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  

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