Sherman County eNews #30


  1. Sherman County School Athletic Schedule Update, Jan. 30

  2. Compare Cargo Capacities: River, Rail & Road

  3. Columbia River Navigation Lock Maintenance Closures

  4. Tri-County Community Corrections

  5. Northern Oregon Regional Corrections (NORCOR)

  6. When Faced with Decisions

  7. Influenza Widespread in Oregon

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

1. Sherman County School Athletic Schedule Update, Jan. 20

High School Basketball

January 30, 2017 – Sherman vs Stanfield at Stanfield, JV Girls have a 4:00 game (2 Quarters only) at the Elementary Gym, bus departs at 1:30 (no change)

2. Compare Cargo Capacities: River, Rail & Road

wheat-truck1Navigation was the Corps of Engineers’ earliest Civil Works mission, dating to Federal laws in 1824 authorizing and funding the Corps to improve safety on the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers and several ports. The Corps provides safe, reliable, efficient, and environmentally sustainable waterborne transportation systems (channels, harbors, and waterways) for movement of commerce, national security needs, and recreation.

Example: One barge = 35 hopper cars = 134 trucks of grain

3. Columbia River Navigation Lock Maintenance Closures

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is planning an extended navigation lock closure to occur Dec. 12, 2016, through March 20, 2017. The 14-week-long closure will affect all navigation locks operated by the Corps on the Columbia and Snake rivers, meaning no traffic will be able to pass during this time. Critical major repairs, routine maintenance and improvements will include:

Bonneville Lock and Dam – The navigation lock controls will be updated, which includes removing existing navigation lock systems and control interfaces and installing new redundant systems with important safety elements. The navigation lock will be dewatered during the extended lock outage. The modernized equipment will improve automated functions and make the controls easier to use for navigation lock operators.

The Dalles Lock and Dam – The upstream gate and critical portions of the navigation lock controls require replacement. The downstream gate was replaced during the fiscal year 2011 (FY11) extended lock outage. The gudgeon anchors, however, were not included during the FY11 closure and will be replaced during the fiscal year 2017 (FY17) extended lock outage.

John Day Lock and Dam – Portland District has no extensive repairs planned for the John Day navigation lock. Maintenance crews will use the time to clean and check equipment, paint, clean staff gauges, change gear box fluids, repair upstream and downstream guidewall preventive maintenance and conduct dam safety inspections. The John Day Dam will not be dewatered lower than the chamber floor. 

McNary Lock and Dam – Walla Walla District plans to complete downstream miter gate repairs that were delayed in order to return the lock to service on schedule during the 2015 annual maintenance outage.

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4. Tri-County Community Corrections

Tri-County Community Corrections serves Sherman, Gilliam and Wheeler counties, and is a function of state government operated in partnership with local, county-operated community corrections agencies. Community corrections activities include supervision, community-based sanctions and services directed at offenders who have committed felony crimes and have been placed under supervision by the courts (probation) or the Board of Parole and Post-Prison Supervision.

Tri-County Community Corrections is a Chapter 190 entity serving Gilliam, Sherman and Wheeler counties. The county sheriffs and county court appointees serve as the board of directors, overseeing parole and probation for persons sentenced from the three counties.

Community corrections provides a cost-effective means to hold offenders accountable while at the same time addressing the causes of criminal behavior and reducing the risk of future criminal behavior. Each aspect of community corrections – supervision, sanctions and services – is important to this approach. County community corrections departments develop sanctions such as electronic surveillance, community work crews, day reporting centers, residential work centers and intensive supervision programs. Development of other services such as alcohol/drug treatment, sex offender treatment, employment and mental health services are important for long-term behavior change.

The mission of the Oregon Department of Corrections is to promote public safety by holding offenders accountable for their actions and reducing the risk of future criminal behavior. ~

5. Northern Oregon Regional Corrections (NORCOR)

Northern Oregon Regional Correctional Facilities [NORCOR] is a Regional Adult Jail and Juvenile Detention Correction Facility complex that serves four counties. Setting a national precedent Gilliam, Hood River, Sherman and Wasco counties operate this facility. ~

 6. When Faced with Decisions

The moment of truth has arrived and it’s time to decide. You have investigated alternatives, narrowed the field, determined all the positive and negative consequences, figured costs and benefits, and, all in all, done a great deal of careful consideration.

But here it is again – that paralyzing fear of actually choosing. What if you make the wrong choice? What if what you choose to do doesn’t work? And then you start to sweat and your stomach aches and your head hurts and pretty soon you start to wonder if maybe you should decide to not decide, and call it a day.

Maybe you “have to” choose. Or maybe you’re tired of feeling paralyzed and you’re going to bite the bullet and actually do something, regardless of the consequences. But what?

Here’s an idea that may help. First, make a list of your choices. Then, rank them with number one the most acceptable, then number two, and so on. Now, focus on your number one option. That’s where your energies should go, that’s the one you should pursue – for now.

Once you’ve chosen, commit to it. Really give it your best effort and the best chance to work. But remember that if number one turns out not to be such a good idea, you can always try the next option on your list, or make another choice.

When you’re stuck, any step in the right direction is a milestone. There is more than one route to any destination, and this method will give you the breathing room you need to get going. And it works for individuals, teams, departments and organizations. ~ The Pacific Institute 

7. Influenza Widespread in Oregon

hand.wash2With flu cases increasing in Oregon, SAIF wants to make sure the flu stays out of the workplace.

That’s why we’re recommending tips for workers to stay healthy this winter:
*Get vaccinated. Find out where to get your flu shot at
*Wash your hands. Or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
*Cough and sneeze into your sleeve or elbow–not your hand.
*Make healthy choices. Eat healthy foods, get good sleep, manage stress, and get plenty of fresh air and exercise.
*If you do get sick, stay home. Oregon law requires employers with 10 or more employees to provide 40 hours of paid leave per year.

In addition to encouraging workers to stay home when they are under the weather, businesses could also consider having a contingency plan for this time of year to anticipate being short a few employees.

“Whether an employee is out due to illness, or even an injury, extra work falls to the other staff members,” said Sabrina Freewynn, Total Worker Health consultant at SAIF. “This increases the likelihood of additional injuries or illness for those employees still at work, as they have more to do and more stress as a result.”

Contingency plans could include bringing in additional staff, addressing staffing shortfalls, and communicating to employees about the plan.

“Staff members out sick will feel less stress knowing they aren’t leaving their fellow workers in the lurch,” said Freewynn.

The CDC has declared the flu as “widespread” in Oregon since the week of December 24, and Oregon Health Authority reported more than 1,000 new influenza-associated hospitalizations this flu season (starting October, 2016) in the Portland area alone. This sets an unfortunate record for the most hospitalizations during a flu season. And Portland is not alone — there have been 109 confirmed flu outbreaks in Oregon since October with 13 just last week.

For more information on flu prevention at work, including posters featuring Flu Fighters Maxine Vaccine and Sleevie Nix, visit Posters are also available in Spanish at

About SAIF:
SAIF is Oregon’s not-for-profit workers’ compensation insurance company. For more than 100 years, we’ve been taking care of injured workers, helping people get back to work, and striving to make Oregon the safest and healthiest place to work.

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

bird.owlNavigation Lock Maintenance and Repairs

Blue Pancakes? An Environmentally Friendly Perennial Grain Takes Root

Read seed packets to get the right plants

What did you do today? Changed a light bulb? 1500’ TV tower?

Peak Energy & Resources, Climate Change, and the Preservation of Knowledge

Exponential Growth and Carrying Capacity

Exponential Growth Examples

Discovery & Coverup of Non-citizen Voting (Virginia)



Sherman County eNews #29


  1. All County Prayer Meeting, Rufus Baptist Church, Feb. 1

  2. Sherman County Driver Education Parent/Student/Teacher Night, Feb. 23

  3. Oregon Quilt Project Event, Feb. 18

  4. Representative Greg Smith

  5. No Time Like the Present

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

1. All County Prayer Meeting, Rufus Baptist Church, Feb. 1

church.family1Please join us this Wednesday evening (Feb 1) at 6:30 for the All County Prayer meeting at the Rufus Baptist Church. Refreshments and social time at 6:30, prayer from 7:00 to 8:30. We all have much to be thankful for, and much to pray about also. I have some important topics in mind that I would like to lead the faithful in Sherman County to pray about. Please join us if you can, I’m sure you will be blessed! We hope to see you there. Pastor Scott

2. Sherman County Driver Education Parent/Student/Teacher Night, Feb. 23

car.teenParent/Student/Teacher Night  

Thursday, February 23, 2017  5:30 – 8:00 p.m.

in the Sherman County Public/School Library Conference Room.

Dinner will be served 5:30 – 6:00 p.m.

Class 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

The Student must have an Oregon Instruction Permit by February 23, 2017, and bring a copy of their permit to the Parent/Student/Teacher Night.

$75.00 fee for the class.

To print out a form you may go to the Sherman County Web Site and click on Government then click on Driver Education, or Forms may also be picked up and dropped off at the Sherman County High School Office.

For more information contact:

Paula King, Sherman County Driver Education Coordinator/Instructor


 3. Oregon Quilt Project Event, Feb. 18

quilt1Talk by Beth Donaldson, Coordinator of the Quilt Index Saturday, February 18, 2017 First United Methodist Church, SW 18th & Jefferson St., Portland

1:30 pm-3 pm

Free Parking


The Quilt Index, housed at Michigan State University in Lansing, now has 70,000 quilts and their histories on-line. A project of the Quilt Alliance, the Index is a rich resource for collectors, makers, and museums. The Quilt Index can:

*   Help you identify quilt patterns and their many variations;

*   Assist in dating quilts (by fabric, pattern, technical details);

*   Increase your knowledge of quilts as textile documents of history;

*   Uncover the stories of “ordinary” individuals, especially women;

*   Allow comparison studies between similar quilts;

*   Increase awareness of area quilt collections and increase visitors;

*   Demonstrate how you can care for and display quilts;

Learn about the Oregon Quilt Project at Individuals and museums can add their quilts to the Project and gain access to the Quilt Index through the OQP portal.

 4. Representative Greg Smith

Oregon.Flat.pole Republican – District 57 – Heppner

Capitol Phone: 503-986-1457   District Phone: 541-676-5154
Capitol Address: 900 Court St. NE, H-482, Salem, Oregon 97301
District Address: P.O. Box 219 Heppner, Oregon 97836

Dear Friends and Neighbors:

On January 9, 2017 I will be sworn in for a ninth consecutive term as a member of the Oregon House of Representatives serving District 57. I’m very proud to be representing Umatilla, Morrow, Gilliam, Sherman and Wasco Counties.

The Oregon Legislature is a citizen’s legislature. Your participation is essential. If there is something you want me to know I hope you will give me a call, send me an email, or write me a letter. Even better, the door to my office is always open – so come on in.

In Oregon, an idea for a law can come from anyone: an individual, a group of citizens, a legislator, a legislative committee, the Governor, or even the Judicial Branch.

I encourage you to contact me if you have an idea that you believe would make good public policy for the citizens of Oregon. If my office can help you track a piece of legislation, assist in finding the right government agency to assist you, or if you just have a question, call me at (503) 986-1457 or email me at

By working together, we can continue to accomplish great things for Eastern Oregon.
Best regards,

Representative Greg Smith


Gregory Vincent Smith was born on November 7, 1968, to Lee E. Smith, Jr. and Katherine C. Smith. He is the great, great, grandson of Oregon pioneers. George Vincent James moved to Oregon in 1852 and soon after was elected one of the first sheriffs of Multnomah County. Smith’s ancestor, Mrs. Ann Elizabeth Bills, sewed the first U.S. flag made in Oregon. The flag flew high on Fourth Street, Portland, on Independence Day, 1861. Today, that flag can be viewed at the Oregon Historical Society. Mrs. Bills was the first registered female Republican of Multnomah County.

Representative Greg Smith is an Eagle Scout, a rank earned by the age of fourteen. He has served as Cub Master for 35 children in Heppner Pack 661, and still remains involved as Merit Badge Councilor for the three citizenship merit badges.

Representative Smith graduated from Eastern Oregon University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Liberal Studies and a Masters Degree in Business Administration. He is the 2001 Distinguished Alumnus of Eastern Oregon University and has served on the University’s Alumni Board of Directors.

As a small business owner, he actively promotes economic expansion, diversified employment opportunities, job creation, and community development. In addition, Smith has traveled to 28 countries and five continents, including communist China. These travels have served as a catalyst in the cultivation of international trade for the region’s wheat commodities, potato, onion and alfalfa products.

Representative Smith currently serves as the Officer to the Board for Morrow Development Corporation, a private partnership with the Port of Morrow, which provides financial management assistance for business development projects, as well as the Northeast Oregon Economic Development District.   Representative Smith also serves as the contract director of the Small Business Development Center at Eastern Oregon University.

Representative Smith has served as a member on state and regional committees including the North Central Oregon Regional Strategies Board – Oregon Economic Development Department, Freight Advisory Committee – Oregon Department of Transportation, Financial Advisory Committee – Blue Mountain Community College, Small Business Development Center, Greater Eastern Oregon Development Corporation, Heppner Coordinating Council and the Heppner Economic Development Corporation.

On November 5, 2000 Representative Smith was first elected to serve as a member of the Oregon House of Representatives. Today, Representative Smith serves District 57, which includes and Union, Wallowa, Morrow and Umatilla Counties.

In August of 2001, Representative Smith was elected Second Vice-President to the Pacific Northwest Economic Region (PNWER). PNWER is a statutory public/private partnership created by Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington and the provinces of Alberta, British Columbia and the Yukon. Its purpose is to enhance the economic well being and quality of life for citizens of the region and to facilitate regional policy coordination. PNWER has an excellent reputation for assisting associations with trade policy.

In past legislative sessions, Representative Smith has served on the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Human Resources, the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Transportation and Economic Development, the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Public Safety, the Ways and Means Subcommittee on General Government and was selected as Chair of the Special Task Force on Jobs and the Economy,  Chair of the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Transportation and Economic Development and Chair of the Elections and Rules Subcommittee on Campaign Finance Reform.  In addition, he has served on full Ways and Means.

Each session, Representative Smith has earned a one hundred percent voting record with the Oregon Farm Bureau, Oregonians for Food & Shelter and the National Federation of Independent Businesses. The Oregon Cattlemen’s Association recognized Representative Smith’s legislative dedication by presenting him their most prestigious award: the “Lariat Laureate”. The Oregon Health Care Association has distinguished Representative Smith as a “Senior Champion” and the Oregon Fair Association has awarded Representative Smith the title “Grand Champion Legislator.” Representative Smith received the “Outstanding Freshman Legislator of the Year” award during the 19th Annual Oregon Rural Health Conference.

During session, Representative Smith focuses his attention on those issues critical to Northeast Oregon. He is a tireless advocate of our natural resource partners. He stands for stable funding for our public schools and simultaneously fights to ensure that Oregon keeps its promise to senior citizens. Representative Smith has introduced legislation to ensure that our federal timber tax dollars go to our timber impacted communities. Representative Smith has fought to protect agriculture by keeping wolves out of Oregon and to preserve the Columbia Snake River System for irrigation, navigation, power production and recreation.

Representative Smith has garnered a solid reputation of advocacy and effectiveness on behalf of the citizens of Eastern Oregon. He is recognized as a leader with resolve who, when necessary, will cross party lines when it is for the benefit of District 57.

5. No Time Like the Present

These first few weeks of January have been packed with news from around the world and the home front. Perhaps now, more than many new years of the past, is a good time for us to look inward. Are we are living life in the best possible way? Perhaps it’s time to examine if there are things we’d like to change?

You probably know that it is up to each of us to create a life that works, that feels right, and that makes us happy.  But how in the world can we tell if we are living our life to the fullest? There are some questions we can ask ourselves that will pretty much tell us what we need to know. 

For example:

  • Am I doing what I love most of the time? All of us do some things we don’t much care for. However, if that’s all we do, we are in trouble. 
  • Do I feel comfortable most of the time?  Sure, everyone gets nervous sometimes, but the vast majority of our days shouldn’t be filled with anxiety or fear. 
  • Am I willing and able to take risks? 
  • Do I feel free to make mistakes without causing harsh criticism or catastrophe? 
  • Do I cut myself enough slack to fail from time to time without beating myself up about it? 
  • Do I feel optimistic about the future, and confident that my plans will come to fruition?
  • Do I feel that my life is one in which I can be my best self? 

If you’ve answered “no” to any of these questions, it’s important to realize that you’re not doing yourself, or anyone else, a favor by tolerating these conditions.  Maybe it’s time to make some changes – and like the saying goes, there is no time like the present. ~ The Pacific Institute

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

bird.owl.limbOregon Quilt Project

Trump’s Executive Order on Refugees, Separating Fact From Hysteria

1952 Immigration and Nationality Act, a.k.a. the McCarran-Walter Act

U.S. Annual Refugee Resettlement Ceilings and Number of Refugees Admitted, 1980-Present 

Let’s Dance 

Pacific Northwest Plein Air in the Columbia River Gorge

Portland Aerial Tram

Stop Soros Movement Sweeps Across Europe

CNN Interactive Photo of the Inauguration 

TED 2012: Collapse of Growth. “The most important talk of the 21st century”

Rep. Greg Smith

Horrific WWII Statistics

Pipeline 101

Timberline Lodge