Sherman County eNews #25


  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

–Marilyn Lohmann

National Weather Service 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 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
* To verify the licenses of plumbers and electricians, go to

Contact your local building official to ask questions, and check permit and inspection information. Visit 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