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