Sherman County eNews #274


  1. What is County College?

  2. Notice of Special Meeting: Tri-County Hazardous Waste & Recycling Program’s Steering Committee, Oct. 17

  3. Editorial. Voters’ Pamphlet: Maximum Word Count or Less is More?

  4. Oregon Women for Agriculture Getting Together, Nov. 12

  5. Perfection as a Limiter

  6. Medicare Annual Enrollment, Oct. 15-Dec. 7

  7. Financial assistance available for conservation on Oregon farms and ranches

1. What is County College?

The County College program began in 2006, a partnership of the Association of Oregon Counties and Oregon State University Extension Service, and for four years, ran every year. Since the 2009 class, the eight learning modules are presented every other year in odd years at various locations in Oregon.

Designed primarily for new commissioners and high-level staff, the program offers a comprehensive overview of the responsibilities and authorities of a county, and a county commissioner or judge, including legal, government ethics, public meetings and records, parliamentary procedure and much more. The class also covers the primary service areas of community & economic development, finance, human services, infrastructure & public works and public safety, in addition to sessions on leadership and management (risk management, communications, emergency management, personal and courthouse security, etc.). The strong partnership between counties and the Oregon State University Extension Service is also explored.

With a class size of between 18 to 22 members, one of the most valuable benefits is the networking that takes place and the relationships that are built. See the details here:

2. Notice of Special Meeting: Tri-County Hazardous Waste & Recycling Program’s Steering Committee, Oct. 17

recycle.blwhThe Tri-County Hazardous Waste & Recycling Program will convene a Special Meeting of their Steering Committee this Wednesday October 17th, 2018 from 1pm-1:30 pm at the Wasco County Planning Department, located at 2705 East 2nd Street in The Dalles, Oregon. The meeting is also accessible by phone.

Representatives from the member agencies of the counties of Wasco, Sherman and Hood River, and the cities of The Dalles, Hood River, Cascade Locks, Mosier, Dufur and Maupin will hold their meeting to review for approval a pending small grant application by Hood River Valley High School.

The nine governments signed an intergovernmental agreement in November 2003 to build and operate two permanent household hazardous waste collection facilities in Hood River and The Dalles, and conduct satellite collection events throughout the region. Wasco County is the lead agency. The facilities and events collect hazardous wastes from households, businesses and institutions which are Conditionally Exempt Small Quantity Generators, as well as pesticide wastes from farmers and ranchers.

For more information about this meeting or about the Program: Call David Skakel of Tri-County Hazardous Waste & Recycling Program at (541) 506-2632.

3. Editorial. Voters’ Pamphlet: Maximum Word Count or Less is More?

voteThe Voters’ Pamphlet is here! We’re studying the measures and candidates. We don’t always favor candidates’ “prior governmental experience” but we do consider whether the word count and long lists are part of their regular duties in a governmental capacity or are significant merit appointments.

The Voters’ Pamphlet allows a maximum word count and some candidates use every word. Sometimes less is more.

We remind Sherman County voters that members of the Sherman County Court, in an informal assignment of shared responsibilities and as regular routine duties, represent the county by serving on local boards or committees ex officio, and on regional boards of organizations that provide services to Sherman County. Most commissioners are called upon from time to time to serve as chair for some of these boards… all part of their work.

Members of the County Court occasionally sit in on school district or city council meetings as a matter of interest and support.

We follow the work of the County Court on the county website where the meeting minutes are archived. See

4. Oregon Women for Agriculture Getting Together, Nov. 12

Oregon Women for Agriculture, let’s get together and enjoy the bounty of agriculture with wonderful food ordered off the menu (paid by chapter) assorted beverages (paid by you) at our fall social:

Monday November 12 5pm-7pm at ClockTower Ales in The Dalles

Please invite any gals you know who are interested in promoting agriculture or telling the story of agriculture to others…or who just like to eat and drink agricultural products and enjoy new friendships!

We will be in the side room with OWA information and displays about what our chapter does to tell the story of agriculture.  Some of our projects include crop ID signs, getting “Get Oregonized” history books into 3rd-4th grade classrooms, reading agricultural books to elementary students, a scholarship for a high school student, and sending a teacher to Summer Ag Institute so they can learn how to incorporate agricultural topics into their classroom. 

Cindy Brown, Educator, Oregon State University

OSU Extension Service – Sherman County

College of Public Health & Human Sciences

4-H Youth Development & SNAP-Ed

66365 Lonerock Rd., Moro, Oregon 97039 | P: 541-565-3230 | C: 541-993-5291

5. Perfection as a Limiter

Are you a perfectionist? Do you know anyone who is? Today, let’s talk a little about the drive to be perfect and what it can cost you.

What’s so bad about being good? Nothing at all, but trying to be perfect can cost you a lot in terms of mental health and harmonious relationships. You see, people who can mobilize themselves in the face of tough problems are usually folks who don’t worry about being perfect. They’re happy to move ahead with a partial solution, trusting that they’ll invent the rest as they go along. Their attitudes are flexible and their minds ever-growing.

Now, perfectionists will try to tell you that their relentless standards drive them to levels of productivity and excellence that they couldn’t otherwise attain. But often just the opposite is true. Perfectionists usually accomplish less, because they waste so much time paralyzed by fear of failure. Their minds are fixated on the perfection and they won’t start anything until they know how to finish it without any mishaps. From the standpoint of productivity, that can be a very real limiter.

Even though they don’t know exactly how they’re going to do something, high-performance people keep their vision of the end-result uppermost in their minds and forge ahead anyway. They believe that they will get the help they need, find the resources they need, and figure out the how-to’s as they go – and they usually do. They focus more on the desired end-result than the “how-to’s” needed along the way.

If, for some reason, they don’t achieve the outcome they wanted, high performers don’t waste energy beating themselves up about it. They simply learn from the experience and move on. The experience becomes one more piece of history for the databank, available to be used for “the next time.” ~The Pacific Institute

6. Medicare Annual Enrollment, Oct. 15-Dec. 7

 (Salem) – Annual open enrollment for Medicare starts today, and Oregon’s Senior Health Insurance Benefits Assistance (SHIBA) Program is available to help.

Medicare is health insurance for people 65 years or older or younger than 65 with Social Security Disability Income. People living in Oregon who are 65 years or older may be eligible to sign up and find health insurance that best meets their needs. Medicare covers many medical costs, including visits to the doctor, prescription medications, and preventive care, such as mammograms, colonoscopies, diabetes treatment, and blood pressure screenings.

Medicare annual enrollment runs Oct. 15 through Dec. 7, 2018. Any Medicare Advantage (MA) or prescription drug plan (Part D) changes must be made between these dates so that coverage begins without interruption on Jan. 1, 2019. Those who are late to enroll may face a lifetime of premium penalties.

“It is important to compare Medicare Advantage and prescription drug plans every year,” SHIBA Program Manager Lisa Emerson said. “Plans change year to year, as do people’s individual health care needs. People could potentially save money by shopping for a new plan.”

SHIBA provides free health insurance counseling to explain how the Medicare program works, additional insurance options that work with Medicare, and help with reducing out-of-pocket costs. SHIBA staff members, along with more than 200 certified counselors, serve many of Oregon’s more than 860,000 Medicare beneficiaries to help them understand their Medicare benefits and enrollment options. Free information and help is available by calling 1-800-722-4134 (toll-free) or visiting

SHIBA counselors help beneficiaries compare plans and enroll by using the plan finder tool found online at Beneficiaries and their families can also choose to use this tool to compare plans and enroll on their own.

SHIBA also publishes an annual Medicare guide, which will be available online in early October and in print in mid-November. 

Tips from SHIBA to prepare for Medicare open enrollment:

Review your plan notice. Be sure to read any notices from your Medicare plan about changes for next year, especially your Annual Notice of Change letter.

Think about what matters most to you. Medicare health and drug plans change each year and so can your health needs. Do you need a new primary care doctor? Does your network include the specialist you want for an upcoming surgery? Is your new medication covered by your current plan? Does another plan offer the same value at a lower cost? Take stock of your health status and determine if you need to make a change.

Find out if you qualify for help paying for your Medicare. SHIBA can help you learn about a state program that helps with the costs of Medicare premiums, your Medicare Part A (hospital insurance) and Medicare Part B (medical insurance) deductibles, co-insurance and co-payments, and Medicare prescription drug coverage costs.

Apply for help with drug costs. If you have limited income and assets, you may qualify for extra help with prescription drug costs. SHIBA counselors can help you apply for this benefit through Social Security.

Contact your doctor, hospital, and pharmacy before making changes. Not all health and drug plans contract or work with the same providers. If you switch plans, make sure you understand which providers you can see for the best price.

SHIBA is also advising people to protect their identity by guarding their Medicare card like they would their credit card or Social Security number. Identity theft from stolen Medicare numbers is becoming more common. To protect against identity theft, don’t share your Medicare number or other personal information with anyone who contacts you by telephone or email, or approaches you in person, unless you have given that person permission in advance. Medicare will never contact you (unless you ask them to) for your Medicare number or other personal information. Also, don’t let anyone borrow or pay to use your Medicare number. 

 More information. SHIBA: To meet with a counselor, contact the toll-free SHIBA Helpline at 1-800-722-4134. You will be asked to enter your ZIP code to be connected to a program in your area. Visit to find local help in your county, obtain a copy of the 2018 Oregon Guide to Medicare Health plans, and find Medicare education and enrollment events in your area.

7. Financial assistance available for conservation on Oregon farms and ranches

Upcoming application deadline for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program Oct. 19 and Nov. 16

PORTLAND, Ore., October 15, 2018 —The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is currently accepting applications from Oregon farmers, ranchers and forestland owners for financial assistance through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP).

EQIP is a voluntary Farm Bill program that helps agricultural producers offset the costs to perform conservation activities on private lands.

Upcoming application deadlines are Oct. 19, 2018 and Nov. 16, 2018. The Oct. 19 deadline applies only to EQIP assistance for landowners in Curry County with Sudden Oak Death on their property; and for farmers and ranchers in Sherman, Wasco and Gilliam counties who have been impacted by recent wildfires.

The Nov. 16 deadline applies to the following statewide EQIP initiatives and select projects:

–Organic EQIP: Offers assistance to USDA organic producers and to producers wishing to transition their operation to obtain an organic certification.

–Seasonal High Tunnel EQIP: Offers assistance to install a seasonal high tunnel (hoop house) to extend seasonal crop production to strengthen local and regional food markets while reducing pesticide use and energy inputs.

–On-Farm Energy EQIP: Assists producers to conserve energy on their farms through an on-farm energy audit and provides assistance to implement various recommended measures identified in an energy audit.

–Sage Grouse Initiative EQIP: Focuses on making measurable and significant progress toward treating threats to rangeland health including sage grouse habitat on private lands.

–North Willamette Upland Oak Partnership: Provides assistance to private landowners to restore native oak habitats in Yamhill and Polk counties.

–Grande Ronde Watershed Conservation Partnership: Provides assistance to landowners in Union County in the Upper Grande Ronde Watershed to improve water quality and fish habitat, reduce soil erosion, and enhance rangeland/forest health.

–Alder Slope Cooperative Partnership: Provides assistance to landowners in Wallowa County along the Alder Slope area to improve irrigation efficiency and enhance forest health.

–Conservation of Soil Health in Wallowa County: Provides assistance to landowners in Wallowa County within the Zumwalt Prairie and Wallowa River Valley to enhance and protect healthy, productive soils.

–Salmon Super Highway Project: Provides assistance to private landowners in Tillamook County to improve fish habitat, water quality and forest health.

–Additional EQIP sign-up deadlines will be announced in coming months for other funding opportunities, including locally-led Conservation Implementation Strategies throughout the state.

To learn more about EQIP funding opportunities in Oregon and for more information about program eligibility, visit the Oregon EQIP webpage at:   To search EQIP funding opportunities specific to each county, visit the NRCS Oregon website at and click the “What’s Available in My County?” icon.

Interested applicants can also contact their local USDA Service Center to inquire about EQIP opportunities in their county and to apply for assistance.



Sherman County eNews #273


  1. Foster Parent Information Session, Oct. 22

  2. Energy Facility Siting Council Meeting Notice and Agenda, Oct. 25-26

  3. Letter to the Editor: Vote for Joe! Honesty, Sincerity, Integrity

  4. Sherman County Fair 2018 Open Class Sweepstakes/Division Winners

  5. Sherman County Fair Board to Host Annual Holiday Bazaar, Dec. 1

  6. Free Family History Workshop, Oct. 20

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

1. Foster Parent Information Session, Oct. 22

The Next Door and GOBHI will be cohosting a Foster Parent Information Session on Monday, October 22 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at 1113 Kelly Avenue in The Dalles.  If you’ve ever wondered about what it takes to become a foster parent, now is the time to find out. Call (541) 308-2207 for more information. Refreshments provided!

2. Energy Facility Siting Council Meeting Notice and Agenda, Oct. 25-26

Energy Facility Siting Council Meeting

Boardman City Hall

200 City Center Circle

Boardman, OR

Thursday, October 25, 2018 at 4:15 p.m.

Friday, October 26, 2018 at 8:30 a.m.


3. Letter to the Editor: Vote for Joe! Honesty, Sincerity, Integrity

pencil.sharpTo the Editor:

Joe Dabulskis is running for the position of Sherman County Judge and I support this candidate.

I first met Joe and Jeanne Dabulskis as a teacher when I had the pleasure of teaching all three of their amazing children. Joe and Jeanne are awesome parents. Their positive support for education was evident in the time they invested with their children and my students during classroom activities as well as attending school events.

Joe’s campaign slogan of three words- Honesty, Sincerity, Integrity – are exemplary of his character. Joe is trustworthy. He is dedicated to do what is best for our county. He is willing to have conversations, asks questions, and listens to what residents have to say regarding county issues.

Joe cares about Sherman County and will strive to do the best job possible as our next County Judge. I encourage you to vote for Joe.

Kathy Thompson


4. Sherman County Fair 2018 Open Class Sweepstakes/Division Winners

Land Products >>  Nancy Allen

Kitchen Products >>  Nancy Allen

Kids Corner >>  Amelia Alley

Arts, Crafts, Hobbies >>  Stacy Bird

Photography >>  Cathy  Brown

Clothing >>  Juli Lantis

Flowers >>  Erin Weedman-Rietmann


Special Contest Winners!!

Table Setting Contest:

Kids > > Savannah Blagg

Adults >>  Catilin Blagg/Tionie Kock


Cake Contest

1st >> Gladys Wesley

2nd >> Anna Alley


Pie Contest

1st >> Anna Alley

2nd >> Addison Smith

Beth & Jaclyn McCurdy congratulate all of the winners and thank everyone who entered and volunteered in the Open Class Building to help make the fair successful!!

5. Sherman County Fair Board to Host Annual Holiday Bazaar, Dec. 1

Christmas.Holly2Sherman County Fair board will host their 3rd Annual Holiday Bazaar and is currently looking for all types of vendors (crafters, lunch time foods, home businesses, baked goods/coffee………………..)   Don’t have anything to sell? Then come and shop!

When >>>  Saturday, December 1st

Where >>> Sherman County School in Moro, Oregon

Time >>  10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

For more info and a vendor form please visit or contact Beth @ 541-980-1821 after 5:30 p.m.

6. Free Family History Workshop, Oct. 20

The Columbia Gorge Genealogical Society and the Family History Center are co-sponsoring a FREE Family History Workshop on Saturday, October 20, 2018 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints in Hood River.

The workshop is for all levels of genealogy research from beginners to advanced.

There will be door prizes and lunch may be purchased for $5.00 or you may bring your own. Classes include Beginning Genealogy, DNA, using foreign records, using Facebook for family history and more.

The church is located on 1825 May Street in Hood River. Registration begins at 8:30am, workshop begins at 9:00am and runs till 2:00pm. Public is welcome!

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

bird.owl.limbA Map of Every Building in the United States

The Bayeux Tapestry Chronicles the Epic Ancient Battle for England

The Oregonian Endorses Knute Buehler for Governor

Robert Spencer ’s new book The History of Jihad from Muhammad to ISIS

Ten Ways to Write with Zip

PragerU: What’s Wrong with Government-Run Healthcare?

TedEd: Ten Common Slavery Myths

Federal money flows into Deschutes Basin piping projects 


Sherman County eNews #272


  1. Country Christmas Bazaar, Dec. 1

  2. Postscript: Sherman County eNews Friday Classifieds: Thank You Notes

  3. What’s Coming Up at Sherman County Public/School Library

  4. A Lick and a Promise

  5. Oregon Sends Second Team to Support Hurricane Michael Response

  6. Career opportunities in Sherman County, Oct. 29

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

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

1. Country Christmas Bazaar, Dec. 1

Country Christmas Bazaar

Grass Valley Pavilion

December 1

9:30 am – 4:00 pm

Lots of great handcrafted items

Pictures w/Santa

Soup & bread lunch

2. Postscript: Sherman County eNews Friday Classifieds: Thank You Notes

THANK YOU! The smoke has finally cleared and we have almost an inch of rain on the ground, I feel it is a good time to put this out. Last week’s fire in Biggs was a headache for us all. The terrain, changing winds, and extremely dry fuels made what is normally a quiet fire month feel like mid-July. On behalf of North Sherman Fire & Rescue, I want to thank first all of the farmers who showed up with their fire rigs and discs. The discs made all the difference in getting this thing stopped. Also, Charlie Miller and his dozer for the line that ultimately stopped westward progress of the fire. I think I can speak for all of our departments when I say, we could not have got a handle on it without all of you. Next, our mutual aid responses from Mid-Columbia Fire & Rescue, North Gilliam Rural Fire Protection District, Klickitat County Rural 7 Fire & Rescue, Goldendale Fire Department, Wishram Fire Dept.., South Gilliam County Rural Fire Protection District, Skamania County Emergency Management Task Force, and Stevenson Fire Department. Whether you were here the first day, second day, or all three days you were amazing. The help all of you provided is much appreciated and we will always be willing to return the favor. Last but certainly not least, I want to thank Moro Fire Department, South Sherman Fire & Rescue, and Sherman County Sheriff’s Office for being here and helping keep chaos as controlled as possible. I am thankful for the swift help all of you always bring when calls come out. I know you can be depended upon when there is a need.

With that being said, let us hope the rain continues and we have a nice quiet fall and winter. If I missed anyone, I apologize, but know that we would not have been as successful without any of you. Thank you all again.
John Jensen,
Asst. Chief, North Sherman Fire & Rescue

3. What’s Coming Up at Sherman County Public/School Library

The Library is open School Hours – 8am-4pm Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, 8am-7pm Tuesday and Thursday, 10am-4pm Saturday

Community Preschool Storytime – Every Tuesday at 10am
Join us for Preschool Storytime and crafts. Ages 0-6.

YA Art Club
THURSDAY after school in the library.
Grades 6-12.
When it’s over, catch the 5:00 activity bus.

October’s Book Club– Thursday, October 18, at 6:00pm
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

4. A Lick and a Promise

Sometimes, “a lick-and-a-promise” is a lot better than nothing and can keep you from feeling overwhelmed. It’s an old phrase, and one some of us were brought up hearing. Still, it can have valid applications today.

Do you ever feel overwhelmed by a huge task that is facing you? Do you ever feel paralyzed because you can’t see your way through to the other side? Henry Ford once said that any task, no matter how large, is manageable if you break it down into small enough pieces. (One imagines he was pondering this, when he institutionalized the assembly line.)

A very busy and wonderfully efficient woman says she belongs to the “lick-and-a-promise” school of housekeeping: because of her busy schedule, she doesn’t have time to thoroughly clean things very often. So, instead, she takes a minute here, a minute there and does what she can. “You’d be surprised,” she says, “how many dishes I can wash in a minute – and there are many, many times throughout the week that I have a minute to spare, but almost no times that I have a free hour…. so I do what I can when I can, and play catch-up later.” It’s a bit of a shift in mindset. Five minutes with a duster can tidy up a room, or a desk.

This philosophy makes sense and applies as well to troubles as it does to tasks. Avoid standing around wringing your hands when there’s trouble and you’re not quite sure of the best thing to do. Wade on in and get to work on some part of the problem, even if the full solution isn’t apparent to you yet. Repairing one part can help lead to a total solution. It’s all in how you look at it. 

When we rouse ourselves to action, it builds our confidence, which can lead to more action and a better handle on the solution. And while your hands are busy, you give your subconscious mind time to come up with solutions. ~The Pacific Institute

 5. Oregon Sends Second Team to Support Hurricane Michael Response

ORStateFlagSalem, OR – October 12, 2018 – The Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal and Oregon Department of Forestry, through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC), is working with Oregon’s Office of Emergency Management to support a request from the Florida Division of Emergency Management for a second All-Hazards Incident Management Teams (IMTs) to support the response to Hurricane Michael.

The EMAC is a mutual aid agreement among states and territories of the United States. Essentially working as a mutual aid system, the agreement offers assistance during governor-declared state of emergency or disaster through a responsive, straightforward system. This system allows states to send personnel, equipment, and commodities to assist with response and recovery efforts in other states.

The OSFM IMT, led by Chief Ted Kunze, also includes staff from the Oregon Department of Forestry who are qualified within the Incident Command Structure. 

“We value our working relationships and partnerships with fellow states agencies,” said Oregon Department of Forestry’s Interim Operations Manager, Blake Ellis. “Florida has been there for us in our time of need, sending a full IMT to our aid during this year’s challenging fire season, and Oregon is fortunate to have the opportunity to return the favor.”

The team heads to Florida tomorrow morning and anticipates a full deployment of 14 days. We wish success to the team and will keep Florida in our thoughts as they recover from this devastating storm.

6. Career opportunities in Sherman County, Oct. 29

Join us to learn about potential career opportunities!
Wasco School Events Center, 903 Barnett St, Wasco Oregon

October 29th at 6:30

Community Counseling Solutions (CCS) < > is looking to place a 14 bed Youth Diversion Center in Wasco Oregon. This will be a place for children usually between the ages of 13 and 17 in need of a safe place to be while arrangements for a suitable placement are secured. Their stay may be as little as 3 days, but no more than 30 days.

As part of determining the best possible rural location for their Youth Diversion Center, CCS would like to better understand the available talent in the mid-Columbia area who are interested and qualified to work at their soon to-be-built facility. The facility will be built within a year once the final location is determined.

A variety of caring and professional staff are needed to make a difference in the life of a child in need. Here is a list of positions that would be available.

Administrative and Support
• Facilities Administrator
• Administrative Assistant
• Residential Associate
• Cook
• Accounting Clerk
• Maintenance
• Billing, Referral and Contracts Coordinator
• Program Director

Medical and Mental Health
• Qualified Mental Health Associate (QMHA) Program Manager
• QMHA Case Manager
• QMHA Social Service Supervisor and Assistants
• Therapist
• Peer Support Specialist
• Nurse Supervisor
• Clinical Supervisor
• Mentor
• Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
• Support Specialist I,II,III
• Mental Health Specialist III
• Social Worker
• Registered Nurse

If you need further training to qualify for some positions WorkSource can help with additional training for those interested in positions. Please send letters of interest to  Be sure to enter your job skills into the iMatchSkills database located at  Join us to discuss the project and potential career opportunities at the Wasco School Events Center.

7. 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.

4.7: Percentage annual personal income has grown in the past year, according to the Oregon Office of Economic Analysis.

13.2: Percentage it has fallen for farm proprietors in the same period.

$1 billion: Additional money the University of Oregon is now trying to raise over the next several years as part of a fundraising campaign initiated in 2014, according to the Register-Guard.

$100 million: Share that would go to a program supporting low-income, high-achieving Oregon students.

32.1: Percent of adult Oregonians who don’t visit the dentist annually, according to US News & World Report.

$30 billion: Amount a catastrophic earthquake — aka “The Big One” — could cause in direct and indirect economic losses, according to the Oregon Secretary of State’s Office.

77: Age of Phil Meglasson, the namesake of the massively popular Phil’s Trail mountain biking network west of Bend. The former U.S. Geological Survey cartographer started building the trail in the early 1980s, according to The Bulletin.

$13 million: Amount the state of Oregon has clawed back from SolarCity — which was acquired by Tesla in 2016 and renamed to Tesla Energy Solutions — after the state found the company had inflated the cost of projects to qualify for higher state tax credits, according to The Oregonian.

$518 million: Amount Oregon wildfires cost this year, a new record, according to The Statesman-Journal.

1,322: Square miles that burned here this summer.

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

bird.owl.limb14 Dressing Rules That Everyone Should Learn Once & For All

Editorial: Walden the best choice for 2nd Congressional District

Capital Chatter: 30 questions for Knute and Kate

About six-in-ten Americans support marijuana legalization

Public Lands Council

Public Land Ranching by the Numbers


Sherman County eNews #271


  1. Farm Bureau Fire Relief Funds Available, Applications Due Nov 1

  2. Editorial. Forum or No Forum; Government Bias

  3. Grab Hold of Your Dreams

  4. Oregon Public Meetings Law & Public Notice Requirements

  5. Oregon Newspaper Publishers – Public Notices

  6. Cascade Singers’ December Concert, Dec. 8 & 9

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

1. Farm Bureau Fire Relief Funds Available, Applications Due Nov 1

Through the generous contributions of NW Farm Credit Services and individual Farm Bureau member families, Oregon Farm Bureau (OFB) has established a fire relief fund which has raised over $27,000.  If you would like to contribute, you may still make a contribution through OFB.

An advisory committee made up of local farmers and ranchers from Wasco and Sherman Counties with two staff from OFB will review applications for aid.  The task force chair is Ken Polehn, Wasco County Farm Bureau President and The Dalles area fruit grower.  The current intent is to provide approximately $2,000-$2,500 amounts of help to those who demonstrate uncovered losses (meaning losses not covered by insurance, or other public or private relief funds).  Once requests for funds are received and evaluated, this range may be adjusted.

Any Wasco or Sherman County resident who makes a substantial amount of their livelihood from agriculture whose agricultural operation suffered uncompensated loss from the 2018 fires may apply.  You do not have to be an OFB member to apply or receive funds.

Applications are available at  All applications received prior to Nov. 1, 2018 will be considered.  The task force intends to make funding decisions and distribute funds by Thanksgiving.  For more information, contact Ken Polehn,, or Dave Dillon,

2. Editorial. Forum or No Forum; Government Bias

pen.markerIt came to our attention that organizers of last spring’s Sherman County political forum are reluctant to put on a candidates’ forum this fall because they feel they are too close to county government. Well, it was quite obvious that they were …and they are.

However well-intentioned, we believe it may be impossible to conduct an unbiased political forum in our county community right now. If the spring forum was any kind of measure, it’s a stretch to imagine an ethical candidate willing to participate. A neutral sponsor, an unbiased moderator and relevant questions are required, all three.  

County government’s recent political use of The Citizen-Reporter revealed improper bias which led to this notice: “Sherman County would like to note that no campaigning for elected positions prior to the election shall appear in The Citizen-Reporter. Any notations of this in prior editions was due to oversight.”

The candidate who signed information he submitted to the August issue of The Citizen-Reporter with his name as “Candidate for County Judge” works for a tri-county government entity and knows it was improper. County elected officials and employee supervisors know it is improper. There are no excuses. No apologies, either.

We expect impartial, ethical and transparent performance from those who work for us in government positions.

3. Grab Hold of Your Dreams

Do you have dreams? No, we’re not talking about the ones that happen while you’re asleep. We’re talking about the dreams that inspire your life! How are these dreams doing? The ones you had as a kid or as a young adult, the ones you have now – dreams that inspire you and give a sense of passion and purpose to your life.

The late humorist and columnist Erma Bombeck once said, “There are people who put their dreams in a little box and say ‘Yes, I’ve got dreams – of course I do!’ Then they put the box away, bring it out once in a while to look inside and, yep, they’re still in there. These are great dreams, but they never get out of the box.” Open the lid and grab a hold of those dreams.

Dreams have an important place in our every-day lives, for they spark the mind and lift the soul. Jenny Craig, founder of the highly successful national weight-loss clinics said, “It’s not what you do once in a while – it’s what you do day in and day out that makes the difference.” And it’s the passion for the dream that prods you toward it, day by day.

Take that dream out of the box, put it into the middle of your heart and the center of your mind, and build your daily life around it. Don’t let a day go by without making some progress toward realizing that dream. You affirm it, visualize it, set goals toward it, research it, and share it with those who can help you. In short, you live and breathe that dream.

And one day – probably sooner than you think – you’ll be able to retire it and get a new one, because you will have made this dream come true. Have a party – celebrate! It is good news when a dream comes true, because it leaves more room for future dreams, waiting to be realized. ~The Pacific Institute

4. Oregon Public Meetings Law & Public Notice Requirements


Oregon Revised Statute (ORS)

192.610 Definitions for ORS 192.610 to 192.690. As used in ORS 192.610 to 192.690:

(1) “Decision” means any determination, action, vote or final disposition upon a motion, proposal, resolution, order, ordinance or measure on which a vote of a governing body is required, at any meeting at which a quorum is present.

(2) “Executive session” means any meeting or part of a meeting of a governing body which is closed to certain persons for deliberation on certain matters.

(3) “Governing body” means the members of any public body which consists of two or more members, with the authority to make decisions for or recommendations to a public body on policy or administration.

(4) “Public body” means the state, any regional council, county, city or district, or any municipal or public corporation, or any board, department, commission, council, bureau, committee or subcommittee or advisory group or any other agency thereof.

(5) “Meeting” means the convening of a governing body of a public body for which a quorum is required in order to make a decision or to deliberate toward a decision on any matter. “Meeting” does not include any on-site inspection of any project or program. “Meeting” also does not include the attendance of members of a governing body at any national, regional or state association to which the public body or the members belong.

192.620 Policy. The Oregon form of government requires an informed public aware of the deliberations and decisions of governing bodies and the information upon which such decisions were made. It is the intent of ORS 192.610 to 192.690 that decisions of governing bodies be arrived at openly. [1973 c.172 §1] [1973 c.172 §2;

192.640 Public notice required; special notice for executive sessions, special or emergency meetings. (1) The governing body of a public body shall provide for and give public notice, reasonably calculated to give actual notice to interested persons including news media which have requested notice, of the time and place for holding regular meetings. The notice shall also include a list of the principal subjects anticipated to be considered at the meeting, but this requirement shall not limit the ability of a governing body to consider additional subjects.

(2) If an executive session only will be held, the notice shall be given to the members of the governing body, to the general public and to news media which have requested notice, stating the specific provision of law authorizing the executive session.

(3) No special meeting shall be held without at least 24 hours’ notice to the members of the governing body, the news media which have requested notice and the general public. In case of an actual emergency, a meeting may be held upon such notice as is appropriate to the circumstances, but the minutes for such a meeting shall describe the emergency justifying less than 24 hours’ notice. [1973 c.172 §4; 1979 c.644 §3; 1981 c.182 §1]193.020 Newspaper in which public notice may be published.

Universal Citation: OR Rev Stat § 193.020 (through Leg Sess 2011)

(1) Any public notice of any description, the publication of which is now or hereafter required by law, shall be published in any newspaper, as defined in ORS 193.010, which is published within the county, city of which any part lies within that county, city, district or other jurisdiction where the action, suit or other proceeding is pending, or is to be commenced or had, or in which the legal publication is required to be given.

(2) If publication in only one newspaper is required by law, and if more than one newspaper fulfills the requirements of subsection (1) of this section, the public notice shall be published in that newspaper which the moving party considers best suited to give actual notice. However, nothing in this subsection prohibits the publication in more than one newspaper if desired by the moving party.

(3) If no newspaper is published within the county, city, district or jurisdiction where the action, suit or other proceeding is pending, or is to be commenced or had, or in which the legal publication is required to be given, public notice shall be published in:

(a) The newspaper published nearest to such county, city, district or jurisdiction; or

(b) Any publication that is published in such county, city, district or jurisdiction and that satisfies all the requirements for being a newspaper except that it is published less than once a week but not less than once a month.

(4) If more than one newspaper or publication fulfills the requirements of subsection (3) of this section, the public notice shall be published in that newspaper or publication which the moving party considers most effective for providing actual notice. [Amended by 1963 c.432 1; 1979 c.760 2; 1983 c.831 1]

5. Oregon Newspaper Publishers – Public Notices

Search for public notices by county, city, date or subject here:

6. Cascade Singers’ December Concert, Dec. 8 & 9

music-notes“Choose Something Like a Star” is the title for the Cascade Singers’ December 8 and 9 holiday concert.  The line comes from a poem by Robert Frost set to music by Randall Thompson.  It will be featured along with familiar Christmas favorites by the choir, ensemble, and children’s choir.  The venue is Zion Lutheran Church, 10th and Union Streets, The Dalles.  Saturday’s concert begins at 7 p.m. and the Sunday concert starts at 3 p.m.  Admission is by donation at the door.

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

bird.owlDonald Trump’s USA Today Op-ed Annotated

95 cities and counties in Oregon where it’s still illegal to sell marijuana

Congress passes mandate that Trump administration complete village for Northwest tribes

OSU helps in project to bring faster broadband to Oregon

Oregon wildfire costs hit record high of $514 million in 2018


Sherman County eNews #270






church.family1Jesus Is Life Giving Bread

In the book of Mark twice Jesus fed thousands of people at one time by taking a small number of loaves and fish and dividing them. In the second of those encounters, as they were ready to begin their journey home, Jesus said, “I feel compassion for the people because they have remained with Me now three days and have nothing to eat. If I send them away hungry to their homes, they will faint on the way; and some of them have come from a great distance.” (Mark 8:2–3, NASB)

These people had been with Him for three days, so intent of Him that they ignored their own need for food. When it was time for them to leave Jesus in a great show of compassion for them undertook meeting their physical need for food so that they would have the strength to make it home, and not pass out on the way. We go on to read in the following verses and in Matthew 15:38 that after the thousands were fully satisfied that there was still some left over. We are not told what happened to the leftovers, but it would not surprise me if it was given to sustain those with the greatest distance on their way home.

In John 6:35 and 40 Jesus said, “I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me will not hunger, and he who believes in Me will never thirst.” … “For this is the will of My Father, that everyone who beholds the Son and believes in Him will have eternal life, and I Myself will raise him up on the last day.”” (John 6:35,40, NASB)

Jesus not only has compassion on our physical need in coming to Him, but for our deepest spiritual need as well which is the forgiveness of sin and the gift of eternal life. He will see us home.

Joe Burgess
Pastor, First Baptist Grass Valley

2.  CLASSIFIEDS (new or corrected)


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THANK YOU! We want to thank all the firefighters and friends who dropped everything they were doing to race to our rescue to save our home above Biggs. The wind was blowing so hard and we surely would have lost everything if it weren’t for you. Thank you also for all the visits, calls, prayers and messages. It is much appreciated. We are still truly amazed and forever grateful! We love you all! ~Terry and Teri Sanderson 

THANK YOU TO OUR FIRE FIGHTERS! For the second time this summer I must thank our Firefighters, both local and from other areas.  I know that our farmers-turned-firefighters are getting very weary and it has taken a toll on the equipment that was made for farming, not for fighting fires! The fire that started at Biggs was a tragedy with the loss of a home and animals. With the recent rain we hope the fire season is over but we should still remain vigilant! Thank you again to all Firefighters! ~McKinney Ranch Families

THANK YOU to all the firefighters who came from all over to help fight the fire that started at Biggs on Tuesday October 2nd. I am especially grateful to all the hard-working, dedicated farmers who know how to fight all these fires better than anyone. You have my respect and appreciation. Sincerely, Cris Welk

CONGRATULATIONS to Sherman County School District Hall of Honor inductees, Sherman County Athletic Foundation, Mike Beers, Karla von Borstel Chambers and, posthumously, Gordon D. Helyer and Wily Knighten, Sr., who were honored on Friday, September 28th at Sherman County School. ~The Editor

Appreciation can make a day – even change a life.

Your willingness to put it into words

is all that is necessary.

~ Margaret Cousins 



PARENT TEACHER ORGANIZATION. Sherman County PTO is asking for donations of unwanted Halloween decorations for their Haunted House taking place on October 26th in conjunction with the annual Trunk or Treat. Please contact Tionie Kock (541-993-3212) or Kelsi Phillips (541-639-5513) if you have items you would like to donate. Donations can also be dropped off directly at Sherman County School. Thank you!   10/19


Brennah Miller is a young wife and mother, an electrician and a cancer patient.


FOUND:  Verizon iPhone in gray case, screen pic is photo of a red/black Union snowboard binding. Found on shoulder of the road in upper Hay Canyon. It is set on “Do Not Disturb” so it is unable to receive calls/messages. Contact the Sherman County Sheriff’s office to claim.


“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

Notice of Immediate Opening: City Council Position, City of Wasco. Effective 9-18-18 The City of Wasco is looking to fill a City Council Vacancy. Position will be the remainder of the Councilor’s term which has 27 months remaining, the term ends on 12-31-2020. Interested parties will need to send or bring a letter of Interest to City Hall, all applicants letters will be read by remaining Council Members at the October 16th Council Meeting. After deliberation, they will choose the Council seat replacement.
1. Have residency within the City for a continuous period of 12 months immediately preceding election or appointment.
2. Be registered to vote within the City for 12 continuous months immediately preceding election or appointment.
3. Continue residency within the City during any term of office.
Letters will be accepted: In person, by fax, email or mail. Interest Letters will need to be received by October 16th at 5:00p.m. to qualify.
If you have any questions please contact Ali Roark, at Wasco City Hall
Phone: 541-442-5515, Fax: 541-442-5001
City Hall hours: 8:30a.m to 5:00p.m. Monday-Thursday 10/12


SUBSTITUTE COOK/KITCHEN ASSISTANT: Substitute backup cook/kitchen assistant at the Sherman County Senior & Community Center. When needed hours would be 6 hours per day, on any one day Monday-Friday. This is a backup position in case primary personnel are absent. Contact Kari Silcox at the Sherman County Senior & Community Center at PO Box 352, Moro OR 97039. 541-565-3191, Applications are accepted until 5pm on Thursday, October 18th, 2018. Successful applicants must have or be willing to obtain a Food Handlers Card and pass a criminal history background check. Sherman County in an equal opportunity employer. 10/12

AREA REPRESENTATIVE. Non-Profit Organization Looking for Community Area Representatives to Join our International Team. ASSE International Student Exchange Programs is seeking individuals to serve as Area Representatives in your local community.  ASSE provides academic year and semester exchange programs in the United States for high school students from around the world.  Students are 15 to 18 years of age, have passed a series of academic and character requirements and are awaiting an opportunity to embark on their American Adventure. — Area Representatives recruit and screen prospective host families, interview students to study abroad and supervise the exchange students in their community.  Area representatives are compensated based on the number of students they are supervising. There is also a great bonus opportunity. — ASSE’s primary goal is to contribute to International understanding by enabling students to learn about other languages and cultures through active participation in family, school and community life. ASSE’s Area Representatives are the cornerstone of the organization, making all of this possible! For more information about ASSE or becoming an Area Representative, please call our Western Regional Office at 1-800-733-2773 or email us at Please check out our website at  We look forward to welcoming you to the ranks of Area Representatives nationwide – striving towards a world of understanding, one child at a time! 11/30


WE’LL BE AT THE HOOD RIVER HARVEST BAZAAR OCTOBER 12-14:  One of a kind handcrafted furniture and 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.  Furniture repair and refinishing. ~The Wood Butcher | Wasco, Oregon | 541-993-4282 | 10/12 

PIANO. Baldwin Spinet Piano – Maple colored – $300 OBO negotiable, would like it to find a home where it will be used. Thanks Very Good shape, I just want space for exercise equipment. Call or text Jeanne Kuettel @ 541-714-5740.  11/30


ROOMS FOR RENT | JUST-US-INN in Wasco. Just-Us-Inn | Call Ron 503-957-6114.  3 Rooms for rent, share the bathroom and shower $550.00 a month. These are Monthly rates, not weekly rates! Weekly rate is $150.00. Share large kitchen, with Direct TV in every room. $50.00 non-refundable maid fee for when you leave; wireless internet, beautiful yard with garden space. No Pets. No smoking inside. 11/9 



FALL PHOTO SHOOTS. Now is the time for fall photo shoots! The leaves are turning colors and the air is getting cooler. It’s a great time to schedule a family or senior photo session. Lots of openings available. Ask for discounts by bundling a family and a senior session or two senior sessions. ~Jeremy S. Lanthorn | | (541) 993-2446 | (541) 333-2013 | 10/26


GETTING READY FOR COOLER WEATHER?  LOCAL HANDYMAN, GENERAL CONTRACTOR & EQUIPMENT OPERATOR. Large and small projects, indoors or out. Furniture repair & refinishing. Please call Kevin – 541-993-4282 | KCK, Inc. | Licensed, bonded and insured. CCB #135768. References available. 11/23




1957 SHERMAN HIGH SCHOOL YEARBOOK. I am Rose Archer, Dale Archer’s widow. I am looking to purchase a copy of the 1957 yearbook. Dale was Valedictorian that year. Our son Derek is planning to make a large shadowbox with Dale’s football jersey, class ring, and yearbook for a memory wall for Dale who passed away in 1999.  If you know of anyone who wants to part with the 1957 yearbook, please let me know the price. Thanks so much! Rose Archer 11/9

HALLOWEEN DECORATIONS. Sherman County Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) is asking for donations of unwanted Halloween decorations for their Haunted House taking place on October 26th in conjunction with the annual Trunk or Treat. Please contact Tionie Kock (541-993-3212) or Kelsi Phillips (541-639-5513) if you have items you would like to donate. Donations can also be dropped off directly at Sherman County School. Thank you! 10/26 

4-H THEATRE ARTS CLUB LEADER. Want to help lead a new 4-H “Theatre Arts” club? No acting or performing experience needed! We’ve got lots of kids with interest in drama, there’s easy-to-use 4-H curriculum, and we just received a $2000 grant to put on a kids’ drama musical with hired instructors. 4-H clubs need to meet at least 6 times a year, usually once a month, plus you’d need to attend the monthly Sherman 4-H Assn meetings. Let the Sherman Extension Office know if you’re interested, love to have you! 541-565-3230 or email 10/12 

3. CALENDAR (new or corrected)

Sherman County School District Calendar


12 Sherman Football vs. Imbler 2 at Imbler Cancelled

12-14 Hood River Harvest Bazaar

13 Memorial Service for Latrelle Smoot 11 Moro Presbyterian Church

13 Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum 9 Antique Gliders & Bikes

13 Sherman Volleyball vs. Condon/Wheeler 1 at Sherman

15 Wasco School Events Center Coffee Hour 10-11

15 Eastern Oregon Regional Tourism Gathering 10-3 Condon

16 Last Day to Register to Vote in November 6 General Election

16 Unit 20, Oregon Retired Educators 12 Portage Grill

16 Sherman Volleyball vs. Dufur 5 at Sherman

16 Frontier Regional 911 Agency Board Meeting 10 North Central ESD Bldg., Condon

16 Wasco City Council 7

17 Biggs Service District Public Meeting re: Water System 8:30 Courthouse

17 Sherman County Court 9

17 Gilliam County Court 10

17 Wheeler County Court 10

18 Sherman County Book Club 6 Sherman Public/School Library

19 Recitation of the Holy Rosary for John Kalista 6 St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Wasco

19 Sherman Football vs. Dufur 7 at Sherman – Sherman Homecoming Cancelled

19-21 White Salmon Fall Art Walk

20 Funeral Mass for John Kalista, graveside services, potluck fellowship, Wasco

20 Sherman Volleyball Playoffs at Echo TBD

20 4th Annual Oktoberfest Dinner Auction Benefit, The Woolery, Arlington

20 Bingo for Breannah 6 Grass Valley Pavilion

22 Wasco School Events Center Coffee Hour 10-11

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

23-31 Red Ribbon Week: Promote Drug-Free Lifestyles

24 Tri-County Court Meeting 10-2 Condon

26 Trunk or Treat Set-Up 5:40, Trunk or Treat 6-7:30 Sherman County School

27 National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

27 Mid Columbia Producers Annual Meeting

27 Tango at Maryhill Museum 6-9

29 4-H Enrollment/Light Dinner/Open House 6 Sherman County Fairgrounds

31 Sherman County Historical Museum closes for the season. Open by appointment.

31 Halloween


1 Sherman County Fair Board 7

1 North Central Education Service District Board Meeting, Condon

1-31 Military Family Appreciation Month

1-May 1 Sherman Museum Open by Appointment

3 Northwest Author Festival 3-5 at Klindt’s Booksellers, The Dalles

4 Day Light Saving Time Ends (set clock back one hour)

5 Sherman County Lions Club


7 Sherman Historical Museum Volunteer & Hosts Appreciation Party

7 All County Prayer Meeting, Kent Baptist Church Refreshments and social time at 6:30, prayer time from 7:00 to 8:30.

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

10 Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum 9 Military Vehicles

10 Year-End Family Day at Maryhill Museum 1:30-5

11 Veterans Day Bells at Maryhill Museum 11

11 Veterans Day

12 Veterans Day (observed)

13-15 Association of Oregon Counties Conference

14-17 Tri-State Grain Growers Convention, Portland, Oregon

17 7th Annual Max Nogle Dinner/Auction/Dance, Grass Valley Pavilion Benefit

21 Sherman County Court 9

22 Thanksgiving Day 


1 Sherman Historical Museum Christmas Open House & Museum Store Sale

3 Grass Valley City Council 7

4 Moro City Council 7

5 Sherman County Court 9

5 All County Prayer Meeting, Wasco Methodist Church Refreshments and social time at 6:30, prayer time from 7:00 to 8:30.

6 Sherman County Fair Board 7

7 National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

8 War Declared on Japan 1941

8 Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum 9 Flying Around the World

15 Bill of Rights Day; Iraq War Ended 2011

21 Winter Begins

25 Christmas Day

31 Official End of WWII 1946


Sherman County eNews #269


  1. Sherman County School District Staff, Student & Community Recognition

  2. Notice of Immediate Opening: City Council Position, City of Wasco

  3. Maintaining Connections

  4. Public Notice. Frontier TeleNet Board of Directors Meeting, Oct. 16

  5. Do You Understand the Electoral College?

  6. Film Screening, Panel on Supporting Diverse Workplaces, Oct. 23

1. Sherman County School District Staff, Student & Community Recognition

Logo.Sherman High SchoolOctober 8, 2018: We are extremely fortunate to have gracious staff and community members who support our school and students. While it is possible that we may periodically miss an opportunity to thank someone, we sincerely appreciate the commitment of all of our supporters. We would like to recognize the following people for their devotion to our schools, students, staff and community.

  • Mid-Columbia Medical Center for donating an athletic trainer for our extracurricular athletics.
  • We appreciate all of our fall coaches in football and volleyball. Our community and student/athletes are grateful for your time.
  • The PTO led by Liz Cranston for all that they do for our staff and students.
  • Cindie King for her great work with the Elementary Student Council.
  • Gerald Casper for his continued efforts to support our technology program.
  • Janet Pinkerton for organizing the SCHoLaRs Reader Program.
  • John Shafer for videotaping all of our football games and years of volunteerism.
  • Tracy Fields for taking stats during football games.
  • Football chain crew Keegan Kock and Seth von Borstel.
  • Stephen Fritts for keeping the clock and running the scoreboard at football games.
  • Bryan Peters for announcing football games.
  • Shannon Devore, Joe Justesen, Alyssa Winslow, and all other volunteers for line judging during volleyball matches.
  • Kirky Stutzman for keeping the volleyball book.
  • Tessa Bibby and Kristen Labenske for volunteering to help at the school on picture day.
  • Nels Swenson for his work with the Tractor Driving event.
  • Thank you to Molly Belshe, Chris Kaseberg, Jeanie Pehlke, DeeAnn Ramos, and so many others for their cooperative efforts coordinating the Hall of Honor event.
  • Thank you for the support preparing meals and cleaning up after to Tamar Fritts and Jill Jones. In addition support from Deannna Christiansen, Heidi Rhodes-Baker and Gary Lewis before and during the event.
  • Kim McKinney and Patti Fields for taking tickets at the Hall of Honor event.
  • Thank you to FFA students Cali Johnson, Isaac McLemore, Savannah Moe, Joseph Ramos, and Patrick Ramos for their help during the Hall of Honor event.
  • Thank you to National Honor Society members, Jordan Barrett, Darian Davis, Alyssa Hill, CJ Johnson, Luke Martin, Savannah Moe, Emma Stutzman, and Desiree Winslow, for their help during the Hall of Honor event.
  • Thank you to all of the designated Speakers at the Hall of Honor Ceremony: Katie Chambers, Jon Justesen, Sherry Kaseberg, Tom Martin, Chris Moore, Pat Nogle, Nancy Simpson, Gary Shelton and Lee von Borstel.
  • Jeremy Lanthorn for taking pictures of our various school events.
  • The Booster Club for their support of the Hall of Honor program.
  • The Hall of Honor Board for their work selecting inductees into the Hall of Honor.
  • The City of Wasco, Jayne Burnett, and Terri Casper for the donation of school supplies.
  • Tim Jones, Jeremy Lanthorn, Jennifer Ruise, Sherrie Slay-Martin, and Deanna Wooderson for chaperoning the 3rd and 4th grade field trip to the Maryhill Museum.

We truly appreciate the amazing support we receive from so many thoughtful people. Thank you to everyone in our great community and school district for your continued support! When you have time please visit our Sherman County School District Web Page for the monthly appreciation comments.


2. Notice of Immediate Opening: City Council Position, City of Wasco

Effective 9-18-18 The City of Wasco is looking to fill a City Council Vacancy.
Position will be the remainder of the Councilor’s term which has 27 months remaining, the term ends on 12-31-2020. Interested parties will need to send or bring a letter of Interest to City Hall, all applicants letters will be read by remaining Council Members at the October 16th Council Meeting. After deliberation, they will choose the Council seat’s replacement.

1. Have residency within the City for a continuous period of 12 months immediately preceding election or appointment.
2. Be registered to vote within the City for 12 continuous months immediately preceding election or appointment.
3. Continue residency within the City during any term of office.

Letters will be accepted: In person, by fax, email or mail. Interest Letters will need to be received by October 16th at 5:00p.m. to qualify. If you have any questions please contact Ali Roark, at Wasco City Hall.
Phone: 541-442-5515
Fax: 541-442-5001
City Hall hours: 8:30a.m to 5:00p.m. Monday-Thursday

3. Maintaining Connections

For many of us, perhaps most of us, our families come first, before all the other important things in life. But does our behavior reflect that belief?

Although most people would say that nothing is more important than their families, day-to-day behavior can tell another story. As Jennifer James, a former Seattle columnist, once pointed out, “When we’re moving fast, sometimes the relationships we care most about get short shrift. We think those we love will forgive us if we spend most of our time on other things. But a child may grow up before we notice that the hours of being too busy have extended into days, weeks, months and years.” Parents think there will be time to pull it back together. But often, they are incorrect.

James reminds us that, “There are ways to give time and interest to children, family and friends even when every minute seems loaded.” For example, you can turn off the TV or close down the laptop when a loved one is talking to you. Move away from the temptation of email, Facebook, Instagram and the like. Video games can get put aside for a few moments. The simple gesture of looking directly at someone and stopping what you’re doing for a few minutes, while they’re talking, says they are important to you.

With school back in session, our children are being pulled in many directions with after-school activities, homework, friends, social media. Many families don’t gather around the table for meals anymore. We need to find alternative, everyday ways to really be with each other, even if it’s just for a few minutes at a time, if we’re going to stay close and feel like a family.

And while some folks might think it antiseptic and distant, it’s time to use today’s technologies as an instant way of staying in touch. Let’s make technology work for us. The simple text, “Thinking of you. Love you. See you soon,” lightens the heart and puts a smile on a loved one’s face. After all, it is about the connections, yes? ~The Pacific Institute

4. Public Notice. Frontier TeleNet Board of Directors Meeting, Oct. 16

Frontier TeleNet

Board of Directors Meeting Agenda and Notice

October 16th 10:00 AM

NCESD Large Conference Room

135 S. Main Street Condon, Oregon

Agenda topics include review and approval of meeting minutes and financial report; IT & System updates and progress report; Business & Marketing report; E-rate funding discussion; Public Input/Comment. To request a call in number or other accommodations, please contact Mike Smith at 541-306-1202 or

5. Do You Understand the Electoral College?

Do you understand what the Electoral College is? Or how it works? Or why America uses it to elect its presidents instead of just using a straight popular vote? Author, lawyer and Electoral College expert Tara Ross does, and she explains that to understand the Electoral College is to understand American democracy.

6. Film Screening, Panel on Supporting Diverse Workplaces, Oct. 23

Diverse workplaces result in greater creativity and productivity, improved performance and business strength from a variety of perspectives. The Gorge Tech Alliance and Gorge Women in STEM invite the community to a special event on Tuesday, October 23, 2018 focused on supporting diverse workplaces. Filmmaker Jennifer Cloer from Portland with the Chasing Grace Project will provide opening comments and show an episode of the documentary project focused on the pay gap between women and men in the same jobs. Following the film, a panel of local companies, including Insitu, Google, Zepher and others, will discuss what their companies are doing to encourage and support a more diverse workforce and share ideas for other companies.

“While the film and panelists are focused on the tech industry,” says GTA Executive Director Jessica Metta, “the event will have information that is useful for all businesses interested in workforce diversity.” The event is Tuesday, October 23, 7pm at Columbia Center for the Arts, 215 Cascade Ave., Hood River. Tickets are $15 cash at the door or can be bought in advance online. Details are at

The Gorge Tech Alliance (GTA) is the regional tech industry association that supports, connects and develops the technology community of the Columbia River Gorge with networking and educational events, business support and promotion, workforce development and STEM education. Gorge Women in STEM is an initiative of the GTA dedicated to connecting and supporting women working in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math in the Gorge. Contact Jessica Metta, Executive Director, at 541-296-2266, or learn more at


Sherman County eNews #268


  1. Sherman County Medical Clinic Offers Flu Shots, Oct. 11

  2. Letter to the Editor: Vote for Joe Dabulskis for Experience and Leadership

  3. Contribute to Support for Brennah Miller & Her Family

  4. Unit 20, Oregon Retired Educators to Meet, Oct. 16

  5. The Issue of Rights

  6. Latrelle Rhodes “L.R.” Smoot, Jr. 1933-2018

  7. Klindt’s Booksellers & Stationers’ Northwest Author Festival, Nov. 3

“The greatest good we can do our country is to heal its party divisions and make them one people.” —Thomas Jefferson (1801)

1. Sherman County Medical Clinic Offers Flu Shots, Oct. 11

The Sherman County Medical Clinic is having their annual Flu Shot Clinic!
Thursday, October 11th from 3:00pm – 6:00pm
For more information visit us online at
or call 541-565-3325.

2. Letter to the Editor: Vote for Joe Dabulskis for Experience and Leadership

pencil.sharpTo the Editor & Sherman County Voters:

Sherman County voters are fortunate to have a candidate for Sherman County Judge as qualified as Joe Dabulskis.  Joe has been a dedicated County Commissioner and has proven that he has the knowledge and good judgment to do an excellent job as Judge. He has the experience and knows how to work within a budget and the compassion to understand constituents’ concerns.

A vote for JOE DABULSKIS is a vote for Experience and Leadership!

Jean and Mac McKinney


3. Contribute to Support for Brennah Miller & Her Family 

Brennah Miller is a young wife and mother, an electrician and a cancer patient.

4. Unit 20, Oregon Retired Educators to Meet, Oct. 16

Unit 20, Oregon Retired Educators, will meet noon, Tuesday the 16th, at the Portage Grill in The Dalles.  Member Julie Carter will share with photos and narrative her last June’s trip when she & husband Clayton had toured eight European countries.  If not on a telephone tree, guests may contact Julie at 541-705-0047 so as to reserve your luncheon.

5. The Issue of Rights

We know what civil rights and copyrights are, but have you ever thought about your rights as a human being? The rights of individuals and groups are a vital discussion point these days, and perhaps it’s time we gave the issue of “rights” some serious thought.

You probably know about the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness that the United States’ Declaration of Independence demanded from England in 1776. Over the decades since, around the world, we have given ourselves many other rights, too, though you probably didn’t learn about them in school. Interestingly, they’re not usually listed or written down.

You have the right to make mistakes, to be less than competent, less than perfect – in short, to be human. You have a right to ask for what you want and to get what you pay for. You have the right to feel good about yourself and to make choices that will cause you to grow. You have the right to decide how you will use your time and to limit other people’s demands on it.

You have the right to be taken seriously and to be heard when you have something to say. You have the right to be recognized for your accomplishments. You have the right to express your feelings of anger and pain as well as those of happiness and approval, as long as you respect the rights of others at the same time. You have the right to question authority, to ask for help and support, and to have privacy.

Finally, you have the right to stand up for your rights and your beliefs, and to direct the course of your own life as you see fit. In other words, you have the right to use – or not use – as much of your potential as you choose.

Are there other rights you’d add to the list? Which ones? Keeping in mind, or perhaps exploring, all of the consequences of retaining those rights that you hold dear, how important are they? How important are they to your family, your friends?

Just some food for thought… ~The Pacific Institute 

6. Latrelle Rhodes “L.R.” Smoot, Jr. 1933-2018

flower.rose.starLatrelle Rhodes ‘L.R.’ Smoot, Jr., 85, died peacefully at home in Moro, Oregon, Sept. 4, 2018. He was born May 28, 1933, in Williamsburg, Iowa, to Latrelle Rhodes Smoot, Sr. and Neva Virginia (Coe) Smoot. L.R. and his wife Clarice moved to Moro over 30 years ago for his work as principal at Grass Valley Elementary School. They settled in Moro because L.R. considered central Oregon ‘God’s Country.’

He is survived by his loving wife, Clarice H. (Baalson) Smoot; children, Kerry Smoot, Kim Stadeli and Dawn (Michael) McCormick; grandchildren, Kevyn

(Kalin), Karlee and Kambria Smoot, Briauna (Ryan) Charleton, Lindsay Stadeli, Levi Stadeli, Amanda Stadeli, and Ian McCormick; and sisters, Evelyn Stotts, Patty (Ronald) Mehaffy, Carol Honadel and Cindy (Chuck) Super. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Daniel Smoot; and sisters, Joyce Bennett, Loyce Jeffrey and Mary Etta Weber.

A memorial service will be held at the Moro Presbyterian Church Saturday, Oct. 13, 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Celilo Center in The Dalles, the Moro Presbyterian Church, Meals on Wheels, Lions Club and the American Legion of Sherman County.

7. Klindt’s Booksellers & Stationers’ Northwest Author Festival, Nov. 3

books.boyOregon’s oldest bookstore is excited to host the Northwest Author Festival on Saturday, November 3rd from 3-5PM. This annual celebration features authors who live and write here in the Pacific Northwest.

This year we will host twelve authors, each with a new title to celebrate. Authors will be stationed around the store and eager to meet readers, answer questions, and sign books. The festival will feature titles from diverse genres, so you are sure to find just the right book for everyone on your holiday gift list.

With authors spanning multiple genres, from local history to cooking, from children’s picture books to young adult fiction, there will be something for readers of all ages to enjoy. Our 2018 line-up includes:

  1. Pat Barry. Bonneville Lock & Dam: A Gift from the People of the Great Depression. Local Interest/History.
  2. Virginia Boecker. An Assassin’s Guide to Love and Treason. Young Adult Fiction.
  3. Jane Gibson. Gardener at Heart. Poetry.
  4. Wendy Gorton. 50 Hikes with Kids: Oregon and Washington.
  5. Darryl Lloyd. Ever Wild: A Lifetime on Mt. Adams.
  6. Dennis McGregor. You Stole My Name. Children’s Picture Book.
  7. Gretchen McLellan. I’m Done! Children’s Picture Book.
  8. Peter Nathaniel Malae. Son of Amity.
  9. Deborah Reed. The Days When Birds Come Back.
  10. Charlene Rivers. Parkdale Palette: Seasons.
  11. Aron Nels Steinke. Wolf’s Class. Middle Grade/Graphic Novel.
  12. Lee Weinstein. Open. Act. Personal Development.

Authors are happy to write personal messages in books. If you would like signed books but can’t make the festival, just give us a call. Our staff can get books signed for you and we’ll hold them for later pick up.  We hope to see you at the Northwest Author Festival on November 3rd from 3-5PM at Klindt’s Booksellers. The event is free and open to the public.