Sherman County eNews #26

CONTENTS

  1. Classifieds

  2. Calendar


1. CLASSIFIEDS (new or corrected)

REMINDERS:

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THANK YOU & CONGRATULATORY NOTES:

JOYFUL NEWS:

COMMUNITY ORGANIZATION FUND-RAISERS:

TACO FEED to BENEFIT SHERMAN HIGH VOLLEYBALL TEAM. The 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.

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:

COACHES. Sherman County School Coaching Opportunities. Coaching positions are currently available in the following areas:

Spring

Boys and Girls HS Track & Field (Head Coach)

Boys and Girls HS Track & Field (Assistant Coach)

Boys and Girls Tennis (Head Coach).

These jobs will remain open until filled. 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 glewis@sherman.k12.or.us or Wes Owens at wowens@sherman.k12.or.us. Sherman County School District is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

MAINTENANCE & CAFE STAFF | MARYHILL MUSEUM OF ART   ~http://www.maryhillmuseum.org/belong/careers

POSITIONS (8 or 9)| The Times-Journal – a weekly serving Wheeler, Gilliam & Sherman counties, P.O. Box 746, Condon, OR 97823 | 541-384-2411

 COURSE MARSHAL / SUPPORT SPECIALIST WANTED. 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.” 2/2

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

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/  2/24

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:

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 VOLUNTEER 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

 WANTED:

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

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2. CALENDAR (new or corrected)

Valentine.heartFEBRUARY

1 AARP Tax Aide Sites Open Statewide

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

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.

clover4MARCH

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

17 Paint Nite for Little Wheats Daycare 4 Wasco Events Center

22 Mid-Columbia Economic Development District Board Meeting 4-6 Hood River

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

raindropAPRIL

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

5 Sherman County Fair Board 7

14  Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum 9 Speedsters & Racers


 

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Sherman County eNews #25

CONTENTS

  1. Sherman High School Basketball Schedule Update, Feb. 2, 3, 9, 10

  2. Weather: February Outlook and January Monthly Climate Summary 

  3. Sherman County Court Notes, Jan. 17

  4. Three Protections for Consumers as Oregon Construction Projects Soar

  5. Keeping Your Word


1. Sherman High School Basketball Schedule Update, Feb. 2, 3, 9, 10

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Feb. 2, 2018 – Girls JV and boys JV games against Spray/Mitchell in Fossil have been cancelled, Varsity girls start at 6:00, and Varsity boys at 7:30, bus departs at 3:30

Feb. 3, 2018 – Girls JV game vs Arlington has been cancelled, JV boys start at 2:30, Varsity girls at 4:00, and Varsity boys at 5:30

Feb. 9, 2018 – Girls JV game vs Ione has been cancelled, JV boys start at 4:30, Varsity girls at 6:00, and Varsity boys at 7:30

Feb. 10, 2018 – Girls JV game vs Horizon Christian in Hood River has been cancelled, JV boys start at 2:30, Varsity girls at 4:00, and Varsity boys at 5:30, bus departs at 12:15

~Audrey Rooney, Registrar

Sherman High School

65912 High School Loop

Moro, OR 97039

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


2. Weather: February Outlook and January Monthly Climate Summary 

weather-rainYou can find the February outlook and the January
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

–Marilyn Lohmann

National Weather Service Pendleton

541-276-7832

www.weather.gov/Pendleton


3. Sherman County Court Notes, Jan. 17

ShermanCoLogoBy Administrative Assistant Kayla von Borstel

(This is a brief and rough 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 www.co.sherman.or.us after the January 17 Court session.)

The Sherman County Court met in regular session on January 17, 2018, and in conducting the business of the county,

  • met with Jenine McDermid, County Clerk, to hear a quarterly report. The new ballot machine had arrived. No Board of Property Tax Appeal was filed. 478 recordings in 2017; increase from 2016. Surveys and patrician plats had 15 filings in 2017 and only 4 filings in 2016. There were 4 probates and 5 small estates filed in the last year. House Bill 4007 would increase County recording fees by $55 per document if passed;
  • met with Mike Smith, Frontier TelNet. Presented a brief update on the grant through the State for Sherman County Fiber. Planned to present a one page Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) between Sherman County and Frontier TelNet (FTN) during Court, however due to County Counsel being very ill, the IGA has been put on hold. State has tightened their view, so Sherman will need to adjust the RFP, have an agreement between the State and Sherman County in place, and have an agreement between Sherman County and FTN to maintain and get the work done in order to get the RFP out and wait for bids. Alternate proposals will also be accepted which would allow for companies like Century Link to partner;
  • met with Kimberly Lindsey, Community Counseling Solutions (CCS), to give an update on the potential project sites. Rufus site will not work due to zoning. Wasco site assessment: property is large enough but is cost prohibitive with needed construction. CCS is running out of options for sites. Kimberly reported there is a lack of kid’s resources in the State of Oregon; this has become priority for Health care in Oregon. No official role for Commissioners, however, she won’t continue to try program implementation without the County and community support;
  • met with Wes Owens, Superintendent, for a quarterly report. Thanked Court for supplying school with funds. Community newsletter implemented as second line of communication and transparency to spread the word of their current programs. The School is working on two initiatives this year: a reading program and positive behavior. The cornerstone of the School is for the children to be safe, be responsible, and be respectful. They are ready to put safety program associated costs together in the budget for strategically placed safes in the majority of the classrooms; four to five staff would be trained to use force if needed for safety;
  • met with Jessica Metta, Mid-Columbia Economic Development, on rental housing. Court approved Ruby Mason, Amy MacNamee, Commissioner McCoy, and Mid-Columbia Economic Development District Staff to comprise the review committee for both the Rental Housing Incentive Program and Housing Rehabilitation Program. The housing fund currently has $280,000 for fiscal year for rental housing programs and the construction loan program combined. Court agreed to use up to $280,000; if the max dollars is reached the program will be suspended until the next budget committee meeting. Approved the Housing Rehabilitation Program funds to be dispersed on a reimbursement basis after project completion;
  • met with Brad Baird, Anderson Perry & Associates, gave update on USDA application. No issue of receiving the funds for Biggs, and receiving it quickly, as long as all requirements have been met. For the Water Study, the Court needs to state what the water system will serve in the next 20 years due to system updates. Brad stated most of the zoning in the area was commercial and industrial. Judge Thomson replied that commercial would potentially change to residential near the old motel and north, to accommodate low income workforce housing. Brad suggested the Court take action on drilling the well to keep moving the project forward and two to three months of project time. Court agreed;
  • met with Dan Aldrich, Building Maintenance, presented quarterly report. Many extra items added to his daily list due to building moves and construction; expects that to slow once everyone is settled in. He will need to adjust his schedule slightly to accommodate not disturbing staff. New cleaning equipment was purchased to have a set in each Courthouse building and would potentially like to get a carpet cleaner instead of hiring a company to clean the carpets;
  • met with Georgia Macnab, Planning Director, presented quarterly report. Had one hearing for a conditional use permit for a non-farm dwelling. Letter sent about Golden Hills Amendment Number 4 with the State; conversed with Department of Energy about Golden Hills permit and road conditions. A zoning permit was submitted for the Biggs Truck Stop. Biggest priority is the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy list that goes to Mid-Columbia Economic Development District (MCEDD). The Enterprise Zone application with Aurora Gardens does not look like it will be approved due to Federal regulations, and there needs to be an agreement with Worksource Oregon. Georgia had rental housing inquiries and has referred those onto MCEED;
  • met with Ryan Nopp, GV Property Development, about housing. Interested in building two duplexes on Rolfe property when purchased. Georgia stated it would require a zone change to residential. The Court encouraged Ryan to submit a rental application while working on the zone change paperwork. Brief discussion held on requirements for rental incentives;
  • met with Dean Dark, Wildlife Services. Presented a quarterly report. Has been working weekends in Gilliam County since they currently do not have trapper. Working to resolve two possible cougar issues. Court inquired about dog and wild pig issues. Dean received a message from Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife; a pair of wolves has been found in the White River Unit. He will need to check their Area of Known Wolf Activity (AKWA) to see if there is activity in Sherman. If activity in Sherman County it can limit what tools he can use to perform his regular job duties in that area;
  • met with Shawn Payne, Emergency Services. Presented Quarterly report. Held annual banquet at the Wasco School Events Center. Submitted grant to the Mid-Columbia Health Foundation to provide free 12 lead EKG to all student athletes; the grant is pending. The goal of the grant is to prevent sudden cardiac arrest in teenagers. Majority of the grant is to receive two Automated External Defibrillators; one for the baseball field and one for the second gym. Three individuals attending EMT classes. Updating the Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan; Sherman County’s expires in 2019;
  • Executive Session on Personnel;
  • met with Amy Asher, Prevention. Presented Quarterly report. Assumed the role of Outreach. Must resubmit her State Plan, due to budget changes of no insurance and the School no longer participating in Project Alert. Rewrote the Pack promise as well as a proposal for Paw Pals, to include drug, tobacco, and alcohol prevention and to be a positive influence on friends and family. Working on a proposal to implement end of year activities based on the points students earn during the year for participating in activities. Oregon Youth Conservation Corps applications are due February 20th, 2018. Amy has been working with Prevention Treatment Advisory Board (PTAB) with suicide post prevention protocol;
  • nominated Amy Asher to the Eastern Oregon Coordinated Care Organization (EOCCO) to serve as a member on the Sherman County Local Community Advisory Council (LCAC);
  • accepted a letter of resignation from Karl Richter and Delores Richter, Sherman County Local Community Advisory Council;
  • accepted a letter of resignation from Deanna Padget, Sharon Chard, and Susan Lissman, Senior Center Advisory Board;
  • accepted volunteer application from Jeff Judah, Senior Center, pending background check;
  • appointed Donna Birtwistle to the Senior Center Advisory Board for a term of two years to expire December 31, 2019;
  • approved the $40,000 Rental Housing Development Grant for Austen Martin to build two duplex rental units;
  • approved to provide a letter of recommendation for Jennifer Meachum of ProudCity to use towards Graduate School application and authorize Judge Thompson to sign;
  • discussed housing, the housing location of County owned rental tables and chairs, renewable energy work session, building codes and County website;
  • heard reports from Court members about regional board activities.

4. Three Protections for Consumers as Oregon Construction Projects Soar

(Salem) — Construction projects are on a rapid rise. According to the Oregon Economic and Revenue Forecast, the rate of new construction recently hit its highest mark in more than 10 years. Consumers looking to purchase or build a new home or remodel an existing home should make sure their contractor follows three important safeguards.

The State of Oregon requires homebuilders:
1. To be licensed, bonded, and insured
2. To obtain all necessary construction permits, and have regular inspections performed
3. To use licensed tradespeople

When contractors meet these three requirements, consumers know they are protected from jobsite accidents, that the work will be done properly, and critical jobs such as plumbing and electrical work will be performed by people with the proper training and experience.

“It is crucial for consumers to make sure when they buy or remodel a home, no matter how big or small the project, that state consumer protection laws are followed,” said Mark Long, Building Codes Division administrator. “From a simple remodel to an elaborate home build, Oregonians should protect their investment by ensuring their contractor meets these basic requirements.”

If you are buying a home or in the middle of a home building project, ask if your contractor follows required disclosure and contract laws and offers a warranty. Consumers can use these resources to make sure the job is done right:
* To check the licenses of contractors, go to http://search.ccb.state.or.us/search/
* To verify the licenses of plumbers and electricians, go to http://www.oregon.gov/bcd/licensing/Pages/search

Contact your local building official to ask questions, and check permit and inspection information. Visit www.bcd.oregon.gov to find the building official for your area.
Finally, make sure you read and understand any contract before you sign it.


5. Keeping Your Word

If we have been doing our jobs right, you probably had an exciting time, experimenting with this whole new world of goal-setting. This brings up another question: How good are you at keeping agreements . . . with yourself? Think about this, for a moment.

In their book “Life 101,” John-Roger and Peter McWilliams pointed out that the agreements we make are always with ourselves, although sometimes they include other people. In that sense, they are like relationships. All of our relationships are with ourselves, but often they include other people as well.

Now, your word is one of the most precious things you have, but many people think very little of breaking it. This is a mistake for two reasons.

First and most obviously, it weakens, if not destroys, your credibility with other people. But even more importantly, it weakens your credibility, trustworthiness and reliability with yourself. You can’t help but act in ways that reflect your willingness to break your word. Our behaviors are a direct reflection of our beliefs. So, once you make an agreement and give your word, you want to do everything in your power not to break it. A broken word, like a broken cup, can’t hold much for very long.

When you lovingly keep your word, that is, keep it strong, keep it dependable, and keep it true, you will know the power of accountability. And when you lend this power to a worthy cause that you believe in, its effect will be doubly powerful. When you have no credibility, and people know that they cannot trust you to keep your word, you have no power at all.

Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “Trusting yourself is the first secret of success.” But how can you trust yourself unless you honor your agreements and keep your word – especially your word to yourself? ~The Pacific Institute