Sherman County eNews #245


  1. Sherman County Cultural Coalition 2018 Fall Grant Cycle

  2. National Emergency Alert Test Postponed to October 3

  3. Editorial. Who, What, Where, Why, When & How?

  4. Free Training for Youth Robotics Coaches on Sept 22

  5. Letter to the Editor: Letter of Support

  6. Shared State and County Services Serve the Same Oregonians

  7. Organization Performance & Learning Styles

1. Sherman County Cultural Coalition 2018 Fall Grant Cycle

The Sherman County Cultural Coalition is now accepting applications for the 2018 Fall Grant Cycle. Applicants may be individuals and/or groups and need not be legally recognized non-profits.

Application Deadline: September 28, 2018

Awards up to $1,500 will be granted in support of local Sherman County activities and events which promote Culture, Humanities, Heritage and the Arts in Sherman County.

Additional information including Grant Guidelines and the application form, may be found at:

Completed grant applications may be mailed to:

Sherman County Cultural Coalition
P.O. Box 23
Moro, OR 97039

Or emailed to:

Contact Melva Thomas at 541-442-5488 or

2. National Emergency Alert Test Postponed to October 3

Salem, OR. – Sept. 17, 2018 – The nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) has been postponed until October 3 due to ongoing response efforts to Hurricane Florence. The test will be conducted by FEMA, in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

In Oregon, the WEA portion of the test commences at 11:18 a.m. Pacific Time, and the EAS portion follows at 11:20 a.m. Pacific Time. The test will assess the operational readiness of the infrastructure for distribution of a national message and determine whether improvements are needed.

The test was originally scheduled to take place this Thursday, September 20, although FEMA held October 3 as a back-up date. According to FEMA, a backup date was planned in case of widespread severe weather or other significant events on the primary test date. For further information on the test, go to

3. Editorial. Who, What, Where, Why, When & How?

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4. Free Training for Youth Robotics Coaches on Sept 22

A free one-day training is planned for September 22 to help parents and volunteers serve as FIRST LEGO League (FLL) coaches. Parents who have students interested in robotics are encouraged to consider coaching a team. FLL is for students ages nine to fourteen and is a great way to introduce students to robotics. Teams of three to ten students begin meeting as school starts to prepare for one of the Gorge Qualifying Tournaments, held December 8, 9 and 15. Parent coaches do not need to understand robots or programming; their main duty is helping the students focus and navigating the competition challenges.

On September 22, the Gorge Tech Alliance (GTA) brings Oregon Robotics Tournament and Outreach Program (ORTOP) to Hood River for a workshop that covers an introduction to FIRST LEGO League, coaching and mentoring techniques, basic programming and mechanical design techniques to help with robot building. The training is from 8:30am to 4:30pm on Saturday, September 22 at the Hood River County Extension, 2990 Experiment Station Dr., Hood River. The required registration links for this free training can be found at

Additionally, the Gorge Tech Alliance has free robots and laptops for loan to support teams and can also point teams towards scholarships. The GTA’s loaner equipment and support of robotics events is made possible by our regional tech businesses including Google, Insitu and others. The GTA is a non-profit industry association that seeks to support, connect and develop the technology community of the Gorge. Learn more at

5. Letter to the Editor: Letter of Support

Let me begin by saying first of all I personally like our present Court officials. I believe they are doing a good job. Although now with Judge Thompson retiring and his position open, we have candidates Mike Smith and Joe Dabulskis seeking to fill his position. The dilemma I see it is if Joe is elected we have to fill his vacancy with an appointment. That would mean we would have one member with little experience and one with no experience on a three member Court, leading our County.

I recommend that we elect Mike Smith as County Judge. He has the ability, ambition, integrity and the most experience to lead our county in the right direction. Mike Smith has 8 years of Court experience and is presently involved in numerous committees and projects to help Sherman County.

Let us retain Joe as County Commissioner along with Tom McCoy and allow him to keep learning the duties and responsibilities of county government. This will give us a Court we deserve.

We as citizens of Sherman County should look at the important office the County Judge holds and what that office consists off. We should look at the office as if we were hiring a CEO to run the County and hire the most qualified person to lead the County and make the right decisions.

The County Judge is the highest paid official in the County. I am sure when you see Mike Smith’s qualifications you find that he would win hands down.

Also, let us decide who to vote for on facts and truth and not mean spirited gossip. Sherman County is better than that.


Gerald Lohrey

Retired Sherman County Sheriff

6. Shared State and County Services Serve the Same Oregonians

~Association of Oregon Counties

The State:

—general administrator

—state property manager

—state courts, patrol, prison

—child protection

—mental health hospital



—state parks.

Services Shared by County and State:


—assessment and taxation



—county jails [Northern Oregon Regional Corrections Facility]

—community corrections

—court security

—district attorney

—9-1-1 [Frontier Regional 911 Agency]

—juvenile services

—aging services

—alcohol/drug programs

—children and families

—developmental disabilities

—mental health services [Tri-County Mental Health / Center for Living]

—veterans’ services [Tri-County Veterans Services]

—public health [North Central Public Health District]

—environmental health


—economic/community development [Mid-Columbia Economic Development]


—roads [Oregon Department of Transportation; Sherman Count Road Dept.]

—housing [Mid-Columbia Housing Authority]

—Oregon Plan

—public forests

—federal land policy

—telecommunications [Frontier TeleNet, Sherman, Gilliam & Wheeler]

—county fair [Sherman County Fair]


Counties [elected officials, employees]:


—property management


—county law library

—sheriff patrol

—medical examiner

—animal control

—solid waste


—capital projects

—county forests, parks


7. Organization Performance & Learning Styles

When you are learning something new, what helps you learn more easily and what interferes with the process? Today, let’s talk about learning styles.

There are different styles of almost everything you can do or buy, from playing a guitar to picking out a new car. But, did you know that there are also different styles of learning? We have learned that some folks are visual learners; they literally need to see relationships with their eyes before they can understand. Other people learn best when they can hear new ideas.

Some people like to think a problem through before they try to solve it, while others feel more comfortable with a trial and error approach. Some people like to see an overview of how what they’re doing fits into the big picture before it makes sense. Others feel just fine working on one isolated area of a larger project, as long as they understand how their particular part works. It all comes back to how each individual brain has been “wired,” resulting in specific neural pathways for specific “tasks.”

What we need to understand is that there is no one best way to learn or to teach. The best teachers and coaches adjust their styles to suit individual learners, and the best learners learn to make their needs known, or they set up circumstances that facilitate their own unique style. Remember, your employees may not have the same learning style that you do, just as in a family, two children (even twins) may learn equally well but by very different methods.

In the same way, people managers in organizations need to first, understand the different styles of human learning (because learning does not stop in childhood), and then second, observe your people in order to understand their favored learning styles. For the best results, honor these differences. That diversity of learning styles and ways of looking at things brings a depth, richness and energy to organizational performance. ~The Pacific Institute



Sherman County eNews #244


  1. Public Notice: Sherman County Public/School Library Board Meeting, Sept. 18

  2. Public Notice: Biggs Service District Board Meeting, Sept. 19

  3. Editorial. Our Newspaper of Record

  4. Relevance: School to Work

  5. Cemetery Monument Cleaning Workshop, Sept. 22

  6. ODOT Region 4 Weekly Construction Update

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

Constitution Day! 

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1. Public Notice: Sherman County Public/School Library Board Meeting, Sept. 18

The Sherman County Public/School Library will be holding a Board Meeting on Tuesday, September 18 at 6:00 pm in the Library program room.

2. Public Notice: Biggs Service District Board Meeting, Sept. 19

Biggs Service District will hold a meeting at 8:30 on Wednesday, September 19.

3. Editorial. Our Newspaper of Record

A newspaper of record is a newspaper selected by public bodies for their publication of required public legal notices. Public bodies include the state, regional councils, counties, cities, districts or municipal or public corporation, or any board, department, commission, council, bureau, committee or subcommittee or advisory group.

See Oregon Revised Statutes 192.610, 192.620, 192.630 and 192.640: 

The Times-Journal, serving Gilliam, Sherman and Wheeler counties, is Sherman County government’s newspaper of record, a publication with high standards of journalism that provides information which is vital, important, and interesting.

Clearly, this requires the participation of our government bodies, including submitting legal notices and related information that will inform the citizens and preserve our county’s history for posterity. 

Sherman County eNews is not a newspaper of record.

Send legal notices and news releases to

Subscribe to The Times-Journal, P.O. Box 746, Condon, OR 97823 | Ph. 541-384-2421 | FAX Fax 541-384-2411 $35/year.

4. Relevance: School to Work

Contrary to what you may think, having high-powered technical skills or an advanced and specialized education are not all it takes to land a good job in today’s job market. Recent articles show what employers look for in a new-hire.

At the top of the list are people who can communicate effectively, think critically and logically, and who continue to learn throughout their lives. Also high on the list are people who can demonstrate positive attitudes and behaviors, responsibility and adaptability. And, finally, employers want people who can work well with others and be productive members of a team.

If you currently are a student, every time you solve a math problem, write an essay, learn to use new software, or work on a group project, you are developing skills and attitudes that will help you land a good job someday. That’s one reason why high school dropouts have such a bleak employment picture. They don’t believe what they are learning in school has any relevance to their future needs. This is one belief that holds them back.

Teachers who are dedicated to their students’ learning make the extra effort to draw parallels from the subject they are teaching to the ultimate uses in everyday life – especially in today’s job market. Yes, sometimes it’s difficult to figure out why you are reading Shakespeare, until you realize that in his plays, he is opening a window of understanding into human behaviors and the motivations behind human actions. In your future workplaces, you will see these characters played out before your very eyes.

With this new school year, if you’re thinking of dropping out, please think again. Give yourself the opportunity to explore the possibilities of your future. The persistence and resiliency that you develop by staying in school, and seeing it through, will serve you well every day of your life. The schoolwork that seems dumb to you now is really developing skills for later, and by sticking with it, you are preparing yourself to successfully ride the winds of change that blow every day. ~The Pacific Institute

5. Cemetery Monument Cleaning Workshop, Sept. 22

Are you curious about the proper method to clean the lichen and environmental pollution that has built up over time on your favorite great aunt’s marker?  Here’s the workshop for you!

Clackamas Pioneer Cemetery is having Jeff Hilts, of Jeff Hilts Marker Service, lead a Monument Cleaning Workshop this Saturday September 22nd from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.   Please join us as we learn the proper way to clean a monument.  We will be using D/2 Biological Cleaner which is used by both Arlington National Cemetery and the White House.  Bring a stool, knee pads and drinking water or other beverage of your choice.

Clackamas Pioneer Cemetery is located on SE Amber Road in Clackamas, Oregon.  The workshop is made possible thanks to a grant from the Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries.  Contact Becky Sands at with any questions.

6. ODOT Region 4 Weekly Construction Update, Selected Counties

ODOT Region 4 Weekly Construction Update

Week of September 17, 2018 ~ selected counties…

The Oregon Department of Transportation is committed to providing a safe, efficient transportation system. ODOT invests in Oregon’s future through roadway improvement projects. The following projects are located in ODOT’s Region 4 encompassing Central Oregon from The Dalles to Klamath Falls on the east side of the Cascades.

All work is dependent on weather conditions and schedules are subject to change.

Where traffic is routed through or around a work zone, pedestrians, including those with disabilities, will also be provided alternate routes through the work zone.

Deschutes County

US 97: Sunriver Interchange to OR 31 (La Pine) – Roy Houck Construction will be installing light poles and landscaping on US 97 in La Pine. There will be shoulder closures and slow traffic. The Contractor will also be grinding and paving at night on US97 between Sunriver and La Pine, and possibly in La Pine, with one-way traffic with flaggers and pilot cars between 6 pm and 7 am, with traffic delays of up to 20 minutes.

US 20: Jack Lake Road to Pine Street (Sisters) – Oregon Mainline Paving will continue installing minor safety features and performing corrective work. There may be shoulder work during the day. No traffic impacts are are anticipated.

Jefferson County

US 97: US 26 Jct. to NW 10th Street (Madras – Terrebonne) – Knife River is complete except for corrective work. There may be passing lanes closed at the Crooked River Bridge, as well as shoulder work during the day.

US 97: Spanish Hollow Creek & Trout Creek Bridges – Stellar J Corporation is performing bridge replacement work. Traffic is reduced to a single lane through the work zone and is controlled by temporary signals, minor delays anticipated. Occasional flagger controlled one-way traffic may be required.

Sherman County

US 97: Spanish Hollow Creek & Trout Creek Bridges

  • US 97 at MP 0.4 – Stellar J Corporation is completing bridge removal, pile driving, and the first stage of bridge construction. One way traffic will be controlled continuously by a temporary signal. Occasional flagger controlled one-way traffic may be required.
  • US 97 at MP 3.1 and 3.2 – Stellar J Corporation is completing seismic retrofit substructure work. Occasional flagger controlled one-way traffic may be required.Expect minimal Delays.

US 97: Shaniko to Trout Creek – High Desert Aggregate and Paving will not be on site this week. Expect no delays.


Region 4 Curve Warning Signs – Baker Rock Resources will be installing signs on the Shaniko to Fossil Highways (OR 218). Traffic can expect one-way traffic with flaggers and delays of up to 20 minutes.


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

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