Sherman County eNews #131



  2. Strong Women Strength Training Informational Meeting, May 20

  3. Celebrate Dad/Grandpa with a day at The Portland Zoo!

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

  5. Making Us Stronger

  6. Museum Day: Free Admission to the Original Wasco County Courthouse, May 18

  7. Walden: Need to build out more broadband in more places in America

“I believe in the United States of America as a government of the people, by the people, for the people; whose just powers are derived from the consent of the governed; a democracy in a Republic; a sovereign Nation of many sovereign States; a perfect Union, one and inseparable; established upon those principles of freedom, equality, justice and humanity for which American patriots sacrificed their lives and fortunes. I therefore believe it is my duty to my country to love it; to support its Constitution; to obey its laws; to respect its flag; and to defend it against all enemies.” ~The American’s Creed by William Tyler Page


MYTH: Marijuana is natural and medicinal, therefore it is not harmful.

TRUTH: Even low levels of marijuana use — as few as one or two times — may change the teen brain, according to a new study.  The changes are seen most in the part of the brain associated with emotional response. This has been shown to increase psychological and mental disorders including depression, anxiety and suicidal ideation in youth starting as early as the first time THC in used.

TRUTH: All illicit drugs can have serious negative consequences in youth brain development.


2. Strong Women Strength Training Informational Meeting, May 20

Fern Wilcox will be holding an informational meeting on Monday, May 20th, at 8:00 a.m., at the Grass Valley Pavilion to talk about the Strong Woman Strength Training Program and the best times and days to implement this program. The program is designed for people middle age and older, but all ages will benefit. Questions? 541 980 5093.

 3. Celebrate Dad/Grandpa with a day at The Portland Zoo!

Celebrate Dad/Grandpa with a day at

The Portland Zoo!

Family tickets available for the months of June or July.

What’s the catch? If you are able to help with transportation for other Sherman County families, please do so.  That’s it!  Gather the neighborhood. Gather the town. Create memories. Build strength.

Strong Individuals. Strong Families.

Together we make a Strong Community.

Contact Amy, Sherman County Prevention, for details.


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

bird.owl37 Strategies For Creating A Successfully Low-Screen Summer For Your Family

5 Steps to a Fabulous Summer Plan

Opinion. Teaching History by Political Checklist

Opinion. Measure 98 shows Oregon is rewriting the narrative for students’ future

5. Making Us Stronger

Is it hard for you to deal with criticism? Does it make you feel worthless or angry?

How you respond to other people’s criticism depends, to a great extent, on how critical you are of yourself. If you were raised by critical parents, who caused you to believe that making mistakes was just about the worst thing you could do, you probably have a hard time when other people criticize you, now that you are grown.

That’s because you have internalized your parents’ critical voices and have developed a harsh critical voice of your own. When your self-esteem is low, it’s especially painful to be criticized by others because it activates all your own feelings of worthlessness.

But now that you’re a grown up, it’s time to look at the beliefs you have about yourself and get rid of the ones that are keeping you down and making you feel unworthy. It is time to remind yourself, over and over again if need be, that it’s OK to make mistakes. Everybody does it once in a while. In fact, trial and error is one of the most effective ways we learn.

Once you realize making mistakes is not such a big deal, you free yourself to look at the criticism you are getting from others and ask yourself if it’s justified. If it’s not, you can just shrug it off. If it is, you have the opportunity learn from it. You can apologize if you’ve behaved badly and state your intention to do better next time without groveling, feeling humiliated or engaging in angry retaliation.

You can take responsibility for your strengths and for your weaknesses without making yourself a victim and without judging or blaming others or yourself. Learning more about oneself, and understanding the underlying causes, only makes us stronger. ~The Pacific Institute

6. Museum Day: Free Admission to the Original Wasco County Courthouse, May 18

The Original Wasco County Courthouse celebrates Museum Day Saturday, May 18, with free admission from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.  The historic 1859 building was first of three seats of local county government.  Construction commenced when Wasco County was at its largest, stretching from the crest of the Cascades to the Rocky Mountain’s continental divide.  When completed Oregon had become a state and Wasco County consisted of all of the present state east of the Cascades, all administered from the modest wood frame building. The Original Courthouse is located at 410 West 2nd Place in The Dalles, behind the Chamber of Commerce.

7. Rep. Walden: Need to build out more broadband in more places in America

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Continuing his efforts to improve broadband expansion across America, Representative Greg Walden (R-Hood River) said there is much more that needs to be done to connect rural Oregon.

“We need to build out more broadband to more places in America. Period. Hard stop. We should all be for that. Last Congress we worked together in a bipartisan way to get that done and there’s more work to be done,” said Walden at an Energy and Commerce Committee hearing Wednesday.

Walden highlighted a discussion at his recent town hall meeting in Wheeler County, where Walden said that the issue of broadband connectivity was front and center.

“I’ve done 20 town halls this year, more than any other member in the House. One of them was out in Spray, Oregon, which has a population of 150,” said Walden. “They use a booster to keep the signal going while you’re in town, which is one block, but the educators said that when their students get away from that they don’t have connection when they go home. This county has one person for every nine miles of power line, so this is remote, and we need to look at alternative platforms that work to get into these areas.”

Under Walden’s leadership, Congress passed and President Trump signed into law the RAY BAUM’S Act, which reauthorized the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for the first time in more than two decades and provides new tools to support broadband expansion. This measure aims to speed deployment of next generation broadband across the country, which is particularly important for rural communities in Oregon.

During the hearing, Walden also highlighted new legislation that he proposed to ensure that states are using money collected for 911 services solely to assist emergency response. Walden stressed that, as the country recognizes Peace Officers Memorial Day, this is especially important.

“As we honor today police officers for Peace Officers Memorial Day and the 106 officers who lost their lives last year, we have an issue with the diversion of 911 fees,” said Walden. “In one state the diversion rate was as high as 90 percent. This ought to be mail fraud.”

Walden raised concerns about 911 fee diversion, which is when states divert fees paid by consumers to support essential public safety services to pay for unrelated services. Walden’s proposal would incentivize states to properly use these funds.

Walden said that for states to access opportunities in his proposal, they would need to stop this harmful diversion.

“States and localities would simply need to comply with a very common sense policy that bipartisan bills have already called for, which is to put a stop to 911 diversion,” said Walden. “Stop diverting your 911 money and defrauding your own customers.”



Sherman County eNews #130



  2. Unit 20, Oregon Retired Educators’ Meeting, May 21

  3. Wasco’s Annual Memorial Day Celebration, May 26 & 27

  4. Sherman County 4-H News: Pans on Fire Outdoor Cooking Club

  5. Greg Walden leads House of Representatives in 2019 town halls

  6. Dealing with the Shoulds

  7. Sherman County History Tidbits: Courthouse Basement 1935

“Let us tenderly and kindly cherish, therefore, the means of knowledge. Let us dare to read, think, speak, and write.”  — John Adams


Myth: Adults drink, so kids should be able to drink too. (Popular youth mentality)

TRUTH: A young person’s brain and body are still growing. Drinking alcohol can cause learning problems or lead to adult alcoholism. People who begin drinking before age 15 are five times more likely to abuse or become dependent on alcohol than those who begin drinking after age 21.2 Young drivers who have been drinking are more likely to be involved in car crashes than older experienced drivers.

Bonus Myth Buster for all ages:

Myth: A drink before bed helps you sleep.

Truth: A nightcap can actually make you lose sleep. Research has shown that alcohol disrupts sleep and reduces your REM time, which is essential for a good night’s sleep.

Drinking and Driving IS NEVER ACCEPTABLE no matter the age or experience of the driver.

2. Unit 20, Oregon Retired Educators’ Meeting, May 21

Unit 20, Oregon Retired Educators, will meet noon, Tuesday the 21st, at the Imperial River Co. in Maupin.  The program will be provided by Sue & Phil Hukari on their last year’s European trip. To make your luncheon reservation, please contact Julie Carter at 541-705-0047.  Guests are welcome.

3. Wasco’s Annual Memorial Day Celebration, May 26 & 27

American flag2Celebrate Memorial Day weekend at the Railroad Depot Park at Clark and Fulton Streets in Wasco, Oregon, 20 miles east of The Dalles!

Sunday & Monday, May 26 & 27

  • Country Breakfast 7:30 am to 10:30 am at the North Sherman County fire station in Wasco at the corner of old Hwy. 97 and 411 Yates Street in Wasco benefits ABC Husky Day Care

Monday, May 27

  • Memorial Day Celebration 10 am to 3 pm
  • Air Force flyover between 10 am and 10:30 am
  • 10 am Tribute to the veterans with Pastor Joe Burgess as guest speaker plus special music
  • Parade at 11 am leading off with the Joe and Jeanne Dabulskis family and their huge flag – everyone is welcome to jump in and help carry this huge flag!!
  • pastry auction and raffle
  • Rod McGuire’s Paradise Rose Chuck Wagon BBQ—yummy!!!
  • Car Show in the RR park
  • Dandy Valley Nursery stock from Goldendale: annuals and perennials at great prices
  • Special music by Tyson Huckins
  • Childrens train rides
  • Bingo and ice cream at the Catholic Parish Hall at 907 Barnett Street next to Wasco School Events Center (old grade school)

Questions? Call event chair Cassie Hill 541-340-0392.

4. Sherman County 4-H News: Pans on Fire Outdoor Cooking Club

4-H clover1The Pans on Fire outdoor cooking club met on May 13 at 3:40pm at the Extension Office.  Attending were:  Zach, Emma S, Lexi, Coral, Bailey, Dalton, Ivan, Emma R, Anneliese, Savanna and Haley.  Pledge of Allegiance led by Lexi, 4-H Pledge by Coral.  What we did during the meeting:  We did the pledge and meeting things.  We talked about the previous meetings and reviewed.  We talked about safety and coals going out outside, and starting a fire.  Cooked then came back and put everything up.  Next meeting will be Monday May 20.  Meeting adjourned at 5pm.  Signed Emma Sampson, News Reporter

5. Greg Walden leads House of Representatives in 2019 town halls 

American flag2Town Hall Project says Walden’s 20 town halls in 2019 is the most of any other lawmaker in the U.S. House

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Representative Greg Walden (R-Hood River) has held more town hall meetings than any other lawmaker in the U.S. House of Representatives in 2019, according to Town Hall Project. Town Hall Project yesterday confirmed that Walden’s 20 town halls in the first three months of this year leads the 435-member body.

“Town halls are just one way I hear from Oregonians across our district,” said Walden. “Along with the more than 70,000 letters, emails, and phone calls that I have responded to over the last 12 months, these meetings help me stay updated on the issues facing people on the ground in our communities. This is a top priority for me, and I look forward to continuing to hold these meetings throughout the Second District.”

Walden held town halls across eight counties in southern, central, and eastern Oregon in January and held town halls in Lake and Morrow counties in February. In early March, Walden held town hall meetings in Hood River, Wasco, and Umatilla counties, before holding meetings in Wallowa, Union, Baker, Grant, Wheeler, Gilliam, and Sherman counties at the end of March.

Walden has held 168 town hall meetings since 2012. For a complete list of Walden’s town hall meetings in 2019, please click here.

6. Dealing with ‘The Shoulds’

How many things are there in your life that you really should be doing? If you made a list of them, how long would it be? Let’s talk about the “shoulds” in your life.

If you made a list of all the things you think you should be doing, how long would your list be? It could look like, “I should lose weight. I should be nicer to my brother. I should find myself a better job. I should read a lot more. I should mow the lawn and pull weeds,” and on and on.

Here’s an idea: Why don’t you try making such a list? And when you’re done, for each item on the list, ask yourself the question, “Why should I?” The answers you come up with will tell you something very important about the beliefs you hold. You may have answers like, “Because everybody has to. Because so and so wouldn’t like it if I didn’t.” If you look at all of your “reasons,” you may find they sound more like excuses.

Now, what if you took every “should” on your list and changed the language to substitute the words, “If I really wanted to, I could . . .” For example, “I should lose weight” would change to, “If I really wanted to, I could lose weight.” Notice how when you do this, things suddenly start to seem much more possible.

You may find that you really don’t want to do some of them and you may need to confront your fears when it comes to doing others. Using “could” instead of “should” immediately takes the pressure off, too. It helps you take accountability and control. “Should” is a below-the-surface “have to” and we naturally push back against the “have to’s” in our lives.

Also, notice the subtle change when you add the words, “If I really wanted to…” When we “want to” do something, we pull together all the creativity and energy to accomplish whatever we have chosen. And, it also helps you avoid the subconscious rebellion that goes on whenever you hear the words, “I should.” ~The Pacific Institute

7. Sherman County History Tidbits: Courthouse

Office and Vault Going in Courthouse Basement: Work on the basement of the courthouse is just about finished as far as the excavation is concerned and the sewer ditch has been dug across the court house lot in addition to the hole under the building. The basement will be smaller than the court house as several feet of earth was left inside of the foundation walls on each side of the house.  A central heating plant will be installed soon using one of the chimneys now in the building and the front entrance will be changed so that a stairway to the basement can be put in.  It is probable that an office room will be put in the basement and perhaps another will be made in the hall which now leads to the back entrance.

~Source: Sherman County Journal, January 25, 1935


Sherman County eNews #129


  1. Thinking Makes It So


  3. Clearing out the Sherman County Children’s Closet

  4. It’s Rafting Season on the John Day River

  5. Alma Jean (Watkins) Tipley 1920-2019

  6. Sherman County History Tidbits: 1926

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

Appreciation can make a day – even change a life. Your willingness to put it into words is all that is necessary. ~ Margaret Cousins

1. Thinking Makes It So

What is the one thing that determines, more than anything else, the quality of your life?

Some people say, “You are what you eat,” but it might be more appropriate to say, “You are what you think.” Now, this is not really “new” news. This is one of the great universal truths, handed down over the centuries by poets and philosophers and by almost every great religious leader the world has ever known.

We move toward and become like what we think about, and our present thoughts, more than anything else, determine our future. So, it is important to learn to control your thoughts. First, you need to learn how to listen to you – a skill you can learn – to really understand what you are thinking about. (Keeping a journal is one way to monitor your thoughts.) When you can do that, you’ll be taking control of your life as well as your thinking.

And how do you control your thoughts? Well, once you learn to monitor yourself by listening to the stream of inner messages that precede your emotions, then you ask yourself if some of these thoughts are other people’s ideas that may not really be true – for you. Where did they come from, and are they really helping you to grow?

Look for distortions, exaggerations, and other misrepresentations – words like “always” and “never” are immediate red flags. Once identified, then you deliberately correct them – on the spot – to a more realistic viewpoint. Finally, you choose to put the best possible slant on every situation, every event, and every occurrence. There are at least two sides to every story, typically more than two, and one of those may lead you to a more productive end result.

Just remember, your present thoughts do determine your future. When you consistently expect the best, and think in those terms, you tend to get the best – out of yourself and those around you. ~The Pacific Institute


Myth: Have you ever heard or thought these?

“They are prescribed by doctors. They aren’t that bad if the FDA approved them.  Doctors don’t want to get sued so they limit them.  I know people who use them all the time and are fine. I have used them before and I didn’t get addicted.”

Truth:  Each day, 140 people in the United States die of a drug overdose, 91 specifically due to opioids.

3. Clearing out the Sherman County Children’s Closet

Sherman County is clearing out the Children’s Closet! We have several totes of gently used boys and girls clothing (sizes newborn to 5T), jackets, some random nursery supplies, and a bassinet- FREE to the public. It will be available to rummage through until May 31st, located in Moro, upon appointment with Amber DeGrange- call/text 541-980-5232 to set a time.

4. It’s Rafting Season on the John Day River

The water is high; but not too high and the sun is warm; but not too hot. It’s rafting season on the John Day River.

Designated a National Wild and Scenic River; the John Day provides isolation, peace, and more than a few good fishing holes. A truly wild, back county experience.

The most popular trip is the multi-day trip starting at Clarno and ending at JS Burres. This trip through the John Day Wilderness Study Area provides rafters with beautiful views, great wildlife, and a chance to disconnect from the world. See

For those looking for a shorter trip, the 10 mile float from JS Burres to the Starvation Lane take-out provide rafters and kayakers with a riverside view of the heart of Cottonwood Canyon State Park. Bring the tents and a fishing pole to turn it into a multi-day trip.

A few things to remember on your trip:

  • Pack out all trash (dumpster located at JS Burres)
  • Portable toilets are required on overnight trips (dump located at JS Burres)
  • Be aware of fire bans (beginning May 24th this year)
  • There is no cell service. Carry plenty of water and a first aid kit
  • Make sure to have your life vest, whistle and float permit. Rangers may ask to see these on your trip.

For those planning a float, be sure to check the BLM website for rules, river maps, and float permits (required year round).

Rafting season usually lasts from May through early July, depending on water levels. Generally, 350-400cfs is required to float through the Cottonwood-Starvation Lane section. For current river levels check the USGS website. Once water levels reach 350-400cfs, the gate to the Starvation Lane access is closed.

Most importantly: Be safe. Have fun.

5. Alma Jean (Watkins) Tipley 1920-2019

flower.rose.starBorn on a farm east of Olex, Oregon on February 5, 1920, Alma Jean (Watkins) Tipley spent much of her life in Gilliam and Sherman counties, attending g r a d e school in Olex and Rock Creek Station, high school in Arlington and graduating from Wasco High School before getting her teaching certificate from Oregon College of Education (OCE) in 1942. She distinguished herself at OCE and was selected for the prestigious Collecto-Coed service society.

While a majority of her 99 years were lived in Gilliam County, she had several forays living in other parts of the country. Right after graduating from OCE, instead of taking the teaching position that she was offered, World War II had broken out and she accompanied her second husband, Jim O’Meara, to Columbia, South Carolina where the Army Air Corps did its B-25 combat training, and had son Mickey there in 1943. After the war they came home to Wasco and son Jim was born in 1945.

She first became a teacher when she moved to Condon with the boys in 1951. After marrying Elmer Tipley in 1954, she had son Roger in 1959, enjoyed watching her sons’ athletics and taught school until they moved to Blaine, Wash. when the Condon Air Force Station closed in 1970. In Blaine, she learned to love the beachcombing, clamdigging and crabbing at Birch Bay; also substitute teaching.

They moved back to their Condon home after Elmer’s retirement from Blaine Air Force Station. When Elmer had a severe car wreck in 1980, Alma Jean turned her energy toward his recovery and rehabilitation. In 1985, she also became an inspirational cancer-survivor; her uterine cancer diagnosed early enough that surgery and radiation treatments made her cancer-free.

At the Condon United Church of Christ, for over 30 years she was one of the regular organists and piano players for Sunday services, and served as treasurer. Musical to the end, even when her failing eyesight made it impossible to read sheet music, she played and sang golden oldies on the piano for her assisted living facility. Her piano playing was always done with great flourish and style.

When she was a grade school teacher in Condon Schools she was known for being a quick walker in the halls, and that speediness stayed with her to the end, assisted by her walker, zipping past slower people in the halls on her way to dinner or bingo. That energy and tenacity led to many successes. In the late 1980s, she believed that Condon needed an assisted-living facility to provide new jobs and to care for the aging population of the county. She worked tirelessly, organizing resources and motivating Gilliam County to turn that vision into a reality by building Summit Springs Village; which opened its doors in 1994. She was quite competitive, spending hours each week playing Scrabble, consuming crossword books, and in friendly games of dominoes, pinochle and bingo.

She researched and published a history of the John Day River McDonald Ferry and contributed to many other Sherman and Gilliam county historical works (all without access to a computer or the internet). Her hobbies were many and varied over the years, and many of those hobbies translated into blue ribbons at the Gilliam County Fair: peanut brittle, biscuits, cookies, rhubarb, canned fruit, rock collections . . . . The most widely-known of her hobbies might be the over 500 quilts that she made as gifts. Whether received by a new grandchild or by an ailing friend, wrapping up in one of her quilts feels like a loving hug. Her quilt-giving was featured in the June 2008 Ruralite magazine.

She is survived by her sister, Elaine Strahm of Mesa, Arizona; sons, Mickey O’Meara of Sebring, Florida, Jim O’Meara of Phoenix and Roger Tipley of Houston; step-daughter, Neva Campbell of Milwaukie; and 17 grandchildren, Bill McMullen Jr, Corrina (McMullen) Johnson, Myles McMullen, Jeff McMullen, Sean O’Meara, Cammy O’Meara, Michelle (O’Meara) Bissey, Kelli (O’Meara) Leonard, Geoff Tipley, Kyle Tipley, Katie Tipley, Blair Campbell, Ann (Campbell) Adrian-Scott, Brad Bullock, Brent Bullock, Bryan Bullock, and Shannon Bullock. She also has 27 great-grandchildren and eight great-great-grandchildren.

Her final chapter included a big move to Houston, Texas, to live closer to her son Roger’s family. Regardless of the state where she lived, she was forever an Oregonian at heart and loyal to the Trailblazers to the end. She joined the fellowship of her departed family and friends in heaven on May 4, 2019, after celebrating her 99th birthday in February. A graveside service will be conducted at the Condon Masonic Cemetery at 1 p.m. Friday, May 17.

6. Sherman County History Tidbits: 1926

The Observer, Moro, Oregon

1926 Notes, not quotes:

  • January: Daughter born to M/M J.L. Gentry of DeMoss Dec. 31. Will Huck in business at E side of John Day bridge (at the mouth).
  • February: “Rufus River Rats” challenged “Wasco Hill Hounds” for baseball. Liquor plant (still) found on Miller Island. Mrs. John Buether’s sister visiting from Germany. Charles Scott’s airplane wrecked 2 mi. W of Wasco. City of Moro became owner of Moro Hotel.
  • March: 22 people joined new golf club at Rufus.
  • July: Boy Scout outing at Suttle Lake. About 80 Tennesseeans gathered at Kent for a picnic & the 48th wedding anniversary of M/M Adams of Tennessee. B.F. Shull working on irrigation system for truck garden at Hay Canyon. Miss Gladys Gentry to Antelope to see aunt & uncle & her grandparents who are here from Mountain City, Tennessee. 2 monster rattlesnakes killed ¼ mile S of Hay Canyon warehouse, 40” long, 10” around, 11 rattles. Extreme heat wave in the county, water a concern. Fire on L.E. Kaseberg farm 275 acres, several sacks of wheat. Barn on Harry Van Gilder farm near Wasco burned, 2 cows, calf, fanning mill, feed chopper, implements, harness & hay. Fire Henry Howell wheat W of Wasco near top of Gordon Ridge. Fire Carroll Sayrs – combine, ¼ section of grain. Fire C.W. Smith – 40 a. stubble, 100 sacks of grain.
  • August: Fire Andy Holt farm – house, the old Bakeoven store/road house, 2 barns, hay, equipment, outhouse, buildings, personal effects. Rev. Wm. A. Pinkerton here to see brother Robert W. Pinkerton, preached at Presbyterian church. Vacations, relatives here for harvest.
  • September: Students leave for college. Deer hunting.
  • October: Rufus golf course alive with golfers. Gathering to listen to the world series. Deer hunting. McAllister Bros.’ airplane flights. Wasco Study Club.
  • November: Boy Scouts camped on the Gibson place on the John Day River: McKean, Burnett, Barnes, Sayrs & Buell of Moro & Holtzapfel & Vinton of Grass Valley. Large number of people went to Maryhill to witness the dedication of the Hill museum. “Little Margaret Wonderlick was petted by the Queen upon her arrival at Celilo” – Queen Marie of Romania enroute to or from Maryhill Museum. Bridge of the Gods opened. Sol Coats’ sister from Dufur visiting in Rufus. Improvements on Rufus golf course. Geese are coming in.
  • December: Test oil well in Clarno basin. Marius Douma & Roscoe Moore returned from USA tour. 8 Moro students at OAC, 4 at U of O, 1 at Pacific University, 3 at Normal School at Monmouth.

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

bird.owl3Rafting Season on the John Day River

Deschutes River State Recreation Area

Largest U.S. Measles Outbreak in 25 Years Surpasses 800 Cases



  1. Sherman County Burn Ban to Begin May 24

  2. National Prevention Week: INSPIRING ACTION, CHANGING LIVES

  3. Sherman County Fair Board Meeting, May 15

  4. Skilled workers in high demand for trade industries nationwide

  5. Enlightened Self-Reflection

  6. Sherman County History Tidbits: 1925

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

“When we become more fully aware that our success is due in large measure to the loyalty, helpfulness, and encouragement we have received from others, our desire grows to pass on similar gifts. Gratitude spurs us on to prove ourselves worthy of what others have done for us. The spirit of gratitude is a powerful energizer.” ~Wilferd A. Peterson

1. Sherman County Burn Ban to Begin May 24


As of May 24, 2019 





This includes the cities of Moro, Wasco and Rufus




For Further Information, Please Contact Your Local City Administrator or Fire Official



For resources or to get involved with Prevention Efforts, contact the Sherman County Prevention Department at 541-565-5036/ . More information at

3. Notice. Sherman County Fair Board Meeting, May 15

Sherman County Fair Board will hold a Building Committee Meeting on Wednesday, May 15th, 2019 at 5:30pm located at 66147 Lone Rock Road, Moro, OR 97039.

Immediately following the Building Committee meeting the Sherman County Fair Board will hold a Special Session at 6:30pm to discuss the replacement of the Fair Board Secretary position; during this time the Board will enter into Executive Session in accordance with ORS 192.660 (2) (i) Personnel.

For questions or more information please contact Board Chair, Bryce Coelsch, 541-980-1539.

4. Skilled workers in high demand for trade industries nationwide

Power industry employees with specialized skills share their experiences at Oregon Tradeswomen’s Career Fair

Portland, Ore. – Bonneville Power Administration employees will participate in the Oregon Tradeswomen’s 2019 Career Fair on May 17 and 18 at the National Electrical Contractors Association and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers training center. BPA representatives will share their experiences and demonstrate some of the skills they use to keep hydropower flowing in the Northwest.

The Oregon Tradeswomen’s 27th annual career fair features workshops and exhibits staffed by volunteers who are passion about their work and are committed to encouraging women and young girls to explore opportunities in non-traditional fields.

“BPA transmission grid is the backbone for affordable, renewable power in the Pacific Northwest,” said Robin Furrer, BPA’s vice president for Transmission Field Services. “We employ almost 1,000 people in the electrical crafts and trades. The tradeswomen’s career fair is an outstanding venue to create awareness and interest in crafts and trades where qualified workers are in high demand.”

Grisel Mendez is an electronics engineer at BPA. She is one of the many volunteers and trades representatives sharing their stories at the event.

“Every day is unique and I’m always working on something new,” said Mendez. “I could be teaching, testing equipment or out at a site. I work with a variety of people, in multiple organizations, and on various projects. It all keeps my work very interesting.”

Oregon Tradeswomen is relying on stories from people like Mendez to bring a boost to industries searching for uniquely skilled workers.

“The construction industry in Oregon is experiencing a worker shortage,” said Mary Ann Naylor, Communications and Marketing Director at Oregon Tradeswomen. “This event brings together fundamental resources for people who want to work in the trades, including information on how to access debt-free career training and opportunities for paid, on-the-job learning.”

The event takes place at the NECA-IBEW Electrical Training Center at 16021 NE Airport Way, Portland, Oregon. Mendez and other BPA tradeswomen will be first speaking to students attending with their schools on May 17, and then to the public on May 18 at the Careers for Women Day. They’ll be discussing various opportunities in the electric utility trades and demonstrating skills such as surveying, bucket truck operation and safe use of a fire extinguisher.

BPA is a proud sponsor of the Oregon Tradeswomen’s 2019 Career Fair. Learn more about the event at You may also contact Naylor at, 503-335-8200, extension 126, or 503-819-9201.

5. Enlightened Self-Reflection

We talk a lot about positive thinking. Seeking to be positive and optimistic are valuable allies in recovering from illness and keeping depression away. But is it possible to be too positive? Let’s look at the idea of overdoing optimism.

Positive thinking is definitely a good thing, but when it comes to being positive, can you overdo it? Can you have too much of this particular good thing? Of course, you can. In fact, you can probably identify plenty of people whose reckless optimism got them into trouble.

These are the folks who borrow too heavily, fail to anticipate possible problems, and never take off their rose-colored glasses, even for a moment, to check on current reality. It’s all about the dream, and not enough about real-world challenges in making the dream come true.

Tough-minded optimists, on the other hand, have learned to anticipate problems. They believe in doing all they can to make a bad situation better, but even more importantly, they believe in planning ahead to avoid bad situations whenever possible. It’s another facet of the option thinking we were talking about yesterday.

When you are planning for the future – whether it’s making an investment, interviewing a job applicant, or working out a color scheme for your new apartment – think about worst-case scenarios. Ask yourself some discriminating questions like, “What potential problems exist here? How might this be improved? Is there some way this could backfire? Will this look as good to me after some time has passed as it does right now?” And if we do see possible problems, how will we solve them?

As long as we do not dwell on worst-case scenarios, this is not negative thinking or cynicism, and certainly not borrowing trouble. This is the kind of enlightened self-reflection that heads off problems before they develop. ~The Pacific Institute

6. Sherman County History Tidbits: 1925

The Observer, Moro, Oregon

1925 Notes, not quotes:

  • February: Sam Hill to make museum of his mansion, treasures collected stored in Portland & Paris. Observer installed new linotype equipment.
  • April: 4th annual Old Wasco County Pioneer Association. License issued at The Dalles: Fred Peters & Harriette Rolfe, both of Grass Valley.
  • May: County school boards’ convention & banquet. Graduates, field meet results, declamatory contest honors.
  • June: Historic DeMoss stage coach on view at DeMoss in new building to house it, the same one in which Horace Greeley made a speaking tour of the West. 3rd annual Thompson Roundup.
  • August: Died, Addie King, wife of O.P., in Ventura, CA, leaves husband & children: Glenn P. of Moro, Gladys Burks & Mabel King, Ventura; brother Ed Smith, Gresham; sister Minnie Fairchild, Newport, OR.
  • September: County fair, school, vacation trips, state fair.
  • October: Daughter born to M/M Ted von Borstel, September 26, Kent. East bound train wrecked near Blalock. Deer hunting. Lone Rock market road soon to open to the public. Raid on liquor plant in Bull Canyon, 45 gallon still, 4 barrels mash, 3rd class sugar. 50th anniversary of M/M J.F. Belshe.
  • November: Another old landmark burned, Venable home near the bluffs overlooking Columbia River at Rufus. An airplane circled over Moro several times. Fox farm. W.H. Burres purchased the bowling alley in Wasco.
  • December: Fines for game law violations. County fairgrounds to have new grandstand, a continuation of the present building to the south 80’ set at an angle to conform to the track.

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

bird.owl.limbThe Old Methodist Church in Grass Valley

What Happens When Wind Turbines Get Too Old?

How two Oregon universities helped finance opposition to Gov. Kate Brown’s climate agenda

Brilliant Maps: Jewish Population of Europe in 1933 and 2015


Sherman County eNews #127


  1. Mental Health Awareness Month, GOBHI offers Mental Health First Aid

  2. Sherman County 4-H Camp, June 19-21

  3. Sherman County 4-H Club News: 4-H Team Leadership Team

  4. Celebrate World Migratory Bird Day at The Dalles Dam Visitor Center, May 18

  5. Multiply Your Options

  6. Sherman County History Tidbits: 1924

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

You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending. ~C.S. Lewis

1. Mental Health Awareness Month, GOBHI offers Mental Health First Aid

“What do I do? “How can I help?” These tough questions arise when community members encounter a person who appears to be experiencing a serious mental health crisis.

In recognition of Mental Health Awareness Month, Greater Oregon Behavioral Health, Inc. (GOBHI) is spreading the word about services that can help in these situations, including Mental Health First Aid (MHFA).

“We want to shine a light on the importance of mental health,” said Erin Rust, GOBHI Mental Health First Aid Coordinator/Instructor. “One way to make a difference is simply being prepared. Our goal with Mental Health First Aid is equipping people with a set of evidence-based resources and tools, so we invite the community to take part in these valuable learning experiences.”

A public education program, MHFA helps people across the community to recognize risk factors and warning signs of mental illnesses, builds understanding of their impact and gives an overview of supports that can make a difference.

Since 2013, GOBHI has had MHFA instructors on staff. The behavioral health organization currently has six GOBHI-certified MHFA instructors. These instructors are certified in Adult, Youth, Public Safety and Older Adult courses. Other MHFA modules include Higher Education, Bilingual, Veterans and Fire/EMS.

As part of her position as the Eastern Oregon Coordinator, Rust is responsible for coordinating and providing MHFA trainings that are requested by various organizations. She works closely in collaboration with Mental Health First Aid instructors who provide these courses in each community.

The eight-hour course uses roleplaying and simulations to demonstrate how to offer initial help in a potential emerging mental health crisis, and connect people to the appropriate professional, peer, social and self-help care. The program also teaches common risk factors and warning signs of specific illnesses.

“It was like learning CPR for mental health,” said Amy Asher, Sherman County Prevention Coordinator/Outreach Coordinator. “Now, I feel more prepared and confident in lending support to those with complex needs. It gave me some important strategies I can carry with me going forward.”

Those interested in the program can reach out to GOBHI for information on attending, or even hosting a training in their own community. GOBHI — and its partners — will be coordinating trainings throughout the year. The trainings are available at limited or no cost, depending on specific agency or site needs.

Rust can connect those interested with either a GOBHI instructor or other instructors in the community. Call 541-298-2101, or email For details, please visit

GOBHI also partners with Eastern Oregon Healthy Living Alliance (EOHLA). EOHLA received grant funding from The Ford Family Foundation, The Collins Foundation, and the Oregon Office of Rural Health to provide and support MHFA trainings to teachers, law enforcement, church leadership, and other public and social service employees who work closely with the community in the 12-county region of Eastern Oregon.

EOHLA has available resources to support costs and various materials related to MHFA trainings in the region. Those interested in working with EOHLA to provide a training in Eastern Oregon can contact Alanna Chamulak at 541-219-2397 or John Adams at 541-219-0907.

About GOBHI: Greater Oregon Behavioral Health, Inc., headquartered in The Dalles, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation that is a National Committee for Quality Assurance accredited Managed Behavioral Healthcare Organization and is charged with administering all or part of the behavioral health Medicaid benefit in 17 rural and frontier counties in Oregon. GOBHI is a co-owner of the Eastern Oregon Coordinated Care Organization, and is responsible for the administration and oversight of behavioral health services for Columbia Pacific Coordinated Care Organization.

About EOHLA: Eastern Oregon Healthy Living Alliance is a nonprofit formed by the Eastern Oregon Coordinated Care Organization dedicated to support and advance community health development initiatives in Eastern Oregon.

2. Sherman County 4-H Camp, June 19-21

4-H clover1Sherman County will have 4-H camp June 19-21 at Camp Morrow on Pine Hollow Reservoir near Wamic.  Camp facilities consist of a lodge for meals and classes, cabins in the woods, recreational areas for games, and a lake for swimming and boating.

Camp is for youth who will be finishing grades 4th, 5th, and 6th, and is open to Sherman County kids, friends and relatives….you don’t have to be in 4-H to attend.  This will be a small camp of Sherman County connected kids, with a natural resources theme for classes and art projects.  Cost is $110, which covers all meals, lodging, insurance and craft supplies.  For scholarship assistance requests, contact the Sherman County Extension Office 541-565-3230.  The deadline for registration and scholarship requests is Monday, June 3, return forms to Extension Office.

Some of our campers’ favorite things at 4-H Camp:

  • Being with their friends
  • Playing “ga-ga” ball
  • Capture the Flag
  • Swimming and boating
  • Songs, skits and games
  • Hanging out in the cabins

Some of the fun activities:

  • Outdoor cooking for meals and desserts
  • Spray paint shirts with lots of colors and shapes like leaves, pine cones and deer profiles
  • Construct dreamboats out of native materials and candles to float on the lake last night of camp
  • Cool natural resources classes offered by Soil & Water Conservation District staff
  • Everyone gets to do archery
  • Paintball on Friday morning.

3. Sherman County 4-H Club News: 4-H Team Leadership Team

4-H clover1The 4-H Teen Leadership Team met on May 12 at 3pm at the Extension Office.  Attending were Emma, Joseph, Patrick, Mercedez, Pyeper, Melanie.  Excused absence were Courtney, Logan and Tayler.  Pledge of Allegiance ledg by Patrick, 4-H Pledge by Joseph.  What we did during the meeting:  talked about OSU 4-H Summer Conference, doing a basket for the raffle (discuss in August).  Discussed whether to do water slide at 4-H, decided no because of injury.  Did taste test of Emma’s carbonated milk.  Made fruit pizza.  Talked about the differences between campers and CITs/counselors and why do things.  Next meeting is camp counselor training series end of May and early June.  Meeting adjourned at 5:06pm.  Signed Mercedez Cardona, News Reporter

4. Celebrate World Migratory Bird Day at The Dalles Dam Visitor Center, May 18

bird.eaglePORTLAND, OR – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center invite the public celebrate the 26th Annual Migratory Bird Day, Saturday, May 18, 2019, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. This annual commemoration highlights the spectacular journeys that migratory birds take each year as they travel between nesting and non-breeding sites around the world.

Corps park rangers will host a free, family-friendly, accessible event at The Dalles Dam Visitor Center. To take full advantage of the event, visitors are encouraged to bring their own scopes, binoculars, GPS units and cameras.

Live Bird presentation, 10 a.m.: A raptor handler from The Columbia Gorge Discovery Center will be on site to talk about bird conservation.

Self-guided activities, ongoing until 3 p.m.:

– High-Tech Scavenger Hunt: Come learn about bird conservation and why birds are important to local ecosystems. Bring your own GPS unit or borrow one of ours (ID required).

– Bird Bingo: Explore the variety of bird life in our backyard.

– Kids crafts

This year’s theme, “Protect birds: Be the solution to plastic pollution,” raises awareness about a critical issue in bird conservation. Since plastic was introduced in the 1950s, an estimated 8.3 billion metric tons have been created. Only about 9% of plastic materials are recycled, leaving more than 6.3 billion metric tons of plastics in landfills or polluting the environment. Plastics harm birds in marine environments, as well as other habitats.

As human use of plastics grows, so too does the amount of plastic pollution that invades most ecosystems around the globe. It’s been estimated that 80% of sea and shorebirds have consumed foam, pellets, thread, and other items. In addition, small bits of plastic, known as microplastics, pose a hazard to birds and smaller organisms throughout the food chain due to the toxins they concentrate in the environment.

The Dalles Dam Visitor Center is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday through Sunday, between May 1 and Memorial Day weekend. After Memorial Day, the center begins daily operations, seven days a week through Labor Day weekend. Labor Day through the end of September, weekend only operations resume. There are no entrance fees for the visitor center.

To get to The Dalles Dam Visitor Center from Interstate 84, take 87 and travel east on Brett Clodfelter Way.  For more information, contact The Dalles Lock & Dam Ranger Office at 541-506-8475, visit, or check out the event on Facebook:

5. Multiply Your Options

Are you an option thinker? Can you adapt to setbacks and see alternative solutions to problems? Can you see the value in being mentally limber and agile? Today, let’s talk about the importance of option thinking.

One of the marks of successful individuals and organizations is the ability to move on to another option when the one they are trying doesn’t work out. They are successful not only because they see themselves as problem solvers, but also because their minds hold an array of alternatives.

When you watch a skillful running back moving down the field in an American football game, you are actually seeing a lesson in the exercise of option thinking. The runner is making dozens of split-second adjustments and changes of direction as he runs, constantly looking for openings in what may seem like an impenetrable line of opposition. In other words, he’s looking for alternatives, thinking about his options. This kind of adaptability is important not only in football, where things get speeded up quite a bit, but also in life.

The more options you have, the more flexible you can be, and the more flexible you are, the less likely you are to break when the pressure is on. When you have options, you have choices, and when you have choices, you have personal power. This is what a growth, or flexible, mindset is all about. And you owe it to yourself to open up your mind to this kind of growth.

Now, take a moment and imagine what expanding this option thinking skill could mean to your family, your teams, departments or your entire organization. Everyone is flexible and adaptable, and the chances of successfully navigating any obstacle are multiplied by 10, by 100, by a 1000 or more.

You can train your mind to constantly look for alternatives – other ways to see things, other avenues to pursue, even if you don’t use them. Until you do need alternatives, these practice sessions will keep you in good shape, ready when the time comes to cope with the real thing. ~The Pacific Institute

6. Sherman County History Tidbits: 1924 

The Observer, Moro, Oregon

1924 Notes, not quotes:

  • January: Hit, killed by street car in Portland, John B. Crosfield 80, father of George N. Crosfield of Wasco, Mrs. C.V. Cooper & Charles W. Crosfield.
  • February: Wheat export league organized in Sherman County. Moro Unity Club reorganized. Deschutes River diamond drilling on proposed hydropower site. Several families visited Sam Hill’s castle.
  • March: Moro Opera House sold to W.H. Williams. Died: Frank A. Sayrs, retired farmer, Moro. A list of Wasco & Sherman county bootleggers found on body of Roy Vincent, shot by a California sheriff; list sent to Wasco County Sheriff Levi Chrisman. C.A. Tom planned to run for state representative. Tree planting movement in Sherman County, 2,000 black locusts along the highways, shipped to the county from Nebraska, a gift of Earl Baurs for Sherman Highway. W.L. Wilson planted a long row of trees along his Rufus place. Dance at Miller grain warehouse. Electric lighting in Kent Hotel. Owen Thompson contracted to build several houses at Camp Sherman for local folks.
  • April: Tree planting day April 4. N.W. Thompson reported the 1st actual road built in the county was about 42 years earlier by about 40 settlers who wanted to haul winter fire wood from the mouth of Ferry Canyon on the John Day River – organized a road company, elected officers, built a toll road. The stand of trees was divided by a drawing among the road builders: Thompson, Martin, Hayes, Coy & Penland. Fishing.
  • May: 24’ x 30’ open air stage built at DeMoss Park with 2 dressing rooms, floor laid double strength to permit use of pianos.  Women’s Christian Temperance Union conference in the county.  County Judge E. D. McKee. Married: Guy Weedman, Wasco, & Edna Helen Potter, Klondike, Moro Methodist parsonage by Rev. U.C. Smothers. Hotel Rufus moved to new location on Columbia Hwy. & restaurant building added. Fishing. Boy Scout troop camping at Badger Lake.
  • June: Band of 1,800 sheep wintered on Deschutes River breaks & sold. Chautauqua program 2 days. Moro churches: Presbyterian & Christian Science. 71 present at Thompson reunion at DeMoss Park. W.E. Buell of Eugene engaged to be principal at Moro.
  • July: Cougar 6’4” long shot on Rayburn place NE of Klondike. Picnics, harvest, 4th of July celebrations.
  • August: John Fulton barn burned, head of Fulton Canyon, & 5 horses, hay, feed, harness & equipment, Arvid Anderson, operator.  Sherman County 2nd in state in cereal crop production. Young black bear 112# shot at Sand Canyon E of Kent, meat cooked for a community supper. Salmon running at the mouth of the Deschutes.
  • September: Ad for the Sherman County Fair. Amateur boxing exhibition at the fair. Record attendance at the fair. Arrests for illegal sale of liquor, out on bail. Vacation trips.
  • October: Hunting trips. Men arrested for shooting too many geese, fined, guns confiscated, licenses revoked for a year.
  • December: House burned on C.L. Powell farm occupied by V.S. Barr family, built 1886 by Oliver Powell at head of old Harris grade.

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

bird.owl3Community Renewable Energy Association

Oregon Becomes 1st State To Allow Dentists To Offer Any Vaccine

Understanding state and local business tax obligations

Prager U: Why don’t you support Israel?

WATCH YOUR LANGUAGE! ‘So’ is starting too many sentences and so must be stopped

No, We Are Not Running Out of Forests


Sherman County eNews #126






church.family1Thank You Moms!

This Sunday is that annual observance of Mother’s Day that keeps Hallmark, American Greetings and florists around the U.S. in business. Not intended to become commercialized, it was first established with its singular possessive spelling of “Mother’s” as a purposeful reminder of the individual nature between the mother and the child? As I thought about the impact of a mother, I thought of the apostle Paul as he set out on a missionary journey without his mentor Barnabas for the first time. Upon arriving in Lystra in Acts 16 he selected a disciple of his own to bring along with him. We read that he selected “Timothy, the son of a Jewish woman who was a believer.” The reason he chose Timothy was because of his reputation as one who was “well spoken of” in the community.

Later, in Paul’s last letter before his death, as he wrote to encourage Timothy, he said “For I am mindful of the sincere faith within you, which first dwelt in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice, and I am sure that it is in you as well.” (2 Timothy 1:5) And the reason for this, aside from him growing in his faith was the firm foundation laid by his mother and grandmother as Paul reminded him, “and that from childhood you have known the sacred writings which are able to give you the wisdom that leads to salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.” (2 Timothy 3:15)

This weekend as we once again celebrate Mother’s Day I am reminded of the great gift and rich heritage we have because of the countless intensely personal loving, attentive, and sacrificial lives that have been given for us by moms, whether they are held tight in our memories or currently serve in the clinches of little hands.

“Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her:” (Proverbs 31:28, ESV)

Happy Mother’s Day!!

Pastor Joe Burgess

First Baptist Church, Grass Valley

2. CLASSIFIEDS (new or corrected)

pen.markereNEWS POLICIES:

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

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

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR.  We encourage letters to the Editor that focus on ideas and opinions about public issues and events rather than personalities or private matters. We reserve the right to change policies at any time and to reject or edit any Letter to the Editor.

  • Keep it short, no longer than 350 words.
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Appreciation can make a day – even change a life. Your willingness to put it into words is all that is necessary. ~ Margaret Cousins




SUNRISE CEMETERY. Wasco Cemetery Association is seeking volunteers Friday, May 17. We will be planting several new trees at Sunrise Cemetery beginning at 8:30 a.m.

“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 

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

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


CUSTODIAN. Sherman County School District. Sherman County School District is seeking a qualified 1.0 FTE custodial candidate. The candidate must be self-motivated and is responsible for performing custodial duties, minor maintenance, and other miscellaneous duties on a regimented schedule in order to ensure that the school building and facilities are maintained in a healthy, safe, and sanitary manner.  Medical, dental, and vision insurance are included.

Criminal record check and pre-employment drug screening required. For information and application materials please email or call Wes Owens at or 541-565-3500.

Application Method/Materials Required. Please submit a letter of interest, application (available from the school district) and resume if you are interested in the position to:

Wes Owens, Superintendent

65912 High School Loop

Moro, Oregon 97039

(541) 565-3500

This position will remain open until filled.

Sherman County School District is an equal opportunity employer.

FAMILY CARE COORDINATOR. Do you or someone you know enjoy working with kids and families, and would like a great job in our area?  Check this position for Family Care Coordinator posted at the Greater Oregon Behavioral Health, Inc.  This position will serve Sherman, Gilliam and Wheeler counties.  Pays $45K-$55K, and requires established relationships in area, experience and/or education in the human services or education field w/administrative responsibilities.  Go to this page and scroll down the list of jobs to find the listing.

Do you have a passion to care for
older adults and People with Disabilities?
Care for adults in your home or as a separate business.
Learn more – Call Yulanda Owen,
Adult Foster Home Licensor
541-506-3536. 5/17


GRASS VALLEY COUNTRY MARKET. Open Monday-Saturday 7 a.m.-8 p.m. and Sunday 7 a.m.-4 p.m. 5/10

Tuesday June 18th 10:00AM to 6:00PM
“Be A Rising Star”
Start your own business as an Adult Foster Home Licensee,
An AFH Caregiver or a Homecare Worker.
Applications Available, Venders, Information,
Guidance and Support. Refreshments Provided.
3641 Klindt Dr. The Dalles
DHS/Aging and People with Disabilities
Call Yulanda 541-506-3536 5/17

Do you have a passion to care for
older adults and People with Disabilities?
Care for adults in your home or as a separate business.
Learn more – Call Yulanda Owen,
Adult Foster Home Licensor
541-506-3536.  5/17

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






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







3. CALENDAR (new or corrected)



10 Mother’s Day Dinner/Dance 5:30 Wasco School Events Center

10-12 Equine Mania LLC Cows & More Clinic w/Mary Jane Brown, Wasco

11 The Woolery Open 9 China Creek Golf Course, Arlington

11 Spring Plant Fair 9 The Dalles City Park


12 Mother’s Day at Maryhill Museum – free admission for mothers

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

13 Sherman County School District Board Meeting 7

14 Sherman County Watershed Council 8 TBA

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

14 North Central Public Health District Board Meeting 3 The Dalles

14 Sherman County Public/School Library Board Meeting 6 Library

14 North Sherman County RFPD Budget Committee 6 Wasco Fire Hall

14 City of Grass Valley Budget Committee 7

14 City of Moro Budget Committee 7

15 Sherman County Court Session 9 Courthouse

15 Sherman County Court Mass Gathering Public Hearing 10 Courthouse

15 Sherman County Court Local Public Comment Session, Starvation Lane Federal Lands Access Program 6:30 Courthouse

15 Sherman County Education Foundation 6 Library Program Room

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

16 Sherman County Health District Budget Committee 5:30 Moro

17 Frontier TeleNet Board Meeting TBA


18 Maryhill Museum Members’ Appreciation Day

18 Drive the Historic Maryhill Loops Road 10-12

20 Sherman County Photography Club 6 OSU Extension Building Moro


21 Wasco City Council 7

23 Frontier TeleNet Budget Committee Meeting 10 Condon

23 Frontier TeleNet Board of Directors Meeting 1 Condon

24 Sherman County Budget Hearing – Courthouse

24-25 Grass Valley Pavilion & Park Sale 9:30-4 Grass Valley

25-26 Gorge Outfitters Supply Catfish Extravaganza, Rufus

26-27 Wasco Memorial Day Country Breakfast 7:30-10:30 Wasco Fire Hall


30 Sherman County School Senior Scholarship Program 7

31-June 2 Junior Livestock Show, Tygh Valley 


1 Sherman County School Graduation 11

1 Farmers Market 10-4 Moro

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

3 Grass Valley City Council 7

4 Sherman County School Junior High Academic Awards 2:30

4 Wasco City Council 7

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

6 Sherman County Fair Board 7


7 Gorge Broadband Consortium 1 The Dalles

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

8-9 ’62 (gold) Days in Canyon City, Oregon

11 Pendleton Experiment Station Field Day

12 Moro Experiment Station Field Day

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

12 Rufus City Council 7

12 Estate Planning Seminar 6 Sherman Senior & Community Center


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


16 Father’s Day at Maryhill Museum

16-21 Cottonwood Crossing Summer Institute for High School Students

17 Sherman County School District Board 7

18 Caregiver Job Fair 10-6 DHS, The Dalles

19-21 Sherman County 4-H Camp for 4th-6th graders, Wamic

24-28 Vacation Bible School – Moro Community Presbyterian Church

26-29 OSU 4-H Summer Conference for 7th-12th graders, Corvallis  


1 Grass Valley City Council 7

2 Moro City Council 7

3 All County Prayer Meeting Grass Valley Baptist Church social 6:30, prayer 7:00-8:30


6 Farmers Market 10-4 Moro

8-11 Sherman 4-H Kids Food Preservation Day Camp

9 Sherman County Watershed Council 8

9 Sherman County Soil & Water Conservation District 8:30

9 North Central Public Health Department 3 The Dalles

9 Tri-County Mental Health Board 11-2

10 Sherman Senior & Community Center Advisory 12:30 Senior Center

10 Rufus City Council 7

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

12-14 Athena Caledonian Games, Athena

20 Starry Night at the Museum – Maryhill Museum of Art

21-24 Sherman 4-H Kids Food Science Baking Day Camp

22 Maryhill Museum Summer Art Institute

24 Gilliam, Sherman, Wheeler Tri-County Courts 10 Condon

24-27 Jefferson County Fair

24-28 Hood River County Fair

27 Fifth Annual Veteran Benefit Expo in Pendleton

31-Aug 4 Union County Fair


Sherman County eNews #125


  1. Public Notice. Sherman County School District Board of Directors Meeting, May 13

  2. Sherman County this week in The Times-Journal, May 9

  3. The newspaper says a lot about a community . . .

  4. Everyone has access to print news

  5. Frontier TeleNet Budget Committee Meeting, May 23

  6. Gorge Outfitters Supply Catfish Extravaganza, May 25-26

  7. Sherman County Court Approved Minutes Posted Online, April 3 & 4

  8. Public Notice: City of Portland Proposes Biosolids Land Application Program Expansion in Central Sherman County and Western Gilliam County

  9. Sherman County History Tidbits: 1921, 1922, 1923

From writings of the First Continental Congress, 1774, we have a window into founders’ thoughts: “The last right we shall mention regards the freedom of the press. The importance of this consists, besides the advancement of truth, science, morality, and arts in general, in its diffusion of liberal sentiments on the administration of Government, its ready communication of thoughts between subjects, and its consequential promotion of union among them, whereby oppressive officers are shamed or intimidated into more honorable and just modes of conducting affairs.”

1. Public Notice. Sherman County School District Board of Directors Meeting, May 13

The Sherman County School District Board of Directors will hold a Regular Board Meeting at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, May 13, 2019. This meeting will be held in the meeting room of the Sherman County School/Public Library.

Agenda topics include Call Meeting to Order, Pledge of Allegiance, Approve Agenda, Comments from Visitors, Testimony Related to Agenda, Recognition of Students, Staff, and Community Members, Sherman Jr./Sr. High Student Body Report, Invitation to Graduation, Consent Agenda, Superintendent Report – Wes Owens, Sherman County School K-12 Administrator Report – Mike Somnis, Athletic Director Report – Mike Somnis, Budget Committee Update, New Business – Social Science Textbook Adoption, Interdistrict and Non-Resident Student Transfer Requests, James Weir Memorial Trust Scholarship Applications and Greenhouse Placement Options, Comments from Visitors, Future Agenda Topics. Next regular board meeting is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. on June 17, 2019.

The Board of Directors of Sherman County School District may address other matters as deemed appropriate by the Board of Directors.

If necessary, an Executive Session may be held in accordance with ORS 192.660

The Sherman County School District recognizes the diversity and worth of all individuals and groups.  It is the policy of the Sherman County School District that there will be no discrimination or harassment of individuals or groups based on race, color religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, marital status, age, veterans’ status, genetic information or disability in any educational programs, activities or employment.

American with Disabilities Act: Please contact Wes Owens at the district office at (541) 565-3500 if you need accommodation to participate.  Please telephone at least 48 hours prior to the scheduled meeting date.  Thank you.

2. Sherman County this week in The Times-Journal, May 9

  • Sherman County Court Invites Public Comment May 15
  • Obituary: Alma Jean (Watkins) Tipley
  • Sherman County Notes (column)
  • Wheat Growers Sponsor Golf
  • Sherman County Court News, April 3
  • Sherman County Extension & SKORE Award
  • Cottonwood Crossing Summer Institute for High School Students
  • 4-H Club News Reports
  • Legal Notices – 6 (Sherman County’s Newspaper of Record)
  • Employment Notices – 2
  • Sherman High School Class of ’73 Reunion Notice
  • Local Track and Field Results.

3. The newspaper says a lot about a community . . .

~The Times-Journal, May 9, 2019

We take this opportunity to remind that The Times-Journal, under one banner or another, has been telling the story of the region we now call Wheeler, Gilliam and Sherman counties, since 1886. Every week for the past 133 years!  6,916 weeks! (+ or -)

Its existence in the beginning in promoting the region was just as important then as it is now. A person/potential traveler/business entrepreneur in Roseburg or Idaho Falls who picks up a copy of The Times-Journal is just as interested as the new resident in the region to find out what products and services are available in the area.

A community’s weekly newspaper is the logical place to look for that information. By perusing the local paper, a person, whether looking to plan a road trip or to move the family or for job or business opportunities, will be able to determine what the community has to offer. That’s why we encourage every area business – store-front and home-based alike, every organization and club and event should have their name in the paper.

People pass through our communities every day. Their first impressions are lasting. What they see they talk about. A well-groomed community says a lot about its people. And when they pick up a copy of the local newspaper and they see the quantity and quality of businesses and active organizations and things to see and do in the area – they get a good impression – and they tell others.

You can help your business, you can help your community become this vibrant, thriving, successful first impression by supporting the newspaper that supports your community. Call us to see how advertising in The Times-Journal can help you help your business and your community!

The Times-Journal

Phone: 541-384-2421


4. Editorial. Everyone has access to print news

pencil.spiralWe’ve been thinking about the local news. Not all of us have computers or smart phones! We’re very fortunate to have The Times-Journal, our newspaper of record, and The Dalles Chronicle. 

Print news is the source that everyone can access. Published weekly, The Times-Journal subscription rates are $35/year in Gilliam, Wheeler and Sherman counties; $45/year elsewhere in the U.S. It’s available online. Contact The Times-Journal, P.O. Box 746, Condon, OR 97823-0746.

We believe that it is in our collective short- and long-term interest to support The Times-Journal with our subscriptions, classified ads, notices and news releases.

Is it a community responsibility to be informed? We think so. We’re all in this together! We benefit from news of regional issues, success stories and information that gives us opportunities and encouragement to support and participate in our communities.

Being informed about government process gives us opportunities to express our opinions and to influence elected officials’ decisions. We are well-advised to pay attention to legal notices.

Candidates’ campaign ads, letters to the editor, editorials and election results are important reasons to subscribe.

And, yes, newspapers are preserved for the generations, an important record of our culture. Social media and radio is not.

The big-picture benefits are these:

  • The Times-Journal serves Gilliam, Sherman and Wheeler counties as it informs and educates us and preserves our local histories.
  • The Times-Journal is the official newspaper of record for Sherman County government legal notices.
  • The three counties jointly operate Frontier Regional 9-1-1 Agency, Frontier TeleNet, Lower John Day/Area Commission on Transportation, John Day River Territory (tourism), Tri-County Community Corrections and Tri-County Veterans’ Services.
  • There is significant merit in sharing news, ideas and advertising for the connected and related families and businesses.
  • Subscription rates are very affordable and it’s available online.
  • An increase in subscribers will increase its value to the region.
  • Most topics currently published or posted by local government entities is appropriate for print news releases and notices.
  • Sherman County eNews is not a forever-publication.

5. Notice. Frontier TeleNet Budget Committee Meeting, May 23

A public meeting of the Frontier Telenet Budget Committee, to discuss the budget for the fiscal year July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020, will be held at the Gilliam County Courthouse, Circuit Court room, 221 S. Oregon St., Condon, Oregon. The meeting will take place on May 23, 2019 at 10:00 am.  The purpose of this meeting is to receive the budget message and to receive comment from the public on the budget. This is a public meeting where deliberation of the Budget Committee will take place. Any person may appear at the meeting and discuss the proposed programs with the Budget Committee. A copy of the budget document may be inspected or obtained on or after May 3, 2019 by calling (541) 793-2912 between the hours of 9:00 am and 4:00 pm for an appointment or by emailing

6. Gorge Outfitters Supply Catfish Extravaganza, May 25-26


Catfish Extravaganza

May 25-26

Rufus, Oregon

Fishing on the John Day River up to The Narrows

Catfish cookout, awards, prizes, music and fun.

Friday, May 24 Knife Sharpening Seminar

Saturday, May 25 Car Show 9-3 Bob’s Texas T-Bone parking lot

7. Sherman County Court Approved Minutes Posted Online, April 3 & 4

Approved minutes for the April 3, 2019, Regular Session and April 4, 2019 Work Session, are now available in the Archive of County Court Meeting Minutes.

8. Public Notice: City of Portland Proposes Biosolids Land Application Program Expansion in Central Sherman County and Western Gilliam County

See The Times-Journal, May 9, 2019

9. Sherman County History Tidbits: 1921, 1922, 1923 

newsletter2The Observer, Moro, Oregon

1921 Notes, not quotes:

  • November: Fire in Grass Valley. Sunday School organized in Gorman District at school. Thanksgiving snow storm, much damage, first time so much snow since 1896.
  • December: Train wreck E of Celilo with Sherman Countians involved, Walter Melzer 18, James Hannah of Moro & Mr. & Mrs. H.B. Van Gilder (injured, taken to hospital). Construction of Sherman Highway began between Wasco & Moro. Students home from college.

1922 Notes, not quotes:

  • January: F.L. Burnet leased farm outfit, leased farm to Fred Cole for 5 years, plans to travel to old Illinois home.
  • February: W.H. Hill had a dairy S. of Moro next to the RR track. Construction of hatchery at Oak Springs on the Deschutes River. W.O. Hadley, district game warden. Application for a 100’ dam on the Deschutes about 8 miles SW of Moro filed by PP&L. Farm Bureau organization completed.
  • May: 1st annual Thompson Family Roundup, 78 people at DeMoss Springs. County elections. 5 boys initiated into Boy Scouts of America: Ethan Woods, Harold Bryant, Wallace Cochran, Ardeth Cochran & Leonard Trueax.
  • June: Radio makes an advent in Moro. Big haul made on John Day River distillery, men not caught, 20 gallon copper moonshine still, 50+ gallon finished whiskey, 350 gallons mash, captured by Sheriff Hugh Chrisman 1.2 mile below old Ruggles pumping station, 18 miles E of Moro.
  • July: New Sherman Highway is rough graded between Moro & Grass Valley. 35th anniversary of Moro Presbyterian church; M/M James Woods last two on the charter member roll still living in Moro.  Sherman County exhibit for state fair prepared.
  • September: Deer hunting at Paulina. Students leaving for OAC & U of O. Harry Key has 25 acres in beans on farm near Sherar Grade. Fred Hennagin bought the Locust Grove farm from Herbert Root, Hennagin bought 400 acres, Fred Blau the rest, known as the Woodworth place.
  • October: 13th annual Sherman County fair a success.
  • November: Deer hunting in the Prineville area. DeMoss Park: stone bulkheads at the entrance, 2 gates, entrance & exit, 300’ long stone wall, woven wire fence next to the railway. Camp Fire Girls in Moro.
  • December: Moro Boy Scouts. Badger family reunion at Moro.

1923 Notes, not quotes:

  • January: Born, Newton Ladru Crosfield, January 8 at The Dalles to M/M Newton Crosfield of Wasco. Route of the highway through Kent decided. Moonshine still found in Grass Valley.
  • February: Civil War veteran Benjamin M. Brown, Kent, celebrated 86th birthday.
  • March: Sherman Highway construction began between Grass Valley & Kent.
  • May: County Fair Board: A.H. Barnum, Moro; G.E. Mathews, Moro; Fred Cox, Grass Valley; L.B. Payne, Rufus; Richard Dingle, Wasco. Moro & Grass Valley men fishing on the Deschutes at Sherar’s Bridge. Moro High School graduation. Declamatory contest at Grass Valley; winners included Leta Eakin, Grass Valley; Zela Ruggles, Kent; Marjory Dingle, Wasco.
  • June: Improvements to DeMoss Memorial Park: stone wall parallel to highway 300’ long for channeling water & boundary; picnic tables; garbage barrels; ladies restroom; septic tank; water tower for irrigation under construction. 600 acre fire near mouth of Deschutes on Spencer, Olsen & Anderson land between Deschutes River and Fulton Canyon road.  J.S. Fritts farming the Taylor place N of Grass Valley.
  • July: Reunion of “all the old Tennesseans in this vicinity” held at the Carl Schadewitz home in honor of Mrs. Schadewitz’ father Mr. Wilson.
  • August: Harvest fires. H.E. Dutton family moved to Wasco, bought a dairy.
  • September: Died in Portland: Rev. James M. Morrison, 92, founder of Moro and Monkland Presbyterian churches.
  • December: Buckley Ranch for sale $44,000.