Sherman County eNews #325


  1. Sherman County School Winter & Spring Coaching Opportunities!

  2. Sherman County Court Notes, Nov. 1

  3. Cancer Focus Groups Wanted, The Dalles – OHSU Knight Cancer Institute, Nov. 6, 14

  4. Smile and Change the World

  5. State Fire Marshal: Test Smoke Alarms When Turning Your Clock Back

  6. NRA Firearms Safety Class for Oregon CHL

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

“Energy in the executive is a leading character in the definition of good government. It is essential to the protection of the community against foreign attacks; it is not less essential to the steady administration of the laws; to the protection of property against those irregular and high-handed combinations which sometimes interrupt the ordinary course of justice; to the security of liberty against the enterprises and assaults of ambition, of faction, and of anarchy.” —Alexander Hamilton (1788)

1. Sherman County School Winter & Spring Coaching Opportunities! 

Logo.Sherman High SchoolSherman County School has Coaching Opportunities!!!!

Coaching positions are currently available in the following areas: 


5th-8th Boys Basketball (2 positions)

5th-8th Girls Basketball (1 position) 


Boys and Girls HS Track & Field (Head Coach)

Boys and Girls HS Track & Field (Assistant Coach)

Boys and Girls Tennis (Head Coach)

Criminal record check and pre-employment drug testing will be required for all positions. For further information and application materials please email Gary Lewis at or Wes Owens at Sherman County School District is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

2. Sherman County Court Notes, Nov. 1

ShermanCoLogoBy Administrative Assistant Lauren Hernandez

(This is a brief summary of topics addressed and is not official minutes. For official minutes and details, please see the official approved minutes posted on the Sherman County website at after the December 6 Court session.)

The Sherman County Court met in regular session on November 1, 2017, and in conducting the business of the county,

  • entered into Executive Session in accordance with ORS 192.660 (2) (i) Personnel to discuss Senior Center staff positions;
  • met with Kimberly Lindsey, Community Counseling Solutions, and Mike Smith, Sherman County representative on behalf of CCS, to discuss the possible respite center at Scott Canyon; Commissioner Dabulskis stated he has heard concerns from citizens on how the respite center might affect the school; Kimberly explained the process of how funds are awarded per student; the money follows the student, so when a student moves into Sherman County, Sherman County will receive the funds even if the students attends school elsewhere; Next Door in The Dalles has agreed to provide education to respite center students; funds will come to Sherman County; Sherman County could keep the funds or pass them through to Next Door, which would be cost neutral; Kimberly gave a report on the site analysis for the property at Scott Canyon; due to slope, seasonal creeks, and the required septic, the property does not have enough buildable space; the Behavior Rehabilitation Services home needs 2,300 sq.ft. and the Diversion home needs 7,300 sq.ft.; Sherman County requires a drain field, septic, and backup; discussion was held about other possible sites and the advantages and disadvantages of each location;
  • approved sponsorship renewal of Gorge Technology Alliance at the Silicon level in the amount of $500 for the period October 1, 2017, through September 30, 2018;
  • authorized the issuance of a County credit card for Kayla von Borstel with a credit limit of $2,000;
  • approved Kayla von Borstel to authorize payment of County bills as needed;
  • added Kayla von Borstel to the Biggs Service District Bank of Eastern Oregon signature card, and removed Lauren Hernandez from the signature card;
  • accepted the resignation of Jennifer Zimmerlee from the Sherman County Fair Board as recommended by the Fair Board;
  • discussed the Biggs Travel Center and website re-design updates;
  • heard reports from Court members about regional board activities.

3. Cancer Focus Groups Wanted, The Dalles – OHSU Knight Cancer Institute, Nov. 6, 14

Join us for a focus group to share your thoughts and opinions about research, genetic testing, and cancers that can be inherited.

Focus groups in The Dalles:

Nov 6 6pm-7:30pm


Nov 14 6pm-7:30pm.

The OHSU Knight Cancer Institute and the Cancer Early Detection Advanced Research Center are seeking Oregon residents, aged 18+, to join a 60-90 minute focus group (guided conversation) with five to ten other people.

We want to hear your thoughts and opinions about participating in genetic research, and want to learn about your understanding of genetic testing and inherited cancers. We are interested in hearing from all members of the community, including cancer survivors and patients, physicians, and others with an interest in inherited cancers.

Focus Group Regions:

Astoria • Baker City • Beaverton • Bend • Burns • Coos Bay • Corvallis • Eugene • Florence • Forest Grove • Grants Pass • Gresham • Hillsboro • Hood River • Klamath Falls • La Grande • Lakeview • Lincoln City • Madras • Medford • Pendleton • Portland • Prineville • Redmond • Roseburg • Salem • St. Helens • The Dalles • Tillamook • Woodburn

Refreshments provided. To RSVP and save a seat in your area, you can sign-up online at: 

4. Smile and Change the World

smile cartoonFrom a sign in a store window: “Let Your Smile Change the World. Don’t Let the World Change Your Smile.” A sage piece of advice, but not always so easy to do.

If you are like a lot of folks, the alarm goes off and the first thing you get bombarded with is the news of the day. Whether it’s natural disasters, like earthquake or hurricane damage, political infighting or the traffic and weather report that makes your upcoming commute akin to a nightmare, starting the day with a smile is going to be a bit of a challenge. It would be easy to let the world change your smile.

In his 2006 best seller, “Stumbling on Happiness,” Harvard professor Daniel Gilbert surveyed the research on the subject of happiness, and revealed some of the mistakes we make in imagining how happy – or not – we believe we will be. Among his illuminations is the fact that human beings seem to be happiest when faced with a challenge. It’s why organizations succeed best when employees work toward goals that are difficult, but not out of reach. (See research on goal-setting from Dr. Gary Latham, University of Toronto.)

Surprisingly, it isn’t the intensity of positive experiences that predicts happiness; it is the frequency of those experiences. Someone who has a dozen average nice things happen is likely to be happier than someone who had one intense happy event. This is where the smile effect comes in. We can create those average nice things ourselves, and the initiator can be that smile.

For today, let’s try a small scientific experiment: As you are walking down the street, in the office, in the grocery store or on the plant floor, smile at those coming your way. Then note what you get back. It’s almost a sure bet that you will get a smile in return, nearly every time.

As Professor Gilbert remarked, “Science will soon be able to tell us how to live the lives we want, but it will never tell us what kinds of lives we should want to live. That will be for us to decide.” So, go ahead, make the decision and face the day with a smile. You’ll be happier for it. ~The Pacific Institute

5. State Fire Marshal: Test Smoke Alarms When Turning Your Clock Back

Sunday, November 5th, marks the end of daylight saving time and serves as a good reminder for Oregonians to test their smoke alarms. The Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal is urging residents to test their smoke alarms before automatically changing the batteries.

“Smoke alarm technology has advanced and many now come with 10-year batteries and some are tamper-resistant,” said State Fire Marshal Jim Walker. “So, I encourage residents to test their alarms before changing the battery, and to be sure to replace any smoke alarm that is 10 years old or older.”

Oregon law requires ionization-only smoke alarms that are solely battery powered to come equipped with a hush feature and a 10-year battery. Because of this technology, the national slogan “Change your clock, Change your battery” may not apply to Oregon residents who have these ionization-only smoke alarms.

Other types of alarms are also being sold with either a 10-year battery or a standard-life battery.

“Ensuring you have working smoke alarms in your home is the single most important step you can take to increase your family’s safety from a home fire,” adds Walker.

To test your alarm properly we recommend you:

1) Push the test button to be sure the battery is working.
2) When replacing batteries, follow the manufacturer’s instructions for the correct battery type to use.
3) Always retest alarms after installing new batteries.
4) Replace any alarm that fails to operate after installing a new battery.
5) Inspect your alarms to determine if they are 10 years old or older, and replace any smoke alarm 10 years old or older. Look for a date on the back of the alarm. If there is no date, your alarm is more than 10 years old and should be replaced.
6) Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for regularly cleaning your alarms of dust and cobwebs.

Working smoke alarms provide a critical early warning to a fire, allowing you vital minutes to escape, which increase your chances of survival. Additional safety tips:

* Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, in each bedroom, and outside each sleeping area (hallway).
* Never disconnect or remove batteries from smoke alarms for other uses.
* Use the smoke alarm’s hush feature to silence nuisance alarms.
* Make a home fire escape plan and practice it with family members.
* Practice your home fire escape plan at least two times a year at different times of the day/night.
* Children, older adults, and people with disabilities may need assistance to wake up and get out. Ensure that someone will help them.

For more home fire escape planning information visit:

For more smoke alarm and fire safety information, contact your local fire department or visit

Follow the OSFM on Facebook and Twitter @OSFM.

 6. NRA Firearms Safety Class for Oregon CHL

On November 12, 2017, at 5:30 pm, Deputy Burgett will be offering an NRA Firearms Safety class. The class size limit is 12 people. The class will be held at the Sherman County Courthouse. If you are interested in taking the class and are a resident of Sherman County, please call the Sheriff’s Office at (541) 565-3622.

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