Sherman County eNews #283


  1. Sherman High School Volleyball Schedule Update

  2. Sherman County Court Minutes on the Web, Sept. 6 & 14

  3. Two Great Celebrations Under One Great Roof, Sept. 30

  4. Thanking The Constitution On Its 230th Birthday For Our Rights And Freedoms

  5. Clear, Concise Vision

  6. New Landslide Hazard Inventory Maps Include the Eagle Creek Fire Area

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

“A popular Government, without popular information, or the means of acquiring it, is but a Prologue to a Farce or a Tragedy; or, perhaps both. Knowledge will forever govern ignorance: And a people who mean to be their own Governors, must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.” —James Madison (1822)

1. Sherman High School Volleyball Schedule Update

sports-volley-ballSherman High School Volleyball

Sept. 23, 2017 – These matches have been CANCELLED, planning on rescheduling soon.

~Audrey Rooney, Registrar, Sherman High School           


PH: 541-565-3500 ~ Fax: 541-565-3319

2. Sherman County Court Minutes on the Web, Sept. 6 & 14

ShermanCoLogoApproved minutes for the September 6, 2017 regular session and the September 14, 2017 special session are now available on the county website at The most current draft agenda for October 4, 2017, is also available on the website home page.

3. Two Great Celebrations Under One Great Roof, Sept. 30

Two Great Celebrations

Saturday, September 30th

Under One Great Roof

at the

Grass Valley Pavilion!

Countryfied is celebrating 30 years of making music!

Rod & Lori McGuire are celebrating 40 years of marriage!

Tri-tip and pork loin will be provided.

Please take a side dish!

Social hour 5:30, Dinner 6:30 and Dancing 8 o’clock.

4. Thanking The Constitution On Its 230th Birthday For Our Rights And Freedoms

constitution-wethepeopleAre We Too Ignorant To Save Our Constitutional Republic?

Constitution: September 15, 2017: This weekend marks the 230th anniversary of the U.S. Constitution, perhaps the world’s greatest political document. But what should be a rousing celebration is darkened somewhat by Americans’ ignorance of the source of their own freedoms.

The Constitution’s beauty lies in the fact that it not only delineates our rights as Americans, but expressly limits and defines the government’s ability to interfere in our private lives. This exquisite equipoise between citizens’ duties, responsibilities and rights make it the defining document of our nation’s glorious freedom.

But sadly, as numerous recent surveys show, Americans know little about the document that has enabled them to have greater freedom and to create more wealth than any nation in history.

The Annenberg Public Policy Center’s recent poll depressingly found that “Only 26% of respondents can name the three branches of government,” way below 2011, when 38% got the answer right. And 33% couldn’t name even one of the branches of government, the same as in 2011, the first time the test was administered.

Perhaps worse, “More than a third of those surveyed can’t name any of the rights guaranteed under the First Amendment.”

Unfortunately, that’s not the only survey revealing our collective ignorance of our own great history. The Intercollegiate Studies Institute has, since 2005, surveyed over 28,000 undergrads at some 80 colleges about civic literacy, including our Constitution. As the ISI notes, “the average score on our basic 60-question civic literacy exam was about a 54%, an ‘F.’ “

Even adults with college degrees barely scored higher than those with just high school diplomas. And in one alarming finding, seniors at elite schools, including the Ivy League,  actually scored lower than freshmen, suggesting what ISI called “negative learning.”

We’re not trying to be a nanny or a noodge, or to shame anyone. No one knows everything.

But America is the wonderful place it is largely because of the Constitution and those that framed it. They ensured that we would have a republic, not a dictatorship or a monarchy, and that our country, no matter what its flaws and imperfections, would always pursue freedom, liberty and justice for its people. Those who call this country “greedy,” “racist,” or “fascist” are the most profoundly ignorant of all.

We can and should do better, starting with high school civics education, which has failed recent generations of students and imperiled our future freedoms by churning out ignorant citizens who know little or nothing about our laws, rights and governing institutions.

What we have is too precious to squander. We hope you’ll be encouraged to bone up a bit on your constitutional heritage, and the struggles and debates that lay behind it. And maybe you should look at what your kids are being taught in school. It might surprise you, and not in a pleasant way. 


5. Clear, Concise Vision

faceblwhIf you are single and looking for a long-term relationship or marriage but are having trouble finding a partner or spouse, here are some suggestions for you – and they don’t involve an Internet site. However, they do involve two vital points:  truly knowing yourself, and clearly knowing what you want.

First, do you know specifically what kind of person you are looking for? What qualities do you value in a mate, and how do you judge whether a person has those qualities?  

Do you have a clear picture of what your relationship with your partner will be like, including how you will treat each other, how you will deal with conflict, what your social life will look like? You see, the clearer your values are and the clearer your picture of the kind of person you are looking for is, the likelier it is that you will end up with what you want. 

Do you have issues from your family of origin or other relationships that might prevent you from enjoying this kind of happiness?  Would some counseling or group support help eliminate these obstacles? 

Finally, do you live in a way that is consistent with what you want in a relationship? Because, in the end, it is far more important to be the right person than it is to find the right person. 

It is difficult to attract anyone who is better or more successful or kinder than you are comfortable with, or believe in your heart of hearts you deserve. If you work on your mental pictures and your growth as an individual first, you will recognize and be ready for the right person when that person comes along.

Incidentally, this same process works when we are looking for business colleagues or business partners. We need to understand and live our corporate values first, and have a clear, concise picture of what we are looking for in a business partner. Then we will be ready to engage with the best possible partners on our corporate path forward. ~The Pacific Institute

6. New Landslide Hazard Inventory Maps Include the Eagle Creek Fire Area

Oregon.Flat.poleNew maps offer an improved look at landslide hazards in Oregon’s Columbia River Gorge – an area that’s even more susceptible to landslides following recent wildfires.

The Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI) today released new landslide inventory maps for eastern Multnomah County, including the Eagle Creek Fire burn area.

Land that has slid in the past is more likely to slide again, says Bill Burns, DOGAMI engineering geologist. The new mapping revealed 286 existing landslides – all places that are highly susceptible to future slides.

Knowing where past landslides have occurred is especially critical in the Eagle Creek fire area, Burns says, because recently burned areas are also more likely to slide. With vegetation removed, rain can reach soil more quickly, and loss of root strength also means less stable soil.

“With Oregon’s rainiest months still ahead, it’s extremely important for people to be more aware than ever of landslide hazards in this area,” he says.

The Columbia River Gorge is one of Oregon’s most landslide prone areas. The winter storms of 1996-1997 triggered more than 9,000 slides statewide. In the Dodson-Warrendale area of the Gorge, multiple massive debris flows destroyed homes and closed Interstate 84, the Union Pacific Railroad, and Columbia River traffic.

“We can’t predict when and where the next landslide events will occur,” Burns says. “But by improving information about existing landslide locations, we better understand what areas might be hazardous during storm events, or where taking action to reduce risk is a good idea.”

DOGAMI’s interactive SLIDO shows the newly mapped landslides: A guide to landslide hazards around the home also offers general guidance homeowners should consider regarding their home and property, including landslide warning signs and who to contact if they suspect active landslides on their property. The guide is available for free download at

STAYING SAFE WHEN LANDSLIDES ARE POSSIBLE. Throughout the rainy season, the National Weather Service highlights the potential for debris flows and landslides during flood watch advisories.

“When landslides are possible in your area, you need to stay alert to weather conditions, and to what’s happening around you,” says Ali Ryan Hansen, DOGAMI communications director. If your home, work, or route is in a watch area:

– Stay alert. Track the flood watch by radio, TV, weather radio or online. If told to evacuate, do so immediately.
– Listen. Unusual sounds might indicate moving debris, such as trees cracking or boulders knocking together. A trickle of falling mud or debris may precede larger landslides. If you think there is danger of a landslide, leave immediately.
– Watch the water. If water in a stream or creek suddenly turns muddy or the amount of water flowing suddenly decreases or increases, this is a warning that the flow has been affected upstream. You should immediately leave the area because a debris flow may soon be coming downstream.
– Travel with extreme caution. Assume highways are not safe. Be alert when driving, especially at night. Embankments along roadsides may fail, sending rock and debris onto the road.
– Stay cautious after the storm. Cleaning up after landslides can also be hazardous. A small mudslide can actually be part of a larger landslide. Cleanup should not be done until after the storm.

ABOUT THE PUBLICATION. Open-File Report O-17-03, Landslide Inventory of Eastern Multnomah County by William J. Burns and Kassandra O. Lindsey includes four map plates (scale 1:12,000), Esri geodatabase, and metadata. The publication is available for download at:

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