Sherman County eNews #322

CONTENTS

  1. Public Notice. Wasco School Events Center Board of Directors Meeting, Nov. 8

  2. Oregon Occupational Safety & Health Administration Courses, Nov. 16

  3. Banishing Shame

  4. Sherman County Court Approved Minutes; Current Draft Agenda, Dec. 6

  5. Health Insurance Open Enrollment is Underway through Dec. 15

  6. Editorial Note: November 1st. My 80th Birthday!


1. Public Notice. Wasco School Events Center Board of Directors Meeting, Nov. 8

The Wasco School Events Center Board of Directors will hold a meeting on November 8, 2017, at 6pm at the WSEC (903 Barnett St.). The public is welcome to attend!


2. Oregon Occupational Safety & Health Administration Courses, Nov. 16

Columbia Gorge Community College and Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) offer two pesticide license recertification courses on November 16 at The Dalles campus.

Worker Protection Standard meets from 8:30 – 12:30. Participants receive 4 core credits. Hazard Communication meets from 1:00-5:00. Participants receive 3 credits.

The workshops are free. Pre-registration is required by calling the college at 541.506.6011, or online at http://www.cgcc.edu.


3. Banishing Shame

There is a strong, direct relationship between low self-esteem and shame. Today, let’s explore this relationship.

We all experience shame from time to time, that horrible sinking feeling that strikes at the very center of our being and launches a fundamental assault on our self-esteem. 

Shame truly does have a damaging effect on the development of healthy self-esteem. Perhaps the most important step we can take to rid the world of this malignant emotion is to avoid raising another generation of shame-based people.

Psychologist Susan Miller once wrote in the Atlantic Monthly, “A child’s experience of being someone who counts, comes in large part from the parents’ capacity to empathetically tune into that child.”

That means allowing children to feel what they feel and responding to them in a reasonable way. For parents, it means getting rid of perfectionism, blame, and attempts at constant control. And it means understanding that children have a right to their own thoughts, perceptions and feelings, and a right to make their own choices, within reason, even when they are different from ours.

If we want to raise healthy children who are free from unhealthy shame, the need to feel free to be themselves, without fear, is vital. Children need parents and grandparents who love them and appreciate them just the way they are, while setting reasonable limits and keeping them safe from harm. ~The Pacific Institute


4. Sherman County Court Approved Minutes; Current Draft Agenda, Dec. 6

ShermanCoLogoApproved minutes for the October 16, 2017 special session and the October 18, 2017 regular session are now available on the county website at www.co.sherman.or.us.

The most current draft agenda for December 6, 2017, is posted on the website. Updates will be available on the website.

Please note: The second Sherman County Court session for November is canceled due to the Association of Oregon Counties conference. The next County Court meeting will be December 6, 2017.


5. Health Insurance Open Enrollment is Underway through Dec. 15

(Salem) — For people who do not get health insurance through their job or another program, Nov. 1 through Dec. 15 is an important time. It’s the open enrollment period at HealthCare.gov, where individuals and families can sign up for coverage and the only place they can get help with health insurance costs.

Open enrollment is just 45 days long. People who need to get or renew coverage should act soon. Follow these tips to get covered:

1. Get free, local help enrolling. You can sign up for health insurance on your own at HealthCare.gov, but if you face any difficulties, have questions, or need advice to choose a plan, trained experts are available. Certified community groups (community partners) and licensed insurance agents will help you free of charge. They are listed at OregonHealthCare.gov/gethelp. Only licensed insurance agents can give plan advice.

2. If you already have HealthCare.gov coverage, log in to your account to update your application and look through your 2018 plan options. Your income, available plans, or premiums may have changed since you last enrolled. To make sure you continue to get all the financial assistance you qualify for and to choose the plan that’s best for your needs and your budget, you should actively shop at HealthCare.gov. People who do so, instead of automatically being renewed, often save money.

3. Be ready to submit documents to verify income, but don’t let paperwork stop you from starting your enrollment. When you apply for financial assistance at HealthCare.gov, you enter the income you think you will have for 2018. That is easiest for people whose income does not change much. HealthCare.gov will sometimes ask for proof of income if you enter an amount that is much different from what you had last year. Don’t be surprised if you are asked to upload or mail in paperwork to prove your current income. Don’t let it stop you from starting your application. Many times, those extra documents are not required.

4. If you want to keep seeing your current doctors, make a list. Many health insurance plans rely on networks of providers, and you save the most money when you see an in-network doctor, nurse practitioner, or health care provider. Plans and networks can change, and HealthCare.gov has tools for narrowing your plan options to the ones that include your providers in their networks. It helps if you have your list handy when you start to look through the plans. An insurance agent can help you make sense of network changes and find the plan that matches your provider needs.

5. Mind the deadline! Open enrollment for 2018 plans ends Dec. 15. Once the deadline passes, you won’t be able to get or switch plans unless you experience a major life event, such as moving across the state or out of state. Start your application early, and get help if you need it. Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace staff can answer questions by phone at 1-855-268-3736 (toll free). Other experts are listed at OregonHealthCare.gov/gethelp.


6. Editorial Note: November 1st. My 80th Birthday!

Dear Readers,  

Because I love fundraising and Sherman County, I hope that you will want to express your appreciation for Sherman County eNews by celebrating my 80th birthday with your support for the Sherman County Historical Museum where I volunteered for nearly 40 years. Your help with the endowment fund or website project will be a perfect gift! 80 cents, $1.80, $8, $80…. Here’s the address: Sherman County Historical Society Museum, Attn: Endowment Fund or Website Update, P.O. Box 173, Moro, OR 97039. You will be greatly appreciated!

Sincerely,

Sherry Kaseberg, Editor/Publisher, Sherman County eNews since 1999

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Sherman County eNews #321

CONTENTS

  1. Calling out to all Sherman County Prayer Warriors

  2. CGCC Offers Social Security Workshop, Nov 8

  3. What are Your Values?

  4. Studded tire season in Oregon begins Nov. 1

  5. Group Starting to Support Women in STEM, Nov. 9

  6. Weather: November Outlook & October Monthly Climate Summary

  7. Oregon Guide to Executive Sessions & Frontier TeleNet

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


1. Calling out to all Sherman County Prayer Warriors

church.family1If you would like to join the Sherman County Prayer Warriors Email Team please send me an email at scprayerlst@gmail.com and I will include you on the email prayer chain. You can also send in Prayer requests to this email address, scprayerlst@gmail.com and I will forward it on to the rest of the Team. ~ God Bless, Red Gibbs


2. CGCC Offers Social Security Workshop, Nov 8    

Columbia Gorge Community College offers a free workshop about social security benefits. The workshop provides a brief overview of the SSA, and includes an explanation of the agency, the coverage, and the benefits. Two sessions are offered on Wednesday, November 8 at CGCC Hood River campus from 9-11; and The Dalles campus from 1-3. Preregistration is requested by calling the college at (541) 506-6011.


3. What are Your Values?

What does getting what you want in life have to do with values? There is a connection, and let’s take a look at it today.

You can’t get what you want in life until you know what it is you want. And, you’ll have a hard time knowing what you want, if you are not clear about what your values are. You see, when someone asks you what you really want, what they are really asking is, “What do you value?”

Values are guides for daily living that influence your thoughts, feelings, words and deeds. Values form the foundation of the decisions you make. They shape your personality and give direction to what would otherwise be an aimless, purposeless life. Your values are reflected in your goals, hopes, dreams, attitudes, interests, opinions, convictions, and behavior as well as in your problems and worries.

Values are choices you make from the available alternatives. Therefore, well-chosen values require an open mind, because you can’t choose freely if you don’t know what your options and consequences are. Values are cherished and we fight to keep them because they mean so much to us.

Finally, to be truly significant, values must move from fantasy into reality and be acted upon. They cause us to do something, so that we can get and keep what we prize so highly. And while the cynics among us may dismiss them, it is why successful and significant organizations define their values, and place them front and center, for all to see.

What do you value in life? Have you spent much time thinking about it? If not, you might want to take time to do so. Start today. Sit down and make a list of all your values. Then make a list of all your life goals. Do they coincide? If not, maybe you should re-define your goals to match your values, because it is more likely that you will get what you want in life if you do. ~The Pacific Institute


4. Studded tire season in Oregon begins Nov. 1

wheel.tireThe studded tire season in Oregon begins Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017 and runs through March 31, 2018. 

ODOT encourages drivers to consider other types of traction tires or chains. If you must travel when weather conditions present difficulties, use other types of traction tires or chains, or postpone your travel until conditions change for the better. A study completed in 2014 concluded studded tires cause about $8.5 million in damage each year on state highways.

Alternatives to studded tires

  • Chains: Link chains, cable chains or other devices that attach to the wheel, vehicle, or outside of the tire that are specifically designed to increase traction on snow and ice. Drivers should note that link chains may not be recommended for use on some types of vehicles; check your owner’s manual.
  • Other traction tires: Other types of traction tires are available. These traction tires meet Rubber Manufacturers Association standards for use in severe snow conditions and carry a special symbol on the tire sidewall showing a three-peaked mountain and snowflake. They work about as well as studded tires on ice, but work better than studded tires or regular tires in most other winter conditions. And they cause no more damage to road surfaces than regular tires.

ODOT provides bad-weather driving tips and how-to videos online at http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/COMM/pages/winterdriving.aspx. Know before you go!


5. Group Starting to Support Women in STEM, Nov. 9

The Gorge Tech Alliance (GTA) is helping support a new initiative for women working in science, tech, engineering and math (STEM) fields in the Gorge. As a result of increasing interest in such a group, the GTA had a soft launch networking event in October and is planning a larger event for November 9, 6pm at Springhouse Cellar Winery (13 Railroad Ave., Hood River). Everyone interested in learning more is welcome – women and men alike, and children are allowed.

The Nov. 9 event includes time for networking and a presentation from Megan Bigelow, President and Co-Founder of PDX Women in Tech. Since 2012, PDX Women in Tech has been working to “strengthen the Portland women in tech community by offering educational programs, partnerships, mentorships, resources and opportunities.” Megan will share the history of the group, their work and lessons learned as food-for-thought for the budding initiative in the Gorge.  Come meet others, learn and provide thoughts on how a group in the Gorge could support our women STEM professionals. The event is free to attend with refreshments provided and a no-host bar.

The GTA is the regional tech industry association that supports, connects and develops the technology community of the Columbia River Gorge with networking and educational events, business support and promotion, workforce development and STEM education. Contact Jessica Metta, Executive Director, at 541-296-2266, jessica@crgta.org or learn more at crgta.org.


6. Weather: November Outlook & October Monthly Climate Summary

thermometer.degreesYou can find the November outlook and the October monthly climate summary AND GRAPHS (toggle between color and gray) for Moro at
http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/pdt/climate/climateSummary/climateSummary.php?stationID=MORO3

— Dennis Hull- KB0NYC
Warning Coordination Meteorologist
541-969-7136
www.weather.gov/pendleton


7. Oregon Guide to Executive Sessions & Frontier TeleNet

“The governing body of a public body may hold an executive session” as outlined in Oregon law:  https://www.oregonlaws.org/ors/192.660.

Also see Guide to Executive Sessions at https://www.orcities.org/Portals/17/Library/GuidetoExecutiveSessions6-2-17.pdf.

Frontier TeleNet gives notice with this statement on each meeting notice and agenda: “The Frontier TeleNet board reserves the right at its sole discretion to enter into Executive Session under ORS 192.660 (a), (g), (j), (n)(D).”

A careful observer who works for another government entity suggests that Frontier TeleNet is missing a (2) before the (a).

(1) ORS 192.610 (Definitions for ORS 192.610 to 192.690) to 192.690 (Exceptions to ORS 192.610 to 192.690) do not prevent the governing body of a public body from holding executive session during a regular, special or emergency meeting, after the presiding officer has identified the authorization under ORS 192.610 (Definitions for ORS 192.610 to 192.690) to 192.690 (Exceptions to ORS 192.610 to 192.690) for holding the executive session.

(2) The governing body of a public body may hold an executive session:

(a) To consider the employment of a public officer, employee, staff member or individual agent.

(b) To consider the dismissal or disciplining of, or to hear complaints or charges brought against, a public officer, employee, staff member or individual agent who does not request an open hearing.

(c) To consider matters pertaining to the function of the medical staff of a public hospital licensed pursuant to ORS 441.015 (Licensing of facilities and health maintenance organizations) to 441.063 (Use of facilities by licensed podiatric physicians and surgeons) and 441.196 (Discharge of patients receiving mental health treatment) including, but not limited to, all clinical committees, executive, credentials, utilization review, peer review committees and all other matters relating to medical competency in the hospital.

(d) To conduct deliberations with persons designated by the governing body to carry on labor negotiations.

(e) To conduct deliberations with persons designated by the governing body to negotiate real property transactions.

(f) To consider information or records that are exempt by law from public inspection.

(g) To consider preliminary negotiations involving matters of trade or commerce in which the governing body is in competition with governing bodies in other states or nations.

(h) To consult with counsel concerning the legal rights and duties of a public body with regard to current litigation or litigation likely to be filed.

(i) To review and evaluate the employment-related performance of the chief executive officer of any public body, a public officer, employee or staff member who does not request an open hearing.

(j) To carry on negotiations under ORS chapter 293 with private persons or businesses regarding proposed acquisition, exchange or liquidation of public investments.

(k) To consider matters relating to school safety or a plan that responds to safety threats made toward a school.

(L) If the governing body is a health professional regulatory board, to consider information obtained as part of an investigation of licensee or applicant conduct.

(m) If the governing body is the State Landscape Architect Board, or an advisory committee to the board, to consider information obtained as part of an investigation of registrant or applicant conduct.

(n) To discuss information about review or approval of programs relating to the security of any of the following:

(A) A nuclear-powered thermal power plant or nuclear installation.

(B) Transportation of radioactive material derived from or destined for a nuclear-fueled thermal power plant or nuclear installation.

(C) Generation, storage or conveyance of:

(i) Electricity;

(ii) Gas in liquefied or gaseous form;

(iii) Hazardous substances as defined in ORS 453.005 (Definitions for ORS 453.005 to 453.135) (7)(a), (b) and (d);

(iv) Petroleum products;

(v) Sewage; or

(vi) Water.

(D) Telecommunication systems, including cellular, wireless or radio systems.

(E) Data transmissions by whatever means provided.

(3) Labor negotiations shall be conducted in open meetings unless negotiators for both sides request that negotiations be conducted in executive session. Labor negotiations conducted in executive session are not subject to the notification requirements of ORS 192.640 (Public notice required).

(4) Representatives of the news media shall be allowed to attend executive sessions other than those held under subsection (2)(d) of this section relating to labor negotiations or executive session held pursuant to ORS 332.061 (Hearing to expel minor students or to examine confidential medical records) (2) but the governing body may require that specified information be undisclosed.

(5) When a governing body convenes an executive session under subsection (2)(h) of this section relating to conferring with counsel on current litigation or litigation likely to be filed, the governing body shall bar any member of the news media from attending the executive session if the member of the news media is a party to the litigation or is an employee, agent or contractor of a news media organization that is a party to the litigation.

(6) No executive session may be held for the purpose of taking any final action or making any final decision.


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

ORS 192.660 Executive sessions permitted on certain matters

 

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U.S. Blows $4.1 Million on Another Shoddy Project to Rebuild Afghanistan

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