Sherman County eNews #177


  1. The Cost of Community Conflict – A Check List 

  2. William Decker Appointed to U.S. Air Force Academy

  3. Meeting Notice: The Future of CRP in Sherman County, June 23

  4. Good Negotiators

  5. Sherman County Fair Board Seeks Letters of Interest for Board Position

  6. Gorge Grown Food Network brings local produce to corner stores in The Dalles

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

Be impeccable with your words.

Don’t take anything personally.

Don’t make assumptions.

Always do your best.

~By Don Miguel Ruiz

1. The Cost of Community Conflict – A Check List 

~ From Small Cities and Rural Areas Flash Report by Paul Koch

Here are some of the costs of community conflict: 

  • Time is wasted
  •  Bad decisions are made
  • Lost employees [good employees go where they can be effective and positive]
  • Unnecessary restructuring
  • Sabotage, theft and damage
  • Low motivation
  • Health costs
  • Loss of credibility

It is very important to keep your citizens’ best interests in front of you at all times.  Be very sensitive to the development of relationships, encourage everyone to come and talk together and spend time strategizing to avoid conflicts.

Remember, conflicts divert you from what you are elected and hired to do.  Step back and away when conflict occurs and think about what you want and how to get it.  Always accentuate the positive and ignore the negative.

No new jobs were developed in a jurisdictional conflict!  The local economy was not strengthened in the middle of a jurisdictional battle!

PREVENTIVE MEDIATION:  Getting to the point where you must hire attorneys to fight your battle?   Going to court can be counterproductive to where you want or need to go.  It can also cost you the trust and faith of your constituents, employees and others. 

Here are some tips to help you avoid conflicts in your community:

  • Do not walk away.
  • Don’t “power play.”
  • Take the risks.
  • Don’t exploit others’ risks.
  • Do not let people use inflammatory personal insults. (show disapproval immediately)
  • Ask questions! Do not let people remain passive.
  • Do not let people “gang-up” on anyone.
  • Attack problems and not people or organizations.
  • Encourage different points of view.
  • Focus on what can be done, not on what cannot be done.
  • Forget about the past. 

2. William Decker Appointed to U.S. Air Force Academy

American flag2William Decker, son of Stan and Tonya Decker, graduated from Horizon Christian School June 10, 2017 in Hood River. Lieutenant Colonel Skylar Clark, representing the U. S. Air Force, announced William’s acceptance into the U. S. Air Force Academy at graduation. William joins a select group that completed a rigorous application process including a letter of recommendation from U. S. Representative Greg Walden (R-Oregon). His paternal grandparents are Art and Shirley Decker of Kent.

3. Meeting Notice: The Future of CRP in Sherman County, June 23

The Future of CRP in Sherman County

What are the Future Management Options?

Friday, June 23rd, 2017

9:00 a.m. – Noon

Sherman County Fair Grounds Pavilion, 66147 Lonerock Rd., Moro, OR 97039

Purpose:      Bring together landowners, operators and agency personnel to discuss the current state of CRP in Sherman County and to investigate future management options for expired CRP.


Time           Task

9:00 a.m.     Arrive, get settled and network

9:05 a.m.     Welcome/Housekeeping/Introductions –Kristie Coelsch, NRCS

9:10 a.m.     Meeting Objectives and Protocols – Kristie Coelsch, NRCS

9:20 a.m.     CRP Snapshot – Roseanna Breeding, FSA/County Executive Director

  1. Where we are today after 30 years of CRP in Sherman County?

Total acres in CRP, how many dollars in annual payments, cost share, incentive payments

  1. What CRP offers and enrollment look like now (competitive)
    1. How and what is the process to enroll
    2. What are the likely requirements now and in future to be an acceptable offer? No guarantee of enrollment
  2. Things to think about if your ground is in CRP now–
    1. What year does your contract(s) expire?
    2. Who is responsible for maintaining compliance of your CRP acreage?
  3. Do you keep informed on requirements and deadlines concerning your CRP contract?
  4. Do you want to re-offer the acreage for CRP in future? Some or all of the current acres?
  5. What is your plan for ground that is not re-enrolled in CRP?
    • Explain Early land prep for CRP
  6. Do you have multiple individual owners, heirs, entities involved in your decision- making? Are there absentee owners with little direct involvement in the details of CRP compliance?
  7. Are the parties involved aware of current and future plans and situations as they relate to CRP contracts?

10:00 a.m.    Break

10:10 a.m.    Management Options

  1. Crop land
    1. Procedures for removing perennial grass Aaron Roth (20 )
    2. Soil types – Aaron Roth and Nick Sirovatka (10 )
    3. HEL plans and ramifications – Nick Sirovatka, Basin Agronomy Specialist (10 )
    4. Cost of converting grass land to farm land – Nick Sirovatka (10 )
    5. Increased water quality oversight – Kristie Coelsch (5 )
    6. Cost of production? Kristie Coelsch (5 )
  2. Grazing land
    1. Do I have the right type of grass? – Aaron Roth (10 )
    2. Infrastructure – Kristie Coelsch (10 )
    3. Value? Kristie Coelsch (10 )

11:40 a.m.    Questions

  • This is a chance for CRP contract holders to discuss CRP related questions with the

Noon           Adjourn

~ Kristie Coelsch, NRCS District Conservationist, Moro Service Center  Phone: (541) 565-3551 ext. 102

4. Good Negotiators

Are you a good negotiator? Do you know what the qualities of a good negotiator are?

Today, I have some tips for you on how to become a better negotiator. These come from a book, “Negotiating Rationally,” by Drs. Max Bazerman and Margaret Neale of Northwestern University. 

First, it’s important to recognize that everyone negotiates – probably a lot more than you think. It’s pretty obvious when you’re buying a car or putting together a business deal. You’re also negotiating when you want to go out to dinner and your spouse wants to stay home, or when your neighbor wants to put in a chain link fence and you’d prefer a hedge of shrubs. 

The first thing that can help your negotiating skills is getting rid of the urge to win at all costs and the false idea that if one person wins, it means the other has to lose. The best solution is one in which each side gives a little and gets something, too. Good negotiators know how to paint a vivid picture of how their proposed solution will benefit both sides, and they focus on gains rather than losses. 

They also know that building trust and sharing information are critical for negotiating in any long-term relationship. Finally, good negotiators have the ability to really put themselves in the other person’s shoes, evaluate alternatives, and think creatively. Can you see yourself negotiating to settle differences in a way that makes everyone a winner? I bet you can!  ~ Lou Tice, The Pacific Institute 

5. Sherman County Fair Board Seeks Letters of Interest for Board Position

Volunteer SmileSherman County Fair Board is accepting letters of interest for a board position.  Letters should include your experience with our or other county fairs, how and how long you have been involved or have helped out at a fair, other community involvement, and your areas of strengths to contribute to our team. Requirements include Sherman County residency, attendance at monthly board meetings, committing to extra time and work days in August, and additional work days, meetings and trainings as they happen. 

Send your letter to Sherman County Fair, P.O. Box 45, Wasco, OR  97065 or to to be received by July2nd.  Monthly board meetings are held on the first Thursday of the month.  Contact the Fair Board Secretary with questions and for further information @ or 541-980-1821.

6. Gorge Grown Food Network brings local produce to corner stores in The Dalles


  • This Healthy Corner Store Project will bring locally grown, farmers market quality, fruit and vegetables to communities who need, and may not otherwise have access to, healthy options.
  • This project’s goal is to build relationships between corner store owners and local small farmers to source and stock 12 different locally grown produce items from July through December. By incentivizing and assisting corner stores in sourcing healthy we aim to increase the availability of quality food to improve the health of the community.
  • Wahtonka Community School students will sell produce to the corner stores to support their school garden program.

Gorge Grown Food Network will launch the region’s first Healthy Corner Store Project June 28th at Allen’s Grocery Outlet and La Michoacana in The Dalles, meeting the needs of low income families for farm fresh fruit and vegetables in neighborhoods without easy access to a grocery store. “In an area with such a rich history of agriculture and an abundance of seasonal produce, no family should go without fresh, healthy options. We hope to build lasting relationships between local farmers, corner stores, and their customers” Said Silvan Shawe, Healthy Corner Store Project Manager.

         Starting this program has been met with enthusiastic support from the participating corner stores, Fit in Wasco walking groups, Oregon State University Extension Service, Columbia Gorge Health Council, Pacificsource, regional Health Departments, Wasco Country Schools and community members. Five small local farms have signed on to be producers for the corners stores, providing everything from carrots to specialty hot peppers. GGNF has also partnered with the Wahtonka Community School Garden and will help to support the school garden and provide business skills to the students. Krystal Klebes, Teacher at WCS noted that, “The opportunity for our students to see the produce they grow in local markets provides meaning for all the hard work they do at the school’s garden”.

To promote the Healthy Corner Store Project and the fresh food now in the corner stores, tastings and recipe demonstrations highlighting a monthly selection of seasonal ingredients will be held at La Michoacana every 2nd and 4th Wednesday, at Allen’s Grocery Outlet every 1st &3rd Wednesday and at local events and schools throughout the community.

Support for this project comes from The OHSU Knight Cancer Institute Community Partnership Program, which is designed to build sustainable collaborations with Oregon communities by providing grants and other resources to foster development of community-identified cancer prevention, early detection, treatment and survivorship projects. The OHSU Knight Cancer Institute has made a decade-long commitment to invest in this program to develop robust, sustainable programs that benefit the health of all Oregonians. Additional information about the program is available on the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute’s website.

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

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Sherman County eNews #176


  1. Oregon Public Meetings Law: Electronic Communication

  2. Storytellers Wanted: Sherman County & John Day Dam Construction

  3. Sherman County School District Invitation to Bid, Revised

  4. An Invitation to an IF Table Gathering, June 19

  5. Discovery Center Program: The 1887 Hell’s Canyon Massacre, June 23

  6. The Language of Labels

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

“The foundation of national morality must be laid in private families… In vain are Schools, Academies, and Universities instituted, if loose principles and licentious habits are impressed upon children in their earliest years… The vices and examples of the parents cannot be concealed from the children.” —John Adams (1778)

1.  Oregon Public Meetings Law: Electronic Communication

Oregon.Flat.pole“The Public Meetings Law applies to all meetings of a quorum of a governing body for which a quorum is required in order to make a decision or to deliberate toward a decision on any matter.  Even if a meeting is for the sole purpose of gathering information to serve as the basis for a subsequent decision or recommendation by the governing body, the meetings law will apply. This requirement serves the policy expressed at ORS 192.620 that an informed public must be aware not only of the decisions of the government, but also of “the information upon which such decisions were made.” ~The Attorney General’s Public Records & Meetings Manual, page 139, 2014 edition and online at

II.C.1.c. Electronic Communication

The Public Meetings Law expressly recognizes that meetings may be conducted by telephonic conference calls or “other electronic communication.” Such meetings are subject to the Public Meetings Law. ORS 192.670(1).

Notice and opportunity for public access must be provided when meetings are conducted by electronic means. For nonexecutive session meetings held by telephone or other electronic means of communication, the public must be provided at least one place where its members may “listen” to the meeting by speakers or other devices. In the alternative, the public may be provided with the access code or other means to attend the meeting using electronic means.  ORS 192.670 (2); ORS 192.672(1).  If electronic access is provided, the technology used must be sufficient to accommodate all attendees, and any costs associated with providing access may not be passed on to the public.

Special accommodations may be necessary to ensure accessibility for persons with disabilities. See discussion below of Accessibility to Persons with Disabilities. The media must be provided access to such facilities when executive sessions are conducted electronically, unless the executive sessions are held under ORS 192.660 (2)(d) (to deliberate with persons designated by the governing body to carry on labor negotiations) or ORS 332.061 (hearing concerning expulsion of minor student from public elementary or secondary school, or pertaining to examination of student’s confidential medical records).

State and local governing bodies generally recognize that the Public Meetings Law imposes public access requirements on official telephonic meetings. Governing bodies also must comply with those requirements when their members use more sophisticated means of electronic communication in lieu of face-to-face official meetings. For example, communications between and among a quorum of members of a governing body convening on electronically-linked personal computers are subject to the Public Meetings Law if the communications constitute a decision or deliberation toward a decision for which a quorum is required, or the gathering of information on which to deliberate.

A state board or commission is not required to compensate or reimburse a member for expenses when that member attends a meeting electronically.  However, if a member of the state board or commission is not also a member of the Legislative Assembly, the board or commission, at its discretion, may choose to compensate or reimburse its member.  ORS 192.672.

2. Storytellers Wanted: Sherman County & John Day Dam Construction

Did you or someone in your family come to this area to build the John Day Dam or the freeway? Sherman County Historical Society’s editor for Sherman County: For The Record, Gladys Wesley, is interested in your story!

In 2018, it will be 60 years since construction began in 1958. What effect did it have on Sherman County, the schools and housing? Were you the new kid in school? Do you have photographs to illustrate your stories?

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has the material facts. Only you can tell your story! Sherman County: For The Record will feature your John Day Dam stories next year. Please contact Gladys Wesley at or Sherman County Historical Society at

3. Sherman County School District Invitation to Bid, Revised

Invitation to Bid - Revised for eNews

4. An Invitation to an IF Table Gathering, June 19

Who? You’re invited to join the first “IF” table gathering.

Where? Sherman County Senior & Community Center in Moro.
When? Monday June 19th at 6:30 p.m.
What? It is a gathering of women interested in getting to know each other better and share their walk with Lord. This is non denominational group getting together to support and encourage each other.
We will provide dinner.  Bring a friend.
For more info on the “IF” table go to
If you have questions call Ree Ella at 541-980-8678.

5. Discovery Center Program: The 1887 Hell’s Canyon Massacre, June 23

MASSACRED FOR GOLD – Join Gregory Nokes, Friday, June 23 for “Chinese in Peril: The 1887 Hells Canyon Massacre,” at Columbia Gorge Discovery Center and Museum, 5000 Discovery Drive, The Dalles, Oregon. Tickets for the 6 p.m. dinner and program are $19, the 7 p.m. program only is $5. Call 541-296-8600 ext. 201, or visit

6. The Language of Labels

Labels are important, as they are the terms we use to put things into categories in order to help us understand them. Often, though, instead of helping us understand, labels cause us to make a mental checkmark in an imaginary box – and then stop thinking! Labels can become the ultimate in lazy thinking.

How many kids in the world have been called “slow learners” or even “learning disabled” when their only problem was teachers who lacked specialized education, or parents who didn’t recognize genius when they saw it? How many people hear the words, “You have a fatal illness,” and simply resign themselves to die?

There are a great many religious labels being thrown around these days, but how much individual research has actually gone into understanding these labels? How many so-called “conservatives” see others as either comfortably like themselves or as “liberals” and utterly foreign. This business of “red” states and “blue” states from U.S. media is a prime example of how labels tend to do nothing more than confuse and confound. Any talk radio station provides excellent examples of people who rely on labels rather than take the time to think for themselves.

What labels have you accepted for yourself? Where did they come from? Is there another way of looking at negative labels to turn them into positive attributes? If you think of yourself as lazy, what would happen if you changed that to “relaxed?” How about interpreting stubbornness as persistence, weirdness as charming eccentricity, and fear as concern?

You see, it is important to avoid labels that chip away at self-esteem and equally important to be highly skeptical of terms that pigeonhole others. These mental shortcuts leave us all short-changed – the labeler and the labeled. Become sensitive to the words you use to describe yourself and your relationships. If you make them as positive as possible, you will find that your experiences tend to reflect the upbeat tone of the language. ~The Pacific Institute

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

Bird.Black.EnvelopeOregon Attorney General’s Public Records and Meetings Manual 2014 – II. Public Meetings

Oregon Watchdog – Political & Business News – free reports

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Legislature sends bill to governor setting deadlines for public records requests

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