Sherman County eNews #92


  1. Volunteer for Paw Pals, Adult Mentor Lunch Buddies at Sherman County School

  2. Proclamation Recognizes 9-1-1 Professionals, National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week

  3. April is Alcohol Awareness Month

  4. Out of Order

  5. Sherman County Emergency Services March Activity Report

  6. Oregon Law Enforcement Career Fair, April 20

  7. Notice. Sherman County Court Work Session, April 19

  8. Sherman County School Tennis Schedule Update

  9. OHA Public Meetings to Help Shape the Future of Coordinated Care

Good or great leadership is rooted in a deep sense of personal accountability. ~Vince Molinaro 

1. Volunteer for Paw Pals, Adult Mentor Lunch Buddies at Sherman County School

Paw Pals is a program provided by Sherman County Prevention in which positive adult mentors (Lunch Buddies) have lunch with a grade school class once a week. Volunteer Lunch Buddies have lunch with the class (free for the volunteer if you choose to eat) and go to after lunch recess with them when available. The students get excited to spend a short amount of time with mentors outside of the normal school day adults; it is as easy as chatting with them and be a positive influence! This time often makes their day!

Thank you to our current volunteers and the cooperation of the Sherman Schools Administration and Staff.

There is still a need for a Lunch Buddy for the Kindergarten and 2nd grade classes for the remainder of the school year. If you are interested, please contact Prevention Coordinator Amy Asher at 541-565-5036 or

2. Proclamation Recognizes 9-1-1 Professionals, National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week 

emergencydial911When 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 an emergency. In many respects the professionals who take these calls are the true first responders that 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 has 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.

3. April is Alcohol Awareness Month

April is Alcohol Awareness Month and the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. (NCADD) and Sherman County Alcohol and Drug Prevention Team remind you that drinking is associated with the leading causes of death among young people, including car crashes, murder and suicide. Get involved. Join us in helping kids learn about alcoholism and addiction in Sherman County. Call 541-565-5036 or email .

 4. Out of Order

Did you know that, in at least one way, you are at your best when your system is out of order?

Now by “Out of Order,” we mean when your mental picture of how things “should be” is very different from how things actually are. Human beings are always striving for order, and when our mental picture of how things should be matches reality, we feel comfortable and in control.

However, what happens when they don’t match? What happens when our mental picture of, say, the car we drive is thrown out of order by an accident? Or our picture of how we make our living is thrown out of order by a sudden layoff?

Well, what happens is that we create inside ourselves a tremendous amount of drive and energy to restore order, to make our inner picture and “outer” reality match once again. We feel highly motivated to get that car repaired, to get a new job, to do whatever is necessary to set things right.

Once order is restored, the drive and energy turn off because they are no longer needed. This is exactly how goal-setting works. When you set a goal and systematically visualize the end-result, you throw your system out of order. That creates the drive and energy to change reality so that it matches the picture you have been visualizing. In this way, being out of order can be a good thing.

This is why it is important to set goals, and then re-set them, so you won’t arrive at your desired end-result, and then go flat because your energy just up and drove away. ~The Pacific Institute 

5. Sherman County Emergency Services March Activity Report

~Shawn Payne, Sherman County Emergency Services

Sherman County Ambulance

March 2018 Activity Report

Date Time Incident Location
3-02 3:02 AM Semi-Truck Crash US 97  MP# 30
3-02 4:43 AM Unknown Illness Grass Valley
3-04 12:07 AM Chest Pain Grass Valley
3-06 1:21 AM Motor Vehicle Crash Biggs-Rufus Hwy in Rufus
3-08 12:03 AM Fall Victim Wasco
3-10 12:17 PM Breathing Problem Rufus
3-12 8:00 AM Chest Pain Linda’s Parking Lot in Biggs
3-13 1:17 PM Chest Pain Moro
3-14 9:07 AM Breathing Problem Sherman County Medical Clinic
3-16 2:16 PM Seizure Wasco
3-16 2:23 PM 3 Vehicle Crash US 97  MP# 45
3-19 1:05 PM Chest Pain Rufus
3-22 11:41 PM Abdominal Issues Grass Valley
3-25 11:36 AM Seizure 106 Main St. in Moro
3-25 7:22 PM Unknown Illness Moro
3-28 4:06 AM Semi off road-unknown injuries US 97  MP# 45

6. Oregon Law Enforcement Career Fair, April 20

The Oregon Association of Chief of Police, Oregon State Sheriff’s Association, Oregon Peace Officers Association, and the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) is pleased to host the Oregon Law Enforcement Career Fair at the Oregon Public Safety Academy at 4190 Aumsville Highway SE in Salem on Friday, April 20, 2018  and Saturday, April 21, 2018.  Both days will run from 10 am to 2 pm.

Law enforcement agencies around the state are looking to hire more than 500 qualified men and women from diverse backgrounds to fill both sworn and non-sworn positions at city, county, state, tribal, university and federal law enforcement agencies.  More than three dozen agencies will be in attendance.

Positions we are looking to fill include police, corrections, parole and probation officers; 9-1-1 operators; forensic scientists; community service officers; nurses; crime scene technicians; analysts; and many others.

For more information

7. Notice. Sherman County Court Work Session, April 19

ShermanCoLogoThe Sherman County Court will hold a Work Session on April 19, 2018, from 10 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at the OSU Extension Burnet Building, 66365 Lonerock Road, Moro 97039 for discussion on Repowering/Renewable Energy. Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP no later than Thursday April 12, 2018, to Kayla von Borstel: or 541-565-3416.

8. Sherman County School Tennis Schedule Update

sport.tennis1High School Tennis

Saturday, April 7, 2018 – Sherman vs Riverside/Helix at Helix was CANCELLED, but has been rescheduled for Saturday, April 14, 2018.  These matches will start at 12:00 at Stanfield, bus departs at 9:30.
— Audrey Rooney, Registrar  | Sherman High School    PH: 541-565-3500

9. OHA Public Meetings to Help Shape the Future of Coordinated Care

Oregon.Flat.poleThe Oregon Health Authority will hold three meetings at the end of April to gather public input about the coordinated care model and the state’s Medicaid reforms.

Coordinated care organizations (CCOs) are the heart of the coordinated care model. CCOs were formed in Oregon in 2012 as part of the state’s plan to improve the quality of health care and limit the growth in health care spending.

“We need to hear from OHP members, taxpayers and the public about what’s working for them, and what needs more work so we can continue to transform the health system in Oregon,” said Patrick Allen, OHA’s Director. “We have more than five years of experience with the coordinated care model.  We know that it has saved taxpayers money while improving care in some areas, but we also know there is a lot more work to do,” he added.

CCOs are local organizations governed by community members. They bring together physical, mental health, addiction medicine, and dental health providers to coordinate care for people on the Oregon Health Plan (Medicaid).  There are now 15 CCOs in Oregon coordinating health care for nearly 1 million OHP members throughout the state.

New CCO contracts will start in 2020, but the state is gathering public input now to help inform these contracts. There are three public meetings in April:

  • Portland – April 20, 9-11 a.m., Mercy Corps Northwest, 43 SW Naito Parkway
  • The Dalles – April 21, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wahtonka High School, 3601 West 10th Street
  • Woodburn – April 28, 9 a.m. to noon, Legacy Health Wellspring Conference Center, 1475 Mt. Hood Ave.

Anyone is welcome, and advance registration at is appreciated. If you can’t attend a meeting, you can also provide feedback by emailing, or by taking the CCO 2.0 online survey at, which closes April 15.

In the first five years of operation, the coordinated care model has saved taxpayers an estimated $2.2 billion, while also reducing unnecessary emergency department visits, and improving preventive care for children and adults.

But improvements are still needed in several areas including:

  • Better access and treatment in mental health and addiction medicine
  • Finding new ways to limit growth in health care spending
  • Paying providers for improving quality rather than for each visit or test
  • Providing better access to housing, transportation, education, and other health-related services
  • Reducing language and cultural barriers that affect access to health care

Spanish language interpretation services will be at the meetings. Do you need interpretation in another language? Do you have a request for accommodation? Please contact Stephanie Jarem at at least two days before the meeting. Every effort will be made to provide services for requests made closer to the meeting. For more information, visit the CCO 2.0 webpage at