Sherman County eNews #35


  1. Celebrate Oregon’s 159th Birthday at Oregon Historical Society Pavilion, Feb. 14

  2. Shared State and County Services Serve the Same Oregonians

  3. Notice. Sherman County Court Session, Feb. 21

  4. Core Value: Responsibility

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

2016: “Sherman County Court is excited to announce a new fiber optic project promising to dramatically increase available Internet speeds within the county. Currently, Sherman, Gilliam, and Wheeler County residents, along with schools and emergency services, share a combined 300Mbps of Internet Bandwidth. After the project, Sherman County will have a dedicated 10Gbps (10240Mbps) of available Bandwidth – more than a 3300% increase in capacity. The project will run from the City of Wasco to the Erskine communications building south of Moro and connect to county facilities, Sherman County School District, Frontier TeleNet, and to the county’s Internet Network. Construction should begin in February and end no later than December 31, 2016… …” ~Mike Smith, February 2016, Sherman County Citizen-Reporter.

1. Celebrate Oregon’s 159th Birthday at Oregon Historical Society Pavilion, Feb. 14

Portland, OR — Celebrate Oregon’s birthday in style at the Oregon Historical Society! Oregon shares its birthday with Valentine’s Day–what could be a better way to celebrate the holiday than by professing your love for Oregon?

The celebration begins on Tuesday, February 14 at noon in the Oregon Historical Society pavilion (1200 SW Park Ave., Portland). Join OHS Executive Director Kerry Tymchuk for a conversation with recent Oregon Supreme Court appointee Justice Adrienne Nelson, the first African American in Oregon history to serve on the high court. While you feast on cake from Gerry Frank’s Konditorei, enjoy a musical performance by the Oregon Old Time Fiddlers Association.

As a birthday gift for all Oregonians, admission will be free all day (10am — 5pm) to the Oregon Historical Society’s museum! Don’t miss the chance to explore our newest exhibitions, including Racing to Change: Oregon’s Civil Rights Movement and Oregon State University: A Legacy of Transformation.

About the Oregon Historical Society
For more than a century, the Oregon Historical Society has served as the state’s collective memory, preserving a vast collection of artifacts, photographs, maps, manuscript materials, books, films, and oral histories. Our research library, museum, digital platforms & website (, educational programming, and historical journal make Oregon’s history open and accessible to all. We exist because history is powerful, and because a history as deep and rich as Oregon’s cannot be contained within a single story or point of view.

2. Shared State and County Services Serve the Same Oregonians

The State:

—general administrator

—state property manager

—state courts, patrol, prison

—child protection

—mental health hospital



—state parks.

Services Shared by County and State:


—assessment and taxation



—county jails

—community corrections

—court security

—district attorney


—juvenile services

—aging services

—alcohol/drug programs

—children and families

—developmental disabilities

—mental health services

—veterans’ services

—public health

—environmental health


—economic/community development




—Oregon Plan

—public forests

—federal land policy


—county fair




—property management


—county law library

—sheriff patrol

—medical examiner

—animal control

—solid waste


—capital projects

—county forests, parks


3. Notice. Sherman County Court Session, Feb. 21

The Sherman County Court will be in session on Wednesday, February 21, 2018, at 9:00 a.m. in the Hearings Room at the Sherman County Courthouse Addition, 500 Court Street, Moro, Oregon, 97039.  The agenda, including updates, will be posted on the Sherman County Website at

Agenda February 21 2018

 4. Core Value: Responsibility

One of the most important things we can teach our children is a sense of responsibility. But have you ever thought about exactly why this is so important? Let’s explore this idea.

Most of us believe that raising our children to have a strong sense of responsibility is important. But what does it mean to be responsible? And why is it so important?

Well, for one thing, responsibility goes hand in hand with confidence and the feeling of control of one’s own life. When we are responsible, it means that we are capable of making rational or moral decisions on our own, and that we are ready to be answerable to others for our behavior. It means that we can be trusted and depended on – that our word to others, and to ourselves, is good and can be relied on.

Responsibility also suggests the ability to choose the way we respond to life’s events, rather than simply reacting by reflex. With responsibility as a part of our personal philosophy, our attitude is then reflected outward in our behavior toward friends and family, clients and customers, and anyone else with whom we come in contact.

Feeling responsible is a very good feeling. As a matter of fact, it’s an essential feeling if we are truly going to live up to our potential, enjoy satisfying relationships with others, and live happy, fulfilling lives.

So how do we teach our kids to be responsible? Well, the surest way is by being responsible ourselves. It also helps to explain the benefits of responsibility to them, and to give them gradually increasing responsibilities as soon as they are old enough to handle it. Praise their efforts. Let them know that you see them as responsible, and watch them grow into it. ~The Pacific Institute

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

Wheeler County News

Journey Through Time Scenic Byway Biggs to Baker City

Bailey named to ag heritage commission

Reelin’ in the Years | Footage Musical Artists, Entertainers, History Makers

1980 Rona Barrett Interview of Donald Trump


Commentary: Wyden’s complaints about memo blasted

Merriam Webster Dictionary, Thesaurus, More

The Intercept | Top Stories

Oregon Watchdog | Subscribe – Free | Political & Business

Our Radicalized Media: A Clear And Present Danger

2018 Olympics | NBC analyst under fire in Korea over ignorant comment

Winter Olympics 2018: figure skating jumps, explained

Portland Region Group July 2018 Tour | Horseless Carriage Club of America