Sherman County eNews #158

June 23, 2016


  1. Notice: Sherman County Court to Meet as Biggs Service District Board, June 29

  2. Fire Prevention: Please do not park your vehicle in dry grass!

  3. Sherman County Preschool Open Enrollment, July 7

  4. Sherman County Swim Bus July 12- August 18

  5. Stand Up and Be Counted

  6. Oregon Marine Board Law Enforcement, State Police: Operation Dry Water

  7. Links: Things to Think About & Things to Do

“The worst form of inequality is to try to make unequal things equal.” — Aristotle

1.Notice: Sherman County Court to Meet as Biggs Service District Board, June 29

ShermanCoLogoThe Sherman County Court will meet as the Biggs Service District Board of Directors on June 29th, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. at Linda’s Restaurant in Biggs. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the water project with business owners and residents of Biggs.

2. Fire Prevention: Please do not park your vehicle in dry grass!

Caution! Extreme Fire Danger!

Please do not park your vehicle in dry grass!

Safety First! Prevent fires!

3. Sherman County Preschool Open Enrollment, July 7

book.boy.readbook.girl.readPreschool Open Enrollment, July 7, 6:00 PM.  Open Enrollment for all preschoolers (must be 3 on or before September 1, 2016). Held at Sherman Jr./Sr. High School Library, 65912 High School Loop, in Moro. Sherman Preschool and North Sherman Pre-School, Inc. have merged. We look forward to continuing to provide all children and families of Sherman County, quality, early childhood education. Sherman County Preschool, 65912 High School Loop, 541-565-3320.

4. Sherman County Swim Bus July 12- August 18

swim.logoREMINDER:  Sherman County Prevention Program is still taking names for the 2016 Summer Swim Bus.  The group will be going to the Goldendale Pool for swimming lessons and free swim.  This is a free program for every child in Kindergarten and older that lives in Sherman County.  The swim bus will run Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning July 12th and the last day will be August 18th.  Please call Shandie Johnson with the Prevention Program at 541-565-5036 Monday through Friday 8:00 – 12:00 for more information.

5. Stand Up and Be Counted

~ The Pacific Institute

We’ve touched a little on the subject of accountability. Today, let’s take a different angle on accountability and talk about why some people think it means fixing the blame for what goes wrong.

In any discussion about accountability, you can see some people begin to feel defensive, just by watching their body language. Maybe they are struggling with a life-threatening illness, or maybe had been in a severe automobile accident and are feeling like victims. Often you will hear them say things like, “Are you trying to tell me that I am to blame for this? Do you want me to believe that this is my fault?” That’s not the kind of accountability we’re talking about; it has nothing to do with blaming or faulting.

You see, the word “accountability” is an ancient Roman term that at its Latin root means “to stand forth and be counted.” What we are talking about is standing up more in your life, and making it count. And if you realize that you might have had a hand in creating something – yes, even an accident or illness – without blaming yourself, you will also realize that you have the power to do something about it, to change it.

Everything you see in your life is something you had some part in creating, even if it was just to stand by and do nothing and let it happen. When you decide to take accountability, you make this creation a conscious process. Winston Churchill once said that, “The price of greatness is responsibility.” So take that responsibility for your life, and great things will happen.

6. Oregon Marine Board Law Enforcement, State Police: Operation Dry Water

sign.boatrampThe Marine Board and law enforcement from 32 counties and the Oregon State Police will be participating in Operation Dry Water, during the weekend of June 24-26, as part of a nationally coordinated effort to reduce the number of accidents and fatalities related to boating under the influence of intoxicants (BUII).

Already this year, serious impairment-related boating accidents and fatalities have occurred on Oregon waterways. Many are still under investigation. This year and last, there were instances where marijuana contributed to accidents and fatalities. “Because there is clear evidence from Washington State that recreational marijuana increases fatal car crashes, we can only assume that some people will take their impairment to the water,” says Randy Henry, Boating Safety Manager for the Marine Board. “To help marine officers prepare, we are training them to recognize drug impairment along with alcohol impairment and arrest those operators –including those with paddles,” Henry adds.

Boating under the influence of intoxicants means prescription drugs, alcohol, inhalants, marijuana, or any other substance that impairs a person’s ability to make sound judgments and have the ability to safely operate a boat. The effects of drugs and alcohol are also amplified on the water with the combination of sun, glare, wind, waves and other motion.

Impaired boaters can expect to be arrested or face serious penalties. In Oregon, the consequences of being convicted of BUII include the possibility of jail time, $6,250 in fines and loss of boating privileges. Marine officers can arrest boaters on the observed impairment, which can occur under the .08% blood alcohol concentration and can legally obtain blood, breath or urine if a boater fails field sobriety testing. The Marine Board urges boaters to boat safe, and boat sober –by refraining from using any type of intoxicant.

“Overall, recreational boating is very safe if boaters wear their life jackets, boat sober, and keep a sharp lookout by watching where they are going and what’s going on around them. Accidents and fatalities would be extremely rare. So far this year, the pattern for bad accidents includes impairment, distracted operation and no life jacket,” Henry warns. Henry goes on to say, “The public is our ally in safe boating. If you see an impaired operator or someone who is operating in a way that threatens others’ safety, call 911 and report it. The vast majority of marine officer contacts are educational in nature, but if someone is impaired by alcohol, marijuana or any other drug, they will be arrested and will face the consequences. That’s how we can all save lives.”

For more information about Operation Dry Water, visit or the Marine Board’s Boating Safety Program at

7. Links: Things to Think About & Things to Do

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