Sherman County eNews #125


  1. Registration for Sherman 4-H Camp is now open

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

  3. Oregon Blue Book Cover Photo & Student Essay Contests

  4. Oregon Capital Insider Index: This Week in Salem by the Numbers

  5. Escaping the Rut

  6. Tri-County Court Meeting, April 25

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

Enthusiasm is contagious, and the person who has it, under control, is generally welcome in any group of people. ~Napoleon Hill Foundation

1. Registration for Sherman 4-H Camp is now open

4-H clover1Sherman County youth currently in grades 4th-6th are invited to register for this year’s Sherman County 4-H Camp to be held June 20-22 at Camp Morrow located near Wamic on Pine Hollow Reservoir.  You don’t have to be in 4-H to come…everyone is welcome.  Camp facilities consist of a lodge for meals and classes, cabins in the woods, recreational areas for games, and a lake for swimming and kayaking.  Sherman County 4-H Camp has a natural resources theme, and is funded in part by a grant from the Sherman County Soil and Water Conservation District, whose staff also serve as class instructors.

Campers enjoy a variety of classes and activities including natural resources, archery, arts and crafts, flagpole, campfire, singing, skits cabin games, all-group competition, outdoor cooking, swimming and boating, field games, a party celebration, and paintball.  Cost is $110 per camper, which covers all meals, lodging, insurance and supplies.  Camp registration deadline is Friday, June 8.  Registration forms were mailed out in the May Sherman 4-H newsletter and are available at the Extension office and on-line at

For more information, contact OSU Sherman County Extension at 541-565-3230 or email

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

Logo.ShermanPub.School.Library2017Community Preschool Storytime
Every Tuesday at 10am
Join us for Preschool Storytime and crafts. Ages 0-6.

Dinosaur Family Literacy Night
Tuesday, May 15 from 6 to 7pm.
Join us for STEAM projects, snacks, crafts, games and fun!

May Book Club – The Identicals by Elin Eilderbrand.
Thursday, May 17 at 6pm.

Crafts in Stacks – Painted Wood Signs
Saturday, May 19 at 2pm.
We will paint barn wood signs using our own created stencils. We will have 15 11×17 signs available for $5.00 or you may bring your own of any size. If you plan to bring your own sign, please sand it smooth and give it a coat of Mod Podge in advance. We have sandpaper, Mod Podge and brushes available during open hours if you want to use our supplies. If you know what you would like your sign to say you may stop by ahead of time to plan your stencil.

 3. Oregon Blue Book Cover Photo & Student Essay Contests

ORStateFlagSALEM — Oregon Secretary of State Dennis Richardson has started accepting entries for the 2019-2020 Oregon Blue Book Cover Photo Contest and a separate essay contest.

The 2019-2020 Blue Book theme is Celebrating Oregon’s local festivals, so photos of carnivals, fiestas, county fairs, galas and other celebrations throughout the state.

The Oregon Blue Book, published biennially since 1911, is the official state almanac. The guide contains fun facts, listings and descriptions of Oregon state government, educational institutions, media information, cultural and arts organizations, history, maps and other points of interest.

“The Oregon Blue Book has been a state icon for over 100 years,” Richardson said in a statement. “The Blue Book is filled with great information on over 2,000 areas of interest that make up Oregon. It covers all things Oregon from absentee voting to aviation, banking to butterflies, wages to windsurfing, and much more. It’s just a great resource and a fun read with breathtaking photos of Oregon.”

Visit the blue book website to see photo contest guidelines and past cover winners and to fill out an entry form.

Contestants must be amateur photographers who live in the state. Photos must taken in Oregon, in color and in vertical “portrait” orientation.

Essay entries are limited to elementary- and middle school-age students.

Essays should answer the following question: What is your favorite local community celebration, festival, carnival, fiesta, or fair and why?

Contestants are also encouraged to illustrate their essays with drawings.

The winning essay and drawing will be printed in the Blue Book, and the author and artist will be invited to the Capitol for the official Blue Book Release party and celebration in early 2019.

Essay submissions must include the student’s name, grade, teacher’s name, school name and address and be mailed, not emailed, to:

Mary Beth Herkert, State Archivist, Oregon State Archives, 800 Summer St. NE, Salem, OR 97310

The deadline to postmark all entries is Oct. 16. For questions, call the Blue Book editor at or call 503-378-5199. The deadline for submitting entries is October 16, 2018. Su

Contestants can find contest information and details by visiting the Blue Book website. If there are additional questions, contact the Blue Book editor at 503-378-5199 or send an email to

4. Oregon Capital Insider Index: This Week in Salem by the Numbers

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

  • 4,065: Oregon kids who entered foster care in 2017.
  • 698: Oregon kids who entered foster care because of inadequate housing in 2017, according to DHS
  • 498: Oregon kids who entered foster care because of inadequate housing in 2017.
  • 8.6: Percentage of eligible voters who had returned a May 15 primary ballot as of May 7, according to Willamette Week.
  • 125.31: Police and sheriff’s officers per 100,000 people in Oregon, which has the lowest rate among states, according to a new study in WalletHub
  • 779.96: Police officers per 100,000 people in Washington, D.C., which has the highest rate.
  • 25: Age of a marijuana grower in Grants Pass, Tyler Dooley, who is growing a special strain of cannabis in honor of his aunt, Meghan Markle, who will wed Britain’s Prince Harry next week. The strain is called “Markle Sparkle,” according to the Daily Mail
  • 3: Factor by which the amount of opioids prescribed per person increased between 1999 and 2015, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  • 5.1: Percentage increase in drug overdose deaths in Oregon in the 12-month period ending April 3, 2018, according to NBC News
  • 33.1: Median commute time, in minutes, in Columbia County, the Oregon county with the longest daily commute, according to The Oregonian.

5. Escaping the Rut

Do you sometimes feel like you are stuck in a rut, one that seems to get deeper every day? You are in good company, because it happens to all of us, at one time or another. Today let’s talk about something we can do to help ourselves climb up and out.

If you feel you are feeling stuck these days, as if you’ve run out of gas and are stranded in a place you don’t want to be, you need to get some traction. One way to get yourself moving again is to create your own challenge.

Now, if you’re wondering “Why in the world do I need another challenge, when I haven’t been able to solve the problems at hand,” it’s because creating your own challenge is different from having one thrown at you. Creating your own can give you the opportunity to purposely test yourself in new situations, and then return to the old problems with renewed vitality, vigor, strength and greater confidence in your ability to succeed.

By creating a challenge, you set the limits of the test, based only on your own estimation of your ability to get it done. The risks you’ll be taking are self-determined, so the challenges you create are completely different than those that have come to you unbidden. They become touchstones of growth, a proving ground for inner potential, a reminder to you that you are competent. It will be a great boost to your self-efficacy – your belief in your ability to make things happen.

Feeling stuck doesn’t just happen to us as individuals. Families feel stuck. Teams feel stuck. Departments feel stuck. Entire organizations feel stuck. The key here is to not focus on the “stuck-ness” but on the goal beyond the current rut. Get some distance from “the stuck” and work on building the attitude, the mindset if you will, of accomplishment.

Choose a challenge that has meaning to you, not just to those around you. Make it something that you really believe you can pull off. Tackle it with all the energy and resources you have, to make sure you succeed. Then, when you do, use that success to catapult yourself out of that rut and on to bigger things – and smoother roads! ~The Pacific Institute

 6. Tri-County Court Meeting, April 25

Sherman, Gilliam and Wheeler county courts (boards of commissioners) met at the Gilliam County courthouse in Condon on April 25, 2018. Regular tri-county meetings offer opportunities to share information and discuss matters of mutual interest and identify potential partnerships. 

According to notes provided by the Sherman County Court, among those present were Sherman County Judge Gary Thompson, Wheeler County Judge Lynn Morley, Wheeler County Commissioners Rob Ordway and Debbie Starkey, Gilliam County Commissioner Mike Weimer, Gilliam County Judge Steve Shaffer, Sherman County Commissioners Tom McCoy and Joe Dabulskis, Dan Spatz of Columbia Gorge Community College, Veterans Officer Bryan Hunt, Rick Paul, Jeff Munsen, Kathy Fitzpatrick, Theresa Connelly representing ODOT, Marnene Benson for Sherman County Transit, Dean Dark – Sherman County trapper, Bob Thomas – trapper, Mike McArthur of Association of Oregon Counties, Mike Smith of Frontier TeleNet and Mac Stinchfield of The Times-Journal.

The county court officials discussed compensation for the veterans’ services officer, currently at the end of his advancement, and possible increases based on merit, and heard an overview of recent work.

Dan Spatz reported on Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act, Title 1B contracts and instructional delivery. The Columbia Gorge Community College is interested in offering EMT classes in the fall and would like access to a remote location with staff, regular hours and good broadband connections in each county in order to better serve folks in this area.

The group heard an update on building codes inspections in the rural areas since the dissolution of Mid-Columbia Council of Governments.

With representatives of ODOT Region 4 and Mid-Columbia Economic Development District, the group heard a Statewide Transit Fund update, including funding for each county and STIP funds for public transit, and discussed developing shared regional vision, goals and resources, asking for tri-county support on the transit plan to include all of our counties.

The discussion on wildlife services focused on predator control. Dean Dark serves Sherman County and is contracting with Gilliam County for services for now. The counties expressed interest in discussing a tri-county program and potential funding.

Frontier TeleNet marketing director Mike Smith reported on Umatilla and Morrow counties’ radio system and their interest in partnering with Frontier TeleNet; the Wheeler County wireless upgrade now in phase 2, and potential fiber to homes in Sherman County.

With the three counties working together on many programs – building codes, Frontier TeleNet, Tri-County Corrections, veterans’ services, senior services, public health, land use, transportation [and Frontier Regional 911 Agency], for example – the discussion turned to a potential Tri-County Council of Governments. Mike McArthur noted that it seems like the Tri-County Court is functioning as an informal council of governments. The group consensus was to obtain a cost estimate and a statement of work for future discussions on this topic.

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