Sherman County eNews #316


  1. Being a Team Player

  2. Sherman County Planning Commission Board Vacancy

  3. Sherman High School Basketball Schedule Updated

  4. Sherman Middle School Basketball Schedule Updated

  5. Rule reinforces BLM’s relationship with tribes, state and local governments, and the public

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

1. Being a Team Player

teamwork.pencilAre you a team player?

If your answer is “No,” take a moment and think again. If you are alive, you’re on a team. Maybe it’s your family, your relationship, your department or division at work, or your neighborhood or community. Maybe it’s your country or your planet. But no matter how you look at it, you are a member of a team.

If you ask people about the richest experiences in their lives, they will usually come up with something they did as part of a team. Sometimes it’s a sports team, but more often it’s a business team, or family members, community orchestra or church choir, or some other group that was helping each other achieve a common goal.

You can sit on the bench and watch, or you can get up and play. For your mental and physical health, “Be a player.” Get involved. Have a say in calling the plays. Participate! Vote! It’s a lot more fun and, yes, you are correct, it is more work, too. But the more you give, the more you will get. It is all about the opportunity to contribute to something beyond yourself, a chance to express your inner sense of purpose.

“How do I find something to join?” you wonder.  Well, what do you care about? What is important to you? There are other people out there who care about that, too. Why not join with them in a common cause? If there is one benefit to the Internet, it is that it provides a wealth of information about people joining together to accomplish a goal.

You know, a sense of your own personal power is a fine thing, but the ultimate power is the tremendous energy created by people working together toward a positive end-result. No one can make your unique contribution, and no, they won’t get along just fine without you.

So, what are you waiting for? You are a team player – you just need to find your team. ~ The Pacific Institute

2. Sherman County Planning Commission Board Vacancy

ShermanCoLogoThe Sherman County Court is seeking to fill a vacancy on the Planning Commission Board. The term of this appointment will run through December of 2019. The role of the Planning Commission is to develop, maintain, and implement the comprehensive plan, to protect the integrity of the county’s planning process, and to foster the county’s long term interests. The candidate must be able to attend monthly meetings as needed and make impartial decisions on land use issues that come before the board. This is a volunteer position. If interested, please stop by the Planning Department, located at the Steve Burnet Extension & Research Building, 66365 Lonerock Rd., Moro, Oregon, to pick up an application or call Georgia Macnab at 541-565-3601 for more information. Sherman County requires background checks for all county board positions.

3. Sherman High School Basketball Schedule Updated


4. Sherman Middle School Basketball Schedule Updated


5. Rule reinforces BLM’s relationship with tribes, state and local governments, and the public 

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) today issued an updated rule that will make its land use planning more accessible to the public, more responsive to the changing conditions on the public lands, and more efficient.

The BLM developed this rule through years of work with state and local governments, cooperators, communities, stakeholders, and the public at large. The rule updates regulations that are more than 30 years old, provides additional and more robust opportunities for input into the agency’s planning process, and ensures that science is a cornerstone of the BLM’s planning work. The BLM launched this effort after hearing from stakeholders that the current planning process is too slow and cumbersome.

“Planning is the cornerstone of managing our nation’s public lands and balancing their many uses and values,” said Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management Janice Schneider. “Allowing additional opportunities for public engagement will improve responsiveness at the local level and help address the challenges of managing public lands in the 21st century.”

The BLM manages 10 percent of the nation’s land and 30 percent of its subsurface minerals. Federal law requires the BLM to develop land use plans, which are essential tools for balancing
the many competing uses and values of the nation’s public lands.

“Under the current system, it takes an average of eight years for the BLM to finish a land use plan. Too often, by the time we’ve completed a plan, community priorities have evolved and conditions on the ground have changed as well,” said BLM Director Neil Kornze. “This update to our planning rule allows for a more streamlined process that also increases collaboration and transparency.”

The final rule recognizes the vital partnerships that exist between the BLM and tribal, state, and local governments by providing special opportunities for cooperation and collaboration. The rule also enhances the consistency between the BLM’s land use plans and the plans of other governments.

The rule creates a new, up front process to gather data and hear concerns from all parties, and gives the public access to early draft plans. The agency anticipates that this early engagement will help make planning efforts significantly more efficient. The rule also continues to support the use of high quality information, including the best available science. This information will be critical as the agency works to address the major challenges facing our nation’s public lands, including increasingly severe droughts and wildfires, the planning and development of clean energy sources, and changing conditions for key wildlife species like sage grouse.

This year is the 40th anniversary of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act, which directed the BLM to develop land use plans for all of the areas under its care. Using the critical lessons learned from those decades of planning work and close collaboration with communities and partners across the country, this rule will lead to ever-better stewardship of the places that the BLM has the privilege of managing.

The final Planning 2.0 rule can be accessed at

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

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