Sherman County eNews #125


  1. All County Prayer Meeting Thursday, May 4

  2. Sherman Tennis & Track Schedule Update

  3. Employment Opportunity with the City of Moro

  4. Childhood Creativity

  5. NRA Firearms Safety Class for Oregon CHL, May 12

1. All County Prayer Meeting Thursday, May 4

All County Prayer Meeting is Thursday in Kent, Fellowship starts at 6:30 PM, Praying starts at 7:00 PM and ends at 8:30 PM. Everyone is welcome to come and join the meeting.

2. Sherman Tennis & Track Schedule Update


May 3, 2017 – Make-up matches vs Ione here at home starting at 4:00.

May 5, 2017 – Sub Districts in Kennewick starting at 9:00, bus departs at 6:00.

HS Track

May 6, 2017 – Madras Invitational starting at 10:00, bus departs at 7:30

3. Employment Opportunity with the City of Moro

Moro City Administrator – Position open for the City of Moro to be filled immediately.

Proficiency in computer and office skills required.  Starting pay is $15/hour, possibly higher, depending on experience, plus benefits.  Pick up an application at the Moro City Hall Office located at 104 1st Street, Moro or request an application via email at

Mail or E-Mail completed application along with a cover letter and a copy of resume to – City of Moro – Job Search, PO Box 231, Moro, OR 97039 or

For further information contact Kya Mabe at 541-565-3535.  The City of Moro is an equal opportunity employer.  The Council reserves the right to reject any or all applicants. Applications will be accepted until 4:00 p.m. on Monday, May 8, 2016.

4. Childhood Creativity

Creativity is a highly-valued character trait and today, let’s talk about how to help children grow into creative adults.

Creative adults don’t just happen. Creative people are usually raised in ways that encourage them to use their imagination while they are still children. But what can parents or grandparents – or any adult vital to a child’s life – do if they want to encourage their children’s creativity? Well, one way is to help them develop a rich fantasy life.

Of course, kids need to be able to tell the difference between fact and fantasy. But a child who grows up without reading books such as, “Winnie the Pooh,” “Charlotte’s Web,” “Alice in Wonderland,” or any number of new children’s books is missing a very rich part of childhood. You can also feed a child’s imagination through activities such as music, dance and art.

Another wonderful way to help develop a child’s imagination is to tell them stories and encourage them to tell stories too. By the way, telling stories is not the same as reading stories, and children really love the stories you tell about your own experiences as a child – particularly when you were their age. Relax and use sound effects, elaborate gestures, and lots of variations in pace and loudness – the more the better. And while you’re at it, go ahead and invent details that make your narrative more interesting too.

Try using a picture from a magazine and make up a story. Then, pick a different picture and let your child try. Or start a story and let the child supply the ending. By the way, don’t worry about how smooth you are – your child will think you are terrific! ~ The Pacific Institute 

5. NRA Firearms Safety Class for Oregon CHL, May 12

On May 12, 2017, at 5:30 p.m., Deputy Burgett will be offering an NRA Firearms Safety class. The class size limit is 12 people. The class will be held at the Sherman County Courthouse. If you are interested in taking the class and are a resident of Sherman County, please call the Sheriff’s Office at (541) 565-3622.



Sherman County eNews #124


  1. Free Class: “Raise Your Own Meat ‘n’ Eggs” – Tonight, May 2nd

  2. Charlotte’s Going to Celebrate Her 100th Birthday, May 27

  3. Memorial Service: Patricia Rose Moore 1927-2017

  4. Pikeminnow season opens Monday, May 1

  5. Shared State and County Services Serve the Same Oregonians!

  6. Meeting Ground Rules – A Parts List – Make Your Own Rules

  7. Embracing Responsibility

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

1. Free Class: “Raise Your Own Meat ‘n’ Eggs” – Tonight, May 2nd

chicken.familyReminder…free class tonight on your home poultry flock!  “Raise Your Own Meat ‘n’ Eggs” will be presented by OSU Sherman County Extension at 6 p.m. Tuesday May 2 at the Extension office in Moro.  Come learn about raising chicks, different breeds of chickens, raising a flock for eggs, and how to raise meat chickens for the freezer.  If you can’t make it but would like the information, contact Cindy Brown 541-565-3230 or email

2. Charlotte’s Going to Celebrate Her 100th Birthday, May 27


Charlotte Barnett

is going to celebrate her 100th birthday

on May 27th

at the Grass Valley Pavilion

starting at 1:30 p.m.

and Rod McGuire is going to provide the meal.

Let’s celebrate with her!

Questions? Call Terry Stark 541-483-2230

3. Memorial Service: Patricia Rose Moore 1927-2017

Patricia Rose Moore

Memorial Service

Saturday, May 6, 2017

11 a.m.

Moro Presbyterian Church.

Donations may be made to Sherman County Historical Society, Heart of Hospice, or a charity of your choice.

 4. Pikeminnow season opened Monday, May 1

Catch a tagged northern pikeminnow and receive $50

PORTLAND, Ore. — Help save young salmon and steelhead and make big money too!
Monday, May 1, marks the beginning of this year’s Northern Pikeminnow Sport Reward Program in the Columbia and Snake rivers.

State fish and wildlife biologists have specially tagged and released up to 1000 or more northern pikeminnow into the Columbia and Snake rivers, each worth $500. The program also pays registered anglers $5 to $8 per fish, nine inches or longer. The more fish an angler catches, the more each pikeminnow is worth. Last year the top fisherman in the program earned nearly $120,000 in just five-months of fishing.

Northern pikeminnow are voracious eaters, consuming millions of young salmon and steelhead each year. Since 1990, anglers paid through the program, have removed more than 4.6 million pikeminnow from the Columbia and Snake rivers. The program has reduced predation on young salmon and steelhead by nearly 40 percent since it began.

The 2017 Pikeminnow Sport Reward Program begins Monday, May 1, and is scheduled to run through at least Aug. 31, 2017.The season may be extended into September based on the availability of funding.

The program is administered by the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission and funded by the Bonneville Power Administration.

For more information about the program call 800-858-9015, visit and follow us on Facebook.

The Bonneville Power Administration, headquartered in Portland, Oregon, is a nonprofit federal power marketer that sells wholesale electricity from 31 federal dams and one nuclear plant to 142 Northwest electric utilities, serving millions of consumers and businesses in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, western Montana and parts of California, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming. BPA delivers power via more than 15,000 circuit miles of lines and 260 substations to 511 transmission customers. In all, BPA markets about a third of the electricity consumed in the Northwest and operates three-quarters of the region’s high-voltage transmission grid. BPA also funds one of the largest fish and wildlife programs in the world, and, with its partners, pursues cost-effective energy savings and operational solutions that help maintain affordable, reliable and carbon-free electric power for the Northwest.

5. Shared State and County Services Serve the Same Oregonians!

Oregon.Flat.poleThe State:

—general administrator

—state property manager

—state courts, patrol, prison

—child protection

—mental health hospital



—state parks.


Services Shared by County and State:


—assessment and taxation



—county jails

—community corrections

—court security

—district attorney


—juvenile services

—aging services

—alcohol/drug programs

—children and families

—developmental disabilities

—mental health services

—veterans’ services

—public health

—environmental health


—economic/community development




—Oregon Plan

—public forests

—federal land policy


—county fair





—property management


—county law library

—sheriff patrol

—medical examiner

—animal control

—solid waste


—capital projects

—county forests, parks


6. Meeting Ground Rules – A Parts List – Make Your Own Rules

Meeting2Ground rules are agreements about expected behavior in meetings. The purpose of ground rules is to make explicit the group’s norms about how team members will interact, thus preventing or reducing misunderstandings and disagreements. Ground rules may differ greatly by department, committee or group, but they should always contribute to the group’s ability to work together effectively.

Make your own ground rules! Here’s a parts list:

  • Participate. Speak up!
  • Focus.
  • Maintain momentum.
  • Reach closure.
  • Trust. Good intentions can work through difficult issues.
  • Respect. Respect the rights of others to different points of view.
  • Inquire. Explore feelings, ideas, thinking; listen for new understanding.
  • Share your ideas and thoughts. Be authentic. Seek feedback.
  • Engaged listening. Focus. Refrain from judging & giving advice. Reflect and summarize.
  • Be on time.
  • Listen with interest.
  • Signal respect by your body language & eye contact.
  • Be open minded.
  • Interact with others.
  • Participate in discussions.
  • Be willing to compromise.
  • Listen twice as much as you speak.
  • Listen to yourself.
  • Capture your ideas on your notepad as they happen.
  • Headline first when you speak, then give a brief background.
  • Stay open-minded to new ideas; suspend judgment.
  • Speak only for yourself; let others do the same.
  • Offer ideas or make statements instead of asking questions.
  • Find value in what others say.
  • Assume positive intention.
  • No heat-seeking missiles.
  • Keep the best interest of the organization in mind.
  • Treat everyone in a dignified manner.
  • Support decisions made by consensus.
  • Everyone participates–no one dominates.
  • Listen as an ally, a partner, and work to understand before evaluating.
  • Silence will be interpreted as agreement.
  • We will assume positive intent first when things begin to go wrong.
  • Minimize interruptions and side conversations.
  • Cell phones must be turned off. Leave the room to answer calls.
  • We encourage dialogue, not argument.
  • We do our homework in order to be ready to work.
  • We seek group consensus.
  • In dealing with conflict, listening, giving and receiving feedback, we will not shoot the messenger.
  • We will be honest in our communication.
  • Membership implies commitment, engagement & attendance.
  • Respect one another with voice and body language.
  • Speak only for yourself.
  • Focus on interests.
  • Work together to reach mutually acceptable solutions.
  • Speak up.
  • Ask questions.
  • Listen carefully.

7. Embracing Responsibility

Just about everyone agrees that it’s a good thing to be responsible, but not everyone agrees about what “responsibility” means. Are you a responsible person? What does it mean to you to be responsible? Does it mean doing what is expected of you? Keeping your promises? Being a good provider?

All of these things are important, but being responsible means more than that. In fact, when it comes right down to it, we are responsible for absolutely everything in our lives – all of the successes, and all of the failures, too.

If you don’t accept responsibility for your life, you are likely to just shrug off your failures thinking you have nothing to learn from them. If you don’t take full responsibility for your life, you will never be happy, because no one can make you happy but you.

You might wonder, then, if you’re responsible for illness and adversity, too. Well, you are certainly not responsible for earthquakes or the drunk driver who sideswipes your car. But you are, without a doubt, responsible for how you respond to these things – and whether or not you choose to use them to learn from and to grow.

Taking responsibility for your life gives you the freedom to take risks and make mistakes, and that’s a great feeling. Of course, it also means you need to be prepared to take the consequences of your risks and mistakes. There are two sides to the responsibility coin, and the other side is accountability.

It is difficult to grow very much at all if you are not willing to do these things. But if you are willing, there really is no limit to how far you can go. ~ The Pacific Institute

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

bird.owl3Farmers Share Concerns With Immigration Politics with Governor Brown (local)

Rural Land Rights Advocates

When a Farmer Punches Back at the Feds

Space Weather 

Oregon History: Broken Treaties 

Navajo Generating Station’s power lines could benefit solar and wind development 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

What Trump Has Accomplished in 100 Days