Sherman County eNews #63


  1. Links to Sherman County School Spring Athletic Schedules

  2. Opportunity to Volunteer with the Sherman County Historical Society, March 10

  3. Sherman County School & Missoula Children’s Theatre Production, March 15-16

  4. City of Grass Valley Seeks Water Operator/Maintenance Employee

  5. CGCC Job Fair, Hiring Adjunct Instructors, March 16

  6. “St. Pat’s at St. Pete’s” Annual St. Patrick’s Day Concert, March 17

  7. Pesticide License Recertification Courses, March 21

  8. What Can You Do?

Some remarkable people are making significant things happen in Sherman County!

1. Links to Sherman County School Spring Athletic Schedule 

Logo.Sherman High SchoolHigh School Track and Field

Middle School Track and Field

School Schedules: The school website includes athletic schedules as they evolve — spring sports are coming soon…

2. Opportunity to Volunteer with the Sherman County Historical Society, March 10

Sunday, March 10th, the Sherman County Historical Society invites you to attend a volunteer recruitment gathering from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Sherman County Historical Museum in Moro, Oregon. This non-profit organization is devoted to preserving and sharing local history and is currently looking for new volunteers! Come find out about opportunities to volunteer with the Sherman County Historical Society. Everyone is welcome and appetizers are provided. Bring a friend to find out more about being a volunteer with the Sherman County Historical Society and Museum!

For more information call 541-565-3232 or visit the website:

3. Sherman County School & Missoula Children’s Theatre Production, March 15-16

theater.masksThe Missoula Children’s Theatre production of “Peter & Wendy” is scheduled for the week of Monday, March 11th through Saturday March 16th in the cafeteria at Sherman County School.

The auditions will be held on Monday, March 11th at 3:30 in the cafeteria at SCS. There are roles for students in Kindergarten through 12th grades.  Approximately 50-64 local students will be cast to appear in the show with the MCT Tour Actor/Director. There is no guarantee that everyone who auditions will be cast in the play. Students wishing to audition must arrive by the scheduled starting time and stay for the entire two-hour session.  There will be no buses to take them home after the audition or the rehearsals. The first rehearsal begins approximately 15-30 minutes after the audition.

This is a group audition – no advance preparation is necessary, but a smile J never hurts. Students should just be ready to come and have a good time!

Rehearsals will be conducted Monday – Thursday from 3:30 to 5:30 for session 1 and 6:00 to 8:00 for session 2 at SCS in the cafeteria. Although not all cast members will be needed at every session, those auditioning must have a clear schedule for the entire week and if selected, be able to attend all rehearsals required for their role. A detailed rehearsal schedule will be distributed at the conclusion of the audition. Cast members scheduled for the full 4½ hours of rehearsal will be asked to bring a sack lunch, dinner or snack.

The performances will be held on Friday, March 15th at 7:00pm and Saturday, March 16th at 3:00 pm and will be presented at SCS.  The students in the cast will be called for dress rehearsal before the performance that day. All those cast must be available for all scheduled performances.

The Missoula Children’s Theatre is a non-profit organization based in Missoula, Montana.  This coming year more than 65,000 cast members across the globe will take to the stage to the delight and applause of their families, friends, community, neighbors and teachers!

4. City of Grass Valley Seeks Water Operator/Maintenance Employee

The City of Grass Valley is seeking applicants to fill the position of: WATER OPERATOR/MAINTENANCE.  The successful applicant is responsible for maintaining and operation of the public water system according to the City Council and to all Oregon Health Division requirements. This part-time no-benefits position is also responsible for all maintenance on all city-owned properties and/or property in the care of the City. For a full job description, please contact City Hall. City of Grass Valley is an EOE; Salary is DOE. If interested in this position, please return a Letter of Interest, resumé and three references to City Administrator Whitney Cabral or Mayor Pattee by March 15, 2019. Letters and information can be dropped off at City Hall, e-mailed to or mailed to: PO Box 191, Grass Valley, OR 97029. Position open until filled. Please contact City Hall with any questions at 541-333-2434.

5. CGCC Job Fair, Hiring Adjunct Instructors, March 16

Do you enjoy teaching?

If the answer is yes, please mark your calendar for Saturday, March 16, when Columbia Gorge Community College hosts a part-time faculty job fair on The Dalles campus. The job fair is from 10 a.m. to noon in Building 3. The campus is located at 400 East Scenic Drive, The Dalles.

CGCC is hiring adjunct instructors for online, hybrid and face-to-face classes in The Dalles and Hood River. Potential disciplines include Mathematics, STEM fields, Art, Communications, Science, Health Occupations, Computer Science, Business, Social Sciences and other areas.

Job seekers will meet hiring leaders from across the College’s areas of study. Candidates are asked to bring resumés and transcripts. Light refreshments will be served and computers will be available to complete the required online application.  Interested applicants may also apply online, and request a virtual conference at

The job fair was originally scheduled in February but was postponed because of a snowstorm. For details on this month’s event, call CGCC Human Resources at (541) 506-6151, email or join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter.

6. “St. Pat’s at St. Pete’s” Annual St. Patrick’s Day Concert, March 17

music-notes“St. Pat’s at St. Pete’s,” the 22nd annual St. Patrick’s Day concert at St. Peter’s Landmark, takes place Sunday, Mar. 17, starting at 7 p.m.  Victor Johnson, the River City Dudes, and others will join Cascade Singers community choir, the ensemble, and “Almost-All-Irish-Almost-All-Brass Band” for Irish love songs, traditional favorites and sing-alongs.  Admission is a free-will offering to benefit St. Peter’s Landmark, located at 3rd and Lincoln Streets in The Dalles.

7. Pesticide License Recertification Courses, March 21

Columbia Gorge Community College and Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) offers two pesticide license recertification courses on Thursday, March 21 at Columbia Gorge Community College in The Dalles.

Worker Protection Standard meets from 8:00-12:00. Participants receive 4 core credits. Hazard Communication Aligned with GHS meets from 1:00-5:00. Participants receive 3 credits.  The workshops are free and open to the public. Pre-registration is required by calling the college at 541.506.6011, or online at

8. What Can You Do?

If you could change one thing about your life, what would it be?

Now, we are not talking about magic, because some things – such as how tall you are – simply cannot be changed. (OK, heels help, but that’s not what we’re talking about here.)

You know, there really isn’t much that you can’t alter if you want it badly enough – assuming you know how to go about it, and assuming that you take action as needed. “Wanting to, badly” is a great start, but it won’t get you anywhere by itself. Neither will writing a bunch of affirmations or visualizing, if that’s all you do. Writing about it in a journal is a fine thing, but writing is not action.

If you want to get started making changes in yourself, pick one thing to begin with. It doesn’t matter what it is, as long as it’s do-able. Then go after it with everything you’ve got. Visualize how you’ll feel and behave after the change is made. Write affirmations to support the visualization, and repeat them every day, over and over. Make an action plan with sub-goals, and daily and weekly tasks. Make yourself accountable to follow the plan and reward yourself every time you achieve a sub-goal.

Enlist help if you need it, and don’t worry about how long it takes. (Worry actually is negative goal-setting!) If you keep moving toward the end-result you want, and you keep tracking your progress, you’ll get there. Really! This same method works for teams, departments, even entire organizations.

There’s an extra, added bonus. When you see that you can do it, you will inspire others – and yourself – to do even more. ~The Pacific Institute



Sherman County eNews #62


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

  2. Notice. Sherman County Public/School Library Open Board Position

  3. Sherman County 4-H News Reports: Photography Club

  4. No Place to Go but Up

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

  6. Columbia Gorge CASA Welcomes New Volunteers

  7. American Families Wanted for High School Exchange Students

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

The Library is open SCHOOL Hours
8am-4pm Monday, Wednesday and Friday
8am-7pm Tuesday and Thursday
10am-4pm Saturday.
REMINDER: if Sherman County School chooses to delay or close due to inclement weather the Library will follow suit.

Community Preschool Storytime – Every Tuesday at 10am
Join us for Preschool Storytime and crafts. Ages 0-6.

YA Art Club – Every Wednesday after school.
Grades 6-12.
When it’s over, catch the 5:00 activity bus

Movie Night – Tuesday, March 5 at 6pm
Crazy Rich Asians
This contemporary romantic comedy, based on a global bestseller, follows native New Yorker Rachel Chu to Singapore to meet her boyfriend’s family.
Rated: PG13
Run Time: 2hrs 1min

2. Notice. Sherman County Public/School Library Open Board Position

Logo.ShermanPub.School.Library2017Sherman County Public/School Library has a Board position open for a community representative. The mission of SCP/SL is to provide access to informational materials, technologies, and programs for all residents of the community, birth through senior citizens. Meetings are bi-monthly. Anyone interested in serving on the Library Board may pick up an application at the library, e-mail, or call 541-565-3279.

3. Sherman County 4-H News Reports: Photography Club

4-H clover1The Photography 4-H club met on March 4, 2019 at 3pm at the Extension Office.  Attending were Tierra, Zach, Savanna, Melanie, leader Jeremy Lanthorn, 4-H staff Sue Mabe.  Pledge of Allegiance led by Savannah, 4-H pledge by Jeremy.  We talked about what we wanted to take photos of.  We also learned about rule of thirds and perspective.  We also talked about our 4-H goals for the year.  Our next meeting will be April 7, 2019.  Meeting was adjourned at 4:00pm.  Signed, Savannah Blagg, News Reporter.  Note:  assignment for next meeting is to bring 2-5 photos.  Email them to Jeremy.

~ Cindy Brown, Educator, Oregon State University, OSU Extension Service – Sherman County, College of Public Health & Human Sciences, 4-H Youth Development & SNAP-Ed – P: 541-565-3230 | C: 541-993-5291

4. No Place to Go but Up

When you think about mountain climbing, maybe your stomach does a little flip-flop. But, you know, people who are successful in life are really a lot like mountain climbers. They don’t start out climbing Mount Everest or K-2, or even Kilimanjaro. Instead, they train and practice on smaller slopes until they build the skills and confidence to move on to bigger challenges.

When mountain climbers choose a goal, they map out a plan and, as much as possible, they follow it. They equip themselves as well as they possibly can and they learn from the competition. They fully expect to run into problems, so when they do, it doesn’t throw them. They deal with them as best they can and move on.

They keep their fear and negative thinking under control because they know that these things will defeat them more certainly than any avalanche. They also understand the importance of persistence and tenacity. And finally, every now and then they bite off a little more than they are absolutely certain they can chew.

Like a mountain climber once said, when there’s no place to go but up, you go up.

Now, you may not want to conquer Everest, but it’s a sure bet that there’s a mountain in your life just calling out to be climbed. What do you want to do about that?

Goal-set. Prepare. Plan. Equip. Pack your resiliency and flexibility.

Then, go up!  ~The Pacific Institute

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

bird.owl3Drug bust in eastern Oregon leaves 38 kids in foster care

The White House: First Lady Melania Trump’s Be Best Initiative

The next money crop for farmers: Solar panels

First Liberty: Protecting Religious Liberty

Congressman Walden: Net Neutrality solutions

6. Columbia Gorge CASA Welcomes New Volunteers

Hood River, OR – Columbia Gorge CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) is pleased to introduce their newest child advocates: Lisa Abel and Lisa Mockler, Hood River; Heidi Byers, The Dalles; Jennifer Mulder, Trout Lake; Kathrin Unger, White Salmon; Elyse Keith, Lyle.  After completing 32 hours of training the group was sworn into duty by the Honorable Janet L. Stauffer on February 28, 2019. Judge Stauffer welcomed the newest advocates into duty and subsequently described many of the attributes she feels CASAs bring to the Court and pertinent information concerning a child CASAs bring to the Court’s attention. 

CASA volunteers are appointed by judges to watch over and advocate for children in the foster care system; we advocate for the needs and well-being of children through professionally trained and supported community volunteers, facilitating that children are heard, receive support through needed services, and reside in loving, safe, permanent homes in a timely manner. CASAs have the tremendous privilege, and responsibility, to have a positive impact in a child’s case. 

More than 400,000 children are in foster care in any given day in the United States, more than 260,000 children have a CASA advocating for their best interests, and more than 85,000 CASA volunteers help change children’s lives every year. 

Columbia Gorge CASA serves children in Hood River, Wasco and Sherman counties; advocates serve children in care so that they might have the chance to live and develop in a safe, nurturing environment.  Volunteers receive 32 hours of pre-service training using the National CASA Volunteer Training Curriculum.  New advocate training sessions will begin in Spring, 2019.  If you are interested in learning more about the CASA program please contact Michelle Mayfield, Training Coordinator, or Susan Baldwin, Volunteer Manager, at 541-386-3468.

7. American Families Wanted for High School Exchange Students

ASSE Student Exchange Programs is now looking for American families to host high school students from Eurasia, Germany and countries with significant Muslim population. All these exceptional students have received scholarships through the U.S. State Department sponsored programs:  Future Leaders Exchange Program (FLEX) Program, Congress Bundestag Youth Exchange Program (CBYX) and Kennedy Lugar Youth Exchange and Study Program (YES). These scholarship recipients will spend an academic year in the U.S. The historic US State Department programs seek to foster democracy and values inherent in a free market economy. Your support of these students and programs like this reinforces the United States’ commitment to education and opportunity throughout the world.

ASSE is currently seeking host families for these well-qualified, bright, motivated and well-screened students coming from various parts of the world, including; Latvia, Ukraine, Poland, Egypt, Jordan, Ghana, and Germany. By living with local host families and attending local high schools, these scholarship students acquire an understanding of American values and build on leadership skills.

If you are interested in opening your home and sharing your family life with a young person from abroad, please contact us today for more information, call (800) 733-2773, go online at or email


Sherman County eNews #61


  1. Weather: March Outlook & February Climate Summary for Moro

  2. Notice. Solid Waste Advisory Committee Meeting, March 5

  3. Notice. Frontier Regional 911 Dispatch Board of Directors Meeting, March 14

  4. Maryhill Museum of Art Opens its 79th Season, New Exhibitions, Programs, March 15

  5. The Willingness to Be Wrong

  6. Bipartisan Effort Launched to Provide Information, Data and “Sensible Solutions” to Oregon’s $26.6 Billion Public Employees Retirement System Problem

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

1. Weather: March Outlook & February Climate Summary for Moro

snowflakeYou can find the March outlook and the February monthly climate summary AND GRAPHS (toggle between color and gray) for Moro at

~ Marilyn Lohmann, National Weather Service, Pendleton  541-276-7832

2. Notice. Solid Waste Advisory Committee Meeting, March 5

The Wasco County Solid Waste Advisory Committee (a regional agency) will meet Tuesday, March 5th at 2:00 North Central Public Health District’s meeting room located at 419 East Seventh Street in The Dalles. The public is encouraged to attend.

3. Notice. Frontier Regional 911 Dispatch Board of Directors Meeting, March 14

                                                      March 14, 2019 1:00 p.m.

                                 Gilliam County Courthouse – Courtroom

1 –     Approve January 15, 2019 Minutes

2 –     Future Items – Attorney, Consultant, Relocation – Gary Bettencourt

3 –     Frontier TeleNet Update – Lynn Morley

4 –     By-Laws/IGA Update – Gary Bettencourt

5 –     System Maintenance Costs – Gary Bettencourt

  • 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.

Frontier Regional Board Members:

Sheriff Gary Bettencourt –

Judge Elizabeth Farrar –

Sheriff Jim Adkins –

Commissioner Mae Huston –

Sheriff Brad Lohrey –

Judge Joe Dabulskis –

Sheriff Mike Smith –

Judge Lynn Morley –

4. Maryhill Museum of Art Opens its 79th Season, New Exhibitions, Programs, March 15

Maryhill Museum re-opens for its 79th season on March 15th with exhibitions highlighting work from its permanent collections. These include Mélange: Works on Paper from the Permanent Collection and Maryhill Favorites: Still Life.

Others include Théodore Rivière: Sculpture and Washington Art Education Association exhibition: Teachers as Artists – Exploring Identity. Rotating on view in the Théâtre de la Mode are “La Grotto Enchantée” (The Enchanted Grotto), “Palais Royale” and “Le Jardin Marveilleux” (The Marvelous Garden). Work new to the collection is on view in the exhibitions Indigenous Peoples of North America, George E. Muehleck Jr Gallery of International Chess Sets and Recent Acquisitions.

Premiering – The Discover Room. This room, just off the Queen Marie Gallery, is a jumping off point for families to experience Maryhill in all of its glory. Each year, the room will have a different focus. This year it is still life. Using nearby Maryhill Favorites as inspiration, families can learn about still life and then create one of their own. The Discover Room expands on Maryhill’s Discover program begun in 2018 to provide opportunities to engage with the museum’s works of art. The program is sponsored by a generous gift from Judith A. Lackstrom and Robert E. Morrow.

5. The Willingness to Be Wrong

Do you know anyone who has a hard time admitting they were wrong? If so, they may be struggling with uncertain self-esteem.

No one enjoys being wrong or making a mistake, but in spite of what some folks would like you to believe, we all do it. In fact, the more venturesome you are and the less afraid of taking risks, the more likely you are to be wrong from time to time. But then what? How can you salvage your self-esteem when your pride has been shaken by a wrong decision?

Well, it’s not as hard as you might think. Try just simply admitting it. Say something like, “I made a mistake. Thank you for correcting me.” Or, “I was wrong about that. Next time, I’ll do better.” Even, “Oops – my bad” is better than trying to maintain the air of infallibility.

You see, by proudly proclaiming yourself to be a normal, imperfect, fallible human being, you give others permission to do the same. Believe it or not, you also make yourself more loveable. After all, while we may respect each other for our strengths, it is often our human weaknesses that are most endearing. When you are able to openly confess a weakness without making a big deal about it, you are honored by your humility and your dignity is nourished by your honesty.

It is only those people whose self-esteem is shaky, underneath an exterior pose of perfection, who have trouble admitting that they were wrong.So keep in mind that doing the right thing is always more important than being right, and when you’ve made a mistake, the right thing to do is admit it. ~The Pacific Institute

6. Bipartisan Effort Launched to Provide Information, Data and “Sensible Solutions” to Oregon’s $26.6 Billion Public Employees Retirement System Problem

Oregon.Flat.poleThursday February 28, 2019—(PORTLAND)—A new effort to stem the growing drain on schools, essential services, higher education and public safety from the rising costs of the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS) was unveiled today with the launch of a new informational website,

A bipartisan group of public service advocates who have come together under the banner of PERS Solutions for Public Services is proposing cost-sharing and debt-reducing reforms to the state’s pension system that will ensure competitive retirement benefits and working conditions for public workers while preserving and enhancing vital public services.

The website includes background on Oregon’s Public Employee Retirement System (PERS) and outlines seven sensible reforms to address the urgent challenge of addressing the pension system’s $26.6 billion debt.

“The rising cost of the PERS retirement program means that all Oregonians, young and old alike, will pay a heavy price in terms of the quality of our individual lives and the ability of our government to provide essential services for all of our citizens.  There must be a bipartisan effort to find solutions to the PERS problem that are fair for taxpayers and public employees alike,” explained former Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski, a key supporter of the effort.

PERS payroll rates paid by public agencies (and their taxpayers) have grown from 12 percent of payroll in 2013-15 to what will become 25 percent of payroll in July and is likely to surpass 30 percent of payroll in 2021-23. PERS increases over that period will amount to $4 billion. 

“Young people who have successfully navigated challenges to become graduates of our fine public universities deserve to start their futures without crushing student debt, and to live as citizens of communities that are vibrant and provide the very best public services we can afford to offer,” said Cec Koontz, Monmouth Mayor and Board Member of Western Oregon University. “We have a PERS problem. We need solutions that are fair and responsible – and we can’t wait.”

Kelly Bissinger, vice-chair of the InterMountain ESD School Board said, “As a veteran school board chairman, I’ve personally witnessed the strain on school budgets due to escalating PERS costs. We need to find a way to honor previous commitments to our hard-working employees yet find a way to make sound financial changes moving forward.” ~

Visit to learn more about Oregon’s Public Employee Retirement System and the proposals for PERS Solutions for Public Services. View our letter to state legislators here.

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

bird.owl.limbBipartisan Effort Launched to Provide Information, Data and “Sensible Solutions” to Oregon’s $26.6 Billion PERS Problem
Weather: March Outlook & February Climate Summary for Moro

Health Insurance, Rural Economic Development and Agriculture

Linking Health Insurance and Farm Viability

OEA website with maximum annual rent increase information

SB 608: Full Text. State Sets Maximum Rent Increase for 2019 

Work progresses on celiac-safe wheat

Brilliant Maps. Blood Borders: A Proposal To Redraw A “New Middle East”

Commentary: America’s Second Civil War Has Already Begun

How To Explain That Seizing Money From The Rich Ruins The Economy For Everyone


Sherman County eNews #60






church.family1Proverbs 3:17 – “Her ways [Wisdom] are pleasant ways, and all her paths are peace.”
As I was reading Proverbs 3 for my devotional time, I came to that verse and a wave of contentment and peace swept over me. And at the very same time, almost like a vision, I saw in my mind the vicious battles and chaos going on between our politicians, and thought, what miserable lives they are living in their never ending power struggles and one ups-manship.

EVERY WAKING MOMENT they and their minions are conniving for that one more sound-bite, one more half-truth, even a plausible lie that will elevate them in the public eye and increase their influence and power.  And then we have the drama of movie stars and rock stars, of all varieties, making headlines with their petty, little cat fights over, mostly made up drama.
Of course we can’t forget the News Media Talking Heads, of EVERY channel, making drama disguised as important news, so as to keep the chaos going, so you’ll tune In tomorrow night.

And then there is the chaos and drama that goes on with those within our small world of family and friends, most of the time over trivia.

We live in a world addicted to drama and chaos. And the fact is, all of us at one time or another have to endure some of the dramas of life. But as I think about this, it is heart breaking to watch people invite garbage into their lives and purposely cause chaos, so as to have no peace in their life, and others do their best to see that those around them have no peace either, by causing dissensions.

God invites us to seek his wisdom and gain understanding, store up his commands, and apply our hearts to understanding. And when we do this, in the midst of the man-made chaos and drama, and even when there are real life issues that weigh heavy, there is a peace that passes understanding given to Christians who seek after God’s wisdom.

Seek God’s wisdom, and then ALLOW God to place his peace in your spirit.

Jerry krewson
pastor, Wasco church of Christ “Christian”

2. CLASSIFIEDS (new or corrected)


classifieds.boyCLASSIFIED 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.


Your expressions of gratitude and congratulation are welcome here!


Your announcements of engagements, weddings, anniversaries, graduations and births are welcome here!



SHERMAN COUNTY REPRESENTATIVE for COMMUNITY ACTION COUNCIL. Mid-Columbia Community Action Council is a non-profit organization that works with low-income families and we are looking for a person from Sherman County to serve on our Board of Directors. We would like to have someone from Sherman County who represents a group or organization, but does not have to. The Board meetings are held every other month in The Dalles and usually last about an hour and a half. Would you be interested in helping your community, then contact Jim at MCCAC and he can fill you in on more details. 541-298-5131 or 

VISITOR CENTER HOST, OREGON PALEO LANDS CENTER. Oregon Paleo Lands Center, Fossil, Oregon Contacts: Host Coordinator: Bonnie Lofton (OPLI Center Board)541-462-3263 33475 Cougar Mountain Road, Mitchell, OR. 97750 or Host Assistant: Richard N Ross (OPLI Center Board) 503-807-0612 246 NW Florida Ave., Bend OR 97703.  You can find the Host Application at the Center’s website:

YOUR STORIES for SHERMAN COUNTY: FOR THE RECORD. The Sherman County Historical Society invites you to share your Sherman County stories or records. Contact the Sherman County Historical Society, P.O. Box 173, Moro, Oregon 97039 or contact editor Gladys Wesley at 541-565-3232. Information from diaries, letters, autograph albums, records and stories are welcome!  Consider recording your interviews of local story tellers – ask what they know or heard tell of brick yards, rodeos, movie theaters, the Grant-Maryhill ferry, fishing on the rivers or county events. Develop a short story around a series of photographs of a family, athletic or community event. See a content summary for Sherman County: For The Record 1983-2018:  or 

ONE DAY A MONTH MUSEUM HOST. Greet visitors at the Sherman County Historical Museum one day a month 10-5. You’ll be glad you did! Meet people and provide visitor information services! Contact Carrie Kaseberg or Patti Fields. 541-565-3232.

“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 

SUPPORT FOR BRENNAH MILLER. Brennah Miller is a young wife and mother, an electrician and a cancer patient. Opportunities to support the Miller Family are located at local businesses in Grass Valley, Moro, Wasco and Rufus.  Brennah Miller Account, Bank of Eastern Oregon, P.O. Box 444, Moro, Oregon 97039. 


TRANSPORTATION DISPATCHER. Sherman County Community Transportation is accepting employment applications for the position of transportation dispatcher. This is a permanent full-time position, 40hr/wk Monday-Thursday, salary range $12.17/hr starting pay to $14.25/hr final step. Applicant must be knowledgeable in the operation of modern office equipment including computer systems, spreadsheets and make decisions independently using effective time management in this fast paced position and have the ability to multitask choosing the highest priorities.   For job description and/or applications, contact the Sherman County Community Transit at 541-565-3553 or go online at http:/ Submit completed application and resume to the Sherman County Community Transportation, P.O. Box 365, Moro, OR  97039.  Position open until March 8th, 2019; first review of applications will be March 13, 2019. Successful applicant must pass a criminal history background check and a Drug & Alcohol pre-employment check, since this position involves contact with vulnerable adults.  Sherman County is an equal opportunity employer. 3/8 

GRAIN OPERATIONS LABORER. MCP is seeking two applicants to join our team as a Grain Operations Laborer. This full-time position will be based in either Sherman, Gilliam or Wasco County. As a Grain Ops Laborer you will have the opportunity to perform a wide variety of jobs within the department. Including but not limited to maintenance, housekeeping, inventory management and the practice of environmental health and safety programs applicable to the operation of the facility. Applications are available for download at or be picked up at the main office in Moro. 3/15

SALES & MARKETING REPRESENTATIVE. MCP is hiring a regional Sales and Marketing Representative. We are looking for an individual to service our customers in the Eastern Oregon region. As a Sales and Marketing Representative, you will solicit new prospects, sell products and services, and assist existing clients as necessary. The ideal candidate will have a strong working knowledge in one or more of these areas: Cardlock, Bulk Lube products, Grain Origination as well as Sales and Marketing. Applications are available for download in the career opportunities section of our website or contact Human Resources at 541-565-2277.  3/15

OREGON RACEWAY PARK COURSE MARSHAL, SECURITY, WORK STAFF. Watch the races and get paid for it too. ORP has a wide variety of openings for the 2019 season! Course Marshal: Candidates must be 18 years of age, able to climb ladders, have the ability to be outdoors (sometimes in harsh conditions), have good verbal communication skills and be able to react calmly and quickly to emergency situations.  Security: Crowd control, have guests sign liability release waiver and issue a colored wrist band as they arrive and enter ORP premises. Day and night shift available. Working Personnel: This is for all other duties that need to be done at ORP on a regular basis.  Orientation Day: Is held March 16, 2019 from 9am-5pm at 93811 Blagg Lane, Grass Valley, OR 97029. If interested in any of the positions please contact Brenda Pikl: 541-333-2452 email:  3/15 

SEASONAL HABITAT RESTORATION TECHNICIAN. Lower Deschutes Cooperative Weed Management Area/Sherman County Weed District is currently seeking job applicants for full time employment as a seasonal habitat restoration technician. Technicians will be hired to work approximately 35 weeks beginning March 2019 through October 2019. Please contact Dan Son at for more information.  Thank You.  3/1


LOCAL HANDYMAN’S SERVICES. Handyman, General Contractor & Equipment Operator. Large and small projects, indoors or out. Please call Kevin at 541-993-4282 | KCK, Inc. | Licensed, bonded and insured. CCB #135768. References available. 3/15 




HANDCRAFTED FURNITURE & 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.  ~The Wood Butcher | Wasco, Oregon | 541-993-4282 | | Facebook | 3/15 








LOCAL HISTORIC PRESERVATION SUPPORT: A grant application-in-progress for the Observer Farm Cemetery aka Old Kent Cemetery aka Wilcox Cemetery will be strengthened by support of people with an interest in historic preservation or relationships to those buried there: Kentner, Craig, Trotter, Orcutt, Thiese, Phillips, Leonard, Graham, Hayman, Kibbey/Kibby, Lane & Seidel whose families were early settlers in the Kent area. Please contact Sherry Kaseberg

LOCAL HISTORY INFO: Interested in gathering history of the early day Sherman County churches, especially location and dates in service for Rosebush Church, Rufus Baptist Church, Rufus Christian Church, Rufus Church of the Nazarene, Rufus Full Gospel Assembly, Moro Christian Science and Rufus Methodist Episcopal church-owned land in section 20, T2N, R18E near Biglow schoolhouse … and information about James Weir for updating the 3rd edition of Sherman County Place Names. Please contact Sherry Kaseberg

HOST FAMILY. Host a Foreign Exchange Student. ASSE Student Exchange Programs is now looking for American families to host high school students from Asia. These personable and academically select exchange students speak English, are bright, curious, and eager to learn about this country through living as part of a family for an academic year and attending high school. Your support of these students reinforces the United States’ commitment to education and opportunity throughout the world.

ASSE is currently seeking host families for these well-qualified, bright, motivated and well-screened students coming from Japan, China, Thailand, Taiwan, Mongolia, and South Korea. By living with local host families and attending local high schools, the students acquire an understanding of American values and build on leadership skills.

The exchange students arrive from their home country shortly before school begins and return at the end of the school year. Each ASSE student is fully insured, brings his or her own personal spending money and expects to bear his or her share of household responsibilities, as well as being included in normal family activities and lifestyles. At the same time the student will be teaching their newly adopted host family about their own culture and language.   If you are interested in opening your home and sharing your family life with a young person from abroad, please contact us today for more information, call (800) 733-2773, go online at or email

3. CALENDAR (new or corrected)



1 Deadline to pre-order for SWCD Tree & Shrub Sale

1 Frontier TeleNet Special Board Meeting via phone or Sherman County Courthouse 1

1-2 State Basketball Tournament in Baker City

4 Grass Valley City Council 7

5 ? Frontier Regional 911 Board Meeting

5 Mid-Columbia Economic Development District Ex. Board 4

5 Moro City Council 7

6 Sherman County Court 9

6 All County Prayer Meeting Moro Presbyterian 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 Prineville

9 History Forum Japanese Families at Mosier 1:30 Original Wasco County Courthouse


10 Sherman County Historical Museum Volunteer Recruitment 3-5 Museum

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

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

12-14 Healthy Soils Workshop, Pendleton

13 Sherman County Senior Center Advisory Committee 12:30

13 Rufus City Council 7

15 Maryhill Museum of Art Opens for the Season

15 Frontier TeleNet 10 TBA


19 Wasco City Council 7

19 Sherman County Public/School Library Board Meeting 6

20 Sherman County Court 9

23 Sherman Soil & Water Conservation District Tree & Shrub Sale 8-12 Moro

27 Sherman County SWCD & Watershed Council Annual Meeting 5:30

27-28 Roots of Resilience Grazing Conference, Pendleton

27-April 3, 10, 17 & 14 Still Life Painting Class – Maryhill Museum of Art

28 Mid-Columbia Economic Development District Board 4 Hood River


1 Grass Valley City Council 7

2 Moro City Council 7

3 Sherman County Court 9

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

4 Sherman County Fair Board 7

6 Equine Mania LLC Advanced Sorting Clinic w/Kristi Siebert (541) 980-7394

9 Tri-County Mental Health Board Meeting 11-2

9 North Central Public Health District Board Meeting 3

10 Sherman Senior & Community Center Advisory Board 12:30

10 Rufus City Council 7

10-11 Sherman County Budget Committee Meeting

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


15-16 Oregon Nonprofit Leaders Conference, Ashland

16 Frontier Regional 911 Board of Directors Meeting 1:30

16 Tri-County Community Corrections Board 3:30 Gilliam County

16 Wasco City Council 7

17 Sherman County Court 9

19 Frontier TeleNet Board Meeting TBA



24 Tri-County Courts 10-2 Sherman County Courthouse


Sherman County eNews #59


  1. Sherman 4-H Club Meeting Notes: The Tiny Teaspoons

  2. Community Action Council Seeks Sherman County Representative

  3. Editorial. Local Government Process and Transparency

  4. March is National Problem Gambling Awareness Month

  5. Community Action Poverty Simulation, April 5

  6. Rep. Walden honored for supporting community-owned, locally controlled electric utilities

  7. Preserving America as Founded

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

1. Sherman 4-H Club Meeting Notes: The Tiny Teaspoons

4-H clover1The Tiny Teaspoons 4-H Club met on February 23rd at 3pm at the Cranston’s house. Attending were Madison, Savannah and Claire. Pledge of Allegiance led by Savannah, 4-H Pledge led by Madison. We baked bread today. We learned that the gluten is like bubble gum because it is stretchy and can be filled with CO2 like when yeast eats the sugar and burps out CO2 to make our bread fluffy. We ground dark northern spring wheat into flour to make Great Harvest Honey Whole Wheat Bread. We also made pizza dough using All Purpose Flour. While we were waiting for the bread to bake, we made our own butter by using heavy cream, putting it in a jar and shaking it. Our next meeting will be March 16th.

Cindy Brown, Educator, Oregon State University, OSU Extension Service – Sherman County, College of Public Health & Human Sciences, 4-H Youth Development & SNAP-Ed, P: 541-565-3230 | C: 541-993-5291,

2. Community Action Council Seeks Sherman County Representative

arrow.blueswishMid-Columbia Community Action Council is a non-profit organization that works with low-income families and we are looking for a person from Sherman County to serve on our Board of Directors. One of our Sherman County members had to resign from the Board due to too many meetings and conflicts. We would like to have someone from Sherman County who represents a group or organization, but does not have to. The Board meetings are held every other month in The Dalles and usually last about an hour and a half. Would you be interested in helping your community? Then contact Jim at MCCAC and he can fill you in on the details. 541-298-5131 or

3. Editorial. Local Government Process and Transparency

pencil.sharpLast week we came across a website for an intergovernmental organization, the Association of Oregon Counties. AOC posts board of directors’ meeting notices, agendas, meeting packets (support materials) and draft minutes for the previous meeting online chronologically, all together in one place. What a great idea for local government!

We believe this practice

  • provides transparent access to organizational governance;
  • provides information on which government decisions are based;
  • encourages timely preparation and presentation by staff and board;
  • boosts confidence in local leadership;
  • gives staff an efficient format for response to inquiries;
  • makes public records easily available;
  • answers questions before they become problems; and
  • builds trust or restores trust where trust has been lost.

We’ll see.

4. March is National Problem Gambling Awareness Month

For the 15th year, the Oregon Council on Problem Gambling dedicates March to help increase public awareness of problem gambling and the availability of prevention, treatment and recovery services.  This coincides with the National Problem Gambling Awareness Month whose campaign theme is “Awareness + Action.”

“Problem gambling directly affects approximately 2.6 percent of adult Oregonians yet it remains largely not talked about,” said Oregon Council on Problem Gambling Executive Director Thomas Moore.  “It’s all about helping raise awareness of this addiction and the prevention, treatment and recovery services available for those adversely affected by gambling.”

National Problem Gambling Awareness Month is a grassroots effort that brings together a wide range of stakeholders – public health organizations, advocacy groups and gambling operators – who work collaboratively to let people know that hope and help exist.

“Creating awareness of problem gambling and available resources is a statewide commitment that is reflected in the official proclamation that Oregon Lottery and the Oregon Health Authority worked with the Governor’s office to develop,” added Lottery’s Director of Corporate Social Responsibility Stacy Shaw, who is also an officer on the National Council on Problem Gambling board.

Last year, visits to the Oregon Problem Gambling Resource website ( increased dramatically during March as result of all the focused marketing and outreach efforts.

“It’s inspiring that a grassroots campaign can have a measurable and meaningful statewide impact,” said Moore, “and we are working for even greater results in 2019.”

Shaw agreed. “This year we are focusing on letting people know that in Oregon treatment is really free, a message that’s important to people struggling with gambling issues,” she said.

Roger Nyquist, a member of the Oregon Council on Problem Gambling as well as an Oregon Lottery retailer and county commissioner said awareness about treatment is key.

“I recognize the importance of an ongoing focus to ensure community awareness of the risks associated with gambling and the resources available for both prevention and treatment,” he said. “The impact of problem gambling extends beyond the gambler, affecting families, friends and communities.”

The Oregon Lottery’s commitment to problem gambling support is year-round. Since 1992, one percent of Oregon Lottery profits has funded problem gambling treatment and prevention efforts throughout Oregon. Since that time, nearly $100 million in Lottery funds has supported those services, with $6.2 million allocated in 2018 alone

Additionally, this year the Oregon Lottery became the only lottery in the United States that sells video lottery to earn the World Lottery Association’s highest level of certification in the field of responsible gaming. The Oregon Lottery joined a select group of only eight other lotteries in the U.S. having received that level of certification from the WLA.

To get help for a gambling problem for you or a loved one, call 1-877-MYLIMIT.  Treatment is free, confidential and it works. For more information about problem gambling, how to have the conversation or to chat with a specialist, go to Oregon Problem Gambling Resource at  

About the Oregon Council on Problem Gambling — The Oregon Council on Problem Gambling is the state affiliate to the National Council on Problem Gambling. Its purpose is to promote the health of Oregonians by supporting efforts to minimize gambling related harm. Board members include stakeholders from the gaming industry, the treatment and prevention field, the recovery community and state and county administrators.

5. Community Action Poverty Simulation, April 5

Community partners, with representation from many different local organizations, are teaming up to host a Community Action Poverty Simulation (CAPS). 

The simulation, scheduled for April 5, 2019, from 9 a.m. to Noon at the Wahtonka Community School, is a learning tool created to help people understand the realities of poverty.

During the simulation, participants role-play the lives of low-income families. Example roles include; WIC recipients, senior citizens with limited income and other individuals with access and functional needs. The roles created for the simulation are not unlike many actual members of our community.

Simulation participants will have the difficult task of providing basic needs and shelter on a limited budget during four simulated “weeks” (15 minutes each). They will interact with participating human service agencies, grocers, pawnbrokers, bill collectors, job interviewers, and police officers, to name a few.

It’s important to note that CAPS is not a game. It’s a simulation that enables participants to understand poverty from different points of view, and to recognize and discuss the potential for change within our community.

The planning committee is asking key leaders in public service, health care, and other organizations, to take part in the simulation to better understand the communities we serve, and potentially take part in making a systematic change.

We invite you to participate in, or to observe, this important Community Action Poverty Simulation. This is a chance to witness first-hand the very real challenges faced by community members on a daily basis.

Link to register for the simulation: Link also available at   For additional information, please email Ursula at or call 541-506-2623.  We look forward to seeing you there.  For more information, please contact North Central Public Health District at (541) 506-2600 or visit us on the web at or our Facebook Page at

6. Rep. Walden honored for supporting community-owned, locally controlled electric utilities

Washington D.C., February 27, 2019—Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR) today received the American Public Power Association’s Public Service Award at the Association’s Legislative Rally in Washington, D.C.

During his tenure as chairman of the House Energy & Commerce Committee, Chairman Walden demonstrated a deep understanding of the value that public power utilities bring to their communities. A lifelong Oregonian, he understands firsthand how important hydropower has been to the Pacific Northwest’s economy and its citizens. Working with Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers from Washington state, he has led the charge on hydropower licensing reform — moving legislation through the committee and House.

Walden has also helped to push back against proposals by numerous presidential administrations to sell the federally-owned Power Marketing Administrations. As chairman, he played a key role in addressing other energy, environmental, and communications issues important to public power.

“We greatly appreciate Chairman Walden’s leadership on the Energy and Commerce Committee,” said Association President & CEO Sue Kelly. “He truly understands the benefits of community ownership and local control and has been a champion of policies that help to preserve and advance public power.”

Rep. Walden represents Oregon’s 2nd Congressional District, which has two public power utilities. They provide electricity to nearly 27,000 homes and businesses. ~

7. Preserving America as Founded

“I am asking you to choose greatness … We must keep America first in our hearts. We must keep freedom alive in our souls. And we must always keep faith in America’s destiny — that one nation, under God, must be the hope and the promise and the light and the glory among all the nations of the world!” — President Donald J. Trump, State of the Union Address, 2/5/19

“It’s time we asked ourselves if we still know the freedoms intended for us by the Founding Fathers.” — Ronald Reagan, “A Time for Choosing,” 1964

Rush Limbaugh, 2019: … “That is why, folks, for the last 25 years, the United States has been in a life-and-death struggle for its existence as we knew it. Battling for the nation is a fight I have joined; I love this country so much, and I have such high hopes for people who are not yet born. The truth is, America means everything to the world. It means everything to the survival of freedom and liberty and prosperity.

“American exceptionalism is often misdefined and misunderstood. Many have a knee-jerk reaction: “Oh, you think Americans are better than everybody else, huh? Well, screw you!” That’s not at all what it means. American exceptionalism is simply an acknowledgment that in a world of tyranny, a world of poverty, a world of bondage — America is the exception. Most people on earth since the beginning of time have not experienced anything close to the life of prosperity and opportunity that we as Americans take for granted.

“We’re the only country that has a charter enshrining the precept that the very essence of human beings is designed for a state of God-created freedom. And that charter, that Constitution, was written by brilliant people whose primary objective was to keep it that way — the preservation of individual liberty and prosperity and freedom, the pursuit of happiness — by limiting the role of government. The Bill of Rights, the first Ten Amendments to the Constitution, specifically lays out what government cannot do. The Constitution does not empower government over people. The Constitution reserves the premise of individual liberty and freedom for the people.

“Most people in the world have never gotten close to being able to live under such circumstances. In virtually all other countries in the world, the governments are the focus, and everything revolves around government. Now it’s true, we’re starting to trend that way. But I’m focusing on our founding. And this is exactly what’s so crucial to maintain. Since our founding is under attack, so is our existence as a free nation. And the only thing that saves us, the only thing that has saved us over generations, is a proper understanding of the Constitution.

“And it’s under assault. Stop and think about it. A mere piece of paper, and the reverence for it, is all that has stood in the way of this country becoming a tyranny.

“Every American elected official swears an oath to defend and protect the Constitution, a piece of paper. A piece of paper doesn’t have an army. The Constitution is an inanimate object. But it’s a piece of paper that for over 250 years has been respected, revered, and, for the most part, honored.

“The fact that we have survived this long is a miracle, given human nature and the ways of nations. These new leftists, who know nothing of our history, believe they’re smarter than our founders, who created the most prosperous and successful nation in human history. I want them to realize the truth: It’s such a God-given opportunity to be an American. It’s such a privilege, such a gift, to be nurtured, appreciated, revered, and maximized. It’s worth protecting. It’s worth fighting for.

Ronald Reagan closed his great speech, “A Time for Choosing,” with a tremendous challenge: “You and I have a rendezvous with destiny. We will preserve for our children this, the last best hope of man on earth, or we will sentence them to take the first step into a thousand years of darkness. If we fail, at least let our children and our children’s children say of us we justified our brief moment here. We did all that could be done.”

“We cannot fail. We must preserve and protect America as founded, the great, beautiful, best hope on earth.”

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

bird.owl.limbLegislature: March State Revenue Report

Deschutes River Alliance Videos

OSU Extension, Sherman County

Sherman County, Oregon

Sherman County, Oregon History Collection

Sherman County, Oregon Historical Museum

Portland Art Museum Exhibition: The Map is not the Territory

Climate Documentary: The Cross of the Moment
How Government Researchers Hijack Science for Political Purposes

Washington legislators remake hemp program



Sherman County eNews #58



  1. Notice. Sherman County Emergency Notification System

  2. Notice. Frontier Telenet Special Board of Directors Meeting, March 1

  3. Notice. Sherman County Court Minutes Now Online, October-January

  4. Notice. Sherman County Court News, January 16

  5. Conversation is a Two-Way Street – Part 2

  6. Oregon Secretary of State Dennis Richardson

  7. Oregonians invest more than $4.5 million in culture in 2018

1. Notice. Sherman County Emergency Notification System

If you would like to receive emergency notifications and you have not signed up for the EverBridge Notification System, Shawn Payne can help you do that.  Please call her at 541-565-3100. ~Shawn Payne, Sherman County Emergency Services

2. Notice. Frontier Telenet Special Board of Directors Meeting, March 1

Frontier Telenet’s minutes & agendas web page (click here) has been updated to include the agenda for a Meeting of the Board of Directors to be held on Friday, March 1, 2019 at 1:00pm PST.  Participants can attend in-person at the Sherman County Courthouse, 500 Court Street, Moro, Oregon or via teleconference (dial-in instructions are set out on the agenda). To access the agenda directly click the following link:  March 1, 2019 Frontier Board Meeting Notice and Agenda

3. Notice. Sherman County Court Minutes Now Online, October-January

ShermanCoLogoApproved minutes for the October 17, 2018 Regular Session, November 6, 2018 Work Session, November 7, 2018 Regular Session, November 28, 2018 Work Session, November 29, 2018 Work Session, December 5, 2018 Regular Session, December 19, 2018 Regular Session, January 2, 2019 Regular Session, January 16, 2019 Regular Session, and January 30, 2019 Special Session, are now available in the Archive of County Court Meeting Minutes

~Kayla von Borstel, Sherman County Court Administrative Assistant

4. Notice. Sherman County Court News, January 16

ShermanCoLogoBy Kayla von Borstel 541-565-3416

Quarterly Reports, Supplemental Budget Hearing, and Executive Session were the main items on the agenda during the January 16th session of Sherman County Court in Moro.

Jenine McDermid, Clerk, gave a quarterly report to the County Court. She reported there was a 75% voter turnout for the election. A Board of Property Tax Appeals (BOPTA) Hearing will take place on February 21, 2019 for one appeal. The Sherman County Clerk’s website page has information linking to the Oregon Government Ethics Commission, where rules and other research can be found. The City County Insurance (CIS) website, as well as the Sherman County Personnel manual, also contains information on ethics. Judge Dabulskis stated the Court has also been in contact with County Counsel regarding ethics training. McDermid stated the Special District Election would take place on May 21, 2019. 

Carrie Pipinich, Mid-Columbia Economic Development District (MCEDD), has continued working on the fiber agreements to keep the project moving forward. She has not received anything regarding the Intergovernmental Agreement, or City Agreements, from the City/Frontier TeleNet (FTN) Attorney. Commissioner McCoy reported that FTN approved use of dark fiber at their last meeting; Sherman County will hold off on any loan payment until the proper agreements were completed and received. MCEDD has continued to engage with the Lower John Day River Territory. Pipinich and Marla Harvey, MCEDD, have been working on the Grant Housing work session. Pipinich has been waiting for the United States Department of Agriculture to return from the government shutdown to move forward with paperwork, and clarification on reducing Bonding Authority for the Biggs Service District Water Project. Pipinich and Merrie von Borstel, Biggs Service District Administrator, will be meeting to discuss moving forward with a rate study; the second reading for the Biggs Water Ordinances will need to take place as well. Pipinich reported the meeting held for the Economic Opportunities Analysis went well, and the next meeting will be in February.

Wes Owens, Sherman County School District, thanked the Court for continued support and funds. Every year the District goes through the process of evaluating their missions, values, and goals for the year. Goals include the positive behavior support system, and K-12 reading program with a focus on elementary reading. Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) has been helping make weather safety decisions with the School District. The District has been working with Mid-Columbia Center for Living and Greater Oregon Behavioral Health, Inc. to work with students with mental health and behavioral issues; Owens would like to have someone permanently on site and to be a School employee. Mike McArthur, public guest, gave an update on the District well situation. He reported he was trying to get a waiver of liability, or to have a bill drafted to waive liability for wells pre-1950.

Supplemental Budget Hearing opened at 10:00 a.m. Debbie Hayden, Finance Director, stated there were two funds that needed to be addressed. Both funds came in with more revenue than anticipated during the budget season. The Supplemental Budget Hearing would put these funds into place so we can use them. County Court approved the Summary of Proposed Budget Changes, for the Tri County Veterans in the amount of $160,148.00, and the SIP Income Tax Distribution in the amount of $123,412.00 as recommended by the Finance Director, and authorized County Court to sign. The Hearing closed at 10:03 a.m.

Bob Thomas, Wildlife Services, reported he has been working primarily with coyotes, bobcats, skunks, mountain lions, beavers, turkeys, raccoons, and porcupines. Thomas has signed up about 30 landowners/ranchers to provide services to which is an annual requirement. Court inquired if Thomas does any work for the School or the Cemeteries regarding gophers and other pests; he responded yes he advises and assists with gophers since maintenance has their pesticides license. Thomas does not have his pesticides license, and does not plan to get one, so he cannot legally take care of the gophers solely. In the past he’s also participated at Outdoor School, and hopes to continue with the program. Judge Dabulskis asked if signs needed to be put in place when traps are set. Thomas stated there was no rule on private or public lands needing to have signs, it is usually a curtesy, and many landowners do not want them; if a landowner requests signs, he will put them out.

Commissioner McCoy motioned, second by Judge Dabulskis, to enter into Executive Session in Accordance with ORS 192.660 (2) (i) Personnel at 10:47 a.m.; discussion was held on County Personnel; executive session was exited at 10:54 a.m.

Actions taken by the Court included:

  • approved the Medical Examiner Services Agreement between Sherman County and the North Central Public Health District whereas Sherman County wishes to enter an agreement with North Central Public Health District for medical examiner services, as Sherman County does not have a County Medical Examiner, which is required by Oregon Law.
  • authorized the expenditure of $2,500 as a scholarship donation to Columbia Gorge Community College Foundation 2019-2020 academic year, in support of Sherman County students attending Columbia Gorge Community College.
  • approved the purchase of 1 Automated External Defibrillator (AED) cabinet in the amount of $199, and Stop The Bleed Kits in the amount of $40.80 each, with the amount as recommended by the Safety Committee.
  • approved the revised Frontier TeleNet Loan agreement and promissory note between Sherman County and Frontier TeleNet in the amount of $100,000 at 0% interest, with repayment at the end of June 2019 with the funds coming out if the SIP Additional fees.
  • approved the final Winslow Solar Loan payment to Sherman County in the amount of $1,500, and authorize Judge Dabulskis to sign.
  • approved the expenditure of $ 2,284.40 for the replacement of two LED Bollard outside lights at the Senior Center and any additional incidental costs not covered.
  • approved minutes of November 7, 2018, as presented.
  • approved the minutes of November 28, 2018, as presented.
  • approved the Revenue/Expenditure Summary for the month of December 2018, as presented.
  • approved the Treasurer’s Report for the month of November 2018, as presented.

Topics of discussion were Written Quarterly Reports, Sherman County Scholarship – Columbia Gorge Community College Foundation Recipient Thank You Letters, and Commissioner Reports.

5. Conversation is a Two-Way Street – Part 2

Building on yesterday’s “Conversation is a Two-Way Street,” parents of teenagers often complain that they can’t get their kids to communicate. Sometimes there are good reasons why.

Teenagers really want to be able to talk to their parents. In fact, in some cases, they’re dying because they can’t. A large number of teens who commit suicide are those who feel they can’t talk to either parent, and their feelings of loneliness, isolation and despair take over. (Take a moment and remember how the major issues of your life become much smaller and easier to manage when you can get them out in the open and talk about them.)

Parents, without realizing it, do things that stop their teen-aged children from confiding in them. What sorts of things? Well, they interrupt to give reprimands and lectures instead of just listening, giving support and saving the moral lesson for another time. Or, they discount what the teen is feeling by making it seem trivial or unimportant, especially when compared to the grown-up responsibilities parents must cope with.

If you catch yourself behaving in these ways when your teenagers try to talk with you, perhaps it’s time to stop and apologize, or at least clear the air. Your teenager will appreciate your efforts to change your behavior to gain a closer relationship, and he or she will give you another chance – maybe not on the spot, but soon. Be patient, there is history to get around here.

If your communications have broken down completely, a few visits to a good family therapist can help get you back on track. Few things in life are as important as your relationship with your children, whatever their ages. Why not make it as good as it can possibly be?

Time would seem to be a finite commodity, but investing some of it in the children around us pays dividends for a very long time. ~The Pacific Institute

6. Oregon Secretary of State Dennis Richardson

Oregon.Flat.poleOregon Secretary of State Dennis Richardson has lost his battle with cancer. He passed away on Tuesday, February 26, at about 9:00pm. Richardson was at his home surrounded by family and friends. Below is the full statement from Deputy Secretary of State Leslie Cummings.

On Tuesday, February 26, at approximately 9:00pm, Oregon Secretary of State Dennis Richardson’s courageous battle with cancer came to a close. Dennis passed away at his home surrounded by family and friends.

From his service in Vietnam as a combat helicopter pilot to his 30-year legal career and 19 years in public service, this father of nine and grandfather of 31 found great joy in serving and taking care of others.

As Secretary of State, Dennis was fiercely dedicated to accomplishing the work the people of Oregon elected him to do. Upon taking the reins of this office in January 2017, Dennis’ visionary leadership built on the strengths of the 227 Secretary of State staff members. Together, Dennis and this dedicated team of public servants improved the program business practices of Audits, Elections, Archives, Corporations and Small Business, and the three Administrative Services Divisions of the agency. He also brought many professional and personal gifts and experience to this office. Dennis’ focus on transparency, accountability, and integrity coupled with his uncompromising work ethic inspired staff to “up their games” to move mountains.

If you spent time with Dennis, it wouldn’t be long before he shared with you his personal motto of “Pro Tanto Quid Retribuamus,” which means: Having been given much, what will you give in return? This philosophy influenced every aspect of Dennis’ life and became the hallmark by which many knew him. His challenge to us in the Secretary of State’s office is to give our very best to each other and to Oregon each and every day.

Dennis leaves a legacy of always aiming high, expecting excellence, moving fast, and doing what is right for the people. It has been an honor and a privilege to work with such an incredible leader and wonderful friend. He will be greatly missed.

7. Oregonians invest more than $4.5 million in culture in 2018

Salem, Ore. – Once again generous Oregonians stepped up for culture in 2018, donating more than $4.5 million to the Oregon Cultural Trust. The funds will support fiscal year 2020 grants to cultural organizations across the state.

“Our donors are incredibly loyal,” said Cultural Trust Executive Director Brian Rogers. “Once they realize that the cultural tax credit really works, they tend to continue using it. As always, we look forward to investing their generosity in all of the great cultural activities happening across the state this year.”

“As the Oregon Legislature considers a bill to extend the sunset of the cultural tax credit,” said Cultural Trust Board Chair Chuck Sams, “we are proud that our citizens continue to demonstrate their commitment to working with us to strengthen our state’s famous quality of life.”

The $4.53 million fundraising total includes 8,821 donations and 1,352 new donors. It also includes $381,124 raised through a partnership with the Willamette Week Give!Guide.

More than half of the money raised will be distributed directly to Oregon’s cultural groups this summer; the remainder will grow the Cultural Trust permanent fund. Cultural Trust grants are distributed through five Statewide Cultural Partners – Oregon Arts Commission, Oregon Heritage, Oregon Historical Society, Oregon Humanities and the Oregon State Office of Historic Preservation – as well as to 45 county/tribal coalitions and directly to cultural nonprofits via Cultural Development Grants.

The 87 projects supported by Cultural Development Grants in FY2019 include:

  • The development of Astoria’s Scandinavian Heritage Park to honor the immigrant tradition that brought thousands of Scandinavians to Oregon’s North Coast in the late 1800s and early 1900s;
  • A remodel of Cottage Grove’s Cottage Theatre to increase seating, allowing 4,000 more patrons to experience performances each year;
  • Funding to support Portland Center Stage’s JAW 2019: A Playwrights Festival;
  • Restoration of the historic 1911 Belletable House southeast of Bend by the Fort Rock Valley Historical Society;
  • A half-time managing director for Ballet Folklorico Ritmo Alegre in Medford, ensuring sustainability of community dance classes and performances; and
  • Support of the “Re-TURN the Jantzen Beach Carousel” project, including the restoration of an original pony to illustrate the value of preserving an historic icon.

For a full list of Cultural Trust grant projects, including links to Cultural County Coalitions and several hundred county projects they are funding this year, visit


Sherman County eNews #57


  1. Notice. Lower John Day LAC & NRCS Working Group Meeting Cancelled

  2. Notice. Sherman County Public Transportation Advisory Committee Meeting, March 1

  3. Conversation is a Two-Way Street – Part 1

  4. Oregon Legislature: Senate Bill 608: Rent Control Passes House

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

  6. Walden Highlights Oregon impact of measles outbreak during Congressional hearing

1. Notice. Lower John Day LAC & NRCS Working Group Meeting Cancelled

The Lower John Day LAC and NRCS Local Working Group meetings scheduled for this Thursday, Feb. 28th at the Sherman County Extension Office have been CANCELLED due to inclement weather. We are sorry for any inconvenience. Both meetings will be rescheduled and posted soon. Please contact the SWCD office with any questions.

~ Amanda Whitman, District Manager, Sherman County SWCD

541-565-3216 ext 109

2. Notice. Sherman County Public Transportation Advisory Committee Meeting, March 1

ShermanCoLogoThe Sherman County Public Transportation Advisory Committee will be meeting on Friday, March 1, 2019 at 9:30 A.M., at the Senior Center in Moro.  The purpose of the meeting is to review current Grant Applications for 2019-21, review the Amended Committee Bylaws and signing if accepted, review the 2nd Quarterly STF ODOT Report for 2018-19 and the 1st Quarter 2018-19 HRTG Veteran’s Report & Funding Request for October 1, 2018 through December 31, 2018.  These meetings are open to the public. 

The Sherman County Public Transportation Advisory Committee welcomes and thanks citizens for suggestions.  The participation allows the Transportation to better serve our community.  Members of the public wishing to comment can indicate such by raising a hand.  The chairman of the committee will then call upon anyone wishing to make suggestions or comments.

3. Conversation is a Two-Way Street – Part 1

What should parents do if they want their teenagers to confide in them? Dr. Joyce Vedral, author of several books on the teenager-parent relationship, asked a large number of teens to answer this question, and here is what they said.

Generally, teenagers tend to feel comfortable talking with those parents with whom they can laugh and joke, parents whose understanding the teens know they can count on. When asked why they would choose one parent over another to confide in, they invariably say they choose the one who stays calm even when they, themselves, are emotional, and who never says things like, “That shouldn’t bother you.”

Here’s something else that’s critical. In our efforts to get our teenagers to talk to us, many of us neglect to talk to them – especially about how much we appreciate, love and admire them. Sometimes, we get so caught up in our efforts to keep our kids on the right track that we forget to tell them how great they are. That is a big mistake, but it’s one that can be fixed.

Nothing can be more encouraging and more conducive to building their self-esteem than you taking the time to express confidence that they have what it takes to make it in life. They may not tell you on the spot how much your approval matters to them, but believe that it does.

And dump the guilt, if you haven’t done these things so far. That was then, this is now. There is no time like the present to start! Be patient, as it may take a little time. There is a bit of history to get around. But, your kids will love you for it…even if they don’t come out and say so. ~The Pacific Institute

4. Oregon Legislature: Senate Bill 608: Rent Control Passes House

Oregon.Flat.poleSB 608 is on the way to the Governor for her signature. It would be the first such measure enacted statewide in the nation. Here is what it does:


BACKGROUND:  Landlords may legally evict tenants for a variety of reasons, including for nonpayment of rent and other violations of rental agreements. Oregon law also generally allows both landlords and tenants to terminate month-to-month tenancies without cause, with 30 days notice (although some localities, like Portland, have different notice requirements). Fixed-term tenancies can also be terminated without cause by either landlords or tenants at any time during the tenancy with 30 days notice prior to the end of the term, or with 60 days notice after the end of the term. Current law prohibits rent increases in the first year of a month-to-month tenancy and requires 90 days notice of same. There are no other restrictions on the number or amount of rent increases that may be imposed on a month-to-month tenancy.

Senate Bill 608 prohibits evictions without cause after the first year of occupancy and adds the following circumstances to the existing list of reasons that a landlord may evict: when the premises are sold to a buyer as a primary residence; when the premises will be occupied by the landlord or an immediate family member; or when the premises are being renovated, demolished, or removed from residential use. If a landlord uses one of the new reasons to evict, they must provide 90 days notice and one month’s rent to assist the tenant with relocation (except two-unit or less, owner-occupied properties, and landlords who own four or fewer dwelling units).

Senate Bill 608 also provides for fixed-term tenancies to automatically convert to month-to-month unless the parties agree to a new term or a tenant has received at least three written, contemporaneous warnings about violations in the preceding 12 months.

Finally, Senate Bill 608 limits rent increases to no more than seven percent plus the average change in the consumer price index, no more than once in any 12-month period, unless: the premises are considered new construction, the landlord is resetting rent for a new tenant after a compliant tenant vacated voluntarily, or the rent is subsidized.

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

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Weight Mile v gas tax with Carbon Bill

Oregon Legislature. Joint Subcommittee On Public Safety Meeting Materials

Oregon State Bar Orientation Handbook and Public Meetings Law

TedEd. Ideas Worth Sharing: How to Spot a Liar

Watch Your Language: Everyone should Get a Nickname

Voyager I : 1977 – 2019 [ The Journey Continues ] 

Our Finite World. Low Oil Prices: An Indication of Major Problems Ahead?

Car Catalogs, New York Public Library 

Misguided wolf introductions wreaking havoc on wildlife populations and livestock

6. Walden Highlights Oregon impact of measles outbreak during Congressional hearing

American flag2WASHINGTON, D.C. — Representative Greg Walden (R-Hood River) will highlight the Oregon impact of the current measles outbreak during a hearing before the Energy and Commerce Committee on Wednesday. The hearing will focus on the reemergence of measles in Oregon and southwest Washington and response efforts.

“We are witnessing the reemergence of measles in Oregon and southwest Washington that has rightly alarmed people here and throughout the country,” said Walden. “This highly contagious, life-threatening virus is being transmitted among unvaccinated individuals in the region, and presents a serious public health threat in our communities. I look forward to learning more from public health officials on addressing the current outbreak in Oregon and Washington, efforts to prevent the disease’s spread, and strategies to support vaccination efforts and education.”

Since January 1, 2019, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported 159 individual measles cases in 10 states. The majority of measles cases have occurred in Clark County, Washington, a suburb of Portland, Oregon, with 65 confirmed measles cases. Of those cases, 57 involved people who were not vaccinated against the disease, and 47 people infected were children between the ages of one and 10.