Sherman County eNews #228


  1. Drive with caution! Slow-moving wheat trucks are on the road!

  2. Weather: August Outlook & July Monthly Climate

  3. Public Meeting Notice: Sherman County Court, Aug. 16

  4. Sherman County Sheriff’s July Incident Report

  5. Heat Wave Tips from Pacific Power to be safe, stay cool and use less energy

  6. We’ve lost the fine art of civil discourse

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

1. Drive with caution! Slow-moving wheat trucks are on the road!

 wheat.sheaf.combineBe mindful of slow-moving wheat trucks that may be just around the corner

in Biggs Canyon/Spanish Hollow on Hwy. 97


on Hwy. 206 in Fulton Canyon!

Cyclists are encouraged to avoid harvest market roads.

Please keep all vehicles on paved roads to prevent field fires.

~ Peter W. Murphy, Public Information Officer

ODOT Region 4 Bend, Oregon  541-388-6224

2. Weather: August Outlook & July Monthly Climate

sun.circleYou can find the August outlook and the July monthly climate summary AND GRAPHS (toggle between color and gray) for Moro at
— Dennis Hull- KB0NYC
Warning Coordination Meteorologist

3. Public Meeting Notice: Sherman County Court, Aug. 16

The Sherman County Court session scheduled for Wednesday, August 16, 2017, at  9:00 a.m. will be held in the Circuit Courtroom at the Sherman County Courthouse, 500 Court Street, Moro, Oregon, 97039.

During the August 16 Court session, the Court will hold a public hearing regarding an ordinance authorizing the transfer of all assets and obligations of Frontier Digital Network to Frontier TeleNet, and the termination of Frontier Digital Network.

Agenda, including updates, will also be posted on the Sherman County Website at


 4. Sherman County Sheriff’s July Incident Report



5. Heat Wave Tips from Pacific Power to be safe, stay cool and use less energy

PORTLAND, Ore. –With forecasts predicting triple-digit temperatures throughout the Northwest over the coming week, Pacific Power wants to remind customers to stay safe and use these tips to beat the heat, use less energy and save money.

Stay hydrated and watch for others
* Drink water and stay out of direct sunlight as much as possible. Use hats and sunscreen.
* Check on neighbors who you know have few outside contacts. Keep a close eye on children and pets to make sure they have water available and have some place to cool down.

Don’t let the sun shine in
* On hot days, close blinds and drapes, especially in south-facing windows which allow in the most heat.

Open windows in the evening and circulate cool air
* Open windows in the evening and early morning to let in cool air. Be aware, however, of any safety or security issues.
* Use fans to bring in and circulate cool air. Ceiling and window fans use less electricity than an air conditioner when the compressor is engaged. Running an air conditioner in fan-only mode can also be effective as outside temperatures drop.

Reduce the heat inside
* Use heat-producing appliances like ovens, dishwashers and dryers in the early morning or late evening when temperatures are cooler.
* Grill outside or use a microwave or toaster oven. A toaster oven uses one-third to one-half as much energy as a regular oven and releases less heat into the home.
* Turn off heat-generating devices when not in use, including lamps, televisions and computers.

Be air conditioner smart
* Set your thermostat at 78 degrees. This will keep you comfortable and cooling your house below that temperature can increase your air conditioning bill as much as 8 percent.
* Don’t turn off the air conditioner when you’re gone; instead set it higher, at 85 degrees. That setting allows your air conditioner to use less electricity to cool the house than if the air conditioning has been off all day, but doesn’t shut down altogether.
* Your air conditioner will operate most efficiently if you trim nearby foliage to allow adequate air flow around the unit.
* Don’t block inside distribution vents with furniture or other objects.
* In the Northwest, less than half of all residences have air conditioning. Take advantage of malls, theatres or other public places that do have cooling systems.

For more information and tips, visit

About Pacific Power
Pacific Power provides electric service to more than 740,000 customers in Oregon, Washington and California. The company works to meet growing energy demand while protecting and enhancing the environment. Pacific Power is part of PacifiCorp, one of the lowest-cost electricity producers in the United States, with almost 1.8 million customers in six western states Information about Pacific Power is available on the company’s website, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube pages.

6. We’ve lost the fine art of civil discourse

By Lawrence Mhiripi

These days, everywhere you look someone is fighting over something. Whether it’s politics, parenting, religion or lifestyle choices, people feel the need to speak out. But why do people feel the need to express themselves negatively? We’ve lost the fine art of civil discourse in modern society. We live in a world where people think they must act contentiously or stay silent on the issues that matter most. However, if there was ever a time to have important discussions, now is that time.

There’s a third course of action that is often overlooked. It’s entirely possible to disagree with someone without becoming disagreeable. Unfortunately, we’re really bad at doing just that. You don’t have to act like a jerk to get your point across, but you do have to think about these considerations.

Everyone is entitled to an informed opinion

Many of us espouse the misguided notion that, if given the same facts, all people come to the same conclusions. That’s both naive and reductive. Humans come from varying backgrounds, and we all have our own personality traits that shade our view of the world. We can learn the same information and still come to wildly different conclusions from our friends and neighbors.

Outside of moral absolutes, the truth is a relative thing. If we want people to acquiesce to our way of thinking, we need to stop acting like those who disagree with us are under-educated or misinformed. Don’t assume someone is ignorant of the issues simply because they don’t see things your way. It’s impossible to act civil and condescending at the same time.

Only informed opinions count

Before you share your view on the world, ensure you’re offering an informed opinion. One of the most powerful things you can learn is how much you do not know. No matter how brilliant we think we are, each of us has blind spots and gaps in our information. Before you assert your views, check that you are speaking within your area of study.

If you want others to take you seriously, you have to take yourself seriously first. It makes little sense to debate politics on social media if you haven’t watched the news in six months. Likewise, you can’t tell someone how to parent their child unless you are co-parenting right along with them. Understand the limitations of your viewpoint and your points of bias. Spouting off about something you don’t understand is how arguments start.

Focus on facts, not character

The second you attack someone’s character, you have lost the argument. If you can’t stay on point with facts and personal experiences, it’s time to stay silent.

It’s never OK to disparage someone’s good name, no matter how much you differ in your opinions. Tact is not dead, and you don’t want to kill it. Besides, you can’t convince someone to adopt your stance if they hate your guts. It just doesn’t work that way.

Rise above personal attacks in public discourse, even online. It’s tempting to say something negative about someone you can’t see, but it’s still not OK.

Remember this important rule: never say something online that you wouldn’t say face to face. Character assassination through social media is just as harmful as bullying in person.

 Agree to disagree

The heart of public discourse is understanding, not winning. People are too diverse to ever agree completely on important issues, and even if they could, that would make a very boring world. Know when to step away and leave the conversation. If you push past the point of polite disagreement, you’ll only make enemies, and enemies never agree, no matter how valid the arguments.

Don’t avoid people who challenge your beliefs, either. Some of the best relationships are with people who help us grow. Disagreement is not a good enough reason to blacklist someone from your life. If you can’t act like adults and stay civil in your interactions, maybe it’s time to look at your maturity level.

Real adults know how to disagree with grace. You can stand up for yourself and your morals without sinking into arguing and name calling. Let’s bring the civility back into the public sphere. There are too many important issues to waste our time squabbling with each other. We need informed, intelligent adults to lead us into the future.

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