Sherman County eNews #70


  1. Grass Valley’s 11th Annual Easter Egg Hunt, Saturday, March 24

  2. SWCD Tree Sale, March 31

  3. Video: Taking a deep dive into the Declaration of Independence

  4. Oregon Whale Watch, March 24-31

  5. Been Here Before

  6. Opinion: Kelly Guthrie Raley, a Florida Teacher

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

The real goal should be reduced government spending, rather than balanced budgets achieved by ever rising tax rates to cover ever rising spending. ~ Thomas Sowell

1. Grass Valley’s 11th Annual Easter Egg Hunt, Saturday, March 24






Saturday, March 24th

Egg Hunt 10 a.m.  Grass Valley Park & Pavilion

No charge to participate.

This year features a kids’ tractor pedal and pull competition

immediately following egg hunt for kids aged 4 to 12

(through a generous grant from Sherman County Cultural Coalition).

Dress Warmly! Bring a sack lunch & bag or basket to collect eggs!

Games for children 0-4 inside the Pavilion!

After tractor pedal and pull is over,

A Skate Party! (approximately at noon)

All ages welcome to skate!

Prizes & Snacks.

Join us for a fun, fun day!

2. SWCD Tree Sale, March 31

tree.evergreenTree sale Saturday March 31st 8am-12pm. The Sherman Soil & Water Conservation District will be holding a tree sale at the old grade school in Moro. There will be 200 bare root Austrian pines, 100 bare root Siouxland poplars and lots of beautiful large trees to choose from. Contact Scott at the SWCD office to pre order from the catalog, or buy one or five of the many trees and shrubs that will be for sale. (541)565-3551 ex110. 

3. Video: Taking a deep dive into the Declaration of Independence

constitution-wethepeople‘Liberty & Learning’ author and Hillsdale College president Larry P. Arnn provide insight about the founding of America on ‘Life, Liberty & Levin.’ A remarkable discussion. On Sunday, March 18, Mark Levin and Larry Arnn discussed the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and attacks on the values and principles during an hour-long exploration on Life, Liberty and Levin.

Listen here:

The weekly show, Life, Liberty & Levin, explores the fundamental values and principles undergirding American society, culture, politics, and current events, and their relevance to the nation’s future and everyday lives of citizens.

4. Oregon Whale Watch, March 24-31

Gray whales are migrating north past the Oregon coast and the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) invites visitors to share the excitement during Spring Whale Watch Week March 24-31. Trained volunteers from the Whale Watching Spoken Here program will be stationed 10 a.m. — 1 p.m. each day at 24 sites along the coast, ready to help people spot the migrating marine mammals.

The Whale Watching Center in Depoe Bay will be open 10 a.m. — 4 p.m. daily. Visitors to the center can enjoy interactive whale exhibits and take in the panoramic ocean views. Binoculars are provided. OPRD rangers will also be on hand to answer questions about the whales. A live stream of whale activity off of Depoe Bay returns this spring too; watch it on the Oregon State Parks YouTube channel. (

A map of the 24 volunteer whale watch sites can be found on Visit for information about coast parks and campgrounds. 

5. Been Here Before

Did you know that you could borrow from the past to help create the future? Since the events from our past, and how we feel about them, have a tremendous influence on our futures, we can take advantage of this to create success and improve our performance.

There’s a special technique developed that can help you do your best whenever you want to. It’s called, “flick-back, flick-up” and it works like this:

Let’s say you are going to give a talk at someplace unfamiliar. You are feeling a bit nervous. Mentally, you “flick-back” to a triumphant situation in your past – a time when you did a good job and felt really in control. Now, visualize that past situation and see yourself doing a great job. You purposefully remember the good feelings attached to it and how it felt to be poised, confident, and competent.

Then, “flick-up” to the future, and “borrow” those positive emotions and project them into the new situation. If you have plenty of time, do it over and over again, visualizing yourself in the room where you are going to give the talk, feeling poised, confident, and competent. The emotional satisfaction is key to bringing a past success into the present.

It will help to write an affirmation for yourself – something like, “Whenever I give a talk in unfamiliar surroundings, I feel comfortable and I do a great job.” Then, when it is time to actually give the talk, it almost feels like déjà vu – you have been there before, just in your mind.

You can do this with virtually any situation. You can do it on the spot, in just seconds, if you have to. Throw yourself into the positive memory for a few moments, and then flick it up to what you are about to do. Try it the next time the pressure is on. You will be surprised at just how well it works. ~The Pacific Institute

6. Opinion: Kelly Guthrie Raley, a Florida Teacher

February 15 · Eustis, FL ·

By Kelly Guthrie Raley

“Okay, I’ll be the bad guy and say what no one else is brave enough to say, but wants to say. I’ll take all the criticism and attacks from everyone because you know what? I’m a TEACHER. I live this life daily. And I wouldn’t do anything else! But I also know daily I could end up in an active shooter situation.

“Until we, as a country, are willing to get serious and talk about mental health issues, lack of available care for the mental health issues, lack of discipline in the home, horrendous lack of parental support when the schools are trying to control horrible behavior at school (oh no! Not MY KID. What did YOU do to cause my kid to react that way?), lack of moral values, and yes, I’ll say it-violent video games that take away all sensitivity to ANY compassion for others’ lives, as well as reality TV that makes it commonplace for people to constantly scream up in each others’ faces and not value any other person but themselves, we will have a gun problem in school. Our kids don’t understand the permanency of death anymore!!!

“I grew up with guns. Everyone knows that. But you know what? My parents NEVER supported any bad behavior from me. I was terrified of doing something bad at school, as I would have not had a life until I corrected the problem and straightened my ass out. My parents invaded my life. They knew where I was ALL the time. They made me have a curfew. They made me wake them up when I got home. They made me respect their rules. They had full control of their house, and at any time could and would go through every inch of my bedroom, backpack, pockets, anything! Parents: it’s time to STEP UP! Be the parent that actually gives a crap! Be the annoying mom that pries and knows what your kid is doing. STOP being their friend. They have enough “friends” at school. Be their parent. Being the “cool mom” means not a damn thing when either your kid is dead or your kid kills other people because they were allowed to have their space and privacy in YOUR HOME.

“I’ll say it again. My home was filled with guns growing up. For God’s sake, my daddy was an 82nd Airborne Ranger who lost half his face serving our country. But you know what? I never dreamed of shooting anyone with his guns. I never dreamed of taking one! I was taught respect for human life, compassion, rules, common decency, and most of all, I was taught that until I moved out, my life and bedroom wasn’t mine…it was theirs. And they were going to know what was happening because they loved me and wanted the best for me.

“There. Say that I’m a horrible person. I didn’t bring up gun control, and I will refuse to debate it with anyone. This post wasn’t about gun control. This was me, loving the crap out of people and wanting the best for them. This was about my school babies and knowing that God created each one for greatness, and just wanting them to reach their futures. It’s about 20 years ago this year I started my teaching career. Violence was not this bad 20 years ago. Lack of compassion wasn’t this bad 20 years ago. And God knows 20 years ago that I wasn’t afraid daily to call a parent because I KNEW that 9 out of 10 would cuss me out, tell me to go to Hell, call the news on me, call the school board on me, or post all over Facebook about me because I called to let them know what their child chose to do at school…because they are a NORMAL kid!!!!!

“Those 17 lives mattered. When are we going to take our own responsibility seriously?”

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

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