Sherman County eNews #100


  1. Sherman County 4-H Club Meeting Notes – beef, swine, poultry & sewing

  2. Editorial. eNews Readers’ Questions for County Judge Candidates’ Forum

  3. Partners in Problem-Solving

  4. Dinner and line dancing boost college scholarships

  5. Notice. Energy Facility Siting Council Meeting & Agenda, April

  6. Attend a public meeting to help shape the future of the Oregon Health Plan

1. Sherman County 4-H Club Meeting Notes – beef, swine, poultry & sewing

4-H clover1BEEF. On 4/8/18 at 1:12pm the Sherman county beef club had their first meeting.  Attending were Patrick Ramos, Allie Marker, Natalie Martin, olé Martin, and Courtney Coelsch and leaders Doug and Sandy Martin.  This meeting was a weigh in meeting.  We elected officers and the president is Natalie Martin,  Vice President Kole Martin and Secretary Courtney Coelsch.  We talked about the amount of feed we should be feeding our steers, that we need to work with our steer in order to have it ready for fair, we talked about budget, what things we could buy within our budget and about buying a new beef banner and/or decorations in budget.  We also talked about what we could do for buyer gifts and an event calendar for big events such as hoof trimming.  Another thing we did was discuss what size poster board we would all have and seller recognition boards.  Our next meeting will be held on April 25, 2018 at 6:30 p.m.  at Martin’s house.  The meeting was adjourned at 1:35pm. 

4-H clover1SWINE. The Sherman County Swine Club met on April 9, 2018 at the Sherman County Extension Office. It was called to order by Cadence Smith at 6 pm. Attending this meeting was Allie, Cadence, Bailey, Addison, Allison, Ellery, and Kyle. Addison Smith led the Pledge of Allegiance and Bailey Coelsch led the 4-H pledge. We learned how to pick a pig and how to judge a pig. We talked about earmarks and we talked about our presentations. We also discussed what we are going to do for community service, we thought about buying shirts, and we also decided 2 pounds was about the average rate of gain daily. Our next meeting will be on April 5, 2018 at the Extension Office, at 5. The meeting was adjourned at 6:55 pm.  Bailey Coelsch, News Reporter

4-H clover1POULTRY. The Sherman Chicken Tenders 4-H Club met on April 16 at 5:32pm at the Extension Office.  Attending were Cohen, Joey, Cali, Hunter, Renan and Maddy.  Excused absences were Ben, Calvin, Antone.  Pledge of Allegiance by Hunter, 4-H Pledge by Cohen.  What we did during the meeting:  sorted turkeys, fundraisers, club shirts, reports, feed, types of chickens, geese, pigeons, etc.  auction weights.  Our next meeting will be 6th of May.  Meeting adjourned at 6:35pm.  Signed Cali Johnson, News Reporter.

4-H clover1SEWING. The Saving Nine Sewing Club (“a stitch in time….”) has met twice, weekly in the Home Ec Room at the High School, after school at 3:15, Wednesdays, April 4th and 11th.  Attending were Marlie Johnston, Nicole Somnis (2nd meeting excused for track), and Adeline Witherspoon.  Leaders are Karen Umemoto and Carol MacKenzie.  Pledge of Allegiance and 4-H pledge led by Marlie.  These girls are from the 4th and 5th grades and in their first year of 4-H sewing. 

Refreshments and games started the meeting.  First game was a sheet with squares filled with different facts that was used to get to know each other.  Amazing that in a group of 6 people, 3 had green eyes.  The other game was Fortunately/Unfortunately where one person starts a story with a positive statement and the next has to continue with a more negative statement.  We all decided that being positive was a better choice.

Officers are Marlie-President, Adeline- Recorder, and Secretary- Nicole.  The roles of officers were discussed.  Need to get someone to be our recreation leader.  Calendar of weekly meeting plans was distributed.  Would love to have parents visit at any time and girls can bring a friend to a meeting to get them interested in sewing.

Discussed Community Service ideas and will revisit that topic – many good ideas.  Joann’s online has discounts for 4-H members, find the clover on the site and sign up.   Also cards were distributed for members that also can be used for discounts.  Later meetings will start notebooks for records and samples.  Talked regarding what can be done at fair – possible favorite outfit and Mexican wear – Ponchos, display of recycled or reused, mini projects.

Our project for the first meeting was hand sewing.   Using pieces of felt, thread, two buttons, and two snaps designed a pouch for many possible uses.  Trimming the material to the size including the pocket flap, stitching to fasten the felt sides, then sewing on a button and snaps.

Our second meeting was learning to thread and then sew on the machines.  Utilized a fabric that had squares on the material which assisted in cutting straight.  Made a pillow that could be stuffed later.  Learned how to backstitch, make a corner with machine, and then trim seams.  Independent Sewers, Becca Earl and Cadence Smith stopped to check in and will be giving a 5-minute demonstration to the club when they can schedule the time. Cali Johnson is another independent.

Amara James, Codie-Lee Haner, and Vanessa Aldrich are presently in track, and whenever they can attend, we will welcome them.  Outside places and times will be used in order to finish projects for fair as needed.  Everyone needs to schedule a time soon to go to The Dalles to get fabric, either with parents or leaders.  Next meeting, Wednesday the 18th, we will review parts of sewing machine, review patterns and start cutting out a sample for practice and then start on any project. Remember your sewing kits.   Meetings will continue WEEKLY. Meeting adjourned at 5 so the girls could catch the buses.

~Cindy Brown, Educator

Oregon State University. OSU Extension Service – Sherman County

4-H Youth Development & SNAP-Ed   P: 541-565-3230 | C: 541-993-5291 

2. Editorial. eNews Readers’ Questions for County Judge Candidates’ Forum

pencil.sharpSince we posted questions voters might ask Sherman County candidates for the position of county judge, Sherman County eNews readers submitted additional questions. Here they are:

  • What is your vision of Sherman County in 5/10 years, and what is your plan to get there?
  • Name 1 thing you think the county is doing poorly, and how you would improve it?
  • Name 1 thing you think the county is doing wrong, and how you would correct it?
  • Describe a challenge you experienced in your current work and how you met the challenge.
  • Describe a success you experienced in your current work and how others helped you.
  • What do you like best about serving on a team, committee or board of directors?

A Town Hall Candidate’s Debate for the upcoming Sherman County election will take place on Thursday, April 19th at 7:00 p.m. at the Wasco School Events Center (old grade school) in Wasco. There are 4 candidates vying for the position of Sherman County Judge: Joe Dabulskis, Larry Hoctor, Fred Justesen and Mike Smith. We’re sure you will have interesting questions of your own.

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

3. Partners in Problem-Solving

When you have a complex problem to solve, how do you go about solving it? Let’s take a look at some surprising partners in the problem-solving process.

Sometimes, when we have complex or difficult problems to solve, our feelings of being under pressure cause us to push so hard for solutions, that we wind up spinning our wheels. We study the problem from every possible angle, collect huge amounts of information, struggle hard and do lots of analysis. We obsess over the problem. Still the answer evades us.

Some of this is because it is hard for us to tolerate feeling confused for very long. We want certainty, and we want clear answers. However, sometimes it’s better not to push. As the head of theoretical physics at Los Alamos National Laboratory once said, our unconscious is an important factor in solving complex problems. We need to give our minds a chance to work, without additional sensory and informational overload.

This means that while you certainly need to collect all the information you can, and sometimes literally immerse yourself in the problem, at some point it is important to back off and leave it, trusting that creative, productive mental work will continue even if you are not aware of it. Peak performers of all kinds demonstrate and researchers confirm: analysis and intuition are partners in creative work.

People who won’t relax their dependence on concrete, countable information often just can’t see possibilities that don’t fit into what they already know. This happens with individuals, and on an even larger scale with organizations. But, if you’re willing to let go for a while and let your creative subconscious have a turn, you may be surprised and pleased at the results. ~The Pacific Institute

4. Dinner and line dancing boost college scholarships

cowboy.bootThere will be line dancing lessons, live auction, prime rib buffet and fun for the entire family when Columbia Gorge Community College Foundation launches its “Saddle Up and Celebrate” fundraiser April 26 during Northwest Cherry Festival.

“The Foundation awarded approximately $120,000 in scholarships in 2017-18, and our goal is to increase this amount every year as we help students achieve their educational and career goals,” said Stephanie Hoppe, the Foundation’s executive director. “We’re privileged to join the Northwest Cherry Festival line-up with this inaugural event, and we cordially invite everyone to help us celebrate our college’s mission of building dreams and transforming lives.”

“Saddle Up and Celebrate” is Thursday, April 26, beginning at 5 p.m. in the Ft. Dalles Readiness Center on The Dalles Campus of Columbia Gorge Community College. The buffet dinner features music and dancing by “Willy and Nelson,” line dancing lessons with Don Slusher, dinner including prime rib, chicken, and side dishes, and a live auction featuring auctioneer David Griffith.

Price at the door is $40 or $35 one week or more in advance. Price for a table of eight is $400. Tickets and tables may be purchased at

The evening begins with line dancing lessons at 5 p.m., followed by dinner, music and dancing at 6 p.m., auction at 7 p.m., then more dancing and music starting at 7:30 p.m. “Saddle Up and Celebrate” concludes by 9 p.m.

The event is part of a full roster of Northwest Cherry Festival, which celebrates its 39th season in 2018 with a theme of “Return to the Planet of the Cherries.” The complete schedule for Northwest Cherry Festival is on The Dalles Area Chamber’s calendar at

For details on “Saddle Up and Celebrate,”, call (541) 506-6111, visit the Foundation website,  or email

5. Notice. Energy Facility Siting Council Meeting & Agenda, April 27  

Energy Facility Siting Council Meeting

Columbia Gorge Discovery Center

5000 Discovery Drive

The Dalles, OR

Friday, April 27, 2018 – 8:30 a.m.

  1. Consent Calendar (Information and Action Items) – Approval of minutes; Council Secretary Report and other routine Council business.
  2. Eugene to Medford Transmission Line, Amendment Request Consultant Appointment (Action Item) – Maxwell Woods, Senior Policy Advisor. Council will consider appointing a consultant to support the technical review of the Request for Amendment 4 to the Eugene to Medford Transmission Line site certificate (Sams Valley Reinforcement Project).
  3. [9:00 a.m.] Golden Hills Wind Project, Informational Hearing on Transfer Request (Information Item) – Chase McVeigh-Walker, Siting Analyst. The Council will hold an informational hearing regarding the transfer of ownership of the Golden Hills Wind Project site certificate from Orion Renewable Energy Group to Pacific Wind Development LLC, a subsidiary of Avangrid Renewables. The facility has not been constructed. The Council will accept public comments during the hearing only regarding the transfer request. The hearing begins at 9:00 a.m. The informational hearing is not a contested case hearing. The Council will make its decision on the transfer request under Agenda Item D or at a future Council meeting.
  4. Golden Hills Wind Project, Proposed Order on Request for Amendment 4 and Request to Transfer (Action Item) – Chase McVeigh-Walker, Siting Analyst. The Council will consider the Proposed Order on Request for Amendment 4 of the Golden Hills Wind Project site certificate. The public comment period and deadline for requesting a contested case closed on April 2, 2018, and an informational hearing on the transfer was held under Agenda Item C. The certificate holder’s amendment request and the Department’s proposed order can be found on the Department’s website at


Oregon Department of Energy 550 Capitol Street NE Salem, Oregon 97301 1-800-221-8035

  1. Biennial Energy Report (Information Item) – Janine Benner, Director, Oregon Department of Energy. The Council will receive an update on Oregon Department of Energy activities.
  2. The Climate Trust Update (Information Item) – Sheldon Zakreski, Chief Operating Officer, The Climate Trust. The Council will receive a presentation about The Climate Trust Board and Oregon Offset Committee.
  3. Public Comment – This time is reserved for the public to address the Council regarding any item within the Council’s jurisdiction that is not otherwise closed for comment.


  1. [WORKING LUNCH] Boardman to Hemingway Transmission Line, Project Update (Information Item) – Kellen Tardaewether, Senior Siting Analyst. The Council will receive an update regarding the Boardman to Hemingway Transmission Line site certificate application.
  2. Rulemaking: Carbon Dioxide, Phase II – (Action Item) – Jason Sierman, Rulemaking Coordinator. After receiving an update on this rulemaking project, Council may authorize staff to file official public notice. The purpose of this rulemaking project is to evaluate, and potentially modify, the Council’s CO2 emissions standards. The CO2 emissions standards apply to base load gas plants, non-base load power plants, and certain non-generating energy facilities. The update to Council will include a summary of staff’s research to find the most efficient combined-cycle combustion turbine energy facility operating in the United States, and a summary of any input received to date from the Rulemaking Advisory Committee.


  1. The Climate Trust Board, Appointments (Action Item) – Todd Cornett, Assistant Director/Council Secretary. The Council will consider potential appointees to The Climate Trust Board.
  2. Public Comment – This time is reserved for the public to address the Council regarding any item within the Council’s jurisdiction that is not otherwise closed for comment.


6. Attend a public meeting to help shape the future of the Oregon Health Plan

Oregon.Flat.polePORTLAND, Ore. – The Oregon Health Authority is holding a series of public meetings to gather suggestions that will help shape the future of the Oregon Health Plan (OHP).

The first meeting is this Friday, April 20, and two others will follow on consecutive Saturdays:

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

Anyone is welcome, and advance registration is appreciated.

Spanish language interpretation services will be available at the meetings. If you need interpretation in another language or have a request for accommodation, please contact Stephanie Jarem at

The Oregon Health Plan and coordinated care organizations

At the meetings the public can make suggestions to improve the Oregon Health Plan and coordinated care organizations (CCOs).

CCOs are independent organizations that contract with the state to provide health care for nearly 1 million Oregonians on OHP.

CCOs were formed in 2012 with a commitment to improve care and save taxpayers money.

Since then, CCOs have saved taxpayers an estimated $2.2 billion, reduced emergency room visits, and improved health care.

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

The next CCO contracts start in 2020, but OHA is taking public comment now to help inform those contracts.