Sherman County eNews #272


  1. Sherman County eNews Policy: Letters to the Editor

  2. A Special Talk & Book Signing with Jane Kirkpatrick

  3. Jana von Borstel new vet at Mid-Columbia Veterinarian Clinic

  4. Oregon Statute: Government Ethics, Public Officers & Employees

  5. Editorial. County Commissioners: A Public Trust

  6. Taking Control of Our Emotions

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

1. Sherman County eNews Policy: Letters to the Editor

pencil.sharpPlease submit Letters to the Editor by using the Submit News page!

  • Keep it short, no longer than 300 words.
  • Keep it simple with one or two clear points. No attachments.
  • Keep it fresh with no more than one letter per writer per month.
  • Keep it civilized, in good taste and free from libel.
  • Keep it relevant with focus on a local event, previous letter or issues of general concern – not personalities.
  • Letters must be signed, name and town. Anonymous letters will not be posted.
  • Letters posted in Sherman County eNews are posted for the exchange of ideas and opinions of its readers and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the editor.

Sherman County eNews reserves the right to change policies at any time and to reject or edit any Letter to the Editor.

2. A Special Talk & Book Signing with Jane Kirkpatrick, Nov. 6

Sunday, Nov. 6th @ Grass Valley Pavilion
1:30 pm Doors open with social hour, wine & food
2:30 pm Jane talks of 25th Anniversary of Homestead & her latest release
3:30 pm Book sale & book signing
~ Admission $10 ~
Fall Program of the Sherman County Historical Society & Museum

 3. Jana von Borstel new vet at Mid-Columbia Veterinarian Clinic

The Goldendale Sentinel: Jana von Borstel is the new veterinarian at Mid-Columbia Veterinarian Clinic here in Goldendale. von Borstel recently graduated from Oregon State University after eight years of college. She graduated from Sherman High School, and then was accepted into the Honors College at OSU. After completing her Bachelor of Science undergraduate degree in Animal Science, she was accepted into Oregon State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine where she studied small and large animal surgery and medicine. von Borstel grew up on a wheat and cattle ranch near Grass Valley, Ore. … … …

4. Oregon Statute: Government Ethics, Public Officers & Employees





      244.010 Policy. (1) The Legislative Assembly declares that service as a public official is a public trust and that, as one safeguard for that trust, the people require all public officials to comply with the applicable provisions of this chapter.

      (2) The Legislative Assembly recognizes and values the work of all public officials, whether elected or appointed.

      (3) The Legislative Assembly recognizes that many public officials are volunteers and serve without compensation.

      (4) The Legislative Assembly recognizes that it is the policy of the state to have serving on many state and local boards and commissions state and local officials who may have potentially conflicting public responsibilities by virtue of their positions as public officials and also as members of the boards and commissions, and declares it to be the policy of the state that the holding of such offices does not constitute the holding of incompatible offices unless expressly stated in the enabling legislation.

      (5) The Legislative Assembly recognizes that public officials should put loyalty to the highest ethical standards above loyalty to government, persons, political party or private enterprise.

      (6) The Legislative Assembly recognizes that public officials should not make private promises that are binding upon the duties of a public official, because a public official has no private word that can be binding on public duty.

      (7) The Legislative Assembly recognizes that public officials should expose corruption wherever discovered.

      (8) The Legislative Assembly recognizes that public officials should uphold the principles described in this section, ever conscious of the public’s trust… … ~

5. Editorial. County Commissioners: A Public Trust

pencil.spiralAdapted from an editorial posted on Sept. 21, 2016.

County commissioners consider a wide range of subjects, some shared with the state (assessment & taxation, elections, community corrections, court security, district attorney, 9-1-1, juvenile/ children/ family/ aging/ veterans’ services, alcohol & drug programs, mental health, public health, economic & community development, planning, roads, housing, federal land policy, telecommunications, county fair), and some reserved for the county (including property management, records, county law library, sheriff patrol, medical examiner, animal control, solid waste, surveying, capital projects, county parks and libraries).

Members of the Sherman County Court (board of commissioners) are paid and we expect a transparent, ethical, diligent, thoughtful, and collaborative performance of public duties.

Their work is substantially supported by the work of an Administrative Assistant, Finance Officer, Clerk, Treasurer, legal counsel and others, as well as personnel working for regional government boards that deliver services to Sherman County.

County Court Division of Responsibilities / Board & Committee Assignments.   In a nutshell, in addition to regular and special meetings of the County Court, there are other duties of a county commissioner.

County commissioners represent the county on state, regional and local boards in a routine division of responsibilities. These board meetings, most monthly, are a regular part of the work that commissioners are paid to perform. Their reports about these meetings are made during regular meetings of the County Court.

The Sherman County Judge and the two Commissioners are members of the Association of Oregon Counties (AOC) and the Eastern Oregon Rural Alliance and may serve on committees of these organizations.

Together they serve as the Biggs Service District board and on the Public Contract Board of Review and Sherman County Budget Committee, and one and an alternate on the Board of Property Tax Appeals.

Sherman County Judge Gary Thompson is the juvenile judge and past-president of the Association of Oregon Counties. As a full-time elected official, he represents the county on the governing boards of Lower John Day Area Commission on Transportation, Sherman County Special Transportation Fund ex officio, Mid-Columbia Housing Authority, Frontier Telenet, Frontier Digital Network, Sherman County Court Security/Courthouse, Local Public Safety Coordinating Council, Sherman County Senior & Community Center Advisory Committee and Central & Eastern Oregon Juvenile Justice Council.

Commissioner Mike Smith, a part-time county official, represents the county on the governing boards of Mid-Columbia Economic Development District, North Central Public Health District, Tri-County Mental Health/Center for Living; Mid-Columbia Community Action Council, Mid-Columbia Council of Governments, Frontier Regional 911 Agency, Tri-County Corrections, Sherman County Community Advisory Council, Eastern Oregon Coordinated Care, and Workforce Investment, The Oregon Consortium, and the Oregon Broadband Advisory Council.

Commissioner Tom McCoy, a part-time county official, represents the county on the governing boards of Northern Oregon Regional Corrections (NORCOR), Lower John Day Area Commission on Transportation, Mid-Columbia Council of Governments, Sherman County Soil & Water Conservation District, Sherman County Public/School Library, Prevention Coalition, Sherman County Community Advisory Council, Sherman County Weed Control Advisory and Sherman County Rural Road Advisory.

Interested citizens may follow their work on the county website (Governance, Board of Commissioners) where the County Court minutes are archived and, to a lesser extent, in The Citizen-Reporter, which provides information about local services. See

6. Taking Control of Our Emotions

The idea of taking control of our emotions is intriguing, to say the least. Controlling something so potentially volatile can seem impossible, but it is a necessary – and acquirable – skill.

For a lot of people, emotional reactions sneak up on them, seemingly coming out of nowhere. The emotion, or passion, overwhelms the brain’s ability to think about anything else while it deals with the emotional response. Neuroscientists have actually observed increased activity in the amygdala, the area of the brain that generates emotions.

You know what that feels like, when you can’t seem to pull your attention away from the feelings, and they seem to grow larger and more imposing the more you think about them. So what to do?

What psychotherapists have known for some time is that by simply recognizing and naming the emotion, it reduces the effect of that emotion, and allows us to manage the behaviors that show up in reaction to the emotion. In other words, once we get the emotion out, into the light of day, so to speak, its power is lessened. When we can name it, put it down on paper or into discussion, the passion is put to the side and we can analyze the emotion as an object – like studying the construction of a table.

When this happens, the activity in the amygdala drops off, and there is greater activity in our right frontal lobe. And neuroscientists can watch this happen during MRI’s.

The good news is that there are tools we can use to help us take the intensity out of our emotions, and give ourselves time for a little self-analysis. Mindfulness meditation, where we monitor the emotion, moment by moment, allows us to note the emotion without the passion getting involved. Journaling is another valuable tool, where we literally write our way through understanding the emotional experience, giving it a name.

And by doing this, taking control of your emotions, you are also boosting your immune system by not getting so stressed about what you are feeling. ~ The Pacific Institute

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

bird.crow.flyIt’s Official: This Election Is Driving Americans Nuts

If it’s in the news, it’s in our polls…

Northern Oregon Regional Corrections Facility

Concerns about refuge occupiers heading to Grant County reached Gov. Brown’s office in mid-January

When Industrial Scale Farming is a Sustainable Path

Monsanto, the Pentagon’s Soldier and the Colombian “Peace Process”.The Use of Glyphosate Herbicide against the FARC [Revolutionary Armed Forces of Columbia]

WikiLeaks: ‘The Boss Won’t Be Comfortable’–How Clinton Campaign Flipped-Flopped on TPP

Clinton says she can’t recall key details about email server

Bill Clinton received $1-million ‘birthday present’ from ISIS funder

Portland: Zidell: Barges out, kayaks in