Sherman County eNews #76


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

  2. Sen. Ron Wyden’s Sherman County Town Hall, April 4

  3. Oregon Employment Department: Sherman, Wheeler & Gilliam

  4. The Office Water Cooler

  5. Masters of Love

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

“I am not influenced by the expectation of promotion or pecuniary reward. I wish to be useful, and every kind of service necessary for the public good, become honorable by being necessary.” —Nathan Hale (1776)

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

Spring Break Movie Nights:
Tuesday, March 27 at 6:00 – Thor Ragnarok
Rated PG-13, runtime 2hrs 10min
Thursday, March 29 at 6:00 – Jumanji
Rated PG-13, runtime 1hr 44min
Don’t forget, the library will be on reduced hours. Tuesday and Thursday 11am to 7pm and Saturday 10am to 4pm.

Orice Klaas returns to Sherman County Public/School Library to share EFT (Tapping) techniques. Tapping can change the quality of your life. Orice will demonstrate this simple and powerful healing technique.
Thursday, April 12 from 6:00Ppm – 7:30pm.

April’s Book Club book is Beartown by Fredrik Backman.
Beartown explores the hopes that bring a small community together, the secrets that tear it apart, and the courage it takes for an individual to go against the grain. In this story of a small forest town, Fredrik Backman has found the entire world. To request a hold, please give us a call, email or stop by. Available in Large Print and Audio by request. The book club will meet Thursday, April 26 at 6pm.

2. Sen. Ron Wyden’s Sherman County Town Hall, April 4

U.S. Senator Ron Wyden will be in Sherman County for a Town Hall meeting on April 4th. “Throwing open the doors of government for town halls where anyone can ask any question is a huge part of what I call the Oregon Way,” Sen. Wyden said in announcing the new round of town hall sessions. “Participatory democracy is alive and well in our state, and I look forward very much to hearing from Eastern Oregon at these town halls.”

Sen. Ron Wyden

Town Hall

Wednesday, April 4 1:30 p.m.

Sherman County School, 65912 High School Loop, Moro.

3. Oregon Employment Department: Sherman, Wheeler & Gilliam 

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Sherman County produced a nonfarm employment increase of 110 jobs or 15 percent from 2007 to 2017 to average 840. Sherman County experienced all of its job growth from 2007 to 2015, holding steady over the last two years

Private industry led Sherman County, averaging 480 jobs in 2017, an increase of 60 jobs or 14 percent over 2007. Government employment rose by 50 jobs from 2007 to 2017 to average 360, an increase of 16 percent. Government experienced growth throughout the decade, while private industry cut 30 jobs between 2015 and 2017. Trade, transportation, and utilities grew by 50 jobs from 2007 to 2017 to lead private industry, while retail trade lost 40 and leisure and hospitality cut 20. Government job growth came from an unlikely source, with the Feds adding 40 jobs to average 140.

Wheeler County enjoyed recent growth, gaining 20 nonfarm jobs (+7%) from 2015 to 2017 to average 310 after holding steady for most of the decade.

Wheeler County’s private-industry employment rose by 20 jobs or 14 percent from 2007 to 2017 to produce all of its growth. Trade, transportation, and utilities led Wheeler County’s private-industry job growth, while leisure and hospitality held steady. Government produced a mixed bag, gaining jobs over the past two years, just enough to make up for its losses from 2007 to 2015.

Gilliam County performed well recently, rising by 60 jobs from 2015 to 2017 to average 790 (+8%). The county’s recent growth offset some but not all of its 100 job loss from 2007 to 2015.

Gilliam County lost 80 private-industry jobs from 2007 to 2017 to average 520, a drop of 13 percent. Professional and business services proved to be the exception, producing a gain of 50 jobs or 36 percent to average 190 in 2017. Gilliam County experienced a construction boom thanks to wind farm development, reaching a private-industry peak of 710 jobs in 2008 and falling back to 490 by 2013. Over the past two years, private industry rose by 40 jobs (+8%). Government grew throughout the past decade, rising by 40 jobs to average 270 in 2017. Local government produced all of the growth, while state government cut 10 jobs. 

 4. The Office Water Cooler

The long-time “Dagwood” comic strip still features the office “water cooler” as the employee gathering place for office gossip. Running commentary about office life abounds, usually funny and often ironic. What is the talk like where you work? Do people put each other up or do they run each other down? You know, the way we talk to ourselves and to each other has a powerful effect on what we are able to accomplish.

In organizations where the talk is negative, where people gossip about each other and take every opportunity to complain and gripe about problems, and where people take a perverse kind of pride in shooting down each other’s ideas, productivity suffers enormously. Another comic strip, “Dilbert,” comes to mind, where employees (and their bosses) undermine each other with abandon.

In organizations like these examples, productivity isn’t the only thing that suffers. It feels just plain awful to work in an environment like this, doesn’t it? And it takes a tremendous toll on your energy and even on your health in the long run.

In highly successful organizations, it’s a different story. If you walk around these companies, you will see innovation, risk-taking, and creativity everywhere you look. You will see people who feel personally accountable for the success of their co-workers as well as their own success.

You will see people who feel like they are on the same team working toward a common goal, and you’ll hear it in the way they talk to each other. Players on a winning team help each other, respect each other, and build each other up. And, their talk focuses not on problems, but on solutions.

Where is your organization’s “water cooler?” What is the talk like around it? If it’s often negative, what could you do to change it? ~The Pacific Institute 

5. Masters of Love

Valentine.pinkScience says lasting relationships come down to—you guessed it—kindness and generosity. Every day in June, the most popular wedding month of the year, about 13,000 American couples will say “I do,” committing to a lifelong relationship that will be full of friendship, joy, and love that will carry them forward to their final days on this earth… … … Continue here:

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


39th Annual Cherry Festival April 27-29 The Dalles

The 20 Best Museums in Oregon

U.S. Census Quick Facts: Oregon

U.S. Census Quick Facts: Sherman County, Oregon

Government Agencies & Elected Officials

When Are Public Officials’ Calls and Emails Public Records?

Oregon E-mail Policy Manual for Local Government

Sherman County, Oregon Jobs

Oregon Employment Department: N. Central Oregon

Job & Internship Websites


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