Sherman County eNews #271

CONTENTS

  1. Farm Bureau Fire Relief Funds Available, Applications Due Nov 1

  2. Editorial. Forum or No Forum; Government Bias

  3. Grab Hold of Your Dreams

  4. Oregon Public Meetings Law & Public Notice Requirements

  5. Oregon Newspaper Publishers – Public Notices

  6. Cascade Singers’ December Concert, Dec. 8 & 9

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


1. Farm Bureau Fire Relief Funds Available, Applications Due Nov 1

Through the generous contributions of NW Farm Credit Services and individual Farm Bureau member families, Oregon Farm Bureau (OFB) has established a fire relief fund which has raised over $27,000.  If you would like to contribute, you may still make a contribution through OFB.

An advisory committee made up of local farmers and ranchers from Wasco and Sherman Counties with two staff from OFB will review applications for aid.  The task force chair is Ken Polehn, Wasco County Farm Bureau President and The Dalles area fruit grower.  The current intent is to provide approximately $2,000-$2,500 amounts of help to those who demonstrate uncovered losses (meaning losses not covered by insurance, or other public or private relief funds).  Once requests for funds are received and evaluated, this range may be adjusted.

Any Wasco or Sherman County resident who makes a substantial amount of their livelihood from agriculture whose agricultural operation suffered uncompensated loss from the 2018 fires may apply.  You do not have to be an OFB member to apply or receive funds.

Applications are available at www.oregonfb.org/fire.  All applications received prior to Nov. 1, 2018 will be considered.  The task force intends to make funding decisions and distribute funds by Thanksgiving.  For more information, contact Ken Polehn, kenpolehn@gmail.com, or Dave Dillon, dave@oregonfb.org.


2. Editorial. Forum or No Forum; Government Bias

pen.markerIt came to our attention that organizers of last spring’s Sherman County political forum are reluctant to put on a candidates’ forum this fall because they feel they are too close to county government. Well, it was quite obvious that they were …and they are.

However well-intentioned, we believe it may be impossible to conduct an unbiased political forum in our county community right now. If the spring forum was any kind of measure, it’s a stretch to imagine an ethical candidate willing to participate. A neutral sponsor, an unbiased moderator and relevant questions are required, all three.  

County government’s recent political use of The Citizen-Reporter revealed improper bias which led to this notice: “Sherman County would like to note that no campaigning for elected positions prior to the election shall appear in The Citizen-Reporter. Any notations of this in prior editions was due to oversight.”

The candidate who signed information he submitted to the August issue of The Citizen-Reporter with his name as “Candidate for County Judge” works for a tri-county government entity and knows it was improper. County elected officials and employee supervisors know it is improper. There are no excuses. No apologies, either.

We expect impartial, ethical and transparent performance from those who work for us in government positions.


3. Grab Hold of Your Dreams

Do you have dreams? No, we’re not talking about the ones that happen while you’re asleep. We’re talking about the dreams that inspire your life! How are these dreams doing? The ones you had as a kid or as a young adult, the ones you have now – dreams that inspire you and give a sense of passion and purpose to your life.

The late humorist and columnist Erma Bombeck once said, “There are people who put their dreams in a little box and say ‘Yes, I’ve got dreams – of course I do!’ Then they put the box away, bring it out once in a while to look inside and, yep, they’re still in there. These are great dreams, but they never get out of the box.” Open the lid and grab a hold of those dreams.

Dreams have an important place in our every-day lives, for they spark the mind and lift the soul. Jenny Craig, founder of the highly successful national weight-loss clinics said, “It’s not what you do once in a while – it’s what you do day in and day out that makes the difference.” And it’s the passion for the dream that prods you toward it, day by day.

Take that dream out of the box, put it into the middle of your heart and the center of your mind, and build your daily life around it. Don’t let a day go by without making some progress toward realizing that dream. You affirm it, visualize it, set goals toward it, research it, and share it with those who can help you. In short, you live and breathe that dream.

And one day – probably sooner than you think – you’ll be able to retire it and get a new one, because you will have made this dream come true. Have a party – celebrate! It is good news when a dream comes true, because it leaves more room for future dreams, waiting to be realized. ~The Pacific Institute


4. Oregon Public Meetings Law & Public Notice Requirements

Oregon.Flat.polehttp://www.open-oregon.com/laws/oregon-public-meetings-law/

Oregon Revised Statute (ORS)

192.610 Definitions for ORS 192.610 to 192.690. As used in ORS 192.610 to 192.690:

(1) “Decision” means any determination, action, vote or final disposition upon a motion, proposal, resolution, order, ordinance or measure on which a vote of a governing body is required, at any meeting at which a quorum is present.

(2) “Executive session” means any meeting or part of a meeting of a governing body which is closed to certain persons for deliberation on certain matters.

(3) “Governing body” means the members of any public body which consists of two or more members, with the authority to make decisions for or recommendations to a public body on policy or administration.

(4) “Public body” means the state, any regional council, county, city or district, or any municipal or public corporation, or any board, department, commission, council, bureau, committee or subcommittee or advisory group or any other agency thereof.

(5) “Meeting” means the convening of a governing body of a public body for which a quorum is required in order to make a decision or to deliberate toward a decision on any matter. “Meeting” does not include any on-site inspection of any project or program. “Meeting” also does not include the attendance of members of a governing body at any national, regional or state association to which the public body or the members belong.

192.620 Policy. The Oregon form of government requires an informed public aware of the deliberations and decisions of governing bodies and the information upon which such decisions were made. It is the intent of ORS 192.610 to 192.690 that decisions of governing bodies be arrived at openly. [1973 c.172 §1] [1973 c.172 §2;

192.640 Public notice required; special notice for executive sessions, special or emergency meetings. (1) The governing body of a public body shall provide for and give public notice, reasonably calculated to give actual notice to interested persons including news media which have requested notice, of the time and place for holding regular meetings. The notice shall also include a list of the principal subjects anticipated to be considered at the meeting, but this requirement shall not limit the ability of a governing body to consider additional subjects.

(2) If an executive session only will be held, the notice shall be given to the members of the governing body, to the general public and to news media which have requested notice, stating the specific provision of law authorizing the executive session.

(3) No special meeting shall be held without at least 24 hours’ notice to the members of the governing body, the news media which have requested notice and the general public. In case of an actual emergency, a meeting may be held upon such notice as is appropriate to the circumstances, but the minutes for such a meeting shall describe the emergency justifying less than 24 hours’ notice. [1973 c.172 §4; 1979 c.644 §3; 1981 c.182 §1]193.020 Newspaper in which public notice may be published.

Universal Citation: OR Rev Stat § 193.020 (through Leg Sess 2011)

(1) Any public notice of any description, the publication of which is now or hereafter required by law, shall be published in any newspaper, as defined in ORS 193.010, which is published within the county, city of which any part lies within that county, city, district or other jurisdiction where the action, suit or other proceeding is pending, or is to be commenced or had, or in which the legal publication is required to be given.

(2) If publication in only one newspaper is required by law, and if more than one newspaper fulfills the requirements of subsection (1) of this section, the public notice shall be published in that newspaper which the moving party considers best suited to give actual notice. However, nothing in this subsection prohibits the publication in more than one newspaper if desired by the moving party.

(3) If no newspaper is published within the county, city, district or jurisdiction where the action, suit or other proceeding is pending, or is to be commenced or had, or in which the legal publication is required to be given, public notice shall be published in:

(a) The newspaper published nearest to such county, city, district or jurisdiction; or

(b) Any publication that is published in such county, city, district or jurisdiction and that satisfies all the requirements for being a newspaper except that it is published less than once a week but not less than once a month.

(4) If more than one newspaper or publication fulfills the requirements of subsection (3) of this section, the public notice shall be published in that newspaper or publication which the moving party considers most effective for providing actual notice. [Amended by 1963 c.432 1; 1979 c.760 2; 1983 c.831 1]


5. Oregon Newspaper Publishers – Public Notices

Search for public notices by county, city, date or subject here:  https://www.publicnoticeoregon.com/Terms-of-Use.aspx


6. Cascade Singers’ December Concert, Dec. 8 & 9

music-notes“Choose Something Like a Star” is the title for the Cascade Singers’ December 8 and 9 holiday concert.  The line comes from a poem by Robert Frost set to music by Randall Thompson.  It will be featured along with familiar Christmas favorites by the choir, ensemble, and children’s choir.  The venue is Zion Lutheran Church, 10th and Union Streets, The Dalles.  Saturday’s concert begins at 7 p.m. and the Sunday concert starts at 3 p.m.  Admission is by donation at the door.


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

bird.owlDonald Trump’s USA Today Op-ed Annotated

95 cities and counties in Oregon where it’s still illegal to sell marijuana

Congress passes mandate that Trump administration complete village for Northwest tribes

OSU helps in project to bring faster broadband to Oregon

Oregon wildfire costs hit record high of $514 million in 2018


 

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