Sherman County eNews #179


  1. What’s Happening at Sherman County Public/School Library This Week

  2. Notice. Frontier Regional 911 Agency Board Meeting, June 29

  3. Program: The Great American Eclipse, July 1

  4. Do-It-Yourself Esteem Project

  5. Columbia Gorge Community College courses delve deep into cultivating happiness

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

 1. What’s Happening at Sherman County Public/School Library This Week

Tuesday June 20th at 5:30pm – Jaws Teen Movie Night.

Come celebrate the anniversary of the theatrical release of Jaws with themed treats and a showing of the movie. Ages 12-20. Rated PG, run time 2hrs 10 min

Thursday June 22 at 11:00am – Baby Lap-Sit Story Time
Come build early literacy skills with your little one as we read a story, sing songs, and play games like “peek-a-boo.”

For a calendar of events please visit 

2. Notice. Frontier Regional 911 Agency Board Meeting, June 29


                                             BOARD MEETING NOTICE

                                                       June 29, 2017

                                                           1:00 p.m.

                                 Gilliam County Courthouse – Courtroom

1 –     Burns Paiute Tribe Update on Consolidation with Frontier Regional Dispatch– Mike Smith, Frontier TelNet

2 –     Grant County Update – Mike Smith, Frontier TelNet

3 –     Workers’ Compensation Coverage – Brenda Potter, Wheeler County

4 –     Manager’s Report – April Stream, Frontier Regional Dispatch

3. Program: The Great American Eclipse, July 1

eclipse2THE DALLES— Join Bob Yoesle from Friends of the Goldendale Observatory for “The Great American Eclipse,” Saturday, July 1, 2017 from 12:30-1:30 pm at Columbia Gorge Discovery Center, 5000 Discovery Drive, The Dalles. The program is included with museum admission, or $5 for the program only.

Yoesle will take a look at historical eclipse expeditions, and help you prepare for your own historical journey to view the solar eclipse.

The total solar eclipse the morning of Monday, August 21, 2017, “The Great American Eclipse,” will be the first total eclipse to touch on American soil since 1991; the first on the mainland since 1979; and the first to sweep across the entire country since 1918. This is a once-in-a-lifetime event for most people – if they are lucky enough to witness a total solar eclipse at all.

A total solar eclipse – where the Moon completely hides the blinding disc of the Sun – is one of the rarest and most beautiful astronomical wonders a person can observe. A total eclipse has a profound impact on those who experience the phenomenon; it can alarm animals and affect their behavior as it produces “shadow bands,” rows of shadows that move rapidly across the ground.

What causes an eclipse? An eclipse is caused by the intersecting orbital paths of the Earth and Moon around the Sun. The geometry of the shadows cast by the Sun determines whether the eclipse is observed as a partial or total eclipse.

A solar eclipse occurs at a new moon when, as the Moon orbits the Earth, its path crosses directly between the Earth and the Sun. Depending on the Moon’s distance from the Earth and its path in front of the Sun, a solar eclipse can be seen as total, annular, or partial. In a total solar eclipse the entire Sun is obscured by the Moon for anyone observing along the narrow path of the umbra – also known as the path of totality.

Total solar eclipses take place somewhere on the Earth every year or two, but are confined to a few fleeting moments along a narrow strip about 60 to 100 miles (96 -160 km) wide, and are often located in remote or inhospitable regions of the planet.

In Oregon the 2017 total eclipse will cut a swath through the central part of the state, from the Pacific coast to the Idaho border. The path of totality, or umbra, in Oregon will pass over Lincoln City and Newport, Salem, Corvallis, Warm Springs, Madras, the John Day Fossil Beds, Dayville, John Day, Baker City and Ontario.

Outside the path of totality, it will instead only be seen as a partial solar eclipse and will not be a total solar eclipse anywhere in the state of Washington or even in The Dalles. You’ll need to travel to Central Oregon to view the eclipse as it passes in a wide arc through the middle of Oregon. Learn what you can do to prepare to make this lifetime event the memory of a lifetime.

“Nothing you read, see, or hear can prepare you for the spine-tingling, goosebump-inducing experience of the total eclipse.  You do not simply see a total eclipse. You experience it. You are immersed in it. You are completely overwhelmed by it. Many people say that the experience of totality changes their lives.”   — “Being in the Shadow,” Dr. Kate Russo, author, psychologist, and eclipse chaser.

Be sure to visit the Goldendale Observatory in the days preceding the eclipse for engaging programs and information about the eclipse. For those who cannot make it to the path of totality, the Observatory will be open for viewing the 98% partial eclipse – a very thin crescent Sun – which is still quite blinding, and safety eye protection MUST be used at all times.​​

Make your plans, be prepared, and enjoy this incredible moment in nature.

If you miss the 2017 total solar eclipse, you’ll have another opportunity on April 8, 2024, but the weather prospects for the path through the USA are poorer. You’ll have to wait until August 12, 2045 for the next total solar eclipse in the USA to have an opportunity equal to or better than the August 21, 2017 eclipse.

Resource Links:

Goldendale Observatory:

View the local moon rise/set times:

Columbia Gorge Discovery Center and Museum is the official interpretive center for the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area.  The museum is open daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, phone (541) 296-8600 ext. 201, or visit

4. Do-It-Yourself Esteem Project

Does it seem to you that it is easier to build someone else’s self-esteem, than it is to positively affect your own? Today, let’s talk about some pointers for your own DIY self-esteem construction project.

The most commonly accepted definition of self-esteem is our own estimation of our value or worth as human beings – and there is probably nothing more important when it comes to living a healthy, happy, productive life. However, if you are aware that your self-esteem isn’t what it could be, as a result of poor parenting or other early-life difficulties, what can you do about it?

Quite a bit, actually. You can work on your own awareness – your ability to think and live consciously – rather than going through life on autopilot. You can accept yourself exactly as you are right now, even if there are things you would like to change, and stop calling yourself names! Stop running yourself down!

You can say what you mean, and mean what you say, and try at all times to be exactly who you really are, rather than acting out someone else’s idea of who you should be and how you should behave. Living with a sense of purpose does wonders for your self-esteem too, as does living with integrity, which simply means that your behavior is in line with your values and beliefs.

You can work on trusting yourself, on telling the truth, and on treating others with kindness, even when that is not easy. And, in word and deed, you can affirm the fact that you are a valuable and worthy person. If all this sounds like work, you are correct. It is! But there is no other work you will ever do, that will bring greater rewards, so keep at it! ~The Pacific Institute

5. Columbia Gorge Community College courses delve deep into cultivating happiness

Throughout the ages spiritual teachers and philosophers have pondered the human desire to cultivate happiness.  Ancient wisdom traditions offered contemplative practices to enhance compassion, gratitude, and other virtues that have stood the test of time.  What’s been driving an enduring inquiry into enhancing the state of the human mind? 

Today, evolutionary psychology informs us that modern humans inherited a nervous system from our Stone Age ancestors that predisposes us to over-focus on the bad, exaggerate threats, and be easily susceptible to anxiety, self-doubt, and judgement of ourselves and others.  The good news is that recent advances in neuroscience reveal that with simple practices done in the everyday flow of life we can lay down neural structure that tilts the brain toward the positive, enhancing our sense of happiness (Hanson, 2013). 

“We are in an era in which the intersection of ancient wisdom traditions and modern science offers methods to enhance personal well-being in lasting ways,” says Suzanne Burd, community education coordinator at Columbia Gorge Community College (CGCC). In response, the Community Education program now offers classes on cultivating inner-strengths, bridging the wisdom tradition of Buddhism with neuroscience, psychology, and evolutionary biology.

The pursuit of inner-growth is fairly mainstream in American culture as evidenced by “mindfulness” recently achieving special edition status with Time Magazine.  “Personal wellness in the amenity rich Gorge is a high priority for many residents, and the college wants to respond to this interest,” Burd adds.

“The new Inner Strengths courses cover topics such as self-compassion and growing grit,” explains Burd, “and are taught by Ellen Donoghue, PhD who has an infectious passion for assisting people to cultivate lasting happiness and combines her social science research on well-being with a diversity of evidence-based mindfulness teachings and practices.”

The first course on “Growing Grit,” beginning July 5th for 4 weeks, 6:30 – 8:00pm at CGCC Hood River campus, is for anyone with a heartfelt goal who would like to enhance inner-strengths of perseverance, patience, courage, resilience, and confidence. 

Cultivating self-compassion and learning skills to silence a harsh inner-critic is the focus of a 4-week series running Thursday evenings in August.  And, a Saturday afternoon workshop on August 5th explores teachings and practices to help us overcome the negativity bias of our Stone Age brains and cultivate inner strengths.  For details and registration, call (541) 506-6011 or visit

Citation: Hanson, R. (2013). Hardwiring Happiness: The new brain science of contentment, calm, and confidence. New York: Harmony Books.

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

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Lyndon Johnson: “If one morning I walked on top of the water across the Potomac River, the headline that afternoon would read: ‘President Can’t Swim.'”

Short History of Colonialism Since 1492 In One GIF

Americans Learning to Live with Treason 

The Bubble: How conservative and liberal media reacted to Sessions’ testimony

The surprising number of American adults who think chocolate milk comes from brown cows

Oregon Watchdog 

This Simulator Shows What You’ll See During the Great American Solar Eclipse

Solar eclipse 2017: The best places to see the rare phenomenon this August

Oregon Solar Fest in Jefferson County

Contact U.S. Government 

Cyndi’s List – Genealogy Categories 

Military Times

Defense News