Sherman County eNews #48


  1. Kent Baptist Church, March 4

  2. Sherman County Court Approved Minutes, Feb. 7

  3. Sherman County Court Notes, Feb. 21

  4. Make Life Worth Living

  5. Oregon to End Practice of Temporary Hotel Lodging for Foster Children

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

“The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well-meaning but without understanding.” – Louis Dembitz Brandeis, Whitney v. California 1927

1. Kent Baptist Church, March 4

Mud Springs Gospel Band will play at Kent Baptist church Sunday evening, March 4th at 5 o’clock.

2. Sherman County Court Approved Minutes, Feb. 7

ShermanCoLogoApproved minutes for the February 7, 2018, regular session are now available in the Archive of County Court Meeting Minutes

3. Sherman County Court Notes, Feb. 21

ShermanCoLogoBy Administrative Assistant Kayla von Borstel

*NOTE: Sherman County Court is in the process of restructuring the way Court Meeting information is being distributed.

– This is a very brief outline ONLY of topics considered “public interest.”

– These are NOT OFFICIAL MINUTES. For official minutes and full details, please see the approved minutes posted on the Sherman County website at after the March 7th Court session. Thank you.

The Sherman County Court met in regular session on February 21, 2018, and in conducting the business of the county,

  • held discussion on: City of Moro Downtown Improvement Program application, and Starvation Lane/State Parks update;
  • appointed Betty Carlson and Janet Pinkerton to assume the positions of Susan Lissman and Deanna Padget on the Senior Center Advisory Board, and to finish their terms of one year to expire December 31, 2018;
  • appointed Kathleen Ahearn to assume Rick Whitaker’s position as Sherman County Ambulance representative on the Ambulance Service Area Plan Advisory Committee, and finish the term of one year to expire December 31, 2018;
  • authorized the expenditure of $2,500 as a scholarship donation to Columbia Gorge Community College Foundation in support of Sherman County students attending Columbia Gorge Community College;
  • approved Bruce Mitchell as the highest bidder of $400 for the 1990 ATV, and Ben Parrish as the highest bidder of $1,152.50 for the 1985 Chevrolet pick-up.

~Kayla von Borstel, Administrative Assistant

(541)-565-3416  500 Court Street P.O. Box 365, Moro, OR 97039

Hours: M-TH 8am-430pm

4. Make Life Worth Living

If you were asked, “What makes life worth living?” and your response had to be a single word – what would your answer be?

This is a great conversation around the water cooler, or the lunchroom, or even the dinner table. Lou Tice would often use it as a way to understand the people he would meet. When asked what he thought the answer was, Lou said, “The more I thought about it, the more convinced I became that what makes life worth living is ‘You!'”

Here is what he meant. Harry Emerson Fosdick wrote about a summer day during his childhood when his mother sent him out to pick a quart of raspberries. “I dragged my feet in rebellion,” he said, “and the can was filling very slowly. Then a new idea came to me. Wouldn’t it be fun to pick two quarts of raspberries and surprise her!”

“I had such an interesting time picking those two quarts, to the utter amazement of the household, and they never forgot it. We can change any situation by changing our attitude toward it. Nobody ever finds life worth living. One always has to make it worth living.”

Each day, we are faced with situations that we didn’t plan for, or plan on, but still need to succeed at. How are we going to face them: with a positive, can-do attitude, or are we going to drag our feet and give in to adversity? We do have choices, and the effects of those choices reverberate through our lives, our families, our co-workers, and to some extent, our communities.

The kind of life you have is a choice you make, every single day. The success you have in your work is a choice you make every day. Change seems to be a constant in universe, as well as in our lives. How do you deal with change, either face forward and keep your eye on your goals or do you get caught up in the negative and turn away? ~The Pacific Institute

5. Oregon to End Practice of Temporary Hotel Lodging for Foster Children

Oregon.Flat.poleSALEM–The State of Oregon and advocates representing children in foster care have agreed to settle a 2016 lawsuit aimed at ending the practice of temporarily lodging foster children in hotel rooms.

“Our goal is to provide all foster children the right placement at the right time so they can be safe and thrive,” said Fariborz Pakseresht, Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS) director. “We will depend on our partners in communities throughout Oregon to help us provide children the most appropriate setting to meet their needs and promote their healthy development.”

The settlement agreement, filed Tuesday in federal court, sets deadlines for dramatically reducing the practice of lodging children brought into state protective care in hotel and motel rooms or child welfare offices. It applies to all children in foster care.

Provisions include:

* Incrementally reducing the number of foster children who are temporarily lodged in hotel or motel rooms to no more than 24 per year statewide by the end of the year 2020.

* Children younger than age 11 may not be lodged in hotel rooms for more than five nights, and children ages 11 to 17 and in DHS care must spend no more than 12 nights in a hotel or motel, with limited exceptions.

* If children must be lodged temporarily at a hotel, DHS must ensure that the child is transported to school, with limited exceptions. Age-appropriate activities must be available to those who are not in school.

* DHS is not permitted to temporarily lodge children in child welfare offices, except under extremely limited circumstances.

* DHS has also agreed to hire an expert to uncover the root causes of these temporary emergency placements and to assist the agency and its partners in finding alternatives to the practice.

“State child welfare officials and children’s advocates agreed that we all want to see children placed in stable and safe home-like settings that are close to their family and school,” said Richard Vangelisti, guardian ad litem for two girls ages 4 and 6 at the time the lawsuit was filed and who were designated as plaintiffs in the suit.

CASA for Children, Inc. was also a plaintiff in the suit, which had not sought monetary damages.

“This settlement agreement will require us to work together. Our shared priority has always been finding the best solution for the children,” said Betsy Stark-Miller, president of the Oregon CASA Network Board of Directors. “We all must do whatever we can to ensure that every child brought into state foster care is able to transition appropriately to a permanent, safe and caring home.”

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

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Oregon Rural Emergency Services Suffer From Lack Of Volunteers

Israel and Saudi Arabia: New Odd Couple of Middle East Peace

The Next Revolution with Steve Hilton

The CIA, Obama, and Soros vs. Democracy

Wisdom of the Month, Walter Williams, George Mason University

National Institute on Money in State Politics

American Legislative Exchange Council