Sherman County eNews #287


  1. Sherman County Court Update, Nov. 2

  2. St. Martin’s Tea & Luncheon to Honor Veterans, Nov. 5

  3. Conversation Project: The Meaning of Work in America, Nov. 9

  4. Program: Weed it Out! Noxious Weed Identification, Nov. 12

  5. ODOT Warns of Black Ice

  6. Cascade Singers’ Christmas Concert, Dec. 10 & 11

  7. Health Insurance Enrollment Season Begins

  8. Passion and Determination

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

“Our citizens may be deceived for awhile, and have been deceived; but as long as the presses can be protected, we may trust to them for light.” —Thomas Jefferson (1799)

1.Sherman County Court Update, Nov. 2

ShermanCoLogoThis Wednesday’s County Court will be held it in its usual place at 9 in the courthouse and not in the Burnet Building.


2. St. Martin’s Tea & Luncheon to Honor Veterans, Nov. 5

American flag2St. Martin’s Tea and Luncheon to honor Veterans will be held on Saturday, November 5 at 1:00 p.m. at St. Peters Parish Center, The Dalles. All veterans and military families are invited.


3. Conversation Project: The Meaning of Work in America, Nov. 9

Hood River, Ore.—October 10, 2016 In America today, ask someone, “How are you?” and “busy” is a common response. Despite all of the digital devices designed to save time, many people still feel there is never enough. In an age when 24/7 connectivity, productivity, and efficiency often take priority, the boundary blurs between work and non-work, prompting the question, What is rest in our fast-paced, ever-connected world?

This is the focus of “Too Busy to Rest: Boundaries and Balance in a Nonstop World,” a free conversation with Lisa Naas Cook on Wednesday, November 9, 2016 at 6:30 pm at The Dalles-Wasco County Public Library, located at 722 Court Street, The Dalles, OR. This program is hosted by Columbia Gorge Community College and sponsored by Oregon Humanities.

Lisa Naas Cook has an MA in applied theology from Marylhurst University and a BS in natural resources from the Ohio State University. Her graduate work focused on the universal wisdom that the Jewish Sabbath offers for personal and planetary well-being in the modern world. Lisa writes and leads programs about sacred rest, intentional technology use, and the Universe Story in Hood River, Oregon.’

Through the Conversation Project, Oregon Humanities offers free programs that engage community members in thoughtful, challenging conversations about ideas critical to our daily lives and our state’s future. For more information about this free community discussion, please contact Suzanne Burd at (541) 506-6123 or

 4. Program: Weed it Out! Noxious Weed Identification, Nov. 12

flower.dandelionIt’s said a weed is merely a plant growing in the wrong place. But sometimes weeds are not only growing in the wrong country, they displace beneficial native plants. Join Wasco County Weed Master, Merle Keys for Noxious Weed Identification and Eradication, Saturday, November 12 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Columbia Gorge Discovery Center & Museum. Learn how to identify and eliminate these problem weeds from your property. The program is free to the public. For more information, visit

5. ODOT Warns of Black Ice

BEND – A seasonal mix of low temperatures and high humidity and moisture is creating the potential for black ice on Regional highways.

ODOT District 10 (central Oregon) Maintenance Manager Pat Creedican is warning motorists to keep a watchful eye for black ice conditions, especially at higher elevations during early morning hours. “This is the time of year when black ice conditions can occur in an instant”, says Creedican. “Our weather can turn quickly from just cold and moist to freezing and icy on local highways”, he adds.

Black ice conditions are dangerous because they create a transparent coating of ice on paved surfaces that are difficult for motorists to see. The risk of skidding and subsequent crash due to a loss of traction is high in areas that experience these conditions. Bridges are particularly susceptible to black ice this time of year.

ODOT is asking motorists to check local forecasts and visit to learn more about local and state highway conditions.

6. Cascade Singers’ Christmas Concert, Dec. 10 & 11

Cascade Singers’ Christmas concert takes place December 10 and 11 at Zion Lutheran Church, 10th and Union Streets, in The Dalles.  “Blessings on Earth” is the theme for seasonal music focusing on blessings received and blessings to come.  A guest soloist will play the Indian flute while the community choir and Cascade Children’s Choir bring Native American, world music, and traditional carols to the program.  Concerts are scheduled Saturday, Dec. 10 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 11 at 3 p.m.  Donations gladly accepted at the door.

7. Health Insurance Enrollment Season Begins

(Salem) — Beginning today, Oregonians can sign up, renew, or change their health insurance plans at They do not have to go it alone: Experts are on hand to provide guidance, and financial assistance is available, too.

Open enrollment — for those who buy plans on their own because they do not have coverage through their employer — launches Nov. 1 and runs through Jan. 31, 2017. It opens the door to change plans and, for those who do not have insurance, to buy a plan and avoid a potential penalty on their 2017 taxes. Open enrollment is for individuals.

“Even if you already have insurance, take some time during open enrollment to look at all of your options through the marketplace,” said Patrick Allen, director of the Department of Consumer and Business Services (DCBS). “Prices and plans — as well as your health needs — may have changed considerably. You also may qualify for financial help.”

Financial help can offset the rate increases consumers will see as they are shopping for 2017 plans. In Oregon, the average rate increase is about 27 percent — although many consumers will see higher rate increases depending on their plan.

Of the nearly 132,000 Oregonians enrolled in individual coverage on the marketplace in 2016, about 95,000 of those consumers received financial help. The average premium tax credit they received was $250 per month. Federal data show that 62 percent of current Oregon marketplace consumers could obtain coverage for $100 or less after applicable tax credits in 2017, regardless of the health plan metal level. Help with out-of-pocket costs, such as co-pays and deductibles, is also available on some silver-level plans for those who qualify.

It is important to note that an additional 98,000 Oregonians buy individual plans outside the marketplace where they have no access to financial help. Allen said it would be worthwhile for those consumers to see if they qualify for financial help on the marketplace.

“The financial help is designed to increase when rates increase, so consumers who qualify will see only modest price changes in 2017,” Allen said. “However, for the many Oregonians who do not qualify for financial help, we strongly encourage them to work with an insurance agent or community partner to figure out the best plan to meet their health needs and budget.”

Oregon has a network of insurance agents and community organizations ready to help people enroll. You can find an agent or community partner in your area by going to or calling the Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace at 1-855-268-3767 (toll-free).

DCBS also provided grants to 35 agents to create drop-in enrollment centers during open enrollment. These centers will be ready to help during the entire open enrollment period during normal business hours, with some extended hours. You can find the list of enrollment centers at

DCBS has developed a tool to help consumers who want to compare plans on their own. It is available at

While open enrollment lasts through Jan. 31, 2017, you need to apply by Dec. 15, 2016, if you want to ensure you have coverage on Jan. 1, 2017. Most consumers who already have insurance through or directly through an insurance company will be re-enrolled in their same plan if they do not act by Dec. 15.

To start shopping for plans, visit or call 1-800-318-2596 (toll-free) (TTY: 1-855-889-4325).

The new open enrollment season arrives as more Oregonians than ever have insurance coverage, thanks to expansion of the Oregon Health Plan and subsidies to help pay for commercial health plans. Oregon’s uninsured rate stands at 5 percent.

8. Passion and Determination

How badly do you want to succeed in life? Let’s look at the importance of passion and determination in getting what you want.

Do you know anyone who is afraid to want something very badly for fear that they may be terribly disappointed if they don’t get it? Maybe you feel this way sometimes yourself. This kind of negative thinking can sabotage your efforts and create a self-fulfilling prophecy.

Many years ago, a young man, who wanted to become a lawyer, wrote to Abraham Lincoln for advice. Lincoln replied, “If you are resolutely determined to make a lawyer of yourself, the thing is more than half done already. Always bear in mind that your resolution to succeed is more important than any other thing.”

You see, one of the qualities that separates many successful people from extremely talented people who fail, is the sheer force of their will, their passion, and their overwhelming desire. Tommy Lasorda (of U.S. baseball fame) is fond of saying, “Races are not won by the fastest athletes; fights are not won by the strongest men. But the races are won, and the fights are won, by those who want to win most of all.”

Willpower may not always override talent, but it is the factor that causes people of ordinary ability to accomplish extraordinary things. The challenge is in your mindset. If your goal, or your dream, is strong enough to generate your passion, are you willing to change the way you think, in order to achieve it? Is your thinking flexible enough to take a thorough exploration of how you do things today, how you think today, and then make changes in perspective to get you on the road to where you want to go? ~ The Pacific Institute

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

bird.talkThe Freedom of Information Act (federal)

National Taxpayers Union

Civil Service Retirement System

 Gilliam County, Oregon

 Northwest Open Access Network (NoaNet)

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