Sherman County eNews #363


  1. Photography Club to Meet, Nov. 23
  2. Sherman High Student Council Offers Opportunities for Charitable Giving, Nov. 30-Dec. 11
  3. Get Your Sherman Husky Gear, Dec. 4 & 5
  4. Moro Resident Jayme Alsup Among 17 Exceptional Nurses Across Oregon & SW Washington
  5. USDA Helps States, Private Partners Protect and Restore Grasslands, Wetlands, and Working Lands

  6. Oregon State Parks Foundation & Cottonwood Canyon State Park Experience Center

  7. Links

    fotocamera1. Photography Club to Meet, Nov. 23

    The Photography Club meets Monday, November 23, at 7 p.m. at the Sherman County Public/School Library.  Tori  Macnab will give a presentation on bokeh photography.

    2. Sherman High Student Council Offers Opportunities for Charitable Giving, Nov. 30-Dec. 11

    Meghan Belshe, a junior at Sherman High and Secretary of the Student Council, announced upcoming charity events at the high school to inform the community and invite them to contribute. Two charity events that will take place November 30th through December 11th.

    The first charity is called “Stuff the Bus.” The Student Council is asking all of the classes, the staff, and Sherman County residents, to bring non-perishable food items, or money donations, to the school. At the end, students will count how many pounds of food ($1= 1 pound for money donations) and award a prize to the class that brings in the largest amount. The community can contribute to “Stuff the Bus” by bringing non-perishable food items or money donations to the Sherman Basketball Tournament, which will take place on December 4th and 5th.

    The second charity is called “Socks for Soldiers.” Boxes will be placed at the Moro Bank of Eastern Oregon, Huskey’s 97 Market, Sherman County Public/School Library, Sherman Jr/Sr High, Sherman Elementary School in Grass Valley, and the Wasco Post Office for the un-used (new) socks that will be sent to the soldiers. 

    3. Get Your Sherman Husky Gear, Dec. 4 & 5

     Get your Sherman Husky gear!     ***Two Days Only***                               

    Sherman Booster Club and AJ’s Printed Apparel have joined forces to bring you Sherman Husky apparel.

    WHEN: December 4th and 5th

    WHERE: Sherman Jr/Sr High School during the bazaar, Christmas tree sale & winter basketball tournament. 

    AJ’s Printed Apparel will be ON SITE to print and personalize Sherman t-shirts and sweatshirts, just the way you want them.

    Special tournament shirts will also be available and personalized on-site. There will also be ready to purchase baseball caps.  Other items can be ordered these days as well. Questions? Contact Amy

     4. Moro Resident Jayme Alsup Among 17 Exceptional Nurses Across Oregon & SW Washington

    Moro resident Jayme Alsup was among 17 exceptional nurses from across Oregon and SW Washington recognized Friday, November 13th, at the fifth annual March of Dimes Nurse of the Year Awards. With 222 finalists, the state-wide committee selected the 17 winners in a blinded process.

    imgresWhile celebrating the immense value of all nurses in our communities, these 17 were acknowledged for their constant care, compassion and dedication to improve the quality of others’ lives through service.

    Nurse of the Year 2015 Winners
    * Adult Acute Care: Jennifer Stafford of Legacy Meridian Park Hospital from Oregon City
    * Advanced Practice: Leanna Jones of Randall Children’s Hospital at Legacy Emanuel from Portland
    * Ambulatory Care/Clinic Care: Lacey Anderson of Kaiser Permanente Northwest from Vancouver
    * Case Management, Occupational Health and Utilization Review: Christine Brown of Kaiser Permanente Northwest from Portland
    * Community Health: Sandra Schull of Providence Willamette Falls Medical Center from Oregon City
    * Critical Care (Adult/Pediatric/Neonatal): Anna Dillon of Mid-Columbia Medical Center from Hood River
    * Emergency: Jayme Alsup of Mid-Columbia Medical Center from Moro
    * Hospice, Home Health, Long Term Care, Rehab, Palliative Care: Laura Macias of Portland Adventist Homecare Services from Portland
    * Nurse Educator: Susanne Knoetig of Kaiser Westside Medical Center from Forest Grove
    * Nurse Leader: Ashley Blatchley of Legacy Good Samaritan Hospital from Oregon City
    * Nurse Specialty: Lisa Erickson Sosa of Mid-Columbia Medical Center from Hood River
    * Pediatric Acute Care: Tricia Mickle of Randall Children’s Hospital at Legacy Emanuel from Portland
    * Rising Star: Melissa O’Dell of Portland Adventist Medical Center from Troutdale
    * Small Hospital: Rachel Crowder of Mid-Columbia Medical Center from Hood River
    * Surgical Services: Amanda Skinner of Oregon Health & Science University from Portland
    * Women’s Health: Laura Brown of Columbia Memorial Hospital from Warrenton
    * Distinguished Nurse Of the Year: Pat Scheans of Randall Children’s Hospital at Legacy Emanuel from Portland

    This annual honorary event also serves as a benefit for March of Dimes. With the support and involvement of 20 health organizations and medical centers, the Nurse of the Year Awards raised over $71,000 to help fund the mission of improving the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.

    March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. With chapters nationwide and its premier event, March for Babies, March of Dimes works to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. For the latest resources and information, visit or

    5. USDA Helps States, Private Partners Protect and Restore Grasslands, Wetlands, and Working Lands

    PORTLAND, Ore. – Agricultural Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the availability of $350 million to help landowners protect and restore key farmlands, grasslands and wetlands across the nation. The funding is provided through the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP), created by the 2014 Farm Bill to protect critical water resources and wildlife habitat, and encourage private owners to maintain land for farming and ranching. Through the voluntary sale of an easement, landowners limit future development to protect these key resources.

    “The benefits of restoring, enhancing and protecting these working agricultural lands and critical wetlands cannot be overstated,” Vilsack said. “USDA is committed to preserving working agricultural lands to help protect the long-term viability of farming across the country as well as to restoring and protecting vital sensitive wetlands that provide important wildlife habitat and improve water quality.”

    NRCS Oregon is accepting applications for the new Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP). Applications must be submitted by Jan. 15 to be considered for this year’s priority funding.

    NRCS Oregon will rank applications based on identified natural resource concerns and priority areas throughout the state. Easement priority areas in Oregon include critical water bird habitat, Coho and steelhead salmon habitat, sage grouse habitat, grasslands, and more.

    “The ACEP is an exciting new opportunity for private landowners and conservation partners to ensure the long-term protection and vitality of Oregon’s working agricultural lands and wetlands,” said Oregon State Conservationist Ron Alvarado. “We encourage state and local governments, non-governmental organizations, Indian tribes, and private landowners to contact their local NRCS office to see how our easement programs can help them achieve long-term natural resources goals.”

    ACEP’s agricultural land easements not only protect the long-term viability of the nation’s food supply by preventing conversion of productive working lands to non-agricultural uses, they also support environmental quality, wildlife habitat, historic preservation and protection of open spaces.  Native American Tribes, state and local governments and non-governmental organizations that have farmland or grassland protection programs may be eligible to partner with NRCS to purchase conservation easements. 

    Wetland reserve easements allow landowners to successfully restore, enhance and protect habitat for wildlife on their lands, reduce damage from flooding, recharge groundwater and provide outdoor recreational and educational opportunities. Eligible landowners can choose to enroll in a permanent or 30-year easement. Tribes also have the option of enrolling in 30-year contracts.

    Learn more about ACEP opportunities in Oregon by visiting the NRCS Oregon ACEP webpage at:

    To learn about ACEP and other technical and financial assistance available through NRCS conservation programs, visit or your local USDA Service Center. 

    6. Oregon State Parks Foundation & Cottonwood Canyon State Park Experience Center

     Local Foundation to Match Contributions Toward Cottonwood Canyon Experience Center

    The Oregon State Parks Foundation is working to raise $800,000 to construct the Cottonwood Canyon Experience Center, a multi-use facility for group learning, meetings, events and community activities at the newly-opened Cottonwood Canyon State Park. This is Oregon’s newest and second-largest state park, located on the John Day River between Condon and Wasco on OR 206.


    Regional and statewide funders are encouraged by our progress, and we are well on the way to reaching our goal, but foundations have made their contributions contingent upon a show of support from the local community to build the Experience Center. In fact, an anonymous Gilliam County Foundation has offered to match contributions of $500 or less dollar for dollar until the end of the year. So your gift is important today.

    Your contribution of any size, will help demonstrate that the Experience Center should be constructed at Cottonwood Canyon for local community uses.  Our goal is to raise at least $25,000 in smaller donations from the local community over the life of the campaign

    The Cottonwood Canyon Experience Center will provide an opportunity for residential outdoor learning, regional activities, environmental education and cultural events that serve the community, the region, and state park visitors from across the state and nation. This multi-use facility will include a classroom, interpretive displays, activity and meeting areas, a park-specific library, relaxation and contemplation space. The Experience Center will be a modest 1,700-square-foot building in the ranch vernacular of the region with shaded outdoor space, fireplace, walkways connecting to camping and cabin areas, and sustainable design throughout.

    It is critical that we demonstrate support from the local community for this project.  As a result, we ask you to support this project with your gift in any amount ($10, $20, $50, $100, $500 or more) With your help, construction is expected to begin in spring 2017. 

    Thank you for considering a tax-deductible gift of any size to help bring this project to life.

    Please go to and make a contribution now.

    Questions?  Call 503/802-5750
    John Hoffnagle, Executive Director

    Oregon State Parks Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit statewide organization dedicated to preserving and enhancing Oregon’s state parks.  Our federal tax identification number is 93-1177836.


    7. Links

     Fear, Love and Refugees | We shouldn’t let fear keep us from helping others.

    Oregon History & Archaeology Library

     Oregon Heritage

    Safe passwords shouldn’t require people to have a PhD in computer science

     The True Cost of the War on Terror

     The True Cost of Fueling Conflict

     The Cost of National Security

     The True Cost of Military Equipment Spending

     Million Student March

    Gov. Kate Brown – Refugees

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Thank you!
Sherry Kaseberg