Sherman County eNews #196


  1. All County Prayer Meeting, July 5

  2. America, the Beautiful by Katharine Lee Bates

  3. Rush Skeletonweed – Chondrilla juncea L.

  4. Congressman Walden: Hydropower is essential to power mix in Pacific Northwest

  5. Oregon Encyclopedia Online

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

1. All County Prayer Meeting, July 5

church.family1All County Prayer Meeting is Wednesday, July 5 @ the Grass Valley Baptist 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. America, The Beautiful by Katharine Lee Bates – 1913

O beautiful for spacious skies,
For amber waves of grain,
For purple mountain majesties
Above the fruited plain!
America! America! God shed His grace on thee,
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea!

O beautiful for pilgrim feet,
Whose stern impassion’d stress
A thoroughfare for freedom beat
Across the wilderness!
America! America! God mend thine ev’ry flaw,
Confirm thy soul in self-control,
Thy liberty in law!

O beautiful for heroes proved in liberating strife,
Who more than self their country loved,
And mercy more than life!
America! America! May God thy gold refine
Till all success be nobleness,
And ev’ry gain divine!

O Beautiful for patriot dream
That sees beyond the years
Thine alabaster cities gleam,
Undimmed by human tears!
America! America! God shed His grace on thee,
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea!

3. Rush Skeletonweed – Chondrilla juncea L.

skeletonweed.colorRush skeletonweed is an exotic herbaceous biennial or creeping perennial plant indigenous to Central Asia and the Mediterranean region. Introduced into the eastern United States during the 1870s, it has since become troublesome in many western states. Rush skeletonweed is an aggressive plant that infests cropland, rangeland, and other disturbed areas. In particular, rush skeleton­weed threatens the productivity of a) cropland (small grains, potatoes) due to an extensive root system that enables it to effectively compete with crops for water and nutrients (especially nitrogen), and because of its strong wiry stems and latex sap that interfere with har­vest equipment; and b) rangeland through displacement of native or beneficial species, thereby reducing forage for livestock and wildlife.

Overall acreage infested with rush skeletonweed in the Pacific Northwest (defined here as Washington, Or­egon, and Idaho) and California is in the millions and continues to increase, elevating rush skeletonweed to a top priority for many land managers. Rush skeleton­weed is designated “noxious” and targeted for intensive control or eradication in the Pacific Northwest as well as California, Colorado, Montana, and Nevada. Arizona and South Dakota have taken action to prohibit the introduction of rush skeletonweed into their states. Cu­riously, rush skeletonweed is not currently listed by the federal government as a noxious weed.

Seed dispersal by the wind accounts for most long-range dispersal of rush skeletonweed; however, most local population increase is due to vegetative regeneration. Rush skeletonweed has a slender taproot that can reach depths of more than 7 feet (2.1 m) and can produce rhi­zome-like lateral roots. Vegetative spread occurs when daughter rosettes form (usually in the fall) from adventi­tious buds located near the top of the taproot and along major lateral roots. Plants overwinter as rosettes and grow again in the spring. Vegetative spread also occurs when injury causes root fragments as small as ½ inch (1.3 cm) and as deep as 2 feet (0.6 m) to regenerate. Suc­cessful regeneration depends on plant biotype, age, and soil and climatic conditions.

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4. Congressman Walden: Hydropower is essential to power mix in Pacific Northwest

American flag2WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Greg Walden (R-Hood River), Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, emphasized the importance of hydropower to the energy mix in the Pacific Northwest and helped move forward legislation to better utilize this renewable energy resource. This comes as Walden recently toured The Dalles Dam to see first-hand the technology generating clean hydropower for the Pacific Northwest. A full transcript of Walden’s remarks is included below:

“This subcommittee has been hard at work advancing solutions that seek to modernize our nation’s energy infrastructure and improve our energy security. To date, we have held over 10 infrastructure related hearings and briefings, and just last week the House cleared ten committee bills to boost our energy infrastructure and increase energy efficiency.

“This Congress, we’ve examined the roadblocks to energy infrastructure and barriers to the gas pipeline permitting process, cross-border energy infrastructure, and hydropower facilities. Our previous work examining these issues has informed the bills under consideration today. We’ve learned that oftentimes dozens of agencies are involved in the permitting process. It’s time we address these issues head on and improve the federal licensing process to ensure we get projects to market sooner for consumers. Doing this would create good-paying jobs and capitalize on America’s growing energy potential.

“These bills would strengthen the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s role as the lead agency for coordinating the necessary environmental reviews and required permits — effectively streamlining the approval process to cut down unnecessary delays and challenges.

“I’d also like to note that hydropower is of particular importance to me. In my home state of Oregon, over 40 percent of our energy is produced from hydropower at relatively low costs to consumers across my district. Just last weekend, I toured The Dalles Dam and saw first-hand the technology generating clean hydropower for the Pacific Northwest. It is essential as part of our power mix. We have a great opportunity in this committee to help increase the use of our nation’s hydro resources to better utilize this renewable energy source. The two bills before us today make meaningful improvements to the hydropower licensing process — modernizing our federal policies and promoting this renewable energy source to ensure consumers across the country receive affordable and reliable electricity from hydropower, which emits no greenhouse gas emissions.

“Pipeline and hydropower bills aren’t the only bills under consideration today either. New vulnerabilities and threats to our nation’s energy infrastructure and changes in the ways we generate, transmit, and deliver power continues evolve. States are now at the forefront of energy security and emergency preparedness. The Enhancing State Energy Security Planning and Emergency Preparedness Act would reauthorize and help to focus DOE’s State Energy Program to strengthen states’ capabilities to ensure our energy infrastructure is protected against physical and cybersecurity attacks.

“Cumulatively, these bills represent an important step in our efforts to put consumers’ interests first while working to enact reforms that build on our energy abundance, modernize our energy infrastructure, and grow our economy and create good jobs. I thank my colleagues for their hard-work on these bills and I look forward to continuing to work in a bipartisan efforts as we move towards a full committee markup.”

The Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy recently examined five important infrastructure-related bills dealing with hydropower, pipelines, electric transmission, and electric grid security.  One piece of legislation Walden helped move forward, the Hydropower Policy Modernization Act, is particularly important to Oregon and the Pacific Northwest. This legislation would define hydropower as renewable energy and help streamline the permitting process for hydro development across the country.

All five energy bills were among eight pieces of legislation Walden helped advance through the Energy and Commerce Committee recently. Walden spoke of the importance of these bills to modernize energy infrastructure, improve environmental laws, and promote job growth in Oregon. The package of legislation will now move forward to the full House of Representatives for a vote.

5. Oregon Encyclopedia Online

Oregon.BeaverThe Oregon Encyclopedia provides definitive, authoritative information about the State of Oregon, including significant places, culture, institutions, events, and people.

The Oregon Encyclopedia is part of the Oregon Historical Society’s Digital History Projects, in partnership with Portland State University and the Oregon Council of Teachers of English. The OE has also been supported by the Oregon Cultural Trust through the Oregon Cultural Heritage Commission, Willamette University, and the Oregon State Library.

Oregon’s history and culture are dynamic, and the Encyclopedia is designed to expand and grow as new material is developed and new web-based features are created. Through its website and in communities and classrooms across the state, The Oregon Encyclopedia will be the authoritative and creative resource on all things Oregon—a substantive and lasting recognition of the state’s sesquicentennial.

The Oregon Encyclopedia includes:

  • Entries and essays on the significant people, events, places, institutions, and biota from 10,000 years ago to the present
  • Essays and entries on ethnic groups and communities throughout Oregon’s history
  • Entries on art, architecture, literature, performing arts, music, and popular culture
  • Images, documents, and maps
  • Essays that add new perspective to issues and events
  • Special sections for teachers and students.


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


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