Sherman County eNews #234


  1. Sherman County School District Board Meeting Online Agenda, Sept. 10

  2. Notice: Moro Rural Fire Protection District Board of Directors Meeting, Sept. 12

  3. A Key to Success

  4. Wasco County Historical Society Poker Run, Sept. 15

  5. Congressman Greg Walden: H.B. 2345, National Suicide Hotline Improvement Act

  6. Sherman County Court News, July 18

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

Nobody knows the age of the human race, but everybody agrees that it is old enough to know better. ~unattributed.

1. Sherman County School District Board Meeting Online Agenda, Sept. 10

Public Meeting Announcement

The Sherman County School District Board of Directors will hold a Regular Board Meeting at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, September 10, 2018. This meeting will be held in the meeting room of the Sherman County School/Public Library.

The agenda is posted here:

2. Notice: Moro Rural Fire Protection District Board of Directors Meeting, Sept. 12

Moro RFPD Board of Directors Board Meeting

Wed., September 12, 2018

5:00 PM

Moro Fire Station

3. A Key to Success

Why do some people seem to do things quickly and easily while others struggle or simply give up? How we do things, perform on the job for example, often depends on how we were trained. Now, most of us are trainers as well as trainees. You’re a trainer when you show someone how to run a piece of equipment, how to behave, or how to tie a bow.

But what makes training take? What’s to say that the people we train will be able to do what we teach them? Well, many studies have shown that four things are needed for effective training: First, the skill needs to be taught. Then, there must be an opportunity to practice, a supportive environment that rewards performance, and finally, self-efficacy.

Now, self-efficacy is a concept that The Pacific Institute has included in its programs for a very long time. It simply means our own judgment about whether we can do specific things, as well as our belief about whether we can influence our environment. While our level of self-efficacy can be general, most often it is task specific. For example, we can be efficacious in math, but not so much in cooking or decorating. And it is different with every individual.

Dr. Albert Bandura, National Medal of Science award winner, out of Stanford University, is an internationally recognized expert on self-efficacy and has been a tremendous resource for the Institute. Dr. Bandura tells us that when our self-efficacy is low, we avoid difficult tasks, give up quickly, and are slow to recover confidence after failure or setbacks. Self-efficacy is built when we practice enough to develop competence or mastery and when we interpret that success as due to our own efforts rather than luck or circumstances. A secondary benefit is increased self-confidence.

So when you train others – your children, for example – it will be helpful to break tasks down into manageable chunks, arrange for practice that leads to success, and give feedback that emphasizes progress rather than shortfall. You and your children – or you and your employees and team members – will be building self-efficacy. ~The Pacific Institute

4. Wasco County Historical Society Poker Run, Sept. 15

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Sept 15, 2018

With registration from 7:00-11:00 a.m. at Sorosis Park in The Dalles, Wasco County Historical Society invites the public to join them in a “poker run” Saturday, the 15th.  Trophies will be awarded at 5:00 p.m. also at Sorosis Park.  The paved route through South Wasco County will have checkpoints at Kramer’s Mkt. in Dufur, Friend School, Wamic Mkt., Shaniko and White River Falls State Park. Cost is $10 per “hand.”  Additional details may be obtained from John Brookhouse at 541-980-0918. Sponsors are Auction Sales Co., Crouse Enterprises, Inc., Emerson Dell Farm, Griffith Motors, Toyota Scion, Kramer’s Market, Point S Tire & Auto Service, Schultens Motors, Tonkin Subaru, CH Urness Motor Co., Wamic Store and Wasco County Historical Society.
It’ll be a fun, informative day!  THANK YOU.

5. Congressman Greg Walden: H.B. 2345, National Suicide Hotline Improvement Act

According to the Oregon Health Authority, suicide is the second leading cause of death among Oregonians aged 15 to 34 years, and the eighth leading cause of death among all Oregonians in 2012.  This is a tragic result of mental health being pushed to the shadows of shame and stigma for decades.  

In order to bring this issue out of the darkness, I proudly cosponsored H.R. 2345, the National Suicide Hotline Improvement Act, which would seek to study the feasibility of designating a 3-digit dialing code to be used for a national suicide prevention and mental health crisis hotline system to make it as easy as possible for patients to get the help they need. I am proud to let you know that this important piece of legislation was recently signed into law by President Trump.

Millions of Americans each year, particularly young people and veterans, struggle with depression and mental health issues. It is critical to connect those contemplating suicide with the support they need, and there’s more we can do to help. The National Suicide Hotline Improvement Act takes steps to establish a nationwide 3-digit suicide prevention and mental health crisis hotline, making the number as intuitive as dialing 9-1-1. I have met with suicide prevention advocates in Oregon about this bill’s potential to save lives, and was proud to support this important change.

I have been a long-time strong supporter of mental health programs, especially for young people. For example, I worked across the aisle to pass the nation’s first youth suicide prevention bill into law, the Garrett Lee Smith Memorial Act (named in memory of the son of former Oregon Senator Gordon Smith). To help prevent further tragedies, we need to get to the root of the problem and to improve treatment, boost resources, and simplify the bureaucracy surrounding the federal mental health system in our country. That’s why I also supported the 21st Century Cures Act, which included the first rewrite of our nation’s mental health laws since JFK was president. By streamlining federal programs and boosting support for mental health funding, we can empower families, communities, and mental health professionals to help prevent troubled youth from harming themselves and others.

Please know that I will continue to work to support mental health programs and fight the stigma around mental health and suicide.

It is an honor to serve as your representative in the U.S. Congress. 

Greg Walden
U.S. Representative
Oregon’s Second District

6. Sherman County Court News, July 18

Quarterly Reports, NORCOR administrator, Executive Session of Exempt Documents, and weed access violation, were the main items on the agenda during the July 18th session of Sherman County Court in Moro.

Jenine McDermid, Clerk, presented a quarterly report to the County Court. The County submitted an Assessment Function Funding Assistance (CAFFA) grant application for expenses totaling $527,459.00, and the County will receive an estimated $85,481.27 back in fiscal year 2019. Submitted costs are any costs County wide, that go into assessment of property taxes which included Board Of Property Tax Appeal (BOPTA). The primary election has been closed out, and the reports issued. There was a 56 percent voter turnout overall. McDermid advertised for BOPTA positions.

Bryan Hunt, Veteran’s Officer, presented a quarterly report to the County Court. In Sherman County Hunt conducted a total of 24 interviews, filed two original claims, and filed two other new claims. Total recoveries for the quarter, of Sherman County only, were $3,991.90. Hunt used the Wasco Memorial Day and 4th of July in Condon for outreach, and obtained a few new Veterans. In regards to Tri County services, there was a total 59 interviews, four original claims, eight other new claims, one medical claim, no notice of disagreements, and recoveries totaled $13,529.75.

Theresa Hepker, Northern Oregon Regional Correctional (NORCOR) Community Resources Coalition, spoke to the Court on the hiring of the new Administrator for NORCOR, as Sherman County makes up one representative on the NORCOR Board. The Coalition asked for the NORCOR Board to consider extending the hiring timeline, have more community involvement during the initial process, to have current NORCOR Administrator excuse himself from the hiring process, and encourage more frequent meetings of the NORCOR Board.

Brad Lohrey, Sheriff, called in and asked Court if they would provide sandwiches to those who were currently fighting the Substation Fire to keep our community safe. The Court agreed.

Motion by Commissioner Dabulskis, second by Commissioner McCoy, to enter into Executive Session in Accordance with ORS 192.660 (2) (f) Exempt Public Records. Entered Executive Session at 9:47 a.m. to discuss clarification held on housing applications; exited Executive Session at 9:53 a.m. Motion by Commissioner McCoy, second by Commissioner Dabulskis, to approve the Housing Grant Review Committee recommendation for Travis and Amanda West in the amount of $18,934.60, and Jeff Webber in the amount of $1,400.00.

Carrie Pipinich, Mid-Columbia Economic Development District, submitted a written quarterly report due to the emergency time constraint due to the Substation Fire Briefing, and the need to rearrange the agenda. Applications were submitted to Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development (DLCD) for technical assistance relating to a housing needs analysis for Moro and Grass Valley, and relating to economic opportunities analysis for the County. The Sherman County Fiber Project was presented to the Advisory Committee the week prior, in which the Committee ranked the Fiber project as the top priority for the region with Dee irrigation project ranking second. The Committee would like the allocated $200,000 to include the irrigation project.

Recessed at 10:00 a.m. County Court attended Substation Fire Briefing at Sherman County High School; Moro issued at a level 2 evacuation. Resumed at 10:40 a.m.

Cindy Brown, OSU Extension, submitted a written report. Brian Tuck, OSU Extension, informed the Court that Dana Martin will be taking over as director for the region covering Central Oregon, becoming the biggest region in the State as Tuck will be retiring at the end of the fiscal year. In the current biennium there is no funding to place another extension agent in Moro to replace Sandy Macnab’s position. Tuck suggested writing a letter strongly encouraging to fill the dry land crops/cattle position, and recommend housing the Agriculture agent in Sherman County. The Cereals Specialist position has been filled by Ryan Graebner who is conducting variety trials.

Kari Silcox, Senior Center, presented a quarterly report. She stated the Senior Center was closed for lunch due to the Substation Fire. The Senior Center has held 47 events or meetings in the past quarter. There have been record breaking numbers of those served lunch, and the numbers continually increase. There are three new members on Senior Center Advisory Board that were Court approved; there is still one spot to fill. Additionally, Silcox will be planning a possible bingo pie night fund raiser for the fall.

Aaron Cook, Biggs Service District, gave an update on Biggs Service District (BSD). As stated in the past, BSD needs to have an audit done for the last few years to be up to date, and on the right path for the United States Department of Agriculture grant. The sewer operation in BSD is going well. Aaron was notified the sewer processing sample refrigerator in the lab needed to be replaced, and he was waiting to receive a quote of the replacement cost in order to be in compliance with submitting sewer samples to Department of Environmental Quality. County Court/Biggs Service District Board discussed concerns on completing tasks in a timely manner as it is vital to the water project.

Rod Asher, Weed District, spoke with Ruben Cleaveland, County Counsel, regarding weed violation access. Ruben provided a memo to the Court with proper procedures on how to move forward. Cleaveland’s suggested procedure would be to notify the landowner first to gain permission to access the land to identify weeds; if unsuccessful, Court may grant Asher access by issuing a warrant. Asher stated if an individual failed to take to action in timely manner, trying to time gaining access for inspection or treatment with Court sessions could be challenging. The Court may hold a special session with 24-hour notice if needed. Photo documentation should be presented to the Court, if possible. Rod noted during surveying he will try to stay on the County right of way instead contacting landowners, unless he knows he already has the permission from the landowner to enter the property.

Motion by Commissioner Dabulskis, second by Commissioner McCoy, to enter into Executive Session in Accordance with ORS 192.660 (2) (f) Exempt Public Records. Entered Executive Session at 11:53 a.m. to review information from an Executive Committee Meeting held in October, supplied by the Committee’s Legal Counsel; exited Executive Session at 12:00 p.m.

Actions taken by the Court included:

  • accepted the Intergovernmental Agreement between Wasco County and Sherman County for Geographic Information System (GIS) services effective July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2021, and authorize County Court to sign.
  • approved the minutes of June 6, 2018, as presented.
  • approved the minutes of June 20, 2018, as presented.
  • approved the Claims for the month of June 2018 as presented.
  • approved the Revenue/Expenditure Summary for the month of June 2018, as presented.
  • approved the Treasurer’s Report for the month of June 2018, as presented.

Topics of discussion were building codes, wildlife services, fair board, thank you note, written Quarterly Reports, and Commissioner Reports.

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

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