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

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