Sherman County eNews #163

June 28, 2016


  1. 100th Anniversary of Grass Valley Pavilion Open House, July 16
  2. Sherman County Preschool Open Enrollment, July 7
  3. Editorial: Mac’s Musings – The Times-Journal, June 23, 2016
  4. Sherman County Public/School Library Book Club, July 19
  5. History Tidbits: Cottonwood Grade
  6. The Select Committee on Benghazi Releases Proposed Report, Parts I, II & III
  7. Oh Good, More Advice…
  8. Links: Things to Think About & Things to Do

“Conservation, as I use the term, does not mean non-use or non-development. It does not mean tying up the natural resources of the states. It means the utilization of these resources under such regulation and control as will prevent waste, extravagance, and monopoly; but at the same time, not merely promoting, but encouraging such use and development as will serve the interests of the people generally.”  ~ Theodore Roosevelt, 1910

1.100th Anniversary of Grass Valley Pavilion Open House, July 16

Please join the City of Grass Valley Council and staff along with our funding committee to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Grass Valley Pavilion! Mark your calendar for Saturday, July 16, 2016, for the PAVILION OPEN HOUSE located at 233 Mill Street, Grass Valley, Oregon from 6 PM – 9 PM. Come see what has been accomplished and enjoy some refreshments. See you there!

2. Sherman County Preschool Open Enrollment, July 7

balloons.boyPreschool 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.

3. Editorial: Mac’s Musings – The Times-Journal, June 23, 2016

dollar.sign1Too busy to attend the varied budget hearings that have been held in your respective communities of late? Let us acquaint you with some of the ‘bottom lines’ that have been and are being approved by regional entities, county courts, city councils and school and special districts. The figures represent the budgets that have been approved by the governing bodies of each entity, Total Resources/Requirements, for the 2016-2017 fiscal year, and, in parenthesis, that of the 2015-2016 fiscal year which concludes at the end of June.

Mid-Columbia Council of Governments – $10,137,679. ($12,796,434 last year)

— North Central Public Health District – $2,374,117. ($2,165,988 last year)

— Northern Oregon Corrections – $8,110,549. ($9,739,035 last year)

— North Central ESD – $4,866,934. ($4,863,342 last year)

— Frontier Telenet – $4,938,227. ($2,514,739 last year)

— Frontier Digital Network – $800,000. ($128,500 last year)

— Gilliam Co. – $44,599,697. ($40,071,732 last year)

— Sherman Co. – $45,271,405. ($46.195,573 last year)

— Wheeler Co. – $10,129,805. ($11,048,618 last year)

— Arlington – $2,774,509. ($3,707,386 last year)

— Condon – $5,826,300. ($5,761,150 last year)

— Lonerock – $17,484. ($30,492 last year)

— Grass Valley – $577,173. ($742,632 last year)

— Moro – $974,764. ($1,059,272 last year)

— Rufus – $523,322. ($736,388 last year)

— Wasco – $1,158,222. ($1,038,841 last year)

— Fossil – $2,179,185. ($1,731,819 last year)

— Mitchell – $218,287. ($188,634 last year)

— Spray – $838.045. ($555,229 last year)

— Arlington School District – $4,409,459. ($4,077,103 last year)

— Condon School District – $5,664,910. ($4,755,438 last year)

— Sherman School District – $14,241,531. ($22,116,417 last year)

— Fossil School District – $6,948,822. ($5,543,810 last year)

— Mitchell School District – $5,033,786. ($2,413,608 last year)

— Spray School District – $1,674,760. ($1,696,167 last year)

— Port of Arlington – $3,365,480. ($3,194,049 last year)

— North Gilliam Health District – $1,339,500. ($1,502,746 last year)

— North Gilliam County Cemetery District – $495,000. ($475,000 last year)

— South Gilliam Health District – $1,215,783. ($1,185,535 last year)

— South Gilliam County Cemetery District – $96,674. ($72,579 last year)

— Sherman County Health District – $689,499. ($672,425 last year)

— Biggs Service District – $2,459,835. ($313,822 last year)

— Wheeler 4-H/Extension District – $122,876. ($109,193 last year)

— South Gilliam R.F.P.D. – $206,545. ($1,806,119 last year)

— North Gilliam R.F.P.D. – $1,314,470. ($1,093,203 last year)

— Moro R.F.P.D. – $159,200. ($159,200 last year)

Total bill: $195,753,834!

That’s what it takes to operate the three smallest counties in the state. That’s a lot of money. That’s your tax money. In many cases even that is not enough to

provide the services we would all like to have in our counties, communities and schools. Still, it is nearly 200 million dollars; an amount worthy of our attention!

4. Sherman County Public/School Library Book Club, July 19

books.loveThe Library Book Club will be meeting at 6:00pm, July 19. Please join us for discussion of “Can’t Wait to Get to Heaven” by Fannie Flagg, even if you haven’t read the book. To request a hold on a copy, e-mail or call 541-565-3279.


5. History Tidbits: Cottonwood Grade

car.modelT       “Cottonwood Grade. Within recent weeks two fellow editors from the Willamette valley visited this county and have been advised to continue their journey into Gilliam county by way of Cottonwood grade. Their stories to their papers show that the grade made something of an impression on them.

“Lars Bladine, writing for the McMinnville Telephone-Register, refers to the grade as, “pasted onto the cliff sides, so narrow and tortuous as to make even the hardened Oregonian cliff dweller shudder at what would happen if a car going in another direction should be encountered.”

“Elbert Bede, writing in the Cottage Grove Sentinel about his experience in crossing Cottonwood, gives more time to an explanation of the mental handicaps suffered during his drive from Moro to Condon. To quote him, “I reached what I determined must be the canyon road, which I had been informed I might find a little rough.  I didn’t have any trouble finding it a little rough. This canyon road appeared to be held in place by sagebrush… By the way, it is a recognized state highway. It makes one feel almost selfish to be holding for more work on the Pacific highway when recognized state highways between important cities of the state are nearly impassible as this one.”

“It is so hoped that there will be opportunity to send other descriptive writers over the southern end of the Sherman highway, which is a federal road and about as rough as Cottonwood although not so narrow.” ~ Giles L. French, These Things We Note 10-3-1936

6. The Select Committee on Benghazi Releases Proposed Report

81 New Witnesses, 75,000 New Pages of Documents Reveal Significant New Information, Fundamentally Changes the Public’s Understanding of the 2012 Terrorist Attacks that Killed Four Americans

Washington, D.C. – Select Committee on Benghazi Chairman Trey Gowdy (SC-04) released the following statement after the committee’s Majority released a mark of its investigative report:

“Chris Stevens, Sean Smith, Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods were heroes who gave their lives in service to our country. Their bravery and the courageous actions of so many others on the ground that night should be honored.

“When the Select Committee was formed, I promised to conduct this investigation in a manner worthy of the American people’s respect, and worthy of the memory of those who died. That is exactly what my colleagues and I have done.

“Now, I simply ask the American people to read this report for themselves, look at the evidence we have collected, and reach their own conclusions. You can read this report in less time than our fellow citizens were taking fire and fighting for their lives on the rooftops and in the streets of Benghazi.”

The committee’s proposed report is just over 800 pages long and is comprised of five primary sections and 12 appendices. It details relevant events in 2011 and 2012.

The following facts are among the many new revelations in Part I:

  • Despite President Obama and Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta’s clear orders to deploy military assets, nothing was sent to Benghazi, and nothing was en route to Libya at the time the last two Americans were killed almost 8 hours after the attacks began. [pg. 141]
  • With Ambassador Stevens missing, the White House convened a roughly two-hour meeting at 7:30 PM, which resulted in action items focused on a YouTube video, and others containing the phrases “[i]f any deployment is made,” and “Libya must agree to any deployment,” and “[w]ill not deploy until order comes to go to either Tripoli or Benghazi.” [pg. 115]
  • The Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff typically would have participated in the White House meeting, but did not attend because he went home to host a dinner party for foreign dignitaries. [pg. 107]
  • A Fleet Antiterrorism Security Team (FAST) sat on a plane in Rota, Spain, for three hours, and changed in and out of their uniforms four times. [pg. 154]
  • None of the relevant military forces met their required deployment timelines. [pg. 150]
  • The Libyan forces that evacuated Americans from the CIA Annex to the Benghazi airport were not affiliated with any of the militias the CIA or State Department had developed a relationship with during the prior 18 months. Instead, it was comprised of former Qadhafi loyalists who the U.S. had helped remove from power during the Libyan revolution. [pg. 144]

>>> Parts II and III continue at

>>> Witnesses Interviewed by the Committee:

7. Oh Good, More Advice…

Everywhere you look, it seems that someone is offering advice on how to make your marriage happier, your friendships closer, and your love connections stronger. Television and radio talk shows are loaded with advice. Even your sister-in-law has advice…or your mother-in-law, cousins, the bartender at the local watering hole, and the guy at the bus stop.

Here is what may be the single most valuable piece of advice you will ever receive about how to build and sustain good, close, lasting relationships. And it’s not just for family members and close friends; it applies to the workplace as well. Are you ready? Here it is: Learn to stop blaming and finding fault with others. It doesn’t matter how much you may believe you are in the right. The fact is, blaming and fault-finding create resentment, hostility, and withdrawal.

When you stop blaming and finding fault, you create warmth and openness, and the focus shifts from what is wrong to what it will look like when it is fixed. Practice making clear statements of your needs and the changes you’d like. Clarity drives moving forward, even if it’s a little painful, at first.

Show why the thing you want is mutually desirable. Paint a vivid picture of the benefits of change and keep that picture alive in words and thoughts. Reward positive efforts toward change with lots of praise and approval. Remember, people move in the direction of praise, while criticism usually doesn’t produce much movement at all, except away from the critic.

This is Leadership 101. Try giving up on blaming others, take accountability for your own feelings, and see how your relationships improve.  ~ The Pacific Institute

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


“The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out for himself, without regard to the prevailing superstitions and taboos. Almost inevitably he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane, and intolerable…” ― H.L. Mencken, Prejudices: Third Series

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