Sherman County eNews #346


  1. In Search of Happiness – Part 2

  2. Editorial Policies, Updated

  3. Oregon Public Safety Academy Basic Police Class: Sherman Deputy

  4. Oregon Enrollment Deadline, Dec. 15

  5. Secretary Zinke Sends Nearly $20 Million in Timber Dollars to Rural Oregon, Doubles Down on Commitment to Future Harvests  

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

A Christmas gift list:
To your enemy, forgiveness.
To an opponent, tolerance.
To a friend, your heart.
To a customer, service.
To all, charity.
To every child, a good example.
To yourself, respect.

~ Oren Arnold.

 1. In Search of Happiness – Part 2

Today, we continue our examination of happiness. Yesterday, we got an overview of the Greek philosopher Plato’s first two levels of happiness – Instant Gratification and Competition. Now, let’s take a look at the final two levels.

The third level of happiness is one of “Contribution” where we want to use our time and talents to help and support others. It’s working beyond the self, and focused on the benefit of “the other” as opposed to ourselves alone. We derive joy from being a part of an effort aimed at improving the human condition. This type of contribution answers our need to find meaning and purpose in who we are and what we do.

A prime example of this can be found in Dr. Viktor Frankl’s book, Man’s Search for Meaning. Frankl was a prisoner in a Nazi concentration camp during WWII. He wrote that those men and women who were best able to survive the horrific physical and psychological deprivation were determined to stay alive for some reason beyond themselves. It could have been family, work they wanted to continue, or supporting fellow prisoners – but it was a purpose beyond the self that kept them going.

And finally, the fourth level is the seeking of “Ultimate Perfection.” We seek perfect love, perfect beauty, ultimate knowledge and wisdom. This is perhaps the most difficult level to achieve, because perfection in anything is fleeting, if it is possible at all. We may only experience moments, but those moments lift us up and allow us to see the ultimate – however we individually define “ultimate.”

Realistically, at any given moment during the day, we experience each of these levels. In fact, typically, we are a combination depending upon the situation at hand. And that’s not a bad thing. What is important is how and why we choose to exist in these four levels, and the implications and ramifications – to ourselves and others – of those choices. ~The Pacific Institute

2. Editorial Policies, Updated

CLASSIFIEDS. Please submit classified ads by using the Submit News page! Sherman County eNews publishes free Classifieds on Fridays, deadline Wednesday at 5. Include who, what, where, when, how, why… and, the final Friday date for posting your ad (shown by date at the end of the ad), contact information, under 50 words if possible, and limited to Sherman County. Links are welcome.

THANK YOU & CONGRATULATORY NOTES. Please submit thank you and congratulatory notes by using the Submit News page by Wednesday at 5. Express gratitude and recognize acts of kindness, achievement and service.

JOYFUL NEWS. We will happily publish notices of births, engagements, weddings and anniversaries – with Friday Classifieds. The deadline is the same, Wednesday at 5, and must include Sherman County connections. Links are welcome. No photos. Use the Submit News page.  And then, please, send your birth, engagement, wedding and anniversary announcements to The Times-Journal via 

NEWS RELEASES. Please submit event and information news, meeting notices and calendar dates by using the Submit News page. Include who, what, where, when, how & why with contact or source information. As appropriate, follow up with news of event results. Links are welcome. Text, please; no posters or flyers. Keep it relevant, no longer than 350 words.


We encourage letters to the Editor that focus on ideas and opinions about public issues and events rather than personalities or private matters. We reserve the right to change policies at any time and to reject or edit any Letter to the Editor.

  • Keep it short, no longer than 350 words.
  • Keep it simple with one or two clear points. No attachments.
  • Keep it fresh with no more than one letter per writer per month.
  • Keep it civilized, in good taste and free from libel.
  • Keep it relevant; focus on a local event, previous letter or issues of general concern – not personalities.
  • Letters must be signed, name and town. Anonymous letters will not be posted.
  • Please submit Letters to the Editor by using the Submit News page.

SPIRITUAL MATTERS for Sherman County Churches and Faith Groups

A Friday column, Spiritual Matters is intended to welcome, inform and inspire. 

First: Recognized/organized churches and faith groups in Sherman County are invited to participate. 

Second: The Current Rotation

1st Friday: Wasco Church of Christ, Christian & Moro Community Presbyterian

2nd Friday: Grass Valley Baptist & Wasco Catholic

3rd Friday: Baha’i  & Kent Baptist

4th Friday: Wasco United Methodist, Rufus Baptist & Grass Valley Catholic

5th Friday [to be determined by the Editor or proposed by a participant] 

Third: Articles must be submitted by 5 p.m. Wednesday for Friday publication. Please limit messages to 300 words or less.

Fourth: Attacks on another faith, a previous Spiritual Matters article or author will not be published. 

Fifth:   The subject matter should be spiritual and inspirational, calling people to faith, and may include doctrinal understandings. 

Sixth:   The editor reserves the right to decline to publish articles.

Seventh: Please let us know if your group wishes to participate in this rotation.

3. Oregon Public Safety Academy Basic Police Class: Sherman Deputy

The Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) is pleased to announce the graduation of its 372nd Basic Police Class.

The Basic Police Class is 16-weeks in length and includes dozens of training areas including survival skills, firearms, emergency vehicle operations, ethics, cultural diversity, problem solving, community policing, elder abuse, drug recognition, and dozens of other subjects.

Basic Police Class 372 will graduate at the Oregon Public Safety Academy at 4190 Aumsville Hwy SE in Salem, Oregon on Friday, December 8, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. with a reception immediately following the graduation.

Graduates of Basic Police Class 372 include:
Deputy Sheriff Kyle Pfeifer
Sherman County Sheriff’s Office.

4. Oregon Enrollment Deadline, Dec. 15

Oregon.Flat.pole (Salem) — The deadline is near for people who want health insurance in 2018, but don’t get coverage through their job or another program. Open enrollment at ends at midnight on Dec. 15, about two weeks away.

“If you haven’t focused on your health insurance yet, now is the time to do it,” said Chiqui Flowers, administrator of the Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace. “A licensed insurance agent or an expert from a certified community group can help you enroll, and their assistance is free.”

Oregonians can find insurance agencies and organizations offering free enrollment help listed at

The Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace, a division of the Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services, has these tips for consumers:

* See if you qualify for help paying for your coverage, even if you did not qualify last year. The income qualifications adjust upward each year, and rising premiums can mean greater assistance for those who qualify for subsidies. Go to and start an application to find out if you can save money.

* Be aware of the Dec. 15 deadline in Oregon. There are other deadlines for insurance customers in California and Washington, but here in Oregon, the last day for most people to get individual or family coverage is Dec. 15.

* If you already have a 2017 health plan through, go back to your account to update your income information and shop for a 2018 plan. You may be counting on to automatically re-enroll you in coverage for next year. That works as a backup plan; however, there may be plans that are better for you and your budget. Plan prices and benefits change each year, and your income or household size may have changed, too. Log in to your account, update your information, and look at the 2018 plans to find the best fit for you or your family.

The Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace, the state-level partner to, can answer general questions about enrollment and connect people to in-person enrollment assistance. Call 1-855-268-3767 (toll-free) or visit

5. Secretary Zinke Sends Nearly $20 Million in Timber Dollars to Rural Oregon, Doubles Down on Commitment to Future Harvests   

American flag2WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke announced today that the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will issue payments totaling $19.5 million to 18 counties in western Oregon, which includes $1.4 million previously sequestered funds.

Under the previous administration, the sequestered funds were not scheduled to be disbursed to the counties however after working with the counties and the Office of Management and Budget, the Secretary was able to deliver the full funding.

“O&C lands were specifically set aside for sustainable timber harvests and they are an important part of the economic foundation of western Oregon,” said Secretary Zinke. “Working with the county officials we were able to get these much-needed funds to the local communities, but my next priority is ensuring that these lands continue to provide sustainable timber harvests that support the community and strengthen the health of the forest.”

“We are happy to report the 18 O&C Counties will receive these disbursements, including those withheld payments, very soon,” said Commissioner Tim Freeman of Douglas County, the Association of O&C Counties’ President. “We give full credit to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke for his willingness to work with us to persuade OMB to release these sequestered funds. We are also grateful to Congressman Walden for his assistance in facilitating communications between the Association and the Department of the Interior. Every County will use these much-needed funds for vital services according to their local priorities, from public safety and juvenile programs to elections departments and infrastructure maintenance, and everything in between.”

“The announcement that our communities will receive the full timber receipts payments they are owed under the law is great news,” said Chairman Greg Walden. “These resources will be critical to funding essential county services from law enforcement and emergency operations to schools and infrastructure projects. I want to especially thank Secretary Zinke and his team for working so closely with the O&C counties to ensure these funds are disbursed, and for their continued commitment to improving forest management and supporting our local communities in southern Oregon.”

Located in 18 counties of western Oregon, the Oregon and California Railroad Lands comprise nearly 2.6 million acres of forests that is managed by the BLM. The 18 O&C counties receive yearly payments under the O&C Act equal to 50 percent of receipts from timber harvested on public lands in these counties. These payments follow a formula established in the 1937 Oregon and California Lands Act, which authorizes timber receipt-based payments to western Oregon counties, and which remains in effect following the expiration of the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act.

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

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