Sherman County eNews #206


  1. Sherman County Public/School Library Closed Today

  2. Join us for the 5th Annual Wellness Walk, Aug. 27

  3. Strengthening Families Program for Parents, Mondays Sept. 26-Nov. 14

  4. Freedom of Information Act – Federal Agency Records

  5. Oregon Freedom of Information Act – Oregon Public Records Law

  6. Impulses: The Good, the Bad and the Maybe

  7. Fold3: U.S. Coast Guard’s 226th Birthday

  8. Thomas Richard Senior, 1940-2016

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

1.Sherman County Public/School Library Closed Today

The Sherman County Public/School Library is closed today, Thursday, August 11 due to construction outside. The library will be open this Saturday, August 13, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

 2. Join us for the 5th Annual Wellness Walk, Aug. 27

Saturday, August 27th at 8:00 a.m.
Sport.RunWalk1The Wellness Walk begins at the Sherman County Medical Clinic and continues to the Sherman Jr./Sr. High School Track. Registration is $5.00 – The first 30 people to sign up will receive a T-Shirt! Registration forms are available at the Sherman County Medical Clinic and Sherman County Health District Administration Office or online at Register soon to receive your commemorative walk t-shirt!! Registration will be accepted on the day of the walk. For more information call Caitlin at 541-565-0536.

3. Strengthening Families Program for Parents, Mondays Sept. 26-Nov. 14


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 4. Freedom of Information Act – Federal Agency Records

 American flag2What is FOIA? 

Since 1967, the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) has provided the public the right to request access to records from any federal agency. It is often described as the law that keeps citizens in the know about their government. Federal agencies are required to disclose any information requested under the FOIA unless it falls under one of nine exemptions which protect interests such as personal privacy, national security, and law enforcement. ~

5. Oregon Freedom of Information Act – Public Records Law

Oregon.Flat.poleThe Oregon Public Records Law, first enacted in 1973, is a series of laws designed to guarantee that the public has access to public records of government bodies at all levels. The ORS 192.410(4)(a) says that a public record includes any writing that contains information that relates to the conduct of the public’s business, is prepared, owned, used or maintained by a public body regardless of physical form or characteristics. If a record (a) does not relate to the conduct of the public’s business and (b) is contained on a privately owned computer,” then it is not a public record as defined in the law.

Anyone can request public records and a statement of purpose is not required. There are no restrictions on the use of records nor is there a specified time limit for responses.

6. Impulses: The Good, the Bad and the Maybe

Have you ever gone shopping to buy just one or two things and come home with a couple of bags full?  Let’s talk about the pros and cons of making impulsive decisions.

Do you ever act on your impulses, or make spontaneous decisions to do things?  Most of us know that acting on impulse can have negative consequences, like when you are in the grocery store or investing large amounts of money. But did you know it could also be very positive?

Let’s dig a little deeper. You see, an impulse is nothing more than an urge to do something. It is a suggestion from your subconscious that suddenly surfaces in your conscious mind and, as such, it deserves to be considered. In fact, carrying impulses into action can be a good way to become goal-oriented. Of course, it can also be a way to get into serious trouble. So how do you decide whether to act on an impulse?

Try asking yourself if the impulse feels like it could be in harmony with the person you most want to be. If the answer is no, nip it in the bud, or at least defer it. If the answer is yes, do it and do it as soon as possible, because procrastination is the death of too many wonderful impulses. (And if you can’t come up with an immediate answer, perhaps a little self-reflection is in order, to decide on who you want to be…)

If it can’t be done immediately, set a goal and create a clear mental image of the end-result you most want to bring about. Affirm and re-visit that picture every day. With the fuel of vivid sensory details and a determined spirit, you will begin to see some extraordinary positive changes in your life. ~ The Pacific Institute

7. Fold3: U.S. Coast Guard’s 226th Birthday

Find: U.S. Coast Guard’s 226th Birthday

flag.starsThis August marks the 226th birthday of the U.S. Coast Guard, originally created as the Revenue Marine in August 1790 by Congress. The Revenue Marine was formed at the request of Alexander Hamilton, Secretary of the Treasury, as an armed service to collect and enforce customs duties at U.S. ports. Though the Continental Navy was created before the Revenue Marine (in 1775), the Navy’s disbandment between 1790 and 1798 makes the Coast Guard the oldest continuous maritime service in the U.S.

By 1894, the Revenue Marine had officially taken on the name the Revenue Cutter Service. Then, in 1915, the Revenue Cutter Service was combined with the U.S. Life-Saving Service to create today’s Coast Guard; in 1939, the U.S. Lighthouse Service was also incorporated, as was the Bureau of Marine Inspection and Navigation in 1942.

The Coast Guard originally operated under the Department of the Treasury (1790), then the Department of Transportation (1967), and finally the Department of Homeland Security (2003); during World Wars I and II, it was temporarily moved to the Department of the Navy. In fact, as one of the nation’s armed services, the Coast Guard has participated in every U.S. conflict since its formation in 1790. The three main roles of today’s Coast Guard are maritime safety, security, and stewardship.

8. Thomas Richard Senior, 1940-2016

~ The Dalles Chronicle

flower.rose.starThe memorial service for retired television news photographer Tom Senior will be Sunday, August 14 at 2 p.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in The Dalles. Mr. Senior, 76, died at home in Hood River on July 13. He had suffered from Parkinson’s disease for about two decades.

A graduate of the University of Oregon, he worked as Hood River’s assistant city engineer and then public works director before leaving in the early 1980s to concentrate full-time on television news.

It was a choice he never regretted. He did in-house stints at Portland stations over the years but mostly worked on his own, reporting from eastern Oregon and southwest Washington. He shot video for U.S. television networks as well as for networks in China, Japan and Germany. Television colleagues described Mr. Senior as funny, determined, kind and unflappable.

Over the years he covered the full range of regional news, from forest fires and floods to crimes, accidents and politics. Perhaps most memorably, he chronicled over several years the saga of Indian guru Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh and his followers. The story included what remains this country’s largest incident of bioterrorism, when the Rajneeshees poisoned restaurant salad bars in The Dalles with salmonella, and some 750 people fell ill.

The Rajneeshee commune in Wasco County began to collapse in September 1985, after several of the guru’s chief lieutenants decamped to Europe and revelations of sham marriages, arson, voter fraud, murder plots and more were revealed.

Mr. Senior and his wife Jeanie, a reporter for The Oregonian, lived at the Hotel Rajneesh in Rajneeshpuram from September into December of that year, covering what became international news. His video of the sect’s conflicted time in Oregon has been featured in a number of films and documentaries.

Thomas Richard Senior III was born May 18, 1940 in Bridgeport, Conn., the fourth child of Samuel P. Senior Jr. and Janet Slade Senior. He grew up in Fairfield, Conn., but visited his Hood River grandparents, J.E. and Elizabeth Slade, in the summers. He moved to Hood River to live with his mother in 1955, and graduated from Wy’east High school.

Survivors include his wife Jeanie; his sister, Sally Senior, of Berkeley, Calif.; nieces Libby Bickford, Hood River; Ann Russell, Davis, Calif.; Susan and Sally Senior, Portland; nephews David and Peter Russell, Mendocino, Calif.; Russell Senior, Portland; cousins in California, Maine, Massachusetts and Washington; a wide circle of friends; and three dachshunds: Daisy, Louis and Smudge.

Mr. Senior was a keen traveler, an avid fly fisherman, an amateur radio operator with an advanced license, and a competent machinist who built several working miniature stationary steam engines.

The family suggests memorials to Adopt-a-Dog Inc. at the Hukari Animal Shelter in Hood River, Home at Last Humane Society in The Dalles or another nonprofit that helps dogs.

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


The Ultimate Outdoor Adventure Contest


Native American Council offers amnesty to 220 million undocumented whites

Fold3 – Military Records.  Fold3 provides convenient access to US military records, including the stories, photos, and personal documents of the men and women who served.  The Fold3 name comes from a traditional flag folding ceremony in which the third fold is made in honor and remembrance of veterans who served in defense of their country and to maintain peace throughout the world. Original records at Fold3 help you discover and share stories about these everyday heroes, forgotten soldiers, and the families that supported them. On Fold3, you can combine records found on the site with what you have in your own albums and shoeboxes to create an online memorial for someone who served.

Fold3: U.S. Coast Guard’s 226th Birthday

“PowerLineBlog” held a competition for $100,000 to whoever could most effectively and creatively dramatize the significance of the federal debt crisis.  Several entries have gotten a lot of attention, but the one that has gone most viral so far is The Doorbell. – 59 seconds long

 Rockefeller, Ford Foundations Behind World Social Forum (WSF). The Corporate Funding of Social Activism


Sherman County eNews #205


  1. Sherman County Kindergarten Round-up, Aug. 23

  2. Sherman County Emergency Services June/July Activity Report

  3. Kiwanis Club 61st Annual Steak Feed, Sept. 8

  4. Ag Drone Rodeo, Aug. 18-19

  5. Hallmark of the Unselfish Spirit

  6. Congressman Greg Walden’s News

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

“There is but one straight course, and that is to seek truth and pursue it steadily.” —George Washington (1795)

1. Sherman County Kindergarten Round-up, Aug. 23

balloons.boySherman County School is excited to invite all entering Kindergarten students to Kindergarten Round-up on August 23rd, at 6:00 p.m. in the Library Program Room at the Sherman County School. It is a fun evening that is full of information. If you have not already filled out registration forms, you may pick them up at the school. We look forward to meeting you and your child. For further information call the school at 541-565-3500. See you at Round-up!

 2. Sherman County Emergency Services June/July Activity Report 

~ Shawn Payne, Sherman County Emergency Services

North Sherman County RFPD

Activity Reports

June & July 2016

   Date Time Incident Location
6/04   Fire Reported – No fire Gordon Ridge Rd.
6/08 3:38 AM Grass Fire Rutledge Rd. Grass Valley
6/08   Grass Fire Giles French Park
6-09 7:30 AM Grass Fire Rutledge Rd. Grass Valley
6-14 6:25 AM Motor Vehicle Crash – Rope Rescue Hwy 206  MP# 12
6-16 6:21 PM Medical Assist Pilot Station in Biggs
6-23 10:06 PM Structure Fire Grass Valley
6-27 6:49 PM Motor Vehicle Crash I-84  MP# 109
6-30 8:00 PM Grass Fire Mutual Aid Celilo
7-04 1:10 PM Vehicle Fire Moore Lane & Erskine Lane
7-12 1:07 PM Motor Vehicle Crash – Multiple Patients US 97  MP# 7
7-16 7:15 PM Medical – Ambulance Assist Wasco
7-21 12:16 PM Fire Watch for Gilliam County Fire Starvation Point
7-23 7:12 PM Grass Fire Hwy 206  MP# 14
7-23 12:48 PM Medical – Assist Ambulance Deschutes Bike Trail

 3. Kiwanis Club 61st Annual Steak Feed, Sept. 8

music.notes (2)The Dalles Kiwanis Club hosts its 61st annual Steak Feed Thursday after Labor Day, this year Sept. 8 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Sorosis Park.  The Steak Feed is the club’s major fund-raiser for community projects serving children and youth.  Adult meals include a eight ounce sirloin steak, baked potato, coleslaw, roll, dessert and drink for $15.  Free meal for children 12 and under features a hot dog, baked potato, drink and ice cream.  There will be activities for children and country music by the Dufur Boys for everyone.   Tickets are available from Kiwanis members or may be purchased in the park Sept. 8.

4. Ag Drone Rodeo, Aug. 18-19

Register for the Pendleton Ag Drone Rodeo on August 18-19 to learn first-hand … This event is FREE to attend. Visit to RSVP today.

5. Hallmark of the Unselfish Spirit

Everyone likes to give and receive gifts, and it doesn’t need to be only at a holiday time. Today, let’s talk about that most precious of gifts – you.

Did you know that you have a gift that no one else in the world possesses? Maybe you have already discovered it. Your gift is your ability to live a life that expresses your unique personality and your individual talents through the work that you choose to do, the way you spend your free time and through your relationships. Your gift is what you bring to the table, to make the world around you a better place for others.

Although it may seem hidden at first, when you search for your gift with an open mind and a free spirit, it will be there. Once you have found it, if you follow it with courage and persistence, it will reward you with happiness and deep satisfaction nothing else can provide. It is in contribution that we truly understand the power in giving.

Now, it doesn’t matter how big or important your gift is. All that matters is that it is yours and that you are free to give it. When you do give it, it doesn’t deplete you – it validates and fills you, because giving reaffirms the meaning of life. It is a true hallmark of the unselfish spirit.

It’s hard to go comparison-shopping when it comes to finding your special gift, because you can’t try on someone else’s life. But in order to really live your own life, you need to be willing to listen to your heart, pay whatever it costs, and make a firm commitment not to turn back.

If you do these things, you will find your gift, and you will also find that you have more to give to others than you had ever dreamed possible. ~ The Pacific Institute

6. Congressman Greg Walden’s News

American flag2“As I listen to people during meetings throughout our state (I recently held my 53rd town hall since the beginning of last year), Oregonians too often voice the same concerns: an overreaching federal government that ignores our pleas, overregulates our lives and depresses job growth in our communities.

“That’s why I put forward legislation that positively addresses the problems we face.  Seven of my proposals have passed the U.S. House so far this term–most with unanimous support–including my bills to help bring commercial air service back to Klamath Falls, provide needed funding for bridges in the Columbia Gorge, and to improve rural internet service for consumers.

“Within the past year, Congress has given law enforcement and drug prevention advocates new tools to help fight addiction in our communities. We’ve passed plans to help veterans get better health care in the communities where they live. Seniors no longer face a planned drastic spike in Medicare premiums or a cut for Social Security disability recipients. A long-term transportation funding plan and a major education reform proposal have also become law.

“While I’m proud of these successes, there is still much to be done to push back against an overreaching federal government. That’s why House Republicans have proposed a new agenda–called “A Better Way”–to offer solutions to some of the biggest challenges we face in Oregon and America. I encourage you to go read it yourself on my website: Some highlights of our plan include:

Growing jobs and the economy: Too many small businesses, farmers, and ranchers in Oregon face overbearing federal regulations that are often written by agencies far away in Washington, D.C. Last year alone, federal regulations cost the national economy about $1.89 trillion in lost growth and productivity. Our plan makes sure the regulatory regime works for us–not against us. For instance, we’d require that the Congress, accountable to the people, approve all major regulations. Our plan would also help boost affordable, reliable energy and preserve internet innovation so that jobs can flourish.

Combating poverty: Fifty years ago, the U.S. government launched the “War on Poverty.”  American taxpayers have invested $22 trillion since then, yet you are just as likely to stay poor if you were born poor today as you were then. And according to a state report last year, Oregon’s poverty rate is higher than the national average (and the rate is even higher in many rural counties). The current system too often replaces work, instead of encouraging it. There’s a better way to help the over 46 million Americans who are trapped in a cycle of poverty. Our plan offers solutions to expand opportunity and reward work.

Implementing real health reform: The new health care law, known as Obamacare, is driving up insurance costs and reducing choices for too many Oregonians. The state wasted hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars on Cover Oregon and now is mired in costly litigation.  Meanwhile, people are left to cope with more insurers leaving the market, and two new health “co-ops” set up by the law have already folded. There’s a better way to give everyone access to quality, affordable health care. Our plan would replace Obamacare with a new one that provides consumers more choices, lowers costs, focuses on curing deadly diseases like cancer, and strengthens and preserves Medicare.

“Our “Better Way” plan upholds our Constitutional rights and makes government more accountable and transparent to the people. We have ideas to boost our national security, combat terrorism, and ensure our troops and veterans have what they need. And we propose reforming the nation’s tax code to make it simpler and fairer for Oregon families and small businesses.

“I’d encourage you to go read the entire plan, with hundreds of ideas to solve problems in our communities, on my website at There, you can let me know what you think of these ideas or offer some of your own. Together, there’s a better way to get Oregon and America back on track.

“Greg Walden
U.S. Representative
Oregon’s Second District”

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


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“There is but one straight course, and that is to seek truth and pursue it steadily.” —George Washington (1795)

Judicial Watch | Because no one is above the law.

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House Task Force Confirms: ISIS Threat Was Altered in Intelligence Reports For Political Purposes

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Letters: Saul Alinsky & Hillary Clinton

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Global Research: Hillary Clinton and the Big Neoliberal Lie

Report: DOJ Rebuffed FBI-Requested Investigation of Clinton Foundation