Sherman County eNews #106


  1. 3 Oregon Soil and Water Conservation Districts Earn Statewide Recognition

  2. Life is a Learning Experience

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

  4. Human Trafficking Impacts Every Community

  5. Sherman County Organizations

  6. Sherman County History Tidbits: Cottonwood Canyon

1. 3 Oregon Soil and Water Conservation Districts earn statewide recognition

PORTLAND, Ore. – When it comes to helping people help the land, local Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCDs) are instrumental in engaging Oregon’s urban and rural communities in voluntary conservation.

This year, the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) recognized two Oregon SWCDs and one SWCD employee who have done exceptional work throughout 2018 to help NRCS implement Farm Bill financial assistance programs across the state and perform conservation education and outreach.

The Wasco SWCD and Sherman SWCD received the District Partnership Award, and Chase Schultz from the Wheeler SWCD received the District Employee Partnership Award. The awards were presented at the 2019 CONNECT conference hosted by the Oregon Conservation Education and Assistance Network in Sunriver on April 10.

The annual NRCS Partnership Awards honor a conservation district and a conservation district employee who has provided exemplary assistance to implement conservation programs on Oregon’s private working agricultural lands and forestlands.

2. Life is a Learning Experience

Every now and then we all meet someone who feels they have wasted a large part of his or her life. We may think it about ourselves, from time to time. The relentless push to do more and be more makes us feel a bit guilty when we slow down for a while, or take a break. Sometimes this push comes from the outside, but often, we do it to ourselves.

We may regret actions we took or decisions we made. More often than not, we regret the things we didn’t do or the decisions we avoided making, or perhaps the situations we walked by when we could have gotten involved and made a contribution. We need to remember that wallowing in regrets pays no dividends. It’s a poor investment of time and energy.

Life is a learning experience, from Day 1. We don’t arrive in this world fully formed and ready to make perfect decisions. We do a lot of learning as children and teens, exploring the world around us and all that is in it. The thing is, we don’t stop learning when we become adults. We make mistakes, but it is often said that we learn far more from our mistakes than we do from any unimpeded successes.

There are no wasted experiences on our path to a meaningful life. Everything that has ever happened to us can be used for a glorious purpose, if we choose to do use it that way. Everything that life has taught us – no matter how difficult or painful it was at the time it happened – can make each of us a better, stronger person today and tomorrow, if we let it. The choice is ours to make.

Don’t allow yourself to get hung up about a so-called “wasted” past. It’s not about putting your life in reverse, and attempting a do-over. Take what you’ve learned, and use it to plot out a new course for your future. ~The Pacific Institute

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

bird.talkJohn Day River Territory

Cottonwood Canyon State Park

Journey Through Time Scenic Byway

Deschutes River Recreation Area

Maryhill Museum

Sherman County

Sherman County Historical Museum

Politics by Other Means: The Use and Abuse of Scandal

OPB. READ: The Full Mueller Report, With Redactions

4. Human Trafficking Impacts Every Community

Human trafficking frequently gains national attention when large anti-trafficking operations are reported. While these stories are important as they highlight an often hidden crime, they can give the impression that human trafficking only happens within enormous networks and in large cities. In reality, human trafficking, a term referring to both sex trafficking and labor trafficking, can occur in any locale in the United States, ranging from populous cities to rural areas. While human trafficking can affect a large number of victims, such as at a construction site, some people may not realize that one person may be a victim of human trafficking as well, as frequently occurs in cases of domestic servitude. Victims of human trafficking can be any age or belong to any social group, but they frequently come from more vulnerable populations, including American Indian/Alaska Native individuals, LGBTQ+ individuals, individuals with disabilities, undocumented immigrants, runaway and homeless youth, and low-income individuals.

As with all victimization, the impact of human trafficking and its accompanying trauma can have lasting effects on survivors and their communities. Traffickers use both violence and psychological manipulation to create fear in their victims. When victims are forced to engage in illegal activities, traffickers may threaten to have them arrested if they try to escape. Some perpetrators encourage victims’ drug use to create a physical dependency on their traffickers. Frequently, survivors who escape or are rescued face serious trauma and need specialized services to recover and participate in the criminal justice process to bring their traffickers to justice. By providing trauma-informed and victim-centered services to human trafficking survivors, we can increase the support network and resilience of the entire community.

All members of any community can become informed about signs that human trafficking may be occurring and how to help victims.  On its website, the Blue Campaign by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security provides a list of indicators that a person may be a victim of trafficking. Educating communities about the prevalence and warning signs of human trafficking is an important step in eradicating this illegal and damaging practice.

5. Sherman County Organizations

Let’s take a look at the engagement, responsibilities and participation required or desired in order for our 1,750 citizens to provide organized services and activities—local, regional and state. Participants include elected, employed and volunteer personnel, boards, committees, councils and commissions, regional and county. First compiled about 2001 with a list of 144 entities, this list reflects population and other demographic changes.

Please send corrections & additions to Sherry Kaseberg –

  1. Alcoholics Anonymous – AA
  2. Area Commission on Transportation
  3. Association of Oregon Counties, District 5
  4. Biggs Service District
  5. Biggs Service District Budget Committee
  6. Cemetery: City of Grass Valley
  7. Cemetery: City of Moro
  8. Cemetery: Emigrant Springs
  9. Cemetery: Kent
  10. Cemetery: Michigan
  11. Cemetery: Rose Hill
  12. Cemetery: Rufus Pioneer
  13. Cemetery: The Observer Farm aka Old Kent
  14. Cemetery: Wasco Methodist
  15. Central & Eastern Oregon Juvenile Justice Council
  16. Church – Baha’I Faith
  17. Church – Catholic Parish Council, Wasco and Grass Valley
  18. Church – Grass Valley Baptist
  19. Church – Kent Baptist
  20. Church – Moro Community Presbyterian
  21. Church – Rufus Baptist
  22. Church – Wasco Church of Christ
  23. Church – Wasco United Methodist
  24. City of Grass Valley
  25. City of Grass Valley Budget Committee
  26. City of Moro
  27. City of Moro Budget Committee
  28. City of Rufus
  29. City of Rufus Budget Committee
  30. City of Wasco
  31. City of Wasco Budget Committee
  32. City of Wasco Memorial Day Celebration Committee
  33. City of Wasco – Wasco School Events Center
  34. Columbia Gorge CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates)
  35. Deschutes Basin Water Management
  36. Eastern Oregon Rural Alliance
  37. Family Care Resource & Referral, Lifespan Respite Care
  38. Fire Protection District: Moro
  39. Fire Protection District: North Sherman County
  40. Fire Protection District: South Sherman
  41. Frontier Regional 911 Agency
  42. Frontier TeleNet – Gilliam, Sherman & Wheeler
  43. Healthy Start
  44. Kent Water District
  45. Little League
  46. Little Wheats Daycare
  47. Local Public Safety Coordinating Council per ORS 423.560
  48. Lower Deschutes Water Quality Management Team
  49. Lower John Day Regional Ag & Natural Resources Enhancement Board
  50. Lower John Day Regional Partnership
  51. Lower John Day Water Quality Management Team – Sherman & Gilliam
  52. Mid-Columbia Center for Living – Tri-County Mental Health Board
  53. Mid-Columbia Community Action Council – Sherman, Wasco, Hood River
  54. Mid-Columbia Economic Development District
  55. Mid-Columbia Housing Authority / Cascade Housing [Sage Wind]
  56. Mid Columbia Producers, a cooperative
  57. North Central Education Service District
  58. North Central Public Health District
  59. North Central Livestock Association
  60. Northern Oregon Regional Corrections – NORCOR
  61. Northern Oregon Regional Corrections Budget Committee
  62. Oregon Athletic Officials Association – Regional Athletic Officials
  63. Oregon Consortium
  64. Oregon Grains Commission
  65. Oregon Wheat Growers League
  66. Oregon Wheat Growers League, Sherman County chapter
  67. Oregon State University Extension & 4-H – Sherman County
    1. Sherman County 4-H Leaders Association
  1. Oregon State University Extension Service Advisory Committee
  2. Pioneer Potlatch
  3. Referees – school athletics
  4. Scouts: Boy Scouts & Girl Scouts
  5. Sherman County Alcohol, Drugs & Tobacco Prevention Coalition
  6. Sherman County Ambulance
  7. Sherman County Ambulance Advisory __
  8. Sherman County Athletic Foundation
  9. Sherman County Board of Property Tax Appeals
  10. Sherman County Childcare Foundation dba ABC Huskies
  11. Sherman County Cultural Coalition, Oregon Cultural Trust
  12. Sherman County Democratic Committee & Precinct Committee Persons
  13. Sherman County Development League
  14. Sherman County Education Foundation
  15. Sherman County Farm Bureau
  16. Sherman County Government
    1. Sherman County Budget Committee
    2. Sherman County Court
    3. Sherman County Emergency Services Advisory Committee
    4. Sherman County Fair Board
    5. Sherman County Food Bank
    6. Sherman County Planning Commission
    7. Sherman County Public Safety Coordinating Council
    8. Sherman County Rural Road Advisory Committee
    9. Sherman County Senior & Community Center
    10. Sherman County Senior & Community Center Advisory Committee
  17. Sherman County Health District – Sherman County Medical Clinic
  18. Sherman County Historical Society & Museum
  19. Sherman County Junior Hoops
  20. Sherman County Lions Club
  21. Sherman County OSU Experiment Station Advisory Committee
  22. Sherman County Preschool
  23. Sherman County Public/School Library Board
  24. Sherman County Republican Committee & Precinct Committee Persons
  25. Sherman County Scholarship Association
  26. Sherman County School District – Sherman County School
  27. Sherman County School District – Booster Club
  28. Sherman County School District Budget Committee
  29. Sherman County School District Elementary Parent Teacher Organization
  30. Sherman County School District Vocational Ag Advisory Committee
  31. Sherman County Soil & Water Conservation District Board
  32. Sherman County Watershed Council
  33. Tri-County Community Corrections
  34. Tri-County Hazardous Waste Advisory Committee
  35. Tri-County Mental Health – Center for Living
  36. USDA Farm Services Agency County Committee
  37. USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
  38. Wasco Electric Cooperative, Inc.
  39. Wasco School Events Center

6. Sherman County History Tidbits: Cottonwood Canyon

Cottonwood Canyon and Cottonwood Creek, beginning in sections 22, 27, 15, 11 and 12 in T1S, R18E, run into the John Day River in section 17 at river mile 40.2 at Cottonwood Bridge on Highway 206. By 1899 the present Cottonwood road was started. In 1913 the road was lower in the canyon, then turned NE along the river to the ford. The first bridge washed out in February 1916. The second bridge was built in 1917 and the third in 1962. Cattleman Shelton Burres operated his ranch headquarters somewhat N of the mouth of the Canyon, later operated by the Murtha brothers and now part of Cottonwood Canyon State Park. J.S. Burres State Park is across the river in Gilliam County. Charley Kandle and his wife lived near the mouth of Cottonwood Creek in the late 1890s. Frank Kimble was batching up the canyon and had experienced some theft. He rigged a shotgun to fire if the cabin door was opened and left a note explaining the danger to those who could read. Kandle and his wife went to visit and failed to see the note. Kandle was shot dead. ~Campbell; Anita (Kenny) Drake; French; ASC 1934; SC: FTR 16-1; Belshe; SCJ, December 14 & 21, 1962; USGS Harmony & Esau Canyon Quadrangles.



Sherman County eNews #105






church.family1The Fruit of the Harvest

Last week we looked at the unrealized potential of what a perfect wheat harvest might look like. Farming is impacted in every way by this world from the labor and threats involved to the variability and market acceptability of the end product. Similarly, man struggles like wheat. There is so much that enters our lives that have the potential for destruction. Just like the stuff that grows from the ground, God created man who He intended to rule over the earth without ailment or defect. But when man chose to disobey God, sin entered the world and everything changed. What once was perfect and intended for life became fallen and enslaved to sin, destruction and death.

Easter is more important than Christmas, because God chose to intervene in His creation by sending His Son to go to the cross and then on the third day to rise again. The cross is where God’s wrath against man’s rebellion was satisfied with the sacrifice of His Son when He who knew no sin became sin for us. The Bible tells us that we are saved by trusting in God’s truthfulness as we accept His gift of forgiveness and life. Jesus’ death wasn’t the end. His resurrection proved His claims and His power to restore life, but this life did not extend to everything. What it did do was to give forgiveness and life to those who believe and give the power to live in a fallen world until He takes us into His presence where perfection is once again realized. The reality is that this world will perish. But not everyone will perish with it.

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” (John 3:16, NASB) — the real fruit of the harvest

Joe Burgess
Pastor, Kent Baptist Church

2. CLASSIFIEDS (new or corrected)


CLASSIFIED ADS. Free classified ads are published on Fridays. The deadline is Wednesday at 5. Please submit ads by using the Submit News page. Include who, what, where, when, & how, contact information and the final Friday date for posting your ad (shown by the date at the end of the ad, for example, 3/17), and under 50 words if possible. This service is limited to Sherman County. Links are welcome. Please share your Thank You and Congratulatory Notes and Joyful News (anniversaries, achievements, awards, births, birthdays, graduations, weddings, etc.) here. No posters or flyers.

NEWS RELEASES. Please submit event and information news, meeting notices and calendar dates by using the Submit News page. Include who, what, where, when, how & why with contact or source information. As appropriate, follow up with news of event results. Links are welcome. No posters or flyers. Keep it relevant, no longer than 350 words.




COMMUNITY DINNER & BINGO. The Wasco School Events Center will be having a Community Dinner & Bingo on Monday, April 22, 2019 at the Events Center. Doors will open at 5:30 and cost for the dinner is $5 per person or family of 5 or more is $20. Dinner will be followed by a few rounds of BINGO with cards available for $1.00 each. On the menu is French Dip Sandwiches, salad, tater tots and dessert. Proceeds will help fund the ongoing renovations of the building. Hope to see you there.


YOUR TIME. One of the greatest gifts that you can give is your time. “I believe that every human mind feels pleasure in doing good to another.” – Thomas Jefferson In small communities like ours, we rely on the kind hearts of volunteers in many capacities. We all work together to make our community the best it can be. One of the greatest gifts you can give to anyone is your time. Volunteers are not paid – not because they are worthless, but because they are priceless.  So before you complain, have you volunteered yet? By volunteering you are voting about the kind of community you wish to live in. We would like to take a moment to extend a special thank you to all of our volunteers in Sherman County who continue to generously donate their time to make our county the special place that it is.   Volunesia – that moment when you forget you’re volunteering to change lives because it’s changing yours. -Sherman County Community & Senior Center

JUST ASK! Sherman County’s current activities require the equivalent of 290 volunteers –  part-time, one-time, once-yearly, once-monthly, as needed. Just ask! How can I help? The need is great. These come to mind… Your child’s activities. Your church. Sherman County Fair. Wasco Memorial Day Celebration. Sherman County Senior & Community Center. Sherman County Historical Museum. Sherman High School Booster Club. Wasco School Events Center. Grass Valley Pavilion. Cemetery clean-up days. Maryhill Museum. Food Banks. Respond to public notices of vacant local government positions, including EMT training. Lion’s Club. Or… if you can’t give of your time, give your support with your tax deductible dollars. ~The Editor.


CLERK/RECORDER, CITY OF WASCO. The City of Wasco is accepting applications for the position of Clerk/Recorder. Applicants must be able to deal courteously with the public, and have experience in office management. 24-34 hours per week/$18 per hour DOQ, plus benefits. Complete job description and application packets will be available at Wasco City Hall between the hours of 9:00am and noon M-TH. Deadline to submit a completed application is noon on 4/23/2019. For further information, contact Wasco City Hall at 541-442-5515.  4/19

COOK, GRASS VALLEY COUNTRY MARKET. We are willing to train kitchen staff, but you must be organized, reliable, and able to move quickly in a fast paced kitchen setting. Experience interacting with customers is a plus.  Please feel free to stop by or call with your contact information to setup an interview appointment (541) 993-8135.   5/3

HELP GILLIAM AND SHERMAN COUNTY STUDENTS SUCCEED. 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: $13.30 an hour, 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, RecruiterOFFICE: (541) 567-0551CELL: (541) 303-5093Email:   4/26


HEALTHY DESSERT CLASS. The Area Agency on Aging is hosting a free Healthy Dessert class on April 24th at 3pm at the Sherman County Senior Center. The recipes will be diabetic-friendly and you will get to learn how to make the recipes and sample the treats afterward. Come and learn to prepare healthy foods with your local Area Agency on Aging Team! Please RSVP to Kari Silcox 541-565-3191 4/19  CANCELLED

LOCAL GENERAL CONTRACTOR, HANDYMAN & EQUIPMENT OPERATOR. Ready for spring projects, large and small, indoors or out. Please call Kevin at 541-993-4282 | KCK, Inc. | Licensed, bonded and insured. CCB #135768. References available. 5/17 



HANDCRAFTED INDOOR & OUTDOOR FURNITURE. Considerately handcrafted one-of-a-kind indoor and outdoor furniture and gifts created from re-purposed wine & whiskey barrels, old barn wood and other local reclaimed materials. Special orders accepted. ~The Wood Butcher | Wasco, Oregon | 541-993-4282 | | Facebook | 5/17





HAMILTON PIANO. Free to a good home. Beautiful dark wood Hamilton upright piano available free to a good home. High quality, good working order, tunable. Long bench included. Located at the Parish Hall in Wasco. Please call Molly (541)565-3315 to schedule a viewing.  4/19



SEEKING INTERIOR COURTHOUSE PHOTOGRAPHS 1899-1930. In search of pictures taken inside of the original Sherman County Courthouse, during and shortly after construction, dating between 1899-1930. Any help locating pictures would be sincerely appreciated. Please contact Ross Turney at 541-565-3505 or at with any information. – Lee Langston, Community Member

HOST FAMILY. Host a Foreign Exchange Student. ASSE Student Exchange Programs is now looking for American families to host high school students from Asia. These personable and academically select exchange students speak English, are bright, curious, and eager to learn about this country through living as part of a family for an academic year and attending high school. Your support of these students reinforces the United States’ commitment to education and opportunity throughout the world.  ASSE is currently seeking host families for these well-qualified, bright, motivated and well-screened students coming from Japan, China, Thailand, Taiwan, Mongolia, and South Korea. By living with local host families and attending local high schools, the students acquire an understanding of American values and build on leadership skills.  The exchange students arrive from their home country shortly before school begins and return at the end of the school year. Each ASSE student is fully insured, brings his or her own personal spending money and expects to bear his or her share of household responsibilities, as well as being included in normal family activities and lifestyles. At the same time the student will be teaching their newly adopted host family about their own culture and language.   If you are interested in opening your home and sharing your family life with a young person from abroad, please contact us today for more information, call (800) 733-2773, go online at or email  4/26

3. CALENDAR (new or corrected)



19 Sherman County Court Work Session with Windwave 10 Courthouse

19 Easter Bake Sale 11-12 Sherman County Senior & Community Center


20-21 Blossom Fest Craft & Quilt Show/Sale, Hood River Fairgrounds


21 Easter Brunch Buffet 11 Columbia Gorge Discovery Center

22 Sherman County Photography Club 6 Steve Burnet/OSU Extension Bldg., Moro

22 Wasco Community Dinner & Bingo 5:30 Wasco School Events Center

23 Mid-Columbia Housing Authority Board Meeting 10

24 Tri-County Courts 10-2 Sherman County Courthouse

25 Poem in Your Pocket Day at Maryhill Museum of Art

25 Lower John Day Working Group Work Session 11-1 Ag Service Center, Condon

26 N. Central Livestock Assoc. Bull Tour to Gilliam County starts 9 Wasco School

26-28 Northwest Cherry Festival, The Dalles

  • 26 Cherry Festival Open Air Market, Carnival, Lifestyle Show
  • 27 Cherry Festival Royalty, Run/Walk, Car Show, Teddy Bear Run, Parade 10,
  • Ag Job Fair, Safety Fair, Market, Carnival, Pie Eating Contest
  • 28 Ag Job Fair, Softball, Open Air Market, Sen. Cliff Bentz, Lifestyle Show, Entertainment

27 Learn to Crochet 2 Sherman County Public/School Library

27-28 Oregon Ag Fest, Salem

28 Open House and Preview Party at the Sherman County Historical Museum 1-4


1 Sherman County Court 9

1 Gilliam County Museum Complex Opens for the Season

1 Sherman County Historical Museum Opens for the Season 10-5 Daily

1 Mid-Columbia Economic Development District Exec. Board 4 The Dalles

2 North Central Education Service District Board 5 Condon

2 North Central Education Service District Budget Committee 6 Condon



2 Sherman County Fair Board 7

2 All County Prayer Meeting Kent Baptist church social 6:30, prayer 7:00-8:30

3 FREE Hazardous Waste (+ E-WASTE) Event for Households, Businesses & Ag Producers 10-2 Sherman County Road Department, Moro

3 The Woolery Spring Fest 4-7 Arlington

3-5 Gorge Artists Open Studios Tour

4 County-wide Clean-up Day

4 Farmers Market 10-4 Moro

4 Wasco County Pioneer Association Annual Meeting – Fort Dalles Readiness Center

4-5 72nd Annual Arlington Jackpot Rodeo 12:30 Arlington, Oregon

6 Grass Valley City Council 7

7-8-9 Spring Museum Week at Maryhill Museum of Art

8 Rufus City Council 7

8 Sherman County Senior Center Advisory Board 12:30

9 North Central Public Health District Budget Committee 1:30-4:30 Burnet Building

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

10-12 Equine Mania LLC Cows & More Clinic w/Mary Jane Brown (541) 980-7394

11 Spring Plant Fair 9 The Dalles City Park


12 Mother’s Day at Maryhill Museum

13 Sherman County Planning Commission Public Hearing 5:30 Burnet Bldg.

14 Sherman County Watershed Council 8 TBA

14 Sherman County Soil & Water Conservation District Board 8:30 TBA

14 North Central Public Health District Board Meeting 3 The Dalles

14 Sherman County Public/School Library Board Meeting 6 Library

15 Sherman County Court Public Hearing 10 Courthouse

15-17 National Association of Counties, Western Interstate Region, Spokane

16 Sherman County Health District Budget Committee 5:30 Moro

17 Frontier TeleNet Board Meeting TBA


18 Maryhill Museum Members’ Appreciation Day

18 Drive the Historic Maryhill Loops Road 10-12


21 Wasco City Council 7

24 Sherman County Budget Hearing – Courthouse



1 Farmers Market 10-4 Moro

1-2 Equine Mania LLC Wheatacres Ranch Trail & Cattle Challenge (541) 980-7394

3 Grass Valley City Council 7

4 Wasco City Council 7

5 All County Prayer Meeting Wasco Methodist Church social 6:30, prayer 7:00-8:30

6 Sherman County Fair Board 7

8 Veterans’ Benefit Fair & Support Services, Earl Snell Park, Arlington


11 Pendleton Experiment Station Field Day

12 Moro Experiment Station Field Day

12 Sherman County Senior & Community Center Advisory Board 12:30

12 Rufus City Council 7


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


16 Father’s Day at Maryhill Museum


Sherman County eNews #104


  1. One of the greatest gifts that you can give is your time.

  2. Success is in the Details

  3. Universal Terms: Fact, Opinion or Generalization?

  4. Sherman County History Tidbits: Rufus Golf Course 1926

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

  6. Maryhill Museum of Art Announces Collaborative “Exquisite Gorge” Project

  7. Organists for the 7th Biennial Organ Crawl in The Dalles, April 28

1. One of the greatest gifts that you can give is your time. 

Volunteer Smile“I believe that every human mind feels pleasure in doing good to another.” – Thomas Jefferson

In small communities like ours, we rely on the kind hearts of volunteers in many capacities. We all work together to make our community the best it can be. One of the greatest gifts you can give to anyone is your time. Volunteers are not paid – not because they are worthless, but because they are priceless.

So before you complain, have you volunteered yet? By volunteering you are voting about the kind of community you wish to live in.

We would like to take a moment to extend a special thank you to all of our volunteers in Sherman County who continue to generously donate their time to make our county the special place that it is.

Volunesia – that moment when you forget you’re volunteering to change lives because it’s changing yours.

-Sherman County Community & Senior Center

2. Success is in the Details

If you’re going to get what you want in life, it is only common sense that first you have to know what you want. Even beyond that, it is absolutely essential that you take your desires seriously enough to goal-set to achieve them.

There is a good chance that the reason most people fail to achieve their goals in life is that they never really set them in the first place. Most people spend more time planning a wedding or a vacation than they do planning their lives. And by failing to plan, in effect they are actually planning to fail, by default.

Your mind is like a targeting system or an automatic pilot on a boat. Once you clearly and specifically commit to the target or destination, your mind uses negative and positive feedback from your environment, including your internal environment, to adjust your behavior.

But if you program your mind with vague desires, nonspecific goals, or fuzzy ideas, the feedback will be meaningless. For example, if you goal-set for a better standard of living, how will you know when you have achieved it? Any improvement at all will be something better. But if you have a highly specific target, such as doubling your income or tripling your production, you will always know when you are on track and exactly how far you have left to go at any given moment.

As the saying goes, “If you don’t know where you are going, how will you know when you get there”? Remember, you have the power to achieve whatever you want in life, and commitment to specific goals is the surest way to tap into that power. Ultimately, success is in the details. ~The Pacific Institute

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. Sherman County History Tidbits: Rufus Golf Course 1926

golf2In 1926 a golf course was laid out on the Chub Fowler land, attracting golfers from The Dalles, Goldendale, Boardman and Wasco. The links started at the edge of Rufus, continued along the Columbia River highway eastward, then in zigzag fashion back across rolling broken land to a tee between two ravines, one of these a sandy wind blow 20-30 feet deep, the other a grass-covered chasm. Rufus Golf Club was organized with Wallace Jones as president with 22 members. ~Source: Wasco News-Enterprise, 11 March 1926.

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

Stonehenge: DNA reveals origin of builders

Mexican cartel moves into Northeast Ohio, three-year investigation sends 19 to federal prison


Colonialist Economics – The Contrast with Indigenous Land Care Principles

6. Maryhill Museum of Art Announces Collaborative “Exquisite Gorge” Project

(GOLDENDALE, Wash., April 16, 2019) —Maryhill Museum of Art today announced a collaborative printmaking project featuring 11 artists working with communities along a 220-mile stretch of the Columbia River from the Willamette River confluence to the Snake River confluence. The Exquisite Gorge Project will connect artists and communities to create a massive 66-foot steamrolled print.

The unique project takes inspiration from the Surrealist art practice known as exquisite corpse. In the most well-known exquisite corpse drawing game, participants took turns creating sections of a body on a piece of paper folded to hide each successive contribution. When unfolded, the whole body is revealed. In the case of The Exquisite Gorge Project, the Columbia River will become the “body” that unifies the collaboration between artists and communities, revealing a flowing 66-foot work that tells 10 conceptual stories of the Columbia River and its people.

Artists will work with community members from their assigned stretch of river and carve images on 4 x 6 foot wood panels. Each completed panel will then be connected end-to-end and printed using a steamroller. The big steamroller print event will take place on Saturday, August 24, 2019 on the grounds of Maryhill Museum of Art and the public is invited to participate.

The resulting print will be on view in Maryhilll’s M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust Education Center from September 3 -25, 2019, with the possibility of other venues added in the future.

This project would not be possible without a range of partners along the Columbia River, who are helping facilitate the project and connecting artists with communities. The partners involved are:  Maryhill Museum of Art, Lewis & Clark College, Arts in Education of the Gorge, The Dalles-Wasco County Library, The Gorge Veterans Museum, The Dalles Art Center, Goldendale-Fort Vancouver Library System, Whitman College, and White Salmon Arts Council. Information on how the public can connect with artists will be disseminated by each of the participating partners.

“The Columbia River weaves lives together in the most amazing ways,” says Louise Palermo, Curator of Education at Maryhill Museum of Art. “The Exquisite Gorge Project brings communities together with artists to share their experience of home in the form of a woodblock print, metaphorically as big as the river itself. We envision residents becoming involved by meeting with an artist in their community, helping carve a piece of their story into a woodblock, or being part of the steamroller print event at Maryhill Museum of Art on August 24.”

Similarly, Portland artist Roger Peet, who will create Section Seven of the print, underscores the importance of collaboration in The Exquisite Gorge Project. 

“I value collaboration greatly, and it is a big part of what I do in my work. Incorporating the stories, ideas, and efforts of community members into work that is narrative and explicatory is the best way to ensure a broadly effective message,” says Peet. “The stories, symbols and characters that communities contribute to projects like this provide their depth.”

Participating artists, selected through a national call for artists*, and respective sections of the Columbia River are as follows:
Greg Archuleta, The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, Oregon
Section One (Willamette River Confluence to River Mile 110)
Michael Namkung/Lewis & Clark College, Portland, Oregon
Section Two (River Mile 110 to McGowans Light)

Molly Gaston Johnson, Lake Cuomo, New Jersey
Section Three (McGowans Light to 13 Mile Point)
Jane Pagliarulo, Portland, Oregon
Section Four (13 Mile Point to Rowena)
Neal Harrington, Russellville, Arkansas
Section Five (Rowena to Browns Island)
Steven Muñoz, Washington, DC
Section Six (Browns Island to Miller Island)
Roger Peet, Portland, Oregon
Section Seven (Miller Island to John Day River)
Mike McGovern, Portland, Oregon
Section Eight (John Day River to Roosevelt)
Combat Paper/Drew F. Cameron
Section Nine (Roosevelt to Hat Rock) 
Nicole Pietrantoni/Whitman College, Walla Walla, Washington
Section Ten (Hat Rock to Snake River Confluence)
Ken Spiering, Valleyford, Washington

To date, sponsors of The Exquisite Gorge Project include Klickitat County, Department of Economic Development, Lodging Tax Award, with additional support provided by Vonda Chandler, Gunkel Orchards, Maryhill Winery, Jo Dean and Juris Sarins, and many of the museum’s partners on this project.  For opportunities to support this great project, contact Colleen Schafroth 509 773-3733 x 23 or email

7. Organists for the 7th Biennial Organ Crawl in The Dalles, April 28

Classical music lovers of the Mid-Columbia will have an opportunity to experience the seventh biennial Organ Crawl, a series of five performances on the historic pipe organs of The Dalles on Sunday, Apr. 28, from 2 to 5 p.m. Each of the organists will begin their mini-concert with Ludwig van Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy” in its version as a hymn tune or as an instrumental arrangement.  Additional works will explore the color and range of sound produced by the various pipe organs in their unique venues.

The event was initiated by the late Robert Carsner in 2007, and friends who supported him in the first four Crawls determined to continue the tradition in Carsner’s memory after his death in January 2014.

This year’s Crawl begins with a 20-minute performance by Caroline Homer at St. Peter’s Landmark.  She has been organist at United Church of Christ Congregational for 45 years and has played for many weddings at the Landmark.  She is also the Friday and Saturday night pianist at the Baldwin Saloon. When the instrument at the Landmark was built, the Kilgen Organ Company had one of the best reputations for building organs in the country. The organ dates to 1907 and was dedicated in 1925 with major renovation in 1974.

From St. Peter’s Landmark, attendees will proceed to United Church of Christ Congregational to enjoy a performance by Cheryl Ortega who is pianist and choir director at the church.  She retired from elementary school teaching and continues to be active in the local music scene.  Built in 1954 by the Wicks Organ Company of Illinois, the instrument at UCCC was housed in the First Church of Christ Scientist in Hood River.  When that congregation moved, the organ was given to UCCC with installation the only expense.  The organ was first heard at its present location in 2002.

The third performance will be at First Church of Christ Scientist by E.J. Howe, who teaches piano and plays organ each week at Gateway Church.  She has played the organ at the Christian Science Church in previous Organ Crawls.  She will play pieces by Bach and Pachelbel along with other selections. The Reuter organ at Christian Science was put into place in 1933 and is a four-rank instrument with 21 stops.  It is housed in a single chamber with swell shutters.  Restoration work was done in 2002 and 2003 and more is planned.

The fourth stop on the Crawl is St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.  Heidi Kohne of Portland will play a Bach toccata and fugue.  Also a tribute to Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, where the grand organ seems to have escaped the disastrous fire, “Priere a Notre-Dame” by Leon Boellmann. Kohne is a leader in the Portland chapter of the American Guild of Organists and is currently interim organist at Rose City Park Presbyterian Church. St. Paul’s organ is the oldest in The Dalles, installed as a used instrument in Old St. Paul’s Chapel in 1900 and moved, rebuilt and expanded when the new St. Paul’s Church was dedicated in 1962.  It has been refurbished in recent years and two new stops were added in 2017 thanks to a bequest from Robert Carsner.

The last venue on the Organ Crawl is Zion Lutheran Church where Garry Estep promises surprises including collaborations with other Zion musicians.  His set concludes with Bach’s spectacular “Prelude and Fugue in D Major.”  Estep left a career as a professional musician in Cincinnati, New York, and Nashville when he switched to aerospace engineering.  He is currently chief engineer at Insitu and shares his talents as organist at Zion, artistic director of Serious Theater, and contributor to other area theater companies and music ensembles. The Zion organ was built by Lawrence Phelps and Associates and dedicated in 1976.  It is a straight-rank organ boasting a total of 1,136 pipes.  Plans are afoot to add to the instrument.  Estep is working on plans with organ builder Frans Bosman and raising an organ fund for the improvements.  At present gifts are being matched by Zion’s Trust Fund.

Refreshments will be served at Zion immediately following the performances.  There is no charge for attending the Organ Crawl but a free-will offering will be received to cover program expenses.


Sherman County eNews #103


  1. FREE Hazardous Waste (+ E-WASTE) Event for Households, Businesses & Ag Producers, May 3

  2. An Invitation: Celebrate Bill MacInnes’ Retirement at Wright Chevrolet, April 20

  3. Easter Morning Breakfast & Worship at Moro Community Presbyterian Church, April 21

  4. Wasco United Methodist Church Easter Service, April 21

  5. A Rolling Stone

  6. Commentary: Lars Larsen on Facebook

  7. Statement from Oregon Department of Human Services Director on Wyatt B., et al. vs. DHS Lawsuit

  8. Sherman County History Tidbits: Steamboats on the Columbia River System

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

1. FREE Hazardous Waste (+ E-WASTE) Event for Households, Businesses & Ag Producers, May 3

WHAT: Get rid of unwanted hazardous waste, electronics and medicine too

WHEN: Friday, May 3, 10am-2pm

WHERE: Sherman County Road Department, 501 4th Street, Moro, OR


AG Chemicals & Pesticides

Paints and stains of all types

Yard, garden, pool and spa chemicals

Cleaners, disinfectants, solvents and glues

Automotive fluids (antifreeze, brake fluids, motor oil, etc…)

Art and hobby chemicals

Fluorescent lamps, CFL bulbs and ballasts

Propane bottles and tanks

Old gasoline

Fire extinguishers

Batteries (all types) 

ELECTRONICS Only these Items Accepted:

Computers, Monitors, Laptops/Tablets, TV’s, Keyboards, Printers, Mice, and Cell Phones


Unwanted prescriptions, over-the-counter medications, vitamins, nutritional supplements, and pet medicines. NO sharps (Free sharps disposal at: Hood River Transfer Station, The Dalles Disposal, Moro Medical Clinic)

Items NOT Accepted

Explosives, ammunition, asbestos (call us to find out how to dispose of)

 Although FREE, pre-registration is required for businesses and farmers. This helps our contractor bring the proper supplies. To Register, please contact: Stericycle Environmental Service at (360) 772-2838,

Sponsored by: Tri-County Hazardous Waste & Recycling Program. Call 541-506-2632 or visit

2. An Invitation: Celebrate Bill McInnes’ Retirement at Wright Chevrolet, April 20

applause1“Please join us at Wright Chevrolet for cake and coffee on April 20th from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. to celebrate Bill Sr.’s retirement.”  ~Wright Chevrolet in Fossil, Oregon.


3. Easter Morning Breakfast & Worship at Moro Community Presbyterian Church, April 21

church.family1All are invited to  Easter Morning Breakfast

Sunday, April 21, 2019  9:00 to 10:00 AM

Moro Community Presbyterian Church, Moro, Oregon

Please join us Easter morning for breakfast and visiting.

Worship service at 10:45 a..m.

4. Wasco United Methodist Church Easter Service, April 21

church.family1The Wasco United Methodist Church invites you to help us celebrate the Resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, this Sunday April 21.  Worship service begins at 11:00 a.m. led by Pastor Bob Reasoner, with music led by worship leader, James Alley.  There will be an Easter egg hunt for the children during the service.  We will end the service with refreshments and fellowship.  All are welcome, and we hope you will join us for this special time.

5. A Rolling Stone

Comfort is normally a good thing, but when comfort becomes complacency, we’re in trouble.

All of us have seen what happens to particular celebrities and athletes who reach a certain level of success or performance and then just stop. They are those used-to-be stars about whom people say, “I wonder what ever happened to so-and-so?” Well, what usually happened was that they became complacent, and then they stopped working, stopped stretching, and stopped growing.

Singer-songwriter Bob Dylan once claimed, “He who’s not busy being born is busy dying.” Now, it’s true that we need to take time to rest – to lie back, contemplate, reflect, sometimes even to heal. But if your intention is to be truly alive, you use that time to gather your energies for new growth, new movement, and new accomplishments.

Someone once asked Ray Kroc, the founder of McDonald’s, for the one piece of advice that would guarantee a successful life. Kroc said, “When you’re green, you grow. When you ripen, you rot.” He was talking about an attitude, not an age.

It seems that the old saying, “A rolling stone gathers no moss,” continues to be true. The question becomes, how much moss build-up are we willing to accept? This question isn’t just for individuals, but for families, teams and organizations…even nations.

You see, it comes down to a choice. Every experience can be an opportunity for new growth, or it can be an excuse for decay. It is up to each of us to decide. Success can be a springboard to greater things, or it can be a resting-place. But if it is a resting-place, chances are we won’t keep that level of success for long. ~The Pacific Institute

6. Commentary: Lars Larsen on Facebook

April 16, 2019: “State lawmakers have adopted a nasty little habit. No, I’m not talking about the sexual harassment too many have engaged in. Nor the silence purchased with tax dollars by the likes of Senate President Peter Courtney. Legislators now think nothing of passing laws that countermand the orders given by voters.  Voters rejected driver’s licenses for illegal aliens by a two to one margin. Now Salem may pass a law that overturns the voters. In Washington state, voters keep passing tax limitation measures only to see them overturned by the courts. Oregon lawmakers just stole 100 million dollars from a kicker tax rebate enshrined in the state constitution. Korrupt Kate Brown, the governor, has proposed taking another half a billion dollars from the kicker to bail out her PERS pension troubles. At one time, a state lawmaker told me he couldn’t imagine countermanding the voice of the voters. Today, the elites in government think they know better than the people they claim to represent.”

7. Statement from Oregon Department of Human Services Director on Wyatt B., et al. vs. DHS Lawsuit

Oregon.Flat.pole(SALEM, Ore.) – Today [April 16] the Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS) was named a defendant in a lawsuit from Disability Rights Oregon and A Better Childhood. The lawsuit calls for an increase in the foster care system capacity to ensure every child has an appropriate placement and to ensure foster children – particularly those with intellectual or developmental disabilities or identifying as LGBTQ – receive the services and supports that meet their needs.

DHS shares the same vision of a foster care system where all children are safe, have the customized supports they need to heal, and are cared for in stable, loving families where they thrive.  We take the care of our foster children seriously and work with urgency and diligence to achieve this goal.  Over the past 18 months we’ve been building the foundation needed to balance staff workload, so they can spend more time with children and families and add supports to serve children and families holistically in their communities.

Many efforts are underway to further the same goals of the lawsuit, including:

  • A data collection project to identify the types and numbers of placements we lack to meet the needs of our foster children, so we can target our capacity-building efforts where they are needed the most.
  • Statewide campaigns to recruit therapeutic and general foster families, and community volunteers to support them.
  • Finalization of a long-term, statewide strategic plan to retain and recruit foster families developed by a workgroup of DHS staff and community partners.
  • Development of new procedures for nurses and caseworkers for discussing the emotional and health supports available to foster children identifying as LGBTQ.
  • An action plan in motion to re-assess foster children being served outside Oregon, including those with intellectual or developmental disabilities. The assessments are to ensure children are getting the services and supports they are eligible for and confirm they are in the appropriate level of care, returning to Oregon those who can be served safely here.
  • Working closely with the nine federally recognized Oregon Tribes to reduce and eliminate overrepresentation of Indian children in foster care and to provide them with culturally appropriate services with the help of the Tribes.
  • Establishment of an organizational culture with safety and well-being at its foundation.

We will continue to work purposefully with our system partners in addressing the gaps in the foster care system to create a better future for Oregon’s children.

8. Sherman County History Tidbits: Steamboats on the Columbia River System

Steamboats that operated on the Columbia River system included these, the year built and where:

  • The Mouth of the Deschutes River: Colonel Wright 1858, Okanogan 1861 & Spray 1862;
  • Columbus/Maryhill, Washington: Cascadilla 1862, 1882 steam tugboat Nellie built by Capt. Nathan Morris and Sam Price for the Columbus to Grant ferry run, Governor West (a gas ferry);
  • Celilo: Celilo 1863, Kiyus 1863; Nez Perce Chief 1863, Oneonta 1863, Webfoot 1863, Yakima 1864, Owyhee 1864, Almota 1876, New Tenino 1876, Spokane 1877, Annie Faxon 1877, John Gates 1878, Harvest Queen 1878, D.S. Baker 1879, Frederick K. Billings 1881, Inland Empire 1908, Service 1908, Twin Cities 1908, Umatilla 1908, Asotin 1915 & Umatilla 1928;
  • Rufus: Yukon 1895 & Columbia 1902.

A four-horse stage coach ran from The Dalles to the landing at the mouth of the Deschutes carrying passengers to and from the boats. On 12 June 1903, The Observer at Moro reported the Columbia River at its highest since 1894. ~Sources: The Sprague Advocate, 1909; Randall V. Mills, Stern-wheelers Up Columbia, a Century of Steamboating in the Oregon Country, 1947; Ballou, Early Klickitat Valley Days.

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

Bird.Black.EnvelopeOregon Lawmakers Eye a Huge Backdoor Spending Increase

Health Care: The Real Problem

Declaring Health Care A Right Makes The United States No Better Than Venezuela

Aging in Place: Helping the Elderly at Home

How Wolves Change Rivers

Commentary. DOJ Report: 60,000 criminal illegal aliens are in federal custody


Sherman County eNews #102


  1. Notice. Sherman County Court to Tour Courthouse with CAPCO, April 17

  2. Notice. Sherman County Court Work Session with Windwave, April 19

  3. Notice. Sherman County Court to Tour Evergreen State Holdings, LLC, April 23

  4. Notice. Gilliam, Sherman & Wheeler County Courts to Meet, April 24

  5. Sherman County History Tidbits: Civilian Conservation Corps

  6. Adjusting the Picture

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

“An unlimited power to tax involves, necessarily, a power to destroy; because there is a limit beyond which no institution and no property can bear taxation.” —John Marshall (1819)

1. Notice. Sherman County Court to Tour Courthouse with CAPCO, April 17

A quorum of the Sherman County Court may be present for a Courthouse Tour with CAPCO to be held on Wednesday April 17, 2019 at 1:30pm at the Sherman County Courthouse, 500 Court Street, Moro, OR. 97039.

2. Notice. Sherman County Court Work Session with Windwave, April 19

A quorum of the Sherman County Court will be present at a work session with Windwave to be held on Friday April 19, 2019 at 10am in the Commissioners Meeting Room at the Sherman County Courthouse, 500 Court Street, Moro, OR. 97039, to discuss Fiber.

3. Notice. Sherman County Court to Tour Evergreen State Holdings, LLC, April 23

A quorum of the Sherman County Court may be present at a tour of Evergreen State Holdings, LLC with Representative Greg Walden’s Office to be held on Tuesday April 23, 2019 at 11:30 a.m. at the Grass Valley facility located at 212 NE North Street, Grass Valley Oregon, 97029.

4. Notice. Gilliam, Sherman & Wheeler County Courts to Meet, April 24

Gilliam, Sherman & Wheeler County Courts

April 24, 2019

10:00 a.m.

Sherman County Courthouse

500 Court Street

Moro, OR 97039


  • Call to Order
  • Introductions
  • 10:00-10:15am – Lower John Day Working Group – Amanda Whitman
  • 10:15am – Tri-County Veterans Officer Update – Bryan Hunt
  • Building Codes – Scott Hege
  • Fiber to the Home
  • Housing Shortage
  • Set Next Meeting
  • Adjourn

5. Sherman County History Tidbits: Civilian Conservation Corps

The Civilian Conservation Corps camp was constructed and put into operation in 1935 at the Sherman County Fairgrounds, and 190 young men arrived and were put to work. ~Read all about it in Sherman County: For The Record, #5-1.

6. Adjusting the Picture

If you want to grow and move past your present limitations, you must first experience being more in your mind. There is a simple exercise that should illustrate how powerful you are, in your mind. It will show you how the pictures you hold in your mind affect your performance in life. When you have a moment, try the following:

Stand with your feet slightly apart and bring both arms straight up in front of you, parallel to the floor. Keep your feet still, but turn your body as far as you can to your left. Mentally mark where you stop, by the place on the wall opposite where your fingers are pointing. While you are holding your mark, look a little further to the left and just note what you see.

Now turn back to center. With your arms still up, close your eyes and picture yourself turning again, only this time going much farther. Then, change the picture so you go even farther than that. Now open your eyes and again physically turn left as far as you can. You will probably be able to turn a lot farther, because you created a new reality. By programming your mind to surpass its previous limits, you brought that new picture into reality. (And yes, it works the same way if you turn to your right!)

This same technique will help you in almost any activity or endeavor. You see, mental imagery is very powerful stuff. So, ask yourself, “Where do I want to go farther in my life?” and then ask, “How do I think this kind of visualization might help me do it?” and then, “How far do I want to go?” What does that picture look like?

If you have children, young or older, turn this into a game. You’ll be helping them learn to expand their own visions of the future. ~The Pacific Institute

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

boy.puzzledThe Oregon Encyclopedia

Halfway Home, Oregon Legislators Still Face Huge To-Do List

eClips: Oregon State Government in the News | Subscribe

Oregon Catalyst | Oregon 4th Biggest, Fattest Government per Capita

Ways the Government Keeps Native Americans in Poverty

The Feds Should Tell Every American Exactly What They’re Doing With Our Money Every Year

Space Weather Info & Alerts

Transparency International

What is corruption?

Artist Elaine Hughes


Sherman County eNews #101


  1. History Tidbits: Baby Cyclone Reported by the Condon Globe & Times, April 15, 1925

  2. P.S. Friday Classifieds

  3. Oregon Retired Educators to Convene in Hood River, May 7

  4. Letter to the Editor: Sherman County Victim Assistance Program

  5. Taking a Look at NO

  6. Sherman County History Tidbits: Camp Sherman

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

1. History Tidbits: Baby Cyclone Reported by the Condon Globe & Times, April 15, 1925

On this day, April 15, 1925, in Condon, Oregon, what was tabbed as a baby cyclone by the Condon Globe and Times, swept through Condon, wrecking the county machinery warehouse, tearing down the Washington Lumber Company Warehouse, and taking the tops off of autos. Altogether, the tornado did 10,000 dollars in damage during its 6 mile path. ~U S National Weather Service, Pendleton, Oregon 4/15/2019

2. P.S. Friday Classifieds

CLERK/RECORDER. The City of Wasco is accepting applications for the position of Clerk/Recorder. Applicants must be able to deal courteously with the public, and have experience in office management. 24-34 hours per week/$18 per hour DOQ, plus benefits. Complete job description and application packets will be available at Wasco City Hall between the hours of 9:00am and noon M-TH. Deadline to submit a completed application is noon on 4/23/2019. For further information, contact Wasco City Hall at 541-442-5515.

3. Oregon Retired Educators to Convene in Hood River, May 7

Unit 20, Oregon Retired Educators, will be hosting the OREA State Convention May 6th, 7th in Hood River.  Featuring the Gorge will be presenters Darryl Lloyd, photographer-journalist and Kevin Gorman, Executive Director of the Friends of the Gorge. Business will include welcomes, election of officers, scholarship recipients, awards, entertainment, remembrances, door prizes and local tours. The 1912 Criterion School, which had been moved in the 1970s from South Wasco County to the Oregon State Fairgrounds, will also be recognized. Inquiries may be directed to 541-331-3282 or 541-354-1002.

4. Letter to the Editor: Sherman County Victim Assistance Program

Each generation looks to young people to create a brighter future that encourages safe and engaging communities. This hope begins with healthy children being supported by their families, caregivers, teachers, and community. Unfortunately, according to a 2015 National Institutes of Health publication, more than 2/3 of children 17 or younger were either victims or witnesses of violence in the last year. There are multiple ways that children may become victims of crime, ranging from bullying and harassment at school to dating violence and sexual assault to child abuse and exposure to domestic violence. Also, while it isn’t addressed as frequently, children suffer from the effects of the ongoing opioid crisis, too. This type of trauma, if left unaddressed, can have serious consequences on a child’s health, ability to succeed in school, and capability to positively contribute to the community.

In a different National Institutes of Health study on violence in the United States, researchers found about 30 percent of children reported that they have been bullied in school or in their communities, and 14 percent suffered from mistreatment by a parent or caregiver at home. Roughly 11 percent of children reported exposure to more than five types of violence, and while all kinds of trauma may affect a child long-term, children who experience poly-victimization are more likely to suffer from serious, lasting effects of violence. These are only a few ways children experience victimization in their own homes and communities. However, there is hope. Children are resilient, and with the proper support from the adults in their communities, children can avoid lasting damage from the violence they have experienced or witnessed.

Visit the Linking Systems of Care website or reach out to Sherman County Victim Assistance Program to learn how to change social norms, support child victims, and positively contribute to your community.

Katie Woodruff

Sherman County Victim Assistance Program

Moro, Oregon

5. Taking a Look at NO

How good are you at handling rejection? If your answer is, “Not good at all,” or “Not very,” you will want to pay special attention to the following.

One of the most powerful words in any language is the word that means, “No.” It is typically used to stop something, whether it is an action (a small child about to touch a hot burner on the stove) or a conversation. Often, it’s one of the first words children learn to speak. Research has shown that our negative vocabulary is significantly larger than our positive vocabulary.

Many adults can’t handle hearing it, and as a result of their fear of “No,” they limit themselves in just about every way possible. How many times have you wanted to talk to someone, but decided not to do it because they might respond negatively? How many jobs have you not tried for because you were afraid they wouldn’t hire you? How many times have you kept yourself from growing because you believed you might fail?

All of these self-created limits are the result of fear of rejection – fear of that little word, “No.”

But there are no real successes without rejection. Ask anyone, who has ever succeeded in life, how many times they failed, how many times someone said, “No way” to them, and how many times they kept right on going. You see, the more rejection you encounter, the stronger you will become – if you’re on the road to success. You look at setbacks as temporary and you bounce back every time you take a negative hit.

So, the next time you run into that great big roadblock known as, “No,” ask yourself: “What can I learn from this?” You will move further forward if you can refrain from telling yourself that you can’t learn anything, and it’s time to quit. ~The Pacific Institute

6. Sherman County History Tidbits: Camp Sherman

Two national events felt locally appear to have motivated a group of Sherman County citizens to be among the nation’s first summer home owners in the national forests. Mass production of automobiles and the good roads movement, along with dramatic increases in wheat prices 1914-1917, gave Sherman countians the affluence to build second homes in the forest. They built the first cabins at Camp Sherman on the Metolius River in 1916. Camp Sherman was mentioned in The Observer in 1917. ~Sherman County: For The Record #6-1, 1988.

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

bird.owl3 Northwest Cherry Festival, The Dalles, April 26-28

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife News Releases

Most of the $33 Billion in Remittances to Mexico Flow Via U.S. Govt. Banking Program

U.S. Department of State Freedom of Information Act Reading Room

U.S. Customs and Border Protection

USA Watchdog

Oregon Watchdog | Oregon Taxpayers Association

That Oregon Life. 4 Underwater Lost Cities

1914 Maps of Oregon Counties


Sherman County eNews #100


  1. Unit 20, Oregon Retired Educators’ Meeting, April 16

  2. Sherman County Court Public Hearing Canceled

  3. “Saddle Up and Celebrate” fundraiser for Columbia Gorge Community College Foundation, April 25

  4. Arlington Spring Fest, Flower Basket Sale, Music & Food with The Woolery, May 3

  5. County-wide Cleanup May 4th

  6. Fighting for the 2nd Amendment

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

  8. Sherman County History Tidbits: Camp Rufus

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

1. Unit 20, Oregon Retired Educators’ Meeting, April 16

Unit 20, Oregon Retired Educators, will meet noon, April 16th, at Clock Tower Ales in The Dalles.  The program, presented by Linda Casady, will be on “Youth Empowerment”.  Interested in education?  Please make your reservation with either 541-354-1505 or 541-705-0047.

2. Notice. Sherman County Court Public Hearing Canceled

The Public Hearing scheduled for the Mass Gathering Application to be held at 10am, April 17th, 2019 during the County Court Regular Session at the Sherman County Courthouse, 500 Court Street, Moro Or. 97039, has been canceled.

3. “Saddle Up and Celebrate” fundraiser for Columbia Gorge Community College Foundation, April 25

Would you like to drive a Model T? Fly a glider? Learn Portuguese cooking, take a raft trip or enjoy wine tasting? And let’s not forget line dancing!

All of that and much more will be featured in the second annual “Saddle Up and Celebrate” fundraiser for Columbia Gorge Community College Foundation on Thursday, April 25, during Northwest Cherry Festival. The fun starts at 5 p.m. in the Fort Dalles Readiness Center, 402 East Scenic Drive, The Dalles.

There will prime rib and chicken dinner, line dancing with Don Slusher, and live auction by David Griffith, all for a good cause as the Foundation builds its scholarship fund.

“The Foundation awarded approximately $135,000 in scholarships in 2018-19, and our goal is to increase this as we make college affordable for more students,” said Stephanie Hoppe, the Foundation’s executive director. “Proceeds raised through ‘Saddle Up and Celebrate’ will truly make a difference in students’ lives.”

“Saddle Up” features music and dancing by “The Wasco Brothers.” The evening begins with line dancing lessons at 5 p.m., followed by dinner and dancing at 6 p.m., auction at 7 p.m., then more dancing at 7:30 p.m. “Saddle Up and Celebrate” concludes by 9 p.m.

Tickets are $35 by April 18 or $40 at the door. Price for a table of eight is $400. Tickets and tables may be purchased at The event is part of Northwest Cherry Festival, which celebrates its 40th season in 2019 with a theme of “Follow the Cherry Brick Road.” The complete schedule for Northwest Cherry Festival is at

4. Arlington Spring Fest, Flower Basket Sale, Music & Food with The Woolery, May 3

4th Annual Spring Fest-Flower Basket Sale
May 3rd –  4-7 p.m.

Arlington, Oregon.

Paradise Rose Chuckwagon Pulled Pork Sandwiches & To Go Boxes

Music at the Wagon by Dan Robinson

Support your friends at The Woolery Project, Inc.

5. County-wide Cleanup May 4th

On May 4th, Sherman County residents are invited to bring one pick-up load of trash to the Solid Waste Transfer Station without paying a fee with some exceptions.

When: Saturday, May 4, 2019 – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Where: Sherman County Solid Waste Transfer Site located at 72526 Welk Road between Highway 206 and Biggs Junction.

How: Upon arrival, wait for the attendant to direct you to the appropriate unloading site.

Limited: One trip per vehicle.


      No household hazardous or medical waste will be accepted.

      No recycling.

Fees are required for:

Refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners $32.63 each

Appliances $12.83

Tires without rims $11.81

Tires with rims $15.76

Furniture – $12.38

You may also bring:

  • YARD WASTE – Clean brush & trimmings under 6 inches in diameter
  • E-WASTE – Computer towers, laptops, monitors, televisions

Please note:

Recycling will not be accepted on this day.

Recycling will be accepted on any regular scheduled day:

2nd Friday and Saturday in Moro

3rd Friday and Saturday in Wasco

4th Friday and Saturday in Rufus

Weekly Monday and Tuesday in Grass Valley

~ Waste Connections/The Dalles Disposal

6. Fighting for the 2nd Amendment

American flag2The Second Amendment to the Constitution establishes a citizen’s right to keep and bear arms. Unfortunately, legislation recently passed the House that would limit the ability of law abiding citizen to exercise this right. As a strong supporter of the Second Amendment, I voted against this troubling infringement on our rights.

Recently, the House — led by Speaker Nancy Pelosi — passed H.R. 8, the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019. This poorly written legislation has a number of troubling provisions that ignore our way of life in rural Oregon. For instance, under this proposed law a rancher that lends a rifle to his son-in-law to carry while out moving cattle would face up to a year in prison and/or a $100,000 fine if they didn’t travel a couple hours to a gun dealer to conduct a background check, first.

Similarly, while the bill attempts to exempt target shooting, it only does so in designated areas, leaving those who lend a firearm to a friend to target shoot on their own property exposed to the same penalties. This bill could also require a background check to hand over firearms to a psychologist for safe keeping, impeding the ability of those experiencing suicidal thoughts from taking the right action to limit their own access to firearms while seeking treatment.

Every two years, I raise my hand as your Representative and swear to uphold and defend the U.S. Constitution. That’s an oath I take seriously. I voted against H.R. 8, because it ignores the reality of our way of life and infringes on our rights.

Whether one uses a firearm for hunting, sport shooting, personal protection or any other lawful reasons, our Constitution clearly protects their right to do so. I will continue to work to protect our right to bear arms.

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Greg Walden
U.S. Representative
Oregon’s Second District

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

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

$650,000: Amount a retired Oregon Military Department firefighter may have been overpaid, after the department mis-classified airbase workers who fight wildland fires under the state’s retirement benefits system, according to Willamette Week.

90: Oregon Senate Bill that would prohibit single-use plastic straws unless they are requested by a customer, according to Senate Democrats. Senators voted to pass the measure 23-6 Thursday. It now moves to the House of Representatives.

4 million: Plastic stirrers and straws that the Surfrider Foundation has collected in ten years of its International Coastal Cleanup events, according to the Senate Democrats.

87: Oregon foster children who the Department of Human Services has promised to bring back from out-of-state institutional facilities, according to KOIN.

1965: Year the Dorchester Conference, the annual gathering of Oregon Republicans, began. The conference, which begins Friday, is being held in Welches this year, according to OPB.

2017: Year the conference, started by former Oregon Sen. Bob Packwood, moved from its longtime home in Seaside to Salem.

45: Feet Detroit Lake rose in five days, “fueled by a burst of heavy spring rain and melting snow,” according to the Statesman-Journal.

11,000: Marijuana plants federal authorities seized as part of an investigation into an Oregon man, Paul Eugene Thomas, who pleaded guilty to marijuana and money laundering charges on Thursday. Thomas was accused of growing marijuana here and sending it to Texas and Virginia.

3: Washington County Sheriff’s deputies who responded to a report of a burglar that turned out to be a rogue Roomba, according to NPR.

2303: House Bill that would allow Oregonians to buy cold medicines containing pseudoephedrine without a prescription, according to The Oregonian.

8. Sherman County History Tidbits: Camp Rufus

From December 1944 to April 1945, about 2,500 soldiers of the U.S. Army Engineers camped along the Columbia River Highway W of Rufus to conduct bridging operations on the Columbia and Deschutes Rivers –558 Heavy Pontoon Engineers and the 1490 Engineer Maintenance Company. Practice in constructing pontoon bridges for possible crossing of the Rhine River in Germany, using new and experimental equipment, was conducted near Rufus and at the mouth of the Deschutes. As it turned out, key Rhine River bridges were saved and these companies were not needed. In 1988 a commercial fishing net in the Columbia River near Rufus caught a WWII shell that was thought to be a relic of the WWII operations.  ~ The Dalles Weekly Reminder, September 29, 1988; SC:FTR 7-1, 1989.

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