Sherman County eNews #377

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

  1. Civic Auditorium Flea Market, Dec. 13
  2. Sherman County Court Agenda, Dec. 16
  3. Sherman County Court Notes, Dec. 2
  4. History Tidbit: Electric Power for Sherman County
  5. Congressman Greg Walden: American Security
  6.  ALS Association Received $300,000 Research Grant
  7. Links

 


1. Civic Auditorium Flea Market, Dec. 13

The Civic’s Flea Market will be held this Sunday, Dec. 13th 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Over 30 vendors offering a variety of items for sale.  Boy Scout Troop #398, food service, and Sandoz Farm will be there, too.  Fort Dalles Museum, Original Wasco County Courthouse, and Wasco County Historical Society will be participating this month.  Come meet some pretty neat historical people! Free admission to the public. The Civic is located at 323 E. 4th Street.


 

2. Sherman County Court Agenda, Dec. 16

~ Lauren Hernandez, Administrative Assistant

Sherman County Court

PO Box 365

Moro, OR 97039

 

Sherman County Court

Agenda

December 16, 2015

  1. Appointment Schedule:
    1. 9:00 a.m.      Austen Martin – Proposed Duplex Loan
    2. 1:15 p.m.     Chris Diloreto – Di Loreto Architecture – Wasco Annex Update
    3. Iberdrola Solar Project (tentative agenda item)
  2. Additions to Agenda:

3. Action Items:

Fair Board Resignation Letter

4. Discussion Items:

  1. Fair Board Vacancy
  2. Fair Board Training Survey
  3. Sharing Reductions From New Northern Oregon Regional Corrections Funding with Hood River
  4. Resident Concern/Road Maintenance Request
  5. Commissioner Reports

5. Consent Agenda: 

      1. Minutes of December 2, 2015
      2. Revenue/Expenditure Summary – November
      3. Treasurer’s Report – November
    1.  Future Agenda Items:

3. Sherman County Court Notes, Dec. 2 

  ~ By Administrative Assistant Lauren Hernandez

 

(A brief summary of topics addressed – not official minutes. For details, please see the official approved minutes that will be posted after the December 16 Court session on the Sherman County website at www.co.sherman.or.us)

The Sherman County met in regular session on December 2, 2015, and in conducting the business of the county,

  • heard from Michelle Spatz, Mid-Columbia Economic Development District, about the Wasco County Coordinated Transportation Plan; Michelle will begin working on a Sherman County plan in January of 2016 after gathering data to assess the needs of Sherman County;
  • heard from Georgia Macnab, Planning Department, about a model code update for zoning ordinance; the ordinance will help assure Sherman County is up to date with new legislative changes and laws regarding land use, including solar and wind;
  • authorized a Memorandum of Understanding between the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development (DLCD) and Sherman County to update the Exclusive Farm Use (F-1) Zone under DLCD’s  Multi County Code Update project and authorize Judge Thompson to sign;
  • received an update from Heath Gardner, Wenaha Group, about the bid results for the Construction Manager/General Contractor; heard the recommendation that the Court move forward with an award to Kirby Nagelhout Construction; was notified on December 15th, a public open house will be held from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. to give members of the public the opportunity to meet the project team, ask questions, learn about the process, and give the Facility Advisory Committee feedback or suggestions;
  • approved the Facility Advisory Committee’s recommendation to award to Kirby Nagelhout Construction and authorized Wenaha Group to coordinate the Intent to Award followed by a Notice to Proceed barring any formal protest and authorized Judge Thompson to sign any required documentation;
  • entered into Executive Session in accordance with ORS.192.660 (2) (i) Personnel and (h) Legal Rights;
  • voted to suspend Jaclyn McCurdy from Associate Fair Board and as a volunteer until the County receives a letter of resignation or the matter has been resolved;
  • came to the consensus to have Commissioner Smith and County Counsel negotiate an agreement with Inland to begin the fiber project;
  • held a public hearing for the ordinance banning recreational and medical marijuana processing sites, dispensaries, producers, wholesalers, and retailers; heard citizen comment on the issue;
  • authorized a first reading by title only of the ordinance banning recreational and medical marijuana processing sites, dispensaries, producers, wholesalers, and retailers;
  • accepted the first reading by title only of the ordinance banning recreational and medical marijuana processing sites, dispensaries, producers, wholesalers, and retailers;
  • authorized a second reading by title only of the ordinance banning recreational and medical marijuana processing sites, dispensaries, producers, wholesalers, and retailers;
  • accepted the second reading by title only of the ordinance banning recreational and medical marijuana processing sites, dispensaries, producers, wholesalers, and retailers and adopted the Ordinance Declaring a Ban on Medical Marijuana Processing Sites, Medical Marijuana Dispensaries, Recreational Marijuana Producers, Recreational Marijuana Processors, Recreational Marijuana Wholesalers, and/or Recreational Marijuana Retailers in all areas subject to the Jurisdiction of Sherman County, Oregon, and Declaring an Emergency;
  • authorized Judge Thompson to sign the Marijuana Local Option Opt-Out Form cover pages for the Oregon Health Authority and the Oregon Liquor Control Commission;
  • met with Financial Director Debbie Hayden to discuss the audit review and Rural Technology Group; heard that aside from two significant deficiencies, audit results were positive;
  • accepted a bid from Guy Whatley in the amount of $6,851.00 for the 2009 Honda Odyssey Ex-L Minivan;
  • accepted a bid from Roger Koski in the amount of $5,003.00 for the 2001 Ford E-350, V-10, pending clarification questions to the bidder about the ‘rear lift’;
  • authorized the expenditure of $33,398.00 by the Road Department for two Ver-Mac 1210 V Touch 3 Line Message Sign reader boards from Highway Specialties, the cost of which will be taken from the Road Department budget;
  • approved the expenditure of $1,500, to be taken from CH2M’s repair fund, and $3,200, to be taken from the maintenance line item of the Biggs budget, for the repair cost of the generator;
  • approved the renewal application for the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Renewal Application for Biggs Service District and authorized Judge Thompson to sign;
  • approved the Justice Reinvestment Grant and authorized Judge Thompson to sign pending review by County Counsel;
  • accepted the Longevity Credit and Rate Lock Agreement agreeing that Biggs Service District will remain a participant in the Special Districts Insurance Services Property and Liability Program from January 1, 2016, to December 31, 2017, allowing Biggs Services District to receive a Longevity Credit equal to $379, and authorized Judge Thompson to sign;
  • discussed a Biggs sewer access road maintenance request; a thank you letter from Melva Thomas; a housing proposal update; and Information Technology review questions;
  • heard reports from Court members about regional board activities.

 


4. History Tidbit: Electric Power for Sherman County

[The practice of the time was not to capitalize county, road & river.]

Sherman County Observer, January 16, 1920

Electric Power for Sherman County

Messrs. Noel B. Martin and H. S. Wall, of Wasco, accompanied by John T. Johnson of the Biglow district, were in Moro Saturday in the interest of the Sherman Electric Company, a corporation formed under the laws of Oregon for the purpose of supplying electric light and power to Sherman county from the John Day river at Early.

Mr. Martin, while on a recent trip east, consulted with manufactures of electrical machinery regarding the conditions under which power must be taken from the John Day river and as a result machinery of special design to meet the conditions will be manufactured for the company.

A practical, efficient and thorough survey has been made of conditions under which a power company must operate on the John Day river by Newell, Gossett & Walsh, the same firm that built the power plant on the White Salmon river for the Northwestern Electric Co., said by competent engineers to be the largest power dam on the Pacific coast.

The question of silt carried by the river at flood stage and the minimum river flow during the dry season were both thoroughly considered and under the direction, of the engineers will cease to be a factor in power development.  The first will be taken care of by means of a forebay where the waters, in a sense, will be filtered before being used and the second will be controlled by means of extra height to the dam by means of flashboards, these boards will allow an extra storage capacity sufficient to supply maximum power up to 500 h.p., for the unit to be first installed – and which can be added to later when business offered justifies the additional expense – during that part of each day when needed and as the load lightens an excess of water will occur for power generation the following day.

The present effort to supply Sherman county with electric power should not be confused with the efforts of promoters in the past.  The company will be financed by Sherman county people and controlled by them individually in proportion as stock is owned.  Competent engineers, who have a national reputation for accuracy and fair dealings, have given it their approval after careful investigation and it will only fail, if it does, through lack of interest in the communities it is endeavoring to assist with a public utility that all concede is needed to enable Sherman county to continue make the community growth essential to its business and social life.  Electrical engineers have figured that the entire cost of plant, main line wires, and distribution system to be a little less than $170,000.  Subscriptions to this amount must be made by citizens of Sherman county to make the venture a success.  Mr. Martin informs us that not less than $100,000 must be subscribed and the stockholders meet not later than April 1st to secure its being constructed this year, if at all.  Further, no money will be paid for subscriptions to stock until April 1st and then only as called for by the board of directors to meet actual bills as they accrue by reason of construction work.  If the proposed company was being organized along the usual lines of “promotion” those organizing the company would double the cost, sell stock enough to build the system, and retain the other half of the stock for themselves.

Many times in past years Sherman county has had numerous promoters of electric light and power companies propose to furnish this utility to the different communities of Sherman county, but always they have only secured options which they have tried to sell large operating companies at a profit to themselves.  Never have they had a distinct business proposition to offer to the people of this county.  The present parties interested in the Sherman Electric Company are going at the proposition from a different direction.  They are offering an electric service to the three communities of Sherman county, to be constructed by Sherman county people with their own finances, and are warranting that their investment will return them seven per cent interest on the money subscribed.  It is being proposed simply as a business proposition returning good interest on the amount invested, and while the pride and self satisfaction of being able to “put it over” is not being appealed to, it should be none the less one more powerful reason in assisting to the success of the undertaking.


5. Congressman Greg Walden: American Security

Recent acts of terrorism from Paris to San Bernardino once again demonstrate how real and how deadly the threats of ISIS are to the free world.  The President’s policies have created vacuums and left the world a more dangerous place.

The people’s House is taking clear steps to protect this nation and our way of life.

As our first step, the House overwhelmingly passed a plan, with my strong support, to put a pause on accepting refugees from Syria until all individuals can be properly vetted. The American Security Against Foreign Enemies (SAFE) Act of 2015 (H.R. 4038) prevents admission to the United States for any Syrian or Iraqi refugee until the nation’s top security officials unanimously certify that the individual does not represent a security threat.

Our nation has a strong tradition of welcoming people who are seeking a better life, but we cannot allow terrorists to take advantage of our compassion. It would be reckless and dangerous to bring in more Syrian refugees to this country until the government can ensure that none among them poses a security threat to the American people and our way of life.

I also have serious concerns about the State Department’s visa waiver program (VWP). This program allows nationals from certain countries, such as France, Belgium, and Germany, to enter the United States as temporary visitors for business or pleasure without first obtaining a visa from a U.S. consulate in their home country. Knowing that several of the terrorists behind the attacks in Paris were European citizens, does it really make sense to maintain these relaxed security measures?

That’s why I was proud to support the H.R. 158, the Visa Waiver Program Improvement Act of 2015. This bill makes sure that nobody enters this country without a complete biometric background check, and forces participating countries to share all counterterrorism intelligence with the United States as we perform the background checks. H.R. 158 passed the House today with overwhelming bipartisan support, and I encourage the Senate to move quickly and get this bill to the President’s desk.

In addition, the House recently passed, with my strong support, a military funding bill that increases our defense capabilities here at home, as well as our offensive capabilities abroad. It also requires the President to present Congress with a clear strategy for defeating ISIS. Now that the President has signed this bill into law, he needs to comply with it by coming forward with a plan to defeat ISIS and keep American families safe from ISIS-inspired attacks.

Finally, while some have called for drastically curtailing our rights to keep and bear arms, know that I will continue to be a staunch defender of the Second Amendment. 

When American leaders fail to provide strong, clear leadership in the world, bad actors seize control and undermine past efforts to provide stability. I will continue to do all I can to keep Americans safe. We are at war with global terrorism. It’s time to match our foreign policy with reality.

It is an honor to represent you in the U.S. Congress.

Best Regards,

Greg Walden

U.S. Representative

Oregon’s Second District

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6. ALS Association Received $300,000 OSU Research Grant

The ALS Association announced a $300,000 research grant to Dr. Joseph S. Beckman of Oregon State University’s Linus Pauling Institute to continue his preclinical investigation of a possible treatment for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrig’s Disease. This grant is wholly funded by The ALS Association Oregon and SW Washington Chapter. Dr. Joe Beckman and his lab at Oregon State University have developed a compound that may slow the progression of ALS. Past studies have shown that mutations to a gene known as SOD1 have been associated with ALS and the death of motor neurons. A compound investigated in Dr. Beckman’s lab called CuATSM (Copper ATSM) may slow the disease. In lab studies of mice with ALS, this copper-containing compound has been effective in slowing ALS progression due to mutations in the SOD1 gene. On average, the untreated mice with ALS only live for 4-5 months, but through his application of CuATSM, Dr. Beckman has been able to demonstrate a delay in the progression of ALS for over 22 months with many of the mice still surviving. “On behalf of our board of directors and donors, The ALS Association Oregon and SW Washington Chapter is thrilled to fund this grant supporting the work of Dr. Joe Beckman. Joe has had a career-long passion for understanding ALS and developing a treatment to help slow the disease. We are hopeful that Joe’s work here in Oregon will lead to a homegrown treatment for ALS.” — Lance Christian, Executive Director The grant, made possible through the generous support of The ALS Association Oregon and SW Washington chapter, will allow for Dr. Beckman and his research team to further evaluate the effect of CuATSM and support the progression to clinical trial.

Specifically, the grant will allow researchers to organize the preliminary studies needed to test CuATSM in dogs who develop a closely related naturally occurring disease called Canine Degenerative Myelopathy that affects thousands of pets. This phase of the study will provide invaluable information on how to best treat human patients living with ALS. “Our approach for treating ALS in the mice model has been effective. We hope to expand that study and move as quickly as possible towards safety trials in people living with ALS. I am deeply appreciative of the support of The ALS Association Oregon and SW Washington Chapter for our work. Our whole team at The Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State is deeply appreciative. We want to make a difference for people living with ALS.” — Joseph S. Beckman, Ph.D. Dr. Joseph S. Beckman serves as Principal Investigator and Burgess and Elizabeth Jamieson Chair for Healthspan Research, at the Linus Pauling Institute. He is also a Distinguished Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics, Oregon State University. A major research project in Dr. Beckman’s laboratory is aimed at understanding how oxidative stress, superoxide dismutase, zinc and copper are involved in Lou Gehrig’s Disease, also known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).

The Linus Pauling Institute is a research institute located at Oregon State University with a focus on health maintenance. It receives a significant amount of research funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). In 2003, the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine designated the Linus Pauling Institute as a Center of Excellence for Research and Alternative Medicine. Since its inception in 2002, The ALS Association Oregon and SW Washington Chapter is the central source for services and education for people living with ALS, their families, caregivers, and health care professionals in all of Oregon and the six counties of SW Washington. The progression of ALS varies significantly from one person to another. Responding to each person’s individual needs, the local chapter is available to provide vital services and reliable information.

 


7. Links 

OSU Today News

http://lists.oregonstate.edu/mailman/listinfo/osutoday

Surveys & Wrecks: Hydrography http://www.nauticalcharts.noaa.gov/hsd/hydrog.htm

 

Coast Survey

http://www.nauticalcharts.noaa.gov/staff/chartspubs.html

 

State of Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries

http://www.oregongeology.org/pubs/

 

Commentary: Terrorism and the Multiculturalism Experiment

http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2015/12/terrorism_and_the_multiculturalism_experiment.html

 

The Politicization of American Universities

http://www.ncpa.org/sub/dpd/index.php?Article_ID=26286&utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=DPD

Restoration Handbook for Sagebrush Steppe Ecosystems, Part 2

http://www.usgs.gov/newsroom/article.asp?ID=4405&from=rss&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+usgs%2FnewsNV+%28Newsroom+-+Nevada%29#.VmZZP_-FNwE

 

Ecumenical Ministries: Resettle all refugees

http://oregonfaithreport.com/2015/12/ecumenical-ministries-resettle-all-refugees/

“Creation Calls” by Brian Doerksen

http://www.andiesisle.com/magnificent.html

Time Magazine Declares: America No Longer a Republic

http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2015/12/time_magazine_declares_america_no_longer_a_republic.html

 

Socialism Is the Problem, Capitalism Is the Solution

http://patriotpost.us/commentary/39296

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