Sherman County eNews #251


  1. Sherman County Athletics Update: Middle School Volleyball, Sept. 24

  2. Photography Club Meeting, Sept. 24

  3. Oct. 16 speakers detail extreme weather effect on agriculture

  4. Space Weather News for Sept. 22: Robot Lands on Asteroid

  5. Competition

  6. Editorial. Sherman County Court Responsibilities

  7. Federal Changes to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Go into Effect, Oct. 1

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

1. Sherman County Athletics Update: Middle School Volleyball, Sept. 24

Monday, Sept. 24, 2018 – MS Volleyball at Maupin vs South Wasco County is scheduled for 4:00 (originally 5:00), bus departs at 2:15, class dismissal at 2:05.

— Audrey Rooney, Registrar

Sherman High School, 65912 High School Loop, Moro, OR 97039

PH: 541-565-3500 ~ Fax: 541-565-3319

2. Photography Club Meeting, Sept. 24

Professional photographer Bob Davis will be joining the Sherman County Photography Club on Monday, September 24th. He will give a presentation on “Tips for the amateur photographer.” All club meetings are open to any interested persons. The meeting starts at 6:00 or come early and share refreshments at 5:30 at the Steve Burnet/OSU Extension Office in Moro.

3. Oct. 16 speakers detail extreme weather effect on agriculture

Cutting-edge research into extreme weather’s effect on agriculture, as well as mitigation strategies and solutions, will highlight a special event Tuesday, Oct. 16, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. in the Columbia Gorge Community College Library, The Dalles Campus.

Dr. William Calvin, author of “Global Fever” and The Atlantic’s 1998 cover story on climate instability, “The Great Climate Flip-Flop,” and Raz Mason, co-founder of the CO2 Foundation, describe how growing incidences of “deluge and drought” linked to Arctic warming and the jet stream are affecting regional agriculture. This free event is open to all; people working in agriculture are especially welcome.

The event begins with a “meet and greet” from 6 to 6:45 p.m., introductions at 6:45 p.m., followed by workshop, slideshow and Q&A from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The library is located on the second floor of Building 1, The Dalles Campus, 400 East Scenic Drive in The Dalles.

The CO2 Foundation, based in Seattle and The Dalles, is a nonpartisan group focused on bridging the urban-rural divide by promoting action-oriented solutions to extreme weather and climate change. For details, visit or email Telephone is (541) 249-5514.

4. Space Weather News for Sept. 22: Robot Lands on Asteroid

ROBOTS LAND ON NEAR-EARTH ASTEROID:  Today, the Japanese space agency made history by landing a pair of robots on diamond-shaped asteroid Ryugu. The tiny explorers are now hopping across the space rock’s rugged surface and sending unprecedented pictures back to Earth. Ryugu is a near-Earth asteroid that can approach our planet closer than Moon, so exploring it is important. Learn more on today’s edition of
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5. Competition

Have you ever watched highly competitive sports with your kids? Let’s talk about the kinds of messages our kids get from these games.

The best coaches, whether high school, college or professional, try to make it clear to the players that the point of competition is to bring out the best in us. It’s great to win, but for every winner there’s a loser, and sports isn’t about always being the winner. It’s about playing the game to the best of your ability.

However, sometimes the message that comes across from the media, when you watch highly competitive sports, is, “It’s not how you play the game, it’s whether or not you get a gold medal that counts.” Silver and Bronze medals will be considered, by some, as “first loser” and “second loser.” Totally lost is the dedication to playing at a personal best, the massive commitment to the individual sport (by the athlete as well as family and friends), regardless of the placement.

Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll has “Always Compete” as a part of his personal and coaching philosophy. (It’s even part of his autograph.) However, competition is always about doing one’s personal best. The players compete for spots, and of course, compete against other teams at game time. What Pete looks for is how well each player works to be better every time they hit the field, whether it’s during practice or at game time.

It is a concern when kids seem to have their whole identities tied up with whether or not they win. You want to applaud the rock-solid self-esteem of people like Kent Ferguson, who barely made it into the diving finals in the Olympics in Barcelona years ago. He said, “I’m just as good a guy if I didn’t make the finals as if I were in them.”

That’s the lesson our kids need to learn from competitive sports. It’s not if you win. It’s not even how you play. It is how you value yourself, what you do to help and inspire your teammates, and what you have learned when the game is over that really counts. ~The Pacific Institute

6. Editorial. Sherman County Court Responsibilities


November elections will determine a new line-up for the Sherman County Court. Two candidates, Joe Dabulskis and Mike Smith, are campaigning for the position of County Judge.

Let’s review the historic and current responsibilities of that position and think about the qualifications we require.

Let’s thoughtfully consider the integrity, ethics, values, qualities, skills, accomplishments and experience of the two candidates.

Let’s listen critically and carefully to what they say (or don’t say).

Let’s ask the candidates about their recent accomplishments and their vision for Sherman County.

See September 10th Sherman County eNews #237 for a suggested list of questions to ask the candidates.

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Called a “County Court” to reflect historical responsibilities of the office, the Sherman County Board of Commissioners sets policy, manages the business of the County, including apportioning and levying taxes, and oversees the organization and budgeting of all County programs. See

The Chair of the Sherman County Board of Commissioners is the County Judge who also handles juvenile and probate court matters for which special training is required. Oregon State University Extension and Association of Oregon Counties offer valuable education, training and networking in the County College program.

County Court meets at 9 a.m. on the first and third Wednesdays of each month to conduct the business of the County. The meetings at the Sherman County Courthouse are open to the public.

The work of the County Court is substantially supported by the county clerk, tax collector, finance officer, treasurer, assessor, advisory committees, and the county court administrative assistant.


The three commissioners serve on local boards and committees ex officio as a non-voting liaison or as a voting member in an informal division of responsibilities, and may attend school district and city council meetings as a matter of support and interest.

  • Sherman County Ambulance Service Area Plan Advisory Committee
  • Sherman County Board of Property Tax Appeals Board
  • Sherman County Budget Committee [with three appointed citizens]
  • Sherman County Court Security/Courthouse
  • Sherman County Fair Board [liaison, ex officio]
  • Sherman County Local Community Advisory Council/E. Oregon Coordinated Care
  • Sherman County Local Public Safety Coordinating Council
  • Sherman County Prevention Coalition
  • Sherman County Public Contract Board of Review
  • Sherman County Public/School Library Board
  • Sherman County Rural Road Advisory Committee
  • Sherman County Senior & Community Center Advisory Committee
  • Sherman County Soil & Water Conservation District
  • Sherman County Special Transportation Committee ex officio
  • Sherman County Weed Control District.


The three members of the County Court represent the county on state and regional boards of organizations providing services to Sherman County. In an informal division of responsibilities, they attend these annual, quarterly or monthly meetings as a routine part of the work that they are paid to perform.

Commissioners are occasionally chosen to chair regional boards in an informal rotation among counties according to their interest and work load. Their reports on these meetings are made during regular meetings of the County Court, and are sometimes summarized in the minutes. The Administrative Assistant maintains the County Court’s calendar.

  • Association of Oregon Counties
  • Biggs Service District [Sherman County Court serves as the board of directors]
  • Central & Eastern Oregon Juvenile Justice Council
  • Community Renewable Energy Association [Wasco, Sherman, Gilliam, Morrow & others]
  • Frontier TeleNet [Gilliam, Sherman, Wheeler]
  • Frontier Regional 911 Agency [Gilliam, Jefferson, Sherman & Wheeler counties]
  • Lower John Day Area Commission on Transportation [Wasco, Sherman, Gilliam, Wheeler]
  • Mid-Columbia Community Action Council [Hood River, Wasco, Sherman]
  • Mid-Columbia Economic Development District [Hood River, Wasco, Skamania, Klickitat, Sherman]
  • Mid-Columbia Housing Authority [Hood River, Wasco, Skamania, Klickitat, Sherman]
  • North Central Public Health District [Wasco, Sherman & Gilliam]
  • Northern Oregon Regional Corrections [Hood River, Wasco, Sherman & Gilliam]
  • Tri-County Community Corrections [Sherman, Gilliam & Wheeler]
  • Tri-County Mental Health/Center for Living [Hood River, Wasco & Sherman]
  • Workforce Investment/The Oregon Consortium.

Interested constituents may follow the work of the County Court on the county website where the meeting minutes are archived and, to a lesser extent, in The Citizen-Reporter, which provides information about local services. See

7. Federal Changes to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Go into Effect, Oct. 1

SALEM, Ore. – The United States Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service approved an adjustment to the Cost of Living Allowance (COLA) and the Standard Utility Allowance (SUA) in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as Food Stamps. The COLA sets the income guidelines and benefit allotment amounts, and the SUA determines the amount of heating and cooling costs an eligible person may claim. These adjustments will be effective on October 1, 2018.

Oregon SNAP participants do not need to take any action. The state will automatically recalculate cases and adjust when required. Families may experience the following: no change, a $9 increase or a $4 decrease. Changes are based on a family’s individual case and will be reflected in the October 2018 disbursement.

Currently, slightly less than one in seven Oregonians* – or 626,038 Oregonians – receive food benefits through SNAP. The amount of benefits a SNAP participant receives is based on many factors, including income and deductions for necessities like shelter and utilities.

The change in the 2018 standards will not increase the number of people receiving SNAP, and it does not change program eligibility requirements. To be eligible for SNAP, most families must have income less than 185 percent of the federal poverty level and meet other eligibility factors. For a family of four, this means having gross income less than $3,870 per month. Some individuals or families, which include a disabled person or a person at least 60 years of age, can be eligible for SNAP benefits with income higher than this amount.

SNAP participants with questions about the changes can contact their local Oregon Department of Human Services office for assistance:

*Based on latest US Census 2017 estimates & SNAP Participation numbers from July 2018

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

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