Sherman County eNews #46

CONTENTS

  1. What’s Happening at Sherman County Public/School Library

  2. Candidate Filing Form: Precinct Committeepersons, Deadline March 6

  3. Husky Fans Aim for an “Orange Out” at State Tournament, March 1-3

  4. To Be or Not to Be: Right or Happy?

  5. History Tidbits: February 25th Happy Birthday, Sherman County!

  6. High Country News: Western States Gun Laws

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


1. What’s Happening at Sherman County Public/School Library

Music and Movement – Saturday, March 3 at 10:00 and the first Saturday of every month. Join the fun of creative play, rhyme and rhythm while fine tuning motor skills and coordination. Ages 0-6

The March Book Club book is – Where’d you go, Bernadette by Maria Semple. A compulsively readable and touching novel about misplaced genius and a mother and daughter’s role in an absurd world. Bernadette Fox is notorious. To her Microsoft-guru husband, she’s a fearlessly opinionated partner; to fellow private-school mothers in Seattle, she’s a disgrace; to design mavens, she’s a revolutionary architect, and to 15-year-old Bee, she is a best friend and, simply, Mom.  Then Bernadette disappears. It began when Bee aced her report card and claimed her promised reward: a family trip to Antarctica. But Bernadette’s intensifying allergy to Seattle – and people in general – has made her so agoraphobic that a virtual assistant in India now runs her most basic errands. A trip to the end of the earth is problematic. To find her mother, Bee compiles email messages, official documents, secret correspondence – creating a compulsively readable and touching novel about misplaced genius and a mother and daughter’s role in an absurd world. To request a hold, please give us a call, email or stop by. Available in Large Print and Audio by request. Sherman County Public/School Library – 65912 High School Loop Moro, OR 97039 – 541-565-3279 -shermanlibrary@sherman.k12.or.us

Crafts in Stacks – Needle Felt Landscapes

Saturday, March 24 at 2pm. | We will create landscape art by “painting” with brightly colored wool. No previous skill required! Ages firmly 12 and up. Give us a call to reserve your spot before March 22, space is limited to the first 15.


2. Candidate Filing Form: Precinct Committeepersons, Deadline March 6

Candidates for Precinct Committeeperson

Several Open Positions

First day to file: February 1, 2018

Last day to file: March 6, 2018

To be filed with the County Elections official.

http://sos.oregon.gov/elections/Documents/SEL105.pdf

 

Also see ORS 248.015 – Precinct Committeepersons   https://www.oregonlaws.org/ors/248.015.


3. Husky Fans Aim for an “Orange Out” at State Tournament, March 1-3

sport-basketballHey, Husky Fans! Let’s get our support on for our Sherman County Boys Basketball team in Baker City for the State Tournament March 1-3! We are aiming for an “Orange Out” on Friday, so if you have your Baker Tournament T-shirt left over from last year, dust it off and put it back on and show our school spirit!


4. To Be or Not to Be: Right or Happy?

Today, let’s look at a question with far-reaching implications: Would you rather be right or happy? There are probably as many answers to this question as there are people to answer it. Let’s look at a few results of answers to this question.

Some people sacrifice a lot in order to be right, because they think the way to be right is to make other people wrong. They spend a lot of time and effort doing so. Of course, people who are set up to appear wrong or poorly informed aren’t crazy about the feeling, so those who make others look bad, also make themselves disliked. And it’s a sure-fire way to undermine teamwork in a department.

People who need to be right won’t take many risks either, and they avoid uncertainty like the plague. Often, they would rather lie than say, “I’m not sure,” or “Gee, I don’t know.” The risk to their self-image is too great. And when risks aren’t taken, creativity and ingenuity aren’t invited to help solve challenges to productivity or performance.

On the other hand, people who would rather be happy than right don’t care much about how smart they look. They realize that we are all on a long learning curve. They know that the best way to help each other grow is to stop competing and start cooperating.

You see, life isn’t about showing other people up. It is about helping each other to see and understand. How much happier are we when we are working with someone toward a goal, than working against someone? We have a lot more energy and creativity to give, when we aren’t saving it up, to ensure our place at the top.

Each of us gets to decide for ourselves how we spend our energies, and whether we are willing to give – and accept – help. We get to choose whether we are going to be right or happy. Sometimes we can do both. But if you had to pick just one, which choice would it be? ~The Pacific Institute


5. History Tidbits: February 25th Happy Birthday, Sherman County!

ShermanCoMap1895The Oregon legislature created Sherman and Harney counties on the same day, February 25, 1889, and for similar reasons ….  An annoyance for the grain farmers and sheep and cattle growers on the high plateau between the Deschutes and John Day rivers in north-central Oregon was having to pay a toll on a bridge across the Deschutes to reach their Wasco County government at The Dalles. — The Oregonian, May 16, 1989

On account of the lack of room and the great danger of fire in the present cramped offices of the clerk, sheriff and treasurer, and the inconvenience of holding county and circuit courts, we believe that the county should build a court house…not to cost more than $6,000. — Report of the county grand jury, April 7, 1899


6. High Country News: Western States Gun Laws

“Overall, gun deaths in the United States have dropped by 30 percent since 1993, but mass shootings are on the rise: there have been more mass shooting deaths in the past 11 years than in the previous 23. No matter which way you look at it, though, more Americans are buying guns than ever before. Federal background checks (which do not equate directly to gun sales) leapt from just over 9 million in 1999 to 19.8 million so far in 2015. These checks are meant to prevent people  from buying firearms who have a criminal record, have been convicted of domestic abuse, are addicted to drugs or have documented mental health problems that have led to confrontations with law enforcement or to involuntary confinement. But in many Western states, private sales, such as those at gun shows or over the internet, are excluded from background checks.

“Western states have some of the highest and lowest gun-ownership rates in the nation, and gun laws vary widely from state to state. Some states aren’t set up to report domestic crimes to the federal background check database, for example, despite the fact that many mass shooters — including Robert L. Dear Jr. — have a history of domestic abuse.

“These laws matter. Four Western states with laws that received a “failing” grade from the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence — Montana, Wyoming, Alaska and New Mexico — are also among the ten states with the highest per-capita rates of gun deaths (which also include suicides). Here’s a breakdown of how Western states’ gun laws compare: … … … “

(continue here: https://www.hcn.org/issues/SecretsOfTheDeep/guns-what-are-your-states-gun-laws).


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

 

bird.owl.limbOregon’s effort to restore net neutrality moves forward

What Oregon’s members of Congress say can be done to stop mass shootings

Andy Kerr’s Public Lands Blog

Blog. Using the Bundys for Good: Finding the Silver Lining for Public Lands

Western states’ gun laws

The Luke Center for Catalytic Leadership

Leadership Training | The Pacific Program

Database Tracks History of U.S. Meddling in Foreign Elections

Obama’s Meddling in Foreign Elections: Six Examples

Analysis 2016: The long history of the U.S. interfering with elections elsewhere

Poll: Most Voters Don’t Think Non-Union Members Should Pay Dues


 

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