Sherman County eNews #120


  1. Listening as an Art Form

  2. Columbia Gorge CASA Welcomes New Volunteers

  3. Happy 99th Birthday, Vista House!

  4. Congressman Walden re: Review of National Monument Designations

  5. Reps. DeFazio, Walden, Larsen, Herrera Beutler Applaud New Lumber Tariffs

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

If you cannot agree with others, you can at least refrain from quarreling with them.
When you are involved in a dispute with someone, it may be the only time doing nothing is better than doing something. There’s a practical reason for this: When you quarrel with others — even if you win the argument — you place a great deal of unnecessary stress upon yourself. It is impossible to maintain a Positive Mental Attitude when you allow negative emotions such as anger or hate to dominate your thoughts. No one can upset you or make you angry unless you allow them to do so. Instead of arguing with others, try asking nonthreatening questions, such as, “Why do you feel this way? What have I done to make you angry? What can I do to help?” You may find that the entire situation has resulted from a simple misunderstanding that can be quickly rectified. Even if problems are more serious, your positive behavior will go a long way toward helping resolve them. ~ Napoleon Hill

1. Listening as an Art Form

ear.hearDo you have trouble understanding why your kids do what they do? Or why your mate refuses to listen to you? Are there days when you feel like you are talking to a brick wall? Here is a suggestion to ponder, that just might help.

If you’d like to see your relationships change for the better, there is something you can do that is almost guaranteed to help. It doesn’t matter whether it’s a teenager who doesn’t talk to you anymore, a spouse who just won’t listen, a co-worker who never asks you to lunch, or someone at the complete opposite end of the political spectrum from you.

This technique will improve any relationship, and it’s not hard to do, once you get the hang of it. It is listening – but not ordinary listening. We’re talking about listening while you are really trying to understand where the other person is coming from. It is a bit of an art, but one that we all have the talent for.

This means refrain from judging what they have to say, reacting to it, or figuring out what you’re going to say when it’s your turn. You’re not hearing just the parts that interest you, and you’re not just listening with your ears and mind – you are listening with your heart. You’re trying to see the world as they see it, to understand what it is they’re feeling and to put yourself in their shoes.

It is a powerful experience to be heard in this way. It creates a bond between people – a bond of genuine human connection. Try it for a day or two. Ask the people in your life to talk to you, but don’t jump in and try to fix their problems, don’t give advice, and don’t make judgments. Just ask questions and pay 100 percent attention until you think you really understand. Then check it out to see if you do. It’s a good bet that you will be surprised at just how much this kind of emotional listening can do for your relationships. ~ The Pacific Institute

2. Columbia Gorge CASA Welcomes New Volunteers

children.cartoonHood River, OR – Columbia Gorge CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) is pleased to introduce their newest child advocates: Amie Baldy and Billie Curry, The Dalles; Megan Kabriel, Michael O’Gorman, Susan Poor and Wendy Vaday, White Salmon, and; Vicki Bebb, Ellen Tannenbaum and Angela Michalek, Hood River, who were sworn into duty by the Honorable Karen Ostrye on April 19, 2017, after 32 hours of training.  Prior to leading the CASA oath Judge Ostrye, a former CASA Board Member, described a few of her life experiences and shared some of the aspects CASAs have brought to her courtroom in support of children.

CASA volunteers are appointed by judges to watch over and advocate for children in the foster care system; they make sure that children receive needed services, that timelines are met so that children don’t get lost in overburdened legal and social service systems, and that they are placed in permanent, loving homes as soon as possible.  CASAs are in a unique position, as a legal party, to advocate for the best interests of children’s lives while in foster care.  Judges rely on the comprehensive and informed information that is provided by CASA volunteers. CASAs have tremendous privilege and responsibility to have a positive impact in a child’s case.

Last year, more than 76,000 CASA volunteers helped more than 251,000 abused and neglected children find safe, permanent homes. CASA volunteers are everyday citizens who have undergone screening and training and independent research has demonstrated that children with a CASA/GAL volunteer are substantially less likely to spend time in long-term foster care and less likely to re-enter care.

Columbia Gorge CASA serves children in Hood River, Wasco and Sherman counties; advocates serve children in care so that they might have the chance to live and develop in a safe, nurturing environment.  Volunteers receive 32 hours of pre-service training using the National CASA Volunteer Training Curriculum.  New advocate training sessions will begin in September, 2017.  If you are interested in learning more about the CASA program please contact Susan Baldwin, Volunteer Manager, or Michelle Mayfield, Training Coordinator, at 541-386-3468.

3. Happy 99th Birthday, Vista House!

Oregon.Flat.poleEvery year on May 5, since 1918, there is a celebration for Vista House, the majestic, historic building perched high above the Columbia River on Crown Point, with such an incredible view.  When Vista House was dedicated 99 years ago there was much ado made over this beautiful building that was designed to be a “comfort station” for motorists. The Oregonian reported that this rest stop was “intended to be the finishing achievement for the greatest highway in America” and architect Edgar M. Lazarus turned the functional need for “facilities” into a grand building and a memorial to the settlers who made the arduous trek west on the Oregon Trail.

Come join us this year on Friday, May 5 from 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM as we celebrate 99 years with birthday cake, music, and visiting antique cars. Next year? Yes, there will be much ado made over the beloved building as it reaches the 100 year milestone, save the date! ~ 

4. Congressman Walden re: Review of National Monument Designations

American flag2WASHINGTON, D.C. — Rep. Greg Walden (R-Hood River) released the following statement after President Trump signed an executive order directing a review of national monument designations declared under the Antiquities Act since 1996:

“Today’s action sends a clear signal to communities throughout the West – including in Oregon – that this administration is serious about taking a new approach to the management of our federal lands. In Oregon we’ve watched the problems left behind in the wake of national monument designations that lock up land without meaningful public input. A review of the Antiquities Act is long overdue. I’m pleased that President Trump has finally ordered one. Farmers, ranchers, and local residents in Oregon have been ignored for too long by presidents who lock up the land without local consultations. This executive order is a refreshing sign that their concerns are being taken seriously.

“Now, Congress needs to take action to reform the Antiquities Act. That’s why I’ve also introduced the Public Input for National Monument Act, to require these designations to go through the public National Environmental Policy Act process like all other land management decisions.  I will continue to work with the Trump Administration to rebuild public trust in federal land management policies. Today’s action will assist in that effort.”

5. Reps. DeFazio, Walden, Larsen, Herrera Beutler Applaud New Lumber Tariffs 

American flag2WASHINGTON — Reps. Peter DeFazio (OR-04), Greg Walden (OR-02), Rick Larsen (WA-02) and Jaime Herrera Beutler (WA-03) released the following statement in response to the Commerce Department’s announcement of preliminary countervailing duties on softwood lumber imports from Canada:

“Today’s announcement from the Commerce Department gives us hope the U.S. lumber industry may finally see relief from decades of trade abuses.  For years, American communities who depend on the softwood lumber industry have had their livelihoods threatened by heavily-subsidized Canadian lumber increasingly imported into the U.S.  Our workers have faced high unemployment, and domestic companies have struggled to compete with a highly-subsidized Canadian industry. Thanks to a lack of protection for the lumber industry, Canadian softwood lumber now accounts for one-third of the U.S. market.

“The countervailing duties announced yesterday will give the U.S. lumber industry the ability to invest and grow without the constraints of unfairly imported Canadian lumber.

“Since the expiration of the Softwood Lumber Trade Agreement in 2015, we have been fighting stop the growing influx of Canadian lumber into our market. Today’s action by the Commerce Department confirms what we’ve known all along—Canadian subsidies have severely harmed U.S. manufacturers and workers.   We applaud these tariffs as a step in the right direction, yet remain hopeful that a new agreement which allows the U.S. timber industry to grow and compete on a level playing field can be reached.”

In September 2016 Reps. DeFazio, Walden, Larsen, and Herrera Beutler, along with 37 other House Members sent a letter to then-United States Trade Representative Michael Froman supporting efforts to negotiate a new Softwood Lumber Agreement that would put U.S. lumber on a level playing field.  Since no new agreement has been reached, the U.S. lumber industry was forced to exercise its rights under U.S. trade laws and file anti-dumping and counter-vailing duties cases against Canadian lumber in order to protect American workers, manufacturers, and communities.  

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

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Dennis Richardson – Oregon – proposes public records Sunshine Committee

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Senators Told North Korea Nuclear Threat Is Urgent 

Trump says he won’t scuttle NAFTA…yet

Real Clear Politics

Ford Historic Model T – Car Data Video

South Africa on its knees: Photos of the South Africans gathered in Bloemfontein for massive prayer meeting 

Happy 99th Birthday, Vista House! 

The Pacific Institute

Military Times

Defense News

Army Times: New Deployments

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