Sherman County eNews #306


  1. Sherman School District Athletic Schedule Update, Oct. 14, 19

  2. North Sherman County Rural Fire Protection District Lifts Burn Ban

  3. Special Meeting Notice: Sherman County SWCD, Oct. 17

  4. Congressman Greg Walden Town Hall Meeting in Grass Valley, Oct. 16

  5. Rediscovering Solitude

  6. Financial Assistance for Conservation on Oregon Farms and Ranches, Nov. 17

  7. Sherman County Senior & Community Center Silent Auction Fundraiser, Oct. 16-17

  8. Community College board urges public support for DACA

1. Sherman School District Athletic Schedule Update, Oct. 14, 19

sports-volleyballSherman Middle School Volleyball

October 14, 2017 – South Wasco Tournament has been CANCELLED.

October 19, 2017 – Sherman at St. Mary’s (5/6 ONLY) starting at 4:00, bus departs at 2:30.

2. North Sherman County Rural Fire Protection District Lifts Burn Ban

The North Sherman County Rural Fire Protection District has lifted the burn ban. The District’s cities may resume issuing burn permits. 

3. Special Meeting Notice: Sherman County SWCD, Oct. 17

Sherman County SWCD will hold a Special Meeting on Tuesday October 17th, 2017 @ 6pm. The meeting will be held at the SWCD office, 302 Scott Street, Moro OR, 97039.

Kayla von Borstel

Sherman County SWCD – Sherman County Area Watershed Council Coordinator


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4. Congressman Greg Walden Town Hall Meeting in Grass Valley, Oct. 16

American flag2What: Congressman Walden’s Sherman County Town Hall
When:  Monday, October 16th, 4:00pm-5:00pm
Where: Grass Valley Community Pavilion, located off Highway 97

I’d like to invite you to a community town hall meeting I am holding in Sherman County on Monday, October 16th. It’d be great to see you there.

In Congress, I’m working hard–along with President Trump and his administration–to grow jobs in rural communities like ours, cut unnecessary federal red tape, improve the care our veterans receive at the VA, and change federal forest management laws to prevent the catastrophic fires that choked our skies with smoke this summer. To solve problems like these, I need your input.

At the meeting, I’ll discuss these issues and take your questions and comments. I regularly visit and hold meetings in each of the 20 counties in our nearly 70,000 square mile district. Each year I make it a goal to hold at least one town hall meeting in each county — I’ve held 17 so far this year and 147 since 2012. While these town halls require a lot of “windshield time” in the car, I rely on the visits as one way to help me stay in close touch with local communities in Oregon.

Thank you for considering attendance at this town hall meeting. You can reach my office in Oregon toll-free at (800) 533-3303 if you have any questions. I hope to see you Monday. It is an honor to represent you in the U.S. Congress.

Best regards,

Greg Walden
U.S. Representative
Oregon’s Second District

5. Rediscovering Solitude

When was the last time you really spent quality time . . . with yourself?  We’re not talking about the few seconds that pass between getting in the car and turning on the ignition before you flip on the radio, or the time it takes to download an app for the smartphone.

A word you don’t hear much these days is “solitude.”  Maybe that is because it isn’t experienced much. You know, if you put prisoners in solitary confinement, they either go a little crazy, or they use the time to grow.  Most of them go a little crazy because they are just not used to being alone. Humans are social beings. Too much solitude feels more like a punishment. However, some solitude is essential if we are really going to grow.

Our lives can easily get busy and noisy. Others surround us at work, at home and just about everywhere else, but it is solitude we need for really deep thinking. It might be one reason carpooling hasn’t worked very well, because solitary driving time is precious to so many of us. It may be why many busy people, who can afford it, hire others to drive them around because their time alone in the car is rare and invaluable, especially if you have to negotiate a lot of traffic.

Some therapists believe that one reason people make so much headway in therapy is because it provides built-in time and structure to focus attention inward. This type of solitude time is not being selfish. Used properly, it can be a time of great renewal and growth.

So, if you want to really move ahead, take time every so often to be alone. Rediscover solitude. Build it into your schedule to make sure it happens. Use it to think about where you are and where you want to go. Use it to problem solve, reflect, and re-connect with your heart’s desires. And use it to handle the challenges you meet nearly every day. ~The Pacific Institute

6. Financial Assistance for Conservation on Oregon Farms and Ranches, Nov. 17

Next application deadline for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program is Nov. 17

PORTLAND, Ore. – (Oct. 13, 2017) — The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Oregon is accepting applications from farmers, ranchers and family forestland owners interested in receiving financial assistance to conserve natural resources on their land.

Through its Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), NRCS helps agricultural producers offset the cost to perform conservation activities on private lands.

The next application deadline for EQIP funding is Nov. 17, 2017.

Examples of conservation activities include installing efficient irrigation systems to save water and reduce energy consumption; planting cover crops to improve soil health and water quality; and removing invasive juniper trees to enhance habitat for mule deer, sage grouse and other wildlife species.

There are many more conservation practices that EQIP can help pay for to address priority natural resource concerns such as water quality and quantity, soil health, plant condition, wildlife habitat, forest health, and more.

Oregon EQIP funds are available to agricultural producers within targeted watersheds or areas in each county to address priority natural resource concerns. These resource concerns are identified each year through a locally-led strategic planning process with input from landowners, agencies and conservation partners.

In addition to locally-led EQIP opportunities, NRCS also offers statewide assistance through EQIP initiatives, such as the Organic Initiative and the Seasonal High Tunnel System Initiative.

To find out what kinds of EQIP funding opportunities are available in Oregon, and for more information about program eligibility, visit the Oregon EQIP webpage at:

To search EQIP funding opportunities specific to each county, visit the NRCS Oregon website at and click the “What’s Available in My County?” icon.

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

7. Sherman County Senior & Community Center Silent Auction Fundraiser, Oct. 16-17 

Silent Auction Fundraiser

Senior Meal Program

October 16 and 17, 2017

Join us to have lunch and a Silent Auction with proceeds to the Senior & Community Center meal program.  Auction items will include donated items and homemade delicacies.  If not present, we will contact you to pick up your winning bid item.  Contact us to donate or for further information.

Please bring your donations to the Senior Center by 11:00 AM on Monday, October 16, 2017.

Place your bid dates:

Monday and Tuesday

October 16—11:00 AM – 2:00 PM

October 17–9:00 AM – 12:00 Noon


All bids must be in before:

Final Auction Time

12:00 Noon

October 17, 2017



Senior & Community Center

300 Dewey Street, Moro, OR


8. Community College board urges public support for DACA

Columbia Gorge Community College board members this week formally opposed efforts by the White House to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, joining a national effort by the American Association of Community Colleges to encourage federal legislation allowing DACA recipients to pursue higher education in the United States.

College board members also urged the public to contact Members of Congress in support of DACA and enactment of the “Dream Act” or comparable legislation to safeguard those who arrived in the United States as children but who have not yet achieved citizenship.

As a Hispanic Serving Institution with more than 35 percent Latino/a enrollment, CGCC is a Sanctuary campus, a designation emphasizing legal protection for all students through the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). This federal law safeguards student education records for all institutions that receive funding from the U.S. Department of Education. Columbia Gorge Community College is one of those institutions, distributing millions of dollars annually in student financial aid.

“As the board of Columbia Gorge Community College, we join the American Association of Community Colleges, Oregon’s Higher Education Coordinating Commission, Oregon’s universities and other community colleges in emphasizing our commitment to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program and new federal legislation to build upon its protections,” the board stated. “We urge the public to join us by contacting Members of Congress to voice concern over recent threats to the well-being of our Latino/a community. Like generations of immigrants before them, these individuals strengthen our economy and enrich our lives as they become part of the multi-cultural tapestry that makes the United States unique among nations. Diversity should be celebrated, never discouraged.”

The college board invited current and potential students who would be adversely affected by loss of DACA to contact CGCC Student Services, which maintains a resource list of community services available to all students. These include referrals to immigration legal counseling, transportation, child care, housing and other support systems offered by community partner organizations.

Official statements establishing national and statewide community college positions in support of DACA are posted on the college website,



Sherman County eNews #305


  1. Classifieds

  2. Calendar

1. Classifieds (new or corrected)

arrow.blueswishFRIDAY CLASSIFIEDS: 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


JOYFUL NEWS! [births, birthdays, engagements, weddings & anniversaries]:



CITY CLERK/RECORDER. The City of Wasco will be accepting applications for the position of City Clerk/Recorder. Applicants must be able to deal courteously with the public, exhibit strong organizational skills, work efficiently under time constraints, prioritize multiple tasks, and be self-motivated. Individuals who will be considered for this position must have experience in office management, be proficient in the use of all office equipment including printers, fax machines and computers (with skills in Word, Excel, QuickBooks and Utility Billing programs), and be knowledgeable in maintaining a full general ledger, budgeting, payroll reporting, accounts receivable/accounts payable, and grant and/or loan administration. Experience in areas of municipal budgeting, land use planning, reviewing building codes requirements, interpretation and application of ordinances/ resolutions/city policy, and other duties applicable to municipal government are desired, however, off-site training may be provided by the City as needed.  Applications and complete job description will be available from Monday, October 2, 2017 through Thursday, October 19, 2017 at Wasco City Hall located at 1017 Clark St. in Wasco, Oregon. The deadline to submit a completed application is 5:00 p.m. on October 19, 2017, by either delivering it to Wasco City Hall or mailing to: City of Wasco, PO Box 26, Wasco, OR 97065.  This position will be 4 days per week; salary range $1,700/ $2,600 DOQ, plus benefits. On-site training (hourly rate) will begin in November of 2017; probationary period will continue for 60 days; formal position designation will commence after satisfactory probationary period is completed, with full salary and benefits to begin at that time.  For further information contact the Wasco City Clerk at 541-442-5515. The City of Wasco is an equal opportunity employer. The City reserves the right to reject any or all applicants.  10/13

JUST-US-INN HOTEL CARETAKER, WASCO. Pays $15.00 an hour, around 10 hours a week. Duties include room turnovers; clean all common areas once a week; change and wash linens in rooms; be available to check in and outs; collect rents and do regular walk-throughs; keep the place looking good. Call DEBBIE 503-515-7374. 10/13 


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



PHOTOGRAPHY SESSIONS. Now is the time to book a photo session! The holidays are just around the corner! Schedule a session now to have prints available for the holiday season. Now is also the time to capture the fall colors before they are gone for the year. Photo sessions start at $150.00. Contact me soon for Senior pictures, family photo sessions, weddings, engagements, and more. Also check out the photos from football and volleyball this season:   11/20 






2. Calendar (new or corrected)


Burn Ban Lifted for North Sherman County Rural Fire Protection District

13 Oregon Historic Cemeteries Commission Meeting 1-4 Burnet Building, Moro

14 Madelyn Barnett-Patterson Memorial Service 1 Wasco United Methodist Church

14 Celebration of Life: Marie (von Borstel) Hattrup & Rita (von Borstel) Swyers 12 St. Peter’s Parish Center, The Dalles

14 Sherman Middle School Volleyball: S. Wasco County Tournament CANCELLED

15-Dec. 7 Medicare Annual Open Enrollment

17 North Central Public Health District Board Meeting 10-12 The Dalles

17 Mid-Columbia Council of Governments Board Meeting 1:15-3 The Dalles

17 Unit 20, Oregon Retired Educators 12 Hood River Valley Adult Center

17 Sherman County Broadband Survey, Community Meeting 6 Wasco City Hall

17-18 Maryhill Museum of Art Fall Museum Week

18 Sherman County Court 9 Burnet Building

19 Sherman Middle School Volleyball 5/6 ONLY 4 at St. Mary’s

19 Sherman County Library Book Club 6

19 Northern Oregon Correctional Facility Board Meeting 10 NORCOR, The Dalles

20 Frontier TeleNet Board Meeting 10 Gilliam County Courthouse

20-21 Oktoberfest, Auction & Dinner in Arlington, A Benefit for The Woolery Project

21 Maryhill Museum of Art Appraisal Clinic

21 Columbia Gorge Genealogy Society Genealogy Jamboree 10 Discovery Center

21 Wasco County Historical Society Annual Meeting & Program

23 Sherman County Photography Club Meeting 6 Steve Burnet Extension Building, Moro

23 Mid-Columbia Housing Authority Board Meeting 11 The Dalles

28 Maryhill Museum of Art Tango Party


tree bare locustNOVEMBER

1 Sherman County Court 9

1 All County Prayer Meeting Refreshments/Social 6:30

         Prayer 7-8:30 Kent Baptist Church

3 Free Household Hazardous Waste Collection 10-2 Wasco

5 Daylight Saving Time Ends

5 Sherman Historical Society Dinner/Program: Camp Sherman: 100 Years 2 o’clock Wasco School Events Center


8 Sherman County Senior & Community Center Advisory Group 12


14-16 Association of Oregon Counties Conference

15 Sherman County Court will not be in session.

16 Soil pH Workshop 8-4 Shilo Inn, The Dalles

18 Condon’s Fall Festival 10-2


28 Mid-Columbia Community Action Council


6 Sherman County Court 9

6 All County Prayer Meeting Refreshments/Social 6:30

         Prayer 7-8:30 Wasco Methodist Church


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

21 Winter Begins

24-20 Sherman County School District Christmas Vacation



Sherman County eNews #304


  1. Interactive Lidar Map Reveals Oregon’s Dramatic Landscapes

  2. Sherman Historical Society Dinner, Program: Camp Sherman: 100 Years, Nov. 5

  3. 1st Annual Family Caregiver Appreciation Day, Nov. 4

  4. Documentary Gen Silent & a Facilitated Workshop, Oct. 25

  5. Sen. Jeff Merkley: Wildfires & Recovery

  6. Plans and Planning

  7. Oregon Activated 10 Strike Teams to Assist with Raging California Wildfires

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

1. Interactive Lidar Map Reveals Oregon’s Dramatic Landscapes

PORTLAND, Ore. – From mountain peaks to city skylines, Oregon’s dramatic landscapes are revealed with the state’s new interactive lidar map.

Lidar technology offers precise, high-resolution images of the surface of the earth, vegetation, and the built environment. The Lidar Data Viewer interactive map features layers for bare earth, which shows everything above the surface of the earth stripped away; highest hit, which shows a birds-eye view of trees and buildings; and bare earth slope, which shows steepness of slopes.

“With the lidar viewer, you can explore Oregon in an entirely new way,” says Jacob Edwards, who coordinates the Oregon Lidar Consortium for the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI). “Whether it’s the bare surface of Mount Hood or an overhead look at the buildings of downtown Bend, you’ll see landmarks much differently.”

Lidar has not only revolutionized geologic and natural hazard mapping, says State Geologist Brad Avy, but has become an essential tool for communities.

“By making lidar easy and free to download with the new viewer, the data is more widely accessible for many practical uses, from prioritizing road repairs to identifying dangers like mine shafts when fighting fires,” Avy says.

The viewer also expands the lidar data available for download. Since the Oregon Lidar Consortium (OLC) was formed in 2007, DOGAMI has partnered on collection of lidar data with more than 80 state and federal agencies, Tribes, city and county governments, watershed councils, non-profit organizations, and businesses. The viewer includes lidar data from 18 recent OLC projects covering 15,087 square miles of Oregon, including areas in 31 of Oregon’s 36 counties.

“Ninety-five percent of the newly released lidar coverage is for areas where there was no previous lidar data,” Edwards says. “As more uses for lidar emerge, we’re working with partners to identify areas where having lidar data could meet a critical need.”

The viewer’s launch is happening during Earth Science Week, proclaimed as October 8-14 by Governor Kate Brown. The week’s theme of “Earth and Human Activity” promotes awareness of what geoscience tells us about human interaction with the planet’s natural systems and processes.

Find the Lidar Data Viewer interactive map at:

2. Sherman Historical Society Dinner, Program: Camp Sherman: 100 Years, Nov. 5

m_returnMoro, OR – The Sherman County Historical Society invites you to dinner and a presentation, Camp Sherman: 100 Years, November 5, 2017, at 2pm at the Wasco Events Center in Wasco, Oregon. Special guests of the Camp Sherman Historical Society will share some history on how Camp Sherman came about and how this magical place became a special retreat for some of Sherman County’s early residents. Please RSVP by November 3, 2017, with the Sherman County Historical Society at 541-565-3232. Dinner is $15 per plate and we look forward to seeing you there.

The Sherman County Historical Museum is located at 200 Dewey Street in Moro, Oregon. For more information call 541-565-3232 or visit our Facebook page and website:

3. 1st Annual Family Caregiver Appreciation Day, Nov. 4

A free day of rest and rejuvenation for family caregivers in the Gorge.

1st Gorge-wide Annual Caregiver Appreciation Day

Saturday, November 4th

The Hood River Valley Adult Center, 2010 Sterling Place, Hood River, Oregon.

When you care for a chronically ill family member or friend it is easy to forget to take care of yourself. But, as a caregiver, the very best thing you can do for those who depend on you is to take care of yourself. In the morning we will have opportunities for pampering including haircuts, acupuncture, and massages, followed by a lunch and keynote speaker Dr. Elizabeth Eckstrom, and then an afternoon of educational sessions. This event is free to all unpaid caregivers in the Columbia River Gorge. This event is an opportunity for our communities to show our appreciation for unpaid caregivers who give so much of themselves to the people they care for!

If you know of any unpaid caregivers who could benefit from attending this event, please share this registration link with them:

4. Documentary Gen Silent & a Facilitated Workshop, Oct. 25

Gen Silent, an award winning documentary that explores the unique issues facing LGBT older adults.

Wednesday, October 25th from 1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.

Hood River Hotel (102 Oak St).

This event is FREE and open to anyone.

The Area Agency on Aging has partnered with Aging and Disability Resource Connection of Oregon, Oregon Department of Human Services Aging and People with Disabilities, Hood River Valley Adult Center, and the Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs to screen the movie Gen Silent followed by a facilitated workshop. Gen Silent is an award winning documentary that explores the unique issues facing LGBT older adults. This event is FREE and open to anyone. CEUs are available for administrators of residential care facilities, adult foster homes, assisted living facilities, and memory care facilities. Please spread the word!

5. Sen. Jeff Merkley: Wildfires & Recovery

Oregon.Flat.pole        In Oregon, catastrophic wildfires have burned over 600,000 acres of land — and counting. Especially as we are seeing catastrophic wildfires continue in California, we have a lot more work to do to recover and move forward.

I spoke on the floor last week to urge my colleagues to support funding for the wildfire recovery and prevention that Oregon communities need. While it was a positive start that we were able to secure wildfire funding in the disaster and government spending package that passed in the Senate last month, we have so much more work to do to help our communities recover and reduce the risk of more devastating fires.

One necessary improvement is to end the practice of “fire borrowing,” in which the Forest Service has to raid other agency programs, such as fire prevention activities, to fund suppression costs. If we don’t fix this vicious cycle, then we’re going to have to continue to face increasingly disastrous wildfires that suck up greater and greater amounts of resources. We need to be providing the Forest Service with enough funding to adequately fight fires during wildfire season, without raiding other funds and programs — and the best way to do that is to fund the biggest wildfires like the natural disasters they are.

We also need a surge in emergency funding: to help our communities recover; to restore scorched forest service infrastructure like trails, roads and bridges; and to make our forests more resistant to fires through forest thinning and hazardous fuels reduction.

I recently met with U.S. Forest Service Chief Tony Tooke and we talked about the need to end fire borrowing and fight for a surge in emergency funding to both help our communities recover and prevent future fires. In Oregon, 1.6 million acres of forest are already approved for fuels reduction and thinning to make our forests more resistant to wildfire. I’m advocating for the funding to move forward quickly on this work.

Please know I’ll keep fighting to ensure Oregon has the necessary funds to recover from and prevent these devastating wildfires. Right now, our forests are time bombs, waiting to go off. It’s time to get serious about reducing their risk.

6. Plans and Planning

Do you have plans for what you want from life? Do you have a plan for what you want to accomplish in your work? Today, let’s talk about why plans rarely seem to work as we think they will – and why we need them anyway.

Perhaps you have noticed, in the past, that making plans very seldom works. Well, at least not in the exact manner we expect when we write them. We have a goal. We break it down into action steps, and estimate how long each step will take.

But when we achieve the goal, we look back and see that very little actually went exactly as we had planned. Some things took longer, some things took less time; some things were skipped altogether, while other things we never expected required last-minute attention and quick decision-making.

However, without that “faulty” plan, we might never have achieved our goal at all. So even though a lot of plans may not work out the way we expect them to, without them we would wind up stuck in the mud of our own procrastination and lack of direction. Without a plan, it can be very difficult to see if we have made any progress.

When an airplane takes off, the pilot has a detailed plan to govern the trip, and it has been filed with air traffic control. Do you have a plan for getting what you want in life? Do you plan your time day by day, hour by hour, to ensure that you are moving forward toward your goals? Do you put your plans in writing, and adjust them as you go? Do others close to you have an idea where you are going, so that they can be supportive?

If so, good for you! You are more likely to get to where you want to go than those who just fly through life by the seat of their pants, hoping they will make it. But then, you already know that, don’t you? That is why you make plans in the first place. ~The Pacific Institute

7. Oregon Activated 10 Strike Teams to Assist with Raging California Wildfires

Oregon.Flat.poleThe Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal in coordination with the Oregon Office of Emergency Management has activated its Agency Operations Center and 10 strike teams with equipment and personnel to assist with the raging wildfires in California.

California fire officials submitted a request asking for assistance yesterday evening from Oregon and Arizona. The OSFM activated its emergency mobilization plan, sending out the request for assistance to all Oregon fire agencies.

“Oregon fire agencies have stepped up to the plate to help our neighbors to the south, said Chief Deputy State Fire Marshal Mariana Ruiz-Temple. “California helped us with the fires in southern Oregon this year and I am proud that we can return the favor in their time of need.”

California made the request through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact a national state to state mutual aid system. The EMAC request is sent directly to Oregon Emergency Management who contact and coordinate with the appropriate Oregon agency to fulfill the requests.

Oregon county fire defense board chiefs have activated 10 strike teams from the following counties:
Two from Lane County, Washington County, Multnomah County, Linn/Benton counties, Marion County, Clatsop County, Jackson/Josephine counties, Yamhill County, and Klamath/Deschutes counties.

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

Interactive Lidar Map Reveals Oregon’s Dramatic Landscapes


Germany: The Progressives’ Post-Election Meltdown

Trump’s ‘Calm before the Storm’ is a Message to North Korea and Iran

Words. It’s not redundant to call it what it is.

Obama’s $500 Million Presidential Library Will Skirt Federal Standards To Save Money 

Judicial Watch: U.S. Mayor Assures Mexican Consul His “Sanctuary City” Will Provide Safe Spaces for Illegal Aliens

Dr. Lovell Jones’ Food for Thought

Ron Wyden Demands Answers to Justice Department Investigations of Journalists

USS PENNSYLVANIA: The Largest Submarine in the U.S. Navy


Sherman County eNews #303


  1. Flu Shot Clinic in Moro, Oct. 12

  2. Marie (von Borstel) Hattrup 1931-2017

  3. Celebration of Life: Marie (von Borstel) Hattrup & Rita (von Borstel) Swyers, Oct. 14

  4. City of Moro Broadband Informational Meeting, Broadband Survey, Oct. 11

  5. Gorge Grown Food Network Expands Healthy Corner Store Project into Sherman County

  6. “Bach to Rock & Baklava” to Benefit Walworth Music Foundation, Oct. 15

  7. Opportunity

  8. Oregon Farm Bureau’s Young Farmers & Ranchers Leadership Conference, Nov. 11-12

  9. Viewing Time

1.Flu Shot Clinic in Moro, Oct. 12

arrow-rightThe Sherman County Medical Clinic is having their annual Flu Shot Clinic!

Tuesday, October 12th from 3:00pm – 6:00pm

For more information visit us online at

or call 541-565-3325.

2. Marie (von Borstel) Hattrup 1931-2017

flower.rose.starMarie Hattrup, a longtime resident of Sherman County and The Dalles, Ore., passed away at the age of 86 on Aug. 14, 2017, in Sonoma, Calif., after a long and courageous battle against multiple sclerosis. She was the optimist in the family, facing life’s challenges with a take charge attitude and a smile on her face.

Marie was born on March 14, 1931, in Kent, Ore., the youngest of six children,
to Ted and Millie (Holmes) von Borstel. She attended grade school in Kent and graduated from St. Mary’s Academy High School in The Dalles in 1949.

After a year at Oregon State University, she married Kenneth Hattrup at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in The Dalles on April 21, 1951. After Ken returned from the Korean War and finished college, they settled into a home in Sherman County and began farming in 1958. The following years were busy with farm life and raising a family. They operated a wheat ranch until they semi-retired and moved to The Dalles in 1985. Upon full retirement in 1993, they enjoyed traveling to Reno with good friends for a little gambling. In order to be closer to their children they later moved to Sparks Nev., and then to assisted living in Sonoma, Calif.

Marie was well known for her cooking and baking, talents and interests she passed on to her daughters. She provided delicious meals for the harvest crews (often times in the fields) and countless pies for the café at the Sherman County Fair. Annually, she would enter the Sherman County Fair and often the Oregon State Fair. Twice she won the title “Queen of the Kitchen” at the Oregon State Fair. She also served as a judge at various county fairs. Her interest in cooking continued after retirement, as she compiled two cookbooks for the benefit of St. Peter’s Altar Society and was a regular contributor to the “Taste of Home” magazine.

As MS began to affect her more, Marie found a new friend in the computer. She spent countless hours compiling the family histories on the von Borstels and Hattrups, which were greatly appreciated by family members. In 1990 she completed and printed a pictorial history, “St. Mary’s Academy High School 1864 – 1956.” Marie enjoyed playing cards (bridge, pinochle, hearts) and would always make time for it.

Marie is survived by her husband, Kenneth, of Sonoma, Calif.; children and grandchildren, Rita Hattrup of San Rafael, Calif., George (Cheryl) Hattrup, Jade and Serena of Fresno, Calif., Ann (Matt) Lucchesi, Dominic, Gabriella and Giacomo of San Rafael, Calif., Heidi (Mark) Reppucci, Kieran and Cullen of El Segundo, Calif., sister-in-law, Pat von Borstel of The Dalles, Ore.; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Donald, Carl and George; and sister, Cassie DeCourcey.

3. Celebration of Life: Marie (von Borstel) Hattrup & Rita (von Borstel) Swyers, Oct. 14

flower.rose.starA double celebration of life luncheon is planned for Marie (von Borstel) Hattrup [March 14, 1931 ~ August 14, 2017] and her sister, Rita (von Borstel) Swyers [September 26, 1925 ~ September 26, 2017]. The luncheon will be at noon on October 14, 2017, at St. Peter’s Parish Center, 1222 W. 10th Street, The Dalles. Please join the families in remembering these remarkable ladies.

4. City of Moro Broadband Informational Meeting, Broadband Survey, Oct. 11

Residents and businesses in Biggs Junction, Grass Valley, Moro, Rufus, and Wasco are encouraged to take a broadband satisfaction survey hosted by Mid-Columbia Economic Development District (MCEDD). This survey is intended to gauge interest in improved internet service and help better understand the needs in the community related to internet connectivity. Paper surveys are being mailed in city water bills and can be returned to your city hall, or you can take the survey online on County’s website ( by October 31.

The information collected in the surveys will assist the community in seeking proposals from private internet providers to develop “off-ramps” the fiber “highways” in the County so that those in Sherman County’s cities can access truly high speed internet service. For more information about broadband and this project, everyone is invited to attend two community information sessions with MCEDD. Each session will provide the same information. The meetings are Wednesday, October 11 at 6pm at Moro City Hall and Tuesday, October 17 at 6pm at Wasco City Hall. If you have questions about this effort, please contact city staff in your community or Jessica Metta with MCEDD at or 541-296- 2266.

5. Gorge Grown Food Network Expands Healthy Corner Store Project into Sherman County

  • This Healthy Corner Store Project has brought over 2000 lbs of locally grown, farmers market quality, fruit and vegetables to communities who need, and may not otherwise have access to, healthy options.
  • This project’s goal is to build relationships between corner store owners and local small farmers. By incentivizing and assisting corner stores in sourcing healthy we aim to increase the availability of quality food to improve the health of the community.
  • Huskey’s 97 Market in Moro has joined the Healthy Corner Store Project, bringing locally grown fruit and vegetables into Sherman County.

Access to healthy food gets harder the more rural you are. Gorge Grown Food Network’s Healthy Corner Store Project is partnering with Huskey’s 97 Market to stock locally grown fruit and vegetables meeting the needs Moro community members, Veggie Rx recipients, and travelers alike.

Huskey’s 97 Market Owner Carey Hughes is excited about this new initiative, “I’m happy that my customers are able to have access to fresh fruit and vegetables. Everyone from children to seniors are benefitting from Veggie Rx here in Sherman County, and with the support of the Healthy Corner Store Project we are able to have more variety, and fresh locally grown produce at a good price for our customers”. Carey’s produce case now is stocked with in-house made fresh grab and go fruit and veggie cups, cooking staples like onions and potatoes gown by Nature’s Finest in Parkdale and you can also find seasonal items like hot peppers and tomatoes from the Wahtonka Community School Garden and PrairieFish Farm and Craft.

More than 2,000 pounds, and 22 varieties of locally grown fresh farmers’ market quality produce has been sold through Allen’s Food Center and La Michoacana in The Dalles, and now Huskey’s 97 Market in Moro. “It’s all about making healthy choices easy and accessible, especially in food desert neighborhoods with low access and rural communities” says Silvan Shawe, Healthy Corner Store Project Manager. The pilot Healthy Corner Store Project runs through December 2017 and Gorge Grown Food Network is working to raise additional funds to keep the project going, and expand into more stores throughout the gorge.

Support for this project comes from The OHSU Knight Cancer Institute Community Partnership Program, which is designed to build sustainable collaborations with Oregon communities by providing grants and other resources to foster development of community-identified cancer prevention, early detection, treatment and survivorship projects. The OHSU Knight Cancer Institute has made a decade-long commitment to invest in this program to develop robust, sustainable programs that benefit the health of all Oregonians. Huskey’s 97 is located at 106 Main St, Moro, OR.

6. “Bach to Rock & Baklava” to Benefit Walworth Music Foundation, Oct. 15

music.notes (2)“Bach to Rock & Baklava” is the theme for the annual Fall Fundraiser Event presented by Walworth Music Foundation.

Sunday, October 15, 3:00 p.m., The Dalles Christian Science Church, is the venue for a “We’re branching out,” experience, as stated by Lloyd Walworth, describing the music event planned this Fall.

The first part of the program will be music of the classics; J.S. Bach, W.A. Mozart, Claude Debussy, Frederic Chopin, et. al., and the second half will be blues, rock, and a pop potpourri.

The Classics will be presented by Rule Beasley, Robert Tupper, Corin Parker, Colleen Worrell, and Shawn Lutz.  The Rock show will feature Jamie Carrico and Pete Donnell on some of their best and favorite rock and pop repertoire.

At the close of the program, Baklava from St. John’s Monastery near Goldendale will be served, along with coffee and punch.

There is no charge for the event, but donations to Walworth Music Foundation will be accepted.  The foundation supports area K-12 students with music lessons.  For more information contact Lloyd Walworth at 541-340-9858, or

7. Opportunity

Opportunity lets you put your foot inside the door of success, but it doesn’t break the door down for you.
Opportunities are not windfalls. Winning a sweepstakes makes you instantly rich; encountering an opportunity means you will have to go to work. When you have attuned your mind to recognize opportunities, you will understand that most often they involve the exploitation of some potential, such as providing a new or better service, streamlining production, or reaching a new market. This is why the habit of initiative is so important. You must be prepared to act as soon as you recognize an opportunity. The action may be simply further investigation, or it may be making an instant sale. Most often, however, an opportunity takes time and perseverance to develop. ~Napoleon Hill

8. Oregon Farm Bureau’s Young Farmers & Ranchers Leadership Conference, Nov. 11-12

Oregon Farm Bureau’s Young Farmers & Ranchers Committee invites Farm Bureau members between the ages of 16 and 35 to attend the 2017 Oregon Young Farmers & Ranchers (YF&R) Leadership Conference, Nov. 11-12 in Salem.

“The conference will be an excellent opportunity for young farmers and ranchers to learn about policy issues facing Oregon agriculture, gain useful information for their businesses, sharpen advocacy skills, network, and have a lot of fun,” said Jenny Freeborn, vice chair of the YF&R Committee. “Registration for the two-day conference is also a great deal at only $40.”

Keynote speakers will be Kim Bremmer of Ag Inspirations, a nationally recognized motivational speaker who will discuss communication and advocacy in agriculture, and Derek Pangelinan of Derek Rey Consulting, the developer of “The 6 Perspectives of Leadership,” a model for teaching leadership skills to people from all walks of life.

Presentations by industry experts will cover the topics of agriculture business, natural resources, ag advocacy, and Farm Bureau basics.

Distinguished speakers include Mary Anne Cooper, OFB Public Policy Counsel; Jenny Dresler, OFB Director of State Public Policy; Doug Hoffman, Wilco President and CEO; Joanne Humphrey of Aldrich CPAs and Advisors; Sarah Brown of Oregon Tilth; Andrea Krahmer of Northwest Farm Credit Services; John Williams of Oregon State University Extension, Wallowa County; Jana Peterson of the U.S. Dept. of Forestry; Stacy Davies, Country Natural Beef/Roaring Springs Ranch; and others.

What: 2017 Oregon Young Farmers & Ranchers (YF&R) Leadership Conference

When: Saturday, Nov. 11, 9 a.m. — 5 p.m.; Sunday, Nov. 12, 9 a.m. — 4 p.m.

Where: Oregon Farm Bureau office, 1320 Capitol St. NE, Salem, OR 97301

Open to: Farm Bureau members between the ages of 16 and 35

Register by Nov. 3. Find the registration form and conference agenda at

* Cost: $40 per person. Includes lunch both days and snacks at Saturday social event.
* Attendees must be Farm Bureau members and be between the ages of 16 and 35.
* Registration forms are due to the office no later than 4 p.m. on Nov. 3.
* Event limited to the first 70 registration forms and payments received.
* Nearby hotel available at reduced rate for conference attendees.

For more information, contact OFB’s Jacon Taylor at or 541.589.9694.

9. Viewing Time

clock.793The search for happiness seems to have been around as long as there have been sentient beings on the planet. Now, the definition of happiness has a tendency to be different from person to person, culture to culture. The ancient Greeks went so far as to put “happiness” into four distinct levels. But do you realize that, ultimately, you are in control of your own happiness?

Philosophers and poets have brought forth their ideas on happiness and fulfillment. Brain scientists have researched and tested how the brain processes subjective and objective feelings of happiness and the effects on brain chemistry. And psychologists have long studied the effects of happiness on human decision-making. (Check out Dr. Martin Seligman’s outstanding work on Optimism and Pessimism.)

Another such study proposes that how human beings perceive Time has a lot to do with their level of happiness. It suggests that directing one’s focus onto the present and future can make people happier, healthier and lead to better relationships. This method, if you will, is called the Time Perspective Therapy and involves figuring out which of six different outlooks best describes each individual.

The best profile to have: a blend of high past-positive, a moderately high level of future orientation and a moderate level of present hedonism. In other words, you like your past, you work for the future (but not so much as to be a workaholic) and choose when to seek pleasure in the present.

Choosing to focus on the positives from your past, actively setting goals for the future, and enjoying each day as the gift that it is provides a well-rounded and, most likely, happy life. The study cited above provides guidelines of where you are right now, and areas in which you might grow. The decision of what to do or not do, however, is entirely up to you. It always has been. ~The Pacific Institute


Sherman County eNews #302


  1. Solar Saturday at Columbia Gorge Discovery Center & Museum, Oct. 14

  2. Space Weather: An Asteroid to Buzz Earth this Week

  3. Sherman County School District Letter to the Sherman County Community

  4. Oregon State Land Board Public Meeting, Oct. 17

  5. Hauling Rocks

  6. Medicare Annual Open Enrollment is October 15 through December 7

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

1. Solar Saturday at Columbia Gorge Discovery Center & Museum, Oct. 14

sun.circleBob Yoesle from Friends of the Goldendale Observatory will present a solar viewing free to the public Saturday, October 14 from 11 am to 3 pm at Columbia Gorge Discovery Center in The Dalles. Using special safely-filtered telescopes you can view the surface of the sun. This event is free, and will be held, weather and clouds permitting, on the museum lawn. Museum admission still applies for visitors who wish to see the exhibits. For more information visit

2. Space Weather: An Asteroid to Buzz Earth this Week

ASTEROID TO BUZZ EARTH THIS WEEK: Four years ago, a house-sized asteroid tore through the atmosphere over Chelyabinsk, Russia, and exploded.  Shock waves shattered windows and knocked down onlookers as fragments of the disintegrating space rock peppered the Ural countryside. This week an asteroid about the same size is approaching Earth. It will not hit our planet, but it’s coming very close. On Oct. 12, 2017, the speeding space rock, named “2012 TC4,” will skim just above the zone of Earth’s geosynchronous communications satellites and briefly become a target for amateur telescopes. Learn more about the flyby on today’s edition of

3. Sherman County School District Letter to the Sherman County Community

SCSchoolDist.Communication to Community 10-9-17

4. Oregon State Land Board Public Meeting, Oct. 17

Salem — The State Land Board will be asked to adopt proposed amendments to the administrative rules governing the placement of ocean renewable energy facilities on, in or over state-owned land within the territorial sea (three miles westward from the low-tide mark).

The amendments are the result of recommendations from an advisory committee that met eight times between 2016 and 2017, and a 45-day public comment period. The proposed amendments also take into consideration several legislative actions in the 2013 and 2015 sessions affecting ocean energy facilities.

In addition, the Board will be asked to approve the consent agenda which includes requests to initiate the review of three potential sales, and one request for a perpetual easement for two bridge crossings.

The informational agenda includes the annual update from the Oregon Ocean Science Trust, the annual report on management of Common School Fund real property, and a status report on the Elliott State Forest.

The meeting will be held:

Oct. 17, 2017
10:00 a.m. — 12:00 p.m.
Department of State Lands
Land Board Room
775 Summer St. NE, Salem

This meeting will be held in a facility that is accessible for persons with disabilities. If you need assistance to participate in the meeting due to a disability, please notify Arin Smith at (503) 986-5224 or at least two working days prior to the meeting.

To live stream the meeting, go to the State Lands YouTube channel:

Meeting agenda:

The State Land Board consists of Governor Kate Brown, Secretary of State Dennis Richardson and State Treasurer Tobias Read. The Department of State Lands administers diverse natural and fiscal resources. Many of the resources generate revenue for the Common School Fund, such as state-owned rangelands and timberlands, waterway leases, estates for which no will or heirs exist, and unclaimed property. Twice a year, the agency distributes fund investment earnings to support K-12 public schools. The agency also administers Oregon’s Removal-Fill Law, which requires people removing or filling certain amounts of material in waters of the state to obtain a permit.

5. Hauling Rocks

Abraham Lincoln once said that if you “look for what is wrong, you will surely find it.”  How true this is. The imperfections in ourselves mean we can always find deficits if we try. For a lot of us, it is much easier to find cracks and faults.

If your focus is on what is wrong, if you are busy looking for the flaws and weaknesses in your character, you are weighing yourself down just as surely as if you were going through life carrying a big backpack full of rocks – and every day the backpack just gets heavier.

Of course, if you are a world-class negative thinker, then the weight of your burden becomes just one more thing with which to find fault. On the other hand, if you spend most of your time looking for and appreciating all that is right or delightful about yourself and the world around you – and make no mistake, there are thousands of delights in this world once you start looking for them – it is as if you had diamonds in your pockets.

To get a quick reading on where your focus is, list all your shortcomings and all your strengths on a piece of paper. Take your time and make sure you cover as much as possible. Once you have finished both lists, look to see if you used a double standard. Did you list as weaknesses those things that are occasionally true about you or always true? On the other hand, did you list strengths that are almost always true or just occasionally true? Depending upon what you find, you may be stacking the cards against yourself.

If you get rid of your old programming that says it is better to haul rocks than diamonds, and start affirming your strengths instead, your life will be so much richer! And you couldn’t find a better day to start than today. ~The Pacific Institute

6. Medicare Annual Open Enrollment is October 15 through December 7

~ Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services

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

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

Medicare annual enrollment runs Oct. 15 through Dec. 7, 2017. Any Medicare Advantage (MA) or prescription drug plan (Part D) changes must be made between these dates so that coverage begins without interruption on Jan. 1, 2018. Those who are late to enroll may face a lifetime of premium penalties.

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

SHIBA provides free health insurance counseling to explain how the Medicare program works, additional insurance options that work with Medicare, and help with reducing out-of-pocket costs. SHIBA staff members, along with over 200 certified counselors, serve many of Oregon’s more than 780,000 Medicare beneficiaries to help them understand their Medicare benefits and enrollment options. Free information and help is available by calling 1-800-722-4134 (toll-free) or visiting

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

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

Tips from SHIBA to prepare for Medicare Open Enrollment:

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

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

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

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

Tips from SHIBA when comparing health insurance plans:

Find your insurance cards. You may need your red, white, and blue Medicare card to review benefit details or enroll in a new plan. If you have a Medicare Advantage or prescription drug plan, you may also need that card.

Update your list of prescription drugs. Check with your doctor to make sure you understand each prescription. Is a generic available? Can you eliminate unneeded medications? Based on your list, do you have the right plan?

Use the plan finder. The plan finder uses your prescription list to compare prescription drug and Medicare Advantage health plans in your area. Not all companies cover the same drugs so it’s important to have a complete list of your medications and dosages when using this tool.

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

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

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


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a :a small usually temporary enclosed defensive work

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Sherman County eNews #301


  1. Sherman County Broadband Survey, Community Meetings, Oct. 11 & 17

  2. Editorial. Fact Checking Support for Community Counseling Solutions’ Proposal

  3. Sherman County Court Notes, Oct. 4

  4. Notice: Sherman County Court Session, Oct. 18

  5. ODOT Warns of Deer Migration

  6. 53 Red Cross Disaster Responders Helping Communities on the Ground

1. Sherman County Broadband Survey, Community Meetings, Oct. 11 & 17

Residents and businesses in Biggs Junction, Grass Valley, Moro, Rufus, and Wasco are encouraged to take a broadband satisfaction survey hosted by Mid-Columbia Economic Development District (MCEDD). This survey is intended to gauge interest in improved internet service and help better understand the needs in the community related to internet connectivity. Paper surveys are being mailed in city water bills and can be returned to your city hall, or you can take the survey online on County’s website ( by October 31.

The information collected in the surveys will assist the community in seeking proposals from private internet providers to develop “off-ramps” the fiber “highways” in the County so that those in Sherman County’s cities can access truly high speed internet service.

For more information about broadband and this project, everyone is invited to attend two community information sessions with MCEDD. Each session will provide the same information. The meetings are Wednesday, October 11 at 6pm at Moro City Hall and Tuesday, October 17 at 6pm at Wasco City Hall. If you have questions about this effort, please contact city staff in your community or Jessica Metta with MCEDD at or 541-296- 2266.

2. Editorial. Fact Checking Support for Community Counseling Solutions’ Proposal

pencil.sharpIn doing a little fact checking, it came to our attention that a misleading statement was made in giving notice of the October 8th meeting regarding the Community Counseling Solutions’ proposal to locate a respite center in Sherman County.

Not all who were named as supporting this proposal gave permission for their name to be used in this statement. Corrections and apologies are in order.

3. Sherman County Court Notes, Oct. 4

  • By Administrative Assistant Lauren Hernandez

ShermanCoLogo(This is a brief summary of topics addressed and is not official minutes. For official minutes and details, please see the official approved minutes posted on the Sherman County website at after the October 18 Court session.)

The Sherman County Court met in regular session on October 4, 2017, and in conducting the business of the county,

  • heard a quarterly report from Jenine McDermid, Clerk; Jenine presented a draft copy of the Sherman County Public Records Request form, Sherman County Response to Public Records Request, and an updated County Clerk’s Office Fee Schedule; the Court approved the public record forms and fee schedule; the Court approved the appointment of Jeanne Kuettel and Dee Ashley from the Non-Office Holding Pool and Gary Thompson with Joe Dabulskis as alternate from the Office Holding Pool to the 2017-2018 Board of Property Tax Appeals; the Clerk’s Office may purchase a new ballot counting machine in the near future;
  • heard a renewable energy update from Dave Van’t Hof, Mid-Columbia Economic Development District, and Dana Peck; Dana gave a brief history of the wind market in California and its impact in the Columbia River Gorge; Dave explained he has connected with policy making groups in California to try to get regional wind into California; he will attempt to work with the Governor’s Office to try to recreate an authority for a regional market; Dave reported on a few bills that will come up next session; discussion was held about the Wyoming wind market; Dana emphasized the local wind market should be looked at comprehensively for the full range of economic benefits, including jobs, a tax base, schools, and more; Dave suggested focusing on making the repowering of wind projects in Sherman County a streamlined process; the rules are made by the Oregon Department of Energy’s Energy Facilities & Safety division; Dave suggested having someone go in to meet with staff and then going to local legislature if needed;
  • heard a quarterly report from Amber DeGrange, Juvenile Director; her caseload has increased; interviews for the Prevention Coordinator position will be held October 16; Amber continues to perform Prevention Coordinator tasks while the position remains open; the 2017-2019 Four Rivers Early Learning Hub budget is being developed; Amber discussed the curfew ordinance with cities, is looking for opportunities to enhance the Justice Reinvestment Grant, and continues to chair the Local Public Safety Coordinating Council; Trauma Informed Practices and Sanctuary Model training will be held in November;
  • heard a quarterly report from Rod Asher, Weed District Director; the remaining seasonal workers will work through October or until freezing weather; finding enough seasonal workers will continue to be a challenge; large patches of skeletonweed have been found on the north end of the county; Rod is concerned about Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) land and seeds being stirred up if the land is tilled; a crew completed the Grass Valley Canyon project and then moved to the Deschutes River project; there have been no issues with Azure Farms, and Rod reported he has a good working relationship with them; grounds maintenance is going well; Rod explained he has safety concerns about the building at DeMoss Park;
  • heard a quarterly report from Wes Owens, Sherman School District Superintendent; the Grass Valley facility has been sold, and the school will collaborate with the new owner to offer support with the building; bargaining went well and both contracts will be recommended; the Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports system is in place; the school has been accepted into the Oregon Response to Instruction and Intervention program; the safety proposal is still under discussion; the Hall of Honor class induction went well; a newsletter will be sent to constituents to open up communication between the community and school;
  • heard a quarterly report from Mark Coles, Road Master; edging the pavement south of the school parking lot will begin in a few weeks; fall grading has begun; the access road for the Biggs Service District water project is complete; hot mix patching and crack sealing are complete; washboards are being cut, spraying will be finished soon, and rock will be crushed for next year’s chip seal;
  • entered into Biggs Service District Board of Directors;
  • approved the Term of State’s Offer for the US97 Spanish Hollow Creek Bridge Project and authorized Judge Thompson to sign;
  • approved the Permanent Easement for the US97 Spanish Hollow Creek Bridge Project and authorized Judge Thompson to sign;
  • approved the 2017-2019 Grant Young Memorial Planning Assistance Grant application to the Department of Land Conservation and Development and authorized Judge Thompson to sign;
  • declared the Sheriff’s Office 2011 Ford Crown Victoria as surplus;
  • approved the Intergovernmental Agreement with Sherman County between Sherman and Gilliam County for the provision of independent assessment services necessary to assist the Sherman or Gilliam County Board of Property Tax Appeals in the performance of their functions upon request;
  • approved the National Association of Counties invoice for county membership dues in the amount of $450;
  • approved the distribution of $590 to eligible applicants for the 2017 Resident Incentive Program;
  • followed Heath Gardner’s recommendations on the library roof leak repair up to $25,000, declared an emergency, and authorized Judge Thompson to sign;
  • discussed the Area Agency on Aging region request; library roof leak repair; a website redesign update; a quarterly report submitted by Georgia Macnab, Planner; and small business incentives;
  • heard reports from Court members about regional board activities.

4. Notice: Sherman County Court Session, Oct. 18

The Sherman County Court will be in session on Wednesday, October 18, 2017, at 9:00 a.m.  This session will be held at the Sherman County OSU Extension Office/Burnet Building, 66365 Lonerock Rd, Moro, OR 97039.

The agenda, including updates, will be posted on the Sherman County Website at

CoCourt1Agenda October 18 2017

5. ODOT Warns of Deer Migration

deer3BEND – At the center of the state, Bend is more or less ground zero for collisions with deer during fall migration. So, the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) is advising motorists to be on the lookout for migrating mule deer on US97 and other Oregon highways.

“Deer are embarking on their fall migration from the eastern slopes of the Cascades to their winter grounds near Fort Rock and Christmas Valley”, said Cidney Bowman, wildlife biologist for ODOT. “Highway 97 lies directly in their path so motorists need to be alert for deer on or near the highway.”

The bulk of the deer migration starts about mid-October and extends until early-December in Central Oregon. Most of the animals travel during the dawn and dusk hours, but motorists can expect to see them at any time.

ODOT is putting up notices on message boards on and near the highway to advise motorists to be extra cautious during the migration and taking other steps to alert motorists to the influx of deer. “We want to be sure drivers know what to expect on the highway during deer migration”, said Bowman, adding, “We’re doing what we can and motorists need to do what they can too.”

For more on deer migration and the impact on Central Oregon Highways visit:

6. 53 Red Cross Disaster Responders Helping Communities on the Ground

Red Cross logoPORTLAND, Ore., October 9, 2017 — Fifty-three disaster responders from the American Red Cross in Oregon and Southwest Washington (Cascades Region) are on the ground helping communities affected by destructive hurricanes in Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Mississippi, West Virginia, Kentucky, Florida, and Texas. Additionally, local responders are helping in Las Vegas, offering emotional support and other resources to people affected by the tragic shooting.

Responders from Silverton, Springfield, Albany, Troutdale, Portland, Turner, Salem, Eugene, Bend, Rockaway Beach, Beaverton, Happy Valley, Roseburg, Lake Oswego, Klamath Falls, Medford, Gold Beach, Tigard, McMinnville, Corbett, Independence, Wolf Creek, and Ashland, Oregon, as well as Vancouver, Goldendale, and Longview, Washington, are assisting communities affected by hurricanes and the shooting by working in disaster relief shelters, delivering food and water to affected neighborhoods, providing emergency financial assistance, helping with family reunification, delivering health and mental health services and providing spiritual care.

Since the tragic shooting in Las Vegas last week, the Red Cross has been providing support to families of the deceased, people who were injured, and helping at public memorials and vigils. The Red Cross is providing health and mental health assistance, spiritual care and other forms of assistance at a family assistance center (a centralized location for affected families to go to get help and resources), at local hospitals, and through outreach teams. Additionally, and as part of our national blood network, the Red Cross has provided blood to hospitals treating patients injured in the incident. Following the shooting, the Red Cross supplied more than 450 units of blood and blood products to hospitals treating victims.

In the last six weeks, the American Red Cross has launched a wide-ranging relief effort to help people devastated by three historic, back-to-back hurricanes–Harvey, Irma, and Maria. And now, the Red Cross is helping families affected by a fourth hurricane, Nate, which made landfall in Mississippi Saturday. The Red Cross is on the ground, part of a large team of agencies and organizations responding to provide help to communities turned upside down by these storms.

* In the last six weeks, the Red Cross, along with community and government partners, has provided more than 1.2 million overnight stays in emergency shelters. Shelters were opened in 8 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
* The Red Cross has served more than 6.4 million meals and snacks, and provided more than 2.9 million relief items to people in need.
* Red Cross volunteers have provided more than 177,200 mental health and health services to support and care for those affected.
* A total of more than 16,000 trained disaster workers, 91 percent of them volunteers, have been mobilized to support hurricane relief efforts.
* More than 100 Red Cross workers from around the world deployed to the United States to help with hurricane relief efforts.
* Right now, more than 2,600 Red Cross disaster workers and almost 250 emergency response vehicles are on the ground, helping thousands of people affected by these storms.

The Red Cross has launched massive responses to these devastating hurricanes and needs financial donations to be able to provide immediate and ongoing disaster relief for those affected. Help people affected by visiting or calling 1-800-RED CROSS to make a donation.

Donations enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from these disasters. The Red Cross honors donor intent. Donors can designate their donation to hurricane relief efforts by choosing that option when donating on or by calling 1-800-RED CROSS.


Sherman County eNews #300


  1. Notice: Sherman County School District Board of Directors Meeting, Oct. 12

  2. Unit 20, Oregon Retired Educators to Meet, Oct. 17

  3. A Proper Start to the Day

  4. BLM Cancels 10 Million Acre Sagebrush Focal Area Withdrawal Proposal

  5. Rep. Walden applauds wildfire funding request, calls for forest management reform

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

1. Notice: Sherman County School District Board of Directors Meeting, Oct. 12

There was an error in properly noticing the regularly scheduled Sherman County School District Board meeting for Monday, October 9, 2017.  This meeting has been rescheduled for Thursday, October 12, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.  A work session will precede the Regular Meeting at 6:00 p.m. and an Executive Session will follow at 6:30 p.m. pursuant to ORS 192.660(2)(f) to consider information or records that are exempt from disclosure by law, including legal advice from attorney

These meetings will be held in the meeting room of the Sherman County School/Public Library. We apologize for any inconvenience.

 AGENDA1-RegularSchoolBoardMeeting 10-12-17 exec work session

AGENDA2-RegularSchoolBoardMeeting 10-12-17 exec work session-2

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2. Unit 20, Oregon Retired Educators to Meet, Oct. 17

Unit 20, Oregon Retired Educators, will meet noon, Tuesday the 17th, at the Hood River Valley Adult Center.  Special guest will be State OREA President Darlene Cook.  Luncheon reservations may be made with Wilma Townsend at 541-296-4356,

3. A Proper Start to the Day

As you wake up, how do you start your day? Does the way you wake up have an effect on how the rest of your day goes?

Everyone knows how important it is that kids get off to a good start in life. How a horse comes out of the starting gate can often make its career, and a sprinter’s ability to come out of the blocks often determines who wins a foot race. Your first experience with something will often color what comes afterward. The way you start your day is no exception.

Do you leap out of bed before your eyes are really open, begin a mad rush to leave for work on time, and spend your whole day trying to get ahead of a schedule that always seems too busy?

Why not try setting your clock a few minutes early for a week? Spend those first few waking moments giving some thought to the way you want the rest of your day to go. Then, as you proceed through preparing for the day ahead, try to bring your full awareness to each activity: showering, brushing your teeth, and selecting your clothes. Do each thing thoughtfully and deliberately, paying complete attention to just that one thing.

Keep your thoughts on the present, and don’t let them leap ahead into the future, or slip back into the past. Just try to be fully present in the moment. This approach is similar to the Buddhist art of mindfulness, and if you practice it for a while, it will change the pace and the feeling of your day! ~The Pacific Institute

4. BLM Cancels 10 Million Acre Sagebrush Focal Area Withdrawal Proposal

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Based on a recent analysis and review of data available that showed that future mining is not a significant threat to sage grouse habitat, the Bureau of Land Management has canceled its Sagebrush Focal Area withdrawal application and the Department’s proposed withdrawal of 10 million acres of federal lands from location and entry under the mining law in Greater Sage-grouse habitat in six Western States. The BLM also terminated the associated environmental analysis process. The notice of cancellation can be found on the BLM website here:

The BLM determined the proposal to withdraw 10 million acres was unreasonable in light of the data that showed that mining affected less than .1 percent of sage-grouse-occupied range.

“The proposal to withdraw 10 million acres to prevent 10,000 from potential mineral development was a complete overreach,” said Acting BLM Director Mike Nedd. “Secretary Zinke has said from the beginning that by working closely with the states, who are on the front lines and a valued partner in protecting the health of these lands, we can be successful in conserving greater sage grouse habitat without stifling economic development and job growth. And that’s what we intend to do–protect important habitat while also being a good neighbor to states and local communities.”

The recommendation to withdraw nearly 10 million acres from location and entry under the mining law was one of many land use restrictions proposed for a new management area designated as the Sagebrush Focal Area (SFA). However, that recommendation was unreasonable in light of the data available. In particular, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s 2005 “Not Warranted” decision, the 2010 “Warranted But Precluded” Decision and the 2015 “Not Warranted” decision all showed that mining–including locatable mining–was not a significant threat to sage-grouse.

The lands will continue to be managed in accordance with existing plans, programs, policies and regulations in Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Wyoming. They had been temporarily segregated, or closed to new mining claims for 2 years when the Department originally proposed the lands for withdrawal in 2015, while the agency studied whether locatable mineral exploration and mining projects would adversely affect habitat important to the greater sage grouse. That temporary segregation period expired September 24, 2017.

5. Rep. Walden applauds wildfire funding request, calls for forest management reform

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Greg Walden (R-Hood River) today applauded additional wildfire funds and a call to action on forest management reform from the administration. The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) today included $576.5 million in wildfire funding in their supplemental budget request to Congress, as well as recommendations that active forest management and forestry reform be part of the solution to curb wildfire borrowing.

“I want to thank the Trump Administration for their request for funds to cover the costs of this fire season, as well as their call for Congress to reform our broken federal forest policy that hinders them from implementing much needed forest management.  Another fire season winds down and, once again, the Forest Service needed to rob money from important fire prevention work to pay for fighting wildfires. We must not only supplement those accounts to pay for the cost of this fire season, but it’s past time that we fix how we pay for fires and treat them like the natural disasters they are,” said Walden. “We also need to streamline our federal forest policy so forest managers can get the much needed fire prevention work done to reduce the risk of catastrophic fire that choke our skies and communities with smoke. I look forward to working with the administration and my colleagues in the House to improve forest management and prevent catastrophic wildfire.”

Walden led a letter signed by a bipartisan group of 31 lawmakers to OMB Director Mick Mulvaney to ask that wildfires be treated like natural disasters, and that the administration work with Congress to pass forest management reforms. To read Walden’s letter, please click here:

The lawmakers wrote, “Mismanagement has left our forests vulnerable to insects and disease and ripe for catastrophic wildfires. The system is broken. We need forest management reforms, and we need them now. We ask that you work with us to help to fix the way we manage our forests and how we pay for wildfire disasters. Two goals we can all agree on are reducing the costs of these fires and breaking out of this destructive, nationwide wildfire cycle.”

Walden has spoken with the administration in recent weeks to call their attention to the severity of this year’s fire season in Oregon and throughout the West, and the need to improve forest management. The supplemental request issued by OMB this afternoon says that forest management reform must be part of any long-term solution to prevent catastrophic fires.

“The Administration believes that the problem of wildfire ‘borrowing’ must be addressed in a more structured, long-term manner. However, additional funding alone will not reverse the worsening trend of catastrophic wildfires that threaten our forests, critical habitats, and communities that border public lands,” the request states. “Active forest management and other reforms must be part of the solution to curb the cost and destruction of wildfires.”

The administration’s announcement comes as Walden led a hearing today to examine the air quality impacts of catastrophic wildfires. During the hearing, Walden stressed the need to fix the wildfire funding problem cited in the administration’s request often referred to as “fire borrowing.”

“Every year we repeat this stupid, stupid cycle. Robbing the accounts that would do the forest thinning to pay for the firefighting while the fires are going on, so we don’t do the preventive work because we have to pay for the fire,” said Walden. “It makes no sense. It is four to five times more expensive to fight fires than to do the treatment.”

For more information on today’s hearing at the Energy and Commerce Committee, including a background memo, witness testimony, and full webcast, please click here:

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