Sherman County eNews #167


  1. All County Prayer Meeting Tonight, June 7

  2. Sherman County Family Fair, June 9

  3. Self-Driving Trucks Presentation with Daimler, June 19

  4. Sherman County School District: View & Comment on Science Textbook Adoption, June 5-12

  5. Confidence vs. Self-Esteem

  6. State historic cemeteries commission seeks new members

  7. Series of Opportunities: Healthy Democracy – Community Oregon

  8. Pacific Northwest U.S. Representatives Urge Administration to Not Privatize Bonneville Power Administration  

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

“A general dissolution of principles and manners will more surely overthrow the liberties of America than the whole force of the common enemy.” —Samuel Adams (1779)

1. All County Prayer Meeting Tonight, June 7

All County Prayer Meeting is Wednesday June 7 @ Wasco Methodist Church,

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 County Family Fair, June 9

Sherman County Family Fair

Friday, June 9th, 2017

4:00-6:30 pm

Moro Park

Come enjoy dinner,

many fun and free activities,

and live music by

The Junebug Boys!

3. Self-Driving Trucks Presentation with Daimler, June 19

The Gorge Technology Alliance (GTA) invites all tech enthusiasts to our June 19, 2017 event to learn about the technology behind Daimler’s self-driving trucks.  How do self-driving trucks “see” and make decisions? How does the driver interact with the system? What does this technology mean for the future of freight movement and how will it impact consumers? Learn all this and more!

The event is Monday, June 19 at Columbia Center for the Arts (215 Cascade Ave., Hood River). Networking and appetizers begin at 6:30 p.m. with the presentation around 7:00 p.m. Entrance is $10 for non-GTA members (all students and GTA Members are free) and appetizers are included. Many thanks to event sponsor Cardinal IG.

Our presenter is Kary Schaefer, General Manager of Marketing and Strategy for Daimler Trucks North America. Kary’s career has involved years of innovation with Daimler and a few years as Director of Engineering with Cloud Cap Technology in Hood River.

The Gorge Technology Alliance is the regional tech industry association that supports, connects and develops the technology community of the Columbia River Gorge with networking and educational events, business support and promotion, workforce development and STEM education. Learn more at 

4. Sherman County School District: View & Comment on Science Textbook Adoption, June 5-12

Logo.Sherman High SchoolThe Sherman County School District is considering adopting the following curriculum for Science. These texts have been approved for adoption by the Oregon Department of Education and meet the Next Generation Science Standards.


Cengage / National Geographic

  • Exploring Science
  • Exploring Sceince through Literacy


McGraw-Hill / Glencoe iScience

  • Earth & Space iScience
  • Life iScience
  • Physica iScience


McGraw-Hill / Glencoe

  • Glencoe Biology
  • Blencoe Chemistry

Materials will be in the Sherman County Public Library for public review from June 5th – June 12th.  Public comments regarding the Science textbooks may be made at the June 12th school board meeting.

Bill Blevins, Principal, Sherman County School 541-565-3500 

 5. Confidence vs. Self-Esteem

Today, let’s talk about the difference between confidence and self-esteem. If you are not certain there is a difference, read on. If you are certain, read on!

Confidence and self-esteem are not the same thing. It is entirely possible to appear confident in front of others without having much in the way of self-esteem. Lots of people do it, and some of them are quite famous. You see, the confidence is just a front, a clever pose – an act. It is like a sample cake in the window of a bakery that is made of nothing but cardboard and icing. It looks solid, but if you cut into it, you find there is nothing of real substance inside.

People with a confident front but low self-esteem are plagued with self-doubt when they are alone. They know they are frauds and live in fear of being discovered. Often, they will turn to alcohol or drugs to help them maintain the illusion, or they will surround themselves with people whose only function is to make them look good.

On the other hand, when you have high self-esteem, genuine confidence just naturally follows. Nothing can make you insecure because your security comes from inside. You are not afraid to make a mistake because you believe in your overall competence, and you know that mistakes are simply another way to learn.

When your self-esteem is high, you can deal with every situation honestly, and you can express your true feelings, including fear, sadness and anger, without worrying about how you look to others. Confidence is a great feeling, but if it is the real thing you are after, you want to build it from the inside out. ~The Pacific Institute

6. State historic cemeteries commission seeks new members

The Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries is seeking a volunteer to fill two open positions, one representing northeastern Oregon and one representing the Portland METRO area.

The Commission is seeking members with knowledge related to cemeteries, historic preservation, genealogy, cultural and burial practices of ethnic groups found in Oregon, archaeology, landscaping and native plants, and history.

The Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries is comprised of seven citizens and is empowered by the Legislature to develop and maintain a listing of all pioneer and historic cemeteries in Oregon; make recommendations for funding, obtain grants funding, seek legislative appropriations for historic cemeteries, and assist in the coordination of restoration, renovation and maintenance of historic cemeteries statewide.

The group meets four times per year in changing locations around the state. There may be an occasional additional meeting for extra projects, programs and grant selection. Commissioners are also asked to provide informal meetings in their regions and work on other projects outside of meeting time.

The commission is particularly seeking a representative from the northeast part of the state and the Portland METRO area, but all are encouraged to apply. Please apply before June 21, 2017.

To apply, send a letter of interest and resume to commission coordinator Kuri Gill at Please include your reasons for wanting to serve on the commission, any skills or knowledge you will bring to its work, and ideas or goals you have for your participation. More information about the Historic Cemeteries program is available online at If you have further questions please email Kuri Gill or call at 503-986-0685.

7. Series of Opportunities: Healthy Democracy – Community Oregon

Oregon.Flat.poleHealthy Democracy is nonprofit and nonpartisan. We work to elevate the voice of citizens and improve public discourse for the benefit of all voters.

The Community Oregon program will offer a series of opportunities to create stronger and more resilient relationships among Oregon’s citizenry in a way that aims to build and sustain a healthier democracy in Oregon through citizen to citizen dialogue. The first Community Oregon cohort will consist of approximately 20-25 participants. The ideal program participant will be an active community member who has an interest in and the courage needed to engage in the sometimes difficult but rewarding process of re-building a sense of community across the state. Participants are not expected to be representative of any organization or company – just themselves. The program seeks participants from a wide geographic area, and who are reflective of the diversity of Oregon’s population, including such aspects as political perspective, employment sector (e.g. agriculture, high tech, etc.), age, religion, national origin, etc. College students, retirees and unemployed persons are all welcome.

1st  A 3-day Community Oregon Camp retreat taking place from noon on Thursday, July 13 to noon on Sunday, July 16 at Kah-Nee-Ta Resort in Warm Springs, Oregon. A fun and challenging camp-like experience getting to know folks from all walks of life, led by facilitators from both urban and rural communities.

2nd  An opportunity for immersion in a community significantly different than yours. One urban to rural, and one rural to urban community visit will take place between 6-10 weeks following the Community Oregon Camp retreat.

3rd A one day exposition to take place in the Portland area in the fall that will include all Community Oregon participants and special invitees to showcase what you’ve learned and invite support for projects you wish to develop or support as a result of your experience with the program.

A couple of key points:

  • There is no fee for this program. It is 100% grant-funded, and includes room and board for the July retreat as well as travel reimbursement to and from each program activity. In short, there is no financial barrier to participation, except for the need to take a couple of days off work to attend the 3-day retreat in July 13-16 at KahNeeTa Resort in Warm Springs.
  • The program is designed to be both fun and challenging – in all the ways you may expect an experience like this with people who come from very different backgrounds and areas of the state. We seek people who are willing to describe their values and worldview to others, and are also willing to listen to the values and worldviews of others. The initial retreat in July will be guided by 2 experienced group facilitators, one from rural Oregon, and one from urban Oregon, who have designed a well thought-out process in order that meaningful and productive conversations can take place. We also intend to have a lot of fun!
  • Questions? Contact Healthy Democracy at 503-841-6865.


8. Pacific Northwest U.S. Representatives Urge Administration to Not Privatize Bonneville Power Administration  

American flag2Members of Congress from Washington, Oregon express concern over the President’s proposal to divest BPA’s assets; point to BPA’s strengths in the region 

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, Pacific Northwest Members of Congress voiced their opposition to a proposal in the President’s budget to sell off the Bonneville Power Administration’s (BPA) assets.

In their letter to Secretary of Energy Rick Perry and Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney, fifteen Members of Congress — U.S. Representatives Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA), Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR), Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Suzan DelBene (D-WA), Denny Heck (D-WA), Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), Derek Kilmer (D-WA), Rick Larsen (D-WA), Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), Dan Newhouse (R-WA), Dave Reichert (R-WA), Kurt Schrader (D-OR), Adam Smith (D-WA), and Greg Walden (R-OR) — express their concern over the proposal to privatize BPA and highlight BPA’s unique role in providing affordable, clean energy to the Pacific Northwest communities. The text of the letter follows:

Dear Secretary Perry and Director Mulvaney:

We write to you to express our concern with a provision in the President’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 Budget Request that proposes to sell off transmission assets for federal Power Marketing Agencies, including for the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA). We believe divesting BPA’s transmission assets will harm individuals and businesses, divert capital needed for further infrastructure investment in the Northwest, and undermine regional utility coordination. For these reasons, we are united in opposing implementation of these elements of the FY18 Budget.

BPA has a fundamental role in our region that dates back decades. Established by Congress in 1937 as a nonprofit federal power marketing administration, BPA was tasked with helping to manage and sell power generated by the newly constructed Bonneville Dam on the Columbia River.  Eighty years later, BPA has helped to develop and administer the complex electrical system that powers the Northwest, now providing affordable and reliable power to over 12 million people and the businesses that help the region thrive.  

Importantly, BPA is self-funding, and is of no cost to the taxpayer. The entire BPA transmission system — both the capital investment and operation and maintenance — is fully paid by the users of the system.  In fact, it has benefitted U.S. taxpayers by providing more than $32.5 billion in payments to the U.S Treasury. Divesting these assets to the highest bidder could transfer the benefit and equity of these investments from the Northwest consumers, who have financed the system, to distant investors.  Furthermore, this proposal will lead to a certain rate increase for consumers, imposing increased costs on families and economic development, potentially jeopardizing the ability of the BPA to repay the costs of the Federal Columbia River Power System.  

We are also concerned that the divestiture would put rural communities in the Pacific Northwest at increased risk. Currently, BPA coordinates in transmission and power marketing functions to maximize efficiency.  Severing that relationship will undermine this goal.  Moreover, privatization could lead to the division of the regional grid, with high-value assets sold off for a premium and lines that serve rural areas and grid reliability abandoned.  Private companies are unlikely to give these communities the proper maintenance and attention they need to maintain complex transmission assets.

Contrary to the FY18 Budget’s rationale, BPA owns 75% of the transmission in the Pacific Northwest.  All Northwest utilities and the customers they serve depend on BPA’s grid to access affordable and reliable power. Selling off BPA’s transmission assets is bad public policy that undermines the President’s economic objectives and betrays a lack of understanding of the Northwest.   

We oppose this proposal, and instead urge you to work with us to support the continued health of BPA, which has been central to the economic vitality of the Northwest.

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

bird.owl3See and Do in Oregon

Next Stop for OSU: Super Regionals (baseball) 

Meagan Leavey: A welcome, warm-hearted movie with a woof


The Congressional Budget Office Needs to Be Reformed

Politics Is Contentious Because So Much Is at Stake


Sherman County eNews #166


  1. Sherman County Family Fair, June 9

  2. Tee Time with Unit 20, Oregon Retired Educators, June 20

  3. Here it comes! #Eclipse2017 means we all have to be ready

  4. A Second-Hand Life

  5. Senator Wyden’s Rural Health Care Meeting, June 11

  6. North Central Education Service District Board Meeting Minutes, June 1

  7. Character is accurately reflected in one’s mental attitude

  8. Tri-County Hazardous Waste & Recycling Program Steering Committee, June 14

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

Re: Senate Bill 481  “Current law in Oregon specifies that governmental bodies must respond to requests for public records in a “reasonable amount of time,” but it doesn’t define what is meant by that. As a result, it sometimes happens that a governmental entity faced with a public records request it doesn’t much care for will do whatever it can to drag it out, for months or even years.” ~ Editorial, Albany Democrat-Herald, June 5, 2017 

1. Sherman County Family Fair, June 9


Sherman County Family Fair

Friday, June 9th, 2017

4:00-6:30 pm

Moro Park

Come enjoy dinner,

many fun and free activities,

and live music by

The Junebug Boys!

2. Tee Time with Unit 20, Oregon Retired Educators, June 20

golf2Unit 20, Oregon Retired Educators, invites interested persons to join them Tuesday, the 20th, for 9:30 tee time at the Hood River Golf, 1850 County Club Rd., with prizes to be awarded.  Register for golf by calling Roy Nellermoe, 541-354-1007, and/or to make luncheon reservations by calling Frank Wall at 541-354-1505.

3. Here it comes! #Eclipse2017 means we all have to be ready

ODOT’s advice: Arrive early; stay put; leave late

Oregon will be the first state where you can view the total solar eclipse crossing America Monday, August 21. For about two and half hours, daytime will gradually yield to dusk—and to darkness for about two minutes—as the moon passes in front of the sun.

ODOT is planning ahead to keep Oregon moving, and we encourage you to do the same. An estimated 1 million visitors are coming to Oregon to view this celestial spectacle. That many people—about a quarter of the state’s entire population—will have a huge impact on highways, gasoline supplies and other basic needs. What you do to plan ahead will make or break your eclipse-viewing experience.

  • Expect delays. Traffic backups are inevitable. Preparation ensures a good time for visitors and residents alike.
  • Expect traffic changes. Normal travel paths may be disrupted. Communities may close streets to through traffic or ban left or right turns to keep traffic moving, especially around venues with many visitors.
  • Be prepared. If traveling, plan for your basic needs such as food, water, gas for the car and bathroom breaks in case you’re stuck in traffic. If friends or family are coming to visit, warn them to #DriveHealthy: Arrive early, stay put during the eclipse, and leave late afterwards, in case everyone else jumps on our highways all at once. Remember, all travelers have a shared responsibility to stay safe.
  • Stock up early. Food, prescription medications, water and gasoline may be hard to obtain if you don’t get them early. You’ll be ready and stores can restock for our visitors.
  • Do what you can to help. Can you work from home or flex your work schedule when your local roads are full? Avoid roads being used to get people in or out of a local event. Ride your bicycle when possible, to avoid congestion!
  • Look out for each other. This is a rare opportunity but it brings potential hazards. We all must do our part to be prepared. You may see travelers unfamiliar with the area. Be friendly, helpful and patient!

For more information on the eclipse, visit and To see the eclipse path, view NASA’s video at

4. A Second-Hand Life

How do you know when something is good? The answer may not be as simple as it seems, so let’s talk about it. It doesn’t matter whether it’s a work of art, a movie, a restaurant or a new direction for the workplace – how do you decide that something is “good”?

Many people decide what is good by listening to so-called experts. They will praise a painting they care nothing about because it is hanging in a museum, or the artist’s work was favorably reviewed by a fashionable art critic. They will rave about a new restaurant because it is trendy and they will go to see movies that have received good reviews or their friends have enjoyed.

Often people’s personal behavior is based on second-hand values too. They observe certain conventions of manners and they follow certain rules because some authority figure told them to do it, but they never looked further.

Living a life based on second hand values is not living your own life at all. To really live, you must trust your own instincts and take the risk of stepping out of line now and then.

Perhaps, what you might want to do is question your values to understand how you got them and whether they are based on what someone else believes or on your own standards. In other words, take accountability for your own experiences.

When you like something, think about the reasons. When you dislike something, do the same, without making a value judgment. Then, instead of saying something is “good,” say that you like it, and explain why. This increases your communication skills, as well as raising the respect of those around you. ~The Pacific Institute

5. Senator Wyden’s Rural Health Care Meeting, June 11

flag.starsWe’re working to put together a Health Care meeting at 10 am Sunday morning June 11 in Condon with Sen. Wyden.  Hollie with S. Gilliam Health Center has graciously offered to host the meeting.

The Senator has held a series of rural health roundtables this year.  Many folks want to talk about threats to Medicaid funding, and this would be an opportunity to do so.  He’s been pretty forthright about his concerns in protecting Medicaid and the very good things we’re seeing happen in Oregon.  Also, it’s an opportunity for you all to share some of the challenges you see in offering health care in counties with low populations and no hospital.

I hope you can make it to this meeting.  I realize the timing isn’t optimal, but the Senator will be in Condon and wanted to take the opportunity to meet with those who are available.

If you’re interested, here’s an Op-Ed he wrote about his earlier health care meetings.

Again, I hope to see you Sunday.  Please let me know if that works for you.  And if you can make it, it’d be great if you could bring examples or stories of what’s working and what you think Ron could be working on.


Kathleen Cathey,

Field Representative for United States Senator Ron Wyden

105 Fir Street, Suite 201, La Grande, OR  97850

Office 541-962-7691  Fax 541-963-0885  Mobile 541-786-8396

6. North Central Education Service District Board Meeting Minutes, June 1


June 1, 2017

The North Central ESD Board of Directors met in regular session in the NCESD Conference Room,

Thursday, June 1, 2017.


A—Amy Derby, Chair-June 2019

A—Jim Doherty-June 2017

P—Geremy Shull-June 2017 – Via Phone

P—Kristen Neuberger-June 2019

P—Sarah Rucker-June 2017

P—Jeff Schott -June 2017                                                      

P—Robert Waltenburg, Superintendent

P—Kim Domenighini, Bus. Mgr.


Greg Greenwood – Via Phone

Budget Hearing:

Budget Open: 6:06 pm

No discussion regarding the budget.

Budget Closed: 6:07 


Sarah opened the Board Meeting at 6:07 p.m.

Public Input: None


The minutes from the May 4, 2017 regular board meeting were distributed for review via email May 11, 2017.

Motion—Kristen, seconded Jeff, to approve the minutes.

VOTING—Unanimously approved.


Fiscal Receipts and Claims

The financial report detailing revenue and expenditures for the period ending May 31, 2017 was distributed for review. 

Motion—Kristen seconded Jeff, to approve the financial report.

VOTING—Unanimously approved.


  • Robert has been working with Stacy Shown and Natalie Irzyk, Union Representatives, with the 2017-2019 Union Contract.
    • Negotiations are complete.
    • Settled with a two year contract.
    • 0% on CPI for 2017-18.
    • The contract has two openers for the 2018-19 year, Cost of Living and Health Insurance Cap.
    • If the SSF comes in at 8.3 billion the union would like to negotiate having an increase in salary and health insurance for 2017-18.
    • The staff have seven personal days, three of the days could be bought back at 70% of their hourly wage.
    • Personal Days will be figured on each employees FTE.
    • Classified will be on an hourly basis and will need to turn in a timesheet each month.
  • The Joint Ways and Means Education Subcommittee passed for an $8.2 Billion for SSF and a 49/51 split for the biennium. The bill will head to the full Ways and Means Committee but the hearing has not been scheduled.
  • The ESD may have rent space available as of July 2017.


FLN Trailers

  • Robert sold one trailer for $5,000. He is still waiting on a gentlemen to see if he is interested in the two trailers. Robert will contact him next week to verify.


  • Robert went through policies CBG, GBMA, GCBDA/GDBDA.

Motion—Jeff, seconded Kristen, to accept CBG, GBMA, GCBDA/GDBDA.

VOTING—Unanimously approved

Building Improvements

  • Rusty Rutherford, Sheetrock Contractor, will complete the building improvements from the water and ice damage this winter.
  • Pacific Crest Roofing will begin the new roof second week of July, 2017.


Adopting Budget Resolution 1617-03-04-05

Motion—Jeff, seconded Kristen, to accept 1617-03 Resolution in Adopting the Budget.

VOTING—Unanimously approved

Motion—Jeff, seconded Kristen, to accept 1617-04 Resolution Making the Appropriations.

VOTING—Unanimously approved

Motion—Jeff, seconded Kristen, to accept 1617-05 Resolution Imposing and Categorizing Taxes.

VOTING—Unanimously approved

Superintendent Position

  • Robert stated that there are two viable candidates. The board discussed the two candidates and how best they would fit the ESD needs.
  • Robert will talk with Columbia Gorge ESD regarding the .40 position as superintendent and how they see it working the North Central ESD.
  • The board would like to meet in a work session June 7th or 13th with the CGESD.

Kim will send out an electronic copy of Grant ESD Contract to all board members.

Next meeting: June 22, 2017 6:00pm

With no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 7:34 p.m.

7. Character is accurately reflected in one’s mental attitude

Without a strong foundation built on positive character traits, success will not long endure. It is virtually impossible to fake good character. Phonies are quickly spotted because they haven’t the substance and determination to maintain the charade. Developing good character begins with a positive attitude. Your desire to be a good, decent, honest, considerate person must first take place in your mind. When you make the decision to become a person of character, you will also find that you are much more willing to do the right thing simply because it is the right thing to do. ~Napoleon Hill

8. Tri-County Hazardous Waste & Recycling Program Steering Committee, June 14

The Tri-County Hazardous Waste & Recycling Program’s next Steering Committee meeting is scheduled for Wednesday June 14th, 2017 from 8:30-11:30 am at the Wasco County Planning Department, located at 2705 East 2nd Street in The Dalles, Oregon.

Representatives from the member agencies of the counties of Wasco, Sherman and Hood River, and the cities of The Dalles, Hood River, Cascade Locks, Mosier, Dufur and Maupin will hold their meeting to discuss approval of minutes, fiscal & progress reports, lead agency, budget, status of facilities, staffing, grants and other miscellaneous items.

The nine governments signed an intergovernmental agreement in November 2003 to build and operate two permanent household hazardous waste collection facilities in Hood River and The Dalles, and conduct satellite collection events throughout the region.  Wasco County is the lead agency.  The facilities and events collect hazardous wastes from households, businesses and institutions which are Conditionally Exempt Small Quantity Generators, as well as pesticide wastes from farmers and ranchers.

For more information:  Call Tri-County Hazardous Waste & Recycling Program at (541) 506-2636.

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

bird.owl.limbCows Fed Flaxseed Produce More Nutritious Dairy Products—Livestock-Report-37287

9 Things That Make You Unlikable

Linn’s Stamps, Choose Your Sport, Have A Ball – Round Stamp

Editorial: A possible win for open records

Re: Senate Bill 481  “Current law in Oregon specifies that governmental bodies must respond to requests for public records in a “reasonable amount of time,” but it doesn’t define what is meant by that. As a result, it sometimes happens that a governmental entity faced with a public records request it doesn’t much care for will do whatever it can to drag it out, for months or even years.” ~ Editorial, Albany Democrat-Herald, June 5, 2017

National Pollinator Week June 19-25

Roman City of Londinium Around AD 200