Sherman County eNews #169

July 2, 2016


  1. Sherman County “Pans on Fire” 4-H Club News Report

  2. Jefferson versus the Muslim Pirates 

  3. Sherman County Local Community Action Council | Oregon Health Plan

  4. The John Day River Core Team

  5. Oregon announces final health insurance rate decisions

  6. Sir Winston Churchill, the Prophet 1899

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

“It is a mistake to think that the past is dead. Nothing that has ever happened is quite without influence at this moment. The present is merely the past rolled up and concentrated in this second of time. You, too, are your past; often your face is your autobiography; you are what you are because of what you have been; because of your heredity stretching back into forgotten generations; because of every element of environment that has affected you, every man or woman that has met you, every book that you have read, every experience that you have had; all these are accumulated in your memory, your body, your character, your soul. So with a city, a country, and a race; it is its past, and cannot be understood without it.” ― Will Durant

1. Sherman County “Pans on Fire” 4-H Club News Report

4-H clover1The “Pans on Fire” 4-H outdoor cooking/food preservation club met on Thursday, June 30 at 10am-2pm at DeMoss Park in Sherman County.  Attending were Izzy, Maddie, Emma, and Shelby from club, and guests for group activity were Austin, Alexis, Coral, Quinton, Antone, Ben, Calvin, Jordan and Coby.  Pledge of Allegiance led by Shelby, 4-H Pledge led by Izzy.  We are doing a two-in-one cooking class, both a 4-H meeting and a group workshop in outdoor cooking.  We will be cooking in a sun oven, making our own pizza box sun oven, also going to use buddy burners.  We made bacon, pizza, cornbread, potatoes, shish kebabs and orange cake.  Our next meetings are food preservation on July 5 and July 7.

Respectfully submitted,  Isabella Mils, News Reporter

2. Jefferson versus the Muslim Pirates 

flag.starsAmerica’s first confrontation with the Islamic world helped forge a new nation’s character.

“… the curious reader may choose from a freshet of writing on the subject. Added to my own shelf in the recent past have been The Barbary Wars: American Independence in the Atlantic World, by Frank Lambert (2005); Jefferson’s War: America’s First War on Terror 1801–1805, by Joseph Wheelan (2003); To the Shores of Tripoli: The Birth of the U.S. Navy and Marines, by A. B. C. Whipple (1991, republished 2001); and Victory in Tripoli: How America’s War with the Barbary Pirates Established the U.S. Navy and Shaped a Nation, by Joshua E. London (2005). Most recently, in his new general history, Power, Faith, and Fantasy: America in the Middle East, 1776 to the Present, the Israeli scholar Michael Oren opens with a long chapter on the Barbary conflict. As some of the subtitles—and some of the dates of publication—make plain, this new interest is largely occasioned by America’s latest round of confrontation in the Middle East, or the Arab sphere or Muslim world, if you prefer those expressions…”

Also see The First Barbary War

3. Sherman County Local Community Action Council | Oregon Health Plan

~ Lauren Hernandez, Administrative Assistant to Sherman County Court


The goal of the Local Community Action Council is to inform the Eastern Oregon Coordinated Care Organization (EOCCO) on how to best meet the needs of people enrolled in the Oregon Health Plan, as well as the whole community.

The Community Action Council will help the EOCCO:

  • Meet the health care needs of OHP enrollees and the community;
  • Identify and advocate for preventive care services;
  • Oversee the Community Health Needs Assessment;
  • Recommend a Community Health Improvement Plan;
  • Evaluate CCO services;
  • Help the CCO clearly communicate with OHP enrollees and others.

4. The John Day River Core Team

~ Lauren Hernandez, Administrative Assistant to Sherman County Court


The John Day River Core Team works collaboratively on management of the John Day River. It is comprised of one representative from each of the following: Bureau of Land Management, State Parks, Department of State Lands, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, Confederated Tribes, and local representatives from Gilliam, Sherman, Wasco, Jefferson, and Grant counties.  The team will:

  • Coordinate and work with other agencies to implement the John Day River Management Plan
  • Schedule meetings to coordinate projects or decisions of the Plan
  • Each agency will propose its annual plan of work to be done in the W/SW corridor each year
  • Track, record, and report annual progress on Plan implementation
  • Consult with each other when management or implementation issues arise
  • Review and propose alternatives to implementation projects of the other parties
  • Rotate the Chair of the Core Team among the parties.

5. Oregon announces final health insurance rate decisions

Salem — Today, the state announced its final decisions for 2017 individual and small employer health insurance rates. The proposed rates are for plans that comply with the Affordable Care Act for small businesses and individuals who buy their own coverage rather than getting it through an employer. The Department of Consumer and Business Services must approve any rates before they can be charged to policyholders.

These final decisions are the result of a rigorous and public review process by the DCBS Division of Financial Regulation. This process included public conference calls, public hearings, and public comment. The division published preliminary decisions before the public hearings. These hearings provided an opportunity for the public, health insurance companies, and the division to further review and analyze the preliminary decisions.

Health insurance rates are an estimate of future expenses, including medical and prescription drug claims costs and administrative expenses. These estimates are based on historical data and forecasts of future trends.

The department reviews rates to ensure they are reasonable and actuarially sound — meaning they are sufficient to cover costs so that health insurance companies can pay claims, but not excessive. This year, the department found that most rates were reasonable based on projected expenses for 2017. However, there were a few exceptions, including:
* The department reduced Providence’s rate increase for individual plans from 29.6 percent to 24.1 percent. The department made the change because it disagreed with the company’s projection for health care utilization and it concluded the profit margin generated in the original request was too high.
* The department reduced Moda Health Plan’s rate increase for individual plans from 32.3 percent to 29.3 percent because of several errors, one of which was discovered by OSPIRG in its review of the filings on behalf of consumers.
* HealthNet’s rate for individual plans changed from staying flat to increasing 9.8 percent because the original request was based on data that was not credible, the department found.

In addition, based on data available after the initial submission, ATRIO requested and was able to justify an additional 5 percent increase to its rates.

In the individual market, the division’s final rate decisions range from an average rate increase of 9.8 percent to an average rate increase of 32 percent, depending on the insurance company. Under the final decisions, Silver Standard Plan premiums for a 40-year-old in Portland would range from $312 to $442 a month.

In the small group market, the division’s final rate decisions range from an average rate decrease of 8.9 percent to an average rate increase of 17 percent. Silver Standard Plan premiums for a 40-year-old in Portland would range from $266 to $362 a month.

Click the following link for a table with company-specific information:

“Health insurance rates should generally follow trends in the cost of medical care,” said Laura Cali, insurance commissioner and administrator of the Division of Financial Regulation. “However, there are several additional factors — such as the end of federal programs and the recent losses experienced by insurers — that make higher increases necessary for insurers to meet their obligations to policyholders in 2017.”

The final rate decisions also include plans in 13 additional counties for Moda Health Plan. Moda was one of four statewide carriers that had decided to limit the number of counties in which it sells plans in 2017. One of those carriers, LifeWise Health Plan, opted to leave the Oregon market altogether.

“We were very concerned about limited options for consumers, particularly in rural counties, and worked hard to try to get insurers to reconsider their decisions,” said Patrick Allen, DCBS director. “With Moda re-entering 13 counties, Oregonians throughout the state have multiple choices, and we are in a better position in a fast-changing market.”

Final rates, a summary of the state of the individual and small group markets, and the final decision information for each carrier can be found at Statewide premium comparison tables for ages 21, 40, and 60 will be posted online in late July.

6. Sir Winston Churchill, the Prophet 1899


world.EuropeAfricaThe short speech below was written by Winston Churchill, and was delivered by him in 1899 when he was a young soldier and journalist. It probably sets out the current views of many, but expresses in the wonderful Churchillian turn of phrase and use of the English language, of which he was a past master. Sir Winston Churchill was a brave young soldier, a brilliant journalist, an extraordinary politician and statesman, a great World War II leader and British Prime Minister, to whom the Western world must be forever in his debt.  He was a prophet in his own time. He died on January 24, 1965, at the grand old age of 90. Here is the speech:

“How dreadful are the curses which Mohammedanism lays on its votaries! Besides the fanatical frenzy, which is as dangerous in a man as hydrophobia in a dog, there is this fearful fatalistic apathy.

“The effects are apparent in many countries, improvident habits, slovenly systems of agriculture, sluggish methods of commerce, and insecurity of property exist wherever the followers of the Prophet rule or live. A degraded sensual-ism deprives this life of its grace and refinement, the next of its dignity and sanctity.

“The fact that in Mohammedan law every woman must belong to some man as his absolute property, either as a child, a wife, or a concubine, must delay the final extinction of slavery until the faith of Islam has ceased to be a great power among men.

“Individual Muslims may show splendid qualities, but the influence of the religion paralyses the social development of those who follow it. No stronger retrograde force exists in the world.

“Far from being moribund, Mohammedanism is a militant and proselytizing faith. It has already spread throughout Central Africa, raising fearless warriors at every step; and were it not that Christianity is sheltered in the strong arms of science . . . the civilization of modern Europe might fall, as fell the civilization of ancient Rome.”

Sir Winston Churchill (Source: The River War, first edition, Vol II, pages 248-250 London). (Check Wikipedia – The River War).

Churchill saw it coming. And who took the bust of Churchill out of the White House?

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


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