Sherman County eNews #172


  1. City of Rufus Surplus Sealed Bidding to Close July 13
  2. Good Friends
  3. Sherman County Job Skills Club, Wednesdays, June 8-Aug. 10
  4. Sherman County Summer Swim Lessons, July 12- August 18
  5. Sherman County Court (Board of Commissioners) Announces Facebook Page
  6. Sherman County Court Notes, July 6
  7. The Geopolitics of the United States in Two Parts
  8. Links: Things to Think About & Things to Do

Drive with caution! 


Be mindful of slow-moving wheat trucks that may be

just around the corner in Biggs Canyon/Spanish Hollow on Hwy. 97 

or on Hwy. 206 in Fulton Canyon!

Cyclists are encouraged to avoid harvest market roads.

Please keep all vehicles on paved roads to prevent field fires.

1.City of Rufus Surplus Sealed Bidding to Close July 13

To view items, visit or call the City of Rufus office 541-739-2321

Sealed bidding will close at 7:00 p.m. on the 13th of July with immediate announcement of bid results.

At the June 8 2016 Regular Council Meeting of the City of Rufus, the City Council declared the following items to be offered as surplus:

  • Piano
  • Polk Speaker System- 5 Speakers
  • Sony 7.1 Receiver
  • Kiln
  • Complete Event sized Bingo Display Board and Balls
  • Large Commercial Fridge
  • Kohler Generator 120-208 volt on trailer
  • 100 gallon spray tank and aluminum stand
  • 2 1980s Fire Hydrants
  • Yeti Cooler
  • 2 Bushnell Trail Cameras
  • Transit

The process of selling these surplus items will be done through a sealed bidding process.  This allows for a fair and open sale for interested parties.  Bidders may view the items June 25 and 26, at the Rufus Community Garage Sale.  Sealed bids must be submitted using the official Bid Proposal Form that will be available at the City  of Rufus office after Saturday June 25th, 2016. Sealed bids must be received by the City of Rufus located at 304 West Second Street Rufus, OR prior to 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 13, 2016. At 7:01 p.m. all bids will be read aloud in the Council Chambers located, 304 West Second Street, Suite 200, Rufus OR.  By bidding, a potential purchaser is confirming their acceptance of these terms and conditions:

  •  All items are offered “As-Is” and “Where-Is” with no warranty or other guarantee as to its condition or fitness for any use or purpose;
  •  Purchaser agrees to remove surplus items within seven (7) days of winning the bid;
  •  Cash or checks will be accepted and must be made payable to “City of Rufus”;
  •  There shall be no refunds and all sales are final.

The City of Rufus reserves the right to reject any or all bids received, to award any or all of the various items to separate bidders, to waive any informalities in the bids, and to award as best serves the interest of the City and the Public.

2. Good Friends

Good, strong friendships can make our lives immeasurably richer.

Good friends are rare. We have hundreds, maybe thousands, of acquaintances, many associates, but few real friends. Real friends are those we freely select, and for this reason they play a special part in our lives. They provide us with joy, comfort and caring. And because our time with them is limited to relatively short periods together, friendships give us a breather from the intensity of our full-time, primary relationships.

When we have made a good friend, we have shared our deepest thoughts and feelings, and we have also developed shared respect and affection. These things can last a lifetime, surviving great distances in time and space. But, like your primary relationships, good friendships are not merely for comfort and support. They are vital threads that keep us connected to the world.

They lead us gently into new areas of growth by helping us see our problems and ourselves from another perspective. Good friends are always there, challenging us when they see us moving in harmful directions. It’s important to remember, though, that friendships, like any relationship, need attention and nurturing if they are to remain strong and healthy.

How are your friendships doing? Are you going the extra mile to make sure your friends know how important they are to you?  ~ The Pacific Institute

3. 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

4. Sherman County Summer Swim Lessons, July 12- August 18

swim.goingSherman 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. 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!

6. Sherman County Court Notes, July 6

~ By Administrative Assistant Lauren Hernandez

ShermanCoLogo(A brief summary of topics addressed – not official minutes. For details, please see the official approved minutes posted after the July 20th Court session on the Sherman County website at

The Sherman County Court met in regular session on July 6th, 2016, and in conducting the business of the county,

  • heard quarterly reports from Jenine McDermid, Clerk; Shandie Johnson, Prevention Coordinator; Brad Lohrey, Sheriff; and Jeff Holliday, Biggs Service District Administrator;
  • met with Amber DeGrange, Four Rivers Early Learning Hub, Debbie Hayden, Finance Director, and Brooke Ansotegui, North Central Education Service District, to discuss early learning transportation and funding; Amber presented a draft of what the Hub budget could possibly look like once allocated; the budget is approved but not yet allocated; transportation needs of Sherman County Preschool are not yet known, but more will be known after open enrolment; Sherman County Community Transit has a bus that may be usable by the preschool, and this option will be explored; the Court reviewed a draft funding proposal for early childhood funding; it was noted the annual amount of funding given to early learning programs has risen from $47,000 in 2010/11 to $80,000 in 2015/16; the Court emphasized the funding is not permanent and could likely go away at the end of SIP funding; other possible outside sources for funding early learning programs were discussed; the Court approved Early Childhood Education funding for the 2016-2017 fiscal year as follows: Little Wheats: $20,000; Sherman Co Child Care Foundation (ABC Huskies Child Care): $20,000; Sherman County Preschool: $40,000;
  • approved dividing the remaining amount left in the Service Continuity Fund between Little Wheats and ABC Huskies;
  • met with Ron McDermid, Justice of the peace, and Mark Coles, Road Master, to discuss the construction process for the lot next to the courthouse; the lot was filled with rock and will be capped with gravel; the slope at the back of the lot is steep, but the lot is level enough for a lay-down yard and parking; road dividers or blocks will need to outline two sides of the lot to prevent anyone from driving over the edge;
  • heard a request from Rod Asher, Weed District Director, to purchase a Ford F350 for a total of $38,118.90 to be taken from the Weed Sinking Fund; the Court approved the purchase of an F350 4×4 Crew/Cab truck by the Weed Department in the amount of $38,118.90 to be taken from the Weed Sinking Fund and authorized Judge Thompson to sign the purchase order; Rod presented a request for a cellular telephone allowance for Weed District employees and described mapping and tracking applications that could be useful to the department; the Court approved cell phone allowance at a Category 2 Allowance for current and future employees of the Weed District, including seasonal employees;
  • discussed consolidating email and technical support providers at the courthouse with Ron McDermid, Justice of the Peace, and Debbie Hayden, Finance Director; many Sherman County departments have shifted to using Microsphere for email and technical support; the county owns the domain names and email addresses, so email addresses will not need to change; Sherman County currently pays $800 per month to North Central Education Service District for information technology (IT) services; Microsphere charges a monthly retainer and for work completed; the Court approved switching from North Central Education Service District to Microsphere for email and IT services;
  • met with several emergency services and public health representatives as well as Talik Eichinger, SHIFT Festival Representative, to discuss the SHIFT Festival’s request for a permit to hold a mass gathering; Judge Thompson explained the request was not given early enough, and several months are needed to organize a request of this size; Will Carey, County Counsel, explained in 2001 the county passed an ordinance stating any gathering of 250 persons or more constitutes as a mass gathering; this ordinance is specifically allowed by Oregon Revised Statute (ORS) 433; ORS 433 requires anyone requesting to hold a mass gathering to apply to the county; the county must publish the notice of the proposed gathering in the paper of record for ten days, and then a public hearing must be held; the SHIFT Festival’s request for permit was not submitted with enough time to meet the statutory requirement; although Talik requested a variance for the county ordinance and publication requirement, Will stated public notice cannot be waived; Commissioner Smith stated the timing of the festival brings extreme fire danger, and he is not in support of having the festival at this time of year; Glenn Fluhr, South Sherman Fire & Rescue (SSFR), explained current conditions are extremely conducive to fire, and this is not the right time of year for the festival; SSFR is committed to an event the weekend of the festival and cannot offer crew to cover it; Glenn inspected the property where the festival is proposed to be held, and no preparation has been done – grass is 4-5 feet tall, and sage brush covers the area; Talik explained arrangements have been made to mow the grass before the event, and to ensure the event happens, he is willing to take fire out of the festival entirely; if the event remains under 250 people, no permit is needed to hold it; even if the event is under 250, fire danger remains; the SHIFT Festival is to be held on July 15th, 2016; ticket sales have been capped at 215; Teri Thalhofer, North Central Public Health District, stated several events such as this are hosted in Wasco County, and event organizers and coordinators work with county departments and officials several months in advance to adequately prepare; Shawn Payne, Emergency Services, expressed concern about health issues such as drug overdose, alcohol use, heat and other environmental issues, snake bites, and more; emergency service volunteer personnel numbers are low; Judge Thompson stated even if the festival is under 250, therefore not applicable to the ordinance and public notice requirement, Talik is highly advised to work with Glenn and Shawn on prevention and safety; Will stated if more than 250 people will be at the festival, it is subject to ORS 433 and will not be held on July 15th;
  • accepted a letter of resignation from Bridget Poirier, Sherman County Senior Center Kitchen Manager, effective June 30, 2016;
  • approved the Intergovernmental Agreement between Wasco County and Sherman County for Geographic Information System Services pending changes recommended by County Counsel;
  • approved the Meals Services Contract between Mid-Columbia Council of Governments/Area Agency on Aging and Sherman County and authorized Judge Thompson to sign pending changes recommended by County Counsel;
  • approved the Northern Oregon Regional Corrections Regional Criminal Justice System Reform Efforts Call to Action to consider coordinating services and resources in an efficient and cost effective manner and to maximize public safety, and authorized Judge Thompson to sign;
  • approved Amendment Number Five to the Intergovernmental Agreement between Oregon State University Extension Service and Sherman County to extend the employment term of Cindy Brown for one year, unless otherwise terminated, to end June 30, 2017, and authorized Judge Thompson to sign;
  • approved paying an insurance deductible up to $1,000 to cover the cost of replacing Potlatch food that spoiled;
  • entered into Biggs Service District; approved Anderson Perry & Associates invoices in the amount of $5,000 for Design Engineering, in the amount of $15,000 for Design Engineering, in the amount of $10,000 for Design Engineering, in the amount of $1,095.84 for land acquisition/easements, in the amount of $467.73 for well permit expenses, and in the amount of $1,750.16 for reservoir site partition expenses; added Jeff Holliday to the Biggs Service District Bank of Eastern Oregon signature card, removed Rene’ Moore from the signature card, and authorized Jeff to sign checks up to $300.00;
  • authorized up to $2,500 for window cleaning and restoration by ProGlow and authorized Judge Thompson to sign;
  • discussed the Federal Lands Access Program proposal, a Starvation Lane Access Group update, and Tri-County Hazardous Waste Collection Event results; and
  • heard reports from Court members about regional board activities.

 7. The Geopolitics of the United States in Two Parts

flagmap.USA.Originally published Aug. 24, 2011, in two parts, Stratfor’s U.S. monograph has proved to be one of our most popular analyses. We feature it today in honor of the Fourth of July holiday. It is the 16th in a series of monographs on the geopolitics of countries influential in world affairs. 


The Geopolitics of the United States, Part 1: The Inevitable Empire

The Geopolitics of the United States, Part 2: American Identity and the Threats of Tomorrow

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StarYellow“It is of great importance to set a resolution, not to be shaken, never to tell an untruth. There is no vice so mean, so pitiful, so contemptible; and he who permits himself to tell a lie once, finds it much easier to do it a second and a third time, till at length it becomes habitual; he tells lies without attending to it, and truths without the world’s believing him. This falsehood of the tongue leads to that of the heart, and in time depraves all its good disposition.” ~ Thomas Jefferson (1785)

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