Sherman County Swearing-in of Elected Officials, Dec. 29
U.S.G.S. Quadrangle Maps for Sherman County
Maryhill Museum of Art Seeks Teachers for Art Exhibitions in 2017
Oregon Public Meetings Law
Reputation & Character
Links: Things to Think About & Things to Do
A New Year’s Plea
Lord, let me stand in the thick of the fight,
Let me bear what I must without whining;
Grant me the wisdom to do what is right,
Though a thousand false beacons are shining.
Let me be true as the steel of a blade,
Make me bigger than skillful or clever;
Teach me to cling to my best, unafraid,
And harken to false gospels, never.
Let me be brave when the burden is great,
Faithful when wounded by sorrow;
Teach me, when troubled, with patience to wait
The better and brighter to-morrow.
Spare me from hatred and envy and shame,
Open my eyes to life’s beauty;
Let not the glitter of fortune or fame
Blind me to what is my duty.
Let me be true to myself to the end,
Let me stand to my task without whining;
Let me be right as a man, as a friend,
Though a thousand false beacons are shining.
~ Edgar Guest
1. Sherman County Swearing-in of Elected Officials, Dec. 29
Sherman County Swearing-in
December 29, 2016.
2. U.S.G.S. Quadrangle Maps for Sherman County
Quadrangle maps may be purchased through specialty outlets, Powell’s books and USGS. A quadrangle map shows a tract of the country and is one of a series of map sheets produced by the U.S. Geological Survey.
If one were to look at all the USGS quadrangles that cover some portion of Sherman County, the following maps, in geographical order below, would be included. The number shown with some of these is the percentage of the quadrangle showing some of Sherman County. You may need to widen the window to allow the names of the quadrangles to take the rough geographical shape of the county.
Wishram Quadrangle shows the mouth of Deschutes, for instance. Summit Ridge has less than 5%, a small part of Deschutes River. Maupin quad shows the lower end of Buck Hollow, Sundale NW has a little of John Day River, and Turner Butte quad has part of the eastern-most section of the John Day River.
Wishram 5% Biggs Jct. Rufus Quinton 60
Sundale NW 5
Emerson 15 Locust Grove Wasco Klondike
McDonald 80 Turner Butte 5
Summit Ridge 5 Erskine Moro Harmony
Esau Canyon 10
Sherar’s Bridge Sinamox 80 Grass Valley Rosebush Indian Cove 80
Maupin 5 Dead Dog Canyon 30 Bronx Canyon Kent Horseshoe Bend 80
Shoestring Ridge 15
Macken Canyon Bath Canyon 25
Chimney Spr 5
A search engine for land patents, US Gov Land Office http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/search/search.asp?s=24
3. Maryhill Museum of Art Seeks Teachers for Art Exhibitions in 2017
(GOLDENDALE, Wash., December 19, 2016) – Maryhill Museum of Art, working in partnership with Washington Art Education Association and Oregon Art Education Association, wants to showcase teacher talent.
As part of this new initiative, educators from both states are invited to participate in juried exhibitions in Maryhill Museum of Art’s MJ Murdock Charitable Trust Education Center during 2017.
Washington educators will be featured in an exhibition on view March 15 – April 26, 2017, with submissions accepted between January 4 and January 28, 2017.
An exhibition featuring Oregon teachers will take place October 6 – November 15, 2017, with submissions accepted from August 13 to September 3, 2017.
In order to apply, teachers must be current members of either Washington Art Education Association or Oregon Art Education Association. Interested teachers can download submission guidelines and further information at: www.maryhillmuseum.org/2013/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/Teacher-Call-for-Submissions.pdf. Questions? Contact Lou Palermo at 509.773.3733 x. 25 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
4. Oregon Public Meetings Law – selected sections
~ www.leg.state.or.us [ORS – Oregon Revised Statute]
192.610 Definitions for ORS 192.610 to 192.690. As used in ORS 192.610 to 192.690:
(1) “Decision” means any determination, action, vote or final disposition upon a motion, proposal, resolution, order, ordinance or measure on which a vote of a governing body is required, at any meeting at which a quorum is present.
(2) “Executive session” means any meeting or part of a meeting of a governing body which is closed to certain persons for deliberation on certain matters.
(3) “Governing body” means the members of any public body which consists of two or more members, with the authority to make decisions for or recommendations to a public body on policy or administration.
(4) “Public body” means the state, any regional council, county, city or district, or any municipal or public corporation, or any board, department, commission, council, bureau, committee or subcommittee or advisory group or any other agency thereof.
(5) “Meeting” means the convening of a governing body of a public body for which a quorum is required in order to make a decision or to deliberate toward a decision on any matter. “Meeting” does not include any on-site inspection of any project or program. “Meeting” does not include the attendance of members of a governing body at any national, regional or state association to which the public body or the members belong. [1973 c.172 §2; 1979 c.644 §1]
192.620 Policy. The Oregon form of government requires an informed public aware of the deliberations and decisions of governing bodies and the information upon which such decisions were made. It is the intent of ORS 192.610 to 192.690 that decisions of governing bodies be arrived at openly. [1973 c.172 §1]
192.630 Meetings of governing body to be open to public; location of meetings; disabled access; interpreters. (1) All meetings of the governing body of a public body shall be open to the public and all persons shall be permitted to attend any meeting except as otherwise provided by ORS 192.610 to 192.690.
(2) No quorum of a governing body shall meet in private for the purpose of deciding on or deliberating toward a decision on any matter except as otherwise provided by ORS 192.610 to 192.690.
(3) A governing body shall not hold a meeting at any place where discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, sex, age, national origin or disability is practiced. However, the fact that organizations with restricted membership hold meetings at the place shall not restrict its use by a public body if use of the place by a restricted membership organization is not the primary purpose of the place or its predominate use.
(4) Meetings of the governing body of a public body shall be held within the geographic boundaries over which the public body has jurisdiction, or at the administrative headquarters of the public body or at the other nearest practical location. Training sessions may be held outside the jurisdiction so long as no deliberations toward a decision are involved. A joint meeting of two or more governing bodies or of one or more governing bodies and the elected officials of one or more federally recognized Oregon Indian tribes shall be held within the geographic boundaries over which one of the participating public bodies or one of the Oregon Indian tribes has jurisdiction or at the nearest practical location. Meetings may be held in locations other than those described in this subsection in the event of an actual emergency necessitating immediate action. This subsection does not apply to the Oregon State Bar until December 31, 1980.
(5)(a) It shall be considered discrimination on the basis of disability for a governing body of a public body to meet in a place inaccessible to the disabled, or, upon request of a hearing impaired person, to fail to make a good faith effort to have an interpreter for hearing impaired persons provided at a regularly scheduled meeting. The sole remedy for discrimination on the basis of disability shall be as provided in ORS 192.680.
(b) The person requesting the interpreter shall give the governing body at least 48 hours’ notice of the request for an interpreter, shall provide the name of the requester, sign language preference and any other relevant information the governing body may request.
(c) If a meeting is held upon less than 48 hours’ notice, reasonable effort shall be made to have an interpreter present, but the requirement for an interpreter does not apply to emergency meetings.
(d) If certification of interpreters occurs under state or federal law, the Oregon Disabilities Commission or other state or local agency shall try to refer only certified interpreters to governing bodies for purposes of this subsection.
(e) As used in this subsection, “good faith effort” includes, but is not limited to, contacting the Oregon Disabilities Commission or other state or local agency that maintains a list of qualified interpreters and arranging for the referral of one or more such persons to provide interpreter services. [1973 c.172 §3; 1979 c.644 §2; 1989 c.1019 §1; 1995 c.626 §1]
192.640 Public notice required; special notice for executive sessions, special or emergency meetings. (1) The governing body of a public body shall provide for and give public notice, reasonably calculated to give actual notice to interested persons including news media which have requested notice, of the time and place for holding regular meetings. The notice shall also include a list of the principal subjects anticipated to be considered at the meeting, but this requirement shall not limit the ability of a governing body to consider additional subjects.
(2) If an executive session only will be held, the notice shall be given to the members of the governing body, to the general public and to news media which have requested notice, stating the specific provision of law authorizing the executive session.
(3) No special meeting shall be held without at least 24 hours’ notice to the members of the governing body, the news media which have requested notice and the general public. In case of an actual emergency, a meeting may be held upon such notice as is appropriate to the circumstances, but the minutes for such a meeting shall describe the emergency justifying less than 24 hours’ notice. [1973 c.172 §4; 1979 c.644 §3; 1981 c.182 §1]
192.650 Written minutes required; content; content of minutes for executive sessions. (1) The governing body of a public body shall provide for the taking of written minutes of all its meetings. Neither a full transcript nor a recording of the meeting is required, except as otherwise provided by law, but the written minutes must give a true reflection of the matters discussed at the meeting and the views of the participants. All minutes shall be available to the public within a reasonable time after the meeting, and shall include at least the following information:
(a) All members of the governing body present;
(b) All motions, proposals, resolutions, orders, ordinances and measures proposed and their disposition;
(c) The results of all votes and, except for public bodies consisting of more than 25 members unless requested by a member of that body, the vote of each member by name;
(d) The substance of any discussion on any matter; and
(e) Subject to ORS 192.410 to 192.505 relating to public records, a reference to any document discussed at the meeting but such reference shall not affect the status of the document under ORS 192.410 to 192.505.
(2) Minutes of executive sessions shall be kept in accordance with subsection (1) of this section. However, the minutes of a hearing held under ORS 332.061 shall contain only the material not excluded under ORS 332.061 (2). Instead of written minutes, a record of any executive session may be kept in the form of a sound tape recording, which need not be transcribed unless otherwise provided by law. If the disclosure of certain material is inconsistent with the purpose for which a meeting under ORS 192.660 is authorized to be held, that material may be excluded from disclosure. However, excluded materials are authorized to be examined privately by a court in any legal action and the court shall determine their admissibility. [1973 c.172 §5; 1975 c.664 §1; 1979 c.644 §4; 1999 c.59 §44]
192.660 Executive sessions permitted on certain matters; procedures; news media representatives’ attendance; limits. (1) Nothing contained in ORS 192.610 to 192.690 shall be construed to prevent the governing body of a public body from holding executive session during a regular, special or emergency meeting, after the presiding officer has identified the authorization under ORS 192.610 to 192.690 for the holding of such executive session. Executive session may be held:
(a) To consider the employment of a public officer, employee, staff member or individual agent. The exception contained in this paragraph does not apply to:
(A) The filling of a vacancy in an elective office.
(B) The filling of a vacancy on any public committee, commission or other advisory group.
(C) The consideration of general employment policies.
(D) The employment of the chief executive officer, other public officers, employees and staff members of any public body unless the vacancy in that office has been advertised, regularized procedures for hiring have been adopted by the public body and there has been opportunity for public input into the employment of such an officer. However, the standards, criteria and policy directives to be used in hiring chief executive officers shall be adopted by the governing body in meetings open to the public in which there has been opportunity for public comment.
(b) To consider the dismissal or disciplining of, or to hear complaints or charges brought against, a public officer, employee, staff member or individual agent, unless such public officer, employee, staff member or individual agent requests an open hearing.
(c) To consider matters pertaining to the function of the medical staff of a public hospital licensed pursuant to ORS 441.015 to 441.063, 441.085, 441.087 and 441.990 (3) including, but not limited to, all clinical committees, executive, credentials, utilization review, peer review committees and all other matters relating to medical competency in the hospital.
(d) To conduct deliberations with persons designated by the governing body to carry on labor negotiations.
(e) To conduct deliberations with persons designated by the governing body to negotiate real property transactions.
(f) To consider records that are exempt by law from public inspection.
(g) To consider preliminary negotiations involving matters of trade or commerce in which the governing body is in competition with governing bodies in other states or nations.
(h) To consult with counsel concerning the legal rights and duties of a public body with regard to current litigation or litigation likely to be filed.
(i) To review and evaluate, pursuant to standards, criteria and policy directives adopted by the governing body, the employment-related performance of the chief executive officer of any public body, a public officer, employee or staff member unless the person whose performance is being reviewed and evaluated requests an open hearing. The standards, criteria and policy directives to be used in evaluating chief executive officers shall be adopted by the governing body in meetings open to the public in which there has been opportunity for public comment. An executive session for purposes of evaluating a chief executive officer or other officer, employee or staff member shall not include a general evaluation of an agency goal, objective or operation or any directive to personnel concerning agency goals, objectives, operations or programs.
(j) To carry on negotiations under ORS chapter 293 with private persons or businesses regarding proposed acquisition, exchange or liquidation of public investments.
(k) By a health professional regulatory board to consider information obtained as part of an investigation of licensee or applicant conduct.
(L) By the State Landscape Architect Board, or an advisory committee to the board, to consider information obtained as part of an investigation of registrant or applicant conduct.
(2) Labor negotiations shall be conducted in open meetings unless both sides of the negotiators request that negotiations be conducted in executive session. Labor negotiations conducted in executive session are not subject to the notification requirements of ORS 192.640.
(3) Representatives of the news media shall be allowed to attend executive sessions other than those held under subsection (1)(d) of this section relating to labor negotiations or executive session held pursuant to ORS 332.061 (2) but the governing body may require that specified information subject of the executive session be undisclosed.
(4) When a governing body convenes an executive session under subsection (1)(h) of this section relating to conferring with counsel on current litigation or litigation likely to be filed, the governing body shall bar any member of the news media from attending the executive session if the member of the news media is a party to the litigation or is an employee, agent or contractor of a news media organization that is a party to the litigation.
(5) No executive session may be held for the purpose of taking any final action or making any final decision.
192.670 Meetings by means of telephonic or electronic communication. (1) Any meeting, including an executive session, of a governing body of a public body which is held through the use of telephone or other electronic communication shall be conducted in accordance with ORS 192.610 to 192.690.
(2) When telephone or other electronic means of communication is used and the meeting is not an executive session, the governing body of the public body shall make available to the public at least one place where the public can listen to the communication at the time it occurs by means of speakers or other devices. The place provided may be a place where no member of the governing body of the public body is present. [1973 c.172 §7; 1979 c.361 §1]
5. Reputation & Character
Your reputation is what people think you are; your character is what you are.
You want your reputation and your character to match, but concentrate on your character. You may be able to fool others about the kind of person you really are for a time, but it seldom lasts for long. The surest way to make sure your character and your reputation are the same is to live your life in such a way that nothing you do would embarrass you if it were printed on the front page of the newspaper. Good character means not ever taking ethical shortcuts, even though everyone else may be doing so. You build good character by doing the right thing because it’s the right thing to do. ~ Napoleon Hill
6. Links: Things to Think About & Things to Do
Terminal 1 to be sold to Lithia Motors for $12.5 million http://portlandtribune.com/pt/9-news/337595-217739-terminal-1-to-be-sold-to-lithia-motors-for-125-million
Commentary. A newspaper is not a PR service for government http://www.bendbulletin.com/opinion/4916408-151/erik-lukens-column-a-newspaper-is-not-a
Union Pacfic agrees to changes, in wake of Mosier oil train disaster http://katu.com/news/local/union-pacfic-agrees-to-closer-rail-inspections-in-wake-of-mosier-oil-train-disaster
Black Slaveowners: A Review http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2016/12/emblack_slaveownersem_a_review.html
The President and First Lady wish everyone a Merry Christmas http://time.com/4617678/president-obama-michelle-christmas-address/
Water Rights ESA Decision, Dec. 21, 2016. Klamath Irrigation, et al, and John Anderson Farms, Inc, et al, Plaintiffs, v. United States, Defendant, v. Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations, Defendant-Intervenor. Water Rights; Physical vs. Regulatory Takings; Endangered Species Act; Motions in Limine. https://ecf.cofc.uscourts.gov/cgi-bin/show_public_doc?2001cv0591-474-0