Week of April 11, 2024

Representative Bentz looks to end protective status of gray wolves

Stephen Allen | Apr 10, 2024

U.S. Representative Cliff Bentz assembled a panel of county commissioners, state representatives and federal employees at a public hearing on the gray wolf on Thursday, April 4 at the Pendleton Convention Center. It was the third hearing that Rep. Bentz (R-Ontario) has held on the gray wolf, which was reintroduced to parts of Canada and the Yellowstone National Park in the late 90s. The gray wolf has expanded its range and territory over the past two decades. Joining Rep....

New physician to begin seeing patients at ACHC Fossil Clinic

Press Release | Apr 10, 2024

Asher Community Health Center has added another permanent provider to its growing care team. Dr. John Ross will now be seeing patients at the Fossil Clinic location and appointments can be scheduled for Tuesdays and Wednesdays. He joins FNP Irina Martin in providing comprehensive care to Wheeler County patients. Dr. Ross is a native Oregonian, growing up in Tillamook, Portland and Beaverton. He graduated from Sunset High School and attended Reed College and Portland State...

Condon's Highland Hills Ranch wins ORVIS Lodge of the Year

Stephen Allen | Apr 5, 2024

Manchester, Vermont-Highland Hills Ranch, nestled just outside Condon, Oregon, has clinched the esteemed title of 2024 Orvis Wingshooting Lodge of the Year, marking its third triumph in this category. Founded in 2002 by Sherman County native Dennis Macnab, the ranch has become a hallmark destination for upland bird hunters. The lodge was built by renowned contractor Dave Allstott of Heppner, Oregon. Spanning 3,000 acres along Rock Creek, Highland Hills Ranch boasts an...

Lohrey receives Sheriff of the Year award

Jessica R. Wheeler | Apr 3, 2024

Sherman County Sheriff Brad Lohrey received a remarkable honor from one of the largest sheriffs' organizations in the nation. The Western States Sheriffs' Association honored Lohrey with its esteemed Sheriff of the Year award in March. The organization encompasses 18 states, including Oregon, Washington, Wyoming, Utah, Idaho, California, Arizona, Nevada, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, Colorado, Kansas, Montana, Texas, Missouri and Oklahoma. One of the big...

NCPHD celebrates National Public Health Week

Press Release | Apr 3, 2024

National Public Health Week, April 1-7, is an opportunity for North Central Public Health District (NCPHD) to highlight the many programs we offer to keep our communities safe. Going strong this year is a free tobacco cessation program, which launched in 2023, available to Wasco, Sherman, and Hood River County residents. It offers not only free cessation counseling for people of any age, but also free nicotine replacement therapy, such as gum, lozenges or patches, for those...

US Rep. Cliff Bentz to hold listening session on wolves this Thursday

Stephen Allen | Apr 4, 2024

In late February, a two-day old calf was killed by a wolf or wolves in Lost Valley in Wheeler County. Last week, wolves killed a calf in Morrow County and wolf sightings have been on the rise in north-central Oregon. Wolf depredation of livestock has become a part of life for ranchers in Wallowa, Baker, and Umatilla County over the past decade. But wolves are now moving further west through the Blue Mountains and into the sparsely populated and livestock rich ranches in...

Gilliam County recall election scheduled

Stephen Allen | Mar 27, 2024

Gilliam County Clerk Ellen Wagenaar has scheduled a special election for April 30, 2024. Voters will decide whether Judge Elizabeth Farrar Campbell and Commissioner Pat Shannon should be recalled, or if they will be allowed to finish their terms in office. Ballots are set to be mailed out on Wednesday, April 10 and will be due back on Tuesday, April 30. Recall petition signatures were submitted to the Gilliam County Clerk's Office last week. After being verified, both Judge...

Condon 'The Round-Up' building sells

Stephen Allen | Mar 27, 2024

The Condon Round-Up has sold to Nick Smith of Tigard. Smith has been visiting Condon for many years and is a close friend of Scott and Steve Miller and of the Miller family. Smith is the Senior Project Manager at Emerick Construction, one of the largest residential and commercial builders in the Portland area. During trips to Condon, Smith would often visit the town's favorite watering holes, including the Round-Up and the Elks Lodge. After the Round-Up closed on New Year's...

Sherman chapter shines at state FFA convention

Jessica R. Wheeler | Mar 27, 2024

FFA chapters from Sherman County School and Condon High School had a big weekend at Oregon FFA State Convention last weekend. Held in Redmond, the 96th annual Oregon FFA State Convention featured a number of state level career and leadership development events, workshops, keynote speakers, a college/career expo and the election of the next year's Oregon FFA State Officers, Sherman FFA advisor Nels Swenson said. Swenson is Sherman's agriculture science teacher and FFA advisor....

Cedar Springs Road ready for changes

Stephen Allen | Mar 27, 2024

Before Waste Management came to Gilliam County, Cedar Springs Road was one like any other. Two lanes and gravel, the road was used by area farmers and some fishermen that were headed to the John Day River. But over the years, Cedar Springs Road has been used heavily as the Columbia Ridge Waste Management site has grown. With contracts from Portland Metro and Seattle, the Columbia Ridge landfill is the county's largest employer. At the joint work session on February 22 between...

Housing and remediation discussions continue for old Condon Grade School

Stephen Allen | Mar 20, 2024

Efforts to remediate and revitalize the old Condon Grade School were discussed by the Environmental Sentry Corp board of directors last week at its monthly meeting. The Environmental Sentry Corp is the non-profit wing of the Port of Arlington. The non-profit has been utilized to help with remediation efforts on large projects that are outside of the Port's scope and abilities. The Environmental Sentry Corps took ownership of the old Condon Grade School last year and has...

Gilliam County Sheriff to be President of Western States Sheriff's Association

Mar 22, 2024

Gilliam County Sheriff Gary Bettencourt has been selected to be the next President of the Western States Sheriff Association. The Western States Sheriff Association is made up of sheriffs and command staff from seventeen western states, which spans from Texas to Oregon. Sheriff Bettencourt has been active with the Western States Sheriff's Association for several years and will take over from Sheriff Corey Helton of Lea County, New...

Sherman County Cultural Coalition spring grant open

Mar 22, 2024

The Sherman County Cultural Coalition has set an application deadline of March 31, 2024 for the Sherman County Cultural Coalition Spring Grant Cycle. Up to $1,500 for local culture, humanities, heritage, and arts. Open to individuals/groups. Apply at www.shermancountyculturalcoalition.com. Questions? Contact Melva Thomas, 541-980-4968 or shermancultural...

Gilliam County recall signature sheets submitted

Mar 22, 2024

Signatures sheets for the recall of Judge Elizabeth Farrar Campbell and Commissioner Pat Shannon were given to the Gilliam Co. Clerk on March 19, 2024. A total of 150 signatures for each recall petition was required and according to members of the recall campaigns, that number was met. The signatures will need to be verified by County Clerk Ellen Wagenaar, and if shown to be valid, will give five days to Judge Farrar Campbell and Commissioner Shannon to either resign or...

Gilliam County Cultural Coalition sets spring grant deadline

Mar 22, 2024

The Gilliam county Cultural Coalition has set a grant application deadline for March 28, 2024. Applications will be reviewed on April 4, 2024. Non-profits, groups, and individuals are encouraged to apply for up to $1,500 in funding for activities that focus on arts, culture, heritage, and humanities. Applications are available online at www.co.gilliam.or.us/residents...

Wasco Market honors its staff after Chamber award

Jessica R. Wheeler | Mar 14, 2024

The historic Wasco Market has come a long way in just four short years, and its crew has clearly made quite an impact on their community. Owners Michelle and Travis Lawrence were presented with Sherman County's 2023 Small Business of the Year award last month at the Oregon Frontier Chamber of Commerce annual membership meeting. Michelle Lawrence said all credit goes to their dedicated and hardworking staff. "I couldn't ask for a better group of people to work with at the...

Governor Kotek Appoints Kari Hayter to Gilliam County Justice Court

Press Release | Mar 14, 2024

ARLINGTON – Governor Tina Kotek announced on March 6, 2024, that Kari Hayter has been appointed as the Gilliam County Justice of the Peace, effective June 1, 2024. Hayter, currently serving as the City Recorder for the City of Arlington, brings a wealth of experience and dedication to public service. Governor Kotek expressed confidence in Hayter's capabilities, stating, "Kari Hayter is a dedicated public servant and will work hard to meet the needs of the community. I look...

Gilliam Co. Court rescinds controversial order

Stephen Allen | Mar 14, 2024

The Gilliam County Court rescinded its order to transfer all judicial duties to circuit court during its meeting on March 6 in Condon. Using the South Gilliam Emergency building for the session as the Gilliam County Courthouse is under construction – the court met in executive session and emerged with a decision to rescind a portion of order 2023-01. That order, passed in December, would have removed all judicial duties from the Gilliam County Court. Six rural counties in...

Gilliam Co. Court approves grants for housing, childcare

Stephen Allen | Mar 14, 2024

The Gilliam County Court approved funding for two capital investment grants during its regular session on March 6 in Condon. The court also worked to find funding solutions for a third applicant. Taking recommendations from The Competitive Grant Review Committee, which convened on February 15, 2024, the court looked to fund the fifth cycle of the Capital Investment Grant Applications. The court’s strategic goals for capital investment grants are narrow and apply to...

Sherman one of 15 Oregon schools to receive Trail Blazers Foundation grant

Press Release | Mar 13, 2024

PORTLAND, OR — The Trail Blazers Foundation has awarded 15 grants, totaling $100,000, to schools throughout Oregon through its 'Take It To The Court for Education' school grant program. The grants will be distributed to schools in nine counties throughout Oregon, reaching from the southwest in Josephine County to the northeast in Union County. Sherman County School District was awarded funds to improve open gym basketball/team practice space. "Celebrating each of these...

Sherman chess team scores at state tournament

Jessica R. Wheeler | Mar 14, 2024

Sherman County students pulled off a big chess victory in Portland last weekend. Youth chess players Gage Simpson, Cohen Burgett, Caiden Walker, Erin Burbank and Daria Duong traveled to Oregon Episcopal School on the west side of Portland to participate in the 60th annual Oregon High School Chess Team Association State Tournament. This was a U.S. Chess Federation-rated tournament, with five rounds of team competition over two days, Sherman teacher and club leader Kevin Stuart...

Billy Gentry Scholarship open now to May 1st

Press Release, Columbia Basin Electric Cooperative | Mar 11, 2024

Columbia Basin Electric Cooperative offices in Heppner and Condon will be accepting applications for the Billy Gentry Memorial Scholarship now through 5:00 p.m., May 1, 2024. Billy started work for the Cooperative at 18 years old and retired in 1991 after 43 years with the Cooperative. Billy worked as a truck driver, a pole setter, on the framing crew, jackhammer operator, and powder man before becoming the foreman and then line superintendent. Billy loved his work family and...

Oregon Frontier Chamber of Commerce introduces new Executive Director Shania Drinkwine-Wagenaar

Mar 7, 2024

CONDON, OR – In a move set to invigorate local business advocacy and community development, Shania Drinkwine-Wagenaar has been selected as the new Executive Director of the Oregon Frontier Chamber of Commerce. With a wealth of experience in leadership, strategic planning, and community engagement, Drinkwine-Wagenaar brings a fresh perspective and a passion for continuing in the footsteps of the two former Chamber Directors, K'Lynn Lane and Brooklynn Griffith. Born and...

  • Statement from Cliff Bentz regarding his vote in favor of "The Further Consolidated Appropriations Act" (FCAA)

    Press Release | Mar 22, 2024

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressman Cliff Bentz, (OR-2) released the following statement regarding his vote in favor of the "The Further Consolidated Appropriations Act" (FCAA): "This was a difficult vote. There is much I dislike in this bill, but when we Republicans barely control only one of the three branches of government (House, Senate, White House), the results our team obtained after months of work and thousands of amendments are deserving of serious respect. Additionally,...

  • March 12th filing deadline for Gilliam primaries

    Mar 7, 2024

    The deadline to file for Gilliam County elections is approaching. Anyone wishing to be a candidate must file with the Gilliam County Clerk by 5 PM on March 12. Residents will cast their votes for key positions that will shape the county's future. Among the contested positions is that of County Judge – a nonpartisan role with a significant six-year term. The candidates so far are: Cris Patnode, Jim Hassing, and Leah Watkins. In the nonpartisan race for County Commissioner...

  • Condon Arts Council holds all analog camp for kids

    Stephen Allen | Apr 11, 2024

    Getting kids away from screens is no easy feat. But the Condon Arts Council did just that at a special camp over spring break. Twenty-two kids from Condon and Fossil took part in the class. Called "Ana Con" – short for Analog Convention – the camp had a no-electronics focus. Kids instead learned how to immerse themselves in role-playing games and character creation, while using their imaginations and improvisational skills to complete tasks. Wendell Seitz, the son of...

  • OBITUARY: Marvin Clyde Mabe

    Apr 10, 2024

    Marvin Clyde Mabe 8/19/34 – 3/23/24 A loving husband, father, and grandfather passed on March 23rd surrounded by his loving family. Born in Strawfork, just outside of Fossil, Marvin grew up near the painted hills with his parents Harold Random & Ruby Carrie Olson Mabe, as well as his siblings Harold Dean, Rodrick, William, Shirley, Ruby Lee, and Mildred. Soon the family moved to Fossil so the kids could go to school. After finishing school he delivered fuel for Art Robinson and worked at Wright’s Chevrolet until he...

  • OBITUARY: Carol Ann Welborn

    Mar 27, 2024

    Carol Ann Welborn, 69, of Lonerock, Oregon died March 23, 2024, in Culver, Oregon with family by her side. A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, March 29, 2024 at the Heppner Masonic Cemetery in Heppner, Oregon, with a potluck dinner in Lonerock at 2 p.m. at the Community Center. She was born October 9, 1954 at Beaverton, Oregon, the second child of Shirley Mary Greene Phillips and James Terry Phillips. Carol graduated high school and did two terms at Southern Oregon College, and after deciding college was...

  • Obituary: Brian Sullivan

    Mar 13, 2024

    Brian Louis Sullivan died February 29, 2024, near Long Creek. Brian was born August 4, 1953, the fourth of nine children to Robert and Marilyn Sullivan of Pasco, Washington. He began working on the family's farm alongside his dad, uncle, and siblings as soon as he was old enough to hold a tractor steering wheel steady. His hands often stained green from early morning weeding, he attended St. Patrick Catholic School, his mischievous spirit keeping the nuns busy. From an early...

  • OBITUARY: Becky Diane Frazier

    Mar 7, 2024

    Becky Diane Frazier of Scappoose, Oregon passed away on February 22, 2024, at 74 years old. She was born on November 30, 1949, in Lewiston, Idaho to her parents Lyle and Susie Frazier. Becky attended Sandy High School for her freshman year, then went on to Wheeler High School in Fossil, Oregon, where she graduated in 1968. She continued her education at what is now West-ern Oregon University in Monmouth, Oregon, graduating in 1972. In 1980, she went to the University of...

  • OBITUARY: Timothy Patrick Welborn

    Mar 7, 2024

    Timothy Patrick Welborn, 70, of Lonerock, Oregon died, Monday, February 26, 2024 at Culver, Oregon. He was born September 5, 1953 at Eugene, Oregon, the son of Thomas W. and Elizabeth G. Fielding Welborn. He was raised and attended School and graduated from high school at Crow, Oregon, near Eugene. On February 6, 1982 he married Carol Ann Phillips in Portland, Oregon. The couple started their married life on the Welborn family ranch in Lonerock which they operated for over 42 years. Tim enjoyed hunting and fishing but...

  • OBITUARY: Gary Grossmiller

    Mar 7, 2024

    Gary Grossmiller was born on December 20, 1961 and passed away on February 21st in the Hood River Rehab Center. He was a 5th generation Arlington Oregon resident. He is survived by his sister Susan Logan of Vancouver, WA, his niece Gabby (Eddie) Tim and new great nephew, Caleb. He is preceded in death by his mother, Victoria Wheelhouse and his father, Jake Grossmiller of The Dal-les. Gary was part of the great class of 1980 in Arlington. He was part of many state...

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