Sherman County eNews #143


  1. Free Well Water Testing

  2. Sherman County Weed District Social Media Response

  3. Sherman County Family Fair, June 9

  4. U.S. Rep. Walden: Insurance Rate Increases for Oregon’s Obamacare Exchange

  5. State begins review of 2018 proposed health insurance rates

  6. Sherman County 4-H Camp, June 14-16

  7. Should or Could?

  8. Oregon National Guard Armed Forces Day Commemoration, May 18

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

1. Free Well Water Testing

raindropNorth Central Public Health District is offering FREE well water quality testing for residents of Wasco, Sherman, and Gilliam County who get their drinking water from a private well. Those interested should contact us directly at: 541-506-2600.

You may be eligible for free testing if you (or any household member):

 Are 65+ years of age

 Low income

 English is not your primary language

 Live in a rural geographic location.

2. Sherman County Weed District Social Media Response

ShermanCoLogoSocial Media Response Statement

Rod Asher, Sherman County Weed District Director

May 16th, 2017 

The Sherman County Weed Control Ordinance has not been changed or reinterpreted. It was passed by the Sherman County Court on March 14th, 2001, after two public hearings on two separate occasions. It replaced existing Weed District Policy that had been in place for many years to give more authority, as in a law compared to a rule. Both were modeled after the Oregon Revised Statute 569.

The Ordinance does not require ‘eradication.’ The text states:

8.1     Upon the service or posting of the notice provided in Section 7.0 of this Ordinance, any owner or occupant of land shall destroy or prevent from seeding or spreading the weed or weeds specified in the notice. Such obligation shall be a continuing obligation throughout the remainder of the then current growing, seeding or spreading season, unless terminated by discontinuation of ownership or occupancy, or upon dissolution of the Weed District.

Mowing Canada thistle in July or August does not prevent it from seeding or spreading. In fact, it worsens the problem, and certainly mowing or plowing through rush skeletonweed is the worst possible idea! Its seed can travel for miles in the wind, and a root fragment as small as one inch will reproduce a new plant.

The Ordinance does not require spraying with herbicides. Refer to Section 8.0.

Roundup was never mentioned in either weed violation letter sent by the Weed District, but it was mentioned multiple times on the social media posts. Roundup, or glyphosate, would not be a good choice at this time of year. It is a non-selective product with a short half-life. An application of glyphosate would eliminate all competition, including the grasses, encouraging new weeds to grow back. The first weeds to come back are usually the noxious ones because they are more aggressive.

Milestone and Escort were mentioned in the first letter. Milestone, or aminopyralid, is a selective product and can give up to 18 months of control. My personal experience has seen an estimated nearly 95% control the second year after treatment on both rush skeletonweed and Canada thistle. Escort, or metsulfuron, is one of the few products I’ve used with any success on whitetop. Both of these products have very low use rates: 7.0 ounces and 1.0 ounce per acre respectively.

Trespass: ORS 569.380 Weed inspector right of entry; negates the charge of trespassing. I make every effort to contact a landowner or operator before I go on their property and have not been off the County right-of-way near any Ecclesia lands this year.

Quarantine: The county does not have the authority to quarantine land under the Weed Control Ordinance. The State Department of Agriculture does have the authority under ORS 569.400. The county has the ability to request a quarantine be imposed.

UPDATE: Today, May 16, 2016, Nathan Stelzer submitted a Weed Control Plan to the Sherman County Weed District. A plan was originally requested on March 2, 2017. The plan is under review, and the Sherman County Court (board of commissioners) is working on keeping lines of communication open with Azure Farms/Ecclesia of Sinai at Dufur to continue working towards a resolution to this issue.

3. Sherman County Family Fair, June 9

Save the Date:

Sherman County Family Fair

June 9th, 2017 4:00-6:30 pm

Moro Park

Come enjoy many family friendly

activities, food and music.


Taylor Olsen

Sherman County

Prevention Coordinator

Office: 541-565-5036


4. U.S. Rep. Walden: Insurance Rate Increases for Oregon’s Obamacare Exchange

flag.verticalGreg Walden statement on insurance rate increases for Oregon’s Obamacare exchange

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Rep. Greg Walden (R-Hood River) released the following statement regarding insurance rate increases for Oregon’s Obamacare exchange:

“Year after year, we’ve witnessed an unstable individual insurance market where consumers are hit with ever-increasing costs and fewer choices. Oregon has fared somewhat better than other states, but the market is unsustainable as currently structured, which is why reforms are so necessary.”

5. State begins review of 2018 proposed health insurance rates

ORStateFlagSalem — Oregonians can now see proposed rates for 2018 individual and small employer health insurance plans.

Health insurance companies submitted rate requests to the Department of Consumer and Business Services, Division of Financial Regulation on May 15. The division must review and approve any rates before they can be charged to policyholders.

The proposed rates are for health insurance plans that comply with the Affordable Care Act for small businesses and individuals who buy their own coverage rather than getting it through an employer.

“This marks the beginning of our open and transparent health insurance rate review process,” said Insurance Commissioner Laura Cali Robison. “Oregonians will be able to follow along and provide comments as we analyze the requested rates to ensure they adequately cover health care costs without being too high or too low.”

6. Sherman County 4-H Camp, June 14-1

4-H clover1Kids in 4th-6th grade…get ready for a great summer and register for 2017 Sherman County 4-H Camp June 14-16! Held at Camp Morrow located near Wamic on Pine Hollow Reservoir, this year’s “Sherman County only” camp will have a NATURE focus. Natural resource class taught by Sherman Soil & Water Conservation staff, Archery, Arts & Crafts featuring natural materials, swimming and boating on the waterfront, songs, skits, campfires, games, hanging out with your friends, a party, and paintball on Friday morning! Kids will cook all their meals outdoors. Cost is $100, partial scholarships may be available by writing the Sherman County 4-H Assn. c/o the Extension Office. Registration deadline is Friday, June 9. We have a great group of 7th-9th graders who will be serving as Counselors-in-Training!  Contact the OSU Sherman County Extension office for registration form and additional information.

Cindy Brown | Educator, 4-H Youth Development & Healthy Living

OSU Extension Service – Sherman County, College of Public Health & Human Sciences

Oregon State University, 66365 Lonerock Rd., Moro, Oregon 97039

P: 541-565-3230 | C: 541-993-5291

7. Should or Could?

How many things are there in your life that you really should be doing? If you made a list of them, how long would it be? Let’s talk about the “shoulds” in your life.

If you made a list of all the things you think you should be doing, how long would your list be? It could look like, “I should lose weight. I should be nicer to my brother. I should find myself a better job. I should read a lot more. I should mow the lawn and pull weeds,” and on and on.

Why don’t you try making such a list? And when you’re done, for each item on the list, ask yourself the question, “Why should I?” The answers you come up with will tell you something very important about the beliefs you hold. You may have answers like, “Because everybody has to. Because so and so wouldn’t like it if I didn’t.  Because I’m overweight or too lazy or too old.”

Now, what if you took every “should” on your list and changed the language to substitute the words, “If I really wanted to, I could . . .” For example, “I should lose weight” would change to, “If I really wanted to, I could lose weight.” Notice how when you do this, things suddenly start to seem much more possible.

You may find that you really don’t want to do some of them and you may have to confront your fears when it comes to doing others. Using “could” instead of “should” immediately takes the pressure off, too. It helps you take accountability and control. “Should” is a below-the-surface “have to” and we naturally push back against the “have to’s” in our lives.

Also, notice the subtle change when you add the words, “If I really wanted to…”  When we “want to” do something, we pull together all the creativity and energy to accomplish whatever we have chosen. And, it also helps you avoid the subconscious rebellion that goes on whenever you hear the words, “I should.” ~The Pacific Institute

8. Oregon National Guard Armed Forces Day Commemoration, May 18

American flag2SALEM, Oregon — The Oregon National Guard is scheduled to honor all military members in an Armed Forces Day commemoration, May 18, at the State Capitol Mall in Salem, Oregon. In addition to honoring all military members, the event will also honor Vietnam veterans to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War.

Oregon Governor Kate Brown and Maj. Gen. Michael E. Stencel, Adjutant General, Oregon, are scheduled to attend the ceremony. The public and the media are encouraged to attend.

The official ceremony will begin at 12:00 p.m. and will feature music from the Oregon Army National Guard’s 234th Army Band and a Howitzer salute by the “Governor’s Own” Bravo Battery, 2nd Battalion, 218th Field Artillery Regiment. The ceremony will be followed by an F-15 flyover by the Oregon Air National Guard’s 142nd Fighter Wing.

Military equipment from various units throughout the Oregon National Guard will be on display from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Armed Forces Day was originally created in 1949 to honor Americans serving in all branches of the U.S. military, and was designated as an official holiday in 1962 by President John F. Kennedy.

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

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