Sherman County eNews #95


  1. Sherman County School Baseball Schedule Update, April 13

  2. Sherman County School Ball Field Sod Project Delayed, April 20

  3. Sherman County Court Notes, April 4

  4. Know what’s below before you hoe

  5. Pueblo Sin Fronteras Aiding Migrant Caravan Through Mexico to U.S.

  6. Communications 201

Technically speaking, Moses was the first person with a tablet downloading data from the cloud. ~unattributed

1. Sherman County School Baseball Schedule Update, April 13 

sports.baseballHS Sherman/Arlington/Condon Baseball

Friday, April 13, 2018 – Sherman at Dufur starting at 4:00, bus departs at 2:10.

Audrey Rooney, Registrar  

Sherman High School   PH: 541-565-3500 ~ Fax: 541-565-3319

 2. Sherman County School Ball Field Sod Project Delayed, April 20

garden.shovel.barrowThe new (potential) date for laying sod at the new ball field at Sherman County School near Moro is Friday April 20th.



3. Sherman County Court Notes, April 4

By Administrative Assistant Kayla von Borstel


– This is a very brief outline ONLY of topics considered “public interest”.

– These are NOT OFFICIAL MINUTES. For official minutes and full details, please see the approved minutes posted on the Sherman County website at after the next Court session. Thank you.

The Sherman County Court met in regular session on April 4, 2018, and in conducting the business of the county,

  • Motion by Commissioner McCoy, second by Commissioner Dabulskis, to approve additional funds in the amount of $20,000, for the City of Moro Main Street Façade and Streetscape Program, contingent upon the Cities of Wasco and Rufus not reserving the right to hold their funds by the April 20th, 2018 deadline.
  • Motion by Judge Thompson, second by Commissioner McCoy, to enter into Executive Session in Accordance with ORS 192.660 (2) (f) Exempt Public Records.
    • Discussion held on internet security
  • Motion by Commissioner McCoy, second by Commissioner Dabulskis, to approve $10,451.18 for an assessment and penetration test to be completed by RedHawk Network Security, LLC.
  • Motion by Commissioner Dabulskis, second by Commissioner McCoy, to approve the Blue Line quote of $385 per ton for CRS-2, $35.50 per ton for freight, and $225 per hour for the distributor for the chip seal program during the 2018 season.
  • Motion by Commissioner McCoy, second by Commissioner Dabulskis, to approve the hiring of the architect and engineer to provide cost estimates on the stabilization and renovation of the DeMoss Park Grandstand and Stage Building as historic structures. Estimates are not to exceed $2,000 with additional fund requests allowed for consideration.
  • Motion by Commissioner McCoy, second by Commissioner Dabulskis, to approve an employee compensation step increase for Kimi Hulke, as recommended by the Tri-County Community Corrections Board.
  • Rental Housing Loan discussion – No loans can be made to extend the length beyond one year in which the construction takes place under the construction bridge loan. No motion was made.
  • Discussion was held on creating long range plans, and completing all studies ahead of time so the individual could then submit their application, and all pieces would be in place when they are ready to build on projects in Sherman County. The Court agreed to have a plan completed within a reasonable cost for any kind of development that could take place in Biggs.

4. Know what’s below before you hoe
Be safe and call 8-1-1 first to find any underground utilities that could endanger you

electric.linemanPORTLAND, Ore. — Every eight minutes in America someone risks their life by striking an underground utility line. Pacific Power urges customers to protect themselves and their families and change this alarming statistic with one simple act:  dialing 8-1-1 two days before doing any digging.

“Installing a mail box or post for a deck or planting a tree are among the many commonplace projects that should trigger a call to 8-1-1,” said Steven Harkin, Pacific Power’s director of safety and training, referring to the national toll-free Call Before You Dig phone number. “Those may seem like simple, harmless projects, but the hazards are very real. If you hit a buried electric line, you could die. It’s that simple.” 

PacifiCorp has approximately 20,000 miles of underground cable in the West. There are nearly 20 million miles of underground utility lines in the United States. These buried facilities, including gas, water, sewer, cable TV, high-speed Internet, landline telephone, provide the services Americans depend on for their basic everyday needs. But if you don’t know where they are buried before you dig, you are in danger. Even if you are lucky enough to not be harmed, you could be responsible for causing a service outage in your neighborhood—and potentially be responsible for the substantial repair costs.

If you are planning a job that requires digging, even if hiring a professional, a call to 8-1-1 is required before work begins. The 8-1-1 service is free and couldn’t be easier. It’s a Federal Communications Commission-designated national one-call number that connects a caller from anywhere in the country to the appropriate local one-call center. The one-call center then alerts local underground facility owners so they can mark the approximate location of their lines with paint or flags.

Although the Call Before You Dig system has been active for many years, according to a recent national survey, 45 percent – nearly half of people who plan to dig this year will not call 8-1-1 first.

To learn more about electrical safety or to order free electrical safety materials, call Pacific Power’s public safety department at 800-375-7085 or visit

 5. Pueblo Sin Fronteras Aiding Migrant Caravan Through Mexico to U.S.

For more than fifteen years, members of Pueblo Sin Fronteras have been reaching out to the most vulnerable immigrants in the United States and to migrants and refugees on the move. We are a collective of friends who decided to be in permanent solidarity with displaced peoples. We accompany migrants and refugees in their journey of hope, and together demand our human rights. We provide humanitarian aid to migrants and refugees. ~

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6. Communications 201

ear.hearCommunication can create conflict or bring people together. We can see it happening every day and it doesn’t matter what language is being used. For effective communications, here is a tip to help you build bridges instead of walls when you interact with others.

Words are very powerful, so powerful, that we attach emotions to them almost immediately after hearing them. Because of this, certain things we say create conflict and resistance. However, if we become aware of the effect of these words and know which words to use instead, we can communicate more smoothly with others and still get our points across. This creates greater agreement and far less hostility along the way.

For example, the word “but” can be a problem. Whenever you hear “but” in a sentence, you know that you should discount what came before it and pay attention to what comes after. If you hear, “That’s true, but…” you know what’s coming next, right? You are going to hear why it’s not true or why it’s irrelevant. Or if you hear, “That’s an interesting idea, but…” you know that you are about to be told why it won’t work. (You may substitute “however” for “but” and get the same reaction.)

Supposing that instead, someone said to you, “What you say is true and here’s something that’s also true…” Feels a lot better, doesn’t it? Or if they said, “That’s an interesting idea, and you could also look at it this way….”

By using the word “and” instead of “but,” their ideas are linked to yours (or your ideas linked to theirs) instead of being put in opposition to each other. The difference between “but” and “and” is a lot like the difference between boxing, which uses brute opposition to defeat an opponent, and Aikido, which joins with and redirects an opponent’s energy in a way which is better for both of you.

Yes, there are some folks who purposely use specific words to engender conflict, and sometimes fear. These people don’t want constructive communications. You, on the other hand, will be more persuasive and create less conflict and resistance if you avoid “but” and strive for greater understanding and agreement, instead. ~The Pacific Institute