Sherman County eNews #267


  1. Sherman County Senior Center Reminders

  2. Sherman County High School Suspends Football for the 2018 Season

  3. Filling Vacancies in Partisan Elective Office of County Judge or Commissioner

  4. Maryhill to Commemorate Veterans Day and 100th Anniversary of Armistice Day, Nov. 10 & 11

  5. Past as Prologue

  6. Opinion. The Salty Sailor

1. Sherman County Senior Center Reminders

The Senior Center sends a friendly reminder to our patrons. We make everything from scratch, and we begin working on our entrée items 24-hours in advance. We ask for a 24-hour notice, especially if you plan to have 2 or more people for lunch, so we can prepare enough food the day before. We do not function as a restaurant, but a ‘not-for-profit’ establishment with a primary function as a Senior Center.  This is just a friendly reminder that in order to guarantee a meal, please give us as much advance notice as possible, and particularly if you will have a group. If you are concerned about us running out of food before you arrive, please call ahead to reserve a meal for yourself. If you are running late, please give us a call and we can sign you in so that a meal is reserved for you. Thank you! ~Kari Silcox, Manager, Sherman County Senior & Community Center 541-565-3191.

2. Sherman County High School Suspends Football for the 2018 Season

Mike Somnis, K-12 Principal, Head Football Coach: Sherman County High School announces that we will be suspending high school football operations for the duration of the 2018 season. This unfortunate circumstance is for the safety and well-being of our student athletes. This situation is due to a combination of low program numbers and injuries that have reduced the roster. The Sherman County School District is fully committed to having a healthy and competitive football program in the fall of 2019. Thank you. 

3. Filling Vacancies in Partisan Elective Office of County Judge or Commissioner

With regard to the process of replacing a county commissioner where the position is partisan (Republican in this case), Oregon Republican Party Vice Chair, Chris Baretto writes:

“The Oregon Republican Party (ORP) calculates the weighted vote for each Precinct Committee Person (PCP). Basically it’s the number of registered Republican voters in the precinct divided by the number of PCPs in that same precinct. 100 voters/4 PCP= 25 votes per PCP.  If a PCP doesn’t participate in the election those present (the other 3) still only have 25 voters represented each; the number is not recalculated, those other 25 voters just aren’t represented.   

“The meeting has to be conducted by the ORP (Oregon Republican Party) with a meeting notice being sent to all the PCPs.  I (ORP) have to get an official list of the PCPs from the county clerk from that county once the resignation is received by the Secretary of State’s office.”

PCP refers to Precinct Committee Persons (one male and one female elected in the primary from each precinct). Sherman County has 5 precincts basically corresponding to the 4 cities and Kent district There are currently 9 elected PCPs who would be eligible to vote (Grass Valley has no female PCP elected). This process begins when the County Clerk receives a letter of resignation from a commissioner. The Clerk in turn notifies the Secretary of State who notifies the party. The PCPs are notified and have 30 days to meet and recommend replacement candidates (3-5) to the county governing body (county court in Sherman).

This process is covered under Oregon laws as follows:

236.215 Filling vacancies in partisan elective office of county judge or commissioner. (1) When a vacancy occurs in the partisan elective office of county judge who does not exercise judicial functions or county commissioner, the remaining members of the county court or board of county commissioners of the county, pursuant to ORS 236.217, shall appoint a person qualified to hold office who is an elector of the county to perform the duties of the office until the term of office expires or the vacancy is filled by election.

      (2) When the provisions of ORS 236.217 apply, the appointment shall be made from a list of not fewer than three nor more than five nominees furnished by the county clerks. If fewer than three names of nominees are furnished or if no list is received by the appointing authority, the county court or board of county commissioners may consider additional qualified persons. The person so appointed must have been a member of the same major political party at least 180 days before the date the vacancy to be filled occurred.

      (3) The vacancy must be filled by appointment within 30 days after its occurrence. [1987 c.549 §3; 1989 c.171 §29; 2001 c.430 §4].

The last time this process was used was when Commissioner Tom McCoy was selected to replace the late Commissioner Steve Burnet. 

In the event the remaining commissioner and county judge cannot agree on a replacement, the position remains vacant until the next election.

(Mike McArthur served as a Sherman County Precinct Committee Person (PCP) for 10 years and chaired the Sherman Republican Party serving as delegate to the 2016 ORP Convention.)

4. Maryhill to Commemorate Veterans Day and 100th Anniversary 
of Armistice Day during Closing Weekend, Nov. 10 & 11

Events include special Stonehenge Memorial program, bell ringing, 
free admission for veterans, food drive and more

(GOLDENDALE, Wash., October 8, 2018) — As Maryhill Museum of Art prepares to close out its 2018 season, a weekend of events will mark Veterans Day and the 100th anniversary of the armistice of November 11, 1918, when the Allies of WWI and Germany ceased hostilities on the Western Front.

On Saturday, November 10 and Sunday, November 11 the museum will offer free admission to veterans, active military and firefighters. Visitors who donate two non-perishable food items will also receive free admission.

On Sunday, November 11 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. there will be a special, commemorative event at Stonehenge Memorial, marking the anniversary of Armistice Day. This event will be followed by a reception at Maryhill, where there will be a small exhibition in the museum’s M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust Education Center of WWI posters from the Maryhill Museum of Art Collections, and WWI artifacts from the Columbia Gorge Veterans Museum. Families whose loved ones are honored at Stonehenge Memorial are invited to share scrapbooks or photos; a table will be set up in the museum on Sunday for this purpose. For more information, contact Louise Palermo, Curator of Education at 509 773-3733 ext. 25 or email

At 11 a.m. on Sunday, there will be a performance of Honor Bells and honorific music by the handbell choir of Hood River Valley Christian Church, at the museum.  

At 6 p.m. on November 11, Washington State park ranger Mark Harris will give a final performance of his living history presentation of a WWI soldier. This program will take place at Stonehenge Memorial. 

There are also Veterans Day activities such as parades, breakfasts, presentations and more in the communities of GoldendaleThe DallesWhite Salmon and Hood River; local chamber websites are linked.


Closing Weekend: Maryhill Museum of Art
Saturday, November 10 & Sunday, November 11, 2018

Celebrate the conclusion of the 2018 season at Maryhill and LEND A HELPING HAND to food banks in Klickitat County. For every two non-perishable food items contributed at Maryhill on this final weekend, you will receive one free museum admission. Veterans and active military and their families are free all weekend, as are regional firefighters.  Cookies and drinks will be free for veterans.  Members will also enjoy a double discount (20%) in the Museum Store throughout the month of November. Our way of saying THANKS! 

Armistice Day 100th Anniversary Celebration at Stonehenge Memorial
Sunday, November 11, 2018 | 9:30- 11:30 a.m.

Join us at Stonehenge Memorial as we commemorate the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day. The event will begin with World War I era music and poetry, followed by a brief history of the Stonehenge and the 14 service members memorialized there. There will be speeches, a wreath laying, National Salute, taps, and planting of red poppies. A reception at Maryhill Museum of Art will follow the ceremonies. Veterans are encouraged to wear their medals and decorations to the ceremony; the museum will offer free admission to all who attend the event at Stonehenge on November 11. Measures will be in place in the event of cold or wet weather.

Families whose loved ones are honored at Stonehenge Memorial are invited to share scrapbooks or photos; a table will be set up at Maryhill for this purpose. For more information, contact Louise Palermo, Curator of Education, at 509 773-3733 ext. 25 or email

Participating groups include Society of the Honor Guard, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier; Washington State Parks; Maryhill Museum of Art; City of Goldendale; Goldendale Chamber of Commerce; Columbia Gorge Veterans Museum; Kiwanis, Goldendale; American Legion Evan Childs Post 87, White Salmon; American Legion Louis Leidl Post 116, Goldendale; Washington State Police; The Dalles Civic Auditorium; Boy Scout Troop 282, Hood River; Point Man International Ministries, The Dalles; and, Daughters of the American Revolution, Karneetsa Chapter, Moses Lake.

A special thank you to our sponsors: American Legion Evan Childs Post 87, White Salmon; American Legion Louis Leidl Post 116, Goldendale; The Association of Washington Generals; Edward and Kathleen La Motte; Bruce and Mary Stevenson Foundation; the Goldendale Sentinel; Great Skot Productions and Smith Creative Group. 

Veterans Day Bells
Sunday, November 11, 2018 | 11 a.m. 

We will pay tribute to all veterans at 11 a.m., when the handbell choir of Hood River Valley Christian Church, directed by Mary Anne Parrett, will play Honor Bells in the museum’s M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust Education Center. This will be followed by other honorific songs. 

WWI Living History Presentation at Stonehenge Memorial
Sunday, November 11 | 6 p.m.

A reenactment of a soldier’s experience during World War I from state park ranger Mark Harris. Learn about new technologies used during The Great War, how uniforms differed between participating countries, the role of women in the war effort, and the causes of one of the deadliest conflicts in human history. 

Housed in a glorious Beaux Arts mansion on 5,300 acres high above the Columbia River, Maryhill Museum of Art opened to the public May 13, 1940 and today remains one of the Pacific Northwest’s most enchanting cultural destinations. The museum was founded by Northwest entrepreneur and visionary Sam Hill, who purchased the property and began building the house with dreams of establishing a Quaker farming community. When that goal proved untenable, Hill was encouraged by friends Loie Fuller, Queen Marie of Romania, and Alma de Bretteville Spreckles to establish a museum. 

Maryhill Museum of Art boasts a world-class permanent collection, rotating exhibitions of the highest caliber, and dynamic educational programs that provide opportunities for further exploration by visitors of all ages. On view are more than 80 works by Auguste Rodin, European and American paintings, objects d’art from the palaces of the Queen of Romania, Orthodox icons, unique chess sets, and the renowned Théâtre de la Mode, featuring small-scale mannequins attired in designer fashions of post-World War II France. Baskets of the indigenous people of North America were a collecting interest of Hill; today the museum’s American Indian collection represents nearly every tradition and style in North America, with works of art from prehistoric through contemporary.  

Maryhill’s William and Catherine Dickson Sculpture Park features more than a dozen large-scale works by Northwest artists. The Maryhill Overlook is a site-specific sculpture by noted Portland architect Brad Cloepfil; nearby are Lewis and Clark interpretive panels. Four miles east of Maryhill is a life-sized replica of Stonehenge, Stonehenge Memorial, which Sam Hill built to memorialize local men who perished in World War I. Nearby, the Klickitat County War Memorial honors those who have died in the service of their country since World War I.

The museum was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974. In 2001 the museum was listed as an official site of the National Historic Lewis and Clark Trail and in 2002 was accredited by the American Association of Museums. In 2012 the museum opened the Mary and Bruce Stevenson Wing, a 25,500 square foot expansion that is the first in the museum’s history. The new wing boasts the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust Education Center, a collections storage and research suite, a new cafe and terrace, and the Cannon Power Plaza with an installation of sculpture, and sweeping views of the Columbia River Gorge and Mount Hood in the distance. 

Maryhill Museum of Art is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., March 15 to November 15. Admission is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, $9 for college students with I.D., $5 for youth age 7-18 and free for children 6 and under. Maryhill participates in Museums for All, with admission set at $2 per person with an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card and a valid form of photo ID. Rate is valid for up to four individuals per EBT card. Admission to the Stonehenge Memorial is free; it is open from 7:00 a.m. to dusk daily.

Sandwiches, salads, espresso drinks, cold beverages, and freshly baked desserts and pastries, as well as a selection of local wines are available at the museum’s cafe, Loie’s, from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily; the Museum Store features art and history books, jewelry, Native American crafts and other mementos.

Maryhill is located off Highway 97, 12 miles south of Goldendale, Washington. Drive times to the museum are 2 hours from Portland/Vancouver, 3.5 hours from Bend, 4 hours from Seattle, and 1.5 hours from Yakima. For further information, visit

5. Past as Prologue

Do you consider yourself unlucky? Ever feel like fate has dealt you a bad hand? Let’s experiment with another way of looking at things.

Did you ever feel cursed by fate? You know, as if something – bad genes, bad parents, childhood trauma, wrong color, wrong body, wrong side of the tracks (it really doesn’t matter what) – has ruined your chances to succeed in life?

If you do, there is something very important you need to understand, so you can take yourself from feeling like you do, to where you want to be in the future. Here it is: None of those things are holding you back. But something is, and it’s far more powerful than a crippling disease or poverty.

What is holding you back is your belief about what you are worth and what you can do. Henry Ford said it as well as anyone: “If you think you can, you’re right. And if you think you can’t, you’re right.” It all starts in your mind. Fortunately, you can change your mind.

Sure, it’s a big plus to have loving parents and good looks and lots of money. But you don’t have to have them to succeed – to do and have what you want in life. (Let’s face it. Monetary or material successes have never guaranteed happiness. And “good looks” is certainly someone else’s opinion, which we are free to ignore.)

The one thing you do need to accept is responsibility: for choices you make or don’t make, for how you respond to what happens to you, and for developing yourself to achieve more of your full potential. Once you let go of your excuses and accept responsibility, you also assume control. It is taking your life off of autopilot, grabbing the wheel and charting your own course.

In quoting the Bard, “the past is prologue” and only sets the stage for today. Each of us has the opportunity to create our own life. So, take charge of your own life, and if you still believe in it, your own fate. And you know, it’s the most amazing thing – you also start to get “lucky”! ~The Pacific Institute

6. Opinion. The Salty Sailor

By Karen Vaughn, Mother of Aaron Vaughn, Navy Seal, KIA August 6, 2011

“Sometimes God uses the no-nonsense, salty sailor to get the job done. Appreciating what the man is doing doesn’t mean we worship the salty sailor or even desire to be like the salty sailor. It doesn’t even mean God admires the salty sailor. Maybe He just knows he’s necessary for such a time as this.

“I believe with all my heart that God placed that salty sailor in the White House and gave this nation one more chance in November 2016. Donald Trump is what he is. He is still the man he was before the election. And without guilt, I very much admire what that salty sailor is accomplishing.

“He’s not like me. That’s okay with me. I don’t want to be like him. I will never behave like him. I know we’ve NEVER had a man like him lead our nation. It’s crazy and a little mind blowing at times. But I can’t help admire the ability he has to act with his heart rather than a calculated, PC, think tank-screened, carefully edited script. I still believe that is WHY he became our President and WHY he’s been able to handle a landslide of adversity and STILL pass unprecedented amounts of good legislation for our country AND do great works for MANY other nations, including Israel.

“I’m THRILLED with what he’s doing for my nation, for the cause of Christ (whether intentional or unintentional, doesn’t matter to me), and for the concept of rebuilding America and putting her FIRST. I will not be ashamed of my position because others don’t see him through the same lens.

“Should it matter to me if a fireman drops an f-bomb while he’s pulling me from a burning building? Would I really care about what came out of his mouth in those moments? Heck no! I’d CARE about what he was DOING. He wasn’t sent there to save my soul and I’m not looking to him for spiritual guidance. All I’m thinking in those moments is, “Thank you, Jesus, for sending the fireman.”

“This man is crass. Okay. He’s not careful with what he says. Okay. You feel offended that he’s not a typical statesman. Okay. But he is rebuilding the nation my son died for…the nation I feared was on a fast track to becoming a hopeless cause. Forgive me if I’m smiling.”


[Billy and Karen Vaughn are the parents of fallen Navy SEAL, Aaron Carson Vaughn (SEAL Team VI). The downing of Extortion 17 was the day Aaron’s life ended and the day their lives began again. As Billy and Karen began searching for answers their eyes were opened to vile atrocities being played out on America’s military. They’ve now become advocates for our defenders…exposing the criminal Rules of Engagement, which have unnecessarily cost so many American soldiers their lives. Our defenders deserve to be defended. The burden of their covering rests on us, the patriots of this nation. It is imperative that we stand together and demand change. Billy and Karen spend a considerable amount of time on Capitol Hill, and have shared their story on hundreds of local, state and national radio outlets including Fox & Friends, The Today Show, The Andrew Wilkow Show, The Willis Report, The Kelly File, The Huckabee Show, Hannity’s America, Geraldo at Large, and more. Billy has authored the book on Extortion 17 titled: BETRAYED – The Shocking True Story Of Extortion 17 As Told By A Navy SEAL’s Father. Follow Billy and Karen on Facebook and Twitter.]



Sherman County eNews #266


  1. Sherman County Middle School Athletic Schedule Update

  2. John Edwin Kalista, 1925-2018

  3. Improving Effectiveness

  4. Editorial. Candidates’ Thoughts about Long-Range Planning & Governance

  5. Consecutive Records for Tri-Cities Nuclear Plant

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

My faith demands that I do whatever I can, wherever I am, whenever I can, for as long as I can with whatever I have to try to make a difference. ~President Jimmy Carter

1. Sherman County Middle School Athletic Schedule Update

Sherman Middle School Volleyball and Football

Tuesday, October 9, 2018 – Middle School Volleyball and Football vs South Wasco County has been rescheduled for Thursday, October 11, 2018.   Both teams will play at Sherman starting at 4:00.

~Audrey Rooney, Registrar  

Sherman High School, 65912 High School Loop, Moro, OR 97039

PH: 541-565-3500 ~ Fax: 541-565-3319 

2. John Edwin Kalista, 1925-2018

flower.rose.starJohn Edwin Kalista, 93, of Wasco, Oregon was called to his heavenly home on September 22, 2018. John (Jack) was born August 4, 1925 to Edwin Erik Kalista and Edna Knab, at Toledo, Washington in his grandparents’ house. He was the second oldest child of 17 brothers and sisters, 15 of whom lived to adulthood.

From 1942-1945 he served in the Merchant Marines as a Fireman-Water tender oiler. He worked in the steam engine room. He was also made available to man a 20mm gun station when under enemy attack. He sailed the South Pacific to ports such as Midway, Annawetak, New Guinea, Honolulu, Numayia, New Caledonia, Okinawa, Sydney and Melbourne, Australia.

John married Elaine Kelley on June 29, 1956. They were married for 60 years, until September 9, 2016 when the Lord called her from this life. John made the majority of his living as a heavy equipment operator and was a lifetime member of the operating engineers local 701. In 1965 he “planted“ his wife and three children in Wasco, to spare them having to move from school to school while he followed the construction jobs. There he lived until his last breath.

He also drove school bus in the winter months. In 1967 he was commissioned to dig his first grave. What began as a favor to a friend, lasted for 49 years. Just the man and his shovel, he has dug graves in just about every cemetery in Sherman and Wasco counties.

In about 1966 John embraced the Catholic faith and became a member of Saint Mary’s Catholic Church. From that time on he lived the faith to the fullest. Many would recognize John as the Rosary maker as well. His Rosaries can be found all over the world, as he sent them with the priests as they went on mission trips. He also sent them where requested by the nuns in different countries, and during the Vietnam War, he sent them to the troops. Those rosaries had to be made in such a way they did not reflect light.

John Edwin Kalista is survived by his three children, Janahn Myra of Goldendale and her five children, Traig and his wife Mary Myra and their 4 children, Shane Myra, Blaine Myra, Marissa Myra and Bryce Myra. His daughter Julie Doane and her three children Shauna, Jonathan and Charles, her 4 grandchildren. His son Eric Kalista, his two daughters Mackenzie and Erica. Brother Kenneth, sisters Frances Strite, Mary Guasp and Betty Hause. His sister and brother-in-law Sharon and Greg Marvin of Moro and their two children, Kelley, his wife Jamie and daughter Sara. Many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by his wife Elaine Kelley, his parents Ed and Edna Kalista, brothers Art, David, Jim, Joel Dyke, Robert (Bob) and sisters Joy, Esther, Josephine. Brother Ray passed away one and a half weeks after John.

John had a great love for his family, church, country and community, He will be greatly missed. May we meet again!

Recitation of the Holy Rosary October 19, 2018 6 pm and St Mary’s Catholic Church Wasco, Oregon, Funeral Mass October 20, 2018. Graveside services with military honors at Wasco cemetery. Potluck fellowship meal St. Mary’s parish hall Wasco. Father Fabian Nwokorie officiating.

3. Improving Effectiveness

How effective are you while you’re at work? Let’s look at some ways to increase your on-the-job effectiveness.

If you don’t feel very effective or productive while you’re at work, it can lead to a downward spiral. When you don’t feel effective, it can lower your feelings of self-worth. This, in turn, leads to even less effective performance, and down and down you go.

A downward spiral is the last thing you need. Chances are you can work far more effectively than you are now and move yourself into an upward trend, instead. How? Well, start by getting control of your time and managing it as well as possible. Keep a log for a week or two and track every minute of your day at work, then analyze it. Are you doing things that move you toward your goals (personal or professional)? Are you developing strategies for eliminating time traps and time wasters that are pulling you away from achieving your goals?

It’s also important that you stay up to date with the technical innovations in your business or industry by reading and taking classes, if necessary. What classes are available in an online format that you can work on during the evenings and weekends? Are you willing to put in the extra time and effort to get a certificate that proves your commitment to an even better job? If you feel out of date and out of touch, your self-image and performance will suffer.

Finally, if you don’t have a network of people who stimulate and support you, it’s not too late to start one. Make a point of developing cordial relationships with people who can serve as mentors or who are working on challenging, leading edge projects. You’ll be inspired and surprised by how quickly you’ll be energized by just being around them. ~The Pacific Institute

4. Editorial. Candidates’ Thoughts about Long-Range Planning & Governance

Sherman County eNews offered Sherman County’s two candidates for the position of county judge an opportunity to submit to eNews in 350 words or less their thoughts in response to a question.

The question: What are your thoughts about the use of regularly scheduled long-range planning sessions as a tool for governance to avoid bouncing from one reactionary decision to another?

Joe Dabulskis: Long-range Planning Sessions

I would like to thank the Editor for inviting us to comment on our thoughts about long-range planning sessions. Goals are always important. Planning sessions should not only include county officials but should also include local entities, ie: Budget Committee, Mid-Columbia Economic Development District, County Departments and Tri-County entities, to name a few.

Short and long-range goals should be determined in work sessions along with check lists to make sure we are on track. Then those check lists should be visited periodically to make sure we all are continually working towards our goals. Bouncing around from project to project gets nothing done. We need to maintain a clear path and stay focused on our goals. Regular long-range planning will provide this. You cannot hit a goal you cannot see.


Joe Dabulskis

Candidate for Sherman County Judge
[Editor’s Note: Dabulskis currently serves as one of two Sherman County commissioners. In that capacity, in addition to regular meetings of the Sherman County Court, he represents the County on boards of several regional organizations that provide services to Sherman County and serves ex officio on some local boards.]


Mike Smith: Long range planning for Sherman County

I have heard it said that no one plans to fail, they simply fail to plan. That is as true for a person as it is for a business or a government. In the past, Sherman County has had long range planning sessions that have spoken to future vision for the County. The topics were well thought out and a great deal of effort was put into them. The problem is that once they were finished, they were put on a shelf and rarely referenced. I experienced that when I could not find my old copy of the plan and it took a great deal of time to locate the one at the Courthouse.

The difficulty with past long range plans is keeping it in the focus of your elected leaders. So many other topics are constantly pulling at their attention every day. Also, while the topics have value, there were never any specific dollars assigned to the goals.

During my tenure as Commissioner I looked through our last long range plan and felt the goals were the right direction, but there was something missing in the process.  At the same time the Court was discussing how to track the value of the Wind Farm as they move towards being placed on the tax rolls once ths SIP’s end. This would give us better budget forecasting.

Once we began that process we realized we could track our potential revenue along with reserves then assign dollars to planned or potential projects. The Court identified several projects then started assigning dollars and completion dates to them. An excellent example is the Courthouse Expansion. We began reserving funds for the project for several years in order to have a recently completed project with no debt created.

What we have now is a blend of old and new styles of planning. I believe this style of long term planning along with goal setting sessions will serve Sherman County in more effective way well into the future.

Warmest Regards,

Mike Smith

Candidate for Sherman County Judge

[Editor’s note: Since November, 2016, Smith has worked as a contractor for Frontier TeleNet.]

5. Consecutive Records for Tri-Cities Nuclear Plant

RICHLAND, Wash. – The Columbia Generating Station nuclear power plant, near Richland, recently achieved its eighth monthly electricity generation record in only a year’s time. September was also the second consecutive month of record-setting generation for the clean-energy provider.

“Every record helps further de-carbonize our environment and keep our state electric bills the second-lowest in the nation,” said CEO Brad Sawatzke.

Columbia sent more than 829 million kilowatt-hours of electricity to the Northwest power grid in September, and nearly 850 million during August. The station produced enough zero-carbon energy to independently power Seattle and much of its metro area.

During the August heatwave the Bonneville Power Administration issued several “no-touch” requests for the nuclear plant, restricting maintenance activity that could alter or impact the plant’s output. As temperatures rose to triple digits, so did the price of energy from wholesale power markets. Throughout August Columbia’s cost of power remained steady at almost $30 per megawatt-hour. Market prices during the same period peaked at more than $200 per megawatt-hour.

“During these periods Bonneville needs every full-time megawatt they can get,” said Sawatzke. The four full-time sources of power in the Northwest are coal and natural gas, and carbon-free hydro and nuclear. The nuclear plant works in concert with the hydro system, reducing power during the spring to accommodate high river flows. 

“Nuclear gives us some flexibility,” said Sawatzke, “by having the capability to ramp down when there’s too much power on the grid. It then carries the load during the winter and summer when power is in limited supply.”

            Columbia is the third-largest generator of electricity in Washington, behind the Grand Coulee and Chief Joseph dams. The youngest of the three facilities, Columbia achieved annual generation records in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2016. The nation’s 98 nuclear plants provide nearly 60 percent of the nation’s carbon-free electricity.

            Columbia’s electricity is sold at-cost to Bonneville and delivered throughout its eight-state service area.

About Energy Northwest                                                                                             

Energy Northwest owns and operates a diverse mix of 100 percent clean electricity generating resources: hydro, solar and wind projects, and the third-largest provider of electricity in Washington – the Columbia Generating Station nuclear power facility. These projects provide carbon-free electricity at the cost of generation – enough clean, cost-effective and reliable energy to power more than a million homes each year. As an independent joint action agency of Washington state, Energy Northwest comprises 27 public power member utilities from across the state serving more than 1.5 million customers. The agency continually explores new generation projects to meet its members’ needs. In 2016, the Association of Washington Business named Energy Northwest the state’s Employer of the Year.

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

bird.owl.limbWhat’s a smartphone made of?


National Weather Service Map

A Short History of American Medical Insurance

Hyphens hyphenate while dashes dash about

Susan Collins’s Historic Floor Speech on Brett Kavanaugh

Center for Research on Globalization

Video: The pitching deck of an aircraft carrier


Sherman County eNews #265


  1. Trunk or Treat at Sherman County School, Oct. 26

  2. Catholic Mass Schedule Change October through March

  3. Gathering Stories for Jackie Fulps, Equine Consultant, Riding Instructor, Oct. 28

  4. Sherman County Medical Clinic Offers Flu Shots, Oct. 11

  5. Notice. Frontier Regional 911 Dispatch Board Meeting, Oct. 16

  6. Gorge Winds Concert Band Concert, Oct. 28

  7. Sherman County’s Current Edition of The Citizen-Reporter Online

  8. Keeping Your Word – to Yourself

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

1. Trunk or Treat at Sherman County School, Oct. 26

Halloween.pumpkin2Please join us again for Trunk or Treat in the Sherman County School parking lot on Friday, October 26th. Trunk setup begins at 5:40. Treating goes from 6 to 7:30pm. Trunk decorators should pick up a Trunk or Treat release and entry form at the school or any City Hall. You can also message Sherman PTO on Facebook. Sponsored by Sherman Parent Teacher Organization (PTO).

2. Catholic Mass Schedule Change October through March

St. Mary Catholic Church

807 Barnett Street, Wasco

Saturday Vigil Mass:  5:30pm (October through March)


St. John the Baptist Catholic Church

Hwy. 97 on North end of Grass Valley

Saturday Vigil Mass:  4:00pm (October through March)

Sunday Mass schedule will resume in April.

We welcome old and new faces!  Please come join us.

3. Gathering Stories for Jackie Fulps, Equine Consultant, Riding Instructor, Oct. 28

cowgirlDid you ever have JACKIE FULPS as an equine consultant, riding instructor, &/or friend?  How about joining us Sunday, Oct. 28th, 2-5:00, at the Ft. Dalles Riders Clubhouse, 1023 Irvine St., The Dalles for an appetizer/salad potluck as we tape our memories/stories of those past experiences with Jackie? We will mail that DVD, plus cards expressing our appreciation, to Jackie at her Reedsport home.  This is an ideal opportunity as the Fulps Memorial Horse Show celebrated its 25th anniversary this past month.  Jackie, unfortunately, could not put in her usual appearance due to health issues and the distance.  RSVP please to Linda Wilson by Oct. 20th, Saturday or call Linda at 541-298-1065. 

4. Sherman County Medical Clinic Offers Flu Shots, Oct. 11

The Sherman County Medical Clinic is having their annual Flu Shot Clinic!
Thursday, October 11th from 3:00pm – 6:00pm
For more information visit us online at
or call 541-565-3325.

5. Notice. Frontier Regional 911 Dispatch Board Meeting, Oct. 16



October 16, 2018

1:00 p.m.

ESD Conference Room – 135 S. Main, Condon

1 –     Approve July 23, 2018 Minutes

2 –     Wasco County Dispatch Services Discussion – Mike Smith

3 –     Auditors Recommendations for Budget – Brenda Potter

4 –     Manager’s Report:  Employee Hiring; State Update – Renee Heidy

5 –     Motorola Update – Andy Crawford

  • If necessary, Executive Session may be held in accordance with ORS 192.660 (1)

(e) Property

(h) Legal Rights

(i) Personnel

  • As this is a regular meeting of the Frontier Regional 911 Board, other matters may be addressed as deemed appropriate by the Board.

Agenda Distributed October 5, 2018

Frontier Regional Board Members:

Sheriff Gary Bettencourt –

Judge Steve Shaffer –

Sheriff Jim Adkins –

Vice-Chair: Commissioner Mike Ahern –

Sheriff Brad Lohrey –

Commissioner Joe Dabulskis –

Chair: Sheriff Chris Humphreys –

Judge Lynn Morley –

6. Gorge Winds Concert Band Concert, Oct. 28

The public is invited to a free Gorge Winds Concert Band Concert, Larry Loop, conductor, Sunday, Oct. 28th, 7:00 p.m., at The Dalles Middle School, 1100 E. 12th St. Wearing your Halloween costume is encouraged for this “OCTOBER SPOOKTACULAR”! Donations welcome.

7. Sherman County’s Current Edition of The Citizen-Reporter Online

ShermanCoLogoThe October edition of the Citizen Reporter is currently published online and can be found at


8. Keeping Your Word – to Yourself

How good are you at keeping agreements – with yourself? Have you given much time to this question? It deserves a closer look, and we’ll do that today.

In their book “Life 101,” John-Roger and Peter McWilliams pointed out that the agreements we make are always with ourselves – although sometimes they include other people. In that sense, they’re like relationships. All of our relationships are with ourselves, but often they include other people as well. We ourselves are the one common denominator in all of our relationships.

Now, your word is one of the most precious things you have, but many people think very little of breaking it. This is a mistake for two reasons. First and most obviously, it weakens your credibility with other people. But even more importantly, it weakens your credibility with yourself.

When your innermost picture of your credibility, trustworthiness and reliability is weak, you can’t help but act in ways that reflect it. So once you make an agreement and give your word, do everything in your power not to break it. A broken word, like a broken cup, can’t hold much for very long.

When you lovingly keep your word – that is, keep it strong, keep it dependable, and keep it true – you will know the power of accountability. And when you lend this power to a worthy cause that you believe in, its effect will be doubly powerful.

Ralph Waldo Emerson once wrote that trusting yourself is the first secret of success, but how can you trust yourself unless you honor your agreements and keep your word? Trust seems to be a rare commodity in today’s world, but it can be rebuilt. That rebuilding starts within each of us. ~The Pacific Institute

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

bird.talkCurrent edition of Sherman County’s The Citizen-Reporter

Beware — new venomous spider spotted in Oregon

Current and Former Oregon Lawmakers File Ballot Initiative to Block Further PERS Debt

Roadkill: Takin’ it from grille to grill

Western Innovator: Researcher establishes grazing as fire tool

First Lady Melania Trump’s Visit to Africa

Most Americans can’t pass the civics test required of immigrants.


Sherman County eNews #264


  1. Sherman High School Volleyball Update, Oct. 6

  2. Public Meeting Announcement: Sherman County School District, Oct. 8

  3. Public Notice. Biggs Service District Public Meeting, Oct. 17

  4. Public Notice. Sherman County Court Session, Oct. 17

  5. Legislative Preseason by Senator Bill Hansell

  6. Shaniko Ragtime Festival in Shaniko and Madras, Oregon, Oct. 5-7

  7. Introductions: Business & Social

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

1. Sherman High School Volleyball Update, Oct. 6

sports-volley-ballSherman High School Volleyball

Saturday, October 6, 2018 – JV Volleyball Tournament at Fossil starting at 9:00, bus departs at 7:30.

~ Audrey Rooney, Registrar , Sherman High School  541-565-3500

2. Public Meeting Announcement: Sherman County School District, Oct. 8 

Logo.Sherman High SchoolThe Sherman County School District Board of Directors will hold a Regular Board Meeting at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, October 8, 2018. This meeting will be held in the meeting room of the Sherman County School/Public Library. The agenda is posted online at .

3. Public Notice. Biggs Service District Public Meeting, Oct. 17

The Biggs Service District will hold a public meeting on October 17th at 8:30 am in the Commissioners Meeting room at the Sherman County Courthouse, 500 Court Street in Moro, Oregon 97039 to discuss items relating to the Biggs Water System Project, and to the District.

4. Public Notice. Sherman County Court Session, Oct. 17

ShermanCoLogoNotice. The Sherman County Court session scheduled for Wednesday, October 17, 2018, at 9:00 a.m.  will be held in the Commissioners Meeting Room at the Sherman County Courthouse, 500 Court Street, Moro, Oregon, 97039.  The agenda, including updates, will be posted on the Sherman County Website at

5. Legislative Preseason by Senator Bill Hansell

Football season usually begins at every level of competition in the month of September.  Preseason is over, the players are in shape, their positions have been determined, and the playbook has been memorized. Teams and the fans that follow them are ready to go.  I am no exception.  Some of my colleagues have named me Senator Duck, because of my undying support for my alma mater, the University of Oregon. 

On September 28th we legislators, Senator Duck included, began what might be called a preseason.  The Oregon Legislature is scheduled to kickoff January 22, 2019. Everything leading up to January is like a preseason.  We are getting ready to compete.

September 28th was the deadline for submitting legislative concepts we want to introduce as bills in the 2019 Legislative Session.  Each Senator or Representative can submit as many bills as they wish, if they meet this deadline.  My staff and I have been working for months on my list of bills.  We held town hall meetings, heard from constituents, worked with associations, met with other legislators, and listened, and listened, and listened.  At the 5:00 pm deadline, we submitted forms for 48 bills. These 48 bills will be my initial playbook for the upcoming session.

A football team’s playbook will have specific plays, with specific player responsibilities. Every play is unique with different players on the field for each play and alignment.  The one position on the field usually remaining consistent is the quarterback, and in the Senator Duck’s playbook, that would be me.  I am the one who has the responsibility to help make the play successful, or change it at the line of scrimmage.

I am pleased and excited about the plays we have.  Here is a big picture breakdown without going into a lot of detail.  (In fact, the details are currently being written up by the bill writers in Legislative Counsel).  28 of the bills are what I call constituent bills.  10 of those came from town hall meetings attended by county and city leaders.  The remainder are from citizens who asked for their issue to be part of the Senator’s playbook.  And I am pleased to run with them.

One of the worst fires in Oregon, the Substation fire, burned 80,000 acres in Wasco and Sherman Counties this past summer.  As a result of a meeting with farmers and rural fire districts held in Sherman County in August, six bills are being introduced.  Eighteen of the bills have an agriculture or natural resource focus, from elk damage to estate tax reform.  Two of the bills are being submitted at the request of the CTUIR.

Will every bill we introduce be successful?  Probably not, but we are going to try.  We all know not every play produces a touchdown every time it is run.  Some of our bills were unsuccessful in the previous session, but they were important and we are going to run with them again.

Part of the preseason is to get the right players ready to go.  Figure out what opposition there might be and why, and adjust your play accordingly.  Sometimes a pass play becomes a running play at the line of scrimmage, because of the alignment of the opposition. And we will add plays as the season progresses.

But for now, we have our playbook being drafted, and later it will be refined, as we get ready for the season, I mean session, to begin.  I am grateful for the different members of the team, from throughout the district, who helped craft the plays that are in our playbook.  I believe we have a very good chance of crossing the goal line with the vast majority of them.  I am looking forward to Kickoff.

Senator Bill Hansell is a 1967 graduate of the University of Oregon, as is his wife Margaret.  They were college sweethearts, and were married spring break of their senior year. The Senator will root for the Beavers, but not when they play the Ducks!

6. Shaniko Ragtime Festival in Shaniko and Madras, Oregon, Oct. 5-7

music-notesBy Debra Holbrook

The 16th annual Shaniko Ragtime and Vintage Music Festival will take place on Oct. 5-7th. The event begins, Friday at 1 p.m. with Keith Taylor, event founder, at the Historic Shaniko Schoolhouse.  From 1 through 6 p.m., musicians Keith Taylor, Vicki Cox, Meg Graf, Clare Kennedy, and Lance Maclean will perform. The end set at 4:30 is an old Silent Movie to live music accompaniment with Keith Taylor at the piano; a rare historic recreation.  Then activities will move to the Sage Saloon for a jam session from 7-10 p.m. Food is available in the interim.  These musicians from Oregon, Washington, California and New Hampshire welcome all musicians who sing or play acoustic instruments to join the jam sessions.

Saturday events will be held at the Erickson Aircraft Museum, at the Madras Airport.  Ragtime event and Airport Museum supporter, Kenny Bicart and friends has established a weekend music event in Madras and invited the Shaniko Ragtime musicians. In addition to other music, the Ragtime & Vintage Music Artists performance from 1 p.m. through 5 p.m. and they return to the museum for a jam session from 7 to 10 pm.

Back in Shaniko on Sunday at the school is the new addition of Gospel Music and a potluck picnic from 11 am to 1 pm and the traditional All-Performer concert rounds out the festival from 2 to 4 p.m. for a suggested donation of $10 per person.

Keith Taylor, of Haines, Ore., began playing ragtime in 1972. With a background in classical music, he has degrees in composition and piano, and studied in Paris with Rene Leibowitz.  The native Oregonian, returned to Azalea, OR. in 1978, then moved to Haines in 2005, where he works as a freelance pianist, composer and teacher.

Vicki Cox, of Eugene, leads the Calamity Jazz Band, plays lead trumpet for the Lincoln Pops Big Band, and performs with Bill Borcher’s Oregon Jazz Band. She majored in musical performance at the University of Oregon.

Meg Graf is a remarkable and versatile musician playing a variety of instruments. From Eugene, she also performs with Calamity Jazz and other music ensembles. Meg spends most 1st weekends in Shaniko through the summer, performing requests, to promote the Ragtime event.

Clare Kennedy, from Vancouver, Wash., is a popular and sought-after pianist. She also plays organ and sings. She holds a bachelor of arts in music from Linfield College.

New last year, Lance Maclean, a Piano Tuner and Computer Specialist by trade from New Hampshire, returns to Oregon where he played on the Dixieland Festival Circuit in the band, “The Hot Frogs Jumping Jazz Band” for 10 years. Then he was with “Night Blooming Jazzmen” for several years. Lance since the age of 14 has mastered the 5-String Banjo, Bass, Tuba, Guitar, Mandolin, and Piano.

The Ragtime Festival is sponsored by the Shaniko Preservation Guild. For more information, call the event line 541-489-3434 or visit

7. Introductions: Business & Social 

Every action done in company ought to be with some sign of respect to those that are present. ~George Washington

Every day we encounter people in a variety of business and social situations. The way we meet and greet them creates lasting impressions and paves the way for a productive encounter. Introductions project information. Besides the obvious elements of name, title, and affiliation, an introduction conveys a level of respect and reflects how the person making the introduction views the other person’s status. Mastering the art of the introduction will help put you and the people you are introducing at ease. Learning the basics – and they are not very difficult – is the first step.

The most important point about introductions is to make them. Failing to do so causes embarrassment and discomfort. If given a choice, most people would prefer you to make the introduction incorrectly, even if you forgot their name, rather than stand there unacknowledged and disregarded. 

A second important point in any introduction is the order of names. The name of the person being introduced is mentioned last, and the person to whom the introduction is made is mentioned first. The rules for who is introduced to whom depends on whether it’s a business or a social introduction. 

In business, introductions are based on power and hierarchy. Simply, persons of lesser authority are introduced to persons of greater authority. Gender plays no role in business etiquette; nor does it affect the order of introductions.

For example, you would say, “Mr./Ms. Greater Authority, I would like to introduce Mr./Ms. Lesser Authority.” However, the person holding the highest rank may not be Mr./Ms. Greater Authority. A client, for instance, always takes precedence over anyone in your organization, as does an elected official. Here are examples of pecking order:

  1. Introduce a non-official person to an elected official.
    Note: Whenever introducing anyone from the press, include that in your introduction to warn the person, especially a public official, that the conversation may be on record.

Example: Senator Watson, allow me to introduce Dan Jennings of the San Francisco Examiner.

  1. Introduce someone from your firm to a client or customer.

Example: Mr. Dawson, this is Ms. Saunders, our Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Dawson is our client from Atlanta.

  1. Introduce a junior executive to a senior executive.

Example: Mr. Senior Executive, I’d like to introduce Mr. Junior Executive.

  1. Introduce a junior military officer to a senior officer.

Example: General Schwarzkopf, may I introduce Lieutenant Jones?

According to rules of international diplomatic protocol, people are presented to royalty, chiefs of state, ministers in charge of legations, ambassadors and dignitaries of the church regardless of age or gender. The woman’s or the man’s name would be mentioned last and the distinguished person is mentioned first. For example, “Cardinal O’Connor, may I present Mrs. Doyle?”

But, these are the exceptions to the rule. Social etiquette is based on chivalry, so both formal and informal introductions are made according to age, then gender, and then social status. The man would be introduced to the woman in a social situation unless the man is obviously a great deal older, in which case one would defer to age over gender. For example, if both persons are of the same generation, you would say, “Mrs. Jameson, I’d like to introduce Mr. Horton.” But, if the woman is considerably younger, you would say, ” Mr. Horton, this is my daughter Hilary.”

As you make the introduction, include a brief but meaningful piece of information about each of the people to explain their uniqueness or importance. “Sally is the PR consultant who helped me get all that coverage in the national press. Bob is the photographer whose work you admired in my office, Sally.” Never qualify a description by saying “my best client” or “my dearest friend” because the automatic implication is that the other person holds a lower position in your personal hierarchy. When in doubt, be less personal rather than more personal. 

As you say each of the individuals’ names, look at him or her. In this way, you focus attention on them and make them feel important while appearing to be in control. Once a conversation has begun and everyone seems at ease, you may excuse yourself.

When introducing relatives to other people, always clarify their relationship to you; it avoids any possible faux pas that could result from inadvertent comments. Never refer to your own spouse as Mr. or Mrs. in a social introduction. Simply saying “Matt, my husband,” or “Kitty, my wife” is sufficient. However, if the woman has kept her maiden name, she should include the husband’s surname with some emphasis on it. This avoids the awkwardness caused when a husband is referred to by the wife’s professional name. When a couple is living together but not married, introduce both by their first and last names, but do not comment on their living arrangements. It is the couple’s option, not yours, to divulge that information should it be necessary.

When introducing peers to one another, mention both the first and last names. It doesn’t matter who is introduced to whom. Including a tidbit of information that might start the conversational ball rolling is always a good idea. Even if everyone in a group is on a first name basis, introduce people by both first and last names. But, if you only know one person’s first name, be consistent in your introductions and use their surnames, “Ms. White, Mr. Clark”. 

At social events, it’s not necessary to introduce a newcomer to everyone in the room. Introduce that person to the closest group by saying the newcomer’s name first and then giving the names of the others. Ask the members of the group to introduce themselves if you can’t remember everyone’s name. Make sure from time to time, though, that the person is circulating.

At any function, the host should meet all the guests to make them feel as if their presence matters. At many business functions, guests may not know the host. It’s a good idea to appoint several representatives of the corporation to stand by the door to act as greeters when guests arrive. The greeters introduce themselves and escort the guests to the host, make the introductions and then escort the guests to the bar or introduce them to several other guests while the host remains free to greet new guests.

For functions with more than fifty guests, a receiving line within the party area is preferable to insure that everyone meets the host. The receiving line remains in formation until all guests have arrived. To relieve the pressure on one host at a large social function, list several corporate officers as hosts on the invitation and have them relieve one another. All the hosts need not stand in line at once. A short receiving line moves more quickly and easily, and guests are not bogged down in a long, tedious line. 

If no-one introduces you, step in and introduce yourself. Someone may be too embarrassed to admit forgetting a name or may be distracted by other matters. Feeling slighted because you were not introduced only puts you at a disadvantage. Introduce yourself by extending your hand, smiling and saying something like, “I’m Matt Jones, David’s partner.” Avoid making any comment such as “Helen works for me” that might be misconstrued as arrogance or superiority. Instead, say, “Helen and I work in the same office.”

As a guest, it’s your duty to circulate and introduce yourself at any function, large or small, especially if the host or hostess is busy. The fact that you are both there is sufficient justification to introduce yourself to anyone at the gathering. By only sticking to those people you already know, you’ll never expand your horizons or make new acquaintances.

Always use both names when introducing yourself to convey the message that you take yourself seriously as an adult and expect the same treatment from others. And, since you don’t know how comfortable the other person feels with formality or lack of it, you give that person the chance to set the tone most comfortable to them.

Be clear and concise in your introduction; the fastest way to alienate a new acquaintance is to ramble on about your life history or, worse, your problems or illnesses. If you expect people to respond favorably to your introduction, leave your problems on the doorstep and make sure your tone is engaging. Then, construct an introduction that is interesting and catchy, yet still professional. Think of it as a one or two sound bite commercial. A sound bite, the length of time available in television to engage viewers’ attention before they tune out, has decreased to 7 seconds currently because we are all so overexposed to visual and oral stimuli.

Try to gauge information that will be of interest to the others. At business functions, it would be appropriate to mention where you work. However, just saying “I’m in public relations at IBM” is not likely to stir a great deal of interest or conversation whereas “I try to lure investment in IBM by working on the company’s annual reports,” might be more interesting. Just don’t focus too much attention on yourself with grandiose pronouncements.

Don’t expect someone else to be forthcoming with their job information at functions that are not strictly business because many people feel that they are not defined by employment. At an organized event, such as an environmental fund raiser, you can mention your connection to the organization. Or, if you have a mutual interest, mention that as long as you phrase it to keep the focus is on the other person. For example, “Gina tells me that you are a member of the Global Business Association. I’m also involved in international trade so I’d be interested in learning how the association has benefited you.”

At any business meal, always introduce yourself to the people sitting next to you to open the way for conversation. Not introducing yourself can cost you a valuable business lead because few people want to deal with someone who comes across as aloof or unsavvy. 

The way you respond to someone else’s introduction is just as important as making the introduction. In response to informal introductions, simply say “hello”. Add a phrase like, “I’ve heard so much about you, Barry,” only if it is true and if it is complimentary. Beware of phrases like, “Pleased to meet you” because that may not be true after only a few minutes of conversation.

“How do you do?” followed by the person’s name is the customary response to a formal introduction. Refrain from the use of first names until the person to whom you’ve been introduced has indicated that the familiarity is preferred. 

Always stand for introductions. Everyone should rise to greet newcomers at both business and social functions. The old rule that a woman remains seated when new people enter a room and are introduced is obsolete. At a very large function, only those nearest the newcomer would rise and say hello. If you are wedged into a tight position in a restaurant, there may not always be sufficient room to stand properly, but at least make the attempt so that by remaining seated you will not be perceived as aloof. In an office, always rise and come around from behind the desk to greet visitors.

If you forget someone’s name when making an introduction, try putting the other people at ease rather than concentrating on your own embarrassment. Remain calm; if you fall apart, the person whose name you forgot may feel obliged to put you at ease, compounding your faux pas. Be straightforward yet tactful in admitting your memory lapse. By saying, “I’ve forgotten your name,” you imply the person wasn’t worth remembering. “I’ve just drawn a blank,” or “my memory seems to be malfunctioning” connotes a more temporary condition that doesn’t have the same insulting implications. If you can’t remember someone’s name, but you remember an interesting point about them, cite it. You might say, “I clearly remember our conversation about Thai food, but your name seems to have temporarily slipped my mind. Please help me out.”

Then, whatever happens, get off the subject of the memory lapse and onto something more interesting to everyone. Profuse apologies only make everyone uncomfortable. The sooner you forget about it, the sooner everyone else will…and the happier everyone will be.

When you’re introduced to someone, say the person’s name, then repeat it several times during the conversation. Not only do you project a genuine interest in someone by repeating their name, but the repetition is more likely to imprint the name on your memory. When someone seems to have forgotten your name, just jump in, hand outstretched, a smile on your face, and offer your name.

Prior to the event, have the speaker supply background information and ask how he or she prefers to be introduced. Keep the introduction short but enthusiastic, giving the speaker’s name, credibility on the subject and the title of the presentation. Then ask the audience to join you in welcoming the speaker and begin the applause. Don’t alienate the audience by informing them that they’ll learn something. And, don’t undermine the speaker by talking so much about the topic yourself that you give part of the presentation.

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

bird.owl.limbSherman County, Oregon – government

Exploring the Intricate Layers of State and Local Governments: Oregon


State & Local Government – The Green Papers

Columbia River – The Oregon Encyclopedia

Space Weather

Chinese Armed Drones Now Flying Across Mideast Battlefields


Sherman County eNews #263






church.family1Isaiah 5:20 “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.”

We are living in a particular time in Christian history, especially in America, when that scripture is especially relevant to our Christian culture as never before.

The Church in America has splintered into “Liberals verses Conservatives, based upon new doctrines that tear apart that which was once considered ‘evil/sin’ is now in many quarters called ‘good,’ and what was once called ‘good’ is now considered ‘evil/sin.’

Standing up for thousands of years of established and accepted biblical standards as to what is sin/evil is now considered to be bigoted, intolerant, and evil by the liberal arm of the Church.

God’s standards about morals, ethics, sin based upon scripture, were universally agreed upon by the common Christian community. But suddenly, Paul’s warning to Timothy leaps off the Bible’s pages into our history::: The Spirit clearly says that in the later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons (1 Tim. 4:1).

Suddenly, to take your stand, with scripture, for what has been accepted by the Christian community for centuries as sin, has become the new evil in the sight of the liberal church. And those who now call evil/sin good are proclaimed the enlightened, loving, tolerant, the image of Christ.

You do know, Christian, SOMEBODY’S WRONG!!

I wonder if you liberal Christians who hold to the ‘new moralities’ think we who hold to several thousand years of once settled morality, do you see us as being the DECEIVED Paul is talking about? Were the millions of Christians of the past being DECEIVED? Were the Westleys or Whitefield of the Methodist church DECEIVED and wrong all those years as to what was and was not sin???

Was John Knox {Presbyterian}, Johnathan Edwards {Congregationalist}, Martin Luther, John Calvin, or Joseph Arminius all DECEIVED????

Was Spurgeon, Moody, Sunday, and Billy Graham, for all his years, SO DECEIVED as to declare ‘good as evil/sin,’ in reference to abortion, practicing homosexuality, and there is ‘only one way to the Father’???

And how you answer those is of a grave “Spiritual Matter,” because: “WOW to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter” (Isaiah 5:20).

Pastor Jerry,
Wasco Church of Christ (Christian)

2. CLASSIFIEDS (new or corrected) 


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


THANK YOU, FIRE FIGHTERS! I want to send my heartfelt thanks to all of the selfless volunteer firefighters in Sherman County and include those from Klickitat County and other volunteers, especially local farmers … without them we’d have no Sherman County left after this horrific fire season… you all are the best! ~Karen Timblin, Biggs 

THANK YOU! The staff and board members of the Wasco School Events Center would like to send out a big THANK YOU to the businesses and community members of Sherman County and neighboring counties who were instrumental in the success of our “Back to School Night” fundraiser on Sept. 22, 2018. Also, all of the volunteers who stepped up to help before, during and after – we couldn’t have done it without you. We live in such a giving community!  After expenses, we are thrilled to share that over $5000 were raised from the dinner, silent auction and Wallowa Lake raffle. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!  Moving forward, we will continue with the renovations and upkeep of this 100+ year old building that is a landmark for the town of Wasco and Sherman County.  We are hopeful that our fund-raising efforts will also be a benefit to WSEC as we apply for grants in the future.  Again, thank you for your support of the Wasco School Events Center.

 THANK YOU, Sherman County School District; Sherman Booster Club; FFA students; speakers Wes Owens, Nancy Simpson, Katie Chambers, Lee von Borstel, Jon Justesen, Tom Martin, Chris Moore, Pat Nogle and Gary Shelton; photographer Jeremy Lanthorn; Trumpet Quintet – Alyssa Cunningham, Christian Derting, Emma Robbins, Emma Witherspoon and Director John Gronberg; and others who behind-the-scenes made the Hall of Honor dinner reception, displays and third annual induction of award recipients on September 28th an especially remarkable occasion! Thank you! ~Larry & Sherry Kaseberg

CONGRATULATIONS to Sherman County School District Hall of Honor inductees, Sherman County Athletic Foundation, Mike Beers, Karla von Borstel Chambers and, posthumously, Gordon D. Helyer and Wily Knighten, Sr., who were honored on Friday, September 28th at Sherman County School. ~The Editor

Appreciation can make a day – even change a life.

Your willingness to put it into words

is all that is necessary.

~ Margaret Cousins 




PARENT TEACHER ORGANIZATION. Sherman County PTO is asking for donations of unwanted Halloween decorations for their Haunted House taking place on October 26th in conjunction with the annual Trunk or Treat. Please contact Tionie Kock (541-993-3212) or Kelsi Phillips (541-639-5513) if you have items you would like to donate. Donations can also be dropped off directly at Sherman County School. Thank you!   10/19

CONTRIBUTE SUPPORT FOR BRENNAH MILLER . Brennah Miller is a young wife and mother, an electrician and a cancer patient.

SHERMAN COUNTY SENIOR & COMMUNITY CENTER BENEFIT. We are selling another round of Sherman County photobooks through the end of November. This time it is a fundraiser for the Senior Center in Moro. Books will be between $65-$79, depending how many copies we sell. The book is 70 pages in full color, and showcases the work of more than a dozen local photographers. To view a copy in person please stop by the senior center. To sign up for a copy please contact: Kari Silcox, 541-565-3193, Thanks!! 10/12


FOUND:  Verizon iPhone in gray case, screen pic is photo of a red/black Union snowboard binding. Found Tuesday morning on shoulder of the road in upper Hay Canyon. Please text or call your number to claim.


4-H THEATRE ARTS CLUB LEADER. Want to help lead a new 4-H “Theatre Arts” club? No acting or performing experience needed! We’ve got lots of kids with interest in drama, there’s easy-to-use 4-H curriculum, and we just received a $2000 grant to put on a kids’ drama musical with hired instructors. 4-H clubs need to meet at least 6 times a year, usually once a month, plus you’d need to attend the monthly Sherman 4-H Assn meetings. Let the Sherman Extension Office know if you’re interested, love to have you! 541-565-3230 or email 10/12

“Volunteering is the ultimate exercise in democracy. You vote in elections once a year, but when you volunteer, you vote every day about the kind of community you want to live in.” — Unknown


BACKUP COOK/KITCHEN ASSISTANT: Substitute backup cook/kitchen assistant at the Sherman County Senior & Community Center. When needed, hours would be 6 hours per day, on any one day Monday-Friday. Hourly wage is $16.06. This is a backup position in case primary personnel are absent. Contact the Sherman County Senior & Community Center at PO Box 352, Moro OR 97039. 541-565-3191. Applications are accepted until 5pm on Thursday, October 18th, 2018. Successful applicants must have or be willing to obtain a Food Handlers Card and pass a criminal history background check. Sherman County in an equal opportunity employer. 10/12

AREA REPRESENTATIVE. Non-Profit Organization Looking for Community Area Representatives to Join our International Team. ASSE International Student Exchange Programs is seeking individuals to serve as Area Representatives in your local community.  ASSE provides academic year and semester exchange programs in the United States for high school students from around the world.  Students are 15 to 18 years of age, have passed a series of academic and character requirements and are awaiting an opportunity to embark on their American Adventure. — Area Representatives recruit and screen prospective host families, interview students to study abroad and supervise the exchange students in their community.  Area representatives are compensated based on the number of students they are supervising. There is also a great bonus opportunity. — ASSE’s primary goal is to contribute to International understanding by enabling students to learn about other languages and cultures through active participation in family, school and community life. ASSE’s Area Representatives are the cornerstone of the organization, making all of this possible! For more information about ASSE or becoming an Area Representative, please call our Western Regional Office at 1-800-733-2773 or email us at Please check out our website at  We look forward to welcoming you to the ranks of Area Representatives nationwide – striving towards a world of understanding, one child at a time! 11/30


PIANO. Baldwin Spinet Piano – Maple colored – $300 OBO negotiable, would like it to find a home where it will be used. Thanks Very Good shape, I just want space for exercise equipment. Call or text Jeanne Kuettel @ 541-714-5740.  11/30

5020 JOHN DEERE TRACTOR. It can be viewed at the fairgrounds. Engine ran when parked. Transmission locked in reverse. Please submit sealed bids to the Sherman County Fair board at 10/12 

SHERMAN COUNTY PHOTO BOOK. We are selling another round of Sherman County photobooks through the end of November. This time it is a benefit for the Senior Center in Moro. Books will be between $65-$79, depending how many copies we sell. The book is 70 pages in full color, and showcases the work of more than a dozen local photographers. To view a copy in person please stop by the senior center. To sign up for a copy please contact: Kari Silcox, 541-565-3193, Thanks!! 10/12

COME SEE US AT THE HOOD RIVER HARVEST BAZAAR OCTOBER 12-14:  One of a kind handcrafted furniture and gifts: Considerately Handcrafted one-of-a-kind indoor and outdoor furniture and gifts created from re-purposed wine & whiskey barrels, old barn wood and other local reclaimed materials. Special orders available.  Furniture repair and refinishing. ~The Wood Butcher | Wasco, Oregon | 541-993-4282 | 10/12




FALL PHOTO SHOOTS. Now is the time for fall photo shoots! The leaves are turning colors and the air is getting cooler. It’s a great time to schedule a family or senior photo session. Lots of openings available. Ask for discounts by bundling a family and a senior session or two senior sessions. ~Jeremy S. Lanthorn | | (541) 993-2446 | (541) 333-2013 | 10/26

FLU SHOT CLINIC. The Sherman County Medical Clinic is having their annual Flu Shot Clinic! Thursday, October 11th from 3:00pm – 6:00pm. For more information visit us online at or call 541-565-3325.  10/5


GETTING READY FOR COOLER WEATHER?  LOCAL HANDYMAN, GENERAL CONTRACTOR & EQUIPMENT OPERATOR. Large and small projects, indoors or out. Furniture repair & refinishing. Please call Kevin – 541-993-4282 | KCK, Inc. | Licensed, bonded and insured. CCB #135768. References available. 11/23 




HALLOWEEN DECORATIONS. Sherman County Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) is asking for donations of unwanted Halloween decorations for their Haunted House taking place on October 26th in conjunction with the annual Trunk or Treat. Please contact Tionie Kock (541-993-3212) or Kelsi Phillips (541-639-5513) if you have items you would like to donate. Donations can also be dropped off directly at Sherman County School. Thank you! 10/26

4-H THEATRE ARTS CLUB LEADER. Want to help lead a new 4-H “Theatre Arts” club? No acting or performing experience needed! We’ve got lots of kids with interest in drama, there’s easy-to-use 4-H curriculum, and we just received a $2000 grant to put on a kids’ drama musical with hired instructors. 4-H clubs need to meet at least 6 times a year, usually once a month, plus you’d need to attend the monthly Sherman 4-H Assn meetings. Let the Sherman Extension Office know if you’re interested, love to have you! 541-565-3230 or email 10/12 

5. CALENDAR (new or corrected)

Sherman County School District Calendar


5 Sherman Football vs. Ione 7 at Ione

5 2nd District Congressional Candidates’ Debate 8 KTVZ News Channel 21 Bend on TV and online.

5-7 Shaniko Ragtime Festival in Shaniko and Madras

6 Sherman Volleyball JV Tournament at Fossil TBD

6-7 Car is King Weekend at Maryhill Museum

7 Afghanistan War Began 2001

7 P.E.O. Chapter EJ “Mission: Possible,” Scholarship Benefit bike/walk clue-finding tour 12-1 The Dalles

8 Columbus Day (observed)

8 Sherman County School District Board Meeting 7

9 Oregon School Boards Association Regional Fall Meeting, Condon

9 North Central Public Health District Board Meeting 3

9 Tri-County Mental Health Board Meeting 11-2 The Dalles

9 Sherman Volleyball vs. Echo 5 at Echo

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

10 Rufus City Council 7

11 Flu Shot Clinic 3-6 Sherman County Medical Clinic, Moro

11 Sherman Volleyball vs. South Wasco County 5 at Maupin

12 Sherman Football vs. Imbler 2 at Imbler

12 Columbus Day

12-14 Hood River Harvest Bazaar

13 Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum 9 Antique Gliders & Bikes

13 Community Renewable Energy Association Board Meeting 10-1

13 Sherman Volleyball vs. Condon/Wheeler 1 at Sherman

15 Eastern Oregon Regional Tourism Gathering 10-3 Condon

16 Sherman Volleyball vs. Dufur 5 at Sherman

16 Frontier Regional 911 Agency Board Meeting 10 Condon

16 Wasco City Council 7

17 Biggs Service District Board Meeting 8:30 Courthouse

17 Sherman County Court 9

18 Sherman County Book Club 6 Sherman Public/School Library

19 Sherman Football vs. Dufur 7 at Sherman – Sherman Homecoming

19-21 White Salmon Fall Art Walk

20 Sherman Volleyball Playoffs at Echo TBD

20 4th Annual Oktoberfest Dinner Auction Benefit, The Woolery, Arlington

20 Free Family History Workshop 8:30 Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints Hood River

20 Bingo for Breannah 6 Grass Valley Pavilion

22 Sherman County Photography Club 6 Steve Burnet/OSU Extension Building, Moro

23-31 Red Ribbon Week: Promote Drug-Free Lifestyles

24 Tri-County Court Meeting 10-2 Condon

26 Sherman Football District 3 Championship at E. Oregon University TBD

27 National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

27 Mid Columbia Producers Annual Meeting

27 Tango at Maryhill Museum 6-9

29 4-H Enrollment/Light Dinner/Open House 6 Sherman County Fairgrounds

31 Sherman County Historical Museum closes for the season. Open by appointment.

31 Halloween


1 Sherman County Fair Board 7

1 North Central Education Service District Board Meeting, Condon

1-31 Military Family Appreciation Month

1-May 1 Sherman Museum Open by Appointment

4 Day Light Saving Time Ends (set clock back one hour)

6 Election Day

7 Sherman Historical Museum Volunteer & Hosts Appreciation Party

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

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

10 Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum 9 Military Vehicles

10 Year-End Family Day at Maryhill Museum 1:30-5

11 Veterans Day Bells at Maryhill Museum 11

11 Veterans Day

12 Veterans Day (observed)

13-15 Association of Oregon Counties Conference

14-17 Tri-State Grain Growers Convention, Portland, Oregon

17 Max Nogle Dinner/Auction/Dance, Grass Valley Pavilion Benefit

21 Sherman County Court 9

22 Thanksgiving Day


1 Sherman Historical Museum Christmas Open House & Museum Store Sale

3 Grass Valley City Council 7

4 Moro City Council 7

5 Sherman County Court 9

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

6 Sherman County Fair Board 7

7 National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

8 War Declared on Japan 1941

8 Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum 9 Flying Around the World

15 Bill of Rights Day; Iraq War Ended 2011

21 Winter Begins

25 Christmas Day

31 Official End of WWII 1946


Sherman County eNews #262


  1. 2nd Congressional District Candidates to Debate, Oct. 6

  2. Letter to the Editor: Joe Dabulskis – Honesty, Integrity and Sincerity

  3. All County Prayer Meeting, Oct. 3

  4. Frontier Telenet directors meet privately to discuss E-Rate funding

  5. Vivid Imaginings

  6. Rep. Greg Walden’s bill to combat opioid crisis passes Senate

  7. Bonneville Power Administration Completes 35th Consecutive U.S. Treasury Payment

 1. 2nd Congressional District Candidates to Debate, Oct. 6

Oregon.Flat.poleBy permission of The Times-Journal – A debate will be televised featuring the three candidates campaigning for the Second Congressional District Representative seat currently held by 10-term incumbent Greg Walden, Republican of Hood River. The debate will also include Democratic candidate Jamie McLeod-Skinner of Terrebonne and Independent Mark Roberts of Medford The hour-long debate will be held in the studio of Bend television station KTVZ News Channel 21 Friday, Oct. 6, beginning at 7 p.m. The debate can be streamed on-line, The Second Congressional District spans 20 counties in Eastern, Central and parts of Southern Oregon.

2. Letter to the Editor: Joe Dabulskis – Honesty, Integrity and Sincerity

To the Editor:
Honesty, Integrity and Sincerity ……these truly are words that define the character of Joe Dabulskis, candidate for the position of Sherman County Judge.

We feel strongly that the word Community needs to be included in this list. Joe has been a presence in our schools, our community events and county government, sharing his knowledge and passions with students and adults.

While serving as a county commissioner, Joe has shown that he is committed to the position and has made a visible effort to learn about the issues, processes and concerns of his constituents. He has Sherman County’s best interest at heart.

There is no question as to who will get our votes on Election Day. Go Joe!

Debbie Bird, Moro
Gail Macnab, Wasco

3. All County Prayer Meeting, Oct. 3

The All County Prayer Meeting is Wednesday October 3 @ the Wasco Christian Church. Fellowship starts at 6:30 PM, Pray time starts at 7:00 PM and ends at 8:30 PM. Everyone is welcome to come and join the meeting, come and join in when you can get there and stay as long as you can. Thank You. ~Red Gibbs 

4. Frontier Telenet directors meet privately to discuss E-Rate funding

By permission of The Times-Journal – Directors of Frontier Telenet conducted an ‘emergency executive session’ meeting in Moro Monday afternoon this week to discuss “issues requiring immediate attention.” The meeting was called to order with Judge Gary Thompson, Judge Lynn Morley and Judge Steve Shaffer, Frontier Telenet directors, present, along with Mike Smith, marketing director; Rob Myers, contract services; Frontier Telenet legal counsel, Ruben Cleaveland and, by phone, Jim Deason; and a representative of the Times-Journal.

The meeting was called into executive session immediately to discuss the failure of the Universal Service Administration Company, referred to as USAC, to disburse 2017 funding year E-Rate program monies owed to Frontier; and USAC’s delay in processing a 2018 funding year E-Rate program funding request award to Frontier.

The 90-minute long session concluded at 4:05 p.m. and, in open session, no decisions were made or announced, pending the receipt of additional information. Frontier Telenet directors will meet again in public session Tuesday, Oct. 16, 10 a.m. at the courthouse in Condon.

5. Vivid Imaginings

Let’s talk one more time about the skill of visualization. We talked about it earlier, but more in relation to sports and sports activities. Today let’s give it a broader application.

Visualization is a pretty simple technique that has incredible power to change lives and expand potential. In fact, you have probably been using it since you were very young. Then, we called it “playing pretend” as we “practiced” what we wanted to be when we grew up. Unfortunately, as we grew up, we let go of playing pretend. It may be time to pick it up again.

When we let our minds wander and see ourselves not as we are, but as what we can become, we stimulate incredible growth and incredible change. We are giving ourselves hope which, in even the darkest times, can be enough to keep us on the move toward a goal. Life becomes exciting again, and we can continue to grow and expand our accomplishments because of an expanding self-image.

Even Albert Einstein realized the value of visualization when he wrote, “Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions.” Clear, vivid imaginings become the pictures of our wants, our goals, our vision of our desired future.

Now this doesn’t mean that we go around with our heads in the clouds, out of touch with reality. But it does mean that we have a vision of a new reality that becomes a sneak peek into the future. It also means that our primary focus is not on what we are today, but what we can be tomorrow. This technique, or ability, motivates us to take on new challenges and surpass ourselves. We are no longer trapped by our pasts, but are free to take a greater hand in determining our futures.

Like the song said, “If I can see it, I can be it.” Help your family and friends, especially your children, to keep “playing pretend.” Help them by painting a vivid mental picture of all that they can be and do. You don’t need to be a Leonardo, or a Van Gogh, or Picasso. Your passion and belief in them will give you the colors and the words you need to help them see. ~The Pacific Institute

6. Rep. Greg Walden’s bill to combat opioid crisis passes Senate

American flag2 Walden’s SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act now heads to president

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Representative Greg Walden’s (R-Hood River) comprehensive legislation to combat the opioid crisis passed the Senate today, less than a week after receiving sweeping bipartisan support as it passed in the House of Representatives. Walden’s SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act (H.R. 6) passed the Senate by a vote of 98-1 today, bringing the bill one step closer to becoming law.

“After months of bipartisan work, landmark legislation to combat the opioid crisis is now headed to President Trump’s desk,” said Walden. “This comprehensive bill provides critical support to desperate communities in Oregon and all across the country and gives those fighting on the front lines new tools to help treat addiction and slow the flow of illicit drugs across our borders. While there is still much work to be done, this historic effort will undoubtedly save lives and put families and communities across our country on the road to recovery. I look forward to seeing this legislation signed into law and continuing to work with the president to combat the opioid crisis.”

Last week, Walden’s legislation passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 393-8. H.R. 6 will help efforts to advance treatment and recovery initiatives, improve prevention, protect our communities, and bolster our efforts to fight deadly illicit synthetic drugs like fentanyl. This legislation represents the largest Congressional effort to address a single drug crisis in history.

7. Bonneville Power Administration Completes 35th Consecutive U.S. Treasury Payment

Portland, Ore. – The Bonneville Power Administration paid its 35th consecutive U.S. Treasury payment today. This year’s $862 million payment brings BPA’s cumulative payments to the Treasury during those 35 years to over $29.8 billion.

“This is a significant milestone that demonstrates BPA’s ability to meet all of its financial obligations on an ongoing basis, regardless of changing conditions and markets,” said Michelle Manary, BPA executive vice president and chief financial officer. “It’s also important because it provides a full and timely payment for the benefit of U.S. taxpayers.”

The Treasury payment is significant because it’s BPA’s lowest priority payment and is made only after all other financial obligations are paid in the fiscal year. BPA sets its rates to maintain an annual 97.5 percent probability of making this payment. 

This year’s payment includes $569 million in principal, $226 million in interest and $27 million for irrigation assistance, which BPA provides to help irrigators repay their share of certain Reclamation projects.  

BPA applied $93 million of credits toward this year’s Treasury payment. BPA received most of this credit under a section of the Northwest Power Act as reimbursement for the non-power share of fish and wildlife costs it pays annually.

In addition to the U.S. Treasury payment, BPA paid operations and maintenance expenses for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Bureau of Reclamation and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service projects directly funded by BPA. This direct funding amounted to $421 million in fiscal year 2018.

BPA is a self-financed power marketing administration that receives no annual appropriation funding from Congress. Instead, BPA primarily recovers its costs through revenues from the sale of electric power and transmission services.About BPA
The Bonneville Power Administration, headquartered in Portland, Oregon, is a nonprofit federal power marketing administration that sells wholesale electricity from 31 federal dams and one nuclear plant to 143 electric utilities, serving millions of consumers and businesses in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, western Montana and parts of California, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming. BPA delivers power via more than 15,000 circuit miles of lines and 260 substations to 511 transmission customers. In all, BPA markets about a third of the electricity consumed in the Northwest and operates three-quarters of the region’s high-voltage transmission grid. BPA also funds one of the largest fish and wildlife programs in the world, and, with its partners, pursues cost-effective energy savings and operational solutions that help maintain affordable, reliable and carbon-free electric power for the Northwest.


Sherman County eNews #261


3:30 PM 10/2/2018 ODOT: Central Ore.: US97 closed between milepost 1 to milepost 9 (near Biggs) due to wildfire. No detour at this time.

  1. Nationwide Test of Emergency Alert System and Wireless Emergency Alerts, Oct. 3 

  2. All County Prayer Meeting, Oct. 3

  3. Independent Living and Life Skills: “#adulting afterschool” in Sherman County

  4. It’s a New Year in 4-H!

  5. Having It Both Ways

  6. Editorial: County Comments on eNews Editorial re: Cottonwood Park Communication Towers

  7. Justice Department Awards $320 Million to Combat Opioid Addiction Crisis

1. Nationwide Test of Emergency Alert System and Wireless Emergency Alerts, Oct. 3  

Salem, OR – October 2, 2018 The nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) will occur on Wednesday, October 3. The test, which will be conducted by FEMA in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), was originally scheduled to take place on September 20 but was postponed due to response and recovery efforts after Hurricane Florence.

In Oregon, the WEA portion of the test commences at 11:18 a.m. Pacific Time, and the EAS portion follows at 11:20 a.m. Pacific Time. The test will assess the operational readiness of the infrastructure for distribution of a national message and determine whether improvements are needed.

FEMA and OEM remind the public:

  • No action is required.
  • While the test begins at 11:18 a.m. Pacific Time, it may take several minutes for the alert to reach your phone.
  • Most cell phones will sound the alert; do not be caught off-guard if you are in your car, at a personal or business appointment or other location.
  • There is no threat; it is only a test. Do not call 9-1-1.
  • The alert message will also be broadcast over radio and television.
  • Additional information is available at

The nationwide test ensures that in times of an emergency or disaster, public safety officials have methods and systems that will deliver urgent alerts and warnings to the public. Alerts are rare, but can happen locally, statewide, or nationally. According to FEMA, a nationwide WEA message would only be used in the most extreme emergency situation.

2. All County Prayer Meeting, Oct. 3

church.family1The All County Prayer Meeting is Wednesday October 3 @ the Wasco Christian Church. Fellowship starts at 6:30 PM, Pray time starts at 7:00 PM and ends at 8:30 PM. Everyone is welcome to come and join the meeting, come and join in when you can get there and stay as long as you can. Thank You. ~Red Gibbs

3. Independent Living and Life Skills: “#adulting afterschool” in Sherman County

OSU Sherman County Extension is partnering with Sherman County School to offer a free afterschool independent living and life skills class to students in grades 7th-12th.  The class, called “#adulting afterschool” will be a fun opportunity for youth to hang out with their friends, eat, and learn useful skills.  The class will start Wednesdays afterschool in the home ec room, beginning October 10.  Topics will include cooking, car maintenance, sleep habits, clothing care, do-it-yourself and fix-it skills, stress management, nutrition, money and other topics useful when a teen becomes more independent.  If you are the parent of a Sherman junior/senior high student who is not involved with sports or work after school, send ‘em to the home ec room on Wednesdays starting October 10!  Participants can catch a ride home on the 5pm activity buses.

Cindy Brown, Educator

4-H Youth Development & Healthy Living | 66365 Lonerock Rd | Moro OR 97039


4. It’s a New Year in 4-H!

4-H clover1Yahoo! It’s a new year in 4-H starting October 2018 through September 2019!  4-H is a national, state and local program coordinated by state land grant universities, as an educational and outreach program to develop good citizens in our country.  4-H is for youth ages 9 to 19 (as of September 1, 2018).  The divisions are:  Juniors ages 9-11 (yes, this includes older 3rd graders); Intermediates ages 12-14; and Seniors 15-19 (and still in high school). 

Kids, it’s time to join Sherman 4-H and get enrolled now.  Sherman County 4-H is starting enrollments this October to match the national 4-H year and give members more opportunities for meetings and activities.  Stop by the Sherman Extension Office, 66365 Lonerock Rd, Moro OR 97039 541-565-3230.  Forms are available on-line at:

There will be an enrollment open house at the Sherman Fairgrounds Monday, October 29 at 6pm, with a light dinner provided.  4-H leaders will be there to meet’n’greet families and talk about club projects.

Clubs will begin meeting this fall and we want youth to be ready to go.  Sherman 4-H clubs hold at least 6 meetings during the 4-H year, as well as encouraging members to exhibit and participate in the Sherman County Fair.  Enrollment is $30/youth, with a discount for multiple children from one family. 

4-H is ”learning by doing”….a youth development program where kids get to do things usually only adults do…….select, care for and raise livestock, take photographs for exhibition, learn how to cook a variety of foods, participate in clinics and workshops to learn more about livestock or healthy living, sew their own clothing or craft items for home, make money and keep track of records, cook outdoors and learn how to can fruit or make jerky, be part of an organization and participate in meetings, and more. 

4-H also means spring break and summer camps, fun outdoor adventures, youth leadership opportunities, 4-H Summer Conference at the Oregon State University campus in Corvallis, and travel opportunities nationally and internationally. 

Current Sherman County 4-H clubs and leaders are:

Goat…………………………………………………..Miranda & Ryan Owens

Beef…………………………………………….……..Sandi & Doug Martin

Sheep…………………………………………….…..Stephen Fritts

Swine………………………………………………….Samantha Roberts-Smith & Brennah Miller

Horse………………………………………………….Kayci Sharp

Poultry……………………DeeAnn Ramos, Deanna Christiansen & Niaomi Thibodeau

Rabbit/Guinea Pig……………………………….Melissa Montesanti

Teen Leadership………………………………….Cindy Brown

Shooting………………………………………………Dowen Jones & Jon Ramos

Sewing…………………………………Karen Thompson Umemoto & Carol MacKenzie

Cooking/Baking……………………………………Liz Cranston, Marylou Martin & Jeanne Kuettel

Outdoor Cooking/Food Preservation……….Cindy Brown

Photography…………………………………………leaders being recruited

Theatre Arts………………………………………….leaders being recruited

Fiber Arts/Knitting/Sewing……………………leader being recruited

~Cindy Brown, Educator

4-H Youth Development & Healthy Living

66365 Lonerock Rd | Moro OR 97039 | 541-565-3230

5. Having It Both Ways

Today, let’s look at the art of accepting things from others. Everyone knows that it feels great to give, and most of us have learned that it’s better to give than to receive. But there is a blessing to being able to receive gracefully, and that is what we want to look at today.

How does it feel to give a gift that is virtually ignored or, worse, received badly? Pretty awful, right? Children, especially, labor long and with great love to make special presents for their families. It can be crushing to see their best handiwork ignored or passed off with a comment like, “What’s this supposed to be?”

This becomes a memory that lasts forever, one that can be re-remembered again and again. And neuroscientists today tell us that each time we bring up a memory, there is a good chance we change it, and amplify it, so that the next time we remember it, those feelings of hurt are even stronger.

Some folks have trouble telling the white lies that sometimes seem necessary, in order to spare another’s feelings. However, it’s never necessary to lie. You don’t have to say, “This is just what I’ve always wanted,” if it’s not true. But you can usually find something to compliment and you can certainly acknowledge, with pleasure, the thoughtfulness and effort the giver has shown without worrying about stretching the truth.

You see, when you receive a gift graciously and with genuine gratitude, you are also giving something very precious at the same time you receive. As the saying goes, “It is a blessing to give and to receive.” And, it is one of those rare occasions when you can have it both ways.

6. Editorial: County Corrects eNews Editorial on Cottonwood Park Communication Towers

According to the Sherman County Court’s meeting minutes of August 15, 2018, Court members heard information relating to the August 13th Sherman County eNews #214 editorial, “Editorial. Cell Phone Coverage for Cottonwood Canyon State Park?” It can be found here:

7. Justice Department Awards $320 Million to Combat Opioid Addiction Crisis

U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of Oregon: More than $6.3 million awarded to local governments and a professional consortium in Oregon

WASHINGTON – To mark the beginning of National Substance Abuse Prevention Month, U.S. Attorney Billy J. Williams joined the Department of Justice in announcing grant awards of nearly $320 million to combat the opioid crisis in America. The awards will directly help those most impacted by the deadliest drug crisis in American history, including crime victims, children, families and first responders.

“President Trump has made ending the opioid crisis a priority for this administration, and under his leadership, the Department of Justice has taken historic action,” said Attorney General Jeff Sessions. “Today we are announcing our next steps: investing $320 million into all three parts of the President’s comprehensive plan to end the epidemic: prevention, treatment, and enforcement. We are attacking this crisis from every angle—and we will not let up until we bring it to an end.”

“The opioid addiction crisis cannot be solved by any one agency or jurisdiction. It requires a coordinated effort of governments, law enforcement agencies, community organizations, and individual citizens, working together to solve problems, big and small,” said U.S. Attorney Williams. “These awards are an important step in the right direction and will expand the reach of innovative programs across the state.”

Approximately $6.3 million of the $320 million awarded by the Department’s Office of Justice Programs (OJP) will support local governments and a professional consortium in Oregon. A complete breakdown of the grant funding can be found here.

Summary of Oregon Awards

Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Site-based Program ($162 million awarded)

Helps jurisdictions plan and implement programs aimed at reducing opioid abuse and mitigating its impact on crime victims

  • Marion County – $1,399,562
  • Clackamas County – $900,000

Helping Children and Youth Impacted by Opioids ($46.6 million awarded)

Helps children and youth impacted by the opioid crisis

  • Clackamas County – $1,000,999

Drug Courts ($81.2 million awarded)

Assists adult, juvenile and family drug courts and veterans treatment courts

  • City of Beaverton – $500,000
  • Washington County – $945,454
  • Lane County – $550,000
  • Northwest Professional Consortium Inc. – $856,308

Paul Coverdell Forensic Science Improvement Grant Program ($17 million awarded) Addresses the dramatic increase in deaths and backlogs of seized drugs resulting from the crisis

  • Washington County – $156,000

Two important anti-drug events occur in October: Red Ribbon Week and National Prescription Drug Takeback Day. Red Ribbon Week, October 23-31, encourages students, parents, schools and communities to promote drug-free lifestyles. The Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on October 27 gives Americans and easy and anonymous way to dispose of unwanted prescription drugs, helping to prevent overdose deaths and drug addictions before they start.

In 2017, more than 72,000 Americans lost their lives to drug overdoses, an increase from the 64,000 overdose deaths in 2016, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The majority of these deaths can be attributed to opioids, including fentanyl. Drug overdose is now the leading cause of injury or death in the United States. In Oregon, the total number of deaths related to drug use increased 11 percent between from 2013 to 2017, with 546 known drug related deaths last year.

OJP provides federal leadership in developing the nation’s capacity to prevent and control crime, administer justice, and assist victims. OJP has six bureaus and offices: the Bureau of Justice Assistance; the Bureau of Justice Statistics; the National Institute of Justice; the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention; the Office for Victims of Crime; and the Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering and Tracking. More information about OJP and its components can be found at: