Sherman County eNews #253

CONTENTS

  1. Sherman County Middle School Football Update, Oct. 2

  2. Sherman County High School Football Update, Sept.28

  3. Update! Sherman County School Hall of Honor Celebration, Sept. 28

  4. Volunteer to Help with Youth 4-H Theatre Arts!

  5. Notice. Biggs Service District Board Meeting, Oct. 3

  6. Notice. Sherman County Court Session, Oct. 3

  7. Efficiency vs. Effectiveness

  8. Skinner Ranch Family Backs Congressman Walden

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


1. Sherman County Middle School Football Update, Oct. 2

sport-football-referee2Sherman Middle School Football

Tuesday, October 2, 2018 – MS FB vs Lyle at Lyle with a start time of 5:00.  The bus will depart SCS at 3:00, class dismissal at 2:50.

~Audrey Rooney, Registrar  

Sherman High School

65912 High School Loop

Moro, OR 97039

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


2. Sherman County High School Football Update, Sept.28

Logo.Sherman High SchoolThis Friday night, September 28, 2018, the Sherman High School football team will not be playing its game against Enterprise High School. This is due to a shortage of players from a combination of injuries and failing to meet the academic expectations of a Sherman student athlete. With student safety in mind, the Sherman County School District and Sherman High School will evaluate the injury report at the end of the week and give its student athletes the academic support and opportunities they need to be back on the field at Ione on October 5. ~Mike Somnis, K-12 Principal & Head Football Coach


3. Update! Sherman County School Hall of Honor Celebration, Sept. 28

Logo.Sherman High SchoolThere will be a slight change to the schedule of the Hall of Honor Celebration on September 28, 2018.  The Sherman County School District will still be celebrating the induction of four individuals and one foundation into the Sherman County School District Hall of Honor at a reception in the Event Center that will begin at 5:30 p.m. 

There will not be a football game that evening, but the Booster Club will still be serving a Tri-Tip dinner between 5:30-6:15 p.m. and designated speakers will be sharing memories of each honoree beginning at 6:00 p.m. After the speeches have concluded, the induction ceremony will commence immediately following at the same location. The public is welcome to join the celebration at 5:30 p.m. in the Event Center.

Please join us for the $10.00 fundraising dinner to support the Booster Club as we honor all Hall of Honor Inductees. Dinner tickets can be purchased at the door or you may attend the event for free if not purchasing dinner. 

The 2018 inductees include the generous and dedicated Sherman County Athletic Foundation, Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame Member Mike Beers, Businesswoman, Farmer and Artist Karla (von Borstel) Chambers, United States Navy Executive Officer Don (Gordon) Helyer (posthumously), and long-time Sherman County Superintendent Wily Knighten (posthumously). 

The purpose of the Hall of Honor is to formally recognize outstanding contributions to the heritage and tradition of the Sherman County School District.  It is the intent of this Hall of Honor to recognize and preserve the memory of students, teachers, athletes, teams, coaches, boosters, and others whose achievements and support have brought recognition and honor to the Sherman County School District. 

For information regarding the Hall of Honor or to nominate a candidate for future induction, please visit http://www.shermancountyschooldistrict.weebly.com and click on the Hall of Honor tab.  For questions, call Wes Owens at 541-565-3500.


4. Volunteer to Help with Youth 4-H Theatre Arts!

4-H clover1Want to help lead a new 4-H “Theatre Arts” club? No acting or performing experience needed! We’ve got lots of kids with interest in drama, there’s easy-to-use 4-H curriculum, and we just received a $2000 grant to put on a kids’ drama musical with hired instructors. 4-H clubs need to meet at least 6 times a year, usually once a month, plus you’d need to attend the monthly Sherman 4-H Assn meetings. Let the Sherman Extension Office know if you’re interested, love to have you! 541-565-3230 or email cindy.brown@oregonstate.edu


5. Notice. Biggs Service District Board Meeting, Oct. 3

The Biggs Service District will hold a public meeting on October 3rd at 8:30 am in the Commissioners Meeting room at the Sherman County Courthouse, 500 Court Street in Moro, Oregon 97039 to discuss items relating to the Biggs Water System Project and to the District.


6. Notice. Sherman County Court Session, Oct. 3

ShermanCoLogoThe Sherman County Court session scheduled for Wednesday, October 3, 2018, at 9:00 a.m. will be held in the Commissioners Meeting Room at the Sherman County Courthouse, 500 Court Street, Moro, Oregon, 97039. Agenda topics include Frontier TeleNet, Day Wireless – Wireless System Upgrades Outside of Fiber Areas; and Quarterly Reports by the Sherman County Clerk, Mid-Columbia Economic Development District, Sherman County Juvenile Department, Prevention Coalition and Sherman County Emergency Services Department. The agenda, including updates, will be posted on the Sherman County Website at www.co.sherman.or.us.


7. Efficiency vs. Effectiveness

Did you know that there is an important difference between efficiency and effectiveness? Let’s talk about that difference and, more importantly, why it matters.

Most businesses focus a lot of energy on running an efficient operation – efficient in the sense that things get done with a minimum of effort and motion. It’s low input and high output. In other words, efficiency is doing things right. But doing what things? Ah-ha! This is a very important question.

You see, effectiveness would be doing the right things right. And effectiveness is what you want to aim for, because you can be extremely efficient at doing the wrong things. You can practice the wrong technique or the wrong moves until you’ve got it down perfectly. And then you’re going to wonder and worry about why you’re not doing any better, why the business is failing, why your customers don’t come back when everything is running like a well-oiled machine.

So when you visualize yourself or your business, don’t just see yourself doing things right. See yourself doing the right things right. And remember that sometimes the right thing done imperfectly can beat the heck out of a flawless performance of the wrong thing. Edward Deming, the originator of the total quality management movement, once said that if you run a company on numbers alone, you are sure to fail, because the most important numbers are unknown and unknowable.

It is possible that one of the things he meant was don’t worry so much about doing things right, and concentrate instead on doing the right things. Not such a bad thing to teach our children, as well. ~The Pacific Institute


8. Skinner Ranch Family Backs Congressman Walden

Calls on Dem Candidate to Stop Using Ranch Sign

(Jordan Valley)—Congressman Greg Walden’s opponent was dealt a setback today when the seventh generation, Eastern Oregon ranch family she married into about two years ago and met for the first time this year made clear they support Walden in the race for Congress. 

“It’s time to clear up this nonsense about Jamie McLeod-Skinner being part of our ranch family.  She’s a California liberal who came out to the ranch a few months back and got a selfie under our sign. Her wife may share our last name, but they’re a distant branch of the family. We’re asking her to stop using our ranch sign in her campaign and stop misleading voters.  It’s not how we do things out here,” said Bob Skinner, former president of the Oregon Cattleman’s Association and current officer of the National Public Lands Council.

“We trust and support Greg Walden.  We asked him to give one of the eulogies at my Dad’s memorial a few years back.  He understands and supports ranchers and our Eastern Oregon way of life.  He’s a life-long Oregonian, small business owner and a guy who is always there fighting for us.  He has our full support,” said Skinner.

To prove the point, three generations of the Skinner family joined Walden for a photo under the Skinner Ranch sign. “Facts matter. And the facts in this case are clear:  the Skinner ranch family of Jordan Valley supports Greg Walden.  His opponent needs to stop misleading voters,” said Skinner.

Walden’s ancestors on his father side came to Oregon in the fall of 1845.  His father grew up in Milton-Freewater and his mother in La Grande.  Walden was born in The Dalles and has spent nearly his entire life living in the Gorge.  He and his wife Mylene owned and operated radio stations there for more than two decades. They raised their son in Hood River, where they’ve lived in the same home since 1987. Walden is a graduate of Hood River Valley High School where he served as student body president.  Their son also is a graduate of Hood River Valley High School.

“I deeply appreciate the more than 20 years of friendship with the Skinners, and greatly value their strong support of my campaign,” said Walden.


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

bird.owl.limbKids to Ask Questions at Oregon’s Gubernatorial Debate October 3

Editorial: Campaign finance should be transparent

Walden meets with county officials

Library Book Challenges Stack Up

Why States are Leaving Common Core Education in Droves


 

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Sherman County eNews #252

CONTENTS

  1. Update! Sherman County School Hall of Honor Celebration, Sept. 28

  2. Letter to the Editor: South Sherman Fire & Rescue District Concerns

  3. Tygh Valley Bluegrass Jamboree, September 28-30

  4. ODOT Region 4 Weekly Construction Update

  5. Free Family History Workshop, Oct. 20

  6. More Today than Yesterday


1.Update! Sherman County School Hall of Honor Celebration, Sept. 28

Logo.Sherman High SchoolThere will be a slight change to the schedule of the Hall of Honor Celebration on September 28, 2018.  The Sherman County School District will still be celebrating the induction of four individuals and one foundation into the Sherman County School District Hall of Honor at a reception in the Event Center that will begin at 5:30 p.m. 

There will not be a football game that evening, but the Booster Club will still be serving a Tri-Tip dinner between 5:30-6:15 p.m. and designated speakers will be sharing memories of each honoree beginning at 6:00 p.m. After the speeches have concluded, the induction ceremony will commence immediately following at the same location. The public is welcome to join the celebration at 5:30 p.m. in the Event Center.

Please join us for the $10.00 fundraising dinner to support the Booster Club as we honor all Hall of Honor Inductees. Dinner tickets can be purchased at the door or you may attend the event for free if not purchasing dinner. 

The 2018 inductees include the generous and dedicated Sherman County Athletic Foundation, Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame Member Mike Beers, Businesswoman, Farmer and Artist Karla (von Borstel) Chambers, United States Navy Executive Officer Don (Gordon) Helyer (posthumously), and long-time Sherman County Superintendent Wily Knighten, Sr.  (posthumously). 

The purpose of the Hall of Honor is to formally recognize outstanding contributions to the heritage and tradition of the Sherman County School District.  It is the intent of this Hall of Honor to recognize and preserve the memory of students, teachers, athletes, teams, coaches, boosters, and others whose achievements and support have brought recognition and honor to the Sherman County School District. 

For information regarding the Hall of Honor or to nominate a candidate for future induction, please visit http://www.shermancountyschooldistrict.weebly.com and click on the Hall of Honor tab.  For questions, call Wes Owens at 541-565-3500.


2. Letter to the Editor: South Sherman Fire & Rescue District Concerns

Dear Editor,

This is a list of concerns that I have presented to the South Sherman Fire and Rescue Board. These concerns have also been submitted to various agencies and there are already a great number of individuals who have stepped forward regarding these same issues and would like to be heard and do something about these concerns. If anyone also has similar experiences and concerns, please give me a call – Deena Johnson at 541-576-4634 – so I can put you in touch with the appropriate individuals who can hear you.

CONCERNS:

  • Unfair treatment of the volunteers, with favoritism
  • Withholding of training records, training certifications, and all contracts
  • Wrongful termination
  • Safety of the children in the cadet program
  • Inappropriate sexual situations concerning members as well as cadets
  • Threats of suicide
  • Cussing at the volunteers on the radio, through social media, and in person
  • Physical threat of harm to volunteers and minors
  • Persecution for religious beliefs
  • False reporting to agencies such as DPSST and Oregon Health Authority
  • Having meetings where voodoo dolls are being burned that represent past volunteers or members of other agencies
  • Drunken parties with all the local members of the department that leave the district with absolutely no protection
  • Refusing EMTs the needed medical equipment for patients on crashes
  • Refusing to show up for medical calls in their district, when putting out lots of money to train EMTs
  • Firing people before they can finish training, and then sending them a bill, when the training was paid for with FEMA grant money
  • Some speculation of misuse of department funds
  • Unlawful sales of military surplus equipment that should not be sold to the public
  • Absolutely no way to contact board members directly
  • An elected official on the board and being the paid fire chief
  • Relationships within the department between paid employees
  • Job openings are not advertised for the public to apply
  • Videos of inappropriate conduct.

Deena Johnson

Moro


3. Tygh Valley Bluegrass Jamboree, September 28-30

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We are looking forward to another wonderful Jamboree and thank you to those wanting to participate in and attend the event.  As you know the Shaniko Preservation Guild sees preserving music as an important cultural goal. We also sponsor The Shaniko Ragtime and Vintage Music Festival in October each year for the same reason.

The educational parts of the Jamboree and the stage performances all serve to teach, inform and allow even new people to experience Bluegrass music which often leads to a desire and motivation to learn to play.  The workshops and slow jam offered by willing musicians are an excellent way for anyone that plays or who is thinking about it, to learn more and enjoy meeting others. 

The challenges and the competitive spirit of the Saturday Band Scramble is fun and the unique creative assembly, becomes a fond festival memory for those playing and those in the audience.                         

FRIDAY, September 28th

5 pm Open Mic (Three songs, sign up at the gate table)

6:30—Corral Creek

7:00 – Youngberg Hill

At 8:10 jamboree host band, Kathy Boyd and Phoenix Rising & Friends

SATURDAY, September 29th

Workshops 9 am

Band Scramble 10 am to 12:30

Lunch Break – 12:30 to 2 pm

Lunch Jam – Noon to 2 pm in Dew Drop Inn

Slow Jam 2 pm up by the entrance area & Open Mic on stage

Afternoon Bluegrass Show

3:00 to 3:50 – Rose City Bluegrass                 

4:00 to 4:50 – Green Mountain Boys & Friends

Dinner Break – 5 to 6:30

Fundraiser BBQ – $10.00 per plate or two for $18 – Children under 12 $5

Evening Roundup

6:30 to 7:20 –  Porcupine Ridge

7:30 to 8:20 – Sunny South

8:30 to 9:25 – Fadin’ By Nine

9:30 – Drawings, Grand Prize & Lifetime pass 

SUNDAY, September 30th

BLUEGRASS &/GOSPEL FINALE

Open Mic set

9 am – Phil & Front Porch Bluegrass Band,

9:30-10 am (3 bands, 3 songs each),

10:00 am – Corral Creek

10:30 am— Jericho Road

11 am – Mud Springs Gospel Band

Noon – Dick, Dave & Dallas (Three-Ds)

1 pm – Kathy Boyd & Phoenix Rising & Scavenger Hunt presentation

Work shops 

Assemble at the stage area at 9 am Saturday morning. No instruments required; if you are thinking about playing, sit in on a beginning class

Beginning Banjo 5-string by Chuck Holloway 

Beginning to early intermediate Guitar by Dave Peterson of Puddletown Ramblers 

Clawhammer Banjo by Martha Stone 

Dobro by Danny Lee Allison

Intermediate to Advanced Banjo by Mike Stahlman of Sunny South

Advanced Guitar by TBA

Beginning Upright Acoustic Bass  by Ken Luse 

Beginning Fiddle by Tim Crosby of Kathy Boyd & Phoenix Rising 

Intermediate to Advanced Fiddle – Katie Lubiens of Porcupine Ridge

Dobro by Danny Lee Allison

Harmonica by Dennis Nelson of Kathy Boyd & Phoenix Rising 

Mandolin by TBA

Uke by Tom Tower of Kathy Boyd & Phoenix Rising  

Camping hook up (electric, water, sewer) reservations are being handled by volunteer, Joanne Heare or leave preferences at the gate in a note to her.  Dry land camping is abundant, no reservations required. 

Thanks for helping us cover the expenses each year and for the preserving efforts you help the Shaniko Preservation Guild with.  Weekend Music Passes for 2018 will be the same (prepaid) $25 per person, otherwise $30 at the gate. The Shaniko Preservation Guild, PO Box 123, Shaniko, OR 97057   Event Line 541-489-3434


4. ODOT Region 4 Weekly Construction Update

Week of September 24, 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.

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 be performing single closures to pave the travel lanes on US 97 Sunday through Thursday from 7pm – 7am between MP 69.50 to MP 75. The Contractor will be controlling traffic with pilot cars and flaggers. Expect 10 – 20 minute delays.

Various

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.


5. Free Family History Workshop, Oct. 20

The Columbia Gorge Genealogical Society and the Family History Center are co-sponsoring a FREE Family History Workshop on Saturday, October 20, 2018 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints in Hood River. The workshop is for all levels of genealogy research from beginners to advanced. There will be door prizes and lunch may be purchased for $5.00 or you may bring your own. Classes include Beginning Genealogy, DNA, using foreign records, using Facebook for family history and more. 

The church is located on 1825 May Street in Hood River. Registration begins at 8:30am, workshop begins at 9:00am and runs till 2:00pm. Public is welcome!


6. More Today than Yesterday

Today, let’s talk about one of the most powerful techniques available for personal growth – and it works for individuals, teams, organizations, communities, even nations. And you, as a leader in any of these categories, have the capacity to spark tremendous, purposeful change.

It is a simple technique that has incredible power to change lives and expand potential. In fact, there may be nothing that has more power to inspire positive change. It’s a technique you can use to help your own life grow richer and to help others, as well.

When you can see yourself, not as you are, but as you can become, you stimulate incredible growth and previously unbelievable change. People who find life exciting and who continue to grow and expand their accomplishments are people who have an expanding self-image.

Now this doesn’t mean that you go around completely out of touch with reality. But it does mean that you have a vision of reality that includes not just the past and the present, but also the future. It also means that your primary focus is not on what you are today, but what you can be tomorrow. It is this technique, this ability that motivates people to grow, to surpass themselves, to break records, to change in positive, exciting ways.

After all, if you can’t see it, how can you be it? This is what you want to do for your children, friends, relatives, co-workers – indeed, all whom your life touches. Keep painting a vivid mental picture for them of all that they can be and do. Let them know you believe in their abilities, and watch them move toward that picture.

Help them be more today than they were yesterday, and on their way to a greater tomorrow. ~The Pacific Institute