Sherman County eNews #51


  1. Boys Basketball State Playoff Game – Friday @ Sherman 6:00 pm

  2. Sherman County SWCD & Watershed Council Annual Meeting, March 27

  3. You Are What You Think

  4. A Week in the Life of an Oregon Senator By Senator Bill Hansell

  5. Maryhill Museum of Art Set to Open for the Season on March 15

  6. AARP Opens Applications for 2019 Community Challenge Grant Program

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

Ask anyway. At the appropriate time and place. Others hearing the answers – or want of response – will learn a lot. Questions change and open minds.                     ~Q.E. McGillicuddy

1. Boys Basketball State Playoff Game – Friday @ Sherman 6:00 pm

sport-basketballOur Sherman boys’ basketball team was victorious at their 1st round playoff game Tuesday night against North Clackamas Christian.

Sherman’s next game on the road to the state tournament will be this Friday, February 22 at 6:00 pm here at Sherman County School against Siletz Valley.  Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students.  The only passes accepted for an OSAA playoff game are the OSAA media pass and OACA Gold Card. Everyone else will need to pay. Please encourage our community to come and support our Huskies!  ~Sherman County School District

2. Sherman County SWCD & Watershed Council Annual Meeting, March 27

March 27th, 2019

Social Hour @ 5:30pm   Dinner @ 6pm catered by Paradise Rose Chuckwagon

Wasco School Events Center

Our guest speaker will be Bob Zybach, discussing wildfire history in Oregon. He is an independent historian and has conducted forest science and public education research as president of his family business, NW Maps Co for the past 25 years. Bob has a PhD from OSU in Environmental Sciences, with a research focus on forest and wildfire history. He has written and lectured extensively on reforestation planning, wildfire history and economics, Oregon history, and the state’s cultural and resources management. Bob has been widely interviewed by the public media on a diversity of topics related to cultural and natural resources.

Cost is $20/ea. Please RSVP by calling the Sherman SWCD office at 541-565-3216 or email

3. You Are What You Think

What do hopelessness, helplessness and stress have to do with rats, astronauts and you?

Did you know that right after splashdown, one of the most difficult phases of spaceflight, NASA doctors found significant changes in the Apollo astronauts’ immune systems? The Apollo, Gemini and Mercury capsules (even the lunar excursion modules) were pretty cramped environments. Not much room to move, and “escape” required a significant amount of time, care and planning, especially for a spacewalk.

Researchers have also found that rats, given electric shocks from which they cannot escape, give up and become helpless. Later, when placed in a box where they can escape the shocks just by moving to the other side, these rats don’t even try. They also develop stomach ulcers and abnormal brain chemistry. And, it’s not because of the shocks. Another group of rats received the same amount of electricity, but they could turn the current off by pressing a bar. They remained healthy.

There is no longer any question about it. Many, many studies have verified that the health of our immune systems is linked to our stress levels and our attitudes about life in general. Now a certain amount of stress is good for us and can give us more energy and greater concentration. But too much stress causes it to break down. We see the results of this stress in changes in productivity of the workforce, and the increase of sick days at all levels of our organizations.

Today, doctors recommend to their patients fighting cancer to put lot of time and energy into building up their immune systems. Monitoring their thoughts as carefully as controlling the diet has a great impact. If you’re concerned about living a long and healthy life, or if you’re fighting a serious illness, developing a sense of control about your life can be as important as anything else you do. Some say you are what you eat. But it looks more and more like you are also what you think and feel. ~The Pacific Institute

4. A Week in the Life of an Oregon Senator By Senator Bill Hansell

Oregon.Flat.poleFrom time to time, I am asked “just what does a Senator do in Salem, anyway?”  While there are some constants, such as my committee meeting schedule, most of the time the schedule has a wide range of activity.  Much of it is scheduled in advance, but some of it just happens.  No two days are the same, and usually I enjoy the variety my schedule produces.  I asked my staff to keep track of a week.  So, for those of you who have ever wondered, here is what my schedule included the week of February 11th-15th.

Monday February 11th:

  • Mondays begin with an office meeting with my staff, Ann Rava my office manager, and Evan Bryan my legislative director. We go over the week’s schedule and figure out where I need to be when.
  • The rest of the morning was filled with 7 appointments in my office on topics ranging from Cap and Trade to Death with Dignity.
  • I then grabbed a 5-minute lunch (can’t forget lunch!)
  • Met with Senator Kathleen Taylor in her office on my legislation for sex trafficking of minors. I have submitted 6 bills, and my colleague from Portland is chief sponsoring them with me, making them bipartisan.  Senator Taylor and I have worked together on a number of bills.
  • Each afternoon, Monday through Thursday have two Ways and Means subcommittees, on which I serve. They begin at 1:00 and conclude at 4:30 with a half hour break in between.
  • I testified on two bills of which I am a chief sponsor at a hearing in The Senate Education Committee. Both deal with tuition or scholarships for Native American students.  It went well, and I believe they will be sent to the Senate floor with a do pass recommendation.
  • The evening had a reception sponsored by the Association of Oregon Counties, where I had a chance to visit with several Commissioners from District 29.

Tuesday February 12th:

  • 7:00am video conference with Wallowa County in the Capitol media room.
  • 8:00 am Workforce Committee Meeting till 10:00am which ran late because….
  • I testified on two more bills I chief sponsored, which were constituent bills SB298 a death certificate bill, and 294 a frontier cemetery bill.
  • I then rushed over to another hearing room to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee in support of SB 380, a bill supported by banks in the district.
  • Met with correction officers from EOCI.
  • 10:30am Republican Caucus Meeting
  • 11:00am Senate Floor Session. Gave my first floor speech of the Session in opposition to State-wide rent control.  It passed on a partisan vote with one Democrat voting with the Republicans in opposition.
  • Another quick lunch. Thank goodness for the Senate Lounge.
  • The afternoon subcommittees on Transportation and Economic Development and General Government.
  • A couple of office appointments including Kathy Stree, a librarian from Heppner.

Wednesday, February 13th:

  • 7:00am Fire Caucus Meeting
  • Testified in support of SB 308, a bill that Pendleton disabled veteran JP Bailey brought forward to me dealing with reservations for disabled veterans at State Parks.
  • Five office meetings on topics ranging from health care to PERS.
  • Met with Senator Michael Dembrow on wild fire legislation I had written concerning wildfires on crop land.
  • Testified in support of SB 704 which allows bond funding to help fund seismic retrofitting of the State Capitol Building.
  • Lunch in the Senate Lounge
  • 1:30pm testified on one of my major bills SB740 to help cover the proton cancer treatment for Oregonians.
  • Met with Representative Brad Whitt, about leadership of the Oregon Legislature’s Sportsman’s Caucus. This bipartisan caucus needs a Republican Senator to be part of the leadership team, and I said I would do it.
  • Testified in support of SB304 which deals with changing Oregon’s death tax. My bill would allow farms and businesses to be passed down to children or grandchildren, without charging an estate tax or what many of us call a death tax.
  • Finished the day meeting with Dr. Alan Sams, Dean of OSU’s College of Ag Sciences.

Thursday, February 14th:

  • 8:00 am A mandatory Respectful Workplace Training for all Senators. This training had been rescheduled from January due to the federal government shutdown.
  • Lunch in my office
  • Meeting with the Oregon Association of Nurseries
  • Testified in favor of SB 536. I submitted this bill at the request of the Oregon Dairy Association.  There are 12 dairies in my district including the largest in Oregon.
  • Met with Senator Michael Kabua of Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands. He is visiting to voice his support of SB 263, which would give students from the Marshall Islands instate tuition at Oregon Universities.  I am a chief sponsor of the bill. Eastern Oregon University has a long history of working with students and communities in Micronesia.
  • Afternoon meetings to discuss rural broadband, cap and trade, and PGE’s power generation in Morrow County.

Friday, February 15th:

  • 9:00 Full Ways and Means Committee. I spoke in favor of a plan to keep the Oregon Health Plan funded.  Around 30% of the people in the seven counties I represent are on the Oregon Health Plan.
  • Worked on a Proton Therapy Bill, one of my priority bills.
  • Lunch: I had some good conversations with my Senate Colleagues on different legislation. If things need changing in a bill, these conversations can, and often do, get the job done.
  • Afternoon spent catching up on phone messages, correspondence, and attacking the stack on my desk.
  • Late afternoon I went down to Eugene for a bit of R&R, attending the UofO Lady Ducks basketball game versus OSU.

So, there you have it.  To summarize I testified on 9 bills; attended 5 committee meetings with over 8 hours of listening to testimony; attended a mandatory 4-hour training; 20+ individual appointments with constituents, lobbyists, and others; wrote and presented two speeches; numerous meetings that just happened; and a Lady Duck basketball game on Friday night.  Go Ducks!

Bill Hansell represents District 29 in the State Senate.  He and his wife have moved to Salem for the 2019 Session, living in the basement of Rep. Greg Barreto’s ranch house north of Kaiser.  He is affectionately known as ‘Basement Bill’ by some.

5. Maryhill Museum of Art Set to Open for the Season on March 15

Special Exhibitions to Highlight the Museum’s Diverse Collections

(GOLDENDALE, Wash., February 20, 2019) –Maryhill Museum of Art, one of the Pacific Northwest’s most remote and beguiling museums, will open its doors for the season on Friday, March 15, with special exhibitions highlighting works on paper, still life paintings and sculpture from its own collections. The museum is open daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., from March 15 – November 15.   Set among 5,300 acres on a bluff overlooking the Columbia River Gorge, Maryhill also features permanent exhibitions of European and American painting, a full gallery of works by French sculptor Auguste Rodin, international chess sets, and Native American arts and artifacts. Outside of the museum visitors can enjoy several expansive lawns, shade trees and picnic areas, and the William and Catherine Dickson Outdoor Sculpture Park with works by many noted Northwest artists. The museum’s terrace offers stunning views of the Columbia River and Mount Hood.

The museum will present the following special exhibitions in 2019. Many of the exhibitions will be complemented by educational programs and special events. Please click here for the full program calendar.


Mélange: Works on Paper from the Permanent Collection – March 15 – July 7, 2019

Mélange includes an array of more than 40 prints, drawings and watercolors drawn from Maryhill’s collection. Included are works by noted Northwest artists such as Rick Bartow, Betty LaDuke, Richard Thompson and Henk Pander. Also featured are a lithograph by Thomas Hart Benton and several prints by the French artist Marcel Augis, who trod World War I battlefields to depict the everyday lives of Allied troops. The subject matter of the works on view ranges from landscapes and nature studies to interiors, portraits, still life and abstract works.  

West Coast Woodcut: Contemporary Relief Prints by Regional Artists – July 13 – November 15, 2019

Explore the natural and urban beauty, and the social worlds of the West Coast through woodcuts, linocuts and wood engravings by artists from Washington, Oregon and California. Among those featured are Oregon artists Berk Chappell, Dennis Cunningham, Erik Sandgren, Jonnel Covault, Manuel Izquierdo and Paul Gentry; Washington artist Yoshiko Yamamoto; and California artists Andrea Rich, Art Hazelwood, Daniel Gonzalez, Gordon Mortenson, Leonard Nuñez, Rik Olson and Tom Killion. The prints showcase not only the natural splendor of West Coast, but also address homelessness, migrant labor, emigration, Native fisheries, logging and environmental issues. All of the 60 works are drawn from the museum’s permanent collection. 

Maryhill Favorites: Still Life – March 15 – November 15, 2019

Still life prints and paintings from Maryhill’s permanent collection, including work by Robert Douglas Hunter, Richard Lack, Henk Bos, Jakob Bogdani, Katja Oxman, and Oregon artists John Van Dreal and Robert Bibler. The exhibition includes a sumptuous painting of poppies and fruit by British artist Annie Feray Mutrie, considered one of the foremost flower painters of the Victorian era.

Théodore Rivière: Sculpture – March 15 – November 15, 2019

The 19th-century French artist Théodore Rivière (1857–1912) is best known for his small-scale sculptures with Orientalist themes. His works also frequently show Art Nouveau influences. On view are more than a dozen figurative sculptures in bronze, marble and terra cotta.  

Théâtre de la Mode – March 15 – November 15, 2019

Created as a means to re-build France’s fashion industry after the devastation of World War II, this exhibition shows one-third human size mannequins wearing fashions created by the country’s finest designers. When it debuted at Louvre’s Museum of Decorative Arts in 1945, the opening drew 100,000 visitors.  After touring Europe and the US in 1946, the exhibition languished in the basement of San Francisco’s City of Paris department store; the sets were destroyed, but the mannequins were saved by Alma de Bretteville Spreckels who championed their acquisition by Maryhill Museum of Art. Maryhill is now home to nine re-built sets and restored mannequins.

During 2019, three Théâtre de la Mode sets will leave storage and rotate onto view: André Beaurepaire’s “La Grotto Enchantée” (The Enchanted Grotto); Jean-Denis Malclès’ “Le Jardin Marveilleux” (The Marvelous Garden); and André Dignimont’s “Palais Royale.”   The sets feature garments and accessories by such celebrated designers as Worth, Jean Patou, Balenciaga, Nina Ricci, Mad Carpentier, Lanvin, Schiaparelli, Hermès, Pierre Balmain and Grès, among others.


Exhibitions presented in the museum’s M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust Education Center further the museum’s educational mission and feature collaborative exhibitions with regional arts educators, academies and art groups. The following exhibitions will be presented in the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust Education Center in 2019:

Washington Art Education Association Exhibition

Teachers as Artists – Exploring Identity

March 15 – May 26, 2019

Teachers as Artists is an annual juried exhibition in the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust Education Center showcasing the talents of WAEA members who are current or retired arts educators. This year we invited art teachers to submit works in any genre that explore identity. Presented in partnership with Washington Art Education Association.  Juror: Karen Giles, Lifelong Museum Educator and retired Manager of Adult and Community Programs at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles.

2019 Plein Air Painting in the Columbia River Gorge – August 4 – 24, 2019

An annual showcase of works created by artists during the Pacific Northwest Plein Air Event. Forty artists from the northwest and across the country spend four days plein air painting in the Columbia River Gorge, capturing the incredible light and landscape, from snowcapped Mount Hood and surrounding orchards, to wineries, high plateaus and waterfalls. Paintings are on view and available for purchase in the museum’s M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust Education Center. As work is sold and removed, other work created during the paint-out will replace it. A portion of the proceeds support Maryhill Museum of Art. 

Works on Paper: Drawing Reality – June 1 – July 17, 2019

Presented in collaboration with Aristides Atelier at Seattle’s Gage Academy, this exhibition examines importance of developing drawing skills, as well as understanding drawing as a finished art form.

Exquisite Gorge – September 3 – 25, 2019

View a unique 60-foot print created with a steam roller on the grounds of Maryhill. Ten artists were selected to create a woodblock carving inspired by and in collaboration with communities along the Columbia River from the Snake to the Willamette. Similar to the Surrealist practice of “exquisite corpse,” each artist’s unique print block was joined with the others to form a continuous image, with the Columbia River running through it.

6. AARP Opens Applications for 2019 Community Challenge Grant Program

Clackamas, OR —AARP has opened applications for the 2019 AARP Community Challenge grant program to fund “quick-action” projects that spark change across the country. Now in its third year, the program is part of AARP’s nationwide work on Livable Communities. Grants can range from several hundred dollars for small, short-term activities to several thousand dollars for larger projects.

“We’ve seen these mini grants spark change and new solutions in communities across Oregon from Port Orford to Hood River,” said AARP Oregon State Director Ruby Haughton-Pitts. “We’re excited to see the creative proposals from commuity groups this year,” she said.

The Community Challenge is open to 501(c)(3), 501(c)(4) and 501(c)(6) nonprofits and government entities. Other types of organizations will be considered on a case-by-case basis. AARP will prioritize projects with permanent or temporary solutions that aim to achieve one or more of the following outcomes:

  • Demonstrate the tangible value of “Smart Cities.” New in 2019, this category will encourage applicants to develop and implement innovative programs that engage residents in accessing, understanding and using data to increase quality of life for all, as well as engage in decision-making about housing, transportation, economic development, placemaking, infrastructure or other community aspects.
  • Deliver a range of transportation and mobility options that increase connectivity, walkability, bikeability, wayfinding, access to transportation options and roadway improvements.
  • Create vibrant public places that improve open spaces, parks and access to other amenities.
  • Support the availability of a range of housing that increases accessible and affordable housing options.
  • Other community improvements. In addition to the four areas of focus, AARP wants to hear about local needs and new, innovative ideas for addressing them.

Since 2017, AARP has awarded 217 grants through the AARP Community Challenge to nonprofit organizations and government entities representing 50 states and U.S. territories.

The 2019 application deadline is 11:59 p.m. ET, April 17, 2019, and all projects must be completed by November 4, 2019. To submit an application or learn more, visit

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

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U.S. Department of Agriculture Economic Research Service, Amber Waves

Islands of Portland

SCOTUS Ruling Prohibits Mandatory Union Dues For Public Employees

Hands Off Venezuela: Historic Stance at the United Nations against US Imperialism

The Progressive Movement & the Transformation America Politics



Sherman County eNews #50


  1. Public Notice. Sherman County School District Board Meeting, Feb. 21

  2. Flexibility in Times of Change

  3. Regional History Forum: The Town of Celilo, Feb. 23

  4. Sherman County History Tidbits: Offices of County Government 1899

  5. Cap and Trade Town Halls

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

1. Public Notice. Sherman County School District Board Meeting, Feb. 21

Logo.Sherman High SchoolThe Sherman County School District Board of Directors regular board meeting scheduled for 7:00 pm on Monday, February 11, 2019, was rescheduled for Tuesday, February 19, 2019, due to inclement weather. Due to the OSAA Play-off Game this meeting has again been rescheduled for Thursday, February 21, 2019, at 7:00 pm. This meeting will be held in the meeting room of the Sherman County School/Public Library.

Agenda topics include the Consent Agenda; Superintendent Report – Wes Owens; Sherman County School K-12 Administrator Report – Mike Somnis; Athletic Director Report –Big Sky League Modifications, Mike Somnis; Unfinished Business: Monument Sign Continued Discussion, Counseling Position Update; Duplicate Family Mailing Discussion, Strategic Plan Goals, Priorities and Outcomes, North Playing Field and Well Information Update; New Business: Sherman Education Association Amendment #1-Fair Share, Sherman County School Employees Association Chapter #120 Amendment #1 – Fair Share, 2019-20 School Calendar Drafts, Restoring Instructional Time Due to Inclement Weather; Visitor Comments; Next regular board meeting, March 11, 2019.

2. Flexibility in Times of Change

“The only constant in the universe is change.” Whether these words were from Heraclitus (a 5th century BC Greek philosopher) or Albert Einstein, they were and still are correct. The ability to quickly adapt is still a survival skill, one that has set the human species apart from most others.

One of the secrets to happiness in these changing times is the ability to be flexible – the power to adapt. Some people make themselves miserable by being very stubborn about their plans for the future. They choose a path and refuse to deviate from it, no matter what. When they do that, then they automatically lock out other possibilities for the future. These possibilities simply are not seen.

Now, persistence and tenacity are normally great qualities to have, but when it’s necessary to take a new direction, resistance can keep us stuck in the mud. The happiest and most successful people most likely are those who are eager to learn new ways. They adapt to new systems when the old ones don’t work or when something better comes along. Being flexible allows them to see new possibilities and grab new opportunities.

If one career path fails, they enthusiastically learn a new way to make a living. If their marriage ends, they are able to adjust to being alone or to a new relationship. If people frustrate them and they see that these folks aren’t going to change, they accept them the way they are and relax, or they express their regrets without judging or blaming, and move on.

The Alcoholics Anonymous “serenity” prayer says it all: Change what you can, accept what you can’t, and cultivate the wisdom to know the difference. To these wise words, perhaps we should add, “…and believe wholeheartedly in my ability to do both!” ~The Pacific Institute

3. Regional History Forum: The Town of Celilo, Feb. 23

Local historian John Brookhouse has family connections to the long-ago town that served as launching site for the upper Columbia River above Celilo Falls.  He will present a program on the town of Celilo (not to be confused with the Indian village at the falls) Saturday, Feb. 23, 1:30 p.m. at the Original Courthouse, 410 W. 2nd Place, The Dalles.

Brookhouse added to the maps and photos from last summer’s Wasco County Historical Society program and they’ve been enlarged for projection on the big screen.

Two programs on the 2019 Regional History Forum series were canceled because of weather and have been rescheduled.  “World War I, Part 2” is Saturday, Mar. 2, and “Japanese Families in the Mosier Area” is Saturday, Mar. 9.

Admission is free but donations are welcome.  There is a TV monitor on the ground floor of the 1859 courthouse to serve those unable to climb the stairs.  Coffee and cookies will be served after the program.

4. Sherman County History Tidbits: Offices of County Government 1899

On account of the lack of room and the great danger of fire in the present cramped offices of the clerk, sheriff and treasurer, and the inconvenience of holding county and circuit courts, we believe that the county should build a court house…not to cost more than $6,000. — Report of the county grand jury, April 7, 1899.

5. Cap and Trade Town Halls

Oregon.Flat.poleOver the next few weeks, lawmakers will be taking some time away from the Capitol to host cap and trade town halls in communities across the state.

In case you haven’t heard, the cap and trade program currently under consideration is projected to increase your natural gas bill by more than 50%. On top of that, the legislation is projected to increase fuel prices by 16 cents per gallon in just the first year, leaving Oregonians stuck paying the third highest gas prices in the entire country! All for a program that will do virtually nothing to protect our environment.

It’s critically important that we utilize these town halls as an opportunity to make our voices heard. With so many families living on the margins and working overtime just to get by, there’s too much at stake for us to stay on the sidelines at a time like this.

Below is a list of dates and locations for the public forums:

–Springfield: Friday, February 22 – Springfield City Hall, Council Chamber (12pm-3pm

–Medford: Saturday, February 23 – Central Medford High School, Auditorium (9am-12pm)

–Remote: Monday, February 25 – Remote testimony (live video feed from various rural locations), Oregon State Capitol (TBD)

The Dalles: Friday, March 1 – The Dalles Civic Auditorium, Community Room (12pm-3pm)

–Bend: Saturday, March 2 – Central Oregon Community College, Cascade Hall, Room 246-248 (9am-12pm)

If you are interested in testifying before the committee or making your voice heard in other ways, please fill out the Take Action form on our website:

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

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Legislature: Tax Expenditures for the House Committee on Revenue

Congressman Greg Walden’s Legislative Achievements, Newsletter, Town Halls

Offbeat Oregon: Helicopter crash had huge impact on independence of Oregon journalism

What you need to know about the new tax law

Columbia Gorge Model Railroad Club

Giant gold mining machine now a tourist attraction in eastern Oregon

Cajun Navy Volunteers Train for Flood Rescues

California Worries About Massive Arkstorm Flood


Sherman County eNews #49


  1. Dorothy E. Heater 1926-2019

  2. Optimism is a Choice We Make

  3. College embarks upon skill center, housing projects

  4. Sherman County History Tidbits: The Formation of Sherman County

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

1. Dorothy E. Heater 1926-2019 

flower.rose.starDorothy E. Heater, 92 yrs. of Moro passed away February 11, 2019. She was born June 21, 1926 in Oak Grove, Oregon, to Fred E. Feldman and Hattie S. (Hoke) Feldman.

Dorothy graduated from Milwaukie High School in 1944.She was employed at Pacific Northwest Bell in the accounting department until November 1947. She married Joe L. Heater and moved to Moro, Oregon. They farmed for other people for 40 years. The longest time period was for Dutton & McKean, two of the Powell sisters. In 1988 Joe was diagnosed with the first signs of Alzheimer’s. They retired in the Ragsdale house which they restored in Moro. Dorothy lived in The Dalles for a number of years; but chose to return to Moro in 2007. She loved volunteering at MCMC, Sherman County Historical Museum, and the Veteran’s home.

She was a member of the Moro Presbyterian church and later in life, Wasco United Methodist. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Joe, brother Fred D., and sister Fran M. Parker. She is survived by her daughter Kathy (Joe) Novak, daughter Cindy (Jeff) Heater-Judah, granddaughter, Hattie C. Justesen, grandsons Michael, & Joe Novak, and Colby R. Judah. Two great-granddaughters, and one great grandson and one nephew and five nieces. At her request, no funeral or graveside service will take place. Memorials may be sent to Sherman County Historical Society or Mid-Columbia Medical Foundation.

2. Optimism is a Choice We Make

Are optimists people who just don’t see the pain and suffering in the world, or is something else going on? Let’s talk about optimism in a less than perfect world.

Do you know anyone who is a pessimist because they claim that it’s just being “realistic”? They seem to feel that because the world contains murderers and molesters, and because war, famine and injustice are common, it is simpleminded to take an optimistic view.

Now, it may very well be simpleminded to try to live as if the world contained no pain, suffering or injustice. Current events around the world prove that. But remember, the practical optimists of the world rarely lead lives untouched by suffering.

Saint Paul, for example, wrote his remarkable letter about joy to the Philippians while he was in a Roman jail, awaiting, as far as he knew at the time, execution.

Dr. Viktor Frankl, who lived through three years in Nazi concentration camps during World War II, related that the survivors were often not the ones who were physically strongest, but rather those who found reasons to live with integrity in the midst of horror and death.

To live and breathe pessimism is to deny the possibility of change. Goals are not set, and the vision of solutions disappears. Creativity is tamped down, if not blotted out completely. The fixed mindset becomes just that – fixed, and on the negative. Eventually, the downward spiral toward depression is the only landing pad.

Optimism is a choice we make with our eyes wide open. It is a choice that enables us to live with purpose and hope, no matter what the circumstances. When you make that choice, day after day, year after year, you will be standing with St. Paul, Dr. Frankl and so many others on the side of transformation and hope – which is a truly great place to be! ~The Pacific Institute

3. College embarks upon skill center, housing projects

Thanks to the support of community partners and its board of directors, Columbia Gorge Community College this spring will embark upon the college’s most significant physical expansion since establishing the Hood River – Indian Creek Campus and redeveloping The Dalles Campus more than a decade ago.

The “Treaty Oak Regional Skills Center” will enable CGCC to offer career-tech training in family-wage skills currently seeing high demand locally and across the Pacific Northwest. Yet the new building will also be flexible enough to accommodate long-term training demands, which are ever-changing as the Columbia Gorge economy continues to diversify.

Along with the skills center, the college will also construct student housing on The Dalles Campus. This meets a longstanding need emphasized through a student survey last year, which found many students living in their vehicles or in temporary shelters, or commuting long distances each day, all because of the shortage of affordable local housing.

In January the college completed an Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) with the City of The Dalles and Wasco County allocating $3.5 million in “enterprise zone” funds toward the new career-tech skills training center. These funds, together with the college’s own “full faith and credit” bond obligation and a $7.3 million allocation from the Oregon Legislature, will result in a total of $14.7 million investment.

In allocating the funds, Oregon lawmakers mandated that the project focus on the grades 11-14 transition from high school to college, providing the opportunity for innovative elements in educational programming as well as physical infrastructure. North Wasco County School District is cited by the Legislature as a full partner in this “prototype facility.”

“This project only became possible through the support of the Oregon Legislature, The Dalles City Council and Wasco County Board of Commissioners,” stated Dr. Marta Yera Cronin, president of CGCC. “Their encouragement, and the support of our college board of directors, North Wasco County School District, Mid-Columbia Fire & Rescue District, Port of The Dalles, Mid-Columbia Economic Development District and many other partners, truly make this a community project – something that will benefit everyone by allowing the college to train people with the skills needed for family-wage employment.”

The college’s bond — which is not a local tax measure but rather an investor-financed debt secured by the college’s own credit – is $7.475 million. The city and county contribution of $3.5 million will essentially reimburse the college for nearly half this amount upon project completion. Together with the state’s contribution of $7.3 million, this means the college ultimately will be responsible for approximately $3.9 million of the $14.7 million project, all without adding to local property taxes.

Next steps include a conditional use permit from the City of The Dalles, hiring a project manager, and selecting an architect and engineering firm. The college anticipates ground-breaking in 2020 and project completion in 2022.

Thanks to the support of community partners and its board of directors, Columbia Gorge Community College this spring will embark upon the college’s most significant physical expansion since establishing the Hood River – Indian Creek Campus and redeveloping The Dalles Campus more than a decade ago.

The “Treaty Oak Regional Skills Center” will enable CGCC to offer career-tech training in family-wage skills currently seeing high demand locally and across the Pacific Northwest. Yet the new building will also be flexible enough to accommodate long-term training demands, which are ever-changing as the Columbia Gorge economy continues to diversify.

Along with the skills center, the college will also construct student housing on The Dalles Campus. This meets a longstanding need emphasized through a student survey last year, which found many students living in their vehicles or in temporary shelters, or commuting long distances each day, all because of the shortage of affordable local housing.

In January the college completed an Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) with the City of The Dalles and Wasco County allocating $3.5 million in “enterprise zone” funds toward the new career-tech skills training center. These funds, together with the college’s own “full faith and credit” bond obligation and a $7.3 million allocation from the Oregon Legislature, will result in a total of $14.7 million investment.

In allocating the funds, Oregon lawmakers mandated that the project focus on the grades 11-14 transition from high school to college, providing the opportunity for innovative elements in educational programming as well as physical infrastructure. North Wasco County School District is cited by the Legislature as a full partner in this “prototype facility.”

“This project only became possible through the support of the Oregon Legislature, The Dalles City Council and Wasco County Board of Commissioners,” stated Dr. Marta Yera Cronin, president of CGCC. “Their encouragement, and the support of our college board of directors, North Wasco County School District, Mid-Columbia Fire & Rescue District, Port of The Dalles, Mid-Columbia Economic Development District and many other partners, truly make this a community project – something that will benefit everyone by allowing the college to train people with the skills needed for family-wage employment.”

The college’s bond — which is not a local tax measure but rather an investor-financed debt secured by the college’s own credit – is $7.475 million. The city and county contribution of $3.5 million will essentially reimburse the college for nearly half this amount upon project completion. Together with the state’s contribution of $7.3 million, this means the college ultimately will be responsible for approximately $3.9 million of the $14.7 million project, all without adding to local property taxes.

Next steps include a conditional use permit from the City of The Dalles, hiring a project manager, and selecting an architect and engineering firm. The college anticipates ground-breaking in 2020 and project completion in 2022.

4. Sherman County History Tidbits: The Formation of Sherman County

Happy Birthday, Sherman County!  February 25, 1989 

The Golden Land by Giles L. French, pages 107-115, excerpted:

“Independence. … Candidates for office from ‘east Wasco county’ had not often been successful in getting elected, although W.H. Biggs had been state representative, Walter Moore had been a candidate for sheriff and J.B. Scott for clerk. E.O. McCoy, a Republican, had been just elected state representative… After the election of 1888 a petition was circulated asking for the annexation of the land between the Deschutes and John Day to Gilliam County which had been established in 1885. Few signed this petition. Another one appeared asking for a new county. A large number of settlers signed it, even though some felt the movement was premature and that the county would be too small…

“… Sentiment for the new county came quickly, whipped up by the newly established Wasco Observer… [and] did not receive spontaneous support from the Grass Valley country… Nevertheless, residents of the area had signed the petition for a new county. E.O. (Dutch) McCoy, warehouseman, store-keeper, grain-buyer, farm equipment dealer, big and aggressive in a genial Irish manner, was the new representative with a desire to please. He introduced a bill to create Fulton County with the southern boundary at the Crook County line. Antelope sent a delegation to Salem to oppose that and gained the support of E.L. Smith, Wasco County’s other representative, who was also speaker of the house. McCoy had to amend his bill. The opposition from the south was so strong that the line was placed between townships two and three south of the base line, a short mile south of Grass Valley.

“The new county was to honor Colonel James Fulton, an early and leading citizen, a Democrat of southern parentage, member of the 1870 legislature, one-time bridge builder, stockman and farmer. When the bill came before the house a member from Tillamook County, William Maxwell, who had served long at Salem and acquired much prestige, argued that back in 1870 when Colonel Fulton had been a member there had been a resolution asking General William Tecumseh Sherman, then on a trip through Oregon, to speak to the assembled legislators. In that year the legislature was Democratic and Sherman’s name was highly unpopular. Fulton opposed the resolution ‘in a bitter speech denunciatory of General Sherman. It was a regular secession speech from the word go, and the outcome was that General Sherman did not visit the state house,’ according to the report on Maxwell’s remarks in the Weekly Oregonian, February 22, 1889.

“Maxwell, therefore, moved that the name Fulton be stricken from McCoy’s bill wherever it appeared and the name Sherman substituted therefore. Delay and opposition and the expected end of the session had weakened the ardor for the new county and McCoy accepted the amendment. Charles Hilton saw the bill through the senate and three days after it had passed the house, Governor Sylvester Pennoyer signed the bill making Sherman County a political entity as of February 25, 1889. … …

“Appointed to office were James Fulton, judge; V.C. Brock, clerk; E.M. Leslie, sheriff; Levi Armsworthy, treasurer; C.J. Bright, school superintendent; John Medler and Dayton Elliot, commissioners; John A. Smith, surveyor; C.C. Myers, assessor; J.B. Hoss, coroner. On March 4, Fulton refused his commission and Owen M. Scott was named to serve. These men held office until July 1, 1890 when those who were elected in June took over. Some changes were made… men from farther south succeeding appointees. C.F. McCarthy became school superintendent; William Henrichs, assessor; J.R. Belshee, surveyor; John Moore, commissioner; [and] R.J. Ginn was appointed commissioner when John Graham would not serve, and J.W. Blackburne served out Scott’s term as judge. … …

“The election of June 2, 1890, had a more interesting matter than the selection of officers; the county voted on the location of a permanent county seat. Moore Bros. had gone to Wasco and bought the Observer and installed a young lawyer, J.B. Hosford, as editor. He was not a man inclined toward intense partisanship, but he did speak for Moro as the county seat. The issue was further complicated by the entrance of Kenneth into the race. Kenneth was the name of a nebulous townsite located a mile east of DeMoss in Grass Valley Canyon. … With three locations to be voted on no one of them attained a majority. … …

“Wasco remained the seat of government until another election could be held. The legislature of 1891 added another eighteen miles to the county on the south, putting it between townships five and six south of the base line. This brought in more citizens. … It also added to the voters who favored Moro. The election of 1892 was between Wasco and Moro, Kenneth having been eliminated by running third. The question was decided by a vote of 404 to 301. Precincts voted as follows:

Bigelow: Moro 11, Wasco 32

Grant: Moro 38, Wasco 39

Wasco: Moro 23, Wasco 183

Monkland: Moro 61, Wasco 30

Moro: Moro 117, Wasco 2

Grass Valley: Moro 74, Wasco 5

Rutledge: Moro 51, Wasco 5

Kent: Moro 29, Wasco 5.

“The census of 1890 gave the population of the county as 1,892. … … The record shows that Wasco accepted defeat gracefully and Moro her victory with little more than the expected elation. Wasco generally supported the movement for a court house for which the county contracted in July, 1892 with H.C. Jackson, who built a vault and a building on the main street of Moro. A block of land on the hill was bought for a court house which was built in 1897.

“Also in 1892 John Fulton was elected county judge over R.J. Ginn; D.H. Leach and J.D. Wilcox were elected commissioner; S.S. Hayes, clerk over V.C. Brock; E.M. Leslie remained as sheriff defeating Emmitt Olds; H.A. Thompson became treasurer, beating Josiah Marsh; William Henrichs was re-elected assessor over Louis Schadewitz; Hiram Tyree was made school superintendent defeating W.J. Peddicord; W.H. Moore became coroner and J.R. Belshee, surveyor. Thus the politicians who had worked so hard for a new county were eliminated within a few years and the county settled back to the business of farming, building bigger houses, buying more machinery.  … …

“The citizens of Sherman County had gotten themselves a new county without settling their problems. It still cost toll to go to The Dalles and the freight rates were still considered too high. The Free Bridge road was often impassable because of rock slides. … … There was need for a road to let residents north of Gordon ridge down to the Free Bridge and this was provided in the winter of 1895-96 when Charley Barzee and some others, who lived in the neighborhood concerned, agitated for a road up Rattlesnake canyon the site of the original survey when the Free Bridge was first contemplated and for which John Fulton had made the survey. Barzee built the grade in the winter, using frozen sod for the grade which was not as rocky as expected. It joined the Harris grade a little above the Free Bridge and made that structure available to more farmers. … … The Free Bridge was destroyed in 1912, after much of its usefulness had ceased. Whether by flood as officially stated, or by dynamite, as partisans aver, it is gone, leaving nothing but a few stalwart pillars standing in the swift water as mute evidence that Hoffman and Bates did their work well. … …”

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

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Pew Research: Millennial life: How young adulthood today compares with prior generations

The Generations: Silent, Boomer, X, Millennial & Z

Map: Watersheds & Drainage Basins Of Europe’s Major Rivers

Map: River Basins of Europe

Wall Street Journal: How the Border Wall, Trump’s Signature Campaign Promise, Turned into a National Emergency

Can zinc batteries save us?

El Chapo Highlighted Mexican Corruption, but Drug Money Also Lubricates U.S. Border


Sherman County eNews #48


  1. Sherman County Public/School Library Closed, Feb. 16

  2. Sherman County Health Board Meeting Rescheduled, Feb. 20

  3. House Bill 2931: Restricting Journalists’ Access to Executive Sessions

  4. Oregon Farm Bureau statement on Hammonds grazing permit reissuance

  5. Learning to Face Our Fears

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

1. Sherman County Public/School Library Closed, Feb. 16

Sherman County Public/School Library will be CLOSED today, February 16th, due to road conditions near the school. ~Abbey Phelps, Sherman County Public/School Library

2. Sherman County Health Board Meeting Rescheduled, Feb. 20

Due to the inclement weather, the Sherman County Health District had to cancel the regular board meeting on February 14th. This meeting has been rescheduled for Wednesday, February 20th, at 5:30 in the administration office.

3. House Bill 2931: Restricting Journalists’ Access to Executive Sessions

Oregonians would be shocked how often reporters attend closed-door executive sessions to find officials having discussions that by law must instead take place in public. A new bill would make it harder for reporters to let the public know what’s happening:

4. Oregon Farm Bureau statement on Hammonds grazing permit reissuance

SALEM, OREGON, February 15, 2019 – “On Feb. 14, 2014, the Bureau of Land Management revoked the grazing permit of Hammond Ranches. Almost five years to the day later, on Feb. 13, 2019, BLM signed documents that reissued the permit, allowing the Hammond family to get back to the business of raising cattle in eastern Oregon.

“This reissued grazing permit signals that justice has finally been achieved for this rural family. While nobody can restore what the Hammonds have lost to years of prosecutorial overreach and bureaucratic vendetta, we are grateful that this awful chapter is closed.

“Oregon Farm Bureau was proud to play a role in advocating on the Hammonds’ behalf, including gathering over 25,000 online signatures and working directly with officials, so the family can return to doing what they love and keep a proud heritage of ranching alive.”

5. Learning to Face Our Fears

Everyone feels frightened from time to time, especially young children. Let’s face it. There are some pretty frightening images on television and in newspapers and magazines, not to mention online. So, let’s talk about how to handle the fears of the children in our lives, whether they are our children, grandchildren, godchildren, nieces, nephews – whatever.

What should you do if your child becomes terrified of the water, or of going to the doctor, or shows fearful or aggressive behavior that you hadn’t noticed before? First, don’t panic. Fears surface normally during several stages of child development.

Reassure your children patiently and affectionately about themselves as well as the feared object or person. Let them know you understand how they feel, and that it’s OK to feel that way. Hold the line on reasonable discipline and clear limits, reminding them of the reasons for these limits and help them understand that learning to control our behavior in acceptable ways is a process that takes plenty of time.

Tell them about how you or others in the family deal with fearful or aggressive feelings, and help them begin to express themselves and understand why they feel the way they do. Make sure each knows that in case of real danger, you will do your best to keep them safe. In doing so, you will be establishing valuable patterns for sharing the inevitable turmoil of later periods, including adolescence and young adulthood.

Fears are part of the normal periods of adjustment that kids go through as they grow and develop, and your attitude can make a tremendous difference in how soon they disappear. For good or ill, children look to their parents and the important adults in their lives as models. Knowing how you face your fears will go a long way in helping your children find their own ways to face and conquer their fears. ~The Pacific Institute

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

bird.owl.limbEditorial: HB 2931 would incorrectly restrict journalists’ access to executive sessions

Society of Professional Journalists, Oregon Territory Chapter

Oregon Legislature: House Bill 2931 Relating to attendance at public meetings held in executive session 

Emerging Journalists: Report for America Application February 22

Road Conditions & Accident Reports for The Columbia River Gorge Area: Facebook Closed Group

Legislature: Health Insurance Tax Passes Ways and Means

Dead pines drive new herbicide rules in Oregon

League of Oregon Cities Training Opportunities

Shall We Defend Our Common History?

Cattle losses from Eastern Washington blizzard top $2 million

21-Year Old WWII Soldier’s Sketchbooks Reveal a Visual Diary of His Experiences


Sherman County eNews #47


  1. Sherman County School is Closed, Feb. 15

  2. ODOT Traffic Alert:  Look out for dangerous driving conditions on I-84 in the Gorge

  3. Oregon Blue Book, Almanac & Fact Book to Launch New Online Version

  4. More on the Oregon Blue Book

  5. It’s All in Your Imagination

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

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

It’s been reported that Washington Fish and Wildlife may prohibit cattle from some department grazing lands to avoid conflicts with wolves, according to an internal review of grazing policies. Internal. Well, of course, this would be one way to get rid of cows — introduce and protect wolves and end grazing leases one at a time… inch by inch. ~Q.E. McGillicuddy

1. Sherman County School is Closed, Feb. 15

Superintendent Wes Owens notified students, parents, guardians, staff and constituents of today’s Sherman County School closure for today, February 15th due to icy conditions. The Sherman County Public/School Library is also closed.

2. ODOT Traffic Alert:  Look out for dangerous driving conditions on I-84 in the Gorge

snowflakesmallFeb. 14, 2019: Winter may throw dangerous driving conditions at I-84 in the Gorge in the days ahead so be aware of conditions and prepare

Travelers on Interstate 84 through the Columbia River Gorge should be ready for a wintery mix of weather over the next week and have supplies with them in case of major delays.

ODOT crews have been treating I-84 with deicer and salt both before and after a series of crashes on the icy, snow-packed road closed the westbound lanes from Tuesday night until Wednesday afternoon. The crashes delayed the arrival of the equipment that could clear the road, leading to a buildup of ice and snow.

The Gorge often sees hazardous weather. With more severe weather expected in the days ahead, travelers should avoid I-84 in the Gorge. If you go:

  • Check or call 5-1-1 for latest road and weather conditions.
  • Give yourself extra time and slow down and drive for conditions.
  • Carry chains and know how to use them.
  • Carry supplies for you and your passengers – blankets, food, water, and medications

Commercial vehicles are required to carry chains in snow zones under Oregon law and to put them in use when weather conditions require them for travel. Extra tire chain enforcement is in effect around the state where needed.

No matter where you travel in Oregon over the next few days, be prepared for storm conditions as we face flooding, freezing rain, snow and more throughout the state.

For 24/7 road conditions and traffic alerts visit or call 5-1-1.

3. Oregon Blue Book, Almanac & Fact Book to Launch New Online Version

Oregon.Flat.poleOn the eve of Oregon’s 160th birthday, the Oregon State Archives announced the new version of the online Oregon Blue Book at:

The Oregon Blue Book is the official state almanac and fact book…and a whole lot more. The theme of this new version is an exploration of Oregon’s colorful festivals and celebrations.

Four new features look at different aspects of that theme:

1) A slideshow Web exhibit includes dozens of photos and artwork from festivals around the state and through the decades:…/explo…/exhibits/festivals-home.aspx

2) An illustrated essay by State Archives volunteer and Pacific Northwest historian Kristine Deacon delves into how and why Oregon festivals got started and how they have evolved:…/…/facts/history/festivals.aspx

3) A large Web exhibit focuses on the history of the Oregon State Fair with lots of interesting stories and images:…/expl…/exhibits/state-fair/home.aspx

4) A Web exhibit of contest-winning essays and drawings by Oregon students about their favorite festivals:…/exhi…/essays-2019/introduction.aspx

This new Oregon Blue Book also includes five new additions to the Notable Oregonians Guide:…/Pages/explore-oregonians.aspx

There are lots of fun and games including Oregon Jeopardy with six separate Jeopardy challenges; 24 online Oregon jigsaw puzzles; trivia; quizzes; coloring books; and more, all focused on Oregon. You can find all of this in the “Fun for All” section:

Of course, all of this is in addition to the wealth of updated information about Oregon generally. This includes the popular almanac and detailed information about state and local government as well as related cultural and educational resources.

So, if you’re interested in Oregon, do yourself a favor and bookmark the Oregon Blue Book. Then dig in and discover more about this wonderful state.

The 2019-2020 print version of the Oregon Blue Book will be available in March and you can order a copy here:

4. More on the Oregon Blue Book

The Oregon Blue Book took its name from the original set of statues adopted by the Provisional government in 1843. It referred to a copy of the Iowa laws which were brought to the state by an early settler. The statutes were bound in a book with blue cover. These were the laws followed until the Provisional government was able to organize and adopt their own set of statutes. 

“In September of 1849, the new Territorial Legislature met for more lawmaking…The new territorial lawmakers had an eye for item and brains for threadwork, and commenced to stitch up loose ends. A lawyer named William Chapman urged the lawmakers to adopt the new Iowa Statutes. He had been a lawyer in Iowa and reported that the Iowa territory had passed a fresh set of laws in 1843. He then produced a copy of The Revised Statutes of Iowa of 1843. It was blue-colored, just like the 1839 Iowa Statutes, only it was thicker by a quarter of an inch, so it was called the Big Blue Book while the old Iowa stature book was called the Little Blue Book.

“The Oregon Territorial Legislature adopted the whole of the Big Blue Book in one vote.” ~~From Juggernaut, The Whitman Massacre Trial by Ronald B. Lansing

5. It’s All in Your Imagination

Are you using visualization to help ensure the results you want in the future? If you don’t, perhaps you could give it a try.

Here’s another question: How good is your imagination? Now, when asked that question, most people invariably say that they have an active imagination. If that’s true for you, too, then you should certainly be using visualization techniques to help you get the results you want in the future.

Why? Well, because if you do it right, it works. How do we know this? Here at The Pacific Institute, in all of our offices around the world, we see evidence of it every day. Do some research of your own. Log on to your favorite search engine and see what you come up with regarding visualization. You’ll find more than enough to keep you busy for quite a while, and almost all of it will point to the same thing.

The imagination is a powerful tool that, when used properly, can enhance the results you get. High-performance athletes know more about this than most of us. In fact, you might want to start your research with the May 1985 Psychology Today and an article called “Visualization by Athletes.” Thirty-plus years later and the information still holds true, as we have found in our work with athletes around the world.

What you will find may amaze you. You see, one thing that separates human beings from most other forms of life on this planet is the power of forethought. We can look forward and imagine, plan and goal-set, and “see” this imagined future as just as real as where we are standing today.

Just remember that visualization isn’t solely for athletes. It is for anyone who wants to improve performance, in any endeavor. Since we are one month and a bit into the New Year, most resolutions have already been broken, re-started and broken again. Now might be the best time to get your imagination into training, and put better pictures to those resolutions.

Visualization techniques are not difficult to learn. In fact, you already use them all the time. It’s simply a matter of bringing conscious control to the process. ~The Pacific Institute

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

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

  • 1859:Year Oregon became the country’s 33rd state, on Feb. 14.
  • 1973:Year Oregon became the first state to decriminalize possession of small quantities of marijuana, according to The Oregonian.
  • 1997:Year Oregon legislators named milk the official state beverage, according to KCBY.
  • $0:How much it costs to visit the Oregon Historical Society’s new exhibit, “Experience Oregon,” on Friday and through the weekend. The exhibit is a candid look at the state’s 160-year history and the region before statehood, according to The Oregonian.
  • 5:Number of times suffrage for women appeared on the ballot before Oregon voters approved it in 1912, according to U.S. News and World Report.
  • 2,678:Number of miles legislators traveled on their “Student Success” tour last year, according to an op-ed in The Oregonian by Rep. Barbara Smith Warner, D-Portland, and Sen. Arnie Roblan, D-Coos Bay.
  • 55:Number of schools and early learning sites they visited.
  • 89 million:Nights people camped at one of the 57 Oregon state campgrounds last year, according to The Statesman-Journal.
  • 181: Number of state parks, recreational sites and historical parks in Oregon.
  • 24:Percentage by which the number of overnight stays has grown in the past 10 years.

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

bird.owlOregon Blue Book, Almanac & Fact Book

Oregon Blue Book Fun & Games

Last Visit: A Personal Tour Of Wasco County, Oregon’s Iconic Nelson House

Museum: Ark Encounter

Temira’s Awesome Columbia Gorge Travel Advisory Service

Oregon Capital Chatter: Similarities between that Oregon legislation and President Donald Trump’s border wall

OSU releases winter malting barley Thunder

Scientists Warning

The Federalist: How To Improve Yourself By Reading Really Old Books


Sherman County eNews #46






According to the Scriptures

Have you ever wondered who the “they” or “authorities” are when someone claims that “they” or “authorities” say according to that source that something is true? Frequently these anonymous authorities prove to be speculative and even baseless, having gained ground because they play on the emotions, sympathies and desires of others.

One of my favorite passages in the Bible is one that the apostle Paul called the most important truth. It is 1 Corinthians 15:3-4 where we read, “For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures,” (1 Corinthians 15:3–4, NASB95) In this passage we read twice that the things given to Paul to proclaim had happened just as they had been prophesied “according” to the Scriptures. Not only do have the record of the events, but we have the record of it having been foretold in advance as well as others verifying it afterward.

This is true of Jesus Christ’s death which was proclaimed by the prophets and himself in advance and proven by the record of his having been crucified and then been buried which stands strong in the historical record. The proof of his death is the record of his being buried. Next concerning his resurrection which also was foretold in advance and foretold by him. In the next several verses not cited here Paul went on to describe the witnesses to the risen Christ which included 500 witness at one time of whom many were still alive at the time of the writing of this Corinthian letter who could have contested it if it weren’t so. From beginning to end God took the time to say it, do it, and then affirm what He did. Some say there is no real truth. God’s Word claims and supports otherwise.

Joe Burgess
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. 


YOUR expressions of gratitude and congratulation are welcome here!


  • Sherman County Road Department for going the extra hours to keep our roads clear for us;
  • Oregon Department of Transportation for going the extra hours to keep us safe on the roads and closing them if necessary;
  • Local folks who voluntarily cleared the snow from sidewalks, roads and driveways for others;
  • Sherman County School District for prioritizing the safety of students, families and staff with closures and delayed starts;
  • Elected officials who use official e-mail addresses by which we identify their position and news sources;
  • Public Meeting Notices indicating that a quorum of the Sherman County Court may be attending a meeting of another jurisdiction;
  • Wasco Electric Cooperative for a steady supply of power in spite of icy, windy, snowy days and nights;
  • Rural Technology Group for uninterrupted internet service during the recent ice and snow;
  • Maryhill Museum of Art for sharing photos of the collections and the work of staff and volunteers on Facebook during the off-season, reminding us of the importance of this very special place … definitely not out-of-sight, out-of-mind! ~The Editor


  • Judge Joe Dabulskis, for taking the oath of office for your new position and for your new column in The Times-Journal! Well done!
  • Joan Bird, for taking the oath of office as Sherman County’s new commissioner, bringing your experience, energy and wisdom to the table. Congratulations!
  • Matt Seckora at Seckora Consulting for recognition as Business of the Month by The Dalles Chamber of Commerce! Congratulations!
  • Darren Padget, Alan von Borstel and Ryan Thompson, for serving Oregon wheat growers.
  • Local government officials for sending public notices to the county’s newspaper of record… and to eNews.
  • eNews Subscribers for sending news releases to The Dalles Chronicle and The Times-Journal.
  • eNews Subscribers for sending news releases, public notices, calendar dates, classified ads, Spiritual Matters and links to interesting websites.
  • The Dalles Chronicle for reporting Sherman County School sports and regional news.
  • The Times-Journal for reporting on local government in Wheeler, Gilliam and Sherman counties and for publishing tri-county legal notices.
  • RURALITE for the recent Grass Valley Pavilion story! ~The Editor


YOUR announcements of engagements, weddings, anniversaries, graduations and births are welcome here!



VISITOR CENTER HOST, OREGON PALEO LANDS CENTER. Oregon Paleo Lands Center, Fossil, Oregon Contacts: Host Coordinator: Bonnie Lofton (OPLI Center Board)541-462-3263 33475 Cougar Mountain Road, Mitchell, OR. 97750 or Host Assistant: Richard N Ross (OPLI Center Board) 503-807-0612 246 NW Florida Ave., Bend OR 97703.  You can find the Host Application at the Center’s website: 3/8

 YOUR STORIES for SHERMAN COUNTY: FOR THE RECORD. The Sherman County Historical Society invites you to share your Sherman County stories or records. Contact the Sherman County Historical Society, P.O. Box 173, Moro, Oregon 97039 or contact editor Gladys Wesley at 541-565-3232. Information from diaries, letters, autograph albums, records and stories are welcome!  Consider recording your interviews of local story tellers – ask what they know or heard tell of brick yards, rodeos, movie theaters, the Grant-Maryhill ferry, fishing on the rivers or county events. Develop a short story around a series of photographs of a family, athletic or community event. See a content summary for Sherman County: For The Record 1983-2018:  or

ONE DAY A MONTH MUSEUM HOST. Greet visitors at the Sherman County Historical Museum one day a month 10-5. You’ll be glad you did! Meet people and provide visitor information services! Contact Carrie Kaseberg or Patti Fields. 541-565-3232.

“Volunteering is the ultimate exercise in democracy. You vote in elections once a year, but when you volunteer, you vote every day about the kind of community you want to live in.” — Unknown

 SUPPORT FOR BRENNAH MILLER. Brennah Miller is a young wife and mother, an electrician and a cancer patient. Opportunities to support the Miller Family are located at local businesses in Grass Valley, Moro, Wasco and Rufus.  Brennah Miller Account, Bank of Eastern Oregon, P.O. Box 444, Moro, Oregon 97039.


HEAD COOK/KITCHEN COORDINATOR.  Head Cook/Kitchen Coordinator at the Sherman County Senior & Community Center.  This is a permanent part-time salaried position, 30 hrs/week, 8 AM – 2:00 PM, Monday-Friday.  Primary responsibilities include preparing and serving meals in the Center and preparing home-delivered meals for the Meals on Wheels Program.  For application and complete job description, contact the Sherman County Senior & Community Center at 541-565-3191, or at PO Box 352, Moro, OR 97039, or Applications will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 28, 2019.  Successful applicant must have or be willing to obtain a Food Handlers Card and pass a criminal history background check.  Sherman County is an equal opportunity employer.  2/22

CITY ADMINISTRATOR/RECORDER. City of Grass Valley is looking for someone to fill the position of City Administrator/recorder. For full job description please contact City Hall at 541-333-2434 or Please return a letter of interest, resume’ and 3 references by Monday, February 25, 2019, to or City of Grass Valley, PO Box 191, Grass Valley, OR 97029. Salary depending on experience. City of Grass Valley is EOE. Position open until filled. 2/22

MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONAL/FAMILY CARE COORDINATOR . JOB POSTING. Position:  Qualified Mental Health Professional/Family Care Coordinator (Master’s Degree Level).  This position will be funded through a collaborative grant between Greater Oregon Behavioral Health, Inc., Mid-Columbia Center for Living, Juvenile Prevention and the Sherman County School District.  Start Date:  March 2019  Salary: Dependent upon education, endorsements, and experience.

Application: Deadline:    This position will close on February 13, 2019 or will remain open until filled. Position Description:     The board, staff, and community of the Sherman County School District are seeking an outstanding Qualified Mental Health Professional to join our PK-12 Educational Team.  This candidate will work collaboratively with our K-12 Counselor, Education Staff and Administration to provide Community Engagement, Conflict Resolution, Social Emotional Support, Positive Behavior Intervention and Support, Skills Training, Parenting Support, Behavioral Assessments and Responsive Services. Sherman County School has an enrollment of approximately 275 students, providing an ideal environment for a Qualified Mental Health Professional dedicated to the success of each individual student and family.  Community Description: Sherman County is a rural agricultural community with the added economic development provided by wind farms. It is located in North Central Oregon between the deep canyons of the John Day River on the east and the Deschutes River on the west. The Columbia River forms the boundary on the north. Sherman County enjoys four distinct seasons. Summers are warm, dry and clear. Winters are relatively mild; with occasional heavy snowfall. Wheat is the most important crop here, but the wind farm industry has become a major economic boost for the area. Windsurfing on the Columbia and boating, hunting and fishing are easily accessible from the area. Application Process: If you are interested in applying for this position, please call Wes Owens at 541-565-3500 or email at wowens@sherman.k12.or.usA Complete Application Packet Must Include:

  • Official Sherman County School District Application Form (Available from the District)
  • Letter of Interest
  • Current Resume
  • Copy of Pertinent Licenses
  • Minimum of two (2) Letters of Recommendation (written within the last 2 years)
  • Copies of all transcripts
  • In addition to the submission of the job application, please submit a 1- page letter regarding your experience with trauma-informed care.
  • Other material as desired

Criminal/sexual misconduct record check and pre-employment drug testing are required for all positions.  Sherman County School District does not discriminate on the basis of perceived or actual race, religion, color, national or ethnic origin, mental or physical disability, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy, familial status, economic status, veterans’ status or genetic information in providing employment, education, or access to benefits of education services, activities and programs in accordance with Title VI, Title VII, Title IX and other civil rights or discrimination issues; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended; the Americans with Disabilities Act; and the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008. The District gives preference to veterans in hiring.  If you wish to receive preference for your veterans or disabled veterans status, please include proof of your veterans status with your application materials.

GRAIN OPERATIONS LABORER. MCP is seeking two applicants to join our team as a Grain Operations Laborer. This full-time position will be based in either Sherman, Gilliam or Wasco County. As a Grain Ops Laborer you will have the opportunity to perform a wide variety of jobs within the department. Including but not limited to maintenance, housekeeping, inventory management and the practice of environmental health and safety programs applicable to the operation of the facility. Applications are available for download at or be picked up at the main office in Moro. 3/15

SALES & MARKETING REPRESENTATIVE. MCP is hiring a regional Sales and Marketing Representative. We are looking for an individual to service our customers in the Eastern Oregon region. As a Sales and Marketing Representative, you will solicit new prospects, sell products and services, and assist existing clients as necessary. The ideal candidate will have a strong working knowledge in one or more of these areas: Cardlock, Bulk Lube products, Grain Origination as well as Sales and Marketing. Applications are available for download in the career opportunities section of our website or contact Human Resources at 541-565-2277.  3/15

PART-TIME CGCC FACULTY JOBS. Do you enjoy teaching? If the answer is yes, please mark your calendar for Saturday, Feb. 16, when Columbia Gorge Community College hosts a part-time faculty job fair on The Dalles campus. The job fair is from 10 a.m. to noon in Building 3. CGCC is hiring adjunct instructors for online, hybrid and face-to-face classes in The Dalles and Hood River. Potential disciplines include Mathematics, STEM fields, Art, Communications, Social Sciences, Science, Health Occupations, Computer Science, Business and other areas. Job seekers will meet hiring leaders from across the College’s areas of study. Candidates are asked to bring a resumé and transcripts. Light refreshments will be served and computers will be available to complete the required online application.  Interested applicants may also apply online, and request a virtual conference at For details, call CGCC Human Resources at (541) 506-6151, email or join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter. 2/15

OREGON RACEWAY PARK COURSE MARSHAL, SECURITY, WORK STAFF. Watch the races and get paid for it too. ORP has a wide variety of openings for the 2019 season! Course Marshal: Candidates must be 18 years of age, able to climb ladders, have the ability to be outdoors (sometimes in harsh conditions), have good verbal communication skills and be able to react calmly and quickly to emergency situations. Security: Crowd control, have guests sign liability release waiver and issue a colored wrist band as they arrive and enter ORP premises. Day and night shift available. Working Personnel: This is for all other duties that need to be done at ORP on a regular basis. Orientation Day: Is held March 16, 2019 from 9am-5pm at 93811 Blagg Lane, Grass Valley, OR 97029 If interested in any of the positions please contact Brenda Pikl: 541-333-2452 email:  3/15

SEASONAL HABITAT RESTORATION TECHNICIAN. Lower Deschutes Cooperative Weed Management Area/Sherman County Weed District is currently seeking job applicants for full time employment as a seasonal habitat restoration technician. Technicians will be hired to work approximately 35 weeks beginning March 2019 through October 2019. Please contact Dan Son at for more information.  Thank You.  3/1

BUS DRIVERS. Help Mid-Columbia Bus Co. drive Condon and Sherman County students to success! | $13.30 an hour | 401 K | No CDL required to apply | Sign on bonus up to $350 | Flexible Schedule | Dental | Vision | Accident/Critical Care Insurance | Paid Training. Schedule your interview today and start making a difference tomorrow!!!  ~Amberlena Shaffer, Recruiter | Office: 541-567-0551 | Cell: 541-303-5093 | 2/22


 LOCAL HANDYMAN’S SERVICES. Handyman, General Contractor & Equipment Operator. Large and small projects, indoors or out. Please call Kevin at 541-993-4282 | KCK, Inc. | Licensed, bonded and insured. CCB #135768. References available. 3/15 




HANDCRAFTED FURNITURE & GIFTS. 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 available.  ~The Wood Butcher | Wasco, Oregon | 541-993-4282 | | Facebook | 3/15 







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  [Founded by the Swedish National Department of Education, ASSE International (formerly American Scandinavian Student Exchange) is a non-profit, tax-exempt, public benefit organization. ASSE is officially designated as an exchange visitor program by the United States Department of State and cooperates with the Canadian Provincial Ministries of Education.]

3. CALENDAR (new or corrected)



15 Gathering of Regional Historical Organizations 5-7 St. Peter’s Landmark, The Dalles

15 RSVP North Central Livestock Association 6:00 The Riverside, Maupin

15-16 Big Sky Basketball Tournament, Madras

16 Oregon Raceway Park (possibly) White Rat Race

17 Pat Mobley Memorial Service 2 Spencer Libby & Powell Funeral Home, The Dalles

18 PRESIDENTS’ DAY – Federal, State & Local Holiday – Most Retail Open

18-22 National FFA Week

19 Sherman County Watershed Council 8, SWCD 8:30 541-565-3216 ext. 109

19 Sherman County School Board 7

19 Wasco City Council 7

19 Unit 20, Oregon Retired Educators Meeting in Hood River CANCELLED

20 Sherman County Court 9

20 School Exclusion Day (immunizations required)

20 Biggs Service District Public Hearing 8:30 Sherman County Courthouse

21 Sherman County Court & Local Public Safety Coordinating Council 11 Courthouse

21 Sherman County Board of Property Tax Appeals 9


23 Eastern Oregon 4-H Volunteer Boot Camp 9-4 BMCC, Pendleton

23 OSU Small Farms Conference in Corvallis


26 Frontier TeleNet 10 Sherman County Courthouse

26 Frontier Regional 911 Dispatch Board of Directors 1 Sherman County Courthouse

28 Lower John Day Ag Water Quality LAC Review 10 OSU Extension Office, Moro

28-March 2 Oregon Women for Ag Conference, Polk County


1 Deadline to pre-order for SWCD Tree & Shrub Sale

2 Regional History Forum WWI 1:30 Original Wasco County Courthouse

6 Sherman County Court 9

6 All County Prayer Meeting Moro Presbyterian Church social 6:30, prayer 7:00-8:30

7 Sherman County Fair Board 7

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

9 Regional History Forum Japanese Families at Mosier 1:30 Original Wasco County Courthouse


12 Tri-County Mental Health Board of Directors 11-2 The Dalles

12 North Central Public Health District Board of Directors 3 The Dalles

12-14 Healthy Soils Workshop, Pendleton

13 Sherman County Senior Center Advisory Committee 12:30

13 Rufus City Council 7

15 Frontier TeleNet 10 TBA

16 Oregon Raceway Park Staff Orientation 9-5 


19 Wasco City Council 7

19 Sherman County Public/School Library Board Meeting 6

20 Sherman County Court 9

23 Sherman Soil & Water Conservation District Tree & Shrub Sale 8-12 Moro

27-28 Roots of Resilience Grazing Conference, Pendleton

27-April 3, 10, 17 & 14 Still Life Painting Class – Maryhill Museum of Art


Sherman County eNews #45


  1. Notice. Sherman County Health District Board Meeting Feb. 14 Cancelled

  2. Oregon Cattlemen’s Stewardship Fund Scholarships

  3. Regional History Forum Program Update

  4. Lovers and Optimists

  5. Sherman County Court News, Jan. 2

  6. Great Electrifying Event at Bonneville Lock & Dam, April 6

  7. Snippets from the Editor’s Mail Box

  8. It’s All in Your Imagination

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

1. Notice. Sherman County Health District Board Meeting Feb. 14 Cancelled

The Sherman County Health District Board Meeting scheduled for today, February 14th at 5:30 had been cancelled. It will be rescheduled at a later date.

~Caitlin Blagg, District Administrator

2. Oregon Cattlemen’s Stewardship Fund Scholarships

cow.blueThe Oregon Cattlemen’s Stewardship Fund (OCSF) Scholarships are available to current Oregon Cattlemen’s Association members and members of their families. An applicant must be a college sophomore, junior, senior or graduate level and enrolled full-time at a community college or university for the 2019-2020 academic year. All majors may apply, however, some relevance to the livestock industry must be demonstrated. The deadline to apply is May 15, and applications are available on-line.

3. Regional History Forum Program Update

We’ve had to POSTPONE another Regional History Forum program at the Original Courthouse.  West 2nd Place in The Dalles hasn’t seen a plow or shovel, I-84 has had closures, and more snow is in the forecast.   Here are the new dates:

  • ‘World War I, Part 2:  Living History and Music of the War’ is rescheduled to Saturday, March 2. 
  • ‘Japanese Families in the Mosier Area Prior to 1942’ is rescheduled to Saturday, March 9.

Please help us get the word around— no program this Saturday, but it’s been rescheduled! —-Karl Vercouteren

4. Lovers and Optimists

For most of us, the greatest source of happiness in life is to love and be loved. Today, let’s talk about why love and optimism go hand in hand.

Think of the strongly optimistic people you know. Have you noticed the depth and scope of their relationships? Optimists are great lovers! They love many things passionately – nature, sports, music, art, gardening – you name it, they love it.But most of all, they love people. They respond to children and old folks with enthusiasm. They are deeply connected to their families. They are usually involved in doing something to help people in trouble. In fact, they reach out to others all the time, giving the gift of their attention and interest, and they have a wonderful way of making the people they are talking to feel valued and important.

And let’s admit it. It is more fun to work with optimists! They seem to make the hours go faster. They see possibilities everywhere, and they add a vital buoyancy to the work environment. They are water and food to the buried seeds of imagination and creativity.

Their ability to admire and enjoy others is a powerful force that helps account for their optimism and keeps their positive outlook alive. Because of all the loving energy they put forth, they have a lot of love coming back at them, too. In tough times, they find themselves in the center of a supportive network that helps them make it through the rough spots.

There’s no question about it. Loving relationships nurture optimism, and optimism helps us become more loving. And remember this: love isn’t just a noun. It’s a verb and therefore requires action to become real. ~The Pacific Institute

5. Sherman County Court News, Jan. 2

ShermanCoLogoBy Kayla von Borstel, Administrative Assistant

Quarterly Reports were the main items on the agenda during the January 2nd session of Sherman County Court in Moro.

Georgia Macnab, Planning, presented a quarterly report to the County Court. She is in the process of working on the CEDS (Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy) list. Brief discussion was held on County projects: Biggs Water System, County Broadband, 911 Call Center, Kent Water System, and DeMoss Bandstand. Georgia reported the Shift Festival mass gathering will be happening again this year. The race track inquired about lodging out at the track; zoning doesn’t allow for lodging in that location and the zone might need to be amended. Georgia stated she will be starting process for the REDD zone soon as well. A limit has been set on the number of monthly residents in order to keep the area more of an RV park, and not a mobile home park. She also reported that King Quarry will be expanded by 40 acres, and is owned by the State.

Cindy Brown, Extension Services, presented a quarterly report to the Court. She is currently the sole Oregon State University (OSU) extension employee at the Extension Office. The 4-H budget has been experiencing a funding crisis. The State has no plans to fill the AG Extension Agent position in Sherman and Wasco Counties as there are no funds for the position. Cindy has been working hard with 4-H in Sherman County. There are approximately 80 4-H members, 15 4-H clubs, and 24 volunteer leaders. There are some Extension Programs that are taught during the after school program – SKORE, and a life skills class for upper classman that is not part of 4-H. During the summer she is involved in many activities such as camp, outdoor cooking workshops, and food/drama day camps. This fall she received a grant to do a musical called “We Are Monsters,” which resulted in the start-up of the Theater Arts 4-H club. The outdoor cooking at camp was submitted to the Oregon 4-H Foundation, and an article was written in their report that is sent out statewide.

Actions taken by the Court included:

  • appointed Jeremy Lanthorn to the Sherman County Ambulance Service Board, and Dana Haner to the Sherman County Ambulance Service Board pending a background check, for a term of 2 years to expire December 2020.
  • appointed Bryan Cranston to the Sherman County Ambulance Service Area Plan Committee, and Kathleen Ahearn and Renee Heidy to the Sherman County Ambulance Service Area Plan Committee pending background checks, for a term of 4 years to expire December 2022.
  • appointed Bryce Coelsch and Tom Rolfe to the Sherman County Fair Board, and Shandie Johnson to the Sherman County Fair Board pending a background check, for a term of 3 years to expire December 2021.
  • appointed Debbie Hayden as Budget Officer to the Budget Committee for a 1 year term expiring December 2019.
  • appointed Amber DeGrange, Teri Thalhofer, Alyssa Winslow, Barbara Seater, Shawn Payne, Joe Dabulskis, Wes Owens, Wade McLeod, Katie Woodruff, Tara Koch, Angie Tennison, Tina Potter, Amy Asher, Brad Lohrey, and Les Kipper to the Sherman County Local Public Safety Coordinating Council (LPSCC) for a term of 1 year to expire December 2019.
  • appointed Daryl G. Ingebo as Sherman County Surveyor with a term to expire June 2019.
  • removed Henry Brown, Jeane Kuettel, and Linda Cornie from the Public Transportation Committee.
  • approved the Oregon Military Department Office of Emergency Management Performance Grant No. 18-528, between Sherman County and the State of Oregon, in the amount of $60,628.00, and authorize Commissioner Dabulskis to sign.
  • approved the operating loan and promissory note documents between Frontier TeleNet and Sherman County in the amount of $100,000 at 0% interested with repayment at the end of June 2019 with the funds coming out if the SIP Additional fees.
  • appointed Commissioner Dabulskis as the Sherman County Representative to the Frontier TeleNet Board.
  • Approved the Claims for the month of December 2018, as presented.

Topics of discussion were Commissioner Reports.

6. Great Electrifying Event at Bonneville Lock & Dam, April 6

electric.linePORTLAND, OR – Join the Corps, Saturday, April 6 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., for the annual Great Electrifying Event, an up-close-and-personal look at Bonneville Lock & Dam and the importance of hydropower in the Pacific Northwest. Corps rangers will host a free, family-friendly day full of hands-on activities, videos, and tours inside one of the dam’s two powerhouses.

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7. Snippets from the Editor’s Mail Box

Consumer Reports, March 2019: Reviews and Ratings

  • What Consumer Reports is currently testing
  • Kamado Grills
  • Self-cleaning Car Cameras
  • Broth Basics
  • The Risk in Your Fruit Juice
  • Cleaning Your Showerhead
  • March Best Time to Buy: Flooring, Vacuum Cleaners & Digital Cameras
  • Antivirus Software
  • How Stable is Your Dresser, How to Anchor Furniture
  • Adjustable Bed Frames, Pillows, Pillow-Top Mattresses, Cleaning a Mattress
  • Sleeplessness
  • Data Breaches, Security
  • Get More From Your Drugstore, Independents vs. Chain Pharmacies
  • Best Cars for Every Life Stage: Active Family, Teen Driver, Savvy Senior, First Job Commuters, The New Family
  • Car Ratings

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

bird.talkOregon Legislature: LC 271: Small Donor Elections, Campaign Finance Reform Proposal 

Cottonwood Canyon State Park & Oregon Travel Guides

1619: 400 years ago, a ship arrived in Virginia, bearing human cargo

Top Scientist Resigns: ‘Global Warming is a $Trillions Scam — It has Corrupted Many Scientists’

Scientists’ Warning at Foresight Group, EU Commission

Street Artist JR Installs Massive Face of a Child on Mexican Side of US Border Wall

2018 Siena International Photo Awards

Heart-Shaped Books: History and Tutorials