Sherman County eNews #208

CONTENT

  1. Spiritual Matters

  2. Classifieds

  3. Calendar


 1. Spiritual Matters

church.family1Why Are Relationships Hard?

By Chris Jordan

Pastor, Grass Valley Baptist Church

Have you ever noticed how difficult it is to live without having any contact with another human being? Have you ever noticed how difficult it can be to have relationships with other human beings? Why is the thing we were created for, relationships, also the thing that is so difficult?

When God said ‘Let Us create man in our image’, He created man and woman to exist in relationship that reflects the unity of the Trinity. God exists in three distinct persons, Father, Son, and Spirit. Our relationships, whether friendships, dating, marriage, or parent/child were intended to reflect the image and unity of a Triune Creator God. We often seek out community with people who are just like us but what if God intends, and He does, for us to glorify Him in covenant community with those who may be different than us?

Often times we find that these relationships are difficult. That is because we have an enemy that wants to destroy the image of God. In Genesis 1, God refers to Himself as Elohim, the Creator. When He creates man He adds Yahweh, which a personal, relational reference to His name. When Satan came to tempt Eve in Genesis 3, he dropped the Yahweh and referred only to Elohim. You can have a religion that is devoid of relationship but that is not what God proposed for humankind.

We can find true covenant community that reflects the unity of the Trinity when we seek out loving, considerate, compassionate relationships with one another. This means standing firm against the schemes of the devil and not seeking our own happiness but serving one another in love. If you are not involved in a local church, I encourage you to do so.


 2. Classifieds (new or corrected)

Please submit classified ads by using the Submit News page. Sherman County eNews publishes free Classifieds on Fridays, deadline Wednesday at 5. Include who, what, where, when, how, why… and, the final Friday date for posting your ad (shown by the date at the end of the ad), contact information, under 50 words if possible, and limited to Sherman County. Links are welcome.  Friday Classifieds are a great place for thank you, commendation and congratulatory notes. 

THANK YOU NOTES, COMMENDATIONS & CONGRATULATIONS:
COMMUNITY ORGANIZATION FUND-RAISERS:

 

“THEME BASKETS FOR 4-H LEADERS’ BASKET RAFFLE FUND-RAISER. Want to help 4-H kids and counselors with the costs of camp? Want to contribute to a great fund-raiser while having fun shopping and putting together a great gift basket? Think of a great theme… a school, a sport, an activity, a hobby … and put together a selection of items, all in a basket. Drop it off at the Extension Office by August 15th so we can get it wrapped in time for fair. Baskets will be on display in the 4-H pavilion during the fair. Winners are announced Saturday during the 4-H awards.” ~ Oregon State University – Sherman County Extension 4-H Newsletter, July 2016.          8/12

EMPLOYMENT:

HELP WANTED. Need 2 strong and careful bodies to move a small sofa bed in Wasco. Will be moving the sofa bed from backyard apartment into house and up a stairway. The stairway is too narrow, so sofa bed will need to be carried above railing while avoiding walls and ceiling fixture. The sofa bed will also need to go through a few doorways, probably on its side. Shouldn’t take more than 1/2 hour. $20/per person. Contact Dave at 503-341-4450 or wascodave@gmail.com 8/12

RESTAURANT SERVER. The Branding Iron in Moro, Oregon is looking for a part-time 18 year old server. Some Responsibilities include: Providing excellent customer service; Greeting customers and presenting menus; Taking and serving food and drink orders; Arranging table settings and maintaining a clean and tidy environment; Delivering checks and collecting payments. If interested please stop by the restaurant for an application or call (541) 565-0562.  8/12

RETAIL CLERK/WAREHOUSE WORKER. Mid Columbia Producers is seeking applicants to join our team as a full time retail clerk/warehouse worker. This position will be based out of Wasco, Oregon but may require days worked at our other locations including The Dalles and Goldendale, Washington on occasion.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Cashier-Process customer orders
  • Maintenance of the facilities
  • Sell products and provide product information
  • Carry out and load farm store merchandise
  • Stock Farm Store with merchandise warehoused or stored in the lot or warehouse
  • Clean and rearrange merchandise as needed
  • Open and close store, lot and warehouse areas
  • Pick up orders from vendors
  • Deliver merchandise to Farm Store customers
  • Load and unload bales of straw, hay and feed

Requirements:

  • Lift, carry, push, or pull objects up to approximately 100 lbs.
  • Must possess basic computer knowledge and be able to navigate with little assistance
  • Must be able to accommodate a varying work schedule
  • Operate with initiative, commitment, strong work ethic & sense of urgency
  • Accurate and comfortable with math and currency
  • Valid Drivers License
  • Must be able to operate a vehicle with a GVW of 10,000 lbs. or more, with or without a trailer in tow
  • Will be required to work in all weather conditions

Schedule: Schedule varies, store hours of operation will be Monday – Saturday 7:30 – 5:30. Shifts are assigned as deemed necessary.

Employment will be contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment physical, drug screen, background check and MVR. As a prominent agribusiness company, we offer a competitive salary and benefits package. Including health insurance premiums currently paid 100% for the employee and their dependents, dental, vision and Rx coverage, 401k with company match, robust profit sharing plan, paid vacation, sick, holidays, and more.

Applications are available for download at http://www.mcpcoop.com or be picked up at the main office in Moro. Please send cover letter, application and resume to:

Mid Columbia Producers Attn: Brittany Dark, PO Box 344, Moro, OR 97039.

PH: (541)565-2277 Fax: (503)536-6875 Brittany@mcpcoop.com

Closing date August 31, 2016 at 5 p.m. or until filled.

Mid Columbia Producers is an equal opportunity employer. 8/26

INTERNET INSTALLATION SUBCONTRACTOR(S). For a Sherman County resident. Seeking subcontractor(s) to install residential and commercial Internet connections. Basic knowledge of computer networking is necessary. Experience with satellite, cable or telephone installation is a bonus.   Essential Duties and Responsibilities: Install and configure (small) microwave radios, run cable, connect to client’s computer or home router. Provide paperwork to document installation, service, and repairs. Requirements: Valid driver’s license with a good driving record. Ability to work outside in small spaces and comfortable with (residential roof) heights. Contractor sets own hours but it may be necessary to work on a weekend in an emergency situation. Strong technical, customer service, verbal and written skills.  Laptop computer, small ladder, normal hand tools, and Ethernet crimper and cable tester needed.  Compensation is per job (installations) and per hour (difficult installations and service work). Contract employment for Sherman County residents.  Please email resume to:  resumes@arcticbay.com  0/0

FOR SALE:

MONTANA SILVERSMITH SUMMER SALE. Summer Sale on all Montana Silversmith jewelry including new arrivals! Items are 20% to 40% off!! Come by Morrow County Grain Growers in Wasco and get some new Bling for back to school, a gift for someone or to wear to one of the many area county fairs. MCGG has one of the biggest selections of Montana Silver items in the Columbia River Area!  8/19

GORGE VISTA SUBDIVISION. Gorge Vista subdivision has 16 lots available for sale. 3 lots are already sold and 2 sale pending. The lots range in size from .15 acre to .24 acres; prices range from $25K-$35K. There are a few lots with Columbia River views. Sherman County has a land home package loan assistance available to qualified buyers. https://www.facebook.com/GorgeVista/?ref=aymt_homepage_panel. Contact Cheri Belander, Owner/Or. Principal Broker, Cheri Belander Real Estate, 802 W 6th St., The Dalles, Or. 97058 & 1301 12th St., Hood River, Or. 97031 & 541-806-5424.  

GIFTS, COFFEE & TREATS AT SECOND HAND MADE. Second Hand Made is now open for business in Wasco. Stop by and see what we have to offer….gifts, cards,and treats of all kinds! Located on Clark Street between the Wasco Market and the Locust Tree Salon. Open from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. Our kitchen is newly licensed and we will be serving Espressos and other favorite coffee drinks, fresh baked goodies, and baked goods to order.  A daily lunch special will be coming in September! For every $5 you spend, you will receive a ticket for a chance to win a special edition Crater Lake National Park Pendleton Blanket!  Drawing will be held on Small Business Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016. ~ Megan (Pinkerton) Jensen, Proprietor       8/12

LEAN-TO CAFÉ & GOOSE PIT SALOON. Full service deli, Friday clam chowder, steaks, Saturday night prime rib dinner, fresh desserts, pizza (here or to go), Oregon Lottery, Beer & Wine to Go, Catering, Daily Specials. Downtown Wasco with Kathy Neihart, Proprietor.    8/12

DOING BUSINESS WITH LOCAL PEOPLE. Sherman County Agri-Business Directory. http://co.sherman.or.us/agri_business.asp. 0/0

HOME FOR SALE $80,000. Why Rent? Your mortgage payment may actually be less than rent in this tidy, well kept mfg home located at 101 Sixth Street in Moro, OR
Master Suite has walk in closet – Nice deck and beautiful yard. Covered parking and a good size shed for your tools and toys. Come Home to Moro, excellent schools, friendly neighbors and a great community. Please call Ruby Mason- 541-980-9104- with questions or for a personal tour. EQUAL HOUSING OPPORTUNITY. Windermere GTRE- 541-386-3444.  8/26

SERVICES: [home, personal, appliance, landscape, fencing, cleaning, maintenance, janitorial, computer, construction, sewing, repairs, transportation, media, pre-school, day care]

PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP. Bob’s Ghost Town Safari Photography Workshop near Bickleton, Washington, September 10, 2016 – all day. Space is limited. Pre-registration required. Fee paid in advance $100 per person (includes entrance fees, etc, except lunch). Lunch break in Bickleton. Call 541 296 2553 or cell at 541 350 4671 (no messages or texts on the cell). Robert (Bob) Davis, 2415 E. 12th, The Dalles, Oregon 97058.  ghosttownsafari@charter.net   bobs ghost town safari on Facebook  8/26

SHERMAN COUNTY FAIR COMMUNITY & COMMERCIAL BOOTHS. Applications are now available at shermancountyfairfun.com for the 2016 booth space, on the forms tab.  Booth space is limited, so please send in your completed form and payment by August 18th. Booth space is just $25.00 and is a great way to get your information out to the public.  For additional information, e-mail Beth at shermanctyfair@hotmail.com.  8/12

DOING BUSINESS WITH LOCAL PEOPLE. Sherman County Agri-Business Directory. http://co.sherman.or.us/agri_business.asp.

SHERMAN COUNTY BUSINESSES FREE MOBILE APP.  Sherman County businesses can now be found with your mobile phone! The John Day River Territory, a regional tourism marketing group representing Sherman, Gilliam, Wheeler and Grant counties, has developed a mobile app through MyChamberApp that lists businesses and helps you map your way to them (information is listed under John Day River Territory in Oregon). To download this free App see http://co.sherman.or.us/agri_business.asp.  0/0 

FAIR BOOK. 107th Sherman County Fair: Country Pride, County Wide! August 23-28! Get your Fair Book at a local business! 8/19

SHERMAN COUNTY AGRI-BUSINESS DIRECTORY. Sherman County businesses & services may be listed on the Sherman County website at www.co.sherman.or.us under agri-business by town. Please contact Sherman County Administrative Assistant Lauren Hernandez lhernandez@co.sherman.or.us  0/0

NEWSPAPERS

FREE:

VISITOR INFORMATION SERVICES & EVENTS:

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: Just Call!

SHERMAN COUNTY FAIR!

  1. Open Class Building, several volunteers to assist with entry check-in August 24 and exhibit display and ribbon placement August 25.
  2. Open Class Building, one person or teams of two, one-hour shifts, August 26, 27 & 28.
  3. One volunteer or a team of two to water plants on the fairgrounds during fair week, August 22-28.
  4. Up to 8 Ticket takers, Saturday evening, August 27 and Sunday afternoon August 28th; will not be handling any cash.
  5. Other opportunities before the county fair opens!
  6. Contact Beth at shermanctyfair@hotmail.com to let her know what you would like to do and when! 8/19

 

WANTED:

USDA CERTIFIED BEEF. The Sherman County Senior & Community Center would appreciate donations of USDA certified beef for the Senior Center meal programs (in-house and Meals on Wheels). 8/12 

“THEME BASKETS FOR 4-H LEADERS’ BASKET RAFFLE FUND-RAISER. Want to help 4-H kids and counselors with the costs of camp? Want to contribute to a great fund-raiser while having fun shopping and putting together a great gift basket? Think of a great theme… a school, a sport, an activity, a hobby … and put together a selection of items, all in a basket. Drop it off at the Extension Office by August 15th so we can get it wrapped in time for fair. Baskets will be on display in the 4-H pavilion during the fair. Winners are announced Saturday during the 4-H awards.” ~ Oregon State University – Sherman County Extension 4-H Newsletter, July 2016.  8/12

SHERMAN COUNTY FAIR OPEN CLASS ENTRIES, NO FEE:

WHO? Any resident of the United States of any age (and who does not have a 4-H or FFA project) can enter the Open Class Divisions. Only Sherman County residents may enter some contests.

WHEN? On Wednesday, August 24th, between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. bring your entries to the Sherman County Fairgrounds at 66147 Lonerock Road near Moro. Entry forms are in the fair book and at the Open Class Pavilion where volunteers will help you fill them out.

WHAT? You can enter just about anything: baked goods, wheat, ceramics, crocheting, dried fruits and herbs, veggies, fruit, flowers, hay, house plants, Legos, collections and much more!

HOW? Go to http://www.shermancountyfairfun.com, click on the “how & what to enter,” then click on each division for details and class information:

DIVISIONS:

  1. Flowers and Plants
  2. Grain and Hay
  3. Land Products (garden veggies and fruit)
  4. Kitchen Products (baked goods, canned foods, jams, candy)
  5. Clothing and Needlecraft (knitting, sewing, quilts)
  6. Arts, Crafts and Hobbies (ceramics, macramé, stained glass, leather craft, etc.)
  7. Photography
  8. Kids Corner. 8/19

SHERMAN COUNTY BAKERS! The Sherman County Fair Board invites you to enter chocolate cakes and pies! Cash awards! See the Fair Book or http://www.shermancountyfairfun.com/special-contests.html for details. 8/19

LOCAL HOST FAMILIES for HIGH SCHOOL EXCHANGE STUDENTS

ASSE International Student Exchange Programs (ASSE), in cooperation with your community high school, is looking for local families to host boys and girls between the ages of 15 to 18 from a variety of countries: Norway, Denmark, Spain, Italy, Japan, to name a few.  ASSE students are enthusiastic and excited to experience American culture while they practice their English. They also love to share their own culture and language with their host families. Host families welcome these students into their family, not as a guest, but as a family member, giving everyone involved a rich cultural experience.   The exchange students have pocket money for personal expenses and full health, accident and liability insurance. ASSE students are selected based on academics and personality, and host families can choose their student from a wide variety of backgrounds, countries and personal interests.  To become an ASSE Host Family or to find out how to become involved with ASSE in your community, please call the ASSE Western Regional Office at 1-800-733-2773 or go to www.host.asse.com to begin your host family application. Students are eager to learn about their American host family, so begin the process of welcoming your new son or daughter today!  8/26

LOST OR FOUND:

FOR RENT:


3. Calendar (new or corrected)

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AUGUST

1-31 Sherman County Historical Museum – Blue Star Museum: Free admission for active military personnel & families

1-31 Sherman County Historical Museum Artist Series:        Loleta Miller Smith Martin’s Artwork

11-13 Perseid Meteor Shower

13 Presentation: Historic Gray Century Ranch 2 Moody-Rorick House, The Dalles

15 Sherman County Prevention Program 10-12 4-H Extension Office, Moro

17 Sherman County Court 9

17-20 Morrow County Fair, Heppner

18 Northern Oregon Regional Correctional Facility Board Meeting 1 NORCOR

18 Sherman County Quilting Ladies Day, Sherman County Historical Museum

18-19 Ag Drone Rodeo, Pendleton http://tinyurl.com/dronerodeo

18-21 Wasco County Fair, Tygh Valley

19 Hell Unleashed: Flood Basalts, Extinctions, & the Death of Dinosaurs 7 Discovery Center

22 Mid-Columbia Housing Authority Board Meeting 11-1 The Dalles

23 Sherman County Kindergarten Round-up 6 Library Program Room

23 4 Rivers El Hub 10-12 Burnet Extension & Research Center, Moro   

Country Pride, County Wide!                                   

23-28 Sherman County Fair, Moro http://www.shermancountyfairfun.com

23 Sherman County Fair 4-H Horse Show 10

24 Sherman County Fair Open Class Entries 11-6

24 Sherman County Fair Dale Coles Classic Car Show 3:30, awards 5

24 Sherman County Fair with OSU Benny the Beaver

24 Sherman County Fair 4-H Style Show 5:15

24 Sherman County Fair – Freddie Prez on the Main Stage 5:30, 6:30

25 Sherman County Fair 4-H Poultry, Rabbit & Cavie Show 8

25 Sherman County Fair 4-H & FFA Swine Market Judging 10

25 Sherman County Fair 4-H & FFA Sheep Market Judging 11

25 Sherman County Fair 4-H & FFA Goat Market Judging 12:30

25 Sherman County Fair 4-H & FFA Beef Market Judging 2

25 Sherman County Fair Down on the Farm Chore Course 7

26 Sherman County Fair 4-H Home Economics Contests 8 4-H Pavilion

26 Sherman County Fair Open Class Horse Show 8:30-3

26 Sherman County Fair 4-H & FFA Swine Showmanship (sr.-int.-jr.) 10

26 Sherman County Fair 4-H & FFA Goat Showmanship 11

26 Sherman County Fair 4-H & FFA Sheep Showmanship 1

26 Sherman County Fair 4-H & FFA Beef Showmanship 2

26 Sherman County Fair Cattle Sorting Competition 7

27 Sherman County Fair Wellness Walk Downtown Moro 8

27 Sherman County Fair Parade Downtown Moro 9:15

27 Sherman County Fair 4-H & FFA Grand Champion All-Around Showmanship 12

27 Sherman County Fair 4-H & FFA Awards to follow Showmanship

27 Sherman County Fair 4-H & FFA Livestock Sale 3

27 Sherman County Fair FFA Annual BBQ 5:30

27 Sherman County Fair Rodeo Royalty, Bull Riding 7:15 Arena

27 Sherman County Fair Dance with COUNTRYFIED 9:30-1 Arena

28 Sherman County Fair Cowboy Church

28 Sherman County Fair Demo Derby 1

30 Tri-County Mental Health Board Meeting 11-2 The Dalles

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SEPTEMBER

1-30 Sherman County Historical Museum – Blue Star Museum: Free admission for active military personnel & families 1-5

1-30 Sherman County Historical Museum Artist Series: Keith Blaylock Metal Art

3 Wasco School Centennial Celebration

5 Labor Day

6 Sherman County Weed District Board

6 North Central Public Health District Board Meeting 3 The Dalles

7 Sherman County Court 9

7 County-wide Prayer Meeting: Kent Baptist Church 7:00-7:30PM fellowship.  7:30-9:00 PM Prayer Meeting

8 Sherman County Advisory Council 3-5 Sherman Public/School Library

8 Kiwanis Club Annual Steak Feed, Sorosis Park, The Dalles

10 Bob’s Ghost Town Safari Photography Workshop

11 Grandparents’ Day Free Admission, Sherman County Historical Museum 10-5

13 Court Appointed Special Advocate Training Begins

13 Tri-County Mental Health Board Meeting 11-2 The Dalles

13 North Central Public Health District Board Meeting 3 The Dalles

13 Sherman County Watershed Board Meeting 11:30 Burnet Building, Moro

15 Sherman County Quilting Ladies Day, Sherman County Historical Museum

21 Sherman County Court 9

22 First Day of Autumn

24 Oregon Gubernatorial Debate

 

OCTOBER

1-31 Sherman County Historical Museum Artist Series: Patti Moore’s Fiber Arts

3 Lower John Day Area Commission on Transportation 10 Rufus

5 Sherman County Court 9

5 County-wide Prayer Meeting: Wasco Church of Christ Church 7:00-7:30PM fellowship.  7:30-9:00 PM Prayer Meeting

11 Tri-County Mental Health Board Meeting 11-2 The Dalles

11 North Central Public Health District Board Meeting 3 The Dalles

11 Sherman County Watershed Council Meeting 11:30 Burnet Building, Moro

12 Sherman County Senior Center Advisory Committee 12:30 Senior Center

15-16 Here & There Travel Fest, Oregon Convention Center

20 Sherman County Quilting Ladies Day, Sherman County Historical Museum

29 Sherman County Historical Museum Boots, Beer & Brats: Festival of Volunteers!

31 Sherman County Historical Museum closes for the season. Open by appointment November-April

31 Halloween

 

NOVEMBER

2 County-wide Prayer Meeting: Moro Presbyterian Church 7:00-7:30PM fellowship.  7:30-9:00 PM Prayer Meeting

6 Daylight Saving Time Ends

6 Sherman County Historical Society Fall Program 2

8 Election Day

11 Veterans Day

19 Max Nogle Dinner/Dance Celebrating the 100 year birthday of the Grass Valley Pavilion

24 Thanksgiving

 

DECEMBER

3  Sherman County Historical Museum Christmas Open House & Museum Store Sale

3  Sherman County Bazaar & Christmas Tree Sale

7 Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

7 County-wide Prayer Meeting: Wasco Methodist Church 7:00-7:30PM fellowship.  7:30-9:00 PM Prayer Meeting

21 First Day of Winter

24 Christmas Eve

25 Christmas

31 New Year’s Eve


 

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Sherman County eNews #207

CONTENT

  1. Summer Camp: Finding Yourself in the Gorge, Aug. 22-25

  2. Columbia Gorge Genealogy Society Open Forum, Sept. 7

  3. Art Center Workshop: Beginners’ Pastel Painting, Sept. 10-11

  4. Some Health Insurance Companies Will Continue to Offer Statewide Coverage

  5. Editorial: Public Records Requests for South Sherman Fire & Rescue District

  6. Sherman County Connections on Facebook

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


 To be outstanding, get comfortable with being uncomfortable. ~ Alrik Koudenburg


1.Summer Camp: Finding Yourself in the Gorge, Aug. 22-25

SUMMER CAMP: What would it be like to be an explorer in the wilderness? Kids ages 9 to 12 years can explore Finding Yourself in the Gorge, an outdoor adventure while learning hands-on survival skills, August 22 through August 25, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Columbia Gorge Discovery Center, 5000 Discovery Drive, The Dalles. Cost is $85 per child for non-members, $70 for members. Space is limited, and registration is required by August 17. For information call 541-296-8600 ext. 209, or visit www.gorgediscovery.org


2. Columbia Gorge Genealogy Society Open Forum, Sept. 7

DISCOVER MORE ABOUT YOUR ANCESTORS

Share your knowledge about genealogy research and learn from others in this open forum.

 Bring your laptops or other devices.  Beginners and seasoned researchers are all welcome to this FREE session.

Sponsored by the Columbia Gorge Genealogy Society

   Date:  Wednesday, September 7th

 Time:  1 – 3:00 p.m.

          Place:  Lyle Activity Center, 308 Third Street, Lyle, Washington


3. Art Center Workshop: Beginners’ Pastel Painting, Sept. 10-11

Karen Watson will work with you and a large variety of soft pastels on toned sandpaper during this two-day, comprehensive pastel class at The Dalles Art Center. Karen will do live demos for the class and favor loose and bold application of strokes and color with you. After class, you will leave with a completed work, and the foundational knowledge required to create fresh and exciting pieces of artwork from pastel. The tooth of the paper that Karen will supply you with during class allows for several layers of pastel that lends artwork a more painterly feeling. Contact Lettie Young 541-296-4759.


4. Some Health Insurance Companies Will Continue to Offer Statewide Coverage

Salem — Several health insurance companies have agreed to continue to offer statewide individual coverage — and in one case, expand coverage — in 2017, the Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services (DCBS) announced today.

All counties in Oregon will have at least two carriers participating both on and off Oregon’s Health Insurance Marketplace and at least two carriers participating exclusively off the marketplace. Many of these counties were facing significant decreases in the number of health insurance companies available in the individual market in 2017.

“We are concerned about the shrinking number of options in certain areas of the state, and we asked insurance companies to reconsider their decisions to withdraw,” said Patrick Allen, director of the Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services. “This is a short-term solution to provide more options in 2017, but we need to focus on long-term solutions to stabilize the individual market.”

The changes include the following:

* BridgeSpan Health, Providence Health Plan, and Regence Blue Cross Blue Shield of Oregon will once again offer statewide coverage in 2017. They previously planned to limit their coverage to certain geographic areas for 2017.
* ATRIO Health Plans will expand its coverage to Deschutes County.

Because these four insurers are taking more risk than they expected, Allen is allowing them to adjust their rates upward. The rate changes result in more consistent rates across the state and include the following:
* BridgeSpan and Regence’s statewide rates are between 3 percent and 6 percent higher than the final rates the DCBS Division of Financial Regulation approved in July.
* For the counties included in Providence’s original filing, the rates are about 5 percent higher than the final rates approved in July.
* For the counties included in ATRIO’s original filing, the rates are 2 percent to 8 percent higher than the final rates approved in July.
* For the counties Providence and ATRIO added after rates were approved, the state assigned new rates equivalent to BridgeSpan’s new rates.

“While bringing back these plans throughout the state is in the best interest of consumers, we know continued rate increases are not sustainable,” Allen said. “In the coming months, we will work with the Governor’s office, legislators, and stakeholders to develop proposals for the 2017 legislative session that address the underlying costs of health care so that Oregonians throughout the state continue to have coverage options.”

For county-by-county details about coverage in the individual market, visit dfr.oregon.gov/public-resources/Documents/individual-coverage.pdf. The Division of Financial Regulation will post final premium tables for each county later this month on oregonhealthrates.org/.


5. Editorial: Public Records Requests for South Sherman Fire & Rescue District

pencil.spiralNow and then, in order to understand process and performance and to provide information to Sherman County eNews subscribers, we request records from the public agencies that serve us. These records belong to us, We the People, and those who generate them understand that.

Twice in the last eight months, the Sherman County Court and other county officials responded quickly with records requested and questions answered, electronically and in person. Several months ago we published some of that information in an editorial.

The Sherman County Court and Sherman County School District submit news, meeting notices and agendas on a regular basis. Both post approved minutes on their websites and provide contact information.

Since 2007, monthly Sherman County Emergency Services Activity Reports have been submitted to eNews – the ambulance and fire districts’ reports – except for South Sherman Fire & Rescue District (SSFRD). In the spirit of community collaboration and information, for several years we (electronically) asked the SSFRD fire chief for activity reports. Except once, they were not forthcoming.

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Contact information for SSFRD board members is not on their website. This is for them, from the letter sent to SSFRD Chief on August 5, 2016:

Members of the Board of Directors
South Sherman Fire & Rescue District
P.O. Box 116
Grass Valley, OR 97029

 
Dear Board Members:

 
Under the Oregon Public Records Law, §192.410 et seq., we are requesting (electronic) copies of public records that describe South Sherman Fire & Rescue District’s Activity Reports January 1, 2016 through July 2016.
If there are any fees for searching or copying these records, please inform us if the cost will exceed $50.  However, we request a waiver of all fees in that the disclosure of the requested information is in the public interest and will contribute significantly to the public’s understanding of your services as provided in our free electronic news service, Sherman County eNews, Sherman County, Oregon. This information is not being sought for commercial purposes.

 

We request a prompt response to this request, electronically.  If you expect a significant delay in responding to or in fulfilling this request, please contact us with information about when we might expect the requested records.

If you deny any or all of this request, please cite each specific exemption you feel justifies the refusal to release the information and notify us of the appeal procedures available under the law.
Thank you for considering this request.
Sincerely,

Sherry Kaseberg

Editor/Publisher

Sherman County eNews

http://shermancountynews.com

Wasco, Oregon


6. Sherman County Connections on Facebook

City of Rufus https://www.facebook.com/cityofrufus/

Countryfied https://www.facebook.com/COUNTRYFIED-61995464459/

Equine Mania LLC https://www.facebook.com/equinemaniallc/

Grass Valley Pavilion Restoration & Rejuvenation https://www.facebook.com/GrassValleyPavilionRestorationRejuvenationProject/

John Day River Territory https://www.facebook.com/John-Day-River-Territory-370526985390/ 

Locust Tree Salon https://www.facebook.com/LocustTreeSalon/ 

Maryhill Museum of Art https://www.facebook.com/maryhillmuseum/ 

North Central Livestock Association https://www.facebook.com/North-Central-Livestock-Association-818110014924861/ 

Sherman Booster Club https://www.facebook.com/Sherman-Booster-Club-160490924374895/ 

Sherman County 4-H Oregon https://www.facebook.com/Sherman-County-4-H-Oregon-302961880876/ 

Sherman County Court https://www.facebook.com/Sherman-County-Court-1318675688146046/

Sherman County Fair https://www.facebook.com/shermancountyfair/

Sherman County Historical Society & Museum https://www.facebook.com/shermancountymuseum/ 

Sherman County Public/School Library Youth Programs https://www.facebook.com/Sherman-County-PublicSchool-Library-Youth-Programs-292716097407598/ 

Sherman County Sheriff’s Office https://www.facebook.com/Sherman-County-Sheriffs-Office-643904422378873/ 

Sherman Jr./Sr. High School https://www.facebook.com/SCSD.SJSHS/

The Bulldog Diner https://www.facebook.com/rufusbulldogdiner/ 

Wasco Memorial Day https://www.facebook.com/Wasco-Memorial-Day-272539349545976/ 

Wasco School Centennial Celebration https://www.facebook.com/WSG100years/


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

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What is the falling number test? (wheat starch, water)  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YMjhdSskXP0&feature=youtu.be

 Solutions to the Oregon PERS Problems are Available  https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/ORLEG/bulletins/15c2de2

Indian Country News, Pow Wows, Genealogy  http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2016/08/11/born-1970-youre-older-9-native-civil-rights-165437

Eagles kill hundreds of lambs each year but it goes unreported http://www.capitalpress.com/Livestock/20160811/eagles-kill-hundreds-of-lambs-each-year-but-it-goes-unreported?utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook_Capital_Press

 Government Accountability Institute  http://www.g-a-i.org/

 U.S. Government Accountability Office http://www.gao.gov/

U.S. Government Accountability Office Watchblog https://blog.gao.gov/

Civil debate. A hindrance to civil debate is that those who do not share opinions are viewed negatively. Disagree without hate. Just because we disagree does not mean I dislike or hate you. ~ unattributed

Media Research Center http://www.mrc.org/?gclid=CIKvzuO8us4CFcdhfgodoY0Dvg

New Critics of Trump by Dr. Thomas Sowell  https://www.creators.com/read/thomas-sowell

Why I’m the Only Non-Democrat in my Family  http://thefederalist.com/2016/08/09/why-im-the-only-non-democrat-in-my-family/