Sherman County eNews #343


  1. Oath of Office in Sherman County, Dec. 29

  2. County College, a Program for New County Commissioners

  3. Sky Lanterns Illegal in Oregon, Jan. 1

  4. Community Renewable Energy Association [CREA]

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

Twenty years from now

you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do

than by the ones you did do.

So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor.

Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.

~ Mark Twain.

1. Oath of Office in Sherman County, Dec. 29


Sherman County Swearing-in


Elected Officials

9 o’clock


Thursday, December 29, 2016

I, (name), do solemnly swear that I will support the Constitution of the United States of America, and the Constitution of the State of Oregon, and the laws thereof, together with the ordinances and laws of Sherman County, and will faithfully and honorably discharge the duties of (office), to which I have been elected, to the best of my ability, so help me God.

2. County College, a Program for New County Commissioners

Oregon.Flat.poleThe County College program began in 2006 in partnership with the Oregon State University Extension Service, and for four years, ran every year. Since the 2009 class, it has run every other year in odd years. Designed primarily for new commissioners and high-level staff, the program offers a comprehensive overview of the responsibilities and authorities of a county, and a county commissioner or judge, including legal, government ethics, public meetings and records, parliamentary procedure and much more.

Sherman County Commissioner-elect Joe Dabulskis is participating in this year’s class.

The program also covers the primary service areas of community & economic development, finance, human services, infrastructure & public works and public safety, in addition to sessions on leadership and management (risk management, communications, emergency management, personal and courthouse security, etc.). The strong partnership between counties and the Oregon State University Extension Service is also explored.

With a class size of between 18 to 22 members, one of the most valuable benefits is the networking that takes place and the relationships that are built.


3. Sky Lanterns Illegal in Oregon, Jan. 1

As of January 1, 2017, sky lanterns (also known as aerial luminaries, Chinese lanterns, mini hot air balloons, UFO balloons, wish lanterns, etc.) are illegal to release into Oregon airspace.

A sky lantern is a paper sack suspended over a flame, usually from a small candle or other lit device. The hot air from the flame causes the balloon to rise into the air and be carried off by the wind.

“Although they are pretty, sky lanterns are uncontrolled, open-flamed devices that pose an extreme fire hazard to people, property, and the environment” said Oregon Chief Deputy State Fire Marshal Mariana Ruiz-Temple. “Once released you have no control over where they may land. They could end up on someone’s rooftop, in a tree, or a pile of debris and cause an unwanted fire.”

A number of states, as well as countries such as Germany, Australia, and Brazil have outlawed sky lanterns.

As of January 1, 2017, releasing a sky lantern into Oregon airspace will be a Class A violation subject to a maximum penalty of $2,000.

4. Community Renewable Energy Association [CREA]

electricpowerlineEstablished in 2007, our organization worked closely with the Oregon Department of Energy’s (ODOE) Renewable Energy Work Group and others interested in renewable energy to define Oregon’s Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS). CREA is an ORS 190 intergovernmental association. Members include counties, irrigation districts, councils of government, project developers, for-profit businesses and non-profit organizations.

CREA works with local communities, counties, state and federal agencies, Congress, the Oregon Public Utilities Commission and the Legislature to advocate for improved policies that support development of more community renewable energy in Oregon. Our members and staff help educate policy-makers and interested communities on steps toward progress for renewable energy development. We also work with parties to make projects happen, providing technical expertise for developers, landowners and counties where projects are under consideration.


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

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The Fight to Save Thousands of Heirloom Apple Trees

The 26 Largest Islands In The World Compared

 12 Fantastic Thomas Sowell Quotes in Honor of His Retirement