Sherman County eNews #141

CONTENT

  1. Sherman County Court: Disclosure of False Use of Name

  2. Sherman County Court Weed Control Ordinance Discussion Update, May 17

  3. Oregon Law: Noxious Weed Policy and Classifications

  4. Sherman Experiment Station Research Questions

  5. CASA Launches 2017 Playhouse Raffle!

  6. CGCC celebrates Culture Fest May 18-19


There are some people who should zip their lips in order to preserve an illusion of competence. ~ Q.E. McGillicuddy. 


1. Sherman County Court: Disclosure of False Use of Name

ShermanCoLogoSherman County Court wishes to advise the public that someone is unlawfully and wrongfully, without permission, using Sherman County Court Administrative Assistant Lauren Hernandez’s name in support of Azure Standard Organic Farm. False emails have been reported coming from the address lhernandex@co.sherman.or.us. All official court email communication will come from the address lhernandez@co.sherman.or.us.


2. Sherman County Court Weed Control Ordinance Discussion Update, May 17

ShermanCoLogoThe Sherman County Court discussion on May 17, 2017, about the Sherman County Weed Control Ordinance violation has been rescheduled to 4:00 p.m. This discussion will take place in the Sherman County School Gymnasium located at 65912 High School Loop, Moro, OR, 97039.


3. Oregon Law: Noxious Weed Policy and Classifications

Oregon.Flat.poleExcerpts: The Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) Noxious Weed Control Program provides statewide leadership for coordination and management of state listed noxious weeds. The state program focuses on noxious weed control efforts by implementing early detection and rapid response projects for new invasive noxious weeds, implementing biological control, implementing statewide inventory and survey, assisting the public and cooperators through technology transfer and noxious weed education, maintaining noxious weed data and maps for priority listed noxious weeds, and assisting land managers and cooperators with integrated weed management projects. The Noxious Weed Control Program also supports the Oregon State Weed Board (OSWB) with administration of the OSWB Grant Program, developing statewide management objectives, developing Weed Risk Assessments, and maintaining the State Noxious Weed List.

weed.thistle“Noxious Weed” means a terrestrial, aquatic or marine plant designated by

the State Weed Board under ORS 569.615 as among those representing the

greatest public menace and as a top priority for action by weed control

programs.

Noxious weeds have become so thoroughly established and are spreading so

rapidly on private, state, county, and federally owned lands, that they have

been declared by ORS 569-350 to be a menace to public welfare. Steps

leading to eradication, where possible, and intensive control are necessary. It

is further recognized that the responsibility for eradication and intensive

control rests not only on the private landowner and operator, but also on the

county, state, and federal government.

 

Therefore, it shall be the policy of ODA to:

  1. Assess non-native plants through risk assessment processes and

make recommendations to the State Weed Board for potential listing.

  1. Rate and classify weeds at the state level.
  2. Prevent the establishment and spread of listed noxious weeds.
  3. Encourage and implement the control or containment of infestations

of listed noxious weed species and, if possible, eradicate them.

  1. Develop and manage a biological weed control program.
  2. Increase awareness of potential economic losses and other undesirable effects of existing and newly invading noxious weeds, and to act as a resource center for the dissemination of information.
  3. Encourage and assist in the organization and operation of noxious weed control programs with government agencies and other weed management entities.
  4. Develop partnerships with county weed control districts, universities,

and other cooperators in the development of control methods.

  1. Conduct statewide noxious weed surveys and weed control efficacy studies.

 

Criteria for Determining Economic and Environmental

Significance of Noxious Weeds is Based Upon:

 

Detrimental Effects

  1. A plant species that causes or has the potential to cause severe negative impacts to Oregon’s agricultural economy and natural resources.
  2. A plant species that has the potential to or does endanger native flora and fauna by its encroachment into forest, range, and conservation areas.
  3. A plant species that has the potential or does hamper the full utilization and enjoyment of recreational areas.
  4. A plant species that is poisonous, injurious, or otherwise harmful to humans and/or animals.

… and other issues.

Noxious weeds, for the purpose of this system, shall be listed as either A or B,

and may also be designated as T, which are priority targets for control, as

directed by the Oregon State Weed Board.

• A Listed Weed:

A weed of known economic importance which occurs in the state in small enough infestations to make eradication or containment possible; or is not known to occur, but its presence in neighboring states make future occurrence in Oregon seem imminent (Table I). Recommended action: Infestations are subject to eradication or intensive control when and where found.

• B Listed Weed:

A weed of economic importance which is regionally abundant, but which may have limited distribution in some counties (Table II). Recommended action: Limited to intensive control at the state, county or regional level as determined on a site specific, case-by-case basis. Where implementation of a fully integrated statewide management plan is not feasible, biological control (when available) shall be the primary control method.

• T Designated Weed (T):

A designated group of weed species that are selected and will be the focus for prevention and control by the Noxious Weed Control Program. Action against these weeds will receive priority. T designated noxious weeds are determined by the Oregon State Weed Board and directs ODA to develop and implement a statewide management plan.T designated noxious weeds are species selected from either the A or B list.

The weed lists are here: https://www.oregon.gov/ODA/programs/Weeds/OregonNoxiousWeeds/Pages/Law.aspx 


4. Sherman Experiment Station Research Questions

We recently learned that Dr. Richard “Dick” Smiley is documenting the history of the Columbia Basin Research Center and the Sherman Experiment Station. He hopes someone here can fill some of the gaps that aren’t covered by existing records. 

His questions about the Sherman Experiment Station are:

–In what year was the first tractor brought onto the station? Or purchased?
–In what year was the original barn taken down?
–Who were the station managers between Jack McDermid’s death in 1973 and the arrival of Scott Case in 1984? And during which years did they serve?

–What year was the new office building constructed?

–What year was a parcel of land exchanged with City of Moro or the County? 2013?

Please contact Richard W. Smiley, Emeritus Professor of Plant Pathology

Oregon State University

Columbia Basin Agricultural Research Center

48037 Tubbs Ranch Road, Adams, Oregon 97810

telephone: 541-278-4397      fax: 541-278-4188

richard.smiley@oregonstate.edu

http://cbarc.aes.oregonstate.edu/plant-pathology 


5. CASA Launches 2017 Playhouse Raffle!

children.cartoonThe 5th Annual CASA Playhouse Raffle is going on now and this year’s house reflects a clean, classic cottage design with vibrant red stained wood siding.  The 5×8 house is built on an elevated 18-inch base and includes a front porch, windowed door, two interior windows and standing seam metal roof.  This house is a perfect child’s playhouse, but also can be used as a beautiful garden shed or easily converted into a deluxe chicken coop.

Columbia Gorge CASA is a local non-profit that recruits, trains and supports community volunteers to advocate for local kids in foster care.  This annual fundraiser focuses on the theme of “home” and the need for all children to have safe, loving and permanent homes.  Currently over 140 children in Hood River, Wasco and Sherman counties call foster care home.

Playhouse business sponsors are Adams Construction, Copper West Properties, Brown Roofing & Tum-A-Lum.  The house is currently on display in front of Tum-A-Lum in The Dalles and will be displayed are various locations over the next two months.  The drawing will be held on July 7th.

Tickets are $20 or 3/$50 and are available for purchase at Waucoma Bookstore and Klindt’s Booksellers.  All proceeds benefit CASA!  Pictures at http://www.gorgecasa.org.


6. CGCC celebrates Culture Fest May 18-19

Cultural diversity is a hallmark of the Columbia Gorge, and in keeping with the region it serves, Columbia Gorge Community College welcomes people from all walks of life to Culture Fest ’17, which arrives Thursday and Friday, May 18 and 19, on the Hood River campus.

This third annual Culture Fest will include entertainment, food and many other activities. It begins Thursday, May 18, with the “Somos Uno/We Are One” Art Exhibit, which continues through June 14. Artists of all ages have been invited to submit photography, painting, drawings, printmaking, sculpture, decorative textiles, videos, writings and other artistic media.

Also Thursday is an Oregon Humanities Conversation from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Kerani Mitchell presents “Where Are You From? Exploring What Makes Us Oregonians,” which considers Oregon’s history of racial exclusion, current treatment of minorities, and ideas for creating inclusive communities.

All other events and activities follow on Friday, May 19, from 4 to 9 p.m. on the Hood River campus. These include a Community Meditation on the Somos Uno Theme from 4 to 5 p.m., piñata contest with the college’s Juntos Club from 5 to 5:45 p.m., music with Los Amigos de la Sierra from 5:45 to 6:45 p.m., Mid Valley Elementary Folklorico Dancers from 6:45 to 7:15 p.m., Jamba Marimba from 7:15 to 8:15 p.m., and Song, Story, & Dance Performances led by Jefferson Greene, cultural artist with the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs and Nez Perce from 8:15 to 9 p.m.

Additional activities include a Basket Weaving Workshop from 6:30 to 8 p.m., led by Jefferson Greene. Enrollment is limited; to reserve, call Kelly at (541) 506-6022 or email kmsullivan@cgcc.edu.

There will also be a Disability History Exhibit on display all week, sponsored by The Oregon Association of Higher Education and Disability and created by Advocating Change Together (ACT).

Finally, community partner booths will feature the college’s Japanese Club, Student Life and Juntos Club, as well as Mid-Columbia Medical Center, Hood River County Health Department, Gorge Pride Coalition, Hood River Museum, and more. For schedule updates, visit www.cgcc.edu.

The college’s Hood River – Indian Creek Campus is located at 1730 College Way on the Heights. Columbia Gorge Community College is an equal opportunity educator and employer. For special access needs, contact Shayna Dahl at sdahl@cgcc.edu or (541) 506-6046.


 

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Sherman County eNews #140

CONTENT

  1. Sherman County Book Club Tea, Dessert & Discussion, May 18

  2. Grass Valley Neighborhood Sales, May 26 & 27

  3. City of Rufus Seeks Full-Time City Recorder

  4. Editorial: Seriously, Frontier TeleNet

  5. Frontier TeleNet 2016-2017 Budget, Summarized

  6. Oregon Law: Sole-source Procurements


 Management & Personnel… Let’s get this right. The management team hires / appoints per organizational policy, job descriptions, serious interviews, experience and qualifications, and provides the necessary orientation, training and equipment. Management has every reason to see their people succeed. They’re on the same team. ~ Q.E. McGillicuddy


1. Sherman County Book Club Tea, Dessert & Discussion, May 18

Logo.ShermanPub.School.Library2017The next Sherman County Public/School Library Book Club meeting is on Thursday, May 18 at 6:00 p.m. Please join us for tea, dessert, and discussion of our May book, “The Secret Keeper” by Kate Morton. Call 541-565-3279 or email mmartin@sherman.k12.or.us for more information.


2. Grass Valley Neighborhood Sales, May 26 & 27

sign.forsale

Grass Valley Neighborhood Sales

Friday & Saturday, May 26 & 27

9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Follow maps, balloons & signs!

Estate Sale ~ Collectibles ~ Food ~ Everything

Come to Buy or Come to Sell!  Join in the fun!

Questions? Contact Terri Bibby trcookie3333@hotmail.com


3. City of Rufus Seeks Full-Time City Recorder

The City of Rufus is seeking a full-time City Recorder to perform day-to-day city office operations including billing, receiving water /sewer payments, preparing for city council meetings including the recording of the meeting minutes, follow-up with special projects for city enhancements and improvements, and other job duties as assigned by the Mayor. Individuals interested in the job must be professional and have exquisite communication skills. Must possess a valid driver’s license, pass a criminal background check, and be reliable, trustworthy and honest. Hours are flexible. Must be efficient in Excel and knowledgeable with computer skills. Job consists of 30-40 hours per week. Pay based on experience and qualifications.  Only qualified individuals please apply. Job opportunity open until filled. 

Please send resumes to: City of Rufus, PO Box 27,  Rufus, Oregon 97050

 Pick up application at: City Hall, 304 W 2nd Street, Suite 100, Rufus, Oregon 97050

 Or call: (541)739-2321.


4. EDITORIAL: Seriously, Frontier TeleNet

Sherry Woods KasebergOn May 5, 2017, the Frontier TeleNet (FT) board of directors met in public session for the second time this year. Agenda topics included public contracting and procurement rules, records request policy, records retention, a location for records storage, general manager Rob Myers’ retirement, a contract with Lightspeed Network, potential merger of Frontier TeleNet and Frontier Digital Network, and … our October 20, 2016, request for public records.

We applaud the press for working as it should. See The Times-Journal, May 11, 2017.

Oregon Revised Statute 192.440 gives clear direction for public record requests. Briefly, Frontier TeleNet should have acknowledged receipt of our October 20, 2016, request as soon as practicable and without unreasonable delay. It should have indicated that they are the custodian of the records and the time and fees required, or stated that they do not possess these records or that state or federal law prohibited acknowledging whether the record exists with a citation to the relevant state or federal law. That did not happen.

Frontier TeleNet received monthly reminders in the form of the original request. “As soon as practicable” and “without unreasonable delay” is now roughly 130+ working days.  To her credit, in September, 2016, Frontier TeleNet contractor Jeanne Burch, without delay, sent, and continues to send, the requested board meeting minutes.

Here we offer a simple review of the public records law and our experience with requesting public records. 

According to the report of the May 5th Frontier TeleNet board meeting in the May 11th edition of The Times-Journal, a board member “questioned what specifically Kaseberg was asking for” and another indicated that “he wasn’t clear either.” And they are responsible for a $4.9 million budget (below), supervision of staff and management of Frontier TeleNet communications systems. Not once were we asked for clarification.

Most agencies routinely produce, scan, archive and share documents on computers and use the Internet. We conclude that the requested Frontier TeleNet records never existed, or are non-existent, missing, lost in the chaos or withheld, and that board members are stalling for reasons we can imagine while hoping we will give up the cause.

We specifically asked for:

—All Legal Notices, Requests for Qualifications/Proposals, Agreements and Contracts regarding and/or between Windwave Communications and/or Windwave Technologies, Inc., Inland Development Corporation, Management Resources and Sherman County or Frontier TeleNet.

—All Legal Notices, Requests for Qualifications/Proposals, Agreements and Contracts regarding and/or between Rural Technology Group and Frontier TeleNet, Sherman County, Windwave Technologies, Inc., and/or Inland Development Corporation.

Here’s how this public process is working for us:

Frontier TeleNet board members, contracted staff, legal counsel, and county commissioners representing the three counties who own Frontier TeleNet received our records request and monthly reminders beginning October 20, 2016

In December, 2016, we asked that our October request be read into the minutes of their December meeting. It was not.

In response to a separate request in January, 2017, Sherman County provided several documents related to the original request, and these were not requested of Frontier TeleNet.

On January 21, 2017, 12 public officials and legal counsel received a letter in which we asked to have our letter of request read into the record of the January 25 board meeting. It was not. On January 26, Steve Shaffer, Chairman of Frontier Telenet and Frontier Digital, wrote, “We apologize for not reading into the record your request. Not a single person remembered to add it to the agenda. It wasn’t until after adjournment, brought to our attention by Les Ruark, that we realized we did not get this accomplished. We will be sure to have it on our next meeting agenda.”

The board did not meet again in public session until May.

On February, 9, 2017, Frontier TeleNet contractor Rob Myers apologized for the delay: “First, let me apologize for the protracted response to your requests for documentation.  It’s entirely my responsibility and 100% my fault that we haven’t addressed your requests in a timely manner.  I have a pretty full workload but make no excuses – I should have taken care of this sooner. I’ll immediately restart work to provide you with the information you’ve requested, though it might come to you incrementally rather than all at once. Thanks for your interest, I’ll keep you apprised of our progress.”

On February 22, we consulted an attorney and reviewed statute for possible appeal, given the stall tactics and delay.

On March 14, Myers sent one document. On March 21, we asked to have our request read into the record at the March meeting. On March 23, Frontier TeleNet chairman Shaffer stated that he would read my request into the record at the “next meeting.” That took place on May 5.

On April 7, taking the next step as described by law, we sent an appeal to the district attorneys in Wheeler, Gilliam and Sherman counties. Sherman County DA McLeod and Wheeler County DA Ladd acknowledged receipt on April 10. On April 17 and 21 Myers sent documents (2). Gilliam County DA Weatherford acknowledged receipt of our appeal on May 1.

Finally, our October 20, 2016, request was read into the FT record on May 5, 2017. Now legal counsel will draft policy for FT to use in response to public record requests as the proverbial can rolls down the road.

In June, general manager Rob Myers retires. The board did not meet in public session in February, March or April, so no evidence exists to explain what the board plans for the immediate future. 

This is an important matter of principle and law. What started with our interest in FT board meeting minutes led to serious concerns about public process and transparency.

Board members and their contracted personnel have lost their way, forgetting that the people in our three counties own the infrastructure and money that they are responsible for managing and that we expect to receive the benefit of the fiber optic telecommunications systems. These are tax dollars, paid by others, if not by tri-county citizens.

Apparently no one is in charge at Frontier TeleNet. With its $4.9 million budget and responsibilities, it is astonishing that this entity has no office, no central records storage, no website, and three contractors who work from their homes under contracts (agreements) that give very little specific direction.

Notable and beyond disappointing is the lack of process, transparency and collaboration in the planning, development and implementation of the fiber optic telecommunications system and extremely limited public comment.

Their own records expose how little interest Frontier TeleNet has in working with other entities and the political and personal aspects of decision-making.

Frontier TeleNet records expose failure to supervise contracted personnel, inexperience, mismanagement, incompetence, deceit, lack of planning and chaos. Other sources expose attempted interference in the use of E-Rate funding, failure to properly advertise Requests for Proposals, and unethical reporting to the ethics commission.  We found no public record that anyone was authorized to protest or appeal the work of a partner organization and surprisingly few references to Requests for Proposals, Requests for Qualifications or contracts.

So far we see no evidence in the record that the Frontier TeleNet governing board understands or has acknowledged the seriousness of their situation or planned for the retirement of their long-time general manager. From September until May Frontier TeleNet failed to accurately explain to their constituents their plans or actions. Since October it has failed to provide certain public records or explain why.


 5. Frontier TeleNet 2016-2017 Budget, Summarized

dollar.bills2

RESOURCES

Cash on hand         $1,412,227

Interest                 $11,000

Bandwidth Income  $400,000

E-Rate                  $450,000

User Fees              $50,000

Miscellaneous         $50,000

Cottonwood Proj.    $375,000

Rental Income        $50,000

Sherman Fiber Proj. $2,140,000

Total Resources      $4,938,227

REQUIREMENTS

Electricity              $40,000

Bandwidth             $90,000

Bandwidth Transp.  $10,000

Lease Expense       $80,000

Insurance              $15,000

Rent                     $5,000

Fuel                     $20,000

Equip.Maintenance  $300,000

Auditor                  $15,000

Personal Services    $97,000

Office                   $7,000

IT Service              $50,000

Miscellaneous         $10,000

Taxes, Licenses      $4,000

Op.Loan to Digital Network         $50,000

Loan Pay to NCESD $250,000

Roosevelt Tower     $100,000

Total Materials & Services $1,143,000

CAPITAL OUTLAY

Sherman County Fiber Project     $2,140,000

Core Network Upgrade               $600,000

Site Development, Cottonwood    $375,000

Equipment Replacement             $150,000

Total Capital Outlay                   $3,265,000

CONTINGENCY     $530,227

TOTAL REQUIREMENTS          $4,938,227.


6. Oregon Law: Sole-source Procurements

http://www.oregonlaws.org/ors/279B.075 

(1) A contracting agency may award a contract for goods or services without competition if the Director of the Oregon Department of Administrative Services, a local contract review board, a state contracting agency, if the state contracting agency has procurement authority under ORS 279A.050 (Procurement authority), the State Chief Information Officer, with respect to goods or services described in subsection (2)(b) of this section and if the director has delegated the necessary authority to the State Chief Information Officer, or a person designated in writing by the director, board or state contracting agency with procurement authority under ORS 279A.050 (Procurement authority), determines in writing, in accordance with rules adopted under ORS 279A.065 (Model rules generally), that the goods or services, or class of goods or services, are available from only one source.

(2) The determination of a sole source must be based on written findings that may include:

(a) That the efficient utilization of existing goods requires acquiring compatible goods or services;

(b) That the goods or services required to exchange software or data with other public or private agencies are available from only one source;

(c) That the goods or services are for use in a pilot or an experimental project; or

(d) Other findings that support the conclusion that the goods or services are available from only one source.

(3) To the extent reasonably practical, the contracting agency shall negotiate with the sole source to obtain contract terms that are advantageous to the contracting agency. [2003 c.794 §55; 2005 c.103 §8c; 2015 c.807 §24]


 

Sherman County eNews #139

CONTENT

  1. Sherman County School Baseball Update

  2. Editorial Note: Spam Alert! Sherman County Weed Control

  3. Helping End Hunger in Sherman County

  4. History Tidbit: Obituaries Often Rich in Local History

  5. Harmonious Coordination

  6. Oregon School Board Candidate Filings Swing Upward This Election

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


The Holocaust illustrates the consequences of prejudice, racism and stereotyping on a society. It forces us to examine the responsibilities of citizenship and confronts the powerful ramifications of indifference and inaction. ~ Tim Holden.


1. Sherman County School Baseball Update

Baseball

May 16, 2017 – Play-in game vs TBD here at Sherman County School starting at 4:00


2. Editorial Note: Spam Alert! Sherman County Weed Control

arrow-rightAn e-mail message in the Sherman County eNews mail box that appears to originate with Lauren Hernandez, Administrative Assistant to the Sherman County Court, is NOT legitimate. It claims to be news from Azure Standard Organic Farm and bears NO truth.

Sherman County eNews #116 published Sherman County Court Notes of April 19 that describe deliberations about weed control based on statute and local ordinance, a brief summary of topics addressed by the Sherman County Court.

The Weed Ordinance Violation Update discussion scheduled for the May 17, 2017, Sherman County Court session has been moved from 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. If you have any questions, please contact the Office of the County Court.

For official minutes, please see the official approved minutes posted on the Sherman County website at www.co.sherman.or.us.


3. Helping End Hunger in Sherman County

food.bagIn the last 12 months, did you and the people you live with worry that you would run out of food before you were able to get more?

In the last 12 months, did you and the people you live with run out of food before you were able to get more?

If you answer YES to either of these questions you are eligible for Sherman County’s new Veggie Rx program.  Veggie Rx is a program of Gorge Grown Food Network and EOCCO.  This ground breaking program is to help address hunger needs in our community through Veggie Rx vouchers that can be redeemed at local grocery stores for FRESH fruits and vegetables!

For more information call Caitlin at the Sherman County Health District 541-565-0536 or the Sherman County Medical Clinic 541-565-3325.


4. History Tidbit: Obituaries Often Rich in Local History 

Sherman County Journal, Moro, Oregon, January 21, 1955:

“Station Planner Dead In Washington.  W.M. Jardine, then in charge of experiments with dry land grains, in 1909 assisted in the selection of the site for the location of the Sherman branch experiment station, known at that time as the eastern Oregon dry land farming experiment station.  He and H.D. Scudder of the Oregon Agricultural college spent two months reviewing possible locations in eastern Oregon for the station and finally recommended the site at Moro. Later in 1911 he assisted in outlining a series of crop rotation experiments on the station which was grown continuously until 1952.”


5. Harmonious Coordination

A good football team relies more on harmonious coordination of effort than individual skill. Teamwork is a “cooperative effort by the members of a team to achieve a common goal.” The key words in the definition are cooperative effort. Without the support of the entire group, no team can long endure. Football players quickly learn that no member of the team can be a star in every play. Most moments of glory are built upon a long series of plays, each won by committed, determined, bone-jarring blocking and tackling. A winning team is one whose members recognize that when one member of the team is successful, the entire team wins. Conversely, a sure way to develop a losing formula is to create an environment in which team members compete with one another instead of the opponent. When all members give their best in every situation — whether they are carrying the ball or clearing the way for someone else — the team wins, and so does each individual member of it. ~Napoleon Hill’s Thought for the Day


6. Oregon School Board Candidate Filings Swing Upward This Election

A total of 1,018 individuals are running for school board positions next Tuesday in Oregon — the highest number since 2009 — according to a survey conducted by the Oregon School Boards Association.

The upswing in candidates marks a complete reversal from May 2015, when 817 people ran for school board. That was the lowest such total in a decade. Over the last few months OSBA has conducted an awareness campaign (www.getonboardoregon.org) about the importance of volunteer school board service.

There are 802 open positions across the state, and 553 incumbents are running. The percentage of school board incumbents seeking office again — 54 percent — is the lowest in at least 12 years. That means that nearly half — or potentially more — of all school board members statewide will be newly elected this year.

Jim Green, OSBA’s executive director, said the association welcomes a new crop of board  members.  “Schools are constantly evolving, so it’s important to see a mix of both experience and fresh perspective at the board level,” Green said. “In our view there is no more important public service than safeguarding the future of our young people.”

Despite the surge in candidates, nearly three-quarters of all races are uncontested. Six percent of races have no candidates, and 68.5 percent have one candidate.

School board elections are held every two years in May. OSBA is a member services agency for more than 200 locally elected boards serving school districts, education service districts and community colleges. It also provides services to charter schools and their boards. 


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

Bird.Black.EnvelopeThe 12 best places to view the 2017 solar eclipse around the U.S. http://www.oregonlive.com/travel/index.ssf/2017/05/the_12_best_places_to_view_the.htm 

7 Things You Don’t Know About Mother’s Day’s Dark History http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2015/05/150507-mothers-day-history-holidays-anna-jarvis/

Fewer Americans See Motherhood As a Woman’s Most Important Role http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/lifestyle/holidays/may_2017/fewer_americans_see_motherhood_as_a_woman_s_most_important_role

Fatherhood Still An Important Role http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/lifestyle/holidays/june_2015/fatherhood_still_an_important_role

People sure are funny about money http://www.pamplinmedia.com/pt/9-news/358158-237104-people-sure-are-funny-about-money

President Clinton on Immigration https://www.c-span.org/video/?c4351026/clinton-1995-immigration-sotu

How North Korea Managed to Defy Years of Sanctions https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/12/world/asia/north-korea-sanctions-loopholes-china-united-states-garment-industry.html?emc=edit_th_20170513&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=66134669&_r=1 

Drought is gone from much of US http://earthsky.org/earth/drought-disappeared-us-spring-2017

Our view: Beating back the recession in rural Oregon http://www.eastoregonian.com/eo/editorials/20170512/our-view-beating-back-the-recession-in-rural-oregon 

Risks of Oil Trains (and other  spills) and legislation http://registerguard.com/rg/opinion/35564078-78/the-risks-of-oil-trains.html.csp