Sherman County eNews #40


Sherman County Court Draft Agenda, Feb. 17

Sherman Basketball Schedule Update

MedQuest for Students – June 12-17

Finding Frémont exhibit opens, Feb. 20

Grass Valley’s 9th Annual Easter Egg, March 19

Sen. Ted Ferrioli: Career-tech programs worth the investment


Links – Public Lands


If you become discouraged, think of Helen Keller, who, though she was deaf and blind, inspired her more fortunate contemporaries through her books. The life of Helen Keller is an outstanding example of the triumph of the human spirit over a physical handicap. Even today, decades after her death, her life stands as a beacon of hope for those who must constantly struggle just to perform routine tasks that most of us take for granted. Whenever you feel fate has been unkind to you, all you must do is look around you and you will begin to appreciate how fortunate you are. Make sure your life’s plan includes giving something back to the community without expecting anything in return. Giving time and effort, not just money, reinforces your connections to your community, provides you with concrete proof of the effectiveness of deliberate action, and reminds you of the inspiring power of determination in human endeavor. ~ Napoleon Hill

1. Sherman County Court Draft Agenda, Feb. 17

Court Agenda

February 17, 2016

1.0 Appointment Schedule:

1.1 9:00 a.m. Georgia Macnab – Planning Department – Comprehensive Economic

Development Strategy Priority List

1.2 9:30 a.m. Bert Perisho – Sherman County Fair Board – Fair Update

1.3 10:00 a.m. Carol Benkosky – Beaureau of Land Management – Update

1.4 11:00 a.m. Heath Gardner – Wenaha Group – Courthouse Facilities Update

Additions to Agenda:

2.0 Action Items:

2.1 Oregon Association of County Engineers and Surveyors – Intergovernmental Agreement Creating the Oregon Association of County Engineers and Surveyors

3.0 Discussion Items:

3.1 Proposed Minimum Wage Increase

3.2 Commissioner Reports

4.0 Consent Agenda:

4.1 Minutes of February 3, 2016

4.2 Revenue/Expenditure Summary – January 2016

4.3 Treasurer’s Report – January 2016

5.0 Future Agenda Items:

County Court Agenda – 02/17/16 – 2 –

**If necessary, an Executive Session may be held in accordance with: ORS 192.660 (2) (d) Labor Negotiations ORS 192.660 (2) (h) Legal Rights

ORS 192.660 (2) (e) Property ORS 192.660 (2) (i) Personnel

2. Sherman Basketball Schedule Update

The Junior High game to Condon this Saturday will have a departure time of 8:00am from the Elementary and 8:15 from the High School.

3. MedQuest for Students – June 12-17

This once-in-a-lifetime camp is a week-long exploration of health care careers designed to introduce students completing grades 9-12 to career opportunities. Registration deadline is March 9, 2016. Visit our new website at to register for these programs!

4. Finding Frémont exhibit opens, Feb. 20

THE DALLES— Columbia Gorge Discovery Center & Museum opens a new traveling exhibit, “Finding Frémont: Pathfinder of the West,” Saturday, February 20. The exhibit follows the 1843-44 travels of Lt. John C. Frémont on his famous expedition to map the Pacific Northwest.

Saturday’s opening includes a 1 p.m. program by Bill Cossitt who will talk about the search for Frémont’s howitzer abandoned January 29, 1844 in the Sierra Mountains.

The Frémont Howitzer Recovery Team members are mostly professional surveyors, engineers, archeologists and lawyers, many whom have dedicated some thirty to thirty-five years to the search for items from Fremont’s second expedition to the west.

The exhibit will be included with paid museum admission.

A members-only sneak peek will be held Friday, February 19, with dinner at 6 p.m. followed by a presentation with Loren Irving at 7 pm. Irving produced a documentary tracing Frémont’s trail, and many of his landscape photos are included in the exhibit. The dinner menu is breaded baked cod with lemon dill butter, rice pilaf, spinach salad, rolls, double chocolate brownies. The dinner is $20, and members should RSVP by February 17.

An unlikely hero and colorful character, Lt. John C. Frémont’s expeditions surveyed and mapped the Oregon Trail and beyond, launching him to fame, infamy, fortune, and a bid for president of the United States of America.

Developed in partnership with the Nevada State Museum in Carson City, the exhibit features archaeological evidence of the party’s route, artifacts on loan from seven different collections, and the Fremont howitzer abandoned in the Sierra Nevada winter of 1844.

Guided by Kit Carson and accompanied by German-born cartographer and illustrator Charles Preuss, Fremont conducted the first of two surveys from mid-June to mid-October of 1843.

Frémont and Carson stopped at the Wascopam Mission (now The Dalles) in the fall of 1843. There they took on a teen-aged Native boy, “Billy Chinook,” who desired to see the states.

After thoroughly exploring much of the Pacific Northwest, the expedition went southward into Mexican-controlled territory. They first went through what is now northwestern Nevada and then made a perilous westward winter crossing of the Sierra Nevada to California, reaching Fort Sutter on the Sacramento River in March 1844.

For more information about Finding Frémont: Pathfinder of the West, call 541-296-8600 ext. 201 between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm daily or go online at

5. Grass Valley’s 9th Annual Easter Egg, March 19


All Children 0 – 12 yrs. old or in the 6th Grade

Hunt Age Groups: 0-3 yrs.; 4-6 yrs.; 7-9 yrs. and 10-12 yrs.


 No charge for the day’s events!


(NOTE: The week before Easter Weekend)

All hunts begin at 10:00 a.m.

Grass Valley Park & Pavilion

Enjoy Hot Cocoa, Coffee & Cookies!

Immediately followed by a puppet show presented by DRAGON THEATER PUPPETS

(made possible through a generous grant from Sherman County Cultural Coalition)

 Then the tables are put up and we begin a SKATE PARTY!

(approx. 11 am to 1:30)


Skating Games and Prizes!

Bring a sack lunch to eat while we set up for the Skate Party!

A Skate Release must be signed by a parent/guardian before skating.

The releases will be available at the egg hunt.

Questions? Call Jeanne Kuettel at 541-740-5740

Or City of Grass Valley at 541-333-2434

6. Sen. Ted Ferrioli: Career-tech programs worth the investment

ORStateFlagOregon students in career-technical programs outperform their peers

In light of recent discouraging headlines about low graduation rates, poor educational outcomes and the growing burden PERS is placing on our school districts, it’s right for our political leaders to encourage investment and improvement for Oregon schools.

Unfortunately, one more task force, one more bureaucrat and one more billion in taxpayer dollars won’t solve the problems facing our schools today. Instead, we need a specific agenda for investing in proven programs.

Some schools have discovered a surefire way to keep students engaged and graduate them prepared for real family-wage jobs in today’s workforce: career and technical education (CTE).

The Oregon Department of Education released a report in December 2015 with a startling statistic: Oregon CTE students are 15.5 percent more likely to graduate from high school in four years than students statewide.

Students in a CTE program have the opportunity to explore areas such as computer science, welding, nursing, electrical engineering, aquaculture, fabrication, 3D printing, carpentry, automotive technology, electronics and robotics. Hands-on learning keeps students engaged and equips them with a skill set that positions them for future training and job placement.

Of even greater interest is the “reverse achievement gap” CTE students experience, particularly among minorities. According to the Oregon Department of Education, CTE programs “may provide a path to reduce or eliminate Oregon’s Academic Achievement Gap and improve graduation rates for students in historically under-served communities.”

Consider these convincing statistics provided by the ODE: Black/African American students in CTE programs are 23.8 percent more likely to graduate than the same population of students statewide; American Indian/Alaska Native CTE students, 23.1 percent more likely to graduate; Hispanic/Latino CTE students, 21 percent; economically disadvantaged CTE students, 18.9 percent; CTE students with disabilities, 18.3 percent; and multiracial CTE students are 17.8 percent more likely to graduate than statewide average for that same population.

In rural Oregon, school districts from Baker to Redmond are already reaping the benefits of these career and technical education programs. It’s time for urban Oregon to buy into CTE so all Oregon students are ready to graduate into good-paying jobs. A well-trained workforce benefits all Oregonians as more high-wage employers open their doors and our economy grows.

Funding CTE into the future should be the top priority for the Oregon Legislature when it comes to strengthening K-12 education in Oregon. We have invested $33 million in CTE and STEM programs this biennium, while our counterparts in Washington state will spend over $420 million per biennium on a comprehensive, statewide CTE program.

7. Links

 Trains Plowing Through Snowy Tracks

Trains Plowing Through Snowy Railway Tracks

US Department of Agriculture | Amber Waves

Amber Waves presents the broad scope of ERS research and analysis on the economics of food, farming, natural resources, and rural America. The January/February 2016 issue includes articles on Haiti rice imports, Japan beef imports, no-till/strip-till farming, egg prices, USDA’s after-school snack program, food safety recalls, and family farms.

Is this election the last hurrah?

Experience Pushes Governors Out of the Presidential Contest

Experience Pushes Governors Out Of Presidential Contest

The Case for Kasich

Bernard Goldberg, Opinion

Realism About Immigration

On Immigration, Time for the West to Be Realistic

Islamic Refugees in Europe

The states people really want to move to — and those they don’t

Conservation Stewardship Program

I can’t keep calm. It’s calving season.

I Can't Keep Calm It's Calving Season

The Daily Signal

Congressional Honors Posthumously Awarded, Saved Art After WWII

OSU Helps Create Superfood

Social Democracy

Social Democracy is 100% American

 Fourteen Defining Characteristics Of Fascism


American Thinker | Conservative Online Magazine

8. Links – Public Lands

Letter to the Editor, The Dalles Chronicle

2002-2011 Nevada rancher/former Shoshone chief’s range war with BLM predates Bundy standoff

Editorial: Clemency for the Hammond Family

Anti-militia group started by sons of federal judge

Anti-militia group started by sons of federal judge

Group Works to Turn Malheur Occupation Against Itself

Group aims to turn Malheur occupation against itself

Court Ruling, Hage Grazing Case

Opinion: Bundy Grazing Case

At the heart of the Bundy standoff is the clash between strict constructionism and implied powers.The federal government granted itself implied powers. For centuries, implied powers have been used to justify the ever increasing regulation of the people.