Sherman County eNews #323


  1. Sherman Basketball Schedule Update, Dec. 9

  2. Sherman County Public/School Library Weather Closure Schedule

  3. Drinking Water Data Online

  4. Mid-Columbia Health Foundation Festival of Trees

  5. Editorial. We love newspapers!

  6. Our Goal-Seeking Nature

  7. Commentary. Judge Andrew Napolitano: Are sanctuary cities legal?

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

1:04 p.m. ODOT: Central Ore.: I-84 E-bound at milepost 104 (1 mile west of Biggs) both lanes closed due to crash. ODOT enroute.

1. Sherman Basketball Schedule Update, Dec. 9 Friday, December 9th, there will be no JV girls game at 3:00 vs. Powder Valley.  The JV boys will still start their game at 4:30.



2. Sherman County Public/School Library Weather Closure Schedule

books.loveSherman County Public/School Library will be closed Thursday, December 8, starting at 12:00 p.m. The Library will follow the K-12 school weather closure schedule. For updates on Library closures see:

3. Drinking Water Data Online


Here you can access a fair amount of data on public water systems in Oregon, data such as testing, contacts, violations, enforcements, public notices and basic system information.

Search Options is where you’ll find the various queries to view data we currently have. County The choices are explained there.
Data shown here is “live” data. That means it’s as current as the reports we have in our system. This is the same data that Drinking Water Services (DWS) staff see and use. If something is missing, that usually means it has not been reported to us or we have not entered it yet. If you (water system personnel, county staff, lab staff, etc.) find a report is missing, please forward a copy to us at: DWS, PO BOX 14350, Portland, OR  97293.

For all water system sampling, inventory, and compliance errors please phone Chuck Michael, DWS Compliance Officer, at 971-673-0420.

4. Mid-Columbia Health Foundation Festival of Trees Benefit Auction

The Mid-Columbia Health Foundation netted $40,000 at the Festival of Trees Friday, December 2.  29 trees were auctioned off benefiting the Breast Health for Strong Families Program, Celilo Cancer Center Fund and Level the Playing Field Project with the highest tree selling for $2,700.

Tree #26 titled “Ranger Pride” took home the People’s Choice Award. “Ranger Pride,” donated by Kortge Family & Friends was dedicated to the 8 time State Champion Dufur Rangers, in memory of Guy ‘Spud’ Simer and Cathie Kortge.

~ Amanda Evans
Mid-Columbia Health Foundation, Marketing & Communications Coordinator


5. Editorial. We love newspapers!

pencil.sharpWe love newspapers! For their information, historical context, entertainment, connections and inspiration, we’ve always loved newspapers!

We grew up with newspapers in our household. Our 8th grade teacher assigned The Oregonian’s Korean conflict reports from which we tracked action on a large wall map. The Sherman County Journal kept us connected while away at school. We followed the engagements, weddings and birth announcements and obituaries, connecting us to family and friends, and came to realize the newspaper was also an historical record of people and place.

Is it our civic responsibility to be informed? We think so. Here’s why…

Community engagement. We’re all in this together and we benefit from shared accounts of regional need, success stories and information that give us opportunities and encouragement to support and engage in our communities. It’s part of our historical culture for the next generations.

Historical record. Yes, newpapers are preserved for the generations, an important record of our culture. Social media is not.

Local government engagement. We are well-advised to pay attention to legal notices, social media and newspaper reports about the plans and decisions made by our volunteers on city councils and by paid county officials. Local government for Sherman County means cities, the county and the counties that are partners in delivering services to us.  Most of us don’t have time or inclination to attend local government meetings, especially during the work day, or to seek and read the minutes of their meetings.

Informed influence. Being informed about government process gives us opportunities to express our opinions, support and suggestions, and to influence elected officials’ decisions.

Freedom of the Press. From writings of the First Continental Congress, 1774, we have a window into founders’ thoughts, The last right we shall mention regards the freedom of the press. The importance of this consists, besides the advancement of truth, science, morality, and arts in general, in its diffusion of liberal sentiments on the administration of Government, its ready communication of thoughts between subjects, and its consequential promotion of union among them, whereby oppressive officers are shamed or intimidated into more honorable and just modes of conducting affairs.”

Informed voting. Candidates’ campaign ads, Letters to the Editor, editorials and election results are more reasons to subscribe to the newspapers that publish them.

Engaged & Informed. We are more engaged and informed by supporting private enterprise with our subscriptions to newspapers and by submitting news releases, notices and classified ads. We are mindful that not all of us use computers or smart phones and social media!

Private enterprise: Newspapers vs. Government newsletters. Our newspapers are private enterprises with local employees providing significant services for modest fees. We believe that the information currently published in newsletters by our cities and county, if published in a local newspaper, would help knit together our town and farm families, north and south, while supporting a very affordable newspaper.

Private Membership & Public Government Newsletters. We recognize that newsletters for private membership organizations and some government agricultural programs serve members and program participants. Both groups serve our small communities, their employees and volunteers live here, and their activities are important to all of us. We’d enjoy reading their news in print.

Subscribe! Contact information for regional newspapers is published weekly in eNews Classifieds. Subscriptions are affordable and make excellent gifts.

Is it a community responsibility to be informed? We think so.

6. Our Goal-Seeking Nature

Many people believe that goals are a good thing. Actually, they are an absolute essential for a fulfilling life. You see, goals sit at the very essence of who we are. Without them, we wander from moment to moment, seemingly without purpose. We enjoy the moments, when they cross our paths, more by accident than anything else. With goals, we take the “by accident” out of life, and multiply our chances of truly living.

Humans are teleological beings. In other words, we think in terms of purpose and end-results, and we are naturally goal-oriented. A teleological nature means that it is absolutely critical for us to have goals. For us to change and grow, we need something tugging at us from the future, something to, quite literally, look forward to.

When you give up on your goals or when you have no goals at all, your whole system slows down and eventually shuts down. You become depressed and sluggish, and you may very well become seriously ill.

Prisoners of war have been known to simply curl up and die when their hopes for the future died. Who knows how many suicides or terminal illnesses have been directly or indirectly influenced by lack of goals? Thus, having goals seems to be absolutely essential to our existence.

Keep in mind, too, that we move toward and become like what we think about. So, if you don’t deliberately think about how you want your life to be, you’ll just repeat the past or the present over and over again, with minor variations. You’ll end up, at best, in a rut. It may be a comfortable rut, but it’s a rut nonetheless. Once you have a clear picture of where you want to go, your end-result, goal-seeking nature will take over and help guide you to realizing your goal. ~ The Pacific Institute

7. Commentary. Judge Andrew Napolitano: Are sanctuary cities legal?

By Judge Andrew P. Napolitano

Last week, President-elect Donald Trump re-emphasized the approach he will take in enforcing the nation’s immigration laws, which is much different from the manner of enforcement utilized by President Barack Obama. The latter pointedly declined to deport the 5 million undocumented immigrants in the United States who are the parents of children born here — children who, by virtue of birth, are American citizens. Trump has made known his intention to deport all undocumented people, irrespective of family relationships, starting with those who have committed crimes.

In response to Trump’s stated intentions, many cities — including New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and San Francisco — have offered sanctuary to those whose presence has been jeopardized by the president-elect’s plan. Can they do this?

Here is the back story.

Under the Constitution, the president is the chief federal law enforcement officer in the land. Though the president’s job is to enforce all federal laws, as a practical matter, the federal government lacks the resources to do that. As well, the president is vested with what is known as prosecutorial discretion. That enables him to place priority on the enforcement of certain federal laws and put the enforcement of others on the back burner.

Over time — and with more than 4,000 criminal laws in the United States Code — Congress and the courts have simply deferred to the president and permitted him to enforce what he wants and not enforce what he doesn’t want. Until now.

Earlier this year, two federal courts enjoined President Obama — and the Supreme Court, in a tie vote, declined to interfere with those injunctions — from establishing a formal program whereby undocumented people who are the parents of natural-born citizens may lawfully remain here. It is one thing, the courts ruled, for the president to prioritize federal law enforcement; it is quite another for him to attempt to rewrite the laws and put them at odds with what Congress has written. It is one thing for the president, for humanitarian reasons or because of a lack of resources, to look the other way in the face of unenforced federal law. It is another for him to claim that by doing so, he may constitutionally change federal law.

Trump brilliantly seized upon this — and the electorate’s general below-the-radar-screen disenchantment with it — during his successful presidential campaign by promising to deport all 13 million undocumented immigrants currently in the United States, though he later reduced that promise so as to cover only the 2 million among them who have been convicted in the United States of violating state or federal laws.

Enter the sanctuary cities. These are places where there are large immigrant populations, among which many are undocumented, yet where there is apparently not a little public sentiment and local governmental support for sheltering the undocumented from federal reach. Trump has argued that these cities are required to comply with federal law by actively assisting the feds — or at least not aggressively resisting them.

Thus the question: Are state and local governments required to help the feds enforce federal law? In a word: No.

The term “sanctuary cities” is not a legal term, but it has been applied by those in government and the media to describe municipalities that offer expanded social services to the undocumented and decline to help the feds find them — including the case of Chicago’s offering undocumented immigrants money for legal fees to resist federal deportation. As unwise as these expenditures may be by cities that are essentially bankrupt and rely on federal largesse in order to remain in the black, they are not unlawful. Cities and towns are free to expand the availability of social services however they please, taking into account the local political climate.

Enter the Supreme Court. It has required the states — and thus the municipalities in them — to make social services available to everyone resident within them, irrespective of citizenry or lawful or unlawful immigration status. This is so because the constitutional command to the states of equal protection applies to all persons, not just to citizens. So the states and municipalities may not deny basic social services to anyone based on nationality or immigration status.

The high court has also prohibited the federal government from “commandeering” the states by forcing them to work for the feds at their own expense by actively enforcing federal law. As Ronald Reagan reminded us in his first inaugural address, the states formed the federal government, not the other way around. They did so by ceding 16 discrete powers to the federal government and retaining to themselves all powers not ceded.

If this constitutional truism were not recognized or enforced by the courts, the federal government could effectively eradicate the sovereignty of the states or even bankrupt them by forcing them to spend their tax dollars enforcing federal law or paying for federal programs.

Thus the Trump dilemma. He must follow the Constitution, or the courts will enjoin him as they have his predecessor. He cannot use a stick to bend the governments of sanctuary cities to his will, but he can use a carrot. He can ask Congress for legislative grants of funds to cities conditioned upon their compliance with certain federal immigration laws.

All of this is part of our constitutional republic. By dividing powers between the feds and the states — and by separating federal powers among the president, Congress and the courts — our system intentionally makes the exercise of governmental power cumbersome by diffusing it. And since government is essentially the negation of freedom, the diffusion of governmental powers helps to maximize personal liberty.

–Andrew P. Napolitano, a former judge of the Superior Court of New Jersey, is the senior judicial analyst at Fox News Channel. 

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

world.internetFreedom of the Press 2016 Map

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Drinking Water Data Online

Percentage of Young Adults In Europe, aged 25-34, Who Still Live With Their Parents

 Wheat exports ride on Pacific Northwest’s reputation for quality 

Wheeler County, Oregon

 1859, Oregon’s Magazine 

Editorial. The Awful Truth About State Government 

Editorial. A Way forward for Oregon 

37 Oregon Companies that Came and Went in 2016

‘Sanctuary’ Fire Traps