Sherman County eNews #175


  1. City of Moro Sealed Bid Sale of Stoneterra Blocks Due, Aug. 1

  2. Sherman County Fair Parade Entry Forms

  3. Sherman County Court Draft Agenda, July 20

  4. Sherman County Court Notes, July 6 (correction)

  5. Free Training for FLL Robotics Coaches on July 30

  6. The Genuine Article

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

Much of the social history of the Western world, over the past three decades, has been a history of replacing what worked with what sounded good. ~ Thomas Sowell 

1.City of Moro Sealed Bid Sale of Stoneterra Blocks Due, Aug. 1


The City of Moro has 10 Stoneterra blocks for sale,  5 blocks at 2’ tall x 4’ wide and 5 blocks at 2’ tall x 2’ wide.  This will be a sealed bid process with a minimum bid of $100.00.  Bids must be delivered to the Moro City Hall on or before 2:00 p.m. August 1, 2016, enclosed in a sealed envelope labeled “Stoneterra bid” at 104 1st Street/PO Box 231, Moro, OR 97039.  The bids will be publicly opened and read at the August 2, 2016 Moro City Council Meeting starting at 7:00 p.m.  If you have any questions please call the City Administrator at 541-565-3535.

2. Sherman County Fair Parade Entry Forms

How about it, Friends!

Parade entries with the fair theme:


…  county employees, school district employees, road department, athletic teams, 4-H & FFA, Sherman Athletic Foundation, Sherman Historical Society, special districts, Sherman Development League, Wasco School Centennial, City of Rufus, City of Wasco, City of Moro, City of Grass Valley, Wheat Growers League, Farm Bureau, Sherman County Public/School Library … county-wide pride!

Annual Sherman County Fair Parade

Parade Date: Saturday, August 27, 2016

Parade Line –up: 8:30 AM    Parade Begins: 9:15 AM

Please describe entry (for announcer); Float, Horses, Classic car ETC…



Contact Person for your entry_____________________________________________




Please send entry forms to P.O. Box 45, Wasco, OR 97065. Thank you for your support.

3. Sherman County Court Draft Agenda, July 20

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4. Sherman County Court Notes, July 6 (correction)

~ By Administrative Assistant Lauren Hernandez

(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 enrollment; 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 McCoy 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;
  • heard reports from Court members about regional board activities.

 5. Free Training for FLL Robotics Coaches on July 30

The FIRST LEGO League (FLL) season is kicking off already. FLL is a team engineering and science program for kids ages 9 to 14 that culminates in an international robotics tournament. The first competitions that local teams participate in are the Columbia Gorge FLL Qualifying Tournaments in December. This year’s theme is “Animal Allies,” with students working to explore the fascinating world of animals. What might become possible when we learn to help each other? FLL team registration is open now and will close likely mid-September – sign up as soon as possible!

Parents that are looking to get their students signed up for a team are encouraged to first ask if their school has a team. Coaches for new teams or teams receiving a scholarship are required to attend a free workshop in Hood River on Saturday, July 30, 8:30am to 4:30pm at the Hood River Indian Creek Campus of Columbia Gorge Community College (1730 College Way, Hood River). The workshop covers an intro to FLL, coaching and mentoring techniques, basic robot programming and mechanical design techniques. Pre-registration is required. Learn more at

Planning for the Gorge’s FLL Qualifying Tournaments is also already in the works. Tentative dates and locations are December 3 and 4 at The Dalles Middle School and December 10 at Wy’east Middle School in Hood River. These events are sponsored by Insitu and Google. Volunteers are needed! One-day or multi-day volunteer options are available in this fun way to give back to the community.

For more information about all of the above, visit or contact Jessica Metta at 541-296-2266. Gorge robotics activities, the website and the FLL Qualifying Tournaments are supported regionally by the Gorge Technology Alliance, a non-profit professional organization that seeks to support, connect and develop the technology community of the Gorge. Learn more at

6. The Genuine Article

What does it mean to be authentic in today’s world? It doesn’t mean just being different or standing out from the crowd, but it does mean having a firm understanding of just who you are.

“Genuineness.” “Authenticity.” These words are kind of hard to say and, for many people, even harder to be. However, there are some hallmarks that illustrate what it means to be authentic.

First of all, authentic people are aware of their thoughts and feelings, and they behave in ways that reflect those feelings. They don’t see any need to “Put on an act” to impress or control others. They accept their vulnerabilities as well as their strengths, and they know that accepting something isn’t necessarily the same thing as liking it. Do you know something else?  Because they accept themselves for who they are, they accept other people, too.

Authentic people don’t laugh at jokes they don’t think are funny. They don’t change their identity, like chameleons, depending on who they are with, or where they are. So, if you want to grow as a person, take time to really know yourself. If you’re not completely happy with what you find, don’t worry too much. Work on accepting yourself for what you are, right here, right now, and work on being truly authentic.

Carl Rogers, a world famous psychologist, once said that when we accept ourselves exactly as we are, change becomes much easier. There is a very good chance he was right, because then the change process has a solid place to start from. We measure growth from where we are to where we want to be. If we don’t know where we are, it’s a little difficult to pin down just how we are going to get to where we want to be.

If you are the boss, you may not always like what your employees do. But in your role as leader, you do have skills to guide them toward a more fully-realized version of who they can be. If you are a parent, take a tip from another famous Mr. Rogers: Let your kids know that even though you may not always like what they do, you love them for who they are – just the way they are! ~ The Pacific Institute

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


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