Sherman County eNews #334

CONTENT

  1. Elected Essentials 2017: Training for City Officials

  2. A Video: What does county government do?

  3. Free First Day Hike at Cottonwood Canyon State Park, Jan. 1

  4. When We Stand Alone

  5. Oregon Health Insurance Coverage Deadline Extended to Dec. 19

  6. Frontier TeleNet Board of Directors Meeting, Dec. 20

  7. Frontier Digital Network Board of Directors Meeting, Dec. 20

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


Christmas.Baby

There’s a song in the air!

There’s a star in the sky!

There’s a mother’s deep prayer

And a baby’s low cry!

And the star rains its fire while the beautiful sing,

For the manger of Bethlehem cradles a King!

~Josiah G. Holland, 1872; Karl P. Harrington, 1904.


1. Elected Essentials 2017: Training for City Officials

“Elected Essentials” is a training for new and experienced elected officials. This League of Oregon Cities training is open exclusively to elected city officials and is free as part of membership in the League. http://www.orcities.org/Training/ElectedEssentials2017/tabid/6770/language/en-US/Default.aspx


2. A Video: What does county government do?

Association of Oregon Counties

http://oregoncounties.org/portfolio-items/oregon-counties-providing-vital-public-services/


3. Free First Day Hike at Cottonwood Canyon State Park, Jan. 1

Condon OR — For the sixth year in a row, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is partnering with America’s State Parks to offer free guided First Day Hikes in state parks across Oregon on New Year’s Day. Information about the special hike to take place at Cottonwood Canyon State Park is below.

These same details, along with directions to the park, are available on the Oregon State Parks website–go to bit.ly/OPRDcalendar online and search for “First Day Hikes” under Event Category.

Hike time: 11 a.m.
Starting location: Day-use area
Terrain and length of trail: Easy 2-mile hike on the Willow Flats and Pinnacles trails.
Contact information: (541) 394-0002
Additional details: We will stroll on the gravel Willow Flats trail and continue on the Pinnacles trail about a mile to an incredible old walnut tree. At this point, hikers can return with the group or continue downriver on their own. We have seen the big horn sheep near the old walnut tree. So who knows what this year will bring? Dogs must be on a six-foot leash.

Participants should dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes, and bring water as well as a camera or binoculars for wildlife viewing. In case of inclement weather, the park should be contacted directly to find out about cancellation.

This year, OPRD is asking participants to share photos of their First Day Hike via social media by using the hashtag #ORfirstdayhikes Twitter and Instagram or tagging “Oregon State Parks” on Facebook. Images can also be e-mailed to social.oprd@oregon.gov.


4. When We Stand Alone

faceblwhLoneliness is something most of us dread, and it can seem even worse during the holiday season. However, even loneliness has its positive aspects.

Loneliness can be painful, but, as with other things, it is your attitude toward loneliness that counts. You can take a negative attitude, in which case you may either run from being alone, filling your life with “busy-ness” or wallow in it, immersed in self-pity.

You can also take a positive attitude, recognizing it as an essential experience of every human being and using it creatively as a resource for knowing the self, and discovering your center and focus in life. Loneliness then becomes “alone time,” which is very different from loneliness.

It is only when we can stand alone, when we can admit our separate-ness, that we can make full use of our individual resources to set about finding our meaningful connections with others.

When the love and understanding with which we reach out to others is based upon a true sense of the self, a sense that we have discovered in confrontation with our loneliness, then it is based on reality instead of on false expectations.

We alone can change ourselves. We alone can make the decision for growth. Each of us, alone, is the central point of reference in our lives.

Knowing these things can be a lonely experience, but out of it can come a greater strength and confidence in your ability to meet life – and provide inner security that fear cannot manipulate or destroy. ~ The Pacific Institute


5. Oregon Health Insurance Coverage Deadline Extended to Dec. 19

(Salem)–Oregonians who buy health insurance through HealthCare.gov have more time–but not much–to choose a plan and have coverage start on January 1, 2017. Monday, December 19 at 11:59 p.m. PST is the new deadline.

The best time to shop for a plan at HealthCare.gov is now. Oregonians can sign up, renew, or change their health insurance plans. Most consumers who already have insurance through HealthCare.gov will be re-enrolled in their same plan if they do not act by the deadline.

“Comparing plans, whether you were covered last year or not, will help make sure the plan you get is the one that’s best for you and your budget,” said Berri Leslie, administrator of Oregon’s Health Insurance Marketplace.

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.

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

More information
The Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace offers general information for consumers through a local service center, which can be reached by calling 1-855-268-3767 (toll-free) between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday or by email info.marketplace@oregon.gov


6. Frontier TeleNet Board of Directors Meeting, Dec. 20

FRONTIER TELENET

REGULAR MEETING OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

NCESD Building

135 S. Main St. – Condon, Oregon

Large Conference Room

December 20, 2016

10:00 AM

The agenda includes financial reports, minutes of the previous meeting and discussion and possible action regarding RFQ #816 and RFQ #817.


7. Frontier Digital Network Board of Directors Meeting, Dec. 20

FRONTIER DIGITAL NETWORK

REGULAR MEETING OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

NCESD Building

135 S. Main St. – Condon, Oregon

Large Conference Room

December 20, 2016

11:00 AM

 The agenda includes financial reports, minutes of the previous meeting, and discussion and possible action for SIEC grant.


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

Bird.Black.EnvelopeLeague of Oregon Cities http://www.orcities.org/Home/tabid/6700/language/en-US/Default.aspx

The Best Education Systems In The World In 2015  http://fairreporters.net/world/the-best-education-systems-in-the-world-in-2015/

Singapore tops global education rankings http://www.bbc.com/news/education-38131731#page

World education rankings: which country does best at reading, maths and science?  https://www.theguardian.com/news/datablog/2010/dec/07/world-education-rankings-maths-science-reading 

Travel Times From London in 2016 vs 1914 http://brilliantmaps.com/london-travel-time/

WATCH: British Muslims Gather in Show of Strength to Demand Caliphate http://www.breitbart.com/london/2016/12/14/watch-british-muslims-gather-show-strength-demand-caliphate/

BLM Releases Guidance for Improving and Sustaining Tribal Relationships  http://www.flashalertnewswire.net/images/news/2016-12/5514/100170/1780_Tribal_Relations_Handbook_Press_release_12-16-16_Final.pdf

Wines and Vines magazine http://www.winesandvines.com/template.cfm?section=subscribe&product=magazine

From Enemy to Ensemble  http://magazine.gonzaga.edu/2016/from-enemy-to-ensemble

Baking Contest: National Festival of Breads  http://nationalfestivalofbreads.com/

The Historical Lifetime of the Beaver http://www.hcn.org/issues/48.21/the-historical-lifetime-of-the-beaver?utm_source=wcn1&utm_medium=email

Yes, Coyotes Do Roam The Streets Of Portland http://www.opb.org/radio/programs/thinkoutloud/segment/portland-coyote-project/


 

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