Summer Camp: Finding Yourself in the Gorge, Aug. 22-25
Columbia Gorge Genealogy Society Open Forum, Sept. 7
Art Center Workshop: Beginners’ Pastel Painting, Sept. 10-11
Some Health Insurance Companies Will Continue to Offer Statewide Coverage
Editorial: Public Records Requests for South Sherman Fire & Rescue District
Sherman County Connections on Facebook
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
Now 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.
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.
Sherman County eNews
6. Sherman County Connections on Facebook
City of Rufus https://www.facebook.com/cityofrufus/
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
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/