Sherman County eNews #250


  1. Public Meeting Notice. Wasco School Events Center, Oct. 9

  2. Mid Columbia Bus Company Seeks Bus Drivers

  3. Sherman County Court Minutes Archived Online, Sept. 18

  4. Non-profit Organization Seeks Volunteers for High School Exchange Students

  5. Phelps – d’Autremont Pipe Organ Restoration Concert Celebration, Oct. 20

  6. The Power of Women in Community Film and Panel, Oct. 17

  7. Sherman County Emergency Services September Activity Report

1. Public Meeting Notice. Wasco School Events Center, Oct. 9

The Wasco School Events Center Board of Directors will hold a meeting on October 9th, 2019, 6p.m at the WSEC, 903 Barnett Street. The public is welcome!

2. Mid Columbia Bus Company Seeks Bus Drivers


Do you know someone with time to spare, who loves to drive, and help others? Refer them to Mid Columbia Bus Company! Once the person you refer becomes certified and drives a full route for at least 30 days, we will donate $1000.00 to a school organization of your choice.

What we offer:

  • $13.60 an hour
  • $500 Sign on bonus
  • Paid training
  • Flexible schedule
  • Dental
  • Vision
  • Medical Plan
  • 401 K

… And more!


  • Pass a criminal history check
  • Have a good driving record
  • Have a valid Oregon driver’s license
  • Ability to obtain Class B CDL with training

Contact Mid Columbia Bus Company and tell us where to make a donation today:

Amberlena Shaffer, Recruiter

OFFICE: (541) 303-5093



3. Notice. Sherman County Court Minutes Archived Online, Sept. 18

Approved minutes of the September 18, 2019 Regular Session of the Sherman County Court, are now available in the Archive of County Court Meeting Minutes

~Kristi Brown

Sherman County Court

Deputy Clerk/Temporary Administrative Assistant

4. Non-profit Organization Seeks Volunteers for High School Exchange Students

ASSE International, a non-profit student exchange program, is seeking volunteers to serve as Area Representatives in your local community. ASSE offers qualified students from around the world, between the age of 15 and 18, the opportunity to spend a high school year or semester in the United States with a host family. The opportunity to study abroad and live with a host family is also offered to our American high school students between 15-18 years old. ASSE’s Area Representatives are the cornerstone of the organization, making all of this possible!

Area Representatives recruit and screen potential host families, supervise the exchange students in their community, organize activities with the students throughout the year and provide support to host families, students and schools. Area representatives receive compensation covering their expenses incurred for each student placed and supervised.

Imagine the world of peace and greater understanding. Imagine yourself as part of the solution! Today’s teens are tomorrow’s parents, international business people and possibly even future political leaders! Share your corner of America by helping a foreign teen experience life in your area!

For more information call 800-733-2773, visit us online at or email

Founded by the Swedish National Department of Education, ASSE International (formerly American Scandinavian Student Exchange) is a non-profit, tax-exempt, public benefit organization. ASSE is officially designated as an exchange visitor program by the United States Department of State and cooperates with the Canadian Provincial Ministries of Education.

5. Phelps – d’Autremont Pipe Organ Restoration Concert Celebration, Oct. 20

Zion Lutheran Church in The Dalles is hosting a concert celebrating the restoration of the Phelps – d’Autremont Pipe Organ. Over the past year, the church and the community of The Dalles raised over $11k to fully restore the pipe organ to new condition.

The concert starts at 4:00 P.M. on Sunday, October 20, 2019, at Zion Lutheran Church, 101 West 10th Street, Corner of 10th and Union in The Dalles. Performances will be heard from guest organist Heidi Kohne, as well as The Dalles pianist Barbara Haren and current Zion Lutheran Church organist Garry Estep. Kohne is an officer of the American Guild of Organists chapter in Portland. State and municipal dignitaries will be in attendance. A reception will be held following the concert in the newly renovated Sawyer Fellowship Hall.

Admission is free, and there is a “quiet room” available for small children.

The Phelps – d’Autremont pipe organ, the newest of five well-maintained pipe organs in The Dalles, boasts 23 ranks (sets of pipes) with a total of 1,136 pipes. The console has two keyboards, full pedal board, and 18 stops. The pipes, wind chests, and console were designed and constructed by Lawrence Phelps and Associates of Erie, Pennsylvania, and installed by D’Autrey Organ Builders of Portland, Oregon. Manufacture started in 1973 and was completed in 1976.

Restoration work, performed by internationally known pipe organ craftsman Frans Bosman from the town of Mosier, OR, included: adjustment of console key and pedalboard electronics; removal, cleaning, and replacement, tuning and voicing of all pipes; adjustment, cleaning, and lubrication of all wind chests, mechanisms, and motors; and replacement of stop draw knobs, including allowance for expansion of the pipe organ.

For more information contact Garry Estep at .

6. The Power of Women in Community: Film and Panel, Oct. 17

On October 17, the Gorge Technology Alliance and Gorge Women in STEM invite the community to a film and panel discussion on how predominantly-male industries can support women in the workplace. The event will bring filmmaker Jennifer Cloer to share Episode 2 of the Chasing Grace Project as an encore from her screening of Episode 1 in the Gorge in 2018. While Episode 1 focused on the difference in pay between women and men in similar positions, Episode 2 explores the progress that women working in the male-dominated tech industry are making and the rise of communities of support.

Following the short film, a panel of businesses and women-centered initiatives will share experiences and offer best practices for businesses to take away. The event is Thursday, October 17, at Columbia Center for the Arts, 215 Cascade Ave., Hood River. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with desserts and the program starts around 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $20 cash at the door or online at Sponsors include Google, NW Natural and the Tech Association of Oregon.

The Gorge Tech Alliance (GTA) is the regional tech industry association that supports, connects and develops the technology community of the Columbia River Gorge with networking and educational events, business support and promotion, workforce development and STEM education. Gorge Women in STEM is an initiative of the GTA dedicated to connecting and supporting women working in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math in the Gorge. Contact Jessica Metta, Executive Director, at 541-296-2266, or learn more at

7. Sherman County Emergency Services September Activity Report

~Shawn Payne, Sherman County Emergency Services

Sherman County Ambulance

September 2019 Activity Report

Date Time Incident Location
9-01 1:55 PM Ankle Injury Oregon Raceway Park in Grass Valley
9-02 9:43 AM Weakness Wasco
9-05 4:07 PM Chest Pain Kent
9-07 11:47 AM Illness Wasco
9-07 2:01 PM Fall Injury Deschutes River Access Road
9-07 5:01 PM Head Injury Wasco
9-07 6:18 PM Possible Suicidal Female Rufus
9-07 7:10 PM Possible Broken Ankle Grass Valley
9-10 9:12 AM High Blood Pressure Moro
9-15 9:08 PM Unresponsive Male Pilot in Biggs
9-16 10:43 AM Difficulty Swallowing Wasco
9-17 2:32 PM Medical Condition Wasco
9-18 9:48 AM Motor Vehicle Crash Old Hwy 30  1 Mile West of Rufus
9-18 10:15 AM Facial and Neck Swelling Wasco
9-21 2:45 PM Motor Cycle Crash Oregon Raceway Park in Grass Valley
9-22 11:52 AM Medical Alert Moro
9-22 6:20 PM Motor Vehicle Crash US 97  MP# 52 (Mutual Aid)
9-23 8:11 AM Motor Vehicle Crash – Rollover US 97  MP# 4
9-24 6:34 PM Chest Pain Grass Valley
9-26 7:37 PM Chest Pain Rufus
9-27 12:19 PM Breathing Difficulty Biggs Jct.
9-27 3:15 PM Football Standby Sherman County School
9-27 6:45 PM Football Standby Sherman County School
9-28 12:55 PM Breathing Problem Rufus
9-28 8:59 PM Motor Vehicle Crash I-84  MP# 110
9-30 1:51 PM Side Pain Wasco


North Sherman County RFPD

September 2019 Activity Report

Date Time Incident Location
9-02 9:47 AM Ambulance Assist Wasco
9-07 11:56 AM Ambulance Assist Wasco
9-07 2:05 PM Ambulance Assist Deschutes River Access Road
9-07 5:01 PM Ambulance Assist Wasco
9-11 4:03 AM Hazardous Spill Shell Station in Biggs
9-19 6:31 PM Vehicle Fire I-84  MP# 112
9-23 8:11 AM Motor Vehicle Crash US 97  MP# 3
9-26 7:44 PM Ambulance Assist Giles French Park in Rufus
9-28 1:03 PM Ambulance Assist Rufus
9-28 8:59 PM Motor Vehicle Crash I-84  MP# 110
9-30 1:56 PM Ambulance Assist Wasco



Sherman County eNews #249


  1. Unit 20, Oregon Retired Educators’ Meeting, Oct. 15

  2. All County Prayer Meeting at Wasco Church of Christ, Oct. 2

  3. Organizational Inspiration

  4. National Fire Prevention Week: Prepare for safe home fire escape

  5. Changes to Oregon’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Benefit Amounts

  6. Walden, Newhouse, Sec. Rick Perry to visit Hanford Site

  7. Public Comment Period for Administrative Rules Defining ATV Classes

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

Use your brain for thinking, not as a storehouse.  First, write things down so you don’t have to remember them.  Second, learn where to find information so you don’t have to remember it. ~Fred Meyer.

As of today, October 1st, the burn ban is lifted in Sherman County.

1. Unit 20, Oregon Retired Educators’ Meeting, Oct. 15

Unit 20, Oregon Retired Educators, will meet noon Tuesday, Oct. 15th, at Grace Su’s China Gorge Restaurant in Hood River.  All persons interested in education from Sherman, Wasco & Hood River Counties are invited.  A special guest will be OREA State Co-President Lona Odom.  If not on a “telephone tree,” luncheon reservations may be made by calling 541-478-3429.

2. All County Prayer Meeting at Wasco Church of Christ, Oct. 2

The All County Prayer Meeting is Wednesday October 2 @ the Wasco Church of Christ. 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.  ~ Red Gibbs

3. Organizational Inspiration

How do you create an organization that inspires people to do their flat-out best? Here are a few quick tips.

Canvassing some of the best organizational development people in the business, and those who coach people and organizations to use more of their potential, there are a few things to do. Based on the latest research in cognitive and organizational psychology, here, in a nutshell, is how to create an organization that inspires people to do their best.

First, you need an inspiring goal, a common vision of a clearly-defined end result, shared by everyone, talked about often and affirmed daily. Then, you need people who believe in their own ability to attain that end result, to stretch and get creative when it comes to figuring out how they are going to achieve this desired end result.

You need people who know that if they are going to succeed, they can depend on each other, and trust each other, to deliver the goods. Now, you don’t have to go out and hire these folks. You can do it with people who are already on the job, if you are willing to spend some time teaching them, and yourself, how to be successful. At the very core of leadership is the willingness to become a part of the team that’s making the organizational vision become reality.

Next, develop a good system for tracking performance and giving feedback. A good rule to remember is “what gets measured, gets done.” Finally, reward desired performance, including innovation and risk-taking, in meaningful ways to empower people to act and to deal with problems directly at every level. You will be delighted with the results! ~The Pacific Institute

4. National Fire Prevention Week: Prepare for safe home fire escape

In support of National Fire Prevention Week, and at the request of the Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal, Gov. Kate Brown has proclaimed October as Fire Prevention Month.

Oregon’s theme mirrors the 2019 national theme: “Not every hero wears a cape. Plan and practice your escape.™”

“During a typical home fire, you may have just minutes to escape safely from the time the smoke alarm sounds,” said State Fire Marshal Jim Walker. “Planning and practicing escapes can help you and your family make the most of this narrow window of time and give everyone enough time to get out safely.”

In the five-year period from 2014 through 2018, home fires killed 154 people, and injured another 1,029, in Oregon.

Here are simple steps to plan and prepare for your safe home fire escape:

  • Ensure your home has working smoke alarms and remember to check them monthly.
  • Make an escape map, showing every window and door, and share it with everyone in the household.
  • Know two ways out of every room, if possible.
  • Have an outside meeting place a safe distance from the home where everyone should meet.
  • Practice your home fire drill at least twice a year, during the night and day.
  • When the smoke alarm sounds, get out and stay out; never go back inside for others or pets.
  • Once outside, then call 9-1-1.

For more smoke alarm and fire safety information, contact your local fire agency and visit the OSFM’s website. Additional resources may also be found on the National Fire Protection Association website.

5. Changes to Oregon’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Benefit Amounts

Oregon.Flat.poleIn October, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients may see an increase in their monthly food benefits.

What is SNAP?

SNAP is a federally funded program that offers supplemental nutrition assistance to low-income individuals and families. SNAP is the largest program in the domestic hunger safety net. In Oregon, individuals and families apply for SNAP benefits at Department of Human Services (DHS) and Area Agency on Aging (AAA) offices across the state.

Why are monthly SNAP benefits changing?

SNAP monthly benefit amounts are based on federal guidelines. The annual changes are made to reflect changes in the cost of living and other allowances. Cost of living is the amount of money needed to support a basic standard of living. Rules regarding monthly benefit amounts are changed at the beginning of each Federal fiscal year. The fiscal year begins on October 1st.

Will SNAP benefits decrease for some participants?

Monthly benefits amounts are determined based on current reported income and deductions. We don’t expect any decreases due to this annual adjustment.

Will SNAP recipients be sent a letter if their monthly benefits have changed?

SNAP recipients will not be sent a letter if their benefits increase or stay the same; however, if benefits decrease, a notice of reduction will be mailed.

Are SNAP eligibility requirements changing?

No. Changes to the cost of living guidelines do not change eligibility requirements.

What action is needed?

No action is needed. Benefit changes will begin with October SNAP benefits.

Questions? SNAP recipients can contact their local DHS or AAA office for more information. Find a local office at:

6. Walden, Newhouse, Sec. Rick Perry visit Hanford Site

American flag2WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Representatives Greg Walden (R-OR) and Dan Newhouse (R-WA) joined U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry on a visit to the Hanford Site, in Washington State.

The Hanford Site is one of the designated locations where the U.S. Federal Government stores nuclear waste. The site currently sits near the Columbia River, posing a potential threat to communities throughout the Pacific Northwest. The trip was a celebration to commemorate the completion of the K-Basin sludge transfer. This transfer was completed under budget, ahead of schedule, and reduces the environmental risks to the Columbia River.

 7. Public Comment Period for Administrative Rules Defining ATV Classes

4-wheeler1Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is accepting public comments on a proposed change to Oregon Administrative Rule language defining class IV ATV’s. During the 2019 legislative session, state lawmakers voted to change the definition to increase the width and weight of vehicles classified as class IV ATV’s. An administrative rule change is necessary to reflect the change in state law.

Under the new law and proposed rule, class IV ATV’s are defined as weighing 2,500 pounds or less and measuring 80 inches wide or less.

OPRD will accept public comments on the proposed change through 5 p.m. Oct. 31. Comments can be made online, in writing or via email:

  • Online:
  • In writing: Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, attn. Katie Gauthier, 725 Summer St. NE, Suite C, Salem OR 97301
  • Email:

After reviewing public comments, OPRD staff plan to present a final recommended rule for consideration by the Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission at its November 2019 or February 2020 business meeting.

The full text of the proposed change is available online at

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

Bird.Black.EnvelopeGrassroots Pulse

Oregon State Library eClips Highlighting Oregon State Government in the News

Expanding Wheat Breeding Resources for Better End-Use Quality, Disease Resistance

Australian Stingless Bees Build Stunning Spiral Hives and No One’s Quite Sure Why


Sherman County eNews #248


  1. All County Prayer Meeting at Wasco Church of Christ, Oct. 2

  2. New Extension Faculty for Sherman/Wasco Counties

  3. Gilliam-Wheeler County Farm Service Agency is Hiring!

  4. Save a dollar a day! Put weather-stripping around your door frame.

  5. Sherman County History Tidbits: Sherman County, Oregon – A Historical Collection

  6. Finding Role Models

  7. Sherman County Senior & Community Center October Meal Menu

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

A Constitution of Government once changed from Freedom, can never be restored. Liberty, once lost, is lost forever. –John Adams.

1. All County Prayer Meeting at Wasco Church of Christ, Oct. 2

The All County Prayer Meeting is Wednesday October 2 @ the Wasco Church of Christ. 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. ~ Red Gibbs

2. New Extension Faculty for Sherman/Wasco Counties

Assistant Dean Sam Angima, Outreach & Engagement, College of Agricultural Sciences, Oregon State University, announces that Jacob Powell will start his position as the general agriculture faculty (assistant professor – practice), covering Sherman/Wasco Counties effective Monday, September 30, 2019. In this position, Jacob will conduct needs assessments and deliver Extension programs on educational and research priorities for the agricultural programs in Sherman and Wasco counties. Prior to coming to OSU, Jacob worked as a coordinator for the Sherman County area watershed council as well as the local SWCD in Moro, Oregon. Please welcome Jacob and invite him to collaborate with you in your individual and working group programs.

3. Notice. Gilliam-Wheeler County Farm Service Agency is Hiring!

Gilliam-Wheeler County Farm Service Agency Program Technician
The Gilliam-Wheeler County Farm Service Agency (FSA) is accepting applications for a permanent, full-time Program Technician in Condon, Oregon. Applications will be accepted beginning Friday, September 27th and closing Thursday, October 10th. Salary range of $27,030 – $54,670 per year based on qualifications and experience. Responsibilities include: Carrying out office activities and functions pertaining to one or more of the program areas administered in the county, interpreting and explaining procedures, program regulations and forms to producers and other agency personnel, utilizing various web-based software applications to maintain producer data and processing automated forms, using a high degree of initiative and judgment in planning and carrying out assigned tasks and resolving problems encountered. A copy of the vacancy announcement and application may be obtained online by visiting: For more information please contact the Oregon FSA State Admin Specialist Martin Nguyen at 503-404-1127 or email at

4. Save a dollar a day! Put weather-stripping around your door frame. 

Save a dollar a day! Put weather-stripping around your door frame. If you had a 4-inch hole in your wall, you’d patch it, right? But consider a door frame which fits “fairly close,” having only a 1/16” gap around the perimeter. Since the height of most doors is 78” and the width is about 33”, the perimeter of the door adds up to 222.” With a 1/16” gap, the area of the opening is about 14 square inches. That’s equivalent to a round hole with a 2” radius or 4” diameter. In a typical home, heat loss around leaky doors is the most common – and easily preventable – waste of energy. Whether owning or renting, weather stripping is the cheapest thing you can do to save money. ~Institute for Theological Encounter With Science and Technology, Fall 2011.

5. Sherman County History Tidbits: Sherman County, Oregon – A Historical Collection

Sherman County, Oregon, A Historical Collection is a local history website launched in 2017 that will appeal to history enthusiasts and genealogists. The website offers a 1965 cemetery survey, stories, time lines, photographs and information about businesses, churches, government, military service, places and towns. See  This is a big site, the result of a lifetime journey with local storytellers and record keepers, but it’s not everything. There is a wealth of information in the interpretive exhibits, publications and collections at the national-award-winning Sherman County Historical Museum in Moro.

6. Finding Role Models

Just about everyone knows that good role models are important for a child’s development, but have you ever thought about why this is true?

If you are familiar with the Institute’s work, you know that it emphasizes visualization, because we have learned that our mental images, for the most part, are what determine our reality. In other words, the way we see ourselves and the world is what decides how we will behave, and how we behave determines, to a very great extent, what will happen to us.

Role models serve as living, breathing mental images that help us visualize the way we would like to live – or not like to live, which is sometimes the case. (Yes, there are role models for what not to do, and who not to be.)

What kinds of role models are best? No question about it, people we can actually get to know. You see, while it is helpful to read about an admirable person in a book or a magazine, watch an inspiring life story in the movies, or watch successful people on TV, it is much more powerful when we can actually interact with someone who shows us possibilities for ourselves.

When we can manage to create these personal interactions on a daily or regular basis, as we do with parents, grandparents, teachers, coaches and so on, this has the most powerful impact of all. These interpersonal relationships give us insight into the “why” these people have been so effective and inspirational.

And remember parents, your children will learn far more from what you do than from what you say. The best role models only need to set and live a good example. The kids will figure the rest out for themselves.

No pressure . . . ~The Pacific Institute

7. Sherman County Senior & Community Center October Meal Menu

Sherman County Senior & Community Center

Meal Menu

October 2019

We serve lunch at 12:00 noon sharp.  First come, first served.

If you have a group of 2 or more, please let the Kitchen staff know at 541-565-3191 the day before to ensure that we make enough food!

MEAL PRICING: Under 60 Yrs. $7.00 ~~ 60 Yrs. & Up $4.00 suggested donation!

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
  1 2 3 4
Chicken Pot Pie Chicken Alfredo Lasagna Mexican Macaroni Skillet Stuffed Peppers
Veggies Veggies Veggies Garlic Bread
Salad Bar & Fruit Salad & Dessert Salad Bar & Fruit Veggies, Salad & Dessert
7 8 9 10 11
BBQ Baked Chicken Taco Salad Hot Turkey/Roll Navy Bean/Ham Soup Fish & Chips
Au Gratin Potatoes Tortilla Chips & Veggies Mashed Potatoes & Gravy Muffins & Veggies Veggies
Veggies, Salad & Dessert Salad Bar & Fruit Veggies, Salad & Dessert Salad Bar & Fruit Salad & Dessert
14 15 16 17 18
Patty Melt Italian Meatballs Shepherd’s Pie Chicken Broccoli Casserole Sloppy Joes/Bun
Potato Wedges Spaghetti Biscuits Veggies Tater Tots
Veggies, Salad & Dessert Salad Bar & Fruit Veggies, Salad & Dessert Salad Bar & Fruit Veggies, Salad & Dessert
21 22  23  24  25  
Ham & Swiss Quiche Ground Beef Stroganoff Oven Fried Chicken Baked Potato Bar Clam Chowder
Muffins & Veggies Pasta Mashed Potatoes & Gravy Chili, Cheese & Veggies Baked Fish
Salad & Dessert Salad Bar & Fruit Veggies, Salad & Dessert Salad Bar & Fruit Veggies, Salad & Dessert
28 29 30 31  
Sweet & Sour Chicken Cordon Bleu Bake Meatloaf Dirty Rice w/ Beef
Rice & Veggies Mashed Potatoes Mashed Potatoes & Gravy Tortilla Chips & Veggies
Salad & Dessert Salad Bar & Fruit Salad, Veggies & Dessert Salad Bar & Fruit

Menu subject to change due to availability

ATTENTION:  For those who have food allergies, be aware that a large variety of foods are prepared in the kitchen.  Therefore, meals may be prepared with ingredients and food service equipment may come in contact with ingredients to which you may have an allergic reaction, such as nuts.

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

bird.talkThe Front Lines of the Art World’s Colour Wars

The World Begins To Slowly Cooperate On New Nuclear Energy

Researchers Are Using Artificial Intelligence to Reconstruct Ancient Games

Atlas Obscura | The Definitive Guide to the World’s Hidden Wonders

WATCH YOUR LANGUAGE! Spellcheck needs check after it’s done checking



Sherman County eNews #247


  1. Restore Oregon Announces the 2019 DeMuro Award winners

  2. All County Prayer Meeting at Wasco Church of Christ, Oct. 2

  3. A Library

  4. Sherman County History Tidbits: The Oregon Encyclopedia Project

  5. Higher Education – Still Valuable?

We judge ourselves by what we feel capable of doing, while others judge us by what we have already done. ~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

1. Restore Oregon Announces the 2019 DeMuro Award winners

Each year Restore Oregon selects projects for the DeMuro Awards. Winning projects demonstrate how historic preservation can create affordable housing, incubate new businesses, and combat climate change through re-use.

Twelve historic projects from across Oregon were selected as 2019 award winners:

  • Almr Apartments and Retail Spaces, Portland
  • Altsource Headquarters (1923), Portland
  • Fairmount Apartments (1905), Portland
  • Firehouse 17 Restoration & Addition (1912), Portland
  • Historic Central Hotel (1929), Burns
  • M & N Building (1924), Astoria
  • Lincoln Hall Renovation & Addition (1912), Portland
  • Sherman County Courthouse Rehabilitation & Expansion (1899), Moro
  • Silas Beeks House Restoration (1848), Forest Grove
  • The Redd on Salmon Street (1918), Portland
  • U.S. Customs House | WeWork (1898), Portland
  • Woodlark Hotel (1907/1912), Portland

To see more about the award winning projects and learn more about the award, visit

2. All County Prayer Meeting at Wasco Church of Christ, Oct. 2

church.family1The All County Prayer Meeting is Wednesday October 2 @ the Wasco Church of Christ. 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.

~ Red Gibbs

3. A Library

A library system is more than a convenience for school children preparing for an examination.

  • It is an index to the national health.
  • It represents one of our vital resources.
  • It is a powerful impetus for growth.
  • It provides access to the future even more than it does to the past.
  • It is a natural habitat for a functioning mind.
  • It represents the headquarters for the endless process of education and learning that formal schooling can, in fact, only initiate.
  • It is a diffusion center for the intellectual energy in the vital life of the mind.
  • It is a seminal center for change.
  • It is the delivery room of the intellect for people who like to bring ideas to life.
  • It is also, or should be, a busy thoroughfare where a reasonably curious person can rub shoulders with the interesting and provocative people of history, and, indeed, where he or she can get on reading terms with some original ideas.
  • It is an exchange center for basic facts, to be sure, but there is no reason why it should not fulfill Disraeli’s description as a place which affords the consoling pleasures of the imagination.

~ Norman Cousins.

4. Sherman County History Tidbits: The Oregon Encyclopedia Project

The Oregon Encyclopedia is part of the Oregon Historical Society’s Digital History Projects, in partnership with Portland State University and the Oregon Council of Teachers of English. The OE has also been supported by the Oregon Cultural Trust through the Oregon Cultural Heritage Commission, Willamette University, and the Oregon State Library. The purpose of the online Oregon Encyclopedia of History and Culture is to provide definitive, authoritative information about all aspects of the State of Oregon, including significant individuals, places, cultures, institutions, events, and peoples.

Oregon’s history and culture are dynamic, and the Encyclopedia is designed to expand and grow as new material is developed and new web-based features are created. Through its website and in communities and classrooms across the state, The Oregon Encyclopedia will be the authoritative and creative resource on all things Oregon—a substantive and lasting recognition of the state’s sesquicentennial.

The Oregon Encyclopedia includes entries and essays on significant people, events, places, institutions and biota from 10,000 years ago to the present; ethnic groups and communities; entries on art, architecture, literature, performing arts, music and popular culture; images, documents and maps; essays that add new perspectives to issues and events; and special sections for teachers and students.

Sherman County subjects include the Sherman County Courthouse, John & Helen Moore House, DeMoss Springs Park, Camp Rufus and Sherman Big Bluegrass at

5. Higher Education – Still Valuable?

Why do we go to college? Is it just to get a better job and earn more money, or is there some other, deeper and longer-lasting purpose?

The U. S. Department of Labor published a report that stated what some of us already knew: a lot of college graduates are having trouble finding suitable jobs. Not only that, they are increasingly unable to repay their student loans, and wind up back home, living with their parents in order to make ends meet. Depending upon where we live, some economically-challenged technology companies are letting employees go – not hiring.

A local career consultant says that for every job that pays in the 30 to 35 thousand dollar range, it is not uncommon to get 200 resumes and a lot of them are overqualified for the position being offered. In some areas of the country, an entry level clerical position will generate scores of resumes from people with college degrees, even advanced degrees, who are willing and eager to work at jobs for which they are extremely overqualified. Those student loans demand payments.

But if a college degree no longer guarantees a good job after graduation, there are still compelling reasons for continuing our education. As columnist Charles Osgood once pointed out, “The reason for studying history, philosophy, the humanities and the arts and sciences is to better understand ourselves, each other, and the world around us.

“Going to college doesn’t give you all the answers. It doesn’t guarantee that someday you will live in a big house or drive a fancy car. But it does give you some exposure to the wisdom and the folly of the ages. The world has never been more complex than it is right now. Education helps to sort the wheat from the chaff . . . and real values from phony ones.”

Critical thinking skills have never been more valued or more needed. Higher education provides the knowledge and hones the intuition that allows us to see the world with a discerning eye and mind. College degrees may have lost some of their allure, but higher education should not. ~The Pacific Institute


Sherman County eNews #246


  1. Star Projects Presents A Day of Open Practice at Oregon Raceway Park, Oct. 6

  2. Oregon Historical Society eNews, Educator Resources

  3. Oregon State Capital Insider Index: This week in Salem, by the numbers

  4. Patricia (Goodwin) Helyer 1936-2019

  5. Honesty 101

  6. Sherman County USGS Quadrangle Maps

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

You alone can change yourself. You alone can make a decision for growth. You alone are the central point of reference in your life. ~ Lou Tice.

1. Star Projects Presents A Day of Open Practice at Oregon Raceway Park, Oct. 6


Registration is now open for Sunday, October 6th, 2019

Meal registration closes Wednesday, October 3, 2019

(This event follows the Team Continental Time Trials and H.P.D.E. on Saturday).

This practice / track day is organized and presented by STAR Projects Events. We strive to make motorsports safe, fun, cheap and easy. To do that sometimes we need to change rules, schedules, track directions and generally make it up as we go along. Whining is not allowed. All decisions of the Event Coordinator will be final unless changed.

Open to all intermediate and above rated drivers and those that have been signed off by an instructor on Saturday’s T.C. event.

Cars with removable tops must have adequate roll over protection.

Race Car rentals are available for this event by prior arrangement.

Gates will be open Saturday evening until 10:00 p.m.

Saturday night camping is free and the showers are top notch.

Please be prepared to pay the $5.00 per day maintenance fee. Annual passed honored.


7:00 a.m. Friday Gates Reopen: Driver check in, track office.

8:30 a.m. Drivers meeting (mandatory).

9:00 a.m. Open track format / C.C. Direction / Full Course / Passing with point by only.

Noon: Cold track / Lunch (see note)

1:00 p.m. Open Practice.

5:00 p.m. Checkered flag.

STAR Projects track Day and Lunch $275.00

$25.00 REDUCTION IN ENTRY FEE for all participants in Saturday’s Team Continental Event.

$25.00 discount for all O.R.P. Club Members.

Lunch is included with your entry and will be served in the Club Garage. All registered Drivers are included. Additional guests and crew meals $12.50 each. Please make reservations by Wednesday. There are few other food options available in the County.  92 Octane Fuel is available at the track Non-Ethanol and Gluten free @ $5.50 gal.. Smoking at this event will be allowed in the designated “Smoking Box” only.

Whether you are entered or not in the T.C. Time Trial you are welcome to hang out and enjoy the day at the track and attend the trophy awards. If you would like to order lunch or dinner for Saturday night, please make arrangements with Brenda.

Registration Questions

Bill Murray, Event Coordinator

503-358-2617 – 10 a.m. to Midnight.

Track Office: Brenda



Come for the Racing, Stay for the sunsets

2. Oregon Historical Society eNews, Educator Resources

Sign up for the Oregon Historical Society’s eNews! By joining our email list, you will be one of the first to hear about upcoming events, new exhibits, and other history happenings across the state. If you are an educator and are interested in learning more about educator resources and upcoming professional development opportunities, please also sign up to receive our quarterly Educator Newsletter. See

3. Oregon State Capital Insider Index: This week in Salem, by the numbers

Oregon.Flat.poleCreated: 26 September 2019 | Written by Oregon Capital Insider

Here are 10 numbers that illustrate some of this week’s big, and small, Oregon news stories.

  • 6:Members of Oregon’s 7-member congressional delegation who support initiating an impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump.
  • 49:Percent of registered voters who approve of impeachment inquiry, according to an NPR /PBS NewsHour / Marist poll released Thursday.
  • 46:Percent of registered voters who do not. The margin of error on the poll was plus or minus 5 percentage points.
  • 4: Child welfare directors the Oregon Department of Human Services has had since 2016. Rebecca Jones Gaston, the executive director of the Social Services Administration for the Maryland Department of Human Services, was named Oregon’s new child welfare director this week.
  • $20 million: Amount Gov. Kate Brownhas pledged in additional state funding — on top of an existing $20 million commitment — to bring the world track and field championships to Eugene in 2021, according to The Oregonian.
  • 6:State employees, including two state troopers and four members of the Governor’s Office, joining Brown on a trip to Doha, Qatar, for this year’s championships, The Oregonian reports.
  • $81 million:Amount of money raised by taxes on recreational cannabis that has been sent to Oregon schools, enough to pay for 1,300 teachers, according to the Portland Business Journal. Oregon has a low tax rate on cannabis compared to other states that have legalized pot, and some economists think Oregon could charge more.
  • 9%:Maximum amount your landlord can raise your rent in 2020, according to the Oregon Department of Administrative Services, which has calculated the first ever ceiling on rent increases per legislation passed this year.
  • 40:Percent of Oregon agricultural exports that go overseas, according to The Associated Press.
  • $93 million:Approximate amount the Oregon Department of Forestry has failed to collect in money it’s owed for fighting fires between 2015 and 2018, according to The Oregonian.

4. Patricia (Goodwin) Helyer 1936-2019

flower.rose.starPatricia Anne Goodwin Helyer, 83, died Wednesday, September 25, 2019 in Texas. She was born on February 16, 1936 in Memphis, Tennessee, to Frank and Rebecca Goodwin.  She attended Snowden Junior High and Central High School before graduating from the Lausanne School for Girls. In 1956, she married Gordon (Don) Helyer who grew up in Sherman County, Oregon, and was a dedicated navy wife who enjoyed living across the United States, especially Charleston, South Carolina, and Pearl City, Hawaii.  They retired to Memphis and ultimately Bedford, Texas.

Her greatest passion was her family, her husband Don, their daughter Melissa and her husband John, and her grand-daughters Kaitlin and Jamie. She enjoyed counted cross stitch, history and genealogy, spending many hours researching their families. Her counted cross stitch is displayed in the Sherman County Historical Museum and their family stories were published Sherman County: For The Record.

She was predeceased by her husband of 59 years.  She is survived by her daughter, Melissa Helyer Waschka and her husband, John Waschka, two grand-daughters Kaitlin and Jamie Waschka, and two sisters. A graveside service will be held at the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery in Grand Prairie, Texas on October 4, 2019.

5. Honesty 101

Parents, if your kids had a class called “Honesty 101,” would they cheat to get a passing grade? Do kids today think of cheating as something everybody does, except nerds? Do they see it as a victimless crime that involves little risk and certain gain?

According to surveys of students and teachers across the U.S. and abroad, the answer is, unfortunately, yes. Fred Schab, professor emeritus at the University of Georgia who passed away in 2009, wrote that since 1969 when he began his study, cheating had been on the rise. An academic cheating fact sheet out of Stanford University states that while about 20% of college students in the 1940s admitted to cheating, surveys today show that between 75% and 98% of college students admitted having cheated in high school.

More kids think dishonesty is sometimes necessary and more parents are helping their kids avoid school rules. With cheating very visibly going on around them – from banking and savings and loan scandals to international athletes using performance-enhancing drugs, to high profile parents buying their kids’ way into prestigious colleges and universities – somehow this isn’t surprising.

Our schools need clear policies on cheating and an open discussion of the ethics involved. They also need to make sure kids understand just what cheating is, and enforce serious penalties for those who are caught. Clearer learning goals and noncompetitive evaluation of students’ progress could help, too. As well, we need an understanding that at its very core, cheating is doing dishonor to the self. Every time we cheat, we subtract from the sum of who we are.

Most important of all are high standards for ethical behavior – taught, talked about and practiced at home. We see news about prominent figures exhibiting less than ethical behavior every day, some of it happening without apparent consequences. These examples are difficult to ignore, and can become easier to follow, in time.

So, do you value honesty? If you do, it is important to think about how you can best teach your children to value it too. Parents are the single greatest influence on children up to age five, and it is rarely too early to learn the benefits of honesty – especially with oneself. ~The Pacific Institute

6. Sherman County USGS Quadrangle Maps

compass.roseA quadrangle map usually refers to a United States Geological Survey (USGS) 7.5-minute quadrangle map named for a local geographic feature. For example, a shorthand “quad” may be named “the Moro quad” showing one tract of the county, one of a series of map sheets produced by the USGS. In the United States, a 7.5 minute quadrangle map covers an area of 49 to 70 square miles. Nearly 57,000 individual maps in this series cover the 48 contiguous states, Hawaii, U.S. territories, and areas of Alaska near Anchorage, Fairbanks, and Prudhoe Bay.  Quadrangle maps may be purchased through specialty outlets, Powell’s and USGS.

To view the USGS quadrangles that cover some percentage of Sherman County, the following maps are required: Wishram, Biggs Junction, Quinton, Sunday NW, Emerson, Locust Grove, Wasco, Klondike, McDonald, Turner Butte, Summit Ridge, Erskine, Moro, Harmony, Esau Canyon, Sherar’s Bridge, Sinamox, Grass Valley, Rosebush, Indian Cove, Maupin, Dead Dog Canyon, Bronx Canyon, Kent, Horseshoe Bend, Shoestring Ridge, Macken Canyon, Bath Canyon and Chimney Springs.

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

bird.owl.limbRust, Rot, & Ruin: Stories of Oregon Ghost Towns

Trip Advisor: Cottonwood Canyon State Park

Sherman County Historical Museum

Frontier TeleNet

Key facts about refugees to the U.S.

Intel Community Secretly Gutted Requirement Of First-Hand Whistleblower Knowledge







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2. CLASSIFIEDS (new or corrected)


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

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

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

  • Keep it short, no longer than 350 words.
  • Keep it simple with one or two clear points. No attachments.
  • Keep it fresh with no more than one letter per writer per month.
  • Keep it civilized, in good taste and free from libel.
  • Keep it relevant; focus on a local event, previous letter or issues of general concern – not personalities.
  • Letters must be signed, name and town. Anonymous letters will not be posted.
  • Please submit Letters to the Editor by using the Submit News page.


THANK YOU, TIMES-JOURNAL CREW! The Times-Journal – a weekly serving Wheeler, Gilliam & Sherman counties, P.O. Box 746, Condon, OR 97823 | Ph. 541-384-2421 | Fax 541-384-2411 $37.50/year; $47.50 for beyond this area. Sherman County eNews highly recommends our participation and subscriptions! ~The Editor. 

Kudos to Chris and Carrie Kaseberg and their entire crew … Gail Macnab, Jonathan and Kalie Rolfe and the Sherman County Historical Society sponsors for the fundraising gala on the 14th. They thought of everything to provide a memorable afternoon and evening. It is wonderful to see the younger generation volunteering and interested in keeping our museum funded. Thank you, everyone! ~Dorothy Benson, Moro

THANK YOU! The Sherman County Historical Society would like to send out a BIG thank you to all the individuals and businesses that supported “A Night at the Museum” on Saturday, Sept. 14. We could not have asked for a better evening, as the weather was perfect, the food was excellent, the beer and wine were tasty and the venues were great! Thank you also to everyone who donated to the silent and oral auctions and to those who bid on the amazing items. Proceeds from this fundraiser will go towards the continual upkeep of the museum. Again, thank you from the fundraiser committee and the Sherman County Historical Society. 

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




Sherman County: For The Record Calls for Stories: AFS Exchange Students! Editor Gladys Wesley is working on the next issue of Sherman County: For The Record and needs your stories. She would like to receive stories from AFS exchange students about where they were from, their time in Sherman County, life after Sherman County and what they are doing now. She has one from Penny which was on FB and is a good example of what she is looking for. Please send the stories to Gladys at the email address with subject line FTR Story. ~Sherman County Historical Society 

Participate in the process of your community and country. One person can make a difference. Take a stand. Do something about it. Look hard at your larger community –it may need your specific participation. –Mary Anne Radmacher-Hershey







HOUSE. 1400 SQ Foot 3 bedroom 2 full bath; Remolded bathrooms, Heat Pump, Wood Stove; Located in the City of Grass Valley. Please call Judy 928-851-2340 or 541-370-2454. 

BOOK. Now available at The Sherman County Museum Store, Jane Kirkpatrick’s brand new book, “One More River to Cross.” $15.99 | Sherman County Historical Museum | Open 10-5 May through October | 541 565 3232. 9/27 

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YOUR STORIES. Sherman County: For The Record Calls for Stories: AFS Exchange Students! Editor Gladys Wesley is working on the next issue of Sherman County: For The Record and needs your stories. She would like to receive stories from AFS exchange students about where they were from, their time in Sherman County, life after Sherman County and what they are doing now. She has one from Penny which was on FB and is a good example of what she is looking for. Please send the stories to Gladys at the email address with subject line FTR Story. ~Sherman County Historical Society

SHERMAN COUNTY ARTISTS & CRAFTERS! It is not too late sign on as an artist/vendor for the “Wasco School Events Center Presents: An Afternoon of Sherman County Talent.” This fundraiser will be held on Sunday afternoon, October 20th, and will feature local talents sharing their works. We would love to hear from a few more of the talented folks of Sherman County who would like to be a part of this event to show off their works, make contacts with potential customers and even make some sales that day! Contact Melissa Kirkpatrick at WSEC, (541-442-5778) for more information.

3. CALENDAR (new or corrected)



27 Mid-Columbia Economic Development District Board Meeting 2

27-29 Tygh Valley Bluegrass Jamboree


1 Moro City Council 7

2 Sherman County Court 9

2 All County Prayer Meeting Wasco Church of Christ social 6:30, prayer 7:00-8:30

3 Sherman County Fair Board Meeting 7

4-6 Shaniko Ragtime & Vintage Music Festival in Shaniko and Madras

5 Farmers Market 10-4 Moro

5 Car is King at Maryhill Museum 10-4

7 Lower John Day Area Commission on Transportation Meeting 10-12

7 Grass Valley City Council 7 City Hall

8 Tri-County Mental Health Board Meeting 11-2

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

9 Rufus City Council 7

9 Sherman County Scholarship Association 5:30 Library

9-13 Trailing of the Sheep, Sun Valley, Idaho

10-12 Oregon Cattlemen’s Convention, Bend

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


14 Sherman County School Board Meeting 7

15 Frontier Regional 911 Board Meeting 1:30 Condon

15 Tri-County Community Corrections Board Meeting 3:30 Gilliam County

15 Wasco City Council 7

16 Sherman County Court 9

19 Sherman County School District Hall of Honor Celebration

20 Afternoon of Sherman County Talent (art show, silent auction) 2-5 Wasco School Events Center

23 Tri-County Court Meeting 10-2 Fossil

25 Trunk or Treat 6-7 Senior Center Parking Lot, Moro




4 Grass Valley City Council 7


5 Moro City Council 7

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

7 Sherman County Fair Board 7

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


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

12 North Central Public Health District Board of Directors Meeting 3 The Dalles

13 Rufus City Council

19-21 Association of Oregon Counties Annual Conference

20 Sherman County Court 9



Sherman County eNews #244


  1. National Weather Service Forecast for Snow in the Cascades; Travelers Be Ready

  2. May 19, 2020 Primary Election Notice

  3. Letter to the editor: Poll to make County Judge race non-partisan

  4. Bonneville Navigation Lock returning to service

  5. Living Our Values

  6. North Central Public Health District Board of Directors Meeting, Oct. 8

1. National Weather Service Forecast for Snow in the Cascades; Travelers Be Ready

September 26, 2019

Oregon.Flat.poleBEND– The National Weather Service has issued a forecast for this weekend that includes snow in the Cascades and perhaps on the floor of the high desert in Central Oregon.

The snow forecast means that travelers should be ready for hazardous travel conditions, with the possibility of slick, snow covered roads and poor visibility between Saturday and Monday. By Monday, there could be snow as low as 2,500 feet, covering central and southeast Oregon.

Ahead of the storm, ODOT is moving snow removal equipment into strategic locations along the Cascade pass routes, but motorists should anticipate hazardous driving conditions across the mountain passes.

ODOT urges motorists to drive for the inclement weather by slowing down and turning off cruise controls.

Drivers traveling throughout Oregon during hazardous weathershould or cal 511to be aware of current highway hazards.

In addition ODOT recommends the following safety precautions:

Be patient. Go slow.

Keep fuel tank full (in case you get stuck in a road closure).

Carry emergency supplies (water, food, warm clothes, flashlight, etc.).

Increase the following distance between you and the vehicle ahead of you.

Keep cell phone charged up (but don’t use it while driving).

Watch weather conditions throughout the day and anticipate the next snow storm. Current road conditions may get worse.

Tune to local radio stations for update travel information.

ODOT appreciates the patience of travelers who delay their trips and the cooperation of the traveling public to keep our highways passable. For the latest driving conditions visit, or call 511 for highway information.

2. May 19, 2020 Primary Election Notice

This is a list of public offices for which the Sherman County Clerk’s Office will accept declarations of candidacy or petitions for nomination for the May 19, 2020 Primary Election. At the primary electors vote on partisan candidates, who then advance to the November 3, 2020 General Election. Federal, State and nonpartisan County offices will also be up for election.

Candidates can file for office from September 12, 2019 until the deadline of 5:00pm on March 10, 2020. Those interested in filing for one of the offices listed below can file at the County Clerk’s office by fee or petition: 1) submit form SEL 101 and pay a $50 filing fee; 2) submit form SEL 101 and petition to obtain signatures. Clerk’s office staff will provide approval to circulate the petition. Once signatures are collected and verified, the candidate has filed for office.

Anyone wishing to file for office must be a citizen of the United States, an elector (registered voter), and Sherman County resident for 1 year prior to the election. Other specific requirements for nonpartisan offices are available here:

Partisan Office:
Major political party candidates will be nominated for this office at the primary and elected at the November 3, 2020 General Election:

County Commissioner, Position 1 – 4 year term (Current: Joan Bird)

Nonpartisan Offices:
Candidates for the following nonpartisan office may be elected at the primary; no filing fee or petition is required:

Justice of the Peace – 6 year term (Current: Ron McDermid)

Candidates for the following nonpartisan offices will be nominated at the primary and elected at the general election.

County Sheriff – 4 year term (Current: Brad A. Lohrey)
County Clerk – 4 year term (Current: Jenine McDermid)

To file for office, please contact the Sherman County Clerk’s office at 541-565-3606. The office is located in the courthouse at 500 Court Street in Moro. Election forms and manuals are available there or online at: Before filing please review the campaign finance disclosure requirements which are available at the clerk’s office, and briefly discussed here:

Precinct Committeeperson (PCP) Information:
The Precinct Committeeperson (PCP) statutes changed with the passage of SB 224 during the 2019 Oregon Legislative session. Filing forms are available at the Clerk’s Office or online at the Elections Division. These changes include:
• Discontinues filing by gender
• One PCP for every 250 voters, 2 PCP minimum per precinct
• Date to calculate number of PCPs per precinct is 251 days before the primary election
• First day to file is 250 days before the primary election. (September 30, 2019 this year only, due to when the law goes into effect)
• Individual can file in their resident precinct, or adjacent precinct, or any precinct in their State Representative district, within the same county
• Write-in votes will only be tallied if declaration or nomination forms have been filed by the deadline
• A minimum of 3 votes is still required to be elected

There are 3 ways to run for Precinct Committeeperson (PCP):

1. Candidate Filing Form
• Deadline to file: March 10, 2020 5:00pm using Form SEL 105
• Must be a member of stated party at least 180 days prior to the filing deadline per ORS 249.046 (September 12, 2019)
• Certification of Election will be issued.

2. Write-in Candidate Declaration
• Deadline to file: May 19, 2020 8:00pm using Form SEL 105D
• Must be a member of stated party at least 180 days prior to the primary election, per ORS 248.015(4); (November 21, 2019)
• No write-in acceptance form will be issued, as candidate has attested they will serve if elected. Certificate of Election will be issued, if elected.

3. Write-in Candidate Nomination
• Deadline to file: May 19, 2020 8:00pm using Form SEL 105N
• Must be a member of stated party at least 180 days prior to the primary election, per ORS 248.015(4); (November 21, 2019)
• Candidate will be sent a write-in acceptance form, if elected. If acceptance form is received by deadline, Certificate of Election will be issued.
• Nominator and candidate must be a member of the same party and the same State Representative district, within the same county.

3. Letter to the editor: Poll to make County Judge race non-partisan

Re: Poll to make County Judge race non-partisan

Sherman County eNews #243

83% Yes

17% No

In other words, these poll-voters want their County Judges to run in non-partisan races.

Or is it that they are hoping their elected officials will behave in non-partisan ways while in office?

Historically, parties espoused distinct moral, social and economic philosophies. Nowadays the major parties have merged into common indistinguishable Keynesian philosophies that are more like sports teams than political parties.

However, the minor parties do have distinct philosophies. For example, The Libertarian Party is staunchly against Big Government and its encroachment on the rights of individuals such as Conscience, Life, Liberty and Property. The Pacific Green party puts the environment above all else. And the Constitution Party wants to limit government to an originalist reading of the Constitution.

Virtually everyone has a philosophy that should align to a greater or lesser degree with a political party. Candidates who have no belief or are embarrassed by their beliefs can always run as “unaffiliated.”

If a candidate has a political affiliation, it should be on the ballot next to their name. It is an aid for voters.

Mike Montchalin

Pendleton, Oregon

4. Bonneville Navigation Lock returning to service

PORTLAND-Ore. – The Bonneville Navigation Lock will reopen to Columbia River traffic between 10 p.m. Friday, September 27 and 10 a.m. Saturday Sept. 28, depending on the results of final operational testing.

Engineers from the Portland District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are conducting inspections and tests on the lock and the newly repaired concrete sill.

“Our engineers and experts have identified this 12-hour window as our target reopening,” said Liza Wells, chief, Engineering and Construction. We are currently working with the U.S. Coast Guard, which manages river traffic, and all river users to ensure safe and timely passage through the lock.”

The navigation lock was originally scheduled to return to service Sept. 30. However, round-the-clock construction and favorable weather conditions allowed for the accelerated opening.

Portland District closed the navigation lock Sept. 5 after lock operators detected problems with the lock during operation. Engineers drained the lock on Sept. 6, performed an inspection and discovered the downstream concrete sill, a structure against which lock gates create a water-tight seal, was damaged and needed replacement. The Corps closed the lock to vessels to repair the concrete sill, which required removing the existing sill and placing concrete for a new replacement sill.

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5. Living Our Values

If you are single and looking for a long-term relationship or marriage but are having trouble finding a partner or spouse, here are some suggestions for you – and they don’t involve an Internet site or smartphone app to swipe. However, they do involve two vital points: truly knowing yourself, and clearly knowing what you want.

First, do you know specifically what kind of person you are looking for? What qualities do you value in a mate, and how do you judge whether a person has those qualities?

Do you have a clear picture of what your relationship with your partner will be like, including how you will treat each other, how you will deal with conflict, what your social life will look like? You see, the clearer your values are, and the clearer your picture is of the kind of person you are looking for, the likelier it is that you will end up with what you want.

Do you have issues from your family of origin or other relationships that might prevent you from enjoying this kind of happiness? Would some counseling or group support help eliminate these obstacles?

Finally, do you live in a way that is consistent with what you want in a relationship? Because, in the end, it is far more important to be the right person than it is to find the right person.

It is difficult to attract anyone who is better or more successful or kinder than you are comfortable with, or believe in your heart of hearts you deserve. If you work on your mental pictures and your growth as an individual first, you will recognize and be ready for the right person when that person comes along.

Incidentally, this same process works when we are looking for business colleagues or business partners. We need to understand and live our corporate values first, and have a clear, concise picture of what we are looking for in a business partner. Then we will be ready to engage with the best possible partners on our corporate path forward. ~The Pacific Institute

6. Notice. North Central Public Health District Board of Directors Meeting, Oct. 8

The North Central Public Health District Board will be meeting Tuesday, October 8th, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. at the Senior’s & People with Disabilities office, located at 3641 Klindt Drive, in the Klickitat Meeting Room, in The Dalles, Oregon. This meeting is open to the general public.