please call the Sherman County Historical Museum at 541-565-3232.

2. Promoting the value of heritage in your end of year asks

If you are looking to get some donations from those in your community before the end of the year, check out the Sharing of Value toolkit. You will find tools to help you craft the stories that show how important your heritage work is to the community and the impact the work has. You can find the toolkit here <;.

3. Universal Terms: Fact, Opinion or Generalization?“The next time you hear a universal term, ask yourself, “Is this a fact or an opinion or a generalization?” Watch and listen closely to those running for office, especially when they talk about their opponents or the state of affairs. Are they stating facts or a cleverly worded opinion? The same goes for news outlets or anyone attempting to grab the spotlight. It is vital that all of us sharpen our critical listening skills.

Listen for the words “all,” “every,” “always,” “never,” and “none,” and let them serve as red flags for you. Ask yourself, “Is this strictly true? Are there exceptions?” If you avoid these universals except when they are really true, you will dramatically improve your communications, as well as create a better sense of trust in you by those who listen to you. ~The Pacific Institute

4. Walden, Wyden, Merkley Welcome Good News on Large Air Tankers

Oregon lawmakers had pressed Forest Service to issue “call when needed” awards for wildfire-fighting aircraft

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Representative Greg Walden (R-OR) and Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Jeff Merkley (D-OR) today welcomed news that the Forest Service has awarded ”call when needed” (CWN) contracts to providers of wildfire-fighting large air tankers.

In a September 2019 letter to Forest Service Chief Vicki Christiansen, the Oregon lawmakers had pressed the Forest Service to award the contracts, which had been issued for solicitation back in July 2018. CWN awards allow the Forest Service to put approved aircraft into service when those aircraft are needed, and do not require the Forest Service to pay for those aircraft when they are not needed.

“Oregonians have had enough of smoke and wildfires.” said Walden. “These contracts for large air tankers will help ensure the Forest Service has additional tools to combat and contain these fires. I applaud the Trump Administration for hearing the concerns of rural Oregon and prioritizing not only important assets like air tankers for fighting these fires, but also using the new forest management tools we provided to take action to prevent fires. This is all welcome progress, but we have more work to do. I will continue to work with the Trump Administration and my colleagues to reduce the threat and effects of wildfire to our forests and communities.” 

“Oregonians need the broadest possible range of options when it comes to fighting wildfires that threaten their lives, homes and businesses,” said Wyden. “These contracts will help the Forest Service fight fires more effectively by providing access to next-generation large air tankers at lower rates, saving money as well for taxpayers.”

“Every Oregonian has experienced the consequences of wildfires, from the damage to our farms and forests to the dense blankets of smoke compromising our health,” said Merkley. “That’s why my colleagues and I urged the Forest Service to approve the use of large air tankers to help our state stay safe in the face of dangerous blazes. I’m pleased that they agreed, and will continue to do everything I can to secure the resources Oregonians need for wildfire season.”

Among the companies earning call-when-needed contracts is Erickson Aero Air in Hillsboro.

“We would like to thank Senator Wyden, Senator Merkley, and Congressman Walden for their help in getting this important contract awarded,” said Erickson Aero owner Jack Erickson. “This agreement with USFS will provide valuable assets to combat the ever-increasing threat from wildfires in Oregon and the Western United States.”

5. Wasco County Medical Reserve Corps’ 7th Annual Blanket Drive, Jan. 11

Give the gift of warmth…

The Wasco County Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is hosting its 7th Annual Blanket Drive. All items collected from this drive will be donated to The Warming Place in The Dalles.

The Warming Place is also in need of warm socks. Other warming item (such as coats and gloves) will also be accepted. Please mark your calendar and visit us in the parking lot at 523 East 3rd St. (across the street from Sawyer’s Ace Hardware) on Saturday, January 11, 2020, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Donors can simply pull up to the curb to drop off NEW or gently used (and washed) blankets, socks and other warming items.

6. E911 Tax Rate Increases January 1

Oregon.Flat.poleThe Oregon Emergency Communications (E911) tax rate will increase from $.75 cents to $1, beginning January 1, 2020. This is the first increase to the E911 tax since 1995.

Phone companies and retailers are required to collect the tax and pay it to the Oregon Department of Revenue. The E911 tax provides about 24 percent of the total operating costs for 9-1-1 centers in Oregon.

Examples of products or services subject to the E911 tax include:

  • Landline telephone service.
  • Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) service.
  • Wireless telephone prepaid or postpaid service.
  • Additional prepaid minutes, regardless if the purchase is made at a retailer’s physical location, online, or over the phone.

Examples of products or services not subject to the E911 tax include:

  • Phone accessories such as batteries, chargers, phone covers, etc.
  • Ringtones.
  • Long-distance phone cards.

For more information on the state 9-1-1 program and how Oregon E911 tax revenue is used, see “Emergency Communications Tax” on the Oregon Office of Emergency Management website:

7. Northern Pikeminnow Sport Reward Program

fishing.rod.reelSport fishing reward program helps save millions of migrating juvenile salmon

Portland, Ore. – Anglers earned nearly $1,162,000 in 2019 through participation in the Northern Pikeminnow Sport Reward Program. In all, they removed more than 146,000 northern pikeminnow from the Columbia and Snake rivers, which means fewer big fish preying on juvenile endangered salmon.

Each year millions of juvenile salmon and steelhead in the Columbia and Snake rivers make their way downstream toward the Pacific Ocean. These young fish face numerous predators along the way, including the ravenous northern pikeminnow.  The native fish is responsible for depleting the numbers of out-migrating juveniles.

For nearly 30 years the Bonneville Power Administration has funded the Northern Pikeminnow Sport Reward Program, paying fishing enthusiasts to remove pikeminnow from the river, reducing the number of predators that prey on juvenile endangered salmon. Registered anglers who removed pikeminnow more than 9 inches long earned $5 to $8 per fish. Specially tagged northern pikeminnow were each worth $500.

The 2019 northern pikeminnow sport reward season wrapped up Sept. 30, and based on some of the numbers below BPA continues to meet its annual goal to remove 10-20% of the predators:

  • Fish removed 146,225
  • Registered anglers 2,700
  • Average angler catch 7.2 fish/day
  • Total paid to anglers         $1,161,421
  • Top angler

The program’s goal is not to eliminate northern pikeminnow, but rather to reduce the average size and number of larger, predatory fish.

“Large northern pikeminnow are responsible for eating the most salmon and steelhead smolts,” said Eric McOmie, BPA program manager. “Reducing the number of large pikeminnow can help more young salmon make their way to the ocean, which means more of them will return to their home streams as adults.”

The program’s effectiveness may even go beyond saving juvenile salmon and steelhead.

“Lamprey are often found in the diets of the northern pikeminnow,” said Mac Barr, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Predation Studies project leader. “In 2019, we began exploring ways to better estimate how many juvenile lamprey in the Columbia and Snake rivers are eaten by the northern pikeminnow. Understanding the predation rates on lamprey is important because they are a state sensitive species as well as a federal species of concern and are culturally important to many Columbia Basin tribes.”

The Sport Reward Program has removed more than 5 million northern pikeminnow from the Columbia and Snake rivers since 1990, reducing predation on young salmon and steelhead by up to 40%. BPA funds the Northern Pikeminnow Sport Reward Program as part of its mitigation for the construction and operation of the dams on the Columbia and Snake rivers. The program operates each year from May 1 to Sept. 30 and is managed by the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission.

The PSMFC works with the Oregon and Washington fish and wildlife departments to offer information and seminars at events throughout the year. Learn more about the program at

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

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