Sherman County eNews #98


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

  2. Sherman County Emergency Services Advisory Committee Meeting, April 18

  3. Equine Mania LLC Announces Summer Clinics

  4. Access Free Resources, Grants to Help Your Business Export, April 24 

  5. Creatively Putting It Together

  6. Frontier TeleNet Board of Directors Meeting, April 20

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

 “Government is not the solution to the problem, government is the problem.” ~Ronald Reagan

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

Logo.ShermanPub.School.Library2017Community Preschool Storytime – Tuesday at 10am
Join us for Preschool Storytime and crafts. Ages 3-5.

Crafts in Stacks – Solar System Necklaces
Saturday, April 21 at 2pm.
We will use polymer clay to create unique beads then add charms and links to create a solar system themed necklace. If you don’t wish to create a solar system you may bring your own fun charms and create beads for your own theme. No previous skill required!  Ages firmly 12 and up.
Give us a call to reserve your spot before April 19, space is limited to the first 15.

2. Sherman County Emergency Services Advisory Committee Meeting, April 18

Sherman County Director of Emergency Services

Advisory Committee Meeting

April 18, 2018

5:00 PM

Emergency Services Building

3. Equine Mania LLC Announces Summer Clinics

cow.blueDon’t miss out of the fun! Great people, fabulous instructors & a dang good time!

Cows and More Clinic with Mary Jane Brown May 12-13 $300, optional Friday session $75;

Wheatacres Ranch Trail Challenge & Sorting June 23;

Advanced Sorting Clinic with Kristi Siebert August 11-12 $300.


The Cows & More clinic has only one spot left so sign up now! Contact Carrie for more information: 541-980-7394.

4. Access Free Resources, Grants to Help Your Business Export, April 24 

Is your business exporting products now or considering it? Businesses are invited to an April 24 event with the Gorge Tech Alliance (GTA) to learn about free resources and grants to help your business reach international markets. Presenters will cover programs and services available to Oregon and Washington businesses from State and Federal agencies that include: 

  • Grants, booth sharing opportunities and staff time in support of attending global trade shows
  • Targeted partner matching services to help US companies find appropriate representation
  • Free advice on commodity classification processes and setting up safe export procedures
  • Networking opportunities with other exporters in Oregon/Washington
  • Export financing and Small Business Administration financing

Plus, local businesses will share how they have used these resources to grow their global trade. The event is Tuesday, April 24, at the White Buffalo Wine Bar, 4040 Westcliff Dr., Hood River. Appetizers and networking start at 6:30 p.m. with presentations closer to 7 p.m. Free for GTA Members; $10 for non-members. Everyone is welcome! 

The GTA is the regional tech industry association that supports, connects and develops the technology community of the Columbia River Gorge with networking and educational events, business support and promotion, workforce development and STEM education. Contact Jessica Metta, Executive Director, at 541-296-2266, or learn more at

5. Creatively Putting It Together

We’ve been talking about “creativity” and now it’s time to put some action to our discussion.

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to do one creative thing before the beginning of next week. It doesn’t need to be big. It doesn’t need to be lavish. It doesn’t need to be expensive. And remember, there are no “have-to’s” so you may choose to excuse yourself from the exercise.

Creativity can be manifested in just about every activity – yes, every activity. Tonight, as you head home from work or school or finish running errands, take a look at everything you plan to do for the rest of the week and weekend. Before you get caught up in another activity, write it down – make a list, if you like working from lists. Under each “to do” item, write out how you would normally accomplish the task.

Once you have the next few days itemized, go back to your “how” details for each item. “How” could you accomplish it differently? If you normally wake up the kids with a holler, what about bursting into song instead? (“Oh, What A Beautiful Morning” comes quickly to mind.) If you are going grocery shopping, take a different route and pay special attention to the lawns and gardens of the “new” homes on your route. (You might find some new ideas for your own yard or flower boxes, if you have them.)

Open up your mind to new possibilities. In that fresh, wide-open space, innovative ideas will emerge. Just like outer space, your mind abhors a vacuum. It wants to be filled. Actually, it needs to be filled.

So, spend the next few days filling your mind with new “input,” and fully experience where the journey takes you. ~The Pacific Institute

6. Frontier TeleNet Board of Directors Meeting, April 20

Frontier TeleNet Board of Directors Meeting

April 20th 10:00 AM

Gilliam County Courthouse

221 S Oregon St., Condon, Oregon


1.0 Call To Order & Director Roll Call

2.0 Directors’ Changes or Additions to the Agenda

3.0 Shawn Halsey from Umatilla Morrow Radio District attending to meet the Board

4.0 Guests from Motorola attending to meet the Board

5.0 Minutes Review and Approval

6.0 Financials Review and Approval

7.0 IT and System updates and progress report

8.0 Business and Marketing report

9.0 Executive session under ORS 192.660 (2) (g) Negotiations for trade or commerce

10.0 Other items for the good of the order

11.0 Public Input/Comment

12.0 Next Meeting

13.0 Adjournment

The Frontier TeleNet board reserves the right at its sole discretion to enter into Executive Session under ORS 192.660 (a), (g), (j), (n), (D).  For those requesting a call in number or other accommodations, please contact Mike Smith at 541-306-1202 or

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

bird.talkDeschutes River Trail weaves through canyons and history

10 spectacular Oregon adventures for spring

Williams Ranch Swine

Descendants of Basque Country keep their culture alive

That Old Barn


TEDEd. The Rise & Fall of the Byzantine Empire

Operative tied to billionaire Soros involved in Washington County DA race

Oregon AG posts info on new Red Flag gun safety law

The Story Behind the film ‘Paul, Apostle of Christ’

Economic Research: Ignoring the Invisible Hand

Wolves in Oregon: 124



Sherman County eNews #97




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


THANK YOU, DANEE RANKIN! Well done! Best wishes! ~Sherry Kaseberg 

CONGRATULATIONS & THANK YOU, DARLA SEALE! Your wonderful customer service and commitment to the frontier rural counties is appreciated! ~Larry and Sherry

THANK YOU TO ALL WHO VOLUNTEER! To all in Sherman County who volunteer on any level for any task, my most sincere thanks for what you do! Each day I am witness to the people of Sherman County performing selfless acts to help others. Many of these tasks are thankless, time consuming and inconvenient. We are blessed by your presence in our community. Your selfless actions make our county safer, healthier, better educated, more secure and more enjoyable. Time is our most valuable commodity it seems. Each of you who are willingly giving “us” your time and efforts are priceless. Please know that I appreciate you more than you could possibly know. Thank you for what you do. ~Solomon Jacobsen

Appreciation can make a day – even change a life.

Your willingness to put it into words

is all that is necessary.

~ Margaret Cousins




TRACK & FIELD EVENTS. Dear Parents, Guardians, and Community Members, Track and Field season is upon us once again. Sherman County High School Track and Field team will be hosting the annual Sherman County Invitational home meet on April 28, 2018 in Moro. Field events will start at 11:00 AM and Track events will begin at 1:00 PM. We are looking for parents, guardians, and community members to help us out once again by volunteering to run events throughout the day. Volunteer duties range from running the clipboard at a field event to measuring competitor’s jumps/throws.

It truly takes a whole community to run a track meet and we are grateful to have such a supporting community. The support from parents and community members in running this meet has been great over the years and we hope to continue the tradition this year. It takes a minimum of 30 volunteers to run our meet smoothly & efficiently. If you are willing to volunteer your time and assist with the meet, please contact the school. The more volunteers we have, the easier/quicker events will go, and we can rotate volunteers out so they can go watch their athletes compete.

Volunteers are needed for these events: Javelin (2-3), Shot Put (2-3), Discus (2-3), Boys Long & Triple Jump (2-3), Girls Long & Triple Jump (2-3), and Pole Vault (3).

As a way to give back and thank our volunteers, I will be ordering each volunteer a Sherman Invitational T-Shirt to wear on the meet day while they are assisting with the events. Please email your shirt size so I can get these ordered ASAP. If you are interested in volunteering your time please contact Audrey Rooney at 541-565-3500 or Please signify the event you are interested in volunteering for and your shirt size. It is my hope to get the T-shirts ordered by April 13th. Thank you in advance for your support,
~Carrie Somnis, Head Track Coach
Sherman County High School  4/27 

SHERMAN COUNTY MUSEUM HOSTS. We welcome new volunteer Museum Hosts to our Team! Hosts greet Museum visitors at our national-award-winning Museum and provide brochures and travel guides. Choose to volunteer one day a month or more. Hosts serve in teams of two, take a sack lunch and enjoy meeting local folks and the traveling public. Host Orientation is offered on April 23, a choice of the 1 o’clock or 6 o’clock sessions at the Museum. The Museum at 200 Dewey Street in Moro will be open every day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 1st through October 31st. For more information, please call 541-565-3232. ~Patti Fields, Director 4/27


 RV PARK CAMP HOST. See The Times-Journal.


HANDCRAFTED FURNITURE, NOVELTY GIFTS & FURNITURE REPAIR & REFINISHING. Considerately Handcrafted furniture and novelty gifts created from re-purposed wine & whiskey barrels and other reclaimed materials.  Special orders available.  Furniture repair and refinishing. ~The Wood Butcher | Wasco, Oregon | 541-993-4282 |  4/27

LAND. RMLS# 17410095. A chance to own 1.5 acres close to Moro but in the country. 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. Call Tiffany Hillman with Dryside Property @ 541-993-7006 5/1




THE LEAN-TO CAFÉ DAILY SPECIALS. Tuesday Classic Hamburgers. Wednesday Soft Tacos. Thursday Chicken Fried Steak w/mashed potatoes & gravy. Friday Clam Chowder. 541-442-5709 in Historic Downtown Wasco. 4/27

READY FOR HELP WITH THOSE SPRING PROJECTS?  Local Handyman/General Contractor/Equipment Operator.  Large and small projects. Indoors or Out. Please call Kevin – 541-993-4282 | KCK, Inc. | Licensed, bonded and insured. CCB #135768. References available. 4/27 




LOCAL HOST FAMILIES FOR HIGH SCHOOL EXCHANGE STUDENTS. Non-profit ASSE International Student Exchange Programs (ASSE), in cooperation with your community high school, is looking for local families to host boys and girls between the ages of 15 to 18 from a variety of countries: Norway, Denmark, Spain, Italy, Japan, to name a few. ASSE students are enthusiastic and excited to experience American culture while they practice their English. They also love to share their own culture and language with their host families. Host families welcome these students into their family, not as a guest, but as a family member, giving everyone involved a rich cultural experience. The exchange students have pocket money for personal expenses and full health, accident and liability insurance. ASSE students are selected based on academics and personality, and host families can choose their student from a wide variety of backgrounds, countries and personal interests. To become an ASSE Host Family or to find out how to become involved with ASSE in your community, please call the ASSE Western Regional Office at 1-800-733-2773 or go to to begin your host family application. Students are eager to learn about their American host family, so begin the process of welcoming your new son or daughter today! ASSE INTERNATIONAL (FORMERLY AMERICAN SCANDINAVIAN STUDENT EXCHANGE) IS A NON-PROFIT, PUBLIC BENEFIT ORGANIZATION.  ASSE IS OFFICIALLY DESIGNATED AS AN EXCHANGE VISITOR PROGRAM BY THE U. S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE, WAS FOUNDED BY THE SWEDISH MINISTRY OF EDUCATION, COOPERATES WITH THE CANADIAN PROVINCIAL MINISTRIES OF EDUCATION, and the NEW ZEALAND DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION.

2. CALENDAR (new or corrected)


1-30 National Distracted Driving Month

1-30 Sexual Assault Awareness month

1-30 National Child Abuse & Neglect Prevention Month

14 Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum 9 Speedsters & Racers

14-15 Shaniko’s Hoot, Hollar & Sing 541-489-3263 Shaniko, Oregon

15? TBA Sod Laying Volunteers at Sherman County School Ball Field TBA

16 Retirement Celebration for Wasco Librarian Danee Rankin 1-3 Wasco City Hall

16 City of Moro Special Meeting 7

17 Income Tax Day

17 Unit 20, Oregon Retired Educators Meeting 12 The Riv, The Dalles

18 Sherman County Court 9

18 WWII Camp Rufus Sign Dedication 11 Sherman County Historical Museum

19 Gilliam County Historical Society Monthly Meeting 3:30

19 Sherman Co. Court Work Session Repowering/Renewable Energy 10-2 Burnet Bldg.

19 Forum for Sherman County Judge Candidates 7 Wasco School Events Center

20 Frontier TeleNet Board Meeting 10 Gilliam County Courthouse

20? TBA Sod Laying Volunteers at Sherman County School Ball Field TBA

20 Bingo Night 6 Grass Valley Pavilion

20 First Baptist Church of Grass Valley Spring Fling with Liberty Gospel Quartet 6

20-22 Gorge Artists Open Studio

21 Super Women/Sidekick Sons Dinner and Dance 5 Wasco School Events Center

21-22 Blossom Craft & Quilt Show 10-5 Hood River County Fairgrounds, Odell

22 Earth Day

23 Volunteer Hosts’ Training 1 & 6 o’clock Sherman County Historical Museum

23 Networking: Museums of the Gorge 10 Maryhill Museum of Art

23 Sherman County Photography Club 6 OSU Extension Office…everyone welcome!

23 Frontier Regional 911 Agency Board Meeting 2

23-24 Sherman County Budget Committee 8

25 Tri-County Court Meeting 10 Condon

26 Sherman Soil & Water Conservation District Budget Committee 10

26 Northern Oregon Regional Corrections Budget10 Board Meeting to Follow

26 Sherman County Book Club 6 Sherman Public/School Library

26-May 6 Washington Apple Festival – Wenatchee

27 Arbor Day – Plant a tree!

27-29 39th Annual Cherry Festival – The Dalles

28 Cherry Festival Parade 10 The Dalles

28 Agriculture Job Fair 12-6 Cherry Festival, The Dalles

28 Sherman County School Invitational Track & Field Meet

28-29 Oregon Ag Fest, Salem

29 Agriculture Job Fair 10-4 Cherry Festival, The Dalles

29 From This Day Forward: Wedding Exhibit, Free Open House Preview 1-4 Sherman Historical Museum

29-May 1 Oregon Cattlemen’s Mid-Year Conference 503-361-8941 Sunriver


1 Sherman County Historical Museum Opens for the Season 10-5 daily

1-30 Sherman Co. Historical Museum Artist Series: Sherman Elementary School Students

2 Gilliam County Museum Complex Opens for the Season

2 Sherman County Court 9

2 Mid-Columbia Economic Development District Exec. Board Meeting 4

3 National Day of Prayer

3 Sherman County Fair Board 7

3 All County Prayer Meeting, Kent Baptist church (Thursday, National Day of Prayer) Refreshments and social time at 6:30, prayer time from 7:00 to 8:30.

4 Northern Oregon Regional Corrections Budget Meeting 10 NORCOR

5 County-wide Clean-up Day

5 Art Walk in Moro

5 Wasco County Pioneers’ Annual Reunion | Fort Dalles Readiness Center

7 Lower John Day Area Commission on Transportation 10-1 Rufus

8 Sherman County Watershed Council 8

8 Sherman Soil & Water Conservation District Board 8:30

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

8 North Central Public Health District Board Meeting 3 The Dalles

8 V-E Day Declared 1945

9 Sherman County Senior & Community Center Advisory 12:30

10 Sherman Health District Budget Committee Meeting 6

12 Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum 9 Popular Postwar Cars

13 Mother’s Day

13 Mother’s Day Free Admission for Mother’s at Sherman County Historical Museum


15 Wheat College, Pasco, Washington

15 Wasco County Crop Tour

16 Sherman County Crop Tour

16 Sherman County Court 9

18 Frontier TeleNet Board Meeting 10 Fossil

19 Armed Forces Day

20 Oregon Tradeswomen’s Fair

24 Northern Oregon Regional Corrections Budget Meeting 10 NORCOR

28 Memorial Day (observed)

28 Memorial Day Celebration & Parade in Wasco

28-31 Blue Star Museum: Free admission for active military personnel & families – Sherman Historical Museum

29 Mid-Columbia Housing Authority Board Meeting 11

30 Memorial Day 


1-30 Blue Star Museum: Free admission for active military personnel & families – Sherman Historical Museum

1-30 Sherman Co. Historical Museum Artist Series: Sherman County Photography Club

2 Art Walk in Moro

2 Cascade Singers’ Spring Concert

4 Cascade Singers’ Spring Concert

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

7 Sherman County Fair Board 7

9 Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum 9 Steam Cars, Hit & Miss Engines

9 Rose Festival Parade, Portland

12 Tri-County Mental Health Board Meeting 11-2

12 North Central Public Health District Board Meeting 3 The Dalles

12 Experiment Station Field Day, Pendleton

13 Experiment Station Field Day, Moro

13 Sherman County Senior Center Advisory Committee Meeting 12:30

14 Flag Day

15 The June Bugs Concert 6:30 & Artisans’ Market 4-7, Condon City Park

16-17 A-Town Throwdown: Kite, SUP & Windsurf Competition, Arlington

17 Father’s Day

17 Father’s Day Free Admission at Sherman County Historical Museum 10-5

25 Korean War Began 1950

29 Home Run Derby, Condon

30-July 1 Harvester’s Classic Coed Soft Ball Tournament, Condon


Sherman County eNews #96


  1. Sherman County Judge Candidate’s Forum, April 19

  2. Notice. City of Moro Special Meeting, April 16

  3. Sherman County School Tennis Schedule Update

  4. Cultivating Creativity

  5. Greg Walden presses Facebook CEO on personal data protection online

  6. The 2018 Ranking Of Free-Market Think Tanks Measured By Social Media Impact

  7. US 97 Bridge Improvements Underway

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

 1. Sherman County Judge Candidate’s Forum, April 19

A Town Hall Candidate’s Debate for the upcoming Sherman County election will take place on Thursday, April 19th at 7:00PM at the Wasco School Events Center (old grade school) in Wasco. There are 4 candidates vying for the position of Sherman County Judge: Joe Dabulskis, Larry Hoctor, Fred Justesen and Mike Smith. 

The debate will give the candidates a forum in which to answer questions from the audience and address current issues.  The moderator, Rodger Nichols, is the News Director for Gorge Country Media.  Prior to that, Rodger worked as a reporter for The Dalles Chronicle.  He is very familiar with Sherman County and will add a great touch to the debate.

 2. Notice. City of Moro Special Meeting, April 16


Notice is given that the Moro City Council will hold a Special Public Meeting on Monday April 16 at 07:00 p.m. at City Hall, 104 1st Street, Moro, Oregon 97039.


3. Sherman County School Tennis Schedule Update HS Tennis

Saturday, April 14, 2018 – Sherman vs Riverside/Stanfield at Stanfield has been CANCELLED.

Audrey Rooney, Registrar  

Sherman High School           

PH: 541-565-3500 ~ Fax: 541-565-3319

4. Cultivating Creativity

Yesterday, we talked about the perceptions some folks have about the quality of creativity. Having a sense of personal creativity is as valuable as any quality, and it is not limited to those we think of as having an “artistic” flair. All of us are creative, in one manner or another. In order to realize our innate creativity, consider these six conditions that allow creativity to flourish.

First – Aloneness. Not withdrawal or painful solitude, but the sense of being apart from the rest of the world around us.

Second – Inactivity. Not loafing or goofing off, but a break in the busy routine and plenty of space to do…

… daydreaming or woolgathering (#3). In daydreams, we make mental excursions into fantasy and these excursions breed creative activity.

Fourth – Mental replay of past creative efforts and resolution of past traumatic conflicts. Like a painter cleaning brushes or a sculptor sweeping away marble dust and chips, you are clearing a space for creativity to thrive.

Fifth – Gullibility. That’s right, gullibility. This is the willingness to suspend belief and accept what comes from inside without insisting on rationality or logic. In other words, let it go and let it flow – just get out of your own way for a few moments.

Sixth – Alertness and discipline. Although they are necessary for productivity in any endeavor, these qualities have a special meaning in creativity. The saying that creativity is “10% inspiration and 90% perspiration” means that creativity is accomplished by perseverance and focused work.

While most of our conditions require loosening of control and openness to the inner self, the last and most important is our willingness to put what we discover into action. Without this commitment to action, our creativity may never bubble over. Our creativity sits there as potential, unrealized. ~The Pacific Institute

5. Greg Walden presses Facebook CEO on personal data protection online

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Continuing his efforts to improve personal privacy in the digital age, Rep. Greg Walden (R-Hood River) today led a hearing to examine Facebook’s policies for protecting the personal information of its users. Walden, who serves as Chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee, pressed Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg for answers about the social media giant’s use of consumer data.

“The American people are concerned about how Facebook protects and profits from its users’ data. In short, does Facebook keep its end of the agreement with its users?,” said Walden. “People are willing to share quite a bit about their lives online based on the belief that they can easily navigate and control privacy settings and trust that their personal information is in good hands. If a company fails to keep its promises about how personal data are being used, that breach of trust must have consequences.”

During the hearing, Walden questioned Mr. Zuckerberg about how clearly the company describes its operations to its users, and whether or not the public has a full understanding of how Facebook uses their personal information.

“You have recently said that you and Facebook have not done a good job of explaining what Facebook does,” said Walden. “Back in 2012 and 2013 when a lot of this scraping of user and friend data was happening, did it ever cross your mind that you should be communicating more clearly with users about how Facebook is monetizing their data? I understand that Facebook does not sell user data per se, but it is also just as true that Facebook’s user data is probably the most valuable thing about Facebook. In fact, it may be the only truly valuable thing about Facebook. Why wasn’t explaining what Facebook does with users’ data a higher priority for you as a co-founder and now as CEO?”

Zuckerberg said that while there is a certain amount of control users have over how their information is shared on Facebook, there is not a broad understanding of how consumer data are shared with advertisers. 

“I do think that we can do a better job of explaining how advertising works,” said Zuckerberg. “There is a common misperception, as you say, that keeps on being reported, that for some reason we sell data. I can’t be clearer on this topic: we don’t sell data. That’s not how advertising works, and I do think that we could probably be doing a clearer job of explaining that given the misperceptions that are out there.”

Walden concluded by raising the question of whether Congressional action is needed to help improve the protection of consumers’ data on platforms like Facebook.

“Given the situation, can you manage the issues that are before you? Or does Congress need to intercede?”, asked Walden.

The hearing Walden led today marked Mr. Zuckerberg’s first appearance as Facebook CEO before a Congressional committee in the House of Representatives.

6. The 2018 Ranking Of Free-Market Think Tanks Measured By Social Media Impact

By Alejandro Chafuen

As in other years, I again analyzed the presence of think tank and other organizations that promote a free economy on such popular social-media platforms as Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram. The Heritage Foundation continues to be ranked first among free-market groups with Facebook and Twitter followers, and also in Web traffic. Heritage ranks ahead of Brookings in all social-media platforms with the exception of LinkedIn, which is used more for networking than for education or dissemination. The American Enterprise Institute leads in YouTube subscribers, while the Foundation for Economic Education had the video with most minutes viewed during the last year.   

When we go beyond think tanks and include the efforts of intellectual entrepreneurs and other organizations, PragerU is the undisputed leader.

Among foreign groups several South American think tanks ranked extraordinarily well. The Instituto Mises, in Brazil, appeared in first or second position in five of the categories listed below, and Fundación Libertad y Progreso (Argentina) appears four times. A newer think tank which I expect will grow in all categories is Fundación para el Progreso, in Chile, which is scoring very well on YouTube and growing in other platforms.

Below are the free-market think tanks scoring first or second in the United States and from around the world (data compiled during the first week of March 2018):

Continue here:

7. US 97 Bridge Improvements Underway

sign_slowThe Dalles – The Oregon Department of Transportation has awarded a contract to Stellar J. Construction Company to replace and retrofit eight bridges on US 97.

The project will replace the existing US 97 Spanish Hollow Creek Bridge, located a half-mile south of Biggs Junction, and the Trout Creek Bridge, 17 miles north of Madras, to new seismically resilient bridges. Additional work will be done to seismically retrofit six other bridges over Spanish Hollow Creek near Biggs junction. Crews will also extend the southbound acceleration lane of US 97 from the US 30/US 97 intersection at the Biggs Jct. Interchange to match into the US 97 climbing lane a half mile south of the interchange.​

The $15 million dollar project is essential to assist with traffic mobility in the case of a major seismic event. Crews have begun preliminary work to prepare for the bridge replacements. Motorists can expect to see temporary signals at both Spanish Hollow & Trout Creek bridges which will reduce traffic down to one lane. Oregon State Police will be enforcing the work zone for the duration of the project. The project is scheduled to be complete by fall 2019.

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

bird.owl.limbUSS Portland to Arrive for Commissioning April 21

Zuckerberg and the Facebook Data Black Hole


Zuckerberg Hearing. How To Prep Before Grilling The Most Powerful Person On The Internet

The 2018 Ranking Of Free-Market Think Tanks Measured By Social Media Impact


Meet the Night Witches, the Daring Female Pilots Who Bombed Nazis By Night


Sherman County eNews #95


  1. Sherman County School Baseball Schedule Update, April 13

  2. Sherman County School Ball Field Sod Project Delayed, April 20

  3. Sherman County Court Notes, April 4

  4. Know what’s below before you hoe

  5. Pueblo Sin Fronteras Aiding Migrant Caravan Through Mexico to U.S.

  6. Communications 201

Technically speaking, Moses was the first person with a tablet downloading data from the cloud. ~unattributed

1. Sherman County School Baseball Schedule Update, April 13 

sports.baseballHS Sherman/Arlington/Condon Baseball

Friday, April 13, 2018 – Sherman at Dufur starting at 4:00, bus departs at 2:10.

Audrey Rooney, Registrar  

Sherman High School   PH: 541-565-3500 ~ Fax: 541-565-3319

 2. Sherman County School Ball Field Sod Project Delayed, April 20

garden.shovel.barrowThe new (potential) date for laying sod at the new ball field at Sherman County School near Moro is Friday April 20th.



3. Sherman County Court Notes, April 4

By Administrative Assistant Kayla von Borstel


– This is a very brief outline ONLY of topics considered “public interest”.

– These are NOT OFFICIAL MINUTES. For official minutes and full details, please see the approved minutes posted on the Sherman County website at after the next Court session. Thank you.

The Sherman County Court met in regular session on April 4, 2018, and in conducting the business of the county,

  • Motion by Commissioner McCoy, second by Commissioner Dabulskis, to approve additional funds in the amount of $20,000, for the City of Moro Main Street Façade and Streetscape Program, contingent upon the Cities of Wasco and Rufus not reserving the right to hold their funds by the April 20th, 2018 deadline.
  • Motion by Judge Thompson, second by Commissioner McCoy, to enter into Executive Session in Accordance with ORS 192.660 (2) (f) Exempt Public Records.
    • Discussion held on internet security
  • Motion by Commissioner McCoy, second by Commissioner Dabulskis, to approve $10,451.18 for an assessment and penetration test to be completed by RedHawk Network Security, LLC.
  • Motion by Commissioner Dabulskis, second by Commissioner McCoy, to approve the Blue Line quote of $385 per ton for CRS-2, $35.50 per ton for freight, and $225 per hour for the distributor for the chip seal program during the 2018 season.
  • Motion by Commissioner McCoy, second by Commissioner Dabulskis, to approve the hiring of the architect and engineer to provide cost estimates on the stabilization and renovation of the DeMoss Park Grandstand and Stage Building as historic structures. Estimates are not to exceed $2,000 with additional fund requests allowed for consideration.
  • Motion by Commissioner McCoy, second by Commissioner Dabulskis, to approve an employee compensation step increase for Kimi Hulke, as recommended by the Tri-County Community Corrections Board.
  • Rental Housing Loan discussion – No loans can be made to extend the length beyond one year in which the construction takes place under the construction bridge loan. No motion was made.
  • Discussion was held on creating long range plans, and completing all studies ahead of time so the individual could then submit their application, and all pieces would be in place when they are ready to build on projects in Sherman County. The Court agreed to have a plan completed within a reasonable cost for any kind of development that could take place in Biggs.

4. Know what’s below before you hoe
Be safe and call 8-1-1 first to find any underground utilities that could endanger you

electric.linemanPORTLAND, Ore. — Every eight minutes in America someone risks their life by striking an underground utility line. Pacific Power urges customers to protect themselves and their families and change this alarming statistic with one simple act:  dialing 8-1-1 two days before doing any digging.

“Installing a mail box or post for a deck or planting a tree are among the many commonplace projects that should trigger a call to 8-1-1,” said Steven Harkin, Pacific Power’s director of safety and training, referring to the national toll-free Call Before You Dig phone number. “Those may seem like simple, harmless projects, but the hazards are very real. If you hit a buried electric line, you could die. It’s that simple.” 

PacifiCorp has approximately 20,000 miles of underground cable in the West. There are nearly 20 million miles of underground utility lines in the United States. These buried facilities, including gas, water, sewer, cable TV, high-speed Internet, landline telephone, provide the services Americans depend on for their basic everyday needs. But if you don’t know where they are buried before you dig, you are in danger. Even if you are lucky enough to not be harmed, you could be responsible for causing a service outage in your neighborhood—and potentially be responsible for the substantial repair costs.

If you are planning a job that requires digging, even if hiring a professional, a call to 8-1-1 is required before work begins. The 8-1-1 service is free and couldn’t be easier. It’s a Federal Communications Commission-designated national one-call number that connects a caller from anywhere in the country to the appropriate local one-call center. The one-call center then alerts local underground facility owners so they can mark the approximate location of their lines with paint or flags.

Although the Call Before You Dig system has been active for many years, according to a recent national survey, 45 percent – nearly half of people who plan to dig this year will not call 8-1-1 first.

To learn more about electrical safety or to order free electrical safety materials, call Pacific Power’s public safety department at 800-375-7085 or visit

 5. Pueblo Sin Fronteras Aiding Migrant Caravan Through Mexico to U.S.

For more than fifteen years, members of Pueblo Sin Fronteras have been reaching out to the most vulnerable immigrants in the United States and to migrants and refugees on the move. We are a collective of friends who decided to be in permanent solidarity with displaced peoples. We accompany migrants and refugees in their journey of hope, and together demand our human rights. We provide humanitarian aid to migrants and refugees. ~

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6. Communications 201

ear.hearCommunication can create conflict or bring people together. We can see it happening every day and it doesn’t matter what language is being used. For effective communications, here is a tip to help you build bridges instead of walls when you interact with others.

Words are very powerful, so powerful, that we attach emotions to them almost immediately after hearing them. Because of this, certain things we say create conflict and resistance. However, if we become aware of the effect of these words and know which words to use instead, we can communicate more smoothly with others and still get our points across. This creates greater agreement and far less hostility along the way.

For example, the word “but” can be a problem. Whenever you hear “but” in a sentence, you know that you should discount what came before it and pay attention to what comes after. If you hear, “That’s true, but…” you know what’s coming next, right? You are going to hear why it’s not true or why it’s irrelevant. Or if you hear, “That’s an interesting idea, but…” you know that you are about to be told why it won’t work. (You may substitute “however” for “but” and get the same reaction.)

Supposing that instead, someone said to you, “What you say is true and here’s something that’s also true…” Feels a lot better, doesn’t it? Or if they said, “That’s an interesting idea, and you could also look at it this way….”

By using the word “and” instead of “but,” their ideas are linked to yours (or your ideas linked to theirs) instead of being put in opposition to each other. The difference between “but” and “and” is a lot like the difference between boxing, which uses brute opposition to defeat an opponent, and Aikido, which joins with and redirects an opponent’s energy in a way which is better for both of you.

Yes, there are some folks who purposely use specific words to engender conflict, and sometimes fear. These people don’t want constructive communications. You, on the other hand, will be more persuasive and create less conflict and resistance if you avoid “but” and strive for greater understanding and agreement, instead. ~The Pacific Institute


Sherman County eNews #94


  1. County Court – Board of Commissioners

  2. Shared State and County Services Serve the Same Oregonians!

  3. Sherman County Court & Regional Coalitions

  4. Sherman County Court: Duties & Compensation

  5. Editorial. Let’s Ask Our Candidates for County Judge

 1. County Court – Board of Commissioners

Oregon Revised Statutes 202.010 “County court” defined. As used in this chapter, unless the context requires otherwise, the term “county court” includes board of county commissioners.

203.035 Power of county governing body or electors over matters of county concern.

(1) Subject to subsection (3) of this section, the governing body or the electors of a county may by ordinance exercise authority within the county over matters of county concern, to the fullest extent allowed by Constitutions and laws of the United States and of this state, as fully as if each particular power comprised in that general authority were specifically listed in ORS 203.030 to 203.075. [ for the Constitution of the State of Oregon]

(2) The power granted by this section is in addition to other grants of power to counties, shall not be construed to limit or qualify any such grant and shall be liberally construed, to the end that counties have all powers over matters of county concern that it is possible for them to have under the Constitutions and laws of the United States and of this state.

203.111 County governing body; legislative authority; quorum. Unless otherwise provided by county charter, a county court shall be the governing body and shall exercise general legislative authority over all matters of county concern and shall consist of the county judge and two county commissioners and a majority of those persons shall constitute a quorum. [1981 c.140 s.3 (enacted in lieu of 203.110)]

203.240 Organization, powers and duties of board.

(1) A board of county commissioners shall:
(a) Have the powers and duties and be otherwise subject to the laws applicable to county courts sitting for the transaction of county business.
(b) Unless provided otherwise by county charter or ordinance, consist of three county commissioners. A majority of the board is required to transact county business.

204.010 Terms of office of county officers. (1) Except as provided in subsection (2) of this section, the term of office of each officer mentioned in ORS 204.005 is four years.

204.020 When terms of office commence; filing certificate of election, oath and undertaking. (1) The term of office of each officer mentioned in ORS 204.005 shall commence on the first Monday of January next following election to office.

204.601 Number and appointment of deputies and other employees.

(1) The county court or board of county commissioners of each county shall fix the number of deputies and employees of county officers whose compensation is to be paid from county funds.
(2) All such deputies and employees shall be appointed by such county officer, and shall hold office during the pleasure of the appointing officer. [1953 c.306 s.9]

5.020 Juvenile court jurisdiction in certain counties. The county court of counties from which no transfer of jurisdiction is made under ORS 3.260 or 3.265 or other provisions of law shall have all juvenile court jurisdiction, authority, powers, functions and duties.

2. Shared State and County Services Serve the Same Oregonians!

The State:

—general administrator

—state property manager

—state courts, patrol, prison

—child protection

—mental health hospital



—state parks.

Services Shared by County and State:


—assessment and taxation

—PERS [Public Employees Retirement System]


—county jails [Northern Oregon Regional Corrections Facility]

—community corrections [Tri-County Community Corrections]

—court security

—district attorney

—9-1-1 [Frontier Regional 911 Agency]

—juvenile services

—aging services [Community Action Program of East Central Oregon]

—alcohol/drug programs

—children and families

—developmental disabilities

—mental health services [Tri-County Mental Health / Center for Living]

—veterans’ services [Tri-County Veterans Services]

—public health [North Central Public Health District]

—environmental health


—economic/community development [Mid-Columbia Economic Development Dist.]


—roads [Oregon Department of Transportation, Sherman Count Road Dept.]

—housing [Mid-Columbia Housing Authority]

—Oregon Plan

—public forests

—federal land policy

—telecommunications [Frontier TeleNet, Sherman, Gilliam & Wheeler]

—county fair [Sherman County Fair]




—property management


—county law library

—sheriff patrol

—medical examiner

—animal control

—solid waste


—capital projects

—county forests, parks


3. Sherman County Court & Regional Coalitions

Regional coalitions, formed by contracts between two or more counties or counties and the state, centralize and economize the receiving and administering of state-and federally-funded programs that are shared between the counties — including Sherman County. Commissioners at these meetings determine policy, direction, program priorities and outcomes.

A good example is the Mid-Columbia Center for Living / Tri-County Mental Health Board. This Board employs administrators and mental health professionals to provide services for Sherman, Hood River and Wasco Counties from offices in The Dalles, Hood River & Moro with state and federal funding for the three counties. State and federal funding streams are not distributed to single counties of our size, but to groups of counties by the efficient use of one administrative office and joint staff.

The same is true for other boards where county commissioners exercise leadership and opinions on behalf of Sherman County citizens and their interests. In some cases, this representation involves legislative action, visits to legislators and editors of major newspapers, prioritizing regional interests and making sure that Sherman County receives its share of services. Regional and statewide views are important to all of us — the bigger picture that affects us in a multitude of ways.

Our Commissioners and County Judge influence the policies, budgets, personnel and programs of REGIONAL boards, including but not limited to these:

  • Mid-Columbia Economic Development District
  • Mid-Columbia Community Action Council
  • Tri-County Corrections
  • Frontier TeleNet
  • Frontier Regional 911 Agency Dispatch Center
  • Tri-County Mental Health – Center for Living
  • North Central Public Health District
  • Northern Oregon Regional Corrections Facility / NORCOR (regional jail)
  • Lower John Day Regional Partnership
  • Lower John Day Area Commission on Transportation
  • Association of Oregon Counties

… in addition to local boards:

  • Sherman County Weed District
  • Sherman County Fair
  • Sherman County Public/School Library
  • Prevention Coalition
  • Senior & Community Center Advisory Committee
  • Local Public Safety Coordinating Council.

4. Sherman County Court: Duties & Compensation

The Sherman County Court (a county judge and two commissioners) considers a wide range of services, some shared with the state and some reserved for the county.

Members of the Sherman County Court are paid. Their work is substantially supported by the work of an Administrative Assistant, Finance Officer, Clerk, Treasurer, legal counsel and others, as well as personnel working for state and regional government entities that deliver services to Sherman County.

In addition to attending meetings of the County Court, they represent the county on state, regional and local boards in a mutual division of duties. These assignments are a routine part of their work for which they report at meetings of the County Court.

Compensation for Fiscal Year 2017/18 is determined by the budget committee.

The current compensation for the full-time County Judge position on a seven-step salary schedule is $7,530/month, the top salary for the county judge position of $7,240, plus longevity pay of $290/month.

The current compensation for the half-time position of County Commissioner, Position 1 on the seven-step salary schedule is $2,573/month. This is at the second of the seven steps for a commissioner and is a .50 FTE (full-time equivalency) position (20hrs/wk).

The current compensation for the half-time position of County Commissioner, Position 2 on the seven-step salary schedule is $3,127/month.  This is at the sixth of the seven steps for a commissioner and the same .50 FTE (20hrs/wk).

These officials are eligible for all county benefits, Public Employees Retirement System and health insurance based on FTE and mileage. Compensation for all county employees is calculated on the schedule according to their classification, FTE and longevity, some on a merit basis. More information is found here:

5. EDITORIAL: Let’s Ask Our Candidates for County Judge

Election Day is coming up! We encourage Sherman County voters to ask the four candidates for the position of County Judge a few questions. It’s part of the process! We’re interviewing them for this position.

It’s our responsibility to know why these four candidates want this responsibility and what they have accomplished or hope to accomplish on our behalf.

Let’s ask them! 

  • Joe Dabulskis
  • Larry Hoctor
  • Fred Justesen
  • Mike Smith

Why? What?

  • Why do you want this responsibility?
  • What do you hope to accomplish?
  • What inspired you to run for office?
  • If elected, would you participate in County College?

Qualifications for County Judge w/Juvenile & Probate Jurisdiction.

  • Let’s get acquainted. Tell us about yourself, your education, military and public service and family.
  • Describe your previous work experiences?
  • What one skill makes you the most qualified for this position?
  • Describe your qualifications for governance, planning and policy development.
  • Describe your participation in county activities.
  • What are your thoughts about Sherman County’s future?

County Goals and Long-range Plans.

  • What are the county’s primary obligations?
  • What are the county’s top three or four goals?
  • Is county government, as currently funded and staffed, sustainable?
  • How many people are employed by Sherman County government?
  • What is the population of the county? Is growth predicted?

Strategic Investment Program (SIP).

  • Please describe the Strategic Investment Program (SIP) (wind energy dollars) and changes we can expect in future revenue.
  • Does the County continue to reserve a percentage of wind farm revenue?
  • Name three or four SIP-funded projects. 

Jobs & Economic Development.

  • What are your ideas for economic development?
  • What is your position on private enterprise for economic development? 

County Government Competition with Private Enterprise.

  • What is your position on county competition with private enterprise?
  • Weed control?
  • Internet services?
  • Senior Center meals?
  • Housing lots and subsidies?
  • Telecommunication?

Funding, Maintaining & Preserving Public Parks.

  • What is your position on funding public parks? Park partnerships?
  • Sherman County’s DeMoss Springs Memorial Park?
  • S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Philippi Park on the John Day River?
  • S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Giles L. French Park?
  • Cottonwood Canyon State Park?
  • Sherman County Fairgrounds Event Center.

Telecommunication: Sherman County’s Fiber.

  • Is Sherman County’s Fiber Project on schedule?
  • Who owns, manages and maintains the fiber?
  • How is it funded? County SIP dollars and/or State?
  • How much has been spent so far?
  • Are additional funds needed?
  • Do you view the Fiber Project as comparable to a government highway on which Internet Service Providers drive – to provide services?
  • How many Internet Service Providers use our fiber?
  • Is it competitive?
  • Are county government offices connected?
  • Is the school district connected?
  • Does the fiber serve everyone in the county? If so, how?
  • What, specifically, is in it for me?
  • How has the Fiber Project improved our economic development?

County Internet Network.

  • How many Sherman County residents subscribe to Rural Technology Group for internet service?
  • Who owns Rural Technology Group?
  • Does the county subsidize Rural Technology Group?

Sherman, Gilliam & Wheeler’s Frontier Regional 911 Dispatch Center in Condon.

  • Who proposed a 911 call center to be located in Sherman County?
  • What is the need?
  • Who would pay for it?
  • Would it be independently sustainable?

You’ll think of other questions! Ask them! Call the candidates! Ask! We’re in this together! One of them will represent and work for us!


Sherman County eNews #93


  1. Cottonwood Canyon State Park, a Slideshow Update

  2. County kids hard at work!

  3. Invitation. Wasco Librarian Danee Rankin’s Retirement Celebration, April 16

  4. Unit 20, Oregon Retired Educators’ Meeting, April 17

  5. Culinary Training for New School Meals on the Menu for Oregon Students

  6. Becoming More Creative

  7. Clarinet and Piano Concert, School Workshops, April 17

  8. Cascade Singers Spring Concert Dates, June 2 & 4

  9. Notice. Sherman County Court Session, April 18

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

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” ~Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

1. Cottonwood Canyon State Park, a Slideshow Update

We have seen great change in the past few months here at Cottonwood. What exactly has changed since our last post? A lot! No longer is our construction site bare dirt and grass. The view changes daily as progress is made on the new Experience Center. In the past weeks we have watched eagerly as the walls rise. This week the jewel of Cottonwood is getting its roof!  Work is also moving along on the addition of a restroom/shower building, additional walk-in campsites, four cabins, and a new camp host site.

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2. County kids hard at work!

Sherman County recently employed five local students over Spring Break in the 10th Annual County Clean-Up. This hard working team did an awesome job picking up garbage off our county roads, often in freezing wind, collecting 34 bags worth of garbage, while one entrepreneurial youth separately collected 4 large bags of cans to turn in for profit. Interesting change in that only 4 bags of garbage were collected off Scott Canyon, typically the most littered roadway. A new and exciting two-day project was painting reflective curbside numbers to assist emergency responders in finding locations- we started in Wasco and hope to expand. This was offered through the generous contributions of Prevention and North Sherman Fire Department. Thanks! We continued in our partnership with the school district, assisting classified staff with maintenance projects for one of the days.  It’s always a joy finding youth so willing to work: Gavenn L, Tyler B, Marcus H, Logan B, and Alex M did a great job. Thanks!

~Amber DeGrange, Sherman County Juvenile Director


3. Invitation. Wasco Librarian Danee Rankin’s Retirement Celebration, April 16

applause1Come and help Danee celebrate her retirement from the long-time volunteer position as head librarian at Wasco’s community library.  Danee has given thousands of hours over the past twenty years to this library and the Wasco community.  God is now leading her and husband, Len, in a different direction.  Come to the Wasco city hall next Monday, the 16th, from 1-3 pm and wish them happiness in their future adventures in Gods service. ~Carol MacKenzie, Mayor, City of Wasco

4. Unit 20, Oregon Retired Educators’ Meeting, April 17

Unit 20, Oregon Retired Educators, will meet noon Tuesday, the 17th, at “The Riv” (formerly the Riverenza Café) in The Dalles, ESD Superintendent Pat Sublette will present the program. Luncheon reservations may be made by calling 503-360-6966.  All persons interested in education are invited to attend.

5. Culinary Training for New School Meals on the Menu for Oregon Students

food.cookgirlThe words “school cafeteria food” are taking on new meaning as Chef Garrett Berdan is training a growing number of child nutrition program professionals to prepare delicious and nutritious food for Oregon students. In fact, a training is underway as you read this in Nyssa, Oregon, on the Idaho border.

A series of six culinary training events is underway to help improve school cafeteria menus statewide. With support from the Oregon Dairy and Nutrition Council and the Oregon Department of Education, Child Nutrition Programs, this popular program is now in its eighth year.

Chef Garrett Berdan, RDN, coaches child nutrition program professionals on cooking-from-scratch culinary skills, while preparing 15 different recipes. It is offered at no cost to school nutrition professionals, who are able to practice menu planning, weights and measures, knife skills and other culinary techniques.

The preparation of healthy meals for students emphasizes nutrient-rich foods, because studies show that well-nourished kids perform better in school. The trainings use Oregon State University Extension Food Hero recipes that meet USDA school nutrition requirements and emphasize using locally produced foods and ingredients.

“Oregon farmers are helping provide creative solutions to old challenges that will benefit students now and into the future,” said Erin Hirte, Manager of Youth Wellness for the Oregon Dairy and Nutrition Council.

Oregon’s dairy farm families and processors invest in youth wellness and education. They are involved with schools across the state, supporting programs such as this training.

The 2018 series began in Central Point and continues in Nyssa on April 5 and 6. Other stops will include Bend, Salem, Umatilla and Hood River. Media is invited to attend the second day of the events to interview Chef Berdan, participants, observe food prep and taste the prospective menu items. As background, this video provides an overview of the trainings:

6. Becoming More Creative

Are you as creative as you’d like to be? Most of us feel we aren’t, but we know that we could be. And the good news is, becoming more creative isn’t a big secret.

The first thing you need to do is get rid of the idea that creative people are born that way. Do not buy into the old saying, “You either have it, or you don’t.” You should believe, however, that how we are raised has a lot to do with it.

However, no matter how you were brought up, if you consider yourself an adult, your life is now in your own hands. What you become is up to you. If you want to be more creative, here are some tips.

The mind is like any other muscle: the more you use it, the stronger it gets and, therefore, the more you are able to use it. The best way to get great ideas is to get lots of ideas and throw all but the best ones away. Suspend judgment of your ideas, and just get them “down on paper.” You will know quickly enough which ones are good and which aren’t feasible, at least at the moment.

It is important, too, to realize that creativity is deadened by routine and stimulated by doing things a little differently. In fact, creativity is doing something differently. So shake up your routines if you want to be more creative. (Take a different way home from work or shopping. Take a walk in the neighborhood, on streets you don’t normally see, and observe how your world opens up, if only a little.)

Finally, seek out others who you consider to be creative, and spend some time with them. Watch what they do and how they interact with the world. Listen to what they say and the words they use. Take what you feel are their best habits and make them your own.

Remember that creativity can be manifested in just about every activity under the sun. You don’t have to be an artist, musician or writer to be creative. You can bring creativity into your life no matter what your life is like. We’ll talk more about how to make your creativity bloom in the future. If you don’t already know how, you will be surprised by how easy it is and how good it feels! ~The Pacific Institute

7. Clarinet and Piano Concert, School Workshops, April 17

music.notes (2)DUO PEGASUS will present a clarinet and piano concert featuring standard classics, jazz features and interesting new works.  The event takes place 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 17 at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in The Dalles.  Clarinetist Scott Wright and pianist Linda Halloin formed Duo Pegasus in 1998 while teaching at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.  Wright is currently Professor of Clarinet at the University of Kentucky.  He will arrive early and offer school workshops the day of the concert.  Linda Halloin is an accomplished pianist from Wisconsin.  Admission to the Apr. 17 event is a free-will offering to the Walworth Music Foundation.  The Foundation supports financially challenged K-12 students in the Columbia Gorge area with music lessons, providing 76 scholarships for 39 students totaling $58,405 since 2004.

8. Cascade Singers Spring Concert Dates, June 2 & 4

Cascade Singers will present “Mostly Mozart” the first weekend in June.  Featured works are Missa Brevis in F Major, Mozart’s canons, and several instrumental works by Mozart performed by the choir, ensemble, youth choir, organ and chamber orchestra.  Two evening concerts are planned:  Saturday, June 2 at 7 p.m. and Monday, June 4 at 7 p.m. at Zion Lutheran Church in The Dalles.  Admission is by donation at the door.  

9. Notice. Sherman County Court Session, April 18

A Sherman County Court session scheduled for Wednesday, April 18, 2018, at 9:00 a.m. will be held in the Hearings Room at the Sherman County Courthouse Addition, 500 Court Street, Moro, Oregon, 97039. The agenda, including updates, will be posted on the Sherman County Website at




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

bird.owl.limbTo write well, you re-write it

TEDEd Lessons Worth Sharing: The Most Successful Pirate of all Time

Prager U.: As the Rich Get Richer, the Poor Get Richer

Hillsdale College

Hillsdale College Free Online Courses

Media Bias — Just What a Lot of Americans Want

Maintaining Dignity: A Survey of LGBT Adults Age 45 and Older

Some 200 migrants in Mexico caravan to seek U.S. asylum


Sherman County eNews #92


  1. Volunteer for Paw Pals, Adult Mentor Lunch Buddies at Sherman County School

  2. Proclamation Recognizes 9-1-1 Professionals, National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week

  3. April is Alcohol Awareness Month

  4. Out of Order

  5. Sherman County Emergency Services March Activity Report

  6. Oregon Law Enforcement Career Fair, April 20

  7. Notice. Sherman County Court Work Session, April 19

  8. Sherman County School Tennis Schedule Update

  9. OHA Public Meetings to Help Shape the Future of Coordinated Care

Good or great leadership is rooted in a deep sense of personal accountability. ~Vince Molinaro 

1. Volunteer for Paw Pals, Adult Mentor Lunch Buddies at Sherman County School

Paw Pals is a program provided by Sherman County Prevention in which positive adult mentors (Lunch Buddies) have lunch with a grade school class once a week. Volunteer Lunch Buddies have lunch with the class (free for the volunteer if you choose to eat) and go to after lunch recess with them when available. The students get excited to spend a short amount of time with mentors outside of the normal school day adults; it is as easy as chatting with them and be a positive influence! This time often makes their day!

Thank you to our current volunteers and the cooperation of the Sherman Schools Administration and Staff.

There is still a need for a Lunch Buddy for the Kindergarten and 2nd grade classes for the remainder of the school year. If you are interested, please contact Prevention Coordinator Amy Asher at 541-565-5036 or

2. Proclamation Recognizes 9-1-1 Professionals, National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week 

emergencydial911When an emergency strikes, the public relies on 9-1-1 as the first point of contact to coordinate police, fire, medical services, and other public safety agencies, and assist their timely response in an emergency. In many respects the professionals who take these calls are the true first responders that help to save lives and property, and they often go unrecognized. In acknowledgement and appreciation of their hard work, Oregon is honoring 9-1-1 professionals across the state. Governor Kate Brown has proclaimed April 8-14, 2018, to be Public Safety Telecommunicators Week in Oregon.

The Association of Public Safety Communications Officials (APCO) encourages using the week to celebrate and honor these first responders and their work.
The Oregon statewide 9-1-1 program and Oregon’s Office of Emergency Management also makes it a priority to highlight the week and encourages media partners and the public to highlight and thank 9-1-1 telecommunicators for the important work they do.

“The people taking 9-1-1 calls when someone needs help are the frontline of any emergency and bring calm to an otherwise chaotic and stressful situation,” said Mark Tennyson, the 9-1-1 program manager for Oregon. “They are the ones working around the clock every day of the year to help others. Their dedication to public service makes this week worth celebrating.”
The 9-1-1 program in Oregon was established by the 1981 Oregon Legislature. The program is responsible for the continual coordination and management of the network necessary for the delivery of 9-1-1 calls and associated information as well as the equipment used by the telecommunicators to process the calls. The program works with stakeholders including federal agencies, local and tribal partners, and 9-1-1 jurisdictions to ensure the continual operation of the statewide 9-1-1 emergency communications system.

3. April is Alcohol Awareness Month

April is Alcohol Awareness Month and the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. (NCADD) and Sherman County Alcohol and Drug Prevention Team remind you that drinking is associated with the leading causes of death among young people, including car crashes, murder and suicide. Get involved. Join us in helping kids learn about alcoholism and addiction in Sherman County. Call 541-565-5036 or email .

 4. Out of Order

Did you know that, in at least one way, you are at your best when your system is out of order?

Now by “Out of Order,” we mean when your mental picture of how things “should be” is very different from how things actually are. Human beings are always striving for order, and when our mental picture of how things should be matches reality, we feel comfortable and in control.

However, what happens when they don’t match? What happens when our mental picture of, say, the car we drive is thrown out of order by an accident? Or our picture of how we make our living is thrown out of order by a sudden layoff?

Well, what happens is that we create inside ourselves a tremendous amount of drive and energy to restore order, to make our inner picture and “outer” reality match once again. We feel highly motivated to get that car repaired, to get a new job, to do whatever is necessary to set things right.

Once order is restored, the drive and energy turn off because they are no longer needed. This is exactly how goal-setting works. When you set a goal and systematically visualize the end-result, you throw your system out of order. That creates the drive and energy to change reality so that it matches the picture you have been visualizing. In this way, being out of order can be a good thing.

This is why it is important to set goals, and then re-set them, so you won’t arrive at your desired end-result, and then go flat because your energy just up and drove away. ~The Pacific Institute 

5. Sherman County Emergency Services March Activity Report

~Shawn Payne, Sherman County Emergency Services

Sherman County Ambulance

March 2018 Activity Report

Date Time Incident Location
3-02 3:02 AM Semi-Truck Crash US 97  MP# 30
3-02 4:43 AM Unknown Illness Grass Valley
3-04 12:07 AM Chest Pain Grass Valley
3-06 1:21 AM Motor Vehicle Crash Biggs-Rufus Hwy in Rufus
3-08 12:03 AM Fall Victim Wasco
3-10 12:17 PM Breathing Problem Rufus
3-12 8:00 AM Chest Pain Linda’s Parking Lot in Biggs
3-13 1:17 PM Chest Pain Moro
3-14 9:07 AM Breathing Problem Sherman County Medical Clinic
3-16 2:16 PM Seizure Wasco
3-16 2:23 PM 3 Vehicle Crash US 97  MP# 45
3-19 1:05 PM Chest Pain Rufus
3-22 11:41 PM Abdominal Issues Grass Valley
3-25 11:36 AM Seizure 106 Main St. in Moro
3-25 7:22 PM Unknown Illness Moro
3-28 4:06 AM Semi off road-unknown injuries US 97  MP# 45

6. Oregon Law Enforcement Career Fair, April 20

The Oregon Association of Chief of Police, Oregon State Sheriff’s Association, Oregon Peace Officers Association, and the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) is pleased to host the Oregon Law Enforcement Career Fair at the Oregon Public Safety Academy at 4190 Aumsville Highway SE in Salem on Friday, April 20, 2018  and Saturday, April 21, 2018.  Both days will run from 10 am to 2 pm.

Law enforcement agencies around the state are looking to hire more than 500 qualified men and women from diverse backgrounds to fill both sworn and non-sworn positions at city, county, state, tribal, university and federal law enforcement agencies.  More than three dozen agencies will be in attendance.

Positions we are looking to fill include police, corrections, parole and probation officers; 9-1-1 operators; forensic scientists; community service officers; nurses; crime scene technicians; analysts; and many others.

For more information

7. Notice. Sherman County Court Work Session, April 19

ShermanCoLogoThe Sherman County Court will hold a Work Session on April 19, 2018, from 10 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at the OSU Extension Burnet Building, 66365 Lonerock Road, Moro 97039 for discussion on Repowering/Renewable Energy. Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP no later than Thursday April 12, 2018, to Kayla von Borstel: or 541-565-3416.

8. Sherman County School Tennis Schedule Update

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Saturday, April 7, 2018 – Sherman vs Riverside/Helix at Helix was CANCELLED, but has been rescheduled for Saturday, April 14, 2018.  These matches will start at 12:00 at Stanfield, bus departs at 9:30.
— Audrey Rooney, Registrar  | Sherman High School    PH: 541-565-3500

9. OHA Public Meetings to Help Shape the Future of Coordinated Care

Oregon.Flat.poleThe Oregon Health Authority will hold three meetings at the end of April to gather public input about the coordinated care model and the state’s Medicaid reforms.

Coordinated care organizations (CCOs) are the heart of the coordinated care model. CCOs were formed in Oregon in 2012 as part of the state’s plan to improve the quality of health care and limit the growth in health care spending.

“We need to hear from OHP members, taxpayers and the public about what’s working for them, and what needs more work so we can continue to transform the health system in Oregon,” said Patrick Allen, OHA’s Director. “We have more than five years of experience with the coordinated care model.  We know that it has saved taxpayers money while improving care in some areas, but we also know there is a lot more work to do,” he added.

CCOs are local organizations governed by community members. They bring together physical, mental health, addiction medicine, and dental health providers to coordinate care for people on the Oregon Health Plan (Medicaid).  There are now 15 CCOs in Oregon coordinating health care for nearly 1 million OHP members throughout the state.

New CCO contracts will start in 2020, but the state is gathering public input now to help inform these contracts. There are three public meetings in April:

  • Portland – April 20, 9-11 a.m., Mercy Corps Northwest, 43 SW Naito Parkway
  • The Dalles – April 21, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wahtonka High School, 3601 West 10th Street
  • Woodburn – April 28, 9 a.m. to noon, Legacy Health Wellspring Conference Center, 1475 Mt. Hood Ave.

Anyone is welcome, and advance registration at is appreciated. If you can’t attend a meeting, you can also provide feedback by emailing, or by taking the CCO 2.0 online survey at, which closes April 15.

In the first five years of operation, the coordinated care model has saved taxpayers an estimated $2.2 billion, while also reducing unnecessary emergency department visits, and improving preventive care for children and adults.

But improvements are still needed in several areas including:

  • Better access and treatment in mental health and addiction medicine
  • Finding new ways to limit growth in health care spending
  • Paying providers for improving quality rather than for each visit or test
  • Providing better access to housing, transportation, education, and other health-related services
  • Reducing language and cultural barriers that affect access to health care

Spanish language interpretation services will be at the meetings. Do you need interpretation in another language? Do you have a request for accommodation? Please contact Stephanie Jarem at at least two days before the meeting. Every effort will be made to provide services for requests made closer to the meeting. For more information, visit the CCO 2.0 webpage at