Sherman County eNews #245

CONTENT

  1. Notice: Sherman Booster Club Meeting, Sept. 22
  2. Sherman County News Sources
  3. County Court – Board of Commissioners – Oregon Revised Statute
  4. What is accomplished by our County Judge and Commissioners attending out-of-county meetings?
  5. Operation of Courthouses – Oregon Revised Statute
  6. Anger: The Energy Waster
  7. Links: Things to Think About & Things to Do

1. Notice: Sherman Booster Club Meeting, Sept. 22

Sherman Booster Club will have its 1st quarter meeting for the 2016-17 school year on September 22nd at 6 p.m. in the Library Program room.

2. Sherman County News Sources

For people who grew up in Sherman County, who have relatives here or are absentee landowners, there are a number of news sources:

  • Sherman County’s website http://www.co.sherman.or.us/ – governance (archived minutes and newsletter), calendar, history, things to see and do, resources and an agri-business directory
  • Sherman County Citizen-Reporter, published six times a year by the Sherman County Court (archives on the county website, mailed to postal patrons)
  • The Times-Journal, serving Gilliam, Wheeler and Sherman counties – news as submitted, obituaries and Sherman County Court notes.
  • Sherman County School District website http://shermancountyschooldistrict.weebly.com/
  • Sherman County OSU Extension newsletter & 4-H newsletter
  • Sherman County Historical Society website http://www.shermanmuseum.org/index.html – history, museum exhibits
  • Facebook – several agencies and organizations
  • The Dalles Chronicle – obituaries, submitted news and Sherman High School athletic events
  • Sherman County eNews http://shermancountynews.com –Friday calendar & classifieds, news as submitted, meeting notices.

The same sources are offered to those of us who live here, of course. Individuals and organizations are accustomed to posting flyers at local businesses and post offices. We are mindful that those who receive mail on rural routes are less likely to see post office flyers.


3. County Court – Board of Commissioners – Oregon Revised Statute

~ Oregon Revised Statute http://www.leg.state.or.us/ors/202.html

Oregon Revised Statutes 202.010 “County court” defined. As used in this chapter, unless the context requires otherwise, the term “county court” includes board of county commissioners.

203.035 Power of county governing body or electors over matters of county concern.

(1) Subject to subsection (3) of this section, the governing body or the electors of a county may by ordinance exercise authority within the county over matters of county concern, to the fullest extent allowed by Constitutions and laws of the United States and of this state, as fully as if each particular power comprised in that general authority were specifically listed in ORS 203.030 to 203.075. [http://landru.leg.state.or.us/orcons/orconst.html for the Constitution of the State of Oregon]

(2) The power granted by this section is in addition to other grants of power to counties, shall not be construed to limit or qualify any such grant and shall be liberally construed, to the end that counties have all powers over matters of county concern that it is possible for them to have under the Constitutions and laws of the United States and of this state.

203.111 County governing body; legislative authority; quorum. Unless otherwise provided by county charter, a county court shall be the governing body and shall exercise general legislative authority over all matters of county concern and shall consist of the county judge and two county commissioners and a majority of those persons shall constitute a quorum. [1981 c.140 s.3 (enacted in lieu of 203.110)]

203.240 Organization, powers and duties of board.

(1) A board of county commissioners shall:
(a) Have the powers and duties and be otherwise subject to the laws applicable to county courts sitting for the transaction of county business.
(b) Unless provided otherwise by county charter or ordinance, consist of three county commissioners. A majority of the board is required to transact county business.

204.010 Terms of office of county officers. (1) Except as provided in subsection (2) of this section, the term of office of each officer mentioned in ORS 204.005 is four years.

204.020 When terms of office commence; filing certificate of election, oath and undertaking. (1) The term of office of each officer mentioned in ORS 204.005 shall commence on the first Monday of January next following election to office.

204.601 Number and appointment of deputies and other employees.

(1) The county court or board of county commissioners of each county shall fix the number of deputies and employees of county officers whose compensation is to be paid from county funds.
(2) All such deputies and employees shall be appointed by such county officer, and shall hold office during the pleasure of the appointing officer. [1953 c.306 s.9]

5.020 Juvenile court jurisdiction in certain counties. The county court of counties from which no transfer of jurisdiction is made under ORS 3.260 or 3.265 or other provisions of law shall have all juvenile court jurisdiction, authority, powers, functions and duties.


4. What is accomplished by our County Judge and Commissioners attending out-of-county meetings?

[from an earlier edition of eNews] Regional coalitions, formed by contracts between two or more counties or counties and the state, centralize and economize the receiving and administering of state- and federally-funded programs that are shared between the counties — including Sherman County. Commissioners at these meetings influence and determine policy, direction, program priorities and outcomes.

A good example is the Mid-Columbia Center for Living / Tri-County Mental Health Board. This Board employs administrators and mental health professionals to provide services for Sherman, Hood River and Wasco Counties from offices in The Dalles, Hood River & Moro with state and federal funding for the three counties. State and federal funding streams are generally not distributed to single counties of our size, but to groups of counties by the efficient use of one administrative office and joint staff.

The same is true for other boards where county commissioners exercise leadership and opinions on behalf of Sherman County citizens and their interests. In some cases, this representation involves legislative action, visits to legislators and editors of major newspapers, prioritizing regional interests and making sure that Sherman County receives its share of services. Regional and statewide views are important to all of us — the bigger picture that affects us in a multitude of ways.


5. Operation of Courthouses – Oregon Revised Statute

     1.185 County to provide courtrooms, offices and jury rooms. (1) The county in which a circuit court is located or holds court shall:

(a) Provide suitable and sufficient courtrooms, offices and jury rooms for the court, the judges, other officers and employees of the court and juries in attendance upon the court, and provide maintenance and utilities for those courtrooms, offices and jury rooms.

(b) Pay expenses of the court in the county other than those expenses required by law to be paid by the state.

(2) Except as provided in subsection (1) of this section, all supplies, materials, equipment and other property necessary for the operation of the circuit courts shall be provided by the state under ORS 1.187. [Formerly 1.165]

     1.187 State to provide supplies and personal property for courts. Except as provided in ORS 1.185 (1) and subject to applicable provisions of a plan established by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, the state shall provide the supplies, materials, equipment and other personal property necessary for the operation of the circuit courts. The cost of property provided by the state shall be paid by the state from funds available for the purpose. [Formerly 1.167]

     1.190 Court Facilities Account. (1) There is established in the General Fund of the State Treasury the Court Facilities Account. The account shall consist of moneys deposited to the account under ORS 137.295 and such other moneys as may be appropriated to the account by law. Moneys in the account are continuously appropriated to the Oregon Department of Administrative Services, and may be used only for the purpose of assisting counties in paying the costs incurred by the counties in complying with the requirements of ORS 1.185 (1), including but not limited to maintaining, improving, replacing or expanding court facilities. The department shall divide and distribute the moneys in the account among the counties of this state in the manner provided by subsection (2) of this section.

(2) At least once every three months, the Oregon Department of Administrative Services shall allocate to each judicial district established under ORS 3.012 a proportion of the moneys in the Court Facilities Account that is equal to the proportion of circuit court judges specified for the judicial district under ORS 3.012 as compared to all circuit court judge positions established under ORS 3.012. If the judicial district consists of only one county, the moneys so allocated to the district shall be distributed to that county. If the judicial district consists of more than one county, the moneys so allocated to the district shall be divided among the counties based on the populations of those counties. [1999 c.1064 §3]

     Note: 1.190 becomes operative July 1, 2007. See section 5, chapter 1064, Oregon Laws 1999, as amended by section 1, chapter 394, Oregon Laws 2003.

     1.192 Local Court Facilities Accounts. Each county shall establish a Local Court Facilities Account within the general fund of the county. All amounts in the account shall be dedicated to, and expended for, the funding of maintenance, improvement, replacement or expansion of court facilities in the county. The account shall consist of moneys deposited by the counties, moneys appropriated by the Legislative Assembly to the counties for court facilities and all moneys distributed to the counties from the Court Facilities Account established under ORS 1.190. Expenditures from the Local Court Facilities Account may only be made with the joint approval of the county governing body and the presiding judge of the circuit court for the county in which the court facilities are located. [1999 c.1064 §4]

     Note: 1.192 becomes operative July 1, 2007. See section 5, chapter 1064, Oregon Laws 1999, as amended by section 1, chapter 394, Oregon Laws 2003.


6. Anger: The Energy Waster

Do you find yourself feeling out of sorts or angry a lot? What do you do when you get angry?  Does it help you move forward or keep you stuck?

Anger is a powerful emotion that reveals itself in many different ways. Some folks seem to go through life with a chip on their shoulder. They are quick to find things to be angry about, always fix the cause of their anger as somewhere outside themselves, and occasionally erupt into rage. Their friends and families often feel like they need to walk on eggshells around them. Tension seems to be a constant companion, which can certainly be debilitating to the immune system.

Other people seem to run on a pretty even keel most of the time, but when they get angry they explode and feel completely out of control. Still others bottle up their anger until it blows like Mt. Vesuvius, destroying all in its path.

Someone once described anger like jumping into a powerful sports car, gunning the motor, taking off at high speed, and then discovering that the brakes don’t work. However, it is possible to do some work on those brakes, and while you may want to get professional help, you can learn to be your own mechanic.

You can learn to accept yourself and others as they are, while at the same time, you focus on and move toward a new way of dealing with anger. You can learn to think constructively about what you’d like to have happen, rather than destructively about what you don’t want. And you can learn to channel the energy that now goes to fuel your anger into building an exciting future instead. You have the power to make the choice. It is within you.

It is a matter of deliberately making the decision to change the way you look at your world, and how you interact within it. Anger is an energy-waster, subtracting from life instead of adding to it. If you decide to use your enormous potential – and you DO have enormous potential – you can put the brakes on anger, shift gears, and take charge of your life. ~ The Pacific Institute


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

The Trailing of the Sheep Festival, Oct. 5-9 Sun Valley, Ketchum & Hailey, Idaho  http://www.trailingofthesheep.org/

 Technology Breaches the Media Maginot Line  http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2016/09/technology_breaches_the_media_maginot_line_.html

“How many times does the mainstream media expect to be scooped by amateurs with iPhones and internet connections before they recognize they can no longer protect the high priests from the deplorables?” ~ Clarice Feldman  

 Did Hillary Clinton start the Obama birther movement?http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2015/sep/23/donald-trump/hillary-clinton-obama-birther-fact-check/

The Praying Mantis http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/bugs/praying-mantis/

Rural Technology Group / Internet http://ruraltechnologygroup.com/fixed-wireless.html

The Intellectual Yet Idiot https://medium.com/@nntaleb/the-intellectual-yet-idiot-13211e2d0577#.ru3h464b5


 

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