Sherman County eNews #32

Contents

  1. Wasco County History After Hours in The Dalles, Feb. 28, RSVP
  2. History Forum: Rev. Henry K.W. Perkins: Forgotten Wascopam Missionary, Feb. 6
  3. Minimum Wage
  4. School Immunization Exclusion Day is Wednesday, February 17
  5. Opinion: The GOP gets the Iran prisoner swap wrong
  6. Links
  7. Philosophy of Charles Schultz, Creator of the Peanuts Comic Strip

1. Wasco County History After Hours in The Dalles, Feb. 28, RSVP

Wasco County Historical Society

300 W. 13th Street   The Dalles, Oregon 97058

AN INVITATION

“HISTORY AFTER HOURS”

THE WASCO COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY 

INVITES YOU TO AN INFORMAL GATHERING TO CELEBRATE THE HISTORICAL ORGANIZATIONS IN AND AROUND WASCO COUNTY We all have a common interest in the history of this area. Let’s get to know each other and share information in an informal setting.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2016

RIVERENZA  401 E. 10TH STREET, THE DALLES

4:30-6:30 p.m. 

Appetizers, coffee, tea and water will be served and we will have a cake to celebrate Oregon’s Birthday(just a few days late!). No host bar. Riverenza staff will be there to sell wine, etc.

Each organization is asked to share a brief update for their upcoming year. Try not to exceed 5 minutes.  Bring along brochures, etc. to exchange. Let’s make connections and work together to keep the history of The Dalles and Wasco County an important part of the quality of life in this area!

RSVP by Feb. 12th to Jean at jkverc@charter.net or 541-296-5785 or 541-980-7453.  Please leave a message if no answer.


2. History Forum: Rev. Henry K.W. Perkins: Forgotten Wascopam Missionary, Feb. 6

Dr. Robert Boyd, research anthropologist at Portland State University and author of “People of The Dalles” tells the story of “Rev. Henry K.W. Perkins:  Forgotten Wascopam Missionary” at the Original Wasco Co. Courthouse Saturday, Feb. 6.  Perkins’ 1838-1844 journals document the founding of Wascopam Mission (pictured above) and daily life of the native people of the area.  The program begins at 1:30 p.m.  The program is first in the 2016 Regional History Forum series that takes place Saturdays during February.  There is a TV monitor on the ground floor of the 1859 courthouse to serve those unable to climb the stairs.  Coffee and cookies will be served after the program.


3. Minimum Wage

Oregon Employment Department Minimum Wage Report: “Oregon’s Minimum Wage: Facts, Figures, and Context” can be found online at www.qualityinfo.org. An audio interview regarding the study can also be found at http://oregonemploymentdepartment.podbean.com/

Oregon Women for Ag: http://owaonline.org/owa-members-oppose-raising-oregons-minimum-wage-arwens-story/

Governor Kate Brown’s Minimum Wage Proposal http://www.oregonlive.com/opinion/index.ssf/2016/01/kate_browns_minimum-wage_propo.html#incart_river_index


4. School Immunization Exclusion Day is Wednesday, February 17

children.cartoonOregon law requires that all children attending public and private schools, preschools, Head Start and certified child care facilities, have up-to-date immunization documentation (or have an exemption) to remain in school.

The goal is to make sure children are fully protected against vaccine-preventable diseases and can go to school in a safe and healthy environment. Immunization is a safe way to help protect your family, your school and your community, against disease.

The date for exclusion this year is Wednesday, February 17, 2016.

Each year North Central Public Health District sends a letter to the parents of children that need additional immunizations, indicating what additional immunizations a child needs. These letters will be sent by the first of February.

In the past, North Central Public Health District has received a large number of walk-in clients needing to be immunized during exclusion. Please note that due to budget reductions, our walk-in hours have been greatly reduced to: Wednesday and Thursday from 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Parents seeking immunization for their child should contact their primary care provider, their pharmacist (if the child is over 11 years of age), or North Central Public Health District during our new limited walk-in hours.

You can also call 211 for information about where to go for immunizations in your area.

Last year there were a few changes, please keep in mind:

Hepatitis A vaccine requirement: The hepatitis A vaccine, which protects against a communicable viral infection, is a two-dose series now required for children18 months through sixth grade.

Nonmedical exemption process: Parents wanting a new nonmedical exemption for their child must provide documentation that they have received education about the benefits and risks of immunization on a Vaccine Education Certificate. Parents can get education from a health care practitioner or from watching an online vaccine education module. More information about the new process is available at http://www.healthoregon.org/vaccineexemption

On Wednesday, February 17th, children will not be able to attend school or child care if their records on file show missing immunizations. No child will be turned away from North Central Public Health District due to a parent’s inability to pay for required vaccines; however, please note that our (newly limited) office hours for walk-in appointments are Wednesday and Thursday afternoons only. Additional information on school immunizations can be found at the Immunization Program website at http://www.healthoregon.org/imm.


5. Opinion: Charles Krauthammer: The GOP gets the Iran prisoner swap wrong

Give President Obama credit. His Iran nuclear deal may be disastrous but the packaging was brilliant. The near-simultaneous prisoner exchange was meant to distract from last Saturday’s official implementation of the sanctions-lifting deal. And it did. The Republicans concentrated almost all their fire on the swap sideshow.

And in denouncing the swap, they were wrong. True, we should have made the prisoner release a precondition for negotiations. But that pre-emptive concession was made long ago (among many others, such as granting Iran in advance the right to enrich uranium). The remaining question was getting our prisoners released before we gave away all our leverage upon implementation of the nuclear accord. We did.

Republicans say: We shouldn’t negotiate with terror states. But we do and we should. How else do you get hostages back? And yes, of course negotiating encourages further hostage taking. But there is always something to be gained by kidnapping Americans. This swap does not affect that truth one way or the other.

And here, we didn’t give away much. The seven released Iranians, none of whom has blood on his hands, were sanctions busters (and a hacker), and sanctions are essentially over now. The slate is clean.

But how unfair, say the critics. We released prisoners duly convicted in a court of law. Iran released perfectly innocent, unjustly jailed hostages.

Yes, and so what? That’s just another way of saying we have the rule of law, they don’t. It doesn’t mean we abandon our hostages. Natan Sharansky was a prisoner of conscience who spent eight years in the Gulag on totally phony charges. He was exchanged for two real Soviet spies. Does anyone think we should have said no?

The one valid criticism of the Iranian swap is that we left one, perhaps two, Americans behind and unaccounted for. True. But the swap itself was perfectly reasonable. And cleverly used by the administration to create a heartwarming human interest story to overshadow a rotten diplomatic deal, just as the Alan Gross release sweetened a Cuba deal that gave the store away to the Castro brothers.

The real story of Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016 — “Implementation Day” of the Iran deal — was that it marks a historic inflection point in the geopolitics of the Middle East. In a stroke, Iran shed almost four decades of rogue-state status and was declared a citizen of good standing of the international community, open to trade, investment and diplomacy. This, without giving up, or even promising to change, its policy of subversion and aggression. This, without having forfeited its status as the world’s greatest purveyor of terrorism.

Overnight, it went not just from pariah to player but from pariah to dominant regional power, flush with $100 billion in unfrozen assets and virtually free of international sanctions. The oil trade alone will pump tens of billions of dollars into its economy. The day after Implementation Day, President Hassan Rouhani predicted 5 percent growth — versus the contracting, indeed hemorrhaging, economy in pre-negotiation 2012 and 2013.

On Saturday, the Iranian transport minister announced the purchase of 114 Airbuses from Europe. This inaugurates a rush of deals binding European companies to Iran, thoroughly undermining Obama’s pipedream of “snapback sanctions” if Iran cheats.

Cash-rich, reconnected with global banking and commerce, and facing an Arab world collapsed into a miasma of raging civil wars, Iran has instantly become the dominant power of the Middle East. Not to worry, argued the administration. The nuclear opening will temper Iranian adventurism and empower Iranian moderates.

The opposite is happening. And it’s not just the ostentatious, illegal ballistic missile launches; not just Iran’s president reacting to the most puny retaliatory sanctions by ordering his military to accelerate the missile program; not just the videotaped and broadcast humiliation of seized U.S. sailors.

Look at what the mullahs are doing at home. Within hours of “implementation,” the regime disqualified 2,967 of roughly 3,000 moderate candidates from even running in parliamentary elections next month. And just to make sure we got the point, the supreme leader reiterated that Iranian policy — aggressively interventionist and immutably anti-American — continues unchanged.

In 1938, the morning after Munich, Europe woke up to Germany as the continent’s dominant power. Last Sunday, the Middle East woke up to Iran as the regional hegemon, with a hand — often predominant — in the future of Syria, Yemen, Iraq, the Gulf Arab states and, in time, in the very survival of Israel.

And we’re arguing over an asymmetric hostage swap.


6. Links   file.cab.Granny

Constitution of the United States http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/constitution_transcript.html

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America… …

 Roaring Springs Ranch near Burns, Oregon Collaborates with BLM

Country Natural Beef | Roaring Springs Ranch

http://www.countrynaturalbeef.com/roaring-springs-ranch.html

Buy Country Natural Beef

http://www.countrynaturalbeef.com/find-a-store.html

Dining Out, Order Country Natural Beef

http://www.countrynaturalbeef.com/find-a-restaurant.html

Ranching Families Produce Country Natural Beef

http://www.countrynaturalbeef.com/ranchers.html

Statement of the LaVoy Finicum Family

Ron Paul on Burns Oregon Standoff and Jury Nullification for the Hammond Family

The Sagebrush Sea

https://www.facebook.com/TheSagebrushSea/

Faces of Agriculture

https://www.facebook.com/facesofagriculture/

Owyhee Canyonlands Proposal | 2.5 million acres permanently protected

http://www.oregonlive.com/travel/index.ssf/2015/07/owyhee_preservation_proposal_i.html

Oregon Natural Desert Asssociation

https://onda.org/

Malheur Wildlife Refuge

http://www.fws.gov/refuge/malheur/

http://www.fws.gov/refuge/malheur/about/settling.html

The Columbia River | A Photographic Journey

http://columbiariverimages.com/index.html

Miller Island, Washington

http://columbiariverimages.com/Regions/Places/miller_island.html

Miller Island – Miller Island Closure 2010 Miller Island is closed to overnight camping, open fires, and metal detecting.  A closure order has been placed on these activities and is enforceable by fines.

http://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/crgnsa/alerts-notices

Genealogy | German Immigration

http://www.genealoger.com/german/ger_immigration.htm

Where have all the Oil Speculators Gone?

http://www.hellenicshippingnews.com/where-have-all-the-oil-speculators-gone/

Who’s behind the Chinese takeover of world’s biggest pork producer?

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/whos-behind-chinese-takeover-worlds-biggest-pork-producer/

U.S. Food Imports

http://www.ers.usda.gov/data-products/us-food-imports.aspx

Exporting Food Products from the United States

http://www.fda.gov/food/guidanceregulation/importsexports/exporting/default.htm

 Shipping News

http://www.hellenicshippingnews.com/

Full Measure | Benghazi Rescue Interrupted

http://fullmeasure.news/news/politics/rescue-interrupted

The Resurgent

http://theresurgent.com/

 

Left and Right Differences – Size of the Government

https://www.prageru.com/courses/left-and-right-differences/how-big-should-government-be-left-vs-right-1

 

The Green Side of the Grass

https://www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/6dbBfXCMbH4?rel=0%22

 

Democracy and Religion

 

State of the Presidency

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-state-of-the-presidency-spent/2016/01/14/f27c4924-baf9-11e5-b682-4bb4dd403c7d_story.html?wpmm=1&wpisrc=nl_opinions

Conservative Daily

http://conservative-daily.com/


7. Philosophy of Charles Schultz, Creator of the Peanuts Comic Strip

~ Attributed to Charles Schulz, the creator of the ‘Peanuts’ comic strip.

 

 

You don’t have to actually answer the questions. Just ponder, read straight through, and you’ll get the point.

 

  1. Name the five wealthiest people in the world.
  2. Name the last five Heisman trophy winners.
  3. Name the last five winners of the Miss America pageant.
  4. Name ten people who have won the Nobel or Pulitzer Prize.
  5. Name the last six Academy Award winners for best actor and actress.
  6. Name the last decade’s worth of World Series winners.

 

How did you do?

The point is, none of us remember the headliners of yesterday.

These are not second-rate achievers.

They are the best in their fields.

But the applause dies, awards tarnish, achievements are forgotten.

Accolades and certificates are buried with their owners.

 

Here’s another quiz. See how you do on this one:

  1. List a few teachers who aided your journey through school.
  2. Name three friends who have helped you through a difficult time.
  3. Name five people who have taught you something worthwhile.
  4. Think of a few people who have made you feel appreciated and special.
  5. Think of five people you enjoy spending time with.

 

The lesson: The people who make a difference in your life are not the ones with the most credentials, the most money, or the most awards. They simply are the ones who care the most.

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Sherman County eNews #31

 Contents

  1. Wellness Center Temporary Closure
  2. Sherman County Senior & Community Center February Meal Menu
  3. Changes to your property tax return filing
  4. AARP TAX Site in Rufus, Feb. 13-April 9
  5. Links: Harney County, Public Land Management
  6. Links
  7. Sen. Doug Whitsett | Minimum Wage Proposals Could Hurt Our Working Poor

1. Wellness Center Temporary Closure

Notice: Due to some flooding, the Wellness Center is temporarily closed.  This closure will last at least through the weekend of January 29th-February 1st.  We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

~ Caitlin Blagg, District Administrator, Sherman County Health District Sherman County Medical Clinic Office: 541.565.0536 Clinic: 541.565.3325 www.shermancountymedicalclinic.net


2. Sherman County Senior & Community Center February Meal Menu

We serve lunch at 12:00, noon sharp. First come, first served. If you have a group of 2 or more, please let the Kitchen staff know at 541-565-3191 the day before to ensure that we make enough food to serve! MEAL PRICING: Under 60 Yrs. Is $6.00 ~ 60 Yrs. & Up $3.00 suggested donation!

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
1 2 Groundhog’s Day 3 4 5
Beef Patty w/Mushroom Gravy Chicken Stir Fry Chicken Enchiladas Tater Tot Casserole Potato Soup
Mashed Potatoes & Veggies Rice & Egg Rolls Beans and Rice With Veggies BLT Sandwich
Salad & Pie & Ice cream Green Salad & Fruit Green Salad & Dessert Green Salad & Fruit Green Salad & Dessert
8 9 10   Silent Auction Day 11 12
Granny’s Beef Casserole Spaghetti w/Meat Sauce Roast Beef Chicken Pot Pie Pulled Pork Sandwich
Veggies & Rolls Garlic Toast & Veggies Red Potatoes & Veggies With Veggies French Fries
Green Salad & Dessert Green Salad & Fruit Red Salad & Red Velvet Cake Green Salad & Fruit Green Salad & Dessert
15 16 17 18 19
Closed for

Presidents Day

Oven Fried Chicken Taco Soup Crab Stuffed Pollack Cheeseburgers
Mashed Potatoes/gravy Corn Chips & Salsa AuGratin Potatoes Baked Beans & Mac Salad
Veggies, Salad & Fruit Green Salad & Ice Cream Veggies, Salad & Fruit Green Salad & Dessert
22 23 24 25 26
Parmesan Chicken Baked Potato Bar Mac & Cheese w/Ham Pizza: Supreme, Hawaiian, Hash Brown Casserole
Creamy Noodles Chili & Biscuits Veggies & Rolls & Cooks Choice Blueberry Muffins
Veggies, Salad & Dessert Green Salad & Fruit Green Salad & Dessert Green Salad & Fruit Fruit and Dessert
29 Don’t Forget: Valentine’s Day Silent Auction Fundraiser on Wednesday, February 10, 2016.  Call for details or to donate.
White Chicken Chili  
Salad and Rolls
Dessert

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


3. Changes to your property tax return filing

dollarbill~ Oregon Department of Revenue

SALEM, OR– If you own a business, even a home-based business, Oregon law requires you file a yearly personal property tax return with your county assessor. The deadline to file your return has changed. You must complete and return it to the assessor, file it online, or postmark it on or before March 15, 2016. Extensions are no longer available (House Bill 2484 amended ORS 308.290). Personal property taxes are due November 15, 2016. Check your property tax statements to find out how much you owe. Completed returns must include a detailed list of all business-related personal property, along with equipment purchases or lease dates, and original costs. Personal property includes: * Office furniture, personal computers, and easily moved machinery. * Off-road vehicles. * Display cases if they are used in the business. * Leased equipment including copiers and power washers. The county assessor calculates the tax due each year based on the personal property return. The assessor will not impose a tax if the property value is under the cancellation threshold. Business owners must file a return each year, even if: * You didn’t receive a tax return from the county in which your property is located. * The assessor previously canceled your tax. * You sold or closed your business during the year. * You sold or disposed of your personal property. If a business owner doesn’t file, penalties vary from 5 percent to 50 percent of the taxes due, depending on when the return is filed. Assessors will calculate tax, penalty, and interest for up to the previous five years if a business hasn’t reported personal property in the prior years. For forms and a complete list of taxable personal property, visit www.oregon.gov/dor or call 1 (800)356-4222 toll-free from an Oregon prefix (English or Spanish); (503) 378-4988 in Salem and outside Oregon; or e-mail, questions.dor@oregon.gov. For TTY (hearing or speech impaired), call 1 (800)886-7204.


4. AARP TAX Site in Rufus, Feb. 13-April 9

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Gwen Lincoln will begin preparing taxes on Saturdays by appointment at the Rufus Community Center from, February 13th through April 9th, 2016. Please call to set up your Saturday appointment 😦 541) 993-1054

 

What you will need to bring with you for 2015 Tax preparations:

1)      It is highly recommended that you bring your prior year tax return with all attachments and schedules.

2)      Picture Identification, Social Security Cards & birthdates for all

3)      W2’s, 1099 R’s & SSA, 1099 Misc – all other income statements

4)      Investment documents, dividend and interest income

5)      1098 T – Education expenses

6)      1095A or 1099SA – Health Insurance information & itemized medical expenses to include medical miles

7)      1098 – Mortgage Interest & Property Tax Statements

8)      Itemized statements for donations

9)      Day care receipts

HINT: Check your last year’s return to see if there are other categories of income, expenses or credits that you may be able to claim in 2015, if so please bring those documents as well.


5. Sen. Doug Whitsett | Minimum Wage Proposals Could Hurt Our Working Poor

Bills significantly increasing Oregon’s minimum wage will be a main topic of vigorous and divisive debated during the upcoming 2016 legislative session.

 

Signatures are being gathered for initiative petitions that would raise the minimum wage from its current rate of $9.25 per hour to $13.50 and $15 per hour.

 

Governor Brown is also floating a minimum wage proposal.  Her concept would raise the wage in all areas outside of the Portland Metro Urban Growth Boundary to $10.25 in 2017 and to $13.50 by 2022. Within the Boundary the minimum wage would be increased to $15.52 by 2022.

 

Another legislative proposal by Sen. Michael Dembrow (D-Portland) would create three separate minimum wages throughout the state.

 

These are compromise proposals by Brown and Dembrow. They are purportedly being advanced in hopes of avoiding an expensive, multi-million dollar fight at the ballot box in the months leading up to the November general election. Several other bills have been introduced.

 

House Bill 4054 has been referred to the House Committee on Business and Labor. It would increase the state’s minimum wage in graduated steps to $13.50 per hour by 2019. It would also repeal the state preemption of local minimum wage requirements, thereby allowing cities and counties to enact their own minimum wage laws.

 

A nearly identical proposal has taken the form of Senate Bill 1592. It has been referred to the Senate Workforce and General Government Committee.

 

SB 1532 has also been referred to the same Senate committee. It would establish a tiered system for determining minimum wage based on an employer’s size and geographic location and suspend the annual inflation adjustment for the state’s minimum wage rate until 2020. The bill would also repeal the state preemption of local minimum wage requirements.

 

What is obvious is the minimum wage issue will either be decided by legislators next month or by the vote of the people at the November election. Much less obvious are the affects that the proposed increases could have on the state’s overall economy.

 

A new report has been compiled and released that details those affects. The January 12 report, entitled “Impacts of Increasing Oregon’s Minimum Wage,” was written by Eric Fruits, Ph.D. He is the president and chief economist for Economics International Corp. and an adjunct professor at Portland State University.

 

For the sake of full disclosure, Fruits is also a former chairman of the Multnomah County Republican Party. His report was prepared on the behalf of the Oregon Neighborhood Stores Association.

 

The report uses detailed analysis to describe the potential aftermath of the proposed increases.

 

According to the study, increasing the minimum wage to $13.50 would result in the loss of around 55,000 jobs, and raising it to $15 would cost 67,000 jobs. Those losses would occur by 2020, when the measures are fully implemented.

 

A minimum wage of $13.50 would reduce wages and salary incomes in the state by an estimated $6.2 billion, and by $6.9 billion for $15 per hour by the year 2020. The reduced average annual income per worker would be $1,512 for $13.50 per hour and $1,515 for a $15 per hour minimum wage.

 

Information in the report makes clear the minimum wage proposals being advanced in the name of helping the working poor will actually do them a huge disservice over the long-term.

 

The report cites this data provided by the non-partisan Legislative Revenue Office (LRO) in July 2014 regarding the impacts of an increase in the minimum wage. LRO analyzed raising the wage only from $9.10 to $11.50, beginning in 2015.

 

LRO’s findings of fact includes that an increase of only $2.40 per hour would result in net employment losses over the long-term. According to LRO, the state would lose nearly 3,000 jobs in the first year, and would continue to experience increased job loss through 2025.  At that point the job losses would stabilize at around 20,000.

 

A positive, first-year impact of $900 million in personal income would remain slightly positive until the year 2020.  At that point the LRO analysis shows personal income trending negative into the future.

 

Although SB 1532 takes a unique tiered approach to raising the minimum wage, it does not appear to take some very important factors into consideration. A salient point of Dr. Fruit’s report on the impacts of raising the minimum wage is within the state and within the City of Portland, employment, incomes, poverty and cost of living are unevenly distributed.

 

“The assertion that Portland has a higher cost of living than the rest of the state turns a blind eye to the differences in the cost of living within the City of Portland,” the report states.

 

It goes on to state that rents in the low-income, high-poverty areas on Portland’s outer east side are less than half of what they are in other parts of the city. There are huge disparities, for example, within North and Northeast Portland.

 

Given the logic of the solution presented in SB 1532, it would make just as much sense to establish differing minimum wage levels on either side of the Willamette River, where it divides Portland’s east and west sides.

 

Another important point is a substantial increase in the minimum wage could limit economic opportunities for thousands of Oregonians.

 

The report states unemployment is a “major source of rising inequality and stagnating incomes”. It adds that a three-percentage point increase in unemployment is associated with a two-percentage point increase in family poverty.

 

The report makes quite clear, through thoroughly documented research, that unemployment and underemployment lie at the core of poverty. It states that higher unemployment leads to greater inequality and weakens the relative position of low-income groups and vulnerable populations.

 

Poverty is best solved by providing job opportunities for all adults. “Minimum wage increase takes income from one group of Oregon workers in order to benefit another group of Oregon workers, without increasing—and likely decreasing—total Oregon wage income,” the report states.

 

As it is, Oregon has the highest rate of poverty on the West Coast. Raising the minimum wage would actually do little to improve the situation, and would arguably make it worse. The report states that the working poor face a disproportionate share of job losses, and that employed persons affected by an increase in the minimum wage are less likely to be employed a year later.

 

Youth unemployment in Oregon is higher than the national average. That trend worsened in the early 1990s as the state’s minimum wage became higher in relation to the federal minimum wage. According to the report, raising the minimum wage even further would reduce upward mobility and create less access to the kinds of opportunities for young people to acquire work experience. What this means is that teens and low-skilled workers would be the most adversely affected by an increase in minimum wage.

 

Oregon has consistently ranked among the top five states with underemployment since 2003, the year after voters approved Measure 25 in the November 2002 election, and has experienced the nation’s highest rate of underemployment in seven of the last 13 years. Oregon also has experienced a significantly lower labor force participation rate than the national average.

 

Attempts to raise the minimum wage through legislation or through the ballot box will undoubtedly lead to unintended consequences for businesses and workers alike. I strongly urge voters to read the reports and consider their findings as this issue makes its way through the legislative process in the coming weeks.

 

I believe increasing Oregon minimum wage will cause the same people who are currently struggling to make ends meet to be significantly worse off than they already are. Their ability to achieve the American Dream and improve their standing in life will be severely limited by public policies that actually cause harm to their economic status in the long-run.

 

Please remember–if we do not stand up for rural Oregon, no one will.

~ Sen. Doug Whitsett

Email: Sen.DougWhitsett@state.or.us I Phone: 503-986-1728 Address: 900 Court St NE, S-311, Salem, OR, 97301 Website: http://www.oregonlegislature.gov/whitsett


6. Links: Harney County, Public Land Management

cow.blue

 Oregon Cattlemen’s Association

https://www.facebook.com/orcattle/?fref=nf

 Government Makes an Example of the Hammonds

http://www.capitalpress.com/article/20160128/ARTICLE/160129873/1009

 Oregon Showdown Further Polarizes Federal Land Debate

http://www.wallowa.com/20160128/oregon-showdown-further-polarizes-federal-land-debate

 Freedom Outpost | The Hammond Ranch and BLM

http://freedomoutpost.com/2016/01/just-like-bundy-ranch-the-hammonds-ranch-is-valuable-to-the-blm-heres-just-how-valuable/

 FBI releases dramatic video of traffic stop, shooting

http://www.ktvz.com/news/ammon-bundy-repeats-call-for-refuge-occupiers-to-leave/37694112

 Congressman Walden | Wildlife Refuge, Water, New Wilderness Proposal, U.S. Service Academies

https://iqconnect.lmhostediq.com/iqextranet/view_newsletter.aspx?id=127926&c=OR02GW

 

American Lands Council | Why the Oregon Uprising? BLM Fire Video

http://www.americanlandscouncil.org/

 Prineville councilors join Crook Co. in rejecting rec area proposal

http://www.ktvz.com/news/hundreds-gather-in-prineville-oppose-rec-area-proposal/37660430


7. Links  Bird.Black.Envelope

A rare white giraffe is spotted in Tanzania

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/omo-a-rare-white-giraffe-is-spotted-in-tanzania/

 Going Paleo, 1959 Oregon Magazine

https://www.1859oregonmagazine.com/paleontology-john-day-oregon-fossil-beds?utm_source=1859+Magazine+Newsletter&utm_campaign=57489064ae-January_2016_1_28_FivePine&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_cae6125c4f-

Digitized Newspapers (Corvallis Advocate)

A cooperative effort between Oregon State University Libraries and Press, the Benton County Historical Society and Museum, and the University of Oregon’s Knight Library has led to a newly digitized collection of newspapers from Corvallis’ history. Copies of the Corvallis Times and the Corvallis Gazette, dating from 1863 to 1909, are now available online at oregonnews.uoregon.edu.

U.S. Food and Drug Administration

http://www.fda.gov/default.htm

 The 40,000-Mile Volcano

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/12/science/midocean-ridges-volcano-underwater.html?WT.mc_id=2016-KWP-AUD_DEV&WT.mc_ev=click&ad-keywords=AUDDEVREMARK&kwp_0=93005&kwp_4=470655&kwp_1=262069&_r=0

 50 Unbelievable Facts About Earth!

http://www.ba-bamail.com/content.aspx?emailid=19098

 

Opinion Archive: Charles Krauthammer

https://www.washingtonpost.com/people/charles-Krauthammer

 BBC News

http://www.bbc.com/news

 Oath Keepers

https://www.oathkeepers.org/

 

Bob’s Ghosttown Safaris | Photography

http://www.bobsghosttownsafari.com/

 

The Wall Street Journal | Opinion

http://www.wsj.com/news/opinion

 

Linn’s Stamp News Coverage – Columbia River Gorge stamp eclipses $20 denomination mark

http://www.linns.com/news/us-stamps-postal-history/2016/january/columbia-river-gorge-stamp-eclipses–20-denomination-mark.html

 

Congressman Greg Walden

https://iqconnect.lmhostediq.com/iqextranet/view_newsletter.aspx?id=127786&c=OR02GW

 

Congressional Oversight Hearing

https://fas.org/irp/congress/2007_hr/oversight.pdf

 

Oregon Mortuary & Cemetery Board Newsletter

http://www.oregon.gov/MortCem/Pages/Compliance_Issues.aspx

 

The American People vs. The Political Establishment

http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2016/01/the_american_people_vs_the_political_establishment.html

 Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife

http://www.dfw.state.or.us/

 Oregon Plan for Salmon & Watersheds

http://www.oregon.gov/OPSW/pages/index.aspx

 Oregon Wildlife Economic Impact

http://www.dfw.state.or.us/agency/economic_impact.asp

Renewably harvested Boardman tree operation sold, will become dairyland – Portland Business Journal

http://www.bizjournals.com/portland/blog/sbo/2016/01/renewably-harvested-boardman-tree-operation-sold.html?ana=e_ptl_rdup&s=newsletter&ed=2016-01-26&u=wkiE5IyNb4HDxutujUayRl7bhJ3&t=1453872012

Sherman County eNews #30

CONTENTS

  1. Classifieds
  2. Calendar

1. Classifieds (new or corrected)

THANK YOU NOTES, COMMENDATIONS & CONGRATULATIONS:

THANK YOU! The Senior & Community Center held a “Pizza Nite” on January 20, 2016.  I would like to give a big thank you to Papa Murphy’s in The Dalles for donating a variety of delicious pizzas.  Another big thank you to the Senior Center’s Advisory Board for donating a variety of yummy salads.  The last thank you goes to those who came and enjoyed!  It was a success, thanks to everyone involved!  ~ Jan Byram, Manager

COMMUNITY ORGANIZATION FUND-RAISERS:

SHERMAN PRESCHOOL VALENTINE TRUFFLES. Sherman Preschool is selling Valentine Truffles again this year. Purchase these delicious truffles $6 for 1/2 dozen or $10 for a dozen. Truffles are packaged in Valentine treat bags and you may add a personal message. Truffles will be available from the person you ordered them from the morning of Thursday Feb. 11th. Please speak with a Sherman Preschool family or contact Carrie Somnis at 541-215-0974 or shermanpreschool@yahoo.com. Thank you for supporting Sherman Preschool! 2/9

LITTLE WHEATS’ BENEFIT CONCESSION STAND. Saturday January, 30th:  Pulled Pork Sandwiches – MMM MMM Good!  Come cheer on your Sherman County Huskies as they take on Horizon Christian!  Little Wheats, Inc. will be selling slow smoked, authentic pulled pork sandwiches from the concessions stands at the Sherman High School Basketball games on Saturday, January 30th, 2016.  It is sure to be a fun filled day!  $5 per sandwich, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. while supplies last!!!  We promise you won’t be disappointed.  Interested in donating?? Please contact Little Wheats, Inc. at 541-565-3152, PO Box 71, Moro, OR 97039.  Thank you in advance for your support!!! (1/30/2016).  1/29

PAINT NITE, MUSEUM BENEFIT. Paint Nite is returning to Sherman County Thursday, February 11th at 6:00 p.m. at the Wasco Annex in Wasco, Oregon!  The Sherman County Historical Museum is teaming up for another fundraiser with Paint Nite for an evening of paint, fun and laughter!  Yummy appetizers and goodies from The Feed Trough will be available for purchase along with Moody Tollbridge Winery Company wine and beer.  Doors will open at 5:00 p.m. so come early and pick out your seats!  Remember this is not an art class it is fun and it is for adults 21 and older.

Since this Paint Nite is a fundraiser for the Sherman County Historical Museum you must purchase your ticket online through the Paint Nite link provided: http://paintnite.com/pages/events/view/TheDalles/935013 A portion of each ticket sold will be given to support the museum’s project to upgrade their audio/visual materials used in exhibits throughout the museum.  The last Paint Nite fundraiser was a huge success and the museum was able purchase LED lights for the museum exhibits!  Thank you for your support and we hope to see you at Paint Nite!  If you have any questions you can email: director@ shermanmuseum.org or call the Sherman County Historical Museum at 541-565-3232. The Sherman County Historical Museum is located at 200 Dewey Street in Moro, Oregon. For more information call 541-565-3232 or visit our Facebook page and website: www.shermanmuseum.org        2/5

EMPLOYMENT:

ASSISTANT PROVIDER. Immediate Assistant Provider position open at Little Wheats Day Care, Moro, Oregon. Flexible, part time hours 5-15 hours/week. Starting at $9.25/hr. For more information, requirements and application please call 541-565-3152, or stop by 409 Dewey Street between 7:30am and 12pm M-TH to pick up an application. OPEN UNTIL FILLED. 2/29

 

CONSERVATION TECHNICIAN. The Sherman County Soil & Water Conservation District is now accepting applications for a Conservation Technician. FT position, salary based on qualifications. High School Diploma required, Bachelor’s Degree preferred but not required. The Conservation Technician is responsible for providing technical assistance to private landowners and to partner organizations.  Functional areas of responsibility are: Planner–working with cooperators to develop and implement conservation plans; Technician  –design and technical assistance with the implementation of conservation practices; Equipment/Vehicle –maintain District field equipment and manage routine maintenance. Conservation Technician  works under general supervision with moderate latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment. Located in Moro, OR. Applications accepted until Monday February 8th 2016.  For more information or for the full job description call (541) 565-3216 Ext. 3 or go to www.shermancountyswcd.comStatus: At Will Employee. FLSA Status: Exempt. SALARY: Bi-weekly (40 hrs/week)+ benefits. Starting Range (DOE) between $35,000 to $45,000  | 2/5

FOR SALE:

HOUSE. Completely rebuilt (not just remodeled) two story, 3 bedroom, 2 bath home in Moro. This house was brought up to modern code. The foundation is new, as well as all electrical, plumbing (all the way to the street), fully re-sheeted roof, windows replaced, new kitchen and all fixtures. Completely insulated, replacement siding was hand cut to match the original design, walls were made to 2X6 to meet codes, all new drywall, flooring and paint. The front porch was also completely replaced and a side set of stairs leading to a new parking area. $134,499; 303 2nd st Moro, Oregon. For any questions please contact Mike Smith at 541-306-1202 or e-mail michaelsmith204@gmail.com 2/5

SERVICES: [home, personal, appliance, landscape, fencing, cleaning, maintenance, janitorial, computer, construction, sewing, repairs, transportation, media, pre-school, day care]

BOOKKEEPER. There’s a new bookkeeper in town! Lisa Miranda is not new to the area. She lived in Sherman County as a teenager and she is back in Rufus and looking to fill a couple of available slots she has open for new clients. She is a professional bookkeeper with over 20 years of experience with A/P, A/R, Payroll, Spreadsheets, and Journal Entries, and she has several versions of QuickBooks. Lisa is a great organizer and problem solver so if you have a shoebox full of receipts and statements you need gone through, she’s definitely your Girl Friday! She has excellent references and a wonderful resume listing all of her experience, which includes construction, advertising, and medical, just to name a few. If you are in need of a bookkeeper or know of someone who does, please contact Lisa for a list of her references and her resume, as well as her fees, which include affordable hourly and monthly rates. ~ Lisa Miranda themirandaclan@gmail.com  2/19

SHERMAN COUNTY BUSINESS DIRECTORY. Sherman County businesses & services may be listed on the Sherman County website at www.co.sherman.or.us under agri-business by town. Please contact Sherman County Administrative Assistant Lauren Hernandez lhernandez@co.sherman.or.us

THE LEAN-TO CAFÉ & GOOSE PIT SALOON will be open on Sundays, 11 to 4 o’clock, October through January.  ~ Kathy Neihart, Owner/Proprietor, 1214 Clark Street, Wasco, Oregon 541-442-5709 justbekathy@hotmail.com      1/29

NEWSPAPERS

Agri-Times Northwest – twice-monthly www.agritimesnw.com editor@agritimesnw.com

The Dalles Chronicle http://www.thedalleschronicle.com/subscribe/

The Goldendale Sentinel | 117 W. Main St., Goldendale, WA 98620 (509) 773-3777 | info@goldendalesentinel.com | http://www.goldendalesentinel.com/

The Times-Journal – a weekly serving Wheeler, Gilliam & Sherman counties, P.O. Box 746, Condon, OR 97823 | 541-384-2411 times-journal@jncable.com $35/year

Wheeler County News. Print Newspaper & Online Advertising. PO Box 190, Spray, OR 97874. Out-of-County subscription: $30/year. In-County: $24/year. WheelerCountyNews.com.  www.facebook.com/WheelerCountyNews. WheelerCountyNews@gmail.com

FREE:

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VISITOR INFORMATION SERVICES & EVENT CALENDARS:

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES:        

Sherman County Fair Board Board Vacancy. Sherman County Fair Board is accepting letters of interest for board vacancy. Letters should include your experience with ours or other county fairs, (how you have been involved or have helped out at a fair, including your number of years), your other community involvement outside of the fair, and your area of strengths that can be added to our team. Some requirements include attending monthly board meetings, committing to extra time and work days in the month of August. Attendance of additional work days, meetings and trainings as they happen. One must be a resident of Sherman County. Board vacancy open until filled. Letters need to be mailed to Sherman County Fair, P.O. Box 45, Wasco, OR  97065 or e-mailed to shermanctyfair@hotmail.com. Letters must be received by the first Tuesday of the month. Meetings are held on the first Thursday of the month. Further info can be obtained by contacting the Fair Board Secretary @ shermanctyfair@hotmail.com or 541-980-1821.

WANTED:

LOST OR FOUND:

FOR RENT:

HOUSE. For rent in Moro, 3 bedroom house. Approximate move in date, by/around February 1st. Rental references are required and will be checked. For additional information and to submit your name to the list, please e-mail shermanctyfair@hotmail.com or call 541-980-1821 or 541-993-4400 after 5:00 p.m.

2. Calendar (new or corrected)

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JANUARY

29-Feb. 1 Wellness Center Closed

30 Little Wheats Fundraising Concessions, Sherman High Basketball Games

30 Eagle Watch 9-2 The Dalles Dam Visitor Center

31 Ensemble of Oregon 4 St. Peter’s Landmark, The Dallles

FEBRUARY

2-4 Spokane Ag Expo

3 Sherman County Court 9

3 Sherman County School District Surplus Sale Bids Close & Open 2

6 Wasco County Original Courthouse History Forum 1:30

6 Republican Debate | Manchester, NH – ABC News

7 An Invitation! Dorothy Benson’s 80th Birthday Party 1-3 Sherman Senior Center

7 Flea Market 11-4 Civic Auditorium, The Dalles | 541-404-0724

9 Tri-County Mental Health Board Meeting 11-2 The Dalles

9 North Central Public Health District Board Meeting 3 The Dalles

9-11 World Ag Expo at Tulare, California

10 Sherman County Senior & Community Center Advisory Committee 12:30

10 Sherman County Board of Property Tax Appeals Hearing 9-10

10 Valentine’s Day Silent Auction Fundraiser, 12 noon, Sherman Senior Center

10-14 Pacific Northwest Sportsmen’s Show | Portland Expo Center

11 Sherman County Court Work Session 9:30 – 1

11 Paint Nite | Sherman County Historical Museum Benefit 6 Wasco Annex

11 Democratic Debate | Wisconsin – PBS

12 Advance Screening OPB Oregon Experience Documentary, Thomas Condon

         Discovery Center | Dinner 6, Film 7

13 Wasco County Original Courthouse History Forum 1:30

13 Republican Debate | South Carolina 9ET CBS

14 Valentine’s Day

15 President’s Day

15 Sherman County 4-H Registration Deadline

16 Sherman County Court 9

16 Sherman County Conservation Neighborhood Meeting 2 OSU Extension Office

17 Sherman County Conservation Neighborhood Meeting 2 Kent Baptist Church

18 Northern Oregon Regional Corrections Facility Board Meeting 12 The Dalles

18 History After Hours at the Riverenza 4:30-6:30 The Riverenza, The Dalles

20 Bridal Show 11-4 Civic Auditorium, The Dalles

20 Wasco County Original Courthouse History Forum 1:30

21 Weed and Disease Workshop for Cereal Producers 8-4:30 The Dalles

22-24 National Association of Counties Legislative Conference, Washington, DC

25 Republican Debate | Texas – CNN

27 Wasco County Original Courthouse History Forum 1:30

MARCH

1 Oregon’s New Speed Limits Begin on Select Highways

2 Sherman County Court 9

9 Democratic Debate | Miami, Florida – Univision/Washington Post

10 Republican Debate | Florida

13 Daylight Saving Time Begins

15-July 4 Maryhill Museum The Big Painting Show

15 – Nov. 15 Maryhill Museum George E. Muehleck, Jr. International Chess Sets Gallery

15 – Nov. 15 Maryhill Museum American Art Pottery from the Fred L. Mitchell Collection

15 – Nov. 15 Maryhill Museum Maryhill Favorites: Animal Kingdom

15 – Nov. 15 Sam Hill and the Columbia River Highway

17 St. Patrick’s Day

18 Deadline | Sherman County Uplands Restoration Project

19 Grass Valley Easter Egg Hunt & Skate Party 10

20 First Day of Spring

27 Easter

25 Good Friday

APRIL

8 Wasco-Sherman Bull Tour, Wasco

15 Earth Day

MAY

8 Mother’s Day

21 Armed Services Day

30 Memorial Day

 JUNE

14 Flag Day

18 Vada’s 90th Birthday Celebration TBA

19 Father’s Day

20 First Day of Summer

JULY

4 Independence Day

16 – Nov. 15 Maryhill Museum American Indian Trade Blankets 

AUGUST

SEPTEMBER

5 Labor Day

22 First Day of Autumn

OCTOBER

10 Columbus Day

NOVEMBER

6 Daylight Saving Time Ends

8 Election Day

11 Veterans Day

24 Thanksgiving

DECEMBER

7 Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

21 First Day of Winter

24 Christmas Eve

25 Christmas

31 New Year’s Eve

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sherman County eNews #29

Contents

  1. Conservation Neighborhood Meetings
  2. The Malheur National Wildlife Refuge | Joint Statement by the FBI & OSP
  3. Links: BLM, FBI, OSP, Harney County, etc.
  4. Land management issues remain

1. Conservation Neighborhood Meetings 

February 16th @ 2:00 PM- OSU Extension Office

February 17th @ 2:00 PM- Kent Baptist Church

Presenters Include: Sherman County Soil and Water Conservation District, Sherman County Watershed, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Farm Service Agency, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and Sherman County Extension Service.


2. The Malheur National Wildlife Refuge | Joint Statement by the FBI & OSP

~ Federal Bureau of Investigation – Oregon

At 8:30 p.m. (PST) on Tuesday, January 26, 2016, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)’s Phoenix Division made a probable cause arrest of Jon Eric Ritzheimer, age 32, on a federal charge related to the armed occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Harney County, Oregon. Ritzheimer turned himself into the Peoria, Arizona, police department. The arrest was without incident. Ritzheimer faces one federal felony charge of conspiracy to impede officers of the United States from discharging their official duties through the use of force, intimidation, or threats, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 372. The FBI made the Arizona arrest in conjunction with a series of other arrests made by FBI and Oregon State Police in Harney County, Oregon, earlier in the evening. The following individuals also face the same charge: * Ammon Edward Bundy, age 40, of Emmett, Idaho * Ryan C. Bundy, age 43, of Bunkerville, Nevada * Brian Cavalier, age 44, of Bunkerville, Nevada * Shawna Cox, age 59, Kanab, Utah * Ryan Waylen Payne, age 32, of Anaconda, Montana * Joseph Donald O’Shaughnessy, age 45, of Cottonwood, Arizona * Peter Santilli, age 50, of Cincinnati, Ohio We continue to work with Harney County Sheriff Dave Ward and his deputies and the United States Attorney’s Office to address any further outstanding issues. As the investigation is ongoing, we cannot comment further at this time. All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.


3. Links – BLM, Harney County, Land Management

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“…a little rebellion now and then is a good thing…” –Thomas Jefferson to James Madison, 1787.

Editorial: Dark Days in Eastern Oregon

http://www.eastoregonian.com/eo/editorials/20160127/our-view-dark-days

 Mineral Resources of the Pueblo Mountains Wilderness Study Area, Harney County, Oregon, and Humboldt County, Nevada, U.S.

https://macaroonphoto.files.wordpress.com/2016/01/hc-geo-study.pdf

Land Management Issues Remain

http://www.capitalpress.com/Opinion/Editorials/20160128/land-management-issues-remain?utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook_Capital_Press

 An Armed Occupation In Eastern Oregon | The latest news and updates about the armed occupation at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Harney County, Oregon.

http://www.opb.org/news/series/burns-oregon-standoff-bundy-militia-news-updates/ 

Standoff exposes urban, rural divide

http://www.capitalpress.com/Oregon/20160121/standoff-exposes-urban-rural-divide

I’m an Oregon rancher. Here’s what you don’t understand about the Bundy standoff.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2016/01/08/im-an-oregon-rancher-heres-what-you-dont-understand-about-the-bundy-standoff/

The Stetson Rebellion and the Myth of the Welfare Cowboy

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/paul-schwennesen/the-stetson-rebellion-and_b_8949070.html

 Ammon Bundy and 7 Oregon Protesters Held; LaVoy Finicum Is Reported Dead

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/27/us/oregon-armed-group-arrest-bundy.html?emc=edit_na_20160126&nlid=66134669&ref=cta&_r=1

Oregon leader Bundy tells remaining protesters to go home – BBC News http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-35426084?ocid=global_bbccom_email_28012016_top+news+stories

Federal Criminal Complaint | Case Against Bundy Crew

http://www.wweek.com/2016/01/27/federal-criminal-complaint-lays-out-case-against-bundy-crew/

Muse: Toward One Oregon

https://muse.jhu.edu/books/9780870716164

Texas farmer wins 30-year battle with BLM, Gets Land Back

http://www.breitbart.com/texas/2015/08/01/texas-farmer-wins-30-year-battle-with-blm-gets-land-back/

Red River Land Grab

https://www.oathkeepers.org/red-river-land-grab/

Militias, Mormons, and Malheur – Part 3

Militias, Mormons & Malheur – Part 2

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jN4eerNizDk

Militias, Mormons & Malheur – Part 1

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xiKm-b5H1FY

Land management issues remain | The standoff is over, but the anger and frustration of many farmers, ranchers and lumbermen in Harney County and throughout the West remains. Our View

http://www.capitalpress.com/Opinion/Editorials/20160128/land-management-issues-remain?utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook_Capital_Press


4. Federal and state officials effectively altered the occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge Tuesday, arresting eight protesters and killing a ninth in a shootout.

http://www.capitalpress.com/Opinion/Editorials/20160128/land-management-issues-remain

The protesters had demanded that two Harney County ranchers serving five-year sentences for burning federal land be released, and that federal public lands be turned over to the state, the county and to private ownership. It was a futile endeavor from the start that lacked any legal basis.

For better or worse, the occupation did draw some national attention to legitimate issues concerning the U.S. government’s management of its vast holding of public lands.

Now what?

It will be all too easy for many casual observers East of the Rockies, and even a good many in the liberal urban centers of the West, to dismiss all of this as the machinations of a half-cocked collection of religious zealots, disenfranchised Reubens and anti-government nuts with too many guns and a crazy interpretation of the Constitution.

Unfortunately, that would miss the real underlying issues.

The standoff is diminished, but the anger and frustration of many farmers, ranchers and lumbermen in Harney County and throughout the West remains unchanged. Their interests must now be pressed in the court of public opinion, and non-Westerners made to understand the real issues.

The federal government holds more than half the land in the West. The economic and civic fabric of rural communities depends on trees cut from the forest, livestock grazed on the range and minerals gleaned from the mining claims.

The government once encouraged these activities in the service of the country’s growing population and in fulfillment of its manifest destiny. Now, policies have changed and that same government seems to be draining the lifeblood of the rural West.

Many in the rural West don’t think their government listens to them and that their concerns are given short shrift. They believe that their livelihoods, their very way of life, are in the hands of bureaucrats controlled by interests outside their communities.

They don’t understand how the government can claim to be a good steward while it lets its forests fill with fuel that feeds ever more terrible wildfires that destroy the very habitat it seeks to protect. They bristle at what they perceive to be the mismanagement of these fires that causes their own property to be damaged or destroyed.

They are stymied at every turn by the inertia that attends every decision, every necessary action on a grazing allotment or timber harvest. They are tired of the endless environmental litigation that seems bent on driving even the most conservation-minded producers off public lands.

They watch as their government adds to its empire, using taxpayer money to outbid local buyers and take more land off the tax roles, and erode private economic opportunities.

They want to be good stewards, to do the right thing. But they want a fair shake.

Now is the time to tell these stories, to tell America that rural western lives matter.


 

Sherman County eNews #28

Contents

  1. Advance Screening, New OPB Oregon Experience Documentary, Feb. 12
  2. 545 vs. 300,000,000 People
  3. Statement by Greg Bretzing, Special Agent in Charge, FBI Portland, Jan. 27
  4. Links
  5. Clinton Foundation, Uranium Ore, Hammond Ranch & Public Lands

 

“The ultimate authority … resides in the people alone. … [T]he advantage of being armed, which the Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation … forms a barrier against the enterprises of ambition, more insurmountable than any…” —James Madison, 1788


1. Advance Screening, New OPB Oregon Experience Documentary, Feb. 12

Columbia Gorge Discovery Center, in partnership with OPB, presents an advance screening of the new OPB Oregon Experience documentary “Thomas Condon: Of Faith and Fossils,” Friday, February 12, 2016 at Columbia Gorge Discovery Center, 5000 Discovery Drive, in The Dalles. An optional lasagna dinner will be served at 6 p.m. for $15, followed by the film at 7 p.m. The film is FREE and open to the public. RSVP by Feb. 10, 541-296-8600 x 201.


2. 545 vs. 300,000,000 People

-By Charlie Reese 1985 & 1995

Politicians are the only people in the world who create problems and then campaign against them.

Have you ever wondered, if both the Democrats and the Republicans are against deficits, Why do we have deficits?

Have you ever wondered, if all the politicians are against inflation and high taxes, why we have inflation and high taxes?

You and I don’t propose a federal budget. The President does.

You and I don’t have the Constitutional authority to vote on appropriations. The House of Representatives does.

You and I don’t write the tax code, Congress does.

You and I don’t set fiscal policy, Congress does.

You and I don’t control monetary policy, the Federal Reserve Bank does.

One hundred senators, 435 congressmen, one President, and nine Supreme Court justices equates to 545 human beings out of the 300 million are directly, legally, morally, and individually responsible for the domestic problems that plague this country.

I excluded the members of the Federal Reserve Board because that problem was created by the Congress. In 1913, Congress delegated its Constitutional duty to provide a sound currency to a federally chartered, but private, central bank.

I excluded all the special interests and lobbyists for a sound reason. They have no legal authority. They have no ability to coerce a senator, a congressman, or a President to do one cotton-picking thing. I don’t care if they offer a politician $1 million dollars in cash. The politician has the power to accept or reject it. No matter what the lobbyist promises, it is the legislator’s responsibility to determine how he votes.

Those 545 human beings spend much of their energy convincing you that what they did is not their fault. They cooperate in this common con regardless of party.

What separates a politician from a normal human being is an excessive amount of gall. No normal human being would have the gall of a Speaker, who stood up and criticized the President for creating deficits. The President can only propose a budget. He cannot force the Congress to accept it.

The Constitution, which is the supreme law of the land, gives sole responsibility to the House of Representatives for originating and approving appropriations and taxes. Who is the speaker of the House now? He is the leader of the majority party. He and fellow House members, not the President, can approve any budget they want. If the President vetoes it, they can pass it over his veto if they agree to.

It seems inconceivable to me that a nation of 300 million cannot replace 545 people who stand convicted — by present facts — of incompetence and irresponsibility. I can’t think of a single domestic problem that is not traceable directly to those 545 people. When you fully grasp the plain truth that 545 people exercise the power of the federal government, then it must follow that what exists is what they want to exist.

If the tax code is unfair, it’s because they want it unfair.

If the budget is in the red, it’s because they want it in the red.

If the Army & Marines are in Iraq and Afghanistan it’s because they want them in Iraq and Afghanistan.

If they do not receive social security but are on an elite retirement plan not available to the people, it’s because they want it that way.

There are no insoluble government problems.

Do not let these 545 people shift the blame to bureaucrats, whom they hire and whose jobs they can abolish; to lobbyists, whose gifts and advice they can reject; to regulators, to whom they give the power to regulate and from whom they can take this power. Above all, do not let them con you into the belief that there exists disembodied mystical forces like “the economy,” “inflation,” or “politics” that prevent them from doing what they take an oath to do.

Those 545 people, and they alone, are responsible.

They, and they alone, have the power.

They, and they alone, should be held accountable by the people who are their bosses. Provided the voters have the gumption to manage their own employees…

We should vote all of them out of office and clean up their mess! What you do with this article now that you have read it… is up to you. This might be funny if it weren’t so true. Be sure to read all the way to the end:

Tax his land, Tax his bed, Tax the table, At which he’s fed.

Tax his tractor, Tax his mule, Teach him taxes Are the rule.

Tax his work, Tax his pay, He works for peanuts anyway!

Tax his cow, Tax his goat, Tax his pants, Tax his coat.

Tax his ties, Tax his shirt, Tax his work, Tax his dirt.

Tax his tobacco, Tax his drink, Tax him if he Tries to think.

Tax his cigars, Tax his beers, If he cries Tax his tears.

Tax his car, Tax his gas, Find other ways To tax his ass.

Tax all he has Then let him know That you won’t be done Till he has no dough.

When he screams and hollers; Then tax him some more, Tax him till He’s good and sore.

Then tax his coffin, Tax his grave, Tax the sod in Which he’s laid…

Put these words Upon his tomb, ‘Taxes drove me to my doom…’

When he’s gone, Do not relax, It’s time to apply The inheritance tax.

TAXES. Accounts Receivable Tax Building Permit Tax CDL license Tax Cigarette Tax Corporate Income Tax Dog License Tax Excise Taxes Federal Income Tax Federal Unemployment Tax (FUTA) Fishing License Tax Food License Tax Fuel Permit Tax Gasoline Tax (currently 44.75 cents per gallon) Gross Receipts Tax Hunting License Tax Inheritance Tax Inventory Tax IRS Interest Charges IRS Penalties (tax on top of tax) Liquor Tax Luxury Taxes Marriage License Tax Medicare Tax Personal Property Tax Property Tax Real Estate Tax Service Charge Tax Social Security Tax Road Usage Tax Recreational Vehicle Tax Sales Tax School Tax State Income Tax State Unemployment Tax (SUTA) Telephone Federal Excise Tax Telephone Federal Universal Service Fee Tax Telephone Federal, State and Local Surcharge Taxes Telephone Minimum Usage Surcharge Tax Telephone Recurring and Nonrecurring Charges Tax Telephone State and Local Tax Telephone Usage Charge Tax Utility Taxes Vehicle License Registration Tax Vehicle Sales Tax Watercraft Registration Tax Well Permit Tax Workers Compensation Tax.

Not one of these taxes existed 100 years ago, & our nation was the most prosperous in the world. We had absolutely no national debt, had the largest middle class in the world, and Mom, if agreed, stayed home to raise the kids. What in the heck happened?


3. Statement by Greg Bretzing, Special Agent in Charge, FBI Portland, Jan. 27

https://www.flashalert.net/id/FBIOregon

Good morning. My name is Greg Bretzing, and I am the Special Agent in Charge for the FBI in Oregon. For the past month, the FBI — along with our partners at the Harney County Sheriff’s Office, Oregon State Police and the many other federal and local agencies — have had a very deliberate and measured response. We worked diligently to bring the situation at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge to a peaceful end. Some of those actions were seen, some unseen. But, because this is an on-going investigation with some armed individuals illegally remaining in the refuge, we cannot get into details as to every action tried or taken. I will say that the armed occupiers were given ample opportunities to leave peacefully. They were given the opportunity to negotiate. As outsiders to Oregon, they were given the opportunity to return to their homes and have their grievances heard through legal and appropriate means. They chose, instead, to threaten the very America they profess to love with violence, intimidation and criminal acts. Yesterday, the FBI and our partners took the necessary actions to start bringing this situation to an end. We worked to ensure that we could do so in the safest way possible — removing the threat of danger from innocent citizens. We continue to work to empty the refuge of the armed occupiers in the safest way possible. Eight people were arrested, and one man died yesterday as we attempted to take him into custody. Because there is an on-going investigation by the Deschutes County Major Crimes Team on behalf of OSP related to this piece of the investigation, I will not be able to comment on the specifics. I would, however, ask for your patience as the shooting investigation works its way through that outside process. At the appropriate time, the Medical Examiner’s office will release the decedent’s identity, and OSP will address the details of the event. Let me be clear: It is fully and unequivocally the behavior and the choices made by the armed occupiers that have led us to where we are today. And, as the FBI and our partners have demonstrated, actions are not without consequences.

Containment road blocks are now in place around the Refuge. The disruption that the good people of Harney County have had to endure over the last few months will continue — for now. If the people at the refuge want to leave, they can do so through the checkpoints where they will be identified. If they have questions or concerns, they can call the negotiators at the number that has been provided to them. As I conclude I want to share my promise to the people who live and work here — who are raising their families here – that we will continue to look for safe, peaceful and productive ways to end this armed occupation. We recognize that the sooner we do that, the sooner the citizens of Harney County can start healing this community they cherish so much.  Thank you.


4. Links

key.gold

Minerals, Uranium

http://www.blm.gov/or/energy/uranium.php

http://www.blm.gov/or/programs/minerals/locatable-minerals.php

Yes, America Matters

https://www.facebook.com/yesamericamatters/?hc_location=ufi

The National Interest

http://www.nationalinterest.org/blog/the-buzz/get-ready-america-russia-china-have-space-weapons-15027

 President Obama designates 3 national monuments, Utah Congressman speaks in opposition

President Obama designates 3 national monuments, Utah Congressman speaks in opposition

 1 dead, 8 arrested after leaders of armed group occupying refuge clash with FBI

http://katu.com/news/local/leader-of-oregon-occupation-ammon-bundy-three-others-arrested

Oregon Armed Group Arrested

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/27/us/oregon-armed-group-arrest-bundy.html?emc=edit_na_20160126&nlid=66134669&ref=cta&_r=0

Clinton Foundation | Hammond Ranch

Clinton Foundation took massive payoffs, promised Hammond Ranch and other publicly owned lands to Russians along with one-fifth of our uranium ore

 Federal Land Grab

http://www.wnd.com/1998/10/3349/

 Taylor Grazing Act 1934 & Federal Land Policy & Management Act of 1976

http://www.blm.gov/wy/st/en/field_offices/Casper/range/taylor.1.html

 Obama Care Joins Pile of Unfunded Liabilities

http://www.ncpa.org/sub/dpd/index.php?Article_ID=26369&utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=DPD

 Bernie Sanders’ Recipe for Health Care

http://www.ncpa.org/sub/dpd/index.php?Article_ID=26370&utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=DPD

 Columbia Sportswear tees up first golf collection

http://www.bizjournals.com/portland/blog/threads_and_laces/2016/01/columbia-sportswear-tees-up-first-golf-collection.html?ana=e_ptl_rdup&s=newsletter&ed=2016-01-27&u=wkiE5IyNb4HDxutujUayRl7bhJ3&t=1453915755

 Owyhee Canyonlands Wilderness Proposal

http://www.capitalpress.com/Oregon/20160127/owyhee-canyonlands-wilderness-proposal-unresolved?utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook_Capital_Press


5.  Clinton Foundation took massive payoffs, promised Hammond Ranch and other publicly owned lands to Russians along with one-fifth of our uranium ore   |   [Hillary Clinton] exposed as ultimate backer of massive U.S. land grab By Shepard Ambellas

Clinton Foundation took massive payoffs, promised Hammond Ranch and other publicly owned lands to Russians along with one-fifth of our uranium ore

Related: Rancher Dwight Hammond threatened with “bullet”: Exclusive Interview

PRINCETON, Ore. (INTELLIHUB) — As it turns out there’s a lot more to the story behind the Malheur Wildlife Refuge–a whole lot more–and this article is just the tip of the proverbial iceberg. As you may or may not know, Intellihub reported on Jan. 4, that the Hammond’s ranch and other ranch-lands surrounding the refuge sit atop a vast swath of precious metals, minerals, and uranium that’s heavily desired by not only the federal government, but foreign entities as well.

However, at the time of the article’s publication the federal government’s full motive to seize the land was not yet known other than the fact that these elements do exist in the vicinity and are invaluable.

Now, after further investigation, more pieces of the puzzle have been put in place and you’re not going to believe what characters are involved.

I’ll give you a hint–one of them is currently being investigated by the FBI and is also running on the Democratic ticket in hopes of becoming the next President of the United States. That’s right, you guessed it–none other than Hillary Rodham Clinton of the notorious Clinton crime family.

Hillary and her foundation are implicated in the dastardly scheme along with the Russian State Nuclear Energy Corporation, Rosatom, and a few dubious Canadian elite, which is where the news gets really bad.

Rosatom is ranked #2 globally in uranium reserves and #1 globally for annual uranium extraction. The sheer power, strength, and size of the corporation is undeniable. Rostom is a major power-player in today’s world and didn’t become that way for no reason.

You see, Rosatom wanted to expand their operations into America and needed a way in. So, in 2013, Rosatom acquired a Canadian company named Uranium One as part of a sinister side deal which involved multiple parties. Ultimately the deal opened a typically secure and closed-door, thus allowing the Russians to salt their way into Continental United States as part of a vast and extensive plan to mine Uranium ore out of states like Wyoming and Oregon.

The deal was essentially brokered by Hillary and was ran through the Clinton Foundation using Canadian-backed contributions as a cover. With one swoop of a pen the bitch sold out the American people and one-fifth of America’s uranium resources to the Russians.

In April of 2015, two reporters for the New York Times boldly reported how the plan worked:

At the heart of the tale are several men, leaders of the Canadian mining industry, who have been major donors to the charitable endeavors of former President Bill Clinton and his family. Members of that group built, financed and eventually sold off to the Russians a company that would become known as Uranium One.

Beyond mines in Kazakhstan that are among the most lucrative in the world, the sale gave the Russians control of one-fifth of all uranium production capacity in the United States. Since uranium is considered a strategic asset, with implications for national security, the deal had to be approved by a committee composed of representatives from a number of United States government agencies. Among the agencies that eventually signed off was the State Department, then headed by Mr. Clinton’s wife, Hillary Rodham Clinton.

As the Russians gradually assumed control of Uranium One in three separate transactions from 2009 to 2013, Canadian records show, a flow of cash made its way to the Clinton Foundation. Uranium One’s chairman used his family foundation to make four donations totaling $2.35 million. Those contributions were not publicly disclosed by the Clintons, despite an agreement Mrs. Clinton had struck with the Obama White House to publicly identify all donors. Other people with ties to the company made donations as well.

 And shortly after the Russians announced their intention to acquire a majority stake in Uranium One, Mr. Clinton received $500,000 for a Moscow speech from a Russian investment bank with links to the Kremlin that was promoting Uranium One stock.

At the time, both Rosatom and the United States government made promises intended to ease concerns about ceding control of the company’s assets to the Russians. Those promises have been repeatedly broken, records show. […]

Soon, Uranium One began to snap up companies with assets in the United States. In April 2007, it announced the purchase of a uranium mill in Utah and more than 38,000 acres of uranium exploration properties in four Western states, followed quickly by the acquisition of the Energy Metals Corporation and its uranium holdings in Wyoming, Texas and Utah.

That deal made clear that Uranium One was intent on becoming “a powerhouse in the United States uranium sector with the potential to become the domestic supplier of choice for U.S. utilities,” the company declared  […]

While the United States gets one-fifth of its electrical power from nuclear plants, it produces only around 20 percent of the uranium it needs, and most plants have only 18 to 36 months of reserves, according to Marin Katusa, author of “The Colder War: How the Global Energy Trade Slipped From America’s Grasp.”

“The Russians are easily winning the uranium war, and nobody’s talking about it,” said Mr. Katusa, who explores the implications of the Uranium One deal in his book. “It’s not just a domestic issue but a foreign policy issue, too.” Yes, the Russians are winning the “uranium war,” thanks to Hillary.

Additionally BLM documentation shows:

In September 2011, a representative from Oregon Energy, L.L.C. (formally Uranium One), met with local citizens, and county and state officials, to discuss the possibility of opening a uranium oxide (“yellowcake”) mine in southern Malheur County in southeastern Oregon. Oregon Energy is interested in developing a 17-Claim parcel of land known as the Aurora Project through an open pit mining method. Besides the mine, there would be a mill for processing. The claim area occupies about 450 acres and is also referred to as the “New U” uranium claims.

On May 7, 2012, Oregon Energy LLC made a presentation to the BLM outlining its plans for development for the mine.

The Vale District has agreed to work with Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife on mitigation for the “New U” uranium claims, which are located in core sage grouse habitat. Although the lands encompassing the claims have been designated core, the area is frequented by rockhounds and hunters, and has a crisscrossing of off-highway vehicle (OHV) roads and other significant land disturbance from the defunct Bretz Mercury Mine, abandoned in the 1960s.

However, by the fall of 2012 the company said that it was putting its plans for the mine on hold until the uncertainty surrounding sage grouse issues was resolved.

Once again the , Hillary Clinton, her foundation, and other members of government, have literally been caught conducting illicit, illegal, and treasonous, activities right underneath the noses of the American people and are in no way being held accountable. Moreover she has the nerve to run for president! Are you kidding me?

Now Oregon Governor Kate Brown has stepped in, calling for a ‘swift’ resolution to the armed occupation of the Malheur Wildlife Refuge, clearly shilling for the Dems, criminally assisting them with their master plan to sellout every last bit of America’s public lands to foreign entities like Uranium One, fully eviscerating what’s left of the U.S. Constitution.

So there you have it–rogue criminal factions of government are operating at all levels and are actually conspiring together to allow foreign corporations to invade and mine rich American resources, including uranium, from lands owned by the people.

Uranium One’s slogan is: “Success through aggressive mine and land acquisition.”

Additionally, President Obama has signed executive orders allowing the Department of the Interior to grab publicly owned lands.


 

Sherman County eNews #27

Contents

  1. Sherman Basketball Schedule Update
  2. Health Care Insurance Consultation, Jan. 28
  3. Sherman County Court Agenda, Feb. 3
  4. Greg Walden statement on the situation in Harney County
  5. Press Conference Advisory: Malheur National Wildlife Refuge Today, Jan 27
  6. Video Link: Burns Oregon | Bureau of Land Management
  7. Links: Oregon Militia, Harney County Stand-off
  8. Links: Harney County Stand-off
  9. The Ensemble of Oregon, St. Peter’s Landmark, Jan. 31
  10. Links

1. Sherman Basketball Schedule Update

  • JH BxB vs. Horizon @ SES tomorrow has been cancelled.
  • There will be no HS GJV game this Saturday vs. Horizon.
  • Boys JV – 2:30, Girls V – 4:00, Boys V – 5:30

2. Health Care Insurance Consultation, Jan. 28

Tired of Paying for Health Insurance that May Not Work?

Come for a FREE Health Insurance Consultation with a Professional Agent

When: Thursday January 28, 2016

Time: 9:00am-5:00pm

Where: OSU Extension Office – Sherman County Conference Room

66365 Lonerock Drive

Moro, OR 97039

Call Janet Rockwell (541) 705-7051 to schedule an appointment

Sponsored by the Sherman County Medical Clinic


3. Sherman County Court Agenda, Feb. 3

Sherman County Court Agenda

February 3, 2016

1.0 Appointment Schedule:

1.1 9:00 a.m. Ron McDermid – Justice of the Peace – Quarterly Report

1.2 9:15 a.m. Public Hearing: Goal 3 Exception – Georgia Macnab – Planning Department

1.3 9:45 a.m. Georgia Macnab – Planning Director – Quarterly Report

1.4 10:00 a.m. Shandie Johnson – Prevention Coordinator – Quarterly Report

1.5 10:15 a.m. Sharon Thornberry – Rural Communities Liaison – Regional Food Bank Update

 1.6 11:00 a.m. Jacque Shei – Mid-Columbia Economic Development District – Quarterly Report

1.7 11:15 a.m. Jennifer Zimmerlee – Sherman County RV Park Update

1.8 11:45 a.m. Shawn Payne – Emergency Services Director – Quarterly Report

1.9 1:00 p.m. Shellie Campbell – North Central Public Health District – Tobacco Use and Laws Update

1.10 1:30 p.m. Marnene Benson-Wood – Transit Coordinator/Treasurer – Quarterly Report

Additions to Agenda:

 2.0 Action Items:

2.1 Appointment – Sherman County Area Watershed Council

2.2 Appointment – Sherman County Ambulance Board

2.3 Resolution – Mid-Columbia Housing Authority Sherman County Representative

2.4 Highly Rural Transportation Grant

3.0 Discussion Items:

3.1 Kent Water District

3.2 Commissioner Reports

4.0 Consent Agenda:

4.1 Special Session Minutes of January 15, 2016

4.2 Minutes of January 20, 2016

4.3 Claims – January 2016

5.0 Future Agenda Items:


4. Greg Walden statement on the situation in Harney County

HOOD RIVER – U.S. Rep. Greg Walden (R-Hood River) today issued the following statement on the situation in Harney County:

“I’ve been in close contact with local and federal officials throughout this long standoff, and we had all hoped for a peaceful conclusion to the situation in Harney County. Sadly, our hopes were shattered with the shooting that occurred during last night’s arrest.   While we wait to learn more details and next steps, we must keep the people of Harney County in our hearts as they are a strong community and have endured a great deal. Once again, I urge those who remain at the refuge to go home before anyone else gets hurt. And when this done and the cameras’ glare turns away from rural Oregon, the healing process will be a long one. Widespread frustration will continue until people in rural American feel like they are being heard and meaningful changes are made to federal land management policy.”


5. Press Conference Advisory: Malheur National Wildlife Refuge Today, Jan. 27

~ Federal Bureau of Investigation

The law enforcement partners involved in the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge will hold a press conference at 10:30 am on Wednesday, January 27th. Media may start setting up at 9:30 a.m. Location: Harney County Chamber of Commerce 484 N. Broadway Avenue Burns, OR 97720 Expected Participants: FBI, Special Agent in Charge Greg Bretzing United States Attorney’s Office, U.S. Attorney Bill Williams Harney County, Sheriff Dave Ward There are currently no plans by any agencies to do interviews outside of the press conference.


6. Video Link: Bureau of Land Management Personnel

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JdF0BoYV2_c&sns=fb


7. Links: Oregon Militia, Harney County Stand-off

https://panampost.com/scott-myers/2016/01/06/what-the-oregon-militia-and-black-lives-matter-have-in-common/


8. Links: Harney County, Oregon Stand-off

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2016/01/03/media-coverage-oregon-militia-standoff-raises-eyebrows-and-ire

https://www.popularresistance.org/understanding-the-oregon-militia/

http://reason.com/blog/2016/01/04/rancher-arson-case-that-inspired-oregon

http://reason.com/archives/2016/01/07/whatevers-going-on-in-oregon-its-not-ter

http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2016/01/the-oregon-standoff-debate/422556/


9. The Ensemble of Oregon, St. Peter’s Landmark, Jan. 31

The Ensemble of Oregon under the direction of Patrick McDonough, will present “Officium Defunctorum:  Funeral Music for Maria of Spain, Holy Roman Empress” Sunday, January 31, 2016, in a 4 p.m. concert at St. Peter’s Landmark in The Dalles.

The concert is co-sponsored by Cascade Singers and St. Peter’s Landmark.  Admission is by donation at the door.

The Ensemble is a professional vocal and instrumental chamber ensemble, based in the Portland area, equally at home tackling early music and modern works.  Members share their talents with other well-known groups and events such as Portland Baroque Orchestra, Dale Warland Singers, Cantores in Ecclesia, Cappella Romana, the William Byrd Festival, and the Oregon Bach Festival.

The Spanish city of Avila produced two famous children:  St. Teresa and Tomás Luis de Victoria, born there in 1548.  Trained as a chorister in his home town, Victoria traveled to Rome in his late teens to pursue a career as a professional musician.  He was a contemporary and colleague of Palestrina.

In his mid-thirties Victoria dedicated a book of masses to King Philip II of Spain with the hint that he wanted to return to his native country.  In the 1580s he became composer and director of music at a convent in Madrid where he remained for the rest of his life.  Some of his most radiant compositions were written during his later years.

The concert is built around Victoria’s six-voice setting of the “Officium Defunctorum,” the traditional services for the dead.  It was composed as a memorial for Empress Maria of Austria, King Philip’s sister, who had retired back to Madrid after an illustrious political career as a Habsburg empress and patron of music.  Her death in 1603 was commemorated all across Europe with lavish displays of music, poetry, and public mourning.

The music offered by the Ensemble would originally have been sung during a long series of services, starting with Matins before dawn and stretching on into the day.  Victoria used traditional Gregorian chant, which is almost always present in one of the six voices, upon which he built his polyphonic compositions.

Unlike later romantic era Requiems, this funeral music has surprisingly little fire and brimstone, opting instead for a tone of hope and serene contemplation.

St. Peter’s Landmark, with its gothic vaulted, tinwork-clad ceiling, will provide a welcoming acoustic for this landmark music of the high Renaissance.


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10. Links

Help Guide | Suicide Prevention

http://www.helpguide.org/articles/suicide-prevention/suicide-prevention-helping-someone-who-is-suicidal.htm

Northwest Passage, BLM Magazine for Oregon & Washington

http://www.blm.gov/or/nwpassage/index.php

Vessel Finder

https://www.vesselfinder.com/

Governor Kate Brown appoints Oregon’s 1st earthquake safety officer

http://www.oregonlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2016/01/kate_brown_appoints_oregons_fi.html#incart_river_index

Oregon Watchdog | free subscription

http://www.oregonwatchdog.com/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+OregonWatchdog+%28Oregon+Watchdog%29

Petraeus Prosecuted…Why Not Hillary Clinton?

http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2016/01/petraeus_prosecuted__why_not_hillary.html

Immigration

http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2016/01/immigration_and_your_fathers_oldsmobile.html

One World Observatory

https://www.youtube.com/embed/aDIN26yxbnw

Columbia River Gorge Honored on New U.S. Postage Stamp

http://www.oregonlive.com/travel/index.ssf/2016/01/columbia_river_gorge_honored_o.html

Sherman County eNews #27

Contents

  1. Sherman Basketball Schedule Update
  2. Health Care Insurance Consultation, Jan. 28
  3. Sherman County Court Agenda, Feb. 3
  4. Harney County Community Meeting, Jan. 25
  5. The Ensemble of Oregon, St. Peter’s Landmark, Jan. 31
  6. Links

1. Sherman Basketball Schedule Update

  • JH BxB vs. Horizon @ SES tomorrow has been cancelled.
  • There will be no HS GJV game this Saturday vs. Horizon. 
  • Boys JV – 2:30, Girls V – 4:00, Boys V – 5:30 

2. Health Care Insurance Consultation, Jan. 28

Tired of Paying for Health Insurance that May Not Work?

Come for a FREE Health Insurance Consultation with a Professional Agent

When: Thursday January 28, 2016

Time: 9:00am-5:00pm

Where: OSU Extension Office – Sherman County Conference Room

66365 Lonerock Drive

Moro, OR 97039

Call Janet Rockwell (541) 705-7051 to schedule an appointment

 

Sponsored by the Sherman County Medical Clinic 


3. Sherman County Court Agenda, Feb. 3

Sherman County Court Agenda

February 3, 2016

1.0 Appointment Schedule:

 

1.1 9:00 a.m. Ron McDermid – Justice of the Peace – Quarterly Report

1.2 9:15 a.m. Public Hearing: Goal 3 Exception – Georgia Macnab – Planning

Department

1.3 9:45 a.m. Georgia Macnab – Planning Director – Quarterly Report

1.4 10:00 a.m. Shandie Johnson – Prevention Coordinator – Quarterly Report

1.5 10:15 a.m. Sharon Thornberry – Rural Communities Liaison – Regional Food Bank Update 

1.6 11:00 a.m. Jacque Shei – Mid-Columbia Economic Development District –

Quarterly Report

1.7 11:15 a.m. Jennifer Zimmerlee – Sherman County RV Park Update

1.8 11:45 a.m. Shawn Payne – Emergency Services Director – Quarterly Report

1.9 1:00 p.m. Shellie Campbell – North Central Public Health District – Tobacco Use and Laws Update

 1.10 1:30 p.m. Marnene Benson-Wood – Transit Coordinator/Treasurer – Quarterly Report

 

Additions to Agenda:

2.0 Action Items:

 

2.1 Appointment – Sherman County Area Watershed Council

2.2 Appointment – Sherman County Ambulance Board

2.3 Resolution – Mid-Columbia Housing Authority Sherman County Representative

2.4 Highly Rural Transportation Grant

 

3.0 Discussion Items:

3.1 Kent Water District

3.2 Commissioner Reports

 

4.0 Consent Agenda:

4.1 Special Session Minutes of January 15, 2016

4.2 Minutes of January 20, 2016

4.3 Claims – January 2016

 

5.0 Future Agenda Items:


4. Harney County Community Meeting, Jan. 25

Burns – Harney County Judge Steve Grasty announced a change in venue and format for the weekly Harney County community meeting scheduled for Monday, January 25. “We started the weekly community meeting so that Harney County residents would have an opportunity to ask questions and voice their concerns in a safe and civil manner,” said Judge Grasty. “The meeting last week did not fulfill that purpose.” Harney County has been notified by the school district that school facilities will no longer be available for these community meetings due to the number of firearms that were present, in violation of school district policy.

The meeting on January 25 will be held at the Harney County Senior Center at 5:00 p.m. Doors will open at 4:30. The Senior Center also has a “no firearm” policy that will be strictly enforced. Please arrive early in order to get through security in a timely manner.

The format for this meeting will also be special. “Residents of Harney County have been given a unique opportunity to be heard statewide,” said Judge Grasty, explaining that Oregon Public Broadcasting’s Think Out Loud public affairs program will moderate and record the meeting on Monday. The host of Think Out Loud, Dave Miller, will ask questions of those in attendance. This episode of Think Out Loud will air on Tuesday, January 26. “I can’t think of a better way to give Oregon a taste of the real Harney County,” continued Grasty.

Due to space limitations at the Senior Center and the unique format, entrance to this meeting will be limited only to those Harney County residents who have a ticket. Tickets will be available starting at 10 a.m. Monday morning. Here is what you need to know:

  • Pick up tickets at the Harney County Courthouse, Clerk’s Office, on Monday starting at 10 a.m. or by calling 541-573-6641 starting at 10 a.m.
  • Tickets will be released on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Everyone who gets a ticket will need to show picture I.D. and residency will be verified.
  • Picture I.D. will also be required to enter the Senior Center with your ticket.
  • Each person may pick up only two tickets.
  • There will be 150 tickets available. Thirty tickets have been set aside for invited guests. Any of those tickets that are unused will be available for others to use.
  • Anyone who is not able to get a ticket for this meeting, will be wait-listed for this meeting and put at the front of the list for future meetings, should it be necessary to continue with this ticketing format.

Any questions related to ticket distribution should be directed to 541-573-6641.


5. The Ensemble of Oregon, St. Peter’s Landmark, Jan. 31

The Ensemble of Oregon under the direction of Patrick McDonough, will present “Officium Defunctorum:  Funeral Music for Maria of Spain, Holy Roman Empress” Sunday, January 31, 2016, in a 4 p.m. concert at St. Peter’s Landmark in The Dalles.

The concert is co-sponsored by Cascade Singers and St. Peter’s Landmark.  Admission is by donation at the door.

The Ensemble is a professional vocal and instrumental chamber ensemble, based in the Portland area, equally at home tackling early music and modern works.  Members share their talents with other well-known groups and events such as Portland Baroque Orchestra, Dale Warland Singers, Cantores in Ecclesia, Cappella Romana, the William Byrd Festival, and the Oregon Bach Festival.

The Spanish city of Avila produced two famous children:  St. Teresa and Tomás Luis de Victoria, born there in 1548.  Trained as a chorister in his home town, Victoria traveled to Rome in his late teens to pursue a career as a professional musician.  He was a contemporary and colleague of Palestrina.

In his mid-thirties Victoria dedicated a book of masses to King Philip II of Spain with the hint that he wanted to return to his native country.  In the 1580s he became composer and director of music at a convent in Madrid where he remained for the rest of his life.  Some of his most radiant compositions were written during his later years.

The concert is built around Victoria’s six-voice setting of the “Officium Defunctorum,” the traditional services for the dead.  It was composed as a memorial for Empress Maria of Austria, King Philip’s sister, who had retired back to Madrid after an illustrious political career as a Habsburg empress and patron of music.  Her death in 1603 was commemorated all across Europe with lavish displays of music, poetry, and public mourning.

The music offered by the Ensemble would originally have been sung during a long series of services, starting with Matins before dawn and stretching on into the day.  Victoria used traditional Gregorian chant, which is almost always present in one of the six voices, upon which he built his polyphonic compositions.

Unlike later romantic era Requiems, this funeral music has surprisingly little fire and brimstone, opting instead for a tone of hope and serene contemplation.

St. Peter’s Landmark, with its gothic vaulted, tinwork-clad ceiling, will provide a welcoming acoustic for this landmark music of the high Renaissance.


computer.keys

6. Links  

Help Guide | Suicide Prevention

http://www.helpguide.org/articles/suicide-prevention/suicide-prevention-helping-someone-who-is-suicidal.htm

 Northwest Passage, BLM Magazine for Oregon & Washington

http://www.blm.gov/or/nwpassage/index.php

 Vessel Finder

https://www.vesselfinder.com/

Governor Kate Brown appoints Oregon’s 1st earthquake safety officer

http://www.oregonlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2016/01/kate_brown_appoints_oregons_fi.html#incart_river_index

 Oregon Watchdog | free subscription

http://www.oregonwatchdog.com/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+OregonWatchdog+%28Oregon+Watchdog%29

 Petraeus Prosecuted…Why Not Hillary Clinton?

http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2016/01/petraeus_prosecuted__why_not_hillary.html

Immigration

http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2016/01/immigration_and_your_fathers_oldsmobile.html

 One World Observatory

https://www.youtube.com/embed/aDIN26yxbnw

 Columbia River Gorge Honored on New U.S. Postage Stamp

http://www.oregonlive.com/travel/index.ssf/2016/01/columbia_river_gorge_honored_o.html