Sherman County eNews #189


  1. Greg Walden statement on proposed repeal of the Waters of the United States rule

  2. Public Notice: North Central Public Health District Exec. Committee, July 11

  3. North Central Education Service District June 22 Board Meeting

  4. Letter to the Editor: Post Carbon Energy Future

  5. Marine Board’s Operation Dry Water – It’s all about Impairment

  6. CCB Investigators Found 83 Alleged Violations by Unlicensed Oregon Contractors

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

Appreciation, respecting, and loving other people’s differences is the essence of a brilliant human experience and potential. Different people, different beliefs, different hopes, different dreams….Brilliant in every way!  ~ Chris Lawrence 

1. Greg Walden statement on proposed repeal of the Waters of the United States rule

American flag2WASHINGTON, D.C. —  Rep. Greg Walden (R-Hood River) released the following statement on the proposal to repeal the Waters of the United States rule:

“Today’s action is another welcome step towards repealing the troublesome WOTUS rule. I’ve heard from farmers, ranchers, and property owners in rural Oregon about the impact the overreaching WOTUS rule would have on their lives, ignoring Congressional intent and expanding EPA’s jurisdiction far beyond navigable waterways. The rule’s potential to affect everything from stock ponds to irrigation ditches created uncertainty and threatened jobs and livelihoods across the West. Today is a victory for rural communities in Oregon and I look forward to the administration crafting a rule that ensures clean water without overreaching its authority.”

 2. Public Notice: North Central Public Health District Exec. Committee, July 11

The North Central Public Health District Executive Committee will be meeting Tuesday, July 11, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. at North Central Public Health District located at 419 E. 7th Street, in the Main Meeting Room, in The Dalles, Oregon. This meeting is open to the general public.

3. North Central Education Service District June 22 Board Meeting

The North Central ESD Board of Directors met in regular session in the NCESD Conference Room, Thursday, June 22, 2017. Amy Derby, Chair-June 2019, P—Geremy Shull-June 2017, Sarah Rucker-June 2017-Via Phone, Jeff Schott -June 2017, Robert Waltenburg, Superintendent, and Kim Domenighini, Business Manager, were present. Absent were Jim Doherty-June 2017 and Kristen Neuberger-June 2019.

Unapproved meeting minutes indicate that no visitors were present, minutes of the previous meeting and financial reports and financial resolutions were approved and the Local Service Plan for 2017-2018 was distributed.

Superintendent Robert Waltenburg reported that North Central Public Health District will rent space in the NCESD building beginning July 1 and that lobbyist Rob Myers will attend the next board meeting to give an update on the legislative session where school funding is under discussion. Waltenburg updated the board on union contract negotiations.

Waltenburg recommended and the board unanimously approved contracting with Columbia Gorge Education Service District for the superintendent’s position for $70,100 for .40 FTE for the 2017-2018 year. Waltenburg’s contract ending June 30 was accepted by the board.

The next NCESD board meeting is set for July 6 at 6 p.m. at which time the June 22 minutes will be on the agenda for approval.

4. Letter to the Editor: Post Carbon Energy Future 

Hi Sherry,

George Mobus is not a fossil fuel insider or a right wing radical nut case. He is a home grown intellectual trying to understand how we are going to proceed as a society into a post carbon energy future. The general populace is kept uninformed about our present and not too distant energy future. Unless we can come up with something we are not aware of now, to substitute for fossil fuel in the next decade or two, we could be facing one of the bleakest episodes in human history. This subject should have been society’s #1 project for the last 50 years. The conversation about this (as I recall) was started in the early ‘60s…..What happened? It really doesn’t make any difference at this point. This is the way it has evolved and if we face our energy reality maybe we can alleviate some of the pain in transformation to a post carbon future. We have squandered this most unbelievable energy gift on greed and self indulgence.

The renewable energy systems we are presently aware of now won’t replace our present energy requirements (not even close). It is up to each individual to investigate, research, and to become as educated as possible about the state of our energy requirements and our ability to meet those requirements going forward. We have models, like the electric vehicles, wind generation, solar PV, solar thermal, biomass, conservation, etc., but these are only models and cannot be scaled up to replace the energy we are accustomed to presently. Oil and, to a lesser degree, coal are the master fuels that make all other energy sources possible. Oil is what makes life possible as we know it. It enables every one and every thing in our lives. It is finite and we can see the end of it. We need to prepare ourselves for a future with a lot less of it.

Of course, this is an opinion of a relatively few concerned individuals. I hope we are wrong. See


Fred Justesen

Grass Valley, Oregon

5. Marine Board’s Operation Dry Water – It’s all about Impairment 

The Marine Board and law enforcement from 32 counties and the Oregon State Police will be participating in Operation Dry Water, during the weekend of June 30- July 2, as part of a nationally coordinated effort to reduce the number of accidents and fatalities related to boating under the influence of intoxicants (BUII).

Last year saw a spike in boating accidents, from 62 in 2015 to 82 in 2016, many involving alcohol and marijuana use. “To help marine officers prepare, we train them to recognize drug and alcohol impairment and arrest those operators –including those with paddles,” says Randy Henry, Boating Safety Manager for the Marine Board.

Boating under the influence of intoxicants means prescription drugs, alcohol, inhalants, marijuana, or any other substance that impairs a person’s ability to make sound judgments and have the ability to safely operate a boat. The effects of drugs and alcohol are also amplified on the water with the combination of sun, glare, wind, waves and other motion.

Impaired boaters can expect to be arrested or face serious penalties. In Oregon, the consequences of being convicted of BUII include the possibility of jail time, $6,250 in fines and loss of boating privileges. Marine officers can arrest boaters on observed impairment and can legally obtain blood, breath or urine if a boater fails field sobriety testing. So far this year, twelve people have been arrested for BUII and were operating on the Willamette River in Benton County, Upper Klamath Lake, Lake of the Woods, Crescent and Odell Lakes, Clackamas River, and Foster and Detroit Reservoirs.

“Overall, recreational boating is very safe if boaters wear life jackets, boat sober, and keep a sharp lookout by looking at what’s in front of them and what’s going on around them. If boaters followed these guidelines, accidents would be extremely rare. So far this year, the pattern for accidents includes impairment, distracted operation and no life jacket,” Henry warns. Henry goes on to say, “The public is our ally in safe boating. If you see an impaired operator or someone who is operating in a way that threatens others’ safety, call 911 and report it. That’s how we can work together to save lives.”

For more information about Operation Dry Water, visit or the Marine Board’s Boating Safety Program at

6. CCB Investigators Found 83 Alleged Violations by Unlicensed Oregon Contractors

The Oregon Construction Contractor Board (CCB) found 83 suspected violations of illegal construction resulting from visits to 380 job sites during a recent multistate enforcement action targeting the construction industry.

The Oregon “sweeps” of job sites occurred in early June, when CCB investigators showed up unannounced at job sites in the Bend area and along the state’s northern border from Astoria to Pendleton.

Most alleged violations involved contractors who had employees but lacked workers’ compensation insurance and people working without a license. CCB staff will now determine whether to issue penalties in the cases.

Nearly everyone who repairs, remodels or builds a home needs a CCB license, and contractors with employees must carry workers’ compensation insurance to cover job-related injuries.

Oregon joined seven other states in the nationwide action coordinated by the National Association of State Contractor Licensing Agencies (NASCLA).

“This coordinated multistate enforcement effort is a great way for us to draw attention to the work our enforcement staff carry on throughout our state every day,” Administrator James Denno said.

“We take enforcement very seriously. If you hire an unlicensed contractor, you put yourself and your property at risk. Licensed contractors carry bonds and insurance, important requirements that provide protection for the public,” Denno added. “We also provide mediation services where we help to iron out disputes that sometimes arise between homeowners and contractors. If you hire an unlicensed contractor, you don’t have access to this service.”

Contractors must include their CCB license number on any advertising so consumers can easily verify their license. To do so:
Enter the license number or name in the orange “Search” feature.
Verify that the license is “active” and that the name and other information on the license matches the contractor in question.
Call 503-378-4621 for help searching or understanding the results.

Contractors and consumers can report unlicensed contractors and other illegal activity on the CCB’s website or by calling 503-934-2246.

In looking for contractors, the CCB advises consumers to get references from friends and neighbors, or others in the construction industry, such as supply stores. Contractors seeking work through online lists must include their CCB number in all advertising. Additionally, consumers should not rely on online references alone.

“Probably the biggest problems arise through lack of a written contract detailing the work to be done, including the exact products that will be installed, and failure to document change orders,” Enforcement Manager Stan Jessup said. “Consumers and contractors should make sure they have a system in place for regularly communicating with one another.”

The CCB has a variety of consumer tools on its website at They include:
A new consumer guide on how to hire and work with a contractor. Order a copy by email:
A short video on how to avoid construction scams.
Information about filing a complaint against a contractor for shoddy work or breach of contract.
A Buyer Beware list highlighting some of Oregon’s most active predatory contractors.
Email alerts providing regular tips to consumers contemplating projects.

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

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