Sherman County eNews #90


  1. Lions’ Luncheon meeting is Monday, April 4

  2. National Distracted Driving Awareness Month

  3. No political signs on state highway right of way

  4. Oregon Governor Signs Good Neighbor Agreement with Forest Service

  5. Making Your Own Assessment

  6. Links: Investigate ~ Search ~ Examine ~ Research ~ Study ~ Think

1. Lions’ Luncheon Meeting is Monday, April 4


LionsInternationalLogoMonday at noon, April 4th, the meeting at the senior center side room will include lunch, followed by our monthly meeting. Guests are welcome!  President Geremy will explain in detail and present for approval our planned “Legacy Project.”

From someone to document the steps in completing the project, to hours of actual physical participation, the purpose of this project is to assist or create something which will lastingly provide a benefit to the county.  This project is to honor our Lion International Organization’s years of service, as the 100th anniversary of our origin in 1917!

2. National Distracted Driving Awareness Month



A recent AAA survey concluded that, in a 30-day period,

  • 70 percent of drivers talked on their cell phone while driving and
  • 42 percent read texts or emails while in traffic.
  • A recent ODOT survey by Southern Oregon University concluded that drivers didn’t like someone else driving distracted, but still did it themselves:
  • 84 percent of respondents said they feel uncomfortable riding as a passenger with a distracted driver. But
  • 44 percent admitted to driving distracted with passengers. And
  • 75 percent admitted they drove distracted when they drove alone

3. No political signs on state highway right of way

With the May 17 primary elections approaching, ODOT reminds campaigns that political signs may not be posted on any Oregon state highway right of way.


No signs except official traffic control devices are allowed in the state highway right of way. Improperly placed political signs will be removed without notice and held at a nearby ODOT District Maintenance office for 30 days.

Campaigns should contact AskODOT (1-888-ASK-ODOT or 1-888-275-6368 or to retrieve signs. Complaints about illegally placed signs can also be registered by contacting AskODOT.

Signs are prohibited on trees, utility poles, fence posts and natural features within highway right of way. They also are prohibited within view of a designated scenic area.

Temporary political signs are allowed on private property within view of state highways with the following restrictions:

  • New signs are limited to 12 square feet.
  • No flashing or intermittent lights, animated or moving parts are allowed.
  • Signs must not imitate an official highway sign or device.
  • Signs are not allowed in scenic corridors.

Local municipalities may also regulate the placement of political signs.

Visit for more information on ODOT’s outdoor signs rules.

For updated information on highway work and current travel information throughout Oregon, visit or call the Oregon road report at 511 or 1-800-977-6368 Visit the ODOT News Media Center at

4. Oregon Governor, State Officials Sign Good Neighbor Agreement with Forest Service

ORStateFlagSalem, Ore – Furthering work to advance healthy, resilient national forests, habitat, and communities, Oregon Governor Kate Brown, U.S. Forest Service Regional Forester Jim Peña, Oregon Department of Forestry State Forester Doug Decker, and Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Director Curt Melcher jointly signed a Good Neighbor Authority agreement today.

Stemming from authorities in the 2014 Federal Farm Bill, the Oregon Good Neighbor Authorit Master Agreement increases opportunities for efficiently working across jurisdictions, expands options for sharing skills and funding, and provides a creative and collaborative tool for restoring and managing national public forestlands and watershed health.

National forests account for nearly 60 percent of all forests in Oregon. Wildfire risk, habitatconnectivity, species recovery and sustainable wood products and job creation are among the challenges and opportunities facing these public lands.

“The social, economic, and environmental issues tied to public lands go far beyond their boundaries,” said Governor Brown. “Today’s signing is an important new tool that brings these issues together and promotes collaboration. We can get farther by working together than apart.”

“There is a lot of work that needs to be done, and no agency or organization can do it alone,” said Peña. “This Good Neighbor Authority agreement is a model for how federal and state partners can work together with communities more effectively––it’s a win-win for the health of our forests and Oregonians.”

“Building on Oregon’s innovative approach to advancing public values on federal lands, including millions in legislative investment since 2013, and local collaborative groups willing to roll up their sleeves and work on tough forest management issues, we’re already seeing results,” said Decker. “This agreement shines a national spotlight on Oregon and serves as the next level in continuing good work while helping rural communities, reducing wildfire risk and improving forest health.”

“As managers of Oregon’s fish and wildlife resources, we rely heavily on partnerships with public and private land owners to address important habitat issues,” said Melcher. “Formal agreements like this will further strengthen our partnership with the Forest Service and provide the flexible tools and resources necessary to boost stewardship and bring rural communities together.”

The Oregon Good Neighbor Master Agreement provides formal authorization for putting local projects into action as part of a statewide effort, allowing federal funds to be used by state agency staff or contractors to advance work directly on federal public land and leverage state and other dollars. The agreement allows the state, U.S. Forest Service, and local partners to work across ownership boundaries to focus on statewide results rather than jurisdictional or regulatory limitations.

The Forest Service, ODF and ODFW are already working on a number of projects with local forest collaborative groups and partners, and the Good Neighbor Authority provides a tool to enhance positive results. Two examples of these projects include:

  • ODF will use seasonal firefighters and contractors to implement forest thinning––removing small, dead or diseased trees––on 200 acres of the Fremont-Winema NationalForest outside of Lakeview. This work is critical for completing wildfire resiliencetreatments in the larger Crooked Mud Honey Integrated Restoration Project area. Receipts from federal timber sales will be apportioned to ODF to cover costs of this work.
  • Malheur and Umatilla National Forest staff, ODFW, tribal representatives and otherpartners are working in the John Day River watershed to enhance fish habitat and water quality on public and private lands. Using federal funds, ODFW and the Forest Service will replace road culverts and reduce barriers to fish and other aquatic life while also installing screens on irrigation diversions to keep fish in the creek. 

5. Making Your Own Assessment

The Pacific Institute

This is the time of year, at least in the United States, when high school seniors start receiving word from the applications they have made to the colleges of their choice. With an estimated three million student freshman class next fall, rejection letters are inevitable. And being “rejected” can cause a blow to one’s self-esteem.

Rejection and disappointment can make us vulnerable, and when we are vulnerable, we are susceptible to what we see and hear from those around us.  While the comments may be innocent and made with the best intentions, we need to be careful about who we listen to and what they say.

A quote from Columbia University president, Lee Bollinger, holds true today. He said, “To allow other people’s assessment of you to determine your own self-assessment is a very big mistake.” He hit that nail on the head! No one knows you better than you, and every one of us needs to be careful what we take in, and sanction, from those around us.

We all experience moments of rejection during our lives. Some are small, and some, at the time, seem very large; still others are, indeed, truly large. How we react to these moments often affects the directions our lives will take. The good news is that the choices of where to go and what to do are typically up to us. The decisions are ours to make.

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