Sherman County eNews #93


  1. Sherman High School Tennis Schedule Update, April 8
  2. Survey! Sherman County’s Public Transportation
  3. Public Meeting Announcement: Sherman County School Board, April 11
  4. Sherman County Emergency Services March Activity Report
  5. “Salvador Fund” benefits migrants, farmworkers, elders and caregivers
  6. Effective Communications
  7. Links: Things to Think About & Things to Do

“In selecting men for office, let principle be your guide. Regard not the particular sect or denomination of the candidate — look to his character.” —Noah Webster (1789)

1. Sherman High School Tennis Schedule Update, April 8

sport.tennis1~ Audrey Rooney, Sherman County School District

The match vs. Stanfield tomorrow, April 8th, here at home has been set to start at 12:30 instead of 2:00.

2. Survey! Sherman County’s Public Transportation


Are you interested in improving Sherman County’s public transportation? People can make their voices heard through on-line and paper surveys conducted through Mid-Columbia Economic Development District. It’s part of the county’s Human Services / Public Transportation Plan Update for 2016-19. A coordinated transportation plan is required by state and federal transportation agencies; the plan focuses on the needs of low-income individuals, persons with disabilities, and seniors. You can take the survey by visiting . Under Quick Links on the home page, click the Public Transportation Survey link. Or, visit the Sherman County Public/School Library for a copy of the paper survey. The survey is open through Friday, April 8. Thank you for your support!

3. Public Meeting Announcement: Sherman County School Board, April 11

The Sherman County School District Board of Directors will hold a Regular Board Meeting on Monday, April 11, 2016. The meeting, open to the public, will reconvene at 7:00 p.m. following a closed Executive Session that will begin at 6:00 p.m. pursuant to ORS 192.660(2)(i) for the purpose of evaluating the superintendent. This meeting will be held in the meeting room of the Sherman Jr./Sr. High School/Public Library.



4. Sherman County Emergency Services March Activity Report

Sherman County Ambulance

March 2016 Activity Report

Date Time Incident Location
3-03 8:18 PM Welfare Check Wasco
3-08 7:00 PM Law Enforcement Agency Assist US 97 & Hwy 30
3-11 12:27 AM Lift Assist Wasco
3-12 7:15 AM Motor Vehicle Crash I-84 MP# 104
3-13 6:00 AM Motor Vehicle Crash – Rollover US 97 MP# 17.5
3-16 6:43 PM Motor Vehicle Crash I-84 MP# 101
3-18 12:05 PM Seizure Grass Valley
3-18 2:56 PM Diabetic Issue US 97 MP# 10
3-19 11:46 PM Asthma Attack Wasco
3-22 4:46 PM Chest Pain Wasco
3-26 2:27 AM Breathing Problems Pilot in Biggs
3-26 9:05 AM Unknown Frosty’s in Rufus
3-28 1:40 PM Seizure Moro

5. “Salvador Fund” benefits migrants, farmworkers, elders and caregivers

Salvador Castañares immigrated to the United States from Mexico in 1923 with no friends and a janitorial job in exchange for his high school education. Yet he aspired to be a physician, and through a combination of talent, hard work and study he realized his dream, serving in World War II as a flight surgeon before entering private practice in reconstructive surgery. He built his dream into a lifelong, rewarding career, and instilled the same ethic for achievement in his children.

After he died at the age of 97, one of those children, Dr. Tina Castañares of Hood River, decided to establish an endowment in his honor with Gorge Community Foundation. She approached her mother and siblings, and together they started the Salvador Fund, which will award its first grants in 2016 to non-profit organizations serving the interests of immigrants, migrants, farmworkers, elders, caregivers and low-income residents of the Mid-Columbia region.

Their goal this first year is to award $5,000. “I wanted to honor my father by making a contribution to the Gorge, because the Gorge has given me so much,” said Dr. Castañares. “It’s a give-back in my father’s honor.

Dr. Castañares specializes in family medicine. She is widely recognized as a leading advocate for immigrants and other underprivileged populations of the Columbia Gorge. In her retirement, she has been volunteering to advance livability for elders and caregivers. She convened a community group now known as the Aging in the Gorge Alliance (AGA), which has many activities under way.

Dr. Castañares also helped establish La Clinica del Cariño, now known as One Community Health, where she currently serves as a board member. She was the health officer for Hood River County for 12 years, and was closely involved in founding the Oregon Health Plan.

Through the Salvador Fund, Dr. Castañares and her siblings wish to support activities or events that benefit elders, caregivers, immigrants, migrants and farmworkers, with emphasis upon cultural and linguistic competency, equity and community building. Non-profit groups from any sector (education, housing, transportation, health care, the arts and culture, public health) are eligible to apply for programs, projects, or events that fit the Salvador Fund’s criteria and priorities. Individuals and organizations wishing to support the Salvador Fund’s goals may also do so by contributing to the fund, in care of the Gorge Community Foundation. Donations are tax-deductible to the extend allowed by law.

The Salvador Fund will support small grants of $250 to $2,000. Proposals are accepted through the year, with all decisions subject to review and approval by the Gorge Community Foundation board. Most applicants should receive a response within two months of proposal submission. For details, visit the Gorge Community Foundation website,, or e-mail the Foundation at

6. Effective Communications

The Pacific Institute

Communication can create conflict or bring people together. Here is a tip to help you build bridges instead of walls when you interact with others.

Words are very powerful, so powerful, that we attach emotions to the, almost immediately after hearing them. In this way, certain things we say create conflict and resistance. However, if we become aware of the effect of these words and know what to say instead, we can communicate more smoothly with others. This creates greater agreement and far less hostility along the way.

For example, the word “but” can be a problem. Whenever you hear “but” in a sentence, you know that you should discount what came before it and pay attention to what comes after. If you hear, “That’s true, but…” you know what’s coming next, right? You are going to hear why it’s not true or why it’s irrelevant. Or if you hear, “That’s an interesting idea, but…” you know that you are about to be told why it won’t work. (You may substitute “however” for “but” and get the same reaction.)

Supposing that instead, someone said to you, “What you say is true and here’s something that’s also true…” Feels a lot better, doesn’t it? Or if they said, “That’s an interesting idea, and you could also look at it this way….”

By using the word “and” instead of “but,” their ideas are linked to yours (or your ideas linked to theirs) instead of being put in opposition to each other. The difference between “but” and “and” is a lot like the difference between boxing, which uses brute opposition to defeat an opponent, and Aikido, which joins with and redirects an opponent’s energy in a way which is better for both of you.

You will be more persuasive and create less conflict and resistance if you avoid “but” and strive for agreement, instead.

7. Links: Things to Think About 


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