Sherman County eNews #351


  1. Sherman County Prayer Meeting Correction, Dec. 6

  2. Sec. Zinke Recommends Keeping Federal Lands in Federal Ownership, New Monuments

  3. Free First Day Hikes Set for Oregon State Parks, Jan. 1

  4. Public Notice: Wasco School Events Center Meeting, Dec. 13

  5. Model Children & Responsible Adults

  6. 142nd Fighter Wing to Conduct Night Flying Operations

1. Sherman County Prayer Meeting Correction, Dec. 6

church.family1The All County Prayer Meeting is Wednesday, December 6 at the Wasco Methodist Church. Fellowship starts at 6:30 PM, Pray time starts at 7:00 PM and ends at 8:30 PM.

Everyone is welcome to come and join the meeting, come join in when you can get there.

2. Sec. Zinke Recommends Keeping Federal Lands in Federal Ownership, New Monuments

American flag2WASHINGTON — Today, in accordance with President Donald J. Trump’s April 26, 2017, Executive Order (EO), U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke released the final report outlining recommendations he made to the President on some national monument designations under the Antiquities Act.

Recommendations Secretary Zinke made in the final report included the following:

Keep federal lands federal – the report does not recommend that a single acre of federal land be removed from the federal estate. If land no longer falls within a monument boundary it will continue to be federal land and will be managed by whichever agency managed the land before designation

Add three new national monuments – Secretary Zinke recommended beginning a process to consider three new national monuments: The Badger II Medicine Area (Montana), Camp Nelson (Kentucky), and the Medgar Evers Home (Mississippi).

Modify the boundaries and management of four monuments – Bears Ears, Grand Staircase, Cascade-Siskiyou, and Gold Butte National Monuments

Expand access for hunting and fishing – Maintain an ongoing review to ensure public access to encourage more hunting and fishing in monuments

“America has spoken and public land belongs to the people,” said Secretary Zinke. “As I visited the Monuments across this country, I met with Americans on all sides of the issue — from ranchers to conservationists to tribal leaders — and found that we agree on wanting to protect our heritage while still allowing public access to public land. My recommendations to the President reflect that, in some circumstances, proclamations should be amended, boundaries revised, and management plans updated.”

FACT VS FICTION: Antiquities Act and Monument Review

Myth: No president has shrunk a monument.
False: Monuments have been reduced at least eighteen times under presidents on both sides of the aisle. Some examples include President John F. Kennedy excluding Bandelier National Monument, Presidents Taft, Wilson, and Coolidge reducing Mount Olympus National Monument, and President Eisenhower reducing the Great Sand Dunes National Monument in Colorado.

Myth: The monument review will sell/transfer public lands to states.
False: This is not true. The Secretary adamantly opposes the wholesale sale or transfer of public lands. The Antiquities Act only allows federal land to be reserved as a national monument. Therefore, if any monument is reduced, the land would remain federally owned and would be managed by the appropriate federal land management agency, such as the BLM, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, or the National Park Service (NPS).

Myth: Removing the monument designation from land will leave Native American artifacts and paleontological objects subject to looting or desecration.
False: This is not true. Whether these resources are found on land designated as a monument, national forest, BLM- managed public land, or other federal land, it is generally illegal to remove or disrupt these resources without a permit issued by the federal government.

Myth: The monument review will close/sell/transfer national parks.
False: No national parks are under review.

Myth: The review was done without meeting advocates for national monuments.
False: The Secretary visited eight monuments in six states and personally hosted more than 60 meetings attended by hundreds of local stakeholders. Attendees included individuals and organizations representing all sides of the debate ranging from environmental organizations like the Wilderness Society and the Nature Conservancy to county commissioners and, residents, and ranchers who prefer multiple use of the land.

Myth: Tribal Nations were not consulted.
False: This is patently false. Before traveling to Utah, the Secretary met with Tribal representatives in his office. On his first day in Utah in May, the Secretary met with the Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition in Salt Lake City, for just under two hours. Throughout the four-day survey of the Utah monuments, the Secretary also met with local Tribal representatives who represent different sides of the debate. The Secretary also met with Tribal representatives for their input on several other monuments from Maine to New Mexico to Oregon and everywhere in between. Additionally, the Department hosted several Tribal listening sessions at the Department and across the country, including a four hour session with the Acting Deputy Secretary on May 30th.

3. Free First Day Hikes Set for Oregon State Parks, Jan. 1

Oregon.Flat.poleSalem OR — The First Day Hikes tradition continues New Year’s Day 2018 when the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) joins America’s State Parks in sponsoring the seventh annual event. All 24 hikes in 22 Oregon state parks will be guided by park rangers or volunteers who will share stories about a park’s geology, history, wildlife and plants. Day-use parking fees are waived for all visitors at participating parks Jan. 1 only.

Hikers can register for a hike at the Oregon State Parks Store, Online registration is new this year–although not required–and will help park staff plan for the hike and provide them with participant contact information should hike details change.

“Bundle up and enjoy your first walk of the year with us,” says Lisa Sumption, OPRD director. “First Day Hikes are a fun, healthy way to start 2018 and a great way to see that Oregon state parks are great any time of year.”

OPRD advises visitors to plan for inclement weather, dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes, bring water and remember to carry binoculars for viewing wildlife. Check the hike listings at for details about recommended ages for children hiking and whether pets are allowed.

Participating parks and meeting areas:

* Banks-Vernonia State Trail: 9 a.m. Meet at the Buxton Trailhead.
* Milo McIver State Park: 9 a.m. Meet in the Riverbend lower boat launch parking lot.
* Tryon Creek State Natural Area: 9 a.m. Meet at the Nature Center.

* Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail: Noon. Meet at the Mark O. Hatfield Visitors Center West Trailhead.

* Champoeg State Heritage Area: two hikes–one at 10 a.m. and the other at 2:30 p.m. Meet at the Visitor Center.
* Elijah Bristow State Park: Noon horse ride. Bring your own horse and meet in the equestrian parking area.
* Silver Falls State Park: 10 a.m. Meet at the South Falls Lodge porch.
* State Capitol State Park: 10 a.m. Meet at the Capitol steps.

* Collier Memorial State Park: 9 a.m. Meet at the Logging Museum Cookhouse.
* TouVelle State Park: 1 p.m. Meet at the Area F parking lot.
* Valley of the Rogue State Park: hike and bicycle ride. Bicycle ride at 11 a.m. Meet at Rogue River bridge – John F. Fleming Veterans Memorial Park. Hike at 1 p.m. Meet at the Valley of the Rogue program area.

* Cape Lookout State Park: Noon. Meet in the Cape Lookout Trail parking lot.
* Crissey Field State Recreation Site: 2 p.m. Meet at the base of the stairs adjacent to the parking lot.
* Darlingtonia State Natural Area: 1 p.m. Meet in the parking lot.
* Humbug Mountain State Park: 10 a.m. Meet at the campground flag pole.
* Oswald West State Park: 10 a.m. Meet in the main parking lot on the southern end near the shop.
* South Beach State Park: 10 a.m. Meet in the South Beach day-use area.
* Sunset Bay State Park (Coos Bay area): 1 p.m. Meet at the Sunset Bay gazebo.
* Sunset Beach State Recreation Site (Astoria area): 10 a.m. Meet in the Sunset Beach parking lot.
* William M. Tugman State Park: 10 a.m. Meet in the day-use area at the gazebo.

* Emigrant Springs State Heritage Park: 11 a.m. snowshoe hike. Meet in the day-use parking lot to the right of the entrance.
* Smith Rock State Park: 10 a.m. Meet at the Welcome Center. Hike limited to 35 participants. Reserve your spot at

4. Public Notice: Wasco School Events Center Meeting, Dec. 13

The Wasco School Events Center Board of Directors will hold a meeting on December 13, 2017 – 6 p.m. at the WSEC, 903 Barnett Street. The public is welcome to attend
~ Melissa Kirkpatrick, 541 442-5887.

5. Model Children & Responsible Adults

Do you know any parents who are determined to raise model children? Let’s hope not, because sometimes, a model child isn’t such a great idea. Let’s explore what this means.

When it comes to raising children, there are few people who don’t believe in an intelligent and loving approach. There are psychological principles of teaching and learning that have been proven to work effectively. If we understand and use these principles, we can teach our children, from toddler-hood through adolescence, how to regulate themselves without a great deal of intervention.

The question then becomes, what will be the result? Will we then be raising model children? Possibly not, as a “model” child tends to be neither happy nor self-regulating.

You see, the “model” child is one with a façade, a child who has been intimidated into outward conformity. If we end up with a preschool child who is quiet and respectful of adults at all times; who never rebels or gets out of hand; who is pleased to do whatever adults want of him or her without complaint; who has no negative feelings about anything; who never lies, fights with siblings or otherwise misbehaves; who is moral, unselfish and of high ethical principle; who is conscientious and respects private property – then we are not really dealing with a child at all. We are dealing with a person who has been intimidated into being a miniature little adult, or a fake child.

In our quest for discipline, let us remember that our children are still children. Let’s make sure we help their childish nature be channeled into socially approved expressions. But let’s refrain from trying to totally eliminate the vital, spontaneous and sometimes unruly qualities that make children act and be like children. It is how they learn – and how we learned – to be responsible adults. ~The Pacific Institute

6. 142nd Fighter Wing to Conduct Night Flying Operations

American flag2PORTLAND, Oregon — The Oregon Air National Guard’s 142nd Fighter Wing will conduct routine F-15 night training missions December 5-7, 2017.

Night training allows the Citizen-Airmen pilots based at the Portland Air National Guard Base to stay current with mandatory Air Force requirements. Night flying is conducted almost monthly as it provides essential training for nighttime maneuvers. Training flights will be completed each evening before 10:30 p.m.



Sherman County eNews #350


  1. What’s Happening at Sherman County Public/School Library, Dec. 5

  2. Sherman County Prayer Meeting, Dec. 7

  3. Sherman County Emergency Services November Activity Report

  4. The Intersection of Only and Forever – Part 2

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

 Somehow not only for Christmas
But all the long year through,
The joy that you give to others
Is the joy that comes back to you.
And the more you spend in blessing
The poor and lonely and sad,
The more of your heart’s possessing returns to make you glad.
~ John Greenleaf Whittier

1. What’s Happening at Sherman County Public/School Library, Dec. 5

Logo.ShermanPub.School.Library2017Adam Miller Sings Folksongs of the Winter Holidays – Tuesday, December 5 at 6:00 pm. Well-known and not-so-well-known traditional folk songs and carols for New Year’s, Hanukkah, Christmas, and the Winter Solstice.

Crafts in Stacks – Custom Bleach T-Shirts – Saturday December 16 at 2pm.
We will create customized t-shirts using a stencil and spray bleach. Please bring your own dark colored t-shirt or shirts. These make great gifts!
We will have a few stencils for you to choose from or you can call or stop by the library if you have special requests. You can also create your own image, for details on how, please email Abbey at  To sign up please call 541-565-3279, email us at or stop by the library.

The Mitten Tree
Bring your donation of gloves, mittens, hats and scarves to decorate the Mitten Tree at the Library. We invite everyone to adorn the bare branches with warmth. We are also requesting warm throws and blankets to place under the tree. The Mitten Tree will be up through the end of December and all donated items will be given to our local food bank and other agencies serving Sherman County.

2. Sherman County Prayer Meeting, Dec. 7

The All County Prayer Meeting is December 7 at the Wasco Methodist

Fellowship starts at 6:30 PM, Pray time starts at 7:00 PM and ends at 8:30 PM.

Everyone is welcome to come and join the meeting, come join in when you can get there.

3. Sherman County Emergency Services November Activity Report

emergencydial911~Shawn Payne, Sherman County Emergency Services

Sherman County Ambulance

November 2017 Activity Report

Date Time Incident Location
11-01 4:11 PM Hang Up Call – No problem found Wasco
11-04 3:02 AM Overdose Wasco
11-06 6:38 PM Breathing Problem Grass Valley
11-09 7:06 AM Motor Vehicle Crash – Rollover Van Gilder Rd.
11-12 7:14 AM Sick Person Moro
11-12 12:53 PM Sick Person Moro
11-13 9:10 PM Chest Pain Wasco
11-14 6:55 PM Lift Assist Moro
11-15 3:22 AM Fall Injury and Back Pain Moro
11-16 5:11 AM Semi-Truck Rollover US 97  MP# 52
11-16 3:31 PM Seizures Court House in Moro
11-18 2:17 PM Nausea & Vomiting Wasco
11-18 5:40 PM Poisoning Wasco
11-19 10:49 AM Breathing Problem Moro
11-19 12:25 PM Hip Pain Dinty’s in Biggs
11-20 8:32 AM Motor Vehicle Crash I-84  MP# 104
11-22 10:45 PM Shoulder Pain Pilot in Biggs
11-25 6:09 PM Motor Vehicle Crash US 97  MP# 9   **UTL
11-27 9:31 AM Motor Vehicle Crash Rollover US 97  MP# 23
11-27 3:00 PM Back Pain Wasco
11-30 12:49 AM Unresponsive Male Rufus

** UTL = Unable To Locate

North Sherman County RFPD

November 2017 Activity Report

Date Time Incident Location
11-01 4:07 PM 911 Hang Up Call Wasco
11-04 3:20 AM Ambulance Assist Wasco
11-13 9:20 PM Ambulance Assist Wasco
11-18 2:17 PM Ambulance Assist Wasco
11-18 5:50 PM Ambulance Assist Wasco
11-20 8:32 AM Motor Vehicle Crash I-84  MP# 104
11-25 6:09 PM Motor Vehicle Crash US 97  MP# 9

Moro Fire Department

November 2017 Activity Report

Date Time Incident Location
11/27 9:31 AM Motor Vehicle Crash – Rollover US 97  MP# 23

4. The Intersection of Only and Forever – Part 2

This week we’ve been digging deeper into the subject of “happiness” – what it is, how to define it, and the different ways we go after it. The ancient Greek philosopher, Plato, gave four levels to the definition of happiness, and they are just as applicable today as they were 2400 years ago.

It comes to mind that there may be an additional aspect that we can use to rank these levels of happiness, to help us choose how we want to live our lives. Plato offered these three criteria to help with the decision-making process: 

The longer happiness lasts, the better. Considering the number of happiness-producing events for an individual, family or organization, then those that have the longest-lasting effects can be seen as being a higher level than those that only last a short time. It’s long-term thinking vs. short-term, long-term solutions vs. short-term reactions.

The more pervasive happiness is, the better. In other words, if the happiness spreads beyond self to a group or organization, the larger positive effect it will have. With a larger scope, the happiness-producing event has greater value. The “see the ice cream; eat the ice cream” event is an individual experience and does virtually nothing beyond the individual. However, creating a product or service that enhances the lives of a multitude of people, grows the scope and has greater value.

The deeper the happiness is, the better. Now what do we mean by “deep”? In Plato’s terms, he was talking about the full use of our capabilities. When we use our powers, our capabilities, to create enduring and pervasive good, we make ourselves happy in a deeply satisfying way. At the same time, we are bringing a high level of happiness to the world. 

If we use these criteria to evaluate our decisions and actions, we will discover a greater sense of meaning and purpose in our lives. We will find ourselves living at that level of Contribution without having to struggle. Our mindset – our habits, attitudes and beliefs – shifts in order to support these new values.

Now, it is not necessary to give up Instant Gratification or Competition, in order to move to Contribution, and we don’t need to give up these three to pursue the Ultimate. When we thoughtfully choose the levels we want to experience, expand what we want and decide how to go about getting it, based on our values, we will find that we live more fulfilling lives. ~The Pacific Institute

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

bird.owl.bookTrump Dramatically Shrinks 2 Utah National Monuments

Travel Ban Back in Place, SCOTUS Halts Lower Court Injunctions

Where does America get its carbon-free electricity?

Why Congress Should Not Legalize DACA: The Myths Surrounding the Program

Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting report triggered FBI hunt for leaker, new emails show

Sean Hannity Dominates Cable News Ratings In November

Put an end to PERS’ outrageous payouts: Editorial


Sherman County eNews #349


  1. Space Weather News: Biggest, Brightest Full Moon of 2017

  2. Sherman County Prayer Meeting, Dec. 7

  3. North Central Education Service District November Minutes

  4. The Intersection of Only and Forever – Part 1

  5. Notice. North Central Public Health District Board Meeting, Dec. 12

  6. Travel Oregon & the Tourism Industry

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

I heard the bells on Christmas Day
Their old, familiar carols play,
And wild and sweet
The words repeat
Of peace on earth,
good-will to men!
~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

1. Space Weather News: Biggest, Brightest Full Moon of 2017

This weekend’s full Moon is the biggest and brightest full Moon of 2017, almost 8% wider and 16% brighter than average. The extra dose of luminosity, which peaks on Sunday night, Dec. 3rd, is going to cast unusually sharp midnight shadows as this “supermoon” lights up the wintry landscape of the northern hemisphere. Visit today’s edition of to find out why the Moon is so big, and when is the best time to look.

2. Sherman County Prayer Meeting, Dec. 7

church.family1The All County Prayer Meeting is December 7 at the Wasco Methodist Church

Fellowship starts at 6:30 PM, Pray time starts at 7:00 PM and ends at 8:30 PM.

Everyone is welcome to come and join the meeting, come join in when you can get there.

3. North Central Education Service District November Minutes




November 2, 2017

The North Central ESD Board of Directors met in regular session in the NCESD Conference Room, Thursday, November 2, 2017.


P—Amy Derby, Chair-June 2019

P—Jim Doherty-June 2021

A—Geremy Shull-June 2021

A—Kristen Neuberger-June 2019

P—Sarah Rucker-June 2021

P—Jeff Schott -June 2021

A—Greg Greenwood -June 2019

P—Penny Grotting, Superintendent

P—Kim Domenighini, Bus. Mgr.



Sarah opened the Board Meeting at 6:10 p.m.

Public Input: None


The minutes from the September 7, 2017 regular board meeting were distributed for review via email September 26, 2017. Kim will send out the previous month’s minutes when she sends out the agenda.

Motion—Jeff, seconded Jim, to approve the minutes as presented.

VOTING—Unanimously approved.


Fiscal Receipts and Claims

The financial report detailing revenue and expenditures for the period ending October 26, 2017 was distributed for review, Kim mentioned that the last FLN trailer has been sold.

Motion—Amy seconded Jeff, to approve the financial report.

VOTING—Unanimously approved.


  • Penny has met with all of the superintendents to go through Resolution Services.
  • Sherman School District is struggling with behavioral students and Penny is working with Mr. Owens, Superintendent to help resolve issues.
  • Rinda Montgomery will be going to N. Wasco to observe a behavioral classroom.
  • Christy Christopher, STEM Hub Coordinator will be coming to the superintendent meeting on November 7, 2017 to explain the program and offer any assistance.
  • Regional Multi-tiered System of Support Grant in partnership with Columbia Gorge ESD, will provide support to selected districts from the IMESD, Wallowa, Grant, North Central and CGESD.


  • Penny would like to work on goals for the ESD: such as Most proud of, Need more attention, Where do you want to go with the ESD, suggestions for goals and hopefully talk about them at the next meeting.
  • Penny has been working with school districts on their Title I requirements.
  • P20 Agreement, the board has no questions.
  • Penny explained that hopefully the website will be up and running by January 2018. There will be three trainings to get the website visible to the public.


  • Motion—Jeff, seconded Jim, to accept the OSBA Resolutions to Reorganize the OSBA as a Non-Profit Corporation and Adopt the Proposed 207 Bylaws.

VOTING—Unanimously approved.

  • Motion—Amy, seconded Jim, to accept the Resignation of Maria Cortes, Custodian.

VOTING—Unanimously approved.

  • Herschel Lantis will be the custodian to replace Maria Cortes.
  • Penny hired Kris Wellsandt October 23, 217. Kris will shadow Sean for a few weeks.
  • Penny read the update from Brooke Ansotegui, OPK Director. Shania Drinkwine started in August and is doing well. She has 21 slots for preschool students:
    • Mitchell has 3 out of 3 total students
    • Spray has 4 out of 6 total students
    • Sherman has 5 out of 16 total students
    • Fossil has 9 out of 11 total students

Next meeting: January 4, 2018 6:00pm

With no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 6:52 p.m.


SARAH RUCKER, CHAIR                                KIM DOMENGIHINI, BUS. MGR.

4. The Intersection of Only and Forever – Part 1

For the last couple of days, we delved into how the ancient Greeks – Plato in particular – looked at the subject of “happiness.” These four levels run the gamut from self-centered to other-centered, to the search for the ultimate. Today we are going to look at what it means when we choose these levels to live in – and only those levels.

As we mentioned before, we live a combination of the four levels – Instant Gratification, Competition, Contribution and Ultimate Perfection – every day. Each has its place, depending upon the situation at hand. The challenge comes when “only” enters the picture: 

Instant Gratification is important, say, when we are hungry. The hunger is intense and so is the resolution to that hunger when we get something to eat.  However, when instant gratification is the only thing that makes us happy, we are severely limited. Instant happiness lasts just about that long – an instant. Then we are off to find something else to make us happy. It is very much like the attention span of a three-year old.

Competition is important, because it harnesses energy and creativity to expand ourselves. However, when that energy is spent finding others we can feel “better than,” we don’t get anything else done. If our happiness is only based on competition against others, it’s an unfulfilling place to live. We are slaves to our own ego in order to cover up our poor sense of self-worth and we lose connection with those around us.

Living at the level of Contribution would seem to be the best place to be, because it encourages us to reach more of our potential. We utilize our skills and abilities, our talents, in the service of an idea, a project, a need beyond ourselves. However, if we only live at this level, we run the risk of not taking care of our basic needs. We let others take advantage of us, and we may miss opportunities to challenge ourselves to grow.

The seeking of Ultimate Perfection is the most difficult level to reach, and if we only search for it among our relationships with other human beings, we will be disappointed. As human beings, flawed and wonderful as we are, we simply are not capable of continuous perfection. Yes, we want to reach for those moments when we can glimpse perfection, but if that is all we do, we miss out on really living our lives. 

It is in the striving for an effective balance of these four levels where we truly come into our own as human beings, and where our organizations truly fulfill their vision and values. ~The Pacific Institute

5. Notice. North Central Public Health District Board Meeting, Dec. 12

The North Central Public Health District Board will be meeting Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. at the North Central Public Health District, located at 419 E. 7th Street, in the Main Meeting Room, in The Dalles, Oregon. This meeting is open to the general public.

6. Travel Oregon & the Tourism Industry

Oregon.Flat.poleNationally, the tourism industry contributes $947 billion to the country’s economy, directly employing 15.1 million Americans. And in Oregon, tourism is an $11.3 billion industry, directly employing more than 109,000 Oregonians, with secondary impacts that generate another 56,900 jobs.

See Travel Oregon

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


Forbes: Inside Trump’s Head: An Exclusive Interview

American Thinker

Archenemies of Liberty — Soros, Steyer, Bezos and Bloomberg

Walden leads hearing on consumer digital protection

Online Exhibit: Beneath Our Feet: Mapping the World Below

Obama Immigration Speech 2010

PERS: Big investment returns won’t stop steep pension cost increases

Columbia Sportswear closes downtown store Saturday as protesters gather




Sherman County eNews #348


  1. Youth Mental Health First Aid Course, Dec. 21

  2. The Dalles Worship Choir Presents 14th Annual Concerts, Dec. 3, 8 & 10

  3. Final Thought on Happiness

  4. Weather: December Outlook and the November Climate Summary

  5. Sherman County School District Communication to the Community: North Playing Field

If they take away our past, how shall we know who we are? ~Steinbeck, Grapes of Wrath

1. Youth Mental Health First Aid Course, Dec. 21

If you work with…or interact with young people…including your friends, the teens in youth group, your 4-H club, at camp, your kids or your grandkids…be aware and know how to help them when stress or anxiety or depression hits them. Sherman folks, you can attend a free course on Youth Mental Health First Aid on Thursday, December 21 8am-5pm hosted by Sherman County at the Steve Burnet building in Moro. Sign up and possibly save a life. Contact Amber DeGrange, Sherman County Juvenile Director at 541-565-3461.

Youth Mental Health First Aid is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis. Youth Mental Health First Aid is primarily designed for adults who regularly interact with young people. The course introduces common mental health challenges for youth, reviews typical adolescent development, and teaches a 5-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, substance use, disorders in which psychosis may occur, disruptive behavior disorders (including AD/HD), and eating disorders.

2. The Dalles Worship Choir Presents 14th Annual Concerts, Dec. 3, 8 & 10

The Dalles Worship Choir (a faithful ecumenical choir from the Mid-Columbia area) will sing “It Took a Miracle.”  The choir, comprised of members from at least eight different local churches, is presenting their 14th annual concert.

  • Sunday: Dec. 3, at The Dalles Covenant Christian Church,5:30PM
  • Friday: Dec. 8, at The Dalles Calvary Baptist Church, 7:00PM
  • Sunday:  Dec 10, at The Dalles First Christian Church, 5:30PM

3. Final Thought on Happiness

Has anyone ever told you it was wrong to feel proud of yourself or to be too happy? In light of all that we have learned about happiness this week – its definitions and applications – let’s talk about the possibility of being too happy.

What is bad about feeling good? Nothing at all. But there are some people who will try to get you to believe that you shouldn’t be too happy. They will tell you things like, “Pride goes before a fall,” or “Who are you to feel so good when there is so much misery in the world,” or even, “If you show too much happiness, you are only tempting Fate to step in and slap you down.” They will say they are only telling you these things for your own good, and they will try to make you feel guilty if things go too well for you. (You will probably recognize this as the negative side of Level 2 – Competition.)

Now, they are not lying to you. These folks really believe that what they are telling you is the truth. But what you need to know that this is “their” truth, not “the” truth. They are only offering you their opinion on the matter. You need to decide if it is your truth. As it stands, you might even entertain the thought that it is a good idea to avoid people who try to rain on your parade.

You don’t have to live in a perfect world or be a perfect person to be happy. You know that. The time to be happy is now, the place to be happy is here, and the reasons to be happy are all around you. If you take a moment to look for them, they will make themselves known. You now know what to look for, especially when it comes to deciding what level of happiness you are going after.

Once again, happiness is a choice you make, not something that happens to you. When you choose to be happy – especially the Contribution level of happiness – you become a light in the world and a source of comfort and inspiration.

What is so good about feeling bad? Not a single thing. It is an unproductive “ripple” in the pond that is your life, and those ripples touch all you know and love. Why not choose happiness for yourself, choose happiness for those around you, and why not start today? ~The Pacific Institute

4. Weather: December Outlook and the November Climate Summary

geese.moon2December outlook and the November monthly climate summary AND GRAPHS (toggle between color and gray) for Moro at

~Dennis Hull- KB0NYC
Warning Coordination Meteorologist

5. Sherman County School District Communication to the Community: North Playing Field

Issue 19 Communication to the Community - North Playing Field 11-20-17 (1)


Sherman County eNews #347


  1. Classifieds

  2. Calendar

1. CLASSIFIEDS (new or corrected)


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 contact information, 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 here. ~ The Editor YOU & CONGRATULATORY NOTES:

THANK YOU, KARLA VON BORSTEL CHAMBERS, as you retire after 16 years of service on the board of directors of The Ford Family Foundation!

CONGRATULATIONS, LOUIS & ALENE RUCKER, on your 70th wedding anniversary! ~ Sherry Kaseberg



CHRISTMAS TREES! Sherman High School Christmas Tree Sale
Available Trees and Sizes
Doug Fir Sizes: 5/6 | 6/7 | 7/8
Grand Fir Sizes: 5/6 | 6/7
Noble Fir Sizes: 4/5 | 5/6 | 6/7 | 7/8
65912 High School Loop, Moro, OR
9:00 AM to 3:30 PM
Prices vary between $25.00 and $50.00 depending on the size and type of tree. 12/1 

BOOK SALE, RAFFLE. Wasco City-Community Library

Saturday, December 2, 2017 – Wasco School Events Center

4-7 p.m. Santa arrives! He’ll be visiting with the kiddies …….4-7pm

5- 6 p.m. Performers from the Sherman county GOOD NEWS CLUB will perform the “Ultimate Christmas Party,” a skit coordinated by Julie Fritts

4-7p.m. Raffle tickets available for purchase (first one is free)….children and adult prizes, popular games, Plinko and others

  • Refreshments
  • Vendors (tables still available)

All proceeds will be used to purchase new books, CDs and other needed supplies.

Questions? Call Librarian Danee Rankin 541-980-8210.

CHRISTMAS SHOPPING at THE MUSEUM STORE. The Museum Store at the Sherman County Historical Museum in Moro will be open for your Christmas shopping on Saturday, December 2nd from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm. Come to shop, enjoy refreshments, and tour the Museum! Pick up the newly-designed camper coffee mugs, a historic Sherman County calendar, the Camp Sherman Calendar, Melissa & Doug brand wooden toys and puzzles, cute farm animals that walk and talk and a $5 t-shirt sale and much more for everyone on your list! Take a Walk on the Rural Side and we will see you on December 2nd at the Sherman County Historical Museum Store! For more information contact the Sherman County Historical Museum at 541-565-3232 or email 12/1

SHERMAN COUNTY PRESCHOOL GALA OF TREES. Trees are now on display at The Farm Store in Wasco! Get your tickets ($5) now for a chance to win a unique, fun and fully decorated Christmas tree. Donors include RDO, MCGG, Rod McGuire, Apex/Little Wheats, Sherman Farm Chem and others. All proceeds support your local preschool. 12/16

SHERMAN COUNTY HOLIDAY BAZAAR. Shop Locally! Saturday, December 2nd from 10 until 3:30 at the Sherman County School Cafeteria, Moro, Oregon. Questions? Call Beth McCurdy 541-980-1821 or contact See Sponsored by Sherman County Fair Board. 12/1

SHERMAN COUNTY FOOD BANK & WASCO SCHOOL EVENTS CENTER. Wasco School Events Center is sponsoring Bingo and a Soup Dinner fundraiser to benefit the Sherman County Food Bank on December 3rd from 2:00 to 4:00 pm. It will be held in the Leland Schwendel Auditorium at the Wasco School Events Center (formerly the Wasco Annex). Cost for the meal is $6 or $20 for a family of 4 or more. Bingo will start at 3:00 pm and we will play 10 rounds at $1 per card or a donation of a can of vegetables per card. Prizes will be gift baskets donated by local businesses. Hope to see you on the 3rd for some good food and fun Bingo! Prizes will be on display at the Events Center if you want to take a peek prior to the 3rd. 12/1


HEALTHY FAMILIES OREGON HOME VISITOR. North Central ESD Early Education is hiring for a part time Healthy Families Oregon Home Visitor. Healthy Families Oregon seeks to insure healthy, thriving children and nurturing, caring families with a target of reaching parents with newborns and expectant parents. We seek to enhance family function, promote positive parent-child relationships and support children’s healthy growth and development through home visiting and links to community services.
The main duties of this job will be to provide parental support and education through the early years of a child’s life so children will grow up to be emotionally secure and safe, healthy, and more school-ready. Provide parenting skills, child development monitoring, early learning activities, and linkages to community resources. High school diploma required, AA or Bachelor’s Degree preferred. Must have reliable transportation to and from worksites.  Worksite Location: Office located in Condon. Service area includes Gilliam, Sherman, and Wheeler Counties. Work Schedule: 30 hours/week. Salary Range: $14.17-$20.15 DOE. Benefits: Medical, Dental, Vision and Long Term Disability. Reports to: Healthy Families Supervisor. Application Deadline: Open until filled. Please send resume and cover letter to 877-562-3739 “The NCESD is an Equal Opportunity Employer.”

DIRECTOR. Sherman County Senior & Community Center Director.  Sherman County is accepting employment applications for the position of Senior Center Director at the Sherman County Senior & Community Center. Position is permanent part-time salaried, 20hr/week. Responsibilities include scheduling use of Center facilities, supervising employees, maintaining and monitoring senior programs and contracts for compliance to ensure funding, receiving fees and delivering revenue to the Fiscal Officer, and other duties as assigned.    For job description and/or application, contact the office of the Sherman County Court at 541-565-3416 or go online at  Submit completed application and resume to the Sherman County Court, P.O. Box 365, Moro, OR 97039. Position open until filled. Successful applicant must have or be willing to obtain a Food Handlers Card and pass a criminal history background check. Sherman County is an equal opportunity employer. 12/1

sign.forsaleFOR SALE:  

…. DECEMBER 2nd at Moro:

The Museum Store 10-3 Sherman County Historical Museum in Moro

The Holiday Bazaar at Sherman County School nr. Moro 10-3:30

Sherman High School Christmas Tree Sale at Sherman County School 9-3:30

… DECEMBER 2nd at Wasco:

Wasco City-Community Library Annual Fundraiser 4-7 Wasco School Events Center

Sherman County Gala of Trees on display at The Farm Store in Wasco

HANDCRAFTED FURNITURE & NOVELTY GIFTS. Considerately Handcrafted furniture and novelty gifts, created from re-purposed wine & whiskey barrels, ready for Christmas. See us at the Holiday Bazaar on December 2nd at Sherman County School! ~Kevin Kaseberg | The Wood Butcher | Wasco, Oregon | 541-993-4282  | 12/29

CHRISTMAS TREES! Sherman High Christmas Tree Sale
Available Trees and Sizes
Doug Fir Sizes: 5/6 | 6/7 | 7/8
Grand Fir Sizes: 5/6 | 6/7
Noble Fir Sizes: 4/5 | 5/6 | 6/7 | 7/8
65912 High School Loop, Moro, OR
9:00 AM to 3:30 PM
Prices vary between $25.00 and $50.00 depending on the size and type of tree. 12/1

FABRIC for 4-H. 4-H Rewards at JoAnn Fabric.  Save 15% with JOANN 4-H Rewards! Current & lifetime 4-H members, parents of members, volunteers and 4-H staff can save 15% off total in-store and online purchases every day with 4-H Rewards. JOANN will give a minimum of 2.5% of every eligible transaction to support 4-H programming. 12/1

STUDDED TIRES 245/75R-16 on GM Alloy Rims from Tahoe (5 Spoke Factory Alloy Wheels). 6 lug pattern (6 X 13927 MM).  Lightly used, asking $700 for wheels and tires. Sold the vehicle and the new owner did not need the studded set. Can be seen in Grass Valley by contacting Jeanne @ 541-714-5740 (call or Text).  12/29

1.5 ACRE LOT. New Price on 1.5 acre lot just outside of Moro. A chance to own 1.5 acres close to town but in the country in Sherman County. This property is waiting for you to bring your house plans and call it home. Subject to final short plat approval, taxes to be determined. $50,000. ~ Tiffany Hillman  12/29

PROPERTY IN GRASS VALLEY. For sale by owner. Utilities are accessible. $60,000 or best offer. Contact Deb Miller or 509-750-9707.  12/01








2. CALENDAR (new or corrected) 


1 Sherman County Preschool Gala of Trees – The Farm Store, Wasco

1 Festival of Trees 6 Civic Auditorium, The Dalles

2 Christmas Tree Sale 10-3 Sherman County School

2 Sherman County Holiday Bazaar 10-3:30 Sherman County School Cafeteria, Moro

2 Holiday Shopping at The Museum Store 10-3 Sherman County Museum, Moro

2 Fossil Community Bazaar 9-3 Fossil, Oregon

2 1st Annual 5K Reindeer Run & Snowflake Stroll 10 The Dalles

2 Condon Light Festival and Parade 5:30 Condon

2 Holiday Open House 9-5 Columbia Gorge Discovery Center & Columbia R. Trading Co.

2 Cascade Singers’ Holiday Concert 7 Zion Lutheran Church, The Dalles

3 Cascade Singers’ Holiday Concert 3 Zion Lutheran Church, The Dalles

3 Bingo/Soup Dinner Benefit-Sherman County Food Bank 2-4 Wasco School Events Center

5 Weed Advisory Board Meeting 1 Weed District Building, Moro

5 Folk Songs of the Winter Holidays 6 Sherman County Public/School Library

5-7 Oregon Farm Bureau Annual Meeting, Pendleton

6 Sherman County Court 9

6 All County Prayer Meeting Refreshments/Social 6:30

         Prayer 7-8:30 Wasco Methodist Church

6, 13 & 20 Open Pickleball Court at the Wasco Gym


8 Community Renewable Energy Association Board Meeting 10-1

9 Sherman County Lions Club Fruit Shipment Ready for Pickup

11 Mid-Columbia Housing Authority Board Meeting 10 The Dalles

12 Sherman County Watershed Council 11:30

12 Tri-County Mental Health Board Meeting 11-2

12 North Central Public Health District Board Meeting 3

13 Frontier TeleNet Board of Directors Meeting 10 Moro

13 Mid-Columbia CORE Pesticide Training 9:30-3 CGCC

13 & 20 Open Pickleball Court at the Wasco Gym

14 Sherman Soil & Water Conservation District Board Meeting 8:30 Moro

14 Northern Oregon Regional Corrections Board Meeting 1 NORCOR, The Dalles

14 Mid-Columbia Economic Development District Board Meeting 4-5 Hood River

20 Sherman County Court 9

20 Open Pickleball Court at the Wasco Gym

21 Winter Begins

24-20 Sherman County School District Christmas Vacation


30 6th Max Nogle Dinner/Auction/Dance w/Countryfied, Grass Valley Pavilion 


3 Sherman County Court 9

4 AG Tech Bootcamp, University of Idaho, Pocatello

9 Sherman County Watershed Council Meeting 8

9 Sherman Soil & Water Conservation District Board Meeting 8:30

9 Tri-County Mental Health Board Meeting 11-2

9 North Central Public Health District Board Meeting 3

9-10 Direct Seed Conference, Kennewick

10 Developing/Expanding Your Farm Stand/Agritourism Seminar, Central Point

10 Sherman County Senior & Community Center Advisory 12:30

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

17 Sherman County Court 9

23 Statewide Special Election

24 Tri-County Court Meeting 10-2 Wheeler County

30-Feb. 1 Northwest Ag Show, Portland



16-18 Winter Fishtrap, The New Agrarians, Joseph, Oregon

20 Kessler Angus Ranch Bull Sale, Milton-Freewater

24 OSU Small Farm Conference, Corvallis


Sherman County eNews #346


  1. In Search of Happiness – Part 2

  2. Editorial Policies, Updated

  3. Oregon Public Safety Academy Basic Police Class: Sherman Deputy

  4. Oregon Enrollment Deadline, Dec. 15

  5. Secretary Zinke Sends Nearly $20 Million in Timber Dollars to Rural Oregon, Doubles Down on Commitment to Future Harvests  

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

A Christmas gift list:
To your enemy, forgiveness.
To an opponent, tolerance.
To a friend, your heart.
To a customer, service.
To all, charity.
To every child, a good example.
To yourself, respect.

~ Oren Arnold.

 1. In Search of Happiness – Part 2

Today, we continue our examination of happiness. Yesterday, we got an overview of the Greek philosopher Plato’s first two levels of happiness – Instant Gratification and Competition. Now, let’s take a look at the final two levels.

The third level of happiness is one of “Contribution” where we want to use our time and talents to help and support others. It’s working beyond the self, and focused on the benefit of “the other” as opposed to ourselves alone. We derive joy from being a part of an effort aimed at improving the human condition. This type of contribution answers our need to find meaning and purpose in who we are and what we do.

A prime example of this can be found in Dr. Viktor Frankl’s book, Man’s Search for Meaning. Frankl was a prisoner in a Nazi concentration camp during WWII. He wrote that those men and women who were best able to survive the horrific physical and psychological deprivation were determined to stay alive for some reason beyond themselves. It could have been family, work they wanted to continue, or supporting fellow prisoners – but it was a purpose beyond the self that kept them going.

And finally, the fourth level is the seeking of “Ultimate Perfection.” We seek perfect love, perfect beauty, ultimate knowledge and wisdom. This is perhaps the most difficult level to achieve, because perfection in anything is fleeting, if it is possible at all. We may only experience moments, but those moments lift us up and allow us to see the ultimate – however we individually define “ultimate.”

Realistically, at any given moment during the day, we experience each of these levels. In fact, typically, we are a combination depending upon the situation at hand. And that’s not a bad thing. What is important is how and why we choose to exist in these four levels, and the implications and ramifications – to ourselves and others – of those choices. ~The Pacific Institute

2. Editorial Policies, Updated

CLASSIFIEDS. Please submit classified ads by using the Submit News page! Sherman County eNews publishes free Classifieds on Fridays, deadline Wednesday at 5. Include who, what, where, when, how, why… and, the final Friday date for posting your ad (shown by date at the end of the ad), contact information, under 50 words if possible, and limited to Sherman County. Links are welcome.

THANK YOU & CONGRATULATORY NOTES. Please submit thank you and congratulatory notes by using the Submit News page by Wednesday at 5. Express gratitude and recognize acts of kindness, achievement and service.

JOYFUL NEWS. We will happily publish notices of births, engagements, weddings and anniversaries – with Friday Classifieds. The deadline is the same, Wednesday at 5, and must include Sherman County connections. Links are welcome. No photos. Use the Submit News page.  And then, please, send your birth, engagement, wedding and anniversary announcements to The Times-Journal via 

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. Text, please; no posters or flyers. Keep it relevant, no longer than 350 words.


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.
  • Keep it simple with one or two clear points. No attachments.
  • Keep it fresh with no more than one letter per writer per month.
  • Keep it civilized, in good taste and free from libel.
  • Keep it relevant; focus on a local event, previous letter or issues of general concern – not personalities.
  • Letters must be signed, name and town. Anonymous letters will not be posted.
  • Please submit Letters to the Editor by using the Submit News page.

SPIRITUAL MATTERS for Sherman County Churches and Faith Groups

A Friday column, Spiritual Matters is intended to welcome, inform and inspire. 

First: Recognized/organized churches and faith groups in Sherman County are invited to participate. 

Second: The Current Rotation

1st Friday: Wasco Church of Christ, Christian & Moro Community Presbyterian

2nd Friday: Grass Valley Baptist & Wasco Catholic

3rd Friday: Baha’i  & Kent Baptist

4th Friday: Wasco United Methodist, Rufus Baptist & Grass Valley Catholic

5th Friday [to be determined by the Editor or proposed by a participant] 

Third: Articles must be submitted by 5 p.m. Wednesday for Friday publication. Please limit messages to 300 words or less.

Fourth: Attacks on another faith, a previous Spiritual Matters article or author will not be published. 

Fifth:   The subject matter should be spiritual and inspirational, calling people to faith, and may include doctrinal understandings. 

Sixth:   The editor reserves the right to decline to publish articles.

Seventh: Please let us know if your group wishes to participate in this rotation.

3. Oregon Public Safety Academy Basic Police Class: Sherman Deputy

The Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) is pleased to announce the graduation of its 372nd Basic Police Class.

The Basic Police Class is 16-weeks in length and includes dozens of training areas including survival skills, firearms, emergency vehicle operations, ethics, cultural diversity, problem solving, community policing, elder abuse, drug recognition, and dozens of other subjects.

Basic Police Class 372 will graduate at the Oregon Public Safety Academy at 4190 Aumsville Hwy SE in Salem, Oregon on Friday, December 8, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. with a reception immediately following the graduation.

Graduates of Basic Police Class 372 include:
Deputy Sheriff Kyle Pfeifer
Sherman County Sheriff’s Office.

4. Oregon Enrollment Deadline, Dec. 15

Oregon.Flat.pole (Salem) — The deadline is near for people who want health insurance in 2018, but don’t get coverage through their job or another program. Open enrollment at ends at midnight on Dec. 15, about two weeks away.

“If you haven’t focused on your health insurance yet, now is the time to do it,” said Chiqui Flowers, administrator of the Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace. “A licensed insurance agent or an expert from a certified community group can help you enroll, and their assistance is free.”

Oregonians can find insurance agencies and organizations offering free enrollment help listed at

The Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace, a division of the Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services, has these tips for consumers:

* See if you qualify for help paying for your coverage, even if you did not qualify last year. The income qualifications adjust upward each year, and rising premiums can mean greater assistance for those who qualify for subsidies. Go to and start an application to find out if you can save money.

* Be aware of the Dec. 15 deadline in Oregon. There are other deadlines for insurance customers in California and Washington, but here in Oregon, the last day for most people to get individual or family coverage is Dec. 15.

* If you already have a 2017 health plan through, go back to your account to update your income information and shop for a 2018 plan. You may be counting on to automatically re-enroll you in coverage for next year. That works as a backup plan; however, there may be plans that are better for you and your budget. Plan prices and benefits change each year, and your income or household size may have changed, too. Log in to your account, update your information, and look at the 2018 plans to find the best fit for you or your family.

The Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace, the state-level partner to, can answer general questions about enrollment and connect people to in-person enrollment assistance. Call 1-855-268-3767 (toll-free) or visit

5. Secretary Zinke Sends Nearly $20 Million in Timber Dollars to Rural Oregon, Doubles Down on Commitment to Future Harvests   

American flag2WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke announced today that the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will issue payments totaling $19.5 million to 18 counties in western Oregon, which includes $1.4 million previously sequestered funds.

Under the previous administration, the sequestered funds were not scheduled to be disbursed to the counties however after working with the counties and the Office of Management and Budget, the Secretary was able to deliver the full funding.

“O&C lands were specifically set aside for sustainable timber harvests and they are an important part of the economic foundation of western Oregon,” said Secretary Zinke. “Working with the county officials we were able to get these much-needed funds to the local communities, but my next priority is ensuring that these lands continue to provide sustainable timber harvests that support the community and strengthen the health of the forest.”

“We are happy to report the 18 O&C Counties will receive these disbursements, including those withheld payments, very soon,” said Commissioner Tim Freeman of Douglas County, the Association of O&C Counties’ President. “We give full credit to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke for his willingness to work with us to persuade OMB to release these sequestered funds. We are also grateful to Congressman Walden for his assistance in facilitating communications between the Association and the Department of the Interior. Every County will use these much-needed funds for vital services according to their local priorities, from public safety and juvenile programs to elections departments and infrastructure maintenance, and everything in between.”

“The announcement that our communities will receive the full timber receipts payments they are owed under the law is great news,” said Chairman Greg Walden. “These resources will be critical to funding essential county services from law enforcement and emergency operations to schools and infrastructure projects. I want to especially thank Secretary Zinke and his team for working so closely with the O&C counties to ensure these funds are disbursed, and for their continued commitment to improving forest management and supporting our local communities in southern Oregon.”

Located in 18 counties of western Oregon, the Oregon and California Railroad Lands comprise nearly 2.6 million acres of forests that is managed by the BLM. The 18 O&C counties receive yearly payments under the O&C Act equal to 50 percent of receipts from timber harvested on public lands in these counties. These payments follow a formula established in the 1937 Oregon and California Lands Act, which authorizes timber receipt-based payments to western Oregon counties, and which remains in effect following the expiration of the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act.

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

bird.owl.limbPrager U. – Why No One Trusts the Mainstream Media

Audit says Oregon Health Authority wasted $88M

Editorial: State health agency mismanages taxpayer dollars


Sherman County eNews #345


  1. Christmas Shopping at The Museum Store, Dec. 2

  2. Sherman County Lions Club Fruit Shipment Delayed until Dec. 9

  3. gofundme for Denny Riggs Family

  4. Local Students Given Opportunity to Study Abroad

  5. In Search of Happiness – Part 1

  6. The State of the Press: Fewer Reporters, Bigger Government

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

A key to a vital life is an eagerness to learn and a willingness to change.  ~Mary Anne Radmacher-Hershey

“Our country is in danger, but not to be despaired of. Our enemies are numerous and powerful; but we have many friends, determining to be free, and heaven and earth will aid the resolution. On you depend the fortunes of America. You are to decide the important question, on which rest the happiness and liberty of millions yet unborn. Act worthy of yourselves.” —Joseph Warren (1775)

1. Christmas Shopping at The Museum Store, Dec. 2

Moro, OR – The Sherman County Historical Museum Store in Moro, Oregon will be open for your Christmas shopping on Saturday, December 2nd from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm. Come shop, enjoy refreshments, and tour the Sherman County Historical Museum! Pick up the newly designed camper coffee mugs, a historic Sherman County calendar, the Camp Sherman Calendar, Melissa & Doug brand wooden toys and puzzles, cute farm animals that walk and talk and a $5 t-shirt sale and much more for everyone on your list! Take a Walk on the Rural Side and we will see you on December 2nd at the Sherman County Historical Museum Store!

For more information contact the Sherman County Historical Museum at 541-565-3232 or email

2. Sherman County Lions Club Fruit Shipment Delayed until Dec. 9

The Lions Club just received word that the GRAPEFRUIT AND ORANGES which they have for sale are stalled in Texas and will not be available until Dec.9th.  Nell Melzer reports that if you have ordered fruit and call her next week you may pick up your order at her home. 541-565-3517. The fruit is always top quality. We apologize for the shipping delay!

3. gofundme for Denny Riggs Family

Denny Riggs is a single mom currently raising three children, and has recently been diagnosed with a rare form of brain cancer.  Denny is facing surgery and followup treatments and a long battle to regain her health.  As those who know Denny and her situation will attest, Denny has given her heart and soul to her children and now is in need of some help from the community to get her and her family through this medical crisis.  Donations will be used primarily for medical expenses, fuel expenses and groceries for the household.  God bless you for considering a donation to this remarkable woman and her family.

4. Local Students Given Opportunity to Study Abroad

Qualified high school students are offered a unique opportunity to spend an academic year, semester or summer holiday in Europe, Asia, North or South America, Australia or South Africa as part of the ASSE International Student Exchange Program.

Students, 15 to 18 years old, qualify on the basis of academic performance, character references and a genuine desire to experience life abroad with a volunteer host family.

Families abroad are carefully screened to provide a caring environment in which students can learn the language and culture of their host country.  Students do not need to know the language of the host country prior to departure but will acquire the language skills through experiencing the day to day culture of their host country.  ASSE students attend regular high school classes along with their new teenage friends.

ASSE is dedicated to promoting closer ties of friendship between the United States and other countries by fostering intercultural understanding through youth exchange programs. 

ASSE also provides international opportunities for families to host students from Spain, Mexico, Germany, Great Britain, France, Brazil, Thailand, Japan, and many more.  These carefully screened and selected students are 15 to 18 years old and will attend the local American high school for an academic year.

Students or families interested in learning more about becoming an ASSE exchange student or host family should contact us at 1-800-733-2773 or visit our website at, or email us

5. In Search of Happiness – Part 1

Human beings have been grappling with the concept of happiness since, well, the beginning. Once we could put a name to that feeling of contentment, of well-being, of knowing where our next meal was coming from and where we were going to sleep at night, we began to give some deeper thought to the subject.

Giving some deeper thought to the subject of happiness is what we are going to be doing for the next several days. During that time, we are going to lean on some ancient philosophy as well as modern interpretations and applications. The work of Dr. Robert Spitzer, S.J., friend and mentor to Lou Tice, will prove insightful.

To get started, we want to take a look at how the ancient Greeks looked at happiness around 2400 years ago. Because the subject is so big (apparently, it took Plato 360 pages to define happiness), it needed to be broken down into more easily understandable pieces. So, in his work, Plato divided the subject into four levels or types, each with distinctive characteristics.

Level 1 can be characterized as “Instant Gratification.” See the ice cream. Eat the ice cream. This level maximizes pleasure and minimizes pain. Typically, happiness at this level is physical and very intense. And it owes no obligation to anyone or anything, except the self. The down side is that it is usually over quickly, and then one needs immediately to go searching for the next gratifying moment.

Level 2 is all tied up in ego. It’s “Competition” but competition with everybody else. Someone stuck at this level is always trying to find someone they can be “better than.” Promotion of the self is of the utmost importance, and personal power is key. In every encounter, individuals at this level are constantly comparing themselves against others, in order to feel superior. The down side here is we run the risk of finding people better than us, and then happiness disappears.

There are two more levels to go, and we will address them tomorrow. In the meantime, give yourself the opportunity to see some of these behaviors being played out in your world – friends, family, co-workers, etc. Make a mental note of reactions to these behaviors and how they affect your own sense of happiness. ~The Pacific Institute

6. The State of the Press: Fewer Reporters, Bigger Government

classifieds.boyInformation about government increasingly comes from well-paid government employees – what does that mean for the reporters who are left and the democracy we all live in?

As Oregon newsrooms have gotten smaller, less experienced and more demanding, the ranks of well-paid government communications staff have swelled — a trend that is only expected to continue.

Many journalists laid off from or leaving the industry are now often acting as media gatekeepers for public agencies and officials, and even producing news-like content for the government agencies that now employ them.

Lee Shaker, a researcher at Portland State University, says this has become a necessary part of the government information cycle, as the old system of news has fallen apart over the past two decades.

But there is a risk to democracy when the news environment is so fractured, he says. Government still needs to get information out to the public, the public is now bombarded with information, and politicians find it advantageous to attack the independent press, Shaker says.

“That creates a lot of uncertainty and uncertainty is grounds for distrust, grounds for disagreement,” he says… … …

Several anecdotal accounts say The Oregonian’s reporting staff is between 100 to 120, about a quarter of its heyday.

The Portland Tribune and Pamplin Media Group’s news staff has also shrunk in size, though the reporting staff has grown since the 2007-09 recession, says company President Mark Garber. Garber estimates there are close to 100 reporters, photographers, copy editors and other news-side staff at the more than two dozen Pamplin newspapers.

Damian Radcliffe, a researcher at the University of Oregon, says the news environment is not as bad as some ex-journalists may think.

“There are a lot of rose-tinted spectacles in looking back on how journalism was versus how it is now,” Radcliffe says. “What is clear is that there are fewer resources but … I think the quality of reporting that we see on a daily and weekly basis remains incredibly robust.”

Radcliffe, who recently published a paper on the state of local journalism in the Pacific Northwest, says news organizations are diversifying with new revenue streams and new partnerships between former competitors.

“You didn’t have the resources you once did, but there are still a lot of people interested in government reporting, but you have to work together,” he says.

The ‘official line’

Radcliffe also says public affairs reporting has changed now that government has many channels to communicate with constituents.

Being a “stenographer” for government meetings and the like is now redundant, he says.

“I think that should be seen as an exciting opportunity for journalists in that regard,” Radcliffe adds, because news organizations can concentrate on investigative and enterprise work.

Chris Broderick, a former Oregonian staffer and now head of a major government communications team, says the tension between journalists and the “official line” from politicians and public officials is not much different than it used to be.

“That’s been going on forever,” Broderick says. “I think what’s changed is the media side.”

Broderick spent 32 years in journalism before leaving The Oregonian in 2010. While he says individual journalists are still doing good work, he joins other ex-staffers in worrying about the loss of in-depth coverage.

“I think a lot of people are less informed, no question about that in Oregon,” he says. “I think people are still doing a good job of hustling news and being watchdogs and doing what they can, but it’s just a matter of resources.”

…. “Those resources (from private news organizations) are gone and they’re not coming back, and I think that’s unfortunate for the community,” he says.

An obligation to communicate

Kelly McBride, a media ethics expert at The Poynter Institute journalism school, says the role of news organizations is to answer the public’s questions.

… Despite the advent of social media and government communications teams … public officials still have an obligation to talk to the press, McBride adds.

“There is really very little excuse for a public official being unresponsive to other organizations just because they have their own news organization,” McBride says. “Open government is open government.”

She adds that government has an obligation to communicate with the public despite smaller newsrooms… … …

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

bird.owl3This first one’s for you mwm:

The state of the press: fewer reporters, bigger government


Sherman County Public School Library

The Pioneer Woman

The White House Just Unveiled Its Christmas Decorations and They’re Simply Magical

PHOTOS: The 2017 White House Christmas Decorations

Archenemies of Liberty — Soros, Steyer, Bezos and Bloomberg