Sherman County eNews #71


  1. Sherman County School Athletic Schedule Update

  2. Sugar-Coated Hostility

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

  4. Friendship recognizes faults in friends but does not speak of them.

  5. Spring Farming Days at Pomeroy, Washington, April 6-7

  6. Spring Whale Watch Week on the Coast, March 23-31

  7. Ladder Safety Month

1. Sherman County School Athletic Schedule Update

Below are changes to our athletics schedules (mostly due to weather):


3/12/19- vs. Weston-McEwen- CANCELLED



3/18/19- vs. The Dalles (JV)- CANCELLED…Looking at rescheduling the first week of April

Track and Field

3/15/19- at The Dalles- CANCELLED

3/16/19- at East Valley (Yakima)- CANCELLED

3/21/19- at Condon- CANCELLED


3/21/19- at Tualatin- 3:30pm

Middle School Track and Field

ADDED MEET- 4/23/19- at Trout Lake- 4:00pm

~Mike Somnis

Sherman County School District

K-12 Principal

Athletic Director

2. Sugar-Coated Hostility

Do you know what it means to behave in a passive-aggressive way? Let’s talk about this behavior today, and maybe you’ll recognize yourself or perhaps someone you know.

The term passive-aggressive came into being during World War II when an Army psychiatrist used it to describe soldiers who ignored or resisted orders.

According to clinical psychologist Scott Wetzler, passive-aggressive behavior is not being passive one minute and aggressive the next. It’s more like sugar-coated hostility, or aggression with an escape clause.

Passive-aggressive people are invariably an hour late, a dollar short and a block away, armed with an endless list of excuses to deflect responsibility. To make matters worse, they then turn the tables on you, making themselves the hapless victims of what they’ll call your excessive demands and criticism. The damage they can do to your departments or teams is reflected in overall performance and higher employee turn-over rates when the P-A instigator is the leader.

Folks who behave this way often feel powerless and believe nothing they do makes any difference. They think they are getting a bad deal out of life and they are mad as heck about it, but afraid to let their feelings out. Often, they have suppressed their true feelings for so long that they are quite unaware of them.

If you recognize yourself in this description, what should you do? Well, start by reminding yourself that it’s important to resolve, not suppress, your interpersonal conflicts and to find appropriate and constructive channels for expressing your anger. A reputable counselor can help you learn how.

It’s also important to develop your sense of personal power and mastery, and there are many good programs that can teach you to do that. You truly are in the driver’s seat of your own life, and now might be a great time to take some personal accountability and grab the wheel. ~The Pacific Institute

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

bird.owl3 Gearing Up for Sunny Weather at Cottonwood Canyon State Park

Prager University. Short Videos. Big Ideas. Free.

Opinion. Oregon lawmakers consider new ways to keep secrets

Why aren’t there battery powered airplanes or flying cars?

Second Amendment Sanctuaries

4. Friendship recognizes faults in friends but does not speak of them.

True friendship acknowledges imperfections, accepts them as part of our individual makeup, and focuses on our positive aspects instead of expounding upon our faults. Your friends don’t like you to comment upon their failings any more than you like them to criticize you. When your friends are discouraged or disappointed in themselves, a word of encouragement will serve much better than a sermonette. To be the kind of friend you would like to have, be a good listener, offer advice when you are asked for it, and treasure the trust that your friends have placed in you. Praise them for their achievements and sympathize when they fall short, but avoid offering “constructive criticism” or playing devil’s advocate. Most of us expect more from ourselves than anyone else ever would, and we are painfully aware of our shortcomings. We don’t need to be reminded of them by our friends. ~The Napoleon Hill Foundation

5. Spring Farming Days at Pomeroy, Washington, April 6-7

Spring Farming Days

April 6-7

Garfield County Fairgrounds, Pomeroy, Washington


Horse & Mule Farming Operations

An Amazing Ag Museum

Antique Vehicle Display

Blue mountain Artisans’ Guild

Treasure Trailer – Buy & Sell Ag Antiques

RV Hook-ups & Camping

Hot lunch available with Twisted Wire

Contact David 509-843-3506

6. Spring Whale Watch Week on the Coast, March 23-31

The Spring Whale Watch Week event returns to the coast March 23 – 31 to celebrate the more than 20,000 Gray whales expected to migrate north past Oregon over the next few months.

Trained volunteers from the Whale Watching Spoken Here program will be stationed 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. each day at 24 sites along the coast, ready to help visitors spot the migrating mammals. A map of the volunteer-staffed sites is available on

The Whale Watching Center in Depoe Bay will be open 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. daily. Visitors to the center can enjoy interactive whale exhibits and take in the panoramic ocean views. Binoculars are provided. Rangers from Oregon State Parks will also be on hand to answer questions about the whales.  An online live stream of whale activity in Depoe Bay returns this spring too; watch it on the Oregon State Parks YouTube channel during the event.

Gray whales migrate north along the coast of the western U.S. annually during spring; they return to Alaskan waters after wintering in the warm lagoons off the coast of Baja, Mexico. Many of the Gray whales will be accompanied by their new calves, born during the winter. The first large groups of whales pass by Oregon mid-March and the migratory stream typically continues into June. For more information about coast parks and campgrounds, visit

7. Ladder Safety Month

Nearly every home and workplace has a ladder lying around someplace. So you’d think most people would know how to use them safely, right?

Wrong. “Falls are one of the top three causes of serious workplace injuries,” said Leigh Manning, senior safety management consultant at SAIF. “And ladders are a leading culprit.”

One easy tip everyone can try at home is “the belt buckle rule”: always keep your belt buckle (or belly button) between the rails of the ladder. “This ensures you aren’t overreaching or throwing off your balance,” explains Manning.

Manning offers these additional tips to stay safe on a ladder:

  • Do make sure you have the right ladder for the job. Don’t use boxes, milk crates, chairs, or similar items in place of a ladder.
  • Do inspect ladders before each use. Don’t use a broken ladder.
  • Do set up a ladder on a stable, level surface. Open stepladders fully and engage the locking mechanism. Secure the ladder, if necessary, to prevent movement.
  • Don’t use a stepladder as a straight ladder.
  • Do maintain three points of contact (both feet and one hand, or both hands and one foot) when climbing. Don’t carry tools in your hands when climbing. (Wear a tool belt, or haul them up with a rope.)
  • Don’t stand on the cap or top rung of a stepladder, or on the top three rungs of an extension ladder. (Make sure extension ladders extend at least 3 feet past the step-off.)
  • Do wear slip-resistant footwear and keep the ladder free of mud and grease.
  • Don’t use a ladder if you are light-headed, dizzy, on medication, fatigued, or otherwise impaired.

To learn more about preventing slips, trips, and falls, visit Join us for a free live webinar on ladder safety at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, March 19. Register here



Sherman County eNews #70


  1. Notice. Biggs Service District Public Meeting, March 20

  2. Two Steps Forward

  3. Trans-Tow Towing Public Auction, March 16

  4. Oregon Farm Bureau celebrates National Ag Week

  5. National Association of Counties Western Interstate Region Conference, May 15-17

  6. 7th Biennial Church Organ Crawl, April 28

  7. Pacific Power offers new Equal Payment Plan Opt-out option

  8. BLM Offers Incentives to Encourage Adoptions of Wild Horses & Burros

1. Notice. Biggs Service District Public Meeting, March 20

The Biggs Service District will hold a public meeting on March 20, 2019 at 8:30 a.m. in the Commissioners Meeting room at the Sherman County Courthouse, 500 Court Street in Moro, Oregon 97039 to discuss items relating to the Biggs Service District, Water System Project, and to the District.

~Merrie von Borstel, Biggs Service District Administrator, 541-565-5052

2. Two Steps Forward

Today, let’s talk about how to deal with setbacks in your quest to be a better person.

Affirmations are a wonderful way to help you change in positive ways. Affirmations are simply present-tense, positive statements of a desired end-result. For example, an affirmation you could make if you want to be a more loving person is, “I treat all people with respect and courtesy in every possible circumstance.”

Given this affirmation, what happens when you’re driving to work and another driver cuts you off, glaring at you as if you had no right to be on the road in the first place? You respond automatically with a very disrespectful gesture, call the other driver a distinctly discourteous name – and then feel terribly guilty. Do you give up in disgust and say, “Well, obviously affirmations don’t work, so why bother?”

Not at all! You see, before you made the affirmation, you probably wouldn’t have noticed your disrespectful behavior as anything unusual. But because of your affirmation and your promise to yourself, you are instantly and uncomfortably aware that this is not how you want to behave.

So you say to yourself, “That’s the old me talking. The next time, I intend to respond differently. I intend to behave respectfully and courteously, no matter what the provocation.” And you keep after it, saying your affirmation and visualizing it, experiencing how it feels again and again day after day, until the new behavior becomes second nature. In no time, you won’t really remember having been any other way.

You may take one step backwards initially, but you really are heading two steps forward. ~The Pacific Institute

3. Trans-Tow Towing Public Auction, March 16

Trans-Tow Towing will hold a Public Auction on Saturday, March 16, 2019 at 10 a.m. Viewing these vehicles will be available the morning of the Auction beginning at 9 a.m.

  • 1997 Geo Metro
  • 1996 Chevrolet GMT-400
  • 1999 Hyundai Sonata
  • 2006 Honda Civic
  • 2003 Honda Odyssey
  • 2001 Olds Alero
  • 2003 Ford Explorer

The Auction will be held at 1007 1st Street in Moro. If you would like more information, please contact us at 541-565-3005.

4. Oregon Farm Bureau celebrates National Ag Week

March 10-16 is 2019 National Ag Week

March 14 is 2019 National Ag Day

March is National Ag Month.

Oregon Farm Bureau, the state’s largest general agriculture organization, encourages all Oregonians to take a moment to remember the hard-working farm and ranch families across the state and nation during National Ag Week/Day/Month.

“Agriculture benefits all Oregonians by ensuring food security, providing jobs, preserving the environment, and enhancing our quality of life. It’s particularly impressive when you realize that farmers and ranchers represent less than 1 percent of the state’s population,” said Anne Marie Moss, communications director for Oregon Farm Bureau.

   > See videos featuring an Oregon cherry farmer, mint farmer, blackberry farmer, green bean farmer, broccoli farmer, pumpkin farmer, Christmas tree farmer, grass seed farmer, and more here: – or on OFB’s YouTube channel:

> Help spread the word about National Ag Week/Day/Month with the cool facts below about Oregon agriculture using the hashtag #AgDay19.

> Fast facts about Oregon agriculture: Did you know?

  • 97% of Oregon’s farms and ranches are family owned and operated.
  • Less than 1% of Oregon’s population are principal operators of farms and ranches.
  • 39% of all Oregon farms and ranches are (operated/owned by) women, which is one of the highest percentages in the nation.
  • The Oregon Century Farm & Ranch Program reports that 1,212 farms and ranches have achieved century status for remaining operational and within the same family for at least 100 years. 41 more boast Sesquicentennial status for reaching the 150-year milestone. Now that’s sustainable by any measure!
  • Oregon farmers, ranchers, and fishers produce more than 225 crops and livestock, making Oregon one of the most diverse agricultural states in the nation.
  • Oregon agriculture represents a diversity of successful operations. That helps keep the ag community resilient. Big or small, organic or conventional, growing for local or export markets, Oregon is home to all types of farms and ranches.
  • Oregon is the No. 1 producer in the United States for blackberries, boysenberries, and hazelnuts, raising nearly 100% of the U.S. supply for these commodities — as well as being No. 1 in the nation for growing Christmas trees, rhubarb, potted azaleas, crimson clover, sugar beet for seed, and a few grass seed varieties.

Find more facts about Oregon agriculture on Oregon Farm Bureau’s website at

5. National Association of Counties Western Interstate Region Conference, May 15-17

The NACo Western Interstate Region (WIR) Conference brings together county officials from across the nation to focus on pressing issues facing counties and our residents. Each year the conference is hosted by a county within the fifteen Western states—Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawai’i, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington and Wyoming—and provides attendees with the opportunity to interact with federal, state and regional policymakers, participate in educational sessions and take home tools to address challenges.


6. 7th Biennial Church Organ Crawl, April 28

music.notes (2)The seventh biennial Organ Crawl will take place Sunday, Apr. 28. Five organists will present 20 minute programs on five historic pipe organs in The Dalles, beginning at 2 p.m. at St. Peter’s Landmark.  The “Crawl” will proceed to United Church of Christ, First Church of Christ Scientist, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, and end at Zion Lutheran Church at 5 p.m.

7. Pacific Power offers new Equal Payment Plan Opt-out option

lightbulbCustomers choosing to opt-out of the statewide meter upgrade can now select a new plan to reduce monthly fees

PORTLAND, Ore. — As part of a statewide metering upgrade designed to improve service to customers through shorter outages and hour-by-hour energy usage information, Pacific Power is providing an additional offering for customers who wish to opt out. As part of a final filing to the Public Utility Commission (PUC) of Oregon on Monday, March 11, Pacific Power will now offer a commission-approved Equal Payment Plan Opt-out option to help reduce monthly fees starting March 13.

“We’ve heard from customers that the fee to opt out of a smart meter is burdensome, and we have continued to look for new options,” said Pacific Power Vice President of Regulation, Etta Lockey. “This has been a collaborative process with the PUC and the Citizens’ Utility Board, and we are pleased to offer this new option to customers.”

Smart meters wirelessly deliver hour-by-hour energy usage information to customers via their online account, eliminating the need to wait for a manual meter read and a monthly bill. While only around one percent of customers are opting out of the meter upgrade, choosing to do so adds a cost to continue manual meter reads.

The Equal Payment Option reduces opt-out fees for customers from the current $36 a month to $9 a month, by reducing the number of manual reads to three times per year ($36 per reading, spread across 12 months). It also allows customers to pay a level or equal monthly amount based on a historical average of their previous bills.

The standard opt-out plan will continue to be available as well and provides monthly manual $36 meter reads and bills based on monthly usage.

Customers must select the new option by calling 1-866-869-8520. All residential customers with non-standard meters are eligible to participate. Residential customers with net meters, time of use meters or demand registers would not qualify because it is necessary for the company to obtain routine meter reads to bill customers under those circumstances accurately.

Pacific Power’s upgrade of 590,000 meters began in January 2018 and continues through 2019. Installs are already complete for more than two-thirds of Pacific Power customers in Oregon. An opt-out option was made available during the upgrade to customers who choose to opt-out. In August, Pacific Power removed a $137 fee covering a future replacement of a non-communicative meter with a smart meter to help address the upfront financial impact of the program. This new Equal Payment Plan Opt-out option is part of Pacific Power’s continued review of opt-out fees, to ensure costs are fair for all customers.

Additional information on smart meters, including installation updates, are available at Customers can also call 866-869-8520 for help with any questions.

8. BLM Offers Incentives to Encourage Adoptions of Wild Horses & Burros

horseshoesWASHINGTON — As part of the Bureau of Land Management’s effort to find good homes for wild horses and burros removed from public lands, the agency today began offering new financial incentives to encourage qualified people to adopt one or more of the animals.  The program is part of the BLM’s efforts to confront a growing over-population of wild horses and burros on fragile rangelands and in off-range holding facilities, which cost taxpayers nearly $50 million every year to maintain.

As of March 1, 2018, the wild horse and burro population on public lands was estimated at approximately 81,950 animals, which is now more than triple the size the land can support along with other legally mandated uses.  High costs and a growing number of unadopted and unsold animals in BLM holding facilities have hindered the agency’s ability to reduce over-population in recent years.  Chronic overpopulation increases the risk of damage to rangeland resources through overgrazing, and raises the chances of starvation and thirst for animals in overpopulated herds.

Through the new incentive program, qualified adopters are eligible to receive $500 within 60 days of the adoption date and an additional $500 within 60 days of titling for each animal, which normally occurs one year from the adoption date.  The incentive is available for all animals that are eligible for adoption, including animals at BLM facilities, off-site events or on the agency’s Online Corral website. Adopters will just pay a minimum $25 adoption fee per animal.

“We understand that adopting a wild horse or burro represents a commitment.  The incentive is designed to help with the adopter’s initial training and humane care,” said BLM Deputy Director of Programs and Policy Brian Steed. “I encourage anyone who has considered adopting a wild horse or burro to join the thousands of owners who have provided good homes to more than 245,000 wild horses or burros since 1971.”

Potential adopters are required to complete an application proving they can feed and provide humane care to the animals and that they will adhere to the prohibited acts and titling requirements. In addition, potential adopters must authorize the incentive to be deposited via electronic funds transfers to their preferred account at their financial institution.  Potential adopters should visit the BLM website or call (866) 468-7826 to learn more about the guidelines and requirements for adopting a wild horse or burro.

The BLM manages and protects wild horses and burros under the authority of the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act. The Act directs the BLM to address overpopulation by removing excess animals from over-populated herds and offering them to the public for adoption or purchase.

“Finding good homes for excess animals and reducing overpopulation on the range are top priorities for the BLM as we strive to protect the health of these animals while balancing other legal uses of our public rangelands, including allowing for other traditional land uses such as wildlife conservation and grazing,” Steed added.

Owning a wild horse or burro is an extraordinary experience.  They have reached national notoriety through disciplines such as dressage, endurance and therapeutic programs that help veterans fulfill a new mission. Wild horses and burros are routinely preferred by public officials for important tasks such as patrolling the border and local policing. Read stories from recent wild horse and burro adopters and purchasers on the BLM’s Flickr page.


Sherman County eNews #69


  1. Sherman County 4-H Club News Reports: Leadership Club

  2. Notice. Sherman County Court, March 20

  3. 2019 Sherman County SWCD Tree & Shrub Sale Deadline, March 15

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

  5. Yes, I Can

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

1. Sherman County 4-H Club News Reports: Leadership Club

4-H clover1The 4-H Leadership Club met on March 10 at 3pm at the Extension Office.  Present were Courtney Coelsch, Mercedez Cardona, Tayler Collier, Emma Robbins, Pyeper Walker, Joseph Ramos, Patrick Ramos and Cadence Smith.  Pledge of Allegiance led by Mercedez, 4-H Pledge by Courtney.  We did ice breakers, job descriptions, learned what skill we needed to be a counselor, talked about camp dates and summer conference.  Next meeting will be April 14.  Meeting adjourned at 4:50pm.  Signed Pyeper Walker, News Reporter

2. Notice. Sherman County Court, March 20

ShermanCoLogoThe Sherman County Court session scheduled for Wednesday, March 20, 2019, at 9:00 a.m. will be held in the Commissioners Meeting Room at the Sherman County Courthouse, 500 Court Street, Moro, Oregon, 97039.  The agenda, including updates, will be posted on the Sherman County at Approved minutes for the February 6, 2019, Regular Session are now available in the Archive of County Court Meeting Minutes

 3. 2019 Sherman County SWCD Tree & Shrub Sale Deadline, March 15

flower.lilac.lavender*By order only, deadline March 15, 2019

Name Size $ / potted plant QTY Total $

Quaking Aspen – 1.25-1.5″ cal. / 7-8′ tall $80 ____ _____

Autumn Flame Maple – 1-1.25″ cal. / 7-8′ tall $90 ____ _____

Autumn Radiance Maple – 1.25″ cal. / 7-8′ tall $90 ____ _____

Renaissance Reflection Paper Birch – 1.25″ cal. / 7-8′ tall $65 ____ _____

Autumn Purple Ash – 1.25″ cal. / 7-8′ tall $90 ____ _____

Sunburst Honeylocust – 1″ cal. / 7-8′ tall $73.25 ____ ____

*Apple Honeycrisp – 1″ cal. / 6-7′ tall $45 ____ _____

*Apple Haralred – 1.25″ cal. / 7-8′ tall $45 ____ _____

Profusion Crabapple – 1.25″ cal. / 7-8′ tall $65 ____ _____

Austrian Pine – 4 gal. / 18-24″ tall $15.75 ___ _____

Canada Red Chokecherry – 1.25″ cal. / 8-9′ tall $80 ____ _____

Mountain Ash – 1.25-1.5″ cal. / 8-9′ tall $85 ____ _____

Northern Red Oak – 1.25″ cal. / 8′ tall $100 ____ _____

Pin Oak – 1.25″ cal. / 9-10′ tall $90 ____ _____

Mint Dogwood – 7 gal. / 18-24″ tall $22.50 ____ _____

Dwarf Bush Honeysuckle – 5/7 gal. / 18-24″ tall $17.50 ____ _____

Northern Gold Forsythia – 7 gal. / 2-3′ tall $15.75 ____ _____

Pee Gee Hydrangea – 5-7 gal. $17.50 ____ _____

Old Gold Juniper – 3 gal. $22.50 ____ _____

Honey rose Honeysuckle – 7/10 gal. / 3′ tall $22.50 ____ _____

Blizzard Mock Orange – 5 gal. / 2′ tall $20 ____ _____

Diablo Ninebark – 7 gal. / 2-3′ tall $18.50 ____ _____

Goldfinger Potentilla – 3/5 gal. / 2-3′ tall $16.25 ____ _____

Abbottswood Potentilla – 5 gal. / 12-18″ tall $17.25 ____ _____

Purple-leaf Sand-cherry – 7 gal. / 3′ tall $25 ____ _____

White Rugosa Rose – 5 gal. / 2-3′ tall $17.50 ____ _____

Sutherland Gold Elderberry – 1 gal. $10 ____ _____

White Snowberry – 7 gal. / 2-3′ tall $17.50 ____ _____

Miss Kim Lilac – 7 gal. / 2′ tall $25 ____ _____

Bailey Compact American Cranberry Bush – 7 gal. / 2-3′ tall $20 ____ _____

Grand Total: ____ _____

  • Unlike previous years this sale is order only and no stock will be available for sale during order pick
  • Last day to order is March 15
  • Order pick up is on March 23 from 8 am to 12 pm or March 25 – 29 from 8 am to 4:30 pm at the Sherman County SWCD office, 302 Scott St, Moro, OR
  • Stock comes from McPheeters nursery in central Oregon, subject to stock on hand and prices may vary.
  • All plants are acclimated to planting zones 6b-7a.
  • All trees and shrubs come already potted, but should be planted in the ground soon after pick up.

Payment is due at time of pick up by cash or check to Sherman SWCD.



Phone Number:

Email Address:

How would you like to be reminded of the pick-up date? Phone Email Both

Submit Order via mail or email

Sherman SWCD

PO Box 405

Moro, OR 97039

Contact us with any questions or for more inventory at (541) 565-3216

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

PORTLAND, 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.

Read more at:

5. Yes, I Can

Here is a proposition for your consideration: Using the phrase, “I can’t” is actually contrary to what it means to be human.

Over the millennia of recorded human history, the story (so far) is one of progress or, at least, improvement of the human experience. Each “today” is better than yesterday, and each tomorrow is reflected in today’s hopes and dreams. We are constantly working toward something better. “I can’t” or “We can’t” simply gets in the way.

In the past, if we had allowed “I can’t” to get in the way, there would have been no sea trade by the Phoenicians; no Silk Road from Asia Minor to China; no “New World” to discover; no automobile, no telephone; and certainly no mobile phones or texting. There would have been no written language, no books, nor any music. You can completely forget space exploration, and the medical and scientific benefits we have received from that. You see, it is simply human nature to say, “I can.”

The history of the human species is a grand illustration of the need to grow, to achieve, to fulfill potential – to be better than before. Indeed, the need to constantly expand our knowledge and experience is uniquely human, as evidenced by the fact that no group of animals, fish or fowl have planned and carried out a mission to the moon or beyond – at least, not one we know of.

So, the next time you react to a challenge by saying, “I can’t,” stop yourself. Think again. Embrace all that makes you human, and ask yourself, “What if I could?” Because, you see, you can. Remember: Yesterday’s dreams are today’s realities. Today’s dreams are tomorrow’s opportunities.

It’s time to let go of the old “I can’t” habit, and seize the opportunities for growth and expansion in your life. ~The Pacific Institute

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

bird.owl.limbKhan Academy. You Can Learn Anything. Free. For Everyone. Forever.

The History Place | Timelines | The Past Into the Future

Pew Research Fact Tank:  7 key findings about mobile phone and social media use in emerging economies

Oregon Lobby Power: Lawmakers come and go, but the lobby remains a constant power

Editorial: Oregon HB 2931 would incorrectly restrict access to executive sessions

Arts Sector Contributed $763.6 Billion to U.S. Economy—More Than Agriculture or Transportation, New Data Shows

These 2 Senators Don’t Want Taxpayers Paying for “Plush” Pensions for Wealthy Lawmakers

Brilliant Maps: The Astounding Drop in Global Fertility Rates Between 1970 And 2014

Watch Your Words. Cooking Requires a Dictionary


Sherman County eNews #68


  1. Public Meeting Notice: Sherman County School District Board, March 11


  3. Joecile Higley 1940-2019

  4. County-wide Cleanup May 4th

  5. Oregon Legislature 2019-21 Co-Chair Balanced Budget – A Multi-Biennial Plan

  6. Growth Without Guilt

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

“There is no part of the administration of government that requires extensive information and a thorough knowledge of the principles of political economy, so much as the business of taxation. The man who understands those principles best will be least likely to resort to oppressive expedients, or sacrifice any particular class of citizens to the procurement of revenue. It might be demonstrated that the most productive system of finance will always be the least burdensome.” —Alexander Hamilton (1788)

1. Public Meeting Notice: Sherman County School District Board, March 11

The Sherman County School District Board of Directors will hold a Regular Board Meeting on Monday, March 11, 2019, that will include an executive session. The executive session will begin at 6:00 p.m. pursuant to ORS 192.660(2)(i) for the annual evaluation of the superintendent. The Regular Board Meeting will begin at approximately 7:00 p.m. This meeting will be held in the Sherman County School/Public Library.

Agenda topics include: Executive Session for Evaluation of the Superintendent 6 p.m.; Regular Meeting 7 p.m.: Presentations & Recognition; Consent Agenda (Minutes, Financial Statement, Contract Renewals; Reports by Superintendent Wes Owens, K-12 Administrator Mike Somnis & Athletic Director Mike Somnis; Unfinished business: Restoring Instructional Time Due to Inclement Weather, QMHP Position Update, 2019-20 Draft Calendar; New Business: Approve Track Meet Exceeding 150 Miles One Way, New School Information System Platform; Audience Communications (Testimony related to non-agenda items.); Future agenda, closing comments; Next regular board meeting is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. on April 8, 2019.


NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that on Tuesday, May 21, 2019 an election will be held in Sherman County, Oregon for the purpose of electing board members to fill the following positions and terms, including any vacancy which may exist on the boards of the following districts:

Position 3 – 4 Year Term
Position 5 – 4 Year Term

Position 1 – 4 Year Term
Position 4 – 4 Year Term

Zone 3 (Rufus & Wasco) – 4 Year Term
Zone 4 (Moro, Grass Valley & Kent) – 2 Year Term

Position 2 – 4 Year Term
Position 3 – 4 Year Term

Position 1 – 4 Year Term
Position 2 – 4 Year Term

Position 1 – 4 Year Term
Position 5 – 4 Year Term

Position 1 – 4 Year Term
Position 2 – 4 Year Term
Position 3 – 4 Year Term
Position 5 – 2 Year Term

This election will be conducted by mail. Each candidate for an office listed above must file a District Candidate Filing form (SEL 190) including a $10 filing fee, or file a District Candidate Filing form, Candidate Signature Sheet(s) Nonpartisan (SEL 121) with signatures of eligible Sherman County voters, and Petition Submission form (SEL 338) at the Sherman County Clerk’s Office no earlier than February 9, 2019 and no later than 5:00 p.m. on March 21, 2019. The Sherman County Courthouse is located at 500 Court Street in Moro, Oregon. If you have any questions, please contact the Clerk’s Office at 541-565-3606.

3. Joecile Higley 1940-2019

flower.rose.starJoecile Higley passed away peacefully on Feb. 21, 2019, in Portland Ore., at the age of 78. Joecile June Blaylock was born June 11, 1940, to Boyce and Kathryn Blaylock at their home in Grass Valley, Ore. She joined two sisters Barbara and Jerrine and later a brother Orville. They were all raised in Grass Valley and related to just about everyone in the county in one way or another like the families of Blaylock, Belshe, Eakin and Higley.

Joecile went to Grass Valley grade school and graduated from Sherman High School in Moro, Ore. in 1958. She married her high school sweetheart Tom O. Higley on Aug. 30, 1959, and they moved to La Grande, Ore., where Tom finished his college education. They moved to Pendleton, Ore., and raised their two children, Shawn and Kimberly.

Joecile became a hairdresser and after Tom’s death she moved to The Dalles, Ore., and worked at Joan’s Beauty Salon for many years. She loved her job and enjoyed her many clients. Joecile was a long-time member of the Christian Science Church in The Dalles.

She was preceded in death by her parents; niece; and husband. She is survived by her daughter Kimberly Higley of Pendleton; son Shawn Higley (Leslie) of Portland, Ore., and their children, Austin, Alex and Gabby; sisters Barbara Paige (Jack) of Portland; Jerrine Belshe (Jim) of Wasco, Ore.; brother Orville Blaylock (Shirley) of Moro; and beloved nieces and nephews. At her request, no public funeral or service will be held and gifts may be made in her memory to Providence St. Vincent Hospice Services, Special Olympics or Oregon State Beaver Nation Football!

4. County-wide Cleanup May 4th

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

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

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

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

Limited:      One trip per vehicle.


No household hazardous or medical waste will be accepted.

No recycling.

Fees are required for:

Refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners $32.63 each

Appliances $12.83

Tires without rims $11.81

Tires with rims $15.76

Furniture – $12.38


You may also bring:

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

Please note:

Recycling will not be accepted on this day. Recycling will be accepted on any regular scheduled day:

2nd Friday and Saturday in Moro

3rd Friday and Saturday in Wasco

4th Friday and Saturday in Rufus

Weekly Monday and Tuesday in Grass Valley

~ Waste Connections/The Dalles Disposal

5. Oregon Legislature 2019-21 Co-Chair Balanced Budget – A Multi-Biennial Plan

Oregon.Flat.poleOregon continues to face a structural deficit for the 2019-21 biennium that is projected to worsen in the 2021-23 and 2023-25 biennia. No matter the cause, these deficits threaten vital services to vulnerable Oregonians, education funding, the Oregon Health Plan, and ensuring our workforce has the tools and supports they need to succeed. We cannot continue to provide the same level of service or meet future critical needs by staying on the same course we have been on for over a decade.

The formation of this budget was guided by the following three core principles:

  • Align spending with the desire to meet critical needs and provide long-term budget stability.
  • Prioritize K-12 education funding and the Oregon Health Plan. Evaluate all other expenditures based on their short-term and long-term outcomes.
  • Maintain a prudent level of resources to guard against program and service reductions in the event of economic downturns in future biennia.

We recognize there are needs that exceed available resources. We also recognize that the state must balance its budget and plan for the future using only the resources available to it.

Given these constraints, the following assumptions form the foundation for the state’s budget:

  • An approximate 5% General Fund reduction to balance the 2019-21 budget and help set the state on a path to sustainable budgets in future biennia. Program area reduction amounts vary depending on factors outlined in this framework.
  • Retaining 2% of General Fund expenditures as an ending balance, instead of the required 1%, to inoculate against future revenue declines or pay down the PERS unfunded liability.
  • The Oregon Health Plan will be funded without cuts to eligibility or benefits.
  • The State School Fund will be held harmless from cuts. In addition, $100 million will be added above the current service level (CSL). Supplemental funding for the State School Fund may become available from new revenues passed by the Joint Committee on Student Success.
  • Costs for tax credits, whether extended, expanded, or new, shall be covered within $40 million General Fund or via adjustments to other tax credits and policies.
  • The total amount of General Obligation Bonds issued will be reduced to lower the amount of debt service costs in future biennia, preserving General Fund for programmatic use.

The 2019-21 budget process will use CSL as the starting reference point for drafting agency budgets. The CSL is an estimate of how much it costs in the next biennium to continue the current level of services and programs. Subcommittees will evaluate various reductions and additions to each agency’s CSL based on the principles set forth in this document. The 2019-21 budget process is designed to develop a sustainable plan for state government, the public education system, and other governmental and non-profit partners within current law and resource estimates. The goal is a budget plan to spend resources wisely to meet the needs of all Oregonians.

There is still much work to be done and more information to consider, but the overall guiding principles listed throughout the framework will remain and represent a forward-thinking strategy to develop a balanced and sustainable budget.  ~ Co-Chair Balanced Budget.pdf

 6. Growth Without Guilt

Do you ever feel that the people who are closest to you are the ones who resist the most when you try to change for the better?

Sometimes, when we are committed to personal growth and change, family members and others who are close to us will do everything they can to try and get us to change back. Did you ever wonder why that might be? Well, for one thing, when people get used to their lives being a certain way, any change – even when it’s an improvement – can be threatening. And sometimes, people who are negative have a very hard time tolerating people who are positive. It’s the old “misery loves company” syndrome.

If you can convince your family to join you in your quest for personal growth, you will all have an easier time of it. You can support each other through the tough times and give each other encouragement and approval as you begin to see results.

If you have no choice but to go it alone, it can help to let the others in on it. Tell them what you’re trying to do and tell them, too, how the results will benefit them as well. Paint them a vivid picture of what the end-result will look like, and ask for their help. If you don’t get it, have patience. They may need to see for themselves that you really mean it and that you intend to stay close to them even though you’re changing.

Occasionally, people in our immediate families may force us to make the painful choice between developing ourselves as human beings and continuing our relationship with them. It is important that you know that you have the right to choose growth without guilt. ~The Pacific Institute

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

bird.owlThe Oregon Legislative Budget (Ways and Means) Chairs proposed budget using

Border Patrol: Facilities, Manpower Cannot Support Continued Increase of Apprehensions

How United Nations scientists are preparing for the end of capitalism

Taxpayers bear the cost of $1.3 million sexual harassment settlement for Oregon lawmakers’ misdeeds


Sherman County eNews #67






church.family1Through Thick and Thin

Before David became king of Israel, he was brought into the home of Israel’s first king, Saul who had a son named Jonathan. David and Jonathan hit it off, and we read of them, “…the soul of Jonathan was knit to the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as himself.” (1 Samuel 18:1, NASB) Later when king Saul would become jealous of David’s success, Jonathan sought to protect David against the attacks of his own father. After an extended time of being pursued, David heard of the deaths of both Saul and Jonathan in battle. He honored them both, but of Jonathan he said, “I am distressed for you, my brother Jonathan; you have been very pleasant to me. Your love to me was more wonderful than the love of women.” (2 Samuel 1:26, NASB)

Later David’s son, Solomon wrote, “A man of too many friends comes to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.” (Proverbs 18:24, NASB) Surely, Solomon must have heard the stories about the great friendship between his father and his dear friend and all that they endured together. It was not an easy friendship, and things happened that would shatter most relationships. But these men remained strong together and their love endured.

Beyond them, we all have things that come into our lives that can shake us at our cores. The question is whether you have someone who is or can be that faithful friend who you will stand with your like a Jonathan? God loves us this way. But what about someone with flesh and blood who along with God the three of you can endure all things? Solomon also wrote, “And if one can overpower him who is alone, two can resist him. A cord of three strands is not quickly torn apart.” (Ecclesiastes 4:12, NASB)

We are not intended to walk alone.

Joe Burgess
Pastor, First Baptist Church Grass Valley

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.


Your expressions of gratitude and congratulation are welcome here!


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



“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

SHERMAN COUNTY HISTORICAL MUSEUM. Sunday, March 10th, the Sherman County Historical Society invites you to attend a volunteer recruitment gathering from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Sherman County Historical Museum in Moro, Oregon. This non-profit organization is devoted to preserving and sharing local history and is currently looking for new volunteers! Come find out about opportunities to volunteer with the Sherman County Historical Society. Everyone is welcome and appetizers are provided. Bring a friend to find out more about being a volunteer with the Sherman County Historical Society and Museum! For more information call 541-565-3232 or visit the website:
SHERMAN COUNTY REPRESENTATIVE for COMMUNITY ACTION COUNCIL. Mid-Columbia Community Action Council is a non-profit organization that works with low-income families and we are looking for a person from Sherman County to serve on our Board of Directors. We would like to have someone from Sherman County who represents a group or organization, but does not have to. The Board meetings are held every other month in The Dalles and usually last about an hour and a half. Would you be interested in helping your community, then contact Jim at MCCAC and he can fill you in on more details. 541-298-5131 or

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


CITY WATER OPERATOR/MAINTENANCE. The City of Grass Valley is seeking applicants to fill the position of: WATER OPERATOR/MAINTENANCE. Applicant is responsible for maintaining and operation of the public water system according to the City Council and according to all Oregon Health Division requirements. This position is also responsible for all maintenance on all city owned properties and/or property in the care of the City. For a full job description, please contact City Hall. City of Grass Valley is an EOE; Salary is DOE; Part-time; no benefits. If interested in this position, please return a Letter of Interest, resumé and three references to City Administrator, Whitney Cabral or Mayor Pattee by March 15, 2019. Letters and information can be dropped off at City Hall, e-mailed to  or mailed to: PO Box 191, Grass Valley, OR 97029. Position open until filled. Please contact City Hall with any questions at 541-333-2434. 3/15

HELP GILLIAM AND SHERMAN COUNTY STUDENTS SUCCEED. Do you know someone with time to spare, who loves to drive, and help others? Refer them to Mid Columbia Bus Company! Once the person you refer becomes certified and drives a full route for at least 30 days, we will donate $1000.00 to a school organization of your choice.

What we offer:

  • $13.30 an hour
  • Paid training
  • Flexible schedule
  • Dental
  • Vision
  • Medical Plan
  • 401 K

… And more!


  • Pass a criminal history check
  • Have a good driving record
  • Have a valid Oregon driver’s license
  • Ability to obtain Class B CDL with training

Contact Mid Columbia Bus Company and tell us where to make a donation today:

Amberlena Shaffer


OFFICE: (541) 567-0551

CELL: (541) 303-5093

Email:   4/26 

TRANSPORTATION DISPATCHER. Sherman County Community Transportation is accepting employment applications for the position of transportation dispatcher. This is a permanent full-time position, 40hr/wk Monday-Thursday, salary range $12.17/hr starting pay to $14.25/hr final step. Applicant must be knowledgeable in the operation of modern office equipment including computer systems, spreadsheets and make decisions independently using effective time management in this fast paced position and have the ability to multitask choosing the highest priorities.   For job description and/or applications, contact the Sherman County Community Transit at 541-565-3553 or go online at http:/ Submit completed application and resume to the Sherman County Community Transportation, P.O. Box 365, Moro, OR  97039.  Position open until March 8th, 2019; first review of applications will be March 13, 2019. Successful applicant must pass a criminal history background check and a Drug & Alcohol pre-employment check, since this position involves contact with vulnerable adults.  Sherman County is an equal opportunity employer. 3/8

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

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


 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







LOCAL HISTORY SUPPORT: A grant application-in-progress for the Observer Farm Cemetery aka Old Kent Cemetery aka Wilcox Cemetery will be strengthened by support of people with an interest in historic preservation or relationships to those buried here. The surnames are Kentner, Craig, Trotter, Orcutt, Thiese, Phillips, Leonard, Graham, Hayman, Kibbey/Kibby, Lane & Seidel whose families were early settlers in the Kent area. Please contact Sherry Kaseberg 3/8

LOCAL HISTORY INFO: Interested in gathering history of the early day Sherman County churches: especially dates in service and location for Rosebush Church, Rufus Baptist Church, Rufus Christian Church, Rufus Church of the Nazarene, Rufus Full Gospel Assembly, Moro Christian Science and Rufus Methodist Episcopal church-owned land in section 20, T2N, R18E near Biglow schoolhouse … and information about James Weir for updating the 3rd edition of Sherman County Place Names. Please contact Sherry Kaseberg 3/8

HOST FAMILY. Host a Foreign Exchange Student. ASSE Student Exchange Programs is now looking for American families to host high school students from Asia. These personable and academically select exchange students speak English, are bright, curious, and eager to learn about this country through living as part of a family for an academic year and attending high school. Your support of these students reinforces the United States’ commitment to education and opportunity throughout the world.

ASSE is currently seeking host families for these well-qualified, bright, motivated and well-screened students coming from Japan, China, Thailand, Taiwan, Mongolia, and South Korea. By living with local host families and attending local high schools, the students acquire an understanding of American values and build on leadership skills.

The exchange students arrive from their home country shortly before school begins and return at the end of the school year. Each ASSE student is fully insured, brings his or her own personal spending money and expects to bear his or her share of household responsibilities, as well as being included in normal family activities and lifestyles. At the same time the student will be teaching their newly adopted host family about their own culture and language.   If you are interested in opening your home and sharing your family life with a young person from abroad, please contact us today for more information, call (800) 733-2773, go online at or email  4/26

2. CALENDAR (new or corrected)



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

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

9-10 41st Annual Tumbleweed Tournament – Town Team & City League 9 Condon


10 Sherman County Historical Museum Volunteer Recruitment 3-5 Museum

11 Sherman County School District Board of Directors Meeting 7

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 Wasco School Events Center Board Meeting 1

13 Tri-County Hazardous Waste & Recycling Steering Committee 8:30-11:30 The Dalles

13 Rufus City Council 7

14 Frontier Regional 911 Dispatch Board of Directors Meeting 1 Condon

14 National Ag Day, visit

15 Maryhill Museum of Art Opens for the Season

15 Frontier TeleNet 10 TBA


19 Wasco City Council 7

19 Unit 20 Oregon Retired Educators’ Meeting 12 Hood River Valley Adult Center

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 Sherman County SWCD & Watershed Council Annual Meeting 5:30

27-28 Roots of Resilience Grazing Conference, Pendleton

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

28 Mid-Columbia Economic Development District Board 4 Hood River 


1 Grass Valley City Council 7

2 Moro City Council 7

2-3 Oregon Wheat Day Events at the Capitol

3 Sherman County Court 9

3 All County Prayer Meeting Wasco Church of Christ social 6:30, prayer 7:00-8:30

4 Sherman County Fair Board 7

6 Equine Mania LLC Advanced Sorting Clinic w/Kristi Siebert (541) 980-7394

9 Tri-County Mental Health Board Meeting 11-2

9 North Central Public Health District Board Meeting 3

10 Sherman Senior & Community Center Advisory Board 12:30

10 Rufus City Council 7

10-11 Sherman County Budget Committee Meeting

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


15-16 Oregon Nonprofit Leaders Conference, Ashland

16 Frontier Regional 911 Board of Directors Meeting 1:30

16 Tri-County Community Corrections Board 3:30 Gilliam County

16 Wasco City Council 7

17 Sherman County Court 9

19 Frontier TeleNet Board Meeting TBA



24 Tri-County Courts 10-2 Sherman County Courthouse

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


1 Sherman County Court 9

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



2 Sherman County Fair Board 7

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

4 County-wide Clean-up Day

6 Grass Valley City Council 7

8 Rufus City Council 7

8 Sherman County Senior Center Advisory Board 12:30

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

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






Sherman County eNews #65


  1. You Probably Saw Days of Yore in The Times-Journal, March 7, 2019

  2. First Baptist Grass Valley Spring Fling Postponed

  3. Managing Your Mind

  4. Notice. Sherman County Court Minutes Online for Feb. 6

  5. Sherman County Court News, Feb. 6

  6. Sherman High School Baseball & Tennis Schedules

“I suppose, indeed, that in public life, a man whose political principles have any decided character and who has energy enough to give them effect must always expect to encounter political hostility from those of adverse principles.” —Thomas Jefferson (1808)

 1. You Probably Saw Days of Yore in The Times-Journal, March 7, 2019

10 Years Ago

— Arlington Mayor Jeff Bufton is issued the oath of office, as are councilors Alice Courtney, Alcenia Byrd and Leslie Walborn.

— Big Sky basketball all-stars include Shelby von Borstel, Hayli Sharp, Karissa Mobley, Jessica Logan, Jenni Guzman, and Cole MacInnes, Russell Thompson, Josh Ball, Billy Jaeger, Ben Logan and James Stroud.

2. First Baptist Grass Valley Spring Fling Postponed

The Spring Fling with Joni Harms this Saturday, the 9th, has been postponed most likely until the early part of June. We are sorry for the late notice, and look forward to being able to get it back on the schedule. ~Pastor Burgess

3. Managing Your Mind

Most people who want to succeed in the world of business know that they have to be good managers. Actually, it’s probably important to be a good manager, no matter what your field is, if you want to be a success. 

Why do we say that? Well, here’s a laundry list of a few things you should be able to manage effectively if you want to lead a productive life: You will need to manage ideas, money, time, opportunities, other people, talent, training, energy, risk, decisions, challenges and your imagination. 

You see, failure is not the result of a lack of money, time, or connections. Google it: One can be a millionaire and lose everything if you don’t manage it – and yourself – wisely. And failure has little to do with problems, risks, frustrations, or difficulties, either. 

We don’t succeed in life because of what we have – we succeed because of who we are. If we are good managers, we control our resources so that we maximize our chances of achieving our goals. 

Now, chances are we never learned to do this in school, and most people don’t learn from their parents, either. The school of hard knocks may teach a few things, but in that school, the lessons are painful and sometimes, costly. But here’s the good news: It doesn’t have to be that way. The key, to successful management of most things, is knowing how to think effectively. 

Learn to manage your mind – your thoughts, habits and attitudes – and you will be well on your way to success! ~The Pacific Institute

4. Sherman County Court Minutes Online for Feb. 6

Approved minutes for the February 6, 2019 Regular Session is now available in the Archive of County Court Meeting Minutes

5. Sherman County Court News, Feb. 6

ShermanCoLogoBy Kayla von Borstel 541-565-3416

Quarterly Reports and Board of Commissioners Regional and County Board Designations were the main topics on the agenda during the February 6th session of Sherman County Court in Moro.

Dan Aldrich, County Maintenance, gave his quarterly report. He stated the shop remodel was well underway as planned. The building will also be heated for temperature sensitive documents. County Court stated they would like a tour of the building once completed.

Discussion was held on which boards each of the Commissioners, and the Judge, wanted to be appointed to. County Court motioned to appoint Commissioner McCoy  to: Association of Oregon Counties (AOC), Frontier TeleNet Alternate, Tri-County Mental Health – Center for Living, Northern Oregon Regional Corrections (NORCOR), Community Renewable Energy Association (CREA) Alternate, Columbia Gorge Bi-State Renewable Energy Zone (CGBREZ) Alternate, Biggs Service District Board/Budget Committee, Public Contract Board of Review, Sherman County Budget Committee, Board of Property Tax Appeals (BOPTA) Alternate, Local Public Safety Coordinating Council (LPSCC) Liaison, Sherman County Advisory Council (CAC), and Mid-Columbia Housing Authority (MCHA).

County Court motioned to appoint Judge Dabulskis to: Association of Oregon Counties (AOC), Eastern Oregon Rural Alliance, Lower John Day ACT, Frontier Regional 911, Frontier TeleNet, Tri-County Community Corrections, Association of Oregon Counties Policy & Legislative Committees, National Association of Counties (NACo) Steering Committees, Community Renewable Energy Association (CREA), Columbia Gorge Bi-State Renewable Energy Zone (CGBREZ), Energy Facility Siting Council (EFSEC), Regional Solutions Committee, Mid-Columbia Economic Development District (MCEDD) Loan Board, MCEDD Board, MCEDD Executive Board, Biggs Service District Board/Budget Committee, Public Contract Board of Review, Sherman County Budget Committee, Board of Property Tax Appeals (BOPTA), Sherman County Court Security/Courthouse, Sherman County Rural Road Advisory Committee Liaison, Sherman County School District liaison, Central & Eastern Oregon Juvenile Justice Council, and Sherman County Safety Committee, Ambulance Service Area Plan Advisory Committee.

 County Court motioned to appoint Commissioner Bird to: Association of Oregon Counties (AOC), Mid-Columbia Community Action Council – CAP, North Central Public Health District, Biggs Service District Board/Budget Committee, Public Contract Board of Review, Sherman County Budget Committee, Sherman County Prevention Coalition, Sherman County Public School Library, Sherman County Watershed Liaison, Soil & Water Conservation District Liaison, Sherman County Senior & Community Center Advisory Board, and Sherman County Fair Board Liaison.

In conducting the business of the County, the County Court:

  • approved the City of Rufus purchasing a flashing speed zone sign to be posted at 25 mph at Scott Canyon Road.
  • approved the Community Renewable Energy Association (CREA) SIP Payment 2019 in the amount of $19,500.
  • approved repairing the carts for the County rental tables and chairs.
  • appointed Joe Bibby, Pine Hollow/ Jackknife Watershed position, to the Sherman County Area Watersheds Council for a term of four years to expire December 31, 2022.
  • appointed Kari Silcox and Ree Ella von Borstel to the Special Transportation Committee for term of three years to expire December 31, 2021.
  • appointed Steve Kaseberg to the Northern Oregon Regional Correction (NORCOR) Budget Committee.
  • appointed Chris Patnode, Gilliam County Justice of the Peace, as pro tem Justice Court Judge for Sherman County for the 2019 calendar year.
  • approved the Justice of the Peace Continuing Legal Education Report and Summary for 2017 and 2018, submitted to the Oregon Justice of the Peace Association.
  • rescinded the previous motion to purchase an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Cabinet in the amount of $199, and approve the purchase of a more suitable AED Cabinet for the Courthouse in the amount of $319, plus restocking and shipping fees.
  • approved the Joint Resolution between Gilliam, Wasco, and Sherman Counties in the matter of the designation of a Community Dispute Resolution Coordinator, and authorize Judge Dabulskis to sign.
  • approved the authorization of Rita Wilson to pay regular monthly County bills as presented to the Court.

Topics of discussion were Written Quarterly Reports, Oregon State University Ag Extension Agent Position Funding – Sherman Position, and Commissioner Reports.

6. Sherman High School Baseball & Tennis Schedules

Sherman/Arlington/Condon Baseball 2019

Updated 3-4-19


March 18 Mon. The Dalles (JV) Sherman   4:00 pm
March 22 Fri. Umatilla (DH) Umatilla   1:00 pm
March 26 Tues. Weston-McEwen Boardman   1:30 pm
March 26 Tues. Riverside Boardman   4:00 pm
March 27 Wed. Irrigon Irrigon   1:00 pm
April 2 Tue. Stanfield Sherman   4:00 pm
April 8 Mon. Umatilla (JV) Sherman   4:00 pm
April 13 Sat. Union (DH) Sherman   11:00 am
April 16 Tues. Dufur Dufur   4:00 pm
April 20 Sat. Pilot Rock (DH) Sherman   11:00 am
April 23 Tues. Stanfield Stanfield   4:00 pm
April 27 Sat. Grant Union (DH) John Day   11:00 am
May 4 Sat. Heppner (DH) Sherman   11:00 am
May 7 Tues. Dufur Sherman   4:00 pm
May 11 Sat. Weston-McEwen (DH) Weston   11:00 am

Head Coach:  Joe Justesen/Shawn Troutman

Asst. Coach:   James Stroud, Eliot Kaseberg  

Superintendents:  Wes Owens/Kevin Hunking/Michelle Geer

NOTICE: Schedules change frequently. For the most up-to-date baseball schedule please check the school website at

Sherman High School

2019 Tennis

Date Day Opponent Site Time Depart
March 12 Tue. Weston-McEwen Sherman 3:30  
March 15 Fri. Riverside Sherman 4:00  
March 19 Tue. White Salmon White Salmon 3:30  
March 21 Thur. Arlington/Condon Arlington 4:00  
April 5 Fri. Ione Sherman 4:00  
April 6 Sat. Stanfield/Helix Stanfield 10:00  
April 9 Tue. Stanfield Sherman 4:00  
April 12 Fri. Umatilla Umatilla 1:00  
April 13 Sat. Madras Tourney

(Girls Only)

Madras TBD  
April 15 Mon. Weston/McEwen Weston 3:30  
April 17 Wed. Arlington/Condon Sherman 4:00  
April 19 Fri. Riverside Boardman 4:00  
April 22 Mon. White Salmon Sherman 4:00  
April 25 Thurs. Umatilla Sherman 4:00  
April 26 Fri. Ione Ione 4:00  
April 27 Sat. Helix Invitational Kennewick

(Tri-Cities Court Club)

May 3-4 Fri./Sat. Sub-Districts Kennewick

(Tri-Cities Court Club)

May 10-11 Fri./Sat. Districts Kennewick

(Tri-Cities Court Club)


Head Coach:     Deidra von Borstel                            Asst:   Kalie Rolfe

Principal/AD:   Mike Somnis                                Supt.:  Wes Owens


Sherman County eNews #64


  1. The Most-Below-Average Temperatures Anywhere on Earth are in the U.S. Right Now

  2. Frontier Telenet directors approved supplemental budget

  3. Learning to Take Control

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

  5. Notice. Wasco School Events Center Board of Directors Meeting, March 13

  6. Notice. Tri-County Hazardous Waste & Recycling Steering Committee, March 13

  7. Unit 20 Oregon Retired Educators’ Meeting, March 19

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

Tonight’s All-County Prayer Meeting is Cancelled.

You’ll probably read about Nixyaawii state 1A champs, Huskies finish _th; Days of Yore 10 Years Ago; Sherman County governmental legal notices/employment opportunities; and a very important Overview of Public Meetings Law in The Times-Journal.

1. The Most-Below-Average Temperatures Anywhere on Earth are in the U.S. Right Now 

snowflakesmallThe Weather Channel At a Glance

  • The U.S. is shivering through the most-below-average temperatures anywhere on Earth.
  • The core of the cold air is centered over the northern Rockies, Plains and Midwest.
  • Much of the rest of the globe is seeing above-average temperatures.

Read about it here:

2. Frontier Telenet directors approved supplemental budget 

By permission of The Times-Journal, March 7th:

Directors of Frontier Telenet met via a phone connection Friday last week, March 1, to do one thing – consider a resolution to adopt the entity’s 2018-2019 supplemental budget. Included in the ‘phone’ meeting were Frontier Telenet directors Judge Lynn Morley, Judge Elizabeth Farrar and Judge Joe Dabulskis, along with Frontier Telenet contract staff Jeanne Burch, Ryan LeBlanc of Day Wireless, Frontier Telenet attorney Jim Deason, Sheriff Gary Bettencourt, Gilliam County resident Les Ruark and Sherman County Commissioner Tom McCoy.

Judge Farrar clarified that the $200,000 being accounted for in the supplemental budget — $100,000 loans from Sherman and Wheeler counties – could be used only for the expenditure purposes designated in the supplemental budget document. Directors acknowledged that the loan funds in the document can be used only for designated expenditures — Electricity, $20,000; Bandwidth, $50,000; Lease Expenses, $25,000; Insurance, $5,000; Equipment Maintenance, $50,000; Motorola Warranty, $20,000; and Tower Maintenance, $30,000. The motion to approve the resolution adopting the supplemental budget was approved by a unanimous vote, and the six-minute meeting was adjourned.

3. Learning to Take Control

How much control do you believe you have over what happens to you in life? Today, let’s talk about how our feelings, about who is in control, affect our end-results.

Some people believe they have very little control over what happens to them. When good things occur, they believe it’s mostly a matter of luck or circumstance. They don’t set goals or plan very far ahead because they think that how things turn out is beyond their control.

Their tension and stress levels are generally very high, as you might expect, and they often feel overwhelmed, helpless and hopeless. Strangely enough, when bad things happen, instead of blaming circumstances or luck, they tend to blame themselves.

Now, the bad news is that how much control we believe we have over our lives is generally a direct result of the way we were treated when we were very young. The good news is that this condition, which has been called “learned helplessness” doesn’t have to be permanent.

You can learn to take charge of your life and look at things differently. The fact is, when your attitude changes, the results you get change, too. Yes, that is a fact, not just opinion. The research is there to back it up: Your attitude is learned and the results you get depend as much – or more – on your attitude, as your skills and abilities.

If you’re interested in putting an end to feeling like a victim, pick up Martin Seligman’s book “Learned Optimism” as a start or get involved in a reputable personal growth program. If you have children, how about Seligman’s book “The Optimistic Child” to benefit them? What are you waiting for? There is no time like the present to begin to take control of your life. ~The Pacific Institute

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

bird.owl.limb40 Old-Fashioned Skills for Kids Today

Frugal Fun for Boys and Girls

The Geography of Partisan Prejudice

The Weather Channel: The Most-Below-Average Temperatures Anywhere on Earth are in the U.S. Right Now.

Oregon Encyclopedia: Kalliah Tumulth (Indian Mary) (1854-1906)

Why Trump Must Veto the Federal Land Grab Bill

The Oregon Legislature Will Pay More Than $1 Million to Eight Victims of Sexual Harassment

Free eClips, Highlighting Oregon State Government in the News

The Lars Larson Show  

Free Oregon Watchdog: Free Top Political & Business News

Prager University. Short Videos. Big Ideas.

There Is a Border Crisis, Leftmedia Finally Admits

Fact Sheet: Our Country is Facing a Growing Emergency at the Border

Roll Call. Congress, Campaigns, The White House, Heard on the Hill, Policy, Opinion

The Patriot Post | PRO DEO ET LIBERTATE – 1776

5. Notice. Wasco School Events Center Board of Directors Meeting, March 13

The Wasco School Events Center Board of Directors will hold a meeting on March 13th 2019 at 1:00PM at the WSEC (903 Barnett St.)  Public is Welcome to Attend!

6. Notice. Tri-County Hazardous Waste & Recycling Steering Committee, March 13

recycle.blwhThe Tri-County Hazardous Waste & Recycling Program’s next Steering Committee meeting is scheduled for Wednesday March 13th, 2019 from 8:30-11:30 am at the Wasco County Planning Department, located at 2705 East 2nd Street in The Dalles, Oregon.

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 discuss approval of minutes, fiscal & progress reports, lead agency, budget, status of facilities, staffing, grants and other miscellaneous items.

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:  Call Tri-County Hazardous Waste & Recycling Program at (541) 506-2636.

7. Unit 20 Oregon Retired Educators’ Meeting, March 19

Rescheduled from last month, Unit 20 Oregon Retired Educators will meet noon Tuesday, the 19th, at the Hood River Valley Adult Center.  The program will feature “Trekking in Nepal” with Frank Wall.  Guests are welcome.

8. Oregon 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.

10: Oregon counties under a state of emergency declaration due to wintry weather as of Thursday.

36: Hours that 183 Amtrak passengers spent stranded on a train outside Eugene due to heavy snow and fallen trees, according to NPR.

608: Senate Bill signed into law by Gov. Kate Brown on Thursday, making Oregon the first state in the country to impose a rent control policy.

$748.5 million: Amount Oregonians may receive in state “kicker” tax refund payments, according to The Oregonian.

69: Age of Dennis Richardson, Oregon’s Secretary of State, who died Tuesday night at his home in Central Point. A state funeral is planned for Wednesday, March 6 at 2 p.m. in the Oregon House of Representatives, where Richardson served for 12 years.

85: Age of Norma Paulus, the first woman in Oregon to get elected to statewide office, serving as Secretary of State from 1977 to 1985. She also served in the state legislature and as superintendent of public instruction. Paulus died Thursday, according to The Oregonian.

5: Current and former inmates at Coffee Creek Correctional Institution, the state’s women’s prison, who are suing the Oregon Department of Corrections, according to the Statesman-Journal. The plaintiffs allege they were sexually abused and assaulted at the facility by a nurse there, and claim the department ignored abuse and retaliated against inmates who reported it.

2003: Year Peter Courtney became president of the Oregon Senate. This week, two Democratic senators circulated a letter in support of Courtney, who has been under scrutiny for his handling of sexual harassment issues at the legislature and when he worked for Western Oregon University, according to Willamette Week.

1: Llamas spotted riding the Portland Max this weekend, according to The Oregonian.

0: Llamas allowed on the Max, according to TriMet.