Sherman County eNews #20

CONTENTS

  1. Taco Feed to Benefit Sherman High Volleyball Team, Feb. 9

  2. Maps: Oregon county results for Measure 101

  3. Becoming a Life-Long Learner

  4. Oregon School Boards Association Opposes House Bill 4113 re: Class Size

  5. How Many People Were Fed for What That Sports Car Cost?

  6. History Tidbits: Sherman County Observer Reports on January Weather, 1922

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


1. Taco Feed to Benefit Sherman High Volleyball Team, Feb. 9

sports-volley-ballThe Sherman High School volleyball team will be hosting a Taco Feed during the basketball games on Friday, February 9th. Dinner starts at 5:00 pm. $5 a plate.

 


2. Maps: Oregon county results for Measure 101

ORStateFlagOn Tuesday, Jan. 23, voters approved Measure 101, which preserves a hospital and health insurance tax that helps pay for low-income Oregonians on the Oregon Health Plan. More than 1 million voters, or about 40 percent of Oregonians who are registered, participated in the special election to approve up to $320 million in health care taxes. About 62 percent supported the measure. About 38 percent voted no. While the state as a whole overwhelmingly approved the tax, the results varied a lot from county to county.

See Maps | Measure 101 County Breakdown 


3. Becoming a Life-Long Learner

If all of us are born with a natural and active curiosity, how come so many of us grow up resisting learning? And, why do so many people look at learning as an unpleasant and difficult experience, when all of us come into the world as active, eager learners?

Well, we turn off to learning – because that’s what we learned to do. If our parents taught us, through words and action, to expect failure, disappointment and boredom from life, we believed them and behaved accordingly.

If there wasn’t anything in our educational environment to counteract these mistaken beliefs, they became etched into us even deeper. Then, we learned to protect ourselves from the pain of disappointment by pretending not to care or by distracting ourselves with easily obtained comforts.

However, by using the proper tools and techniques, we can unlearn those negative ideas and put positive ones in their place. We can test the usefulness of our beliefs, and, if we choose to, we can change them. As an added benefit, many studies have shown that active learners live longer, stay healthier and, most importantly, have a richer quality of life.

We can become lifelong learners, open to the world of possibilities all around us, and open to expanding our own body of knowledge and understanding. With today’s availability of on-line courses – many of them free – so much more is within our reach. Healthy brains actually crave new input, and actively create new neural pathways when given the opportunity.

What do you think? Does a lifelong learner sound like something you might like to be? Let’s give our brains the opportunity to grow every day! ~The Pacific Institute


4. Oregon School Boards Association Opposes House Bill 4113 re: Class Size

Oregon.Flat.poleA new bill made public Jan. 22, 2018, on behalf of Oregon’s teachers union seeks to make class size a mandatory subject of collective bargaining. The Oregon School Boards Association is taking a strong stand in opposition for the same reasons it did in 2017, when a similar bill failed to pass.

Jim Green, OSBA’s executive director, said House Bill 4113 would undermine local control and create an unfunded mandate that could lead to school boards having to cut services and school days to meet class-size restrictions. He said such attempts at restricting class size had proved to be failures in California and Florida.

“If you make class size a subject of collective bargaining, it will be a budget buster for school districts,” said Green.

Based on estimates from the Oregon Department of Education, lowering class sizes by three students would cost an additional $575.6 million in the 2019-21 biennium. That translates to hiring roughly 2,600 new teachers, according to ODE estimates, at a time when the Legislature is struggling to even maintain current service levels.

Green suggested that legislators instead focus their attention on the broader picture of paying for a first-class Oregon school system, as they have signaled their intention to do through the Joint Committee on Student Success. (https://www.oregonlegislature.gov/courtney/Documents/PR-jointstudentsuccess-FINAL.pdf)

OSBA is a member services agency for more than 200 locally elected boards serving school districts, education service districts and community colleges.


5. How Many People Were Fed for What That Sports Car Cost?

~ excerpted, undated, unattributed.

“A guy looked at my Corvette the other day and said, “I wonder how many people could have been fed for the money that sports car cost.”
 
“I replied I am not sure; it fed a lot of families in Bowling Green, Kentucky who built it, it fed the people who made the tires, it fed the people who made the components that went into it, it fed the people who mined the copper for the wires, it fed people in Decatur, Illinois at Caterpillar who made the trucks that haul the copper ore, it fed the trucking people who hauled it from the plant to the dealer, and fed the people working at the dealership and their families. But, I have to admit, I guess I really don’t know how many people it fed…”


6. History Tidbits: Sherman County Observer Reports on January Weather, 1922

ShermanCoMap1895~Contributed by Chris Sanders

January 6, 1922

    The cold weather of the last 20 days is continuing with little sign of a charge.  Farmers report abundance of snow in the stubble fields, but that the seeded areas have not the snow covering all would like to see for protection of the winter wheat.

January 13, 1922

    Autie King, who has a crushed rock sub-contract on the Sherman Highway under Bauers & Beaurs, was looking over the proposition this week.  We understand that the disposition of farmers to charge for rock for this work was not considered as a factor when the bids were figured.

January 20, 1922

    Tuesday night was the coldest on record this winter for Sherman county.  Official records at the experiment farm were 8 degrees below zero during the night and 4 below at 8 a.m.  Other places in Moro where instruments were not so well protected went as low as 17 below.  Grass Valley reported 22 below at several places in that city.  Shaniko reported 10 below as the coldest for the night.

January 20, 1922

    Wilber Woods from Weston, has been visiting with his parents last weekend.  One feature of his visit was a “snow” ride Tuesday via auto to his farm in the Monkland district.

January 27, 1922

    The King company of Portland, sub-contractors under Bauer and Bauer, have installed a rock crusher at DeMoss and will begin work as soon as weather permits.  Their contract calls for rock surfacing the two sections on each side of Moro, to Wasco and Grass Valley.

January 27, 1922

D. Emery, superintendent of construction for Bauer & Bauer, was a caller at this office Thursday.  He said the very first break in present weather conditions would see highway construction begin at many different points between Wasco and Moro.  The road is now officially closed by the state highway engineer department and it would be well for the public generally to heed the weather signs and not allow their cars to become mired in the cuts and fills along the new grade.

January 27, 1922

    Samuel Lancaster, the engineer who built the Columbia river highway, claims that the hard pack of frozen snow and sleet will remain on the Columbia river highway until next August unless it is removed by means other than the process of nature.  Eric Hauser, owner of the Multnomah Hotel and a large contractor, had made an offer to remove the obstruction at cost and his offer will probably be accepted.  Engineers seem to be agreed that a greater damage will result if not removed than the cost of the work would amount.


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

bird.owlOpen the Books. Every Dime. Online. In Real Time.

Frontier TeleNet

Space Weather | Long-Dead NASA Spacecraft Wakes Up

Winter Olympics | PyeongChang 2018

The Secret Back Story of How Obama Let Hezbollah Off the Hook

Stratolaunch: World’s Largest Aircraft by Wingspan

HOLODOMOR :  The famine-genocide of Ukraine, 1932-1933

Stand Up Ranchers | Small Business, Rancher Owned, Lifestyle Driven

Key facts about black immigrants in the U.S.

Oregon Congressional Delegation, Sans Walden & Schrader, to Trump: Hands Off Our Weed

Capital Insider Index: This week in Salem, by the numbers

Dr. Peterson’s 12 Rules for Life, An Antidote for Chaos


 

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Sherman County eNews #19

CONTENTS

  1. Classifieds

  2. Calendar


1. CLASSIFIEDS (new or corrected)

REMINDERS:

newspaper-arrowWe are mindful that not everyone has a Facebook page or smart phone. Some folks rely on email and print news sources. We welcome your news releases!

Free classified ads are published on Fridays. The deadline is Wednesday at 5. Please submit ads by using the Submit News page. Include who, what, where, when, & how, contact information and the final Friday date for posting your ad (shown by the date at the end of the ad, for example, 3/17), and contact information, under 50 words if possible. This service is limited to Sherman County. Links are welcome.  Please share your Thank You and Congratulatory notes and Joyful News here. ~ The Editor  

THANK YOU & CONGRATULATORY NOTES:

JOYFUL NEWS:

COMMUNITY ORGANIZATION FUND-RAISERS:

SHERMAN COUNTY WRESTLING CLUB SHIRTS. If you are interested in purchasing a Sherman County Wrestling Club shirt please contact Jeremy Lanthorn with your size. Sizes will be available from Youth Small to 2XL, cost will be $20.00 to cover the cost of the shirt and to help the wrestling club raise money to purchase a new mat as well as competition gear. jlanthorn@gmail.com

EMPLOYMENT:

COURSE MARSHAL / SUPPORT SPECIALIST. Watch races and get paid for it too. Oregon Raceway Park is seeking corner workers for the 2018 season. Candidates must be 18 years of age, able to climb ladders, have the ability to be outdoors (sometimes in harsh conditions), have good verbal communication skills and be able to react calmly and quickly to emergency situations. We are proud to offer our event presenters a source of skilled and competent personnel to staff our many and varied events from Auto, Kart and Motorcycle Races. Training will be held March 17, 2018 9am-5pm at 93811 Blagg Lane, Grass Valley, OR. If interested please contact, Brenda Pikl: 541-333 2452 or info@oregonraceway.com.

TEMPORARY INSTRUCTIONAL ASSISTANT

Position: Temporary Instructional Assistant

Start Date: February 26, 2018

Position Description: Sherman County School District is seeking a highly qualified and self-motivated temporary Instructional Assistant with preferred previous experience working in a school environment. The successful candidate will support instructional and other activities as assigned for a twelve week period. This position will remain open until filled. Criminal record check and pre-employment drug testing required.

How to Apply: For further information and application materials please email Wes Owens at wowens@sherman.k12.or.us or call 541-565-3500. Sherman County School District is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

FOOD SERVICE ASSISTANT

Start Date 4/2/18

Work Schedule Monday – Friday

7:45 a.m. – 1:45 p.m.

Current Salary $11.04 – $13.74/hour DOE

Job Description/Responsibility

Sherman County School District is seeking a qualified Food Service Assistant.  Criminal record check and pre-employment drug screening is required.  Health Insurance Package is pro-rated for this 6 hour per day position.

The Food Service Assistant’s primary responsibilities include dishwashing and salad bar preparation. The Food Service Assistant must be able to lift up to 50 lbs., and must also be organized, reliable, self-motivated, capable of planning and scheduling, and is responsible for a variety of other miscellaneous duties to ensure the kitchen and cafeteria are maintained in a healthy, safe, and sanitary manner.

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

wowens@sherman.k12.or.us

This position will remain open until filled.

Sherman County School District is an equal opportunity employer.

 

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.

SalarySalary 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.

Qualifications:

  • 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 wowens@sherman.k12.or.us.

Sherman County School District is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

HEALTHY FAMILIES OREGON HOME VISITOR. North Central ESD Early Education is hiring for a part time Healthy Families Oregon Home Visitor. Healthy Families Oregon seeks to insure healthy, thriving children and nurturing, caring families with a target of reaching parents with newborns and expectant parents. We seek to enhance family function, promote positive parent-child relationships and support children’s healthy growth and development through home visiting and links to community services.
The main duties of this job will be to provide parental support and education through the early years of a child’s life so children will grow up to be emotionally secure and safe, healthy, and more school-ready. Provide parenting skills, child development monitoring, early learning activities, and linkages to community resources. High school diploma required, AA or Bachelor’s Degree preferred. Must have reliable transportation to and from worksites.  Worksite Location: Office located in Condon. Service area includes Gilliam, Sherman, and Wheeler Counties. Work Schedule: 30 hours/week. Salary Range: $14.17-$20.15 DOE. Benefits: Medical, Dental, Vision and Long Term Disability. Reports to: Healthy Families Supervisor. Application Deadline: Open until filled. Please send resume and cover letter to bansotegui@ncesd.k12.or.us 877-562-3739 “The NCESD is an Equal Opportunity Employer.”

FOR SALE:

SHERMAN COUNTY WRESTLING CLUB SHIRTS. If you are interested in purchasing a Sherman County Wrestling Club shirt please contact Jeremy Lanthorn with your size. Sizes will be available from Youth Small to 2XL, cost will be $20.00 to cover the cost of the shirt and to help the wrestling club raise money to purchase a new mat as well as competition gear. jlanthorn@gmail.com   2/2

LAND. RMLS# 17410095. A chance to own 1.5 acres close to Moro but in the country. This property is waiting for you to bring your house plans and call it home. Subject to final short plat approval, taxes to be determined. $50,000. Call Tiffany Hillman with Dryside Property @ 541-993-7006  5/1

A SUBSCRIPTION to THE TIMES JOURNAL. The Newspaper of Record for Wheeler, Gilliam and Sherman counties and the cities of Fossil, Mitchell, Spray, Arlington, Condon and Lonerock. Published every Thursday by Macro Graphics of Condon, LLC, McLaren and Janet Stinchfield. $35/year in Gilliam, Wheeler & Sherman counties; $45/year elsewhere in the U.S. Contact The Times-Journal, P.O. Box 746, Condon, OR 97823-0746 or 541-384-221 or Fax 541-284-2311 or times-journal@jncable.com. 1/26

HANDCRAFTED FURNITURE & NOVELTY GIFTS. Considerately Handcrafted furniture and novelty gifts created from re-purposed wine & whiskey barrels. ~The Wood Butcher | Wasco, Oregon | 541-993-4282 | https://www.oldwoodnbarrels.com/  2/2

FOR RENT OR LEASE:

SERVICES:

LOCAL HANDYMAN SERVICES. No job too small. Licensed general contractor. Equipment operator. OR CCB #135768 KCK, Inc.  541-993-4282   3/2 

NEWSPAPERS

VISITOR INFORMATION SERVICES & EVENTS:

 

SHERMAN COUNTY CLASSIFIEDS | FACEBOOK

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1680690712181261/

Volunteer SmileVOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: 

DAM STORIES. The 60th anniversary of the start of construction and 50th anniversary of the dedication of the John Day Dam will be in 2018. Gladys Wesley, editor of Sherman County: For The Record, plans to devote the spring issue to stories about  construction of the dam and the Biggs bridge and road and railroad relocation. Did you or your parents work on any of these? Do you remember the changes in the area as a result of the added jobs? Did you and/or your family move to Sherman County at the time? Did you attend the opening of the bridge or other events? Do you have photographs of that period? You and your stories are an important part of Sherman County history. Your photos to illustrate your story will be scanned and returned. Send your stories to Sherman County Historical Museum, P.O. Box 173, Moro, OR 97039 or to info@shermanmuseum.org (with subject line Story for FTR). Questions? Contact the Museum: 541-565-3232. Deadline for submission is February 28, 2018. 2/16 

newspaper-wantedWANTED:

YOUR STORIES. Gladys Wesley, editor of Sherman County: For The Record, Sherman County Historical Society’s twice-yearly historical anthology, reminds us that the editorial team is always looking for stories related to Sherman County for future issues… stories about places, families or events. Time marches on and for the young people of today the events of the 1950s and 1960s are as much history as the late 1800s were when the historical society was started in 1945. Send your stories to Sherman County Historical Museum, P.O. Box 173, Moro, OR 97039 or to info@shermanmuseum.org (with subject line Story for FTR). Questions? Contact the Museum: 541-565-3232. 2/2 

sign.freeFREE:

SHERMAN COUNTY, OREGON HISTORY.  http://shermancountyoregon.com/ 


2. CALENDAR (new or corrected)

JANUARY

27 Sherman County Crab, Oyster & Shrimp Feed

27 Annual Robert Burns Supper 2 Condon Elks Lodge

30-Feb. 1 Northwest Ag Show, Portland

31 Retirement Open House for Wasco City Clerk Cassie Strege 11-3 Wasco City Hall

31 Supermoon, Blue Moon & Total Lunar Eclipse

FEBRUARY

1 AARP Tax Aide Sites Open Statewide

1 Sherman County Fair Board Meeting 7

3 North Central Livestock Assoc. Social Hour 5 Dinner 6 Grass Valley Pavilion

5 Lower John Day Area Commission on Transportation 10-12 Rufus

5 Sherman County Preschool Planning Meeting 5 Sherman County Public/School Library

6 Winter Olympics Begin

7 Sherman County Court 9

7 Mid-Columbia Economic Development District Executive Board Meeting 4

7 All County Prayer Meeting, Rufus Baptist Church Refreshments and social time at 6:30, prayer time from 7:00 to 8:30.

9 Community Renewable Energy Association (CREA) Board Meeting 10-1

10 Columbia Gorge Genealogical Society Program 10:30 Discovery Center

10 Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum 9 Mods & Rods, Custom Rides

13 Sherman County Watershed Council 8

13 Sherman County Soil & Water Conservation District Board 8:30

13 Tri-County Mental Health Board Meeting 11-2 The Dalles

13 North Central Public Health District Board Meeting 3 The Dalles

14 VALENTINE’S DAY

14 Sherman County Senior & Community Center Advisory Group 12:30

15 Northern Oregon Regional Corrections Board Meeting 10 NORCOR, The Dalles

15 Deadline for Sherman County Kids to Join 4-H

16 Frontier TeleNet Board of Directors Meeting 10 Fossil

16-18 Winter Fishtrap, The New Agrarians, Joseph, Oregon

21 Sherman County Court 9

22 Sherman County Book Club 6 Sherman County Public/School Library

24 OSU Small Farm Conference, Corvallis

26 Sherman County Photography Club 6 Steve Burnett Extension Bldg.
28 Sherman County Board of Property Tax Appeals 9 

MARCH

1 Sherman County Fair Board Meeting 7

1-4 National Association of Counties Conference, Washington, D.C.

3 Bill Flatt Memorial Service TBA Condon

7 Sherman County Court 9

7 Mid-Columbia Economic Development District Exec. Board Meeting 4

7 All County Prayer Meeting, Moro Presbyterian Church Refreshments and social time at 6:30, prayer time from 7:00 to 8:30.

9 Community Renewable Energy Association (CREA) Board Meeting 10-1

10 Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum 9 The Roaring Twenties

13 Sherman Soil & Water Conservation Board Meeting 8:30

13 Tri-County Mental Health Board Meeting 11-2

13 North Central Public Health Board Meeting 3

14 Sherman County Senior Center Advisory Committee 12:30 Senior Center

23-25 Northwest Horse Fair & Expo & Mustang Adoption, Albany, Oregon 

APRIL

4 All County Prayer Meeting, Wasco Church of Christ Refreshments and social time at 6:30, prayer time from 7:00 to 8:30.

14  Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum 9 Speedsters & Racers

MAY

3 All County Prayer Meeting, Kent Baptist church (Thursday, National Day of Prayer) Refreshments and social time at 6:30, prayer time from 7:00 to 8:30.

12 Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum 9 Popular Postwar Cars


JUNE

6 All County Prayer Meeting, Wasco Methodist Church Refreshments and social time at 6:30, prayer time from 7:00 to 8:30.

9 Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum 9 Steam Cars, Hit & Miss Engines

15 The June Bugs Concert 6:30 & Artisans’ Market 4-7, Condon City Park


JULY

4 HYATUS Concert 6:30 & Artisans’ Market 4-7, Condon City Park

4 All County Prayer Meeting, Grass Valley Baptist Church Refreshments and social time at 6:30, prayer time from 7:00 to 8:30.

14 Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum 9 Traffic Jam Show


AUGUST

1 All County Prayer Meeting, Rufus Baptist Church Refreshments and social time at 6:30, prayer time from 7:00 to 8:30.

3 Jawbone Flats Concert 6:30 & Artisans’ Market 4-7, Condon City Park

11 Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum 9 Helicopters


 

Sherman County eNews #18

CONTENTS

  1. Silent Auction at the Crab Feed to Benefit Sherman County Scholarship Association

  2. Cassie Strege, Long-time Wasco City Clerk is Retiring, Jan. 31

  3. Sherman County Emergency Services December Activity Report

  4. So, What Do I Want?

  5. AARP Tax Aide Sites Open Statewide February 1

  6. Grants Available for Historic Properties and Archaeology Projects

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


 1. Silent Auction at the Crab Feed to Benefit Sherman County Scholarship Association 

PLEASE SUPPORT

THE SHERMAN COUNTY SCHOLARSHIP ASSOCIATION

AT THE CRAB FEED

ON SATURDAY!

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WE WILL BE OFFERING:

*A SILENT AUCTION FEATURING A VARIETY OF LOVELY GIFT BASKETS AND ITEMS*

* DESSERTS TO ENJOY AFTER YOUR DINNER*

“GOT CRABS?”  T-SHIRTS, APRONS, BUTTONS AND CRAB-CRACKING SETS

ALL PROCEEDS WILL GO TOWARD

COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIPS FOR SHERMAN COUNTY STUDENTS

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT

BID HIGH!


2. Cassie Strege, Long-time Wasco City Clerk is Retiring, Jan. 31

balloons.red.white.blueCassie Strege, long time Wasco city clerk, is retiring! Please come in to Wasco City Hall on Wednesday, January 31st between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. and wish her Happy Trails.

She will be missed, but she has certainly earned her retirement. She has helped on many city committees and events and served as secretary for the rural fire board. She has always greeted the public with a smile on her face and gentle personality. HAPPYRETIREMENT, CASSIE! ~Carol MacKenzie, Mayor


3. Sherman County Emergency Services December Activity Report

~Shawn Payne, Director, Sherman County Emergency Services

Sherman County Ambulance

December 2017 Activity Report

Date Time Incident Location
       
12-01 5:28 PM Possible Broken Hip Grass Valley
12-02 6:27 AM Unknown Illness Wasco
12-05 9:26 AM Headache Moro
12-05 6:45 PM Motor Vehicle Crash – Rollover US 97  MP# 32
12-06 5:10 AM Motor Vehicle Crash – Roller I-84  MP# 110
12-08 8:55 AM Semi-Truck Crash US 97  MP# 31
12-08 7:04 PM Fall Injury Moro
12-09 1:17 PM Nausea & Vomiting Moro
12-12 10:38 PM Breathing Problem Moro
12-13 7:44 AM Weakness Rufus
12-16 10:03 PM Diabetic Problem Wasco
12-17 9:36 AM Unknown Medical US 97  MP# 9
12-18 9:37 AM Abdominal Pain Wasco
12-22 12:11 AM Nausea and Vomiting Moro
12-23 8:16 AM Motor Vehicle Crash – Rollover US 97  MP# 33
12-23 12:13 PM Motor Vehicle Crash US 97  MP# 19
12-23 12:54 PM Motor Vehicle Crash I-84  MP# 105
12-23 1:35 PM Motor Vehicle Crash – Rollover US 97  MP# 23

 

North Sherman County RFPD

December 2017 Activity Report

Date Time Incident Location
       
12-06 5:15 AM Motor Vehicle Crash I-84  MP# 110
12-16 10:13 PM Medical Assist Wasco
12-17 9:36 AM Medical Assist Wasco
12-23 8:33 AM Multiple Motor Vehicle Crashes I-84 MP 102.5 – 101 East Bound
12-23 12:15 PM Motor Vehicle Crash US 97  MP# 4.5
12-23 12:54 PM Motor Vehicle Crash US 97    MP#4
12-26 11:11 AM Motor Vehicle Crash US 97  MP# 12
12-27 10:21 AM Motor Vehicle Crash US 97  MP# 13

4. So, What Do I Want?

Let’s go back a bit, and build upon the themes that have been introduced since the New Year. You are going to walk through a process of vision-setting and goal-setting that will stand you in good stead for the rest of your life. And when we are done, New Year’s resolutions will seem like an old-fashioned parlor game.

Ask yourself the question, “Where am I going?” For most of us, that is a question upon which we spend far too little time. And when we do, it is usually because of some out-of-the-ordinary situation that has happened, forcing us to take a look. Well, let’s take the “have to” out of it, and really spend a few (or several) moments honestly observing where we are going. (Honesty is a key piece in this.)

You might want to write down your thoughts and observations. Journaling will provide you with more insights and “ah ha!” moments than you can imagine. Once you see these thoughts on paper, you will see patterns start to emerge – patterns that may not have been obvious while they were locked inside your brain.

Once you have honestly figured out where you are going, it’s time to decide if this is what you “want.” Let’s face it, sometimes life gets in the way, and we lose contact with those things that we know will fulfill us. Not material things, but letting loose of those talents and abilities that have been locked up inside us.

So, when you have a few moments of quiet, let your mind “out for a walk” and spend some time thinking about what it is you really want – want to have, want to be, want to do. Hang out a sign that says, “No Restrictions” on your musings, just let your mind wander. Write down what you are thinking about. Tomorrow, we’ll talk about the next step in the process. ~The Pacific Institute


 5. AARP Tax Aide Sites Open Statewide February 1

dollar.blwh(Clackamas, OR) — Beginning February 1 and continuing through April 17, AARP Foundation is providing free tax assistance and preparation through its Tax-Aide program. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide, celebrating its 50th year, is the nation’s largest free tax assistance and preparation service. Since its inception, the program has served more than 50 million taxpayers.

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide started in 1968 with just four volunteers working at one site. Today, nearly 35,000 volunteers serve low- to moderate-income taxpayers at 5,000 locations in neighborhood libraries, malls, banks, community centers and senior centers nationwide. There’s no fee, no age requirement, and AARP membership is not required.

“The work of the 1,180 AARP Foundation Tax Aide Volunteers in Oregon brings substantial funds to our state,” said AARP Oregon Tax Aide Volunteer Coordinator Bob Bruce. At 135 Tax Aide sites around the state, volunteers helped 72,978 Oregonians file taxes bringing back more than $52 million on refund in 2017. On top of that, Tax Aide volunteers were able to help tax payers file for Earned Income Tax Credits with $13,767,559 being returned to tax payers.

“Getting help through Tax Aide is not limited to older adults,” said AARP Oregon Communications Director Joyce De Monnin. “We welcome older adults, families and even college students,” she said, if they are low to moderate income.

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide volunteers are trained and IRS-certified each year to ensure they know about and understand the latest changes to the U.S. Tax Code. In 2017, the program’s volunteers helped 2.5 million people navigate complicated tax codes, ensure proper credits and deductions, and file their federal and state tax returns. Taxpayers who used AARP Foundation Tax-Aide received $1.37 billion in income tax refunds and more than $222 million in Earned Income Tax Credits (EITCs). They also avoided any tax preparation fees and pitches for high-interest tax credit or refund loans.

To find an AARP Foundation Tax-Aide site or more information, including which documents to bring to the tax site, visit aarpfoundation.org/taxhelp or call 1-888-AARPNOW (1-888-227-7669). AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is offered in conjunction with the IRS.

About AARP Foundation
AARP Foundation works to ensure that low-income older adults have nutritious food, affordable housing, a steady income, and strong and sustaining bonds. We collaborate with individuals and organizations who share our commitment to innovation and our passion for problem-solving. Supported by vigorous legal advocacy, we create and advance effective solutions that help struggling older adults transform their lives. AARP Foundation is the affiliated charity of AARP.


6. Grants Available for Historic Properties and Archaeology Projects

The State Historic Preservation Office is offering grants for work on historic properties and for archaeology projects. The annual grants fund up to $20,000 in matching funds for preservation projects.

The Preserving Oregon Grants fund preservation of historic buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Work may include non-maintenance preservation like window repair, roof work, foundation projects, and plumbing and electrical needs. Recently funded projects include preservation of the IOOF cabins at Paulina Lake, the Floed-Lane House in Roseburg, and Gaiety Hollow in Salem. The program also funds significant work contributing toward identifying, preserving and interpreting archaeological sites. Archaeology projects were funded in Douglas and Lincoln Counties and along the coast.

The Diamonds in the Rough Grants help restore or reconstruct the facades of buildings that have been heavily altered over the years. These grant return buildings to their historic appearance and potentially qualify them for historic register designation (local or national). Façade projects in Astoria, Baker City, Burns and Cave Junction were funded in the last cycle.

Preservation office staff is happy to talk with applicants about potential grant projects, review applications and assist with the online grant system. Free grant workshops on project planning and grant writing and using the online grant application will be available. Workshops will be in Salem on March 8 and 13. Webinar workshops will be available on March 15 and 22.

 To learn more about the grants and workshops visit www.oregonheritage.org or contact Kuri Gill at Kuri.Gill@oregon.gov or 503-986-0685.


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