Sherman County eNews #151


  1. Family Bingo Night at the Grass Valley Pavilion, June 22

  2. Crop Talks + Farm Tours, 4th Tuesdays, June 24

  3. Sherman County Citizen-Reporter June Edition Online

  4. Sherman County Court Meeting Minutes Online, April 19, May 16

  5. Caution: Beware of Hopelessness

  6. Secretary of State Dennis Richardson: What Shall We Give In Return For Receiving So Much?

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

“Accept and own your struggle. Embrace change and lean into the love of others around you. Your best life is born out of intense struggle and taking action to implement daily, sustainable change.” ~Will Malicote

1. Family Bingo Night at the Grass Valley Pavilion, June 22 

FAMILY Bingo Night
Friday evening, June 22 ~ 6-8 (might run late)
Grass Valley Pavilion
free popcorn, lemonade and coffee
selling candy and pizza-by-the-slice
We encourage the whole family to join us for a fun evening!

2. Crop Talks + Farm Tours, 4th Tuesdays, June 24

4th Tuesday of each month, 6pm – 8pm

Join OSU Extension, local farmers and interested community members for a monthly crop talk and farm tour of local farms to learn new tips, techniques and trades. Check out OSU Extension Small Farms for more information. This month, on June 24th, visit Treebird Organics in Trout Lake!

3. Sherman County Citizen-Reporter June Edition Online

The June edition of the Citizen Reporter is currently published online and can be found at

4. Sherman County Court Meeting Minutes Online, April 19, May 16

ShermanCoLogoApproved minutes for the April 19, 2018 Work Session, and May 16, 2018 regular session, are now available in the Archive of County Court Meeting Minutes

5. Caution: Beware of Hopelessness

One piece of advice that bears repeating is this: “Be careful who you listen to.” This is an important caution, because we can let others determine what we believe, if we give sanction to, or accept without question, what they say.

A case in point: There are doom-and-gloom folks out there, who, for their own reasons, would rob the rest of us of hope. It has been proven that a hopeless attitude is just as dangerous as anything we could do to, say, pollute the environment. Hopelessness is like a nerve gas – it paralyzes us and prevents us from seeing the kind of world we want for our children and grandchildren, and then doing what we need to do to create it.

Yes, there are planet-wide challenges to our air and water, the land and the creatures that live in and on all three – including humans. However, if we give up, we don’t engage the creativity and problem-solving abilities that are inherently human. Hopelessness will kill the dream of a healthy planet quicker than all the holes in the ozone layer and all the chemicals released into the atmosphere put together. To hope is not foolish. If you look for reasons to despair, you easily will find them. However, if you choose, instead, to look for reasons to hope, you easily will find them as well.

Why not collect hopeful signs, like some folks collect stamps, coins or baseball cards? Then, when you hear people saying that it doesn’t matter what we do, because it is too late to save the environment, tell them they are wrong. Prove it with examples from your own collection. If you don’t have a collection yet, social media is alive with examples – again, just be careful what you listen to. Do your own research to ensure that your collection will stand the scrutiny.

Yes, there is work to be done and we will find the tools to use. Committed people are finding new methods to clean up past mistakes every day. The hopeful news is that each of us can make a difference – you can make a difference! ~The Pacific Institute

6. Secretary of State Dennis Richardson: What Shall We Give In Return For Receiving So Much?

Oregon.Flat.poleThe motto for my administration is taken from the Latin phrase Pro Tanto Quid Retribuamus, which translated means: “What shall we give in return for receiving so much?”

From day one, my leadership team and I were developing plans and strategies to bring Oregon to a place where accountability, transparency, and integrity are the norm, not the exception. While there will always be bumps in the road, our goal to create a world class Secretary of State’s office that leads by example has not wavered. We also adopted the theme from our nation’s Pledge of Allegiance to promote “liberty and justice for all” Oregonians. As my administration approaches the year and a half point in our tenure, I want to share with you our successes and some of the challenges we face. I consider us all one Oregon family and feel a deep responsibility to keep you informed.

Therefore, please read this entire newsletter, as I have some personal news to share with you as well.

Here’s what we have accomplished during the past year and a half—beginning with key audits we have conducted.

As Oregon’s Secretary of State and as a former foster parent, it hurts my heart to see the deplorable conditions revealed in our recent audit report on Oregon’s child welfare system. These are the most vulnerable children.

I take seriously the responsibility to ensure Oregon’s aging and disabled populations receive proper care. These are our brothers, sisters, parents and grandparents.

I am angered at the crushing failure of many Oregon public schools to do their jobs and prepare our students for life. They are the future.

In addition to the above audits, I have attached a list of the many accomplishments this office has achieved.

This work is an example of what good government looks like and what can be done when politicians hold their constituents’ futures as their guiding force instead of their own. I hope this information also reinforces the faith and trust you placed in me to keep my promises and always do the right thing for Oregon.

You, the people of Oregon, are the centerpiece of our mission, vision, and values and are the reason for everything we do. In the past year and a half, we have conducted 50 audits of state agencies. Some confirmed the great work being done, while others uncovered extremely disturbing failures. Three of the most egregious findings were:

  • The Oregon Health Authority Automated Medicaid eligibility audit found that thousands who were ineligible to receiving benefits had not been removed from the system, costing tens of millions of dollars. In addition to the audit, the Audits Division produces a first of its kind “Auditor Alert” that won an Excellence in Accountability Award from the National State Auditors Association. The audit and the Auditor Alert pressed OHA to complete eligibility reexaminations and remove the thousands of ineligible recipients from the system. The agency also promised to make other changes recommended in the audit.
  • The Department of Human Services audit on Oregon’s aging and disabled population found that this extremely vulnerable population was not receiving adequate in-home care. This audit helped to motivate the creation of legislationto strengthen training and standards for home care workers.
  • The Department of Human Services Child Welfare System audit uncovered that chronic management failures and high caseloads were jeopardizing the safety of many of the state’s most vulnerable children. The impact of this audit was so significant, Governor Kate Brown requested $14.5 million to hire nearly 200 new caseworkers.

Please check out our complete list of audit reports < >.

We can never foresee all the twists and turns in the road we will travel whether in public service, in business, or in life. However, we here at the Secretary of State’s office can be certain that in the coming years we will not shrink from our duties: we will have spirited debates with the legislature over budget matters; we will take on more tough audits that uncover problems, make recommendations on “best practices,” and encourage our state agencies to do better; and we will continue to promote integrity in our elections keeping Oregon as a national leader in elections cybersecurity. In short, we continue to implement Oregon government with a commitment to accountability, transparency, and integrity, all the while seeking the very best results for each of you.

On a more personal note, there is another challenge to be faced that was not expected. This challenge will be my responsibility, however, I will lean on my team and my family.

In May, I was diagnosed and began treatment for a small, cancerous brain tumor. While this was a difficult diagnosis to hear, I’m blessed and optimistic. We caught it early. I have a treatment plan in place, and I have an exceptional support system here at work and at home. I am taking on this challenge the same way I’ve taken on every challenge since my days flying “Night Hawk” as a combat helicopter pilot—I’ve considered my options, set my goal, developed my plan, and failure is not an option.

I am excited to continue serving along with my incredible team of 219 professionals. You have elected me as your Secretary of State, and you can count on me and my Administrative team, Audits Division, Corporations Division, Elections Division, and the State Archives to always provide the same outstanding service.

In addition to serving Oregon, it is wonderful to be able to serve in another positive and meaningful way. This is an opportunity to advocate for all who are living with and fighting cancer along with their loved ones. 

No one is promised tomorrow, so please use my situation as a reminder to be kinder, more patient, and more loving to each other. And, if by God’s grace we all live long, thriving lives, let’s live them with purpose. That’s my plan. I’ll keep you posted.

Dennis Richardson

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

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