Sherman County eNews #162

June 27, 2016


  1. Sherman County Job Skills Club, Wednesdays, June 8-Aug. 10
  2. Sherman County Summer Swim Bus, July 12- August 18
  3. Sherman County Court (Board of Commissioners) Announces Facebook Page
  4. Sherman County Court Draft Agenda, July 6
  5. Fireworks – Keep it Legal, Keep it Safe
  6. Discovering the Options
  7. Links: Things to Think About & Things to Do

“The curse of me and my nation is that we always think things can be bettered by immediate action of some sort, any sort rather than no sort.” — Plato

1.Sherman County Job Skills Club, Wednesdays, June 8-Aug. 10

When: June 8-August 10, Wednesdays from 9:30-11am

Where: Sherman County Extension Office

Topics: applications, resumes, interviews, etc.

High school and college students on summer break are welcome.

Sign-up: Call Diane or Donitta (541) 298-4101

2. Sherman County Summer 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.

3. Sherman County Court (Board of Commissioners) Announces Facebook Page

Sherman County Court now has a Facebook page! The Sherman County Board of Commissioners aims to use Facebook as another tool to help inform the citizens of Sherman County about the workings of the commissioners’ governance of Sherman County government. The page will also promote county-wide activities. The page is in its beginning stages, but if you have suggestions about what you’d like to see, please contact Administrative Assistant Lauren Hernandez at Don’t forget to stop by and ‘like’ us!

4. Sherman County Court Draft Agenda, July 6

SCCourt.Agenda July 6 2016

5. Fireworks – Keep it Legal, Keep it Safe

USAbannerThe Office of State Fire Marshal, Oregon fire service, Keep Oregon Green, natural resource agencies, Oregon fireworks wholesalers, and safety experts encourage Oregonians to “Keep it Legal and Keep it Safe” when using fireworks. The 2016 Oregon fireworks sales season opens Thursday, June 23 and runs through Wednesday, July 6. The OSFM and their partners want everyone to know what fireworks are legal in Oregon, where they are permitted, and the important steps to take for fireworks safety.

“People often forget that legal fireworks can only be purchased from Oregon permitted fireworks retailers and stands,” says Chief Deputy State Fire Marshal Mariana Ruiz-Temple. “And, regulations limit where those fireworks may be used. For example, fireworks are prohibited on all Oregon beaches, in parks, and campgrounds.”

July 4th holiday forest visitors are advised to leave all fireworks at home. The use of fireworks is prohibited on all national forestland, and most other public lands. “Fireworks compound the threat to already dry forests,” states Keep Oregon Green President Kristin Babbs. “Enjoy fireworks where they belong: on the pavement- safely away from houses, vehicles, and flammable vegetation.”

Oregon law bans possession, use, or sale of fireworks that fly, explode, or travel more than six feet on the ground or 12 inches into the air. Fireworks commonly called bottle rockets, Roman Candles, and firecrackers are ILLEGAL in Oregon.

There were 227 reported fireworks-related fires in Oregon during 2015, resulting in 28 injuries and more than $423,000 in property damage. Over the past five years, from 2011 through 2015, there were 924 reported fireworks-related fires in Oregon resulting in one death, 161 civilian injuries, and more than $2.7 million in property damage.

Officials may seize illegal fireworks and fine offenders up to $500 per violation. Those who misuse fireworks or allow fireworks to cause damage are liable and may be required to pay fire suppression costs or other damage. Parents are also liable for fireworks damage caused by their children.

“All Oregonians share the responsibility to use only legal fireworks and use them carefully,” adds Ruiz-Temple. And we encourage you to be aware and considerate of neighbors and their pets, before deciding on when and where you choose to light fireworks.”

The OSFM encourages everyone to use the four B’s of safe fireworks use:
* Be Prepared before lighting fireworks: keep water available by using a garden hose or bucket.
* Be Safe when lighting fireworks: keep children and pets away from fireworks.
* Be Responsible after lighting fireworks: never relight a dud. Wait 15 to 20 minutes then soak it in a bucket of water before disposal.
* Be Aware: use only legal fireworks and use them only in legal places.

The four B’s of fireworks safety brochure is available here:

Tips in Spanish are also available at:

6. Discovering the Options

Today, let’s talk about how important it is to have alternatives, and how our thoughts can keep important alternatives out of our reach.

How would you feel if only one candidate was running for the country’s highest office? What if, when you got sick, there was only one doctor you could see? You’d feel very uncomfortable, right? Because these are areas in which most of us are used to having alternatives.

When you have options and the opportunity to choose, you have power in your life. But sometimes we develop blind spots, or scotomas, and we lock-on to one idea, one way of looking at a problem or solution. This may be because we were raised to think a certain way, or because we prefer the security of the known to the uncertainty of the unknown. Now when we lock-on to one idea, or a singular way of doing things, we automatically lock-out other alternatives, and in the process, we rob ourselves of power.

The more alternatives you can see, the more power you have.  It helps to expose yourself to different ideas and other points of view. There is no need to feel threatened by differences, because you are the final authority about what is best for you, whether it is treating an illness, dealing with a difficult relationship, or deciding on a career move.

Give yourself a lot of options, and you increase your personal power. ~ The Pacific Institute

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

I’m not upset that you lied to me; I’m upset that from now on I can’t believe you.” Friedrich Nietzsche

Young Farmer Logan Padget in Sherman County, Oregon

The Ten Commandments

Opinion. The Worst Part of the Email Scandal

The National Review

Consumer Reports

The Heritage Foundation: Conservative Policy, Research & Analysis

Ramadan is the strongest antidote for Islamophobia

Book. A Curious Mind by Brian Grazer

U.S. Behind Its Goal Accepting 10,000 Syrian Refugees

Where refugees to the U.S. come from

Author/Commentator Victor Davis Hanson

The Clinton Foundation

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