Sherman County eNews #56


  1. North Central Oregon Rural Skill Builder Training, April 7

  2. Notice. Wasco School Events Center Board Meeting, March 14

  3. Public Notice: Sherman County School District Board Meeting, March 12

  4. ODOT: Statewide Transportation Improvement Program Fix-It Projects

1. N. Central Oregon Rural Skill Builder Training Sessions, April 7

Rural communities are facing more complex situations than urban areas. Building new and advanced skills gives those who work on behalf of rural places the tools needed to be effective leaders.

Join us at the Rural Skill Builder training! Learn to be bold, be courageous, and be a savvy leader in complex situations. Don’t miss the opportunity to gain new skills and network with other rural leaders in your region.

Saturday, April 7, 2018 | 9:15am-4:00pm PST

Best Western Plus Hood River Inn

1108 E Marina Drive

Hood River, OR 97031

Registration starts at 8:45am  $40

What Sessions Will Be Offered?

Emerging Rural Economies and Building on Your Assets. Rural communities have distinct opportunities to seize in their pursuit of spurring economic growth within their communities and regions. This session will help attendees harness their abilities to identify and leverage economic assets that builds local control and advances economic prosperity. Learn how bottom-up grassroots strategies can boost your local economy.

Bringing Out the Best in People at Their Worst. Often, we face the challenge of working with difficult people, and sometimes we are the difficult ones. This interactive session will explore strategies for bringing out the best in people, by building on strengths and recognizing that sometimes values and approaches may not align. The session will be structured around lessons from the popular book, “Dealing with People You Can’t Stand: How to bring out the best in people at their worst.”

Funding Your Community Work: Cultivating Relationships and Stories. Learn how to organize and implement a funding plan for your community work and projects. Discover what works long-term while maintaining financial stability. Gain ideas for cultivating funder relationships, including developing a system to maintain them. Participate in Appreciative Inquiry activities and learn to craft stories that illustrate the impact of your community work.

Systems Leadership in Rural Communities. The situations of our time have never been more complex, larger in scale, or more interconnected. Traditional leadership principles are excellent for community based projects and efforts, but how do we affect the greater world and address complex, scaled, and critical challenges that are systemic in nature? Learn about the mindsets, processes, and skill sets that comprise systems leadership – the leadership of these times.

2. MEETING NOTICE. Wasco School Events Center Board Meeting, March 14

The Wasco School Events Center Board of Directors will hold a meeting on March 14th, 2018- 6 p.m. at the WSEC (903 Barnett St.). The public is welcome to attend!

3. Public Notice: Sherman County School District Board Meeting, March 12

The Sherman County School District Board of Directors will hold its Regular Board Meeting on Monday, March 12, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.  An Executive Session will precede the Regular Meeting at 6:00 p.m. pursuant to ORS 192.660(2)(i) To review and evaluate the employment-related performance of the chief executive officer of any public body, a public officer, employee or staff member and pursuant to ORS 192.660(2)(k) to consider matters relating to school safety. 

These meetings will be held in the Sherman County School/Public Library. 

AGENDA 1School Board Meeting 3-12-18 (1)

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4. ODOT: Statewide Transportation Improvement Program Fix-It Projects

Oregon.Flat.poleHave you ever wondered how ODOT selects Fix-It projects for the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP)? We want to show you how we decide which projects make it into the STIP and why.

Our Fix-It Program is responsible for keeping state highways in good repair, and it’s the largest single category of funding— more than $800 million over three years (2022-2024) in the STIP we’re currently developing.

ODOT selects projects by using a combination of data collection and analysis, engineering expertise, community needs and available funding. To demonstrate how we pick the best projects, we created a video about our Fix-It Program featuring our own engineers and program experts explaining what criteria they use to make decisions. We also made an infographic illustrating the STIP cycle.

In December, the Oregon Transportation Commission prioritized funding for Fix-It in the STIP funding allocation process. Based on over 2000 responses to an online survey and open house last fall, we know you agree. Public opinion strongly prioritized investments in preservation and safety.

So far this year, our transportation experts are nearly done with early estimates of the scope of potential Fix-It projects for the 2021-2024 STIP. This spring they’ll go into the field to identify site conditions, confirm construction requirements, identify coordination opportunities and finalize project scope. We’ll refine cost estimates based on this field data before we finalize what projects will make the cut.

We are committed to keeping you informed on the STIP process. For more information, visit ODOT’s STIP website.



Sherman County eNews #55


  1. Sherman County Preschool Early Enrollment

  2. Sherman County Candidates for County Judge

  3. Oregon Blue Book: Official State Fact Book

  4. PUBLIC NOTICE. Sherman County Planning Commission Hearing, March 19

  5. North Central Education Service District Board Meeting Minutes, March 1

  6. Spring Cleaning

  7. Congressman Walden: Fast-changing World of Retail Operations and Logistics

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

“If it be asked, What is the most sacred duty and the greatest source of our security in a Republic? The answer would be, An inviolable respect for the Constitution and Laws – the first growing out of the last.” —Alexander Hamilton (1794)

1. Sherman County Preschool Early Enrollment

Sherman County Preschool is offering early enrollment packets to be mailed out or picked up during the month of March. We will be holding our regular Open House enrollment during April, but if you would like to receive an enrollment packet early please contact the preschool at or call (541)565-3320. We especially encourage families who may be interested in Head Start services to enroll early as both Head Start agencies we contract with are going to be filling their spots during March and April. For more information on what Head Start is and what services are offered please visit or

2. Sherman County Candidates for County Judge

The Oregon Secretary of State’s website, as of the filing deadline, shows four candidates for the nonpartisan position of Sherman County Judge.

Joe Dabulskis

Larry Hoctor

Fred Justesen

Mike Smith.

Oregon Blue Book: At one time, county courts existed in all 36 Oregon counties. The title “county judge” is retained in some counties as the title of the chair of the board of county commissioners. There is no requirement that county judges be members of the bar.

Where a county judge’s judicial function still exists, it is limited to juvenile and probate matters and occupies only a portion of the judge’s time, which is primarily devoted to non-judicial administrative responsibilities as a member of the county board.

Now, only six counties, all east of the Cascades, have county judges who retain any judicial authority. Gilliam, Sherman and Wheeler have juvenile and probate jurisdiction, while Grant, Harney and Malheur have probate jurisdiction.

~ Secretary of State

~ Oregon Blue Book

3. Oregon Blue Book: Official State Fact Book

This is the Web version of the Oregon Blue Book, the official state fact book about all levels of government in Oregon… and more. Published since 1911, it is produced by the Oregon State Archives, a division of the Secretary of State’s Office.  Find Sherman County here:

4. PUBLIC NOTICE. Sherman County Planning Commission Hearing, March 19

The Sherman County Planning Commission will hold a public hearing, Monday, March 19, 2018 beginning at 5:30 P.M. at the Steve Burnet Extension and Research Building Conference Room, 66365 Lonerock Rd., Moro, Oregon.

The purpose of the hearing is to consider a Conditional Use Permit for a mass gathering in the Exclusive Farm Use Zone. The project is proposed by Tectonic, LLC. The site is owned by Justesen Ranches and located approximately 4 miles south of Grass Valley, Oregon on Twin Lakes Rd and described by the Sherman County Assessors maps as T3S, R16E, Section 21, Tax Lot 2800.

PLANNING REGULATIONS. The regulation regarding this proposal is in the Sherman County Mass Gathering Ordinance under Section A. Definitions, 2. (e).

All interested parties wishing to speak for or against the proposal are urged to attend. The Planning Commission may take one of the following actions upon conclusion of public testimony; deny, table, or recess the hearing to a set time and place. Failure of an issue to be raised in the hearing, in person or by letter, or failure to provide sufficient specificity to afford the decision maker an opportunity to respond to the issue precludes appeal based on that issue.

Copies of the proposal and other related information is available for review at the Sherman County Planning Department, 66365 Lonerock Rd., Moro, Oregon, during business hours. A copy of the staff report will available for inspection prior to the hearing. Copies will be provided at a reasonable cost.

Written testimony or questions may be directed to the Sherman County Planning Department, P.O. Box 381, Moro, Oregon 97039 or by phoning (541) 565-3601.The location of the hearing is accessible to the disabled. Please contact Georgia Macnab of the Sherman County Planning Department at the number listed above if you need any special accommodations to attend or participate in the hearing.

5. North Central Education Service District Board Meeting Minutes, March 1


The North Central ESD Board of Directors met in regular session in the NCESD Conference Room,Thursday, March 1, 2018.


P—Sarah Rucker, Chair-June 2021

P—Geremy Shull, V. Chair-June 2021 – via phone

P—Jim Doherty-June 2021

A—Kristen Neuberger-June 2019

P—Amy Derby -June 2019

P—Jeff Schott -June 2021

P—Greg Greenwood -June 2019 – via phone                     

P—Penny Grotting, Superintendent

P—Kim Domenighini, Bus. Mgr.


Brooke Ansotegui

Opened the Budget Hearing 6:00 pm,

No discussion regarding the budget.

Closed the Budget Hearing 6:00 pm


Sarah opened the Board Meeting at 6:14 p.m.

Geremy notified the board that he has moved from Grass Valley to Wasco and needed to know if he was still able to be on the board. Penny will contact OSBA to find out about zones. She will also inquire about Sherman School District closing their Elementary School, which will leave them with having one school and will that change zones.

Public Input: None


The minutes from the January 4, 2018 regular board meeting were distributed for review via email January 22, 2018.

Motion—Jeff, seconded Jim, to approve the minutes with the correction to change the name order with having Sarah Rucker as Chair.

VOTING—Unanimously approved.


Fiscal Receipts and Claims

The financial report detailing revenue and expenditures for the period ending February 22, 2018 was distributed for review.

Motion—Jim seconded Greg, to approve the financial report.

VOTING—Unanimously approved.


  • Penny stated that all of the schools have adopted the Resolutions Services for 2018-19.
  • Penny read a letter from Shania Drinkwine, Program Coordinator, OPK that she put in her resignation as of yesterday. NCESD advertised the position today and will be in the paper March 8, 2018.
  • Penny discussed her superintendent evaluation with the board on how they would like to move forward. Penny will come up with two questions, then each board member will speak to two staff members and a superintendent from other districts for her evaluation. The board will meet in April to discuss her evaluation. Kim will send out a staff list to board members.
  • Wes Owens gave great praise for Penny and all of the work that she has done for their district.
  • The website is up and running. Penny gave a tour of the website, which is still a work in progress but it is live.



  • Brooke Ansotegui, reviewed the OPK/HFO programs and how the programs work together. She discussed OPK-HeadStart-Policy Council and how the policy council needs to be restructured. Brooke spoke about the corrective action plan that is being implemented through ODE to make a better program for children and is a requirement for meeting federal program standards.


Supplemental Budget Resolution 1718-01

  • The ESD will be receiving more IDEA funds than expected.

Motion—Amy, seconded Jim, to approve the Supplemental Budget Resolution 1718-01 as presented.

  • VOTING—Unanimously approved.

Budget Calendar 2018-19

  • The 2018-19 Budget Calendar was presented.

Motion—Jeff, seconded Amy, to approve the 2018-19 Budget Calendar as presented.

  • VOTING—Unanimously approved.

Certified Contracts

  • Penny discussed the Certified Contracts.

Motion—Jim, seconded Jeff, to approve Certified Contracts for Tiffanie Arellano, Colby Garth, Bruce Krug, Kalie Rolfe, and Stacy Shown as presented.

  • VOTING—Unanimously approved.

Classified/Confidential Contracts

  • Penny discussed the Classified/Confidential Contracts.

Motion—Amy, seconded Jim, to approve Classified/Confidential Contracts for Kim Domenighini, Farrell Fox, Natalie Irzyk, Katherine Krug, Dawn Lathrop, Donna McIntosh, Rinda Montgomery, Kris Wellsandt, and Sean Wellsandt as presented.

  • VOTING—Unanimously approved.


  • Penny stated that Shania Drinkwine has resigned as of February 28, 2018.

Motion—Jeff, seconded Jim, to accept the Letter of Resignation from Shania Drinkwine as presented.

  • VOTING—Unanimously approved.

Sarah declared to go into executive session, 192.660. (2)(a)

Sarah declared to exit executive session. 192.660. (2) (a)

The board will have a work session April 12, 2018 at 5:15 to discuss the superintendent evaluation.

Next meeting: April 12, 2018 6:00pm


With no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 7:35 p.m.                                                                                                          

SARAH RUCKER, CHAIR                                KIM DOMENGIHINI, BUS. MGR.

6. Spring Cleaning

How many of your beliefs about yourself were put there by others who may have been well-meaning, but mistaken? Let’s stop a moment, and really give this some thought.

Do you believe that you just don’t have what it takes to succeed in life – that you are not smart enough, strong enough or capable enough to achieve much?

If so, where did you originally get those beliefs? It could very well be from adults who gave you, when you were very young, their opinions about you. And because these people were your authorities, you took in these beliefs and made them your own. At the time, you had no way of knowing if what they said was true or false, fact or opinion. You trusted the people, so you trusted what they said.

Did you know that many successful people have had similar beliefs programmed into them, and have gone on to prove them wrong? In his early years, Albert Einstein was a poor student who was called mentally slow and unsociable. Abraham Lincoln’s teachers described him as a daydreamer who asked foolish questions. Thomas Edison was called a hopeless case when he was seven years old. His teacher described him as “addled” and said it would be useless for him to continue in school.

All of these people came to realize that authority figures were not the determiners of their destiny. Rather, they themselves were. And there are thousands, if not millions, of these stories from all corners of the world!

So, if you are being held back because of beliefs you got early in life, ask yourself whether it might be worthwhile to throw them out and replace them with others that will serve you better. Only you will know which ones to hold, and which ones to toss out. However, this kind of “spring cleaning” (or any other time of the year) is the best kind, because it de-clutters your path to your desired future. ~The Pacific Institute

7. Congressman Walden: Fast-changing World of Retail Operations and Logistics

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Continuing his efforts to examine the way emerging technology is impacting the everyday lives of consumers, Rep. Greg Walden (R-Hood River) today led a hearing on the effect the Internet and advanced technology is having on retail, e-commerce, and delivery logistics. Highlighting the importance of the buildout of data centers in Oregon’s Second District to the state’s economy, Walden stressed the need to ensure continued innovation is not constrained by federal policy or regulation.

“My district is home to a number of data centers including Google, Facebook, Apple, and Amazon. It is pretty impressive the buildout that is happening there and the jobs that come with it, and how our economy is changing dramatically and rapidly,” said Walden. “So this is another part of our hearing sequence in looking at the future of innovation, and legacy rules and regulations that can actually constrain and hold back innovation. The Internet’s incredible ability to transform old ways of doing business is by now widely known, and in the retail space e-commerce has closed this gap between buyer and seller to the point where I can use a phone to order whatever I need.”

Today’s hearing, entitled “Review of Emerging Tech’s Impact on Retail Operations and Logistics,” focused on how the consumer-retailer relationship has been transformed in recent years due to the growth of e-commerce, new methods of payment, and convenient options for delivery. Walden’s committee today examined the impact this will have on the future of retail, e-commerce, and supply chain logistics.

Walden said policy makers should focus on the best interest of consumers, and not inhibit the growth of innovation and emerging technology in the retail marketplace. 

“The long and the short of it is, the customer is in charge. That is the way markets really work. We want to make sure that this marketplace continues to grow, and that we don’t stand in the way with federal policy and things that inhibit that growth,” said Walden.

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

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Film: In Search of Liberty


Simplify Magazine, Digital

How the U.S. Squandered Its Steel Superiority

Tucker Carlson: Something ominous is happening to men in America

 Left’s ‘toxic masculinity’ label to blame for male crisis?

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