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

 

Sen. Ted Ferrioli, R-John Day, appointed to regional power council

Lars Larson to broadcast from White House this Thursday

500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation

Ray Villafane Pumpkin Carving

The Outlines of Continents Can Be Visualized By Shipping Routes

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

Judicial Watch: FBI Recovered 72,000 Pages of Clinton Records


 

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