Sherman County eNews #72


  1. Spring Break Movie Nights at Sherman County Public/School Library, March 28, 30

  2.  The Importance of Language

  3. Compare Cargo Capacities: Barge, Rail & Road

  4. A New Exhibit: “Celilo: Progress Versus Protest”

  5. “Spring Aboard” – Take a Boating Education Course

  6. From the Desk of Sen. Jeff Kruse: Transportation?

1. Spring Break Movie Nights at Sherman County Public/School Library, March 28, 30

Tuesday, March 28th at 6:00pm
An orphan little girl befriends a benevolent giant who takes her to Giant Country, where they attempt to stop the man-eating giants that are invading the human world.
Rated PG
Run Time 1hr 57min

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
Thursday, March 30th at 6:00pm
When Jacob discovers clues to a mystery that stretches across time, he finds Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. But the danger deepens after he gets to know the residents and learns about their special powers.
Rated PG-13
Run Time 2hrs 8min

The movies will start promptly at 6pm in the Library Program Room.
All ages welcome.
Snacks and drinks are provided.
You are welcome to bring pillows, beanbags or other comfortable seating.
If you have questions please give us a call. 541-565-3279

2. The Importance of Language

One of the most important ways we communicate is with language. However, if our language is fuzzy, our communications will be too.

If you want to communicate effectively, you’ll also want to make your language as effective and clear as it can be. One way to do this is to be very careful about using words known as “universals” or “absolutes” – words like “always,” “never,” “all” and “every.” 

Now, universals are fine, when they’re true. If you say, “Everyone must die someday,” or “All the people in our family have brown eyes,” you are talking about facts. But what about when you see an old person struggling with a walker and you say, “Gosh, it’s awful to be old!” Or you read about a Senator who’s been convicted of fraud and you say, “Politicians are all crooked.” In both cases, you have moved from a specific truth to a general untruth. You have generalized from particulars, and in so doing you distort a fact that is true, into an opinion that isn’t. 

So, the next time you hear a universal term, ask yourself, “Is this a fact or an opinion or a generalization?” Watch and listen closely to those running for office, especially when they talk about their opponents or the state of affairs. Are they stating facts or a cleverly worded opinion? The same goes for news outlets or anyone attempting to grab the spotlight. It is vital that all of us sharpen our critical listening skills.

Listen for the words “all,” “every,” “always,” “never,” and “none,” and let them serve as red flags for you. Ask yourself, “Is this strictly true? Are there exceptions?” If you avoid these universals except when they are really true, you will dramatically improve your communications, as well as create a better sense of trust in you by those who listen to you. ~ The Pacific Institute

3. Compare Cargo Capacities: Barge, Rail & Road

Navigation 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.

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

4. A New Exhibit: “Celilo: Progress Versus Protest”

fish.salmon.pairblwhA new exhibit opens at Tamástslikt Cultural Institute on April 7, 2017 and will be on display through July 14, 2017. “Celilo: Progress Versus Protest” tells the story of the demise of Celilo Falls as a result of the construction of the The Dalles Dam. Opening day is free to the public.

“Your power will turn the darkness to dawn, roll on Columbia, roll on.” These Woody Guthrie lyrics celebrated the Columbia River’s potential to provide modern benefits to the public. In the name of progress, flood control and irrigation, navigation and commerce, and affordable hydroelectric power, would result from constructing new dams on the Columbia. The less well known story about this period of river development is the opposition by biologists, sport and commercial fisherman, congressmen, and citizens to be relocated as well as tribes along the Columbia. 

Celilo Falls, a fishing area on the Columbia River east of the Cascades, was a vital fishing location for various tribes, especially the four tribes who reserved their treaty rights to fish there, the Yakama, Nez Perce, Umatilla, and Warm Springs. A cultural and spiritual center, Celilo was a place where Tribal men and women came to fish, trade, and interact, drawing indigenous people from around the Northwest and beyond. When the dam went up in 1957 and the falls fell silent, the tribes lost a piece of their heritage that only recently began to be understood in the context of the larger devastation of the Columbia River.

Tamástslikt professionals have curated an exhibit of images, artifacts, and text that unpacks this chapter for visitors to remember the loss of Celilo Falls 60 years ago.

For more information, go to

5. Spring Aboard” – Take a Boating Education Course

It may still feel like winter, but spring is right around the corner and the Oregon State Marine Board encourages boaters and passengers to enroll in a boating education course before the kickoff of the boating season. During the week of March 19-25, as part of the Spring Aboard — Take A Boating Education Course campaign, many course providers are offering discounts or other incentives for students who enroll or complete a boating safety education course.

The Oregon State Marine Board offers boaters three course options: classroom, internet or equivalency exam. Classroom instructors are certified by the Marine Board and teach a nationally-approved Boat Oregon classroom course. Internet courses are another option and the Marine Board offers three courses that can be accessed from their website. Internet courses are designed to have the boater read the material, take a chapter quiz, and if they pass, progress to the next chapter. After the chapter quizzes have been completed and passed, there is a final exam.

The agency also offers a free paddlesports internet course for people new to this type of boating. Equivalency exams forego any instruction and are designed for more experienced boaters. Exams can be taken at the Marine Board office in Salem, or through your local county sheriff’s office. Law enforcement deputies serve as proctors for the exam. The Coast Guard Auxiliary and United States Power Squadron also offer excellent classroom and interactive online safety courses that are nationally approved and accepted by the Marine Board.

Forty-nine (49) states and U.S. territories require some form of mandatory education courses for operators of some powered boats . For more information about the Marine Board’s available courses visit

 6. From the Desk of Sen. Jeff Kruse: Transportation?

Oregon.Flat.poleIn theory one of the most important items for this Legislative Session is the transportation package, which was something the legislature failed to accomplish two years ago.  Unfortunately, we may end up with the same roadblocks that prevented us from passing it in 2015.  As a reminder, this is what happened two years ago.  The Governor put together a workgroup to come up with a plan.  The workgroup consisted of eight legislators, two Republicans and two Democrats from both the House and Senate.  The Governor’s staff chaired the workgroup and all relevant agencies were involved.  This became known as the “gang of eight.”  I was one of the Senate republicans on the workgroup.  It was generally agreed at the beginning that the primary focus should be maintaining the condition of our current system, with the understanding that allowing roads and bridges to degrade past a certain point would make bringing them back up to standards much more expensive.  The point of contention was the low carbon fuel standards, which will take fuel tax dollars away from the highway system for “other purposes.”  Our plan would have put such a move on hold, to make sure the money went to infrastructure needs.  Simply put, our plan was killed at the eleventh hour by those wanting gas tax dollars to go to environmental groups.

For the 2017 Session the Senate President and Speaker of the House decided to create a joint committee to come up with a plan.  What was interesting was the fact that on the front end only one of the four Republicans who were part of the gang of eight are on the current committee, while three of the four Democrats are.  Before I go any further, I want to make it clear that I have nothing negative to say about any of the members who are on the committee.  I do find it interesting, however that several of the members have no long term experience in transportation issues and I also find it interesting that all of the Senate members are from Portland or the upper Willamette valley.  Having said that, the issue that still has any proposal high centered is still the low carbon fuel standard.  It appears that the environmental groups will probably refer to the ballot any proposal that does not redirect gas tax dollars, which is currently a fund restricted specifically to infrastructure, to other environmental efforts.  I could talk about who these organizations make campaign contributions to, but I will let that go for now.  The real issue should be ensuring gas tax revenues go to our roads and our bridges rather than out of state corporations.

I have received a lot of emails referencing “clean diesel” and other environmental concerns relative to pollution caused by internal combustion engines.  There is a lot if misinformation available on the internet and also being distributed by organizations who make money on these issues.   Maybe it would be helpful to know some facts.  First, there are only two states in the United States with cleaner air sheds than Oregon, and they are Alaska and Hawaii.   Second, the amount of carbon reduction created by adding ethanol to fuel does not take into account the amount of carbon created in producing the corn or soybeans we are currently using.  I would also ask how much sense it makes to take up massive amounts of farm land to produce crops to be put into fuel (with a marginal return) when we could be using those crops to deal with the worldwide hunger problem.  Also, for those who really care about the environment, they are currently destroying the Amazon rain forest to grow sugar cane for ethanol.  I personally think the Amazon rain forest is the most important ecosystem on the planet and should be protected.

My real frustration is the fact that, especially in the area of the environment, real science has given way to political science.  Admittedly, our history is not stellar in this area.  I can remember when you could see the smoke from the pulp mill in Albany from 50 miles away and the Willamette River was not safe for swimming.  But that was decades ago and our protection of the environment, based on real science has come a long way and we should be able to take credit for the work we have done.  For those who say we can do better, you need to know that we are every time real science comes up with improvements.  My point here is our improvements should be driven by science, not a political agenda.  The low carbon standard is, unfortunately, a politically-driven agenda driven by those who would profit from it.  I know this statement will not sit well with some, but it is the reality of this particular agenda. As in most things in the world of politics, one should follow the money. 


Senator Jeff Kruse

email: I phone: 503-986-1701
address: 900 Court St NE, S-205, Salem, OR, 97301