Sherman County eNews #91


  1. Sherman County School Baseball Schedule Update

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

  3. Summer Agriculture Institute Graduate Level Course for Teachers

  4. Public Safety Telecommunicators Week in Oregon, April 8-14

  5. Editorial. We’ve been thinking …

  6. Oregon’s County College Program

  7. The Art of Cooperation

  8. Capital Insider Index: This week in Salem, by the numbers

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

There are 92 major government programs providing cash, food, housing, medical care and social services to poor and low-income people at a cost of $1.1 trillion per year. Americans support a number of common-sense solutions that an ensure these programs help and do not harm the people they are meant to serve. ~The Heritage Foundation

1. Sherman County School Baseball Schedule Update

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–Monday, April 9, 2018 New game added vs Umatilla at Umatilla starting at 4:00, bus departs at 1:20, class dismissed at 1:10.

Thursday, April 12, 2018 – Sherman vs The Dalles JV at The Dalles has been CANCELLED.

~Audrey Rooney, Registrar  | Sherman High School 541-565-3500

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

Logo.ShermanPub.School.Library2017Orice 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.

Community Preschool Storytime – EVERY Tuesday at 10am
Join us for Preschool Storytime and crafts. Ages 3-5.

3. Summer Agriculture Institute Graduate Level Course for Teachers

Teachers:  want a free or low-cost way to earn 3 Graduate Credits from Oregon State University to apply to Master’s Degree or PDU Requirements….and have fun learning about Oregon agriculture at the same time?

Summer Agriculture Institute (SAI) is a week-long graduate level course for K-12 educators with little or no agricultural background. This course is offered through a partnership between Oregon State University and Oregon Farm Bureau Foundation for Education.

This program is high quality, accredited with collateral materials provided.  You receive hands-on experience interacting with agriculture through tours of processing plants, farms, vineyards, golf courses, nurseries and agribusiness operations; opportunities to meet and work with agriculturists; hotel accommodations with meals included.

Receive 3 graduate level credits from OSU (equivalent to 60 PDUs) for the only the cost of registration: $600.  Food, fun and hotel included. Total savings $3,300!

AND…for an opportunity to attend Summer Agricultural Institute for FREE…contact the Columbia Gorge Chapter of the Oregon Women for Agriculture.  The chapter will sponsor a teacher from the Columbia Gorge to attend SAI. or call Cindy Brown, OSU Sherman County Extension 541-565-3230.

There are two sessions held in Oregon:  WEST in Corvallis June 17-22, 2018, and EAST in LaGrande July 15-20, 2018.

Fact sheet:


For more information, please contact Summer Ag Institute Session WEST (Corvallis) Coordinator Debbie Crocker or Summer Ag Institute Session EAST (La Grande) Coordinator  Kim McKague

4. Public Safety Telecommunicators Week in Oregon, April 8-14

When an emergency strikes, the public relies on 9-1-1 as the first point of contact to coordinate police, fire, medical services, and other public safety agencies, and assist their timely response. In many respects the professionals who take these calls are the true first responders who help to save lives and property, and they often go unrecognized. In acknowledgement and appreciation of their hard work, Oregon is honoring 9-1-1 professionals across the state. Governor Kate Brown proclaimed April 8-14, 2018, to be Public Safety Telecommunicators Week in Oregon.

The Association of Public Safety Communications Officials (APCO) encourages using the week to celebrate and honor these first responders and their work.

The Oregon statewide 9-1-1 program and Oregon’s Office of Emergency Management also makes it a priority to highlight the week and encourages media partners and the public to highlight and thank 9-1-1 telecommunicators for the important work they do.

“The people taking 9-1-1 calls when someone needs help are the frontline of any emergency and bring calm to an otherwise chaotic and stressful situation,” said Mark Tennyson, the 9-1-1 program manager for Oregon. “They are the ones working around the clock every day of the year to help others. Their dedication to public service makes this week worth celebrating.”

The 9-1-1 program in Oregon was established by the 1981 Oregon Legislature. The program is responsible for the continual coordination and management of the network necessary for the delivery of 9-1-1 calls and associated information as well as the equipment used by the telecommunicators to process the calls. The program works with stakeholders including federal agencies, local and tribal partners, and 9-1-1 jurisdictions to ensure the continual operation of the statewide 9-1-1 emergency communications system.

5. Editorial. We’ve been thinking …

pencil.sharpWe have an opportunity to interview four candidates for the position of Sherman County Judge at a forum in Wasco on April 19th. Of the questions we listed in Sherman County eNews #78 – we believe the first ten will be the most revealing.

In choosing a candidate best qualified to serve the people of Sherman County, we first consider a description posted on the county website:

“The Chair of the Sherman County Board of Commissioners is the County Judge. The County Judge also handles juvenile and probate court matters. Called a “County Court” to reflect historical responsibilities of the office, the Sherman County Board of Commissioners sets policy and manages the business affairs of the County, including apportioning and levying taxes. County Court also oversees the organization and budgeting of all County programs. County Court meets at 9 a.m. on the first and third Wednesdays of each month to conduct the business of the County. These meetings are open to the public and public comment is accepted.”

It’s important to know that the work of the county judge is significantly supported by the work of others – an administrative assistant and the county’s treasurer, financial officer, clerk, budget committee, legal counsel and advisory committees.   

The county judge serves as the presiding officer of the board of commissioners with voting rights and represents the county during local, regional and state meetings. In this full-time position, duties entail a rich combination of county administration, management and policy, including that of certain service districts. The county judge performs duties in juvenile proceedings and may administer government grants and contracts for the county.

Responses to our ten questions will reveal candidates who are guided by core principles of integrity – honesty, objectivity, trust, respect, kindness, compassion, dependability, loyalty and wisdom. A person who has a high standard of integrity engages these principles and ethical standards in their work.

Responses will reveal candidates who offer experience in leadership, governance, collaboration, planning, juvenile programs, policy development, successful business and personnel management, and who have a willingness to learn.

Here they are:

  1. Why do you want this responsibility?
  2. What do you hope to accomplish?
  3. What inspired you to run for office?
  4. If elected, would you participate in County College?
  5. Let’s get acquainted. Tell us about yourself, your education, military and public service and family.
  6. Describe your previous work experiences?
  7. What one skill makes you the most qualified for this position?
  8. Describe your qualifications for governance, planning and policy development.
  9. Describe your participation in county activities.
  10. What are your thoughts about Sherman County’s future?

Links to earlier eNews posts are on the right margin.  Post #78, with the complete list of questions and county government information, is here:

6. Oregon’s County College Program

arrow-rightThe County College program began in 2006, a partnership of the Association of Oregon Counties and Oregon State University Extension Service, and for four years, ran every year. Since the 2009 class, it has run every other year in odd years. Designed primarily for new county commissioners and high-level staff, the year-long monthly series offers a comprehensive overview of the responsibilities and authorities of a county, and a county commissioner or judge, including legal, government ethics, public meetings and records, parliamentary procedure and much more. The course also covers the primary service areas of community & economic development, finance, human services, infrastructure & public works and public safety, in addition to sessions on leadership and management (risk management, communications, emergency management, personal and courthouse security, etc.). The strong partnership between counties and the Oregon State University Extension Service is also explored. With a class size of between 18 to 22 members, one of the most valuable benefits is the networking that takes place and the relationships that are built.

7. The Art of Cooperation

teamwork.pencilA little time away from the day-to-day gives you a chance for a little change in perspective. So, today, let’s look at the subject of cooperation and why it is so important to have, as you move toward achieving your goals both as an individual and as an organization.

Change seldom happens in a vacuum. As we move toward our goals, we often must work together with other people. In organizations, this is vital. When you know how to cooperate, you are much more likely to get the help that allows you to change and grow successfully.

If you try to change without cooperation, you may find yourself stuck or even failing. Goals quickly slip out of reach. Cooperation can mean the difference between being supported and being sabotaged. It is an important skill to have.

How do you get others to cooperate with you? Well, any gardener will tell you that we reap what we sow. Look for opportunities to help other people and listen to their concerns. Along the same lines, stay open to suggestions and support when they are offered. You don’t have to wait for them to be offered. Ask for what you want and need, and that means knowing specifically what you want and from whom, as well as why you need it. Another’s trust in you and your word is a foundational factor in getting what you need.

Be willing to negotiate. Refrain from making demands. Compromise and trade talents and abilities, instead. Be realistic about what you expect from others, and don’t try to get all your needs met from just one person. Ask more people to do less, rather than expecting few people to do more, if that will make it more likely to get what you want.

When cooperation works as it should, everybody gains something, nobody loses, and you move more smoothly toward your goals – as an individual and as an organization. ~The Pacific Institute

8. Capital Insider Index: This week in Salem, by the numbers

Oregon.Flat.poleHere are 10 numbers that illustrate some of this week’s big, and small, Oregon political stories.

  • 63.85:Percent of Josephine County voters who voted in May 2017 to prohibit the production of recreational marijuana in the county’s “rural residential” zones.
  • 1:Lawsuits the county is filing against the state alleging its marijuana laws conflict with federal law, and that the county should be able to enforce an ordinance resulting from the countywide ballot measure.
  • 30:Percentage of Oregon voters who support IP 31, which would require a 3/5 majority vote on all tax-related measures in the legislature, according to Our Oregon and Oregon AFSCME.
  • 2:Statewide initiative petitions — IP 38 and 39 — that Our Oregon and Oregon AFSCME are withdrawing this week, they say, due to low support for IP 31, which 38 and 39 were intended to counteract.
  • $250:Price a Hillsboro insurance agent, Skip Molen, charged customers for international driving permits, which you can only get from two authorized sellers: the American Automobile Association (AAA) and the American Automobile Touring Alliance.
  • $25:Price the permits typically cost. Molen sold about 200 before getting caught, and pleaded guilty to one count of felony theft. He was sentenced to 30 days in jail and probation and his state insurance license was revoked.
  • 820,370: Non-affiliated voters in Oregon, as of February.
  • 04/06/18:Date “Lean On Pete,” a new drama about a boy and a racehorse, filmed in Portland and Burns, comes to theaters.
  • 3:Jefferson County Sheriff’s deputies who have been indicted for criminally negligent homicide in connection with an inmate’s death at the local jail a year ago, according to the AP
  • 92: Age of Wilbur Ternyik, known for his advocacy for and work on conserving the Oregon Coast, who died April 2, according to the Register-Guard. Ternyik used a tomahawk as a gavel while leading Oregon Coastal Conservation and Development Commission meetings.

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

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