Sherman County eNews #358


  1. Sherman Middle School Basketball Schedule Update

  2. Sherman County School District Notice of Job Posting

  3. Good People Behaving Badly

  4. Frontier TeleNet Meeting Notice & Agenda – Updated, Dec. 15

  5. History Tidbits: Sherman County Trivia Question #3

  6. Holiday Fire Prevention & Safety Tips

  7. Final Five Days: The Deadline is this Friday

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

Let There be Peace on Earth

And let it begin with me.

 Let there be Peace on Earth

The peace that was meant to be.

With God as our Father

Brothers all are we.

Let me walk with my brother

In perfect harmony.

Let peace begin with me

Let this be the moment now.

With every breath I take

Let this be my solemn vow;

To take each moment and

Live each moment

In peace eternally

Let there be peace on earth

and let it begin with me.

~ Jill Jackson Miller and Sy Miller, 1955

1. Sherman Middle School Basketball Schedule Update School Basketball

Feb. 8, 2018 – Girls game added at Ione with 5/6 girls playing at 4:00, and 7/8 girls at 5:00, bus departs at 1:45, class dismissal at 1:35.  This is a girls game only.

— Audrey Rooney, Registrar  | Sherman High School, 65912 High School Loop, Moro, OR 97039  PH: 541-565-3500 ~ Fax: 541-565-3319

2. Sherman County School District Notice of Job Posting

Logo.Sherman High SchoolSherman County School District


Temporary Licensed Health Education Specialist

Endorsement(s) Required:

Endorsement in Health Education is required for this position. Other opportunities may become available to increase FTE.


Salary will be dependent upon start date, education, and experience.

Start Date

On or before, January 29, 2018.

Position Description:     

Sherman County School District is seeking a highly qualified .43 FTE Health Education Specialist. The successful candidate will spend two (2) periods each day teaching Health Education classes serving 7th-12th grade students and one (1) period each day as the Yearbook classroom instructor. The workday for this position will be from 7:45 am until 11:15 am. Current paid coaching opportunities that are available at this time include Head High School Tennis Coach and Head High School Track Coach, other potential coaching and advisor opportunities may also become available.


  • Ability to work independently as well as a member of a team.
  • Ability to communicate with parents, students and staff.
  • Able to meet the individual needs of all students.
  • Excellent planning, organizational skills.
  • Qualified applicants who have experience and an interest in coaching are encouraged to apply.

About Sherman County School District:      

The Sherman County School District is a K-12 progressive school with approximately 245 students, located in Moro, Oregon.  The 2016-17 school year saw the opening of a new elementary and remodeled Jr./Sr. High School connected as one modernized facility. 

Criminal record check and pre-employment drug testing required.  For further information and application materials please email Wes Owens at

Sherman County School District is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

3. Good People Behaving Badly

People who are essentially good sometimes do bad things. However, how do you handle it when a family member behaves in ways that hurt others and themselves? Sometimes, it is hard to know what to do. We may feel both angry and concerned, and they may not welcome hearing about either feeling.

Sometimes we feel so concerned that we make the mistake of covering for them, trying to smooth things over so they stay out of trouble. We try to keep the consequences of their behavior at bay. On the other hand, we may issue ultimatums, demanding behavior change, or else. Often, though, we are not very clear about what “or else” means, or we waiver and waffle and the “or else” never happens. We get into a cycle of threats, promises, and recriminations, but nothing really changes.

In situations like this, it is important to remember to separate the person from the behavior. It is entirely OK to say, “I love you, but I won’t accept it when you behave this way.” It is also important to express your feelings that the problem behavior is not like him or her, and that you believe in their ability to change it.

So, set clear limits on behaviors you choose not to accept, explain the consequences if the behaviors continue, follow through on those consequences if needed, and persist with faith in a positive outcome.

One thing is certain: you can’t change someone else, or learn their lessons for them. But you can express your beliefs, ask for what you want, and support their efforts to change. ~The Pacific Institute

4. Frontier TeleNet Meeting Notice & Agenda – Updated, Dec. 15

Frontier TeleNet

Board of Directors Meeting Agenda and Notice

December 15th 2017 10:00 AM

Sherman County OSU Extension office

66365 Lone Rock Rd, Moro, OR 97039

  • Call To Order & Director Roll Call
  • Directors’ Changes or Additions to the Agenda
  • Minutes Review and Approval
  • Financials Review and Approval
  • AOC assistance update
  • FTN Website update
  • Frontier 911 Burns Tribe update
  • Wheeler County Wireless project update
  • Digital Switch potential new user update
  • TV Whitespace technology support letter
  • Sherman County Fiber optic RFP update
  • Other items for the good of the order
  • Public Input/Comment
  • Next Meeting
  • Adjournment

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). For those requesting a call in number or other accommodations, please contact Mike Smith at 541-306-1202 or

5. History Tidbits: Sherman County Trivia Question #3

Q. They practiced pontoon bridging on the Columbia River to prepare for the crossing of the Rhine River during World War 2. Who were they and where?

A. See History Tidbits: Sherman County Trivia Answer in the Links section.

6. Holiday Fire Prevention & Safety Tips

Oregon.Flat.poleWith the holiday season in full swing, State Fire Marshal Jim Walker urges citizens to remember fire prevention when decorating and entertaining.

From 2012 through 2016, Oregon fire agencies reported there were 3,510 residential fires during the holiday period from November 22 through January 15. These fires were reported to have resulted in 14 deaths, 194 injuries, and more than $61.2 million in property loss.

Tree care and decorating tips:
* Choose a fresh, healthy tree with a deep-green color and flexible needles.
* When you get the tree home, cut off the bottom two inches of the trunk. This creates a fresh, raw cut for the tree to soak up water.
* Water your tree daily. A tree may consume between a quart and a gallon of water per day.
* Place the tree at least three feet away from any heat source such as a fireplace, woodstove, space heater, heating vent, baseboard heater, or radiator.
* Use only noncombustible or flame resistant materials to trim a tree.
* Always unplug tree lights before leaving home or going to bed.
* If using a woodstove or fireplace, keep it screened at all times. Keep ribbons, boughs, and other decorative materials at least three feet away.
* After the holiday season or whenever your tree dries out, promptly dispose of it and other dry greenery. Burning a tree in a stove or fireplace is extremely dangerous; proper disposal includes recycling or pick-up by a disposal service.
* Never burn wrapping paper in the fireplace or wood stove. Wrapping paper burns at higher temperatures than wood and can cause a chimney fire.

Electrical safety
* Maintain your holiday lights. Inspect holiday lights each year for frayed wires, bare spots, and broken or cracked sockets.
* Do not overload electrical sockets. Do not link more than three light strands, unless the manufacturer’s directions indicate it is safe.
* Protect electrical cords from damage. To avoid shock or fire hazards, cords should never be pinched by furniture, placed under rugs, located near heat sources or attached by nails or staples.
* Make sure all extension cords and electrical decorations used outdoors are marked for outdoor use.

Candle safety
* Consider using battery-operated flameless candles, which can look and smell like real candles.
* Never leave a burning candle unattended. Extinguish candles when you go to bed, leave a room, or before leaving the house.
* Keep candles at least 12 inches away from anything that can burn. Keep candles at least one foot from combustibles including clothing, curtains, upholstered furniture, greenery, and decorations.
* Always use a sturdy non-combustible (metal, glass, or ceramic) candleholder. If a sturdy non-combustible candleholder is not available, the candle can be placed on a non-combustible plate.
* Place candles out of reach of small children and pets.
* Avoid candles with items embedded in them such as twigs, flowers, or leaves. These items can ignite or even explode.
* Always use a flashlight — not a candle — for emergency lighting.

General fire safety
* Keep combustibles at least three feet from heat sources.
* For increased protection, have working smoke alarms on every level of your home (including the basement), in each bedroom, and in the hallway outside each bedroom.
* Make a home fire escape plan and practice it with your family and any overnight guests.
* Keep escape routes clear of clutter so you can escape quickly in case of fire.

For more information on fire safety visit:

7. Final Five Days: The Deadline is this Friday

Oregon.Flat.pole(Salem) — Friday, Dec. 15, is the last day to get 2018 health insurance during open enrollment. Oregonians who do not get coverage through their job or another program should go to and choose a plan before time runs out. is the only place to get help paying for coverage.

“People who need coverage and haven’t enrolled at could be leaving money on the table,” said Chiqui Flowers, administrator of the Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace. “They should go to by Friday and see if they qualify for financial assistance.”

In 2017, more than 70 percent of Oregonians using qualified for financial assistance, and they received an average of $346 per month to help pay for coverage. This year, individuals making less than about $48,000 annually or families of four making less than about $98,000 annually may qualify.

A recent analysis estimated that many Oregonians who were eligible to use and receive financial assistance did not enroll last year, including more than 78,000 men and more than 33,000 people ages 25 to 34.

“Enrollment this year has been strong so far, but as the deadline approaches, it’s essential to take action if you need coverage or, if you’ve already signed up, remind your friends and family that it’s time to enroll and see if they can get help paying for coverage,” Flowers said.

To start shopping for plans, visit or call 1-800-318-2596 (toll-free) (TTY: 1-855-889-4325).

After the Dec. 15 deadline, people will be able to get 2018 coverage only in special circumstances, like when they move or lose job-related coverage.

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

bird.crow.flyFacebook: Sherman County Court

 Explosion Of Rats In Eugene Linked To Chickens, Compost

The 20 most iconic landmarks in Oregon

Pikeminnow Reward Program: One Person’s $84,000 Reward


History Tidbits: Sherman County Trivia Answer: U.S. Army Engineers; Rufus; Camp Rufus; Columbia and Deschutes rivers

Conservatives must understand the role of 2020 census in government bloat

Text of White House Statement on Immigration Principles

Senate Should Follow House’s Lead in Nixing Special-Interest Loopholes


The Swamp against the People

Gillibrand, Wyden join calls for Trump to resign over allegations


Facebook is “destroying how society works”



Sherman County eNews #357


  1. Sherman County School Basketball Schedule Update, Dec. 11 & 18

  2. Sherman County School District Notice of Job Posting

  3. Sherman County Launches New Website

  4. Notice. Sherman County Court Meeting & Agenda, Dec. 20

  5. History Tidbits: Sherman County Trivia Question #2

  6. Here’s To Life!

  7. Update: Oregon Strike Teams Assisting with California Wildfires

  8. Anglers Remove 191,000 Salmon-eating Pikeminnow from Columbia & Snake Rivers

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

 The Greatest Gift of All
~ John Jarvis

Dawn is slowly breaking;
Our friends have all gone home.
You and I are waiting
For Santa Claus to come.

There’s a present by the tree,
Stockings on the wall.
Knowing you’re in love with me
Is the greatest gift of all.

The fire is slowly fading,
Chill is in the air;
All the gifts are waiting
For children ev’rywhere

Through the window I can see
Snow begin to fall.
Knowing you’re in love with me
Is the greatest gift of all.

Just before I go to sleep
I hear a church bell ring.
Merry Christmas ev’ryone
Is the song it sings.

So I say a silent prayer
For creatures great and small:
Peace on earth goodwill to men
Is the greatest gift of all.
Peace on earth goodwill to men
Is the greatest gift of all.

1.Sherman County School Basketball Schedule Update, Dec. 11 & 18

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December 11, 2017 – JV Boys Basketball game at Dufur has been rescheduled for December 18, 2017 still in Dufur at 5:00, bus departs at 3:15, class dismissal at 3:05.

— Audrey Rooney, Registrar  

Sherman High School           

65912 High School Loop

Moro, OR 97039

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

2. Sherman County School District Notice of Job Posting

Logo.Sherman High SchoolNOTICE OF JOB POSTING

Sherman County School District

65912 High School Loop

Moro, Oregon 97039



Sherman County School District is seeking a qualified custodial candidate. The candidate must be self-motivated and is responsible for performing custodial duties, minor maintenance, and other miscellaneous duties on a regimented schedule in order to ensure that the school building and facilities are maintained in a healthy, safe, and sanitary manner.  Medical, dental, and vision insurance are included.

Criminal record check and pre-employment drug screening required. For information and application materials please email or call Wes Owens at or 541-565-3500.

Application Method/Materials Required

Please submit a letter of interest, application (available from the school district) and resume if you are interested in the position to:

~Wes Owens, Superintendent

65912 High School Loop

Moro, Oregon  97039

(541) 565-3500

This position will remain open until filled.

Sherman County School District is an equal opportunity employer.

3. Sherman County Launches New Website

ShermanCoLogoWe’re excited to have launched  our new website that will help us better serve Sherman County.

The new site focuses on helping residents, businesses and visitors better access services and information and includes:

  • a responsive design that adapts to phones, tablets, laptops and computers
  • a simple search that makes it easier to find information and services
  • an ‘Answers’ tool that lets users quickly access frequently asked questions integration with county social media accounts
  • and more.  

If you have not visited our new website, please go to and tell us what you think.

4. Notice. Sherman County Court Meeting & Agenda, Dec. 20

The  Sherman County Court will be in session on Wednesday, December 20, 2017, at 9:00 a.m. in the Circuit Courtroom at the Sherman County Courthouse, 500 Court Street, Moro, Oregon, 97039.  The agenda, including updates, will be posted on the Sherman County Website at

Agenda December 20 2017

5. History Tidbits: Sherman County Trivia Question #2

Q. The half-mile long bridge was built in 1962. It was named for a champion of the Good Roads Movement. What is his name and where is it?

A. See History Tidbits: Sherman County Trivia Answer in the Links section.

6. Here’s To Life!

For some, today’s topic will create a little discomfort. Please do not be concerned. A little discomfort is usually a good thing, not something to be avoided. It’s a sign of impending growth. Here goes: When it comes to “near death” experiences, most people report some common feelings. Let’s take a look at what that encompasses.

What we are talking about is not what their experience of death is like. We are referring to their altered attitude toward life. Almost every single survivor reports feeling more connected to humanity and less concerned about self.

For example, in 1973, when Stevie Wonder came out of a four-day coma after an automobile accident, he deepened his commitment to helping his fellow man. “I will not be operating so much ‘on’ time as ‘in’ time,” he said, meaning that he would strive to help others before it was too late.

This is exactly what people in similar circumstances report they feel – an overwhelming desire to be of service. For many of us, it seems to take a severe shakeup or a close-call with death to wake us up to our own sense of purpose and our own sense of nature. It’s just like Ebeneezer Scrooge, in Charles Dickens’ story “A Christmas Carol.” He had to be shown his own death before the spirits could convince him to change his ways.

How would you live differently if you had just come back from the brink of death? Would you pay more attention to your business or to your family? What would you treasure? What would you stop doing? What would you start?

Consider, if you will, that third level of happiness we talked about last week – Contribution. Perhaps we don’t need to have a near-death experience in order to live every day with gratitude, and to create the most complete life we can have. We don’t need to hear “angel wings” or be visited by ghosts in the night, in order to better connect to the world around us.

What do you think? What will be your first steps?  ~The Pacific Institute 

7. Update: Oregon Strike Teams Assisting with California Wildfires

The Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal, through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact, activated its Agency Operations Center Wednsday, December 6th and deployed 15 strike teams with equipment and personnel who are now actively engaged in assisting with the wildfires in California.

All Oregon resources are assigned to assist with the Thomas Fire burning near Ventura, California. The California Office of Emergency Services reports that the Thomas Fire is at 230,500 acres and is 15% contained.

“Oregon resources are doing great work and their morale is good,” said Chief Deputy State Fire Marshal Mariana Ruiz-Temple. “We continue to be proud of our firefighters professionalism and effective intergration with California resources during these difficult fires.”

In addition to OSFM’s deployed resources, the Oregon Department of Forestry has also deployed 60 personnel and 25 engines to assist with the California wildfires.

Be sure to follow the OSFM on Facebook/Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal and Twitter @OSFM for regular updates.

California made the request through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact a national state-to-state mutual aid system. The EMAC request is sent directly to Oregon Emergency Management who contact and coordinate with the appropriate Oregon agency to fulfill the requests.

8. Anglers Remove 191,000 Salmon-eating Pikeminnow from Columbia & Snake Rivers

Portland, Ore. — The numbers are in and they’re impressive. In 2017, anglers caught and removed more than 191,000 northern pikeminnow from the Columbia and Snake rivers, protecting young salmon and steelhead from predation.

Approximately 1,100 people registered to be part of the Northern Pikeminnow Sport Reward Program. All together anglers removed 191,483 of the salmon-eating predators from the two rivers, and were paid nearly $1,542,000 for their efforts. The program, funded by the Bonneville Power Administration, runs from May 1 through Sept. 30.

The anglers’ successes mean BPA is also successfully meeting its program goals.

“The program’s goal is to reduce the number of pikeminnow that prey heavily on juvenile salmon,” said Makary Hutson, BPA project manager. “Annual harvest rate estimates, which are calculated using data from tagged fish caught by anglers, indicate the 2017 season met our program targets, which directly benefits juvenile salmon making their way to the ocean.”

The reward program pays registered anglers $5 to $8 per fish, nine inches or longer. The more fish an angler catches during the season, the more each pikeminnow they reel in is worth. State fish and wildlife biologists also release more than 1,000 specially tagged northern pikeminnow, each worth $500.

This year the top 20 fishermen registered with the Sport Reward Program earned an average of nearly $30,000 each. The top angler earned nearly $84,000, reeling in more than 10,000 fish over the five-month season.

Northern pikeminnow are voracious eaters, consuming millions of young salmon and steelhead every year. Since 1990, anglers paid through the program have removed more than 4.8 million pikeminnow from the Columbia and Snake rivers. The program has reduced predation on young salmon and steelhead by up to 40 percent since it began.

The BPA-funded program is administered by the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission. The 2018 season is scheduled for May 1 through Sept. 30, 2018. For more information about the program call 800-858-9015 or visit

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


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Oregon’s ranking of 48th points to need for Career Technical Education funds

NFL Ticket Prices Fall To $10 As Teams Struggle To Fill Stadiums

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